Keselowski to the garage as multi-car pileup leads to brief red flag at Martinsville


An apparent mechanical issue for Brad Keselowski led to a multi-car crash that brought out the red flag with 64 laps to go in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who made the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup after winning last week at Talladega, slowed down coming off Turn 4 and pulled to the outside of the front-stretch.

But Casey Mears then ran into the back of him, while Danica Patrick clipped Mears and took right-side damage. Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne then both hit Mears, with Carl Edwards also getting involved in the melee.

Kahne has now been listed as out of the race due to the damage sustained on his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, while Keselowski has since been taken to the garage. Edwards is in position to take the free pass when the race goes back to green.

“I didn’t really see him slowing down,” Kahne told ESPN after he was released from the infield care center. “My spotter saw it last second, and as soon as he said it, I hit the brakes. But by then, it was way too late. I was just looking at the 78 [Truex] and he started slowing up and I was already into him. It was a pretty good hit.”

The race has since resumed under the yellow caution flag with Clint Bowyer leading Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart.