SERVICEMASTER CLEAN ‘BY THE NUMBERS’ FOR TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

0 – fewest ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a race at Talladega Superspeedway (three times, most recent 10/6/02)

1 – fewest cars on the lead lap for a Sprint Cup race at Talladega (two times, most recent 5/6/79)

1 of the last 24 races at Talladega has been won from the pole (Jeff Gordon, 4/29/07)

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4 of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup have yet to win in 2010 (Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth)

7 of the 32 Sprint Cup races this season have been extended beyond the scheduled distance following a late ServiceMaster Clean caution

11 – number of ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers scheduled for service at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend; NASCAR expected to release five early with the favorable weather forecast

11 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at Talladega (4/25/04)

12 different Sprint Cup race winners in 2010

13 of 82 races at Talladega have been won from the pole; 31 of 82 have been won from the front row

15 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race this season (Martinsville, 10/24/10)

17 different Sprint Cup pole winners in 2010

40 different race winners in the 82 races at Talladega

120 minutes – approximate time it takes for the ServiceMaster Clean jets to dry the 2.66-mile track

4,500 ServiceMaster Clean franchise locations around the world

Talladega History

1968 – Ground broken for the 2.66-mile superspeedway on a former airfield

1969 – Track opened on September 13 at a cost of approximately four million United States dollars

1969 – Several NASCAR regulars boycotted the first race on September 14 because of tire issues. Some substitute drivers filled the 36 car field. The race was won by Richard Brickhouse in a three-car, side-by-side finish. Bobby Isaac claimed the pole with a speed of 196.386 mph. A crowd estimated at 62,000 attended.

1970 – Buddy Baker was the first stock car driver to officially exceed the 200 mph mark, driving the No. 88 Dodge Daytona to a closed course speed record of 200.447 mph on March 24 at TSS.

Sprint Cup

125 OF 235 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 32 Sprint Cup races this season were for accidents, 42 for debris and 32 for spins

235 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 32 Sprint Cup events this season; 283 after 32 races last year

1,200 of 9,577 laps completed in the first 32 Sprint Cup races this year have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,344 of 7,790 after 32 races last year

1,642.470 of 12,823.928 miles completed this season in the 32 Sprint Cup races have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,822l.890 of 12,385.831 after 32 races last year

Nationwide Series

201 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 32 Nationwide Series events this season; 228 after 32 races last year

123 of 201 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 32 Nationwide events this season have been for accidents, 33 for debris and 26 for spins

937 of 5,884 laps completed in the first 32 Nationwide Series races this season have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,068 of 6,115 after 32 races last year

1,280.111 of 7,892.931 miles completed this season in the 32 Nationwide Series races have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,386.483 of 7,843.964 after 32 races last year

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