NASCAR at Talladega 2018: TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for Geico 500
After a weekend at Richmond's short track, NASCAR heads to the longest and wildest track on the circuit — Talladega Superspeedway.
When the Cup Series arrives at the 2.66-mile track, its cars will look a bit different than when drivers are at other venues.
NASCAR's 2018 rules package for the superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega eliminates the current ride-height rule. The move will provide safety, competition benefits and eliminate costs for teams.
We can't talk about Talladega without mentioning Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sunday’s race marks the first time Junior won't be driving at Talladega — his top track. Earnhardt’s six wins at Talladega are tied with Jeff Gordon’s total for second all-time. His father, Dale Earnhardt, holds the track record with 10 victories.
The Alabama faithful will likely turn to Chase Elliott in Earnhardt's wake as the son of Hall of Famer Bill looks for his first career win.
The Xfinity Series joins the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Here's the full schedule.
NASCAR at Talladega 2018: TV channel and streaming info
Note: All times are ET
Friday, April 27
11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, FS1
12:35-1:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1
1:35-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
2:35-3:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
Streaming: FuboTV (free 7-day trial)
Saturday, April 28
11 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1
1:05 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, Fox
3 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Sparks Energy 300 (113 laps, 300.58 miles), Fox
Sunday, April 29
2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 (188 laps, 500.8 miles), Fox
NASCAR Cup Series points standings
1. Kyle Busch, 17 playoff points
2. Joey Logano -56, 2PP
3. Clint Bowyer -86, 5PP
4. Kevin Harvick -91, 12PP
5. Brad Keselowski -122, 3 PP
6. Denny Hamlin -129, 1PP
7. Martin Truex Jr. -131, 7PP
8. Ryan Blaney -133, 2PP
9. Kurt Busch -133, 2PP
10. Kyle Larson -136
11. Aric Almirola -167
12. Erik Jones -182
13. Alex Bowman -206
14. Austin Dillon -207, 5PP
15. Jimmie Johnson -215
16. William Byron -223
17. Ryan Newman -229
18. Paul Menard -232
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -239
20. Chase Elliott -240
21. Daniel Suarez -254
22. Darrell Wallace Jr. -255
23. AJ Allmendinger -255
24. Jamie McMurray -257
25. Chris Buescher -285
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Talladega?
There are 40 Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Saturday's qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.