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THE RACE: Aaron's 499

TRACK: Talladega SuperSpeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, April 17, 2011 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Aaron's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, April 20 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Thursday, April 14th

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm - NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm - NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice
7:00 pm - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Haulers Enter

Friday, April 15th

11:10 am NASCAR Nationwide Qualifying
1:00 - 1:45 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
2:30 - 3:30 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice

Saturday, April 16th

10:35 am NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
1:30 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Introductions
2:00 pm Aaron's 312 - NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

Sunday, April 17th

11:30 am Aaron's 499 Driver Introductions
12:00 pm - Aaron's 499 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,944,315
2010: $5,982,252
2009: $6,149,092
2008: $6,101,309
2007: $6,022,630
2006: $5,951,372
2005: $5,814,065
2004: $5,711,245
2003: $5,082,015


TRACK/RACE NEWS


Track Records

  • A Record Fit for a King: Richard "The King" Petty won twice in 46 Talladega starts. But his two wins managed to set an unusual record. The first win came on August 11, 1974. The second came on May 1, 1983, setting the mark for longest stretch between wins at the 2.66-mile oval.(10-2-2004)

  • Slowest Cup race ever at Talladega 2004: A track record 11 caution periods over 55 laps caused the average speed to be 129.396mph, the slowest in a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup race at Talladega. The record (130.892) was set in 1975 in a race won by Buddy Baker.(4-27-2004)

  • October 2010 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 184.640mph, finished 3rd

  • April 2010 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 47 years, 7 months, 13 days, 4/25/2004

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002

  • October 2010 Race Winner: #33-Clint Bowyer, 163.618mph, started 2nd

  • April 2010 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 150.590mph, started 4th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • Expect 197-198 mph speeds at Talladega: The day of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in February was one of anxiety for NASCAR officials. They watched as Sprint Cup drivers, hooked up in the new Daytona version of the two-car draft, shot speeds into a relative stratosphere, spinning gauges to 206 miles per hour. That was very fast. That also was not acceptable. So NASCAR stepped into its occasional role as speed police, eventually changing the engine restrictor plate that helps control speeds at Daytona and Talladega and toying with the cooling systems that teams use to feed air to the engine compartment, with the aim of occasionally disrupting the two-car tandems. The plan worked, and a modification of it will be in use this weekend during practice and qualifying for the Aaron's 499 and the race itself at Talladega Superspeedway. After Daytona Speedweeks, NASCAR dropped the size of the restrictor plate by 1/64 of an inch to 7/8 for this weekend. A minor impact on speed is expected. John Darby, Sprint Cup Series director, said he expects speeds this weekend to be in the 197-198 mph neighborhood "with an occasional lap at 200 to 201."(SPEED)(4-15-2011)

  • Numbers for Talladega Superspeedway:
    0 - fewest cautions for a Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (three times, most recent 10/6/02)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner (twice, most recent 4/26/09)
    1 - fewest cars on the lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 5/6/79)
    2 - laps led by race winner Kevin Harvick last spring
    8 - cautions in last year's spring race
    10 - most wins (Dale Earnhardt Sr.)
    11 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    13 - wins from the pole; 32 from the front row
    29 - most leaders (5/25/11)
    40 - most cars running at finish (4/22/01)
    41 - drivers have posted wins in the 83 races
    62 - most caution laps (5/7/72)
    88 - most lead changes (5/25/10)
    153 - most laps led by race winner (Pete Hamilton, 8/23/70)
    BONUS: In addition to Talladega Superspeedway (83 races), six other Alabama tracks hosted 19 Sprint Cup events from 1951 to 1969. New Mobile Speedway was the first Alabama track hosting the series with two races in 1951. No other Sprint Cup races were held at the .750-mile dirt track. The final race at Montgomery Speedway was run on December 8, 1968, but was recorded as the second race of the 1969 season behind a race at Middle Georgia Raceway (Macon) on November 17, 1968. The first race actually held in 1969 was at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway on February 1, 1969 before the series converged on Daytona where the two qualifying races as well as the Daytona 500 were counted as part of the 54-race 1969 season.(Dodge Motorsports) (4-15-2011)

  • Record lead changes at Talladega? Whenever a lead change takes place on the race track, the NASCAR control tower announces it thusly: "New Leader, the [car number]." There were many such announcements at the two Talladega races last season. The April race had an all-time NASCAR record 88 lead changes; the October race had 87. The October race got off to a quick start  there were 10 lead changes in the first 10 laps. The record for number of different leaders was also broken last April  29 different drivers led at least one lap. Figure on a similar ratio this weekend. The lead change and leader records both fell in the season's first restrictor plate race  the Daytona 500. That jump-started a season that has already seen three races with records in lead changes, and another  Texas, last weekend  that came two lead changes short of tying the record. Many competition numbers are highs through seven races. For instance &
    " There has been an average of 13 leaders per race, most through seven races in series history.
    " There has been an average of 31.4 lead changes per race, most through seven races in series history.
    " There have been six different winners in the first seven races, most since 2003.
    " There has been an average of 3,581 green flag passes all around the track per race, most through seven races since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.
    " There has been an average of 39 green flag passes for the lead all around the track per race, second-most through seven races since the inception of Loop Data in 2005.(NASCAR)(4-13-2011)

  • At Talladega Superspeedway:
    Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.
    The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
    There have been 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season, which had just one.
    Richard Brickhouse won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    Bobby Isaac won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in September 1969. Isaac won the first three poles there.
    35 different drivers have won poles. Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles.
    41 different drivers have posted victories, led by Dale Earnhardt Sr. (10). Eighteen drivers have won more than once.
    Jeff Gordon leads all other active drivers in victories, with six. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second among active drivers in victories with five.
    Richard Childress Racing has won 11 races, more than any other organization. Hendrick Motorsports, with 10 wins, can match that mark this weekend.
    32 of 83 races have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole; 23 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. The most recent driver to win from the pole was Jeff Gordon in 2007 (spring).
    The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
    Mark Martin's pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for the fastest race ever. He won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph and covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
    Last season's spring race set the all-time and track records for lead changes (88) and lap leaders (29). The previous highs were 75 lead changes (set on May 6, 1984) and 28 lap leaders (set on Oct. 5, 2008). Both previous records also were set at Talladega.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. had four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003), the most ever by a driver there. Buddy Baker (three  May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.
    Since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993, every race that has ended under green has had a margin of victory under half a second.(NASCAR)(4-12-2011)

  • For more track records, past starting spots that have won and more on Jayski's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Stats/Links page


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 15, 2:00 - 2:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 15, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, April 16 at 11:35 am/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 7:30pm/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Talladega: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2011, and the 54th of his career. Johnson, #33-Bowyer, and #24-Gordon came across the finish line 3 wide, with Johnson .002 seconds ahead of Bowyer and .039 second ahead of Gordon. The finish ties Ricky Craven's 2003 Darlington win as the closest finish since electronic timing was implemented.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 4th, #29-Harvick, #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #5-Martin, #34-Gilliland, and #20-Logano.
    There were 88 lead changes among 26 drivers; 6 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps.
    The attendance is listed as 115,000, down from last years 123,500.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, April 20 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Talladega Race Results/Awards page. (4-17-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 42nd Annual Aaron's 499 , his 54th victory in 335 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Clint Bowyer (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2011.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 37 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Andy Lally (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 5 points over Jimmie Johnson.
    The margin of victory of 0.002 ties the closest margin of victory (Darlington - 3/16/2003) since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
    The 88 lead changes ties the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-time record of lead changes set at Talladega (4/25/2010). (NASCAR Statistics)(4-17-2011)

  • Two records tied at Talladega: Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway tied two Sprint Cup Series records - number of lead changes and closest margin of victory. There were 88 lead changes at the start/finish line, tying an all-time NASCAR record set in last season's April event at Talladega. The final lead change occurred on the last lap - eight of the last 12 Talladega races featured a last-lap lead change. Jimmie Johnson edged Clint Bowyer by .002 seconds, which matches the closest margin of victory since the inception of electronic scoring in May 1993. That mark was originally set at Darlington Raceway on March 16, 2003, with Ricky Craven beating Kurt Busch. Since 1993, every race at Talladega finishing under green - 29 in all - has had a MOV under .400 seconds. Passing numbers - for the lead and otherwise - also were high. There were 159 green flag passes for the lead all around the race track, with a total of 11,025 green flag passes throughout the field.(NASCAR)(4-18-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 8 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 295
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 290, -5
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 276, -19
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 268, -27
    5) #22-Kurt Busch, 267, -28
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 257, -38
    7) #39-Ryan Newman, 253, -42
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 252, -43
    9) #42-Juan Montoya, 246, -49
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 245, -50
    11) #27-Paul Menard, 242, -53
    12) #14-Tony Stewart, 240, -55
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(4-17-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points: going to Richmond (after 8 races):
    There were no changes to the top 35, but the #13 team is now just 2 points ahead of #71.
    31) #78-Smith/FRR, 142, +28
    32) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 140, +26
    33) #7-RGordon/RGM, 128, +14
    34) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane, 120, +6
    35) #13-Mears/Germain, 116, 2 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #71-Lally/TRG, 114, -2 out of top 35
    37) #36-Blaney/TBR, 105, -11
    38) #37-Raines/Front Row, 87, -19
    39) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 77, -29
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(4-17-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Talladega:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, Time Disallowed #21, Pre-Race to the rear, Adjustments after Impound
    #46, Pre-Race to the rear, Adjustments after Impound
    #16, Pre-Race to the rear, Adjustments after Impound
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, Driver Change
    #7, Pre-Race to the rear, Adjustments after Impound
    #09, 28 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #38, 50 Speed-Entering pits, Pass thru
    #9, 90 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #2, 90 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #6, 91 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #21, 91 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #83, 92 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #38, 93 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #32, 120 Speed-Entering pits, Pass Thru
    #46, 129 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon, Tail of Field
    #46, 132 Disobeying a NASCAR request, Pass Thru
    #11, 140 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #18, 140 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #43, 140 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    #17, 140 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #42, 175 Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
    #39, 175 Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of Field
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-17-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #71-Lally, 19th
    Caution 2: #13-Mears, 22nd
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 20th
    Caution 4: #71-Lally (2), 19th
    Caution 5: #46-Yeley, 26th
    Caution 6: #15-Waltip, 28th
    (4-17-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2011.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, April 20 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 17, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    #5-Martin, who starts 3rd took the 16th pit stall, thefirst stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #15-Waltrip, who starts 12th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-16-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins Talladega pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 178.248mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 70th of his career, which is third on the all time list. #48-Johnson starts 2nd followed by #5-Martin, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #27-Menard, #09-Cassill, #6-Ragan, #22-Busch, #83-Vickers, and #21-Bayne.
    Hendrick Motorsports swept the top 4 qualifying positions, only the third time that has been done in NASCAR history.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #15-Waltrip, #87-Nemechek, #38-Kvapil, #97-Conway, #35-Park, #36-Blaney, #71-Lally, and #46-Elliott (who used the past champions provisional).
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #60-Skinner, #37-Raines, #66-McDowell.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Talladega Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(4-16-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 42nd Annual Aaron's 499 with a lap of 53.723 seconds, 178.248 mph.
    This is his 70th pole in 625 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Gordon surpasses Cale Yarborough for third-place on the all-time pole winners list.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his second pole in 37 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2011 and his 13th in 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Mark Martin (third) posted his 22nd top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fourth in eight races this season.
    Andy Lally (37th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Hendrick Motorsports becomes the third team in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to qualify four cars in the top four starting positions (Pete DePaolo 1965 - Charlotte; Jack Roush 2005 - Auto Club).(NASCAR Statistics)(4-16-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11:35am/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128, via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Talladega Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 7:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #42-Montoya.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-McDowell with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #46-Elliott.
    Qualifying order is set by practice speeds, with the top 35 drivers going out from slowest to fastest, then the non-top 35 drivers go out, slowest to fastest from practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(4-15-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over. Rain started just minutes after the session started. Only 8 drivers made it on track:
    #24-Gordon 190.412
    #5-Martin 190.412
    #38-Kvapil 175.012
    #11-Hamlin 158.344
    #20-Logano 156.786
    #66-McDowell 156.215
    #2-Keselowski 153.649
    #17-Kenseth 126.201
    See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Talladega Practice Speeds Page. (4-15-2011)

