Daytona 500 crash: 'Hardest hit I've ever taken'

Jeff Olson, Special for USA TODAY Sports
4:22 p.m. EST February 21, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chris Buescher called it the hardest hit of his racing career, but he wasn’t injured after his car plowed nose-first into the wall Sunday during the Daytona 500.

“That is exponentially the hardest hit I’ve ever taken,” said Buescher, who tangled with Matt DiBenedetto on lap 92. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had to be taken to the infield care center. That’s a bummer, but we’re fine.”

DiBenedetto took blame for the incident.

“I have no excuse other than I messed up,” he said. “It happens. We were clean last year, only involved in one accident in 35 races. I hate to start the year that way, but we’re going to be fine.”

After the crash, Buescher said over the radio, “That hurt.” However, he said as he left the care center that he wasn’t injured.

“It hurt,” Buescher said. “It took my breath away more than anything.”

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