Top Talladega Moments: Final Lap Fireworks For Junior & Tony Stewart

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  It ain’t over ’til it’s over. New York Yankees’ HOF catcher Yogi Berra (or rocker Lenny Kravitz) must have been talking about racing at Talladega … and these two memorable moments are proof.    

Oct. 2006: Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads down the backstretch on the final lap, trailed by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers. Johnson moves out pass and when he does, Vickers bumps Johnson, who in turn hits Earnhardt. Johnson and Earnhardt both crash, Vickers wins his first Sprint Cup race.


Oct. 2012: Tony Stewart leads on the final lap when he tries to throw a block on the onrushing Michael Waltrip. But Stewart and Waltrip collide, triggering a 25-car crash that sends the three-time champion upside down as Matt Kenseth drives to victory.