THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: EA Sports 500

    Nextel Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 3, 2004 in Talladega, AL

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, October 6 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, October 7 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, October 8 [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 many guests



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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,199,159 (was $4,783,786 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, October 1, 10:30am/et - 12:30pm/et; Saturday, October 2, 10:30 - 11:15am/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 2, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 1, 9:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, October 1 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et, 2:00am/et, 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: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph; Caution Car: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,000

  • Track Homepage: www.talladegasuperspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Fall - Talladega Race Info page

  • April's Race: see my 2004 April's Talladega Race Info page


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
    Codes: Left - D-6804; Right - D-6806
    Circumference: Left - 87.9 in.; Right - 88.4 in.
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Number of Tires Required:
    Left - 900
    Right - 900

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi
    Left Rear - 30 psi
    Right Front - 55 psi
    Right Rear - 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 27 psi
    Left Rear - 27 psi
    Right Front - 50 psi
    Right Rear - 45 psi

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Talladega . . . this is the only NASCAR track on which these tire codes will be run in 2004 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development - "This is the only track where these tire codes are used, although this set-up is similar to the one run at Daytona. Both tracks share the same construction, but have different tread compounds. Daytona is more of a handling racetrack than Talladega and requires a grippier compound. The compounds for Talladega are unchanged from 2003 and have been in use at the track since 1997."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $90,000 at Talladega 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, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000
    (9-27-2004)

  • 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 Talldega: $5,000
    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*
    (* 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
    (9-27-2004)


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Dale Jr. wins at Talladega: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, leading the most laps [78], his 5th wins at Talladega, 5th win of the season for Earnhardt Jr. and 14th of his career with ties him for 41st all-time with Dick Hutcherson and LeeRoy Yarbrough. #29-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #88-Dale Jarrett, #77-Brendan Gaughan [his first career top 5] and #97-Kurt Busch. Three Nextel Cup Chasers had bad days with #19-Mayfield getting caught up in an accident, #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine and #38-Elliott Sadler, who finished 22nd had 2 batteries go bad, then flipped over on the last lap but is OK and walked away. Earnhardt Jr. takes the points lead and wins the extra $90,000 for winning the race and leading the points at the end of that race. The race did NOT end under caution so the field was not frozen and all raced to the flag for their final finishing spot. If a yellow flag would had been thrown, then a green-white-checkers would had been used. And yes Dale Jr. said a 'bad' word during his interview, no idea if NASCAR will fine him. Also see aa race report at .
    For race results see:
    Jayski's Talladega Race Results/Awards page

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(10-3-2004)

  • Top Ten Drivers Points Standings after Talladega:
    In the Chase......
    #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5543
    #97 Kurt Busch -13
    #24 Jeff Gordon -61
    #6 Mark Martin -111
    #17 Matt Kenseth -150
    #20 Tony Stewart -152
    #12 Ryan Newman -159
    #38 Elliott Sadler -166
    #48 Jimmie Johnson -172
    #19 Jeremy Mayfield -280
    the race for 11th
    11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 3585
    12th: #29-Kevin Harvick, -36
    13th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -78
    Standings at: Jayski's Driver/Owners Points after Talladega
    NASCAR.com and
    Standing as they would be in the old format at Motorsports One.(10-3-2004)

  • Talladega Race Notes:
    ---- Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the EA Sports 500, scoring his 14th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 176th career start. His last victory came at Bristol in April, five races ago.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr., won the $90,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and being the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point leader. He became the first repeat winner of the Leader Bonus in 2004, having won the $80,000 bonus at the first Richmond race. Matt Kenseth won at Las Vegas ($30,000) and Jimmie Johnson won at the second Pocono race ($90,000).
    ---- It was Earnhardt Jr.'s, fifth victory in 2004, tying Jeff Gordon for the most victories this season.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr. scored his fifth victory and his eighth top-10 finish in 10 races at Talladega Superspeedway. He last won at Talladega in April 2003.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr., has scored seven victories in 20 career restrictor-plate races. His father scored 11 victories in 53 restrictor-plate races.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr., climbed from third to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    ---- Earnhardt Jr., led nine times for 78 laps including the final three of the 188 laps, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2004.
    ---- This is the 16th victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has nine and Dodge has four.
    Notebook Items
    The Race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
    ---- Kurt Busch is the only driver that has scored top-five finishes in each of the first three races in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    ---- Busch and Earnhardt Jr., are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in the first three races in The Chase.
    ---- Kevin Harvick (second) scored his best finish in 2004 and 11th top-10 finish of the season. It was his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    ---- Dale Jarrett (third) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2004. Jarrett has scored top-five finishes in the last two races. It was his 14th top-10 finish in 36 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    ---- Brendan Gaughan (fourth) scored his career best finish. It was the first top-five finish in his 29-race career and first top-10 in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    ---- Matt Kenseth (17th) has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 64 straight races.
    ---- Heading to Kansas: Ryan Newman has finished first or second in all three of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-2-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Talladega:
    In a move reminiscent of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr moved from 11th to 1st in less than 4 laps today, then held off Kevin Harvick to take the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for his 5th win of the season. Little E's 14th career win (and 5th here at 'Dega) moves him into a tie with LeeRoy Yarbrough and Dick Hutcherson for 41st on the all-time win list, and was the 20th win for DEI. The victory was worth $305,968 from the almost $5.2M in posted awards, and included the $90K for the Nextel Leader Bonus.
    And, Jr may need it. Right now, he can hope he's only gonna get a monetary fine for his verbal "slip" in Victory Lane.....when two Busch drivers got hit earlier this season, it was money & points. We should know by Tuesday.....points are awful precious now.
    I [Stock Car Fan] hope somebody questions NASCAR about today's finish. We were told it was dangerous to race back to the flagstand.....that's why we changed the rules. Well, today we raced back to the flagstand on the last lap, and it was probably more dangerous than it ever was when it was the norm. Not only were we racing, but there were rescue vehicles on the backstretch attending to a couple crashed cars at the time!
    We had lotsa leaders today (20 of 'em) and lotsa lead changes (47 of those). It's a Talladega standard! We also avoided another 'Dega standard, the "Big One". We had a four-car job on lap 144....I guess the one on lap 188 doesn't count since we ended it under green.
    Kevin Harvick (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Homestead last November.
    Dale Jarrett (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Michigan in August.
    Brendan Gaughan (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 6th at Fontana in May. His Top-5 gives us 28 drivers to score that mark this season.....last year's number was 30.
    Casey Mears (8th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Watkins Glen in August.
    Ward Burton (10th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Fontana in May.
    Hermie Sadler (23rd) had his best finish since he was 23rd at Richmond in September of 2002
    Kerry Earnhardt (24th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 28th at Daytona in July.
    Larry Gunselman (33rd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 34th at Daytona in July.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Robby Gordon (+27), followed by Casey Mears (+26), Tony Stewart (+24), Mike Wallace (+23), and Brendan Gaughan (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeremy Mayfield (-29), followed by Jimmie Johnson (-21) and Jeff Green (-21).
    Ward Burton led today for the first time since he led once for 30 laps at Rockingham last November. Hermie Sadler led today for the first time in his Cup career. We've had 49 different leaders this season, surpassing last year's number of 48.(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(10-2-2004)

  • The EA Sports 500
    at Talladega Superspeedway:

    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 188 of 188 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (10)(78 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (19)(2 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (3)
    #77-Gaughan (26)(5 laps led)
    #97-Busch (8)(4 laps led)
    #20-Stewart (30)(1 laps led)
    #41-Mears (34)(4 laps led)
    #01-Nemechek (1)(1 laps led)
    #31-Gordon (36)
    #0-Burton (28)(1 laps led)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (10):
    #32-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out);
    #99-Edwards (engine-out);
    #06-Blount (engine-out);
    #19-Mayfield (accident-out);
    #43-Green (accident-out);
    #4-Spencer (accident-out);
    #48-Johnson (engine-out);
    #25-Vickers (overheating-out):
    #40-Marlin (accident-out);
    #18-Labonte (accident-out);

