10 from '08: ‘Monster Mile' Starts Carnage Early at Dover

With NASCAR's awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 6 (stop by for the live blog!), here's a look at 10 from '08 -- 10 of the NASCAR season's best moments.

With 43 cars on track, it's not too often that TV cameras catch a wreck live for the audience at home, but June's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway was a little different.

FOX Sports was riding along with Elliott Sadler in his No. 19 Dodge on the in-car camera when the car suddenly broke loose and slapped the outside Turn 2 wall. What we saw next was also atypical of crashes at Dover.

Instead of following the general rule that Dover is a "self-cleaning" race track that forces crashed cars to the bottom of the race track because of the banked corners and straightaways, Sadler's car opted to slide precariously into the middle of the track and into what is best described as a blind spot for race cars traveling at speed.

And so, as the video below shows, Tony Stewart slammed into Sadler, followed , Scott Riggs, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Bobby Labonte to leave the track virtually blocked and multiple pre-race favorites done for the day after just 19 laps of the 400-lap race.

10 from '08: 'Monster Mile' Starts Carnage Early at Dover originally appeared on NASCAR FanHouse on Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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