2019 Talladega I -- Geico 500 -- Pre-Race Thread

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  1. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    THE RACE: GEICO 500 Monster Energy Cup Series Race

    : Talladega Superspeedway

    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #10 of 36

    Date: Sunday April 28th, 2019, Lincoln Alabama

    Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15 pm/et

    April 21st is Easter So We Have An Off Weekend

    All Times E/T

    Cup and Xfinity are racing this weekend.

    TV Schedule

    Friday, April 26

    3 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice, FS1/FOX Sports App
    4 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition, FS1/FOX Sports App
    4:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice, FS1/FOX Sports App

    Saturday, April 27
    10 a.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1/FOX Sports App
    12:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Xfinity, FS1/FOX Sports App
    1 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series: MoneyLion 300, FS1/FOX Sports App
    4:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying, FOX/FOX Sports App

    Sunday, April 28
    12:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Talladega, FS1/FOX Sports App
    1:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FOX/FOX Sports App
    2 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500, FOX/FOX Sports App
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
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  2. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Actually excited to see what "The Package" does to this race
  3. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Really wish NXS and Trucks would have a standalone weekend. At least there's other sports
  4. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    A huge opportunity they arnt racing Saturday. They should be on a bullring in the south somewhere racing by themselves. It’s insane there’s no racing next weekend, Easter is Sunday I know but there can be an Xfinity race on Saturday
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  5. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    A race at Rockingham (since Cup is unrealistic most likely in 2021) or Five Flags would be nice.
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  6. KodiakRusty89

    KodiakRusty89 Team Owner

    I don't like rp racing these days because of the ridiculousness of which the current drivers race with. There appears to be little to no regard for wrecking. Far too often the race is one giant demo derby that ends in at least one G-W-C attempt. It's NASCAR's version of insanity. With that said, i'll take 'Dega of Daytona any day. The fact that it's so much wider allows for a lot of more elbow room. Plus, the cars are more stable through the tri-oval at Talladega.

    I absolutely love the mystique and aura that is Talladega. When i watch older races on Youtube I always gravitate to 'Dega. Those summer Die Hard 500's were something to behold. It was a true test of stamina for all that were there....

    As always, I just hope for a safe race for all involved...
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  7. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Reminder time that there are no restrictor plates in the traditional sense of the term starting at this race.
  8. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

    It's Talladega. :cheers:
  9. Revman

    Revman Stop asking me about the package!

    This is going to be fascinating, honestly. My biggest question is.....Will Penske continue its obvious domination on what we used to call plate tracks? I can't wait. Much intrigue added to this race. Practice will be interesting....for once at this track.
  10. KodiakRusty89

    KodiakRusty89 Team Owner

    Good call! I might go with "pack tracks"....
  11. joe h

    joe h Team Owner

    If this race is anything like last year, where the stages were slightly longer than the fuel window, causing the cars to scatter, resulting in one of the worst races in talladega’s history, I’m done for the year. I’m pretty much at rock bottom as far as being entertained.
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  12. Joker

    Joker #1 Harvick Fan

    Someone didn't watch last night.
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  13. KodiakRusty89

    KodiakRusty89 Team Owner

    At one point in the 90's they forced teams to run smaller fuel tanks at the 'Dega and Daytona in an attempt to try and break up the packs. I actually like Talladega when there is some separation.
  14. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

    I had forgotten about all of this

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  15. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    I’ll give ‘em this: tapered spacer is more fun to say than restrictor plate.
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  16. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    There can be both Trucks and Xfinity races all in one day of practice/qualifying and 2 races same day. Do this at a track that Nascar does NOT usually race at and check the fan appreciation.
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  17. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    Joey is the best active driver at Talladega. Change my mind.
  18. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.


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  19. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

  20. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    The Penske cars. :p
  21. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    I couldn't help but notice you didnt highlight the wins category :D
  22. RacerrecaR

    RacerrecaR Orange cone

    No guarantee we won't see tandem drafting with this package, as some "experts" have mentioned. Superspeedway tracks is now my term for Dega and Tona
  23. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Brad's Dega car...10/10

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  24. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    hmm they say Nascar raised the ride height, am I seeing daylight under that car?
  25. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

  26. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Sweet, love a solid color car
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  27. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

  28. Head423

    Head423 Crew Chief

    Goodness, simple yet gorgeous
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  29. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    That's the nice thing about stats. In this case, it depends on how you define 'best'. You didn't so I interpreted to suit my case.
  30. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

  31. Truex_rox

    Truex_rox 19 looks better than ever.

    Joey's stats in general at Talladega are wild. Could we be making the argument soon that he is possibly better than Brad at plate tracks?
  32. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

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  33. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    I would have said that years ago. Brad is good.. great even.. but even as far back as JGR Nationwide days Joey showed his skill on this track type and now it's very evident in cup. Top 5s in 5 of the last 7 Dega races including 3 wins.. and the ones he didnt get a top 5 he wrecked and didnt even finish the race. So basically if he doesnt wreck he will be a threat for the win on the final lap. Plus there has only been 2 times in the past 20 years or so(I dont remember exact number of laps or who or when) that someone led the final 40 or more laps at Talladega and it was him both times.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019
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  34. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    They are still "plate tracks" to me. It is a grandfathered term for at least a decade, maybe forever. Just consider this... every week you hear someone say, "to the end of the longest line" describing a penalty for speeding in the pits or something. Well, NASCAR hasn't had two separate lines since double file restarts... over a decade. That's grandfathered too..:dual9mm:
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  35. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    They said longest line when it was single file? Hmm
  36. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    And now with TJ Majors who is exceptional at plate track (or whatever they're called now) spotting, he's definitely number 1 to me. Brad is 2A and Denny is 2B. I think Hamlin in a Ford would be unbeatable at these tracks.
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  37. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    Yes absolutely. Tab is good but TJ's skill as a spotter on superspeedways is undeniable.
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  38. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Team Owner

    Joey and Brad are both 8/1 in pre-race odds. Both have dominated Dega, two of the best defensive drivers in nascar on the plate tracks. Joey's power move in the duals at Daytonia was a serious show of power.

    Full disclosure I only have 1 nascar hat, it's a 22 hat, bought it just before the Martinsville chromehorn, sentimental.
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  39. machinistman3

    machinistman3 Team Owner

    Like they’ve always said it’s more the car at restrictor plate tracks. I think Brad and Joey are good drivers but the cars are really good as well. Ford has more HP that’s for sure.
  40. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Legitimate question for future reference, are there any seats at Talladega or Daytona you could see the whole track? I'd like to go to speedweeks or Talladega Spring (Cup, NXS, ARCA, Talladega Short Track) in the future.

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