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    THE RACE: Aarons 499

    TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, April 26, 2009 in Talladega, AL

    • Title Sponsor: Aarons

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: FOX 1:00pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00pm/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, Links and Info:
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    Practice Dates/Times/TV

    • Practices:
      Friday, April 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 24, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 24, 1:00pm/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, April 25 at 11:10am/et, TV-SPEED, no scheduled re-air;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    • Then the cars will be Impounded after qualifying


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • UPSET - Keselowski wins at Talladega: #09-Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway for his first ever career win in only his fifth career start after a wild, wild ending. #99-Edwards and #09-Keselowski drafted past his Nationwide Series boss, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #39-Newman [who was infront of the #88], and it was just Keselowski and Edwards going for the win, Keselowski went high to pass, Edwards moved over to block and Keselowski moved down and got a run on Edwards and went low, got into Edwards and past the #99. Edwards got sideways and the car got airborne up against the fence and rode the fence for about 30 feet, but the fence held and Edwards got out of the car and jogged to the start-finish line. It was the first ever win in the Sprint Cup series for the #09 and for car owner James Finch [Phoenix Racing]. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #39-Newman [who's car was trashed when Edwards car bounced off the hood, Newman got across the line], #47-Ambrose, #82-Speed, #2-Busch, #16-Biffle, #83-Vickers, #20-Logano and #31-Burton. There were two "Big One's" collecting points leader #24-Gordon and #48-Johnson. There were 9 cautions for 33 laps and there were 57 lead changes among 25 drivers.
      For race results, awards and more on the Talladega Race Results Page.(4-26-2009)

    • #09 is the 101st car number to win: when Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 26, 2009, it was the first Sprint Cup win ever for a car number 09, being the 101st different car number [as far as I can calculate] that has won in the Cup series. It was also Brad Keselowski's first Cup Series win. See all the wins by car numbers on my Wins by Car Numbers page.(4-26-2009)

    • Eight fans injured in Edwards wreck: Eight spectators suffered injuries at the end of the Aaron's 499 Sunday when the #99 Ford of Carl Edwards went airborne and slammed into the catchfence on the frontstretch. "None of the injuries are dangerous or life-threatening," said Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway. "It's mostly bumps and bruises with possible minor fractures." Two women were airlifted to an area hospital, but Lewis said that was for traffic concerns and not because of the severity of their injuries. "One has a lacerated lip and possible broken jaw," Lewis said. "The other person was not injured, but has unrelated medical problems." When the car hit the catchfence, pieces exploded off the car as catch fencing bent back severely, but did not break. "I'm not sure if it was pieces of car or pieces of debris from the fence that hurt the spectators," Lewis said.(ESPN)(4-26-2009)

    • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Talladega, race 9 of 36]:
      1) #2-Kurt Busch, 1299 [1 win]
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1294, -5 [1 win]
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1235, -64 [1 win]
      4) #14-Tony Stewart, 1232, -67
      5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1193, -106
      6) #18-Kyle Busch, 1124,-175 [2 wins]
      7) #99-Carl Edwards, 1119, -180
      8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1098, -201
      9) #31-Jeff Burton, 1092, -207
      10) #16-Greg Biffle, -1081, -218
      11) #00-David Reutimann, 1077, -222
      12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1063, -236 [2 wins]
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #39-Ryan Newman 1033, 30 points out of 12th 14) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1030, -33
      15) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1018, -45
      16) #42-Juan Montoya, 1018, -45
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(4-26-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …
      * Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
      * Keselowski, who started ninth, led only the final lap -- the first lap he has led in his Cup career. It is the first time in series history that a race winner's first lap led was to win the race.
      * It was Keselowski's fifth career Cup start. He is the 27th driver to win within five starts, and fourth in the modern era, joining Mark Donahue, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.
      * Keselowski became the 38th different race winner in 80 Cup races at Talladega. He became the 10th driver to score his first Cup win at Talladega. The last first-time Cup winner was Clint Bowyer at New Hampshire in September 2007.
      * Keselowski's victory is the first Cup win by Phoenix Racing in 117 races. This was Keselowski's first start in the #09 of Phoenix Racing. He did not qualify at Daytona earlier this year. This was the fifth race for the #09 this season. The team DNQ'd in the other four.
      * Chevrolet has dominated at Talladega with 34 victories, followed by Ford with 17, Dodge with three and Toyota with two.
      * A Chevrolet has won 18 of the past 21 races at Talladega.
      * The 57 lead changes were the 10th most at Talladega. The all-time record of 75 came here in May 1984.
      * Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, posting his third top-10 finish in 2009. It marked his best finish of the season.
      * This is the fourth victory for Chevrolet in 2009, all in the past four races.
      * Kurt Busch (sixth) took over as the leader of the Cup standings by five points over second-place Jeff Gordon. This is the first time Busch has led the points since he led after Las Vegas in March 2005, 149 races ago.
      * Ryan Newman (third) posted his first top-5 finish in 2009.
      * Marcos Ambrose (fourth) scored his second career top-5 in 20 career races. It is his best finish in 2009.
      * Scott Speed (fifth) was the highest-finishing rookie. This was the first time a rookie of the year contender has finished in the top 10 since David Ragan finished 10th at Homestead in November 2007. Joey Logano finished 10th. The last time there were two rookies to finish in the top 10 was when there were three at Homestead in November 2006.
      * Jeff Burton (10th) has scored seven straight top-15 finishes.
      * Elliott Sadler (19th) posted his best finish since finishing fifth at Daytona. Sadler has finished 20th or worse in the seven non-restrictor-plate races.
      * Denny Hamlin (22nd) ended a streak of five straight top-15 finishes.
      * Tony Stewart (23rd) ended a streak of three straight top-5 finishes.
      * Jeff Gordon (37th) posted his worst finish of the season. He has finished 13th or better in seven of the nine races this season.
      * Mark Martin (43rd) ended a streak of four straight top-10 finishes that dated to Bristol.
      * The top 10 consisted of four Chevrolets, four Toyotas, one Dodge and one Ford.(ESPN)(4-28-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
      Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499, his first victory in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Talladega Superspeedway.
      Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 19 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2009.
      Ryan Newman (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
      Scott Speed (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Kurt Busch leads the point standings by 5 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-26-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
      no changes in who is in and who is out BUT #82-Speed moves to 36th and is only 18 points out of 35th
      33) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 753, +118
      34) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 676, +41
      35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 653, 18 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 635, 18 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 594, -59
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-26-2009)