  • First Friday practice: for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 55 minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #14-Stewart 194.239
    #39-Newman 194.235
    #48-Johnson 193.713
    #18-Busch 193.713
    #43-Allmendinger 193.080
    slowest: #71-Lally 174.490 & #37-Raines 173.027. no speed: #66-McDowell.
    notes: There was a brief caution 15 minutes in because of some rain showers. The session was been extended for 10 minutes becuase of the threat of rain in the area.
    See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Talladega Practice Speeds Page. (4-15-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #46-Bill Elliott, 32nd
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 35th
    #35-Steve Park, 37th
    #97-Kevin Conway, 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 41st
    #36-Dave Blaney, 42nd
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #71-Andy Lally, 44th
    #37-Tony Raines, 45th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #15-Michael Waltrip (47, 1)
    #35-Steve Park (0,0)
    #36-Dave Blaney (38/7)
    #37-Tony Raines (37/7)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (39/7)
    #46-Bill Elliott (40/7)
    #60-Mike Skinner (44/7)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/7)
    #71-Andy Lally (36/7)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (43/7)
    #97-Kevin Conway (49/1)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 46,71,37,36,38,66,87,60
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 15, 97, 35
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List.(4-11/13-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points: going to Talladega (after 7 races):
    The #13 teams moves into the top 35 and the #37 team falls out
    31) #34-Gilliland/Front Row, 114, +25
    32) #78-Smith/FRR, 112, +23
    33) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane, 110, +21
    34) #7-RGordon/RGM, 104, +15
    35) #13-Mears/Germain, 93, 4 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #71-Lally/TRG, 89, -4 out of top 35
    37) #37-Raines/Front Row, 87, -6
    38) #36-Blaney/TBR, 87, -6
    39) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 62, -31
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(4-9-2011)


Local Newspapers

Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News
Talladega.com


Local TV
Network Stations

ABC 33/40 WJSU
CBS 42 WIAT
FOX 6 WBRC
NBC 13 WVTM


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
Laid Back Racing
Go RVing
NASCAR Camping
RV USA
Speed Eats


