Erik Jones sparked a six-car wreck on Lap 71 of the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota spun in traffic and collided with the No. 6 Ford of Trevor Bayne and the No. 1 Chevrolet of Jamie McMurray.
Other cars involved in the Stage 2 wreck included Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Aric Almirola in the No. 10 Ford. Almirola’s car escaped with scant damage – the rest weren’t so fortunate.
"I’d been loose all day and I was thinking that I had finally gotten the car to where I could race it and unfortunately I just pushed too hard early and just caused a wreck," Jones said. "It’s not what you want, we probably should have been more patient. We were getting the car better, but it was very loose, which is too bad."
The No. 20 Toyota of Jones had to be towed from the track. The No. 42 Chevrolet of Larson was forced to the garage after exceeding the time allotted for repairs. Those two cars, along with the No. 6 of Bayne, were all forced out of the race.
"I was ready to get to go do some racing," Larson said. "I’m not really sure what happened, but I had nowhere to go."
Bayne echoed those sentiments, especially given how the unpredictability of Talladega makes this race ripe for an upset winner.
"It stinks," Bayne said. "You try to manage your highs and lows, though. … It is frustrating because Talladega is one of the ones you know you can win at and we wanted to do that today."