Friday, Sep 30
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For 21 years, race fans have seen the iconic gold, brown and chrome Big Rig that carries the giant American flag around Talladega Superspeedway during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of races. During this weekend’s NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader weekend, fans will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the truck as it will be displayed in the Midway.

The Midway, located on the outside of the track’s frontstretch, gives fans PLENTY to do, and will be a bevy of fun with exciting interactive activities for families, beginning at noon CDT on Friday. Saturday the fun begins at 8:00 a.m. CDT prior to an incredible doubleheader - the Chevy Silverado 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Sparks 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Midway will also open at 8 am Sunday, with the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race waving the green flag later in the day at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Fans can keep up with the “world-class” experience via the NASCAR App.

 

The tradition of the Big Rig began in 2001. John Ray, an Eastaboga native, whose trucking company is located just a few miles from the mammoth 2.66-mile venue, drove his truck, sporting the giant American flag on the track as a tribute to the country after 9/11, and to his good friend, the late Dale Earnhardt. Since, the Big Rig has become a patriotic symbol of the greatest race track on the planet. Ray passed away in 2020, but his son, Johnny, continues the traditional drive, and will so again this weekend during pre-race festivities.

 

The Midway will be a packed house, with 45 exhibits and activations to get long-time fans, as well as newcomers to the sport of NASCAR, amped up while enjoying multiple performance acts amidst the multitude of fan experiences. In addition, there will be Fan Q&A with NASCAR personalities inside the Talladega Garage Experience. The lineups of activities can be found at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. For race fans looking for food and drinks, there will be a Papa Murphy’s station, Saloon Bar, among other options.

 

Here’s the Cliffs notes of that tremendous list (which includes the Midway and the Frontstretch grandstand):

  • So Much to Do! Some of the 45 interactive displays consist of a host of Talladega Superspeedway and NASCAR corporate partners, plus NASCAR teams’ merchandise haulers, along with Axe Throwing, Caricature Artists, local dance companies, plus the popular Trackside Live Stage Presented by Race for the Championship, and much more.

  • The Trackside Live Stage Presented by Race for the Championship brings guests a live show filled with Q&A’s, concerts, performances and more. It will be the site of appearances from multiple drivers and NASCAR dignitaries for fan question/answer sessions.

 

    • Saturday’s slate includes NASCAR Cup Series driver’s Chris Buescher and Todd Gilliland, NASCAR Xfinity Playoffs driver Riley Herbst, along with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ Natalie Decker, Chase Purdy, Carson Hocevar and Alabama’s own Grant Enfinger, who is in the playoffs mix. DJ Mark will also take to the stage on three separate occasions.
    • Sunday will consist of NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers’ Joey Logano and Ross Chastain (winner of the GEICO 500 in April), as well as BJ. McLeod. Also on hand will be Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy, and Brandon McReynolds, spotter for Chastain (and son of FOX analyst Larry McReynolds).

Race fans in the popular infield Talladega Garage Experience, where fans can get up close and personal to the cars in the team garage bays, will also see driver Q&As at the Fr8 Auctions Stage. Those on hand Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., are NASCAR Cup drivers’ Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex, Jr. Saturday’s entertainment will be an acoustic performance by Berritt Haynes at 9:45 a.m.

Great tickets remain for the anticipated event and fans are urged to call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com for opportunities.

 

While the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race culminates an action-packed NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend, things kick off Friday afternoon (at 2:30 p.m. CDT) with qualifying that will determine the starting lineup for both the Sparks 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Chevy Silverado 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Saturday’s festivities get under way 11:30 a.m. CDT with the drop of the green flag for the Chevy Silverado 250, followed by the Sparks 300 at 3 p.m. CDT.

 

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Chase Rice, who also has NASCAR ties, will be the featured artist for the track’s traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert (Oct. 1). The best part about the concert is that admission is FREE with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket for the YellaWood 500. Breakout country artist Bailey Zimmerman will open the anticipated night.

Fans are encouraged to keep up with all the happenings at the biggest, baddest race track on the planet by following Talladega Superspeedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App. for the latest speedway news.

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Riley Herbst Notes of Interest

 

•  After kicking off his third straight NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs appearance with a strong fifth-place finish last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Riley Herbst and the No. 98 Monster Energy team are looking to jump above the top-eight cutline in Saturday’s Sparks 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Herbst earned his career-best seventh top-five of the season at Texas, which moved him from 11th to ninth in the playoff standings, just one point below the top-eight cutline. Avoiding calamity will be especially important for Herbst at the always unpredictable Talladega, where he looks to better his seventh-place finish from April by staying out of trouble and earning valuable stage points along the way. While a win would guarantee a spot in the Round of 8, which begins Oct. 15 at Herbst’s home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, strong runs this weekend at Talladega and Oct. 8 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval can also help Herbst advance.

 

•  With six races still remaining in 2022, Herbst can already call this season a career year. His seven top-fives eclipsed his previous season-best tally of five top-fives earned last year, and his 17 top-10s have already equaled his season high, first earned during his rookie year in 2020.

 

•  The No. 98 Monster Energy team has been solid at superspeedway-style tracks this season. In the Xfinity Series’ season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Herbst earned a fourth-place finish after running in the top-10 for a majority of the day, successfully avoiding multiple accidents and collecting bonus points with his stage finishes. Five weeks later, the series arrived at the repaved and reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval where racing now is more akin to what’s seen at Daytona and Talladega. Despite overheating problems that put him a lap down early in that March 19 race at Atlanta, the No. 98 team persevered to get back on the lead lap and earn another fourth-place finish. After a seventh-place drive April 23 at Talladega, Herbst claimed another Atlanta top-10 with a strong ninth-place finish on July 9. In his most recent superspeedway outing Aug. 26 at Daytona, Herbst navigated several accidents to finish 15th.

 

•  The Sparks 300 will be Herbst’s sixth career Xfinity Series start at Talladega. The 23-year-old from Las Vegas finished fourth at the 2.66-mile oval in April 2021, currently his best result at the track. In his return to Talladega last October, Herbst was in position for the win, leading 26 laps and running in the top-10 for a majority of the race. However, the No. 98 Ford Mustang was caught up in the “Big One” with just six laps remaining. The team followed up that performance with another top-10 run when the series returned to Talladega this past April.

 

•  In addition to his Xfinity Series starts at Talladega, Herbst has also competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and four ARCA Menards Series races. His best finish came in his April 2019 ARCA start when he missed victory lane by .149 of a second as the runner-up to race-winner Todd Gilliland. That October, in his one and only Truck Series start at Talladega, Herbst earned a solid third-place finish.

 

Riley Herbst, Driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang

 

You head to Talladega fresh off a top-five finish last week at Texas – a great way to begin your playoff run. With two races remaining in the Round of 12, what is your approach?

“Texas was a good weekend for us, and I’m glad that we could go there and get a top-five. With the playoffs, I’m more of a race-by-race guy. Ultimately, you have to survive each race and perform to the best of your ability. I will say that this first round will be the hardest for this No. 98 Monster Energy team. Talladega is unpredictable, and I haven’t been able to wrap my head around the Roval, yet. Hopefully we can survive and advance.”

 

Talladega is indeed unpredictable. How do you approach a race where there are so many variables out of your control?

“It’s all about survival. Talladega is a wild card and you never know what’s going to happen. I think if we can stay out of trouble and get a little luck, we can be contenders at the end. The key part is getting to the end of the race. We’ve led laps there and performed well at the superspeedways this season, so hopefully we can see that continue at Talladega.”

 

The playoffs are built around a “win-and-you’re-in” mentality, but you’ve proven that consistency can take you far, as well. A win is always the goal, but how satisfying is it to see your front-running consistency this season yield results?

“I’m proud of this No. 98 Monster Energy team for how far we’ve come. The growth is obvious and people are seeing it. Kevin Harvick gave me the best advice at the beginning of the season when he said I needed to focus on being consistent in the top-10 and finishing races. I think we’ve done that and I’ve grown as a driver because of it. Now we have to shift our focus to be consistently top-five and competing for wins. I cannot thank every person on this team enough for all of their hard work.”

 

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RACE #2 OF NCS PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 12: TALLADEGA

Another non-playoff contender win means all 12 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) playoff drivers are still looking for a win to secure a spot in the Round of 8. That next opportunity for a guaranteed ticket into the next round comes on Sunday in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR’s longest oval has held a spot in the NCS playoffs since its debut in the series in 2004, with 2022 marking the sixth consecutive year that the 2.66-mile Alabama venue has hosted the fifth race in the 10-race post-season stretch.

 

A look at where the Team Chevy NCS playoff drivers stand heading into race two of the Round of 12, including season numbers and career stats at Talladega Superspeedway:   

Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 2nd in Playoff Standings (25-points above cutline)

 

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 10; Top-10s: 16; Laps Led: 585;

Average Finish: 14.2; Stage Wins: 5

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 1, Top-10s: 1; Average Finish: 19.571

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Chastain’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Chastain has already scored a win at one of the Round of 12 tracks in 2022, with his second-career NCS win coming at Talladega Superspeedway in April.  

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 3rd in Playoff Standings (23-points above cutline)

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion

 

2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 16; Laps Led: 360; 

Average Finish: 13.6; Stage Wins: 4

 

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Top-Fives: 1; Top-10s: 3; Average Finish 23.133

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Larson’s sixth appearance in the NCS playoffs, with 2021 bringing Larson his first trip to the Championship 4.

- During the playoff era (2004-present); Larson leads the series in ‘multiple playoff race wins in a single season’ with five in 2021 (Bristol, Charlotte ROVAL, Texas, Kansas, Phoenix).

- In 2021, Larson took the wins at two of the three tracks that are in the Round of 12, including both the playoff and All-Star races at Texas Motor Speedway; and the annual race at the Charlotte ROVAL.

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 – 6th in Playoff Standings (11-points above the cutline)

 

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 6; Top-10s: 11; Laps Led: 247;

Average Finish: 16.3; Stage Wins: 2

 

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Top-10s: 1; Average Finish: 22.091

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Suarez’s first career appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Suarez has three top-five finishes on road course circuits in 2022 including his first-career NCS win at Sonoma Raceway; and fifth-place finishes at Road America and Watkins Glen. 

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 7th in Playoff Standings (11-points above cutline)

 

2022 NASCAR Cup Series Regular-Season Champion

Victories: 4 (series-leading)

Top-Fives: 11; Top-10s: 18; Laps Led: 763

Average Finish: 11.8; Stage Wins: 5

 

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Wins: 1; Top-Fives: 4; Top-10s: 6; 

Pole Wins: 3; Average Finish: 16.538

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Elliott’s seventh consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Elliott has advanced to the Championship 4 the past two seasons, winning his first career NCS Driver Championship in 2020.

- Six of his 17 career NCS wins have come in the playoffs.

- Elliott has won at two of the three tracks in the Round of 12, including Talladega Superspeedway (2019); and a two-time winner at the Charlotte ROVAL (2019 and 2020).

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 10th in Playoff Standings (8-points below the cutline)

 

Victories: 2

Top-Fives: 5; Top-10s: 9; Laps Led: 713; 

Average Finish: 16.5; Stage Wins: 4

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Top-Fives: 2; Top-10s: 2; Average Finish: 19.000

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Byron’s fourth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bryon’s career-best finish in the NCS playoffs came in 2021, finishing the season 10th in the final standings.

- Byron scored top-10 finishes in all three races of the Round of 16 including an eighth-place at Darlington Raceway; sixth-place at Kansas Speedway; and third-place at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 – 12th in Playoff Standings (26-points below the cutline)

 

Victories: 1

Top-Fives: 4; Top-10s: 12; Laps Led: 136; 

Average Finish: 16.1; Stage Wins: 2

 

 

At Talladega Superspeedway:

Top-Fives: 1; Top-10s: 4; Average Finish: 24.429

 

 

Of Note:

- The 2022 season marks Bowman’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCS playoffs.

- Bowman has raced his way into the Round of 12 in each of his NCS playoff appearances; making it to the Round of 8 in the 2020 season to score a career-best sixth in the final standings.

- Two of Bowman’s 12 top-10 finishes of 2022 came in the Round of 16, recording a 10th-place finish at Darlington Raceway and a fourth-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

Chevrolet All-Time NASCAR Cup Series

Championships:

 

Manufacturer Championships:

1st Chevy Title: 1958

Most Recent Title: 2021

Highest Number of Consecutive Titles: 13 (2003-2015)

 

Driver Championships:

1st Chevy title: Buck Baker (1957)

Most Recent: Kyle Larson (2021)

Highest Number of Consecutive Titles: 7 (2005-2011)

REDDICK ON TOP AT TEXAS

 

 

In similar fashion as the series’ opening playoff round, the first race of the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 saw a non-playoff contender steal the show. Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Camaro ZL1 followed up a disappointing early departure from the playoffs in the best way possible, taking the victory in the NCS Round of 12 opener at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick’s third victory of the season is second-most of the series’ 19 winners, just behind fellow Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott. The 26-year-old California native’s triumph took Chevrolet to its 17th win of 2022 in NASCAR’s premier series, extending its lead as the winningest manufacturer of the NCS season. 

