Playoff driver Jamie McMurray took the blame for a multi-car accident that saw him exit Sunday's Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway early.
The incident came on lap 25 as McMurray and a bunch of drivers were coming into pit. McMurray didn't know that some of the cars - including Kyle Busch and Erik Jones - behind him were not pitting causing a chain-reaction crash when Jones' No. 77 Toyota got into the back of the No. 1 Chevrolet of McMurray.
“It was my fault," McMurray said. "I assumed that they said the 18 was going to let me in, so I thought we were all going to pit. I didn’t even know where the 77 was. When I got on the brakes, I thought we were all coming to pit road as a group. I’ll take the blame for that. I just kind of assumed we were coming to pit road right there. Obviously not everyone was.”
The contact turned McMurray up into the track where he made hard contact with the No. 33 Chevrolet of Jeffrey Earnhardt and then the No. 15 Chevrolet of Mark Thompson. McMurray, who has two Talladega wins to his credit, came into the second race in the Round of 12, eighth in the standings - just 10 points ahead of 12th-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “There’s nothing you can do about it," McMurray said. "It’s part of Talladega. We know you can come out of here with a lot of points and be a winner or you can be in the position we are right now. We’ll go to Kansas and do our best. I’m sure I won’t be the only Playoff driver disappointed today.”
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