THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: Checkers Auto Parts 500

    Nextel Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 7, 2004 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Time Difference: Phoenix is two hours behind Eastern time(ET)
    the Phoenix, Arizona area does NOT turn back the clock and is always on Standard time, all times here are ET. Here is a site that explains it: webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/f.html

  • TV: NBC 3:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 3:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, November 10 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, November 11 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, November 12 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and guests

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,844,100 (was $4,436,424 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, November 5, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, November 6, 11:30am - 12:15pm/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 6, 1:10 - 1:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 5, 11:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, November 5 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et and 12:00am/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: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: None
    Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Grandstand seating: 76,812

  • Track Homepage: www.phoenixintlraceway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Phoenix Race Info Page.


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup; Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550;
    Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325

    Tire Codes:
    Left - D-6830;
    Right - D-6832

    Tire Circumference:
    Left - 87.3 in.;
    Right - 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi;
    Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Front - 30 psi;
    Right Rear - 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 15 psi;
    Left Rear - 15 psi;
    Right Front - 28 psi;
    Right Rear - 25 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Phoenix . . . all three NASCAR series will compete on the same tires this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is just the third race Nextel Cup teams will run these tire codes, having run them in both races at New Hampshire earlier this season . . . other tracks at which these codes were used in major NASCAR competition in 2004 include Gateway, Indianapolis (Raceway Park), Memphis, Milwaukee, Nazareth and Pikes Peak. . . as on most NASCAR one-mile ovals, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "This particular tire combination, which Cup teams have run twice at Loudon earlier this season, is Goodyear's short- to intermediate-track set-up in the 2004 tire line. This is the third and final time Cup teams will race on these codes this year, though Busch and Truck teams have used them more extensively."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Phoenix International Raceway 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
    (10-25-2004)

  • 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 Phoenix: $30,000

    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
    Kansas: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Kurt Busch, $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
    Atlanta: Mark Martin, $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 7
    (10-31-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Dale Jr. repeats at Phoenix: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, his 2nd win in a row at the track, his 6th of 2004 and 15th of his career. Earnhardt Jr. also led the most laps with 118 as the race ran three laps long with a Green-White-Checker finish as there was a late caution and debris and oil on the track after #41-Mear wrecked and #31-Gordon lost an engine in unrelated incidents. #12-Ryan Newman finished 2nd, followed by #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick and #9-Kahne. Harvick and Kahne beat and banged a bit on the last few laps going for 4th, then had words on pit road after Kahne tapped Harvicks car on pitroad. #97-Busch finished 10th and maintains the points lead, now down from 96 to 41 with #24-Gordon 2nd and Earnhardt Jr. up to 3rd, only 47 points back.
    See race results at:
    Jayski's Phoenix Race Results/Awards Page
    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(11-7-2004)

  • Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after 315 of 312 laps at Phoenix:
    In the Chase......
    #97 Kurt Busch 6191
    #24 Jeff Gordon -41
    #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -47
    #48 Jimmie Johnson -48
    #6 Mark Martin -102
    #20 Tony Stewart -142
    #12 Ryan Newman -150
    #38 Elliott Sadler -322
    #17 Matt Kenseth -336
    #19 Jeremy Mayfield -355
    the race for 11th
    11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 4286
    12th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -215
    Standings at:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix
    NASCAR.com

  • Phoenix Race Notes:
    ---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline, scoring his 15th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 181st career start. His last victory came at Talladega October 3, 2004, five races ago.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr. moved into a tie with Ernie Irvan for 40th on NASCAR' all-time win list.
    ---- It is Earnhardt Jr.’s sixth victory in 2004 and his second victory in five races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third straight top-10 finish at the Arizona superspeedway, including back-to-back victories.
    ---- Twelve of Earnhardt's 15 victories have occurred on superspeedways.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr. climbed from fifth to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr. led three times for 118 laps including the final 12, leading the most laps for the fifth time in 2004.
    ---- This was the 21st victory for Chevrolet. Ford has nine and Dodge has four. Chevrolet leads Ford (555-553) in all-time victories (since 1949). Notebook Items The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    ---- First to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings are separated by 355 points, and the top-four drivers are separated by only 48 points. The Chase began with a 45-point separation between first and 10th at Race No. 27 at New Hampshire. The largest current point margin is between seventh-place Ryan Newman and eighth-place Elliott Sadler (172 points).
    ---- Six of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted top-10 finishes in the 2004 Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline Four drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions in the race.
    ---- Seven of the eight Chase races have been won by drivers competing in The Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson), Atlanta ( Jimmie Johnson) and Phoenix (Dale Earnhardt Jr.). Kansas (Joe Nemechek) is the only race that was won by a non-Chase driver.
    ---- Kurt Busch is the only driver to score a top-10 finish in seven of the eight races in the Chase.
    ---- Entering Phoenix, six drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart were in the 156-point window which would allow any of the six to leave Phoenix with the point lead. Leaving Phoenix, with two races remaining, seven drivers are in the point window in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and are all within 150 points of the point leader and could possibly overtake Kurt Busch at Darlington Raceway for the point lead. Newman joined the group as a result of his second-place finish.
    ---- Eighth through 10th all trail by more than 156 points and cannot overtake Kurt Busch at Darlington.
    ---- Three of the Chase drivers finished 21st or worse in the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline: Jeremy Mayfield (21st), Matt Kenseth (36th) and Elliott Sadler (38th).
    ---- Ryan Newman (second) scored his 14th top-10 finish of the season. It was second top-five finish in five races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    ---- Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 23rd top-10 finish in 2004. It was his 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Phoenix.
    ---- Kevin Harvick (fourth) scored his 13th top-10 finish of the season. It was his first top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    ---- Kasey Kahne (fifth) scored his 13th top-10 finish of the season. It was his first race at Phoenix International Raceway.
    ---- Bobby Labonte (ninth) scored his first top-10 finish since he finished seventh at Daytona in July, 17 races ago.
    ---- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader bonus will be worth $60,000 at Darlington Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-7-2004)

