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Are We There Yet

Tidbits o' Talladega
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By Carol Einarsson | 10/28/2010
Category: Are We There Yet

Dale Earnhardt won ten Cup races at Talladega, the last being in October, 2000.

From October, 2001 until April, 2003, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won four Cup races in a row at this track. His streak was broken by his teammate at DEI, Michael Waltrip in September, 2003.

Between 1999 and 2005, Bobby Hamilton and Michael Waltrip were the only winners not named Earnhardt or Gordon.

Among active drivers, nobody has more starts at Talladega than Bill Elliott with 54 starts. The most of all time, though, was Dave Marcis with 61 starts.

Jeff Gordon would have to win Talladega five more times to pass the record for most wins set by Dale Earnhardt.

Dale Earnhardt also has the most number of top-five finishes (23) and the most top-tens (27), too.

Dale-don't-call-me-Senior has also led more laps than anyone, with 1,377. Second in line for that record is Buddy Baker with 1,137 laps led.

Despite having just one win at Talladega, Tony Stewart is second on the money-earned list.

Who do you think has the highest average finish of all time at Talladega? Pete Hamilton does, with an average of 5.6. And he wasn't a one-race wonder. He had five starts here, and won two of those races. In his five races, he scored four top-five finishes! He never started lower than seventh, and only once finished lower than fourth.

Pete Hamilton's two wins were both in 1970, driving for Petty Enterprises.

Dale Earnhardt has the highest average finish of all time among drivers starting more than 10 races.

The Allison family, Bobby, Davey, and Donnie, have been to Victory Lane at Talladega a total of nine times.

The Bodine family, Brett, Geoffrey, and Todd, have been to Victory Lane a total of zero times.

Richard Childress, as a driver, has 19 starts at Talladega. Five times he finished in the top ten.

In addition to Jimmie Johnson, there have been three other Johnsons race at Talladega. Their names were Slick, Dick, and Amos.



Mallards Motorsports
10/28/2010 8:34 pm (1)
Now if it was Kyle Busch's name that had a typo we'd just leave it...but since it is Dale's name we better fix it...
10/28/2010 10:44 pm (2)
YAHOO !! to Mikey running at 'dega. !!
Guessing this is it for Mikey; good one to go out on.
Wouldn't it be something if.............

.... Jr pushed Mikey to a win.!

@ Carol:.....
-The domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
-The state of being obsessed.
-The act of obsessing.

Some of us can read between the lines.
It's time to drop the Bodine issue.
10/29/2010 1:45 am (3)
If someone emails me with a typo on anyone's name, I'd fix it. But thanks for the jab to start off the comments. :-)

10/29/2010 7:00 am (4)
@mikeyfan: As a Bodine fan, I found the "zero wins" comment to be funny.

Zero wins, btw, equals the total of wins by drivers named "Burton," and "Sadler," and is only one fewer than by drivers named "Busch."

BTW: nascar.com doesn't list winners before 1972. Wonder why?

Halloween weekend and the Talladega infield... That's gotta give Rocky Horror a run for his money!

I was at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the 2000 Fall Final. During one of the intermissions between races, the announcers broadcast over the PA the radio feed of the finish of the Talledega race. I got to watch Dale Earnhardt's winning charge in my mind, and even then it was breathtaking!

Wondering who can hold his breath for 500 miles this Sunday, I remain....

10/29/2010 9:17 am (5)
Halloween and Dega.... very spooky! ;)

10/29/2010 10:51 am (6)
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville hold the track record here: 212.809 mph in 1987.


Just think of how fast they would be going now if they took the plates off.


I loves me some Talladega!

@ mikeyfan:
If Jr pushes Mikey to the win, I'm sure that will be Lance McGrew's fault....
10/29/2010 3:17 pm (7)
@eddo: I believe Rusty Wallace ran an "unrestricted" car there several years ago, to answer that very question. I forget how fast he went, but I'm thinking that in pre-COT trim, he may have hit 225 or 230, easily. Today, with the "flying brick" design, it would be somewhat less.

Still...a pack of 43 cars at that speed would be quite a thing to see. Except that there's no way ISC would allow non-credentialed personnel on Speedway property were it to happen.

Would be a nice pipe-dream, anyway....

10/29/2010 6:21 pm (8)
'dega weekend:... Good-bye finger nails !!!!

@giluv...(4)Agree that there are others. The Bodine thing is a personal issue of Carol's. As I said... She should drop it.

@eddo...(6) And if, per chance, Mikey is pushing Jr.. He WILL pull out to pass if he can, au contraire to Tony Eury Sr's wishes for his one-way street that he lives on.

@ giluv... (7) Agree it would be awesome to see, but, you are right... ain't gonna happen. And, likely for a very good reason.

How could they have a winner if every car was in the hauler. ? :)
10/30/2010 10:09 am (9)
@ giluvracing:

221 for the lap, 228 at the end of the straight, for Wallace's unrestricted test. If you were to take a COT, and a NASCAR mandated spoiler angle; yet give the teams half a year to work in the wind tunnel, and allowing that the best Cup motors make quite a bit more power than Rusty's; and then remember Rusty was all alone; I think you could see 231 or 232 for the lap, in a draft, unrestricted, with today's car.

11/01/2010 1:09 pm (10)
Following up to myself: a lap at 221mph at Talladega is 43.3 seconds. In yesterday's race, when Hamlin lost the draft he was almost exactly 3 seconds slower than the pack. If we assume the same ratio would hold for unrestricted cars (unlikely) then cars in a draft would lap in 40.3 seconds, which would be 237mph.


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