5 Storylines For Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 (3 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to action this weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 (3 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the third leg in the Dash 4 Cash. That means the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars won’t be in the field this weekend to take another win.

That’s one of many storylines for Saturday’s race.

Drafting Practice at Talladega on Friday

JRM Eyeing 4th Win In Last 6 Talladega Starts

The best team in the series on plate tracks recently has been JR Motorsports. They just won the most recent race at the Daytona International Speedway back in February. They’ve also won three of the last five races at the Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott Sadler had seven straight top 11 finishes there. Justin Allgaier has five straight top eight’s. Tyler Reddick won that race at Daytona.

These are the ones to beat.

Different Pole Winner Every Year

Here’s a rare stat, the XFINITY Series race at Talladega hasn’t had a repeat pole winner in 16 years. Johnny Sauter, Joe Nemechek Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, JJ Yeley, Brad Coleman, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Rain out, Travis Pastrana, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft and Blake Koch have all won poles at Talladega since 2002. Will we see another new pole winner on Saturday?

9th Different Winner In As Many Races For 2018?

We’re eight races into the 2018 season and we’ve yet to see a repeat winner so far. Will we go nine-for-nine on Saturday afternoon? If Christopher Bell or Tyler Reddick don’t win, then we will. That will be an unbelievable feat to reach.

Close Finish

We’ve seen some nailbiting finishes on plate races. Will another one ensue this weekend. Back in February, Tyler Reddick beat his JRM teammate of Elliott Sadler by the closest margin in NASCAR history. The initial timing and scoring had it as a tie. The margin of victory?

0.000-seconds.

Will Talladega produce another race like that?

Stats say yes.

No. 18 Toyota For Dash 4 Cash

This is the third of four legs in the Dash 4 Cash. This weeks drivers are Christopher Bell, Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric. The first driver among those four to cross the finish line first will take home $100k on Saturday. But, one driver not in there is Noah Gragson. That’s because he’s not eligible. Gragson, finished second in his No. 18 Toyota last weekend. That car technically would have been eligible in Richmond as Ryan Preece won in it at Bristol. But, neither of those drivers are full-time drivers. So, that car isn’t not eligible. Can they play Dash 4 Cash spoiler again?

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