Rookie NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse’s close pass Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway led Kurt Busch to completely spin and flip his car and drumming up a mass of roadway sparks and leading to a 16-car pileup.
The accident occurred on lap 43 of the 142-lap race, which had a two-lap overtime sprint ending with David Ragan for the win.
The race took seven hours to complete after rain stopped it for 3 hours, 36 minutes midway through the event. With darkness quickly closing in, contact between Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley triggered th frightening crash that sent Busch’s car airborne and on top of Ryan Newman’s car.
Watch the accident:
Newman has been in numerous harrowing accidents at Daytona and Talladega, where NASCAR uses restrictor-plates to control the speeds, and was sharp with his criticism after exiting the infield care center. He said he only stopped to do a live television interview to criticize cars still being able to go airborne.
“They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls. But they can’t get their heads out of their (expletive) far enough to keep them on the race track, and that’s pretty disappointing,” Newman said. “I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y’all can figure out who ‘they’ is.”
Busch wasn’t injured in the accident.
“We just got hit from behind, and along for the ride we went,” he said, adding “Yes, lovely,” when asked if he was OK.
Watch Regan describe his race victory and his thanks to teammates:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.