WATCH: When Kurt Busch Flipped & Landed on Ryan Newman’s Car at Talladega

Published 10/19/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Talladega Superspeedway is notorious for its massive on-track wrecks. Kurt Busch can certainly attest to that, and so can poor old Ryan Newman. All the way back in 2013, the two of them were involved in a huge wreck that wiped out a good chunk of cars. The whole incident got triggered when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. attempted a brave but foolhardy move.

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To be precise, he squeezed in between the outside wall and rival J.J. Yeley. It resulted in Yeley getting loose and spearing across the track and in front of Marcos Ambrose; Yeley then clobbered the right-rear of Kurt Busch. From there, at least ten cars added to the carnage, and one of the victims was Ryan Newman.

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Aside from Kurt Busch, who else got caught in the crash?

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Other victims included Danica Patrick, the Labonte brothers Terry and Bobby, Clint Bowyer, and Jamie McMurray. Even the likes of Michael Waltrip, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr and Jeff Gordon were not spared. Apparently, Busch bore the brunt of the accident, as his car went sideways and barrel-rolled a bit.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; The car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) catches fire after wrecking during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

When gravity finally took hold, his #78 car landed on top of a startled Newman. After his car eventually slid off, the ride was not over yet, as Bobby Labonte and Bowyer ploughed into him. It is also worth noting that many of the drivers were extremely unhappy with the racing conditions.

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Newman fumed and declared that they should not have been ordered to race in the dark conditions. In other words, he insisted that if the race could not wrap up during the day, the results should have been declared. Sadly, what was done was done and there was no taking away from that. In the end, there was a surprise Front Row Motorsports 1-2 from David Ragan and David Gilliland, with the former winning the race.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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