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1:00 pm NSCS Aaron's 499 (188 Laps)


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THE RACE: Aaron's 499

Sprint Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 27, 2008 in Talladega, AL

  • Title Sponsor: Aaron's

  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:21pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 1:30pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, May 1 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, May 1 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

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


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $6,101,309
    2007: $6,022,630
    2006: $5,951,372
    2005: $5,814,065
    2004: $5,711,245
    2003: $5,082,015


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 25, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, April 25, 4:05 - 4:55pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, April 25, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Saturday, April 26 at 11:10am/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air reported;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • IMPOUND: the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the 1st IMPOUND race of 2008, there are five impound races in 2008, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Kyle Busch wins at Talladega: #18-Kyle Busch won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, for his 2nd win of 2008 and 6th of his career. The race ended under caution when there was a semi-big wreck on the last lap [once the white flag is thrown, NASCAR does not do a Green-White-Checker]. It is the 8th time since the 'Lucky Dogs' rule went into effect at Dover in Sept 2003 that a driver who has received the Lucky Dog/Lap Back pass, the driver has gone on to win the Cup race. Finishing 2nd was #42-Montoya [his best oval finish] followed by #11-Hamlin, #6-Ragan, #83-Vickers, #28-Kvapil, #5-Mears, #12-Newman, #07-Bowyer and #88-Earnhardt Jr. #7-Robby Gordon finished 11th. #20-Stewart wrecked late and ended up 38th, #99-Edwards lost a tire and smacked the wall, finishing 40th. There were 8 caution flags for 23 laps and there were 52 lead changes among 20 drivers.
    See race results and awards on my Talladega Race Results page.(4-27-2008)

  • REVISED UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Talladega race 9 of 36]:
    1) #31-Jeff Burton 1347 [1 win]
    2) #18-Kyle Busch 1325 -22 [2 wins]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1268 -79
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin 1248 -84 [1 win]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1245 -102 [1 win]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick 1208 -139
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer 1182 -165
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 1148 -199
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 1137 -210
    10) #99-Carl Edwards 1084 -263 [would be 7th if no 100pt penalty][3 wins]
    11) #12-Ryan Newman 1062 -285 [1 win]
    12) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 1029 -318
    other chase contenders
    13) #9-Kasey Kahne 1028 -1pt out of 12th
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon 1018 -11
    15) #6-David Ragan 994 -35
    15) #83-Vickers 994 -35
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(4-27-2008)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #17 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 20
    2 #8 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 53
    3 #17 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 54
    4 #5 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 117
    5 #09 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 117
    6 #17 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 119
    7 #20 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 144
    8 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 144
    9 #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 144
    10 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    11 #20 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    12 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    13 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 181
    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)(4-27-2008)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Fast Facts
    .. Kyle Busch won the Aaron’s 499, his sixth victory in 123 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his first top-10 finish in 2008 and his first finish better than 15th in three races at Talladega.
    .. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish of 2008. This is his second top-10 finish in five races at Talladega. He eclipsed his previous best finish of fourth set in October 2007.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-27-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #21-Wood, still 7 laps down, 36th
    Caution 2: #18-Busch, back on lead lap, WON
    Caution 3: #2-Busch, back on lead lap, 39th
    Caution 4: #7-Gordon, back on lead lap, 11th
    Caution 5: #66-Riggs, back on lead lap, 16th
    Caution 6: #09-Marlin, back on lead lap, 21st
    Caution 7: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go
    Caution 8: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go
    (4-27-2008)

  • To The Back [5]: #66-Riggs [engine change]; #40-Stremme [driver change, Franchitti injured]; #7-Gordon [driver change, Jone qualifyied]; #31-Burton [unapproved changes]; #38-Gilliland [unapproved changes];
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • 2009 Shootout Lineup/All-Times Poles
  • Entry List Page
  • Qualifying Rules Page

  • Franchitti injured in Nationwide race, Stremme to run #40: #40-Dario Franchitti has fractured his left ankle in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega on Saturday and will not be able to race in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. David Stremme, former driver of the #40 Dodge for Ganassi Racing, has been asked to sub for Franchitti and got permission from Roger Penske [he is their test driver] and Rusty Wallace [who Stremme drives for in the Nationwide Series] to start and run the race Sunday.(PRN's Garage Pass)(4-26-2008) Comment here

  • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, May 1 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, May 1 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Nemechek wins pole at Talladega: #78-"Front Row" Joe Nemechek lived up to his nickname, winning the Coors Light Pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a late run of 187.386mph, for his first pole of 2008, first since 2005 and 10th of his career. The pole was the first ever for the Furniture Row Racing team. #20-Stewart will start 2nd, followed by #70-Schrader, #84-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, #6-Ragan, #11-Hamlin, #83-Vickers, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Johnson. Points leader, #31-Burton will start 38th. The go-or-go homers to make the race were: #78-Nemechek, #70-Schrader, #84-Allmendinger, #21-Wood, #45-Petty, #09-Marlin, #10-Carpentier and #40-Franchitti [who will start 43rd, as 8th fastest gets the spot unless a past champ needs it]. Missing the race were: #22-Blaney, #96-Yeley [the first time Hall of Fame Racing has missed a race] and #34-Andretti.
    See qualifying results, pole progression and starting lineup on my Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-26-2008)

  • Talladega Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Joe Nemechek won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Aaron’s 499 with a lap of 51.103 seconds, 187.386 mph.
    .. This is his 10th pole in 465 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his first top-10 start in 2008.
    .. This is Nemechek’s fourth pole and 11th top-10 start in 27 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    .. Tony Stewart (second) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2008 and his eighth top-10 start in 19 Talladega races. He tied his career-best start here set in May 2006.
    .. Ken Schrader (third) posted his 14th top-10 start in 45 races at Talladega, but his first since September 2003. He also was the 2nd fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 start in 2008 and his second in seven Talladega races.
    .. Jon Wood (12th) qualified for his second Sprint Cup race. He started 41st and finished 29th at Las Vegas in 2007
    .. Sterling Marlin (16th) qualified for his first race since Homestead in 2007.
    .. Patrick Carpentier (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie and all five rookie candidates made the field.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-26-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Satruday, April 26, 2008 at 11:10am/et.
    TV: SPEED - 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #44-Reutimann, the final top-35 driver scedhuled is #7-P.J. Jones [for Gordon]. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #10-Carpentier, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #70-Schrader. See the full qualifying order on my Talladega Qualifying Page.(4-25-2008)

  • Happy Hour Practice practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #55-Waltrip 192.754
    #2-Busch 191.950
    #20-Stewart 191.804
    #7-Jones [subbing for Robby Gordon] 191.708
    #1-Truex Jr. 191.428
    slowest: #31-Burton 182.057 and #34-Andretti 183.751
    40 of 46 drivers have made it out on the track
    no speed listed for: #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick. #42-Motoya, #07-Bowyer, #01-Smith, #48-Johnson
    For all the speeds, see my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-25-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Talaldega in the final practice Friday
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd fastest
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 24th
    #70-Ken Schrader, 26th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 28th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 30th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 31st
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 33rd
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 34th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #21-Jon Wood, 36th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 37th
    #34-John Andretti, 39th [of 40]
    For all the speeds, see my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-25-2008)

  • First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #29-Harvick 195.936
    #11-Hamiln 195.720
    #20-Stewart 194.090
    #99-Edwards 194.078
    #12-Newman 194.011
    slowest: #34-Andretti 182.243 and #22-Blaney 184.769
    For all the speeds, see my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-25-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Talaldega in the 1st practice Friday
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 35th fastest
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 36th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 37th
    #70-Ken Schrader, 39th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 40th
    #21-Jon Wood, 41st
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 42nd
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 44th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 45th
    #34-John Andretti, 46th
    For all the speeds, see my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(4-25-2008)

  • Entry List for the Aaron's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #09-Sterling Marlin (1/52)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (8/41)
    #21-Jon Wood (8/42)
    #22-Dave Blaney (8/37)
    #34-John Andretti (8/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (8/39)
    #45-Kyle Petty (8/43)
    #70-Ken Schrader (8/38)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (8/44)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (8/40)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (8/36)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 96,22,70,40,84,10,21,45
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 78,34,09
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List
    (4-21-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega
    A couple changes, #44-Reutimann is back in and #96-Yeley falls out and must qualify by speed at Talladega.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 644 +93
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 621 +70
    33) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 605 +54
    34) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 567 -16
    35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 554, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 551, 3 points out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 546 -8
    38) #70-Schrader/Haas CNC Racing 542 +12
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 514 -40
    40) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing 443 -111
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-12-2008)

  • IMPOUND: the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the 1st IMPOUND race of 2008, there are five impound races in 2008, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #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) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Career start #300 for Dale Jr: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make his 300th career start in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. In 10 years at NASCAR's elite level, Earnhardt has recorded 17 wins, eight pole positions, 79 top-five finishes and 127 top-10s. He has completed 85,378 laps, and his 5,842 laps led is fourth among all drivers since 1999. In 16 starts at Talladega, Earnhardt has five wins, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He has led 21.23 percent of the laps he's run on the 2.66-mile superspeedway (570 of 2,684 laps).(HMS)(4-24-2008) Comment here

  • Four Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Cup race at: There are four current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that #20-Tony Stewart has not won at [a Cup race]:
    California 0 for 14 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Las Vegas 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    Talladega 0 for 18 with a best finish of 2nd [6 times] in 2001,2002,2005,2006
    Darlington 0 for 15 with a best finish of 4th in 2001 & 2002
    Stewart has won at 18 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(3-2-2008)

  • Stewart's 2nd's at Talladega tie a record: #20-Tony Stewart's six second-place finishes without a victory matches the record for current tracks. Bobby Allison never won at Martinsville but finished runner-up six times, and Mark Martin has the same distinction at Pocono.(Gaston Gazette)(10-8-2006)

  • April 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 192.069mph, finished 1st

  • October 2007 Pole Sitter: #55-Michael Waltrip, 189.070mph, finished 25th

  • 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)

  • April 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 154.167mph, started 1st

  • October 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 143.438mph, started 34th

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

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

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

  • Oldest 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 Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

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

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

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973

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

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 10/7/2007, 1 lap led

  • 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 on the Lead Lap: 29 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 1 - two times, most recent 7/27/1986

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

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 34 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 77] 16.9%
  • 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 34: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 46 of 77 - 59.7%
  • Races won from the top 10: 56 of 77 - 72.7%

  • At Talladega Superspeedway:
    * Construction began on Talladega Superspeedway on May 23, 1968.
    * The first Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.
    * The second race was moved from July to October in 1997.
    * There have been 77 Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season.
    * Bobby Isaac won the first Sprint Cup pole at Talladega in September 1969. Isaac went on to win the first three poles there.
    * 33 different drivers have won poles at Talladega.
    * Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles at Talladega.
    * Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek and Elliott Sadler lead all active drivers with three poles each at Talladega.
    * Richard Brickhouse won the first Sprint Cup race at Talladega.
    * 35 different drivers have posted victories at Talladega led by Dale Earnhardt (10); 18 drivers have won more than once.
    * Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six victories at Talladega.
    * Rick Hendrick has won 10 races at Talladega, more than any other car owner.
    * 31 of 77 races at Talladega have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole; 21 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    * The furthest back in the field that a Talladega race winner started was 36th by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
    * All of the Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been scheduled for 188 laps, 500 miles.
    * Bobby Hamilton won the caution-free 2001 spring Talladega race with an average speed of 184.008 mph. His average speed for 188 laps was just 0.853 mph slower than the Coors Light Pole speed for that race set by Stacy Compton.
    * Mark Martin’s pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time Sprint Cup record for the fastest race ever run. He won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph and covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 42nd and 14th in his first two races at Talladega. In his 14 races there since, he finished eighth or better nine times, including five victories and two second-place finishes. His four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003) are the most ever by a driver at Talladega. Buddy Baker (three, May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-24-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Paint schemes SCHEDULED to be run at this race, it could change

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #6-David Ragan AAA Travel #6 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon/P.J. Jones RV.com #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Lifelock none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M - American Red Cross #16 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Garmin #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Jon Wood Honey Buns none...yet
    #24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi #24 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Northern Tool + Equipment #28 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti TUMS QuikPak #40 Team Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson Polaroid #41 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Wrigley's Big Red Gum #42 Team Schemes Page
    #44-David Reutimann UPS Kentucky Derby #44 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Ken Schrader Hunt Brothers Pizza #70 Team Schemes Page
    #78-Joe Nemechek National Day of Prayer none...yet
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger Silver Red Bull #84 Team Schemes Page


  • Polaroid on the #41: Reed Sorenson will document his Talladega weekend through a Polaroid Photo Diary. Polaroid will be making its NSCS debut on the #41 Dodge this weekend in the Aaron's 499. Sorenson's diary will be showcased on Polaroid.com.(CGRFS), see images of the scheme on my #41 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2008)

  • Juicy Fruit colors for Montoya: The Wrigley's Juicy Fruit brand will adorn the hood of the #42 Dodge this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with Juan Pablo Montoya.(CGRFS), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2008)

  • DIRECTV returns to the #07: For the second race in a row, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature a blue and white DIRECTV paint scheme. Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's traditional primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2008)

  • Tums scheme for Franchitti at 'dega: This weekend the all-new TUMS QuikPak instant dissolve powder will serve as the primary sponsor of the #40 CGRFS Dodge Charger at Talladega Superspeedway fro Dario Franchitti. TUMS first became a CGRFS partner in 2007, as an associate sponsor of the #40 and #41 cars. This will be Franchitti's first time representing the TUMS brand. The #40 TUMS QuikPak Dodge team is taking on the identity of its primary sponsor by renaming the pit crew "The TUMS QuikPak" for this weekend's Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series race.(CGRFS), see images of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2008)

  • "Tri Primary" Scheme for Kyle Petty at Talladega: Kyle Petty: "Petty Enterprises is truly fortunate in that we have three great primary sponsors on my #45 Dodge. So this weekend we are going to show our appreciation by sporting a tri-primary paint scheme. Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil, Wells Fargo and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) will all get primary treatment."(Petty Racing PR)(4-23-2008) Comment here

  • Turtle Wax on the #15 at Talladega: In addition to his on track competition, #15-Paul Menard will have car care on his mind this weekend as he sports the colors of Turtle Wax on the hood of his Chevy.(Co-Pilott Motorsports Marketing)(4-23-2008) Comment here

  • Silver scheme for Allmendinger at 'dega: The silver #84 that’s been shining in Red Bull Racing Team’s shop unloads for the first time Friday at Talladega, and AJ Allmendinger, who returns after a five-race layoff, can’t wait to show off his car’s new look. “I think it’s sweet,” Allmendinger said. “Our blue has been good, but it’s one of those things that says, ‘I’m back!’ It’s silver. It’s going to stand out. It’s going to look fast, and it’s going to be fast.” In 2007, Red Bull’s motorsports branding featured dynamic bulls, suns and custom deep blue color. More than a year later, the design is expanding with the silver #84. The car maintains the same styling cues as the #83 to ensure close affiliation but carries a metallic silver pearl base and blue number to create its own identity and personality.(Team Red Bull Blog), see image of the scheme on my #84 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2008)

  • National Day of Prayer on the #78 at Talladega: The #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy, driven by Joe Nemechek, will once again showcase a unique paint scheme at Talladega Superspeedway, site of this weekend's Sprint Cup race. For the third year in a row at the Talladega spring event, Furniture Row, the Denver-based company which owns the #78 Chevy, is devoting its entire space on the car to the National Day of Prayer. The red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme will include the National Day of Prayer logo on the hood, the rear quarter panels, trunk-lid and the rear bumper (TV) panel of the #78 car.(Furniture Row Racing PR)(4-22-2008) Comment here

  • Special Pepsi scheme for Gordon at Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon is scheduled to run a special Pepsi Stuff decorated paint scheme in the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway. This special paint scheme features a black and equalizer blue flame design with the Pepsi Stuff logo on the hood. See an image on my #24 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2008)

  • LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at Phoenix on April 12, Talladega on April 27, Richmond on May 3, Darlington on May 10, Charlotte on May 25, Michigan on June 15, Chicagoland on July 12 and Kansas on Sept. 28. Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)

  • 70 team picks up a sponsor: Hunt Brothers Pizza announced a sponsorship test with Haas/CNC Racing and the #70 Jeremy Mayfield car in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series. The test sponsorship with the Haas/CNC racing team will include the following: Secondary sponsor for the upcoming Samsung 500, April 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway and primary sponsor at the Aarons 499, April 26 at the Talladega Speedway. "At Hunt Brothers, we are committed to becoming a strong national brand, especially within the C-Store Industry," said Scott Hunt, executive at Hunt Brothers Pizza. "Our involvement in NASCAR sends a strong message to C-Store Owners, C-Store Chains, and Oil Companies that we are a serious player, and we are committed to driving product awareness on the national level and ultimately boosting sales for our C-Store partners." For more information about Hunt Brothers Pizza, see huntbrotherspizza.com.(Media Wire), see an image on my #70 Team schemes page.(4-4-2008)

  • Garmin to sponsor #19 for two races: Elliott Sadler is scheduled to drive the #19 Garmin Special paint scheme at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27. 2008 & at Kansas Speedway on September 28, 2008, see an image on my #19 Team schemes page.(4-4-2008)

  • Tums to sponsor fall Martinsville race and #40, #41 cars: TUMS announced that it is using its newest product, the TUMS QuikPak instant dissolve powder, to bring its fastest relief ever to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., as the entitlement sponsor of the October 19, 2008 Sprint Cup series race – The TUMS QuikPak 500. The TUMS QuikPak 500 will be the first NASCAR race sponsored by the TUMS brand. The race sponsorship will continue to build on the long-standing relationship between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare and the .526-mile Virginia short track. The partnership began in 1983 when Goody’s Headache Powder first sponsored the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In addition to the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway, TUMS will serve as an associate sponsor of the #40 and #41 Dodges for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) throughout the 2008 season. The TUMS logo will appear on the B-post and rear quarter panel. The agreement also includes a primary sponsorship in two races. TUMS QuikPak will serve as the primary sponsor of Sprint Cup series rookie Dario Franchitti’s #40 Dodge Charger for the Aaron’s 499 race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27. CGRFS teammate Reed Sorenson will carry the TUMS QuikPak paint scheme under the lights August 23 for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. TUMS will host 18 fan events at race tracks during the season. For each event, TUMS will bring its blue QuikZone display to the fan concourse area along with TUMS Racing simulators, games and the TUMS show car. Fans will have an opportunity to learn more about TUMS fast relief and simple solutions for heartburn and sample the new TUMS QuikPak. The TUMS QuikZone debuted in Daytona for Speedweeks. The TUMS QuikZone also will travel to community events throughout the country. For more information on TUMS Racing, visit www.TUMSracing.com.(Clear!Blue PR) see images of the cars on my #40 Team Schemes page and #41 Team Schemes page.(3-29-2008)

  • Kentucky Derby scheme at 'Dega UPDATE: #44-David Reutimann is scheduled to run a special UPS Kentucky Derby paint scheme at Talladea Superspeedway in April.(1-27-2008)
    UPDATE: Churchill Downs and UPS are again teaming up to bring the horsepower of the Kentucky Derby to NASCAR, as the two companies today unveiled a special Kentucky Derby 134 paint scheme that will be featured on the #44 UPS Toyota Camry during the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 27. The unveiling also launched the “Off to the Races Delivered by UPS” sweepstakes, which debuted in 2007. The online contest will provide one lucky fan with two tickets to the Aaron’s 499, as well as a special behind-the-scenes meeting with NASCAR driver David Reutimann, who will take over the #44 UPS Toyota Camry from the retiring Dale Jarrett next month. The prize package, which combines the excitement of NASCAR’s premier series with one of the most prestigious events in Thoroughbred racing, will also include two tickets to the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3.(Businesswire.com), see images of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(3-1-2008)

  • 3M Donates Two Full Paint Schemes to Red Cross for the 2008: 3M, in partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, announced that it will donate the #16 Ford’s full paint scheme to the American Red Cross for two races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. 3M will also donate space on the rear quarter panel of the car where the Red Cross logo will appear in eight other races during the year. For more information on donating blood, or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or log on to www.givelife.org. Greg Biffle will drive the Red Cross Ford at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27 and at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9. He will also appear in television and radio public service announcements to support the mission of the Red Cross. 3M has a long history of supporting the Red Cross through in kind contributions of disaster relief supplies. Last year, the 3M gave generous financial contributions to the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the Red Cross—and its employees gave over 2,000 units of blood. For more information about 3M, including the latest product and technology news, visit www.3M.com. (Roush Fenway Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(1-7-2008)

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


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° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Aaron's Ken Butler
    Command to start engines: Aaron's Ken Butler
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. Richard Alford, Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 2005 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks
    Military Flyover: 4 F-18's VMFA, 142 Flyer Gators, NAS Alanta, GA
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Talladega Superspeedway

