TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 05: David Ragan, driver of the #34 Farm Rich Ford, passes Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, in turn three to take the lead on the final lap during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) ** TCN OUT **
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega, it’s just about guaranteed that somebody - and more often than not, several somebodies – will go home full of rage and venom.
Such was the case in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, where the two Front Row Motorsports Davids – Ragan and Gilliland – finished 1-2 ahead of all the Goliaths in the field.
One of the angriest Goliaths was Brad Keselowski, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion, who went on went on Twitter and fumed about Ragan allegedly lining up in the wrong spot for the final restart.
Predictably, Ragan didn’t see it that way.
"NASCAR makes the call on where we line up at and I listened to what NASCAR has to say. My spotter told me that’s what they radioed over on the NASCAR channel, the crew chief said the same thing, and Brad was just trying to snooker us and trying to get the preferred lane," Ragan said. "…NASCAR will set him straight eventually. They’ll let him know. He might not admit it, but he knows that he lined up in the right spot and I lined up in the right spot."
But the absolute rant of the day belonged to Ryan Newman, who once again got wrecked at the end of the race, something that’s happened to him several times at Talladega.
Newman was particularly incensed because when the race concluded, it was raining lightly and darkness had fallen on the track. See for yourself.