At this point, there are 16 opportunities left for a driver to win a race and, ostensibly, make the Chase.
Danica Patrick: "It was a hot day here in Talladega."
Jeff Gordon: “Danica (Patrick) made a mistake early. I don’t think that was an aggressive move I think it was just a mistake that got the No. 2 turned (earlier in the race).
After 15 seasons at Roush Fenway Racing, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion fell perfectly into place behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota Camry.
Jimmie Johnson: “Honestly, the way I see it is we’re locked in the Chase right now,”
Brian Vickers: "I think it’s by far better qualifying than we’ve ever seen at superspeedways ever in the history of the sport."
Brian Scott: "This Chevy SS was really fast, and we were able to get the draft and the right suck (up) right there at the last second to get the pole."
NASCAR’s first restrictor plate “knock-out” qualifying session is on deck for Saturday afternoon.
This weekend, Danica Patrick will once again be Chassis No. 10-758, the same car she used for her history-making run in last year’s Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch unveils his Indy 500 livery. The Sprint Cup champion is scheduled to test on Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Nine of the first 26 regular-season races have been run, and Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske have recorded three victories each.