NASCAR at Talladega: Alex Bowman out, lineup, how to watch

Ryan Blaney, 12, celebrates winning a NASCAR Cup Series car race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Alla, Monday, June 22, 2020 (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Ryan Blaney, 12, celebrates winning a NASCAR Cup Series car race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Alla, Monday, June 22, 2020 (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


When the NASCAR Cup Series descends on the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (2 p.m.), all 12 remaining drivers will still be looking for their first post-season win.

But one of the drivers in the play-off will be looking for his first win in season.

This guy is Ryan Blaney.

Car driver number 12 – from Sneak into the playoffs on points Thanks to some late luck Daytona and his team Almost disastrous course in Bristol Deleted thanks Reset points before Texas – He’s found ways to stay in the postseason mix. He currently sits fourth in the points standings, one behind Kyle Larson and two behind Ross Chastain heading to Talladega this weekend.

Could Talladega be the time to win?

In available media earlier this week, a reporter asked Blaney if there was a path to the championship if he didn’t win the race. The Penske driver laughed: “Obviously I want to win the race.”

“Yes, I think there is a way,” he said. “We just keep going. We’ve been good all year. It’s just a matter of putting the right things in place for us to try to get to Victory Lane. I think we can get to Phoenix overall. I think we can get to Phoenix regardless. I think that’s The group is strong enough to do that, and we’ll start by trying our best this weekend, trying to survive, and then going to Roval (in Charlotte next weekend).”

Blaney is one of three drivers on the Cup field to have won playoff races in Talladega. He did just as recently in 2019 and has two wins at the Talladega Superspeedway in the past three years.

He finished fourth in Texans last weekend—a remarkable achievement considering the exhaustion of his team. (Crew Chief Jonathan Hasler and a few other crew members have It was suspended even after the race in Las Vegas after his car lost a tire in Bristol).

Blaney said work with his interim crew chief, Miles Stanley, went well.

“We’ve definitely had a pretty crazy month and a half, but I feel like everyone has done a good job persevering through and getting over those things,” Blaney said. “It got us to that point. Now, obviously, with Jonathan and (crew members) Zack (Price) and Graham (Stoddard) not being able to be on the racetrack, that’s just another thing we’re going to face head-on.”

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Ryan Blaney (12) drives his second turn during the NASCAR Cup Series car race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, Sunday, April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Steve Helber AP

Alex Bowman suffers from concussion-like symptoms

Alex Bowman announced on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that it is He has concussion-like symptoms After he crashed in Texas and he won’t be driving the #48 Chevrolet Ally in Talladega on Sunday.

“I’m disappointed but I know my health is priority #1,” he wrote in a tweet. “I am committed to following all medical guidelines to ensure I can return to competition as soon as possible.”

Noah Gragson will drive in his stead, at every edition of Hendrick Motorsports, and will earn Team Owner’s 48th Team Owner Points.

The announcement of Bowman’s injury sparked outrage on social media and led to a series of drivers speaking up again Safety Concerns with the New Next Generation Vehicle – In particular Kurt Bosch continues his recovery from a brain injury he suffered in July.

Chase Elliott was among those who discussed What it will be like to race in Talladega given the injuries this summer in the next generation car. The Talladega Superspeedway, of course, is a 2.66-mile elliptical triathlon that is among the fastest racetracks in the Cup Series. It’s a place where crafting and selective positioning are required, and a place where bumper-to-bumper running isn’t expected, it’s pretty much mandatory.

wreck, therefore, collect in pieces A risk that concerns drivers at the present time.

“It’s tough, isn’t it?” Elliott said at a news conference on Saturday. “I’m not really sure what the right answer is. But you come in a week like in Texas and someone gets injured, and then you come in here, where chances are we’re all going to bump into something at some point tomorrow — and maybe not so lightly at that. Do you just not show up? Do you? Just don’t run? I mean, I don’t think it’s possible to ask that question.”

He added: “There is always inherent danger in what we do. And it always has been. My frustration… I just hate that we put ourselves in the box we are in right now. It’s just so disappointing…. We’ve had years and time and a chance to get this thing right.” Before we put it on the right track, we didn’t, and now we have to fix it. And I hate that we did. Because, like I said, I think we’re smarter than that.”

