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UAW-Ford 500 - Talladega Superspeedway

Jarrett Back on Track with Talladega Win
Reunited and it feels so good… in just their second race working together again, Dale Jarrett and Todd Parrott found that winning formula that allowed them to win their very first race together, the 1996 season-opener at Daytona. This time Jarrett won the UAW-FORD 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, scoring his 32nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 596th career start, after Parrott moved over from the No. 38 team last week. Jarrett started from the outside pole and led lap number three but he quickly found the rear of the field, a strategy that he normally uses on restrictor-plate tracks. Jarrett’s scheme is to ride the majority of the race at the back of the pack and let all of the wrecks happen in front of him so that he can avoid the carnage and be there at the end. This race it worked to a T, as the two ‘Big Ones’ happened among the leaders and they happened way too early. On lap 20, Jimmie Johnson hit pole-sitter and Jarrett teammate Elliott Sadler, who was running in the second position, from behind and spun him in front of the field, causing an eight-car accident that ended chaser Mark Martin’s Day. Later on lap 66, Ryan Newman spun Casey Mears in the tri-oval, again at the front of the field. This wreck involved another eight cars, including Rusty Wallace, Greg Biffle, and Jimmie Johnson. All the while Jarrett bided his time there at the back until his spotter came over his radio and said that it was time to go, and man did he ever go. Like a rocket launched, Jarrett worked his way to the front pack with ease until Ken Schrader’s spin in turn four brought out the caution flag with four laps to go, setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Matt Kenseth would take the green flag as the leader while Jarrett would restart in fifth. Kenseth was strong on the restart and lead until the the white-flag lap that signaled one lap to go. Kenseth then tried to block as many cars as he could but couldn't block everybody. Jarrett eventually passed Tony Stewart for the lead on the backstretch when Kyle Petty spun out of turn two, bringing out the caution that froze the field and ending the race. The race would be decided by where the drivers were scored when they passed the previous scoring loop on the track. After a few moments, Jarrett was declared the winner, ending his 98-race winless streak, his last victory came at Rockingham in February of 2003. Jarrett is the fifth oldest driver to win a Cup race at age 48, 10 months, and six days, following Harry Gant, Morgan Shepherd, Bobby Allson and Dale Earnhardt. This was Jarrett’s second win at Talladega and ended a 13-race win streak held by Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway, the most recent Talladega win by a Ford was when he won here in October 1998 with Parrott as crew chief. This was Jarrett’s 28th career superspeedway victory and sixth victory in a restrictor-plate race. Jarrett scored the fourth victory for car owner Robert Yates at Talladega. This was Yates’ 57th victory as a car owner. Jarrett led two times for two laps, including the final lap. His last-lap pass for victory was the third in 2005. Tony Stewart, who finished in second place, led 11 times for 65 of the 190 laps raced, leading the most laps for the 10th time in a race this season. Matt Kenseth was in third, scoring his sixth top-10 finish in his last seven races. Ryan Newman finished fourth while Carl Edwards came home in the fifth position.

UAW-Ford 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Old Style Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Kyle Busch Rookie Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes

Sadler Wins Second Career Talladega Pole Position
Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole position for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday afternoon. Sadler turned in a qualifying lap of 50.597 seconds, at an average speed of 189.260 mph, to earn his fifth career Bud Pole in 242 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and his third pole this season. It is his second Bud Pole in 13 races at Talladega and his fifth top-10 start. Sadler gives Ford Racing their sixth Bud Pole this season, while Chevrolet has 12 poles and Dodge has nine. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 44.998 seconds, at an average of 212.809 mph, set April 30, 1987 – prior to the implementation of restrictor-plates. Bill Elliott also holds the restrictor-plate qualifying record at Talladega – 48.128 seconds, at an average of 199.388 mph, set May 4, 1990. There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners at Talladega since 1998. Joe Nemechek (three), Elliott Sadler (two) and Stacey Compton (two) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the 14-race period. Kevin Harvick qualified in the second position but his time was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR’s Jim Hunter said that, “There were a couple of things in the rear area of (Harvick’s) car that did not comply with post-qualifying inspection,” and that, “there will probably be penalties coming out the first of the week.” So Sadler’s teammate Dale Jarrett will join him on the all-Robert Yates Racing front row for the UAW-Ford 500. Jarrett posted a qualifying lap of 50.727 seconds, at an average speed of 188.775 mph - earning him his 16th top-10 start in 38 races at Talladega. Ryan Newman will start third, scoring his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Talladega. This is the 25th top-10 start for Newman in 2005, the most of all drivers. Tony Stewart will roll off fourth, while Joe Nemechek rounds out the top five on the starting grid. Four of the Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Ryan Newman (third), Tony Stewart (fourth), Greg Biffle (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (ninth) and Carl Edwards (10th). Nine of the last 13 races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. The furthest back a winner has started at Talladega was when Jeff Gordon won in April of 2000 from the 36th-place starting position.

 

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