Lap 136: Jimmie Johnson and Michael Waltrip back up to third and fourth behind Edwards and leader Kenseth
7:08 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- Kenseth flys right up to the front in a few laps. Earnhardt-like.
7:04 p.m. ET: GREEN FLAG.
Lap 129: Bobby Labonte takes the lead as David Ragan, Scott Speed and Terry Labonte head to pit road.
Lap 128: Kurt Busch comes to pit road, relinquishing the lead to David Ragan.
Lap 126: Most cars come to pit road, but Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Scott Speed, Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte, David Gilliland, Regan Smith, Josh Wise stay out. Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road.
Lap 126: Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wall. Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose on pit road, working on body issues. Pit road is now open.
Lap 126: A wrecker is coming to push Juan Pablo Montoya off of pit road as the No. 42 team works to fire up his car.
6:58 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- 3 hours, 36 minutes for the red flag. I could've watched The Godfather
6:57 p.m. ET: From Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) -- Here we go boys and girls..... Should be an interesting finish!! Gonna be awesome!!
6:49 p.m. ET: From Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) -- Btw I'm on the couch at home. This sucks!
6:45 p.m. ET: From Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) -- Race is getting ready to restart. Can't wait to watch how this unfolds.
6:37 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- They've announced drivers to cars. Inside the media center, you can hear the cheers coming from the grandstands.
6:36 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- Drivers starting to come back. Gordon and Jamie Mac walking down pit road
6:27 p.m. ET: From Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) -- Com'on track!!! Lets goooo.
6:25 p.m. ET: From Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) -- The Air Titan is so powerful it can watch "60 Minutes" in a half-hour.
6:24 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) --"Crew members: remove the car covers" - NASCAR
6:20 p.m. ET: From Landon Cassill (@landoncassill) -- We better get this show on the road
6:17 p.m. ET: UPDATE: Tower allows teams to roll generators out to the cars, and they can change the helmet shields.
5:59 p.m.ET: From Reid Spencer (@Reid_Spencer) -- Like a curtain being drawn, the cloud cover at Talladega is shifting to reveal blue sky behind it. Racing still more than an hour away, tho.
5:55 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- What I wouldn't give for one of those comfy couches in the Pocono Raceway media lounge right about now.
5:39 p.m. ET: Watch -- Some of the best finishes and moments from the 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway
5:37 p.m. ET: Clint Bowyer on FOX -- I'm ready to go back to racing or get the hell out of here.
5:36 p.m. ET: From Landon Cassill (@landoncassill) -- With track position so important at this race, I think you'll see another big wreck between 15-30 laps to go, not as much last lap
5:11 p.m. ET: Here Comes the Sun: Bright blue, sunny skies are helping the NASCAR Air Titan with the drying process
5:09 p.m. ET: From Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) -- Every little bit helps! RT @jaybusbee: Bro with a leafblower's gonna make the difference today at a soaked Talladega. pic.twitter.com/Oyt7l2Xutb
5:07 p.m. ET: Points update: If the race ended now, Jimmie Johnson would lead Carl Edwards by 33 points. Then Earnhardt (-48), Bowyer (-52) and Keselowski (-55)
5:05 p.m. ET: From Joey Logano (@joeylogano) -- Meeting with crew chief. Meeting with RP. Hanging in the pit box. In the hauler. Now back at the bus. Joys of a rain delay.
5:03 p.m. ET: From Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) -- Thanks for the support from all the fans, this isn't the first time I've been in a wreck and they've said nothing on the broadcast. I'm ok!!
5 p.m. ET: @NASCARStats reports the rain has stopped and track drying continues
4:50 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Rain has stopped. Dryers are rolling. Air Titan is stirring. We may not be done yet.
4:47 p.m. ET: From Reid Spencer (@Reid_Spencer) -- Caution car has been instructed to take a lap and give estimate on how long drying will take once rain stops. Clearing up to south.
