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THE RACE: Amp Energy Juice 500

TRACK: Talladega SuperSpeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #7 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, October 31, 2010 in Talladega. AL

  • Title Sponsor: Amp Energy Juice

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN2 - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 1 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

  • This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio

    • motorracingnetwork.com

    • sirius.com

    • Co-Anchors: Barry Hall, Joe Moore

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Winston Kelley, Steve Post, Woody Cain, Preston Root

    • Turn Announcers: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey, Alex Hayden


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, October 29, 2:00 - 2:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, October 29, 3:30-4:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 29, 1:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, October 30 at 12:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Bowyer wins at Talladega: #33-Clint Bowyer won the AMP Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for his 2nd win of 2010 and the 4th win of his career. #29-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #42-Montoya, #00-Reutimann, #20-Logano, #56-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, and #12-Keselowski.
    The race ended under caution after a big wreck just past the start-finish line on the white flag laps. NASCAR reviewed video tape before declaring Bowyer the winner. Harvick overcame a mid-race accident that tore up the front of the car, but the team was able to repair it. There were 87 lead changes [one behind the record of 88 set at Talladega in April] among 26 drivers and 7 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 110,000 down from 2009 which was 127,500.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, November 1 at 3:30am/et; and SPEED, Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00pm/et.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Talladega Race Results/Awards page.(10-31-2010)

  • Finishing Positions for the Chase drivers at Talladega:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 9th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 25th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 17th
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 31st
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 41st
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 30th
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 16th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 19th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, WON
    (10-31-2010)

