NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the GEICO 500 Sunday afternoon. It is 2.66 miles long, making it one of the most difficult tracks in Cup Series. Lincoln, Alabama. The program will begin at 3 p.m. ET and airs on Fox.
Talladega saw NASCAR for the first time in fall last year. Bubba Wallace, the second Black driver to win a Cup Series race in NASCAR’s history, was the last time NASCAR visited Talladega. Wallace, who finished second in the Dayton 500 in Feb, would love to see a repeat performance. Ryan Blaney is currently in second place in Cup Series standings and is eager to win his first victory of the year. He placed in the top 10 for the previous four races. PopCutlure.com spoke to Blaney about Sunday’s race, and he shared the challenges he will face.
“We don’t have any practice this weekend,”Blaney explained. “You have to really focus on Daytona really. Atlanta, we had the speedway package, but it’s a pretty different race, I feel like. But going to Talladega, I feel like it’s always more aggressive than Daytona. It’s wider. Feels like the corners are longer, so you can run through wide a little bit more. Your car just handles better at Talladega than Daytona.”
Fans will have the opportunity to see a Hollywood celebrity in action before the race. Alexander Skarsgård will serve as the Grand Marshal for the GEICO 500 and will give the command “Driver, Start Your Engines.” Skarsgård is promoting his new film The NorthmanIt is currently in theatres. He stars in the film with Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.
“Alexander continues the tradition of some of Hollywood’s most notable names being a Grand Marshal here at Talladega Superspeedway, the most competitive and fan-friendly race track on the planet,”Brian Crichton, Talladega Superspeedway President, said in a release. “Every race fan in the grandstands and infield, as well as those at home watching or listening to the broadcast, will anticipate hearing those famous four words to get the GEICO 500 underway.”