Wow! Do you think Talladega could have jam packed any more excitement into one weekend of racing? That was unbelievable! Two consecutive days of record-breaking racing is any race fan’s dream. Talladega definitely did not disappoint.
This thrilling and dramatic weekend started off on Saturday with the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race. Kyle Busch has gotten himself into some pretty sticky situations throughout this race season and on Saturday it looked like he was headed down that same path. After contact between Busch and Clint Bowyer caused a 21-car mess, Busch’s car did not look like it was ready to help him dominate his fourth Nationwide Series race this season. But like Busch said, “the fastest car – not the prettiest – got to go to Victory Lane.” Also, the driver with a dedicated teammate like Mike Wallace gets to go to Victory Lane. Wallace helped Busch take the lead and then watched him take the win from an upside-down view after Wallace’s car flipped and brought about the 11th caution of the race, a track record. That’s some teamwork. Busch claimed victory after 57 lead changes during the Aaron’s 312, a new Nationwide Series record, and now stands only three wins away from eclipsing Mark Martin’s record for Nationwide Series career victories. This was only the beginning of race weekend in Talladega!
Needless to say, the Sprint Cup Series drivers had some pretty big shoes to fill and they did a pretty good job at filling them up. These NASCAR drivers kept the suspense high with 88 lead changes, tying the record set at Talladega last April. Jimmie Johnson scored his first win of the season as he edged Bowyer by .002 of a second, which tied the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for closest margin of victory since electronic timing was utilized in the series in 1993. But like I said earlier, the driver with the dedicated teammate gets a pretty good shot at Victory Lane and this time that teammate was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who helped push Johnson to victory in a battle of teammate two-car drafts at the finish. Johnson was so appreciative that he gave Earnhardt, Jr. the checkered flag! Once again, we got to see some awesome teamwork! Hendrick Motorsports dominated as they took three of the top four finishing positions with Jeff Gordon taking third and Earnhardt Jr. fourth. After a very competitive weekend of racing, Carl Edwards still holds the No.1 spot in the Sprint Cup Series Standings, followed by Johnson and then Earnhardt Jr.
Can’t wait to see what next weekend will bring at Nashville Superspeedway! Nashville will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series while the Sprint Cup Series takes a weekend off. Catch the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday and then the Nashville 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday!