|This track is a flat out badass.|
When I watch races on the 2.66-mile, high-banked monster at Talladega Superspeedway, I like to get the full effect of how awesome it is by turning the volume down on the TV and cranking up Tchaikovsky or Darth Vader’s Imperial March and just watch these drivers play a symphony at over 200 mph, side-by-side, four-wide for three straight hours.
Yes, it may sound a bit dramatic, but it really just plays out better that way, and it makes me real excited twice a year when Talladega races occur. The spring race is actually the best of the two just because I’m not pre-occupied with all those pesky Sunday NFL games in the fall.
The reason Talladega gets theme music and no other track does, is because it’s a beast, an element like no other track. It becomes as much an enemy to each driver as the drivers themselves. It will allow anyone to win, and doesn’t play favorites to any team.
Joe Gibbs Racing has won four straight races on the schedule coming in, but Talladega doesn’t care. Austin Dillon or Ricky Stenholuse Jr. have just as good a shot to win as Carl Edwards, who won the past two races. I like that equality, and we don’t get that anywhere else but Talladega. Daytona is the other track featuring plate racing, but when looking at both tracks from above, Talladega just screams like a horror film. It's total badass!
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