NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened last fall at Talladega

Talladega Top Ten Starters

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Ryan Blaney
  10. Trevor Bayne

Talladega Full Starting Lineup

Talladega Pre-race Notes

Kevin Harvick started in the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments

Kurt Busch started in the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 55): 2,22,21,17,14,48,95,41,6,5

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 110): 21,2,14,24,3,41,48,4,18,11

Talladega Race Notes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. who started on the pole selected to start in the low line. Joey Logano who started in 3rd passed Earnhardt Jr. for the lead on the front straightaway on lap #1 and led the opening 13 laps.

Running order on lap 8: 22,2,88,24,48,20,21,95,6,17 … 19,43,18,14,34,11,42,4,27,5 … 41,13,78,1,77,72,10,83,38,32 … 37

On lap 14 green flag pit stops begun. Leader Joey Logano and many of the Fords from the top teams pitted. They remained on the lead lap. At this time Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the lead.

Running order on lap 25: 24,20,88,19,78,42,5,95,1,27 … 11,18,77,34,48,3,6,75,13,38 … 31,32,83,33,37,23,47,72,22,2 … 14,17,21,4,41,10,55,43,15,7

Big Moment: On lap 26 while many teams were trying to come to pit road a big wreck ensued. Jamie McMurray wrecked and got DNF level damage. This also marked the end of the race for Erik Jones. Kyle Busch also got some damage from this incident.

Following the lap 26 wreck, Joey Logano and the Fords who pitted earlier cycled to the lead.

Running order on lap 39: 22,2,14,21,41,19,78,17,48,4 … 6,10,20,13,32,11,34,18,83,24 … 72,43,5,95,75,88,38,27,42,3 … 23,55,37,31,47,77,1,33,15,7

Running order on lap 48: 22,2,21,17,14,48,41,6,78,19 … 18,24,34,43,20,75,11,10,88,32

With 5 laps to go in stage #1 things were starting to get wild.

Notable Moment: While running in 22nd on lap 52 Paul Menard got into the wall and brought out the caution. He had a tire go down.

During the Menard caution some drivers pitted and many of the front runners at the time didn’t.

The race restarted with one lap to go in Stage #1 and Brad Keselowski inched Logano.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 55): 2,22,21,17,14,48,95,41,6,5

Lots of drivers who pitted during the Menard caution stayed out during the Stage caution.

Running order on lap 65: 11,20,5,38,48,10,24,13,4,19 … 2,78,18,43,23,34,88,41,75,3 … 17,83,32,95,72,6,21,42,55,22 … 31,14,37,27,47,77,1,33,15,7

Big Moment: On lap 67 while coming to pit road Jimmie Johnson had contact with another car and got significant damage to his right rear. His team choose not to fix the damage during his pit stop.

Running order on lap 77: 32(didn’t pit yet), 17,41,22,13,18,2,11,21,18 … 4,14,48,78,3,43,6,42,10,24 … 20,95,88,34,27,37

On lap 80 Denny Hamlin reported he had a loose wheel. He was running in the top ten but immediately dropped out of the pack. He then came to pit road. As he was pitting the caution came out and this was a big break for him.

Top Ten In The Running order on lap 90: 41,21,78,1495,17,20,13,24,11

Running order on lap 92: 21,41,95,24,14,17,20,78,11,13 … 22,2,19,88,6,10,18,23,42,48 … 72,5,83,27,75,34,4,38,32,43 … 55,37,31,47,3,77,1,33,15,7

Running order on lap 100: 21,24,14,41,17,2,78,95,22,88 … 6,42,11,48,4,5,19,10,18,72 … 23,20,43,83,38,13,27,31,32,3 … 34,75,37,47,55,77,1,33,15,7

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 110): 21,2,14,24,3,41,48,4,18,11

Running order on lap 119: 21,24,11,2,78,42,75,41,88,95, … 48,6,4,17,18,3,13,10,5,19

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