2014 Aaron's 499

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2014 Aaron's 499
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Race 10 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Clear blue skies 81 °F (27 °C); wind out of the WSW at 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Average speed 152.103 mph (244.786 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing
Time 48.293
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing
Laps 58
Winner
No. 11
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.4/9
(6.9 Million)[7]

The 2014 Aaron's 499 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race run on May 4, 2014, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, United States. Contested over 188 laps on the 2.66 mi (4.28 km) tri-oval, it was the tenth race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. Denny Hamlin won the race, his first points paying win at a restrictor plate track, and joined a list of drivers to win in their 300th start, while Greg Biffle finished second and Clint Bowyer finished third.[8]

Previous week's race[edit]

Joey Logano came from fourth on the final restart to win his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season in last Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano triumphed in a furious battle over the last five laps with Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski to score his fifth career win.[9]

Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose were both fined and placed on probation following their post-race altercation in the garage area in which Ambrose appeared to punch Mears in the face. NASCAR reviewed the fight and found that no punch was actually landed, so no penalty was issued for that part of the incident.[10]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Talladega Superspeedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Talladega Superspeedway, is a four turn tri-oval track that is 2.66 miles (4.28 km) long.[11] The track's turns are banked at 33 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 18 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only two degrees.[11] The racetrack has a seating capacity for 80,000 spectators.[12] David Ragan is the defending race winner after winning the event in 2013.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions took place for the Sprint Cup Series at Talladega.

Martin Truex, Jr. was the fastest in first practice with a time of 47.708 and a speed of 200.721 mph (323.029 km/h).[13] Marcos Ambrose had to go to a backup car after an unusual incident.[14]

Trevor Bayne was the fastest in final practice with a time of 48.117 and a speed of 199.015 mph (320.284 km/h).[15]

Three rounds of Knockout Qualifying took place, the first instance that the new qualifying format was used in the Sprint Cup Series on a super speedway. Brian Scott captured his first career pole with a time of 48.293 and a speed of 198.290 mph (319.117 km/h).[16] Paul Menard, A. J. Allmendinger, Casey Mears and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.

The drivers had a wide range of opinions on the new format. "I don't know if anybody can really quite capture how intense that is. I'm telling you, it's just nerve-racking. You're trying to make all the right decisions as well as not wreck. It wasn't too crazy, but it was crazy enough to be fun," said Jeff Gordon. "It's hard because everybody wants to lag and nobody wants to go because the speed is at the back and not the front," said Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. did not like the new format at Talladega. "It just wasn't much fun. I'd like to do some heat races or something maybe. That would be a little funner than this."[16]

Kasey Kahne and Truex, Jr. started at the rear of the field after failing post-qualifying inspection. Kahne's car was too light and Truex's car failed to meet height requirements. "Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container," Kahne's crew chief Kenny Francis said in a manufacturer release. "The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back."[17]

Dave Blaney, Eric McClure, Joe Nemechek and J. J. Yeley failed to qualify for the race.

Race[edit]

After taking the lead on lap 14, Brad Keselowski brought out the first caution when he tried to move down in front of Danica Patrick and went spinning through the runoff area in turn 1. Keselowski found a line in the middle and had just pulled ahead of Patrick past the start/finish line. He attempted to maneuver his No. 2 Ford into the low line heading into Turn 1 when the two cars made contact, sending Keselowski spinning wildly onto the oversized apron. "We weren't clear enough to make that," Paul Wolfe said over the radio. "I'll just call it at that. We weren't clear enough to make that move."[18]

On lap 137, Brad Keselowski, who was six laps down, got loose in turn 4 and caused a multi-car wreck that collected 13 other cars that included Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Tony Stewart and Brian Scott. Some had issues with Keselowski racing at the front with being so many laps behind the leaders. “He was driving really, really, really aggressively to get back up there,’’ Kenseth said of Keselowski. “I didn’t realize he was that many laps down. I don’t know what his strategy was but just lost control of his car in front of the field and when that happens it always collects a bunch of them." “I don’t know what he was doing,’’ Gordon said. “Obviously thinking that was going to be the way to get his lap back. All that it did was get a bunch of other cars wrecked.’’[19]

With 14 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson got loose and started another multi-car wreck that happened in the same place that the lap 137 wreck occurred. This wreck collected Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Reed Sorenson.

Coming to the white flag, Alex Bowman gets into Jimmie Johnson and triggers a third multi-car wreck that ended the race under caution after the nose of Justin Allgaier's car came off and settled on the track. Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag.[20]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 33 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing/Circle Sport Chevrolet 48.318 48.631 48.293
2 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 48.297 48.834 48.391
3 47 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 48.335 48.670 48.436
4 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 48.323 48.695 48.518
5 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 48.341 48.714 48.520
6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 48.360 48.729 48.536
7 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 48.106 48.856 49.109
8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 48.038 48.771 49.261
9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 48.136 48.855 49.458
10 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 48.372 48.688 49.459
11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 48.161 48.775 49.492
12 14 Tony Stewart* Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 48.048 48.763 50.678
13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 47.936 49.117
14 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 47.925 49.118
15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 48.298 49.130
16 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 47.839 49.138
17 5 Kasey Kahne* Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000 0.000
18 7 Michael Annett (R)* Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 48.368 49.336
19 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 48.353 49.352
20 18 Kyle Busch* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.743 49.478
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 47.901 49.494
22 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 47.966 49.499
23 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 48.383 50.165
24 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 48.286 50.248
25 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 48.385
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 48.386
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Childress Racing Ford 48.404
28 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 48.411
29 66 Michael Waltrip* Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 48.411
30 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 48.420
31 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 48.421
32 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 48.432
33 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 48.500
34 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 48.510
35 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 48.516
36 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 48.549
37 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 48.602
38 78 Martin Truex, Jr.* Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 0.000
39 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 48.672
40 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 48.800
41 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 48.924
42 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 49.138
43 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 49.262

*Michael Annett, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Jr. and Michael Waltrip all started at the rear of the field; Kahne and Truex for failing post-qualifying inspection, causing their times to be erased; the others either changed engines or had repaired damage in Friday practice.

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 34 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 188 47
2 35 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 188 44
3 27 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 188 41
4 18 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 188 41
5 3 47 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 188 39
6 2 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 39
7 8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 188 38
8 42 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 36
9 29 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 188 35
10 25 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 188 34
11 41 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 188 0
12 19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 188 33
13 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 188 31
14 4 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 188 31
15 5 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 29
16 17 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 188 28
17 43 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 188 27
18 6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 27
19 26 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 188 26
20 36 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 188 24
21 31 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 188 23
22 7 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 188 23
23 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 22
24 37 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 188 20
25 28 66 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 188 19
26 30 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 19
27 38 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 188 17
28 33 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 187 16
29 32 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 187 15
30 10 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 182 15
31 24 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 182 13
32 16 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 174 13
33 9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 174 11
34 22 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 174 11
35 39 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 174 10
36 14 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 174 9
37 21 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 171 8
38 13 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 160 7
39 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 156 6
40 40 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 150 5
41 23 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 136 0
42 1 33 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 136 0
43 12 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 136 1

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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