Pack it up, overbearing sports dads of the world. You’ve just been outdone. You will never achieve this level of Sports Dad. And no, it’s not the officials’ fault this time (or most of the time, come to think of it). Y’all lack even half the dedication of Sports Dad of the Century Ricky Stenhouse Sr.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Talladega Superspeedway was eerily clean for almost 170 laps on Sunday, which was odd for a restrictor-plate track. But the drivers managed to right that odd feeling with 20 laps to go, with A.J. Allmendinger starting a giant wreck that put him on his roof.
Not even restrictor-plate racing can keep Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers from taking the top spots in the lower Xfinity Series—at least, not this weekend at Talladega. Four of the top five finishers are either current or former Cup regulars, with Aric Almirola taking the win. But hey! It was a fun race.
It was around 12:45 p.m. local time when Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway decided it was lunchtime, and, luckily for track and unluckily for its drivers, it didn’t have to look far. There were plenty of race cars diving into the third turn to chomp on.
Two Florida men were found dead in a camper on the Talladega Superspeedway campgrounds on Sunday afternoon, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. Officials do not suspect foul play in their deaths, however, autopsies are being done by the state forensics lab to determine the cause of death.
Remember the end of last year, when NASCAR’s headlines were all dominated with the beef between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano? It’s baaaaaaaack! This time, Kenseth blamed Logano for contact during today’s Talladega race and gave him a bit of a warning as they were both outside the infield care center.
Did we watch a NASCAR Sprint Cup race or a demolition derby today at Talladega? With eight laps to go, Matt Kenseth went flying tail-up into a roll, triggering a restart with four laps to go. On the last lap, cars collided into a huge mass once again as Brad Keselowski drove away from the pack to win.
We had one “Big One” already at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Now we’ve had a much, much ‘Bigger One” that took out half the remaining field. 17 cars ended up damaged after this huge wreck.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a series of unfortunate events at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega. After getting back on track after a hard hit, Earnhardt’s steering wheel came off the hub. No big deal; Dale’s got hands.
Last year’s spring Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will probably not be anywhere near the top this time around after a hard hit sent him to the garage. Earnhardt’s car got loose as he tried to move between two others, sending him into the barriers.
Everyone was getting antsy as rain sprinkles threatened to shut down today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway early, so one of the restrictor plate track’s classic “big one” crashes came early.
NASCAR races at restrictor-plate tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are known for their nearly inevitable “Big One” wrecks, but the early laps in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race was a big one in its own rights—big not in numbers, but in just how hard the hit actually was.
If you ever want to feel as if you’ve wasted away your sad, underachieving life, take a look at Chase Elliott, the pole sitter for this weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 20 year old gets to wave that underage flag high for winning pole on his first trip to Talladega in a Sprint Cup Series car.
We weren’t at Talladega for last weekend’s crazy race, so we talked to someone who was: NBC Sports’ pit reporter Mike Massaro. He’s been covering NASCAR at the national level for 17 years—since TNN was a thing!—and surprisingly, he doesn’t think ‘Dega’s drama will affect today’s race and beyond too much.
[A crew member congratulates Jeff Gordon after qualifying on pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports team qualified in four of the top five starting positions, with teammate and fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in fifth. Photo credit: Getty Images]
Something that may or may not come into play today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway is the ending to last week’s race. Driver Matt Kenseth is still adamant that Joey Logano spun him out intentionally when he was in the lead, and being quite vocal about that fact to anyone who will listen.
What happens when the track goes cold at Talladega? Parties. Everywhere. Even the drivers get into it with massive trailers along Talladega Boulevard. I’ve never been to ‘Dega in person, but this run-through of party central that NBC Sports did with Austin Dillon certainly makes me wish I was there.
Both NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway officials wasted no time on analyzing every aspect of the horrifying last lap crash at the end of the Coke Zero 400. The question of the moment is, what can we do to make this entire experience safer for fans and drivers alike?