THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Sharpies 500

Nextel Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, August 27, 2005 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: TNT 7:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 7:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Aug 31 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Sept 1 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Sept 3 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,928,193 (was $5,820,438 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Happy Hour Practice: Only ONE practice: Friday, August 26, 12:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 2:30pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 26, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, August 26 at 6:10pm/et, TV-TNT, no TV re-air AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH
    10:00 PM 11:00 PM NNCS HAULERS ENTER

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH NNCS, NBS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT – ENTIRE INFIELD **
    6:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    6:30 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    7:00 AM NNCS INSPECTION BEGINS
    7:45 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:00 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    12:00 N 2:00 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    6:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS – ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    7:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH
    1:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    2:00 PM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    3:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    5:30 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT – UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE **
    5:40 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
    7:10 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    7:40 PM NNCS RACE (500 LAPS, 266.5 MILES)

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6860; Right-side -- D-6862

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 40 psi; Right Rear -- 37 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Bristol . . . Goodyear ran this left-side code during NASCAR's visit to Bristol back in April, but with a different right-side code . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . in addition to Bristol, NASCAR teams will run this tire combination at Las Vegas and Pocono (Cup only) in 2005 . . . Bristol is unique among NASCAR tracks when it comes to inner liners . . . unlike other NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . the inflation in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We are bringing a slightly tougher, more heat resistant right-side to Bristol compared to what we brought for the spring race. The right-side compound we used in the spring was unique to Bristol, but this one will now fall in line with what we run at Las Vegas, Pocono and Richmond."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Bristol [only Stewart and Johnson have a shot to do it there] 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, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    (8-21-2005)

  • 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 Bristol: $10,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $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.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #30 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 18
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Matt Kenseth, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    (8-21-2005)


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

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network (PRN)
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Bristol, TN Area:
    Bristol Herald Courier
    Elizabeton Star
    Greenville Sun
    Johnson City Press
    Kingsport Times-News
    Knoxville News
    Nashville City Paper
    The Tennessean

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

    Raceweather.net

    The Weather Channel
    Accuweather
    Accuweather - Current Radar
    CNN.com - Weather
    Intellicast - NASCAR weather
    National Weather Service
    Race Day Weather
    Weather Underground

    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    ARS Racing - Bristol Track Review
    Bristol Chamber of Commerce
    Red Barn Campground
    Front Row Joe's Campground
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

    AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
    any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

    TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
    Race Fan TV
    TVRacer.com

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Kenseth dominates in win at Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, dominating the race by leading 415 of 500 laps and vaulting himself into 11th in Drivers Points, only 11 points out of 10th. The win is Kenseth's first in 56 races, when he won at Las Vegas in March 2004. The win is the 10th of his career. #31-Jeff Burton was 2nd, his best finish since his 3rd at Phoenix in April. The rest of the top-5 were #16-Greg Biffle, who was a lap down and got the lucky dog, #21-Ricky Rudd and #2-Rusty Wallace. Points leader, #20-Tony Stewart lingered around 15-20th most of the race, but was able to come home 8th and increased his points lead to 213 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson who DNF'd with a broken motor. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. went down a lap three times, got the lucky dog all three times and after the crew made numerous changes, Dale Jr. finished 9th. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 6th and is now 10th in the points and currently in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, leading 11th in points #17-Kenseth by 11 points. #88-Dale Jarrett let his emotions get the best of him and took out #12-Ryan Newman, along with himself and innocent #29-Kevin Harvick [who should had followed #25-Vickers thru the wreck]. Newman had spun Jarrett a few laps before and Jarrett caught up to Newman a few laps later and hit Newman in the rear, spinning both, pretty much killing Harvick's chance of making The Chase and really hurting Jarrett's chance. Newman is still in the Chase, in 9th. #0-Mike Bliss made a late race charge, after getting spun out in the Jarrett/Harvick mess and getting a Lucky Dog, finishing 7th for his best finish of the season.
      For race results and links, see Jayski's Bristol Race Results Page.(8-27-2005)

    • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Bristol - 24 of 36 races
      the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3410
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3197, -213
      3) #16-Greg Biffle, 3186, -224
      (above have clinched)
      4 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 3139, -271
      (#2 needs to just start California to clinch)
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3014, -396
      6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2983, -427
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 2982, -428
      8) #99-Carl Edwards, 2849, -561
      9) #12-Ryan Newman, 2819, -591
      10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2799, -611
      The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
      The rest who seem to still have a shot to get in the top-10:
      11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2788, -622, 11 points out of 10th
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2787, -623, -12
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2765, -645, -34
      14) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2721, -689, -78
      15) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2682, -728, -117
      For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(8-27-2005)

    • Bristol Race Notes:
      • Matt Kenseth won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, scoring his 10th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 208th career start.
      • Kenseth climbed from 15th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, now 622 behind first-place Tony Stewart and just 11 behind 10th-place Jeff Gordon.
      • Kenseth’s last victory came at Las Vegas in March 2004, 57 races ago. He scored his first victory in 12 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. This was his first victory in 2005.
      • Kenseth became the 11th different race winner in 2005.
      • Kenseth has scored nine top-10 finishes in 24 races in 2005.
      • This was Kenseth’s second victory in 34 career short-track races.
      • Kenseth led the most laps for the second time in a race this season. He also led the most at Chicagoland (176 of 267).
      • Kenseth led 415 laps, the most laps that he has led in a single race in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. Kenseth also led more laps in tonight’s short-track race than he had led in his first 33-race short-track races (271 laps).
      • Kenseth scored the seventh victory for car owner Jack Roush at Bristol Motor Speedway. This was Roush’s 84th victory as a car owner and ninth in 20 races this season.
      • This is the 10th victory by a Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 and Dodge has two.
      Race For The Chase to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
      • Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle have clinched a spot in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
      • Rusty Wallace will secure a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup this coming weekend in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway simply by starting the race.
      • Any driver who has a lead of 191 points or more over the 11th place driver following the conclusion of the race at California will clinch a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • The most points that can be gained or lost in a single race is 156. The drivers ranked 11th thru 17th in the current point standings are all 139 or less behind 10th-place Jeff Gordon.
      Notebook Items
      • Jeff Burton (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It marked his third top-10 finish in 2005 and his best finish of the season.
      • Greg Biffle (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Bristol. Biffle scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2005.
      • Ricky Rudd (fourth) posted his 31st top-10 finish in 56 races at Bristol. Rudd has scored six top-10 finishes in 2005.
      • Rusty Wallace (fifth) posted his 29th top-10 finish in 44 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He scored his 13th top-10 finish in 24 races in 2005. Wallace remained fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 351 points ahead of 11th place Matt Kenseth.Wallace extended a 37-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. Wallace has scored 19 top-15 finishes in 24 races in 2005.
      • Jeff Gordon (sixth) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 26 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gordon has climbed from 15th to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in his last four races. He is just 11 points ahead of 11th place Matt Kenseth.
      • Mike Bliss (seventh) scored his best finish of 2005. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Bristol. Bliss led four laps in the Sharpie 500 and became the 48th different driver to lead in 2005.
      • Tony Stewart (eighth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He scored his 16th top-10 finish in 24 races in 2005, the most of all drivers. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 213 points ahead of second place Jimmie Johnson. Stewart has scored 10 straight top-10 finishes including eight top fives.
      • Jimmie Johnson (36th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 57 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (ninth) climbed from 16th to 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 117 points behind 10th-place Jeff Gordon.
      • Three of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Bristol Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Service)(8-27-2005)

      Race Rundown

    • The Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 500 of 500 laps:

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #17-Kenseth-f (1)(415 laps led)
      #31-Burton-c (24)
      #16-Biffle-f (4)(1 laps led)
      #21-Rudd-f (5)
      #2-Walllace-d (20)(9 laps led)
      #24-Gordon-c (2)(27 laps led)
      #0-Bliss-c (27)(3 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (17 - back)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (41 - back)
      #97-Busch-f (13)

