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NASCAR Cup Series
VenueTalladega Superspeedway
LocationTalladega, Alabama, United States
Corporate sponsorGEICO
First race1970 (1970)
Distance500.08 miles (804.80 km)
Stages 1/2: 60 each
Final stage: 68
Previous namesAlabama 500 (1970)
Winston 500 (1971–1993, 1997)
Winston Select 500 (1994–1996)
DieHard 500 (1998–2000)
Talladega 500 (2001)
Aaron's 499 (2002–2014)
Most wins (driver)Jeff Gordon
Brad Keselowski (4)
Most wins (team)Hendrick Motorsports (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (22)
Circuit information
Length2.66 mi (4.28 km)

The GEICO 500 is a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. The race is usually held in April or May. The 1997 event stands as the fastest NASCAR race to date ever run with an average speed of 188.354 miles per hour (303.126 km/h) and was the first race at Talladega Superspeedway that was not interrupted by a caution period.

The race was known as the second leg of the sport's Grand Slam from 1970 until the result of Ferko lawsuit in 2004. Still considered to be the fifth “Crown Jewel” race, along with the Brickyard 400 and the three originals, the race has consistently been the second Crown Jewel event of the season, with the exceptions being 2014, when the Southern 500 was scheduled in April, and 2020, when the GEICO 500 was postponed until June, after the Coca-Cola 600. The GEICO 500, as the Winston 500, was also previously part of the Winston Million. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the race, having won it in 2023.

Notable races[edit]

  • 1971: The first Talladega race under Winston sponsorship. Donnie Allison edged Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker for the win; this was Bobby's first race with Holman-Moody since 1967.
  • 1972: David Pearson escaped a crash between Bobby Isaac and Jimmy Crawford coming to the white flag; he grabbed his first Talladega win and second career win in a Wood Brothers Mercury.
  • 1973: A massive accident eliminated some 20 cars, leaving David Pearson to ride home almost uncontested. Jim Vandiver made up three laps to finish eighth.
  • 1974: Pearson grabbed his third straight Winston 500 (and fourth straight for Wood Brothers Racing), while a crash on pit road leads to grave injury to Don Miller of the Penske Racing team. The lead changed 53 times.
  • 1975: The race was filled with several accidents, featured the first win for Buddy Baker since 1973 and the first Winston Cup Grand National win for team owner Bud Moore since 1971. Tragedy struck on Lap 149 when race leader Richard Petty pitted with a burning wheel bearing; his brother-in-law Randy Owens was killed when he fitted a hose to a pressurized water tank and the tank exploded. The lead changed 51 times, Five-time F1 Champion Juan Manuel Fangio was the honorary starter.
  • 1976: Baker became the first driver to win a 500-mile race in under three hours. He drove Bud Moore's Ford to the win in 2 hours 56 minutes.
  • 1977: The race produced 63 official lead changes and a four-car scramble on the final lap. Darrell Waltrip had the lead and on the last lap swung low to break the draft; Cale Yarborough blew past Donnie Allison and swung high on Waltrip; Waltrip sideswiped Cale and Benny Parsons dove low and raced Cale all the way to the stripe.
  • 1978: Rain postponed the race to Mothers Day Sunday. Cale Yarborough drafted past Buddy Baker for the win.
  • 1980: Baker stormed past sophomore Dale Earnhardt coming to the white flag for his final Talladega win.
  • 1981: Bobby Allison fought off a late challenge from Baker, Darrell Waltrip, and Ricky Rudd; the race lead changed six times in the final six laps.
  • 1982: Benny Parsons posted the first 200 MPH qualifying lap in NASCAR history. The race lead changed 51 times as Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte drafted past Parsons on the final lap. This race was also notable for the only race for a con artist using the name L.W. Wright; who finished poorly in a Music City Racing effort, then after several checks for a NASCAR license and car bounced (and a failure to qualify for the next race at Nashville Speedway), disappeared.
  • 1984: The race has exceeded 40 official lead changes 18 times. In 1984 a motorsports record of 75 lead changes was set, but this record was broken in 2010 as the lead changed 88 times; this record was tied in 2011. The race was won by Cale Yarborough on a last-lap pass of Harry Gant.
  • 1985: Bill Elliott came from nearly two laps down and ran down the field under green to take the win from Kyle Petty.
  • 1987: On lap 22, Bobby Allison (driving the Stavola Brothers No. 22 Buick) cut a tire and his car went airborne into the catch fencing in front of the main grandstand. Some 100 feet of the fence was sheared off and Allison's car rebounded back to the track. The race was red-flagged, and track crews spent some two hours repairing the safety fence. Despite the wreckage, no drivers or spectators were seriously injured. As a direct result, the next superspeedway race (the 1987 Firecracker 400 at Daytona), saw the cars using smaller carburetors in an effort to curtail speeds. Starting in 1988, all races at Daytona and Talladega saw mandated carburetor restrictor plates, which were used until the introduction of a new aerodynamics package following the 2019 Daytona 500. Overshadowed by the frightening scene was that this race would be the first victory for Bobby Allison's son Davey.
  • 1988: Phil Parsons' single Cup series victory which was shadowed by an incident involving A. J. Foyt and Alan Kulwicki that left Foyt suspended from NASCAR for six months. He was also fined $5,000. NASCAR's vice president of competition Les Richter reviewed the incident and lifted the suspension. However, Foyt's fine was increased to $7,500.[1][2]
  • 1990: Dale Earnhardt grabbed his first Talladega win since 1984, holding off a wildcard bid by Greg Sacks.
  • 1991: The race was delayed until Monday due to Sunday rains. A massive battle for the lead erupted into a 20-car crash near halfway when pole-sitter Ernie Irvan got into Kyle Petty and Mark Martin; Petty suffered a shattered leg when he was hit in the door by Chad Little. The race was red-flagged for nearly an hour. Harry Gant won the race on a controversial drafting push by teammate Rick Mast who was a lap down.
  • 1993: The last lap saw a ferocious scramble where Ernie Irvan stormed past Dale Earnhardt on the final lap. Rusty Wallace roared to third then came down on Earnhardt making contact in the tri-oval sending Wallace flipping violently several times across the finish line similar to his Daytona crash in the same year. The win was Irvan's final win for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.
  • 1994: Dale Earnhardt won this race, and dedicated it to Three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, who died earlier that day in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. There were two consecutive Big Ones just past the midway point: the first one happened on lap 103 in a race for third place when Todd Bodine came down on Greg Sacks and spun into Jeff Gordon. The three cars spun, with Sacks escaping, and collected eight other cars. Mark Martin had taken the worst hit, as his car was collected, shot across the infield, struck the inside wall, and plowed through a guardrail, a chain-link fence, and lastly caught by another guardrail protecting the infield road course, coming to a rest feet from a spectator area. After the field bunched up for the restart, another crash occurred in the tri-oval, when Terry Labonte, running 14th, was tapped from behind, starting a chain-reaction crash collecting at least 14 other cars in turn 1.
  • 1996: Sterling Marlin rallied from the back of the pack three separate times to take the win. The race saw two airborne crashes; Bill Elliott flew down the backstretch in the air[3] and suffered a leg injury that sidelined him for several races. Later Mark Martin was turned into the wall by Jeff Gordon and bounced into traffic; Ricky Craven tumbled up the Turn One banking and hit the fencing before bouncing down to the ground.[4]
  • 1997: Mark Martin won the fastest NASCAR race ever run at Talladega Superspeedway, and the fastest NASCAR race in history when he averaged 188.354 mph in 2 and half hours.
  • 2000: Jeff Gordon scored his 50th career win after starting the race from 36th place, the farthest starting spot ever at Talladega.
  • 2001: Bobby Hamilton won the race after passing Tony Stewart coming to the white flag. It would be Hamilton's final victory before his death in 2007. It was the second caution-free Talladega race ever, and the first restrictor-plate race since Dale Earnhardt's death.
