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Geico 500 Preview: Return to the Fast Tracks

Mark Taylor

Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A four-time FSWA award winner, Taylor was named the 2016 Racing Writer of the Year. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

Talladega Superspeedway plays host to the second restrictor-plate race of the 2017 season. The enormous tri-oval in Talladega, Ala., is the largest track on the Monster Energy Cup circuit, measuring an amazing 2.66 miles in length, and stunning 33-degree banking in the turns. The track's size and banking make it a wide-open, four-wide, heart-pounding racing experience where speeds are high and margin for error is small. The restrictor-plates restrict the airflow into combustion chamber and as a result keep horsepower down, and top speeds limited. Otherwise, the speeds would greatly exceed 200 mph.

What resulted in the Daytona 500 were heavy packs that would eventually spread out into lines or multiple packs over long green-flag runs. With the jeopardy of being shuffled out of the draft ...

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