Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman crash in Southern 500


Clint Bowyer made heavy contact with Ryan Newman on lap 312 as Newman slowed to enter the pits.

Both cars sustained significant damage. Bowyer’s damage resulted in his car being taken to the garage and he will retire.

Newman lost one lap making repairs, but restarted the race in 12th.

Bowyer has already secured a playoff spot with victories at Martinsville and Michigan.

Bowyer blamed a lack of visibility due to lapped cars for the accident.

“He must have been pitting,” Bowyer said to NBCSN after the incident. “He just stopped in the middle of the track. … First of all, the damn lappers out there … you come by him, you come by this guy. You don’t even have a chance of getting track of where you’re at because of who you’re racing.

Newman entered the race 17th in the standings and needed a victory either at Darlington or Indianapolis next week to secure his playoff position. Newman was running sixth at the time of the accident.