NASCAR Has a Close Finish: The End of the Race at Talladega Cuts It Close

Amira ClineContributor INovember 1, 2010

Clint Bowyer after he finished his burnout. NASCAR would later decide he was the winner of the AMP Energy 500.
Clint Bowyer after he finished his burnout. NASCAR would later decide he was the winner of the AMP Energy 500.Jason Smith/Getty Images

October 31st had one of the best finishes in NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

The entire race had been pretty uneventful, and there was no big wreck like we expect from a race at the biggest track in NASCAR.

Drafting was key, and two-car drafting worked much better than multi-car drafting. The two-car draft is why the race was so close.

On the final lap, A.J. Allmendinger flipped, and many cars were involved. Kevin Harvick was leading at the line, but it depended on who was leading when the caution flew.

NASCAR officials had to use video to see who the winner was. It was Richard Childress Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick who were up for the win. Everyone watched as Bowyer decided to do a burnout for the crowd.

It took the officials some time to decide who the winner was, and it was officially Bowyer who got the victory. After reviewing the video, Bowyer was in front of Harvick by the tip of his hood. The drivers who were involved in the wreck were all okay and released from the care center.

Pit stops were also very important because most of the stops were green flag. Drivers who were up front would be shuffled around, but it never caused a problem since the drivers could draft. If you lost the draft, you would be in trouble.

Denny Hamlin lost the draft at one point in the race. He was at the end of the field and trying to stay on the lead lap, but it didn't happen. He was put a lap down and had to fight for the lucky dog free pass.

He did not get it on the first caution after he was put down. Ryan Newman did, but Hamlin was persistent. He stayed in contention and did get his free pass. He had a solid finish of ninth place.

The top five were Bowyer, Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Reutimann and Joey Logano. Those men had drafting help all day, including Reutimann pushing Bowyer to his win. Montoya was pushing Harvick; he just was not pushing hard enough.

The rest of the Chase drivers finished as follows: Jimmie Johnson finished seventh, Jeff Gordon finished eighth, Carl Edwards finished 17th, Greg Biffle finished 19th, Kyle Busch finished 24th, Kurt Busch finished 30th, Tony Stewart finished 31st, Jeff Burton finished 31st and Matt Kenseth finished 16th.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now rolls into Texas Motor Speedway. The points are tighter than ever, and now everyone is wondering who our champion is going to be. Is Jimmie Johnson going to be the five-time champion, or will Harvick or maybe Hamlin catch him? It's a race to Homestead-Miami for the end of the season.