Alabama 500 Talladega Superspeedway

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Location: Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama
Course: Permanent racing facility 2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance: 500.08 mi (804.64 km)
Laps: 188

Talladega Superspeedway, formerly named Alabama International Motor Speedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. A tri-oval, the track was constructed in 1969 by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family. The track currently hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long (4.281 km) like the Daytona International Speedway, which is 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km). At its peak, Talladega had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators, although its current capacity is 80,000.

During the 1960s, William "Bill" France, Sr. wanted to build a track faster and longer than Daytona International Speedway. After failed attempts to reason with local government in Orange County, North Carolina with the Occoneechee Speedway, he attempted to find a new spot for a race track and make his idea a reality. After failing to secure a location near the research triangle around Raleigh, France then looked around between Atlanta and Birmingham along Interstate 20. He would end up breaking ground on an old airfield on May 23, 1968. The track opened on September 13, 1969 at a cost of $4 million. The track was named the "Alabama International Motor Speedway". The name would remain for twenty years until 1989 when the facility's name was changed to "Talladega Superspeedway".

Talladega hosts many NASCAR events which include two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, one Xfinity Series race, and one Camping World Truck Series race. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races include the GEICO 500 and the Alabama 500, which are both 188 laps each or 500.08 miles (804.80 km). The Xfinity Series race has historically been a 311.2-mile/500-kilometer (117 laps) since its 1992 inception, but was cut to 300 miles (480 km) (113 laps) in 1998 due to a spectator's letter questioning the metric distance, but restored to 500 kilometers by its current sponsor. The Camping Series race is 250 miles (94 laps). The ARCA race, once a 500 kilometer affair, was shortened to 300 miles in 1998 and to 250 miles in 2006 when it was moved to Friday.

 

 

Alabama 500 Schedule 2018

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
9:05 AM - 9:55 AM First Practice | NCWTS
10:35 AM - 11:25 AM
Final Practice | NCWTS
12:00 PM MENCS Hauler Entry | Crossover Gate V9
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM NCWTS Autograph Session | Camping World Display
4:00 PM Grandstands Open | EP4
4:35 PM Qualifying | NCWTS
7:00 PM The Big One on the Blvd
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
8:00 AM Pre-Race Pit Pass Access Begins
9:00 AM Grandstands Open | EP1, EP2, EP3, EP4, EP7
12:20 PM - 1:00 PM Driver Introductions | MENCS
1:00 PM 1000Bulbs.com 500 | MENCS | 188 laps

 

2018 Results

POS CAR# Driver Manufacturer LAPS POINTS
1 9 Joey Logano Ford 188 58
2 2 Kurt Busch Ford 188 38
3 5 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 188 34
4 1 Kevin Harvick Ford 188 42
5 7 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 188 41

PAST WINNERS

Season Date Winning Driver Car # Sponsor Make Avg Speed Margin of Victory
2010 25-Apr Kevin Harvick 29 Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala 150.59 mph (242.351 km/h) 0.011 sec / GWC
2010 31-Oct Clint Bowyer 33 BB&T Chevrolet Impala 163.618 mph (263.318 km/h) UC
2011 17-Apr Jimmie Johnson (2) 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala 156.261 mph (251.478 km/h) 0.002 sec
2011 23-Oct Clint Bowyer (2) 33 Chevy 100 Year Anniversary Chevrolet Impala 143.404 mph (230.786 km/h) 0.018 sec
2012 6-May Brad Keselowski (2) 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger 160.192 mph (257.804 km/h) 0.304 sec
2012 7-Oct Matt Kenseth 17 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 171.194 mph (275.510 km/h) UC/GWC
2013 5-May David Ragan 34 Farm Rich Ford Fusion 148.729 mph (239.356 km/h) 0.212 sec / GWC
2013 20-Oct Jamie McMurray (2) 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS 178.795 mph (287.743 km/h UC
2014 4-May Denny Hamlin 11 FedEx Toyota Camry 135.132 mph (217.474 km/h) UC
2014 19-Oct Brad Keselowski (3) 2 Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford Fusion 143.302 mph (230.622 km/h) 0.141 sec / GWC
2015 3-May Dale Earnhardt Jr. (6)  88 Nationwide Insurance  Chevrolet SS  159.4872 mph (256.670 km/h)  0.158 sec
2015 25-Oct Joey Logano 22 Nationwide Insurance

Ford Fusion

167.311 mph (269.161 km/h) 0.158 sec
2016 23-Oct Joey Logano 2 Nationwide Insurance

Ford Fusion

167.311 mph (269.161 km/h) 0.158 sec
2017 15-Oct Brad Keselowski 22 Brad Keselowski Racing

Ford Fusion

131.677 mph (211.914 km/h) 0.158 sec
2018 14-Oct Joey Logano 9 Team Penske

Ford Fusion

131.677 mph (211.914 km/h) 0.158 sec

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