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MENCS: Freak Incident Could Shake Up Playoff Picture

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RICHMOND, Va. – Having a strong run at the .75-mile track in Virginia, Danica Patrick went spinning after contact with Austin Dillon. However, it wasn’t the on-track racing incident that may have playoff implications.

As the cars were coming to pit road for service after the yellow flew, a rescue crew was rolling on the track as the cars started to hit pit road. The rescue squad stopped which caused an accordion effect stacking up cars behind the ambulance and other drivers missing the commitment line block on the car.

NASCAR was quick to note that since the “rescue squad didn’t listen to command center; no commitment line violations will be imposed”

Matt Kenseth was the biggest loser in the incident as his No. 20 machine was damaged beyond repair, making the driver searching for his first win of 2017 hope there is no new winner in the race.

“All coming to pit road and I saw an ambulance sitting there. All the cars stopped and I ran into the car in front of me,” noted Kenseth after he climbed from his car.

Many cars were damaged as the cars stacked-up to miss the ambulance. The No. 14 of Clint Bowyer had to come down to pit road twice to get the repairs needed.

This isn’t the first time that Richmond has seen a freak incident. Back in 2015, Michael McDowell ran into the back of a service truck that was cleaning the track. In addition, in the spring race at Richmond earlier this season, an ambulance was on the track when the cars were coming to pit road. In that incident, cars that missed the commitment cone were penalized as NASCAR deemed the apron of the track was pen for cars.

Wil this incident shake up the playoff picture? We shall see.

 

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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