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Lap 32 wreck takes out Bowman, Bubba, JTG-Daugherty drivers and others

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – A 12-car wreck on Lap 32 of Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway saw several heavy-hitters get taken out.

Bubba Wallace slid up the track into Kurt Busch exiting turn two. Wallace spun and hit Ross Chastain, which caused a wreck that blocked the track and involved 10 other drivers.

“Just embarrassed on my part. I was just trying to get clean air, went to the middle, realized this wasn’t good, backed out and by the time I backed out it was already around,” Bubba said in an interview with NBC. “Sorry to everyone who came to cheer on the 23 car, I let them down.”

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 04: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 04, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The wreck was the largest in track history and took out Wallace, Alex Bowman, JTG-Daugherty drivers Ryan Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Newman, Justin Haley, Cody Ware and Joey Gase.

Aric Almirola, Cole Custer and Michael McDowell were also involved.

No Playoff drivers were involved in the wreck. Gase will finish 39th – last – in Sunday’s race.


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