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Almirola, Bowyer, Busch involved in first wreck

August 23, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Aric Almirola, who started at the rear of the field in a backup car and improved 21 spots, got spun out on the 126th lap of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after being collected in a wreck.

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Brian Vickers got into the back of Kyle Larson, causing a chain reaction that also did damage to the cars of Kyle Busch, Larson and Clint Bowyer.

"I'm OK, just disappointed," Almirola said. "What an amazing race car these guys brought me -- two of them -- and to go out like that is certainly disappointing, but that's racing at Bristol -- you get caught up in other peoples' wrecks."

"I was surprised at how well we could pass. I know that other cars were having trouble passing, but, like I said, we drove from 42nd up into the top 20, so I thought we had a stellar race car and we were making a lot of passes compared to other people. I was happy with what we had and just disappointed in the finish."

Almirola's car was towed off the track and the No. 43 car was listed in 41st place after the accident.

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