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THE RACE: The Aaron's 499

Nextel Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 29, 2007 in Talladega, AL

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Aaron's

  • 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 with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, May 3 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,022,630 (was $5,951,372 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, April 27, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, April 27, 4:05 - 4:55pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 27, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Saturday, April 28 at 11:15am/et, TV-SPEED, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    THURSDAY, April 26th
    3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. NBS Practice
    4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. NBS Rookie Practice
    5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. NBS Final Practice
    6:45 p.m. NNCS Haulers Enter (Truck Parking Only)

    FRIDAY, APRIL 27
    - Grandstands Open At 11:30 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 7 a.m.
    12:00 p.m. NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing For Qualifying Order
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. NNCS Practice
    3:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
    4:05 p.m. NBS The Birmingham News Qualifying (Two Laps - All Positions) Impound

    SATURDAY, APRIL 28 - AARON'S 312 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES
    - Grandstands Open At 8 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 5 a.m.
    10:00 a.m. NBS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Garage)
    10:15 a.m. NNCS The Birmingham News Qualifying (Two Laps - All Positions) Impound
    2:00 p.m. NBS Aaron's 312 (117 Laps)

    SUNDAY, APRIL 29 - AARON'S 499 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES
    - Grandstands Open At 9 a.m./Day Parking Lots Open At 5 a.m.
    11:00 a.m. NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Garage)
    1:00 p.m. NNCS Aaron's 499 (188 Laps)
    Tentative, Subject to Change (ALL TIMES LOCAL)

    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 -- 1,100, Right-side -- 1,100;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4046; Right-side -- D-4068

    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 (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . Goodyear ran this same tire set-up with great success at Talladega last October, after the track was re-surfaced . . . this is the only NASCAR track at which these tire codes will be run in 2007 . . . 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 . . . the air pressure in those liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News
Talladega.com

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review
ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review II
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Talladega [revised]: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a late race pass then held on during a green-white-checkered finish and another caution to win his 2nd race of the 2007 season and his 77th career win, which moves Gordon past the late Dale Earnhardt [on Dale Sr's 56th birthday] and is now alone for the 6th spot in all time wins. This is the 11th restrictor plate track win for Gordon, which ties the all-time record held by Earnhardt. Gordon's win from the pole at Talladega is the first there since April 1998 [Bobby Labonte]. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won the last four spring races at Talladega [Gordon 3, Johnson 1].
    A few idiots didn't listen to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and still threw cans and debris on the track. After the GWC flew, there was a multi-car wreck with Gordon leading and NASCAR threw the yellow, freezing the field. The rest of the top 10 [revised]: #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #38-Gilliland, #26-McMurray, #29-Harvick, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #40-Stremme, #12-Newman and #1-Truex Jr. With #31-Jeff Burton, 2nd in points, involved in a wreck and finishing 34th, Gordon increases his points lead over Burton to 203. There were 8 cautions for 28 laps and 20 drivers lead the race with 40 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Talladega Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(4-29-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Talladega [9 of 36 races]:
    #24-Jeff Gordon 1521
    #31-Jeff Burton 1318 -203
    #17-Matt Kenseth 1292 -229
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 1290 -231
    #11-Denny Hamlin 1189 -332
    #20-Tony Stewart 1078 -443
    #26-Jamie McMurray 1059 -462
    #5-Kyle Busch 1054 -467
    #29-Kevin Harvick 1052 -469
    #2-Kurt Busch 1038 -483
    #07-Clint Bowyer 1021 -500
    #99-Carl Edwards 1004 -517
    some noteables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 13th -10pts from 12th
    #42-Juan Montoya is 19th
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 31st
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(4-29-2007)

  • Rumblings - Talladega Race Notes: We had a green/white/checker finish today at Talladega Superspeedway....and we didn't make it a mile into the final five before it was over. Jeff Gordon won the Aaron's 510 today under caution to give him his second win of the season, his 5th at Talladega, and the 77th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now solo in 6th on the all-time win list). This was the 155th win for Hendrick Motorsports and the third time they've gone 1/2 this season (Jimmie Johnson was second, btw). The victory was worth $355,511 from the $6M in posted awards. Well, we were treated to another contemptible display of trash throwing today. Kinda makes you wish we had more trash talking instead....sure would be a shame to see higher fences to keep the fans out. What's next? Are we gonna look like some of these soccer games in foreign lands where we see regular army with live weapons and german shepherds patrolling the side lines? Save those for the media center! We lost six cars to engine woes today.....four in the first 38 laps!
    Kurt Busch (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd here last October.
    David Gilliland (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 8th at Daytona in February.
    David Stremme (8th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 10th at Texas earlier this month.
    Kasey Kahne (12th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Daytona in February.
    Sterling Marlin (16th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Lowe's last October.
    Kyle Petty (18th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Texas last October.
    Jeremy Mayfield (23rd) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Infineon last June.
    Regan Smith (24th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 25th at Bristol last month.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
    Jamie McMurray has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kevin Harvick (+35), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (+29), Martin Truex Jr (+27), Elliott Sadler (+24), Kurt Busch (+23), Jeff Green (+21), and Jamie McMurray (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Casey Mears (-32), followed by Ricky Rudd (-28 ), Kyle Busch (-24), Carl Edwards (-24), Paul Menard (-24), Ward Burton (-21), and Joe Nemechek (-20). This is Op #3 for Harvick....but you sure know where you are when you see the "Shaft" this crowded.
    We had 8 drivers lead a lap today for the first time this season. Jamie McMurray, David Stremme, Jeff Green, David Ragan, Regan Smith, Kenny Wallace, Boris Said, and Casey Mears. In the case of Ragan and Smith, it's the first laps they've led in their Cup careers.
    Jamie McMurray (12th to 7th) made the best move forward today, while the absent Mark Martin (10th to 17th) fell the most spots. In that race to stay in the Top-35 in Owner Points, nobody moved above the Mendoza line.....but the #10 of Scott Riggs is the new 36th place team and they're now just 7 points behind Casey Mears.(Stock Car Fans.com)(4-29-2007)

