- Last-lap pass lifts Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to victory at Talladega There’s no longer a goose egg in the win column next to #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s name. With a last-lap pass in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Stenhouse collected his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th start and delivered the first win for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards triumphed at Sonoma in June 2014. Racing side-by-side with leader #18-Kyle Busch on the restart lap after #31-Ryan Newman’s wreck on the backstretch sent the race to overtime, Stenhouse, the polesitter, trailed by the smallest sliver of a second at the stripe but got a strong push from #48-Jimmie Johnson and cleared Busch off Turn 2 on the final circuit. As #1-Jamie McMurray charged up the middle to take second place from Busch, Stenhouse held the top spot through the final two corners and the tri-oval to beat McMurray to the checkered flag by .095 seconds. Busch, in third place, trailed McMurray at the stripe by a mere .004 seconds.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Full Report](5-7-2017)
- #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st career win in his 158th start. Stenhouse Jr. led 14 laps. Stenhouse Jr. is the 11th driver to score their first career Cup win at Talladega. Stehouse Jr. won from the pole.
#1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #27-Menard and #38-Ragan.
Points leader, #42-Kyle Larson, hit the wall a few times, was a lap down for a while, but was able to recover and finish 12th.
Larson leads the Driver Points by 54 over #78-Truex Jr.
The race ended under NASCAR Overtime, adding 3 laps after a late crash involving #31-Newman, when he got turned on lap 185.
The race was tame but exciting until lap 169 when #47-Allmendinger, while running 3rd, got into the left rear of the 2nd place car, #24-Elliott, sending the #24 spinning in front of many cars getting collected by #22-Logano, #95-McDowell and #6-Bayne. The #24 got airborne and on its side. The #47 Chevy ended up on the roof. The crews had Allmendinger stay in the car until they could flip it back over.
Eighteen cars were involved: #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #4-Harvick, #6-Bayne, #10-Patrick, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #23-Gaulding, #24-Elliott, #32-DiBenedetto, #38-Ragan, #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #72-Whitt, #77-Jones, #78-Truex Jr., #83-LaJoie and #95-McDowell.
Career best finishes for #15-Gase (21st) and #23-Gaulding (20th)
There were 26 lead changes among 14 drivers and 8 cautions for 33 yellow flag laps and a 26:51 minute red flag for the big wreck.
The average speed of the race was: 145.659mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
- Race Fast Facts – Talladega Superspeedway
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 48th Annual GEICO 500, his first victory in 158 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#1-Jamie McMurray (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
#18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 24 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#13-Ty Dillon (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 54 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-7-2017)
- Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 110, now official race) of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (lap 110/188):
#11-Hamlin, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
- 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
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 9pts
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
#10-Patrick, 3 pts
- 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 428
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 374, -54
3) #2-Brad Keselowski , 367, -61
4) #24-Chase Elliott, 353, -75
5) #1-Jamie McMurray, 318, -110
6) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 318, -110
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 309, -119
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson , 305, -123
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 289, -139
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 277, -151
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 267, -161
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , 250, -178
13) #21-Ryan Blaney, 240, -191
14) #31-Ryan Newman , 237, -191
15) #41-Kurt Busch , 201, -201
16) #6-Trevor Bayne, 223, -205
* encumbered finish, can’t be used to make the playoffs
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).
- Lucky Dogs – Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-Earnhardt (still down 3 laps), 28th
Caution 2: #33-Earnhardt (still down 3 laps), 28th
Caution 3: #20-Kenseth, 24th
Caution 4: #95-McDowell, 34th
Caution 5: #23-Gaulding, 20th
Caution 6: #42-Larson, 12th
Caution 7: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 22nd
Caution 8: #4-Harvick, 23rd
- Could Dale Earnhardt Jr. run the 2018 Clash if he wins a pole this season? Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned a front row starting position for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway with a second-place qualifying effort in the #88 Nationwide Chevy. Earnhardt Jr. navigated the 2.66-mile track with a final round lap of 190.780 mph. The run marked his third top 10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 34 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is also his first front row start at Talladega in his 18-year Cup Series career. "The car was really fast today," said Earnhardt Jr. after the qualifying session. "That gives us good confidence in the speed of the car for Sunday."
Q) IT SOUNDED LIKE IF YOU DO GET A POLE YOU MIGHT LOBBY FOR A SPOT IN THE CLASH NEXT YEAR?
