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]
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?
Say it with me now: “awwwwww.” People pick venues for weddings that mean something to them, and this pair of NASCAR fans decided to make their choice really count. They got married outside Talladega this weekend.
The last few laps of today’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway were relatively uneventful, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. holding on to his lead for dear life. That’s right: NASCAR’s most likable dude just brought home the win.
The “big one” hit early on lap 46 at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, taking out a massive chunk of the field. Here’s the pile-up, in case you missed it.
For the second week in a row, a Richard Childress Racing car had a mishap with fuel and flame. Ryan Newman’s car was the recipient of the flame-bath this time, and fortunately, it wasn’t as big as last week’s Xfinity fireball.
Even NASCAR semi-admitted that its qualifying format for the Daytona 500 this year was a mess, saying that the sanctioning body was "open to discussions" on how to improve it. Personally, I think Clint Bowyer said it best. Anyway, they just changed their superspeedway qualifying format, hopefully for the better.
After winning the Daytona 500 it seemed like Dale, Jr. had his best chance at winning a championship since people cared about that NEXTEL chirp. Alas, David Gilliland whipped out the Dale-call a little early at Talladega, nudged Greg Biffle, who then hit Dale, Jr. and ended his chase.
In an effort to make things more exciting, NASCAR recently changed how they do qualifying for Talladega. Problem is, the back of the pack at a track like Talladega is the fastest place to run, so we got the bizarre situation of racers not racing for position.
A tight passing move by rookie Ricky Stenhouse led to a multi-car crash at Talladega today, sending Kurt Busch spinning and flipping and taking out Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, and a bunch of others in the Aaron's 499.
NASCAR's Kurt Busch is a jerk. A jerk with a surprisingly awesome sense of humor. Facing a race at Talladega with no sponsors, he entered it with the Ricky Bobby "ME" paint job from Talladega Nights and quoted the film as he drove in circles.
We don't usually lead with NASCAR. But then, NASCAR races of 500 miles aren't usually decided by two thousandths of a second.
If you've been skeptical about watching NASCAR in the moments between the crashes, this collection of real tilt-shift photography from this weekend's Amp Energy Juice 500 (ugh) at Talladega's a little mesmerizing.
Raymond Parks, one of the founding members of NASCAR and the owner of its first championship team, died Sunday. He was the last surviving NASCAR founder, and he was once jailed for illegally transporting liquor. Say it with us: Sigh.
Despite NASCAR's white-washing PR, one redneck fan at last month's Talladega 500 shows off what may be the new NASCAR enthusiast uniform: cheap beer in a cozy, giant Fauxkleys, and a sleeveless t-shirt proclaiming "No Niggers In NASCAR."
The last lap green-white-checkered victory for Brad Keselowski at the Aaron's 312 in Talladega this weekend proved the old NASCAR adage: All's well that ends in a gigantic fireball.
After his car flipped end-over-end into the safety fence, shrapnel injuring seven in the crowd, NASCAR's Carl Edwards, in real-life Ricky Bobby-style, exited his fiery wreck, sprinting on foot to the finish. Spoilers inside, obviously.