In what has to be a very long weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide series, the drivers finally took the track after the race had been postponed to Monday because of all the rain. 15 drivers were pulling double duty—that’s over 800 miles of racing in one day.
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After running 500 miles and finishing third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race earlier in the day, Busch quickly found his way to the lead and began to pull away from the field.
Busch had a dominant car once again at TMS, as he was hunting for five wins in a row. He had no competition on Monday afternoon and was able to pull away from the field. His team was getting it done on pit road; they were the fastest crew, stop after stop.
Busch owns TMS but Talladega has proven to be hit or miss for Busch. In the last four years, Busch has an average finish of 21.6. Busch had his best finish at Talladega in 2006 when he finished third, with his worst finish of 39th coming that very next season.
Busch is looking to make it three NNS wins in a row, but his recent history at Talladega might see that streak ended.
Justin Allgaier started outside the Top 10, but he quickly made his way in and was battling for the Top Five all day long. He was one of the few NNS only drivers to run in the Top 10 all day long.
Allgaier had some slight damage on his car after contact was made with Jamie McMurray, but even so he was holding his own in the Top 10. The late contact dropped him to a 11th place finish.
At Talladega, Allgaier has only one start at the Alabama track, so his numbers are not all that impressive. He started 28th last spring and finished 32nd. Allgaier is sitting in the Top Five in points and has shown he is a championship contender.
Talladega will be a real test for him just to survive.
Justin Lofton was having a solid run going early in the race. He thought he had a really good car and was running in the Top 15. He and Trevor Bayne were racing for 15th when Bayne came down and sent Lofton hard into the wall.
Lofton was clearly disappointed, and as Bayne drove by, he gestured to Bayne. Lofton had a lot of hope for how good his car was, so his finish was extremely disappointing. The rookie is just trying to run laps and learn these cars, instead he was heading home way too early on Monday.
He most likely won’t be back in the car until at least Charlotte, but he will be back behind the wheel at Kansas in the Camping World Truck Series.
He was one of the double duty drivers on Monday and after qualifying second, he was running in the Top 10. On the restart following Lofton’s wreck, Bowyer and Kevin Harvick made contact going three wide.
Bowyer was very upset with Harvick for the move early in the race. Bowyer was also involved in the wreck earlier in the day, in a similar fashion. Bowyer was driving the car for Jon Wes Townley, who has missed the last two races.
Bowyer will be in this car at Talladega and his average finish is not something to call home about. With an average finish of 18.6 and an average start of 5.2, Bowyer needs to finish the race.
If the postponement hurt any drivers in the NNS, it was the underfunded teams that were hurt the most, especially in the pocket book. Staying an extra two days gets costly, and then you have the quick turnaround this next weekend at Talladega.
It is hard to pick a winner for Talladega because you could be leading coming into turn two and end up 30th crossing the line. It is all about getting the right guy behind you to push you to the win.
The Aarons 312 is Saturday at 3:30 ET on ABC.