Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Sprint Cup scouting report: Talladega

Sprint Cup scouting report

Talladega Superspeedway

What/where/when/TV: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500; 2 today; Talladega, Ala.; ESPN

Points leader Brad Keselowski has his best chance yet to win a Cup title and he's making the Chase an even bigger priority. He said last week that he would drop the Nationwide series race at Kansas from his schedule, and that more reductions to his non-Sprint Cup schedule could be coming. Keselowski won in Talladega in May, and his rise to prominence began in 2009 when he pulled off a stunning victory at NASCAR's longest track for part-time car owner James Finch. Aside from Keselowski, whose average finish in seven Talladega starts is 13th, the Chase driver with the best record at the restrictor-plate track is Dale Earnhardt Jr. (average finish 14.8), though the most recent of his five wins there came in 2004.

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