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Race: Sunday, May 5, 2014 in Talladega, AL
Title Sponsor: Aaron's
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et
NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX - 12:30pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports, 1:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Friday, May 9 at 3:00am/et on FS1
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, May 1
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, May 2
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
2:30 - 3:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, May 3
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND)
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, May 4
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NSCS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:00 PM NSCS RACE
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All times above are listed in CENTRAL / LOCAL Time
Friday, May 2, 2:00 - 2:50 pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 2, 3:30 - 4:25pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, May 3 at 1:10 pm/et, TV-FOX, re-air scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at 10:00am/et on FS1.
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: 78,000 [was 109,000 & 143,231]
Track last paved: Summer 2006
Grand Marshal: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Command to start engines: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Auburn University Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Invocation: Alabama Raceway Ministries' Reverend Mark Stokes
National Anthem: The Arsenal Brass Quintet, Army Material Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL
Flyover: T-28 Trojan, C-45-Expeditor from Hixson Museum of Flight
Track Websites / Social Media:
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Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
International Motorsports Hall of Fame(Talladega)
May 2013: see the Talladega Race Info page
October 2013: see the Talladega Race Info page
May 2013 Race Winner: #34-David Ragan, 148.729mph, started 19th
October 2013 Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 178.795mph, started 9th
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
May 2013 Pole Winner: none, canceled due to rain
October 2013 Pole Winner: none, canceled due to rain
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
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Talladega:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr..........94.7
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr...........91.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Talladega Superspeedway.
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)
Talladega Notes & Facts - Sunday - races:
· 433 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 297 in more than one.
· Only two of the 89 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.
· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (04/17/2011) race 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.
· There have been seven 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), fall of 2012 (188/189) and spring of 2013 (188/192).
· 43 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 21.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
Talladega Notes & Facts - Saturday - poles:
· Bobby Isaac won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Talladega in 1969 with a speed of 196.386mph. Isaac won the first three poles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Charlie Glotzbach had won the pole at 199.998 mph, but did not run the race, due to the boycott and was not credited with the pole.
· 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).
· 13 of the 89 (14.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the Coors Light pole. Jeff Gordon (2007) is the only active driver to be able to accomplish the feat.
· The outside front row (second-place) starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Talladega.
· David Gilliland (10/08/2006) and Travis Kvapil (10/05/2008) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Talladega.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 10.125. · Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway five times; most recently fall of 2013. · 33 of the 89 (37%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from the front row: 13 from the pole and 20 from second-place.
· 62 of the 89 (69.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· 7 of the 89 (7.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
Talladega Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
· Dave Marcis leads the series in starts at Talladega with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 38.
· 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.
· Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-10 finishes at Talladega with 27. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
· 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 straight from the fall of 2001 - 2003.
· 11 of the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 the fall of 2012; the longest span of any the 12 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
· Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Talladega with a 14.200.
· Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega without visiting Victory Lane at 38.
· Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Talladega with 843 laps led in 42 starts.
· Three female drivers have competed at Talladega in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Patty Moise and Danica Patrick.
Talladega Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
· 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 89 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 (89).
173: The race-high number of laps led by Jeff Gordon Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, bringing his RIR career total to 1,637, most among active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Gordon has been a consistent frontrunner all season long, leading to the points lead after nine races.
15: The series leading number of bonus points scored by both Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick through nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season. Bonus points are awarded for winning races (3 points), leading at least one lap and leading the most laps in an event (1 point each). Logano and Harvick are the only two-time winners in the series.
59: In points, Jimmie Johnson's deficit to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader Jeff Gordon through nine races. After a 32nd-place finish at Richmond, the six-time champion is in eighth place, already more than a full race out of the lead with 17 events left in the regular season. Of course, in the new championship format, a Johnson win will render points practically meaningless.
14.2: The average finish at Talladega Superspeedway of Brad Keselowski and David Ragan, best among active drivers with at least 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts there. There are those who would contend Ragan's win at the 2.66-mile track last year was a fluke. The stats argue otherwise.
11: The combined number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Talladega posted by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon (6 wins) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5). No other active driver has more than two victories at NASCAR's biggest race track.(NASCAR Wire Service)(4-30-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Talladega Superspeedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Hamlin wins at Talladega: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2014, his first restrictor plate track win and his 24th career win.
#16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #55-Vickers, #47-Allmendinger, #27-Menard, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #42-Larson and #17-Stenhouse Jr.
