In the final restrictor plate race at Talladega, the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the 1000Bulbs.com 500.

Forty one teams brought cars to Talladega for 40 spots on the track.

Qualifying for the race is a two round single car event with Kurt Busch winning the pole with a time of 48.90 seconds around the 2.66 mile track. Stewart-Haas Racing will start the race 1-2-3-4; with the four Hendrick Motorsports cars right behind.

The starting lineup for the 1000Bulbs.com 500:
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski – in the playoffs
Ryan Blaney – in the playoffs
Joey Logano – in the playoffs
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
AJ Allmendinger
Trevor Bayne
Regan Smith
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Brendan Gaughan
Ty Dillon
Paul Menard
Jamie McMurray
J.J. Yeley
D.J. Kennington
Kyle Larson – in the playoffs
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ross Chastain
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware

David Starr did not qualify for the race.

Stage one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 78 laps for a total of 188 laps around the 2.66 mile track. None of the stages can be completed without making a pit stop.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap two, David Ragan’s car has slowed on the track with no power.

Lap three, Kurt Busch has the lead with Clint Bowyer in second and Aric Almirola in third.

Lap four, the first part of the pack have gotten single file with Kurt Busch leading the way.

Drivers are reaching speeds of over 200 miles and hour. Jimmie Johnson has topped the speeds with 208mph.

Lap six, the top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Arc Almirola, Kevin Harvick and William Byron.

Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Penske Racing have all of their team members running together.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on Lap eleven when Jeffrey Earnhardt spins out with a flat tire.

In the fuel window, all of the teams bring their cars down pit road for service.

Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. The top 10 drivers who came off pit road did not take any tires.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 with Kurt Busch getting out in front for the lead. Led by Busch, the inside pulls out ahead of the outside lane.

With Stewart-Haas taking the top four spots, Kyle Busch has moved into fifth.

Paul Menard has an issue with his car and comes down pit road on lap 17.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 19, Kurt Busch leads by a tenth of a second on team mate Clint Bowyer with 37 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 21, the top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Kyle Busch.

The first six cars have broken away from the pack.

Kyle Busch appears to have an issue with his car.

Lap 29, Kurt Busch leads the race with his Stewart-Haas team mates right behind – Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola – with Joey Logano in fifth.

Kurt Busch has led every lap so far. The top seven cars in the pack are Fords.

Lap 32, the top eight cars have broken away from the field.

Lap 37, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with team mates Clint Bowyer,, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola following behind; Joey Logano rounds out the top five.

Lap 40, Kurt Busch as run every lap so far with 34 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a possible issue of a vibration that is getting worse. He brings his car down pit road for four tires.

Lap 42, Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas team mates have a four car breakaway, the next pack is three cars with another break to the big pack.

Pit reporters announce that Brad Keselowski did indeed have a loose wheel.

Lap 47, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Clint Bowyer in second and Kevin Harvick in third. There are now 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 48, the front four are way out in front of the the field, a smaller group is behind them with the main pack far behind.

Lap 52, Stewart-Haas Racing continues to dominate the front of the field with Kurt Busch leading the way and followed by Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola.

Kurt Busch wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Ty Dillon

Ryan Blaney wins the race of of pit road; followed by Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Ty Dillon.

Chase Elliott’s car ran out of fuel prior to the end of the stage and had to come down pit road when the pits were closed; as a result, he will have to restart the race from the end of the longest line.

Joey Logano’s team reports that there was some severe cording on his right front tire.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 61 and edges out Clint Bowyer for the lead.

Lap 62, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

The divers are getting three wide across the track.

Jimmie Johnson spins out and hits the inside wall in a singe car accident that brings out the caution flag on lap 63.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road; followed by team mates Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 66 with Harvick getting out in front. Kyle Busch leads the outside line and challenges Harvick and the inside line for the lead. Harvick holds on to the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Daniel Suarez.

Kyle Busch challenges leader Kevin Harvick for the top spot; so far Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Kevin Harvick retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 72, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Kyle Busch in second and Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap 74, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 75, Kevin Harvick leads the race with 33 cars on the lead lap.

The front pack of cars with Stewart-Haas Racing leading the way are pulling away from the field.

Lap 82, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Kyle Busch is reporting splitter issues. There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 86, Stewart-Haas continues to dominate the race with Kevin Harvick leading the race; followed by Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch. Denny Hamlin rounds out the top five.

Lap 88, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 92, Kevin Harvick has a tenth of a second lead on Clint Bowyer; Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. The front pack are single file racing, but the back group is rather disorganized.

Daniel Suarez leads pack two as they get organized to challenge the front pack.

