Stage Points The Reason McMurray, Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Stenhouse All in Trouble Leaving Talladega

Talladega, Ala – When the predictions came in for who would be eliminated from the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, two of the four drivers not picked to move on were Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nothing against them, but they weren’t having the seasons that they needed to in order seriously contend for this year’s title. Their best shots to advance onto the next round were to win at Talladega. McMurray, was involved in a Lap 25 crash. He’d finish 37th. Stenhouse, was…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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,…

Read More

Is Keselowski The Best Plate Racer In The Series Today?

Talladega, Ala – Legend had it that Dale Earnhardt Sr. could see the air in the draft. He was just that magical in restrictor plate races. He currently holds the record for the most wins at Daytona as well as Talladega. Then, his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., was the next in line for restrictor plate legend status. He was at his best on plate tracks too. At one point, Earnhardt Jr. won four straight races at the Talladega Superspeedway. Combined, the father/son combo have won an astounding 16 Monster Energy NASCAR…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More