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2014 Talladega: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on May 04, 2014 - 06:23 PM
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2014 Talladega: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap


Chevrolet’s AJ Allmendinger received a final push from Paul Menard during the three-lap dash to the finish at Talladega Superspeedway, to finish fifth. The 188-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race began with nine Chevrolet SS race cars leading the field to the green flag. At the end of the 499-mile race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, five Chevrolet SS drivers recorded top-10 finishes. Allmendinger’s run was the first top-five finish for the No. 47 Bush’s Beans Chevrolet SS team this season.

Menard backed up a second-place qualifying effort with a sixth-place finish at Talladega. Having led 10 laps early in the race, the driver of the No. 27 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet SS was forced to the back of the pack after sustaining damage in a late-race crash. Menard made a charge to the finish to try and regain the top-spot and finished sixth overall.

Two-time winner in 2014, Kevin Harvick nearly recorded his third win of the season and second at Talladega. On the final restart Harvick’s No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS was lined-up second in the outside lane, but the bottom line was the place to be. With little drafting help, Harvick dropped back, but was able to surge ahead as the checkered flag flew to finish seventh.

 

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Kasey Kahne was able to avoid most of the race mayhem in his No. 5 Farmers Insurance/ Thankamillionteachers.com Chevrolet SS and earned a ninth-place finish. Kyle Larson, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS, brought home top rookie-of-the-race honors with a 10th place run.

Despite being caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 138, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, remains the series point’s leader after the first 10 races. Gordon maintains a three-point lead over second place.

Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. also had disappointing runs and finished, 23rd and 26th, respectively. Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s/Valspar Reserve Chevrolet SS was involved in a crash on lap 176, which thwarted his quest for a third victory at Talladega. Earnhardt, Jr. in his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS became mired back in traffic with too few laps in the race to make a charge back to the front after leading 26 of the 188 laps.

Denny Hamlin (Toyota) won the race, Greg Biffle (Ford) was second, Clint Bowyer (Toyota) was third and Brian Vickers (Toyota) was fourth, to round out the top-five finishers.

The series resumes May 10th for the first Saturday night race at Kansas Speedway.


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