Main Takeaways From Sunday’s Alabama 500

Talladega, Ala – The most feared race of the playoffs are now behind us, as the Alabama 500 is now in the rearview mirror. But, Sunday’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway was nothing short of heart wrenching. From thrilling three and even four wide action for laps on laps around the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval, to a 16 car melee, to three red flags totaling 35-minutes, 30-seconds, this race had everything we needed. Here are five takeways. 

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Chaos At The End Of Sunday’s Alabama 500 Proved Costly For Playoff Drivers

Talladega, Ala – We all knew that Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway would be highly stressful for 11 of the 12 playoff drivers. Martin Truex Jr. won last weekend at Charlotte, so whatever happened to him at the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama restrictor plate track wouldn’t hold any merit to his championship hopes. The other drivers couldn’t say the same. With the unpredictability of plate racing, Sunday’s Alabama 500 could play a pivotal role on who advances to the Round of 8 or not. Well,…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ends Talladega Career With 7th Place Finish

Talladega, Ala – It now appears that unless Dale Earnhardt Jr. can turn things around over the next five races, then his last Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory will have come in November 2015 at the Phoenix Raceway. Sunday, was supposed to be Earnhardt’s last real shot of ending his winless drought. While the chips were falling his way, he could only muster a seventh place finish in his No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt, even said so from the start of this weekend. You could definitely sense a little more urgency,…

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Keselowski Wins Wild Alabama 500

Talladega, Ala – The end of Sunday’s Alabama 500 looked like the ending to a demolition derby. Just 14 cars took the final green flag of the day on Lap 186, just three of them without damage. In the end, it was fitting that the one that didn’t have a dent on it would come out with the victory. Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the last lap and would win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. It was Keselowski’s fifth victory at…

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Earnhardt Jr. Wins 1st Career Talladega Pole, Elliott To Start 2nd

Talladega, Ala – It’s hard to believe, but prior to this weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had never won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at the Talladega Superspeedway. In his final start though, Earnhardt Jr. ended that drought. Earnhardt, powered his No. 88 Chevrolet around the high banked 2.66-mile Alabama track in the final round of Coors Light Pole Award qualifying with a speed of 190.544 mph, good enough to earn his 15th career Cup pole and second of the season. The pole comes just 24 hours after he received…

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Fords, Hendrick Motorsports The Drivers To Beat In Sunday’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN)

Talladega, Ala – After all the preliminary action on the Talladega Superspeedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers this weekend, one thing is clear among the uncertainly that surrounds restrictor plate racing, the Fords and Hendrick Motorsports have the cars to beat. In two practice sessions on Friday, it proved that. But, so did qualifying for Sunday’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN). It should come to no surprise that the Ford drivers were strong. While speed in practice and contending on race day in a plate race don’t normally correlate…

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Odds Are Sunday’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) Will Go To Overtime, May Have Non Playoff Winner

This comes without too much controversy, but expect Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway to end in overtime. After all, there’s a ton writing on this weekend’s penultimate race of the second round. With superspeedways normally producing hectic, edge of your seat racing, throw in stage points and playoff implications, and you get “big ones” as in plural. Statistics show that this weekend’s race will end in overtime already. The race in the spring ended in overtime, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking his No. 17…

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