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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 5, 2014 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Aaron's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    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.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $6,186,747
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: 78,000 [was 109,000 & 143,231]
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    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:
    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 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
    #20-Matt Kenseth................91.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr...........91.5
    Jeff Burton.....................89.1
    #78-Kurt Busch..................87.4
    #55-Brian Vickers...............87.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson..............85.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski..............84.4
    #34-David Ragan.................84.2
    #43-Aric Almirola...............83.7
    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.
    (NASCAR)(5-4-2014)

  • 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-3-2014)

  • 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-2-2014)

  • 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).
    (NASCAR)(5-1-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • 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)

    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Talladega Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Talladega Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Talladega Race & Points Report (pdf).(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
    (5-4-2014)

  • 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
    (5-4-2014)

  • 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)
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    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.

  • 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


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

  • 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.
    #33-Scott 196.911
    #47-Allmendinger 196.754
    #99-Edwards 196.681
    #13-Mears 196.653
    #3-Dillon 196.576
    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
    (5-3-2014)

  • 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.
    #18-Busch 200.574
    #22-Logano 200.171
    #48-Johnson 199.912
    #95-McDowell 199.812
    #2-Keselowski 199.766
    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.
    (5-3-2014)

  • 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:
    #21-Bayne 199.015
    #99-Edwards 198.965
    #14-Stewart 198.912
    #18-Busch 198.516
    #41-Busch 198.413
    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
    #51-Allgaier 200.666
    #34-Ragan 200.599
    #9-Ambrose 200.540
    #42-Larson 200.372
    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
    (4-26-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • 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.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Talladega is PRS-659, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-649 which last served as a backup at Daytona. Keselowski owns two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories (2009 and 2012) at Talladega Superspeedway.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 440 in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon drove to a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500 after earning the pole award for the Great American Race in February. Dillon subbed for Tony Stewart in the #14-Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Talladega last year and was in position to win at the restrictor-plate track, but was involved in a multi-car crash in the closing laps of the event, posting a 26th-place finish. He also has two starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-833 at Talladega. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-833 was utilized for a test session at Daytona in January. Chassis 4-833 will see its first laps of competition this weekend at Talladega. Sunday's Aaron's 499 will mark Harvick's 27th career Sprint Cup start at Talladega. Harvick has one win (April 2010), one pole, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Harvick has an average starting position of 22.5, an average finish of 16.2 and has completed 95% of the laps he's contested (4,681 of 4,928).
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-856 for Sunday's event at Talladega. This is a new chassis. In 20 Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega, Kahne has recorded three top-five finishes, four top-10s and has led 50 laps at the high-banked oval. In the October 2012 event, Kahne won his first pole position at the 2.66-mile track.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-758 which was wind-tunnel tested in January 2013 before being used by Patrick in the 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." Patrick next drove Chassis 10-758 in May at Talladega, where Patrick started 23rd and finished 33rd after being involved in a late-race accident. The car was rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested throughout the summer and then Patrick drove it in October at Talladega, where she finished 33rd after a pit-road speeding penalty cost her any chance of a good finish. Patrick drove chassis No. 10-758 in January 2014 testing at Daytona before piloting it once again in the non-points-paying Sprint Unlimited at Daytona in February. Patrick, who ran as high as fourth in the early part of the event, was caught up in a multicar accident on lap 35, relegating her to a 16th-place finish. The car has been rebuilt and wind-tunnel tested since that race in preparation for Sunday's Aaron's 499.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-836 is a brand new car for 2014 and has only seen action during testing Jan. 9-10 at Daytona. It served as a backup throughout Budweiser Speedweeks and has spent considerable time in the wind tunnel since. Chassis No. 14-836 will make its first career start Sunday at Talladega. Stewart has one win, six second-place finishes, nine top-fives, 13 top-10s and has led a total of 317 laps in his 29 career Sprint Cup starts at Talladega. His average start is 16.8, his average finish is 16.1 and he has a lap completion rate of 97.7%.

