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NASCAR weekend returns to Talladega Superspeedway as driver eliminations loom

TALLADEGA, Ala. – This weekend marks the second Talladega race of the 2016 season, and the sixth race in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. That means Sunday is a ‘cut-off race.’ Going in to Sunday’s race, twelve drivers will have a chance to hoist the Sprint Cup champion’s trophy at season’s end. After the checkered flag is shown on Sunday, only eight drivers will be able to say they did so.

It is also a “do-or-die” situation for the drivers in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race. Eight drivers currently have the chance to be champion at the beginning of the weekend, but when Saturday afternoon’s race is complete, two drivers will be eliminated and only six will continue with the chance to claim a series title.

On track events begin Friday with Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series practice sessions. On Saturday, events begin early as the Camping World Truck Series will qualify in the morning, then after a short break and the pre-race festivities, the trucks will run “The Fred’s 250.” Afterward, the Sprint Cup Series will take to the track for their qualifying for Sunday’s race. Sunday, the weekend will come to a close with the main show: the “Hellmann’s 500” for the Sprint Cup Series.

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Michael Brannon is a former news and sports anchor from Mobile, Ala. and serves as RadioAlabama's Executive Vice President, Managing Editor & Director of Digital Projects & Strategy.

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