Earnhardt Jr.: "Yeah, I’ve got a ‘get in the Clash free card’ from this year. I got a credit and if I get a pole I will talk to Rick (Hendrick) and see if we can’t line something up." (Team Chevy)[More](5-7-2017)
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knocks Dale Earnhardt Jr. off Talladega poleQualifying for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was shaping up to be a sentimental story-until #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said "No." The last driver to make a run in Saturday’s final round of knockout qualifying, Stenhouse knocked #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the provisional pole for Earnhardt’s last spring race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. The Coors Light Pole Award was Stenhouse’s first since he secured his only previous top starting spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2013 in Atlanta. It was the first pole for a Ford driver at Talladega since Travis Kvapil won his only career pole in October 2008. And it was the first Talladega pole for Roush Fenway Racing since Mark Martin did the honors in both races in 1989. #2-Brad Keselowski qualified third, followed by #20-Matt Kenseth and #6-Trevor Bayne, Stenhouse’s teammate at Roush Fenway Racing. Note: #96-D.J. Kennington failed to qualify for the 40-car field.(NASCAR Wire Service)[More](5-7-2017)
- Chase Elliott celebrates Bill’s record setting Talladega pole run with shoes Talladega Superspeedway will always be a special track to the Elliott family. After all, it was there – 30 years ago this week – that Bill Elliott broke his own record for what still remains the all-time fastest qualifying lap in NASCAR Cup Series history. Chase Elliott, who has a Talladega pole to his name as well, will honor his father’s accomplishment this weekend at the Alabama track. The driver of the #24 Hooters Chevrolet SS will wear special red, white and gold racing shoes this race weekend that feature iconic marks and graphics from the day the record was set in 1987.(Hendrick Motorsports)
AND This week marks the 30th anniversary of when Elliott set NASCAR’s record speed of 212.809 mph while qualifying his #9 Coor’s Ford Thunderbird for the annual Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in 1987. The record, which came on the heels of his 210.364 mph mark at Daytona just a couple of months earlier, further cemented his place in NASCAR lore. Elliott’s record-setting Thunderbird is still alive and well, having been donated by car owner Harry Melling to The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, MI. There it proudly sits on display with many other iconic vehicles, telling a unique story and standing the test of time.(Ford Performance)[More](5-7-2017)
- NASCAR Hall of Fame hosts Pinewood Derby event: A Boy Scout tradition took off Saturday morning in the home for racing in the Carolinas… The annual Pinewood Derby at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This time-honored tradition pits the tiny hand-designed race cars against each other in a contest of engineering skill. Even though there are guidelines about the size and shape of the little wooden cars there were special division for "outlaw" cars and "vintage" cars more than 10-years-old.(WCNC)[More](5-7-2017)
- Truex Jr. and Kenseth host Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth took off their racing suits and put on their softball jerseys on Wednesday, May 3 during the annual Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day event in Allentown, Pa. Played at the home of Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, Truex and Kenseth participated in a variety of activities, including softball, kickball, dizzy-bat tee-ball, water balloon tossing and more.
In the end, the final event, a go-kart race along the warning track, provided the game’s final margin as Kenseth, representing Team Pocono, edged Team Dover’s Truex at home plate. Team Dover leads the annual series with Team Pocono three games to two, with one event rained out. Track officials and area media members made up the majority of players the two teams. After Truex and Kenseth threw out the ceremonial first pitches for the IronPigs’ game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the drivers took questions on a variety of NASCAR topics, from stage racing to racing against a younger generation of drivers.(PR)[More](5-7-2017)
- Sadler Looking For Top 10 Finish at Talladega So Kids Can Eat Free:Elliott Sadler is piloting the #7 Golden Corral Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. Golden Corral, a longtime partner of TBR, will serve as the primary sponsor on Sadler’s #7 Chevy. In addition to competing for a victory on Sunday, he will be racing for a Top-10 finish so kids can eat free at Golden Corral on Monday, May 8th.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)[More](5-7-2017)
- Talladega Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, May 7:(eastern time)
12:00pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
1:20pm: Driver Introductions
1:59:15pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Boy Scouts
2:00pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by Alabama National Guard
2:00:20pm: Invocation by Billy Irvin, Alabama Raceway Ministries
2:01pm: National Anthem 313th United States Army Band
2:02:15pm: Flyover by Maxwell AFB 908th Airlift Wing C-130
2:07:30pm: Command to start engines by Frank Pickering, Assistant VP of Southeast Claims for GEICO
2:19:30pm: Green Flag – GEICO 500