Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.
2013 pole winner:
None – due to inclement weather
2013 race winner:
David Ragan, Ford
148.729 mph, (03:26:02), 05-05-13
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
·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.
·There have been 89 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 (89).
·433 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 297 in more than one.
·Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 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.
·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 (04/21/2002 – 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 byHendrick Motorsports with 11.
·Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed byFord with 21.
·13 of the 89 (14.6%) 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 89 (37%) 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 89 (69.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·7 of the 89 (7.8%) 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 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. 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 10.125.
·Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.200.
·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 89 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.
·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.
·11 of the 12 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 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.
·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 843 laps led in 42 starts.
·Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moiseand Danica Patrick.
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NASCAR in Alabama
·There have been 108 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among seven different tracks in Alabama.
Birmingham International Raceway
Montgomery Motor Speedway
·68 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.
Thursday, August 21 9:00 - 10:00 PM Transporter Parade: Bristol Mall to Bristol Motor Speedway Infield 9:00 PM NSCS Infield Hauler Parking
Friday, August 22 12:00 - 1:00 PM NSCS Practice 1:30 - 2:20 PM NSCS Final Practice 5:40 PM NSCS Qualifying
Saturday, August 23 2:00 - 5:00 PM Pre-Race Superpass In Effect/Track Walk 7:00 PM NSCS Driver Introductions 7:30 PM NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race
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Greg Biffle (No. 16 Hire Our Heroes Ford) · Six top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.0 · Average Running Position of 13.1, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 93.7, sixth-best · 325 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.319 mph, seventh-fastest · 6,652 Laps in the Top 15 (69.9%), third-most · 497 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.8 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, eighth-best · 356 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 903 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.286 mph, eighth-fastest · 5,859 Laps in the Top 15 (61.6%), ninth-most · 509 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Doublemint Toyota) · Five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.9 · Average Running Position of 13.0, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 101.7, third-best · Series-high 598 Fastest Laps Run · 848 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.413 mph, fourth-fastest · 6,278 Laps in the Top 15 (66.0%), fifth-most · 491 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) · Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.2 · Average Running Position of 14.7, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 89.3, 11th-best · 397 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.198 mph, 11th-fastest · 6,024 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3%), seventh-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet) · Five wins, 16 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles · Average finish of 12.2 · Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best · Driver Rating of 100.6, fourth-best · 419 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 846 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.469 mph, third-fastest · Series-high 7,730 Laps in the Top 15 (81.2%) · 596 Quality Passes, second-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) · One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 15.5 · Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best · 387 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 893 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.250 mph, 10th-fastest · 5,192 Laps in the Top 15 (61.0%), 12th-most · 429 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 14.3 · Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 90.3, 10th-best · 327 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 964 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.390 mph, fifth-fastest · 5,943 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), eighth-most · 463 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.4 · Average Running Position of 13.7, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 91.2, seventh-best · 496 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 6,361 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), fourth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 17.0 · Driver Rating of 88.9, 12th-best · 424 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 944 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.175 mph, 12th-fastest · 5,245 Laps in the Top 15 (55.1%), 11th-most · 521 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Three wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.5 · Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best · Driver Rating of 102.7, second-best · 508 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.505 mph, second-fastest · 7,689 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), second-most · Series-high 602 Quality Passes
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Wurth Ford) · Two wins, three top fives, three top 10s · Average finish of 14.3 · Average Running Position of 12.6, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 95.9, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.331 mph, sixth-fastest
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 10.0 · Series-best Average Running Position of 7.5 · Series-best Driver Rating of 104.5 · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.048 mph