NASCAR at Talladega: Playoff standings, TV schedule, qualifying drivers for Round of 12 race
Sunday’s race marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final race at the Talladega — his top track.
After a Round of 12 playoff opener at Charlotte,Â NASCAR heads to the longest and wildest track on the circuit â€” Talladega Superspeedway.Â
We can't talk about Talladega withoutÂ mentioning Dale Earnhardt Jr.. Sundayâ€™sÂ race marks Junior'sÂ final race at the Talladega â€” his top track. Earnhardtâ€™s six wins at Talladega are tied with Jeff Gordonâ€™s total for second all-time. His father, Dale Earnhardt, holds the track record with 10 victories.
The Alabama faithful will be going nuts when Earnhardt is introduced for the final time even though he is out of championship contention. Currently, Martin Truex Jr. leads the playoff standings after postseason wins at Chicago and Charlotte.Â Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the most work to do but is a two-time restrictor plate winner this season and could be another surprise winner at a track where the only thing to expect is the unexpected.Â
Current playoff standings entering Sunday's Alabama 500
- Martin Truex Jr., 3,106 pointsÂ
- Kyle Larson, -34
- Kevin Harvick, -37
- Chase Elliott, -47
- Denny Hamlin, -50
- Kyle Busch, -51
- Jimmie Johnson, -55
- Jamie McMurray, -62
- Matt Kenseth, -63
- Brad Keselowski, -64
- Ryan Blaney, -67
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -72
The Camping World Truck Series joins the Cup Series this weekend at Talladega as it trims its field to six.Â
NASCAR at Talladega schedule, TV channel info
(All times ET)
Friday, Oct. 13
12-12:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series practice, FS1
1-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSN
2-2:55 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1Â
3-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSNÂ
Saturday, Oct. 14
10:30 a.m.: Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1Â
1 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Fredâ€™s 250 (94 laps, 250.04 miles), FOX
4:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSNÂ
What TV channel is the NASCAR playoff race at Talladega on?
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AlabamaÂ 500 begins at 2Â p.m. ETÂ Sunday, Oct. 15Â and can be seen on NBCÂ and the NBC Sports app.Â
What are the stage lengths for NASCAR's Alabama 500 at Talladega?
The AlabamaÂ 500, which is 188 laps and 500.08 miles, will be broken into three segments: Stage 1 ends on Lap 55, Stage 2 ends on Lap 110Â and the final stage ends on Lap 188.Â
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing in the playoff raceÂ at Talladega?
There are 40Â Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Saturday's qualifying setting their starting positions.Â Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name: