NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Camping World RV Sales 500

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2013 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #6 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Camping World

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:20pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 21 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR

Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90


  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 17

Friday, October 18

Saturday, October 19

Sunday, October 20

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, October 18, 2:30 - 3:15 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 18, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Saturday, October 19 at 12:10 pm/et, TV-FS2, no re-air scheduled.


2013: $5,427,714
2012: $5,373,101
2011: $5,261,714
2010: $5,318,791
2009: $5,492,493
2008: $5,453,014
2007: $5,384,639
2006: $5,282,231
2005: $5,168,472
2004: $5,199,159
2003: $4,783,786
2002: $4,158,532
2001: $3,535,901
2000: $2,795,869


  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis
    Command to start engines: Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TJ Smith, Senior Vice President of Camping World RV Sales
    Honor Guard: Alabama National Guard
    Invocation: Ken Farley, Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Taylor Hicks
    Flyover: two T-28 Trojans, one C45-H Expiditor, Hixson Museum of Flight

  • Track Websites:
    Talladega SuperSpeedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Facebook
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Twitter
    Talladega Superspeedway - Google+
    Talladega Superspeedway - YouTube
    Talladega Superspeedway - Pinterest
    Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
    International Motorsports Hall of Fame(Talladega)

  • May 2013: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • May 2013 Race Winner: #34-David Ragan, 148.729mph, started 19th

  • October 2012 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 171.194mph, started 15th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • May 2013 Pole Sitter: none, canceled due to rain

  • October 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 191.455mph, finished 12th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002

  • Talladega Facts and Notes - Saturday - poles:
    • Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Talladega in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph. Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
    • 36 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all active drivers with four.
    • 10 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Talladega. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six (1985-1987).
    • 13 of the 88 (14.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only two active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Bobby Labonte (1998) and Jeff Gordon (2007).
    • The outside front row (second-place) starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Talladega.
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway four times; most recently spring of 2013.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
    • Trevor Bayne leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.800.(NASCAR)(10-19-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Talladega - Friday:
    • Four of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Talladega Superspeedway: Clint Bowyer (2), Jeff Gordon (1), Matt Kenseth (1) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1).
    • The average finish by the eventual series champion at Talladega Superspeedway is 7.9. The last three series champions all finished seventh in the Chase race at Talladega.
    • Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Talladega with five followed by Ford with three and Toyota with one.
    • The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Talladega Speedway is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in 2004. He led 78 of the 188 laps (41% of his laps completed) - most by a Chase race winner at Talladega.(NASCAR)(10-18-2013)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Talladega - Thursday:
    • Talladega Superspeedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the playoff's inception in 2004.
    • The best finish in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings by the Chase race winner at Talladega is second in the points by Jeff Gordon in 2007. The winner of the Talladega Superspeedway Chase race has never gone on to win the championship.
    • Clint Bowyer leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Talladega with two (2010 and 2011).
    • The worst finish by the eventual series champion at Talladega Superspeedway is 26th, by Jimmie Johnson in 2006. Johnson was eighth in the standings following the 2006 Talladega Chase race.
    • Chase Contenders have won five of the nine Chase races at Talladega Superspeedway. The four drivers that were not Chase Contenders that won the Chase race at Talladega were NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett (2005), Brian Vickers (2006), Jamie McMurray (2009) and Clint Bowyer (2011).(NASCAR)(10-17-2013)

  • Talladega Facts and Notes - Wednesday:
    • 43 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    • Richard Childress Racing has the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.
    • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed by Ford with 20.
    • Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series' most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.
    • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Talladega with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 15.
    • Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 24.
    • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.556.
    • There have been seven NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway: spring of 2005 (188/194), fall of 2005 (188/190), spring of 2007 (188/192), fall of 2008 (188/190) spring of 2010 (188/200), fall of 2012 (188/189), and spring of 2013 (188/192).
    • Nine drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Talladega. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in consecutive wins at Talladega after posting four consecutive wins from the fall of 2001-2003.
    • Jeff Burton leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 39.(NASCAR)(10-16-2013)

  • Top 13 Driver Rating at Talladega:
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 91.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 89.9
    #31-Jeff Burton................................. 89.3
    Brian Vickers............................. 87.3 (not racing)
    #78-Kurt Busch................................. 86.8
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 85.7
    #34-David Ragan.............................. 85.0
    #43-Aric Almirola.............................. 83.9
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.................... 83.9
    #48-Jimmie Johnson......................... 83.1
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 81.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 81.6
    #1-Jamie McMurray........................ 81.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Talladega Facts and Notes - Tuesday:
    Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969 - won by Richard Brickhouse.
    The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
    There have been 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
    Talladega Superspeedway is tied with Michigan International Speedway for holding the ninth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races (88).
    431 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 294 in more than one.
    Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 58 starts; followed by Michael Waltrip with 54.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (4/17/2011) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.002 second - the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 839 laps led in 40 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
    Only two of the 87 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.(NASCAR)(10-15-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE and links

