Pocono Raceway is known as the Tricky Triangle, and NASCAR drivers were quickly reminded of that with a multi-car crash on the very first lap of the Overton’s 400 on Sunday.
Headed into turn three, Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota got loose and quickly turned sideways, creating havoc behind him.
Along with Kenseth, other drivers involved in the crash were Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto and Michael McDowell. While Almirola’s and DiBenedetto’s days were quickly over, everyone else was able to continue driving. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson were among those who narrowly escaped the pile-up.
The crash also happened less than a minute after the green flag, so it’s likely more cars were involved because they were still so bunched together. Here’s a look at the crash with footage from the start of the race.
The crash doesn’t appear to be anyone’s fault – it’s just the physics of racing. Kenseth was driving on the inside of Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet, and as Johnson began to pass, the momentum from his car dragged Kenseth around and flipped him sideways.
If drivers weren’t off to the side, like Busch, or in the perfect spot to slide through and avoid crashing, like Earnhardt, there wasn’t much they could do.
While Kyle Busch earned his first win of the season, Kenseth ended up finishing ninth, Earnhardt 12th, Kurt Busch 13th and Patrick 15th.
Read more coverage of the Overton’s 400 over at USA TODAY Sports.
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