Race Recap: Spring Talladega
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By Benji Butler
TheRacingExperts.com Pit Stop Reporter
WOW! OH MY GOODNESS! WHAT A FINISH! Those are just some of the reactions that NASCAR fans had at the finish of the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega this past Sunday. If you watched the race, you saw a good finish. If you didn’t, read this and you might get a picture in your head of what happened. Hendrick Motorsports would take the first two rows on the starting grid. Would one of these four drivers be there at the end to take the checkered flag?
Going back to Daytona, we would once again see the two car tango at the place it was born. Jeff Gordon, the pole sitter, would stay at the back most of the day to try and stay out of the potential wrecks that Talladega produces. The first caution would come out on lap 28 when Landon Cassill would get a bump from Kurt Busch. This sent him into Brian Vickers as he was put in the wall. The race would then have a green flag run until lap 90. Kurt Busch would then bump Brad Keselowski and start a chain reaction crash also involving Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, David Ragan, and Trevor Bayne.
The third caution would then come out for debris. On lap 140, the fourth caution would come out when Joey Logano would bump Kyle Busch and send him into Matt Kenseth. The fifth caution would then come out on lap 166 for debris. On lap 171, Newman would get spun and hit Montoya with a great save. But Newman’s troubles were not over as he would once again be spun on lap 174 on the backstretch and would bring out the yellow.
The restart would occur on lap 178. Dave Blaney, 48, would prove he could contend for a win in underfunded equipment. However, Blaney was spun by Kurt Busch with four to go as he was in the top-10. Blaney would bring his car home a dissapointing 27th, leaving questions in the minds of some NASCAR fans—“What could have been.”
The drivers raced it out and Bowyer, Harvick, Johnson, Earnhardt, Edwards, Biffle, Martin, and Gordon would have a battle on the last lap and coming to the checkered flag. Jimmie Johnson would take the victory by a margin of 0.002 seconds over Clint Bowyer.
The race was arguably one of the best in recent years, and it showed what could be in store for the 2011 season. Jimmie Johnson was able to capture his first win of the season and he seems to be setting up a run for a sixth championship.
Reporting for theracingexperts.com, I’m Benji Butler.