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The Big One Happened at NASCAR’s Talladega

Death, taxes, and THE BIG ONE. No matter how hard NASCAR tries and no matter how “talented” NASCAR drivers are, THE BIG ONE is coming when the stars and cars of the Monster Energy Cup roll through the gates at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Super Speedway. During today’s Geico 500, the pack was duking it out at ‘Dega and the fireworks started with just 20 laps to go.

As Fox broadcasters Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon were rolling up their sleeves saying stuff like “It’s gonna get good now,” and “Now is when ya move the guy in front of ya,” drivers congealed three, four and five wide around the high banks. As the TV crew was blabbing about how second place driver Chase Elliot’s car was starting to get “happier” in clean air near the front, A.J. Allmendinger pulled a “shake & bake” giving the hind end of Elliot’s #24 Hooters entry a nudge in the corner. The cameras were zoomed in tight on Elliot’s car giving viewers an awesome look at the nucleus of A BIG ONE. Elliot turned right into the wall at two bills then the melee ensued. To quote the late, great NHRA starter Buster Couch “Stuff started flyin’ every damn where.”

Elliot’s car climbed the fence (backwards) after being center-punched while the perpetrator Allmendinger wound up on his lid. Regular pot-stirrers Joey Lagano, Matt Keselowski and Martin Truex were other driers whose cars suffered dire consequences along with Danica Patrick who ping-ponged off the infield wall as a result of the carnage. Everyone was A-OK thanks to NASCAR’s new for 2017 “safety cage” at the superspeedway races.

When all the hay was in the barn, the hot dogs eaten, and one million gallons of Budweiser had been chugged, young charger Ricky Stenhouse Jr prevailed, breaking a 101-race winless streak for Jack Roush’s team.  Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy boys. Checkers or wreckers!

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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