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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the GEICO 500

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 28: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Mountain Dew/Little Caesar’s Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 28, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at the NASCAR Cup Series statistical performances at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, going into the GEICO 500 on June 21 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

463

12

2

1

11

6

9

0

2

Chase Elliott

455

12

1

5

10

6

8

2

3

Joey Logano

434

12

2

3

13

3

6

0

4

Brad Keselowski

412

12

2

2

12

5

9

2

5

Ryan Blaney

411

12

0

1

1

6

6

1

6

Martin Truex Jr.

410

12

1

2

7

2

6

0

7

Denny Hamlin

395

12

3

3

18

6

7

1

8

Alex Bowman

380

12

1

4

9

2

3

0

9

Kyle Busch

359

12

0

0

0

6

7

1

10

Kurt Busch

338

12

0

0

0

3

8

1

11

Jimmie Johnson

322

12

0

1

1

2

6

0

12

Clint Bowyer

316

12

0

2

2

2

3

1

13

Aric Almirola

303

12

0

0

0

1

4

0

14

Matt DiBenedetto

301

12

0

0

0

1

3

0

15

William Byron

291

12

0

1

1

0

4

1

16

Austin Dillon

281

12

0

0

0

1

4

0

17

Tyler Reddick #

279

12

0

0

0

1

3

0

18

Erik Jones

273

12

0

0

0

2

4

0

19

Chris Buescher

233

12

0

0

0

1

2

0

20

Bubba Wallace

231

12

0

0

0

0

2

0

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

218

12

0

0

0

2

2

1

22

John Hunter Nemechek #

209

12

0

0

0

0

1

0

23

Michael McDowell

206

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Christopher Bell #

196

12

0

0

0

0

3

0

25

Ryan Newman

191

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

26

Cole Custer #

181

12

0

0

0

0

1

0

27

Corey LaJoie

161

12

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Ty Dillon

159

12

0

0

0

0

1

0

29

Ryan Preece

136

12

0

0

0

0

0

1

30

Matt Kenseth

130

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

Talladega Superspeedway Data
Season Race #: 13 of 36 (06-21-20)
Track Size: 2.66-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 33 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 33 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 16.5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 4,300 feet
Backstretch Length: 4,000 feet
Race Length: 188 laps / 500 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 60 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 68 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega
Chase Elliott ………………………… 94.1
Joey Logano…………………………. 90.6
Kurt Busch…………………………… 90.4
Brad Keselowski……………………. 89.3
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 89.0
Matt Kenseth………………………… 86.9
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 86.4
Ricky Stenhouse Jr………………… 84.4
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 82.8
Kyle Busch…………………………… 82.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.

TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Following driver statistics are Loop Data from 2005 – Present)

Aric Almirola (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.350, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.866, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.4, 12th-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
  • 1,720 Laps in the Top 15 (45.3%), 12th-most
  • 3,621 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.000, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.097, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.0, fifth-best
  • 37 Fastest Laps Run, 19th-best
  • 1,442 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9%), 14th-most
  • 2,764 Quality Passes, 15th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Eight top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.167, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.566, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.4, third-best
  • 98 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 3,829 Laps in the Top 15 (67.1%), series-most
  • 7,931 Quality Passes, series-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.276, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.708, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.2, 10th-best
  • 128 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 2,974 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), fourth-most
  • 6,008 Quality Passes, third-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, four top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 13.250, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.791, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.1, series-best
  • 30 Fastest Laps Run, 24th-best
  • 1,119 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), 16th-most
  • 1,910 Quality Passes, 18th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.714, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.371, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.8, ninth-best
  • 114 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 2,661 Laps in the Top 15 (50.0%), eighth-most
  • 5,443 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, seven top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.633, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 17.182, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.9, 11th-best
  • 122 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 2,871 Laps in the Top 15 (50.3%), fifth-most
  • 5,521 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.900, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.799, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.4, seventh-best
  • 80 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 3,237 Laps in the Top 15 (56.7%), second-most
  • 6,290 Quality Passes, second-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, ten top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.500, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.957, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.9, sixth-best
  • 87 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 3,030 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), third-most
  • 6,004 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Five wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.000, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.276, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.3, fourth-best
  • 86 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 2,483 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), ninth-most
  • 4,842 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, ten top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.182, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.079, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.6, second-best
  • 86 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,673 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8%), seventh-most
  • 5,306 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Ricky Stenhouse Jr (No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.615, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.327, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.4, eighth-best
  • 61 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-best
  • 1,358 Laps in the Top 15 (55.0%), 15th-most
  • 2,901 Quality Passes, 14th-most

