Published on November 2nd, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
McMurray Wins; Johnson Expands Points Lead
Jamie McMurray kept his Roush Fenway Racing Ford out front during the green-white-checker finish to the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, and earned the victory when the caution flag waved for a multi-car wreck with a little more than one lap to go.
Jimmie Johnson, who stayed near the back all day, stopped for fuel before the green white checker. That move helped keep him out of the big wreck, and finish ahead of those that did wreck. He finished sixth, and padded his points lead, which is now 184 points.
Top 5: McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton.
Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler, and Bobby Labonte rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Dale Earnhardt Jr (11th), Clint Bowyer (12th), Brian Vickers (13th), Carl Edwards (14th), Kyle Busch (15th), Juan Montoya (19th), Jeff Gordon (20th), Kevin Harvick (21st), Matt Kenseth (24th), Mark Martin (28th), Kurt Busch (30th), Tony Stewart (35th), and Ryan Newman (36th).
On lap 185, Ryan Newman got a run on Tony Stewart. Newman, who was being pushed by Marcos Ambrose, tried to turn inside to avoid hitting Stewart, but the two made contact. Stewart was sent into the outside wall, but he was able to continue.
Newman slid into with Kevin Harvick. The contact spun Newman. Ambrose, also turned inside and made contact with Elliott Sadler.
As Newman spun, the rear of his car lifted off the ground, flipping it over onto Harvick’s hood. Then, Newman’s cart slid across the track on its roof, and made contact with the outside wall, then slid down the track into the grass, where it began flipping. The car came to rest in the grass, on its roof.
Ambrose and Sadler both spun, but were able to continue. Newman’s car had to be flipped over by rescue workers, then the roof had to be cut to get him out. He was okay, but critical of NASCAR after the incident.
Coming to the white flag, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch were hooked up on the outside. Keselowski got into the back of Busch and sent him spinning to the inside. Busch hit the right-rear of Scott Speed, sending him spinning into the outside lane.
Martin Truex Jr tried to avoid Keselowski as he slowed a bit from the conact with Busch, and was turned into the outside wall. His car bounced off the wall and slid into the middle of the pack, collecting Juan Montoya and Mark Martin. The contact sent Martin’s car flipping down the front stretch. Several other cars were involved while trying to take evasive action.