    • Infraction Sheet - Talladega Superspeedway
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #82, 0, Safety violation, 1 lap, work before green flag
      #83, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #99, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #19, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #13, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #43, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #96, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #07, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #78, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #09, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #31, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #18, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #39, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #31, 29, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #31, 43, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #99, 43, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 43, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #2, 61, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00, 147, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #1, 172, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #17, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #11, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #12, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #48, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #42, 179, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #16, 181, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #18 302, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
      (NASCAR Statistics)(4-26-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #82-Speed, 5th
      Caution 2: none awarded
      Caution 3: #44-Allmendinger, 35th
      Caution 4: #31-Burton, 10th
      Caution 5: #31-Burton (2), 10th
      Caution 6: #98-Menard, 13th
      Caution 7: #43-Sorenson, 11th
      Caution 8: #34-Andretti, 27th
      Caution 9: NONE awarded when there are 10 laps or less left
      (4-26-2009)

    • The Big One II: on lap 180, #11-Hamlin got into #42-Montoya, turning Montoya that started the 2nd 'Big One', collecting (hd)=heavy damage: #48-Johnson (hd), #55-Waltrip (hd), #1-Truex Jr. (hd), #96-Labonte (hd), #7-Gordon (hd), #12-Stremme (hd), #41-Mayfield (hd) and #77-Hornish Jr.(4-26-2009)

    • The Big One: only seven laps in to the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the 'big one' [wreck] happened when #17-Kensth, just ahead of #24-Gordon, moved up a tad and into the front of Gordon, sending the #24 info the wall, collecting the following drivers (hd)=heavy damage: #5-Martin (hd), #29-Harvick (hd), #26-McMurray (hd), #36-Riggs (hd), #71-Gilliland (hd), #33-Bowyer (hd), #07-Mears, #9-Kahne (hd), #14-Stewart, #19-Sadler, #83-Vickers, #2-Busch, #13-Papis, #44-Allmendinger, #96-Labonte, #18-Busch.(4-26-2009)

    • Hornish Jr. has flu, Kvapil to stand by: #77-Sam Hornish Jr. has the flu and Travis Kvapil was flown to Talladega to stand by and has been fitted in the #77 Dodge. Hornish Jr. scheduled to start 4th, will start the car and is in the infield care center getting fluids. Hornish Jr. and the team will decide when Kvapil will take over, if he takes over.(SPEED NASCAR Raceday)(4-26-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Talladega: The selections for pit stalls of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway have been made. Pole sitter #42-Montoya chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 29, the second next stall with an opening in front of it and #1-Truex Jr., who starts 3rd, took pit stall 17, which is the first stall with an opening in front of it [after stall 1]. #82-Speed who starts 8th, chose the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Talladega Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-26-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2009.
      TV: FOX at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00pm/et;


    NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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    • Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway Pit Stall Selections