  • Talladega Superspeedway: Fast Facts
    .. Jeff Gordon won the Aaron’s 499, his 77th victory in 483 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. Gordon moved into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time winners list, breaking a tie with Dale Earnhardt.
    .. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2007. He remains the point leader for the fifth race, now leading Jeff Burton by 203 points. .. Gordon won his second consecutive race from the Bud Pole. He was also the last driver to do so, winning at Sonoma and Daytona from the Bud Pole in 2004.
    .. This is the first win from the Bud Pole at Talladega since Bobby Labonte in the spring race of 1998.
    .. This is his fifth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 29 races at Talladega Superspeedway. He moved into a tie with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the most wins at Talladega among active drivers. Both run second to Dale Earnhardt, who had 10 Talladega wins.
    .. Jimmie Johnson finished second, giving car owner Rick Hendrick his third 1-2 finish this season. Johnson finished first and Gordon second at both Las Vegas and Martinsville.
    .. Kurt Busch (third) posted his second top-10 finish in 2007 and his second straight third-place finish at Talladega.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-29-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • 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 192 of 192 laps [was sched for 188]:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #24-Gordon-C (1)(71 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (8)(12 laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (26)(7 laps led)
    #38-Gilliland-F (2)
    #26-McMurray-F (25)(2 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-C (41)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (36)(2 laps led)
    #40-Stremme-D (20/back)(1 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (28)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (37)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Talladega Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 60,

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 42,88,31,07

  • Cars on the track: 31 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12) and reason:
    #15-Menard (engine-out)
    #99-Edwards (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #44-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #25-Mears (accident-out)
    #5-Busch (accident-out)
    #13-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #4-Burton (engine-out)
    #00-Reutimann (engine-out)
    #70-Sauter (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (20 leaders with 42 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (pole, 71)
    #11-Hamlin (48);
    #14-Marlin (16);
    #48-Johnson (12);
    #20-Stewart (7);
    #2-Busch (7);
    #9-Kahne (5);
    #25-Mears (5);
    #17-Kenseth (3);
    #66-Green (3);
    #31-Burton (2);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (2)
    #78-Wallace (2);
    #6-Ragan (2);
    #26-McMurray (2);
    #16-Biffle (1);
    #40-Stremme (1);
    #01-Smith (1);
    #19-Sadler (1);
    #60-Said (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1; #14-Marlin 2-5; #24-Gordon 6-12; #14-Marlin 13-18; #48-Johnson 19; #14-Marlin 20; #48-Johnson 21-24; #14-Marlin 25-28; #48-Johnson 29-30; #14-Marlin 31; #48-Johnson 32-33; #66-Green 34-36; #20-Stewart 37-43; #24-Gordon 44-46; #31-Burton 47-48; #24-Gordon 49-63; #11-Hamlin 64-67; #24-Gordon 68-73; #16-Biffle 74; #17-Kenseth 75; #24-Gordon 76-80; #2-Busch 81-85; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 86-87; #2-Busch 88-89; #48-Johnson 90-91; #9-Kahne 92-93; #48-Johnson 94; #9-Kahne 95-97; #25-Mears 98-102; #17-Kenseth 103; #24-Gordon 104-118; #40-Stremme 119; #24-Gordon 120-125; #01-Smith 126; #60-Said 127; #78-Wallace 128-129; #24-Gordon 130-134; #19-Sadler 135; #6-Ragan 136-137; #17-Kenseth 138; #11-Hamlin 139-182; #26-McMurray 183-184; #24-Gordon 185-192;

