Sunday, April 17, 2011 – Jimmie Johnson passed Jeff Gordon for the 88th lead change, tying a series record, on the final lap of the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. There had also been 88 lead changes the previous year at Talladega.
• Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick finished first through fifth. It was Johnson’s 54th career victory in NASCAR’s premier series.
• There were five lead changes in the final five laps of the 188-lap race with Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Edwards, Gordon and Johnson moving to the point.
• Twenty-six of the 43 drivers in the starting lineup led at least one lap. Bowyer led the most at 38.
• At 2.66 miles, Talladega is the longest track on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.