Talladega Superspeedway hosts the second restrictor-plate race of the 2015 season. The enormous tri-oval in Talladega, Ala., is the largest track on the Sprint Cup circuit, measuring an amazing 2.66 miles, and stunning 33-degree banking in the turns. The track’s size and banking make it a wide-open, four-wide, heart-pounding racing experience where speeds are high and margin for error is small. The restrictor-plates restrict the airflow into combustion chamber and as a result keep horsepower down, and top speeds limited. Otherwise, the speeds would greatly exceed 200 mph. With the new car rules package we’re seeing more pack racing than ever throughout these superspeedway races. What resulted in the Daytona 500 were heavy packs that would eventually spread out into lines or multiple packs over long green-flag runs. With the jeopardy of being shuffled out of the draft in play, we saw drivers content to follow the leader for stretches during the Great American Race. That led to a lowly 27 lead changes for the event, which was well below the 42 we witnessed in the 2014 Daytona 500. There was some multi-pack drafting mayhem on the restarts, but that quickly settled into multiple packs in a matter of laps…. Read full this story
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