Talladega 'Plate Racing Produces Another Wreck-Fest
by Pete McCole When the smoke finally cleared on Sundayâ€™s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski emerged as the winner, grabbed an American flag from one of his crew, and did a post-celebratory burnout among the scattered debris of what was left of a tangled mess of eight cars that all piled in during the final chaotic run the checkered flag. Keselowski hadn't so much won Talladega as much as he survived it.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski survived the battle of attrition to collect his second win the season in Sunday's wreck-filled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski led the field through a final green-white-checkered overtime and held off Kyle Busch as many of the front-runner crashed coming through the frontstretch to the checkered flag. Austin Dillon finished third, followed by Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray.
Elliott Sadler won today's NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet trailed leader Joey Logano as the field came through the tri-oval on the final lap. When the JR Motorsports driver moved to the outside to pass, Logano moved to block. The resulting contact between the two launched Logano into the SAFER barrier nose first, bringing out the caution.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Touring the 2.66-mile race track in 49.704 seconds (192.661 mph) during Saturday's time trials, Chase Elliott put the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole, making the 20-year-old rookie driver two-for-two at restrictor-plate superspeedways. In his first qualifying run as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Elliott won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500. The pole was the sixth at Talladega for the No. 24, the first five having been recorded by Jeff Gordon, who retired after the 2015 season and turned the car over to Elliott.
Talladega's A Special Place For Ford And The Woods
Many big wins for the Wood Brothers Ford Motor Company in general, and the Wood Brothers in particular, have had some glorious Sunday afternoons at Talladega Superspeedway through the years. In the early years of the track that opened in 1969, the Wood Brothers won five races from the spring of 1971, when Donnie Allison drove the iconic No. 21 to victory at his home track, until the fall of 1979, when another Alabama driver, the late Neil Bonnett, scored the victory. In between were three consecutive wins in the spring race by David Pearson, from 1972-1974.
by Brian Carroccio Letâ€™s be fair. Most any race car driver would have done exactly what Carl Edwards did on the final lap of Sundayâ€™s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. In second-place entering the final turn, the driver of the No. 19 XFINITY Toyota Camry gave the leader and teammate Kyle Busch a tap in the rear bumper. It was a polite tap mind you, but enough to get Busch lose and allow Edwards to take his 27th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Busch finished second.
Pushes teammate Busch aside to win Carl Edwards made an aggressive last lap bump and run move on teammate Kyle Busch to take victory in today's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was the second consecutive victory for the driver of the No. 19 XFINITY Toyota Camry, and 27th of his career. Jimmie Johnson was third with Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top-five.
Sprint Cup race Drivers 1st Carl Edwards, Owner Joe Gibbs and Crew Chief Dave Rogers (No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota) 2nd Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) 4th Chase Elliott (No. 24 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet)
by Brian Carroccio In a typical battle of attrition at historic Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards drove the No. 19 COMCAST BUSINESS Toyota Camry to victory in today's Food City 500. It was the 26th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Edwards, fourth at Bristol, and first of 2016. Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallied from a bad start to finish second with Kurt Busch third.
Toyota 1-2, stays hot When Carl Edwards wins the pole at Bristol, good things happen -- for Edwards. So forgive the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing if he feels optimistic about Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. With the only sub-15-second lap in the money round of Friday's knockout qualifying at the 0.533-mile short track, Edwards won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his third at Bristol and the 18th of his career.
When it comes to iconic teams in NASCAR, few have as much history as the Wood Brothers from Stuart, Va., and the Pettys from Level Cross, N.C. Although the members of the respective families have been friends for decades, they also have been rivals on the track, and that continues through today. Over the years, the two teams and their drivers have played starring roles in some of the all-time historic finishes in NASCAR history. The two teamsâ€™ legendary drivers David Pearson and Richard Petty hold the all-time NASCAR record for 1-2 finishes with 63, with Pearson winning 33 races to Pettyâ€™s 30.
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