I don’t think many NASCAR fans saw the news of driver Carl Edwards’ retirement coming.
It’s a record many thought never would be broken or even matched, and if someone did match it they would probably have the last name Gordon.
You could hear the competition grumbling. Sandbaggers. They’re holding back. Isn’t it just like Hendrick Motorsports to do this?
TALLADEGA – You and I, we’ve been there. Standing on the side of the highway, staring into the yawn of an open car hood, all helpless and confused, waiting on the roadside for a rescue from Triple-A.
TALLADEGA – Welcome to Talladega Superspeedway, where the victor becomes a footnote and mere survivors are the story. Such is the life as an elimination race, where some drivers race as if in bubble-wrap, others as if their britches are on fire.
TALLADEGA -- Denny Hamlin advanced in the Sprint Cup Chase, while Austin Dillon is done. And a tiebreaker decided who moved on and who didn't.
TALLADEGA -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't raced since July, but he traveled to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Hellmann's 500.
TALLADEGA -- After winning four Sprint Cup races this season, Brad Keselowski is out of the Chase for the Championship.
TALLADEGA -- Welcome to Talladega Superspeedway, where the victor becomes a footnote and mere survivors are the story. Such is the life as an elimination race, where some drivers race as if in bubble-wrap, others as if their britches are on fire.
TALLADEGA – Typical of a Talladega Friday, the media center subject matter was about typical Talladega Sundays. In short: how to survive. So much discussion on ’Dega’s dangers that Carl Edwards even joked, “I’m not coming back in here anymore” because it was giving him the heebie-jeebies.
TALLADEGA -- If Chase Elliott wins Sunday's Hellmann's 500 at Talladega, it would mark his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. And it couldn't come at a better time.
TALLADEGA -- Danielle Fields wanted to meet Darrell Waltrip. As a 12-year-old, she was enamored with his fame and his cool No. 88 Gatorade car. So she pouted when her father brought a guy he introduced as “an up-and-coming young driver” to a family dinner at her grandmother’s house.
TALLADEGA — Christopher Bell hasn’t even cracked triple-digits in laps raced at Talladega Superspeedway, but he already has a keen sense of what will happen Saturday afternoon.
TALLADEGA — There are 12 drivers to watch and eight who will leave here this weekend still eligible for the Sprint Cup championship. There are 11 former winners in the field, and this is the sixth race in the Chase.
For Rowdy Harrell, it’s still “a million-dollar question to me.” Even he can’t quite figure out the career path from a national championship football team to slinging around 75-pound tires for a championship-caliber racing team.