Sunday, October 7th, Tony Stewart triggered a 25-car pileup during the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway.
Defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was trying to protect the lead, blocking a long line of traffic on the final lap when he lost control of his car which was sent sailing through the air, causing a chaotic movie-like crash. There was smoke and debris everywhere, but luckily no one was killed.
“I screwed up,” Stewart said. “It was my fault for blocking while trying to stay where I was at. It was a mistake on my part, but it cost a lot of people a bad day because of it.”
But neither Michael Waltrip, whom Stewart was trying to block causing the accident, nor Jeff Gordon, threw blame at him. Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, managed to avoid the accident and win the race, followed by Jeff Gordon.
It took NSCAR an hour to be able to make the final finishing order. The third place was taken by Kyle Busch, followed by David Ragan and Regan Smith, Greg Biffle was sixth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton.
“If this is how we’re going to continue to race and nothing is going to change, how about NASCAR build the cars? It’ll save us a lot of money,” said five-time Talladega winner Earnhardt.
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