October 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

All eyes will be on Talladega Superspeedway Sunday to see how the 500-mile race scrambles the NASCAR playoff field. This is what happened to Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon when he raced at Talladega in April. [AP/RUSSELL NORRIS]

1. In the hole

Alex Bowman has dug himself a deep playoff hole thanks to a 28th-place finish at Dover. He is 92 points behind points leader Kevin Harvick and 34 points below the cut line for advancing. Car owner Rick Hendrick has two drivers in the playoffs, but only one going into the Round of 8. “We hope Alex can get the win down there,” said Hendrick, while celebrating with his Dover winner Chase Elliott.

2. Welcome, wild-card

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