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THE RACE: The Golden Corral 500

Nextel Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 20, 2005 in Hampton/Atlanta, GA

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, March 23 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, March 24 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, March 25 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,761,128 (was $4,692,401 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 18, 12:00 - 1:00pm/et, NO TV

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, March 18, 1:30 - 2:30pm/et on TV-Speed Channel

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 18, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 if open, Friday, March 18 at 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air date/time found AND live via radio at PRN 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).


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

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
    Craftsman Truck Series: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6856; Right-side -- D-6858

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 24 psi; Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.
    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Atlanta . . . this is the only Nextel Cup track at which these tire codes will be run in 2005 . . . all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile in length, teams are required to runner inner liners in their tires at Atlanta . . . inflation of the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "Atlanta is a high wear track, so that is always one of our main concerns when we build a tire for there. Comparing this year's codes to last, the construction for the Atlanta tire set-up remained the same, though we came back with a tougher, more wear resistant compound all the way around."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 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.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Atlanta, 3/13/2005, $30,000

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Atlanta: $20,000
    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $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, 2
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Kurt Busch, 2



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  • Edwards wins at Atlanta in thrilling finish! #99-Carl Edwards won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his 17th career Nextel Cup race. Edwards looked like he had used up his tires a few laps from the end, he faded back, cooled his tires and came on the last lap to catch a dominating #48-Jimmie Johnson [led 156 laps] by a few feet at the line on the final lap. Edwards did his trademark backflip off the #99 Scotts Ford. Edwards is now the 11th driver to win a Cup, Busch and Truck Series race. Edwards also won is first Busch Series race on Saturday at Atlanta. The rest of the top five were #16-Biffle [another strong run], #6-Mark Martin and #9-Kasey Kahne [a much needed top-5]. A huge wreck on lap one took out many of the leaders.(3-20-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Atlanta - 4 of 36 races
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 680
    #16-Greg Biffle, 598, -82
    #99-Carl Edwards, 593, -87
    #97-Kurt Busch, 577, -103
    #6-Mark Martin, 539, -141
    #12-Ryan Newman, 515, -165
    #20-Tony Stewart, 514, -166
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 482, -198
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 477, -203
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 475, -205

  • Edwards wins at Atlanta in thrilling finish! #99-Carl Edwards won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his 17th career Nextel Cup race. Edwards looked like he had used up his tires a few laps from the end, he faded back, cooled his tires and came on the last lap to catch a dominating #48-Jimmie Johnson [led 156 laps] by a few feet at the line on the final lap. Edwards did his trademark backflip off the #99 Scotts Ford. Edwards is now the 11th driver to win a Cup, Busch and Truck Series race. Edwards also won is first Busch Series race on Saturday at Atlanta. The rest of the top five were #16-Biffle [another strong run], #6-Mark Martin and #9-Kasey Kahne [a much needed top-5]. A huge wreck on lap one took out many of the leaders.
    Results and results links on Jayski's Atlanta Race Results page.(3-20-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Atlanta - 4 of 36 races
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 680
    #16-Greg Biffle, 598, -82
    #99-Carl Edwards, 593, -87
    #97-Kurt Busch, 577, -103
    #6-Mark Martin, 539, -141
    #12-Ryan Newman, 515, -165
    #20-Tony Stewart, 514, -166
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 482, -198
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 477, -203
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 475, -205
    For Full Standings, see Jayski's Unofficial Drivers Points page.(3-20-2005)

  • Atlanta Post Race Notes:
    • Carl Edwards won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 17th career start.
    • Edwards won both the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Joe Nemechek was the last driver to win both races in a weekend (Kansas October 2004).
    • Edwards became the first driver ever to post both his career-first NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victories in the same weekend.
    • Edwards became the seventh different race winner in the last seven races Atlanta Motor.
    • Edwards begins the 2005 season with two top-five finishes and top-15s in four races.
    • Edwards posted his second top-five finish in two races at Atlanta. He finished third at Atlanta last October.
    • Edwards scored the second victory in four races in 2005 for car owner Jack Roush. It marked Roush’s fourth victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    • Greg Biffle was the most recent first-time winner when he won at Daytona in July 2003.
    Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his fifth top-five finish in eight races at Atlanta. Johnson has scored top- 10 finishes in the 10 races since Charlotte last fall. Johnson is the only driver that has led at least one lap in all four races in 2005.
    • Greg Biffle (third) scored his third top-10 finish in five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He posted his third straight top-10 finish of the season. This is the first time in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career that he has posted three consecutive top-10s.
    • Mark Martin (fourth) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 39 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Martin has scored three top-10 finishes in four races this season. Martin has been running at the finish in 26 consecutive races, the longest current streak.
    • Kasey Kahne (fifth) scored his third top-five finish in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kahne scored his first top-10 and best finish in 2005.
    • Dave Blaney (eighth) scored his second top-10 finish in 11 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His last top- 10 finish came at Pocono (ninth) in July 2003.
    • Kyle Busch (12th) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender for the third time in 2005.
    • Mike Garvey started 43rd and finished 41st in his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start.
    • Robby Gordon failed to qualify for the 2005 Daytona 500 and has finished 35th, 39th and 34th in the three races he has competed in this season.
    • All 10 of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings changed at Atlanta.
    • Just one race remains before 2005 owner points set the guaranteed starting positions at Martinsville. Noted car owners/drivers ranked outside the top 35 include: Joe Gibbs/Bobby Labonte (37th), Greg Pollex/John Andretti (38th), Leonard Wood/Ricky Rudd (39th) and James Smith/Robby Gordon (40th).
    • Looking ahead to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.... 18 drivers are already more than 400 points behind the leader. Included in those 18 are Mike Wallace, Bobby Labonte, John Andretti, Ricky Rudd and Robby Gordon plus 13 others.
    • The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus will be worth $20,000 Bristol Motor Speedway.
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-20-2005)

  • StockCarFans - Rumblings - Atlanta: We had a phenomenal finish to a fantastic weekend as Carl Edwards grabbed his first-ever Nextel Cup victory by a whopping .02 seconds over the ultra-consistent Jimmie Johnson in today's Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a 25 lap shootout to the end, Edwards ran down Johnson coming off turn four and we had our classic AMS finish as Edwards squeezed through on the outside to make his weekend complete....he scored his first Busch Series win yesterday.
    Saw some empty seats today....and you gotta wonder why. An entertaining Busch race yesterday and Friday's CTS race was just as close as today. The weather couldn't be blamed, either.
    I won't say that early carnage was due to the new impound rule, but I hope that thought at least passed through NASCAR's mind. After all, everybody knows no practice makes you better, right? The guys in the booth touched on the fact this new rule could bode poorly for the Busch regulars. With the chance to learn the new tire and the track changes (since the impound at certain tracks means absolutely no action on Saturday for the Cup cars) expect to hear some more complaining about the "Busch" whackers.
    This was win #76 for Roush Racing, and Carl Edwards becomes a member of a very elite club of racers. He's the 167th different winner in NASCAR's top division, and you'd be hard-pressed to find another driver as humbled and overcome by the experience. It was worth $165,450 for Edwards (btw, Jimmie Johnson got over $173K for running second).
    Brian Vickers (6th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 7th when we were here last October.
    Michael Waltrip (7th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Loudon last July.
    Dave Blaney (8th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in March of 2003!
    Jeremy Mayfield (13th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Martinsville last October.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 10 Top-10's in a row.
    Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is a tie between Michael Waltrip (+30) and Kyle Busch (+30), followed by Jeff Burton (+23) and Sterling Marlin (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Bobby Hamilton Jr (-36), followed by Joe Nemechek (-28), Shane Hmiel (-22), and Travis Kvapil (-20).
    Jimmie Johnson lost the points lead mid-week but regains it today. He's now 82 points ahead of new second place driver Greg Biffle. We've got 35 drivers still in the hunt for the "Chase".
    The best move forward today belongs to Kasey Kahne (38th to 28th), while Jeff Gordon (4th to 12th) and Kyle Petty (16th to 24th) fell the most spots.(