      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

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

    • Cars on the track: 36 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
      #00-Benson (electical-out)
      #95-Barrett (engine-out)
      #10-Riggs (engine-out)
      #12-Newman (accident-out)
      #48-Johnson(engine-out)
      #7-Gordon (oil leak-out);
      #9-Kahne (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 17 lead changes):
      #17-Kenseth (415, led halfway, most led);
      #24-Gordon (27);
      #18-Labonte (21);
      #19-Mayfield (18);
      #2-Wallace (9);
      #0-Bliss (4);
      #29-Harvick (3);
      #38-Sadler (2);
      #16-Biffle (1);

    • Lap leaders: #17-Kenseth - pole; #17-Kenseth 1-70; #24-Gordon 71-97; #17-Kenseth 98-174; #29-Harvick 175-177; #17-Busch 178-212; #19-Mayfield 213-230; #17-Kenseth 231-257; #18-Labonte 258-278; #17-Kenseth 279; #16-Biffle 280; #17-Kesneth 281-303; #2-Wallace 304-306; #17-Kenseth 307-375; #0-Bliss 376-379; #17-Kenseth 380-419; #2-Wallace 420-425; #38-Sadler 326-327; #17-Kenseth 328-500;

      Cautions: 16 for 88 laps

      Caution 16 - Laps 495 - 498: #45-Petty gets punted by #99-Edwards in turn 2, Petty did a lot of rearend damage.
      Caution 15 - Laps 468 - 472: #92-Sadler spun in turn 3.
      Caution 14 - Laps 419 - 424: #43-Green got punted by #99-Edwards, spun and backed in to the turn 2 wall.
      Caution 13 - Laps 374 - 378: #7-Gordon spins in turn 4.
      Caution 12 - Laps 318 - 329: #88-Jarrett running to make the chase, punted #12-Newman in turn 2, spun himself out also and into the wall [can you say stupid?], looks like revenge for the lap 302 wreck, #29-Harvick had no place to go and nosed into the side of Newman. #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into the rear of #0-Bliss, spinning Bliss.
      Caution 11 - Laps 302 - 306: #88-Jarrett got punted by #12-Newman and spun in turn 2.
      Caution 10 - Laps 257 - 262: #95-Barrett lost an engine, spun and backed into the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 9 - Laps 238 - 242: #77-Kvapil and #4-Wallace got together in turn 4 after beating and banging along the back stretch, with Kvapil spinning on the frontstretch.
      Caution 8 - Laps 221 - 225: #95-Barrett got pushed and spun by #2-Wallace in turn 2and spun around.
      Caution 7 - Laps 211 - 215: #88-Jarrett and #2-Wallace were fighting for 22nd position, they got together in turn 2, sending Jarrett spinning, the #99-Wallace clipped Jarrett.
      Caution 6 - Laps 184 - 188: #5-Busch had a tire go down on the backstretch and spun, nosing into the wall, killing the radiator, just before that Busch got sideways when #10-Riggs got into him.
      Caution 5 - Laps 174 - 177: #80-Long spun in turn 2 after pitting.
      Caution 4 - Laps 130 - 134: #22-Wimmer got tapped by #45-Petty in turn 2, sending Wimmer spinning along the backstretch.
      Caution 3 - Laps 94 - 97: #29-Harvick punts #9-Kahne when Kahne slowed down the back stretch, Kahne then slammed into the turn 3 wall. Then #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #4-Wallace got together with Dale Jr. spinning along the front stretch.
      Caution 2 - Laps 77 - 82: #92-Sadler got turned around in turn 4 and #41-Mears had no place to go and him the side.
      Caution 1 - Laps 69 - 74: #40-Marlin lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 1 wall.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 16: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 15: #43-Green (2), 22nd
      Caution 14: #4-Wallace (3), 17th
      Caution 13: #4-Wallace (2), 17th
      Caution 12: #16-Biffle, 3rd