    Cautions: 8 for 26 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 192 - 192/END: #16-Biffle and #19-Sadler got together off turn 2, sending Biffle into #70-Sauter, #26-McMurray and #38-Gilliland made contact, the #38 clipped #20-Stewart, sending Stewart into the inside wall. #78-Wallace also spun around.
    Caution 7 - Laps 186 - 190: #00-Reuitmann exploded an engine while running 10th, leaving oil on the track
    Caution 6 - Laps 176 - 178: Debris from #12-Newman in the inside groove, a cowl flap and clearly shown on TV.
    Caution 5 - Laps 163 - 165: Debris from #42-Montoya's tire after Newman made contact with the #42 and Montoya bounced off the turn 2 wall. Montoya came in to pit road and bounced off the pit road wall, but ended up in his pit stall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 132 - 136: a mini 'big-one', #96-Raines moved up into #48-Johnson, sending the #48 into the #88-Rudd machine, Rudd slapped the wall in turn 2, #14-Marlin got into #13-Nemechek, sending the #13 sliding down the track collecting #31-Burton, who got into #5-Busch, sending the #13 and #5 sliding hard into the inside retaining wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 126 - 129: #25-Mears was heading to pit road, but #48-Johnson, who was behind Mears, got into Mears, sending Mears nose first into the inside retaining wall, Mears walked away ok, he was running 2nd at the time.
    Caution 2 - Laps 82 - 84: #07-Bowyer lost a right front tire and slammed the wall between turns 3-4, luckily didn't collect any other drivers as he had fallen to the rear of the field.
    Caution 1 - Laps 74 - 77: Debris in the tri-oval - frontstretch, shown on TV, something in the groove, ironically the lucky dog was....Stewart.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: #43-Labonte, 20th
    Caution 5: #43-Labonte [still a lap down], 20th
    Caution 4: #43-Labonte [still 2 laps down], 20th
    Caution 3: #4-Burton, 36th
    Caution 2: #43-Labonte [still 2 laps down], 20th
    Caution 1: #20-Stewart, 28th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Talladega Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #20 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 44
    2 #16 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 75
    3 #36 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 126
    4 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 131
    5 #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 162
    6 #07 MCI Safety violation 177
    7 #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 186
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-29-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 187, just before the green-white-checkered finish, #11-Hamlin and #96-Raines came in for a splash of gas, as they would not make it to the end. Then #41-Sorenson came in for a splash of fuel. #8-Earnhardt Jr. doesn't think he will make it as he is very low on gas.
    ---- on lap 143, #4-Burton went to the garage with a blown motor
    ---- on lap 124, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for a green flag pit stop.
    ---- on lap 121, #07-Bowyer brought his beat up car back on the track, he is 41 laps down
    ---- on lap 112, #8-Earnhardt Jr. reported his water temp was 255 and asked what to do as he slowed and fell back a few spots, Tony Jr. told Dale Jr. not to worry about it right now.
    ---- around lap 96, #5-Busch has a motor that is running hot and fell to the back of the pack to try to cool it off.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead lap cars made pit stops but #2-Busch, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #25-Mears, #1-Truex Jr., #16-Biffle and #41-Sorenson
    ---- on lap 78, #07-Bowyer slapped the turn 3 wall and slowed down quite a bit
    ---- during the 1st caution, #48-Johnson stalled and lost a bunch of spots, #13-Nemechek had to back into his pit, #88-Rudd' steam changed batteries, #70-Sauter's team is trying to cool down the motor. The caution was for debris, shown on TV, who was the lucky dog/lap back driver? #20-Tony Stewart, ironic
    ---- #20-Stewart was caught speeding entering pit road and had to make a pass-thru penalty, close to losing a lap
    ---- #43-Labonte slowed with a right front flat tire, but limped to pit road
    ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 41, everyone took 2 tires but #13-Nemechek, #6-Ragan, #17-Kenseth who all took 4 tires
    ---- #88-Jarrett off the track with ignition problems as of lap 40
    ---- on lap 38, #88-Jarrett and #78-Wallace made pit stops
    ---- on lap 34, #7-Gordon retired his car with a blown power plant.
    ---- on lap 28, #99-Edwards went to the garage with engine problems [rocker arm possibly].
    ---- on lap 23, #15-Menard went to the garage with a broken motor.
    ---- on lap 21, #88-Jarrett fell off the lead lap, the engine is hitting the rev limiter
    ---- MRN radio is reporting #18-Yeley and #70-Sauter have motors running hot as of lap 20
    ---- green flag at 2:23pm/et
    ---- weather = sunny, 81° track temp ?° wind NNW 9mph
    ---- command to start engines at 2:08pm/et by Grand Marshal Jeff Foxworthy
    ---- Military Flyover: A-10's, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
    ---- National Anthem by Joe Nichols
    ---- To The Back [1]: #40-Stremme [unapproved adjustments, was to start 20th]


  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:15pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, May 2, 2007 at 3:00pm/et

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 192.069mph for his 4th pole of 2007 and 60th of his career, now the leader for the modern era [1972-present, 1 more then DW]. The rest of the top-10 are #38-Gilliland [who teid Gordon's speed, but tie goes tot the highest in OWNERS pts], #11-Hamlin, #14-Marlin, #88-Rudd, #78-Kenny Wallace [best of the non top-35's], #25-Mears, #48-Johnson, #10-Riggs and #6-Ragan. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #78-Wallace, #10-Riggs, #60-Said, #00-Reutimann, #4-Burton, #36-Mayfield, #15-Menard and #44-Jarrett [used his final champ prov of 2007 and is now OUT of provs].
    For qualifying results/starting lineup see my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-28-2007)

  • Nine do not qualify for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway: #55-Waltrip, #83-Vickers, #22-Blaney, #84-Allmendinger, #21-Schrader, #09-Wallace, #34-Lapage, #37-Andretti and #49-Bliss.(4-28-2007)

  • Stock Car Fans:
    #24-Jeff Gordon took the Bud Pole today at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon and David Gilliland ran identical times.....to the thousandth of a second (49.857.....192.069 MPH), but since Gordon is waaaaay ahead of Gilliland in Owner Points, he gets the spot. This was the second pole in a row for Jeff, his 4th of the season, and the 60th of his Nextel Cup career. He's now solo in 4th on the all time pole list and next up is Cale Yarborough.....ten ahead at 70.
    David Gilliland (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Daytona in February.
    Sterling Marlin (4th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Bristol in August of 2004!
    Ricky Rudd (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at the 500 in February.
    Kenny Wallace (6th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Martinsville in October of 2003!
    Casey Mears (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Lowe's last October.
    David Ragan (10th) ties his career-best starting spot this weekend. He started 10th at Texas two weeks ago....but that race lined up by points since qualifying was stormed out. His previous best starting spot by time was 27th at Martinsville earlier this month.
    David Reutimann (14th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 24th at Atlanta in March.
    Paul Menard (19th) tied his career-best starting position today. He also lined up 19th at Las Vegas in March.
    Dale Jarrett (43rd) uses his last Champions Provisional to make the field this week. He'll need to time in from here on out or move into the Top-35 in Owner Points (he's currently 37th, 64 markers out of 35th).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-5 starts in a row.
    Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    All kinda cryin' about fast cars going home this week, but when you decide to make this an impound race, what else should you expect? Course, we really don't know how fast some of those Trouble Train types were since its like we were running two different races. In any event, the TT included Michael Waltrip, Brian Vickers, Dave Blaney, A. J. Allmendinger, Ken Schrader, Mike Wallace, Kevin Lepage, John Andretti, and Mike Bliss. This is the first race that Dave Blaney has missed this season (and first for the Bill Davis car to be MIA since Atlanta in October of 2004), and the first race where we won't have a #21 Woods Brothers car since we were here in April of 2000!(Stock Car Fans)(4-28-2007)

