THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Banquet 400
Nextel Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, October 10, 2004 in Kansas City, KS
NOTE: Kansas is located in the Central Time Zone, all times listed here are in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead)
- TV: NBC 2:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, October 13 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, October 14 [Full Race] at 12:00pm/et;
Friday, October 15 [Fast Forward] at 1:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,696,382 (was $5,286,510 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, October 8, 12:20pm/et - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, October 9, 10:30 - 11:15am/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 9, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 8, 11:20am/et
- Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, October 8 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et and live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 15 degrees; frontstretch: 10.4 degrees; backstretch: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
- Track Website: www.kansasspeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2003 Kansas Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550
Tire Codes: Left - D-6810; Right - D-6812
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 30 psi;
Left Rear - 30 psi;
Right Front - 48 psi;
Right Rear - 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 24 psi;
Left Rear - 24 psi;
Right Front - 46 psi;
Right Rear - 42 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series will compete
on the same tire codes this weekend at Kansas . . . this will be the
first time these teams will run this particular combination of left-
and right-side tires at Kansas, though Nextel Cup teams have run them
eight times already this season . . . in addition to Kansas, Nextel
Cup teams will run this same combination at California, Charlotte,
Dover, Michigan, Chicago in 2004 . . . teams are required to run inner
liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . the air pressure in
the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire
Development: "This is the most familiar tire set-up Goodyear will
bring to the track in 2004, with Cup teams scheduled to run this
combination a total of 10 times this season. As far as the track
goes, Kansas is one of the 'new' tracks on the Cup schedule, and as
the asphalt ages, the racing groove widens out and should make for
more side-by-side racing."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Kansas for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, August 2004, Pocono, $90,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., October 2004, Talladega, $90,000
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Kansas: $10,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Dover: Ryan Newman, $15,000*
Talladega: Casey Mears, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 12
Jeff Gordon 11
Matt Kenseth 6
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Pit Stall Selections - NONE, was not sent to me this week...sorry
(will probably not continue with it anymore, hate to be inconsistent)
- Nemechek and the US Army win at Kansas: #01-Joe Nemechek won the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway as Nemechek sweeps the Cup and Busch races at the track, along with winning the pole. It is Nemechek's 4th career win, the first ever win in a car with the #01 in the Cup Series, Nemechek's first win since Richmond in May 2003, 54 races ago. All four wins have been in four different car numbers [#42, #33, #25 and now #01]. #21-Ricky Rudd [Air Force an assoc.] had an exciting duel to the end and finished 2nd, Rudd's first top-five of the season. The rest of the top-five: #16-Biffle [National Guard], #38-Sadler and #19-Mayfield. Rookie #77-Brendan Gaughan had a top-10, that is two in a row now. Two Chase contenders had bad days, #12-Newman wrecked and finished 33rd and #48-Johnson got loose and spun, finishing 32nd, both with DNF's.
See race results at:
Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards Page
- Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Kansas:
In the Chase......
#97 Kurt Busch 5685
#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -29
#24 Jeff Gordon -79
#38 Elliott Sadler -143
#6 Mark Martin -150
#20 Tony Stewart -173
#17 Matt Kenseth -180
#12 Ryan Newman -232
#48 Jimmie Johnson -247
#19 Jeremy Mayfield -257
the race for 11th
11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 3736
12th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -82
Standings at Jayski's Driver/Owners Points after Kansas Page or NASCAR.com.(10-10-2004)
- Kansas News and Notes:
---- Joe Nemechek won the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods,
scoring his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 352nd career
start. His last victory came at Richmond May 3, 2003, 55 races ago.
---- It was Nemechek's first victory in 2004.
---- Nemechek became
the 13th different race winner in 2004.
---- Nemechek has scored his
four victories with four different owners: Felix Sabates, Andy Petree,
Rick Hendrick and Nelson Bowers.
---- Nemechek scored his first
victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway. His
previous best finish was fourth in 2002.
---- Nemechek scored his
first weekend sweep winning both the NASCAR Busch Series and NEXTEL
Cup races. Dale Earnhardt Jr., was the last driver to score a weekend
sweep (Bristol August 27-28, 2004)
---- Nemechek climbed from 24th
to 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
---- Nemechek led
twice for 41 laps including the final 37. Jeremy Mayfield led five
times for 72 laps, leading the most laps for the second time in 2004.
