Sunday, May 6, 2012

Talladega Journey Continues - Logano Takes Nationwide Race

Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch at the line to win the Aaron's 312 at Talladega
From blazing heat on Saturday during the Nationwide race to wet and humid conditions this morning - greetings from the media center at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano pleased raced fans yesterday in the Aaron's 312 by passing Kyle Busch at the checkered flag for the win. The "ABK - Anyone But Kyle" fans really whooped it up in the backstretch stands with Logano's win. The race itself was marred by a scary accident which saw Eric McClure take a wicked hit on the inside wall near the end of the backstretch which brought out a red flag. McClure had to be cut from the car and was later taken to a local hospital fir further evaluation. After a red flag for McClure's incident, two green-white-checkered attempts finally resulted in Logano's victorious pass coming to the finish line.

It was a fairly entertaining race as of course the Alabama fans cheered every moved of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Eric Almirola in Jr's team car. Fans also seemed to appreciate Danica Patrick's run to the front she was competitive all day and actually led the race at one point. There weren't a lot of cars still running at the end as the 117 lap scheduled distance was extended to 122 at the finish, and there were several other spins and wrecks elsewhere on the track. Danica even got some payback with Sam Hornish Jr. on the last lap after he ran her out of room and she hit the wall - she got him back in the next corner and punted him into the fence for good measure. This track is amazing and my day wasn't nearly as exciting shooting for Associated Press as nothing of significance happened where I was stationed on the inside at the beginning of the backstretch. I had a good photography day nonetheless and the following slideshows give you some idea of what I was able to see from my vantage point atop a television camera tower. Today could be a different story but it was raining hard on my way into the track and there's a chance for isolated storms all day today, so it will be interesting to see how the day unfolds. I've already had to miss the Daytona 500 this year due to weather but I will stick this one out and see what happens, rain or shine!

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