  • McMurray wins Talladega: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 7th career win.
    #88-Earnhardt finished 2nd followed by #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #27-Menard, #18-Busch, #34-Ragan, #38-Gilliland, #56-Truex, Jr., #39-Newman, and #15-Bowyer.
    The race ended under caution after #17-Stenhouse, Jr. got in #14-Austin Dillon on the backstretch of the final lap while Dillon was running 3rd. Dillon spun around and came back into traffic. He was hit in the rear by #13-Mears and briefly got airborne. Everyone was ok and no other drivers were involved.
    Other Chase driver finishes: #16-Biffle (11th); #29-Harvick (12th); #48-Johnson (13th); #24-Gordon (14th); #22-Logano (16th); #99-Edwards (17th); #78-Busch (18th); #20-Kenseth (20th); #5-Kahne (36th).
    Pole sitter #43-Almirola finished 21st
    #48-Johnson took over the points lead heading to Martinsville. He's up by 4 points over #20-Kenseth.
    There were 52 lead changes among 20 drivers and only 3 cautions for 10 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 178.795mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Talladega Penalty Report (pdf).(10-20-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Jamie McMurray won the 45th Annual Camping World RV Sales 500 , his seventh victory in 398 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 23 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 4 points over Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-20-2013)

  • Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Talladega:
    [listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 20th (started 12th)
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 13th (11)
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 12th (33)
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th (19)
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 5th (27)
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th (6)
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 18th (30)
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th (20)
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (8)
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 17th (5)
    11) #22-Joey Logano, 16th (18)
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 9th (17)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 36th (28)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2254
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2250, -4
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2228, -26
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2228, -26
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2220, -34
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2202, -52
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2201, -52
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2197, -57
    9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2193, -61
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2186, -68
    11) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2182, -72
    12) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2179, -75
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2153, -101
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1083
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1050, -33
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1042, -41
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 1027, -56
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 1022, -61
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 983, -100
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 976, -107
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 970, -113
    9) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 957, -126
    10) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 955, -128
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 927, -156
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 923, -160
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 920, -163
    14) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 892, -191
    15) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 889, -194
    (X) = a Chase driver.

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #18-Busch, 5th
    Caution 3: race ended under caution

  • Hanging in back is acceptable at Talladega: According to a post by ESPN's Marty Smith:
    How will NASCAR will govern the 100% rule today at Talladega?
    [Marty] spoke to NASCAR VP/Competition Robin Pemberton, who said laying back is part of the strategy at plate races and IS ACCEPTABLE competitive practice. Pemberton also noted that that information was made adamantly clear at Chicago when the 100% Rule was first broached. In short, teams ARE PERMITTED to hang back at Talladega today.(10-20-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, October 21 at 1:00am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #43-Almirola chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #31-Burton took pit stall 29, with an opening in front of it..
    #9-Ambrose, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-19-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Qualifying rained out at Talladega: Rain Saturday morning at Talladega Superspeedway caused qualifying to be canceled for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race. The lineup was set by the rule book (based on practice times from Friday's first session). #43-Almirola will start first followed by #31-Burton, #9-Ambrose, #56-Truex, Jr., #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #34-Ragan, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, and #13-Mears. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. was the only DNQ because his team had the fewest number of race attempts this year. See the starting lineup on the Talladega Starting Lineup page.(10-19-2013)

  • Starting positions for the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Talladega:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 12th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 11th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 33rd
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 19th
    5) #18-Kyle Busch, 27th
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 6th
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 30th
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 20th
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th
    11) #22-Joey Logano, 18th
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 17th
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 28th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 12:10pm/et, the cars will be impounded.
    Television (TV): FoxSports2, 12:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

    IMPOUND cars will be impounded after qualifying. This is one of three races in 2013 where the impound occurs (both Talladega races and Daytona in July).
    More info on my Impound Rules page

  • Qualifying Order for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #51-Allgaier.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #20-Kenseth.
    Fastest in final practice, #48-Johnson, is scheduled to qualify 25th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-18-2013)

  • Final practice for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is underway, after 50 of 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 195.936
    #35-Wise 195.892
    #11-Hamlin 195.333
    #5-Kahne 195.297
    #47-Labonte 195.269
    slowest: #40-Raines 187.551 & #33-Cassill 186.619. 29 drivers were on track.
    notes: Several teams chose to not run during the session
    Qualifying will be Saturday at 12:10pm/et and shown on Fox Sports 2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-18-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 202.000
    #31-Burton 201.987
    #9-Ambrose 201.876
    #56-Truex, Jr. 201.855
    #99-Edwards 201.604
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 186.278 & #33-Cassill 184.494.
    notes: There will be a second (and final) practice session this afternoon, Qualifying will be Saturday at 12:10pm/et and shown on Fox Sports 2.
    The top 11 drivers had a lap speed faster than 200mph.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-18-2013)

