VIDEO: Multi-Car Pileup Takes Out Over A Dozen During Sonoma Xfinity Race

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A multi-car crash erupted at the start of the final Stage of the NASCAR Xfinity series race at Sonoma Saturday sweeping up 14 cars in the 38 car field.

It was all triggered when Jeb Burton got into Chandler Smith entering Turn 3. By the time the dust settled, and the smoke cleared one of the races fastest cars driven by Ty Gibbs, was done for the day.

Gibbs won Stage 2 after taking the from pole sitter Shane van Gisbergen on lap 22. He and SVG were the class of the field, and it appeared the pair would be contesting the race between them.

But it started to come apart for Gibbs during the pit stops at the end of the Stage when his crew had trouble on the left rear of his Toyota. Gibbs came out deep in the field and ended up being one of those caught up in the carnage.


“It’s definitely frustrating for sure,” Gibbs said. “I don’t really know what happened. I haven’t really seen a good replay. I know somebody spun out and everybody just booked it and held it wide open. We caught up in that and got hit like six or seven times after that. It’s just unfortunate, but we had a great car. I feel like I learned a lot.”

Gibbs was scored 35th.

“Definitely not the most ideal way to end it” he said. “But I feel like we were really solid and wish we could stay out there and had a shot to win, but that’s just the way it goes.”

In perhaps a cruel ironic twist Gibbs JGR teammate Chandler Smith, whose spin started the mess, was able to finish seventh in his Toyota.

“It was bad fast, especially there at the very end,” Smith said of his Toyota. “Got that damage after that wreck when we went three wide, that put us behind the eight ball. Then got wrecked right after I went to the back there and that really put us behind the eight ball, but that caution kind of saved us and we were able to march forward pretty quickly.”