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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: GEICO

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 10:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Pre-Race Coverage: FOX, 12:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, May 2 at 8:00am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 28
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 29
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 - 2:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:30 - 4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 30
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NSCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND
12:00 PM NXS, NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING

Sunday, May 24
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:25 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:00 PM NSCS RACE

Talladega Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: Alabama National Guard
1:00pm: Invocation by: Mark Stokes, Alabama Raceway Ministries
1:01pm: National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band, Signed by Xavius Demontae, Senior from Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
1:02pm: FlyBy: Maxwell AFB 908th Airlift Wing C-130
1:07pm: "Driver's, Start Your Engines" by: MSgt. Larry Nix, Air University/23rd Training Squadron, Maxwell AFB. GEICO Air University SNCO of the Year 2015
1:19pm: Green Flag -- GEICO 500 (188 Laps, 500 Miles) / FOX / MRN / SiriusXM
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR 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, April 29, 2:30 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 29, 4:30 - 5:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 pm/et, TV-FOX, re-air scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 8:30am/et.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval);
    Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Seats: 78,000 [was 78,000 was 109,000, 143,231} with 30 suites

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Master Sergeant Larry D. Nix, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
    Command to start engines: Larry D. Nix
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Aerospace Medical Services Technician Senior Airman Maxime V. Copley
    Color Guard: Alabama National Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Mark Stokes, Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
    Flyover: Maxwell AFB 908th Airlift Wing C-130

  • April 2015: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Talladega Race Info page

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

  • October 2015 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 167.311mph, started 10th

  • 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, 5/6/1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, 7/27/1986

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

  • October 2015 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.500mph, finished 3rd

  • 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:
    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)

  • Talladega Driver Notes & Facts:
    441 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 306 in more than one.
    Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 33 starts; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 32.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.750.
    A total of 68 drivers have made their first series start at Talladega; Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) is the only active driver to make his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
    45 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with six.
    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 11 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 30; followed by Ryan Newman with 28.
    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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 12.
    Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 16.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.200.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 960 laps led in 32 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)

  • Talladega Pole Notes & Facts:
    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.
    Seven active drivers are tied for the most poles at Talladega with one - Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Brian Scott, Michael Waltrip and Bobby Labonte.
    11 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Talladega. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six (1985 - 1987).
    Six drivers have posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Talladega; the only active driver to post his first series career pole at Talladega is Brian Scott (05/04/2014).
    13 of the 93 (13.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole.
    The No. 2 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 93 (35.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
    65 of the 93 (69.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    8 of the 93 (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)

  • Talladega Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 93 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
    Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12 each.
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 22 and Toyota with three.
    There have been nine NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway. The scheduled number of laps is 188, below is a chart showing the number of additional laps during NASCAR Only two of the 93 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)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr 93.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 89.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 88.5
    #41-Kurt Busch 88.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski 84.4
    Brian Vickers 84.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin 82.9
    #42-Kyle Larson 81.9
    #22-Joey Logano 81.5
    #4-Kevin Harvick 80.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 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, links, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Talladega wrecks come at a price: The delicate line between sport and entertainment was dangerously straddled [at Talladega] by 40 drivers roaring along in a pack of cars at 200 mph. When the dust settled, 35 cars had been involved in at least one accident and two cars went airborne. When Kevin Harvick's car lifted off the track in a last-lap crash, it finally put an end to the chaos...we celebrate on Monday that no one was injured, and better yet, no one died in the carnage that was a typical Talladega race. But all that wrecking came at a price. The cost of damaged race cars on Sunday neared $10 million in losses across the grid, according to an informal survey Monday by The Associated Press of five top race teams. Within that series-wide estimate, some teams estimated they lost $500,000 per car - total loss situations - while others estimated $250,000 without including any engine damage.
    It's important to put Sunday's demolition derby in at least a little bit of perspective. Yes, the destruction was unusually high. But the threat of rain played a huge role in the multiple accidents. Normally, the aggression in plate races doesn't come until about 30 laps remain and many drivers spend most of the race riding around in the hope they can stay out of trouble to make a late run for the win. They couldn't wait Sunday because rain could have ended the race with no notice. It meant the pace was much faster from start to finish. Plate racing isn't going away anytime soon, though various measures could be taken to reduce the pack element - remove the restrictor-plates, slow the cars, knock down the banking at Daytona and Talladega - nothing should be eliminated from conversation as NASCAR tries to "fix" the issues plaguing the four events each year.(Associated Press)(5-3-2016)

