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The 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on October 14, 2018, at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. Contested over 193 laps – extended from 188 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 2.66 mile (4.2 km) superspeedway, it was the 31st race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the fifth race of the Playoffs, and second race of the Round of 12. This was a notable race for Stewart-Haas Racing, who dominated in qualifying and both stages.

2018 1000Bulbs.com 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 31 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)
Location Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 193 laps, 513.38 mi (826.04 km)
Scheduled Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.64 km)
Average speed 153.707 miles per hour (247.367 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 48.906
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 108
Winner
No. 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (booth), Steve Letarte and Dale Jarrett (NBC Peacock Pitbox)
Nielsen Ratings 2.2 (Overnight)[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Dan Hubbard (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Talladega Superspeedway, the track where the race was held.

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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Ford
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
97 David Starr (i) Obaika Racing Toyota
99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

Final PracticeEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 46.889 seconds and a speed of 204.227 mph (328.671 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.889 204.227
2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.951 203.957
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 47.294 202.478
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kurt Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 48.906 and a speed of 195.804 mph (315.116 km/h).[11]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 49.051 48.906
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 49.096 49.032
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 49.195 49.061
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 49.238 49.216
5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.299 49.260
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.319 49.317
7 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.311 49.420
8 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.395 49.420
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.639 49.439
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.493 49.519
11 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 49.723 49.635
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.664 49.661
13 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.729
14 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 49.743
15 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.833
16 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 49.876
17 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 49.892
18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 49.901
19 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 49.945
20 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 50.035
21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.085
22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.091
23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 50.140
24 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.141
25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 50.225
26 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 50.228
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 50.416
28 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 50.478
29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 50.480
30 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50.491
31 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 50.533
32 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Ford 50.565
33 7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 50.604
34 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 50.739
35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 50.837
36 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 51.217
37 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 51.292
38 99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 51.311
39 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 51.837
40 51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 52.289
Did not qualify
41 97 David Starr (i) Obaika Racing Toyota 51.517
Official qualifying results
  • Corey LaJoie started from the rear after failing post-qualifying inspection.

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 55

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6
6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 5
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 55

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 78

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 193 54
2 2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 193 53
3 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 193 34
4 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 193 42
5 20 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 193 40
6 23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 193 31
7 6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 193 30
8 15 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 193 29
9 30 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 193 28
10 25 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 193 27
11 34 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 193 16
12 28 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 193 0
13 24 6 Trevor Bayne Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 193 24
14 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 193 41
15 29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 193 23
16 13 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 193 21
17 21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 193 23
18 37 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 193 0
19 17 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 193 18
20 8 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 193 17
21 26 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 193 16
22 38 99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 193 0
23 11 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 193 14
24 36 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 193 0
25 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 193 12
26 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 193 15
27 18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 193 11
28 3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 193 27
29 19 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 193 18
30 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 192 7
31 5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 192 10
32 39 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 191 5
33 7 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 191 6
34 33 7 D. J. Kennington (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 190 0
35 31 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 186 2
36 32 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Ford 185 0
37 35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 185 1
38 40 51 Cody Ware Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 185 1
39 16 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 173 1
40 14 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 155 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 11 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 32
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 20 minutes and 24 seconds
  • Average speed: 153.707 miles per hour (247.367 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and six-time Talladega winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Steve Letarte and Dale Jarrett called from the NBC Peacock Pit Box on pit road. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Steve Letarte
NBC Peacock Pitbox: Dale Jarrett
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN covered the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
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
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Kim Coon
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Talladega Superspeedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "1000Bulbs.com 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Talladega final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  10. ^ Utter, Jim (October 13, 2018). "Kevin Harvick leads Talladega practice with 204mph lap". Motorsport.com. Lincoln, Alabama: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Fryer, Jenna (October 13, 2018). "Kurt Busch leads Stewart-Haas Racing sweep at Talladega". Associated Press. Lincoln, Alabama: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved October 13, 2018.


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