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Cup - Talladega - Race results

23 October 2011

Clint Bowyer took what may prove to be his last race win at Richard Childress Racing on Sunday in the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, just edging out his team mate Jeff Burton by 0.018s in a last lap shootout.

It's Bowyer's first win of the season and his fifth Cup victory of his series career, but it's likely to be the last for RCR as he's signed to leave the team and join Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012.

But it's likely to be remembered as the race with the most decisive impact on the Chase of the post-season to date, effectively curtailing the championship contenders to just four after a series of accidents put paid to the hopes of Kyle and Kurt Busch, as well as putting Kevin Harvick on the brink of falling out of the running.

After Talladega, Carl Edwards has emerged as the clear favourite for the 2011 title ahead of Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart.

Race results

1. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 188 laps 03:30:40.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.018s (43/1 pts)
3. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188 laps + 1.464s (42/1 pts)
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 188 laps + 1.523s (41/1 pts)
5. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 188 laps + 1.776s (40/1 pts)
6. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 188 laps + 1.835s (39/1 pts)
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.318s (39/2 pts)
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 laps + 2.367s (36/0 pts)
9. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 188 laps + 2.375s (36/1 pts)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 188 laps + 2.392s (34/0 pts)
11. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 188 laps + 2.422s (34/1 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.442s (32/0 pts)
13. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 188 laps + 2.451s (31/0 pts)
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 188 laps + 2.482s (31/1 pts)
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 188 laps + 2.543s (0pts)
16. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.575s (0pts)
17. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 188 laps + 2.578s (27/0 pts)
18. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 188 laps + 2.605s (27/1 pts)
19. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 188 laps + 2.620s (26/1 pts)
20. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.740s (25/1 pts)
21. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 188 laps + 2.803s (0pts)
22. #34 David Gilliland Ford 188 laps + 2.868s (22/0 pts)
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.910s (22/1 pts)
24. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 188 laps + 2.926s (20/0 pts)
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.952s (20/1 pts)
26. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.981s (19/1 pts)
27. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 188 laps + 3.085s (18/1 pts)
28. #6 David Ragan Ford 188 laps + 26.086s (17/1 pts)
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 184 laps + 4 laps (16/1 pts)
30. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 180 laps + 8 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 179 laps + 9 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 179 laps + 9 laps (13/1 pts)
33. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 175 laps + 13 laps (12/1 pts)
34. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 175 laps + 13 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 173 laps + 15 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 173 laps In Pit (9/1 pts)
37. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 173 laps In Pit (8/1 pts)
38. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 172 laps + 16 laps (7/1 pts)
39. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 162 laps + 26 laps (6/1 pts)
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 6 laps In Pit (4/0 pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 4 laps In Pit (0pts)
42. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 3 laps In Pit (2/0 pts)
43. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 2 laps In Pit (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie


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