Talladega Superspeedway - Talladega, AL
Sunday, May 5, 1:19 pm ET
David Ragan is the winner! He comes out of nowhere to take the win. David Gilliland is second behind him.
David Ragan is to the inside of Carl Edwards and in the lead. He's leading the inside line.
White flag: Carl Edwards takes the white flag. They are lining up three wide for a push to the finish.
RESTART: Green-white-checkered: Matt Kenseth has the lead. Carl Edwards whips low and around him and has the lead. He's in front of Kenseth.
Radio chatter on Lap 190: Matt Kenseth tells his spotter to get with Jimmie Johnson's spotter and have Jimmie Johnson push him.
NASCAR has ruled there will be only one attempt at the green-white-checkered finish since darkness looms at the track. Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards will lead them to the green.
Matt Kenseth is the leader heading into the green-white-checkered finish.
Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch seen and released from infield care center.
Radio chatter with five laps to go: Kurt Busch: "We just got hit from behind and along for the ride we went."
Radio chatter with five laps to go: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove up on somebody and there really wasn't a spot there."
CAUTION 5 - Six laps to go: Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, J.J. Yeley, Danica Patrick all have heavily damaged race cars. Kurt Busch's car rolls down the track, onto that of Ryan Newman. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went four wide on the outside and sparked the crash. Jamie McMurray's car also damaged. Officially 11 cars involved in the crash.
6 to go: Now it's Matt Kenseth to the lead.
7 laps to go: That's J.J. Yeley against the wall leading a charge. Regan Smith moves in front of Matt Kenseth.
7 laps to go: Three lines are batlting at the front. Regan Smith slips into the lead.
8 laps to go: Jimmie Johnson jumps up in front of Matt Kenseth! He's going back and forth at the front, not necessarily choosing either line just yet.
9 laps to go: Matt Kenseth narrowly holds the lead at the line. It's looking pretty dark at the track.
9 laps to go: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ninth with Danica Patrick right behind him in 10th.
10 laps to go: Jimmie Johnson pulls away a little at the front, but Matt Kenseth with a push from Carl Edwards is charging in the outside lane. Drivers are trying to hold position, blocking a little when needed.
RESTART - 10 laps to go: Here they go - Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead the field.
Radio chatter on Lap 178: Matt Kenseth's spotter warns him it's pretty dark on the backstretch.
Radio chatter on Lap 178: Jimmie Johnson wants to know what the best lane is for the restart. Johnson: "We got more water on the windshield."
Lap 178: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards will lead the field on the restart.
Lap 175: Greg Biffle, Paul Menard, Tony Stewart, Casey Mears, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers among those pitting.
Lap 174: Uncontrolled tire on the car of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., he'll go to the rear of the field for the restart. There will be 25 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 174: Jeff Gordon gets the free pass.
Lap 174: Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 174: Matt Kenseth is expecting Kurt Busch to go with him. He doesn't want to see Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards "hook up again...that's trouble."
Lap 174: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the top 10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 23rd.
CAUTION 4: Lap 174: Michael McDowell slow in Turn 2.
Lap 173: Matt Kenseth is up to second now.
Lap 172: Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards are the top five.
Lap 171: Aric Almirola, Terry Labonte and Greg Biffle pit.
Lap 171: Scott Speed pits.
Lap 170: Scott Speed, Aric Almirola, Terry Labonte, Jimmie Johnson are the leaders.
PENALTIES: Lap 169: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr., too fast entering pit road. They will serve a pass-through penalty.
Lap 169: Kurt Busch, Marcos Ambrose, Carl Edwards, David Stremme, among those pitting.
Lap 168: Kurt Busch is the leader during the pit stops.
Lap 167: Matt Kenseth gives up the lead to pit. Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip among those pitting. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took two tires.
Lap 166: Martin Truex Jr. moves up to fifth.
Lap 164: Matt Kenseth continues to lead, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is looking stout today.
Lap 162: Matt Kenseth blocks Ricky Stenhouse Jr., then moves back in front of Jimmie Johnson. He's protecting his lead now.
Lap 160: Now it's Matt Kenseth with the lead and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in second. Stenhouse has the outside line gaining speed, but he cannot quite catch Kenseth.
