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Talladega Aaron's 499 - Race results

A photofinish was required to confirm Jimmie Johnson's first victory of 2011 by a mere 0.002s over Clint Bowyer, while big names such as Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were missing after mid-race wrecks.
A mere 0.145s covered the top eight cars at the end of 500 miles - 188 laps - at Talladega Superspeedway, with a photofinish required before the win was duly awarded to Jimmie Johnson by a margin of just 0.002s over Clint Bowyer. The win is Johnson's first in 2011 after a 15-race winless streak, but his 54th Sprint Cup career victory and his second time in victory lane at Talladega. The margin of victory equals the championship's closest-ever margin since electronic timing was introduced, the last time being at Darlington in 2003.

Johnson couldn't have done it without his drafting partner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was eventually confirmed as having crossed the line in fourth place. But the duo's strategy to spend much of the race lurking toward the back did not please second-placed finisher Clint Bowyer: "The only thing that bums me out about that is those guys lagged back all day long," he said afterwards. "That's what makes it tough, losing to somebody that did that. We were up front for our sponsors and our team, digging all day long. When you get it taken from you at the end by somebody who lagged back all day, it's hard to take."

There was an early caution on lap 28 when Landon Cassill, bumped by Kurt Busch, spun Brian Vickers out; then a major wreck on lap 90 sparked by Kurt Busch again, this time turning Brad Keselowski which started a major pile up that left Kasey Kahne's car on fire and Trevor Bayne out of the race; and finally a big pile-up on lap 140 that started when Joey Logano spun Kyle Busch into Matt Kenseth, taking out two of the Sprint Cup championship points leaders coming into this weekend.

Race results

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188 laps Leader (47/1 pts)
2. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.002s (44/2 pts)
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.039s (42/1 pts)
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.058s (41/1 pts)
5. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.064s (40/1 pts)
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 188 laps + 0.074s (39/1 pts)
7. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 188 laps + 0.130s (38/1 pts)
8. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.145s (37/1 pts)
9. #34 David Gilliland Ford 188 laps + 1.066s (35/0 pts)
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 188 laps + 1.123s (35/1 pts)
11. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 188 laps + 1.274s (33/0 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188 laps + 1.314s (33/1 pts)
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 188 laps + 1.376s (32/1 pts)
14. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 188 laps + 1.434s (30/0 pts)
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 188 laps + 1.449s (30/1 pts)
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 188 laps + 1.570s (29/1 pts)
17. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.103s (27/0 pts)
18. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 188 laps + 2.116s (27/1 pts)
19. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 188 laps + 5.212s (25/0 pts)
20. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 188 laps + 5.239s (24/0 pts)
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 188 laps + 5.269s (24/1 pts)
22. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 188 laps + 5.297s (23/1 pts)
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 laps + 9.033s (21/0 pts)
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 188 laps + 11.392s (21/1 pts)
25. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 188 laps + 11.422s (20/1 pts)
26. #46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 188 laps + 15.448s (18/0 pts)
27. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188 laps + 22.294s (18/1 pts)
28. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 187 laps + 1 lap (16/0 pts)lap
29. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 184 laps + 4 laps (0pts)laps
30. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 177 laps + 11 laps (14/0 pts)laps
31. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 170 laps + 18 laps (0pts)laps
32. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 157 laps + 31 laps (13/1 pts)laps
33. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 154 laps + 34 laps (12/1 pts)laps
34. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 152 laps Engine (10/0 pts)
35. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 144 laps Accident (10/1 pts)
36. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 139 laps Accident (9/1 pts)
37. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 139 laps Running (8/1 pts)
38. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 115 laps Running (6/0 pts)
39. #6 David Ragan Ford 89 laps Accident (6/1 pts)
40. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 89 laps Accident (0pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 5 laps Vibration (0pts)
42. #135 Steve Park Chevrolet 4 laps Electrical (0pts)
43. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 1 laps Electrical (0pts)



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No. 48 Lowe`s Chevrolet - Jimmie Johnson [Pic credit: Getty for NASCAR]
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Both Johnson and Harvick are in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Belkin/Wemo Chevrolet SS finished in fourth place and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS finished in 2nd place and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finished in 26th place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Gordon is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, loses control of the car after making contact with Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, drives with damage to his car after crashing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS qualified for eleventh position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Earnhardt, Jr. is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS qualified for sixth position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS qualified for third position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference following practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, smiles at Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, prepares for practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, puts the winner`s sticker on his car in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Eckrich Ford, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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