NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Hellmann's 500

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2016 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #6 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Hellman's / Unilever

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 1:30 pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, October 24 at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • 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, October 20
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 21
7:30 AM - 7:00 PMNSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:30 PM-4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, October 22
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
3:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NSCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Sunday, October 23
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:25 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) NSCS RACE (188 LAPS, 500.08 MILES)

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

  • Talladega Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, October 23: (eastern time)
    12:00:00pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    1:25:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    2:00:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: Alabama National Guard
    2:00:20pm: Invocation by: Reverend Billy Dickey, Alabama Raceway Ministry
    2:01:00pm: National Anthem: 313th United States Army Brass Quintet, Birmingham, AL
    2:02:15pm: Fly-By: B-1 Lancer, 354th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, TX
    2:03:00pm: "This is Talladega" by Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway
    2:07:15pm: Command to start engines by Bobby Allison, four-time Talladega winner and leader of the Alabama Gang
    2:19:15pm: Start of the race - Green Flag for the Hellmann's 500 (188 Laps, 500 Miles)
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 21, 2:00 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 21, 4:30-5:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: single car qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled 9:30pm/et on NBCSN.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

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: NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison
    Command to start engines: Bobby Allison
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Donnie Allison
    Color Guard: Alabama National Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Billy Dickey, Alabama Raceway Ministry
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Brass Quintet, Birmingham, AL
    Flyby: B-1 Lancer, 354th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, TX

  • May 2016: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Talladega Race Info page

  • May 2016 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 140.046mph, started 7th

  • 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 2016 Pole Winner: #24-Chase Elliott,192.661mph, finished 5th

  • 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

  • First time winners at Talladega: Among the drivers outside looking in to advance in the Chase, #3-Austin Dillon and #24-Chase Elliott are both still looking for their first Sprint Cup Series win. Both were strong at the track earlier this season, Dillon finished 3rd, Elliott was 5th in his first career Cup start at the track. Ten drivers have gotten their first career wins at Talladega, including Brad Keselowski in 2009. Since the track opened in 1969, only Daytona (another restrictor plate track) has seen more first-time winners.
    Most First-Time Winners by Track - NASCAR Cup Series Since 1969, Last 1st time winner
    Daytona: 11, 2014 - Aric Almirola
    Talladega: 10, 2009 - Brad Keselowski
    Charlotte: 6, 2009 - David Reutimann
    Martinsville: 6, 2001 - Ricky Craven
    1st race at Talladega was in 1969 (ESPN)(10-23-2016)

  • Who's Hot and Who's Not - Talladega Edition:
    HOT
    #2-Brad Keselowski: won last 2 NSCS restrictor plate races (only Dale Earnhardt in 1990 has won 3 straight)
    #18-Kyle Busch: finished in top 3 in all 3 restrictor plate races this season
    #3-Austin Dillon: finished career-best 3rd in last Talladega race and 4 top-10 finishes in last 5 restrictor plate races; 2 in first 8 plate races
    #4-Kevin Harvick: 6 straight top-15 finishes at Talladega
    NOT
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: 3 career top-5 finishes in 46 career restrictor plate races (no better than 5th at Talladega)
    #41-Kurt Busch: winless in 62 career restrictor plate races
    #20-Matt Kenseth: finished 23rd or worse in 6 of last 7 restrictor plate races (14th in other)
    #19-Carl Edwards: wrecked out of last 2 and 3 of last 5 restrictor plate races (5th in other 2)
    #22-Joey Logano: failed to finish 5 of 15 career starts at Talladega (wrecked out earlier this year)
    (ESPN)(10-23-2016)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega:
    #24-Chase Elliott .......... 101.3
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr .......... 92.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth .......... 89.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson .......... 88.6
    #41-Kurt Busch .......... 88.3
    #2-Brad Keselowski .......... 87.1
    #14-Brian Vickers .......... 84.0
    #11-Denny Hamlin .......... 82.9
    #22-Joey Logano .......... 81.9
    #4-Kevin Harvick .......... 80.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superpeedway.
    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)

