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Jason Leffler Eliminated In Early Crash At NextEra Energy 250

Jason Leffler was expected to be one of the contenders in tonight's NextEra Energy 250, driving Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota Tundra. Unfortunately, his race is over after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 18 of 100. Paulie Harraka, Dakoda Armstrong, and Georgia native Chris Cockrum were also involved.

The wreck started as the lead pack of trucks were passing Cockrum's slower machine. in the third and fourth corners. Harraka's truck jumped sidways exiting the corner, striking the side of Cockrum before shooting back across the track and sending Leffler hard into the wall. Armstrong swerved to avoid the accident but over corrected, going for a long slide and brushing up against the outside wall.

Cockrum, Harraka, and Armstrong were able to drive back to pit road for repairs, while Leffler's Toyota needed to be towed to the garage with heavy front end damage.

Miguel Paludo dominated the opening run of the race, leading every lap from the pole position. Teammate James Buescher had been in tow throughout the race.

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