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THE RACE: The Aaron's 499

Nextel Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 30, 2006 in Talladega, AL

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Aaron's Rents

  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [90 minutes] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 6 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

    MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

    MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,951,372 (was $5,814,065 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, April 28, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, April 28, 4:05 - 4:55pm/et on TV:Speed Channel Live

  • Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, one of five races in 2006 [both Talladega's both Richmond's and Daytona in July] see rules on my Impound Rules page.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 28, 1:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Saturday, April 29 at 11:40am/et, TV-FX via tape at 12:00pm/et, no re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    (the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)

    THESE TIMES ARE CT [1 hours behind ET - Eastern/or Daytona Time]

    Friday, April 28
    (Grandstands Open At 11:30 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 7 a.m.)
    6 a.m. NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
    12 p.m. NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. NNCS Practice
    2:30 to 2:45 p.m. FOX Exhibition Run
    3:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. NNCS Final Practice

    Saturday, April 29
    (Grandstands Open At 8 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 5 a.m.)
    6:30 a.m. NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
    10:40 a.m. NNCS The Birmingham News Qualifying
    (Two Laps – All Positions) IMPOUND
    2:10 p.m. NBS Aaron’s 312 (117 Laps, 311.2 Miles)

    Sunday, April 30
    (Grandstands Open At 8 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 5 a.m.)
    7 a.m. NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
    8:30 a.m. NNCS Spotters Meeting
    11:10 a.m. NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Garage)
    12:40 p.m. NNCS Driver Introduction
    1:10 p.m. NNCS Aaron’s 499 (188 Laps, 500.08 Miles)

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4004; Right-side -- D-4006

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

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . both Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . while this combination is part of the superspeedway group for 2006, Talladega is the only track at which teams will run these codes . . . this set-up is slightly different than the one run at NASCAR's other restrictor plate track at Daytona . . . as on all ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . the inflation of the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is a very similar set-up to what we've run at Talladega in the past. We will likely have to come back with something new for the Fall race here, because the track is scheduled to be resurfaced after this event."

    full reported will be posted midweek


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Talladega Superspeedway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    (4-22-2006)

  • Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Winners for 2006 so far:
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Talladega: $15,000

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 7
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    (4-22-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson wins at Talladega: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the rain-delayed Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, leading the final lap, drafting by #25-Brian Vickers on the last lap, bring #20-Tony Stewart with him. The win is Johnson's 3rd of 2006 and 21st of his career plus his 2nd straight restrictor plate race win. Stewart finished 2nd, followed by Vickers, #31-Jeff Burton and #26-Jamie McMurray. #24-Gordon was leading with 2 laps to go and got shuffled back and finished 15th. Pole sitter, #38-Elliott Sadler finished 16th. Johnson retakes the points lead and wins the $60,000 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus for leading the points and winning the race. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine on lap 151 and finished 31st. There were 8 cautions for 34 laps and 22 leaders with 56 lead changes. The stands at Talladega were pretty full even after the race was postponed a day due to rain on Sunday.
    Race Results on my Talladega Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(5-1-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Talladega [9 of 36 races], 12 drivers under 400 for the chase:
    #48-Johnson 1394
    #17-Kenseth 1373 -21
    #20-Stewart 1316 -78
    #9-Kahne 1213 -181
    #6-Martin 1210 -184
    #24-Gordon 1173 -221
    #29-Harvick 1138 -256
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 1120 -274
    #5-Busch 1077 -317
    #88-Jarrett 1066 -328
    #42-Mears 1056 -338
    #31-Burton 1039 -355
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega Page.(5-1-2006)

  • Talladega Race Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, scoring his 21st NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 156th career start. Johnson’s last victory came at Las Vegas in March, six races ago.
    • Johnson also won the $60,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the points. This is the second time this season that Johnson has won the bonus claiming all $90,000 in the first nine races.
    • Twenty of Johnson’s 21 victories have come on a superspeedway.
    • This is Johnson’s second victory in a restrictor plate race. His first came in this year’s Daytona 500.
    • Johnson has scored three victories in nine races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Johnson became the 34th different race winner in 74 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Talladega.
    • Johnson scored his seventh top-10 finish in nine races this season, the most among all drivers.
    • Johnson climbed from second to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. After nine races in 2005, he also ranked first in the point standings.
    • Johnson led only two times for three laps including the final lap in the Aaron’s 499.
    • This is team owner Rick Hendrick’s 143rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Talladega, second only to Richard Childress who has nine.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Jeff Gordon led the most laps for the first time in 2006. Gordon led 62 laps in today’s race. The last time Gordon led the most laps in a race occurred one year ago in this race when he led 139 of the 194 lap race.
    • Tony Stewart (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Talladega Superspeedway. Stewart has finished second in six races at Talladega including the last three, but has yet to score a Talladega NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. He scored his sixth top-10 finish of the season, all top-fives and climbed from fifth to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago Stewart ranked sixth after nine races.
    • Brian Vickers (third) scored his second top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway and climbed from 19th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. It is his third top 10 finish this season.
    • Jeff Burton (fourth) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Talladega and his second-best best finish here. He finished third here in October 2001. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 2006. He climbed from 13th to 12th in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 18th after nine races.
    • Jamie McMurray (fifth) scored his third top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega. It was his third top-10 finish in 2006. He climbed from 20th to 17th in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 10th after nine races
    • J.J. Yeley finished 11th Talladega and was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender.
    • At least one Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Raybestos Rookie contenders Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex who were ranked in the top-15 in points coming into this race both were involved in the lap-9 accident and dropped to 18th and 20th respectively.
    • Mark Martin (35th) ended a streak of 12 straight top-15 finishes since Atlanta last October.
    • Joe Nemechek (27th) ended a 40-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last April, which was the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-1-2006)

  • Rumblings - Talladega: We had an early melee (a 13 car job on Lap 10), green flag pit stop mishaps (missing lugs.....catch can making laps), 56 lead changes and 22 different leaders. That can only mean one thing.....we're at Talladega Superspeedway. Jimmie Johnson survived a wild 9-lap shootout to the finish today (one day late) to take the Aaron's 499 over Tony Stewart. The lead only changed hands 5 times in that last green flag run....but don't think it calmed down any. It was your typical wild plate race with four and five wide most of the day (and these guys just haven't figured out that don't work too often).
    JJ's win was his third of the season (he's taken both plate events) and the 21st of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's now tied for 27th on the all-time win list with Benny Parsons, Jack Smith, and Bobby Labonte). Win #143 for Hendrick Motorsports was worth $326,061 from the over $5.9M in posted awards.
    Brian Vickers (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at California last September.
    Jeff Burton (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Bristol last August.
    Jamie McMurray (5th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona last July.
    Robby Gordon (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Phoenix last November. Robby's Top-10 gives us 30 drivers at that mark this season.... last year we had 43 of 'em.
    Jeremy Mayfield (13th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Homestead last November.
    Jeff Green (14th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Lowe's last May.
    Travis Kvapil (19th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Phoenix last November.
    Chad Chaffin (30th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 36th at Martinsville last month.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races.
    Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week (for the second time this season) was Jeff Burton (+36), followed by Brian Vickers (+30), Jeff Green (+25), Scott Riggs (+23), Jeremy Mayfield (+23), and Scott Wimmer (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper (for the third time this season....and that tells you how his year has gone) was Greg Biffle (-31), followed by Sterling Marlin (-28 ), Mark Martin (-25), Clint Bowyer (-25), and Joe Nemechek (-21). It was a typical Talladega day in the "Shaft" as well.
    We had five drivers lead a lap today for the first time this season (with 22 different leaders today that was real unexpected, huh?). Robby Gordon led for the first time since he led one lap at New Hampshire last September, Jeremy Mayfield led for the first time since he led one lap at Lowe's last October, Casey Mears led for the first time since he led twice for 75 laps at Homestead last November, Scott Wimmer led for the first time since he led once for 15 circuits at Phoenix last November, and Joe Nemechek led for the first time since he led once for two laps at Homestead last November. That gives us 38 different leaders this season....last year we had 51 different drivers to lead a lap.
    Jimmie Johnson regains the points lead as the "Stayin' Alive" line moves all the way up to 12th! They can talk all they want about the close points race, but last year at this time we had 18 drivers still above the mark of insignificance.... Three drivers moved forward four spots today (Brian Vickers, J. J. Yeley, and Scott Riggs) while Clint Bowyer & Kenny Schrader both fell six spots.(Stock Car Fans)(5-1-2006)

    The Race Rundown

  • The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 188 of 188 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #48-Johnson-c (16)(3 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (2)(11 laps led)
    #25-Vickers-c (33)(7 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (40)
    #26-McMurray-f (8)(18 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (12/back)(23 laps led)
    #2-Busch-d (5)(9 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (3)(7 laps led)
    #10-Riggs-d (32)
    #7-Gordon-c (19)(1 laps led)
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie


    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 11,29

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 22,41,34,5,12,40,6

  • Cars on the track: 29 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (14) and reason:
    #00-Sadler (accident-out)
    #21-Schrader (accident-out)
    #27-Shelmerdine (accident-out)
    #07-Bowyer (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne/HSadler (accident-out)
    #1-Truex Jr (accident-out)
    #14-Martin (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (engine-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)
    #43-Labonte (engine-out)
    #61-Lepage (accident-out)
    #01-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #41-Sorenson (accident-out)
    #55-Waltrip (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (22 leaders with 56 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (62 led most/half):
    #17-Kenseth (23);
    #38-Sadler (pole, 23);
    #26-McMurray (18);
    #20-Stewart (11);
    #2-Busch (9);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (8);
    #25-Vickers (7);
    #99-Edwards (7);
    #01-Nemechek (5);
    #48-Johnson (3);
    #42-Mears (2);
    #4-Wimmer (1);
    #7-Gordon (1);
    #11-Hamlin (1);
    #18-Yeley (1);
    #19-Mayfield (1);
    #22-Blaney (1);
    #55-Waltrip (1);
    #61-Lepage (1);
    #66-Green (1);
    #88-Jarrett (1);

  • Lap leaders: #38-Sadler - pole; #38-Sadler 1-2; #20-Stewart 3-6; #26-McMurray 7; #24-Gordon 8-9; #66-Green 10; #19-Mayfield 11; #88-Jarrett 12; #01-Nemechek 13-17; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 18-19; #25-Vickers 20; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 21-24; #2-Busch 25; #26-McMurray 26-34; #17-Kenseth 35-39; #4-Wimmer 40; #17-Kenseth 41-43; #38-Sadler 44-47; #42-Mears 48-49; #99-Edwards 50-53; #24-Gordon 54-59; #99-Edwards 60; #24-Gordon 61-70; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 71-72; #99-Edwards 73-74; #17-Kenseth 75-84; #38-Sadler 85; #25-Vickers 86-87; #24-Gordon 88; #7-Gordon 89; #55-Waltrip 90; #24-Gordon 91-101; #38-Sadler 102-103; #24-Gordon 104-110; #11-Hamlin 111; #24-Gordon 112-115; #38-Sadler 116; #24-Gordon 117-122; #48-Johnson 123-124; #38-Sadler 125-127; #18-Yeley 128; #17-Kenseth 129-132; #24-Gordon 133-135; #17-Kenseth 136; #38-Sadler 137-146; #24-Gordon 147-152; #22-Blaney 153; #61-Lepage 154; #24-Gordon 155-157; #2-Busch 158-165; #26-McMurray 166-172; #20-Stewart 173-179; #24-Gordon 180; #25-Vickers 181-183; #26-McMurray 184; #24-Gordon 185-186; #25-Vickers 187; #48-Johnson 188

