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  • Column: NASCAR's Talladega wreckfest comes at a price (The Associated Press)

    Flames trail from the car of Ryan Newman (31) after a pileup of crashed cars around the track during the NASCAR Talladega auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Skip Williams)

    Racing at Daytona and Talladega, the only two tracks in NASCAR that require the use of horsepower-sapping restrictor plates to slow the cars, simply is what it is. NASCAR is in the same position and went to work Monday studying the wrecks to see what can be altered to keep cars from lifting off the track. ''We never want to see cars get up in the air,'' Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, told AP.


  • Brad Keselowski wins crazy crash-fest at Talladega (The Associated Press)

    Matt Kenseth's car flips after Danica Patrick (10) crashed into him during the NASCAR Talladega auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Greg McWilliams)

    Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall. Brad Keselowski won the crash-fest Sunday that was dominated by multiple wrecks that caused millions of dollars in damage to race teams. It was Keselowski's fourth career win at Talladega and second victory of the season, and ended Joe Gibbs Racing's streak of four consecutive victories.


  • Banged-up, but intact Patrick runs into trouble at Talladega (The Associated Press)

    Matt Kenseth's car flips after Danica Patrick (10) crashed into him during the NASCAR Talladega auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Greg McWilliams)

    Danica Patrick was happy to leave Talladega Superspeedway with no broken bones. Patrick climbed out after the 12-car melee, walked to the inside wall and bent over for a moment before emergency workers escorted her to a waiting ambulance.


  • Earnhardt forced to park Amelia early at Talladega (The Associated Press)

    Flames trail from the car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves the track after he wrecked near Turn 2 during the NASCAR Talladega auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. parked ''Amelia'' early at Talladega Superspeedway, came back and then had to try to control his favorite car minus the steering wheel. If that's his last go around with Amelia, it was anything but boring. Earnhardt's beloved car, rebuilt for the track where he's won more than any other active driver, bobbled 49 laps into the race Sunday and NASCAR's most popular driver started a wreck that collected Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, as well as Matt DiBenedetto.


  • Sadler wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega after OT wreck (The Associated Press)

    NASCAR Xfinity driver Elliott Sadler, (1) celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Elliott Sadler celebrated his 41st birthday Saturday with his first victory in almost two years. Mired in a drought that dated to May 4, 2014, Sadler didn't mind waiting through a five-minute post-race review by NASCAR to be named the winner of the Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR had to determine who was the actual leader when a caution froze the field in overtime.