NASCAR – Bowyer Takes 4th Career Win at the Scareless Talledega Halloween.

Clint Bowyer leaving the pits at the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte May 22 2010

Clint Bowyer took the win in what I have to say was one of the most confusing finishes I have ever seen at any race, bar none. NASCAR officials took their time to make sure they got it right with a caution coming after the white flag had flown. Kevin Harvick and Bowyer were side by side facing off at the head of separate 2 car hookups passed the Start/Finish line and were shown the white flag. As the field rounded towards the checkered flag, A.J. Allmendinger was turned upside down in turn one and the caution flag came out.  Bowyer and Harvick were side by side at the moment the caution came out so Officials went to scoring loops and camera feeds to decide the winner.  While they were waiting Bowyer decided to have a little fun and started his victory burnout a little early, just in case.  It turns out that he had done the right thing in the end.

Bowyer had nosed ahead of Harvick in Turn 1 on the 188th and final lap when a spectacular wreck behind them sent A.J. Allmendinger upside down into the inside wall, causing the fifth caution of the race and freezing the field. [Read more...]

A tragic loss at Talledega: Pit Road Commitment Cone

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Jay Busbee at From The Marbles has reported that every driver’s friend, Pit Road Commitment Cone, has passed as a result of an off track incident. Cone was guarding his post when Kurt Busch left the racing surface and mowed down the Talledega employee, who has been on the job for years.

Busbee reports:
Cone had served faithfully at the track for many years, and was a visible and reliable presence at the superspeedway. “I don’t know anybody who didn’t respect Cone,” a visibly shaken Jimmie Johnson said afterward. Other drivers echoed the sentiment; Cone’s word was law around Talladega, but he was evenhanded. So to speak.

As one who has caused the demise of many of Cone’s distant relatives, my heart goes out to his family.

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