    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race - golden corral Buffet & Grill 500
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Hampton, Ga.
    Sunday, March 20, 2005

    1. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 325, $165,450.
    2. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 325, $173,241.
    3. (6) Greg Biffle, Ford, 325, $121,800.
    4. (12) Mark Martin, Ford, 325, $105,150.
    5. (5) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 325, $115,875.
    6. (8) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 325, $85,325.
    7. (37) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 325, $109,689.
    8. (27) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 325, $83,625.
    9. (17) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 325, $100,983.
    10. (11) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 325, $123,066.
    11. (13) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 325, $82,500.
    12. (42) Kyle Busch #, Chevrolet, 325, $87,175.
    13. (14) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 325, $99,470.
    14. (1) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 325, $120,266.
    15. (38) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 325, $99,120.
    16. (39) Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 325, $99,633.
    17. (9) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 325, $115,861.
    18. (16) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 324, $70,815.
    19. (15) Casey Mears, Dodge, 324, $94,648.
    20. (33) Scott Wimmer, Dodge, 324, $94,348.
    21. (36) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 324, $106,826.
    22. (18) Bill Elliott, Dodge, 324, $66,510.
    23. (34) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 323, $104,618.
    24. (35) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 323, $113,518.
    25. (10) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 323, $66,285.
    26. (28) Ken Schrader, Dodge, 323, $68,735.
    27. (32) Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 322, $99,553.
    28. (40) Jeff Green, Dodge, 321, $96,806.
    29. (22) Jimmy Spencer, Dodge, 314, $65,160.
    30. (29) Kevin Lepage, Dodge, 314, $65,535.
    31. (23) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 311, $112,896.
    32. (24) Kurt Busch, Ford, 304, $117,310.
    33. (31) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 300, $92,984.
    34. (26) Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 290, engine failure, $64,775.
    35. (7) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 280, engine failure, $84,398.
    36. (41) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 271, engine failure, $74,252.
    37. (19) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 266, accident, $99,245.
    38. (2) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Chevrolet, 245, $65,385.
    39. (25) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 214, accident, $113,326.
    40. (30) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 113, engine failure, $64,540.
    41. (43) Mike Garvey, Dodge, 15, vibration, $64,500.
    42. (20) Travis Kvapil #, Dodge, 0, accident, $72,460.
    43. (21) Shane Hmiel, Chevrolet, 0, accident, $63,883.

    Average Speed of Race Winner: 143.478 mph.

    Time of Race: 3 hours, 29 minutes, 18 seconds.

    Margin of Victory: 0.028 Seconds.

    Caution Flags: 8 for 40 laps.

    Lead Changes: 27 among 7 drivers.

    Lap Leaders: R. Newman 1-5; J. Johnson 6-59; D. Blaney 60; D. Jarrett 61; G. Biffle 62-85; C. Edwards 86; G. Biffle 87-90; J. Johnson 91-117; C. Edwards 118; G. Biffle 119-122; J. Johnson 123-132; G. Biffle 133-159; C. Edwards 160; G. Biffle 161-171; J. Johnson 172-175; G. Biffle 176-202; M. Martin 203; G. Biffle 204-206; J. Johnson 207; G. Biffle 208-212; J. Johnson 213-233; C. Edwards 234; G. Biffle 235-280; M. Martin 281; J. Johnson 282-295; C. Edwards 296-299; J. Johnson 300-324; C. Edwards 325.

    my race rundown of the race.........

  • The Golden Corral 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 325 of 325 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #99-Edwards (4)(9 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (3)(156 laps led)
    #16-Biffle (6)(151 laps led)
    #6-Martin (12)(2 laps led)
    #25-Vickers (8)
    #9-Kahne (5)
    #15-Waltrip (37)
    #07-Blaney (27)(1 laps led)
    #10-Riggs (17)
    #38-Sadler (11)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8):
    #08-Hmiel (accident-out)
    #77-Kvapil (accident-out)
    #75-Garvey (?-out)
    #4-Wallace (engine-out)
    #45-Petty (engine-out)
    #01-Nemechek (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 27 lead changes):
    #12-Newman (5);
    #48-Johnson (156 - led most);
    #07-Blaney (1);
    #88-Jarrett (1);
    #16-Biffle (151);
    #99-Edwards (9);
    #6-Martin (2);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole; #12-Newman 1-5; #48-Johnson 6-59; #07-Blaney 60; #88-Jarrett 61; #16-Biffle 61-85; #99-Edwards 86; #16-Biffle 87-90; #48-Johnson 91-117; #99-Edwards 118; #16-Biffle 119-122; #48-Johnson 123-132; #16-Biffle 133-159 #99-Edwards 160; #16-Biffle 161-171; #48-Johnson 172-175; #16-Biffle 176-202; #6-Martin 203; #16-Biffle 204-206; #48-Johnson 207; #16-Biffle 208-215; #48-Johnson 216-233; #99-Edwards 234; #16-Biffle 235-280; #6-Martin 281; #48-Johnson 282-295; #99-Edwards 296-299; #48-Johnson 300-324; #99-Edwards 325

    Cautions: 8 for 40 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 296 - 299: #7-Gordon lost an engine
    Caution 7 - Laps 279 - 285: #45-Petty lost an engine
    Caution 6 - Laps 234 - 237: Debris on the track.
    Caution 5 - Laps 202 - 205: #32-Hamilton Jr. loses a right front tire and slammed the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 160 - 169: #97-Busch slapped the turn 2 wall after blowing a right front tire.
    Caution 3 - Laps 118 - 123: #4-Wallace lost an engine.
    Caution 2 - Laps 86 - 89: Debris in the entry of turn 1.
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: someone got into #41-Mears [replays show #10-Riggs didn't hit the #41], who spun into the wall. Collecting more cars: #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, #77-Kvapil, #18-Labonte, #7-Gordon, #45-Petty, #08-Hmiel, #31-Burton, #97-Busch, #8-Earnhardt Jr.; #29-Harvick, #21-Rudd.....maybe more...

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: #12-Newman, 14th
    Caution 7: #40-Marlin, 16th
    Caution 6: #5-Busch, 12th
    Caution 5: #25-Vickers, 6th
    Caution 4: #42-McMurray, 11th
    Caution 3: #19-Mayfield, 13th
    Caution 2: #20-Stewart, 17th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    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)
    ---- during a pit stop on lap 276, #01-Nemechek may be down a cylinder.
    ---- while running 4th, #21-Rudd slowed and fell thru the pack, has brake problems, lap 210
    ---- penalties during the 4th caution: speed on pit road: #01-Nemechek, #19-Mayfield, #50-Spencer, #17-Kenseth.
    ---- #6-Martin is reporting a possible tire going down, on lap 198.
    ---- #97-Busch is back on the track as of lap 180 after the team made repairs.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #15-Waltrip caught speeding, #01-Nemechek had a commitment line violation. #2-Wallace is in the pits wih the hood up.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all the lead laps cars [16] came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 110, #25-Vickers had to pit for a tire going down, unsched stop.
    ---- on lap 72, #24-Gordon came back to the track aftewr the team made repairs from the lap 1 wreck.
    ---- during the first green flag pit stops, too fast on pit road: #88-Jarrett, #8-Earnhardt Jr.
    ---- green flag pit stops, occurred laps 54-62 range.
    ---- on lap 49, #97-Busch cut down a right front tire while running 6th and had to make a pit stop and lost a lap.
    ---- on lap 48, #18-Labonte came back to the track aftewr the team made repairs from the lap 1 wreck.
    ---- #5-Busch's radio is not working as the first part of the race.
    ---- around lap 25. #12-Newman is reporting a very loose car and is falling back.
    ---- #32-Hamilton Jr. and #25-Vickers got together on the 1st lap, which cut down a left rear tire go down and made a pit stop just before the red flag.
    ---- TO The BACK: #5-Busch [backup car]; #4-Wallace [engine change];

  • Newman wins the pole at Atlanta....again: #12-Ryan Newman won his 5th straight Budweiser Pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway, running a lap of 194.690mph and will start on the pole for the Golden Corral 500. The pole is the 29th of Newman's career, tying him with Ricky Rudd for 22nd all-time. The cars are impounded until the race on Sunday. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. is on the outside pole, his best career Cup start, the rest of the top-five are: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #99-Carl Edwards and #9-Kasey Kahne. Points leader, #97-Kurt Busch will start 24th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his tough season and will start 37th. #5-Kyle Busch wrecked on his attempt and will go to a backup car and start 42nd. #14-John Andretti, who had made all three of the previous races this year, was 35th fastest [would had made it last year], but misses the race. #08-Shane Hmiel, #50-Jimmy Spencer and #75-Mike Garvey make their first 2005 Cup race.
    For the starting lineup, lineup links, qualifying results, pole progression, final practice results on my:
    Jayski's Atlanta Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page or at

  • StockCarFans - Ramblings - Atlanta: If Ryan Newman doesn't own Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, I don't know who does! Ryan Newman got his fifth AMS Bud Pole in a row and the 29th of his Nextel Cup career tonight as he sped around this quad-oval in 28.476 (194.690 mph). He'll lead 'em to the green on Sunday for the Golden Corral 500....the second week in a row he's started us off.
    Bobby Hamilton Jr (2nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 11th at Lowe's last October.
    Carl Edwards (4th) ties his career-best starting spot for Sunday. He started 4th when we were here last October.
    Jason Leffler (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Kansas in October of 2003.
    Mike Garvey (43rd) makes his first Nextel Cup start. He was a DNQ five times last year.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 11 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    50 cars on hand....7 on the Trouble Train. Randy LaJoie, John Andretti, Stanton Barrett, Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, Hermie Sadler, and Morgan Shepherd are all DNQ's this week. Barrett & Shelmerdine are both 4 for 4 this year in this category.(more at

  • Qualifying Notes:
    * Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Golden Corral 500, lapping Atlanta Motor Speedway in 28.476 seconds at 194.690 mph. Geoffrey Bodine holds the track-qualifying record of 28.074 seconds, 197.478 mph. Bodine's record is the fastest qualifying speed on a non-restrictor-plate track in NASCAR history.
    * This is Newman's 29th Bud Pole in 120 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts (24 percent).
    * This is Newman's fifth Bud Pole in seven races at Atlanta; all in the past five races. The most recent driver to win six consecutive Bud Poles was Bill Elliott at Talladega (1985-87).
    * This is Newman's sixth front-row start in seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started second in his first race here in March 2002. His worst here was sixth in October 2002, when qualifying was canceled.
    * Bobby Hamilton Jr., posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.609 seconds, 193.785 mph, and will join Newman on the front row for the Golden Corral 500. This is Hamilton Jr's career-first top-10 start. His best start in his previous 34 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races was 11th at Charlotte last October. It is his first start better than 27th in five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    * This is the second Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet and Ford each have one.
    * Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Atlanta.
    * Carl Edwards (fourth) tied his career-best start set here last October. It is his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Atlanta. He started fourth and finished third in October 2004. That finish is his career- best.
    * Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his first top-10 start in three races at Atlanta.
    * There have been was10 different Bud Pole winners in the 16 races at Atlanta since the track size changed in the fall of 1997. Only Dale Jarrett (March 2000 and 2001) and Ryan Newman (both races in 2003 and 2004 plus March 2005) have scored multiple Bud Poles on the new configuration. Qualifying was canceled due to weather in October 2002.
    * Fifty-one of 91 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the first five starting positions (56 percent). Five of the last six races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    * Thirteen of the 91 races at Atlanta since 1960, have been won from the Bud Pole. Nine were in the first 40 races, leaving only four in the last 51 races and only one in the last 29.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-18-2005)

  • StockCarFans - Ramblings - Atlanta: If Ryan Newman doesn't own Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, I don't know who does! Ryan Newman got his fifth AMS Bud Pole in a row and the 29th of his Nextel Cup career tonight as he sped around this quad-oval in 28.476 (194.690 mph). He'll lead 'em to the green on Sunday for the Golden Corral 500....the second week in a row he's started us off.
    Bobby Hamilton Jr (2nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 11th at Lowe's last October.
    Carl Edwards (4th) ties his career-best starting spot for Sunday. He started 4th when we were here last October.
    Jason Leffler (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Kansas in October of 2003.
    Mike Garvey (43rd) makes his first Nextel Cup start. He was a DNQ five times last year.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 11 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    50 cars on hand....7 on the Trouble Train. Randy LaJoie, John Andretti, Stanton Barrett, Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, Hermie Sadler, and Morgan Shepherd are all DNQ's this week. Barrett & Shelmerdine are both 4 for 4 this year in this category.(more at

  • No Dodge win at AMS since 1977: did you know, the last time a Cup race at Atlanta was won in a Dodge was in 1977 by, who else....Richard Petty. I still had a full head of hair...(3-16-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway qualifying? Eight got in and seven went home:
    #00-Carl Long - DNQ
    #08-Shane Hmiel - IN
    #4-Mike Wallace - IN
    #7-Robby Gordon - IN
    #11-Jason Leffler - IN
    #14-John Andretti - DNQ
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine - DNQ
    #34-Randy LaJoie - DNQ
    #37-Kevin Lepage - IN
    #50-Jimmy Spencer - IN
    #66-Hermie Sadler - DNQ
    #75-Mike Garvey - IN
    #89-Morgan Shepherd - DNQ
    #91-Bill Elliott - IN (has Champions Provisional to use)
    #92-Stanton Barrett - DNQ

  • Friday's FINAL Practice for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #6-Martin 188.111
    #99-Edwards 187.729
    #11-Leffler 187.418
    #20-Stewart 187.247
    #48-Johnson 187.139
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. was 43rd fastest
    slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 177.357 and #00-Long 178.804
    most laps run: #18-Labonte, 45; #16-Biffle, 40
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #25-Vickers, 182.898 [11th fastest lap], 17 laps run
    #50-Spencer, 182.791 [19th], 10 laps
    #6-Martin, 182.577 [2nd], 35 laps
    See speeds

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in FINAL practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway? Eight will get in the race and seven will go home:
    practice rank, car#, driver, speed
    3) #11-Jason Leffler, 187.418
    7) #91-Bill Elliott, 186.956 [has champ prov to ue if needed]
    19) #50-Jimmy Spencer, 185.263
    20) #08-Shane Hmiel, 185.177
    21) #7-Robby Gordon, 185.084
    25) #14-John Andretti, 184.738
    30) #75-Mike Garvey, 183.838
    35) #92-Stanton Barrett, 183.388
    need to find speed
    36) #4-Mike Wallace, 182.922
    39) #37-Kevin Lepage, 182.687
    45) #34-Randy LaJoie, 180.863
    47) #66-Hermie Sadler, 180.199
    48) #89-Morgan Shepherd, 179.406
    49) #00-Carl Long, 178.804
    50) #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 177.357.(3-18-2005)

  • NOTES: #92-Barrett spun in the 2nd practice after he lost a radiator hose and got into his own water, #49-Schrader also got into the water and spun, flattening his two rear tires.
    #4-Mike Wallace's team changed engines after the first prctice when they found a broken valve spring and if the team makes the race, will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race.(3-18-2005)

  • Friday's First Practice for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest were [and it is a huge surprise...]:
    #12-Newman 190.817
    #16-Biffle 189.428
    #48-Johnson 188.373
    #20-Stewart 187.932
    #01-Nemechek 187.811
    42nd fastest = #8-Earnhardt Jr. 182.003
    slowest were #00-Long at 175.365 and #89-Shepherd at 179.545
    no speed for #27-Shelmerdine
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #08-Hmiel, 184.628 [14th fastest lap], 5 laps run
    #01-Nemechek, 183.744 [5th], 23 laps
    #97-Busch, 183.605 [8th], 21 laps
    See speeds

  • Newman a good pole bet: #12-Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with four Bud Poles at Atlanta. All four of his Bud Poles have come in the past four races there. Buddy Baker scored seven Bud Poles at Atlanta, the most of all drivers. Fireball Roberts (1960), Cale Yarborough (1978), Buddy Baker (1979), Alan Kulwicki (1989) and Ryan Newman (2003 and 2004) are the only drivers to win both poles in the same year at Atlanta.(NASCAR Stats Services)(3-16-2005)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #34-Randy LaJoie is due out first, last driver due out is #07-Dave Blaney. For the Qualifying order

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2004 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Carl Long (limited sched)
    #08-Shane Hmiel (limited sched)
    #4-Mike Wallace (full-time 2005 planned)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Jason Leffler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #14-John Andretti (full-time 2005 planned)
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine (full-time 2005 planned)
    #34-Randy LaJoie (was #98 in 2004)(full-time 2005 planned)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #50-Jimmy Spencer (limited sched)
    #66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #75-Mike Garvey (unknown plans)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd [didn't attempt Calif.]
    #91-Bill Elliott [limited sched](has Champions Provisional to use)
    #92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    See the full list at Jayski's Atlanta Entry List Page.(3-15-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    Jayski's Atlanta Entry List, 50 cars entered

  • some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:

  • New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
  • Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
  • Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
  • Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
  • NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
  • The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
  • The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
  • Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
  • Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"

  • Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will impound cars after qualifying in 21 of 36 championship events plus the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The following are tracks in which NASCAR will implement this procedure:
    Feb. 27-California;
    Mar. 20-Atlanta;
    Apr. 3-Bristol;
    Apr. 23-Phoenix;
    May 7-Darlington;
    May 14; Richmond;
    May 21-Lowe’s (All-Star Challenge);
    June 12-Pocono;
    June 19-Michigan;
    July 2-Daytona;
    July 17-New Hampshire;
    July 24-Pocono;
    Aug. 14-Watkins Glen;
    Aug. 21-Michigan;
    Aug. 27-Bristol;
    Sept. 10-Richmond;
    Sept. 18-New Hampshire;
    Oct. 9-Kansas;
    Oct. 30-Atlanta;
    Nov. 20-Homestead.
    Following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, the cars will be escorted to their respective garage stalls by a NASCAR Official (with the exception of the top five cars, which will be placed in a designated area for post-qualifying inspection).
    Once the car is pushed to the garage stall, only two crew members will be allowed to remain in the garage.

    The following work list will be allowed:
    1. Shut off electrical switches and master power switch;
    2. Remove radio;
    3. Check air pressure in tires;
    4. Cover the car; and,
    5. Crewmembers exit garage and garage doors close.
    Pit road selection will be immediately after the last car has qualified.

    Procedure for race day for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams:
    Garage Stall A maximum of two (2) crew members per car, accompanied by a NASCAR Official, will be allowed in the garage stall. Below are the procedures that will be completed in the garage stall:
    Teams May:
    1. Plug in oil heater (if teams use a generator, it must remain outside the garage);
    2. Open hood;
    3. Prime oil system;
    4. Back car out of garage to start;
    5. Turn master switch on;
    6. Open oil cooler bypass valve (optional)’
    7. Start engine;
    8. Close hood;
    9. Set tire pressure;
    10. Torque wheels;
    11. Install radio and water bottle;
    12. Remove or repair tape on front of car (i.e. grille, valance, brake ducts.); and
    13. If applicable, BST or Pi Research may replace equipment batteries under NASCAR supervision.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Enter the garage without a NASCAR Official present;
    2. Jack up any part of the car;
    3. Add water or pressurize the cooling system;
    4. Climb inside the car;
    5. Adjust wedge bolts, shocks or sway bars;
    6. Add fuel, oil or brake fluid;
    7. Remove air box; or
    8. Adjust fenders, spoiler or any body components.

    Fuel Pumps: A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, escorted by NASCAR Officials, may go to the fuel pumps. For Tracks 1 mile and under, a maximum of two gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks 1 ½ miles, a maximum of three gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks above 1 ½ miles, a maximum of four gallons of fuel will be added.

    Height Platform A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the height platform.
    Teams May:
    1. Adjust front and rear wedge bolts: A maximum of one (1) turn for front bolts. A maximum of 1 ½ turn for rear bolts.
    2. Adjust track bar at frame end adjuster. No maximum on track bar adjustment.
    3. Adjust external shock bleeds.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Change any components.
    2. Add spring inserts.
    Scales A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the scales. Any car that does not meet required weight specifications may be subject to penalty. After completion, the generator will be reconnected to the car and pushed to pit road. Generators will be permitted out on pit road with the car.(NASCAR)(3-18-2005)

  • 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:


  • News and Notes:
    Whether it’s setups, good karma or hard work, certain NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams excel at certain tracks. This week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, if the Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing logo adorns one’s hauler, one’s confidence likely is at full gallop. The 1.5-mile oval 30 minutes south of metropolitan Atlanta hosts Sunday’s Golden Corral 500, and aside from being one of the sport’s fastest surfaces, it’s also a favorite destination for both of those organizations. Why? The occasional Richard Childress Racing, Roush Racing, Robert Yates Racing or Dale Earnhardt Inc. victory notwithstanding – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8 Budweiser Chevrolet) is this week’s defending race champion – Atlanta belongs to HMS and JGR.
    The proof is numeric: Fifteen of the last 32 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events have been won by either a Hendrick or Gibbs driver. Hendrick leads with eight wins, amassed by current standouts Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevrolet) and Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and former drivers Jerry Nadeau, Ken Schrader and Darrell Waltrip. The milestones include Waltrip, a three-time series champion, winning the 1989 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500, Hendrick’s first Atlanta victory. Gordon leads all Hendrick drivers with four Atlanta wins, and the latest Hendrick driver to win at Atlanta is Johnson, who won last October’s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.
    Since 1996, JGR has seven victories, the first, Bobby Labonte’s (#18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet) 1996 NAPA 500 win; he’s also the latest JGR winner at Atlanta, in the 2003 BASS Pro Shops MBNA 500. Labonte leads all active drivers with six Atlanta wins. His teammate Tony Stewart’s (#20 Home Depot Chevrolet) lone Atlanta win came in the 2002 MBNA America 500. “I like the racetrack and I’ve always been pretty good there,” Labonte said. “I don’t know if it’s a freak situation that I’ve won six races there and I haven’t won six at Martinsville. The cars that we’ve won with, some were dominant, some were mediocre that we made better and we’ve run second on the last lap and somebody ran out of gas. We’ve kind of won at different angles. It’s a place that I run well at and I can’t explain why.”

    Doing the triple: Hmiel, Spencer to run all three Atlanta events … All three NASCAR national series will compete in Atlanta this weekend, which means three races in three days. Although running one race sometimes is a daunting task, three drivers will attempt the tripleheader feat. Shane Hmiel (#32 WIN Fuel Chevrolet), who’s competing fulltime in the NASCAR Busch Series, and veteran driver Jimmy Spencer (#2 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge), who’s competing fulltime in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, each will attempt to qualify for Friday night’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event (World Financial Group 200), Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Busch Series event (Aaron’s 312) and Sunday’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event (Golden Corral 500).
    If they finish all three races, Hmiel and Spencer will have traveled a total of 1,012 miles and 658 laps by Sunday evening. That’s 500 miles and 325 laps in the Golden Corral 500, 312 miles and 203 laps in the Aaron’s 312 and 200 miles and 130 laps in the World Financial Group 200.
    Hmiel will drive the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying and the #08 WIN Fuel Chevrolet in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying. Spencer will drive the #50 US Micro Dodge in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying and the #98 Bryan Meats Chevrolet in NASCAR Busch Series qualifying.

    Look who’s here: Kyle Petty in Top 20 … Yes, the top two drivers from 2004 are at it again early in 2005; last year’s runner-up Jimmie Johnson trails defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Kurt Busch (#97 Sharpie/IRWIN Ford) by 10 points three races into the schedule, but there’s some significant happenings a little further down the point standings, where Kyle Petty (#45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge) sits 16th, only four points out of 15th. It’s the highest Petty has been in the points since Feb. 17, 2003, when he was 13th following the season-opening Daytona 500. At the helm of Petty Enterprises, one of NASCAR’s most storied teams, Petty has been leading a massive rebuilding of the organization in recent years. This marks his fourth season with the #45 team, and this year he’s paired with a new crew chief, Paul Andrews. One more Petty snapshot: The next highest standing for a Petty Enterprises driver was John Andretti’s 12th-place spot during the week of April 25, 1999, following the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

    From the Archives: Reconfigured Atlanta track home to speed, history … Atlanta Motor Speedway has hosted the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series since 1960. The 1.5-mile track became the fourth superspeedway to stage NASCAR events following Darlington, Daytona and Charlotte, and originally was to open in 1959 just after Daytona’s inaugural event. Bad weather, however, delayed construction. In 1997, Atlanta Motor Speedway was reconfigured from an oval to a tri-oval similar to Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The frontstretch and backstretch also were “swapped,” and all of the changes have helped make Atlanta the fastest non-restrictor-plate track to host NASCAR-sanctioned events.
    The first Atlanta race was a 300-miler on July 30, 1960. NASCAR legend and Florida native Fireball Roberts won the race. A second race in 1960, the Atlanta 500, was run on Oct. 30 and won by Bobby Johns, also a native Floridian.
    Throughout its history, the Golden Corral 500 has been the first, or only, win for several drivers. Nebraska native Bob Burdick drove a family–owned Pontiac to his only NASCAR premier-series win on March 26, 1961 in what was then known as the Atlanta 500. Open-wheel star Jim Hurtubise won his only NASCAR race in the 1966 Atlanta 500. Kevin Harvick (#29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) won the spring 2001 event for his first series victory, and in dramatic fashion; Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by only .006 of a second for one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history. His win was doubly significant because it came only three weeks after Dale Earnhardt’s death; Harvick had succeeded Earnhardt for Richard Childress Racing.
    The 2005 Golden Corral 500 marks the 46th edition of the spring Atlanta event. Cale Yarborough won it a record six times, including three in a row from 1967 to 1969 while driving for the famed Wood Brothers. The 1967 race was Yarborough’s first superspeedway win. The Wood Brothers have the most victories in this race – seven. Their winning drivers have included Yarborough, Marvin Panch, A.J. Foyt, David Pearson and Morgan Shepherd.

    On the Right Track
    • Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 16 wins in the spring event at Atlanta. Ford is second with 12 Atlanta wins. Dodge has three Atlanta victories, the last in 1977 with Richard Petty.
    • There has been only one repeat winner since 1998, when Bobby Labonte won the spring race that year and again in 2003. No one has won back-to-back spring events at Atlanta since Yarborough’s 1960s three-peat.
    • Ryan Newman (#12 ALLTEL Dodge) is looking for his fifth straight pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    • Richard Childress Racing leads all NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams with five wins in the spring Atlanta event.(NASCAR PR)(3-16-2005)

  • 2004 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 158.679mph, started 7th

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 193.575, finished 5th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6

  • Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker, 7

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]

  • Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph

  • Oldest Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 51 years, 4 months, 27 days, 3/20/93

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 7 months, 8 days, 3/12/95

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961BR>
  • Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Oct 2002

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - April 1964

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th

  • Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 33 - Chevrolet

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 92] 14.1%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 13

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 11,14,17,20,21: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 51 of 92 - 55.4%

  • Races won from the top 10: 72 of 92 - 78.3%

  • First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Grandstand Seating: 124,000

  • Track Homepage:

  • Last Year: see my 2004 Golden Corral 500 Race Info Page.

