Superspeedway races are always frantic. It’s in their nature. To go around 200 MPH in massive packs with cars going three or four-wide makes them that way. Whenever you throw rain in the mix, though, it only serves to ramp up the intensity. That’s what took place on Monday in a rain-delayed Talladega race that ended up going to Ryan Blaney, giving him a second consecutive win at the track following his victory there last fall.
Blaney beat out 39 other competitors and also outran the rain, as it threatened to wipe out the race at any moment. Somehow, however, the entire event was ran in the end, and it produced a finish for the ages. Cars were strewn all over the place as they came to the line, with the leaders wrecking as they nudged to the start-finish line. Blaney nosed out Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., the race’s premier source of entertainment by just 0.007 seconds. Third-place Aric Almirola was only 0.025 seconds back, and he came across backwards! The top five was rounded out by Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones. A number of contenders came out of seemingly nowhere at the end, with the potential of some to run out of gas, ramping up the craziness even more.