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Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Others Crash At Phoenix

The carnage has continued at Phoenix, with two race-changing incidents..

Carl Edwards is in the garage and Kyle Busch has damage after the two drivers most figured would duel for today's victory made contact, setting off a chain reaction accident that ended with Edwards and Jeff Gordon sliding into the outside wall while Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin tangled behind them.

That was followed by a multi-car accident that has collected several other contenders.

Busch's car appeared to veer left after he was passed by Ryan Newman and slammed into the right side of Edwards' Ford. Edwards rode across the inside rumple strip in on the backstretch, lifting his car in the air, before his right front tire blew and carried himself and Gordon into the outside wall.

In the stack up behind them, Harvick ran in the back of David Ragan and was run into from behind by Mark Martin, doing damage to the left rear of Harvick's machine and the nose of Martin's car.

Edwards, the polesitter and point leader entering the race, and Busch have a history of incidents, some inadverdant, some not, but inadverdant or not but this one has cost Edwards a shot a win, or at least carrying on the momentum from his second-place finish in the Daytona 500, and possibly has cost Busch a shot at sweeping the weekend.

On the restart, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth got together, cutting Vickers' left rear tire. Vickers spun across the track, collecting and heavily damaging the cars of, among others, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith, Bobby Labonte, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Andy Lally, and Travis Kvapil.

Each of the top-four finishers from the Daytona 500 - Bayne, Edwards, David Gilliland, and Labonte, have all crashed.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.