By Pete Pistone
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The opening practice session of Speedweeks didn't go very well for a number of drivers.
A multi-car accident broke out in the first Budweiser Shootout practice Friday afternoon that included reigning series champion Tony Stewart and Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and A.J. Allmendinger.
Stewart made contact with the rear end of Kurt Busch's car as the field raced through turn three setting off a chain reaction accident in its wake. Keselowski and Allmendinger both suffered heavy damage in the melee that swept up Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin before it was over.
Drivers tried both tandem drafting and pack style racing during the session as they prepared for both Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout as well as next week's Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth topped the practice with a lap of 201.760 mph. Jeff Burton was at 201.739 and David Ragan next at 200.151.
A second practice session is slated for later Friday night.
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