Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl will serve as an honorary starter for the YellaWood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday, October 2

The coach who guided the Tigers to the fourth final 2019 will raise the green flag to start the second race expected in Round 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series Qualifiers

Tladega, Ala. (September 26, 2022) Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who has led the Tigers to over 150 wins in eight seasons, as well as his first-ever Final Four appearance, will make the proud start to the YellaWood 500 on Sunday (October 2). NASCAR Cup Series Qualifier Race at Talladega Superspeedway.

From the flag stand overlooking the start/finish line of the iconic 2.66-mile Mammoth Trail, Pearl will wave the green flag for the YellaWood 500 at 1:00 p.m. CST. There are still great tickets for the upcoming event and fans are encouraged to call or visit 1-877-Go2-DEGA for opportunities.

“I am so excited to be waving the green flag to start the YellaWood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway,” said Pearl, of Boston, Massachusetts. “I can’t wait to see the speed of the cars as well as to see how the race teams will plan to get a ‘W’. I am grateful to the YellaWood team for giving me this opportunity.”

“I’m sure Coach Pearl will bring the same passion he shows on the field at Auburn to the Talladega Superspeedway for the YellaWood 500,” said Brian Crichton, Talladega Superspeedway Head. “It will add more to what will already be an electric atmosphere. We, like many of the fans who will be attending here, are thrilled to have him here.”

Pearl’s accomplishments with the Tigers include 154 victories, three Southeast Conference Championships, four NCAA Championship titles, and the school’s initial appearance in the Final Four, which came in 2019.

Since arriving at Auburn for the 2014-15 season, he has produced one of the biggest transformations in the college basketball scene. Prior to his arrival, Auburn had an average RPI (ranking based on wins, losses, and schedule strength) of 191.8. In the past four seasons, the Tigers have finished their campaign 16The tenth13The tenth 27The tenthand 11The tenth respectively in the final RPI, highlighted by four NCAA tournament bids (the 2020 tournament has been canceled due to COVID) and three conference titles. His teams have had as much success off the field as Auburn has had 31 alumni since 2014 – the most on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 27 seasons as a head coach, he has guided his teams to the NCAA Championship 20 times (it would have been 21 if it weren’t for the 2020 season to be canceled) and is the only coach (football or men’s basketball) to have led two programs to the number one national championship ( Auburn in 2022 and Tennessee in 2008). He’s just one of three head coaches to take four programs (three at Division 1 level) to the Sweet 16, joining Lon Kruger and Eddie Sutton.

He has scored one season’s victories in four different schools, most recently during the 2018-19 season when the Tigers scooped 30 wins en route to the fourth final.

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Coach Pearl will also be part of the pre-race celebrations at the driver introduction stage on a pit road. Fans can get a spot nearby to watch activities before the start of the YellaWood 500 by purchasing the Talladega Garage Experience admission, which allows fans to view driver introductions, driver Q&A sessions, the Driver Red Carpet Walk, and up-close car racing inside the team garage arenas, plus more. . For more information, log in

As the YellaWood 500 crowns the action-packed NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend race, things get started Friday afternoon (at 2:30 p.m. CT) with the qualification that will determine the starting lineup for both the Sparks 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series and Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Truck Series races. for global camping. Saturday’s festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. CST with the green flag lowered for a Chevrolet Silverado 250, followed by the Sparks 300 at 3 p.m. CST.

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Chase Rice, who also has ties to NASCAR, will be the featured artist for the traditional Saturday Night Enfield (October 1). The best part about the concert is that admission is free with the purchase of a race ticket on Sunday for the YellaWood 500 race. Breakout Country artist Bailey Zimmerman will open the much-anticipated tonight.

A qualifying driver win in the playoffs in any of the October triple events will advance to the next round of their NASCAR Qualifier Series. Bubba Wallace is the defending champion of the YellaWood 500, which will feature NASCAR’s next generation car.

Fans are encouraged to keep abreast of all the action at the biggest and worst racetrack on the planet by following the Talladega Superspeedway at TwitterAnd the Facebook And the Instagramplus all-new NASCAR tracks Application. For the latest Speedway news.

About Talladega Superspeedway
The Talladega Superspeedway is the most competitive racetrack on the NASCAR schedule (recording 88 changes in 188 laps), the highest bank (33 degrees) and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly. Racing three and four at 200 mph is the norm at the Talladega Superspeedway, along with photo finishes. For information, visit Or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

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