  • StockCarFans.Com - Rumblings - Phoenix: We beat the rain, and finished in the gloaming, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. held on today at Phoenix International Raceway to win the Checker Auto Parts 504.8 (didn't think I could convert miles to kilometers, huh?) as we went overtime to decide it. Jr's rather comfortable win (1.43 seconds) was good for #6 this season and the 15th of his career (he's tied with Ernie Irvan for 40th all-time). He also executes a back-to-back as he won this event last November. Win #21 for DEI was worth $274,503 from the over $4.8M in posted awards. We had a green/white/checked today and survived it again....
    Rusty Wallace (7th) had his best finish since he won at Martinsville in April. Bobby Labonte (9th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Daytona in July. Kevin Lepage (27th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Rockingham in February (only 15 races). STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: NOBODY! Bobby Labonte (+18) and Kurt Busch (+18) get honorable mention. DOWN: The Big Dropper (for the second week in a row) was Elliott Sadler (-29), followed by Casey Mears (-27), and Matt Kenseth (-20).
    The "Chase" got tighter today as Kurt Busch's lead is now down to 41 markers....this time over Jeff Gordon. The Top-4 are separated by 48 points. The bottom three will be eliminated (for all practical purposes) as soon as Busch throws the ignition switch next Sunday.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(11-7-2004)

  • The Checker Auto Parts 500
    at Phoenix International Raceway:

    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 315 of 312 laps:

    GREEN - WHITE - CHECKER

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (14)(118 laps led)
    #12-Newman (1)(59 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (8)(100 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (5)
    #9-Kahne (4)
    #48-Johnson (13)
    #2-Wallace (15)
    #20-Stewart (6)
    #18-Labonte (27)
    #97-Busch (28)(14 laps led)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8):
    #50-Bodine (vibration-out);
    #98-LaJoie (transmission-out);
    #89-Shepherd (handling-out);
    #0-Burton (rear end-out);
    #09-Sauter (accident-out);
    #17-Kenseth (engine-out);
    #31-Gordon (engine-out);
    #41-Mears (accident-out);

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 10 lead changes):
    #12-Newman (59);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (118, halfway, most led);
    #38-Sadler (16);
    #24-Gordon (100);
    #17-Kenseth (4);
    #97-Busch (14);
    #18-Labonte (4);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole, 1-59; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 60-107; #38-Sadler 108-123; #24-Gordon 124-144; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 145-202; #17-Kenseth 203-206; #97-Busch 207-220; #24-Gordon 221-223; #18-Labonte 224-227; #24-Gordon 228-303; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 304-315

    Cautions: 11 for 63 laps

    RED FLAG for bebris on the trac as of lap 309 and 6:41 until 6.51pm/et
    Caution 11 - Laps 308 - 313: #41-Mears finally lost his left rear tire and it blew, he spun around and smacked the wall, while in 3rd place.
    Caution 10 - Laps 299 - 302: #42-McMurray and #88-Jarrett got together, #42-McMurray spun and backed into the turn 2 wall, Jarrett ended up with a flat tire and had to pit, they were fighting for 13-14th spots.
    Caution 9 - Laps 283 - 293: #17-Kenseth finally lost the engine after limping around a few laps.
    Caution 8 - Laps 240 - 243: #09-Sauter got loose and went up the track and got tapped by #9-Kahne, spinning on the backstretch and hitting the inside wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 226 - 231: #5-Labonte checked up when #09-Sauter ran into #37-Lepage and #16-Biffle hit Labonte in the rear, Labonte spun around in turn 4.
    Caution 6 - Laps 155 - 159: #38-Sadler hit the wall, cutting down a tire, then wacked the turn 1 wall hard.
    Caution 5 - Laps 144 - 149: #10-Riggs got together with #49-Schrader and Riggs spun and blew a tire.
    Caution 4 - Laps 129 - 132: #42-McMurry spun, may had gotten tapped, #97-Busch got tapped by #12-Newman, who got hit by #6-Martin who spun, #99-Edwards hit #0-Burton who spun, #29-Harvick spun. No serious damage to any of the cars.
    Caution 3 - Laps 120 - 123: #14-Andretti got loose, shot up and smacked the turn 4 wall.
    RED FLAG for rain as of lap 110 and 4:07 until 4:28pm/et
    Caution 2 - Laps 106 - 114: #17-Kenseth lost a left rear tire. Also there are reports of rain.
    Caution 1 - Laps 77 - 80: #02-Sadler stalls on the track in turn 3.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 11: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 10: #43-Green, 23rd
    Caution 9: #25-Vickers, 18th
    Caution 8: #15-Waltrip(2), 17th
    Caution 7: #17-Kenseth, 36th
    Caution 6: #0-Burton, 40th
    Caution 5: #88-Jarrett, 22nd
    Caution 4: #5-Labonte, 32nd
    Caution 3: #32-Hamilton Jr., 16th
    Caution 2: #29-Harvick, 4th
    Caution 1: #15-Waltrip, 17th
    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)
    ---- at the start of the 11th caution, #31-Gordon's engine finally blew up.
    ---- on lap 305, #19-Mayfield had a flat tire and had to pit
    ---- on the 10th caution restart, #9-Kahne wacked the wall, but kept driving.
    ---- it is being reported that #41-Mears has a tire going out on lap 302, he plans to try to finish the race on it.
    ---- during the 9th caution, it was mentioned that #97-Busch has no first gear.
    ---- on lap 273, it is being reported that #31-Gordon, while running 2nd has lost a cylibder and #17-Kenseth is smoking, from the exhuast pipes.
    ---- on lap 255, while running in the top-10, #25-Vickers had a flat and made an unscheduled pitstop.
    ---- when the 7th caution came out, some teams had already made put stops, some were on pit road and soem didn't.
    ---- as of lap 218, #38-Sadler is back on the track after repairs were made, he is 62 laps down
    ---- green flag pit stops are occurring laps 198-205 range.
    ---- as of lap 195, #99-Edwards is back on the track after the team made eapirs to the car, 43 laps down.
    ---- on lap 135, #48-Johnson made an unscheduled stop as he thought he had a tire problem.
    ---- after green flag after the 2nd caution, #12-Newman slowed and had to come in with a flat right front tire/
    ---- all the cars on the lead lap came into pit during the 2nd caution, most got four tires but #38-Sadler, #24-Gordon, #25-Vickers, #31-Gordon were among those who changed 2 tires.....
    ---- everyone came into pit during the first caution.
    ---- to the back: #40-Marlin [engine change], #15-Waltrip [backup car], #37-Lepage [engine change]

