NASCAR Talladega Sunday, April 22, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES TALLADEGA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Talladega wins (Active): 5 Brad Keselowski
  • Most Talladega top 5 finishes (Active): 8 Jamie McMurray
  • Most Talladega top 10 finishes (Active): 18 Kurt Busch
  • Most Talladega laps led (Active): 490 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Talladega DNFs (Active): 12 Martin Truex Jr.
  • Dale Earnhardt birthday Sunday – Would have been 67-years-old (4/29/51)
  • 10 Talladega wins – Most all-time
  • Michael Waltrip birthday Monday (4/30/63) – Talladega 9/03 winner
  • 4 Career wins – All in restrictor-plate races
  • Jeff Gordon: 6 Talladega wins including the only Talladega race run on April 29th (2007)
  • Notorious for certain fans raining beer cans, seat cushions & toilet paper on track
  • Regan Smith: 2013 Talladega Xfinity Series winner after running 7th into turn 3 – Took championship lead
  • Crossed line first in Talladega MENCS race 10/5/08 – Dropping below line violation dropped him to 18th
  • Darrell Waltrip: 4 Talladega wins – First career race: Talladega 5/7/72 (25-Years-old) Finished 38th
  • Won in Buick, Chevrolet & Oldsmobile
  • Larry McReynolds crew chief for Davey Allison Talladega win 5/3/92
  • Brandon won 2012 Talladega ARCA race
  • Brad Keselowski: First career win came at Talladega (4/09) & most recent win came at Talladega (10/17)
  • Brad Keselowski: 3-0 Record in Talladega races settled by last lap pass
  • Brad Keselowski: 5 Talladega wins – 3 Wins by last lap pass (Most all-time)
  • Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman on final lap last 2 Talladega wins – 2014 Playoff race & 2017 Playoff race
  • Talladega 4/17: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. first career win
  • Talladega 10/17: Brad Keselowski 3rd win in last 7 Talladega races
  • 46 Different winners in 97 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Talladega races
  • Aric Almirola: Only driver to finish top 5 both Talladega races last season
  • 4 Finished top 10 both Talladega races last season – Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski & David Ragan
  • Aric Almirola: Finished 8th or better last 3 Talladega races – 2 Straight top 5 finishes
  • Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 14 laps last Talladega spring race – Led first 13 laps & final lap
  • Martin Truex Jr. only driver failing to finish both Talladega races & winning championship in same year (2017)
  • Martin Truex Jr. failed to finish last 3 Talladega races – 10/16 Engine, 5/17 Crash & 10/17 Crash
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change at Talladega 2 of last 3 races
  • Martin Truex Jr.: 2 Talladega top 5 finishes – 12 DNFs
  • Ryan Newman: 6 Talladega top 5 finishes – 9 DNFs
  • Jimmie Johnson: 7 Talladega top 5 finishes – 9 DNFs
  • Kurt Busch: 7 Talladega top 5 finishes – 8 DNFs
  • 3 Speeding penalties at Talladega last season – 1 in spring & 2 in fall
  • 25 Talladega races settled by last lap pass (26%)
  • 9 of last 16 Talladega races settled by last lap pass (56%)
  • Driver starting 1st led first Talladega lap in only 39 of 97 races (40%)
  • Pole failed to lead 1st lap in 58 of 97 Talladega races (60%)
  • Kyle Busch led 39 of final 40 laps last Talladega spring race – Finished 3rd
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 14 of last 16 Talladega races
  • Drivers won first race of season at Talladega 42 times
  • First win of season for 8 of last 9 Talladega spring winners
  • 11 Won first career race at Talladega – Only win for 6 drivers
  • 8 Talladega crashes involved 20 or more
  • Last to win consecutive Talladega races: Jeff Gordon 4/07 & 10/07 (Brad Keselowski won last Talladega race)
  • Only 1 of last 21 Talladega races won from first starting position – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 5/17
  • 14 of 97 Talladega races won from pole (14%)
  • Driver starting first failed to finish 26 of 97 Talladega races (27%)
  • 1 Won Daytona 500 & both Talladega races in same year – Pete Hamilton 1970
  • Failed to finish both Talladega races last season due to crashes – 8 Drivers:
  • AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Michael McDowell, Danica Patrick & Martin Truex Jr.
