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Talladega: Cup results

Jamie McMurray grabbed his first Cup win for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing since October 2010 by clinching victory in the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
It's been 109 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since Jamie McMurray last found his way to victory lane, but on Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway he emerged victorious at the end of a race marked for its unusually long green flag stints and for a lack of the normal 'Big One' pyrotechnics characteristic of the venue - although there was still a sting in the tale for Austin Dillon.

McMurray had previously led for only a single lap during a sequence of mid-race green flag pit stops before he took the lead 15 laps from the end. But once out in front he refused to yield to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who along with his Hendrick Motorsport team mate Jimmie Johnson had been one of the dominant players of the day. McMurray held on to cross the line in first place and duly claimed his seventh victory in 398 Cup races, and his first since he won at Charlotte in October 2010. It's the second time that McMurray has won a restrictor plate race at Talladega, the first coming back in 2009.

While there was plenty of tense three- and even four-wide action further back, it was a curiously quiet race with single file the order of the day at the front almost to the finish. There were only three cautions all afternoon, with a blown engine for Tony Raines the first just three laps in, and the second coming on lap 78 when Marcos Ambrose got loose and hit McMurray's EGR team mate Juan Pablo Montoya. The race then ran caution free for the next 110 laps until the very end when Austin Dillon took a hard hit from Casey Mears and was launched high into the air in the final run to the chequered flag.

Despite his pace falling off toward the end, Johnson's 13th place is enough to put him into the lead of the Chase for the first time this year by four points, after Matt Kenseth slumped to 20th place with handling problems on the #20 following his first pit stop. Kyle Busch moves up into equal third place with Kevin Harvick in the standings after a strong comeback to fifth place despite having gone a lap down early in the race. Kasey Kahne was less fortunate in the same situation and never managed to get his laps back, ending the day in 36th place. That means he's now over a hundred points off the lead in the Chase with four laps to go in the season, and effectively eliminated from title contention.

Race results

1. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 188 laps 2hrs 47mins 49secs
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 1.103s
3. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing + 2.161s
4. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 2.166s
5. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 2.169s
6. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 3.022s
7. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 3.670s
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 4.867s
9. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 5.128s
10. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 5.237s
11. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 5.287s
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 5.859s
13. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 6.283s
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 6.338s
15. #98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 6.647s
16. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 6.854s
17. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 6.971s
18. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 7.195s
19. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 7.457s
20. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 8.315s
21. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 10.299s
22. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 10.604s
23. #21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing + 38.299s
24. #51 Justin Allgaier Phoenix Racing + 38.485s
25. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 64.283s
26. #14 Austin Dillon Stewart-Haas Racing + 1 lap Accident
27. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 1 lap Accident
28. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 1 lap
29. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 1 lap
30. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 1 lap
31. #30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing + 1 lap
32. #55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing + 1 lap
33. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 1 lap
34. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 1 lap
35. #32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing + 1 lap
36. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 2 laps
37. #33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 5 laps
38. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 46 laps Engine
39. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 54 laps Running
40. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 69 laps Engine
41. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 110 laps Accident
42. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 128 laps Engine
43. #40 Tony Raines Circle Sport + 186 laps Engine

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (+1) Jimmie Johnson 2254pts
2. (-1) Matt Kenseth 2250pts (-4pts)
3. (+2) Kyle Busch 2228pts (-26pts)
4. (-1) Kevin Harvick 2228pts (-26pts)
5. (-1) Jeff Gordon 2220pts (-34pts)
6. (+3) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2202pts (-52pts)
7. (-1) Greg Biffle 2201pts (-53pts)
8. (--) Clint Bowyer 2197pts (-57pts)
9. (-2) Kurt Busch 2193pts (-61pts)
10. (--) Carl Edwards 2186pts (-68pts)
11. (+1) Ryan Newman 2182pts (-72pts)
12. (-1) Joey Logano 2179pts (-75pts)
13. (--) Kasey Kahne 2153pts (-101pts)
14. (+1) Jamie McMurray 919pts (-1335pts)
15. (-1) Brad Keselowski 889pts (-1365pts)
16. (+1) Paul Menard 865pts (-1389pts)
17. (-1) Martin Truex Jr. 864pts (-1390pts)
18. (--) Aric Almirola 819pts (-1435pts)
19. (+3) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 814pts (-1440pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 804pts (-1450pts)
21. (-2) Marcos Ambrose 788pts (-1466pts)
22. (-1) Juan Pablo Montoya 775pts (-1479pts)
23. (--) Casey Mears 652pts (-1602pts)
24. (--) Denny Hamlin 614pts (-1640pts)
25. (+1) David Ragan 604pts (-1650pts)
26. (-1) Tony Stewart 594pts (-1660pts)
27. (+2) David Gilliland 571pts (-1683pts)
28. (--) Danica Patrick # 565pts (-1689pts)
29. (-2) Mark Martin 554pts (-1700pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 492pts (-1762pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 454pts (-1800pts)
32. (--) David Reutimann 424pts (-1830pts)
33. (+1) Jj Yeley 417pts (-1837pts)
34. (-1) A J Allmendinger 402pts (-1852pts)
35. (--) Bobby Labonte 374pts (-1880pts)
36. (--) David Stremme 362pts (-1892pts)
37. (+1) Michael McDowell 177pts (-2077pts)
38. (-1) Timmy Hill 177pts (-2077pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 114pts (-2140pts)
40. (--) Scott Speed 99pts (-2155pts)
41. (--) Ken Schrader 92pts (-2162pts)
42. (--) Terry Labonte 87pts (-2167pts)
43. (--) Boris Said 48pts (-2206pts)
44. (--) Ron Fellows 31pts (-2223pts)
45. (--) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-2233pts)
46. (--) Justin Marks 14pts (-2240pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 11pts (-2243pts)
48. (--) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-2244pts)
49. (--) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-2245pts)
50. (--) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-2246pts)
51. (--) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-2251pts)
52. (--) Jason Leffler 1pts (-2253pts)

# = Cup series rookie
Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.



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