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Chase Race 6: Talladega

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

While I didn’t watch the truck race at Talladega- I did hear about the last lap melee that ensued and it had me sitting down on Sunday with my usual trepidation about Talladega. I know you probably think I kid but this track makes me very very nervous. From what I heard of the ending of the truck race- I had every reason to be worried.  Luckily there wasn’t anything major that happened. Well if you don’t count Austin Dillon’s little flight on the last lap.

Austin Dillon, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, looks on prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

I guess it was a good thing that the “Big One” was really not so big and only involved a couple of cars. Still I am sure that Casey Mears (who took a big hit when he plowed into a sideways Austin Dillon) would disagree that it was a “good” wreck.  There is no such thing.

Before that last lap though, I had two major thoughts:

1. That Austin Dillon kid is talented! He kept that Bass Pro Shops Mobil 1 Chevy in the top 15 most of the day- and often times was in the top 10.

2. That #14 Chevy was set up well. Austin never asked for any adjustments on that car THE WHOLE RACE.  When asked- he would say that it was good and he wouldn’t change a thing.  WOW! Really?!  It was set up so well that even Bob the Spotter mentioned it at some point on the radio.  He just came on and said it- it was even obvious to him.

Austin goes flying

Austin Dillon, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and Casey Mears, driver of the #13 GEICO Ford, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

THIS IS A GOOD DIRECTION and makes me excited about next season.  Misty and I were talking and we are wondering if the team isn’t experimenting with set ups while Tony is out of the car and that is why there has been a lackluster performance of late. I can only hope right?

Damaged 14 Car

Austin Dillon, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits on the apron after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

The race winner was a very emotional Jamie McMurray.  Jimmie Johnson now holds the Championship points standings by 4 points over a second place Matt Kenseth.  Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third at 29 points out of the lead. Jeff Gordon rounds out the top 5 in championship points.

Next Sunday we are back to my favorite little paperclip: Martinsville!

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