Talladega turmoil could spell trouble for NASCAR’s Chase field

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Rheem Chevrolet, slides towards the wall during a multi-car incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 6, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

This Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 equates to a roll of the dice for the 43 car field. For the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this could be the race that solidifies their spot in the field, moves them up the leaderboard, or sends them packing.

With its high speeds and unpredictable nature, the 2.66 mile Talladega Superspeedway will provide edge of the seat action and challenges for teams and drivers found nowhere else in the final ten races.

Brad Keselowski wasn’t expected to win last week at Dover. Looking at his stats there, he had never finished better than 12th, left him off the favorites list. But BK defied those odds and scored his fifth season victory and his second in the Chase. He also retook the points lead. BK has two wins here including a victory in the spring race, with the confidence gained by two wins in the Chase and his win here earlier this season, Keselowski has a ton of confidence heading into Sunday’s race.

“I really don’t feel like we have any weaknesses on our team,” he said. “In our two Chase wins we’ve won on pure speed and we won on fuel mileage. To me that’s covering all of your bases. Now we get to part of the schedule where I think our strengths will shine. I love racing at Talladega. We have a lot of confidence going back there as the winner of the spring race. There is still a lot of racing left to go in this Chase, but I like our position in the standings, for sure.” MORE>>>

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