    • Montoya wins pole at Talladega: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap of 188.171mph for his 1st career pole. #16-Biffle will start 2nd, followed by #1-Truex Jr., #77-Hornish Jr., #33-Bowyer, #78-Smith, #5-Martin, #82-Speed, #09-Keselowski and #6-Ragan.
      Times disallowed: two teams have had their qualifying times disallowed, #7-Gordon and #43-Sorenson. Supposedly the cars didn't meet height requirements, so both will start at the rear of the field and penalties could be announced next week. Sorenson was set to start 34 and Gordon 38th
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #78-Smith, #82-Speed, #09-Keselowski, #87-Nemechek, #36-Riggs, #71-Gilliland, #41-Mayfield and #13-Papis
      Two drivers failed to qualify: #66-McDowell and #4-McClure.
      See qualifying results, order, pole progression and starting lineup on my Talladega Qualifying/Starting Lineup page.(4-25-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 11:10am/et.
      TV: SPEED - 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • IMPOUND: the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is the first IMPOUND race of 2009, there will be THREE [not five] impound races in 2009, both Talladega races [April & Oct] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

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    • Qualifying Order for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #55-Waltrip, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #33-Bowyer. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-McDowell and the final driver scheduled to qualify is #09-Keselowski. See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(4-24-2009)

    • Happy Hour/Final Practice for the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the top 5:
      #99-Edwards 194.904
      #71-Gilliland 194.820
      #14-Stewart 194.618
      #20-Logano 194.591
      #39-Newman 194.559
      slowest: #44-Allmendinger 180.543 and #4-McClure 182.856
      no speed/not running: #1-Truex Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Montoya, #82-Speed, #9-Kahne, #29-Harvick
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(4-24-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers in Final Practice at Talladega Superspeedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #71-David Gilliland, 2nd
      #09-Brad Keselowski, 22nd
      #36-Scott Riggs, 25th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 29th
      #78-Regan Smith, 30th
      #13-Max Papis, 33rd
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 36th
      #66-Michael McDowell, 38th
      these drivers would miss the race if theings stayed the same:
      #4-Eric McClure, 39th
      #82-Scott Speed, no speed
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(4-24-2009)

    • The First Practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the top 5:
      #7-Gordon 197.472
      #00-Reutimann 197.260
      #31-Burton 197.102
      #26-McMurray 196.689
      #18-Busch 196.378
      slowest: #4-McClure 182.727 and #66-McDowell 184.203
      incidents: #44-Allmendinger and #9-Kahne lost engines
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(4-24-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in the 1st session at Talladega Superspeedway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #36-Scott Riggs, 35th
      #13-Max Papis, 37th
      #82-Scott Speed, 38th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 39th
      #09-Brad Keselowski, 40th
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 41st
      #71-David Gilliland, 42nd
      #78-Regan Smith, 43rd
      these drivers would miss the race if theings stayed the same:
      #66-Michael McDowell, 44th
      #4-Eric McClure, 45th
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(4-24-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
      #09-Brad Keselowski (45/8)
      #13-Max Papis (49/2)
      #4-Eric McClure (none)
      #36-Scott Riggs (39/8)
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/8)
      #66-Michael McDowell (41/8)
      #71-David Gilliland (36/8)
      #78-Regan Smith (40/4)
      #82-Scott Speed (37/8)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (43/8)
      withdrawn from the race:
      #64-Geoff Bodine (46/8)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,82,36,66,87,41,09,78
      missing the race would be [2]: #'s 13,4
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List.(4-20/22-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
      no changes in who is in and who is out, #71-Gilliland dropped 3 more points behind 35th
      32) #98-Menard/Yates: 637, +86
      33) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 610, +59
      34) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 589, +38
      35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 577, 26 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 551, 26 points out of 35th
      37) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 475, -102
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-18-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • April 2008 Pole Sitter: #78-Joe Nemechek, 187.389mph, finished 25th

    • October 2008 Pole Sitter: #28-Travis Kvapil, 187.364mph, finished 27th

    • 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 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 157.409mph, started 5th

    • October 2008 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart 140.281mph, 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: 28 - 10/6/2008

    • 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 79] 16.5%
    • 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: 4
    • 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: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 47 of 79 - 59.5%
    • Races won from the top 10: 57 of 79 - 72.2%

    • At Talladega Superspeedway:
      • Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.

      • The track name was changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.

      • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was held on July 25, 1992.

      • The second NASCAR Sprint Cup Talladega race was moved from July to October in 1997.

      • Talladega Superspeedway completed its fourth repaving on Sept. 19, 2006.

      • The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was held on Oct. 7, 2006.

      • There have been 79 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season, which had just one.

      • Bobby Isaac won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in September 1969. Isaac went on to win the first three poles there. • 34 different drivers have won poles.

      • Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles.

      • Richard Brickhouse won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

      • 37 different drivers have posted victories, led by Dale Earnhardt Sr. (10). Eighteen drivers have won more than once.

      • Jeff Gordon leads all other active drivers in victories with six.

      • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races, more than any other organization.

      • 31 of 79 races have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole; 22 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.

      • The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000. Two of the last three races have been won from the 34th starting position (Jeff Gordon in 2007 and Tony Stewart in 2008).

      • All of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega have been scheduled for 188 laps, 500 miles.

      • There have been four green-white-checkered races at Talladega: May 2005 (194), October 2005 (190), April 2007 (192) and April 2008 (190).

      • Mark Martin’s pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time NASCAR 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. had four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003) at Talladega, the most ever by a driver there. Buddy Baker (three - May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.

      • There have been 98 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Alabama.

      • 65 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Alabama, including Bobby Allison who is tied for third on the all-time winners list with 84.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Pedigree Dog Food #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
      #24-Jeff Gordon Retro Pepsi #24 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
      #39-Ryan Newman Prelude to the Dream
      US Army
      none...yet
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield Big Red #41 Team Schemes Page
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Tums #42 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson U.S. Air Force #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Hunt Brothers Pizza #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #77-Sam Hornish Jr. AAA/Penske Truck Rental none...yet
      #78-Regan Smith National Day of Prayer none...yet
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Menards/Turtle Wax none...yet
      #99-Carl Edwards Claritin none...yet


    • Pedigree colors make 2009 debut for Busch: Pedigree will make its first of three appearances as primary sponsor of Kyle Busch’s #18 Toyota at Talladega this weekend. The other events at which the Mars Pedigree brand will adorn the #18 this season will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September and Phoenix International Raceway in November. The first Pedigree paint scheme of 2009 kicks off the company’s “NASCAR’s Luckiest Dog” contest in which the winner of which will have his or her dog pictured on Busch’s #18 Toyota at the Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix in November.(M&M's Racing PR)(4-23-2009)

    • Special look for Newman's car at Talladega: Ryan Newman's #39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy is scheduled to run a Prelude to the Dream/Haas Automation/U.S. Army scheme in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.(SHR PR)(4-23-2009)

    • Different look for #77 at 'Dega: Sam Hornish Jr. will run a Penske Truck Rental/AAA scheme on his #77 Penske Racing Dodge Charger in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Hornish earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-10 finish last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.(PCR PR)(4-23-2009)

    • #42 to car Tum's scheme at 'Dega: TUMS Dual Action will be the primary sponsor on Juan Pablo Montoya’s #42 Chevy from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for the Aaron’s 499 at Talldega Superspeedway on April 26. The #42 TUMS Dual Action Chevy will feature a white and blue fading paint scheme with energy bolts on both sides of the car. In addition to the #42 TUMS Dual Action Chevy sponsorship at Talladega, TUMS serves as a tier-one sponsor for the #42 Target Chevrolet.(Tums Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(4-20-2009) Comment here

    • New sponsor for the #44: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Hunt Brothers Pizza will sponsor AJ Allmendinger’s #44 Dodge for six races plus the All-Star race in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The announcement extends Allmendinger’s season through the Sept. 12 Richmond race. The Petty team remains committed to racing Allmendinger in a full season of competition if its success in generating sponsorship continues. “This is awesome news,” said Allmendinger who is 20th in the point standings despite entering the year outside the top 35. “I want to thank Hunt Brothers Pizza for coming on board and supporting us. I know our fans and NASCAR fans in general certainly appreciate all they are doing for the sport. We plan to give Hunt Brothers Pizza a lot to talk about in the coming weeks.” Hunt Brothers Pizza said its interest in Allmendinger and the Petty team would be a huge hit with its team members as well as their customers in over 6,000 locations across the country. "Partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports is exciting for everyone involved with Hunt Brothers”, said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “We feel blessed to be in a position to support AJ while connecting with our convenience store customers, many of whom are NASCAR fans. Getting the opportunity to work with “The King” Mr. Richard Petty, AJ Allmendinger and all the professionals at Richard Petty Motorsports, offers us a unique opportunity. We are excited and looking forward to seeing the Hunt Brothers Dodge on the track.” Tom Reddin, CEO at Richard Petty Motorsports: "AJ has done a heck of a job placing the #44 in the top 20, and we've been able to form some great partnerships along the way with Hunt Brothers Pizza, Dodge, Valvoline, Charter Communications, Harrah's, Super 8 Hotels and Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Reddin. "The success we are having on and off the track has helped us extend our schedule for the 44 team at least through the second Richmond race, and with a little help from some additional partners, we should have a good shot at making a successful full season. We think the on-track performance of the 44 team, AJ's personality, and all the assets of the Richard Petty Motorsports organization makes this team a very attractive and unique opportunity for potential partners." Allmendinger will race the Hunt Brothers Pizza paint scheme April 26 at Talladega, May 16 in the All-Star race and May 24 in The Coke 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, July 11 in Chicagoland, Aug. 22 in Bristol, Sept. 6 in Atlanta, and Sept. 12 in Richmond. Allmendinger joined the Petty team for the final five races of the 2008 season. The Los Gatos, Calif. native is a five-time victor in open wheel racing who made the switch to NASCAR two years ago.(Richard Petty Motorsports PR), see images of the scheme on the #44 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2009) Comment here