---- This was the 17th victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has
nine and Dodge has four.
Notebook Items The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL
---- With six races remaining, 10 drivers continue The Chase for
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. First to 10th in the standings are separated by
257 points with the biggest margin occurring between third-place Jeff
Gordon and fourth-place Elliott Sadler, who are separated by 64
---- Four drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions
at Kansas Speedway.
---- All 10 drivers competing in The Chase for
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup scored at least one victory in the first 26
races of the 2004 season. Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt
Jr. posted victories in the first three races of the 10-race Chase to
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with Joe Nemechek becoming the first non-Chase
---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch are the only
drivers to score top-10 finishes in each of the first four races in
---- Four of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup posted top-10 finishes in the Banquet 400.
---- Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th
in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more
than $400,000 over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which
will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place
driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December. Currently, Jamie
McMurray holds the 11th-place position by 82 points over 12th-place
---- Ricky Rudd (second) scored his best finish in 2004
and second top-10 finish of the season. It was his third top-10 finish
in four races at Kansas Speedway. This was Rudd's best finish since
he finished second at New Hampshire September 14th, 2003.
Biffle (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2004. It was his
first top-10 finish in three races at Kansas Speedway.
Sadler (fourth) scored his best finish and first top-10 at Kansas
Speedway. It was the 13th top-10 finish in 2004. Sadler climbed from
eighth to fourth in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
Mayfield (fifth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his
third straight top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway.
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus will be worth $20,000 at Lowe's
---- Matt Kenseth (17th) dropped from fifth to
seventh in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. It marked his third
straight finish of 14th or worse.
---- Heading to Lowe's Motor
Speedway Jimmie Johnson has competed in six races at Lowe's Motor
Speedway. He posted a DNF, finishing 39th in his first race there. Since then, he
has finished seventh or better, including two victories, in five
races. Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's in May.
Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 65 straight
races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-10-2004)
- StockCarFans.Com - Rumblings - Kansas: It got tight at the end, but it was the same car that led us to the green
that went to Victory Lane. Joe Nemechek had a pretty good weekend (pole on Friday, win on Saturday, win on Sunday) and ended up the 13th different winner of the season today at Kansas Speedway in the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods. Front Row Joe held on over Ricky Rudd for a winning margin of less than 1/10th of a second! It was a really nice military day as the Army won, the Air Force was second, the National Guard was third, and that well-known watchdog ToTo was 4th!
We also had a "Holy-Moly" uttered in the winners post-race interview. I believe that is acceptable, but we better wait till Tuesday for the final ruling from the Judges. This was career win #4 for Nemechek (he's tied for 65th on the all-time win list), and was his first win since Richmond in May of 2003 (breaking a 54 race losing streak). The first win for the #01 team was worth $279,725.
Ricky Rudd (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Loudon in September of 2003.
Greg Biffle (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Michigan in August.
Shane Hmiel (24th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 29th at Richmond last month.
Jimmy Spencer (25th) had his best finish since he was 19th at The Brickyard in August.
STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 5 Top-10's in a row.
Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in a row.
Jamie McMurray has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
Joe Nemechek and Ricky Rudd both scored their first Top-5's of the season today....bringing us equal with last year as we've had 30 drivers to score that mark.
This week's Elevator...UP: We have no Operator this week....Rusty Wallace (+18) gets Honorable Mention. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (-28) followed by Ryan Newman (-26). JJ is now tied with teammate Jeff Gordon with 4 BD's this season.
It's a shame that NASCAR has decided that our "Classic" points battles just weren't good enough.....cause you'd have arguably the two biggest names slugging it out one point apart! In "Classic" mode, Jeff Gordon would hold a one marker lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 6 races to go.
