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Talladega Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com at Talladega Superspeedway.

Who’s HOT at Talladega

  • Team Penske’s Joey Logano (3) and Brad Keselowski (2) have combined to win five of the last eight races.
  • Aric Almirola is the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last six races, including a win in this event last year.
  • Chase Elliott led 45 laps en route to the win in the spring for his second top five in the last three races.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished in the top five in four of the last six races, including a win in the 2017 spring race.
  • Kurt Busch has finished in the top 10 in six of the last eight races.

Keep an Eye On at Talladega

  • Ryan Newman (6.0), Corey LaJoie (8.5), Ty Dillon (10.5), Daniel Hemric (11.5), William Byron (11.5), Alex Bowman (11.5), Kyle Busch (12.0) and Brendan Gaughan (13.5) each rank in the top 10 in average finish this season in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer. Bowman ranks first in points earned in those races.
  • Austin Dillon won the pole and scored points both stages before finishing 14th in the spring at Talladega.
  • Denny Hamlin, who won the 2014 spring race, has finished sixth or better in the last three fall races at Talladega.
  • Ryan Blaney has the second-best average running position and ninth-best driver rating in the last five races at Talladega.
  • Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson are each two-time winners at Talladega. Their last wins at the track came in 2011.
  • Kevin Harvick led 46 laps in this event last year but had to pit for fuel prior to an overtime restart.
  • Paul Menard, who has finished 16th in the last two superspeedway races, and Matt DiBenedetto led the way in the green flag passes in the Talladega spring race at 500 and 484, respectively. (See Also: Crafton On Standby for Menard)
  • Ryan Preece’s best career finish (third) came in the spring race in his first Talladega Cup start.
  • Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. posted the fourth-best driver rating in the spring at Talladega before getting swept up in a multi-car crash with seven laps to go.
  • David Ragan, winner of the 2013 spring race, has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races.

Notes: Teams will race with the 2019 rules package with adjustments for the 2.66-mile superspeedway that includes a 0.922-inch tapered spacer…Teams will run the same left-side tire code they ran in April and a brand new right-side tire code…Chase Elliott’s win in a Chevrolet in April snapped Ford’s win streak at Talladega at seven…Fifty-six percent of Talladega winners have come from a top-five starting spot…The second starting spot has produced the most winners (20)…Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the last of 14 drivers to win from the pole (2017)…Austin Dillon won the pole in April and Stewart-Haas Racing won both poles in 2018 with Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

*Best Average Finish at Talladega

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Joey Logano 4.5
Four Races Joey Logano 3.5
Six Races Aric Almirola 5.7
Eight Races Joey Logano 9.1
*Ten Races Kurt Busch 9.4

*Must have competed in every race in that span

Laps Led Leaders at Talladega

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Kurt Busch 108
Four Races Joey Logano 166
Six Races Joey Logano 221
Eight Races Joey Logano 247
Ten Races Joey Logano 247

Click Here to view all laps led leaders at Talladega over the past 10 races.

Talladega Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Joey Logano – 8.3  1. Joey Logano – 803
 2. Ryan Blaney – 10.9  2. Ryan Blaney – 725
 3. Brad Keselowski – 11.0  3. Brad Keselowski – 704
 4. Alex Bowman – 11.2  4. Kyle Busch – 696
 5. Chase Elliott – 11.4  5. Kurt Busch – 694
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
 1. Kurt Busch – 39  1. Joey Logano – 108.9
 2. Clint Bowyer – 29  2. Kurt Busch – 98.8
 3. David Ragan – 28  3. Brad Keselowski – 94.2
 4. Austin Dillon – 27  4. Chase Elliott – 92.0
 5. Ryan Newman – 27  5. Kyle Busch – 91.8

Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at Talladega
Five Races

Driver Points Earned
Ryan Blaney 57
Joey Logano 42
Brad Keselowski 40
Kevin Harvick 39
Kurt Busch 39
Clint Bowyer 31
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 28
Chase Elliott 28
Denny Hamlin 25
Kyle Busch 25

