NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: GEICO 500

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #10 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: GEICO

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 30
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)

Friday, May 1
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:15 AM NXS & NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, May 2
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING - IMPOUND

Sunday, May 3
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:25 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

Talladega Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:00:00: Intro to presentation of colors by Alabama National Guard
1:00:20: Invocation by Allen Singley
1:01:00: National anthem by 313th United States Army Band
1:02:30: Fly-by: Alabama State Police (3 helicopters, Semi truck flying American flag passes by start-finish line)
1:05:30: Grant Lynch addresses crowd from start-finish line
1:07:30: "Drivers, start your engines" by Sr. Airman James A. Sottile, biomedical equipment tech, Maxwell AFB
1:19:30: Green flag GEICO 500
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, May 1, 2:00 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 1, 4:30 - 5:25 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 pm/et, TV-FOX, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $6,183,287
2014: $6,186,747
2013: $6,129,824
2012: $6,076,191
2011: $5,944,315
2010: $5,982,252
2009: $6,149,092
2008: $6,101,309
2007: $6,022,630
2006: $5,951,372
2005: $5,814,065
2004: $5,711,245
2003: $5,082,015

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • 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 tri-oval) 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
    Fuel Window: 42-46 laps
    Grandstand Seating: 78,000 [was 109,000 & 143,231]
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Senior Airman James A. Sottile, Maxwell AFB
    Command to start engines: James A. Sottile
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Technical Sergeant Jason D. Floyd, Maxwell AFB
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Ole Miss Football Coach Hugh Freeze
    Color Guard: Alabama National Guard
    Invocation: Allen Singley, Alabama Raceway Ministries / Student Pastor, Grandview Baptist Church, Dothan, AL.
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
    Flyover: 3 helicopters, Alabama State Police

  • 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)
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • May 2014: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Talladega Race Info page

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

  • October 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 160.302mph, started 5th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #55-Brian Vickers, 196.127mph, finished 20th

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega Superspeedway:
    #42-Kyle Larson 95.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.7
    #20-Matt Kenseth 89.9
    #41-Kurt Busch 88.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 87.5
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 85.0
    #55-Brian Vickers 84.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski 82.9
    #22-Joey Logano 82.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin 82.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 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)

  • First time Sprint Cup winners at Talladega:
    Ten NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers won their first Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Of those 10, only Davey Allison, Ken Schrader, Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers ever won another Sprint Cup race.
    driver, career wins
    Davey Allison, 19 (3 at Talladega)
    Brad Keselowski, 17* (3 at Talladega)
    Ken Schrader, 4
    Brian Vickers, 3*
    Ron Bouchard, 1
    Richard Brickhouse, 1
    Dick Brooks, 1
    Bobby Hillin Jr., 1
    Phil Parsons, 1
    Lennie Pond, 1
    (* = active)(3-22-2015)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    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)(4-30-2015)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Notes & Facts - Friday - 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.
    38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers 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 91 (14.2%) 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 91 (36.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
    63 of the 91 (69.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    8 of the 91 (8.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
    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)(5-1-2015)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    439 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 302 in more than one.
    Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 31.
    44 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    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. 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 10.192.
    Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.444.
    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.
    Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 28; followed by Ryan Newman with 26.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 847 laps led in 44 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(5-2-2015)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 91 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).
    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 21 and Toyota with three.
    There have been eight 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), spring of 2013 (188/192) and fall of 2014 (188/194).
    Only two of the 91 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)(5-3-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Talladega: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of the season, 6th win at Talladega and his 24th career win. The win is the first Sprint Cup Series race win for #88 crew chief Greg Ives.
    #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #21-Blaney (best career finish), #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #9-Hornish Jr., #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin and #98-Wise (his career best finish).
    Harvick maintains the points / Chase lead with 394, 40 points over #78-Truex Jr.
    Pole winner #24-Gordon led 47 laps and ran up front most of the race until late in the race when he sped on pit road and had to start at the rear, then was caught up in #19-Edwards wreck at the end of the race.
    There were 27 lead changes among 15 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 159.487mph.
    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).(5-3-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 46th Annual GEICO 500 , his 24th victory in 551 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his sixth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 31 races at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt ties Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Talladega among active drivers with six each.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 27 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    #27-Paul Menard (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 40 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-3-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 394
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 342, -52 (3rd in driver points)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 335, -59 (4th)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 319, -75 (5th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 305, -89 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 292, -102 (8th)
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 281, -113 (10th)
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 255, -139 (15th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 354, -40 (2nd in drivers pts)
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 297, -97 (7th)
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 286, -108 (9th)
    13) #27-Paul Menard, 280, -114 (11th)
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 279, -115 (12th)
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 277, -117 (13th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 271, -123 (14th)
    16) #10-Danica Patrick, 271, -141 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-3-2015)

  • Talladega Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 18th, 11 rookie points
    (DiBenedetto was added to the candidate pool this week)
    #26-Jeb Burton, failed to qualify, 1 rookie point
    #55/#34-Brett Moffitt, did not race
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(5-3-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down on the track
    Caution 3: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 26th
    Caution 4: #22-Logano (still down 3 laps), 33rd
    Caution 5: #23-Yeley, 14th
    Caution 6: #22-Logano (still down 2 laps), 33rd
    (5-3-2015)


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  • Race Coverage of the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et; green flag approx. 1:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, May 4 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, May 4 at 8:00pm/et on FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #5-Kahne took pit stall 17, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #21-Blaney, who starts 3rd took the 39th pit stall, the 3rd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-2-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Gordon wins Talladega pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 194.793mph for his 3rd pole of 2015, 4th at Talladega and 80th of his career. Gordon has won 20 races from the pole.
    #5-Kahne is on the outside pole followed by #21-Blaney, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #27-Menard, #20-Kenseth, #18-Ragan, #15-Bowyer, #13-Mears and #9-Hornish Jr.
    Missing the race were: #26-Burton and #95-McDowell.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-2-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 46th Annual GEICO 500 with a lap of 49.160 seconds, 194.793 mph.
    This is his 80th pole in 771 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his fourth pole in 45 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2015 and his sixth in 23 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #21-Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first in four races this season.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto (43rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-2-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The driver scheduled to go out in round 1 is #10-Patrick.
    The final driver scheduled to go out in round 1 is #6-Bayne.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    For this race, the twelve 2nd round drivers will go out, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-1-2015)

  • Superspeedway Qualifying Format Updated for Talladega, Daytona: NASCAR unveiled modifications to the qualifying format at superspeedways across all three national series. The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next month. Qualifying for May's Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following:
    Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
    Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
    Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
    Qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
    A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
    Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
    The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
    NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only
    The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at Talladega Superspeedway May 1-3. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will air live May 2 on FOX at 1:00pm/et. The Winn Dixie 300 and GEICO 500 will air live on FOX on May 2 (3:00pm/et) and May 3 (1:00pm/et), respectively.
    The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will utilize the format for the first time when the series returns to Talladega Superspeedway with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in October. Qualifying procedures for the 2016 Daytona 500 will be announced at a later date.(NASCAR)(3-30-2015)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 197.929
    #14-Stewart 197.859
    #43-Almirola 197.696
    #48-Johnson 197.175
    #3-Dillon 197.122
    Slowest of the 38 who made runs: #26-Burton 187.335 & #23-Yeley 188.500
    Seven drivers didn't make a run: #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #19-Edwards, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #55-Waltrip and #78-Truex Jr.
    notes: there were no incidents, and a mix of teams drafting and single car runs.
    #16-Biffle had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 195.312.
    See best speeds, laps run, Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(5-1-2015)

  • First Friday Practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 200.780
    #55-Waltrip 200.742
    #34-Buescher 200.268
    #11-Hamlin 199.675
    #18-Ragan 199.662
    slowest: #26-Burton 187.024 & #83-DiBenedetto 187.141
    notes: there were no incidents, and a mix of teams drafting and single car runs.
    #18-Ragan had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 196.969.
    See best speeds, laps run, Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(5-1-2015)

  • Entry List for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #32-Bobby Labonte, #33-Brian Scott, #34-Chris Buescher, #55-Waltrip, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan (46th in points), #21-Blaney (45th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (5 attempts), #21-Blaney (3).
    See the full entry list on 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 357
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 299, -58
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 324, -33
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 283, -74
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 273, -84
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 245, -112
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 222, -135
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 315, -42
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 275, -82
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 271, -86
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 264, -93
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 263, -94
    13) #43-Aric Almirola, 250, -107
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 239, -118
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 234, -122
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 234, -123
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-26-2015)

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  • Fast Facts for May 1-3, 2015:

    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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at this track last October . . . for Xfinity teams, they ran this left-side tire code (D-4596) their last race at Talladega last May, but with a different right-side code . . . compared with what Xfinity teams ran a year ago, this right-side code (D-4630) features a compound change for better wear . . . earlier this season, teams in both of these series ran this left-side code at Daytona in February and this right-side code at Las Vegas in March . . . 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.

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • 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 GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team does NOT report chassis information on pre-race press release, websites or social media:
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 493 in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Boats Chevy was built new for the 2015 season and was utilized earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway, where Dillon finished 14th in the Daytona 500 and 15th in the Duel at Daytona.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-814 in the Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Talladega. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 814 finished fifth in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited and served as the backup for both races at Talladega in 2014. Chassis No. 814 finished second in the 2015 Daytona 500 at Daytona and fifth in the 2015 Budweiser Duel at Daytona.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-856 for Sunday's race at Talladega. Notably in 2014, Kahne drove the car to finishes of eighth place and 12th place in two races at Talladega. Most recently, Kahne raced the chassis in the Daytona 500 in February, where he finished ninth.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-834 was originally part of the #4 team's rotation. It was built in 2014 and debuted with Kevin Harvick in the Budweiser Duel at Daytona International Speedway. It finished second in that race, but a penalty dropped the car to a 24th-place finish, earning it the 38th starting spot in the Daytona 500. It finished 13th in the Great American Race. The car returned to Daytona in July for the Coke Zero 400, starting 13th and running just 20 laps before being collected in a multicar accident that left it 39th. The car didn't race again until 2015 where it again appeared at Daytona, this time in the non-points Sprint Unlimited, where it started eighth and finished 11th. This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Stewart is in the driver's seat for the car's fifth career start, but only its second in a point-paying race.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 790 serves as the primary chassis for Clint Bowyer at Talladega. Bowyer drove the chassis at the Sprint Unlimited in February where he finished 20th. Chassis No. 811 serves as the back-up. The chassis served as primary for Bowyer at the season opening Daytona 500 where he finished seventh and last year at Talladega in October where finished third.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-916 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced once to a seventh-place finish in this year's Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Gordon will drive the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy in this Sunday's race, and AARP's "Real Possibilities" will again be featured on the car. AARP and its Foundation are helping to combat hunger by coordinating with local agencies and food banks and sponsoring innovative teaching programs and more.
    #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 492 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This Quaker State/Menards Chevy was utilized earlier this year at the Sprint Unlimited event in Daytona where Menard started first and finished 21st after being collected in a late-race incident.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 494 on Sunday at Talladega. This Chevy was utilized earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway for the Duels (Start: 12/Finish: 12) and the Daytona 500 (Start: 22/Finish: 38). Thompson Tractor Company, Inc., Puckett Machinery Company and Louisiana Catwill be featured on the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #33-Brian Scott is scheduled to pilot chassis No. 495 in Sunday's GEICO 500. This is a new chassis that was utilized for the first time during Daytona 500 practice sessions and the Duels at Daytona International Speedway in February.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 758 in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega. Formerly a #10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 758 made its debut during 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona, where Patrick qualified the car on the pole for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 196.434 mph. She led five laps in the "Great American Race" before finishing eighth - the best finish ever for a woman in the Daytona 500. Patrick next drove Chassis 758 in May 2013 at Talladega, where she started 23rd and finished 33rd after being involved in a late-race accident. The car was rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested before returning to Talladega in October, when she again finished 33rd after a pit-road speeding penalty took her out of contention. Chassis No. 758 was then raced in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, when Patrick was caught in a multicar accident and finished a disappointing 16th. In its next outing, Patrick led six laps early at Talladega in May 2014 before finishing 22nd. She then finished eighth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July, driving Chassis No. 758 to her third-career top-10 finish to date. In the final restrictor-plate race of the 2014 season, Patrick again led laps at Talladega but was shuffled back in the draft and was credited with a 19th-place finish. Since then, the car's body was updated for 2015. It was wind-tunnel tested Jan. 15 in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500 in February and was driven to a 16th-place finish by Regan Smith.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-915 which is a brand new car. The backup car is 48-853, which last raced in the Sprint Unlimited in Daytona.
    #55-Michael Waltrip: will drive primary chassis 789 won pole and finished 20th at Talladega in October with Brian Vickers behind the wheel. Finished 25th with Waltrip in Daytona. The backup: 748 chassis finished 41st in 2014 Daytona 500 & 25th at Talladega in May with Waltrip.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Talladega, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-872. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

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