Despite being the man to beat for much of the Daytona 500, Kyle Busch was left disappointed after being caught up in the controversial ten-car shunt that hit the opening round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Busch had led more than 80 laps during the first half of the race but found himself very much in the wrong place at the wrong time when Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brian Vickers tangled on lap 124.

Contact between the pair on the back straight saw Vickers turned in front of the chasing pack and having tipped Robby Gordon into a spin, the Red Bull man then slammed into Busch and put the #18 M&M's Toyota into the wall and out of the race.

It left Busch to watch on as Matt Kenseth secured a victory that was very much his for the taking and his disappointment couldn't be hidden at the end of the race.

"It's just a shame," he said. "The M&M's Toyota was so, so strong today and led all those laps and was running up front. It was just unfortunate that two guys got together that were a lap down and were fighting over nothing.

"I think we were the best car out there. Us, the #24 (Jeff Gordon) was strong, the #11 (Denny Hamlin) was strong, a couple other guys that we were battling with, but I felt like our car was the car to beat. We were awfully good and just running out front and biding our time.

"I don't think we fell worse than sixth or fifth the whole time out there. It's just a really sad feeling."