Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup at Talladega

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Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup at Talladega
USA TODAY Sports

It's easy to run out of superlatives when you describe a NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

First of all, the track is truly one of the great wonders of the modern world. At 2.66 miles in length, it is NASCAR's biggest oval. It's also its fastest track. The tri-oval shape and 33 degrees of banking was designed to be a faster Daytona International Speedway. 

It is.

Once inside, you'll find yourself standing in an infield area that on NASCAR race weekends is a scene from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the asphalt track acting as a boundary line for the inhabitants of this strange village who come here to worship the gods of speed. 

Talladega is NASCAR's most unpredictable race track. The race is a high-speed chess match where the winner is usually not the best car, but more often than not, the one that's in the right place at the right time.

Forty-three drivers will start the Aaron's 499 on Sunday, and all of them stand a chance at winning. It's not often this can be said of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. 

But this is Talladega.

All quotes are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases and official media guides unless otherwise stated.

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