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THE RACE: 2009 AARON'S 312 - TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #8 of 35 for the 2009 season


Last Race - Phoenix
Next Race - Richmond

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NASCAR Race Number 8
Unofficial Race Results for the Aaron's 312 - Saturday, April 25, 2009
Talladega Superspeedway - Talladega, AL - 2.66 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 120 Laps - 319.2 Miles - Purse: $1,358,703


Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Winnings Status Times Laps
1 14 6 David Ragan Discount Tire Ford 120 190 5 $51,245 Running 1 1
2 1 33 Ryan Newman Rheem Chevy 120 175 5 $43,025 Running 3 21
3 16 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 120 170 5 $32,200 Running 1 1
4 23 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 120 160 $37,968 Running
5 12 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. GoDaddy.com Chevy 120 160 5 $25,150 Running 4 8
6 4 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 120 150 $31,593 Running
7 21 27 Jason Keller Scott Shop Towels / Walmart Ford 120 146 $29,193 Running
8 8 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. # America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota 120 147 5 $31,643 Running 2 4
9 10 88 Brad Keselowski Klondike Chevy 120 143 5 $27,918 Running 3 19
10 9 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 120 144 10 $21,975 Running 6 31
11 19 87 Joe Nemechek MAUI Shower Company Chevy 120 130 $27,768 Running
12 20 31 Kerry Earnhardt Fastwax.com Chevy 120 127 $21,075 Running
13 6 60 Carl Edwards Save-a-Lot Ford 120 129 5 $21,475 Running 4 20
14 17 26 Brian Keselowski Schweitzer Title Dodge 120 126 5 $27,243 Running 1 1
15 41 47 Michael McDowell # Tom's Snacks Toyota 120 118 $27,868 Running
16 39 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Mahindra Tractors Chevy 120 115 $27,293 Running
17 30 28 Kenny Wallace US Border Patrol Chevy 120 112 $26,868 Running
18 31 09 John Wes Townley # Zaxby's Ford 120 109 $26,718 Running
19 11 81 D J Kennington D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge 120 106 $26,593 Running
20 2 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General Toyota 120 108 5 $21,400 Running 2 2
21 22 15 Michael Annett # Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 120 100 $26,293 Running
22 27 49 Kertus Davis GetMoreVacations.com Chevy 120 97 $19,675 Running
23 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy 120 99 5 $28,493 Running 1 3
24 37 07 David Green PMCLife.com Toyota 120 91 $26,268 Running
25 36 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford 120 88 $25,868 Running
26 32 83 John Borneman III Borneman Plast./Twisted X Boots/Rd Ln Oil Ford 120 85 $19,100 Running
27 26 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 120 82 $18,975 Running
28 33 52 Donnie Neuenberger Quaker City Castings Chevy 119 79 $25,318 Running
29 24 10 David Reutimann Copart.com Toyota 118 76 $18,725 Running
30 42 61 Brandon Whitt Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Ford 118 73 $25,268 Running
31 7 29 Clint Bowyer Holiday Inn Chevy 117 75 5 $19,450 Running 1 2
32 28 12 Justin Allgaier # Verizon Wireless Dodge 114 67 $24,843 Accident
33 5 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy 114 64 $18,560 Accident
34 35 66 Steve Wallace US fidelis Chevy 109 61 $24,768 Suspension
35 3 16 Matt Kenseth CitiFinancial Ford 104 63 5 $18,615 Accident 2 4
36 43 05 Jeff Green 31W Insulation Chevy 104 55 $24,673 Running
37 38 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. SalonWish.com Chevy 86 52 $24,638 Engine
38 18 62 Brendan Gaughan # 5-Hour Energy Drink Chevy 73 49 $24,603 Overheating
39 25 0 Mike Wallace Fishburne Military School Chevy 58 51 5 $18,100 Engine 1 1
40 13 99 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 52 48 5 $18,015 Accident 2 2
41 40 1 Mike Bliss Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy 41 40 $24,448 Overheating
42 15 42 Kenny Hendrick Big Oak Ranch Dodge 19 37 $24,413 Overheating
43 29 04 Mark Green Randolph Trucking Chevy 2 34 $17,873 Vibration

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 70,000, David Ragan won the Aaron's 312, his first NNS victory. Prior to the green flag, the following drivers dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #42-Kenny Hendrick (missing drivers' meeting); #01-Danny O'Quinn Jr. (adjustments outside of impound); #49-Kertus Davis (adjustments outside of impound); #75-Bobby Gerhart (adjustments outside of impound).

Failed to Qualify: (4) #90-Johnny Chapman, #91-Justin Hobgood, #40-Scott Wimmer, #84-Mike Harmon.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 08 Mins, 32 Secs.
Average Speed: 149.004 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.030 Seconds

Caution Flags: 6 for 20 laps: Laps: 55-58 (# 20, 29, 99 accident Turn 2 [75]); 88-92 (Debris [81]); 96-98 (# 61 accident Turn 2 [23]); 106-108 (# 6, 16, 18 accident backstretch [83]); 111-112 (# 66 accident Turn 2 [None]); 116-118 (# 12, 18, 75 accident backstretch [None]).

