What a difference six months make.
The just completed 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway featured passing, passing, and more passing. An exciting event was put on by the top stock car tour at what traditionally has been one of its most exciting stops. However in recent years the luster and edge-of-your-seat driving had faded at Talladega. Sunday’s contest returned the Alabama speedplant to its proper place in the quality rankings.
The last few years have produced racing there that did not live up to the reputation the track was known for. Formerly one of the most anticipated NASCAR stops all year Talladega had fallen to single-file lap-logging afternoons while drivers simply drove around and waited for the final fuel run. NASCAR’s stricter enforcement to discourage bump drafting and the Car of Tomorrow’s design contributed to the less than stellar competition.