Labonte has one win in 32 Talladega starts. But the former Cup champ has been consistent at the Alabama track despite two engine failures in the last eight races. Now under the Yates Racing roof and with new crew chief Ben Leslie, Labonte has the engines that earned eight poles and four wins.
Hamlin lasted fewer than 100 laps in last fall's Dega race but scored top-five finishes in the two previous races. As solid as the No. 11 car has been this season, Hamlin could make it three consecutive Talladega wins for Joe Gibbs Racing on Sunday.
Juan Pablo Montoya
When the smoke cleared last April, Montoya finished second behind Kyle Busch. Montoya's patience and reflexes have served him well on restrictor-plate tracks. With the merger of Ganassi Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc., Montoya will have horsepower unlike anything he's experienced before at Talladega.
Some kids are just naturals on restrictor-plate tracks. Ragan has scored two top fives in four Talladega starts to enhance his three finishes of sixth or better in five Daytona races. He's led 12 laps and completed 716 of 758 laps.
Martin returns to Talladega after a two-year absence. When Martin was a Roush racer the horsepower was OK on restrictor-plate tracks but he wasn't in the class of Robert Yates Racing, RCR or HMS. Still, Martin was patient and savvy enough to squeeze out two wins, 10 top fives and 22 top 10s in 42 starts.
J.J. was super at posting the fastest lap at Talladega, as evidenced by poles in his first two starts, which led to the tour's best average start of 9.1. Once he understood he had to share the real estate with 42 other drivers, his luck at 'Dega changed dramatically. Johnson's only Talladga win came in his ninth start.
Harvick could offer Richard Childress Racing the shot it needs to get back on track this weekend. After six seasons together, Harvick will part ways with crew chief Todd Berrier following this weekend. Together the pair scored three top fives and seven top 10s at Talladega and completed every lap but one in 11 of their last 12 starts.
Gordon is gold at 'Dega with six wins, 13 top fives and 16 top 10s in 32 career starts. He leads the tour with most laps led 805.
Although Busch has never won a race at Talladega, he's the most consistent among current drivers. In 16 starts, Busch has six top fives and 11 top 10s and holds the best average finish of 12.5.
Take last fall's winner, put him in a Hendrick car and the rest, as they say, is NASCAR history. Smoke is magical on restrictor-plate tracks. In 20 starts, Stewart scored nine top fives, which helped the driver earn an average finish of 13.3 second best on the tour. Smoke has finished 97.1 percent of possible laps raced.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior holds the distinction of being the only driver since Talladega debuted in 1969 to win four consecutive races at the track. Earnhardt has led laps in 16 of the 18 Talladega events in which he's raced. His 635 laps led are second among current drivers.
Takin' it to Talladega
NASCAR's traveling road show comes to the biggest track on the circuit 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. Who will be the fastest of the fast? Lee Spencer breaks down the top contenders.