Patrick, who was caught up a 16-car crash and didn't finish Sunday's race, was among the first to greet Stenhouse in victory lane. A MS native, Stenhouse grew up dreaming about driving into Victory Lane at the largest superspeedway in NASCAR.
"It's been a long time since I pulled into victory lane", he added; his last NASCAR victory had been in 2012 in the Xfinity Series. But, when they changed the motor after that, it took a lot of the speed out of the cars as far as how they create runs and maintain runs and how you can put together passes and do things on the track.
The race was stopped for almost 27 minutes because of an accident that saw AJ Allmendinger's auto flipped on its roof with 19 laps remaining.
It started when Allmendinger tapped Elliott to spin him around and force the latter onto the wall. And Joey Logano probably wants to forget this week after his encumbered win and then Chase Elliott landing on his hood. Allmendinger's vehicle then got rolled onto its lid, but no drivers were injured.
NASCAR listed 18 cars as sustaining damage in the accident.
With 44 laps to go, green-flag pit stops began cycling through. Suarez and Kenseth, though, didn't get to the pit commitment line by the time Keselowski crossed the start/finish line and pit road closed.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. lined up third for a restart on Lap 174 of Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, after a massive 18-car wreck on the backstretch thinned the field.
Stenhouse Sr. was detained by concerned officials, who weren't sure why a middle-aged man would be rushing to get into a track after the race. Sunday at Talladega, Logano was strong - as has been the case in recent years at Talladega, but he got swept up in the "Big One" and ended up 32nd.
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The statement also reads that OH authorities did review the video and made the decision not to press charges. Before the video was released , different people who had seen it gave varying accounts of what happened.
Stenhouse held off what appeared to be the entire field on the last lap of overtime to hold on for the victory at Talladega after getting a big draft boost from Jimmy Johnson.
Jamie McMurray finished second in a Chevrolet and was followed by Busch in a Toyota, then Aric Almirola, another Ford driver. Stenhouse got a push from McMurray around Busch and made it stick for the win. Almirola didn't win the race, but losing 35 points could see him drop from 17th down to a tie for 21st with Daniel Suarez and moving Kasey Kahne into the bubble spot just outside the playoffs.
Brad Keselowski won the first stage in what seemed to be a Ford rout. His power landed four cars in the top six, including both Roush drivers in Stenhouse and Trevor Bayne (5th).
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s left rear wheel cost him any chance he had at winning his seventh Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Stage 2 was led entirely by Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin.
Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Kurt Busch, Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard and David Ragan.
Nonetheless, he approached 2017 with a fresh and optimistic mind-set, which has been rewarded as the series shifts Saturday evening to Kansas Speedway - historically, one of Stenhouse's best tracks - for the Go Bowling 400.
The auto was indeed fast, and Almirola used a fuel-only stop to earn his first series victory since Daytona past year.
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