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Aaron's 499 Preview: Surviving the Big One

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Taylor covers NASCAR for RotoWire. He is a three-time winner of the FSWA's Racing Writer of the Year award. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

Talladega Superspeedway plays host the second restrictor-plate race of the 2013 season. The enormous tri-oval in Talladega, Ala., is the largest track on the Sprint Cup circuit, measuring an amazing 2.66 miles with stunning 33-degree banking in turns. The track's size and banking make it a wide-open, four-wide, heart-pounding racing experience where speeds are high and margin for error is small. The restrictor-plates restrict the airflow into combustion chamber and as a result keep horsepower down and top speeds limited. Otherwise, the speeds would greatly exceed 200 mph. With the two-car draft now becoming a distant memory, we're seeing more pack and single-file racing mixed throughout these superspeedway races. The new Gen-6 race car is ...

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