Some NASCAR drivers laughed, others cringed, but they all had something to say about Talladega.
Sunday’s Alabama 500 is at the famous (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) track, and even at Charlotte it dominated conversation among drivers. Kyle Larson said he hates Talladega. Martin Truex Jr., who ended up winning Sunday’s Bank of America 500, said he doesn’t know why he struggles so much at Talladega.
In fact, just about every driver who mentioned Talladega also mentioned disliking Talladega.
But not Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is 12th in the standings and desperately in need of a solid result to propel him into the third round of the playoffs. He’s figured out how to race at Talladega, perhaps better than anyone else left in the playoffs.
The track is one of two restrictor-plate tracks on which the Cup Series races (Daytona is the other), and Stenhouse has seemingly solved them both. …
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