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Ugly crash puts NASCAR in spotlight

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When one turned into him, the force of the hit flipped his car up and over two others. Dillon sailed nearly upside down into the Daytona International Speedway catchfence with such a hard hit that it nearly brought his 3,500-pound car to a sudden stop.

The fence acted like a slingshot, sending the sheared race car back onto the track, where it landed on its roof and was hit again while the engine block smoldered nearby. Left behind were a handful of fans who received only minor injuries from the debris, and a gaping hole in the fence, the mesh torn away.

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Sprint CupQuaker State 400Jul. 114:45 PT5:45 MT6:45 CT7:45 ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 北京时间4:45 MST6:45 EST3:45 UAE (+1)6:45 CT1:45 CET TV: NBCSN
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Camping World TruckUNOH 225Jul. 94:48 PT5:48 MT6:48 CT7:48 ET19:48 ET23:48 GMT7:48 北京时间4:48 MST6:48 EST3:48 UAE (+1)6:48 CT1:48 CET TV: FS1

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 K.Harvick 656 2
2 D.Earnhardt Jr. 593 2
3 J.Johnson 589 4
4 J.Logano 581 1
5 M.Truex Jr. 569 1
6 J.McMurray 526 0
7 B.Keselowski 520 1
8 K.Busch 508 2
9 M.Kenseth 501 1
10 J.Gordon 500 0
11 K.Kahne 496 0
12 D.Hamlin 480 1
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