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Chain Reaction Practice Crash Sends Kyle Larson, Michael Waltrip to Backups

Chain Reaction Practice Crash Sends Kyle Larson, Michael Waltrip to Backups

by February 18, 2016 0 comments

A slowing Ty Dillon on the race track during the final Wednesday practice for the Can-Am Duels triggered a chain reaction crash that sent both Kyle Larson and Michael Waltrip to backup cars for Thursday’s twin races.

A cracked oil cooler on Dillon’s No. 95 Cheerios Chevrolet caused smoke and oil to spit out from the car off of Turn 2, prompting Reed Sorenson in the No. 40 Chevrolet to check up in the corner.

As Sorenson moved up the race track, Ryan Newman slowed to avoid Sorenson and received a bump from Waltrip who in turn received a bump from David Gilliland, sending the No. 31 and No. 83 machines around.

Also taking light damage from the incident were Larson and rookie Chris Buescher.

Of drivers to find themselves involved in the plieup, Waltrip took the worst of the damage after lightly nosing his way into the outside Turn 2 wall.

While Larson got away from the incident relatively unscathed compared to others, crew chief Chad Johnston elected to bring out the No. 42 team’s backup car.

“It will be fine,” Larson said. “You hate to wreck one in practice here because you kind of assume you are going to get some damage tomorrow.

“We will probably have to send down our Unlimited car now as a back-up for this one.

“But, they say the car that we will run in the Duels and hopefully the 500 is just about the same as this primary car that we had.”

After climbing out of his No. 95 machine, Dillon stated that he was remorseful for the accident that ensued behind him.

“I really hate it for those guys behind us,” Dillon said. “It’s just one of those weird situations. I hate that it tore-up race cars.

“I couldn’t do anything to make it any different. We were just getting the pack going. It was unfortunate for everybody involved.

“I hate it for our guys that our race car is torn up. It’s just as simple as a cracked weld on an oil cooler.

“Hey, we didn’t catch it early enough. It’s unfortunate but we’ll be fine. We have time to get everything fixed and I just hope the other guys do, too.”

The Can-Am Duels are set to get underway at 7:00 p.m ET and will be broadcast live on MRN and FOX Sports 1.

Photo Credit: NASCAR

Kyle Pokrefky
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