Talladega is the location of the Amp Energy 500.Â Talladega,Â AL is home to a Nascar Speedway, and today Talladega was lit up as contenders raced for the Amp Energy 500.Â The winner may surprise you.Â Jamie McMurray was the first to cross the finish line in a suspenseful race.
You would think that Nascar veterans Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, or Juan Pablo Montoya would have won the race, but this is not so. The fact of the matter is that these high-ranking NASCAR drivers didn’t even make it to the top 3 at the Amp Energy 500 in Talladega, AL.
The Amp Energy 500 ends an 86-race losing streak for McMurray.Â According to USA Today, McMurray stated the following about his Talladega finish:
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won and I want to assure every fan out there that I appreciate this as much as anybody,” McMurray said, “so thanks to all my fans who have stuck with me. I just can’t believe it’s here again.”
The Amp Energy 500 is a 500 mile race that equates to 188 laps around the 2.66 Talladega track.Â In the next-to-the-last lap, a multi-car crash landed Mark Martin on the roof of his car, and Jeff Gordon was also caught up in the snare.
All in all, the Amp Energy 500 in Talladega was a great race.Â Sometimes a great upset is just what Nascar needs to stay suspenseful.