Coming off a hard crash Sunday that left him hospitalized overnight, Denny Hamlin will skip Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The restrictor plates are gone, Daytona is in the rearview mirror and the Nationwide Series starts for real this weekend at California Speedway, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Denny Hamlin figures his Chase hopes are all but done, even after a fourth-place finish at Talladega. What does that mean for Hamlin on race day? He has nothing to lose, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
A good season can turn bad in a hurry if things go awry at Talladega. The crown jewel of Alabama has a mind of its own, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
With a couple of weeks of bad luck behind him, Kevin Harvick is back in the hunt for the Nextel Cup title. With treacherous Talladega looming, he has to hope his good fortune at Kansas holds, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
A smooth surface leads to increased speeds, and Busch Series teams showed that Talladega Superspeedway hadn't lost much speed after a track repaved last summer had some time to cure.
Martin Truex Jr. would love to win his fourth straight Talladega Busch race. Big names like Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be standing in his way, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Mark Martin made a lot of news even before the big crashfest that was Talladega. He was happy not to make much news during the race, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
With any trip back to Talladega, talk of the Big One always comes easy. It's no different this time, with Chase hopes on the line, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could be hitting the panic button, sitting in seventh place in the Chase. Heading to Talladega, that's hardly the case, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Kasey Kahne's career looked ready to take off after last May's win at Richmond. It hasn't yet, but it might soon, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
How will the softer bumpers at Talladega affect bump drafting? That depends on who you ask, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. digs his paint scheme this weekend at Talladega, but he'd like a win a lot more, writes Mark Ashenfelter.
After two Chase races, no one's jumping to conclusions. Talladega's up next, and the seemingly inevitable "Big One" could change everything.
DEI's rebound from a shaky '05 start came after Junior piped up. Coincidence? He thinks not.
Rusty Wallace is still in the Nextel Cup top 10 even after a bad break, but up next looms Talladega.