NASCAR: Five Takeaways From The GEICO 500 At Talladega

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1.Beware The Big One

The threat of rain and drivers desperately trying to make it to the front are two ingredients for starting a big wreck at a Superspeedway. On Sunday Talladega proved that the big one can happen at anytime and more than once.

That’s exactly what happened at this years race, as the threat of looming rain caused some drivers to try and go four-wide by the time half the race was complete.

Going four-wide didn’t work though, and it caused a chain reaction that saw Chris Buescher flip several times in the air and thankfully land right-side up and uninjured.

This wouldn’t be the only big wreck at Talladega though; with 28 laps to go another huge wreck triggered when Kurt Busch was trying to push Jimmie Johnson. Over 15 cars took damage.

Then as the race was coming closer to the end, Danica Patrick would get into Matt Kenseth and cause the 20 to go airborne.

Talladega wasn’t done with big wrecks though, as Cole Whitt turned Kevin Harvick on the last lap and set off the last major wreck of the race.

The “Big One” can happen at anytime, and more than once during a restrictor-plate race. These wrecks continue to be the most unpredictable part of super speedway races and being able to recover from a wreck to still have a solid finish is the most important thing a driver can takeaway from Talladega.

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