 

BOWTIE LOOKING FOR A TALLADEGA REPEAT 

The Bowtie brand is returning to Talladega Superspeedway as defending winners in all three NASCAR national series. In April, the series made its first stop of the season at the 2.66-mile Alabama venue for a doubleheader race weekend featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS); while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will make its return to the track for the first time since October 2021.

 

Ross Chastain and the No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 team might have only led one lap in the spring NCS Talladega event, but it was the most important lap of the race. Taking the white in the third position and aligned with fellow Chevrolet drivers Erik Jones and Kyle Larson; a battle among the top-two opened the door for Chastain to pilot his Chevrolet-powered machine to the front, taking the checkered flag by a mere .105-seconds to capture his second NCS win of 2022. Chastain’s victory gave Chevrolet its 42nd all-time win at Talladega, extending its record as the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR’s premier series at the track.

 

In a triple overtime finish, JR Motorsports’ Noah Gragson record his first-career NXS win at Talladega in the series’ April event. Gragson’s victory came after narrowly edging out Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of seven-time NCS Champion Dale Earnhardt, who was piloting a black No. 3 Chevrolet as a special entry for Richard Childress Racing. Gragson delivered Chevrolet its 21st win in 33 NXS races at Talladega, the most of all manufacturers, as well as extending the Bowtie brand’s win streak at the track to seven in a row.

 

In the NCWTS most recent appearance at Talladega (October 2021), the series saw a first-time winner hoist the trophy in the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Driving a part-time schedule for Chevrolet team Young’s Motorsports, Tate Fogleman scored a playoff race upset, taking the lead on the final circuit from then race leader, John Hunter Nemechek, to score his first career NCWTS win in 46 starts in the series. 

GRAGSON GOES FOUR-IN-A-ROW, TIES RECORD

 
 

Noah Gragson and the No. 9 JR Motorsports Camaro SS team started the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs in the same winning fashion as the team concluded the series’ regular season. In the NXS Round of 12 opening race at Texas Motor Speedway, Gragson continued to prove he is a championship contender, leading a race-high 85 laps en route to his series-leading seventh NXS victory of 2022. The victory – which punched his ticket to the Round of 8 – was also the 24-year-old Nevada native’s fourth consecutive victory. Gragson became just the second driver in series’ history to win four consecutive NXS races, joining Sam Ard on that elite list, who accomplished that feat in 1983. Gragson’s triumph gave Chevrolet its 20th win in 27 NXS races this season; and the manufacturer’s 497th all-time in NXS competition, one step closer to its milestone 500th victory.

PLAYOFF POINTS UPDATE: ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO

The Talladega Superspeedway race weekend marks the second of three races in each of the three NASCAR national series’ respective playoffs, with the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series in the Round of 12, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is down to the Round of 8.

 

An eventful 500-miles at Texas Motor Speedway provided for a shakeup in the NCS driver points standings, but one thing that remained the same was Chevrolet drivers leading in numbers above the playoff cutline. Collecting top-five finishes and crucial stage points in both stages, Ross Chastain took second in the playoff points standings with a 25-point cushion over the cutline. Just behind Chastain in third is 2021 NCS Champion Kyle Larson, who recorded his 16th top-10 finish of the season and increased his points advantage to 23-points over the cutline. Entering the Texas race weekend below the cutline in 11th, Daniel Suarez made a big jump in the standings to the sixth position and an 11-point advantage above the cutline. The 2022 NCS regular-season champion Chase Elliott fell in the standings after an incident forced the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 to retire from the race early, but he still remains above the cutline in the seventh-position (11-points above the cutline). Rounding out the Chevrolet playoff field includes William Byron in 10th (8-points below the cutline) and Alex Bowman in 12th (26-points below the cutline).

 

With race one of three in the books for the opening round of the NXS playoffs, the Bowtie brand continues to control the driver standings, with Chevrolet drivers currently occupying six of the top-eight positions in the standings. Leading the way is Noah Gragson, who’s Texas win already secured his spot into the Round of 8. 2021 NXS regular-season champion AJ Allmendinger is in second with a 47-point advantage on the cutline; with Chevrolet drivers Austin Hill, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier and Sam Mayer taking the fourth- through seventh-spots in the standings, respectively.

 

In the NCWTS Round of 8, GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger represents Chevrolet in the title hunt. While continuing his top-five streak in the series’ playoffs – recording a fourth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway – Enfinger still remains on the outside looking in, but just 15-points below the cutline.

 

Defending NCS and NXS Manufacturer Champions, Chevrolet, continues to pull away in the manufacturer points standings as the Bowtie brand looks to repeat its championship title. After a sweep of the wins at Texas Motor Speedway, Chevrolet extended its lead to 92-points in the NCS manufacturer points standings and 131-points in the NXS manufacturer points standings.

NCWTS ROUND OF 8: RACE TWO

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make its return to the track this weekend, with Saturday’s Chevy Silverado 250 marking race two of the series’ Round of 8. Chevrolet’s playoff contender Grant Enfinger and his No. 23 GMS Racing Silverado RST team are riding the momentum of a strong, consistent run in this season’s playoffs, scoring top-five finishes in all four of the playoff races thus far. Enfinger’s next chance at a win to secure his spot in the Championship 4 comes at his home track of Talladega Superspeedway. The 2.66-mile superspeedway delivered Enfinger his first career win in the series in 2016, also behind the wheel of a GMS Racing Chevrolet-powered machine. 

BOWTIE BULLETS

·       Victories by active Chevrolet drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway include:

       Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Camaro ZL1 (2022)

       Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Camaro ZL1 (2019)

       Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Camaro ZL1 (2017)

 

·       Chevrolet is heading into the Talladega Superspeedway as defending winners at the track following Ross Chastain’s victory in the April 2022 NASCAR Cup Series race. Chastain’s victory was celebrated by a strong showing by the Bowtie brigade, with six drivers from four different Chevrolet teams taking top-10 finishes.

 

·       In 106 NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet leads all manufacturers in race wins (42) and pole wins (37). Of those wins includes a record streak of 13 consecutive trips to victory lane, captured by five different drivers in Chevrolet-powered machines from April 1999 to May 2005.

 

·       In his nine career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Chevrolet driver Ty Dillon leads all active drivers in the series in average finishing position at the 2.66-mile Alabama Superspeedway with a 14.333.