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (20 with 47 lead changes):
    #01-Nemechek (1)
    #10-Riggs (1);
    #97-Busch (4);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (78 - led most);
    #48-Johnson (35);
    #4-Spencer (1);
    #20-Stewart (4);
    #41-Mears (5 - led halfway);
    #2-Wallace (15);
    #24-Gordon (12);
    #02-Sadler (1);
    #12-Newman (1);
    #15-Waltrip (7);
    #77-Gaughan (7);
    #0-Burton (1);
    #38-Sadler (1);
    #49-Schrader (1);
    #09-Wallace (4);
    #30-Burton (6);
    #29-Harvick (3);

  • Lap leaders: #01-Nemechek - pole - 1; #10-Riggs 2; #97-Busch 3; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 4-22; #48-Johnson 23-28; #97-Busch 29; #4-Spencer 30; #20-Stewart 31; #41-Mears 32-34; #48-Johnson 35;#41-Mears 36; #48-Johnson 37-39; #2-Wallace 40-46; #48-Johnson 47- 54; #2-Wallace 55-56; #24-Gordon 57-59; #02-Sadler 60; #12-Newman 61; #15-Waltrip 62-63; #24-Gordon 64-65; #2-Wallace 66-70; #48-Johnson 71-75; #15-Waltrip 76-80; #48-Johnson 81-93; #41-Mears 94; #77-Gaughan 95-97; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 98-108; Busch 109; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 110; #97-Busch 111; #0-Burton 112; #24-Gordon 113; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 114-117; #24-Gordon 118-123; #38-Sadler 124; #49-Schrader 125; #09-Wallace 126-129; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 130; #30-Burton 131; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 132-138; #30-Burton 139-143; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 144-172; #29-Harvick 173; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 174; #29-Harvick 175; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 176; #20-Stewart 177-180; #77-Gaughan 181-182; #29-Harvick 183; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 184-188.

    Cautions: 5 for 22 laps

    Caution 5 - Laps 180 - 183: while most of the field was coming to make it's last green flag stops, the field got up to 6 cars wide, a yellow car [#77?] moved up into #40-Marlin who went into the wall and #18-Labonte had no place to go, both walked away ok.
    Caution 4 - Laps 144 - 147: #02-Sadler tagged #43-Green, who went up the track, collecting #32-Hamilton Jr., #4-Spencer AND #19-Mayfield, who looks like he got the worst damage of all.
    Caution 3 - Laps 124 - 128: #99-Edwards lost an engine.
    Caution 2 - Laps 60 - 63: Oil/Fluid reported on the track, #31-Gordon and #11-Craven report fluid on their windshield, TV showed Gordon's it was near impossible to see out of. The Oil/Fluid may be from the #38 Ford who is reporting over heating, alternator dying.
    Caution 1 - Laps 30 - 34: #09-Wallace lost a left rear tire and spun in turn 3, leaving debris on the track.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)

    Caution 5: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 4: #9-Kahne, 27th
    Caution 3: #41-Mears, 7th
    Caution 2: #45-Petty (2), 29th
    Caution 1: #45-Petty, 29th
    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)
    ---- a few incidents at the end, #9-Kahne got loose and into the wall, #16-Biffle got hit by someone and came accross the track and hiy the wall, back down, then back up the track, hit the wall again, #24-Gordon hit the #16 a tad. THEN, #38-Sadler got held up on the last lap, got hit and went into the frontstretch grass and did a full flip but ended up on all fours, Sadler is OK and popped up thru the roof hatch.
    ---- on lap 155 and again on 158, #48-Johnson made pit stops as the engine is over heating. And the engine is smoking and pushed behind the wall.
    ---- #1-Wallace made a pit stop, the problem was an alternator wire, not the engine and Wallace is back on the track.
    ---- on lap 147, it is being reported that #1-Wallace is having an engine problem abd was black flagged for being too slow.
    ---- as of lap 140, #32-Hamilton Jr. is back on the track after the team changes the radiator.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #48-Johnson drove into the side of #9-Kahne, Johnson came back in to have some repairs.
    ---- before the 3rd caution, #33-Earnhardt had a tire go down and made a green flag stop, then came back in during the 3rd caution to top off the fuel.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, the #42 ended up in the grass on pit road.
    ---- on lap 108, #32-Hamitlon Jr. took his car to the garage as the team is replacing the radiator.
    ---- during his lap 97 green flag stop, #77-Gaughan was penalized for speeding entering pit road, a pass thru penalty.
    ---- during the lap 95 green flag stops, #41-Mears was penalized for speeding entering pit road.
    ---- green flag pit stops occurred laps 95-98
    ---- on lap 69, it was reported that the new battery is not working, there is an alternator problem and the water temp is running hot.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, the #38 team changed the battery.
    ---- after the 1st caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. reported the engine feels sluggish, the team things the carb may have some debris in it.
    ---- on lap 16, #45-Petty had to pit as Kyle had a left rear tire going down.
    ---- just before the start of the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR brought the #16 Ford of Greg Biffle to pit road to adjust the spoiler. Supposedly the car didn't meet the spoiler angle [55 degrees] measurement and NASCAR made the team adjust the spoiler to the proper angle. Biffle has to start the race at the end of the longest line, which means the back, Biffle was to start 12th.(NBC Race Coverage)
    ---- to the back, #99-Carl Edwards, driver change as Dave Blaney qualified the car

  • #16 Spoiler Problems: just before the start of the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR brought the #16 Ford of Greg Biffle to pit road to adjust the spoiler. Supposedly the car didn't meet the spoiler angle [55 degrees] measurement and NASCAR made the team adjust the spoiler to the proper angle. Biffle has to start the race at the end of the longest line, which means the back, Biffle was to start 12th.(NBC Race Coverage)(10-3-2004)

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Talladega?
    #01-Nemechek, 8th
    #21-Rudd, 12th
    #88-Jarrett, 3rd
    #10-Riggs, 11th
    #24-Gordon, 19th
    #38-Sadler, 22nd
    #17-Kenseth, 14th
    #97-Busch, 5th
    #19-Mayfield,
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 1st

  • Where do the Chase Drivers start/finish at Talladega:
    1. #24-Jeff Gordon, started 5th/finished 19th
    2. #97-Kurt Busch, 8th/5th
    3. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 10th/1st
    4. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 16th/37th
    5. #6-Mark Martin, 17th/15th
    6. #38-Elliott Sadler, 6th/22nd
    7. #17-Matt Kenseth, 7th/14th
    8. #12-Ryan Newman, 19th/16th
    9. #20-Tony Stewart, 30th/6th
    10. #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 9th/38th.(10-3-2004)

  • Bestwick injured, will miss Talladega: NASCAR on NBC & TNT play-by-play commentator Allen Bestwick is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a broken leg suffered last night in a hockey game near his home in Coventry, R.I. and will not call Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race from Talladega, Ala. Pre-race host and lead pit reporter Bill Weber will fill-in for Bestwick calling the race from the booth with analysts Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach. "Our thoughts are with Allen for a speedy recovery," said Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports. "Having a multi-talented guy like Bill able to step in at a moment's notice is a real luxury. It's a benefit to have a deep and talented team and be able to adjust when unfortunate circumstances like this arise." Weber, who has provided play-by-play on NASCAR Happy Hour broadcasts on TNT and AFL games on NBC, will host the pre-race show from a specially designed desk on the roof of the broadcast booth instead of his usual perch atop the NASCAR on NBC & TNT Wagon on pit road. Following the pre-race show, he will move to the booth to call the race with Parsons and Dallenbach. Pit reporters Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Matt Yocum will handle reporting duties on all 43 teams from the pits.(NBC PR), no word on where to send cards or get wells, but I have NBC, TNT addresses on my TV/Media Contact page and you can go to the Speed Channel site to the Inside Nextel Cup show page where there is an email link for the show.(9-30-2004)

  • TO THE BACK [1]: #99-Carl Edwards will start the car Sunday, but Dave Blaney qualified the car, so there will be a driver chane.
    So Edwards will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(10-1-2004)

  • Pit Stall Selection: not sure if I will be able to get this every week from the track, but here are the Pit Stall Selections for each team at Talladega Superspeedway for the EA Sports 500.
    Chosen how a team qualifies, pole winner picks first, 2nd fastest picks 2nd, 43rd gets the last choice or what is left.

    1)  #01-Nemechek [picked 1st]
    2)  ;#8-Earnhardt Jr.
    3)  #98-Gunselman
    4)  #15-Waltrip
    5)  #1-K Wallace
    6)  #48-Johnson
    7)  #4-Spencer
    8)  #9-Kahne
    9)  #06-Blount
    10) #30-Burton
    11) #31-Gordon
    12) #12-Newman
    13) #41-Mears
    14) #77-Gaughan
    15) #21-Rudd

    OPENING/BREAK

    16) #24-Gordon
    17) #2-Wallace
    18) #25-Vickers
    19) #40-Marlin
    20) #29-Harvick
    21) #49-Schrader
    22) #22-Wimmer
    23) #43-Green
    24) #45-Petty
    25) #6-Martin
    26) #33-Earnhardt
    27) #0-Burton
    28) #88-Jarrett

    OPENING/BREAK

    29) #10-Riggs
    30) #32-Hamilton Jr.
    31) #97-Busch

    OPENING/BREAK

    32) #38-Sadler
    33) #02-Sadler
    34) #42-McMurray
    35) #5-Labonte
    36) #99-Edwards
    37) #20-Stewart
    38) #16-Biffle

    OPENING/BREAK

    39) #17-Kenseth
    40) #11-Craven
    41) #09-M. Wallace
    42) #18-Labonte
    43) #19-Mayfield
    44) none.(10-3-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Talladega Superspeedway for the EA Sports 500 is over, the fastest were:
    #01-Nemechek 196.358
    #12-Newman 195.828
    #24-Gordon 195.524
    #31-Gordon 195.305
    #41-Mears 195.257
    slowest: #33-Earnhardt 190.997 and #02-Sadler 191.390
    no speeds listed: #45-Petty, #49-Schrader, 29-Harvick
    #99-Edwards slapped the wall and pancaked the side.
    #01-Nemechek came off the track smoking quite a bit, but it was brake smoke.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    most laps run: #77-Gaughan, 40; #42, #4, #9 all ran 36.
    least laps run: #17-Kenseth and #48-Johnson, 7
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 190.334
    #97-Busch 190.058
    #21-Rudd 189.435
    See speeds at NASCAR.com.(10-2-2004)

  • Saturday's First Practice at Talladega Superspeedway for the EA Sports 500 is over, the fastest [looks like drafting speeds]:
    #21-Rudd 197.049
    #5-Labonte 197.037
    #22-Wimmer 195.876
    #33-Earnhardt 195.864 [was last earlier]
    #15-Waltrip 195.640
    slowest: #98-Gunselman 191.287 and #49-Schrader 191.742.
    most laps run: #48-Johnson, 41; #41-Mears and #06-Blount, 38
    least laps run: #49-Schrader, 6; #02-Sadler, 9
    incident: #42-McMurray spun after running in a pack, no damage Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #21-Rudd 189.935
    #30-Burton 189.580
    #01-Nemechek 189.167
    slowest: #49-Schrader 170.043
    See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(10-2-2004)

  • Nemechek wins the pole at Talladega: 'Front Row' Joe Nemechek won the Budweiser pole for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 190.749mph. It is Nemechek's 7th pole of his career, 3rd at Talladega and his first pole since October 13, 2000 at Talladega, 132 races ago. Starting 2nd is #21-Ricky Rudd after running 190-609mph, the rest of the top five are #88-Jarett, #10-Riggs and #24-Gordon. #19-Mayfield is the highest starting Dodge at 9th. Missing the race were #72-Shelmerdine, #80-Long and #37-Lepage. Some part-timers who made the race include: #02-Hermie Sadler, 11th; #11-Ricky Craven, 20th #33-Kerry Earnhardt, 22nd; #06-Chad Blount, 31st; #1-Kenny Wallace starts 43rd, the final provisional place. #99-Dave Blaney qualified 25th for Carl Edwards, who will practice the car some on Saturday and run the car on Sunday.
    For starting lineups/qualifying results, see:
    Jayski's Talladega Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(10-1-2004)

  • TO THE BACK [1]: #99-Carl Edwards will start the car Sunday, but Dave Blaney qualified the car, so there will be a driver chane.
    So Edwards will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(10-1-2004)

  • Talladega Qualifying Notes: ---- Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the EA Sports 500, lapping Talladega Superspeedway in 50.202 seconds at 190.749 mph. This is Nemechek's seventh career Bud Pole in 351 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Talladega on Oct. 13, 2000 - 133 races ago.
    ---- Nemechek became the 11th different 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 drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second New Hampshire due to weather.
    ---- It is Nemechek's first Bud Pole and his 13th top-10 start in 2004. It is his third Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 20 races at Talladega.
    ---- Nemechek (fall 1999, 2000 and 2004) is one of the three repeat Bud Pole winner in the past 12 races at Talladega. Jeremy Mayfield (April 2003 and April 2000) and Stacy Compton (both races 2001) are the other repeat Bud Pole winners since 1998.
    ---- Nemechek also became the 10th different Bud Pole winner in the past 11 restrictor-plate races. Qualifying was canceled at Talladega in October 2002.
    ---- This is the third fastest restrictor-plate pole speed since Nemechek won the Bud Pole with a speed of 198.331 mph at Talladega in October 1999.
    ---- Ricky Rudd had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 50.239 seconds at 190.609 mph and will join Nemechek on the front row. It is his 18th top-10 start in his 56 races at Talladega and his second on the front row this season. He won the Bud Pole for the Aaron's 499 in April.
    ---- This is 11th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge has 13 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
    ---- Dale Jarrett (third) posted his sixth top-10 start in 2004. It is his 15th top-10 start in 36 races at Talladega.
    ---- Scott Riggs (fourth) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. He has posted top-10 starts in both of his races at Talladega.
    ---- Jeff Gordon (fifth) posted his 19th top-10 start in 2004, tying Ryan Newman for the most top-10s this season. It is Gordon's 13th top-10 start in his 24 races at Talladega.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-1-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Talladega:
    You know we called him Front Row Joe for a reason (it'd just been awhile). Joe Nemechek grabbed the Bud Pole for Sunday's EA Sports 500 (it's in the game....don't you just find yourself saying that everytime you hear EA? Gotta make those marketing types smile all the way to the bank) with a speed of 190.749 mph (50.202 sec) to become the 11th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. This was career pole #7 for Joe, but his first since he grabbed the top-spot when we were here in October of 2000!
    Ricky Rudd (2nd) was just edged out by less than 4/100ths of a second or he would have been a sweeper. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole when we were here in April.
    Dale Jarrett (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Dover in September of 2002.
    Scott Riggs (4th) tied his career-best qualifying effort today. He also started 4th when we were at Fontana in May.
    Hermie Sadler (11th, in the best equipment of his life) has his best starting spot since he started 8th at Martinsville in October of 2002.
    Ricky Craven (20th in a Joe Gibbs Chevy this weekend) has his best starting spot since he lined up 10th at Loudon in July.
    Chad Blount (31st in a Penske Dogde) has his career-best starting spot. He started 37th in his only other start at Chicagoland in July.
    STREAKIN....Jeremy Mayfield has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10 starts in the last 8 races.
    (Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(10-1-2004)

