Ricky Stenhouse Jr For The Win at Talladega!

He is three-time victor of this race, last winning in 2015.

Jamie McMurray finished second in a Chevrolet and was followed by Busch in a Toyota, then Aric Almirola, another Ford driver. Called our security [and] the security guy said, "Take him to Victory Lane". "But, knowing what I know now when we come down pit road and they saw the tire, I'm glad I did because it wouldn't have made it another lap or two". A MS native, Stenhouse grew up dreaming about driving into Victory Lane at the largest superspeedway in NASCAR.

"This is the closest race track to my hometown (Stenhouse is a MS native), and man, the fans were out here this weekend". He wheeled the No. 98 vehicle to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series for Richard Petty Motorsports then avoided carnage on Sunday to come away with his second fourth-place finish of the season and first since the Daytona 500. "Pulling into Victory Lane and seeing Jack and Danica standing there together, they're the same height (laughter), it was super special. We beat some good ones today". Danica Patrick, who had wrecked out of the race, was in street clothes and able to lean into the vehicle to give her boyfriend a congratulatory kiss. The organization, now named "Roush Fenway Racing" after half the company was purchased by Boston Red Sox ownership, has won 136 races at the sport's highest level, but none since 2014, until Stenhouse and his team took advantage of Talladega's unpredictable nature.

Like most races at Talladega Superspeedway, the difference between first place and 20th was a fraction of a second.

Busch led the field to the green flag on Lap 165, and was in the lead on Lap 168 when the "big one" struck, as nearly 20 cars were involved, Aric Almirola ended up on his roof, and Chase Elliott rode on the wall for a little while. Things did not look good for Busch at various stages of the race. "I can't say enough about the auto". He'll need to pick things up to make a playoff run in his final season. Eighteen drivers were involved in the incident.

Stenhouse led 13 laps - the first time he'd led laps all season.

From there it was a drag race to the white flag. Junior's crew-chief, Greg Ives, said afterward that only one lug-nut was tight on the entire wheel. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be run on the Speedway road course for the fourth time next weekend and after that the focus turns to the 101 running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

Despite starting from the outside front row, Earnhardt quickly fell outside of the top-10 and wasn't able to lead a single lap all afternoon.

Securing the top-five finish put the No. 43 team just one point outside the crucial 16th-place position after Dega.

"It was very disappointing", Earnhardt said.

"I thought they were a little delayed, but I needed a minute to catch my breath, so it all kind of timed out perfectly", he said. "This has been a really good track for me", said McMurray, a two-time victor at Tallladega. I got a lot of cheers riding around here today and the fans were awesome. "I was like, 'Come on, please don't throw that caution, ' because I wanted to at least have a shot for us to race back to the start-finish line".

The Elk Grove native finished 12th in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, getting a boost from a free pass on Lap 171.

Hamlin claimed his first stage win of the season in the second stage of Sunday's race.