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NASCAR weekend schedule for Talladega Superspeedway

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The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are in action this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway as both series hold Chase elimination races at the 2.66-mile track.

The Sprint Cup Series competes in the Hellmann’s 500, and the Truck Series, in its first race in two weeks, competes in the Fred’s 250.

Here’s the full weekend schedule for NASCAR including TV and radio times.

All times are Eastern.

Friday, Oct. 21

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Truck series practice (Fox Sports 1)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck Series practice (FS1)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

Saturday, Oct. 22

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

9 a.m. – Truck Series garage opens

10 a.m. – Truck Series driver-crew chief meeting

10:30 a.m. – Truck Series qualifying; single truck/two round (FS1)

12:30 p.m. – Truck Series driver introductions

1 p.m. – Fred’s 250; 94 laps, 250.04 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying; single car/two rounds (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Oct. 23

9:30 a.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

noon – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:25 p.m. – Driver introductions.

2 p.m. – Hellmann’s 500; 188 laps/500.08 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.