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Big Crash Eliminates Top Contenders Early at Talladega

By admin | May 5, 2013

By Richard Allen

It’s well known that ‘The Big One’ is a possibility when the Sprint Cup Series races on the monster speedways of Talladega and Daytona. Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 confirmed that once again as several of the sport’s top drivers were eliminated from contention on lap 42 when contact at the front of the field triggered a wreck that involved more than one-fourth of the field.

As cars raced through the tri-oval, Kyle Busch got into the back of Kasey Kahne and sent the #5 car spinning in front of the pack. When all was said and done, Busch, Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin(driven by Brian Vickers), Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Casey Mears were among those who recieved varying degrees of damage in the melee.

“I’m all right and I caused it,” Kyle Busch said on his team radio after being asked by his spotter if he was injured.

“Is it pit road hurt or garage hurt?” asked Dave Rogers, crew chief on Busch’s #18 Toyota. “It’s hauler hurt,” was the response from the driver.

Busch later told reporters that, “I hate how that happened. I was trying to get to his(Kahne’s) outside and tapped his bumper. From there, the wreck was on.”

No drivers were injured in the crash.

Upon leaving the infield care center, Kahne was asked if he had spoken to Kyle Busch about the contact that sent his car into the wall. “No, I didn’t talk to him,” Kahne replied. “I think we both probably know what happened.”

Biffle’s car was badly damaged. He found himself in a no-win situation when cars started spinning. He feared that an erratic maneuver on his part would only make things worse. “I moved down a little, but obviously not enough,” he declared.

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3 Responses to “Big Crash Eliminates Top Contenders Early at Talladega”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    May 5th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Kyle Busch is Awesome… At tearing up cars

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 5th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hamlin being robotic is tragic. I feel that his Future Pay would be a problem as you can go to the AI Defense or Al Junior.

  3. Chris Fiegler Says:
    May 6th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Do you think that Danica Patrick will have to Qualify on Speed or Time in any Sprint Cup Series Race Otherwise she Does Not Qualify and has to go home?