  • None of 4 Stewart-Haas Racing teams running at finish last Talladega race – All due to crashes
  • Team Penske won 7 of last 14 restrictor-plate races including 4 of last 8 – Brad Keselowski 4 & Joey Logano 3
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won 2 of last 4 restrictor-plate races
  • Brad Keselowski won 4 of last 14 restrictor-plate races (3 Wins last 8 restrictor-plate races)
  • Ford won 7 of last 8 restrictor-plate races – Austin Dillon won 2018 Daytona 500 in Chevrolet
  • Roush Fenway Racing won 2 of last 4 restrictor-plate races – Winless previous 17 races
  • 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)
  • Pole failed to lead first lap 10 of last 17 Talladega races
  • Pole failed to lead any laps in 14 of 97 Talladega races
  • 13 Talladega Overtime finishes – 7 in last 12 races
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win 6 of last 8 Talladega Overtime races
  • 5 of last 11 Talladega races ended under caution
  • 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
  • 10 Talladega wins streaks – Drivers winning consecutive races
  • 7 Talladega season sweeps – Last: 2007 Jeff Gordon
  • Last back-to-back spring wins – Jeff Gordon 2004 & ’05 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won last spring race)
  • 2 Swept both Talladega races & championship in same season – Darrell Waltrip 1982 & Dale Earnhardt 1990
  • 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
  • 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 6 Talladega poles – Jeff Gordon (Both 2015) & Chase Elliott (5/16)
  • Worst official starting position to win: 36th – Jeff Gordon 4/00
  • *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
  • 3 Won from 34th starting position including Denny Hamlin 5/14
  • Dale Earnhardt last career win: Talladega 10/15/00
  • Michael Waltrip last career win: Talladega 9/28/03
  • Dale Jarrett last career win: Talladega 10/2/05
  • 12 Talladega wins by Richard Childress Racing – Most of all tracks (Tied for most all-time with Hendrick)
  • Richard Childress Racing: 100th win – Talladega 10/23/11 (Clint Bowyer)
  • 12 Talladega wins by Hendrick Motorsports – Tied for most (Richard Childress Racing)
  • 6 Talladega wins by Team Penske – Brad Keselowski (5/12, 10/14, 5/16 & 10/17) & Joey Logano (10/15 & 10/16)
  • 5 Talladega wins by Roush
  • 4 Talladega wins by Joe Gibbs Racing by 4 different drivers (Kyle Busch, Hamlin, B. Labonte & Stewart)
  • No Stewart-Haas Racing Talladega wins – 1 of 2 tracks (Kentucky)
  • No Furniture Row Racing Talladega wins

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES TALLADEGA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 21 Different winners in 26 Talladega Xfinity Series races
  • Only 4 won Talladega more than once – Martin Truex, Jr. 3, Joey Logano 2, Joe Nemechek 2 & Elliott Sadler 2
  • First Talladega win for 9 of last 11 winners
  • 2 Talladega winners from pole – Joe Nemechek 1998 & Tony Stewart 2008
  • Pole failed to finish 9 of last 23 Talladega races – 8 Due to crashes
  • 10 Talladega races settled by last lap pass including 7 of last 9
  • Elliott Sadler won last 2 Talladega races settled by last lap pass (2014 & ’16)
  • Last 3 Talladega races settled by last lap pass were won by a JR Motorsports driver
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 7 of last 9 Talladega races
  • 3 of last 5 Talladega winners eligible for championship points – Regan Smith (2013) & Elliott Sadler (2014 & ‘16)
  • Elliott Sadler best finisher eligible for championship points last 2 Talladega races – Winner 2016 & 2nd 2017
  • 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
  • Worst starting position of Talladega winner: 35th – Joe Nemechek 2000
  • 2 Won first career race at Talladega – Greg Sacks (1996) & David Ragan (2009)
  • Chevrolet leads with 14 Talladega wins
  • 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
  • Leader of most laps won 10 of 26 Talladega races
  • 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
  • 1 Led most laps, but failed to finish – Michael Waltrip 1995 Crash
  • Keselowski 2010 & Truex, Jr. 2004 & ’05 only drivers to win Talladega & championship in same season
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 16 of 26 Talladega races
  • Justin Allgaier led most laps last Talladega race – Finished 8th
  • 8 Won first career pole at Talladega – 5 Won pole in first try
  • 8 Talladega Overtime finishes
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win last 7 Overtime Talladega races
  • Aric Almirola only repeat winner last 9 restrictor-plate races at Daytona & Talladega (2 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Aric Almirola won 2 of last 5 Daytona-Talladega restrictor-plate races
  • Ford won 3 of last 5 Daytona-Talladega restrictor-plate races
  • JR Motorsports won 7 of last 15 Daytona-Talladega restrictor-plate races – 5 Different crew chiefs
  • Dave Elenz winning crew chief last 2 Daytona-Talladega restrictor-plate races
  • 6 of last 13 Daytona-Talladega restrictor-plate races settled by last-lap pass