Last Lap Wreck at Talladega

Everyone Walks Away [Talladega Last Lap Wreck]

4/26/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

We now have video of the Last lap wreck at Talladega. Buckle up.



Thankfully none of the drivers were hurt. However, some spectators were.

Seven people suffered injuries at the end of the Aaron's 499 Sunday when the Carl Edwards went airborne and slammed into the catchfence on the frontstretch.

"None of the injuries are dangerous or life-threatening," said Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway. "It's mostly bumps and bruises with possible minor fractures."

Two women were airlifted to an area hospital, but Lewis said that was for traffic concerns and not because of the severity of their conditions.
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5/1/09   |   fastblondie99

ShagNasty wrote:
Carl said it was more NASCAR's fault than his.  If Brad could legally have just gone a little lower the wreck might not have happened.   According to NASCAR rules it is much better to let a car going 200 miles a hour fly into the stands than let it cross a yellow line.  

well put

5/1/09   |   fastblondie99

starfish56us wrote:
don't think that anyone should cause a wreck just to win.....carl was lucky to walk away unhurt..... Keselowski what was that...a rookie mistake...didn't like the finish...

omg u r sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo corect 'bout that. Keslowski only wanted to win and i bet carl may kill him for that with his occasional temper.boy carl is so fit that even after that he could still run across the finish line

4/28/09   |   starfish56us

(Edited by starfish56us)

4/28/09   |   starfish56us

I remember when Neil Bonnet wrecked....it was during a practice session...he was scheduled to appear at the Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, Fl later on that day....Hooters was one of his sponsors....

4/28/09   |   lukasgrew

hear hear x 2

4/28/09   |   lukasgrew

ShagNasty wrote:
Maybe NASCAR will think about changing that "No going below the yellow line" rule.

hear hear

4/28/09   |   starfish56us

badtoe6 wrote:
its called racing  nothing wrong  happened, carl tried to block a pass but it was to late brad already had the nose of his car there  and carl spun out  , do to carls mistake not brads  , most of you  would not be saying that if it would have been jr or gordon or some one else...  i thought it was a great race  and a awsome finish  ,  w t g  brad  and sorry carl  stuff happens   ,  niether of them  would  have been in that position without the other  they drafted together to get to that point  to start with    but  thats just my opinion   for what its worth 

so true...just think that was an awful way to end a race....it was that no one was hurt because of it....and yes I have seen some bad wrecks before...Pepsi 400 down in Daytona on turn 4....just didn't like the finish and I guess no one really did...

4/28/09   |   DLay

starfish56us wrote:
Keselowski hit the left quarter panel of edwards car causing him to spin....

Ummm, listen to the dudes that drive the car. Carl screwed up and he said so. He tried to block Keselowski low and didn't realize how good a run he had to go by him, therefore Carl drove into Keselowski causing his accident. Now if that pesky Ryan Newman hadn't been there as the launching ramp for Carl's car(sarcasm) those roof flaps could've done their job and kept Carol on the ground, or at least out of the fence.

4/27/09   |   ShagNasty

Carl said it was more NASCAR's fault than his.  If Brad could legally have just gone a little lower the wreck might not have happened.   According to NASCAR rules it is much better to let a car going 200 miles a hour fly into the stands than let it cross a yellow line.  

4/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

badtoe6 wrote:
its called racing  nothing wrong  happened, carl tried to block a pass but it was to late brad already had the nose of his car there  and carl spun out  , do to carls mistake not brads  , most of you  would not be saying that if it would have been jr or gordon or some one else...  i thought it was a great race  and a awsome finish  ,  w t g  brad  and sorry carl  stuff happens   ,  niether of them  would  have been in that position without the other  they drafted together to get to that point  to start with    but  thats just my opinion   for what its worth 

Well said

4/27/09   |   badtoe6

its called racing  nothing wrong  happened, carl tried to block a pass but it was to late brad already had the nose of his car there  and carl spun out  , do to carls mistake not brads  , most of you  would not be saying that if it would have been jr or gordon or some one else...  i thought it was a great race  and a awsome finish  ,  w t g  brad  and sorry carl  stuff happens   ,  niether of them  would  have been in that position without the other  they drafted together to get to that point  to start with    but  thats just my opinion   for what its worth 

4/27/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

He did... when Edwards turned down on him.

4/27/09   |   starfish56us

Keselowski hit the left quarter panel of edwards car causing him to spin....

4/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11284 respect

kantwistaye wrote:

Edwards was the one who made the mistake.   Keselowski was underneath him and Edwards turned himself into him.  That's all Edwards and he alluded to that yesterday although I think he was just happier to be okay.

Exactly.  It has been stated over and over again, almost to a monotonous conclusion that Brad Keselowski did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG.  Carl caused the wreck, period.  That's not MY opinion, nor Mike's nor the announcers,  it is a fact.  Carl acknowledged it, NASCAR acknowledged it, Brad has acknowledged it.

4/27/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

starfish56us wrote:
don't think that anyone should cause a wreck just to win.....carl was lucky to walk away unhurt..... Keselowski what was that...a rookie mistake...didn't like the finish...

Edwards was the one who made the mistake.   Keselowski was underneath him and Edwards turned himself into him.  That's all Edwards and he alluded to that yesterday although I think he was just happier to be okay.

4/27/09   |   snbslugger

Toejam wrote:
I watched Geoffs career since his early days in modifieds in upstate NY, I thought i had watched him die in that wreck, I still won't watch the trucks on the big tracks because of it........

Even though I already know Bodine survived the crash and is alive and well today, it's still breathtaking everytime I see it.

It's good to see NASCAR has taken so many steps to protect the drivers.  I'm sure those safety devices doing their job are why we can all joke about how Carl Edwards climbed out of his car and ran across the finish line on foot.  That must have been one hell of a ride.

4/27/09   |   starfish56us

don't think that anyone should cause a wreck just to win.....carl was lucky to walk away unhurt..... Keselowski what was that...a rookie mistake...didn't like the finish...

4/27/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

snbslugger wrote:

Don't forget Richard Petty's barrell roll down the fence at Daytona in 1988.

Still, I think that Bodine truck crash is the worst I have ever seen.  The entire vehicle just disintigrated.  I thought for sure I had just watched someone die.  I have no idea how he survived that.

I watched Geoffs career since his early days in modifieds in upstate NY, I thought i had watched him die in that wreck, I still won't watch the trucks on the big tracks because of it........

4/27/09   |   lionking87

I guess they finally had the BIG ONE at Talladega!!!

4/27/09   |   snbslugger

kramer wrote:

Yes, Bobby Allison had the wreck in 1987 that led to restrictor plates.  However, I am not referring to that.  Check out Neil Bonnett in 1993, he went over the top of another car just as Edwards did yesterday and hit the fence in nearly the same spot at almost the same angle.

Don't forget Richard Petty's barrell roll down the fence at Daytona in 1988.

Still, I think that Bodine truck crash is the worst I have ever seen.  The entire vehicle just disintigrated.  I thought for sure I had just watched someone die.  I have no idea how he survived that.

4/27/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Well, up until last October when they suddenly decided to change it for Tony Stewart, cars were allowed to go below the yellow line coming the finish line.  I think they need to allow that for the last lap.

That's the first thing I thought of after it happened.  They really need to bring back the old rule where it is legal to pass below the yellow line if you are forced down there.

4/27/09   |   JHOLE

Not a nascar fan or follower....but that crash was SPECTACULAR!  I only say that knowing that no one was killed.

4/27/09   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

DLay wrote:
Neil Bonnett?? You sure you aren't referring to the Bobby Allison wreck in 1987?

Yes, Bobby Allison had the wreck in 1987 that led to restrictor plates.  However, I am not referring to that.  Check out Neil Bonnett in 1993, he went over the top of another car just as Edwards did yesterday and hit the fence in nearly the same spot at almost the same angle.

4/27/09   |   DLay

kramer wrote:
For once, Shrub didn't screw something up there LOL!  That was Neil Bonnett all over again.

Neil Bonnett?? You sure you aren't referring to the Bobby Allison wreck in 1987?

4/27/09   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

That was amazing Debi!  The hairs are STILL standing up on my fippers!  I don't think I could have someone behind me that close pushing me at those speeds!  I don't think I could do that to someone else either.. YIKES!  What a finish!  I loved seeing him jog across the finish line.  I agree, they should NOT give him a DNF!  Any chance of that?  Thanks so much Deb, I learn so much from you!

4/27/09   |   snbslugger

MrNFL wrote:
Carl shouldn't get a DNF when he runs across the line lol.

Edwards was beat and tried to block him, I think he kind of screwed himself there.  Glad he (and the fans) ended up ok.  Catch fence ones are always nuts. 

I still will NEVER know how this wreck didn't kill the driver or a few fans.
(Edited by snbslugger)

I thought for sure Bodine was dead.

4/26/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

ShagNasty wrote:
Maybe NASCAR will think about changing that "No going below the yellow line" rule.
(Edited by kantwistaye)

Well, up until last October when they suddenly decided to change it for Tony Stewart, cars were allowed to go below the yellow line coming the finish line.  I think they need to allow that for the last lap.

4/26/09   |   half_baked   |   847 respect

Nice finish...perhaps not the way that Keselowski would like to win his first race, but I'm sure he'll take it. The sight of Carl running across the line and Newman crossing the line in a piece of junk was awesome...

4/26/09   |   ShagNasty

Maybe NASCAR will think about changing that "No going below the yellow line" rule.

4/26/09   |   badtoe6

awsome finish   ,   i kinda thought some of the fans might have been hit with debree  , hope its nothing serious  ,  but  damn  what a ride  

4/26/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Carl shouldn't get a DNF when he runs across the line lol.

Edwards was beat and tried to block him, I think he kind of screwed himself there.  Glad he (and the fans) ended up ok.  Catch fence ones are always nuts. 

I still will NEVER know how this wreck didn't kill the driver or a few fans.

4/26/09   |   Bashfulblue   |   7 respect

well Carl did get to do a flip

4/26/09   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

For once, Shrub didn't screw something up there LOL!  That was Neil Bonnett all over again.