Jamie McMurray won the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after he worked his way to the lead in the closing stages and held off the field for his seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. McMurray was leading coming to the white flag and it looked like the Joplin, Missouri native was a sitting duck coming off of turn two but an accident involving Austin Dillon and Casey Mears on the backstretch forced a caution to come out ending the race. It's McMurray's first win since October 2010 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"Once you get toward the end, it usually gets more intense and everybody starts taking bigger risks," McMurray said. "I was listening to my spotter and he would say, 'A line is forming, but it's not very organized and they're not making up any ground.' I'm really surprised they couldn't put something together to make more of a run. I'm shocked by that, actually. I thought guys would take bigger chances at the end."
Dale Earnhardt Jr finished in the second position. Austin Dillon was running in the third position when the accident happened. Dillon ended up finishing in 24th. Ending up in the third position was Ricky Stenhouse Jr with Paul Menard finishing fourth and Kyle Busch fifth. David Ragan finished sixth with teammate David Gilliland coming home seventh, Martin Truex Jr finished eighth, Ryan Newman finished ninth and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top ten.
The Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway started when Aric Almirola and Jeff Burton led the field to the green flag after qualifying was rained out. Almirola was leading early but the races' first caution of the day flew when Tony Raines lost an engine on lap three. Raines finished in the 43rd position. The race would resume on lap eight with Almirola and Burton on the front row and they led until lap 12 when Matt Kenseth led with help from Kurt Busch. Greg Biffle got the lead on lap 19 and on lap 21 it was Joey Logano in front with help from Austin Dillon.
Biffle got the lead again on lap 22 and would lead until lap 30 when Kenseth again went to the lead. Green flag pit stops began on lap 43 and two drivers would make monumental mistakes under the stops. Kyle Busch would miss the his pit stall while he was on pit road. There was a car on the inside of Busch and he was not be able to get to his stall. Busch had to come back down pit road again and make his scheduled pit stop. The mistake would cost Busch a ton of time.
Busch wasn't the only one to have an issue on the pit stops. Brad Keselowski also had issues on the pit stops as he sped coming on to pit road. Keselowski had to come through pit road for a pass through penalty. In the draft at Talladega pitting by yourself is very tough to come back from because you lose so much time. Keselowski would lose a lap on lap 62 and for Busch he lost the lead lap on lap 67.
Kasey Kahne had lost the draft and would fall a lap down on lap 70. Meanwhile in the front of the field Jimmie Johnson would take the lead on lap 77. On lap 78 the races' second caution of the day occurred when Marcos Ambrose lost control of his #9 Ford and slid down the track into Juan Pablo Montoya. The accident ended Montoya's day in the 41st position. Ambrose would continue but finish in the 39th position. Kyle Busch was in the lucky dog position when the caution came out getting him back on the lead lap.
On the lap 84 restart Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth led the field to the green flag. On lap 85 Matt Kenseth got the lead and led until Clint Bowyer took the lead away on lap 96. Dale Earnhardt Jr got the lead on lap 103 and Jimmie Johnson battled back to the lead on lap 105. Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr had a strong car all day long and took the lead on lap 112. He would lose the lead to Jimmie Johnson on lap 117.
On lap 120 David Reutimann fell off the pace and he would go behind the wall. Reutimann finished in the 40th position. Green flag pit stops would begin on lap 122 and while most people got through the green flag stops okay Kasey Kahne did not. Kahne was too fast exiting pit road and had to make a pass through penalty under green and that put Kahne another lap down on lap 126. Kahne finished 36th.
Several drivers would swap the lead over the next 20 laps including Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson. Green flag pit stops would occur again on lap 161. Danica Patrick would come down pit road and speed on entrance. Patrick almost missed pit road entirely before getting down and getting on pit road way over the speed limit. She then missed her pit and would have to pit and then do a pass through penalty. The error cost Patrick greatly and she finished several laps down in the 33rd position.
After pit stops cycled around Kyle Busch was in the lead on lap 165. On lap 169 Carl Edwards went to the front and he would lead until lap 174 when Jamie McMurray got to the front. The field would run single file on lap 178 and remain that way when the field received the white flag. Austin Dillon would crash after slight contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Dillon would spin and collect Casey Mears in the accident. The crash caused the races' third and final caution and the race ended under the yellow flag.
Other notables in the field included Greg Biffle in 11th, Kevin Harvick in 12th, Jimmie Johnson in 13th and Jeff Gordon in 14th. Joey Logano finished 16th, Carl Edwards finished 17th, Kurt Busch finished 18th and Matt Kenseth finished 20th. Brad Keselowski finished 29th.
Jimmie Johnson is the points leader after Talladega as he leads by four points over Matt Kenseth. Third in the standings is Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick is fourth. Both drivers are 26 points behind. Fifth in the standings is Jeff Gordon who is 34 points behind and Dale Earnhardt Jr is sixth 52 points back. Seventh in the standings is Greg Biffle and eighth is Clint Bowyer. Ninth in the standings is Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards is tenth in the standings. Eleventh in the points is Ryan Newman with Joey Logano 12th and Kasey Kahne 13th.
The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27th.
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