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Clint Bowyer finished third and was followed by Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Brian Vickers as Toyota took the victory and three of the top four spots.

AJ Allmendinger finished fifth in a Chevrolet, followed by Paul Menard and then Harvick, who faded to seventh. Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished a disappointing 26th despite leading three times for 26 laps, second most in the race.

Danica Patrick led two times for six laps, and the crowd roared its approval when she drove to the front early in the race. She finished 22nd.

“It was nice to lead laps,” she said. “It was a fast, fast car so we’ll be happy to take this one to Daytona.”

It was a rough day for Brad Keselowski, a two-time Talladega winner, who darted to the lead on Lap 14 but appeared to not have cleared Patrick before squeezing in front of her car. She tapped the back of Keselowski’s car, sending him for a spin through the grass that caused enough damage to drop him six laps off the pace.

“We weren’t clear enough to make that,” crew chief Paul Wolfe told his driver. “I’ll just call it at that: We weren’t clear enough to make that move.”

Keselowski raced in the heart of the pack after the first incident in an attempt to get his laps back under caution periods. But he was heavily criticized for triggering a 14-car accident with 51 laps remaining. The accident began when Keselowski spun in front of Trevor Bayne, and among those collected were Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.

“Brad made a pretty bold move early, a mind-boggling move, in going in front of Danica and spun out in front of the field and got away with it,” Kenseth said. “This time we weren’t so lucky. He was driving really, really, really aggressively to try to get back up there.

“If it was the other way around and it was anybody else except for him, we’d all be getting lectured.”

Gordon also chastised Keselowski.

“I had seen him for several laps driving over his head being pretty aggressive,” Gordon said. “I knew he was laps down, but he wasn’t doing anybody any favors, nor himself.”

Keselowski took the blame for the late accident.

“I just spun out in front of the whole field,” he said. “I don’t know why, if I just busted my butt on my own or lost a tire, but I feel bad for everyone that got torn up.”