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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Aaron's 499 Preview

Date: Sunday, May 4

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.

Track: 2.66-mile oval

Laps: 188

Miles: 500

Capacity: 80,000 plus (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 45th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)

Qualifying record: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: David Ragan

Runner up: David Gilliland

Pole winner: None - due to inclement weather

Top 10:

1. David Ragan (Start: 19)

2. David Gilliland (31)

3. Carl Edwards (1)

4. Michael Waltrip (14)

5. Jimmie Johnson (8)

6. Regan Smith (34)

7. Martin Truex Jr (2)

8. Matt Kenseth (6)

9. Scott Speed (36)

10. Aric Almirola (18)

Average speed: 148.729 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 2 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.212 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 31 laps

Lead changes: 30 among 17 drivers

Past winners

2013 David Ragan, Ford, 148.729 mph

2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 160.192 mph

2011 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 156.261 mph

2010 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 150.590 mph

2009 Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 147.565 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 157.409 mph

2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 154.167 mph

2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 142.880 mph

2005 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 146.904 mph

2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 129.396 mph

2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 144.625 mph

2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 159.022 mph

2001 Bobby Hamilton, Chevrolet, 184.003 mph

2000 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 161.157 mph

1999 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 163.395 mph

1998 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 142.428 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 188.354 mph

1996 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 149.999 mph

1995 Mark Martin, Ford, 178.902 mph

1994 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 157.478 mph

1993 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 155.412 mph

1992 Davey Allison, Ford, 167.609 mph

1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 165.620 mph

1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 159.571 mph

1989 Davey Allison, Ford, 155.869 mph

1988 Phil Parsons, Oldsmobile, 156.547 mph

1987 Davey Allison, Ford, 154.228 mph

1986 Bobby Allison, Buick, 157.698 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 186.228 mph

1984 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 172.998 mph

1983 Richard Petty, Pontiac, 153.936 mph

1982 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 156.697 mph

1981 Bobby Allison, Buick, 149.376 mph

1980 Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile, 170.481 mph

1979 Bobby Allison, Ford, 154.770 mph

1978 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 159.699 mph

1977 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 164.877 mph

1976 Buddy Baker, Ford, 169.887 mph

1975 Buddy Baker, Ford, 144.948 mph

1974 David Pearson, Mercury, 130.220 mph

1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 131.956 mph

1972 David Pearson, Mercury, 134.400 mph

1971 Donnie Allison, Mercury, 147.419 mph

1970 Pete Hamilton, Plymouth, 152.321 mph

Last race

Race: Toyota Owners 400 (April 26)

Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.

Miles: 300

Laps: 400

Finish line order: Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 12 mins., 47 secs.

Average speed: 93.369 mph

Margin of victory: 0.946 secs.

Caution flags: 9 for 66 laps

Lead changes: 20 among 3 drivers

Lap leaders: Larson-pole, Keselowski 1-31, Harvick 32-42, Kvapil 43, Harvick Larson-pole, Keselowski 1-31, Harvick 32-42, Kvapil 43, Harvick 44-55, Keselowski 56-101, Cassill 102, J. Gordon 103-165, Keselowski 166, J. Gordon 167-172, Keselowski 173-208, J. Gordon 209-227, Logano 228, J. Gordon 229-242, Logano 243-251, J. Gordon 252-298, Earnhardt Jr 299-305, Logano 306-337, J. Gordon 338-361, Kenseth 362-396, Logano 397-400.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John's

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/PEAK Antifreeze

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Window Film

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Zest

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Scorpyd Crossbows

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Ford/C&J Energy Services

#33 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Whitetail

#34 * David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/KFC Go Cup

#35 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Ford/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Golden Corral

