The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Talladega Superspeedway was eerily clean for almost 170 laps on Sunday, which was odd for a restrictor-plate track. But the drivers managed to right that odd feeling with 20 laps to go, with A.J. Allmendinger starting a giant wreck that put him on his roof.
Not even restrictor-plate racing can keep Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers from taking the top spots in the lower Xfinity Series—at least, not this weekend at Talladega. Four of the top five finishers are either current or former Cup regulars, with Aric Almirola taking the win. But hey! It was a fun race.
It was around 12:45 p.m. local time when Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway decided it was lunchtime, and, luckily for track and unluckily for its drivers, it didn’t have to look far. There were plenty of race cars diving into the third turn to chomp on.
A vehicle wrecking at the front of the pack is last thing you want to see in a NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway. This wreck probably should have collected about half of the field, but appears to have only got two or three trucks because of some damn good saves. Just watch this madness.
NASCAR races at restrictor-plate tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are known for their nearly inevitable “Big One” wrecks, but the early laps in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race was a big one in its own rights—big not in numbers, but in just how hard the hit actually was.
After his car flipped end-over-end into the safety fence, shrapnel injuring seven in the crowd, NASCAR's Carl Edwards, in real-life Ricky Bobby-style, exited his fiery wreck, sprinting on foot to the finish. Spoilers inside, obviously.
The biggest, baddest, meanest Porsche ever made turns 40 today. Happy birthday, Porsche 917.