  • Talladega Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Aaron’s 499, his 60th Bud Pole in 482 career Nextel Cup races. He moved into fourth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list, breaking a tie with Darrell Waltrip.
    .. This is his third Bud Pole this season. He also started first at Texas when qualifying was canceled. This is Gordon’s seventh top-10 start in 2007 – all top-fives.
    .. This is Gordon’s first Bud Pole in 29 races at Talladega.
    .. David Gilliland (second) posted an identical qualifying time to Gordon’s. Gilliland will start second based on the tie-breaker which is current year car owner points. This is his third consecutive front-row start in a restrictor-plate race. He won the bud Pole for the Daytona 500 this season and the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega last October.
    .. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his best Nextel Cup start at Talladega. Hamlin also started third in both of his Busch Series races here (2005 and 2006).
    .. Sterling Marlin (fourth) posted his second top-10 start of 2007 and his best start since he started third at Martinsville in August 2004.
    .. Kenny Wallace (sixth) posted his best start since he started fourth at Martinsville in October 2003. That was also Wallace’s most recent top-10 start.
    .. This is the first time that the Wood Brothers have not qualified for a race since this race in 2000.(NASCAR)(4-28-2007)

  • IMPOUND: the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the first impound race of 2007, there are five impound races in 2007, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

  • Qualifying Order List for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #4-Burton is due out first on Saturday, April 28 at 11:15am/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #40-Stremme. For the Qualifying order, see my Talladega Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-27-2007)

  • Friday's Happy Hour Practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    (these are drafting speeds for the most part)
    #7-Gordon 197.423
    #70-Sauter 197.256
    #12-Newman 197.240
    #6-Ragan 197.232
    #43-Labonte 197.130
    slowest: #49-Bliss 186.188 and #34-Lepage 187.346
    #26-McMurray is not running in Happy Hour
    no incidents reported, there was a red flag for debris, which was clearly shown and reported.
    Most laps run: #16-Biffle, #41-Sorenson, #6-Ragan; 31 laps run
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Ragan 193.936 [4th fastest lap]
    #48-Johnson 189.743 [10th], 13 laps
    #24-Gordon 189.687 [11th], 9 laps
    SPEED's best 10 lap averages:
    #6-Ragan 190.882 [4th fastest lap], 31 laps run
    #12-Newman 193.881 [10th]
    #66-Green 193.854 [6th]
    See speeds on the Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-27-2007)

  • Friday's 1st Practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    (these are drafting speeds for the most part)
    #9-Kahne 198.685
    #43-Labonte 198.351
    #1-Truex Jr. 198.035
    #18-Yeley 197.994
    #7-Gordon 197.847
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 184.776 and #37-Andretti 186.420
    incidents: #09-Wallace reportedly was dropping oil on the track, no word on the problem.
    #17-Kenseth slowed early in the practice with a tire going down, #42-Montoya was directly behind the #17 but kept off Kenseth and avoided a wreck
    most laps run: #1-Truex Jr 37; five drivers with 34 [#'s 70,11,2,5,20]
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Truex Jr. 189.760 [3rd fastest lap], 37 laps run
    #11-Hamlin 189.722 [23rd], 34 laps
    #43-Labonte 189.410 [2nd], 33 laps
    See speeds on the Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-27-2007)

  • Entry List for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 52 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (8 attempts/44th in 2007 owners pts)
    #09-Mike Wallace (2/55)
    #4-Ward Burton (7/42)
    #10-Scott Riggs (8/38)
    #15-Paul Menard (8/40)
    #21-Ken Schrader (8/36)
    #22-Dave Blaney (8/39)
    #34-Kevin Lepage (5/51)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (8/46)
    #37-John Andretti (8/47)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](8/37)
    #49-Mike Bliss (8/43)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (8/49)
    #60-Boris Said (1/50)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (8/45)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(8/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (8/48)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,49,00
    missing the race would be [9]: #'s 78,36,37,84,55,4 [only 7 race attempts],34,09,60
    See the full list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List
    (4-23-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Talladega Superspeedway are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, and the 35th changes, but spread is larger between 35th and 36th
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    30) #38-Gilliland/Yates 658, +83
    31) #14-Marlin/Ginn Racing 648, +73
    32) #88-Rudd/Yates 647, +72
    33) #9-Kahne/Evernham 626, +51
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 615, +40
    35) #25-Mears/Hendrick 612, +37pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Schrader-Wood/Wood Brothers 575, 37 pts behind 35th
    37) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 548, -64 [has 1 champ prov left to use]
    38) #10-Riggs/Evernham 526, -86
    39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 523, -89
    40) #15-Menard/DEI 515, -97
    41) #83-Vickers/Team Red Bull 489, -123
    42) #4-Burton/Morgan-McClure 418, -194
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(4-22-2007)

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the 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 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 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 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)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Some Talladega Facts: Hendrick Motorsports teammates #24-Jeff Gordon and #48-Jimmie Johnson have entered the Talladega spring race in the top 10 in the points standings in each of the past six seasons, the only drivers to do so. ... Each Talladega spring race since the 2001 event, which ran green from start to finish, has had at least one wreck involving at least 10 cars. The annual breakdown for the biggest spring wrecks includes 24 cars in 2002, 27 in 2003, 10 in 2004, 25 in 2005 and 15 last year.(Alabama Live)

  • October 2006 Pole Sitter: #38-David Gilliland, 191.721mph, finished 15th

  • May 2006 Pole Sitter: #38-Elliott Sadler, 188.511mph, finished 16th

  • 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)

  • October 2006 Race Winner: #25-Brian Vickers, 157.602mph, started 9th

  • May 2006 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 142.880mph, started 16th [rained delayed a day]

  • 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, Elliott Sadler

  • 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 Leaders: 26 - twice, nost recent 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 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: 30 - Chevy

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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12 [of 75] 16.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18
  • 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: 2
  • 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: 2
  • 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 75 - 60.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 55 of 75 - 73.3%


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: Jeff Foxworthy
    Command to start engines: Jeff Foxworthy
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Aaron's Fourth Annual Product Technician "PT" Rodeo, with the winner to be determined this weekend
    National Anthem: Joe Nichols
    Military Flyover: A-10's, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

  • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Talladega Superspeedway

  • April 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Talladega Traffic Schedule & Heightened ADA Parking Enforcement: Talladega Superspeedway will welcome fans again soon for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend April 27 - 29, 2007 and track officials ask fans to make note of the facility’s traffic schedule in advance. In addition, fans should also be aware that law enforcement is heightening its regulation of ADA parking compliance, and violations will not be tolerated. The following schedule summarizes important elements of the track’s schedule and traffic plan:
    Thursday, April 26:
    Grandstands and Day Parking Lots will be closed to the public. The infield will open at 6 a.m.
    Friday, April 27:
    Traffic on Speedway Blvd. will flow in normal direction all day.
    Grandstands open at 11:30 a.m.
    Day Parking Lots behind the frontstretch grandstands open at 7 a.m.
    After the Busch Series Qualifying, traffic will be routed out of the track’s main entrance & Old Jackson Trace Road.
    Saturday, April 28:
    Day Parking Lots open at 5 a.m.
    Hrandstands open at 8 a.m.
    NOTE: On Saturday, the following Day Parking Lot will not be open: Lot 11W
    Starting at 8 a.m., all traffic on Speedway Blvd. approaching the track from the West will be one-way, with regular traffic patterns used for traffic approaching from the East.
    After the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Busch Series race, Speedway Blvd. traffic will be one-way west bound, with eastbound traffic routed two-way. Any traffic approaching the superspeedway at this time will have to do so from the East.
    Sunday, April 29:
    Day Parking Lots open at 5 a.m.
    Grandstands open at 9 a.m.
    Starting at 7 a.m., all eastbound and westbound traffic on Speedway Blvd. is routed in toward the main entrance, one-way.
    After the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, all eastbound and westbound traffic on Speedway Blvd. will be routed out one-way.
    ADA PARKING INFORMATION
    Talladega Superspeedway provides ADA Parking for guests with disabilities who have the appropriate, valid state-issued plates or placards. The accessible lots are HC1 and HC2, located on the south end of the track near turn one, behind the O.V. Hill South Tower near Gate EP4; HC3 and HC4 located at the north end of the track near turn 4, behind the Gadsden Tower and O.V. Hill North Tower near Gates EP1 and EP3; and for guests in the Allison Grandstand, HC5 located on the east side of the track near Gate EP8.
    Talladega Superspeedway provides these lots in order to make attending a race an enjoyable experience for all people and asks that all guests be respectful of state laws governing the use of ADA parking spaces and permits. Law enforcement officers will be watching for vehicles that are not permitted in these lots, including those without the appropriate state-issued plates or placards as well as those who unlawfully use such permits.(TSS PR)(4-25-2007)

  • Army National Guard to recognize Recently Deployed Soldiers at Talladega: The Army National Guard will recognize recently deployed Soldiers at Talladega Superspeedway during the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race on April 28th and the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup Series race on April 29th. The two chosen groups of 25 Soldiers each will include many Guardsmen who have recently deployed in defense of the War on Terror. The Guard is extending these hospitality days to its members in conjunction with its ongoing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports and the #25 racecar driver, Casey Mears. Soldiers recognized at the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday will be comprised of Alabama Army National Guardsmen chosen from a variety of Guard units around the state. Many of these Soldiers have recently served their country in Iraq, while others have served in their own communities during recent natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina. The Soldiers will be provided with entry passes to the race and access to a special hospitality trailer on the infield. For the Saturday Aaron's 312 Busch Series race, the Guard will honor the Mississippi Army National Guard 155th Armor Brigade with a similar infield hospitality package and with a one-time-only paint scheme that prominently features that brigade's emblem.(TSS PR)(4-23-2007)

  • Joe Nichols To Sing National Anthem Prior To Aaron's 499: Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch announced today that country music artist Joe Nichols will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, April 29. Nichols' current single "I'll Wait For You" is Top 10 on the country charts and is the third hit single from his gold-selling album III. Talladega Superspeedway welcomes fans back for another year of the most competitive racing on the NASCAR circuit! Get your tickets now for Aaron's Dream Weekend, set for April 27 - 29, 2007. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, or by logging onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-23-2007)

  • Jeff Foxworthy to serve as Talladega grand marshal: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that Jeff Foxworthy, host of the hit show, "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader," will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race.(Talladega Speedway PR)(4-11-2007)

  • Talladega RV Overnight Parking Spots Sold Out; Limited Auto/Tent Overnight Spots and FREE Areas Remain: All RV overnight parking spots have been sold, and only a limited amount of spots for automobiles/tents remain for the upcoming Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway April 27-29. The track's hundreds of acres of reserved overnight parks outside the track are completely filled, and the only reserved spots remaining in the 212-acre infield are within the Yellow Zone which is specifically designated for those planning to park overnight with automobiles and tents. All reserved overnight parks outside the speedway will not open until Tuesday morning of race week, a new policy for 2007. This will include the FREE overnight parks that have typically opened the weekend prior to the race. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342).(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-4-2007)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Officials To Oversee Intl Motorsports Hall of Fame/Museum: Talladega Superspeedway will oversee day-to-day operations of the nearby International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum, Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch announced recently. "Talladega Superspeedway has historically maintained a close relationship with the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and we obviously are familiar with the actual facility considering our offices formerly were housed there. These are just two reasons why our management will be the best possible steward of this prestigious Hall of Fame. We are very excited about the many opportunities that will result from this enhanced relationship," Lynch said. Lynch said the management transition is effective Feb. 1, 2007. A manager will be hired to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Hall of Fame and Museum and will report to Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey, whose present duties will expand to include serving as the Hall of Fame's executive director. Opened in April 1983, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of motorsports history. Since then induction into the Hall has become one of the highest honors in motorsports. Plans are in the works for a spectacular 2007 International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony set for Thursday, April 26 on-site at the Speed Channel Dome. This year's inductees are Junie Donlavey, Ray Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Warren Johnson, Wayne Rainey and Bruton Smith. Also to be honored during the evening is 2006 Driver of the Year and reigning Nextel Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, as well as eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel. The black-tie event consisting of a reception, banquet and awards ceremony is always a must-attend occasion, and therefore tables are limited. Call (256) 362-5002 to reserve tickets and/or tables. To order tickets, call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(2-12-2007)