  • Friday Practice at Talladega Superspeedway for the EA Sports 500 is over. The fastest were:
    #01-Nemechek 190.359
    #10-Riggs 190.049
    #97-Busch 189.970
    #24-Gordon 189.597
    #38-Sadler 189.530
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. is 11th
    #02-Hermie Sadler in a Yates lease is 9th.
    slowest: #80-Long 176.311 and #72-Shelmerdine 182.902
    no speed listed for #89-Shepherd. most laps run by: #22-Wimmer [16th fastest], 21; #4-Spencer [31st], 19
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #10-Riggs 178.623
    #15-Waltrip 178.586
    #43-Green 178.025
    For all the speeds at or NASCAR.com.(10-1-2004)
  • Qualifying Order links are up. 47 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #43-Jeff Green. Last due out is #41-Casey Mears.(10-1-2004)

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

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega is up, 46 drivers are listed, including:
    #02-Hermie Sadler in a Robert Yates Ford [a lease]
    #06-Chad Blount - owner listed as Don Miller of Penske Racing
    #09-Mike Wallace
    #1-Kenny Wallace - DEI
    #11-TBA - supposed to be J.J. Yeley
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt
    #80-Derrike Cope
    #98-Larry Gunselman.(9-27-2004)
    CHANGES:
    #80 is now listed with Carl Long driving
    added #37-Kevin Lepage
    up to 47 drivers.(9-28-2004)

  • Entry List Links:

    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 Talladega
    ---- Jamie McMurray has scored six straight top-10 finishes.
    ---- Jeff Gordon has scored three straight top-10 finishes.
    ---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races.
    ---- Kurt Busch has scored eight consecutive top-15 finishes.
    ---- Mark Martin has scored seven consecutive top-15 finishes.
    ---- Rusty Wallace has scored four straight top-15 finishes.
    ---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored seven straight top-10 finishes at Talladega superspeedway, the longest streak among active drivers there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-27-2004)

  • All 66: Six drivers have competed in all 67 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: #5-Terry Labonte (2 Talladega wins, 0 Daytona wins)
    , #6-Mark Martin (2, 0)
    #21-Ricky Rudd (0, 0)
    #49-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #2-Rusty Wallace (0, 0)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (3, 1)
    Plus all six ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(7-3-2004)

  • Slowest Cup race ever at Talladega: A track record 11 caution periods over 55 laps caused the average speed to be 129.396mph, the slowest in a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup race at Talladega. The record (130.892) was set in 1975 in a race won by Buddy Baker.(St Petersburg Times)(4-27-2004)

  • $$ Fact: Only five drivers [and only three with more then two starts] have won more then $100,000 in every race run in 2004: #12-Ryan Newman, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth, #1-Ron Fellows and #60-Jason Leffler.(9-27-2004)

  • 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.(9-27-2004)

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 189.943mph, finished 3rd.

  • 2003 Race Winner: Michael Waltrip, 1156.045mph, started 18th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 3, Jeremy Mayfield; Sterling Marlin

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3 - twice, most recently Bobby Hamilton 4/22/2001

  • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 27 - Chevy

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, Oct 2000, started 36th

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12 [of 70] 17.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 16, 22.9%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 43 of 70 - 61.4%
  • Races won from the top 10: 51 of 70 - 72.9%


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Helen Keller School Trio ‘B-Boys’ To Perform National Anthem: Three young men from the Helen Keller School in Talladega are slated to perform the National Anthem during the EA SPORTS 500 weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Helen Keller School is one component of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB), which serves students who are blind or have multiple disabilities. Brian Helton, 12, of Fruithurst, Ala., Ben Meredith, 18, of Dothan, Ala. and Timmareo Woods, 15, of Auburn, Ala., are all students at the school and form the vocal trio known as ‘B-Boys.’ They will perform before both the Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Oct. 2 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series EA SPORTS™ 500 on Oct 3. Helen Keller School teacher Stephanie Gaddis brought the group together for an assembly program at the school. She wanted a singing group for the pageant, and asked Helton and Woods if they were interested performing. They agreed and quickly came up with a name for themselves and added Meredith to become a trio. Teacher’s Aide Mrs. Janet Williams offered her assistance and within no time, B-Boys began stunning audiences with their beautiful vocal harmonies. They have performed for assemblies at the school, as well as for several community groups, according to Lynne Hanner, Director of Institutional Advancement for AIDB. “The B-Boys also performed for more than 1,200 people earlier this year at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, during our Race Fever annual fund raiser.”(TSS PR)(10-2-2004)

  • Talladega Media Center Re-named for Patterson: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today that the Infield Media Center wil be renamed the Ken Patterson Media Center. Patterson, who served as director of Public Relations for Talladega Superspeedway from 2000 until his untimely death, passed away April 2 fr m complications of myelo dysplasia syndrome. “Ken was an integral part of the Talladega Superspeedway family and one of the most respected individuals in this sport,” said Grant Lynch, President of Talladega Superspeedway. “We wanted to honor Ken and renaming the Media Center seemed a natural way to make sure his dedication to the NASCAR community lived on. He will forever be part of Talla dega Superspeedway.” Since his death, several memorials have been established to honor Patterson, who made an impact on so many lives. Talladega Superspeedway’s White Flag Club awarded scholarships to students in Talladega County, St. Clair County and Calhoun County schools. A $500 scholarship was awarded to selected students in each county in Ken’s honor. The Ken Patterson Memorial Golf Tournament was held in late July and all proceeds from the event benefited the Kenneth Patterson Educational Trust Fund, which was set up for Patterson’s children, Zachary, 5, and Brady, 8 months. Contributions may be sent to Kenneth Patterson Educational Trust Fund, Attn: Efie Russell, PO Box 370, Anniston, AL 36202. Contributions may als o be made at any Colonial Bank. In addition, beginning in January, the NMPA will present Ken Patterson Helping Others Award to a deserving public relations representative in motorsports. Voting for the award will be done by the NMPA members and will be given to the representative who has exhibited the qualities of excellence Patterson always strived for. Talladega Superspeedway will donate $1,000 in the name of the winner each year to the Kenneth Patterson Educational Trust Fund. Patterson is survived by his wife Jenny and sons Zachary and Brady.(Talladega Superspeedway)(10-1-2004)

  • Orange County Choppers Grand Marshal's at Talladega: Members of the Orange County Choppers organization will sign autographs for fans this Saturday, Oct. 2 at Talladega Superspeedway prior to the ARCA RE/MAX Series Food World 300 and Sunday, Oct. 3 prior to the EA SPORTS* 500. The OCC gang will sign on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the track's display area, where they will also have on display several of the gleaming custom-built motorcycles for which they have gained international fame. OCC members expected to appear for the sessions are the Orange County Choppers Owner Paul Teutul, Sr. and Chief Fabricator and Designer Paul Teutul, Jr., Cody, Vinny and Mikey. Custom OCC motorcycles that will be on display are The Talladega Superspeedway Bike, the Fire bike, the Vinny Bike, the Mikey and Vinny Bike, and the Black Widow. The sessions precede the highlight of OCC's involvement in the EA SPORTS 500 weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, which will be during pre-race activities on Sunday when they unveil a chopper that not only commemorates the track's 35th anniversary celebration, but also benefits a wonderful cause - Victory Junction Gang Camp. Talladega Superspeedway commissioned the motorcycle and will auction it on eBay following the race with proceeds going to the camp. Orange County Choppers Owner Paul Teutul, Sr. and Chief Fabricator and Designer Paul Teutul, Jr. will serve as Grand Marshals for Sunday's Oct. 3 EA SPORTS* 500 and will give the command "Gentlemen, start your engines" for the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(10-1-2004)

