NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Geico 500 at Talladega


>>>A THRILLING AFTERNOON,
NICOLE, THANKS, BUILT TO BE THE BADDEST SUPERSPEEDWAY IN THE
WORLD, YOU TRULY CAN’T MISS A LAP.
>>IT’S 188 LAPS OF THE MOST INTENSE RACING THESE DRIVERS DO,
IMPACTS OF 35, 40 CARS ALL DAY LONG, TWO, THREE, FOUR-WIDE AT
TIMES. THEY’LL BE TOUCHING, AS DRIVERS,
YOU KNOW THE DANGER IS LURKING ANY TIME.
THE ONE THING THAT WE CAN’T SHOW YOU HAVE THE WHITE KNUCKLES
UNDERNEATH THOSE DRIVERS.>>YOU
WANT TO BE COMING TO THE
FRONT AT THE END, TO DO THAT, YOU’VE GOT TO AVOID ONCE OF
THESE. YOU GOT TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.
YOU GOT TO KEEP YOUR CAR IN ONE PIECE UNTIL YOU GET TO THE END
AND THAT’S HARD TO DO.>>YOU NAVIGATE THROUGH ALL
THAT. ALL OF THE LEAD CHANGES.
TO GET DOWN TO THE LAST LAP WHERE THEY LAY IT ALL THERE.
>>THRILLING FINISHES IS WHAT THIS PLACE IS KNOWN FOR, AND IT
COULD BE A THRILLING FINISH FOR ONE DRIVER.
>>THEY’LL COME TO THE FINISH LINE, THREE, FOUR WIDE.
WHO GETS THERE FIRST? WE’LL FIND OUT AT THE WORLD’S
FASTEST ENGINE. THE COMMAND TO START ENGINES IS
NEXT.>>>A SPECTACULAR 67-DEGREE
AFTERNOON AT TALLADEGA, ALABAMA, AS ESPN BRINGS YOU THE GEICO 500
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, THE THIRD AND FINAL RACE
IN THE CONTENDER ROUND OF THE CHASE, 12 DRIVERS ELIGIBLE FOR
THE CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY. ONLY EIGHT WILL BE
CHAMPIONSHIP-ELIGIBLE AT THE FINISH OF THIS ONE.
DRIVERS CLIMBING INTO THEIR CARS.
THE STRATEGY CONVERSATIONS AND IN MOMENTS, THE ENGINES WILL BE
FIRED AND THEY’LL HEAD OUT ON TO THIS GIANT TRACK.
IT SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING ONE JEFF GORDON STARTING ALL OF THE
WAY BACK IN THE FIELD ALONG WITH KYLE BUSCH AND DENNY HAMLIN,
SOME OF THOSE WHO NEED TO FIND A WAY TO RACE THEMSELVES INTO THE
CHASE. LET’S GET THE RACE STARTED.
>>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HERE TO DELIVER THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS
IN MOTORSPORTS. PLEASE WELCOME, REGIONAL VICE
PRESIDENT OF GEICO MACON SOUTHEAST, RHETT RAYBURN.
>>DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!>>COMMAND.
>>CRANK IT UP.>>FIRE THEM UP.
>>FIRED UP.>>ALABAMA FANS KNOW THOSE WORDS
BY HEART. KNOW TO JUMP RIGHT IN.
READY TO GO. TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY IN
MOMENTS. FOR THE BEGINNING OF GEICO 500.
WHEN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED BACK IN
FEBRUARY, EVERYBODY HOOKED AROUND AND SAID, THAT’S GOING TO
BE A BIG, STRESSFUL ONE.>>THESE DRIVERS KNOW THAT THIS
HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST INTENSE 500 MILES YOU HAVE.
FOR TEN OF THESE DRIVERS HERE TODAY, IT’S THE MOST PRESSURE
THAT THEY HAVE EVER FACED. TEN OF THEM ARE RACING FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
THEY’RE GOING TO FEEL EMOTIONS AND PRESSURES THAT THEY HAVEN’T
FELT BEFORE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE THAT
EXTRA PRESSURE? THE TENSION GETS MORE INTENSE.
>>SO, THERE ARE TWO GROUP OF DRIVERS.
HOW DO THEY PLAY TODAY.>>THE GUYS IN THE TOP HALF OF
THAT THEY NEED A SOLID DAY, THEY NEED TO FINISH IN THE TOP HALF
OF THE FIELD. IT’S NOT EASY TO DO HERE, TO GET
TO THE FINISH. GUYS IN THE BACK WHO HAVE TO
WIN, THEY HAVE TO HAVE A CAR, TOO, THESE GUYS WILL KIND OF
PROTECT THEMSELVES. WHEN IT GETS TO THE LAST FEW
LAPS, THE GUYS WILL HAVE TO WIN PULL SOME REALLY CRAZY MOVES.
>>THE BIG WRECK CAN COME AT ANY MOMENT.
WE’LL SEE WHEN IT DOES. THE START IS ALWAYS DRAMATIC,
TOO, AND THAT GREEN FLAG COMES UP.
AND DENNY HAMLIN IS OUR IN-RACE REPORTER.
TALK TO HIM NEXT.>>>MAY 4 THTH YEAR WAS THE
FIRST OF THIS YEAR’S TWO NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACES AT
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY. DENNY HAMLIN GOT OUT IN FRONT OF
THE FIELD. DEBRIS ON THE RACETRACK FORCED
THE RACE TO END UNDER YELLOW AND DENNY HAMLIN SCORED A HUGE WIN,
HIS ONLY WIN OF HIS SEASON SO FAR.
DENNY’S RESULTS IN THE THREE RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACES SO FAR
THIS YEAR — THE TWO AT DAYTONA AND THE ONE HERE AT TALLADEGA,
PHENOMENAL. HE’S GOT SOME WORK TO DO TODAY,
STARTING IN 38th POSITION. OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER.
>>GOOD FOR A COUPLE QUESTIONS?>>YOU GOT IT.
>>ALL RIGHT, DENNY, WE JUST SHOWED THE OUTSTANDING.
ER FORMANS THAT YOU HAVE HAD SO FAR THIS YEAR ON THESE
RESTRICTOR-PLATE TRACKS, A COUPLE OF OUR MAIL BAG
QUESTIONS, SAMUEL FROM NEW YORK SAID, MOST CHASE DRIVERS HAVE
BEEN DREADING TALLADEGA, BUT WITH YOUR RECENT SUCCESS, HAVE
YOU BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS RACE?
>>NOT REALLY. A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF THE
CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIFFERENT. DURING THE REGULAR SEASON.
YOU’RE PRETTY MUCH LOOKING AT A WIN TO GET YOURSELF IN THE CHASE
AND OUR CIRCUMSTANCES IS WE NEED TO GET A SOLID FINISH TO MOVE
ON. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHETHER
IT’S A WIN OR A 15th PLACE FINISH THAT GETS US TO MOVE ON,
IS IMPORTANT.>>FROM MY DAYS, YOU GOT TO HAVE
A GOOD FORTUNE TO HAPPEN THROUGH THAT BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO SHOW
PATIENCE. OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM NEW YORK.
WHICH STRATEGY DO YOU BELIEVE KEEPS YOU OUT OF THE BIG ONE,
RACING UP FRONT ALL DAY OR RIDING AROUND AT THE BACK?
>>I HAVE SEEN BOTH WORK. IT USED TO BE, I THINK, KIND OF
LAYING IT BACK AND SHOWING YOUR PACE HERE AT THE END OF THESE
RACES. YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD A LOT OF
SUCCESS THIS YEAR KIND OF STAYING UP FRONT.
BUT, BEING THAT WE QUALIFIED SO FAR BACK, I THINK THE SMART MOVE
FOR THE FIRST 40 LAPS IS TO SEE HOW THIS RACE PLAYS OUT.
>>THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US.
WE’LL LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU LATER ON.
>>10-4.>>DENNY HAMLIN OUR ESPN IN-RACE
REPORTER AT TALLADEGA HERE. HE’S CARRYING OUR TOYO TOO ON
BOARD TODAY. TONY STEWART HAS OUR MOBIL ONE
ON BOARD. KYLE BUSCH HAS THE SPRINT ON
BOARD. ENERGIZER ON BOARD RIDES WITH
KYLE LARSON AND ARIC AMIROLA HAS THE — AND JIMMIE JOHNSON
HAS THE SUNOCO ON BOARD.>>JIMMIE STARTING ON THE
OUTSIDE THE FRONT ROW. DIET DEW RIDES WITH DALE
EARNHARDT JR. A COUPLE MORE LONG PACE LAPS AT
TALLADEGA BEFORE THE GREEN FLAG. WE’LL BE BACK IN PLENTY OF TIME
BEFORE THE START. CHECK OUT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY.
>>>BACK LIVE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY AS THE GEICO 500
IS ONE PACE LAP AWAY FROM GETTING START.
THIS IS THE ELIMINATION RACE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND OF THE
CHASE. JOEY LOGANO AND KEVIN HARVICK
ALREADY THROUGH, EVEN KYLE BUSCH IS ONLY A HALF A RACE FROM
ELIMINATION. MATT KENSETH, BRAD KESELOWSKI,
JIMMIE JOHNSON AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. NEED A BIG DAY.
>>FOLKS IN THE HISTORY OF NASCAR, NO NAME MORE SYNONYMOUS
WITH SUCCESS AT THESE SPEEDWAYS THAN EARNHARDT.
DALE SENIOR’S FINEST PERFORMANCE MAY HAVE COME RIGHT HERE IN HIS
FINAL WIN. TODAY, DALE JUNIOR NEEDS TO LEAN
ON THE LEGACY ON THE EARNHARDT NAME AND COUPLE THAT WITH LUCK
AND A WHOLE LOT OF TALENT TO PUT ON A PERFORMANCE THAT WE’LL
REMEMBER FOR DECADES TO COME. FOLKS, THESE FINAL 50 LAPS
SHOULD BE WILD. HERE’S VINCE.
>>YES, SIX-TIME CHAMPION JIMMIE JOHNSON IS LONG SHOT, 26 POINTS
BEHIND THE CUTOFF TO MOVE HIM ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
BUT JOHNSON SEES THE GLASS AS HALF-FULL, UNDER THE PREVIOUS
CHASE FORMATS WITH AN AVERAGE FINISH OF 15th HE WOULD HAVE NO
CHANCE AT ALL, BUT UNDER THIS CURRENT FORMAT HE DOES HAVE A
CHANCE. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS WIN AND
HE’LL BE BACK ON EQUAL FOOTING. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS WON HERE
TWICE BEFORE. DAVE BURNS?
>>REMEMBER HOW BRAD KESELOWSKI’S CHASE STARTED, HE
WAS THE FIRST WINNER AND REAPED THE BENEFITS OF AUTOMATIC
FINISHES. TODAY HE’S ON THE BRINK OF
ELIMINATION. BRAD DOESN’T HAVE TO WIN THE
RACE TODAY. BUT THE MATH WOULD BE A WHOLE
LOT CLEANER IF THE TUESDAY WOULD END UP IN A ONE.
>>THE PRESSURE BOILED OVER FOR MATT KENSETH GOING AFTER BRAD
KESELOWSKI AFTER THE RACE. HE’S ONE POINT AWAY FROM
ADVANCING TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE.
THEY HAD TO ADD AN ENGINE AND START LAST.
>>MATT KENSETH WITH THE ENGINE CHANGE.
BRAD KESELOWSKI’S TEAM WITH AN ALTERNATOR START.
AND TERRY LABONTE AT THE BACK. 500 LAPS IS 188 LAPS.
THE NUMBER OF LEAD CHANGES IN THIS RACE WILL PROBABLY BE 30 OR
BETTER. ALMOST NONSTOP.
AND REMEMBER THE UNIQUE LOCATION OF START/FINISH LINE AT
TALLADEGA, NOT A TRI-OVAL, BUT HALFWAY BETWEEN THAT TRI-OVAL
AND TURN ONE. A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A RACE
THAT’S FUN FOR US AND FRIGHTENING FOR THE DRIVERS.
THE FINAL RACE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND OF THE CHASE.
FOUR DRIVERS’ CHANCES END TODAY.>>>THAT’S CARL EDWARDS WHO WENT
BELOW THE LINES. HEADING TO THE BACK TO PLAY THE
SAFE STRATEGY.>>THAT’S THE SMARTEST THING FOR
THE DRIVERS FROM THIRD BACK TO SEVENTH.
THE ONE THING THEY HAVE TO DO ON THAT LAST LAP IS BE MOVING
FORWARD NOT GETTING PASSED. RYAN NEWMAN BAILING OUT, 31.
AND THAT’S RYAN BLANEY DRIVING THE THIRD PENSKE ENTRY HERE THIS
WEEK IN THE 12.>>HE WOULD BE A FACTOR AT THE
END OF THIS RACE IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
CERTAINLY HE WOULD LIKE TO WIN THAT FIRST SPRINT CUP RACE OF
HIS CAREER, BUT HE COULD BE A BIG FACTOR IN HELPING BRAD
KESELOWSKI GET TO VICTORY LANE AND GETTING TO THE NEXT ROUND OF
THE CHASE.>>DALE JUNIOR, ON BOARD WITH,
UP TO EIGHTH POSITION AFTER STARTING IN 28th.
GUYS FROM THE BACK COMING TO THE FRONT.
AND GUYS FROM THE FRONT GOING TO THE BACK.
>>DRIVERS LIKE JIMMIE JOHNSON, BRAD KESELOWSKI, THEY NEED TO
GET THAT POINT FOR LEADING A LAP.
ONE OF THOSE NEED TO LEAD THE MOST LAPS.
>>IF IN THE SHAKEUP OF THINGS AND THE LATE LAPS, ONE POINT PER
POSITION, REMEMBER NOW THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS LED A LAP
TODAY, HE GETS A CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FOR THAT.
>>TREVOR BAYNE HAS IS ON THE OUTSIDE OF KASEY KAHNE.
RIDING NEXT TO THE WALL. LEFT JIMMIE JOHNSON BACK ABOUT
FIVE, SIX CAR LENGTHS FROM THE BOTTOM.
>>THAT WARMED UP AND EVERYBODY DECIDED TO STAY IN LINE.
YOU CAN SEE EVERYBODY KIND OF LEFT JIMMIE AND VICKERS DOWN
THERE TO THE INSIDE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY HELP IT
WILL BE DIFFICULT TO MOVE FORWARD.
>>LIKE THESE DRAFTS TAKE ON A PERSONALITY OF THEIR OWN.
NASCAR STARTS RUNNING THE BOTTOM.
IT SHIFTS DOWN THERE.>>I REALLY DID THINK IT WOULD
TAKE A WHILE LONGER BEFORE WE SAW THEM GET IN SINGLE FILE AT
THE TO WHICH RACETRACK. IT SHOWS YOU THE IMPORTANCE TO
BEING AROUND AT THE END.>>MICHAEL ANNETT GOT FORCED
WIDER, CASEY MEARS IN THE 14 BEHIND HIM, HAD TO GIVE WAY OR
THEY WERE GOING TO WRECK.>>ONE THING ABOUT THESE DRIVERS
THAT ARE GOING TO THE BACK AND WE CAN SEE A GROUP THAT’S LOST
TOUCHED WITH THAT FIRST BIG PACK A LITTLE BIT, AS THESE CARS
LINED UP ALONG THE OUTSIDE, THAT I CAN MAKE FASTER TIME.
YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE THAT DRAFT COMPLETELY.
IF YOU GET LINED UP, YOU MAY HAVE A HARDER TIME RUNNING THEM
DOWN AND MIGHT HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME BECOMING A FACTOR.
>>YOU SEE THE DRIVERS CURRENTLY IN THE CHASE, NORMALLY IN MOST
RACES, THOSE TOP TEN RUNS SPOTS ARE ALL LIT UP IN YELLOW, HERE
IN THIS ONE, IT’S THE BOTTOM TEN RUNNING SPOTS ARE ALL LIT UP IN
YELLOW FOR THE MOMENT. DROPPING TO THE BACK, HOPING TO
HAVE A LITTLE BIT EXTRA REACTION TIME.
AT 200 MILES AN HOUR THAT IS NOT GUARANTEED FOR SURE.
>>>THE GEICO 500 FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES JUST UNDER
WAY. TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY IN
ALABAMA. RYAN BLANEY LEADS IN THE PENSKE
12 AFTER JUST NINE OF THE 188 LAPS.
NO BETTER PLACE FOR THE AERIAL VIEWS THAN THIS ONE, AERIAL
COVERAGE TODAY PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO LEAD AN INSIDE LANE TO FORM UP AND ROLL
TOWARD THE FRONT. FOURTH CAR BACK IN THAT LINE IS
DALE EARNHARDT JR. WHO WENT TO THE MIDDLE TO TRY TO
FIND A LANE TO RUN, THEN WENT TO THE BOTTOM, TRIED TO GO TO THE
MIDDLE AGAIN, HE’S PICKED UP A FEW SPOTS ON THE BOTTOM AND
JUNIOR LIKE WE TOLD US DURING “NASCAR COUNTDOWN,” WORKING HARD
TO TRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.>>HE NEEDS TO LEAD.
>>APOLOGIZE FOR THOSE MIKES COUNTING OUT.
YOU WERE SAYING –>>HE NEEDS TO LEAD THE MOST
LAPS TO GET AS MANY POINTS AS HE CAN THIS AFTERNOON.
NOT A LOT OF HELP AT THIS POINT AND TIME.
>>HE TRIED TO MOVE THAT WAS GOING TO PUT HIM AT THE HEAD OF
THAT INSIDE LANE. IF HE CLEARED JIMMIE JOHNSON
EARLIER, BUT THERE WASN’T ENOUGH MMENTUM THERE.
>>HE WENT FROM 7th BACK TO 17th, NOW YOU SEE HE’S MOVED
BACK UP TO 10th. THREE OF THE FIRST FOUR CARS IN
THAT INSIDE LANE ARE HENDRICK CARS TRYING TO DRAFT UP TOWARD
THE FRONT.>>MAKING ALL OF THIS HAPPEN,
YOU GOT TO STAY TOUGHED UP, AND YOU SEE JIMMIE HE’S KIND OF
MOVING AROUND ON THIS TRACK, IF HE’S GOING TO GO UP THERE, HE
NEEDS TO SIDE-DRAFT. I KNOW HE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE A
BIG CHANCE AT THAT. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO SLOW
THEIR MOMENTUM. YOU SEE RIGHT THERE THE INSIDE
LANE ISN’T NEARLY AS ORGANIZED IN STAYING AS SINGLE FILE AND
TIGHT AS THEY CAN. THEY KEEP LOSING GROUND TO THE
OUTSIDE.>>YOU HAVE TO DISRUPT THAT TOP.
PAUL MENARD WRECKED THERE. THESE CARS LOOK SIMILAR TO WHAT
WE SEE RACE EVERY WEEK. THEY GOT SMALLER SPOILERS.
NOT NEAR THE STABILITY. A LOT LESS DRAG.
>>SEE IF JAMIE McMURRAY. KEVIN HARVICK AND TREVOR BAYNE
BEHIND HIM. McMURRAY’S CAR, NASCAR HAD BEEN
HAVING SPOTTERS LOOKING AT IT BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE OIL LEAK.
JAMIE CONTINUES TO CHUG FORWARD IN THE 1.
>>IN THE 2, BRAD KESELOWSKI. 22 WILL BE ON HIS BUMPER MOST
THE DAY.>>KASEY KAHNE GOING DOWN THERE
TO BLOCK.>>SOMEBODY’S LEAKING PRETTY
MUCH IN FRONT OF ME. THE 1 CAR IS LEAKING.
HE’S IN THE MIDDLE LANE.>>WHICH CAR IS LEAKING OIL,
THEY’LL TRY TO GET HIM OUT OF THE DRAFT.
>>SPEAKING OF SHUFFLED OUT OF THE DRAFT, THE 2 AND 22 LOST
SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN FRONT OF HIM.
NOW ARIC ALMIROLA TRYING TO GO UP THROUGH THE MIDDLE.
JIMMIE JOHNSON UP FRONT. PUSHING THROUGH RYAN BLANEY TO
TAKE THE RACE LEAD HERE. KASEY KAHNE BEHIND HIM IN THE
DRAFT.>>THE PROBLEM THAT KASEY KAHNE
IS HAVING A PROBLEM STAYING RIGHT THERE WITH JIMMIE, I DON’T
KNOW IF IT’S A HEATING ISSUE HE NEEDS TO KEEP THE CAR COOL.
