Massive Pile-up Leads to Red Flag at Texas

On an already hot day in Texas, things got a bit warmer during the NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday.

Shortly after a restart to start the third and final Stage on Lap 218 of 334, race leader Ryan Blaney got loose racing through Turn 4, causing the field behind him to stack up. As drivers shuffled for position three-wide through the tri-oval, Aric Almirola clipped Kyle Busch, causing Busch to slide into the rear of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.

Truex’s No. 19 Toyota slammed into the outside wall on the frontstretch while Busch flew though the infield grass to save his No. 18 Toyota. Busch was able to recover and amazingly finished fourth.

The crash collected 12 cars in total, including Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Kurt Busch, Cole Custer, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace.

NASCAR was forced to throw a red flag for just over 11 minutes.

Custer was among those who didn’t finish.

“We just kind of got caught up in it,” Custer who won his first Cup race last week at Kentucky said. “They started wrecking in the front.  I couldn’t really see what happened.  I was on the brakes as hard as I could but couldn’t miss it.  I feel bad.  I mean, I feel like we were getting ahold of our Mustang.  We fired off the race pretty decent and we were just trying to keep up with the track there at the end and I think we got it pretty decent.  We just didn’t really get to show anything for it.”

Greg Engle