THIS WEEK'S RACE

AMP Energy 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Ala.

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Channel 6/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM)

Race course: 2.66-mile oval

Race distance:

500 miles/188 (really fast) laps

Last year's race winner:

Tony Stewart

Last year's pole winner:

Travis Kvapil, 187.364 mph

Track qualifying record: without restrictor plates, Bill Elliott, 212.809 mph, April 1987; with restrictor plates Bill Elliott, 199.388 mph, May 1990.

Track facts: Paul Menard was runner-up in last year's race; David Ragan was third. Polesitter Travis Kvapil finished 27th . . . Jeff Gordon's six wins at Talladega top active drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is next with five W's . . . Rookie Brad Keselowski gained his first Cup series victory in the spring race . . . Dave Rogers will be Kyle Busch's new crew chief, starting with the Nov. 8 race at Texas. Rogers has been a Nationwide Series crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing. Steve Addington, Busch's current crew chief, will be assigned to other duties at JGR . . . Matt Kenseth and David Ragan will drive cars powered by the new Ford FR9 engine at Talladega. It's the first Ford engine produced specifically for NASCAR . . . Elliott Sadler will drive a Ford as Richard Petty Motorsports works on its 2010 program . . . Dick Thompson, longtime public relations director at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, died at age 74.

Wins: Jimmie Johnson, 6; Mark Martin, 5; Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart, 4 each; Denny Hamlin, 3; Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, 2 each; Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers, David Reutimann, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, 1 each.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Prv. Pts. Behind

1. Jimmie Johnson. . . 1 6098 -

2. Mark Martin. . . 2 5980 -118

3. Jeff Gordon. . . 3 5948 -150

4. Tony Stewart. . . 4 5906 -192

5. Juan Montoya. . . 6 5898 -200

6. Kurt Busch. . . 5 5858 -240

7. Ryan Newman. . . 8 5786 -312

8. Greg Biffle. . . 7 5748 -350

9. Denny Hamlin. . . 11 5746 -352

10. Carl Edwards. . . 10 5685 -413

11. Kasey Kahne. . . 9 5659 -439

12. Brian Vickers. . . 12 5568 -530

Up next: Dickies 500, Nov. 8, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, 3:15 p.m.; TV: Channel 6.

- Bill Fleischman