    Cautions: 8 for 34 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 174 - 179: another Big One....#11-Hamlin into #22-Blaney who came up into #61-Lepage who went up into #01-Nemechek with all of them coming back doen the track, collecting #41-Sorenson, #32-Kvapil, #12-Newman, #55-Waltrip.
    Caution 7 - Laps 166 - 169: #43-Labonte loses an engine, goes to the garage.
    Caution 6 - Laps 153 - 156: #8-Earnhardt Jr. loses an engine, goes to the garage.
    Caution 5 - Laps 128 - 130: #14-Marlin lost a tire and slid along the tri-oval.
    Caution 4 - Laps 111 - 114: Debris, tire liner from #34-Chaffin in turn 3.
    Caution 3 - Laps 89 - 92: #8-Earnhardt Jr. got loose in turn 3, got into #99-Edwards, then spun off the turn, made slight contact with #20-Stewart.
    Caution 2 - Laps 40 - 42: #29-Harvick, who is running slow since being involved in the Lap 9 wreck, lost a right front tire on the backstretch.
    Caution 1 - Laps 10 - 15: The Big One, The drivers went 5 wide in turn 3, #99-Edwards got into #5-Busch, who almost saved it, but lost it and went up into #12-Newman, collecting #6-Martin, #43-Labonte, #27-Shelmerdine, #14-Martin, #40-Stremme, #29-Harvick, #00-Sadler, #21-Schrader, #1-Truex Jr., #07-Bowyer, #9-Kahne, #34-Chaffin.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: #29-Harvick, still 1 lap down, 23rd
    Caution 7: #42-Mears, 20th
    Caution 6: #42-Mears, still 1 lap down, 20th
    Caution 5: #29-Harvick, still 2 laps down, 23rd
    Caution 4: #45-Petty, 18th
    Caution 3: #99-Edwards, 8th
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #11-Hamlin penalized for passing below the yellow line and aggressive driving for the lap 174 wreck.
    ---- during the 7th caution, car #'s 26,10,41,38,99,24,11,61,55,20,88,96,22 stayed out; #'s 17,18,2,25,48,31,7 and the rest came in for tires.
    ---- on lap 138, #42-Mears slapped the wall after #66-Green got into #22-Blaney an Blaney got into Mears, all drove on but Mears went to the pits and lost a lap.
    ---- during the 4th caution, all teams came in to pit, #11-Hamlin stayed out to lead a lap. #41-Sorenson had an extended stay as he hit the tire debris before the caution and has left front damage.
    ---- #14-Marlin came back on the track on lap 94 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck.
    ---- #12-Newman came back on the track on lap 92 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck.
    ---- #6-Martin came back on the track on lap 91 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck, has the hood from the #16 car on the now.
    ---- The #9 Dodge is back on the track on lap 90 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck BUT Hermie Sadler is driving the car as Kahne has a sore arm.
    ---- #1-Truex Jr. came back on the track on lap 83 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck.
    ---- #2-Busch had to pit on lap 81 as he had a missing lugnut.
    ---- #07-Bowyer came back on the track on lap 80 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck.
    ---- #99-Edwards came in leading, left leading, BUT was black flagged for leaving the pit stall with equipment, the catch can was still attached to the car.
    ---- all the cars made pit stops between lap 72-77.
    ---- some green flag pit stops starting on lap 72
    ---- on lap 56, #45-Petty made an unscheduled pitstop
    ---- #5-Busch came back on the track on lap 48 after the team made repairs from the lap 9 wreck.
    ---- Kasey Kahne was awake and alert after the lap 9 wreck, had the wind knocked out of him, was checked out and released from the infield care center.
    ---- green flag at 12:14pm/et
    ---- cars rolled out on to the track at 12:05pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by Aaron's Ken Butler and the huge crowd at 12:01pm/et
    ---- rained out on Sunday, back at 12:00pm/et on Monday, May 1st
    Sunday at Talladega...moves to Monday: cars were on their pace laps at Talladega on Sunday, with one lap to go before green when it started raining, the cars we taken to pit road to wait it out as of 2:11pm/et, then...as of 3:46pm/et the rain is still off and on and the track is still wet, supposedly NASCAR will make a decision by 4:30pm/et on plans as the track takes about two hours to dry and their are no lights at the track. The radar looks bad for another couple hours. Just about 4:00pm/et NASCAR announced the race was postponed until Monday, May 1st at 12:00noon/et [11am local Talladega time] and the race will be covered on TV via FX and some FOX affiliates, plus live on MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio, plus the race can be followed via my Racepage and updates on Jayski's Cingular Alerts. The weather forecast for Monday at Talladega calls for sunshine and 77 degrees.(4-30-2006)
    ---- ut oh...some rain is falling as of 2:10pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by actor Will Ferrell at 2:00pm/et
    ---- To The Back [1]: #17-Kenseth [pressurized radiator]


  • Sunday at Talladega...moves to Monday: cars were on their pace laps at Talladega on Sunday, with one lap to go before green when it started raining, the cars we taken to pit road to wait it out as of 2:11pm/et, then...as of 3:46pm/et the rain is still off and on and the track is still wet, supposedly NASCAR will make a decision by 4:30pm/et on plans as the track takes about two hours to dry and their are no lights at the track. The radar looks bad for another couple hours. Just about 4:00pm/et NASCAR announced the race was postponed until Monday, May 1st at 12:00noon/et [11am local Talladega time] and the race will be covered on TV via FX and some FOX affiliates, plus live on MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio, plus the race can be followed via my Racepage and updates on Jayski's Cingular Alerts. The weather forecast for Monday at Talladega calls for sunshine and 77 degrees.(4-30-2006)

  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Monday May 1, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 12:00pm/et [green flag around 12:00pm/et].
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, May 4th at 4:00pm/et

  • Sadler wins pole at Talladega: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Budweiser pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap of 188.511mph, for his 2nd straight pole at Talladega, 1st of 2006 and 7th of his career. #20-Stewart will start 2nd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #88-Dale Jarrett and #2-Kurt Busch. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 27th in the black Chevy, points leader, #17-Matt Kenseth starts 12th. #40-David Stremme was the fastest of the non top-35 drivers and will start 17th, #55-Michael Waltrip, also no longer in the top-35 in owners points, had to race in and did so, starting 21st. #27-Kirk Shelmerdine made the race and #4-Scott Wimmer gets the final starting spot. Missing the race were: #78-Wallace, #95-Barrett, #49-Sherman, #92-Blount, #09-MWallace and #89-Shepherd. For qualifying speeds, starting lineup, pole progression, non top-35 qualifiers on my Talladega Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-29-2006)

