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Two Big Winners Lose the Chase Touch as Joey Logano Conquers Talladega

Joey Logano captured the latter Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway—this one happened to be known as the Hellmann's 500—for the second year in a row, and the race took a toll on contenders, if not on race cars. What? A safe race at Talladega? Only eight cars were involved in crashes. On May 1, when Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 at the track, 56 cars were listed as involved in crashes. The starting field was 40, which meant that many drivers drove into more than one calamitous melee. Among the multiple crashers were such luminaries as Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Perhaps some caution—some professional reserve—was in order. As expected, Talladega took a toll on the Chase for the...

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