NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: GEICO 500

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2014 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #6 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: GEICO

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, October 16
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 17
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGES OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 - 2:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 18
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING - IMPOUND
5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, October 19
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:15 AM NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in CENTRAL / LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, October 17, 2:30 - 3:30 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 17, 4:30 - 5:20pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, October 18 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-ESPNEWS, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,450,725
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/RACE NEWS

  • 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: 78,000 [was 109,000 & 143,231]
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Rhett Rayburn, Regional Vice President, Macon Southeast, GEICO
    Command to start engines: Rhett Rayburn, Regional Vice President, Macon Southeast, GEICO
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: US Army SFC James W. Knight
    Invocation: Ron Jackson, Volunteer, Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
    Flyover: GEICO Skytypers

  • Track Websites / Social Media:
    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 2014: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2013: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • May 2014 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 152.103mph, started 34th

  • October 2013 Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 178.795mph, started 9th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #33-Brian Scott, 198.290mph, finished 42nd

  • October 2013 Pole Winner: none, canceled due to rain

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

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

  • Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Kyle Busch, May 2014, 200.574 (1st round qualifying)

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

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Scott, 26 years, 3 months, and 21 days, 5/3/2014

  • Confusion reigns about Talladega qualifying: NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race. Kevin Harvick called the format "the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life," and Kyle Busch said heat races should be used to set the field at superspeedways. Dale Earnhardt Jr. called for a return to single-car qualifying at Daytona and Talladega instead of the group formats, and Jeff Gordon tweeted, "Wow never been so frustrated & confused trying to qualify for a race. Not the way we intended to start the weekend." Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega that they didn't understand the qualifying format, and it showed as there were no clear strategies throughout the field. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [Reed Sorenson] and Justin Allgaier, ... full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers, failed to make the field.
    NASCAR cut the field in half for the first round of qualifying, when 23 cars had five minutes to make their qualifying lap. Nobody wanted to be the first driver on the track, and many sat on pit road waiting for traffic to pull out. The first drivers were beat by the clock as they tried to time it to make their fast lap at the end of the five minutes, but their times were not counted because many of them failed to cross the start/finish line in the allowable time.
    "I thought being the last car in line would be beneficial for us. We had Jeff Gordon leading the pack there I thought we would have a good shot at putting a good lap in, but my spotter was telling me, 'Hey, you have 30-seconds to get across the start-finish line' as we were entering Turn 3," Stenhouse said. "(Gordon) kept slowing the pack down and we didn't get a good lap and never got across the start-finish line in time. My spotter was giving me the information I needed and I wish (Gordon's) would have been doing the same."
    The bottom of the field consisted of championship contenders Denny Hamlin, Harvick, Joey Logano and Busch and many other NASCAR heavyweights. Tony Stewart will start 37th and is followed by Hamlin, Harvick, Logano, Busch, Kyle Larson and Gordon. Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth will drop to the back of the field because Keselowski changed his alternator and Kenseth changed his engine.(Associated Press)(10-19-2014)

  • Talladega Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    " There have been 109 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among seven different tracks in Alabama.
    " 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.
    (NASCAR)(10-16-2014)

  • Talladega Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    " 438 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 299 in more than one.
    " Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 38.
    " 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.
    " 44 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 39 victories; followed by Ford with 20 and Toyota with three.
    " 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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
    " Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.520.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 15.000.
    " Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
    " Brian Scott (05/04/2014), David Gilliland (10/08/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/05/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Talladega.
    " 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (04/26/2009) and Brian Vickers (10/08/2006) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Talladega.
    " 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 straight from the fall of 2001 - 2003.
    " Brad Keselowski is the only active series driver to win at Talladega in his first appearance.
    " Matt Kenseth competed at Talladega Superspeedway 25 times before winning the fall of 2012; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    " Matt Kenseth (25), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18), and David Ragan (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.
    " Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Kurt Busch with 27.
    " Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 844 laps led in 43 starts.
    " Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
    " 70 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.
    " Nine drivers from Alabama have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series; five have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR)(10-17-2014)

  • Talladega Notes & Facts - Saturday - poles:
    " 37 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all active drivers with four; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.
    " 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 90 (14.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Jeff Gordon (2007) is the only active driver to be able to accomplish the feat.
    " 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.
    " 33 of the 90 (36.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
    " 62 of the 90 (68.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " 8 of the 90 (8.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    " Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway five times; most recently fall of 2013.
    (NASCAR)(10-18-2014)

