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Hamlin races to first Talladega Superspeedway win

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 2:52 am •  Published: May 5, 2014

She finished 22nd.

"It was good out front," she said. "I wish I could have stayed there."

TOUGH DAY FOR BK: Brad Keselowski, a two-time Talladega winner, angered many of his fellow drivers for his aggressive driving at Talladega.

The 2012 Sprint Cup champion spun after darting in front of Patrick for the lead early in the race, in part because his crew chief said he didn't have the space to make the move. It caused enough damage to drop him six laps off the pace.

Keselowski, racing aggressively to try to get his laps back, later triggered a 14-car accident with 51 laps remaining.

"Brad made a pretty bold move early, a mind-boggling move, in going in front of Danica and spun out in front of the field and got away with it," Matt Kenseth said. "This time we weren't so lucky. If it was the other way around and it was anybody else except for him, we'd all be getting lectured."

Jeff Gordon also chastised Keselowski.

"I had seen him for several laps driving over his head being pretty aggressive," Gordon said. "He wasn't doing anybody any favors, nor himself."

Keselowski accepted blame.

"I just spun out in front of the whole field," he said.

BIFFLE'S BAD BREAK: Greg Biffle will be re-thinking the finish of Sunday's race for a long time after a late caution prevented him from making an attempt at winning the race.

He was second behind Hamlin and considering when to make his move when NASCAR threw the yellow flag for debris on the track. It froze the field on the final lap of the race, and Biffle had to settle for second.

It would have been a rewarding win for Biffle, who is still looking for a victory to earn a spot in the Chase.

"It's sort of bittersweet for us," Biffle said. "We've still got some work to do, but it sure would have been nice to get a win toward the Chase."

HOT FEET: Many drivers complained throughout the race about their feet getting too hot on the floorboard of the cars during the race. It led to a funny post-race exchange between Biffle and third-place finisher Clint Bowyer.

Bowyer: "It's just excruciating out there, it's unbelievable."

Biffle: "I'm glad somebody else's feet were hot because mine were on fire all day. It wasn't even that hot out."

Bowyer: "Did you do the old cross-over for a while?"

Biffle: "Yeah, my heels were burned up."

Bowyer: "I had to use my left foot for a little while."

Biffle: "I'm not sure why."

Bowyer: "Pays pretty good, though, so we'll get through it."

Asked what he did with his right leg while trying to drive with his left, Bowyer ended with: "Pick it up, stick it out the window, whatever you could do. It was hot."