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

38

2

1

7

15

4

16.1

80.9

2

Chase Elliott

8

2

1

3

4

2

13.2

94.1

3

Joey Logano

22

0

3

8

10

6

16.2

90.6

4

Brad Keselowski

22

0

5

7

11

4

16

89.3

5

Ryan Blaney

11

0

1

2

3

3

19

89.0

6

Martin Truex Jr

30

1

0

2

8

13

21.4

76.9

7

Denny Hamlin

28

0

1

7

11

5

17.7

82.8

8

Alex Bowman

9

0

0

1

2

4

26.2

71.0

9

Kyle Busch

29

0

1

6

8

6

20.3

82.2

10

Kurt Busch

38

1

0

8

20

9

15.5

90.4

11

Jimmie Johnson

36

1

2

7

13

10

17.8

86.4

12

Clint Bowyer

28

0

2

7

13

5

16.3

76.4

13

Aric Almirola

20

0

1

4

8

2

15.4

80.4

14

Matt DiBenedetto

10

0

0

0

0

4

28

55.3

15

William Byron

4

0

0

0

0

2

25.8

78.6

16

Austin Dillon

13

1

0

1

3

5

19.4

72.7

* – Based on last 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 – 2019).

Talladega Qualifying / Race Data
2019 pole winner:
Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
192.544 mph, 49.734 secs. 04-27-19

2019 race winner:
Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
161.331 mph, (03:05:59), 04-28-19

Track qualifying record:
Bill Elliott, Ford
212.809 mph, 44.998 secs. 04-30-87

Track race record:
Mark Martin, Ford
188.354 mph, (02:39:18), 05-10-97

Talladega Superspeedway:

HISTORY

  • Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was held on Sept. 14, 1969 – won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).
  • The name of the facility changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
  • Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
  • There have been 101 NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one series event in 1969, and two races per year since 1970.

STARTS

  • A total of 467 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway; 324 have competed in more than one.
  • Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 starts each.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers in starts at Talladega with 38 each.
  • A total of 71 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have made their first career start at Talladega. The most recent was Justin Haley in this event last season.
  • Bobby Isaac (eight starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega Superspeedway with a 3.6.
  • Chase Elliott (eight starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega Superspeedway with a 4.6.

Top 10 in Average Starting Positions at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Start

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Start

Races

1

Bobby Isaac

3.6

8

1

Chase Elliott

4.6

8

2

Chase Elliott

4.6

8

2

Jimmie Johnson

10.6

36

3

Davey Allison

5.3

15

3

Ryan Blaney

12.1

11

4

Pete Hamilton

5.4

5

4

Brad Keselowski

12.5

22

5

Sam Sommers

6.3

3

5

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

12.5

14

6

David Pearson

6.4

25

6

William Byron

13.3

4

7

Gordon Johncock

7.5

2

7

Daniel Suarez

13.8

6

8

Cale Yarborough

8.1

34

8

Ryan Newman

14.9

36

9

Rob Moroso

9.5

2

9

Austin Dillon

15.7

13

10

Dale Earnhardt

10.2

44

10

Erik Jones

16.0

6

POLES

  • A total of 44 different drivers have won at least one Busch Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Cup Series; 23 of the pole winners have won more than one. Seven of the 44 Talladega pole winners are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Talladega Superspeedway with eight (1985 sweep, 1986 sweep, 1987 sweep, spring 1990 and fall 1993).

  • Kevin Harvick (2005, 2018) and Chase Elliott (2016, 2019) lead all active drivers in Busch Pole Awards at Talladega with two poles each.

  • Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph. In fact, Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway !969, 1970 sweep).

  • 11 drivers have won consecutive Busch Pole Awards at Talladega – none are currently active.

  • Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six-straight from 1985 – 1987.

  • Youngest Talladega pole winner: Chase Elliott (May 1, 2016 – 20 years, 5 months, 3 days).

  • Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (October 23, 2011 – 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).

  • Six drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series Busch pole at Talladega – Brian Scott (05/04/2014); Juan Pablo Montoya (04/26/2009), Travis Kvapil (10/5/2008), David Gilliland (10/8/2006), Stacy Compton (04/22/2001) and Jeremy Mayfield (07/28/1996).

  • A total of eight different manufacturers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Speedway; led by Chevrolet with 37 poles; followed by Ford (29), Dodge (12), Mercury (five), Oldsmobile (five), Pontiac (three), Toyota (three) and Buick (two).

WINS

  • A total of 49 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway; 23 of the 49 have won multiple times at the 2.66-mile track. 12 of the 49 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in wins at Talladega Superspeedway with 10 victories (1983, 1984, 1990 sweep, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999 sweep, 2000).
  • Brad Keselowski leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five wins (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017).
  • Youngest series Talladega winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (July 27, 1986 – 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).
  • Oldest series Talladega winner: Harry Gant (May 6, 1991 – 51 years, 3 months, 26 days).
  • 10 of the 47 series winners at Talladega are active this weekend; four of them have multiple wins.
  • A total of 11 different drivers have won their first NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/7/2017), Brad Keselowski (04/26/2009), Brian Vickers (10/08/2006), Ken Schrader (07/31/1988), Phil Parsons (05/01/1988), Davey Allison (04/30/1987), Bobby Hillin Jr. (07/27/1986), Ron Bouchard (08021981), Lennie Pond (08/06/1978), Dick Brooks (08/12/1973) and Richard Brickhouse (09/14/1969).
  • A total of seven different drivers have won consecutive races at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series – Pete Hamilton (1970 sweep), Buddy Baker (1975 sweep, 1976), Darrell Waltrip (1982 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1993-94, 1999 sweep), Sterling Marlin (1995-96), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2001-2003), Jeff Gordon  (2007 sweep).  
  • 14 of the 101 (13.8%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway have been won from the pole or first starting position.
  • The outside front row (second-place) starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Talladega (19.8%). 

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Talladega Superspeedway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

14

13.86%

14

1

0.99%

2

20

19.80%

15

2

1.98%

3

7

6.93%

16

3

2.97%

4

9

8.91%

17

1

0.99%

5

5

4.95%

18

2

1.98%

6

4

3.96%

19

1

0.99%

7

3

2.97%

20

1

0.99%

8

1

0.99%

22

2

1.98%

9

6

5.94%

24

1

0.99%

10

3

2.97%

27

1

0.99%

11

4

3.96%

34

3

2.97%

12

2

1.98%

36

1

0.99%

13

4

3.96%

 

Additional Stats

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the first starting position:

13.86%

14

Winning from the front row:

33.66%

34

Winning from a top five starting position:

54.46%

55

Winning from a top 10 starting position:

71.29%

72

Winning after starting outside the top 20:

7.92%

8

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega is 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the 2000 spring race.
  • The deepest in the field that an active race winner has started at Talladega is 34th, by Denny Hamlin in the 2014 spring race.
  • Kevin Harvick (18), Aric Almirola (17), Denny Hamlin (16), Joey Logano (13) and Ryan Blaney (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Ryan Newman with 36.
  • A total of 29 different owners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins by an organization at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series with 13 victories.

  • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford with 29, Mercury (seven), Buick (six), Oldsmobile (six), Dodge (four), Plymouth (three), Toyota (three) and Pontiac (two).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 48 different drivers have finished runner-up in the series at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart lead the series in runner-up finishes at Talladega with six second-place finishes each.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers with three runners-up finishes each at Talladega.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Buddy Baker

6

1

Jimmie Johnson

3

 

Tony Stewart

6

 

Kevin Harvick

3

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

5

3

Clint Bowyer

2

 

Dale Jarrett

5

 

Kyle Busch

2

Darrell Waltrip

5

Ryan Newman

2

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 115 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-five at Talladega.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top fives with 23 top-five finishes.
  • Joey Logano and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in top fives at Talladega with eight each. 

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Dale Earnhardt

23

1

Joey Logano

8

2

Jeff Gordon

16

 

Kurt Busch

8

3

Buddy Baker

15

3

Brad Keselowski

7

4

Cale Yarborough

14

 

Clint Bowyer

7

Darrell Waltrip

14

Denny Hamlin

7

 

Terry Labonte

14

 

Jimmie Johnson

7

Kevin Harvick

7

 

Ryan Newman

7

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 195 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Talladega.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top 10s at Talladega with 27.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active series drivers in top 10s at Talladega with 20.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Dale Earnhardt

27

1

Kurt Busch

20

2

Mark Martin

24

2

Kevin Harvick

15

3

Terry Labonte

23

Ryan Newman

15

4

Bill Elliott

22

4

Clint Bowyer

13

5

Buddy Baker

20

Jimmie Johnson

13

 

Jeff Gordon

20

Kurt Busch

20

Average Finishes

  • Pete Hamilton (five starts) leads the  NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 5.600.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11 starts) leads all active drivers in the  NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 11.400.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Pete Hamilton

5.6

5

1

Ryan Preece

10.5

2

2

Bruce Jacobi

10.0

2

2

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

11.6

13

3

Ryan Preece

10.5

2

3

Chase Elliott

13.3

8

4

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

11.6

13

4

Ty Dillon

13.5

6

5

Bobby Isaac

12.4

8

5

Aric Almirola

15.4

20

6

Dale Earnhardt

12.4

44

6

Kurt Busch

15.5

38

7

David Ray Boggs

12.5

2

7

Brad Keselowski

16.0

22

8

Davey Allison

12.7

15

8

Kevin Harvick

16.1

38

9

Daniel Hemric

13.0

2

9

Joey Logano

16.2

22

10

Chase Elliott

13.3

8

10

Clint Bowyer

16.3

28

LAPS LEADERS

  • A total of 193 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the series in laps led at Talladega with 1,377 in 44 starts.
  • Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in laps led at Talladega with 524 in 37 starts.

Top 10 Series Lap Leaders at Talladega Superspeedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Dale Earnhardt

1377

7199

19%

1

Matt Kenseth

524

6509

8%

2

Buddy Baker

1137

6161

18%

2

Jimmie Johnson

472

6453

7%

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr

967

6134

16%

3

Joey Logano

319

4068

8%

4

Jeff Gordon

902

7963

11%

4

Denny Hamlin

302

4953

6%

5

Bobby Allison

703

5267

13%

5

Brad Keselowski

293

4036

7%

6

Darrell Waltrip

666

8071

8%

6

Kurt Busch

282

6916

4%

7

Cale Yarborough

593

4731

13%

7

Kevin Harvick

260

6774

4%

8

Bill Elliott

526

9594

5%

8

Kyle Busch

245

5090

5%

9

Matt Kenseth

524

6509

8%

9

Chase Elliott

126

1486

8%

10

Jimmie Johnson

472

6453

7%

10

Clint Bowyer

123

4843

3%

TRACK/EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • There have been 14 NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Talladega:

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Race Winners

10/14/2018

188

193

5

Aric Almirola

5/7/2017

188

191

3

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

10/23/2016

188

192

4

Joey Logano

10/25/2015

188

196

8

Joey Logano

10/19/2014

188

194

6

Brad Keselowski

5/5/2013

188

192

4

David Ragan

10/7/2012

188

189

1

Matt Kenseth

5/6/2012

188

194

6

Brad Keselowski

4/25/2010

188

200

12

Kevin Harvick

11/1/2009

188

191

3

Jamie McMurray

10/5/2008

188

190

2

Tony Stewart

4/29/2007

188

192

4

Jeff Gordon

10/2/2005

188

190

2

Dale Jarrett

5/1/2005

188

194

6

Jeff Gordon

  • Only two of the 101 series races at Talladega have been shortened due to weather conditions:

