This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
Luck will be a factor at this weekend's race like no other race in the 10 events that make up the Chase for the NASCAR Cup. The circuit comes to Talladega Superspeedway for the YellaWood 500 and for the wild pack-racing action that Talladega provides.
This is the perfect event to throw in with the short tracks, flat tracks and intermediate ovals that make up the final 10 races in the Chase for the Cup championship. Considering that we've spent the last few weeks racing on intermediate and smaller ovals with few cautions and few crashes, we're in for some major changes as the "big one" comes back into play. The multi-car, multi-line drafts and side-by-side racing at near 200 mph is nothing short of chaotic. Five hundred miles of racing in these tight conditions almost always leads to disaster, and that's where the luck factor comes into play this weekend. Considering that this weekend's race is the second in the Round of 12 of the Chase, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
He's not a part of the championship picture after being eliminated from the playoff field at Bristol, but Ryan Blaney will be in the spotlight this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The Penske Racing youngster won here in June of this year in a pretty strong performance. He also won here in this event one year ago. Blaney rides a two-race Talladega win streak into Sunday's YellaWood 500. Coming back to the scene of his June