Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend. The Nationwide was off, but the others, Trucks and Cup raced there.
Saturday was the Truck race. Timothy Peters won with 31 laps led, followed by Tayler Malsam with 18 laps led, Spencer Gallagher, who got his best finish at 'Dega, rookie Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney with 31 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Erik Jones with 1 lap led, Chris Fontaine, John Wes Townley with 5 laps led, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Joe Nemechek with 5 laps led. Jennifer Jo Cobb was 18th with 1 lap led. Michael Affarano led 1 lap and was 24th. Milka Duno was 25th with 2 laps led. That's really her name. She's from Venezuela, so that explains her name. This was on FOX, so I could watch it.
Sunday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 12 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 1 lap led, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman with 10 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Travis Kvapil, Kurt Busch, Marcos Ambrose, Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led and Casey Mears. Kasey Kahne led 12 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Cole Whitt led 1 lap and finished 15th. Denny Hamlin was 18th with 1 lap led. Danica Patick was 19th and led 7 laps. Ryan Blaney led 15 laps and was 22nd. Jimmie Johnson led 84 laps and was 24th. Greg Biffle was 25th with 1 lap led. Jeff Gordon was 26th and led 3 laps. Martin Truex, Jr. was 27th with 1 lap led. David Gilliland was 29th with 1 lap led. David Ragan was 30th with 2 laps led. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 31st with 31 laps led. Tony Stewart led 5 laps before a late accident relegated him to 34th. Jamie McMurray led 3 laps before an accident relegated with to 35th. This was Trevor Bayne's last superspeedway race with the Wood Brothers and he ran as high as 2nd, nearly side-by-side with leader Ryan Newman the second time he ran that high. At the end of the race, Johnson spun him and that knocked him back to 32nd, the last car on the lead lap. This race was Joey's first finish outside the top-10 in the Chase this year and he was 11th, so he's close to top-10 in all Chase races.
Come back next week for my take on Martinsville.