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Ragan Wins Rain-, Wreck-Plagued Talladega Race

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David Ragan stunned the field Sunday at Talladega. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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David Ragan was the surprise winner of Sunday’s rain-delayed, wreck-marred Aarons 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ragan took the lead on the lead on the final lap and got his first Talladega victory.

His Front Row Motorsports teammate David Gilliland was second.

Third was Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing. Rounding out the top five were Michael Waltrip of Michael Waltrip Racing while points-leader Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports was fifth.

“I’m kind of a low-key guy, but, man, I don’t know,” Ragan said. “I’ve got to thank my teammates David Gilliland and Josh Wise. If it wasn’t for that final push from David Gilliland, I don’t know what to say. This is a true David vs. Goliath moment here. Front Row Motorsports, Ford. I’ve got Farm Rich on our Ford this weekend, their first chance at a NASCAR race. They’re not all this easy, but this is special to get Front Row Motorsports their first win. It feels like I’ve never been here before.”

Gilliland said, “My crew chief, Frank Kerr, said, ‘You’ve got to have the restart of your life,’ and we had a good one. It was dark out there, sprinking a little bit, dry sweep was on the windshield a bunch, but we got a good restart. Our Love’s Travel Stops Ford Fusion was really fast all day. I got hooked up with my teammate there. Michael Waltrip got behind me and was giving me a great shove and I had some good momentum and got hooked up with Ragan there and just stayed glued to his bumper and kind of worked our way up through there and came

David Gilliland and David Ragan celebrate their 1-2 finish at Talladega. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

home 1-2 for Front Row Motorsports.

“It’s a huge day obviously for any team to get first and second, but for Front Row Motorsports and our little team, and what we do it with, we’re really proud of that. And Bob Jenkins, for sticking with us and doing this deal probably 80-90 percent out of his own pocket, it’s a special day.”

The race was delayed 3 hours, 46 minutes because of rain. When it restarted, wrecks claimed the spotlight.

The final big one occurred with eight laps to go. The wreck occurred when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. surprisingly attempted to force his way to the outside when there was no outside lane available.

That forced a green/white/checkered restart with Matt Kenseth leading and Edwards lined up to his outside.

On the first restart lap, Johnson jumped past Kenseth. Edwards passed for the lead on the white flag laps but was passed quickly Ragan. From there, Ragan held on and got the win.

“That was crazy,” Edwards said. “I blocked everybody I could. I was doing everything I could. I blocked Matt and I thought, ‘Oh, we’ve got it.’ And then I saw Jimmie coming and I blocked him and I thought, ‘Who is that back there?’ It was this Ford freight train coming and I just couldn’t stay in front of them. David did everything but wreck me. He did everything right and I still thought he was gonna wreck when he was looking in his mirror and he almost hit the apron and he wiggled coming to the line, so I thought we still might get this thing, but it’s awesome for David Ragan. We were gonna win the race if it rained, and then I thought we were still gonna win this thing and it just wasn’t meant to be. But it’s the most fun I’ve had at Talladega.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Aaron’s 499

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Sunday, May 05, 2013

1. (19) David Ragan, Ford, 192, $373108.

2. (31) David Gilliland, Ford, 192, $235153.

3. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 192, $207720.

4. (14) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 192, $155620.

5. (8) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 192, $176426.

6. (34) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 192, $146048.

7. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 192, $155540.

8. (6) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 192, $154906.

9. (36) Scott Speed, Ford, 192, $107115.

10. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 192, $146226.

11. (9) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 192, $149716.

12. (27) David Stremme, Toyota, 192, $117663.

13. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 192, $151441.

14. (3) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 192, $131244.

15. (11) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 192, $153696.

16. (40) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 192, $112502.

17. (12) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 192, $115355.

18. (20) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 192, $139238.

19. (26) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 192, $99405.

20. (39) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 192, $107805.

21. (38) Michael McDowell, Ford, 191, $97830.

22. (42) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 191, $97105.

23. (28) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 191, $122750.

24. (22) Casey Mears, Ford, 189, $103680.

25. (30) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 189, $122844.

26. (16) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 188, $123971.

27. (25) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 187, $137755.

28. (29) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 187, $98380.

29. (37) Terry Labonte, Ford, Accident, 185, $90180.

30. (33) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 182, $116325.

31. (43) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, Accident, 182, $91330.

32. (5) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Accident, 182, $123838.

33. (23) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, Accident, 182, $89555.

34. (7) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 148, $109230.

35. (4) Joey Logano, Ford, Engine, 143, $117188.

36. (17) Greg Biffle, Ford, 141, $107155.

37. (13) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 138, $134383.

38. (32) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 128, $91085.

39. (41) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Engine, 53, $79085.

40. (24) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Accident, 47, $122021.

41. (35) David Reutimann, Toyota, Accident, 43, $71085.

42. (10) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Accident, 42, $85085.

43. (15) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Engine, 22, $63585.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 148.729 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 26 Mins, 02 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.212 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes: 30 among 17 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Edwards 0; M. Truex Jr. 1-5; M. Kenseth 6-24; K. Harvick 25; P. Menard 26; M. Kenseth 27-28; J. Burton 29; M. Kenseth 30-47; J. McMurray 48-49; M. Kenseth 50-55; R. Newman 56-57; M. Kenseth 58-89; B. Keselowski 90; D. Ragan 91; J. Gordon 92; M. Kenseth 93-116; J. Johnson 117-120; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 121-122; C. Edwards 123-126; Kurt Busch 127; D. Ragan 128; B. Labonte 129-133; M. Kenseth 134-166; Kurt Busch 167; D. Ragan 168; S. Speed 169; A. Almirola 170; J. Johnson 171-182; M. Kenseth 183-190; C. Edwards 191; D. Ragan 192;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Kenseth 8 times for 142 laps; J. Johnson 2 times for 16 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 5 laps; B. Labonte 1 time for 5 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 5 laps; D. Ragan 4 times for 4 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 2 laps; J. McMurray 1 time for 2 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 1 time for 2 laps; Kurt Busch 2 times for 2 laps; S. Speed 1 time for 1 lap; B. Keselowski 1 time for 1 lap; A. Almirola 1 time for 1 lap; J. Gordon 1 time for 1 lap; P. Menard 1 time for 1 lap; K. Harvick 1 time for 1 lap; J. Burton 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: J. Johnson – 383; C. Edwards – 342; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 324; C. Bowyer – 316; Brad Keselowski – 314; K. Kahne – 299; A. Almirola – 293; P. Menard – 290; Kyle Busch – 285; G. Biffle – 280; M. Kenseth – 279; K. Harvick – 276.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, May 5 2013
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