  • Talladega Qualifying Notes:
    • Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Aaron’s 499, lapping Talladega Superspeedway in 50.798 seconds at 188.511 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 44.998 seconds, 212.809 mph, set April 30, 1987 – prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Elliott also holds the Talladega restrictor-plate record of 48.128 seconds, 199.388 mph, set May 4, 1990.
    • This is Sadler’s seventh career Bud Pole in 258 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • This is his first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in 2006. He became the seventh different Bud Pole winner this season.
    • This is Sadler’s third Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, all in the past seven races here.
    • Tony Stewart posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 51.029 seconds, 187.658 mph – and will join Sadler on the front row for the Aaron’s 499. It is his fifth top-10 start in 2006, all third or better. Stewart’s career-best Talladega start is his seventh top-10 start in 15 races here.
    • This is the second Bud Pole for Ford in 2006. Chevrolet and Dodge each have three Bud Poles this season. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in 2006 – all top-fives. He has qualified in the top-10 in two of his four Talladega races.
    • Dale Jarrett (fourth) posted his first start better than 15th this season. Jarrett scored his 17th top-10 start in 39 races at Talladega, including five of the past six.
    • Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his eighth straight top-10 start of 2006. His only non-top 10 start came in the Daytona 500, when he started 13th. Busch posted his third top- 10 start in 11 races at Talladega.
    • Kirk Shelmerdine (22nd), who posted his career-best finish in the Daytona 500 this past February, posted his career-best start. His best start in his previous 24 races was 32nd in his career-first start set at Texas World Speedway in June 1981.
    • Hermie Sadler (24th) posted his best start since he started 21st in the 2005 Pepsi 500 at Daytona. This will be his 55th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(4-29-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499
    at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 11:40am/et.
    TV: FX - 12:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #34-Chad Chaffin is due out first on Saturday, April 29th at 11:40am/et on FX/MRN/XM [TV at 12:00noon/et], last driver due out is #66-Jeff Green. For the Qualifying order, see my Talladega Qualifying Page.(4-28-2006)

  • Happy Hour [Final] practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #7-Gordon 194.141
    #10-Riggs 194.050
    #99-Edwards 193.185
    #11-Hamlin 193.174
    #24-Gordon 193.072
    slower: #49-Sherman 183.526 and #89-Shepherd 184.274
    no speed listed: #29-Harvick [not running happy hour]
    most laps run: #2-Busch 37; #6-Martin 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 187.032 [6th fastest lap], 35 laps run
    #2-Busch 187.017 [25th], 37 laps
    #26-McMurray 187.012 [10th], 25 laps
    See speed chart on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-28-2006)

  • First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #01-Nemechek 195.472
    #31-Burton 194.650mph [Daytona 500 pole sitter]
    #29-Harvick 194.168
    #45-Petty 194.066
    #07-Bowyer 194.039
    (drafting speeds?)
    slowest: #89-Shepherd 184.154 and #49-Sherman 184.157
    interesting...the top 35 in speeds are all locked into the race and in the top-35 in owners points, the other 14 drivers not in the top-35 in owners points were all in the bottom of practice speeds with #55-Waltrip being the fastest at 36th, the the speeds dropped 3mph to 37th #40-Stremme.
    most laps run: #16-Biffle 39; #17-Kenseth & #45-Petty 37.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Truex Jr 187.722 [11th fastest lap], 32 laps run
    #45-Petty 187.708 [4th], 37 laps
    #20-Stewart 187.547 [22nd], 36 laps
    See speed chart on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-28-2006)

  • Entry List for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #09-Mike Wallace
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #40-David Stremme
    #49-Brent Sherman
    #55-MIcheal Waltrip
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #92-Chad Blount
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    added after initial list:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 55,40,4,32,61,49,95,78
    missing the race would be #'s: 34,92,00,89,27,09.
    see entry list on Jayski's Talladega Entry List Page.
    (4-24/26-2006)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)

  • see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 Nextel Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Heading to Talladega Superspeedway
    • Jeff Gordon has won the last two Aaron’s 499s.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won five of the last nine races at Talladega.
    • Both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Talladega in 2005 were won from the second-place starting position.
    • Thirteen of the last 14 races at Talladega have been won by a Chevrolet.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-22-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Talladega Superspeedway:
    • Matt Kenseth took over the point lead after Phoenix. After eight races one year ago, he ranked 28th in the point standings.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each won two races in 2006, the most among all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne are the only drivers to score six top-10 finishes in the first eight races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in each of the eight races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin has scored 12 straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each scored top-15 finishes in seven of the eight races in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead at least one lap in all eight races this season.
    • Tony Stewart has moved from 22nd to fifth in the point standings since California.
    • Kevin Harvick has moved from 23rd to eighth in the point standings in the last four races. Harvick has scored top-10 finishes in his last four races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-24-2006)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Kevin Harvick, 189.804mph, finished 12th

  • Oct 2005 Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 189.260mph, finished 34th

  • 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)

  • Last Years Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 146.904mph, started 2nd

  • Oct 2005 Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 143.818mph, started 2nd

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

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

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 3, Jeremy Mayfield; Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

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

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

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 10/2/05, 2 laps led

  • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 29 - Chevy

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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12 [of 73] 16.4%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18, 24.7%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 45 of 73 - 61.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 54 of 73 - 74.0%

