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NASCAR Cup Series race number 31 of 34
Monday, October 4, 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps* on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.080 miles)

Time of race: 2:23:24
Average speed: 130.218 mph
Pole speed: metric qualifying
Cautions: 5 for 27 laps
Margin of victory: under caution
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 35
Green flag passes: 8,852 (98.4 per green flag lap)
(Source: NASCAR loop data)

Glossary    2021 NASCAR Cup Series results   /   2021 standings

Playoff drivers are highlighted in green in the qualifying and race results.

PosSt#DriverCarLapsStatusLedPtsPPts
11923   Bubba Wallace McDonald's   (23XI Racing)Toyota117running5506
2 72   Brad Keselowski Discount Tire   (Roger Penske)Ford117running13520
3 822   Joey Logano Shell / Pennzoil   (Roger Penske)Ford117running9510
4141   Kurt Busch Monster Energy   (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet117running9420
51220   Christopher Bell Rheem   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota117running12380
62417   Chris Buescher Violet Defense   (Jack Roush)Ford117running7461
7 111   Denny Hamlin FedEx Express   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota117running6340
8 94   Kevin Harvick Busch Light #Hunt4Busch   (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford117running16390
92643   Erik Jones U.S. Air Force: Special Warfare   (Richard Petty Motorsports)Chevrolet117running0300
103038   Anthony Alfredo Georgia Peanuts   (Bob Jenkins)Ford117running1280
11163   Austin Dillon Breztri   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet117running0260
12 619   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota117running2250
132841   Cole Custer Autodesk / HaasTooling.com   (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford117running7240
141714   Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers / Mobil Delvac 1   (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford117running0230
15 412   Ryan Blaney Menards / Maytag   (Roger Penske)Ford117running0270
162147   Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. SunnyD   (JTG-Daugherty Racing)Chevrolet117running10210
172234   Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops   (Bob Jenkins)Ford117running0200
18 39   Chase Elliott Adrenaline Shoc   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet117running0230
193500   Quin Houff 8 Ball Chocolate Whiskey   (StarCom Racing)Chevrolet117running0180
203816   Justin Haley Leaf Filter Gutter Protection   (Matthew Kaulig)Chevrolet117running400
21256   Ryan Newman Kohler Generators   (Jack Roush)Ford117running0160
22297   Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems   (Spire Motorsports)Chevrolet117running0150
231899   Daniel Suarez Good Sam   (Trackhouse Racing)Chevrolet117running0140
244096   Landon Cassill Carnomaly   (Gaunt Brothers)Toyota117running000
253653   Joey Gase Sparks   (Rick Ware)Ford117running000
262010   Aric Almirola Smithfield   (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford117running0110
27 218   Kyle Busch M&M's   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota117running4100
283151   Cody Ware Nurtec ODT   (Rick Ware)Chevrolet117running400
293715   Garrett Smithley Boom Mobile   (Rick Ware)Chevrolet117running000
303278   B.J. McLeod NASCAR 21 Ignition   (B.J. McLeod)Ford117running000
313452   Josh Bilicki Junction Fuels   (Rick Ware)Ford117running060
322737   Ryan Preece Kroger/ Velveeta   (JTG-Daugherty Racing)Chevrolet116crash050
332342   Ross Chastain Clover   (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet116running070
343966   James Davison Rich Mar Racing   (Carl Long)Ford116running030
351521   Matt DiBenedetto Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center   (Wood Brothers)Ford115crash220
361024   William Byron Axalta   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet115crash010
37 55   Kyle Larson Cincinnati   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet113running310
381148   Alex Bowman Ally   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet97crash120
39138   Tyler Reddick Realtree   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet97crash270
403377   Justin Allgaier Brandt   (Spire Motorsports)Chevrolet55crash000
* Race shortened to 117 laps due to rain.

Top 10 in Stage 1: #17, 22, 2, 4, 8, 12, 9, 42, 1, 48
Top 10 in Stage 2: #23, 2, 22, 1, 20, 17, 11, 4, 43, 38

To the back:
NameNbrReason
Quin Houff00multi inspection failures
Joey Gase53multi inspection failures
James Davison66driver change

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
DCDavid Starr66Carl LongFord

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12626  
27293   competition#53
305627  
57648   #5,14,24,77 accident frontstretch#34
65673  
687710   debris turn 2#14
789821  
991035   #8,9,18,19,37,42,47,48,78 accident backstretch#14
10411613  
1171171   #12,24,37,47 accident backstretchnone
  Percent of race run under caution: 23.1%             Average green flag run: 18.0 laps

'Lucky Dog' recipients prior to 2009 were compiled by Jayski.com.

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Kyle Busch111
  Joey Logano221
  Kyle Busch353
  Kevin Harvick6116
  Matt DiBenedetto12132
  Kevin Harvick14141
  Martin Truex, Jr.15162
  Kyle Larson17193
  Cole Custer20267
  Anthony Alfredo27271
  Kevin Harvick28292
  Kurt Busch30334
  Kevin Harvick34374
  Denny Hamlin38381
  Brad Keselowski39402
  Denny Hamlin41422
  Brad Keselowski435311
  Chris Buescher54607
  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.61611
  Joey Logano62643
  Tyler Reddick65662
  Joey Logano67715
  Cody Ware72754
  Justin Haley76794
  Christopher Bell80834
  Denny Hamlin84863
  Christopher Bell87882
  Kevin Harvick89913
  Christopher Bell92965
  Alex Bowman97971
  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.981058
  Christopher Bell1061061
  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.1071071
  Kurt Busch1081125
  Bubba Wallace1131175

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Denny Hamlin 3116    
2   Kyle Larson 3097   -19  
3   Joey Logano 3096   -20  
4   Martin Truex, Jr. 3095   -21  
4   Brad Keselowski 3095   -21  
6   Ryan Blaney 3090   -26  
7   Chase Elliott 3084   -32  
7   Kyle Busch 3084   -32  
9   Kevin Harvick 3075   -41  
10   Christopher Bell 3056   -60  
11   William Byron 3040   -76  
12   Alex Bowman 3032   -84  
13   Kurt Busch 2146   -970  
14   Tyler Reddick 2125   -991  
15   Aric Almirola 2104   -1012  
16   Michael McDowell 2064   -1052  
17   Austin Dillon 813   -2303  
18   Matt DiBenedetto 658   -2458  
19   Chris Buescher 656   -2460  
20   Ross Chastain 645   -2471  

Non-playoff standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Denny Hamlin 1260    
2   Kyle Larson 1223   -37  
3   Chase Elliott 1009   -251  
4   Ryan Blaney 998   -262  
5   Martin Truex, Jr. 990   -270  
6   Joey Logano 988   -272  
7   Kyle Busch 974   -286  
8   Kevin Harvick 972   -288  
9   William Byron 931   -329  
10   Brad Keselowski 924   -336  
11   Tyler Reddick 838   -422  
12   Austin Dillon 813   -447  
13   Kurt Busch 806   -454  
14   Alex Bowman 791   -469  
15   Christopher Bell 742   -518  
16   Matt DiBenedetto 658   -602  
17   Chris Buescher 656   -604  
18   Ross Chastain 645   -615  
19   Bubba Wallace 633   -627  
20   Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 615   -645