Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
So we have a group of drivers who are comfortably in the top 10 in points. We have another group trying to get there. Then you have folks like Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton and Kasey Kahne who are really struggling to maybe get there. With Talladega on Sunday and this being, as we always call it, a wild-card race, the key is to not overthink it. I say that because we've seen drivers do that many times in the past, and there is no reason to think it won't happen again this year. You can play defense only so long during that race until the point comes to switch to the attack. The drivers need to focus on driving as hard as they can. They need to try to keep their nose clean all day long, and then when it comes down to those last critical laps, they need to be in the right position and make the right decisions, usually in split seconds. Now, everyone is different, obviously, and they like different styles of racing. Personally, I like the guys who are aggressive and stay up front all day....
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