  • Talladega Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    " There have been 90 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 (90).
    " The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
    " Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series' most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.
    " 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).
    " Only two of the 90 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.
    " Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (04/17/2011) 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.
    (NASCAR)(10-19-2014)

  • Clinch scenarios at Talladega: The restrictor-plate madness of Talladega Superspeedway could easily deliver multiple championship twists and turns before the end of next Sunday's GEICO 500. And the only two drivers that are immune to such chaos are Kansas winner #22-Joey Logano and Saturday night's winner at Charlotte, #4-Kevin Harvick, who are safely in the Eliminator Round.
    As for the rest of the Chasers, here's where everybody needs to finish in order to guarantee their own Eliminator spot regardless of the finish of any other driver:
    #18-Kyle Busch (+26 points over ninth place): 24th or better, 25th and at least one lap led, 26th and most laps led
    #31-Ryan Newman (+21 points): 19th or better, 20th and at least one lap led, 21st and most laps led
    #99-Carl Edwards (+20 points): 18th or better, 19th and at least one lap led, 20th and most laps led
    #24-Jeff Gordon (+18 points): 16th or better, 17th and at least one lap led, 18th and most laps led
    #11-Denny Hamlin (+17 points): 15th or better, 16th and at least one lap led, 17th and most laps led
    #5-Kasey Kahne (+1 point), #20-Matt Kenseth (-1 point behind eighth place), #2-Brad Keselowski (-19 points), #48-Jimmie Johnson (-26 points) and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-26 points) only control their own destiny by winning Sunday at Talladega.(NBC Sports)(10-13-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    2.8: Joey Logano's average finish in the first five races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Logano has two victories and three fourth-place results and is already assured of advancing to the Chase's Eliminator Round by virtue of his victory Oct. 5 at Kansas Speedway.
    15.4: Jimmie Johnson's average finish in the first five races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, one reason why Johnson is tied for 11th in the standings with only one more race left in the Contender Round. Realistically, Johnson needs a win on Sunday at Talladega to keep his hopes for a record-tying seventh title alive.
    3: The current number of consecutive top 10s Ryan Newman has posted in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Newman has been the quiet man in the Chase, but he stands an excellent chance of advancing to the Eliminator Round, if he can only get past Talladega without a catastrophe.
    162: The number of laps led by Kevin Harvick in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, bringing his season total to 1,815, far and away a career best. For once, Harvick and his team weren't subject to Murphy's Law and won the race the way they ran it-in dominating fashion.
    5: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway, the site of Sunday's final race in the Chase's Contender Round. Earnhardt hasn't won at Talladega since 2004, but he's looking to end his decade-long drought with a win that would propel the #88 team into the next round of the Chase.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-14-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega:
    #42-Kyle Larson 94.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth 90.9
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.3
    Jeff Burton 89.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 87.1
    #55-Brian Vickers 86.9
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 85.9
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 85.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin 83.1
    #34-David Ragan 82.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins at Talladega: #2-Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 6th win of the season, 3rd at Talladega and his 16th career win.
    #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #40-Cassill, #31-Newman, #33-Kvapil, #41-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #4-Harvick and #13-Mears.
    The win allows Keselowski to advance to the 3rd round of the Chase.
    Polesitter #55-Vickers finished 20th.
    #32-Terry Labonte, driving what is expected to be the final race of his career, qualified 9th but had to fall to the back for the start of the race for unapproved adjustments. He was invovled a wreck just past halfway and finished 33rd.
    The four drivers eliminated from the Chase after the race were #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 38 lead changes among 19 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 160.302mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-19-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Talladega:
    [listed by driver chase points position before the race](started)
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 11th (40)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 40th (41)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 9th (39)
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 5th (11)
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 21st (15)
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 26th (43)
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 18th (38)
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 12th (8)
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd (13)
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, WON (5)
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 24th (2)
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 31st (28)
    (10-19-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Brad Keselowski won the 46th Annual GEICO 500 , his 16th victory in 193 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Austin Dillon (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-19-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    drivers who won in round 2, automatically advanced to the Eliminator round
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3121
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3117, -4
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 3117, -4
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 3100, -21
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3099, -22
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 3099, -22
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 3093, -28
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins, 1 win in round 2], 3085, -36
    Chase drivers eliminated after round 2
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 3090, -31
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 3086, -35
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3053, -68
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3046, -76
    Chase drivers eliminated after round 1
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2163
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2147
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2146
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2101
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-19-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Eliminator Round Reset:
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins], 4000 points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 4000
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 4000
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 4000
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4000
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 4000
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins], 4000
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 4000
    Points are reset after each round. For the Eliminator Round it goes to 4000, no points for wins.
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Eliminator Round (Chase races 7-9) on the Eliminator Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-19-2014)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(C8), 1115
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C1), 1077, -38
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(C3), 1043, -72
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1023, -92
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick(C2), 1022, -93
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(C6), 993, -122
    7) #31-Ryan Newman(C4), 990, -125
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 967, -148
    9) #42-Kyle Larson, 967, -148
    10) #99-Carl Edwards(C7), 961, -154
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 901, -214
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 900, -215
    13) #15-Clint Bowyer, 885, -230
    14) #18-Kyle Busch, 881, -234
    15) #3-Austin Dillon, 878, -237
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 877, -238
    17) #11-Denny Hamlin(C5), 837, -278
    18) #55-Brian Vickers, 830, -285
    19) #27-Paul Menard, 826, -289
    20) #41-Kurt Busch, 794, -321
    21) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 781, -334
    22) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 771, -344
    23) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 767, -348
    24) #43-Aric Almirola, 726, -389
    25) #13-Casey Mears, 716, -399
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-19-2014)

  • Talladega Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 13th, 11 rookie points
    #26-Whitt, 15th, 10
    #42-Larson, 17th, 9
    #23-Bowman, 43rd, 8
    #7-Annett, 37th, 7
    #51-Allgaier, Did Not Race, 1 point for race attempt
    Truex, Did Not Race
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(10-19-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #98-Wise, 28th
    Caution 2: None, Labonte was involved in the caution
    Caution 3: #55-Vickers, 20th
    Caution 4: #4-Harvick, 9th
    Caution 5: #42-Larson, 17th
    Caution 6: #47-Allmendinger, 23rd
    (10-19-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 2:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 20, 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #55-Vickers chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 17, with an opening in front of it.
    #47-Allmendinger, who starts 3rd took the 29th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #78-Truex, Jr, who starts 12th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-18-2014)

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

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Vickers wins Talladega pole: #55-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light pole for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 196.129mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Talladega and 12th of his career.
    #48-Johnson is on the outside pole, followed by #47-Allmendinger, #12-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #95-McDowell, #33-Kvapil, #5-Kahne, #32-Labonte, #7-Annett, #31-Newman, and #78-Truex, Jr.
    NASCAR used a different qualifying format, breaking the first session into two groups and shortening the session to 5 minutes. Several teams did not leave pit road on time during the first session to get a lap at full speed. Therefore, drivers having to take provisionals were: #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #42-Larson, and #24-Gordon.
    #29-Nemechek initially made the race, but failed inspection. That put #36-Sorenson into the race.
    Missing the race were: #17-Stenhouse Jr., #51-Allgaier, #29-Nemechek.
    See the Starting lineup, round by round qualifying results, notes and links on Jayski.com's Talladega Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page. (10-18-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Talladega:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 40th
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 41st
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 39th
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 15th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 43rd
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 38th
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 8th
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 13th
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5th
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 28th
    (10-18-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 46th Annual GEICO 500 with a lap of 48.825 seconds, 196.129 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 312 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2014 and his 16th in 26 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    AJ Allmendinger (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fourth in 32 races this season.
    Michael Annett (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-18-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after five scheduled minutes.
    #33-Kvapil 196.907
    #48-Johnson 196.899
    #5-Kahne 196.879
    #78-Truex, Jr 196.859
    #7-Annett 196.851
    the rest of the top 12: 31 12 2 47 95 55 32;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 20 23 99 21 43 41 13 27 38 26 49 29
    (10-18-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway after each group is combined, by speed, two groups for 10 minutes.
    #27-Menard 198.903
    #13-Mears 198.269
    #31-Newman 197.472
    #5-Kahne 196.839
    #78-Truex, Jr. 196.689
    the rest of the top 24, advancing to group 2: 21 32 12 7 2 47 55 33 26 99 29 38 23 43 95 49 48 20 41;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 34 9 10 88 40 3 1 83 15 66 98 11 4 22 18 42 24 14 36 17 51
    Drivers who will miss the race: #17-Stenhouse Jr., #51-Allgaier, #36-Sorenson.
    (10-18-2014)

  • Group 2 First Round of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after five minutes.
    #6-Bayne 195.824
    #32-Labonte 195.772
    #47-Allmendinger 195.269
    #33-Kvapil 194.745
    #26-Whitt 194.622
    the rest of group 2: 99 34 9 40 3 83 15 66 98 36 14 4 22 18 17 42 51 24;
    (10-18-2014)

  • Group 1 First Round of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is overe, after five minutes.
    #27-Menard 198.903
    #13-Mears 198.269
    #31-Newman 197.472
    #5-Kahne 196.839
    #78-Truex, Jr., 196.689
    the rest of group 1: 12 7 2 55 29 38 23 43 95 49 48 20 41 16 10 88 1 11;
    (10-18-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPNEWS, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Final practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 195.205
    #42-Larson 195.118
    #5-Kahne 195.106
    #24-Gordon 195.015
    #13-Mears 194.983
    slowest: #16-Biffle 187.964 & #22-Logano 160.510. Only 21 drivers were on track.
    notes: This is the final practice session of the weekend. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:40pm/et (ESPNews). Cars will be impounded after qualifying.
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Talladega Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(10-17-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 200.385
    #43-Almirola 200.268
    #1-McMurray 200.117
    #95-McDowell 199.971
    #33-Kvapil 199.883
    slowest: #32-Labonte 187.221 & #36-Sorenson 187.097.
    notes: There will be two Sprint Cup practices today.
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled (unlikely), speeds from this practice would set the starting lineup for the race.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:40pm/et (ESPNews).
    See fastest speeds and laps run on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-17-2014)

  • NASCAR Revises National Series Qualifying Format At Talladega Superspeedway: NASCAR revised its national series qualifying format for Talladega Superspeedway which, in turn, should elevate the on-track competition for fans at the high speed 2.66-mile track. For the Oct. 17-19 events at Talladega featuring both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, national series qualifying will take on a more rapid pace that should bring out the best in the competitors and provide fans with an extra element of excitement.
    Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at 5:30pm/et and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30pm/et and will air live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
    National series qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:
    Three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.
    Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.
    The 24 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.
    There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors that advance to the second round will have their times reset.
    The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.
    The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.
    Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors that advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.
    The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.
    "This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development. "It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions."(NASCAR)(9-4-2014)

  • Qualifying Order for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    Due to the new qualifying procedure at Talladega this weekend, the first session will be split into two groups.
    Drivers with an odd numbered draw (1, 3, 5, etc) will go out in the first group.
    Drivers with an even numbered draw (2, 4, 6, etc) will go out in the second group.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice and is drawn to determine how the drivers will go on the track at the start of qualifying and go thru inspection.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-17-2014)

  • Entry List for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #12-Ryan Blaney, #21-Bayne, #29-Nemechek, #32-Terry Labonte, #33-Kvapil (was Stremme), #49-Mike Wallace (was #87), #66-Michael Waltrip.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #12-Blaney, #87-Wallace, #29-Nemechek
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #12-Blaney, #87-Wallace, #29-Nemechek
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Talladega Entry List

