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Saturday, October 18, 2014

See how Talladega's NASCAR crashes make it the biggest crapshoot in sports



Ahead of this weekend's key NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega, with five of the sport's big names on the bubble to advance to the next round of the Chase for the Cup, the bumper-to-bumper racing and regular display of airborne stock cars that's made the track infamous looks more fraught than ever.

Throughout the years, wrecks at Talledega have shaken the entire series; it was a "big one" that led to the introduction of restrictor-plate racing meant to keep vehicles on the ground — although that hasn't prevented wrecks like the one that sent Carl Edwards skyward in 2009.

Here, former Cup champions Brad Keselowski — who may be a marked man following last weekend's race — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and others talk about how things can go so wrong in the blink of an eye.

"My mother doesn't like coming here," says Joey Logano, and watching the biggest crapshoot in sports, you don't blame her.