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Phoenix?
    #12-Newman, 2nd
    #25-Vickers, 18th
    #01-Nemechek, 12th
    #9-Kahne, 5th
    #29-Harvick, 4th
    #20-Stewart, 8th
    #41-Mears, 34th DNF
    #24-Gordon, 3rd
    #38-Sadler, 38th
    #42-McMurray, 24th

  • GREEN FLAG moved Up: the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway race start time has been moved up from around 3:30pm/et to approx. 3:00pm/et [when the pre-race show was to start] due to threatening weather.(11-7-2004)

  • Rain...in Phoenix? figures...NASCAR comes to town and the rain comes to the desert. It rained overnight and this morning at Phoenix International Raceway and is overcast with rain still in the area. For weather see Raceweather.net or The Weather Channel

  • TO THE BACK [3]: #15-Michael Waltip wrecked in Happy Hour practice and had to go to a backup car and #40-Sterling Marlin's team and #37-Kevin Lepage team made engine changes.
    So Waltrip, Marlin and Lepage will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(11-6/7-2004)

  • JINX: No Cup pole-winner ever has won a race at Phoenix International Raceway in 16 races.(11-6-2004)

  • Milestones at Phoenix: Career start #600 for #6-Mark Martin. Career start #400 for #18-Bobby Labonte. #21-Ricky Rudd is scheduled to make his 750th consecutive start.(11-3-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #31-Gordon 130.312
    #9-Kahne 129.711
    #2-Wallace 129.562
    #43-Green 129.496
    #24-Gordon 129.482
    slowest: #89-Shepherd 123.258 and #50-Bodine 125.571
    most laps run: #18-Labonte, 51; #12-Newman and #21-Rudd, 50
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #2-Wallace 127.479
    #9-Kahne 127.376
    #43-Green 127.272
    #15-Waltrip hit the turn 4 wall hard and did a lot of right side damage and will go to a backup, Waltrip is scheduled to start 19th.
    #40-Marlin lost an engine and the team will change it.
    See speeds at:
    NASCAR.com.(11-6-2004)

  • Saturday's First Practice Session for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #17-Kenseth 130.785
    #29-Harvick 130.629
    #97-Busch 130.539
    #9-Kahne 130.501
    #48-Johnson 130.402
    slowest: #02-Sadler 125.056 and #98-LaJoie 125.497
    no speed listed for: #50-Bodine and #89-Shepherd
    most laps run: #21-Rudd and #8-Earnhardt Jr. 43
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 128.822
    #48-Johnson 128.537
    #12-Newman 128.468
    See speeds at:
    NASCAR.com.(11-6-2004)

  • Newman gets another pole, crushes track record at Phoenix: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, with a record smashing lap of 135.854mph [he broke his 'teammate's' old record from 2000 of 134.178 by Rusty Wallace], Newman's 4th straight pole, 9th of the season and 27th in 114 starts [a gaudy 23.7%]. Newman is the first driver to win four straight poles since.......#24-Jeff Gordon this season. #25-Brian Vickers is the highest starting rookie at 2nd and held the pole for a while, the rest of the top-5 are #01-Joe Nemechek, #9-Kasey Kahne, #29-Kevin Harvick. None of the full-time teams missed the race as last week.
    Qualifying will re-air on Speed Channel tonight at 9:00pm/et and12:00am/et
    Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup at:
    Jayski's Semi-Live Phoenix Qualifying/Lineup Page
    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(11-5-2004)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
    • Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Checkered Auto Parts 500, lapping Phoenix International Raceway in 26.499 seconds at 135.854 mph. He broke Rusty Wallace’s track-qualifying record of 26.830 seconds, 134.178 mph, set Nov. 3, 2000.
    • This is Newman’s 27th career Bud Pole in 114 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Atlanta, one race ago. Newman moved into a tie with Terry Labonte for 23rd on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup all-time Bud Pole winners list.
    • This is Newman’s ninth Bud Pole and 24th top-10 start of the 2004 season, both more than any other driver. This is his fourth consecutive Bud Pole. Jeff Gordon had four straight Bud Poles (Michigan through Chicago) earlier this season. The Modern Era record for consecutive Bud Poles is five: Cale Yarborough (May 10, 1980 - Nashville through June 8, 1980 - Riverside) and Bobby Allison (Aug. 27, 1972 - Nashville through Sept. 24, 1972 - Martinsville). Bill Elliott also won Bud Poles in five consecutive qualifying sessions - but one session was rained-out during the streak.
    • Newman clinched the 2004 Bud Pole Award, winning the award for the most Bud Poles for the third straight season. He is the first driver to win the most poles in three straight years since Darrell Waltrip (1981-83).
    • There have been 11 different Bud Pole winners in 2004. Ryan Newman (nine), Jeff Gordon (six), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey Mears (two), Brian Vickers (two), Jeremy Mayfield (two) and Joe Nemechek (two) are the drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season.
    • It is Newman’s third Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in five races at Phoenix. He has posted three consecutive Bud Poles at Phoenix and is the only driver to score back-to-back poles here.
    • There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix. Newman and Rusty Wallace (three each) along with Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader and Geoffrey Bodine (two each) are the multiple Bud Pole winners at Phoenix.
    • Brian Vickers had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 26.890 seconds at 133.879 mph and will join Newman on the front row. This is Brian Vickers' second career Cup start at Phoenix, not his first. He qualified second and finished 13th there in his third career start in 2003.
    • This is 17th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second New Hampshire due to weather.
    • Only four of the 10 drivers involved in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top-10: Newman (first) Tony Stewart (sixth), Jeff Gordon (eighth) and Elliott Sadler (ninth).
    • Joe Nemechek (third) posted his 17th top-10 start in 2004. This is Nemechek’s third top-10 start in 11 races at Phoenix, all in the past three races.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) posted his 14th top-10 start in 2004. It is his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Phoenix.
    • Kevin Harvick (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 start in 2004 and tied his season-best set at Martinsville in April. This is Harvick’s first start better than 13th in his four races at Phoenix.
    • Ward Burton, Brendan Gaughan, Randy LaJoie, Hermie Sadler and Morgan Shepherd used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Seven drivers failed to qualify for the Checkered Auto Parts 500: Mike Garvey, Tony Raines, Stanton Barrett, Mario Gooselin, Ryan McGlynn, Kirk Shelmerdine and Geoffrey Bodine.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-5-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans Ramblings - Phoenix: It's another one of those "broken record" Fridays, and for more than one reason! Ryan Newman (I know....sounds like a broken record) won the Bud Pole this afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway in track record time (there's that broken record thang again). This time he was almost a half-second quicker than the previous mark, and that's major! His time of 26.499 seconds (135.854 mph) was 4/10ths quicker than Brian Vickers....in other words, everybody else was working for "best in class". Newman's 4th pole in a row (and 9th of the season) clinches the contingency for most Bud Poles this year, and was the 27th of his career.
    Brian Vickers (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Fontana in September. FWIW, he also broke the old track record.
    Kevin Harvick (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Martinsville in April.
    Tony Stewart (6th) has his best starting spot since he started 4th at Loudon in September.
    Ken Schrader (18th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 17th at Loudon in July.
    Mike Wallace (33rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 23rd when we were here last November (only 8 races).
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Joe Nemechek has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    (StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(11-5-2004)

  • Milestones at Phoenix: Career start #600 for #6-Mark Martin. Career start #400 for #18-Bobby Labonte. #21-Ricky Rudd is scheduled to make his 750th consecutive start.(11-3-2004)

  • Friday Practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 134.847
    #29-Harvick 133.581
    #9-Kahnr 133.556
    #38-Sadler 133.477
    #20-Stewart 133.442
    slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 121.053 and #00-McGlynn 125.109
    most laps run: #99-Edwards, 42; #20-Stewart, 38
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman 131.790
    #01-Nemechek 131.336
    #29-Harvick 131.301
    See speeds at:
    NASCAR.com.(11-5-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up. 50 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #51-Tony Raines. Last due out is #09-Johnny Sauter.(11-5-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Raceway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #00-Ryan McGlynn
    #02-Hermie Sadler
    #09-Johnny Sauter
    #4-Mike Wallace is listed
    #14-John Andretti
    #37-Kevin Lepage
    #50-Todd Bodine
    #51-Tony Raines
    #75-Mike Garvey
    #80-Mario Gosselin
    #93-Geoffrey Bodine
    #94-Stanton Barrett
    #98-Larry Gunselman.(11-1-2004)
    Randy LaJoie in fior Gunselman in the #98.(11-3-2004)

  • Entry List Links:
    Jayski's Atlanta Entry List, 49 cars entered
    NASCAR.com

  • 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:
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot Heading to Phoenix International Raceway
    --- Jimmie Johnson has scored victories in the last three races (Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta). Johnson climbed from ninth to second in the point standings in the last three races.
    --- Jamie McMurray has scored 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 races.
    ---- Kurt Busch has scored six top-10 finishes in the last seven races.
    ---- Joe Nemechek has scored five top-10 finishes in the last seven races.
    ---- Mark Martin leads all drivers, scoring eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-31-2004)

  • $$ 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.
    #12-Ryan Newman
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    (10-31-2004)

  • 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.(10-31-2004)

  • 2003 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 133.675mph, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Nov 2000, 134.178mph

  • 2003 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 93.984mph, started 28th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Burton, 2

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jeff Burton and Davey Allison, 2

  • Most Poles - Active Driver/All-Time: Rusty Wallace, 3

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 8

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 13
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98

  • Youngest Winner: Tony Stewart, 28 years, 5 months, 18 days, 11/7/99

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 10/29/1995

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Cautions: 10 - 11/1991 and 11/2003

  • Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41 - twice, 11/7/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/89

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 262 - Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/1990

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 30 - Davey Allison 11/1/1992

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 11 - Ford [16 races]

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 16] 0.0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 4 of 16 - 25.0%

  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 16 - 37.5%

  • PHOENIX NEWS & NOTES:
    The race for 11th place: McMurray extends lead … Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) appears to be on cruise control, retaining the 11th-place spot for the ninth consecutive week. He leads 12th-place Dale Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford) by 221 points; last week, McMurray led Jarrett by 197 points. Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) jumped two spots to 13th thanks to a fifth-place finish last week at Atlanta; he trails McMurray by 280 points and has an opportunity to tie Ryan Newman’s (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge) record of most top-five finishes in a season. Newman posted 14 top fives in 2002; Kahne currently has 11. Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) tumbled to 14th in the standings and Bobby Labonte (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet) also fell one spot to 15th. Meanwhile, McMurray surges on. He finished eighth last week at Atlanta, his 10th top-10 finish in his last 11 races, and is heartened by his team’s late-season excellence. “If we keep running like this and continue this performance in 2005, we won’t have to worry about being the first ones on the outside looking in,” McMurray said of his near-miss at making the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.”

    Hendrick Marrow Program information … Fans looking to show their support for those affected by the recent Hendrick Motorsports aviation tragedy can turn to the Hendrick Marrow Program. For a $1 donation, fans will receive a blue wristband with the inscription “LIFE IS A TEAM SPORT.” All proceeds from sales of the wristband, which was worn by Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) during his win last week in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, helps support those diagnosed with leukemia, or one of 70 other life-threatening blood diseases.

    Chevrolet-Ford-Dodge in Manufacturers standings … Jimmie Johnson’s win at Atlanta gave Chevrolet its series-high 20th victory of the season. It’s also Johnson’s and Chevrolet’s third consecutive victory. Chevrolet has clinched the 2004 Manufacturers Championship, but keeps adding to its point total, which now stands at 242. Ford has 205 points and Dodge has 180 points. Ford has nine wins and Dodge has four. Ford, however, owns a definite advantage at Phoenix International Raceway, having won 11 of the 16 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at the track. Chevrolet has three victories there and Pontiac has two.

    NASCAR TV offers full slate … This week on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel:
    • Friday, Nov. 5 – NASCAR Live at noon ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates at 1 p.m., and 2-3 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 5 – NASCAR Busch Series qualifying (3 p.m. ET) TAPED from Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Friday, Nov. 5 – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying (4 p.m. ET) LIVE from Phoenix International Raceway. (Note: SPEED CHANNEL is the only outlet for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying and Happy Hour for the balance of the season).
    • Friday, Nov. 5 – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (5:30 p.m. ET) LIVE from Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Friday, Nov. 5 – Trackside (8 p.m. ET). LIVE from the SPEED Channel stage truck outside Turn 2. Hosted by Steve Byrnes, Michael Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond. This week’s guests include Matt Kenseth, Chase Montgomery and Ashton Lewis, among others.
    • Saturday, Nov. 6 – NASCAR Live at 10:30 a.m. ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates from the track at 11 a.m., noon, 2-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov. 6 – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Happy Hour (1 p.m. ET) LIVE from Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Saturday, Nov. 6 – Pit Bull (6:30 p.m. ET). Host Steve Byrnes is joined by beat writers Mike Mulhern (Winston-Salem Journal), David Poole (Charlotte Observer), Marty Smith (NASCAR.com) and Ben Blake (Racer Magazine and SPEEDTV.com).
    • Sunday, Nov. 7 – NASCAR Live at 12:30 p.m. ET. Host Steve Byrnes and reporter Bob Dillner return with updates from the track at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2-3 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 7 – SPEEDNews NASCAR Edition (7:00 p.m. and midnight ET) hosted by Bob Varsha, Ralph Sheheen and Connie LeGrand. Bob Dillner, Robin Miller, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond are regular contributors.
    • Sunday, Nov. 7 – NASCAR Victory Lane (8 p.m. ET) Host John Roberts is joined by NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Chad Little for post-race coverage.
    • Monday, Nov. 8 – Inside NEXTEL Cup (7 p.m. ET) with Allen Bestwick, Michael Waltrip, Johnny Benson and Ken Schrader reviewing the weekend’s action.
    • Monday, Nov. 8 – SPEED Channel’s reality series NBS 24/7 (8 p.m. ET) follows NASCAR Busch Series race teams from FitzBradshaw Racing (Tim Fedewa, David Stremme), Akins Motorsports (Kasey Kahne) and Braun Racing (Shane Hmiel).
    • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – NASCAR Performance (6:30 p.m. ET). Three crew chiefs join NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pit reporter Ray Dunlap to debate current topics, answer listener questions and solve hypothetical situations in 30-second time frames. Also, Mark Salem’s "Your Personal Crew Chief" addresses the Be Car Care Aware Tip of the Week.

    CONTINGENCY CORNER … Three races remain on the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule, yet two drivers have clinched separate season-ending contingency awards. Last week’s victory at Atlanta – his third straight – allowed Jimmie Johnson to clinch the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Favorite Driver of the Year Award. It goes to the highest-finishing eligible driver at the end of each event, and the driver who wins it most often during the year collects $75,000 at season’s end. Johnson has won the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Favorite Driver of the Year Award 11 times this season. He’s also the defending 2003 year-end winner. … Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) has clinched the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award, given to the driver who wins the weekly award most often during the season. After each race, the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award goes to the driver who turns the fastest lap while leading an event. To date, Gordon has won the weekly award seven times this year. He’ll collect $75,000 at season’s end. Both the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Favorite Driver of the Year Award and the Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award will be presented during the Myers Brothers Award Breakfast on Friday morning, Dec. 3, at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York – site of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series awards banquet that evening.

    QUOTABLE
    “Phoenix’s characteristics are different than what we experience at New Hampshire or Richmond. It’s the kind of track where we have struggled this year as a team, which is why we decided to test there. For some reason we have just not been able to put together a solid package for the short, flat tracks and hopefully we’ll change that this weekend.” – Dale Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford).
    “I’m really looking forward to Phoenix because the track is a combination of New Hampshire and Richmond – it’s right up my alley. Those have been two good tracks for me.” – Joe Nemechek (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet).
    “It’s hard to think back to last year at this time, but I think we had about as much fun at Phoenix last year as we did this past weekend at Atlanta … or at least as much as we did in the last 30 laps at Atlanta.” – Robby Gordon (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet).
    FROM THE ARCHIVES
    The first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway happened on Nov. 6, 1988. Geoffrey Bodine, then driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for owner Rick Hendrick, won the Checker 500 pole with a speed of 123.203 mph. Bodine led the first two laps, but the lead eventually changed 15 times among seven drivers. This event is probably best remembered as Alan Kulwicki’s first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory. He won by an 18.5-second margin over second-place finisher Terry Labonte, and after receiving the checkered flag, Kulwicki spun his Ford Thunderbird in the opposite direction. He took a backward victory lap, a trademark some drivers still use to celebrate a win.(NASCAR PR)(11-3-2004)

