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Matt Kenseth crashed hard into the tires at Sonoma after contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Driver Matt Kenseth, right, talks with crew chief Jason Ratcliff in the garage after a qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Driver Matt Kenseth, right, talks with crew chief Jason Ratcliff in the garage after a qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Matt Kenseth hit the tire barrier so hard in the esses at Sonoma that the front bumper got ripped off his car.

Shortly after a restart, Kenseth was battling for position with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the two made contact in turn four. Kenseth, who was on the outside of Junior, was able to save his car from spinning out on the initial contact, but as the two went side-by-side into the esses, Junior's car bounced off the curb to the right of the track and straight into Kenseth's car.

It was a violent impact but Kenseth was able to walk away.

Junior apologized for getting onto the curb on his in-car radio after the incident. Because they were in such close proximity to each other, Kenseth was simply a sitting duck when Junior's car ricocheted to the left.

Kenseth entered the race fourth in the points standings. He's still there, but he's now 65 points behind Jeff Gordon.

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