TALLADEGA: LIVE RACE BLOG

Live race blog

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2:06 p.m.

No, FOX, I do not want to buy Digger gear. On the other hand, hey ESPN, how about some Nicole Manske gear?

2:09 p.m.

Is Nick Saban asleep? Wake up, coach.

2:15 p.m.

Hey, did you know Budweiser is the great American lager?

2:25 p.m.

No use trying to predict who will win until the last half of the last lap. So I will wait.

2:26 p.m.

Junior takes the lead. You get the feeling this race could make or break his season. Not statistically, but mentally.

2:28 p.m.

Lap 8: The Big One.

2:35 p.m.

Half the field is out. You hate to see guys taken out of the race for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Looks like Kenseth and Gordon were the culprits. Everyone else pays the price. That’s Dega. Who’s out? Looks like Gordon, Martin, Labonte, Kahne, Allmendinger, Riggs, Gilliland and McMurray.

Said it before and I will say it again. The Burger King "King" is just plain creepy. What’s with that perma-plastic face? Also, what happened to the Angry Whopper? Bring it back!

2:41 p.m.

Nice piece of driving by Jimmie Johnson to get through the wreck. Hate to see Mark Martin sidelined.

2:46 p.m.

The race sets up perfectly for Junior. Great chance to win and get his season turned around. Just has to race smart and stay out of trouble.

3:01 p.m.

I do not like "square butts," Burger King. I just feel like people should know that, in case it starts to catch on.

3:09 p.m.

Did you know Budweiser was the great American lager? I had no idea.

3:15 p.m.

Michael Waltrip – nice save. Could have been the end of his day. Third caution of the day.

3:23 p.m.

Junior grabs the lead. Dega goes nuts.

3:34 p.m.

Like when FOX "Cranks It Up" and just airs audio of the cars. Wish they would mic the grandstand. Can never hear the crowd on TV.

Kurt Busch makes a save in same spot Waltrip did.

Harvick and Kahne back on track after wreck.

3:42 p.m.

They’re running two wide in Dega!

3:44 p.m.

Interesting strategy by Kyle Busch, falling to back of pack intentionally.

3:54 p.m.

Marcos Ambrose just sent a Tweet about his article in The New York Times. Maybe he should focus on the race.

4:12 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson now in points lead.

4:15 p.m.

Great coverage by FOX of the battle for 37th place. Gordon-Harvick! The points lead hangs in the balance.

4:33 p.m.

Wishing I could remember the brewer of the great American lager.

4:54 p.m.

Forty-five lead changes.

Twenty-four leaders.

Can’t say this one was boring.

5:04 p.m.

Hard not to pull for Hornish and Burton today.

5:05 p.m.

Mad Max called. He wants the No. 2 car back.

5:21 p.m.

Truex and Kyle spin out.

5:30 p.m.

Newman and Hamlin team up to make a move to front. Edwards’ strategy paying off.

5:32 p.m.

The Second Big One. Involved: Truex, R. Gordon, Hamlin, Stremme, Mayfield, Montoya, Johnson, Waltrip, Labonte.

5:46 p.m.

Whoah!

5:51 p.m.

What a finish. Keselowski wins his first Sprint Cup race. Edwards gets spun out into the fence. The fence gave and gave, but did not break. Edwards crosses the finish line on foot. Junior takes second. Unreal.