By admin | March 21, 2010
By Richard Allen
On lap 343 of the Food City 500 the caution flag flew for an accident that began when Greg Biffle forced Mark Martin into the outside retaining wall at the exit of turn 2. Martinâ€™s damaged car limped on into turn 3 where it created a bottleneck which eventually collected a number of other machines.
As many as 13 cars were involved in that wreck to some degree. The cars of Martin, David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcos Ambrose received significant damage.
Immediately after the accident Biffle came on his radio to, ironically, blame his radio. â€œI didnâ€™t hear anything from the spotter,â€ he insisted. â€œI didnâ€™t know he was out there. This thingâ€™s been cutting out all day.â€
Martin offered his version of what happened. â€œI needed to go,â€ he said. â€œI was faster than those guys.
â€œI was on the brakes when I saw he was gonna cut me off but we got hung together,â€ he added. â€œI know mistakes happen but that was a really bad deal for us.â€
Biffleâ€™s car was not damaged in the incident and he went on to a 4th place finish. He also ranks 4th in the Sprint Cup standings.
Martin, Ragan, Montoya and Ambrose took harder hits. They all finished outside the top-25 in the final race results. None of those drivers rank in the top-12 of the standings. Martin fell nine positions to 16th.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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