Huge Crash Red Flags Dover

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The race was red flagged for 11 minutes, 22 seconds after the 18-car accident on lap 355. (Photo: Getty Images)

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An 18-car chain reaction accident late in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway took out several contenders.

On a restart with only 46 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson had trouble accelerating as the field took the green flag. His problem stacked up the field behind the Hendrick Motorsports driver and before the melee ended, 17 others were involved in one of the biggest accidents in Dover history.

Martin Truex Jr. plowed into the rear end of the No. 48 Chevrolet and the rest of the field had nowhere to go as they raced toward the first turn.

“As soon as I went from second and tried to go into third. It didn’t even go to third,” Johnson said. “I went from third and fourth and then eventually I got hit from behind.

“I thought maybe I missed a shift but it just wouldn’t go in gear. Martin was getting impatient with me. He gave me a couple opportunities to try to find a gear but it’s locked and won’t go into gear for some reason.”

In addition to Truex Jr., the hit list included Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Michael McDowell.

“When you are stacked up on the restart like that there isn’t much to be able to see at all,” Logano said. “Unfortunately it looked like the 48 had trouble getting going and it stacked us up. I tried checking up and going to the bottom like we were going to miss it and got hit from behind and that sent me into it more. Now we need a new radiator. We have been the victim of circumstances the last few weeks. It is what it is.”

Earnhardt Jr. looked like he’d gotten through the mess but got swept up in contact before taking a hard hit from Casey Mears.

“They started wrecking way up in front of us,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I couldn’t really tell what was going on. I got to the outside and thought we had it missed, but the No. 13 (Mears) came up the track, he got collected in it.”

Drivers were uninjured for the most part in the incident with the exception of Almirola, who told reporters he may have broken a pinky finger.

The race was red flagged for 11 minutes, 22 seconds for clean up.

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