(NEW YORK) — The race for the Sprint Cup championship will be headed to Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday in the fourth stop of the chase.
Brad Keselowski won last weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway and enters the weekend atop the points lead, five points ahead of the five-time Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson.
“It’s easy for me not to get too high emotionally knowing that there are still seven races left,” Keselowski said when asked his thoughts of possibly winning the championship. “We’re not even a third of the way through this. That’s a long ways to go.”
Keselowski has won two races at Talladega and is more concerned about avoiding crashes at the Talladega track with the restrictor-plate races on hand this weekend.
“I guarantee you that everybody that runs in the back at Talladega is running around going, ‘Man I hope (the drivers ahead) wreck,”’ Keselowski said on Tuesday. “That’s what they’re thinking. It’s really mean spirited in the back. But that’s what you’re thinking the whole time.”
Defending Sprint Cup champion, Tony Stewart sits in fifth, 32 points behind Keselowski and has one win at Talladega.
“You can race your guts out for 188 laps and not accomplish anything,” Stewart said of all the crashes that occur at Talladega. “Guys are smart to either try to position themselves in the front of the field and, hopefully, try to stay ahead of when that big wreck happens or they take the cautious approach because it really doesn’t matter what you do those first 180 laps, you aren’t going to drive away from the field.”
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Jill Martin, CNN