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Multicar wreck collects Danica, eight others

August 17, 2014, Staff report,

No. 10 gets loose, triggering incident; Kenseth forced to garage

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A nine-car wreck on a Lap 26 restart that was triggered by Danica Patrick getting loose sent three competitors to the garage early in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Battling for position with Jeff Burton, who is driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Patrick got sideways and slid down the track in Turn 2, setting off a chain reaction.

Justin Allgaier rammed Patrick's No. 10 Chevy, with Michael Annett and Trevor Bayne stacking up behind.


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Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., JJ Yeley and Travis Kvapil were also caught up in the incident, which produced the third caution flag of the day at Michigan International Speedway.

Kenseth, Bayne and Allgaier were forced to wheel their vehicles behind the wall for extensive repairs. Patrick and Truex stayed on pit road for their respective fixes.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of multiple drivers to deftly avoid the pileup, driving his No. 88 Chevrolet down onto the apron to keep it clean. 

Kenseth, currently third in the points standings, went behind the wall just as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was rejoining the race after hitting the wall in an earlier incident.

Bayne and Truex Jr. both missed Friday's opening practice and qualifying session and started from the rear of the field due to driver changes. Bayne also missed Saturday's pair of practices while competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event in Mid-Ohio.


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