Why today’s race at Talladega is so important (videos)


While this year’s race at Talladega is in the middle of the second round — rather than being a cut-off race like it has been the last three years — today’s Alabama 500 still very crucial in the whole big scheme of things.

That’s of particular importance for guys on either side of the cut-off line in the standings heading into today’s race: 8th-ranked Jamie McMurray, along with Matt Kenseth (9th), Brad Keselowski (10th), Ryan Blaney (11th) and the spring race winner at ‘Dega, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12th).

On today’s pre-race edition of NASCAR America, Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett broke down how important today’s race (see video above).

And then NBCSN spoke with several of the drivers on the bubble: McMurray, Kenseth and Blaney (see video below).