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Snapshot: fred's 250 at Talladega
Get up to speed for the 18th Camping World Truck Series race of 2014 What: Ninth annual fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama When: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET TV: FOX Distance: 94 laps, 250 .04 miles Defending race winner: Johnny Sauter Pit road speed: 55 mph Fuel window: 40 laps On The Front Row " Full lineup 1. Tyler Reddick , Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford (186.827 mph) 2. Tayler Malsam , Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet (186.714 mph) Fastest in practice: Ben Kennedy , No. 31 Chevrolet, Turner Scott Motorsports (188.902 mph) Best consecutive 10-lap average: Darrell Wallace Jr ., No. 54 Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports (181.877 mph) Former winners in the field: Johnny Sauter (2013) About the sponsor: fred's is a discount general merchandise store with more than 700 locations centered around the southeastern United States. Shake-and-bake : "Actually a couple days ago I was talking with some friends in Mexico. I talk very often with them and they asked me where is going to be my race this weekend, and I told them Mexico and Talladega and they told me, 'Hey, Talladega like the movie?' So, definitely there is a lot of history in this race track." -- Daniel Suarez, who is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend Not as easy as it looks: "It sounds simple -- holding it wide open and being in the draft, but at the end of the day there is a lot of things that you can do with it. I'll just be trying to learn as much as I can in practice and early in the race and be ready for when it matters." -- Erik Jones , who is making his first start at Talladega Keeping your head: "I've never raced at Talladega Superspeedway , but I already know that it's going to be a wild one. Something crazy always happens here. We ran well in Daytona earlier this year and we're bringing back the same truck, but I know Talladega can be a whole different animal. The key is racing smart so that you can make it to the last lap, and then it's game on until you can cross the finish line." -- Ben Kennedy , who is also making his first start at Talladega Relying on fate: "Racing at Talladega is just like going out and buying a lottery ticket -- you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. There's just no telling -- but you've got to play the game." -- Matt Crafton , the defending series champion and current points leader MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca -Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29
Tickets for the 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola On Sale Thursday, Oct. 29 ~ Independence Day Holiday Weekend Classic To Be Held In New Motorsports Stadium For The First Time ~ DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, will officially go on sale Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. EDT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Independence Day holiday weekend classic scheduled for Saturday, July 2 in one of three convenient ways: • Online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com • By calling 1-800-PITSHOP • Visiting the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building The new motorsports stadium will feature 101,500 new, wider more comfortable seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social “neighborhoods” and three concourse levels that will span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Reserved stadium seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola start at $55. Reserved stadium seats for children ages 12 and under are $20 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE. The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca - Cola will feature 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400-mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. About DAYTONA Rising DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway . Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with trackside views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon , expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $85 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 80,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for four of the injectors/entrances and four of the new neighborhoods. Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. ROSSETTI is the architect for DAYTONA Rising. ROSSETTI is an award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 46 years of expertise in sports and entertainment projects including the Green Bay Packers Titletown, renovations for the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, a new headquarters for the LA Lakers, five MLS stadiums and the new retractable roof over the USTA’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter , Facebook , Pinterest , Instagram and YouTube . Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. About Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. ###
NASCAR reveals race start times for 2016 season
RELATED: Schedule times highlights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® , in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016. Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races will also be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit www.nascar.com/tv-schedule for weekly tune-in information throughout the season. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets . MORE: Retirement not on Dale Jr.'s radar "NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as a testament to deeper collaboration with our television and radio partners and increased engagement with fans," said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. "We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016, starting with the DAYTONA 500 ® and Speedweeks, as the number of homes reached by our broadcast content continues to grow both domestically and internationally." 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FOX 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/21 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/6 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/13 Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/20 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/3 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/9 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/17 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/24 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/1 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/7 GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/15 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/29 Coca - Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/5 Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/12 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/26 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/2 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/9 Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/17 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/24 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/31 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International USA 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/28 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway NBC 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/18 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/25 New England 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/23 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/30 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/6 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/13 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/5 Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/12 Axalta Faster. 