Last-lap pass helps Ricky Stenhouse Jr. get his first Cup victory


"This is for all the guys at the shop-we've been bad for a long time", an exuberant Stenhouse said of the Roush renaissance.

"Everything that I know about racing I learned from him, and I'm glad that he was able to be here in Victory Lane". "And a long time since we (earned) the pole". "This vehicle was so fast today, qualifying on the pole, get the win".

When you've spent much of your life working to win at racing's highest level, you'll never forget that moment when you finally arrive. "When you get your runs, who you get your runs from, and where you get them and how you make those runs into something that can be a positive for you".

"It kinda stinks but it is what it is", said Joey Logano, whose auto was also involved in the carnage.

Chase Elliott and A.J. Allmendinger were battling for second place when Allmendinger got into the left side of Elliott's bumper. He sustained some damage in the lap-169 accident, but it was not enough to keep him from drafting well.

Green flag pit stops began on Lap 144, and after the field cycled through it was all Toyota in the top-five, with Busch leading the pack. "There's still things to clean up, and there's still things to get a lot better at, but man, it feels awesome to have everybody at Roush Fenway stand behind us".

Hamlin led the race's second-most laps at 43.

One name that is always connected to Talladega is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The track then dropped this massive subtweet directed at Busch, as Landon Cassill also chimed in.

Earnhardt, who's on his farewell tour after saying this will be his final season, made a late surge but had his victory chances end when he was forced to pit with 14 laps remaining.

Our guys saw it, naturally they stopped him, they asked him who he was, said would you get in the auto.

Kasey Kahne moved up to fifth by the finish and Kurt Busch was sixth.

Stenhouse Jr. beat Jamie McMurray to the checkered flag by less than one-tenth of a second while Busch settled for third.

Keselowski won the first stage in what seemed to be a Ford rout. The three drivers are listed with 9/1 odds to win this weekend. The incident collected a total of 16 cars including some of the sport's biggest competitors Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Matt Kenseth.

Stenhouse didn't mind spoiling the Talladega party with his first pole in four years. It was Hamlin's first stage win of the season.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s first career NASCAR victory party started sans his father, who had been detained by Talladega Superspeedway security while attempting to make his way to Victory Lane in a weird sequence of events. Ironically, powerhouse team Joe Gibbs Racing remains winless through 10 races this year, will they rebound to win again in Kansas? Truex won at Las Vegas in March. Dale Earnhardt Jr., making one of his final starts at a track where he ranks second in career wins (behind only his father), was forced to pit from third place in the closing laps, thanks to a loose wheel. Waiting in Victory Lane was fellow driver and long time girlfriend, Danica Patrick who's race was cut short due to "The Big One" with 20 laps to go.