    • Edwards to run Claritin scheme: Schering-Plough SGP, maker of the top-selling allergy medicine, Claritin, announced its second Sprint Cup racing season as a sponsor of NASCAR star and long-time allergy sufferer Carl Edwards. Edwards, who takes non-drowsy Claritin to treat his allergy symptoms, will drive the #99 Claritin Ford during the April Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.(MSN Money)(3-5-2009)

    • BB&T to sponsor #33 & Bowyer for eleven 2009 races: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have agreed to an 11-race sponsorship for RCR’s #33 Chevy with driver Clint Bowyer for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In addition to 10 points races, BB&T will also be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy for the annual Sprint Cup Series all-star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. The March 8 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the first of three consecutive races for BB&T, followed by four in a row starting at Talladega in April and wrapping up with the all-star festivities in Charlotte. In September, BB&T will be showcased again in Atlanta and at Dover for the first of three Chase for the Sprint Cup races. Bowyer’s #33 Impala SS will also feature a burgundy and gold BB&T paint scheme at Martinsville and Talladega next fall. BB&T will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #33 Chevy for the remaining 26 races on the 2009 schedule while General Mills’ brands Cheerios and Hamburger Helper will be the primary sponsor. Next season will mark the second-consecutive year that BB&T has expanded its role within the RCR family of sponsors. In 2007, BB&T sponsored a partial Nationwide Series schedule with Bowyer in RCR’s flagship #2 Chevrolet. That role evolved into a 25-race schedule in 2008, in addition to two races on the #07 Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series.(RCR PR)(11-12-2008) Comment here

    • AAA sponsoring Hornish in select 2009 races: Penske Racing announced the establishment of a multi-year agreement for its Sprint Cup Series program with the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) and its affiliated clubs. Starting in 2009, the Auto Club will be displayed as primary sponsor for select events on the Penske Racing South #77 Dodge, driven by three-time IndyCar Series Champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Hornish will debut the #77 Auto Club Dodge in February at the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. In addition, the motor club will serve as primary sponsor of the #77 Car in Sprint Cup Series events at Kansas Speedway in October and Texas Motor Speedway in November, and as co-primary sponsor for Hornish and the Car #77 team, alongside Penske Truck Rental, at the April Talladega Superspeedway and June New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR)(11-11-2008) Comment here

    • 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: ?
      Command to start engines: ?
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: ?
      National Anthem: Miss America 2009, Katie Stam
      Military Flyover: ?
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: talladegasuperspeedway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Talladega Superspeedway

    • April 2008: see my Talladega Race Info page

    • October 2008: see the Talladega Race Info page


    • Aaron’s Extends Title Sponsorship at Talladega Superspeedway: Talladega Superspeedway announced that Aaron’s Rents, Inc. has extended its contract for title sponsorship on both the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The nation’s leader in rental sales and lease ownership activated a clause in its contract that allows the company to extend its role as title sponsor for multiple years. “Aaron’s has been a great partner to Talladega Superspeedway since 2002,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “We are excited that they have decided to extend their contract with us and we look forward to welcoming our fans to the Aaron’s 312 and Aaron’s 499 for years to come.”
      “Aaron’s has realized great value partnering with Talladega Superspeedway and producing one of the premier event weekends on the NASCAR schedule, The Aaron’s Dream Weekend.” Stated Robin Loudermilk, Chief Executive Officer of Aaron’s, Inc. “Taking advantage of the option to extend our partnership allows Aaron’s to continue to have a high-profile marketing platform through 2013. Rick Humphrey and his staff have been very accommodating and we appreciate all of their efforts that help make the Aaron’s Dream Weekend such a great experience for all of our guests and those that attend this tremendous facility. We look forward to continuing to build on what we have developed here since 2002.”(TSS PR)(4-26-2009)

