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Restrictor-plate racing makes for strange bedfellows.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s plan to have its top three drivers in the Chase standings ride around in the back of the pack most of the race at Talladega was probably a smart one, but it certainly wasn’t aesthetically pleasing.
Denny Hamlin knew he was on his own to finesse his way into the next round of the Chase, but he was not uncomfortable being in that position.
It wasn’t one big “Happy” family for Stewart-Haas Racing following the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
Joey Logano punched his ticket to the Round of 8 with his second career Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brad Keselowski vowed not to “points race” as he tried to advance to the third round of the Chase and he stayed true to form.
Martin Truex Jr., who at one point appeared to be a shoe-in to challenge for the Sprint Cup Series championship this season, was all-but eliminated from the Chase in the early laps of Sunday’s race at Talladega.