Talladega NASCAR: David Ragan leads amazing Front Row one-two

David Ragan claimed his second NASCAR Cup series win by heading an unlikely one-two for Front Row Motorsport in a rain-delayed race at Talladega

Talladega NASCAR: David Ragan leads amazing Front Row one-two

During the green-white-chequer two-lap dash to the finish, Ragan and team-mate David Gilliland hooked up and timed their run to perfection as dusk fell over the superspeedway.

Together they blasted by Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, who between them had dominated a race that featured two huge crashes and a long rain interruption.

Edwards held on for third, ahead of part-time racer Michael Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson and Regan Smith.

Having led the vast majority of the laps, Kenseth fell to eighth at the flag.

Denny Hamlin returned to action for the first time since his back-breaking crash at Fontana in March. He lasted 23 laps behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota before handing over to Brian Vickers as planned pre-race.

Vickers worked his way into the top 10 when he was involved in the first big multi-car accident.

The incident was sparked when Marcos Ambrose bumped Kyle Busch into Kasey Kahne, who spun the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into the outside wall and back into the pack.

A number of potential race winners - Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle - sustained heavy damage in the accident, which involved 13 cars in total.

The race was then red-flagged with 63 laps to go as a rain shower drenched the track. Following a lengthy delay it resumed, but Juan Pablo Montoya was out of luck again as his Ganassi Chevy refused to fire up. A new ECU was installed and he rejoined the fray three laps down.

As the race entered its final phase there was another huge crash, this one caused when Ricky Stenhouse Jr made it four-wide as he attempted to pass JJ Yeley. There simply was not room and Yeley was tipped into the unlucky Kurt Busch, who was launched into a series of rolls.

He crash-landed on the roof of Ryan Newman's Stewart Haas Chevy, causing havoc among the following pack. There was a scrapyard's worth of bent metal, but all the drivers escaped unharmed.

Results - 192 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. David Ragan Front Row Ford 3h26m02.000s 2. David Gilliland Front Row Ford + 0.213s 3. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford + 0.227s 4. Michael Waltrip Waltrip Toyota + 0.293s 5. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet + 0.307s 6. Regan Smith Phoenix Chevrolet + 0.403s 7. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota + 0.416s 8. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Ford + 0.416s 9. Scott Speed Leavine Ford + 0.489s 10. Aric Almirola Petty Ford + 0.492s 11. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet + 0.518s 12. David Stremme Swan Toyota + 0.594s 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford + 0.616s 14. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford + 0.645s 15. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford + 0.730s 16. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet + 0.750s 17. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet + 0.755s 18. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota + 1.018s 19. Josh Wise Front Row Ford + 25.197s 20. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota + 30.895s 21. Michael McDowell Parsosn Ford + 1 lap 22. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet + 1 lap 23. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 1 lap 24. Casey Mears Germain Ford + 1 lap 25. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 3 laps 26. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet + 4 laps 27. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 5 laps 28. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet + 5 laps Retirements: Terry Labonte FAS Lane Ford 185 laps Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 182 laps JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 182 laps Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 182 laps Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 182 laps Hamlin/Vickers Joe Gibbs Toyota 148 laps* Joey Logano Penske Ford 143 laps Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 141 laps* Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 138 laps* Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 128 laps* Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 53 laps Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 47 laps David Reutimann BK Toyota 43 laps Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 42 laps Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 22 laps * Running again at chequered flag 
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