Lead Changes: 34 among 15 drivers: R. Newman 0; B. Vickers 1; S. Lagasse Jr. # 2-3; D. Earnhardt Jr. 4; S. Lagasse Jr. # 5-6; C. Edwards 7-16; M. Waltrip 17; C. Edwards 18-23; J. Logano 24; R. Newman 25-28; C. Edwards 29-31; D. Earnhardt Jr. 32; R. Newman 33; K. Busch 34; C. Edwards 35; M. Waltrip 36; D. Earnhardt Jr. 37-39; Brad Keselowski 40; M. Shepherd 41-43; M. Kenseth 44-46; K. Busch 47; C. Bowyer 48-49; K. Busch 50; B. Vickers 51; K. Busch 52-54; M. Wallace 55; K. Busch 56-74; Brad Keselowski 75-88; Brian Keselowski 89; Brad Keselowski 90-93; K. Busch 94-99; D. Earnhardt Jr. 100-102; M. Kenseth 103; R. Newman 104-119; D. Ragan 120.

Coors Light Pole Award: Ryan Newman, #33 (185.877 mph)
Featherlite "Most Improved Driver": Scott Lagasse, Jr., #11 (24 Places)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Ryan Newman, #33
Mobil 1 Oil Command Performance: Tony Raines, #34
Raybestos "Rookie of the Race": Scott Lagasse, Jr., #11
Sunoco Diamond Performance: David Ragan, #6
WIX Filters "Lap Leader": Morgan Shepherd, #89


Driver Points



Points Report
Talladega Superspeedway
Aaron's 312
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Saturday, 4/25/2009 @ 4:53 PM Central


Pos Driver BPts Points Ldr
1. Kyle Busch 55 1219 0
2. Carl Edwards 35 1157 -62
3. David Ragan 10 1139 -80
4. Jason Leffler 0 1082 -137
5. Joey Logano 20 1063 -156
6. Brad Keselowski 20 1041 -178
7. Jason Keller 5 925 -294
8. Scott Lagasse Jr. # 5 886 -333
9. Justin Allgaier # 5 885 -334
10. Michael McDowell # 5 879 -340
11. Brendan Gaughan # 10 871 -348
12. Steve Wallace 0 837 -382
13. Mike Bliss 5 829 -390
14. Kenny Wallace 10 816 -403
15. Michael Annett # 10 804 -415
16. Tony Raines 0 785 -434
17. Kevin Harvick 15 731 -488
18. Joe Nemechek 5 724 -495
19. Eric McClure 0 689 -530
20. David Green 0 686 -533
21. Brandon Whitt 0 653 -566
22. Morgan Shepherd 5 643 -576
23. Greg Biffle 25 611 -608
24. John Wes Townley # 0 589 -630
25. Danny O'quinn Jr. 0 589 -630
26. Brian Vickers 15 575 -644
27. Brian Keselowski 5 567 -652
28. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 564 -655
29. Jeff Burton 10 539 -680
30. Michael Waltrip 10 526 -693
31. Matt Kenseth 10 512 -707
32. Kenny Hendrick 0 508 -711
33. David Reutimann 0 487 -732
34. Scott Wimmer 0 479 -740
35. D J Kennington 0 467 -752
36. Casey Atwood 0 438 -781
37. Burney Lamar 0 424 -795
38. Clint Bowyer 20 420 -799
39. Paul Menard 0 406 -813
40. Robert Richardson Jr. 0 404 -815
41. Tony Stewart 10 365 -854
42. Ken Butler 0 346 -873
43. Kertus Davis 0 323 -896
44. Shelby Howard 0 270 -949
45. Kelly Bires 5 254 -965
46. Terry Cook 0 246 -973
47. Jeff Green 0 237 -982
48. Dennis Setzer 0 223 -996
49. Brian Scott 0 206 -1013
50. Mark Green 0 192 -1027
51. Johnny Chapman 0 191 -1028
52. Scott Speed 5 190 -1029
53. Andy Ponstein 0 180 -1039
54. Ryan Newman 5 175 -1044
55. Kevin Hamlin 0 174 -1045
56. John Borneman III 0 158 -1061
57. Stanton Barrett 0 158 -1061
58. Mike Wallace 5 157 -1062
59. Donnie Neuenberger 0 134 -1085
60. Stephen Leicht 0 130 -1089
61. Kerry Earnhardt 0 127 -1092
62. Scott Gaylord 0 122 -1097
63. Kevin Lepage 0 119 -1100
64. Denny Hamlin 5 105 -1114
65. Trevor Bayne 0 94 -1125
66. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 94 -1125
67. J C Stout 0 92 -1127
68. Peyton Sellers 0 85 -1134
69. Marc Davis 0 82 -1137
70. Tim Andrews 0 64 -1155
71. Bobby Gerhart 0 64 -1155
72. Austin Dillon 0 61 -1158
73. Daryl Harr 0 52 -1167
74. Mike Harmon 0 51 -1168
75. Jeremy Clements 0 46 -1173
76. Justin Ashburn 0 40 -1179
77. Derrike Cope 0 34 -1185
78. Steve Grissom 0 34 -1185
79. Dave Blaney 0 34 -1185
80. Benny Gordon 0 5 -1214
81. Justin Hobgood 0 0 -1219
82. Larry Foyt 0 0 -1219
83. Josh Wise 0 0 -1219
84. Brad Teague 0 0 -1219
85. Ryan Hackett 0 0 -1219



Owner Points



Owner Points Following Race # 8
Talladega Superspeedway
Aaron's 312
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Saturday, 4/25/2009 @ 4:50 PM Central
Owners in Green
are lcoked into the race at Richmond.

Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr
1 Delana Harvick 33 1,241 0
2 Joe Gibbs 18 1,219 -22
3 Joe Gibbs 20 1,168 -73
4 Jack Roush 60 1,157 -84
5 Jack Roush 6 1,139 -102
6 Richard Childress 29 1,089 -152
7 Ralph Braun 38 1,082 -159
8 Jack Roush 16 1,078 -163
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 1,041 -200
10 Todd Braun 32 999 -242
11 Mike Curb 27 925 -316
12 Bryan Mullet 11 886 -355
13 Tad Geschickter 12 885 -356
14 Jodi Geschickter 47 879 -362
15 Rusty Wallace 62 871 -370
16 Rusty Wallace 66 837 -404
17 James Finch 1 829 -412
18 Jay Robinson 28 816 -425
19 Bob Germain 15 804 -437
20 Todd Braun 10 787 -454
21 Bob Jenkins 34 785 -456
22 Andrea Nemechek 87 724 -517
23 Michael Waltrip 99 716 -525
24 Pat MacDonald 81 701 -540
25 Johnny Davis 23 689 -552
26 Ed Rensi 24 689 -552
27 Armando Fitz 07 686 -555
28 Charlie Shoffner 61 653 -588
29 Cindy Shepherd 89 643 -598
30 Dusty Whitney 26 628 -613
31 Lori Morgan 01 626 -615
32 Jay Robinson 09 589 -652
33 Wayne Day 05 572 -669
34 Curtis Key Sr. 40 566 -675
35 Rick Hendrick 5 564 -677
36 Chip Ganassi 42 539 -702
37 Jimmy Means 52 485 -756
38 Stanton Barrett 31 464 -777
39 Mary Louise Miller 70 410 -831
40 Max Jones 98 406 -835
41 Jay Robinson 49 401 -840
42 Johnny Davis 0 375 -866
43 Randy Humphrey 91 296 -945
44 Marcia Parsons 90 284 -957
45 Corrie Stott 02 258 -983
46 Kay Keselowski 96 231 -1,010
47 Mike Harmon 84 202 -1,039
48 Rick Hendrick 80 190 -1,051
49 John Borneman Jr. 83 158 -1,083
50 Jack Roush 17 139 -1,102
51 William Spencer 77 85 -1,156
52 Rick Ware 41 84 -1,157
53 Marc Davis 36 82 -1,159
54 Arthur Shelton 22 69 -1,172
55 Bob Schacht 75 64 -1,177
56 Richard Childress 2 61 -1,180
57 Derrike Cope 73 55 -1,186
58 Tony Clements 50 46 -1,195
59 Todd Wilkerson 85 43 -1,198
60 Gene Vess 04 34 -1,207
61 John McNelly 56 31 -1,210
62 Mark Arellano 55 25 -1,216
63 Ray Hackett 76 22 -1,219
64 Frank Varischetti 72 18 -1,223
65 Mike Curb 43 0 -1,241



Pit Stall Selections






Starting Lineup



  • Newman on pole in Talladega: #33-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole for the Aarons 312 at Talladega Superspeedway with a top speed of 185.877mph. #32-Brian Vickers will start second. The rest of the top 10: #16-Matt Kenseth, #38-Jason Leffler, #75-Bobby Gerhart, #60-Carl Edwards, #11-Scott Lagasse, Jr., #29-Clint Bowyer, #18-Kyle Busch, and #88-Brad Keselowski.
    Did not qualify: #90-Johnny Chapman, #91-Justin Hobgood, #40-Scott Wimmer & #84-Mike Harmon.(4-24-2009)

    Starting Line Up by Row
    Talladega Superspeedway
    Aaron's 312
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, April 24, 2009 @ 01:23 PM Central

    Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
    1 33 Ryan Newman Rheem Chevy 51.518 185.877
    2 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General Toyota 51.614 185.531
    3 16 Matt Kenseth CitiFinancial Ford 51.681 185.291
    4 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 51.705 185.205
    5 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy 51.722 185.144
    6 60 Carl Edwards Save-a-Lot Ford 51.788 184.908
    7 29 Clint Bowyer Holiday Inn Chevy 51.880 184.580
    8 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. # America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota 51.880 184.580
    9 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 51.893 184.534
    10 88 Brad Keselowski Klondike Chevy 51.914 184.459
    11 81 D J Kennington D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge 51.915 184.455
    12 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. GoDaddy.com Chevy 51.932 184.395
    13 99 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 52.006 184.133
    14 6 David Ragan Discount Tire Ford 52.014 184.104
    15 42 Kenny Hendrick Big Oak Ranch Dodge 52.059 183.945
    16 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 52.067 183.917
    17 26 Brian Keselowski Schweitzer Title Dodge 52.110 183.765
    18 62 Brendan Gaughan # 5-Hour Energy Drink Chevy 52.161 183.585
    19 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Chevy 52.180 183.519
    20 31 Kerry Earnhardt Fastwax.com Chevy 52.208 183.420
    21 27 Jason Keller Scott Shop Towels / Walmart Ford 52.214 183.399
    22 15 Michael Annett # Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 52.216 183.392
    23 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 52.255 183.255
    24 10 David Reutimann Copart.com Toyota 52.273 183.192
    25 0 Mike Wallace Fishburne Military School Chevy 52.345 182.940
    26 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 52.348 182.930
    27 49 Kertus Davis GetMoreVacations.com Chevy 52.348 182.930
    28 12 Justin Allgaier # Verizon Wireless Dodge 52.401 182.745
    29 04 Mark Green Randolph Trucking Chevy 52.408 182.720
    30 28 Kenny Wallace US Border Patrol Chevy 52.413 182.703
    31 09 John Wes Townley # Zaxby's Ford 52.421 182.675
    32 83 John Borneman III Borneman Plast./Twisted X Boots/R.L.Oil Ford 52.491 182.431
    33 52 Donnie Neuenberger Quaker City Castings Chevy 52.506 182.379
    34 89 Morgan Shepherd Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy 52.538 182.268
    35 66 Steve Wallace US fidelis Chevy 52.617 181.994
    36 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford 52.688 181.749
    37 07 David Green PMCLife.com Toyota 52.688 181.749
    38 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. SalonWish.com Chevy 52.722 181.632
    39 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Mahindra Tractors Chevy 52.776 181.446
    40 1 Mike Bliss Miccosukee Indian Gaming/Res. Chevy 52.816 181.309
    41 47 Michael McDowell # Tom's Snacks Toyota Owner Points
    42 61 Brandon Whitt Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Ford Owner Points
    43 05 Jeff Green 31W Insulation Chevy Past Champion

    Did not qualify: #90-Johnny Chapman, #91-Justin Hobgood, #40-Scott Wimmer & #84-Mike Harmon.


    Practice Speeds



  • Annett paces Happy Hour: #15-Michael Annett was fastest in Happy Hour at Talladega with a speed of 192.370mph. Most teams drafted during the sessiion. #81-D.J. Kennington was second fastest followed by: #60-Carl Edwards, #34-Tony Raines, #6-David Ragan, #27-Jason Keller, #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #29-Clint Bowyer, and #10-David Reutimann. Only 38 drivers practiced during the session.(4-23-2009)

    NNS Final Practice
    Talladega Superspeedway
    Aaron's 312
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Thu, April 23, 2009 @ 04:52 PM Central

    Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed # Laps
    1 15 Michael Annett # Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 49.779 192.370 17
    2 81 D J Kennington D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge 49.784 192.351 15
    3 60 Carl Edwards Save-a-Lot Ford 49.899 191.908 10
    4 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 50.091 191.172 12
    5 6 David Ragan Discount Tire Ford 50.099 191.142 15
    6 27 Jason Keller Scott Shop Towels / Walmart Ford 50.104 191.122 16
    7 *5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. [PC2] GoDaddy.com Chevy 50.115 191.081 13
    8 62 Brendan Gaughan # 5-Hour Energy Drink Chevy 50.127 191.035 22
    9 29 Clint Bowyer Holiday Inn Chevy 50.141 190.981 15
    10 10 David Reutimann Copart.com Toyota 50.150 190.947 24
    11 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. # America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota 50.174 190.856 20
    12 88 Brad Keselowski Klondike Chevy 50.188 190.803 20
    13 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 50.548 189.444 12
    14 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford 50.633 189.126 7
    15 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Spa Finders Chevy 50.682 188.943 23
    16 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 50.701 188.872 20
    17 1 Mike Bliss Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy 50.743 188.716 16
    18 12 Justin Allgaier # Verizon Wireless Dodge 50.761 188.649 4
    19 66 Steve Wallace US fidelis Chevy 50.865 188.263 12
    20 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 50.881 188.204 14
    21 07 David Green PMCLife.com Toyota 50.899 188.137 13
    22 *05 Jeff Green [PC1] 31W Insulation Chevy 51.418 186.238 15
    23 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy 51.450 186.122 16
    24 83 John Borneman III Borneman Plast./Twisted X Boots/R. L. Oil Ford 51.888 184.551 10
    25 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 51.914 184.459 3
    26 26 Brian Keselowski Schweitzer Title Dodge 51.999 184.157 9
    27 42 Kenny Hendrick Big Oak Ranch Dodge 52.084 183.857 15
    28 31 Kerry Earnhardt Fastwax.com Chevy 52.216 183.392 7
    29 09 John Wes Townley # Zaxby's Ford 52.244 183.294 7
    30 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Chevy 52.380 182.818 4
    31 90 Johnny Chapman MSRP Motorsports Chevy 52.617 181.994 10
    32 89 Morgan Shepherd Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy 52.677 181.787 7
    33 91 Justin Hobgood MSRP Motorsports Chevy 52.687 181.753 3
    34 40 Scott Wimmer StopRepairBills.com Chevy 52.697 181.718 7
    35 4 Mark Green Randolph Trucking Chevy 52.807 181.340 3
    36 49 Kertus Davis GetMoreVacations.com Chevy 53.061 180.472 7
    37 84 Mike Harmon DAB Constructors Chevy 53.443 179.182 6
    38 52 Donnie Neuenberger Quaker City Castings Chevy 0.000 0.000 0



