NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 10 — 188 laps / 500 miles
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 8 — 113 laps / 300.6 miles
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) — Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for April 24-25, 2021
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Cup: 7 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 4 sets for the race
Left-side — D-4886;
Right-side — D-4952
Left-side — 2,236 mm (88.03 in.);
Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 26 psi; Left Rear — 26 psi;
Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
Storyline — Tire strategy in play at Talladega: After three weeks on short tracks, NASCAR moves on to its longest oval (2.66 miles) at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. While the track surface has aged since its repave in 2010 and does wear tires a bit, teams will be able to employ different strategy plays with four-tire, two-tire and fuel only stops all in play. Also, because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, teams outside the top-10 and not in position to earn stage points could “short-pit” and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage.
“While we will see some tire wear at Talladega with the current track surface, it will not be a major factor for the teams this weekend,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear‘s director of racing. “Teams can mix in two-tire stops, or even opt for fuel only, depending on the stint. These are all important plays in gaining track position and lining themselves up with the other teams they might want to work with in the draft.”
Notes — Teams return on existing tire combination at Talladega: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams have run at this track since October 2019 . . . Xfinity teams began running this set-up at Talladega last season (June and October) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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