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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Spring Talladega Race Page

GEICO 500
Monday, June 22, 2020
Postponed from Sunday, June 21, 2020
(Rescheduled from Sunday, April 26, 2020)
Talladega Superspeedway
3:00pm/et
Laps: 188 - Stages: 60/120/188
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race Specific News

Weekend on-track schedule

Times are Central Daylight time.

Friday, June 19
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
3:30 PM-4:00 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (TELECONFERENCE)

Saturday, June 20
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
5:30 PM-7:30 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Sunday, June 21
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
7:00 AM-1:30 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
12:00 PM-1:00 PM NCS ENGINE PRIME & FINAL ADJUSTMENTS (PIT ROAD)
1:50 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NCS RACE (STAGES 60/120/188 LAPS = 500 MILES)
7:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT

Race Rundown

Ryan Blaney wins by inches on emotional day at Talladega: An event that began with a massive show of support for Bubba Wallace ended with one of Wallace’s best friends, Ryan Blaney, celebrating in Victory Lane for the second straight race at Talladega Superspeedway. In a frenetic overtime dash, Blaney won Monday’s GEICO 500 by .007 seconds over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as crashing cars bounced of each other and the outside wall behind the top two finishers. The victory was Blaney’s first of the season, second straight at the 2.66-mile track and the fourth of his career.[Read More](6-22-2020)

Paint Schemes

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#12-Ryan Blaney won the postponed GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday. The win is his 1st of the year, 2nd win at Talladega and 4th career win.
#47-Stenhouse, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #10-Almirola, #11-Hamlin, #20-Jones, #17-Buescher, #88-Bowman, #38-Nemechek, #1-Busch, and #4-Harvick.
The race finished after the first attempt at Overtime.  #48-Johnson brought out the caution with 3 laps remaining after contact from Harvick.  Blaney led on the final restart, Harvick too the lead with one to go and Blaney pulled into the lead on the final lap.  An accident on the backstretch did not bring out the caution and the leaders were able to race to the finish when several cars spun coming to the checkered flag.  Blaney beat Stenhouse to the finish line by .007 second.
Almirola finished 3rd backing across the finish.
#43-Wallace finished 14th.  He led late but had to pit for fuel.
The race was originally scheduled for Sunday, but pushed back to Monday because of rain.
Pole sitter #19-Truex, Jr. finished 24th.
Stage 1 was won by #8-Reddick. Stage 2 was won by #47-Stenhouse, Jr.
There were 56 lead changes among 19 drivers and 9 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The race began on time but was stopped for a one hour red flag due to rain on lap 58.
The average speed of the race was: 146.933mph.
See race details at: Race ResultsDriver Points Standings, Owners Points StandingsCumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Talladega:
Ryan Blaney won the 51st Annual GEICO 500, his fourth victory in 175 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2020.
Aric Almirola (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 21 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
John Hunter Nemechek (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ryan Blaney (2019-2020) becomes the eighth different driver to win consecutive races at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series – Pete Hamilton (1970 sweep), Buddy Baker (1975 sweep, 1976), Darrell Waltrip (1982 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1993-94, 1999 sweep), Sterling Marlin (1995-96), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2001-2003), Jeff Gordon  (2007 sweep).
This is Team Penske’s ninth victory at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series (third-most all-time).
This is Ford’s 30th win at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series (second-most all-time).
(NASCAR)(6-22-2020)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Talladega (race 13):
1) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 428 pts
2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 490 [pts leader]
3) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 467
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 win], 441
5) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 465
6) #9-Chase Elliott [1 win], 458
7) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 424
8) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win], 419, -71
9) #18-Kyle Busch, 378, -112
10) #1-Kurt Busch, 369, -121
11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 353, -137
12) #10-Aric Almirola, 337, -153
13) #14-Clint Bowyer, 328, -162
14) #24-William Byron, 319, -171
15) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 312, -178
16) #8-Tyler Reddick, 306, -184
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #20-Erik Jones, 305, -185
18) #3-Austin Dillon, 282, -208
19) #17-Chris Buescher, 266, -224
20) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 263, -227
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Cars to the rear: #24-Byron (failed pre-race inspection twice), #78-Smithley (failed pre-race inspection twice), #51-Gase (failed pre-race inspection three times), #77-McLeod (unapproved adjustments), #62-Gaughan (unapproved adjustments), #96-Suarez (unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
Pits were chosen based on Homestead race finishes.
Homestead race winner #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1.
Homestead 2nd place finisher #9-Elliott took the 16th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(6-17-2020)

#19-Truex, Jr. will start from the pole for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
#11-Hamlin will start the race in second, followed by #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #2-Keselowski, #1-Busch, #88-Bowman, #22-Logano, and #14-Bowyer.
The lineup was set by random draw based on owner points.
See the complete GEICO 500 Starting Lineup.(6-18-2020)

Crew Rosters

The Entry List for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #27-Gaulding, #51-Gase, #53-Yeley, #62-Gaughan, #66-Hill, #77-McLeod, #78-Smithley.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

Goodyear Tire Notes

Practice:

  • NASCAR originally scheduled a lone practice session, but has since canceled, as “NASCAR officials think the current format with no qualifying or practice is working well and has still created competitive racing.”

Pit selection:

  • Order based on finishing position from the June 14 race at Homestead, followed by new entries in order of points.

Starting lineup:

  • Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points

Past Talladega Races

Race Officials

Grand Marshal: TBA
Command: Astronaut Doug Hurley
Honorary Starter: None
Honorary Pace Car Driver: None
Color Guard: None
Invocation: MROs  Billy Mauldin
National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
Flyover: None

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