Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin had one of the best cars this spring at Talladega but he finished an asterisk mark 18th. In the race, Hamlin was the leader with 20 to go (led 9 laps) but then with 4 laps to go while running in 8th, Hamlin had some apparent fuel problem and slowed on the track which nosedived him in the running order late.
Christopher Bell – Christopher Bell looked solid this spring at Talladega, but his race wasn’t incident free and he finished a lack luster 22nd. In the race, Bell finished 3rd in Stage #1, led 7 laps, had an 11.5 average running position but then during the final pit cycle while he was leaving pit road, Bell had contact with Kyle Busch and hit the inside wall while leaving pit road. Just prior to that he was running in 9th.
Brad Keselowski – How strong was 6-time Talladega winner, Brad Keselowski this spring in the #6? It’s hard to say because he got a speeding penalty during the first green flag pit stop and then a speeding penalty during his last. I think there’s no doubt he was better than his 23rd though.
William Byron – This spring, William Byron was arguably the best. In the race he finished 4th in Stage #1, won Stage #2, had a 4.9 average running position, led a race high 38 laps, earned the 3rd best driver rating but finished 15th. With 5 to go he was running 3rd and at the start of the final lap he was in 5th. It was just a really bad final lap for him.