WATCH: Massive 12-Car Pileup Tangles Traffic at Martinsville NASCAR Race

by Jennifer Shea

The Martinsville NASCAR race was snarled by a massive 12-car pileup on Sunday after Kyle Busch and Chris Buescher got into it on the backstretch, tangling up traffic behind them.

Watch the moment from Busch’s perspective here, courtesy of @NASCAR:

Or watch it from a greater distance here:

Backstretch Pileup Takes Out 12 Cars

The pileup also took out Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman, among other drivers.

It’s not the first time that Busch has been involved in a massive pileup. In 2019, Busch sustained significant damage from contact with Aric Almirola that led to a multi-car crash on the front stretch also at Martinsville.

Sunday’s race was part two of a doubleheader at Martinsville. Both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series had been postponed until Sunday. The NASCAR Xfinity Series resumed at 12 p.m. ET and the NASCAR Cup Series resumed at 4 p.m. ET.

Busch et al. were racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. When the race started this afternoon, Denny Hamlin led, according to NBC Sports. Following him were Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott. William Byron was sixth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.  

NASCAR Cup Series Race Had Been Postponed

On Saturday night, the drivers got through 42 laps after an initial rain delay, only to watch the rain start up again. The NASCAR Cup Series is a 500-lap race.

“NASCAR just can’t catch a break,” Hamlin said of the repeated rain delays, per the Charlotte Observer. “Appreciate them sticking it out. At least getting some laps in.”

The last Cup Series race also suffered from inclement weather. The dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway was postponed after torrential flooding hit the Tennessee track. NASCAR resumed the Sunday race two weeks ago on the following Monday.