  • Talladega first racetrack In US to earn StormReady Supporter Designation: Talladega Superspeedway is the first racetrack in the United States to earn the National Weather Service (NWS) StormReady Supporter designation, which recognizes the facility for its severe weather safety plan and for promoting severe weather safety awareness through the principles of the NWS StormReady program. Local NWS forecast offices encourage entire communities to participate in the StormReady program, which consists of community leaders learning to better prepare for severe weather through planning, education and awareness, followed by an application and review process. Talladega Superspeedway's designation as a StormReady Supporter is an extension of that larger community effort. Based on the bylaws of the local NWS StormReady Advisory Board and an endorsement from local emergency management, Talladega Superspeedway was deemed eligible for the designation, then received final approval of its application from the local StormReady Advisory Board. In addition to the track's existing hazardous weather plan, all full-time employees participated in training sessions to learn more about storm formation, lightning safety, flash flood precautions and general severe weather preparedness. For more information on the StormReady and StormReady Supporter programs, visit the NWS StormReady website at www.stormready.noaa.gov.(TSS PR)(1-18-2007)

  • Talladega Adds Alcohol-Free RV Parking Area: Talladega Superspeedway announced that it has answered the call of race fans seeking increased family-oriented amenities by introducing Champion's Corner, an enclosed RVs-only overnight parking area outside the track's first turn featuring a strict no-alcohol policy for all park residents and guests. In addition, the new Champion's Corner Overnight Park features:
    - Water hook-ups and gravel surfaces for each of its 156 spaces
    - Morning newspaper delivery to each guest's doorstep
    - Special entertainment
    - Children's activities and worship service Sunday morning provided by Alabama Raceway Ministries
    The new Champion's Corner Overnight Park is the latest announcement from Talladega Superspeedway regarding projects expanding and improving its hundreds of acres of overnight parks. Track officials announced last month the expansion of several of its existing parks, including the addition of spaces for purchase in its Reserved Family Parks B, C and D, and additional capacity created within select free parks. Reserved spaces in the new Champion's Corner are limited and may be purchased for $280 by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(1-5-2007)

  • Talladega expands and improves overnight parking areas: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that it is making room for even more race fans in its thousands of acres of overnight parking areas, including some areas that are free of charge for ticket holders. The areas that have expanded include Family Parks B, C and D, which are located outside of the track on the southern end, near turn two. Spaces in these parks require reservations, and are available for purchase at $80 per space. Talladega Superspeedway management has also increased capacity of its North Park, which is located across Speedway Boulevard outside the track's northern end, closest to turn three. Spaces are free to guests with race tickets in North Park, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Another area developed for expansion is a new, free South Park, located outside the track to the south of the existing Free Family Park. It will be opened as needed for race attendees. Another change to overnight parking at Talladega Superspeedway is that the parks formerly known as Reserved Family Parks I & II located outside of turn one have been renamed Winner's Walk I & II Reserved Family Parks. Starting this spring, all of Talladega Superspeedway's overnight parks outside the track will open on Tuesday of race week at 8:00am. Talladega Superspeedway will host its first races of the 2007 NASCAR season during the Aaron's Dream Weekend, set for April 27-29. Gift certificates and tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) or going to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(12-14-2006)

  • No Agressive Driving allowed at Talladega: NASCAR race director David Hoots told drivers before the Aaron's 499 that the entire track - not just the turns - will be monitored for aggressive driving during Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR had extra officials in the turns at the season-opening race at Daytona to watch for aggressive driving after criticism that bump-drafting had escalated to an unacceptable level. "The aggressive driving zone has been expanded," Hoots said during the pre-race drivers meeting. "It will start at the start of the race as soon as you go across the start-finish line and will conclude when you complete the race - for all 2.66 miles around this race track and all 188 laps of the race. It will be considered all the way around the track." Hoots asked the drivers to err on the side of caution. "Remember drivers, it doesn't mean that you're given more latitude on the straightaway," Hoots said. "If you think you're getting ready to be too close to or crossing over that line, you need to throttle back and be on the conservative side and don't place yourself in the position of opening it up to our judgment of aggressive driving."(SceneDaily.com)(4-30-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Miccosukee Indian Gaming Joins State Water Heaters on the #4 at Talladega: A joint venture by James Finch and Morgan-McClure Motorsports has allowed the #4 team to represent Miccosukee Indian Gaming along with State Water Heaters and Virginia Tech in today's Aaron's 499. "We are proud to represent Miccosukee this weekend on our State Water Heaters Chevy. We had a really good qualifying run yesterday and now we are just going to try to make it through the day today and stay clear of the 'big one'," said driver Ward Burton. Burton qualified 15th yesterday in qualifying for the Aaron's 499.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(4-29-2007)

  • Restrictor Plate Streak Ends: Thru Daytona in Feb 2007, three drivers had competed in all 77 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega, plus all three ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire [but that was not a drafting/aero track]: #01-Mark Martin (2 Talladega, 0 Daytona wins); #21-Ken Schrader (1, 0); #55-Michael Waltrip (1, 3). Martin did not run at Talladega as he is running a part time scheduled in 2007. Schrader and Waltrip were both with teams outside the top-35 in owners points and were not fast enough to make the race, so now, no drivers have run all 78 restrictor plate races.(4-29-2007)