  • Talladegae Facts and Notes:
    • Clint Bowyer won the Amp Energy Juice 500 Talladega Superspeedway. It was his fourth Cup series victory in his 178th start and his second win in 2010. It was his first victory at Talladega in 10 races there and his first victory at a restrictor-plate track.
    • Bowyer became the first repeat Chase winner in seven playoff races in 2010 (also won at New Hampshire).
    • Bowyer finished in the top 10 in both 2010 Talladega races.
    • Bowyer became the third different winner in four restrictor-plate races in 2010 (Kevin Harvick, two; Jamie McMurray, one; Bowyer, one).
    • It was Bowyer's 17th top-10 finish in 33 races in 2010.
    • Bowyer led nine times for 19 laps.
    • Sunday was the 18th time the Talladega race was settled by a last-lap pass and the seventh time that happened in the past 11 races.
    • Richard Childress Racing posted its 94th Cup series win, seventh on the all-time wins list. RCR scored its fifth win in 2010 and 11th victory at Talladega, the most by any team.
    • RCR won three of four restrictor-plate races in 2010, including both Talladegas.
    • Chevrolet posted its 18th win in 2010 and 36th victory at Talladega, including 20 of the past 24 races.
    • The top 10 included five Chevrolets, four Toyotas and one Dodge.
    • Kevin Harvick (second) scored top-10 finishes in all four restrictor-plate races in 2010, the only driver to do so. He extended a 20-race streak of running at the finish, the longest current streak by a driver with no Talladega DNFs. Harvick scored victories in two of the four 2010 restrictor-plate races: Talladega (April) and Daytona (July).
    • Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted top-10 finishes in three of the four restrictor-plate races in 2010.
    • David Reutimann (fourth) scored top-15 finishes in all four restrictor-plate races in 2010.
    • Joey Logano (fifth) scored his third top-10 finish in four races at Talladega.
    • Elliott Sadler (14th) has led at least one lap in the past 16 Talladega races, the longest current streak.
    • Brad Keselowski finished 10th in his 50th career Cup series race.
    • Tony Stewart finished 31st in his 425th career race, all starts being consecutive.(ESPN)(11-1-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Clint Bowyer won the AMP Energy Juice 500 (42nd Running), his fourth victory in 178 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 10 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    This is Richard Childress Racing's 11th victory at Talladega, most among car owners.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 23rd top-10 finish in 2010.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-31-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 33 of 36, Chase Race 7 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6149
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [7 wins], 6135, -14
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6111, -38
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5942, -207
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5919, -230
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 5902, -247
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5832, -317
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5825, -324
    9) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5799, -350
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5797, -352
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5788, -361
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 5782, -367
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 5932, -217 would be 5th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Talladega, race 33 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick(x), 4804
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(x), 4516, -288
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(x), 4435, -369
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin(x), 4417, -387
    5) #18-Kyle Busch(x), 4384, -420
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(x), 4329, -475
    7) #14-Tony Stewart(x), 4239, -565
    8) #31-Jeff Burton(x), 4187, -617
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth(x), 4171, -633
    10) #2-Kurt Busch(x), 4116, -688
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer(x), 4003, -801
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3976, -828
    13) #16-Greg Biffle(x), 3955, -849
    14) #5-Mark Martin, 3937, -867
    15) #39-Ryan Newman, 3883, -921
    16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3866, -938
    (x) chase drivers
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. With the #38 team missing the race, the #71 team is now 116 points ahead of the #38, up from 47 pts ahead of 36th entering Talladega.
    33) #37-Gilliland/Front Row, 2405, +148
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM, 2387, +130
    35) #71-McCumbee/TRG: 2373, 116 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 2257, -116 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Elliott/Latitude43: 2156, -217
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Talladega:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #87, 38, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #43, 69, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #43, 70, Running the stop and go sign/light, 1 lap back
    #17, 113, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
    #88, 134, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #29, 141, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #39, 141, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #77, 142, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
    #9, 142, Non-compliant refueling (overflow container), tail end
    #34, 142, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #37, 142, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #47, 142, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #46, 152, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #47, 152, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #34, 164, Safety violation, pit
    #87, 181, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #87, 181, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-31-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Gordon, 18th
    Caution 2: #39-Newman, 23rd
    Caution 3: #11-Hamlin, 9th
    Caution 4: #43-Allmendinger, 32nd
    Caution 5: #14-Stewart, 31st
    Caution 6: none, race ended
    Caution 7: none, race ended
    (10-31-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Talladega (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #97-Fuller, 2 laps run
    42nd: #36-Blaney, 12 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #97 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(10-31-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Talladega: The selections of pit stalls for the Amp Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway have been made. Pole sitter #42-Montoya chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #33-Bowyer took pit stall 17, the second with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #2-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the first with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #71-McCumbee, who starts 22nd.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(10-30-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Amp Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 31, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et on ESPN2; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 1 at 3:30am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Montoya wins pole at Talladega: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Pole for the Amp Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 184.640mph for his 3rd pole of 2010 and 5th of his career. #33-Bowyer will start 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #87-Nemechek, #31-Burton, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #36-Blaney, #39-Newman, #13-Mears, and #77-Hornish.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #87-Nemechek, #36-Blaney, #13-Mears, #97-Fuller, #46-McDowell, #55-Waltrip, #09-Labonte, and #26-Elliott [who used the past champions provisional].
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #64-Cassill, #38-Kvapil, and #66-Sauter.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Talladega Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(10-30-2010)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Talladega:
    Only three of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the Amp Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 19th
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 32nd
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 31st
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 23rd
    7) #14-Tony Stewart, 27th
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 5th
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 3rd
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 26th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 34th
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2nd
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-30-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Talladega:
    Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AMP Energy Juice 500 (42nd Running) with a lap of 51.863 seconds/184.640 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 142 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2010. He is now one pole short of the season lead, held by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray (four).
    This is his second pole in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2010 and his second in 10 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 15th in 33 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-30-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Amp Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 12:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 12:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Happy Hour for the AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top-5, slowest and notes:
    #5-Martin 197.814
    #31-Burton 197.794
    #2-Busch 197.794
    #11-Hamlin 197.647
    #00-Reutimann 197.631
    slowest: #38-Kvapil 179.699 & #66-Sauter 177.248. 37 drivers have been on track.
    no speed: #56-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #42-Montoya, #33-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #12-Keselowski, #1-McMurray
    notes: several drivers pleased with their runs during the first practice, skipped Happy Hour.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, fastest 10-lap average, laps run on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-29-2010)

  • Talladega practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 13th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 26th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 28th
    #46-Michael McDowell, 29th
    #13-Casey Mears, 30th
    #97-Jeff Fuller, 32nd
    #55-Micheal Waltrip, 33rd
    #64-Landon Cassill, 34th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #26-Bill Elliott [PC2], 35th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 36th
    #66-Johnny Sauter, 37th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Friday's First practice for the AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 45 schedule minutes, the top-5, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 201.664
    #18-Busch 201.109
    #1-McMurray 197.684
    #24-Gordon 197.663
    #48-Johnson 196.338mph
    slowest: #37-Kvapil 180.132 & #64-Cassill 179.743
    no speed: #97-Fuller, #66-Sauter
    notes: Drivers are practicing in the draft because this weekend's race an impound race and cars can't be worked on after qualifying Saturday morning.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, fastest 10-lap average, laps run on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-29-2010)

  • Talladega practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 37th
    #46-Michael McDowell, 38th
    #13-Casey Mears, 39th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 40th
    #55-Micheal Waltrip, 41st
    #26-Bill Elliott [PC2], 42nd
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 43rd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #64-Landon Cassill, 44th
    #66-Johnny Sauter, no speed
    #97-Jeff Fuller, no speed
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Qualifying Order for the Amp Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted. 46 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 #39-Newman.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Cassill with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #26-Elliott.
    See the full qualifying order on the Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-29-2010)

  • Some Chassis selections for Talladega Speedway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1009 to Talladega this weekend, the same chassis that led 27 laps and finished second in the Spring Talladega event.
    #2-Kurt Busch: Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and crew will be racing their "PRS-632" Miller Lite Dodge Charger at Talladega this weekend. This is the same chassis that the team debuted in February at Daytona. They raced it in the Gatorade Duel #2 (started third and finished fourth) and the Daytona 500 (started 10th and finished 23rd). In its most recent outing, Busch drove from a ninth-place start to an eighth-place finish in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. It was one of Busch's most impressive runs as he made up a lap and 24 positions during the 12 "overtime" laps of the race.
    #5-Mark Martin: Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #5-577 for Sunday's restrictor-plate race. This chassis never has been raced or tested.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-691 Last ran Daytona - finished 38th. Backup: RK-665 Last ran Talladega in the fall of '09 as the No. 26 - finished first
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-639 during Sunday's AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #12 fleet.
    #14-Tony Stewart: #14-532: This car debuted in February 2009 during Daytona Speedweeks where it served as the team's primary machine for the Daytona 500. Chassis #14-532's first race of any kind was the Gatorade Duel qualifying race. There, it started sixth and led two laps before finishing second to race-winner Jeff Gordon. But during final practice before the season-opening Daytona 500, Chassis #14-532 was caught up in an accident. With the damage too significant to fix at the track, the team was forced to use a backup racecar for the Daytona 500. Fully repaired, #No. 14-532 returned to action in April at Talladega for its first career, point-paying start. There, it qualified 29th and finished 23rd. The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona marked the car's third career start, and it was a dandy. It started first when qualifying was rained-out and the field was set by car owner points. It then went on to lead nine times for a race-high 86 laps en route to victory. Chassis No. 14-532 was used in the final restrictorplate race of the season at Talladega, where it was caught up in a late-race accident and finished 35th, delivering Stewart's first DNF in 55 races. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, it served as a backup at this year's three previous restrictor-plate races, and will make its first start of 2010 Sunday at Talladega.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-690 (last run at Talladega)
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis #681 for this weekend's event. This particular Ford was last utilized Daytona in the July event at that venue.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #24- 576 for Sunday's race at Talladega. Gordon first raced this car to a 10th-place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February for the first Gatorade Duel 150 event. He also raced it last April at Talladega, where he finished 22nd, and in July at Daytona, where he finished third.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis #237 from the RCR stable. This Chevy has gone two for two this year, scoring the win in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February and the Aaron's 499 at Talladega in April.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis #312 from the RCR stable in this weekend's 500 miler. Built new this season, Burton drove this #31 racer to a fifth-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will race Chassis #294 from the RCR stable. Built brand new for the 2010 season, this #33 racer was piloted to a fourth-place finish in the season opening Daytona 500.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: The #42 Target team will bring chassis #902 to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. This chassis was used at the first Talladega and Daytona events this year as well as all four superspeedway events last season. Montoya captured the pole for the spring Talladega event last season and has started in the top-10 for four of the six events. He has three top-10 finishes with this chassis including third at the first 2010 Talladega event.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis #682 for this weekend's event at Talladega Superspeedway. This is the team's favorite superspeedway car and is the same one the #43 crew has prepared for all three of the previous superspeedway races this season.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot brand new chassis #618 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. Back up chassis #482 was driven to a sixth-place result at Talladega last November.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-563 for this weekend's AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega. This chassis first was raced to a second-place finish in the Daytona 500 in February.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis #548 for this weekend's event. This is the same Ford that the team ran in the first event at Talladega Superspeedway this season. Menard started 18th and finished 25th in that event.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-692 last raced at Daytona in July, finished sixth
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(10-29-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Amp Energy Juice 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(39/32)
    #13-Casey Mears (38/32)
    #26-Bill Elliott (2009 race winner as owner)(1988 Champ)(37/32)
    #36-Dave Blaney (40/32)
    #38-David Gilliland (36/32)
    #46-Michael McDowell (42/32)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (43/32)
    #64-Landon Cassill (46/20)
    #66-Johnny Sauter (44/32)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/32)
    #97-Jeff Fuller (63/1)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,38,13,36,87,46,55
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 66,64,97
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List.(10-25-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. BUT the #7 team had Robby Gordon back in the car and his 22nd place finish jump the #7 up to 34th and the #71 is 35th now, but is 47 pts ahead of 36th, 27 more points then last week.
    33) #37-Gilliland/Front Row, 2341, +112
    34) #7-Gordon-Conway/RGM, 2278, +49
    35) #71-Sadler/TRG: 2276, 47 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 2229, -47 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Schrader/Latitude43: 2113, -163
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(10-24-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 32 of 36, Chase Race 6 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 5998
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [7 wins], 5992, -6
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5936, -62
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5826, -172
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5795, -203
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 5785, -213
    7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5762, -236
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 5752, -246
    9) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5721, -277
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5705, -293
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5682, -316
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5592, -406
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 5742, -150 would be 9th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-24-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Martinsville, race 32 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick(x), 4629
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(x), 4365, -264
    3) #18-Kyle Busch(x), 4291, -338
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon(x), 4288, -341
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin(x), 4274, -355
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(x), 4212, -417
    7) #14-Tony Stewart(x), 4169, -460
    8) #31-Jeff Burton(x), 4142, -487
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth(x), 4051, -578
    10) #2-Kurt Busch(x), 4038, -591
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3916, -827
    12) #16-Greg Biffle(x), 3849, -713
    13) #33-Clint Bowyer(x), 3813, -780
    14) #5-Mark Martin, 3802, -816
    15) #39-Ryan Newman, 3789, -933
    16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3696, -840
    (x) chase drivers
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-24-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • A Record Fit for a King: Richard "The King" Petty won twice in 46 Talladega starts. But his two wins managed to set an unusual record. The first win came on August 11, 1974. The second came on May 1, 1983, setting the mark for longest stretch between wins at the 2.66-mile oval.(10-2-2004)

