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NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: YellaWood 500

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Sunday, October 2

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

The Purse: $8,338,881

TV: NBC, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 500 miles (188 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 60),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 120), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 188)

 

NASCAR Cup Series

 

Talladega Superspeedway to stir-up an already unpredictable Playoffs

Four NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races into the 2022 championship run and none of the Playoff drivers have won any of the postseason races this season, leaving all 12 still looking to clinch their spot in the Round of 8 with two races left in the Round of 12 – Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. This weekend the competitors will have to face one of the biggest hurdles in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, as Talladega Superspeedway opens the gates and unleashes its 2.66-miles of asphalt with 33 degrees of banking in the turns for Sunday’s YellaWood 500 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). As the pinnacle ‘Wild Card’ event, expect the unexpected at Talladega as it is literally anyone’s to win.

 

The 2022 season marks the sixth consecutive year Talladega Superspeedway will host the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2017-2022) – Race No. 31 of the season. Talladega is the third different track to host the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; joining Charlotte Motor Speedway (2004 – 2014) and Kansas Speedway (2015 - 2016). The 2.66-mile track is the largest paved oval the series competes on with 33 degrees of banking in the turns.

 

Talladega Superspeedway has participated in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs since its inception into the series in 2004 and has occupied five different spots on the postseason schedule. Talladega has hosted the third race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004 – 2005); the fourth race (2006 – 2008 and 2012); the fifth race (2017-2022); the sixth race (2011, 2013 – 2016); and the seventh race (2009 – 2010).

 

A total of 14 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway, six of the 14 are active this weekend and three of the six are Playoff contenders this year – Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano.

 

Brad Keselowski (2017, 2014), Clint Bowyer (2010-2011), Jamie McMurray (2009, 2013) and Joey Logano (2015-2016) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in Playoff wins at Talladega Superspeedway with two postseason victories each.

 

Talladega Superspeedway Playoff Race Winners

Track

Race Winner

Date

Talladega

Bubba Wallace

Monday, October 4, 2021

Talladega

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Talladega

Ryan Blaney

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Talladega

Aric Almirola

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Talladega

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Talladega

Matt Kenseth

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Talladega

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Talladega

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Talladega

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Talladega

Tony Stewart

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Talladega

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Talladega

Brian Vickers

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Talladega

Dale Jarrett

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Sunday, October 3, 2004

 

During the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Era (2004-Present), the winner of the Talladega Superspeedway Playoff race has never gone on to win the title in the same season. But twice the Talladega Playoff race winner has finished runner-up in the championship standings at the end of the season: Jeff Gordon (2007) and Joey Logano (2016).

 

A total of 14 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series fifth race in the Playoffs; seven of the 14 are active this weekend. Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins during the fifth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with three victories (2004, 2005, 2009 – all at Charlotte Motor Speedway).

 

 

Twice the winner of the fifth race in the Playoffs has gone on to win the title later that season; both happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2004-2014). In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won the fifth race of the Playoffs from the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and then went on to win his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title – it was his third of four wins in the 2009 postseason. Then in 2014, Kevin Harvick won the fifth race of the Playoffs from the seventh starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway and went on to win his first career NASCAR Cup Series title – it was his first of three wins during the 2014 postseason.

 

The worst finish in a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway by a driver that went on to win the title that same season was 37th by Kyle Larson in 2021.

 

Six times a non-Playoff driver has won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway:

 

  • In 2005, Dale Jarrett won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 14th in points.
  • In 2006, Brian Vickers won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 16th in points.
  • In 2009, Jamie McMurray won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 22nd in points.
  • In 2011, Clint Bowyer won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 13th in points.
  • In 2013, Jamie McMurray won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 14th in points.
  • In 2021, Bubba Wallace won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 21st in points.

 

Three times a non-Playoff driver has won the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:

 

  • In 2010, Jamie McMurray won the fifth race in the Playoffs at Charlotte; he was 14th in points.
  • In 2013, Brad Keselowski won the fifth race in Playoffs at Charlotte; he was 16th in points.
  • In 2021, Bubba Wallace won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 21st in points.

 

Sweet Home Alabama: NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega

Since it opened it has been deemed one of the most daunting tracks on the schedule and this weekend’s YellaWood 500 (Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Talladega Superspeedway looks to be another fantastic opportunity for some close side-by-side competition the fans have come to love.

 

In total there have been 106 NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one Cup event in 1969, and two races per year since 1970. Among the 106 Cup events, the track has hosted 18 Playoff races in the NASCAR Cup Series. 

 

Overall, 45 different drivers have qualified on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway, 23 of the 45 have done it multiple times and six of the 45 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners at Talladega are active this weekend.

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Talladega Superspeedway with eight poles (1985 sweep, 1986 sweep, 1987 sweep, spring 1990 and fall 1993). Kevin Harvick (2005, 2018) and Chase Elliott (2016, 2019) lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in poles at Talladega with two each.

 

The 106 Cup races at Talladega have also produced 51 different NASCAR Cup Series race winners at the 2.66-mile track. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in wins at Talladega with 10 victories (1983, 1984, 1990 sweep, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 sweep and 2000).

 

Eleven of the 51 NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Talladega Superspeedway are active this weekend, led by Brad Keselowski with six wins at Talladega Superspeedway (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021); followed by Joey Logano with three victories (2015, 2016, 2018).

 

 

This weekend’s YellaWood 500 will be broken up into three stages the first two stages will be 60 laps each and final stage will be 68 laps.

 

On-track activity for the NASCAR Cup Series begins with Busch Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on the NBC Sports App.

 

Clinch Scenarios: Wide open Round of 12 heads to Talladega

Just two races left for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff challengers in the Round of 12 to secure their spot in the Round of 8, and with a non-Playoff driver taking the win last weekend at Texas (Tyler Reddick), all eight spots are still up for grabs as the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the YellaWood 500 (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) the fifth race of the 2022 postseason.

 

Already Clinched

No drivers have clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round.

 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 8th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suárez or Chase Elliott.

 

  • Joey Logano: Could only clinch with help
  • Ross Chastain: Could only clinch with help
  • Kyle Larson: Could only clinch with help
  • Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help
  • Denny Hamlin: Could only clinch with help
  • Daniel Suarez: Could only clinch with help
  • Chase Elliott: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Chase Briscoe or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 7th winless driver in the standings.

 

  • Joey Logano: Could only clinch with help
  • Ross Chastain: Could only clinch with help
  • Kyle Larson: Could only clinch with help
  • Ryan Blaney: Could only clinch with help
  • Denny Hamlin: Could only clinch with help
  • Daniel Suárez: Could only clinch with help

 

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suárez, Chase Elliott, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman

 

Playoff Bubble: Round of 12 provides plenty of unpredictability

While the unpredictability of the close quarters racing at Talladega Superspeedway, or the twists and turns of the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL are enough to keep the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff teams up at night, they should find some solace in knowing it could be those same track attributes that help get them to Victory Lane over these next two weekends.

 

Since the inception of the ‘elimination-style’ format in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs in 2014, the driver that wins at Talladega Superspeedway in the postseason has clinched a needed spot in the next round in six of the eight races held (2014-2021). Joey Logano in 2015 is the lone winner at Talladega since 2014 that had already clinched his spot in the next round prior to competing at the 2.66-mile track – Logano swept the Round of 12 in 2015 winning all three races that season (Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega). Then last season, for the first-time a non-Playoff driver (Bubba Wallace) won the Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race since the ‘elimination-style’ format was introduced in 2014.

 

This weekend, rookie Austin Cindric (ninth), William Byron (10th), Christopher Bell (11th) and Alex Bowman (12th) find themselves south of the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8 cutline as they head into the Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

 


Team Penske’s Austin Cindric (3,034 points) is ninth in the Playoff outlook standings – the first position outside the Round of 8 cutoff - seven points back from Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe in eighth. Cindric’s lone NASCAR Cup Series career win, came in the season-opening Daytona 500, so the rookie has found success on superspeedways. But has a few head winds to work through as this is his first appearance in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and just his second career Cup start at Talladega. He made his series track debut at the 2.66-mile track earlier this season; he started 18th and finished 21st.

 

Hendrick Motorsport’s driver William Byron (3,033 points) was issued a penalty of 25 driver points for his contact with the No. 11 car driven by Denny Hamlin under caution at Texas last weekend. Now the North Carolina native sits 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff outlook standings eight points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Byron is looking to advance out of the Round of 12 for the first-time in his career. In nine starts at Talladega, he has put up two top fives and an average finish of 19.0.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell (3,016 points) is ranked 11th in the Playoff outlook standings, 29 points back from the Round of 8 cutoff after finishing 34th at Texas Motor Speedway. After a strong start to the Playoffs with three top fives in the first three races, Bell skidded out in Texas and now is trying to advance out of the Round of 12 for the first time in his career. The Oklahoma native has made five starts at Talladega posting one top-five finish.

 

Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman (3,015 points) finds himself in the 12th and final position in the Round of 12 Playoff outlook standings following a 29th-place finish at Texas last weekend. Now the Arizona native is 30 points back from the Playoffs’ Round of 8 cutline. Bowman has yet to win at Talladega, but has posted a best finish of runner-up in (April) 2019. And in 14 Cup Series starts he has posted one top five and four top 10s. Bowman is looking to advance out of the Round of 12 for the second-time in his career (2020).

 

Cup Series’ Playoff Dozen at ‘Dega

This weekend, five of the 12-driver Playoff field are former NASCAR Cup Series Talladega Superspeedway winners (race winners bolded in chart below). With none of the 12 postseason contenders locked into the Round 8, below is a look at the Playoff dozen and their NASCAR Cup Series statistics at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series, Etc.

 

Alabama Native Bubba Wallace and NASCAR to Host “Bubba’s Block Party” at Railroad Park in Downtown Birmingham Friday, Sept. 30 - NASCAR announced this week plans for a community block party hosted by 23XI Racing driver and Alabama native Bubba Wallace at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham this Friday, September 30. The event will precede two days of NASCAR Playoffs racing action at Talladega Superspeedway, culminating Sunday, Oct. 2, with the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500, which Wallace is the defending champion.

 

Bubba’s Block Party is a community-focused NASCAR initiative that aims to drive awareness, access and engagement to the sport among the Black community while generating excitement around the race weekend. The family-friendly event will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

"We're excited to bring Bubba's Block Party, a community event, to the heart of Birmingham" said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. “Events like this allow us to bridge the rich history and culture of Birmingham to a NASCAR staple like Talladega.”

 

The free event will host guests for hours of live music, games and activities, as well as an assortment of food offerings. Wallace, from Mobile, who made history in last year’s YellaWood 500 when he became the first Black driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race since 1963, will engage the audience as part of a fireside chat which will focus on his career journey and NASCAR’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion across the sport.

 

“Our sport has made real gains in expanding and diversifying our fan base,” said Bubba Wallace. “It’s my hope that Bubba’s Block Party will resonate with the Birmingham community and allow people to see all that NASCAR has to offer. I want everyone to feel welcomed, to experience the thrill of the sport and have a good time.”

