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2014 Talladega: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on May 04, 2014 - 06:58 AM
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2014 Talladega: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Today's NASCAR Sprint Cup 45th Annual Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the 90th 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 Brian Scott turned in a lap of 198.290 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 eight races at Talladega have been won by seven different drivers. Only Clint Bowyer has two victories in that span.

Over the last 12 events, Chevrolet been the top manufacturer while four manufacturers have won: (Chevrolet - six times, Ford three times, Toyota - twice, and 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. Though Junior hasn't won here since 2004.

Should Earnhardt fail, keep an eye on another traditional restrictor plate specialist - Tony Stewart. But then again, he hasn't won here since 2008.

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, and it usually is.

Enjoy!

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Talladega Superspeedway
45th Annual Aaron's 499
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, May 03, 2014 @ 02:16 PM Central
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 05/10/97 02:39:18 188.354
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 33 Brian Scott(i) Shore Lodge Chevrolet 48.293 198.290
2 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 48.391 197.888
2 3 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush's Beans Chevrolet 48.436 197.704
4 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 48.518 197.370
3 5 3 Austin Dillon # Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 48.520 197.362
6 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 48.536 197.297
4 7 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 49.109 194.995
8 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 49.261 194.393
5 9 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 49.458 193.619
10 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 49.459 193.615
6 11 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 49.492 193.486
12 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 50.678 188.958
7 13 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 49.117 194.963
14 95 Michael McDowell Jordan Truck Sales Ford 49.118 194.959
8 15 43 Aric Almirola Logan's Roadhouse/Gwaltney Ford 49.130 194.911
16 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 49.138 194.880
9 17 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 49.336 194.098
18 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 49.352 194.035
10 19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Pretzel Toyota 49.478 193.541
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Valspar Reserve Chevrolet 49.494 193.478
11 21 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 49.499 193.458
22 36 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet 50.165 190.890
12 23 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 50.248 190.575
24 83 Ryan Truex # VooDoo BBQ & Grill Toyota 48.385 197.913
13 25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford 48.386 197.908
26 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 48.404 197.835
14 27 15 Clint Bowyer PEAK Antifreeze/Motor Oil Toyota 48.411 197.806
28 66 Michael Waltrip Blue/DEF Toyota 48.411 197.806
15 29 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 48.420 197.770
30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard Chevrolet 48.421 197.765
16 31 26 Cole Whitt # Scorpyd Crossbows Toyota 48.432 197.721
32 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 48.500 197.443
17 33 23 Alex Bowman # Dr.Pepper Toyota 48.510 197.403
34 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 48.516 197.378
18 35 16 Greg Biffle 3M Window Film Ford 48.549 197.244
36 98 Josh Wise Dogecoin/Reddit.com Ford 48.602 197.029
19 37 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford Owner Points
38 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 34 David Ragan KFC Go Cup Ford Owner Points
40 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stop Ford Owner Points
21 41 40 Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Racing Chevrolet Owner Points
42 5 Kasey Kahne FrmrsInsrnce/Thankamillionteachers.com Chv Owner Points
22 43 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 77 Dave Blaney; # 87 Joe Nemechek(i); # 35 Eric McClure(i); # 44 JJ Yeley(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 21 1 Toyota 9 1






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