January 20, 2022

GEICO 500 at Talladega

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Nascar returns this weekend with restrictor-plate racing at Talladega with the GEICO 500. At this point in the season plenty of familiar faces have all tasted victory lane and taken home prized trophies the likes of Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

In the past Talldega has produced many upsets and the following drivers Kyle Larson, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr are all still waiting for the first victories of their NASCAR Sprint Cup careers.

Race Specifics


Place: Talladega Superspeedway

Date: Sunday, May 3

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: Fox, 1 p.m. ET

Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM Channel 90

Distance: 188 laps, 500 miles

Defending race winner: Denny Hamlin

Youngest Talladega winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (22 years, 1 month, 22 days)

Oldest Talladega winner: Harry Gant (51 years, 3 months, 26 days)

Defending pole winner: Brian Scott

Youngest Talladega pole winner: Brian Scott (26 years, 3 months, 22 days)

Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (April 23, 2011—52 years, 9 months, 14 days)

Track Notes

Thirty-eight drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott (8); Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with three. There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970. Forty-four different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt (10); Gordon leads all active drivers with six. Thirteen of the 91 (14.2 percent) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Gordon (2007) is the only active driver to be able to accomplish the feat. Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27; Gordon leads all active drivers with 19. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.192. Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.444

We said earlier this is a track that can produce upset so if your betting this weekend on the race at www.americasbookie.com take a quick look at the likes of a guy like Jamie McMurray It wouldn’t be much of a shocker if this driver pulled it off considering the way he has driven in the last few sprint races.

Another outside Dale Earnhardt Jr!! Can you believe that Dale Jr . hasn’t won at Talladega since 2004.

Junior has more wins at Talladega than he does at any other track, with five victories coming in seven starts at the track between 2001-2004. The last restrictor-place race he won was the Daytona 500 in 2014.

Now, Earnhardt has more motivation than ever to get to Victory Lane—he’s still trying to get his first victory under new crew chief Greg Ives, and therefore he still hasn’t secured a spot in the Chase.

Talladega should cap off a great weekend of sporting events and don’t forget to visit our sponsor AmericasBookie.com they have everything your looking for when it comes to betting on Nascar (props,match ups) and many other straight action plays.

Enjoy the weekend and don’t touch that dial.

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