  • Raceway Ministries To Offer Worship Sites: Raceway Ministries will offer several activities for race fans during the EA SPORTS 500 weekend Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at Talladega Superspeedway, including three ministry sites throughout the grounds, live music and pinewood car racing for children. One-hour interdenominational worship services will be held throughout the weekend at three ministry sites and in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Pavilion Four. Ministry Site One is located by the security building in the North Park. Ministry Site Two is located near the first security area in the triangle of the Family Park. Ministry Site Three is located in the infield, near the middle of the back straightaway. All worship services will be held at 9 a.m. Ministry Sites Two and Three will hold Timothy Cup pinewood car races for children one hour after the checkered flag drops on the ARCA RE/MAX Series Food World 300 Saturday afternoon. Painting of the pinewood cars will take place at these sites all weekend leading up to the Saturday races. Site One will host music groups offering performances Saturday morning and afternoon. In addition, Raceway Ministries expects to distribute 8,000 bottles of water to race fans, each bottle bearing a “living water” sticker, as well as more than 200,000 tracts as a means of outreach. Raceway Ministries began its fan outreach program at Talladega Superspeedway in 1982 and is now affiliated with National Raceway Ministries, an interdenominational group that serves several major race tracks in the country.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-28-2004)

  • 35th Areo Warrior Reunion: The big 35th Areo Warrior Anniversary Reunion / Daytona Superbird Auto Club 2004 at Talladega is scheduled for September 30th through October 3rd, 2004. The cars will make a parade lap around 9:30am/ct [10:30am/et] on Sunday, Oct 3rd. Some of the drivers attending who have driven or had something to do with one of the Winged Cars include Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, George Wallace [former race engineer with Chrysler Corporation], Charlie Gray [formerly of Ford], Larry Rathgeb [Chrysler], Bill Holbrook [Ford], John Bach [Former Holman-Moody and Wood Brothers crewman], and Steve Lehto who has just written a book on Bobby Isaac. More info at either: superbirdclub.com or aerowarriors.com.(9-28-2004)

  • Protest at Atlanta: A little-known group of minority race fans plans to protest a NASCAR event at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Oct. 31. Hampton Police Chief Bud Smith said representatives from the National Association for Minority Race Fans are seeking a protest permit for that day's race. However, the city ordinance does not address such a request. "We do not have an ordinance that requires them to get a permit," he said. "But we will require them to register at city hall. We will also discuss this issue at the Oct. 5 pre-race meeting." Little is known about the group, which has a Web site at www.namrf.com. The site displays a countdown to when the site will be open to the public, midnight Oct. 1. Until then, only members can log onto the site. Phillip W. Offill Jr., an attorney with Dallas law firm Godwin Gruber, said he represents the group. "This will be a fairly substantial protest," he said. "They are loud and proud and have a problem with what is going on with NASCAR." Specifically, Offill said the group pinpoints racism and the safety of minorities and women at race events but declined to elaborate. "Some more will come out closer to the release of the documentary," he said. "But a lot of folks, because of the color of their skin or gender, don't feel safe at race events."
    NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Wednesday that he is not familiar with the protest group. He said NASCAR is proud of the strides made within the organization to attract everyone as fans. "NASCAR respects the right of all people to express their opinions and NASCAR is committed to making the sport off and on the track even more like America," he said. "No issue is more important for NASCAR to succeed and grow."
    Smith said the group specifically wants to protest the Oct. 31 race, the Bass Pro Ships MBNA 500, but Offill alluded to Talladega as another possible target but would not elaborate. The EA Sports 500 is slated at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 3. Talladega officials said Wednesday they have not had contact with the group, which they had not heard of. Offill said the Web site is available only to members because they don't want to let "personalities" get out in front of the issues and concerns of the group.
    Smith said the group seeks a peaceful demonstration but the request itself is unusual. "They say they are very peaceful and not aggressive," he said, "but I have not known of a race protest and I've been here since 1972. As long as they are peaceful, we'll work with them." The group, accompanied by a film crew, first approached the Henry Superior Court clerk's office for a permit. However, Clerk Judy Lewis sent them to Hampton since the track is inside the city limits. Getting permission to protest and actually having a place in which to do so are two different things. AMS spokeswoman Angela Revell said she is not familiar with the group and has had no contact with any of its representatives. She also expressed surprise that minorities have a beef with NASCAR. "I guess they haven't heard of Magic Johnson's minority initiatives," said Revell. Earlier this year, sports legend Johnson announced plans to boost minority involvement in NASCAR. He told reporters in June his dad, a "big fan," took him to the track when he was a child. The event made a lasting impression. NASCAR is also making other efforts to diversify the fan base including developing a program called "Drive for Diversity," [www.drivefordiversity.com] aimed at generating well-trained minority and female drivers and crew members. Last year, NASCAR clashed with Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition when board member Bill Shack called car racing organizations "the last bastion of white supremacy." NASCAR Chief Operating Officer George Pyne responded that his organization is "vigorously" reaching out to minorities, citing mandated sensitivity training for all employees and the formation of a diversity council, intern programs and college tours.(News-Daily), past news on the diverstiy issue on my Racing Schools/Jobs page.(9-23-2004)
    AND More at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.(9-24-2004)

  • Talladega Escapes Major Damage from Ivan: Talladega Superspeedway escaped major damage from Hurricane Ivan’s punishing winds and torrential rainfall that devastated many areas of Alabama Thursday. “Fortunately, the only damage sustained by Talladega Superspeedway was the loss of some signage, and the roof of one of the facility’s greenhouses was destroyed,” Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch said. “Race fans should know everything will be in perfect order here at the end of the month as we welcome them for the EA SPORTS 500 weekend. Our major roads are all clear and traffic will flow as usual. We’re ready to go racing.” Talladega Superspeedway issued a statement over the weekend welcoming people from the southern Alabama and Florida areas to its campgrounds for refuge, but warned the arriving evacuees to go further north Wednesday morning as the track of Hurricane Ivan became more clear and the weather threat became more imminent for the area. Superspeedway staff also took necessary precautions Wednesday to secure the facility prior to the hurricane hitting land on the Gulf Coast early Thursday morning. TSS offices were closed throughout the day Thursday, and reopened mid-morning on Friday. “As reports of the destruction continue to mount, we become more and more aware of how fortunate we are to have escaped with as little damage as we had. Our thoughts are with the many people affected by this terrible storm as they begin the process of recovery and rebuilding,” Lynch said.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-18-2004)

  • Hurricane Ivan and Talladega Update: Earlier this week Talladega Superspeedway was working with FEMA on setting locations for campers and tents to get away from Hurricane Ivan. With the track of Ivan now headed across Talladega County, we are encouraging folks to seek shelter in designated areas.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-15-2004)