  • Slowest Cup race ever at Talladega 2004: A track record 11 caution periods over 55 laps caused the average speed to be 129.396mph, the slowest in a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup race at Talladega. The record (130.892) was set in 1975 in a race won by Buddy Baker.(4-27-2004)

  • October 2009 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather

  • April 2010 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 47 years, 7 months, 13 days, 4/25/2004

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002

  • October 2009 Race Winner: #26-Jamie McMurray, 157.213mph, started 22nd

  • April 2010 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 150.590mph, started 4th

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 4, Joe Nemechek

  • Most Top 5s - All Time: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 5s - Active Driver : 13 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s - All Time: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s - Active Driver: 23 - Mark Martin

  • Most Lead Changes: 88 - 4/25/2010

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

  • Most Leaders: 29 - 4/25/2010

  • 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 and Brad Keselowski, 4/26/2009, 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: 36 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 82] 15.853%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • 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: 3
  • 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: 2
  • 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: 48 of 82 - 58.537%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 82 - 71.951%

  • 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 race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.
    · The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    · Fourth repaving completed on Sept. 19, 2006.
    · There have been 82 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season, which had just one.
    · Richard Brickhouse won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    · Bobby Isaac won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in September 1969. Isaac won the first three poles there.
    · 35 different drivers have won poles.
    · Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles.
    · 40 different drivers have posted victories, led by Dale Earnhardt Sr. (10); 18 drivers have won more than once. Kevin Harvick won his first Talladega race this past April.
    · Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in victories, with six.
    · Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing each have 10 wins, more than any other organization.
    · 31 of 81 races have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole; 23 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. The most recent driver to win from the pole was Jeff Gordon in 2007 (spring).
    · The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
    · Mark Martin’s pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for the fastest race ever. 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), 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.
    · Since the inception of electronic scoring in 1993, every race that has ended under green has had a margin of victory under half a second. In April, the MOV was 0.011 seconds, the second-closest margin at Talladega.
    · There have been 101 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Alabama.
    · 65 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Alabama.
    · There have been seven race winners from Alabama in NASCAR’s three national series.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Jamie McMurray Dale Earnhardt Sr Hall of Fame Tribute Special #1 Team Schemes Page
    #2-Kurt Busch Miller Lite / Operation Homefront #2 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan UPS We Love Logistics #6 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Manheim none...yet
    #18-Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard #24 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Realtree none...yet
    #31-Jeff Burton Cat Financial Special #31 Team Schemes Page
    #33-Clint Bowyer BB&T #33 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Valvoline #43 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Kleenex-Clorox #47 Team Schemes Page
    #55-Michael Waltrip Aaron's 50th Anniversary #55 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr Legend of Hallowdega #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Menards / Serta #98 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Subway #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Cat Financial on the #31: Cat Financial's associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy kicks into high gear this weekend as Burton and the #31 team transform their track-type tractor #31 Caterpillar Chevy into a primarily yellow, red and black Cat Financial racing machine for the Talladega 500. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation is the financial arm of Caterpillar Inc., a Fortune 50 company, a technology leader and the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, natural gas and diesel engines, and industrial gas turbines.(RCR), See an image of the car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(10-28-2010)