 

 

 

 

·       Tyler Reddick’s win – his third of the 2022 season – delivered Chevrolet its manufacturer-leading 17th win in 30 NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races. The Bowtie brand also continues to lead its manufacturer competitors in top-fives (71), top-10s (132), laps led (3,533) and stage wins (24).

 

 

 

·       Seven Team Chevy drivers have combined 24 NASCAR Cup Series stage wins:

       Tyler Reddick 2 - Fontana x2

       Alex Bowman 1 - Las Vegas, Kansas

       Ross Chastain 4 - Las Vegas, Darlington, Charlotte, Pocono, Richmond

       William Byron 4 – Phoenix, Atlanta, Talladega, Darlington

       Daniel Suarez 2 – COTA, Charlotte

       Chase Elliott 3 – Martinsville x2, Charlotte, Atlanta x2

       Kyle Larson 4 – Bristol, Sonoma, Pocono, Texas

 

·       Reigning NASCAR Cup Series and NASAR Xfinity Series Manufacturer Champions, Chevrolet, continues to lead in the manufacturer points standings in both series. The bowtie brand leads the NCS manufacturer points standings by 92-points, with the manufacturer’s lead in the NXS standings expanding to 131-points.

 

 

 

 

·       With its 40 NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships, 33 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Championships, and 831 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins, Chevrolet continues to hold the title of winningest brand in NASCAR.  

FOR THE FANS

·       Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway at Talladega Superspeedway. 

·       Fans can check out an assortment of Chevrolet vehicles including: Camaro ZL1, Silverado 2500 LTZ, Silverado ZR2, Blazer RS, Tahoe Z71, 2023 Corvette Z51, Pink Silverado 1500 High Country.

·       At the Chevrolet Display, fans can also view Kyle Larson’s No. 5 Camaro ZL1 show car.

 

Team Chevy Driver Appearances at the Display:

Sunday, October 2

·       Tyler Reddick: 9:15 a.m.

·       Chase Elliott: 9:45 a.m.

 

Chevrolet Display Hours of Operation:  

Friday, September 30: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 25: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

 

Tune In: 

NBC will broadcast the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 2. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

USA Network will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 1. Live coverage can also be found on the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

 

FS1 will broadcast the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250 at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 1. Live coverage can also be found on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. 

QUOTABLE QUOTES

ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 JOCKEY CAMARO ZL1

How do you think Talladega will go for you?

"Unfortunately, my belief is when you win a superspeedway race, you have to pay it back for a long time so you don’t finish good for a long time. So I’ll be very lucky if I get to finish that race. If I can just stay on the bottom again and they move out of my way and I take the checkered flag in first, that would be great. Spring Talladega was wild. We’ll always have good memories but I’ve had a lot of wrecked racecars there."

 

Do you feel confident since you won the Spring race?

“No, I don’t feel confident just because I won the race there earlier this year (laughs). That was pure luck, it’s still hard for me to believe it happened.”

 

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER OFF ROAD CAMARO ZL1

How much more confidence do you have going into Talladega coming off a strong finish there in the Spring, and a recent win at Daytona International Speedway?

“I always feel like you’ve got something when you win on a certain type of track. Obviously, there’s a lot of luck involved as well, but the important thing is that there are opportunities to make your own luck. We’re going to work hard. We’ve just got to stay focused and see if we can play the same kind of chess match that we did earlier this year. Anything can happen at Talladega Superspeedway, but we’re going to do what we can to use momentum at the very end of the race to take advantage of positions.

 

 

KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

Larson on if drivers might play it safe and run behind the main pack this weekend:

"I don’t think so just because there’s so many stage points on the line. Yes, there might be a couple that do that, but I feel like you typically don’t see that. I think there’s so many stage points on the line that if you can get those points then, even if you wreck, you’ll have a decent points day out of it. I see everybody racing pretty hard."

 

CLIFF DANIELS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1

Daniels on if strategy or luck helped with their fourth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April:

"I would say more luck because we were able to stay out of the wrecks. From a strategic standpoint, everything we accomplished that race is the exact strategy we try to implement every speedway race. We try to get up front and stay up front. We try to have a good driving car that can pass and draft and do all the things you need it to do. We try to be on the right side of pit strategy while working with our teammates and other Chevrolet teams. From a pure strategic standpoint, we target that every single speedway race."

 

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

Elliott on racing at Talladega:

"It’s obviously not an ideal situation to be where we’re at in the points heading into Talladega (Superspeedway), but it is what it is. I’ve said for years that no one is safe in these playoffs. We’ve been in similar situations in the past, so we know what we need to do these next two weeks to put ourselves in a good position to advance. I know we’re fully capable of getting the job done. We’ve proven it time and time again."

 

ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1

Gustafson on Talladega:

"We were able to learn a lot when we were at Talladega (Superspeedway) in the spring to really improve our superspeedway program. That was our goal going into the race, knowing we’d be coming back here in the playoffs. For us, it’s about getting maximum points this weekend, minimizing our mistakes and making sure we survive until the end. If we do that, we’ll have just as good a shot as anyone to get the win and lock ourselves into the next round."

 

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

Byron on how to balance racing at Talladega:

"Racing at Talladega (Superspeedway) is more about how well you can push someone and how well your car can receive a push. It’s a track where you really have to be able to work with other cars to not only get to the front but also stay up there. We were running up front in the spring race and lost our help in the end to stay up front, unfortunately. Once you get back in traffic, it’s a lot harder to make your way forward. With how close the points are right now; I think stage points are going to be even more crucial Sunday than they normally are in this race. With everyone trying to get every point they can, you don’t want to put yourself at risk of not finishing the race either just trying to get a stage point. It’s a fine balance for sure."

 

 

RUDY FUGLE, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1

Fugle on preparation for Talladega:

"Talladega (Superspeedway) is a track where balance comes more into play than a place like Daytona (International Speedway). It’s a fine line between finding speed for qualifying, but also having the handling of your car right to keep you up front during the race. We’ve only had qualifying for two superspeedway events this year, but we have a good notebook on what adjustments we made from Saturday to Sunday. We ran really well in the spring race at Talladega earlier this year, and those notes are going to be a huge help even though the weather will be different this time around. We’ll also run the same tire that we ran not only at Talladega this year, but also at Daytona as well. This is probably one of the tracks in the playoffs that we have the most notes on and can prepare for."

