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February 25, 2024

Multicar wreck strikes early in Cup race at Atlanta

A multicar crash involving 14 cars struck on Lap 2 of the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The outside lane slowed momentarily heading down the front straightaway, creating an accordion effect that quickly sent numerous cars spinning. Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet was the first car sliding sideways but others behind piled in, including Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Noah Gragson, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemecheck.

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Also collected in the melee were Kaulig Racing teammates Josh Williams and Daniel Hemric as well as Rick Ware Racing’s Justin Haley. Williams was sent behind the wall and could not continue, ending the day with a 37th-place finish. Bell, who advanced to the Championship 4 in 2023, also headed to the garage area after a Lap 10 restart. He later returned to the track but ultimately did not finish, placing 34th on the results sheet.

Reddick was able to continue but finished 30th, 17 laps down.