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Column: NASCAR's Talladega wreckfest comes at a price

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Nobody needs to be reminded that racing is inherently dangerous. We all know drivers assume the risks. It's understood that no one forces a driver to compete.

That shoulder-shrug approach doesn't make the scorecard from Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway any easier to accept.

The delicate line between sport and entertainment was dangerously straddled by 40 drivers roaring along in a pack of cars at 200 mph. When the dust settled, 35 cars had been involved in at least one accident and two cars went airborne. When Kevin Harvick's car lifted off the track in a last-lap crash, it finally put an end to the chaos.

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Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: GEICO 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick3512
2Kyle Busch3424
3Carl Edwards3371
4Jimmie Johnson3293
5Joey Logano3165
6Kurt Busch3126
7Brad Keselowski3009
8Dale Earnhardt Jr.2797
9Martin Truex Jr.27410
10Austin Dillon27212
11Chase Elliott27111
12Denny Hamlin2698

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