 

TY DILLON, NO. 42 SUNSEEKERRESORTS.COM CAMARO ZL1

Dillon's thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"I'm pretty pumped to head back to Talladega this weekend with our Sunseeker Resorts Camaro. In every superspeedway race we've ran this season, our Petty GMS team has brought some really fast cars, and it shows with both of our teams. We were able to hook up with our teammate and get to the front of the pack in the spring, and also had a good run going for us at Daytona until we got caught up in the big one. This time around, I'm hoping that we can put together another strong effort and hang in there through all 500 miles so we have a shot at the end."

 

ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1

“I think Talladega will be really good for us. Superspeedway’s, every race this year we’ve been really, really fast and really strong and had a shot to win and just haven’t closed it out. Hope this is the one. I think it’s a race we can win for sure going in. I think we all feel really confident. I feel really confident in my superspeedway ability, feel really confident in what we are bringing car wise to the superspeedway’s right now. I think Talladega plays in our hand a little bit more than Daytona with the speed we’ve had. I’m excited for that and hopefully we can go there and get a win with our FOCUSfactor Chevy.” 

 

DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 TOOTSIE ORCHID LOUNGE CAMARO ZL1

Thoughts on Talladega?

"Talladega is very unpredictable and a lot of things can happen as we all know. As a driver you can put yourself in good positions and bad positions. You just have to be smart and keep yourself in good positions all day. Of course there is a lot of luck in that. If we can break even in Talladega we will be in good shape. I know the following week on the ROVAL at Charlotte we will be top-five and I expect to race for the win."

 

How important are stage points?

"They weren't as important in the first round, but in this round I think they are definitely a must. You have to earn stage points if you want to advance. We know that and it's a priority. That starts in qualifying on Saturday, so you have to qualify well to start in a good spot and have a good pit stall then keep track position all day. We did that at Texas on Sunday."

 

Can you win this championship?

"Somebody has to win it! You know at the beginning of the year (Trackhouse founder and owner) Justin Marks said something that really sticks with me. 'Why not us?' We might not have the experience in terms of years like many of the other teams have, but what we do have are the people, the corporate partners and the manufacturer support from Chevrolet to win this so why not? We haven't gotten here by just luck. We have to continue to do our thing and see where all of this is going to take us."

 

Thoughts on the remaining two races in the Round of 12 - Talladega and the Charlotte ROVAL?

"You know Trackhouse Racing has won at a superspeedway race when Ross (Chastain) won at Talladega earlier this year and then both of us have won on road courses this year, so we feel very confident in our setups and how we will race in the next two races."

 

GRANT ENFINGER, NO. 23 CHAMPION POWER EQUIPMENT SILVERADO RST

Enfinger 's thoughts on racing at his home track during the Round of 8:

“Talladega is always a special place for me, so I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while. Jeff Hensley and the guys have our Champion Power Equipment Chevy as prepared as we can possibly be. Speedway racing is always chaotic, but hopefully we have the speed and make the right decisions to get some valuable stage points and contend for a win. Roll Tide!"

 

JACK WOOD, NO. 24 LOGITECH G SILVERADO RST

Wood's thoughts on superspeedway racing in the Truck Series:

"There are a lot of unknown variables that come along with superspeedway racing, but I think Talladega provides us with a great opportunity to capitalize. I wasn't able to get much experience racing in the pack there last season as we had a mechanical failure, but I learned a lot earlier this year at Daytona and Atlanta that I look forward to using this weekend. Our main goal has to be all about surviving, so if we can avoid 'the big one' and put ourselves in a good spot to be there when it counts, that is going to pay huge dividends. I'm looking forward to taking on this challenge with my No. 24 Logitech Silverado RST."

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Ty Dillon, No. 42 SunseekerResorts.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Dillon at Talladega Superspeedway: Ty Dillon has nine Talladega races under his belt in the Cup Series, and has earned two Top-10 finishes at the facility. In 2020, Dillon earned his best-career NASCAR Cup Series finish in the fall race at 'Dega, finishing in third position. He's also led 10 laps here, and ran up front in the spring race earlier this year before becoming involved in a crash at the halfway point.

Dillon has made six NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the super speedway, posting one Top-10 result in 2015, where he finished eighth. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Dillon earned one pole in 2012, and finished in fourth position in that race as well. In 2011, Dillon made his one and only ARCA Menards Series start at the track, winning the race in dominant fashion from the pole.

Somewhere on a Beach: Ty Dillon's No. 42 Chevrolet will feature vibrant colors with primary sponsorship from Sunseeker Resorts. Owned and operated by Allegiant Travel Company, Sunseeker Resorts aims at providing guests with a luxury getaway experience that is unmatched in the industry. As a newly emerging brand and largest new-build resort in all of Florida, Sunseeker plans on making a big statement with their first resort set to open next year in Charlotte Harbor, Florida. 

About Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor: Opening in 2023, Florida’s newest luxury resort located in Charlotte Harbor is the first resort property of Sunseeker Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company. Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor occupies over 22 waterfront acres with 785 guest rooms, including 189 Signature Sunsuites™. Set upon the Peace River and Florida Gulf Coast, this premier resort offers 20 original food and beverage concepts; including seven stand-alone restaurants, eleven bars and lounges, two poolside offerings and a 25,000-square-foot multi-dining experience. Additional hotel amenities include a waterfront promenade, two unique rooftop and waterfront pool experiences, 60,000-square-feet of combined convention space, full-service spa and salon, a 7,100-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center with four group exercise studios with specialty instructor lead classes, three retail and market shops, and an 18-hole championship level golf club exclusive to hotel guests only. The resort is conveniently located within a short drive of Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Sarasota, St. Petersburg-Clearwater, and Tampa airports. For more information, visit www.sunseekerresorts.com. Follow us on Instagram: @sunseekerresorts and like us on Facebook: @sunseekerresorts.

- Breast Cancer Awareness: As part of a team tradition, Ty Dillon will be honoring several women who have been affected by breast cancer with pink ribbons lining his No. 42 Chevrolet at Talladega. The women highlighted are family members of Petty GMS employees directly associated with his team.

- From the Drivers Seat: Dillon's thoughts on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"I'm pretty pumped to head back to Talladega this weekend with our Sunseeker Resorts Camaro. In every super speedway race we've ran this season, our Petty GMS team has brought some really fast cars, and it shows with both of our teams. We were able to hook up with our teammate and get to the front of the pack in the spring, and also had a good run going for us at Daytona until we got caught up in the big one. This time around, I'm hoping that we can put together another strong effort and hang in there through all 500 miles so we have a shot at the end."

