With less than a half a lap to the finish a huge wreck ruined most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers’ day at Talladega Superspeedway. However, Matt Kenseth avoided the mêlée to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.
Chase race number four at the track that drivers and fans simply call “Dega” was what we have come to expect at the huge racing venue Sunday afternoon (10/7). The day saw many cars get into the familiar “two-car-tandem” and speed their way to the front.The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 had a total of fifty-four lead changes among eighteen different drivers.
For the most part the race was incident free as there were only five caution periods for an total of seventeen laps through the day of NASCAR racing at Talladega. It was during the last lap, coming out of turn four with the finish line in sight when the “big one” happened.
Tony Stewart was leading the race as the tight field of drivers began accelerating out of turn four, racing to the checkered flag. Casey Mears had hooked up with Michael Waltrip in a “two-car-tandem” and was pushing him forward gaining on Tony. Tony tried to move down on the track to block the two cars from passing him but was just a split second too late with his move.
Tony’s car caught the front corner of Michael’s car. The result was Tony sliding sideways on the track and causing a twenty-five-car wreck on the final lap of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. With so many of the Sprint Cup cars twisted and smashed, the safety crews at Talladega Superspeedway had the chance to live up to the name of the NASCAR race.
Only two of the twelve drivers in the Chase were able to avoid the devastation on the last lap at “Dega.” Matt Kenseth was just in front of the spinning mass of cars and drove on to win the fourth race in the Chase. Jeff Gordon maneuvered his car through a few of the spinning cars to finish in second place. The third through fifth place finishers in the race were non-Chase drivers. They were Kyle Bush, David Ragan and Regan Smith respectively. NASCAR had to go to the video of the race to determine the final finishing order. You can see the complete results of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 HERE.
With so many of the Chase drivers involved in the last lap carnage, there was not a huge shake up in the positions in the Chase standings. You can see the complete NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings HERE. The standings for the twelve drivers in the Chase are below.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Chase race number five. The top drivers in auto racing will be racing under the lights Saturday night October 13th in the Bank Of America 500.
See our photo gallery from the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway HERE.
By: Buck Stevens
NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup point standings:
01 – Brad Keselowski – Leader
02 – Jimmie Johnson – 14 points back
03 – Denny Hamlin – 23 points back
04 – Kasey Kahne – 36 points back
05 – Clint Bowyer – 40 point back
06 – Jeff Gordon – 42 points back
07 – Tony Stewart – 46 points back
08 – Martin Truex Jr. – 48 points back
09 – Greg Biffle – 49 points back
Kevin Harvick – 49 points back
11 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 51 points back
12 – Matt Kenseth – 62 points back