He became the first driver to win from the pole at Talladega since Jeff Gordon in 2007 and snapped almost a three-year winless streak for team owner Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing.
NOTES: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s pole for the Geico 500 was his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole, but his first since his rookie season of 2013. "So it's disappointing. I was having a hard time figuring out what I needed to do or what we were missing there for most of the race". When she reached his vehicle, she leaned in for an admitted "big "ol kiss".
The nose of Allmendinger's vehicle launched Elliott's into the air, and his auto landed on the hood of Joey Logano's Ford.
McMurray (who is following Dale Earnhardt Jr., as the big crash develops behind them) and the other contenders at the finish avoided the only major crash of the day, on the 169 lap that damaged or eliminated eighteen cars and caused the race to be red-flagged for nearly half an hour. I'm glad I got out of there when I did.
Our guys saw it, naturally they stopped him, they asked him who he was, said would you get in the vehicle.
The first caution came on lap 12 when No. 42 Kyle Larson made contact with the wall after being tapped by teammate Jamie McMurray.
You can understand his frustration after losing the lead on the final lap to Stenhouse and his drafting partners. With only 14 laps remaining in the race, Earnhardt had to make a pit-stop to fix the issue. He is three-time victor of this race, last winning in 2015.
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.
"It was just about retaliation to get back on him, and I just never had enough help from behind and just never got together". "We had a fast vehicle today, and I thought we had a good shot to win there before it happened".
Aric Almirola, who won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race, capped an excellent weekend with a fourth-place finish on Sunday.
Only one person can win any NASCAR race but winning isn't everything - especially when a massive wreck happens and takes out a large portion of the field.
In fact, only one competitor claims more victories at the 2.66-mile behemoth overall - his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, who amassed 10 victories there.
Denny Hamlin gave Toyota its first taste of the front of the field as he won the second stage. The stage win was his second of the season. 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.
Next week the Monster Energy Series visits Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night.
Busch was third at the end of the stage. The polls are open, and the driver with the most votes at the cutoff (11:59 p.m. on May 19) will earn the final spot in the exhibition race that will make an instant millionaire of the victor. Gone was longtime driver Greg Biffle so that Roush could downsize to two full-time teams and direct additional resources towards Stenhouse and Trevor Bayne, several behind-the-scenes roles were restructured, and additional personnel brought in.style="text-align: center;"