 

Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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- Jones at Talladega Superspeedway: Erik Jones will make his 12th-career start in the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon for the YellaWood 500. In his previous 11 Cup Series starts at the Alabama track, Jones has two top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes with a best finish of second in 2020. Earlier this season, Jones started the GEICO 500 from the 16th position, led 25 laps and was in position for a shot at the win before finishing the race in the sixth position. 

In the Xfinity Series, Jones has three starts with a career-best finish of fifth in 2017. With two starts in the Truck Series, Jones has a fourth (2015) and sixth-place finish (2014). 

With three superspeedway races this season, Jones has led laps in all three races for a total of 50 laps out of a total of 123 laps led this season. 

- Erik Jones Sightings: Fans attending Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway will have a chance to see Erik Jones before the race:

  • US Air Force: Erik Jones will make his way to the US Air Force display in the fan midway area from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CT on Sunday morning prior to the YellaWood 500.

- Breast Cancer Awareness: The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all Petty GMS and GMS Racing teams will honor individuals throughout the month who are battling, are survivors and those who have succumbed to the disease. Each vehicle will carry pink ribbons with the names of family members and friends submitted by Petty GMS and GMS Racing employees. During this month, we honor all those affected by this disease. 

- Focused on Winning: FOCUSfactor will serve as the primary partner on Jones's Chevrolet Camaro for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.   

- About FOCUSfactor: FOCUSfactor is sold at America’s leading retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, The Vitamin Shoppe and Amazon.com. FOCUSfactor, America’s leading brain health supplement, is a nutritional supplement that includes a proprietary blend of brain supporting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. In December 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 8,329,227 covering FOCUSfactor’s proprietary formulation “for enhanced mental function”. The issuance of the patent marked one of the few times a patent has been issued for a nationally branded nutritional supplement. FOCUSfactor is clinically tested with results demonstrating improvements in focus, concentration and memory in healthy adults.

- From the Driver’s Seat: “I think Talladega will be really good for us. Superspeedway’s, every race this year we’ve been really, really fast and really strong and had a shot to win and just haven’t closed it out. Hope this is the one. I think it’s a race we can win for sure going in. I think we all feel really confident. I feel really confident in my superspeedway ability, feel really confident in what we are bringing car wise to the superspeedway’s right now. I think Talladega plays in our hand a little bit more than Daytona with the speed we’ve had. I’m excited for that and hopefully we can go there and get a win with our FOCUSfactor Chevy.” 

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NASCAR Pinty’s Series rookie driver Jean-Philippe Bergeron traveled to Delaware Speedway in Ontario last weekend for the final race of the season. The particularly bumpy half-mile oval gave the team a hard time with their setup choices during practice. Although the Jacombs Racing organization found the right adjustments, the driver had to settle for a starting position from 21st following qualifying. “The weather was not in our favor. It rained just before the race. The track was slippery and there was mud in some places,” said Bergeron.

The #1 Prolon | Rousseau Métal | CTSR Mustang was very fast at the beginning of the race and the driver took advantage of it to start his comeback. As he approached tenth place, the brakes started to deteriorate, which increased the level of difficulty. With 50 laps to go, Jean-Philippe avoided a major multi-car accident. He was able to get back on the leaders lap and get close to the lead. “I thought I would make it to the top-5, but on the last restart I found myself behind slower damaged cars which made passing difficult,” he said, still satisfied with the result. Indeed, Bergeron obtained his best result of the season, a seventh position, just behind his teammate, Alex Labbé.

A Rewarding Season Despite the Setbacks

When Bergeron looks back on his season, he remembers all the mishaps he experienced. Although he had a very fast ride, he didn’t get the results he was hoping for, too often falling victim to bad luck. He still finished the season with a second place in the rookie championship and a tenth place overall.

“I learned a lot this year. I had the chance to race alongside talented drivers in a very competitive series. I was experiencing for the first time most of the tracks I raced on. I improved my driving, there is no doubt about it, and I am very proud of that,” added the driver who bravely faced his share of challenges throughout the season. “The Jacombs Racing team has worked very hard all year to deliver a great car at every race. I would like to thank Dave Jacombs for believing in me and giving me the tools to be competitive,” he concluded.

In 2023

Bergeron enjoyed his experience in the Pinty’s NASCAR series which he considers more competitive than the ARCA series he raced last year. He hopes to find the necessary sponsorship to return to this series next year for a full season and have the chance to compete with the best Canadian drivers for the win.

Important Partners

Jean-Philippe has been able to count on long-time partners who have allowed him to complete a full season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series: Prolon Controls, Circuit téléguidé Saint-Roch and Technoflex. To these were added this year the Olivier Group with its Shelby Canadian division, Rousseau Métal, Hipertech, Permatex, Métaux Angers, DL Performance, Lettrapub, Unik, Aviation NETWorx and Aeroskills Tournament.

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After spending a Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway experiencing the highs and lows of motorsports, Harrison Burton and the No. 21 DEX Imaging team are headed to Talladega Superspeedway confident they can overcome whatever obstacles the racing gods place in their path.

At Texas, Burton and the No. 21 team worked their way to the front of the pack and led the race for 15 laps only to lose the lead and a lap when a pit stop went awry and the team had to deal with a serious fire. Still, the team recovered, regained the lost lap and wound up with an 18th-place finish.

This week’s 54th annual YellaWood 500 marks the 100th Talladega start for the Wood Brothers team, which has five wins, 19 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes plus six poles at the high-banked, 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Crew chief Brian Wilson believes the team can mark that milestone with a strong showing this Sunday.
 
“Last weekend in Texas, it was really special to see the No. 21 Ford at the front of the field, especially with Nancy Wood’s name on the door,” Wilson said. “That was a great boost of confidence for our whole group and shows that our process is starting to pay off.
 
“As we head back to Talladega our group should also have confidence based on our previous speedway performance as well. I keep telling the guys if we survive one of these races we’ll end up with a great result.

“From the first race of the season in Daytona through the rest of the speedway races our team has shown the speed to run up front at each one of them. We’ll look to continue to build on that success this weekend.”

But as the Wood Brothers have learned in their previous 99 starts at the Alabama track, races there truly are wild-card affairs.

“Races at Talladega always produce some unpredictable action,” Wilson said. “As we’ve shown the past few weeks, and really all season, our group will be ready for anything that comes our way.”

There will be no practice for the Cup Series this weekend. Qualifying is set for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (10:30 Eastern Time).
 
Sunday’s 188-lap race is scheduled to start just after 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Eastern) with TV coverage on NBC.
 
Stage breaks are planned for Laps 60 and 120.

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The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 drives on this Sunday from Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, marking the first of six consecutive Cup Series Playoff races to conclude the season on the broadcast network. A victory by a playoff driver at Talladega will automatically clinch them a spot in the Round of 8.

