Martin Truex, Jr. making his first Busch series start of 2006 held off the competition on the final lap to grab the win at Talladega Superspeedway. A series of late race cautions slowed Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers from trying to...
Martin Truex, Jr. making his first Busch series start of 2006 held off the competition on the final lap to grab the win at Talladega Superspeedway. A series of late race cautions slowed Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers from trying to make a run on Truex for the lead, but in the end it was the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet in victory lane.
"Great day at Talladega," said Truex. "I am proud to be part of this team. The car could do just about anything it wanted.it was really, really good. The cautions there at the end really helped, it would take them a few laps to get together and try and gang up on me."
It is Truex's 13th career win. The win comes as DEI drivers celebrate what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 55th birthday by all running special black paint schemes.
Kevin Harvick was second, "Those last laps were exciting. All in all it was a good day for our US Coast Guard Chevrolet.a good day to keep on drafting and learn a little bit here and there."
Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer complete the top five.
"I am so grateful to come out of here with a race car in tact," said Busch. "We haven't been able to do that for awhile."
For a Busch race at Talladega there were very few on track incidents with the first multi-car crash coming at lap 44 and involved Ashton Lewis, Jr., Donnie Neuenberger and Derrike Cope.
The day's most spectacular crash came at lap 66 when Tony Stewart made contact with Kenny Wallace and flipped coming down through the tri-oval. He landed on his hood and safety workers had difficulty extracting him from the car but he finally got out and was able to walk away from the wreck.
"It was totally my fault," said Stewart. "I take 100% responsibility. I think I clipped the 22 car when I came down; it wasn't anybody's fault but mine. I was the one who caused that one."
With 16 laps to go, the third caution fell for track debris, with Martin Truex, Jr., Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch running 1-2-3. The field restarted with 14 to go, Truex and Vickers battled for the lead until Vickers was hung out without any help in the draft and began falling through the field.
Truex continued to lead with Kyle Busch glued to his bumper as the races laps whittled down. On lap 111, pole sitter JJ Yeley brought out the fourth caution flag after smacking the wall.
The field restarted with three to go, with Truex easily maintaining his lead. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick tried to make a run on Truex on the final lap but to no avail. Truex easily won his third consecutive Busch race at Talladega Superspeedway.
There were four cautions for 18 laps and 28 lead changes among nine drivers.
Kevin Harvick continues to lead Busch series point standings, Clint Bowyer (-299), Carl Edwards (-372), Denny Hamlin (-392) and JJ Yeley (-415) complete the top five.