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DATE: Sunday, October 23rd
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway (1969) -- Talladega, Alabama
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval - 4,300 feet (Frontstretch); 4,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 130,169 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 40th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 2:19 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Clint Bowyer
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,318,791 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $226,450; 2nd Place - $201,999; 3rd Place - $186,379
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Clint Bowyer26Martin Truex Jr18
2Kevin Harvick147Jimmie Johnson19
3Juan Pablo Montoya18Jeff Gordon31
4David Reutimann219Denny Hamlin17
5Joey Logano2510Brad Keselowski11
2010 Good Sam Club 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 163.618 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 87 among 26 drivers
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (184.640)
Past Good Sam Club 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Clint Bowyer (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 163.618 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jamie McMurray (22nd) -- Ford -- 157.213 m.p.h.
2008 -- Tony Stewart (34th) -- Toyota -- 140.281 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (34th) -- Chevrolet -- 143.438 m.p.h.
2006 -- Brian Vickers (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 157.602 m.p.h.
2005 -- Dale Jarrett (2nd) -- Ford -- 143.818 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 156.929 m.p.h.
2003 -- Michael Waltrip (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 156.045 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 183.665 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 164.185 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 165.681 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (27th) -- Chevrolet -- 166.632 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Jarrett (3rd) -- Ford -- 159.317 m.p.h.
1997 -- Terry Labonte (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 156.601 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 133.387 m.p.h.
1995 -- Sterling Marlin (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 173.188 m.p.h.
1994 -- Jimmy Spencer (2nd) -- Ford -- 153.217 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 153.858 m.p.h.
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 176.309 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 147.383 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 174.430 m.p.h.
1989 -- Terry Labonte (5th) -- Ford -- 157.354 m.p.h.
1988 -- Ken Schrader (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 154.505 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 171.293 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bobby Hillin (13th) -- Buick -- 151.552 m.p.h.
1985 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Ford -- 148.772 m.p.h.
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 155.485 m.p.h.
1983 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 170.611 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Buick -- 168.157 m.p.h.
1981 -- Ron Bouchard (10th) -- Buick -- 156.737 m.p.h.
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2nd) -- Mercury -- 166.894 m.p.h.
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (8th) -- Oldsmobile -- 161.229 m.p.h.
1978 -- Lennie Pond (5th) -- Oldsmobile -- 174.700 m.p.h.
1977 -- Donnie Allison (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 162.524 m.p.h.
1976 -- Dave Marcis (1st) -- Dodge -- 157.547 m.p.h.
1975 -- Buddy Baker (2nd) -- Ford -- 130.892 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Dodge -- 148.637 m.p.h.
1973 -- Dick Brooks (24th) -- Plymouth -- 145.454 m.p.h.
1972 -- James Hylton (22nd) -- Mercury -- 148.728 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Mercury -- 145.945 m.p.h.
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (4th) -- Plymouth -- 158.517 m.p.h.
1969 -- Richard Brickhouse (9th) -- Dodge -- 153.778 m.p.h.
 
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).
 
Past Good Sam Club 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 3rd
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Travis Kvapil -- 27th
2007 -- Michael Waltrip -- 25th
2006 -- David Gilliland -- 15th
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 34th
2004 -- Joe Nemechek -- 7th
2003 -- Elliott Sadler -- 30th
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Stacy Compton -- 11th
2000 -- Joe Nemechek -- 3rd
1999 -- Joe Nemechek -- 30th
1998 -- Ken Schrader -- 24th
1997 -- Ernie Irvan -- 5th
1996 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 16th
1995 -- Sterling Marlin -- 1st
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 34th
1993 -- Bill Elliott -- 11th
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 2nd
1991 -- Sterling Marlin -- 5th
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1st
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 33rd
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 27th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 4th
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 6th
1983 -- Cale Yarborough -- 24th
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 15th
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 4th
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 32nd
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 34th
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 4th
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 24th
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 1st
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 4th
1974 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 29th
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 42nd
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 41st
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2nd
1969 -- Bobby Isaac -- 4th
Last Race Results
RACE: Bank of America 500 (October 15th)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 501
LAPS: 334
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Carl Edwards
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Marcos Ambrose
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 25 minutes, 37 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 146.194 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.968 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Stewart 1-42; M. Kenseth 43; C. Edwards 44; J. Johnson 45; J.
Yeley 46; T. Stewart 47-49; G. Biffle 50-78; R. Newman 79-84; G.
Biffle 85-123; D. Ragan 124; Kyle Busch 125; J. Montoya 126-127;
M. Kenseth 128-147; T. Stewart 148-196; J. Yeley 197-199; Kyle
Busch 200-309; M. Kenseth 310-334.
Good Sam Club 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS My Choice
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy/Mapei
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot
15Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/O'Reilly Auto Parts
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Jeremiah Weed
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's Halloween
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Ford
33 *Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
35Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY)Chevrolet/Luke & Associates
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Bradley University
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Energizer
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Brakes
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/TRG Motorsports
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mountain Dew
97Kevin Conway (Cornelius, NC)Toyota/TBA
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Clint Bowyer------------35th11th5th12thWon
Kevin Harvick27th7th2nd10th6th20th20th21st2nd
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------15th25th19th3rd
David Reutimann---------------22nd37th26th4th
Joey Logano---------------------3rd5th
Martin Truex Jr---------28th5th42nd41st31st6th
Jimmie Johnson37th34th37th31st24th2nd9th6th7th
Jeff Gordon42nd5th19th37th36thWon38th20th8th
Denny Hamlin------------21st4th39th38th9th
Brad Keselowski---------------------8th10th
Mark Martin30th23rd15th41st8th------28th11th
Paul Menard------------34th38th2nd13th13th
Matt Kenseth4th33rd14th3rd4th26th26th24th16th
Carl Edwards------42nd5th9th14th29th14th17th
Greg Biffle---24th28th27th41st23rd24th4th19th
Ryan Newman7th4th16th4th13th5th43rd36th23rd
Kyle Busch---------33rd11th36th15th15th25th
Kasey Kahne------27th13th2nd16th36th2nd26th
Kurt Busch4th6th5th8th3rd7th21st30th30th
Tony Stewart2nd3rd6th2nd22nd8thWon35th31st
Jamie McMurray26th16th17th12th37th37th32ndWon36th
Dale Earnhardt JrWon2ndWon40th23rd40th28th11th39th
Jeff Burton11th32nd13th35th27th43rd4th5th41st
Brian Vickers------36th6thWon39th35th13th---
Trevor Bayne---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started in the 25th position and finished 2nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Kasey Kahne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 34th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Logano) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
Five down, five to go, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup continues this week at Talladega.

