The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - News | Nascar This Week - — God­win Kelly, god­win. kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. In the hole

Alex Bow­man has dug him­self a deep play­off hole thanks to a 28th­place fin­ish at Dover. He is 92 points be­hind points leader Kevin Har­vick and 34 points be­low the cut line for ad­vanc­ing. Car owner Rick Hen­drick has two driv­ers in the play­offs, but only one go­ing into the Round of 8. “We hope Alex can get the win down there,” said Hen­drick, while cel­e­brat­ing with his Dover win­ner Chase El­liott.

2. Wel­come, wild-card

While Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way’s Ro­val race has be­come a wild-card race of sorts for play­off con­tenders, Tal­ladega Su­per­speed­way will al­ways be a driver’s worst night­mare. Eight of the 12 sur­vivors would like to win this race and join Chase El­liott with a pass to the Round of 8. This big, 2.66-mile tri-oval, which is a lane wider than Day­tona, al­ways pro­duces ma­jor white-knuckle mo­ments.

3. En­ter­tain­ment value

Tal­ladega Su­per­speed­way must have enor­mous en­ter­tain­ment value be­cause NAS­CAR’s two tele­vi­sion part­ners are air­ing races on their broad­cast net­works. Fox will show the Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries race on its pri­mary net­work Satur­day, while NBC is do­ing the same on Sun­day with the Cup Se­ries event. This will be only the se­cond (and last) Truck Se­ries event to make the big stage at Fox. En­joy.


All eyes will be on Tal­ladega Su­per­speed­way Sun­day to see how the 500-mile race scram­bles the NAS­CAR play­off field. This is what hap­pened to Day­tona 500 cham­pion Austin Dil­lon when he raced at Tal­ladega in April.

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