Oct 05 2008

Tony Stewart Wins His First Race of the Year at Talladega

Here is a pretty good video from Bumpsnotes showing Tony Stewart winning the Talladega 500 today, after most of the Chase drivers have already gone to the garage.

This certainly was a typical race in Talladega, lots of wrecks, lots of lead changes, a record 31 in fact and a record 28 different leaders, and lots of speed. Jeff Gordon looked like he was going to have a good day until he started hanging back to avoid the big one, unfortunately he was collected in a little one that took him out for a few laps to make repairs, he did make it back out to pick up some more points, but, it looked as though his engine them gave out. Finishing 38th is better that last, but it looked like he might’ve been able to make it back into the 20′s had his engine not gone away.

Near the end, Carl Edwards was trying helping Greg Biffle to the front, causing him to spin out to the left, taking out Matt Kenseth and then, they took out Carl Edwards and a bunch of others. So, teammates helping each other out took each other out, should make for a good Monday morning meeting.

At the end, Tony forced Regan Smith, who was making a charge for the lead, below the yellow line, so we all thought that Regan would be allowed to make a move there, and he crossed the line before Tony. Nascar ruled that he could not advance his position, even though several drivers had said Nascar would allow it for this race, and penalized him with a drive through penalty, effectively moving him to the 18th position.

Several competitors, including Johnson, said they had heard that passes below the yellow line would be allowed within sight of the checkered flag. That notion originally stemmed from a ruling that allowed Johnny Benson to improve from third to second at the finish of the February 2007 Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona.

NASCAR, however, had the final say, and the sanctioning body’s position was clear-cut, though it did appear to contradict statements made by NASCAR spokespersons in the aftermath of the Daytona Truck race.

“You cannot improve your position any time you go below the yellow line,” NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter said. “In our judgment, he [Smith] improved his position, and the penalty for that is a pass-through, so he was moved back to the tail end of the longest line, or 18th position.

“At the drivers’ meeting, we clearly state that you cannot improve your position by going below the yellow line. We do not feel he was forced below the yellow line. We respect Regan’s view, but we made the call, we think it’s the right call and the finish is final.” Source: Stewart wins after NASCAR disallows Smith’s pass

However you view it, it was a pretty exciting end to a race that removed most of the really good competition, here is how they finished:

1 34 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Subway / Home Depot 195/10 190 Running
2 5 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 175/5 190 Running
3 16 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Travel 170/5 190 Running
4 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 165/5 190 Running
5 35 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 155/0 190 Running
6 32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 150/0 190 Running
7 11 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 151/5 190 Running
8 42 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / Menards 142/0 190 Running
9 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 143/5 190 Running
10 40 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge MONOPOLY at McDonald’s 139/5 190 Running
11 7 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 135/5 190 Running
12 14 00 Kenny Wallace Toyota Champion Mortgage 132/5 190 Running
13 3 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 129/5 190 Running
14 2 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / CARQUEST 126/5 190 Running
15 37 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Pedigree 123/5 190 Running
16 43 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 115/0 190 Running
17 23 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 112/0 190 Running
18 4 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 109/0 190 Running
19 25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 111/5 187 Running
20 39 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 108/5 179 Running
21 33 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 105/5 177 Running
22 29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 97/0 176 In Pit
23 30 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Memorex 99/5 176 Running
24 22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 96/5 174 Running
25 13 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 93/5 173 In Pit
26 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 90/5 173 Running
27 1 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 87/5 173 Running
28 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy “Ride With Dale Jr.” / Nat’l Guard 84/5 173 Running
29 12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 81/5 173 Running
30 6 33 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Realtree “Driven to the Outdoors” 73/0 169 Running
31 21 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 70/0 160 Running
32 28 26 Jamie McMurray Ford BernzOmatic Fat Boy 72/5 159 Running
33 27 21 Jon Wood Ford Motorcraft 64/0 154 Running
34 8 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet iQ Drive 61/0 148 In Pit
35 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 63/5 134 Running
36 38 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 60/5 112 In Pit
37 19 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 52/0 110 Out of Race
38 26 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 54/5 104 In Pit
39 36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 51/5 98 Running
40 41 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 43/0 68 Running
41 10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 45/5 68 Running
42 18 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 37/0 68 Out of Race
43 24 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / Alltel 34/0 48 Out of Race

Here are the points standing for the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Cup:

1 — Jimmie Johnson 5718 Leader 30 5 5 12 18
2 — Carl Edwards 5646 -72 30 1 6 14 22
3 — Greg Biffle 5641 -77 30 2 2 11 14
4 — Jeff Burton 5619 -99 30 0 1 6 16
5 +2 Clint Bowyer 5566 -152 30 0 1 5 14
6 -1 Kevin Harvick 5547 -171 30 0 0 6 15
7 +4 Tony Stewart 5515 -203 30 0 1 10 15
8 -2 Jeff Gordon 5486 -232 30 3 0 10 14
9 — Matt Kenseth 5473 -245 30 0 0 8 17
10 -2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5469 -249 30 1 1 9 14
11 +1 Kyle Busch 5387 -331 30 2 8 15 17
12 -2 Denny Hamlin 5383 -335 30 1 1 9 15

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