Carl Edwards nosed ahead of teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just as it started to rain at the Talladega Superspeedway. Officials immediately stopped the race with a quartet of Fords leading the way on the 125th lap.
Until the dark clouds rolled in, Matt Kenseth had totally dominated a majority of the race until yielding first to Jimmie Johnson and thereafter to Stenhouse and finally to Edwards.
The standings when the race was stopped had Edwards, Stenhouse, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman making up the top-10.
Highlights of the race included Denny Hamlin’s comeback run and a 14-car crash among frontrunners that jumbled the running order on the 40th circuit.
Hamlin started at the rear of field and exited the car during the first caution flag on the 23rd lap, being replaced by Brian Vickers.
Shortly thereafter, Kyle Busch, running third, tagged the runner-up car of Kasey Kahne, setting off a chain-reaction accident. Nine of the 14 cars in the top 15 were caught up in the melee.
Vickers was one of the unfortunates to be involved in the wreck.