NASCAR at Talladega schedule: How to watch, race history, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
It’s finally time for a race at one of NASCAR’s most iconic tracks. That’s right, it’s Talladega weekend.
The 2022 season has been hectic through nine weeks, and the mayhem is sure to continue at NASCAR’s biggest track.
Talladega, a 2.66-mile superspeedway, has played host to some of the craziest finishes in history. There has been a last-lap pass for the win in 29 of 105 races at the track, including three of the last four races dating back to 2020.
Here’s everything you need to know about Talladega:
What is the NASCAR Talladega schedule?
On Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, the lineup for Sunday’s race will be determined with qualifying. In the first round, all 39 drivers get one single lap around the track. The 10 fastest drivers will advance to the second round, while positions 11 through 39 will be locked into their starting spot. The 10 drivers who advance will get one lap in the second round, and their speeds will determine the top-10 starting positions.
The GEICO 500 at Talladega will go green at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 24.
What is the NASCAR TV schedule this weekend?
The race at Talladega is on FOX, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
Pre-race coverage starts with NASCAR RaceDay at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. The coverage moves to FOX at 2:30 p.m., with more pre-race festivities before the race at 3 p.m.
All coverage before, during and after the race can be streamed online here and in the Fox Sports app.
NASCAR Talladega entry list
Thirty-nine drivers are on the Talladega entry list. Up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, so all 39 entrants will race on Sunday. Here's the full list:
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NASCAR standings entering Talladega
Now nine races into the 26-race regular season, the star drivers are beginning to emerge atop the points standings. Only 16 drivers make the playoffs, and drivers secure a berth by winning a race or scoring the most points among non-winners. Here’s a look at the current playoff standings, where wins reign supreme over points:
William Byron, 295 points, 2 wins
Alex Bowman, 273 points, 1 win
Kyle Busch, 273 points, 1 win
Ross Chastain, 250 points, 1 win
Kyle Larson, 249 points, 1 win
Chase Briscoe, 245 points, 1 win
Austin Cindric, 222 points, 1 win
Denny Hamlin, 159 points, 1 win
Chase Elliott, 324 points
Ryan Blaney, 321 points
Joey Logano, 303 points
Martin Truex Jr., 253 points
Tyler Reddick, 241 points
Aric Almirola, 237 points
Kevin Harvick, 225 points
Christopher Bell, 220 points
Which active drivers have won at Talladega?
Eleven of the 39 drivers racing this weekend have won at Talladega: Keselowski, Logano, Blaney, Hamlin, Wallace, Elliott, Almirola, Stenhouse, Ragan, Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Keselowski leads active drivers in Talladega wins (6), including this race in 2021. Logano has three Talladega wins, while Blaney and Hamlin each have two. The other seven drivers each have one victory at the track.
Who is favored to win NASCAR this weekend?
It’s hard to pick a favorite at a drafting track like Talladega, where massive wrecks can eliminate contenders in an instant.
Ty Dillon has the best average finish at Talladega (12.0 in eight starts), including finishing third in his latest start. Stenhouse (14.1 in 17 starts), Keselowski (15.1 in 26 starts), Harvick (15.6 in 42 starts) and Elliott (15.9 in 12 starts) are the other active finish leaders at Talladega.
Last year, Keselowski won the spring Talladega race with a last-lap pass in overtime and Wallace won the fall race after taking the lead just before rain cut the finish short.
Here are some of the favorites to win at Talladega, courtesy of our partner, PointsBet:
Ryan Blaney, +1000
Joey Logano, +1200
Denny Hamlin, +1400
Brad Keselowski, +1400
Bubba Wallace, +1400
Chase Elliott, +1400
Austin Cindric, +1400
Chase Briscoe, +1500
Kyle Busch, +1800
Kyle Larson, +1800
Kevin Harvick, +2000
Aric Almirola, +2000
William Byron, +2000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., +3000
Ty Dillon, +10000
David Ragan, +12500
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