Talladega By The Number...
Oct 04, 2012
· May 2012 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 160.192mph, started 13th
· October 2011 Race Winner: #33-Clint Bowyer, 143.404mph, started 3rd
· Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph
· Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph
· Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th
· Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991
· Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986
· May 2012 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.623mph, finished 33rd
· October 2011 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 181.367mph, finished 20th
· Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
· Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
· Oldest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 47 years, 7 months, 13 days, 4/25/2004
· Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002
· News & Notes at Talladega Superspeedway:
• 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.
• The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
• Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
• There have been 86 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season, which had just one.
• Richard Brickhouse won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
• Bobby Isaac won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in September 1969. Isaac won the first three poles there.
• 35 different drivers have won poles. Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles.
• 41 different drivers have posted victories, led by Dale Earnhardt Sr. (10). Twenty-one drivers have won more than once.
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in victories, with six. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second among active drivers with five.
• Richard Childress Racing has won more than any other organization at Talladega with 12 wins.
• 33 of 86 races have been won from a top-two starting positions, including 13 from the pole; 24 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. The most recent driver to win from the pole was Jeff Gordon in 2007 (spring).
• The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
• Brad Keselowski leads the series among active drivers in average finishing position at Talladega with a 13.0. Trevor Bayne leads the series among active drivers in average starting position with an 8.6.
• Mark Martin's pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for the fastest race ever. He won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph and covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
• The 2010 spring race set the all-time and track records for lead changes (88) and lap leaders (29). Last season's spring race tied the 2010 record for most lead changes with 88 (amongst 26 lap leaders). The previous highs were 75 lead changes (set on May 6, 1984) and 28 lap leaders (set on Oct. 5, 2008). Both previous records also were set at Talladega.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. had four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003), the most ever by a driver at Talladega Superspeedway. Buddy Baker (three - May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.
• Since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993, every race that has ended under green has had a margin of victory under half a second.
• The 2011 spring race tied the 03/16/2003 Darlington race won by Ricky Craven for the all-time record of the closest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish (0.002 seconds) since the inception of electronic scoring.
• Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega Superspeedway winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (07/27/1986 - 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).
• Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega Superspeedway winner: Harry Gant (05/06/1991 - 51 years, 3 months, 26 days)