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 754 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Talladega Superspeedway. Martin Truex Jr. drove this Toyota to a 24th-place finish in the 2013 Daytona 500. He also drove this Chassis to a eighth-place finish in the May 2013 Talladega race. Chassis No. 755 serves as the back-up chassis. Bowyer drove this car to an 11th-place finish in the 2013 Daytona 500 and to an 18th-place finish at Talladega in May 2013.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Red Cross team will run chassis RK-798 which last ran at Daytona and finished 8th. The backup chassis will be RK-852 which last ran at Talladega finishing 17th. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Talladega, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Zest team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-830 at Talladega, which was last run at Daytona, finishing 7th. The backup chassis is RK-872, which is a new chassis. Stenhouse has two Sprint Cup starts at Talladega earning one top-five and one top-10 finish.

    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-656 for Talladega, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-654 which was raced in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, finishing 3rd.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-855 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced previously only one time with Gordon starting sixth and finishing fourth in the 2014 season-opening Daytona 500. Gordon leads active, full-time drivers at Talladega in the following statistical categories: starts (42), wins (six), top-five finishes (15), top-10s (19) and laps led (843). Gordon is the all-time leader in restrictor-plate victories with 12. Dale Earnhardt Sr. ranks second with 11 while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third with eight.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 445 in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. This #27 Menards / Richmond Chevy was utilized in this year's Daytona 500 when the primary car was wrecked in practice. After starting in the back, Menard led 29 laps before getting caught up in a wreck and finishing 32nd. In 15 previous starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Menard has two top-five finishes to his credit. His best start of fifth took place twice at the Alabama track, fall 2008 and spring 2011. His best finish of second took place in spring 2008. Through the last seven races at Talladega, Menard has earned one top-five and four top-15 finishes. Through the 15 starts, he's completed 2,429 of 2,552 laps contested (85.2%) and led 29 laps.
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 436 on Sunday at Talladega. Chassis No. 436 was raced in the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race on February 15 at Daytona International Speedway where the #31 team finished eighth. Newman owns four top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Talladega and has an average start of 14th and average finish of 22nd. His best start of second came in the fall of 2012, while his best finish of third took place in the spring of 2009.
    #33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 432 in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. This Chevrolet SS was made it's on-track debut last season at Talladega where it finished 12th.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Eric McClure chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 664 in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega, a former #39 Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis 664 started 34th and finished fifth in the 2013 Daytona 500 with driver Ryan Newman. Newman started 21st and finished 10th at Daytona in July 2013. Chassis No. 664 served as a backup for Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona in 2014.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Chassis No. 48-871 for this weekend at Talladega which is a new car. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-853, which Johnson most recently raced to a fifth-place result at Daytona in February. In 24 Cup starts at Talladega, Johnson has two wins, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has an average finish of 17th and has led 297 laps. Johnson has earned one pole position at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary Chassis 810 has not raced. The backup chassis is 753, which finished 30th in the Daytona 500.
    #66-Michael Waltrip: will drive Chassis No. 748 at Talladega. Waltrip drove this chassis to a 41st-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500. Martin Truex Jr. also drove this chassis to a ninth-place finish in the 2013 Sprint Unlimited. Chassis No. 749 will serve as the backup. It has not raced. In 55 starts at Talladega Waltrip owns one win (September 2003), eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He has also led 233 laps.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-872. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. In 28 Cup starts at Talladega, Earnhardt has recorded five wins, 10 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. He scored a record-setting four consecutive wins at the 2.66-mile superspeedway from October 2001 to April 2003.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Ford Fastenal team will unload primary chassis RK-906 at Talladega, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-870 was last used in 2014 as a backup at the Daytona 500, and as a primary during Daytona testing. Edwards will visit the 2.66 mile superspeedway for the 20th time in his Sprint Cup career this weekend. His highest finish is third which came in May 2013 after starting from the pole. Edwards has an average start of 13.6 and an average finish of 20.6 at Talladega. Edwards has finished in the top-five two times and in the top-ten five times.
    (reported from team PR's / websites)(5-1-2014)


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

    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.


Race / Cup Odds


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(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)

Next Race: Daytona 500

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

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Qualifying:
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1:10pm/et
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Saturday, February 21, 2015, TBA pm/et


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