  • Hurricane Ivan Evacuees are Welcomed in Talladega County The Talladega County Emergency Management Agency at the request of the Alabama State Emergency Management Agency contacted Talladega Superspeedway to request that the speedway make available certain campgrounds and parking areas for possible hurricane Ivan evacuees. Talladega Superspeedway has graciously agreed and is on standby for anyone needing to use specified camping and / or parking facilities for refuge from hurricane Ivan and its dangers. All Talladega county local municipalities and volunteer responders have been notified of the possible arrival of evacuees. Each agency is on standby to assist if the need should arise. The combined statement of the Talladega County Commissioners is “We are grateful to Talladega Superspeedway for their hospitality and we are willing to assist where or if needed”. A map for travel assistance to the speedway can be requested from The Talladega County EMA at (256) 761-4705, (256) 761-2125 or (256) 223-2367.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)
    AND Talladega Superspeedway's infield will be abuzz with activity from 1 to 5 p.m. this Sunday [9-12] when fans are welcomed for a free, fun-filled event to thank them for their perennial loyalty to the track as it celebrates it 35th anniversary. Anyone who has purchased or purchases a ticket to the Oct. 3 EA SPORTS 500 will have the experience of a lifetime this Sunday, when they may take their personal vehicle for a lap around the famed 2.66-mile tri-oval.(more info at the Talladega Superspeedway site)(9-11-2004)

  • #20k raised for Ken Patterson Educational Trust Fund: Ken Patterson will always be remembered for his bolstering laugh and making others smile. And yesterday he did just that. Over 160 golfers turned out for the Ken Patterson Memorial Golf Tournament held at Silver Lakes Golf Course. More than $20,000 was raised for the Ken Patterson Educational Trust Fund that was set-up to assist his two children four-year-old son Zachary, and six month old son Brady. Patterson passed away April 2, following a battle with myelo dysplasia syndrome. He served as Director of Public Relations at Talladega Superspeedway from June 19, 2000 until his death. “Ken was not only an employee, he was a friend,” said Talladega Superspeedway Vice-President/General Manager Rick Humphrey. “I will remember him most for his trademark laugh. His laughter lessened worries, calmed situations and brightened all of our days. We miss him tremendously.” The tournament was hosted by Talladega Superspeedway and the White Flag Club. Representatives from the racing community, sponsors, business associates and friends of Patterson’s donated prizes, food, beverages, and trophies for the event. A commemorative poster was signed by each golfer in attendance and presented to Patterson’s wife, Jenny during the awards ceremony. “Our family is overwhelmed by today’s turnout,” Jenny said. “I never knew how many people Ken touched until he passed away. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from everyone.” To make donations to the Kenneth Patterson Educational Trust Fund that has been set up for Zachary and Brady Patterson, contributions may be sent to: Kenneth Patterson Educational Trust Fund, Attn: Effie Russell, PO Box 370, Anniston, AL 36202.(TSS PR)(7-30-2004)

  • Talladega names new PR Manager: Talladega Superspeedway Vice-President/General Manager Rick Humphrey announced the addition of Lisa Battles to its staff as public relations manager. A native of Decatur, Ala., Battles is a 1998 journalism graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She returns to Alabama after living the past six years in the Nashville area, where she has been working at award-winning newspapers in Wilson County, Tenn. Battles most recently served as copy editor at The Lebanon Democrat, the daily newspaper in Lebanon, Tenn. Prior to that, she served as editor and news editor at the daily’s sister newspaper, Mt. Juliet News in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Her role at both newspapers included extensive coverage of motorsports, including a weekly column on racing.(TSS PR)(7-21-2004)

  • 2nd Talladega race looking for a sponsor: Talladega Superspeedway officials are searching for a new sponsor for the track's fall race because this October's EA Sports 500 will be the last to carry that name. Electronic Arts, which markets numerous electronic sports games, has notified the track that it will not extend its contract for naming rights beyond October. Rick Humphrey, the track's vice president and general manager, said the search for a title sponsor for the fall race in 2005 is ongoing. EA Sports took over sponsorship of the fall race in 2001 with a three-year contract. Then the company extended the contract a year to include the upcoming race on Oct. 3. EA Sports used the Talladega race to promote new editions of the game, but the company also had to enter licensing agreements with race teams, drivers, tracks and NASCAR. Humphrey said Electronic Arts "concluded sponsorship of a single event was not as necessary as other elements to market their game successfully." Aaron's, a rental company, sponsors Talladega's spring race. Its contract goes through 2005, and discussions have already begun about extending the contract. "We are comfortable with the way those negotiations are going," Humphrey told The Birmingham News.(Macon Telegraph/AP)(7-7-2004)

  • Pit Passes at Talladega: Back by popular demand, Talladega Superspeedway is once again offering Pre-race Pit Passes for individual sales to the Oct. 3 EA SPORTS 500, the third race into the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Fans who have purchased a ticket to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series EA SPORTS 500 in the Tri-Oval Tower, O.V. Hill South Tower extension and Birmingham Tower extension by Sunday, July 4, will have the opportunity to purchase a Pre-race Pit Pass on a first-serve basis on Tuesday, July 6 for $50. Only a limited number of Pre-race Pit Passes will be available. Ticket holders in those sections must call 1-877-Go2-DEGA on July 6 ONLY, to purchase their Pre-race Pit Pass for the EA SPORTS 500 at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. A Pre-race Pit Pass allows fans to enhance their experience, putting them on the track, at the Start/Finish Line, onto Pit Road and up close and personal with all the activities surrounding the pre-race entertainment. Pre-race Pit Passes are good beginning at 8 o’clock on the morning of the EA SPORTS 500 and will last until one hour prior the start of the race. These times are tentative as track schedule and weather permit. There is no age restriction and no dress code during pre-race festivities. Fans who purchase tickets in the Tri-Oval Tower, O.V. Hill South Tower extension and Birmingham Tower extension by July 4 are allowed to buy one Pre-race Pit Pass for each tower seat purchased. Tower seats in those sections are two-day tickets allowing fans to watch both the ARCA RE/MAX Series Food World 300 on Oct. 2 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series EA SPORTS 500 on Oct. 3. The 2004 EA SPORTS 500 Weekend starts with the Alabama Beef Producer’s Qualifying Day for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Food World 300 on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day is Friday, Oct. 1 to set the field for the NEXTEL Cup EA SPORTS 500. Cost of admission to each qualifying day is $10 with children 11-and-under allowed admission for free. The “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” is on as Talladega Superspeedway celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary with the running of the Oct. 3 EA SPORTS 500. Get your tickets today by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA, for our hearing-impaired guests call TDD # 1-866-472-8725 or log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(7-1-2004)

  • King named Director of PR for Talladega: Kristi R. King has joined Talladega Superspeedway as the Director of Public Relations, track president Grant Lynch announced today. King comes to Talladega after serving as Director of Public Relations for North Carolina Speedway. “Kristi spent some time with us this spring and really fit in well with our team here at Talladega,” Lynch said. “We are excited she has decided to take this opportunity. I think she will quickly become an asset not only to our facility but to our community as well.” A 10-year veteran of the sport, King’s duties at Talladega will include all aspects of public relations including advertising and promotions as well as media relations. She will begin her duties in early June. “I am excited about this new opportunity at Talladega Superspeedway and remaining a part of the International Speedway Corporation family,” said King. “Talladega is known for its competition and tradition and has the greatest fans in world. I am honored to be joining their team and look forward to the EA SPORTS 500 Weekend.” King, an Ellerbe, NC native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. King and her husband of three years, David, will relocate to Alabama next month.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • A New 'NASCAR' Track in Alabama? A group of Alabama investors is exploring opening a new NASCAR speedway in Baldwin County [on the Gulf], an estimated $350 million venture in one of the state's popular tourist areas. The group plans to approach NASCAR officials in June with the proposal. The group has hired a Raleigh, N.C.-based consultant to help with the development process, according to Rick Edwards, one of 10 businessmen from around the state involved in the venture. The group either owns or has an option to buy five sites on the Foley Beach Express, ranging from 500 acres to 1,000 acres. "Nothing is definite with NASCAR," Edwards, a developer based in Point Clear, told the Mobile Register in a story Sunday. "We got a group together and said, `Let's make a run at it.' Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway hosts NASCAR events in the spring and fall. The newspaper's efforts to reach NASCAR President Mike Helton were not successful. The plan is to incorporate a speedway with other entertainment venues that could take advantage of the 500 to 600 acres of parking that would be needed on race days, Edwards said. The sites also include extra land to serve as a buffer for the noise. "We're hoping that what we've got will be a little different than anything done in the past," Edwards said. "Our biggest concern is whether it will affect the Talladega race. We don't feel like it will. It's an entirely different market down here."(Alabama Live)(5-10-2004)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Craven in the #11 Gibbs car at Talladega UPDATE: Ricky Craven will drive Joe Gibbs Racing's third car this weekend in the EA Sports 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Craven, 38, who earlier this season was released from the last two years of his contract with PPI Motorsports, will drive JGR's #11 Old Spice Chevrolet as a team car to the Chase for the Nextel Cup contending Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevy and Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy. The #11 will be a full-time program in 2005, but the Gibbs organization has yet to make an announcement of its driver or crew chief [supposedly Jason Leffler driving and Dave Rogers as the crew chief]. Late Tuesday afternoon, Gibbs Racing updated its entry and named veteran mechanic Philippe Lopez as Craven's crew chief. Lopez has worked at JGR for about a month since coming from Bill Davis Racing.(NASCAR.com)(9-28-2004)
    UPDATE: "I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Craven, reached by phone. "I'm going to use this opportunity to explore options for next year." JGR's rookie J.J. Yeley was originally scheduled to run the race, but was apparently pulled because of concerns over his lack of superspeedway experience, sources said.()(9-29-2004)