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Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/19 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/23 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/30 Talladega 300 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/14 Dover International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/28 Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/4 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/11 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/19 Iowa Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/1 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca - Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/8 Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/16 Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/23 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/30 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/6 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International CNBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/13 Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/19 Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway USA 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/3 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/7 Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/15 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/5 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/19 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/6 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/13 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/10 Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/18 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/25 Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/7 Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/20 #Eldora at Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/30 Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/17 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Careers for Veterans 200 , presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/16 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/22 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca - Cola at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/29 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/4 Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/11 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/18 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM All times Eastern. 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Member of the Month: May
Name: Joshua Current City: Huntley, Illinois Member since: 2011 Getting to know Joshua Q. Why did you join the Official NASCAR Fan Council? "I just wanted to have a voice in what NASCAR does for the future of the sport. Since NASCAR is driven by the fan, I knew that being selected for the Council was something I needed to do to help the sport I love." Q. How did you first become interested in NASCAR? "To be honest, I was always interested in cars, but never thought about watching NASCAR. My grandpa always watched it, but I was too young to realize what it was. One Sunday, I was flipping through channels and saw that a race was on. I have been hooked ever since!" Q. What makes NASCAR special for you? "NASCAR is special to me because the fans almost have a personal relationship with the drivers. You cannot get that in any other major sport. We are one big family that loves one thing, racing." Q: Do you have any favorite NASCAR memories or traditions? "My favorite tradition is the Coca - Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend ceremony before the race. It commemorates those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. One of my favorite memories is seeing Dale Jr. win in person for the first time! Of all places, that happened at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2014. Not only was the crowd ecstatic, so was I!" Q: Do you have a favorite in any of the following categories? Driver: " Dale Earnhardt Jr ." Track: " Talladega Superspeedway " Memorabilia: " I always collect at least 3-4 of the best looking Dale Jr. diecasts every year. All of them are located right next to my television where I watch the race every weekend. Also, when I went to Daytona, the statue of Dale Earnhardt Sr. was one of the most iconic things I have ever seen in my life. You know you are in company with a historic man and place when passing him." Q: If you could go to any NASCAR race/track, where would you go? "Bristol Night Race" Q: What do you like to do in your free time? " I like to play video games and see whatever is going in the world of NASCAR." Q: Tell us about your family. Do you have children and/or pets? " My family consists of my mom, dad, sister, and my cat, Zoe. We all go to our local track, Chicagoland Speedway , every year. In the summer, Daytona and Talladega are also annual traditions!" Q: What's your dream car? "Corvette!" FROM ALL OF US AT NASCAR, WE THANK JOSHUA FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HIM IN 2016.
NASCAR reduces number of G-W-C attempts at Talladega
NASCAR competition officials made changes Tuesday to race procedures for this weekend's events at Talladega Superspeedway , reducing the number of attempts at a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Starting this weekend, drivers will be limited to one attempt instead of the customary three tries at a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega. The change is effective immediately, in time for Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' next race, the fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola (Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). "Following extensive dialogue with the industry, we have decided to make a procedural change at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. "In the event the race goes beyond the advertised distance due to a caution, we will use a single attempt at a green-white-checker finish. We take very seriously the responsibility of balancing exciting finishes and safety. We're confident that this is a positive direction for both." If there's a wreck during the green-white-checkered finish, the field would be frozen and the race would end under caution. This is how this year's Daytona 500 ended with Joey Logano getting the victory. Title-eligible drivers talked at length about proposed changes two weeks ago during Media Day for the Chase's Contender Round, a three-race series that ends with an elimination event at Talladega. Drivers said they had discussed changes to restart rules for restrictor-plate events with NASCAR officials, placing a handful of options on the table. NASCAR instituted the "green-white-checkered" rule in 2004 for NASCAR's premier series, with a limit of three tries to complete the race under a two-lap, green-flag shootout to the finish. Since 2012, four of the last seven Talladega races have gone into overtime, raising the odds for race-punctuating multicar crashes. Brad Keselowski , a three-time Talladega winner, was among those expressing his favor for a reduction in the number of green-white-checkered attempts at Talladega and Daytona. "I don't think it's a bad thing," Keselowski said Oct. 6. "We go there and say we're going to run 500 miles. You run 500 miles and it ends under yellow, it kind of feels a little uncomfortable. Give another crack at it and see if you can't finish it off for the fans, and if it doesn't come together, well, we tried. I would feel pretty good about that if I was a fan. And as a team owner, I would feel pretty good about that, too." Chase hopeful Denny Hamlin said two weeks ago that a potential move to single-file restarts for restrictor-plate tracks was also among the options that drivers discussed with competition officials. NASCAR made restarts in all three national series fall under the double-file, shootout-style heading midway through the 2009 season. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., a six-time winner at Talladega, supported NASCAR's decision on social media: In favor of this. Thought three attempts were excessive and gimmicky. https://t.co/rvaMWdXUiS — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) October 20, 2015
Salute the Crews: Barban honored to be part of Coca -Cola 600 pre-race
Earl Barban, spotter for the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson and former military member, talks about the new Salute the Crews program that will honor NASCAR crew members with military backgrounds at the Coca - Cola 600.
