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DATE: Sunday, May 4
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval
CAPACITY: 80,000 plus (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 45th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 3/1:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: David Ragan
RUNNER-UP: David Gilliland
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (qualifying was rained out)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (212.809 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (188.354 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1David Ragan196Regan Smith34
2David Gilliland317Martin Truex Jr2
3Carl Edwards18Matt Kenseth6
4Michael Waltrip149Scott Speed36
5Jimmie Johnson810Aric Almirola18
2013 Aaron's 499 Facts and Figures
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
POLE WINNER: None - due to inclement weather
Past Aaron's 499 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- David Ragan (19) -- Ford -- 148.729 mph
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)
2013 -- None -- Weather
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 26)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 400
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Kyle Larson (qualifying was rained out)
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
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.
Aaron's 499 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad 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
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
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/PEAK Antifreeze
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Window Film
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Scorpyd Crossbows
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Richmond
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Whitetail
34 *David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/KFC Go Cup
35Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Ford/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Shop
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Gwaltney
44J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Valspar Reserve
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Blue DEF
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/VooDoo BBQ & Grill
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Royal Teak Collection
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Jordan Truck Sales
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Dogecoin/Reddit.com
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
David Ragan------174126397Won
David Gilliland------41540---9132
Carl Edwards328424024116313
Michael Waltrip325---27213928194
Jimmie Johnson20Won2133031Won355
Martin Truex Jr.21361037331213287
Matt Kenseth116144117283638
Aric Almirola---------33---------1210
Jeff GordonWon15Won19372233311
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------13
Marcos Ambrose------------437321414
Brad Keselowski------------Won3433Won15
Dale Earnhardt Jr.15317102134917
Clint Bowyer---403593972618
Jamie McMurray55517422211123
Paul Menard------43141325121726
Tony Stewart2228382316172427
Kurt Busch7733968182030
Ryan Newman393398335253632
Danica Patrick------------------------33
Denny Hamlin---22213224232334
Joey Logano------------936102635
Greg Biffle133829187177536
Kyle Busch413237Won25935237
Kevin Harvick122362438Won52540
Kasey Kahne24391223362137442
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jeff Gordon - started 25 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Denny Hamlin) - finished 22
 
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.

04/29 12:59:41 ET

As of April 29, 2014, at 01:00 PM ET