GEICO 500 2016: NASCAR winner, recap and results from Talladega

May 1, 2016; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

May 1, 2016; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Keselowski claimed his second win of the season as yet another massive wreck left carnage in his rearview mirror. The Team Penske driver drove away with the checkered flag as the 10th caution came out behind him.

Keselowski became the fourth driver to claim two wins just 10 races into the season. In total, just seven cars were not involved in wrecks, including Keselowski and Kyle Busch, who finished second.

“One of the best tickets to stay out of the wrecks at Talladega is if you can stay up front, and you’ve got a great shot of not getting wrecked,” Keselowski joked in Victory Lane on Fox. “To be back in Victory Lane with two wins this year, and we feel like we can get a lot more.  We’re growing as a team. We made a lot of changes at Team Penske and this feels really good, really good.”

Austin Dillon was third and Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Dillon and Ryan Blaney, who finished ninth, were both involved in the “Big One” with 28 laps remaining before fighting their way back into the top 10.

“They did a good job fixing it. It ran fine after that,” Blaney said of the wreck. “I didn’t want to see that last caution. I thought we were set up good to go to the end there and I wanted to keep digging. Everyone bailed to the top and I didn’t have a lot of help on the bottom. That was unfortunate but overall a decent day for us.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick, who led laps around the midpoint of the race was caught up in a multi-car wreck that also involved Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger, Bobby Labonte and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., among others.

Keselowski restarted with the lead on the final restart with three laps to go. When the race returned to green, Busch pushed him out front and took second for himself. As Keselowski maintained his lead, Busch and Dillon battled for second.

The yellow flag waved just a couple laps past halfway but not for rain. Instead the caution came for a multi-car wreck that saw Chris Buescher’s car get airborne and flip three times before landing.

Buescher wasn’t the only driver who went for a loop. Matt Kenseth, who led several laps and ran up front throughout the race, was caught up in an incident with Danica Patrick with eight laps left, flying through the air before sliding across the infield wall. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, also frontrunners throughout the race, also were among the drivers caught up in the wreck.

While Elliott was a front-runner throughout the race, his Hendrick Motorsports teammates weren’t as fortunate. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun and collected teammate Kasey Kahne to bring out the first caution on lap 50.

Earnhardt’s day continued to spiral on Lap 110 as he wrecked with Carl Edwards. His car went to the garage again, this time for good. Kahne was also involved in another wreck and would have his day come to an abrupt end. The teammates finished 39th (Kahne) and 40th (Earnhardt) while Elliott had the only strong result for the Hendrick stable.

Here’s a look at the full results from the GEICO 500.

  1. Brad Keselowski
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Tony Stewart (Ty Dillon finish)
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Ryan Blaney
  10. Trevor Bayne
  11. Landon Cassill
  12. Michael Waltrip
  13. Martin Truex Jr.
  14. A.J. Allmendinger
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. David Gilliland
  18. Cole Whitt
  19. Bobby Labonte
  20. Greg Biffle
  21. Michael McDowell
  22. Jimmie Johnson
  23. Matt Kenseth
  24. Danica Patrick
  25. Joey Logano
  26. Paul Menard
  27. Aric Almirola
  28. Ryan Newman
  29. Kyle Larson
  30. Brian Scott
  31. Denny Hamlin
  32. Regan Smith
  33. Casey Mears
  34. David Ragan
  35. Carl Edwards
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. Chris Buescher
  38. Michael Annett
  39. Kasey Kahne
  40. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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