From short track racing to the biggest track on the circuit, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers come to Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500. And for the first time in over 30 years the drivers will not have restrictor plates on their cars.

On Friday, NASCAR officials confiscated the rear deck lid on the number three Richard Childress Racing car driven by grandson Austin Dillon when it was deemed that the deck lid did not comply with NASCAR rules. If any penalties are forthcoming, they will be implemented after the Geico 500.

After two rounds of single car qualifying with a time of 49.73 seconds, Austin Dillon puts his number three car on the pole for his fifth career pole…and a nice 29th birthday present.

The Geico 500 starting lineup:
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Hemric
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Kurt Busch
david Ragan
Daniel Sujarez
Paul Menard
Matt Tifft
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Corey LaJoie
Reed Sorenson
Justin Haley
Stanton Barrett
Cody Ware

Nine drivers will have to start the race from the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments to their cars – Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Reed Sorenson, and Cody Ware. Brendan Gaughan will also have to start from the back of the field after he missed qualifying when he attended his son’s confirmation.

Stages 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.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Aric Almirola who edges out in front for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Aric Almirola for the lead.

Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are swapping the lead back and forth with Keselowski taking the lead.

Lap six and the drivers are three wide across the track with Brad Keselowski in the lead.

Joey Logano leads the outside lane to take the lead of the race.

Lap 10, Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead.

The first caution flag of the race comes out when Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace make contact and Wallace gets turned around involving several cars. Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Michael McDowell were all involved in the crash.

Several of the drivers took fuel only on pit road with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road after missing his pit stall.

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch were all caught speeding on pit road. Ryan Preece and Jeffrey Earnhardt were charged with having uncontrolled tires on pit road. All of the drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Elliott’s car fell off of the jack during his pit stop.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 with Daniel Suarez alongside on the front rtow.

Joey Logano leads the raceas the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 17, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell are out of the race. Kevin Harvick is also out of the race after hitting the wall during the crash.

Jimmie Johnson hit the wall and blows a tire but the track stays green.

Lap 24, Joey Logano passes Aric Almirola to take the lead.

Lap 31, Aric Almirola takes the lead.

Lap 32, Kyle Larson is now in the lead.

Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola swap the lead back and forth with Almirola taking the lead.

Matt Tifft is out of the race after damage from debris that his his car after the crash.

With 14 laps remaining in stage one, some of the teams are concerned about having enough fuel to make it to the end of the stage.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr takes the lead as drivers begin making green flag pit stops for fuel.

Aric Almirola was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a drive thru penalty.

Lap 49, Ty Dillon takes the lead.

Ty Dillon wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Dillon
Alex Bopwman
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Newman
William Byron
Ricky Stenhbouse
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road. Ten drivers pitted before pit road was open and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Martin Truex Jr was charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 61 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide behind him.

Lap 61, Alex Bowman passes team mate Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 67, Brad Keselowski gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 72, Joey Logano is in the lead.

Lap 74, David Ragan passes to take the lead.

Lap 75, Ryan Blaney is in the lead.

Lap 77, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead.

Lap 77, Ryan Blaney retakes the lead.

Lap 78, Ricky Stenhouse takes the lead.

Lap 79, candy man Kyle Busch is in the lead.

Lap 79, Ricky Stenhuse is again in the lead.

With 28 laps remaining in stage two, the drivers begin making green flag pit stops taking fuel only.

Kyle Busch gets the lead as leads make green flag pit stops with 19 laps remaining in stage two.

With 16 laps to go in stage two, Chase Elliott is in the lead.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Chase Elliott is in the lead with 26 cars on the lead lap.

With Hendrick Motorsports Chevys leading the way, Chase Elliott wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Daniel Hemric
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch

Chase Elliott leads the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 116 and edges out for the lead.


With 67 laps remaining in the race, the first six cars are all Chevrolets with Chase Elliott in the lead.

The caution flag comes out with less than 60 laps to go for debris on the track.

Taking only two tires, Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road. The drivers will have to make one more pit stop.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with 52 laps remaining in the race but it is Ryan Blaney gets gets out in front for the lead.

Erik Jones passes Blaney for the lead. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

With 49 to go, Joey Logano takes the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse gets the lead shortly before Joey Logano retakes the lead as the drivers get four wide across the track.

Martin Truex Jr takes the lead of the race with 42 laps to go. Jeffrey Earnhardt continues the family legacy and is in 14th place. Jeffrey is the son of Dale Sr’s oldest child Kerry.

With 37 to go, Joey Logano is the new leader.

As drivers make green flag pit stops, Matt DiBenedetto is the leader.

Brad Keselowski spins out on pit road and ends up in his pit box facing the wrong direction.

Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain is the leader of the race. Chastain has yet to make his green flag pit stop.

Ross Chastain makes his pit stop and hands the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse with 24 laps remaining in the race.

With 21 laps to go, Joey Logano passes Ricky Stenhouse for the lead.

Only 15 laps remain in the race, Joey Logono is in the lead.

Fourteen to go, Kyle Busch challenges Logano for the lead and takes the lead briefly before Logano retakes the lead.

Ten to go, Joey Logano holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Big wreck with seven laps remaining in the race that left Matt DiBenedetto’s car in flames and Chris Buescher’s car nearly airborne. Matt DiBenedetto, Chris Buescher, Justin Haley, and Martin Truex Jr were all involved in the crash. All of the drivers walked away from the crash unharmed. NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the track cleaned up.

Once the track is cleaned up, NASCAR will throw out the yellow and open pit road for a quickie yellow – all drivers can come down at once – and then give the one to go signal.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row. With four laps to go, Joey Logano edges out Kyle Busch for the lead. The drivers are four wide across the track.

Four to go, Chase Elliott takes the lead.

Three to go, Erik Jones gets turned around but the track stays green.

Ricky Sgtenhouse hits the wall as Chase Elliott takes the white flag.

The caution flag comes out for a big crash on the final lap involving Jeffrey Earnhardt, Kyle Larson, and William Byron. Larson hit the wall and then rolled in the air several times.

Chase Elliott gets his fourth career win at the track where his father owns the speed record.

Elliott celebragtes his win with an impressive burnout.

Geico 500 results:
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Joey Logano
Daniel Hemric
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Brendan Gaughan
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Ty Dillon
Reed Sorenson
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Jeffrey Earnhardt
David Ragan
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse
Ross Chastain
Parker Kligerman
Cody Ware
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Jimmie Johnson
Landon Cassill
Stanton Barrett
Denny Hamlin
Matt Tifft
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell

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