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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. 17
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

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