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Dec 5, 2012 1:13am
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TALLADEGA, Ala. Emmanuel Sanders Jersey . —The championship
contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase
for the Sprint Cup. That was an understatement. Talladega delivered yet another
“big one” Sunday, when defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart triggered a 25-car
pileup as he tried to protect the lead. His bid to block a long line of traffic
on the last lap backfired, and his car was sent sailing through the air in a
chaotic crash that collected 10 of the 12 title contenders. Daytona 500 winner
Matt Kenseth won under caution, and everyone else was left wondering when NASCAR
will do something dramatic to alter the dangerous racing at restrictor- plate
tracks. “Its not safe. Its not. Its bloodthirsty,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “If
thats what people want, thats ridiculous.” Stewart, who assailed the wreckfests
at Talladega with a sarcastic diatribe in May, took full responsibility for
creating the latest carnage. He had charged to the lead on the first lap of a
two-lap sprint to the finish, but got too far ahead of the pack to hang on to
any drafting partners. Kenseth was charging on the outside of him and Michael
Waltrip was leading a line of traffic on the inside. Stewart was blocking all
over the track, and said he mistakenly chopped across the front of Waltrips car
to trigger the accident. The contact hooked Stewart to send him into a spin, and
his car lifted into the air and sailed on its roof and then on its side over
several other cars. It created chaos through the pack, which was running
three-wide in a frantic dash to the finish. “I just screwed up. I turned down
and cut across Michael and crashed the whole field,” Stewart said. “It was my
fault, blocking and trying to stay where I was at. “I was trying to win the race
and I was trying to stay ahead of Matt there and Michael got a great run on the
bottom and had a big head of steam, and when I turned down, I turned across the
front of his car. Just a mistake on my part but cost a lot of people a bad day.”
Stewart gamely waved to the crowd as he climbed from his battered car, while
Jimmie Johnson sat on the ledge of Earnhardts window for a lift back to the
garage. Everywhere they looked, they saw crumpled cars. Five-time Talladega
winner Earnhardt said enough is enough with the carnage. He was credited with a
20th-place finish that dropped him four spots in the standings to 11th. “If this
was what we did every week, I wouldnt be doing it,” he said. “Ill just put it to
you that way. If this was how we raced every week, Id find another job. Thats
what the package is doing. Its really not racing. Its a little disappointing. It
cost a lot of money right there. “If this is how were going to continue to race
and nothing is going to change, how about NASCAR build the cars? Itll save us a
lot of money.” Of the 12 Chase drivers, only race winner Kenseth and
second-place finisher Jeff Gordon avoided the final wreck and it pushed Gordon
up four spots in the standings to sixth with six races remaining. But there was
little change beyond that as everyone else ended up with a sub-par finish. “That
was the craziest, craziest finish Ive ever experienced at Talladega,” Gordon
said. “It was just insane. I remember when coming to Talladega was fun, and I
havent experienced that in a long time. That was bumper-cars at 200 mph. I dont
know anybody who likes that.” It took NASCAR more than an hour to sort the final
finishing order. When the results were finally posted, Kyle Busch was third and
was followed by David Ragan and Regan Smith, who grabbed a season-best
fifth-place finish in his final race with Furniture Row Racing. Chase driver
Greg Biffle was sixth, followed by points leader Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil,
Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton. Keselowski considered himself lucky to be leaving
with a 14-point lead over Johnson. Keselowski said he was holding on trying to
stay in the bottom lane because he figured that would be his escape route when
the inevitable accident happened. He was credited with a seventh-place finish,
but his Penske Racing team had a photo that showed Keselowski on the apron in
fourth with the caution lights on—when the field should have been frozen.
Both owner Roger Penske and team president Tim Cindric believed the driver wasnt
awarded the proper finish. “Thats pretty big; I just feel lucky to survive
Talladega,” Keselowski said. “Just a bunch of guys running four-wide. You know
its a matter of time before they wreck. We all did.” Most of the race was tame,
which seems to be the norm anymore as drivers use varying strategies to ensure
they are still running at the end. The highlight before the final drama was Kurt
Busch being parked by NASCAR for driving away from safety workers as they
attempted to check on him after he wrecked. Busch had lost fuel pressure while
leading, which led to his accident in his final race with Phoenix Racing. Hes
scheduled to join Furniture Row Racing, the team that signed him for 2013, next
week, but could face sanctions from NASCAR. Busch wasnt wearing his helmet,
which he said prevented him from hearing a NASCAR official telling him to not to
move. When he drove away, a safety workers bag fell off the back of his car.
“Now Im in worse trouble. This is the story of my life,” he said. “Kurt Busch
leads the race, runs out of gas, gets yelled at by NASCAR, and now I have a
storm of media around me, and I dont know what to do or what to say next.” So he
was long gone as the race roared on seemingly incident-free. Because Talladega
is the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the championship contending
drivers had to do everything in the power to leave with a good finish. It meant
Denny Hamlin spent most of the race at the back of the pack—so far back, he
was in danger of not being able to make up any ground when he needed to hustle.
“Its what you have to do,” Hamlin said. “You kind of give up the chance at a win
riding in the back all day, but youve got to miss the wreck.” A spin by Jamie
McMurray brought out the final caution and bunched the field together, which
gave Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin a chance to salvage their day.
They had two laps to get to the finish line, and Stewart darted from fifth to
first on the restart. But he couldnt win without some serious defensive driving,
and it led to the accident that is part of Talladegas legacy. It cost two-time
defending race winner Clint Bowyer, who was the leader on the restart and trying
to make it to the finish before Stewarts car landed on top of his. Bowyer wound
up 23rd and said the accident started when Stewart “hung a pretty hard left on
Michael.” “Thats just Talladega. Thats why we all come out and watch,” Bowyer
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Sherritt, who was named the CFLs Defensive Player of the Month on Wednesday, sat
out practice this week due to an injury sustained in last weeks loss in Calgary.
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