The NASCAR Cup Series had a second week in a row where a pass to win the race took place in the final seconds of the race. This time it was at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Geico 500 had plenty of racing from start to finish. There were 16 drivers that exchanged the lead 41 times during the race. Bubba Wallace was out front when a caution came out and allowed him to be the winner of Stage One of the race. William Byron was able to capture the win in stage two.
There were six caution periods in the race including the two for the end of the first two stages. However, since the largest on track incident only involved nine cars, the “Big One” (a crash involving a double digit total of cars) never really happened.
Stage three was actually caution free. There were no crashes until final lap and final turns in the race.
Racing to the checkered flag a couple of cars got together allowing Ross Chastain to move from around third of fourth place to the front. He crossed the line to capture his second win of his career and of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Austin Dillon finished second. Kyle Busch claimed third-place. Kyle Larson finished fourth with Martin Truex Jr. rounding out the top five. See the complete race results for the Geico 500 here.
After Talladega, Chase Elliott has the lead in the point standings. Ryan Blaney holds second-place. William Byron sits in third with Kyle Busch in fourth. Alex Bowman is in fifth-place. See the complete NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings here.
Next up for the NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams is DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne at Dover Motor Speedway (a.k.a. “The Monster Mile”) Sunday, May 1st.
By: Buck Stevens