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Johnson Wins at Talladega!

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For me, one thing that is more impressive than the “big one” at Talladega Speedway is when the drivers can reel it in, and AVOID the big one, and because of that I have to say the move of the day was Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya. When Ryan was spinning out, Juan stayed into the drivers side, and straightened him out all at 190+ miles per hour!

In the end of all of the excitement it was Jimmie Johnson that was victorious, with a big help from is Hendrick Racing team-mate Dale Jr.

Talking of Jr.’s help with pushing him to the win, Johnson told NASCAR.COM that he tried to give him the checkered flag…

Well I got it and gave it to him. He goes, ‘I don’t want it.’ I said, Well, I’ve got to give you something — here. Thanks.’ He’s got the checkered flag over there, and I can’t wait to tilt a cold one back with him and thank him for a good job done today.”

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The top 5 from Talladega:
1) Jimmie Johnson
2) Clint Bowyer
3) Jeff Gordon
4) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5) Kevin Harvick

Top 12 in Points:
1. Carl Edwards, 295
2. Jimmie Johnson, 290
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 276
4. Kevin Harvick, 268
5. Kurt Busch, 267
6. Kyle Busch, 257
7. Ryan Newman, 253
8. Matt Kenseth, 252
9. Juan Pablo Montoya, 246
10. Clint Bowyer, 245
11. Paul Menard, 242
12. Tony Stewart, 240

Here are the final to Laps from the 2011 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Super Speedway…

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Check out this video of the finish of the Nationwide Series at Talladega on Saturday. At about 1:24, Mike Wallace gets airborne, flips the car, lands on the wheels and keeps going… WOW!

No NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing next week for Easter, but it’s back to Saturday night beating and banging on April 30th at Richmond International Raceway! Be sure to tune into Brad Gillie and Texas Motor Speedway’s Total Access Saturday mornings at 10AM for everything NASCAR on Eagle 106-3!

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