NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: CampingWorld.com 500

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2015 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #6 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Camping World

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:30pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, October 22
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 23
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:45 AM NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, October 24
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING - IMPOUND

Sunday, October 25
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:55 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:30 PM NSCS RACE

Talladega Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
-12:30pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-1:35pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
-2:10pm: Presentation of Colors by: Alabama National Guard
-2:10pm: Invocation by: Reverend Mike Jackson, Executive Director, Alabama Raceway Ministries
-2:11pm: National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band, Birmingham, AL
-2:12pm: Fly-By: B-2 Stealth Bomber, 13th Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing Whiteman AFB, MO
-2:18pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO, Camping World and Good Sam
-2:30pm: Green Flag - CampingWorld.com 500 (188 Laps, 500 Miles) (TV:NBCSN Radio: MRN/SiriusXM
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

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

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 23, 2:00 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 23, 4:30 - 5:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, October 24 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,446,886
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 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 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: Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam
    Command to start engines: Marcus Lemonis
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Marcus Lemonis
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Alabama National Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Mike Jackson, Executive Director, Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band, Birmingham, AL
    Flyover: B-2 Stealth Bomber, 13th Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing Whiteman AFB, MO

  • 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 2015: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • May 2015 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 159.487mph, started 4th

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.793mph, finished 31st

  • 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

  • Talladega Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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)(10-22-2015)

  • Talladega Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    441 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 304 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 45 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 32.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.0.
    Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
    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 29; followed by Ryan Newman with 27.
    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.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 15.065.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 899 laps led in 31 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(10-23-2015)

  • Talladega Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    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 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).
    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.
    44 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    13 of the 92 (14.1%) 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 92 (35.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
    64 of the 92 (69.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    8 of the 92 (8.6%) 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)(10-24-2015)

  • Talladega Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 92 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 (92).
    Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports for the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12.
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 40 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 92 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)(10-25-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr...............92.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth...............89.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson...............89.0
    #21-Ryan Blaney...............88.5
    #41-Kurt Busch...............88.3
    #55-Brian Vickers...............84.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin...............83.5
    #2-Brad Keselowski...............83.2
    #42-Kyle Larson...............80.5
    #1-Jamie McMurray...............80.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 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)(10-20-2015)

  • 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

  • Logano wins at Talladega: #22-Joey Logano won the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 6th win of the season, 1st win at Talladega and 14th career win. Logano led 20 of the 196 laps.
    It was an unusual end to the race. First, coming to the green flag for the green-white-checkered finish, #48-Johnson and #42-Larson spun out as the cars got through the restart zone. NASCAR had thrown the green flag, but put the yellow back out before the cars got to the start-finish line and froze the field to attempt another restart.
    Then on the next restart, #4-Harvick, who had been reporting engine problems, failed to get a clean start. #6-Bayne passed Harvick, but made contact with him trying to get back in line and was spun out. Several drivers accused Harvick of intentionally wrecking Bayne. About a dozen cars were collected and NASCAR threw the caution just past the start finish line.
    NASCAR had to review video tape to determine Logano was in the lead at the time the caution came out and establish the finishing order for the rest of the field.
    Logano won all 3 races in the Contender round of The Chase.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #27-Menard, #78-Truex, Jr, #15-Bowyer, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #41-Busch.
    #11-Hamlin, #31-Newman, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #20-Kenseth were eliminated from the Chase.
    The race went caution free for the first 131 laps, the longest green flag strecth to start a race this season.
    There were 30 lead changes among 18 drivers and 3 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 167.311mph.
    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).(10-25-2015)