Lap 159: Kyle Busch pits.
Lap 159: Now Matt Kenseth goes to the ouside as well, Carl Edwards goes to the outside and is in a third line, then Kenseth goes back across to the inside line.
Lap 159: Carl Edwards jumps to the outside, in front of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Now he's leading the outside line.
Lap 158: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has pulled to the outside again and is once more leading a second line on the outside. He's up alongside Jimmie Johnson, in third.
Lap 157: The second group has caught the front group now. It's one giant line of single-file racing.
Lap 155: The separation between ninth and 10th is 1.2 seconds. Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are trying to catch that lead group.
Radio chatter on Lap 153: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Ask Jamie (McMurray) if he wants to try the bottom or the top." Crew chief Steve Letarte says "almost a second better."
Lap 153: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Marcos Ambrose, David Gilliland, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Michael Waltrip and Martin Truex Jr. make up the lead group.
Lap 153: The second pack of cars, led by Jamie McMurray, is catching the lead group now. All the drivers in both groups are running single file.
Lap 152: Joey Logano to the garage.
Lap 151: The front nine have pulled away in a pack of their own.
Lap 150: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the top three. Everyone is running single file right now.
Lap 150: Travis Kvapil pits.
Lap 149: Matt Kenseth, still leading, has paced the field for 116 laps today.
Lap 148: There are reports of rain at the track.
Lap 147: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is running 11th.
Radio chatter on Lap 144: Joey Logano is heading to pit road. "Oil temp going down," Logano said as he comes to pit road. Plug wire burned up. The hood is up on the 22.
Lap 144: Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards jump in front of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Now he is third in the single line at the front. After the first seven, they are three wide.
Lap 143: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is alongside Jimmie Johnson, who is third. And now there's another lane forming - soon they will be three-wide as they head to the front.
Lap 143: Here they come - an outside lane of cars is charging toward the leaders. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is leading that group. They are alonside the fourth-place car now.
Lap 142: They are holding steady - for now - at the front.
Lap 140: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who led shortly before the red-flag period, is now eighth.
Lap 138: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip and Kurt Busch are the top five. They are running single file.
Lap 138: Tony Stewart is on pit road.
Lap 137: Casey Mears pits.
Lap 136: Matt Kenseth is leading the field once more. The front group is single file and trying to pull away.
Radio chatter on Lap 135: Clint Bowyer is warned that Paul Menard is having overheating issues.
Lap 134: Matt Kenseth is back in form. He's now powering a line of cars alongside leader Bobby Labonte. Can he take the lead?
Lap 134: Bobby Labonte still leads the line on the inside. He's hugging that yellow line. Now there are three lines trying to come up and challenge him. David Gilliland is leading the line to his outside.
Lap 133: Bobby Labonte leads the inside line; Joey Logano is leading a line on the outside of him.
Lap 132: They are running three wide at the track. Bobby Labonte has pulled away at the front.
RESTART - Lap 131: Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland lead the field.
Radio chatter on Lap 130: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been told he's good to go to the finish.
Lap 130: On the restart, Bobby Labonte and David Gilliland will lead the field. Regan Smith and Josh Wise line up behind them.
Lap 129: There are 25 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 129: Clint Bowyer is pitting this time to cut off the brace. Jeff Burton pitting again.
Lap 129: Bobby Labonte is leading in his 700th career Sprint Cup start.
Lap 128: Kurt Busch stayed out to lead a lap and is now pitting. Brad Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose and Greg Biffle also pitting.
Lap 128: Two laps to go before green-flag racing.
Lap 127: Tony Stewart had a long pit stop. Clint Bowyer had a brace that was broken that needed to be fixed. Jeff Burton remains on pit road.
Lap 127: Leaders pit after a red-flag period of 3:36:06.
Lap 126: Juan Pablo Montoya is behind the wall.
Radio chatter on Lap 126: Juan Pablo Montoya cannot fire up his car as drivers roll back off: "We have a problem. We have a problem starting." Crew suggests changing the ECU.
6:54 p.m. ET: NASCAR's David Hoots says to withdraw the red, display the yellow flag.
6:52 p.m. ET: Engines are fired!
