Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/13/14

After a three-and-one-half hour rain delay at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, it was clear that conditions were ripe for a crowd-pleasing “Big One” that could change the course of the Aaron’s 499. A little bump on the outside between rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley triggered a multi-car crash with six laps to go. The spectacular pile-up featured Kurt Busch getting flipped into the air by a skidding Yeley and landing on the hood of Ryan Newman before it was all over.  Newman expressed his frustration after Sunday’s crash in a manner that may wind up getting him in trouble. “They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls, but they can’t get their heads out of their asses far enough to keep them on the race track, and that’s pretty disappointing,” the Stewart-Haas Racing driver told Fox Sports. “I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y’all can figure out who ‘they’ is. “That’s no way to end a race. Our car was much better than that. That’s just poor judgment in restarting the race, poor judgment…I mean, you got what you wanted but poor judgment and running in the dark and running in the rain. That’s it, thank you.” Busch didn't sound much happier either. “My Mom doesn’t come to four races a year — Daytona and Talladega. Wonder why…” the former Cup champion said to Fox. “Good runs don’t pay well when you finish on the hook.” David Ragan took the checkered flag seven hours after the race began.


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