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Most NASCAR fans love a good crash, because there are few things in sports more spectacular than flying metal at 200 mph. Crashes are far less exciting (downright scary) when debris from those crashes make it into the stands, as seven race-goers at Talladega can attest.

Carl Edwards' car was clipped by Brad Keselowski on the last lap of the race, sending the number 99 Ford into the fence. Kaselowski was in Edwards' draft on the last lap, and when he made his move to take the checkered flag, Edwards tried to block too late, resulting in a massive wreck. Keselowski won the race in a finish for the ages, but the resulting crash shows just how dangerous 200 mph racecars can be.

The wreck could have been far worse if it weren't for an amazing new fence that kept the Edwards car from killing scores of onlookers. Instead, five of the injuries were not considered to be serious, while the other two weren't considered life threatening, with one woman reportedly suffering a broken jaw.

Just as impressive as the minimal injuries and Edwards' ability to extricate himself from the car unscathed, was this finish. In true Ricky Bobby style, Edwards removed himself from his wrecked race car and ran to the finish. Well played. Hat tip to Leonard!

[Source: MSNBC]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Guess what, not every one like 36-24-36.

      (I prefer F1)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyways, I think people are freaking out over this too much. (At least in the NASCAR community)

      Sure I would hate to see Carl or anyone die in that crash, but this isn't Golf or billiards, you can die on any given Sunday. These drivers get paid millions of dollars for a reason, and they know the risks. If they can't take it, then go curling. The fans themselves know the inherent risks of going to a race, and I personally think that as soon as you buy that ticket, you sign a release form that anything that can happen is at your own risk.

      Remember last year when that monster truck part killed a kid and everyone was freaking out? Well, get it through your heads, you attend a dangerous sport you are taking a certain risk by being out there.

      Bottom line is that while death and injury is sad and I would not wish it upon anyone, when you partake in such a potentially violent sport, it doesn't matter if you are a fan or a driver, you took the risk, deal with the consequences if they happen. I really hope NASCAR doesn't freak out and do something overly drastic. The racing is fine as it is, this was a freak accident. If Newman (39) would have gone low with Jr (88), he probably would have finished 2nd, and Carl (99) would have just hit the wall and most likely have driven the damaged car across the finish line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F-uno is a boring and lame excuse for racing. I tried to stomach that crap. Never will I watch that again. NASCAR is the way to go. Even the F1 drivers that come to NASCAR think so, point proven. Good bye EJ25RUN, better luck next time.

      This was one heck of a race. It ended early for me because of my driver getting taken out in the first wreck, but it was made up for in the end. I'm glad nobody died. It makes me think twice about sitting on the front row for the next race I go to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The seven injured could have gotten out of the way faster but they didn't want to spill their beers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Though it is good news to hear no one was seriously injured, what else can I say other than you get what you deserve for watch this Rubbish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Final Destination 4" anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any autoblog post about NASCAR never fails to bring out the bozos.

      Oh I don't mean stock car fans, I mean all the posters above bleating about how 'stupid' the sport is, while attempting to make a point that shows their complete ignorance on the subject, or even the post above.

      Here's a newsflash: most sports nuts laugh at the idea of taking any kind of car racing seriously. Time to get off your high horses.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's up with you guys arguing about which is better, F1 or NASCAR? Do you think you're going to settle an issue like that? Why don't you argue about which is the best flavor of ice cream next?!

      F1 could learn some things from NASCAR and NASCAR could learn some things from F1. But that doesn't mean either provably better than the other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't believe I actually agree with one of your posts, LS2LS7.

        And I couldn't agree more!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer F1 as well. Nothing wrong with NASCAR, it's just not what I watch. Then again, I like football, the real football, too(soccer to those who don't know what I mean). I'm a New Yorker too.

      What excites me about F1 is the technical element. The cars are the most advanced automobiles in existence. Qualifying is awesome. At the end of Q3 all the cars on track turn in times one after another and it's very exciting to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that was a finish for the ages. On the last lap at least NASCAR should remove the out of bounds rule where you can't go below the yellow line. Last year Regan Smith went down to avoid a wreck and NASCAR penalized him. Good for Brad that he stood his ground and even more amazing is the fact that Edwards was okay.

      Even though i don't care much for the movie Talladega Nights, i loved that little stunt by Edwards at the end.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've always liked Carl. His dash to the finish had me out of my chair.

        Great finish, too bad anyone got hurt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stupid freakin' restrictor plate racing. Turn these cars loose. I loved watching the Coors-Melling 'Bird lap the entire field.

        FREE Daytona & Talladega from restrictor plates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F1 is so much better than this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree. However, this was a pretty kick ass finish. You never see that in F1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "F1 is so much better than this. "

        you know that thing you like? It SUCKS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, sure, if you like parades.

        Me? I'll stick with ALMS, British Touring Cars, or even WRC.

        I'm not a big fan of NASCAR, but I would rather watch a NASCAR race than an F1 snore-fest anyday. I'd rather watch a a bunch of "good ole boys" wrestle big, heavy, ill-handling cars around an oval track, than watch a bunch of whiny snobs sit back while the car does all the work, and are too afraid to pass eachother.
        • 5 Years Ago
        F1 is a joke. Nascar has just blown it away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok ronEbear, the last time I looked, every F1 car was slathered with sponsor decals. The driver suits featured sponsor patches. What company names do we see? Panasonic, Voda Phone, ING, Pepe Jeans, Hugo Boss, AT&T, RBS, FedEx, Santander and Red Bull. So please explain to me the difference between F1 sponsorship and NASCAR sponsorship.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @EJ25RUN

        dude please dont bring this fanboy garbage flame war up. It's unnecessary to post that F1 is better..the article wasn't about a comparison between F1 and Nascar ..it was a wreck (which i saw on tv, and I dont like Nascar) and that was it.

        as for my thoughts;
        1.ppl waste their time posting nonsense here
        2.Glad carl is ok
        3. imo that seemed a little dirty and the main reason i dont watch Nascar is because I dont fancy the oval racing b/c i feel as if people are more interested in watching people wreck more than anything.

        Also people saying that F1 there is no passing wtf? obviously you've only ever read what ppl say on here and never seen a race. the past 4 races this season have had INSANE passing!...get a clue ...stupid people dont deserve freedom of speech sometime
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMFAO @ the fact that these dinosaurs have carburetors. Welcome to 1968 and turning left.
        • 5 Years Ago
        F1 is exciting from a technical perspective. But, it is pretty darn boring from a spectator perspective. ALMS beats it in spades. So does an of the GT racing, the Rolex cups is like a cross between NASCAR and open wheel. There is so much contact and passing, it is a terrific series. But F1 is severe yawn-fest. WRC is fun, but since they don't race wheel to wheel I really don't think it is as enjoyable as it could be. It is still a testament to great driving skills, but not quite the excitement of racing other people rather than the clock.

        All that said, NASCAR really does have world class drivers as they routinely represent themselves well at the Race of Champions. NASCAR isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I don't think it is any more sneer worthy than F1. Seems more like a haughty distaste for its fans in some attempt to seem more sophisticated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow look at the driving skill of those guys.

      Only stupid sports like American football (a game mostly played with your hands) and nascar (turning left for hours on end and only racing in the dry) would ever be allowed to exist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Refrain from posting. If you don't have anything intelligent to add, its better to just keep quiet.
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