Shades of the early wreck in the Daytona 500! Barely 20 laps into the Food City 500 at Bristol, Kasey Kahne didn't quite clear Regan Smith, setting off a chain reaction that collected several more of the biggest names in the sport. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose all suffered damage, with Busch, Edwards and Kahne all seeing their very real chances of winning the race go up in a haze of smoke and blue foam.
Kahne, in particular, is in a lot of trouble standings-wise now. In his first season at Hendrick, the heralded driver has crashed out or brought home poor finishes week after week, and even though we're not out of March, he's already in a win-to-get-in situation with the Chase. The wild card may be his only option if the season isn't to be a total bust.