 

NASCAR Cup Series Featured Matchups: YellaWood 500 – Below is a close look at the featured matchups fans can bet on heading into this weekend’s event.

 

Tyler Reddick vs. Austin Dillon (Fan Vote) - Who can forget Austin Dillon’s win at Daytona to secure his spot in the Playoffs this season? Tyler Reddick helped push Austin Dillon to victory, ensuring that both Richard Childress Racing cars got into the postseason. Unfortunately, both Reddick and Dillon are no longer in the Playoffs, even though Reddick got his third win of the season last week at Texas in the opening race of the Round of 12. Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick have had RCR’s best year in quite some time, combining for four wins for the first-time since 2013. Even though they are not in the Playoffs, Reddick and Dillon both want to finish the season strong amongst uncertainties about what next season will look like.

 

Denny Hamlin vs. William Byron - Denny Hamlin may have added another name to his list of enemies last weekend at Texas. Him and William Byron got tangled up coming out of a turn causing Hamlin to get into Byron from the inside. Byron went up and made contact with the wall before conceding the position, but tempers flared when Byron appeared to spin Hamlin under caution, resulting in Hamlin dropping from third to 22nd. Hamlin and crew chief Chris Gabehart voiced their displeasure with the move, and Hamlin said that he would get Byron back down the road. For two Playoff drivers fighting for a championship, it will be interesting to see how they race each other at Talladega, where working together is crucial.

 

Alex Bowman vs. Christopher Bell - It wasn’t the race they were looking for to start off the Round of 12. Both Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell had trouble and failed to finish on the lead lap last weekend at Texas. They certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to reach the Round of 8. Bell sits 25 points below the cutline while Bowman sits 26 points behind. That means that Talladega will likely be a points race for both of these drivers. Bell and Bowman will most likely try to get to the front and stay in the front most of the race. Racking up stage points and trying to finish well will be paramount for Bowman and Bell as they look to make up for a poor week at Texas.

 

Bubba Wallace vs. Chris Buescher - This was a Featured Matchup for the regular season finale at Daytona where both drivers had a chance to win their way into the Playoffs. Although it didn’t work out for Bubba Wallace and Chris Buescher making it into the Playoffs, they’ve made the most of their season. Both Wallace and Buescher have won a race in the Playoffs, although they aren’t in the Playoff field. Wallace won three weeks ago at Kansas, while Buescher won two weeks ago at Bristol. They’ve also had good runs at superspeedways; Buescher won one of the Daytona Duel’s before the Daytona 500, while Wallace won at Talladega last year and finished runner-up in this year’s Daytona 500. Both drivers have the talent to win their second race of the year this Sunday, so it will all be about having a little luck and making the perfect move at the right time if they want to continue the streak of non-Playoff drivers winning Playoff races.

 

Auburn Head Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl to Serve as Honorary Starter for YellaWood 500 - Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who has guided the Tigers to over 150 wins in eight seasons, as well as the team’s first-ever appearance in the Final Four, will serve as the Honorary Starter for Sunday’s (Oct. 2) YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Talladega Superspeedway. 

 

“I am super excited to wave the green flag to start the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway,” said Pearl, a Boston, Mass. native. “I can’t wait to see the speed of the cars plus see how the race teams will strategize to get to get a ‘W.’ I am thankful to the YellaWood team for giving me this opportunity.”

 

 

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Allmendinger Earns Elusive Superspeedway Win, Advances in Playoffs

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By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Three times A.J. Allmendinger has led the white flag lap on a superspeedway track and not been able to lead that next lap to earn the big trophy.

On Saturday, the veteran waited and pulled ahead of the field in the final feet coming to the Sparks 300 checkered flag at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and edged 19-year old Sam Mayer by .015-second – about three feet – in a photo finish to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win at NASCAR’s biggest track.

It marked the regular season champ Allmendinger’s fourth victory in the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet this season and first ever at a superspeedway venue. Most importantly, the win – coming in the second race of the opening round of the Playoffs – is an automatic ticket through to the next round of Xfinity Series Playoff competition.

“Let’s gooooooo,” an absolutely elated Allmendinger screamed into the grandstands after climbing out of his car and accepting the checkered flag at the iconic track.

“Gosh, we’ve been so close to winning one (superspeedway race) and I feel like I keep giving them away. Thought I might have given it away. I’m still learning, trying to know what too big of a lead is. But honestly, all credit to (Kaulig teammate) Landon Cassill.

“He kept shoving me. He stuck with me. That’s what is great about Kaulig Racing, when you have teammates like Landon and Daniel (Hemric) that you know wherever you go, they’ll go with you. So thank you Landon.

“Man, I just wanted to win a superspeedway and finally got it,” added a grinning Allmendinger, who now claims 14 career Xfinity Series victories.

Cassill finished third, followed by Ryan Sieg and JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry – all Playoff contenders. Parker Kligerman was sixth, followed by Playoff drivers Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones and Noah Gragson.

It marked quite the comeback for Gibbs, who qualified on the front row, but was involved in the only on-track yellow flag for an incident on the afternoon. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s No. 54 Toyota was tagged from behind by Justin Allgaier while racing in a tight pack up front only three laps into the 113-lap race. Gibbs spun out but was remarkably untouched by any other car.

A quick pit stop and impressive pit strategy later, Gibbs was running around the Top-10 in the closing laps of the race and managed to recover to that seventh place final effort.

Gragson, driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, was looking to become the first driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to win five consecutive races and was running among the Top-3 with 10 laps to go.

His ultimate move forward for the win in the closing laps was blocked and he instead finished 10th. Although just short of that historic victory nod, he had already earned his automatic ticket to the Playoffs second round by virtue of his victory last week at Texas (his seventh on the season and fourth in a row).

“We’re going to keep it going,” Gragson said after the race. “I have a super motivated team… you want to win them all, but you can’t do that sometimes.”

Polesitter and series rookie Austin Hill, who swept the two stage wins and for the second straight race led the most laps – 60 on Saturday – also dropped out of the lead group in the waning laps to the checkered flag. He finished 14th.

With Allmendinger and Gragson having earned automatic bids in ton the next round of the Playoffs, Gibbs (-21) and Hill (-27) are ranked third and fourth in the standings, followed by Berry, Allgaier – who finished 15th Saturday – Mayer and Sieg in that eighth and final transfer position.

Defending series champion Hemric  (-6), Brandon Jones (-10), Riley Herbst (-10) and Jeremy Clements (-47) are ranked ninth through 12th heading into the final race of this Playoff round.

Up next is the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  A.J. Allmendinger has won the last three races.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 3rd Annual Sparks 300

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Saturday, October 1, 2022

                1. (8)  AJ Allmendinger (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                2. (13)  Sam Mayer (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                3. (18)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 113.

                4. (14)  Ryan Sieg (P), Ford, 113.

                5. (7)  Josh Berry (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                6. (9)  Parker Kligerman(i), Chevrolet, 113.

                7. (2)  Ty Gibbs (P), Toyota, 113.

                8. (12)  Daniel Hemric (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                9. (5)  Brandon Jones (P), Toyota, 113.

                10. (6)  Noah Gragson (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                11. (23)  Riley Herbst (P), Ford, 113.

                12. (3)  Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 113.

                13. (11)  Trevor Bayne (P), Toyota, 113.

                14. (1)  Austin Hill # (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                15. (4)  Justin Allgaier (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                16. (20)  Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 113.

                17. (16)  Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 113.

                18. (35)  JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 113.

                19. (30)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 113.

                20. (37)  Jeremy Clements (P), Chevrolet, 113.

                21. (25)  Joey Gase, Ford, 113.

                22. (19)  Joe Graf Jr., Ford, 113.

                23. (26)  Derek Griffith, Toyota, 113.

                24. (24)  Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 112.

                25. (33)  David Starr, Ford, 112.

                26. (32)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 112.

                27. (36)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 112.

                28. (22)  Jesse Iwuji #, Chevrolet, 112.

                29. (28)  CJ McLaughlin, Ford, 112.

                30. (10)  Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, 112.

                31. (31)  Caesar Bacarella, Chevrolet, 112.

                32. (34)  Howie Disavino III, Chevrolet, 112.

                33. (17)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 112.

                34. (38)  Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 111.

                35. (21)  Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 111.

                36. (15)  Blaine Perkins(i), Chevrolet, 110.

                37. (27)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ford, 109.

                38. (29)  Mason Massey, Chevrolet, 95.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  158.827 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 53 Mins, 33 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.015 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  3 for 11 laps.

Lead Changes:  20 among 11 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Hill # (P) 1-7;J. Allgaier (P) 8-13;A. Hill # (P) 14-26;T. Hill(i) 27;A. Hill # (P) 28-30;T. Bayne (P) 31-40;S. Creed # 41-42;A. Hill # (P) 43-51;B. Currey 52;T. Bayne (P) 53-55;N. Gragson (P) 56;B. Jones (P) 57;R. Sieg (P) 58;A. Allmendinger (P) 59;R. Sieg (P) 60-69;B. Currey 70-80;A. Hill # (P) 81-108;S. Mayer (P) 109-110;A. Allmendinger (P) 111;S. Mayer (P) 112;A. Allmendinger (P) 113.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Austin Hill # (P) 5 times for 60 laps; Trevor Bayne (P) 2 times for 13 laps; Bayley Currey 2 times for 12 laps; Ryan Sieg (P) 2 times for 11 laps; Justin Allgaier (P) 1 time for 6 laps; AJ Allmendinger (P) 3 times for 3 laps; Sam Mayer (P) 2 times for 3 laps; Sheldon Creed # 1 time for 2 laps; Timmy Hill(i) 1 time for 1 lap; Brandon Jones (P) 1 time for 1 lap; Noah Gragson (P) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 21,2,11,19,18,16,7,54,68,1

Stage #2 Top Ten: 21,7,16,18,27,1,68,19,39,8

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Sparks 300

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, October 1

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

The Purse: $1,653,281

TV: USA, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 300.58 miles (113 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 50), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 113)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Setting the stage for Talladega Superspeedway

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be heading to Alabama next for what is sure to produce some of the craziest racing this season. The second race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs Round of 12 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the Sparks 300 at 4 p.m. ET on the USA Network, the NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio.

 

The Sparks 300 this weekend will be the 34th NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The previous 33 races have produced 27 different race winners and 22 different pole winners. Only three races have been won from the pole (or first starting position). The last time it happened was in 2020 when Justin Haley won from the pole. Haley is also the youngest winner in series history at Talladega at 21 years, one month and 23 days old.

 

Joe Nemechek is a known name at the track, currently sitting with the most races (22), poles (five), top 10s (nine), lead lap finishes (14), laps completed (2,153) and laps led (202). He is also tied with Joey Logano with most top fives (seven). The only record he does not hold is for most wins, which lies in the hands of Martin Truex Jr (three).