  • Last Year: see my April Talladega Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the October Talladega Race Info page


  • Taylor Hicks To Perform National Anthem at Talladega: Taylor Hicks, who won the fifth-season of the American Idol competition, will sing the National Anthem prior to the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 27 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 31-year-old Hicks, born in nearby Birmingham Ala. and raised in Hoover, captured more than 63 million votes to win the fifth season of American Idol, which has a tradition of producing today's greatest singing stars. After winning the fifth season of American Idol in 2005, Hicks' first single "Do I Make You Proud" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100, the Single Sales chart and the Pop 100 with more than 190,000 copies sold in its first week of release. His self-titled major-label debut album arrived in late 2006 and "Live at the Workplay Theatre," a concert album recorded in summer 2006, was released in 2007. Tickets are still available for the Aaron's Dream Weekend by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(4-17-2008)

  • Toby Lightman To Perform Prior To Aaron's 499: NASCAR fans at Talladega Superspeedway are in for a treat when they recognize the familiar voice of Toby Lightman as she performs prior to the Aaron's 499. Lightman sings the new musical opening on all NASCAR on FOX network television broadcasts, "NASCAR Love (Let's Go Racing)". Tickets are still available for the Aaron's Dream Weekend by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342) or visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(4-14-2008)

  • Talladega helping guests by Expanding Free Overnight Parks: In an effort to help ease the cost of race fans wanting to attend the Aaron's Dream Weekend next month, Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today that the track is expanding its free overnight parks. The Aaron's Dream weekend is scheduled for April 25-27. Staying in an overnight park can be as simple as setting up a tent, or as elaborate as getting a group together and sharing an RV. All free overnight parks open at 8 a.m. the Tuesday of race week (April 22) and must be cleared by 11 a.m. Monday following the race. Guests wanting to stay in the parks will be required to show their race tickets prior to entry and a valid ticket must be shown each time for admission. For more information on the free overnight parks or tickets for the upcoming Aaron's Dream Weekend, guests should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342)(TSS PR)(3-30-2008)

  • Talladega announces All-You-Can-Eat Package: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that they are offering an all-you-can-eat package for the Allison Grandstand. The $80 package includes a reserved seat in the Allison Grandstand for the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with all-you-can-eat vouchers for both days! The all-you-can-eat voucher is valid from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Each trip to the concession stand allows a voucher holder to receive a maximum of 2 sandwiches (2 hotdogs or 2 hamburgers or 1 of each), 2 bags of chips and 2 soft drinks. Guests who purchase the all-you-can-eat-package also have the opportunity to add a Pre-race Pit Pass to their order for only $15! The Pre-race Pit Pass allows access onto the track from 8 a.m. until one hour before the start of the Aaron's 499 on Sunday only. A tram will shuttle guests from the front of the Allison Grandstand to pit road. Pit road access is subject to change pending NASCAR rules and subject to weather and time permitting. To find more information on the all-you-can-eat package at Talladega Superspeedway, fans are encouraged to visit the website at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(3-9-2008)

  • Get A "Suite" Seat at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that race fans will have the opportunity to watch a full weekend of racing from the comfort of a luxury suite with the "Individual Suite Package." The Individual Suite Package includes:
    * Pass into the suite Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    * 1 Suite/Hospitality parking pass per two Suite passes
    * Pre-Race pit passes (Saturday and Sunday only; schedule & weather permitting) allowing guests access to pit road until 1 hour prior to track activity
    * Sunday souvenir programs
    * Saturday Event Souvenir
    * Friday Event Souvenir
    Inside the luxury suite, guests will find:
    * Closed-circuit televisions
    * Telephone service
    * Security guard
    * Private restroom
    * Catering for continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and beverages (soda, water and beer)
    * Cash bar available
    Each Luxury Suite Package is $800 and available by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342).(TSS PR)(3-2-2008)

