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Wrapup: Talladega

Monday, May 8, 2017


Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) hosted two NASCAR top series events this past weekend. On Saturday, the 2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama featured the XFINITY Series Spark Energy 300. The GEICO 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was held on Sunday afternoon. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Friday, May 12, with the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the GEICO 500 with a lap of 191.547 mph. This is his second pole in 158 MENCS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in eight races at TSS. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 34 races at TSS. Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at TSS. It is his ninth in ten races this season. Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Did Not Qualify: No. 96 D.J. Kennington.

Results: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the GEICO 500, his first victory in 158 MENCS races. This is his fifth top-10 finish in 2017 and his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at TSS. Jamie McMurray (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 30 races at TSS and his sixth top-10 finish in 2017. Kyle Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 24 races at TSS. Ty Dillon (12th) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 54 points over Martin Truex Jr.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kyle Larson
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Chase Elliott
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Joey Logano
7. Kevin Harvick
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Kyle Busch
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
13. Ryan Blaney
14. Ryan Newman
15. Kurt Busch
16. Trevor Bayne

Next: Saturday, May 13, Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Blake Koch (No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sparks Energy 300 with a lap of 183.490 mph. This is his first pole in 190 NXS races and his third top-10 start in 2017. Cup regular Kasey Kahne (second) posted his second top-10 NXS start of 2017 and his fourth in eight races at TSS. Daniel Hemric (third), the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender, posted his first top-10 start at TSS. It is his eighth in nine races this season.
Did Not Qualify: No. 78 BJ McLeod.

Results: MENCS regular Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford Mustang, won the NXS Annual Sparks Energy 300 at TSS. It was his third victory in 99 NXS races and his first top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It was also his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at TSS. Elliott Sadler (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at TSS. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017. Cup driver Joey Logano (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight NXS races at TSS. Matt Tifft (sixth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Blake Koch led one lap, made it to lap 49 before getting caught up on a multi-car wreck and was credited with a 31st place DNF in the 113-lap event.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Justin Allgaier
3. William Byron
4. Darrell Wallace Jr.
5. Daniel Hemric
6. Michael Annett
7. Matt Tifft
8. Ryan Reed
9. Blake Koch
10. Brennan Poole
11. Dakoda Armstrong
12. Cole Custer

Next: Saturday, May 27, Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by four points over Christopher Bell.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Christopher Bell
3. Matt Crafton
4. Timothy Peters
5. Kaz Grala
6. Ben Rhodes
7. Chase Briscoe
8. Grant Enfinger

Next: Friday, May 12, Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
(twin 100-lap races on Saturday)
May 6, WhosYourDriver.org at South Boston Speedway (0.4-mile oval in VA)
Pole: Chase Cabre
Winner of 1st Twin 100:  Travis Miller
Winner of 2nd Twin 100: Harrison Burton
Points Leader: Harrison Burton
Next: June 3, Memphis 125 at Memphis Int’l Raceway (0.75-mile tri-oval in Millington, TN)

K&N Pro Series-West (three race- NAPA 500 Challenge that week)
March 23, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park (0.5-mile oval in Bakersfield, CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: March 25,  NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: March 25, NAPA Auto Parts T-100 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: May 13 at Spokane County Raceway (0.5-mile oval in Airway Heights, WA)

Pinty’s Series
Season-opener:
May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)

Whelen Modified Tour
April 30, NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Stafford Springs, CT)
Winner: Ryan Preece  -Pole: Doug Coby    -Points Leader: Rowan Pennink
Next: May 13 at Langley Speedway (0.4-mile oval in Hampton, VA)

Peak Mexico Series
April 23, Canel’s 200 at Autodromo Potosino (0.5-mile oval in San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
Winner: Rogelio Lopez    -Pole: Hugo Oliveras    -Points Leader: Ruben Rovelo
Next: May 14, Red Cola 120 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (1.25-mile oval in Puebla, Mexico)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
May 6, General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama)
Winner: Justin Haley   -Pole *: Dalton Sargeant   -Points Leader: Austin Theriault
* No time trials, pole set by owners points, Sargeant not credited with a pole.
Next: May 21, Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway (0.5-mile oval in OH)

Southern Modified Racing Series
April 14, Keller Williams Realty 125 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)
Winner: Tim Brown   -Pole: Brandon Ward  -Points Leader: Brandon Ward
Next: June 1 at Hickory Motor Speedway (0.363-mile oval in Newton, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series
April 22 at Monadnock Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Winchester, NH)
Winner: Ryan Preece   -Pole: Jon McKennedy  -Points Leader: Ryan Preece
Postponed: May 6 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (0.375-mile oval in CT)
Next: June 6 at  Stafford Motor Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Stafford Springs, CT)
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Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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