Scottvoight's NASCAR Blog

February 7, 2011

Talladega leaves many picking up the pieces

Filed under: NASCAR Articles — Scott Voight @ 3:00 pm

Brad   Keselowski captures his first Sprint Cup win at the annual Alabama wreck fest before a capacity crowd of over 100,000 fans at Talladega Superspeedway.

The race featured three big wrecks or as they call it in NASCAR “the big one” eliminating many big named drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Harvick and last week’s winner Mark Martin.

The end of the race was just as thrilling as Carl Edwards and Keselowski drafted by Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next to the last lap to take the lead, but on the final lap Edwards attempted to   block Keselowski and was launched into the air taking off the hood and window area of Newman’s car   and lifting Edwards car into a flip into the fence damaging 50 o f fencing. Edwards’s car ended up 15   feet away from the start finish line where he jumped out of his car and ran to cross the finish line in dramatic fashion. 

 Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway, said that eight spectators suffered injuries and that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

 Due to traffic concerns, two women were airlifted to an area hospital, one for a laceration in her lip, and the other for a possible broken jaw.

Lewis said he is unsure if a piece from a car or a piece of debris from the fence injured the spectators.

Finishing behind rookie Keselowski, Earnhardt and Newman was Australian Marcos Ambrose, who ran with the leaders most of the day. Another rookie, Scott Speed, was fifth, followed by Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, a third top 10 rookie, Joey Logano, Jeff  Burton and  Edwards finished 24th

On Saturday afternoon David Regan won the Nationwide Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway for his first win in 196 races. He made the pass for the lead when Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt made contact in the tri-oval on a green–white–checkered finish. Following Regan was Newman, Joey Logano, Tony Raines and Earnhardt to complete the top five. Late in  the race Matt Kenseth had contact with teammate Regan and flipped several times, he was able to walk away from the car and race on Sunday.

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