We have David Ragan to thank for opening the NASCAR season properly, with his push of Paul Menard leading to a multi-car wreck on the ninth lap of tonight's Budweiser Shootout.

It nearly qualified as a Big One. Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin all found themselves in the mess, which led to seven laps of caution. Waltrip got the worst of it, but got an all-clear from medical staff. [FOX]