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Column: Talladega is too dicey to be in NASCAR's playoffs

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Here's what went right at Talladega Superspeedway:

— It was a beautiful day with packed grandstands.

— Fans were treated to a sincere send-off to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

— NBC's overnight television rating was the highest for this race since 2012, when it was aired on ESPN.

Brad Keselowski used a last-lap pass to win Sunday and advance into the next round of the playoffs.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Oct. 18
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.31201
2Brad Keselowski31012
3Kyle Larson30963
4Kevin Harvick30894
5Denny Hamlin30885
6Chase Elliott30876
7Ryan Blaney30767
8Jimmie Johnson30748
9Kyle Busch30679
10Matt Kenseth306610
11Ricky Stenhouse Jr.305211
12Jamie McMurray304512


Formula One News

Hinchcliffe and Wickens team for Canadian IndyCar lineup

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will field an all-Canadian lineup next season as James Hinchcliffe returns to the IndyCar team alongside Robert Wickens.

Hinchcliffe signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, while Wickens will be making his IndyCar debut. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier drove for Forsythe Racing in Champ Car in 2004.

Hinchcliffe has five career wins, 14 podium finishes and started on the pole at the 2016 Indianapolis 500.