NASCAR’s safe car of tomorrow was tested at the Sonoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sunday. Kurt Busch walked away, but Elliott Sadler was forced to lay on the track after slamming into the wall. Even the best online sportsbooks couldn’t predict the late crash that affected the outcome.
Busch’s No. 2 Dodge was hit from behind when Jimmie Johnson executed a bump draft maneuver. Sadler slid behind Busch and hit the wall head first. The driver of the No. 19 fell to the track with his hands over his head. The Ford’s engine lay smoldering on the track, and the driver said after the race that it was the hardest he’s ever hit anything in a race. Sunday’s wreck came just a day after Sadler won the truck race at Pocono.
Greg Biffle emerged from the field victorious, and dedicated the victory to his car owner Jack Roush.
“This one’s for Jack!” he said over the radio.
Roush is currently at the Mayo Clinic recovering from injuries he suffered in a plane crash. Biffle had not won a race in 64 tries, and thought after the race that maybe his victory was fate.
“I have to tell you, when it got to be five to go, I started thinking about it,” Biffle said. “I started thinking, this race is meant to be.”
Biffle clearly gained motivation from his owner’s misfortune. Roush watched his driver celebrate in victory lane for the first time in nearly two-years.
“We know he’s watching,” Biffle said. “It’s been really tough. We worked so hard.”
Tony Stewart finished just behind Biffle for his sixth top-5 finish of the season. Carl Edwards finished in third, Harvick in fourth, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five. The most trusted online sportsbooks will start to favor these drivers if they continue to finish in the top of the field.
Edwards had positive news about the demeanor of his owner after speaking with him from the race track.
“He was Jack,” Edwards said. “Don’t mess anything up. Don’t wreck. He’s been through a lot this last week. He really needed that victory. That’s pretty cool. I’m sure he’s really hard to handle for all those nurses in the hospital.”
Biffle seemed excited after Roush reportedly called him from the hospital with congratulations.
“I’m glad he thinks of me like that,” Biffle said. “No matter how grim the outcome can be, I’ll still be digging.”
NASCAR sportsbooks have set Johnson as the as the favorite to win the 2010 Sprint Cup at 2/1 odds.