NASCAR fans were vocal from the grandstands of Talladega Superspeedway
On Saturday, the NASCAR Playoffs returned to Talladega, Alabama. The 2.5-mile oval of Talladega Superspeedway hosted the NASCAR Xfinity Series event.
The race was originally scheduled for 113 laps. However, with 12 to go a crash changed that.
As Brandon Brown and Brandon Jones ran side by side for the lead, Harrison Burton was turned behind them. Six cars collected heavy damage in the chaos.
The lengthy cleanup put the closing laps in near darkness. The race was scheduled to finish under the sunlight. Given that, many drivers started the race with tinted visors. Those visors became a major issue as the sun went down.
Under caution, Brandon Brown, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones ran three wide behind the pace car. Each driver felt they were the leader at the time of the caution. As they ran three wide, they were asking NASCAR to make a call.
“And I do believe it’s too dark to see,” Brandon Brown’s team radio stated. “Yeah, I can barely see into three, even with binoculars and a bright car, I can’t see.”
NASCAR has a rule that states the finish of the race is set by camera at the time of the caution. However, NASCAR intended to restart the race. In that case, they go by the last timing loop.
As NASCAR intended to restart the event, they put Brandon Brown at the front. He was the leader at the last scoring loop, at the time of the caution.
Brandon Brown was set to restart the race from the race lead. However, the race was never restarted as the cleanup continued into sunset.
Minutes later, due to darkness, NASCAR elected to call the race, several laps early. Brandon Brown was declared the winner as he was the leader at the last scoring loop before the caution was deployed.
The team of Brandon Jones protested the race.
Brandon Brown comments after the win
The used car salesman claimed his first career victory. He climbed from the car on the front stretch in shock.
“Y’all can ask my neighbors back at Coastal Carolina, I did plenty of burnouts in practice for this moments,” Brown stated in front of the crowd.
“Oh my god, this is a dream come true. Dad we did it! Let’s go!”
“This is everything we hoped and dreamed for. Everything I’ve ever wanted to do was take the trophy home to Mom and Dad.”
The crown begins a chant…
Fuck Joe Biden
As Brandon Brown climbed from his car on the front stretch, the fans were engaged. They chanted, “Fuck Joe Biden!”
The tv reporter acknowledged the chants. However, she incorrectly noted them as, “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Brandon Brown added, “Learning how each line didn’t stay to one. Everything shifted, top to bottom, so much. That it was kinda like, ‘Let’s just stick with the bottom and hope for the best.’ “
Brandon Brown concluded, “We saw our moment and we seized it. We did it!”
NASCAR shared the interview with the first time winner via twitter. The video has since been removed.
The chants against Joe Biden have surfaced at many sporting events. Most notably during college football games.
A race still remains at Talladega Superspeedway. Sunday;s NASCAR Cup Series playoff event was postponed to Monday due to rain.