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Multiple playoff drivers involved in late Stage 2 crash at Talladega

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 14: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Chevrolet, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald’s Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, wreck during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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An 11-car wreck involving multiple playoff drivers occurred with four laps left in the Stage 2 of Monday’s rain-delayed Cup race at Talladega.

The wreck began in Turn 3 when Joey Logano, running in second and receiving a push from Clint Bowyer, made contact with the rear bumper of leader Alex Bowman and turned him around.

The resulting crash involved Bowman, Chase Elliott, Dover winner Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Preece, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell and Jimmie Johnson.

“My guess is a threw a block that I shouldn’t have blocked,” Bowman told NBCSN. “I got pushed way out there and knew (Logano) was coming and tried to move down just a little bit. As soon as he touched me it just turned us sideways. They just had a bigger run than I realized. ... I apologize to all the cars that got torn up, that’s on me.”

Bowman, Johnson and Larson were eliminated.

Bowyer won Stage 2.