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Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Talladega Superpeedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 86.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 14, 1969, won by Richard Brickhouse.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: May 6, 2012, won by Brad Keselowski.
  • Won from pole: 13, most recently by Jeff Gordon in 2007.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 51 times in 86 races (59%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 62 times (72%).
  • 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 2007-2012 a typical Talladega race had 62.4 lead changes, 7.6 cautions for 28.9 laps, and an average green-flag run of 18.7 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (38), Ford (18), Mercury (7), Buick (6), Oldsmobile (6), Dodge (4), 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 (37 races) Ricky Rudd (59 races)
    Top 5: Casey Mears (18) Jimmy Means (33)
    Top 10: Regan Smith (10) Dick Trickle (19)
    Pole: Jeff Burton (37) Kyle Petty (53)
    Lap led: Michael McDowell, Robert Richardson (4) Tommy Gale (23)
    Lead-lap finish: Boris Said (2) Buddy Arrington (30)


  • Top career marks at Talladega:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Bill Elliott (57) 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 (9,594) Dave Marcis (9,774)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (832) Dale Earnhardt (1,377)
    Lead-lap finishes: B. Elliott, T. Labonte, M. Martin (29)B. Elliott, T. Labonte, M. Martin (29)


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

    1. Brad Keselowski (13.0)
    2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14.8)
    3. Kurt Busch (15.1)
    4. Tony Stewart (15.5)
    5. Kevin Harvick (15.6)
    6. Clint Bowyer (15.6)
    7. Bill Elliott (15.7)
    8. Mark Martin (15.9)
    9. Joey Logano (16.1)
    10. Jeff Gordon (16.8)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (36.0)
    2. Hermie Sadler (34.5)
    3. Sam Hornish, Jr. (29.6)
    4. Robert Richardson (27.0)
    5. Landon Cassill (27.0)
    6. David Stremme (26.6)
    7. Stacy Compton (26.5)
    8. Joe Nemechek (25.9)
    9. Dave Blaney (25.9)
    10. A.J. Allmendinger (25.8)


    'Chase' drivers at Talladega:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Brad Keselowski 7 2 3 5 0 1291 31 18.4 13.0 86.1
    Jimmie Johnson 21 2 5 9 1 3717 223 9.9 17.7 81.5
    Denny Hamlin 13 0 3 5 0 2322 204 18.7 18.2 87.0
    Clint Bowyer 13 2 4 7 0 2057 88 19.9 15.6 79.5
    Tony Stewart 27 1 9 13 0 4991 316 17.0 15.5 84.5
    Kasey Kahne 17 0 3 4 0 2817 40 24.9 20.8 70.1
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 25 5 9 13 0 4357 719 15.7 14.8 90.0
    Martin Truex, Jr. 15 0 1 4 0 2486 44 21.1 23.5 75.0
    Kevin Harvick 23 1 6 10 1 4257 143 22.0 15.6 76.5
    Jeff Gordon 39 6 14 18 3 6600 832 11.6 16.8 81.5
    Greg Biffle 19 0 2 4 0 3353 44 16.9 19.7 72.9
    Matt Kenseth 25 0 4 7 0 4442 261 21.7 18.6 87.3

    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 (90.7), Brian Vickers (87.3), David Ragan (87.0), Kurt Busch (86.8), Joey Logano (84.8), Kyle Busch (80.4), Elliott Sadler (80.4), Juan Pablo Montoya (80.4).