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33 of 43 NASCAR drivers involved in crashes Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway

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Talladega is known for some of the wildest and craziest wrecks in NASCAR, and on Sunday, Talladega Superspeedway lived up to it's reputation.

Sunday's GEICO 500 race was one for the books as 33 of the 43 drivers were involved in some kind of crash.

Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 car took home victory. He was followed by Kyle Busch in second, Austin Dillon in third, and Jamie McMurray and Chase Elliott rounding out the top 5.

Keselowski's cruise to the checkered flag was anticlimactic Sunday compared to all the other trouble.

''Racing has always been that balance of daredevils and chess players, this has always been more of a daredevil-type track,'' said Keselowski.

The pace of Sunday's race was up a tick because of potential rain that could have shortened the event from its scheduled 180 laps. Once the race hit the halfway point and was official, drivers began their charge to the front because they couldn't avoid waiting and rain suddenly ending the event.

“I think having 3 cars under their lid was high for their quota,” NASCAR driver Kyle Busch said.

Sunday’s race had not one, but four big ones starting on lap 96, when Chris Buescher’s No. 34 car barrel-rolled three times before coming to a stop.

“I hate going for rides like that. It's 2 for 2 on speed racing on hard hits, so I'm sick of speed racing at this point,” Buescher added.

The second big one came 12 laps later when points leader Carl Edwards spun out of control, crashing into fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., his second crash on the day.

“It's been a terrible day, something broke off Carl’s car there on the track and came up into us,” Jr. said.

“We know we come to these races and know we are going to have these kind of problems, you know fortunately I can walk away and go race next weekend at Kansas,” Carl Edwards added.

But the chaos continued. In the final 28 laps, Matt Kenseth also flipped as Danica Patrick took a hard shot into the wall.

“It's probably the most scared, trying to hop out of the car with a fire in the inside, I've never seen a fire on the inside, I have on the outside, but it got to the glove a little bit, but honestly, I was really thinking about my hair, I have a lot of hair, and I didn't want to lose it,” Danica Patrick said.

In the end, Keselowski took home the victory, his second win this season, and fourth at Talladega. 

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