As is the case with most 1.5-mile tracks on the NASCAR circuit, we don’t head out to Texas Motor Speedway with the expectation that there will be a huge pileup in the field. But, naturally, that norm didn’t prove true today—a total of 12 cars got caught up in a crash with just a handful of laps left in the race.
The incident above came with just 41 laps to go in the Sprint Cup Series’ Duck Commander 500, when the No. 3 of Austin Dillon slid up and across the race track in front of the field. Dillon’s slide managed to collect an extra 11 cars according to the wreck tally, including Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Paul Menard. Some cars got a better end of the deal than others involved in the wreck, and Johnson’s still out there running in fifth position as of 16 laps to go.
Such a wreck was an odd sight to see at a track that rarely sees a pileup of any size, but it is past midnight local time—perhaps the drivers should all just be in bed by now.