Due to the new rules package at Talladega, I have been watching more of their practice session on FS1. It appears passing will be ample and speeds are high. White knuckle driving at an upward speed of 205 MPH. Also interesting, the Manufacturers appear to have all cars specifically working with primarily their partner teams (Chevy, Ford, and Toyota. Back at Daytona, the Hendricks (Chevy) Gibbs (Toyota) teams' worked together in February, which was a shock to most.

I have not had much luck the past few years at Daytona but have done much better at Talladega. I will study and hopefully have a few plays, which will be underdogs are more of a longshot to win the race. Think there is a high chance chaos and carnage ensues.


Credit to NASCAR.com - Rules Package Update

"Following consultation with teams after opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials tweaked the rules package for the 2.66-mile track, adding a 1-inch wicker to the cars’ spoiler in an effort to quell concerns with engine rev and closing speeds.
With the addition of the wicker — an angled metal strip attached to the top end of the spoiler to increase drag — teams also have the options of changing gears without being penalized, provided that change occurs before qualifying."

Odds before Qualifying

Brad Keselowski 8/1
Joey Logano 8/1
Clint Bowyer 10/1
Kevin Harvick 10/1
Aric Almirola 12/1
Kyle Busch 12/1
Ryan Blaney 12/1
Chase Elliott 15/1
Kurt Busch 15/1
Martin Truex Jr. 18/1
Jimmie Johnson 20/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20/1
Daniel Suarez 22/1
Paul Menard 22/1
Alex Bowman 30/1
Austin Dillon 30/1
Erik Jones 30/1
Kyle Larson 30/1
Matt DiBebedetto 40/1
William Byron 40/1
Ryan Newman 50/1
Chris Buescher 80/1
Daniel Hemric 80/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 80/1
Ryan Preece 80/1
Ty Dillon 80/1
Michael McDowell 100/1