Only seven points separate the top three drivers at the halfway point, as Carl Edwards holds down the top spot, followed by Kevin Harvick (5 behind) and Matt Kenseth (7 behind).

Five-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, after moving to third on the points list, was pushed to the door last week in North Carolina, as he dropped to eighth after wrecking at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite tumbling down the points list, Johnson is 35 points behind.

Clint Bowyer will attempt to do something only the Earnhardt family has accomplished at Talladega, and that is to win this race in back-to-back seasons.

Dale Earnhardt won back-to-back fall races at Talladega three times (1983-84, 1990-91, 1999-2000), while son Dale Jr. captured this race in 2001-02.

Out of the running in the Chase this season, Bowyer raced to victory in 2010, as he edged his Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick for the lead just before NASCAR displayed the caution flag on the final lap for a five-car accident on the frontstretch. A.J. Allmendinger's car got airborne and flipped upside down on the track before it rolled back over.

After the 500-mile race ended under caution, it took NASCAR several minutes to determine a winner. Officials reviewed replays and then credited Bowyer with the victory, his fourth and last career title. Bowyer is 13th on the points list, just one position out of the Chase.

Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag for the 2009 running of this race, as he defeated Kasey Kahne to snap an 86-race winless streak in the Series. McMurray crossed the finish line in the lead when the caution flag was displayed for a multi-car crash that featured Mark Martin's car flipping on the track during a green-white-checkered finish. McMurray scored his third career Cup victory, but his first since July 2007 at Daytona.

When Tony Stewart won in 2008, it was his 33rd career Sprint Cup title, as he defeated Paul Menard by 0.052 of a second. Stewart, who started 34th, led four times for a race-high 24 laps, including the final 17. The race featured 64 lead changes among 28 drivers. Pole sitter Travis Kvapil led for 10 laps, but finished 27th.

Jeff Gordon started in the 34th position in 2007 and led just one lap, but it was the final lap, as he defeated Jimmie Johnson by less than a second. The win was a milestone for Gordon, as he captured his 80th career Cup title, only the sixth driver to reach that mark. Gordon has added five titles since then and stands alone in third place on the series' all-time win list.

In 2006, Brian Vickers recorded his first career Sprint Cup title, as he crossed the finish line under caution ahead of Kasey Kahne. In front of an estimated crowd of 160,000, Vickers claimed the lead down the final backstretch. Jimmie Johnson ducked to the bottom, but Vickers gave him a little shot from behind and Johnson spun into Dale Earnhardt Jr, sending both off the track. Vickers led on five separate occasions for 17 laps, while Earnhardt Jr led seven times for a race-high 37 laps.

In 2005, Dale Jarrett came out of nowhere to capture his 32nd Sprint Cup title, as he clipped Tony Stewart for the checkered flag. Jarrett, who led for just one lap early in the race, overtook Matt Kenseth on the final lap for his only win of that season. Stewart led 11 times for 65 laps, while Kenseth led seven times for 23 laps and finished third.

Chevrolet has won this race in 16 of the last 21 years. Dodge has struggled here, last winning in 1976, as legend Dave Marcis won the Talladega 500. Overall, Dodges have won only two of the previous 39 fall races at Talladega, Marcis in 1976 and Richard Petty in 1974.

This race has been won from the pole position four times, the most recent in 1995 by Sterling Marlin. Overall, the pole sitter has won 13 of the 84 races at Talladega. The furthest back a winner has started at Talladega was when Jeff Gordon won the DieHard 500 in April of 2000, as he started from the 36th position. Stewart (2008) and Gordon (2007) own the record for winning the fall race from the furthest starting spot, 34th. Since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993, every race that has ended under green has had a margin of victory under half a second. 61 of the 84 races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues with the October 30 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.

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