NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Aaron's 499

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #10 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 6, 2012 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 Michael Waltrip

  • Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, May 3

7:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter (Truck Parking Only)

Friday, May 4

6:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
1:00 - 1:45 pm NSCS Practice
2:30 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, May 5

6:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:10 am NSCS Qualifying / Impound
2:15 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, May 6

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30 am NSCS Driver Introductions
12:00 pm NSCS Aaron's 499

ALL TIMES ABOVE ARE LISTED IN LOCAL / CENTRAL TIME ZONE

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, May 4, 2:00 - 2:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

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

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, May 5 at 12:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $6,076,191
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 Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Comedian Ron White
    Command to start engines: Comedian Ron White
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. Rob Lightsey
    National Anthem: Margo Rey
    Military Flyover: T-38s, 560th Fighter Training Squadron

  • Track Websites:
    Talladega SuperSpeedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Facebook
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Twitter
    Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
    International Motorsports Hall of Fame(Talladega)

  • April 2011: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2011: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2011 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 181.367mph, finished 20th

  • April 2011 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 178.248mph, finished 3rd

  • 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 2011 Race Winner: #33-Clint Bowyer, 143.404mph, started 3rd

  • April 2011 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 156.261mph, started 2nd

  • 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

  • The 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 - Brad Keselowski)
    1 - fewest cars on the lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 5/6/79)
    6 - cautions in last year's spring race
    7 - races won from starting spot outside top 20
    8 - most poles (Bill Elliott)
    10 - most wins (Dale Earnhardt Sr.)
    11 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    11 - most cautions (4/25/04)
    13 - wins from the pole; 33 from the front row
    14 - fewest running at finish (7/27/86)
    23 - races won from a starting spot outside the top 10
    29 - most leaders (4/25/10)
    35 - different pole winners
    40 - most cars running at finish (4/22/01)
    41 - different drivers have posted wins at Talladega
    62 - most caution laps (5/7/72)
    88 - most lead changes (twice, most recent 4/17/11)
    153 - most laps led by race winner (Pete Hamilton, 8/23/70)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.66-mile track after a significant rainfall
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana 3/25/12)
    2 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2012 (Daytona and Martinsville)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona, 2/27/12)
    48 - number of cautions in the first nine races of 2012
    281 of 2,926 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    322.323 of 3,214.390 - miles under caution in the first nine races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(5-3-2012)

  • Facts about 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 85 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). Twenty 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 more than any other organization at Talladega with 12 wins.
    • 33 of 85 races have been won from a top-two starting positions, 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.
    • The 2010 spring race set the all-time and track records for lead changes (88) and lap leaders (29). Last season's spring race tied the 2010 record for most lead changes with 88 (amongst 26 lap leaders). 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.
    • The 2011 spring race tied the 03/16/2003 Darlington race won by Ricky Craven for the all-time record of the closest series finish (0.002 seconds) since the inception of electronic scoring.
    • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega Superspeedway winner: Bobby Hillin Jr. (07/27/1986 - 22 years, 1 month, 22 days).
    • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega Superspeedway winner: Harry Gant (05/06/1991 - 51 years, 3 months, 26 days).(NASCAR)(5-1-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins at Talladega: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 2nd win of the year, 2nd at Talladega and his 6th career win. There was one green-white-checker attempt at the end after a couple late race cautions.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #1-Biffle, #15-Bowyer, #34-Ragan, #21-Bayne, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #31-Burton.
    Polesitter #24-Jeff Gordon was caught in a wreck on lap 143 and finished 33rd.
    There were 5 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps. There were 34 lead changes among 17 drivers. The race started about 30 minutes late after morning rain showers fell at the track.
    The estimated attendence was 108,500, down from 115,000 in the Spring 2011 race.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report.(5-6-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 378
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 371, -7
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 369, -9
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 351, -27
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 333, -45
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 332, -46
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 328, -50
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 324, -54
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 308, -70
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 302, -76
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins, 12th in points], 299, -79
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points], 286, -92
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(5-6-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Darlington:
    #10 team jumps up to 33rd, #36 falls to 34th and #83 falls to 35th. #33 team is 36th, now 30 points out.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    31) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 165, +60
    32) #32-Labonte/FAS Lane Racing, 145, +40
    33) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 142, +35
    34) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 140, +35
    35) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 135, +30 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Raines/Childress, 105, -30 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 96, -39
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 81, -54
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(5-6-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway:
    Brad Keselowski won the 43rd Annual Aaron's 499 , his sixth victory in 99 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    This is Dodge's first win at Talladega since August 8, 1976 (Dave Marcis).
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 15 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 25 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 7 points over Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-6-2012)

  • Talladega Notes-n-Nuggets:
    • Brad Keselowski won his sixth Sprint Cup Series race in his 99th start.
    • Keselowski last won in March at Bristol, with five starts between the victories.
    • Keselowski joins Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart as the only repeat winners of the season; each has two wins.
    • It was Keselowski's second Talladega win in his seventh start and his second restrictor-plate win in his 13th start.
    • He led twice for 10 laps, including the final two.
    • Keselowski got his fifth Cup win in his past 34 starts.
    • It was the 73rd Cup victory for Penske Racing and first at Talladega.
    • Dodge got its fourth Talladega win and first since Dave Marcis in fall 1976.
    • Kyle Busch (second) got his second top-five finish in 15 starts at Talladega and his third top-five of the season.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) got his first top-10 finish in the past 11 races at Talladega; he led 73 laps, the most of all drivers.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) had his fourth consecutive top-10 finish after starting the season with six straight finishes of 14th or worse.
    • Greg Biffle (fifth) earned his second top-five finish in his 19th start at Talladega; his sixth top-five finish of 2012 leaves him as the points leader.
    • David Ragan (seventh) hadn't finished in the top 10 since Sept. 2011 at New Hampshire, where he was seventh.
    • Trevor Bayne (eighth) got his third career top-10 finish in his 22nd start.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (ninth) had his sixth consecutive top-10 finish, matching his career longest streak.
    • It was the seventh race at Talladega to end with a green-white-checkered finish, second most among all tracks behind Daytona (nine).
    • Nineteen cars failed to finish, the most of the season (11 at Daytona).(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(5-6-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down on track
    Caution 2: #11-Hamlin, 23rd
    Caution 3: #29-Harvick, 25th
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland, 13th
    Caution 5: #93-Kvapil, 16th
    (5-5-2012)

  • Rain at Talladega: It rained at Talladega Superspeedway this morning and there is a chance of showers througout the day. However, rain has stopped and track drying is underway. Driver intros are now scheduled for 1:15pm/et and the race should go green around 2:00pm/et. For weather links, see the Talladega Race Page - Weather Section.(5-6-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, 2012.
    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 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: on SPEED, Wednesday, May 9 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 #22-Allmendinger took pit stall 17, the next pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #9-Ambrose, who starts 3rd took the 29th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Waltrip, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-5-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds page

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, 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

  • Gordon wins pole at Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 191.623mph for his 1st pole of 2012, 3rd at Talladega and 71st of his career. #22-Allmendinger was 2nd fastest followed by #9-Ambrose, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards, #14-Stewart, #55-Waltrip, and #17-Kenseth
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #26-Wise, #30-Stremme, #98-McDowell, #97-Elliott, #87-Nemechek, #23-Richardson, #33-Raines.
    The go-or-go homer who failed to qualify for the race (1): #49-Yeley.
    See qualifying results, order, pole progression, go-or-go homers & starting lineup on the Talladega Lineup / Qualifying Page.(5-5-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 43rd Annual Aaron's 499 with a lap of 49.973 seconds, 191.623 mph.
    This is his 71st pole in 663 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Gordon ranks third on the all-time series poles list.
    Gordon has now won at least one pole in 20 consecutive seasons, tying David Pearson for the longest streak all-time. His first pole came in 1993 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his third pole in 39 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his first top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third in ten races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-5-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 12:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Raines, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #43-Almirola, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-4-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 196.725
    #17-Kenseth 196.685
    #16-Biffle 196.105
    #11-Hamlin 195.692
    #78-Smith 195.620
    slowest: #23-Richardson 185.219 & #83-Cassill 185.108.
    notes: #88-Earnhardt, Jrs team changed the clutch on the car. 34 drivers practiced during the session.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(5-4-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers final practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
    the final practice rank for the go-or-go homers (drivers not in the top 35 of current owners points)
    These drivers would make the race if things stay the same:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 15th fastest overall
    #30-David Stremme, 18thd
    #26-Josh Wise, 19th
    #98-Michael McDowell, 26th
    #97-Bill Elliott, 27th, past champ
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 28th
    #33-Raines, 29th
    #49-Yeley, 32nd
    These drivers would miss the race if things stay the same:
    #23-Robert Richardson, Jr., 34th, slowest
    (5-4-2012)

  • 1st Friday Practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 199.172
    #55-Waltrip 198.343
    #17-Kenseth 197.986
    #24-Gordon 197.843
    #29-Harvick 197.725
    slowest: #93-Kvapil 184.242 & #33-Raines 183.612.
    notes: drivers started the session by running in a large pack.
    This practice will set the order for qualifying Saturday at 12:10pm/et on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Talladega 1st Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(5-4-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
    the first practice rank for the go-or-go homers (drivers not in the top 35 of current owners points)
    These drivers would make the race if things stay the same:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 29th fastest overall
    #26-Josh Wise, 32nd
    #30-David Stremme, 33rd
    #97-Bill Elliott, 35th, past champ
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 37th
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 38th
    #23-Robert Richardson, Jr., 39th
    #98-Michael McDowell, 41st
    These drivers would miss the race if things stay the same:
    #33-Tony Raines, 44th/last
    (5-4-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #21-Trevor Bayne (40/3)(2011 Race Winner)
    #23-Robert Richardson (45/9)
    #26-Josh Wise (39/9)
    #30-David Stremme (37/9)
    #33-Tony Raines (36/9)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (38/9)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/9)
    #97-Bill Elliott (52/1) (Past champion)
    #98-Michael McDowell (41/9)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,97,33,30,49,26,98,87
    missing the race would be [1]: #23
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List.(4-30-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 338
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 333, -5
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 329, -9
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 328, -10
    5) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 316, -22
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [0 wins], 314, -24
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 313, -25
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 307, -31
    9) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 287, -51
    10) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 278, -60
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 11th in points], 265, -73
    12) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win, 13th in points], 252, -86
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(4-28-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
    #10 drops to 35th, #33 is still 36th and out, and drops further back in points, now 21 points out.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    29) #93-Kvapil/BK Racing, 137, +38
    30) #34-Ragan/Front Row, 135, +36
    31) #38-Gilliland/Front Row, 134, +35
    32) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 130, +31
    33) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 126, +27
    34) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 125, +26
    35) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 120, 21 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress, 99, -21 from the top 35
    37) #30-Stremme/Inception, 76, -44
    37) #49-Yeley/Robinson. 73, -47
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-28-2012)


