Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
WHAT: Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Race 9 of 36-race schedule.
WHEN: Sunday, April 25, 2010; 12:00N CST
WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
TV/RADIO: Live on FOX and MRN Radio Network
RACE LENGTH: 500.08 miles (188 laps)
RACE WINNER Brad Keselowski (3 hr., 23 min., 20 sec.)
QUALIFYING: Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is Saturday, April 24, starting at 10:35 a.m. CST
POLE SITTER: Juan Pablo Montoya (188.171 mph)
RECORD: Bill Elliott, 212.809 mph; April 30, 1987
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 188.354 mph (2 hr., 39 min., 18 sec.); May 10, 1997
TICKETS: Contact the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series followed by the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is set for Saturday, April 24: Two-day Saturday/Sunday tickets start at $49; Single-day Saturday tickets are $40 for grandstands and $50 for towers. Kids age 11 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult (Frontstretch Lower General Admission Grandstands only).
The Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race set for Sunday, April 25: Two-day Saturday/Sunday tickets start at $49; Single-day Sunday tickets start at $60.
PARKING: Day parking for automobiles is free on Talladega Superspeedway grounds.
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INTEREST: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CAR
The University of Alabama's BCS National Championship victory did more than bring just the crystal trophy back to Tuscaloosa, it also brought a few surprises to Talladega as well.
This weekend, David Reutimann's Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) No. 00 Sprint Cup Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota will feature Alabama's trademark Crimson and the official national championship logo while competing at the school's home racetrack.
FIRST SUPERSPEEDWAY RACE FOR SPOILER
The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway marks the first superspeedway race for the spoiler on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.
Twenty-four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams assembled at Talladega Superspeedway on March 16 in an R&D session that tested the spoiler and confirmed that the gear ratio was compatible with the restrictor plate size for the Aaron's 499
SPOILER DIMENSIONS UNIQUE TO ‘DEGA AND DAYTONA
Due to the unique characteristics of Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials have determined it best to use a slightly taller and narrower spoiler at the two restrictor-plate tracks.
The standard spoiler is measured as 4 inches tall in the center and 64.5 inches wide. The spoiler at Talladega Superspeedway is 4.5 inches tall and only 63 inches wide with a two inch radius at the top right and left corners.
Additionally, the 3.5 inch rear deck lid air deflector (commonly referred to as the shark fin) must run the entire length of the deck lid at Talladega and Daytona.
Because of the back-and-forth nature of Talladega, perfection – in terms of a perfect Driver Rating 150.0 – likely will never be obtained. In fact, the top Driver Rating ever scored at Talladega Superspeedway was 135.5 by Jeff Gordon in May of 2005.
Race fans will be encouraged to join Aaron's Lucky Dog as he leads the group in the Pledge of Allegiance during pre-race ceremonies for Sunday's Aaron's 499.
INDYCAR VISITS TALLADEGA
IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani visited Talladega Superspeedway while he was in town for Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Tagliani took several laps behind the wheel in the Talladega Superspeedway Official Pace Car and spent some time talking shop with Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron will sing the National Anthem for Sunday's Aaron's 499. Reverend Mark Stokes of Alabama Raceway Ministries and Pastor of Camellia Baptist Church in Pratville, AL, will deliver the invocation prior to the race. Mal Moore, Director of Athletics for the University of Alabama will deliver the driver's command as Grand Marshall and the winner of the Aaron's PT Rodeo will serve as honorary starter.