Denny Hamlin He also weighed this matter and did not falter in his words. In a video widely shared on social media from Racing America’s Matt Weaver, Team Cup and Cup co-owner said “bad driving” was at fault for the car’s problems, and that the next generation car should be completely redesigned.

“It has to be redesigned everywhere — the front, the center, the rear, the competition, everything needs to be redesigned,” Hamlin said. “We have a tough Martinsville race coming up, and it’s going to be tough. And that thing is going to get hit with how bad his races are.”

Bowman is twelfth in points and his absence greatly hurts his chances of advancing in the playoffs. There is no word yet on whether he will compete in the final round of the 12th race at the Roval in Charlotte next weekend.

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Alex Bowman, 48, celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series car race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, April 18, 2021 (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Steve Helber AP

Playoff drivers to track in Talladega

Christopher Bell will start on the pole. This is his second pole in six races at the Talladega Superspeedway. Kyle Larson will start alongside him in P2.

Playoff driver William Byron has been fined $50,000 and assessed for a loss of 25 driver points and 25 owner points after crashing into the No. 11 (Hamlin) under caution last weekend. He will start in ninth place in Sunday’s lineup and stand tenth on the field now (2 points below the cut-off line).

Joey Logano, who will start 11th on Sunday, leads the field in points, followed by Chastain (who will start in P6).

Other drivers to watch this weekend: Chase Briscoe (eighth in the standings, P5 in the starting lineup on Sunday); Austin Cendrick (IX, P17); Byron (X, p9); and Bell (11, P1).

The last time Talladega Superspeedway hosted a playoff race, Bubba Wallace won his first Cup race at 23XI Racing. Hamlin, who will start in P3 on Sunday, earned the checkered flag at Talladega in 2020.

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Bubba Wallace looks toward the clouds during a rain lag in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race he won later on Monday, October 4, 2021, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo / John Amis) John Amis AP

NASCAR Race Details: YellaWood 500

  • a race: Yalla Wood 500
  • place: Talladega Superspeedway
  • Date: Sunday 2 October
  • time: 2 p.m. Eastern time
  • money bag: 8338881 dollars
  • Television: NBC, 1 p.m. ET
  • radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)
  • distance: distance: 500 miles (188 laps)
  • Phase: Stage 1 ends on lap 60, Stage 2 ends on lap 120 and Stage 3 ends on lap 188)

The starting line-up for Talladega

ranking driver car number
1 Christopher Bell 20
2 Kyle Larson 5
3 Denny Hamlin 11
4 Eric Almerola 10
5 Chase Brisco 14
6 Ross Chastain 1
7 Noah Gregson 48
8 Tyler Riddick 8
9 William Byron 24
10 Ty Gibbs 23
11 Joey Logano 22
12 Eric Jones 43
13 Daniel Hemrick 16
14 Daniel Suarez 99
15th Harrison Burton 21
16 Chase Elliot 9
17 Austin Cendrick 2
18 Brad Kiselowski 6
19 Ryan Blaney 12
20 Austin Dillon 3
21 Justin Haley 31
22 Martin Truex Jr. 19
23 Chris Bucher 17
24 Kevin Harvick 4
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47
26 Kyle Bush 18
27 Bubba Wallace 45
28 Cole Custer 41
29 Michael McDowell 34
30 Ty Dillon 42
31 Justin Alger 62
32 Corey Lagoy 7
33 Landon Castle 77
34 Todd Gilliland 38
35 PJ MacLeod 78
36 JJ follows 15th
37 kodi ware 51

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Alex Zietlow writes about NASCAR, Charlotte FC, and the ways sports intersect with life in the Charlotte area for The Observer, where he has been a reporter since August 2022. Zietlow’s work has been honored by the NC and SC Press Association, also as an APSE, which gave him a Top 10 Ranks in the Beat Writing and Short Feature categories in the 2021 Writing Contest. Previously wrote for The Herald in Rock Hill from 2019 to 22.

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