The best move forward in "Classic" points goes to Greg Biffle (21st to 18th) and Joe Nemechek (24th to 21st). Sterling Marlin (19th to 22nd) fell three spots. You'll also notice that Jamie McMurray would be all the way up to 8th and Dale Jarrett cracks the Top-10 this week as well. It's just a shame that their hard work goes totally unnoticed under this new system.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(10-10-2004)
- The Banquet 400
at Kansas Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 267 of 267 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#01-Nemechek (1)(41 laps led)
#21-Rudd (12)(2 laps led)
#16-Biffle (6)(64 laps led)
#38-Sadler (11)(2 laps led)
#19-Mayfield (3)(72 laps led)
#97-Busch (22)(1 laps led)
#42-McMurray (10)(19 laps led)
#88-Jarrett (9)(2 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (8)
- Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (12):
#02-Sadler (rear end-out);
#50-Bodine (sterrling box-out);
#22-Wimmer (over heating-out);
#29-Harvick (over heating-out);
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 24 lead changes):
#12-Newman (8 - halfway);
- Lap leaders: #01-Nemechek pole 1 - 4; #19-Mayfield 5-16; #9-Kahne 17-19; #19-Mayfield 20-62; #16-Biffle 63-73; #19-Mayfield 74; #12-Newman 75-76; #21-Rudd 77-78; #97-Busch 79; #9-Kahne 80-110; #16-Biffle 111-130; #19-Mayfield 131; #12-Newman 132-137; #88-Jarrett 138-139; #9-Kahne 140-143; #19-Mayfield 144-158; #41-Mears 159-172; #16-Biffle 173-195-; #88-Jarrett 196-197; #9-Kahne 198; #5-Labonte 199; #16-Biffle 200-209; #42-McMurray 210-228; #38-Sadler 229-330; #01-Nemechek 231-267.
Cautions: 9 for 39 laps
Caution 9 - Laps 252 - 254: #31-Gordon got loose in turn 4 and spun into the grass.
Caution 8 - Laps 242 - 245: #9-Kahne got too close to #15-Waltrip, got loose, #17-Kenseth got into the #9, who spun thru the grass on the backstretch.
Caution 7 - Laps 215 - 217: #48-Johnson got loose hit the wall and spun into the grass, doing a lot of damage to the nose/front end.
Caution 6 - Laps 210 - 213: #12-Newman spun in the exit of turn 4 got into the wall and came back down the track and spun thru the grass. Lost the drive shaft when the tried to leave the pits.
Caution 5 - Laps 198 - 203: #41-Mears lost a right front and wacked the wall and left debris on the track.
Caution 4 - Laps 153 - 156: #97-Busch go loose off turn 3 and spun around and #48-Johnson got tapped by someone while checking up and spun.
Caution 3 - Laps 142 - 150: #84-Busch hit the wall and left a brake rotor on the track.
Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 19: #99-Edwards got loose and spun on the frontstretch.
Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: #40-Marlin slowed on the track and left part of the drive shaft on the track.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 9: #2-Wallace, 18th
Caution 8: #31-Gordon, 28th
Caution 7: #99-Edwards, 22nd
Caution 6: #25-Vickers, 19th
Caution 5: #32-Hamilton Jr., 23rd
Caution 4: #6-Martin, 20th
Caution 3: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 9th
Caution 2: #43-Green, 29th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on lap 263, #48-Johnson was black flagged for being too slow.
---- #12-Newman is back on the track as of lap 248, 39 laps down.
---- #48-Johnson is back on the track after the team made repairs, 18 laps down; #41-Mears is back on the track after the team made repairs, 24 laps down as of lap 238.
---- just before the drop of the green flag after the 5th caution, #24-Gordon, #2-Wallace and #18-Labonte all came in to top of the fuel.
---- #29-Harvick is slowing down and spewing water, temps going up on lap 160, could be an engine problem.
---- #97-Busch had to pit twice during the 4th caution as the ydidn't reset the roofflap that deployed during his spin.
---- during the third caution, #48-Johnson came in a few times to try to adjust the car.
---- #6-Martin had to make a 2nd pitstop as he hit #84-Busch's brake rotor that was on the track on lap 140.
---- #23-Hmiel spun on pit road on lap 137 and held for a one-lap penalty.
---- green flag pit stops took place around the lap 132-138 range. #48-Johnson came into his pit out of gas.
