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On This Date in NASCAR 30 Years Ago…

Bobby Allison ended a two year, sixty-four-race winless streak in the Cup Series with a victory in the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. He took the lead from Buddy Baker with six laps to go then held off Dale Earnhardt on the final trip around the Alabama oval, notching his first win since May 1984. Bill Elliott started from the pole and led 116 of the 188 laps. But he suffered engine failure thirteen laps from the finish and placed twenty-fourth. For the first time in NASCAR history, the entire starting field qualified over two hundred miles per hour.

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On This Date in 1987…

Davey Allison claimed his first career Cup Series win with a victory in the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Allison’s win came on the same day his father, Bobby, crashed spectacularly into the frontstretch fence at Talladega. That accident and high qualifying speeds that soared past 210 miles per hour led to NASCAR’s implementation of restrictor plates for superspeedways at Daytona and Talladega starting with the 1988 season. NASCAR raced this past weekend at Talladega with Brad Keselowski claiming victory in the GEICO 500.

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Recap of Last Year’s Geico 500

Dale Earnhardt Junior got some timely blocks from teammate Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps and drove on to his first victory of the season. Johnson – who finished second – first turned back a late charge from Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, and then kept Paul Menard in his rear-view mirror as Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt took the checkered flag. It was “Junior’s” sixth win at Talladega but first since 2004. He finished fifteen one-hundredths of a second in front of Johnson with Menard, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Junior completing the top five. Earnhardt led six times for a race-high sixty-seven laps including the final twenty-seven trips around the mammoth Alabama oval. Pole sitter Jeff Gordon led forty-seven laps, but a pit-road speeding penalty during the second half of the race forced him off the pace and he finished thirty-first … Trevor Bayne’s spin on Lap-47 triggered Talladega’s “big one,” a fifteen-car wreck along the backstretch. Kyle Larson, David Ragan, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick were among the drivers who got swept up in the accident. The red flag was displayed for more than eleven minutes while the safety crew cleaned up the track. When the race resumed, Harvick rallied to finish eighth.

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NASCAR Heads to Talladega

Next stop for NASCAR is Talladega for Sunday’s GEICO 500, tenth race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series. The last two races have been run on short tracks in Bristol, Tennessee, and Richmond, Virginia – with Carl Edwards winning both to climb to the top of the regular-season point standings. The last driver to win three straight Sprint Cup races was Joey Logano, who swept the Contender Round of last year’s post-season Chase with victories at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte and Talladega … Edwards finished fifth and thirty-second in last year’s two trips to the Alabama oval … Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins at Talladega, most recently in 2014 with Denny Hamlin.

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