NASCAR’s most popular driver went back to victory lane at the place once known as his playground Sunday. In a weekend filled with favorites winning in the sports world, Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Las Vegas odds on favorite, led a race high 67 of 188 laps and held off a last lap charge from his teammate to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Earnhardt took the lead for the final time on a restart after the races sixth caution on lap 162. He was leading a ten-car breakaway with two laps to go when Denny Hamlin dropped out of line from fifth. Behind him, the lead group began shuffling for position and Earnhardt began to move high and low to protect his lead as he crossed the line to take the white flag for the final lap. Behind Earnhardt Carl Edwards was turned by Casey Mears entering turn 1 and spun. Seconds later Mears lost a tire and crashed into the wall on the backstretch sweeping up Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. NASCAR allowed the race to finish under the green though as Earnhardt held on for the win to the roaring approval of the crowd.
“Everything is just so good for me now.,” an emotional Earnhardt said. MORE>>>