NASCAR At Talladega 2012: Jeff Gordon Knocked Out Early, Brad Keselowski Wins

Racing fans everywhere were in for a wild day at Talladega on Sunday. Despite an early wreck that knocked out leader Jeff Gordon in the early going, there were plenty of lead changes late that kept things interesting. AJ Allmendinger, who is from the Bay Area, was in contention all day but faded late finishing 15th overall. Brad Keselowski was the big winner at Talladega, finishing first by a considerable margin.

Here is a complete rundown of the standings, including the driver, the car number and how far back they were of the leader.

1 Brad Keselowski 2 --
2 Kyle Busch 18 0.304 sec
3 Matt Kenseth 17 0.598 sec
4 Kasey Kahne 5 0.636 sec
5 Greg Biffle 16 0.654 sec
6 Clint Bowyer 15 0.692 sec
7 David Ragan 34 0.782 sec
8 Trevor Bayne 21 0.838 sec
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 0.839 sec
10 Jeff Burton 31 1.046 sec
11 Jamie McMurray 1 1.063 sec
12 Aric Almirola 43 1.115 sec
13 David Gilliland 38 1.218 sec
14 Marcos Ambrose 9 1.233 sec
15 AJ Allmendinger 22 1.292 sec
16 Travis Kvapil 93 1.300 sec
17 Paul Menard 27 1.918 sec
18 Casey Mears 13 7.392 sec
19 Michael Waltrip 55 16.565 sec
20 Kurt Busch 51 1 lap(s)
21 Bobby Labonte 47 2 lap(s)
22 David Reutimann 10 2 lap(s)
23 Denny Hamlin 11 2 lap(s)
24 Tony Stewart 14 4 lap(s)
25 Kevin Harvick 29 9 lap(s)
26 Joey Logano 20 9 lap(s)
27 Robert Richardson Jr. 23 11 lap(s)
28 Martin Truex Jr. 56 27 lap(s)
29 Terry Labonte 32 50 lap(s)
30 Dave Blaney 36 51 lap(s)
31 Carl Edwards 99 51 lap(s)
32 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 51 lap(s)
33 Jeff Gordon 24 51 lap(s)
34 Landon Cassill 83 52 lap(s)
35 Jimmie Johnson 48 132 lap(s)
36 Ryan Newman 39 151 lap(s)
37 Bill Elliott 97 156 lap(s)
38 Tony Raines 33 161 lap(s)
39 David Stremme 30 163 lap(s)
40 Regan Smith 78 178 lap(s)
41 Joe Nemechek 87 186 lap(s)
42 Josh Wise 26 188 lap(s)
43 Michael McDowell 98 191 lap(s)

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