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Throwback: Carl Edwards Crossed the Finish Line on Foot After Talladega Crash”

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The Talladega week concluded with final lap drama that reshaped the race’s outcome, particularly with Michael McDowell’s second push sparking questions. However, the memories of Talladega linger, especially from 15 years ago when Carl Edwards stunned the NASCAR world with his unforgettable race finish.

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Recently, NASCAR on NBC shared a video of the incident where Carl Edwards emerged from his crashed car and sprinted towards the finish line. The crowd erupted in a standing ovation, acknowledging the epic moment that captured the essence of determination and perseverance in racing. Edwards’ iconic move continues to be celebrated as one of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history.

Carl Edwards’ Dogged Determination to Finish

Carl Edwards

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Ask a NASCAR fan where Brad Keselowski scored his first Cup Series win, and they might draw a blank. But ask about the time Carl Edwards landed in the catch fence, stepped out of his burning car, and jogged to the finish line, and memories of that day at Talladega will come rushing back.

The 2009 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway was a typical superspeedway race with high speeds and pack racing on the long straightaways. As the laps wound down, the tension escalated. Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards found themselves battling for the lead over the final four laps after a massive crash, known as “The Big One,” collected ten cars, ending the day for seven drivers.

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On the last lap, Keselowski’s No. 09 Chevy pushed Edwards past Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr., putting Edwards in the lead. But Keselowski wasn’t giving up easily. He attempted to pass Edwards, who went low to block. The two cars made contact, sending Edwards’ No. 99 Ford spinning up the track. Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Chevy clipped Edwards, launching his car into the catch fence. The impact was violent, and Edwards’ car was badly mangled by the time it dropped back onto the track.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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