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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Talladega Race info page

THE RACE: GEICO 500
TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #10 of 36

Sections on page:
Schedule | TV Info | Radio | Prac/Qual Times | Track/Race Info | Race Results
Entry/Prac/Qual Info | Local Info | Weather | Tire Notes | Odds


Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Talladega, AL
Title Sponsor: GEICO
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:20pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:00pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, May 8 at 6:00am/et on FS1;
Monday, May 8 at 9:30am/et on FS2

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
NBCSN
CNBC
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


RADIO COVERAGE
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
mrn.com
siriusxm.com


ONLINE STREAMING
FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 4
6:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, May 5
8:30 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:15 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:30 PM-4:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, May 6
8:00 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
3:00 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Sunday, May 7
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (188 LAPS, 500.08 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)

Practices:
Friday, May 5, 2:30 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 5, 4:30 - 5:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, May 6 at 4:00 pm/et, TV-FOX;
re-air scheduled: Sunday, May 7 at 4:30am/et on FS1


TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval);
Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Seats: 78,000 [was 78,000 was 109,000, 143,231} with 30 suites

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Frank Pickering, GEICO Assistant VP of Southeast Claims
Command to start engines: Frank Pickering
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Airman First Class Kellyn S. Connally
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Clayne Crawford of FOX's Lethal Weapon
Color Guard: Alabama National Guard
Invocation: Billy Irvin, Alabama Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
Flyover: Flyover by Maxwell AFB 908th Airlift Wing C-130

Track Websites & Social Media:
Talladega Superspeedway
ISC Motorsports
Talladega Superspeedway - Facebook
Talladega Superspeedway - Twitter
Talladega Superspeedway - Google+
Talladega Superspeedway - YouTube
Talladega Superspeedway - Pinterest
Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
International Motorsports Hall of Fame(Talladega)
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

May 2016: see the Talladega Race Info page
October 2016: see the Talladega Race Info page

October 2016 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 159.905mph, started 16th
Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph
Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, 5/6/1991
Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, 7/27/1986
April 2016 Pole Winner: #24-Chase Elliott, 192.661mph, finished 5th
October 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 193.423mph, finished 40th
Track Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Kyle Busch, May 2014, 200.574 (1st round qualifying)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011
Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott, 20 years, 5 months, and 2 days, 4/30/2016

Talladega Stats and Facts Talladega has long been known as part of "Earnhardt Country," and this will be the next-to-last Cup Series race Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run there before his retirement at the end of the season. Dale Jr. is a 6-time Talladega winner, which is tied with former teammate Jeff Gordon for 2nd all-time. A win, and he'll join his father, a 10-time Talladega winner, as the only drivers with 7 or more wins at the track. NASCAR began using restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega in 1988 to limit the speeds of the car at the track, producing a different style of racing with the cars tightly packed and the engine power limited. Earnhardt Jr., has won 10 of those races, putting him 1 behind his father for the 2nd-most all-time and 2 behind Gordon for the series record. There are 3 plate races remaining this season. Exciting finishes are the norm at Talladega. 12 of the last 23 races at the track were decided by a last lap pass. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to win his 7th Talladega race, Brad Keselowski is looking for his 5th. He'd be the 5th driver to win at least 5 Cup Series races at Talladega, a track that has been hosting Cup Series races since 1969. His 4 wins have come in 16 career starts, giving him a better winning percentage at the track than all-time wins leader Dale Earnhardt, and the best mark among drivers with at least 10 starts at the track.(ESPN Stats)[More](5-5-2017)

NASCAR Talladega Storylines, Facts and Notes Joey Logano, 26, won his first race of the season Sunday at Richmond in his 300th career start. He'll attempt to win again in his 301st start in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway - a track where he won the latest race last fall. Logano has taken the checkered flag in the last two fall races at Talladega, but claims only two top-10 finishes at the 2.66-mile behemoth in the spring (ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011; both with Joe Gibbs Racing). Overall the #22 Team Penske driver has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and an 18.7 average finish in 16 starts at Talladega. Joey Logano isn't the only Team Penske driver who's had success recently at Talladega. Brad Keselowski has combined with his Penske teammate to win four of the last five races there (Logano: fall 2015, fall 2016; Keselowski: fall 2014, spring 2016). Thirty years ago, NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bill Elliott set the NASCAR qualifying record with a 212.809 mph lap at Talladega Superspeedway. His son, Chase Elliott, will take the track in Sunday's GEICO 500. In his first two career starts at Talladega last season, Chase finished fifth and 12th, respectively, and led a total of 36 laps. He won the Coors Light Pole Award in the 2016 spring race.(NASCAR)[see full report here](5-5-2017)

