GEICO 500 Preview: Superspeedway Battle

GEICO 500 Preview: Superspeedway Battle

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

Talladega Superspeedway is up next in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.  The enormous tri-oval in Talladega, Ala., is the largest track on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit, measuring an amazing 2.66 miles in length, and stunning 33-degree banking in the 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.  This will be a big departure from the recent short-track stint in the schedule, and with it a change of faces at the top of our driver recommendations.    

This weekends, action will be similar to what we witnessed in the season-opening Daytona 500 were heavy packs that would eventually spread out into double lines or multiple packs over long green-flag runs.  With the ability to race to the back or the front very quickly, moving through traffic presented little problem.  However, passing at the front among the leaders was a bit more difficult.  The 22 lead changes during the Great American Race were a three-season low for the event.  This season's Daytona 500 also saw the return of the multi-car crashes.  There were four caution periods due to accidents involving multiple cars, with two of the incidents being particularly large with many cars involved.  With the return of the "big one" or "big ones" we may see some form of return to the sandbagging at the back.  Despite the stage racing point system, some drivers might feel better about staying out of the wrecks and

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Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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