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Video: Thad Moffitt Crashes, Collects Ankrum, Villarreal, and Wright

What a strange incident.

On Lap two of Friday night’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 at Texas Motor Speedway, Thad Moffitt seemed to encounter a mechanical issue of some sort, which caused him to slow from the 23rd starting spot.

As he reached Turns 1 and 2, Moffitt’s car began to slide down the track as if a rear axle had broken on the car. On his way down the truck, Moffitt collided with the right rear of Kris Wright’s No. 1 truck, and then piled into the side of Tyler Ankrum’s No. 18 machine.

The contact with Ankrum sent Moffitt spinning back across the track, where he collected Memphis Villarreal, who is driving the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports truck.

Rajah Caruth made an incredible move to avoid Moffitt’s truck.

While it looked like something broke to send Moffitt up the track initially, Moffitt says he just got loose after getting a big run into Turn 1. However, the driver feels like something did indeed break once he got up there.

“Yeah, we had a big run getting down into [Turn] 1, I was pretty cautious, I thought,” Moffitt said. “And then we got a kind of free getting in. I ended up saving that, kept it out of the fence, and then when I tried to stay up, it just came down the race track on me. We’re watching the replay right here, and it’s like something broke or something almost. It just came left on me.”

For Ankrum, the third place man in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular season championship standings heading into the night, suffered his second big crash of the day. Ankrum says being involved in the crash on Lap 2 was a result of his incident in practice earlier in the day on Friday.

“I don’t even know,” Ankrum said. “[If] you hang out with the squirrels, you’re going to get your nuts cracked. It’s honestly my fault for being there in the back anyways. My mistake in practice.”

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