6:50 p.m. ET: Teams are told to remove the generators.
6:48 p.m. ET: Drivers look ready to roll!
6:44 p.m. ET: The pace car has backed up to the field on pit road.
6:41 p.m. ET: Drivers are strapping back into their cars. Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were the top two when the race was red-flagged.
6:37 p.m. ET: Drivers have officially called back to their cars.
6:30 p.m. ET: It's looking like things will get going again at Talladega. Drivers roaming back out to pit road.
6:24 p.m. ET: Lee Spencer reports that Turns 3 and 4 are dry. Teams are taking the covers off cars. Five drivers are already officially out of the race: Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann and Joe Nemechek.
6:14 p.m. ET: Officials are allowing crews to bring their generators out and change helmet shields.
6:10 p.m. ET: Track drying still ongoing at Talladega.
the rain delay, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked if he could win if the race was restarted: “We can win, sure. Everybody out there can win if you do the right things. We definitely got a great engine; the car has been good all week. The guys have been doing a great job.”
Ryan Newman was asked during the rain delay which driver he would work with if the racing resumed. His response: “Not sure, I really don’t know how it’s going to unfold. I didn’t expect, I think I heard (Clint) Bowyer talking about when the rain was going to come. I just didn’t expect for it to get crazy when it did, then it didn’t rain, then it got crazy again and it rained. Our Haas Automation Chevrolet in the end is actually pretty good. I don’t know if there is actually a pairing of driver’s or any kind of group run the outside or the inside. I think it is more just a crapshoot right now. I got a run on the outside, went to the inside, got the lead coming off of (Turn) 4. I was third off of (Turn) 4 and leader at the line, so anything can happen. It’s just a matter of how cars line up. In the end everybody is out for themselves, but they are trying to go fast so they are trying to push. Whoever gets the best run I think is going to have that run.”
Radio chatter: NASCAR officials say that it will take about 2.5 hours to dry the track.
4:48 p.m. ET: Jet dryers return to the track.
How exactly does the Air Titan work? Jeff Hammond explains.
4:35 p.m. ET: The safety vehicles have been told to power down.
4:35 p.m. ET: NASCAR officials have told crews to secure pit boxes and equipment.
4:20 p.m. ET: Now there is lightning at the track.
Lap 126: Rain continues to fall at the track as cars are parked on pit road.
Lap 126: Carl Edwards leads the field down pit road as the race is red-flagged.
Radio chatter on Lap 125: Officials say that the rain is picking up.
Radio chatter on Lap 125: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: It's raining as hard as it's been raining in (Turns) 1 and 2."
Lap 125: Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton among those pitting.
Lap 124: Regan Smith pits, from 25th.
Radio chatter on Lap 124: Crew chief Brian Pattie tells Clint Bowyer they have 11 laps before they need to pit for fuel.
CAUTION 3: Lap 122: Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were battling for the lead when the caution came out. Edwards appears to have the lead at the last scoring loop, so he's the leader now.
Lap 122: There's a 13-car breakaway at the front.
Lap 121: Rookies rule? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. takes the lead at Talladega.
Lap 120: David Reutimann's car is smoking. He is on pit road.
Lap 119: Rain is starting to fall at the track. Just a drizzle so far.
Lap 117: Fans in the stands are putting on their rain gear as the new front three move in front of Matt Kenseth. Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards are in command now.
Lap 117: Matt Kenseth is back to fifth, leading the inside line but without enough power to ccatch the front group.
Radio chatter on Lap 116: Spotter TJ Majors: "I’m trying to get the 78 (of Kurt Busch) to work with you."
Lap 116: And there they come. Now there are two lines running at the front. Jimmie Johnson has taken the lead. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards are second and third.
Radio chatter on Lap 115: Dale Earnhardt Jr., on Jimmie Johnson: "If he wants to be a good teammate he needs to leave me the inside lane. C'mon. I have a run. I'm not going to sit here and take care of his ass."
Radio chatter on Lap 114: Crew chief Steve Letarte warns Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the rain coming that the competitors will become less patient. He replies, "I'm holding it wide open."
Lap 114: When to make a move? Drivers and teams trying to time the expected rainfall with the dash to the front. At restrictor-plate tracks, things can change really quickly.
