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Last Updated Monday, Oct 15, 2012 2:12 am, EDT

Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500

Status: Final Talladega Superspeedway

Race Capsule

Talladega Superspeedway
  • What:

    Race 30 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL

  • When:

    October 7, 2012 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    188

  • Track Length:

    2.66 miles

  • Race Length:

    500.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,373,101

Drivers to Watch

Kasey Kahne Kahne remained in fifth place after Dover although now he's tied with Tony Stewart. The duo trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 32 points and fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer by seven points and leads seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by seven points.
Ryan Newman 15th, 40 points out of 13th place. Lost one spot last week.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer climbed one spot, from fifth to fourth, after Dover. He's 25 points behind points leader Brad Keselowski, nine points behind third-ranked Denny Hamlin and leads Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart, who are tied for fifth place, by seven points.
Tony Stewart Stewart came into the Chase in a three-way tie for second. He dropped to third place after Chicago, fourth after New Hampshire and is now in a tie for fifth place with Kasey Kahne after Dover. The duo trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 32 points and fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer by seven points and leads seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by seven points.
Greg Biffle 11th, 51 points out of first place. Lost two spots last week.
Jeff Gordon After wallowing at the bottom of the Cup standings for the first two Chase races, Gordon finally climbed up two spots and into 10th place after Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 48 points and ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by two points and leads 11th-ranked Greg Biffle by three points.
Carl Edwards 14th, 34 points out of 13th place. Gained one spot last week.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex dropped from ninth to 10th in the standings after New Hampshire, only to climb two spots after Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 42 points, is three points behind seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and leads ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by four points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt essentially stayed where he was in the standings, going from a tie for seventh heading into the Chase to sole possession of seventh after the Chase opener at Chicago, and he remained in seventh after Loudon and now Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 39 points and fifth-place (tied) Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart by seven points, and leads eighth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by three points.
Kyle Busch 13th.
Joey Logano 18th, 85 points out of 13th place.
Matt Kenseth 12th, 72 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
Paul Menard 16th, 56 points out of 13th place.
Jimmie Johnson After climbing to the top spot of the Sprint Cup standings following New Hampshire, Johnson fell back one spot to second place after Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by five points and leads third-ranked Denny Hamlin by 11 points.
Aric Almirola 22nd, 209 points out of 13th place.
Marcos Ambrose 17th, 72 points out of 13th place.
Kevin Harvick Harvick fell one spot in the standings, from eighth to ninth, after Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 46 points and eighth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by four points and leads 10th-ranked Jeff Gordon by two points.
Brad Keselowski After taking the early lead in the standings by winning the first race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Keselowski fell to second place after the second Chase race at New Hampshire, only to rally back with a win at Dover on Sunday to regain the points lead. He leads second-ranked Jimmie Johnson by five points and third-ranked Denny Hamlin by 16 points.
Denny Hamlin After entering the Chase No. 1, then falling into a three-way tie for fourth after the Chase opener at Chicago, Hamlin moved up to third place after winning at New Hampshire and remained there after Dover. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 16 points and second-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 11 points and leads fourth-ranked Clint Bowyer by nine points.
Jamie McMurray 20th, 168 points out of 13th place.
Jeff Burton 19th, 157 points out of 13th place.
Juan Pablo Montoya 21st, 201 points out of 13th place.
Regan Smith 23rd, 239 points out of 13th place.
Kurt Busch 26th, 319 points out of 13th place.