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Talladega Superspeedway going into the GEICO 500 on May 7, 2017,
see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the GEICO 500 page

Jayski.com's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Last-lap pass lifts Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to victory at Talladega There's no longer a goose egg in the win column next to #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s name. With a last-lap pass in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Stenhouse collected his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th start and delivered the first win for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards triumphed at Sonoma in June 2014. Racing side-by-side with leader #18-Kyle Busch on the restart lap after #31-Ryan Newman's wreck on the backstretch sent the race to overtime, Stenhouse, the polesitter, trailed by the smallest sliver of a second at the stripe but got a strong push from #48-Jimmie Johnson and cleared Busch off Turn 2 on the final circuit. As #1-Jamie McMurray charged up the middle to take second place from Busch, Stenhouse held the top spot through the final two corners and the tri-oval to beat McMurray to the checkered flag by .095 seconds. Busch, in third place, trailed McMurray at the stripe by a mere .004 seconds.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Full Report](5-7-2017)

#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st career win in his 158th start. Stenhouse Jr. led 14 laps. Stenhouse Jr. is the 11th driver to score their first career Cup win at Talladega. Stehouse Jr. won from the pole.
#1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #27-Menard and #38-Ragan.
Points leader, #42-Kyle Larson, hit the wall a few times, was a lap down for a while, but was able to recover and finish 12th.
Larson leads the Driver Points by 54 over #78-Truex Jr.
The race ended under NASCAR Overtime, adding 3 laps after a late crash involving #31-Newman, when he got turned on lap 185.
The race was tame but exciting until lap 169 when #47-Allmendinger, while running 3rd, got into the left rear of the 2nd place car, #24-Elliott, sending the #24 spinning in front of many cars getting collected by #22-Logano, #95-McDowell and #6-Bayne. The #24 got airborne and on its side. The #47 Chevy ended up on the roof. The crews had Allmendinger stay in the car until they could flip it back over.
Eighteen cars were involved: #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #4-Harvick, #6-Bayne, #10-Patrick, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #23-Gaulding, #24-Elliott, #32-DiBenedetto, #38-Ragan, #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #72-Whitt, #77-Jones, #78-Truex Jr., #83-LaJoie and #95-McDowell.
Career best finishes for #15-Gase (21st) and #23-Gaulding (20th)
There were 26 lead changes among 14 drivers and 8 cautions for 33 yellow flag laps and a 26:51 minute red flag for the big wreck.
The average speed of the race was: 145.659mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Race Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 48th Annual GEICO 500, his first victory in 158 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#1-Jamie McMurray (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
#18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 24 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#13-Ty Dillon (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 54 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-7-2017)

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 110, now official race) of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (lap 110/188):
#11-Hamlin, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#4-Harvick, 9pts
#21-Blaney, 8pts
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
#48-Johnson, 6pts
#42-Larson, 5pts
#41-Busch, 4pts
#5-Kahne, 3pts
#77-Jones, 2pts
#1-McMurray, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 55) of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (lap 55/188):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
#6-Bayne, 6pts
#22-Logano, 5pts
#27-Menard, 4pts
#10-Patrick, 3 pts
#21-Blaney, 2pts
#77-Jones, 1pt

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 428
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1], 374, -54
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 367, -61
4) #24-Chase Elliott, 353, -75
5) #1-Jamie McMurray, 318, -110
6) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 318, -110
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 309, -119
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 305, -123
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 289, -139
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 277, -151
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 267, -161
12) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [1], 250, -178
13) #21-Ryan Blaney, 240, -191
14) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 237, -191
15) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 201, -201
16) #6-Trevor Bayne, 223, -205
* encumbered finish, can't be used to make the playoffs
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-Earnhardt (still down 3 laps), 28th
Caution 2: #33-Earnhardt (still down 3 laps), 28th
Caution 3: #20-Kenseth, 24th
Caution 4: #95-McDowell, 34th
Caution 5: #23-Gaulding, 20th
Caution 6: #42-Larson, 12th
Caution 7: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 22nd
Caution 8: #4-Harvick, 23rd
(5-7-2017)

