Last Lap at Talladega Turns Out A First Win and a Hard Crash

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)
Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

Talladega Superspeedway: A track for the fans.

Sundays race at Talladega proved to be the most eventful race we have seen in a while.

Fans worked themselves  as did the drivers for the "Big One", the crash that takes out everyone and anyone racing. As eventful and scary as the, "Big One" was, nobody was prepared for the scariest wreck of all. The wreck on the last lap of the Aarons 499.

On lap 186, Ryan Newman (No.39) and Dale Earnhardt Jr (No.88), were one and two as they came up for the checkered flag. Like a lightning strike, the No.99 of Carl Edwards and the suprising car No.09 of Brad Keselowski came up to take the one-two spots.

This took everyone by surprise because Keselowski was somewhat slow throughout the race making it hard to draft with him. But Brad came back and showed that he could do it.

Keselowski decided to go for it and moved to the bottom while Carl Edwards went high to block him from the win. Edwards went back down the track in one more attempt to block Brad Keselowski, but Keselowski was up too far.

The two cars came together causing Carl Edwards to flip in the air smashing the front end of the Ryan Newman and crashing his front end hard into the fence.

Debris and pieces of fence flew into the stands hitting eight fans. It was a scary moment for NASCAR. A uninjured Carl Edwards ran his way to the finish Ricky Bobby style.

Brad Keselowski won the race and Dale Earnhardt, Jr, his mentor, finished second.

It is unfortunate that the race has to end with a bad crash.

However, at Talladega Superspeedway you can't expect anything less.

A congratulations goes to Keselowski for a first-place finish.

We are all happy that the fans are ok with just a few minor injuries, and that Carl Edwards came out safe and uninjured.

For many, it was a race they didn't like, but, for many others it was the most eventful race they had ever seen.

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