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Geico 500
Talladega Superspeedway
Sun, May 3, 2015
1:20pm EDT - FOX

Race Data

Race #: 10 of 36
Event: Geico 500
Location: Talladega
Track Size: 2.66 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 188
Total Miles: 500
2014-1 Winner: Denny Hamlin
2014-2 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Pit Speed: 55 mph

Previous Winners

5 Jeff Gordon 00/04/05/07/07
5 D Earnhardt Jr 01/02/02/03/04
3 Brad Keselowski 09/12/14
2 Jamie McMurray 09/13
2 Clint Boywer 10/11
2 Jimmie Johnson 06/11
1 Denny Hamlin 14
1 David Ragan 13
1 Matt Kenseth 12
1 Kevin Harvick 10
1 Tony Stewart 08
1 Kyle Busch 08
1 Brian Vickers 06
1 Michael Waltrip 03

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NASCAR drivers to begin using digital dashboards

A test conducted by NASCAR and Goodyear this week at Kentucky speedway is about more than just tires -- drivers are also experimenting with a new digital dashboard.

Featuring readings for lap times, fluid temperatures, tire pressure, RPMS and other data, the radically redesigned dashboard is more technologically advanced than the gauges drivers currently use. Jamie McMurray, who is among four drivers taking part in the test, expressed enthusiasm about the new tool and shared what it looks like from his vantage point.

The information displayed is not just for the eyes of drivers and crew chiefs only, but as the sport strives to be accessible will also be made available to fans. NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell explained the impetus for the change in an interview with SiriusXM Radio Monday.

"That is the ultimate goal, is to get as much information as we can -- first and foremost to the drivers and crew chiefs that they can see and react to -- but ultimately to the fans," O'Donnell said. "So if you're sitting at the race track, and you're on your device, we want you to essentially be in Denny Hamlin's car and be able to see what he is seeing and react to it.

"It's evolving, and it's something that we think can be a real game changer for the sport in terms of us showcasing technology. There's also some proprietary information. We want to make sure we keep that with the teams from a competitive standpoint, but some really cool stuff potentially coming for '16 and I think the fans will ultimately enjoy what they see."

Teams can begin using the digital dashboard in races after Aug. 5, but not sooner. The display will be mandatory next season.

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Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the 2015 GEICO 500

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2015) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama going into the GEICO 500 on May 3.

 

 

2015 Chase Grid Outlook

Pos.

Drivers

Wins

Points

Chase Bonus Pts

1

 Kevin Harvick

2

357

6

2

 Jimmie Johnson

2

299

6

3

 Joey Logano

1

324

3

4

 Brad Keselowski

1

283

3

5

 Matt Kenseth

1

273

3

6

 Denny Hamlin

1

245

3

7

 Kurt Busch

1

222

3

8

 Martin Truex Jr.

0

315

0

9

 Kasey Kahne

0

275

0

10

 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

0

271

0

11

 Jamie McMurray

0

264

0

12

 Jeff Gordon

0

263

0

13

 Aric Almirola

0

250

0

14

 Paul Menard

0

239

0

15

 Clint Bowyer

0

235

0

16

 Ryan Newman

0

234

0

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17

 Danica Patrick

0

230

0

18

 Carl Edwards

0

228

0

19

 David Ragan

0

218

0

20

 Kyle Larson

0

205

0

21

 Greg Biffle

0

203

0

22

 AJ Allmendinger

0

202

0

23

 Casey Mears

0

200

0

24

 Austin Dillon

0

194

0

25

 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

0

188

0

26

 David Gilliland

0

175

0

27

 Trevor Bayne

0

174

0

28

 Justin Allgaier

0

171

0

29

 Brett Moffitt #

0

151

0

30

 Tony Stewart

0

148

0

 

Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining regular season races

 

Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16  - Currently in the Chase, not locked in

 

Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff

 

TALLADEGA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         Six top fives, 14 top 10s

