Thursday, May 3, 2012

Talladega Driver Previews

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray -  In 38 NSCS starts at superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega), McMurray has accumulated three wins (Daytona 2007, 2010; Talladega 2009), eight top-fives, 10 top-10s and led 201 laps. McMurray is one of 62 other drivers to make his first NSCS start at Talladega.  This took place in the fall of 2002 where he started fifth and finished 26th.

#2- Brad Keselowski -  Keselowski has one win, two top fives, four top 10s, Average finish of 15.0, Driver Rating of 80.6, 13th-best at Talladega.

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Kasey Kahne has recorded two runner-up finishes and three top-10s. He has led 29 laps at the high-banked oval. Most recently, Kahne started 26th, led four laps and finished sixth at the track in October 2011.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway. His best finish (fourth) came in 2009 and his best start (19th) came in last year’s fall event at the 2.66-mile track. Ambrose has completed 1,096 of 1,143 laps attempted in Cup Series competition at the track, leading eight of them. His average starting position is 26.2 and his average finishing position at the Alabama superspeedway is 26.7.

#10-David Reutimann - The Zephryhills, Fla., native will make his 11th Talladega Superspeedway start this weekend. Reutimann tallied one top-five and four top-15 finishes while leading 27 laps in his 10 starts. He is ranked 10th among the field for the average running position at Talladega.

#14-Tony Stewart -  Stewart has one win, six second-place finishes, nine top-fives, 13 top-10s and has led a total of 300 laps in his 26 career Sprint Cup starts at Talladega. His average start is 17.3, his average finish is 15.2 and he has a lap completion rate of 97.6 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 13th career NSCS start at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. In 12 previous starts, he has two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes. Bowyer has won the last two fall races at Talladega and finished second last spring. Bowyer has averaged a 4.6 finish and scored 554 total points in his last five Talladega starts – Kevin Harvick is second over that span averaging a 12.2 finish and scoring 31 points less. Bowyer has led five races for a total of 88 laps – including 19 or more in his last three starts.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has one top 5, three top tens and 5 dnf's at Talladega. Biffle is currently leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings for the seventh week in a row; five points ahead of second.

#17- Matt Kenseth -  In 24 Cup starts at Talladega, Kenseth has completed 4,248 of 4,541 laps (93.5 percent) and led for 188 laps.  Kenseth has an average starting position of 22.2 and an average finishing position of 19.3 at Talladega.  Kenseth has achieved three top-five and six top-10 finishes at Talladega in the Cup series.

#22- A J Allmendinger - In seven career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Allmendinger is still looking to make his mark in the win, top-five and top-10 columns. He has an average start of 23.7 and an average finish of 27.3. The amazing thing is that Allmendinger has an impressive 97.2 lap completion average in spite of two DNFs. Dinger was involved in last-lap accidents in the April 2008 and October 2010 races that saw him officially not running at the finish.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 38 starts at the 2.66-mile track, Gordon has six wins (most among active drivers), two poles, 14 top-fives and 18 top-10′s. The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has led 832 laps – 123 more than the nearest active competitor.

#27- Paul Menard -  In 11 starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Menard has earned one top-five and six top-15 finishes, completed 80 percent of his laps (1,671 of 2,089) and led for 18 circuits. He has an average starting position of 20.4 and an average finishing position of 22.5. His best finish of second was recorded in his October 2008 visit to the 2.66-mile race track. Menard recorded his best start of fifth on two occasions: October 2008 and April 2011. He also earned one pole award (April 2005) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and one win (September 2003) in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. 

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick competed in 14 Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway since the inception of NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics in 2006. Harvick is tied for fourth in the Closer category moving up an average of 2.9 positions in the last 10 percent of laps in each race. The driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet is also ranked seventh in Fastest Laps Run (56) and eighth in Laps Led (106) at the 2.66-mile facility. He has one pole, one win, six top 5's and ten top 10s at the track with zero DNF's in 22 starts.

#31- Jeff Burton - During his 20-year Sprint Cup Series career, Burton has earned 21 wins, 131 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes in 628 starts. The veteran RCR driver also tallied six pole awards and led 6,506 laps. Burton has garnered impressive NASCAR Loop Data statistics at Talladega Superspeedway since the inception of NASCAR Loop Data Statistics in 2006. He leads all drivers entered for the 500-mile event with a driver rating of 91.3, has the most green passes with 5,426 (3,834 of those passes coming while running in the top 15), theseventh-best average running position (15.8) and has spent 1,596 laps in the top 15, ranking him third.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney will make his 21st start at the superspeedway since his debut in 2000. He collected two top-fives: last season when he finished third in the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet and in 2007 while driving for Bill Davis Racing, where he started from the outside pole and finished third. The Buckeye Bullet is ranked as the sixth fastest driver on restarts at the 2.66-mile racetrack.

#39- Ryan Newman - Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 will mark Ryan Newman’s 378th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 21st career Sprint Cup start at Talladega Superspeedway. Newman has four top-five finishes and seven top-10s in 20 starts at Talladega.  After nine races this season, Newman is 10th in the driver standings, 60 points behind series leader Greg Biffle. In addition to his victory at Martinsville Speedway four races ago, Newman has two top-five finishes and three top-10s.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya has made 10 starts at Talladega, leading 57 laps and completing 1,868 out of 1,901 laps (98.3%). Montoya earned his first career NSCS pole at the superspeedway in 2009 and again in 2010.  He was runner-up in 2008 and has earned three top-fives and three top-10s at the superspeedway.  Montoya’s average starting position is 14.4 his average finishing position of 17.1 at the tri-oval. In 21 superspeedway starts in NSCS competition Montoya has accumulated three top-five and seven top-10 finishes with 77 laps led.  The majority of Montoya’s superspeedway success has come at Talladega, earning a runner-up finish in 2008.

#43- Aric Almirola - This weekend will be Almirola’s fifth Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway.  Almirola also has starts at the track in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.  His best finish at the track is second (twice) in the Truck Series.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Quick Stats: Two wins in 20 starts.  Four poles (April 2010, November 2009 and 2002 season sweep).  Five top-five finishes (25 percent) and nine top-10s (45 percent). Average start of 9.4 and average finish of 16.8. Seven DNF (Did Not Finish) – the highest total for Johnson at any track on the circuit.

#55- Michael Waltrip -  Sunday’s Talladega race will be Waltrip’s 767th career start. He finished ninth in last fall’s race at Talladega. Waltrip owns a win, seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in 51 starts at Talladega Superspeedway. He’s led 212 laps.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 24 Cup starts at Talladega, Earnhardt has recorded five wins, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He scored a record-setting four consecutive wins at the 2.66-mile superspeedway from October 2001 to April 2003.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards is currently ninth in the Sprint Cup point standings.  He has achieved two top-five and six top-10 finishes, along with one pole this season. In his previous 15 starts at Talladega, Edwards has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards’ average start at Talladega is 15.9, his average finish is 20.3.  Edwards has completed 89 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 25 laps.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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