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Apr. 29, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
On Friday morning, Eldora Speedway track owner Tony Stewart announced that Aspen Dental, a part-time sponsor on Danica Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, will serve as a presenting sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora formerly known as the Mudsummer Classic in July. Read more
Records and facts
Last year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race off pit road during the final caution of the race. From there, the choo-choo train started chugging. Earnhardt Jr. led the final 27 laps to take the win.
Earnhardt Jr.'s win last year was his sixth career win at the 2.66-mile tri-oval, and the first since 2004. He is the winningest active driver at Talladega. Brad Keselowski has three career wins, including his first back in 2009. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray have two wins each.
All-time, Dale Earnhardt had the most success at Talladega, winning ten times. The last of his 76 career wins came in the 2000 Winston 500 with his infamous charge from 18th in the final three laps. Earnhardt Jr. is second all-time, followed by Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with four.
Track / Race Length: 2.66-mile tri-oval, 188 laps (500.08 miles
Banking: 33 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 feet, banked 18 degrees in tri-oval
Backstretch: 4,000 feet, banked minimal
Grandstand Seating: 78,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
"Talladega is always known for close finishes and I'm excited to get back. The racing there, you can't really compare it to anything else. Talladega is a special place because it's a historic racetrack for our sport. I remember watching a lot of races there. My dad still has that qualifying record and it's obviously very impressive. It says a lot of him, Uncle Ernie and Uncle Dan, and really everybody who worked on those cars back then. They all went the extra mile to make things like that happen. So, when I think about that, it just takes the respect level that I already have for all that they did with what they had back then, and makes it even greater." - Chase Elliott
"It's cool to get to race some more in the No. 14 and, this weekend, to share it with Tony is going to be great for me. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity. I'm very excited. Talladega is a track that I've been going to for a very long time. I remember watching races there as a kid. It's a place I've always wanted to race. I love superspeedway racing and have had some success there in other series, but I've always wanted to run in a Sprint Cup race there
"[The goal for Sunday is] easy. We want to win. Tony's going to start and then get out of the car at some point and I'll get in. You can make up a lot of ground quickly at Talladega, so I'm not worried about being behind. Of course, I want to get as much experience as I can and learn as much as I can but, at the end of the day, we'll be trying to win the race just like everyone else." - Ty Dillon
"After seeing the speed in our Fords at Daytona, I'm really looking forward to racing at Talladega this weekend. The last couple of weeks have been frustrating because our finishes definitely don't reflect how we've ran for a majority of the race. Anything can happen at Talladega so hopefully we can keep our Fifth Third Ford damage free and be there at the end to contend for the win." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
by the Frontstretch Staff
by Kevin Rutherford
Q: Here's an easy one. In 1994, Mark Martin ended up in a place that is realistically no longer possible to put yourself in after a crash at Talladega unless something insane occurs. What happened?
Q: In 2000, Jeremy Mayfield won the pole for the DieHard 500 at Talladega with a lap of 186.969 mph, the slowest Cup pole speed at Talladega since 1974. What rule change put into effect for that weekend caused that?
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