After a devasting, late race parts break at Dover, Ryan Blaney needed a grand showing at Talladega to have a shot at the next Playoff round. Even with nearly everything being thrown at him at some point, he would pull off the grand showing with a win at one of the toughest races of the year.
Talladega Superspeedway has always been tough. Winning has always been a crap shoot for all but the masters of its nuances. Dale Earnhardt was such a man. So was Buddy Baker.
Show me a newcomer to its perils, and I will show you a young man (or in rare instances, woman) whose initial impression is that winning is all car. Tony Stewart thought that, but after a few years, got the almost mystical hang of it.
When I started going to Talladega, it scared me because no writer and only a few weathermen (or women) likes to deal with tragedy, and it’s part of the job. The first race I ever wrote about there, a red Chevrolet driven by a driver named Jimmy Horton sailed out of the whole track.
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Everyone in the Round of 12 wants to win at Dover, the next week is the unpredictability of Talladega. As a driver who flipped on the last lap earlier this year at Talladega, Kyle Larson is relieved that he was the one in victory lane at the end of the Drydene 400.
Like the late Dirt Late Model racing legend Mike Duvall did many times over in his historic career, Brandon Overton drove with the tenacity and endurance of a true Southeastern champion on Friday night and put it in Victory Lane at Cherokee Speedway.
For the third time this season, he and the Rum Runner Racing team have defeated the Outlaws in their home region. Chris Madden and Chase Junghans held strong inside the top three all race long to capture the final two podium spots.
I’ve got some friendly advice for NASCAR. If there’s a race on the schedule that is uniquely appealing, keep it unique.
The “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway is uniquely appealing. The fall race previously paled in comparison to the sport’s longest race, also unique, there on Memorial Day weekend. Running on a course that circled most of the oval, then snaked through the infield, gave the Double-R (roval race) a niche.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be, speaking words of wisdom, let it beeeeee.