NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in spring 2018 at Talladega

Talladega Top Ten Starters

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Brad Keselowski

Full Starting Lineup

Talladega Pre-race Notes

Jamie McMurray, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Newman all started in the rear of the field.

Talladega Spring 2018 Loop Data Box Score

Talladega Spring 2018 Loop Data Speed Stats

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 55): 2,22,78,18,21,11,12,17,4,48

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 110): 21,22,12,4,17,38,48,41,24,18

Talladega Race Notes

Kevin Harvick who started on the pole selected to start in the high-line. He led the opening 12 laps.

Running order on lap 9: 4,41,78,22,88,21,43,2,14,20 … 24,18,12,42,11,48,38,34,17,62 … 6,3,47,10,9,72,37,13,19,1 … 31,95,23,32,92,96,00,15,55,51

Around lap 13 the first green flag pit cycle started.

Notable Moment: On lap 15 Kurt Busch had to do a drive thru penalty because he was caught speeding on pit road during his pit stop. David Ragan was also caught speeding.

Running order on lap 21 (Many drivers still didn’t pit at this point): 88,24,42,43,48,10,9,47,72,1 … 3,62,37,13,19,31,95,32,92,23

Running order on lap 31( First 14 drivers at this point didn’t pit yet): 88,24,43,42,48,10,9,1,3,13 … 19,47,37,62,31,2,22,78,18,11 … 21,17,12,4,95,32,92,23,96,20 … 96,00,6,72,15,41,38,51,14,55

Running order on lap 40 (First 13 drivers at this point didn’t pit yet): 43,88,48,42,9,42,1,37,47,3 … 10,13,19,2,22,78,31,18,11,21 … 17,12,4,34,20,6,95,32,92,00 … 62,41,72,38,14,23,15,96,51,55

On lap 42 the drivers who didn’t pit previously finally made their stop.

Running order on lap 45: 2,22,78,18,11,21,17,12,4,48 … 37,9,42,88,43,47,3,1,24,13

Running order on lap 53: 2,22,78,18,11,21,17,12,4,48 … 37,9,42,88,43,47,3,34,20,1 … 24,6,10,19,13,41,62,38,31,95 … 14,72,32,92,00,96,15,23,51,55

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 55): 2,22,78,18,21,11,12,17,4,48

Running order on lap 65: 2,22,24,21,1,12,18,11,17,48 … 78,9,20,88,38,19,42,31,41,43 … 34,6,4,47,72,10,3,32,37,14 … 62,95,13,96,92,00,23,15,51,55

On lap 67 pit stops started in Stage #2.

Notable Moment: Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were all caught speeding coming to pit road around lap 68.

Notable Moment: Around lap 69 Alex Bowman was caught speeding on pit road.

Big Moment: On lap 72, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. all wrecked.

Running order on lap 82: 22,21,41,11,12,48,38,18,24,4 … 34,31,10,62,43,2,17,9,3,19 … 37,88,32,72,47,96,14,95,00,92 … 13,15,23,51,78,1,6,20,42,55

Running order on lap 92: 22,21,41,11,48,12,18,38,31,24 … 2,34,19,10,9,62,4,43,88,17 … 3,72,32,37,47 (last driver on the lead lap),14,95,00,13,15

Running order on lap 100: 11,21,22,41,12,38,4,48,17,18 … 34,24,2,31,9,19,43,10,3,62

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 110): 21,22,12,4,17,38,48,41,24,18

Notable Moment: During the Stage Caution, Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and Chase Elliott missed his pit stall. This cost both of the drivers their track position.

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