The crash collected the cars of Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray, and Keselowski, along with those belonging to Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Regan Smith, Kyle Busch, and Kasey Kahne.
“This car demands you to drive it,’’ Truex said. “It wants you to be aggressive. It likes to be pushed. The car we’ve been running the last few years was the opposite — it was always telling you to slow down and wait and be patient and be smooth. I don’t like that. I like to attack. I like to drive the car.
“It’s so much fun to drive this new car because of that.’’
On Friday, nine minutes into the first practice session for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth turned into Kurt Busch exiting Turn 4 and triggered a five-car mishap.
The Gen-6, evidently, has virtually eliminated bump-drafting at Daytona.
“The sport is rewinding,’’ Keselowski said. “That’s an important thing to say, because the sport advanced to where we got the two-car tandem about three or four years ago. There were certain things that you do to them that you could never do in the past without wrecking.
“Now the rule package has changed back to where we were in the early 2000s, where I think the fans and everybody else enjoyed the racing a little better.
“So, as drivers, we have to rewind back to how we used to drive those cars.’’
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