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The other big wrecks didn’t involve contact but just cars getting loose when trying to make passes. Both Hamlin and Michael McDowell had spins when trying to take the lead.

“I knew that the likely scenario I wasn’t going to make it out of the corner with as much speed as I was carrying,” Hamlin said. “I was trying to go for the win.

“So I just got loose and spun out.”

McDowell blamed himself, although the track has some bumps that can upset the bottom of the car.

“I am not mad at the track — It is my fault that I spun, not the track’s fault,” McDowell said. “But for our cars as low as we run them, we should probably think about grinding that a little bit.”

Michael McDowell explains what happened with his accident at Texas

Larson Wheel Falls Off

Kyle Larson started on the pole and led a race-high 77 laps, but his right rear wheel fell off the car under caution on Lap 117. He fell two laps down, rallied back to the lead lap but never had the speed he had earlier in the race.

The single-lug wheels teams use can sometimes appear and feel as if they are tight but aren’t totally tight and can either break the wheel or eventually come off with little warning.

“At first I thought I had a flat – I was heating my tires up swerving back-and-forth, and it was wanting to spin,” Larson said after his 21st-place finish. “In the mirror, I’d seen the wheel go. I wasn’t too concerned. I knew we were going to get back to the lead lap.

“Once we got to the lead lap, I wasn’t that good. … Some days are just not meant to be.”

Kyle Larson explains what he felt when the wheel came off

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He has spent decades covering motorsports, including over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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