---- on #2-Wallace's right side window popped off during his lap 132 pit stop and he had to come back in for a 2nd stop to have it put back on.
---- #9-Kahne, out of the pit stop sequence, made his scheduled pit stop on lap 121. The rest of the leaders should be in around lap 135, unless a caution comes thru.
---- #16-Biffle is reporting he may have a right rear tire going down on lap 89.
---- #0-Burton did a full spin while entering pit road on his lap 78 pit stop. Has no brakes.
---- green flag pit stops took place around the lap 74-78 range.
---- #84-Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road during a lap 73 pit stop.
---- the only car not to make a pit stop during the 2nd caution, #9-Kahne, made his scheduled pit stop on lap 59.
---- as of lap 40, it is being reported that there is debris on the grill of the car, temps are up a tad, but the team is not worried.
---- #40-Marlin is back on the track after the team made repairs, 22 laps down.
---- #17-Kenseth has a slight tire rub after making contact with #29-Harvick on pitroad on during the 2nd caution.
---- #24-Gordon had to make a 2nd pit stop as the team left an adjusting wrench in the car on the 2nd Caution pit stop.
---- #25-Vickers may had run into the rear of #2-Wallace's car during 2nd caution pit stops, no word on damage.
---- on lap 14, #43-Green made an unscheduled pitstop, no idea why.
---- to the back: engine changes by #02, #94, #72
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Kansas?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 1st
- Where do the Chase Drivers start/finish at Kansas:
1. #97-Kurt Busch, 22nd/finished 6th
2. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th/9th
3. #24-Jeff Gordon, started 30th/13th
4. #6-Mark Martin, 18th/20th
5. #17-Matt Kenseth, 15th/17th
6. #20-Tony Stewart, 24th/14th
7. #12-Ryan Newman, 7th/32nd
8. #38-Elliott Sadler, 11th/4th
9. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 14th/32nd
10. #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3rd/5th
- Happy Hour practice at Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400 is over, the fastest:
#38-Sadler 175.092 [starts 11th]
#77-Gaughan 175.058 [13th]
#12-Newman 174.831 [7th]
#21-Rudd 174.622 [12th]
#9-Kahne 174.008 [2nd]
slowest are: #98-Gunselman 161.055 and #02-Sadler 167.577
no speed listed for #72-Shelmerdine
most laps run: #9-Kahne, 48; #97-Busch, 47
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
Incidents: #31-Gordon got loose and spun, just flat-spotted his tires, no other damage.
Speeds listed at or NASCAR.com
See speeds and links for all the sessions on my 2004 Practice Leader and Links page, tell ya where the leaders in every practice in 2004 started and finished with links to each practice.(10-9-2004)
- Saturday's Frist Practiceat Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400 is over, the fastest:
#19-Mayfield 176.102 [starts 3rd]
#9-Kahne 176.068 [2nd]
#38-Sadler 175.890 [11th]
#48-Johnson 175.856 [4th]
#88-Jarrett 175.285 [9th]
slowest are #72-Shelmerdine 163.191 and #98-Gunselman 166.400
no speeds listed for: #94-Barrett
most laps run: #20-Stewart, 49; #17-Kenseth, 38
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
Speeds listed at or NASCAR.com.(10-9-2004)
- It's Front Row Joe again, this time at Kansas: #01-Joe Nemechek won the Budweiser pole at Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400 with a speed of 180.156mph. The rest of the top five: #9-Kasey Kahne, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #18-Bobby Labonte. Best Ford qualifier is #16-Greg Biffle at 6th. For qualifying results, practice vs. qualifying speeds, pole progression, where the rookies qualified on Jayski's Kansas Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup page.
Talladega Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup Links at:
- Kansas Qualifying Notes:
---- Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods, lapping Kansas Speedway in 29.974 seconds at 180.156 mph. Jimmie Johnson holds the track-qualifying record of 29.938 seconds, 180.373 mph - set Oct. 3, 2003.
---- This is Nemechek's eighth career Bud Pole in 352 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Talladega, one race ago.
---- It is Nemechek's first start better than 12th in four races at Kansas.
---- There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Kansas Speedway: Jason Leffler (2001), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002), Jimmie Johnson (2003) and Nemechek.
