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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Camping World RV Sales 500

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama going into the Camping World RV Sales 500 on October 20. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

 
TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.7
2013 Rundown
·        Seven wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 12.4
·        Led 22 races for 1,402 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        One win, five top fives, nine top 10s
·        Average finish of 17.6 in 27 races
·        Series-best Average Running Position of 14.1
·        Series-best Driver Rating of 91.5
·        59 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·        5,142 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·        Series-high 2,110 Laps in the Top 15 (65.2%)
·        3,952 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most
2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.9
2013 Rundown
·        Five wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 11.4
·        Led 19 races for 1,559 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 17.1 in 23 races
·        Average Running Position of 17.5, 11th-best
·        Driver Rating of 83.1, 10th-best
·        1,586 Laps in the Top 15 (49.0%), fifth-most
·        3,006 Quality Passes, sixth-most
3 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.2
2013 Rundown
·        Three wins, eight top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 11.8
·        Led 10 races for 191 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 16.4 in 25 races
·        Average Running Position of 19.0, 21st-best
·        Driver Rating of 77.0, 20th-best
·        73 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·        5,404 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·        1,412 Laps in the Top 15 (43.6%), 11th-most
·        2,930 Quality Passes, seventh-most
4 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.2
2013 Rundown
·        Seven top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.2
·        Led 14 races for 304 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Six wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 16.3 in 41 races
·        Average Running Position of 18.4, 18th-best
·        Driver Rating of 81.8, 11th-best
·        1,514 Laps in the Top 15 (46.8%), eighth-most
·        2,666 Quality Passes, 12th-most
5 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.5
2013 Rundown
·        Four wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
·        Average finish of 13.2
·        Led 17 races for 1,204 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        One win, three top fives, four top 10s
·        Average finish of 22.9 in 17 races
·        Average Running Position of 19.1, 22nd-best
·        Driver Rating of 79.9, 16th-best
·        78 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·        4,976 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·        1,561 Laps in the Top 15 (48.2%), sixth-most
·        3,146 Quality Passes, fifth-most
6 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 Scotch Blue Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.1
2013 Rundown
·        One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
·        Average finish of 14.5
·        Led 4 races for 117 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Two top fives, five top 10s
·        Average finish of 19.9 in 21 races
·        Average Running Position of 21.4, 28th-best
·        Driver Rating of 73.7, 24th-best
·        63 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
7 – Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Wonder Bread Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4
2013 Rundown
·        10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 14.5
·        Led 13 races for 441 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Six top fives, 13 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.7 in 25 races
·        Average Running Position of 15.1, third-best
·        Driver Rating of 86.8, fifth-best
·        5,819 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·        2,005 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), second-most
·        4,117 Quality Passes, second-most
8 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.1
2013 Rundown
·        Eight top fives, 15 top 10s
·        Average finish of 12.3
·        Led 9 races for 292 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.3 in 15 races
·        Average Running Position of 21.2, 27th-best
·        Driver Rating of 78.9, 18th-best
·        75 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
9 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Mountain Dew / Xbox One Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.1
2013 Rundown
·        Six top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.1
·        Led 12 races for 274 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Five wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
·        Average finish of 15.1 in 27 races
·        Average Running Position of 15.1, second-best
·        Driver Rating of 89.9, second-best
·        73 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·        5,551 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 192.891 mph, sixth-fastest
·        1,919 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), third-most
·        3,732 Quality Passes, fourth-most
10 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.6
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 12.6
·        Led 13 races for 449 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Two top fives, five top 10s
·        Average finish of 20.8 in 18 races
·        Average Running Position of 24.0, 39th-best
·        Driver Rating of 67.3, 34th-best
·        67 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
11 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.6
2013 Rundown
·        One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 14.8
·        Led 12 races for 282 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Two top fives, four top 10s
·        Average finish of 20.0 in nine races
·        Average Running Position of 17.8, 14th-best
·        Driver Rating of 79.0, 17th-best
·        Average Green Flag Speed of 192.865 mph, eighth-fastest
12 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 WIX Filters Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.4
2013 Rundown
·        One win, six top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
·        Average finish of 15.9
·        Led 14 races for 95 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Four top fives, eight top 10s
·        Average finish of 22.2 in 23 races
·        Average Running Position of 21.6, 30th-best
·        Driver Rating of 70.7, 28th-best
13 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·        Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.4
2013 Rundown
·        Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
·        Average finish of 16.1
·        Led 8 races for 635 laps
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
·        Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·        Average finish of 21.5 in 19 races
·        Average Running Position of 21.1, 26th-best
·        Driver Rating of 71.2, 27th-best
·        5,188 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·        2,818 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 13
Following Race 31 of 36 / Chase Race #5
                                                                            Rank    Season
                                                                            Last      Driver