  • Keselowski fastest in opening practice: #88-Brad Keselowski was fastest during the first practice session at Talladega with a top speed of 194.003mph. #11-Scott Lagassee, Jr. was second, #20-Joey Logano third. The rest of the top 10: #29-Clint Bowyer, #18-Kyle Busch, #47-Michael McDowell, #12-Justin Allgaier, #66-Steve Wallace, #38-Jason Leffler, and #10-David Reutimann.(4-23-2009)

    NNS Practice
    Talladega Superspeedway
    Aaron's 312
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Thu, April 23, 2009 @ 03:52 PM Central

    Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed # Laps
    1 88 Brad Keselowski Klondike Chevy 49.360 194.003 34
    2 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. # America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota 49.362 193.995 17
    3 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 49.376 193.940 31
    4 29 Clint Bowyer Holiday Inn Chevy 49.502 193.447 21
    5 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 49.523 193.365 24
    6 47 Michael McDowell # Tom's Snacks Toyota 49.559 193.224 12
    7 12 Justin Allgaier # Verizon Wireless Dodge 49.562 193.213 27
    8 66 Steve Wallace US fidelis Chevy 49.601 193.061 24
    9 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 49.610 193.026 27
    10 10 David Reutimann Copart.com Toyota 49.659 192.835 22
    11 62 Brendan Gaughan # 5-Hour Energy Drink Chevy 49.734 192.544 23
    12 33 Ryan Newman Rheem Chevy 49.793 192.316 17
    13 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Chevy 49.798 192.297 8
    14 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford 49.801 192.285 18
    15 28 Kenny Wallace US Border Patrol Chevy 49.962 191.666 19
    16 6 David Ragan Discount Tire Ford 50.014 191.466 20
    17 0 Mike Wallace Fishburne Military School Chevy 50.065 191.271 12
    18 16 Matt Kenseth CitiFinancial Ford 50.131 191.020 20
    19 60 Carl Edwards Save-a-Lot Ford 50.142 190.978 20
    20 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General Toyota 50.156 190.924 22
    21 15 Michael Annett # Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 50.162 190.901 23
    22 81 D J Kennington D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge 50.163 190.898 15
    23 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. [PC2] GoDaddy.com Chevy 50.239 190.609 11
    24 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 50.318 190.310 19
    25 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Mahindra Tractors Chevy 50.352 190.181 19
    26 99 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 50.441 189.846 16
    27 27 Jason Keller Scott Shop Towels / Walmart Ford 50.712 188.831 10
    28 31 Kerry Earnhardt Fastwax.com Chevy 50.726 188.779 5
    29 61 Brandon Whitt Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Ford 51.051 187.577 11
    30 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Spa Finders Chevy 51.698 185.230 3
    31 26 Brian Keselowski Schweitzer Title Dodge 52.256 183.252 3
    32 42 Kenny Hendrick Big Oak Ranch Dodge 52.268 183.210 8
    33 09 John Wes Townley # Zaxby's Ford 52.384 182.804 7
    34 91 Justin Hobgood MSRP Motorsports Chevy 52.441 182.605 5
    35 83 John Borneman III Borneman Plast./Twisted X Boots/R. Ln. Oil Ford 52.573 182.147 5
    36 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 52.613 182.008 7
    37 89 Morgan Shepherd Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy 52.894 181.041 3
    38 40 Scott Wimmer StopRepairBills.com Chevy 53.035 180.560 7
    39 1 Mike Bliss Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy 53.055 180.492 3
    40 07 David Green PMCLife.com Toyota 53.127 180.247 8
    41 05 Jeff Green [PC1] 31W Insulation Chevy 53.252 179.824 6
    42 84 Mike Harmon DAB Constructors Chevy 53.903 177.652 7
    43 90 Johnny Chapman MSRP Motorsports Chevy 61.219 156.422 1
    44 52 Donnie Neuenberger Quaker City Castings Chevy 69.141 138.500 2
    45 04 Mark Green Randolph Trucking Chevy 0.000 0.000 0




    Entry List



  • Entry List: There are 47 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega. Some notes:
    Mike Wallace is back in the #0 for Johnny Davis;
    Mark Green is entered in an #04 Chevy for Johnny Davis;
    Jeff Green is back in the #05 for Wayne Day;
    Kerry Earnhardt returns to the #31;
    Ryan Newman make his series debut for the year in the #33 for KHI;
    Bobby Gerhardt is entered in the #75.(4-20-2009)



