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Mid-race Snapshot: Aaron's 499

May 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Mid-race Snapshot: Aaron's 499
Catch up on everything that has happened halfway through the Sprint Cup Series race

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Time Elapsed: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Lap leaders:
Brian Scott, Lap 1
Paul Menard, Laps 1-5
Danica Patrick, Laps 6-7
Jeff Gordon, Lap 8
Danica Patrick, Laps 9-12
Brad Keselowski Lap 13
Paul Menard, Lap 14
Landon Cassill, Lap 15
Paul Menard, Laps 16-19
Matt Kenseth, Lap 20
Joey Logano, Laps 21-31
Denny Hamlin, Laps 32-34
Carl Edwards, Laps 35-37
Joey Logano, Lap 38
Carl Edwards, Laps 39-40
Jimmie Johnson, Lap 41
Joey Logano, Laps 42-51
David Gilliland, Lap 52
Kyle Busch, Lap 53
Joey Logano, Laps 54-56
Greg Biffle, Laps 57-58
Jimmie Johnson, Lap 59
Greg Biffle, Laps 60-94

Lead changes as of Lap 94: 22
Record at Talladega: 88 in April of 2010

Cautions:
Lap 13 (Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick wreck in Turn 1)
Lap 49 (debris near the start-finish line)

Best lap: Greg Biffle | 47.253 seconds | 202.568 mph

What to watch for:

Unprecedented: Danica Patrick has led the race on two occasions for a total of five laps. She's the first female to ever lead a Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. Patrick started the day in the seventh position. She led Laps 6 and 7 and also 9-12.

Joey again: After winning his second race of the season last week at Richmond, Joey Logano has led the most laps (25) of his career in a restrictor-plate race in the first half of Talladega. But Logano complained over the radio that he was starting to feel loose in Lap 48, roughly a quarter into the race.

Biffle's on: Greg Biffle, who started 35th, has led 35 of the first 94 laps. Biffle took the lead for the first time on Lap 57, and after giving it up briefly to Jimmie Johnson, regained it on Lap 59. Biffle has never finished higher than fourth (2009) at Talladega.

Top rookie: Austin Dillon was in fourth on Lap 57 and has run among the top 10 for most of the day after starting fifth. He has one top-10 finish this season and entered Sunday's race with 252 points, which ranks 14th in the standings. He has the top ranking among Sprint Cup rookies. Four rookies were running among the top 15 on Lap 79.

Bad luck for: Jamie McMurray sustained damage to his left front when he went down onto the grass to avoid the Brad Keselowski-Danica Patrick wreck. After pitting to fix the damage, he was 42nd, six laps off the lead.