The 2014 Aaron's 499 NASCAR race at Talladega is shaping up to be one of the wildest races of the year, and fans are excited to witness their favorite drivers hitting ridiculous speeds at the superspeedway.
After an unpredictable Nationwide Series race on Saturday full of big crashes and intense racing, the hope is that the big stars of the Sprint Cup Series will live up to the expectations in Sunday’s main event.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Sunday’s marquee race and the drivers to watch.
Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama
When: Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Steam: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Drivers to Watch
There are few drivers on the Sprint Cup Series running as well this season as Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 car is sure to be a factor when the checkered flag waves at Talladega.
Unless, of course, Earnhardt Jr. is involved in the 'big one.'
Before Sunday’s race, Earnhardt Jr. told the Associated Press, via the Winston-Salem Journal, about his team’s performance this year:
It’s good that the media sees the performance, because as much as we love to do a lot of things for ourselves, we really get a kick out of when the media and our fans see the performance and acknowledge it. That kind of nod was a great feeling.
We have worked so hard to be able to be this competitive, and we show up every week, and we are quick, and the car is there. It’s been so long — or I’ve never really had that to be honest. I can’t even imagine ’04 was even that good. This is awesome that things are going as good. I couldn’t be happier with what is going on in my professional life.
In 27 career races at Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt Jr. has managed five victories, nine top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and an average finish of 15.1—the fourth-best average of the last 25 years amongst active drivers.
While Junior only managed to finish 17th in this race last year, he raced to a second-place finish in the second Talladega race of 2013. Earnhardt hopes to add another victory to his resume this season as well.
Predicted Finish: First
Another serious contender in Sunday’s race is Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 car. With two wins, three top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and an average finish of 12.6, there is no doubt the Blue Deuce will be a threat on Sunday.
Keselowski struggled last season at this track and will be looking for redemption. The No. 2 car managed a 15th-place finish in the first Talladega race of 2013 and a 29th-place finish in the second.
While Keselowski didn’t thrive last year, Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network talks about his success through the qualifying sessions:
After qualifying in 13th place, Keselowski is in an ideal position to get to the front early, avoid traffic for as long as possible and stay in contention at the end by avoiding the always imminent crash in the waning laps.
Predicted Finish: Second
*Stats via NASCAR.com.