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Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

The other day I was thinking about how great the racing action is at Talladega Superspeedway. Quite simply, it’s the most competitive racing on the planet. But I wanted to know just how much better the racing is compared to other famous races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.

So I took the night race at Bristol, the spring race at Atlanta and the big 600-miler at Charlotte and compared the 5-year averages to Talladega’s 5-year spring race averages. I looked at what makes a great race…Lead Changes, Leaders and Green Flag Passes. What’s amazing is that while Talladega’s numbers absolutely blow all the other tracks out of the water, Talladega has significantly fewer laps (or chances) for there to be lead changes and leaders. Those are only recorded when the cars cross the start-finish line. I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves.

5-year Averages

Laps: 500
Green Flag Passes: 1,720
Lead Changes: 12
Leaders: 6

Laps: 365
Green Flag Passes: 2,646
Lead Changes: 30
Leaders: 15

Laps: 329
Green Flag Passes: 2,341
Lead Changes: 26
Leaders: 11

Laps: 191
Green Flag Passes: 11,826
Lead Changes: 59
Leaders: 23

Notice that Talladega doubles nearly every single stat at these other tracks. When it comes to green flag passes in the pack, Talladega Superspeedway features nearly 5-times as much passing than any of these other tracks. As I have said before, This Is More Than A Race, THIS IS TALLADEGA!

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