for your iPhone
for your iPad
NASCAR

NASCAR Links

Scanner Frequencies

Meet the Staff

2014 Schedule

Harvick takes Aarons 499 at Talladega

Patience was the key in Talladega
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Advertisement

Kevin Harvick celebrates winning the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, his first victory since the 2007 Daytona 500
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR
Jamie McMurray seems to be able to end up at the front lately in restrictor-plate races, no matter where he starts or sits during the race. He appeared to drop to the back with teammate Juan "White Gloves" Montoya in a strategic move to avoid any possible pileup in the early laps, then stuck with his teammate and steadily worked his way back to the front.

But his well-laid plan was thwarted by Kevin Harvick who squeaked by at the line to win the Aarons 499 at Talladega.

Until the closing laps, this was a relatively uneventful race, with a record number of lead changes and a bump-drafting bonanza today. Previous Talladega races have been characterized by "the big one"; crashes that take out dozens of cars at a time due to the tight stacked-up racing that the ultra-high-banked superspeedway produces. Except for the one significant crash in the closing laps of the race, we didn’t really see that this year. This year, the restrictor plates were opened up and the cars were making more horsepower than they have in a long time, and also have recently switched back to the rear spoiler, making more downforce and enhancing the impact of bump-drafting. NASCAR also recently has relaxed their hand on bump drafting and "let the boys race".

Kevin Harvick pushes Jamie McMurray to the finish line, shortly before making the winning move
Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR
Despite all of this, this Talladega seemed to be much more tame than previous years when it comes to crashes. But, the racing was competitive and unpredictable, making for a Talladega race for the record books.

By the final caution, Mc Murray and Montoya shuffled back to the front, looking good for the win after a couple of late race cautions from 4 wide racing and bumping.

This left us with yet another late race caution and the green/white checker situation we have seen a number of times lately, and this one would be attempted three times.

When the first yellow flag flew for the final laps of the race, there was immediately another crash collecting 9 cars, and voiding the restart. They would give it another try.

There was a question if several cars had enough fuel to make it to the finish, adding a bit of drama to this restart.

Kevin Harvick beats Jamie McMurray to the finish line by 0.011 seconds, the eighth-closest margin since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993
Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
Biffle hesitated and was likely running of fuel, and the field spread out wide, when Jimmie Johnson got together with Biffle and spun into the inside wall, bringing out another yellow. Most of the front cars still stayed out, likely running on fumes.

Teammates Montoya and McMurray talked between cars and both said they would run their cars out of gas before they would even think about pitting. "I'm with you" replied Montoya.

The final restart had the two teammates being pushed by Harvick and Hamlin, with McMurray having the lead coming onto the final straight, and gapping the field just a few car lengths.

Harvick gave McMurray a slight nudge, getting him a little bit loose, and ducked out from his push-position at just the right moment to take the lead at the line by a nose, and score the win.

Most of the typical top names were in the top 15 with David Reagan making his way to 6th, and Truex and Reutimann making a solid run inside the top 15 as well.

The win advances Harvick to 2nd in The Chase behind Jimmie Johnson, trailing by just 26 points, with Biffle and Kenseth within immediate reach.

Results: Aarons 499 at Talladega

Pos Car Driver Laps Speed LLap Diff LL Pts
1 29 Kevin Harvick 200 196.105 48.83 0.000 2 1297
2 1 Jamie McMurray 200 195.824 48.90 0.012 27 998
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 200 195.884 48.89 0.220 3 959
4 11 Denny Hamlin 200 196.021 48.85 0.249 17 1138
5 5 Mark Martin 200 195.464 48.99 0.523 1 1154
6 6 David Ragan 200 195.468 48.99 0.578 8 930
7 33 Clint Bowyer 200 195.453 48.99 0.982 0 1086
8 2 Kurt Busch 200 195.429 49.00 1.098 8 1146
9 18 Kyle Busch 200 192.773 49.68 1.197 22 1163
10 9 Mike Bliss 200 194.630 49.20 1.460 0 535
11 99 Carl Edwards 200 191.352 50.04 1.716 0 1067
12 56 Martin Truex Jr. 200 190.223 50.34 1.762 0 1045
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 200 193.897 49.39 2.047 8 1142
14 00 David Reutimann 200 193.779 49.42 2.064 5 849
15 82 Scott Speed 200 193.972 49.37 2.105 0 949
16 14 Tony Stewart 200 194.070 49.34 2.114 1 1061
17 16 Greg Biffle 200 193.560 49.47 2.269 3 1237
18 34 Travis Kvapil 200 193.521 49.48 2.391 1 763
19 43 A.J. Allmendinger 200 190.909 50.16 3.081 5 917
20 7 Robby Gordon 200 190.632 50.23 3.093 1 721
21 9 Kasey Kahne 200 175.936 54.43 9.799 6 926
22 24 Jeff Gordon 200 172.224 55.60 15.103 4 1130
23 71 Bobby Labonte 200 164.899 58.07 18.439 0 774
24 77 Sam Hornish Jr. 200 178.900 53.53 19.863 1 827
25 98 Paul Menard 198 182.383 52.50 2 Laps 1 962
26 37 Robert Richardson 198 183.747 52.12 2 Laps 0 155
27 26 David Stremme 197 179.558 53.33 3 Laps 0 225
28 17 Matt Kenseth 196 172.240 55.60 4 Laps 1 1224
29 83 Brian Vickers 195 116.499 82.20 5 Laps 14 916
30 38 Kevin Conway 195 175.352 54.61 5 Laps 0 563
31 48 Jimmie Johnson 194 75.244 127.27 6 Laps 9 1323
32 31 Jeff Burton 191 122.614 78.10 9 Laps 28 1082
33 19 Elliott Sadler 188 74.244 128.98 12 Laps 4 822
34 12 Brad Keselowski 188 75.010 127.66 12 Laps 3 853
35 39 Ryan Newman 188 75.311 127.15 12 Laps 1 995
36 20 Joey Logano 188 75.559 126.74 12 Laps 9 1001
37 47 Marcos Ambrose 188 76.388 125.36 12 Laps 0 837
38 78 Regan Smith 100 185.740 51.56 100 Laps 3 734
39 55 Michael Waltrip 84 70.731 135.39 116 Laps 4 200
40 13 Max Papis 83 187.232 51.14 117 Laps 0 473
41 36 Johnny Sauter 83 178.700 53.59 117 Laps 0 80
42 87 Joe Nemechek 47 187.916 50.96 153 Laps 0 380
43 66 Dave Blaney 33 182.403 52.50 167 Laps 0 345

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article