Race #: 8 out of 33
Track Size: 2.66 miles
Race Length: 311.22 miles
Banking/corners: 33 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 16.5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch: 4,300 feet
Backstretch: 4,000 feet
NNS Qualifying: Friday, May 4, at noon on ESPN2
NASCAR Countdown: 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Race: Aaron’s 312 ABC, Saturday, May 5th. Green flag at 3:34 p.m.
Top 10 Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler
2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3) #3-Austin Dillon
4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr.
5) #43-Michael Annett
6) #88-Cole Whitt
7) #31-Justin Allgaier
8) #19-Tayler Malsam
9) #60-Trevor Bayne
10) #44-Mike Bliss
There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kurt Busch will be in the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
Danny Elfand returns to the #4 for JD Motorsports;
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the #5;
Tim Andrews returns to the Randy Hill #08;
Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the Rick Ware #15, Timmy Hill remains in the #41, and Blake Koch will be in the #75;
Ryan Truex returns to the JGR #20;
Kenny Wallace returns to RABs #99
DID YOU KNOW?
The twelve extra miles are tacked on to what would normally be a 300-mile race for targeted advertising purposes. The race’s sponsor, Aaron’s, is a lease-to-own retailer. The distance was set to reflect the sponsor’s slogan (“3 ways to buy, 12 reasons to shop at Aaron’s”).
• 2005, 2007, & 2009: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
• 2010: Race postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to rain and extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
• 2011: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish (2 attempts). This was the first time a NASCAR Nationwide Series race used the Green-white-checker format 2 times to finish a race:
In the most frantic race in the history of the class in its various incarnations from Late Model Sportsman division to Busch Grand National to Nationwide Series, points leader Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. hit the wall and caused a red flag, then on Lap 88 Michael Waltrip got turned into the backstretch wall by Jamie McMurray, who was attempting to draft pole sitter Elliott Sadler. The wreck ended up taking out sixteen cars and bringing out another red flag. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano finished 1-2 while Mike Wallace got blasted by Sadler and flipped on his roof once, crossing the finish line in 17th. The race also broke the record of the most lead changes in Nationwide Series history with 56.
Since Bristol, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. has one win and two other top fives bringing the reigning series champion to within two points of Elliott Sadler’s lead heading to ‘Dega.
There’s also a manufacturer challenge to go along with the Sadler-Stenhouse clash. Chevrolet, despite being the series’ all-time winner (12) at Talladega – hasn’t won at there since 2007. Ford last won in 2009.
The No. 3 Chevrolet will make its first series run at Talladega since 2000 this weekend with driver Austin Dillon. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his nephew Jeffrey Earnhardt will be sharing the track with the No. 3 Chevy.
Brad Sweet, will make his second start of the season in the #38 Great Clips Chevy this weekend at the famed Talladega Superspeedway. His first start of 2012 came at Auto Club Speedway where he proved impressive by bringing home a sixth-place finish. Sweet shares driving duties of the #38 with Kasey Kahne this season with Kahne scheduled to compete in 15 races and Sweet competing in the balance of the 33-race schedule.
Danica Patrick will be making her series debut at Talladega. She won her first career Nationwide Series pole in February at Daytona. Along with Patrick, Johanna Long will be making her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Talladega as well. Long, age 19, is the youngest female to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a current Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate. She more than held her own in her NASCAR debut at Talladega last October, starting eighth and finishing 16th in the NASCAR Camping World Series race. Long drives for ML Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and the team collected its only top five to date at ‘Dega in 2008.
Source: NASCARMedia, Wikipedia