You can tell when a race is about to end at Daytona and Talladega. The drivers aren’t giving up an inch and that usually leads to multi-car crashes.
With 20 laps to go in the GEICO 500 at Talladega, 2nd place Chase Elliott and 3rd place A.J. Allmendinger got together to spark a 16 car crash that resulted in Elliott and Allmendinger to go airborne and Allmendinger to slide on his top down the backstretch.
The “Big One” took out a lot of contenders for the win. Along with Elliott and Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne were among the 16 cars crashed. All were able to walk away from the crash uninjured.
With these cars bump drafting and cutting through the air, it’s very easy to get loose and crash. It didn’t seem like it was either Allmendinger’s or Elliott’s fault. It just seemed like a cause of restrictor plate racing.