With 21 laps to go, Greg Biffle would get into the back of Joe Nemechek, turning Nemechek up the track.
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 marked Nemechek’s first time behind the wheel of the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports. The car is normally piloted by David Ragan, but he is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18. Nemechek commented following the wreck that he wasn’t sure how the pair made contact as he was certain that he had cleared Biffle.
The contact between the pair would result in six other drivers involved in the wreck, including Kyle Larson, Regan Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Mike Bliss, Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer.
“I think the 16 and 34 got together, something up front there,” Stenhouse commented. “I was committed to the top and got in the brakes and got in the back of the 15, which was down on power I guess. And then a lot of smoke and somebody was in front of me as I was still on the brake and went ahead and ended our day. Our Fifth Third Bank Ford wasn’t near as good as what we wanted. We were running in the back and had gotten a little bit better throughout the day, just not near as good as what we wanted.”
For Stewart, it marks his second straight poor showing following a wreck at Daytona. Stewart was hoping to turn things around this year after struggling last year, but ran outside of the top 20 most of the day.