NASCAR notebook: Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

NASCAR: Bettor's Guide for the GEICO 500 at Talladega

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 can expect similar numbers for what should be another wild edition of the GEICO 500 this year.

Blaney considers Talladega to be one of those tracks.

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The 2.66-mile oval in Alabama is the longest on the circuit, and routinely provides entertaining and action-packed racing. Experience will certainly count for something when it comes to this week's race as drivers need to be able to tow the line between speed and control. However, the reality is that Earnhardt has been bad this season and it's smarter to avoid him altogether this week.

This year's parade and games featured current and former drivers Clint Boyer, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and current points leader Kyle Larson among others.

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

"I think these Xfinity races with this new drafting package it's closer to what it's like in the Cup Series", said Joey Logano, who finished third.

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Kenseth is regarded as one of the better plate-racers around, but he hasn't performed well in these types of races recently. 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). Of the last eight races he has driven in, he has finished in the top 5 in five of them. That's not exactly comforting for teams looking for their first wins, including the likes of Sadler, Wallace, William Byron and Daniel Hemric, but it does mean lots of different cars have a shot at a victory.

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