      Caution 11: #77-Kvapil (2), 19th
      Caution 10: #4-Wallace, 17th
      Caution 9: #22-Wimmer, 14th
      Caution 8: #43-Green, 22nd
      Caution 7: #18-Labonte, 21st
      Caution 6: #88-Jarrett, 31st
      Caution 5: #8-Earnhardt Jr.(3) - the luckiest dog, 9th
      Caution 4: #8-Earnhardt Jr.(2), 9th
      Caution 3: #42-McMurray, 26th
      Caution 2: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 9th
      Caution 1: #77-Kvapil, 19th
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- on lap 479, #38-Sadler has a front tire rub.
      ---- on lap 477, #42-McMurray made an unscheduled pit stop for a left front tire flat.
      ---- during the 15th caution, many of the lead lap cars in the back came in to pit, the top 12 stayed out.
      ---- #29-Harvick is back on the track, 109 laps down as of lap 452, ran a few laps, took it to the infield again, then came back out on lap 469.
      ---- on the caution 14 pit stops, only #2-Wallace didn't pit, #38-Sadler took 2 tires.
      ---- update on Harvick, he changed his mind and is back in the #29 and will finish the race.
      ---- #48-Johnson's car goes to the pits, hood up, engine cooked..to the hauler.
      ---- Harvick refused to go back out in the #29, retiring to his motorhome outside the track, so the team will out Scott Riggs in the car when it is ready to get back on the track.....may have an opening in the #29 car for 2006.
      ---- around lap 348, #24-Gordon bumped teammate #25-Vickers, wasn't happy with Vickers for some reason.
      ---- #88-Jarrett will be penalized for 2 laps once the work on the car is done, after wrecking Newman on lap 317.
      ---- on lap 309, #16-Biffle had a right front tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop and lost a lap.
      ---- on lap 190, #9-Kahne is back on the track, after his wreck.
      ---- on the caution 5 pit stops, two drivers caught speeding: #2-Wallace, #97-Busch
      ---- during the 4th caution, the rear bumper cover got ripped off #42-McMurray car by #97-Busch on pit road when Busch left.
      ---- on lap 132, #41-Mears is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car after the lap 77 wreck.
      ---- PRN radio is reporting that #10-Riggs is driving one-handed, has to use his right hand to hold the shifter, which keeps popping out of gear if not held.
      ---- on the caution 4 pit stops, two drivers caught speeding: #49-Schrader
      ---- on the 4th caution everyone came into pit. #17-Kenseth goers in 1st and comes out 1st.
      ---- on lap 127, #8-Earnhardt Jr. down a lap again.
      ---- as of lap 93, #00-Benson is off the track with electrical problem, he is unsure if they will try to get back in the race as he doesn't want to get in aanyone's way.
      ---- on the caution 2 pit stops, three drivers caught speeding: #32-Hamilton Jr., #22-Wimmer, #4-Wallace
      ---- as of lap 62, #7-Gordon is 43rd, 6 laps down.
      ---- on lap 53, #8-Earnhardt Jr. goes a lap down, now 32 drivers on the lead lap.
      ---- #50-Spencer was forced into the wall a few times around lap 25, but kept driving.
      ---- then...after pitting for his brake problem, #7-Gordon sped exiting pit road and had to come back in for a pass-thru penalty.
      ---- as of lap 17, #7-Gordon was black flagged as his car is smoking, possible brake problem.
      ---- after every NASCAR show reported that #20-Stewart would go to the rear for an engine change, he did not, guess mis-information.
      ---- the start of the race was moved up 10 minutes as there is a threat of rain in the area.
      ---- To the BACK [2]: #42-McMurray [unapproved changes]; #8-Earnhardt Jr. [unapproved changes]


