McMurray Hangs on for Talladega Victory

 

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

For the second straight week, a non-Chaser emerged victorious. It was restrictor-plate master, Jamie McMurray, grabbing the Talladega victory on Sunday. McMurray showed his car at the front in the late going and he hung on for his first victory since 2010.

Championship contenders, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, paced the field towards the beginning of the afternoon. They faded as the laps went on, but both managed to survive the biggest obstacle in the Chase.

Surprisingly, only four cars were involved in wrecks throughout the afternoon. The first occurred on lap 72 when Marcos Ambrose got loose in the tri-oval and spun down the track right into Juan Pablo Montoya.

Following the final round of green-flag pit stops which took place around the 30 laps to go mark, Kyle Busch put his car out front. Busch did as many drivers did throughout the day and went to the lead to only fall back laps later.

With 14 laps remaining, Jamie McMurray made his first appearance at the front. He held the lead from that point on and a late caution likely was what gave him his victory. A string of cars raced through turn 2 and onto the backstretch on the final lap when Austin Dillon got loose while running in third. Dillon spun across the backstretch and right through the racing groove. Casey Mears had nowhere to go and he plowed into the back of Dillon’s car. The impact sent Dillon’s car into the air and the No.14 eventually came back down on all four wheels.

NASCAR then through the yellow flag and the race ended. McMurray was out front at the time of the yellow and he was declared the winner. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was running second at the time of the caution. He said he was planning a pass on McMurray, but the yellow flag took away that possibility which may have resulted in an Earnhardt Jr. victory.

McMurray broke his long winless spell with the victory which came at his arguably best track. While the No.1 team celebrated in victory lane, it was Johnson celebrating as well as he took over the points lead from Kenseth. Kenseth had a head-scratching 20th place finish which will leave him in need of a rebound if he wants the title.

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet

188

 

9

16

47

4

0

2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet

188

 

8

38

43

1

0

3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford

188

 

21

4

42

1

0

4 Paul Menard Chevrolet

188

 

34

0

40

0

0

5 Kyle Busch Toyota

188

 

27

10

40

1

0

6 David Ragan Ford

188

 

7

1

39

1

0

7 David Gilliland Ford

188

 

24

0

37

0

0

8 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota

188

 

4

0

36

0

0

9 Ryan Newman Chevrolet

188

 

17

0

35

0

0

10 Greg Biffle Ford

188

 

6

5

35

1

0

11 Clint Bowyer Toyota

188

 

20

2

34

1

0

12 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet

188

 

33

0

32

0

0

13 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet

188

 

11

49

33

2

0

14 Michael McDowell Ford

188

 

36

0

30

0

0

15 Joey Logano Ford

188

 

18

7

30

1

0

16 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

188

 

19

3

29

1

0

17 Carl Edwards Ford

188

 

5

0

27

0

0

18 Travis Kvapil Toyota

188

 

38

0

26

0

0

19 Kurt Busch Chevrolet

188

 

30

3

26

1

0

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota

188

 

12

32

25

1

0

21 Aric Almirola Ford

188

 

1

8

24

1

0

22 Jeff Burton Chevrolet

188

 

2

4

23

1

0

23 Trevor Bayne Ford

188

 

26

0

0

0

0

24 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet

188

 

35

0

0

0

0

25 Dave Blaney Chevrolet

188

 

39

1

20

1

0

26 Austin Dillon Chevrolet

187

 

16

0

0

0

0

27 Casey Mears Ford

187

 

10

1

18

1

0

28 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet

187

 

37

0

16

0

0

29 Brad Keselowski Ford

187

 

13

0

15

0

0

30 Josh Wise Ford

187

 

14

0

0

0

0

31 Cole Whitt Toyota

187

 

31

0

0

0

0

32 Michael Waltrip Toyota

187

 

22

0

12

0

0

33 Danica Patrick Chevrolet

187

 

23

0

11

0

0

34 Bobby Labonte Toyota

187

 

29

2

11

1

0

35 Terry Labonte Ford

187

 

40

1

10

1

0

36 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet

186

 

28

1

9

1

0

37 Landon Cassill Chevrolet

183

 

43

0

0

0

0

38 Denny Hamlin Toyota

142

 

15

0

6

0

0

39 Marcos Ambrose Ford

134

 

3

0

5

0

0

40 David Reutimann Toyota

119

 

25

0

4

0

0

41 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet

78

 

32

0

3

0

0

42 Joe Nemechek Toyota

60

 

42

0

0

0

0

43 Tony Raines Chevrolet

2

 

41

0

0

0

0

 

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