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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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads at Talladega
Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads at Talladega

After a Round of 12 playoff opener at Charlotte, NASCAR heads to the longest and wildest track on the circuit — Talladega Superspeedway. 

We can't talk about Talladega without mentioning Dale Earnhardt Jr.. Sunday’s race marks Junior's final race at the 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 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. 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. 

Current playoff standings entering Sunday's Alabama 500

  1. Martin Truex Jr., 3,106 points 
  2. Kyle Larson, -34
  3. Kevin Harvick, -37
  4. Chase Elliott, -47
  5. Denny Hamlin, -50
  6. Kyle Busch, -51
  7. Jimmie Johnson, -55
  8. Jamie McMurray, -62
  9. Matt Kenseth, -63
  10. Brad Keselowski, -64
  11. Ryan Blaney, -67
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -72

The Camping World Truck Series joins the Cup Series this weekend at Talladega as it trims its field to six. 

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, FS1 
3-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 

Saturday, Oct. 14
10:30 a.m.: Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 
1 p.m.: Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250 (94 laps, 250.04 miles), FOX
4:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 

What TV channel is the NASCAR playoff race at Talladega on?

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500 begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 15 and can be seen on NBC and the NBC Sports app. 

What are the stage lengths for NASCAR's Alabama 500 at Talladega?

The Alabama 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 110 and the final stage ends on Lap 188. 

Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing in the playoff race 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:

AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Brendan Gaughan
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
D.J. Kennington
Erik Jones
Gray Gaulding
Jamie McMurray
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Gase
Joey Logano
Justin Marks
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Mark Thompson
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon

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