15-car Accident At Talladega Briefly Halts NASCAR Race
Carl Edwards was heading towards a victory till the 47th lap on Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint series GEICO 500. But Edwards looked terribly displeased for the reason that competitors weren’t slowing down upon seeing his No 19 Racing Gibbs Toyota at Talladega Superspeed highway.
The field was going open up for a spin to the victory lap, but Edwards’ car lost control, sliding across the track. He finished 32nd after the race was halted for 11 minutes due to the accident.
“I was really frustrated that you could spin out for a quarter-mile over there and there’s still people going by wide open,” Edwards said after finishing. “NASCAR does a great job making these cars safe and these tracks safe that the biggest cause of injury is going to be one of us not checking up when there’s a guy sideways.
“I’ve got my door sideways to the field and the 51 car (Justin Allgaier), I think it was, went by 160 miles an hour, 180 miles an hour, That’s not the way I try to race.”
The accident also involved Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick. Though only Bayne and Larson suffered damages to their cars.
”It felt like (Menard) was really tight on our door and sucked us around,” Bayne later said.
Dale Earnhardt Jr finally emerged as the 0.159-second winner over his teammate Jimmie Johnson of Hendrik Motorsports. Menard finished third.
“I feel like I’m supposed to get up there and lead,” Earnhardt revealed 24 hours prior to the race.