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 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Aaron's

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network  providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

These times are local to the Track

Friday, May 3
11:10 am NNS Qualifying
1:00 - 1:45 pm NSCS Practice
2:30 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:00 pm ARCA Racing Series 250

Saturday, May 4
11:10 am NSCS Qualifying / Impound
1:30 pm NNS Driver Introductions
2:00 pm NNS Aaron's 312

Sunday, May 5
11:30 am NSCS Driver Introduction
12:00 pm NSCS Aaron's 499

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 3, 2:00 - 2:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED

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

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, May 4 at 12:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 7:00pm/et.

  • IMPOUND cars will be impounded after qualifying. This is one of three races in 2013 where the impound occurs (both Talladega races and Daytona in July).
    More info on my Impound Rules page


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,129,824
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: Chipper Jones
    Command to start engines: Chipper Jones
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Sr. Paster Jim Miller, First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, OK
    National Anthem: Robin Meade
    Military Flyover: T-28 Trojan, Museum of Flight, Chattanooga's Aviation Museum

  • Track Websites:
    Talladega SuperSpeedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Facebook
    Talladega SuperSpeedway - Twitter
    Talladega Superspeedway - Google+
    Talladega Superspeedway - YouTube
    Talladega Superspeedway - Pinterest
    Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
    International Motorsports Hall of Fame(Talladega)

  • May 2012: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Talladega Race Info page

  • May 2012 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.623mph, finished 33rd

  • October 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 191.455mph, finished 12th

  • 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: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011

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

  • May 2012 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 160.192mph, started 13th

  • October 2012 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 171.194mph, started 15th

  • 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

  • Talladega Superspeedway notes & facts:
    • 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 - won by Richard Brickhouse.
    • The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    • Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
    • There have been 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
    • Talladega Superspeedway is tied with Michigan International Speedway for holding the ninth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races (87).
    • 429 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 294 in more than one.
    • Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 57 starts; followed by Michael Waltrip with 53.
    • Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Talladega in 1969 with a speed of 199.466 mph. Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
    • 36 drivers have Coors Light poles at Talladega, led by Bill Elliott with eight. Joe Nemechek leads all active drivers with four.
    • 10 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Talladega. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Talladega with six (1985-1987).
    • 47 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    • Richard Childress Racing has the most wins at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.
    • Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Talladega; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed by Ford with 19.
    • 13 of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only two active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Bobby Labonte (1998) and Jeff Gordon (2007).
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
    • Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.
    • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Talladega with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 15.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.182.
    • Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 12.250.
    • There have been six NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway: spring of 2005 (188/194), fall of 2005 (188/190), spring of 2007 (188/192), fall of 2008 (188/190) spring of 2010 (188/200) and fall of 2012 (188/189).
    • Only two of the 87 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Talladega Superspeedway three times; most recently spring of 2010.
    • Jamie McMurray (10/6/2002) made his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
    • Juan Pablo Montoya (4/26/2009), David Gilliland (10/8/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/5/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles at Talladega.
    • 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski (4/26/2009), Brian Vickers (10/8/2006) and Ken Schrader (7/31/1988) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Talladega.
    • Nine drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Talladega Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in consecutive wins at Talladega after posting four consecutive wins from the fall of 2001 - 2003.
    • 15 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Talladega Superspeedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Brad Keselowski is the only active series driver to win at Talladega in his first appearance.
    • Matt Kenseth competed at Talladega Superspeedway 25 times before winning last fall; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
    • Matt Kenseth (25), Terry Labonte (21), Tony Stewart (19), Kevin Harvick (18) and Mark Martin (18) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Talladega.
    • Jeff Burton leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the race on April 17, 2011 won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.002 second - the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
    • Two female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Janet Guthrie made three Talladega starts: (5/1/1977) - starting 13th and finishing 32nd; (8/7/1977) - starting ninth and finishing 34th; (8/6/1978) - starting 12th and finishing 29th. Patty Moise made one Talladega start: (7/30/1989) - starting 13th and finishing 32nd
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 839 laps led in 40 starts.(NASCAR)(4-30-2013)

  • 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


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Listen Live Online at Motor Racing Network
    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 10:00am/et on Sunday