         Average finish of 17.0

         Average Running Position of 14.6, third-best

         Driver Rating of 88.3, fourth-best

         7,702 Green Flag Passes, second-most

         Series-high 2,431 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%)

         Series-high 5,288 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

         Five wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.5

         Series-best Average Running Position of 14.5

         Driver Rating of 90.7, second-best

         80 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         6,981 Green Flag Passes, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.336 mph, ninth-fastest

         2,313 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8%), third-most

         4,478 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

         One win, four top fives, six top 10s

         Average finish of 19.0

         Driver Rating of 82.0, 10th-best

         80 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         1,572 Laps in the Top 15 (45.9%), 10th-most

         3,507 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

         Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 17.5

         Average Running Position of 16.0, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 87.5, fifth-best

         2,070 Laps in the Top 15 (54.4%), fourth-most

         3,944 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

         One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 17.8

         Average Running Position of 14.5, second-best

         Driver Rating of 89.9, third-best

         6,413 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

         2,423 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7%), second-most

         4,664 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)

         Three wins, four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 15.1

         Driver Rating of 82.9, eighth-best

         1,043 Laps in the Top 15 (45.3%), 22nd-most

 

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

         One top 10

         Average finish of 13.0

         Average Running Position of 15.1, fourth-best

         Series-best Driver Rating of 95.6

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.444 mph, second-fastest

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

         Two top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 19.9

         Average Running Position of 16.9, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 82.2, ninth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.326 mph, 10th-fastest

 

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet)

         Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 20.4

         Driver Rating of 79.8, 12th-best

         6,049 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

         1,736 Laps in the Top 15 (45.6%), seventh-most

         3,456 Quality Passes, 10th-most


David Ragan (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota)

         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 16.5

         Driver Rating of 80.9, 11th-best

         5,952 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 193.337 mph, eighth-fastest

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford)

         One top five, two top 10s

         Average finish of 8.7

         Average Running Position of 16.0, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 85.0, sixth-best

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 193.454 mph

  

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Talladega Superspeedway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Kevin Harvick

28

1

1

6

12

2

15.6

78.8

 

2

Joey Logano

12

0

0

2

4

4

19.9

82.2

 

3

Martin Truex Jr.

20

0

0

1

6

9

21.3

78.6

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

26

1

2

6

10

8

17.5

87.5

 

5

Brad Keselowski

12

0

3

4

7

1

15.1

82.9

 

6

Kasey Kahne

22

1

0

3

5

3

21.1

71.7

 

7

Matt Kenseth

30

0

1

6

10

4

17.8

89.9

 

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

30

0

5

10

14

5

15.5

90.7

 

9

Jamie McMurray

25

0

2

6

7

4

20.4

79.8

 

10

Jeff Gordon

44

3

6

15

19

9

17.0

79.1

 

11

Aric Almirola

10

0

0

0

1

1

21.1

79.2

 

12

Denny Hamlin

18

0

1

4

6

3

19.0

82.0

 

13

Paul Menard

17

0

0

2

3

6

21.5

74.4

 

14

Clint Bowyer

18

0

2

6

10

3

14.4

78.5

 

15

Ryan Newman

26

0

0

5

10

8

20.9

68.6

 

16

Danica Patrick

4

0

0

0

0

1

26.8

71.7

 

* - Based on last 20 races at Talladega Superspeedway (2005 - 2014).


Talladega Superspeedway:

History

         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 - won by Richard Brickhouse.

         The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.

         Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.

Notebook

         There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.

         Talladega Superspeedway is tied with Michigan International Speedway for holding the ninth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races (90).  

         439 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 302 in more than one.

         Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 31.

         Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Talladega in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph.  Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

         38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with three.

         10 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Talladega. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six (1985 - 1987).

         Youngest Talladega pole winner: Brian Scott (05/04/2014 - 26 years, 3 months, 22 days).

         Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (10/23/2011 - 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).

         44 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.


         Richard Childress Racing has the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.

         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 39 victories; followed by Ford with 21 and Toyota with three.