Racing icon and NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty previewed the weekend by saying, “Talladega has been NASCAR’s original wild card race since 1969. This year may be its biggest ever and I can’t wait to see what happens. This weekend is a must watch!”

In addition, seven consecutive hours of motorsports coverage Saturday on USA Network features the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway and the conclusion of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans season finale with coverage getting underway at 3:30 p.m. ET.

2022 NASCAR CUP SERIES PLAYOFF STANDINGS ROUND OF 12

Driver Points
Joey Logano 3071
Ross Chastain 3059
Kyle Larson 3057
Ryan Blaney 3056
Denny Hamlin 3049
Daniel Suárez 3045
Chase Elliott 3045
Chase Briscoe 3041
Austin Cindric 3034
William Byron 3033
Christopher Bell 3016
Alex Bowman 3015

NASCAR: CUP SERIES YELLAWOOD 500 & XFINITY SERIES SPARKS 300

The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 continues this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway with a berth in the Round of 8 available with a win by a playoff driver. Joey Logano leads the playoff standings after a second-place finish in the Round of 12 opener at Texas Motor Speedway. Tyler Reddick won last week’s race in Texas.

Beginning a stretch of six consecutive Cup Series Playoff races on NBC to conclude the season, coverage of the YellaWood 500 at Talladega will be presented Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with an hour-long edition of Countdown to Green beginning pre-race coverage at 1 p.m. ET. NASCAR America post-race coverage will immediately follow the checkered flag at 6 p.m. ET on Peacock.

The Xfinity Series Playoffs Round of 12 continues Saturday with the Sparks 300 at Talladega Superspeedway at 4 p.m. ET on USA Network, with Countdown to Green getting underway at 3:30 p.m. ET. Noah Gragson has won four straight races and has secured a spot in the Round of 8.

Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as analysts for the Cup and Xfinity Series races from Talladega Superspeedway with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen.

Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman, Dave Burns and Kim Coon will serve as pit reporters this weekend.

Snider will anchor pre- and post-race studio coverage with racing icon Kyle Petty and JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Brad Daugherty this weekend from the Peacock Pit Box.

Earnhardt Jr. is a six-time Cup Series winner at Talladega.

The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 NASCAR Cup Series races and 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2022 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, culminating with the Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5-6. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ 2022 NASCAR coverage.

NASCAR Pick ‘Em: NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, NASCAR Pick ‘Em, features a weekly contest for each NASCAR Cup Series race throughout the season. NASCAR Pick ‘Em is available for download now on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet (available in the App Store and Google Play Store).

BROADCAST TEAM

  • Analysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
  • Play by Play: Rick Allen
  • Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Parker Kligerman, Dave Burns, Kim Coon

STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM

  • Host: Marty Snider
  • Analysts: Kyle Petty, Brad Daugherty

HOW TO WATCH

  • TV – NBC, USA Network
  • Streaming – NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, Peacock
Date Coverage Platform Time (ET)
Fri., Sept. 30 NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying USA Network 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 1 NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app 10:30 a.m.
  Countdown to Green – NASCAR Xfinity Series USA Network 3:30 p.m.
  NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 USA Network 4 p.m.
  NASCAR America Post-Race – NASCAR Xfinity Series USA Network 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 2 Countdown to Green – NASCAR Cup Series NBC 1 p.m.
  NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 NBC 2 p.m.
  NASCAR America Post-Race – NASCAR Cup Series Peacock 6 p.m.

IMSA: PETIT LE MANS

The star-studded field at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans season finale is headlined by Jimmie Johnson, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya. Championships will be decided in all five IMSA classes at the ten-hour endurance race taking place this Saturday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta across NBC, Peacock and USA Network.

BROADCAST TEAM

  • Play by Play: Leigh Diffey, Dave Burns
  • Analysts: Calvin Fish, Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe, Brian Till
  • Pit Reporters: Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch, Hannah Newhouse, Matt Yocum

HOW TO WATCH

  • TV – NBC, USA Network
  • Streaming – Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Date Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 1 NBC, Peacock Noon
  Peacock 3 p.m.
  USA Network, Peacock 7 p.m.

MOTOGP: THAILAND GRAND PRIX

Only four races remain in the 2022 MotoGP season as the series returns to Southeast Asia for the Thailand Grand Prix at Chang International Circuit this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. 25 points separate Fabio Quartararo (219 pts), Francesco Bagnaia (201 pts), and Aleix Espargaro (194 pts) in the chase for the championship, while eight-time world champion Marc Marquez returns to the circuit where he won his last title in 2019 and is coming off his first pole position in over three years.

NITRO RALLYCROSS

The 2022-23 Nitro Rallycross season continues this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn., live Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.

The series features inaugural season reigning champion and action sports icon Travis Pastrana as well as motorsports stars Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Jenson Button.

THE DALE JR. DOWNLOAD

Two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Chris Buescher joins this week’s The Dale Jr. Download episode streaming tonight at 6 p.m. ET on Peacock. Weekly and on-demand episodes of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast will stream exclusively on the platform, taking viewers table-side for unparalleled perspective, candid commentary, and insight from Dale Jr.

NASCAR AMERICA MOTORMOUTHS

NBC Sports’ fan-favorite NASCAR call-in show, NASCAR America Motormouths, discusses the latest motorsports news and interviews with NBC Sports’ NASCAR analysts and reporters each Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.

RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Episode five of Race for the Championship premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network. The one-hour unscripted docuseries will take viewers inside the lives of NASCAR’s top drivers and teams on and off the track. Click here for more details on the series and here for the episode five trailer.

Across ten thrilling episodes, the all-access series will chronicle the sport’s best as they balance their personal lives with the passion, pressure and perils of racing, all for a chance to make history.

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Four drivers will represent the hometown team of Bill McAnally Racing when the ARCA Menards Series West visits All American Speedway in Roseville, California on Saturday for the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by Berco Redwood.

 

They will be competing in the feature race, in Roseville’s biggest NASCAR event of the year. The annual event, which benefits the Placer Cancer Breast Cancer Endowment, has been recognized as the biggest single-day sporting event in Placer County.

 

The BMR lineup will feature the local father-son duo of John Moore and Cole Moore, of nearby Granite Bay. They will be racing identical appearing Chevrolets, carrying JM Environmental/Berco Redwood sponsorship – with John Moore driving the No. 27 and his son in the No. 99.

 

Cole Moore won the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series championship in the Late Model division at All American Speedway in 2020. His father followed that up by winning the same track title last year, along with the state championship.

