After a three-hour rain delay, NASCAR's finest were battling darkness and each other at Talladega and David Ragan was the man who came out on top. Ragan shot to the lead down the long backstretch at Talladega after getting a push from his Front Row Motorsports teammate David Gilliland. After throwing blocks on Carl Edwards and his own teammate, Ragan crossed the start/finish line first. Ragan only led four laps all race long.
The green-white-checkered-finish was set up after a massive pileup entering turn three with about six laps to go. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried to push it four wide down the backstretch. He got alongside of JJ Yeley who tried to throw the block but instead got into Stenhouse and then got loose. Yeley turned back down across the track and into Kurt Busch who barrel-rolled twice and then landed on top of the hood of Ryan Newman's machine. About seven other drivers like Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer were involved.
As a result NASCAR decided to run one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish due to the increasing darkness.
Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards were the leaders on the restart, but both got shuffled out when Ragan shot through the middle on the last lap. Edwards was able to stay up front and finish third, but Kenseth, who led the most laps, finished eighth.
Kyle Busch triggered a big wreck on lap 42 when he tried to get on the outside of Kasey Kahne exiting the tri-oval. Instead of passing him, he turned him into the wall. About 13 cars were involved including Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, and Brian Vickers.
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