With many considering Talladega the 'wildcard' in the Chase, we asked our drivers what -- if anything -- can be done to avoid trouble at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. MARK MARTIN, DRIVER NO. 6 VIAGRA FORD "You need a lot of luck and you have to...
With many considering Talladega the 'wildcard' in the Chase, we asked our drivers what -- if anything -- can be done to avoid trouble at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
MARK MARTIN, DRIVER NO. 6 VIAGRA FORD
"You need a lot of luck and you have to really hope that you are not in the wrong place at the wrong time. I mean logically you would hope that the closer to the front you were the better off you are, but we wrecked there in the spring running inside the top five and I think we got caught up in a wreck at Daytona running in the front as well, so it can happen anywhere. You really just have to be own your toes, but more than anything you have to be in the right places at the right time. There just isn't a lot that is in the hands of the drivers at restrictor-place races -- especially Talladega. "
GREG BIFFLE, DRIVER NO. 16 NATIONAL GUARD FORD
"You have to be alert, be smart and don't go four-wide in the middle. But sometimes even if you do all of that, you'll still get caught up in something. It is just crucial to be completely aware of who you're racing around and what they're doing."
MATT KENSETH, DRIVER NO. 17 DEWALT TOOLS FORD
"Talladega is one of those tracks where anything can happen. Obviously, you think about going there and trying to miss the big wreck and hopefully being in the lead draft at the end and having some help around you. You don't want to just survive and be in the back and get separated into two or three packs and be in the second or third pack. That race does have the possibility of running green flag all day long so it's important to survive, but it's also important not to make a mistake on pit road, getting on pit road, getting off pit road - any of that kind of stuff under green - because if you lose that lead draft there might not be the opportunity to get back in it."
KURT BUSCH, DRIVER NO. 97 IRWIN/SHARPIE FORD
"If you're running in the top-five during the race, usually you're single file, not three-wide pack, and that's something you try to position yourself for. If you're stuck in the middle there's not much you can do. You don't want to get caught up in a wreck, so you have to decide if you want to go forward or if you want to hang out in the back and wait for a pit stop to jumble up the field. Qualifying is important, but, if you qualify up front, you can get shuffled to the back if you get into the wrong draft."
CARL EDWARDS, DRIVER NO. 99 WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP FORD
"Talladega is one of those tracks where you can do everything right and still end up in a wreck. You have to be patient and be in the right place at the right time."