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DateSunday, Oct. 19SiteTalladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
Track2.66-mile ovalCapacity80,000 plus (grandstand seating)
AnnouncersRadioMotor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time2 p.m. ETLaps188
Pick to WinPick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.Darkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 17
Defending ChampionJamie McMurrayRunner UpDale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Year's Pole WinnerQualifying rained out/Aric Almirola awarded pole (practice speed)  


Qualifying RecordsBill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)Race RecordMark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Jamie McMurray9
6David Ragan7
2Dale Earnhardt Jr8
7David Gilliland24
3Ricky Stenhouse Jr21
8Martin Truex Jr4
4Paul Menard4
9Ryan Newman17
5Kyle Busch27
10Clint Bowyer20

Facts and Figures

Average Speed178.795 mphTime of Race2 hrs., 47 mins., 49 secs.
Margin of VictoryUnder CautionCaution Flags3 for 10 laps
Lead Changes52 among 20 driversPole WinnerQualifying rained out/Aric Almirola awarded pole (practice speed)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Jamie McMurrayChevrolet178.795 mph
2012Matt KensethFord171.194 mph
2011Clint BowyerChevrolet143.404 mph
2010Clint BowyerChevrolet163.618 mph
2009Jamie McMurrayFord157.213 mph
2008Tony StewartToyota140.281 mph
2007Jeff GordonChevrolet143.438 mph
2006Brian VickersChevrolet157.602 mph
2005Dale JarrettFord143.818 mph
2004Dale Earnhardt JrChevrolet156.929 mph
2003Michael WaltripChevrolet156.045 mph
2002Dale Earnhardt JrChevrolet183.665 mph
2001Dale Earnhardt JrChevrolet164.185 mph
2000Dale EarnhardtChevrolet165.681 mph
1999Dale EarnhardtChevrolet166.632 mph
1998Dale JarrettFord159.317 mph
1997Terry LabonteChevrolet156.601 mph
1996Jeff GordonChevrolet133.387 mph
1995Sterling MarlinChevrolet173.188 mph
1994Jimmy SpencerFord153.217 mph
1993Dale EarnhardtChevrolet153.858 mph
1992Ernie IrvanChevrolet176.309 mph
1991Dale EarnhardtChevrolet147.383 mph
1990Dale EarnhardtChevrolet174.430 mph
1989Terry LabonteFord157.354 mph
1988Ken SchraderChevrolet154.505 mph
1987Bill ElliottFord171.293 mph
1986Bobby HillinBuick151.552 mph
1985Cale YarboroughFord148.772 mph
1984Dale EarnhardtChevrolet155.485 mph
1983Dale EarnhardtChevrolet170.611 mph
1982Darrell WaltripBuick168.157 mph
1981Ron BouchardBuick156.737 mph
1980Neil BonnettMercury166.894 mph
1979Darrell WaltripOldsmobile161.229 mph
1978Lennie PondOldsmobile174.700 mph
1977Donnie AllisonChevrolet162.524 mph
1976Dave MarcisDodge157.547 mph
1975Buddy BakerFord130.892 mph
1974Richard PettyDodge148.637 mph
1973Dick BrooksPlymouth145.454 mph
1972James HyltonMercury148.728 mph
1971Bobby AllisonMercury145.945 mph
1970Pete HamiltonPlymouth158.517 mph
1969Richard BrickhouseDodge153.778 mph

Past Pole Winners

2012Kasey Kahne12
2011Mark Martin20
2010Juan Pablo Montoya3
2008Travis Kvapil27
2007Michael Waltrip25
2006David Gilliland15
2005Elliott Sadler34
2004Joe Nemechek7
2003Elliott Sadler30
2001Stacy Compton11
2000Joe Nemechek3
1999Joe Nemechek30
1998Ken Schrader24
1997Ernie Irvan5
1996Jeremy Mayfield16
1995Sterling Marlin1
1994Dale Earnhardt34
1993Bill Elliott11
1992Sterling Marlin2
1991Sterling Marlin5
1990Dale Earnhardt1
1989Mark Martin3
1988Darrell Waltrip33
1987Bill Elliott1
1986Bill Elliott27
1985Bill Elliott4
1984Cale Yarborough6
1983Cale Yarborough24
1982Geoffrey Bodine15
1981Harry Gant4
1980Buddy Baker32
1979Neil Bonnett34
1978Cale Yarborough4
1977Benny Parsons24
1976Dave Marcis1
1975Dave Marcis4
1974David Pearson2
1973Bobby Allison29
1972Bobby Isaac42
1971Donnie Allison41
1970Bobby Isaac2
1969Bobby Isaac4

Last Race Results

Bank of America 500 (Oct. 11)

SiteCharlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North CarolinaMiles501
Laps334Pole WinnerKyle Busch (finished 5)
Time of Race3 hrs., 26 mins., 49 secs.Average Speed145.346 mph
Margin of Victory0.571 secs.Caution Flags8 for 39 laps
Lead Changes32 among 14 drivers  
Lap Leaders: Ky. Busch 1-13, J. Gordon 14-27, Annett 28, Earnhardt Jr 29, Ky. Ky. Busch 1-13, J. Gordon 14-27, Annett 28, Earnhardt Jr 29, Ky. Busch 30-36, J. Gordon 37-74, Ku. Busch 75, Earnhardt Jr 76, Keselowski 77-78, J. Gordon 79-97, Earnhardt Jr 98-99, McMurray 100-104, Harvick 105-139, J. Gordon 140, Harvick 141-187, J. Gordon 188, Keselowski 189-190, Harvick 191-222, Larson 223, Harvick 224-237, Dillon 238-242, Ky. Busch 243-263, Larson 264-267, Keselowski 268-271, Hamlin 272-293, Harvick 294-310, J. Gordon 311, Ku. Busch 312, Dillon 313, Newman 314, Edwards 315, Allgaier 316-317, Harvick 318-334.
Winner: Kevin Harvick
Second: Jeff Gordon
Third: Jamie McMurray
Fourth: Joey Logano
Fifth: Kyle Busch

Entry List

1 *Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Wicked Apple Ale
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Black & Decker
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx One Rate
12Ryan Blaney(High Point, NC)Ford/SKF
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Cargill/Sam's Club
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's Halloween
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne(Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dustless Blasting
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Burger King/Borta
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Moen
29Joe Nemechek(Lakeland, FL)Toyota/RAB Racing
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte(Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Zing Zang
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Energizer
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49Mike Wallace(St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Michael Waltrip(Owensboro, KY)Toyota/
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83J.J. Yeley(Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/LFR
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Dogecoin/
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway

Leading Contenders

Jamie McMurray12373732Won362934Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr.40234028113925202
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------3
Paul Menard---34382421312284
Kyle Busch3311361515253335
David Ragan------34317212846
David Gilliland---152740---3322157
Martin Truex Jr.285424131610138
Ryan Newman41354336233899
Clint Bowyer---3511512WonWon2310
Greg Biffle2741232441914611
Kevin Harvick1062020212321112
Jimmie Johnson31242967261713
Jeff Gordon3736Won3820827214
Joey Logano------------35243216
Carl Edwards5914291417113617
Kurt Busch837213030363918
Matt Kenseth342626241618Won20
Aric Almirola------3013---20---1922
Austin Dillon------------------------26
Brad Keselowski------------8104729
Michael Waltrip4214251972892532
Kasey Kahne132163622661236
Denny Hamlin---2143938981438
Tony Stewart2228Won3531722---
Brian Vickers6Won393513---5------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is the 32nd race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the third and final event in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. 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 90 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 this track with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 60 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 56. Labonte and Waltrip are both 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 this track with 12, followed by Rick Hendrick with 11. Bill Elliott holds the record for most pole wins at Talladega with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all drivers entered in this race with four poles there. Nemechek is scheduled to drive the No. 29 Toyota for RAB Racing. The race winner at this track 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). Denny Hamlin won this year's spring race there on May 4. 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 this track: 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 this track is 36th. Gordon did it in the spring of 2000. Two drivers on the entry list for this race scored their first career victory in the series at Talladega: Brian Vickers (Oct. 8, 2006) and Brad Keselowski (April 26, 2009). Two drivers entered claimed their maiden Cup poles at this track: David Gilliland (October 2006) and Travis Kvapil (October 2008). Earlier this year, Brian Scott, a regular in the Nationwide Series, earned his first Cup pole there. Scott is not on the entry list for this weekend's race. 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. McMurray won last year's fall race at this track. Bobby Hillin Jr. holds the record as the youngest driver to win a Cup race at this track. 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 Talladega on May 6, 1991. The first race in the Eliminator Round of the Chase is the Oct. 26 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon is the defending race winner.
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