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Power Rankings: ‘Dega Dominos Edition

2020 Talladega playoff Cup Chase Elliott leads in pack racing Photo NKP

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You can’t win the clichés during the fourth race of the 10-race playoff schedule, but you can sure lose the cliché battle at Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, drivers pushed the rules envelope on Sunday (Oct. 4), causing NASCAR to actually make a ruling on their beloved “Yellow Line Rule.” For those new to NASCAR, a driver …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chaos in Talladega, Brennan Poole Breaks Down Best Career Finish

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the chaos at Talladega Superspeedway from this past weekend, which saw Denny Hamlin win his seventh race of the season, though passing below the yellow line to do so. The duo breakdown the yellow-line rule, after NASCAR penalized drivers four times in the Cup …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Ticks Off the Fanbase at Talladega

Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron and Denny Hamlin race three-wide at Talladega Superspeedway, October 2020. Photo: NKP

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Talladega Superspeedway is an interesting place. You can have wild races, or you can have races like the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500, where Stewart-Haas Racing turned the race into their own bash that was completely designed to allow Aric Almirola win. Sunday’s race (Oct. 4) was the former, but that created problems for NBC. Outside of …

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Up to Speed: Time to Eliminate the Double Yellow Line Rule

Sunday’s (Oct. 4) NASCAR Cup Series playoff race was a typical Talladega Superspeedway thriller.  But once the dust had settled on its photo finish, the YellaWood 500 looked more like the yellow line 500. Following a chaotic last-lap ending, Denny Hamlin walked away with the checkered flag.  Behind him, drivers who appeared to score top-10 …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 YellaWood 500 at Talladega

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What happened?  Denny Hamlin won Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after three overtime restarts and a controversial last-lap pass.  Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, William Byron and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five after Matt DiBenedetto (originally second) and Chris Buescher (originally eighth) were penalized for their final moves coming through turns …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 YellaWood 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? Denny Hamlin made a hang-at-the-back and avoid trouble strategy work on Sunday (Oct. 4), winning at Talladega Superspeedway with a last-lap pass. That’s after staying out of the fray for much of the day and working his way into position through multiple final shootouts. A bad …

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Denny Hamlin Claims Controversial Talladega Superspeedway Win

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After four-plus hours of NASCAR Cup Series racing, more than 58 lead changes, and two red flags, Denny Hamlin emerged with a controversial victory in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (Oct. 4).  With the race having already gone into overtime, William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto made contact while racing for the lead. …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Could Be the Main Cause for Better Performance After Elimination from Playoffs?

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Have you ever noticed that many drivers who do not make the playoffs or are eliminated in the playoffs start performing better later in the season when it may not matter as much? That is definitely the case with several drivers, and it’s not just this season. This has been the case for the last …

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Power Rankings: Luck of the Vegas Native Edition

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In Las Vegas, some times it’s better to be lucky than good at the games of chance. On Sunday night (Sept. 27), Kurt Busch hit the jackpot when a caution flew during a cycle of green flag pit stops. That timely caution helped one of Vegas’ own win, but it was an impressive finish that …

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5 Points to Ponder: Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent

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The Wildest Card Talladega is the dictionary definition of a wild-card stock car race — just look how many drivers got their first win there. So for those wheelmen currently on the wrong side of the cut line, this weekend offers the best possible chance at booking a spot in the final eight with a …

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