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QUALIFYING for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega

  • Qualifying is OVER

  • Cup Qualifying at Talladega: Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled to start at 4:05pm/et on Friday, April 4th, will be televised via tape on the FX Network at 8:00pm/et [no re-air date/time found]

    Qualifying can be heard on radio via MRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144 (Subscription Required).

    and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, TrackPass.(4-4-2003)


  • 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 2002 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 186.532, finished 7th.

  • Fastest Practice Speed on Friday: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 187.060 (goes out 27th of 46 drivers)


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Grandstand Seating: 143,000

  • Track Homepage: Talladega Super Speedway

  • Restrictor Plate Chart


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

  • Pole Progression at Talladega: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #12-Ryan Newman, 1st out to qualify, 185.409, starts 8th
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 2nd out, 186.166, starts 2nd
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 6th out, 186.489, starts on the pole
    (4-4-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they?and where do they start?
    #0-Jack Sprague, 184.391, starts 20th
    #14-Larry Foyt, 180.884, missed the race, DNQ
    #16-Greg Biffle, 183.091, starts 33rd
    #41-Casey Mears, 185.298, starts 10th
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 184.808, starts 14th
    #74-Tony Raines, 181.994, starts 43rd provisional.(4-4-2003)

  • Some Qualifying Notes: Kyle Petty qualified the #45 Dodge.(4-4-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy (15 cars) - #29-Kevin Harvick 186.166, starts 2nd
    Dodge (15) - #19-Jeremy Mayfield 186.489, on the pole
    Ford (11) - #38-Elliott Sadler 186.047, starts 3rd
    Pontiac (5) - #32-Ricky Craven 184.801, starts 15th
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(4-4-2003)

  • Green and Foyts runs disallowed, Green is now out of the lineup, Mike Wallace is in: #60-David Green, driving a Hendrick Motorsports-owned Chevrolet, ran 185.924 mph and would have started sixth on Sunday. But NASCAR disallowed the time after the car's rear end was found to be too low after the lap. That knocked Green entirely out of the field and allowed Mike Wallace, who otherwise would have gone home, to get the 36th spot - the last one available based on speed. Larry Foyt's #14 Dodge was also ruled too low..(ThatsRacin.com)(4-4-2003)


    Qualifying after ALL of 46 drivers:

    qualifying order is all out of wack as inspections
    are taking quite some time for some cars

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Best
    Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    1 7 6 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 186.489 185.294 10 1.195 29
    2 2 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 186.166 184.715 18 1.451 10
    3 23 12 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 186.047 186.253 5 -0.206 20
    4 11 8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 186.021 186.532 4 -0.511 6
    5 42 42 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 185.956 185.535 9 0.421 33
    6 12 13 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 185.743 183.210 40 2.533 19
    7 29 29 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 185.549 186.681 2 -1.132 5
    8 1 1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 185.409 184.573 20 0.836 8
    9 40 31 6 Mark Martin Ford 185.380 183.927 27 1.453 13
    10 25 27 41 Casey Mears Dodge 185.298 185.022 14 0.276 34
    11 30 32 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 185.179 185.960 6 -0.781 24
    12 36 34 1 Steve Park Chevy 185.176 184.200 24 0.976 26
    13 27 28 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.840 187.060 1 -2.220 3
    14 8 21 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 184.808 185.065 12 -0.257 22
    15 4 4 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac 184.801 184.438 22 0.363 9
    16 21 19 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 184.729 185.776 7 -1.047 4
    17 28 25 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 184.494 184.583 19 -0.089 16
    18 43 43 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 184.484 184.808 16 -0.324 15
    19 22 26 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.477 184.726 17 -0.249 7
    20 16 18 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 184.391 184.544 21 -0.153 37
    21 38 38 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.267 185.158 11 -0.891 38
    22 44 44 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 184.232 183.600 33 0.632 11
    23 24 24 01 Jerry Nadeau Pontiac 184.207 183.980 26 0.227 30
    24 6 5 22 Ward Burton Dodge 184.175 183.783 31 0.392 32
    25 20 17 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 183.927 185.036 13 -1.109 28
    26 3 3 97 Kurt Busch Ford 183.825 183.995 25 -0.170 2
    27 18 16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 183.814 182.877 42 0.937 1
    28 14 14 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 183.786 183.896 30 -0.110 31
    29 41 41 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 183.726 186.638 3 -2.912 17
    30 9 11 30 Jeff Green Chevy 183.716 183.266 38 0.450 27
    31 32 30 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 183.578 184.218 23 -0.640 14
    32 5 9 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 183.501 183.600 34 -0.099 47
    33 10 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 183.081 183.501 36 -0.420 21
    34 31 33 7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 182.979 183.557 35 -0.578 25
    35 35 35 54 Todd Bodine Ford 182.912 183.273 37 -0.361 35
    36 19 22 09 Mike Wallace Dodge 182.867 183.917 29 -1.050 45
    37 26 23 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 182.776 185.542 8 -2.766 12
    38 13 10 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 182.337 182.410 43 -0.073 39
    39 34 37 99 Jeff Burton Ford 182.147 182.320 44 -0.173 18
    40 39 40 11 Brett Bodine Ford 182.136 181.991 45 0.145 43
    41 15 15 74 Tony Raines Chevy 181.994 183.917 28 -1.923 41
    42 37 39 43 John Andretti Dodge 181.936 183.140 41 -1.204 36
    43 45 45 4 Mike Skinner Pontiac 181.481 183.645 32 -2.164 40
    44 46 46 77 Dave Blaney Ford 180.417 183.220 39 -2.803 23
    45 17 20 14 Larry Foyt Dodge disallowed 180.672 46 x 42
    46 33 36 60 David Green Chevy disallowed 184.968 15 x 50


