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Two big wrecks impact early going of Xfinity race at Daytona

Darrell Wallace Jr, Brennan Poole, Austin Dillon were involved in a big crash on Lap 15 of the Subway Firecracker 250.

Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway has morphed into a wreckfest in the early going.

On Lap 8, a four-car wreck occurred that involved the cars of Scott Lagasse Jr., Mario Gosselin, Roy Black Jr. and Alex Guenette occurred.

But that was just an appetizer of bing-bang-boom racing when 14 cars crashed on Lap 15.

Involved were Ryan Preece, Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Brandon Jones, Justin Marks, Joe Nemechek, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Ellis, Corey Lajoie and Brennan Poole.

“I seen the 6 (Wallace) side draft the guy in front of him and the 48 (Brennan Poole) just got into him,” said Austin Dillon, who led 10 laps before he was collected in the crash, which took his team six laps to repair before returning. “It’s just a product of guys trying too hard, too early, and a competition caution 10 laps from now. … It’s just speedway racing.”

The race was red-flagged two laps later, on Lap 17. The delay lasted 7 minutes, 40 seconds before the yellow caution flag was displayed.

The race resumed on Lap 22.