Race No. 6 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup is the “wild card” of the ten-race playoffs: the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Both of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Chase contenders, first-place Matt Kenseth and fifth-place Kyle Busch, have one win a piece at the 2.66-mile tri-oval, but two of their closest competitors, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, have a combined eight wins between them (Johnson – 6, Gordon – 2).
Kenseth, in the No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota Camry, has nine top 10 finishes in 27 races, including the win last October for Roush Fenway Racing. Last year, Kenseth had an average finish of 2.0 at both restrictor plate tracks – Daytona and Talladega – with a win and a third-place finish at each track. Kenseth finished eighth in the April race at Talladega.
Busch, in the No. 18 M&Ms Halloween Toyota, has four top 10 finishes in 17 races at Talladega, with his win coming in April 2008, his first season with JGR. Last year, Busch had finishes of second and third at the two Talladega races, but started this season off with a 37th-place finish in April.
Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, has five top 10 finishes in 15 starts at Talladega, with a best finish of third in April 2008. He finished 34th in the spring in his first race back from a back injury sustained at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway.
Qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 500 takes place Saturday at 11:10 a.m. CT, with the race going green at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday. Keep up with the action this weekend at www.nascar.com and joegibbsracing.com.
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