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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Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

MORE: Stage 13 wrapup

MORE: Stage 12 wrapup

MORE: Stage 11 wrapup

MORE: Stage 10 wrapup

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

MORE: Stage 7 wrapup

MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup