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Oct. 21, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
Records and facts
The end of last year's CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega was very controversial and likely the primary reason why we have the current overtime rules. Greg Biffle had a 38 second lead when Jamie McMurray blew an engine and brought out a yellow with four laps to go. On the restart, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson spun before getting to the start-finish line. The green never came out and NASCAR considered it a wave-off.
On the second attempt, Kevin Harvick (who was having major issues with his engine) appeared to spin out Trevor Bayne, causing a multi-car wreck that brought out the yellow and ended the race. Joey Logano was just barely ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to claim the win, his third straight. Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards.
Among active drivers, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (neither of whom are racing this weekend) are the winningest drivers at Talladega with six wins each. Brad Keselowski has four victories, while Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer each have two.
All-time, Dale Earnhardt is the winningest driver at Talladega with ten victories. Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon are tied for second with six. Keselowski is tied with Buddy Baker, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison with four wins. Davey Allison, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson each had three wins.
Track / Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps (500.08 miles)
Banking: 33 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 ft., banked 16.5 degrees
Backstretch: 4,000 ft., banked 5.5 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Qualifying: Saturday, October 22, 4 p.m. on NBCSN
"I'm excited about getting to Talladega. Speedway racing is always really stressful, but going there we've got a great Mountain Dew camo scheme – half the car is invisible (laughs) – so hopefully (No. 88 team spotter) T.J. (Majors) can still see it from the spotter's stand. Hendrick Motorsports brings such fast race cars to that racetrack, so I'm really excited. Their speedway stuff is amazing, always – especially the No. 88 – so I'm just really looking forward to having a chance to win. I'm going to sit Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) down and have a couple-hour discussion with him about speedway racing because if there's a speedway racer left in this garage, it's him, for sure." - Alex Bowman
"Yes, Talladega is, for sure. There are so many things out of your control and you want to control as many things as possible on a week-to-week basis. Sure, there have been a lot of circumstances that have taken wins out of our hands throughout the regular season. But I think, as you look at the things that can be taken out of your hands, and circumstances, you expect those things. But there are so many more things that can happen at Talladega with the odds of getting into an accident way higher. They are usually big accidents and take out multiple cars. Talladega is the one you don't want to have to deal with." - Kevin Harvick
"The fans really make that place. The campgrounds, all that stuff, make it one, big party. You see how much fun the fans are having and that makes it fun for us as drivers. It's just a unique place. The sheer size of the facility is amazing. I liked it from the first time I went there and, hopefully, we can have a good run and a good finish. The cool thing about superspeedways is that anybody can win. It's a toss-up, what's going to happen. On top of that, SHR's superspeedway cars are really good." - Danica Patrick
"You never know what Talladega is going to hold. I've left that place feeling like I love superspeedway racing, and I've left that place feeling like I never want to do it again. That's just the beauty of the sport.
"Talladega is just so wide. Handling is not nearly as much of a factor as it is at Daytona. You just kind of run everywhere. It's a little bit more of a chess match. But we know we can run well there. My best Cup finish was at Talladega a couple years back, finishing fourth, so you can look for us to be aggressive. We'll have Fr8Auctions back on our car with a new paint scheme. It'll look good running up front." - Landon Cassill
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Q: The 1998 Winston 500 at Talladega was the first of two restrictor plate races in six days due to wildfires in Florida postponing the Pepsi 400 in July. For Ernie Irvan, Talladega marked the end of his 1998 season. What happened?
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