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McMurray Ends Skid By Winning At Talladega

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Jamie McMurray broke a long winless streak by getting the victory at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Jamie McMurray took the lead with 17 laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s relatively quiet Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

The victory came under yellow and was the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver’s first win since 2010. It was his second win at Talladega and seventh of his career.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, having been denied a shot at the win by a wreck which occurred on the final lap.

” I don’t know how the last lap would have played out,” McMurray said, “because I could see the 88 trying to set me up and trying to figure out where he could get a run on me but when I saw the caution come out behind me. Honestly, I wanted to see it end under green but at the same time, I said if there was a caution I would be OK with that right now too.”

Third Sunday was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. while Paul Menard was fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

None of the top Chase contenders finished in the top 10 as Kevin Harvick (third in points when the day started) was 12th, Jimmie Johnson (second) finished 13th and points leader Matt Kenseth 20th.

Those finishes moved Johnson to the points lead – four in front of Kenseth. Harvick remains third, but just 26  out of the lead. He is tied in points with Busch.

Earnhardt Jr. had the lead when the cars began pitting under green for the last time with 28 laps to go. When that series of stops cycled through about five laps later, Busch had the lead.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver stayed up front for nine laps before giving the lead up to McMurray.

With 15 laps to go, the giant packs of tightly bunched cars began to form.

With 10 laps to go, McMurry still had the lead with Earnhardt Jr. on his rear bumper. They sat at the head of a long line of cars which was riding high on the track in the corners. With eight to go, the field was one long line that was hugging the out side wall.

With five laps to go, a second line led by Joey Logano and points leader Matt Kenseth, formed lower down on the track but well behind McMurray and Earnhardt. With three to go, that lower line disintegrated, unable to make up ground on the longer line.

At the white flag, it was McMurray, Earnhardt, Dillon and Stenhouse Jr. out front of the long singel-file line.

Suddenly, with about a half of a lap to go, Dillon’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing car got sideways, went airborne and the race was over.

Asked why nobody attempted to make a move, Earnhardt said, “I don’t know. We raced like hell all day long.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Camping World RV Sales 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1. (9) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 188, $236345.

2. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188, $180210.

3. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 188, $187596.

4. (34) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 188, $154726.

5. (27) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188, $162068.

6. (7) David Ragan, Ford, 188, $133618.

7. (24) David Gilliland, Ford, 188, $122293.

8. (4) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 188, $128235.

9. (17) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188, $128493.

10. (20) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 188, $132793.

11. (6) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188, $106710.

12. (33) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188, $134071.

13. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 188, $140346.

14. (19) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188, $131671.

15. (36) Michael McDowell, Ford, 188, $90310.

16. (18) Joey Logano, Ford, 188, $115343.

17. (5) Carl Edwards, Ford, 188, $121660.

18. (30) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 188, $113030.

19. (38) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 188, $108468.

20. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 188, $122076.

21. (2) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188, $98460.

22. (1) Aric Almirola, Ford, 188, $122046.

23. (26) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 188, $84735.

24. (35) Justin Allgaier(i), Chevrolet, 188, $104018.

25. (39) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 188, $94057.

26. (16) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 187, $127535.

27. (10) Casey Mears, Ford, Accident, 187, $96510.

28. (37) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 187, $83360.

29. (13) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 187, $133651.

30. (14) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 187, $84035.

31. (31) Cole Whitt(i), Toyota, 187, $79880.

32. (22) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 187, $87660.

33. (23) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 187, $79510.

34. (29) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 187, $87310.

35. (40) Terry Labonte, Ford, 187, $79135.

36. (28) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 186, $96980.

37. (43) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 183, $78846.

38. (15) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Engine, 142, $93625.

39. (3) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 134, $97039.

40. (25) David Reutimann, Toyota, Engine, 119, $65825.

41. (32) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, Accident, 78, $89039.

42. (42) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Engine, 60, $57825.

43. (41) Tony Raines(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 2, $54325.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 178.795 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 47 Mins, 49 Secs. Margin of Victory: Caution.

Caution Flags: 3 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes: 52 among 20 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Almirola 1; J. Burton 2; A. Almirola 3-7; J. Burton 8-10; M. Kenseth 11-14; G. Biffle 15-18; J. Logano 19-24; G. Biffle 25; M. Kenseth 26-41; J. Logano 42; B. Labonte 43-44; J. Gordon 45; T. Labonte 46; K. Kahne 47; D. Earnhardt Jr. 48-49; J. Johnson 50-54; D. Earnhardt Jr. 55-57; M. Kenseth 58-68; J. Johnson 69-77; D. Earnhardt Jr. 78-80; Kurt Busch 81-82; J. Johnson 83-84; M. Kenseth 85; J. Johnson 86-93; C. Bowyer 94; J. Johnson 95-97; C. Bowyer 98; J. Johnson 99-101; D. Earnhardt Jr. 102-103; J. Johnson 104; D. Earnhardt Jr. 105; J. Johnson 106-110; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 111-113; J. Johnson 114-120; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 121; J. McMurray 122; C. Mears 123; J. Gordon 124-125; A. Almirola 126-127; D. Earnhardt Jr. 128-131; J. Johnson 132-135; D. Earnhardt Jr. 136-146; Kyle Busch 147; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 148; D. Earnhardt Jr. 149-160; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 161; Kurt Busch 162; D. Ragan 163; D. Blaney 164; Kyle Busch 165-170; C. Edwards 171; Kyle Busch 172-173; J. McMurray 174-188.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Johnson 10 times for 47 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 8 times for 38 laps; M. Kenseth 4 times for 32 laps; J. McMurray 2 times for 16 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 9 laps; A. Almirola 3 times for 8 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 7 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. # 4 times for 6 laps; G. Biffle 2 times for 5 laps; J. Burton 2 times for 4 laps; J. Gordon 2 times for 3 laps; Kurt Busch 2 times for 3 laps; C. Bowyer 2 times for 2 laps; B. Labonte 1 time for 2 laps; T. Labonte 1 time for 1 lap; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; C. Edwards 1 time for 1 lap; K. Kahne 1 time for 1 lap; D. Blaney 1 time for 1 lap; C. Mears 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 13 in Points: J. Johnson – 2,254; M. Kenseth – 2,250; Kyle Busch – 2,228; K. Harvick – 2,228; J. Gordon – 2,220; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 2,202; G. Biffle – 2,201; C. Bowyer – 2,197; Kurt Busch – 2,193; C. Edwards – 2,186; R. Newman – 2,182; J. Logano – 2,179; K. Kahne – 2,153.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, October 20 2013
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  • doc g says:

    Rarely does anyone win Talladega through skill, strategy or quality of car preparation and adjustment during the race. Just luck. They might as well draw a name out of a hat and call that the winner. When one game of the World Series is played as slow pitch softball, then I will agree that Talladega belongs in the Chase.

  • NASCAR No Credibility says:

    YAWN, I heard there was another chase race today and it was boring as all get out. One more race down, one more race this fan did not watch a single lap of.

    The print reports are calling it a down right boring race.