    PROVISIONALS and MISSES (DNQ)

    Prov
    Spot
    or
    DNQ
    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Practice
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    37 26 23 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 182.776 185.542 8 -2.766 12
    38 34 37 99 Jeff Burton Ford 182.147 182.320 44 -0.173 18
    39 46 46 77 Dave Blaney Ford 180.417 183.220 39 -2.803 23
    40 37 39 43 John Andretti Dodge 181.936 183.140 41 -1.204 36
    41 13 10 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 182.337 182.410 43 -0.073 39
    42 45 45 4 Mike Skinner Pontiac 181.481 183.645 32 -2.164 40
    43 15 15 74 Tony Raines Chevy 181.994 183.917 28 -1.923 41
    DNQ 17 20 14 Larry Foyt Dodge disallowed 180.672 46 x 42
    DNQ 39 40 11 Brett Bodine Ford 182.136 181.991 45 0.145 43
    DNQ 33 36 60 David Green Chevy disallowed 184.968 15 x 50


  • Green and Foyts runs disallowed, Green is now out of the lineup, Mike Wallace is in: #60-David Green, driving a Hendrick Motorsports-owned Chevrolet, ran 185.924 mph and would have started sixth on Sunday. But NASCAR disallowed the time after the car's rear end was found to be too low after the lap. That knocked Green entirely out of the field and allowed Mike Wallace, who otherwise would have gone home, to get the 36th spot - the last one available based on speed. Larry Foyt's #14 Dodge was also ruled too low..(ThatsRacin.com)(4-4-2003)

    SPEEDS DISALLOWED

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Practice
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    x 17 20 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 180.884 180.672 46 0.212 42
    x 33 36 60 David Green Chevy 185.924 184.968 15 0.956 50



  • Talladega/Aaron's 499 Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (4-4-2003)


  • Friday Practice is over for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. The fastest [surprise] was #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 187.060 [slower then the Busch pole], followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson at 186.681 and #25-Jeff Gordon at 186.638. Slowest were #14-Larry Foyt at 180.672 and #11-Brett Bodine at 181.991. Christian Fittipaldi was listed in the #45 Dodge, not Kyle Petty. Per an XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required) report, the #30-Jeff Green car failed inspection and didn't get passed until 1:00pm/et and missed the first hour of practice. #02-Hermie Sadler and #77-Dave Blaney also got out late.(NASCAR.com's Trackpass)
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com.(4-4-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. 46 cars/drivers are listed. #83-Kerry Earnhardt is not listed on the qualifying order as he was on the Entry List. Christian Fittipaldi is listed in the #45 car, not Kyle Petty on the NASCAR.com qualifying order, but Petty is listed on ThatsRacin.com. First due out is #12-Ryan Newman, last scheduled out is #77-Dave Blaney. See the links on the Aaron's 499 Race Info page.(4-4-2003)

  • IROC: Talladega IROC lineup, standings, start time, facts, TV date and time at my 2003 IROC page.

  • All 61: Seven drivers have competed in all 61 restrictor-plate races: Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace and Michael Waltrip.(4-3-2003)

  • Restrictor Plate Chart, lists what restrictor plate was used the race, pole winner and speed, race winner and some notes

  • Talladega Rules: The aerodynamic rules package that was used for the Daytona 500 remains in place for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the season's second restrictor-plate race. Those rules (for 2003 model cars): rear spoilers must by 6 inches tall and 57 inches wide; rear spoiler angles must be minimum of 55 degrees and maximum of 65 degrees; restrictor plate openings must be 7/8 inch. There is one slight modification: rear spoilers must have a minimum thickness of 3/16 inch. Also, the approximate 13.5-gallon fuel cell will again be used.(NASCAR PR)(4-2-2003)

  • Entry list for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is up. 47 drivers/cars/teans are listed. The 42 full time teams along with: #02-Hermie Sadler; #09-Mike Wallace; #11-Brett Bodine; #60-David Green; and #83-Kerry Earnhardt. See my Aaron's 499 Race Info page for the link.(4-1-2003)

  • The Next Race Info Page: Aaron's 499 Race Info page in Talladega, AL at Talladega Superspeedway, 1:00pm/et on Sunday, April 6th - TV: Fox (pre-race show at 12:00noon/et)
    Included on the informational page is: Goodyear Tire Notes/Facts, Talladega ODDs, Qualifying on FX via tape at 8:00pm/et, Race Awards/Purse, #24 special scheme, Winston Cup leader bonus = $80,000, Provisional Rules, Race Facts, Security, Scanners, Practice and Qualifying times, Qualifying Draw time, Race Re-Air dates and times (if avail), Weather forecast links, Satellite/backhaul link, Radio and Newspaper links, Television/Radio Information, Camping Info, Info Links, Race Track Specs, Driver/Team News, Track Reviews, Site Links for Fans going to the race, Speed Conversion Calculation to get MPH from Time.
    This page is updated when needed until raceday.
    For the last race, see my Samsung/RadioShack 500 Race Info page (past races are linked to on the 2003 Cup Schedule page and on the 2003 Results Page)

  • Some stats pages:
    Provisional Land/Standings
    2003 Provisonals Used
    Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
    --> Budweiser Shootout 2003
    Budweiser Shootout 2004

  • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season), see my 2003 Winston Cup Race Results



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