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Jeff Gordon Flips In Horrific Bud Shootout Crash

Jeff Gordon has walked away from his worst crash ever.

For the first time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, Gordon flipped over in a harrowing accident that collected teammate Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and several others as the field raced to the white flag.

Tony Stewart was ahead of Kyle Busch and Gordon when Busch was turned by Gordon's Chevrolet. Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Johnson all shot up head on into the wall, flipping Gordon's car onto its side, where it skidded for a long distance before overturning a number of times in a heart-stopping series of flips.

Jamie McMurray and A.J. Allmendinger also picked up a good deal of damage in the crash. Kurt Busch's Chevrolet was destroyed, while Johnson's sustained heavy damage. Kyle Busch, for the second time tonight, saved the car after shooting from the apron to the racing surface a series of times.

Stewart remains the leader, ahead of Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Carl Edwards. Stewart is seeking to become a four-time Bud Shootout champion, which would leave him two behind all-time event record holder Dale Earnhardt, who passed away 11 years ago today.

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