TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway was briefly red-flagged so a wall could be repaired after Kurt Busch went airborne in a 13-car crash.
The melee Sunday required a welding truck go onto the track to repair a damaged section of the wall.
The race was messy from the very start with the first caution called before a single lap had been completed. The intensity never ceased and it became mayhem as two lanes of traffic hurtled around the 2.66-mile track.
Jimmie Johnson appeared to be hit from behind by Clint Bowyer, causing Johnson to turn left into Busch’s car. Busch smashed into the outside wall, was hit from behind and his car launched over the car of Cole Custer.
“I didn’t know he was flipping at first because you are looking what’s in front of you and he was above me,” Custer said.