NASCAR fans can watch the Geico 500 live online and see which driver can take the critical late-season race.
The race starts at 2 p.m. from Talladega Superspeedway. The race is the final one of the Contender Round, so after the race the last four drivers in the Chase standings will be eliminated from championship consideration.
Even before the race began, there was a bit of controversy surrounding the race. Grant Lynch, chairman of Talladega Superspeedway, said on Sunday that he didn’t think the format used on Saturday’s qualifying achieved the best result. He said multiple cars should be on the track for much of the opening round with speeds resembling what would happen in race conditions.
Instead, some teams waited until the last minute to make a qualifying run and came up short. While many contenders — including Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano — qualified based on their owner points rather than qualifying speeds, others were shut out.
Two full-time teams, the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 51 of Justin Allgaier, failed to qualify.
“It’s frustrating,” Lynch said. “I’ve said this many times — what they can do here is special. To see them have the opportunity to go out and finally… qualify at the speeds we race at … is disappointing. But I understand strategies; I understand there are different people in the draft that will get different benefits.”
The race has some other drama involved. The Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the final race for sure Hall of Famer Terry Labonteo. It will be his record-tying 61st start at Talladega and 890th race overall.
“After I came here the first time, I didn’t know if I’d have the opportunity to come back the second time, much less 61 times,” said Labonte. “It’s been a lot of fun…. I’ve enjoyed running a few races off and on these last few years.”
NASCAR fans who want to watch the Geico 500 live online can click here for streaming video through WatchESPN.
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