Talladega Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, May 7:(eastern time)
12:00pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
1:20pm: Driver Introductions
1:59:15pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Boy Scouts
2:00pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by Alabama National Guard
2:00:20pm: Invocation by Billy Irvin, Alabama Raceway Ministries
2:01pm: National Anthem 313th United States Army Band
2:02:15pm: Flyover by Maxwell AFB 908th Airlift Wing C-130
2:07:30pm: Command to start engines by Frank Pickering, Assistant VP of Southeast Claims for GEICO
2:19:30pm: Green Flag - GEICO 500

Race Coverage of the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Television (TV): FOX at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30am/et on FS1 and 1:30pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 2:20pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Monday, May 8 at 6:00am/et on FS1;
Monday, May 8 at 9:30am/et on FS2.

See the starting lineup for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on the Talladega Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #75-Gaughan (tire change)

Stage 1 ends lap 55, Stage 2 at lap 110. Race finish is lap 188 (unless overtime)

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, four of the 44 pit stalls (1,2,33,44) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #17-Stenhouse Jr. chose pit stall 3, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #88-Earnhardt, Jr. took pit stall 4, the 2nd pit stall
#2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd, took the 17th stall, next one with opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #5-Kahne, who starts 19th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-7-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Stenhouse Jr. wins Talladega pole: #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 191.547mph for his 1st pole of 2017 and 2nd of his career. There have been seven different pole winners in 2017 after 10 races. Stenhouse's other pole was at Atlanta in September 2013.
#88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #6-Bayne, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #24-Elliott, #27-Menard, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin and #22-Logano.
#17-Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in the first round with a speed of 190.833mph, will start from the pole
#14-Bowyer, fastest in Fridays one practice will start 17th. 2016 Champ, #48-Johnson will start 30th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: #96-Kennington
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Talladega qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Talladega Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-6-2017)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knocks Dale Earnhardt Jr. off Talladega pole Qualifying for Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was shaping up to be a sentimental story-until #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said "No." The last driver to make a run in Saturday's final round of knockout qualifying, Stenhouse knocked #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the provisional pole for Earnhardt's last spring race at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. The Coors Light Pole Award was Stenhouse's first since he secured his only previous top starting spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2013 in Atlanta. It was the first pole for a Ford driver at Talladega since Travis Kvapil won his only career pole in October 2008. And it was the first Talladega pole for Roush Fenway Racing since Mark Martin did the honors in both races in 1989.
"It will be nice to lead the field to green," said Stenhouse. "The guys work really hard on these cars. Jimmy Fennig does a great job on the speedway cars. It's just cool. Doug Yates (engine builder) builds some awesome horsepower. With his dad, Robert, not doing as well as we would like, I'd like to dedicate this one to him and all the hard work the engine shop does." Stenhouse ran 191.547 mph on his money lap, picking up a quarter-second over his first-round effort.
With superspeedway qualifying consisting of one full-field round and a second round to decide the pole between the 12 fastest cars, Stenhouse topped the first round with a lap at 190.833 mph (50.180 seconds), .114 seconds ahead of second-place Earnhardt. Stenhouse's .201-second margin over Earnhardt in the final round was substantial, but Earnhardt nevertheless was disappointed not to win the pole in what will be his final season in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing.
"We would have loved to have got the pole," Earnhardt said. "Stenhouse and those guys had a really fast car, so congratulations to them and Roush / Yates Engines and all those guys-they had great power. Pretty happy with our car. The Hendrick guys have been doing a great job. We always kind of come down here and find ourselves with an opportunity for the pole. Hopefully, we'll get one before the year is out at one of these plate tracks. I know the guys have been so close at Daytona and Talladega for so many years, so it would be great to do it this last season together. Just came up a little short today, but the car is fast and it will be good for Sunday."
Earnhardt did allow, however that he would consider running the Daytona Clash, primarily for pole winners, should he qualify for next year's season-opening exhibition race. "It's not a points race," said Earnhardt, making room for a possible exception to his retirement. #2-Brad Keselowski qualified third, followed by #20-Matt Kenseth and #6-Trevor Bayne, Stenhouse's teammate at Roush Fenway Racing. Note: #96-D.J. Kennington failed to qualify for the 40-car field.(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-6-2017)

