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Talladega Superspeedway:

* Number of previous races: 99.
* First Cup race: September 14, 1969, won by Richard Brickhouse.
* Last Cup race: October 14, 2018, won by Aric Almirola.
* Won from pole: 13, most recently by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in 2017.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 55 times in 99 races (56%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 71 times (72%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 8 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, Brad Keselowski in 2009 and Aric Almirola in 2018. 

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 and 2017.
* From 2014-2018 a typical Talladega race had 30.7 lead changes, 7.2 cautions for 30.4 laps, and an average green-flag run of 19.5 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

* Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (40), Ford (28), Mercury (7), Buick (6), Oldsmobile (6), Dodge (4), Plymouth (3), Toyota (3), Pontiac (2).
* Most victories by owner: Richard Childress (12), Rick Hendrick (12), Roger Penske (7), Dale Earnhardt Inc. (6), Harry Ranier (6), Junior Johnson (5), Bud Moore (5), Jack Roush (5), Wood Brothers (5).

Driver Notes:
* The most Texas races without a:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Win: Kurt Busch (36 races) Ricky Rudd (59 races)
Top 5: Casey Mears (27) Jimmy Means (33)
Top 10: Michael McDowell (16) Dick Trickle (19)
Pole: Ryan Newman (34) Kyle Petty (53)
Lap led: Joey Gase, Erik Jones (4) Tommy Gale (23)
Lead-lap finish: Timmy Hill (3) Buddy Arrington (30)

 

* Top career marks at Talladega:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Races: Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick (36) Dave Marcis, Terry Labonte (61)
Wins: Brad Keselowski (5) Dale Earnhardt (10)
Top 5s: Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray (8) Dale Earnhardt (23)
Top 10s: Kurt Busch (19) Dale Earnhardt (27)
Poles: Kevin Harvick (2) Bill Elliott (8)
Laps: Kevin Harvick (6,575) Michael Waltrip (10,181)
Laps led: Jimmie Johnson (470) Dale Earnhardt (1,377)
Lead-lap finishes: Kevin Harvick (26) Jeff Gordon (33)


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

1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (10.6)
2. Ty Dillon (13.5)
3. Daniel Suarez (15.0)
4. Kurt Busch (15.4)
5. Kevin Harvick (15.5)
6. Clint Bowyer (15.6)
7. Brad Keselowski (15.7)
8. Chase Elliott (16.2)
9. Aric Almirola (16.3)
10. Jimmie Johnson (16.8)

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

1. Timmy Hill (39.7)
2. Michael McDowell (30.6)
3. Erik Jones (29.0)
4. D.J. Kennington (29.0)
5. Alex Bowman (28.1)
6. Matt DiBenedetto (27.4)
7. Reed Sorenson (27.3)
8. Landon Cassill (24.6)
9. Joey Gase (24.5)
10. Casey Mears (22.8)

 Current top-10 drivers at Talladega:

Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFin Rating
Kyle Busch 27 1 6 7 0 4,714 234 19.8 20.7 81.2
Joey Logano 20 3 7 9 0 3,692 266 19.2 17.1 89.0
Denny Hamlin 26 1 6 10 0 4,685 302 17.0 17.6 85.0
Kevin Harvick 36 1 7 15 2 6,575 260 20.7 15.5 82.7
Brad Keselowski 20 5 7 11 0 3,666 261 13.2 15.7 88.6
Martin Truex, Jr. 28 0 2 8 1 4,766 52 18.8 21.3 77.4
Kurt Busch 36 0 8 19 1 6,547 266 18.6 15.4 90.5
Clint Bowyer 26 2 7 13 0 4,475 110 19.4 15.6 77.5
Ryan Blaney 9 0 1 2 0 1,564 51 13.0 21.4 86.3
Chase Elliott 6 0 2 2 1 1,110 62 4.2 16.2 91.4

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: Jimmie Johnson (88.8), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (83.1).

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