Lap 112: Matt Kenseth has led 96 laps so far today.
Radio chatter on Lap 111: Brad Keselowski's spotter Joey Meier: "Joey (Logano) said when you're ready, let him know."
Lap 110: The front 10 continue to run single file. When will someone challenge leader Matt Kenseth?
Radio chatter on Lap 109: Spotter Joey Meier: "Being told (rain is) about five miles away. Less than 15 minutes."
Lap 108: Joey Logano is 11th, trying to get an outside line to form.
Lap 107: The front group continue to run single file. But Joey Logano has jumped to the outside and, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in tow, is trying to make a run.
Radio chatter on Lap 105: Matt Kenseth spotter Chris Osborne: "Pack has tightened up Matt. Rain inside of five miles."
Radio chatter on Lap 104: The rain is reportedly six miles away. Will this change the racing now?
Lap 102: How are the rookies faring today? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is running 13th, Danica Patrick is 15th.
Lap 99: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the top three. They continue to run single file.
Radio chatter on Lap 96: According to the spotters, rain is about 20 minutes away.
Lap 95: Kyle Busch returns to the track after undergoing repairs for damage to his car in the earlier wreck.
Lap 95: The top 10 now are Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Michael Waltrip, David Stremme and Aric Almirola.
Lap 94: Greg Biffle, who was caught up in the earlier wreck, returns to the track.
Lap 94: The race is at the halfway point.
Lap 93: Jeff Gordon pits.
Lap 93: The field is nearing the halfway point. Jeff Gordon has not pitted and holds the lead.
Lap 92: Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, J.J. Yeley, Terry Labonte, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton among those pitting.
Lap 90: Several leaders pit: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman.
Lap 89: Regan Smith, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray pit.
Lap 89: The race is nearing the halfway point, but drivers also need to pit soon. What will be the calls?
Lap 86: Brian Vickers returns to the track, 44 laps down.
Lap 84: The front three remain unchanged with Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch single file. The front six are single file and racing with darkness at one end of the track and sun peaking out at the other.
Lap 81: Matt Kenseth continues to hold the lead over Jimmie Johnson. He has led 68 laps today.
Lap 78: The sun has appeared at the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 77: Martin Truex Jr: "When I was up front pushing the 9 (of Marcos Ambrose) it was a little warm. Are we just going to let the 20 (of Matt Kenseth) lead all day?"
Lap 77: Teams are eyeing the radar closely as the halfway point of the race nears.
Did you miss the Denny Hamlin-Brian Vickers' driver exchange? Watch it here.
Lap 75: The top 15 are single file, the inside lane is the fastest.
Lap 74: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch are the top three as the clouds gather at Talladega.
Lap 72: There are 31 cars on the lead lap. Jeff Gordon is 31st.
Lap 69: Kevin Harvick returns to the track, 24 laps off the pace.
Wonder how the crash happened? Watch and see.
Radio chatter on Lap 67: Tony Stewart: "We have time to get back in this."
Lap 65: Matt Kenseth is leading Kurt Busch now. And he's looking for the lead from the outside.
Radio chatter on Lap 61: Greg Biffle: "I just saw them wrecking above me. I thought about going to the left, I had plenty of room and probably should have, but I didn’t. I just stayed straight and moved down all I could and it wasn’t enough. They got me in the right-rear and turned me the wrong way up into the wall, a pretty hard hit, but that’s all you can do is hang on when stuff like that happens.”
Lap 61: It's looking familiar at the front. Matt Kenseth holds an edge over Jimmie Johnson.
Radio chatter on Lap 58: Clint Bowyer just asked how cool can the oil temperature get? His spotter just told him to take care of the motor.
Lee Spencer reports on Lap 58 that is it getting really dark at the track.
Lap 58: Matt Kenseth moves back into the lead.
Lap 56: Ryan Newman to the lead.
Lap 55: Officially there were 16 drivers involved in the crash: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr. and Scott Speed.
Lap 54: Tony Stewart is limping around at the back of the pack.
Lap 52: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola are the top three in the outside line. They are ahead of the inside line - they are side by side from fifth on back.
RESTART: Lap 51: Matt Kenseth and Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson lead the field to the green.
