Texas Motor Speedway received the second red flag of the race with nine laps of the 200 left. The 'big one' came on a restart. The No. 20 Gibbs Racing Chevy of Mike Bliss got loose, then hit to put Bliss sideways. A total of fifteen cars ...
Texas Motor Speedway received the second red flag of the race with nine laps of the 200 left. The 'big one' came on a restart. The No. 20 Gibbs Racing Chevy of Mike Bliss got loose, then hit to put Bliss sideways. A total of fifteen cars have damage, several will be parked ending their day.
"We had a great car," commented Bliss after the accident. "We were getting into one on the restart and I got hit in the right read, turned me into the wall. Hate to take everyone out at the end of the race."
The top of the leaderboard was included, Brian Vickers, Michael Waltrip, Scott Wimmer, and Todd Bodine. Others involved were Ashton Lewis, Coy Gibbs, and Ron Hornaday. The extended list will be updated as teams work on repairs. None of the drivers sustained injuries. Those out of the race were checked at the infield medical center and released.
The caution recored at TMS was broken prior to the restart, now there are nine. The first red came out earlier when Bruce Bechtel bounced off the outside wall, launched into the inside retaining wall and back up high in the No. 77 Ford. The inside temporary retaining wall had to be repaired. Bechtel was checked at the infield medical center and released.
Controversy also hit the track when the leader Vickers was shown a black flag after the first red flag restart. With 21 laps to go, the No. 19 Chad Blount Dodge slowed in front of Vickers on the high right side. Vickers moved low and thus as the green flag was being shown and prior to the start/finish line, Vickers was on the left side of Blount.
NASCAR rule is "No passing on the wrong side of a start or a restart." Vickers had to come to pit road for the penalty.
"We don't know, we were the best car out here," stated Lance McGrew, Crew Chief of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. "Does not make any sense. All we can do now is give it a shot."
Editor's Note: Race will end under caution when Hermie Sadler hit the outside wall with four laps to go.
Motorsport.com will have a short race report, followed by the full report after the press conferences.