    • Overnight Parks Will Be Rocking All Weekend at Talladega: LoCash Cowboys will be cranking the tunes for infield guests on Saturday night of race weekend, but they won’t be the only band appearing at Talladega Superspeedway. Six bands will perform free concerts for guests in four overnight parks surrounding track property Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.
      Overnight Parks and Band Performing:
      Infield – LoCash Cowboys (Saturday, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      West B - Who So Ever (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      West C – Cross Country (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      Reserved South Park – The River (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      Free South Park – Renaissance (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      Free South Park – Thunder (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      North Park – Trackside the Band (Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
      For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.(TSS PR)(4-20-2009)

    • Talladega Superspeedway Donates 1,000 Tickets to Town of Samson In Wake of Tragedy: In front of the Samson City Hall Monday, Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey presented Mayor Clay King with 1,000 tickets to the April 26 Aaron's 499 in hopes of providing some relief and excitement to the devastated Geneva County town. Samson was the site of a horrific mass shooting on March 10 that left 11 people dead and an entire community grieving. King will first distribute tickets to the victims' families and public-safety personnel that responded to the shootings. Additional tickets will be held at City Hall for any residents that would like to attend the Aaron's 499.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-15-2009)

    • "The Big One" coming to Talladega: Race fans won't have to wait for the action on the track to heat up at Talladega Superspeedway to experience "The Big One"; they'll be able to order it anytime they want. A one-third pound hotdog served with a special Speedway Sauce, the Big One is part of a revamped menu designed to give race fans more concession options at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. Other new menu items include: Bama BBQ, Prime Rib Sandwiches, Nachos Grande and a half-pound Angus burger.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-15-2009)

    • LoCash Cowboys to Headline Free Infield Concert at Talladega: The roar of the engines from the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25 will be followed that evening by the roar of a free concert in the track’s infield, brought to you by the Bama Jam Music and Arts Festival, a Ronnie Gilley Entertainment Production. The country/rock duo LoCash Cowboys will headline the free event, which will be open to both Saturday and Sunday infield guests, including all infield campers. Sunday infield admission tickets will be sold in advance, for the first time ever, beginning Saturday, April 4. Those fans will be allowed access to the infield Saturday night in order to attend the concert. The opening act for LoCash Cowboys will be the winner of the BamaJam Battle of the Bands, to be held April 17-18 in Enterprise, Ala. Nearly three dozen bands are scheduled to compete in the two-day event at the Bama Slam Saloon. For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. You can purchase tickets online at www.bamajammusicfestival.com or by calling 1-877-4BAMAJAM (422-6252).(TSS PR)(4-11-2009)

    • Miss America to performing National Anthem at Talladega: Miss America 2009, Katie Stam, will perform the National Anthem prior to the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, in addition to appearing in the Dodge Speedway Sports Club and Pepsi Pit Tour Experience Zone hospitality areas on Sunday, April 26. Stam will also make a special appearance at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony earlier in the week, on Thursday, April 23. Talladega will be Stam’s first time attending a NASCAR race and the Indiana native is excited about visiting NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. Stam attends the University of Indianapolis and is pursuing a degree in Communications. Her career ambition is to become a television news reporter and anchor. Stam is also the National Goodwill Amabassador for Children’s Miracle Network and is the official spokesperson for Zerosmoke. For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(4-7-2009)

    • Workers Raise Pedestrian Bridge Over Talladega Superspeedway Main Entrance: Workers finished setting a pedestrian bridge over the Talladega Superspeedway main entrance last week. The 270-foot bridge used to span between the former Lincoln High and Elementary schools. The bridge was moved from its former location in nearby Lincoln, to its new home in front of the track in only two days. “The new pedestrian bridge is going to be a big help during the upcoming Aaron’s Dream Weekend,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “This should improve both the vehicle traffic flow coming in and out of the North Tunnel and the pedestrian traffic to and from the grandstands.” For tickets to the races, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(4-6-2009)

    • ‘Dega Bound? Talladega Superspeedway Fan Guide Available Online: Talladega Superspeedway has posted an electronic version of its 2009 Fan Guide on the track website for race fans attending the April 24-26 Aaron’s Dream Weekend. The Fan Guide is located at talladegasuperspeedway.com. Included in the Fan Guide are traffic maps, overnight parking maps, gate schedules, grandstand guidelines, fan policies and much more. Race fans that have specific questions concerning their trip to Talladega Superspeedway or need to purchase additional tickets are encouraged to call the ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(3-31-2009)