  • Talladega Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front Not Always Important at Talladega Superspeedway
    Four of the last seven races at Talladega have been won from starting positions outside the top 10. All seven were won from a top-20 starting position including two from the front row (second-place) both in 2005. No driver has won a race at Talladega from the Bud Pole since Bobby Labonte won the 1998 DieHard 500 from the Bud Pole 16 Talladega races ago.
    Owner Wins at Talladega Superspeedway
    Dale Earnhardt Inc., has won six of the last nine races at Talladega Superspeedway. Five of those victories were scored by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the other was scored by Michael Waltrip. Richard Childress leads all car owners with nine Talladega victories, all by Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt’s 10th Talladega victory (the most among all drivers) came in 1983 while driving for the legendary Bud Moore.
    Recent Domination at Talladega Superspeedway
    • Jeff Gordon has won the last two spring races at Talladega.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has won five of the last nine races at Talladega.
    Leading The Way at Talladega Superspeedway
    Dale Earnhardt led 1,377 laps in 44 races at Talladega Superspeedway, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 640 laps led in 26 races there.
    Would you believe?
    Eighteen races at Talladega have been won from the second-place starting position, the most of any starting position. Both races at Talladega in 2005 were won from the second-place starting position.
    Manufacturers at Talladega Superspeedway
    A Chevrolet has won 13 of the last 14 races at Talladega. Ford ended Chevrolet’s 13-race winning streak with a victory there last October by Dale Jarrett. A Dodge has not won at Talladega since August 1976 when Dave Marcis won the Talladega 500.
    Talladega Standouts
    • Dave Marcis had 61 career starts at Talladega, more than any other driver.
    • Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 48 starts.
    • Bill Elliott scored eight Bud Poles at Talladega, leading all drivers. Joe Nemechek, Sterling Marlin and Jeremy Mayfield lead all active drivers, each with three Bud Poles at Talladega.
    • Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with 10 victories in 44 races at Talladega Superspeedway. His 23 top-fives and 27 top-10 finishes are also the most of any driver at Talladega Superspeedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr., has scored five Talladega victories, leading all active drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all full time, active drivers with 11 top-five finishes at Talladega.
    • Mark Martin has scored 21 top-10 finishes at Talladega Superspeedway, the most among full time, active drivers.
    • Scott Riggs leads all active drivers with a 5.0 starting average in four races at Talladega.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has a 10.66 finishing average in his 12 races at Talladega, the best of all active drivers.
    • Kurt Busch, Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart have each posted three straight top-10 finishes at Talladega
    Superspeedway, the longest current streaks.
    • Kevin Harvick has posted six straight top-15 finishes at Talladega, the longest current streak by any driver there. Milestones
    • Mark Martin will make his 590th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start if he competes in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Ricky Rudd set the standard with 788 consecutive starts that ended with his retirement last November.
    Restrictor-Plate Nuggets
    • There have been 73 restrictor-plate races at Talladega and Daytona since 1988. Only Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin have competed in all 73. All three have at least one victory in a restrictor-plate race.
    • Sterling Marlin leads all drivers with seven restrictor-plate Bud Poles.
    • Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with 11 restrictor-plate victories followed by Jeff Gordon with 10.
    • Dale Earnhardt had a 9.377 average finish in 53 restrictor-plate races. Dale Earnhardt Jr., leads all active drivers with an 11.0 average finish in 25 restrictor-plate races.
    Season Nuggets
    • The point standings after eight races one year ago had Jimmie Johnson leading Kurt Busch by 173 points. Matt Kenseth’s lead over Johnson after eight races in 2006 is just nine points.
    • After eight races in 2006, the top-five drivers are separated by just 77 points. After eight races one year ago, the top five was separated by 251 points.
    • Dodge has won three of the first eight races in 2006. Dodge only won three races in all of 2005.
    • Kasey Kahne won his third career race with his victory at Texas. All three of his victories came from the Bud Pole.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver who has led at least one lap in all eight races in 2006 earning 55 lap leader bonus points, 20 more than point leader Matt Kenseth who has 35.
    • After eight races this season, two rookies are ranked in the top 15 in the point standings: Clint Bowyer (12th) and Martin Truex Jr. (15th).
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • One year ago 30th ranked Sterling Marlin was ninth, 22nd-place Ryan Newman was seventh, 21st-place Greg Biffle was third, 17th-place Kurt Busch was second, 16th-place Carl Edwards was eighth and 14th-place Elliott Sadler was fifth.
    • Dale Jarrett, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle are a few of the drivers that have not scored a top-five finish in 2006.
    • Ryan Newman leads all drivers that have competed in all eight races in 2006 with three DNFs. (NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-26-2006)

  • Ramblings - Talladega:
    In a sport where qualifying is separated by mere thousandths of a second, Elliott Sadler blew 'em away today at Talladega Superspeedway Sadler took the Bud Pole for tomorrow's Aaron's 499 with a time of 50.798 seconds (188.511 mph). His margin over outside pole man Tony Stewart was over 2/10th of a second! To put that in perspective, 2nd thru 9th is separated by that same margin. Somebody check to see if he got a tow! This is Elliot's 7th career pole (tho his first since Lowe's last October), and he becomes the 7th different qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    Teammate Dale Jarrett (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here last October.
    Joe Nemechek (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Texas last November.
    David Stremme (17th) has his career best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 22nd at Homestead last November.
    Robby Gordon (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Phoenix last November.
    Michael Waltrip (21st) has his best starting spot since he qualified 19th at California last September.....all it takes is a little pressure, eh Mikey?
    Kirk Shelmerdine (22nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 32nd at Texas World Speedway in June of 1981! We dig however deep it takes.....
    Hermie Sadler (24th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 21st at Daytona last July (only 7 races).
    Travis Kvapil (26th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 12th at Martinsville last October.
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 8 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Greg Biffle has 8 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans)(4-29-2006)

  • Restrictor-Plate Nuggets
    • There have been 73 restrictor-plate races at Talladega and Daytona since 1988. Only Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin have competed in all 73. All three have at least one victory in a restrictor-plate race.
    • Sterling Marlin leads all drivers with seven restrictor-plate Bud Poles.
    • Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with 11 restrictor-plate victories followed by Jeff Gordon with 10.
    • Dale Earnhardt had a 9.377 average finish in 53 restrictor-plate races. Dale Earnhardt Jr., leads all active drivers with an 11.0 average finish in 25 restrictor-plate races.
    See the history of Restrictor Plate poles/wins/notes at Daytona and Talladega on my Restrictor Plate page.(4-26-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    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 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph; Caution Car: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,000

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: actor Will Ferrell
    Command to start engines: actor Will Ferrell
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Edwin McCain
    Military Flyover: A-10 Warthogs, LA

  • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com

  • 2005 Talladega April Race Info Page

  • 2005 Talladega Oct. Race Info Page

  • Earnhardt Commemorative Poster: On Sunday, race fans that purchase an Aaron's 499 souvenir program will also receive a Collectable Commemorative Poster featuring the special paint scheme on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #8 Budweiser Chevrolet and a tribute to Dale Earnhardt's induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.(TSS PR)(4-29-2006)

  • Very Few Aaron's 499 Tickets Remain: The only seats remaining for tomorrow's Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race are located in the Lincoln and Gadsden Grandstands on the frontstretch just out of Turn Four. Fans hoping to attend the race are urged to purchase tickets now, before all seats are gone. Gadsden Grandstand seats are $70 for Sunday and Lincoln Granstand seats are $75. To purchase tickets, call 1-877- Go2-DEGA, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com, or visit one of our ticket booths on site - - including the main Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office located on Speedway Boulevard at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.(TSS PR)(4-29-2006)

  • McCain To Sing National Anthem Prior To Aaron's 499: Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will perform the National Anthem at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 30 prior to the start of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. McCain will be appearing at Talladega Superspeedway in support of his new album released by Vanguard Records today titled "Lost In America," which includes the soon-to-be-released radio single "Gramercy Park Hotel." To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or for more information on Talladega Superspeedway, please visit talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(4-12-2006)

  • Ferrell To Visit Fans In Pit Tour Experience at Talladega: Race fans who purchase the Pit Tour Experience hospitality package for the Aaron's 499 on Sunday, April 30 will be treated to a visit from the race Grand Marshal Will Ferrell, star of the upcoming comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." The Pit Tour Experience is one of several hospitality packages offered at Talladega Superspeedway, and entitles race fans to a pre-race pit road tour, enabling them to get an up-close-and-personal look at teams' preparations on race day. The Pit Tour Experience also provides a Suite/Hospitality parking pass and a pass to Hospitality Village, where fans can enjoy catering for continental breakfast, lunch, soda, water and four drink tickets for beer. In addition to an event souvenir, the highlight of this package for many is usually a special visit from a NEXTEL Cup Series driver. However for this race, fans will be treated to a visit from established comedian and actor Ferrell, who will participate in a question-and-answer session. He will visit the Pit Tour Experience chalet in the Hospitality Village at approximately 9:45am. Pit Tour Experience packages may be purchased for $145 and must be accompanied by a frontstretch grandstand or tower ticket for the April 30 Aaron's 499. Great seats still remain for the first race weekend at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or for more information on Talladega Superspeedway, please visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(4-1-2006)

  • Three-Day Race Weekend At Talladega Special: Talladega Superspeedway's two-day, $60 seats in the Allison Grandstand are widely known to be one of the best ticket values offered by any racing venue, but this year fans buying two-day tickets will get even more for their money with the addition of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying on Saturday. The track has announced the new schedule and that it will be opening its grandstands three days instead of four, each series' qualifying event has been moved up one day. Therefore, fans who purchase Saturday tickets will witness The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series prior to the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race at no additional cost. Great two-day seats still remain for the first race weekend at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. Two-day Talladega Tower seats offering a spectacular view of the start/finish line are $135 and Allison Grandstand Seats are only $60. Two-day tickets grant admission to The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, April 29, then the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, April 30. In addition, while Friday's schedule features the The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series, that day is also the only opportunity to watch NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams practice. Two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practices will be held leading up to the Busch Series qualifying runs. Seats for Friday, April 28 are $12 for adults, and kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge in the general admission grandstands on Friday and Saturday when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For tickets and more information on Talladega Superspeedway, please visit talladegasuperspeedway.com.(3-28-2006)

  • Will Ferrell To Serve As Grand Marshal at Talladega: Actor Will Ferrell, star of the upcoming Columbia Pictures comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Aaron's 499 NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway set for Sunday, April 30. Both Ferrell and the movie have been embraced by NASCAR since crews began shooting scenes at Talladega last year during the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend and in the weeks following. Fans attending the Oct. 1 ARCA RE/MAX Series race watched and participated as select scenes were filmed on the frontstretch of the 2.66-mile track prior to the start of the event. The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is set for release by Columbia Pictures on Aug. 4. Co-written by Ferrell and director Adam McKay, the film tells the story of NASCAR racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell), whose "win at all costs" approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner and childhood friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo that thrill their fans by finishing most races in the top spots - with Ricky Bobby always leading the pack. When a flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen -- Ali G), challenges him for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver.(more info on the movie on my Racing Movies page). To order tickets for all events, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(3-24-2006)

  • Portable Asphalt Plant Mobilizes at Talladega: Nearly all the components of a portable asphalt plant are now mobilized on the grounds of Talladega Superspeedway, signaling that preparations are under way for the monumental paving project set to begin this spring immediately following the April 28-30 Aaron's Dream Weekend. In coming weeks, asphalt test strips will be constructed on property. Track officials announced in December that the 2.66-mile tri-oval track, apron and pit road will be completely repaved with asphalt for the first time since 1979. To order tickets for all the April races call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877- 462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725).(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(2-24-2006)

