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Second Major Crash Strikes Bud Shootout With 20 Laps Remaining

A number of contenders are done for the night after a major crash with 20 laps to go in the Bud Shootout. Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose made contact, triggering a pileup that collected Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick - who's Chevrolet fireballed - and Matt Kenseth, who nearly overturned before slamming the wall head on. Logano and Harvick drove their cars to the garage, while Truex, Kenseth, and Earnhardt's machines were left parked in the turn two grass.

Greg Biffle was leading at the time of the crash, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Logano, Ambrose, and Truex at the time of the crash. The six-car melee elevated Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart into the top-five, behind Biffle, Johnson, and Ambrose.

The wreck took place a few laps after Kyle Busch made an incredible save. Contact with Jimmie Johnson turned Busch onto the apron in turns one and two. His Toyota shot off the apron onto the racing surface, then back onto the apron a second time before Busch saved the car and rejoined the fight, despite significant damge to the center of the nose on his machine.

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