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

Fewer Laps

Race Winners

7/28/1996

188

129

-59

Jeff Gordon

4/30/1987

188

178

-10

Davey Allison


  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway five times: fall of 2002, fall of 2009, spring of 2010, spring and fall of 2013.
  • Prior to this weekend, only one NASCAR Cup Series race held at Talladega Superspeedway was not run on its scheduled date. The April 27, 1997, race was postponed due to inclement weather to May 10, 1997 – Mark Martin won the event.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway is the April 17, 2011 race won by Jimmie Johnson over second-place Clint Bowyer with a MOV of 0.002 second – the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the series using electronic scoring.

Top 10 Closest Margin of Victory in the NCS at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

1

0.002

Jimmie Johnson

Clint Bowyer

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2

0.005

Dale Earnhardt

Ernie Irvan

Sunday, July 25, 1993

3

0.007

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Newman

Sunday, October 13, 2019

4

0.011

Kevin Harvick

Jamie McMurray

Sunday, April 25, 2010

5

0.018

Clint Bowyer

Jeff Burton

Sunday, October 23, 2011

6

0.025

Jimmy Spencer

Bill Elliott

Sunday, July 24, 1994

7

0.050

Sterling Marlin

Dale Jarrett

Sunday, July 23, 1995

8

0.052

Tony Stewart

Paul Menard

Sunday, October 5, 2008

9

0.060

Dale Earnhardt

Ernie Irvan

Sunday, May 1, 1994

 

0.060

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Michael Waltrip

Sunday, April 21, 2002

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

13

21

10/15/2017

Danica Patrick

31

38

5/7/2017

Danica Patrick

30

20

10/23/2016

Danica Patrick

37

24

5/1/2016

Danica Patrick

20

27

10/25/2015

Danica Patrick

25

21

5/3/2015

Danica Patrick

27

19

10/19/2014

Danica Patrick

7

22

5/4/2014

Danica Patrick

23

33

10/20/2013

Danica Patrick

23

33

5/5/2013

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Patty Moise

36

33

7/30/1989

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

12

29

8/6/1978

Janet Guthrie

9

34

8/7/1977

Janet Guthrie

13

32

5/1/1977

NASCAR IN ALABAMA

  • There have been 164 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Alabama among seven different tracks.

Tracks in Alabama

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total

First Year

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega

101

28

14

145

1969

Birmingham International Raceway

Birmingham

8

0

0

8

1958

Chisholm Speedway

Montgomery

1

0

0

1

1956

Dixie Speedway

Birmingham

1

0

0

1

1960

Huntsville Speedway

Huntsville

1

0

0

1

1962

Lakeview Speedway

Mobile

2

0

0

2

1951

Montgomery Motor Speedway

Montgomery

6

0

0

6

1955

Total

120

28

14

164

  • The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Alabama was a NASCAR Cup Series event held at Lakeview Speedway (Mobile) in 1951 – the race was won by Alabama native Tim Flock (Oldsmobile).
  • The first race held at Talladega Superspeedway was in 1969 – the event was won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).

ALABAMA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 74 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.
  • 11 drivers from Alabama have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series combining to a total of 202 victories; six of the 11 winners have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Race Winners From Alabama

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Truck

Combined

1

Bobby Allison

84

2

0

86

2

Tim Flock

39

0

0

39

3

Davey Allison

19

0

0

19

4

Neil Bonnett

18

1

0

19

5

Donnie Allison

10

0

0

10

6

Red Byron

2

0

0

2

7

Steve Grissom

0

11

0

11

8

Bubba Wallace

0

0

6

6

9

Rick Crawford

0

0

5

5

10

Grant Enfinger

0

0

4

4

11

Cale Gale

0

0

1

1

Total

172

14

16

202

— NASCAR Media

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