Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 2012 Results: Reaction and Post-Race Analysis

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 7, 2012

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 07:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Ford Ecoboost/National Breast Cancer Foundation Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 7, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Results of the 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 included Matt Kenseth finishing first and Tony Stewart getting cursed.

Kenseth is currently last in the Chase for the Cup standings, but he narrowed the gap, earning 47 points on Sunday. He’s now 67 behind the leader, Brad Keselowski, who increased his lead over Jimmie Johnson to 14 points on the afternoon. Keselowski finished seventh and Johnson 17th.

How the race’s outcome adjusted the Chase standings was overshadowed, though, by the crash that Stewart, who finished 22nd, started on the final lap. He even admitted it, as, according to Nate Ryan of USA Today, he said after its conclusion:

It's my fault. I take 100 percent of the blame. I was trying to win the race and stay ahead and Michael got a big head of a steam. I turned down across the front of his car. It was a mistake on my part, but it made for a bad day for a lot of other guys.

The “a lot of other guys” he referred to were part of a 20-car pileup.

If Stewart had passed Kenseth and won at Talladega, he would’ve put himself back in the thick of things for the Sprint Cup Series crown. Instead, he fell to seventh in the standings and 46 points behind Keselowski, who just so happened to be able to avoid the wreck Stewart caused.

Here are the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, as well as the current Chase for the Cup standings.

Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Results

Check out the full results here.

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Matt Kenseth 17  Ford
2 Jeff Gordon
24  Chevrolet
3 Kyle Busch 18  Toyota
4 David Ragan 34  Ford
5 Greg Biffle 16  Ford 
6 Regan Smith
78  Chevrolet 
7 Brad Keselowski


8 Travis Kvapil 93  Toyota 
9 Ryan Newman 39  Chevrolet 
10 Jeff Burton 31  Chevrolet 
11 Denny Hamlin 11  Toyota 
12 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 
13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 
14 Kevin Harvick
29  Chevrolet
15 David Gilliland 38  Ford 
16 Terry Labonte 32  Ford 
17 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 
18 Bobby Labonte 47  Toyota 
19 Trevor Bayne  21  Ford 
20  Aric Almirola 43  Ford 

Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Brad Keselowski ---
2 Jimmie Johnson -14
3 Denny Hamlin -20
4 Kasey Kahne -37
5 Clint Bowyer -40
6 Jeff Gordon
7 Tony Stewart -46
8 Martin Truex Jr. -47
9 Greg Biffle -48
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11 Kevin Harvick
12 Matt Kenseth -62

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.