Brad Keselowski’s engine overheated in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and blew, which sent him to the garage in 38th.
Along with last week’s accident at Kansas Speedway, Keselowski dropped to 12th in the standings. The tragedy was that he appeared to have both the best car and greatest ability to protect his lead. Trash on the grill caused him to overheat. Keselowski did almost everything he could, but may have waited just a lap too long to try and get behind another competitor to create a vacuum that would allow it to drop off.
Matt Kenseth finished 28th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after qualifying third.
The Joe Gibbs Racing contingent chose to drop to the back of the pack and ride in a three-car drafting line that included Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch. It was successful because all three drivers advanced, but it cost fantasy owners a lot of points. In addition to minimal points earned for the finishing result, each of these drivers scored a negative place-differential. Kenseth lost the most at 25.
Jimmie Johnson finished 23rd in the Hellmann's 500 after starting the race 17th
He entered the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway with the goal of helping Chase Elliott win. The two were never able to hook up effectively and ran nose to tail for only a few laps, but it is possible that the loss of focus on his own interests ultimately cost him a solid finish. Johnson had a guaranteed ticket to the next round based on his Charlotte Motor Speedway victory.
Chase Elliott finished 12th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and failed to advance to the third round of the Chase for the Championship.
Elliott needed to either win the race or have several contenders fail to finish with results in the high-30s. Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski blew engines, but that only lifted him one position off the bottom of the grid. Elliott was involved in an accident that was not of his making at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it might have been a risky setup with his back wheels at Kansas Speedway that ultimately cost him.
AJ Allmendinger finished 10th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the race 32nd.
This came on the heels of an eighth at Kansas Speedway and for the third time this year, these top-10s were earned in back-to-back weeks. The significance of this is because Allmendinger only has seven total top-10s for the season and six of them have come in pairs. In almost 300 previous career starts, Allmendinger has never earned three consecutive top-10s.
Ryan Truex (No. 81 ADVICS Toyota Tundra) finished 8th in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) fred's 250 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
He started 22nd in the lineup and completed all laps of the 94-lap race. Truex, who entered 12 of the 19 truck races so far this season, advanced one spot to 18th in the 2016 NCWTS Championship standings after this event.
Austin Dillon finished ninth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but it did not give him quite enough points to get into round three of the Chase.
Dillon ended round two tied in the points with Denny Hamlin. In the event of a tie, the highest finish in the current round is used to break it and Hamlin’s third-place finish Sunday afternoon was enough to allow him to advance. This was Dillon’s sixth consecutive top-15 on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway and the 11th time in the past 12 races on this track type that he finished this well.
Tommy Joe Martins (No. 44 BootDaddy.com/Diamond Gusset Jeans Chevrolet Silverado) finished 16th in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) fred's 250 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.
He started 29th in the lineup, led 4 laps and completed all laps of the 94-lap race. Martins, who entered 17 of the 19 truck races so far this season, is 23rd in the 2016 NCWTS Championship standings after this event.