Talladega Superspeedway: Statistical AdvanceApril 14, 2011 No Comments
Talladega Superspeedway Data
Track Size: 2.66 miles
· Banking/Corners: 33 degrees
· Banking/Frontstretch: 16.5 degrees
· Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
· Frontstretch: 4,300 feet
· Backstretch: 4,000 feet
· 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 83 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.
· 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). Eighteen drivers have won more than once.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. had four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003), the most ever by a driver there. Buddy Baker (three – May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.
· Richard Childress Racing has won 11 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 10 wins, can match that mark this weekend.
· 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.
Driver Rating at Talladega
Denny Hamlin 93.0
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 92.7
Brian Vickers 89.6
Joey Logano 89.1
Jeff Burton 87.8
David Ragan 87.7
Juan P. Montoya 85.9
Kurt Busch 85.4
Jeff Gordon 84.8
Tony Stewart 84.7
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (12 total) at Talladega.
2010 pole winner: None, due to inclement weather.
2010 race winner: Kevin Harvick (150.590 mph, 04-25-10)
Track qualifying record: Bill Elliott (212.809 mph, 44.998 seconds, 04-30-87)
Track race record: Mark Martin (188.354 mph, 05-10-97)