UPDATE: NASCAR declared the race over around 3 p.m. Sunday due to rain. Aric Almirola wins, followed by Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch and Casey Mears.
Knoxville's Trevor Bayne ends up in 38th after getting caught up in "The Big One" on lap 19.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It didn't take long for the Big One to strike at Daytona International Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got loose near the front of the pack 19 laps into the Coke Zero 400 on Sunday, and Jeff Gordon triggered a major crash when he tried to avoid Stenhouse.
Gordon moved to the left to miss what he thought would be a crash and turned Tony Stewart in the process, collecting 16 cars.
"Every week it's something with (Stenhouse). I love him like a little brother, but it makes me nervous to be around him on the racetrack.
"I guess it was Stenhouse being an idiot. It didn't make much sense when we're coming to the caution. We're like a quarter of a lap from getting to the caution and he does something stupid."
Said Stenhouse: "We were really fast. We had the outside line working there. Some of the guys were struggling on the bottom and struggling in the middle. I got a little loose on the top. I saved it and everything was good, but then I got hit in the left rear. I'm not really sure what happened.
Among those with major damage were Gordon, Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Kyle Larson, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.
"Looked like the 17 got squirrely up there and then they all started wrecking," Harvick said.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Michael Waltrip also were involved.
Johnson and Allmendinger are listed as out of the race. Bayne, Harvick, Edwards, Stewart, Larson and Stenhouse are listed as in the garage.
As he was waiting to do his TNT interview, Stenhouse grabbed a hammer and started beating on the inside of the left rear wheel well as his crew members worked to repair the damage.
"We'll go back out there and see if we can make a few more laps and gain as many spots as we can and see what happens," Stenhouse said. "Tough way to end it.
"I thought we were going to turn over there for a minute. We were really fast. I hate it for these guys to end it that way. We'll get it fixed up and see if we can't make some more laps."
The Coke Zero 400 is being run during the day for the first time since 1997 because Saturday night's scheduled start was postponed because of rain. Sunday's race started at 11:20 a.m. ET, only to be red-flagged for showers.