The Numbers For Talladega

THE NUMBERS for the AARON’S 499

Talladega Superspeedway

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

1 – fewest laps led by race winner (twice, most recent 4/26/09)

1 – fewest cars on the lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 5/6/79)

2 – laps led by race winner Kevin Harvick last spring

8 – cautions in last year’s spring race

10 – most wins (Dale Earnhardt Sr.)

11 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

13 – wins from the pole; 32 from the front row

29 – most leaders (5/25/11)

40 – most cars running at finish (4/22/01)

41 – drivers have posted wins in the 83 races

62 – most caution laps (5/7/72)

88 – most lead changes (5/25/10)

153 – most laps led by race winner (Pete Hamilton, 8/23/70)

Key Talladega Dates

1968 – construction began

1969 – first Sprint Cup race

1970 – start of two races each year

2006 – fourth repaving

2011 Caution Update

4 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona)

61 – number of cautions in the first seven races of 2011; 34 for accidents 150 – miles under caution at Daytona, more than the last four races combined

307 of 2,321 – number of laps under caution in 2011

381.753 of 2,663.000 – miles under caution in the first seven races

BONUS: In addition to Talladega Superspeedway (83 races), six other Alabama tracks hosted 19 Sprint Cup events from 1951 to 1969. New Mobile Speedway was the first Alabama track hosting the series with two races in 1951. No other Sprint Cup races were held at the .750-mile dirt track. The final race at Montgomery Speedway was run on December 8, 1968, but was recorded as the second race of the 1969 season behind a race at Middle Georgia Raceway (Macon) on November 17, 1968. The first race actually held in 1969 was at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway on February 1, 1969 before the series converged on Daytona where the two qualifying races as well as the Daytona 500 were counted as part of the 54-race 1969 season.

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