JIMMIE IS DOING A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING HIS CAR OUT FRONT.
>>SEE THAT 48 IN THE LEAD, SOMEWHERE DURING THE LAP.
CAN’T SEEM TO HOLD IT AT THE START/FINISH LINE.
>>YEAH, HE ONLY LED THE FIRST LAP AND RYAN BLANEY HAS LED ALL
OF THE OTHERS.>>DALE JUNIOR IS MAKING
AGGRESSIVE MOVES. IT SHOWS YOU THE IMPORTANCE OF
TRYING TO GET TO THE FRONT.>>HIS COMMENTS DURING PIT
STUDIO WAS, YOUR REACTIONS TO THEM?
>>I THINK HE’S RIGHT. HE’S SPOT-ON WHAT HE NEEDS TO
DO. UNLESS THERE’S AN EARLY WRECK
THAT HE’S NOT A PART OF, HE’S ONLY GOT ONE STRATEGY AND THAT
IS TO MOVE ON AND WIN THIS RACE TODAY.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON FINALLY LEADS THAT LAP.
DAVE?>>ALLEN, TALKED TO ENGINEERS ON
THE 88 THIS MORNING ABOUT WHAT THEY WORKED ON IN PRACTICE AND
IT WAS DRIVABLEABILITY. WHAT HE’S DOING.
HE HAS A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE THAN WHEN THE WEEKEND STARTED.
HE FELT VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AROUND OTHER CARS.
THEY ADDED SOME STABILITY AND JUNIOR CAN BE AGGRESSIVE.
>>THAT’S IMPORTANT. KNOWING THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO
BE AT THE END OF THE DAY, MAKING THOSE MOVES.
>>SO, JIMMIE JOHNSON WITH THE LEAD.
KASEY KAHNE, THE SECOND. DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO THIRD.
CAN HE FIND A WAY TO RACE THROUGH AND INTO THE NEXT ROUND
OF THE CHASE WITH A WIN AT TALLADEGA TODAY?
>>>JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADING THE GEICO 500.
AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY AS WE COMPLETED THE FIRST 50 MILES OF
TODAY’S RACE. ALL OF THE DRIVERS WHO NEED TO
RACE THEIR WAY ARE UPPING FRONT. WHILE THE OTHERS THAT NEED TO
PROTECT ARE RACING IN THE BACK. CHEVY IS RUNNING ONE, TWO,
THREE. BUT HERE COMES BRAD KESELOWSKI
IN THE OUTSIDE LINE, IN THE 2. SO THE THREE DRIVERS WHO STARTED
WAY OUTSIDE OF A TRANSFER SPOT IN THE CHASE AT THE BEGINNING OF
THE DAY, KESELOWSKI, JOHNSON AND EARNHARDT JUNIOR RUNNING IN TOP
THREE SPOTS. DENNY HAMLIN FROM THE
BACK OF
THE PACK RUNNING FIFTH.>>HIS STRATEGY IS DRIVING FAST,
HE SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO STAY BACK THERE.
>>YOU SEE THAT AND HE TALKED ABOUT KIND OF THE CALMNESS OR ON
THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT THE CRAZINESS OF IT, THE START OF
THIS RACE. HE SAW THAT THINGS WERE RATHER
CALM FOR TALLADEGA AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS RACE.
DRAFT AND SIDE-DRAFTING GOING ON.
>>GETTING A LITTLE UNCALM HERE UP FRONT.
>>ONCE THEY START DOING THE SIDE-DRAFTING, ESPECIALLY IN THE
OUTSIDE LANE, YOU’LL TRY TO MOVE YOUR WAY FORWARD.
GET ON THE RIGHT REAR SIDE, QUARTER PANEL TO SLOW THEM DOWN
AND BREAK THAT LINE UP.>>IT HAS A DOUBLE EFFECT.
IT ALSO DS DRAFT TO THE INSIDE CAR.
>>DALE JUNIOR CONTINUING TO BE VERY AGGRESSIVE AT THE FRONT OF
THE LINE, CHANGING LANES, TRYING TO GET WHATEVER WHAT HE NEEDS TO
STAY UP FRONT. LOOK AT THAT.
>>THAT MIGHT BE THE 2 CAR GETTING TO HIS BUMPER.
>>THREE WIDE.>>YOU SEE LOGANO IN THAT MIDDLE
LANE, HE’S DOING HIS VERY BEST RIGHT NOW TO GET BACK UP TO THE
BUMPER OF THE 2 CAR. THEY’RE SIDE-DRAFTING HIM FROM
BOTH SIDES SO THAT DOES MAKE IT DIFFICULT.
>>THIS KIND OF THING, IS WHEN DRIVERS TALK ABOUT SEEING THE
AIR AND UNDERSTANDING THE AIR AND THIS MANEUVERING AROUND
FIGURING OUT WHICH LANES ARE GOING TO GET SHUFFLED BACK.
>>YEAH. THEY’RE TRYING TO MAXIMIZE THE
AIR TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. YOU’RE WANTING TO GET THE PUSH
FROM BEHIND, YOU NEED THAT PULL FROM THE FRONT A LITTLE BIT TO
TRY TO KEEP EVERYBODY OFF THE SIDES OF YOUR RACE CAR.
>>KEVIN HARVICK LOSING SOME SPOTS AND BAILING OUT.
HE MIGHT HAVE SOME VISIBILITY PROBLEMS ON THAT 4 CAR.
>>I MIGHT HAVE TO DO SOMETHING HERE —
>>CLEAR LOW. IT MIGHT BE THE 43.
>>I THINK I MIGHT HAVE TO GO TO THE BACK.
I CAN’T SEE.>>YOU SEE THE WINDSHIELD.
IT’S COVERED IN OIL.>>TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE FEELING AS
DRIVER IN THIS SITUATION, NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE, YOU CAN SEE
RIGHT THERE, HE CANNOT SEE OUT OF THE FRONT OF THIS CAR.
>>EVEN THE 2 IN FRONT OF HIM. SO, THEY HAVE ALL ENCOUNTERED
THIS COMING UP THROUGH.>>KEVIN HARVICK HAS SPENT A LOT
OF TIME RIGHT BEHIND JAMIE McMURRAY IN THE 1 CAR.
>>SO KEVIN HARVICK DROPPING ALL OF THE WAY TO THE BACK WAITING
FOR THE FIRST PIT STOP. FOR THE LEAD, LOGANO HAS FINALLY
GOTTEN TO KESELOWSKI’S BACK BUMPER.
2 AND 22 TRYING TO DRAFT BY 48 AND 88.
>>ENSURE THAT HE’S ABLE TO LEAD DOWN HERE AT THE START/FINISH
LINE. HE PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE 48
CAR THERE. HE’LL PROBABLY GET BACK UP AND
BE WITH JOEY, ONCE HE GOT THAT LAST LAP.
>>CARS JUST AHEAD OF HIM IS MIKE WALLACE, ON AND OFF PIT
ROAD FOR AN UNSCHEDULED STOP BACK AT LAP NUMBER TWO.
ABOUT TO GET SWAD SWALLOWED UP BY THE RACE LEADER.
>>THE CAR IS MOVING AROUND A LOT.
>>THIS GETS VERY TRICKY AS THEY’RE TWO, THREE WIDE TRYING
TO GO AROUND A SLOWER CAR AS THEY APPROACH THAT, NOT
EVERYBODY CAN SEE THAT AND UNDERSTAND THESE GUYS MAKE A
BASIC MOVE, IT COULD LEAVE SOMEONE EXPOSED THERE AND
SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN.>>SO, JIMMIE JOHNSON AND BRAD
KESELOWSKI STARTED THE DAY 10th AND 11th IN POINTS.
KESELOWSKI OUT IN FRONT NOW, CAN HE WIN AND GET IN
YOU A
.>>> JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS RECLAIMED
THE LEAD IN THE GEICO 500 AFTER BRAD KESELOWSKI LED THREE LAPS.
JOHNSON PUSHED AROUND THE OUTSIDE BY DENNY HAMLIN,
RECLAIMED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. 42 CARS IN THE LEAD PACK AND ON
THE LEAD LAP, CAUTION-FREE, TO THIS POINT AT TALLADEGA.
CHECK OUT THE BIGGEST MOVER IN THE RACE BROUGHT TO YOU BY
SPRINT. KESELOWSKI IN THAT 2, DROPPED TO
THE BACK OF THE FIELD FOR REPAIRS MADE TO HIS CAR AFTER
THE IMPOUND, GAINED 37 SPOTS IN THIS ONE SO FAR.
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>>>NOW COMES THE PART WHERE WE START TO MENTION A LOT OF PEOPLE
WE DON’T GET TO MENTION, TRAVIS KVAPIL, THE BLUE 83 WITH A BLUE
WHITE DECAL ON THE HOOD. THE 7 OF MICHAEL ANNETT FOR TOM
BALDWIN RACING. 33 DRIVEN TODAY, I MENTIONED
KVAPIL A MINUTE AGO, 83 J.J. YELEY WAS THE OTHER ONE.
BEGINNING TO MOVE UP. YELEY IS IN THE OUTSIDE LANE AND
KVAPIL IN THE 33. ALL THOSE CARS NOW RUNNING IN
THE TOP TEN AT THE MOMENT. THREE WIDE.
JUNIOR IN THE MIDDLE.>>HE’S BEEN MAKING ALL OF THESE
MOVES TO TRY TO GET TO THE FRONT.
MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THAT TOP SPOT.
>>NOW, NASCAR HAS JUST TOLD JAMIE McMURRAY’S TEAM TO HAVE A
PLAN TOGETHER TO FIX IF SOMETHING IS WRONG ON THAT 1 CAR
ON THIS FIRST UPCOMING ROUND OF PIT STOPS.
DOC?>>THE CREW CHIEF HAS CONFIRMED
THEY HAVE AN OIL LEAK ON THE BACK OF THE 1 THERE.
WATCHING CLOSELY, OUR CAMERAS, SPOTTERS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
WHERE THE FLUID IS COMING FROM, THEIR SCHEDULED PIT STOP IS FOUR
LAPS AWAY. THEY HAVE CONFIRMED THEY KNOW
THEY’RE LEAKING OIL OUT OF THE BACK.
>>ALL RIGHT, DOC, THANKS. KYLE LARSON IN THAT 42, WE
THOUGHT WE MIGHT HAVE SEEN ON THE BACK BUMPER CAMERA THERE.
WE HAVE A LENS THAT CONTINUES TO CLEAN THAT CAMERA ON.
YOU CAN STILL SEE SOME OF THE DRIPPINGS THERE, PARENTALLY IT’S
A TEAM THING.>>YEAH, APPARENTLY.
>>.>>I HAVE HAD OIL FORMATIONS —
SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO KEEP IN THE TANK, MAKES A LITTLE BIT
MORE POWER BUT IT’S SO THIN AND THAT OIL GETS KIND OF MISTY.
I’M NOT SAYING THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED HERE.
BUT I HAVE HAD THAT ISSUE BEFORE.
>>HEARD DOC THE PIT WINDOW FOR PIT STOPS ARE JUST FOUR LAPS
AWAY. WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK
FOR THEM.>>>AT THE 100-MILE MARK OF THE
GEICO 500 ABOUT HALF THE FIELD HAS DUCKED IN FOR ITS FIRST PIT
STOPS. BRAD KESELOWSKI AND JOEY LOGANO.
ANOTHER WAVE HEADING ON PIT ROAD AS THE FIRST WAVE LEAVES.
JOHNSON, KAHNE, AND EARNHARDT JR. HEADING THIS SECOND GROUP.
DAVE?>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS ON PIT
ROAD, RUNNING IN ABOUT THE SIXTH POSITION, HE’LL RECEIVE A WEDGE
ADJUSTMENT FOR THE RACE CAR, THE 88 WILL GET FOUR TIRES.
THE 48 OF JIMMIE JOHNSON HE REPORTED THAT THE CAR WAS GOOD
AS WELL, THEY’LL PROBABLY MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT ON THAT
ANYWAY, THE 48 VINCE?>>FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR KAHNE.
DOWN AND AWAY. SUNOCO FUEL.
>>TROUBLES FOR RYAN NEWMAN. AS LONG AS HE GETS GOING WITHOUT
LOSING THE DRAFT HE’LL BE OKAY. THIRD WAVE BREAKING OFF OF TURN
FOUR. DENNY HAMLIN TOOK THE LEAD FOR A
LAP, COLLECTED A BONUS POINT. NOW, HE’S IN.
JAMIE?>>MATT KENSETH HAS BEEN RIDING
AROUND THE BACK, THEY WANTED TO GET CLOSER TO THE FRONT.
THE CALL WAS FOR FOUR TIRES NOW. FILL HIM UP WITH SUNOCO FUEL.
FOUR-TIRE STOP HERE FOR CARL EDWARDS.
THEY WANT TO MAINTAIN AND PLAY DEFENSE AND LET’S GO TO VINCE.
>>THE 11 OF DENNY HAMLIN A LITTLE LOOSE.
THEY MADE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT DAVE IN.
>>AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RUN, KYLE BUSCH SAID THAT THE CAR IS
NOT LOOSE AND THE BACK ISN’T LOADED.
HE GOT FOUR TIRES AND SUNOCO FUEL.
>>TONY STEWART, JEFF GORDON, DANICA PATRICK STILL TO CYCLE
THROUGH TO PIT LANE. HERE COMES GORDON FOR HIS PIT
STOP ALL BY HIMSELF.>>THE 24 WAS MAKING HIS WAY ON
TO PIT ROAD THE CALL WAS FOR RIGHT SIDES ONLY.
WE’LL SEE IF THEY STICK TO THAT STRATEGY FOR TRACK POSITION.
THEY STUCK WITH THEIR GAME PLAN.>>SO, GORDON NEEDING TO GET OFF
THE PIT LANE WITHOUT GETTING A SPEEDING PENALTY AND THEY GET UP
TO SPEED AND BLEND IN TO THIS DRAFT OF CARS.
>>PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA TO GET TWO TIRES HERE.
TO MAKE SURE HE COULD BLEND IN.>>SO THE LEADER OF THE RACE IS
TONY STEWART. WHO’S ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE
WAY BACK IN THE LINE OF CARS. ALL OF THOSE CARS AHEAD OF TONY
HAVE PITTED. EVERYBODY THAT’S BEHIND STEWART
IS A LAP DOWN. DANICA PATRICK, THE ONLY OTHER
CAR YET TO MAKE A PIT STOP UNDER THE GREEN FLAG IN THIS CYCLE.
>>STEWART — MAKE A PIT STOP. NOT GOING TO DO IT THIS LAP.
LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS GET CAUGHT UP IN THE OUTSIDE LANE
WHEN YOU NEED TO MAKE THAT STOP. AND RUN OUT OF FUEL.
>>SO THE NERVOUS PACK FORMS AGAIN.
THEY’LL BE STAYING OUT A LONG TIME ON THIS CYCLE.
>>SO KASEY KAHNE WILL BE THE LEADER AFTER STEWART AND PATRICK
PIT. KAHNE THE THIRD-PLACE CAR, BUT
NOT BY MUCH. TONY AND DANICA HEADED IN.
DOC?>>46 HAD AN RPM 155 MILES PER
HOUR FOR TONY STEWART. TOO FREE IN TRAFFIC.
TIRES ON. GOT TO GET IT FULL OF SUNOCO
FUEL.>>THE 10 OF DANICA A PATRICK
LED SOME LAPS HERE BEFORE BEING INVOLVED IN AN INCIDENT.
FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR THE 10 OF DANICA PATRICK.
SUNOCO FUEL TO GO WITH IT.>>SO, THE CYCLE OF STOPS IS
COMPLETE AND THAT BIG SNARLY PACK IS RACING FOR THE LEAD. JAMIE McMURRAY IN THE 1 ON THE
OUTSIDE. KASEY KAHNE IN THE 5 ON THE
OUTSIDE. McMURRAY, THAT LAP, GOOD
PRACTICE FOR THE FINISH.
>>THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT THE FINISH IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE,
SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THAT.>>GREEN RACE SOMETHING FAR IN
THE GEICO 500.>>>SETTLING OUT THE CONTENDER
ROUND IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP IN TALLADEGA.
NEXT WEEK WE BEGIN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND, MARTINSVILLE.
NEXT SUNDAY, OUR TELECAST FROM MARTINSVILLE PRESENTED BY
AUTOZONE, 1:00 EASTERN ON SUNDAY.
LOT OF FOLKS THINKING THEY ABSOLUTELY MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF A CHANCE TO WIN.>>THEY’LL MAKE IT EXCITING ON
THAT LITTLE HALF-MILE RACETRACK.>>THE MOST CAUTIONS AT THE RACE
IN MARTINSVILLE BEFORE NEXT SUNDAY?
>>KASEY KAHNE SHUFFLED BACK NOW.
KURT BUSCH TOOK A RUN AT THE TOP SPOT.
NEVER GOT THERE AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS BEEN CYCLED
BACK INTO THE FIELD AS HIS ATTEMPT TO PASS KAHNE WAS
BLOCKED A MOMENT AGO.>>AGGRESSIVE AS I HAVE SEEN
KASEY KAHNE HIT ONE OF THOSE PLATE TRACKS.
>>SO, KASEY KAHNE TO THE LEAD AFTER THE ROUND OF PIT STOPS, TO
FOLLOW UP FROM VINCE ON KEVIN HARVICK.
>>WE HEARD THAT RADIO OF KEVIN HARVICK TALKING ABOUT THE OIL
THAT WAS COMING OUT OF ONE OF THE CARS ON TO HIS WINDSHIELD
AND HOW HE WAS GOING TO NEED A TEAROFF AND THEY DID GIVE HIM A
NEW AND LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES FOR KEVIN HARVICK.
WITH THAT OIL ON THE FRONT OF IT, AT 200 MILES PER HOUR, WHAT
A CHALLENGE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE TRAFFIC HERE AT
TALLADEGA.>>HAD THAT HAPPENED BEFORE, AS
FRIGHTENING AS THAT IS, NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE UP THERE, NOT
BEING ABLE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON, MAKES IT EVEN MORE OF A
CHALLENGE.>>STARTING TO SEE THE LEAD
CHANGES ADD UP HERE. THE RACE TO GREEN FLAG PIT
STOPS, NOW KASEY KAHNE TAKES COMMAND.
>>WE’RE HAVING MULTIPLE LEAD CHANGES THAT AREN’T RECORDED.
ONLY OFFICIAL REPORTED AT THAT START/FINISH LINE.
>>IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, DRIVERS NEEDING TO FIND A WAY TO
WIN TO GET IN. OTHERS TRYING TO PROTECT A POINT
SPOT TO TRANSFER INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE.
LIKE JEFF GORDON, CARL EDWARDS, DENNY HAMLIN AND KYLE BUSCH,
HAVE BEEN RIDING AROUND THE BACK.
HAMLIN JUST DROPPED BACK TO THE TAIL OF THE FIELD AND KYLE IS
RUNNING IN 35th.>>THAT’S THE 7 RIGHT THERE.
KEEP US POSTED THE REST OF THE DAY WHEN IT COUNTS.
>>YEAH, THEY’RE — I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN GET BETTER THAN THAT.
>>HE’S GAMING HOW MUCH HE’S ABLE TO SAVE FUEL IN THAT
POSITION AND GIVING THAT FEEDBACK BACK TO THE TEAM.
>>RYAN NEWMAN HAS LOST THE DRAFT.
STARTED THE DAY FOURTH IN POINTS, 21 POINTS AHEAD OF THE
CUT LINE, NOW NEW HAHN FALLEN 12 EK ISES OFF THE LEAD AND HE’S
LOST THIS LEAD PASS.>>THE ISSUE LEAVING PIT ROAD
WHERE HE CHOKED THE CAR DOWN AND THEY HAD TO CHASE HIM.
ALL IT TAKES IS THAT SPLIT SECOND NOT TO BE A PART OF IT.
WE’LL SEE. AS HE GOES, HE DIDN’T GIVE IT
ENOUGH CLUTCH THERE ON THE THROTTLE.
>>THERE’S A LOT OF RACING LEFT. YOU CAN SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN.
HE’S JUST NOW A COUPLE OF POINTS ABOVE THE CUT LINE AS THEY RUN.
