Daytona 500 triumph gives Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR’s version of Tiger Slam

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Denny Hamlin’s Daytona 500 victory gave Joe Gibbs Racing the NASCAR equivalent of the Tiger Slam.

It’s the first time since 2012-13 that one Sprint Cup organization has collected consecutive victories in the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. Hendrick Motorsports last accomplished the feat.

While winning the four major events in golf or tennis is considered a grand slam, winning them in a row in different calendar years is referred to as the Tiger Slam for Tiger Woods when he won all four PGA events in a row (2000-01).

Joe Gibbs Racing’s streak of winning NASCAR’s four most prestigious races began with Carl Edwards’ victory in the Coca-Cola 600 last May. Kyle Busch won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Edwards won the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend and then Hamlin won Sunday’s Daytona 500. Add to that, Busch won the Sprint Cup title last year and Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star race.

Hendrick Motorsports’ slam started with Jimmie Johnson winning the 2012 Southern 500. Kasey Kahne followed with a victory in the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson then won the Brickyard 400 that season and finished the feat by winning the 2013 Daytona 500 — after he had won the 2012 title.

Here’s a look at wins in the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500 by drivers and teams since 2010 (total 25 races):

DRIVERS:

Jimmie Johnson … 4

Kevin Harvick … 3

Carl Edwards … 2

Denny Hamlin … 2

Matt Kenseth … 2

Jamie McMurray … 2

Trevor Bayne … 1

Kurt Busch … 1

Kyle Busch … 1

Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 1

Jeff Gordon … 1

Kasey Kahne … 1

Joey Logano … 1

Paul Menard … 1

Ryan Newman … 1

Regan Smith … 1

TEAMS:

Hendrick Motorsports … 7

Joe Gibbs Racing … 6

Richard Childress Racing … 3

Chip Ganassi Racing … 2

Stewart-Haas Racing … 2

Team Penske … 2

Furniture Row Racing … 1

Roush Fenway Racing … 1

Wood Brothers Racing … 1

Jordan Anderson in fiery crash in Talladega Truck race

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson was airlifted to an area hospital after being involved in a fiery crash during Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Anderson’s car caught fire in the middle of a pack of drafting trucks. Flames burst from three areas around the truck as Anderson tried to slow the vehicle and move onto the track apron. The truck hit the inside wall. Anderson climbed from the vehicle in a cloud of smoke as it came to a stop.

Anderson, 31 and a resident of Forest Acres, S.C., was transported to the infield medical center before being airlifted. NASCAR confirmed Anderson’s trip to the hospital.

Fox Sports reported that a team member said Anderson had burns.

Anderson is a part-time driver in the Truck Series. He has a top finish of 14th this season.

Starting lineup for Talladega Cup race: Christopher Bell wins pole

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Six playoff drivers will start in the top 10 for Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Christopher Bell won the pole for the race Saturday with a speed of 180.591 miles per hour. He was followed by Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola and Chase Briscoe.

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Playoff drivers starting in the top 10 are Bell, Larson, Hamlin, Briscoe, Ross Chastain (sixth) and William Byron (ninth).

Noah Gragson, who qualified seventh, is replacing Alex Bowman, who is sitting out the race with concussion-like symptoms.

Ryan Blaney, starting 19th, is the lowest playoff driver on the starting grid.

 

Christopher Bell wins Cup Series pole at Talladega Superspeedway

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Playoff driver Christopher Bell won the pole position Saturday for Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Bell, 11th in the playoff standings and below the cutline entering Sunday’s race, ran 180.591 mph to edge second-place Kyle Larson at 180.516.

Playoff drivers took six of the top-10 starting spots.

MORE: Talladega Cup qualifying results

The race is the second in the second round of the playoffs. Any playoff driver who wins the race will automatically advance to the next round.

Joey Logano leads the playoff standings.

Noah Gragson, replacing Alex Bowman, who is sitting out the race with concussion-like symptoms, qualified seventh.

The race (2 p.m., ET) will be broadcast by NBC.

 

 

Sunday Talladega Cup race: Start time, TV info, weather

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Sunday will mark a difficult crossroads for NASCAR. As several of its top drivers express serious concerns about safety, the Cup Series is at Talladega Superspeedway, the circuit’s biggest track and site of many massive wrecks over its 53 years of existence.

Adding to the tension is the fact that Sunday’s 188-lap, 500-mile race is the middle event in the second round of the playoffs. With a win automatically advancing any of the 12 playoff drivers to the next round, the final laps are likely to be frantic.

Sunday’s race (2 p.m. ET, NBC) will begin with Joey Logano atop the playoff point standings. Following him in the top eight are Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe.

Below the cutline are Austin Cindric, William Byron, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman. Byron fell below the line this week when NASCAR penalized him for bumping Hamlin under caution during last Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports has appealed the penalty.

Bowman will miss Sunday’s race because of concussion-like symptoms he has experienced after a crash at Texas. Noah Gragson will replace him.

Bell won the pole Saturday with a speed of 180.591 mph.

Details for Sunday’s race:

START: The command to start engines will be given by Jimmy Rane, president of Great Southern Wood Preserving, at 1:52 p.m. (ET). … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:04 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 11 a.m. … Driver introductions are at 1:15 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Barbara Embry, chaplin of Citizens Baptist Medical Center, at 1:43 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by the 313th U.S. Army Band at 1:45 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 188 laps (500 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 60. Stage 2 ends at Lap 120.

STARTING LINEUP: Talladega Cup starting lineup

TV/RADIO: NBC will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 1 p.m. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 1 p.m. … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. High of 78. 5% chance of rain.

LAST TIME: Bubba Wallace won last October’s race, which was shortened to 117 laps by rain. Brad Keselowski was second.

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