  • Entry List for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Austin Dillon, #51-Justin Allgaier, #32-Terry Labonte, #55-Michael Waltrip, #21-Trevor Bayne & #12-Sam Hornish Jr. One driver will miss the race. #12-Hornish Jr. needs to be in the top -36 in speeds to make the race. If qualifying gets rained out, the team with the least number of attempts would fail to make the race, also #12-Hornish Jr.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2225
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2221, -4
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2196, -29
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2189, -36
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2188, -37
    6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2167, -58
    7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2166, -59
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2162, -63
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2159, -66
    10) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2158, -67
    11) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2150, -75
    12) #39-Ryan Newman, 2147, -78
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2144, -81
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(10-12-2013)

  • UNOFFICIAL 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1050
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [3 wins], 1018, -32
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X) [7 wins], 1017, -33
    4) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 994, -56
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [4 wins], 987, -63
    6) #15-Clint Bowyer(X), 941, -109
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 940, -110
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 939, -111
    9) #78-Kurt Busch(X), 928, -122
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [1 win], 923, -127
    11) #22-Joey Logano(X) [1 win], 898, -152
    12) #39-Ryan Newman(X)[1 win], 888, -162
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 883, -167
    14) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 874, -176
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 873, -177
    (X) = a Chase driver.

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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Talladega: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Talladega Superspeedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-649. Last Raced: Talladega 1. Backup Chassis: PRS-648. Last Raced: Superspeedway backup.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-768 for Sunday's race at Talladega. Kahne has driven this chassis three times this season and all at restrictor-plate venues. In February, he posted the sixth-fastest time during Daytona 500 qualifying and followed up that effort with a second-place result in the second Budweiser Duel. In May, Kahne qualified 10th in this car at Talladega.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team will bring chassis No. 836 this weekend. The team worked on the chassis after posting a 14th-place finish earlier this season at Talladega.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-758: This was a new car for 2013 that was wind-tunnel tested in January before being used by Patrick in the 55th Daytona 500. Patrick qualified the car on the pole with a speed of 196.434 mph and then started first and finished 17th in the first Budweiser Duel. She started on the pole and led five laps in the Daytona 500 before finishing eighth - the best finish ever for a woman in the "Great American Race." The next on-track activity for Chassis 10-573 was during a Goodyear tire test April 16-17 at Daytona. Patrick last drove Chassis 10-758 in May at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 33rd after being involved in a late-race accident. Since then, the car has been rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested.
    #12-Sam Hornish, Jr.: Primary Chassis: PRS-654. Last Raced: Daytona 1 (as No. 2 car)
    #14-Austin Dillon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 752 finished fourth in the July Daytona race and served as a backup for the Daytona 500 in February. Backup chassis No. 755 finished 11th in the Daytona 500.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-852 Last ran Talladega - finished 36th. Backup Chassis: RK-798 Last ran Daytona - finished 17th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 830 - last raced at Talladega- finished 13th. Backup Chassis: RK-799 - Last ran during Daytona test.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-653. Last Raced: Daytona 1. Backup Chassis: PRS-651. Last Raced: Superspeedway backup
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 406 at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Talladega in May and Daytona International Speedway in July. In addition, this chassis was tested at Daytona in January and April.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 432 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Camping World RV Sales 500. This RCR-prepared machine is new to the No. 29 team lineup and will run its first competitive laps this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 410 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet will see its first race action after being tested by RCR teammate Austin Dillon at NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway in January.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-606: Chassis 39-606 has six combined starts at the two restrictor-plate tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule - three apiece at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In its six previous starts, its best results have come at Daytona - a pair of fifth-place finishes. Chassis 39-606 last saw action in July at the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona, where Newman was caught up in a multi-car wreck coming to the checkered flag but was able to score a solid 10th-place finish. Since then, Chassis 39-606 has undergone repairs and visited the wind tunnel in preparation for Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 780. They posted a top-10 finish with this chassis earlier this year at the Talladega Superspeedway.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: Chassis 706: "We are bringing chassis number 706," crew chief Brian Burns said. "It is only our second race with this car. We raced it in the second Daytona race."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive a chassis No. 764 at Talladega. Chassis No. 756 serves as the backup.
    #55-Michael Waltrip: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Talladega, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-773. This is the same chassis Earnhardt raced to a second-place finish in February at the 2013 Daytona 500 and to an eighth-place finish at Daytona in July. He also raced this chassis at Talladega in May.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK- 797 last ran at Daytona 500. Backup: RK - 835 last ran at Talladega
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-18-2013)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 800; Right-side --875;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side - 300; Right-side -- 300

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side - 88.0 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,248 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

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

  • Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Talladega this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time these tire codes will be run at Talladega, though Sprint Cup teams did run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Daytona in July . . . compared to what was run at Talladega in their last visits, this tire set-up features a compound change on both sides of the car and a construction change to the left-side to bring it into line with what is run at other tracks . . . 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.

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