  • 3rd Annual Atlanta Motor Speedway Day: on Wednesday, March 16, at the Georgia State Capitol. Fans are invited and encouraged to attend and show their support for Atlanta's racing industry. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup legend Bill Elliott and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Bill Lester and Terry Cook will be on hand for the day's festivities, which will include a fan zone of showcars, simulators and displays on the south perimeter of the Capitol. The public is invited to attend this midway of activity at the Capitol. Due to time constraints, there will not be any autograph sessions with the drivers. Gov. Perdue will host a news conference at 10 a.m. on the north steps inside the State Capitol building downtown. In addition to the NASCAR drivers, Mark Lazarus (President of Turner Entertainment Group) and Blake Davidson (NASCAR Managing Director for Licensed Products) will also speak at the news conference about the possibility of bringing the NASCAR Hall of Fame to downtown Atlanta. Atlanta Motor Speedway's two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekends contribute $455 million annually to the Atlanta economy - more than the combined total of all other sporting events in the city. Atlanta's races also attract fans from all 50 states and as many as a dozen nations, while another 10 million fans tune in worldwide.(AMS PR)(3-16-2005)

  • National Anthem at Atlanta; Military Theme/Demo; B-1 Bomber flyover; Multi-platinum country recording artist John Michael Montgomery will sing the national anthem for the March 20 Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capping off a heart-swelling military demonstration scheduled for pre-race by the U.S. Special Operations Command. The U.S. Special Operations Command is back for the second straight year with participants from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Leading the special operations demonstration will be Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Race fans will be treated to a demonstration by special operations forces that will be capped off with the scheduled arrival of the race's official pace car inside an MH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). In addition to the Chinook helicopter, other aircraft scheduled to be included in the demonstration include the MH-60 Black Hawk and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters and an MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. Following this dramatic pre-race demonstration, Montgomery will take the stage for the singing of our national anthem. Montgomery's performance will be capped off by a flyover from the B-1 Bomber. Don't miss a second of this exciting pre-race show. Great seats are still available for the Golden Corral 500 starting at just $30. For more information call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849) or visit

  • Atlanta Races Safe: On Sunday, SMI's Bruton Smith began beating the drums for a second Nextel Cup race here, but not at the expense of Atlanta. Smith, who owns tracks from Las Vegas to Charlotte [Sonoma, Bristol, Atlanta, Texas], said the two race dates at Atlanta Motor Speedway "are very secure. That was a nasty, dirty rumor." He was referring to the rumor of two weeks ago that said Atlanta would be losing one of its dates to Las Vegas. That rumor persisted in the Cup garage here this weekend. But Smith and Humpy Wheeler, the general manager at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, said it wouldn't make economic sense to move a race out of Atlanta despite its occasional inability to sell out. "Simply because it's just a traditional market, it's been there a long time," Wheeler said. "Atlanta draws more people than both [Rockingham and Darlington, tracks that have lost dates because of empty seats]. We've had some full houses in Atlanta, and I think we'll see them again. We've got to get into a better weather situation; that's what you've got to dance around in Atlanta." Wheeler disagreed with a reporter's assertion that two races at Las Vegas and one at Atlanta would be more profitable than two races at Atlanta and one in Vegas. "Possibly and possibly not. I think you'd get more money for [race] sponsorship in Atlanta than you would at Vegas, because of the market," Wheeler said. That's what sells sponsorships. That's why New York could possibly work, if you've got somebody [who would pay a lot] to get a huge amount of exposure. That's something we've got to look at from Atlanta's standpoint." But the Speedway Motorsports Inc. moguls really were at the track to generate some enthusiasm for a second Vegas race date. The track's public address announcer told the crowd at the UAW-Chrysler Daimler 400 to write NASCAR asking for another race.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(3-14-2005)

  • Atlanta has a new toll-free number: Atlanta Motor Speedway has a new toll-free ticket number for fans to call to order tickets for upcoming events, including the March 18-20 Golden Corral 500. To make it easier for fans calling from outside the metro Atlanta area, AMS officials have acquired this new toll free line: (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or (877) 926-7849. The local ticket office number, (770) 946-4211, will still be in use for all local customers. Not only can fans purchase tickets on this new toll-free line, but they can also obtain information regarding upcoming events, camping spaces, pre-race pit access and much more.(AMS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • More on the Atlanta-Vegas rumored race swap: Don't believe everything you read on the Internet [gasp]. A popular auto racing Web site created a stir in Atlanta and Las Vegas this week when it posted a rumor that one of Atlanta Motor Speedway's two NASCAR Nextel Cup races would be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2006 or 2007. The report also said that LVMS "supposedly has plans to add ... possibly 50,000 more seats." The rumor prompted amusement from LVMS general manager Chris Powell and an angry response from his counterpart in Atlanta, Ed Clark. Both tracks are owned by Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I'm just trying to figure out where we're going to put 50,000 seats," Powell said, dismissing the rumor with a chuckle. Clark was not as amused. "The report was completely unfounded and false," Clark said in a statement. "It's very disappointing that Internet sites spread this kind of mistruth. Rumors like this, published without any attempt at verification, create confusion and they hurt our fans, our competitors and our sport. There have been absolutely no discussions in our company about moving a NASCAR date from Atlanta. We will continue to host two NASCAR races well into the future." Powell, who has been lobbying NASCAR for several years to get a second annual Nextel Cup Series race at his track, also said he has heard no talk about Smith moving a race to Las Vegas from any of his tracks -- or adding 50,000 additional seats. Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. also owns Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway.(Las Vegas Sun)(2-27-2005)

