Both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, who notoriously have struggled during their NASCAR Sprint Cup careers on road courses, were cruising along and having better-than-usual days at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday when it all changed in an instant.
Earnhardt caught the inside curb as the two went into a turn side-by-side on the 1.99-mile track on Lap 74 of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, causing his No. 88 Chevrolet to jump broad-side into the No. 20 Toyota being driven by Kenseth. The contact sent Kenseth spinning and after he made hard contact with a tire barrier, much of the front end of his car was completely gone.
Earnhardt took the blame for the incident, telling his team over the radio: "My bad. I don’t know what the (bleep) I was doing there. I ran up on that curb and jumped into him."