2017 Alabama 500
The 2017 Alabama 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 15, 2017, at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. Contested over 188 laps on the 2.66 mile (4.2 km) superspeedway, it was the 31st race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the fifth race of the Playoffs, and second race of the Round of 12. Brad Keselowski won the first stage and the race, while Ryan Newman finished second and Trevor Bayne finished third. Ryan Blaney won the second stage.
|Race 31 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||October 15, 2017|
|Location||Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama|
Permanent racing facility|
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
|Distance||188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.64 km)|
|Average speed||131.677 miles per hour (211.914 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|No. 2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Dillon Welch (3 & 4)|
Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a tri-oval and was constructed in the 1960s by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line that's located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long (4.28 km) tri-oval like the Daytona International Speedway, which also is a 2.5-mile-long (4 km) tri-oval.
Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 48.398 seconds and a speed of 197.859 mph (318.423 km/h). During practice, Jimmie Johnson spun in turn 4 after cutting down a left-rear tire from debris. 
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||48.398||197.859|
|2||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||48.411||197.806|
|3||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||48.413||197.798|
|Official first practice results|
|1||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||50.078||191.222|
|2||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||50.118||191.069|
|3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||50.332||190.257|
|Official final practice results|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the field to the green flag at 2:19 p.m., Joey Logano took the lead on lap 1 and led 19 laps, The first caution of the race flew on lap 27 for a multi-car wreck in the frontstretch, as several drivers tried to drop onto pit road for stops. Jamie McMurray, a playoff driver, was in the heart of the accident as he tried to pit from the track’s second lane. McMurray spun and sailed up the track, where he was hit hard by Jeffrey Earnhardt, Others involved in the wreck were Mark Thompson, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones. Busch, whose car received minor damage, blamed the crash on Jamie McMurray, who admitted he made a mistake.
The race restarted on lap 37 and it remained green for 15 laps, Paul Menard whacked the outside wall to bring out the day’s second caution on lap 52, starting a round of pit stops. During the stops, Earnhardt was penalized for speeding on pit road. Menard’s accident occurred near the end of the first stage.
The race restarted on lap 55, and Brad Keselowski finished first, followed by Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, The third caution of the race flew on lap 57 for conclusion of the first stage.
The race restarted on lap 62, Seven-time and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson wound up in crowded traffic while trying to pit on lap 67. Johnson was bumped by Ty Dillon and that contact pushed Johnson into Danica Patrick. Johnson’s car received right rear fender damage.
Debris on the track brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 82.
The race restarted on lap 88.
Ryan Blaney, racing to stay in the playoffs, edged Brad Keselowski to win the race’s second stage. Following were Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch, The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 112 for conclusion of the second stage.
The race restarted on lap 116 and it remained green for 37 laps. The last 40 laps of the race were marred by a series of crashes that significantly thinned out the size of the field. On Lap 153, an apparent blown tire sent Trevor Bayne's car sliding into the outside wall near turn 3, producing the race’s sixth caution. Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped into Daniel Suárez in traffic near the accident, but neither car suffered major damage.
The race restarted on lap 156 and the seventh caution of the race flew two laps later for a multi-car wreck at the back of the field in turn 1. A. J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Cole Whitt were involved. Bowyer, angry at his team because of a slow pit stop that dropped him deep into the field, where he was swept into the accident, got out of his car on pit road and climbed on his pit wagon to complain to the team.
The race restarted on lap 171 and the ninth caution flew two laps later for “The Big One” in turn 3. It started when Martin Truex Jr. tried to go four wide and clipped David Ragan, causing Ragan to spin into Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson and collect an additional 16 cars including Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon, Landon Cassill, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, Danica Patrick, Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brendan Gaughan, and Michael McDowell. A lengthy red flag was displayed to allow for cleanup.
The race restarted on lap 176. The tenth caution of the race flew on lap 177 for “The Big One, Part 2” in turn 3, as Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney started a multi-car crash that also collected Brendan Gaughan, Kevin Harvick and Trevor Bayne. Earnhardt and Brad Keselowski barely avoided the crash, which resulted in a second red flag for cleanup.
The race restarted on lap 181 and with only a handful of drivers left in the final laps to decide the race winner, more were eliminated with six laps to go when Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez crashed while racing for the lead. Chris Buescher and Kyle Larson also were involved in the accident, which produced the eleventh caution of the race, and a third red flag.
The race restarted on a three lap shootout. Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on the last lap in turn 3 to win the race, with Newman finishing second, Trevor Bayne finishing third, and Logano finishing fourth. Aric Almirola crashed after finishing fifth. Denny Hamlin, Earnhardt, Kasey Kahne, Gray Gaulding and David Ragan rounded out the top ten. Thanks to all of the crashes in the last 40 laps, only 14 cars were running at the finish (with all but Kenseth running on the lead lap), the lowest number of cars to finish at Talladega since 1986, and the most number of cautions at 11 since the spring 2004 race.
"The right front was an inch and a half low, and I couldn't really push anybody or get some runs going, and nobody wanted to push me 'cause they could see I was struggling a little bit," Earnhardt said. "But we got lucky and missed a lot of wrecks there. It's real hard to get up there and keep that track position. These plate races get harder and harder to win, and congratulations to Brad."
Stage 1 Laps: 55
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||9|
|3||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||8|
|4||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||7|
|5||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||6|
|6||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||5|
|7||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||4|
|8||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||3|
|9||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||2|
|10||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 55
|1||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||10|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||9|
|3||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||8|
|4||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||7|
|5||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||6|
|6||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||5|
|7||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||4|
|8||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||3|
|9||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||2|
|10||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final stage resultsEdit
Stage 3 Laps: 78
|1||3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||188||59|
|2||27||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||188||35|
|3||10||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||188||36|
|4||3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||188||42|
|5||26||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||188||32|
|6||15||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||188||32|
|7||1||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||188||30|
|8||11||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||188||30|
|9||39||83||Gray Gaulding (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||188||28|
|10||33||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||188||27|
|11||25||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||188||26|
|12||20||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||188||25|
|13||12||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||188||24|
|14||19||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||187||23|
|15||14||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||184||22|
|16||2||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||182||28|
|17||28||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||182||20|
|18||9||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||177||37|
|19||35||75||Brendan Gaughan (i)||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet||177||0|
|20||22||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||176||20|
|21||13||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||175||16|
|22||24||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||172||15|
|23||21||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||171||14|
|24||8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||171||23|
|25||4||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||171||21|
|26||5||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||171||18|
|27||16||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||171||12|
|28||30||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||171||9|
|29||18||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||171||13|
|30||29||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||171||11|
|31||32||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||171||6|
|32||37||23||Joey Gase (i)||BK Racing||Toyota||164||0|
|33||40||55||D. J. Kennington||Premium Motorsports||Toyota||164||4|
|34||38||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||155||3|
|35||7||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||155||15|
|36||23||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||26||1|
|37||17||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||25||1|
|38||34||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||25||1|
|39||36||15||Mark Thompson (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||25||0|
|40||31||7||Justin Marks (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||17||0|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 16 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 11 for 47
- Red flags: 3 for 35 minutes and 30 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 47 minutes, 52 seconds
- Average speed: 131.677 miles per hour (211.914 km/h)
NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Dan Hubbard
Standings after the raceEdit
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