  • 2002: Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated the race, leading for 133 laps, and took home his second consecutive Talladega win, and teammate Michael Waltrip finished second, the third time the DEI Chevrolets had finished 1-2 after the Daytona races of the previous year. The race was marred by a 24 car crash on the back straightaway on lap 164, in the same location where a large crash had occurred the day before in the Busch race that had involved 30 cars. It was the largest crash ever recorded in NASCAR Cup Series competition until the following year.
  • 2003: On lap 4, the largest crash ever recorded in the NASCAR Cup Series happened when Ryan Newman (who had suffered a very violent blow over crash at Daytona that February) blew a tire and hit the turn 1 wall, causing a cloud of smoke that collected 27 cars in all. These included Mike and Rusty Wallace, Steve Park, Mike Skinner, Bobby Labonte, Johnny Benson, eventual race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, points leader Matt Kenseth and more. After multiple trips down pit road to repair damage to his car, Earnhardt Jr. made several rallies to the front, overtaking Kenseth with three laps to go to win his fourth consecutive Talladega race.
    • The finish was not without controversy: after the 2001 spring race (thanks in part to protestations from Jimmy Spencer over Mike McLaughlin's blocking in the Busch Series race in 2001), NASCAR ruled that the yellow lines on the bottom of the track at Talladega and Daytona were an out-of-bounds line (with any car that drops below to gain a position to be immediately black-flagged unless they gave the position back or were forced below it). As the cars reached the backstretch, Kenseth made a lane change, going to the outside to block Jimmie Johnson. Earnhardt Jr. was on the inside and was drafting with Elliott Sadler when Kenseth started making a move low to attempt to block Earnhardt; Earnhardt's left wheels went well below the line entering the apron of turn three as he passed Kenseth. NASCAR ruled that Earnhardt was forced below the line as the nose of his car had already passed the nose of Kenseth's car by the time Kenseth made the block, making it a clean pass, this even though Earnhardt was nowhere close to clearing Kenseth when he hit the turn 3 apron – what the rule was ostensibly intended to prevent. Some sanctioning bodies, such as the Indy Racing League, would have called Kenseth out for violating the blocking rule – a driver may not make two-lane changes on a straight, which is a penalty; the ethic against blocking, however, holds no weight in NASCAR given the gendered nature of the cars. The yellow line rule remained a controversial rule in the sport, with subsequent controversies in the 2008 and 2020 autumn races.
    • Following Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2003 win, Hendrick Motorsports won four straight – three by Jeff Gordon and one by Jimmie Johnson.
  • 2004: Jeff Gordon's win was marked by a spinout by Brian Vickers with 4⅓ laps to go. In the wake of a dangerous incident between Casey Mears and Dale Jarrett the previous September at New Hampshire, the beneficiary rule was adopted, prohibiting racing back to the caution. One ruling of the beneficiary rule was that if a race went past a specified point (Lap 183 in this case; five laps remaining) and had a caution, they would not throw out the red flag and stop the cars to ensure a green-flag finish. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was side by side with Gordon and attempted a pass on Gordon for the lead at the time of caution. Television replays (which override previous scoring loops when less than five laps remain) declared Gordon was still ahead. The race finished under yellow and while Gordon did his victory burnout, enraged fans littered the track with garbage to protest the finish (it was believed that Vickers' crash and the subsequent cleanup would not have taken very long to clean up). This reaction, following a similar fan bombardment of the track at Daytona International Speedway after the 2002 Pepsi 400 ended under yellow, would result in the green-white-checkered rule being instituted in the NASCAR Cup Series and Nationwide Series less than two months later.
  • 2009: A final battle to the finish between Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards ended in near-disaster when Edwards' car made contact with Keselowski while approaching the finish line and was hooked onto the trioval apron. The car spun into the air and was hammered by Ryan Newman, sending Edwards flipping into the catch fence as Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the finish line. The debris from the wreck injured eight spectators, all non-life-threatening. Immediately after the car came to rest, Edwards walked away unharmed after jogging past the finish line as an absurd homage to the finale of the 2006 racing comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Keselowski went on to win the race in only his fifth NASCAR Cup Series starts, undoubtedly one of the biggest upsets of the decade. There were two Big Ones during the race: one in turn 3 on lap 7 involving 14 cars, and one on the back straightaway on Lap 180 involving eleven cars. There were 56 lead changes among 25 drivers.
