Posted October 19, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Jamie McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap Sunday, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution.
McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, not having to worry about a charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. because Dillon spun coming out of the second turn. The only other driver collected in the crash was Casey Mears, who slammed into Dillon's car and sent it flying into the air before it came back down upright.
A race known for massive crashes was essentially trouble free. There was a minor wreck early on when Marcos Ambrose got loose in front of the main grandstand and took out Juan Pablo Montoya, and 103 consecutive laps under green until the yellow and checkered flag waved together at the end.
Earnhardt settled for second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third, Paul Menard fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.
"Every race here, we have a wreck on the last lap," Earnhardt said. "For some reason, though, it was a lot calmer the last few laps. Everybody was pretty good about staying in line."
Jimmie Johnson steered around trouble and finished 13th, emerging from the race with the lead in the Sprint Cup standings. The five-time Cup champion passed Matt Kenseth for the top spot and has a four-point edge with four races remaining.
Kenseth finished 20th. Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third, 26 points behind Johnson, with Jeff Gordon -- who had hoped Talladega's unpredictable nature might help him make a big push -- made up only two points and is 34 behind.
McMurray, who isn't part of the Chase, won for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and took a phone call in victory lane from car owner Chip Ganassi, who was still in California celebrating Scott Dixon's championship in the IndyCar series the previous night.
Earnhardt, a huge fan favorite at Talladega, had hoped to make his move going down the back straightaway on the final lap.
He never got the chance.
"Our car was a rocket," Earnhardt said. "I was moving around a little bit to see where I thought the 1 (McMurray) might be going. You've got to sort of fake him out. But I looked in the rearview mirror and I saw guys all over the place.
"I guess if we're in that situation next time," he added, "we'll try to go a lap sooner."
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s been quite a weekend for Auburn fans. First, the Tigers beat Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in stunning fashion, and then fans had a blast at Toomer’s Wires, starting up “We Want Bama” chants in anticipation for the Iron Bowl matchup even though it’s over a month away. Now, they get to celebrate their school being represented on the NASCAR track, where Jamie McMurray...
Jamie McMurray and his No. 1 Cessna/Auburn University Chevy outpaced the field to win the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
This weekend Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and sponsor Cessna Aircraft Company will feature Auburn University on the #1 Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray. The Auburn logo will be on the hood and lower rear quarter panel. The tie in is Auburn has a nationally-ranked engineering program and is only about 100[...]
The waiting game paid off for Jamie McMurray at Talladega Superspeedway.
McMurray knew if he could regain the lead at Talladega Superspeedway, there was a good chance he would stay there.
And he did on Sunday.
"The thing about the package we have right now is that you can get the third guy in line to push the second guy and it's hard to defend," said McMurray, who...
Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday after a last lap crash ended the race under caution.
The Camping World RV Sales 500 began with Aric Almirola on the pole. Almirola had the fastest time in the first practice of the weekend and earned the pole once qualifying was rained out. It did not take long for points leader...
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[...]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to settle for No. 2 again.
Earnhardt was runner-up for the fourth time this year Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, finishing behind Jamie McMurray. The race finished under caution after a last-lap crash.
Earnhardt says his initial reaction to such close calls is positive. But, he adds, ''the worst part about it really is you go home and you'll...
Racers plan and the racing gods laugh.
Sometimes, it really isn't any more complicated than that.
Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway, there were 52 lead changes in the first 173 laps, with 20 drivers taking turns at the front. That's a huge leap from the May Talladega race, when there were only 30 lead changes among 17 drivers.
At times on Sunday the racing was...
The Sprint Cup drivers are back to the one big wildcard race of the season as the driver take to Talladega for 500 miles of action packed racing. Aric Almirola picked off the poll as rain killed qualifying which was a rarity this year.
As the green flag dropped it was not long and at lap three the caution popped out for Tony Raines and his car that smoking big time. This...
I have to admit, I was surprised how the race ended Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Even though we had 52 lead changes, we had the wildest, yet calmest, Talladega race I have seen in a long, long time.
What I mean by that was there were very few times these drivers got single-file. I mean heck, at one point in the middle of the race they were still three- and four-wide back some...