Talladega 500: Live Results, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its next stop this Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Good Sam Club 500.
Halfway through The Chase, Carl Edwards leads Kevin Harvick by five points and Matt Kenseth by seven. Denny Hamlin is the 12th and final driver in The Chase standings, 86 points away.
All 12 drivers contending for the title are great restrictor-plate drivers, so we can expect an action-packed race, with all drivers gunning for the week.
Restrictor-plate driving means mastering the draft and choosing your drafting partner well. The drafting pairings is something worth watching, and if this Sunday will be anything like what we saw last April, we are in for a real treat.
Last April, Dale Earnhardt Jr. helped Jimmie Johnson to win the race, pushing him just inches ahead of Clint Bowyer in a tantalizing finish that had eight cars battling for the checkered flag. Classic draft racing indeed.
Another important note is that NASCAR will be issuing the teams decals with the "Lionheart Knight"—the image Indy Champ Dan Wheldon wore on his helmet—to put on their vehicles this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
Wheldon died during the Indy race in Last Vegas last week. Several drivers are planning a recognition of their own, and a moment of silence will be observed prior to the race.
Remember to check back here, as we will keep posting all the updates building up to the race and bringing you all the info and insight during the race, up until the checkered flag.
Thanks to everyone for checking in! It was a great race! Four more to go on the Chase!
Carl Edwards at the end finished strong and has kept the points lead, here is the unofficial Points Standings after this race:
|9||--||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||2163||-74|
FINAL - The Final Top 10:
1. Clint Bowyer
2. Jeff Burton
3. Dave Blaney
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Brian Vickers
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Tony Stewart
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Michael Waltrip
10. Martin Truex Jr
Chase Drivers Finishes:
11. Carl Edwards
18. Matt Kenseth
25. Dale Earnhardt Jr
26. Jimmie Johnson
27. Jeff Gordon
32. Kevin Harvick
33. Kyle Busch
36. Kurt Busch
38. Ryan Newman
CHECKERED FLAG - CLint Bowyer get the win on the pass on Burton on turn three! They almost wrecked on turn four, but they got to the Finish line, just feet apart!
LAP 187 - Doesn't look like anyone will catch Burton and Bowyer!
LAP 187 - Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer running away!
LAP 186 - Its Green! Green! Green!
LAP 185 - Three to go! The restart has been waved off!!! It will be Green, White, Checkered then to finish!
LAP 184 (Under Caution - Four to Go!) - We are getting the one to go signal now! It will be three laps to go when the race restarts! It will be ALL SYSTEMS GO NOW! Get ready it promises to be a wild finish!
LAP 183 (Under Caution - Five to go!) - The leader is Jeff Burton, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers. Positions for the Chasers in the lead lap:
Earnhardt Jr 16th
LAP 181 - Mark Martin lost Jeff Gordon as he was pushing him and as he tried to get back to Gordon, he slipped down, taking Denny Hamlin down. Smith hit the outside wall hard after losing control. Points leader Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle hit the pits.
LAP 180 - Regan Smith in turn number two, Denny Hamlin involved, Mark Martin as well. Huge hit for Regan, he is ok though, his car is done!
LAP 180 - Eight to go! And a caution is out!!!!
LAP 179 - Its a crowd up front! Everyone is starting to get aggressive now! Burton leads!
LAP 177 (Under Caution - 11 TO GO!) - It will be GO time when we restart the race, with 10 laps to go. Tony Stewart will lead them to the green followed by Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne. The Chasers on the lead lap will restart:
Earnhardt Jr 25th
LAP 175 - Jimmie Johnson and Dale Jr went into the pits, they took four tires and topped of gas. Jr mentioned he thought he stepped over some debris, that is why he went in.
LAP 174 - Caution is out! Big hit for Bobby Labonte! lost control and was hit by Kurt Busch. Serious damage for those two who had been near the front.
LAP 173 (15 LAPS TO GO!) - Its starting to get crowded! Tony Stewart up front. Kenseth is ninth, Hamlin 11th, Gordon 15th, Keselowski 19th. Jr and Johnson slipped back for a final go in the last 10 laps, Edwards is 26th
LAP 170 (18 LAPS TO GO!) - Tony Stewart is back up front, now helped by Paul Menards, Matt Kenseth is third with Kurt Busch fifth, Keselowski is back to eight. Earnhard Jr and Jimmie Johnson starting to move, up to 10th and 11th
LAP 168 (20 LAPS TO GO!) - The leader is Dave Blaney! Keselowski is second and Stewart third, Kenseth fifth and Kurt Busch seventh
LAP 165 (Under Caution) - At the restart the leader will be Clint Bowyer, the positions for the Chase drivers at the restart will be:
Ku Busch 19th
Earnhardt Jr 23rd
LAP 164 - there is some work being done on the back pedal of Robby Gordon on the pits. Everyone is pitting, so they should be able to get to the checkered flag without pit stops.
LAP 163 - Andy lally (71) and Terry Labonte (32) who was pushing him wrecked. Lally hit Johnson pretty good on the right side. The have addressed the hit on the pits, it seemed like it wasn't that severe, he looks fine, maybe it hit the tire and not the body.
LAP 163 - Jimmie Johnson has been affected on that crash!
LAP 162 - Burton still leads with CLint Bowyer pushing. TROUBLE! The 71 is on the wall!!! Caution is out!
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