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Aaron's 499 - Talladega Superspeedway

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Straight Plate Race
Of the 155,000 people who attended Sundayís race, 135,000 of them called in sick to work in able to show up today for the rain-delayed Aaronís 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. And they were treated to one exciting race, just what NASCAR fans have come to expect at the fast, 2.66-mile superspeedway. The lead changed hands 56 times, while more than half of the field led at least one lap. In the end, it was Jimmie Johnson who took the win in a thrilling run to the checkered flag, securing his second consecutive restrictor-plate win. He won the season-opener at Daytona, where the horsepower-sapping restrictor plates are also used. Johnson took the lead on the very last lap and held off all challengers to score his 21st NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 156th career start. This is Johnsonís third win in the nine races of the 2006 season, his last victory came at Las Vegas in March, six races ago. As an added bonus, Johnson recaptured the point lead and won the $60,000 NEXTEL Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the points. Johnson had never won at Talladega and now becomes the 34th different race winner in 74 races at the Alabama track. Johnson led only two times for three laps, including the final one, on the day, while Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler led a combined 20 times for at total of 85 laps. Gordon and Sadler, who arguably had the strongest cars in the event, had no drafting friends at the end and finished 15th and 16th respectively. Tony Stewart crossed the finish line 0.120 seconds behind Johnson in the second position, finishing in the runner-up spot for the third straight time and for the sixth time in his career at Talladega. Johnsonís teammate Brian Vickers came home in third, his second top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway. Jeff Burton finished fourth, his 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Talladega and his second-best best finish here. Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five, scoring his third top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega and his third top-10 finish in 2006. Today's event was also a streak-buster, as Mark Martin ended a streak of 12 straight top-15 finishes and Joe Nemechek ended a 40-race streak of running at the finish, which was the longest current streak.

Aaron's 499 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Rookie Rain Delay Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Final Practice
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 1
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· WIX Filters Notes
· Rookie Bowyer/Martin Quotes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Sadler Speeds to Talladega Pole Position
Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Aaronís 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Sadler qualified in 50.798 seconds, at an average speed of 188.511 mph to win his seventh career pole position in 258 NEXTEL Cup Series starts. This is Sadlerís first pole and third top-10 start of the 2006 season. He becomes the seventh different Bud Pole winner this season. Tony Stewart posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 51.029 seconds, at an average speed of 187.658 mph, and will join Sadler on the front row for Sundayís race. It is Stewartís fifth start of third or better this season and his career-best Talladega start. Carl Edwards qualified in the third position, his fourth top-five start in 2006, and he has qualified in the top-10 in two of his four Talladega races. Sadlerís teammate Dale Jarrett qualified fourth, posting his first start of better than 15th this season. Kurt Busch rounded out the top five starting spots, making his eighth straight top-10 start of the season.

Rain Delays Aaron's 499 Until Monday
The Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed due to rain and will be run at 12:00 ET on Monday. The broadcast will be on FX and some FOX affilliates.


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