  • Chase Clinch Scenarios at Talladega: #48-Jimmie Johnson and #4-Kevin Harvick have already clinched a spot in the Round of 8. With only one race remaining in this round, a new winner would be a win by Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski or Chase Elliott. A win by any other driver would be considered a repeat winner for the clinching requirements (so, Johnson/Harvick, or a non-Chase driver, or a driver ahead of Logano in points).
    #20-Matt Kenseth (0 Wins, 3074 Points) - Would clinch on points with 13 Points (28th and no laps led, 29th and led at least one lap, 30th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 11 Points (30th and no laps led, 31st and led at least one lap, 32nd and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #18-Kyle Busch (0 Wins, 3072 Points) - Would clinch on points with 15 Points (26th and no laps led, 27th and led at least one lap, 28th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 14 Points (27th and no laps led, 28th and led at least one lap, 29th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #19-Carl Edwards (0 Wins, 3069 Points) - Would clinch on points with 18 Points (23rd and no laps led, 24th and led at least one lap, 25th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 16 Points (25th and no laps led, 26th and led at least one lap, 27th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #41-Kurt Busch (0 Wins, 3062 Points) - Would clinch on points with 25 Points (16th and no laps led, 17th and led at least one lap, 18th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 24 Points (17th and no laps led, 18th and led at least one lap, 19th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr (0 Wins, 3058 Points) - Would clinch on points with 29 Points (12th and no laps led, 13th and led at least one lap, 14th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 28 Points (13th and no laps led, 14th and led at least one lap, 15th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #22-Joey Logano (0 Wins, 3045 Points) - If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 41 Points (2nd and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
    #3-Austin Dillon (0 Wins, 3045 Points) - If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 41 Points (2nd and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (0 Wins, 3039 Points) - With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (0 Wins, 3038 Points) - With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.
    #24-Chase Elliott (0 Wins, 3020 Points) - With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.
    (NASCAR)

  • 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:
    442 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 307 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 34 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 33.
    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. Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers with four.
    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.
    2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (04/26/2009) and Brian Vickers (10/08/2006) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Talladega.
    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.
    Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 512 laps led in 33 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.
    39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight.
    Four active drivers are tied for the most poles at Talladega with one - Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott.
    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 94 (13.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole.
    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 94 (35.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
    67 of the 94 (71.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    8 of the 94 (8.5%) 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.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.586.
    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 94 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 23 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 Overtime:
    Only two of the 94 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)

  • 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

  • Joey Logano wins at Talladega: #22-Joey Logano won the Hellman's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway running four extra laps in NASCAR Overtime for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Talladega and 16th career win. Logano led 45 of the 192 laps.
    #44-Brian Scott finished 2nd, his career best finish and first ever top-five and top-ten, followed by #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #43-Almirola, #3-Dillon and #47-Allmendinger.
    #78-Truex Jr., the pole winner, had an engine expire on lap 41, and finished 40th/last. Truex is the first pole winner to finish last since Denny Hamlin won the pole at Atlanta in September 2010 and finished 43rd/last. The finish also knocked Truex Jr. out of the Chase.
    #2-Keselowski led th most laps at 90 but had an engine expire on lap 144, ending his day and knocking him out of the Chase. Eight drivers advance to the Round of 8 of the Chase: #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #19-Edwards and #11-Hamlin.
    Eliminated from the Chase: #3-Dillon, #78-Truex Jr., #24-Elliott and #2-Keselowski. #3-Dillon and #11-Hamlin were tied for 8th but Hamlin finished 3rd and Dillon 9th. Tie goes to the driver who had the best finish in that round. Hamlin had the 3rd and Dillon had a 6th from Kansas, so Hamlin advances.
    There were 31 lead changes among 14 drivers and 6 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps.
    Average race speed: 159.905mph
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
    Chase Reset Points (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).(10-23-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway:
    #22-Joey Logano won the 48th Annual Hellmann's 500, his 16th victory in 287 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway. This is his second consecutive win in the Talladega Chase race.
    #44-Brian Scott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 22 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    The following drivers advance tot he Chase's Round of 8 (ordered by seed): Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(10-23-2016)

