Published on April 28th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
Kyle Busch Wins Aaron’s 499
Kyle Busch overcame an early pit road mistake and avoided two late wrecks, one on the last lap, to win the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
On lap 63, Busch came down pit road to make a green-flag stop. David Ragan, also making a stop, was inside of him, preventing him from entering into his pit stall. He had to come in the following lap, and as a result, lost a lap.
On lap 116, Carl Edwards blew a tire, and hit the wall, bringing out a caution. Kyle Busch was the free pass car, and was back on the lead lap.
For much of the race, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated, combining to lead 107 of 188 laps. Denny Hamlin also had a strong car, pushing several drivers into the lead, as well as leading himself.
On lap 144, Stewart cut a tire while leading and hit the wall, ending his hopes of winning. With 15 laps to go, he, Jr. and Bobby Labonte were all fighting for the same real estate, when he and Jr. got together triggering a six car accident. Jr. suffered cosmetic damage, while Stewart was done for the day. Others involved in the accident: Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray.
Labonte, who suffered heavy damage, continued on, only to spin in turn 4 on lap 180. Michael Waltrip led the field to the green on the restart with five laps to go. One lap later, Busch, with a push from Jeff Gordon, passed Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson, who was running second at the time, to take the lead.
On the final lap, Michael McDowell spun in the tri-oval, but there was no caution. Seconds later, there was a much bigger wreck, bringing out the caution, giving Busch the win.
The Top 10: Busch, Juan Montoya, Hamlin, Ragan, Brian Vickers, Travis Kvapil, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, and Jr.
Notables: Matt Kenseth finished 41st after cutting a tire early. Edwards finished 40th after his tire problems. Gordon finished 19th after running 2nd with two laps to go. Robby Gordon finished 11th.
On the final restart with five laps to go, Jr. was running 29th. In five laps he passed 19 cars to finish 10th.
The Big One: The big one occured on lap 188 when Jr. appeared to get McMurray loose, sending him up the track into Johnson. Stremme and Gordon also brushed the wall. Then, the cars began bouncing off each other. The crash also collected Kasey Kahne, Ragan Smith, Joe Nemechek (pole sitter), among others.