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Multi-car crash in first lap of NASCAR Brickyard 400

The NASCAR Brickyard 400 was only seconds old when several cars were involved in a first-lap crash Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As the 43-car field moved through the second turn, seven Sprint Cup Series drivers were part of a crash that started with a spinning Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. and triggered a caution period.

Other drivers involved included Elliott Sadler, David Reutimann and Reed Sorenson.

There was rain in Indianapolis overnight and, amid concern that the track might be exceptionally slick as a result, NASCAR planned a mandatory caution period after 15 laps of the 160-lap race to check on the track's condition and the cars' tire wear.

Pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya still held the lead, followed by three-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson.

Look for more race updates at latimes.com/sports.

-- Jim Peltz in Indianapolis

 
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