  • Talladega to be repaved: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that the racetrack is set to be repaved for the first time since 1979, and the project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2006 UAW-Ford 500, race four in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The project will include complete asphalt repaving of the 2.66-mile tri-oval track, apron and pit road. A portable asphalt plant will be mobilized to the site in December of this year, and on-site work will begin in February, when trial batches of the asphalt pavement will be produced and asphalt test strips will be constructed on superspeedway property. Engineers are expected to begin formulation of asphalt mix designs and designing the required equipment modifications in December. The repaving project will begin immediately following the April 28-30, 2006 Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega.
    This will be the fourth paving project for Talladega Superspeedway, with the first being the actual construction of the track for its opening in September 1969, which was followed by a repaving project completed in time for the 1970 season. The third and most recent paving was completed at the conclusion of the 1979 racing season. Plans are in the works for the most exciting year of racing yet at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006, and don't forget that the holidays are just around the corner! Cross your favorite race fans off your shopping list first by purchasing them race weekend gift certificates to NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. The first opportunity to use the certificates will be for the 2006 Aaron's Dream Weekend set for April 28-30. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For news and other information on Talladega Superspeedway, check out the track's web site at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(12-15-2005)

  • Talladega Debuts New 3-Day Race Weekend Format in 2006: Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey announced that the track plans to pack all the excitement of NASCAR's Most Competitive Track into a new 3-day race weekend format for both major events in 2006. In the spring, grandstands will be open Friday - Sunday, April 28-30 for Aaron's Dream Weekend featuring the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. In the fall, grandstands will be open Friday - Sunday, Oct. 6-8 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, the track's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the UAW-Ford 500, race four in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. One of the biggest changes in 2006 will be that all the major events will be considered "impound races," with teams allowed only two practices prior to qualifying their machines. Then after the field is set, no adjustments will be allowed before the race without penalty. This will apply to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office.(TSS PR)(10-18-2005)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Talladega Superspeedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Shelmerdine back at Talladgea: #27 Kirk Shelmerdine is back on the track! After an impressive 20th place finish in the 2006 Daytona 500, Shelmerdine plans to compete in Talladega's upcoming race on April 30, 2006: The Aaron's 499. Shelmerdine retreated from the spotlight after Daytona to work on the #27 and scout potential sponsors. KSR continues to offer unique sponsorship opportunities that cater to the needs and budget of each and every potential sponsor. Contact info and team/driver info at www.kirkshelmerdine.com.(MLF Sports PR)(4-26-2006)

  • #74 withdraws from Phoenix and skip Talladega: McGlynn Racing announced that Derrike Cope and the #74 Dodge will withdraw from this weekend's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Speedway. The team will also skip the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. During this period, Derrike and the team will be conducting testing for upcoming race events that are important to team sponsors. Having 35 spots guaranteed to the larger teams presents a significant challenge to the smaller, less funded teams. Since the team is not in a position to challenge for the top 35 points position at this time the team feels the best course of action is to skip select races to concentrate more effort on those they do enter. McGlynn Racing and Derrike continue to receive great support from of each of our current sponsors and are always searching for additional sponsors to improve upon equipment and hire personnel to make us even better," said Ryan McGlynn, General Manager for the team. For more information on McGlynn Racing, visit www.McGlynnRacing.com.(McGlynn Racing PR)
    AND hearing that McGlynn Racing/Cope are conducting a private test session with a European driver and sponsor next week at an undisclosed location. The purpose of the test is to audition the driver for a possible second McGlynn car later this season. If the driver is hired by McGlynn Racing, Cope will mentor the driver as he learns the ropes in ARCA and the Busch Series then onto Cup competition late in 2006 and full time Cup Series in 2007. Cope will remain the primary driver of the #74 car. The visiting driver and representatives of the major sponsor will be visiting the team to finalize the proposed partnership. An announcement is expected soon after the testing is complete.(4-19-2006)

  • New Bumper at 'Dega: Teams will have a new bumper configuration for the Talladega race later this month that is intended to reduce the amount of bump drafting. Drivers complained about bump drafting at Daytona. Bump drafting is where the trailing car rams the rear end of the leading car to help them push forward. It's an accepted practice in the straightaways, but when done in the corners it can lead to an accident. While the new rule reduces the strength of the bumpers, opinion is mixed if the rule change will make a difference. The new rule forces teams to remove steel plates underneath the bumper. NASCAR wanted to maintain the bumper strength for safety but not make it so strong that drivers used it to constantly bump draft.(Roanoke Tines)(4-9-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#1-Martins Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Black
Dale Earnhardt Tribute
#1 Schemes Page
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Black Bud
Dale Earnhardt Tribute
#8 Schemes Page
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Black Bud #8 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman MyCircle Purple Alltel #12 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley Asthma Control TestT (ACT) #18 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi #24 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's Panut Butter Carmel Cup #29 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte STP #43 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Schwans #45 Schemes Page
#78-Kenny Wallace National Day of Prayer #78 Schemes Page


  • Yeley to run ACT scheme at Talladega: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will display a unique paint scheme on the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet to be driven by rookie J.J. Yeley during the April 30 Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The sponsorship aims to help raise awareness about the need for improved asthma control and motivate patients with asthma to take the Asthma Control TestT (ACT), and share the results with their doctor. The ACT consists of five simple questions that help patients understand how their asthma affects them. GlaxoSmithKline also will bring its AsthmaControl.com mobile exhibit to the Talladega Superspeedway on April 30 to allow race fans with asthma to take the ACT, learn their asthma scores on site and receive racing souvenirs.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(4-27-2006)

  • Kenny Wallace to Drive National Day of Prayer Car Talladega: Kenny Wallace is scheduled to drive the National Day of Prayer car #78 sponsored by Furniture Row for the Nextel Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. For more information visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org. In commemoration of the day, which falls on Thursday, May 4th, the #78 Furniture Row Chevy Monte Carlo CUP car will feature a new red, white and blue paint scheme showcasing the National Day of Prayer logo for Talladega on April 30. For more information on the team, please visit furniturerowracing.com or for Wallace, see Kennywallace.com.(PR), see an image of the scheme on my #78 Team Schemes page.(4-26-2006)

  • STP back on #43 at Talladega: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 STP Dodge team head to the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's Aaron's 499. The #43 Dodge will carry a retro STP paint scheme designed to pay tribute to one of the longest sponsorships in history of motorsports. It will be the first time in six years that STP has been the primary sponsor. They will commemorate the event by donating $43 for each lap completed to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.(Petty Racing PR), see image of the #43 STP car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(4-26-2006)

