Start time, lineup, TV schedule and more for GEICO 500
NASCAR heads to its wildest and most unforeseeable track for superspeedway pack racing in Talladega, Alabama.
Anticipate bumper-to-bumper racing and a handful of insane crashes — consisting of “The Big One” — as motorists browse numerous lanes at the 2.66-mile track.
You’d most likely be safe to bank on a Ford to win, as the blue oval has actually thrived at 12 of the previous 17 Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway. However offered how the 2021 season has actually presumed — with just one repeat winner in 9 races, and none yet by the finest chauffeur up until now this season, Denny Hamlin — the very best bet is to anticipate the unforeseen.
Here’s all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET. (1 p.m. local)
TV: Fox. Pre-race broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT) on Fox.
RADIO: Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
STREAMING: Fox Sports Go (must have TV provider) and FOX Sports Go app plus other streaming services.
RACE DISTANCE: 188 laps around the 2.66-mile track for a total of 500.08 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 60, Stage 2: 60, Stage 3: 68.
LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led 26 laps in the 2020 playoff race — the messiest and longest race in Talladega history, with three overtimes and 13 cautions, two more than the record. Hamlin beat then-Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones by 0.086 seconds. And in the 2020 spring race, held in June, Ryan Blaney led 63 laps and beat Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by a miniscule 0.007 seconds for his second consecutive win at Talladega.
QUALIFYING: There was no on-track qualifying for this race. Instead NASCAR used a performance-metrics formula to determine the lineup:
25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
35 percent: Team owner points ranking
15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
LINEUP: Two-time Talladega winner Denny Hamlin, who has actually rocketed to eight top-five finishes in the first 9 races of 2021, will start on the pole alongside Joey Logano, who has three career victories at Talladega.
Here is the lineup for the GEICO 500 (with car number in parentheses):
1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
3. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
4. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
5. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
6. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
7. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
8. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
10. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
11. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
12. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
13. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
14. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
15. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
16. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
17. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet
18. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
19. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet
20. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet
21. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
22. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet
23. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
24. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota
25. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford
26. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet
27. (41) Cole Custer, Ford
28. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
29. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
30. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford
31. (78) BJ McLeod, Ford
32. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
33. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet
34. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet
35. (28) Joey Gase, Ford
36. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford
37. (15) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet
38. (16) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet
39. (96) Harrison Burton, Toyota
40. (66) Timmy Hill, Ford
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NASCAR Talladega 2021: Start time, lineup, TELEVISION, streaming schedule
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.