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NASCAR Cup Series: 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Race Debrief

Image Reference: Brian Cantoni via Wikipedia, 6/5/08, CC BY 2.0

After a day’s wait for Mother Nature to leave Talladega Superspeedway, the green flag finally got underway.

It’s a mix of quiet runs & minor to medium spills during the first half of the day where Joey Logano led the field for most of the time until again showers of rain held back for an hour.

Reflecting in this opening stage, it’s not essential at the moment having seen some drivers pit before the pit window closed as a change of tactics, so Tyler Reddick took home this time around.

From there, the lead hold still belongs to Team Penske, but this time in Ryan Blaney with nothing much changed despite a few cautions. 

But on the last lap towards the halfway distance, Blaney lost that mini reward to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the finish line:

Now this time, there is the first few blocks of big pile-ups, as Mike Joy usually says, “It changes everything.”

It affected Ryan Blaney big time when he carried that lead into the early stages of Stage 3, but again, yellow flag hold-ups with pressure to change tactics on pit road while holding out the lead is a big task.

Unfortunately, that saw Blaney slip back a few spots and did not recover for a while.

But on run towards the home stretch with a few lead swaps along the way, the Jimmie Johnson spin from Kevin Harvick with five laps to go saw a second chance from Blaney to sort things out.

And despite falling back a bit during the overtime restart, Blaney remained patient before he swept two golden moments that assisted his first win of 2020.

  1. Successfully got around Kevin Harvick.
  2. They were held on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the end by a few milliseconds.

So yes, another entertaining race this time around with not too much carnage as we saw a few weeks back in Bristol plus brilliant overtime showing to convey why the current NASCAR TV holders want a late afternoon start, which is 100% true.

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