Logano Prevails at Dega

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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

  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  2. Elliot Sadler -5 points
  3. Austin Dillon -35
  4. Sam Hornish Jr. -60
  5. Cole Whitt -77

Results via Nascar.com

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

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
6 31 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 0 122 Running
7 7 30 James Buescher Chevrolet AccuDoc   Solutions 0 122 Running
8 13 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 36/0 122 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
13 17 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 32/1 122 Running
14 27 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 30/0 122 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
24 14 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil 20/0 116 Accident
25 43 15 Jeffrey   Earnhardt Ford FastWax.com 19/0 116 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
28 19 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Restaurant.com 17/1 113 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

 

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