Dale Earnhardt Jr among a group of star drivers sent to the back of the pack

There was literally nothing any of these drivers could have done. With a huge group of cars coming to pit road, Jamie McMurray and Jeffrey Earnhardt had huge contact that brought out the yellow flag.

Related:

The yellow flag came out just before the group of cars crossed the line, and the yellow flag automatically closes pit road.

Not all of the cars could bail on their pit stop soon enough and had no choice but to go down pit lane. NASCAR allows this without penalty if a driver rolls through, but if they stop and complete the pit stop, they are penalized by having to start from the back of the pack.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott headlined the penalized drivers.

Check Also

We pick the best driver in NASCAR and it’s probably not who you want

Who is the best Cup driver in this generation of NASCAR? We all have our favorites and that bias sometimes causes us to skew the answer.

Get ready to see a lot more of Dale Earnhardt Jr. this February

NBC sports has made the announcement we all expected was coming.