NASCAR At Talladega 2012: Stock Car Racing's Biggest, Baddest Track Hosts Chase Race No. 4
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NASCAR returns to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, home of wild finishes, unlikely winners and - yes - the "Big One." Clint Bowyer edged former teammate Jeff Burton to win last year's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.
"Nobody's out of it until we get through Talladega."
That has been the prevailing sentiment throughout the opening stages of the Chase for the 2012 Sprint Cup - and throughout the playoff format's nine-year history. A rough start to the Chase, such as the ones experienced by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and regular-season point leader Greg Biffle, is not a death sentence until 500 miles around NASCAR's biggest, baddest track are complete. The pulse might be thready, but it can be resurrected if the right cards fall.
It's hard to gain points, but it's plenty easy to lose them, and few venues provide an easier opportunity to throw away those valuable championship markers than Talladega. Of course, the most famous way to give up points is to get wrapped u
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