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2013 Talladega: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on May 05, 2013 - 07:03 AM
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2013 Talladega: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Today's NASCAR Sprint Cup 44th Annual Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the 88th time that the series has raced at the 2.66-mile track. NASCAR has been coming to Talladega, Alabama since 1969. The first race was won by Richard Brickhouse in a '69 Dodge. Interestingly, the Pole speed for that first race was 196.386 mph while today's Pole sitter Carl Edwards turned in a lap of 199.675 mph.

Talladega is a massive tri-oval which has banking of 33 degrees in the turns. The 4,300 foot frontstretch is 16.5 degrees while the 4000 foot backstretch is a mere two degrees. The grandstands will hold 143,231 NASCAR fans.

It used to be easy to pick a winner at Talladega, just pick the manufacturer Chevrolet, and one of the Earnhardts. But times have been a changin'. At least for the Earnhardt name.

The last eleven races at Talladega have been won by nine different drivers (Jeff Gordon - Fall '07, Kyle Busch - Spring '08, Tony Stewart - Summer '08, Brad Keselowski - Spring '09 & Spring '12, Jamie McMurray - Fall '09, Kevin Harvick - Spring '10, Clint Bowyer - Fall '10 & Fall '11, Jimmie Johnson - Spring '11), Matt Kenseth (Fall '12).

During that span Chevrolet has returned to the top of the manufacturers while four manufacturers have won during those 11 races (Chevrolet - six times, Toyota - twice, Ford - twice, Dodge).

All that being said, Talladega is highly unpredictable, and a total crap-shoot.

The official PaddockTalk pick to win the Aaron's 499 at Talladega is... Dale Earnhardt Jr. for no particular reason than he is traditionally good in these events.

Should Earnhardt fail, keep an eye on another traditional restrictor plate specialist - Tony Stewart.

As for the rest of the field, keep an eye on everyone! Because after the big one, it could be just about anyone's race.

Enjoy!

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Starting Line Up by Row
Talladega Superspeedway
44th Annual Aaron's 499
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, May 04, 2013 @ 01:07 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 05/10/97 02:39:18 188.354
Row Pos Car Driver Team Reason
1 1 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 2013 Owner Points 2nd
2 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 2013 Owner Points 18th
2 3 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 2013 Owner Points 25th
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 2013 Owner Points 20th
3 5 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 19th
6 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot/Husky Toyota 2013 Owner Points 14th
4 7 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 2013 Owner Points 16th
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 1st
5 9 24 Jeff Gordon Imron Elite Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 17th
10 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 3rd
6 11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 2013 Owner Points 6th
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 4th
7 13 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 2013 Owner Points 7th
14 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron'sDreamMachine/Alabama Toyota 2013 Owner Points 13th
8 15 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 2013 Owner Attempts 3
16 27 Paul Menard Menards/CertainTeed Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 10th
9 17 16 Greg Biffle 3M Safety Ford 2013 Owner Points 8th
18 43 Aric Almirola Gwaltney Ford 2013 Owner Points 11th
10 19 34 David Ragan Farm Rich Ford 2013 Owner Points 31st
20 15 Clint Bowyer Peak Toyota 2013 Owner Points 5th
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 2013 Owner Points 21st
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 2013 Owner Points 27th
12 23 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 28th
24 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 9th
13 25 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 24th
26 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 2013 Owner Attempts 9
14 27 30 David Stremme Lean 1 Toyota 2013 Owner Points 33rd
28 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 12th
15 29 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 22nd
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Clorox Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 26th
16 31 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 2013 Owner Points 35th
32 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 2013 Owner Attempts 9
17 33 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 23rd
34 51 Regan Smith(i) Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 15th
18 35 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 2013 Owner Points 32nd
36 95 Scott Speed Jordan Truck Sales/TrackingPoint Ford 2013 Owner Attempts 6
19 37 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford Series Champion
38 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records/The Bobby Jones Show Ford 2013 Owner Attempts 8
20 39 47 Bobby Labonte Clorox 100 Year Anniversary Toyota 2013 Owner Points 29th
40 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 30th
21 41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota 2013 Owner Attempts 9
42 33 Landon Cassill LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 36th
22 43 36 JJ Yeley Golden Corral Chevrolet 2013 Owner Points 34th
Did Not Qualify: #81 Elliott Sadler(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 5 0 Toyota 3 1






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