Brad Keselowski, one of several drivers that need a victory today at Talladega in order to stay alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, has appeared to suffer an early setback.
On Lap 60, Jamie McMurray got loose off of Turn 4 and came down into Keselowski and Michael McDowell. Joey Logano, already in the Eliminator Round with his Kansas win two weeks ago, then spun out and went into the infield grass.
While McMurray sustained enough rear-end damage to require a new housing on his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Keselowski took some side damage to his own car and stayed in pit road longer to have it fixed.
Keselowski had been running in the Top 10 at the time of the incident, but took the restart at Lap 66 in 38th place. He entered today’s race behind the Eliminator Round cutoff by 19 points.
Also sustaining some light damage in the incident were Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, the latter of which received some tape on the front end of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford.