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Wrap-up

Talladega Superspeedway - GEICO 500

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: June 25, 2020, 11:14 am ET

The Talladega Superspeedway hosted NASCAR XFINITY Series' Unhinged 300 on Saturday. Aside from the three multi-car wrecks, the event completed the scheduled 113 laps. Sunday's Cup Series GEICO 500 had to be postponed to Monday due to weather at the Alabama tri-oval. On Monday, the race got underway on time but after lap 58, the red flag was waved for about an hour due to rain. A couple of laps before the end of the scheduled 188-lap event, caution for a spin pushed the race into 3-lap overtime. Several cars spun coming to the checkered flag. The photo-finish showed Ryan Blaney crossed the finish line ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by only .007 seconds. Aric Almirola, one of the spinning cars, crossed the finish line backwards and was credited with third-place. The Gander Truck Series returns to action next weekend with the Pocono Organics 150 at Pocono Raceway. The latest results and upcoming scheduled events for NASCAR feeder series are included below as well as details on all tracks mentioned in this column.

                        NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Mon, Jun 22, GEICO 500 - Talladega Superspeedway - 188 laps (+3 laps OT)
- Qualifying was not held for this event. The lineup was set by NASCAR based on a combination of owner points and then a random drawing. P1 went to Martin Truex Jr. (#19 Toyota Camry) with #11 Denny Hamlin sharing Row 1 in the P2 spot. #18 Kyle Busch, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #4 Kevin Harvick, #2 Brad Keselowski, #1 Kurt Busch, #88 Alex Bowman, #22 Joey Logano and #14 Clint Bowyer made up the remainder of the top-10 in the starting lineup. Did not qualify: No one, 40 cars entered for 40-car lineup.

- Ryan Blaney (#12 Mustang) scored his 4th victory in 175 NCS races. This is his 1st victory and 7th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 2nd victory and 4th top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(2nd) posted his 9th top-10 finish in 14 Talladega race and his 3rd top-10 finish in 2020. Aric Almirola (3rd) earned his 9th top-10 finish in 21 races at Talladega. John Hunter Nemechek (8th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender. Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. led four laps and finished the event in 23rd place. Kevin Harvick (finished 10th) leads the point standings by 23 points over Joey Logano (finished 17th). Next on the NCS schedule: Sat, Jun 27, Pocono Organics 325 - Pocono Raceway - 130 laps.

TOP 16 - NCS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Joey Logano +1
3. Ryan Blaney +2
4. Chase Elliott -2
5. Brad Keselowski -1
6. Denny Hamlin +1
7. Martin Truex Jr. -1
8. Alex Bowman
9. Kyle Busch
10. Kurt Busch
11. Jimmie Johnson
12. Aric Almirola +1
13. Clint Bowyer -1
14. William Byron +1
15. Matt DiBenedetto -1
16. Tyler Reddick +1

                            NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

Sat, Jun 20, Unhinged 300 - Talladega Superspeedway - 113 laps
- Qualifying was not held for this event. NASCAR set the lineup based on a random drawing. P1 went to Justin Haley (#11 Chevrolet Camaro) with #1 Michael Annett sharing Row 1 in the P2 spot. #39 Ryan Sieg, #98 Chase Briscoe, #9 Noah Gragson, #19 Brandon Jones, #22 Austin Cindric, #8 Jeb Burton, #10 Ross Chastain and #21 Anthony Alfredo made up the remainder of the top-10 in the starting lineup. Did not qualify: No one, 39 cars entered for 40-car lineup.

- Pole-sitter Justin Haley scored his 1st victory in 47 NXS races. This is his 7th top-10 finish in 2020 and his 2nd top-10 finish in two races at Talladega. Ross Chastain (2nd) posted his 1st top-10 finish in six Talladega races. It is his 9th top-10 finish in 2020. Chastain wins the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus. Jeb Burton (3rd) earned his 1st top-10 finish in two races at Talladega. Jesse Little (13th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric qualify for next week's Dash 4 Cash at Pocono Raceway. Noah Gragson (finished 10th) leads the point standings by 15 points over Chase Briscoe (finished 18th). Next on the NXS schedule: Sun, Jun 28, Pocono Green 225 - Pocono Raceway - 90 laps.

TOP 12 - NXS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Noah Gragson
2. Chase Briscoe
3. Austin Cindric +1
4. Ross Chastain +1
5. Harrison Burton -2
6. Justin Haley +1
7. Brandon Jones -1
8. Justin Allgaier
9. Michael Annett +1
10. Ryan Sieg -1
11. Riley Herbst
12. Brandon Brown +1

                     NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOT)

 

Next up for the GOT: Sat, Jun 27, Pocono Organics 150 - Pocono Raceway (PR) - 60 laps.

TOP 10 - GOT Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Austin Hill
2. Christian Eckes +4
3. Grant Enfinger
4. Ben Rhodes +1
5. Todd Gilliland +5
6. Zane Smith -4
7. Johnny Sauter +1
8. Brett Moffitt -4
9. Sheldon Creed -2
10. Tyler Ankrum +2

                          NASCAR Feeder Series

ARCA Menards Series: Sat, Jun 20, General Tire 200 - Talladega Superspeedway
Winner: Drew Dollar - Pole: Ryan Repko - Points Leader: Michael Self
Next: Fri, Jun 26, General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 - Pocono Raceway

ARCA Menards East: Sat, Jun 13, Herr's Potato Chips 200 - Toledo Speedway - 200 laps (+4 OT)
Winner: Ty Gibbs - Pole: Sam Mayer - Points Leader: Sam Mayer
Next: Not yet announced.

ARCA Menards West: Thu, Feb 20, Star Nursery 150 - The Bullring at Las Vegas
Winner: Sam Mayer - Pole: Sam Mayer - Points Leader: Sam Mayer
Next: Fri, Jun 26, Doubleheader (two 30-lap races) - Utah Motorsports Campus

Whelen Modified Tour: Sun, Jun 21, Wade Cole Memorial 133 - Jennerstown Speedway - 133 laps
Winner: Justin Bonsignore - Pole: Justin Bonsignore - Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: Sat, Jul 4, Independence Day 200 - White Mountain Motorsports Park

Pinty's Series:
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

Peak Mexico Series:
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

                                Track Details

Homestead-Miami Speedway - 1.5-mile oval in Homestead, Florida
Jennerstown Speedway - 0.522-mile oval in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas Motor Speedway (The Bullring) - 3/8-mile paved oval in Las Vegas, Nevada
Martinsville Speedway - 0.526-mile oval in Martinsville, Virginia
Phoenix Raceway - 1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona
Pocono Raceway (PR) - 2.5-mile tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Talladega Superspeedway - 2.66-mile tri-oval in Talladega, Alabama
Toledo Speedway - 0.5-mile oval in Toledo, Ohio
Utah Motorsports Campus - 2.2-mile road course in Tooele, Utah
White Mountain Motorsports Park - 0.25 mile oval in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.