  • Finishing positions of the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase drivers at Talladega:
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, WON (10)
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 37th (8)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch, 10th (14)
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 5th (15)
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 15th (7)
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd (1)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 4th (11)
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 7th (43)
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 11th (16)
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 12th (18)
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd (5)
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 26th (4)
    (10-25-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Joey Logano won the 47th Annual campingworld.com 500 , his 14th victory in 251 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and 26th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 32 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 46 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Matt DiBenedetto (40th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Joey Logano leads the point standings by 27 points over Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-25-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36, Chase race 6 of 10]
    1) #22-Logano* [6 wins], 3142; +47
    2) #19-Edwards[2], 3115 -27; +20
    3) #24-Gordon, 3113 -29; +18
    4) #41-Busch[2], 3112 -30; +17
    5) #2-Keselowski[1], 3111 -31; +16
    6) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 3107 -35; +12
    7) #4-Harvick [3], 3101 -41; +6
    8) #18-Busch[4], 3098 -44; +3 ahead of 9th
    Did not advance to Eliminator round
    9) #31-Newman, 3095 -47; -3 out of 8th
    10) #11-Hamlin[2], 3090 -52; -8
    11) #88-Earnhardt Jr.[2], 3083 -59; -15
    12) #20-Kenseth[5], 3054 -88; -44
    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)
    *Won all 3 races in the Contender round.
    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).(10-25-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Eliminator Round:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36]
    1) #22-Joey Logano [6 wins], 4000
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 4000
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4000
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 4000
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 4000
    6) #78-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 4000
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 4000
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [4 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).(10-25-2015)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 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) #22-Joey Logano (C1), 1204
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick (C8), 1155 -49
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski (C5), 1081 -123
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1069 -135
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C6), 1026 -178
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1003 -201
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1001 -203
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 999 -205
    9) #41-Kurt Busch (C4), 987 -217
    10) #19-Carl Edwards (C2), 973 -231
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon (C3), 950 -254
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 932 -272
    13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 916 -288
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 858 -346
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 849 -355
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 839 -365
    17) #5-Kasey Kahne, 837 -367
    18) #16-Greg Biffle, 778 -426
    19) #42-Kyle Larson, 777 -427
    20) #3-Austin Dillon, 718 -486
    21) #18-Kyle Busch (C7), 699 -505
    22) #13-Casey Mears, 685 -519
    23) #10-Danica Patrick, 661 -543
    24) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 653 -551
    25) #9-Sam Hornish, Jr., 641 -563
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-25-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-Truex, Jr., 7th
    Caution 2: #35-Whitt, 22nd
    Caution 3: race ended
    (10-25-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:10 pm/et; Countdown to Green Pre-Race show at 1:30pm/et; green flag approx. 2:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 26 at 2:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Clinch scenarios for Talladega: This weekend marks the final Sprint Cup Series race in the 12-driver Contender Round before the Chase field dwindles to eight. Here are the scenarios for clinching a spot in the Eliminator Round this Sunday at Talladega. Regardless of the finish of any other drivers;
    Back-to-back wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway gave #22-Joey Logano automatic admission into the Eliminator Round.
    #11-Denny Hamlin needs to finish 14th with no laps led, or 15th with at least one lap led, or 16th and lead the most laps.
    #41-Kurt Busch needs to finish 8th with no laps led, or 9th with at least one lap led, or 10th and lead the most laps.
    #19-Carl Edwards needs to finish 7th with no laps led, or 8th with at least one lap led, or 9th and lead the most laps.
    #4-Kevin Harvick needs to finish 3rd with no laps led, or 4th with a lap led.
    #24-Jeff Gordon and #2-Brad Keselowski need to finish 2nd with no laps led, or 3rd with at least one lap led, or 4th and lead the most laps.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. needs to finish 2nd with no laps led or 3rd with the most laps led.
    #18-Kyle Busch, #31-Ryan Newman, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #20-Matt Kenseth only control their own destinies with a victory.
    (NASCAR)(10-21-2015)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the CampingWorld.com 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 39th, the first stall coming on pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd, took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-25-2015)

  • 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
    Chase Points
    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 CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 194.500mph for his 4th pole of 2015, 5th at Talladega and 81st of his career.
    #5-Kahne is on the outside pole followed by #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt, Jr, #6-Bayne, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, and #14-Stewart.
    #78-Truex, Jr will start 43rd after having his time disallowed for going below the yellow line on his qualifying attempt.
    Missing the race was: #23-Burton & #46-Annett.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-24-2015)

  • Where the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Talladega:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 10th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 8th
    3) #41-Kurt Busch, 14th
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 15th
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 7th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st, POLE
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 43rd
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 16th
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 18th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5th
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    (10-24-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 47th Annual campingworld.com 500 with a lap of 49.234 seconds, 194.500 mph.
    This is his 81st pole in 793 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his fifth pole in 46 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in 24 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 18th top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 17th in 32 races this season.
    Matt DiBenedetto (36th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-24-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after each car takes a lap.
    #24-Gordon 194.255
    #5-Kahne 194.050
    #20-Kenseth 193.431
    #48-Johnson 193.431
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 193.392
    the rest of the top 12: 21 2 22 11 4 6 14;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2:27 41 19 18 17 31 16 10 9 55 42 1 43 3 95 13 15 26 47 62 98 35 32 83 7 38 51 34 23 46 40 33 78.
    Drivers who will miss the race: #23-Burton & #46-Annett.
    (10-24-2015)

