Many words have already been written about the daunting 2.66-mile track -- usually followed with exclamation points. Oh, the tension! Anything can happen! One mistake can end the day for a host of drivers! It's a wild card! Etc., etc.
Yes, it's all true. Yet despite the unpredictable nature of racing at Talladega, I don't expect it to result in a big shakeup of the points. Jimmie Johnson has just been so good and so lucky that he's beginning to look uncatchable.
Not that he doesn't have formidable opposition. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya have no plans to give up. But I think all of them would agree that this Chase is Johnson's to lose.
So, since Talladega is a crap shoot anyway, I'm going to write about something else that happened this week -- the union of NASCAR and World Wrestling Entertainment.
There are critics of NASCAR who like to compare it to the antics of the WWE. I don't. I just want to commend GameStop for excellent work in lining up Joey Logano and Kyle Busch for an enormously entertaining appearance this week on WWE Monday Night Raw.
Logano drives the GameStop car in the Nationwide series and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Busch, is the points leader in that series. Both will drive cars featuring the release of the WWE video game,
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010, at the Nationwide series race Nov.
The drivers made a spectacular entrance, doing simultaneous burnouts before wheeling their cars into the arena.
Both received huge ovations from the crowd before taking on their respective roles: Busch, clearly relishing his role as a villain, was cast as the "heel," while Logano made a perfect "babyface."
The highlight was watching wrestler Kofi Kingston beat on a special Randy Orton No. 18 car as Orton watched.
Kingston hammered the hood with a crowbar, then dumped a can of bright red paint over it.
"I have to admit that I was a little nervous about guest hosting WWE Monday Night Raw with Kyle," Logano said.
"I'm used to climbing into my GameStop Toyota and trying to win races, but I've never climbed into a wrestling ring before!
I didn't have anything to worry about though, because as soon as we got to the arena the wrestlers really made us feel welcome.
John Cena met us in the parking lot. The Big Show came and hung out with us in our dressing room.
"It was a blast! It was an experience that I will never forget. I still can't believe we drove our cars into the arena."
Ellen Siska writes about NASCAR for The York Dis patch. She can be reached at esiska@yorkdis patch.com.