4:45 p.m. ET: REPLAY: Watch the best of GarageCam from Talladega and tune in next Friday at 11 a.m. at www.nascar.com/garagecam
4:41 p.m. ET: REPLAY -- Watch the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Laps as Regan Smith gave Dale Earnhardt Jr. his first points lead as an owner.
4:33 p.m. ET: From Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) -- If you're at the track take cover. Hearing hail and lightning on the way.
4:30 p.m. ET: From Reid Spencer (@Reid_Spencer) -- Crew chiefs have been told to secure their tool boxes. Possible wind and hail coming in from a cell just to south of the speedway.
4:10 p.m. ET: From JJ Yeley (@jjyeley1) -- Mixed emotions right now, sitting 17th & car is in piece, but my Golden Corral Chevy is good and kids want to eat free tomorrow!!!
4:09 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth on FOX -- Hopefully it dries out so I can redeem myself. (Kenseth dropped to 12th after leading 101 laps.)
4:05 p.m. ET: From Landon Cassill (@landoncassill) -- A wild rain shower appears! Engage Air Titan! It's super effective
4:01 p.m. ET: Aric Almirola tells FOX he wants to improve from 11th to extend his series-best streak of top-10 finishes to four in a row.
3:56 p.m. ET: From Jeremy Troiano (@JT_Tribbiani), PR Rep for Joey Logano (@joeylogano) -- Hard call right here. Hope for rain and take a solid third and the points? Or go green and have chance to win or maybe finish 20th?
3:53 p.m. ET: Dale Jr. on FOX: We're gonna get things restarted. It's clearing up real good. We can win. We definitely have a great engine.
3:50 p.m. ET: Hamlin on Kenseth: Nobody wants to work with you because they know you have the best car.
3:46 p.m. ET: Interested in how the Air Titan works? Check out this story by the one and only, Holly Cain.
3:43 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Rain has stopped here at Talladega. Already some gray back in the track surface. Get the feeling we're not done for the day.
3:38 p.m. ET: Brad Keselowski on FOX: Fourth is a good day, but I want to win.
3:37 p.m. ET: Denny on Darlington: It's one of the most challenging tracks that we have on the circuit. Running a foot from the wall, your room for error is a lot less than anywhere else. (Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on FOX)
3:32 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin tells FOX: Anyone of these guys or girls could win going down the stretch here.
3:27 p.m. ET: Check out video of the NASCAR Air Titan in action
3:30 p.m. ET: Carl Edwards tells FOX: If we go back green, we will have a Ford in Victory Lane. David Reutimann out (accident)
3:29 p.m. ET: Running order for the 26 drivers on the lead lap: 1) Carl Edwards 2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3) Joey Logano 4) Brad Keselowski 5) Michael Waltrip 6) Clint Bowyer 7) Martin Truex Jr. 8) Jimmie Johnson 9) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10) Ryan Newman 11) Aric Almirola 12) Matt Kenseth 13) Kurt Busch 14) Danica Patrick 15) Juan Pablo Montoya 16) Jamie McMurray 17) JJ Yeley 18) David Ragan 19) Marcos Ambrose 20) Scott Speed 21) Terry Labonte 22) David Stremme 23) Bobby Labonte 24) David Gilliland 25) Regan Smith 26) Josh Wise
3:18 p.m. ET: Drivers are allowed to leave their cars and be interviewed by FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR so tune in.
3:18 p.m. ET: Red flag: Cars brought onto pit road as the NASCAR Air Titan takes the track.
Lap 125: Pit road is closed, and caution car will bring them down to the mid-point of pit road. Two crew members will be allowed to come out and cover the cars.
3:16 p.m. ET: REPLAY: Watch the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team get Denny Hamlin out of the car and put Brian Vickers in
Lap 124: Pit road is open, but there are no takers. FOX reporting drivers are 8-10 green-flag laps away from needing fuel. Caution car reports the heaviest rain is on the backstretch.
