The 2018 Geico 500 From Odds Preview

Apr 30, 2018, 02:16
The 2018 Geico 500 From Odds Preview

Daytona and Talladega are the only two race tracks in NASCAR where the series requires horsepower-sapping restrictor plates. What it took to win here the first time is certainly not what it will take to win here this weekend.

Similar to Daytona, truly any driver has the potential to win, and Talladega will crown its first victor of the season Sunday in the GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX).

"[The] less people win, the more opportunity for somebody like us to get in [to the playoffs] on points if we need to", Stenhouse said.

Busch is on a three-race win streak and looking to make history by extending it to four.

Thankfully, McMurray was okay, another testament to how today's NASCAR cars can go through horrific wrecks and keep their occupants safe.

Just 14 laps into the race, a slew of the race leaders came into the pits, this allowed for Alex Bowman to take over the lead. He has five top-10 finishes in nine career starts at Talladega and Lady Luck typically bounces his way there.

"I am here to win Talladega, as I had planned to do before any of this", Bayne said. Here are three drivers we think will contend for the victory.

"I just play with the equipment that I have and just kind of feel like I give it everything that I've got". Not a bad bang for your buck if you ask me. I'll tell you this much, I've attended the fall race here on four different occasions and plan to be there again in October. The legacy has the highest rated driver average here of all active Cup Series drivers (4 races).

Almirola was a half-lap from winning the Daytona 500 in this season's first race before being moved out of the way. Add in that last-lap magic from Daytona and he's a good bet to be up front this coming weekend. (Spotter) Freddie (Kraft) up top made good calls on where to go, guiding me through the wrecks and that helped out a lot.

"It doesn't really bother me that a couple people are winning most of the races". This just might be the place he gets it done.

"Don't get me wrong - I might sound like I'm downplaying it bad, but I'm excited to get back in the race vehicle and go back at it again".

"It's always a little bit of a surprise". I'm just trying to remember what in the heck I did. Even though he is driving equipment that is not entirely competitive, the veteran is patient and has a knack for avoiding "The Big One". I just kept my eyes closed, I'm not going to lie, because I really didn't want to see what was going to happen.

For this reason, it will be important to pinpoint drivers that have historically remained trouble free at one of the most chaotic tracks in NASCAR.

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