Earnhardt flirts with pole before Stenhouse steals show

Earnhardt flirts with pole before Stenhouse steals show

Few thought it would take Stenhouse 158 races to get his breakthrough first-career cup win.

As he drove his auto on the cool-down lap, his team told him that they would try to get him a better vehicle for the next restrictor-plate race.

All Stenhouse Jr. knew going into the post-race press conference was that his dad "got escorted to Victory Lane" by track security, and he didn't seem terribly surprised that his dad was so overwhelmed with excitement he nearly got arrested. "And I'm glad that he was able to be here in Victory Lane". "I had to ask Brad Keselowski how to start a race from the pole because it's been so long".

This is cool. Doug Yates builds awesome horsepower.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 145.669 miles per hour. He and Jeff Gordon are tied for the second-most wins at the superspeedway, behind only Dale Earnhardt Sr. with 10.

The race was stopped for almost 27 minutes because of an accident that saw AJ Allmendinger's vehicle flipped on its roof with 19 laps remaining. Danica Patrick's Ford also hit the inside wall.

Chase Elliott and A.J. Allmendinger were battling for second place when Allmendinger got into the left side of Elliott's bumper. Red flag flying and 26 minutes later we went back to green. And we were lucky to get to pit road and get it changed.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) pits during the Camping World 500 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Talladega, Ala.

"It was very disappointing", Earnhardt said.

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In other words, only Team Penske had each of its drivers in the top tier of contenders on Sunday, and that was prior to the Lap 169 crash shook up the field.

Blaney was forced to go to the garage, but did re-enter the race.

"Thrilled with our vehicle, good speed", said Earnhardt, who didn't seem to be joking when he noted a pole would make him eligible to run the preseason "Clash" at Daytona. Stenhouse got a push alongside Busch and made the pass stick for the win.

Keselowski never looked back in the stage, as he won with Stenhouse Jr., Busch, Truex Jr. and Trevor Bayne rounding out the top five in the first stage. The three drivers are listed with 9/1 odds to win this weekend. "I mean, obviously, he qualified on the pole, but at the beginning of the race when he was leading (the first 13 laps), I was thinking he was either going to stay in the lead, or something bad might happen". Kurt Busch, Keselowski, Johnson, Paul Menard, and David Ragan rounded out the top-10 finishers.

NASCAR will race at the Kansas Speedway next Saturday night. Truex won at Las Vegas in March.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Justin Haley won the rain-delayed ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway in the first restrictor-plate start of his career.

Earnhardt announced last week he's retiring at the end of the season, and this first of two stops at Talladega has him nostalgic for one of his favorite race tracks. And for good measure, he's added two victories in five NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, with an average finish of 2.8.

Spencer Davis was third in the race postponed Friday because of rain. Whether or not that talent would ever translate over to the Monster Energy Cup Series remained to be seen. Austin Theriault was fourth, followed by Shane Lee, Gus Dean, Bobby Gerhart, Riley Herbst, Tom Hessert and Bo LeMastus.

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