  • Reese's back on the #29: The #29 Reese’s Chevy that Kevin Harvick will drive is sporting Reese’s Caramel Cups once again this weekend in Talladega. Last time Reese’s Caramel Cups were on the #29 Chevy, Reese’s Caramel Cups is one of six special paint schemes Reese’s will run throughout the 2006 season. Harvick teamed up with 2004 IRL Champion and Hershey’s driver Tony Kanaan to film a commercial promoting the new Reese’s Caramel Cups. Race fans can see what is going on with the #29 Reese’s Racing team at www.reesesracing.com.(RCR PR)(4-26-2006)

  • Dale Jr. scheme at Talladega? UPDATE OFFICIAL, IMAGES #1 also: hearing Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a black #8 Budweiser Chevy at Talladega in the Aaron's 499 in honor of Dale Earnhardt's induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame this week.(4-23-2006)
    UPDATE: ESPN's Mike Massaro reported on ESPNEWS 4Qtrs tonight that DEI is expected to make an announcement later this week that Dale Jr. will run a black #8 Budweiser Chevy in honor of his father, 10 time Talladega winner, Dale Earnhardt. There is also a rumor that Dale Jr. would run the #3 also, but have not heard that and the image clearly shows the #8.(4-24-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to announce that he will pilot a black Budweiser Chevy during the "three days" of on track action this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in honor of his father's induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. More details of this special paint scheme that will resemble the famous #3 could come in Tuesday's NASCAR NEXTEL Teleconference where Earnhardt Jr. will be the guest. Earnhardt Jr. is also scheduled to appear live on QVC’s For Race Fans Only from Talladega on Friday at 8:00pm/et. This could be the first time we see a die-cast version of the car.(RacingOne)(4-25-2006)
    UPDATE 3: In a unified effort, the primary sponsors of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. will pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt with special paint schemes at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The schemes will salute Dale Earnhardt Day (April 29th), his induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and his accomplishments at Talladega. Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR champion is the winningest driver at Talladega with 10 trips to Victory Lane. Fittingly, his 76th Nextel Cup victory occurred at the track in October of 2000. And, he did it in Earnhardt fashion by coming from 17th to first in the closing laps. The #1 Bass Pro Shops, #8 Budweiser and #11 Menards Chevys will carry paint schemes reminiscent of the familiar black theme Dale Earnhardt ran while driving for DEI in the Busch Series. Additionally, Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Martin Truex, Jr. in Saturday's Busch Series race. Truex, a two-time Busch Series champion and two-time winner of the NBS race at Talladega, will drive the #8 black Bass Pro Shops Chevy.
    "I think this is a great tribute to Dale on such a special weekend," said Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. "To have all of our sponsors come together with this tribute and want to be a part of it says a lot about the respect they have for Dale's accomplishments." In addition to the black paint schemes, Dale Earnhardt Day and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame induction, all Busch Series teams are being asked to carry a Dale Earnhardt Legacy Logo on their cars. Fans are asked to participate from the grandstands, or wherever they are watching the race, by raising three fingers in the air on Lap 3 of Saturday's Busch Series race.(DEI PR / fingerprintinc PR), see images on the #8 Team Schemes page and the #1 Team Schemes page and see the two Busch cars on my 2006 Busch Series Schemes page.(4-25-2006)

  • #12 to run blue and purple scheme? UPDATE 4: got images from Penske Racing in Mooresville, NC from a reader in which the nose and smaller parts of the #12 Alltel Dodge of Ryan Newman is painted purple. See my #12 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2006)
    UPDATE: hearing this scheme could run at Phoenix on April 22.(4-7-2006)
    UPDATE 2: #12-Ryan Newman will make his eighth Phoenix International Raceway start and his 160th in NASCAR's Cup Series this Saturday. The new paint scheme on the Alltel Dodge this weekend will be hard to miss. The paint [purple] scheme highlights a new feature that Alltel will launch soon. The team plans on showcasing the paint scheme in several upcoming NEXTEL Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR).
    UPDATE 3: have another image of the car, looks like the program will be MyCircle as is noted on the purple hood, see images of the scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)
    UPDATE 4: Alltel announced that Ryan Newman's #12 Alltel Dodge, traditionally royal blue and black, will display a special paint scheme at various races throughout the 2006 season. Set to debut on April 22 at the Subway Fresh 500 in Phoenix, a new purple and black color design will hit the track in support of Alltel's exclusive wireless feature "My Circle." The new paint scheme will be featured during a total of five races, which include Talladega, Richmond, Darlington and the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge.(Alltel Racing PR)(4-21-2006)

  • Special Stanley Scheme at Talladega: Scott Riggs will run a special Stanley Tools scheme on the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30th, Stanley FatMax Xtreme Tools, which is part of the ten race primary sponsorship with Stanley Tools. See an image of the scheme on my #10 Team Schemes page.(4-19-2006)

  • STP back with Petty? UPDATE 2 races: One of the most famous car designs in all of NASCAR history was the #43 STP design driven to victory lane all over the country by Richard Petty. It appears the STP name will once again grace a Petty-owned car as a primary sponsor, this time with another NASCAR champion at the wheel, Bobby Labonte.(CircleTrackPlus)
    UPDATE: the makers of STP products announced a return to the hood of the legendary #43 car being driven by former Nextel Cup champion, Bobby Labonte. The familiar red, white and blue STP logo will highlight a retro paint scheme designed to pay tribute to one of the longest running sponsorships in the history of stockcar racing and to launch the new STP Oil Stabilizer. STP will be the primary hood sponsor of Labonte's #43 Dodge for the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway on April 30 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway on September 9. To commemorate the occasion, the makers of STP products will donate $43 for each lap raced during these two events to the Petty family's charity, Victory Junction Gang Camp (VJGC).(PRN Newswire)(4-7-2006)
    IMAGE see an image of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2006)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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