         13 of the 91 (14.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Jeff Gordon (2007) is the only active driver to be able to accomplish the feat.  

         The outside front row (second-place) starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Talladega. 

         33 of the 91 (36.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.

         63 of the 91 (69.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         8 of the 91 (8.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.

         Youngest Talladega winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (07/27/1986 - 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).

         Oldest Talladega winner: Harry Gant (05/06/1991 - 51 years, 3 months, 26 days).

         Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series' most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.

         NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Talladega with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 15. 

         Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.

         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.192.

         Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.444.

         There have been eight NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway: spring of 2005 (188/194), fall of 2005 (188/190), spring of 2007 (188/192), fall of 2008 (188/190) spring of 2010 (188/200), fall of 2012 (188/189), spring of 2013 (188/192) and fall of 2014 (188/194).

         Only two of the 91 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.

         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway five times; most recently fall of 2013. 


         Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.

         Brian Scott (05/04/2014), David Gilliland (10/08/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/05/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Talladega.   

         2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (04/26/2009) and Brian Vickers (10/08/2006) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Talladega.   

         Nine drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Talladega; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in consecutive wins at Talladega after posting four straight from the fall of 2001 - 2003.  

         Brad Keselowski is the only active series driver to win at Talladega in his first appearance.   

         Matt Kenseth competed at Talladega Superspeedway 25 times before winning the fall of 2012; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

         Matt Kenseth (25), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18), and David Ragan (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.

         Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 28; followed by Ryan Newman with 26.

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (04/17/2011) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.002 second - the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring. 

         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 847 laps led in 44 starts.

         Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.

 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

27

19

10/19/2014

Danica Patrick

7

22

5/4/2014

Danica Patrick

23

33

10/20/2013

Danica Patrick

23

33

5/5/2013

Patty Moise

36

33

7/30/1989

Janet Guthrie

12

29

8/6/1978

Janet Guthrie

9

34

8/7/1977

Janet Guthrie

13

32

5/1/1977

 

 

NASCAR in Alabama

         There have been 110 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among seven different tracks in Alabama.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega

91

Birmingham International Raceway

Birmingham

8

Montgomery Motor Speedway

Montgomery

6

Lakeview Speedway

Mobile

2

Chisholm Speedway

Montgomery

1

Dixie Speedway

Birmingham

1

Huntsville Speedway

Huntsville

1

 

         70 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Alabama.

         Nine drivers from Alabama have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series; five have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver

NSCS

NXS

NCWTS

Bobby Allison

84

2

0

Davey Allison

19

0

0

Neil Bonnett

18

1

0

Donnie Allison

10

0

0

Red Byron

2

0

0

Steve Grissom

0

11

0

Rick Crawford

0

0

5

Darrell Wallace Jr

0

0

5

Cale Gale

0

0

1

 


 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Milestones - TALLADEGA

 

DRIVER

HAS

NEEDS

MILESTONE

David Ragan

299

1

300th NSCS Start - Ragan is 88th on the all-time NSCS starts list, one start behind Paul Menard in 87th (300).

Carl Edwards

374

1

375th Consecutive NSCS Start - Edwards is tied with Bobby Allison (374) for 25th on the all-time NSCS consecutive starts list, one start away from being the sole driver in the 25th position (375).

Matt Kenseth

32

1

33rd NSCS Win - Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Fireball Roberts in 21st (33 wins).

Jimmie Johnson

198

2

200th NSCS Top-Five Finish - Johnson is 14th on the all-time NSCS top fives list. With two more top fives, he'll be one of 12 drivers with 200 top fives (NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Benny Parsons is 13th, with 199).

Jeff Gordon

24,778

222

25,000 NSCS Laps Led - Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps.

Kevin Harvick

952

48

1,000 Laps Led In First 10 Races - Harvick can become the ninth driver in series history to lead 1,000 laps or more in the first 10 races of a season.

#43 car

199

1

200 NSCS Wins - The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204).