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Matt Kenseth 2,225 7 2 1 110.7
2. Jimmie Johnson 2,221 5 2 2 107.9
3. Kevin Harvick 2,196 3 1 3 94.2
4. Jeff Gordon 2,189 0 2 4 92.2
5. Kyle Busch 2,188 4 3 5 102.5
6. Greg Biffle 2,167 1 0 6 83.1
7. Kurt Busch 2,166 0 1 7 94.4
8. Clint Bowyer 2,162 0 0 9 93.1
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,159 0 2 8 96.1
10. Carl Edwards 2,158 2 1 11 93.6
11. Joey Logano 2,150 1 2 10 90.6
12. Ryan Newman 2,147 1 2 12 82.4
13. Kasey Kahne 2,144 2 0 13 98.4
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
14. Brad Keselowski 874 34. J.J. Yeley 401
15. Jamie McMurray 872 35. Bobby Labonte 363
16. Martin Truex Jr. 828 36. David Stremme 362
17. Paul Menard 825 37. Timmy Hill 177
18. Aric Almirola 796 38. Michael McDowell 148
19. Marcos Ambrose 783 39. Michael Waltrip 102
20. Jeff Burton 780 40. Scott Speed 99
21. Juan Pablo Montoya 772 41. Ken Schrader 92
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 772 42. Terry Labonte 77
23. Casey Mears 634 43. Boris Said 48
24. Denny Hamlin 608 44. Ron Fellows 31
25. Tony Stewart 594 45. Alex Kennedy 21
26. David Ragan 565 46. Justin Marks 14
27. Mark Martin 554 47. Scott Riggs 11
28. Danica Patrick 554 48. Victor Gonzalez Jr 10
29. David Gilliland 534 49. Brian Keselowski 9
30. Dave Blaney 472 50. Tomy Drissi 8
31. Travis Kvapil 429 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
32. David Reutimann 420 52. Jason Leffler 1
33. AJ Allmendinger 402
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 13 at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Matt Kenseth 27 0 1 5 9 4 17.6 91.5
2 Jimmie Johnson 23 1 2 6 10 8 17.1 83.1
3 Kevin Harvick 25 1 1 6 10 2 16.4 77.0
4 Jeff Gordon 41 3 6 15 19 9 16.3 81.8
5 Kyle Busch 17 0 1 3 4 5 22.9 79.9
6 Greg Biffle 21 0 0 2 5 5 19.9 73.7
7 Kurt Busch 25 0 0 6 13 6 16.7 86.8
8 Clint Bowyer 15 0 2 4 7 3 16.3 78.9
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 0 5 9 13 5 15.1 89.9
10 Carl Edwards 18 0 0 2 5 5 20.8 67.3
11 Joey Logano 9 0 0 2 4 3 20.0 79.0
12 Ryan Newman 23 0 0 4 8 8 22.2 70.7
13 Kasey Kahne 19 1 0 3 4 3 21.5 71.2
* – Based on last 17 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 – 2013).
 