    • Talladega Reduces Single-Day Sunday Infield Admission Prices by 40%: Race fans that want to experience the infield at Talladega Superspeedway will be able to do so at a 40% discount over previous years. The regularly priced $70 Sunday infield admissions have been reduced to $40 for the Aaron’s 499 on April 26th. Infield admissions go on sale at 6 p.m. Saturday of race weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office and the Gate V9 ticket booth. Children 11 and under are admitted free of charge to the infield with a paid adult. In addition to reduced prices on infield admissions and grandstand seating, Talladega Superspeedway continues to offer free day parking on track property and free overnight parks. The track recently announced reduced prices at the concession stand as well. For more information, please call the Talladega Superpeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(3-28-2009)

    • Talladega Offering ‘Dega Dollars With Purchase of Sprint Cup Ticket: Talladega Superspeedway just found a way to feed fans’ wallets while helping fans feed their families…’Dega Dollars. For every $45 ‘Dega Dollar combo package purchased, race fans will receive a reserved seat in the Lincoln or Gadsden grandstands for the Aaron’s 499 plus 10 ‘Dega Dollars. This combo offers savings of approximately 45% from previous years’ prices, when a similar package could cost up to $85. ‘Dega Dollars spend like cash at all Americrown concession stands at Talladega Superspeedway and come at a great time for race fans. Just recently, Talladega Superspeedway announced the addition of Americrown combo meals that save fans up to 25%. Talladega Superspeedway continues to offer free day parking on track property and free overnight parks, so attending a race weekend is now more affordable than ever in recent history. To order ‘Dega Dollar packages, race fans should call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit the website at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(3-13-2009)

    • Talladega Rolls Out Monthly Payment Plan for Tickets: Talladega Superspeedway announced it is rolling out a monthly payment plan for customers, when tickets to the AMP Energy 500 go on sale to the general public this Saturday. The payment plan can be used for race tickets, including specially priced $40 AMP Energy 500 tickets, hospitality packages and overnight parking spaces. Track officials expect the monthly payment plan to help ease the financial burden on race fans faced with difficult economic times. The monthly payment plan allows race fans to make automatic payments for their ticket purchases with a debit or credit card, until August 1, 2009. The earlier race fans make their purchases, the more time they have to spread their payments out at lower monthly installments. After the first initial payment, each monthly installment will be automatically charged to the customer’s debit or credit card on the first of the month until August 1. To begin a payment plan, guests should call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. The payment plan and reduced tickets prices aren’t the only new features for the AMP Energy 500. The green flag for the “wild card” in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup waves on Nov.1, three weeks later than previous years. With the new date, the AMP Energy 500 is sure to shake up the championship standings as host to Race Number Seven in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tickets to the AMP Energy 500 and the upcoming Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24 -26, are available at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(3-7-2009)

    • Tallladega Revamps Concessions To Save Fans Money: First, Talladega Superspeedway offered fans the “Best Deal in 40 Years” by reducing more than 20,000 tickets to only $40. Now the track has partnered with Americrown Service Corporation to further reduce the cost of attending a race for fans, by dramatically reducing concession prices. Beginning in April, combo meals featuring a hamburger, fries and a drink will be packaged at nearly a 25% savings over the cost of the meal if each item were purchased separately. Another combo package featuring a hotdog instead of a hamburger, again offers a 25% savings. In addition to $40 tickets and reduced pricing at concession stands, Talladega Superspeedway continues to offer free day parking on track property and free overnight parks. Race fans should make plans now to experience part of Talladega’s history in 2009 during the triple-header, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24-26, featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.(TSS PR)(3-6-2009)

    • Overnight Parks Filling at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway is urging customers that intend to bring an RV to Talladega Superspeedway to act quickly and reserve their overnight parking spaces today. Several RV overnight parks have already sold-out and the remaining lots are filling fast. All reserved overnight parks outside the track open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday of race week (April 21st) and must be cleared by 11 a.m. Monday following the race. Guests will be required to show their race tickets and parking pass prior to entry and a valid ticket must be shown each time for admission. Reserved overnight parks with availability include:
      * West Park B – Located between Jackson Trace Rd and New Jackson Trace Rd., this overnight park is a short walk to the Souvenir/Display Area and the frontstretch grandstands. Price per spot $75.
      * Family Park – Located just outside Turns 1 and 2, this overnight park is closest to the free shower houses and the Allison Grandstands on the backstretch. Frontstretch ticket holders can ride the free tram to the frontstretch grandstands. Price per spot $85.
      * East Park – Located just off Speedway Blvd, this overnight park is for self-contained RVs and pull behinds only. Price per spot $110.
      * Champions Corner – Located just outside Turn 1, this overnight has a strict no-alcohol policy for park residents and guests. Each space features water hookups, gravel parking pads and morning newspaper delivery to your doorstep. Price per spot $280.
      * Legends Lane – Located just outside Turn 1, this park is for self-contained RVs and pull behinds only. It features gravel parking pads and water for each site and is close to the free shower houses. Price per spot $260.
      Overnight park reservations can be made by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(2-4-2009)

