It’s time for wide-open, restrictor plate racing again as NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the second of three races in the second round of the playoffs.
Chase Elliott is coming off of his second win of the season and is currently in the lead in the points standings. He must be excited to get to the wider of the two plate tracks in NASCAR, especially since he finished in third at Talladega earlier this season and was fastest in qualifying at Daytona before he got caught in a wreck that took out nearly half the field.
Joey Logano won the race at Talladega earlier this year and is coming off of a third placer at Dover, so he could be in position to earn his second win of the year.
Trailing Elliott in the points standings are Kevin Harvick in second, Kyle Busch in third and Martin Truex Jr. in fourth.
The 1000Bulbs.com 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
Here’s the weekend schedule:
NASCAR at Talladega 2018: TV channel and streaming info
Note: All times are ET.
FRIDAY, Oct. 12
10:05-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS2
11:35 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS2
5:35 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS2
SATURDAY, Oct. 13
11:05 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
1 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fr8Auctions 250 (94 laps, 250.04 miles), FOX
4:35 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
SUNDAY, Oct. 14
2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 (188 laps, 500.008 miles), NBC/NBC Sports App
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff point standings
|Driver||Points||Cutoff (+/-)||Stage wins|
|1. Chase Elliott||3056||—||–|
|2. Kevin Harvick||3101||+68||2|
|3. Kyle Busch||3096||+63||–|
|4. Martin Truex Jr.||3069||+36||3|
|5. Joey Logano||3064||+31||–|
|6. Kurt Busch||3054||+21||–|
|7. Brad Keselowski||3054||+21||1|
|8. Ryan Blaney||3043||+10||1|
|9. Aric Almirola||3033||-10||–|
|10. Clint Bowyer||3033||-10||–|
|11. Kyle Larson||3031||-12||1|
|12. Alex Bowman||3009||-34||–|
Which Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Talladega?
There are 41 Cup drivers entered in Sunday’s race. That number will be cut down at qualifying Saturday. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
No. 97 (TBA)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.