  • NASCAR to slow down the cars at Talladega? Doubtful UPDATE no change: NASCAR officials are monitoring the situation to determine if changes are needed this weekend after the Nextel Cup drivers posted speeds approaching 200 mph in both practice sessions Friday. #9-Kasey Kahne turned a lap at 198.685 mph in the first practice. #7-Robby Gordon had the best lap in the second practice at 197.423 mph in the heat of the afternoon. "Right now we don't think it's a problem," said NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter. "With the draft and the rate of closure so much better here, we feel the real speed is around 195. But we'll keep looking at it and see what happens in qualifying [Saturday]." NASCAR officials could decide to make the holes in the restrictor plates smaller to further limit air intake and reduce horsepower. NASCAR did that for the Busch cars Friday, making the plate opening 1/32nd of an inch smaller after Mike Wallace posted a lap at more than 197 mph on Thursday.(ESPN.com)(4-28-2007)
    UPDATE: NASCAR decided not to change the size of the restrictor plate for the Cup cars after speeds exceeded 198 mph in practice. Speeds dropped enough to make Cup officials more comfortable with the speeds.(Roanoke Times)(4-29-2007)

  • Sunday Marks 20th Anniversary of Davey Allison's First Cup Win: Sunday's running of the Aaron's 499 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Cup victory for Alabama native Davey Allison, who captured the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 1987 on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors. It was one of two victories that season for Allison, making him the first Cup driver to win multiple races in his rookie season. Allison's victory came in only the ninth race of the season. He edged out Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt, who had won six of the first eight races that year. Allison went on to win 19 times in his Cup career - including victories at Talladega Superspeedway in 1989 and 1992 - and posted a total of 66 top-five finishes and 92 top-10s. Even though Allison died on July 13, 1993 at age 32 from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash, he still accomplished enough in his shortened career to be named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.(TSS PR), it was also the same race that forced NASCAR to go to restrictor plates on the engines to slow down the cars when Bobby Allison [Davey's Dad] got airbourne on the frontstretch and torn down yards of the catch fence, almost going into the stands. In qualifying for that race Bill Elliott set the all time pole speed record for any track in Cup, with a speed of 212.809mph.(4-28-2007)

  • BREAKING RECORDS #24-Jeff Gordon could make history several times over during the Aaron's 499 on Sunday, April 29. If Gordon wins the race, which is scheduled to be held on what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 56th birthday, he will accomplish the following feats:
    * Pass Earnhardt on the all-time win list to take sole ownership of sixth place with 77 victories. Ironically, Earnhardt's 76th win came at Talladega Superspeedway on October 15, 2000. * Tie Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with number of wins, five, and most among active drivers, at Talladega Superspeedway.
    * Place Rick Hendrick in a tie for first place with Richard Childress for all-time Nextel Cup Series winning car owners at Talladega Superspeedway.(TSS PR)(4-24-2007)

  • Boris Said and No Fear Racing set for Talladega: #60-Boris Said, who qualified sixth and placed 14th overall at the 2007 Daytona 500, will return to Nextel Cup Series action this weekend at the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Driving for the Roush-Fenway No Fear Racing, Said, from Carlsbad, California, will guide the #60 No Fear Energy Ford Fusion. "We're real excited to be back racing again and I'm hoping we can carry the momentum we have from Daytona over to Talladega," offered Said while packing up his driving suits and helmets this morning. "Our number one goal at Talladega this weekend is to make the race. Just making a Nextel Cup races has become so hard now, that we'll be pleased to just make the show." No Fear Racing tam owner Mark Simo is also excited about the team's chances this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega. "You enter every race hoping for the opportunity to be competitive," reasoned Simo. "We're hoping we can do well at Talladega. "With a limited schedule - the team will also compete at Infineon, the Pepsi 400, Watkins Glen and the Talladega October race - first we hope to start the weekend by qualifying, and then if that works out, we'll look for a reasonable result on race day. I can't imagine going to a race and not being competitive, but you have to realize that we're racing against the best guys in the world here. I guess you have to curb your enthusiasm and live in reality."(No Fear Racing PR)(4-24-2007)

  • Hylton plans attempt Talladega in April: #58-James Hylton isn't ready to let go of the steering wheel just yet. Hylton, 72, who came within a few laps of qualifying for the Daytona 500, wants to give the Nextel Cup Series another try -- this time at Talladega Superspeedway in April. "We've still got the car we ran Daytona with, the same car," Hylton said. "We've prepared this car for Talladega, which is not a real big jump. Unless something drastic happens, we'll be at Talladega, because we're set up to go there." He's in talks with the sponsor of that car [Daytona car], Retirement Living TV, to back him again in the April 29 event at Talladega. He had originally hoped to try to make last weekend's event at Bristol Motor Speedway, but couldn't get a Car of Tomorrow built in time. Yet the two-time winner and former rookie of the year [1966] on NASCAR's premier circuit is still buzzing over the publicity generated by his attempt to make the Daytona 500.(NASCAR.com)(3-29-2007)

  • See the 2007 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
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's'Brooklyn' Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Travel #6 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Kodak #12 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M #16 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray AQUOS/3M Vikuiti #26 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Dark M&M's #38 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Winterfresh Gum not...yet
    #43 Bobby Labonte Spider-Man III [the movie] #43 Schemes Page
    #44-Dale Jarrett Kentucky Derby #44 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty NTB [National Tire & Battery] #45 Schemes Page


  • Dark M&M's paint for Gilliland at Talladega: #38-David Gilliland welcomes the return of M&M’S Dark Chocolate Candies. In fact, Gilliland made his debut for Team #38 in the M&M’S Dark Ford last August at Michigan International Speedway. The special paint scheme features the same color purple featured on the packaging for M&M’S Dark Chocolate Candies as well as “Miss Green,” marking her first ‘on-track’ appearance of 2007. M&M’S Dark Chocolate Candies were permanently introduced last year after being made available for a limited time during 2005. M&M’S Dark Chocolate Candies are identified with the word “Dark” printed underneath the “m” on many of the dark chocolate candies in the bag. The candies boast a smooth and delicious dark chocolate center in the same Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange and Brown color candy shells.(M&M's Motorsports PR)(4-26-2007)

