Racingone Rewind: Talladega

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    A look back at Kyle Busch's sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    Kyle Busch was out in front when a multi-car accident on the final lap ended the race. He scored his second Sprint Cup win of the season and first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Busch lost a lap early when he missed his pit stall, but rallied back and worked his way into the top spot with four laps to go to score his seventh victory of the season in one of NASCAR's top three divisions.

    Zero to Hero
    Casey Mears started 36th and was able to work his way to the front to score a seventh-place finish, best of the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

    Hero to Zero
    Tony Stewart ran in the lead pack all day and came close to scoring his first career Talladega Cup win but got caught up in a lap 173 accident to finish 38th.

    Rookie of the Race
    Regan Smith piloted the DEI No. 01 home to a 22nd-place finish.

    Notables
    Juan Pablo Montoya matched his career best Cup finish on an oval with a second-place run. Clint Bowyer started 41st and came home ninth. And Robby Gordon had P.J. Jones qualify his car, started at the back of the field and finished 11th.

    Top 35 Standings
    J.J. Yeley missed the show but holds the 35th spot with Dave Blaney (also a DNQ) 36th.

    Aaron's 499 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Denny Hamlin - 5.2
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 193.331 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Michael Waltrip - 193.621 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Michael McDowell - 12
  • Fastest on Restarts: Kevin Harvick - 185.742 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Juan Pablo Montoya - 389
  • Laps In Top 15: Denny Hamlin - 180
  • Quality Passes: David Ragan - 243
  • Speed in Traffic: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 193.205 mph

    Pit Stops
  • Kyle Busch captured his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 123rd career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Busch won the 61st race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Busch became the fourth driver to win at Talladega from the fifth position. He also became the 126th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • Busch won the first Cup Series race for Toyota at Talladega and third overall. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his first top-10 finish in 2008 and his first finish better than 15th in
    three races at Talladega.
  • Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish of 2008. This is his second top-10 finish in five races at
    Talladega. He eclipsed his previous best finish of fourth set in October 2007.
  • David Ragan's fourth-place finish was his best yet at Talladega and third top five of his career.
  • Brian Vickers brought Red Bull Racing its second fifth-place finish in Cup competition.
  • Travis Kvapil scored his second top-10 finish of the season (sixth) and best finish of his Cup career.
  • With his seventh-place finish, Casey Mears posted his second-straight top-10 finish at Talladega.
  • Ryan Newman (eighth) posted his sixth career top-10 finish at Talladega and third straight at the track.
  • Clint Bowyer has finished in the top 10 in the last six Cup races.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 10th-place finish was his 10th career top-10 at Talladega.
  • The 188-lap race saw 52 lead changes among 20 drivers and an average speed of 157.409 mph.
  • Eight caution flags were thrown for 23 laps.
  • The Aaron's 499 lasted 3 hours, 10 minutes, 37 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Where do old American Idols not named Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood wind up? Singing the National Anthem at NASCAR races of course. Welcome back Taylor Hicks!
  • This was a much different race than the last nap-inducing trip to Talladega wasn't it?
  • Reed Sorenson's crew has to be thankful the boss was in Kansas watching the Chip Ganassi Racing Target team win the Indy racing League race there. A blown engine and last place finish isn't the stuff of job security guys.
  • Hard to believe Roush Fenway would have their cars set-up so both Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards had tire rubs and subsequent failures. Yet David Ragan, Jamie McMurray and Greg Biffle all looked pretty good.
  • David Stremme turned in a nice audition for a Cup ride Sunday.
  • Kudos to Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland for giving Yates Racing fans something to cheer about Sunday.
  • And condolences to our colleague Marty Smith of ESPN on the loss of his father.

    Garage Talk
    "I thought we were all right, but the closer we got to turn one, the smaller that hole got." - Tony Stewart

    "I'd like to say that I'm smarter than I look, but that's certainly not the case." - Kyle Busch

    "I didn't want to finish second. It's hard. I would think I would have tried to make a move coming out of four." - Juan Pablo Montoya

    "The whole race was crazy. Everyone got antsy." - Denny Hamlin

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to 10 tons of asphalt that make up the baby bottom's smooth Talladega racing surface, we'll give Sunday's Aaron's 499 a nine. By far the best race of the season and a long way from the last trip to 'Dega. This one had four and five-wide racing pretty much all day long and thankfully, while we endured two multi-car accidents, not any catastrophic "Big Ones." The new Cup car and Talladega seem to go very well together. Now we get to go short track racing in style with a Saturday night visit to Richmond International Raceway.

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