A wreck initiated by a Clint Bowyer spin highlighted several early cautions at Saturday night's Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the setting of the Chase field.
The wreck came on lap eight as Chase outsider Clint Bowyer spun while racing David Reutimann for fourth place. Initially, Bowyer appeared to collect his No. 33 car, narrowly averting contact with the outside wall.
However, as Bowyer brought his car to a stop, several cars in the field behind him wrecked, including several Chase hopefuls.
Denny Hamlin slammed the outside wall in his No. 11 while Dale Earnhardt Jr. bounced off a couple of cars like a pinball before barreling into Bowyer's left side.
Additional cars involved include A.J. Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Casey Mears, Travis Kvapil and Robby Gordon, among others.
Bowyer's crew was able to repair the damage to his vehicle without too much trouble. The cars of Earnhardt Jr. and Hamlin sustained more serious damage but were able to find their way back onto the lead lap before lap 50.
Entering the race, Bowyer and Hamlin were racing for the second wild card spot in the Chase. For Bowyer to make it, he'd need to win the race while finishing at least 12 points ahead of Hamlin on the night.
Earnhardt, ninth in the points before the race, could guarantee a Chase berth with a finish of 20th or better, regardless of the finishes of those near him in the points.