With the residue of Kentucky Derby-related stuff finally cleaned out of my brain, I can finally focus again on NASCAR material. And with good timing: One of the bigger, badder tracks on the schedule, Talladega is front and center for the Aaron’s 499.
Here are the vital stats:
Starts: Michael Waltrip makes his 56 start here, most among active drivers. Next on that list: Jeff Gordon makes his 43rd, Tony Stewart his 30.
Wins: 6 drivers with more than 1 win here are in the starting grid, dominated by Gordon with 6 and Dale Earnhardt Jr with 5. Also notable: Brad Keselowski has won twice in 10 starts, Clint Bowyer twice in 16. Still without a win among the actives: Kurt Busch, who is 0-26. He starts 9th today.
Top 5: Jeff Gordon 15-42 Dale Jr 10-28. Tony Stewart 9-29 among the leaders. Still without a Top 5: Casey Mears is 0-21, and he starts 4th today.
Top 10: Gordon 19-42, Dale Jr 14-28, Kurt Busch 13-26 Clint Bowyer 8-16 David Ragan 7-14, Keselowski 6-10 are the best among these percentage-wise. No Top 10s yet for AJ Allmendinger in 8 starts. He starts 3rd today. Must be the new qualifying system!
Laps turned without victory: Kurt Busch 4672, Greg Biffle 3871, Ryan Newman 3879, Casey Mears 3514.
Laps led without victory: Denny Hamlin 204, Kurt Busch 148, Ryan Newman 67, Biffle 65, Mears 61.
Best average gain in position per race: David Gilliland 9.8. Also notable: Reed Sorenson 9.0. Kevin Harvick 6.3, David Ragan 4.7, Kurt Busch 4.9
Running at finish: Waltrip is 42-55. Best driver percentagewise is Harvick, 24 of 26.
Lead lap finish: Jeff Gordon is 30-42. David Ragan is 12-14, best percentagewise of these.
Here’s my top 5:
Brian Scott (pole)