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.
Talladega Superspeedway Data
Season Race #: 32 of 36 (10-20-13)
Chase Race #: 6
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
Top 13 Driver Rating at Talladega
Matt Kenseth………………………. 91.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 89.9
Jeff Burton…………………………… 89.3
Brian Vickers……………………….. 87.3
Kurt Busch………………………….. 86.8
Brad Keselowski…………………… 85.7
David Ragan………………………… 85.0
Aric Almirola………………………… 83.9
Ricky Stenhouse Jr……………….. 83.9
Jimmie Johnson……………………. 83.1
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 81.8
Denny Hamlin………………………. 81.6
Jamie McMurray…………………… 81.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 191.455 mph, 50.017 secs. 10-5-12
 
2012 race winner: Matt Kenseth, Ford, 171.194 mph, (02:56:12), 10-7-12
 
Track qualifying record: Bill Elliott, Ford, 212.809 mph, 44.998 secs. 4-30-87
 
Track race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 188.354 mph, (02:39:18), 5-10-97
Notebook
·        There have been 88 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 (88).
·        431 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 58 starts; followed by Michael Waltrip with 54.
·        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).
·        43 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 20.
·        13 of the 88 (14.7%) 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 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.
·        33 of the 88 (37.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
·        62 of the 88 (70.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·        7 of the 88 (7.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·        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.
·        Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 24.
·        Trevor Bayne leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.800.
·        Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.556.
·        There have been seven 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), fall of 2012 (188/189), and spring of 2013 (188/192).
·        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 Series at Talladega Superspeedway four times; most recently spring of 2013.
·        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 Series 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 Series 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.
·        16 of the 17 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 17 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·        Matt Kenseth (25), Terry Labonte (21), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18), Mark Martin (18) and David Ragan (12) 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 39.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (4/17/2011) race 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.
·        Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 839 laps led in 40 starts.
·        Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moiseand Danica Patrick.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Race Name
Janet Guthrie
13
32
5/1/1977
Winston 500
Janet Guthrie
9
34
8/7/1977
Talladega 500
Janet Guthrie
12
29
8/6/1978
Talladega 500
Patty Moise
36
33
7/30/1989
Talladega Diehard 500
Danica Patrick
23
33
5/5/2013
Aaron’s 499
NASCAR in Alabama
·        There have been 107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among seven different tracks in Alabama.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega
88
Birmingham International Raceway
Birmingham
8
Montgomery Motor Speedway
Montgomery
6
Lakeview Speedway
Mobile
2
Chisholm Speedway
Montgomery
1
Dixie Speedway
Birmingham
1
Huntsville Speedway
Huntsville
1
·        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
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Talladega Superspeedway
·        Talladega Superspeedway has been one of the 10 tracks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the playoff’s inception in 2004.
·        The best finish in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings by the Chase race winner at Talladega is second in the points by Jeff Gordon in 2007. The winner of the Talladega Superspeedway Chase race has never gone on to win the championship.
·        Clint Bowyer leads the series with the most Chase race wins at Talladega with two (2010 and 2011).
·        The worst finish by the eventual series champion at Talladega Superspeedway is 26th, by Jimmie Johnson in 2006. Johnson was eighth in the standings following the 2006 Talladega Chase race.
·        Chase Contenders have won five of the nine Chase races at Talladega Superspeedway. The four drivers that were not Chase Contenders that won the Chase race at Talladega were NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett (2005),Brian Vickers (2006), Jamie McMurray (2009) and Clint Bowyer (2011).
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Talladega Superspeedway
·        Four of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Talladega Superspeedway: Clint Bowyer (2), Jeff Gordon (1), Matt Kenseth (1)and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1).
·        The average finish by the eventual series champion at Talladega Superspeedway is 7.9. The last three series champions all finished seventh in the Chase race at Talladega.
·        Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Talladega with five followed by Ford with three and Toyota with one.
·        The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Talladega Speedway is Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in 2004. He led 78 of the 188 laps (41% of his laps completed) – most by a Chase race winner at Talladega.
Eventual champion’s points position and point deficit to the standings leader following the fifth Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race:
Season
Champion
Points Back From Leader
Points Position Following Fifth Chase Race
2004
Kurt Busch
0
1st
2005
Tony Stewart
0*
2nd
2006
Jimmie Johnson
-146
7th
2007
Jimmie Johnson
-68
2nd
2008
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2009
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2010
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2011
Tony Stewart
-24
5th
2012
Brad Keselowski
0
1st
Note: 2011 and 2012 are under the current points per finish system
* – Tony Stewart was tied with Jimmie Johnson in points following the fifth Chase race in 2005. Johnson was seeded first due to the tie-breaker (wins).

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