"I was just trying to watch both lanes and I was trying as hard as I could to help my teammate — to help Denny (Hamlin) and I was watching him and I was trying to get Kyle (Busch) in our lane," Kenseth said. "I don’t know, Joey must have got a run there and I didn’t know it.
"I really don’t know what happened. I was kind of looking forward and I thought I had both lanes clear and didn’t really know when I moved down and obviously I guess I wasn’t clear."
Although anything can happen at Daytona, what Stewart wasn’t prepared for was three of his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevys being swept up in the wreck. Kurt Busch (14th) making his debut in the No. 41 Chevy and Danica Patrick’s (16th) evening also ended prematurely.
The sole SHR car to complete the event was Kevin Harvick, who posted a top-five in his first appearance with the organization.
With just 18 cars starting the event, drivers used the Unlimited as a glorified test session. For Stewart, who has been sidelined since Aug. 5 after breaking his leg in a Sprint Car accident in Iowa, it was an opportunity to return to racing.
"I’ve waited for seven months to race, I damn sure wasn’t going to sit there and ride around, just ride in line," Stewart said. "I needed to race. I needed to race hard so I needed to do that just for me more than anything."