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.
- There have been 94 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
- 442 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 307 in more than one.
- Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 34 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 33.
- Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.586.
- A total of 68 drivers have made their first series start at Talladega; Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) is the only active driver to make his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
- 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.
- 39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight.
- Four active drivers are tied for the most poles at Talladega with one – Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott.
- 11 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: Chase Elliott (05/01/2016 – 20 years, 5 months, 3 days).
- Oldest Talladega pole winner: Mark Martin (10/23/2011 – 52 years, 9 months, 14 days).
- Six drivers have posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Talladega; the only active driver to post his first series career pole at Talladega is Brian Scott (05/04/2014).
- 45 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers with four.
- Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12 each.
- Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 23 and Toyota with three.
- 13 of the 94 (13.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole.
- 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 94 (35.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
- 67 of the 94 (71.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
- 8 of the 94 (8.5%) 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).
- 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 11 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 30; followed by Ryan Newman with 28.
Additional Finishing Positions
- 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. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 12.
- Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with 16.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.200.
Track / Event Specific Stats
- There have been nine NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway. The scheduled number of laps is 188, below is a chart showing the number of additional laps during NASCAR Overtime:
Track / Event Specific Stats
- Only two of the 94 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.
- 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.
- Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 512 laps led in 33 starts.
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