CONCORD, N.C. – The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for the Ally 400 following last year’s return to action in the Music City.
The race on the 1.33-mile oval will be mark the 17th points-paying event of the Cup Series season. The track is one of three venues on the calendar that has an all-concrete racing surface - Dover Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway are the others. Chase Elliott is the most recent winner on this type of surface, having won at Dover in May.
Last season, Kyle Larson put on a show for the huge Tennessee crowd leading 264 out of 300 laps to take the checkered flag in dominating fashion. William Byron also ran well finishing third in the race. While Nashville Superspeedway is a new track for the Cup Series, Hendrick Motorsports has won the last four races when competing on concrete tracks. This success dates back to May of 2021 and the record breaking 1-2-3-4 finish that saw Alex Bowman lead his three teammates across the line to win at Dover Motor Speedway.
This track will only be run once during the season but still serves as an important date on the calendar. Elliott is looking to hold onto his 16-point lead over Ross Chastain and build momentum through the summer stretch and into the playoffs.
Here is what you need to know to catch this weekend’s action.
WHAT TIME IS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?
There will be one 50-minute practice session at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, June 24. Group qualifying will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Both practice and qualifying will be broadcast on USA Network. All four Hendrick Motorsports cars will be in Group B for qualifying on Saturday.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACE?
The 400-mile main event is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26, and will be broadcast on NBC. Peacock will also carry the race as well as exclusively carry pre-race coverage starting at 4 p.m. ET and post-race coverage at approximately at 9 p.m. ET.
CAN I LISTEN ON THE RADIO?
You can tune in on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90).
CAN I STREAM ONLINE?
FIVE FAST FACTS HEADING INTO NASHVILLE
Data courtesy of Racing Insights
6: In 2022, Larson has earned six top-five finishes, which is tied for the second-most in the Cup Series. That total is the most among Hendrick Motorsports drivers.
9: Hendrick Motorsports has claimed this many stage victories this season, the most of any team this year. The most recent of those came at Sonoma Raceway with Larson's stage one win.
10: Elliott’s 10 top-10 finishes in the 2022 season are tied for the second-most of any driver in the Cup Series.
12.06: Average finish from Bowman through the first 16 races of the season. That ranks second among full-time drivers and the best among the Hendrick Motorsports quartet. It also puts the driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevy on pace for the best mark of his career in that statistic.
13: With two race wins and three stage wins, Byron is tied for the most playoff points in the Cup Series with 13.