 

The most recent race at Talladega was earlier this season. Noah Gragson took the victory over Jeffrey Earnhardt after starting from the 19th position by a margin of victory of .131 seconds. Playoff drivers AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Sieg finished in the third and fourth place positions while Landon Cassill rounded out the top five.

 

If Gragson once again makes the trip to Victory Lane this Saturday for the Sparks 300, he will become the third driver in the track’s Xfinity Series history to post back-to-back wins, joining Martin Truex Jr. (2004, 2005, 2006) and Justin Haley (2020 sweep). Plus, he will be going for a NASCAR Xfinity Series unprecedented five consecutive victories, as he tied Sam Ard’s 1983 record of four straight wins with his victory last weekend at Texas. But Gragson is not the only former Talladega winner entered this weekend, the Las Vegas native is also joined by Jeb Burton and Brandon Brown.

 

The series will kick off their second Playoff race of the season with qualifying on Friday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET on the USA Network and streamed on the NBC Sports App.

 

Clinch Scenarios: Xfinity Series Playoff run continues

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be taking on Talladega Superspeedway this weekend after eight of the 12 Playoff drivers finished in the top 10 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend but it was only Noah Gragson, who grabbed the win and secured his spot in the Round of 8, leaving seven spots still up for grabs this weekend. As they continue in their battle for the championship, let’s take a look at clinch scenarios heading into this weekend:

 

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: Noah Gragson.

 

Can clinch via points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 7th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier or Sam Mayer.

 

  • AJ Allmendinger: Could only clinch with help
  • Ty Gibbs: Could only clinch with help
  • Austin Hill: Could only clinch with help
  • Josh Berry: Could only clinch with help
  • Justin Allgaier: Could only clinch with help
  • Sam Mayer: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Ryan Sieg or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the 6th winless driver in the standings.

 

  • AJ Allmendinger: Could only clinch with help
  • Ty Gibbs: Could only clinch with help
  • Austin Hill: Could only clinch with help
  • Josh Berry: Could only clinch with help
  • Justin Allgaier: Could only clinch with help

 

Can clinch via win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, Ryan Sieg, Riley Herbst, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements

 

Scouting the Playoff field at ‘Dega

In true superspeedway fashion, Talladega has produced some of the wildest, most unexpected racing and this weekend’s Xfinity Playoff race should be no different.

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff drivers range in experience at Talladega Superspeedway, from vets to rookies, so let’s take a look at how they’ve handled the 2.66-mile track:

 

Noah Gragson: Already clinched into the Round of 8, he heads to Talladega with seven starts, one win (2022), three top fives and five top 10s.

 

 

AJ Allmendinger: Currently sitting in second in the Playoff standings, he has five starts, two top fives and three top 10s at the Alabama superspeedway. His most recent finish at the track is third.

 

Ty Gibbs: He heads to Talladega third in the Playoff rankings. He has one start at Talladega where he started in the third position but was caught in an incident on Lap 76 and finished in 35th.

 

Austin Hill: Heading into Talladega fourth in the Playoff rankings, Hill will be looking to redeem himself on the 2.66-mile track as both of his starts have resulted in crashes. Hill did win the season-opener at Daytona, though.

 

Josh Berry: Sitting in fifth in the Playoff standings, he goes into Talladega with three starts and one top 10 finish.

 

Justin Allgaier: Currently sixth in the Playoff rankings, he heads into Talladega with 14 starts, four top fives and seven top 10s under his belt.

 

Sam Mayer: Heads to Talladega sitting in seventh in the Playoff standings with two starts at the track (2021, 2022). Both races resulted in incidents that left him in 38th and 28th, respectively.

 

Ryan Sieg: Sits in eighth in Playoff points heading into this weekend, he has 11 starts at Talladega with three top fives and four top 10s. His most recent finish at the track is fourth.

 

Riley Herbst: Coming in at ninth in the Playoff rankings, he has five starts at the Alabama superspeedway with one top five and two top 10s.

 

Daniel Hemric: Last year’s Xfinity Series champ currently holds the 10th Playoff position and has six starts, two top fives and two top 10s at Talladega.

 

Brandon Jones: Currently in the 11th position, Jones heads to Talladega with nine starts, three top fives and three top 10s.

 

Jeremy Clements: In the final Playoff position (12th), Clements goes into this race weekend with 14 starts, one top five and two top 10s.

 

Fabulous Five: Gragson goes for unprecedented fifth straight Xfinity win

JR Motorsports’ superstar Noah Gragson not only claimed his seventh victory of the season last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but also his fourth victory in a row tying Sam Ard’s 1983 NASCAR Xfinity Series record. Now, the Las Vegas native has the opportunity to go for an unprecedented fifth straight win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

Prior to the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sam Ard was the only Xfinity Series driver to win four consecutive races, a feat he accomplished in 1983. The following season in 1984, he went on to once again manage wins in three back-to-back races. Other drivers to score three consecutive wins in the Xfinity Series are Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Harry Grant, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Larry Pearson.Talladega Superspeedway in hopes of surpassing Ard and holding the record himself. A win at Talladega is in Gragson’s reach considering he took the checkered flag when the Xfinity Series ran at the Alabama track earlier this season. In his seven starts, he has posted one win, three top fives and five top 10s.

 

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Talladega: A place of firsts – A driver’s first win is always exciting but to win at an iconic track like Talladega is even more special. Only five drivers can claim that their first trip to Victory Lane was at Talladega Superspeedway – Greg Sacks (1996), David Ragan (2009), Justin Haley (2020), Jeb Burton (2021) and Brandon Brown (2021).

 

Some cannot claim a first win at the track, but they can flaunt a first pole – Bill Elliott (1993), Johnny Sauter (2002), Clint Bowyer (2004), Brad Coleman (2007), Travis Pastrana (2013), Matt Tifft (2016), Blake Koch (2017), Michael Annett (2019), and Jeffrey Earnhardt (2022).

 

 

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Matt DiBenedetto Wins at Talladega, His First Career NASCAR National Series Win

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By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service

TALLADEGA, Ala. – It took a lot of last lap gumption on the Talladega Superspeedway high banks and an official “race finish review” afterward, but longtime competitor Matt DiBenedetto earned his first NASCAR national series race victory in Saturday’s Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Because the race ended under caution, NASCAR officials reviewed video to determine who was leading when an accident froze the field coming to the checkered flag. Ultimately, it marked the first and only lap the former NASCAR Cup Series driver DiBenedetto had ever led in the truck series – and it delivered his first trophy.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship competitor Ben Rhodes was scored runner-up with young rookie – and Alabama native – Bret Holmes in third place.

It marked the fifth consecutive Talladega truck race that the winner led only the last lap.

“Oh man, it’s been such a long time coming,” said the 31-year old Californian DiBenedetto, who recently renewed his contract with the No. 25 Rackley WAR Chevrolet team. “I’m so thankful.

“It just seems so surreal,” DiBenedetto added before offering good wishes to fellow driver Jordan Anderson, who was transported to the hospital after an accident on Lap 19.

“I think my heart rate was higher waiting for that than [taking] the white flag.”

It was a typically competitive afternoon at Talladega – with 11 leaders and 25 lead changes in the 95-lap race – only to end with a dramatic push for the checkered flag in a green-white-checkered overtime finish.

The 25-year old Holmes – the 2020 ARCA Menards Series champion – led the white flag lap and thought he was ahead when the final yellow and checkered flags waved and pulled up to the trophy stand, where DiBenedetto later pulled alongside.

“It definitely showed we deserve to be here,” Holmes said. “Tough to lose that one for sure.”

Ryan Preece and Playoff driver Christian Eckes rounded out the Top-5. Hailie Deegan – the only full-time woman competitor in the series – earned a career best sixth-place finish.  Chase Purdy, Colby Howard, Parker Kligerman and Tyler Ankrum rounded out the Top-10.

Anderson, who emerged from a fiery single-truck crash on Lap 19, was transported to a local hospital where he was reported awake and alert.

As for the Playoffs, only two driver championship contenders – Rhodes and Eckes – finished among the Top-10. With Ty Majeski’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 15, he is the only driver to have already secured a position in the Championship 4.

Chandler Smith was 14th , Zane Smith, 17th and Stewart Friesen was 20th. Majeski finished 23rd and polesitter John Hunter Nemechek – who won Stage 1 – was 24th.

The Playoff standings continue to be very tight beyond Majeski. Chandler Smith holds a 12-point edge on Zane Smith with reigning series champion Ben Rhodes in that important fourth position, 27 points behind Chandler Smith.

Eckes and Friesen are both three points behind Rhodes. Nemechek is five points from the cutoff line and Grant Enfinger, who was involved in an accident on Saturday afternoon is now 26 points behind Rhodes.

While not running the season title this season, DiBenedetto will leave Talladega with a full heart and lots of hope for next year thanks to securing this memorable first victory.

“We’ve come so close so many times at this track, I’ve felt like Talladega – more than Bristol or any of those places – owes me one so pretty sweet,” DiBenedetto said adding, “The wait was well worth it.”

The final Playoff race to decide which four drivers advance to the series Championship will be Oct. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The trucks last raced at the South Florida track in June, 2020 where Kyle Busch earned his third series win at the track.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – 17th Annual Chevy Silverado 250

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Saturday, October 1, 2022

                1. (30)  Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 95.

                2. (15)  Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 95.

                3. (23)  Bret Holmes, Chevrolet, 95.

                4. (10)  Ryan Preece (P), Ford, 95.

                5. (13)  Christian Eckes (P), Toyota, 95.

                6. (27)  Hailie Deegan, Ford, 95.

                7. (26)  Chase Purdy, Toyota, 95.

                8. (7)  Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 95.

                9. (21)  Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 95.

                10. (20)  Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 95.

                11. (36)  Kaden Honeycutt, Toyota, 95.

                12. (25)  Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 95.

                13. (8)  Derek Kraus, Chevrolet, 95.

                14. (2)  Chandler Smith (P), Toyota, 95.

                15. (33)  Timmy Hill, Toyota, 95.

                16. (29)  Parker Retzlaff(i), Chevrolet, 95.

                17. (4)  Zane Smith (P), Ford, 95.

                18. (28)  Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 95.

                19. (14)  Jack Wood #, Chevrolet, 95.

                20. (18)  Stewart Friesen (P), Toyota, 95.

                21. (32)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 95.

                22. (5)  Matt Crafton, Toyota, 95.

                23. (6)  Ty Majeski (P), Toyota, 95.

                24. (1)  John Hunter Nemechek (P), Toyota, 95.

                25. (19)  Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 95.

                26. (12)  Corey Heim # (P), Toyota, Accident, 94.

                27. (24)  Blaine Perkins #, Chevrolet, Accident, 94.

                28. (3)  Carson Hocevar, Chevrolet, 94.

                29. (16)  Grant Enfinger (P), Chevrolet, 94.

                30. (17)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, Accident, 78.

                31. (11)  Tanner Gray, Ford, Accident, 78.

                32. (31)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Clutch, 73.

                33. (34)  Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, Accident, 32.

                34. (35)  Dean Thompson #, Chevrolet, Accident, 32.

                35. (22)  Bryan Dauzat, Chevrolet, DVP, 32.

                36. (9)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Accident, 18.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  114.286 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 12 Mins, 40 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Under Caution Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes:  25 among 11 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Nemechek (P) 1-2;Z. Smith (P) 3;T. Majeski (P) 4;J. Nemechek (P) 5-22;M. Crafton 23;C. Smith (P) 24-37;B. Rhodes (P) 38-39;C. Smith (P) 40-42;C. Purdy 43-45;B. Holmes 46-48;C. Purdy 49;C. Eckes (P) 50;C. Purdy 51-52;B. Holmes 53-54;C. Eckes (P) 55-56;C. Hocevar 57;C. Eckes (P) 58-62;D. Kraus 63-65;C. Eckes (P) 66-70;C. Hocevar 71;C. Eckes (P) 72;C. Hocevar 73-75;C. Eckes (P) 76-77;C. Hocevar 78-84;C. Eckes (P) 85-93;B. Holmes 94-95.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Christian Eckes (P) 7 times for 25 laps; John Hunter Nemechek (P) 2 times for 20 laps; Chandler Smith (P) 2 times for 17 laps; Carson Hocevar 4 times for 12 laps; Bret Holmes 3 times for 7 laps; Chase Purdy 3 times for 6 laps; Derek Kraus 1 time for 3 laps; Ben Rhodes (P) 1 time for 2 laps; Zane Smith (P) 1 time for 1 lap; Ty Majeski (P) 1 time for 1 lap; Matt Crafton 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 4,38,42,18,15,91,99,51,16,98

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,4,52,99,23,98,16,51,38,66

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: Chevy Silverado 250

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, October 1

The Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

The Purse: $806,669

TV: FS1, 12 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 250.04 miles (94 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 94)

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Camping World Truck Series Playoffs prepare for a wild Talladega race

After a week to regroup and go over strategy, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is kicking off a triple header weekend at none other than Talladega Superspeedway with the Chevy Silverado 250 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio.

 

Talladega Superspeedway has participated in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs since its inception into the series in 2016. The 2022 season marks the second time Talladega has hosted the fifth race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs (2021, 2022) and becomes the third different track to occupy the spot, joining Texas Motor Speedway (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020) and Martinsville Speedway (2019). This is the third different spot on the ANSCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Schedule Talladega Superspeedway has resided; from 2016 – 2018 and in 2020, the track played host to the third Playoff race (the elimination of the first round) then in 2019, Talladega hosted the fourth race on the postseason schedule. This season, it’s hosting the fifth.

 

The 2.66-mile superspeedway has hosted 16 Camping World Truck Series races, producing 11 different race winners and 14 different pole winners.

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last raced at Talladega in the 2021 postseason where fans saw Tate Fogleman make the trip to Victory Lane. On par with the craziness that comes with racing on superspeedways, all six previous Playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway have been won by non-playoff drivers – Tate Fogleman (2021), Raphael Lessard (2020), Spencer Boyd (2019), Timothy Peters (2018), Parker Kligerman (2017) and Grant Enfinger (2016).

 

The drivers will kick off their fifth Playoff weekend with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 30. Qualifying for the Truck Series will not be broadcast this weekend.

 

ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski is sitting pretty in ‘Dega

Not only did ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski score his first NASCAR national series victory two weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he also claimed the first berth in the Championship 4 Round set to take place at Phoenix Raceway with the championship season finale on November 4. Now, the Wisconsin native heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend will get to breathe easy as he is the only postseason competitor locked into the next round.

 

The Talladega Superspeedway race on October 1 will be the first-time Majeski takes on the 2.66-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series. Although this will be a new track for him, he has proven he knows his way around a superspeedway. In the February season opener, he won the pole at Daytona and ultimately finished in the seventh position.

 

Clinch Scenarios: Three spots up for grabs at the ‘Wild Card’ Talladega Superspeedway

Ty Majeski made the trip to Victory Lane in the first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 8, so now drivers have just two opportunities – Talladega and Homestead-Miami – to claim their spot in the Championship 4 Round and join him. Plus, don’t forget at least one driver will make the Championship 4 Round on points making each finish in the final two races the much more imperative.

 

Already Clinched

The following driver has clinched a spot in the four-driver field of the next round: Ty Majeski.

 

Can Clinch Via Points

If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the third winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Chandler Smith or Zane Smith.

 

  • Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help
  • Zane Smith: Could only clinch with help

 

If there is a new winner from Stewart Friesen or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the second winless driver in the standings.

 

  • Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help

 

Can clinch via win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes.

 

Playoff Bubble: Nemechek, Eckes, Enfinger, Rhodes outside Champ 4 cutline

Looking at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings following the Round of 8 opener at Bristol Motor Speedway, the postseason competitors are tasked with trying to make the Championship 4 Round with just two races to go. ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski won at Bristol two weeks ago and has clinched his spot in the next round leaving three spots still up for grabs.

 

Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen is currently ranked in the fourth and final transfer spot on points to the Championship 4 Round, up nine points on Kyle Busch Motorsport’s driver John H. Nemechek in fifth – the first spot outside the cutoff. Behind Nemechek is ThorSport Racing’s Christian Eckes in sixth (-13 points), then GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger in seventh (-15 points) and ThorSport Racing’s driver and 2021 series champion Ben Rhodes in eighth (-18 points).

 

Examining the Camping World Truck Playoffs field for Talladega

When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, expect some hard racing as a lot will be on the line. Below is a look at how the Round of 8 drivers have performed at Talladega Superspeedway:

 

Ty Majeski: He currently ranks first and has racked up 3,053 points heading into the Truck Series’ next race at Talladega Superspeedway. This will be his first start at the Alabama track.

 

Chandler Smith: He sits second in the standings with 3,076 points. He has two starts at Talladega with one top five and one top 10 finish.

 

Zane Smith: He is currently in third with 3,073 points. He has given the 2.066-mile superspeedway a go twice and finished 33rd in both races.

 

Stewart Friesen: He comes in the next race in fourth with 3,061 points. He has five starts at the track with one top five and two top 10 finishes.

 

John Hunter Nemechek: He sits fifth in the standings and has accumulated 3,052 points. In his six starts at Talladega, he has posted one top five and two top 10s.

 

Christian Eckes: He is sixth in the rankings and is going into the next Playoff race with 3,048 points. He has had one stint at Talladega Superspeedway, and he finished in the 18th position.

 

Grant Enfinger: He currently ranks seventh and has 3,046 points. He has eight starts at the Alabama track with one win (2016), two top fives and three top 10s.

 

Ben Rhodes: He takes up the final Playoff spot with 3,043 points. He has six starts at Talladega with one top five and one top 10 finish.

 

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Who is next? Six different winners in as many races at Talladega – Heading into this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is riding a streak of different winners at the 2.66-mile track that dates back to 2016 with six different winners in the last six races. So, who is next?

 

Five former Talladega Truck Series winners are entered this weekend – Parker Kligerman (two wins), Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Tate Fogleman and Spencer Boyd (each have one win).

 

Natalie Decker to run at Talladega – Natalie Decker, the highest finishing female in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a fifth-place finish at Daytona in 2020, is set to get behind the wheel of the No. 43 for Reaume Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct 1.

 

“We have been working with Natalie for a while now, and we are all really excited to have her drive our #43 truck at Talladega. She brings a lot of great energy to the track and shop, which is very contagious, and we are looking forward to giving her a great opportunity when she returns to the Truck Series come October,” said team owner Josh Reaume. “I am very confident in Natalie that she will do an awesome job at Talladega.”

 

Decker has made 32 career Truck Series starts posting one top-five and one top-10 finish. She made her series track debut at Talladega in 2019; she started 19th and finished 16th.

 

Parker Retzlaff will make Camping World Truck Series career debut at Talladega – Young’s Motorsports has tapped driver Parker Retzlaff to pilot their No. 20 Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. With crew chief Andrew Abbott on the box, Retzlaff will attempt to make his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start.

 

Retzlaff will look to become the 16th different driver to make his series career debut at Talladega and the first in the series at the 2.66-mile track since Vinnie Miller in 2017.

 

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Weekend Preview: Talladega Superspeedway

 

September 29, 2022

 

By Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

 

Talladega offers lots of opportunity for the Playoff contenders

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, site of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, is traditionally regarded as one of the most action-packed, thrilling venues on the NASCAR Cup Series calendar.

 

And after a dramatic Playoff race a week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, expectations are super high for the YellaWood 500 (2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Counting Tyler Reddick’s victory at Texas last Sunday, the first four 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races have now been won by non-Playoff contenders - an amazing and unprecedented streak. The result has been a tightly bunched field of championship chasers trying to point their way into the Round of 8, if not fortunate to earn a trophy this round which features races at Talladega this week and the Charlotte ROVAL next week.

 

Texas had a great effect on the title contenders. Race runner-up Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, now leads the championship standings for the third time this season (also one-week tenures following the Phoenix and Darlington-2 races). He’s 12-points ahead of Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain, 14 up on reigning series champion, Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson and 15-points ahead of his Penske teammate Ryan Blaney.

 

Logano and 12th place driver Alex Bowman are separated by only 56 points. Logano and eighth place Chase Briscoe (in the final transfer position) are separated by only 30 points.

 

Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion and this season's series-best four-race winner who led the standings for 23 weeks, has dropped to seventh place in the championship run. After a DNF at Texas, he’s now only 11 points up on the cutoff line.

 

Another major shift in the standings has affected Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron. The two-race winner was issued a $50,000 fine and 25-point driver and owner penalties for rough driving – officially, “vehicle contact during a caution period” - at Texas following an incident with fellow Playoff competitor, Denny Hamlin, of Joe Gibbs Racing.

 

The points penalty drops Byron from third place in the standings to 10th – eight points below Briscoe in that final Playoff advancement position. The Hendrick Motorsports team said Tuesday it would appeal Byron’s penalty.

 

The good news for both Elliott and Byron, however, is that they are among the favorites for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

Bubba Wallace, who is driving the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota, is the defending winner of this Playoff race – earning his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory at the big track last Fall. Playoff driver Chastain won at Talladega this May – leading only the final lap to take his second career series win. Byron led a race best 38 laps in that race, but finished 15th. He was runner-up in the 2021 Spring race.

 

Elliott, who is favored by oddsmakers to win this weekend, earned his only NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega in 2019 but has six top-10 finishes in 13 starts. Blaney, who is also a favorite, won back-to-back races at Talladega – the 2019 Playoff race and 2020 Spring event - and is the only driver to win consecutive races at the track since NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon swept the 2007 season.

 

In addition to Chastain, Elliott and Blaney, the only other drivers among the 12 Playoff eligible with wins at Talladega are Logano, who has three victories (2015, ’16 and ’18) and Hamlin, who has a pair of wins (2014, 2020).

 

RFK Racing driver/owner Brad Keselowski leads all current drivers with six victories on the Talladega high banks.

 

With no absolute consensus favorite yet established for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship run, Talladega takes on increased importance even as it’s considered one of the most unpredictable venues on the circuit.

 

“It’s really tough because you can’t predict when a wreck is going to happen," Hamlin said, of Talladega strategy. “As a driver, you start to feel the intensity of the pack picking up and you start to see people making aggressive moves. You just have to make a judgement call on whether you want to be part of it at that time.”

 

Qualifying (one-lap and two rounds) is set for Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be aired on the NBC Sports App, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Gragson looks to sweep Talladega and score record fifth straight Xfinity Series win

 

There is arguably even more drama than normal for drivers in Saturday’s Sparks 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (4 p.m. ET on USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). And that’s saying a lot at NASCAR’s largest oval track.

 

A Playoff driver can punch an automatic ticket into the next round of championship competition and current championship leader Noah Gragson could well make NASCAR history.

 

Gragson already earned his automatic berth into the Playoffs' Round of 8 competition with a celebrated victory in the Round of 12-opener at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. His work in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet marked his fourth consecutive win – tying a 39-year-old high-mark set by Sam Ard in 1983.

 

If Gragson can take the checkered flag again this weekend, he would become the only driver in Xfinity Series history to earn five straight race wins. And Gragson goes into the race fresh off a victory there this Spring – the only driver among the Playoff 12 with a win at the famed big track.

 

Beyond Gragson in the points standings, Regular Season Champion A.J. Allmendinger in second holds a slim 1-point advantage over Ty Gibbs in third with Austin Hill in fourth, 43 points back from Gragson with races at Talladega and then the Charlotte ROVAL to set the eight-driver group that advances in the Playoffs.

 

Although he didn’t win, Hill led a race best 67 laps before crashing out of the Spring race at Talladega. Gibbs was also eliminated in an accident and finished 35th in his series debut at the 2.66-mile track.

 

Brandon Brown is the defending winner of this Fall Talladega race, claiming his first career race trophy at Talladega last October. Current Playoff drivers Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier - who will be making his 400th career series start on Saturday - and reigning series champion Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-four in that race last year.

 

Gragson, a series-best seven race winner on the season, brings as much confidence as motivation to Talladega. He’s had three top-five and five top-10 finishes in seven Talladega starts – and obviously the win earlier this season. And Chevrolet, which he drives, has won eight of the last nine Xfinity Series races at Talladega.

 

“This season has just been incredible," Gragson said. Adding of his team, "They have been amazing all year and it’s all coming together at the right time. It was a pretty wild finish last time at Talladega and it will probably be that way again this weekend.

 

“We’re already in the Round of 8 and that takes some of the pressure off this weekend."

 

Joining the championship favorites and fulltime drivers this week are racer/NBC Sports broadcaster Parker Kligerman and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, along with Timmy Hill and Jeffrey Earnhardt, who finished a career-best runner-up to Gragson in April.

 

Qualifying for the race begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday and will be aired on USA Network.

 

Camping World Truck Series Playoffs return at Talladega

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes its 2022 Playoff schedule this week opening the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway racing double-header Saturday afternoon with the Chevy Silverado 250 (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski is the only driver who has already clinched a position in the Championship 4 Round thanks to his career first win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

 

Knowing he’s already secured that championship opportunity will be a big relief as the 27-year-old Majeski races in the series at the 2.66-mile Talladega for the first time in his career. He won the pole position and finished top-10 in the Daytona season-opener, the only other superspeedway he has competed on.

 

This weekend is a big opportunity for another Playoff driver to earn his championship position. The top of the points standings are tightly grouped with Chandler Smith holding a three-point edge on two-time champion runner-up Zane Smith. Stewart Friesen is currently fourth in the standings, 15 points behind Chandler Smith. John Hunter Nemechek is 24 points off Chandler Smith and nine points from Friesen for that fourth and final championship round position.

 

Talladega has been a “mixed bag” for these contenders.

 

Chandler Smith has one top five in two starts. Zane Smith has finished 33rd in both his starts at the track. Friesen has one top five in five races and Nemechek, has one top-five finish in six Talladega starts – that coming last year.

 

The other Playoff drivers, Christian Eckes (-13 from Friesen), Grant Enfinger (-15 from Friesen) and defending series champion Ben Rhodes (-18 from Friesen) remain very much in this tightly contested title run.

 

Enfinger is the only former Talladega winner among the championship eight and his two top-five and three top-10 finishes in eight starts there are most among those title-eligible drivers as well.

 

Certainly, last year’s Camping World Truck Series Playoff race included one of the biggest upsets in series history with Tate Fogleman leading only the last lap to claim his first truck win by .052-seconds over Tyler Hill. Only one current Playoff driver (Nemechek) finished among the top-10 in that race.

 

A one-lap, two-round qualifying session for the race will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: YellaWood 500

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Sunday, October 2

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

The Purse: $8,338,881

TV: NBC, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 500 miles (188 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 60),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 120), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 188)

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Sparks 300

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, October 1

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

The Purse: $1,653,281

TV: USA, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 300.58 miles (113 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 50), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 113)

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: Chevy Silverado 250

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, October 1

The Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

The Purse: $806,669

TV: FS1, 12 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 250.04 miles (94 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 94)

 


 

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the YellaWood 500

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 27, 2022) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders’ statistical performances at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, going into the YellaWood 500 on October 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). For additional information visit NASCARMedia.com for the digital track bio page: Talladega Superspeedway

 

2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Schedule

Tracks

Dates

Darlington Raceway

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Kansas Speedway

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Charlotte ROVAL

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Martinsville Speedway

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Phoenix Raceway

Sunday, November 6, 2022

 

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 30 at Texas Motor Speedway

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

+/- Cutoff

1

Joey Logano (P)

3,071

2

5

25

30

2

Ross Chastain (P)

3,059

2

5

20

18

3

William Byron (P)

3,058

2

4

15

17

4

Kyle Larson (P)

3,057

2

4

20

16

5

Ryan Blaney (P)

3,056

0

6

14

15

6

Denny Hamlin (P)

3,049

2

3

13

8

7

Daniel Suarez (P)

3,045

1

2

7

4

8

Chase Elliott (P)

3,045

4

5

40

4

9

Chase Briscoe (P)

3,041

1

4

9

-4

10

Austin Cindric # (P)

3,034

1

1

6

-11

11

Christopher Bell (P)

3,016

1

4

13

-29

12

Alex Bowman (P)

3,015

1

2

7

-30

13

Tyler Reddick

2,107

3

2

17

Eliminated from the Playoffs

14

Austin Dillon

2,083

1

0

5

15

Kyle Busch

2,068

1

3

10

16

Kevin Harvick

2,063

2

0

12

 

 

TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Following statistics are Loop Data from 2005 – Present)

 

1 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.5 (sixth-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s, two poles

·       Led 538 laps

·       Average Finish of 13.8

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       Three wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s

·       Average Finish of 17.519, 12th-best

·       Average Running Position of 14.091, fifth-best

·       Driver Rating of 90.4, third-best

·       96 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best

·       3,245 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), fourth-most

·       6,226 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

2 - Ross Chastain (No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.8 (second-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Two wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s

·       Led 585 laps

·       Average Finish of 14.2

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One win, one top five, one top 10

·       Average Finish of 19.571, 17th-best

·       Average Running Position of 24.961, 32nd-best

·       Driver Rating of 58.0, 31st-best

·       19 Fastest Laps Run, 32nd-best

·       285 Laps in the Top 15 (22.7%), 31st-most

·       448 Quality Passes, 31st-most

 

3 - William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.8 (seventh-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s

·       Led 713 laps

·       Average Finish of 16.5

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       Two top fives, two top 10s

·       Average Finish of 19.000, 14th-best

·       Average Running Position of 12.467, third-best

·       Driver Rating of 85.4, sixth-best

·       36 Fastest Laps Run, 24th-best

·       1,073 Laps in the Top 15 (65.3%), 17th-most

·       1,724 Quality Passes, 20th-most

 

4 - Kyle Larson (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.8 (third-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Two wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s, three poles

·       Led 360 laps

·       Average Finish of 13.6

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One top five, three top 10s

·       Average Finish of 23.133, 36th-best

·       Average Running Position of 19.588, 21st-best

·       Driver Rating of 76.0, 16th-best

·       40 Fastest Laps Run, 23rd-best

·       1,333 Laps in the Top 15 (48.0%), 15th-most

·       2,823 Quality Passes, 15th-most

 

5 - Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.5 (fifth-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Nine top fives, 14 top 10s, three poles

·       Led 457 laps

·       Average Finish of 13.7

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s

·       Average Finish of 16.875, 10th-best

·       Average Running Position of 12.210, second-best

·       Driver Rating of 91.1, series-best

·       46 Fastest Laps Run, 18th-best

·       2,112 Laps in the Top 15 (70.8%), eighth-most

·       3,746 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

6 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.9 (10th-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s, three poles

·       Led 392 laps

·       Average Finish of 17.2

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s

·       Average Finish of 16.909, 11th-best

·       Average Running Position of 17.241, ninth-best

·       Driver Rating of 83.5, eighth-best

·       133 Fastest Laps Run, third-best

·       3,091 Laps in the Top 15 (49.8%), seventh-most

·       6,088 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

7 - Daniel Suárez (No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 77.3 (14th-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s

·       Led 247 laps

·       Average Finish of 16.3

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One top 10

·       Average Finish of 22.091, 32nd-best

·       Average Running Position of 20.403, 25th-best

·       Driver Rating of 66.2, 26th-best

·       51 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best

·       734 Laps in the Top 15 (36.3%), 21st-most

·       1,462 Quality Passes, 22nd-most

 

8 - Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.3 (series-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       Four wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s, three poles

·       Led 763 laps

·       Average Finish of 11.8

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One win, four top fives, six top 10s, two poles

·       Average Finish of 16.538, eighth-best

·       Average Running Position of 11.783, series-best

·       Driver Rating of 89.3, fifth-best

·       47 Fastest Laps Run, 18th-best

·       1,699 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), 11th-most

·       3,056 Quality Passes, 14th-most

 

9 - Chase Briscoe (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 69.5 (19th-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       One win, four top fives, five top 10s, one pole

·       Led 238 laps

·       Average Finish of 18.4

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       Two top 15s

·       Average Finish of 20.667, 25th-best

·       Average Running Position of 25.290, 34th-best

·       Driver Rating of 57.3, 33rd-best

·       17 Fastest Laps Run, 33rd-best

·       114 Laps in the Top 15 (23.0%), 35th-most

·       193 Quality Passes, 35th-most

 

10 - Austin Cindric (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.9 (17th-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       One win, five top fives, eight top 10s, one pole

·       Led 78 laps

·       Average Finish of 15.7

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One top 25

·       Average Finish of 21.000, 28th-best

·       Average Running Position of 20.931, 27th-best

·       Driver Rating of 57.9, 32nd-best

·       7 Fastest Laps Run, 39th-best

·       21 Laps in the Top 15 (11.2%), 43rd-most

·       36 Quality Passes, 41st-most

 

11 - Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.6 (fourth-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       One win, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s, three poles

·       Led 417 laps

·       Average Finish of 14.1

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One top five, one top 10, one pole

·       Average Finish of 22.400, 33rd-best

·       Average Running Position of 17.555, 12th-best

·       Driver Rating of 73.7, 21st-best

·       10 Fastest Laps Run, 35th-best

·       494 Laps in the Top 15 (55.7%), 25th-most

·       893 Quality Passes, 26th-most

 

12 - Alex Bowman (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

·       Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.9 (13th-best)

2022 Rundown:

·       One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s

·       Led 136 laps

·       Average Finish of 16.1

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

·       One top five, four top 10s

·       Average Finish of 24.429, 38th-best

·       Average Running Position of 18.466, 16th-best

·       Driver Rating of 74.2, 20th-best

·       52 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-best

·       1,154 Laps in the Top 15 (44.4%), 16th-most

·       2,181 Quality Passes, 17th-most

 

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts - Race No. 5 (Talladega Superspeedway)

·       The 2022 season marks the sixth consecutive year Talladega Superspeedway will host the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2017-2022) – Race No. 31 of the season.

