The weather was right and great today for some restrictor plate racing at Talladega. Qualifying though was wiped out due to rain putting Jimmie Johnson on the poll.
"Pretty good in practice on Friday," said Dale Earnhardt. Jr. . Really good Bass Pro Shops Chevy," said Jamie McMurray. "Great race car," said Denny Hamlin.
The race started and went green flag until lap 21 for the competition yellow. During this time it was lead change city up at front as drivers such as Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and David Ragan got to lead a lap. At the end of this green flag run it was Kasey Kahne with car problems.
The leaders pitted under the caution flag and Kurt Busch and the other drivers up front took only two tires. Kasey though also wound up getting a spark plug change and he was back into the race.
This led to the first long green flag run of the day. Kasey got the right fix and started to move up to the front again. Even more drivers got to lead the race including Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Michael Waltrip.
Around lap 64 it was green flag pit stop time. When a mess load of cars came down pit road on lap 66 Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose got together on pit road.
After the green flap pit stop ended more and more lead changes occurred and then on lap 76 it was Michael Waltrip who hits the wall and then in an accordion like effect Denny Hamlin then spins out to bring out the second caution of the day.
This time we only had a short green flag run and on lap 84 it was a big pile up as Matt Kenseth, Johnny Sauter, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Max Papis, and David Stremme all get together in the back. "I had a balst," said Michael Waltrip. "The car was fast."
After the green flag dropped again it was another time for more and more leaders including David Rutimann, and Kasey Kahne. At lap 100 though Regan Smith wound up smoking big time to bring out the caution flag.
This led to another long green flag run where Brian Vickers and David Reutimann were running up front. Also up front were Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Kyle Buch. This time we finally saw a good amount of single file racing for a couple of laps.
With less than 50 laps left it was Denny Hamlin got back up to the front, but at time it was more single file racing up front. With 43 laps left the first of the drivers came down pit road for service, but Kasey Kahne wound up having to miss pit entrance as he got squeezed out of getting onto pit road. Kurt Busch and Robby Gordon wound up with speeding penalties on pit road.
After pit stops finished Juan Pablo Montoya was in the lead and was also the record 29th driver to wind up leading at least one lap in this race. With 35 laps left we had three wide racing up front for the lead of the race.
Included in leading laps late in the race were Jamie McMurray and Jeff Burton. With 25 laps left it was some more single file racing. Five laps later and the top ten was same as the single file racing continued.
With 13 laps left the next caution finally came out as Bobby Labonte spins out. This allowed Kasey Kahne to get back on the lead lap. Jeff Burton and a bunch of cars on the lead lap pit. Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya and a few more stay out.
The green flag drops with nine laps left and it got a bit single wide up front for a lap. Then Dale Jr. down low was pushing Tony Stewart to the lead of the race. With six laps left it was Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, and Scott Speed getting together. Jamie McMurray had the lead at the time of the caution.
This brought out the green/white checker flag. The inside line with Jamie McMurray went fast first, but in the back before the lap could get done Joey Logano hits Ryan Newman. That wound up causing the cars of Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Sam Hornish Jr., Bobby Labonte, and Brad Keselowski to get involved. AS the caution laps went down cars that did not pit wound up getting closer and closer to running out of fuel.
"I got hit from behind," said Ryan Newman.
The green flag drops again with Jamie getting a good restart, but the caution comes out again in the back for the wrecking cars of Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson. The leaders though still do not pit. The final green/white checker flag comes out. Kevin Harvick pushes Jamie McMurray to the lead of the race. He continues to push him until he dumps Jamie at the end to go low and barely beat him at the finish line.
Kevin stated that his sponsor can leave while he is winning. This win finishes off a 115 race winless streak for Kevin.
"I don't know what happened," said Jeff Gordon on his wreck. "All day thew racing was amazing."