  • Phoenix NUGGETS:

    The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    •   With three races remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,
    316 points separate first to 10th. The Chase began with a 45-point separation
    between first and 10th at Race No. 27 at New Hampshire. The biggest point
    margin is between first-place Kurt Busch and second-place Jimmie Johnson who are
    separated by 59 points and Matt Kenseth (ninth) and 10th-place Jeremy Mayfield,
    also separated by 59.
    •   Seven drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Atlanta Motor
    Speedway.
    •   All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
    •   Six of the seven Chase races have been won by drivers competing in the
    Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale
    Earnhardt Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson) and Atlanta
    (Jimmie Johnson). Kansas (Joe Nemechek) is the only race that was won by a
    non-Chase driver.
    •   Kurt Busch is the only driver to score a top-10 finish in six of the
    seven races in the Chase.
    •   Entering Atlanta, only three drivers were within the 156-point window
    that would allow a change in the point lead. With three races remaining the top
    six drivers are now in the point window and can possibly overtake Kurt Busch at
    Phoenix International Raceway for the point lead. Seventh through 10th all
    trail by more than 156 points and cannot overtake Busch at Phoenix. No one has
    been mathematically eliminated.
    •   Jimmie Johnson gained 148 points on leader Kurt Busch, the biggest points
    gain in the standings among the top-10 at Atlanta. Johnson climbed from
    fourth to second in the standings and is now 59 points behind point-leader.
    •   Only three of the 10 drivers posted top-10 finishes and six of the Chase
    drivers finished 26th or worse at Atlanta.

    The Other Chase
    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 from 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 Ceremony in
    New York in December. Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by
    221 points over 12th-place Dale Jarrett. Jarrett cannot overtake McMurray at
    Phoenix. McMurray has scored top-10 finishes in 10 of the last 11 races.

    Chase Success at Phoenix International Raceway
    Six of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have
    finished in the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway more than once: Driver  Starts  Top-10s
    Martin, Mark    16  13
    Gordon, Jeff    11  9
    Kenseth, Matt   4   3
    Stewart, Tony   5   3
    Earnhardt Jr., Dale 4   2
    Busch, Kurt 4   2

    Phoenix - “The Spoiler” for Some of the Top 10?
    •   Elliott Sadler is the only Chase driver that has not scored a top-five
    finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
    •   Jeremy Mayfield has a 28.4 average finish in nine races at Phoenix, the
    only Chase driver with an average finish below 25th.

    Ricky Rudd Expected to Set Mark at Phoenix
    Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 750th consecutive career start in the
    Checkered Auto Parts 500, extending the all-time record for consecutive starts
    by a NASCAR driver.

    Milestones
    •   Bobby Labonte is expected to make his 400th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    start at Phoenix.
    •   Mark Martin is expected to make his 600th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start
    at Phoenix.

    Strong Starter at Phoenix International Raceway
    Rusty Wallace has posted 15 top-10 starts in 16 races at Phoenix
    International Raceway. Wallace scored three Bud poles in those 16 races, the most of
    all drivers.

    Top 10 Lap Leaders at Phoenix International Raceway
    Driver  Starts  Laps Led
    1.  Wallace, Rusty  16      868
    2   Martin, Mark    16      471
    3.  Rudd, Ricky 16      387
    4.  Earnhardt, Dale 13      337
    5.  Busch, Kurt 4       215
    6.  Burton, Jeff    10      215
    7.  Allison, Davey  5       192
    8.  Earnhardt Jr., Dale 4       192
    9.  Kulwicki, Alan  5       187
    10. Labonte, Terry  16      177

    Winning From Up Front - Tough at Phoenix International Raceway
    The second-place starting position is the best that a race winner has
    started at Phoenix: Jeff Burton – 2000.

    Phoenix Domination
    Mark Martin has an 8.25 average finish at Phoenix, the best average
    finish among drivers with more than five starts there. Despite his strong record at
    Phoenix, Martin has scored only one victory there (1993).

    Manufacturer Update
    A Ford has won 11 of the 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway,
    including three of the last four. A Dodge has never won at Phoenix.

    And Beat Goes On
    Terry Labonte has been running at the finish in all 16 of the races at
    Phoenix International Raceway, the only driver to do so. Labonte is one of just
    seven drivers that have competed in all 16 races at the Arizona track since it
    opened in 1988. The others are: Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin,
    Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace.

    Different Winners at Phoenix
    There have been 14 different winners in 16 races at Phoenix International
    Raceway. Only Davey Allison and Jeff Burton (two each) have posted multiple
    victories there.

    Selected Records at Phoenix International Raceway
    •   Rusty Wallace leads all drivers with three Bud Poles at Phoenix
    International Raceway.
    •   Jeff Burton leads all active drivers with two victories at Phoenix
    International Raceway.
    •   Mark Martin leads all drivers with eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes
    in finishes at Phoenix.
    •   Rusty Wallace has led 868 laps at Phoenix International Raceway, more
    than any other driver.
    •   Rusty Wallace has a 6.4 average start in 16 races at Phoenix, the best of
    all drivers with more than one start there.
    •   Mark Martin has an 8.5 average finish in 16 races at Phoenix
    International Raceway, the best of all drivers with more than five starts there.

    Skunked at Phoenix International Raceway
    •   Ken Schrader is the only driver among the seven that have competed in all
    16 races at Phoenix that has not scored a victory at the Arizona speedway.
    •   Jeff Gordon has not won at Phoenix in his 11 races there, one of only
    four tracks where he has not won and the only track where he has competed in 10
    or more races and not won (Chicagoland, Texas, Homestead and Phoenix). 

    Superspeedway Success in 2004
    •   Jimmie Johnson has posted six victories on superspeedways in 2004, the
    most of all drivers.
    •   Jeff Gordon has scored 16 top-10 finishes in the 25 superspeedway races
    this season, the most of all drivers.
    •   Jimmie Johnson has led 865 of the 6,802 laps raced on superspeedways in
    2004 (13 percent).
    •   Jimmie Johnson has earned 3,412 points on superspeedways, 67 more than
    closest competitor Jeff Gordon with 3,345 points.
    •   Jeff Gordon has earned 100 bonus points, five more than any other driver.
    •   All 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are ranked 13th or
    higher in points earned on superspeedways in 2004.

    Leading The Way in 2004
    Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers to lead at least one
    lap in 23 races in 2004.

    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., Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Matt
    Kenseth.  Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 68 straight
    races and moved into sole possession of 10th on NASCAR’s Top 10 list for
    consecutive races in the top-10 in the modern era (since 1972)

    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2004
    •   There was at least one first-time winner in each of the past 10 seasons
    (1994-2003). With no first-time race winner through the first 33 races in 2004,
    that streak stands in jeopardy.
    •   Eight drivers who won in 2003 have yet to post a victory in 2004 (Bobby
    Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Dale
    Jarrett, Robby Gordon and Terry Labonte). Dale Jarrett has the longest season
    winning streak in jeopardy. Jarrett has won a race in each of the last 11 years
    (1993-2003).
    •   A Rookie-of-the-Year candidate has won at least one race in each of the
    last five years (1999-2003). No rookie has won in 2004.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-2-2004)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Phoenix Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: - President & CEO of Checker Auto Parts - Maynard Jenkins
    Honorary Grand Marshal: Mario Andretti
    Honorary Starter: President, ChevRonTexaco Global Lubricants - Mark Nelson
    Trophy Presenter: Ms. Arizona United States 2004 - Paula Brock
    Honor Guard: U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
    Invocation: PIR Caplain - Ken Bowers.(11-7-2004)

  • Bashas' Supermarkets Sponsoring New Spring Event at Phoenix: One of Arizona's most popular chain retailers Bashas' Supermarkets announced that it will serve as the title sponsor for the new NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on April 22, 2005. The new agreement runs through 2008. Bashas' Supermarkets is a well-known sponsor and promoter of PIR, where they have been the title sponsor of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 for the past three years, including the 2004 featured event. In the past year, the Bashas family of stores has also sponsored Grand American Rolex Series races at PIR. In the last decade, Bashas has doubled in size with stores under the Bashas name, as well as AJ's Fine Foods, and Food City, bringing the total to more than 144 stores. The different formats enable the company to serve different "demographic neighborhoods" with the appropriate mixture of products and services to meet the needs of the customers. The new spring weekend features a NASCAR Grand National, West Series race, and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night. Tickets for the new race weekend, including the first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series night race in Arizona can be purchased by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; online at www.phoenixraceway.com or at the track during this race weekend.(PIR PR)(11-7-2004)

  • Tickets available for Phoenix races: Ticket packages for all four NASCAR Weekend Phoenix International Raceway Events events, including the Cruise America 125 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race (Nov. 4). The Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, (Nov. 6), Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race, (Nov. 6), and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Havoline NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (Nov. 7) are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online.(11-2-2004)

  • The Phoenix International Raceway After Dark Fan Festival is revving up to be the ultimate NASCAR party, as Kahne becomes the latest NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to join 2003 champion (and '02 Checker Auto Parts 500 winner) Matt Kenseth, Robby Gordon, and Brendan Gaughan for a question-and-answer session with their many fans. The gala event will also feature live music, additional driver appearances and the popular "Trackside Live" television show to be broadcast live on SPEED TV.
    The party starts immediately after the conclusion of Valley Chevy Dealers Qualifying day, featuring NASCAR Busch Series practice, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole Qualifying, and the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Race day ticket holders receive free admission to PIR After Dark, while guests who just want to party with a few thousand fellow NASCAR fans will only have to pay $5 for admission.
    Appearances / Schedule
    Driver Appearances:
    Richard Petty & Kyle Petty
    Matt Kenseth
    Jeff Green
    David Starr
    Ashton Lewis Jr.
    Robby Gordon
    Kasey Kahne
    Brendan Gaughan
    Martin Truex Jr.
    More Drivers to Come
    Concerts and Shows:
    Slippery When Wet (Tribute to Bon Jovi)
    Trackside Live
    TNT (The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Phoenix Raceway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Sponsor for the #4 at Phoenix IMAGE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced a new relationship with Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc. for the #4 Chevrolet in the upcoming Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. In addition, Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc. continues its relationship with Wide Open Performance Enhanced Formula Energy Drink. New to the marketplace, Wide Open Performance Enhanced Formula Energy Drink will be launched in the majority of Love's 164 travel stops and convenience stores located throughout the United States beginning the week of November 8, 2004. Wide Open Performance Energy Drink (www.4wideopen.com) is a "Made in the USA," New Wave Beverage containing a unique proprietary blend of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants formulated to boost energy, enhance performance and relieve stress. Based in Abingdon, Virginia, Wide Open Performance, Inc. is a homegrown American brand designed specifically for the racing enthusiast and those who live life "Wide Open. Loves Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., (www.loves.com) based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is a Forbes 500 Company of a 164 travel stops and convenience stores in 25 states. Founded by Tom Love in 1964, it remains family owned.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR), added an image of the car on the #4 Team Paint Schemes page.(11-4-2004)

  • Hermie Sadler to Pilot Treasure Island-Las Vegas Chevy at Phoenix: For the second time this season Hermie Sadler and SCORE Motorsports are teaming up with Treasure Island-Las Vegas; this time for the Checker Auto Parts 500 this Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Sadler previously carried the TI colors in the Sam's Town 300 Busch Series race in Las Vegas this past March. Treasure Island is located on the Las Vegas Strip and has 2,885 guest rooms, including over 200 suites. The hotel is known for entertaining guests with its Cirque du Soleil's Myste're show as well as The Sirens of TI. For more information on TI, please visit www.treasureisland.com.(Sadler Motorsports PR)(11-4-2004)

  • Gillette Young Guns - Weekly Update: By picking Jimmie Johnson as the top Gillette Young Gun finisher in the Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 31st, Heather T. of Canton, OH was the winner of the weekly Gillette Young Guns $5,000 Challenge. Heather picked Johnson as the highest finishing Young Gun by going to www.gilletteyoungguns.com and entering before the weekly deadline.
    As the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun, a $1,000 donation will be made to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) on behalf of Johnson. This is the 11th time this season a donation has been made to the NPCC on behalf of Johnson.
    The Gillette Young Guns are 19 for 33 in the win column so far in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Jimmie Johnson now has seven victories; Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories, followed by Kurt Busch with three victories, and Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman, who each have two victories. For 29 of the 33 races run in 2004, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings have been led by four members of the Gillette Young Guns. While Kurt Busch has currently led for seven weeks, fellow Young Gun Dale Earnhardt Jr. led for 10 weeks overall and Jimmie Johnson led for nine weeks. Busch's Roush Racing teammate Matt Kenseth also led for four weeks.(Alan Taylor Communications PR)(11-4-2004)

  • Geoffrey Bodine to attempt Phoenix: GIC Mixon Motorsports says it will give Jason Jefferson a chance to make his Busch Series debut this weekend in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jefferson, a native of Yakima, Wash., who has competed in a number of NASCAR's regional racing series, will drive the team's No. 24 Chevrolet with a one-race sponsorship deal from Yakama Nation Legends Tribal Gaming. The team will also enter its #93 Chevrolet for Steve Grissom in Saturday's Busch Series race and a #93 Chevrolet for Geoffrey Bodine in Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 Nextel Cup race.(NASCAR Scene)(11-3-2004)

  • 2nd Part teams up with #37 car: 2ndChanceRaceParts.com of Mooresville, NC, and Great Cars & Trucks of Glendale, AZ, will be joining Kevin Lepage as associate sponsors for the #37 Carter's Dispos-all Dodge for this Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. 2nd Chance Race Parts sells high-quality, slightly used race parts from the top Nextel Cup teams to underdog, independent race teams from North Carolina to Canada to Australia. Great Cars & Trucks is a multi-faceted auto and truck dealership owned by Mark Shaffer. "We'repleased to be able to help support Kevin this weekend," said Rick Russell, owner of 2nd Chance Race Parts. "This team has shown steadyimprovement in recent weeks, and we hope they'll be able to continuethat trend at Phoenix."(2nd Chance PR)(11-2-2004)

  • Milestones: Mark Martin is scheduled to make his 600th career Cup start at Phoenix, Bobby Labonte is scheduled to make his 400th.(11-1-2004)

  • news on Hendrick Motorsports at my Hendrick Tragedy page.

  • Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the #14? looks like he new #14 ppc Racing team is listed as being owned by A.J. Foyt, who ran the #14 for a few races in 2004 after running it fulltime for a few years. Driver John Andretti asked Foyt, his Godfather, if the team could use the number and got permission as Foyt had no plans to run any more races in 2004. So Andretti can use a provisional, but the #14 is 52nd in Owners Points standings and with 59 teams/drivers/cars in the Atlanta Entry list, it is unlikely the provisionals will fall that far down the list.(10-29-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #5-Terry Labonte The Incredibles Movie Phoenix - Nov #5 Paint Scheme Page
    #12-Ryan Newman TXT2Win MVP Sweepstakes Phoenix - Nov none...yet
    #30-Jeff Burton AOL "Pick the Paint" Phoenix - Nov none...yet
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. The Incredibles Movie Phoenix - Nov #32 Paint Scheme Page
    #38-Elliott Sadler Pedigree Phoenix - Nov #38 Paint Scheme Page
    #40-Sterling Marlin U.S. Marines Phoenix - Nov #40 Paint Scheme Page


  • New Blue and Orange Look for the #31: This weekend at Phoenix the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet will continue to carry the new paint scheme that symbolizes Cingular's new status as the nation's biggest wireless carrier. Cingular now serves more than 46 million customers with the largest digital voice and data network in the United States. The special paint scheme will remain on the #31 Chevy the remainder of the 2004 season, but is NOT the car's new look for 2005.(RCR PR), see an image of the new scheme on my #31 Paint Scheme page.(11-3-2004)

  • Special Scheme for the #30 at Phoenix: the #30 AOL Chevrolet will sport special black-and-blue paint scheme as part of the AOL "Pick the Paint" Sweepstakes. AOL members chose from three different Sam Bass designed AOL paint schemes. A grand prize winner was chosen from the group who picked the winning paint scheme. Ron MacDonald, of Scottsdale, Ariz., won an autographed original Sam Bass print of the winning paint scheme along with a VIP weekend for him and a guest at PIR consisting of all accommodations and a meet and greet with Jeff Burton.(RCR PR)(11-3-2004)

  • Newman to run contest scheme: The #12 ALLTEL Dodge of Ryan Newman will run a special paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix promoting ALLTEL's "TXT2Win MVP Sweepstakes" from Motorola. A $1 million prize will be awarded to one of five winners selected to attend Super Bowl XXXIX in ALLTEL Stadium at Jacksonville, Florida on February 6, 2005. For more information, please visit www.txt2winmvp.com.(Penske Racing PR)(11-3-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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