Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brad Keselowski wins - crash injures fans

Eight Sprint Cup fans were injured on the final-lap wreck that sent the No. 99 Ford of driver Carl Edwards airborne into the safety fence on the front stretch at Talladega Superspeedway on today.

During the last lap Keselowski moved to the bottom while Carl Edwards went high to block him from passing. Edwards went back down the track in one more attempt to block Brad Keselowski, but Keselowski was up too far.

The two cars hit causing Carl Edwards to flip in the air crushing the front end of the Ryan Newman and crashing his front end hard into the fence. There were eight injuries in the crowd from flying debris including one woman with a fractured jaw.

Todays accident was not unlike Bobby Allison's 1987 crash at Talladega. They both sailed into the safety fence (which held both times), and both injured eight spectators.

Reminiscent of "Talladega Nights", Edwards climbed out of his mangled car and began jogging down the track until he crossed the finish line.

Top-10 Finishers:
1. Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet
3. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
4. Marcos Ambrose, Toyota
5. Scott Speed, Toyota
6. Kurt Busch, Dodge
7. Greg Biffle, Ford
8. Brian Vickers, Toyota
9. Joey Logano, Toyota
10. Jeff Burton, Chevrolet
Points Leaders:
1. Kurt Busch, 1299
2. Jeff Gordon, -5
3. Jimmie Johnson, -64
4. Tony Stewart, -67
5. Denny Hamlin, -106
6. Kyle Busch, -175
7. Carl Edwards, -180
8. Clint Bowyer, -201
9. Jeff Burton, -207
10. Greg Biffle, -218
11. David Reutimann, -222
12. Matt Kenseth, -236

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