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Replacement drivers Regan Smith, Matt Crafton in spotlight, out of contention in Daytona 500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17), Paul Menard (27), Jeff Gordon (24), Matt Crafton (18), Trevor Bayne (6), Regan Smith (41), AJ Allmendinger (47) and Reed Sorenson (44) collide in the back stretch on the final lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17), Paul Menard (27), Jeff Gordon (24), Matt Crafton (18), Trevor Bayne (6), Regan Smith (41), AJ Allmendinger (47) and Reed Sorenson (44) collide in the back stretch on the final lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

Replacement drivers Regan Smith and Matt Crafton were in the spotlight and out of contention in the Daytona 500.

Smith, filling in for suspended Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing, finished 16th. Crafton, a last-minute sub for injured Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing, crossed the finish line less than 2 seconds later in 19th.

It was about what should have been expected from guys who got little or no practice time.

Smith stepped into the No. 41 Chevrolet on Saturday, a day after NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely. A Delaware judge said the 2004 champion almost surely choked and beat his former girlfriend at Dover International Speedway last fall.

Crafton, a two-time Truck Series champion, got no seat time in the No. 18 Toyota. Kyle was ruled out after breaking his right leg and left foot in a harrowing crash Saturday in the Xfinity Series season opener.