  • Ragan wins at Talladega: #34-David Ragan won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 2nd career win. On the green-white-checkered finish that was caused by a 2nd 'big one', #20-Kenseth led on the restart, #99-Edwards took the lead on the white flag lap and #34-Ragan and teammate pushed thru and Ragan took the lead and won the race. The race was rained delayed for a few hours on lap 125 with #99-Edwards leading but NASCAR got the track dried and was able to finish the race.
    #38-Gilliland finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #55-Waltrip (in his 2nd race of the year), #48-Johnson, #51-Smith, #20-Kenseth (led the most laps at 142), #56-Truex Jr., #95-Speed and #43-Almirola.
    #21-Bayne brought out the first caution on lap 22 when the engine let go. During that caution, #11-Hamlin pitted and the team made the driver change, putting Vickers in the car for the injured Denny Hamlin. Vickers finished 34th after being involved in the lap 42 crash, with 10 points going to Hamlin, as the driver who starts the race, gets the points.
    There was 'a big one', a wreck that involved 14 cars on lap 42 when #18-Busch got into the right rear of the #5-Kahne car, sending the #5 into the wall, the #5 came down and collected the #18, involving #1-McMurray, #9-Ambrose, #11-Vickers, #13-Mears, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #30-Stremme, #31-Burton, #78-Busch and #83-Reutimann.
    The red flag came out on lap 125 when the rains came. The track was close to dry when a storm with hail and wind came. The track was dried a 2nd time and restarted the race around 7:00pm/et.
    There was a 2nd 'big one' on lap 182 when #17-Stenhouse Jr. tried to squeeze by #36-Yeley on the outside, clipping the #36 which got sideways and slid into the pack. #78-Busch flipped over and landed on the top of the #39-Newman car and slid off. Other cars collected included #1-McMurray, #30-Stremme, #32-Labonte, #47-Labonte and #10-Patrick.
    After the 2nd 'big one', NASCAR only allowed one green-white-checkered attempt due to impending darkness.
    There were 30 lead changes among 17 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps and a lengthy red flag for rain.
    The average speed was 148.729mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Talladega Penalty Report (pdf)
    And see the Official Talladega Race and Points Report.

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    #34-David Ragan won the 44th Annual Aaron's 499 , his second victory in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #38-David Gilliland (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 41 points over #99-Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-5-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 383
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 342, -41
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 324, -59
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer, 316, -67
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 314, -69
    6) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 299, -84
    7) #43-Aric Almirola, 293, -90
    8) #27-Paul Menard, 290, -93
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 285, -98
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 280, -103
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 279, -104
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 276, -107
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 13th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 31st [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Cassill, 22nd
    Caution 2: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 17th
    Caution 3: #35-Wise, 19th
    Caution 4: #24-Gordon, 11th
    Caution 5: #7-Blaney, 16th
    (5-5-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013.
    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: SPEED, Wednesday, May 8 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.
    #99-Edwards, who starts first, chose pit stall 1.
    #56-Truex Jr., who starts 2nd, took pit stall 3.
    #9-Ambrose, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 28th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-4-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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

  • Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway has been canceled due to rain. The lineup was set by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules book. First the 43 teams making the race are determined:
    Top 36 in owners points.
    Past Series Champions not in the top 36 of owners points.
    Then by race attempts, ties broken by owners points rank.
    The starting order is then set by 1st practice speed.
    So #99-Edwards starts 1st [not awarded the pole], #56-Truex Jr., #9-Ambrose, #22-Logano, #39-Newman, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon and #5-Kahne.
    See the starting lineup on my Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-4-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 12:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN, 12:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 7:00pm/et

  • 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 #93-Kvapil.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #47-Labonte.
    #11-Hamlin returns, the #11 is scheduled to go out 4th.
    Fastest in the first Friday practice, #99-Edwards, is scheduled to qualify 36th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-3-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes - some speds under drafting and some one lap attempts:
    #2-Keselowski 195.896
    #30-Stremme 195.544
    #5-Kahne 195.540
    #43-Almirola 195.540
    #83-Reutimann 195.445
    slowest: #33-Cassill 186.634 & #36-Yeley 187.181
    only 27 of 44 drivers ran laps.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf) page.

  • First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes - speeds are under drafting condistions:
    #99-Edwards 199.675
    #56-Truex Jr. 199.652
    #9-Ambrose 199.608
    #22-Logano 199.596
    #39-Newman 199.542
    slowest: #36-Yeley 177.781 & #33-Cassill 182.105
    Notes: cars were doing drafting practice, in a few packs. Denny Halin was in the #11 for the first 20 minutes, then Vickers got in the car with about 10 minutes left in practice. So if qualifying gets rained out, #99-Edwards would start first.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.

    IMPOUND cars will be impounded after qualifying. This is one of three races in 2013 where the impound occurs (both Talladega races and Daytona in July).
    More info on my Impound Rules page

  • Entry List, updated for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: Denny Hamlin is now listed in the #11 Toyota, #55-Waltrip, #81-Sadler, #51-Smith, #21-Bayne, #95-Speed. #81-Sadler would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    The #19 Toyota with Mike Bliss has withdrawn from the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List

  • For the new 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 343
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 300, -42
    3) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 297, -46
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 297, -46
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 290, -53
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 284, -598
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 278, -65
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 272, -71
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 271, -72
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 271, -72
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 258, -85
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 245, -98
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 15th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 28th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers . Sites

Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News
Talladega.com
Alabama Racing


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
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Talladega: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Talladega Superspeedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Talladega is PRS-649, a new chassis that tested at Daytona in January. Backup Chassis is PRS-648, which is a new chassis.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-768 for Sunday's event at Talladega. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis to earn the sixth starting spot in the 2013 Daytona 500. In 18 Sprint Cup starts at Talladega, Kahne has recorded three top-five finishes, four top-10s and has led 49 laps at the high-banked oval. Most recently, he won the pole position there in October 2012 and went on to finish 12th. In this race one year ago, he crossed the finish line fourth after lining up fifth.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team has prepared chassis No. 836 for Talladega. Ambrose drove this chassis to an 18th-place finish in the Daytona 500 earlier this year.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-758, this was a new car for 2013 that was wind-tunnel tested in January before being used by Patrick in the 55th Daytona 500. Patrick qualified the car on the pole with a speed of 196.434 mph and then started first and finished 17th in the first Budweiser Duel. She started on the pole and led five laps in the Daytona 500 before finishing eighth  the best finish ever for a woman in the "Great American Race." The car has not been used since. The team used chassis 10-573 during a Goodyear tire test April 16-17 and will apply data learned on that test to chassis 10-758. The Aaronˇ¦s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark Danica Patrickˇ¦s 20th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Talladega. Patrick has one NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Talladega in May 2012. She qualified 17th, led one lap and finished 13th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin / Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-532 returned to action in the Sprint Unlimited in February at Daytona after a two-year hiatus.. There, Stewart drove from his 15th-place starting spot to lead twice for five laps and was second on the final lap before being passed by Greg Biffle and Joey Logano to finish fourth. While this car was tested at Daytona Jan. 10-12, it was the first time Chassis No. 14-532 had been on a racetrack since the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, where it started second and led four laps before finishing 11th. It served as a backup afterward, but was totally rebuilt this offseason. This car debuted in February 2009 serving as the team's primary machine for the Daytona 500. After clocking the 10th-quickest time during time trials, Chassis No. 14-532's first race of any kind was the Gatorade Duel qualifying race. There, it started sixth and led two laps before finishing second to race-winner Jeff Gordon. But during final practice before the season-opening Daytona 500, Chassis No. 14-532 was caught up in an accident. With the damage too significant to fix at the track, the team was forced to use a backup racecar for the Daytona 500. Fully repaired, Chassis No. 14-532 returned to action in April at Talladega for its first career, point-paying start. There, it qualified 29th and finished 23rd. The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona marked the car's third career start, and it was a dandy. It started first when qualifying was rained-out and the field was set by car owner points. It then went on to lead nine times for a race-high 86 laps en route to victory. Chassis No. 14-532 was used in the final restrictor-plate race of the 2009 season at Talladega, where it was caught up in a late-race accident and finished 35th, delivering Stewart's first DNF (Did Not Finish) in 55 races. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, it served as a backup for most of 2010 until reappearing at Talladega in October. It ran well but was handed a poor finish when it was caught up in a last-lap crash that turned a top-10 effort into a 31st-place result. With new front and rear clips, as well as a new body, Chassis No. 14-532 reappeared in the 2011 Budweiser Shootout.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Safety Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-852 is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis RK-794 first ran the Sprint Unlimited in Daytona last year earning a sixth-place finish. Then ran the Sprint Unlimited this year earning a second-place finish. Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup career starts at Talladega, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. In 2012 Biffle finished inside the top 10 at both Talladega races. The #16 3M team will be wearing special safety shirts on Friday and Saturday.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Best Buy Racing team will be using primary chassis RK- 830 which last ran at Daytona and finished 12th. Backup Chassis is RK-792 which last ran during Daytona test. Stenhouse Jr. will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Talladega is PRS-655 a new chassis. Backup Chassis is PRS-651 which last race at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited and finished 3rd.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 406 at Talladega Superspeedway. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously tested this season at Daytona International Speedway in January. Menard has 13 starts at Talladega Superspeedway. His best start of fifth took place in 2008 and 2011, and best finish of second came in 2008. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,053 of 2,472 laps attempted (83.1 percent) at the 2.66-mile track, leading 28 of them.

