Who Won Talladega?

October 31, 2010 by · 25 Comments
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Who won was a question  NASCAR, race teams and fans were asking. There were a few long minutes of confusion at the end of the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Sunday as NASCAR determined who had won.

The caution flag flew just seconds after race leader Kevin Harvick took the white flag as A. J. Allmendinger’s No. 43 Ford went airborne.

The question was whether Kevin Harvick or Clint Bowyer was in the lead as the caution was put out.

NASCAR rules dictate that during the course of a race when a caution period is called the running order is set by positions at various electronic scoring loops around the track.

But on the Last lap the rules are different. The winner is determined by who is in the lead at the exact moment of caution. It does not revert back to scoring loops. Who led at the start finish line is not even an issue as some crew members seemed to believe.

After analyzing all the evidence NASCAR Officials determined that Clint Bowyer was in the lead at the moment of caution.

It’s a confusing system I know. But other than the old way of racing back to the flag when a caution occurs I don’t know what else NASCAR can do. Do you?

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