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Sprint Cup Series: Aaron's 499 results 
Nationwide Series: Aaron's 312 results

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series both put on quite a show at Talladega Superspeedway this week.

In both instances, a weather-delayed race came down to a green-white-checkered finish.

Check back for the latest coverage from NASCAR.com.

In the Rearview

NASCAR.com’s Holly Cain breaks down the biggest story lines from Talladega Superspeedway, including David Ragan’s win, Brad Keselowski’s comments and more. Get an in-depth look at a thrilling weekend that was full of records and wrecks. | Read the full story

Ragan weathers storm

David Ragan waited out a rain delay that caused Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 to be red-flagged for more than 3 hours and 30 minutes. Then the No. 34 Ford stunningly surged to the front of the field on a green-white-checkered restart to win at Talladega Superspeedway in a 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports. | Read the full story

Big Ones hit early, late

It didn’t take long for the Big One to happen at Talladega Superspeedway. On Lap 44, Kyle Busch nudged Kasey Kahne as the two entered Turn 1, setting off a massive chain reaction. Then late in the race, there was an 11-car incident that saw Kurt Busch's car flip onto Ryan Newman's hood. | Watch the final wreck here | Watch the first wreck here

Kenseth's strong run for naught

A dominant day for Matt Kenseth didn't quite end that way in the results column at Talladega. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led a stunning 142 of the 192 laps, but was shuffled back to an eighth-place finish after a hectic overtime restart in the Aaron’s 499. | Read the full story

Stenhouse sinks in late chaos

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was sitting a promising second during a lengthy rain delay at Talladega Superspeedway, but the resumption of the Aaron’s 499 didn't help his chances at a top-five finish. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate slid from fifth to a 13th-place finish in the final restart. | Read the full story

Minute-by-Minute

Excited about Sunday's race? Did you miss anything? To stay totally tuned in, read through NASCAR.com’s Minute-by-Minute blog for Talladega Superspeedway updates, videos and social media reaction as the Aaron’s 499 progressed. | Recap: Minute-by-Minute

According to plan

Denny Hamlin’s plan went off smoothly. On the first caution of the race, the driver exited his No. 11 Toyota through a roof hatch as Brian Vickers slid into the driver’s seat. Hamlin logged fewer than 25 laps, but expects to return full time next week at Darlington Raceway. | Read the full story

Nationwide wrecks

First, Sam Hornish Jr. and Eric McClure collided, triggering a multicar crash. Then on a thrilling final lap, seven cars wrecked to bring out a caution, delaying the announcement of a winner for a few minutes. Relive both incidents here. | Watch the Hornish Jr. wreck | Watch the final wreck

Smith wins thriller

In a delayed -- and shortened -- Aaron's 312, Regan Smith emerged from a green-white-checkered shootout to win Saturday. The late restart produced plenty of drama, including a big wreck on the final lap. Smith was in the lead when the caution flew, NASCAR determined. | Read the full story

Danica sent spinning

In Saturday’s Nationwide race, Danica Patrick made an early exit after getting bumped from Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson. She later went to the garage, her No. 34 too damaged to continue. | Watch the video

Pastrana angry, not hurt

After winning the pole, Travis Pastrana had a strategy. He didn’t follow it once the race began and, as a result, was in position to be collected in a wreck that was not his fault. The former X Games star took the hit hard. | Read the full story

MWR targets Vickers

Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota is currently split among three drivers. If Waltrip has his way, Brian Vickers will be the full-time driver in 2014 -- with longtime sponsor Aaron’s still on the front of the vehicle. | Read the full story

Pastrana wins pole

Travis Pastrana’s full-time transition to NASCAR picked up even more steam Friday when the Roush Fenway Racing driver won his first career pole, which came at the largest track on the NASCAR circuit. | Read the full story

Junior changes tune

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was contemplative and forthcoming when he met with the media Friday. NASCAR.com’s Kenny Bruce details how the driver has let go of the anger that lingered following last year’s concussion. | Read the full story

McClure returns a changed man

Eric McClure was involved in a horrific wreck last year that left the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver with a concussion and doubts on his future. The driver is back at Talladega Superspeedway with a new perspective on racing -- and life. | Read the full story | Watch the video

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