Date: Sunday, May 4
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
Track: 2.66-mile oval
Capacity: 80,000 plus (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: FOX
On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
Qualifying record: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
Defending champion: David Ragan
Runner up: David Gilliland
Pole winner: None - due to inclement weather
1. David Ragan (Start: 19)
2. David Gilliland (31)
3. Carl Edwards (1)
4. Michael Waltrip (14)
5. Jimmie Johnson (8)
6. Regan Smith (34)
7. Martin Truex Jr (2)
8. Matt Kenseth (6)
9. Scott Speed (36)
10. Aric Almirola (18)
Average speed: 148.729 mph
Time of race: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 2 secs.
Margin of victory: 0.212 secs.
Caution flags: 5 for 31 laps
Lead changes: 30 among 17 drivers
2013 David Ragan, Ford, 148.729 mph
2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 160.192 mph
2011 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 156.261 mph
2010 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 150.590 mph
2009 Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 147.565 mph
2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 157.409 mph
2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 154.167 mph
2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 142.880 mph
2005 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 146.904 mph
2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 129.396 mph
2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 144.625 mph
2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 159.022 mph
2001 Bobby Hamilton, Chevrolet, 184.003 mph
2000 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 161.157 mph
1999 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 163.395 mph
1998 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 142.428 mph
1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 188.354 mph
1996 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 149.999 mph
1995 Mark Martin, Ford, 178.902 mph
1994 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 157.478 mph
1993 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 155.412 mph
1992 Davey Allison, Ford, 167.609 mph
1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 165.620 mph
1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 159.571 mph
1989 Davey Allison, Ford, 155.869 mph
1988 Phil Parsons, Oldsmobile, 156.547 mph
1987 Davey Allison, Ford, 154.228 mph
1986 Bobby Allison, Buick, 157.698 mph
1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 186.228 mph
1984 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 172.998 mph
1983 Richard Petty, Pontiac, 153.936 mph
1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 156.697 mph
1981 Bobby Allison, Buick, 149.376 mph
1980 Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile, 170.481 mph
1979 Bobby Allison, Ford, 154.770 mph
1978 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 159.699 mph
1977 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 164.877 mph
1976 Buddy Baker, Ford, 169.887 mph
1975 Buddy Baker, Ford, 144.948 mph
1974 David Pearson, Mercury, 130.220 mph
1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 131.956 mph
1972 David Pearson, Mercury, 134.400 mph
1971 Donnie Allison, Mercury, 147.419 mph
1970 Pete Hamilton, Plymouth, 152.321 mph
Race: Toyota Owners 400 (April 26)
Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
Finish line order: Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth
Time of Race: 3 hrs., 12 mins., 47 secs.
Average speed: 93.369 mph
Margin of victory: 0.946 secs.
Caution flags: 9 for 66 laps
Lead changes: 20 among 3 drivers
Lap leaders: Larson-pole, Keselowski 1-31, Harvick 32-42, Kvapil 43, Harvick Larson-pole, Keselowski 1-31, Harvick 32-42, Kvapil 43, Harvick 44-55, Keselowski 56-101, Cassill 102, J. Gordon 103-165, Keselowski 166, J. Gordon 167-172, Keselowski 173-208, J. Gordon 209-227, Logano 228, J. Gordon 229-242, Logano 243-251, J. Gordon 252-298, Earnhardt Jr 299-305, Logano 306-337, J. Gordon 338-361, Kenseth 362-396, Logano 397-400.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's
#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO
#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/PEAK Antifreeze
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Window Film
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Zest
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's
#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General
#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Scorpyd Crossbows
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services
#33 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Whitetail
#34 * David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/KFC Go Cup
#35 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Ford/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Golden Corral
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop
#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation
#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Gwaltney
#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA
#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Valspar Reserve
#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt
#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
#66 Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/Blue DEF
#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA
#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/VooDoo BBQ & Grill
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard
#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Jordan Truck Sales
#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal
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|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||13|
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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 89 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. The series will return to this track the third weekend in October for the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Dave Marcis holds the record for most starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 59 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 55. Labonte and Waltrip are 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. Earnhardt Jr. won the most recent restrictor-plate race, the Daytona 500, on Feb. 23.
Richard Childress Racing has the most car owner wins at Talladega with 12, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.
Bill Elliott holds the record for most pole wins at Talladega with eight. Elliott is not entered in this race.
The race winner at Talladega has started from the pole 13 times. Jeff Gordon was the last driver to accomplish the feat in April 2007.
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.
The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Talladega is 36th. Gordon did it in the spring of 2000.
Three active drivers scored their first career Sprint Cup victories at Talladega: Ken Schrader (July 31, 1988), Brian Vickers (Oct. 8, 2006) and Keselowski (April 26, 2009). Schrader is not entered in this year's spring race there.
Two drivers on the entry list earned their maiden pole wins at Talladega: David Gilliland (October 2006) and Travis Kvapil (October 2008).
Jamie McMurray is the only driver entered that made his first Cup Series start 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.
Bobby Hillin Jr. holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Talladega. 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 this track on May 6, 1991.
The next race is the 5-Hour Energy 400 on May 10 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.