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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