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NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Talladega: GEICO 500 facts

Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski had one of the few cars able to keep pace with Kurt Busch at Richmond until he dropped a cylinder late in the race.
Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski had one of the few cars able to keep pace with Kurt Busch at Richmond until he dropped a cylinder late in the race. AP

This week’s race

GEICO 500

What: 188 laps (500.1 miles)

Where: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, a 2.66-mile banked tri-oval.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Denny Hamlin

Also this week: Winn-Dixie 300, Xfinity Series, Talladega, 3 p.m. Saturday, Fox.

Worth mentioning: Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Michael Waltrip will return to racing this weekend in the No. 55 Toyota in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega. After this week, David Ragan is expected to take over the driving duties for that team for the remainder of the season.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Kurt Busch: Winning cures everything, even NASCAR suspensions.

Kevin Harvick: In nine races this season, he has finished first or second seven times.

Denny Hamlin: Led all but two laps in winning Xfinity race.

Daniel Suarez: Xfinity rookie has two consecutive finishes of sixth or better.

Chase Elliott: Seven top-10 finishes in eight Xfinity races this season. Added a solid 16th-place finish in his second Cup series start.

Clint Bowyer: Picked up his first top-10 finish since Daytona.

NOT

Tony Stewart: Looked to have another good finish until an incident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. knocked him out of the race.

Roush Fenway Racing: All three of its Cup teams finished two laps off the pace at Richmond.

Brad Keselowski: Had one of the few cars able to keep pace with Kurt Busch at Richmond until he dropped a cylinder late in the race.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick 314

2. Joey Logano 284

3. Martin Truex Jr. 281

4. Jimmie Johnson 258

5. Brad Keselowski 255

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 241

7. Kasey Kahne 237

8. Matt Kenseth 236

9. Jeff Gordon 227

10. Aric Almirola 226

11. Denny Hamlin 223

12. Jamie McMurray 223

13. Danica Patrick 211

14. Paul Menard 210

15. Carl Edwards 203

16. Ryan Newman 201

17. Clint Bowyer 200

18. David Ragan 197

19. Casey Mears 186

20. Greg Biffle 180

21. Austin Dillon 177

22. Kurt Busch 174

23. Kyle Larson 173

24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 172

25. AJ Allmendinger 171

26. David Gilliland 162

27. Trevor Bayne 154

28. Tony Stewart 145

29. Justin Allgaier 145

30. Brett Moffitt 136

31. Sam Hornish Jr. 135

32. Cole Whitt 128

33. Alex Bowman 91

34. Michael Annett 90

35. Michael McDowell 79

36. Josh Wise 63

37. Matt DiBenedetto 57

38. Jeb Burton 45

39. Alex Kennedy 35

40. Brian Vickers 32

41. Bobby Labonte 20

42. Michael Waltrip 18

Xfinity

1. Ty Dillon 293

2. Chase Elliott 285

3. Chris Buescher 282

4. Darrell Wallace Jr. 268

5. Regan Smith 252

6. Elliott Sadler 244

7. Brendan Gaughan 244

8. Ryan Reed 243

9. Brian Scott 243

10. Daniel Suarez 240

Truck

1. Matt Crafton 128

2. Tyler Reddick 126

3. Erik Jones 122

4. Johnny Sauter 112

5. James Buescher 100

6. John Wes Townley 90

7. Ray Black Jr. 89

8. Cameron Hayley 84

9. Spencer Gallagher 84

10. Ben Kennedy 83

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