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NASCAR Talladega Preview

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The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to NASCAR’s longest track – Talladega Superspeedway this weekend and they’ll be using an even smaller restrictor plate for Talladega than the one that was used at Daytona.  The idea is to create more competitive racing and it worked at Daytona with all kinds of new records set including 74 lead changes, 22 different leaders, 16 cautions and a surprise winner, Trevor Bayne, who became the youngest driver ever to win the stock car racing’s premier event.
 
 Many drivers think Talladega will be a repeat of Daytona.
 
Even with the restrictor place, some cars were reaching speeds as high as 206 miles an hour.  And one thing drivers figured out pretty quickly was that two-car drafts was the way to go and with Talladega being a wider track it should be a lot easier. 

Who’s gona win?  Dale Earnhardt, Junior says “Talladega is just a lottery.”  He just hopes to be near the front at the end so he has a chance.  He’s had plenty of luck there in the past with five Cup victories there including a record four straight.  That was a while ago though.  Overall Junior is winless in the last 100 Cup races.
 
Last year’s spring race at Talladega was one of the all-time greatest with a NASCAR-record
88  lead changes among 29 drivers, three green-white-checkered attempts and a photo finish with Kevin Harvick winning by one one thousandths of a second over Jamie McMurray.
 
 Harvick is the only driver with multiple wins in this season with victories at California and Martinsville.

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