NASCAR Talladega Sunday, October 8, 2017

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES TALLADEGA STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 2 Wins 3 restrictor-plate races this season – Won last 2 restrictor-plate races
  • Paul Menard: Only driver to finish top 10 all 3 restrictor-plate races this season
  • Kevin Harvick: 72 Restrictor-plate laps led this season – Leads all drivers
  • Joe Gibbs Racing drivers led 95 of 191 laps at Talladega May (50%) – Kyle Busch 48, Hamlin 43 & Kenseth 4
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Talladega May winner – First win in 158th career race
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Talladega May winner (2nd in Stage 1 & 30th in Stage 2) – 14 Laps led (Led first 13 laps & final lap)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Talladega May winner (Started on pole & 14 Laps led) – Led first 13 laps & final lap
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 2 Straight Talladega top 5 finishes – 1 Win (May)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Talladega May winner – Involved in lap 161 crash with Ryan Blaney
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Talladega Playoff race average finish: 5.7 (Finished 9th or better all 3 races – 2 Top 5 finishes)
  • Aric Almirola: 1 Top 5 finish 15 Talladega races – Finished 4th in May
  • Ryan Blaney: Finished 39th at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 161 crash with winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Kurt Busch: Finished 12th or better last 6 Talladega races (Average finish: 7.8) – 4 Straight top 10 finishes
  • Kurt Busch: Best Stewart-Haas Racing finisher 2 of 3 restrictor-plate races this season
  • Kurt Busch: Finished 6th at Talladega May – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Kyle Busch: Led 39 of final 40 laps at Talladega May (Finished 3rd) – Passed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on final lap
  • Kyle Busch: 2 Top 3 finishes last 3 Talladega races – Finished 30th in 2016 Playoff race
  • Austin Dillon: Finished 36th at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Finished 22nd at Talladega May – Free pass 7th caution
  • Chase Elliott: Finished 30th at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Denny Hamlin: Stage 2 winner Talladega May – Finished 11th
  • Kevin Harvick: Finished 22nd at Talladega May – Involved in lap 169 crash, free pass 8th caution & last lead lap finisher
  • Jimmie Johnson: 1 Top 15 finish last 4 Talladega races – Finished 8th in May
  • Erik Jones: Finished 33rd at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Kasey Kahne: Best Hendrick Motorsports finisher 2 of 3 restrictor-plate races this season
  • Kasey Kahne: 1 Top 5 finish last 10 Talladega races – Finished 5th in May
  • Matt Kenseth: Finished 24th at Talladega May – Free pass 3rd caution, involved in lap 169 crash & first driver 1 lap down
  • Matt Kenseth: 4 Talladega Playoff race top 5 finishes – Leads Playoff drivers
  • Brad Keselowski: 300th MENCS race – 6 Won in 300th race
  • Brad Keselowski: Stage 1 winner Talladega May – Finished 7th (Involved in lap 169 crash)
  • Brad Keselowski: 2 Wins last 6 Talladega races – 4 Top 10 finishes
  • Kyle Larson: Finished 12th at Talladega May – Lap 17 crash & free pass 6th caution
  • Joey Logano: 2 Wins last 4 Talladega races – Won last 2 Talladega Playoff races
  • Joey Logano: 2015 Talladega Playoff race winner – 3rd straight win (Charlotte, Kansas & Talladega)
  • Joey Logano: Finished 32nd at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Jamie McMurray: Best finish last 7 Talladega races: 2nd (May)
  • Jamie McMurray: 2 Talladega Playoff race wins – Leads Playoff drivers
  • Paul Menard: Best Richard Childress Racing finisher all 3 restrictor-plate races this season
  • Paul Menard: 6 Talladega top 10 finishes – 5 Top 10 finishes last 8 races
  • Ryan Newman: Finished 25th at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 186 crash
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Finished 35th at Talladega May (Crash) – Involved in lap 169 crash
  • Top 7 finishers at Talladega May all from different teams – Roush, Ganassi, Gibbs, Petty, Hendrick, Stewart-Haas & Penske
  • 46 Different winners in 96 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Talladega races
  • 34 Finished on lead lap last Talladega playoff race – All-time record for a race 500 miles or longer
  • 11 Won first career race at Talladega – Only win for 6 drivers
  • 10 Different winners 13 Talladega Playoff races
  • 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
  • Team Penske won 6 of last 12 restrictor-plate races including 3 of last 6 – Brad Keselowski 3 & Joey Logano 3
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won last 2 restrictor-plate races – Dale Earnhardt won 3 straight restrictor-plate races in 1990
  • Brad Keselowski won 3 of last 12 restrictor-plate races (2 Wins last 6 restrictor-plate races)
  • Joey Logano won 3 of last 11 restrictor-plate races
  • Ford won last 6 restrictor-plate races
  • Roush Fenway Racing won last 2 restrictor-plate races – Winless previous 17 races
  • David Pearson (1969) & Kyle Busch (5/13) – Only drivers to miss Talladega race & win championship in same year
  • 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
  • 5 of last 10 Talladega races ended under caution
  • Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 14 laps last Talladega race – Led first 13 laps & final lap
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change at Talladega 3 of last 8 races including last 2
  • Driver starting 1st led first Talladega lap in only 39 of 96 races (41%)
  • 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)
  • Joey Logano led final 45 laps winning last Talladega Playoff race
  • Kyle Busch led 39 of final 40 laps last Talladega race – Finished 3rd
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 13 of last 15 Talladega races
  • Brad Keselowski led most laps both Talladega races last season – May winner & 38th in Oct. (Engine)
  • Pole failed to lead first lap 9 of last 16 Talladega races
  • Pole failed to lead 1st lap in 56 of 96 Talladega races
  • Pole failed to lead any laps in 14 of 96 Talladega races
  • Richard Childress Racing: 100th win – Talladega 10/23/11 (Clint Bowyer)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied record for consecutive superspeedway wins at 1 track with 4 (10/01, 4/02, 10/02 & 4/03)
  • Last to win consecutive Talladega races: Jeff Gordon 4/07 & 10/07 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won last Talladega race)
  • 10 Talladega wins streaks – Drivers winning consecutive races
  • 7 Talladega season sweeps – Last: 2007 Jeff Gordon (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won spring race)
  • Last back-to-back fall wins – Joey Logano 2015 & ’16 (No driver won 3 straight fall races)
  • 2 Swept both Talladega races & championship in same season – Darrell Waltrip 1982 & Dale Earnhardt 1990
  • 24 Talladega races settled by last lap pass
  • 8 of last 15 Talladega races settled by last lap pass
  • Drivers won first race of season at Talladega 42 times
  • Only win of season for 6 of 13 Talladega Playoff race winners – Jamie McMurray twice (2009 & ’13)
  • 13 Talladega overtime finishes – 7 in last 11 races
  • Leader at scheduled distance failed to win 6 of last 8 Talladega overtime races
  • Matt Kenseth lost 3 Talladega races after leading at scheduled distance
  • 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
  • 8 Talladega crashes involved 20 or more
  • #24 won 3 of last 5 Talladega poles – Jeff Gordon (Both 2015) & Chase Elliott (5/16)
  • Only 1 of last 20 Talladega races won from first starting position (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 5/17)
  • 14 of 96 Talladega races won from pole (15%)
  • Driver starting first failed to finish 26 of 96 Talladega races (27%)
  • 6 Won pole in first try at Talladega including Chase Elliott 5/16
  • 6 Won first career pole at Talladega
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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