  • For the group 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 31 of 36]
    drivers who have won in round 2, automatically advances to round 3 after Talladega
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins, 1 win round 2] 3088
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 3082, -6 [26]
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins, 1 win in round 2] 3081, -7 [25]
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 3077, -11 [21]
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 3076, -12 [20]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 3074, -14 [18]
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 3073, -15 [17]
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 3057, -31 [+1 ahead of 9th]
    the cut off line for being eliminated after Talladega
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3056, -32 (-1 pt out of 8th)
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 3038, -50 (-19)
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3031, -57 (-26)
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 3031, -57 (-26)
    Chaser drivers eliminated after round 1
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2142
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2127
    15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2109
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2096
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-11-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-657. Last Raced: Daytona 1 (finished 3rd). Backup Chassis: PRS-649. Last Raced: Daytona 2 backup.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 468 in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a fifth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in July securing his best finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, to date.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: The #4 Budweiser team will utilize chassis No. 833 in Sunday's race. Harvick raced this car at Talladega in May and earned a seventh-place finish.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-758: This car was wind-tunnel tested in January 2013 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." Patrick next 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. The car was rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested throughout the summer and then Patrick drove it in October at Talladega, where she finished 33rd after a pit-road speeding penalty cost her any chance of a good finish. Patrick drove chassis No. 10-758 in January 2014 testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway before piloting it once again in the non-points-paying Sprint Unlimited at Daytona in February. Patrick, who ran as high as fourth in the early part of the event, was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 35, relegating her to a 16th-place finish. The car has been rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested since that race and was used in May at Talladega, where she started seventh, led six laps and finished 22nd. It was then used in July at Daytona, where she started 29th and finished eighth.
    #12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis: PRS-655. Last Raced New Chassis. Backup Chassis: N/A
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-762: This car made its debut during 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. It qualified fifth in time trials for the Daytona 500, which slotted it third in its Budweiser Duel qualifying race. Chassis No. 14-762 ran well in the Duel, finishing sixth to place it 13th in the 55th Daytona 500. But just 34 laps into the season-opening race, Chassis No. 14-762 was collected in a multicar crash. The team made extensive repairs and 82 laps later, returned Stewart to the 2.5-mile superspeedway to log laps and earn the best finish possible, which was 41st in the 43-car field. It served as a backup for the remainder of the 2013 season, but was tested Jan. 9-10, 2014 at Daytona in preparation for the Sprint Unlimited. In that non-points race, Chassis No. 14-762 started ninth and ran as high as third before a multicar crash on lap 35 dropped it to 11th. With fresh sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-762 returned to Daytona in July for the Coke Zero 400. It qualified 12th and led three laps before being collected in a multicar accident on lap 20. The team repaired the car and Stewart eventually returned to the racetrack where he avoided a DNF (Did Not Finish), but finished a dismal 40th. Rebuilt and refined with plenty of time in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-762 returns to racing for its fifth career start but first at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 811 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Talladega. This chassis raced at Daytona in July where Bowyer finished ninth. Chassis No. 754 serves as the backup. Bowyer finished third at Talladega in May with this chassis.
    #16-Greg Biffle: RK-871 is a brand new chassis for the No. 16 team. Backup chassis RK-852 is the car Biffle drove in this race one year ago. Biffle emerged unscathed as the biggest wreck of the day unfolded coming to the checkered flag. Biffle started sixth in his No. 16 3M Ford and led two different times throughout the 188-lap race, for a total of five laps, culminating in an 11th-place finish.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-909 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Daytona where Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had worked his way into the top-five before a multi-car accident on lap 19 sent the Cargill/Winn-Dixie Ford to the garage. Backup Chassis: RK-872 - new chassis.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview
    #21-Trevor Bayne: chassis not reported on race preview
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-658. Last Raced: Daytona 1 (finished 11th). Backup Chassis: PRS-654. Last Raced: Daytona 2 backup
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-887 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced once with Gordon piloting it to a 12th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in July.
    #27-Paul Menard: Menard will utilize chassis No. 445 during the 188-lap event at Talladega Superspeedway. This Richard Childress Racing-prepared chassis is the same Chevrolet SS that Menard drove at Daytona International Speedway in January, starting 10th and finishing 32nd, and at Talladega Superspeedway in May, starting second and finishing sixth.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 446 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Chassis No. 446 was utilized in the Daytona 500 on February 23 at Daytona International Speedway where the No. 31 team finished 22nd after being involved in two multi-car accidents.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 817 in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis No. 817 debuted in the Sprint Unlimited during Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February, when Busch started 10th and finished 14th after being collected in a seven-car pileup on lap 35. The No. 41 team brought Chassis No. 817 back to Daytona again in July, when Busch finished third in the rain-delayed, rain-shortened Coke Zero 400.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: "Our Talladega Superspeedway car is one that we have had as a backup car this year," Crew chief Brian Burns said. "We haven't raced it and I don't know that it has ever been raced. It was a backup car at Richard Childress Racing that we bought. Its a fresh car for us."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-871 for this weekend's event in Talladega. This was last raced at Daytona in July where Johnson finished 42nd due to an early-race crash. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-853, which was the fifth-place finishing Daytona 500 car.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 789 finished fourth at Talladega in May. Backup: 753 finished 30th in the Daytona 500
    #66-Michael Waltrip: Primary Chassis : No. 810 Brian Vickers - Fourth (Talladega -1) & Brian Vickers - Second (Daytona-2). Back-up Chassis: No. 749 - Not Been Raced
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: 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. 88-872. That chassis made its debut at Talladega in May and was most recently raced at Daytona International Speedway in July.
    #95-Michael McDowell: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #98-Josh Wise: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-913 was last run in 2014 at Daytona, starting in the 11th spot and finishing 37thafter being involved in an early wreck. Backup chassis RK-925. Hasn't been used in 2014.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(10-16-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

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

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.50 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: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Talladega this weekend will run the same left-side tire code (D-4596), they will run distinct right-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams will be on a new right-side tire code (D-4630) . . . compared to what these teams ran at Talladega in May, this right-side features a compound change for better wear . . . Goodyear engineers made the change based on what they have seen of the track surface, which is now eight years from it's last re-pave (2006) . . . 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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