---- Nemechek became the seventh multiple Bud Pole winner in 2004. Jeff Gordon (six), Ryan Newman (five), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey Mears (two), Brian Vickers (two) and Jeremy Mayfield (two) are the other drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second New Hampshire due to weather.
---- This is the fifth time in 2004, that a driver has posted back-to-back Bud Poles, including four straight by Jeff Gordon (Michigan through Chicago). Casey Mears posted back-to-back Bud Poles at second Pocono and Indianapolis.
---- This is 12th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge has 13 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
---- Kasey Kahne had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 30.125 seconds at 179.253 mph and will join Nemechek on the front row. It is his first race at Kansas. This is Kahne's 12th top-10 start in 2004, including seven on the front row.
---- Jeremy Mayfield (third) posted his 16th top-10 start in 2004. It is his first start better than 14th in four races at Kansas.
---- Jimmie Johnson (fourth) posted his 18th top-10 start in 2004. It is his third consecutive start of fourth or better in as many races at Kansas. He started second in his rookie season (2002) and won the Bud Pole here in 2003.
---- Bobby Labonte (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 start in 2004. It is his third top-10 start in four races at Kansas Speedway.
---- Only four of the 10 drivers involved in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top-10: Mayfield, Johnson, Ryan Newman (seventh) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (eighth). All three of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Kansas have been won from a
starting position of 11th or better.
---- Jeff Gordon (30th) failed to qualify in the top-10 for the first time in his four races at Kansas Speedway. He and Bill Elliott were the only drivers to start in the top-10 in the first three Kansas races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-8-2004)
- Stock Car Fans Ramblings: Front Row Joe makes it two in a row! Joe Nemechek grabbed the Bud Pole today at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods, and he was the only car under 30 seconds (29.974 to be exact, a speed of 180.156 mph). After taking last week's top-spot at Talladega Superspeedway, this becomes pole #2 for the season and #8 in his Cup career. Joe will be joined on the front-row by Kasey Kahne, the 7th time the Rookie has started in either of the top two-spots.
Bobby Labonte (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Texas in April.
Greg Biffle (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Chicagoland in July.
Brendan Gaughan (13th....and you gotta love that hair!) has his best starting spot since he started 10th at Pocono in July.
Todd Bodine (20th) has his best starting spot since he started 7th at Atlanta last October!
Jimmy Spencer (33rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 33rd at the Brickyard in August.
STREAKIN....Jeremy Mayfield has 8 Top-10 starts in a row.
Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(10-8-2004)
- OUT I have three teams OUT of provisionals - provisionals were not charged at Talladega and looks like they will not be charged at Kansas, as there are five teams not eligible to use a charged provisional, with 47 drivers making an attempt, only 42 are eligible, so provisionals shouldn't be charged.
#50-Todd Bodine/Jeff Fuller, needs to attempt 2 races, to get one awarded, and can use it in the 2nd race.
#89-Morgan Shepherd is once again out and needs to attempt 5 more races to get a provisional.
#72-Kirk Shelmerdine, needs to attempt Kansas and will get to use a provisional and since the provisional won't be charged, Kirk will have it to use at the next race.(10-8-2004)
- Friday Practrice at Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400 is over, the fastest:
[track record is 180.373mph]
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 178.897
slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 165.853 and #98-Gunselman 166.981
most laps run: #20-Stewart, 31; #42-McMurray, 30
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
NOTES: #99-Edwards wrecked the primary car and pulled the backup out, but is using the engine from the wrecked car which means he will not have to go to the rear on Sunday. #02-Sadler lost and engine or a rear or had a bad oil leak, not sure yet.
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(10-8-2004)
- Qualifying Order links are up. 47 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #20-Tony Stewart. Last due out is #02-Hermie Sadler.(10-8-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- Entry List for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
added #94-Brad Teague
remove #92-Stanton Barrett, #37-Lepage and #80-Derrike Cope.(10-7-2004)
Stanton Barrett listed in the #94 car now.(10-8-2004)
down to 47 cars
- Entry List Links:
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot Heading to Kansas
---- Dale Earnhardt Jr., has scored four top-10 finishes in the last four races.
