May 5, 2013
Underdog Ragan wins rain-soaked, crash-marred race at Talladega
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

After getting directions to Victory Lane, David Ragan and his crew from the No, 34 car celebrate his victory at Talladega. (GETTY IMAGES)

Carl Edwards thought he had won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499 by the width of a rain drop. However, after a delay of three hours, 36 minutes and six seconds, David Ragan came back to steal the victory in a green-white-checkered finish.

Ragan had his No. 34 Ford pushed to the win by teammate David Gilliland in the No. 38 Ford from the tiny Front Row Motorsports.

But not before a huge wreck with five laps left that was ignited when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tried a bonzai pass on the high side that resulted in Kurt Busch’s No. 78 Chevrolet flipping in the air only to come down on top of the No. 39 Chevrolet of Ryan Newman.

The cars of Stenhouse’s girlfriend’s Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet, the No. 15 Toyota of Clint Bowyer and the No. 36 of J.J. Yely were also wrecked in the melee.

Before that Edwards, in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford, was just inches in front of his teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. when the skies opened and rain stopped the race after 125 laps.



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