  • Love of Logistics on the #6 at Dega: UPS will bring its love of logistics to NASCAR as the company spotlights its newest advertising and communications campaign, "We Love Logistics," on the #6 UPS Ford piloted by David Ragan during this weekend's Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. UPS launched the global campaign last month, but the Talladega race will mark the debut of 'We Love Logistics' iconography and messaging on the race car and in other elements of the company's racing program. The broader campaign focuses on UPS's unique ability to help companies of any size harness the power of logistics to drive growth, improve efficiencies and enhance customer relationships. But logistics also plays an important role in motorsports. The dedicated logistics paint scheme in Talladega is a completely new look for the shipping leader. The addition of blue and green to the traditional brown and gold look on the car is symbolic of the multiple services UPS can provide customers.(Just Marketing / UPS PR)see an image of the car on my #6 team paint schemes page.(10-27-2010)

  • Manheim on the #16: Manheim will be on the hood of the #16 3M Ford this weekend. Manheim was established more than 65 years ago as a wholesale vehicle auction operation and is the world's largest provider of vehicle remarketing services.(Roush Fenway)(10-27-2010)

  • Realtree to Sponsor #29 Team at Talladega: Realtree, the creator and marketer of the world's most versatile camo patterns, will be the primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing's #29 Chevy team with driver Kevin Harvick for the Oct. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Realtree, based in Columbus, Ga., began its involvement with RCR in 1997 on the #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy teams with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. It began its relationship with Harvick at RCR in 1999 and continues today as an associate sponsor of the #29 team. In addition, Realtree president Bill Jordan and RCR president and CEO Richard Childress have been personal friends for decades through racing and their love of the outdoors. "It's great to have Bill Jordan and Realtree on board next weekend," said Harvick. "They have sponsored me at RCR since 1999, when I ran the ARCA Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, so I look forward to driving the No. 29 Realtree Chevrolet in the Chase at Talladega."(RCR)(10-22-2010)

  • Special scheme for Kurt Busch: Miller Lite is announced a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps troops in need. Miller Lite Racing, in its third year of supporting to the organization, is also encouraging consumers to donate and send thank-you postcards to military members. “Operation Homefront does an incredible job of driving awareness to the needs of military members and their families,” said Grant Leech, vice president of marketing for Miller Lite. “The men and women of our armed services, and their families, make incredible sacrifices every day. All of us at Miller Lite are proud to show our appreciation, and we hope everyone who enjoys the great taste of Miller Lite will also make a contribution to Operation Homefront.”
    Consumers can visit www.MillerLite.com/vets to make a donation and visit participating Miller Lite retailers to write thank-you postcards, which will then be sent to local Operation Homefront chapters. Additionally, the # 2 Miller Lite Dodge, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title contender Kurt Busch, will feature a special Operation Homefront paint scheme for each race between October 3 and November 7, including a full-car takeover for the November 7 Texas race. “The Operation Homefront paint scheme shows the racing world that Miller Lite is a strong supporter of the military,” said Busch. “And on a personal level, I’m proud to drive this car. I’m hoping to revisit Victory Lane several times in it, just as I did in Texas last year. And I hope all the fans of the Blue Deuce will chip in, too.”(Tom Roberts PR)(10-1-2010)

