NASCAR Sunday, April 30, 2017

NASCAR TALLADEGA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Talladega races: 61 Terry Labonte & Dave Marcis
  • Most Talladega wins: 10 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Talladega 2nd-place finishes: 6 Buddy Baker & Tony Stewart
  • Most Talladega top 3 finishes: 21 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Talladega top 5 finishes: 23 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Talladega top 10 finishes: 27 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Talladega laps led: 1377 Dale Earnhardt
  • Most Talladega Playoff race wins: 2 Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano & Jamie McMurray
  • Most Talladega Playoff race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick & Kasey Kahne
  • Most Talladega Playoff race top 5 finishes: 4 Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth & Joey Logano
  • Most Talladega Playoff race top 10 finishes: 7 Kurt Busch
  • 5/7/72: Darrell Waltrip first career race – Talladega (Finished 38th)
  • 5/1/16: Brad Keselowski: 4th Talladega win
  • 5/1/16: Austin Dillon made 17 pit stops & finished 3rd
  • 45 Different winners in 95 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Talladega races
  • Talladega 5/16 most competitive race last year with season-high 37 lead changes & 17 leaders
  • Team Penske won last 3 Talladega races (10/15, 5/16 & 10/16)
  • Team Penske won 6 of last 10 restrictor-plate races including 3 of last 4 – Brad Keselowski 3 & Joey Logano 3
  • Brad Keselowski won 3 of last 10 restrictor-plate races (2 Wins last 4 restrictor-plate races)
  • Joey Logano won 3 of last 9 restrictor-plate races
  • Stewart-Haas Racing winless at Talladega – 1 of 2 tracks (Kentucky)
  • 10 Won first career race at Talladega – Only win for 6 drivers
  • 23 Talladega races settled by last lap pass
  • 7 of last 14 Talladega races settled by last lap pass
  • Drivers won first race of season at Talladega 41 times
  • First win of season for 7 of last 8 Talladega spring winners
  • 12 Talladega overtime finishes – 6 in last 10 races
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win 5 of last 7 Talladega overtime races
  • Matt Kenseth lost 3 Talladega races after leading at scheduled distance
  • 8 Talladega crashes involved 20 or more including 21 last spring (Lap 161)
  • Joey Logano led final 45 laps winning last Talladega race
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 12 of last 14 Talladega races
  • Brad Keselowski led most laps both Talladega races last season – May winner & 38th in Oct. (Engine)
  • 5 of last 9 Talladega races ended under caution
  • Last to win consecutive Talladega races: Jeff Gordon 4/07 & 10/07 (Joey Logano won 2016 Talladega Playoff race)
  • Last back-to-back spring wins – Jeff Gordon 2004 & ’05 (Brad Keselowski won last spring race)
  • 4 Won Talladega in first try – Donnie Allison, Richard Brickhouse, Pete Hamilton & Brad Keselowski
  • Michael Waltrip won Talladega for first time in 36th try – Most of all drivers
  • 7 Won Talladega for first time in 10th try
  • Most laps led by Talladega winner: 153 – Pete Hamilton 8/70
  • Fewest laps led by Talladega winner: 1 – Jeff Gordon 10/07 & Brad Keselowski 4/09
  • 6 Won pole in first try at Talladega including Chase Elliott 5/16
  • 6 Won first career pole at Talladega
  • #24 won 3 of last 4 Talladega poles – Jeff Gordon (Both 2015) & Chase Elliott (5/16)
  • Only 1 of last 37 Talladega races won from first starting position (Jeff Gordon 4/07) – No wins from pole last 19 races
  • 13 of 95 Talladega races won from pole
  • Driver starting first failed to finish 26 of 95 Talladega races (27%)
  • Twice as many Talladega pole sitters failed to finish (26) compared to winners from pole (13)
  • Worst official starting position to win: 36th – Jeff Gordon 4/00
  • 3 Won from 34th starting position including Denny Hamlin 5/14
  • *4/03 Dale Earnhardt Jr. won after taking green from 43rd starting position after starting from the rear of field
  • *4/09 Brad Keselowski won after starting from the rear of the field
  • *10/14 Brad Keselowski won after starting from the rear of the field
  • 10 Different winners 13 Talladega Playoff races
  • Only win of season for 6 of 13 Talladega Playoff race winners – Jamie McMurray twice (2009 & ’13)
  • No driver won Talladega Playoff race & championship in same season
  • 9 of 13 Playoff champions finished 9th or better in Talladega Playoff race
  • Non- Playoff driver won 5 of 13 Talladega Playoff races
  • Best non- Playoff driver finished 6th or better all 13 Talladega Playoff races
  • Jamie McMurray won twice as non- Playoff driver
  • Brian Scott best non- Playoff finisher last Talladega Playoff race – Finished 2nd