NASCAR TV schedule: May 2-May 8
RELATED: Find FS1 in your area All times ET Monday, May 2 8 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GEICO 500 (re-air), FS1 11 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, May 3 6 a.m., The 10: Talladega Moments (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Laguna Seca (re-air), FS1 9 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, May 4 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Thursday, May 5 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 Friday, May 6 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 8 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 , FS1 11 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Post-Race Show, FS1 Saturday, May 7 4 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Toyota Tundra 250 (re-air), FS1 6:30 a.m., The 10: Earnhardt Moments (re-air), FS1 7 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400, FS1 Sunday, May 8 3 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: GoBowling 400 (re-air), FS1 8 a.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Mazda (taped), FS1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Friday's practice recaps from Talladega
Kyle Busch fastest in Talladega final practice; Kennedy tops trucks Sprint Cup Series final practice " Results Kyle Busch claimed the top spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway as drivers conserved their equipment in the last tuning session before Sunday's main event. Busch, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, topped the 50-minute stretch with a fast lap of 195.205 mph. He ranks second in the standings, highest among Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-eligible drivers without a win in the Contender Round. Rookie Kyle Larson was second-fastest at 195.118 mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. Kasey Kahne , Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears rounded out the top five in final practice. With teams opting to avoid potential damage with practicing in large packs, only 21 drivers took to the 2.66-mile track in the session. Matt Kenseth turned the most laps (21) with Kahne logging the second-most (20). Three title-eligible drivers did not participate in final practice -- Carl Edwards , Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman . Joey Logano did not complete a full lap at speed and was last among the 21 drivers on the leaderboard. Harvick and Logano both have free passes into the next round of the Chase, thanks to their victories in the other Contender Round races the last two weeks. The rest of the title hopefuls will need to lock into the Eliminator Round in Sunday's Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), when the field of championship-eligible drivers is shaved from 12 to eight. Sprint Cup Series practice 1 " Results Clint Bowyer shot to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway , using the aerodynamic draft to clock a lap at 200.385 mph in opening practice. Bowyer, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota, carries two Talladega fall race victories (2010, 2011) into Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the elimination finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's event on the 2.66-mile track, the championship-eligible field will be whittled from 12 drivers to eight. Aric Almirola was second-fastest in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford at 200.268 mph. Defending race winner Jamie McMurray ended the session third-fastest with Michael McDowell and Travis Kvapil completing the top five. Brad Keselowski was the fastest among Chase drivers still alive in the title hunt, clocking the eighth-best lap. Joey Logano (31st-fastest) and Kevin Harvick (37th) are already clear to the next round of the playoffs with victories the last two weekends. Three heavy hitters below the cut-off line entering the Contender Round finale -- Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and Jimmie Johnson -- essentially need to win Sunday's race to control their own postseason destiny. Earnhardt was 12th-fastest and Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, 32nd-fastest. The hourlong practice session marked the first on-track activity for the Sprint Cup drivers, and the large pack of cars fanned out to three-wide early on. Johnson was among those largely avoiding the risk of heavy traffic, but his lap times reflected the lack of aerodynamic help from other cars. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday (4:40 p.m. ET, ESPNews) with Sprint Cup teams tackling their first go-round with a new format for restrictor-plate tracks Talladega and Daytona, announced last month. Teams will have three five-minute rounds of eliminations, with 24 of the 46 drivers making the second session and 12 drivers competing for the pole in the final stint. Final Sprint Cup practice is scheduled later Friday from 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Get results Rookie Ben Kennedy was fastest in Friday's first and only practice for Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola at Talladega Superspeedway . Kennedy posted a speed of 188.902 mph on his 11th lap of the two-hour practice. Saturday will be Kennedy's first start at the Alabama track.Second-fastest was fellow rookie Mason Mingus at 188.872 mph. Tayler Malsam (188.857 mph), Ryan Sieg (188.835 mph) and Spencer Gallagher (188.824 mph) completed the top five fastest drivers. Points leader Matt Crafton posted a speed of 186.585 mph and was 14th-fastest of the run. Defending race winner Johnny Sauter was 17th-fastest (186.409 mph). Sauter is the only previous winner in the field for Saturday, and he trails teammate Crafton by 19 points in the standings. The practice had four caution flags. The first came out early for debris at the end of pit road. The second was for No. 74 Mike Harmon who spun in Turns 3 and 4. The third was for fluid on the track in Turn 4 and the fourth and final caution came out when No. 13 Jeb Burton stopped on the track after running out of fuel. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to the track for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. Sprint Cup Series practice 2, 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET " Follow live MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
