2016 Talladega II: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Sunday Notebook
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
DILLON'S TIEBREAKER LOSS OF CHASE SPOT IS ALSO A HEARTBREAKER
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Facing an overtime restart with two laps left in the Hellmanís 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, crew chief Slugger Labbe reminded driver Austin Dillon of the relevant numbers.
Dillon had to finish no more than five positions behind Denny Hamlin to secure a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cupís Round of 8óas long as Hamlin didnít win the race.
Dillon had done everything right to that point. He had earned a bonus point by staying out for an extra circuit and leading Lap 117 under the second caution of the afternoon. He gained three spots after a restart on Lap 186 and was 11th when the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 191.
2016 Talladega II: Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
BRAD KESELOWSKI - No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion - YOU HAD A DOMINANT CAR. WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "It looks like we lost an engine. Iím pretty confident I lost a rod or something in the lower end. Thatís just the way it goes."
COULD IT BE FROM GETTING TOO HOT FROM THE DEBRIS? "I donít know. Iím not an engine guy, but the car was really strong and we definitely kept finding debris. I thought I got it cooled off and only got it slightly over, but I donít know."
DISHEARTENING WITH A CAR THAT DOMINANT? "Yeah, thatís racing."
HOW DEVASTATED ARE YOU? "We just had a tremendous racing going, but it wasnít meant to be."
2016 Talladega II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Quotes
KURT BUSCH, NO. 41 HAAS AUTOMATION/MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET SS - Finished 4th "It was really a fun Every time I would make a mistake and get shuffled to the middle it seemed like the crew guys would bring back a solid pit stop to put us in position and to be in control. It feels good when we have that plus alongside our name in points. I was trying to ease it for Tony Gibson (crew chief) and all these guys that work so hard. There was some rooting and gouging at the end and I got some damage. I don't even know where we finished, but all I was shooting for was top 15."
WHAT HAPPENED THERE IN THE CLOSING LAPS? "We were battling hard and had a great run. Our car just wanted to go to the front today. There were a few times I made a mistake and got shuffled back about 15th or so. We just worked our way back up and had good pit stops. This effort today just felt like that total team effort. The pressure is here, but we are going to get stronger and better as this Chase goes on. Iím really excited about this restrictor plate car heading to Daytona next spring."
Truex, Keselowski see championship hopes go up in smoke
By Mike Hembree NASCAR Wire Service
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Two drivers who were among the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasonís most productive winners wonít be in the race for the championship.
Former champion Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., winners of four races apiece this year, fell out of Sundayís Hellmanís 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with blown engines and failed to qualify for the Round of 8 with four races remaining on the schedule.
2016 Talladega II: NASCAR Sprint Cup LIVE Streaming, Timing, Weather & TV Schedule
By PaddockTalk.com Staff Writers
The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons continues today as 48th Annual Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama is set to roll. TV coverage today will start airing at 1 PM ET on NBCSN. With the race coverage to officially begin at 2 PM ET with the green flag flying at 2:19 PM ET.
The pole sitter Martin Truex Jr and his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota will lead the field to the green flag. The Pole sitter has won this event just once in the last 33 events held at the track since 2000. The last Polesitter to claim victory was Jeff Gordon in 2007.
If you'd like more or need alternative coverage you can check out web streaming, live-timing, and radio.
For LIVE timing and scoring be sure to check out nascar.com which has LIVE timing and scoring, and lap by lap updates.
LIVE audio web streaming can be found at MRN as the company handles the call of the race on the radio/internet beginning at 1:30 PM ET.
You can also check out RaceView Premium which is a virtual 3-D Video of race action with in-car audio as well as national radio broadcasts. RaceView Audio is also available and streams all drivers' in-car audio and Officials' channel.
As for the weather, it will be pleasant with temperatures in the mid-70s, and mostly cloudy skies. There is no chance of rain.
Stay tuned to paddocktalk.com for all of your NASCAR racing results, updates and coverage!
2016 Talladega II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Quotes
All but needing a victory to advance to the next phase of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Chase Elliott qualified on the second row for the Hellmannís 500 at Talladega Superspeedway as four Team Chevy drivers will start in the top-10 of Sundayís NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Elliott, driving the No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, was fourth-fastest Saturday with a best speed of 193.166 mph. Elliott is 12th in Sprint Cup points heading into the seasonís second race at Talladega and essentially needs a victory to advance to the Round of 8 starting next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Kurt Busch piloting the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet SS will start seventh Sunday. He is fifth in the Sprint Cup standings, 17 points above the cut line.
2016 Talladega II: Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Quotes
BRAD KESELOWSKI - No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion - "Itís good to qualify up front. I think itís a good confidence boost. I feel like when we have cars that qualify well here, we race well. The Miller Lite Ford was really fast here in qualifying and hopefully it will stay the same for Sunday." HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DO YOU HAVE WITH FOUR WINS HERE? "Itís been a good track for us, but past success is no guarantee. You have to go out and put the work in and I think weíre ready to do just that."
