Knockout Qualifying At Talladega Is Something Everyone Should Watch

By Dalton Keene
Talladega Superspeedway
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For the first time ever, the new format of qualifying in all three major NASCAR series will make its network debut. It will air on FOX, and it should be very entertaining. No one knows that to expect with the new format at a superspeedway. If I were you I would tune in to FOX this Friday afternoon and catch the action.

The action will feature drivers attempting new ways to get the fastest lap around the track. We may see tandem drafting, but then again we may not. The smart thing to do would be to tandem draft because like they always say, two heads are better than one. Well in this case it would be two cars are better than one car.

Larry McReynolds weighed in on the expectations for knockout qualifying at Talladega. Below is just some of what he had to say.

“… I expect a lot of team alliances to be involved, especially amongst manufacturers. Everywhere else we race, teams want to be on the track by themselves for knockout qualifying in order to run their lines and hit their marks with no distractions or disruptions, but this will be completely different. Other cars make you faster at Talladega.”

All week I have been assuming that cars will take a team approach to qualifying. It looks like I was right in some sense. You’re going to most likely see teammates right beside each other on the scoring line.

If you’re betting on the starting lineup a team to watch for would be Team Penske. Team Penske has a lot of front row starts this year as well as a few poles. It seems like Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski work well together. Both have wins on the season and it would not surprise me if they added another ‘W’ to the win column in the Aarons 499.

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