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Watch Corey LaJoie slide across the finish line at the end of the NASCAR Talladega race

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Corey LaJoie made it to the finish Sunday, albeit on his side, after being involved in a huge crash at the end of the Geico 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Sparks flew off the wall and track as LaJoie cruised across the finish line in his Spire Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro.

LaJoie became airborne and after turning, landed back on all four tires against the wall where Carson Hocevar crashed into him. Hocevar then pushed LaJoie across the finish line in the bizarre finish. Hocevar finished 17th and LaJoie was 18th.

“I did a full rotation, so I liked having the left side on the ground for a while and then I kind of stopped,” LaJoie said. “Then he turned around, hit the roof and then landed on all fours. The impact on all fours was quite big. But I’m glad I slipped past the start/finish line.”

LaJoie also said he was grateful that he “gave the seat belts a good tug” with three laps to go, which kept him from bouncing around too much during the crash.

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LaJoie was involved in the crash when his car, the cars of Josh Berry and Ryan Preece collided.

At least a dozen cars were involved in the wreck, which started when race leader Michael McDowell blocked Brad Keselowski on the outside and then went low to beat Keselowski with another block. McDowell failed to avoid Keselowski, forcing McDowell to spin out and then hit the wall, causing the crash.

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