  • Aaron’s To Sponsor Michael Waltrip at Talladega: Aaron’s, Inc. will sponsor driver Michael Waltrip at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 31 as part of its 55th anniversary celebration. The two-time Daytona 500 champion and former Talladega winner returns to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving the #55 Toyota fielded by his Michael Waltrip Racing organization. Waltrip drove the Aaron’s 55th anniversary paint scheme at Talladega in April in a Toyota fielded by Prism Motorsports. He started last but led laps 31-34 before a multi-car crash ended his race. Waltrip also finished 18th in the 2010 Daytona 500. “If the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced every weekend at Talladega and Daytona I’d still be driving full-time,” laughed Waltrip. “That’s how much I like those tracks and restrictor plate racing. The only place better than sitting in the stands or watching a restrictor plate race on television is behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota.” Aaron’s sponsorship of this race program is designed to develop awareness of Aaron’s 55th Anniversary Super Sweepstakes with scratch-off chances to win every month through November 2010 and grand prize drawings in December including multiple chances to win a Toyota Camry Hybrid. People may pick up a game card each month at any of Aaron’s 1,700+ stores. And they should register their game cards each month at Aarons.com/55.(MWR), see images of the scheme on my #55 Team Schemes page.(9-2-2010)

  • Hunt Brothers to sponsor Sadler: looks like Hunt Brothers Pizza, who sponsored Richard Petty Motorsports on the #44 car in 2009, will return in 2010, sponsoring Elliott Sadler for six races on the #19 Ford:
    Atlanta (3/7)
    Texas (4/18)
    Darlington (5/8)
    All-Star Race (5/22)
    Bristol (8/21) and
    Talladega (10/31).
    See images on my #19 Team Schemes page.(1-12-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Ronald Sturm, Mike Mock, Annette Zablocki, Cindy Mullican, Ronald Pomasl, Thomas Cavalli, Jared Schaefer, Rusty Hagenbuch, John Sheehan, Chris Cobb, Shawn Garrison - AMP Energy Juice Consumer Promotional Winners
    Command to start engines: Ronald Sturm, Mike Mock, Annette Zablocki, Cindy Mullican, Ronald Pomasl, Thomas Cavalli, Jared Schaefer, Rusty Hagenbuch, John Sheehan, Chris Cobb, Shawn Garrison - AMP Energy Juice Consumer Promotional Winners
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Paul Birkett - Vice President of Energy, Pepsi Cola North America Beverages
    Invocation: Randy Norris - Alabama Raceway Ministries and Pastor of Church at Ross Station in Hoover, AL
    National Anthem: Josh Gracin
    Military Flyover: F-22s, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Websites:
    Talladega SuperSpeedway
    ISC Motorsports
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  • Press Box at Talladega Superspeedway Named Jim Hunter Memorial Press Box: Jim Hunter began his long association with NASCAR as a member of the media. So in the wake of Hunter's death on Friday at age 71, Talladega Superspeedway feels it is a fitting tribute to rename the track's press box in his honor. Hunter began his career as a sportswriter, with stints as the sports editor of the Columbia (S.C.) Record and as a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also wrote several books, including a biography of legendary NASCAR driver David Pearson. Hunter eventually left the newspaper business and worked as the public relations director for both Talladega Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway. In 1983 he joined NASCAR as the Vice President of Administration. Hunter returned to Darlington Raceway as the track president in 1993. He remained there until 2001, when he became an executive with NASCAR, working as the Vice President of Corporate Communications. Over the years Hunter developed a reputation as a person who could interact smoothly with NASCAR officials, drivers and members of the media who covered the sport.(TSS)(10-31-2010)

  • NASCAR concerned about high speeds: UPDATE: Two drivers exceeded 201 mph in the first Sprint Cup practice Friday, causing concern by NASCAR officials. Denny Hamlin turned a lap at 201.664 mph in the #11 Toyota, and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was second at 201.109 mph in the #18 Toyota. Typically, NASCAR makes a rule change and uses a smaller restrictor plate at Daytona or Talladega if speeds approach 200 mph or more. "We'll take a look at it," said Kerry Tharp, NASCAR's director of communications. "It may just have been an odd situation in the draft for that particular practice session. We hope we don't have to make a change." The top speed in the final practice session Friday was much slower, 197.814 mph by Mark Martin. This is an impound race, meaning only minor alterations are allowed on the cars after qualifying Saturday morning. There is no Saturday practice session. If NASCAR decides to change the restrictor plate, it wouldn't happen until Saturday morning. NASCAR is using the same rules package this weekend that produced a record 88 lead changes among 29 different leaders in the April race at Talladega.(ESPN.com)(10-30-2010)
    UPDATE: NASCAR was comfortable enough with the speeds in practice Friday that it will not change the restrictor plates for the Amp Energy Juice 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If NASCAR wanted to make a change, it likely would have done it when the garage opened Saturday morning prior to inspection for qualifying. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said he was OK with the speeds Friday, which did include a two-car draft of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch that allowed the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to turn a lap of 201 mph. No one else cracked 198 mph. Hamlin and Busch were on new tires and were catching a pack of cars, which possibly increased their speed. In the race, two cars working together will start in a pack and then pull away with the nose of the second car pushing the rear of the first car around the track.(Scene Daily)(10-30-2010)

