It’s an Alabama getaway!
LINCOLN, Ala. — The largest and fastest bus ride will happen this weekend.
And it all happens at the largest and highest-banked track on the schedule, and one that looks like the world’s largest vagina.
45 drivers entered into Talladega
Once again, more drivers than spots available. Forty-five drivers are entered into the field, but two won’t make it to the weekend.
And, as I will explain in the following segment, it’s gonna be a lot harder for the go-or-go-home drivers, in this case, Ryan Blaney and Brendan Gaughan, because of the qualifying format changes.
Qualifying format change for restrictor plate races
After Clint Bowyer attacked NASCAR for the knockout qualifying format on Feburary 15, NASCAR changed the format.
NASCAR announced on March 30 that drivers will go out in solo runs. Unlike in the past, though, the drivers will only get one lap instead of two.
There will be two rounds, with the top 12 drivers advancing to the final round after a 10-minute break.
NASCAR said it reserves the right to have multiple cars qualifying at the same time at Talladega and its brother track, Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.
Draft: a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects are caused to align in a close group reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the lead object’s slipstream.
Roof flaps: an aerodynamic feature on race cars, mainly stock cars, which functions as an emergency spoiler to prevent the vehicle from lifting off the ground when spinning.
Side-draft: a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects are caused to align in a close group parallel to each other reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the side object’s (objects’) slipstreams.
Big One: a crash in which one car flips over or go airborne, or one in which eight or more drivers crash (should no car flip over or go airborne).