By Jason Schultz
In a wild race at Talladega that featured numerous cautions and some scary crashes, Joey Logano won Joe Gibbs Racing their second straight Nationwide race at Talladega. A wild green-white-checker finish sent one driver to the hospital and tore up multiple cars. The first caution of the day came out on lap 20 when Johanna Long’s car was overheating and spilled some fluid entering turn three.
On the restart Kyle Busch was leading the way. On lap 27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. took his first lead of the day. The next caution came out when Joey Logano was leading and behind him Kurt Busch made contact with Brian Scott and then Scott got into Jason Bowles. Next Scott shot up the track and made significant contact with the wall then while Scott slid down the track he got into Morgan Shepherd and spun Shepherd out.
Joey Logano would win the race off pit road and Dale Earnhardt Jr. led them to the restart. The next accident came when Mike Wallace got into the No.38 of Brad Sweet and Sweet then made severe contact with the outside wall. Also involved in the wreck was Eric McClure. With 40 laps to go Danica Patrick took the lead for the first time of the afternoon. With 36 laps to go the No.39 of Josh Richards spun on the backstretch bringing out the caution.
Gas and go pit stops gave some drivers much-needed track position. Brad Keselowski won the race off pit road. Kyle Busch led most of the laps in this green flag run until nine laps to go when Mike Bliss spun out bringing out the caution. The caution to set up the green-white-checkered finish came out when the No.4 spun and then slid up the track making contact with Mike Bliss in the No.01.
The first attempt at the green-white-checkered finish featured the classic Talladega “Big One” which brought out the caution when multiple cars crashed on the back stretch. The accident started when the No.43 made contact with the No.33 of Kevin Harvick sending Harvick’s car in the front of the field collecting multiple other cars. The No.14 of Eric McClure was sent spinning towards the safer barrier protected backstretch wall and made severe contact with the wall.
Once all the cars involved in the wreck stopped all eyes went on Eric McClure who didn’t drop his window net. After a driver wrecks they’re told by Nascar to drop their window net to signal their ok to the safety workers and fans. McClure did not which brought worried feelings to everyone watching the race. Safety workers were unable to get McClure out of the car through the normal way a driver enters and exits the car so they had to cut the roof off to get McClure out of the car. Once they got McClure out of the car he was placed on a stretcher and transported via helicopter to UAB Medical Center. McClure was conscious and communicating with Nascar.
Here’s a video of the wreck- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs2G4Ar8go4
Once the details come available on McClure’s condition we’ll report them to you. Other cars involved in the incident include Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski, Jeffery Earnhardt, Robert Richardson Jr and the No.19 of Tayler Malsam. Coming to the restart Kyle Busch led. Then on the white flag lap the two car tandem took over with the leading pairs of cars including Kyle Busch hooked up with Joey Logano and Cole Whitt hooked up with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Then Joey Logano got around Kyle Busch in the tri-oval and beat Busch to the start/finish line to win the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega. Some more controversy involved Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish Jr. was trying to block Patrick to the line which he was successful in doing. Danica didn’t appreciate being blocked and turned Hornish into the wall on the cool-down lap.
Nascar didn’t see any need to call Patrick to the Nascar hauler after the situation which confused some people. Joey Logano was ecstatic in victory lane. Joey commented that “Kyle knew it was coming” when Joey got around Kyle Busch just before the start/finish line. On staying focused Joey said all he does is to “keep the eye on the prize.” In a wild race at Talladega we saw some violent wrecks and a classic Talladega finish. If this is a sign of what is to come tomorrow we’ll see a phenomenal race.
Updated Point Standings
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Elliot Sadler -5 points
- Austin Dillon -35
- Sam Hornish Jr. -60
- Cole Whitt -77
Results via Nascar.com
|1||4||18||Joey Logano||Toyota||GameStop / Max Payne 3||0||122||Running|
|2||12||54||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Monster Energy||0||122||Running|
|3||2||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Blackwell Angus Beef / Cargill||42/1||122||Running|
|4||11||88||Cole Whitt *||Chevrolet||TaxSlayer.com||41/1||122||Running|
|5||33||5||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Hellmann’s||0||122||Running|
|7||7||30||James Buescher||Chevrolet||AccuDoc Solutions||0||122||Running|
|9||20||199||Kenny Wallace||Toyota||American Ethanol||36/1||122||Running|
|10||1||2||Elliott Sadler||Chevrolet||OneMain Financial||35/1||122||Running|
|11||18||20||Ryan Truex||Toyota||Grime Boss||34/1||122||Running|
|12||8||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||Alliance Truck Parts||33/1||122||Running|
|15||26||124||John Wes Townley||Toyota||Toyota “Save in May” Sales Event||0||122||Running|
|16||23||4||Danny Efland||Chevrolet||JD Motorsports||28/0||122||Running|
|17||5||3||Austin Dillon *||Chevrolet||AdvoCare||28/1||122||Running|
|18||15||44||Mike Bliss||Toyota||Bandit Chippers||27/1||122||Running|
|19||16||87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves||26/1||122||Running|
|20||9||22||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Discount Tire||0||121||Running|
|21||28||41||Timmy Hill||Ford||Poynt.com / Shania Kidscan||23/0||117||Running|
|22||3||33||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Armour Meats||0||116||Accident|
|23||10||43||Michael Annett||Ford||Pilot Flying J||21/0||116||Accident|
|26||34||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||Chevrolet||North Texas Pipe||18/0||116||Accident|
|27||29||14||Eric McClure||Toyota||Hefty / Reynolds Wrap||17/0||116||Accident|
|29||21||51||Jeremy Clements||Chevrolet||Clements Automotive||15/0||113||Running|
|30||36||39||Josh Richards||Ford||Joy||14/0||85||Fuel Pump|
|31||35||50||T.J. Bell||Chevrolet||Gulf Coast Loss Prevention||13/0||82||Running|
|32||30||108||Tim Andrews||Ford||Randy Hill Racing||13/1||64||Overheating|
|33||6||38||Brad Sweet *||Chevrolet||Great Clips||11/0||62||Accident|
|34||25||81||Jason Bowles *||Toyota||American Majority||10/0||32||Accident|
|35||38||89||Morgan Shepherd||Chevrolet||Racing With Jesus||9/0||29||Accident|
|36||22||11||Brian Scott||Toyota||Dollar General||8/0||29||Accident|
|37||24||70||Johanna Long *||Chevrolet||Foretravel Motorcoach||7/0||18||Overheating|
|38||42||174||Mike Harmon||Chevrolet||Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink||6/0||12||Vibration|
|39||32||10||Jeff Green||Toyota||TriStar Motorsports||5/0||9||Vibration|
|40||40||42||Josh Wise||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||0||9||Electrical|
|41||39||46||Chase Miller||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||3/0||8||Vibration|
|42||41||47||Scott Speed||Chevrolet||Curtis Key Plumbing||0||2||Ignition|
|43||37||52||Kevin Lepage||Chevrolet||TTTR Racing Engines||1/0||1||Clutch|