Major stack-up sidelines several near midpoint of Coca-Cola 600

A major crash near the end of Stage 2 snared a dozen cars, thinning the field of contenders in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Ryan Blaney — running among the top 10 — lost control of his No. 12 Team Penske Ford through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart, blocking much of the 1.5-mile track. Several others piled in, getting caught up in the fray.

“Sorry guys, I don’t know what happened there,” Blaney radioed to his crew.

Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and William Byron were also sidelined just before the halfway point. Others involved but able to continue were Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Noah Gragson, Martin Truex Jr., Harrison Burton, Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland.

Blaney, lacking the pace to meet the minimum speed requirement, retired from the 600-mile race shortly after it restarted.

“All right, everybody,” Blaney said. “That one’s on me. Come back next week.”