- Friday practice for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 10 of 55 scheduled minutes, it was rained out, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #83-LaJoie 182.546 & #38-Ragan 183.673
31 of 41 cars ran laps, ten didn’t record any track time: #’s 7,10,13,15,32,42,55,72,75,96
most laps run: #18-Busch & #77-Jones, 13 laps
Happy Hour (final) practice was also cancelled due to rain
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(5-5-2017)
- Joey Logano discusses penalty & "encumbered" win Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, visited the infield media center at Talladega Superspeedway this morning and discussed a number of issues, including the penalty NASCAR assessed on Thursday that resulted in his win at Richmond being ruled encumbered.(Ford Performance)[More](5-5-2017)
- #22 crew chief Gordon explains penalty Crew chief Todd Gordon explained the penalty that led to his two-race suspension, saying a part was about 1/32 of an inch off after last weekend’s win at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR also fined Gordon $50,000 and docked Joey Logano 25 points and Team Penske 25 car owner points after Logano’s winning car from Richmond failed inspection at the R&D Center. NASCAR stated Logano’s win would not count toward playoff eligibility and he would not receive the five playoff points. The team violated the rule that states "a pinion angle shim mating surface … must be in complete contact … at all times." Gordon was on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Friday (click here to listen via Twitter) to discuss the penalty and what’s next for the team.(NBC Sports)[More](5-5-2017)
- Carl Long Motorsports to attempt Kansas Cup race Ok .. will break the news here … MBM motorsports will bring our chevy #66 to Kansas to compete in the Monster Energy Cup Series. I am hoping to sign a couple sponsors to get us there. The special deal of the week. $25,000 gets the whole car for NASCAR’s top series. It has been a few years since i was able to race in cup and I am very excited to be back. The sad part is we are running short on $ to get there. I have asked several of my fellow xfinity drivers if they can squeeze some $ from their sponsors and i will let them drive. So we will have car 66 there with George Church as crew chief and Joey Arrington provid (Carl Long Motorsports Facebook page)(5-5-2017)
- Joyce Julius: Most Mentioned NASCAR Drivers: #42-Kyle Larson was the most mentioned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after eight races with 23 interviews for 22 minutes and 1,285 mentions. Statistics reflect all live race telecasts and replays of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season (through Bristol). See full list HERE (5-5-2017)
- Talladega Stats and Facts Talladega has long been known as part of "Earnhardt Country," and this will be the next-to-last Cup Series race Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run there before his retirement at the end of the season. Dale Jr. is a 6-time Talladega winner, which is tied with former teammate Jeff Gordon for 2nd all-time. A win, and he’ll join his father, a 10-time Talladega winner, as the only drivers with 7 or more wins at the track. NASCAR began using restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega in 1988 to limit the speeds of the car at the track, producing a different style of racing with the cars tightly packed and the engine power limited. Earnhardt Jr., has won 10 of those races, putting him 1 behind his father for the 2nd-most all-time and 2 behind Gordon for the series record. There are 3 plate races remaining this season. Exciting finishes are the norm at Talladega. 12 of the last 23 races at the track were decided by a last lap pass. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to win his 7th Talladega race, Brad Keselowski is looking for his 5th. He’d be the 5th driver to win at least 5 Cup Series races at Talladega, a track that has been hosting Cup Series races since 1969. His 4 wins have come in 16 career starts, giving him a better winning percentage at the track than all-time wins leader Dale Earnhardt, and the best mark among drivers with at least 10 starts at the track.(ESPN Stats)[More](5-5-2017)
- NASCAR Talladega Storylines, Facts and Notes Joey Logano, 26, won his first race of the season Sunday at Richmond in his 300th career start. He’ll attempt to win again in his 301st start in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway – a track where he won the latest race last fall. Logano has taken the checkered flag in the last two fall races at Talladega, but claims only two top-10 finishes at the 2.66-mile behemoth in the spring (ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011; both with Joe Gibbs Racing). Overall the #22 Team Penske driver has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and an 18.7 average finish in 16 starts at Talladega. Joey Logano isn’t the only Team Penske driver who’s had success recently at Talladega. Brad Keselowski has combined with his Penske teammate to win four of the last five races there (Logano: fall 2015, fall 2016; Keselowski: fall 2014, spring 2016). Thirty years ago, NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bill Elliott set the NASCAR qualifying record with a 212.809 mph lap at Talladega Superspeedway. His son, Chase Elliott, will take the track in Sunday’s GEICO 500. In his first two career starts at Talladega last season, Chase finished fifth and 12th, respectively, and led a total of 36 laps. He won the Coors Light Pole Award in the 2016 spring race.(NASCAR)[see full report here](5-5-2017)
- John Andretti spent more than a decade as one of auto racing’s true iron men He started 49 consecutive IndyCar races from 1990-92 before moving to NASCAR, where he made 29 or more starts every year from 1994-2003. He was the first driver to attempt the Memorial Day double. And when his driving career was winding down, Andretti still found a way to give something back to the fans and the sport. Now, the 54-year-old former racer is fighting for his life against stage four colon cancer that has spread to his liver.
