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Last Updated Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 2:05 am, EDT

Race Capsule

  • What:

    Race 20 of 35 on XFINITY circuit

  • Where:

    O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

  • When:

    July 24, 2010 8:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    0.686 miles

  • Race Length:

    137.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Paul Menard Menard's only top-10 finish at Talladega in seven starts is a second in the fall race of 2008. "Racing at Talladega is a crapshoot," said Menard. "It doesn't really matter what kind of strategy you go into the race with, you can always be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Kyle Busch Busch leaped an incredible six positions in the standings and is sixth, 228 points behind the leader, Jimmie Johnson. Busch is a former Talladega winner, in April 2008, but that is his only top-five or top-10 finish in 10 starts there. He was 25th in this race last year and 15th in November. "The key there is to somehow stay out of trouble," he said. "At Talladega, you pretty much stay around the bottom, since there is a lot of grip there, and you can pretty much run wide open every single lap. Everyone can run up on top of each other. When you get single-file at the bottom, sometimes it's hard to get a lane on the outside with enough good cars to get something going. It can be frustrating, at times, because of that. It also seems to still put on a good race each time we go there. If you can be a contender and stay in line on the bottom, you can make it a pretty easy and safe race. Normally, guys are not content doing that, so that's when it starts to get crazy."
Brad Keselowski Keselowski, driving for James Finch last year, won a thrilling duel with Carl Edwards last spring. With Keselowski doing the pushing, he and Edwards overtook the duo of Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap. After moving to the point, Edwards tried to block a pass attempt by Keselowski. The contact sent Edwards' car airborne as Keselowski shot by for the win. Keselowski returned in the fall to finish eighth.
Carl Edwards Edwards has only three top-10 finishes in 11 starts at Talladega. "We're going to Talladega with points in mind considering the trouble we had in Atlanta and Texas, and hopefully we can come out of Talladega in one piece," said Edwards. "I'd like to have an opportunity to win again like we did a year ago."