The Daytona 500 got off to a wild start when a crash caused by drivers trying to win the first stage knocked out Jimmie Johnson

Seven-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson and Daniel Suarez were among those involved in a wild wreck in Lap 60 as the Daytona 500 got off to a wild start.

The crash came on the final lap of Stage 1 as Ryan Blaney, running third, made an aggressive move to pass Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Stenhouse went to block Blaney and momentarily looked like he was going to lose control. While he was able to save his car, things piled behind him and sevon cars were involved in the chain reaction.

Johnson and Suarez, two popular picks to win the race, were knocked out of the race as a result of the crash, as were Ty Dillon and Erik Jones.

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In a bit of irony, stage racing was introduced for the 2017 season as a way to bring more interest to the races in the earlier laps. With playoff points on the line for being in first at the end of each stage, the hope was that drivers would be more agressive at those moments in the race.

The moves made by Blaney and Stenhouse that caused the wreck behind them were moves that are typically only seen at the end of races.

And sure enough, it was that agressiveness that knocked Johnson and Suarez from the Daytona 500 less than one-third of the way into the Super Bowl of stock car racing.

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Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR driver Chase Elliott (9), Kasey Kahne (95) and Danica Patrick (7) crash during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick (4) and Chase Elliott (9) go low as Daniel Suarez (19), Jimmie Johnson (48), Erik Jones (20) and William Byron (24) crash during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, lead a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (7) with her boyfriend Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers prior to the start of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) wrecks during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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