Brad Keselowski Wins Sprint Cup Aarons 499 at Talladega

dave darbySenior Analyst IApril 26, 2009

TALLADEGA, AL - APRIL 26:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Claritin Ford, goes airborne as Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Steweart-Haas Racing Chevrolet suffers damage and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet drives at the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

In one of the wildest finishes in NASCAR history, Brad Keslowski collided with race leader Carl Edwards as they came towards the finish and as a result Edwards was thrown airborne and hit the retaining fence (above the wall) sending debris into the crowd.

After his car came to a stop while on fire, Edwards got out of the car and did his best Ricky Bobby imitation. Just like the movie version of the Talladega race, Carl ran by foot to the finish line and received a loud roar from the crowd.

Keselowski, who won the race, wasn't as well received and was spun by Kyle Busch after the race was over. It appeared this was just a blocking situation and the consensus by most was it was not a dirty move by Kesolowski.

Kesolowski became the eighth driver to get his first Cup win at Talladega. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, followed by Ryan Newman.

It didn't take long for "The Big One" to unfold, On lap eight, Matt Kenseth bumped Jeff Gordon which set off a wild crash involving nearly 15 cars. Nine cars suffered severe damage including Gordon, Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.

A second multi-car crash occurred with just seven laps to go when Denny Hamlin ran into Juan Pablo Montoya and caused damage to nearly 10 cars. 

Robby Gordon hit the infield wall head on but walked away from the crash. Jimmy Johnson was knocked out of the race as a result of the wreck.

Kyle Busch was one of the stronger runners at the front for much of the race, but was spun by Jeff Burton with 15 laps to go.

Although Busch was able to keep the 18 from incurring heavy damage, he was not able to re-fire the car and lost a lap to the leaders. Busch finished in 25th position.

The Sprint Cup series moves to Richmond for Saturday night racing next week.