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CP MOTORSPORTS - KESELOWSKI SURVIVES AND WINS TALLADEGA WRECKFEST

 

Nothing could deny former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski from taking another win at Talladega Superspeedway. Not 10 cautions, not 17 different race leaders. Keselowski proved to be the race's most dominant car by taking the checkered flag in Sunday's Geico 500 from NASCAR's biggest track. 

Keselowski takes his second win of the 2016 Sprint Cup season and his fourth career win at Talladega, which played host to his first ever Sprint Cup series win back in 2009.

CP MOTORSPORTS - SADLER TAKES 'DEGA WIN DESPITE LAST LAP ACCIDENT

It had been 65 races since wiley veteran Elliott Sadler was able to celebrate in a Xfinity series victory lane but following the dramatics of Saturday's overtime period Sadler is a victor once again at Talladega Superspeedway. 

Running second exiting turn four on the race's final lap, Sadler played the restrictor plate game to the tee by jumping out of line at the final moment or as Ricky Bobby said in the infamous movie Talladega Nights, "slingshot engage". By jumping out from behind then race leader Joey Logano he forced Logano to attempt an ill-fated block on Sadler's No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: BEWARE THE TIPPING POINT

This morning I watched part of the classic Marx Brothers comedy Duck Soup. Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, leader of Freedonia.

I didn't watch for long. It reminded me too much of NASCAR.

On Sunday, the Toyota Owners 400 pleased many fans, none more so than those who own Toyotas. Two of them, driven by Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, warred on the final lap, and it was as stirring as any medieval joust. Rumor has it that many who don't own Toyotas were moved and inspired.

CP MOTORSPORTS - EDWARDS BOLD MOVE LATE SCORES HIM CHECKERS AT RICHMOND

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: THE LONG RACE HOME

I didn't watch the Food City 500. I was in my own race, one that started in Gainesville, Texas, and ended at my home in Clinton, S.C. The race was was about as long as I could manage.

When I left Texas, at 9:30 in the morning, I planned on stopping somewhere, Birmingham, Ala., maybe. I'd scouted it four night nights earlier, watching one ball team, the Smokies, beat another, the Barons, while I digested good Alabama ribs and turnip greens.

If Rub It Up had been open late Sunday night …

CP MOTORSPORTS - EDWARDS DOMINATES BRISTOL, MAINTAINS JOE GIBBS RACING'S HOT STREAK

 

On a day which saw his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates facing diasaster, Carl Edwards was able to maintain the lap position he gained by qualifying on the pole and lead XXX of the race's 500 laps. The victory for Edwards marks the fourth time Edwards has visited Victory Lane at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile".

Edwards' No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota was strong enough to drive away from Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and Kurt Busch on the race's final restart with just ten laps to go. Edwards' JGR teammates Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin all suffered from tire failures at some point in the race, this made Edwards nervous as the race grew older.

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: MINNOWS BOUNCE OFF A BATTLESHIP

 

Without a doubt, the most famous fight among NASCAR competitors is Cale Yarborough’s bout with the Brothers Allison tag team in February of 1979.

It happened at the conclusion of the Daytona 500, triggered by a fender-banging crash between Yarborough and Donnie Allison as they battled for the lead on the last lap. As Richard Petty swept past the duo’s mangled cars to win, Bobby Allison stopped on the third turn apron to check on his brother.

With seconds, fists were flying, feet were kicking and helmets were being swung as weapons.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: SOMETIMES NASCAR CAN’T WIN, BUT WHY TICK FANS OFF ON PURPOSE?

When Phil Robertson prayed for God, guns and ammo before the Duck Commander 500, I didn't much care for it.

Fans of God, guns and ammo loved it.

It's the price one pays for living in a free society. One man's freedom of speech is another's dose of castor oil.

CP MOTORSPORTS - BUSCH KEEPS HOT STREAK ALIVE WITH WEEKEND SWEEP AT TEXAS

Over the past two weeks, Kyle Busch has done his channeled his inner T-Pain. The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota like the famous rapper has proved all he does is wins, wins, wins, no matter what. No matter which series Busch competes in, he seemingly has the hot foot each and every week.

Busch, who led only 34 laps, took the lead from Martin Truex, Jr, on the race's final restart to win his second race of the 2016 season. The victory is also Busch's second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway and the ninth time he has won both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series races in the same weekend -- the most in NASCAR history.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: SOME THINGS CHANGE, AND SOME DON’T

I've been upbeat ever since last Sunday, and it's hardly a surprise because Martinsville Speedway always leaves me sanguine.

It's a track where one driver, Kyle Busch, leads 352 laps, and it doesn't bother me much. I sort of wish I was there because I wouldn't be limited to what TV chooses to show me, but it's still fascinating to watch all the beating and banging throughout the field. NASCAR couldn't mess up Martinsville if it tried, and I suspect it has.

So Busch dominated the race. He's a great driver. His last three victories have occurred at tracks where he'd never previously won. He'd never even won a Truck race at the .526-mile paperclip, and for Busch, that's hard to, uh, not do. This time he swept the weekend, which no one had ever done before at the track, in part because relatively few have ever tried.

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