Fastest Track In NASCAR? It's Talladega By A Landslide

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Talladega Superspeedway stood alone as NASCAR’s fastest and most competitive track in 2008, with race speeds over 200 mph in both the spring and fall race weekends and new records set for green flag passes in NASCAR’s new car (formerly known as the “Car of Tomorrow”).
 
“Just as predicted, the teams have done a great job of learning the intricacies of this new car,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “Both speed and competition are on the rise at Talladega Superspeedway and that’s great news for our fans. We continue to produce the fastest race speeds in NASCAR and the most competitive races. 2009 promises to be an exciting year at Talladega Superspeedway and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for the new triple-header Aaron’s Dream Weekend.”
 
Talladega Superspeedway produced the fastest race speeds for all three NASCAR series in 2008, with race speeds breaking 200 mph in both the spring and fall NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series events.
 
Fastest Driver of Race for 2008 Sprint Cup
1. 4/27 Talladega          (Jamie McMurray)          201.636 mph
2. 10/5 Talladega          (Juan Pablo Montoya)     200.563 mph
3. 7/5    Daytona            (Brian Vickers)               192.155 mph
4. 2/17 Daytona            (Brian Vickers)               190.553 mph
5. 3/9    Atlanta              (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.)       186.012 mph
 
Fastest Driver of Race for 2008 Nationwide
1. 4/26 Talladega          (Kyle Busch)                 198.154 mph
2. 2/16 Daytona            (Johnny Sauter)             186.885 mph
3. 7/4    Daytona            (Josh Wise)                   186.688

mph
4. 10/10 Lowe’s             (Kyle Busch)                 183.716 mph
5. 11/11Texas                (Kevin Harvick)               181.873 mph
 
Fastest Driver of Race for 2008 Craftsman Truck
1. 10/4 Talladega          (Jason White)                195.810 mph
2. 2/15 Daytona            (Chad Chaffin)                189.603 mph
3. 10/31Texas                (Travis Kvapil)                178.710 mph
4. 5/16 Lowe’s              (Kyle Busch)                 177.816 mph
5. 6/6    Texas               (Ron Hornaday, Jr.)        177.522 mph
 
In addition to faster race speeds from 2007, Talladega Superspeedway also saw a rise in Green Flag passes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series over the fall 2007 event, the first race for NASCAR’s new car. The 2008 AMP Energy featured over 50% more green flag passes than the same event one year ago. (From 7,979 passes in 2007 to 12,416 in 2008)
 
Top 5 Races in Green Flag Passes for 2008 Sprint Cup
1. 10/5 Talladega          12,416
2. 4/27 Talladega           9,146
3. 2/17 Daytona             6,921
4. 7/5    Daytona             5,697
5. 8/3    Pocono              4,636
 
Top 5 Races in Green Flag Passes for 2008 Nationwide

style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">1. 4/26 Talladega          4,110
2. 2/16 Daytona            3,195
3. 7/4    Daytona            2,796
4. 4/20 Autodromo        2,194
5. 3/8    Atlanta              1,603
 
Top 5 Races in Green Flag Passes for 2008 Craftsman Truck
1. 10/4 Talladega          4,141
2. 6/14 Michigan           1,509
3. 2/15 Daytona            1,373
4. 5/16 Lowe’s              1,210
5. 2/23 Auto Club          1,190
 
In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest. 
 
Race fans should make plans now to experience part of Talladega’s history in 2009 during the triple-header, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24-26, featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For information on tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.

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