  • Talladega Opens New Infield Overnight Park: In response to strong demand from race fans wanting more opportunities to stay overnight in Talladega Superspeedway's infield, track officials announced today the opening of the Orange Infield RV Park. The Orange Infield RV Park is a reserved overnight park with space for 180 RVs. The all-reserved infield typically sells out well in advance of the race, so guests are encouraged to reserve their spaces early. The park is located on the west side of Talladega Boulevard, between the Yellow and Red Zones. The Orange Infield RV Park package is $330 and includes 2 infield admissions and a reserved RV site. The sites are dry, so guests staying in the park should plan on providing their own power and water. For more information on staying overnight in any of Talladega Superspeedway's overnight parks, guests should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342).(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(2-26-2008)

  • Chamber of Commerce Names Talladega Superspeedway Large Business of the Year: The Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce named Talladega Superspeedway Large Business of the Year during its annual celebration luncheon. Track Public Relations Director Kristi King was also named Outstanding Chamber Member at the event. 2007 season was a record for Talladega Superspeedway in terms of donations and charitable contributions. Race weekend work, provided during the track's two major event weekends by volunteers from various service groups throughout the region, produced more than $500,000 to be shared by the respective organizations. Talladega Superspeedway also hosted Race Fever Night to benefit the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation. The largest source of unrestricted funds for the AIDB Foundation, the event raised over $200,000. To close out the year, the track again partnered with WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM to raise over $15,000 to provide Christmas gifts to less fortunate children throughout the track's surrounding region.(Talladega PR)(1-18-2008)

  • Tickets On Sale Now For International Motorsports Hall Of Fame Ceremony: Tickets are on sale now for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and officials are encouraging individuals and businesses alike to reserve their tickets early. This year’s black-tie ceremony set for Thursday, April 24th, consists of a reception, banquet and awards ceremony. This year, the induction class features: Land Speed Record breaker Art Arfons, NASCAR Champion Robert “Red” Byron, drag racing guru Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, car fabricator Frank Kurtis, NASCAR car owner and driver Everett “Cotton” Owens and Winston promoter Ralph Seagraves. Additionally, 2007 Driver of the Year and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will be honored for his accomplishments. Individual tickets for the evening are $125 and a table of eight may be reserved for $1,000. Tickets and tables are available by calling 1-256-362-5002.(TSS PR)(1-17-2008)

  • AMP Energy to Sponsor fall Talladega race: Leaders from Pepsi-Cola North America joined with Talladega Superspeedway to announce that beginning in 2008, the fall Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway will be known as the AMP Energy 500. Mountain Dew AMP Energy drink is blasting onto the NASCAR scene in 2008 with several high profile sponsorships. In addition to the race at Talladega Superspeedway, Pepsi-Cola North America announced last year that Mountain Dew AMP Energy will be a lead sponsor of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #88 Mountain Dew AMP/National Guard Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series. Mountain Dew is no stranger to the NASCAR scene, having found a winning formula as lead sponsor of Darrell Waltrip's championship-winning Cup entries in 1981 and 1982 and most recently, having sponsored the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.(TSS PR)(1-5-2008)

  • Talladega Keeps Its Crown As The King of Speed and Competition: Below is a list of the top-five race speeds recorded at the tracks and the driver that recorded that speed during competition. Only the fastest driver counts for each race during point races.
    Fastest Driver of Race for 2007 Sprint Cup:
    1. 4/29 Talladega, #31-Jeff Burton, 195.704 mph
    2. 10/7 Talladega, #26-Jamie McMurray, 192.904 mph
    3. 2/18 Daytona, #38-David Gilliland, 185.229 mph
    4. 7/7 Daytona, #2-Kurt Busch, 183.214 mph
    5. 2/25 California, #1-Martin Truex Jr, 178.277 mph
    Top 5 Races in Green Flag Passes for 2007 Sprint Cup
    1. 4/29 Talladega - 16,808
    2. 10/7 Talladega - 7,979
    3. 2/18 Daytona - 7,786
    4. 7/7 Daytona - 5,220
    5. 9/2 California - 3,753
    Talladega Superspeedway Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342).(TSS PR)(1-5-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 900; Right-side -- 900

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4140

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: This weekend will be the first time that Goodyear has run a race on these tire codes . . . compared to last year at Talladega, there are two changes of note on this tire set-up . . . first, this left-side code (D-4138) is slightly taller to adjust the stagger and align this set-up with what was run at Daytona in February . . . second, this right-side code (D-4140) has a slight design modification to help reduce the operating temperature of the tire. . the compounds on both sides of the car are the same as in 2007 . . . this is the only track at which these tire codes will be run this season . . .teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup will run different tire codes than those in the Nationwide Series at Talladega this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear)


