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Aaron's 499 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Talladega Superspeedway:

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  • Number of previous races: 85.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 14, 1969, won by Richard Brickhouse.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: October 23, 2011, won by Clint Bowyer.
  • Won from pole: 13, most recently by Jeff Gordon in 2007.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 51 times in 85 races (60%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 62 times (73%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 7 times (8%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
  • Most laps led: 153, by Pete Hamilton in 1970.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Jeff Gordon in 2007 and Brad Keselowski in 2009.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 188.354 mph by Mark Martin in 1997.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 212.809 mph by Bill Elliott in 1987.
    • Most lead changes: 88 in 2010 and 2011.
    • Closest finish: Jimmie Johnson's .002 second margin over Clint Bowyer in 2011.
    • Most caution flags: 11 in 2004.

  • From 2007-2011 a typical Talladega race had 65.2 lead changes, 7.9 cautions for 29.4 laps, and an average green-flag run of 18.1 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (38), Ford (18), Mercury (7), Buick (6), Oldsmobile (6), Dodge (3), Plymouth (3), Pontiac (2), Toyota (2).

  • Most victories by owner: Richard Childress (12), Rick Hendrick (11), Dale Earnhardt Inc. (6), Harry Ranier (6), Junior Johnson (5), Bud Moore (5), Wood Brothers (5).

Driver Notes:

  • The most Talladega races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Jeff Burton (36 races) Ricky Rudd (59 races)
    Top 5: Casey Mears (17) Jimmy Means (33)
    Top 10: Regan Smith (9) Dick Trickle (19)
    Pole: Jeff Burton (36) Kyle Petty (53)
    Lap led: Michael McDowell, Robert Richardson (3) Tommy Gale (23)
    Lead-lap finish: none Buddy Arrington (30)


  • Top career marks at Talladega:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Bill Elliott (56) Dave Marcis (61)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon (6) Dale Earnhardt (10)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte (14) Dale Earnhardt (23)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (24) Dale Earnhardt (27)
    Poles: Bill Elliott (8) Bill Elliott (8)
    Laps: Bill Elliott (9,557) Dave Marcis (9,774)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (832) Dale Earnhardt (1,377)
    Lead-lap finishes: Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte (29) Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte (29)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Talladega (3 or more starts):

    1. Joey Logano (14.5)
    2. Kurt Busch (14.9)
    3. Brad Keselowski (15.0)
    4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (15.0)
    5. Kevin Harvick (15.1)
    6. Tony Stewart (15.2)
    7. Bill Elliott (15.3)
    8. Mark Martin (15.9)
    9. Jeff Gordon (16.3)
    10. Clint Bowyer (16.4)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Talladega (3 or more starts):

    1. Hermie Sadler (34.5)
    2. Michael McDowell (33.7)
    3. Sam Hornish, Jr. (29.6)
    4. A.J. Allmendinger (27.3)
    5. Robert Richardson (27.0)
    6. Marcos Ambrose (26.7)
    7. Stacy Compton (26.5)
    8. Dave Blaney (25.6)
    9. Joe Nemechek (25.4)
    10. J.J. Yeley (25.2)


    Current top-10 drivers at Talladega:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 18 0 1 3 0 3159 29 17.5 20.6 69.6
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 24 5 9 12 0 4163 709 15.6 15.0 90.2
    Denny Hamlin 12 0 3 5 0 2130 196 18.4 17.8 88.7
    Matt Kenseth 24 0 3 6 0 4248 188 22.2 19.3 84.4
    Martin Truex, Jr. 14 0 1 4 0 2320 44 21.6 23.2 76.6
    Jimmie Johnson 20 2 5 9 1 3656 218 9.4 16.8 81.9
    Kevin Harvick 22 1 6 10 1 4073 142 22.1 15.1 78.0
    Tony Stewart 26 1 9 13 0 4801 300 17.3 15.2 84.3
    Carl Edwards 15 0 1 4 0 2537 25 15.9 20.3 67.0
    Ryan Newman 20 0 4 7 0 3238 65 14.3 21.7 74.0

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Talladega: Jeff Burton (91.3), Joey Logano (88.6), Brian Vickers (87.3), David Ragan (87.1), Kurt Busch (86.2), Jeff Gordon (82.6), Juan Pablo Montoya (81.7), Elliott Sadler (80.4), Jamie McMurray (80.4), Brad Keselowski (80.4).