Win or bust: Sprint Unlimited turns into total wreck fest

Remember the old racing adage, "checkers or wreckers?" That’s what the Sprint Unlimited became on Saturday night at Daytona, Fla.

Denny Hamlin won the race for the third time, but the night really wound up as a complete and total demolition derby.

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In a race scheduled for 75 laps — it went into overtime and actually wound up taking 79 laps to complete — 21 of the 25 cars were involved in accidents. Only second-place finisher Joey Logano and Kyle Larson came away with no damage at all and Hamlin and Paul Menard experienced minor problems. 

"It seems like this race can go either way," said Brad Keselowski, who led 26 of 79 laps but got caught in the final crash and wound up ninth. "It can be complete chaos or kind of a snoozer and today was complete chaos. … It is a very high-aggression level race and I think that is a good thing."

"It was really aggressive," added Aric Almirola, who got taken out in an early crash. "Everyone expects that. You go to this race and it is just about a trophy and money. It was really aggressive."