    • Kenseth wins pole at Bristol: in a little bit of a shocker, #17-Matt Kenseth won the Budweiser Pole for the Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 127.300mph, nudging #24-Jeff Gordon off the pole. Kenseth went out late, 47th of 49 drivers, winning his first pole of 2005, 1st since Dover in May of 2002, a 118 races ago and only 2nd of his career. Gordon held on to 2nd, followed by #07-Dave Blaney, #16-Greg Biffle and #21-Rick Rudd. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart, in a backup car, qualified 17th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was slow and qualified 43rd and will start 41st. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the highest of the non-top 35 teams, qualifying 8th.
      For speeds, starting lineup, pole progression, rookies and more on Jayski's Bristol Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-26-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway qualifying?
      Eight in and six out:
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., qualified and starts 8th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 15th
      #00-Johnny Benson, 21st
      #7-Robby Gordon, 33rd
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 34th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 36th
      #92-Hermie Sadler, 38th
      #80-Carl Long, 40th, starts 43rd
      these 6 drivers miss the race
      #75-Wayne Anderson, 42nd fastest
      #66-Mike Garvey, 45th
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 46th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 47th
      #34-P.J. Jones, 48th
      #37-Tony Raines, 49th after being 34th in practice
      (8-26-2005)

    • Qualifying Notes:
      • Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sharpie 500, lapping Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.073 seconds at 127.300 mph. Ryan Newman track-qualifying record of 14.908 seconds, 128.709 mph, set March 21, 2003.
      • This is Kenseth’s second career Bud Pole in 208 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. His other Bud Pole was at Dover in May 2002, 119 races ago.
      • This is Kenseth’s fourth top-10 start in 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
      • Kenseth became the 15th different Bud Pole winner this season.
      • There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the last 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway, but only three in the past eight. Jeff Gordon (four), Ryan Newman (two) and Rusty Wallace (two) are the repeat Bud Pole winner in the 14-race period.
      • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 15.085 seconds, 127.199 mph – and will join Kenseth on the front row for the Sharpie 500. Gordon his 23rd top-10 start in his 26 races at Bristol. It is his eight straight top-five start here. This is his 11 th top 10 start this season.
      • This is the fourth Bud Pole for Ford in 2005 and second in the past four races. Chevrolet has 10 Bud Poles and Dodge has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover and second Michigan.
      • Dave Blaney (third) posted his third top-10 start in 10 races at Bristol. He started second here in the spring race this season and eighth in the spring of 2001.
      • Greg Biffle (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 start in six races at Bristol, all in the past four races. It is his 15th top-10 start this season.
      • Ricky Rudd (fifth) Rudd, who posted 13 top-10 starts in his first 18 races at Bristol posted his 28th top-10 start overall here. It is his just his third in his past 13 races here.
      • Ryan Newman (sixth) posted his Series-leading 22nd top-10 start of 2005. Newman has started form the top-10 in all but one of his eight Bristol races.
      • Forty-eight races at Bristol have been won from the first four starting positions (54%).
      • Only 16 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10, including six of the past nine.
      • The furthest back in the field that a Bristol race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in the 2001 Food City 500.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-26-2005)

    • Ramblings - Bristol:
      Might wanna right this one down....it sure hasn't happened very often. Matt Kenseth grabbed the Bud Pole today for tomorrow night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway by edging Jeff Gordon by a little over 1/100th of a second. His speed of 127.300 (15.073 sec) was good enough for only the second pole of his Cup career. The last time he started from the top-spot was at Dover in September of 2003 (qualifying was rained out and the race lined up by points), then he had the top-spot at Loudon in July of 2003 (the same scenario as at Dover), so this is his first Bud Pole by time since he led 'em to the green at Dover in June of 2002! He becomes the 15th different driver to capture a pole award this season.
      Dave Blaney (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here in April.
      Ken Schrader (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Talladega in September of 2003.
      Bobby Hamilton Jr (8th) had his best qualifying run since he grabbed the outside pole at Atlanta in March.
      Mike Wallace (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 13th at Daytona in July of 2002!
      Johnny Benson (21st) has his best starting spot since he qualified 21st at Homestead in November of 2003 (only 6 races).
      Stanton Barrett (36th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 23rd when we were here in April (only 4 races).
      STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
      Ricky Rudd has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. (Stock Car Fans)(8-26-2005)

    • Qualifying Order for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #01-Joe Nemechek is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #07-Dave Blaney. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Bristol Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(8-26-2005)

    • The One and Only Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #16-Biffle 125.848
      #5-Busch 125.551
      #10-Riggs 125.150
      #24-Gordon 124.979
      #19-Mayfield 124.638
      slowest: #75-Anderson 119.903 and #89-Shepherd 121.489
      interesting, #48-Johnson was 47th fastest of 49 drivers, #38-Sadler was 45th
      most laps run: #6-Martin, 147; # 19-Mayfield, 139
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick, 121.182 [12th fastest lap], 74 laps run
      #17-Kenseth, 121.048 [27th], 98 laps
      #5-Busch, 120.984 [2nd], 79 laps
      Incidents: #20-Stewart wrecked and will go to a backup car; #34-Jones slapped the wall, but drove on ok.
      See practice speeds and qualifying order on Jayski's Bristol Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-26-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway happy hour practice?
      Eight in and six out:
      #4-Mike Wallace, 10th fastest
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 23rd
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 28th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 30th
      #00-Johnny Benson, 31st
      #7-Robby Gordon, 32nd
      #37-Tony Raines, 34th
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 35th
      these 6 drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same
      #66-Mike Garvey, 37th
      #80-Carl Long, 40th
      #92-Hermie Sadler, 42nd
      #34-P.J. Jones, 43rd
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 48th
      #75-Wayne Anderson, 49th
      (8-26-2005)