#33-Scott, who won the pole, was involved in a wreck on lap 137 and finished 42nd.
#24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader, was involved in the first big wreck and finished 39th but still leads the points by 3 over #20-Kenseth.
#22-Logano leads the Chase Seeding with two wins. #4-Harvick is second, also with 2 wins, but lower in points. They are followed by #18-Busch, #99-Edwards and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
There were two big wrecks:
On lap 137: #2-Keselowski, who was 6 laps down at the time, got loose and spun, involving: #21-Bayne, #24-Gordon, #14-Stewart, #7-Annett, #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #23-Bowman, #26-Whitt, #27-Menard, #33-Scott and #48-Johnson.
On lap 175: #48-Johnson got loose, got into #17-Stenhouse, moved up into #22-Logano who went into the outside wall involving: #41-Busch, #34-Ragan, #95-McDowell and #36-Sorenson.
There were 48 lead changes among 23 drivers and there were 8 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 152.103.(5-4-2014)
Race Fast Facts - Talladega Superspeedway:
#11-Denny Hamlin won the 45th Annual Aaron's 499 , his 24th victory in 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2014. With the win, Hamlin is all but locked into the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In 2013, he missed the Chase for the first time in his career.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 17 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first points race win at a restrictor plate track (he has four non-points race wins at Daytona).
#16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 23 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
#15-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 17 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#42-Kyle Larson (10th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate. It is his fifth top 10 this season.
#24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 3 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-4-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 347
2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 344, -3
3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 343, -4
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 328, -19
5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 328, -19
6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 305, -42
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 304, -43
8) #16-Greg Biffle, 300, -47
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 299, -48
10) #55-Brian Vickers, 297, -50
Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 294, -53
12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 292, -55
19) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 258, -89
27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 196, -151 (52 pts ahead of 31st)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-4-2014)
Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 19th
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 5th
6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 11th
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
8) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
(no wins, in by points)
9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
12) #16-Greg Biffle, 8th
13) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
14) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
Talladega Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#42-Larson, finished 9th, 13 rookie points
#3-Dillon, 15th, 10
#7-Annett, 16th, 9
#26-Whitt, 21st, 8
#51-Allgaier, 27th, 7
#23-Bowman, 28th, 6
#83-Truex, 31st, 5
Kligerman, Did Not Race
See rookie rules, standings and history on the 2014 Rookie of the Year page.(5-4-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver a lap down
Caution 2: #1-McMurray, still 6 laps down, 29th
Caution 3: #1-McMurray, still 5 laps down, 29th
Caution 4: #1-McMurray, still 4 laps down, 29th
Caution 5: #1-McMurray, still 3 laps down, 29th
Caution 6: #1-McMurray, still 2 laps down, 29th
Caution 7: #1-McMurray, only 1 lap down, 29th
Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et; green flag approx. 1:20pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Friday, May 9 at 3:00am/et on FS1
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 #33-Scott chose pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
Outside pole sitter #27-Menard took pit stall 1.
#47-Allmendinger, who starts 3rd took the 29th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 10th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-3-2014)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
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.
See Jayski's - 2014 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race
Scott wins Talladega pole: #33-Brian Scott won the pole for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with speed of 198.290mph after the 3rd and final session of group qualifying. It is Scott's 1st career pole in the Sprint Cup Series and puts him into the 2015 Sprint Unlimited.
#27-Menard qualified on the outside pole (2nd) followed by #47-Allmendinger, #13-Mears, #3-Dillon, #31-Newman, #10-Patrick, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon and #14-Stewart is 12th.
For the first time in 2014 group qualifying, #22-Logano didn't advance into all the rounds, qualifying 16th in round 2.
#5-Kahne's Chevy was too light in post-qualifying tech and #78-Truex Jr.'s car didn't meet height requirements and both cars had speeds/times disallowed and will have to use provisionals with #5-Kahne starting 42nd and #78-Truex Jr. starting 43rd.
Missing the race were: #35-McClure, #44-Yeley, #77-Blaney, #87-Nemechek.
See starting lineup, qualifying results, round results and more on the Talladega Starting Lineup / Qualifying Results page.(5-3-2014)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
#33-Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Aaron's 499 with a lap of 48.293 seconds, 198.290 mph.
This is his first pole in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His previous best start was 12th, in this year's Daytona 500.
This is his first top-10 start in 2014.
In the first round, #18-Kyle Busch and #22-Joey Logano posted laps of 200.574 mph and 200.171 mph, respectively. Those are the first qualifying laps faster than 200 mph at Talladega since 1987. #27-Paul Menard (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 and his fourth in 16 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
#47-AJ Allmendinger (third) posted his third top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first in ten races this season.
#3-Austin Dillon (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-3-2014)
Second Round of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. The top five after round 2.
the rest of the top 12: 31 14 4 24 27 41 10;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 2 95 43 22 5 7 55 18 48 20 36 21
First Round of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 25 minutes. The top-five after round 1.
the rest of the top 24: 20 4 14 10 41; 24 21 27 43 33 13 47 3 55 31; 5, 7, 99 & 36.
Drivers who will miss the race: #35-McClure, #44-Yeley, #77-Blaney and #87-Nemechek.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:10pm/et.
Television (TV): FOX, 1:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Sunday, May 4 at 10:00am/et on FS1
FOX moves Talladega qualifying to FOX: NASCAR ramped up its pre-race excitement level for the 2014 season, making qualifying more relevant and much more entertaining by introducing a highly competitive "knockout" system, beginning with 43-plus race cars on the track at the same time at tracks 1.25 miles or longer. NASCAR on FOX, which covers the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cups Series of the season, is showing its enthusiasm for the new system, moving the (Saturday) May 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway from FOX Sports 2 to FOX, marking the first time a non-Daytona qualifying session has aired on FOX. "This move is a direct result of the double-digit ratings gains NASCAR's new knockout qualifying format is delivering every weekend," said Bill Wanger, EVP of Programming, Research & Content Strategy. "We are thrilled to be able to highlight this new format on FOX, and what more exciting place to do that than Talladega Superspeedway." The new qualifying system, which moves away from single-car qualifying and is supported by double-digit, year-to-year ratings growth, allows for all cars to qualify collectively for up to 25 minutes, with the top 24 based on fastest laps advancing for a subsequent 10-minute session. The top 12 from that group advance to the final, five-minute round. The 90-minute Talladega qualifying session begins on FOX on Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 pm/et(FOX).
NOTE so far FoxSports has aired qualifying time delayed, 5-10 minutes behind live. Results will be posted LIVE on Jayski.com, and Jayski's Twitter & Facebook...so spoiler alert....(4-16-2014)
Qualifying Order for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Annett.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Vickers.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice and is drawn to determine how the drivers will go on the track at the start of qualifying and go thru inspection.
See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(5-2-2014)
Happy Hour practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #22-Logano 162.275 (ran a few slow laps) & #87-Nemechek 179.926
27 of the 47 cars ran a lap, 20 cars didn't practice.
notes: Most of the speeds were in the draft, since qualifying will be in a group on Saturday at 1:00pm/et (on FOX). Many drivers/cars will not run this practice and protect the car for qualifying.
See the fastest speeds, 10-lap consecutive lap average and laps run on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(5-2-2014)
First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex Jr. 200.721
slowest: #44-Yeley 187.331 & #32-Labonte 188.493
notes: Most of the speeds were in the draft, since qualifying will be in a group on Saturday at 1:00pm/et (on FOX). #9-Ambrose lost a right front tire during practice, but stopped on the apron and only had slight damage on the car. In the unlikely event that qualifying is rained out (no rain in forecast), this practice would set the starting lineup.
See the fastest speeds and laps run on the Talladega Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-2-2014)
Entry List for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Terry Labonte, #33-Brian Scott, #35-Eric McClure, #66-Michael Waltrip, #87-Nemechek, #21-Bayne. J.J. Yeley is back in the #44 Chevy [was the #30 at RIR].
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them: #95-McDowell, #35-McClure, #77-Blaney, #87-Nemechek
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List
For the new group 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
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 341
2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 336, -5
3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 313, -28
4) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 310, -31
5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 309, -32
6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 292, -49
7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 287, -54
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 282, -59
9) #31-Ryan Newman, 272, -69
10) #55-Brian Vickers, 256, -85
Other drivers with at least one win, should make the Chase:
20) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 220, -121
25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 185, -156
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-26-2014)
Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
[after Richmond, race 9 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 20th
3) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 4th
5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 7th
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
(no wins, in by points)
8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th
11) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
12) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
13) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 12th
15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
16) #11-Hamlin, 14th
Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Aarons 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:
Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4600
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.99 in. (2,235 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 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 Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck teams ran at this track last October and teams in all three of NASCAR's top series ran at Daytona in February . . . 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.
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
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