Michigan International Speedway was once a track on which Matt Kenseth could always be counted a favorite. His last four attempts there ended in an average finish of 13th and only one top-10.
Austin Dillon enters the Hellmann's 500 with five consecutive top-15s, of which three are top-10s.
Greg Biffle has suffered crash damage in five of his last six attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Since last year’s edition of the Alabama 500, Denny Hamlin’s restrictor-plate, superspeedway results have been a mixed bag of results ranging from first to 37th.
Chris Buescher has failed to finish with crash damage in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races.
Brad Keselowski has won the last two plate races at Talladega SuperSpeedway in May and Daytona International Speedway in July.
According to a recent release that has been circulating around in the social media world since Tuesday, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Chris Bailey has joined forces with Jent Motorsports for a full ARCA slate in 2017.
Ryan Reed will attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this week on a track type that has produced 33 percent of his nine XFINITY top-10s.
Chase Elliott sits 25 points behind the cutoff line to advance to the next round of the playoffs and is essentially in a must-win situation at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Brian Scott has failed to finish four of seven career races on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Michael Annett has 10 previous starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways with a best finish of 13th at Daytona and a 16th at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
The #30 TMG Chevy is shown as being 'withdrawn' on the Hellman's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway entry list.