  • Blount to drive a 4th Penske car at Talladega: Chad Blount, an Indiana native who has been testing for Penske Racing South for the last 1 ½ years, will drive a fourth Penske-prepared car [#06 Dodge] at Talladega Superspeedway for the Oct. 3 EA Sports 500. "Chad has done an outstanding job testing cars for DaimlerChrysler and for us and, therefore, deserves this chance we are giving him at Talladega," Penske Racing South President Don Miller said. "We are not grooming anyone for Rusty Wallace's or Brendan Gaughan's seat. This is simply a reward for a job well done." For the Talladega effort, Penske Racing South head engineer Roy McCauley will be Blount's crew chief and Matt McSwain his car chief. Also serving on the crew are mechanics Corey Tucker and David Dembicki. The pit crew consists of: Dustin Coonfield, front tire changer; Michael Warren, front tire carrier; Mark Padgett, jackman; Chris Hladik, rear tire changer; Corey Sain, rear tire carrier; Sam Ownsby, catch can; Jason Rogers, gasman; and David Doyle, 2nd gas can and sign board. A sponsor for the effort hasn't been acquired, but discussions are ongoing. During the last year and a half, while competing in selected ARCA and Busch Series events, Blount has tested for Penske, primarily at Kentucky Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Earlier this year, Blount finished seventh in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway in a car fielded by Braun Racing. In May at Charlotte, he qualified 20th for the Busch Series race in a car fielded by Hirschfeld Motorsports and ran in the top 10 for most of the race before having to settle for a 34th-place finish after cutting a tire and hitting the wall. Blount made his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut in the July 11 Tropicana 400 in a #37 Dodge owned by John Carter and Roger Craven. He qualified 37th and practiced in the top 15, but he finished 43rd due to electrical problems in the car. The Walkerton, Ind., native made his Busch Series debut at Daytona in 2003. That season he competed in 13 races for Braun Racing, with whom he raced in ARCA, and six for Jesel Racing. His six races with Jesel included driving the 100th anniversary Miller High Life -sponsored car in the June 29 race at the Milwaukee Mile. After the race, then Miller Brewing Co. Motorsports Manager Sigmund Wysocki said Blount was a "very talented and personable young man."(Penske Racing PR)(9-28-2004)

  • Double Duty for Edwards..some jet settin', Blaney to qualify the #99: Carl Edwards will pull double duty this weekend. He will practice and qualify his #99 Superchips truck on Friday in California, fly to Talladega that evening for Saturday morning's drafting practice in the Nextel Cup Series, then fly back to California for the race on Saturday night. He will depart for Talladega again immediately after the truck race. Carl Edwards on California: "I'm excited for the race. I think running the Cup race there earlier this month got me a lot of experience that is really going to pay off in the truck. It's going to be fast racing under the lights since it's a temperature-sensitive race track. There will be more grip so it will be harder on the trucks. It will be a real test on the engines and the set-ups. It will be another weekend with a lot of travel. I'll be going back and forth between California and Talladega. The truck is still my priority. We may have lost a few points at Las Vegas last week, but this Superchips team is still a big factor in the championship. We still have six races left to make up the 125-point deficit." Dave Blaney will practice and qualify the #99 Roush Racing Ford on Friday. Per NASCAR rules, Edwards will start at the back of the field for Sunday's race since Blaney will qualify the car. - This will be the first time Edwards has raced at Talladega Superspeedway however; Edwards did test at the track last week in the #17 DeWalt Ford.(Roush Racing PR)(9-28-2004)

  • Hermie leases a car from Yates for Talladega: #02-Hermie Sadler and East Tennessee Trailers have partnered together for several NEXTEL Cup races this season, but both are eagerly awaiting next weekends EA SPORTS 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. At Talladega, Sadler's SCORE Motorsports team will be leasing a Ford from Robert Yates Racing, whose record on restrictor plate races rivals anyone in the business. Sadler knows this is a great opportunity for himself and his team. "Our season has not been what we had hoped for to this point," Sadler said. "But this race is a chance for our team to show what we can do and turn our season around. Just the thought of driving a Yates car at Talladega is a dream come true." Jack Bailey, President of East Tennessee Trailers, who has sponsored Sadler in several NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races this season, said this was too good to pass up. "We have always been confident in the ability of Hermie and his team," Bailey said. "We are excited to join them for this race. We are as excited to have East Tennessee Trailers on the side of a Robert Yates prepared car as Hermie is to drive it." East Tennessee Trailers is the nations value leader in enclosed cargo trailers. Its manufacturing facility is located in Oneida, Tennessee. They specialize in not only trailers for racing, but lawn care, construction, motorcycles and many other uses. For more information, please visit www.ettrailers.com.(SCORE Motorsports PR)(9-28-2004)

  • Kenny in the #1 at Talladega: Kenny Wallace will no longer be driving the #00 Aaron's Chevy for Michael Waltrip at Talladega in the EA Sports 500. Wallace will instead drive the #1 Aaron's Rent DEI Chevy(Kenny Wallace site), Waltrip didn't have a car ready for the race.(9-23-2004)

  • New Spring Rule for Talladega AND: On Fox Sports Net's NASCAR This Morning, Bob Dillner reported that the Cup teams were given news that they would be handed springs [front and rear?] in the 375-400lbs range that they would have to use at Talladega Superspeedway in the EA Sports 500.
    AND NASCAR spokesman Mike Zizzo confirmed Sunday the sanctioning body is contemplating a rule change for the Oct. 3 EA Sports 500 race at Talladega. NASCAR already mandates rear shocks and a restrictor-plate for all superspeedway races and beginning at Talladega this fall, NASCAR is also expected to mandate the rear springs teams can use. If adapted, the rule will require NASCAR to issue rear springs to teams at the start of the weekend and will maintain control over them as they do rear shocks and the plates. The rear springs issued by NASCAR are expected to rate between 375 and 400 pounds, likely to fall on the lower end of the scale, Zizzo said.()(9-19-2004)