Lap 123: At the point of caution, Carl Edwards was leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. followed by Logano, Keselowski, Waltrip, Bowyer, Truex, Johnson, Earnhardt and Newman
Lap 124: Caution flag: Rain
Lap 121: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the lead with fellow Fords Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski behind him
Lap 119: David Reutimann returns behind the wall as tower polls officials for rain around the track
Lap 118: Jimmie Johnson attempting to go 2-for-2 in plate races this year, leads Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the start/finish line. David Reutimann back in the race.
Lap 114: Matt Kenseth looking for his third consecutive top-three finish at Talladega.
3:02 p.m. ET: From Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) -- Instant replay of Daytona 18 wrecks the 5 we all pile in..
3:01 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- Edwards told he's leading a line of four Fords, slowly planning the near future
Lap 108: The top 13 cars are within 1.3 seconds of the lead with Danica Patrick leading the next pack about nine second behind the leader, Matt Kenseth.
Lap 105: Matt Kenseth leads Johnson, Earnhardt, Kurt Busch, Bowyer, Truex, Waltrip, Edwards, Almirola and Keselowski. As Mike Joy on FOX notes, the Gen-6 cars of Chevy, Toyota and Ford are attempting to team up on Kenseth's Camry.
Lap 100: Tune in to watch FOX for Denny Hamlin, who says he's frustrated that he only will earn about six or seven points after Brian Vickers was involved in the wreck that brought out the second caution
2:52 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- Outside line isn't an option unless that inside line starts racing more. If they're running until the rain, things will pick up soon
Lap 98: NASCAR's leader in Quality Passes (most cars passed in the top 15) is Dale Earnhardt Jr. and he's proving why as he's moved up to third place after falling down a lap for early contact with Travis Kvapil
Lap 95: Kyle Busch back in the race in 39th place, 52 laps down
2:49 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- It's Kenseth-Johnson-Earnhardt at the front after that pit sequence. Race is past halfway and lots of talk about rain on team radios.
Lap 94: At halfway, it's Kenseth, Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Truex, Bowyer, Edwards, Waltrip, Stremme and Almirola as Greg Biffle gets back into the race
Lap 93: Matt Kenseth takes back the lead as the race reaches halfway next time by
Lap 92: Jeff Gordon takes the lead as David Ragan comes to pit road. Gordon should be in the next lap.
Lap 91: David Ragan takes the lead as Keselowski, Logano lead next the group to pit road, including Edwards, Stremme and Gilliland.
Lap 90: New leader Brad Keselowski as Kenseth, Johnson, Busch, Menard, Almirola, Waltrip, Newman, Patrick, Bowyer, Earnhardt Jr. and Truex Jr. among others come to pit road.
Lap 88: Green flag pit stops begin with Regan Smith, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray
2:42 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- Kenseth, likely Johnson, coming in next time around
Lap 85: Brian Vickers and Travis Kvapil are back in the race, 43 and 57 laps down respectively
Lap 83: Matt Kenseth attempting to become the first driver to win back-to-back races at Talladega Superspeedway since Jeff Gordon swept in 2007
Lap 81: Matt Kenseth attempting to become the first driver to win back-to-back races at Talladega Superspeedway since Jeff Gordon swept in 2007
Lap 78: Kevin Harvick out (accident)
Lap 77: Saluting the 700 club as Bobby Labonte makes his 700th start today and Jeff Gordon will join him next week in that group when he starts at Darlington Raceway in the Bojangles Southern 500 next Saturday at 6 on FOX.
Lap 74: Kevin Harvick heads back to the garage
2:32 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Lot of talk on radios about getting to halfway, given ominous conditions. Some teams will have to make pit stop right before halfway point.
2:31 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Hamlin: "Me and Tony, for whatever reason, when we stopped becoming teammates, we started becoming teammates."
Lap 72: Tower gives pit crews an extra man to service the windshield and the driver
Lap 70: As Kevin Harvick comes back into the race 25 laps down, Joe Nemechek is out (engine). Kasey Kahne says of the wreck that knocked him out of the race: Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is.
Lap 66: After four pit stops under the last caution to fix damage during the Turn 1 wreck, Kurt Busch continues to sit in second and stalk former teammate and fellow champion Matt Kenseth for the lead
2:25 p.m. ET: Watch the Kasey Kahne Kyle Busch Turn 1 contact that led to a multicar crash and the second caution of the race.