>>DAVID RAGAN SURE IS IMPRESSIVE ON THESE PLATE
TRACKS.>>HE KNOWS HOW TO GET IT DONE,
DOESN’T E? PLUS THE EQUALIZING THAT THE
DRAFT DOES GIVES EVERYBODY A CHANCE, AS SMALL TEAMS KNOW,
THEY COME TO TALLADEGA, IT’S A CHANCE FOR THEM TO WIN.
>>SO MANY OTHERS REALIZE COMING HERE THIS IS THEIR LAST
OPPORTUNITY, PROBABLY, FOR THE YEAR TO GO TO VICTORY LANE, THEY
UNDERSTAND THAT. THAT GETS THE DRIVER AND TEAM
MORE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THEY DO. KNOWING THAT OPPORTUNITY IS HERE
FACING THEM.>>TO BE ABLE TO RUN AT THE
FRONT OF THE PACK ALL DAY. EVEN IF THEY DON’T WIN, THEY GO
OUT HERE AND PERFORM LIKE THIS. THEY GET A LOT OF ATTENTION.
>>AND THAT ATTENTION BRINGS POSSIBLE SPONSORSHIPS AND THEY
CAN DO A LOT MORE THINGS.>>DAVID RAGAN RUNNING IN FOURTH
POSITION. FOR FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS.
>>KASEY KAHNE LEADING JIMMIE JOHNSON, FOUGHT HIS WAY BACK UP
TO SECOND, JUST ABOUT 150 MILES INTO THE GEICO 500.
>>>WE’RE JUST PAST THE 150 MILES OF THE GEICO 500, THE
FINAL RACE OF THE CONTENDER ROUND IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP. KASEY KAHNE IS OUT IN FRONT.
THERE ARE STILL 41 OF THE 43 STARTERS ON THE LEAD LAP AND ALL
43 RUNNING CAUTION-FREE SO FAR. STAY TUNED FOR OUR NASCAR
NONSTOP COVERAGE OF THE SECOND-HALF OF TODAY’S RACE HERE
AT TALLADEGA PRESENTED BY GOODYEAR.
A QUICK REMINDER THAT NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY HAS ALL THE
HIGHLIGHTS. THAT CAR ON THE INSIDE BEING
OVERTAKEN BY THE PACK IS TEXAN TERRY LABONTE.
SAYING THAT THIS WOULD BE HIS FINAL START.
THEY HAD SOME TROUBLES AND LOST THE PACK ON PIT ROAD ON THEIR
STOP. AND TERRY AS I MENTIONED A
TWO-TIME CHAMP. TROUBLE COMING OFF TURN FOUR.
JOEY LOGANO IS AROUND. AND JAMIE McMURRAY.
FIRST CAUTION OF THE RACE.>>ABOUT HALF THE FIELD HAD TO
COME DOWN PIT ROAD TO AVOID THAT.
>>WHICH IS PERFECTLY LEGAL.>>WHAT HAPPENED OFF TURN FOUR?
>>JAMIE McMURRAY GETS A WIGGLE THERE, LIKE HE HAD A TIRE GO
DOWN OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>RIGHT IN FRONT OF DALE
JUNIOR.>>THAT’S GREAT JOB BY A LOT OF
DRIVERS TO AVOID. LET’S SEE RIGHT THERE, SEE THAT
CAR WIGGLE A COUPLE OF TIMES. LIKE A TIRE OR SOMETHING BROKE.
SEE, HE’S BEEN LEAKING OIL THE WHOLE RACE.
>>COMING BEHIND YOU. COMING BEHIND YOU.
>>THAT’S AMAZING. I’M SURE THEY HAVE A QUITE
ADEQUATE OF LAWN MOWERS HERE TO TAKE CARE
OF THAT.
CERTAINLY NOT WHAT LOGANO SPENDED.
THERE YOU SEE THE PENSKE TEAM WORKING ON IT THERE.
JOEY ALREADY THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUCHBD THE CHASE WITH HIS WIN A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.>>WE’LL HAVE TEAMMATE IN
KESELOWSKI WHO REALLY HATES TO SEE THAT CAR SITTING ON PIT ROAD
GETTING REPAIRED.>>THAT CAR ISN’T HURT TOO BAD.
EVEN THOUGH HE’S LAP DOWN, HE MIGHT HIS WAY INTO A POSITION TO
HELP BRAD.>>SO, FIRST CAUTION OF THE
RACE. PIT ROAD IS GOING TO BE OPEN
HERE. ALL OF THE LEADERS WERE UNDER
GREEN BETWEEN LAPS 38 AND 44. WE’RE HERE AT WHAT WOULD BE THE
LAP 62.>>RIGHT SIDE OF FUEL.
>>RIGHT SIDE OF TIRES.>>AND THE PIT ROAD IS OPEN
HERE. DAVE?
>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. SAID HIS CAR WAS LIGHT IN THE BACK,
POSITIVE IN FRONT. TALKED ABOUT A TWO-TIRE CHANGE.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO COMMENTS ABOUT HIS RACE CAR.
WEDGE ADJUSTMENT ON THAT RACE CAR AND JUST TWO TIRES.
2 OF KESELOWSKI, CAN YOU GET BACK THE FRONT?
YES, I CAN. LITTLE DAMAGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
VINCE?>>THE 5 OF KASEY KAHNE SAYS THE
CAR FEELS GREAT, HANDLING GREAT. FOUR TIRES.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WAS THE FIRST ONE OFF PIT ROAD.
>>SO, THE FIRST CAUTION OUT WHEN McMURRAY RUNNING AT THE
FRONT OF THE PACK, HAD TROUBLE OFF OF TURN FOUR, COLLECTING
LOGANO AND DAVID RAGAN, MAYBE KESELOWSKI GOT A PIECE OF THE
STACK-UP. MICHAEL McDOWELL WITH SOME
POSSIBLE DAMAGE ON HIS CAR.>>>BACK LIVE AT TALLADEGA,
FIRST CAUTION OUT IN THE GEICO 500.
KESELOWSKI’S TEAM DOING WORK ON THE 2 CAR.
BRAD HAVING STARTED IN THE BACK AND RACED HIS WAY UP TO CONTEND
FOR THE LEAD. NOW DAMAGED IN THIS ACCIDENT.
ALONG WITH MICHAEL McDOWELL, KYLE BUSCH AND JAMIE McMURRAY
WHO SPUN OFF OF TURN NUMBER FOUR WITH AN APPARENT FORECAST TIRE
ON THE 1 CAR. WATCH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO GET
DAMAGE IN THIS.>>IT LOOKED LIKE THE 95 WAS THE
FIRST ONE — BUT IT’S GOING TO GET INTO THE SIDE OF THE 2 CAR.
KESELOWSKI DOING A GREAT JOB OF HOLDING ON BUT HE’S DOING A LOT
OF DAMAGE.>>DOWN TO DAVE.
>>THEY SPENT A LOFT TIME WORKING IN THE AERODYNAMICS ON
THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RACE CAR. ONE OF THE ADVENTS OF THE NEW
ERA IF YOU WILL, THE CAR CHIEF OVER THE WALL TAKING PHOTOS WITH
AN iPHONE OF THE DAMAGE, SO THEY CAN STUDY IT MORE CLEARLY WHEN
THEY COME BACK TO THE PIT BOX SEE IF THEY CAN HELP BRAD IN ANY
OTHER WAYS GOING FORWARD.>>LITTLE REPLAY OF THAT
HAPPENING A MINUTE AGO. NOW JAMIE McMURRAY’S CAR, DOC.
>>YEAH, HE COMPLAINED THAT HE FELT SOMETHING VIBRANT.
HE CUT A LEFT REAR TIRE DOWN. THE REAR BUMPER THAT NASCAR
WON’T LEAVE AND GO BACK ON THE RACETRACK.
A CUT LEFT REAR TIRE. REPAIRED AND BACK ON THE
RACETRACK.>>KYLE BUSCH BACK IN.
AFTER AN EXTENDED STOP FOR REPAIRS A LAP AGO.
LOT OF BAND AIDS ON THE NOSE OF THAT ONE, DAVE.
>>LITTLE EXTRA SHELLING ON THE FRONT OF THAT M&Ms CAR.
IT’S ON THE BUMPER, NOT ON THE SPLITTER, ON THE HIGHER BUMPER
SIDE. AERODYNAMICS TRYING TO GET THAT
RIGHT. KYLE CONTACTED SOMETHING IN THAT
SKIRMISH.>>WE HAVE SEEN AT LOT OF
BEATEN-UP CARS. THEY’LL BE ABLE TO RUN IN THE
DRAFT AND PERFORM WELL.>>THEY CAN UTILIZE THE DRAFT.
>>LISTENING TO ESPN RADIO THE OTHER MORNING ON MIKE AND MIKE
THEY HAD THE PRODUCER OF THIS WEEKS ESPN FILM 30 FOR 30, IT
SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD ONE “WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN.”
THE GREAT KNICKS TEAM. SEE IT TUESDAY AT 9:00 EASTERN
TIME ON ESPN AND WATCH ESPN BROUGHT TO YOU BY INFINITI.
CLYDE. WALT FRAZIER AND ALL THE REST.
WHAT THEY DID FOR THE CITY AND THE SPORT AS WELL, IT SHOULD BE
A GREAT FILM TO WATCH ON TUESDAY NIGHT.
RYAN NEWMAN, WE TALKED ABOUT LOSING A DRAFT EARLIER.
>>HUGE BREAK FOR HIM. HE HAD FALLEN BACK 30 SECONDS
BEHIND. ABLE TO CATCH UP, STILL ON THE
LEAD LAP.>>JOSH WISE HAS THE FREE PASS
AT THE CAUTION. ALL CARS INVOLVED IN THE
ACCIDENT EXCEPT FOR JOEY LOGANO ABLE TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP,
LOGANO IS ONE LAP DOWN IN 40.>>DALE JUNIOR UP HERE, FOR
SOMEBODY WHO’S WORKED AS HARD FOR HIM, HE HE’S BEEN IN EVERY
SPOT POSSIBLE TRYING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
>>BACK IN SECOND ONCE AGAIN.>>JAMIE McMURRAY BACK TO PIT
ROAD IN THE 1 CAR TO GET FURTHER ATTENTION ON IT AS JIMMIE
JOHNSON LEADS TO THE TRI-OVAL.>>MORE THAN TWICE AS ANYBODY
ELSE SO FAR TODAY. I’M SURE HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE
THOSE EXTRA POINTS.>>OBVIOUSLY, THEY WOULD LOVE TO
MAKE SURE HE’S IN THIS SAME SPOT WHEN THE CHECKERED FLAG FALLS.
IF NOT, HE’S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO ACCUMULATE AS MANY POINTS
AS POSSIBLE.>>THE THING IS, YOU CAN NEVER
FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHERE YOU STAND. AS YOU LOOK AT THOSE POINTS AS
THEY RUN, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS LEADING.
NOW TWO POINTS BEHIND DENNY HAMLIN AT THE CUT LINE.
BUT WITH THOSE GUYS JUST RIDING AROUND IN THE BACK, WON’T BE
THERE ALL DAY. THE ONLY THING THESE GUYS CAN
COUNT ON FOR SURE, AND I MEAN JOHNSON, DALE JUNIOR AND BRAD
KESELOWSKI IS WINNING, THAT’S THE ONLY THING THEY CAN COUNT ON
FOR SURE TO CONTINUE ON IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
SPEAKING OF KESELOWSKI, RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, 2 CAR TRYING
TO MAKE HIS WAY BACK THROUGH, WE HEARD THE REPORT FROM PIT ROAD,
CAN YOU MAKE IT BACK? YES, THEY TOOK THE EXTRA TIME TO
WORK ON IT AND HE’S HALFWAY THERE, UP TO 14th.
>>AS YOU SAID, WITH THE DAMAGE, WHEN YOU’RE IN THIS PACK AND
YOU’RE GETTING THE PUSH AND HELPING PUSH, YOU CAN MAKE ALL
OF THAT HAPPEN. IT WILL BE INTERESTING — IT’S
NOT AS BAD ONCE YOU GET TO THE FRONT, THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY
ISSUE IF YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO THE FRONT.
DANICA PATRICK HAS MOVED UP TO FOURTH PLACE NOW.
IN THE TOP FOUR PLACE.>>DOING A GREAT JOB.
>>MARCOS AMBROSE WITH HIS FINAL RUN HERE AT TALLADEGA.
I GOT A CHUCKLE OUT OF MARCOS’ XHERNTS ASKED ABOUT THIS STYLE
OF RACING WHEN HE GOES BACK TO AUSTRALIA AND ALL ROAD COURSE
SEEING. HE SAID, QUOTE, ABOUT PLATE
RACING, I HAVE ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
>>WINNER ENJOYS IT THE MOST. DRIVERS WHO ARE ABLE TO DRIVE
ACROSS THERE, THEN YOU CAN LOOK BACK AND SAY, THAT WAS A LOT OF
FUN.>>CERTAINLY GOING TO MISS
MARCOS AMBROSE, THOUGH, HE’S ADDED A LOT OF FLAVOR TO THIS
SERIES.>>YES, HE DID.
GREAT RACE CAR DRIVER.>>TALKED ABOUT THE DRY SPELL
JIMMIE JOHNSON HAD BEEN IN, CAREER LONG IN TERMS OF NOT
LEADING RACES. 29 LAPS LED TODAY.
BUT A LOT LEFT TO GO BEFORE THE CHECKERED FLAG WAVES ON THIS
ONE. MOST LAPS JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS LED
IN A RACE SINCE MICHIGAN BACK IN JUNE.
71 LAPS OF 188 DOWN AT TALLADEGA.
YOU .
>>>THE CAR ON THE RIGHT HAS TAKE ON THE LEAD FOR IF FIRST
TIME ALL DAY AT TALLADEGA, DALE EARNHARDT JR. WITH A PUSH FROM
HIS OLD FRIEND MARTIN TRUEX JR. TO THE LEAD.
BONUS POINT TO THE 88 FOR A LAP LED.
>>HE’S EARNED THAT POINT. HE’S BEEN UP THERE A NUMBER OF
TIMES BUT HASN’T GOTTEN THAT RIGHT PUSH.
>>HE FINALLY GETS IT, 76 LAPS IN.
HE WANTED TO HAVE CONTROL. WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE END OF
THIS THING, HE WANTED TO HAVE CONTROL OF THIS RACE ON
RESTARTS. HE’S GOT THE LEAD, NOW HE’LL
SPEND THE NEXT FEW LAPS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAINTAIN
>>IT 11 DIFFERENT DRIVERS HAVE LED.
16 DIFFERENT LEAD CHANGES.>>WITH A LEAD LIKE THIS, IT’S
HARD TO MANAGE THAT MANAGING THESE LINES.
>>YOU’RE LOOKING IN YOUR MIRROR THE ENTIRE TIME.
IT’S JUST A GLANCE TO THE FRONT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
HITTING OR MISSING A LINE HERE. YOU’VE GOT TO ANTICIPATE WHAT
THEY’RE GOING TO DO AND WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO.
HOW QUICKLY THEY’RE COMING AT YOUR BACK BUMPER.
>>A QUICK LOOK DOWN AT THE RACETRACK WITH OUR AERIAL
COVERAGE SFON SORD BY GOODYEAR, GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON, RIGHT THERE,
ALMOST DIDN’T GIVE MARTIN TRUEX ENOUGH ROOM THERE.
>>SEE IF HE CAN MAKE IT LIFT.>>JIMMIE HAD THE MOST TO LOSE.
>>THAT’S THE ONE THING ABOUT TODAY, WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT
EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE RACE HERE, WE DID TALK ABOUT THEIR
OPPORTUNITY TO WIN AT OTHER RACETRACKS, THEY CAN GIVE THOSE
CHASERS MORE ROOM, HERE, YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DO THAT IF YOU
HAVE INTENTIONS TO GET YOURSELF INTO POSITION TO WIN THIS.
YOU HAVE TO TAKE THAT SPOT. YOU HAVE TO SIDE-DRAFT THERE AS
MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN.>>CASEY MEARS, 13.
ANOTHER SOLID RUN HERE AT TALLADEGA.
AGAIN, ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE OF THE SMALLER TEAMS TO
SHINE. SO, JUNIOR, TRUEX, DANICA, AND
THEN SIDE BY SIDE, MEARS AND JIMMIE JOHNSON AND KURT BUSCH
AND PAUL MENARD GOING WIDE BEHIND THEM.
>>YOU MENTIONED YELEY UP IN THE TOP TEN DOING A GREAT JOB.
>>A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF HERE.>>PAUL MENARD ON THE OUTSIDE.
>>SECOND YELLOW CAR IN THAT LINE BEHIND HIM.
THREE WIDE ON THE OUTSIDE IS LANDON CASSILL WHOSE NAME ALWAYS
COMES UP IN THESE TALLADEGA RACE AND THESE DRIVERS, THEIR CARS
ARE VERY CAPABLE HERE AND THEY’RE CAPABLE, THEY KNOW THEY
CAN MAKE NOISE RIGHT NOW AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE UP HERE
TRYING TO DO. GETTING THE SPONSORS ON TV,
DOING A GREAT JOB OF IT.>>FRONT EIGHT, NOW, SINGLE
FILE, LAST ONE IN THAT LINE IS KEVIN HARVICK, WHO’S MADE HIS
WAY BACK UP AFTER AN EXTENDED TIME ON PIT ROAD AFTER THE ONLY
CAUTION WE HAVE HAD SO FAR. THERE YOU SEE THE RUN ON KEVIN
HARVICK SINCE THE RESTART.>>SEE KESELOWSKI MAKING HIS WAY
BACK THERE, HE HAS A TEAMMATE THERE THE 12 CAR, RYAN BLANEY
THIS WEEKEND, HE’S HELPED PUSH BRAD BACK UP.
NOW HE’S ON THE BUMPER OF HARVICK GETTING A LITTLE TOW.
>>THREE DEEP HERE. LARSON, YELEY, AND CASSILL.
>>WE’VE GOT A VERY INTERESTING CENARIO HERE —
>>SORRY, MICHAEL ANNETT.>>WE’RE LOOKING AT THE FRONT
PART THAT DRIVERS NEED TO WIN THIS RACE TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE
CHASE, THEN WE HAVE THIS MIDDLE GROUP HERE WHO ARE ALL TRYING TO
WIN A RACE HERE, MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES, THEN THE GUYS WHO
CAN POINT THEIR WAY IN, KIND OF THREE DIFFERENT AGENDAS
HAPPENING ALL AT ONCE.>>WE TALKED ABOUT STRATEGIES.
IT’S A MIXED BAG, BECAUSE YOU GOT GUYS WHO DON’T HAVE ANYTHING
TO LOSE, THEY’RE TRYING TO WIN THE RACE.
BUT THE GUYS WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE ARE PROTECTING THEIR
POSITION, THEIR CAR, SO THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO RACE AT THE
END.>>KASEY KAHNE RUNNING 28th.
JEFF GORDON 31st. RYAN NEWMAN 35th.
KYLE BUSCH 37th. DENNY HAMLIN, 38th.
ALL WELL OUT OF THESE THREE-WIDE DRIVERS.
NOT YET TO HALFWAY IN THE GEICO 500.
M PRESSURE PUSHING DOWN ON ME, PUSHING DOWN ON YOU M
M UNDER PRESSURE M>>>THE PRESSURE OF AN
ELIMINATION RACE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND IN THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMING HERE AT TALLADEGA WHERE SO MUCH
IS OUT OF A DRIVER’S CONTROL. A LOOK AT THE POSITIONS THE
DRIVERS IN THE BUBBLE SPOTS RACE IN.
RIGHT NOW. SHY OF HALFWAY STILL.
AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE.
AGAIN, A LOT OF THOSE DRIVERS ABOVE THE YELLOW LINE
INTENTIONALLY CHOOSING TO RIDE AROUND THE BOT TOM LINE.
WHILE OTHERS CHARGING TO THE FRONT KNOWING THAT THEIR BEST
CHANCE AT ADVANCING IS TO WIN. THERE’S THE TEN-CAR BREAKAWAY
GROUP. 88 OF DALE JUNIOR LEADING.
RYAN BLANEY AT THE BACK END OF IT.
>>YOU KIND OF LIKE THIS TO SETTLE DOWN, SO YOU CAN BREATHE
AND RELAX JUST FOR A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, AS THIS RACE
WINDS DOWN IT’S GOING TO BE MORE INTENSE THAN EVER.
>>WE GOT A GROUP NOW RACING. WE’RE GOING TO GET —
>>TRY TO GET EVERYBODY LINED BACK UP HERE AGAIN.
>>KYLE BUSCH ALWAYS THINKING. ALWAYS LOOKING OUT THE
WINDSHIELD OF THAT CAR.>>YEAH, HE’S TALKING ABOUT WHAT
WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE SMESHL, HOW A GROUP IN FRONT,
WHILE RACING THREE WIDE, THEY LOST TOUCH WITH THE FRONT GROUP.
KYLE BUSCH SAID WE NEED TO GET A PART OF THAT BEFORE WE DON’T
LOSE TOUCH.>>IT’S ALL COMING BACK TOGETHER
NOW, IT SEEMS LIKE, THE WHOLE FIELD IS.
>>JEFF GORDON RUNNING BACK IN 33rd POSITION.
ALSO RIDING AROUND OUT IN THE BACK MOST OF THE DAY IN THE 24
CAR.>>YEAH, RIGHT NOW, IT’S NOT
ABOUT LEADERS, IT’S ABOUT THIS GROUP AHEAD OF US.
>>YEAH. JUST DON’T WANT THEM WRECKING.
>>THAT’S JEFF’S SPOTTER. REALLY WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT, TO
MISS THE MAYHEM THE CLOSER THE MAYHEM IS TO YOU, THE LESS A
CHANCE TO MISS IT.>>YEAH, THEY COULDN’T LOSE
TOUCH WITH THAT GROUP THAT WAS RACING TWO, THREE, FOUR WIDE IN
FRONT OF THEM. FINALLY, THOSE GUYS HELD THEIR
BREATH AS LONG AS THEY COULD.>>SECOND LINE HAS NOW UP AND
CAUGHT THE TAIL END OF THE TOP TEN.
KYLE LARSON WITH THE MOVE TO THE OUTSIDE, HAS CAUGHT RYAN BLANEY,
NOW WORKING WITH KESELOWSKI FOR WHAT IS THE NINTH POSITION.
>>THAT WHOLE BIG GROUP THERE THAT YOU SEE — THEY’RE GOING TO
RACE WITHIN A RACE. LOGANO, FIRST LAP A LAP DOWN.
TERRY LABONTE AND JOEY LOGANO, THE ONLY TWO CARS A LAP DOWN.
HERE’S TERRY IN THAT YELLOW AND RED 32.
PAINTED UP TO LOOK LIKE HIS CHAMPIONSHIP CAR WHEN HE DROVE
FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS. MARTIN TRUEX GETTING THE
SHUFFLE. PAUL MENARD HAD KEVIN HARVICK
PULL OUT BEHIND HIM IN THAT OUTSIDE LANE AND THEY’RE GOING
TO MAKE A RUN.>>SO, KASEY KAHNE TRYING TO GO
FORWARD AS HE’S BEEN UP FRONT IN THE PACK MOST OF THE DAY.
>>ALL THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN COMING HERE, WATCHING THE
DRIVERS IN A DRAFT LIKE THIS, EACH AND EVERY LAP YOU’RE KIND
OF EDGE WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN.
>>WHEN IT GETS DOUBLED UP LIKE THIS AND PEOPLE START MAKING
MOVES, DRIVERS ARE ON THE EDGE, TOO, YOU KNOW YOU’RE A
SPLIT-SECOND AWAY FROM BEING INVOLVED IN A HUGE ACCIDENT.
>>TREVOR BAYNE IN THE MIDDLE LANE.
THERE ARE THREE WIDE AGAIN, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD.
>>MATT KENSETH FINALLY MAKING A MOVE TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE
PACK. I EXPECT HIM TO BE THERE, TRYING
TO WIN THIS RACE, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, ONE OF THE BEST
RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACERS THAT WE HAVE AND HE’S BEEN IN THAT
SITUATION, YEAH, HE CAN POINT HIS WAY IN, BUT HE KNOWS THE
BEST WAY IS TO BE UP THERE BATTLING UNTIL THE END.
>>JAMIE?>>I TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF
THIS MORNING AND HE SAID WE REALLY WANT TO BE TOWARD THE
FRONT ALL RACE LONG, IT TOOK THEM LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED TO
MOVE FORWARD. HE SAID WE’RE A WIN COLUMN, WE
NEED TO WIN, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE NEED TO BE TOWARD THE
FRONT. THEY WANT TO STAY, UP FRONT FOR
THE REST OF THE RACE.>>JUST ONE POINT OR ONE
POSITION ON THE RACETRACK BEHIND KASEY KAHNE, BUT HE’S AT
TALLADEGA, THAT ONE SPOT MAY BE OUT OF HIS CONTROL, SO IT’S MUCH
BETTER TO WIN AND GET IN, IF YOU CAN.
>>>OCTOBER 26th NASCAR RETURNS TO HALLOWED GROUND.
THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A RACE, THIS IS THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR
SPRINT CUP. THIS IS THE ELIMINATOR ROUND.
THIS IS MARTINSVILLE.>>>TOMORROW ON MONDAY NIGHT
FOOTBALL, IT’S J.J. WATT AND THE TEXANS VISITING BEN
ROETHLISBERGER AND THE STEELERS. HOUSTON/PITTSBURGH AT 8:15
EASTERN ON ESPN AND WATCH ESPN.>>EVERY TIME I WATCH THE TEXANS
AND J.J. WATT, I SWEAR THERE’S MORE THAN ONE 99 OUT THERE, HE
SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE.>>YEAH.
HERE AT TALLADEGA, ALABAMA, WE JUST PASSED THE MIDWAY POINT OF
THE RACE, DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS THE RACE LEADER.
12 DRIVERS STARTED THE DAY CHAMPIONSHIP-ELIGIBLE.
8 WILL BE CHAMPIONSHIP-ELIGIBLE AFTER THIS ONE IS OVER.
ONE CAUTION IN THE RACE SO FAR. WHEN McMURRAY CUT DOWN A TIRE,
HE COLLECTED JOEY LOGANO, KYLE BUSCH, KEVIN HARVICK, BRAD
KESELOWSKI AND MICHAEL McDOWELL ALSO CAUGHT A PIECE OF IT.
OTHERWISE, WE HAVE BEEN CLEAN AND GREEN THROUGH THESE LAPS.
ALL 43 ARE STILL IN THE RACE.>>A LOT OF GREAT RACING,
OBVIOUSLY, BUT YOU JUST THINK AHEAD, WHEN YOU GET TO LAP 180,
THE INTENSITY, THE LEVEL OF PUSHING AND SIDE-DRAFTING, HOW
MUCH THAT’S GOING TO GET MANAGER — MAGNIFIED AS THESE DRIVERS
TRY TO BE THE FIRST ONE ACROSS.>>DALE JUNIOR TALKED ABOUT HOW
HE AND STEVE LETARTE WERE GOING TO BE AGGRESSIVE, GAMBLE ON
STRATEGY, DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO TO KEEP THEIR TRACK POSITION.
JUNIOR SAID EARLIER, HE WANTED TO BE THE CONTROL CAR FOR THE
FINAL TWO, THREE RESTARTS, THAT MEANS BEING THE LEADER.
DICTATING WHICH LANE WOULD GO FIRST.
>>THAT’S THE POSITION YOU WANT TO BE IN, THE ONE THAT’S OUT
THERE THAT BLOCKS, WHICH MAKES WHICHEVER LINE GO THE FASTEST.
HAVE IT IN YOUR CONTROL. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE AT THE
MERCY OF SOMEONE ELSE AT THE END OF THIS.
YOU KNOW, HE SAID HE WANTED TO SEE IN MISS MIRROR.
NOT THE GUY HE SEES RIGHT NOW.>>FOR SURE.
>>HE WANTED A A LOGANO OR HARVICK.
>>I DON’T THINK THAT 48 IS GOING TO PUSH HIM TO THE WIN.
>>HE DIDN’T NEED HIM IN THAT POSITION BEHIND HIM.
>>CASEY MEARS DOING A GREAT JOB.
HE DOES A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB OF POSITIONING HIMSELF.
HERE AT TALLADEGA, CASEY MEARS DOES A FANTASTIC JOB HIMSELF.
HASN’T HAD A LOT OF LUCK OF GETTING TO THE END IN THOSE
POSITIONS.>>THERE ARE THE NUMBERS ON
CASEY. HAVING A FINE DAY IN A BIG RACE
FOR HIS SPONSOR.>>YEP.
>>WATCHING CASEY IN THAT OUTSIDE LANE IN THE 5 TRYING TO
MOUNT A CHARGE BACK TOWARD THE FRONT.
GOT SHUFFLED TO THE BACK OF THE LINE EARLIER WHEN THEY STARTED
RACING THREE WIDE AROUND HIM NOW HE’S TRYING TO MOVE BACK FORWARD
AGAIN, HIS TEAM KIND OF TEETERING IN POSITION DECIDING
WHETHER OR NOT TO HANG IN THE BACK OR MOVE TO THE FRONT.
HE FEELS GOOD ABOUT THE DECISION TO GO.
>>HE FEELS LIKE HE CAN BETTER CONTROL HIS DESTINY AND THIS
RACE TODAY BY MOVING FORWARD AND BEING UP TOWARDS THE FRONT OF
THIS AND YOU KNOW, CASEY IS ONE, YOU KNOW, RIGHT TO THE VERY END,
WORKED HIS WAY INTO THE CHASE AS WE START THE PIT STOPS.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI MAKES THE FIRST MOVE FROM SIXTH PLACE.
SIX CARS IN. DAVE?
>>NOT A LOT OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT RIGHT SIDE.
SAID THE HANDLING WAS A LITTLE FREE ON THE EXIT AT THE END.
CONCERNED ABOUT THE CAR BEING TOO HOT.
THEY’RE WATCHING THE TEMPERATURES ON THAT 2 CAR.
WATER PRESSURE WAS OKAY. HE’LL GET A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT —
>>TROUBLE ON THE TRACK, DAVE. CARS COLLIDING ON THE BACK
STRAIGHTAWAY. TONY STEWART AND MORE PILING IN.
IS THAT KYLE BUSCH? INTO THE INSIDE WALL.
18 CAR ALL TORN UP.>>WE’RE DONE.
>>J.J. YELEY.>>STRAIGHT TO THE GARAGE.
>>83 INVOLVED. THE BIG STORY HERE, KYLE BUSCH,
RIDING AROUND IN THE BACK IN THE SAFE STRATEGY MODE, CAUGHT UP
WHEN TROUBLE HAPPENED IN FRONT OF HIM AND NOW, DAVE ROGERS AND
THE GIBBS TEAM HAVE TO GO INTO THE DISASTER TO SEE WHAT THEY
CAN SALVAGE OUT OF THIS DAY.>>THE 18 PROBABLY GOT HIT FROM
BEHIND TRYING TO AVOID
THE FRONT.
>>FRONT TIRE ON RYAN NEWMAN’S CAR.
ARIC ALMIROLA. THERE’S YELEY.
>>I THINK THIS HAPPENED RIGHT AROUND THE 43 AND 38.
>>AND ALEX BOWMAN.>>TONY STEWART GETS SOME DAMAGE
FROM THAT INSIDE WALL.>>THAT CAR IS USED UP PRETTY
GOOD. THEY’LL HAVE TO SPEND SOME TIME
FIXING THAT ONE.>>ALL RIGHT, LET’S SEE IF WE
CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED.>>THIS PROBABLY COMES FROM JUST
A PUSH THAT WENT WRONG.>>IT LOOKS LIKE ALMIROLA GOT
INTO THE BACK OF YELEY, GOT THE WRONG ANGLE.
>>KYLE BUSCH THERE IN THE SMOKE, GOT RUN INTO FROM BEHIND
AUSTIN DILLON IN THE 3 CAR. KYLE BUSCH WAS GOING TO BE FINE.
>>THAT WAS THE 43 BEING PUSHED BY THE CAR BEHIND HIM —
>>KYLE BUSCH RIGHT THERE.>>HE SLOWED DOWN AND MISSED IT
AND GOT RUN INTO BY THE 3 CAR.>>A.J. ALLMENDINGER WITH A
PIECE OF THAT, ALSO, DOC.>>KURT BUSCH SAID THE CAR IS
VERY FREE, FOUR TIRES, ONE ROUND DOWN ON THE TRACK BAR.
DAVE.>>FOUR TIRES FOR DALE JUNIOR
AND FULL OF SUNOCO FUEL.>>THE 5 OF KASEY KAHNE, THEY
LIKE THE WAY THE CAR HAS BEEN HANDLING THROUGHOUT THE DAY,
FOUR-TIRE CHANGE. CREW CHIEF FRANCIS REMINDED THEM
THEY HAD TO GET PACKED FULL OF FUEL.
HARVICK THE FIRST ONE OFF OF PIT ROAD.
>>DAVE ROGERS THERE, WALKING AROUND THE FAR SIDE OF THE CAR,
SURVEYING THE DAMAGE AND THE JOE GIBBS TEAM WILL GO TO WORK, KYLE
BUSCH STARTED THE RACE THE HIGHEST UP IN POINTS ABOVE THAT
CUT LINE OF EVERYBODY THAT DIDN’T HAVE A WIN.
BUT HE’S THE FIRST ONE IN TROUBLE, HERE AT TALLADEGA.
YOU’LL SEE IT ALL WITH NASCAR NONSTOP PRESENTED TODAY BY
GOODYEAR. TROUBLE ON THE BACK
STRAIGHTAWAY.>>>BACK AT TALLADEGA, KYLE
BUSCH, THE FIRST OF THE CHASE DRIVERS TO HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE
HERE THIS AFTERNOON. IN THE GARAGE, WORKING ON THE
CAR AFTER A BIG WRECK JUST A FEW LAPS AGO AND WE’RE UNDER CAUTION
FOR THE SECOND TIME TODAY. INSIDE THE QUICKEN LOANS PIT
STUDIO WITH RUSTY AND BRAD, WE KNEW IT WAS COMING, WE KNEW
SOMEONE WOULD HAVE AN ISSUE TODAY, IT TOOK A LITTLE BIT
LONGER THAN WE THOUGHT?>>IT’S SO CALM OUT THERE RIGHT
NOW. TRYING TO GET TO THE HALFWAY
POINT, WHICH THEY DID, NOW CLOSING TOWARDS THE END OF THIS
RACE AND JUST A RACING MISTAKE HAPPENED OUT THERE, THAT WAS IT,
IT LOOKED LIKE AUSTIN DILLON GOT INTO THE BACK OF THE 18 CAR.
>>SO OUR 5-HOUR ENERGY RAPID RECAP, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT
HAPPENED. LAP 103.
>>YEAH, WE GOT JUNIOR LEADING THE RACE, ALL OF A SUDDEN, IT
LOOKS LIKE THE 83 GETS TURNED. KYLE BUSCH LOOKS LIKE HE’S
TRYING TO GET SLOWED DOWN THEY BOTH SLAM INTO THE INSIDE WALL.
KYLE BUSCH HAS A TON OF DAMAGE.>>I’M AFRAID THAT HE CAN’T GET
THAT CAR BACK, HE’S EIGHTH IN POINTS.
I HAVE A FEELING THAT HE’S GOING TO FALL OUT OF THIS THING, HE
HAS MAJORS DAMAGE SO MUCH SO, HE DOESN’T GET BACK IN THIS RACE.
>>BACK IN THE GARAGE, THIS IS WHAT TEAMS PREPARE FOR, YOU
BRING A CRASH CAR, YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST AT
TALLADEGA.>>YOU CAN
FIX THAT.
YOU CAN’T RETWIST THAT FRAME.>>BRAD THE WHOLE BACK OF THE
CAR IS KNOCKED REALLY BAD OUT OF SHAPE.
I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE WORST WRECKS I HAVE SEEN TO GET THAT
CAR BACK IN THE RACE. IT’S TOUGH.
THIS IS MASSIVE SETBACK RIGHT NOW, BAD DAY SO FAR FOR KYLE
BUSCH.>>KYLE BUSCH IN THE GARAGE.
OUT OF THE RACE. OFF THE TRACK RIGHT NOW.
MORE FROM TALLADEGA, THE FINAL 82 WHEN WE COME BACK.
>>>DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART OF THE GEICO 500, AFTER A
CHASE-CHANGING MOMENT FOR KYLE BUSCH, THE NINE-CAR ACCIDENT ON
THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY AND YOU SEE THE WORK GOING ON THE CAR IN
THE GARAGE. BLANEY THE LEADER, CHOOSING THE
OUTSIDE LANE FOR THE RESTART. AS WE GO BACK AT IT, WITH 80
LAPS TO GO.>>>BLANEY TO THE LEAD, CASSILL
TO SECOND. KEVIN HARVICK PUSHING HIM.
HERE’S LANDON CASSILL FOR THE LEAD AT TALLADEGA!
AND HE’S GOT IT.>>BEHIND THE 88.
THEY’RE TWO ROWS BACK.>>ONCE AGAIN, JUST A GREAT
EXAMPLE THAT ALL OF THESE TEAMS THAT COME HERE, PART OF THIS
RACE, CAN GET OUT FRONT, LEAD, AND POSSIBLY WIN.
>>DALE JUNIOR IS GOING TO SHOOT THE GAP UP THE MIDDLE THREE
WIDE!>>THAT WAS A HECK OF A MOVE.
>>HARVICK THROUGH ON THE INSIDE LANE, EARNHARDT JUNIOR ON THE
OUTSIDE LANE, KESELOWSKI RIGHT BEHIND HIM.
AND JIMMIE JOHNSON LURKING RIGHT THERE IN FIFTH.
HERE COMES MATT KENSETH, ALSO, IN THE 20.
JUNIOR BY A SMIDGE ON THAT ONE.>>WOW.
>>HAVING SEEN WHAT HAPPENED TO KYLE BUSCH, YOU’VE GOT TO THINK
IT’S MAKING A LOT OF THESE GUYS REALLY NERVOUS RIGHT NOW
ESPECIALLY WITH A SENSE OF URGENT RACING HERE IN FRONT.
>>YEAH, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT’S WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.
BUT THEY’RE IN SOME PRETTY DIFFICULT POSITIONS TO STAY UP
HERE AND TRY TO LEAD SOME LAPS. WITH KYLE BUSCH, HE WAS TRYING
TO STAY IN THE RIGHT POSITION TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.
KIND OF THE POSITION THAT GOT HIM IN TROUBLE.
>>HE HAD DONE HIS JOB, HE STAYED OUT OF THE WAY, HE SLOWED
DOWN TO AVOID THE ACCIDENT, BUT YOU CAN’T DRIVE THE OTHER
PEOPLE’S CARS, TOO.>>KEVIN HARVICK TO THE LEAD.
MAR CAN KOSS AMBROSE PUSHING HIM.
JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR A PATH TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT.
AND STILL EDWARDS, HAMLIN HANGING OUT AT THE BACK OF THE
PACK.>>YEAH, THOSE DRIVERS, WITH
KYLE BUSCH’S PROBLEM, THEIR JOB BEGAN A LITTLE BIT EASIER THIS
AFTERNOON, THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO APPROACH THIS A LITTLE
BIT DIFFERENTLY, BEING EVEN MORE PATIENT THAN THEY HAD PLANNED ON
BEING.>>DENNY HAMLIN THE ONLY ONE OF
THEM WHO HAS MADE A RUN UP TO THE FRONT AT ANY POINT AND RAN
ALL OF THE WAY UP TO CONTEND FOR THE LEAD BEFORE DROPPING BACK
AGAIN.>>STAYED OUT ON ONE OF THE
EARLIER CAUTIONS. HE GOT THAT BONUS POINT IN HIS
POCKET.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON OUTSIDE OF
KEVIN HARVICK. JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE 48.
DALE EARNHARDT IN THE 88 HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE IN
PURSUING LAPS LED AND THE LEAD ALL THROUGHOUT THIS RACE.
AND KESELOWSKI BEHIND ANYMORE THE 2 GOT DAMAGED IN THE LAP 60
CAUTION FLAG. WENT TO THE BACK OF THE PACK FOR
REPAIRS AND THERE YOU SEE HAS COME BACK UP TO CONTEND FOR THE
LEAD.>>ALL THREE CARS THAT HAVE TO
WIN TO GET THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUND ARE ALL RIGHT THERE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TO THE LEAD.>>ONE COULD POSSIBLY POINT
THEIR WAY BY LEADING THE MOST LAPS, IN SECOND.
YOU MIGHT HAVE ONE OF THEM, IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH EVEN WITH
THAT, IF ONE OF THOSE OTHER TWO WINS THIS RACE, THAT’S GOING TO
TAKE ONE OF THOSE TOP EIGHT SPOTS AWAY.