  • Testing at Talladega, Hermie Sadler to run a Yates car: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series drivers Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Hermie Sadler and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Blake Feese took turns zipping along the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway Monday after early morning rain finally gave way to clear skies. Johnson, who slipped to second in the points standings after a wreck at Richmond Saturday, said clinching a position to contend for the championship brought “a small amount of relief,” but knows the real pressure has only begun. In his five starts at Talladega, he’s qualified higher than ninth every time. However, this spring was the first time he was able to break into the top 5 here, finishing fourth. Johnson said he hasn’t had the best of luck at Talladega, but is more confident with a solid run here earlier this year. Sadler said he is excited to be returning to Talladega in October, particularly because he will be running in the EA SPORTS 500 in a Robert Yates machine. He decided to run the Talladega event primarily because of being able to reach an agreement to lease a car with Yates. “It’s a good opportunity for my team, not running all the races and not having some of the stuff a lot of the other teams have, to come here and drive one of their cars. We’re excited about that,” Sadler said. “They’ve got a great program. The timing worked out so we could do it, and it will give us a chance to come here and be a lot more competitive than we would be had we tried to do a superspeedway car of our own. We don’t have access to the wind tunnel and all those types of things and they have got a good reputation for a good superspeedway program. So hopefully it will be a good opportunity for us.”(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-14-2004)

  • Yeley to make Cup debut at Michigan UPDATE: during a MRN Radio interview before the Busch race at Chicago on Saturday, it was mentioned that J.J. Yeley will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut at Michigan International Speedway in August in a third Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy [#11?, #80?], the original plan was for Yeley to debut at Talladega in Oct., but NASCAR didn't hink he had enough speedway experience. Yeley mentioned Home Depot and Vigoro [lawn fertilizer] as sponsors.(MRN's Busch Series race coverage)(7-11-2004)
    UPDATE: Vigoro, a leading brand of premium lawn and garden products for over 80 years, along with The Home Depot, will be the primary sponsors of Joe Gibbs Racing driver J.J. Yeley as he attempts to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at Michigan Speedway. Yeley will enter the #11 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 22nd. Sold exclusively at Home Depot stores, Vigoro is manufactured by St. Louis-based United Industries Corporation, which goes to market at Spectrum Brands. A native of Phoenix, the 27-year-old Yeley joined Joe Gibbs Racing with an impressive list of credentials. In 2003, he became only the second driver in racing history to win the USAC Triple Crown by earning the Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown championships in a single season. En route to that milestone, Yeley earned a total of 24 USAC victories, easily surpassing the mark of 19 set by A.J. Foyt in 1961 and tied in 1988 by Sleepy Tripp and in 2000 by Jay Drake. And while amassing such a large win total, Yeley became the first driver in USAC history to win on pavement and dirt in all three national series in a single season. In 2004, Yeley has competed in 10 NASCAR Busch Series events. His best outing of the year was at Nashville Superspeedway in June, where he scored his first top-ten, finishing eighth. His best start was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he qualified seventh.(Matrix Sports Marketing PR), see the #11 Old Spice Chevy that Yeley will supposedly drive at Talladega in Oct on my #11 Team Paint Schemes page.(7-12-2004)

  • Kerry Earnhardt to run five Cup races for RCR in the #33 UPDATE 2 Skinner in the Daytona 500?:- Kerry Earnhardt will compete in five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in 2004 for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in the #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevy. Earnhardt, 34, is the eldest son of Dale Earnhardt who, with RCR, earned 67 race wins and six of his seven NASCAR Cup Series championships. He is scheduled to compete April 25 at Talladega, May 22 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord for the NASCAR All-Star Challenge, July 3 at Daytona, Oct. 3 at Talladega and Atlanta on Oct. 31 [Halloween]. Earnhardt has one Nextel Cup start, driving the #71 Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet at Michigan on Aug. 20, 2000. He also has 65 NASCAR Busch Series starts since 2000, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. In 11 starts over two seasons (2000-01) in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, he had four wins, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes. RCR and Bass Pro Shops have maintained a relationship since 1998, when the nation’s leading retailer of premium outdoor gear signed on as an associate sponsor of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. That same year, Dale Earnhardt drove a Bass Pro Shop paint-schemed car in The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(RCR PR)
    AND Earnhardt will attempt to make the starting field for the Daytona 500.(Gaston Gazette)(1-22-2004)
    UPDATE: been told by RCR there are no plans for Earnhardt to run the Daytona 500.(1-23-2004)
    UPDATE 2: from a FoxSports column - The color black is part of Bass Pro Shops sponsorship package for the five Nextel Cup races that they plan to do. In fact, I [Larry McReynolds] think Mike Skinner is going to drive the #33 car in the Daytona 500, but I think it's going to be an AOL car.(FoxSports)(1-26-2004)

  • 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

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #0-Ward Burton Shark Tale Talladega #0 Paint Scheme Page
    #5-Terry Labonte Delphi Talladega #5 Paint Scheme Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Zerex Talladega none...yet
    #17-Matt Kenseth Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Talladega - Oct #17 Paint Scheme Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries
    IBS/Camus Auto
    500 Miles of Fame
    Talladega - Oct #18 Paint Scheme Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Rent-A-Center Talladega - Oct #21 Paint Scheme Page
    #40-Sterling Marlin Coors Light / Rascal Flatts Talladega none...yet
    #41-Casey Mears Target Pink
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Talladega #41 Paint Scheme Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Davey Allison
    Rising Star
    Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
    Talladega - Oct #42 Paint Scheme Page


  • #40 scheme at Talladega: Multi-platinum selling country group Rascal Flatts will once again join Sterling Marlin and the Coors Light team to bring some country charm to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Marlin's #40 Coors Light Dodge will sport a special Rascal Flatts paint scheme in Talladega supporting the group's new album, "Feels Like Today", that hit music stores nationwide today.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-28-2004)

  • Special Hood for Bobby Labonte at Talladega: Bobby Labonte's 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet will have the name of Camus Auto, an Interstate Batteries dealer from Derby, N.Y., on the hood of the car for the EA Sports 500 Oct. 3 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. IBS of Greater Buffalo, the Interstate Batteries distributorship that services Camus Auto, will also be on the special hood at Talladega. Both were winners of Interstate Batteries' unique "500 Miles of Fame" promotion, an effort by Interstate officials to increase sales and give their dealers and distributors a chance to have their name on the Interstate Batteries hood for a race weekend. Dave Camus, of Camus Auto and Todd Winder of IBS of Greater Buffalo will receive a paid trip to the EA Sports 500 and will meet Labonte on race morning. Camus, whose father operated Camus Auto for more than 30 years, expects the exposure to help his already well-respected business. Interstate Batteries and Joe Gibbs Racing have one of the longest-running major sponsorship relationships in NEXTEL Cup racing having been together since 1991. The company sponsored Dale Jarrett's car when he won the 1993 Daytona 500 as well as when Labonte won the 2000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship and the 2000 Brickyard 400. More info at ther web site:interstatebatteries.com.(Camp and Assoc./JGR PR), see an image of the hood on my #18 Team Paint Schemes page.(9-28-2004)

  • #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)

  • "we need a bigger boat": Kasey Kahne and #0-Ward Burton will make a splash this summer as they will promote DreamWorks' new movie "Shark Tales." Kahne is scheduled to run the "Shark Tales" scheme at Michigan, Bristol, California and Kansas in the Busch Series, while Burton will have the new animated full-length film on his #0 Chevrolet at Talladega.(RacingOne)(5-29-2004)

  • Smirnoff Ice Back with Kenseth: Smirnoff Ice will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth in six races during the 2004 season:
    May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
    July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona
    July 25 Siemens 300 at New Hampshire
    August 8 Brickyard 400 at Indy
    September 5 Pop Secret 500 at California
    October 3 EA Sports 500 at Talladega
    Smirnoff will also have secondary sponsorship on the DeWALT car for the remaining 2004 races.(Mattkenseth.com), see images of the car and a new DeWalt scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(2-4-2004)

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


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