Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway • Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway
Distance: 2.66 Miles
Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
Both with 4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer
All with 3 - Greg Biffle, David Ragan and Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski - 6
All with 5 - Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton
Joey Logano - 4
Recent Pole Winner:
2012 & 2011 Jeff Gordon
The Likely Suspects: Talladega racing is all about extremes -- extreme speeds, extreme danger and extreme excitement. Drivers who run well here are the extreme personality types: patiently-skillful or down-right crazy. Among the 'Dega' masters are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer.
My 2 Cents: Restrictor-plate racing provides edge-of-seat excitement for fans. Unfortunately this excitement, and the mayhem it always brings, can also wipe out your fantasy team in mere seconds. This will be the first Talladega race in the new Gen 6 car, so we can expect new track speed records. Tandem racing will rear its head most likely towards the end of the race, but I wouldn't completely rule it out as a strategy as drivers grab any edge available.
My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. My quintessential down-right crazy driver choice is, of course, Kyle Busch. My next pick is Brad Keselowski although Kevin Harvick is an equally good selection. However, I think Brad will be a tad hungrier since he has lost his penalty appeal. My next picks are Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton. I will complete my team with Danica Patrick, who I believe has a decent chance at a pole, and Michael Waltrip.
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