Multiple cars eliminated in restart crash at Michigan

Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric and others were involved in a bad crash after a lap 25 restart.
After a competition warning was issued on lap 20, JJ Yeley was among 11 cars not to pit under the first yellow flag of the day. At the ensuing restart, Yeley's No. 15 Ford checked after running up the track at Turn 1, resulting in contact from behind by Michael McDowell and from the right by Aric Almirola.
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This contact caused several cars to spin. Cindric was slammed head-on into the outside wall after contact by Yeley and Ty Gibbs, while Busch was eliminated after Almirola's car pinned Busch's to the outside wall at Turn 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland were also collected.
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Cindric suffered the most notable hit in the incident, and while physically fine, the Team Penske rookie expressed disappointment after exiting the Infield Care Center with a 37th place finish.
"All I saw was the 15 cars sideways and just everything stacked up," Cindric told NBC Sports. “I was tagged on the back left, pushed up the track and then thrown head-on into the fence. Looks like the 15 just broke free, all stacked up and rammed in the back. Not Ty's fault, just all piling up, but obviously a pretty massive hit to the outside wall head-on.
“I'm glad I'm doing well, it just feels like a waste to do all this and do a few laps and finish last, so quite unlucky. I hate it for the guys, the team, Discount Tire and everyone.”
In 36th place, Busch finished outside the top 10 for the eighth straight race, marking the worst stretch of his career. Busch qualified third and was the fastest car in practice on a 10-lap average. The No. 18 team pitted under the previous caution and restarted outside the top 10.
"I was just trying to bid my time and knew we didn't necessarily have to rush to get points towards the end of this stage," Busch told NBC Sports. “It was going to be a 40 lap race and there would be plenty of time to get there with our car. We had a really fast Interstate Batteries Camry. I mean it was looking really good for the day and obviously not a good result.
"I just got squeezed between the 10 Spinning and me and the fence. Just don't get it man. I just can't buy a break now."
Gilliland and McDowell were able to continue. Busch, Almirola, Burton, Cindric, Stenhouse and Yeley were forced to withdraw from the event. All drivers were screened and released from the Infield Care Center.
This story will be updated.
Kyle Bush
American racing driver and team owner
Austin Cinderic
American racing driver
J.J. Yeley
American racing driver

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