RFK Weekly Advance | Talladega II
Talladega Superspeedway is the next step for the NASCAR Cup Series, a track where Jack Roush’s Fords have long had great success at. RFK has eight overall wins at Talladega and five in the NCS, while Co-Owner/Driver of the No. 6, Brad Keselowski, has six wins alone. Chris Buescher is coming off a sixth-place run in this race a year ago.
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Talladega
Sunday, Oct. 2 | 2 p.m. ET
NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
- Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang
- Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Keselowski at Dega
Brad Keselowski is the winningest active driver at Talladega, tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon on the all-time wins list. Only Dale Earnhardt Sr. has more with 10 Cup wins.
Photo Finish at the Line
It came down to the final few inches for Ryan Newman three years ago in the fall race, as he finished second behind Ryan Blaney by .007 seconds, the sixth-closest finish in NASCAR history. Newman lined up fifth on the inside line for the final restart with three laps to go. After a four-car group went single-file coming to the white flag, Newman took the lead and led coming out of turn four and through the tri-oval before Blaney snuck to his inside just before the start/finish line. It was a long 188 laps for the entire field as rain set in after 57 laps were completed, postponing the finish to Monday afternoon.
Running Clear Across Alabama
RFK has seen its fair share of success at the Alabama track, amassing 279 starts, eight wins, 44 top-fives and 95 top-10s across NASCAR’s three major touring series. Roush machines have also tallied seven poles, including three in Cup action, and have led more than 1500 laps.
Winning in Greenbow
RFK has won in all three of NASCAR’s major series at Talladega. The team won its first race at Talladega in the NCS event in the spring of 1995. Former RFK driver Mark Martin won for the organization in all three series at the 2.66-mile oval.
Most recently, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloted his Fifth Third Bank Ford to victory lane five years ago when the NCS rolled through Talladega for the organization’s eighth win at the historic track.
Fastest Chicken in the South
Former RFK driver Mark Martin won the fastest Cup race ever recorded on May 10, 1997 at Talladega piloting the No. 6 Ford. Martin, who held off NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, started from the 18th position and led 47 laps en route to the victory. The race saw 26 lead changes and had an average speed of 188.354 mph.
Tale of the Tape
RFK has started 220 NCS races at Talladega with 78 top-10 and 37 top-five finishes along with three poles. Former drivers Mark Martin (1995, 1997), Jamie McMurray (2009), Matt Kenseth (2012) and Stenhouse are responsible for RFK’s combined five Cup wins and overall a Jack Roush Ford has led 1519 laps at the 2.66-mile track.
RFK Talladega Wins
1995-1 Martin Cup
1997-1 Martin Cup
1997 Martin NXS
2006 Martin Truck
2009 Ragan NXS
2009-2 McMurray Cup
2012-2 Kenseth Cup
2017-1 Stenhouse Cup
By the Numbers at Talladega
Race Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFn Miles
220 5 37 78 3 37582 1157 18.2 18.4 99968.1
49 2 5 14 1 4634 245 12.5 12.4 12326.4
10 1 2 3 3 865 124 3.0 15.9 2300.9
279 8 44 95 7 43081 1519 16.7 17.4 114595.4