Race Winner:  Tyler Reddick of 23XI Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

SHR Finish:       

●  Noah Gragson (Started 36th, Finished 3rd / Running, completed 188 of 188 laps)

●  Chase Briscoe (Started 26th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 188 of 188 laps)  

●  Ryan Preece (Started 11th, Finished 14th / Running, completed 188 of 188 laps)

●  Josh Berry (Started 29th, Finished 16th / Running, completed 188 of 188 laps)

SHR Points:

●  Chase Briscoe (12th with 256 points, 103 out of first)

●  Ryan Preece (23rd with 162 points, 197 out of first)

●  Noah Gragson (27th with 154 points, 205 out of first)

●  Josh Berry (28th with 151 points, 208 out of first)

Gragson Notes: 

●  Gragson’s third-place finish was his career-best NASCAR Cup Series result. His prior best was fifth in August 2022 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

●  This was Gragson’s best finish so far this year. His previous best was sixth, earned March 3 at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

●  This was Gragson’s first top-five and his third top-10 of the season. It was also his first top-10 in four career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega.

●  Gragson’s third-place result bettered his previous best finish at Talladega – 19th, earned in October 2022.

●  This was Gragson’s fourth straight top-20. He finished 12th March 31 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, 20th April 7 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and 18th last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

●  Gragson led five times for five laps to bring his laps-led total at Talladega to six.

Briscoe Notes:   

●  Briscoe earned his seventh top-15 of the season and his sixth top-15 in seven career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega.

●  This was Briscoe’s third straight top-12. He finished 10th April 7 at Martinsville and sixth last Sunday at Texas.

●  This was Briscoe’s fourth consecutive top-15 at Talladega. He finished 10th in October 2022, fourth last April and 13th in the series’ prior visit to the track in October.

●  Briscoe led twice for three laps to increase his laps-led total at Talladega to five.

Preece Notes:     

●  Preece earned his fourth top-15 of the season and his sixth top-15 in nine career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega.

●  This was Preece’s third straight top-15. He finished ninth April 7 at Martinsville and 12th last Sunday at Texas.

●  This was Preece’s second consecutive top-15 at Talladega. He finished eighth in the series’ prior visit to the track in October.

●  Preece finished ninth in Stage 2 to earn two bonus points.

Berry Notes:      

●  Berry earned his fourth top-20 of the season.

●  Berry led once for three laps, and they came in his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega.

●  Berry was the highest finishing rookie.

Race Notes:       

●  Tyler Reddick won the GEICO 500 to score his sixth career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Talladega. His margin of victory over second-place Brad Keselowski was .208 of a second.

●  There were four caution periods for a total of 21 laps.

●  Thirty of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Kyle Larson remains the championship leader after Talladega with a 15-point advantage over second-place Martin Truex Jr.

Sound Bites:

We were definitely working together as Fords on the bottom – (Michael) McDowell, Brad Keselowski and myself. All the Fords worked great all race. It’s coming to the end and the 6 (Keselowski) and the 34 (McDowell) were blocking coming to the checkers and, unfortunately, the 45 (Tyler Reddick) squeaked by. I really wanted to see a Ford in victory lane, but the Overstock team at Stewart-Haas did a great job all day. We had clean pit stops, fast pit stops, a lot of horsepower under the hood. The Mustang Dark Horses and racing with these other Ford guys has been a lot of fun. I haven’t been up here very much in the Cup Series on these superspeedways, but I’m extremely grateful. It’s a privilege to race with guys like Keselowski and McDowell. I mean, they’ve won really big races on speedways so, overall, I’m really thankful for everyone at Stewart-Haas and this Overstock team and we’ll keep the momentum going.” – Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 10 Overstock.com Ford Mustang Dark Horse

“I’m definitely not surprised. The whole last lap, you just know it’s coming if we got that far, so overall it just was not a very good day for us. We went a lap down early because of flat-spotting the tires. It seemed like we honestly just rode around 30th all day. I don’t know where we ended up. Someone said 12th, somehow, so I guess that’s better than where we should’ve finished with how the day went. We’ll just go on to Dover next week and try to continue running good.” – Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang Dark Horse

“Ultimately, we put ourselves in that position. I was trying to help Ryan (Blaney) and work with my other Ford teammates, but it’s tough when everybody isn’t on the same page. When you lose track position like that, it is what it is, but moving forward I’d like to talk to Blaney and figure out what I can do better to help him. That way, we can just not worry about anybody else.” – Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 41 United Rentals Ford Mustang Dark Horse

I thought Rodney (Childers, crew chief) made some good changes there. We kind of took a swing at it just to get me feeling a bit better. But honestly, more than anything, really, just the strategy kind of worked in our favor. We kind of ended up on an opposite strategy, which sometimes you have to do to make something happen. That’s when we got up front and the car got driving a lot better. We had an opportunity there, but we just didn’t make it across the finish line. We’ll live to fight another day.” – Josh Berry, driver of the No. 4 Overstock.com Ford Mustang Dark Horse

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Würth 400 on Sunday, April 28 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway. The race begins at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.