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By the Numbers: Records were made to be ... made at Talladega

October 05, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

0.04 -- The average margin of victory in the past five Truck Series races at Talladega is 0.04 seconds, with all five having an MOV of less than 0.08 seconds. The 2010 race had an MOV of 0.002 seconds, the smallest in the electronic scoring era and second all time in series history to the 0.001 of a second set at Colorado in 1995.

9 -- Nine of the past 14 Cup Series races, and four of the past five, at Talladega have been decided by a last-lap pass.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

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Breakout Number

4 -- Todd Bodine leads all drivers in wins on superspeedways with four, all coming consecutively in 2007-09. In 14 starts, he has 10 top-fives and 12 top-10s with an average finish of 5.4, all series highs. In six races at Talladega, Bodine is tied with Kyle Busch with two wins, and leads all drivers in top-fives (4), top-10s (5) and average finish (5.5) with more than one start.

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Track Tidbits

1 -- Ty Dillon will make his first series start at Talladega, where he won from the pole last year in ARCA. Dillon holds a one-point lead over James Buescher, who started from the pole and finished third in last year's Truck race at 'Dega. Buescher has two top-10s in three starts there.

3 -- Three of the six races at Talladega have ended in a last-lap pass: In 2008, Todd Bodine passed Colin Braun; in '09, Kyle Busch passed Bodine; in '10, Busch passed Aric Almirola. Both of Busch's wins came in green-white-checkered finishes, the only G-W-Cs at 'Dega.

6 -- Six drivers have made their first career start at Talladega, all since 2007. Only one, Craig Goess in 2010, finished in the top 10 (10th). None of the six are entered in this week's race.

Recent Trends

1 -- Ron Hornaday has only one top-10 in the past seven races with DNFs (two crashes) in three of the past four races. Hornaday is coming off his track-best second runner-up finish in the past four races at Talladega last year. He has four top-10s in six starts, and one crash DNF in 2010.

2 -- Aric Almirola is scheduled to make his second series start of the season. His past two results at Talladega (2009 and '10) ended in second-place finishes. He started fifth in both of those races. He finished fifth earlier this year at Atlanta.

10 -- Toyota has won 10 of the past 11 races on superspeedways; the lone exception during that span was Mike Wallace's victory in a Chevrolet last year at Talladega. That win snapped Toyota's four-race win streak at 'Dega.

SPRINT CUP SERIES

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Breakout Number

6 -- In the Aaron's 499 at Talladega in May, six of the top-nine finishing positions were Chasers: 1. Brad Keselowski; 3. Matt Kenseth; 4. Kasey Kahne; 5. Greg Biffle; 6. Clint Bowyer; 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. The other six Chasers finished 23rd or worse, at least two laps down: 23. Denny Hamlin; 24. Tony Stewart; 25. Kevin Harvick; 28. Martin Truex Jr.; 33. Jeff Gordon; 35. Jimmie Johnson. Harvick, Truex and Gordon all had crash DNFs; Johnson had an engine DNF.

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Track Tidbits

0 -- Matt Kenseth has not won in 25 starts at Talladega. Twice he was leading at the end of the scheduled distance only to lose in a green-white-checkered finish, including in May when Brad Keselowski won despite Kenseth leading a race-high 73 laps. Kenseth also was on the short end of the first G-W-C at 'Dega in October 2005, won by Dale Jarrett. Kenseth finished third both times.

4 -- Four non-Chasers have won the Chase race at Talladega, the most of any track in the Chase: Dale Jarrett (2005), Brian Vickers ('06), Jamie McMurray ('09), and Clint Bowyer ('11).

5 -- In the previous eight Chases, the most Chasers to finish in the top 10 in the Chase race at Talladega is five. However, the champion has finished in the top 10 every year but one: Jimmie Johnson in 2006; he finished 24th.

Recent Trends

0 -- Richard Childress Racing scored its 100th career Cup Series victory at Talladega last October; it is winless since. RCR's best finish since last October's win is second, three times in 108 tries.

9 -- Michael Waltrip Racing has had at least two drivers finish in the top 10 in the past nine races (and barely missed out making it 11 in a row with two 11th-place finishes); the next longest streak for a team with at least two drivers finishing in the top-10 is three races. Michael Waltrip has finished in the top 10 in two of his past three restrictor-plate races, including a ninth-place result at Talladega last October.

10.0 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the best average finish this season at 10.0. Earnhardt finished first (5) -- including a NASCAR-tying record of four consecutive superspeedway win and later the first Chase race at Talladega -- or second (2) in seven consecutive races between October 2001-October '04, but in the 15 races since he has finished in the top 10 only five times with a best of second in April 2009 and most recently a ninth-place result in May.

RESTRICTOR-PLATE MILESTONE

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Breakout Number

100 -- The 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega will be the 100th restrictor-plate race in the Cup Series since the plate was introduced at Daytona in February 1988. Breaking down the breakout number, the final-green flag stretch has been 11 laps or less in the past 32 races on restrictor-plate tracks, including 23 that were two laps or less. Three Chase drivers are looking to break out in a restrictor-plate race: Kasey Kahne, best finish of second (twice at Talladega, once at Daytona); Martin Truex Jr., best finish of fifth (Talladega); and Denny Hamlin, best finish of third (once at Talladega, once at Daytona).

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Talladega Records

1 -- Brad Keselowski led only the final lap in winning at Talladega in April 2009. It marks the only time in series history that a winner's first lap led was the final lap.

5 -- Five of the past seven races at Talladega have had a margin of victory of less than 0.1 of a second. In all, the MOV has been less than 0.4 seconds in all 31 of the races at 'Dega since 1993 with an MOV (seven ended under caution). The closest MOV (0.002 seconds set in April 2011) is tied with Darlington for the closest in the history of electronic scoring.

6 -- Talladega holds six of the top seven positions for most lead changes in a Cup Series race.

25 -- Talladega is the only track with races (9) that have had 25 or more leaders.

27 -- The biggest Big One was in April 2003 at Talladega when 27 cars were involved in a Lap 4 melee. The May race had two nine-car accidents, involving six Chase drivers.

• 1970: Buddy Baker becomes the first driver to break 200 mph barrier, in a speed trial.
• 1971: Paula Murphy makes record closed-course women's run of 171.499 mph.
• 1975: Mark Donohue sets world closed-course record of 221.160 mph in a Porsche 917.
• 1982: Benny Parsons becomes the first driver to qualify for a Cup Series race in excess of 200 mph (200.176).
• 1986: All 40 cars that qualify on speed exceed 200 mph in time trials.
• 1986: Lyn St. James becomes the first women to exceed 200 mph (Ford Probe).
• 1987: Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying speed record at 212.809 mph.
• 1988: Lyn St. James goes 212.577 mph in a Ford Thunderbird.
• 1989: Patty Moise sets women's speed record at 216.607 mph in a Buick.

188.354 -- Talladega is on the books as the fastest track in race speed (188.354 mph) by Mark Martin in May 1997.