Two Davids Stun Goliaths At Talladega
NASCAR waited out the Mother Nature, eventually getting back to racing at almost 7 p.m. EST. With more weather in the area and darkness looming, Matt Kenseth took command of the race. Kenseth dominated the race before the rain delay and looked to have the car to beat following the storms.
With 15 laps left Michael McDowell lost a tire in turns one and two and hit the wall, bringing out a caution flag. The field returned to racing with 10 laps left and Kenseth returned to the point, but with the laps winding down things got intense in a hurry.
With six laps left “The Big One” struck for the second time, the first time being on lap 44 when contact between Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne at the front of the pack damaged at least 13 cars.
This time the action was on the backstretch as contact between Ricky Stenhouse Jr., J.J. Yeley and Kurt Busch started a massive crash that saw the elder Busch brother land on the roof of Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet. No one was hurt in the crash.
With darkness looming NASCAR opted for only one attempt at a green-white-checkered restart, much like they had during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Kenseth held the lead during the restart, but Edwards got a huge run down the backstretch to take the lead.
Kenseth was able to slide in behind Edwards and tried to make a move coming down the backstretch on the white flag lap, but Edwards blocked his advance. That opened the door for the Front Row Motorsports duo of Ragan and Gilliland, who stormed through the middle of the pack to steal the victory away from Edwards, who ended up third.
Michael Waltrip, running only his second Sprint Cup race of the season, finished fourth ahead of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in fifth.
Kenseth, who led 143 laps during Sunday’s race, ended up eighth.