How to follow this weekend's NASCAR races
Keep tabs on all the action this weekend at Talladega This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Talladega Superspeedway . The Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 is on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola is on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times, see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Talladega. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap- by -Lap will keep you caught up even if you can take a peek here and there. Check in now and then to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. For all the information you need on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format check out Chase 101 for an easy-to-follow guide as Talladega is the last race in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Contender Round. Fans can also keep up with how their fantasy Chase Grid is doing here . You can also see what drivers need to do to lock up their spots in the Eliminator Round here . We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy is back this week for the Sprint Cup Series race and offers fans 10 HD live race views including in-car cameras for six drivers as well as a pit road camera, a backstretch camera and more. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Truck Series race tough on title contenders
Multiple drivers face different obstacles at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- "Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations -- you got your money's worth," Spencer Gallagher exclaimed after the finish of an action-packed fred's 250 powered by Coca - Cola at Talladega Superspeedway . The track threw its best at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title contenders, with penalties, wrecks and debris shaking up the points standings several times throughout the 95 laps. It all started with points leader Matt Crafton . The No. 88 pitted under the race's first caution and as Crafton pulled out of his pit stall, the neon yellow Menards/Fishers Nuts Toyota got into the back of the No. 99 of Bryan Silas as he turned into his own stall, doing damage to both trucks and turning around the No. 99. An additional pit stop was required to fix the damage of the No. 88, after which Crafton battled visibility issues. "We definitely had a lot to overcome," Crafton said after the race. "We got our first pit stop, got tore up on pit road. Then after that, it was downhill. I had so much chatter on the radio. 'What do I do? Do I wait back here? I'm stuck back here.' " After making his way back into the top three, Crafton got an unwelcome push draft from the No. 8 of Joe Nemechek . The result was a black flag from NASCAR, which sent both cars to pit road to serve a pass-through penalty. "They're black-flagging us, and I don't get it," the No. 88 crew chief Carl Joiner said over the radio to a furious Crafton. "Tell Joe, 'Thanks a lot, you (expletive) idiot.' " Crafton's teammate Johnny Sauter didn't have an easier time at the restrictor-plate track. He ran over debris 20 laps into the race, and a punctured radiator caused the No. 98 to fall off the pace at Lap 25 without any warning. "Another kick in the (expletive)," Sauter said as his team worked in the garage. Sauter came to Talladega in second place in the standings, 19 points behind Crafton, with an anything-goes attitude, saying, "If it works out, great, if not, oh well. That's just the attitude you have to have." That attitude changed quickly. "Championship's over, and from here on out we can just race like hell," Sauter lamented from the garage. Even Ryan Blaney , who made his way into Sauter's second-place position in the points standings, 16 points behind Crafton, had to battle his way up the points standings. En route to his 19th top-five finish of his Truck Series career, the Brad Keselowski Racing driver earned a speeding penalty during green-flag pit stops on Lap 44, sending him a lap down after running at the front for 30 of the race's first 43 laps. "We gained about 10 (points) on Matt so that was good," Blaney said. "We had a great … truck. I made a mistake early and sped on pit road and that kind of put us back a little bit. But we got right back up to the front really fast." Darrell Wallace Jr. , hoping for his first champagne celebration in Victory Lane after turning 21 earlier in the month, started the race in 27th, but teamed up with eventual race-winner Timothy Peters early on to move into the top 10 by Lap 4. Wallace ended the day in third place in the standings, 28 points behind Crafton after a ninth-place finish, while Peters earned the title of biggest mover toward the top of the points standings, moving into fifth from seventh, cutting 18 points off his deficit. "Obviously we know that the championship might be out our reach, but who knows, maybe we could pull the Hornaday and win the rest 'em and be right back in it," Peters said. After picking the wrong line on a final restart, Crafton went home with a 14th-place finish. Thorsport Racing teammate Sauter was unable to get back onto the track, finishing 71 laps down in 31st. When the dust settled at one of NASCAR's most unpredictable tracks, however, Crafton lost only three points of his buffer at the top of the leaderboard. "At least we got out of here somewhat in decent shape," Crafton said. As his teammate knows, Talladega could have done much worse. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule