Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2012

Oct 5, 2012; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Juan Pablo Montoya (42),   driver Carl Edwards (99) Matt Kenseth (17),  Jeff Gordon (24),  Marcos Ambrose (9) Paul Menard (27), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Martin Truex Jr. (56) during practice for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance at Talladega Superspeedway . Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 7, is a pivotal fourth race in the chase for the Sprint Cup.

It’s a bit of a problematic race for drivers as it usually sees tumultuous finishes.

Brad Keselowski won the May race at Talladega by fending off the pack throughout the entire final lap. That’s a difficult thing to do considering drivers’ ability to slingshot themselves to gain position during the final stretch.

This time around he’s in first place in the Chase and will have the entire field gunning for him on Sunday. He’ll likely race a little less recklessly with so much on the line and six more races to go.

Take a look at some logistics and a look ahead at this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.


Where: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama

When: October 7, 2 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Lineup: TBD by Qualifying round (Saturday, Oct. 6 at Noon ET)


Full TV Schedule (via

First Practice: Friday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET, SPEED

Final Cup Practice: Friday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. ET, SPEED

Qualifying: Saturday, Oct. 6 at Noon ET, SPEED

Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Race: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. ET, ESPN


Entry List

Entry Car Driver Make
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
2 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
4 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
5 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
7 13 Casey Mears Ford
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota
13 20 Joey Logano Toyota
14 21 Trevor Bayne Ford
15 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge
16 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
18 26 Josh Wise Ford
19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
21 30 David Stremme Toyota
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
23 32 Terry Labonte Ford
24 33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet
25 34 David Ragan Ford
26 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
27 38 David Gilliland Ford
28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
30 43 Aric Almirola Ford
31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
32 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
33 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota
35 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
36 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
37 83 Landon Cassill Toyota
38 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
40 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota
41 97 Timmy Hill Toyota
42 98 Michael McDowell Ford
43 99 Carl Edwards Ford


Drivers to Watch

Brad Keselowski

Keselowski is currently in first place in the Chase points standings as we approach the Talladega Superspeedway race this weekend. He’s got five wins under his belt this season, including one win at Talladega back in May.

Look for the points leader to play it somewhat safe, but his strategy will likely depend on the performance of Jimmie Johnson, who is just five points behind him in the points standings.


Clint Bowyer

Bowyer is the defending race winner from last season and has two wins at Talladega under his hood. He’s currently 25 points behind Keselowski, fourth in the standings, and could use a win at the familiar Talladega as he continues his bid for the Sprint Cup.

He needs to make up some ground on Hamlin, Johnson and Keselowski and should be driving aggressively to make that happen.


Denny Hamlin

Hamlin has started in 13 previous NSCS races at Talladega. He’s finished in the top 10 five times at the track and is currently sitting in third place in the NSCS points race.

A win or another top-10 finish would certainly help Hamlin in the Chase as he's only 15 points behind. He doesn't need a win, but it wouldn't hurt, either.


Predicted Winner: Clint Bowyer



Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the NFL and Cleveland Browns for the site.


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