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Crumbling concrete slows down FedEx 400

2013 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.
2013 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.
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Action at the FedEx 400 has been slowed this afternoon by two red flags after concrete rose off the track at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. The first went up after a wreck involving Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse severely damaging both Fords during lap 136, causing a 7 minute delay as debris was cleared from the backstretch which left the backstretch covered in debris.

Officials then stopped the race for the second time during lap 160,when the front end of Jamie McMurray’s car suffered major front end damage when it was hit by concrete that broke loose from the track surface. McMurray had just recovered from an earlier incident in which he slid in front of Casey Mears on lap 157 and hit the wall. Another piece of concrete also flew up an shattered glass in the crossover bridge on the backstretch, causing another delay of 22 minutes. At the time Kevin Harvick was in the lead, but suddenly fell off the pace after one of his tires went flat.

First inaugurated in 1969, (as a 300 mile race won by Richard Petty) the now 400 mile, 400 lap stockcar race became the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race entitlement dedicated to a non-profit organization in 2007, by the race's title sponsor at the time, Visa Inc. It is also the first of two Sprint Cup races at Dover. Last year’s race was won by Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing, who also won the event in 2000.