Talladega Spring Race Weekend Packed With Excitement

Written by Adrian Beecher

Giddy up race fans! Its Dega weekend and the Party is just getting started!

As the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series rolls into town, Kyle Busch comes in hot, off three straight wins. The rest of the field comes in hungry for a win, some could think none hungrier than Joey Logano, who is sitting second overall in the points standings.

Joey Logano signs autographs for fans at Talladega. (April 27, 2018)
(Photo Credit: Chris Tello / The SkyBoat)

Logano is still looking for his first win of the year after having three top 5’s and eight top 10’s in the first 9 races of the season. Despite being second in the statistical points standings, his inability to capture a victory has him sitting 6th in the playoff standings. His history at Dega is better than others, with one win and 7 top ten finished in 18 career races at the track in Cup Series.

Last year, it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. capturing the win in the spring and Brad Keselowski in the fall. Both of these drivers are looking for their first wins of the season as well. Keselowski sits 7th overall in the points and 5th statistically. Stenhouse Jr. has not seen as much luck, with only one top 10 finish coming in Bristol and sits all the way back in 19th in the points standings.

The Cup Drivers provide the climax to the weekend. However, the action starts on Friday evening as the ARCA series, that NASCAR just purchased,  get out on the track in the evening to start the excitement with the General Tire 200. Points leader Sheldon Creed will look to get his first win of the season as he leads a field of up and coming drivers, including Natalie Decker, who won the pole at Daytona earlier this year. Then Friday night, it’s “The Big One” on the boulevard in the infield.

Natalie Decker takes practice laps in her No. 25 N29 Capital Partners-Yamaha Power Products Toyota at Talladega. (April 27, 2018)
(Photo Credit: Glen Starek / The SkyBoat)


Saturday see’s the excitement kick into high gear with qualifying sessions for both the Xfinity Series and Cup Series. Then in the evening, the Spark Energy 300 gets underway. After the action on the track, the infield gets rocking with concerts from Tim Dugger and Uncle Kracker.

Then to wrap things, Sunday at 1:00 pm CT the green flag drops to get the 10th race in the NASCAR Cup Series season underway with the Geico 500 at Talladega.

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