Every year, it's not a matter of if but when the "Big One" gets triggered at the Daytona 500, and this year, it happened during overtime of the 65th running of the "Great American Race."
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would take the lead during the first overtime, which happened after Daniel Suarez spun out with two laps to go in the NASCAR Cup Series race, bringing out the caution. Chaos struck behind Ricky after Austin Dillon spun out, causing the big crash on Turn 3. The wreck was caused by a bad bump draft from William Byron to Dillon, leading both drivers to spin in front of traffic. Over 13 drivers were caught up in this year's "Big One," including Dillon, Byron, Austin Cindric, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Jimmie Johnson, Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Riley Herbst, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith.
WATCH: "Big One" at 2023 Daytona 500
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The "Big One" brought up double overtime, with Logano and Stenhouse fighting for the lead. As it turns out, the big wrecks wouldn't be over yet, as Kyle Larson ending up triggering a multi-car crash in Turns 1 and 2, as he tried to make a move to the outside of Stenhouse.
Per NASCAR rules, the field was frozen at the moment of caution, and since Stenhouse was just ahead of Logano, he would end up winning the 2023 Daytona 500 for JTG Daugherty Racing. Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five, while A.J. Allmendinger, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, and Riley Herbst finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
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