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Talladega Superspeedway belongs in playoffs

In the days since Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway that became somewhat of a wreck-fest in its closing laps, I’ve heard and read complaints that Talladega shouldn’t be in the playoffs because of the uncertainty, the wildcard nature of racing there. Well, look on the bright side, folks, at least its no longer a round elimination race.

If there’s one positive to nearly all of the remaining playoff drivers being involved in at least one of the late-race “big ones” on Sunday, it’s just that — nearly all of them were involved. That kind of makes the wreck-fest somewhat of a wash, doesn’t it?

But, in all seriousness, I think Talladega belongs in the playoffs. Again, I’m glad the track’s been moved from its previous slot as an elimination race, because I like the fact that teams/drivers have another race to dig themselves out of holes they possibly fell into at ‘Dega.

While I don’t want Talladega as an elimination race, I think it should remain in the playoffs, wildcard or not. And I have one simple reason for that stance — all types of tracks that make up the overall schedule should be represented in the playoffs. After all, isn’t that the reasoning most fans and competitors have used to contend that the playoffs need a road-course race.

At least that battle’s been won. Sure, you may not look at the infield road course at a mile-and-a-half oval a true road course, but at least the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., will bring some semblance of a road course to next year’s playoffs.

Anyway, back to plate racing in the playoffs.

If a road course should be in the playoffs to represent that type of track on the schedule, why does the same not hold true for plate racing. There are four plate races throughout the overall yearly schedule, three during the 26-race regular season. That’s one more than the number of road-course races in those same 26 races. So, if there needs to be a road-course race in the playoffs to represent that time of racing from the regular season, shouldn’t restrictor-plate racing receive the same playoff representation? I think so.

What’s fair for one is fair for the other, folks. If the argument for road-coursing in the playoffs is that there are road-course races int he regular season, well, there’s restrictor-plate racing in the regular season, even more than road-course racing, so the same argument applies.

Keep Talladega in the playoffs, and keep it as the first or second race of a round. In other words, the fall Talladega race is perfect where it’s at.

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