Talladega A ‘wildcard’ for The Xfinity Series

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Going through past NASCAR Xfinity Series performances at the track, it is no wonder so many competitors call this event a ‘wildcard’. Talladega Superspeedway is unlike anything else the series competes on.

The giant raceway is a 2.66-mile high-banked paved track located in Talladega, Alabama. The track has 33 degrees of banking in corners with 16.5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and two degrees of banking on the backstretch. The frontstretch is 4,300 feet and the backstretch is 4,000 feet.

Talladega has hosted 29 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts dating back inaugural event on July25, 1992. The first Xfinity race at Talladega was by Ernie Irvan in the No. 4 Chevrolet that he owned. The 29 Xfinity races at Talladega have produced 21 different pole winners and 24 different race winners. Martin Truex Jr. leads the series in wins at the track with three victories and Joe Nemechek leads the series in poles with five. Nemechek is also tied with Joey Logano for the most top fives (seven) and Nemechek holds the record for the most top 10s (nine).

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin holds the Xfinity Series race record at the track at 168.937 mph on April 26, 1997.

Three times in series history the race winner has only led one lap, most recently in 2018 when Spencer Gallagher won.

Chevrolet has the most wins by a manufacturer with 16 and Joe Gibbs has the most wins as a car owners with five.

Only two of 28 races have been won from the pole (1998, 2008).

This weekend’s race will be 300.58 miles and 113 laps with Stage 1 ending on Lap 25 and Stage 2 ending on Lap 50. Chase Briscoe will lead the field to green with Gragson joining him on the front row.

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