Martin Truex, Jr. survived the wreck fest at Talladega to pull the No. 8 DEI Chevy into victory lane for the second time this season. Truex' car was beaten and battered after contact in an earlier wreck, but the team managed to make repairs on...
Martin Truex, Jr. survived the wreck fest at Talladega to pull the No. 8 DEI Chevy into victory lane for the second time this season. Truex' car was beaten and battered after contact in an earlier wreck, but the team managed to make repairs on pit road and never drop his car a lap down.
"We had a good car all day," said Truex. "Our car was really strong; I will tell you that thing had a motor under the hood."
The attrition rate of the race was high with almost every car in the field having been involved in one of the track record nine cautions. The last one coming in the races final laps and setting up a green/white/checker finish, the rule that came about after Jeff Gordon's win here last year under caution that had race fans pitching beer cans and seat cushions onto the track.
Jon Wood and Kerry Earnhardt stalked Truex in the closing laps but just could not catch the fast Chevy. Wood settled for his career best finish with second.
"Here it was so cut-throat, if anyone gets out of line, David (Stremme) had no choice but to follow me," said Wood.
Earnhardt slid back to fifth when Wood and Truex hooked up in the draft. David Stremme and Ashton Lewis, Jr. grabbed the third and fourth spo t.
"Great run for us," said Stremme. "Man, it was wild out there."
The big one came more than once but the twenty car pile-up at lap 17 started things off with a bang. The race was delayed by three hours due to rain and when the green flag finally waved NASCAR ran the cars around for nine laps to help track drying efforts.
It wasn't green for long, when Justin Labonte and Mike Wallace got together causing the first pile-up. The hits kept coming from there as more cars were on the back of the wrecker than running at the end.
Despite being involved in the lap 17 wreck, Carl Edwards continues to lead series points.