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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Talladega Race Info

THE RACE: 1000Bulbs.com 500
TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #31 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #5 of 10

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2018 in Talladega, AL
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:20 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America: TBA on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 1:30pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, October 13, 11:05am-12:20pm/et, TV-TBA;

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, October 13 at 4:35 pm/et, TV-TBA;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, October 12
12:00 PM 2:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
2:00 PM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN

Saturday, October 13
8:30 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:45 AM NCWTS, MENCS SPOTTERS MEETING
9:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
10:05 AM-11:20 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Sunday, October 14
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:15 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:55 PM (1:55 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (188 LAPS, 500.08 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Talladega Superspeedway Track News, Stats & Links page

October 2017: see the Talladega Race Info page
April 2018: see the Talladega Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links



NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

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".

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Coverage of Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, Octber 13, 2018 at 4:35m/et.
Television (TV): TBA, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

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.

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

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 Talladega(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Talladega(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Bug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

posted when available


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race