While some fear Talladega Superspeedway, don't count Clint Bowyer among the frightened.
Bowyer has won the last two fall races on the 2.66-mile track - NASCAR's largest oval on the circuit. Although the style of racing at Talladega and the Sprint Cup Series' other restrictor-plate track, Daytona International Speedway, has evolved over the last year as the sanctioning body has altered cooling packages and changed restrictor-plate sizes to distance the cars and discourage tandem drafting, Bowyer still has to be considered a favorite in Sunday's race.
Considering that Bowyer is fourth in the points standings among the Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders and trails current leader Brad Keselowski by 25 points, Talladega could not have come at a better time for him.
"We have to use this weekend to put ourselves back in the hunt," Bowyer said. "There's three cars that have been breaking away here and this is the one track, the one opportunity that can change things. I'm looking forward...