Lap 60: Greg Biffle on getting caught up in the wreck: It can happen at any time. You just never know. We were trying to be cautious, but that didn’t work.
Lap 58: Matt Kenseth takes the lead back as the garage reports Kasey Kahne is officially out (accident)
Lap 56: Ryan Newman takes the lead as Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards jockey behind him
Lap 55: As Joe Nemechek goes to the garage, here's the official recap from NASCAR Timing and Scoring for the second caution: Turn 1 accident involving 18, 5, 29, 11, 1, 16, 9, 31, 30, 78, 83, 13, 95, 14, 24, 56. Laps 44-50; 12 total caution laps
Lap 52: Clint Bowyer drops from 12th to 28th to find a new dance partner
Lap 51: Green flag: Matt Kenseth leads Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, JJ Yeley, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski
Lap 48: Did the Kasey Kahne Kyle Busch contact look familiar? Check out this incident at the Daytona 500.
Lap 48: Jamie McMurray becomes the seventh leader of the day. Tower and Chief Scorer confirm Ricky Stenhouse Jr. DID NOT lead a lap.
Lap 47: Off of pit road, it's Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stays out to lead a lap, joining Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard, who did so during the first caution.
2:06 p.m. ET: From Jeff Burton (@RCR31JeffBurton) -- JB pitted two more times, giving the 31 CAT crew the opportunity to make repairs. Not sure how it is going to handle, pretty beat up. -PR
Lap 47: Pit road is open to the caution car
Lap 45: FOX also reports Jeff Gordon, David Stremme and Kurt Busch involved to bring the number of those affected, per TV, to 13
2:01 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Ton of good drivers caught up in that --Kyle, Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, still counting.
1:59 p.m. ET: From Jeff Burton (@RCR31JeffBurton) -- Pretty significant damage to the No. 31 machine. Not going to garage though. -PR
Lap 44: After the wreck, the top 10 running order is Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr., Regan Smith, JJ Yeley, Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick and Jamie McMurray
Lap 44: Brian Vickers takes the No. 11 to the garage after taking it to the top 10
1:57 p.m. ET: From Alan Cavanna (@copacavanna) -- yBusch and Kahne get together and it causes a big wreck taking out Harvick and Stewart. Same thing as Daytona
1:56 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- "It looks like we might be racing to roughly halfway," Steve Letarte tells Dale Jr. over the radio.
Lap 44: Caution flag: Running second and third, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch get into each other as Busch tries to change lanes. Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears and Scott Speed among others affected. Free pass to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
1:55 p.m. ET: From Jeff Burton (@RCR31JeffBurton) -- JB is stuck in the grass after being involved in the big wreck. Not sure how bad damage is. -PR
Lap 40: Brian Vickers up to 10th place, running for Denny Hamlin who got out during the first caution
Lap 36: Three of four Hendrick Motorsports cars in the top five with Dale Earnhardt Jr. the first car a lap down in 40th in place for the next free pass
Lap 35: Trevor Bayne out (engine)
Lap 32: Travis Kvapil to the garage with apparent engine trouble
Lap 30: Matt Kenseth back to the lead
Lap 29: Jeff Burton takes the lead as Travis Kvapil smokes on the backstretch
Lap 28: Green flag: Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch and Regan Smith are the top 10. Brian Vickers restarts 36th.
Lap 28: David Gillilland has too many men over the wall and will restart at the tailend of field along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Stremme and Joe Nemechek who made pit stops too soon
Lap 27: Drivers who did not pit with the first group: Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Terry Labonte, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards and Michael Waltrip.
Lap 26: Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers make the driver exchange in just over a minute and the No. 11 beats the pace car out to stay on the lead lap
Lap 25: Trevor Bayne to the garage as Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes pit road service. Matt Kenseth leads the field into the pits.
