It’s race number two in the second round of playoffs for the Monster Energy Cup Series at Talladaga Speedway and the 1000Bulbs.com 500.
After winning the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, Spencer Boyd runs all the way to the Monster Cup garage to get into his car to qualify for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 after his team drew first draw for qualifying.
Involved in an on track incident, “watermelon man” Ross Chastain also has to run to his car after being looked at in the infield care center.
On his warm up lap, Denny Hamlin took his car to the garage with a blown engine. He will start the race from the back of the field.
After single car qualifying and a running time of less than 50 seconds around the 2.66 mile track, Chase Elliott leads his Hendric Motorsports team mates who go 1-2-3-4 with Elliott winning the pole and bringing the field to green. This is the 23 year old Elliott’s eighth career pole.
The starting line up for the 1000Bulbs.com 500:
Ricky Stenhouse JR
Martin Truex Jr
Stages one and two of the race are 55 laps each with stage three 78 laps for a total of 188 laps.
In 2000, Dale Earnhardt Sr won his tenth …and final…race in Talladega. That car has been at the Richard Childress Racing museum since 2001. As a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of RCR, car owner Richard Childress pulled the number three car out of the museum, had it cleaned up, and took a few laps around the track before the beginning of the race.
Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.
But on lap two, with the help of a push from the outside lane, Brad Keselowski takes the lead.
Lap four, after starting from the back of the field, Denny Hamlin has advanced 32 spots.
Lap five, Austin Dillon takes the number three car to the lead.
Lap six, Kyle Busch is the new leader.
Lap eleven, big brother Kurt Busch takes the lead with Kyle in second and Austin Dillon in third.
With a fuel load of around 35 to 38 laps, none of the drivers can complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.
Lap 17, Kurt Busch is the leader with brother Kyle in second and Austin Dillon in third with less than two tenths of a second separating them.
Thanks to the draft, Ryan Blaney in the outside lane takes the lead.
Lap 23, Ryan Blaney is the leader with Kevin Harvick in second and Joey Logano in third.
MBCSports broadcasters report that there is bad weather in the area.
Lap 27 , the drivers are running speeds of ver 200 miles per hour around the high banked track.
Lap 33, Ryan Blaney is still out in front with the lead; followed by Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.
When making a pit stop. The drivers must go from over 200 miles an hour to just 55mph.
Ryan Blaney spins out trying to get n to pit road.
Many of the teams are taking fuel only on their green flag pit stops.
Ryan Blaney was caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 37, Brad Keslowski has yet to make his pit stop and is leading the race.
Spencer Boyd gets stopped on the track and brings out the first caution flag of the race.
Even though they have just pitted, many drivers made a trip down pit road for fresh tires.
Paul Menard is having some neck issues and has tapped Truck Series driver Matt Crafton to take over the driving duties at the end of stage one.
Brad Keselowski brings field down for the green flag restart on lap 41 and holds on to the lead.
The drivers are three wide across the track.
Chase Elliott’s team may have some issues fueling his car. He made two trips down pit road to fuel the car.
Thanks to a push, Kurt Busch takes the lead on lap 46.
Erik Jones has an on track issue but gets down to pit road and the track stays green.
William Byron is in the lead with only three laps remaining in stage one.
In a side vy side bWilliam Byron wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Just after NASCAR waved the yellow flag to end stage one, the rain began to fall. NASCAR Brought the cars down pit road and red flagged the race but told the drivers to stay in their cars, anticipating a quick return to the track.
As the rain continues, the drivers get out of their cars and the teams cover the cars.
Despite the numerous air dryers on the track trying to make the racing surface safe to race, the rains continued and NASCAR has postponed the race until Monday afternoon.
The engines have fired up and the drivers will get one warm up lap before coming down pit road as they normally would at the end of a stage.
Brad Keselowski’s car did not fire up and will need some help to getting going.
Ryan Newman pitted early and will have to serve a penalty; restarting the race from the back of the field.
Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.
After getting pushed over halfway around the track, Brad Keselowski’s car finally fired up.
A few of the drivers make a second trip down pit road to top off their fuel tanks.
The 47 team, with Ryan Preece driving, was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 63 with Blaney getting out in front for the lead.
Lap 66, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.
Denny Hamlin is reporting some issues with his car, saying that things are breaking. A roof flap has blown off.
Lap 69, Ryan Blaney has the lead but is getting a challenge from Clint Bowyer.
Lap 74, Joey Logano is now the leader with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second and Chase Elliott in third.
The outside lane with Chase Elliott in the front is filled with Chevrolets. Chase Elliott takes the lead on lap 78 followed by team mate Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson.
The drivers are three wide across the track.
Denny Hamlin reports that he is very concerned about the hood of his car making to the end of the race.
Lap 84, Brad Keselowski takes the lead with Joey Logano in second and Ricky Stenhouse in third.
With a pushe form team mate Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott retakes the lead from the outside lane.
Lap 88, with a pushe from Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski takes the lead.
Lap 89, Chase Elliott is the leader.
Lap 91, working together, the Chevrolets make their green flag pit stops to start the cycle of green flag pit stops. Brad Keselowski takes the lead.
Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Corey LaJoie were all caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
Lap 94, the Fords come down pit road for their green flag pit stops.
Lap 95, Rick Stenhouse Jr is the new leader.
Matt Crafton, driving for Paul Menard, was caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 96, Aric Almirola is the leader.
Lap 98, Jimmie Johnson is the leader.
Lap 99, Chase Elliott takes the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Brad Keselowski in third.
Lap 100, Kyle Busch is leading the pack on the outside line and is looking to challenge Chase Elliott for the lead.
Lap 101, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second.
Joey Logano takes the lead on lap 102. He is getting a big push from Clint Bowyer in some tandem racing.
Lap 105, coming from the outside lane, Chase Elliott takes the lead.
Drivers are three wide across the track battling for position.
Lap 106, Alex Bowman takes the lead and “The Big One” happens when he gets a push from Joey Logano and brings out the caution flag. Jimmie Johnson has flames coming out the bottom of his car. Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Preece were also involved.
Finishing the stage under caution, Clint Bowyer wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.
After coming out of the infield care center, Alex Bowman said that he was trying to block Joey Logano and made a bad judgment. He apologized for the wrecked cars, saying that it was on him.
Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 117 and edges out for the lead but Clint Bowyer comes up from the inside lane and takes the lead.
Lap 118, with a push from Joey Logano, William Byron is the new leader.
Clint Bowyer retakes the lead with William Byron in second and Brad Keselowski in third.
As the lanes shovel back and forth, the lead driver changes frequently.
Lap 121, the drivers have gotten single file in the high line with Clint Bowyer leading the way.
Lap 122, Bubba Wallace gets into the wall after trying to make a spot where there wasn’t one and brings out the caution flag. Blake Jones also gets loose and spins out.
All of the cars involved in the big wreck that are still in the race have met the minimum speed rule and are still in the race.
Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.
Martin Truex Jr’s team had too many crew members over the wall and he will have to serve a penalty.
Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 126 and edges out Kyle Busch for the lead.
Getting a push from Erik Jones, Kyle Busch takes the lead on lap 127.
Joey Logano moves out and takes the lead but is in a battle with Kyle Busch for the top spot.
The caution flag come out on lap 132 for debris on the track after a blown tire on Martin Truex Jr’s car.
Taking fuel only, Ricky Stenhouse Jr wins the race off of pit road.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 138 and edging out Kyle Busch for the lead.
Even with a lot of damage on his car, Chase Elliott is in the top 10.
Trying to block all three lanes, Ricky Stenhouse Jr holds on to the lead.
After swapping lanes to block cars, leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr is getting a challenge from Joey Logano for the lead.
Lap 148, beating off all challenges, Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to lead the race.
Clint Bowyer brushed the wall but the track stays green.
Lap 150, Kyle Busch makes a run from the bottom lane and takes the lead of the race with Chase Elliott in second and William Byron in third.
The caution comes out on lap 152 after Clint Bowyer gets stuck on the track. If Bowyer has to be towed off of the track, he is out of the race.
Taking fuel only William Byron wins the race off of pit road. Chris Buescher, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kurt Busch also took fuel only.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 157 and takes the lead from the outside lane.
With a push form Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr takes the lead with 29 laps remaining in the race.
Stenhouse continues to swap lanes in an attempt to block drivers and hold on to the lead.
The caution flag comes out on lap 162 for another big wreck. Logano is driving his car to pit road with the hood up. Several drivers were pushing other cars and William Byron got loose and hit Logano, causing the wreck.
William Byron, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Matt Crafton, Ryan Preece, Austin Theriault, and Joey Gase were all involved in the crash. This was the second big crash for Ryan Preece.
Joey Logano has made several trips down pit road for damage repairs to his car.
William Byron is out of the race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 20 laps remaining in the race. With a push from Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr takes the lead.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr continues to switch lanes to try and block drivers.
Daniel Suarez brings out the caution flag when he spins out with 16 laps remaining in the race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 13 laps remaining in the race. Stenhouse edges out Kurt Busch to hold on to the lead.
Matt DiBenedetto pushes Kurt Busch out in front for the lead with 12 to go.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets around Kurt Busch to retake the lead with nine to go.
Eight to go, Kurt Busch challenges Ricky Stenhouse Jr for thel ead; so far, Stenhouse holds on to it but the Busch brothers make it three wide for a battle.
Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead but here comes Ricky Stenhouse Jr for the lead.
Sevn laps to go and “The Big One” happens again putting Brendan Gaughan in the air briefly. Monster Cup cars have a requirement of a minimum 3,400 pounds. The drivers are running 200 miles per hour; a jet airplane takes off at 170 miles per hour.
Eleven cars were involved this time – Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick,
Daniel Hemric, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Daivd Ragan, Ryan Preece, Brendan Gaughan, and Matt DiBenedetto.
All 12 of the playoff drivers have been involved in at least one of the big wrecks.
NASCAR has red flagged the race.
The cars get moving again and Ryan Blaney leads the field with only 14 cars on the lead lap.
In a two lap shootout, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front after a good push.
After a push Ryan Newman gets out front.
In a photo finish Ryan Blaney edges out Ryan Newman as another big wreck happens behind them. Blaney edges out Newman by just TWELVE INCHES!!! (7/1,000ths of a second). Blaney crossed the finish line with a flat tire.
In the final lap Chris Buescher and Parker Kligerman were involved in a hard crash.
The results of the 1000Bulbs.com 500:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard (Matt Crafton)
Martin Truex Jr