GEICO 500


Talladega Superspeedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #10 of 36

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:19pm/et
Laps/Stages: 188 laps total. Stages end on laps: 55/110/188


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 2:00pm/et, FOX and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, April 26, 1:35-2:25pm/et, TV-FS1 at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, April 26, 4:35-5:25pm/et, TV-FS1;
Qualifying: Saturday, April 27 at 4:40pm/et, TV-FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, April 25
5:30 PM 7:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, April 26
8:00 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
12:35 PM-1:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:35 PM-4:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, April 27
7:30 AM-5:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM NXS, MENCS SPOTTERS MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
3:40 PM (4:40PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Sunday, April 28
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM (2:00 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (STAGES 55/110/188 LAPS = 500.08 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Entry List for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #27-Sorenson, #51-Barrett, #52-TBA, #62-Gaughan, #77-Justin Haley, #81-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #96-Kligerman.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

April 2018: see the Talladega Race Info page
October 2018: see the Talladega Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Grant Lynch
Command to start engines: Grant Lynch
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the GEICO 500


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Bug
Weather Underground Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 2 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race
(6 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice)

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4886;
Right-side -- D-4752

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 2,236 mm (88.03 in.);
Right-side -- 2,249 mm (88.54 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 29 psi; Left Rear – 29 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

Storyline – Superspeedway strategy on tap for Talladega: Since its repave in 2010, the Goodyear tire set-up for Talladega Superspeedway has split off from that of NASCAR’s other restrictor plate track at Daytona.  Talladega exhibits some wear characteristics, though teams are still able to employ some tire strategy – two-tire and fuel-only stops – that leads to chances to trade fresh rubber for track position.  Because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, that opens up strategy plays for teams outside the top-10 to short pit and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage.
“While we actually see some tire wear at Talladega, it still leaves room for some team and pit strategy,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “When to pit, with whom and how many tires to take all come into the equation for teams to consider this weekend.  And adding in a rules package that Cup teams will be running for the first time, should make for some interesting racing.”

Notes – New left-side tire for Cup cars at Talladega: While teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same right-side tire at Talladega this weekend, they will each run their own left-side tires . . . this is a brand new left-side tire code for the Cup cars . . . compared to what was run at Talladega last year, this left-side features a construction update . . . Cup teams ran this right-side tire twice at Talladega in 2018 . . . this tire set-up was tested and recommended for Talladega after a tire test at Daytona this past February 18-19 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.