May 4, 2011
NASCAR Nation remained relatively unscathed in the wake of the devastating storms that rocked Alabama and surrounding areas. There was a bit of minor damage at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nothing much worth noting at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., which was fortunate to have escaped the wrath of nature twice in the span of a few weeks. Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure got the worst of it. He survived what he describes as the "most helpless and scary" moment of his life when a tornado tore through his home in Abingdon, Va. "It looks like a war zone, a minefield," McClure told reporters.
April 20, 2011
Anybody have Paul Menard in their Chase for the Cup bracket this season? Anybody outside of his immediate family likely would be lying if they said they did. But look here: Menard is 11th after eight races, with two top-five finishes and three top-10s. Who could have expected this from a journeyman driver who bounced in and out of three teams before settling in at Richard Childress Racing as the team's fourth driver? He finished 12th Sunday at Talladega, complementing fifth-place runs at Bristol and Texas and a ninth at Daytona.
October 27, 2010
Just for fun, try a Google search using the terms "Talladega" and "Big One. " You get about 195,000 hits. Talladega, site of the next NASCAR pit stop Sunday, is notorious for its parade of bumper cars flying through the air. The unpredictability factor is part of the suspense. A driver could be having a great day, and next thing he knows, he is airborne, with any chance of winning going up in the air as well. With only six points separating Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin in the Chase standings, the possibility of a Big One completely wrecking either guy's shot at a championship looms heavily.
April 28, 2010
Ryan Newman has theories about a lot of things, but his latest might make a lot of sense. "I was thinking about when I was out there, these shouldn't be points races," Newman said after crashing (as usual) Sunday at Talladega. "If they want to have these races for the fans, just let us come here and do this, but don't let it affect our championship because it's not racing." As it often does, Sunday's race in Talladega left many drivers wondering what role they play in the race itself.
November 1, 2009
TALLADEGA, Ala. - -It was with this racetrack in mind that the No. 48 team built its lead throughout NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everybody knows anything can happen at Talladega. A team's championship chances can end here, lost in the wreckage of a massive accident, as they did for Carl Edwards last season. Four races remain in the Chase. And this weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will be run at Talladega Superspeedway, a track known for its big unpredictable wrecks, where driver ability and team quality means less than in most places.
April 26, 2009
1 All NFL,: all the time: They might not be finished with Saturday's first two rounds when they start drafting again Sunday with Round 3 (10 a.m., ESPN, NFL). 2 Catch the fish: Now that the Florida Marlins have cooled off, can the world champion Phillies catch them in the NL East (noon, TBS)? 3 Catch a game: If it's half as nice outside Sunday as it was Saturday, go see the O's face the Texas Rangers at 1:35 p.m. at Camden Yards. 4 NASCAR,: anyone?: Juan Pablo Montoya (left)