Lap 49: The top 10 on the restart will be: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Dave Blaney, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski.
Lap 49: One to go next time by.
Lap 48: Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. does not pit and leads the lap.
Lap 48: As a side note, the race is halfway to the halfway point. If rain comes, the race must be past the halfway point to be complete if unable to resume.
Lap 48: Leaders pit. Many are concerned after running through the debris from the crash.
Radio chatter on Lap 47: Kevin Harvick: “I made it all the way through. It just hit the right front on the wall and someone hit me in the rear.”
Radio chatter on Lap 46: Kyle Busch: “I’m all right. I caused it. It’s hauler hurt. I can’t drive it back.”
Lap 46: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the free pass.
Radio chatter on Lap 45: Clint Bowyer: "Hell, I'm just riding around back here."
Lap 44: Brian Vickers to the garage. Scott Speed, Greg Biffle and Casey Mears also have damage.
CAUTION 2 - Lap 43: Huge wreck. Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers are among those involved. Kyle Busch appears to be pushed into Kasey Kahne, who was leading the outside line, after apparent contact to Busch from Marcos Ambrose. Tony Stewart, David Gilliland, David Stremme also involved.
Lap 41: Brian Vickers has moved into 10th now. He's cruising since getting into the car.
Lap 40: Drivers are reporting that there is debris on the backstretch. No caution at this point. One of the spotters said it is a side skirt.
Lap 38: Brian Vickers is up to 14th driving now for the injured Denny Hamlin. Remember, wherever Vickers' finishes, Denny Hamlin gets credit for it.
Lap 37: Matt Kenseth has led 28 of 37 laps. Don't forget he led 86 laps at Daytona before blowing up.
Lap 35: Matt Kenseth continues to lead at the track. Drivers are keeping an eye on the sky as rain continues to threaten in the area.
Lap 33: Teams are talking about debris on the backstretch.
Lap 32: Regan Smith, who won the Nationwide Series race and took that series points lead for JR Motorsports on Saturday, is running seventh.
Lap 32: Travis Kvapil to the garage.
Lap 31: Matt Kenseth continues to set a hot pace at the track.
Lap 30: Travis Kvapil blows a right-front tire and pits.
Lap 30: Two lines are battling for position among the leaders. Jimmie Johnson is pushing leader Matt Kenseth with Jeff Burton leading the outside line.
Lap 29: Matt Kenseth is leading the inside line, with Jeff Burton leading the outside lane to challenge.
RESTART: Lap 29: Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne lead the field back to the green.
Radio chatter on Lap 28: Crew chief Steve Letarte: "We're all patched up, we should be good to go. We should be all clear in traffic."
Lap 28: Brian Vickers is the last on the lead lap, will be 39th. Denny Hamlin is atop the pit box now.
Lap 28: Paul Menard pits after leading a lap.
Lap 27: Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, Landon Cassill, Joe Nemechek, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Terry Labonte, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, David Ragan and Josh Wise pit. Paul Menard leads.
Lap 27: The first nine stayed out during the stop. Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Terry Labonte, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Waltrip will lead the restart.
Lap 26: Denny Hamlin is coming out of the car, Brian Vickers is going in. It's a fast exchange.
Lap 25: Most of the leaders pit. Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Joey Logano are among those that stay out.
Radio chatter on Lap 25: Steve Letarte wants the crew to fix the crush panels and work on the damage to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car.
Radio chatter on Lap 25: Crew chief Darian Grubb is talking Denny Hamlin through the steps as he prepares to get out of the car and put Brian Vickers in.
Lap 25: Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits.
Lap 24: Trevor Bayne is being pushed through to pit road.
Radio chatter on Lap 24: Clint Bowyer: "The engine is sick!"
Radio chatter on Lap 24: Trevor Bayne: "Transmission blew up. It's not the engine it's the tranny."
CAUTION 1: Lap 24: Trevor Bayne's car puts fluid on the track.
Lap 23: Trevor Bayne has a mechanical issue and is blowing smoke just as Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes off pit road.
Lap 21: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is pitting with an issue with the left rear.
Lap 20: A second line is forming and is charging toward the leaders. It is catching them fast.
