AUTO RACING: NASCAR goes from short to long at Talladega

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

GEICO 500

Site: Talladega, Alabama

Schedule: Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (FOX).

Track: Talladega Superspeedway

Race distance: 188 laps, 500 miles

Last year: Ryan Blaney won after starting 12th.

Last race: Alex Bowman grabbed the lead on a restart with 10 laps to go and outran Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to win at Richmond Raceway.

Fast facts: Hamlin remains the points leader after notching his eighth top-five finish in nine races. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. is 81 points behind, followed by Logano, William Byron and Blaney. ... Hamlin's eight top fives are twice as many as any other driver. He's led 483 laps in the last two races and a series-best 694 overall. ... Bowman became the eighth different winner in nine races. His victory for Hendrick Motorsports was the first for the No. 48 since Jimmie Johnson won in June 2017.

Next race: May 2, Kansas City, Kansas.

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