---- Kurt Busch has scored nine consecutive top-15 finishes.
---- Mark Martin has scored eight consecutive top-15 finishes.
---- Ryan Newman has finished first or second in all three races at Kansas.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-5-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only three driver who have made all the Cup races in 2004 have won more then $100,000 in each race:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(10-5-2004)
- Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 10/2/2003, 180.373mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jimmie Johnson, 180.373mph, finished 7th
- 2003 Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 121.630mph, started 11th
- Track Race Record: Ryan Newman, 10/5/2003, 121.630mph
- Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
- Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 1, with three drivers: Earnhardt Jr., Leffler , Johnson 
- Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon [2 wins, 5th], Ryan Newman [win, 2 2nds]
- Most Top 10s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace
- Oldest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 31 years, 1 month, 25 days, 9/29/02
- Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/03
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 9/29/02, 116 laps
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 10/5/03, 28
- Most Lead Changes: 23 - 10/5/03
- Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/02
- Most Leaders: 12 - 9/30/01
- Fewest Leaders: 10 - 9/29/02
- Most Cautions: 13, 9/30/01
- Most Caution Laps: 70, 9/30/01
- Fewest Cautions: 9, 10/5/03
- Fewest Caution Laps: 47 - 10/5/03
- Most Running at the Finish: 34 - 10/5/03
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/02
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 2 - Chevy
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ryan Newman, 10/5/03, started 11th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 3] 0.0%
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 1 of 3 - 33.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 2 of 3 - 66.6%
- Some Residents Still Bitter: Residents who were forced to move to make way for Kansas Speedway are still bitter about being kicked out of their long-time homes. Five years ago, 146 homes and four businesses just north of Interstate 70 in Wyandotte County were forced to move. Track supporters said the speedway would bring in millions of dollars each year to the financially depressed area. The track has done all it was expected to do. But that doesn't erase the memories of the people who feel they were treated unfairly. This weekend's NASCAR races have brought tens of thousands of people -- and their money -- to the track. Officials say that alone justifies the decisions made five years ago.(wibw.com)(10-10-2004)
- Kansas Sold Out: Though tickets to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races at Kansas Speedway are sold out, Friday qualifying tickets are available for as little as $10. To purchase O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day tickets, please call Kansas Speedway toll free at 866.460 RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com.(PR)(10-5-2004)
- Kansas to add 1600 seats: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced today that 1,600 seats will be added to the facility for 2005. The new permanent grandstand seats will be added on grade along the front stretch near Turn 1. Because of Kansas Speedway's unique, bowl-shaped design, the new seat locations will continue to provide some of the best views of the race track, Pit Road and all the exciting track action from start to finish. Construction on the seats will begin shortly after the Oct. 10 Banquet 400. With the addition of the seats, the total capacity of Kansas Speedway's grandstand will be nearly 82,000. The new seats are bench-style seats with backs in varying shades of green, depicting Kansas' waving fields of wheat. Ticket renewals for 2005 will begin Oct. 18, the week after the race. Fans interested in becoming an RPM Ticket holder should call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE to be placed on the wait list.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-23-2004)
- Kansas puts in formal request for more seats: Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said Tuesday that he has made a formal request to expand seating at the Speedway. He said he requested adding 3,000 additional seats for the 2005 season. The request was directed to International Speedway Corporation, the company that owns the Kansas track. Boerger expects action will be taken on the request at the company's September board meeting.(Kansas City Star)(8-25-2004)