  • 7 of 13 Talladega Playoff races settled by last lap pass including 4 of last 7
  • Clint Bowyer won 2 Talladega Playoff races – Both by last lap pass
  • Kevin Harvick passed for final lead change 2 Talladega Playoff races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 2 of last 4 Talladega Playoff races
  • 18 or more finished on lead lap all 13 Talladega Playoff races – 34 Finished on lead lap last race
  • 7 Talladega Playoff races ended under caution including 3 of last 5
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied record for consecutive superspeedway wins at 1 track with 4 (10/01, 4/02, 10/02 & 4/03)
  • 7 Talladega season sweeps – Last: 2007 Jeff Gordon
  • 2 Swept both Talladega races & championship in same season – Darrell Waltrip 1982 & Dale Earnhardt 1990
  • 1 Won Daytona 500 & both Talladega races in same year – Pete Hamilton 1970
  • 2 Failed to defend previous Talladega win – Dale Earnhardt 10/00 winner & Brian Vickers 10/06 winner
  • David Pearson (1969) & Kyle Busch (5/13) – Only drivers to miss Talladega race & win championship in same year
  • Driver starting 1st led first Talladega lap in only 38 of 95 races (40%)
  • Most consecutive laps led from start at Talladega: 50 – Ricky Rudd (7/26/92)
  • Most consecutive laps led to end of Talladega: 71 – Davey Allison (5/3/92)
  • Most laps led by Talladega non-winner: 142 – Matt Kenseth (5/5/13)
  • Most consecutive Talladega laps led: 82 – Pete Hamilton (8/23/70)
  • 12 Talladega wins by Richard Childress Racing – Most of all tracks (Tied for most all-time with Hendrick)
  • 12 Talladega wins by Hendrick Motorsports – Tied for most (Richard Childress Racing)
  • 5 Talladega wins by Team Penske – Brad Keselowski (5/12, 10/14 & 5/16) & Joey Logano (10/15 & 10/16)
  • 4 Talladega wins by Joe Gibbs Racing by 4 different drivers (Kyle Busch, Hamlin, B. Labonte & Stewart)
  • 4 Talladega wins by Roush

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES TALLADEGA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Talladega races: 20 Joe Nemechek
  • Most Talladega wins: 3 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Most Talladega 2nd-place finishes: 3 Joey Logano & Joe Nemechek
  • Most Talladega top 3 finishes: 6 Joey Logano & Joe Nemechek
  • Most Talladega top 5 finishes: 7 Joe Nemechek
  • Most Talladega top 10 finishes: 9 Joe Nemechek
  • Most Talladega laps led: 202 Joe Nemechek
  • 20 Different winners in 25 Talladega Xfinity Series races
  • Only 4 won Talladega more than once – Martin Truex, Jr. 3, Joey Logano 2, Joe Nemechek 2 & Elliott Sadler 2
  • 3 of last 4 Talladega winners eligible for championship points – Regan Smith (2013) & Elliott Sadler (2014 & ‘16)
  • 10 Talladega races settled by last lap pass including 7 of last 8
  • Elliott Sadler won last 2 Talladega races settled by last lap pass (2014 & ’16)
  • Last 3 Talladega races settled by last lap pass won by JR Motorsports driver
  • 8 Talladega races had margin of victory of one tenth of a second or smaller
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win 7 of 8 overtime Talladega races
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win last 7 overtime Talladega races
  • 2 Won Talladega in first try – Greg Sacks & Martin Truex, Jr.
  • Jason Keller won Talladega for first time in 10th try – Most of all drivers
  • 6 Won Talladega in 3rd try
  • Mid-race leader won 2 of 25 Talladega races – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2003 & Joey Logano 2015
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 6 of last 8 Talladega races
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 15 of 25 races
  • Brandon Jones led most laps last Talladega race – Finished 18th
  • Fewest laps led by winner – 1 David Ragan 2009 & Elliott Sadler 2016
  • Latest point winner took lead for first time – Final lap David Ragan 2009 & Elliott Sadler 2016
  • 6 Different winners last 6 restrictor-plate races
  • JR Motorsports won 5 of last 12 restrictor-plate races – 5 Different crew chiefs
  • 6 of last 10 restrictor-plate races settled by last-lap pass
  • Ryan Reed only repeat winner last 8 restrictor-plate races (2 Wins) – 6 Others 1 win each
  • Pole failed to finish 8 of last 22 Talladega races – 7 Due to crashes
  • First Talladega win for 8 of last 10 winners
  • 2 Talladega winners from pole – Joe Nemechek 1998 & Tony Stewart 2008
  • Worst starting position of Talladega winner: 35th – Joe Nemechek 2000
  • 7 Won first career pole at Talladega – 5 Won pole in first try
  • 2 Won first career race at Talladega – Greg Sacks (1996) & David Ragan (2009)
  • 1 Led most laps, but failed to finish – Michael Waltrip 1995 Crash
  • Chevrolet leads with 14 Talladega wins
  • Keselowski 2010 & Truex, Jr. 2004 & ’05 only drivers to win Talladega & championship in same season