Joey Logano had finished second, second, and third at Talladega in the Nationwide Series before he finally got to taste victory today. Logano used the slingshot move to perfection to beat his Sprint Cup Series teammate Kyle Busch to the line.
Logano pushed Busch using the tandem draft style on the last green-white-checkered all the way to the entrance of the tri-oval before he made his move to the outside.
There were a lot of questions before the race began about whether drivers would even be able to use the tandem draft. NASCAR made changes to the front grille location and the cooling system in an attempt to break up the pairs. But the biggest obstacle that teams faced was the temperature. The temperatures have been in the 90's all weekend long.
But the drivers were able to do the tandem, as well as run in large packs. And they were able to put on a show for the fans.
But this is Talladega, and Talladega can be a scary place. And that reputation proved it is deserved when the "Big One" happened with about four laps to go.
Kyle Busch was pushing Michael Annett in tandem when the hole they were going for closed. Annett turned Kevin Harvick and the wreck was on from there. Many drivers took hard hits, but none worse than that of Eric McClure. McClure got turned almost head-on into the inside wall at almost full speed. He hit the inside SAFER barrier, but was still seriously hurt.
Safety crews had to cut the roof back on McClure's car to safely remove him from the cockpit. McClure was put on a stretcher and transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham medical center via a helicopter.
The latest report is that McClure was awake and alert and communicating with the medical officials at the hospital.
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