This Sunday Talladega, the world’s largest speedway hosts the 5th chase race of the year. With only 5 races left in NASCAR’s playoff season, Talladega will provide drama and excitement for 500 laps. 43 race cars, reaching speeds well over 200 mph. The racing can only be described as bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic, at 200 mph.
With 13 drivers still in the playoffs, in reality, only 5 drivers have a real chance of winning the 2013 Sprint Cup. In 5th place the wild and crazy Kyle Busch is 37 points back of 1st place. His Chase hopes have taken a hit these last few races, but no one ever counts out Kyle in any race. If he can control his temper on the track, he can easily find his way back into contention.
Jeff Gordon, the surprise of the Chase filed, only because NASCAR expanded the Chase filed from 12 drivers to 13 after Jeff was robed of a Chase spot earlier in the year. Jeff has shown everyone he deserved to be in the playoffs and has raced his way into contention for his 5th NASCAR title. Was there any doubt a legend like Jeff Gordon wasn’t going to be a contender for the title.
The man that is never in contention for a race win at the beginning of a race, but always finds himself there at the end, Kevin Harvick is only 29 (like his car number) points back of 1st. It would have been easy for Kevin to give up on this lame duck season after he announced his was leaving this team at the end of the year. Quit and giving up in not in the Bakersfield natives blood.
In 2nd place, and only 4 points back is 5-Time champion Jimmie Johnson. After a late suspicious caution flag at the end of last weekends race, cost Jimmie the win and point lead. Jimmie is determined to capture the flag at Talladega this Sunday and take over the point lead.
Matt Kenseth, the point’s leader heading into this weekend. Matt hates racing at Talladega, because racing Talladega is a game of luck. Like Matt, sometimes your lucky, miss the crashes and win like Matt has done before. Other times, you get caught up in a wreak 100 yards from you and your race is over, maybe even your season.
After this weekend race, I’m sure we will have a clearer picture of who the title contenders are. We have seen crashes at Talladega that have taken out half the field in seconds. In other races the big wreck never happens. No matter what happens, we should see the true champion contenders emerge after this weekend. I put my money on Jeff Gordon to take the win Sunday.
This is a guest post by Account Executive Patrick Moorman