Talladega as it happened

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 03: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to victory at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.  The win was Earnhardt’s sixth at Talladega and his first since October of 2004.  He led a race high 67 of the 188 laps in route to the 26th victory of his career. Earnhardt becomes the eighth different driver to win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2015. Here’s what went down in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Sunday:

Jeff Gordon led the field to the green from his third pole of the season under perfect skies. Gordon took a clear lead as Ryan Blaney followed in second,  Kasey Kahne third.  Jimmie Johnson slid into third under Kahne on lap 3.  By lap 4 Kahne moved ahead of the pack and into second.

Gordon dropped back on lap 5 leaving the lead to be settled between Tony Stewart and Kahne. MORE>>>

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