    #29-Kevin Harvick: will utilize chassis No. 334 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable this weekend. Harvick's RCR teammate Austin Dillon raced this car to a 31st-place finish in February at the Daytona 500. Harvick has made 24 NSCS starts at Talladega Superspeedway and has earned one win, six top fives and 10 top 10s. He has completed 97.8 percent of the laps run in those 24 races (4,446 of 4,548), and holds an average starting position of 22.0 and an average finish of 15.4 at the 2.66-mile track.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 337 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a brand new #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet that will see its first on-track action during Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session. The Aaron's 499 marks Burton's 38th start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and 665th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has earned five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, along with 153 laps led at the historic track. Thompson Tractor Company Inc. and Puckett Machinery Company will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-701 at Talladega. This chassis debuted at Daytona in the 2012 running of the Daytona 500. Despite an incident that left him two laps down early, Newman and the #39 team were able to fight their way back onto the lead lap and contend for a top-10 finish before getting collected in a multi-car accident in the waning laps of the Great American Race. Although the racecar sustained substantial damage, the crew was able to make repairs and sent Newman back onto the 2.5-mile oval to record the best result possible  a lead-lap finish in the 21st position. Since then, the car's body has been updated for 2013, and it was wind-tunnel tested in January in preparation for 2013 superspeedway racing.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Gwaltney team has prepared chassis No. 780 for Talladega. The team built chassis No. 780 this season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 764 at Talladega which last ran at Daytona in the Sprint Unlimited in February, starting 14th and finishing 11th. Chassis No. 756 serves as the backup and last served as the #88 primary in the 2012 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, finishing 8th
    #55-Michael Waltrip: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-773. This is the same chassis Earnhardt raced to a second-place finish in February at the 2013 Daytona 500. In 26 Cup starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt has recorded five wins, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He scored a record-setting four consecutive wins at the 2.66-mile superspeedway from October 2001 to April 2003. Earnhardt's five wins at Talladega are the most for him at any track and rank him third all-time among drivers at the Alabama oval. Earnhardt's father Dale Earnhardt Sr. earned 10 wins at the track, while Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon has recorded six. Earnhardt Jr. has led in all but two of the 26 Sprint Cup races he has entered at Talladega for a total of 737 laps. He has led a lap in each of his 10 starts behind the wheel of a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The 38-year-old has led more career laps at only two other venues: short tracks Martinsville Speedway (868 laps) and Bristol Motor Speedway (758 laps).
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK-835 for the weekend at Talladega which last ran in the Budweiser Duels in Daytona. Chassis RK-829 is the backup backup which last ran as the primary for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. In his previous 17 starts at Talladega, Edwards has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards' average start at Talladega is 14.9, his average finish is 21.8. Edwards has completed 88.4 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 25 laps. Fastenal returns to the track with Lenox, Milwaukee, Panduit and Louisville suppliers on the hoot, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(5-2-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 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  400, Right-side -- 400

    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 Goodyear tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Talladega since the beginning of 2011 . . . NASCAR teams have also run this same tire set-up at Daytona over the last three seasons . . . this left-side tire 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.

Next Race: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Countdown to Race Time: 10/26/2014 ~1:43pm/et

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