Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: One problem with how Talladega race played out
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Because of the early ending to Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500, Jamie McMurray's win was less than satisfying. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Because of the early ending to Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500, Jamie McMurray's win was less than satisfying. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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We understand the rule, but it doesn’t make the ending to Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega any less frustrating.

If the caution flag comes out after the leader has started the last lap, the race is over. Finished. Done.

That’s how Jamie McMurray won the Camping World RV Sales 500, and it will go down in the record books as if he had completed every single lap in full. In reality, he didn’t need to do so because Austin Dillon lost control of

his car on the last lap, causing the caution flag to come out.

For 15 previous laps, we watched as McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran first and second. The drama built, as Earnhardt stayed on McMurray’s tail. We looked forward to an exciting last lap as they undoubtedly would duel for the win.

Then, poof ­― it didn’t happen. The caution came out before we could see what move Earnhardt might make to try to take the lead.

It’s like seeing the Miami Heat down by a point, the clock winding down, LeBron James dribbling at the top of the key. Then suddenly somebody pulls up lame, and the officials throw up their hands and say, “Game over! Heat lose!”

It’s like seeing Alabama and Auburn are playing the Iron Bowl, with one team trailing but driving down the field with less then a minute left. Then some guy pulls a muscle, as an official blows his whistle, “Game over! Iron Bowl over! Everybody go home!”

How anti-climactic ― and frustrating ― would that be?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com.

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