NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Aaron's 499

 The Aaron's 499 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. The race has always been held in late April or early May. The Aaron's 499 is also one of four races currently run with restrictor plates, the others being the Camping World RV Sales 500, plus the Coke Zero 400 and the Daytona 500. The 1997 event, won by Mark Martin, stands as the fastest NASCAR race to date ever run, at an average speed of 188.354 mph. It was the first race at Talladega run without a caution flag.

The race, from 1970 until the demise of the Grand Slam as a result of the Ferko lawsuit, was known as the second leg of the sport's Grand Slam. It was also previously part of the Winston Million.

The name is derived from a sponsorship agreement with the Aaron's chain of lease-to-own stores. The "499" advertised distance is designed to mimic the chain's tendencies to offer rentals "For $99" per month. Despite the name, the race is slightly over 500 miles in length.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Aaron's 499 05/04/2014 TBA
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega
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