- Kansas to Add Seats? Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said he is getting ready to make a request to the speedway's parent company that more seats be added at Kansas. His request could be from 1,500 to 3,000 more seats. If granted, that would bring seating capacity at the four-year-old speedway in Wyandotte County [Kansas] to up to about 83,000. Boerger and his staff are currently conducting a study of precisely how many more seats to request. Once that is complete, the plan will be sent to North American Testing, which is a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation — the company that owns Kansas Speedway — which evaluates capital improvement projects. North American Testing will evaluate the proposal and then make a recommendation to International Speedway Corporation's upper management team. If that group approves, the proposal will go to ISC's board of directors, which gives the final go-ahead. The final word could come down as soon as December. Construction would begin almost immediately after the project is approved. New seats, if added, will be connected to the front-stretch grandstands near turn one. The first phase of grandstand seating at Kansas Speedway called for 78,000 seats to be constructed. Subsequent phases of construction were to raise seating to a maximum of 150,000 seats, with a separate grandstand on the backstretch portion of the track. Kansas Speedway continues to have a season ticket waiting list.(Kansas City Star)(8-12-2004)
- NASCAR denies Speedway rumor: Yes, Jeff Boerger said, he's heard the latest rumors and read the latest reports concerning the revamping of the Nextel Cup schedule for next year. Especially the rumors and reports that mention Kansas Speedway as a candidate to land a second Nextel Cup race as part of that revamping. But no, Boerger said, he doesn't put much stock in them. “It's all just pure speculation,” said Boerger, Speedway president. In the intervening months, there have been numerous reports in the media and on Internet sites about what other races would be moved and to which major markets those races would be awarded. Kansas Speedway has been mentioned as the possible recipient of a second Nextel Cup race in several of the reports. It was most recently mentioned this week by the Dallas Morning News. The stories' sources for the information were not identified. But on Friday, NASCAR chairman and chief executive officer Brian France said no decision on a second date for Kansas has been made. “They (Kansas Speedway) certainly would be in the running for another date,” France said. “Kansas City is a good speedway in a great market, but I can't tell you there will be another date there.” Phoenix International Raceway is also being considered for a second Cup date, and several reports have that facility moving ahead of Kansas in the derby to land another event.(Kansas City Star)(4-24-2004)
- Martinsville to lose a date? Kansas to get it? International Speedway Corp. is considering adding a second tour date at Kansas City next spring, possibly in May, and that could come at the expense of a Martinsville race.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-22-2004)
- Kansas Looking to Expand; Lights?: Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger said he will ask the board of directors for International Speedway Corporation, the track's parent company, for permission to add 3,000-5,000 more seats for the 2005 racing season. That request will be made at the December board meeting. Boerger said, if constructed, the new seats will be low-level seats, built into the berm near turn one. He also said that all recreational-vehicle spots for 2004 have been sold out. No decision has been made on erecting lights at the speedway. Boerger said he would still like to do that, and the subject will again be presented to the ISC board. They would be needed if the trucks race the same weekend as Cup and Busch because that race probably would be held on a Friday night.(Kansas City Star)(3-17-2004)
- Kansas to get SAFER: Kansas Speedway officials announced today that SAFER barriers will be installed at the track in the coming months. Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers are scheduled to be in place around the 1.5-mile trioval in time for the track's Banquet 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Oct. 10. "Soft wall technology is vital to the safety of the drivers who race at Kansas Speedway, and we are proud to be one of the growing number of ISC tracks that recognizes this," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "I applaud NASCAR for encouraging racetracks to install the system." Scientists at the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility developed the SAFER barrier, which absorbs some of the energy in a crash and lessens the impact on a driver. The SAFER barrier at Kansas Speedway will be made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam and affixed to the track's retainer wall between Turns 1 and 2, and Turns 3 and 4. The SAFER wall at Kansas Speedway will be 40 inches high, and extend through the inside of the turns about 30 inches from the wall. From start to finish, it will take engineers about three weeks to install the barriers.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-16-2004)
- Kansas Sold Out: For an unprecedented fourth time in as many years, Kansas Speedway® officials announced tickets for the five races that make up the track’s 2004 RPM Ticket season are sold out. Tickets for 2004 sold out even faster than each of the past previous years because of a high renewal rate among season ticket holders and an extensive waiting list that had been compiled since last year’s sellout. Speedway President Jeff Boerger encouraged race fans interested in 2005 events at Kansas Speedway to call and be placed on a waiting list. A waiting list for tickets is being compiled for 2005. Anyone interested in purchasing RPM tickets for future seasons at Kansas Speedway should call the track’s ticket office at 913.328.RACE to be added to the wait list. Future expansion and addition of seats at Kansas Speedway is based on the waiting list. Though race tickets are sold out, companies interested in hosting a hospitality event at Kansas Speedway during the race weekends should call a speedway Marketing and Sales Department representative for details about corporate entertaining in the speedway’s Hospitality Village. For the first time since the track opened, a limited number of hospitality chalets are available.(Kansas Speedway PR)(1-26-2004)
- Woman indicted in Kansas Ticket scam: A grand jury has indicted a southeast Missouri woman with selling fake NASCAR tickets on the Internet. Olivia Doty, 28, of Marshfield, faces eight counts of unlawful merchandising practices. According to the indictment, Doty used the Internet auction site eBay to advertise tickets to the NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet 400 and the Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 races held in October at Kansas Speedway. The indictment said fans bought eight sets of tickets for a total of $7,143.93, but none of the purchasers received the tickets and some of the seats Doty sold tickets for do not exist.(thekansascitychannel.com/AP)(1-1-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway
- Waltrip to Make 600th Career NASCAR Cup Start at Kansas Speedway: #15-Michael Waltrip will make his 600th career Nextel Cup start at Kansas Speedway in Sunday's Banquet 400. "When I left Kentucky, I knew I wanted to be a Cup Series driver. With a lot of help from a lot of people and a never quit attitude, I was able to start my Cup career. Since that point, it has been a fun ride. Winning is what it is all about. Being able to win several (NASCAR) Busch Series races and a couple of Daytona 500s has given me a sense of accomplishment and gives me the drive to continue being a winning racecar driver."(Falgren PR)(10-6-2004)
- The Longest Line Rule: NASCAR officials reaffirmed in the drivers meeting that the car that gets its lap back [Lucky Dog] in a restart must start at the tail end of the longest line. That car can move up before the restart only if other cars ahead pull to the bottom of the track in a sign for series officials that they're letting the car by.(News and Record)(9-7-2004)
- Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Can you say 'Hemi'? Sweeet: Jeremy Mayfield's No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will carry a special orange HEMI paint scheme for this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. The paint scheme is running to promote the success of the new HEMI engine available in many of Chrysler Group's vehicles including the 2004 Dodge Ram, Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300C. The special paint scheme will mark the first return of the HEMI brand to NASCAR Cup Series racing since the early 70s.(ClearBlue/Evernham Motorsports PR)(10-7-2004)
- #41 in the Pink for 3 race....for a good cause: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will unveil new paint schemes for their race cars competing in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Indy Racing League's IndyCar series during the month of October. In partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Target will use the team's race cars as vehicles to help promote breast cancer awareness to racing fans across the country. Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Casey Mears will take the helm of a pink #41 Dodge for three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in October, which include Talladega (October 3rd), Kansas (October 10th) and Martinsville (October 24th). "It's great to know that we have the opportunity to make a difference in so many lives and help The Breast Cancer Research Foundation," said Mears. "I've driven a red car, a black car and a green car, but this is definitely my first time driving a pink car. It's an honor to represent Target and play a role in their initiative to raise awareness and money for a foundation that will ultimately save lives." In addition to the pink ribbon paint schemes, the Target team will make a donation to BCRF for every lap completed in each of the four races by drivers Mears, IRL Drivers Scott Dixon, and Darren Manning (NASCAR and IRL) for up to a total of $50,000. All Target Racing team members in both series will also take part in the promotion by wearing pink ribbons on their firesuits or crew shirts to show their support to those touched by breast cancer, as well as raise awareness and encourage fans to help raise vital funds for BCRF. The racing.target.com team website will undergo a pink make-over for the entire month as well. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Target also will unveil an exclusive line of beautiful pink items this October. One hundred percent of the profits benefit BCRF. The full line of products is available online at target.com/breastcancer, with select items available in stores. For donations or more information on The Breast Cancer Research Foundation see www.bcrfcure.org.(Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-27-2004)
- "and your little dog too......" #24-Jeff Gordon, #77-Brendan Gaughan, #10-Scott Riggs and #38-Elliott Sadler are the four cars that are scheduled to run "The Wizard of Oz" 65th Anniversary paint schemes at Kansas in October. Dorothy's dog Toto will replace the Pedigree dog on the No. 38, while Jeff Gordon will sport a rainbow colored car featuring the Cowardly Lion.(RacingOne)(5-29-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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