Moving on, he was running third, about three tenths behind the top 2, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric. Cinder I tried the bump-and-run on the 7, he got loose, collected the 22, and Empire could drive past to take the lead.
EJ: I tell ya, my eyes got bigger than the sun when they wrecked. Not only did they open up, they clouded up. I was literally about to start crying. No, I DID start crying. I stopped in the apron of turn 2, got out, knelt by the door, and just broke down, knowing how much it meant for me to win after my tributes. I remember an AMR safety guy came to me and asked if I was ok. I just said “Alan Kulwicki” and he understood. My sister came out and picked me up. She nodded and I got back in and did my Polish Victory Lap. Then did my burnout and got the checkered flag, which I gave and dedicated to the Kulwicki family. I signed it and had all the other drivers sign it as well.