Big races occasionally come with big crashes. This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race back in 2013 was no exception. The Coca-Cola 600 is a huge race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This all-star race event was packed with tons of big name drivers who were all pushing as hard as they could to secure those top spots.

When race cars start going three wide around the turns, that’s when you know things are about to get really interesting. The drivers had 75 laps to go when sparks flew down the racetrack. The main three drivers involved in the crash were Mark Martin, Aric Almirola, and Jeff Gordon, but as they wrecked along the track, they managed to take out Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Casey Mears, and Bobby Labonte in the process.

Here’s what happened: Almirola takes the inside lane under Martin and Gordon as they go three wide into the turn. They come up to the straightaway after the turn, and Martin tries to get out of the middle of the sandwich by going inside to hit the dog leg. While doing so, he clips Almirola, causing him to spin right into Jeff Gordon. Both Gordon and Almirola crash into the wall and sparks fly everywhere. Since they were so close, Stenhouse, Mears, and Labonte have nowhere to go and get wrapped up in the carnage. All of the drivers spin out on the track, and each car receives a ton of damage in the process.

Although unfortunate, these types of things do happen in racing. Luckily, no one was hurt in the wreckage, and it gave the crowd quite the show that evening. Stenhouse even managed to fight his way back up to 14th position after everything that happened, which is pretty impressive. I’m sure Almirola was pretty frustrated with the whole situation, but at that point, there’s not much you can do.


If you’re interested to see how everyone else finished up the race, check out the full race and results below.

2013 Coca-Cola 600 Race Results

1. Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet

2. Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet

3. Kurt Busch – Chevrolet

4. Denny Hamlin – Toyota

5. Joey Logano – Ford

6. Ryan Newman – Chevrolet

7. Tony Stewart – Chevrolet

8. Clint Bowyer – Toyota

9. Martin Truex Jr – Toyota

10. Marcos Ambrose – Ford

11. Carl Edwards – Ford

12. Jeff Burton – Chevrolet

13. Paul Menard – Chevrolet

14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr – Ford

15. Matt Kenseth – Toyota

16. Trevor Bayne – Ford

17. Regan Smith – Chevrolet

18. Juan Pablo Montoya – Chevrolet

19. Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet

20. David Gilliland – Ford

21. David Reutimann – Toyota

22. Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet

23. Casey Mears – Ford

24. Bobby Labonte – Toyota

25. David Ragan – Ford

26. Josh Wise – Ford

27. Timmy Hill – Ford

28. J. J. Yeley – Chevrolet

29. Danica Patrick – Chevrolet

30. Dave Blaney – Chevrolet


31. Greg Biffle – Ford

32. David Stremme – Toyota

​33. Aric Almirola – Ford

34. Mark Martin – Toyota

35. Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet

36. Brad Keselowski – Ford

37. Landon Cassill – Chevrolet

38. Kyle Busch – Toyota

39. Dale Earnhardt Jr – Chevrolet

40. Travis Kvapil – Toyota

41. Joe Nemechek – Toyota

42. Michael Mcdowell – Ford

43. Scott Speed – Ford

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