  • Keselowski wins at Talladega: #2-Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 2nd win of the season, 4th win at Talladega and 19th career win. Keselowski led 46 of the 188 laps, the most of anyone.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #3-Dillon, #1-McMurray, pole sitter #24-Elliott, #14-Ty Dillon (who replaced Tony Stewart on lap 52), #15-Bowyer, #41-Busch, #21-Blaney, and #6-Bayne.
    The "Big One" happened with 28 laps to go. #41-Busch got into the back #48-Johnson, getting him loose and sending him into #27-Menard. Johnson and Menard slid sideways blocking the track and collecting a total of 17 cars. Drivers suffering some damage included: #48-Johnson, #78-Truex, Jr., #95-McDowell, #47-Allmendinger, #31-Newman, #27-Menard, #42-Larson, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #7-Smith, #44-Scott, #21-Blaney, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #35-Gilliland, #10-Patrick, and #16-Biffle.
    An earlier incident saw #34-Buescher flip his car 3 times, but walk away unharmed. He finished 37th.
    Late in the race, #95-McDowell got into the back of #10-Patrick and sent her into #20-Kenseth. Kenseth's car became airborne and landed on the inside SAFER barrier, sliding along it, but came to rest on its wheels. Kenseth finished 23rd.
    A wreck at the end of the race, as the leaders were coming to the finish line, forced the race to end under caution.
    There were 37 lead changes among 17 drivers and 10 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 140.046mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-1-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway:
    Brad Keselowski won the 47th Annual GEICO 500 , his 19th victory in 243 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 22 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Chase Elliott (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 9 points over Kyle Busch.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-1-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 351
    2) #18-Busch, [2 wins], 342, -9
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 337, -14
    4) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 329, -22
    5) #22-Logano, 316, -35
    6) #41-Busch, 312, -39
    7) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 300, -51
    8) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 279, -72
    9) #78-Truex Jr., 274, -77
    10) #3-Dillon, 272, -79
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [2 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 4th
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 7th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 12th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    7) #22-Logano, 316
    8) #41-Busch, 312
    9) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 279
    10) #78-Truex, Jr., 274
    11) #3-Dillon, 272
    12) #24-Elliott, 271
    13) #1-McMurray, 261
    14) #47-Allmendinger, 232
    15) #20-Kenseth, 231
    16) #6-Bayne, 228
    (5-1-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #14-Stewart, 6th
    Caution 2: #10-Patrick, 24th
    Caution 3: #38-Cassill, 11th
    Caution 4: #3-Dillon, 3rd
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 33rd
    Caution 6: #13-Mears (2), 33rd
    Caution 7: #13-Mears (3), 33rd
    Caution 8: #21-Blaney, 9th
    Caution 9: #48-Johnson, 22nd
    Caution 10: Race ended under caution
    (5-1-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:02pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, May 2 at 8:00am/et

  • 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-Elliott chose pit stall 3, which is the first available pit stall in use this weekend.
    Outside pole sitter #3-Dillon took pit stall 17, with an opening in front of it.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr, who starts 3rd took the 39th pit 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.(4-30-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Chase Elliott wins Talladega pole: #24-Chase Elliott won the pole for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 192.661mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 1st at Talladega and 2nd of his career. He also won the pole at Daytona this year.
    #3-Dillon will start 2nd, followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #27-Menard, #5-Kahne and #78-Truex, Jr.
    Ty Dillon qualified the #14 for Tony Stewart in 14th place. Stewart will start the race, so he will fall to the rear of the field, then turn the car back over to Dillon early in the race.
    #3-Dillon was fastest in the first round with a speed of 192.796mph and will start 2nd.
    41 cars were entered. The only team to not qualify: #30-Wise.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Talladega qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Talladega Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-30-2016)

