Video: Brendan Gaughan uninjured in wild Talladega blowover

The 44-year-old veteran was in contention a win with underdog Beard Motorsports

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Brendan Gaughan flipped upside down during a crash late on Monday at Talladega Superspeedway.

While neither are ideal, Brendan Gaughan said his wild blow-over during Monday’s rain-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was ultimately preferable to hitting a wall.

The veteran NASCAR driver flipped upside down during a crash on Lap 183 but landed on all four tires.

Gaughan had just been pushed to second-place by Brad Keselowski when Kyle Busch was turned sideways by leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into the Beard Oil Motorsports No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact sent Gaughan into Stenhouse and sideways in front of Kurt Busch and Matt DiBenedetto — the last contact resulting in the airborne excursion.

“I’ve said for a long time, I’ve flipped probably more cars than most people – that’s what we do in the desert – and flipping doesn’t hurt,” Gaughan said. “That’s what people have to understand. NASCAR does a great job. We’re in there safe. But when you flip, you just slow down. You never hit a wall. I’d rather do that than hit a wall any day of the week, I promise.

“But it was an easy one. Thank you Brad for pushing me to the lead; I was having a great time. Our Chevrolet was fast; we were up front. I show up four times a year, and people think I’m crazy for loving this racing, but I love racing at Daytona and Talladega. I enjoy the crap out of this and when I come with the Beard family with that Chevrolet that they give me, with the ECR engine that Richard (Childress) gives me, we come for the win. … We had a chance to win, that’s all I can ask for. It is what it is.”