Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won Sunday at Talladega Superpeedway, where a last-lap crash turned defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart upside down.
Stewart was leading the final lap but had no drafting partner as the field closed in on him. He was looking for help when he misjudged how much room he had and turned down in front of Michael Waltrip.
Waltrip hooked Stewart's bumper, and it triggered a massive accident that sent Stewart's car sailing on its side over the field. NASCAR threw the caution and Kenseth coasted to the victory.
Stewart was helped from his car by safety workers and waved to the crowd to signify he was OK. He said he caused the accident.
Jeff Gordon finished second and Kyle Busch was third.
Local Notes: Emporia native Clint Bowyer was the leader on the final restart, but was knocked out of the lead on the first lap after the restart. He was behind Tony Stewart when the #14 was sent flying on its side. Bowyer was credited with 23rd place. He drops one spot in the standings to fifth, 40 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.
"It was just too bad," said Bowyer. "We had a good car and was patient all day long. Got in position. The caution came out and that's just Talladega. That's why we all come out and watch. I wish this thing -- we need to shorten this race up, because it's all waiting to see what happens right there at the end anyway. They had a good run on us on the outside. Kevin (Harvick) and I got broke apart and he couldn't stay with me. Like I said, we were in position to win. We just didn't win."
Clint Bowyer gets shuffled from the lead on the green, white checkered restart:
"The Big One":
Matt Kesneth wins at Talladega:
Race winner Matt Kenseth in Victory Lane:
Clint Bowyer post-race: