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By: Kelly Crandall | October 16, 2018 10:25 AM Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Adam Stevens expected typical Talladega Superspeedway carnage late last Sunday afternoon. Red flag worthy, he told his driver Kyle Busch.Busch’s counterargument over the team’s radio will tell the tale of the Oct. 14, 2018, Talladega race: he’d never seen that style of racing before.

The 1000Bulbs.com 500 was indeed a different race. Not in a great way, and not in a bad way. Talladega was just different to what it usually known for because Stewart-Haas Racing and its four cars stole the show in what can only be described as a behind the woodshed-type whooping.

Not since the days of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip making the restrictor-plate tracks of Dayton and Talladega their personal playground had anyone seen that level of domination. From qualifying first through fourth, to finishing both stages the same way, through the 155 of 193 laps led, and ultimately finishing with one of its cars in victory lane, SHR never let the field out of the starting gate.The most optimistic of viewers would have a hard time arguing it was even close.Martin Truex Jr. said it wasn’t a race. Brad Keselowski marveled at their engineering. Denny Hamlin admired their speed, and tried to take solace in almost being best in class.Stewart-Haas wasn’t just faster, though. The group also outsmarted the other 36 teams repeatedly. Restart after restart Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola fell perfectly into line. The display of unselfishness and commitment to teamwork might have been unprecedented. It will undoubtedly go down as historic.

Last Sunday marked the second-fewest lead changes at Talladega ever: 15. Thirteen lead changes in the spring of 1973 still stands as the lowest. Furthermore, Sunday was the first time since 1998 that the lead changed less than 20 times.Regardless of how the race is dissected, the simple analysis is that no driver in the field seemed to have the ability or speed to put up much of a fight, or stop SHR from working together.Kyle Busch was right. Talladega was different. It didn’t have constant two and three-wide action. But it did deliver the intrigue of seeing whether Stewart-Haas could make its plan work until the very end, or who would come out on top if the four drivers did get to settle it amongst themselves, and even the suspense – hope, for some – surrounding whether the field would eventually figure something out.

During one caution period, chuckles broke out from some in the media center as the track video feed showed a poll from Motor Racing Network (MRN) radio broadcast: Who will win? SHR or the field.

The 1000Bulbs.com 500. The second race in the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Playoffs. The Stewart-Haas Racing Invitational. However last Sunday afternoon is referenced from here on out, hopefully, it’ll be laced with respect.
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By: Kelly Crandall October 14, 2018 5:58 PM What occurred Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway wasn’t a race, Martin Truex Jr. said. No thanks to the dominance of the four cars from Stewart-Haas Racing.“I don’t know what they figured out, but obviously they have a lot of something that nobody else has any idea about because it wasn’t even a race,” Truex said. “Everybody else would get strung out, double file just cars not handling good. They qualified top four and outhandled everybody. So that’s pretty impressive what they did today.”

Combined, Stewart-Haas drivers led 155 of the 193 laps. But if the numbers weren’t impressive enough, replay will show that the four drivers — Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola — only left each other’s bumpers twice: once during a run where they were shuffled into the field because of pit stops, and at the end of the race when things got dramatic on the overtime restart.

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Busch qualified on the pole with Bowyer second, Harvick third and Almirola fourth. When the race started, that is mostly how they ran. The four worked together on each and every restart to make sure they got lined up and then logged laps until the finish.Busch won Stage 1. Harvick won Stage 2. In both stages, all four cars finished first through fourth.

“It sounds like they have some really good engineering,” said Brad Keselowski.

Said Joey Logano: “Those Stewart-Haas cars drove great, and they were really, really fast. They showed it in qualifying, and they were so committed to each other, and they did a great job. They probably would have finished 1-2-3-4 if they didn’t run out of gas, so they were definitely quick.”
The Stewart-Haas Racing quartet stuck like glue to one another for most of the race, sometimes running in a pack at the front all by themselves. (Image by Kinrade/LAT)
Almirola won the race when he got around Busch as Busch ran out of fuel on the final lap of overtime in Turn 4. Bowyer finished second. Harvick had run out of fuel coming to the overtime restart. Before it all went away, the four were going to once again restart in the top four positions.

Asked what he learned from what the SHR cars were able to do, Chase Elliott replied, “I learned that we are probably going to race in the Talladega Roval if it continues.”How was Stewart-Haas able to control the race? Competition director Greg Zipadelli said it all started with preaching about the big picture during the week in team meetings.“I think after last week, we didn’t do a great job executing as a group, because we could have had the same result,” Zipadelli said. “We just talked a lot about it. I just think everybody said, we need to help each other, work together like teamwork, show everybody that we are teammates. I felt like our cars were strong enough that if we did that, we would have a very strong day.

“We came in here with the 10 [Almirola] and the 14 [Bowyer] needing stage points. Everybody executed that perfectly. Then at the end of the race, let’s do everything we can to help each other. Everybody knew the circumstances. Hats off to drivers and crew chiefs. Nobody was selfish today. Everybody looked out for each other. That’s a great feeling as far as from my perspective.

“We pay these guys every week honestly to be selfish, take care of themselves, run as hard as they can and finish up as high as they can, win as many races as they can. Everybody gave and took today. Very proud moment for Stewart-Haas.”
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