WATCH: Bristol Race Weekend Sees its First Major Multi-Car Crash in the NASCAR Xfinity Series

Published 09/19/2020, 2:01 AM EDT
A representational image of a NASCAR wreck. Credit: Reuters


Races at the Bristol Motor Speedway are almost certain to bring with them the ‘big ones’. At Bristol, one wreck or crash many a time leads to a multi-car wreck right behind. That’s what happened in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol on Friday. However, the initial crash itself was massive.

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It started with contact between teammates BJ McLeod and Jeffrey Earnhardt on Lap 63. McLeod, driving the No. 6 Chevrolet, was running in close quarters with Earnhardt, who nudged him just enough to send McLeod into the Turn 4 wall. He then slammed into another car as he was coming down the track again.

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Bristol sees big crash early on

A few more cars wrecked right behind them. Vinnie Miller and Tommy Joe Martins were among those involved. McLeod’s car suffered heavy damage due to two massive impacts. One with the wall and another one with the approaching car.

Martins too suffered as a result of the wreck behind McLeod as he spun outside. NASCAR immediately called out the red flag. Martins did finish the race in 24th place. However, McLeod’s race ended right there, and he eventually stood 34th.

Michael Annett and Joe Graf Jr. were also involved in an incident on Lap 120, and they both finished at the back of the field too. Annett made contact with the nose of Graf Jr.’s car. Both cars went into a spin as the caution was out again. It stayed for almost 10 minutes as the track was being cleared.

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NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs scenario

Chase Briscoe won the race for his seventh victory this season. He finished ahead of Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier. “The last 15 laps, our car came to life. I figured something out. We had to root and gouge our way up there — that’s what Bristol is all about,” Briscoe said after his win.

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This was the regular-season finale in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Brandon Brown finished in 12th place on Friday and with that, he also bagged the 12th and final spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs.

The first race of the Playoffs is next Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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