Kyle Busch figured that his chances for a win were decimated when he was involved in a 21-car pileup during Saturday's Nationwide race at Talladega.
Heck, he even went so far as to say that the car was "killed." After the car was patched up, there was still a gap between the left rear tire and the quarterpanel and tape all across the left side and front bumper.
It didn't matter. Busch made a daring three-wide move in Turns 1 and 2 on the final lap thanks to a push from teammate Joey Logano that put him in the lead as the caution flag flew for Mike Wallace's flip on the backstretch.
Believe it or not, Wallace, driving for Nationwide Series stalwart Johnny Davis, and Joe Nemechek were a force together in the last 25 laps, running with the leaders and surging to the lead on multiple occasions. The Wallace/Nemechek tandem was in the lead when the final two cautions came out — setting up two attempts at a green-white-checker finish — but that meant they were separated on the final restart as they started alongside each other on the front row.