Bizarre crash at start of the Xfinity race (VIDEO)

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SPARTA, Ky. – After waiting nearly 15 hours to race at Kentucky Speedway, some Xfinity drivers’ hopes of winning the Alsco 300 were over before the race began Saturday.

A multicar wreck began just before the green flag began to wave on the postponed race. Several drivers appeared to accelerate before pole-sitter Kyle Busch, who radioed his team that the green flag waved late.

Unlike on restarts, the flagstand controls the start of the race. Replays showed the green flag didn’t wave until Busch was outside the restart zone and nearly to the start-finish line.

Brandon Jones, Blake Koch, Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Reed were involved in the crash. Jones was eliminated in the wreck, and Gaughan was knocked out of the race after hitting the wall a few laps later.

Watch the video of the start above.