The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500. This is the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Here is some news and notes since qualifying.
Qualifying was rained out so NASCAR set the field according to the rule book. In this case speeds from the first practice were used to set the field. Aric Almirola and his teammate Marcos Ambrose discussed the possibility of weather canceling qualifying and drafted together to the front when practice started setting the top speeds. Almirola said, “We knew that there was a small chance for rain today, however obviously under the circumstances we thought it would be good to put up a good lap just in case it did rain we would be in a good position.”
Almirola got the pole and will lead the field to green. Marcos Ambrose ended up third fastest and will start behind him. Jeff Burton got the outside pole.
Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson seemingly have the Chase for the Sprint Cup in hand. Will they race conservatively in order to keep that or will they race to win? That will be one of the biggest stories throughout the race. Ironically they will start the race next to one another with Johnson 11th and Kenseth 12th.
This week Aric Almirola’s crew chief Todd Parrott was suspended by NASCAR for violating the Substance Abuse Policy. Richard Petty Motor Sports vice president of operations and competition will crew chief this weekend.
Restrictor plate racing at Talladega is exciting and dangerous. Johnny Sauter won the Camping World Truck Series by being out front and missing a horrific wreck by the rest of the field coming to the finish line.
This was an impound race so no teams were allowed to make any changes to their cars. As of this writing no teams have done so and will have to start the race from the back.
The weather at Talladega is expected to be perfect for racing with no chance of rain.
If you can’t get to Talladega Superspeedway the race will be broadcast Sunday, October 20th on ESPN at 1 PM ET.