It's entirely appropriate that the NASCAR circus swings through Talladega over Halloween weekend. If ever there were a venue that gave drivers heart palpitations, visions of disaster and sweat-soaked nightmares, it would surely be the 2.66 mile-long behemoth in Alabama. With the restrictor plates reduced in size ( by 1/64th of an inch) this weekend, in order to prevent
As a Fantasy owner, looking either to keep a lead or claw up the standings, Talladega is an absolute nightmare to predict. Expect a veritable smorgasbord of huge wrecks, twisted sheet metal, and blown dreams this weekend. If your line-up hits the marks, run out and grab a lottery ticket to cash in on your good luck.
By the Numbers: Gordon has led at least one lap in 26 of the 33 races he has attempted at Talladega and has an average finish of 16.4.
By the Numbers: Smoke has completed 3854 of the 3962 laps he's run at Talladega, an impressive 97.3 percent clip.
By the Numbers: Junior has led 655 laps at Talladega, second among active drivers to Jeff Gordon (805 laps). The next closest full-time competitor is Mark Martin with 315 laps led.
By the Numbers: Two of Ambrose's eight overall top-10 finishes (in 43 attempts) have come at plate tracks.
By the Numbers: Keselowski has led just one lap at Sprint Cup level -- good enough for the win last April.
By the Numbers: Biffle has five DNFs in 13 attempts and has led a measly 15 of the 2458 laps he's run at Talladega.
Next Up: After the chaos of restrictor plate racing, next weekend sees a return to an intermediate circuit, namely the Texas Motor Speedway.