Local Newspapers

Alabama Live
Anniston Star
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
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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Aaron's 499: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Talladega Superspeedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will be bringing the #1009 chassis in Aaron's 499. This same chassis was used in last season's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 22nd.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-645 during Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a new chassis to the No. 2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For Sunday's race, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703. Originally built for the 2012 Daytona 500, this car was not raced after an incident in practice.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 795 for this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway. This Stanley Ford was run previously this season at Daytona.
    #10-David Reutimann: will pilot the No. 331 chassis, a new chassis made by Richard Childress Racing during the off-season. Blaney drove the chassis in this year's Daytona 500, where he led six laps and finished in 15th place.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-634: This car debuted during Daytona (Fla.) Speedweeks in 2011. 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 13th-place finish. It had numerous sessions in the wind tunnel between Daytona and the April 17 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where in its third career start, it finished 17th after starting 30th. It returned to Daytona in July for the Coke Zero 400, where it started 19th and finished 11th. It returned to Talladega in October where it notched its fifth career start and last of the 2011 season with a 12th-place qualifying effort and a seventh-place finish. Chassis No. 14-634 was refined for 2012 and tested extensively at Daytona Jan. 12-14. It returned to action in February in the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, where it started 15th and led seven laps until Kyle Busch ducked out from behind Stewart as the two entered the trio-oval with the checkered flag in sight. Busch nipped Stewart at the line for a margin of victory of .013 of second  the closest finish in Shootout history. The car will make its seventh overall start, but only its fifth point-paying start, in the Aaron's 499 Sunday at Talladega.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 679 raced to a 10th place finish in the 2011 Budweiser Shootout as the No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Toyota. It also served as the backup No. 56 Toyota at Talladega last fall and Daytona EFI test car, but never raced. Chassis No. 705 will serve as the backup and previously raced to an eighth place finish in the 2012 Bud Shootout.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-781 Last ran Daytona 500 - finished third; Backup: RK-794 Last ran Bud Shootout - finished sixth
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-793 (Last run at Bud Shootout)
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-642" Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger this weekend at Talladega. The team debuted this car during Daytona Speed Weeks back in February. The team will have their "PRS-626" Shell-Pennzoil/AAA Dodge Charger on hand as their backup car.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 388 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was last seen on track at Daytona International Speedway in February, where Menard earned a sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 238 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis was most recently driven by Elliott Sadler at Daytona International Speedway in February as the No. 33 RCR Chevrolet, and was utilized in 2011 by the No. 31 team.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 343 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This chassis, built in 2011 for RCR's No. 29 entry with driver Kevin Harvick, competed in three superspeedway events last season including the Daytona 500 where an engine failure relegated Harvick to a 42nd-place finish. Harvick also guided this machine to a top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2011 (started-38th, finished-fifth) and a top-10 finish in July in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (started-31st, finished-seventh). Burton got behind the wheel of this Chevrolet in the 2012 Budweiser Shootout at DIS where he was involved in an early incident but battled to an 11th-place finish.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot the No. 27 chassis this weekend at the Talladega, Ala., track. He most recently piloted the chassis in last season's fall event at the 2.66-mile speedway, where he posted the team's best finish of third. He drove the chassis at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, as well as the Daytona 500, in 2011. He also drove the chassis at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2011, where he led 21 laps before a late-race spin spoiled a solid run.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-606 makes a return trip to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend after making two previous starts at the 2.66-mile oval. The chassis' first start at the superspeedway was October 2010, when Newman qualified eighth. He attempted to make a late-race charge but finished 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. The chassis returned to Talladega for last spring's Aaron's 499. Newman, who had one of the strongest racecars in the field, was spun twice in two laps  due to inopportune bump drafts  with just a handful of laps remaining. While he was able to save his racecar from sustaining any damage during both mishaps, the incidents put him too far back in the pack and, without a strong drafting partner to help him get back through the field, he finished 25th. After taking a trip to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February as the team's backup car, Chassis No. 39-606 will return to action for the first time in 2012 this weekend.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Chris "Sunshine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will be bringing a brand new chassis, Chassis #1215, to Talladega this weekend.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team will race chassis No. 716 this weekend. The chassis has never been raced by the team, but has served as the backup for other restrictor plate races.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:: Chassis No. 698 is a new chassis and serves as the primary for Johnson at Talladega. Chassis No. 482 serves as the backup.
    #51-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 560: Sunday's Aaron's 499 will be the first race of the 2012 season for this chassis. It was the primary car for February's Budweiser Shootout non-points event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and was rendered useless after getting caught up in a practice accident, forcing the team to use the backup car. Prior to the season, this chassis was used a handful of times by Phoenix Racing with the most recent race being the fall race at Talladega (Ala.) last season. Landon Cassill finished 16th after starting 38th.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend at Talladega, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-699. This is the same chassis Earnhardt raced to a second-place finish in February at the 2012 Daytona 500.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-712 - Last raced in the Daytona 500; finished 8th
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(5-4-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying, 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 800, Right-side -- 800;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

  • 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

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these series ran at Daytona earlier this season . . . they also ran this tire combination at both Daytona and Talladega last season . . . this left-side code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in 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.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

See all Paint Scheme news, links and chart for this race on the:
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The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


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Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et

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