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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Camping World RV Sales 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Oct. 20
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval
CAPACITY: 108,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 45th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Oct. 19/12:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (finished 12)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth156Greg Biffle5
2Jeff Gordon67Brad Keselowski22
3Kyle Busch138Travis Kvapil36
4David Ragan259Ryan Newman2
5Regan Smith2810Jeff Burton26
2012 Camping World RV Sales 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 171.194 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 56 mins., 12 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 54 among 18 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (191.455 mph)
Past Camping World RV Sales 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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).
 
Past Camping World RV Sales 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
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. 12)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
MILES: 501
LAPS: 334
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 7)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 9 mins., 53 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 158.308 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.022 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon 1-26; D. Gilliland 27-27; K. Kahne 28-29; D. Earnhardt
Jr 30-43; K. Kahne 44-73; J. Johnson 74-74; R. Newman 75-75; C.
Edwards 76-76; Ky. Busch 77-77; K. Kahne 78-90; D. Earnhardt Jr
91-95; K. Kahne 96-128; R. Newman 129-129; M. Kenseth 130-130; C.
Bowyer 131-131; B. Keselowski 132-133; K. Kahne 134-173; Ky.
Busch 174-174; K. Kahne 175-177; J. Johnson 178-227; Ky. Busch
228-228; J. Johnson 229-307; Ky. Busch 308-308; K. Kahne 309-325;
B. Keselowski 326-334.
Camping World RV Sales 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/SKF
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Scotch Blue
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/ERC Acquired TMone
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/safercar.gov
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/A&W All American Food
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
40Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Charter
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO-JRR
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Mountain Dew/Xbox One
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Two-time defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Matt Kenseth14342626241618Won
Jeff Gordon193736Won38208272
Kyle Busch---331136151525333
David Ragan---------3431721284
Greg Biffle2827412324419146
Brad Keselowski---------------81047
Ryan Newman164135433623389
Jeff Burton133527434541210
Kevin Harvick210620202123211
Kasey Kahne271321636226612
Martin Truex Jr---28542413161013
Denny Hamlin------21439389814
Jimmie Johnson37312429672617
Dale Earnhardt JrWon4023402811392520
Clint Bowyer------3511512WonWon23
Joey Logano---------------352432
Jamie McMurray1712373732Won362934
Carl Edwards4259142914171136
Kurt Busch58372130303639
 
Mover of the Week
Brad Keselowski - started 23 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Gordon
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is the 32nd race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the sixth in the 10- race Chase.

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 88 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 Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 58 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 54. Labonte and Waltrip are 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 Talladega with 12, followed by Rick Hendrick with 11.

Bill Elliott holds the record for most pole wins at Talladega with eight. Elliott is not entered in this race.

The race winner at Talladega 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). David Ragan won this year's spring race there on May. 5.

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 Talladega: 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 Talladega is 36th. Gordon did it in the spring of 2000.

Brad Keselowski is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Sprint Cup victory at Talladega, doing so on April 26, 2009. Brian Vickers' maiden win in the series came there on Oct. 8, 2006. Vickers is out for the remainder of the season after being placed on blood-thinning medication earlier this week to treat a blood clot in his right calf. Ken Schrader also picked up his first victory at Talladega on July 31, 1988.

Three drivers entered in this race claimed their first Sprint Cup poles at Talladega: David Gilliland (October 2006), Travis Kvapil (October 2008) and Juan Pablo Montoya (April 2009).

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.

Bobby Hillin Jr. holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Talladega. 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 this track on May 6, 1991.

Round 7 in the championship Chase is the Oct. 27 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

10/15 20:20:27 ET

As of October 15, 2013, at 08:20 PM ET

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