Saturday, April 24, 2010
Get ready for what could be some of the most exciting racing we've seen so far this season.
NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway, the biggest track on the circuit and a fan favorite. The 2.66-mile tri-oval is known for its steep banking, as high as 33 degrees in the turns, and wild racing. Drivers can bump draft each other and max out at speeds more than 200 mph.
The track is also known for big wrecks. The cars run close together in packs and the slightest mistake can spawn the "Big One," leaving a trail of shredded racecars in its wake. Last year's spring race at Talladega saw Carl Edwards go airborne and hit the catch fence. Fans and drivers alike are hoping the new spoiler will help keep the Sprint Cup cars grounded.
Due to severe weather in the Talladega area, all track events scheduled for Saturday were canceled. The Nationwide race, Aaron's 312, was rescheduled for Sunday, about one hour after the finish of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race. Kevin Harvick won the pole in Friday's Nationwide qualifying session. David Ragan is the defending race winner.
Saturday's qualifying for the Aaron's 499 was canceled, so points leader Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to green in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Brad Keselowski is defending winner of the spring event, and Jamie McMurray won the fall race.
Here's the schedule of track events and television coverage for this weekend's events at Talladega Superspeedway (all times in Eastern Standard Time):
Saturday, April 24:
RAINED OUT: Sprint Cup qualifying. Field set by owner points.
POSTPONED TO SUNDAY: Nationwide race: Aaron's 312.
7 p.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED (reruns at 8:30 a.m. Sunday)
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED (reruns at 9 a.m. Sunday)
Sunday, April 25:
9 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
9:30 a.m. NASCAR in a Hurry, SPEED
10 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12 noon Sprint Cup pre-race show, FOX
1 p.m. Sprint Cup race: Aaron's 499, FOX. Green flag: 1:19 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Nationwide race: Aaron's 312, ESPN2. Race to start within an hour after the end of the Sprint Cup race.
8 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (reruns at 2 a.m.)
PHOTO: Cars practice drafting at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday with the new spoiler on the back of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. (John Harrelson / Getty Images for NASCAR)