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Crystal Dean

Posted on April 26, 2021 00:40

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This weekend's race kept things interesting as cars went flying & people picked up first wins.

We’re almost halfway through the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series & this past weekend we got a new spur of the moment winner! No. 2 Ford Mustang driver Brad Keselowski picked up his 6th Talladega win. 

Taking place in its usual Alabama, the race was nothing less than exhilarating. It's 35% of seats that were sold remained empty as everyone stood almost the entire time. What made the race even more thrilling was 191 laps around & Brad Keselowski only led 1 of them, the 1 that mattered the most. It was a safe win, but the entire race didn’t start that way. 

Toyota headed to the back of the line after some unapproved adjustments were made to car No. 23 Toyota. Everything went smoothly in stage 1 until the last lap. Joey Logano was hit from behind by Denny Hamlin after Hamlin himself was nudged by the driver behind him. The swift contact wasted no time in causing the first disruption of the afternoon. It appeared that Logano got some wind under his car after the minor contact & went spinning before becoming airborne & causing a chain reaction. No surprise really, these cars are going almost 200 miles per hour & are bumper to bumper, the slightest touch can send someone flying. Everyone was ok, including Logano. Brad Keselowski caught sight of the accident & did everything right, he slowed the car down & moved out of the way to avoid the wreck. But then someone came up behind him & bumped his back, leaving him with minor damages.

Aside from seeing the whole thing play out on the track, the next best view came from Bubba Wallace’s position. He got 19th place but picked up his first-ever stage win in stage 2. The footage is insane & comparable to a video game as Logano aims right for Wallace & he calmly slides next to him, leaving only some windshield damage & peeling. Ironically Wallace hit the fastest of the day after this little incident. 

There were other big events that took place at Talladega, including Kurt Busch’s tires catching on fire. For Kyle Larson, it was a sheet of metal that was in between the radiator and where the air gets into the car, which is probably what led to his motor blowing up. It happened early on, making him the first to hit pit road. Kevin Harvick had a penalty for his pit crew being over the wall too soon. And Matt Dibenedetto won stage 1 placing 5th overall. During stage 3 Austin Dillion made his way to the top 10 as he struggled throughout the race bouncing from 7th place to the mid-’20s.

In the end, Brad Keselowski picked up his 35th win in the NASCAR series. It also made it the 135th win for his team. Overtime did him well, as Dibenedetto led 28 laps but still didn’t take 1st place. 

11 drivers have had their first career win at Talladega and commentary seemed excited to see it happen again. Clearly, it didn’t.

Crystal Dean

Posted on April 26, 2021 00:40

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