YOU BETTER GO WIN IS WHAT I’M SAYING.
>>YEP.>>ALL THREE OF THEM LOOK LIKE
THEY HAVE A CAR CAPABLE OF DOING THAT.
>>AMBROSE IN THE CENTER LANE.>>THAT AREA IS I’M EXPECTING
SOMETHING TO BREAK OUT. THEY’RE MAKING VERY AGGRESSIVE
MOVES IN THAT PART.>>KASEY KAHNE ON THE OUTSIDE.
CASEY MEARS ON ON THE INSIDE. AMBROSE IN THE MIDDLE.
>>73 LAPS TO GO. JUST PASSED 300 MILES OF THE
GEICO 50. NASCAR NONSTOP TODAY PRESENTED
BY GOODYEAR.>>>INSIDE THE FINAL 200 MILES
OF THE GEICO 500, TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DALE EARNHARDT BRAD KESELOWSKI, THREE DRIVERS
WHO JUST ABOUT NEED TO WIN TO GET IN.
RUNNING ONE, TWO, THREE AT THIS POINT.
NUMBER OF LEAD CHANGES SO FAR TODAY.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT. THE TALLY WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO
GROW. STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
FOR $10 ON A MONTH. LEARN MORE AT
SPRINT.COM/DATASHARE. SO THREE DRIVERS WHO NEED TO WIN
TO GET IN RUNNING ONE, TWO, THREE.
A GROUP OF OTHERS TRYING TO PLAY IT SAFE IN THE BACK.
THE OTHER MAJOR HEADLINE TODAY, AN ACCIDENT AT LAP 103 WHERE
KYLE BUSCH RUNNING IN THAT QUOTE, SAFE POSITION, GOT HIT BY
ANOTHER CAR AND CRASHED. THE DRIVER THE HIGHEST UP IN
POINTS THAT DIDN’T HAVE A WIN COMING IN, FINDS HIMSELF BACK IN
THE GARAGE AREA WITH HIS CAR BEING WORKED ON IN THE LAST 19
MINUTES. KESELOWSKI MOVING FORWARD TO
SECOND.>>IT LOOKED LIKE BRAD MOVED OUT
AND JUNIOR PULLED OUT, BRAD WENT BACK TO THE INSIDE.
I’LL TAKE THAT SPOT. THAT’S THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU’RE
DEALING WITH OUT THERE. JUNIOR SAID EARLIER, YOU COULD
HAVE THAT BUT YOU CAN’T BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY TELL YOU.
>>FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI, THOUGH, THE FURTHER HE CAN GET THAT 88
BACK IN THE PACK THE BETTER HIS CHANCES WILL BE.
>>AND THE WORK CONTINUES ON KYLE BUSCH’S CAR.
AND REALLY, ANDY, THE STRATEGY FOR THEM IS TO GET THIS CAR OUT
WHERE IT WILL MEET MINIMUM SPEED.
>>THEY’RE WORKING SO HARD ON THIS THING.
THEY’VE GOT TO GET IT WHERE — THE MINIMUM SPEED IS 56.4
SECONDS. THEY GOT TO MAKE THAT CAR RUN
THAT SPEED CONSISTENTLY. THAT’S THE MISSION RIGHT NOW, AS
FAST AS YOU CAN GET IT DONE.>>AND FOR THEM, AND I SAID THIS
RESPECTFULLY, NOT WISHING ANY DRIVER BAD LUCK, THE SOONER THE
WRECK HAPPENS, THE BETTER FOR THE DRIVER.
>>WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR AN ACCIDENT, IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
BUT IT’S A MATTER OF WHEN IT DOES.
FOR THEM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT HARD WORK AND EFFORT THAT
THEY’RE MAKING THEY NEED THAT TO HAPPEN VERY, VERY SOON PROBABLY.
>>BRIAN VICKERS HERE ABOUT TO OVERTAKEN BY THE RACE LEADER.
HE GOT SOME DAMAGE IN THAT CRASH THAT INVOLVED KYLE BUSCH, J.Y.
YELEY AND OTHERS. POLE SITTER GOING A LAP DOWN
HERE. SO, EVERYBODY, IN ALL OF THESE
BUBBLE SPOTS, WATCHING THE POINTS TALLY THEY HAVE ON A
COMPUTER SCREEN IN FRONT OF THEM AND COUNTING THE LAPS.
>>24 IS THREE POINTS AHEAD. 99 IS THREE POINTS AHEAD.
5 IS FIVE POINTS AHEAD.>>SO WHAT DARIAN GRUBB IS
POINTING OUT TO DENNY BY BEING IN THE EIGHTH POSITION IN POINTS
RIGHT NOW, IF JUNIOR OR JIMMIE JOHNSON OR BRAD KESELOWSKI WINS
THIS RACE, THAT’S ANOTHER SPOT OUT OF THE TOP EIGHT, ONLY FIVE
POSITIONS ON POINTS. YOU’RE SITTING SIXTH RIGHT NOW.
>>THAT WAS JUST A FEW LAPS AGO THAT WE HEARD THAT RADIO.
BY THIS TIME, GORDON NOW IS PLUS-11.
IT’S MOVING EVERY LAP. IT’S HARD TO TRACK REALLY UNTIL
THE END OF THE RACE.>>IT WILL MOVE SIGNIFICANTLY AT
THE END OF THIS RACE, WHEN DENNY HAMLIN AND THE REST OF THESE
GUYS START MOVING FORWARD AND CHANGING SPOTS.
THEY HAVE TO BE I PATIENT ENOUGH TO WAIT LONG ENOUGH TO NOT PUT
THEMSELVES IN TOO MUCH DANGER.>>DALE JUNIOR IS ALL OF THE WAY
BACK TO 11th SPOT. .
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI’S STRATEGY WHEN HE HUNG HIM OUT THERE.
GET HIM AS FAR BACK AS THEY CAN. AND HE’S UP THERE IN THE TOP
THREE, FOUR, HE’S WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE.
>>WHAT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING AS WE GET DOWN TO
THE END OF THIS RACE, HARVICK WHO’S ALREADY THROUGH, MARCOS
AMBROSE WHO WANTS TO WIN, WHO GIVES THEM HELP.
>>A LOT OF POWER.>>THAT IS.
>>OR, HOW DO THEY BACK YOU OFF THAT REAR BUMPER?
>>THERE YOU GO. A LITTLE WAYS FROM FINDING OUT.
62 LAPS TO GO NOW AT TALLADEGA.>>>THE GEICO 500 AT TALLADEGA
IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT, INTRODUCING THE SPRINT FAMILY
SHARE PACK UX IT’S THE BEST VALUE IN WIRELESS.
>>>TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY, ABOUT 40 MILES TO THE EAST OF BIRMINGHAM.
RIGHT NEXT TO THE HIGHWAY, RUNNING SOME HIGH-SPEED ACTION
IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, ON THE WORLD’S FASTEST SPEEDWAY.
JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADS THE PACK. AT TALLADEGA WITH 59 LAPS TO GO.
ABOUT TO HIT THE 350-MILE MARK. AND SO MUCH WRET TO BE DECIDED
TODAY IN THIS ELIMINATION RACE IN THE CONTENDER ROUND OF THE
CHASE. OKAY, THERE’S YOUR LEAD LAP.
32 OF THEM. ALL RUNNING WITHIN FOUR SECONDS.
>>ABOUT TIME THIS OUTSIDE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A PUSH WITH
THESE GUYS. IT TAKES A LITTLE WHILE FOR THAT
TO HAPPEN BUT YOU GET A FAST CAR LIKE PAUL MENARD AND JUNIOR GET
HOOKED UP THERE TOGETHER AND THEY CAN START MAKING THEIR WAY
FORWARD.>>CAUTION FOR DEBRIS ON THE
RACETRACK. SOMEONE HAS JUST GOTTEN OFF THE
WALL. THERE IT IS, MICHAEL McDOWELL.
>>WOW, THAT’S HARD HIT. IT LOOKS LIKE A RIGHT FRONT
DOWN.>>HE GOT HIT EARLIER BY THE 1
CAR.>>SO, THIRD YELLOW OUT,
McDOWELL HEADS BACK TO THE GARAGE.
JOINING THE CARS OF ARIC ALMIROLA, ALEX BOWMAN, J.J.
YELEY AND KYLE BUSCH DOC?>>WORK CONTINUING ON THE 18
CAR. HOW BADLY WAS THE CAR HURT?
>>IT WAS REALLY HURT. WE HAD REAR END DAMAGE, HIT FROM
BEHIND. THE WHOLE FRONT FACE WAS GONE.
OUR GUYS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB. I KNOW A LOT OF M&M PEOPLE OUT
THERE WHO PULLED FOR US TO GET THIS THING BACK OUT THERE.
>>THEY ARE CLIMBING ALL OVER THIS CAR.
JOE SAID THE FRONT CLIFF WAS OKAY, THE SUSPENSION HAD TO BE
REPLACED. THEY’RE VERY LIFTED.
ALLEN?>>28.5 MINUTES OF WORK ON THIS
KYLE BUSCH CAR. NOW, A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO
MICHAEL McDOWELL THAT PUT UNDER THIS CAUTION.
WHOO.>>OH, YEAH.
HARD HIT. THE FRONT JUST LET GO.
>>McDOWELL TAKING DAMAGE IN LAP 60 CAUTION.
OFF OF TURN NUMBER FOUR WHEN JAMIE McMURRAY CUT DOWN A TIRE
AND SPUN INTO THE PACK. STOPPED HERE.
WE’LL HAVE 55 LAPS TO GO, THAT’S OUTSIDE A FUEL RUN.
>>THAT’S WELL OUTSIDE. THEY’LL PROBABLY STILL PIT JUST
SO THEY CAN ALL PIT.>>WE WERE KIND OF LINED UP
THERE TO WHERE IT WAS GOING TO TAKE ONE MORE STOP IF EVERYBODY
COULD MAKE A GREEN-FLAG STOP. SOME INTERESTING SITUATIONS ONCE
AGAIN.>>THE PROBLEM IS, IF YOU STAY
OUT HERE, YOU HAVE TO TAKE A FULL TANK OF FUEL TO MAKE IT TO
THE END.>>IF YOU’RE DENNY HAMLIN,
YOU’RE JEFF GORDON, RYAN NEWMAN, DENNY HAMLIN TALKED ABOUT WHEN
HE NEEDED TO START MAKING A RUN, WHEN DO YOU START TO MAKE YOUR
RUN?>>NOT EVEN CLOSE.
THEY CAN MAKE THEIR WAY WITH THREE LAPS LEFT IN THIS RACE.
THEY CAN ENSURE THEY MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
I KNOW THAT SOUNDS CRAZY. DENNY HAMLIN PROVED EARLY ON
THAT HE CAN MAKE HIS WAY TO THE FRONT.
IF THEY STUCK TOGETHER, THEY CAN PASS ENOUGH CARS.
IT’S SO TEMPTING TO WANT TO GO AND GET YOUR POSITION UP THERE.
>>YOU’RE HEARING THAT FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO DO THAT
BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE.>>PIT STOPS HERE.
55 TO GO. DOC?
>>KURT BUSCH WILL BE TEN LAPS SHORT ON FUEL.
FOUR TIRES ON IT. ONE ROUND WEDGE.
TOP IT OFF. DAVE.
>>THE RACE LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON SAID YOU NEED TO TIGHTEN
ME UP A LITTLE BIT MORE, THEY’LL DO THAT WITH CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT,
TWO RIGHT-SIDE TIRES AND FOR KESELOWSKI TWO TIRES.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON OFF PIT ROAD FIRST.
>>THERE ARE THE STRATEGY AND THE SCORING ORDER OFF OF PIT
LANE.>>THEY SENT THEMSELVES UP FOR
JUST UNDER GREEN JUST FUEL PROBABLY.
>>YEAH, THAT’S WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT.
>>A RESTART AND SOME MORE FRANTIC RACING FROM THE WORLD’S
FASTEST SPEEDWAY COMING RIGHT UP.
MM MM
>>>SOMETHING’S BAD HAPPENED TO A FEW DIFFERENT DRIVERS HERE AT
TALLADEGA, BUT A LOT OF RACING YET TO GO.
KYLE BUSCH, ONE I SPEAK OF, INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, BACK IN
THE GARAGE AREA FOR SOME TIME NOW AS THEY REPAIR HEAVY DAMAGE
TO THE 18 CAR AND KYLE THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STARTING THE
RACE IS 43rd AT THE MOMENT AS WE GET READY TO RESTART THE GEICO
500 AT TALLADEGA. A
WAVE OF PIT STOPS HAS LEFT
EVERYONE TEN LAPS SHY OF FINISHING ON FUEL.
IT’S JIMMIE JOHNSON AND BRAD KESELOWSKI SIDE BY SIDE FOR THE
RACE LEAD. AS YOU LOOK AT HOW THEY’RE
DOUBLED UP HERE. THEY’LL HAVE 53 LAPS LEFT IN
THIS ONE.>>YEAH, AND THIS IS THE TIME
WHERE THINGS START GET MORE INTENSE.
SIDE-DRAFTING WILL BECOME MORE INTENSE HERE.
WHICH CREATES MORE SITUATIONS.>>BRIAN VICKERS GOT THE FREE
PASS AT THIS CAUTION, HE’S BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AND HERE WE GO.
>>INSIDE, INSIDE.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON OUTSIDE OF
BRAD KESELOWSKI TO TRY TO STIFLE HIS RUN.
KEVIN HARVICK TOOK A PEEK, JOHNSON HOLDS THE LEAD.
LOOK AT DALE EARNHARDT JR., THREE WIDE ON THE OUTSIDE!
>>JIMMIE’S PROBLEM HE DOESN’T HAVE A LOFT HELP AT THIS MOMENT
TO MAKE THAT WORK. HE’S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO
GET THIS CAR TO THE FRONT.>>THE 42 IS THIRD.
FOURTH NOW ON THAT INSIDE LANE.>>KYLE BUSCH SUITED UP, HEADED
TO HIS CAR.>>EARLIER IN THE RACE, IT WAS
TRUEX IN THE 78 THAT PUSHED DALE EARNHARDT JR. UP TO THE FRONT.
TRUEX DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE THE SAME STRENGTH.
NOW JOEY LOGANO COMES UP BEHIND THE 88.
THEY’LL SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE ANOTHER RUN.
KESELOWSKI LOOKING TO THE OUTSIDE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON FOR
THE RACE LEAD.>>I THINK RIGHT NOW, TALKING
ABOUT LOGANO GOING OUT THERE WITH JUNIOR, HIS MOTIVE IS TO
GET TO THE FRONT TO HELP HIS TEAMMATE BRAD KESELOWSKI, HE GOT
A NICE PUSH THERE FROM PAUL KNOW MARD TO GET TO THE FRONT.
>>NOW, DANICA PATRICK OUT OF THE PACK, IN FRONT OF DALE
JUNIOR. UP FRONT, PAUL MENARD TRYING TO
RALLY THAT OUTSIDE LINE. JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR
WHOEVER WILL TAKE A BACK PASS FOR THE RACE LEAD.
AS KESELOWSKI COMES TO THE LINE, THE NEW LEADER OF THE RACE.
>>HE TRIED TO PULL UP IN FRONT OF THE 48.
THAT WAS GOING TO BE TIGHT.>>HE’S ALL OF THE WAY UP
AGAINST THE WALL.>>MICHAEL ANNETT IN THAT 7
DOING A NICE JOB, HE GOT SHUFFLED RIGHT THERE.
BEHIND THE 48. THAT WILL PUT THE 42 BEHIND YOU.
YOU GOT YOUR TWO WIDE. SIX ROWS DEEP.
>>JOEY MEIER THE SPOTTER FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI, HOW ABOUT THAT?
>>THAT’S GOOD INFORMATION HE’S GIVING BRAD IN SUCH A CLEAR WAY.
>>YOU WONDER WHY DRIVERS MIGHT HAVE A HEADACHE AT THE END OF
THIS DAY?>>THE SPOTTERS PROBABLY DO,
TOO.>>IF YOU EVER LOOK LIKE AN AIR
TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, THAT’S WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE.
>>HE’S HAD THAT SAME LINGO AND SAME CADENCE IN THE
COMMUNICATION WITH ATC. WHAT IT TAKES HERE TODAY TO SPOT
THESE GUYS.>>KYLE LARSON NOT ABLE TO STAY
THERE AND PUSH KESELOWSKI. THE 48 IN THE LEAD AND KURT
BUSCH TRYING TO RALLY SOME HELP ON THE OUTSIDE LINE.
BEHIND PAUL MENARD. WHO’S RACING KESELOWSKI FOR
THIRD? AND DALE JUNIOR TRAPPED BEHIND
MICHAEL ANNETT, SLIDING FURTHER BACK.
>>THERE YOU GO. IN FRONT OF HIM.
CLEAR IN FRONT OF HIM. IN THE MIDDLE.
IN THE MIDDLE. AND YOU’RE CLEAR HIGH.
YOU’RE CLEAR HIGH. THREE WIDE IN YOUR MIRROR.
ALL RIGHT. YOU’LL HAVE TO RUN TO THE
OUTSIDE IF YOU WANT IT. THERE YOU GO.
PERFECT. GOOD JOB, BUDDY.
>>WELL, A BIG RUN ON THE OUTSIDE THERE.
>>BUT HOW FAR IS HE GOING TO GET UP BEFORE HE HAS TO GET BACK
OR HE CAN GET BACK IN LINE. HE KIND OF STALLED RIGHT THERE.
MARTIN TRUEX PULLS UP IN FRONT OF HIM.
ARIC ALMIROLA’S CAR IS BACK ON THE TRACK FROM THAT BIG ACCIDENT
BEFORE. HE’S 28 LAPS DOWN IN 40th PLACE.
>>I DON’T KNOW HOW THIS ONE IS GOING TO FINISH, BUT I SAY
PRETTY CONFIDENTLY IT’S GOING TO BE BIG.
JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADING. 46 LAPS TO GO. AT THE WORLD’S FASTEST SPEEDWAY.
>>>WHAT A SIGHT. THE RACE FOR THE LEAD AT
TALLADEGA. 33 DEEP FROM OUR AERIAL COVERAGE
PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR. JIMMIE JOHNSON, 48, WITH KEVIN
HARVICK 4 BEHIND HIM. KURT BUSCH, 41, TRYING TO PULL
UP THE MIDDLE LANE AND PAUL MENARD, 27, TRYING TO LEAD THE
OUTSIDE LINE. BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THE MIDDLE
NOW, GETTING SHUFFLED BACK OFF FROM CONTENDING THE LEAD.
THE 2, HE’S BEHIND KURT BUSCH. PROBABLY NOT IN A VERY GOOD
COMFORTABLE SPOT AND THERE’S KASEY KAHNE IN THE 5 TO THE
INSIDE OF KESELOWSKI. MARCOS AMBROSE.
TRUEX WITH THE RUN ON THE OUTSIDE LANE.
78.>>MENARD GETTING CLOSER AND
CLOSER TO THE LEAD.>>REALLY FAST CAR THAT PAUL
MENARD HAS.>>HE COULD BE A FACTOR IN WHO
WINS THIS.>>AND I THINK JIMMIE JOHNSON
KNOWS THAT, TOO.>>AS HE DID THAT, HE OPENED THE
INSIDE. JOHNSON LED THAT LAP AT THE
STRIPE. HARVICK WITH KYLE LARSON BEHIND
HIM IN THE DRAFT WITH THE 42.>>TIMES THERE’S TOO MUCH GOING
ON AROUND YOU TO KEEP UP WITH ALL OF IT.
>>AGAIN, HE’S TRYING TO ANTICIPATE THAT MOMENTUM THAT
CAR COMING AT YOU HAS, HOW MUCH DOES IT HAVE.
>>SORRY, DID. J., WHEN I SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN
FROM THAT OVERSHOT, THAT’S WHEN I HOLD MY BREATH.
THAT’S WHEN I WONDER IF THE NEXT WORD OUT OF MY MOUTH IS GOING TO
BE TROUBLE.>>GET OUT OF THE THROTTLE AND
SOMEBODY NOT GETTING OUT OF THE THROTTLE AS SOMEONE SLIDES UP IN
FRONT OF THEM AND IT’S JUST THAT SLIGHT CONTACT.
THAT WAS IMPRESSIVE BY JIMMIE JOHNSON TO GET HIS CAR BACK IN
FRONT. HE USED A LITTLE PUSH FROM PAUL
MENARD TO GET BACK IN FRONT OF KEVIN HARVICK.
