Even with the relatively recent advent of tandem drafting, which changed the face of racing at NASCAR’s two restrictor-plate tracks, the art of placing one’s self in position to win at Talladega Superspeedway remains a complex one.

In one turn, a driver can be first. In the same lap on the other side of the track, the same driver can be 15th.

Matt Kenseth, who has been in these messes, explains:

“In the middle of those races, everyone would get lined up on the top, but, with plate racing, it isn’t like one guy can decide that he is going to pass everyone and lead,” he said. “You just can’t. If everyone is in line and you pull out of line, then all you are going to do is have the line pass you until you get back up in line.