  • Different Colors for Stremme at Talladega: Wrigley's Winterfresh brand, which made its NASCAR Busch Series debut earlier this month at Nashville Superspeedway, and was carried on board the #41 Chips Ganassi Racing Busch Dodge this past weekend at PIR in Avondale, Ariz., will be making its Nextel Cup debut this upcoming Sunday on the #40 CGRFS Dodge that David Stremme will drive.(CGRFS PR)(4-25-2007)

  • Labonte to ride with Spider-Man at Talladega: This weekend Bobby Labonte has a guest. Labonte's #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge will be decaled with the company of Spider-Man on board in anticipation of the movie Spider-Man 3. The paint scheme will run for fans all weekend at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway as the team prepares for Sunday's Aaron's 499. Labonte and team head to Talladega after shaking some bad luck at Phoenix.The Cheerios Dodge team recorded their best finish of the season when they finished eighth. It was the teams first top 10 finish of the season. Comments from Labonte as he prepares for this weekend's Aaron's 499: "We've got Spider-Man along for the ride this weekend. That's a great opportunity for us and we want to take advantage of it. It's always neat any time you have something like this on the car, but Spider-Man has been a huge success. It's something pretty neat to be involved with. The Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge is always a sharp looking car. Having Spider-Man on the sides, it's really cool. Hopefully we can give him a good ride. You know, paint schemes are a part of our sport. They came into the sport years ago and it was a really big deal. Today, you see so many of them, but it still keeps the sport interesting. We want fans to walk away on Sunday thinking, 'Man, that Spider-Man car was pretty cool." I think it's good for the fans, the families and kids to get to see that every once and a while. We think the Spider-Man 3 scheme will get everyone excited."(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on the #43 Team Schemes page.(4-24-2007)

  • Domino's pits Philly [go!] against Brooklyn....pizza: Domino's Brooklyn-style pizza and its Philly Cheesesteak pizza will go head to head in consumer voting, with the winner getting a free ride on David Reutimann's #00 Toyota. Domino's, which co-sponsors the Michael Waltrip Racing car with Burger King, will run a special paint scheme featuring the style of pizza with the most votes, likely for the Nextel Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29. The promotion, expected to launch this week, will encourage consumers to vote for which style of pizza they prefer. A voting page will be established at dominos.com and teamdominos.com; web advertising on NASCAR.com will direct potential voters to the voting site. Print advertising also will be used to support the promotion. In addition to its team sponsorship, Domino's owns status as NASCAR's official pizza delivery through 2008.(Sporting News/SportsBusiness Journal), see images of the schemes on my #00 Team Schemes page. VOTE at: dominos.com.(4-4-2007)

  • Sharp and 3M to Sponsor McMurray in Cup and Edwards in Busch: Roush Fenway Racing announced a new sponsorship with Sharp Electronics and 3M Company. The sponsorship includes five Busch Series races with Carl Edwards; and two Nextel Cup races with Jamie McMurray. Both teams will debut their Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Fords Talladega. Sharp Electronics Corporation and 3M Company will extend their co-marketing efforts designed to enhance awareness of Sharp's AQUOS line of LCD TVs and 3M Vikuiti brightness enhancement films. Both the #26 and #60 Fords will display the Sharp Aquos and 3M Vikuiti brands. McMurray will be running the #26 Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Ford at Talladega Speedway on April 29 and again at California Speedway on September 2. Edwards will pilot the #60 Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Ford at Talladega Speedway on April 28, Kentucky Speedway on June 16, Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, Michigan International Speedway on August 18 and California Speedway on September 1.(Roush Fenway PR)(4-10-2007)

  • AAA Travel scheme at Talladega: #6-David Ragan is scheduled to run a AAA Travel paint scheme at Talladega on April 29, 2007. See an image on my #6 Team Schemes page.(3-4-2007)

  • Jarrett and UPS to make announcement UPDATE: #44-Dale Jarrett and UPS will be making a special announcement regarding a special program taking place in conjunction with the 133rd Kentucky Derby. The announcement will take place at California Speedway on Saturday, February 24.(UPS Racing PR)(2-22-2007)
    UPDATE: Churchill Downs and UPS are teaming up to bring the horsepower of the Kentucky Derby to NASCAR, as the two companies today unveiled a special Kentucky Derby 133 paint scheme that will be featured on the #44 UPS Toyota Camry driven by champion Dale Jarrett as he competes in the Nextel Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29. The unveiling also launched the “Off to the Races delivered by UPS Sweepstakes,” an online contest that will provide one lucky fan with two tickets to the race at Talladega and the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby to be held at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5. The prize package, which combines the excitement of NASCAR’s premiere series with one of the most prestigious events in Thoroughbred racing, will also include round-trip airfare for two, accommodations and ground transportation at both events. A special meet-and-greet with Dale Jarrett at Talladega will also be featured as part of the exciting prize package. Thoroughbred racing and NASCAR will also combine during Kentucky Derby Week, as Churchill Downs hosts a special appearance by Jarrett on Wednesday, May 2. The Kentucky Derby-themed #44 UPS Toyota Camry will also be on display at the racetrack. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.(Businesswire.com), see image on my #44 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2007)

  • Kodak to sponsor Newman in three Cup races and: Eastman Kodak Company will serve as primary sponsor of the #12 Dodge driven by Ryan Newman at three Nextel Cup races in 2007. Kodak will also sponsor Newman’s car in seven Busch Series races next year, and will be an associate sponsor of Penske Racing’s IndyCar Series entries driven by Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. Plans call for Newman’s Dodge to wear red-and-yellow Kodak colors at Nextel Cup races in Talladega [in Apr]]; Fontana, CA [Sept] and Watkins Glen, near Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester. At 33 other Cup events, Kodak will be an associate sponsor of the #12 Alltel Dodge. The seven Busch Series races where Newman will drive a Kodak EasyShare Gallery-sponsored car are Bristol, Texas, Darlington, Chicagoland, Watkins Glen, Fontana, and Richmond [assuming they are in order of the races, so Bristol would be in March..not August, but it doesn't clearly say]. [Businesswire.com)(12-4-2006)

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


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