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Mark Martin Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
#7-Robby Gordon Speed Energy / Fast Five [movie] #7 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marco Ambrose DeWalt #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office "Print Big, Save Big" #11 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 3M / Scotch Blue Painter's Tape none...yet
#17-Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black #17 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch M&M's Pretzel none...yet
#21-Trevor Bayne Good Sams Club #21 Team Schemes Page
#22-Kurt Busch Shell-Pennzoil/AAA none...yet
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Schrock/Menards #27 Team Schemes Page
#31-Jeff Burton CAT Financial none...yet
#33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
#36-Dave Blaney Golden Corral #36 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Talladega:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring Chassis #1009. This chassis raced in both races at Talladega last season where it finished second and 36th. This chassis also ran in this year's Daytona 500 where it came home 18th.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-634 during Sunday's Aaron 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-723 Last ran Daytona - finished 14th; Backup: RK-717 Brand new chassis
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 715 for the 500-mile event at Talladega Superspeedway. This DEWALT Ford Fusion was run previously this season at Daytona International Speedway.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-634: This car debuted during Daytona Speedweeks. It set the 10th fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying, which slotted it fifth for the Gatorade Duel. In that race, Stewart drove Chassis No. 14-634 to a 12th-place finish, which gave him a 25th-place starting spot for the Daytona 500. While he never led a lap in the season-opening race, Stewart was a top-10 mainstay  that is until the final lap, when he was shuffled out of the draft en route to a 13thplace finish. It has had numerous sessions in the wind tunnel since its return from Daytona, and the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark Chassis No. 14-634's third career start.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-713 (Last run at Daytona)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 292: This chassis will make its second career start in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega. No. 292 made its debut this past February in the season-opening Daytona 500, where Busch started 10th and finished a solid eighth.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #0 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #293 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the restrictor-plate race. Logano drove this chassis in the season-opening Daytona 500 where the No. 2 car spun late in the race and clipped the right rear of the No. 20 Camry causing extensive damage. Logano came into the pits for repairs and was able to finish in the 23rd position. The back-up chassis is chassis #212 which Logano drove in the 2010 Daytona 500.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double-Deuce" team will be racing their "PRS-640" Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The "PRS-641" will serve as the backup car for this weekend. Busch has also yet to race this car.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 338 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevrolet Impala was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season. Menard recorded the fourth-quickest lap during the Daytona 500 time trials in February and went on to finish ninth in both the Duel 150 qualifying race and Daytona 500.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: The #29 Budweiser Chevy team will utilize chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Harvick led twice for a total of five laps with this car at Daytona International Speedway in February's Daytona 500 before the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet's engine expired on lap 22.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 331 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Aaron's 499. Built new for the 2011 season, this No. 31 racer first competed in the second Duel 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway where Burton drove it to victory. He then raced this Caterpillar Chevrolet in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 that ended eight laps shy of the halfway mark for the Todd Berrier-led team when the engine suddenly expired, crediting them with a 36th-place finish.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 294 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 33 Chevrolet Impala has significant restrictor-plate track success, including a top-five finish (fourth) in the 2010 Daytona 500 and a trip to Victory Lane in last October's Talladega 500 after starting from the front row.
    #36-Dave Blaney:TBR will run chassis No. 27 this weekend at TSS. The team ran the chassis in this year's Daytona 500, where the #36 Golden Corral Chevrolet was poised for a top-10 finish before a late-race incident ended the team's day early.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-606 makes a return trip to Talladega Superspeedway this spring after making its first start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway last fall. Last October, Newman qualified eighth at Talladega and attempted to make a late-race charge, but finished the afternoon in 23rd. Although it wasn't the finish the team had hoped for, it marked the first superspeedway finish for the driver and team in more than a year. After taking a trip to Daytona International Speedway in February as the team's backup car, Chassis No. 39-606 will return to action for the first time in the 2011 season this weekend in Alabama.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and team will bring Chassis #1101 to Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same chassis the No. 42 used at Daytona International Speedway during the season-opening Daytona 500 where Montoya finished sixth.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 722 for this weekend's event at Talladega Superspeedway. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Daytona International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 628 in Sunday's restrictor-plate event. He crossed the finish line 27th with that chassis at the Daytona 500 in February. Johnson finished fourth in backup chassis No. 618 during February's Budweiser Shootout.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-677, Last raced at Budweiser Shootout, Feb. '11
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(4-14-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 975, Right-side -- 975;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 6 sets for race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for weekend

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4138) at Talladega since 2009, but it is paired with a relatively new right-side code . . . teams ran this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Daytona earlier this season . . . they also ran this right-side tire code (D-4412) at Las Vegas a couple weeks later . . . this tire set-up was tested extensively in preparation for the 2011 season, beginning at Talladega (August 2010) and twice at Daytona (December 2010 and January 2011) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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