Date: Sunday, Oct. 20
Start Time: 2 p.m. ET
Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
Track: 2.66-mile oval
Capacity: 108,000 (grandstand seating)
On TV: ESPN
On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
Qualifying record: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
Defending champion: Matt Kenseth
Runner up: Jeff Gordon
Pole winner: Kasey Kahne (191.455 mph)
1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 15)
2. Jeff Gordon (6)
3. Kyle Busch (13)
4. David Ragan (25)
5. Regan Smith (28)
6. Greg Biffle (5)
7. Brad Keselowski (22)
8. Travis Kvapil (36)
9. Ryan Newman (2)
10. Jeff Burton (26)
Average speed: 171.194 mph
Time of race: 2 hrs., 56 mins., 12 secs.
Margin of victory: Under Caution
Caution flags: 5 for 17 laps
Lead changes: 54 among 18 drivers
2012 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 171.194 mph
2011 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 143.404 mph
2010 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 163.618 mph
2009 Jamie McMurray, Ford, 157.213 mph
2008 Tony Stewart, Toyota, 140.281 mph
2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 143.438 mph
2006 Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 157.602 mph
2005 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 143.818 mph
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 156.929 mph
2003 Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 156.045 mph
2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 183.665 mph
2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 164.185 mph
2000 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 165.681 mph
1999 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 166.632 mph
1998 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 159.317 mph
1997 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 156.601 mph
1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 133.387 mph
1995 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 173.188 mph
1994 Jimmy Spencer, Ford, 153.217 mph
1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 153.858 mph
1992 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 176.309 mph
1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 147.383 mph
1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 174.430 mph
1989 Terry Labonte, Ford, 157.354 mph
1988 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 154.505 mph
1987 Bill Elliott, Ford, 171.293 mph
1986 Bobby Hillin, Buick, 151.552 mph
1985 Cale Yarborough, Ford, 148.772 mph
1984 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 155.485 mph
1983 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 170.611 mph
1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 168.157 mph
1981 Ron Bouchard, Buick, 156.737 mph
1980 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 166.894 mph
1979 Darrell Waltrip, Oldsmobile, 161.229 mph
1978 Lennie Pond, Oldsmobile, 174.700 mph
1977 Donnie Allison, Chevrolet, 162.524 mph
1976 Dave Marcis, Dodge, 157.547 mph
1975 Buddy Baker, Ford, 130.892 mph
1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 148.637 mph
1973 Dick Brooks, Plymouth, 145.454 mph
1972 James Hylton, Mercury, 148.728 mph
1971 Bobby Allison, Mercury, 145.945 mph
1970 Pete Hamilton, Plymouth, 158.517 mph
1969 Richard Brickhouse, Dodge, 153.778 mph
Race: Bank of America 500 (Oct. 12)
Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch
Time of Race: 3 hrs., 9 mins., 53 secs.
Average speed: 158.308 mph
Margin of victory: 1.022 secs.
Caution flags: 4 for 20 laps
Lead changes: 24 among 11 drivers
Lap leaders: J. Gordon 1-26; D. Gilliland 27-27; K. Kahne 28-29; D. Earnhardt J. Gordon 1-26; D. Gilliland 27-27; K. Kahne 28-29; D. Earnhardt Jr 30-43; K. Kahne 44-73; J. Johnson 74-74; R. Newman 75-75; C. Edwards 76-76; Ky. Busch 77-77; K. Kahne 78-90; D. Earnhardt Jr 91-95; K. Kahne 96-128; R. Newman 129-129; M. Kenseth 130-130; C. Bowyer 131-131; B. Keselowski 132-133; K. Kahne 134-173; Ky. Busch 174-174; K. Kahne 175-177; J. Johnson 178-227; Ky. Busch 228-228; J. Johnson 229-307; Ky. Busch 308-308; K. Kahne 309-325; B. Keselowski 326-334.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna
#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
#7 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/TBA
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight
#12 Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH) Ford/SKF
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/Geico
#14 Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Scotch Blue
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's
#20 * Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot
#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
#30 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Swan Energy
#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services
#33 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/ERC Acquired TMone
#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/safercar.gov
#35 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/A&W All American Food
#36 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Golden Corral
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's
#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Wix Filters
#40 Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Charter
#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Scott Products
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's
#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt
#55 Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
#78 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/NEMCO-JRR
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Mountain Dew/Xbox One
#93 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#98 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Subway
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|Dale Earnhardt Jr||Won||40||23||40||28||11||39||25||20|
Originally known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway, construction of this 2.66-mile racetrack began on May 23, 1968. The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989. The fourth and most recent repaving there was done between the spring and fall races in 2006.
Talladega has 33 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 16.5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 2 on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 4,300 feet, and the backstretch measures 4,000 feet.
There have been 88 Sprint Cup races held at Talladega, including one event in 1969 and two races each year since 1970. Richard Brickhouse won the inaugural event at Talladega on Sept. 14, 1969.
Dave Marcis holds the record for most starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 58 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 54. Labonte and Waltrip are on the entry list for this weekend's race.
Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Talladega with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six wins there. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories, including four in a row from October 2001 to April 2003.
Richard Childress has the most car owner wins at Talladega with 12, followed by Rick Hendrick with 11.
Bill Elliott holds the record for most pole wins at Talladega with eight. Elliott is not entered in this race.
The race winner at Talladega has started from the pole 13 times. Gordon was the last driver to accomplish the feat in April 2007.
Six different drivers have won both races at Talladega in the same season: Pete Hamilton (1970), Buddy Baker (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1982), Earnhardt (1990 and '99), Earnhardt Jr. (2002) and Gordon (2007). David Ragan won this year's spring race there on May. 5.
Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Talladega occurred on April 17, 2011 when Jimmie Johnson beat Clint Bowyer by only 0.002 seconds. The margin for that race is tied with the March 2003 event at Darlington, won by Ricky Craven, as the closest finishes since the start of electronic timing and scoring.
There have been seven Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega: 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), and spring of 2013 (188/192).
The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Talladega is 36th. Gordon did it in the spring of 2000.
Brad Keselowski is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Sprint Cup victory at Talladega, doing so on April 26, 2009. Brian Vickers' maiden win in the series came there on Oct. 8, 2006. Vickers is out for the remainder of the season after being placed on blood-thinning medication earlier this week to treat a blood clot in his right calf. Ken Schrader also picked up his first victory at Talladega on July 31, 1988.
Three drivers entered in this race claimed their first Sprint Cup poles at Talladega: David Gilliland (October 2006), Travis Kvapil (October 2008) and Juan Pablo Montoya (April 2009).
Jamie McMurray is the only driver entered that made his Cup debut at Talladega. McMurray started fifth and finished 26th there on Oct. 6, 2002. He substituted for the injured Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 car for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Marlin suffered a neck injury during an accident in the Kansas race the week prior to Talladega.
Bobby Hillin Jr. holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Talladega. Hillin took the checkered flag there on July 27, 1986 when he was 22 years, 1 month and 22 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 3 months and 26 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on May 6, 1991.
Round 7 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 27 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.