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Geico 500 (Talladega)

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Here we are at our second restrictor plate race of the season and at one of the most unpredictable and dangerous tracks in all of NASCAR. This is where no matter what driver you are, everyone is a contender at what is called the fastest super speedway in the country: Talladega. The Geico 500 sets the stage for speeds at almost 200 MPH and bump drafting is not recommended unless you want to flip five or six times. If by any chance you do, hope and pray you will walk away from it.

Kevin Harvick grabbed his first pole of the season and the second of his career at Talladega. It will be the third time this season that Harvick will start at the front row as he looks for only his second will at Talladega since 2010. It will also be his ninth top ten start in the first 11 races in 2018 as he looks for his fourth win of the season. Harvick won three consecutive races in Atlanta, Las Vegas (encumbered) and Phoenix. He is also searching for his fifth straight top ten finish.

Brad Keselowski (starting tenth) leads all active drivers with five wins and his looking for his third win in the last five Talladega races overall. Keselowski won the Fall race last season and in two of the last four, has led a combined 174 laps. He will be making his fifth straight start in the top ten and looks to finish in the top ten at Talladega for the fifth time in the last six. In 18 career starts, Keselowski has only two DNFs with his last one occurring in the 2016 Fall race where he led 90 laps.

There are several two time winners in the field: Clint Bowyer (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (16th), Joey Logano (ninth) and Jamie McMurray (27th). Bowyer won the 2010 and 2011 Fall races, Johnson the 2006 and 2011 Spring races, Logano the 2015 and 16 Fall races and McMurray the 2009 and 13 Fall races. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (seventh) won last year’s race which was the first of his career, and has won two of the last four restrictor plate races (winning the Daytona July race).

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