NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 Notes and Entry List

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Sweet Home Alabama Has A Lot to Offer with Food:

Talladega Superspeedway is all about the fan experience, making sure that when families come onto the property, they get the best of everything – the greatest racing on the planet with limitless amenities to make their visit a fun and memorable one. The Alabama Tourism Department has come up with an easy way for travelers to do this and more while visiting the great state of Alabama.

When fans make their journey to the GEICO 500 and Winn-Dixie 300 this weekend during their trip to the state of Alabama, they will find that “Sweet Home Alabama” has lots more to offer in addition to NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track, one of our country’s top sporting venues. From delicious food delicacies to incredible road-trip destinations, Alabama has it all. Fans are encouraged to slow down, enjoy the trip, explore the cities and towns, experience the culinary side of the state and stay a little longer or come back sooner.

Alabama is rich in tradition, especially when it comes to our barbecue, so much in fact the Alabama Tourism Department has deemed 2015 as “The Year of Alabama BBQ.” The tourism campaign focuses on Alabama’s barbecue heritage, award-winning restaurants and talented pit masters. Highlights of the campaign include the launching of their website alabamabbq.com, a new smart phone app that alerts users when they are getting close to one of the state’s top barbecue restaurants, a photo exhibit of legendary pit masters, a new documentary film about the state’s barbecue culture and the announcement of the first inductees into the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame.

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length:
    2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 78,000 [was 109,000 & 143,231]
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Senior Airman James A. Sottile, Maxwell AFB
    Command to start engines: James A. Sottile
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Technical Sergeant Jason D. Floyd, Maxwell AFB
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Ole Miss Football Coach Hugh Freeze
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: Allen Singley, Alabama Raceway Ministries / Student Pastor, Grandview Baptist Church, Dothan, AL.
    National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band
    Flyover: TBA
  • May 2014 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 152.103mph, started 34th
  • October 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 160.302mph, started 5th
  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph
  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th
  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991
  • Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986
  • May 2014 Pole Winner: #33-Brian Scott, 198.290mph, finished 42nd
  • October 2014 Pole Winner: #55-Brian Vickers, 196.127mph, finished 20th
  • Track Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
  • Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
  • Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Kyle Busch, May 2014, 200.574 (1st round qualifying)
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Scott, 26 years, 3 months, and 21 days, 5/3/2014
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega Superspeedway:
    #42-Kyle Larson 95.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.7
    #20-Matt Kenseth 89.9
    #41-Kurt Busch 88.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 87.5
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 85.0
    #55-Brian Vickers 84.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski 82.9
    #22-Joey Logano 82.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin 82.0

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX – 12:30pm/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/pt on FoxSports1

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, April 30
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)

Friday, May 1
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:15 AM NXS & NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 – 1:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
3:30 – 4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

Saturday, May 2
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING – IMPOUND (Fox)

Sunday, May 3
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:25 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM NSCS RACE (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 3 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race
  • Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4596; Right-side — D-4630
  • Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side — 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 27 psi; Left Rear — 27 psi;
    Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at this track last October . . . for Xfinity teams, they ran this left-side tire code (D-4596) their last race at Talladega last May, but with a different right-side code . . . compared with what Xfinity teams ran a year ago, this right-side code (D-4630) features a compound change for better wear . . . earlier this season, teams in both of these series ran this left-side code at Daytona in February and this right-side code at Las Vegas in March . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
GEICO 500
Talladega Superspeedway – 5/3/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonalds 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 6
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Bass Pro Shops 24
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Outback Steakhouse 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Farmers Insurance 7
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 28
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy Golden Corral 36
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Medallion Bank 32
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy GoDaddy.com 18
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 13
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 23
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 30
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota PEAK Commercial & Industrial 15
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho 21
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fifth Third Bank 25
16 18 David Ragan Toyota Pedigree 20
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Arris 19
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 8
19 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) Ford Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 45
20 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 2
21 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper “I’m a Pepper” 40
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Drive to End Hunger 11
23 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota Maxim Fantasy Sports 43
24 27 Paul Menard Chevy Quaker State / Menards 14
25 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpillar 16
26 32 Bobby Labonte Ford C&J Energy Services 39
27 33 Brian Scott (i) Chevy Shore Lodge 34
28 34 Chris Buescher (i) Ford CSX / Play It Safe 31
29 35 Cole Whitt Ford Speed Stick 33
30 38 David Gilliland Ford Farm Rich 27
31 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy TBA 35
32 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 4
33 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 17
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford Fresh from Florida 12
35 46 Michael Annett Chevy Bene-fit 38
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Kroger / Hungry Jack 22
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s 5
38 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy Brandt 29
39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 26
40 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) Chevy Dia Thrive 46
41 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furniture Row / Visser Precision 3
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Dustless Blasting 37
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 9
44 95 Michael McDowell Ford Thrivent Financial 41
45 98 Josh Wise Ford Phoenix Construction 42

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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