Race Review

by

AMP Energy 500

Talladega Super Speedway

Talladega, Alabama

Welcome race fans to the 30th race of the season and the fourth race of the Chase. Talladega is the longest and fastest track on the circuit. And because it is so fast, NASCAR mandates restrictor plates on the cars to reduce power. They do this at Daytona also. 28 Travis Kvapil is on the pole with a speed of 187.364. 5 Casey Mears will start on the outside of the front row. 8 today is Aric Almirola. I guess Mark Martin didn’t want to get involved in a probable mess. 33 is Mike Wallace in the new RCR (Richard Childress Racing) car that will race full time next year. 70 is again Tony Raines. 00 is Kenny Wallace from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, trying to get that car back into the top 35 in Owner Points. 09 is veteran Sterling Marlin, who has won at Talladega. 84 is Mike Skinner from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Toyota Headquarters has said good-bye to AJ Almendinger. (I hope he gets a ride for next year. He got himself into the top 35.) 45 is past Champion Terry Labonte, who got in on speed. 21 is Jon Wood in the family car. 38 David Gilliland qualified in a back up car with no practice. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. blew a tire in practice and will start from the rear.96 is Ken Schrader, maybe for the rest of the season. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 10 Patrick Carpentier failed to qualify. Casey Mears’ girlfriend is about to have their first baby, so Brad Keselowski is standing by in case she goes into labor.
So here we go! 28 leads from the pole. 5 drops from second to thirty-fourth. 48 Jimmy Johnson looses the draft. 99 Carl Edwards takes the lead. 83 Brian Vickers takes the lead. 8 takes the lead. 6 David Ragan and 8 battle for the lead. 6 takes the lead during the commercial, then drops down to the inside. David started in the rear after changing the engine. 24 Jeff Gordon leads the second pack of cars. 96 is pushing 48 . 88  takes the lead after starting from the rear. 7 Robby Gordon is ahead of the pack, about to go a lap down. The first caution comes out for debris.70 pits while pit road is closed. 7 Robby Gordon is the lucky Dog and gets his lap back.28 has a slow stop. 99 stays out to lead. 24 leads out of the pits. 99 pits after everyone leaves the pits. 6 got spun coming out of the pits. 96 is too fast out of the pits. 00 is held for excessive speed into the pits. He just didn’t slow down at all. So NASCAR holds him for a lap. 43 Bobby Labonte is also too fast.
31 Jeff Burton takes the lead with 48 pushing him. 17 Matt Kenseth takes the lead. 48 is leading the bottom line. 83 Brian Vickers takes the lead after pushing 48. The second caution is again for debris. Jimmy Johnson is the Lucky Dog. There are forty cars on the lead lap, so there is a quicky yellow so all forty-three cars can pit. 00 stays out to lead. 19 Elliott Sadler comes out first from the pits to lead. 22 Dave Blaney is having electrical issues. 18 takes the lead with 11 Denny Hamlin pushing him. 2 Kurt Busch takes the lead. 19 falls back to 30th. The third caution comes out on lap 54 when 44 David Reutimann blows a tire and slides into 24, who spins into the wall into 21 who had nowhere to go. Part of the tire hits the hood of 48 and breaks the splitter. 2 is in the pits with the hood up. 99 pitted early and will start at the end of the longest line. 83 Brian Vickers is the race leader when they go green.
11 pushes 43 , then drops down to lead. 2 goes to the garage. 12 Ryan Newman broke something and is out of the race. 41 Reed Sorenson takes the lead. The pack is three wide. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. takes the lead. 26 Jamie McMurray takes the lead. The fourth caution comes out during the commercial when 83 blows a tire on lap 69. Many are involved. 38, 45, 70, 9 Kasey Kahne, 28, 84, 43, 8, and 26. There is a Red Flag for clean-up. 31, 42 Juan Pablo Montoya, 29 Kevin Harvick get by. 99 is so far behind, he has time to slow down. The Red Flag lasts seventeen minutes. 88 took the lead before the caution and takes two tires to stay in the lead. All the twelve Chase cars got by. 55 Michael Waltrip had a commitment cone violation. 42 takes the lead, then gets shuffled out. 6 forces 42 below the yellow line, so he can’t improve his position. 48 takes the lead. 20 Tony Stewart takes the lead with help from 33.
The fifth caution comes out on lap 81 when 33 blows a tire, which lands on 55. They go Green on lap 87. 24 is back out onto the track with a new front end. 11 takes the lead. 17 takes the lead. 11 takes the lead. The sixth caution comes out when 11 blows a tire on lap 99. 11 went all the way up the track to get into the wall. 66 Scott Riggs leads out of the pits. 15 Paul Menard goes high to lead. 96 Ken Schrader was the Lucky Dog. 88 pushes 42. 20 takes the lead. 41 and 07 Clint Bowyer get ahead of 42. 6 gets ahead of 07. Hamlin  is alert and awake, and is transported to the local hospital. 15 takes the lead with help from 8. 42 pushes 20 into the lead. 44 goes to the pits. 17 pushes 31 into the lead.
29 takes the lead. 07 gets stuck on the top.  The seventh caution comes out with 49 to go, when 24 blows up. 45 Terry Labonte is the Lucky Dog. 99 spins himself out leaving the pits! They go Green with 44 to go. 99 pushes 17. 88 takes the lead during the commercial. 88 pushes 07. 07 gets into 18. 31 takes the lead. 88 challenges for the lead with no help. They are four-wide in the back of the field. 88 pushes 6 to the front to lead. 88 takes the lead with 42 pushing him, then goes down in front of 31. 42 pushes 55 into the lead. The eighth caution comes out when 29 spins into the infield. 18 and 55 take two tires to come out of the pits first and second. 48 had to back up to get out of his pit stall. The top twelve stay out. 42 leads. Twenty-seven cars are on the lead lap. 29 had too many men over the wall. He will have to start at the end of the lead lap. They go Green with 19 to go.
The first seven cars break away from the pack. They are four-wide behind them. 20 is leading the top line and challenges for the lead. 88 pushes 22 up the middle. The ninth caution comes out with fifteen to go. 99 gets into 16 Greg Biffle (team mates) to start it. 99 pushes 16 in the corner to spin him into 17 (another team mate) and back into 99 and 88. 29 got into 55. Others involved were 28, 22, 41, 42 and 18. 6, 48, 31 and 07 get by. And another Red Flag comes out for clean up. They restart with ten to go and 20 in the lead. The tenth caution comes out with four to go. 26 cut a tire. 5 had to pit for fuel. They go green with two to go. 19 pulls out, but no one goes with him. 01 Regan Smith tries to take the lead, but 20 blocks. 20 forces 01 below the yellow line, knowing 01 can’t better his position from below the yellow line.
20 Tony Stewart wins the race instead of 01 Regan Smith. NACAR puts 01 at the end of the lead lap, in eighteenth. Twenty-eight different cars led. And there were sixty-some lead changes. The fans got their money’s worth at this race.
Here’s the top twelve in points in the Chase:

1. 48 Jimmy Johnson  5714

2. 99 Carl Edwards         -68

3. 16 Greg Biffle              -73

4. 31 Jeff Burton            -100

5. 07 Clint Bowyer         -153    up 2

6. 29 Kevin Harvick       -167       – 1

7. 20 Tony Stewart        -199    up 4

8. 24 Jeff Gordon          -228        -2

9. 17 Matt Kenseth       -241

10. 88 Dale Earnhad, Jr. -245       -2

11. 18 Kyle Busch          -330     up 1

12. 11 Denny Hamlin    -331        -1
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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