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Ross Chastain’s late move leads to win at Talladega

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Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (6) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Greg Biffle (44) during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Ross Chastain made a last-straightaway pass of leader Erik Jones to win a frantic GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series finish at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon in Talladega, Ala.

Running third off Turn 4 to Jones and then-second-place Kyle Larson, Chastain stayed low and watched Larson go high for the pass and Jones move up for the block.

Chastain recorded his second career Cup win by comfortably beating Austin Dillon to the stripe. The Florida native was triumphant for the first time last month at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Larson and Martin Truex Jr. in the 188-lap race that featured five cautions at the 2.66-mile venue.

As Stage 1 neared its end, Daniel Hemric’s Chevrolet blew up going in to Turn 3, and the No. 16 slowed and was spun by Austin Dillon’s No. 3. Hemric went up the traffic and collect the cars of Chase Briscoe and Chris Buescher.

Bubba Wallace notched the opening stage-win, scoring his first of 2022 and third career at high-banked Talladega, where he won last Fall.

With 31 laps to go in Stage 2, Wallace’s No. 23 Ford made contact with Logano’s car, sparking the race’s biggest incident — nine cars — in Turn 1.

William Byron worked his way to the front and clinched Stage 2, his third stage-win of the season, edging teammate Chase Elliott.

On Lap 129, Wallace pushed Ryan Blaney past Kyle Busch and to the point, and the lead cars logged laps by running nose-to-tail before the final pit stops began with 30 circuits to go.

During the final set of cars being service, polesitter Christopher Bell banged quarter panels with teammate Kyle Busch and spun exiting pit road, but the race remained green.

Denny Hamlin emerged with the lead, followed by Larson, Jones, Byron and Chastain to set up the final run to the checkers.

–Field Level Media