TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The first loser at Talladega Superspeedway better not have been hung out to dry in the closing laps by a teammate. And in the case of Sunday’s race, teammates will have a far wider definition. Manufacturers have taken steps to mandate their drivers work together to ensure their brand gets to victory lane at both Daytona and Talladega, the two tracks on the NASCAR circuit in which drivers need drafting partners to race through the field. It was Toyota years ago that first got all its teams to align for an entire weekend as it tried to win the Daytona 500, and Ford and finally Chevrolet followed suit. Chevrolet was the last manufacturer to strenuously urge its teams to play as one at Talladega in April, and it worked with a Chase Elliott victory that ended a streak of seven consecutive wins by Ford drivers at the Alabama superspeedway. The stakes Sunday are much higher because Talladega is the middle race of the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs, with drivers trying to avoid dropping below the cut line headed into next week’s elimination race at Kansas, but the manufacturer alignments remain unchanged. “The playoff picture is… Read full this story
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