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

   

  • Number of previous races: 87.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 14, 1969, won by Richard Brickhouse.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: October 7, 2012, won by Matt Kenseth.
  • Won from pole: 13, most recently by Jeff Gordon in 2007.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 51 times in 87 races (59%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 62 times (71%).
  • 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 2008-2012 a typical Talladega race had 65.6 lead changes, 7.2 cautions for 27.3 laps, and an average green-flag run of 19.9 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (38), Ford (19), 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 (38 races) Ricky Rudd (59 races)
    Top 5: Casey Mears (19) Jimmy Means (33)
    Top 10: A.J. Allmendinger (8) Dick Trickle (19)
    Pole: Jeff Burton (38) Kyle Petty (53)
    Lap led: Michael McDowell (5) Tommy Gale (23)
    Lead-lap finish: Josh Wise (2) Buddy Arrington (30)


  • Top career marks at Talladega:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (57) Dave Marcis (61)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon (6) Dale Earnhardt (10)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (15) Dale Earnhardt (23)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (24) Dale Earnhardt (27)
    Poles: Joe Nemechek (4) Bill Elliott (8)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (8,936) Dave Marcis (9,774)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (839) Dale Earnhardt (1,377)
    Lead-lap finishes: Terry Labonte (30) Terry Labonte (30)


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

    1. Brad Keselowski (12.2)
    2. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (15.0)
    3. Kevin Harvick (15.4)
    4. Tony Stewart (15.8)
    5. Mark Martin (15.9)
    6. David Ragan (16.0)
    7. Kurt Busch (16.1)
    8. Clint Bowyer (16.1)
    9. Jeff Gordon (16.4)
    10. Jimmie Johnson (17.7)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (35.0)
    2. Sam Hornish, Jr. (28.7)
    3. Landon Cassll (27.8)
    4. David Stremme (27.2)
    5. Joe Nemechek (26.3)
    6. Dave Blaney (26.0)
    7. A.J. Allmendinger (25.8)
    8. J.J. Yeley (25.2)
    9. Marcos Ambrose (25.1)
    10. Elliott Sadler (23.6)


    Current top-10 drivers at Talladega:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 22 2 5 9 1 3906 234 10.2 17.7 80.9
    Carl Edwards 17 0 1 4 0 2858 25 14.9 21.8 65.0
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 5 9 13 0 4546 737 15.6 15.0 89.6
    Kasey Kahne 18 0 3 4 1 3006 49 23.6 20.3 71.0
    Clint Bowyer 14 2 4 7 0 2245 96 18.7 16.1 79.0
    Brad Keselowski 8 2 3 6 0 1480 31 18.9 12.2 85.5
    Kyle Busch 16 1 3 4 0 2736 146 20.9 22.1 81.1
    Greg Biffle 20 0 2 5 0 3542 60 16.3 19.0 75.3
    Paul Menard 13 0 1 1 0 2053 28 19.8 22.5 72.2
    Kevin Harvick 24 1 6 10 1 4446 155 22.0 15.4 78.7

    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 (91.4), Matt Kenseth (89.5), Brian Vickers (87.3), Kurt Busch (86.1), David Ragan (85.5), Denny Hamlin (84.9), Tony Stewart (83.5), Jeff Gordon (83.1), Jamie McMurray (81.7), Aric Almirola (80.7), Elliott Sadler (80.4).