(WOMR file photo)
As I arrived at the Talladega Superspeedway parking lot at “Oh Dark Thirty” (5:20 am) Sunday morning, I had a feeling, with the huge temperature drop that was predicted, that the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance 500 was going to be a wild and crazy race. As avid race fans, we all know that Talladega and “the big one”, at times are synonymous. However, Sunday afternoon “the big one” was going to be an eye popper!
Nevertheless, I really was not thinking that the loudest opponent for blocking, Tony Stewart, would make a moronic move, trying to block the huge run that Michael Waltrip and Casey Mears had on “Smoke”. Likewise, I really didn’t think that there would be a wreck that would eliminate 20 of the 29 cars in the lead pack! But that is exactly what Mr. Three-Time initiated on the last turn of the race!
After the smoke cleared in turn four, there lay the enormous carnage field. There were twenty (20) formally perfectly good race cars that lay crumpled, mangled, and mashed, in various stages of total destruction. Millions of dollars in race cars now flushed down the crapper! All this, the carnage field, resulted from one really bad decision from a three-time champion. His mindless, knee-jerk reaction was to try to block a two car run that was going to bypass the leader, Tony Stewart, and therefore, most likely win the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega.
Instead, all those 20 cars were now in desperate need of some roadside assistance themselves, thank you Mr. Professional (Tony)!
Through all the smoke and carnage that resulted in turn four, Matt Kenseth somehow maneuvered his car unscathed to the checkered flag! Kenseth garnered his second restrictor plate victory of the 2012 season, the Daytona 500 and the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance 500!
As a results of the carnage in turn four, some of the Chase drivers has taken a huge hit, and thereby, quite possibly eliminated themselves from a crack at the 2012 Sprint Cup championship.
Check out the unofficial results of the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance 500 from Talladega.
Here is how the Chase standings look after the Good Sam’s Road Assistance 500 at Talladega Sunday.
NASCAR now travels northeast about 400 miles, back to their home track of Charlotte, for next week’s installment of going fast and turning left!
Twelve drivers, six races, one championship, who will be the last man standing?
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!