Race Preview: Geico 500

Race Preview: Geico 500

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1



Sunday, June 21, 2020

Talladega Superspeedway

3366 Speedway Blvd, Lincoln, AL

Laps: 188
Miles: 500
Track Size: 2.66 miles
Start: 3:00 p.m. ET

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Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Realtree Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Talladega Superspeedway ... Coming off his first top-five finish in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Tyler Reddick is set to make his first Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Reddick, who won last year's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 2.66-mile track with RCR, also has one additional top-10 finish in the Xfinity Series, as well as one pole award and two top-five finishes at the superspeedway in the NASCAR Truck Series.

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Richard Childress Racing at Talladega Superspeedway ...  Richard Childress began his driving career at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 and is in a tie for the most all-time car owner victories at the storied Alabama-based race track with 12 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Among those wins include Dale Earnhardt's final career win in the Winston 500 on October 15, 2000. Earnhardt won nine times, Clint Bowyer had two wins (2010 & 2011), and Kevin Harvick scored one victory (2010) at the superspeedway. 

Childress' most recent win at Talladega Superspeedway came last year when Tyler Reddick claimed the victory en route to his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. Reddick will be the 24th Cup Series driver to make a start at Talladega under the RCR banner this Sunday.

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Catch the Action ... The NASCAR Xfinity Series Unhinged 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live Saturday, June 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised live Sunday, June 21, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Entering this weekend with a new rules package, what are your thoughts on returning to restrictor-plate racing?

"It'll be interesting to see how this weekend goes at Talladega Superspeedway. They've made some changes to the cars since we raced our last restrictor-plate race at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year. We were at one point going to have practice this weekend, and now we're not. I'm really not sure if we would have utilized the practice session or not because we don't want to be in a situation where we would damage our No. 8 Realtree Chevy before the race. Regardless, we're now going to be on track for the race with no real feel for these cars or how this new rules package will run, so it's going to be intense. Talladega is a wider track than Daytona though, and it's going to be a lot warmer. I'm excited. I really like racing at Talladega, and I hope we put on a good race. Normally it does, there are just a lot of unknowns entering this weekend. As a team, we need to survive the race and continue to capitalize on as many points as we can. We're now two points out of a Playoff spot, so I know we can get there."