NASCAR at Talladega: As Dale Earnhardt Sr. once said, ‘This isn’t tennis’

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Almost as soon as the NASCAR Sprint Cup GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway ended Sunday (under caution due to another multicar crash), the critics took to the internet.  That’s because as NASCAR races on NASCAR’s biggest and fastest speedway go, Sunday’s race was particularly messy.

There wasn’t just one of the infamous, and legendary, Talladega “Big Ones”, the multicar crashes that typically occur; Sunday there were several.

In fact 35 of the 40 cars entered in Sunday’s race suffered damage ranging from minor to severe enough to be done for the day. Seventeen cars had an early end to their day, including NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., a six-time Talladega winner.  His hopes for a seventh win ended on lap 50 when he spun and crashed. He would return but had a steering wheel pop off then endured a final crash that ended his day.

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