DANIEL HEMRIC - No. 19 DrawTite Ford F-150 - "It was a busy day to say the least. Obviously, we didnít qualify like we needed to, but we were around our teammates and able to work together there and do the same strategy to line up first, second and third and use each other to lead some laps with Reddick out front. I thought we were gonna be OK and just through attrition and the way this stuff goes - superspeedway racing - we knew coming here that the variables of superspeedway racing could mean good days or bad days for other people and could set the tone for what happened to us and it just didnít work out for us on the good end of things. I hate we got caught up in the stuff we did, but we did everything we could to try to salvage the best day we could and I feel like we did that. It just wasnít what we needed."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? "The effort was second-to-none. I canít thank all of these Brad Keselowski Racing guys for doing everything they could to salvage the best day we could with what we had. We were just part of a lot of very unfortunate situations there that we couldnít avoid or couldnít miss. One you can probably rebound. Two you can rebound from, but the third one definitely put us in a bad situation. Itís not from a lack of effort. Iím just really proud of these guys. I hate we couldnít win a race earlier than this and get locked in, but now weíve got a couple more to go win."
2016 Talladega: NASCAR Truck Race Results - Grant Enfinger scores first Truck win
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
TALLADEGA, Ala. - In the race that decided the lineup for the Round of 6 in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Alabama native Grant Enfinger stole the thunder from the playoff drivers in Saturdayís Fredís 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
With a strong push from GMS Racing teammate and Chase driver Ben Kennedy after a restart on Lap 93 of 94, Enfinger surged to the front and stayed there in the face of a last-lap challenger from another teammate, Spencer Gallagher, who came home second, .108 seconds behind the winner.
The victory was Enfingerís first in 13 career starts in the series.
"Itís unbelievable," said Enfinger, who led the first-ever 1-2 finish for GMS. "Itís my home track. Itís just so special."
Roush Fenway Racing, Driver Ryan Reed Ink Multi-Year Renewal with Lilly Diabetes
Roush Fenway Racing has signed a multi-year renewal agreement for driver Ryan Reed to continue to pilot the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the XFINITY Series. Reed, who five years ago was told he would never race again after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, qualified for the 2016 inaugural XFINITY Series Chase and scored his first victory in the series last season at Daytona.
2016 Talladega II: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Friday Notebook
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
CHASE ELLIOTT EYES VICTORY LANE AS A CURE FOR CHASE DEFICIT
TALLADEGA, Ala. Ė In a sense, Chase Elliott comes to Talladega Superspeedway with the greatest amount of freedom, simply because he has the largest challenge to overcome and the narrowest path to do so.
After unfortunate results at Charlotte and Kansas, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points leader is 12th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 25 points behind Joey Logano and Austin Dillon, who are tied for eighth.
After the Hellmanís 500 on Sunday (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the Chase field will be cut from 12 drivers to eight, and Elliott likely must win in order to advance.
ďI think, for us, weíre obviously disappointed in the way the past two weeks have gone, having such strong cars over the past two weeks and having the ability to go and contend with some of those guys,Ē said Elliott, who was wrecked in a late restart accident at Charlotte and fell victim to a fluke tire rub at Kansas.
2016 Talladega II Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Joey Logano
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, is the defending race-winner of this weekendís Hellmannís 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. He currently sits eighth in the point standings, and needs to finish at least that high in order to advance to next weekís Round of 8 opener at Martinsville.
JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - THE STAKES ARE HIGH THIS WEEKEND. IS IT A CONFIDENCE BOOST TO COME IN HERE AS THE DEFENDING RACE WINNER? "I think it definitely helps knowing you can win here. Weíve had a good, solid speedway program at Team Penske the last couple years and when you come to Talladega you get excited about it. Itís not quite like that for everybody, but for us we get excited about speedway racing and the opportunity that presents itself this weekend, so weíre ready to get on the race track and see what weíve got."
2016 Talladega II Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Chase Elliott
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed working with teammate Jimmie Johnson this weekend, his recent stretch of bad luck, his outlook on the remainder of the Chase should he and the No. 24 Chevy SS team advance past the Round of 12 and many other topics. Full Transcript:
TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR TEAMíS APPROACH GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND: "I think for us we are obviously disappointed in the way the past two weeks have gone having such strong cars over the past two weeks and having the ability to go and contend with some of those guys. Obviously, to end like it did was disappointing, but for us it puts us in a pretty simplistic situation for this weekend and having to have a really good run, if not have to win. Like I said, itís a simple position that we are in and we are up for the challenge and looking forward to Sunday."
2016 Talladega II: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Weekend Preview
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service
Rookie sensation Elliott needs win at Talladega
Positioned last on the Chase Grid, a hefty 25 points below the cutoff line in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Chase Elliott needs a win in the worst way.
The problem: He's never visited Victory Lane in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
To advance in his quest for the championship, Elliott virtually must earn his first win in Sunday's Hellmannís 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN). The Sunoco Rookie of the Year frontrunner finished fifth from the pole at the 2.66-mile behemoth in his lone start there in May. Although Elliott hasn't won a race, he's shown he's a contender every week and had near misses in both Michigan races and at Pocono in June.
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