  • 2010: The race was called "the Greatest Talladega Race Ever" by Darrell Waltrip. Throughout the race, there was a record 88 lead changes, breaking the previous record of 75 in the 1984 Winston 500, with 87 of those in regulation. A record 29 different drivers held the lead at one point or another during the race, breaking the record set in the 2008 AMP Energy 500. Among the strongest cars throughout the day were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, David Reutimann, Jeff Burton (who led the most laps), Kyle Busch, A. J. Allmendinger, and Michael Waltrip. The new green-white-checkered finish rule was implemented for the first time to the maximum of three attempts (the first attempt because Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, and Scott Speed wrecked in the tri-oval on lap 182; the second attempt began when Joey Logano turned Ryan Newman loose in turn 3 and Newman ran into the wall, collecting Bobby Labonte, Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Sam Hornish Jr., and Brad Keselowski; the third attempt happened when Jimmie Johnson was clipped by Greg Biffle and collided with the inside wall on the back straightaway). Jamie McMurray was the leader at each GWC restart and on the final lap, McMurray and Kevin Harvick pulled away. Coming through the tri-oval, Harvick pushed McMurray up the track and moved low; unlike Carl Edwards the previous year, McMurray gave Harvick room, which allowed Harvick to overtake him and win the race by a wheel, with an official margin of victory set at .012 seconds. This marked Harvick's first win since the 2007 Daytona 500 amid contract talks for the 2010 season. Harvick's contract was renewed shortly afterward.
  • 2011: The race saw a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four starting positions, with Jeff Gordon winning the inside pole and Jimmie Johnson taking the outside pole. During the race, Gordon and Johnson drafted respectively with Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who filled out the second row on the grid.
    • The race set the record for most lead changes in regulation (tying the all-time record for most lead changes overall, but the 88th lead change took place on lap 188, the last lap of regulation, unlike the previous year, when Harvick's last-lap pass on McMurray took place on Lap 200, the final lap of the third green-white-checkered finish), and also tied the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 for the closest NASCAR Cup Series finish in the electronic timing era (1993–present) at 0.002 seconds. Coming into the tri-oval, Gordon was being pushed by Martin and dueling with Clint Bowyer, who was being pushed by Kevin Harvick. Entering the tri-oval, Johnson, pushed by Earnhardt Jr., squeezed low to Gordon's inside. A brush between Earnhardt Jr., and Martin killed Martin's momentum, and Johnson was able to edge ahead of Bowyer and Gordon to win.
  • 2012: This was the first Talladega race after NASCAR mandated a smaller spoiler and also radiator changes to induce a greater risk of overheating. The changes were made to break up tandem drafting; the lead changed only 34 times and drivers such as Jeff Gordon protested after the race that the rules package made them race "too conservative." The race saw two crashes in the last 60 laps: one on lap 142 involving five cars in turn 3 caused by some cars running out of gas, and another in turn 1 during a late restart on lap 186 (after Kurt Busch's spin in the tri-oval). In the final laps, a tandem draft of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch stormed into the lead; Keselowski shook off Busch's bumper and blasted away to win by two car lengths, the first time in several years that the race win had not been decided by the last-lap.
  • 2013: A green-white-checkered finish set up a frantic final lap as Front Row Motorsports drivers David Ragan and David Gilliland stormed from midpack to a 1-2 finish, Ragan's second Cup Series win and his first with FRM. Teammate David Gilliland finished second, giving FRM a 1-2 finish and its first NASCAR win. Matt Kenseth led 142 of 192 laps, the most laps led at a Talladega race since Jeff Gordon led 139 laps in 2005, but was shuffled back on the final lap. The race was interrupted by a 3-hour-36-minute-long red flag for a rainstorm around lap 126, which pushed the end of the race into basically complete darkness. There were two Big Ones during the race: the first one, in turn one on lap 43 involving 16 cars, instigated by Kyle Busch touching Kasey Kahne from behind, and another one at the end of the back straightaway on lap 182 involving 13 cars which saw Kurt Busch flip over and land on top of Ryan Newman. It was David Ragan's second win in the NASCAR Cup Series (after winning the 2011 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona driving for Roush Fenway Racing). This race is sometimes referred to as "The 7 hours of Talladega", as the field first received the green flag at 1:07 pm EST/12:07 CDT and finished at around 8:15 pm EST/7:15 CDT, causing NASCAR to do just a single attempt at a green-white-checkered finish due to darkness. It was also NASCAR's first major test/workout for their new Air Titan track-drying technique, which did double duty, also working the Nationwide race the day before. Nationwide race winner Regan Smith was in contention toward the end but was shuffled back and finished sixth.
  • 2014: Denny Hamlin clawed to his first win of the season and the first points-paying restrictor-plate race win. The race ended under yellow when Justin Allgaier, who'd rallied to challenge for the win in the final 30 laps, crashed with Alex Bowman coming to the white flag. Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 26 laps but lost the lead draft in the final 20 laps and finished 26th. Danica Patrick led six laps early but faded to 22nd. The story of the race was Brad Keselowski; after spinning in the first turn following a shunt with Patrick, he lost six laps early in the race with radiator problems; in the second half of the race he was fighting to get a lap back; he spun out with 50 to go and the crash involved some eleven other cars; Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth were very critical of Keselowski's actions. A crash with twelve to go eliminated Keselowski's teammate Joey Logano.
  • 2015: The race started at 1:20 p.m., The lead changed 27 times between 15 drivers, A multi-car wreck happened on lap 47, as 15 cars were involved, that brought out an 11-minute 15-second red flag, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first race of the season.
  • 2016: The race was started 20 minutes early due to the threat of rain in the area. After a 50 lap opening green-flag run, the race itself was marred by eight crashes, including four Big Ones. Of the 40 cars in the field, only seven cars finished without damage. These included a wreck on lap 96 that saw Chris Buescher flip over three times on the back straightaway, a 17 car wreck in turn 1 on lap 162, and a 12 car wreck on lap 180 saw Matt Kenseth flip over on the back straightaway and strike the inside wall, before turning back upright. Brad Keselowski won his second race of the year as an eight-car wreck unfolded in the tri-oval. The lead changed 37 times between 17 drivers.
  • 2017: The race was also notable because of the big one striking late and A. J. Allmendinger going over on his roof with Chase Elliott almost going over, and Danica Patrick hitting hard on the backstretch as she did in the spring 2016 race. The race was won by Ricky Stenhouse Jr, which was his first NASCAR Cup Series win.
  • 2019: This race was the first at Talladega without restrictor plates since 1987, as NASCAR used a tapered spacer to restrict the engines instead. Chase Elliott won the race after a final lap crash resulted in Kyle Larson going airborne on the backstretch and flipping several times.
  • 2020: Ryan Blaney won in a photo finish in the most competitive running (57 official lead changes) since 2011. The race had been delayed to Monday by rain and interrupted 60 laps in by more rain. A more serious metaphorical cloud came over the Speedway when a garage door rope tied into a noose was found in the stall of Bubba Wallace the night previous. Support for Wallace came rapidly from the entire racing community. An FBI investigation was performed, declaring Wallace was not the target of a hate crime. Wallace in the Richard Petty Motorsports 43 led one lap and was running fourth with three to go but had to pit for fuel and finished 14th.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Sponsor Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
Laps Miles (km)
1970 April 12 40 Pete Hamilton Petty Enterprises 7-Up Plymouth 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:16:59 152.321 Report
1971 May 16 21 Donnie Allison Wood Brothers Racing Purolator Mercury 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:23:32 147.419 Report
1972 May 7 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Purolator Mercury 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:43:15 134.4 Report
1973 May 6 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Purolator Mercury 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:47:23 131.956 Report
1974 May 5 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Purolator Mercury 170* 452.2 (727.745) 3:28:09 130.22 Report
1975 May 4 15 Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering Sunny King Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:26:59 144.948 Report
1976 May 2 15 Buddy Baker Bud Moore Engineering Norris Industries Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:56:37 169,887 Report
1977 May 1 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Gatorade Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:01:59 164.877 Report
1978 May 14 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates 1st National City Travelers Checks Oldsmobile 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:07:53 155.699 Report
1979 May 6 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Hodgdon/Moore Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:13:52 154.77 Report
1980 May 4 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy NAPA Auto Parts/Regal Ride Shocks Oldsmobile 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:56:00 170.481 Report
1981 May 3 28 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy The 5 Racers Buick 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:20:52 149.376 Report
1982 May 2 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Mountain Dew Buick 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:11:19 156.597 Report
1983 May 1 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises STP Pontiac 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:14:55 153.936 Report
1984 May 6 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Hardee's Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:53:27 172.988 Report
1985 May 5 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Coors Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:41:04 186.288 Report
1986 May 4 22 Bobby Allison Stavola Brothers Racing Miller American Buick 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:10:16 157.698 Report
1987 May 3 28 Davey Allison Ranier-Lundy Havoline Ford 178* 473.48 (761.992) 3:04:12 154.228 Report
1988 May 1 55 Phil Parsons Leo Jackson Racing Crown Petroleum Oldsmobile 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:11:40 156.547 Report
1989 May 7 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Havoline Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:12:30 155.869 Report
1990 May 6 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:08:02 159.571 Report
1991 May 6* 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:01:10 165.62 Report
1992 May 3 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Havoline Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:59:01 167.609 Report
1993 May 2 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan–McClure Motorsports Kodak Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:13:04 155.412 Report
1994 May 1 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:10:32 157.478 Report
1995 April 30 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Valvoline Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:47:43 178.902 Report
1996 April 28 4 Sterling Marlin Morgan–McClure Motorsports Kodak Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:20:02 149.999 Report
1997 May 10* 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Valvoline Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:39:18 188.354 Report
1998 April 26 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries Pontiac 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:30:40 144.428 Report
1999 April 25 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench Plus Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:03:38 163.395 Report
2000 April 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:06:11 161.157 Report
2001* April 22 55 Bobby Hamilton Andy Petree Racing Square D Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 2:43:04 184.003 Report
2002 April 21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Budweiser Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:08:41 159.022 Report
2003 April 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Budweiser Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:27:28 144.625 Report
2004 April 25 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports DuPont/Pepsi Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:51:53 129.396 Report
2005 May 1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports DuPont/Pepsi/Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Chevrolet 194* 516.04 (830.485) 3:30:46 146.904 Report
2006 May 1* 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:29:59 142.891 Report
2007 April 29 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Chevrolet 192* 510.72 (821.924) 3:18:46 154,167 Report
2008 April 27 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing M&M's Toyota 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:10:37 157.409 Report
2009 April 26 09 Brad Keselowski Phoenix Racing Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:23:20 147.565 Report
2010* April 25 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet 200* 532 (856.171) 3:31:58 150.59 Report
2011* April 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:12:01 156.261 Report
2012 May 6 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Miller Lite Dodge 194* 516.04 (830.485) 3:13:17 160.192 Report
2013 May 5 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Farm Rich Ford 192* 510.72 (821.924) 3:26:02 148.729 Report
2014 May 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Express Toyota 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:17:16 152.103 Report
2015 May 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:08:08 159.487 Report
2016 May 1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Miller Lite Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:34:15 140.046 Report
2017 May 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Fifth Third Bank Ford 191* 508.06 (817.643) 3:29:16 145.669 Report
2018 April 29 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Shell/Pennzoil/AutoTrader Ford 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:16:46 152.489 Report
2019 April 28 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:05:59 161.331 Report
2020 June 22* 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Menards/TruWave Technology by Sylvania Ford 191* 508.06 (817.643) 3:27:28 146.933 Report
2021 April 25 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske MoneyLion Ford 191* 508.06 (817.643) 3:26:30 147.62 Report
2022 April 24 1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing Moose Fraternity Chevrolet 188 500.08 (804.8) 3:21:52 148.637 Report
2023 April 23 8 Kyle Busch Richard Childress Racing Mclaren Custom Grills Chevrolet 196* 521.36 (838.88) 3:33:25 146.575 Report


  • 1974: Race shortened due to the energy crisis.
