NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Race at Talladega: What Time is the Race? Where to Watch it?

Published 04/22/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) leads the field early in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


After the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond, attention will shift to the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. This weekend, the drivers will compete in the GEICO 500 at the track. Alex Bowman will head to this race, brimming with confidence after he won the Richmond race.

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The Cup Series race weekend will kick off on Sunday with the GEICO 500 at 2:00 PM. If there are no live viewers at the Talladega Superspeedway, fans can tune in to FOX Sports. Canadian fans, on the other hand, have access to TSN1 or TSN5. For this weekend’s race, Denny Hamlin is on pole position with Joey Logano behind him.

Out of all the drivers, Brad Keselowski has won three races at the track. However, he has a tough task ahead of him, starting in 10th place, with plenty of top drivers in front of him. Other GEICO 500 winners include Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Logano.

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What to expect from the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega?

Having won last year, Blaney will also be a strong contender to win the race. The #12 Penske driver isn’t too far away from the front, as he is starting in seventh place. Of course, it would be foolish to rule out Martin Truex Jr, who has two wins in this unpredictable season. He is the only drive to have won two races this season, as the last nine races have given fans eight different winners.

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TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 14: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Cummins/Rush Truck Centers Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2018 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

However, the positive side that this has translated into an extremely unpredictable season; with no consistent winner in 2021, nobody can predict who will win future races.

One thing is for sure, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series has been very gripping. Hopefully, this weekend’s race provides plenty of action and excitement. On the other end of the scale, drivers will do well to avoid the ‘Big One’ on the iconic race track.

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