It was an exciting and wild GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, April 25th in th4e NASCAR Cup Series!
The race has seven cautions including four for incidents that occurred on the track. There was a competition caution early in the race since the drivers and teams did not get practice. There was supposed to be a caution at the completion of the first two stages of the race. However, both stages ended under caution as wrecks happened prior to the final laps in each stage. Matt DiBenedetto was the winner of stage one while Bubba Wallace was the winner of stage two.
The wreck at the end of the first stage of racing sent Joey Logano to the garage. His car went airborne, landed on the roof and then flipped back over on the wheels. Joey was fine, but it ended his day on the track.
Besides the crashes, there was also plenty of excitement in the racing as 17 drivers exchanged the lead 35 times during the race. However, the old saying goes there is only one lap the really matters for the lead … the last lap.
That was the one and only lap Brad Keselowski led during the entire race. It gave him his sixth Talledega Superspeedway win in a Cup Car and his first win of the 2021 NASCAR season.
William Byron was able to claim the runner-up finish. Michael McDowell finished in third place. Kevin Harvick claimed fourth place. Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top five. See the complete race results for the GEICO 500 at Talladega here.
After nine drivers have won in ten races during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Denny Hamlin is the leader in the point standings. Martin Truex Jr. sits in second place. Joey Logano holds third place with William Byron in fourth. Ryan Blaney rounds out the top five. See the complete NASCAR Cup Series point standings here.
Next up for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams is a stop at Kansas Speedway Sunday, May 2nd for the Buschy McBusch Race 400. Seriously, that is the name of the race.
By: Buck Stevens