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2021 NASCAR Cup Series Spring Talladega Race Page

GEICO 500
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Talladega Superspeedway
Time: 2:00pm/et
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race-Specific News

Race Information

Brad Keselowski snags dramatic overtime victory at Talladega: Despite sustaining damage in an early wreck, and despite leading only one lap in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski nailed down an opportunistic overtime victory in the 10th event of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Surging to the front on the final lap, after fellow Ford driver Matt DiBenedetto abandoned the bottom lane and gave Keselowski a clear run to the front, Keselowski claimed his first victory of the season, the 35th of his career and his sixth at Talladega, tying Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for second-most all-time at the 2.66-mile track.[Read More](4-25-2021)

#2-Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The win is his 1st win of the year, 6th win at Talladega and 35th career win.
#24-Byron finished 2nd followed by #34-McDowell, #4-Harvick, #21-DiBenedetto, #16-Grala, #8-Reddick, #3-Dillon, #12-Blaney, and #41-Custer.
A late caution for debris forced the race to end under an Overtime finish. #21-DiBenedetto led on the final restart and at the white flag but was unable to hold off a charge by Keselowski.
#96-Harrison Burton, making his Cup Series debut, finished 20th
Pole sitter #11-Hamlin, had to start in the rear for unapproved adjustments, was caught speeding on pit road twice, and got involved in an accident. He finished 32nd.
Stage 1 was won by #21-DiBenedetto. Stage 2 was won by #23-Wallace.
There were 35 lead changes among 17 drivers and 7 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 147.62mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Talladega:
Brad Keselowski won the 52nd Annual GEICO 500, his 35th victory in 423 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his sixth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 25 races at Talladega Superspeedway – Keselowski ties NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon for second-most series wins at Talladega all-time with six wins each.
William Byron (second) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2021.
Michael McDowell (third) posted his second top-10 finish in 21 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Chase Briscoe (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
This is Team Penske’s 10th NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
This is the 31st time a Ford has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
(NASCAR)(4-25-2021)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Talladega:
(race 10 of 26 in the regular season)
1) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [2 wins], 359
2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 353
3) #24-William Byron [1 win], 351
4) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 346
5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 318
6) #5-Kyle Larson [1 win], 300
7) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 280
8) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 244
9) #48-Alex Bowman [1 win], 241
10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 446 [point leader]
11) #4-Kevin Harvick, 308
12) #9-Chase Elliott, 306
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 271
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 268
15) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 229
16) #17-Chris Buescher, 229
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 217
18) #1-Kurt Busch, 216
19) #6-Ryan Newman, 198
20) #23-Bubba Wallace, 196
See the Driver Points Standings and Owners Point Standings.

Paint schemes

Cars to the rear: #11-Hamlin (unapproved adjustments), #Truex, Jr. (unapproved adjustments), #20-Bell (unapproved adjustments), #23-Wallace (unapproved adjustments), #51-Ware (multiple inspection failures), #78-McLeod (unapproved adjustments), #96-Burton (unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the 42nd and final stall.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(4-21-2021)

#11-Denny Hamlin will start from the pole for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
#22-Logano will start second, followed by #19-Truex, Jr., #48-Bowman, #24-Byron, #20-Bell, #12-Blaney, #9-Elliott, #18-Busch, and #2-Keselowski.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metrics, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete starting order on the GEICO 500 Starting Lineup page.(4-21-2021)

Crew Rosters

Goodyear Tire Notes

There will not be practice or qualifying at Talladega.

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: #15-Yeley, #16-Grala, #53-Gase (expected to be the #28 for one race), #66-Hill, #77-Haley, #96-Burton.
See the full entry list on the GEICO 500 Entry List page.

2021 Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway TandemDraft Stats

Weekend on-track schedule

Saturday, April 24
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
7:30 PM-9:30 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Sunday, April 25
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
6:00 AM-12:00 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
6:00 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
12:40 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
12:45 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET)NCS RACE (STAGES 60/120/188 LAPS = 500 MILES)
5:30 PM Approx NCSHAULERS EXIT