Talladega Superspeedway is known for hosting some wild races and “the big one” that can take out half of the field.  This pas weekend all three NASCAR series raced on the high banked track.  The truck race resulted in an overtime finish and a truck on fire; however things calmed down a bit tor the Xfinity and Cup Series races but still provided some excitement and action including the first playoff race with a playoff driver winning the race in the Cup Series. 

After falling out of the top spot after a crash shortened race in Texas, Chase Elliott is back on top after his last lap win at Talladega, retaking the top spot in stage points and playoff points.

With only five races remaining in the 2022 racing season, Chase Elliott has earned six stage point wins and 265 stage points.  Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr still hold the lead on stage wins with seven each.

Cup Series Stage Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 265
Joey Logano – 230
Ryan Blaney – 228
Kyle Larson – 220
William Byron – 208
Ross Chastain – 207
Martin Truex Jr – 201
Kyle Busch – 195
Christopher Bell – 189
Denny Hamlin – 165
Chase Briscoe – 112
Daniel Suarez – 112
Erik Jones – 110
Tyler Reddick – 105
Alex Bowman – 104
Bubba Wallace – 88
Kevin Harvick – 86
Kurt Busch – 77
Brad Keselowski – 67
Aric Almirola – 66
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 64
Austin Cindric – 58
Chris Buescher – 41
Austin Dillon – 41
Harrison Burton – 41
Cole Custer – 33
Ty Dillon – 33
Todd Gilliland – 31
Justin Haley – 28
Michael McDowell – 23
Joey Hand – 14
Corey LaJoie – 8
Cody Ware – 2

In the Playoff standings, Chase Elliott is the first driver to clinch a spot in the next round of the playoffs after his win at Talladega.

Cup Series Playoff Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 3,103
Ryan Blaney – 3,301
Ross Chastain – 3,097
Denny Hamlin – 3,090
Joey Logano – 3,087
Kyle Larson – 3,087
Daniel Suarez – 3,081
Chase Briscoe – 3,069
Austin Cindric – 3,069
William Byron – 3,058
Christopher Bell – 3,036
Alex Bowman – 3,015


In the Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon, Noah Gragson failed in his bid for winning five races in a row; but AJ Allmendinger secured a spot in the next round of the playoffs, joining Noah Gragson.

Xfinity Series Playoff Point Standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 2,134
Noah Gragson – 2,134
Ty Gibbs – 2,133
Austin Hill – 2107
Josh Berry – 2,091
Justin Allgaier – 2,089
Sam Mayer – 2,076
Ryan Sieg – 2,070
Daniel Hemric – 2,064
Riley Herbst – 2,060
Brandon Jones – 2,060
Jeremy Clements – 2,023


The Camping World Truck Series kicked off the triple header weekend on Saturday afternoon with a race worthy of Talladega that included a truck on fire, wrecks, and an overtime finish that resulted in a first time winner with Matt DiBenedetto.

While he doesn’t have the points lead, Ty Majeski is at the top of the point standings after winning a race in this round of the playoffs and securing a spot in the final four at Phoenix.

Camping World Truck Series Playoff Point Standings:
Ty Majeski – 3, 068
Chandler Smith – 3,116
Zane Smith – 3,104
Ben Rhodes – 3,089
Christian Eckes – 3,086
Stewart Friesen – 3,086
John Hunter Nemechek – 3,084
Grant Enfinger – 3,060