    • Talladega promotes George Dennis to Senior Director of Sales and Marketing: Talladega Superspeedway announced the promotion of George Dennis to Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. Dennis previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the track since his hiring on April 1, 2002. Dennis came to Talladega Superspeedway after previous experience as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Birmingham Barons baseball team and Special Events Coordinator for The Birmingham News. He is a 1996 graduate from Samford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. For information on tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(12-8-2008)

    • 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: Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,000, Right-side - 1,000;
      Nationwide: Left-side - 575, Right-side - 575

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4224

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 -- 50 psi

      Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this week . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this is the same left-side tire code (D-4138) that they ran at Talladega last season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4224) is new, featuring a mold and construction change compared to last year . . . the change was implemented to align this tire set-up with the one teams ran at the circuit's other restrictor plate track in Daytona in February . . . . . . for Nationwide teams, this is a completely different combination of left- and right-side tires that they ran at Talladega last season . . . this is the only track at which these tire codes are scheduled to be run in 2009 . . . 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.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • #64 car withdraws UPDATE: no reason given, but the NASCAR Talladega Entry list now shows the #64 Gunselman Motorsports entry that Geoff Bodine was to drive at Talladega, as withdrawn. See the entry list on my
    • Talladega Entry List page.
      UPDATE: After much thought, team owner Larry Gunselman has decided to withdraw the #64 Gunselman Motorsports Toyota from this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Because of the financial demands required to get a competitive restrictor-plate motor for Talladega, Gunselman decided to focus the team’s limited finances and instead put forth their fiscal and physical energy towards the next three races. After this weekend, the Sprint Cup Series visits Richmond, Darlington and Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The unsponsored team already has two engines for those tracks ensuring they will enter those races; but couldn’t afford to rent a plate motor for Talladega. “I hate, and I mean HATE, that we will not be in Talladega this weekend,” Gunselman said. “This wasn’t an easy decision by no means as we were hoping to have some kind of partnership on the car by now through our earlier efforts. I’m disappointed for myself, the team and Geoff Bodine because now he won’t get a chance to compete. Of all the go or go-homers, we are the final one in the standings that would make a race if qualifying rains out. While that’s good, it’s not good enough to take a chance on taking the team to Talladega without the proper motor. This team wants to race and put forth a full-race effort each week. This team is made of racers who want to compete. But, right now, we have to race smart with what we have and that means we can’t race this weekend.” While the team has found limited one-race sponsorships for some races, their goal is to have a multi-race deal in place to ensure they can be competitive. “We were hoping to attract a partner for $25,000 a race so we could be run races from start-to-finish. And, we are still looking to achieve that partnership with the right company right now. That’s what we need to be more competitive. Gunselman Motorsports offers a value that many other teams can’t and our goal right now is to find those companies who want to be part of racing on affordable terms. Here we are trying to save money by not going to Talladega and the hotel is still going to charge us for the three rooms for three nights down there. When we called the Budget Inn to tell them our situation, they basically said we couldn’t get out of them. So, if anyone wants some rooms for this weekend, I know where three are available less than two miles from the track.”(Gunselman Motorsports PR)(4-22-2009)

    • Morgan-McClure Motorsports set to return at Talladega: UPDATE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports is back. The team will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26 and will attempt to make the Aaron’s 499 with driver Eric McClure, sources said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway. The team will again field the #4 Chevy, with sponsorship from Hefty brand. If the Talladega race weekend goes well, a source said the team could attempt to make more races later in the season.(Scene Daily)(4-11-2009)
      UPDATE: Having not competed in Sprint Cup competition since the 2007 season finale, Morgan McClure Motorsports (MMM) will make a return to the circuit in two weeks as they attempt the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 2.66-mile speedway is home to four of their 14 Sprint Cup career victories. Nationwide Series regular Eric McClure, will join forces with MMM, piloting the famed #4 Chevy for the Aaron's 499 weekend. No stranger to MMM, the 30-year-old driver has competed in two Sprint Cup events and four Nationwide Series events for the organization, earning a best finish of 26th and 22nd respectively. The Hefty brand, featuring its Steel Sak waste bag, will serve as primary sponsor for the event and continue its relationship with McClure that began in 2006 and continues full-time in the Nationwide Series.(Eric McClure PR)(4-13-2009)
      IMAGE posted: see an image of the #4 Hefty/Walmart Chevy that McClure will run at Talladega on the #4 Team Schemes page.(4-13-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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