Talledega Race Filled With Crashes, Including Carl Edwards Going Airborne Into A Fence: Video
Restrictor plate racing at Talledega is always a time bomb. The cars pass in the draft, but everyone knows a big wreck will inevitably happen. Every race, drivers and fans alike await The Big One.
This year’s Aarons 499 at Talledega featured not just one, but two huge wrecks, plus a spectacular crash at the finish in which Carl Edwards went airborne and hit the safety fence on the front stretch. Above you will find video of Carl Edwards’ crash on the final lap.
Edwards was not hurt, despite his car going airborne and catching fire. He finished the race on foot, Ricky Bobby-style. Seven fans were injured by debris from when Edwards hit the catchfence, including two who were airlifted to the hospital to avoid traffic, but none were seriously hurt.
Following the race, Carl Edwards said, “NASCAR puts us in this box [restrictor-plate racing] and will race this way until they kill somebody. Then they’ll change it. We’re very lucky nobody got [seriously] hurt today.”
The first big crash occurred just 7 laps into the race, when Jeff Gordon & Matt Kenseth got together, also taking out Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer.
Later on, another wreck took out several top drivers, including Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamilin, Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte, and Robby Gordon.
Oh, in case you care (you don’t), Brad Keselowski won the race.
If the crash videos above don’t work, try this one from ESPN instead:
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