Whew! Glad that race is in the books and we were not even in the Chase! Talladega is just one of those races that you look forward to and dread at the same time. The thrill behind Talladega is you never know how it will end until they cross the finish line, which also keeps you on edge the entire race. And by on edge, I mean that can’t eat, sweating bullets, nerve-wracking feeling.
In my opinion, Talladega lived up to the hype yesterday. For the Wood Brothers, the day did not end like it should have but since when does that ever happen at Talladega? Trevor consistently ran up front all day, dropping back a couple times because he felt the BIG one coming. The team had a caution that went their way towards the end and it put Trevor on the front row for the restart. Everything was set up for a great finish and then…..”Talladega” happened. On the final restart, the 2nd GWC attempt, Trevor was lined up on the third row and was hit from behind and slid off the track. It was just one of those “racing” things that couldn’t be avoided, with several chase contender cars behind Trevor that were either going to win or wreck trying. UGHHHH!!!!! It just wasn’t in our cards and we ended up with a 32nd place finish. Good news is we went home with a car in one piece, with a minor scratch on the rear where Trevor was hit. This tiny tiny tiny little scratch ended what looked to be a promising day for the team at Talladega.
As far as the race as a whole, I was highly entertained! I believe the chase made Talladega even more exciting than normal. Who was in? Who was out? I don’t know about you but my eyes were glued to who was in the chase and who was out of the chase, just waiting for the BIG wreck to happen and shake the point’s standings. As usual, it came down to the final lap before we knew who was going to be moving forward in the Chase. I actually found myself screaming at the TV, thinking that was going to help the Ford driver, Brad Keselowski, win the race. I guess it worked and we are very happy for all Ford teams continuing on in the next round of the Chase.