Sprint Cup drivers took to the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday for the Aaron’s 499. It was a wild race with loads of drivers trying to get the lead of the race and a big wreck on the last lap.
“Got a cool, fast race car,” said Jeff Gordon.
At the drop of the green flag it was not long and Reed Sorenson and his day was over in fewer than 10 laps. “Blew a Motor,” said Reed over the radio.
The first caution of the day popped up on lap 19 for Matt Kenseth who blew a tire and hit the wall. “Thought we had an okay car,” said Matt.
All the cars on the lead lap pit and Tony Stewart leads the cars off pit road. This led to a very long green flag run that went through two green flag pit stops.
In the 40-50 laps it was very wild up top with multiple cars taking the lead of the race for a lap or two. Also during that time Carl Edwards made an early pit stop for a bad tire.
The first green flag pit stops occurred on lap 61. During this time other cars pitting with Kyle Busch boxed him out and he missed his pits. This caused many warnings from NASCAR. Also Brian Vickers leaving his pits spins out.
During this time it was more single file racing at the top as Dale Jr. was leading with Tony Stewart in second.
The second round of pit stop occurred around lap 105. After pit stops was over Tony Was back in the front again and then at lap 116 Carl Edwards who has been having a bad went worse as a tire blows up sending him into the wall. “Wrong camber,” said Carl Edwards. He stated he wanted to go as far on tire as he did before, but that did not happen. This caution put Kyle Busch back on the lead lap.
During this time it was the Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. at the top of the leader board during the green flag run.
The third caution for both Patrick Carpentier and Tony Stewart who hit the wall because of a bad tire comes out with 45 laps to go. Tony was in the lead at the time. All the cars on the lead lap pit and Denny Hamlin comes out with the lead.
During the 11 lap green flag run it was three-wide big time with Tony Stewart back around 31st spot not moving up. Paul Menard up front spins out and goes in the grass to bring out the fourth caution of the day.
Only a couple laps of green flag racing occurs and Brian Vickers gets a piece of his car taken off leaving a big hunk of metal on the race track. With 20 laps to go it was Denny Hamlin still in the lead of the race, but lost it to Ryan Newman.
With 18 laps to go up front in the top ten Kyle Busch makes a big move to the outside and then hits Jamie McMurray. They both get sideways. But somehow do not bring out the big one.
Then crazy racing in the back and on lap 172 Dale Jr. looses it and causing Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte, and Jamie McMurray to get wrecked. Dale Jr. left with limited damage. “We had a great day going,” said Tony Stewart.
The green flag dropped with 11 laps to go and Kyle Busch was leading the race. On the second push by Jimmy Johnson put Michael Waltrip into the lead of the rave and then the caution pops out for a single car spin by Bobby Labonte.
With 5 laps left the green flag drops. Waltrip got up high and put Kyle Busch back into the lead. With two laps to Jeff Gordon goes high, but gets blocked by Kyle Busch putting Juan Pablo Montoya into the lead. At the start of the final lap Michael McDowell spins but does not bring out the caution. Behind him though a massive last lap wreck occurs. Jimmy Johnson and Jamie McMurray were at the start of big wreck. Then getting involved was David Stremme, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and more.
Kyle Busch stated that it was Jeff Gordon and then Juan Pablo Montoya pushing us. He also sated that he was not as good as Tony Stewart.
“Getting close,” said Juan Pablo Montoya who finished second.
“Anyone I got behind I could shove them,” said Denny Hamlin. He finished the race in third spot.
“AAA Ford was good all day,” said David Ragan who finished fourth.
In points, Jeff Burton and his lead shrinks big time down to 13 points to second place driver Kyle Busch. Dale Jr. is still in third only 70 points back.