NASCAR: Preview of Talladega and Broadcast Information

By James Williams
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR gang is in Talladega and when it comes to this massive 2.66 mile superspeedway, fans and drivers have come to expect the unexpected. Talladega is famous for its high speeds and impressive crashes. Simply put, you better be smart at Talladega or your day can go sideways in a heartbeat.

Like Daytona, this track in the hills of Alabama was built for high speed. It has the high banked turns and the long back stretch that makes for plenty of drafting and lead changes. Race fans like “Dega,” because it never lets a driver rest, and is 500 miles of all out good old country racing.

Before we get deep into all the crazy things that are going in the Chase, we have a few items to attend to first. The Nationwide series will be off for the next two weeks, so we will see them Nov. 2 in Texas. But do not fret, there is plenty of action this weekend at Talladega.

The Camping World Truck series will lead this off this weekend in the hills of Alabama. Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT will be the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca Cola. Fox Sports 1 has the race with the radio on both MRN and Sirius-XM starting at 3 p.m.

As most truck fans know, we are looking at a two-man race for the championship. The N0. 88 ThorSport Racing, Toyota will be driven by the points leader Matt Crafton. He is having an outstanding year and holds a 41 point over his rival, James Buescher,in the second spot on the points list. Buescher is the pilot of the Turner Motorsports N0. 31 Chevrolet. They will be the story line come Saturday afternoon.

Alright, back to the Sprint Cup gang, and the Chase, of course. Nothing really changed too much after Charlotte last week, as Matt Kenseth still holds a razor thin four point lead over Jimmie Johnson. At this point, with only six races left in 2013 season, five drivers are separated by just 37 points.

Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT will be the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega, where the races are always entertaining. ESPN has the broadcast of the race, with both MRN and Sirius-XM handling the radio coverage. Later this week, I will have my pick for who will take the checkered flag come around 4 p.m. at Talladega.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven time Emmy Award winning  producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and add him to your Google circles.

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