Fred’s 250 Truck Event Moves to Earlier in the Day to 12 Noon CT Start, FOX to Televise


TALLADEGA, AL – A more rapid qualifying format for both the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 17-19, was unveiled today by NASCAR, and is sure to create an extra element of fan excitement at the 2.66-mile venue.

Both national series’ qualifying will take on a more fast-paced look that should resemble race conditions and promises to bring out the best in the competitors. In addition to the qualifying changes, the Saturday, October 18, schedule will now see the start of the fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race moved earlier in the day to a 12 NOON (CT) green flag, and will be televised live on FOX. Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the GEICO 500 will follow later in the day at 3:30 p.m. (CT). It will be aired live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

National series' qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:

•  Qualifying will consist of three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.

•  Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.

•  The 24 eligible competitors who post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.

•  There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors who advance to the second round will have their times reset.

•  The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors who post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.

•  The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.

•  Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors who advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.

•  The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.

The field for the fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will be set on Friday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and will be aired live on FOX Sports 1. The Friday slate also includes two rounds of practice for the Sprint Cup drivers and one practice session for the NASCAR Camping World Series competitors.

“It’s appropriate that our facility, which was built as a palace of speed, will play host to this new qualifying format where achieving speed quickly will be pivotal,” said Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch. “There will be intense pressure on the drivers and teams to make their laps count, and it’s going to be one heck of a chess match to see the tactics for success. We know our fans will enjoy it. With the new starting time for the fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, it’s going to be an incredible Saturday here at Talladega.”

“This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition and Racing Development. “It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions.”

The GEICO 500 is the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It is the cutoff race for the Contender Round and will trim the championship field from 12 to eight drivers at the checkered flag.

About Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR speeds back into Talladega Superspeedway October 17-19 for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Camping World Truck Series event. NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), with the circuit’s steepest banking (33 degrees) and longest distance (2.66 miles), is also the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield and world renowned Talladega Blvd. The historic venue has always worked hard to enhance the fan experience in every way and now features the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large video viewing boards (a new initiative planned for future implementation at all ISC tracks) lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Log on to or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information. This is more than a race, this is Talladega!

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