TALLADEGA, A.L. (April 20, 2023) – Richard Childress Racing is headed to Talladega! The 2.66-mile-long track will serve as the NASCAR circuit’s second superspeedway race of the season, with the first being the Daytona International Speedway 500 weekend to start the season in February. With four wins between the Cup and Xfinity Series this season, RCR is looking to add another notch in the win column at Talladega Superspeedway. The organization has 13 wins at the venue, with 9 of them belonging to Dale Earnhardt who is the record holder for having the most wins at the track.
RCR’s impressive track record at the largest oval on the circuit doesn’t stop at just wins. In the Cup Series, RCR owns 76 top-10 finishes, 44 of those being a top-five result. On the NASCAR Xfinity Series side of things RCR has 11 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.
With top speeds more than 200 mph, Talladega is known for high speeds and exciting racing.
The high banks of Alabama play a large role in the sustained velocity with 16.5 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 33 degrees in the turns. The frontstretch measures 4,300 feet with the Alabama Gang Superstretch spanning 4,000 feet on the backstretch.
Driver of RCR’s No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro, Kyle Busch, says he is more than ready for this weekend’s race.
“You know, considering how well we ran at Daytona I would say that there is optimism going into Talladega. We definitely had some fast race cars in Daytona, but I’ve also found over the years that Daytona cars aren’t the same as Talladega cars and it doesn’t correlate. You can take the same car from Daytona and go straight to Talladega with it and be slow. I’m optimistic and certainly looking forward to going to Talladega, although I’ve been known to get myself caught up in crashes there. I think the only three or four times I’ve ever finished a race there with a clean race car I’ve finished in the top three, top four including winning once. It just goes to show you that if you can stay clean then you can have a good day,” said Busch.
RCR returns to the venue hoping to have similar results to the 2022 spring race, where Jeffrey Earnhardt drove his No. 3 Chevrolet to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He started that race from the pole position. Danny Lawrence, Director of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Program at RCR, is looking forward to this weekend.
“We’ve had so much success through the years here. We love this place. It’s one of those races where you never know who’s going to win. We’ve been very fortunate here and have had a lot of success through the years and are looking forward to a great race,” said Lawrence.
While superspeedway track outcomes are difficult to predict, Lawrence is confident in RCR’s Xfinity Series drivers, especially after Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill clinched the front row for Saturday’s race. Austin Hill qualified first with a recorded lap time of 182.459 mph. Sheldon Creed qualified second at 181.632 mph.
“I don’t like superspeeedway races personally because a lot of things are out of your control, but our guys work so hard and put a lot of effort into this like they do for all our races. Sheldon and Austin both are great restricted plate racers, and we look forward to working as a team together and hopefully we will have a great race. Looking forward to it and excited,” said Lawrence.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series race begins at 4 p.m. EST Saturday, airing on FS1 and MRN. NASCAR Cup Series action can be found on FOX and MRN at 3 p.m. EST Sunday.