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DATE: Sunday, Oct. 19
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval
CAPACITY: 80,000 plus (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 46th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Oct. 18/4:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jamie McMurray
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Qualifying rained out/Aric Almirola awarded pole (practice speed)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jamie McMurray96David Ragan7
2Dale Earnhardt Jr87David Gilliland24
3Ricky Stenhouse Jr218Martin Truex Jr4
4Paul Menard49Ryan Newman17
5Kyle Busch2710Clint Bowyer20
2013 GEICO 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 178.795 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 47 mins., 49 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 10 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 52 among 20 drivers
POLE WINNER: Qualifying rained out/Aric Almirola awarded pole (practice speed)
Past GEICO 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jamie McMurray (9) -- Chevrolet -- 178.795 mph
2012 -- Matt Kenseth (15) -- Ford -- 171.194 mph
2011 -- Clint Bowyer (3) -- Chevrolet -- 143.404 mph
2010 -- Clint Bowyer (2) -- Chevrolet -- 163.618 mph
2009 -- Jamie McMurray (22) -- Ford -- 157.213 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (34) -- Toyota -- 140.281 mph
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (34) -- Chevrolet -- 143.438 mph
2006 -- Brian Vickers (9) -- Chevrolet -- 157.602 mph
2005 -- Dale Jarrett (2) -- Ford -- 143.818 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (10) -- Chevrolet -- 156.929 mph
2003 -- Michael Waltrip (18) -- Chevrolet -- 156.045 mph
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (13) -- Chevrolet -- 183.665 mph
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (6) -- Chevrolet -- 164.185 mph
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt (20) -- Chevrolet -- 165.681 mph
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (27) -- Chevrolet -- 166.632 mph
1998 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Ford -- 159.317 mph
1997 -- Terry Labonte (6) -- Chevrolet -- 156.601 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 133.387 mph
1995 -- Sterling Marlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 173.188 mph
1994 -- Jimmy Spencer (2) -- Ford -- 153.217 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 153.858 mph
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (7) -- Chevrolet -- 176.309 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 147.383 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet -- 174.430 mph
1989 -- Terry Labonte (5) -- Ford -- 157.354 mph
1988 -- Ken Schrader (7) -- Chevrolet -- 154.505 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 171.293 mph
1986 -- Bobby Hillin (13) -- Buick -- 151.552 mph
1985 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Ford -- 148.772 mph
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 155.485 mph
1983 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 170.611 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Buick -- 168.157 mph
1981 -- Ron Bouchard (10) -- Buick -- 156.737 mph
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2) -- Mercury -- 166.894 mph
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Oldsmobile -- 161.229 mph
1978 -- Lennie Pond (5) -- Oldsmobile -- 174.700 mph
1977 -- Donnie Allison (2) -- Chevrolet -- 162.524 mph
1976 -- Dave Marcis (1) -- Dodge -- 157.547 mph
1975 -- Buddy Baker (2) -- Ford -- 130.892 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 148.637 mph
1973 -- Dick Brooks (24) -- Plymouth -- 145.454 mph
1972 -- James Hylton (22) -- Mercury -- 148.728 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Mercury -- 145.945 mph
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (4) -- Plymouth -- 158.517 mph
1969 -- Richard Brickhouse (9) -- Dodge -- 153.778 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Talladega 500 (1969-1987), Talladega Diehard 500
(1988), Diehard 500 (1989-1997), Winston 500 (1998-2000), EA Sports
Thunder 500 (2002), EA Sports 500 (2001, 03-04), UAW-Ford 500 (2005-07),
Amp Energy 500 (2008-10), Good Sam 500 (2011-12), Camping World RV Sales
500 (2013).
 
Past GEICO 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- None -- Weather
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 12
2011 -- Mark Martin -- 20
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 3
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Travis Kvapil -- 27
2007 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25
2006 -- David Gilliland -- 15
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 34
2004 -- Joe Nemechek -- 7
2003 -- Elliott Sadler -- 30
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Stacy Compton -- 11
2000 -- Joe Nemechek -- 3
1999 -- Joe Nemechek -- 30
1998 -- Ken Schrader -- 24
1997 -- Ernie Irvan -- 5
1996 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 16
1995 -- Sterling Marlin -- 1
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 34
1993 -- Bill Elliott -- 11
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 2
1991 -- Sterling Marlin -- 5
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 33
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 27
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 4
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 6
1983 -- Cale Yarborough -- 24
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 15
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 4
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 32
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 34
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 4
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 24
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 1
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 4
1974 -- David Pearson -- 2
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 29
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 42
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 41
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2
1969 -- Bobby Isaac -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: Bank of America 500 (Oct. 11)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 501
LAPS: 334
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Jamie McMurray
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 5)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 49 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 145.346 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.571 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 32 among 14 drivers
LAP LEADERS: 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.
GEICO 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
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/GoDaddy.com
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/CarsForSale.com
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/MyAFibStory.com
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/Reddit.com
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
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---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Larson - started 24 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 17
 
NOTES:
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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