When you talk or think about Talladega, you think of drafting and the big on and Sunday was no different for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
It was pretty calm early in the race especially since there was a competition caution on lap 20. That did not mean that the action was calm, lots of bump drafting.
Matt Kenseth day did not start how he was hoping, ended up a lap down. His day though got progressively worse, on lap 82. Contact between Johnny Sauter and Kyle Busch. Sauter spun down right in the middle of the pack.
Kenseth suffered a lot of damage to his car. Involved in the accident was Kurt Busch, Max Papis Kyle Busch, Elliot Sadler, Michael Waltrip, Sam Hornish, Jr., Paul Menard, 26, 36,
After leading at one point Regan Smith who has come so close to winning at Talladega, found himself in the garage. On lap 100 his engine blew and what looked like a promising day turned quickly for Smith.
From the drop of the green the action was non-stop. We saw guys go from the lead to the back of the pack all day. One driver who knows how to drop back and get to the front was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. All day long he methodically worked his way from the back to the front.
At Talladega there are no friends, you want to be there when it counts and be in position to make the move on the final lap.
With less than ten laps to go Bobby Labonte spun out on his own bringing most of the cars to pit road. There was a mixed bag of takers.
On lap 181, Jeff Gordon got pinched below the yellow line by teammate Jimmie Johnson. Both lost their momentum and started to drop back. Meanwhile Jeff Burton and Mike Bliss made contact. Burton went hard into the wall and collected Gordon and Scott Speed.
Burton and Gordon suffered a lot of damage to their cars, Burton was unable to continue and Gordon was able to finish on the lead lap in 22nd.
Post race Gordon once again voiced his frustration with Jimmie Johnson who set off the wreck.
This is Talladega and we know in the final laps that anything can happen. With two laps to go Joey Logano and Ryan Newman took it four wide. Newman seemed to get loose and came down mid pack.
In total nine cars were involved in the wreck, which changed the final laps. With guys up front unsure of just how much fuel they had the final attempt at finishing under green was going to be interesting.
On the second attempt Greg Biffle and Johnson made contact and sent Johnson hard into the wall. He ended up finishing 31st.
It would take three attempts to crown a winner and the wait was well worth it.
In the end Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray were able to pull away from the field and coming out of the tri-oval Harvick made his move. He timed it perfectly and the two side drafted to the finish line.
The rest of the top 10 were Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Mike Bliss.
Now the series heads to Richmond International Raceway for a Saturday night race under the lights.