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Colin Braun, Steve Wallace eliminated in grinding crash at Bristol

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The No. 16 Ford of Colin Braun sits on top of the No. 66 Toyota of Steve Wallace after a crash in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – A scary crashed eliminated Colin Braun and Steve Wallace from the Scotts Turf Builder 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The accident, on lap 90, was triggered when Brian Scott seemed to slow entering Turn 1 more than Scott Wimmer expected, and Wimmer punted Scott. As Scott spun at the top of the track, Braun clipped him. Barreling in was Wallace, whose car drove UNDER Braun’s as the two remained stuck together.

A brief fire from Wallace’s car soon went out, and all drivers were OK. But only Scott continued.

"It was weird," Braun said. "I haven’t seen a replay so I didn’t know exactly what happened. But I know the 11 got spun out, and we were right in the middle of it."

Wallace said he didn’t "know what the hell happened."

"I was out there and was going into Turn 1 and just looked and saw two cars spinning," Wallace said. "I don’t know what happened there, but obviously something happened. There was no time for me to react. This place is real bad about that because you’re going so fast. I don’t know what happened. I just looked up and there was a car laying over the roof."

Scott went behind the wall as his crew made repairs.