>>JIMMIE IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB, HE HAS REALLY GOOD CAR
TODAY, I THINK IT’S A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN JUNIOR, HE’S HAVING
TROUBLE GETTING BACK TO THE FRONT.
>>HE’S NOT FAR FROM WRAPPING UP THE MOST LAPS LED AND GETTING
THAT BONUS POINT, DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S GOING TO BENEFIT HIM,
OBVIOUSLY THE WIN WOULD BENEFIT HIM MUCH MORE.
>>JAMIE?>>THEY THE 18 CAR FIRED UP.
A VERY FOCUSED KYLE BUSCH BEHIND THE WHEEL.
THEY SHUT IT OFF. THEY WANTED TO WARM UP THE
ENGINE, MADE SURE EVERYTHING IS FINE THERE.
THEY’RE WORKING ON THE TOE, MORE CHANGES AND MORE FIXES.
RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, EVERYBODY’S LOOKING AT THE BOARDS, HE’S FOUR
POINTS TO THE GOOD.>>JAMIE, THAT’S PROVIDED THAT
NONE OF THESE OTHER GUYS, LIKE JIMMIE JOHNSON OR BRAD
KESELOWSKI WINS THIS RACE. IF THAT’S CASE, HE’S FOUR POINTS
TO THE BAD.>>HOW CLOSE THAT WAS FOR JIMMIE
JOHNSON PULLING UP IN FRONT OF PAUL MENARD.
GOING BACK TO THE 18, HE CAN’T — HE CAN’T BEAT ANY OF
THESE CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. SO, ALL HE CAN DO IS GAIN A
COUPLE OF SPOTS THAT THEY HAVE HAD TROUBLES.
>>THREE OTHERS ARE OUT OF THE RACE THAT KYLE WILL PASS BY
GETTING BACK ON THE TRACK. JAMIE McMURRAY WHO JUST
OVERTOOK, SLOW ON THE APRON OF THE TRACK, HAD PROBLEMS SINCE
THE LAP 60 CRASH, WHERE HE CUT A TIRE AND SPUN ON TURN FOUR.
TONY STEWART JUST AHEAD OF THE LEADERS.
>>THIS SITUATION MAKES ME NERVOUS, TOO AS THEY COME UP ON
A SLOWER CAR, WHEN THEY’RE THREE WIDE.
EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE GETTING SOME INFORMATION THEY CAN’T SEE
EXACTLY WHERE THAT CAR IS AND THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO GET
FOUR WIDE MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT.
>>STEWART GETTING A GOOD LOOK AT THE LEAD.
FROM HIS BUMPER CAM. GOING PRETTY FAST.
>>DROPS ON THE APRON.>>THAT’S A GOOD MOVE BY SMOKE
THERE. HE’S BEEN IN THAT SITUATION
BEFORE AND UNDERSTANDS JUST THE DIFFICULTY OF THAT.
>>SO JIMMIE JOHNSON JUST CLINCHED THE BONUS POINT FOR
MOST LAPS LED IN THIS RACE, COULD BE CRUCIAL.
KYLE BUSCH’S CAR BACK OUT OF THE GARAGE.
THERE YOU SEE 48 MINUTES OF TIME.
>>BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT’S IN RIGHT DIRECTION, IT MIGHT HELP
HIM.>>NOW HE HAS TO GET OUT, MEET
THE MINIMUM SPEED AND PASS THE CARS THAT ARE ALREADY OUT OF THE
RACE, THE ONES INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT WITH HIM AND SEE IF ANY
MORE FALL VICTIM IN THE FINAL 36 LAPS THAT HE CAN OVERTAKE AND
SALVAGE HIS ADVANCEMENT IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP CHASE.
A LOT TO UNFOLD IN THESE LAST 36 LAPS.
>>>LOOK AT THAT PACK RACING FOR THE LEAD IN THE GEICO 500 COMING
TO 32 LAPS TO GO, JIMMIE JOHNSON RACING MARTIN TRUEX JR. FOR THE
NUMBER ONE SPOT AND THEY’RE THREE DEEP BEHIND THEM, ABOUT
SEVEN ROWS. HOW ABOUT FOUR WIDE?
>>MARTIN TRUEX IN THAT 78 HASN’T LED A LEAP ALL SEASON
LONG. HE’S GOING TO TRY TO GET THIS,
IF HE CAN GET BY JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>THE BEST OPPORTUNITY THERE
WAS TO FALL IN BEHIND THE 48. A GOOD SPOT TO BE IN RIGHT NOW.
>>HE DID NOT LEAD THAT LAST LAP, BY THE WAY, THAT WAS
JIMMIE. GREG BIFFLE, 16, IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE FIRST THREE WIDE THERE, STARTING TO ROLL TOWARD THE
FRONT. BIFFLE ONE OF THE FACTORS FOR
THE WIN HERE, BACK IN THE MAY RACE, BACK ON MAY 4th.
>>HE HASN’T HAD A LOT OF LUCK HERE OVER THE YEARS.
BUT CERTAINLY HAS BEEN IN THE MIX A LOT.
SEEING SOME GIVE AND TAKE RIGHT NOW.
30 TO GO. THOSE HOLES ARE GOING TO CLOSE
UP QUICKER.>>THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO PIT
AGAIN FOR FUEL, ABOUT 10, 15 LAPS TO GO.
THEY ALL WANT TO BE AS CLOSE TO THE FRONT AS THEY CAN TO MAKE
THAT STOP, TO MAKE SURE IF THEY HAVE A GLITCH, THEY STILL HAVE
THE DRAFT.>>JUNIOR HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A
BOBBLE THERE OFF OF TURN FOUR, NOW HAS LITTLE BIT OF A RUN.
ALL OF THIS ACTION, AT NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK, WE GO TO SHORTEST
TRACK, MARTINSVILLE, TO OPEN THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE CHASE
NEXT SUNDAY AT 1:00 EASTERN TIME, SOME FENDERS BENT AND SOME
TEMPERS BOILING AT THE END OF NEXT SUNDAY IN SOUTH CENTRAL
VIRGINIA. BRAD KESELOWSKI LIKE DALE JUNIOR
TRYING TO FIND MOVES TO BACK TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT, TO HAVE A
SHOT TO WIN THIS ONE.>>TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO
GET THAT PULL FROM BEHIND. AS YOU POINTED OUT, THEY STILL
HAVE TO MAKE A PIT STOP, YOU STILL WANT TO POSITION YOURSELF
THERE.>>AND STILL, GORDON, NEWMAN,
HAMLIN, KENSETH, EDWARDS ALL HANGING OUT IN THE 27th TO 331st
SPOTS. 16 FEET LONG, HOW DO YOU KNOW
THAT HOLE IS NOT 14 FEET VERSUS 17 FEET WHEN YOU’RE MAKING THAT
MOVE LIKE THAT ON JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>YEAH, YOU DON’T KNOW COMPLETELY, THAT’S THE CHANCE
AND THE EXPERTISE OF THESE GUYS IN KNOWING THAT AND THAT CREATES
ACCIDENTS WHEN PEOPLE DO HAVE A MISJUDGMENT IN THAT.
>>33 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. ALL OF THEM WITHIN FOUR SECONDS
OF THE RACE LEADER. 27 LEAD CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE
COURSE OF THE RACE. 16 DIFFERENT DRIVERS HAVE LED.
JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS LED THE MOST LAPS.
DALE JUNIOR HAS LED THE SECOND MOST.
>>JOEY LOGANO PLOWING UP ON THE GRASS, HE’S UP HERE IN THE MIX,
RUNNING 10th OR 11th JUST DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU DECIDE TO
LOOK.>>LOST A LAP, GOT IT BACK.
TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GET TO THE 2.
>>NOT FAR FROM HIM RIGHT NOW. LOOK AWAY JIMMIE JOHNSON FANS.
LOOK AWAY.>>YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE ALL OF
THE FRANTIC ACTION IN NASCAR NONSTOP PRESENTED BY GOODYEAR.
>>>JIMMIE JOHNSON FINDING WAYS TO HOLD ON TO THE LEAD HERE AT
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY IN THE FINAL 23 LAPS IN THE GEICO 500.
BRAD KESELOWSKI TRYING TO FIND AWAY AROUND HIM FOR THE TOP SPOT
AND DANICA PATRICK LEADING A RALLY ON THE OUTSIDE LANE,
THEY’RE FOUR SIDE INTO TURN THREE.
>>DALE JUNIOR WAS UP THERE RACING FOR THE LEAD THE WAY
THOSE FANS JUST LEAPED TO THEIR FEET.
>>SECOND BIGGEST ROAR WE HAVE HEARD ALL DAY.
>>WITHOUT QUESTION.>>IF YOU’RE JIMMIE JOHNSON AND
YOU’RE MOVING OVER –>>YOU’RE MOVING OVER TO GET
AGAINST THAT CAR THE AIR THERE WILL ACT — PUT DRAG ON THAT CAR
AND LITERALLY TRY TO PULL IT BACK, YOU’RE HOPING THAT IT WAS
DOES THEN, SUCK SOMEONE INTO YOUR REAR BUMPER.
DANICA PLAYED THAT PERFECTLY.>>I THINK SHE USED TO GET TO
THAT POSITION, TOO, SHE WAS USING IT PRETTY EFFECTIVELY TO
GET TO THAT RIGHT-SIDE DOOR TO TAKE THE LEAD.
>>21 LAPS TO GO. NEW LEADER DANICA PATRICK.
JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR A WAY BACK AROUND.
>>WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO HERE AS THE LEADER NOT GIVE THEM TOO
MUCH OF EITHER SIDE OF HIM. IF YOU GIVE THEM TOO MUCH ON THE
BOTTOM THEY’LL MAKE THAT RUN THERE.
IF YOU GIVE THEM TOO MUCH TO THE OUTSIDE, WOW, THEY’RE SCATTERING
RIGHT HERE.>>TRAVIS KVAPIL LEADING THAT
INSIDE GROUP. IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY HAS TO
CHECK UP IN THE MIDDLE THERE SOMEWHERE.
THEY ALL GOT AWAY WITH IT. KEVIN HARVICK THE BIG LOSER IN
THAT EXCHANGE. AUSTIN DILLON, NOW, THROUGH TO
SIXTH PLACE AND THE 3 CAR BANDAGED AFTER HE WAS INVOLVED
IN THE CONTACT WITH KYLE BUSCH THAT SENT THE 18 CAR TO THE
INSIDE WALL BACK AT LAP 103.>>YOU CAN SEE THE LEFT REAR
QUARTER PANEL HAS SOME DAMAGE. ALMOST LIKE A PARACHUTE, IT
MIGHT BE HURTING HIM, NOT KEEPING HIM FROM GOING TOWARDS
THE FRONT.>>JOEY LOGANO HAS GOTTEN TO
BRAD KESELOWSKI, SEE IF THE PENSKE TEAMMATES CAN MAKE
SOMETHING HAPPEN IN THE DRAFT.>>WHEN DANICA PATRICK TOOK THE
LEAD, HE MADE A BIG MOVE TRYING TO OVERTAKE JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>HE HAD TO JUMP OFF OF THE GAS FOR A MOMENT.
HE HAS HIS PARTNER THERE WITH HIM NOW.
>>THERE WAS KVAPIL HEADING TO PIT ROAD FOR A GREEN-FLAG PIT
STOP. WE’LL SEE THAT FOR ALL OF THESE
DRIVERS SOME TIME IN THE NEXT FIVE TO SEVEN LAPS.
>>IT CAN GET KIND OF DICEY HERE AS DRIVERS TRY TO —
>>THEY’VE GOT TO GET ON PIT ROAD AS QUICK AS THEY CAN AND
GET OFF AND THEN THEY HAVE TO KEEP FROM SLIDING THOSE TIRES.
MOST OF THEM WILL TAKE A HALF A CAN OF FUEL.
>>AND DON’T SPEED. IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT.
YOU WANT TO GET THERE AND YOU WANT TO GET OFF, BUT DON’T GET
CAUGHT SPEEDING.>>IF YOU’RE DANICA PATRICK, YOU
JUST PASSED THE SIX-TIME CHAMPION FOR THE LEAD —
>>FEELING GOOD. SHE’S DOING A FANTASTIC JOB.
WHEN IT CAME TIME HERE TO RUN, SHE MADE SOME GOOD MOVES, SHE
WORKED HER WAY UP THERE USING THE SIDE-DRAFT AND USING THE
DRAFT OF OTHER CARS TO GET HERSELF IN THAT POSITION.
SHE SHOULD FEEL GOOD RIGHT NOW ABOUT WHAT SHE’S DOING.
>>THAT’S CLINT BOWYER TRYING TO MAKE SOME NOISE ON THE OUTSIDE
LANE. HANGING AROUND IN THE BACK.
>>YEP, HE KNOWS HOW TO WIN HERE.
>>CLINT SPORTING HIS KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAP ALL WEEKEND
LONG, CHEERING THE TEAM ON AS THEY GO TO THE WORLD SERIES
STARTING ON TUESDAY.>>SEEING IT NOW, THESE PUSHES
ARE LITTLE BIT HARDER, THESE BUMPS ARE A LITTLE BIT HARDER.
SIDE DRAFTS ARE STARTING TO GET CLOSER.
>>WHEN WILL THE MOVES TO PIT ROAD BE MADE?
>>CHAD KNAUS TALKING TO THE SPOTTER.
>>THAT’S WAY WAS TALKING ABOUT, THEY’RE REALLY GOING TO BE
PUSHING THIS, THEY’LL TRY TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN.
>>IT LOOKS LIKE AMBROSE IS COMING TO PIT ROAD THIS TIME.
HE’S TRYING TO SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT.
>>THIS IS WHERE IT CAN GET DICEY HERE, IN
THE BREAKING
ZONE.>>ALL OF THE FORDS DECIDED TO
COME TOGETHER.>>AMBROSE, KESELOWSKI, BIFFLE,
LOGANO, BLANEY. DOC?
>>IT WILL BE TWO TIRES FOR LOGANO, TWO TIRES AND 3.5
SECONDS FOR FUEL, TRYING TO GET THE RIGHT-SIDE TIRES ON AND HE
IS AWAY.>>SO, WHAT LOOKED LIKE A
WELL-ORCHESTRATED PLAN OF THE FOUR TEAMS, GET FUEL AND GET
BACK OUT.>>IF THEY CAN DO THIS EARLY,
SINCE THEY WERE TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE PACK, THEY MAY BE ABLE TO
BREAK AWAY A LITTLE BIT OR AT LEAST BE IN FRONT OF THIS GROUP.
>>NEXT LAP, HERE COMES THE LEADER.
OH, KEVIN HARVICK, WITH SOME CONTACT IN THE BACK OF THE PACK,
SPUN AROUND!>>AFTER 43, YOU’RE CLEAR.
>>DAVE?>>TALKING FUEL ONLY FOR JIMMIE
JOHNSON. BUT HE’LL GET A CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT THE CAR WAS TOO LOOSE.
>>FUEL ONLY FOR DANICA. SO THOSE CARS COME UP TO SPEED.
HERE COME THE OTHER LEADERS. GOT ONE SPINNING ON THE APRON OF
ONE AND TWO COMING A YOU HAVE THE PIT LANE TRYING TO GET UP TO
SPEED. CAUTION IS OUT.
CAUTION IS OUT! KYLE LARSON SPUN COMING OFF THE
PIT LANE AND THE YELLOW FLAG IS OUT BEFORE ALL OF THE GREEN FLAG
PIT STOPS HAVE BEEN FINISHED. SO, YELLOW WITH 13 LAPS TO GO.
AND WATCH LARSON HERE, AS HE’S A PART OF THIS GROUP.
>>A LOT GOING ON DURING THAT.>>IT LOOKED LIKE THE 7 OF
MICHAEL ANNETT GOT INTO THE BACK OF KEVIN HARVICK.
>>ONE THING THAT HAPPENED RIGHT THERE, DANICA SLOWED EVERYONE
DOWN. IT JAMMED EVERYBODY UP.
>>NOW, THIS IS GOING BACK OFF THE PIT LANE, OFF THE APRON OF
THE TRACK.>>THE REAL FLAT OF THE TRACK
THERE, HE HAD SOMEONE TO HIS OUTSIDE AND COULDN’T GET OUT
THERE WITH THE LITTLE BIT OF BANKING.
>>SO, THE ONLY ONE OF THE LEAD LAP CARS THAT DIDN’T PIT IS JEFF
GORDON. IN A NORMAL OVAL TRACK RACE, YOU
WOULD SAY, BOY, THAT’S A DISASTER, HE’S ON THE LEAD LAP.
>>THAT’S NOT WHAT WE NEEDED. I WAS AFRAID YOU WERE GOING TO
SAY THAT.>>A BIG BREAK FOR RYAN NEWMAN
AND A COUPLE OF CARS ON PIT ROAD WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT, THE
FIELD SLOWED DOWN, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET POSITIONS ON THEM.
>>YEAH, GOT A LOT OF TRACK POSITION.
>>YES, A LOT OF POSITION.>>JEFF GORDON IS GOING TO PIT
HERE WITH THE LEAD. AND AGAIN, THAT’S WHERE HE’S
BEEN RUNNING ANYWAY.>>I DON’T SEE ANY PROBLEM WITH
HIM DOING THIS. THEY’LL GET PLENTY OF FUEL IN
CASE THERE’S GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED.
>>SO, YELLOW OUT FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN THE RACE HERE AT
TALLADEGA.>>THOSE ON PIT ROAD WITH THE CAUTION, THAT WAS A BIG BREAK.
>>SO PIT ROAD IS OPEN HERE. AND IT WILL BE A LONELY SIGHT.
AUSTIN DILLON IS GOING TO GET A SPEEDING PENALTY FOR HIS
GREEN-FLAG PIT STOP AND JOOMIE HERE COMES JEFF GORDON.
>>ALAN GUSTAFSON SAID WE’RE GOING TO TAKE RIGHT-SIDE TIRES.
THEY DECIDED IT’S GOING TO BE FOUR FRESH TIRES HERE.
ENOUGH FUEL AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO PUT THE TIRES ON AND JEFF
GORDON IS DOWN AND AWAY.>>WHEN THINGS CYCLE OUT HERE,
RYAN NEWMAN IS GOING TO BE LEADER OF THIS RACE ON THIS
RESTART BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT A MINUTE AGO AND
IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY INTERESTING NINE OR EIGHT-LAP
SCRAM TO BELIEVE THE FINISH. VINCE?
>>IT’S BEEN AN EVENTFUL FOR DENNY HAMLIN.
THEY HAD TO FIX RIGHT FRONT DAMAGE ON THE PREVIOUS PIT STOP.
COMING IN, FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR DENNY HAMLIN, HE’S TRYING TO
MAKE HIS WAY INTO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE.
FOUR TIRES AND FUEL FOR DENNY.>>ALL RIGHT.
HOW IS IT GOING TO TURN OUT? THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL HERE TO
SEE? WHO WINS AT TALLADEGA?
>>>AS YOU SEE DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART IN GEICO 500 WITH
RYAN NEWMAN NOW THE LEADER OF THIS RACE, AND WE’RE GOING TO GO
AT IT WITH NINE LAPS LEFT IN THE SCHEDULED DISTANCE, HOW MANY OF
THESE POSITIONS IN THAT RIGHT-HAND COLUMN WILL CHANGE IN
THESE FINAL NINE OR SO LAPS.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO
TRANSPIRE FOR THAT. LOT OF POSITIONS ABOUT TO CHANGE
ON THE TRACK.>>THE BIG WEST ONE WHO WINS?
AND HOW DOES THAT CHANGE THE NUMBER OF SPOTS AVAILABLE ON
THAT BUBBLE. LOOKING DOWN ON OUR COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
>>SO, BRAD KESELOWSKI BACK 16th IN LINE FOR THE RESTART WITH
JOEY LOGANO 18th BEHIND HIM. DALE JUNIOR IS 16.
RYAN NEWMAN ENDED UP WITH THE RACE LEAD AS TO WHERE THE
CAUTION FELL.>>WHAT HAPPENED, WHEN THE
CAUTION CAME OUT, EVERYBODY SLOWS DOWN, THEY DON’T HAVE TO
BUILD THEIR SPEED BACK UP AND BLEND BACK IN, THEY FREEZE THEIR
POSITION AS THEY COME OFF PIT ROAD.
