3 'Big One' accidents at Talladega speedway

Ryan Blaney edged Ryan Newman by a nose in a wild Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Monday at Talladega Superspeedway.

In the sixth closest finish in NASCAR Cup Series history, Blaney nipped Newman by 0.007 seconds to secure his spot in the Round of 8 in the playoffs as a crash broke out behind the field, though the race finished under green.

Blaney entered the 1000bulbs.com 500 in nearly a must-win scenario after a 35th-place finish last weekend at Dover International Speedway when his suspension broke.

"It was an amazing effort the last two days, to be honest with ," Blaney said. "We spun out early yesterday and missed some big ones today. We were able to weave our way through.

Crashes marred the race that took place over two days after it was postponed Sunday by rain following the first stage. The race picked up Monday with the beginning of Stage 2, and wrecks soon followed.

Three separate major multi-car crashes hit the field, with the first coming at the end of Stage 2, which ended the day for three Chevrolets, including the playoff cars of Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson. After two more major wrecks in the third stage, nearly all of the playoff drivers — save Blaney — had suffered some damage.

Blaney took the lead following a red flag for a multicar crash in the closing laps and held off a hard charge from Newman and Denny Hamlin to seal the victory. Aric Almirola finished fourth, Michael McDowell fifth, Austin Dillon sixth, Corey LaJoie seventh, Chase Elliott eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ninth and Ty Dillon 10th.

“It’s disappointing to not win that one, to be so close," Newman said. "I’ve been that close here before. Quite a few years I’ve tried, but just crazy racing and proud to get our Wyndham Rewards Ford a good finish.

"I’ve always said ’ve got to lose some that way before can win some that way, and I guess our wins are coming.”

Blaney's victory was the sixth win in a row for Ford in Talladega playoff races and the seventh win in the last 11 Cup Series race at Talladega for Team Penske.

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By: ThisIsButter (37104.10)

Tags: car race, Vehicles, Accident

Location: Talladega