Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win today’s NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kyle Busch. Only one win here (April 2008, his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing), but two runner-up finishes here … most recently last year. If he can solve how to outduel Brad Keselowski, he can win here again.
Kevin Harvick. He’s in a Ford, he’s good, and he’ll be in Victory Lane when this race ends.
I’m taking a page from Nate’s playbook and I’m going to pick Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the restrictor-plate races until he wins one (I did pick him in the Daytona 500).
Sentiment tells me Dale Earnhardt Jr. But it’s hard to ignore how Team Penske has won four of the last five races at Talladega. Even with crew chiefs for both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski on suspension, Logano wins it.