1:33 p.m. ET: From Jeremy Troiano (@JT_Tribbiani), PR Rep for Joey Logano (@joeylogano) -- Seriously people.... nothing is wrong with Joeys car. He's just dropping back to ride and stay out of trouble. Car is fine!
1:32 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. now a lap down after having his left-rear tire cut in that contact with Travis Kvapil's car.
Lap 24: Pit road closed as a wrecker bumps Trevor Bayne away from the entrance to pit road.
1:30 p.m. ET: From Mark Martin (@55MarkMartin) -- Awesome watching the race on Fox. I see why the fans love this race.
Lap 22: Caution flag: Trevor Bayne says he has a transmission problem as his car appears to blow up in Turn 1 by the Sunoco sign
Lap 21: Travis Kvapil follows Earnhardt Jr. to pit road.
Lap 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes to pit road after making contact with Travis Kvapil on the backstretch, hurting the No. 88 left rear.
Lap 19: Landon Cassill and Joe Nemechek are the first two cars to go a lap down. Montoya, Hamlin, Waltrip, Stewart and Stenhouse continue to run 37th-41st
Lap 17: Seven cars have turned a lap over 200 mph so far today including JJ Yeley who is currently 10th. If you're a kid, you're happy to hear that.
Lap 15: Denny Hamlin in 38th behind Juan Pablo Montoya and ahead of Michael Waltrip Tony Stewart and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with Landon Cassill and Joe Nemechek falling to 42nd and 43rd respectively
Lap 14: Matt Kenseth continues to lead Jimmie Johnson Kasey Kahne Aric Almirola and 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne
Lap 10: The Fords of Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski teamed up on the outside line in 29th and 30th
1:19 p.m. ET: From Jeff Burton (@RCR31JeffBurton) -- Within 10 laps, JB went from 29th to 10th, now back to 24th in the pack. -PR
Lap 7: Matt Kenseth takes the lead this time around with Jimmie Johnson up to second now.
Lap 6: Matt Kenseth takes the lead this time around with Jimmie Johnson up to second now.
Lap 5: Martin Truex Jr. keeps the lead over Matt Kenseth by 0.024 seconds. The first 20 cars are all within a second of the leader.
Lap 4: Carl Edwards has dropped back to 12th while Denny Hamlin is back in 41st with Tony Stewart in 42nd.
Lap 1: Three-wide through the field as Martin Truex Jr. leads the first lap of the race.
1:10 p.m. ET: Unsurprisingly, Denny Hamlin falls back by choice.
1:09 p.m. ET: Green flag! Let's go racing!
1:07 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Forget the car -- digging Michael Waltrip's helmet, which is crimson w/ a white stripe down middle just like Alabama football team's. Cool.
1:05 p.m. ET: There is some rain falling down at Talladega.
1:04 p.m. ET: Cars on the track now, warming up. Just a few minutes away from GREEN FLAG.
12:57 p.m. ET: From David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) -- Flyover today by two T-28 Trojans, same vintage military trainers that flew over Richmond. But can't beat the big rig w/ the American flag.
12:56 p.m. ET: Engines fired!
12:55 p.m. ET: And Chipper Jones, former Atlanta Brave and future Hall of Famer is the grand marshal. Gets the crowd into it by having them say, "Drivers, start your engines!" along with him.
12:53 p.m. ET: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is at the race today and will be driviing the pace car in just a few.
12:51 p.m. ET: Bobby Labonte is getting ready to make his 700th career start. View picture.
12:47 p.m. ET: Robin Meade (@RobinMeade) giving one of the most emphatic national anthem performances of the season. Much better than her performance in Mario Kart against Brad Keselowski earlier this week.
12:43 p.m. ET: From Brad Sweet (@BradSweet49) -- Who's everybody picking to win the talladega lottery today?
12:40 p.m. ET: From Aric Almirola (@aric_almirola) -- Well here goes nothing. Going to try and keep our top 10 streak going today.
12:29 p.m. ET:
David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) Interesting: Tony Stewart tells Fox he's going to hang back to help Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers switch in 11 car so they dont lose draft.