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Talladega is the home of The Big One, the wrecks that take out cars by the dozen and change the entire race, but it's safe to say it'll be a long time before we see anything this spectacular -- and terrifying -- again.

After lurking back in the pack for most of the race, Carl Edwards got a push from Brad Keselowski and cruised to the front of the line on the final lap. But as they came down the final straightaway, Keselowski moved to get around Edwards, and then things got scary around 1:30 of the clip below:

Thankfully, Edwards was just fine, if a bit shaken. (He actually ran up and finished the race on foot, a la Ricky Bobby.) No word yet on whether any spectators were injured, but it appears there are no serious injuries. The wreck was at least the equal of any of the worst previous wrecks at Talladega, and we'll be seeing these replays for a long time.

For most of the race, though, it seemed like The Big One had happened before everyone even reached their seats. Just seven laps in, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth began tapping one another, and within an instant:

That wreck took out some of the biggest names in the field -- Gordon, Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer -- and looked like it would be the biggest story of the day.

A second "Big One" late in the race, one which took out Jimmie Johnson and a dozen other drivers, certainly appeared to be the final word on the Talladega race:

But, as is always the case, the race at Talladega doesn't really begin until the final turn. And this one ended up being one of the best in quite awhile.

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