2019 Spring Talladega Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Ty Dillon 1. Chase Elliott
2. Alex Bowman 2. Alex Bowman
3. Austin Dillon 3. William Byron
4. Chase Elliott 4. Ryan Blaney
5. Daniel Suarez 5. Austin Dillon
6. Ryan Newman 6. Kurt Busch
7. William Byron 7. Kyle Larson
8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8. Daniel Hemric
9. Kyle Busch 9. Joey Logano
10. Michael McDowell 10. Kyle Busch

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (30 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 286 9
Kevin Harvick 284 5
Kyle Busch 240 11
Martin Truex Jr. 236 6
Denny Hamlin 215 4

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MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Clint Bowyer
Pete Pistone: Joey Logano
Tyler Burnett: Alex Bowman
Kenneth Lee: Joey Logano

Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Talladega

Ryan Preece finished third in his first start at Talladega in the spring. After starting 30th, Preece posted an average running position of 20.9 in the race. This season, Preece has posted an average finish of 17.5 in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Daniel Hemric started fifth and finished fifth in his first start at Talladega in the spring. He finished eighth in the second stage and posted an average running position of 15.4. This season, Hemric is tied for the fifth-best average finish (11.5) in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Aric Almirola, who won this event last year, is the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last six races at Talladega. This season, Almirola is tied for the second-best average finish (8.0) in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Joey Logano ranks second among active drivers with three wins at Talladega. Logano is the only driver that has finished in the top five in the last four races, including a win in the 2018 spring race. This season, Logano has finished in the top 10 in three of the four stages at superspeedways with the tapered spacer rules package. He led 40 laps and finished 25th at Daytona in July after getting swept up in a multi-car accident on Lap 120.

Kurt Busch finished sixth in the spring in his first track start with Chip Ganassi Racing. Last year in this event, Busch led 108 laps as a member of Stewart-Haas Racing, but finished 14th after having to pit for fuel in the end. Busch’s 9.4 average finish in the last 10 races ranks first among all drivers that have entered each race in the span. This season, Busch is tied for the second-best average finish (8.0) in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led 16 laps in the spring at Talladega, but finished 25th after blowing a tire on the white flag lap. The finish snapped a streak of two consecutive top fives. Stenhouse, who won the 2017 spring race at Talladega, has posted an average finish of 24.5 in the two superspeedway races this season with the tapered spacer.

Ryan Newman finished seventh in his first Talladega start with Roush Fenway Racing. The finish was his third top 10 in the last four races. This season, Newman leads all drivers with a 6.0 average finish in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Denny Hamlin has finished sixth or better in the last three fall races at Talladega. He finished 36th in the spring after getting swept up in a multi-car accident and later a blown tire. Hamlin’s average finish in the two superspeedway races this season with the tapered spacer is 31.0.

Ty Dillon finished 17th in the spring at Talladega after winning the first stage. Talladega is Dillon’s best track on the circuit based off his 14.2 average finish. This season, Dillon has the fourth-best average finish (10.5) in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Alex Bowman finished second in the spring for his second top 10 in the last three races at Talladega. This season, Bowman has posted an 11.5 average finish and the most points (78) in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Daniel Suarez finished 12th in the spring at Talladega for his fourth finish of 16th or better in the last four races. Suarez was swept up in an accident at Daytona in July and he finished 40th to raise his average finish to 26.0 in the two races at superspeedways with the tapered spacer.

Paul Menard finished ninth in this event last year for his seventh top 10 in 26 Talladega starts. This season, Menard has finished 16th in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer. He posted the most green flag passes in the spring race with 500. Menard, who has had ongoing soreness and pain with his neck, will have Matt Crafton on standby for Sunday’s race.

Kyle Busch finished 10th in the spring for his eighth top 10 in 28 starts at Talladega. Busch’s last top 10 in the fall race came in 2013. This season, Busch has led seven laps and posted a 12.0 average finish in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Chase Elliott led 45 laps en route to the win in the spring at Talladega. The win is one of three top 10s in seven starts with an average finish of 14.0. Elliott was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 118 at Daytona in July to raise his average finish to 18.0 in the two superspeedway races with the tapered spacer.

Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers with five wins at Talladega. He finished 13th in the spring for his best finish since winning this race in 2017. Keselowski finished 39th at Daytona in July when he was pushed into the wall on Lap 85.