  • Final practice: for the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over. After 55 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 196.423
    #21-Blaney 196.342
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 194.721
    #14-Stewart 194.603
    #5-Kahne 194.161
    slowest: #33-Kvapil 188.333 & #46-Annett 188.115. Only 30 drivers practiced.
    most laps run: #14-Steart, 25 laps
    note: Qualifying will be Saturday at 4:15pm/et on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Talladega practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-23-2015)

  • First Friday practice: for the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over. After 55 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 201.189
    #10-Patrick 200.624
    #51-Allgaier 200.574
    #15-Bowyer 200.393
    #5-Kahne 200.372
    slowest: #32-Labonte 189.204 & #33-Kvapil 189.133.
    most laps run: #20-Kenseth, 35; #46-Annett, 34
    note: Qualifying will be Saturday at 4:15pm/et on NBCSN. The qualifying order will be set based on speeds from this practice. The slowest driver will go out first in qualifying; the fastest will go out last.
    See fastest speeds, lap run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-23-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the CampingWorld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Kvapil.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #16-Biffle.
    Qualifying order was set by first practice speed, with the slowest driver going out first and the fastest driver out last.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-23-2015)

  • Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Talladega: The modified qualifying format at superspeedways will debut at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 24th. Qualifying 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 based on the slowest to fastest single lap speed posted in the first practice session; 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.(10-23-2015)

  • Entry List for the CampingWorld.com 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-Kvapil, #62-Hill, #95-McDowell, #98-Waltrip.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Hill (45th), #95-McDowell (44th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (16), #95-McDowell (17)
    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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Contender Round:
    [after Kansas, race 31 of 36, Chase race 5 of 10]
    1) #22-Logano* [5 wins], 3095; +13
    2) #11-Hamlin[2], 3082 -13; +18
    3) #41-Busch[2], 3077 -18; +13
    4) #19-Edwards[2], 3076 -19; +12
    5) #4-Harvick [3], 3071 -24; +7
    6) #24-Gordon, 3071 -24; +7
    7) #2-Keselowski[1], 3071 -24; +7
    8) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 3070 -25; +6 ahead of 9th
    Top 8 advance to Eliminator round
    9) #18-Busch[4], 3064 -31; -6 out of 8th
    10) #31-Newman, 3062 -33; - 8
    11) #88-Earnhardt Jr.[2], 3039 -56; -31
    12) #20-Kenseth[5], 3035 -60; -35
    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)
    * driver automatically advances to Eliminator round by winning a Contender round race
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-18-2015)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Kansas, race 31 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #22-Joey Logano (C1), 1157
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick (C5), 1125, -32
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski (C7), 1041, -116
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (C11), 1025, -132
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (C2), 991, -166
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C8), 989, -168
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth (C12), 984, -173
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson (EC), 974, -183
    9) #41-Kurt Busch (C3), 952, -205
    10) #19-Carl Edwards (C4), 934, -223
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 911, -246
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon (C6), 908, -249
    13) #31-Ryan Newman (C10), 899, -258
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 821, -336
    15) #27-Paul Menard (EC), 819, -338
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 811, -346
    17) #15-Clint Bowyer (EC), 802, -355
    18) #42-Kyle Larson, 757, -400
    19) #16-Greg Biffle, 753, -404
    20) #3-Austin Dillon, 688,-469
    21) #13-Casey Mears, 672, -485
    22) #18-Kyle Busch (C9), 665, -492
    23) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 645, -512
    24) #10-Danica Patrick, 644, -513
    25) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., 614, -543
    26) #14-Tony Stewart, 608, -549
    27) #55-David Ragan, 602, -555
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-18-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 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 Camping World Truck 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 have run at this track since last October . . . while Camping World Truck teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4596) at Talladega last year, this is the first time it is paired with this right-side tire code (D-4630) . . . compared to what Truck teams ran at Talladega last October, this right-side features a compound change for better wear . . . in addition to Talladega, NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire at Daytona this season . . . they have also run this right-side tire at Kansas, Las Vegas and Michigan in 2015 . . . 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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