First big wreck of race at Kentucky involves Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne

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The first big wreck of Saturday’s Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway occurred just past the halfway point.

On Lap 153 of the scheduled 267-lap event on the 1.5-mile tri-oval, Sprint Cup rookie Alex Bowman spun out.

Bowman locked up his brakes and tires, causing a large cloud of smoke that made it difficult for trailing cars to see what was in front of them.

When the smoke cleared, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola swerved to his right to avoid Bowman, but in the process got into the left side of Jamie McMurray’s car.

McMurray was then tagged in the rear end by Kasey Kahne, who couldn’t get his car stopped fast enough.

To add insult to injury, McMurray was penalized for coming onto pit road too fast, as well as pitting too soon.

Almirola had evident damage, especially to the right front area of his Ford. Kahne’s damage was minimal to the front end.

The race resumed on Lap 161.

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F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.