Double Header Again, As Rain Pushes Nationwide To Sunday

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

For some odd reason NASCAR just can’t escape the rain lately. Last week in Texas it rained both Saturday, and Sunday which pushed both races (Sprint Cup, and Nationwide) to be ran on Monday… As a result a NASCAR record 801 miles were ran on the same day, at the same race track. Well that brings us to Talladega.

Saturday was a complete washout for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which was supposed to have it’s Aaron’s 312 Saturday afternoon. As a result the Nationwide event will be ran immediately following the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday. If both events are able to be ran to their advertised distance, we will break last week’s record of most miles ran in a day with 812.

Now there is a chance that we will just simply run out of daylight tomorrow while trying to get both races in. Talladega as we know does not have lights, which prevents the possibility of turning the Nationwide race into a night race if need be. So we will have to really be on it tomorrow if we want to get the full double-header in.

Let me remind you though that the chances of that happening at Talladega, surprisingly are better than at any other race track. Since 1997, Talladega had the most caution-free races of any track on the circuit. It has happened here twice since ’97, and the last of the caution free races was run in 2001, Bobby Hamilton won that day.

For those of you saying that there is no way we will go caution free tomorrow, because certain drivers are competing that weren’t around in that 2001 race… Let me go ahead and throw that theory away. At any time, and with any drivers on the track, these guys can go the distance without making a mistake. Why am I so confident? Well Buckshot Jones was in that 2001 Talladega “caution-free” race. For those of you who don’t recognize that name, google him, youtube him, or do whatever you have to and you’ll see why I brought that up. For those of you who recognize the name, you understand the importance of what I just said.

Regardless it will be an action packed day in Talladega Sunday. If you are camping out at the track stay safe, and if you are at home watching it unfold make sure you install a seat belt on your recliner… It’s going to be exciting.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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