  • An Atlanta race to Las Vegas? UPDATE 4 denied and 'slammed': hearing that in 2006 or 2007, one of Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) Nextel Cup races could be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which supposedly has plans to add more grandstands.....possibly 50,000 more seats.(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE: been told by folks at AMS that this is completely false.
    UPDATE 2: Contrary to an internet report posted Wednesday, Speedway Motorsports Inc. has no plans to move a NASCAR race date from Atlanta Motor Speedway to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "The report was completely unfounded and false," Clark said. "It's very disappointing that internet sites [hmm..always blame the Internet sites] spread this kind of mistruth. Rumors like this, published without any attempt at verification, create confusion, and they hurt our fans, our competitors and our sport." Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekends - each March and October - which are the two largest sporting events annually in Georgia. "There have been absolutely no discussions in our company about moving a NASCAR date from Atlanta," Clark said. "We will continue to host two NASCAR races well into the future, giving fans the 'Real Racing. Real Fast.' that they expect when visiting NASCAR's fastest track."(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE 3: Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark said there's no substance to a report on a popular racing Web site claiming that AMS will lose a Nextel Cup race to its sister track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in 2006 or 2007. posted the report on Wednesday. "That's totally unfounded, uncalled for and irresponsible to report," Clark said. "It's hurtful to our track and our fans." Jay Adamczyk, who hosts the site, declined to comment other than to say, "I stand by what I posted and heard."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(2-24-2005)
    UPDATE 4: A report this week on a popular and highly respected motorsports Internet site said within two years one of two Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving the local track two annual races. Both facilities are owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. I [Jeff Wolf] called Bruton Smith, chairman of SMI, to ask if there was merit to the report. Smith responded with a word [what Dale Jr. got penalized for?] that describes what I try to avoid stepping in when walking behind bulls at the rodeo. He added that he had no plans to shift one of Atlanta's races to Las Vegas.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(2-25-2005)

  • AMS the Drivers Favorite: Atlanta Motor Speedway is the best track in NASCAR. Just ask the drivers. Sports Illustrated did just that, anonymously polling 36 NASCAR drivers. Results published in the Feb. 21 issue put Atlanta Motor Speedway at the top of the chart for favorite track, with 27% of the vote. Daytona (20%) and Bristol (17%) followed. “Drivers love Atlanta for one reason: speed,” Sports Illustrated writes. “The 1.54-mile oval is the fastest track on the circuit, and its long, wide straightaways create plenty of side-by-side racing. … Add it all up, and Atlanta usually produces heart-pounding, outrageously fast races, which is why most drivers (and fans) relish a trip to the Capital of the South.” None of this is any surprise to Ed Clark, President and General Manager at AMS since 1995. He’s seen the photo finishes, the four-wide racing, the ultra-fast speeds. In fact, the only thing that surprises Clark is that Atlanta this honor wasn’t bestowed long ago.
    “Our fans know that there isn’t a bad seat in the house here, and that when they come, they are going to see some of the fastest and most competitive racing of the whole year,” Clark said. “The great thing is, what makes a great show for the fans also makes a great race for the drivers. They like going fast – they’re race car drivers. They like running side-by-side at 200 mph. And the fans love to watch it.”
    Atlanta Motor Speedway has held the distinction of being the fastest track in NASCAR since its reconfiguration during the summer of 1997. During the first qualifying event following reconstruction, Geoffrey Bodine blazed a lap around the smooth, wide lanes of Atlanta’s new quad-oval raceway in just 28.074 seconds, or 197.478 mph. Since then, speeds have slowed down slightly – in the low 190-mph range – but are still faster than other 1.5-mile NASCAR tracks. Great seats are still available for the March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 and start at $30. For more information contact Ticketmaster or the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or PR)(2-23-2005)

  • Tire Testing at Atlanta Jan 11-12th UPDATE: A Goodyear Tire test is scheduled for January 11-12 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 2004 Rookie of the Year #9-Kasey Kahne and #48-Jimmie Johnson will test the brand new Goodyear compound at NASCAR's fastest track next week as they prepare for the March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend. The test session will be closed to both the media and the public. The test will be the first with the new Atlanta Goodyear tire, which is a different compound than any for any other speedway. Mark Keto, lead engineer for Goodyear's stock car tire development group, said the session will be used to gauge how well the new compound works with the 2005 NASCAR rule changes, such as the reduced spoiler height. NASCAR officials are expected to be on hand to analyze the results. Additional NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams are scheduled to test throughout February and March for the spring race weekend. For more information on the Golden Corral 500 weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit PR)(1-9-2005)
    UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2005 racing season officially started Tuesday at 10:45am/et, as Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne sprinted around the 1.54-mile quad-oval at near-qualifying speeds during a two-day Goodyear Tire test. Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne and recent AMS Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 winner Jimmie Johnson will continue to test the new Goodyear compounds Wednesday as they prepare for the March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend. Mark Keto, lead engineer for Goodyear's stock car tire development group, said this week's test will help Goodyear establish which tire compound is best for the lightning-fast Atlanta track, the fastest in NASCAR, with the new spoiler rules. "We're going through different tire compounds, but we really just want to know what the driver thinks," Keto said, "And also if the tires which run well on the shorter runs will run well on the longer runs." As the day progressed, Johnson and Kahne made short runs and relayed pertinent information to Goodyear engineers. "Going through the different tires, we're finding the cars are more on the loose side. It's the tires with softer grip that the drivers seem to like and also perform well," Keto said. "We have several that we're carrying over to tomorrow's long-run test." Kahne said he also used Tuesday to think about not only tires, but also the redesigned body of his Dodge Charger. "It's great for us to get this track time with the new design," Kahne said. "Hopefully this will put us ahead of the game to have an even more consistent season."(AMS PR)(1-12-2005)

  • World Financial Group to sponsor spring craftsman truck race AT AMS: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced that World Financial Group will sponsor the new Friday night, March 18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The event, which will follow Georgia Power Qualifying Night for the NEXTEL Cup Series race, will be called the World Financial Group 200. The World Financial Group 200 will be part of the new spring weekend format that will include NASCAR's three premier racing series: Craftsman Truck, Busch and NEXTEL Cup. World Financial Group began its foray into NASCAR racing this fall, sponsoring the American Speed Association race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October, as well as Carl Edwards' #99 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car for several races. Tickets are on sale now for all three days of racing excitement during the March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The weekend kicks off with Georgia Power Qualifying Night and the new World Financial Group 200 on Friday, March 18. The action heats up on Saturday, March 19, for the Aaron's 312, showcasing top racing veterans and some of the hottest up-and-coming drivers in the country. The weekend will culminate on Sunday, March 20, with the running of the Golden Corral 500. For tickets to the Golden Corral 500 weekend call Ticketmaster, or call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.(AMS PR)(12-15-2004)

  • Atlanta's 2005 Schedule not effected by new rule; Atlanta Motor Speedway will not be one of the tracks affected by NASCAR's new altered race weekend schedules, speedway officials confirmed Tuesday. Both of Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR race weekend qualifying rounds are sponsored - in the spring by Georgia Power, in the fall by Georgia-Pacific - and have strong crowd draws. The 2004 qualifying day crowds have been the largest in speedway history. "I applaud NASCAR for what they're trying to do, and I appreciate them taking into consideration that this type of format doesn't suit all tracks," said Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. "We have commitments to our sponsors and our fans for three full days of great racing, and that's what we'll deliver." The March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend will kick off with Georgia Power Qualifying Night, which will be held under the lights for the first time during the spring race weekend. Qualifying will be followed by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. For more information, call Ticketmaster or the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.(AMS PR)(11-17-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway


  • Fatback at Atlanta: XM Radio reports that Michael "Fatback" McSwian, crew chief for the #21, is at Atlanta and back working.(XM Satellite NASCAR Radio)(3-18-2005)

  • 2 Drivers attempting to do triple-duty at Atlanta, two drivers will attempt to make Truck Series, Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway [full-time ride bold]:
    Jimmy Spencer, #2 Trucks, #98-Busch, #50-Cup
    Shane Hmiel, #15 Trucks, #32-Busch, #08-Cup.(3-10-2005)

  • Hmiel fastest in Atlanta a Cup car, doing the triple: Before last week, Shane Hmiel was just driving in the NASCAR Busch Series. But during Wednesday's test at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hmiel was preparing to run all three races during next weekend's Golden Corral 500 weekend. Hmiel will start the weekend in the World Financial Group 200 Craftsman Truck race on Friday (March 18), then compete in the Aaron's 312 Busch race on Saturday (March 19) and finish up with the Golden Corral 500 on Sunday (March 20). Hmiel was testing his #08 NEXTEL Cup car on Wednesday and turning the fastest laps of 2005, as he circled the 1.54-mile fast track in 29.26 seconds (189.424 mph). "We've got a really good car right now," Hmiel said. "If we come back next weekend and it drives like this, then we'll be looking for a top-10 qualifying spot. We've got a good car, and that's all we can ask for." Hmiel was expected to test his Busch Series car Wednesday but instead showed up with the #08 Win Fuel NEXTEL Cup car. Hmiel said he felt he needed the extra practice in the Cup car, which he will have to qualify on speed to make the Golden Corral 500. "Atlanta isn't a place I struggle with, so we don't want to burn the test in Busch," Hmiel said. "And we tested the truck last week, so we feel like we're in a good position for next weekend." It will be his second time competing in all three NASCAR series in one weekend; he also did triple duty last season at Homestead.(AMS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek Centrix Financial none..yet
    #07-Dave Blaney Snap-On Tools #07 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Trex #17 Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench retro mix #29 Schemes Page
    #38-Elliott Sadler Combos #38 Schemes Page
    #41-Casey Mears Nicorette #41 Schemes Page
    #43-Jeff Green Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories #43 Schemes Page
    #49-Ken Schrader Red Barons Pizza #49 Schemes Page
    #91-Bill Elliott Visteon #91 Schemes Page

  • Green races for books: For most drivers in Sunday's race, the "magic number" is either 325 (the number of laps they need to run to complete 500 miles) or one (the spot they would like to finish). Jeff Green, who drives Richard Petty's #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, adds another number to that - 13,975. That's the number of books that will be donated to Atlanta kids by Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories if he can complete every lap of the race. "Our goal is to win the race, plain and simple. That's what we look to do every week," said Green. "When you add in the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, though, it takes on a whole new dimension. This race team still wants to win, but we have a whole new incentive for doing it."
    For each lap completed by Green and the #43 car Sunday, Cheerios and First book, a national children's literacy organization, will donate 43 children's books to Atlanta kids through the new Atlanta-area chapter of First Book. If Green completes all of the laps, that will be 13,975 books. "This Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program is one of the best programs I've ever been involved with," said Green, who drives the #43 Dodge. "We want to win the race more than anything, but knowing we're part of a program helping kids read makes Atlanta a special race no matter what," he said. The books-per-lap donation is part of the ongoing Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, which gets books into the hands of children. Racing audiences will get to share in the excitement by cheering on the #43 Dodge, which will be sporting a special Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories paint scheme for the race. Over the past three years, through the Spoonfuls of Stories program, Cheerios has donated $1.5 million to First Book, and has distributed more than 15 million books to children across the country.(Williams Company/Petty Racing)(3-19-2005)

  • Red Barons on the #49 at Atlanta: Ken Schrader and the #49 Red Baron Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampton, Ga., this week for Sunday's Golden Corral 500; the fourth race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Driving a car emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season.(Williams Company PR)(3-18-2005)

  • Combo's for Sadler this week: Elliott Sadler will sport a special paint scheme this weekend as the #38 Ford will be painted with Combos -- The Official Cheese Filled Snack of NASCAR. This is the first of three appearances the Combos Brand will make this season on the #38 RYR Ford.(Elevation Group of Companies PR/M&M's PR)(3-16-2005)

  • Elliott to run at Atlanta: This will be Bill Elliott's second regular season start in 2005 and his second career start in the #91 Visteon Dodge Charger.(Clear!Blue PR)(3-16-2005)

  • Snap-On Tools to be featured on the #07 at Atlanta: Snap-on Tools Company will be the primary sponsor of driver Dave Blaney and Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Chevrolet in the March 20 Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jack Daniel's, the team's fulltime primary sponsor, will assume a secondary role in the one-race program designated to commemorate Snap-on's 85th year as a worldwide leader dedicated to supplying professional tool users with unmatched quality and innovation. The move also opens up an opportunity for both Snap-On and Jack Daniel's to explore the potential of a business-to-business relationship. Since 1994, RCR teams have utilized Snap-on tools exclusively in the shop and at the race track. Headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., organization also supplies RCR with custom-built work stations. About Snap-on Tools . For info on the Snap-on Tools Company, see

  • Centrix as primary sponsor of the #01: CENTRIX Financial will have a total of four primary sponsorships on MB2/MBV’s #01 Chevrolet driven by Joe Nemechek and #10 Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs.(MB2/MBV Motorsports site). Atlanta in March will be one race for the #01.(3-15-2005)

  • Special Atlanta Scheme for Harvick: looks like Kevin Harvick will run a special #29 Black and White GM Goodwrench Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, see my #29 Team Schemes page for a few images of the car.(1-26-2005)

  • Post-It to sponsor Biffle in ten races: Post-It will be the primary sponsor for the #16 Roush Racing Ford that Greg Biffle drives, the following ten races are scheduled: California (Feb), Atlanta (Mar), Texas (Apr), Darlington, Pocono (June), Sonoma, Chicago, Talladega (Oct), Phoenix (Nov). See an image of the car on the #16 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-28-2004)

  • New Associate for Kenseth: Trex Company, manufacturer of TrexR decking and railing, announced today that they are becoming an associate team sponsor in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for the 2005 racing season. Trex Co. will partner with DEWALT Tools, the primary sponsor, for a series of 38 racing events, including two non-point special events during the year. The companies will sponsor the #17 car driven by Matt Kenseth, as the two building products industry leaders share the spotlight with car logos and promotional events throughout the racing season. For the Spring Atlanta race, Trex decking will have the opportunity to be the primary sponsor of the car, to be referenced as the #17 Trex Ford. Trex Co. will also be featured in DEWALT's Rolling Thunder 6,400 sq. ft. trackside pavilion which features product demos, driver guest appearances, entertainment and give-aways. Rolling Thunder is DEWALT's mobile display and entertainment unit that travels to selected race markets. Trex decking and railing is a splinter-free, weather-resistant decking lumber available at more than 3,300 lumber dealer locations in the U.S. and Canada. For an authorized Trex dealer or TrexProT contractor near you, call 1-800- BUY-TREX (289-8739) or visit the Trex Co. website at, looking to have a new deck built at my place in Mooresville and plan on looking into Trex.(Mercury Marketing / Trex PR)(10-14-2004)

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


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