"It’s tough because me and John are close," former IndyCar driver and current team owner Michael Andretti said Thursday in Indianapolis. "It was devastating for the whole family when they got the news and on top of that it’s very frustrating because it could have been prevented. If he’d gone a year ago, we wouldn’t be here." The first indication of his condition came Monday. By Thursday, team officials had scheduled a news conference with Michael and Jarett Andretti, John’s 24-year-old son, to confirm a diagnosis. Their message was simple: Don’t wait to get a colonoscopy. They’ve even started a campaign called #CheckIt4Andretti. John Andretti has scheduled a news conference for Monday [May 8] in Charlotte, is expected to take questions from reporters in Indy on May 18 and Michael Andretti is planning an announcement before race day, May 28, to announce what the team will do to honor his cousin.(Associated Press)[More](5-5-2017)
- Brandon Jones paces final XFINITY practice: #33-Brandon Jones was quickest in final practice at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 182.814mph.
#11-Blake Koch was second, followed by: #21-Daniel Hemric, #2-Ben Kennedy, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Daniel Suarez, #98-Aric Almirola, #25-Chris Cockrum, #25-Scott Lagasse, Jr., and #13-Mark Thompson.
Just 20 of the 41 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Talladega final practice speeds page (pdf).(5-5-2017)
- Blake Koch fastest in first XFINITY practice: #11-Blake Koch was fastest during opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 192.591mph.
The rest of the top 10: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #2-Ben Kennedy, #21-Daniel Hemric, #3-Ty Dillon, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #88-Kasey Kahne, #14-J.J. Yeley, #98-Aric Almirola, and #20-Erik Jones.
41 drivers practiced during the session.
Practice was only about 20 minutes long due to a delayed start after track drying.
See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-5-2017)
- Atlanta will need to patch holes since no repave: Atlanta Motor Speedway was originally scheduled to repave the 21-year-old surface following the 2017 QuikTrip 500 but that wasn’t what the drivers wanted; still there is major work that needs to be done as the track has cracks and crevices – nearly the size of a racecar – that need repairs.
The delayed repave is something track president, Ed Clark, said is inevitable and costly. However, until that day comes, which could be following the 2018 event, huge chunks of the track must be dug out and patched over. It was something they found after he and his staff walked the entire track the day after the race. "Some of them probably won’t be the full width of a car but most of them will likely be the length because a lot of the unravelling we’ve seen is along the seams in between runs of the asphalt," Clark told Kickin’ the Tires, during a meeting at the track on Tuesday. "That’s where you get your first cracks and as time goes by they just seem to erode out from the sides. Some will be that wide but the majority of them, I hope, will be no more than maybe three to four feet wide."
Clark said it was a little-known fact that speedway officials patched the track following the Xfinity Series race earlier this year. There were several cracks that had become larger during that race and something had to be done before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars hit the track the next day. Despite the need for the repairs Clark said he thinks the track will hold up, unlike when large potholes developed at Daytona International Speedway that had to be fixed with Bondo a few years ago.(Kickin The Tires)(5-5-2017)