Wrecks kept to a minimum
by LaVonte Young
TALLADEGA — The “Big One” really wasn’t a factor on Sunday in the Aaron’s 499.

Only four wrecks occurred Sunday and none of them took out big packs of cars like fans are accustomed to seeing at Talladega.

Jeff Gordon said that he was surprised there were not more accidents in the Aaron’s 499.

“I’m surprised there were not more incidents then it was cautions with four of five to go, because I was expecting it,” Gordon said. “Even though we are in two-car groups, at the end of the race, we are actually in packs of them. You know and they might stretch out a bit on the restarts, but then it seems like they come back together. It’s just as easy to me to have a Big One now as ever in the closing laps.”

The last incident of the occurred with 12 laps remaining in the race. Ryan Newman, driver of the U.S. Army Chevrolet spun out on the back stretch. The day could have ended early for Newman, but he saved his car twice getting into a wreck.

“If there were a category for saves of the day, I think we’d be the only one that had two,” Newman said. “But it’s just disappointing obviously, because we had a good car. The No. 11 Hamlin and I were just bidding our time and we just decided to go and I got loose and it’s just the way it works. I just got loose underneath the No. 33 (Clint Bowyer) and who ever hit me straightened me out. That helped, but it knocked my fender into the tire and that ended up shorting up our day.”

Last week’s winner in Texas Matt Kenseth was caught in a wreck which caused the fourth caution.

“ I was just following Kurt and we were going straight on the bottom and next thing I knew I was head-on into the wall, so I really don’t know what happened,” Kenseth said. “Obviously, somebody got into my right-rear and got us up into the wall. but I don’t know.”

A wreck on Lap 90 collected Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Brad Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose and David Ragan caused the second caution of the day.

Bayne, the winner of the Daytona 500 was disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to finish the race.

“I was excited about it because anytime Greg (Biffle) and I wanted to go, we would go to the front,” said Bayne. “We led some laps there. We hung out in the back when we wanted to. I thought we were kind of out of harms way back there, but obviously we weren’t far enough back out of it.”

Kasey Kahne, driver the Red Bull car caught on fire as a result of the wreck.

“I saw the 6 (David Ragan) car blow up and then the cars wrecked in front of him,” Kahne said. “There should’ve been a caution coming for the 6 blowing up and then other guys started wrecking in front of him. I have no idea why they wrecked. It’s just the way it went. I saw (Brad Keselowski) go right and they went right and they started coming left, so I went left and then back right. We just ended up being in it.”

Brad Keslowski, driver of the No.2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger was hoping to get his second win at Talladega Superspeedway.

“It was just one of those Talladega deals,” Keslowski said. “We were able to get our Dodges together and drive our way to the front. We made some great moves, but got towards the back in the shuffle and when we did we got caught a big group that just stopped for some reason. “I heard David Ragan blew up, I’m not exactly sure. We ran up the group and I just wasn’t able to stop quick enough with Kurt (Busch) on my tail and it just spun me right out,. Just one of them deals here at Talladega. It’s just racing. I got the wrong end of it.”

The first caution of the day involved Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch and Landon Cassill.

The Aaron’s 499 had two cautions because of debris. Contact LaVonte Young at lyoung@dailyhome.com.
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