SO, IT WAS A BIG BREAK FOR THEM.>>THERE YOU LOOK AT THE RESTART
ORDER. THERE ARE 32 CARS ON THE LEAD
LAP. KEVIN HARVICK GOT THE FREE PASS
TO GET BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AFTER LOSING ONE ON HIS PIT ROAD
SPIN. AND HERE WE GO.
>>REMEMBER, RYAN NEWMAN LOST THE DRAFT AT ONE POINT AND NOW
LEADING AT THE END.>>DALE JUNIOR ON THE INSIDE
TRYING TO MAKE A BIG MOVE.>>GOT TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
>>WINNING IS THE ONLY THING RIGHT NOW THAT’S GOING TO MATTER
TO HIM, ALONG WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>WATCH MATT KENSETH, THERE, IN THE MIDDLE.
GET HIT THAT HARD IT’S OUT OF YOUR HANDS.
>>NEWMAN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH LANE TO BLOCK.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WITH A RUN TO THE OUTSIDE.
>>BETTER BLOCK THAT 48.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI WITH HIM,
JOEY LOGANO TOOK TO THE DRAFT ALSO.
DAVID RAGAN LOW, 4, LANDON CASSILL MIDDLE LANE 40.
JEFF GORDON TRYING TO MAKE MOVES, HE’S UP TO 16th PLACE.
CARL EDWARDS STILL DRIVING AROUND.
IN 30th. DENNY HAMLIN, 27th.
>>FOUR WIDE.>>NEWMAN DOESN’T HAVE TO WIN
THIS RACE TO ADVANCE, HE JUST NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE
HERE, HIS BEST SHOT AT DOING THAT IS UP HERE IN FRONT.
>>HE WOULD LIKE TO WIN.>>IF HE GETS SHUFFLED OUT, IT
MIGHT NOT BE JUST ONE, TWO SPOTS THAT HE LOSES.
. JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADS THAT LAP.
>>OH –>>UH-OH.
>>I THINK THAT WAS CLINT BOWYER FORCING HIS WAY IN THERE.
>>REMEMBER CHICAGOLAND.>>MAKING THAT MOVE HE GOT AWAY
FROM THE 22, BUT THAT’S WHERE HE HAD TO GO TO GET TO THE FRONT.
>>INSIDE LANE BEHIND NEWMAN. HOPING HE CAN SHUFFLE JIMMIE
JOHNSON BACK AND HAVE A SHOT AT RACING NEWMAN FOR THE WIN.
HERE COMES KESELOWSKI LOOKING LOW.
>>HE HAD TO BLOCK JIMMIE JOHNSON THERE.
THAT’S WHO HE HAS TO KEEP FROM WINNING THIS RACE TO HAVE HIS
SHOT AT IT.>>FIVE TO GO.
BOWYER TO THE INSIDE.>>TREVOR BAYNE GETTING KNOCKED
AROUND A LITTLE BIT, HANGS ON TO IT.
FOUR WIDE. WOW, JIMMIE JOHNSON, MADE AN
AGGRESSIVE MOVE THERE.>>HERE COMES LOGANO, THE 2 CAR
NOW.>>CAUTION FLAG OUT.
AND WE’RE NOT DONE YET.>>WOW.
ONE OF NASCAR SPOTTERS IN THE CORNERS HAS REPORTED A PIECE OF
DEBRIS ON THAT YELLOW LINE IN ONE OF THE CORNERS, APOLOGIZED
FOR NOT PICKING UP ALL OF THE RADIO TRANSMISSION.
A LITTLE GOING ON THERE.>>WOW.
>>YELLOW FLAG NUMBER FIVE AND I SAY EVERYONE GETS TO CATCH THEIR
BREATH, BUT WHAT THEY GET TO DO IS REGROUP AND HOW TO MAKE IT
RIGHT.>>THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SORT
OUT WHAT POSITION EVERYONE WAS IN WITH THAT CAUTION.
>>REMEMBER, THERE’S SOMETHING ON JOEY LOGANO’S CAR, THAT’S A
PIECE OF METAL.>>THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR LOGANO.
>>SEE IF YOU CAN CYCLE OFF THE PIECE OF DEBRIS SOMEWHERE.
>>REMEMBER THAT THE WAY THE SCORING SYSTEM WORKS THAT AT THE
MOMENT THE CAUTION IS CALLED, THE RACE DIRECTOR, THE MANAGING
EVENT RACE DIRECTOR PRESSES THE BUTTON THAT TRIGGERS THE
COMPUTER SYSTEM, THE MOMENT THAT EACH CAR CROSSED THE LAST
SCORING MOVE ON THE RACETRACK IS THE ONE THAT DETERMINES THEIR
RUNNING POSITION, THAT RUNNING POSITION ALREADY BEEN CALLED OUT
TO THE SPOTTERS SO THEY KNOW HOW TO ALIGN THEIR DRIVERS.
OF COURSE ON THE LAST LAP AFTER THE WHITE FLAG WAVES THEY GO
BACK TO VIDEO REPLAYS AND SO ON TO DETERMINE WHERE EVERYONE WAS
THE INSTANT THE CAUTION WAS CALLED.
WHICH MIGHT COME INTO PLAY JUST YET.
DESPERATE TIMES FOR THREE DRIVERS THAT JUST NEED TO WIN
THIS RACE TO STAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND THIS ONE, JIMMIE
JOHNSON.>>THAT 22 SAID ON THE RADIO
MULTIPLE TIMES HE’S NOT GOING TO HELP YOU.
NOT A LOT OF HELP UP HERE. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO YOUR
BEST. YOU’RE DOING AN AWESOME JOB.
I’M REALLY PROUD OF YOU.>>CHECK DOWNSTAIRS IN THE
QUICKEN LOANS ESPN PIT STUDIO.>>I WAS JUST CHECKING MY HEART
RATE DOWN HERE. WOW.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE END.
IT’S REALLY INTERESTING THE POSITION THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON IS
IN RIGHT NOW HAVING ABSOLUTELY NO HELP.
WHEN HE LOOKS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON IS TAKING IT TO A NEW LEVEL.
BRAD KESELOWSKI ARE STRIVING HARDER THAN I HAVE SEEN IN MY
LIFE. THE GUY THAT WAS MAKING ME
NERVOUS WAS LANDON CASSILL. HE GOT THEM BOXED UP A LITTLE
BIT.>>HE AND TREVOR BAYNE AS WELL.
RYAN NEWMAN IS NOT GOING TO GIVE UP.
HE’S SCRATCHING AND CLAWING TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH LANE
TO TAKE.>>HOW HARD IS HE TO PASS?
>>HARDER TO PASS THAN A KIDNEY STONE.
>>WHAT DO YOU DO ON THIS LAST RESTART?
>>YOU GOT TO BLOCK, BLOCK, BLOCK.
THE BEST GUY IN THE BEST POSITION RIGHT NOW IS BRAD
KESELOWSKI BECAUSE HE HAS HIS TEAMMATE JOEY LOGANO BEHIND.
KESELOWSKI HAS TO LOVE THE POSITION HE’S IN RIGHT NOW,
LOOKING IN HIS REARVIEW MIRROR KNOWING THAT HIS TEAMMATE IS
RIGHT THERE WITH HIM. WE HAVE HEARD BEFORE, LOGANO I’M
NOT MOVING OFF YOUR BUMPER. THE RESTART.
WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>IT’S JUST AN INTERESTING MIX,
BECAUSE MARTIN TRUEX JR. JUST LED THE FIRST LAP OF THE YEAR,
HE’S UP THERE IN FIFTH, OBVIOUSLY, HASN’T WON A RACE,
CLINT BOWYER HASN’T WON A RACE. KURT BUSCH HASN’T WON A RACE
SINCE MARTINSVILLE EARLIER THIS YEAR.
>>ALL BETS ARE OFF. RIGHT NOW, YOU’RE TRYING TO GET
TO THAT CHECKERED FLAG FIRST. CLINT BOWYER HAS BEEN
AGGRESSIVE. MARTIN TRUEX JR. HAS HAD A GREAT
YEAR. RYAN NEWMAN GREAT WIN, NEEDS ONE
RIGHT NOW.>>ALLEN?
AT THE VERY LEAST, NICOLE, IT’S GOING TO BE A SPELL BINDING
COUPLE OF LAPS. ONE TO GO SINGLE HERE.
WE’LL GO A LAP OVER THE SCHEDULED DISTANCE, SO THIS IS
THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT A GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED.
LET’S CHECK DOWN ON PIT ROAD, DAVE.
>>PAUL WOLFE WATCHING OVER KESELOWSKI’S ACTIVITIES HERE.
PAUL?>>HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB ALL DAY
AND THE WHOLE TEAM ALL WEEKEND ON THIS RED FORD.
WE NEED TO ASK FOR A SHOT COMING DOWN TO THE EDGE.
WE’RE IN A POSITION RIGHT NOW IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO HELPS WHO AND
WHAT LINES GO. WE KNOW THAT HE’S REALLY GOOD AT
THIS.>>REMEMBER, HE HAS ONE TEAMMATE
OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP HIM FOR SURE.
>>RYAN NEWMAN MADE A GOOD DECISION BY TAKING THE BOTTOM ON
THIS RESTART AS THE LEADER. IF HE HADN’T DO THAT, HE WOULD
HAVE HAD THE TWO TEAMMATES LINED UP ON THE INSIDE.
GOOD WAY TO SPLIT THEM UP.>>THE LAST FOUR TIMES HERE, THE
LEADER AT THE SCHEDULED DISTANCE WAS NOT THE WINNER WHO TOOK HOME
THE TROPHY. VINCE?
>>WITH LUKE LAMBERT THE CREW CHIEF FOR RYAN NEWMAN, SOME
DISCUSSION WHICH PLANE HE WAS GOING TO TAKE.
>>THE BOTTOM IS SAFER. IT PUTS YOU RIGHT ON THE LINE.
>>HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ON THIS FINAL RESTART.
>>OBVIOUSLY THE 22 IS BEHIND US.
HE’S NOT GOING TO NECESSARILY WANT TO PUSH US BY THE TWO.
>>ALLEN.>>VINCE, THANKS.
YOU HAVE HEARD FROM KESELOWSKI’S TEAM.
DALE JUNIOR IS ALL OF THE WAY BACK TO 16th FOR THE RESTART AND
THERE’S JIMMIE JOHNSON IN FOURTH.
>>THE 5, THE 99, THE 11, THE 20, THOSE GUYS AREN’T GOING TO
DO US ANY GOOD. 78, 15, 41, 21, THOSE GUYS ARE
GOING TO BE AGGRESSIVE. 78, 15, 41, 21.
>>D.J. AND ANDY, YOU HAVE BEEN MAKING HAND SIGNALS UP HERE.
>>ARE THEY ABLE TO GET TOGETHER QUICKLY AND DOES JIMMIE JOHNSON
GET ANY HELP HERE? RYAN NEWMAN REALLY CAN’T TAKE
TOO MANY CHANCES. AS BAD AS HE WANTS TO WIN THIS,
HE HAS TO FINISH WITH NO TROUBLE.
>>IF THE LEADER GETS BACK TO THE WHITE FLAG, THE NEXT FLAG
ENDS THE RACE, BE IT CAUTION OR WHITE.
HERE WE GO! NOT SURE IF THE 21 OF TREVOR
BAYNE PULLED OUT OF LINE TOO QUICKLY THERE, WE’LL SEE.
>>JIMMIE JOHNSON BEING SHUFFLED ON THE OUTSIDE.
TALK ABOUT NO HELP.>>HE’S GOING TO NEED ANOTHER
GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED TO HAVE A CHANCE.
>>KASEY KAHNE GETS TO HIS BACK BUMPER THERE.
>>TROUBLE!>>JUNIOR IS IN THIS THAT.
>>DAVID GILLILAND, MICHAEL ANNETT, PAUL MENARD AND DALE
EARNHARDT JR.>>SO, CAUTION OUT HALF A LAP
INTO THE GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED. MENTIONED DALE EARNHARDT JR.
RESTARTING BACK IN 16th PLACE, IT WENT WRONG FOR HIM BEFORE HE
GOT TO TURN THREE.>>WELL, LET’S SEE IF WE CAN SEE
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE BACKSTRETCH THAT LED TO ALL THIS.
>>THIS IS GREG BIFFLE JUST INSIDE OF DALE EARNHARDT JR.,
LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO TRY TO MAKE IT FOUR WIDE.
THAT’S WHAT SET IT OFF.>>JUST LOOKING TO SEE CARL
EDWARDS AND JEFF GORDON THERE. AND THE MERE FACT THAT JUNIOR’S
CAR TURNED BACK THE OTHER WAY AND SPUN TO THE OUTSIDE.
>>I’M WONDER IF THE 38 GOT INTO THE BACK OF 16 THERE, BIFFLE’S
CAR REALLY VEERED TO THE RIGHT.>>TWO INSIDE.
TWO INSIDE.>>YOU CAN SEE FROM THAT ANGLE
THAT THE 38 DID GET INTO THE BACK OF THE 16 AND AS HE WAS
TRYING TO CHANGE LANES A LITTLE BIT, HE WAS SENT OVER INTO THE
88.>>CARL EDWARDS GET THROUGH
THAT? LOOK AT THAT.
>>WOW.>>KYLE LARSON.
>>WELL, JUNIOR KNEW THAT HE HAD TO MOST LIKELY WIN THIS RACE TO
ADVANCE AND CONTINUE ON IN HIS CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES.
AND NOW HE’S BEEN PUT IN AN ALMOST-IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
BECAUSE HE’S GOING TO BE AT THE END OF THE LINE WITH DAMAGED
RACE CAR AND JUST TWO LAPS LEFT. JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>WE’RE GOING TO RUN OUT IF WE GO GREEN IN THREE LAPS.
SO, YOU MAKE THE CALL.>>THEY HAVE KIND OF TIME IT OUT
TO GET ON/OFF.>>JIMMIE SHUFFLED BACK TO 15th.
IN ALL THE KNOCKING AROUND ON THE RESTART THERE.
AND IF HE PIS AND A LOT OF OTHERS DON’T, IT WILL SHUFFLE
HIM BACK TO 30th.>>THAT TAKES YOU COMPLETELY OUT
OF IT.>>YOU CAN SEE IT, ON TOP OF THE
SCREEN THERE, THINGS AND DRIVERS AND OTHERS HAVE POSITIONED
DIFFERENTLY. INSIDE THE TOP EIGHT.
KASEY KAHNE SITTING IN 16th. IF HE CAN PASS ONE CAR IT WILL
PUT HIM AHEAD OF HIM. NOT MUCH KYLE BUSCH CAN DO ABOUT
THAT EXCEPT SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT.
HE’LL HAVE A GOOD SEAT FOR IT. PRETTY WELL SEALED THE FATE FOR
DALE EARNHARDT JR., HE WON’T MAKE IT PAST THIS ROUND.
>>WHEN HE VISITED WITH US TODAY, HE TALKED ABOUT HOW
AGGRESSIVE HE NEEDED TO BE AND HOW AT EASE HE WAS, HE WAS
AGGRESSIVE EARLY IN THIS RACE AND DRIVING THE WHEELS OFF OF
THAT THING IN TRYING TO STAY UP FRONT.
IT LOOKED LIKE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE THE
PERFORMANCE OF THE CAR FELL OFF AND HE COULDN’T STAY AT THE
FRONT OF THE RACE.>>HIS CAR WAS A LITTLE TOO
FREE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET OUT OF
THROTTLE, YOU CAN’T BE AGGRESSIVE WITH THESE CARS IN
THE DRAFT. TO MAKE THAT LITTLE EXTRA LITTLE
MOVE YOU NEED TO MAKE.>>SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO TAKE IT
AND TURN IT STRAIGHT LEFT TO GET TO A POINT WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO
GET SOME HELP F THAT CAR IS LOOSE, THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN
DO.>>SO, THEY CLEAN UP THE DEBRIS.
WE’LL LINE THEM UP AGAIN FOR THE SECOND ATTEMPT AT THE
GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED. PUSHING PAUL MENARD’S CAR TO THE
GARAGE WORKING ON DALE JUNIOR’S CAR.
VINCE?>>RICK, CERTAINLY FRUSTRATING
FOR JUNIOR, BUT OTHERS IN THE MIX AS WELL WITH JIMMIE AND
KASEY STILL THERE, JEFF AS WELL, THE INITIAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT
HAPPENED WITH JUNIOR THERE?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST
TALLADEGA. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN UP FRONT
ALL DAY, I DON’T KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING TO END UP, THIS IS
GOING TO BE A CRAZY FINISH. JUST — YOU JUST CAN’T AVOID IT
DOWN HERE WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING THAT CLOSE TOGETHER.
IT’S JUST, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU HAVE TO GET USED TO IT AND MOVE
ON.>>YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT
OF TALLADEGAS, HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT DOWN THE STRETCH?
>>WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST GOT TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN, YOU
KNOW, THE 48 HAS LED THE MOST LAPS TODAY.
JUNIOR HAS BEEN GOOD. YOU KNOW, THE 5 WAS UP THERE IN
THE TOP FIVE AND I JUST HOPE THAT JEFF CAN MAKE IT THROUGH,
WE’LL SEE, IT’S GOING TO BE A WILD FINISH.
>>NERVE-WRACKING TIME FOR RICK.>>I WANT YOU TO GO AND LOOK
AGAIN JEFF GORDON, WATCH HOW CLOSE THIS GAME WHEN DALE KERN
HART JR.’S CAR STARTED TO COME INTO THE PACK, TURNED AROUND TO
THE RIGHT, YOU HAVE CARL EDWARDS, DENNY HAMLIN AND JIMMIE
JOHNSON, HOW CLOSE IT CAME TO BEING A DSASTER FOR THEM?
>>YEAH. AND
SOMEHOW AS MENARD CAME BACK
ACROSS THE TRACK, EDWARDS MISSED HIM, TOO.
>>HE DID A GREAT JOB OF AVOIDING THAT.
HE DOES EVERYTHING YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO.
CARL EDWARDS, A GREAT JOB.>>SO, THEY’RE DOUBLED UP FOR
THE RESTART, THIS TIME BRAD KESELOWSKI WAS THE CONTROL CAR
AS BEING IN FRONT OF RYAN NEWMAN FOR THE RESTART, SO THAT CHANGES
A CRITICAL ELEMENT HERE.>>THE TEAMMATES GET TO BE THERE
RIGHT THERE TOGETHER.>>SO HE CHOOSES THE OUTSIDE
LANE. THERE ARE STILL 32 CARS ON THE
LEAD LAP. AND AGAIN, WE’LL GO WITH TWO
LAPS TO GO. THE SECOND ATTEMPT AT A
GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED. IF THEY GET BACK TO THE WHITE
FLAG AND THE NEXT FLAG ENDS IT BE IT CAUTION OR OTHERWISE.
12K3W4R TO GET HIM OUT FRONT AND LET HIM HANDLE WHEREVER HE WANTS
TO GO FROM THAT POINT.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON DOWN ON THE
APRON TRYING TO SAVE FUEL. SO JOHNSON NEEDS TO WIN.
HE’S BACK IN NINTH PLACE FOR THE RESTART.
KESELOWSKI NEEDS TO WIN. THOUGH MIGHT SQUEAK IN ON
POINTS. MIGHT.
NOT LIKELY, THOUGH, HE PROBABLY JUST NEEDS TO WIN THE RACE TO BE
SURE. AND KYLE BUSCH’S FATE HANGS ON
HOW MANY POSITIONS CHANGE HANDS HERE IN THESE LAST TWO LAPS.
HE MIGHT SNEAK IN, HE MIGHT BE LEFT OUT.
WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT.>>LOGANO TIMED THAT PER PRETTY
PERFECTLY TO BE RIGHT ON THE BUMPER OF THE 2.
>>OH, TROUBLE, TREVOR BAYNE!>>IT LOOKED LIKE MAYBE OFF THE
NOSE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON. WE STAY UNDER GREEN.
BUT FOR HOW LONG? KESELOWSKI’S CLEAR OF NEWMAN.
NOW KEVIN HARVICK MAKES A RUN TO THE OUTSIDE LANE, MATT KENSETH
WAS PUSHING HIM. LOGANO TO BLOCK.
>>TEAMMATE OUT THERE ALL ALONE, THOUGH.
>>TO THE WHITE FLAG. RYAN NEWMAN ON THE OUTSIDE OF
KESELOWSKI. NEWMAN LEADS.