  • Rules package unchanged at Talladega: The rules package that resulted in a record number of lead changes in last April's race at Talladega will again be in place for Sunday's AMP Energy Juice 500. Restrictor-plate openings that are 15/16ths of an inch in diameter will remain while the car's rear spoiler with the 70 degrees, 63 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall.(CBS Sports)(10-28-2010)

  • Talladega prerace officials announced: Fresh off a Saturday night concert in the infield that's open to race fans with a Sunday ticket, Josh Gracin will return to the stage to perform the national anthem prior the AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Members of the US Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officers Academy - Senior Master Sargeant Shane Warye, Senior Master Sargeant Scot Divish and Master Sargeant Roger Alves, will perform the anthem prior to the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred's. Additional AMP Energy Juice 500 Dignitaries: Grand Marshals - Ronald Sturm, Mike Mock, Annette Zablocki, Cindy Mullican, Ronald Pomasl, Thomas Cavalli, Jared Schaefer, Rusty Hagenbuch, John Sheehan, Chris Cobb, Shawn Garrison - AMP Energy Juice Consumer Promotional Winners; Honorary Starter - Paul Birkett - Vice President of Energy, Pepsi Cola North America Beverages; Invocation - Randy Norris -Alabama Raceway Ministries and Pastor of Church at Ross Station in Hoover, AL.(TSS)(10-27-2010)

  • Dale Jr. and DW to appear in film about Talladega: Award-winning filmmaker Terry Gilliam will premiere his short film The Legend of Hallowdega starring David Arquette and Justin Kirk with special appearances by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip and more on Oct. 31st.
    The film, produced by AMP Energy Juice and @radical.media, will premiere on Halloween Sunday with the first chapter to debut on ESPN just prior to the start of the AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Starting Halloween night, the film will be available in its entirety on www.LegendofHallowdega.com. The Legend of Hallowdega is the first short film for both Gilliam and AMP Energy Juice.
    The comedy, The Legend of Hallowdega, explores the mysteries around Talladega Superspeedway as the host of an investigative news show (Justin Kirk) joins forces with a techno-geek paranormal expert (David Arquette) to dodge close calls and chase crazy leads to get to the bottom of The Legend of Hallowdega.(NASCAR.com)(10-17-2010)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Establishing Fan Advisory Network: Talladega Superspeedway announced it is establishing a Fan Advisory Network (FAN) to gain insight on race fan interactions with the track, from the ticket buying process all the way through to the exit procedures after a race. Race fans that would like to participate in the Fan Advisory are encouraged to download an application at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/tssfan. FAN committee members will begin their duties in January 2011. Members will be asked to meet four (4) times per year; each event weekend and two (2) other dates to be determined. In addition to four annual meetings, Talladega Superspeedway will host multiple teleconferences. The idea is to allow race fans to share thoughts and ideas with the track, while the committee can serve as a focus group for the track when considering facility upgrades and more. More info at talladegasuperspeedway.com/tssfan (TSS)(9-21-2010)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Is Getting Juiced For Fall Weekend: The AMP Energy 500 is getting a wake up call this year, with the addition of 100% juice. The race has been renamed the AMP Energy Juice 500 to promote new AMP Energy Juice, which has all the power of AMP Energy in a 100% juice formula. A new alternative that ignites and kick starts the day, AMP Energy Juice contains all the power of AMP Energy, while also providing an excellent source of B and C vitamins. Made with a stimulating blend of taurine, ginseng, guarana and no sugar added, the new AMP Energy Juice is a great option for those looking for solutions to get a boost of energy. For tickets and more info call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(9-16-2010)

