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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Aaron's 499 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 5
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval
CAPACITY: 108,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 44th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 4/12:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 33)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski136Clint Bowyer24
2Kyle Busch217David Ragan32
3Matt Kenseth108Trevor Bayne11
4Kasey Kahne59Dale Earnhardt Jr.18
5Greg Biffle610Jeff Burton29
2012 Aaron's 499 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 160.192 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 13 mins., 17 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.304 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 33 among 17 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (191.623 mph)
Past Aaron's 499 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (13) -- Dodge -- 160.192 mph
2011 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 156.261 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (4) -- Chevrolet -- 150.590 mph
2009 -- Brad Keselowski (9) -- Chevrolet -- 147.565 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 157.409 mph
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 154.167 mph
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (16) -- Chevrolet -- 142.880 mph
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 146.904 mph
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (11) -- Chevrolet -- 129.396 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (13) -- Chevrolet -- 144.625 mph
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4) -- Chevrolet -- 159.022 mph
2001 -- Bobby Hamilton (14) -- Chevrolet -- 184.003 mph
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (36) -- Chevrolet -- 161.157 mph
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (17) -- Chevrolet -- 163.395 mph
1998 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Pontiac -- 142.428 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (18) -- Ford -- 188.354 mph
1996 -- Sterling Marlin (4) -- Chevrolet -- 149.999 mph
1995 -- Mark Martin (3) -- Ford -- 178.902 mph
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 157.478 mph
1993 -- Ernie Irvan (16) -- Chevrolet -- 155.412 mph
1992 -- Davey Allison (2) -- Ford -- 167.609 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (2) -- Oldsmobile -- 165.620 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 159.571 mph
1989 -- Davey Allison (2) -- Ford -- 155.869 mph
1988 -- Phil Parsons (3) -- Oldsmobile -- 156.547 mph
1987 -- Davey Allison (3) -- Ford -- 154.228 mph
1986 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Buick -- 157.698 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 186.228 mph
1984 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 172.998 mph
1983 -- Richard Petty (15) -- Pontiac -- 153.936 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Buick -- 156.697 mph
1981 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Buick -- 149.376 mph
1980 -- Buddy Baker (2) -- Oldsmobile -- 170.481 mph
1979 -- Bobby Allison (12) -- Ford -- 154.770 mph
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 159.699 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (11) -- Chevrolet -- 164.877 mph
1976 -- Buddy Baker (12) -- Ford -- 169.887 mph
1975 -- Buddy Baker (1) -- Ford -- 144.948 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 130.220 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 131.956 mph
1972 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 134.400 mph
1971 -- Donnie Allison (1) -- Mercury -- 147.419 mph
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (6) -- Plymouth -- 152.321 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Alabama 500 (1970), Winston 500 (1971-93), Winston
Select 500 (1994-96), Winston 500 (1997), Diehard 500 (1998-00),
Talladega 500 (2001).
 
Past Aaron's 499 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Jeff Gordon -- 33
2011 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
2010 -- None -- Weather
2009 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 20
2008 -- Joe Nemechek -- 25
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2006 -- Elliott Sadler -- 16
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 12
2004 -- Ricky Rudd -- 17
2003 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 18
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7
2001 -- Stacy Compton -- 43
2000 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 14
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 6
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1997 -- John Andretti -- 4
1996 -- Ernie Irvan -- 31
1995 -- Terry Labonte -- 26
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 2
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 5
1991 -- Ernie Irvan -- 32
1990 -- Bill Elliott -- 22
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 34
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 22
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 24
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1983 -- Cale Yarborough -- 29
1982 -- Benny Parsons -- 3
1981 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1980 -- David Pearson -- 3
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1977 -- A.J. Foyt -- 38
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 9
1975 -- Buddy Baker -- 1
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 40
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 1
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Toyota Owners 400 (April 28th)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia
MILES: 304.5
LAPS: 406
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Juan Pablo Montoya
FIFTH: Jeff Burton
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 7)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 18 mins., 17 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.141 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.343 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 75 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kenseth 1-36, Bowyer 37-42, Kenseth 43-111, Bowyer 112-218,
Kenseth 219-253, Ky. Busch 254-293, Ku. Busch 294-329, Montoya
330-396, Harvick 397, Burton 398-404, Harvick 405-406.
Aaron's 499 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Safety
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Imron Elite
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Racing
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Clorox
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Gwaltney
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Clorox 100th Anniversary
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
81Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Alert Energy Gum
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Maddie's Place
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Jordan Truck Sales
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Brad Keselowski---------------Won3433Won
Kyle Busch---413237Won259352
Matt Kenseth4211614411728363
Kasey Kahne30243912233621374
Greg Biffle151338291871775
Clint Bowyer------4035939726
Dale Earnhardt Jr2153171021349
Jeff Burton7104341210321610
Jamie McMurray9555174222111
Aric Almirola------------33---------12
Paul Menard---------431413251217
Kurt Busch3677339681820
Tony Stewart2222283823161724
Kevin Harvick3122362438Won525
Joey Logano---------------9361026
Martin Truex Jr---2136103733121328
Carl Edwards---32842402411631
Jeff GordonWonWon15Won193722333
Jimmie Johnson420Won2133031Won35
Ryan Newman113933983352536
 
Mover of the Week
Aric Almirola - started 34 and finished 8
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Clint Bowyer) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is the 10th race on the 2013 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 87 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 57 starts there, followed by Michael Waltrip with 53. 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 five wins there. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories, including four in a row from October 2001 to April 2003.

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.

Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner. Keselowski got pushing help from Kyle Busch on the second-to-last lap. Both drivers ran to the outside of then- leader Matt Kenseth, who was getting drafting help from his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle. Keselowski went on to beat Busch to the finish line by 0.3 seconds for his second win of the season as well as his second victory at Talladega.

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).

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race earned their maiden pole wins at Talladega: David Gilliland (October 2006), Travis Kvapil (October 2008) and Juan Pablo Montoya (April 2009).

Jamie McMurray is the only driver entered that made his first start in Cup 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 May 11 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

04/30 16:45:54 ET

As of April 30, 2013, at 04:46 PM ET

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