It’s race day at Talladega Superspeedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s GEICO 500, the 10th race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:07 p.m. ET (1:07 p.m. local). Senior Airman Matthew J. Kovall of the U.S. Air Force, will wave the green flag.
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local). GREEN FLAG: 2:19 p.m. ET (1:19 p.m. local).
TV: Fox. Pre-race broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. local).
STREAMING: Fox Sports Go.
RACE DISTANCE: 188 laps around the 2.66-mile track for a total of 500.08 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 55, Stage 2: 55, Stage 3: 78.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 313th United States Army Band will perform the anthem at 2:01 p.m ET (1:01 p.m. local), followed by a flyover by four F-15s from the 122nd Fighter Squadron in New Orleans.
WEATHER: Pretty ideal. The Weather Channel is calling for cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s and a very slim chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Aric Almirola only led one lap, but it was a big one as he outdueled Clint Bowyer by .105 seconds in the October playoff race to book a spot in the elite 8. And one year ago last April, Joey Logano edged Kurt Busch by .127 seconds after leading 70 laps. Ford drivers have won seven consecutive races at Talladega and eight of the last nine.