  • Fans Vote Kahne & Paschal To Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame: The fans have spoken... and Kasey Kahne and Jim Paschal will be the next drivers enshrined to the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR’s greatest names and a tribute to one of racing’s brightest stars – the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans’ vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines.
    This year’s active driver nominee, Kasey Kahne, has thrived in the NASCAR ranks, but his early career began in open-wheel cars. Hailing from Enumclaw, Wash., Kahne tore through the open-wheel world earning a 2000 USAC Midget Series championship and National Midget Driver of the Year honors. His success caught the attention of owners in NASCAR and in 2002 he made his rookie campaign in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2004 he raced his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, earning the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title and finished 13th in the driver point standings. His most successful season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came in 2006 when he won six races and six pole awards to finish eighth in the final season standings. Now in his seventh year at the Sprint Cup level campaigning for Richard Petty Motorsports, Kahne has amassed 11 career wins and 18 career pole awards.
    Inactive driver nominee, James Roy Paschal, Jr. known to fans as Jim Paschal, was a driver during NASCAR’s formative years. Originally from Highpoint, North Carolina, Paschal competed in his first race at the Charlotte Fairgrounds on June 19, 1949. He won 25 races and 12 poles during his 23-year career. He won the World 600 twice, now known as the Coca Cola 600, in 1964 and 1967. His remaining wins came on short tracks, less than a mile and a half in length. He competed in his last race in 1972, shortly after; Paschal was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. Paschal passed away in 2004 at the age of 77.
    Past active driver inductees have included Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte and Morgan Shepherd. Richard Petty and Benny Parsons were the first inactive drivers to be inducted, later joined by Alan Kulwicki, Cale Yarborough, Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Harry Gant, Lee Petty, Tim Flock, Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Red Byron, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Fonty Flock, Herb Thomas, Terry Labonte, Rex White and Jack Smith.
    The first inductees – “ Alabama Gang” drivers Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett – were inducted by decree of the board.
    In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway. For additional information, visit www.talladegawalk.com.
    Will more NASCAR history be made when NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the AMP Energy 500 weekend? Race fans will have to be here to find out. NASCAR action returns with the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Race Number Seven in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the AMP Energy 500, Oct. 29 - 31. To experience it all, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(9-12-2010)

  • Talladega Offers Kid’s Free in Allison Grandstands: Talladega Superspeedway announced that kid’s 11 and under will be admitted free to select rows in the Allison Grandstands for the AMP Energy 500 weekend. “The Allison Grandstands are one of the best values in all of motorsports,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “With the tough economy weighing most heavily on families, we are looking to make it more affordable than ever to experience the excitement of Talladega Superspeedway.” Children 11 and under are free in the Allison Grandstands on Saturday for the Mountain Dew 250 and free in rows 1-5 and only $10 in all other rows of the Allison Grandstands on Sunday for the AMP Energy 500. Adult two-day Saturday and Sunday tickets are only $49. For more information on these special offers check out www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. To reserve kid’s seating, race fans must call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Kid’s seating must be reserved in advance.(TSS)(8-29-2010)

  • 2011 Brings Schedule Change For Talladega Superspeedway: The 2011 NASCAR season brings a slight change to Talladega Superspeedway’s place in the schedule. The Aaron’s Dream Weekend will be April 15 - 17 (one week early because of the Easter holiday) and the fall race weekend moves off Halloween weekend to Oct. 21 – 23. The 2011 Aaron’s Dream Weekend will feature qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, followed by the ARCA Racing Series 250 race on Friday, April 15. Dakoda Armstrong won this race in 2010 to secure his first Talladega Superspeedway victory. On Saturday, April 16, fans will see qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, followed by the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Then on Sunday, April 17, the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    The 2011 fall weekend will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, followed by qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, Oct. 21. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be set during qualifying, followed by the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series battling it out in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. On Sunday, Oct. 23, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. For information on tickets to Talladega Superspeedway, guests should call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(8-19-2010)

  • Why are two cars faster then one at Talladega? see a post at Fasttrack RC: Talladega Pas de Deux: why two is the magic number at 'Dega and Talladega Pas de Deux: why two is the magic number at 'Dega, part 2 by Jeff Thompson.(4-26-2010)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side - 1,000
    Right-side - 1,000

    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

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Talladega this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams ran at Talladega earlier this season . . . it is also the same tire set-up that teams in each of NASCAR's top three divisions ran at the track in 2009 . . . this is the only track at which either of these two Goodyear tire codes will be run in 2010 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile 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.


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