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NASCAR at Talladega 2016: Preview and Prediction for the Alabama 500

Chase drivers begrudgingly sent their RSVPs to the Talladega Party some time ago. When they received their save the date, they figured they’d better get a move on to win a race before that carnival of horrors. The Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway hosts its third elimination race of the new Chase playoffs. Two years ago, Brad Keselowski—a four-time Talladega winner—won this race to advance. Last year, Joey Logano completed the Contender Round sweep, nosing out Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now the only drivers who are safe are Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, winners of the first two races of this Round of 12. Restrictor plates in the Chase are like wet blankets: They dampen everyone’s mood. The draft and the in...

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