Red flag needed after Danica Patrick, David Ragan crash

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Red flag needed after Danica Patrick, David Ragan crash
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 27, 2015, 8:52 PM

Danica Patrick was battling to hold on to 11th-place when Ryan Newman attempted to pass the No. 10 Chevy in Turn 1 and sent her into the spin cycle.

Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
David Ragan, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
David Ragan, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

Her problems didn’t stop there. As Patrick spun, David Ragan plowed into her car. 

“I really, really hit,” Patrick said. “I think it was more the second car, the 31 totally took me out. I get it…but it’s not like it’s the first 10 laps of the race.”

Ragan, who was running 22nd after taking the lucky dog, clipped the rear end of the No. 10 Chevy as she slid back down the track.  The entire right side of the No. 55 was peeled off, throwing pieces of door foam all over the race track.

“She ought to hold the damn brakes when she wrecks,” Ragan said. 

Patrick was scored 25th at the time of the wreck and finished 40th.

“Just so you know, I think that was the 24’s fault for the most part,” said Patrick’s spotter Brandon Benesch. “24 drove right into the 31 when he was under us.”

"It's that time of year," she told NBC Sports, referring to the Chase. "People are racing hard and trying to take everything they can get."

The race was put under red flag conditions while NASCAR cleaned up the accident scene, which lasted six minutes and dour seconds.

Both drivers have been released from the infield care center.

CLICK HERE for video of the collision.

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