NASCAR Race Erupts Into Crazy 18-Car Pileup At Talladega

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Just another day in the world of NASCAR.

Whenever a NASCAR race is held at super speedways like Daytona and Talladega, you're almost guaranteed to witness a colossal multi-car crash. Crashes are such a common sight on these speedways, an official term was coined for them – a NASCAR crash involving more than five cars is known as 'The Big One.' And sure enough, 40 cars jostling for position at Talladega triggered a massive chain reaction accident at last weekend's race, taking out 18 cars with some being sent airborne.

Ironically, the race ran without incident until the pileup happened with only 19 out of 188 laps remaining. A.J. Allmendinger tapped the left-rear bumper of Chase Elliott sending both drivers airborne, trigging the devastating pileup that took out 16 other drivers. Allmendinger's Chevrolet landed on its roof and continued to slide down the track upside down.

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"Once I got to Chase I got loose, I tried to get off him but at the moment it was too late," Allmendinger said speaking to Motorsport. "It was just one of those things battling for the lead. The plan kind of went (that) we waited at the back and started moving forward." He got to my bumper and happened to be in a bad spot," said Elliot describing the incident. "These things get really hard to drive when someone gets to your left rear." Fortunately, Allmendinger walked away unassisted and was soon released after medical checks. None of the drivers involved in the incident were injured either. Just another day in the crazy world of NASCAR.

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