Brad Keselowski wins GEICO 500 at Talladega
The Cup Series (NCS) and XFINITY Series (NXS) were active at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway, the world’s fastest oval race course. Speeds of 197 to 203 miles per hour, all the method around the 2.66-mile track are the standard. Saturday’s NXS Ag-Pro 300 was interrupted from 113 laps to 90 due to heavy rain. Sunday’s NCS GEICO 500, which had its share of multi-car wrecks, was extended from 188 laps to 191 in overtime. Brad Keselowski lastly led a lap in this race, the last one, to score the win. He ended up being the 9th various winner in 10 Cup races up until now this season. The Outdoor Camping World Truck Series will return on May 1st at Kansas Speedway. The most recent outcomes and upcoming scheduled occasions for the NASCAR feeder series are likewise consisted of listed below in addition to information on all tracks discussed in this column.
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Sun, Apr 25, GEICO 500 – Talladega Superspeedway – 188 laps (+3 laps OT).
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This positioned Denny Hamlin (#11 Toyota Camry) P1 on the beginning grid. Joey Logano (#22 Ford Mustang) finished the front row in the P2 area. #19-Martin Truex Jr., #24 William Byron, #48 Alex Bowman, #20 Christopher Bell, #12 Ryan Blaney, #9 Chase Elliott, #18 Kyle Busch and #2 Brad Keselowski, respectively formed the remainder of the top-10 in the lineup. Did not make the 40-car field: Nobody, just 40 entries.
– Brad Keselowski (#2 Ford Mustang) scored his 35th success in 423 NCS races. This is his first success and fourth top-10 surface in 2021. It is his sixth success and 12th top-10 surface in 25 races at Talladega. Keselowski ties NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon for second-most series wins at Talladega all-time with 6 wins each (Dale Sr. scored 10 wins). William Byron (second) published his second top-10 surface in 7 races at Talladega and his 8th top-10 surface in 2021. Michael McDowell (3rd) made his second top-10 surface in 21 Talladega races. Chase Briscoe (11th) was the greatest completing Sunoco Novice of the Year (ROTY) competitor. Polesitter Denny Hamlin led a race-high 43 laps and completed in 32nd location.
– NCS points leader: Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 87 points over Martin Truex Jr.
– TOP-16 NCS Playoff Competitors (G/L):
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Joey Logano
4. William Byron
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Brad Keselowski +3
7. Kevin Harvick +1
8. Chase Elliott -1
9. Kyle Larson -3
10. Christopher Bell
11. Kyle Busch
12. Austin Dillon
13. Michael McDowell +4
14. Alex Bowman -1
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -1
16. Chris Buescher
– Next: Sun, May 2, Buschy McBusch Race 400 – Kansas Speedway – 267 laps.
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Sat, Apr 24, Ag-Pro 300 – Talladega Superspeedway – 113 laps (Rain-shortened to 90 laps).
– No practice or certifying. NASCAR’s certifying metric set the beginning lineup for this occasion based upon race surfaces, point standings and fastest race laps. This positioned Austin Cindric (#22 Ford Mustang) P1 on the beginning grid. Daniel Hemric (#18 Toyota Supra) finished the front row in the P2 area. #20 Harrison Burton, #9 Noah Gragson, #11 Justin Haley, #8 Josh Berry, #19 Brandon Jones, #7 Justin Allgaier, #10 Jeb Burton and #2 Myatt Snider, respectively formed the remainder of the top-10 in the lineup. Did not make the 40-car field: #77 Ronnie Bassett Jr., #31 Jordan Anderson and #03 Andy Lally.
– Jeb Burton (#10 Chevrolet Camaro) scored his first success in 51 NXS races. This is his sixth top-10 surface in 2021 and his second top-10 surface in 3 races at Talladega. Polesitter Austin Cindric (second) published his 3rd top-10 surface in 5 Talladega races and his 7th top-10 surface in 2021. AJ Allmendinger (3rd) made his second top-10 surface in 3 races at Talladega. Ryan Vargas (30th) was the greatest finishing ROTY prospect. This is Kaulig Racing’s 3rd successive NXS Talladega Superspeedway success (Justin Haley 2020 sweep, Jeb Burton 2021). Noah Gragson (sixth) gathered the $100,000 Dash 4 Money bonus offer for the second successive race.
– NXS points leader: Austin Cindric by 59 points over Daniel Hemric (completed 12th).
– TOP-12 NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Cindric
2. Daniel Hemric
3. Harrison Burton
4. Jeb Burton +1
5. Justin Haley -1
6. AJ Allmendinger
7. Myatt Snider
8. Jeremy Clements +1
9. Justin Allgaier -1
10. Noah Gragson +1
11. Brandon Jones -1
12. Brandon Brown +1
– Next: Sat, May 8, Steakhouse Elite 200 – Darlington Raceway.
NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series (NTS)
– NTS points leader: John Hunter Nemechek by 20 points over Ben Rhodes.
– TOP-10 NTS Playoff Competitors (G/L):
1. John Hunter Nemechek
2. Ben Rhodes
3. Sheldon Creed
4. Austin Hill +2
5. Matt Crafton -1
6. Stewart Friesen -1
7. Grant Enfinger +1
8. Zane Smith -1
9. Todd Gilliland
10. Johnny Sauter +1
– Next: Sat, May 1, WISE Power 200 – Kansas Speedway – 134 laps.
NASCAR Feeder Series
ARCA Menards Series:
Sat, Apr 24, General Tire 200 – Talladega Superspeedway – 76 laps.
Winner: Corey Heim – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Corey Heim
Next: Sat, May 1, Dutch Kid 150 – Kansas Speedway – 100 laps.
ARCA Menards East:
Sat, Feb 27, Pensacola 200 – 5 Flags Speedway – 200 laps.
Winner: Sammy Smith – P1: Sammy Smith – Points Leader: Sammy Smith
Next: Sat, May 8, Music City 200 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – 200 laps.
ARCA Menards West:
Fri, Mar 12, General Tire 150 – Phoenix Raceway – 150 laps.
Winner: Ty Gibbs – P1: Ty Gibbs – Points Leader: Ty Gibbs
Next: Sat, Jun 5, General Tire 125 – Sonoma Raceway – 50 laps.
Whelen Modified Trip:
* Fri. Apr 30, NAPA Spring Sizzler – Stafford Motor Speedway – 150 laps.
Points Leader: Eric Goodale
* Delayed from Sunday, April 25th due to rain.
Season opener: Sun, Might 23, TBA – Sundown Speedway
Peak Mexico Series:
Season opener: Sun, Might 22, TBA – Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Darlington Raceway – 1.366-mile oval – Darlington, South Carolina
5 Flags Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Pensacola, Florida
Kansas Speedway – 1.5-mile oval – Kansas City, Kansas
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – 0.596-mile oval – Nashville, Tennessee
Phoenix Raceway – 1-mile tri-oval – Avondale, Arizona
Richmond Raceway – 0.75-mile oval – Richmond, Virginia
Sonoma Raceway – 2.520-mile, 12-turn roadway course – Sonoma, California
Stafford Motor Speedway – 0.5-mile oval – Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Sundown Speedway – 0.333-mile oval – Innisfil, Ontario
Super Ovalo Chiapas – 0.75-mile tri-oval – Tuxtla Gutierrez
Talladega Superspeedway – 2.66-mile tri-oval – Talladega, Alabama
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.