Getty Images

NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Talladega

Leave a comment

NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with the Cup and Camping World Truck Series.

Cup will hold the second race of the Round of 12 while the Truck Series concludes its first playoff round.

Cup teams will only be in action for two days beginning Saturday.

Here’s the full weekend schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Oct. 12

8:30 am. – 8 p.m. – Truck garage open

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. – Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)

11:35 – 12:25 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS2)

3 – 8 p.m. – Cup garage open

5:35 p.m. – Truck qualifying; two rounds/single truck (FS2)

Saturday, Oct. 13

9:30 a.m. – Truck garage opens

9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Cup garage open

10:30 a.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

11:05 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

12:30 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

1 p.m. – Truck Series Fr8Auctions 250; 94 laps/250.04 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4:35 p.m. – Cup qualifying; two rounds/single car (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Oct. 14

9:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:15 p.m. – Driver introductions

1:55 p.m. – 1000Bulbs.com 500; 188 laps/500.08 miles (NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

NASCAR drivers play in the snow

@StewartHaasRcng Twitter
Leave a comment

Charlotte, N.C. gets an average of slightly more than four inches of snowfall per year, so when a rare winter storm rolls in and dumps 10 or more inches in spots, NASCAR drivers and their families take advantage of the event.

 

Xfinity, Truck series banquet highlights

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Leave a comment

On Saturday night, The Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series gathered for their awards banquet at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Here are some highlights from the banquet:

Xfinity Series

Tyler Reddick was crowned the Xfinity driver champion with Stewart-Haas Racing taking the owners championship.

Cole Custer finished second, Daniel Hemric was third and Christopher Bell finished fourth.

Camping World Truck Series

Brett Moffitt and owner Hattori Racing Enterprises grabbed the top spot in the Truck series.

Noah Gragson finished second with Justin Haley third and Johnny Sauter fourth.

 

Joey Gase weds Caitlin Himmelsbach

Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Joey Gase announced his wedding with Caitlin Himmelsbach Sunday morning, saying: “It’s now official! Looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Caitlin Gase.”

Their engagement was announced in February 2017.

In 2018, Gase ran full-time in the Xfinity series with three 15th-place finishes in the fall (Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Kansas) as his best results. He competed in eight Cup races – mostly with StarCom Racing – and scored a best of 18th at Talladega in October.

Full-time Cup drivers with longest winless streaks ahead of 2019

Leave a comment

The 2018 Cup season was partially defined by streak busters.

Six drivers ended winless streaks of 50 or more races, including Clint Bowyer snapping a 190-race winless streak in March at Martinsville.

Aric Almirola also ended a multi-season winless streak when he won at Talladega, earning his first win since 2014.

The 2018 season was also defined by surprising drivers going winless, including seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

Who has the longest winless streaks ahead of the 2019 season?

The following list is made up of drivers who are confirmed to compete full-time in 2019 and who did not win in 2018 but have won previously.

Should Jamie McMurray accept an offer from Chip Ganassi Racing to race in the Daytona 500, it’ll be his 185th start since his last points win (Oct. 20, 2013 at Talladega).

Paul Menard – 268 starts (July 31, 2011 at Indianapolis; Only Cup win)

David Ragan – 206 starts (May 5, 2013 at Talladega; Second Cup win)

Chris Buescher – 87 starts (Aug. 1, 2016 at Pocono; Only Cup win)

Ryan Newman – 68 starts (March 13, 2017 at ISM Raceway)

Jimmie Johnson – 59 starts (June 4, 2017 at Dover; went winless for first time in Cup career in 2017)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 55 starts (July 1, 2017 at Daytona; Second Cup win)

Denny Hamlin – 47 starts (Sept. 3, 2017 at Darlington; went winless for first time in career in 2017)

Kyle Larson – 46 starts (Sept. 9, 2017 at Richmond)