Video: Talladega is a race of extreme emotions, uncertainty

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Joey Logano, who won at Talladega in the spring, puts racing on this behemoth track into simple terms:

I still think when I strap in there … it’s a 50-50 shot whether I finish the race or not,” he said.

Last year’s Talladega playoff race saw 24 cars eliminated by accidents – a record for most cars eliminated by crashes in the modern era (since 1972).

“It’s so easy to get caught up in somebody else’s mess,” Alex Bowman said. “There are so  many wildcards.”

Said Martin Truex Jr.: “If you make one bad move, you go to back and you start over and it’s hard to race that way there.”

It is the great unknown that drivers will enter in today’s playoff race at Talladega (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

“That’s the adrenaline rush that comes with what we do,” Kevin Harvick said.