The driver who crosses the start/finish line at the checkered flag isn’t always the race winner. That’s a hard lesson Brennan Poole learned in the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, if he didn’t know it already. Poole crossed the start/finish line 0.026 seconds ahead of anyone else on the final lap. After he and Elliott Sadler waited at the start/finish line for a few momnts, Sadler was declared the race winner and headed to victory lane, while Poole was declared the third-place finisher.
“I think I’m upbeat today because I had so much fun racing with everybody,” Poole said. “It was just a blast. As I was waiting there (for NASCAR’s decision), I was thinking, ‘Man, hopefully the caution didn’t come out as early as I think it came out,’ and I’m hoping we raced to the line. But at the same time, (I thought) hopefully NASCAR gets it right. I want the guy who deserves to win the race to be the winner and go by the rules. And according to the rules, Elliott was the winner. I can’t be mad about it. It is what it is.”
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