Matt Kenseth Emerges in Wild Talladega Finish
Sunday, 07 October 2012 21:42

Matt Kenseth pulled away for the win as the “Big One” broke out behind him on the final lap of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kenseth, who led eight times for 33 laps wrestled the lead from Tony Stewart exiting turn four on the final lap.  Stewart then collided with  Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 Toyota which began a multi-car melee on the front stretch.

Stewart’s No. 14 went airborne in the crash that collected Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer.

“We just decided the fans pay a lot of money to watch us race,” said Kenseth.  “These guys (on the team) pay me to drive the race car fast, so we just go out and race hard every lap.”

Jeff Gordon avoided the last lap mayhem to finish second.  “If I’m a fan, I would love that,” Gordon said. “I think it is incredibly intense. It’s wild, it’s crazy. That literally is bumper cars at almost 200 miles per hour.”

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by David Ragan, Regan Smith, Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton.

Keselowski extended his point lead to 14 markers over Jimmie Johnson with Denny Hamlin 23 behind in third.

The only night race of the Chase is scheduled for next Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.