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Ragan Wins 7-Hour Marathon At Talladega

May 6, 2013

David Ragan passed the leaders during a two-lap, green-white overtime finish on Sunday to win his second NASCAR Sprint Cup event, the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

In a 7-hour marathon delayed by a multicar crash before the midway point and a 3-hour and 36-minute rain stoppage, the green-white finish was needed by yet another serious crash with about a lap remaining.

Matt Kenseth led for 142 laps, but finished eighth after he was first passed by Carl Edwards, and then by both Ragan and his teammate, David Gilliland, during the overlap sprint.  Ragan’s previous win came last year at Daytona.

Regan Smith won the also rain-delayed Aaron’s 312 Nationwide race at Talladega on Saturday.  Smith finished sixth on Sunday.


Sunday’s Top Ten

1)  David Ragan

2)  David Gilliland

3)  Carl Edwards

4)  Michael Waltrip

5)  Jimmie Johnson

6)  Regan Smith

7)  Martin Truex, Jr.

8)  Matt Kenseth

9)  Scott Speed

10) Aric Almirola


The Points Standings:

1)  Jimmie Johnson  383

2)  Carl Edwards  342

3)  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  324

4)  Clint Bowyer  316

5)  Brad Keselowski  314

6)  Kasey Kahne  299

7)  Aric Almirola  293

8)  Paul Menard  290

9)  Kyle Busch  285

10) Greg Biffle  280

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