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Northern Tool + Equipment to Sponsor Travis Kvapil at Talladega: Yates Racing announced that Northern Tool + Equipment, a leading supplier of high-quality tools and equipment for more than 27 years, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27th. Sunday's race will mark the first time Northern Tool + Equipment has been a primary sponsor in NASCAR's most elite division, the Sprint Cup Series. Northern Tool + Equipment has been a sponsor in the Craftsman Truck Series since 2006.(Yates Racing PR)(4-22-2008) Comment here

  • Jon Wood in the #21 at Talladega: Jon Wood will make his 2008 Sprint Cup Series debut in the Wood Brothers Racing #21 Honey Buns Ford in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 27th. Since the race was not a scheduled event for Bill Elliott, the team felt that Jon was a logical choice given his experience in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series on superspeedways. Jon has a busy schedule this week as he is also entered to drive the #21 Air Force Ford in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 CTS race at the Kansas Speedway on April 26th. The team is making every effort to make sure Jon participates in both events. An alternative driver is being considered to practice, qualify and possibly race the truck if arrangements cannot be made to get Jon to the Kansas Speedway.(Wood Brothers PR)(4-21-2008) Comment here

  • Schrader to the #70 at Talladega? UPDATE confirmed: hearing Ken Schrader may drive the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Talladega. #49 BAM Racing is skipping Talladega and moving to a part-time schedule.(4-15-2008)
    UPDATE: Haas CNC Racing is pleased to announce that Ken Schrader will drive the #70 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy during the upcoming race weekend at Talladega. "I'm definitely very excited about the opportunity to drive for Haas CNC Racing," Schrader said. "It is a younger team that is going through the growing process but yet has all of the elements in place. The team has an outstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports, and we know they have a proven engine program," he added. "We certainly don't have to second guess the equipment."(Haas CNC Racing)(4-16-2008) Comment here

  • Robby Gordon and Central Europe Rally on DIRECTV's The 101: Team Dakar USA announced the acquisition of the United States broadcast rights for the Central Dakar Rally. DIRECTV will air a daily half-hour show on channel 101, the in-house channel available throughout the United States on the satellite television service. The show airs April 19-26 featuring 13 minutes of overall rally coverage plus nine minutes dedicated to the American efforts of Team Dakar USA. The program airs at 7 pm then re-broadcast at 12:30 am/et. Team Dakar USA Owner and driver Robby Gordon is no stranger to logistical challenges, but the Central Europe Rally may prove to be the greatest challenge yet. Gordon, a fulltime Sprint Cup driver, plans to fly to Paris after Saturday's Sprint Cup race in Phoenix. In Paris he'll join members of Team Dakar USA program then drive the race and support vehicles over 1,300 kilometers to Budapest for the rally's start. At the rally's conclusion on April 26, Gordon will fly back to the United States to compete in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega on April 27th [P.J. Jones will sub for Robby in practice and qualifying]. For additional rally coverage please visit robbygordon.com and robbysuprising.com where Team Dakar USA will have daily updates, the twitter micro blog feed, and videos.(RGM)

  • Allmendinger now expected back in #84 at Talladega: AJ Allmendinger, originally expected back in the seat of the #84 Red Bull Racing Toyota April 12 at Phoenix, said Friday he will not return until the following week at Talladega. Mike Skinner made his first appearance in the # 84 at Las Vegas and has a best finish of 27th (at Atlanta) in four starts entering Texas. "He's said the same things that I've been saying, so just more than anything there's a peace of mind of getting back in the car and [saying], 'OK, so I'm not crazy. I am feeling the right things," Allmendinger said. He has tested for the team at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Nashville during his hiatus from competition.(SceneDaily.com)(4-5-2008) Comment here

  • Marlin set to run 10 races in 2008: This year, Sterling Marlin plans to be behind the wheel of the #09 Chevrolet owned by Phoenix Racing for a total of just 10 Cup races -- the two Daytona races, the two Talladega races, several of the short tracks and the season finale at Homestead. The car's primary sponsor is Miccosukee Indian Gaming, which owns and operates a resort and casino near Miami, Fla.(NASCAR.com)(1-16-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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