Upset Winner At Talladega [VIDEO]
A long day and a wild finish at Talladega. Matt Kenseth dominated the day. He had the best car, leading 142 laps but David Ragan got a big push from teammate David Gilliland on the final lap – seemingly coming out of nowhere to overtake Carl Edwards and win the Aaron’s 499.
This race had everything. Two big wrecks, a lengthy rain delay, a green, white, checkered finish and a surprise winner.
The first of two “big ones” came early when Kyle Busch caused a crash that involved 13 cars. He tapped Kasey Kahne from behind and it set off a chain reaction behind them.
Then later with rain on the radar, Edwards took the lead just before the race was stopped for a rain delay that lasted more than three and a half hours.
With darkness coming and more rain a possibility when they got back to racing it was all out. And at Talladega when they run that hard and that long you know it’s just a matter of time before they wreck and they did again. This time it was 11 cars involved with Kurt Busch’s car flipping on to the top of Ryan Newman. As scary as it looked it’s just amazing nobody was hurt.
All that was left was to determine a winner and it was Ragan’s day to shine. Gilliland finished second with Edwards, Michael Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson completing the Top 5.
Johnson still leads the points standings, 41 up on Edwards with Dale Earnhardt, Junior moving up into third place.
Next up it’s under the lights next Saturday at Darlington.