NASCAR XFINITY Series Talladega Race Information Page

Sparks Energy 300

Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #9 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Sparks Energy

Race Time: 3:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 3:18pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 28
10:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, April 29
8:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 AM-6:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-11:25 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM-1:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 30
8:00 AM-2:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 AM (10:30 AM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:00 PM NXS, NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (113 LAPS, 300.58 MILES)(FOX / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Talladega race results and standings (pdf)

  • Elliott Sadler wins XFINITY race at Talladega: #1-Elliott Sadler won the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 1st XFINITY Series win of the season, the 11th of his XFINITY career and locks him into the Chase for this season.
    #22-Logano was leading coming to the checkered flag, but he moved up to block #48-Brennan Poole from taking the lead, then came back down and made contact with Sadler, sending him into the outside wall. He finished 27th. Several other drivers were collected and NASCAR had to review video to determine the finishing order. Although #48-Poole got back to the start finish line first, NASCAR determined that the caution came out prior to that, freezing the field. Sadler was credited with the win.
    #7-Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by #48-Brennan Poole, #51-Jeremy Clements, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #2-Austin Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, pole sitter #18-Matt Tifft, #88-Chase Elliott and #98-Aric Almirola.
    There were 6 cautions for 29 laps and 20 lead changes among 13 leaders.
    The average speed was 132.477mph.
    Complete results are on the Talladega race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-30-2016)

  • Talladega XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 25th Annual Sparks Energy 300, his 11th victory in 305 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Justin Allgaier (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brennan Poole (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Brennan Poole (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 0 points over Daniel Suarez (tie breaker is wins).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-30-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Talladega:
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 314
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez, 314
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 281, -33
    4) #7-Justin Allgaier, 280, -34
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 279, -35
    6) #33-Brandon Jones, 273, -41
    7) #20-Erik Jones [1 win], 263, -51
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 251, -63
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 229, -85
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 221, -93
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-30-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #62-Gaughan, 5th
    Caution 2: #98-Almirola, 10th
    Caution 3: #15-Kvapil, 25th
    Caution 4: #15-Kvapil (2), 25th
    Caution 5: #14-Gordon, 14th
    Caution 6: #05-Townley, 26th
    (4-30-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Matt Tifft on XFINITY pole at Talladega: #18-Matt Tifft won the pole for the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 181.168mph. It is his first career pole. #19-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Austin Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #44-J.J. Yeley.
    #18-Matt Tifft was fastest in the first round of single car qualifying runs with a speed of 180.652mph.
    Did Not Qualify: #70-Derrike Cope, #74-Mike Harmon, #40-Carl Long.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Talladega starting lineup page (pdf).(4-30-2016)

  • Talladega Qualifying Notes:
    Matt Tifft(i) won the Coors Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 25th Annual Sparks Energy 300 with a lap of 52.857 seconds, 181.168 mph.
    This is his first pole in six NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh in eight races this season.
    Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-30-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Matt Tifft fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #18-Matt Tifft was quickest during happy hour for the Sparks Energy 300 with a speed of 181.918mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #51-Jeremy Clements, #07-Ray Black, Jr., #2-Austin Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #42-Jeb Burton, and #1-Elliott Sadler. Just 33 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Talladega final practice speeds page (pdf).(4-29-2016)

  • Darrell Wallace, Jr. fastest in first XFINITY practice: #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 192.413mph. #16-Ryan Reed was second, followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Matt Tifft, #2-Austin Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #11-Blake Koch, #88-Chase Elliott, #20-Erik Jones, and #19-Daniel Suarez. All 43 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-29-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
    John Wes Townley returns with the #05 team;
    John Jackson will be in the #13;
    Benny Gordon will drive the #14 for TriStar;
    Travis Kvapil is again entered in the #15 for Rick Ware;
    Matt Tifft remains in the JGR #18;
    Brandon McReynolds will drive the #24 for JGL;
    Bobby Gerhart is entered in his #85;
    The #97 is again TBA. Ryan Ellis has been in the car recently.(4-25-2015)
    UPDATE: JJ Yeley will drive the #44.(4-27-2016)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will be in the #97.(4-28-2016)
    See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear - 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this combination of left- and right-side tires dates back to October 2014 . . . for Xfinity teams, since they don't run at Talladega in the fall, they started running this tire set-up in May 2015 . . . teams in both of these series also ran this left-side code at Daytona in February . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Suárez Opens Up Points Lead As Talladega Approaches

    Tension within the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship battle has slightly loosened for standings leader Daniel Suárez after he posted his fourth top five of the season, increasing his lead to nine points over new second-place driver, Elliott Sadler. (Heading into Richmond, Suárez held a six-point lead over Erik Jones.)

    In eight starts this season, Suárez has posted four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 6.3 - best among title contenders.

    Suárez’s performances on NASCAR’s two biggest ovals has improved. In his first two starts (Daytona, 39th and Talladega, 31st) he finished outside the top 30. Since then, he has finished 15th at Daytona last July and eighth there this past February.

    “In my race last year (at Talladega), we had a fast Toyota Camry, I just got caught up in an accident towards the middle portion of the race and that set us back,” Suárez said. “We learned a lot in Daytona about our restrictor-plate package that I think we can carry over to this weekend. Anything can happen at Talladega, but I’m looking forward to the race on Saturday and hopefully coming home with our first win!”

