NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 31 – 188 laps / 500 miles
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 28 – 113 laps / 300.6 miles
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series — Race No. 20 – 94 laps / 250 miles
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) – Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for October 3-4, 2020
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Cup: 7 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 4 sets for the race;
Truck: 4 sets for the race
Left-side — D-4886;
Right-side — D-4952
Left-side — 2,236 mm (88.03 in.);
Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 26 psi; Left Rear – 26 psi;
Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
Storyline – Tire strategy important at Talladega: Being repaved 10 years ago, teams will experience some tire wear at Talladega, though the track surface does allow for tire strategy plays in the name of two-tire and fuel only pit stops. Another thing that may come into play, because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, is for teams running outside the top-10 (and not in position to earn stage points) to short-pit and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage. This being a playoff race in all three of NASCAR’s national series, points will be of the essence.
“While not known as a high-wear track, we do actually see some wear at Talladega,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Talladega was repaved in 2010, but tire wear is really not an issue. This leaves open the possibility for some pit strategy, with teams having the opportunity to take two tires, or even no tires on occasion. This will impact them in two ways — to gain a little track position and help them stay close to teammates or other cars they are working with in the draft.”
Notes – Return to ‘Dega on same tire set-up for Cup, Xfinity cars; both codes new for Trucks: Teams in all three NASCAR national series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes that date back to October 2019 for the Cup cars and this June for the Xfinity cars . . . for Gander RV & Outdoors Truck teams, this is the first time they have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . both of these tires feature construction updates, compared to what the Trucks ran at Talladega last October . . . 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.
— Goodyear Racing —