NASCAR at Talladega: Rain cuts Friday's practice session short

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Talladega

Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, six full-time Cup drivers ran the Sparks 300 Xfinity Series race, and while winning is always the primary objective, for some, it's not the only thing on the agenda. The runs come so quick and it's hard to block them. Almirola also finished fourth in the Daytona 500 this February to give him back-to-back top-fives on plate tracks. "Our Ford Mustang was super-fast today".

Of course, that was at Daytona in the first race of the 2017 season, and it could charitably be called a wreck-fest.

Worth mentioning: Joey Logano, victor of last weekend's race at Richmond, has finished worse than sixth only once all season, when he crashed at Phoenix and finished 31st. With this field lacking in many big names, look for Kahne to make a push for the win.

Kennedy was racing for the first time since the 2016 season-ending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Matt Tifft, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Suarez and Jeff Green completed the top 10.


"I feel bad about the 16-I got into the back of the 16 and tore up a lot of cars", Almirola said ruefully.

"We started off the year really strong", Blaney said. "I wish we had another shot at it". Still arguably the best plate-race driver in the sport, Earnhardt has 10 career wins between the two tracks, the most recent coming at Talladega in 2015. "We did everything that we could do".

Blaney is 12th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings after nine races. Fans can still purchase tickets to watch the excitement unfold at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or calling 855-517-RACE (7223).

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