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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing Talladega Superspeedway

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama going into the Aaron’s 499 on May 5.

 
TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
·         Five top fives, 16 top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.6, fourth-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 91.4
·         Series-high 6,338 Green Flag Passes
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 192.727 mph
·         1,807 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), fourth-most
·         Series-high 4,327 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)
Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevrolet)
·         Six top fives, 13 top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.1
·         Average Running Position of 15.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 86.1, fifth-best
·         5,481 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         1,856 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), second-most
·         3,888 Quality Passes, second-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
·         One win, three top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 22.1
·         Driver Rating of 81.1, 12th-best
·         76 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         4,860 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         1,527 Laps in the Top 15 (50.2%), fifth-most
·         3,061 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.0
·         Average Running Position of 15.0, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.6, second-best
·         68 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         5,239 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.666 mph, fifth-fastest
·         1,820 Laps in the Top 15 (59.8%), third-most
·         3,577 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Imron Elite Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 16.4
·         Driver Rating of 83.1, 10th-best
·         1,467 Laps in the Top 15 (48.2%), sixth-most
·         2,577 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
·         Three top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.9
·         Average Running Position of 17.0, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.9, eighth-best
·         66 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         1,297 Laps in the Top 15 (48.8%), 13th-most
·         2,756 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 17.7
·         Driver Rating of 80.9, 13th-best
·         1,395 Laps in the Top 15 (45.8%), ninth-most
·         2,866 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot / Husky Toyota)
·         One win, five top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 14.8
·         Driver Rating of 88.9, third-best
·         5,005 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Series-high 1,918 Laps in the Top 15 (63.0%)
·         3,838 Quality Passes, third-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
·         Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Average Running Position of 17.2, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.6, sixth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.539 mph, 12th-fastest
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet)
·         One win, five top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.0
·         Driver Rating of 81.7, 11th-best
·         4,444 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.621 mph, eighth-fastest
·         1,446 Laps in the Top 15 (47.5%), eighth-most
·         2,606 Quality Passes, 10th-most
David Ragan (No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford)
·         Three top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.0
·         Average Running Position of 17.7, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.5, seventh-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.689 mph, third-fastest
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
·         One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.8
·         Average Running Position of 16.7, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 83.5, ninth-best
·         69 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         4,813 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.550 mph, 11th-fastest
·         1,460 Laps in the Top 15 (48.0%), seventh-most
·         2,572 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Brian Vickers (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
·         One win, four top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.1
·         Average Running Position of 17.0, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.3, fourth-best
·         1,299 Laps in the Top 15 (56.9%), 12th-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 9 of 36
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 343 2 1 1 113.7
2. Carl Edwards 300 1 0 6 91.4
3. Kasey Kahne 297 1 0 2 101.6
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 297 0 0 5 95.1
5. Clint Bowyer 290 0 0 8 97.0
6. Brad Keselowski 284 0 0 3 95.4
7. Kyle Busch 278 2 2 7 104.5
8. Greg Biffle 272 0 0 4 84.5
9. Kevin Harvick 271 1 0 11 96.1
10. Paul Menard 271 0 0 9 79.6
11. Aric Almirola 258 0 0 12 79.2
12. Jamie McMurray 245 0 0 10 78.2
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Matt Kenseth 241 30. David Ragan 145
14. Jeff Gordon 235 31. David Reutimann 138
15. Martin Truex Jr. 231 32. J.J. Yeley 135
16. Ryan Newman 229 33. David Gilliland 131
17. Joey Logano 228 34. AJ Allmendinger 122
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 224 35. David Stremme 114
19. Jeff Burton 218 36. Travis Kvapil 100
20. Kurt Busch 216 37. Landon Cassill 94
21. Mark Martin 207 38. Michael McDowell 47
22. Tony Stewart 207 39. Terry Labonte 37
23. Marcos Ambrose 195 40. Scott Speed 35
24. Juan Pablo Montoya 183 41. Timmy Hill 34
25. Casey Mears 183 42. Ken Schrader 29
26. Danica Patrick 169 43. Michael Waltrip 23
27. Bobby Labonte 152 44. Scott Riggs 6
28. Denny Hamlin 145 45. Brian Keselowski 4
29. Dave Blaney 145
Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 12 at Talladega Superspeedway
Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 22 1 2 5 9 8 17.7 80.9
2 Carl Edwards 17 0 0 1 4 5 21.8 65.1
3 Kasey Kahne 18 1 0 3 4 2 20.3 71.0
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 26 0 5 9 13 5 15.0 89.6
5 Clint Bowyer 14 0 2 4 7 3 16.1 79.0
6 Brad Keselowski 8 0 2 3 6 1 12.3 85.6
7 Kyle Busch 16 0 1 3 4 5 22.1 81.1
8 Greg Biffle 20 0 0 2 5 5 19.1 75.3
9 Kevin Harvick 24 1 1 6 10 1 15.4 78.7
10 Paul Menard 13 0 0 1 1 5 22.5 72.2
11 Aric Almirola 6 0 0 0 0 1 21.2 80.7
12 Jamie McMurray 21 0 1 5 6 4 20.0 81.7
* – Based on last 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
At Talladega Superspeedway:
History
·         Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969 – won by Richard Brickhouse.
·         The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
·         Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
Notebook
·         There have been 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
·         Talladega Superspeedway is tied with Michigan International Speedway for holding the ninth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races (87).
·         429 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 294 in more than one.
·         Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 57 starts; followed by Michael Waltrip with 53.
·         Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Talladega in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph.  Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
·         36 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all active drivers with four.
·         10 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Talladega. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six (1985-1987).
·         Youngest Talladega pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (4/21/2002 – 26 years, 7 months, 4 days).
·         Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (10/23/2012 – 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).
·         47 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
·         Richard Childress Racing has the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.
·         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed byFord with 19.
·         13 of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only two active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Bobby Labonte (1998) and Jeff Gordon (2007).
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
·         Youngest Talladega winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (7/27/1986 – 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).
·         Oldest Talladega winner: Harry Gant (5/6/1991 – 51 years, 3 months, 26 days).
·         Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for theseries most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Talladega with 23. Jeff Gordonleads all active drivers with 15.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.182.
·         Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.250.
·         There have been six NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway: spring of 2005 (188/194), fall of 2005 (188/190), spring of 2007 (188/192), fall of 2008 (188/190) spring of 2010 (188/200) and fall of 2012 (188/189).
·         Only two of the 87 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.
·         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Talladega Superspeedway three times; most recently spring of 2010.
·         Jamie McMurray (10/6/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
·         Juan Pablo Montoya (4/26/2009), David Gilliland (10/8/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/5/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles at Talladega.
·         2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (4/26/2009), Brian Vickers (10/8/2006) and Ken Schrader (7/31/1988) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Talladega.
·         Nine drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Talladega Dale Earnhardt Jr.leads the series in consecutive wins at Talladega after posting four consecutive wins from the fall of 2001 – 2003.
·         15 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Talladega Superspeedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Brad Keselowski is the only active series driver to winat Talladega in his first appearance.
·         Matt Kenseth competed at Talladega Superspeedway 25 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
·         Matt Kenseth (25), Terry Labonte (21), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18) and Mark Martin (18) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.
·         Jeff Burton leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the race on April 17, 2011 won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.002 second – the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
·         Two female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series–
o    Janet Guthrie made three Talladega starts:
§ (5/1/1977) – starting 13th and finishing 32nd
§ (8/7/1977) – starting ninth and finishing 34th
§ (8/6/1978) – starting 12th and finishing 29th
o    Patty Moise made one Talladega start:
§ (7/30/1989) – starting 13th and finishing 32nd
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 839 laps led in 40 starts.
Talladega Superspeedway Data
Season Race #: 10 of 36 (05-05-13)
Track Size: 2.66-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 33 degrees
Banking/Turns 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
Top 12 Driver Rating at Talladega
Jeff Burton…………………………… 91.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 89.6
Matt Kenseth………………………. 88.9
Brian Vickers………………………. 87.3
Kurt Busch…………………………. 86.1
Brad Keselowski………………….. 85.6
David Ragan……………………….. 85.5
Denny Hamlin……………………… 84.9
Tony Stewart………………………. 83.5
Jeff Gordon…………………………. 83.1
Jamie McMurray………………….. 81.7
Kyle Busch………………………… 81.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 191.623 mph, 49.973 secs. 5-4-12
 
2012 race winner: Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 160.192 mph, (03:13:17), 5-6-12
 
Track qualifying record: Bill Elliott, Ford, 212.809 mph, 44.998 secs. 4-30-87
 
Track race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 188.354 mph, (2:39:18), 5-10-97
NASCAR in Alabama
·         There have been 106 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Alabama.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega
87
Birmingham International Raceway
Birmingham
8
Chisholm Speedway
Montgomery
1
Dixie Speedway
Birmingham
1
Huntsville Speedway
Huntsville
1
Lakeview Speedway
Mobile
2
Montgomery Motor Speedway
Montgomery
6
·         68 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.
·         Eight drivers from Alabama have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; five have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Bobby Allison
84
2
0
Davey Allison
19
0
0
Neil Bonnett
18
1
0
Donnie Allison
10
0
0
Red Byron
2
0
0
Steve Grissom
0
11
0
Rick Crawford
0
0
5
Cale Gale
0
0
1

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