Lap 95, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with team mates Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch all in a row. Denny Hamlin fills out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr reports some sort of banging noise in that car and it is getting worse.

Lap 103, Stewart-Haas continues their domination of the race with Kevin Harvick leading the pack and followed by Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, and Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin is in fifth place.

Kyle Larson spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap 103 in another single car accident. Video replay appears to reveal that Larson blew a tire before spinning.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 107. With Harvick leading the way, Stewart-Haas once again gets paired up to take the first four spots.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Denny Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end o stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski

Taking only fuel, Daniel Suarez wins the race off of pit road. Trevor Bayne, Matt DiBenedetto, and Joey Gase also took fuel only.

After pitting earlier, Brad Keselowski leads the race and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 116.

Brad Keselowski gets out in front of William Byron for the lead.

The drivers get four wide going into turn three.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, and Jamie McMurray.

Jamie McMurray gets black flagged for pushing Paul Menard below the no-go yellow line.

Lap 118, Brad Keselowski leads; William Byron, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, and Chris Buescher as Jamie McMurray drops out of fifth place to serve his pass through penalty.

Lap 121, William Byron passes Brad Keselowski to briefly take over the lead of the race before Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 123, thanks to a push from Daniel Suarez, William Byron gets back out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide.

Lap 125, William Byron leads with Brad Keselowski in second and Daniel Suarez in third.

Lap 128, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead with Joey Logano in second; William Bryon, Daniel Suarez, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 129, there are 30 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski in the lead.

Lap 130, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 134, Brad Keselowski has the lead with Kurt Busch in second and Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 135, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.

Under green flag pit stops, all 14 of the Fords on the track are planning to pit together.

Jamie McMurray brings out the caution flag when he spins out after blowing a tire and then gets stuck in the grass when he plows through the infield.

There are 51 laps remaining in the race, any car that makes a pit stop under this caution flag cannot make it to the end of the race without making another pit stop.

Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 142 and with some help from his Stewart-Haas team mates, Kurt Busch is in the lead with his three team mates one behind the other.

Lap 143, Kurt Busch leads the race with Kevin Harvick in second, and Aric Almirola in third.

Lap 145, the top five are Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap 148, Stewart-Haas is once again 1-2-3-4 with Kurt Busch leading the way; followed by Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, and Paul Menard.

Lap 150 and leader Kurt Busch has led 65 of them.

Lap 153, the top five are Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, and Paul Menard.

Lap 155, the lead pack has pulled away from the field.

Lap 157, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with his SHR team mates right behind him.

The caution flag comes out o lap 160 when a tire from D.J. Kennington’s team got away and rolled out on to the track.

With some drivers staying out on the track and others coming down pit road, the field will be shaken up.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 24 laps remaining in the race. Kurt Busch gets out in front with Clint Bowyer in second ad Chase Elliott in third.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

The top seven cars on the track are all Fords with one through four belonging to Stewart-Haas Racing.

Only 15 laps remain in the race and Kurt Busch has led 89 of those run so far.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard.

Ten to go, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race followed by Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Paul Menard.

With only nine laps to go, much of the field has abandoned the front four of Stewart-Haas Racing to try and pass them but the effort failed and the gap is widening.

Six to go and the four Stewart-Haas drivers have broken away for a led of 15 car lengths on the rest of the field.

Kurt Busch continues to lead with Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola following. The top four drivers have a lead of over two seconds on the rest of the field.

The caution flag comes out for a crash on lap 186 that will take the race into overtime. William Byron, J.J. Yeley, and Alex Bowman were all involved. With the cars four wide, Alex Bowman got loose.

Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick have been told that they have just enough fuel for one overtime green/white/checker finish.

Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney are out of fuel and have to come down pit road for a splash of fuel.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the first attempt at an overtime finish and gets out in front for the lead but gets a challenge from Aric Almirola. Kurt Busch blocks Almirola as he takes the white flag. Matt DiBenedetto and Chase Elliott get into a wreck but so far the track stays green.

With a push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Aric Almirola gets out in front for the lead as Kurt Busch runs out of fuel.

Aric Almirola wins the race and locks in his spot in the round of eight. Prior to winning the race, Almirola was below the cut line and facing an elimination next week in Kansas.

This is Almirola’s first Talladega win.

The unofficial results of the 1000Bulbs.com 500:
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson
Erik Jones
Paul Menard
Reagan Smith
Kyle Larson
Brendan Gaughan
Trevor Bayne
Kurt Busch
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Joey Gase
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Ross Chastain
Ryan Newman
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
Chase Elliott
Corey LaJoie
Alex Bowman
D.J. Kennington
Jamie McMurray
J.J. Yeley
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Cody Ware
David Ragan
Michael McDowell

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