Race Weekend Central

The 10: Talladega Twister Shuffles Sprint Cup Rankings

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 You’ll have to forgive our writers in advance for focusing more on past history rather than the final result of Sunday’s attrition-filled GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for this week’s Power Rankings. Who can blame them? With 35 of the 40 cars involved in some sort of incident, Talladega was less skill-based pack driving and more …

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NASCAR Brings Perfect Talladega Storm Without A Drop of Rain

2016 Talladega I Cup Multicar Crash John Harrelson Nkp

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Dark clouds covered the Talladega Superspeedway on a hot, humid Sunday, casting an ominous haze over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Moisture threatened to cover the field throughout the day, but the only particles to fly across the 2.66-mile oval were the myriad of debris sent flying from the many crashed cars. As it turned out, …

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Chris Buescher Flips in Vicious Multi-Car Crash

Chris Buescher fell victim to a harrowing incident that saw him flip three times during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, was running back in the pack on Lap 96 when he fell victim to an incident in front of him. Running for position, Jamie McMurray slid up into …

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Carl Edwards Crashes, Collects Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Talladega

Looking for his third victory in a row, Carl Edwards was involved in one of many nasty crashes during Sunday’s Geico 500. Edwards was running on the inside line through Turn 1 of the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway when a flat tire sent his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota rocketing up the track. Unable to control his machine, …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., ‘Amelia’ Lost in Early Talladega Tussle

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Amelia’s return was short-lived. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was running 10th on lap 50 of Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway when he lost control of his machine off of Turn 2. The six-time Talladega winner crashed into the outside wall, taking Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and Matt DiBenedetto with him. Driving ‘Amelia’, a car nicknamed …

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Logano, Koch Okay After Vicious Talladega Crash

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If the start-finish line at Talladega Superspeedway was located in the same area of the track as Daytona International Speedway, then Joey Logano would have been the winner of Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Instead, Logano was left climbing out of a wrecked racecar after contact with eventual winner Elliott Sadler. Logano was leading the field …

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Brennan Poole Cherishes NASCAR Opportunity Despite Close Loss

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Brennan Poole was one caution flag – or lack thereof – from winning his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Given the circumstances, many drivers would have lost their cool, challenged the sanctioning body’s judgement or just carried a bad attitude. Not Brennan, though. He was smiling. Anyone curious as to …

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Elliott Sadler Wins In Wild Talladega Finish

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It took a wild finish, a big crash and a long review, but Elliott Sadler finally returned victory lane. Not bad a bad way to celebrate a 41st birthday. Sadler got the better end of a late-race crash with Joey Logano and benefitted from the caution flag coming out before being passed by Brennan Poole to …

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Chase Elliott Snags Geico 500 Pole

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When it comes to superspeedway qualifying, Chase Elliott‘s two-for-two in his rookie season. Elliott’s 49.704-second lap late in the second round of qualifying was good for the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway, his second pole on the season. Elliott also claimed first on the grid for the season-opening Daytona 500. The Dawsonville, …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Dominates NXS Qualifying at Talladega

2016 Richmond I Nxs Matt Tifft Car Russell Labounty Nkp

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It was a different driver, but a similar result for the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway. Rookie Matt Tifft outpaced teammate Daniel Suarez to headline a 1-2-4 result for Joe Gibbs Racing in qualifying for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Tifft’s 52.857-second lap averaged 181.168 mph around the 2.66-mile Alabama oval to take …

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Report: IndyCar Boston Grand Prix Cancelled

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The Verizon IndyCar Series’ hopes of running in Boston have been dashed. As first reported by the Boston Herald, the promoters of the Boston Grand Prix have canceled the event after failing to provide promised financial commitments. The announcement brings an end to the much-contested Labor Day weekend event, which would have seen the stars …

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