Talladega – Grant Sorrell – Sports View America – NASCAR Writer
NASCAR went to Talladega with the gloves off, sorta speak, as restrictor plate were removed leading to very fast speeds at the largest track on the circuit. Bill Elliott holds the fastest speed at almost 213 miles per hour back in 1987 which led to restrictor plate racing reducing speeds. This past weekend, Ryan Newman put down the fastest practice speed at a little over 204mph.
Former Superspeedway Daytona winner, Austin Dillon, won the pole position to the Geico 500. Austin finished 14th in the #3 Richard Childers Chevy. Chevy had not visited winners circle this year and didn’t see much action there last year. Chevy was needing a big win, Chase Elliott, son of Bill Elliott, brought his Hendrick #9 Little Caesars Chevy Camaro to victory lane. This was his 4th career win. Chevy had a great weekend picking up all too 3 finishing spots. 2nd place went to Elliott’s Hendrick teammate Alex Bowman in the #88 car and fellow Chevy driver #47 Rookie driver Ryan Preece took home 3rd place, his highest Monster finish. Chevrolet took home 6 of the top 8 finishing spots.
The fast speeds had some drivers nervous over the “Big One”. “The Big One” is the big crash that takes out a majority of the field. On the last lap, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked on the start/finish line without bringing out a caution flag. 1/2 way through the remainder of the last lap, Kyle Larson, Jeffery Earnhardt, David Ragan, and Wm. Byron crashed and sent Larson through the air flipping many times and sent Elliott to the win under caution. Thankful, no one was hurt in the violent crashes. A huge crowd showed up for the Geico 500 and was not disappointed. There was a lot of good racing, not just “the Big One” as a Facebook poll conducted post “Degga”, that 93% of people said it was a great race.
Also to note, the Xfinity Money lion 300 also had Chevrolet take home top two spots with #2 Tyler Reddick and # o8 Gray Gaulding. #20 Toyota upcoming future NASCAR Star, Christopher Bell, came home in 3rd.
New news going into Dover is qualifying will go single file and not the pack qualifying they had been doing. NASCAR heads north of the Mason Dixon line to race at the famed Monster Mile.