YellaWood 500 Preview: The Wild Card of the Chase

YellaWood 500 Preview: The Wild Card of the Chase

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This weekend the luck factor comes into play like no other race in the 10 events that make up the Chase for the NASCAR Cup.  NASCAR comes to Talladega Superspeedway for the YellaWood 500 and the wild, pack racing that Talladega provides.  This is the perfect event to throw in with the short tracks, flat tracks and intermediate ovals that make up the final 10 races in the Chase for the Cup championship.  

Considering that we've spent the last few weeks racing on intermediate and smaller ovals with few cautions and few crashes, we're in for some major changes as the "big one" comes back into play.  The multi-car, multi-line drafts and side-by-side racing at near 200 mph is nothing short of chaotic.  Five hundred miles of racing in these tight conditions almost always leads to disaster, and that's where the luck factor comes into play this weekend.  Considering that this weekend's race is the second in the Round of 12 of the Chase, the stakes will be even higher than usual. 

Denny Hamlin will be in the spotlight this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.  The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran won this event one year ago in a pretty strong performance.  He is also a two-time winner at Talladega and top performing superspeedway driver.  Hamlin is coming off the big win this past Sunday at Las Vegas and is now two-time winner during the Chase playoffs coming into Sunday's YellaWood 500.  Coming back to the scene of his victory last October

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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