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See where your favorite driver will pit on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ET, FOX) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live By winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway , Austin Dillon earned first choice of pit stalls for Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 . The No. 33 Richard Childress Racing driver selected the second pit stall, which is the last stall on pit road, giving him an easy exit. The younger Dillon -- Ty -- will also start from the front row at Talladega . He selected the sixth pit stall, four pit stalls down from his older brother Austin. Third-fastest in qualifying, Brian Scott selected the 17th stall, which has no stall directly in front of it. Fourth and fifth-place qualifiers Erik Jones and Boris Said chose the fourth and 16th spots, respectively. Said's 16th spot has no stall behind it. Reigning XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott qualified 14th and picked the 38th pit stall, which is closer to the entrance of pit road and has no stall in behind it. The Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will begin at 3 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the GEICO 500 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Latest Chase Grid 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps to earn his sixth career Talladega victory and tie teammate Jeff Gordon for second on the Superspeedway's all-time wins list. It was an emotional win for Earnhardt, who needs four more wins at the Alabama track to catch his Daddy, the legendary Dale Earnhardt. " Watch: Junior adds to the family legacy 2. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson led 50 laps, but stuck behind his teammate in the closing laps. He improves to third in the points on the strength of his fourth straight top-three finish. " Watch: Johnson discusses finish 3. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard, whose entire pit crew opted to wear full-face helmets during stops, recorded his best finish this season after spending the majority of Sunday's race running inside the top 15. 4. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . In his third career restrictor-plate outing, Blaney notched his first career top-five result. " More: Blaney proves tough under Talladega pressure 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex managed his ninth top-10 result of the season despite dealing with a vibration for a majority of Sunday's 188-lap event. 6. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish, who was on pit road when the final caution flag was waved, restarted fourth with 25 laps to go and held on to record his best 2015 finish. 7. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Despite an early flare-up while pitting under caution, Newman ticked off 11 places in the final 19 laps to record his first top-10 finish in the spring Talladega event since 2009. 8. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led one lap en route to his ninth top-10 finish this season. He has paced the field in all but one race this season and needs to lead 47 more laps to reach 1,000 total for the second time in his career. 9. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin led five laps and was running fourth when he attempted to make a run on leader Dale Earnhardt Jr . coming to the checkered flag. 10. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise mostly flew under the radar on Sunday and led Lap 93 en route to his best career Cup finish. 11. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Talladega victor picked up 12 spots in the closing 19 laps and narrowly missed his fifth top-10 of the year. 12. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch led a lap during the second caution period and overcame an alternator issue to close 20 positions in the final 19 laps to be the best closer of the race. 13. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt didn't pit during the sixth caution flag so he led the field to green on the Lap 162 restart, and he held on to snag his best career finish. 14. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was briefly knocked off the lead lap after being penalized for a fallen window net and subsequently speeding on pit road. He rallied to improve 13 places in the final 19 laps. 15. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola guided his car across the finish line despite receiving contact on the last lap to his left-front fender. 16. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman wasn't terribly impacted after being involved in the Lap 47 crash and held on to record his best Talladega finish. 17. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger's team resolved a severe vibration mid-race as he attempted the strategy of laying back until the final laps of the race. 18. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, in his restrictor-plate debut in the Sprint Cup Series, rebounded from the Lap 47 incident to earn his highest 2015 result. 19. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart led six laps on Sunday, but couldn't get enough help down the stretch when he attempted to break out of the long parade running the top line. 20. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Running 28th, Gilliland attempted to help Tony Stewart run the bottom line and challenge the leaders in the closing laps. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick reported a transmission issue around the Lap 115 caution for debris and spent the final third of the race running in fourth gear due to a broken shifter. 22. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski restarted fifth with 26 laps to go and was eyeing his fourth Talladega victory until he was shuffled back. 23. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier was one of 15 cars impacted by the first big crash of the day on Lap 47, and he lost a support pit member, who handled a fuel can without a helmet or head sock. 24. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher started the race 38th and showed great patience and poise during his restrictor-plate debut in the top series. 25. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . With fewer than 20 laps to go, Kenseth tried to join Jeff Gordon as the duo fell out of the top line and unsuccessfully tried to run the bottom. 26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse was the beneficiary of the free pass on a Lap 56 caution after being knocked off the lead lap as a result of the Lap 47 wreck and caution. 27. Bobby Labonte , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Labonte made his second start of the year on Sunday (both have been at restrictor-plate tracks) and led the 22nd lap while the field was under the first caution flag. 28. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was one of 15 drivers to lead Sunday's race and paced Lap 116 when the leaders hit pit road during a caution for debris. 29. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rolled off the grid 40th and ran as high as third during his third Talladega outing. 30. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer, running ninth with 15 laps to go, predicted chaos in the final laps and he was one of several drivers to sustain contact on the last lap. 31. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The pole winner led 47 laps but was mired in traffic during the closing laps after being penalized for speeding on pit road just prior to the Lap 158 caution. " More: Gordon's day ruined by penalty, late damage 32. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards posted the fastest lap of the race (Lap 46 at 204.801 mph) and was one of the few drivers willing to attempt to run the bottom in the closing laps. He spun on the final lap as the competition sped by. " Watch: Edwards discusses what happened to him late in the race 33. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had minor damage after the Lap 47 dust-up, but earned the beneficiary of the free pass twice, including when the final caution flag was waved. 34. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne, the outside pole sitter, paced the field briefly before becoming collateral damage in the Lap 47 incident. 35. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon was running 16th when the right-front of his car erupted into flames, likely due to an engine issue, to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the day. " Watch: Dillon's car catches fire 36. Michael Waltrip , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The team owner and former Talladega victor was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday when he ran into a spinning Brian Scott on Lap 19. 37. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle, involved in the Lap 47 multi-car mashup, spent quite a bit of time in the garage for repairs before returning around Lap 90. " Watch: See the 15-car incident 38. David Ragan , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Ragan's 300th Cup start was derailed when he was collected in the multi-car incident on Lap 47. Next week, Ragan will take the wheel of Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 55 as a permanent substitute for Brian Vickers . 39. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill started 30th and was running inside the top 15 when he was involved in the 15-car accident on Lap 47. 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Gaughan, making his first Talladega start since 2004, made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 91. 41. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne ran as high as third on Sunday before losing the handle on his Ford in traffic and triggering the "Big One" on Lap 47. " Watch: See the 15-car pileup Bayne was involved in 42. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson lined up for the race 13th – his best Talladega start – but was sidelined after being collected in the Lap 47 multi-car crash. 43. Brian Scott , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Scott spun shortly after his Chevy started smoking and he inadvertently collected Michael Waltrip in the accident. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Teenager edges Roush pair of Wallace, Reed on leaderboard RELATED: Practice results Erik Jones topped the speed charts Friday in the lone NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway . Jones, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, rose to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 188.861 mph around the 2.66-mile track. The 18-year-old driver, who will make his Sprint Cup Series debut next weekend at Kansas Speedway , will be making just his 12th XFINITY start in Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 (3 p.m. ET, FOX). Teammates Darrell Wallace Jr . and Ryan Reed tied for the second spot at 188.727 mph in a pair of Roush Fenway Racing Fords. Regan Smith , a former Talladega winner in the JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet, was fourth-best at 188.086 mph with rookie Daniel Suarez fifth at 187.621 mph in another Gibbs Toyota. Series points leader Ty Dillon clocked the 26th-fastest lap in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Elliott Sadler was 13th-best at 186.180 mph in the Roush Fenway No. 1 Ford. Chase Elliott , the defending series champion, was 15th-fastest at 185.924 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Boris Said was 17th-fastest driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota in place of the injured Kyle Busch . Said, an occasional NASCAR competitor primarily at road-course events, will make his first start in the XFINITY Series since 2011. The fastest laps were established early in the 2-hour, 20-minute session, when drivers grouped together in aerodynamic packs. Most of the latter stages were spent in single-car mock qualifying runs. Several teams were docked 15 minutes of practice time because of inspection infractions the week before at Richmond International Raceway . Among them were the teams for Said, Sadler, Joey Logano , Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott . Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). It will mark the first session with revised rules disbanding group qualifying at tracks where restrictor plates limit engine output. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Keep tabs on the activity at Talladega Superspeedway This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series head south for a weekend of racing at Talladega Superspeedway . The Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 will be held on Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX. The XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 is on Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend 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 XFINITY 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 only take a peek here and there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and for most XFINITY Series races with 10 HD live race views, including up to eight in-car cameras, two mosaic views, live leaderboard and interactive chat. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual videos of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in both the Sprint Cup and select XFINITY Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly 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 and series champions immediately following the checkered flag for both national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Fifteen cars involved in crash on Lap 47 RELATED: Complete race results " Chat about the race Nearly half the field scattered when the "Big One" erupted on Lap 47 of Sunday's GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway . The No. 6 of Trevor Bayne got loose and slid up into the outside wall coming out of Turn 2, then spun and collected 14 additional cars. Bayne's car came to rest pinned against the outside wall. "I haven't seen it yet, but it looked like the No. 27 (of Paul Menard ) just got too close to us," Bayne said after being checked out in the infield care center. " I hate that a lot of cars got torn up, especially the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion. The air is so sensitive here. When you get too close to somebody, it just pulls you around." It appeared that the No. 41 car of Kurt Busch and the No. 27 of Paul Menard both got alongside the No. 6, possibly close enough to take the air off of the No 6, but no one made contact with Bayne. Polesitter Jeff Gordon was the leader as cleanup crews worked to pick up the debris strewn across the track after displaying the red flag. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led 32 of the first 47 laps. In addition to Bayne, those involved in the wreck were Kasey Kahne , who started the race on the front row with Gordon, Greg Biffle , Joey Logano , Kevin Harvick , Kyle Larson , David Ragan , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Alex Bowman , Danica Patrick , Aric Almirola , Justin Allgaier , Brendan Gaughan , Matt DiBenedetto and Landon Cassill . "I didn't see a whole lot," Larson said. "I saw the No. 6 ( Trevor Bayne ) get sideways in front of me. I don't know if somebody got into him or not, or if he just got the air taken off of him. From there just trying to miss the wrecks, and I thought I was going to clear it all, then the No. 40 started coming back up the track and I clipped him. It's tough." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Alabama superspeedway the latest to make safety enhancements Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Talladega Superspeedway announced plans on Thursday to add SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barriers to its existing barrier system ahead of the NASCAR weekend on May 1-3. The track will add SAFER barriers in three locations -- along the inside wall at entrances to pit road, Turn 1 and Turn 3. "We are committed to making Talladega Superspeedway a safe environment for drivers as well as for our fans," Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. "Safety is our top priority and will continue to collaborate with ISC, NASCAR and ARCA on any future safety enhancements." The 2.66-mile track will host the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2 (3 p.m. ET, FOX) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 3 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Since Kyle Busch 's accident in the XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway , in which the Joe Gibbs Racing driver hit a wall that did not have a SAFER barrier, tracks have been analyzing their protective barriers and making immediate enhancements where possible. Busch suffered a compact fracture to his right lower leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot from the accident and is out indefinitely. Drivers have also been more vocal about the need for more SAFER barriers. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman met with NASCAR officials recently, and safety was among the topics of discussion. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Company moves sponsorship from fall race Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The spring race at Talladega Superspeedway will be named the GEICO 500, the track announced on Thursday afternoon. The race will be held on May 3 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. The GEICO 500 was the name of the fall Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Alabama track last season. Aaron's had been the sponsor of the spring race since 2002. The GEICO 500 will be the main event of a weekend that will also include the NASCAR XFINITY Series Winn-Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the XFINITY Series and the Sprint Cup Series will be held before the race starting at 11:15 a.m. ET. "GEICO is an incredible partner which continues to show their support of our facility with tremendous activation to promote both the GEICO 500 and Talladega Superspeedway . We can't wait for the first weekend in May!" Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said in a release. Denny Hamlin won the spring race last season as his way to punch his ticket into the 16-driver Chase field. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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GarageCam's Matthew Dillner talks with David Ragan and others as he makes his way through the NSCS garage at Talladega Superspeedway .