Talladega Superspeedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 48th Annual GEICO 500 with a lap of 49.993 seconds, 191.547 mph.
This is his second pole in 158 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 34 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his ninth in ten races this season.
#19-Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(5-6-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after each driver ran a lap.
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 190.833
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 190.400
#2-Keselowski 190.234
#24-Elliott 190.196
#6-Bayne 189.910
the rest of the top 12: 20 19 18 27 22 4 11
out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round:
78 77 41 21 14 3 5 31 42 43 1 95 34 32 47 13 38 48 10 75 55 37 7 83 23 72 15 33
Drivers who will miss the race: #96-Kennington
(5-6-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 4:00pm/et.
Television (TV): FOX, 4:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Sunday, May 7, 4:30am/et on FS1

Superspeedway Qualifying Format for Daytona/Talladega: The qualifying format at superspeedways consists of the following:
· Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
· Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
· Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
· Qualifying order for the first round was be determined by practice speeds, slowest to fastest; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
· A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
· Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
· The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
· NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only.

Qualifying Order for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted.
The qualifying order for the two restrictor plates races (Daytona/Talladega) is different.
The order for the 1st round is set by a practice speeds (both practices combined) from Friday, slowest to fastest.
The first driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #96-Kennington (n speed/lowest in owners pts).
The final driver scheduled to make an attempt is in round 1 is #14-Bowyer.
For the 2nd round, the remaining 12 cars line up by speed, slowest to fastest.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(5-6-2017)

Friday practice for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 10 of 55 scheduled minutes, it was rained out, the top-five and notes:
#14-Bowyer 196.822
#4-Harvick 196.439
#2-Keselowski 195.808
#41-Busch 195.784
#22-Logano 195.756
slowest: #83-LaJoie 182.546 & #38-Ragan 183.673
31 of 41 cars ran laps, ten didn't record any track time: #'s 7,10,13,15,32,42,55,72,75,96
most laps run: #18-Busch & #77-Jones, 13 laps
Happy Hour (final) practice was also cancelled due to rain
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(5-5-2017)

Entry List for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Sadler*, #15-Joey Gase, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #75-Gaughan*, #83-LaJoie*, #96-Kennington*
Drivers who currently do not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #7-Sadler*, #55-Cope*, #75-Gaughan*, #83-LaJoie*, #96-Kennington*.
#51-Hill* withdrew from the race after attempting the first nine races
If all practices and qualifying are canceled, drivers who would miss the race (lowest open teams in owner points): #96-Kennington.
If qualifying is rained out or canceled, open teams making the race are based combined practice speeds.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 398
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1], 358, -40
3) #24-Chase Elliott, 346, -52
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 327, -71
5) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 308, -90
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 286, -112
7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 282, -116
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 270, -128
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 266, -132
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 235, -163
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 231, -167
12) #21-Ryan Blaney, 229, -169
13) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 225, -173
14) #6-Trevor Bayne, 216, -182
15) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, 201, -197
16) #77-Erik Jones, 193, -205
17) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 192, -206
* encumbered win, will not count toward playoffs

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


LOCAL INFO

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Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News
Talladega.com
Speed Eats


WEATHER

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National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Bug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 2 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 4 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4630

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm);
Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear - 27 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

Storyline - Set-up Sets Stage for Stage Strategy: Talladega shares a left-side tire recommendation with its sister restrictor plate track in Daytona. The asphalt at Talladega has become somewhat more abrasive since its repave in 2010, requiring a right-side tread compound change in 2014 for improved wear. This tire combination leads to multiple pit strategies, which may become even more interesting with NASCAR's new stage format.

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this combination of left- and right-side tires dates back to October 2014 . . . for Xfinity teams, since they don't run at Talladega in the fall, they started running this tire set-up in May 2015 . . . teams in both of these series also ran this left-side code at Daytona in February . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS


Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Talladgea Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race