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Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The final stage of the contender round will take place in the Geico 500 and Denny Hamlin is looking forward to another shot after winning at the track in May.

"My guess is that [Brad Keselowski] will probably try to wreck everyone -- that's his only shot," Hamlin said this week. "He'll just be out of control like normal. We'll do what we have to do to get in and that's the big picture."

Keselowski was fined $50,000 on Tuesday for a post-race altercation with Tony Stewart at Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with six Talladega victories, but still isn't looking forward to the race.

"Nobody wants to deal with Talladega," Gordon said this week.  "Everybody would like to take the weekend off there if they could. Two guys [Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano] in some ways get to, and the rest of us are going to have to go race there. We've got a little bit of a cushion but not near enough to be comfortable by any means."

"We'll go and race the way we normally do there, which is just try to be smart, try to stay out of the mess and then put ourselves in a good position to get a good finish [and] hope it works out," he continued.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories at Talladega and won a record four straight from 2001-2003. Unlike Gordon, he's looking forward to the track.

"[We just have to] go out there and win it. We can do it. We have won there a lot of times," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know what we need to do. We will just have to build a fast car and hope that we don't have any gremlins and try to go out there and win it."

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Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) -- With only two races remaining before the NASCAR "Chase for the Cup," Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.

The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart, denying him a weekend sweep.

Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place. 

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Brad Keselowski Wins at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski Wins at CharlotteStreeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) -- Last year's Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak on Saturday night with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski, who failed to qualify for the Chase thi...

Matt Kenseth Wins At Bristol Motor Speedway

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Kasey Kahne Wins at Pocono

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Ryan Newman Wins the Brickyard 400

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Funeral Services Held for NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler

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Carl Edwards Wins Pole for Michigan

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Kevin Harvick Wins The Coca-Cola 600

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Kyle Busch Wins 7th Nationwide Race At Charlotte

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Coca Cola 600 Preview

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Matt Kenseth Wins STP 400 at Kansas Motor Speedway

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Jimmie Johnson Wins At Martinsville

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Kasey Kahne Sets Sights on Fontana

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/17/13

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Kasey Kahne Notches First Sprint Cup Series Win at Bristol

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Matt Kenseth Wins Kobalt Tools 400

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Martinsville, Takes over Points Lead

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Kansas Speedway Sprint Cup Preview

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Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

Charlotte Motor Speedway PreviewTodd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) -- NASCAR heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday night in the fifth stop for the race for the Sprint Cup championship.  Kasey Kahne avoided the 25-car crash and found a way to win at Tal...
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