  • 1987: Race shortened due to darkness – caused by a red flag that lasted for two and a half hours to repair the catch fence after Bobby Allison's lap 22 crash.
  • 1991 and 2006: Race moved from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 1997: Race was scheduled for Sunday, April 27, but was moved back two weeks due to rain. Qualifying was held as scheduled, but rain washed out any chance to hold the race on Sunday or Monday. To complicate matters, the series was racing at Sonoma the following weekend, and the travel burden for the teams would be too much to overcome if the race were to be held Tuesday as would be the normal policy (next available day). Series officials decided to have the teams pack up and depart for Sonoma, and rescheduled the Winston 500 for the weekend after that (Saturday, May 10). It was Mother's Day weekend, a date traditionally left open by NASCAR at the time. The teams arrived in sunny skies, and Mark Martin won the first-ever caution-free Talladega plate race.
  • 2001: The first restrictor-plate race after Dale Earnhardt's death was the second-ever caution-free race in Talladega history. It was Bobby Hamilton's last win in Cup before his death in 2007 to cancer.
  • 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2023: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2010 took three attempts for the first time. 2013 was restricted to a single attempt due to impending darkness after a weather delay of 3 hours and 36 minutes.
  • 2010: Set record for most lead changes in regulation (87) and overall lead changes (88).
  • 2011: Set record for most lead changes in regulation (88), and tied for closest margin of victory in the Sprint Cup Series (0.002 sec.)
  • 2020: Race postponed from April 26 to June 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then postponed from June 21 to June 22 due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

Wins Driver Years Won
4 Jeff Gordon 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007
Brad Keselowski 2009, 2012, 2016, 2021
3 David Pearson 1972, 1973, 1974
Buddy Baker 1975, 1976, 1980
Bobby Allison 1979, 1981, 1986
Davey Allison 1987, 1989, 1992
Dale Earnhardt 1990, 1994, 1999
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2002, 2003, 2015
2 Darrell Waltrip 1977, 1982
Cale Yarborough 1978, 1984
Mark Martin 1995, 1997
Jimmie Johnson 2006, 2011
Kyle Busch 2008, 2023

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

Wins Driver Years Won
8 Hendrick Motorsports 2000, 2004-2007, 2011, 2015, 2019
5 Team Penske 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021
Richard Childress Racing 1990, 1994, 1999, 2010, 2023
4 Wood Brothers Racing 1971-1974
Ranier-Lundy 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987
3 Bud Moore Engineering 1975, 1976, 1979
Joe Gibbs Racing 1998, 2008, 2014
Roush Fenway Racing 1995, 1997, 2017
2 Petty Enterprises 1970, 1983
Junior Johnson & Associates 1978, 1982
Leo Jackson Racing 1988, 1991
Robert Yates Racing 1989, 1992
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 1993, 1996
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2002, 2003

Manufacturer wins[edit]

Wins Manufacturer Years Won
22 Chevrolet 1977, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000-2007, 2009-2011, 2015, 2019, 2022, 2023
15 Ford 1975, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2013, 2016-2018, 2020, 2021
4 Mercury 1971-1974
Oldsmobile 1978, 1980, 1988, 1991
3 Buick 1981, 1982, 1986
2 Pontiac 1983, 1998
Toyota 2008, 2014
1 Dodge 2012


Wins Sponsor Years Won
4 Purolator 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
DuPont 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007
3 Miller 1986, 2012, 2016
Havoline 1987, 1989, 1992
GM Goodwrench 1990, 1994, 1999
2 Mountain Dew 1982, 2019
Kodak 1993, 1996
Valvoline 1995, 1997
Budweiser 2002, 2003
Pepsi 2004, 2005
Lowe's 2006, 2011
Shell 2010, 2018
Pennzoil 2010, 2018


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