  • Talladega Superspeedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Chase Elliott won the Coors Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 47th Annual GEICO 500 with a lap of 49.704 seconds, 192.661 mph.
    This is his second pole in 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in six races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his second in ten races this season.
    Chase Elliott (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-30-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00pm/et.
    Television (TV): FOX, 12:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Sunday, May 1 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 41 cars/drivers are listed.
    The order is based on the fastest single lap speed posted in the combined practice sessions Friday.
    Qualifying at Talladega will consist of two rounds of single car qualifying.
    #7-Smith will go out first. The final driver out will be #1-McMurray.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(4-29-2016)

  • Final practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes. The top five, slowest and notes:
    #22-Logano 196.290
    #21-Blaney 196.238
    #24-Elliott 196.185
    #10-Patrick 195.094
    #44-Scott 195.003
    slowest: #15-Bowyer 187.978 & #30-Wise 186.209. 35 drivers have been on track.
    most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 30, #41-Busch 24
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 12:30pm/et tomorrow and will be televised on FS1 and covered via radio by MRN/SiriusXM.
    There is rain in tomorrow's forecast. If qualifying is rained out, today's practices determine who makes the race. There are 41 cars entered so 1 team will not qualify. The open (non-charter) teams that make the race are determined by fastest single lap speeds posted from the combined practices today by the open teams - #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #55-Waltrip, #98-Whitt. Because Josh Wise had the slowest speed in both practice sessions, he will not make the race if qualifying is canceled.
    Charter teams would start the race based on owner points standings, not by practice speeds.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Talladega Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(4-29-2016)

  • First practice for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #1-McMurray 199.737
    #24-Elliott 199.729
    #41-Busch 199.409
    #10-Patrick 199.384
    #6-Bayne 199.317
    slowest: #47-Allmendinger 191.708 & #7-Smith 187.820
    most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 37, #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 36
    notes: Final (happy hour) practice is this afternoon at 4:30pm/et.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 12:30pm/et tomorrow and will be televised on FS1 and covered via radio by MRN/SiriusXM.
    There is rain in tomorrow's forecast. If qualifying is rained out, today's practices will determine who makes the race. There are 41 cars entered so 1 team will not qualify. The open (non-charter) teams that make the race will be determined by fastest single lap speeds posted from the combined practices today by the open teams - #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #55-Waltrip, #98-Whitt. Charter teams would start the race based on owner points standings, not by practice speeds.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-29-2016)

  • Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Daytona/Talladega: The qualifying format at superspeedways consists 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.

  • Entry List for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Stewart, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Bobby Labonte, #35-Gilliland*, #55-Michael Waltrip*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #35-Gilliland, #55-Waltrip, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if practice and qualifying are canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #35-Gilliland
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled but practice is held: slowest Open team
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Talladega Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    1) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 331
    2) #4-Harvick [1 win], 324, -7
    3) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 310, -21
    4) #18-Busch, [2 wins], 302, -29
    5) #22-Logano, 299, -32
    6) #41-Busch, 279, -52
    7) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 278, -53
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 258, -73
    9) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 255, -76
    10) #78-Truex Jr., 246, -85
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 1st in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #18-Busch [2 wins], 4th
    4) #4-Harvick [1 win], 2nd
    5) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 8th
    6) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 9th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    7) #22-Logano, 299
    8) #41-Busch, 279
    9) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 278
    10) #78-Truex, Jr., 246
    11) #24-Elliott, 234
    12) #3-Dillon, 234
    13) #1-McMurray, 224
    14) #5-Kahne, 222
    15) #20-Kenseth, 212
    16) #31-Newman, 205
    (4-24-2016)

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

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

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

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

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

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

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