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October 3, 2012

Drivers differ on how to race at Talladega

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"That was probably a one-time thing," Keselowski said, "there's way of beating that."

Figuring out where to be and when to make a move is half the battle this weekend, particularly for the Chase drivers.

Two-time defending race winner Clint Bowyer said his strategy will depend on how he qualifies, and at fourth in the standings, he's going hard Sunday after Keselowski, Johnson and Denny Hamlin.

But Kasey Kahne, who is sixth in points, said he hasn't yet figured out what he'll do beyond chasing points.

"You definitely need to think about it and try to figure out what you feel is best for yourself, for the team, and just trying to get all the points that we can," Kahne said. "What I've done the past two, three years is just tried to race and stay out front, as close to the front as possible. It's hard to sit in the back and just kind of sit back there, relax and wait until 10 laps to go."

Johnson has yet to finish a plate race this season. The five-time champion was collected in an accident on the second lap of the Daytona 500, suffered an engine failure at Talladega in the spring and was in yet another accident at Daytona in July. So he hast no idea what's going to be the best strategy Sunday, or where he wants to be in the field for the bulk of the race.

"It definitely is the one track in the Chase I've kind of been a little concerned about," he said. "There are so many things that are out of your control. I think the odds are in our favor to be able to finish one of these restrictor-plate races this year. At least I hope so."

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