Truex draws pole for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.

The starting lineup for Sunday’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has been set.

Martin Truex Jr. will start from the pole position, with Denny Hamlin joining him on the front row to lead the field to green for the 188-lap, 500-mile race.

The lineup for the race was determined by a random draw, with results airing on FS1’s “Race Hub." The parameters for the draw were as follows:

  • Positions 1-12 determined by a random draw from charter teams in those positions in team owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-40: will be filled out by open, non-chartered teams in order of owner points

Here is a look at the full lineup:

Pos Driver Car # Team
1 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
7 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
8 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
9 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
10 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
11 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
12 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
13 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
14 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
15 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
16 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
17 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
18 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
19 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
21 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
22 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
23 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
24 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
25 Corey LaJoie 32 Go Fas Racing
26 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
27 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
28 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
29 Gray Gaulding 27 Rick Ware Racing
30 BJ McLeod 77 Spire Motorsports
31 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
32 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
33 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
34 JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing
35 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
36 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
37 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
38 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
39 Brendan Gaughan 62 Beard Motorsports
40 Garrett Smithley 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports

RULES PACKAGE

The 2020 NASCAR rules package for superspeedways will be in effect, with additional engine restrictions intended to drop the target horsepower to around 510 horsepower. The cars will use the superspeedway package, but aero ducts will be eliminated and a smaller throttle body will be used. Competition officials introduced the changes May 1 after Ryan Newman’s severe wreck in the season-opening Daytona 500.

GOODYEAR TIRES

Goodyear officials expect tire strategy and not tire wear to be a focal point this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, where traction fall-off is not as dramatic. Cup Series and Xfinity Series teams will run the same tire combination this weekend; it’s the same compound and code Cup Series teams ran last October, but it will mark a new combination for Xfinity Series cars for their 300-miler Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).

“We have actually seen some tire wear at Talladega since it was repaved about a decade ago," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, making a nod toward Talladega’s 2010 repave. “Having said that, wear is really not an issue. Teams will have the opportunity to take two tires, or even no tires on occasion, to gain track position and line themselves up with the other teams they are working with in the draft."

Cup Series teams will have an allotment of seven sets of tires for their Sunday event. Xfinity Series teams will have a maximum of four sets for their race.

LIVE COVERAGE

Tune in to television coverage from Talladega Superspeedway on FOX (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET) and the FOX Sports App. For full radio coverage, listen in to MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on-air.

2019 RACE WINNER

Chevrolet teams executed a winning strategy at Talladega Superspeedway as Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman went 1-2 to break up a seven-race streak at the track for Ford. Elliott led a race-best 45 laps in his fourth career Cup Series win as Chevy drivers swept five of the top six positions.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 19
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
** ENTRANCE SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BY DEPARTMENT **

7:30 AM 7:30 PM EVENT OPERATIONS SET-UP
(SCREENING IN PROGRESS)
8:00 AM 10:00 AM DRIVER MOTORHOME PARKING
(SCREENING IN PROGRESS)
11:00 AM 12:00 PM AMS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING IN
PROGRESS)
12:00 PM 7:00 PM AMS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN
PROGRESS
2:30 PM 3:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING (TELECONFERENCE)
3:00 PM 5:00 PM BROADCASTING SET-UP
3:30 PM 4:00 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (TELECONFERENCE)
4:00 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
(ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
6:00 PM 8:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING IN
PROGRESS)

Saturday, June 20

** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **

** ENTRANCE SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BY DEPARTMENT **
7:00 AM 12:30 PM AMS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
8:00 AM 4:00 PM NXS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN
PROGRESS
8:30 AM 9:00 AM PACE VEHICLE CALIBRATION
9:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (RADIO CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT)
10:00 AM 10:30 AM AMS PRACTICE (GROUPS )
11:00 AM 12:30 PM AMS ENGINE PRIME & FINAL ADJUSTMENTS (ARCA GARAGE AREA)
12:50 PM AMS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
1:00 PM (2:00 PM) AMS RACE (76 LAPS, 202.16 MILES)
2:30 PM 4:00 PM NXS ENGINE PRIME & FINAL ADJUSTMENTS
(NASCAR XFINITY SERIES GARAGE AREA)
4:00 PM 5:00 PM AMS HAULERS EXIT
4:20 PM NXS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
4:30 PM (5:30 PM) NXS RACE (STAGES 25/50/113 LAPS = 300.58 MILES)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
5:30 PM 7:30 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
8:30 PM Approx NXS HAULERS EXIT

Sunday, June 21

** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **

** ENTRANCE SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BY DEPARTMENT **
7:00 AM 1:30 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
12:00 PM 1:00 PM NCS ENGINE PRIME & FINAL ADJUSTMENTS (PIT ROAD)
1:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (RADIO CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT)
1:50 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
2:00 PM (3:00 PM) NCS RACE (STAGES 60/120/188 LAPS = 500 MILES )
7:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT

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