  • Finishing positions of the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Talladega:
    (by Chase standings before the race)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 23rd
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick 7th
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth 28th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch 30th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards 29th
    6) #41-Kurt Busch 4th
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 40th, engine, eliminated
    8) #22-Joey Logano WON
    9) #3-Austin Dillon 9th, eliminated
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin 3rd
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski 38th engine, eliminated 12) #24-Chase Elliott 12th, eliminated
    (10-23-2016)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 12:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36, Chase race 6 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*,[3 wins], 3100 (won Charlotte)
    2) #22-Joey Logano*,[2 wins], 3089 (won Talladega)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick*,[4 wins] 3082 (won Kansas)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch,[1 win], +21 ahead of 9th
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth,[2 wins], +10
    6) #18-Kyle Busch,[4 wins], +6
    7) #19-Carl Edwards,[2 wins], +4
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin,[3 wins], +0 (wins tiebreaker over Dillon)
    Eliminated from the Chase:
    9) #3-Austin Dillon, -0 pts out of 8th (loses tiebreaker to Hamlin)
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., [4 wins] -18
    11) #24-Chase Elliott, -28
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski,[4 wins], -35
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    * will advance to the Round of 8 by winning a Round of 12 race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Chase Reset Points (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 8:
    [after Talladega, race 32 of 36, Chase race 6 of 10]
    1) #22-Joey Logano[2 wins], 4000
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson[3 wins], 4000
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick[4 wins], 4000
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth[2 wins], 4000
    5) #19-Carl Edwards[2 wins], 4000
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin[3 wins], 4000
    7) #41-Kurt Busch[1 win], 4000
    8) #18-Kyle Busch[4 wins], 4000
    Points are reset after each round, for the Round of 8 it goes to 4000, no points for wins
    Standings are reset by best finish of previous round.
    If tied, then next-best finish.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, within that round of the Chase)
    See reset points for the Round of 8 on the Round of 8 Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-23-2016)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 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) #4-Kevin Harvick(C12), 1027
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 990, -37
    3) #22-Joey Logano(C1), 977, -50
    4) #18-Kyle Busch(C8), 956, -71
    5) #41-Kurt Busch(C7), 951, -76
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin(C6), 945, -82
    7) #19-Carl Edwards(C5), 926, -101
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(EC), 911, -116
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson(C2), 885, -142
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth(C4), 869, -158
    11) #3-Austin Dillon(EC), 842, -185
    12) #24-Chase Elliott#(EC), 837, -190
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 803, -224
    14) #42-Kyle Larson(EC), 798, -229
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 794, -233
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray(EC), 786, -241
    17)#47-AJ Allmendinger, 717, -310
    18)#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 717, -310
    19)#21-Ryan Blaney#, 713, -314
    20)#6-Trevor Bayne, 699, -328
    21)#10-Danica Patrick, 621, -406
    22)#16-Greg Biffle, 591, -436
    23)#27-Paul Menard, 591, -436
    24)#43-Aric Almirola, 573, -454
    25)#14-Tony Stewart(EC), 572, -455
    28)#34-Chris Buescher#(EC), 481, -546
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-23-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #55-Sorenson, 37th, still down 12 laps
    Caution 2: #23-Ragan, 24th
    Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 15th
    Caution 4: #46-Annett, 33rd
    Caution 5: #83-JEarnhardt, 34th, still down a lap
    Caution 6: #83-JEarnhardt, 34th
    (10-23-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 23, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, October 24 at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, four pit stalls (1,2,33,44) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    The following teams got 4th warnings Saturday for failing inspection and lost their pit stall selection:
    #78-Truex Jr.(starts 1st), #20-Kenseth(3rd), #19-Edwards(13th), #42-Larson(24th), #5-Kahne(27th) and #32-BLabonte(38th).
    Pole sitter #78-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 10.
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 3, the actual 1st stall, with 1&2 closed.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the pit stall 4.
    The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 17th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

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

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins Talladega pole: #78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 193.423mph for his 4th pole of 2016, 1st at Talladega and 11th of his career. Truex Jr. has won 1 race from the pole out of 10 previous poles, winning at Charlotte from the pole in May 2016.
    #2-Keselowski will start 2nd, followed by #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon, #27-Menard, #6-Bayne and #55-Sorenson.
    #55-Sorenson was fastest in the first round with a speed of 194.145mph and will start 12th.
    Driver who will miss the race: #35-Gilliland
    Three Joe Gibbs Racing cars #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch and #20-Kenseth didn't pass visual inspection on pit road before qualifying, forcing the three cars back thru the template inspection. Supposedly it was something to do with the decklid area. Also NASCAR confiscated front jack screws from #78-Truex Jr. during pre-qualifying inspection. NASCAR Scot Miller said on an interview with NBCSN's Mike Massaro that NASCAR said the bolts didn't fit specifications and would taken to the R&D center (Concord NC) to check them out and it was too early to say if a points penalty would occur. Penalties are usually announced on Wednesday afternoon.
    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).(10-22-2016)

  • Talladega Superspeedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #78-Martin Truex Jr won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 48th Annual Hellmann's 500 with a lap of 49.508 seconds, 193.423 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 401 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2016. It is now single-season career high in poles for Truex.
    This is his first pole in 24 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 21st in 32 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (4th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-22-2016)

  • Starting positions for the 2016 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers at Talladega:
    (by Chase standings before the race)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 17th
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick 22nd
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth 3rd
    4) #18-Kyle Busch 14th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards 13th
    6) #41-Kurt Busch 7th
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. 1st-POLE
    8) #22-Joey Logano 16th
    9) #3-Austin Dillon 9th
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin 8th
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski 2nd
    12) #24-Chase Elliott 4th
    (10-22-2016)

