Talladega, Ala. (Oct.6, 2012) – Matt Kenseth took the lead coming down the final stretch on the last lap of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race at Talladega Super Speedway. Seconds later, Tony Stewart lost control of his car, causing a massive, multi-car accident as Kenseth drove to the victory; his second of the season.
Greg Biffle was able to masterfully maneuver through the wrecking cars to finish fifth in the race. Carl Edwards finished 36th, after getting caught up in early accident.
“I’m proud to get another win with these guys,” said Kenseth in victory lane. “I don’t know if we’ll get another one before the year is out, but I am so proud of these guys.
“Restrictor-plate racing isn’t really a lot about the driver,” added Kenseth, who had made a spectacular save early in the race to be in position for the win late. “It’s about (crew cheif) Jimmy Fennig and the whole team back here. We have been so strong at all four of this restrictor plate races (this season), I feel really good for these guys to get the win.”
“I don’t know if I can describe what I saw on that final lap,” said Biffle of the wild final lap. “I have been racing a long time and I have never seen something like that. It was literally like the video game; cars were upside down, going everywhere. I don’t know how I got slowed down and to the bottom and came through that thing. What I saw out of the windshield of my car – it was unbelieveable.
The win is RFR and Kenseth’s second at a restrictor-plate track in 2012; with the team winning the season opener at the Daytona 500 earlier this year. The win Roush Fenway’s fourth in the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega and its seventh total NASCAR win at the track.
It is Roush Fenway’s 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup restrictor-plate win. The win is RFR’s record extending 309th NASCAR victory and its 129th win in the Sprint Cup Series.