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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the GEICO 500

Below is a look at the 12 Chase Contenders – and beyond –  at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama going into the GEICO 500 on October 19 (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).

 

TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.2

2014 Rundown

  • Five wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Led 20 races for 916 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.7 in 11 races
  • Average Running Position of 16.5, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.7, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 193.205 mph, 10th-fastest

 

2 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.3
  • Led 15 races for 453 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One win, four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.4 in 19 races
  • Average Running Position of 18.8, 19th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.1, 13th-best
  • 88 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 6,094 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 1,782 Laps in the Top 15 (49.3%), sixth-most
  • 3,705 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

 

3 – Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.2

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; eight poles
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Led 23 races for 1,815 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.9 in 27 races
  • Average Running Position of 18.9, 21st-best
  • Driver Rating of 78.0, 21st-best
  • 80 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 6,423 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 1,594 Laps in the Top 15 (44.1%), 10th-most
  • 3,382 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

4 – Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.9

2014 Rundown

  • Two top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.5
  • Led 6 races for 31 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Four top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.5 in 25 races
  • Average Running Position of 22.2, 34th-best
  • Driver Rating of 69.1, 30th-best

 

5 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.8

2014 Rundown

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.3
  • Led 11 races for 135 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.1 in 20 races
  • Average Running Position of 23.7, 40th-best
  • Driver Rating of 67.3, 32nd-best
  • 77 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

 

 

6 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.3

2014 Rundown

  • Four wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 9.8
  • Led 22 races for 740 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Six wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 16.7 in 43 races
  • Average Running Position of 18.9, 20th-best
  • Driver Rating of 80.6, 15th-best
  • 1,644 Laps in the Top 15 (45.5%), ninth-most

 

7 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx One Rate/Deliverminator Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.0
  • Led 13 races for 217 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.1 in 17 races
  • Average Running Position of 17.7, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.1, ninth-best
  • 70 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 5,604 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • 1,543 Laps in the Top 15 (47.8%), 11th-most
  • 3,443 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

8 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.6

2014 Rundown

  • One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.5
  • Led 11 races for 206 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 21.5 in 21 races
  • Average Running Position of 21.7, 32nd-best
  • Driver Rating of 70.0, 29th-best
  • 5,877 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • 3,170 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

 

9 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.2

2014 Rundown

  • 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.9
  • Led 17 races for 467 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One win, five top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.3 in 29 races
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 14.0
  • Driver Rating of 90.9, second-best
  • 6,129 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Series-high 2,361 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%)
  • 4,531 Quality Passes, third-most

 

10 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wicked Apple Ale Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.9

2014 Rundown

  • Five wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 13.3
  • Led 25 races for 1,506 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.4 in 11 races
  • Average Running Position of 20.1, 24th-best
  • Driver Rating of 79.7, 17th-best

 

11 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.6

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.4
  • Led 15 races for 1,035 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.2 in 25 races
  • Average Running Position of 16.6, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.9, seventh-best
  • 1,881 Laps in the Top 15 (52.1%), fifth-most
  • 3,768 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

12 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.6

2014 Rundown

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.2
  • Led 14 races for 269 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Five wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.0 in 29 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.3, third-best
  • 78 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 6,487 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 193.225 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,155 Laps in the Top 15 (59.7%), third-most
  • 4,160 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

13 – AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.8

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 20.1
  • Led 5 races for 68 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 23.4 in nine races
  • Average Running Position of 24.1, 44th-best
  • Driver Rating of 61.5, 42nd-best

 

14 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.0

2014 Rundown

  • Three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.8
  • Led 6 races for 109 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.7 in 23 races
  • Average Running Position of 20.3, 25th-best
  • Driver Rating of 76.8, 22nd-best
  • 74 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

 

 

15 – Kurt Busch (No. 41 HAAS Automation Chevrolet)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.7

2014 Rundown

  • One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.8
  • Led 12 races for 183 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • Six top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.3 in 27 races
  • Average Running Position of 14.9, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.1, fifth-best
  • 7,181 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • 2,262 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6%), second-most
  • Series-high 4,905 Quality Passes

 

16 – Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield Ford)

  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.9

2014 Rundown

  • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 21.0
  • Led 5 races for 23 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:

  • One top 10
  • Average finish of 19.1 in nine races
  • Average Running Position of 18.6, 17th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.7, 12th-best

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 Contenders at Talladega Superspeedway

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Joey Logano

11

0

0

2

4

4

20.7

81.7

2

Kyle Busch

19

0

1

4

5

5

21.4

81.1

3

Kevin Harvick

27

1

1

6

11

2

15.9

78.0

4

Ryan Newman

25

0

0

4

9

8

21.5

69.1

5

Carl Edwards

20

0

0

2

5

6

21.1

67.3

6

Jeff Gordon

43

3

6

15

19

9

16.7

80.6

7

Denny Hamlin

17

0

1

4

6

3

19.1

83.1

8

Kasey Kahne

21

1

0

3

5

3

21.5

70.0

9

Matt Kenseth

29

0

1

5

9

4

18.3

90.9

10

Brad Keselowski

11

0

2

3

6

1

16.4

79.7

11

Jimmie Johnson

25

1

2

6

10

8

17.2

85.9

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

29

0

5

10

14

5

15.0

90.3

* – Based on last 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 – 2014).

 

 

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 90 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 (90).
  • 438 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 299 in more than one.
  • Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 38.
  • 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.
  • 37 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all active drivers with four; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.
  • 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: Brian Scott (05/04/2014 – 26 years, 3 months, 22 days).
  • Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (10/23/2011 – 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).
  • 44 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordonleads 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 39 victories; followed by Ford with 20 and Toyota with three.
  • 13 of the 90 (14.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Jeff Gordon (2007) is the only active driver to be able to accomplish the feat.
  • 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 90 (36.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
  • 62 of the 90 (68.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • 8 of the 90 (8.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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. (07/27/1986 – 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).
  • Oldest Talladega winner: Harry Gant (05/06/1991 – 51 years, 3 months, 26 days).
  • Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series’ 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 Gordon leads all active drivers with 15.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.520.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 15.000.
  • 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 90 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 five times; most recently fall of 2013.
  • Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Brian Scott (05/04/2014), David Gilliland (10/08/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/05/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Talladega.
  • 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (04/26/2009) and Brian Vickers (10/08/2006) 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 straight from the fall of 2001 – 2003.
  • Brad Keselowski is the only active series driver to win at Talladega in his first appearance.
  • Matt Kenseth competed at Talladega Superspeedway 25 times before winning the fall of 2012; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
  • Matt Kenseth (25), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18), and David Ragan (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.
  • Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Kurt Busch with 27.
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (04/17/2011) 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 844 laps led in 43 starts.
  • Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

7

22

5/4/2014

Danica Patrick

23

33

10/20/2013

Danica Patrick

23

33

5/5/2013

Patty Moise

36

33

7/30/1989

Janet Guthrie

12

29

8/6/1978

Janet Guthrie

9

34

8/7/1977

Janet Guthrie

13

32

5/1/1977

 

NASCAR in Alabama

  • There have been 109 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among seven different tracks in Alabama.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega

90

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

 

  • 70 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.
  • Nine 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

Darrell Wallace Jr

0

0

3

Cale Gale

0

0

1

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