Sunday’s GEICO 500 Was a Vastly Different Talladega Race

TALLADEGA, Ala – Everyone expected Sunday’s GEICO 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway to be a wild one. After all, whenever the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits the high banked 2.66-mile Alabama race track, wild doesn’t even begin to describe the action that the track produces. Sunday’s race though, well it was far from wild. It lacked that Talladega punch. The first several laps were run single file. While the view from the grandstands, media center or at home seemed like the drivers were just riding around, the drivers in the…

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Despite Elliott Frustrated With 3rd Place Finish and Byron/Johnson Causing Melee, Still a Strong Day For Hendrick Cars in Dega

TALLADEGA, Ala – Once upon a time, the Hendrick Motorsports cars were the top dogs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on restrictor plate tracks. Now, they’re just happy to do what they did, three cars finishing in the top 12. Some may look at the Lap 165 crash as what was a bad day for the four car organization, but I see even more positives leaving the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. 

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Kurt Busch Leads A Strong Day Out of Stewart-Haas Racing Camp at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala – Stewart-Haas Racing nearly crossed off another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track off their list of winless venues on Sunday. There are only two tracks on the schedule that SHR hasn’t won a race at. One if Kentucky Speedway. The other? The site of Sunday’s Geico 500, the Talladega Superspeedway. They were actually only 0.127-seconds away from crossing the 2.66-mile Alabama race track off the list though. Kurt Busch led a strong day out of the SHR foursome on Sunday afternoon as he brought his No. 41 Ford…

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Fords Strong As Logano Ends Winless Streak In Victory In Sunday’s Geico 500

TALLADEGA, Ala – We shouldn’t be shocked that the Ford drivers combined to lead 126 of the 188 laps in Sunday’s Geico 500. After all, Fords were dominant in the season opening race at the Daytona International Speedway, the other restrictor plate track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. We also shouldn’t be shocked by the winner in Sunday’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway either. Joey Logano led a race-high 70 of those 188 laps en route to his third victory at the high banked 2.66-mile Alabama track…

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McMurray Takes A Wild Race In Practice Crash at Talladega, Fastest Cars On Friday All Go To Backup Cars For Sunday’s Race

TALLADEGA, Ala – We didn’t see the “big one” yet, but rather the “wild one” already at the Talladega Superspeedway. The difference is, this one was in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday afternoon. The crash, well it took out the fastest cars of the day too. Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon had four of the top five speeds on Friday, as each were involved in a crash on the backstretch of the 2.66-mile Alabama Superspeedway in final practice, which sent McMurray’s No. 1 Chevrolet…

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5 Storylines For Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega, Ala – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers return to action this weekend for Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Talladega Superspeedway. It will mark the second restrictor plate race of the 2018 season, but first on the 2.66-mile Alabama track. Here are five storylines to watch. 

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5 Favorites and 5 Sleepers For Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega, Ala – Restrictor plate racing in NASCAR is one of the most hardest things to predict. That’s why some places will offer $1-million to whoever can predict the exact same finishing order as the top five at races in Daytona and Talladega. The reason they do this? They know it can’t be done. With cars are racing at speeds in excess of 200 mph and running wheel-to-wheel, you could be running in the lead pack but fall from a top five result to sub 20th place finish in a matter…

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5 Long Winless Droughts That Could End In Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega, Ala – It’s Talladega time. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway should be a wild one. That’s normal though. But, there are several drivers that could end long winless droughts in Sunday’s Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on the high speed, high banked restrictor plate track. Clint Bowyer already ended a 190 race winless drought a few weeks ago in Martinsville. These five drivers could join him in ending those droughts.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns 1st Career Cup Victory In Winning Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is finally a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner. After 158 winless Cup starts, Stenhouse drove to victory lane in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon at the Talladega Superspeedway, with a victory in today’s Geico 500. Stenhouse, started on the pole for today’s race, and he finished where he started passing Kyle Busch on the final lap in overtime and barely crossing the finish line of the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval before Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch and others.

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Despite 4th Place Run, Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Ford Fails Post Race Inspection Following Geico 500

It seemed like Aric Almirola had an uplifting race weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. He charged to the front in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, winning for the first time since Daytona last July. Then, in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval, Almirola nabbed another top five, this time a fourth place effort in his No. 43 Ford. A first place finish on Saturday, a fourth on Sunday. He not only looks like a great restrictor plate racer, coming home fourth in…

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