After two early cautions, the NASCAR XFINITY Series field was forced to stop during a red flag after a vicious crash on lap 18 of Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen came
Circuiting the 2.454-mile Watkins Glen International on a restart after a lap 13 caution, Todd Bodine and Ryan Sieg were battling for position through the track’s esses -a fast, downhill section where the cars quickly gain speed- when contact between the two sent Bodine spinning in front of the field.
What ensued from there was a game of NASCAR pinball, with multiple drivers crashing as the field attempted to rush past the wreck on the track’s tightest section.
Looking for his fourth-straight NXS win, Kyle Busch was sent to the garage after suffering heavy damage in the crash. Chase hopefuls Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Blake Koch were also taken out, with Koch’s advantage over 13th-place Dakota Armstrong dropping to less than 10 points at the time of the accident.
The race was quickly red-flagged after the crash in order to clean oil and debris from the racing surface.
The crash brought a quick end to a challenging return to the series for Bodine. Making his first XFINITY Series start since Sept. 2015, Bodine was involved in two of the race’s first three yellows, spinning in the track’s carousel turn on lap 13 and then causing the Big One on lap 17.
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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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