19-year-old rookie Brad Colemen is the poll sitter for the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega. It is restrictor plate racing today and all the drivers are out to avoid the big one. 42 drivers start the race today which is one short of a full field.
One caution involving the most amount of the car came on lap 9 involving over six cars on the start/finish line. Scott Wimmer and Martin Truex Jr. got the worst of the damage from this wreck. Other cars spinning out or getting some damage included Dale Jr., Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Ward Burton, Marcos Ambrose, and David Reuitmann. “I just got hit from behind,” said Martin. Wimmer stated that he was not 100% sure what happened.
The wildest ride of the day occurs on lap 26. Kyle Busch in second place tries to make a pass on the high side of the leader Casey Mears. Kyle gets a little tap from the third place car Tony Stewart and starts to flip over. He does five 360-degree spins in the air before the totally wrecked racecar lands on the ground. Kyle quickly gets out the car without a scratch on him. “Pretty wild ride there,” said Busch.
Other cautions came out on lap 3 for Jason Leffler who smacked the wall, David Gilliland spinning out around lap 55 with some help from Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle smacking into the wall taking the car of Jon Wood with him with 28 laps left to go in the race.
With 23 laps to go in the race a one-time leader of the race today Dale Jr. slows and takes his car behind the wall. “Transmission broke,” said Dale.
With 15 laps to go Aric Almirola spins out.
The big one occurred with eight laps left when the car of Steven Wallace helps take out Marcos Ambrose, Reed Sorenson, Stephen Leicht, and few other cars
“Got turned around,” said Steven. Marcus stated the he hopes that next week will be better.
This one brought out the red flag. After a lengthy clean up time the green flag drops and a couple more laps go by before the caution flies out again for David Reuitmann who crashes out. This set up the green/white checker finish.
The green flag drops and Tony Stewart gets pushed into the lead of the race by Bobby Labonte. Around a half mile left in the race and Bobby goes to the outside to pass Tony and take the win the race by less than a car length.
A race record amount of 20 leaders led today. Some of the cars getting to lead a part of the race included Carl Edwards, Mike Wallace, Casey Mears, Brad Coleman, Tony Stewart, and Clint Bowyer.
Bobby stated this win is cool and then Tony came by to congratulate him.
When asked out finishing second Tony said it was an “awesome way.” “First one, two finish for Kevin Harvick Inc.”
Casey Mears who was the leader for most of the race today that Bobby and Tony had a huge run at the end of the race,
“A good strong points day,” said David Ragan who finished in fourth.
In points Carl Edwards busts open a bigger lead over the two top Toyota cars who are expected to run a full year. He now has an almost 500 point lead over Dave Blaney who is third in points and a 534 point lead over David Reutimann in fourth.