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Gwaltney

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Valspar Reserve

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/Blue DEF

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/VooDoo BBQ & Grill

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Royal Teak Collection

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Jordan Truck Sales

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
David Ragan --- --- 17 4 12 6 39 7 Won
David Gilliland --- --- 4 15 40 --- 9 13 2
Carl Edwards 32 8 42 40 24 11 6 31 3
Michael Waltrip 3 25 --- 27 21 39 28 19 4
Jimmie Johnson 20 Won 2 13 30 31 Won 35 5
Martin Truex Jr. 21 36 10 37 33 12 13 28 7
Matt Kenseth 11 6 14 41 17 28 36 3 8
Aric Almirola --- --- --- 33 --- --- --- 12 10
Jeff Gordon Won 15 Won 19 37 22 3 33 11
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 13
Marcos Ambrose --- --- --- --- 4 37 32 14 14
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- Won 34 33 Won 15
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15 31 7 10 2 13 4 9 17
Clint Bowyer --- 40 35 9 39 7 2 6 18
Jamie McMurray 5 5 5 17 42 2 21 11 23
Paul Menard --- --- 43 14 13 25 12 17 26
Tony Stewart 2 2 28 38 23 16 17 24 27
Kurt Busch 7 7 3 39 6 8 18 20 30
Ryan Newman 39 33 9 8 3 35 25 36 32
Danica Patrick --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 33
Denny Hamlin --- 22 21 3 22 4 23 23 34
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 9 36 10 26 35
Greg Biffle 13 38 29 18 7 17 7 5 36
Kyle Busch 41 32 37 Won 25 9 35 2 37
Kevin Harvick 12 23 6 24 38 Won 5 25 40
Kasey Kahne 24 39 12 23 36 21 37 4 42
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Austin Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is the 10th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Originally known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway, construction of this 2.66-mile racetrack began on May 23, 1968. The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989. The fourth and most recent repaving there was done between the spring and fall races in 2006.

Talladega has 33 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 16.5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 2 on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 4,300 feet, and the backstretch measures 4,000 feet.

There have been 89 Sprint Cup races held at Talladega, including one event in 1969 and two races each year since 1970. Richard Brickhouse won the inaugural event at Talladega on Sept. 14, 1969. The series will return to this track the third weekend in October for the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Dave Marcis holds the record for most starts at Talladega with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 59 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 55. Labonte and Waltrip are on the entry list for this weekend's race.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Talladega with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six wins there. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories, including four in a row from October 2001 to April 2003. Earnhardt Jr. won the most recent restrictor-plate race, the Daytona 500, on Feb. 23.

Richard Childress Racing has the most car owner wins at Talladega with 12, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.

Bill Elliott holds the record for most pole wins at Talladega with eight. Elliott is not entered in this race.

The race winner at Talladega has started from the pole 13 times. Jeff Gordon was the last driver to accomplish the feat in April 2007.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Talladega occurred on April 17, 2011 when Jimmie Johnson beat Clint Bowyer by only 0.002 seconds. The margin for that race is tied with the March 2003 event at Darlington, won by Ricky Craven, as the closest finishes since the start of electronic timing and scoring.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Talladega is 36th. Gordon did it in the spring of 2000.

Three active drivers scored their first career Sprint Cup victories at Talladega: Ken Schrader (July 31, 1988), Brian Vickers (Oct. 8, 2006) and Keselowski (April 26, 2009). Schrader is not entered in this year's spring race there.

Two drivers on the entry list earned their maiden pole wins at Talladega: David Gilliland (October 2006) and Travis Kvapil (October 2008).

Jamie McMurray is the only driver entered that made his first Cup Series start at Talladega. McMurray started fifth and finished 26th there on Oct. 6, 2002. He substituted for the injured Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 car for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Marlin suffered a neck injury during an accident in the Kansas race the week prior to Talladega.

Bobby Hillin Jr. holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Talladega. Hillin took the checkered flag there on July 27, 1986 when he was 22 years, 1 month and 22 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 3 months and 26 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on May 6, 1991.

The next race is the 5-Hour Energy 400 on May 10 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.



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