WHO LEADS AT THE NEXT ONE?>>YOU GOT TO GET BACK TO THE
FRONT. IF A CAUTION COMES OUT YOU WOULD
BE OUT OF LUCK. KESELOWSKI REALLY DOESN’T HAVE
THE HELP THAT HE’S GOING TO NEED TO WIN THIS RACE.
>>AND HE MUST WIN IT.>>HE’S IN GOOD SHAPE NOW
BECAUSE NEWMAN HAS NO PUSH.>>HERE COMES LANDON CASSILL
BEHIND MATT KENSETH, BEHIND BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>WATCH KENSETH, HE CAN STILL MAKE A MOVE.
>>LANDON CASSILL TO THE OUTSIDE, THE SPRINT TO THE
CHECKERED FLAG — WHO WINS? BRAD KESELOWSKI WINS IT AT
TALLADEGA!>>ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY HAVE TO
WIN A RACE AND YOU GET IT DONE THAT HAS TO FEEL UNBELIEVABLY
GOOD.>>I HAVE SAID IT A NUMBER OF
TIMES, YOU BACK THESE DRIVERS INTO CORNERS IT’S AMAZING TO SEE
THE EXTRAORDINARY THINGS THEY CAN DO AND BRAD KESELOWSKI
WASN’T GOING TO BE DENIED TODAY.>>THIS MAY BE ONE OF HIS
BIGGEST WINS, EVER.>>YOU SAW KASEY KAHNE DO THIS
AT ATLANTA, HAD TO WIN TO MAKE THE CHASE, THE INITIAL ROUND OF
THE CHASE AND HE DID IT. IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR HIM.
THIS IS BIG.>>THAT WAS QUITE DRIVE
KESELOWSKI, THEY WERE THREE WIDE BEHIND HIM.
WHO DO YOU NEED TO BLOCK?>>HE BLOCKED THEM ALL.
>>YES, HE DID.>>I REALLY THOUGHT HE WAS OUT
OF LUCK ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY BECAUSE HE DIDN’T REALLY HAVE
THE CAR THERE TO PUSH THEM.>>NASCAR IS CHECKING THE POE
TOE FINISH. TO DOUBLE-CHECK WHO’S ELIMINATED
AND WHO ADVANCES. KESELOWSKI WINNING, HE’LL MOVE
ON. WE CAN PRETTY WELL CONFIRM THAT
BOTH JIMMIE JOHNSON AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. WILL BE ELIMINATED
BY NOT WINNING THIS ONE. THE SPOILER ANGLE CHECKED DOWN
AT THE ENTRANCE TO PIT ROAD WHERE ALL OF THE CARS HAVE TO
GO. YOU TALKED ABOUT SOME DESPERATE
RACING FOR THE LEAD.>>YOU SEE THE DAMAGE ON THE
RIGHT SIDE WHERE HE WAS INVOLVED IN THAT EARLY-RACE ACCIDENT.
HE WAS LUCKY TO NOT GET ANYMORE.>>A HARD HIT INTO HIS DOOR.
>>OUR GOODYEAR SUPERIOR PERFORMER, WHY NOT?
>>SO, I STARTED TO TALK ABOUT THE DESPERATE RACING FOR THE
LEAD ON THAT LAST GREEN/WHITE CHECKERED, WATCH THE MOVES THAT
KESELOWSKI MADE TO TRY TO GET AROUND AND KEEP RYAN NEWMAN
BEHIND HIM.>>NEWMAN MADE A GREAT RUN DOWN
THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY TO GET THE LEAD BACK THERE.
KESELOWSKI WAS CLEAR FOR JUST A MINUTE BUT NEWMAN HAD A RUN.
>>AND THEN MATT KENSETH GOT BEHIND THE 2 BUT KENSETH GOT
UPSET WHEN LANDON CASSILL IN THAT 40 PUSHED HIM HARD COMING
THROUGH AND MATT COULDN’T MAKE A BREAK TO GET THERE.
>>WATCH THE BACK END OF THE 20 HERE, THE WHITE CAR, JUST A
LITTLE UPSET.>>THIS IS IRONIC FOR MATT
KENSETH.>>LANDON CASSILL RIGHT IN THE
MIX, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM TO WIN THIS RACE.
WHAT A GREAT JOB HE DID. TRAVIS KVAPIL UP THERE.
>>WELL, DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR.
>>HE CLIMBS OUT OF THE CAR, FINISHES 31st.
HE FINISHES 31st HERE TODAY, GETTING OUT AND TALKING TO STEVE
LETARTE. TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON
THE RACETRACK. JUNIOR, IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD A
REALLY GOOD CAR, LED SOME LAPS, WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT RESTART
WHEN YOU GOT TURNED?>>I DON’T KNOW.
I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T THINK I CHANGED LANES.
I WAS FOLLOWING HIM ON THE OUTSIDE AND JUST GOT HOOKTD ON
THE QUARTER PANEL. WE GOT — WE HAD A REAL GOOD CAR
TODAY. WE GOT REAL LOOSE ON ONE RUN.
SHUFFLED OUT.>>SHOW YOU WHAT HAPPENED HERE
ON THE RESTART.>>16 MOVED UP.
I THOUGHT I WAS GOING STRAIGHT. I DON’T KNOW IF WE WERE FOUR
WIDE OR WHATEVER THERE. HARD FOR THE SPOTTER TO HELP ME
BACK THERE. WE WENT STRAIGHT THERE.
IT’S JUST HARD RACING. THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES AT THE
END OF THESE RACES. WE WEREN’T IN A GOOD POSITION
THERE AT THE BACK. YEAH, IT LOOKS LIKE HE HOOKED ME
A LITTLE BIT.>>YOU WERE TRYING TO DRAFT UP
THERE WITH THE 27, THE CAR DIDN’T WANT TO SUCK UP, WAS
THERE AN ISSUE WITH THE CAR?>>I’M NOT SURE, REALLY.
WE HAD DIFFERENT THINGS DOING DIFFERENT STUFF AT THE LAST
PROBABLY 60 LAPS OF THE RACE AND SOME GAUGES WEREN’T READING
REALLY GOOD. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WAS TO SAVE
POWER. IT’S SO HARD — ONCE YOU GET
SHUFFLED TO THE BACK, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO MAKE SOME MOVES,
COULDN’T GET ANYTHING TO GET BACK UP.
>>YOU HAD A GREAT YEAR, YOU TALKED ABOUT WHAT A GREAT YEAR
YOU GUYS WERE HAVING, YOU DON’T MOVE ON IN THE CHASE AFTER
TODAY?>>WE’LL JUST TRY TO WIN SOME
MORE RACES FOUR YEARS OUT.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR., YOU CAN
SEE THE EMOTION AND DISAPPOINTMENT.
VINCE?>>DISAPPOINTMENT IN HIS
TEAMMATE’S STALL AS WELL, THE TEAMMATE, 48, JIMMIE JOHNSON.
ULTIMATELY WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE AT THE END?
>>AT THE END, I GUESS NEXT TO LAST RESTART, ASSUMING IT WOULD
BE THE LAST RESTART, I WAS LINED UP IN FOURTH I REALLY FELT LIKE
I PLAYED THINGS OUT IN MY MIND AND IF I PUSHED THE 2 TO THE
LEAD THERE, THERE WASN’T ENOUGH TIME, I THOUGHT MY BEST
OPPORTUNITY WAS TO GET TO HIS OUTSIDE.
I MADE MY MOVE, I GOUT TO HIS OUTSIDE AND I LOOKED IN THE
MIRROR AND I HAD NO FRIENDS. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW HOW THOSE
THINGS ARE GOING TO DEVELOP. YOU KNOW, TODAY, I WANTED TO
ENTER TODAY’S RACE WITH HOUSE MONEY.
WE TRIED OUR BEST. THEY GAVE ME A GREAT LOWE’S
CHEVROLET TODAY. PLAYED WITH HOUSE MONEY AND
LOST.>>SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE
YEARS. WHAT’S THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF
KNOWING THAT’S THE END OF THE RUN FOR YOU THIS YEAR AND YOU
WON’T BE ABLE TO ATTAIN A SEVENTH.
>>THIS YEAR THERE’S DISAPPOINTMENT.
THE DISAPPOINTMENT HAS BEEN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO RIGHT NOW.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE DEALT WITH THAT.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WIN EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE YOU ENTER.
WE WOULD LIKE TO. I HAVE WON SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS.
YOU DON’T WIN A LOT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS.
WE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR, RULES HAVE CHANGED, WE’LL START THIGS
ABOUT 2015 MOVING FORWARD.>>ALWAYS ACTS LIKE A CHAMPION,
JIMMIE JOHNSON. ALLEN?
>>VINCE, THANKS. BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS DRIVEN INTO
VICTORY LANE PRESENTED BY 5-HOUR ENERGY.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THERE ARE A COUPLE OF
DIFFERENT WAYS TO MOVE ON. BUT THAT WAS THE RIGHT WAY, HOW
DID YOU HOLD THEM OFF AT THE END TO DO THAT.
>>FIRST OFF, DAVE, THE RIGHT WAY WASN’T PROBABLY LAST
WEEKEND. AFTER A LOT OF ADVERSITY, I
THINK MAKES THIS WEEKEND MORE SPECIAL.
IT’S BEEN A LONG COUPLE OF WEEKS.
TO WIN TO MAKE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT
THERE WHO AREN’T HAPPY I WON, I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT.
I’M NOT REAL PROUD OF LAST WEEK, BUT I’M VERY PROUD OF TODAY.
THANK YOU TO TEAM PENSKE FOR THIS CAR TODAY, IT WAS FAST, IT
WAS FAST THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, DAVE.
IF WE COULD GET THROUGH A SPEEDWAY RACE WITHOUT A WRECK WE
COULD WIN. IT’S SO SPECIAL, MAN.
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SAY IT.>>YOU TALKED ABOUT THE EMOTION
ON THE COOL-DOWN LAP, BRAD, WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?
>>THESE GUYS
IS WHAT’S GOING THROUGH MY HEART.
TREATED THIS WEEKEND LIKE HOMESTEAD AND THESE GUYS CAN
KEEP IT UP AT THIS LEVEL, WE GOT A SHOT AT IT.
I’M REALLY THANKFUL FOR THAT.>>YOUR BIGGEST WIN OF YOUR
CAREER?>>I DON’T KNOW HOW — MY FIRST
WIN OF MY CAREER WAS HERE, DAVE, THAT WAS REALLY BIG.
AND THIS IS AT LEAST EQUAL AND SPECIAL.
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CARES
ABOUT THIS TEAM. VERY BLESSED.
WE’RE GOING TO THE NEXT ROUND, DAVE.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, THE WINNER, MOVING ON.
>>SO NASCAR HAS FINISHED ITS DOUBLE-CHECK OF THE FINISHING
ORDER AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING.
HERE HOW THE POINTS STAND AND WHO’S GOING ON TO THE ELIMINATOR
ROUND. LOGANO, HARVICK AND KESELOWSKI
WITH THEIR WINS. NEWMAN, DENNY HAMLIN, KENSETHS
ARE, EDWARDS AND GORDON. KAHNE IS OUT, ALONG WITH KYLE
BUSCH, YOU ALREADY HEARD FROM JIMMIE JOHNSON AND DALE
EARNHARDT JR. THERE ARE THE EIGHT DRIVERS WHO
WILL MOVE ON IN THE EMILY NAY OR THE THAT STARTS NEXT SUNDAY
AFTERNOON IN MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA.
MORE COMING UP FROM TALLADEGA.>>>A WANE AT TALLADEGA FOR BRAD
KESELOWSKI, HIS THIRD WIN HERE AT TALLADEGA IN HIS 12th RACE
HERE IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AND HIS SIXTH WIN OF THIS SEASON
AND NONE COMING AT A BETTER TIME THAN THIS ONE THAT GETS HIM INTO
THE THIRD ROUND FOR THE CHASE FOR HIS SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP.
ROGER PENSKE WITH HIS BACK TO YOU THERE.
MAKING HIS WAY DOWN FROM WHERE HE WATCHED THE RACE FROM TO
GREET HIS DRIVER IN VICTORY LANE.
BOTH OF HIS DRIVERS MOVING ON IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
SO, A LOOK AT HOW THEY ENDED UP FINISHING HERE AT TALLADEGA.
>>WHAT GREAT RUN FOR KENSETH TO GET THERE, TO EVEN HAVE A
CHANCE, MOVING ON WITHOUT WINNING A RACE TO THIS POINT.
>>LOT OF GREAT FINISHES FOR TEAMS THAT NEEDED THE THEM.
>>CASEY MEARS WITH A TOP TEN.>>THERE’S KASEY KAHNE IN 12th.
DENNY HAMLIN IN 18th. JIMMIE JOHNSON FINISHED 24th.
JEFF GORDON 26th. EARNHARDT JUNIOR 31st.
AND KYLE BUSCH FINISHED IN 40th PLACE. DOC?
>>JEFF GORDON WILL FINISHED 26th.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT, JEFF, YOU MOVE ON IN THE CHASE, HOW WOULD YOU
DESCRIBE THIS DAY?>>I’M JUST MENTALLY DRAINED
RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, IT’S ALWAYS TOUGH RACING HERE AT TALLADEGA
TRYING TO PUT YOURSELF IN POSITION TO WIN.
WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MUCH ON THE LINE AND YOU KNOW THAT YOUR
CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES ARE RIGHT THERE IN THAT, YOU KNOW, FINAL
MOMENT, IT’S NERVE-WRACKING. I’M PROUD OF THIS TEAM FOR THE
JOB THIS THEY DID. WE FOUGHT HARD THAT A LAST
RESTART. INSIDE LANE DIDN’T GO ANYWHERE.
I WAS JUST SITTING THERE GOING BACKWARDS AND COULDN’T DO A
THING. I’M JUST GLAD WE MADE IT.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR MARTINSVILLE, TEXAS, PHOENIX, ALL GREAT TRACKS
FOR US. THIS TEAM HAS DONE AMAZING WORK
THIS YEAR. AND THESE NEXT THREE ARE WHERE
WE’RE GOING TO REALLY SHINE IT AND SHOW IT.
>>JEFF, THREE TEAMMATES DID NOT MAKE IT, JIMMIE JOHNSON DALE
EARNHARDT JR. AND KASEY KAHNE, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU AS A
TEAM?>>IT’S VERY DIFFICULT, YOU
KNOW, WE KNEW THAT JIMMIE AND JUNIOR WERE IN A TOUGH POSITION,
EITHER ONE OF THOSE GUYS COULD HAVE WON THIS RACE.
KASEY KAHNE I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO RACE HARD ALL DAY, HE WAS IN
AND OUT. I THOUGHT THAT HE WAS GOING TO
MAKE IT. YOU KNOW, WITH KENSETH, WITH
THAT LATE CHARGE THERE, MAY HAVE BEEN THE GAME-CHANGER THERE.
BUT, YEAH, IT’S VERY DIFFICULT, THESE ARE THREE GUYS THAT ARE —
THAT COULD BE MAJOR FACTORS IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP, GREAT TEAMS,
GREAT DRIVERS, AND FRIENDS OF MINE AND I HATE TO SEE THEM NOT
IN THERE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE HENDRICK PROUD AND GO
OUT THERE AND GET OURSELVES TO HOMESTEAD.
>>THE DRIVE FOR FIVE IS STILL ALIVE FOR JEFF GORDON.
>>ANOTHER BIG DAY FOR RYAN NEWMAN N THIS ROUND OF THE
CHASE, SIXTH, SEVENTH AND TODAY FIFTH HERE AT TALLADEGA, WHAT’S
GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE TO FINISH WITH A
GOOD RESULT IN.>>GREAT RESULT, I GUESS, IN THE
END TO MAKE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND.
I THINK TO ME THE NEXT THREE RACES ARE THE ONES THAT ARE THE
MOST IMPORTANT TO WIN. WE’LL KEEP DIGGING.
DON’T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT LAST RESTART.
THE WAY THINGS LINED UP I’M HAPPY TO STAY IN TOP FIVE THERE
IN THE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS.>>MOST IMPORTANTLY STILL ALIVE
IN THAT HUNT FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.>>KASEY KAHNE JUST MISSES THE
CUTOFF BY THREE POINTS, THE ROLLER COSTER YOU’RE IN AND
YOU’RE OUT, DESCRIBE WHAT YOU’RE FEELING, KASEY?
>>TRYING TO GET THE BEST FINISH YOU CAN.
BASICALLY THE RESTART BEFORE, THAL THEY ALL CHECKED UP IN
FRONT OF ME, I WENT HIGH TO GET MOMENTUM AND THAT DIDN’T WORK.
IT DIDN’T WORK. I’M IN 20th.
GOT BACK TO 11th. IT WAS TOUGH IF YOU WEREN’T IN
THE TOP FEW SPOTS, ONCE WE WERE UP THERE EARLY ON, WE WERE
THERE. ONCE I WAS TENTH, EIGHTH, IT WAS
DIFFICULT TO GET BACK TO THAT SPOT.
>>KASEY KAHNE IS OUT OF THE CHASE MOVING FORWARD.
>>SIX RACES DOWN, FOUR TO GO. AND WE’RE ON NEXT TO
MARTINSVILLE TO START THE ELIMINATOR ROUND OF THE CHASE.
>>I LOVE THIS NEXT ROUND, HOW DIFFERENT THESE THREE TRACKS
ARE.>>MARTINSVILLE, TEXAS, PHOENIX,
JOIN US A AT THE TRACK AND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE IN
MIAMI. HOW IS YOUR GRID LOOKING NOW?
IF YOU HAD BRAD KESELOWSKI MAKING IT ON, THEN YOUR GRID’S
LOOKING PRETTY GOOD.>>>WHAT A DAY IT HAS BEEN AT
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY. BRAD KESELOWSKI MUST WIN AND
THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID, ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATING SOME
DRIVERS.>>KYLE BUSCH, HE HAD BEEN SO
CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THIS CHASE FORMAT.
I THOUGHT FOR SURE HE WOULD BE IN THE MIX TO WIN A
CHAMPIONSHIP. HE’S GONE.
>>FOR ME, IT’S GOT TO BE BRAD KESELOWSKI, THE GUY IS DOWN AND
OUT. HE DROVE HIS HEART OUT.
WHAT ABOUT CARL EDWARDS? FANTASTIC JOB OUT OF CARL.
HE’S IN TOP EIGHT. HE’S LOOKING GOOD.
THESE GUYS HAVE HAD UP AND DOWN YEARS.
CARL, HE STAYED STEADY, HE MADE IT IN AND HE’S LOOKING GOOD.
>>WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS ROUND, YOU CAN HAVE A MISTAKE,
ALLEN, YOU CAN MAKE UP FOR IT BY GETTING INTO VICTORY LANE
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI GETTING CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE NASCAR
PRESENT BRAD HELTON. EVERYTHING WE HAVE SEEN IN THESE
LAST THREE RACES, THE RUMBLE LAST WEEK AT CHARLOTTE I’LL CALL
IT, THE RUMBLE ON THE RACETRACK TODAY.
NOW WE LOOK AHEAD TO NEXT THREE, MARTINSVILLE, THE EXSAS,
PHOENIX, WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING TO SEE.
>>HARD RACING. .
WHO’S GOING STEP UP? THIS WHOLES CHASE WAS DESIGNED
ABOUT WINNING. I THINK YOU LOOK AT NEXT WEEK,
YOU GOT TO THINK THERE ARE SOME DRIVERS THAT CERTAINLY DO IT
THERE. PENSKE CARS, THAT WILL A REAL
OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM.>>NEXT WEEK, MARTINSVILLE, JEFF
GORDON, IT A WINS THERE. THIS NEXT ROUND PLAYS INTO HIM.
IT’S ABOUT WINNING NOW. NARROWED DOWN TO EIGHT GUYS.
YOU’LL HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WIN RACES TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>AFTER A WILD RACE HERE AT TALLADEGA HEADLINED BY BRAD
KESELOWSKI WINNING, TO MOVE FROM OUTSIDE THE CHASE TO IN AND
CONTINUE HIS HOPES FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.>>>WHAT WILL WE SEE IN THE
FINAL THREE? IF IT’S ANYTHING LIKE THESE LAST
THREE IT’S GOING TO BE A WHOLE LOT OF FUN TO WATCH.
CLUTCH PERFORMANCE TODAY FROM BRAD KESELOWSKI AND MORE
COVERAGE COMING UP ON “SPORTSCENTER” NEXT.
HE CAME TO TALLADEGA NEEDING TO WIN TO GET IN AND BRAD DID JUST
THAT.

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