Brad Keselowski, the reigning 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, became the first driver in almost two years to play spoiler during the Chase by winning as a non-Chase contender in Charlotte.
This week the Chase rolls into Talladega Superspeedway, a track where non-Chase qualifiers have won four fall races – most of any Chase track.
Front Row Racing teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland shocked NASCAR Nation this spring with their charge to the front and subsequent one-two finish in Talladega’s Aaron’s 499. Ragan has two plate-race wins and three top-fives in the last three years at Daytona and Talladega.
Similarly, Jamie McMurray is another driver to watch when it comes to success at the restrictor-plate tracks where drafting ability is key to a driver’s success. McMurray has three wins and eight top fives at the two plate tracks.
Talladega has also been a place for first-time winners. Austin Dillon, who will be the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, has three top-five finishes in four Talladega starts in combined NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. Dillon has proven he can get the job done at Talladega. Can he bring that success with him to his NASCAR Sprint Cup car this weekend?