Sunday, December 27, 2015

Talladega Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend. Xfinity was off this time.

Saturday was the Truck race. Timothy Peters won from the pole with 23 laps led, followed by rookie Brandon Jones with 7 laps led,  Mason Mingus, rookie Erik Jones with 6 laps led and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cameron Haley, Johnny Sauter, Chris Fountaine, Chad Boat and Tyler Young.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 14th with 1 lap led. John Wes Townley led1 lap and finished 16th.  Brian Keselowski was 17th with 10 laps led.  Timmy Hill led 1 lap and finished 20th. Matt Crafton was 24th with 43 laps led.  Ben Kennedy was 25th with 6 laps led. Tyler Tanner and Travis Kvapil were 26th and 27th after an accident on lap 91. Stanton Barrett was 29th due to crashing on lap 85. Terry Jones was 31st due to a crash on lap 35.

Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won with 20 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 61 laps led, pole-sitter Jeff Gordon with 8 laps led, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Paul Menard with 2 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer with 2 laps led, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with 2 laps led and Kurt Busch with 1 lap led. Kyle Busch led 11 laps and finished 11th. Ryan Newman was 12th with 1 lap led.  Michael Waltrip was 13th with 3 laps led. Kevin Harvick was 15th with 4 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson led 34 laps and finished 18th.  Kasey Kahne finished 19th and led 18 laps.  Greg Biffle was 20th with 18 laps led.  Matt Kenseth was 26th after leading 3 laps. David Ragan was 30th with 1 lap led.  David Gilliland led 2 laps before a late race accident relegated him to 32nd.  Alex Bowman was 33rd due to that accident, which was The Big One and Kevin Harvick running into Trevor Bayne was the cause. Harvick said he had engine problems and couldn't go race speed and that he didn't see Bayne. Right before the accident, he said unless there was a caution, he'd be eliminated from the Chase.  Denny Hamlin led 5 laps before an incident on lap 192 relegated him to 37th.
Come back for my Martinsville recap.

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