It’s May and we’re in the midst of a jam-packed racing season. Speaking of jam-packed it’s time for some pack racing this weekend in Talladega with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. Are you ready?
I don’t think any of us are truly ready for what happens at this track but we all take our headache medicine prior to the start of the races in hopes our favorite drivers survive to the end.
We only have two races this weekend but the two we have lined up will more than make up for our half schedule that’s in store for this weekend. Let’s see what’s shakin’ in Talladega.
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Aaron’s 312
Talladega Superspeedway – Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC
Okay, won’t lie when I saw the race was being covered by ABC this weekend I got pissed off. Yeah, I really did. Why? Because every, single Nationwide series race has been televised on ESPN or ESPN2 since the start of the season.
ABC can’t fool smart race fans. The loyal fans will tune in no matter what channel the race is on: we will find a way. The reason this race is on nationally televised Saturday afternoon t.v. is for one reason only: The Big One.
Okay, yeah so what: the odds of “the big one” happening are high but to me, this feels like the only reason ABC is televising this race to begin with.
I bet ABC is licking their chops at how many cars are involved in the big wreck of the race and how their ratings will hopefully (yeah, right) skyrocket once the racing world gets wind of a huge pileup.
Now down to business. We have (count ‘em) forty-four cars on the Nationwide entry list this weekend and our defending race winner is Kyle Busch.
My pick? I’m going out on a HUGE limb and taking a chance but I’m picking Kenny Wallace to win this race on Saturday because he’s an excellent pack racer and always somehow ends up in the hunt at the very end. It’s his time.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Aaron’s 499
Talladega Superspeedway – Sunday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. EST on FOX
So yeah, there are no hidden secrets or surprises when it comes to pack racing at Talladega and that’s where the action brings us this weekend.
There’s one, simple mantra forty-three drivers need to follow on Sunday and we have forty-four drivers on the entry list for this weekend: don’t screw up and survive to the end. Carl Edwards are you listening? Try not to mix up the restart order this weekend. Thanks.
I’ll have a full-scale preview up on Friday that includes weather conditions, track specifics, predictions on our winners and losers and a little bit of history about this crazy beast of a race track.
So come on back and join me on Friday and we’ll get to know Talladega a little bit better. Meanwhile, make sure you set your DVR’s (now that I have one at my new place!) to record the race so you don’t miss a single second!
Make sure you check in with yours truly this weekend on Twitter via our awesome site AerysSports for all of your racing needs and wants because we’ll be there from green flag to the checkers and everything in between! See you this weekend!