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GEICO 500
Talladega Superspeedway
Sun, May 1 2016
1:00pm ET - FOX

Race Data

Race #: 10 of 36
Event: Geico 500
Location: Talladega
Track Size: 2.66 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 188
Total Miles: 500
2015-1 Winner: D Earnhardt Jr
2015-2 Winner: Joey Logano
Pit Speed: 55 mph
Pit Window: 45-48 laps

Previous Winners

(Active Drivers)
6 D Earnhardt Jr 01/02/02/03/04/15
3 Brad Keselowski 09/12/14
2 Jamie McMurray 09/13
2 Clint Boywer 10/11
2 Jimmie Johnson 06/11
1 Denny Hamlin 14
1 David Ragan 13
1 Matt Kenseth 12
1 Kevin Harvick 10
1 Tony Stewart 08
1 Kyle Busch 08
1 Brian Vickers 06
1 Michael Waltrip 03
1 Joey Logano 15

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the 2016 GEICO 500

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 25, 2016) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama going into the GEICO 500 on May 1 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

         Six top fives, 15 top 10s

         Average finish of 17.818, fifth-best

         Average Running Position of 14.585, third-best

         Driver Rating of 88.0, fourth-best

         58 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.277, eighth-fastest

         2671 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7), second-most

         5994 Quality Passes, series-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

         One win, four top fives, five top 10s

         Average finish of 21.810, 12th-best

         Average Running Position of 19.427, 12th-best

         Driver Rating of 79.3, 12th-best

         94 Fastest Laps Run, second-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.035, 12th-fastest

         1921 Laps in the Top 15 (48.0), ninth-most

         3957 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Wins Tracker

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winners List:

                                                                               

Winner                                           Track                                                

1. Denny Hamlin                         Daytona International Speedway

2. Jimmie Johnson                     Atlanta Motor Speedway

3. Brad Keselowski                     Las Vegas Motor Speedway

4. Kevin Harvick                          Phoenix International Raceway

5. Jimmie Johnson                     Auto Club Speedway

6. Kyle Busch                              Martinsville Speedway

7. Kyle Busch                              Texas Motor Speedway

8. Carl Edwards                          Bristol Motor Speedway

9. Carl Edwards                          Richmond International Raceway

10.                                                Talladega Superspeedway


 

Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

         Six wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s

         Average finish of 18.000, seventh-best

         Average Running Position of 13.598, series-best

         Driver Rating of 93.8, series-best

         84 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.641, series-fastest

         2673 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8), series-most

         4829 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 19.400, ninth-best

         Average Running Position of 18.055, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 82.9, seventh-best

         85 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.196, 10th-fastest

         1812 Laps in the Top 15 (47.6), 11th-most

         4039 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

         One win, six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.773, third-best

         Average Running Position of 18.022, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 80.6, 10th-best

         93 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 192.743, 13th-fastest

         1993 Laps in the Top 15 (47.6), 12th-most

         4095 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

         Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.455, second-best

         Average Running Position of 15.051, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 89.5, second-best

         58 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.492, fifth-fastest

         2426 Laps in the Top 15 (57.9), fourth-most

         4472 Quality Passes, fourth-most


Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

         One win, six top fives, ten top 10s

         Average finish of 17.818, sixth-best

         Average Running Position of 14.487, second-best

         Driver Rating of 88.5, third-best

         74 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.050, 11th-fastest

         2652 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3), third-most

         5192 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No .2 Team Penske Ford)

         Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s

         Average finish of 14.786, series-best

         Average Running Position of 18.242, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 84.4, fifth-best

         56 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.431, sixth-fastest

         1302 Laps in the Top 15 (48.7), eighth-most

         3047 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

         One top 10

         Average finish of 23.000, 13th-best

         Average Running Position of 18.843, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 81.9, eighth-best

         6 Fastest Laps Run, series-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.596, third-fastest

         394 Laps in the Top 15 (51.4), seventh-most

         1042 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

         One win, three top fives, five top 10s

         Average finish of 19.500, 10th-best

         Average Running Position of 17.183, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 81.5, ninth-best

         56 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.499, fourth-fastest

         1390 Laps in the Top 15 (52.0), sixth-most

         3200 Quality Passes, ninth-most


Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

         Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 21.091, 11th-best

         Average Running Position of 19.379, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 79.9, 11th-best

         70 Fastest Laps Run, third-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.294, seventh-fastest

         1999 Laps in the Top 15 (47.7), 10th-most

         4121 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

David Ragan (No. 23 BK Racing Toyota)

         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 18.444, eighth-best

         Average Running Position of 19.744, 13th-best

         Driver Rating of 78.9, 13th-best

         69 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.634, second-fastest

         1388 Laps in the Top 15 (40.5), 13th-most

         3152 Quality Passes, 10th-most


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2016 Top 16 at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Carl Edwards

23

0

0

3

6

6

20.8

67.2

 

2

Kevin Harvick

30

1

1

6

13

2

15.3

80.6

 

3

Jimmie Johnson

28

1

2

7

11

8

16.9

89.5

 

4

Kyle Busch

21

0

1

4

5

5

21.8

79.3

 

5

Joey Logano

14

0

1

3

5

4

19.5

81.5

 

6

Kurt Busch

30

0

0

6

15

7

16.6

88.0

 

7

Dale Earnhardt Jr

32

0

6

12

16

5

14.7

93.8

 

8

Denny Hamlin

20

0

1

4

7

4

19.4

82.9

 

9

Brad Keselowski

14

0

3

5

8

1

14.8

84.4

 

10

Martin Truex Jr

22

0

0

2

8

9

19.9

78.6

 

11

Chase Elliott

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0.0

 

12

Austin Dillon

5

0

0

0

0

2

20.6

71.9

 

13

Jamie McMurray

27

0

2

6

7

5

20.7

79.9

 

14

Kasey Kahne

24

1

0

3

5

3

21.5

73.1

 

15

Matt Kenseth

32

0

1

6

10

4

18.3

88.5

 

16

Ryan Newman

28

0

0

5

11

8

20.1

68.5

 

* - Based on last 22 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 - 2015).

 

 

NASCAR Pre-Race Loop Data Leaders At Talladega Superspeedway

Driver Rating

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

93.8

Average Running Position

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

13.598

Closer - Avg. Spots Gained

Kasey Kahne

3.1

Fastest Driver Early In The Run

Brian Scott

194.299 mph

Fastest Driver Late In The Run

Brad Keselowski

193.843 mph

Fastest Laps Run

Michael Waltrip

3.5% (141 laps)

Fastest On Restarts

Ryan Blaney

193.792 mph

Green Flag Passes

Kurt Busch

8,768

Quality Passes

Kurt Busch

5,994

Green Flag Speed

Ryan Blaney

193.792 mph

Laps Led

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

11.2% (471 laps)

Laps In The Top 15

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

63.8% (2,673 laps)

*Loop Data was established in 2005; based on drivers with more than one start

 

 

Talladega Superspeedway Data

Season Race #: 10 of 36 (05-01-16)

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 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ...................... 93.8

Jimmie Johnson.......................... 89.5

Matt Kenseth.............................. 88.5

Kurt Busch.................................. 88.0

Brad Keselowski......................... 84.4

Brian Vickers.............................. 84.0

Denny Hamlin............................. 82.9

Kyle Larson................................ 81.9

Joey Logano.............................. 81.5

Kevin Harvick.............................. 80.6

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 pole winner:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

194.793 mph, 49.160 secs. 05-01-15

 

2015 race winner:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet

159.487 mph, (03:08:08), 05-03-15

 

Track qualifying record:

Bill Elliott, Ford

212.809 mph, 44.998 secs. 04-30-87

 

Track race record:

Mark Martin, Ford

188.354 mph, (02:39:18), 05-10-97

 

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.

Starts

         There have been 93 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.

         441 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 306 in more than one.

         Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 33 starts; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 32.

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.750.

         A total of 68 drivers have made their first series start at Talladega; Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) is the only active driver to make his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.

Poles

         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.

         38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight.

         Seven active drivers are tied for the most poles at Talladega with one - Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Brian Scott, Michael Waltrip and Bobby Labonte.

 

         11 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).

         Six drivers have posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Talladega; the only active driver to post his first series career pole at Talladega is Brian Scott (05/04/2014).   

Wins

         45 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with six.

         Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12 each.  

         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 22 and Toyota with three.

         13 of the 93 (13.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole.