    Sadler Gains Ground In Points, Sets Sights On Lead
    Virginia native Elliott Sadler performed stoutly in front of his hometown crowd last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, posting his best finish (third) of the season and in the process leaped two spots in the points to second, just nine markers back from standings leader Daniel Suárez.

    Sadler’s success comes at an opportune time as the series heads to Talladega, a track at which he won two seasons ago.  In seven starts at Talladega, Sadler has posted the one win (2014), four top fives and seven top 10s.

    Cash It: Runner-Up Finish At Richmond Has Dillon Back In The Title Mix

    Ty Dillon’s title chances started to look a little hazy when he had dropped back to sixth in the points following Texas, but he rebounded mightily following his best finish (second) of the season last weekend at Richmond. Dillon not only finished second in the race, he also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus, taking home an additional $100,000. Dillon now sits third in the standings, just 19 points back from the standings lead.  

    In three starts at Talladega, Dillon has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 15.6. 

    Sunoco Rookie Update:  One Jones Slips, The Other Capitalizes

    The tale of two Joneses continues.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones and Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones are the two front runners in this season’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign. Erik Jones currently leads Brandon Jones by 27 points in the rookie standings.

    Erik Jones’s season has had its ebbs and flows. Richmond wasn’t kind to Erik Jones last weekend, as he was caught in two separate accidents during the race, relegating him to a 34th-place finish - his worst of the season.  Jones has posted one win and five top fives this year.

    This weekend, the young the JGR driver will have his work cut out for him. He has only made four series starts on restrictor-plate tracks (three at Daytona and one at Talladega), posting one top-10 finish (Daytona - July, 2015). His lone Talladega start resulted in a 30th-place finish due to overheating.

    “Talladega is definitely a place where you have to have everything go right, not only from a team perspective, but also from the perspective of being in the right spot at the right time of the race, and making sure you are up front and challenging for the win all day and trying to miss the wrecks and stay out of everything,” Erik Jones said. “If that happens, then usually you can be up at the front with a chance to win.”

    On the other hand, Richard Childress Racing’s Brandon Jones has seen a season of solid consistency with not one finish outside the top 15. In eight starts in 2016, he has posted four top 10s and an average finish of 9.9.

    This weekend will be Brandon Jones’ series debut at Talladega, but if his performance earlier this season at Daytona (seventh-place finish) was any indication of how he will do, expect a solid performance.     

    XFINITY Series Chase Outlook: Breakdown By Team

    With eight series races in the books, it’s time to take a look at how the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase is going to shake out with respect to the teams. Below is a snapshot of the teams that currently have drivers who qualify for this season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase:

    Joe Gibbs Racing - Erik Jones (one win) and Daniel Suárez (points lead)
    JR Motorsports - Elliott Sadler (second in points) and Justin Allgaier (seventh in points)
    Richard Childress Racing - Ty Dillon (third in points), Brandon Jones (fourth), Brendan Gaughan (sixth)
    Chip Ganassi Racing - Brennan Poole (eighth in points)
    Roush Fenway Racing - Ryan Reed (ninth in points) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (10th in points)
    Richard Petty Motorsports - Jeb Burton (11th in points)
    RSS Racing - Ryan Sieg (12th in points)

    The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    Dale Jr. Takes JR Motorsports To Owner Points Summit With Win At Richmond

    With a big win in dominating fashion last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team from third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points to first by one point over second-place Richard Childress and his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team.

    Earnhardt’s win at Richmond was his first in JR Motorsports’ equipment. It marked his last start of the season.

    This weekend, 2014 series champion Chase Elliott takes the reins of the 88. Elliott has made four starts this season, posting a win (season opener at Daytona), and four top fives. His average finish this season is 3.5.

    The No. 88 JR Motorsports team has been led by crew chief David Elenz. Elenz will serve as crew chief for eight different drivers behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet this season - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Cole Custer and Josh Berry.   

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Defending Winner Returns: Joey Logano won at Talladega last season and will return to defend his victory in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford this weekend. Logano led 40 laps (the most) on his way to the checkered flag last season. This will be Logano’s third series start this season.  ...

    Tifft To Pilot JGR’s No. 18: Matt Tifft returns as the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota this weekend at Talladega. Tifft has made one prior series start at Talladega posting a 23rd-place finish. When he is not behind the wheel, Tifft attends the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He is a sophomore business management major. ...

    NASCAR XFINITY Series In Alabama - There have been 24 NASCAR XFINITY Series races held in the state of Alabama - all at Talladega Superspeedway. The very first XFINITY Series race held in Alabama at Talladega Superspeedway was in 1992 and won by Ernie Irvan (Chevrolet, 158.359 mph).  ...

    Alabama Drivers In NASCAR XFINITY Series - A total of 72 drivers with their home state recorded as Alabama have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race. Of the 72 Alabama drivers, only 20 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 20 that have competed in the XFINITY Series, Steve Grissom has made the most starts (309); followed by Mike Harmon (205) and Davey Allison (86). Only three drivers with their home state recorded as Alabama have won in the series - Steve Grissom (11 wins), Bobby Allison (two wins) and Neil Bonnett (one win).  Mike Harmon from Birmingport and Darrell Wallace Jr. from Mobile are the only two active drivers from Alabama competing this weekend.

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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