  • JGR cars sent back through Talladega qualifying inspection: NASCAR asked three Joe Gibbs Racing teams to make adjustments on their Toyotas just before Coors Light Pole Award qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. The cars driven by #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth were flagged in the minutes before qualifying. As the cars were being rolled out to the track, NASCAR noticed the right rear quarter panels had been manipulated around the deck lid area. NASCAR inspectors pulled the cars out of line, and the teams corrected the issue before going back through tech. However, #19-Carl Edwards' team did lose its pit stall selection for a fourth warning related to inspections. Kenseth's team lost its pit stall selection for the same reason. "The bodies on these cars can be pushed and prodded and these teams are very smart at the areas ... for a bunch of little gains," NASCAR's Senior Vice President for Competition Scott Miller said. "It's nothing huge but it's our job to make sure it's even across the board and that's what we do. A little infraction is an infraction, right? The quarter panels appeared to have been messed with around the deck lid and we brought them back in and rectified it."(NASCAR)(10-23-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after all cars made a single lap run.
    #55-Sorenson 194.145
    #78-Truex Jr. 192.870
    #2-Keselowski 192.800
    #20-Kenseth 192.754
    #16-Biffle 192.556
    the rest of the top 12: 24 41 17 27 11 3 6;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round: 19 18 21 22 48 99 88 31 14 4 1 42 44 43 5 13 7 10 38 47 34 95 93 15 46 32 83 23
    Driver who will miss the race: #35-Gilliland
    (10-22-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4:00pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, October 22 at 9:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • 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 was be determined by practice speeds, slowest to fastest; 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.

  • Qualifying Order for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 41 cars/drivers are listed.
    The qualifying order for the two restrictor plates races (Daytona/Talladega) is different.
    The order for the 1st round is set by a practice speeds (both practices combined) from Friday, slowest to fastest.
    The first driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #32-Labonte.
    The final driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #16-Biffle (had fastest speed overall).
    For the 2nd round, the remaining 12 cars line up by speed, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Talladega Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Happy Hour practice for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 196.386
    #20-Kenseth 196.338
    #24-Elliott 196.334
    #19-Edwards 196.330
    #88-Bowman 196.330
    #5-Kahne 196.330
    slowest: #83-Earnhardt 185.051 & #23-Ragan 185.316
    only 25 of 41 cars have made runs.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 4:10pm/et on Saturday, October 22, aired on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice speeds page (10-21-2016)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 198.949
    #47-Allmendinger 198.327
    #34-Buescher 198.261
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 198.261
    #6-Bayne 198.105
    slowest: #32-Labonte 186.627 & #93-DiBenedetto 187.529
    notes: There was a mix of drafting in packs and single car runs.
    Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 4:40-5:25pm/et on NBCSN.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 4:10pm/et on Saturday, October 22, aired on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Talladega 1st Practice speeds page (10-21-2016)

  • Entry List for the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #32-Bobby Labonte, #35-Gilliland*, #55-Sorenson*, #83-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #93-DiBenedetto*, #99-Reed*. Withdrew: #98-Whitt*
    Not entered: #30-Wise*
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney*, #35-Gilliland*, #55-Sorenson*, #93-DiBenedetto*, #99-Reed*.
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #99-Reed.
    * 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Round of 12:
    [after Kansas, race 31 of 36, Chase race 5 of 10]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson*, [3 wins], 3082 (won Charlotte)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick*, [4 wins] 3074 (won Kansas)
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], +29 ahead of 9th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], +27
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], +24
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], +17
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., [4 wins] +13
    8) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], +0
    Bottom 4 drivers are currently out of the Chase:
    9) #3-Austin Dillon, -0 pts out of 8th
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], -6
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], -7
    12) #24-Chase Elliott, -25
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    * will advance to the Round of 8 by winning a Round of 12 race
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2016 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) #4-Kevin Harvick (C2), 993
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski (C11), 985, -8
    3) #18-Kyle Busch (C4), 944, -49
    4) #22-Joey Logano (C8), 933, -60
    5) #41-Kurt Busch (C6), 914, -79
    6) #19-Carl Edwards (C5), 913, -80
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C7), 909, -84
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin (C10), 906, -87
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson (C1), 867, -126
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth (C3), 855, -138
    11) #3-Austin Dillon (C9), 809, -184
    12) #24-Chase Elliott (C12), 807, -186
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 797, -196
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 767, -226
    15) #1-Jamie McMurray (CX), 764, - 229
    16) #42-Kyle Larson (CX), 763, -230
    17) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 686, -307
    18) #21-Ryan Blaney, 682, -311
    19) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 680, -313
    20) #6-Trevor Bayne, 675, -318
    21) #10-Danica Patrick, 600, -393
    22) #16-Greg Biffle, 564, -429
    23) #27-Paul Menard, 563, -430
    24) #14-Tony Stewart (CX), 562, -431
    25) #15-Clint Bowyer, 541, -452
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (10-16-2016)

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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;
    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 . . . for Sprint Cup teams at Talladega, this combination of left- and right-side tires dates back to the October 2014 race . . . for Camping World Truck teams at Talladega, they began running this left-side tire code (D-4596) in 2014, and this right-side tire code (D-4630) in 2015 . . . teams in both of these series have also run this left-side tire at Daytona this season . . . this is the only track at which these teams ran this right-side tire this year . . . 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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