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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Aaron's 499 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 27th
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
TRACK: 2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval
ANNUAL: 39th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
PIT REPORTERS: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
RADIO: MRN/Sirius Satellite
START TIME: 2:21 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE SITTER: Jeff Gordon (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 188
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: 212.809 m.p.h. (Bill Elliott, 1987)
RACE RECORD: 188.511 m.p.h. (Elliott Sadler, 2006)
TOTAL PURSE: $6,022,630 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $349,711; 2nd - $257,536; 3rd - $212,483 (2007 figures)
 
2007 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jeff Gordon16Kevin Harvick41
2Jimmie Johnson87Dale Earnhardt Jr36
3Kurt Busch268David Stremme20
4David Gilliland29Ryan Newman28
5Jamie McMurray2510Martin Truex Jr37
2007 Aaron's 499 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 154.167 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 18 minutes, 46 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: under caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 42 among 20 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (192.069 m.p.h.)
Past Aaron's 499 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 154.167 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) -- 142.880 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 146.904 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 129.396 m.p.h.
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet) -- 144.625 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet) -- 159.022 m.p.h.
2001 -- Bobby Hamilton (Chevrolet) -- 184.003 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 161.157 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 163.395 m.p.h.
1998 -- Bobby Labonte (Pontiac) -- 142.428 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- 188.354 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Sterling Marlin (Chevrolet) -- 149.999 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- 178.902 m.p.h.
1994 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 157.478 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ernie Irvan (Chevrolet) -- 155.412 m.p.h.
1992 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 167.609 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (Oldsmobile) -- 165.620 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 159.571 m.p.h.
1989 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 155.869 m.p.h.
1988 -- Phil Parsons (Oldsmobile) -- 156.547 m.p.h.
1987 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 154.228 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- 157.698 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 186.228 m.p.h.
1984 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 172.998 m.p.h.
1983 -- Richard Petty (Pontiac) -- 153.936 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (Buick) -- 156.697 m.p.h.
1981 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- 149.376 m.p.h.
1980 -- Buddy Baker (Oldsmobile) -- 170.481 m.p.h.
1979 -- Bobby Allison (Ford) -- 154.770 m.p.h.
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (Oldsmobile) -- 159.699 m.p.h.
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- 164.877 m.p.h.
1976 -- Buddy Baker (Ford) -- 169.887 m.p.h.
1975 -- Buddy Baker (Ford) -- 144.948 m.p.h.
1974 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 130.220 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 131.956 m.p.h.
1972 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 134.400 m.p.h.
1971 -- Donnie Allison (Mercury) -- 147.419 m.p.h.
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (Plymouth) -- 152.321 m.p.h.
 
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)
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2006 -- Elliott Sadler -- 16th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 12th
2004 -- Ricky Rudd -- 17th
2003 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 18th
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7th
2001 -- Stacy Compton -- 43rd
2000 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 14th
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 6th
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1st
1997 -- John Andretti -- 4th
1996 -- Ernie Irvan -- 31st
1995 -- Terry Labonte -- 26th
1994 -- Ernie Irvan -- 2nd
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 5th
1991 -- Ernie Irvan -- 32nd
1990 -- Bill Elliott -- 22nd
1989 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 34th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 22nd
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 24th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1983 -- Cale Yarborough -- 29th
1982 -- Benny Parsons -- 3rd
1981 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1980 -- David Pearson -- 3rd
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2nd
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1st
1977 -- A.J. Foyt -- 38th
1976 -- Dave Marcis -- 9th
1975 -- Buddy Baker -- 1st
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 40th
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2nd
1971 -- Donnie Allison -- 1st
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Subway Fresh Fit 500 (April 12)
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix Arizona
MILES: 312
LAPS: 312
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Carl Edwards
FIFTH: Mark Martin
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (Finished 43rd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 1 minute, 14 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 103.292 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.002 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Newman 1-30; Johnson 31-42; Newman 43-49; Johnson 50-123;
Earnhardt Jr. 124-126; Johnson 127-149; Earnhardt 150-163; Martin
164-201; Earnhardt 202-271; Martin 272-301; Johnson 302-312.
Aaron's 499 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/TBA
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Tracker
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Dale Earnhardt Inc
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Travel
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Jim Beam
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/DirecTV
8Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
09Sterling Marlin (Columbia, TN)Chevrolet/Miccosukee Resort
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/LifeLock
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Turtle Wax
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/Red Cross
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&Ms
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21John Wood (Stuart, VA)Ford/Little Debbie
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24 *Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont/Pepsi
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell-Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/AT&T Mobility
34John Andretti (Indianapolis, IN)Dodge/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/FreeCreditReport.com
40Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh, Scotland)Dodge/Tums Quik Pak
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Polaroid
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Wrigley's Big Red
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Kyle Petty (Randelman, NC)Dodge/Marathon Motor Oil/Wells
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Ken Schrader (Fenton. MO)Chevrolet/Hunt Brother Pizza
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Office Depot
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Driver2001200220032004200520062007
Jeff Gordon27th4th8thWonWon15thWon
Jimmie Johnson---7th15th4th20thWon2nd
Kurt Busch3rd3rd19th36th7th7th3rd
Kevin Harvick12th28th2nd3rd12th23rd6th
Dale Earnhardt Jr8thWonWon2nd15th31st7th
Ryan Newman---43rd39th11th39th33rd9th
Martin Truex Jr------------21st36th10th
Matt Kenseth19th30th9th42nd11th6th14th
Bobby Labonte5th41st32nd10th23rd29th20th
Denny Hamlin---------------22nd21st
Tony Stewart2nd29th25th22nd2nd2nd28th
Greg Biffle------22nd15th13th38th29th
Clint Bowyer---------------40th35th
Kyle Busch------------41st32nd37th
Carl Edwards------------32nd8th42nd
 
Mover of the Week
Jeff Burton - Started 39th on the grid and finished 6th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Gordon
Darkhorse - David Gilliland
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Newman) - Finished 43rd
 
NOTES:
Jeff Gordon became the first four-time winner of this race last year, when he raced to victory. Gordon, who became the first pole sitter to capture this race since Bobby Labonte in 1998, reclaimed the lead on lap 185 and held on to edge Jimmie Johnson under caution. Gordon led 10 times for a total of 71 laps, as he claimed his 77th career Sprint Cup title. Gordon's win total now stands at 81, although he is winless in 2008.

In his 30 career starts at Talladega (Sprint and Nationwide), Gordon has six wins, 13 top-five's and 16 top-10's. Gordon has led 24 of those races for a total of 801 laps.

Jimmie Johnson led for only three laps, but it was good enough to claim his 21st career Sprint Cup Series title in 2006. Johnson, who has now improved to 34 victories, overtook Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart on the final lap to take the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins (0.120 of a second). Pole Sitter Elliott Sadler led for 23 laps, but finished 16th. Ironically, Vickers returned the favor in the second Talladega race in 2006, as he passed Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr on the closing lap for the win.

David Pearson is the only driver in history to win three consecutive Aaron's 499's (1972-74). The race history at Talladega features many multiple champions. Gordon is a four-time winner, while Pearson, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Buddy Baker and Dale Earnhardt are three-time champions. Mark Martin, Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough won this race twice.

Chevrolet has dominated this race in recent years winning the last nine Aaron's 499. In fact, Chevy has won 16 of the last 17 races at Talladega. Dale Jarrett's Ford win in the fall of 2005 is the only blemish in that streak.

Dale Earnhardt Jr and his father had great success at Talladega. Dale Sr won 10 times at the track, while Dale Jr's victory total stands at five. Earnhardt's start this week will be his 300th career Sprint Cup event.

The Sprint Cup Series moves to Richmond International Raceway on May 3th for the Crown Royal 400, as Jimmie Johnson defends his title in the 10th race on the schedule.

04/22 19:31:51 ET

As of April 22, 2008, at 07:32 PM ET

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