         The No. 2 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 93 (35.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.

         65 of the 93 (69.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         8 of the 93 (8.6%) 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).

         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 11 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.

         Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 30; followed by Ryan Newman with 28.

 

Additional Finishing Positions

         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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 12. 

         Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 16.

         Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.200.

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

         There have been nine NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway. The scheduled number of laps is 188, below is a chart showing the number of additional laps during NASCAR Overtime:

         Only two of the 93 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. 

         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. 

         Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 960 laps led in 32 starts.

Female Competitor Stats

         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

Driver Rating

Danica Patrick

20

27

10/25/2015

66.7

Danica Patrick

25

21

5/3/2015

67.1

Danica Patrick

27

19

10/19/2014

79.9

Danica Patrick

7

22

5/4/2014

74.9

Danica Patrick

23

33

10/20/2013

64.6

Danica Patrick

23

33

5/5/2013

67.4

Averages

20.833

25.833

 

70.1

         

Inactive Female Competitors

 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

 

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 146 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Alabama among seven different tracks (NSCS, 112; NXS, 24; NCWTS, 10).

         The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Alabama was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event held at Lakeview Speedway (Mobile) in 1951 - the race was won by Tim Flock (Oldsmobile).

         Of the 146 NASCAR national series races held in Alabama 112 of them were NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Below is a breakdown of the 112 races at the seven different tracks in Alabama:

 

Track Name

City

NSCS

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega

93

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

 

         The first race held at Talladega Superspeedway was in 1969 - the event was won by Richard Brickhouse (Dodge).

Alabama Drivers In NASCAR

         72 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.

         10 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

NXS

NCWTS

Bobby Allison

84

2

0

Tim Flock

39

0

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

5

Cale Gale

0

0

1

 

         Two drivers with their home state recorded as Alabama have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame - Bobby Allison (Class of 2011) and Tim Flock (Class of 2014)

 


 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Milestones

       

Drivers

Has

Needs

Milestones

Kurt Busch

549

1

550th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start - 31st all-time

Kyle Busch

399

1

400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start - 56th all-time

Tony Stewart

48

1

Break the tie with Herb Thomas to become solely 13th on all-time wins list

Matt Kenseth

36

1

Tie Bobby Isaac for 19th on all-time wins list

Kyle Busch

36

1

Tie Bobby Isaac for 19th on all-time wins list

Kevin Harvick

32

1

Tie Fireball Roberts for 22nd on all-time wins list

Denny Hamlin

27

1

Tie Rex White for 25th on all-time wins list

Kurt Busch

27

1

Tie Rex White for 25th on all-time wins list

Carl Edwards

27

1

Tie Rex White for 25th on all-time wins list

Jimmie Johnson

34

1

Tie Ned Jarrett for 19th on all-time poles list

Denny Hamlin

23

1

Tie Alan Kulwicki for 28th on all-time poles list

Kevin Harvick

45

1

Tie Jimmie Johnson for 10th on all-time 2nd-place finishes list

Tony Stewart

182

1

Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 17th on all-time top-five finishes list

Matt Kenseth

163

1

Break the tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett to become solely 20th on all-time top-five finishes list

Jimmie Johnson

320

1

Break the tie with Bill Elliott to become solely 13th on all-time top-10 finishes list

Jimmie Johnson

17,924

76

To become ninth NSCS driver all-time to lead 18,000 laps

Kyle Busch

11,576

424

To become 14th NSCS driver all-time to lead 12,000 laps

Matt Kenseth

10,690

310

To become 16th NSCS driver all-time to lead 11,000 laps

Kurt Busch

8,812

188

To become 20th NSCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 laps

Joe Gibbs Racing

133

2

Tie Roush Fenway Racing (135) for third-most wins on all-time NSCS wins list

       

Track Specific Milestones

 

       

Drivers

Has

Needs

Milestones

Dale Earnhardt Jr

6

1

Break the tie with Jeff Gordon to become solely second on NSCS all-time wins list at Talladega. 

Richard Childress Racing

12

1

Break the tie with Hendrick Motorsports to become the all-time sole leader in NSCS wins at Talladega

Hendrick Motorsports

12

1

Break the tie with Richard Childress Racing to become the all-time sole leader in NSCS wins at Talladega