Found May 06, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Brad Keselowski

What a race. A great one at that, but it’s a damn shame so many competitive drivers had to wreck there at the end. Who am I kidding, that was Talladega racing boys! In the end, the driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger delivered when it counted. The victory for Brad was his second at Talladega in just four years. Keselowski picked up the first win of his career in the very same race in 2009, when he turned his good ol’ buddy Carl Edwards to take the checkers. The fashion wasn’t exactly the same, but the result was.

Keselowski and drafting partner, Kyle Busch, would end up flying by Roush Racing teammates, Biffle and Kenseth. Kenseth and Biffle had just pulled away with two to go, when the No. 2 and 18 turned on the heat. Keselowski and Busch would skate to victory rather easily, and in somewhat surprising form. How often do you see Kyle Busch not trying to wreck someone for the win? Never.

Although it was a good race, many NASCAR fans were hoping for one final wreck to cap it off on the final lap. Maybe next time, guys. Plus, if NASCAR wanted someone else to win, they would have made it happen. Hey,  it didn’t stop them last week.

The “Big One”: 

Let’s fast forward….Nine laps to go, Stewart and Harvick coming hard on the outside, someone checks up, Kurt spins onto the infield. No big deal, not that big of a wreck, right? Okay, restart, 7 laps to go. Tony restarts 10th, Harvick 11th. Seconds after the Green Flag drops, not even that, it all starts. Allmendinger tries to block Hamlin, Hamlin checks up, Stewart has no where to go. They collide, Tony’s day is up in smoke. Ambrose, Hamlin, Biffle, Logano, Allmendinger, Menard, Waltrip, and Richardson Jr. were all involved to some extent. It was not pretty.

Bad Luck:

Man, if I were Tony Stewart, someone might be in a local Talladega hospital suffering from a broken jaw right about now. Bad luck after bad luck, you gotta feel for this guy. A week after getting cheated out of an easy victory at Richmond, Stewart gets deprived of another possible W. Smoke got tangled up in the consequential, ”Big one”. Tony had absolutely no possible way of avoiding the tragic wreck. All the blame falls on A.J Allmendinger and Denny Hamlin, who checked up forcing Tony to go through him. I guess it’s better to have bad luck then to have no luck at all. Shake it off, Tony.  

Kenseth Speaks: 

”I think we had the winning car, really just didn’t have the winning driver,” Kenseth said. ”I looked forward for a second, when I looked back, Greg and I were separated, those guys were already outside of him. With me not paying attention, keeping us hooked up, just cost us a shot at the win, cost Greg a shot at the win.” Kenseth, who lead 73 laps, would go on to finish 3rd after dominating throughout the afternoon. Matt had a sexy car, but like he said, not a winning driver.

Rough Day: 

Jimmie Johnson would only last a lap in the 2012 Daytona 500. So, the Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are probably thinking that they are gonna turn it around, right? LOL, not so fast #48. Jimmie couldn’t even make it past lap 61, talk about pathetic, move over Kyle Petty. After the demonic finish, Mr. 5-Time dropped to 8th in the championship standings.

Official Results:

1. #2 Keselowski    - 10 Laps lead

2. #18 Ky. Busch     – 1 Lap lead

3. #17 Kenseth    - 73 Laps lead

4. #5 Kahne    - 11 Laps lead

5. #16 Biffle    - 15 Laps lead

6. #15 Bowyer

7. #34 Ragan

8. #21 Bayne

9. #88 Earnhardt Jr.    - 10 Laps lead

10. #31 Burton    - 3 Laps lead

11. #1 McMurray

12. #43 Almirola

13. #38 Gilliland

14. #9 Ambrose

15. #22 Allmendinger

16. #93 Kvapil    - 1 Lap lead

17. #27 Menard    - 10 Laps lead

18. #13 Mears    - 2 Laps lead

19. #55 Waltrip    - 21 Laps lead

20. #51 Ku. Busch    - 4 Laps lead

21. #47 B. Labonte

22. #10 Reutimann

23. #11 Hamlin    - 8 Laps lead

24. #14 Stewart    - 16 Laps lead

25. #29 Harvick    - 1 Lap lead

26. #20 Logano

27. #23 Richardson Jr.

28. #56 Truex Jr.

29. #32 T. Labonte

30. #36 Blaney

31. #99 Edwards

32. #42 Montoya    - 3 Laps lead

33. #24 Gordon

34. #83 Cassill

35. #48 Johnson    - 5 Laps lead

36. #39 Newman

37. #97 Elliott

38. #33 Raines

39. #30 Stremme

40. #78 Smith

41. #87 Nemechek

42.#26 Wise

43. #98 McDowell

Points after Aaron’s 499 at Talladega:

1. Biffle -

2. Kenseth – 5

3. Earnhardt Jr. – 9

4. Hamlin – 27

5. Harvick – 45

6. Truex Jr. – 46

7. Stewart – 50

8. Johnson – 54

9. Ky. Busch – 70

10. Bowyer – 76

11. Edwards – 78

12. Keselowski – 79


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