Talladega: Mike Bliss preview

Mike Bliss - No. 49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Charger Bliss at Talladega Superspeedway ... Bliss has five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway. He has two top-20 starts and one top-10 finish at the 2.66-mile ...

Mike Bliss - No. 49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge Charger

Bliss at Talladega Superspeedway ... Bliss has five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway. He has two top-20 starts and one top-10 finish at the 2.66-mile tri-oval with a track-best starting position of 18th (04/16/00) and a track-best finish of 9th (10/15/00).

Last October with BAM Racing, Bliss made his first NEXTEL Cup Series start of the 2006 season and qualified the No. 49 Dodge on speed. He secured a respectable 20th starting position for the team. Bliss managed to avoid trouble and finished the race in 26th place.

In the Loop...

* According to NASCAR loop data statistics, Bliss has a driver rating of 44.9 in events during the past two years at Talladega Superspeedway. The number is calculated by a formula combining the following loop data categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

* Loop data statistics rank Bliss as 35th in Fastest Laps Run at Talladega with a total of nine fast laps for a percentage of 1.9 total laps in three events.

* Loop Data statistics place Bliss as 25th in Closer rankings at Talladega Superspeedway. This statistic monitors positions improved in the last 10 percent of a race. With an average finish of 31.3 for events in the last two years, Bliss moved up two positions and gained an average of 0.7 spots.

Bliss on Talladega Superspeedway ... "Restrictor plate racing is full of intensity. There is actually a bit of strategy involved including being able to put yourself in the right place at the right time. We barely missed qualifying for Daytona earlier this season and it was heartbreaking for our team. We are determined and motivated to make this race. We feel we have something to prove."

-credit: bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mike Bliss