With a move, Aaron’s 499 Winner Brad Keselowski said he had in a dream, put his Miller Lite Dodge in Victory Lane Sunday afternoon, the first for a Dodge at the Super Speedway since the Carter Administration in 1976. The move also handed Kyle Busch his second, second place finish in as many days.Everyone knows that if you are leading the race when the White Flag comes out, you are probably not going to win, but Keselowski pulled down coming out of turn 3, breaking the draft between himself and Kyle Busch, and sprinted to the Finish Line.
Matt Kenseth, with teammate and Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle in tow, had the prime position on the Green-White-Checker restart, but let #2 and #18 freight train them on the outside when it appeared Biffle broke the draft. As they took the White Flag, I’m sure the #18 was already licking his chops, knowing he was in the prime position. When interviewed after the race, Kyle Busch still was unsure as to what happened to him.
With the win, Keselowski gained one position in the points to 11th. on the year , and with two wins looks to pretty much be assured a spot in the chase at the end of the season.
Race fans got what they wanted Sunday, pack racing and some accidents. The pack racing came at a price due to the smaller radiators and air intake openings. This led to concern for engine overheating by drivers and pit crews which brought out the afternoons 1st Caution at lap 16 when Reagan Smith, last years winner at Darlington blew an engine. Outside pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger was penalized for speeding on pit road and went to the rear of the pack. Allmendinger would finish 15th. Jimmie Johnson would also succumb to engine failures and leave the race on lap 110.
The first major accident came on lap 144 in turn 3 and 4 that collected pole sitter Jeff Gordon, and assuradly putting an end to his effort to reach the chase. Now he will need a miracle or a bunch of wins to get the Dupont Chevy into Nascar’s playoff. He would finish 33rd. and drop six spots in the point standings to 23rd. The wreck also claimed Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr.
Kasey Kahne had another good finish at Talladega but fell short of getting the 200th win for team owner Rick Hendrick. Kahne finished 4th on the afternoon and gained four positions in the chase. Race favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 9th. Dropping to third in the points.