- Talladega Commercial Breakdown: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday’s race.[More](4-29-2018)
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- Joey Logano hangs tough for hard-fought Talladega victory: Joey Logano led a Ford feast on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, beating Kurt Busch to the checkered flag by .127 seconds to win the GEICO 500, the 10th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. Logano led the final 42-of-188 laps, a race-high 70 overall, and controlled the action after a 14-car wreck on Lap 166 thinned the field. Logano led the field to the green flag for the final restart on Lap 172 and stayed out front the rest of the way.[More](4-29-2018)
- Joey Logano won the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The win is his 1st win of 2018, 3rd win at Talladega and 19th career win.
Logano led 70 of the 188 laps. He regained the lead after green flag pit stops with 41 laps to go and even relinquished the lead.
#41-Busch finished 2nd followed by #9-Elliott, pole sitter #4-Harvick, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Ragan, #10-Almirola, #88-Bowman, #31-Newman, and #19-Suarez.
The biggest wreck of the day came on lap 167 and involved 14 cars.
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 33rd after an accident.
Stage 2 was won by #21-Menard, finished 30th after an accident
There were 25 lead changes among 16 drivers and 6 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 152.489mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
- Race Fast Facts – Talladega
Joey Logano won the 49th Annual GEICO 500, his 19th victory in 337 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kurt Busch (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 35 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2018.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 30 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-29-2018)
- [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
#18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 447
#4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins – 2 can be used for playoffs], 366
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 417
#14-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 335
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 303
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 210
#41-Kurt Busch, 320, -127
#2-Brad Keselowski, 317, -130
#11-Denny Hamlin, 314, -133
#12-Ryan Blaney, 313, -134
#42-Kyle Larson, 280, -167
#10-Aric Almirola, 278, -169
#88-Alex Bowman, 238, -209
#20-Erik Jones, 234, -213
#48-Johnson, 230, -217
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 217, -230
#31-Ryan Newman, 214, -233
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
- Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 110) of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (lap 110/188):
#21-Menard, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 6pts
- Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 55) of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (lap 55/188):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 8pts
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 3pts
- Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #38-Ragan, 6th
Caution 2: #72-Whitt, 22nd
Caution 3: #95-Kahne, 17th
Caution 4: #14-Boywer, 31st
Caution 5: #96-Kennington, 20th
Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, 14th