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NASCAR Cup Talladega

Live NASCAR Cup Series: The GEICO 500 from Talladega

By: Charles Bradley

Status: Stopped
Kinda fitting to leave the final word with Bubba after a weekend where he was subjected to something nobody should have to deal with.
Wallace: "It's been tough. It's been hell, maybe not hell, but it's hectic. Look at these guys here [pointing to his fans], first time here from Atlanta. The deal is changing. I wanted to show whoever it was they ain't going to take away my smile. I shoulda won that damn race, but the stars didn't align and we ran out of gas. The pre-race deal was one of the hardest things in my life, with all the team and supporters. I'm still smiling."
Wallace, who finished 14th, is waving to the fans and walking across the infield grass.
Blaney: "Just trying to block the best we could. Top, bottom. 20 got to my outside. Not sure if I was three wide, hate it for him, we were just beating and banging to the line."
Race order: Blaney, Stenhouse, Almirola, Hamlin, Jones, Buescher and Bowman.
Blaney, who won the race by an inch, sent Jones into the fence.
Blaney is left hung out to dry by a slow starting Stenhouse.
Will the leaders hang on and block, or will someone come with a big head of steam? Will someone run out of gas?
How many overtime attempts will it take to get this settled?
The restart order is Blaney, Harvick, Stenhouse, Buescher, Custer, Keselowski. How about Ryan Newman in seventh?