Huge crash ignites tempers and shakes up standings at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24:  Crew members of the #29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, driven by Kevin Harvick, push their car in the garage area after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 24: Crew members of the #29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, driven by Kevin Harvick, push their car in the garage area after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s never a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ a crash will happen at Bristol Motor Speedway. In Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Irwin Tools Night Race it didn’t happen until the closing laps.

On lap 446 pole sitter Denny Hamlin was racing to get inside the top ten when he made contact with Brian Vickers. That contact punctured the right front tire on Hamlin’s Toyota and seconds later he flew into the outside wall entering turn one.  Hamlin hit the back of Ryan Newman’s Chevy and set off a melee that collected a total of seven cars and caused a nearly five minute red flag.

“I’m just in the car and a steering wheel holder at that point,” Hamlin said.  “It caused a huge accident.  It sucks, but I didn’t cause it.  I was one of the guys who got cut off.” MORE>>>

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