 

Both drivers are gunning for their first ARCA West win. Cole has come close, with two runner-up finishes this season. Being at his home track could give him his best shot at victory. In addition, All American Speedway has had three straight first-time series winners, leaving the door open for Cole to become the fourth. He is also in contention for the ARCA West championship this year, with only two races remaining on the schedule after Saturday. His father, meanwhile, is returning to the series, where he last competed in 2015.

 

BMR’s lineup this week also features a couple of talented young, up-and-coming drivers who are looking to capture the spotlight – Landen Lewis and Sean Hingorani.

 

Lewis was named to drive BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS midway through this season. The 16-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, already had an ARCA West win among two series starts when he joined the BMR team in June. He has added to that with one top-five and three top-10 finishes in three starts.

 

Hingorani – a 15-year-old from Newport Beach, California – will be in a BMR entry for the first time. He’s had a fast start in racing, with a rapid rise in just 12 months of competition. His early success has been primarily in Legend cars and late model stock cars. He has made two ARCA West starts, with a best finish of 12th on the road course at Portland.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS will be well represented at the track on Saturday, with the NAPA Distribution Center in Sacramento and Riebes NAPA stores playing a significant role in the event. A NAPA sales promotion – which utilized this race all year long and involved Adaptive One, Gates Industrial, NGK, and NAPA Tools & Equipment – will feature an outstanding VIP hospitality with more than 450 guests.

 

Lewis and Ron Hornaday Jr., a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former NAPA driver, visited Riebe’s Auto Parts locations in Northern California on Wednesday and met with local media. Hornaday was instrumental in Lewis joining BMR.

 

The BMR drivers, along with their cars, will travel on Thursday evening to meet with well-known Sports Director Del Rodgers at KCRA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento.

 

Sponsor activities at the track on Friday will include VIP rides in BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS two-seater Chevrolet for guests from NAPA Sacramento and Riebes Auto Parts.

 

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by Berco Redwood (Race 9 of 11) Oct. 1, 2022

Location: All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif. (.333-mile oval)

Television: Streamed live on FloRacing on Oct. 1, 7:45 p.m. PT/ USA Network on Oct. 10, 10 a.m. PT

 

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The rumble of Midget racing continues at Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz. when Western Midget racing presented by Masters Design and Construction makes its seventh Copper State appearance of the year on Saturday night. Non-Wing Micro Sprints, Restricted Micro Sprints, and Jr. Sprints will also be competing at the 1/5th mile dirt bullring. Pit gates open at 2pm with the drivers meeting at 5pm. Hot laps and heat races will follow.

Cory Brown of Peoria, Ariz. has ruled his home track this season with three victories, but his streak of wins was snapped two weeks ago when Nathan High scored his second-career WMR triumph. Brown is locked in a tight battle with Oakley, Calif.’s Bryant Bell for third in the series championship, with just two points separating them in the standings.

They are all chasing 2021 champion Blake Bower of Brentwood, Calif. who enjoys a 64-point advantage over Las Vegas’ Kyle Hawse in the standings. Lodi, Calif.’s Nate Wait ranks fifth. Todd Hawse of Moorpark, Calif., Logan Mitchell of Santa Cruz, Calif., Sage Bordenave of French Camp, Calif., Chloe High of Goodyear, Ariz., and Drake Edwards of Surprise, Ariz. round out the top-ten.

Race winners at Adobe in 2022 include Bower in the season opener, Edwards in the second Adobe round, three consecutive wins for Brown, and the victory for Nathan High. A third-place finish on September 17 for Lonnie Oliver of Phoenix equaled his season-best and gives him great momentum as he challenges for his first series win. Las Vegas’ Kyle Hawse has a best finish of second on May 7 at Adobe as well.

Local supporters have added numerous bonus awards which boost the event to a possible $750 to win with a 16-car field.

Teams who travel from more than 240 miles to compete will be eligible for a part of the $400 in road warrior money offered at each round this season.

Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, Blud Lubricants, and West Evans Motorsports.

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It’s Wide Open … Talladega Superspeedway has a knack for providing many drivers breakthrough performances in its history spanning more than half a decade, and a wide-open opportunity awaits for Tyler Ankrum on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro produced a strong performance in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), the only prior superspeedway event this year, when he led his first laps with HRE and was in contention for the victory before an incident in the final laps. The last six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Talladega have seen drivers earn their first victory of the season, and that’s a trend Ankrum hopes to continue Saturday afternoon and add another superspeedway trophy for HRE.

 

HRE and Ankrum Superspeedway History … Ankrum took quickly to the intensity of Talladega by earning a seventh-place finish during his debut in 2019 after qualifying second. He returns for his fourth 'Dega appearance behind the wheel of the No. 16 which has a stout superspeedway history. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and company have a victory at DIS to their credit in 2019 with driver Austin Hill. The No. 16 squad also earned a best finish of sixth at Talladega in 2019 and banked a stage victory in the 2020 visit to the world's biggest superspeedway. The combination are well-positioned to recapture past superspeedway success this weekend and be a threat for victory.

 

Season to Date … Only three races remain in the 2022 season and Ankrum continues to hold the 12th position in the drivers’ championship point standings. He posted a season-best finish of sixth at Indianapolis Raceway Park in July and has earned seven top-10 results with an average finish of 15.0.  

 

Chassis Selection … Zipadelli and the No. 16 team have prepared chassis No. 012 for Talladega. This has been the team’s primary superspeedway Toyota Tundra TRD Pro since the 2020 season, and earned a stage win at Talladega two season ago. Ankrum most recently led four laps at DIS in February and was a major contender for the race victory before being involved in a late-race incident.

 

Tune In … FOX Sports 1’s coverage from Talladega begins on Saturday at Noon ET with NASCAR Raceday followed by the green flag at 12:30 p.m. ET. Stay connected with the No. 16 LIUNA team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook. 

 

Tyler Ankrum Quote:

On returning to a superspeedway:

“There are a lot of opinions on superspeedway racing, but the fact is there’s a trophy out there and a great opportunity for our LIUNA team this weekend. We had a great Toyota Tundra TRD Pro at Daytona earlier this year and I felt like we were one of the trucks to beat that night. The aggression level gets higher and higher with each lap that you click off, and we just got caught up in a mess coming to the white flag, but it makes all of us feel good that we have such great speed in our trucks. All the guys at HRE put so much effort into these trucks to make sure we have a fast piec. Survival is going to be a major key on Saturday, so if we can make it to the final 10-15 laps, I think we’ll have a great shot at it.”

 

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