For the second time in the 2024 season, Michael McDowell started from the pole to kick off an all Ford front row with Austin Cindric. McDowell and Cindric would duel it out until a third line would begin to form on the high side to run the pair down.

Truex with help from the No. 23 machine would roll the high side taking the lead just six laps in but their lead wouldn’t last when Denny Hamlin would help BJ McLeod who had started at the rear shove the No. 78 out front for the first time of the day.

McLeod would wage a back-and-forth battle for the lead with help from Hamlin and Elliott before tagging the wall just prior to the first stop of the day after losing fuel pressure that would send him to pit road.

The first round of stops of the day would tag multiple drivers including Logano, Zane Smith and Suarez with speeding penalties and Hamlin would spin coming into pit road.

Stage one would end with Cindric taking home the opening stage win of the day over Elliott by just 0.004 seconds followed by Byron, Blaney and Busch.

Van Gisbergen in his fourth Cup start of the 2024 season would lead his third event before Gragson working the middle line would side draft hard on the No. 16 machine pinning Van Gisbergen up by the wall with nowhere to go but drop nearly two dozen positions before gathering it back up and getting in line.

The second stage would be slowed as drivers would switch to fuel saving strategy, running as much as six-plus seconds off the pole qualifying speed and nearly eight seconds off the fastest lap of the day. This would allow Nemechek to maintain the pace and field behind him.

Stage two would come to a close with a battle between Logano, Buescher and Larson for the lead with Logano finally prevailing to take the stage win home over Cindric, Larson, Dillon and Chastain.

The final stage would get underway with Logano, Gragson and Chastain dueling for the lead with little advantage trying to take the lead just as Elliott would get into the back of Justin Haley heading into turn three hooking him down the track into the path of Christopher Bell.

Haley would try to drive back to pit road as Bell would get stuck in the grass before climbing from his car to end his day.

The pace would once again slow with single file racing with the final stop of the day beginning to loom, Toyota cars would be the first to peel off the track to take service. As others were lining up and preparing to make their stops a multi-car wreck in turn three with Nemechek, Wallace and Jones all shoving into each other sending the No. 43 hooking straight up into the wall with Wallace close behind.

Hamlin would also get collected in the incident when Nemechek would come back down the track into the path of the No. 11 machine. Both Hamlin and Wallace would climb from their cars ending their day with Jones radioing to his team “my back, my back”.

Jones would climb from the car and be checked and released from the care center following the incident saying he was sore following the incident and eventually taking a trip to the hospital after being released for further evaluation.

On the restart, McDowell would take control of the lead in a side-by-side, back and forth battle with Reddick. McDowell each time would toy with the No. 45 machine before motoring back around to take control of the race lead each time Reddick attempted to clear.

Finally, with just five laps remaining Reddick would take control of the race from McDowell through the final laps with a challenge from Shane Van Gisbergen and Elliott trying to use a third line to chase down Reddick but without any sustainable help to push them to the front.

McDowell would once again take the lead with one to go with help from Brad Keselowski as they would rocket down the front within sight of the checkered flag, McDowell would attempt to block one final run from Keselowski causing chaos to strike stacking up over a dozen cars.

Reddick in the second line would slip through the melee taking home the first victory for Toyota in the new Camry XSE in a superspeedway race. Keselowski crossed the line in second followed by Gragson, Stenhouse and Bowman.

“Man, it’s incredible. Everyone on this 45 Toyota Camry worked really hard today. Didn’t really work out in that third stage for us, but we were able to fight and defend our track position.” Said Reddick

“Was that crazy, guys? Was that crazy, fans, huh? That was chaos. That’s Talladega for you.” Continues Reddick

The NASCAR Cup Series now moves onto Dover Motor Speedway next Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1.