Lap 20: Joe Nemechek is lapped.
Lap 18: Listen to the roar as the cars rip through the turns at high speed at Talladega. The pack is, for the most part, intact behind the leaders.
Lap 17: Dale Earnhardt Jr., a five-time Cup race winner at the track, is running 17th.
Lap 16: Now there are six cars in that lead pack - Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch have joined the action.
Lap 15: There's now a four-car breakaway at the front: Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola.
Lap 14: Matt Kenseth continues to lead, with the Hendrick Motorsports entries of Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne behind him.
Radio chatter on Lap 13: Denny Hamlin: "Feel like the car is just a little bit loose. Really when you get the speed up and a car behind you ... work on that on exit."
Were emotions running high before the race? Watch as Michael Waltrip interviews drivers on pit road - and gets a special gift from Chipper Jones.
Lap 11: Lee Spencer reports that it is now really dark over Turn 4.
Lap 10: Matt Kenseth is leading the field still. The lead pack is single file and starting to pull away a little.
Radio chatter on Lap 7: Denny Hamlin says to his spotter: "Tell the 42, thank you."
Lap 7: Things change fast at Talladega. There is shifting throughout the field with Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin riding near the rear.
Lap 6: Matt Kenseth has brought his line to the front of the pack and is the leader now.
Radio chatter on Lap 4: Spotter Brett Griffin tells Clint Bowyer: "Just ride here, we're in a good spot."
Lap 4: Pole sitter Carl Edwards is running 14th now.
Lap 3: Matt Kenseth is leading a low line as it mounts a challenge to the outer line.
Lap 3: Martin Truex Jr. is the leader now. Truex has been challenging for wins of late - can today be when he snaps his 212-race winless streak?
Lap 2: Wow - look at that pack. Three-wide for most of it.
Lap 1: Drivers are getting up to full speed on the track during the first lap. Carl Edwards has the lead as they are running three wide at the track.
And the clouds are rolling in at Talladega.
Radio chatter with one to go: Brad Keselowski: "We all know how this racing can go. All we can do is be as prepared as possible. I know you guys are."
1:06 p.m. ET: One to go before the green flag. Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green after the rained-out qualifying session.
Prerace radio chatter: Denny Hamlin asks for a volume check. Chances are the first time back there will be gremlins in the car with him.
Prerace audio chatter: Spotter TJ Majors tells Dale Earnhardt Jr. to look for the blend line coming into Turn 2.
Prerace radio chatter: Crew chief Tony Gibson to Danica Patrick: "On the radar there's a little bit of rain but it's right on the edge." She replies, "Let's have good day, bring this thing back in one piece -- and up front." Gibson: "Drive the hell out of it."
What does the NASCAR on FOX crew expect today at Talladega? Watch and see.
1 p.m. ET: The cars are on the track.
Prerace radio chatter: "Good luck down there guys," Roger Penske tells the crew. "Good work, solid day here today and we'll move on, Thanks."
"Good solid day here," Penske tells Brad Keselowski. "We need it."
12:55 p.m. ET: Chipper Jones gives the command to start engines.
12:53 p.m. ET: Lee Spencer reports that no drivers will be going to the rear of the field today.
12:49 p.m. ET: National anthem is being sung.
Lee Spencer reports that there are no favorites out of the garage. The usual suspects - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Paul Menard, Regan Smith and David Ragan are respectable long shots.
The start time has been moved up to 1:07 p.m. ET as rain threatens in the area.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. discusses what he expects in today's race.
What will be the pit strategy for today's race? Watch.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron discusses his trip to Talladega Superspeedway.
Bobby Labonte is making his 700th career Sprint Cup start at Talladega. Listen as he discusses his career.
There are lots of myths and legends about Talladega. Catch up on them in the Shake and Bake blog.
Juan Pablo Montoya earned a top-five finish at Richmond last weekend. Can his team keep up the pace?
What will the racing at Talladega be like today? Larry McReynolds points out the impact of the Generation-6 car at the restrictor-plate track. Jeff Hammond points out that timing is everything at this track.
Welcome to the FOXSports.com coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The race coverage is scheduled to start on FOX at noon ET, with the green flag set for shortly after 1 p.m. ET.