·       Talladega is the third different track to host the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, joining: Charlotte Motor Speedway (2004 – 2014) and Kansas Speedway (2015 - 2016).  

·       Talladega Superspeedway has participated in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs since its inception into the series in 2004 and has occupied five different spots on the postseason schedule.

·       Talladega Superspeedway has hosted the third race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (2004 – 2005); the fourth race (2006 – 2008 and 2012); the fifth race (2017-2022); the sixth race (2011, 2013 – 2016); and the seventh race (2009 – 2010).

·       A total of 14 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway; six of the 14 are active this weekend and three of the six re Playoff contenders – Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano.

 

Talladega Superspeedway Playoff Race Winners

Track

Race Winner

Date

Talladega

Bubba Wallace

Monday, October 4, 2021

Talladega

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Talladega

Ryan Blaney

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Talladega

Aric Almirola

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Talladega

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Talladega

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Talladega

Matt Kenseth

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Talladega

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Talladega

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Talladega

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Talladega

Tony Stewart

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Talladega

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Talladega

Brian Vickers

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Talladega

Dale Jarrett

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Sunday, October 3, 2004

 

·       Brad Keselowski (2017, 2014), Clint Bowyer (2010-2011), Jamie McMurray (2009, 2013) and Joey Logano (2015-2016) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in Playoff wins at Talladega Superspeedway with two victories each. 

·       During the Playoffs Era (2004-Present), the winner of the Talladega Superspeedway Playoff race has never gone on to win the title in the same season. But twice the Talladega Playoff race winner has finished runner-up in the championship standings at the end of the season: Jeff Gordon (2007) and Joey Logano (2016). Last season’s Talladega Playoff race winner – Bubba Wallace finished the season 21st in the final standings.

·       A total of 14 different drivers have won the NASCAR Cup Series fifth race in the Playoffs; seven of the 14 are active this weekend.

·       Jimmie Johnson leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins in the fifth race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with three victories (2004, 2005, 2009 – all at Charlotte Motor Speedway).

NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts - Race No. 5: Talladega Superspeedway

 

NASCAR Cup Playoff Race No. 5 Winners

Track

Race Winner

Date

Talladega

Bubba Wallace

Monday, October 4, 2021

Talladega

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Talladega

Ryan Blaney

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Talladega

Aric Almirola

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Talladega

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kansas

Kevin Harvick

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kansas

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Charlotte

Kevin Harvick

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Charlotte

Brad Keselowski

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Charlotte

Clint Bowyer

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Charlotte

Matt Kenseth

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Charlotte

Jamie McMurray

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Charlotte

Jeff Burton

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Charlotte

Jeff Gordon

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Charlotte

Kasey Kahne

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson

Saturday, October 16, 2004

·       Twice the winner of the fifth race in the Playoffs has gone on to win the title later that season; both happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2004-2014): 

o   In 2009, Jimmie Johnson won the fifth race in the Playoffs from the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway and then went on to win his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title – it was his third of four wins in the 2009 postseason.

o   In 2014, Kevin Harvick won the fifth race in the Playoffs from the seventh starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway and went on to win his first career NASCAR Cup Series title – it was his first of three wins during the 2014 postseason.

·       The worst finish in a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway by a driver that went on to win the title that same season was 37th by Kyle Larson in 2021.

·       Six times a non-Playoff driver has won the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway:

o   In 2005, Dale Jarrett won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 14th in points.

o   In 2006, Brian Vickers won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 16th in points.

o   In 2009, Jamie McMurray won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 22nd in points.

o   In 2011, Clint Bowyer won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 13th in points.

o   In 2013, Jamie McMurray won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 14th in points.

o   In 2021, Bubba Wallace won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 21st in points

 

·       Three times a non-Playoff driver has won the fifth race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:

o   In 2010, Jamie McMurray won the fifth race in the Playoffs at Charlotte; he was 14th in points.

o   In 2013, Brad Keselowski won the fifth race in Playoffs at Charlotte; he was 16th in points.

o   In 2021, Bubba Wallace won the Playoff race at Talladega; he was 21st in points

 

 

NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Top 12 in the Playoff Standings at Talladega

 

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Joey Logano

27

0

3

9

11

9

17.5

90.4

 

2

Ross Chastain

7

0

1

1

1

0

19.6

58.0

 

3

William Byron

9

0

0

2

2

3

19.0

85.4

 

4

Kyle Larson

15

0

0

1

3

5

23.1

76.0

 

5

Ryan Blaney

16

0

2

3

5

4

16.9

91.1

 

6

Denny Hamlin

33

0

2

9

14

5

16.9

83.5

 

7

Daniel Suárez

11

0

0

0

1

4

22.1

66.2

 

8

Chase Elliott

13

2

1

4

6

3

15.2

89.3

 

9

Chase Briscoe

3

0

0

0

0

1

20.7

57.3

 

10

Austin Cindric

1

0

0

0

0

0

21.0

57.9

 

11

Christopher Bell

5

1

0

1

1

1

22.4

73.7

 

12

Alex Bowman

14

0

0

1

4

6

24.4

74.2

 

* – Based on last 35 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 – 2022).

 

 

 

Talladega Superspeedway:

 Season Race #: 31 of 36 (10-04-22)

The Purse: $8,338,881

Track Size: 2.66-miles

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 33 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 33 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 16.5 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees

Frontstretch Length:  4,300 feet

Backstretch Length:  4,000 feet

Race Length: 188 laps / 500 miles

Stage 1 & 2 Length: 60 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 68 laps

 

TALLADEGA QUALIFYING & RACE DATA

Track Qualifying Record:

Bill Elliott, Melling Racing Ford, 212.809 mph, 44.998 secs., April 30, 1987

 

2021 Playoff Pole Winner:

Starting Lineups were determined by Metric Qualifying, Denny Hamlin (Toyota) started in the first position

 

Track Race Record:

Mark Martin, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford, 188.354 mph, (02:39:18), May 10, 1997

 

2021 Playoff Race Winner:

Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing Toyota, 130.218 mph, (02:23:24), October 4, 2021

 

 

HISTORY

·       Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.

·       The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was held on September 14, 1969; the event was won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).

·       The first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was held on July 25, 1992; the event was won by Ernie Irvan (Chevrolet).

·       The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was held on October 7, 2006; the event was won by Mark Martin (Ford).

·       The name of the track changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.

·       The track completed its fourth repaving on September 19, 2006.

·       In 2019, the track underwent a $50 million renovation, updating the tunnels and infield amenities.   

·       There have been 106 NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one Cup event in 1969, and two races per year since 1970. Among the 106 events, the track has hosted 18 Playoff races in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

STARTS

·       A total of 485 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway; 339 have competed in more than one.

·       Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Talladega with 61 starts each.

·       Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in starts at Talladega with 43.

·       A total of 72 drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega; the three most recent were Harrison Burton (April 25, 2021), Justin Haley (April 28, 2019) and Timothy Peters (April 29, 2018).  

·       Bobby Isaac (eight starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 3.625.

·       Chase Elliott (13 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 7.462.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Races

1

Bobby Isaac

3.625

8

1

Chase Elliott

7.462

13

2

Davey Allison

5.267

15

2

Brad Keselowski

11.852

27

3

Pete Hamilton

5.400

5

3

Ryan Blaney

12.000

16

4

Sam Sommers

6.333

3

4

William Byron

12.778

9

5

David Pearson

6.400

25

5

Daniel Suarez

13.833

6

6

Chase Elliott

7.462

13

6

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

15.167

19

7

Gordon Johncock

7.500

2

7

Christopher Bell

15.200

5

8

Cale Yarborough

8.088

34

8

Austin Dillon

15.222

18

9

Rob Moroso

9.500

2

9

Denny Hamlin

15.636

33

10

Dale Earnhardt

10.182

44

10

Alex Bowman

16.000

14

 

POLES

·       A total of 45 different drivers have qualified on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway, 23 of the 45 have multiple poles at Talladega.

·       Six of the 45 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners at Talladega Superspeedway are active this weekend.

Active Talladega Pole Winners

Poles

Seasons

Chase Elliott

2

2019, '16

Kevin Harvick

2

2018, '05

Christopher Bell

1

2022

Austin Dillon

1

2019

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

1

2017

Martin Truex Jr

1

2016

 

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Talladega Superspeedway with eight poles (1985 sweep, 1986 sweep, 1987 sweep, spring 1990 and fall 1993).

·       Kevin Harvick (2005, 2018) and Chase Elliott (2016, 2019) lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in poles at Talladega Superspeedway with two each.

·       Bobby Isaac won the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph. In fact, Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway (1969 and 1970 sweep).

·       A total of 11 different drivers have won consecutive poles at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series; none of the 11 are currently active – most recent driver to accomplish the feat was Jeff Gordon in 2015 (sweep).

·       Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive Cup poles at Talladega with six-straight from 1985 - 1987.

·       Six drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series pole at Talladega:

o   Brian Scott (May 4, 2014)

o   Juan Pablo Montoya (April 26, 2009)

o   Travis Kvapil (October 5, 2008)

o   David Gilliland (October 8, 2006)

o   Stacy Compton (April 22, 2001)

o   Jeremy Mayfield (September 28, 1996)  

 

·       Youngest series Talladega pole winner: Chase Elliott (May 1, 2016 – 20 years, 5 months, 3 days).

·       Oldest series Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (October 23, 2011 – 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).

·       Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in poles at Talladega Superspeedway with 13 among eight different drivers – Darrell Waltrip (1988), Terry Labonte (1995), Jimmie Johnson (2002), Jeff Gordon (2007, 2011, 2012, 2015 sweep), Mark Martin (2011), Kasey Kahne (2012), Chase Elliott (2016, 2019) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2017).

·       Eight different manufacturers have won at least one pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway; led by Chevrolet with 37 and followed by Ford (29), Dodge (12), Mercury (five), Oldsmobile (five), Toyota (four) Pontiac (three), and Buick (two).  

 

WINS

·       A total of 51 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway; 25 of the 51 NASCAR Cup Series winners at Talladega have won multiple times at the 2.66-mile track.  

·       Eleven of the 51 NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Talladega Superspeedway are active this weekend.

Active Talladega Race Winners

Wins

Seasons

Brad Keselowski

6

2021, '17, '16, '14, '12, '09

Joey Logano

3

2018, '16, '15

Denny Hamlin

2

2020, '14

Ryan Blaney

2

2020, '19

Ross Chastain

1

2022

Bubba Wallace

1

2021

Chase Elliott

1

2019

Aric Almirola

1

2018

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

1

2017

Kevin Harvick

1

2010

Kyle Busch

1

2008

 

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Talladega Superspeedway with 10 victories (1983, 1984, 1990 sweep, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 sweep and 2000).

·       Brad Keselowski leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in wins at Talladega Superspeedway with six victories (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021); followed by Joey Logano with three wins (2015, 2016, 2018).

·       Nine different drivers have won consecutive series races at Talladega; led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with four-straight victories from 2001-2003. Ryan Blaney is the most recent driver to win consecutive races at Talladega (2019-2020).

·       Youngest series Talladega winner is Bobby Hillin Jr. (July 27, 1986) at the age of 22 years, 1 month, 22 days.

·       Oldest series Talladega winner is Harry Gant (May 6, 1991) at the age of 51 years, 3 months, 26 days.

·       A total of 25 different starting positions have produced race winners in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway.

·       15 of the 106 NASCAR Cup Series races (14.2%) at Talladega Superspeedway have been won from the pole or first starting position – the most recent driver to accomplish the feat was Denny Hamlin on October 4, 2020.

·       The outside front row (second starting position) is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. The most recent driver to win from the second starting position was Jimmie Johnson in 2011.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Talladega Superspeedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

15

14.15%

14

1

0.94%

2

20

18.87%

15

2

1.89%

3

7

6.60%

16

3

2.83%

4

9

8.49%

17

1

0.94%

5

5

4.72%

18

2

1.89%

6

4

3.77%

19

3

2.83%

7

3

2.83%

20

1

0.94%

8

1

0.94%

22

2

1.89%

9

6

5.66%

24

1

0.94%

10

4

3.77%

27

1

0.94%

11

4

3.77%

34

3

2.83%

12

3

2.83%

36

1

0.94%

13

4

3.77%

   

Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the First Starting Position:

14.15%

15

Winning from the Front Row:

33.02%

35

Winning from a top-five Starting Position:

52.83%

56

Winning from a top-10 Starting Position:

69.81%

74

Winning After Starting Outside the top 20:

8.49%

9

 

·       The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega is 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the 2000 spring race.

·       The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Talladega is 34th, by Denny Hamlin in the 2014 spring race.

 

·       A total of 12 drivers have won their first NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway:

First-Time Race Winners

Date

Bubba Wallace

Monday, October 4, 2021

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brian Vickers

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Ken Schrader

Sunday, July 31, 1988

Phil Parsons

Sunday, May 1, 1988

Davey Allison

Sunday, May 3, 1987

Bobby Hillin Jr

Sunday, July 27, 1986

Ron Bouchard

Sunday, August 2, 1981

Lennie Pond

Sunday, August 6, 1978

Dick Brooks

Sunday, August 12, 1973

Richard Brickhouse

Sunday, September 14, 1969

 

 

·       Martin Truex Jr. leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway without visiting Victory Lane at 35; followed by Michael McDowell with 23 and Landon Cassill at 19.

·       A total of 31 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway, nine of the 31 are active this weekend:

Active Winning Organizations at Talladega

Wins

Hendrick Motorsports

13

Richard Childress Racing

12

Team Penske

10

Joe Gibbs Racing

5

Wood Brothers Racing

5

Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

5

Stewart-Haas Racing

1

23XI Racing

1

Trackhouse Racing

1

 

·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Talladega Superspeedway with 13 victories among seven different drivers - Ken Schrader (1988), Jeff Gordon (1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 sweep), Terry Labonte (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2011), Brian Vickers (2006), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015) and Chase Elliott (2019).   

·       Nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 42 victories; followed by Ford (31), Mercury (seven), Buick (six), Oldsmobile (six), Toyota (five), Dodge (four), Plymouth (three) and Pontiac (two).

 

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

·       A total of 53 different drivers have finished runner-up at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

·       Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart lead the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Talladega Superspeedway with six second-place finishes each.

·       Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with three runners-up finishes at Talladega Superspeedway.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Buddy Baker

6

1

Kevin Harvick

3

2

Tony Stewart

6

2

Kyle Busch

2

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

5

3

Alex Bowman

1

4

Dale Jarrett

5

 

Austin Dillon

1

5

Darrell Waltrip

5

 

Brad Keselowski

1

   

 

Erik Jones

1

    

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

1

   

 

William Byron

1

 

Top-Five Finishes:

·       A total of 123 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top fives with 23 top-five finishes.

·       Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top fives at Talladega with nine each. 

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Dale Earnhardt

23

1

Brad Keselowski

9

2

Jeff Gordon

16

 

Denny Hamlin

9

3

Buddy Baker

15

 

Joey Logano

9

4

Cale Yarborough

14

4

Kevin Harvick

8

 

Darrell Waltrip

14

5

Kyle Busch

7

 

Terry Labonte

14

   

 

Top-10 Finishes:

·       A total of 207 different drivers have finished in the top-10 at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series.  

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top 10s with 27 top-10 finishes.

·       Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top 10s at Talladega with 19.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Dale Earnhardt

27

1

Kevin Harvick

19

2

Mark Martin

24

2

Denny Hamlin

14

3

Terry Labonte

23

3

Brad Keselowski

13

4

Bill Elliott

22

4

Joey Logano

11

5

Kurt Busch

21

5

Aric Almirola

9

   

 

Kyle Busch

9

    

Martin Truex Jr

9

   

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

9

 

Average Finish:

·       Pete Hamilton (five starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 5.6.

·       Ty Dillon (nine starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.333.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Pete Hamilton

5.600

5

1

Ty Dillon

14.333

9

2

John H. Nemechek

8.000

2

2

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

15.000

18

3

Bruce Jacobi

10.000

2

3

Chase Elliott

15.231

13

4

Anthony Alfredo

11.000

2

4

Brad Keselowski

15.370

27

5

Bobby Isaac

12.375

8

5

Kevin Harvick

15.442

43

6

Dale Earnhardt

12.409

44

6

Aric Almirola

16.040

25

7

David Ray Boggs

12.500

2

7

Ryan Blaney

16.875

16

8

Davey Allison

12.667

15

8

Denny Hamlin

16.909

33

9

Billy Hagan

13.500

2

9

Joey Logano

17.519

27

10

Ty Dillon

14.333

9

10

Austin Dillon

18.000

18

 

LAP LEADERS

·       A total of 206 different drivers in series history have led at least one lap at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series.

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in laps led at Talladega with 1,377 in 44 starts.

·       Joey Logano leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led at Talladega with 417 in 27 starts.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Dale Earnhardt

1,377

7,199

19%

1

Joey Logano

417

4,712

9%

2

Buddy Baker

1,137

6,161

18%

2

Brad Keselowski

313

4,922

6%

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

967

6,134

16%

3

Kevin Harvick

292

7,661

4%

4

Jeff Gordon

902

7,963

11%

4

Kyle Busch

263

5,963

4%

5

Bobby Allison

703

5,267

13%

5

Ryan Blaney

197

2,819

7%

6

Darrell Waltrip

666

8,071

8%

6

Chase Elliott

173

2,317

7%

7

Cale Yarborough

593

4,731

13%

7

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

104

3,047

3%

8

Bill Elliott

526

9,594

5%

8

William Byron

94

1,593

6%

9

Matt Kenseth

524

6,836

8%

9

Martin Truex Jr

75

6,019

1%

10

Jimmie Johnson

474

6,777

7%

10

Aric Almirola

71

4,473

2%

 

 

·       The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway by the race winner was 153 of the scheduled 188 laps (81.4%) by Pete Hamilton on August 23, 1970 – he started the race in the fourth position.

·       The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway by a driver that did not win the race was 142 of the scheduled 192 laps (73.9%) by Matt Kenseth on May 5, 2013 – he started the race in the sixth position and finished eighth.

·       Three times the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway has led only one lap – the final lap:

o   Jeff Gordon in 2007, started 34th and led just the final lap to win the race beating his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to the line by 0.66-second.

o   Brad Keselowski in 2009, started ninth and led just the final lap to win the race beating
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the line by 0.175-second.

o   Aric Almirola in 2018, started fourth and led just the final lap to win the race beating his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer by 0.105-second.

o   Brad Keselowski earlier this season, started 10th and led just the final lap to win the race beating
William Byron to the line by 0.102-second.

 

TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

·       There have been 17 NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Talladega (the most of any track):

Date

Scheduled

Actual

Overtime

Race Winners

Sunday, April 25, 2021

188

191

3

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, October 4, 2020

188

200

12

Denny Hamlin

Monday, June 22, 2020

188

191

3

Ryan Blaney

Sunday, October 14, 2018

188

193

5

Aric Almirola

Sunday, May 7, 2017

188

191

3

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

188

192

4

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 25, 2015

188

196

8

Joey Logano

Sunday, October 19, 2014

188

194

6

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, May 5, 2013

188

192

4

David Ragan

Sunday, October 7, 2012

188

189

1

Matt Kenseth

Sunday, May 6, 2012

188

194

6

Brad Keselowski

Sunday, April 25, 2010

188

200

12

Kevin Harvick

Sunday, November 1, 2009

188

191

3

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, October 5, 2008

188

190

2

Tony Stewart

Sunday, April 29, 2007

188

192

4

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, October 2, 2005

188

190

2

Dale Jarrett

Sunday, May 1, 2005

188

194

6

Jeff Gordon

 

·       Three of the 106 NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:

Date

Scheduled

Actual

Fewer

Race Winners

Sunday, July 28, 1996

188

129

-59

Jeff Gordon

Thursday, April 30, 1987

188

178

-10

Davey Allison

Monday, October 4, 2021

188

117

-71

Bubba Wallace

 

·       Qualifying has been cancelled in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway eight times: 2002 (Fall), 2009 (Fall), 2010 (Spring), 2013 (Spring & Fall), 2020 (Playoffs – Metric Qualifying), 2021 (April - Metric Qualifying) and 2021 (Playoffs – Metric Qualifying).  

 

·       Three times the NASCAR Cup Series race held at Talladega Superspeedway was not run on its originally scheduled date:

o   The April 27, 1997 race was postponed due to inclement weather to May 10, 1997 – Mark Martin won the event.

o   The April 26, 2020 race was postponed to June 22, 2020 due to the stoppage in sports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – Ryan Blaney won the event.

o   The October 3, 2021 race was postponed to Oct. 4, 2021 (Monday) due to weather.

·       Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway is the April 17, 2011 race won by Jimmie Johnson over second-place Clint Bowyer with a Margin of Victory of 0.002 second – the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series using electronic scoring. 

Top Five NASCAR Cup Series Margins of Victory at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank

Race Winner

Runner-Up

Margin of Victory

Date

1

Jimmie Johnson

Clint Bowyer

0.002

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2

Dale Earnhardt

Ernie Irvan

0.005

Sunday, July 25, 1993

3

Ryan Blaney

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0.007

Monday, June 22, 2020

4

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Newman

0.007

Sunday, October 13, 2019

5

Kevin Harvick

Jamie McMurray

0.011

Sunday, April 25, 2010

 

 

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

·       Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

13

21

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Danica Patrick

31

38

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Danica Patrick

30

20

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Danica Patrick

37

24

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Danica Patrick

20

27

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Danica Patrick

25

21

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Danica Patrick

27

19

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Danica Patrick

7

22

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Danica Patrick

23

33

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Danica Patrick

23

33

Sunday, May 5, 2013

    

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Patty Moise

36

33

Sunday, July 30, 1989

    

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

12

29

Sunday, August 6, 1978

Janet Guthrie

9

34

Sunday, August 7, 1977

Janet Guthrie

13

32

Sunday, May 1, 1977

 

 

NASCAR IN ALABAMA

·       There have been 174 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Alabama among seven different tracks:

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

First Year

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega

106

33

16

155

1969

Birmingham International Raceway

Birmingham

8

0

0

8

1958

Chisholm Speedway

Montgomery

1

0

0

1

1956

Dixie Speedway

Birmingham

1

0

0

1

1960

Huntsville Speedway

Huntsville

1

0

0

1

1962

Lakeview Speedway

Mobile

2

0

0

2

1951

Montgomery Motor Speedway

Montgomery

6

0

0

6

1955

Totals

 

125

33

16

174

 

 

·       The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Alabama was a NASCAR Cup Series event held at Lakeview Speedway (Mobile) in 1951 – the race was won by Tim Flock (Oldsmobile).

·       The first race held at Talladega Superspeedway was in 1969 – the event was won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).

 

ALABAMA DRIVERS IN NASCAR

·       A total of 76 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.

·       11 drivers from Alabama have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; six have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

·       NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison (Hueytown) is the winningest driver from Alabama posting the fourth most NASCAR Cup Series wins all-time at 84.

 

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Combined

Bobby Allison

84

2

0

86

Tim Flock

39

0

0

39

Davey Allison

19

0

0

19

Neil Bonnett

18

1

0

19

Donnie Allison

10

0

0

10

Red Byron

2

0

0

2

Bubba Wallace

2

0

6

8

Steve Grissom

0

11

0

11

Grant Enfinger

0

0

7

7

Rick Crawford

0

0

5

5

Cale Gale

0

0

1

1

Totals

174

14

19

207

 

 

 

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2022 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Date

Race / Track

Sunday, February 6

Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)

Thursday, February 17

Duel at Daytona

Sunday, February 20

DAYTONA 500

Sunday, February 27

Auto Club

Sunday, March 6

Las Vegas

Sunday, March 13

Phoenix

Sunday, March 20

Atlanta

Sunday, March 27

COTA

Sunday, April 3

Richmond

Saturday, April 9

Martinsville

Sunday, April 17

Bristol Dirt

Sunday, April 24

Talladega

Sunday, May 1

Dover

Sunday, May 8

Darlington

Sunday, May 15

Kansas

Sunday, May 22

All-Star (Texas)

Sunday, May 29

Charlotte

Sunday, June 5

World Wide Technology Raceway

Sunday, June 12

Sonoma

Sunday, June 26

Nashville Superspeedway

Sunday, July 3

Road America

Sunday, July 10

Atlanta

Sunday, July 17

New Hampshire

Sunday, July 24

Pocono

Sunday, July 31

Indianapolis Road Course

Sunday, August 7

Michigan

Sunday, August 14

Richmond

Sunday, August 21

Watkins Glen

Saturday, August 27

Daytona

Sunday, September 4

Darlington

Sunday, September 11

Kansas

Saturday, September 17

Bristol

Sunday, September 25

Texas

Sunday, October 2

Talladega

Sunday, October 9

Charlotte Roval

Sunday, October 16

Las Vegas

Sunday, October 23

Homestead-Miami

Sunday, October 30

Martinsville

Sunday, November 6

Phoenix

 

2022 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

Date

Race / Track

Saturday, February 19

Daytona

Saturday, February 26

Auto Club

Saturday, March 5

Las Vegas

Saturday, March 12

Phoenix

Saturday, March 19

Atlanta

Saturday, March 26

COTA

Saturday, April 2

Richmond

Friday, April 8

Martinsville

Saturday, April 23

Talladega

Saturday, April 30

Dover

Saturday, May 7

Darlington

Saturday, May 21

Texas

Saturday, May 28

Charlotte

Saturday, June 4

Portland International Raceway

Saturday, June 25

Nashville Superspeedway

Saturday, July 2

Road America

Saturday, July 9

Atlanta

Saturday, July 16

New Hampshire

Saturday, July 23

Pocono

Saturday, July 30

Indianapolis Road Course

Saturday, August 6

Michigan

Saturday, August 20

Watkins Glen

Friday, August 26

Daytona

Saturday, September 3

Darlington

Saturday, September 10

Kansas

Friday, September 16

Bristol

Saturday, September 24

Texas

Saturday, October 1

Talladega

Saturday, October 8

Charlotte Roval

Saturday, October 15

Las Vegas

Saturday, October 22

Homestead-Miami

Saturday, October 29

Martinsville

Saturday, November 5

Phoenix

 
CAMPING WORLD truck series  

2022 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Date

Race / Track

Friday, February 18

Daytona

Friday, March 4

Las Vegas

Saturday, March 19

Atlanta

Saturday, March 26

COTA

Thursday, April 7

Martinsville

Saturday, April 16

Bristol Dirt

Friday, May 6

Darlington

Saturday, May 14

Kansas

Friday, May 20

Texas

Friday, May 27

Charlotte

Saturday, June 4

World Wide Technology Raceway

Saturday, June 11

Sonoma

Saturday, June 18

Knoxville

Friday, June 24

Nashville Superspeedway

Saturday, July 9

Mid-Ohio

Saturday, July 23

Pocono

Friday, July 29

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

Saturday, August 13

Richmond

Friday, September 9

Kansas

Thursday, September 15

Bristol

Saturday, October 1

Talladega

Saturday, October 22

Homestead-Miami

Friday, November 4

Phoenix

 

 
 
cup seriesxxfinity seriesCAMPING WORLD truck series 

2023 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Date

Race / Track

Sunday, February 5

Clash (L.A. Memorial Coliseum)

Thursday, February 16

Duel at Daytona

Sunday, February 19

DAYTONA 500

Sunday, February 26

Auto Club

Sunday, March 5

Las Vegas

Sunday, March 12

Phoenix

Sunday, March 19

Atlanta

Sunday, March 26

COTA

Sunday, April 2

Richmond

Sunday, April 9

Bristol Dirt

Sunday, April 16

Martinsville

Sunday, April 23

Talladega

Sunday, April 30

Dover

Sunday, May 7

Kansas

Sunday, May 14

Darlington

Sunday, May 21

North Wilkesboro (All-Star Race)

Sunday, May 28

Charlotte

Sunday, June 4

World Wide Technology Raceway

Sunday, June 11

Sonoma

Sunday, June 25

Nashville Superspeedway

Sunday, July 2

Chicago Street Race

Sunday, July 9

Atlanta

Sunday, July 16

New Hampshire

Sunday, July 23

Pocono

Sunday, July 30

Richmond

Sunday, August 6

Michigan

Sunday, August 13

Indianapolis Road Course

Sunday, August 20

Watkins Glen

Saturday, August 26

Daytona

Sunday, September 3

Darlington

Sunday, September 10

Kansas

Saturday, September 16

Bristol

Sunday, September 24

Texas

Sunday, October 1

Talladega

Sunday, October 8

Charlotte Roval

Sunday, October 15

Las Vegas

Sunday, October 22

Homestead-Miami

Sunday, October 29

Martinsville

Sunday, November 5

Phoenix (Championship)

 

2023 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Date

Race / Track

Saturday, February 18

Daytona

Saturday, February 25

Auto Club

Saturday, March 4

Las Vegas

Saturday, March 11

Phoenix

Saturday, March 18

Atlanta

Saturday, March 25

COTA

Saturday, April 1

Richmond

Saturday, April 15

Martinsville

Saturday, April 22

Talladega

Saturday, April 29

Dover

Saturday, May 13

Darlington

Saturday, May 27

Charlotte

Saturday, June 3

Portland

Saturday, June 10

Sonoma

Saturday, June 24

Nashville Superspeedway

Saturday, July 1

Chicago Street Race

Saturday, July 8

Atlanta

Saturday, July 15

New Hampshire

Saturday, July 22

Pocono

Saturday, July 29

Road America

Saturday, August 5

Michigan

Saturday, August 12

Indianapolis Road Course

Saturday, August 19

Watkins Glen

Friday, August 25

Daytona

Saturday, September 2

Darlington

Saturday, September 9

Kansas

Friday, September 15

Bristol

Saturday, September 23

Texas

Saturday, October 7

Charlotte Roval

Saturday, October 14

Las Vegas

Saturday, October 21

Homestead-Miami

Saturday, October 28

Martinsville

Saturday, November 4

Phoenix (Championship)

 

 

2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Date

Race / Track

Friday, February 17

Daytona

Friday, March 3

Las Vegas

Saturday, March 18

Atlanta

Saturday, March 25

COTA

Saturday, April 1

Texas

Saturday, April 8

Bristol Dirt

Friday, April 14

Martinsville

Saturday, May 6

Kansas

Friday, May 12

Darlington

Saturday, May 20

North Wilkesboro

Friday, May 26

Charlotte

Saturday, June 3

World Wide Technology Raceway

Friday, June 23

Nashville Superspeedway

Saturday, July 8

Mid-Ohio

Saturday, July 22

Pocono

Saturday, July 29

Richmond

Friday, August 11

Lucas Oil IRP

Sunday, August 27

Milwaukee

Friday, September 8

Kansas

Thursday, September 14

Bristol

Saturday, September 30

Talladega

Saturday, October 21

Homestead-Miami

Friday, November 3

Phoenix (Championship)

 

 
 
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