Talladega, AL - Jason Keller prevailed in a race full of wrecked cars, blown engines, and lost brakes. Keller held off a charging Stacy Compton and picked up his second win of the season, his first career win on a superspeedway. Keller took the...
Talladega, AL - Jason Keller prevailed in a race full of wrecked cars, blown engines, and lost brakes. Keller held off a charging Stacy Compton and picked up his second win of the season, his first career win on a superspeedway.
Keller took the lead on a round of pitstops and credits his team for the win. "I've been on these guys about their pitstops, but they got me out there and we won the race."
When the green flag dropped at Talladega the first openning laps were safely led by rookie pole sitter Johnny Sauter, until lap 15.
The No. 10 of ppc driver Scott Riggs and the No. 47 of rookie Shane Hmiel got together, and collected 27 other cars in the incident.
The accident began when Hmiel's teammate, Kenny Wallace, appeared to attempt to block the Riggs. Riggs checked up, and got hit from behind by Hmiel who had gotten bumped in the rear by Kevin Grubb.
Sauter was collected as Riggs' car shot across the track, and sent Sauter flipping upside down.
The track was blocked with 27 demolished cars, forcing NASCAR to throw the red flag. The race was delayed for 40 minutes.
In what marks the biggest wreck in Busch Series history, there were no serious injuries with the exception of driver Mike Harmon who needed stitches in his tongue after he bit it during the wreck.
Randy Lajoie who was involved in the wreck, said; "It was a neat ride, really. What can you do, it's restrictor plate racing."
With only 13 cars remaining in the event, luck would provide a good finish. Although some cars that were remaining were unable to take advantage of the circumstance.
On the final pitstop of the day, Hank Parker Jr. lost his brakes while entering the pits and Brewco Motorsports' driver Jeff Purvis was running well in the top five, when he lost an engine with only 40 laps remaining. Both drivers however, were able to finish in the top 15.
With less than 10 laps to go Kenny Wallace lost an engine but was still able to pull out a ninth place finish.
With few teams able to make repairs on their cars and reenter the race, 22 competitors failed to finish. And only the top three cars finished on the lead lap.
Rounding out the top five behind Keller and Compton: Tim Fedewa, who made his first appearance this season in a Busch Series event; Todd Bodine finished fourth while rookie Casey Mears came home for fifth.