Watch and Enjoy NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES: Talladega Superspeedway live, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for today’s Sprint Cup Series race. Patrick, ranked 25th in the current driver standings, ran the fourth-fastest lap in each session. Her No. 10 Chevrolet ran a fast lap of 199.384 mph in the first session and came back with a lap of 195.094 mph in the second session. Her best finish this season is 16th at Martinsville and her average finish is 24.6 with two DNFs.
START TIME: An Air Force serviceman will instruct drivers to start their engines at 1:02 p.m. ET today (12:02 p.m. local), followed by the green flag at 1:19 p.m. ET.
RACE DISTANCE: The GEICO 500 is 188 laps around the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s biggest track, for a total of 500 miles.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: FOX will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 12:30 ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.
WEATHER: Iffy. The National Weather Service is calling for showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Overall, it should be cloudy with a high near 81. Chance of rain? It’s 70%, according to the NWS.
Last year: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first race of 2015, holding off Jimmie Johnson by less than two-tenths of a second.
Last week: Carl Edwards continued his resurgence, winning at Richmond and posting his second straight victory, this time over teammate Kyle Busch. NASCAR said it was the first race-winning, last-lap pass in Richmond history.
Fast facts: NASCAR has announced mandatory fines and other penalties for teams caught without five lug nuts on each wheel, just days after Tony Stewart was fined for suggesting it do so. … Hendrick Motorsports handed out over 600 rings Tuesday commemorating the career of four-time champion Jeff Gordon, who retired after last season.
Next race: Go Bowling 400, May 7, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas.