This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This weekend the luck factor comes into play like no other race in the 10 events that makeup the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup. NASCAR comes to Talladega Superspeedway for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and for the wild pack racing action that Talladega provides. This is the perfect event to throw in with the short tracks, flat tracks, and intermediate ovals that make up the final 10 races in the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup championship. Considering that we've spent the last few weeks racing on intermediate and smaller ovals with few cautions and few crashes, we're in for some major changes as the "big one" comes back into play. The multi-car, multi-line drafts and side-by-side racing at near 200 mph is nothing short of chaotic. Five hundred miles of racing in these tight conditions almost always leads to disaster, and that's where the luck factor comes into play this weekend. Considering that this weekend's race is the second in the Round of 12 of the Chase, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
If Chase Elliott hopes to engrave his name on the Monster Energy Cup trophy for the first time, a victory here will go a long way to that end. The Hendrick Motorsports star won here in April of this year in a pretty strong performance. The No. 9 Chevrolet team has had spotty luck on the superspeedways this season, outside of the Talladega win. However, coming back to the scene of his April victory