Crash with Noah Gragson, Sage Karam march NASCAR race at Road America

ELKHART LAKE – While 19-year-old Ty Gibbs beating reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson was one of the big stories out of Road America on Saturday, an avoidable midrace melee left an indelible mark.

And a black mark on Noah Gragson’s reputation as a driver who struggles to control his emotions.

After a restart in the Xfinity Series Henry 180, Sage Karam pinched Gragson into Turn 1, giving him little room to get through the corner, and then they made contact again in Turn 3, another right-hander.

Sage Karam's damaged car is towed away after he was involved in a multiple-car crash triggered by Noah Gragson pushing Karam off track in the Henry 180 at Road America.

The real trouble started at upward of 150 mph a few hundred yards later, when Gragson deliberately turned right into Karam’s car just before the bridge that crosses the track on its downhill run toward Turn 5.

Drivers followed blindly into a dust storm, creating a chain reaction that involved 13 cars and eliminated six drivers, including Karam.

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