The 2012 Budweiser Shootout was marred by four big crashes. Although there were no significant injuries, the crashes decimated the field in the pre-season race on Saturday night. In fact, the crashes were so extensive that only three of the 25 cars involved were able to finish the race without sustaining major car damage.
Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick had good position and was a potential winner with 20 laps left in the race, when Marcos Ambrose hit Joey Logano and triggered a crash that destroyed six cars, including those of Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kyle Busch picked up the win down the stretch as he passed Tony Stewart right at the finish line for the closest finish in the history of the Budweiser Shootout exhibition race.
Harvick will be right back out on the track at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, as he races in the Daytona 500 Qualifier for next week's Daytona 500 race that will kick off the 2012 Sprint Cup season.
For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.