Anyone who didn’t think that the two-, three- and four-wide racing in the final 25 laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway wasn’t exciting, just plain doesn’t appreciate auto racing of any kind.
It was destined to be a green, white, almost-checkered finish, but after a series of crashes, Denny Hamlin survived the carnage in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to win under caution on the last lap and all but guaranteeing him a spot in the Chase for the Championship come fall.
It was another case of at least 15 cars having a chance to win on the final lap before the yellow flag flew and the 80,000 or so fans at Talladega were treated to one of the best races this season, and that is saying something considering there have been more than a few.
For Hamlin, it was a redemption of sorts after having to get out of the No. 11 Toyota in last season’s Talladega race still suffering from a broken back and so far this year he hasn’t been among