Bowyer edges Burton in Dega thriller
Clint Bowyer has defeated team-mate Jeff Burton to score Richard Childress Racing’s 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup race victory.
In typical Talladega fashion, Bowyer edged Burton to the line by just 0..018s, having pushed his team-mate clear of the pack before making his winning move in the tri-oval on the final tour.
“He (Burton) kind of moved up off of Turn 4, and I knew it was too early to go, but it was going to be a drag race, and it would give us both a shot at it,” said Bowyer.
“He worked so well with me all day long. You hate that it comes down to that, but it is what it is, and you owe it to your team and your sponsors to go out and win the race.”
Dave Blaney took a surprise third, while Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 10.
Australian Marcos Ambrose finished in 19th position. The #9 Ford Fusion ran near the front throughout the race, but after receiving damage in a late race incident, the former V8 Supercars Champion had to fight his way back from 28th to 19th on the last two laps of green flag racing.
“Man that was tough,” said Ambrose of the race.
“I am disappointed with the result but with everything that was going on out there and with as much stuff as happened, I am pretty thankful that we were just able to cross the finish line at the end.”
Carl Edwards now enjoys a 14 point lead in the championship standings over team-mate Matt Kenseth with just four races remaining.
See below for the full race result
|1||3||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Chevy 100 Years||47/4||188||Running|
|3||41||Dave Blaney||Chevrolet||Golden Corral||42/1||188||Running|
|4||16||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Miller Lite||41/1||188||Running|
|5||30||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull||40/1||188||Running|
|6||26||Kasey Kahne||Toyota||Red Bull||39/1||188||Running|
|7||12||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||El Monterey / Office Depot||39/2||188||Running|
|8||31||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office||36/0||188||Running|
|9||23||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||Aaron’s Dream Machine||36/1||188||Running|
|10||37||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA Auto Parts||34/0||188||Running|
|12||7||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Serta / Menards||32/0||188||Running|
|13||36||David Reutimann||Toyota||Aaron’s Dream Machine||31/0||188||Running|
|14||18||Greg Biffle||Ford||3M / O’Reilly Auto Parts||31/1||188||Running|
|16||38||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||Phoenix Construction||0||188||Running|
|18||11||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Jeremiah Weed Southern Style||27/1||188||Running|
|21||17||Travis Kvapil||Ford||Long John Silver’s||0||188||Running|
|22||40||David Gilliland||Ford||World Hunger Relief||22/0||188||Running|
|24||35||Joey Logano||Toyota||The Home Depot||20/0||188||Running|
|25||6||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Diet Mountain Dew||20/1||188||Running|
|27||5||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Drive to End Hunger||18/1||188||Running|
|28||8||David Ragan||Ford||UPS My Choice||17/1||188||Running|
|29||39||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker||16/1||184||Running|
|30||22||Regan Smith||Chevrolet||Furniture Row Companies||14/0||180||Accident|
|31||24||A.J. Allmendinger||Ford||Best Buy||13/0||179||Running|
|32||13||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Jimmy John’s Gourmet||13/1||179||Running|
|33||34||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M’s Halloween||12/1||175||Running|
|34||32||Terry Labonte||Ford||C&J Energy||10/0||175||Running|
|35||21||Bobby Labonte||Toyota||Scott Products||9/0||173||Accident|
|36||14||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Shell / Pennzoil||9/1||173||Accident|
|37||43||Robby Gordon||Dodge||Speed Energy / Mapei / Menards||8/1||173||Rear Gear|
|38||10||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||U.S. Army||7/1||172||Running|
|39||33||Andy Lally *||Ford||TRG Motorsports||6/1||162||Accident|
|40||29||Michael McDowell||Toyota||HP Racing LLC||4/0||6||Clutch|
|41||27||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||AMFMEnergy.com||0||4||Rear Gear|