    Preliminary Entry List
    Aaron's 312
    Talladega Superspeedway


    Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
    1 0 Mike Wallace Sponsordavis.com 09 Chevy Johnny Davis
    2 1 Mike Bliss Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort 09 Chevy James Finch
    3 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr sponsordavis.com 09 Chevy Lori Morgan
    4 04 Mark Green sponsordavis.com 09 Chevy Gene Vess
    5 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr [PC2] Go Daddy 09 Chevy Rick Hendrick
    6 05 Jeff Green [PC1] 31W Insulation 09 Chevy Wayne Day
    7 6 David Ragan Discount Tire 09 Ford Jack Roush
    8 07 David Green SK Motorsports 09 Toyota Armando Fitz
    9 09 John Wes Townley Zaxby's 09 Ford Jay Robinson
    10 10 David Reutimann TBD 08 Toyota Todd Braun
    11 11 Scott Lagasse Jr America's Incredible Pizza Company 09 Toyota Bryan Mullet
    12 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless 09 Dodge Tad Geschickter
    13 15 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers 09 Toyota Bob Germain
    14 16 Matt Kenseth CitiFinancial 09 Ford Jack Roush
    15 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs 09 Toyota Joe Gibbs
    16 20 Joey Logano GameStop 09 Toyota Joe Gibbs
    17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Mahindra 08 Chevy Johnny Davis
    18 24 Eric McClure Hefty 09 Ford Ed Rensi
    19 26 Brian Keselowski Schweitzer Title 09 Dodge Dusty Whitney
    20 27 Jason Keller Scott Shop Towels 09 Ford Mike Curb
    21 28 Kenny Wallace US Border Patrol 06 Chevy Jay Robinson
    22 29 Clint Bowyer HOLIDAY INN 09 Chevy Richard Childress
    23 31 Kerry Earnhardt TBA 09 Chevy Stanton Barrett
    24 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General Stores 08 Toyota Todd Braun
    25 33 Ryan Newman Rheem 09 Chevy Delana Harvick
    26 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's 09 Chevy Bob Jenkins
    27 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 08 Toyota Ralph Braun
    28 40 Scott Wimmer StopRepairBills.com 09 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
    29 42 Kenny Hendrick TBA 08 Dodge Chip Ganassi
    30 47 Michael McDowell Tom's 09 Toyota Jodi Geschickter
    31 49 Kertus Davis Get More Vacations.Com 06 Chevy Jay Robinson
    32 52 Donnie Neuenberger TBA 07 Chevy Jimmy Means
    33 60 Carl Edwards Save A Lot 09 Ford Jack Roush
    34 61 Brandon Whitt Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash 09 Ford Charlie Shoffner
    35 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino 09 Chevy Rusty Wallace
    36 66 Steve Wallace 5-Hour Energy Drink 09 Chevy Rusty Wallace
    37 70 Shelby Howard ForeTravel 07 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
    38 75 Bobby Gerhart TBA 07 Chevy Bob Schacht
    39 81 D J Kennington TBA 09 Dodge Pat MacDonald
    40 83 John Borneman III Borneman Plastering-Twisted X Boots-Red Line Oil 09 Ford John Borneman Jr
    41 84 Mike Harmon TBA 09 Chevy Mike Harmon
    42 87 Joe Nemechek TBA 08 Chevy Andrea Nemechek
    43 88 Brad Keselowski Klondike 09 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
    44 89 Morgan Shepherd Eldora Speedway-Lagina Plumbing 09 Chevy Cindy Shepherd
    45 90 Johnny Chapman MSRP Motorsports 08 Chevy Marcia Parsons
    46 91 Justin Hobgood TBA 08 Chevy Randy Humphrey
    47 99 Michael Waltrip Aaron's 09 Toyota Michael Waltrip

    NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes - Talladega

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 20, 2009) - There has been a lot of talk about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch (#18 Z-Line Designs Toyota) and Carl Edwards (#60 Save A Lot Ford) competing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Why not? They are running 1-2 in the point standings.

    But NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars Jason Leffler (#38 Great Clips Toyota) and a host of others have put together strong performances in the first seven races this season and currently maintain top-10 positions in the  standings heading into the Aaron’s 312 this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

    In addition to Leffler, Brad Keselowski (#88 Klondike Chevy), Brendan Gaughan (#62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy), Justin Allgaier (#12 Verizon Wireless Dodge), Mike Bliss (#1 Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy) and Jason Keller (#27 Scott Shop Towels Ford) are in the top 10 in points. Knocking on the door in 11th and 12th, respectively, are Steve Wallace (#66 5-Hour Energy Drink Chevy) and Michael McDowell (#47 Tom’s Toyota), who are within 18 points of the top 10. Overall, six other series-only regulars are within Keller’s 10th-place standing.

    One of the hottest drivers on the circuit, Leffler may be better known as a late-season charger, but already his fourth-place standing suggests otherwise. His second-place finish in last weekend’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway was his best finish since August 2005 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Leffler, who has two top fives and five top 10s through the first seven races this season, finished fourth last season at Talladega after leading seven laps. Last year, he entered the Aaron’s 312 eighth in the standings.

    In its entirety, the seven series regulars make up the largest group of drivers represented in the top 10 at this stage of the season since 2004, when eight drivers were in the top 10 after seven races.

    KHI Working For Car Owner Point Lead; Newman In #33

    The #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevy has had its share of drivers—in fact, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Kelly Bires—who have competed in the car this season. But that hasn’t led to any inconsistencies when keeping the car near the front of the point standings. The car is only nine points out of the point lead, behind the Joe Gibbs owned #18 Toyota. Six cars are within 77 points of the #18 machine.

    Ryan Newman will be the fourth driver to compete this season in the #33, which has five top 10s and sat on the pole for the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This will be Newman’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of 2009 and first time in a Nationwide race at Talladega. The last time Newman competed at a track for the first time in a NASCAR race other than the Sprint Cup Series, he won. Interestingly, it was also with KHI, when Newman picked up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory last October at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    While KHI is second, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owners hold first, four of the top five and seven of the top 10 spots in Nationwide owner points. The two other series-only regulars that hold spots are the #38 Braun Racing Toyota (eighth) and the #88 JR Motorsports Chevy (ninth).

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Car Owner Standings

         Owner                  No.    Points
    1   Joe Gibbs              18      1,075
    2   Delana Harvick       33      1,066
    3   Jack Roush            60      1,028
    4   Jack Roush            16      1,015
    5   Richard Childress    29      1,014
    6   Joe Gibbs               20      998 
    7   Jack Roush             6       949
    8   Ralph Braun            38      932
    9   Dale Earnhardt Jr.    88      898
    10 Todd Braun              32      891

    Seesaw Battle For Point Lead Continues At Talladega

    Kyle Busch (#18 Z-Line Designs Toyota) and Carl Edwards (#60 Save A Lot Ford) have been through this game time and time again. This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, they’ll continue their battle.

    Busch is the new point leader by 47 points over Edwards heading into the Aaron’s 312 after taking the point lead from Edwards last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Neither driver had a perfect race — Busch lost two laps early before clawing his way back to 10th at the checkered flag, while Edwards lost time in the pits with mechanical problems and finished 33rd. That marked Edwards’ worst finish of the season, and only the 15th time in 148 starts he has finished lower than 30th.

    Neither driver has won at Talladega, at least in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the track hasn’t been the most kind to them in the past. Despite winning last April’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Busch averages a 27.5 finish there. Edwards has two finishes below 30th.

    While Busch has two victories and they’ve combined for four poles (Edwards with three of those) this season, neither is guaranteed the point lead exiting the weekend. David Ragan (#6 Discount Tire Ford) mathematically has the chance to move into first or second.

    Junior Nation In Full Force

    The Junior Nation will be in full force when it comes to this weekend’s races at Talladega Superspeedway.

    In addition to his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  endeavors, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#5 Go Daddy Chevy) will also compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Rick Hendrick. The Aaron’s 312 will be the fourth start for Earnhardt in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.

    Though he has five victories in Sprint Cup competition, the former Nationwide Series champion only has series victory in six starts.

    Meanwhile, Earnhardt’s car will be competing and also look to continue moving up the charts. Brad Keselowski (#88 Klondike Chevy) is still seeking his first victory of the season and has moved into the top five in points.

    Rookies Still Running Well

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates continue to impress heading into the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

    Among those in the top 10 in the series point standings are Brendan Gaughan (#62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy) and Justin Allgaier (#12 Verizon Wireless Dodge). However, Allgaier continues to lead the rookie standings by three (76-73) over Gaughan after seven races. Following Phoenix, Michael McDowell (#47 Tom’s Toyota) moved into third in the rookie standings, one point ahead of Scott Lagasse Jr. (#11 America’s Incredible Pizza Company Toyota).

    Last season, only one rookie, Patrick Carpentier, finished in the top 10 at Talladega.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie Standings

    Rk / Driver                       Team Points
    1     Justin Allgaier             Penske 76
    2     Brendan Gaughan       RWR 73
    3     Michael McDowell       JTG-D 64
    4     Scott Lagasse Jr.        CJM  63
    5     Michael Annett            Germain 55
    6     John West Townley     RAB  48 
    7     Ken Butler III              R3  26
    8     Peyton Sellers           CM  7
    9     Marc Davis                 MDM 6
    10   Erik Darnell*               RFR  0
    *First race not until Richmond 5/1

    NNS-Only Drivers Vie For Talladega Victory

    Three NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars should make a major play at stealing a win from a double duty NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

    Chief among them are Joe Nemechek, Mike Bliss and Brad Keselowski. All three have solid recent statistics at Talladega.

    Nemechek has two wins at the high-banked Alabama mainstay, but hasn’t raced there since 2005. In that 2005 race, Nemechek started second and ran well, but finished just 29th thanks to an accident. His statistics in that race, though, show a much better performance than his finish would suggest. In the 2005 edition, Nemechek had a Driver Rating of 100.8, an Average Running Position of 11.6 and ran 68.3% of the laps among the top 15.

    Bliss should also be a major threat to visit Victory Lane. Last season, he started second and finished seventh. In 2007, after a 31st-place starting position, he worked his way through the field to finish 14th. Over those two races, Bliss has a Driver Rating of 93.1, an Average Running Position of 12.8 and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 66.2.

    Keselowski, after a rough start to the season that saw three consecutive finishes outside the top 20, has now posted three consecutive third-place finishes. He has only one Talladega start in his career, but his performance was a solid one. Like Nemechek, his Talladega finish fails to tell the whole story.

    Last season, Keselowski finished 23rd after starting fifth. But in the race, he earned a Driver Rating of 87.3, an Average Running Position of 16.1, had three Fastest Laps Run and a Laps in the top 15 percentage of 48.7.

    If he can stay out of trouble, Steve Wallace may also be a factor. Wallace has had two career Talladega starts, both of which were DNFs because of accidents. Still, his stats are solid there. In the last two Talladega races, Wallace has a Driver Rating of 85.5, an Average Running Position of 16.0 and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 55.3.

    Seeking More Victories

    After winning his 100th race at Phoenix International Raceway, Jack Roush is looking for what would be only his second NASCAR Nationwide victory at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition to Carl Edwards, Roush is fielding cars for David Ragan and Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth (#16 CitiFinancial Ford). The #16 won at Phoenix with Greg Biffle behind the wheel.

    Another driver looking to put together a solid performance is Brian Vickers (#32 Dollar General Stores Toyota), who earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at the 2.66-mile track in 2006. Todd Braun’s two-car team also has David Reutimann (#10 Toyota) scheduled to compete Saturday.

    In addition to Joe Nemechek (#87 Chevy), who has twice captured victory at Talladega in Nationwide competition, other former winners entered for this weekend are Jason Keller (#27 Scott Shop Towels Ford) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#5 Go Daddy Chevy). With a victory, Nemechek would tie Martin Truex Jr. with the most NASCAR Nationwide Series victories at Talladega—three. 

    More Of This Weekend’s Entry List

    Several drivers are aiming to make their first NASCAR Nationwide Series starts of the 2009 campaign.

    In addition to Ryan Newman (#33 Rheem Chevy), those drivers are Kerry Earnhardt (#31 Chevy, owned by Stanton Barrett), Bobby Gerhart (#275 Chevy, owned by Bob Schacht) and Justin Hobgood (#91 Chevy, owned by Randy Humphrey). Earnhardt attempted to compete earlier in the season but was unable to earn a starting spot.

    Meanwhile, 22 drivers have competed in all seven Nationwide Series races this season. The highest positioned driver who has not competed in all seven is Joey Logano (#20 GameStop Toyota).

    Forty-seven cars are vying for 43 spots this weekend. Among those looking to make the field on speed are Scott Wimmer (#40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy; 31st in car owner points), Jeff Green (#05 31W Insulation; 32nd), Brian Keselowski (#26 Schweitzer Tile Dodge; 33rd), Kenny Hendrick (#42 Dodge, owned by Chip Ganassi; 34th) and John Wes Townley (#09 Zaxby’s Ford; 35th).

    NNS, Etc.

    Manufacturers’ Standings

    2009 Manufacturers'
    Championship Standings
    Chevy     46
    Toyota         44
    Ford             42
    Dodge          22

    Chevy broke yet another tie with Toyota at Phoenix and leads Toyota by two points heading into the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. The points go toward the 2009 Bill France Performance Award standings.

    Chevy has been dominant at several races this season, and looks to continue its dominance at Talladega again. Chevy had a five-race streak snapped last season by Toyota, when Tony Stewart won. Overall, Chevy has 12 victories in 17 Talladega races in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.

    Ford is only four points behind Chevy after Greg Biffle won at Phoenix last weekend. Dodge is fourth with 22 points.

    Quick Stats For Talladega

    Up Next: Richmond International Raceway

    From the biggest track on the schedule to one of the smallest, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will make the transition from Talladega Superspeedway to Richmond International Raceway in back-to-back weekends.

    The race is the first of two at the three-quarter mile Virginia oval. Last season, Virginia native Denny Hamlin captured the first race, while Carl Edwards took the second race. 

    FAST FACTS

    The Race: Aaron’s 312
    The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
    The Date: Saturday, April 25
    The Time: 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT)
    The Distance: 311.22 miles / 117 laps
    TV: ABC, 2:30 p.m. ET
    Radio: Sirius NASCAR Radio / MRN
    2008 Race Winner: Tony Stewart
    2008 Polesitter: Tony Stewart
    Event Schedule (all times CT): Thursday—Practice 3-3:45 p.m.; Final Practice 4-4:50 p.m. Friday—Qualifying 10:30 a.m.

    DRIVER STANDINGS

          Driver                  Points
    1    Kyle Busch           1,075
    2    Carl Edwards         1,028
    3    David Ragan           949
    4    Jason Leffler           932
    5    Brad Keselowski     898
    6    Joey Logano           893
    7    Brendan Gaughan   822
    8    Justin Allgaier         818
    9    Mike Bliss              789
    10 Jason Keller             779


  • Additional Talladega Nationwide Race Info at:
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    ESPN.com Nationwide page
    NASCAR.com


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