    • Entry List [changes] for the Sharpies 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
      Not in top 35 of owners points - 23 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      #92-Hermie Sadler (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 23 'team' attempts
      #00-Johnny Benson (4 attempts)
      #80-Carl Long (14 attempts)
      #09-Johnny Sauter (11 attempts)
      #34-P.J. Jones (19 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (5 attempts)
      #66-Mike Garvey (22 attempts)
      #75-Wayne Anderson (6 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (13 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (0 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,80
      missing the race would be: #'s 89,09,75,50,00,95
      For the full list see my Jayski's Bristol Entry List, 49 cars entered.(8-22-2005)

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    • Air Pressure Checked: NASCAR told teams at the Michigan drivers' meeting that it would begin recording air pressures on the front tires of all cars before each race, keep the information confidential and use it to evaluate performance and to investigate tire problems.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

    • Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)

    • Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
      For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
    • 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"


    • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

    • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

    • 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:
      ESPN.com
      MotorsportsOne
      NASCAR.com


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Bristol:
      • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each scored 15 top-10 finishes in 2005.
      • Tony Stewart has scored nine straight top-10 finishes, including five victories, in the last nine races.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored eight straight top-20 finishes. His past three finishes have been 11th or better, including his season-first victory.
      • Brian Vickers has scored six straight top-15 finishes. His last three finishes were top-10s.
      • Roush Racing drivers have won nine of the 23 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five and Joe Gibbs Racing also has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-22-2005)

    • 2004 August Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 88.538mph, started 30th

    • 2004 August Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 128.520, finished 14th

    • 2005 March Race Winner: Kevin Harvick, 77.496mph, started 13th

    • 2005 March Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 127.733, finished 2nd

    • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

    • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2004, 128.520mph

    • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

    • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

    • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

    • Most Wins - Active Driver: Rusty Wallace, 9

    • Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12

    • Most Poles - Active Driver: Mark Martin, 7

    • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

    • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

    • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

    • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/99

    • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 7 months, 20 days, 3/24/02

    • Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/03

    • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

    • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

    • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/11/99

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/66

    • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/64

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/73

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevrolet

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 88 points race run], 22.7%

    • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

    • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

    • Races won from starting pos 4: 7

    • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

    • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

    • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

    • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

    • Races won from starting pos 9: 4

    • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

    • Races won from starting pos 13: 4

    • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 18,19,24,26,27,30,38: 1

    • Races won from the top 5: 54 of 89 - 60.7%
    • Races won from the top 10: 73 of 89 - 82.0%


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      0.533-mile concrete oval
      500 laps, 266.5 miles
      Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
      Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
      Straightaways are 650 feet long.
      Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
      Seating capacity: ~160,000
      Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch(1 must be shared)
      Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
      Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
      Pace Car Track Speed: 40mph

    • Bristol Pit Road Rules:
      Beginning with the 2002 spring race at Bristol, NASCAR instituted a change in the yellow-flag pit road procedures at the Tennessee short track. The pace car will pick up the field in turn three (as opposed to turn one). All lead car laps will enter pit road at the turn-two entrance (regardless of front or backstretch pits). Cars pitting on the front will drive the backstretch pit road then on the apron to the front stretch pit entrance in turn four. Cars pitting on the back will follow the same path and all cars will exit pit road using the exit in turn one.

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal:
      Command to start engines:
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
      National Anthem:
      Military Flyover:

    • Track Homepage: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com

      and

      Bristol Motor Speedway's Online Ticketing Center

      Sharpie500.com

    • August 2004 Bristol Race Info Page

    • March 2005 Bristol Race Info Page

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    • Bruton offers College team #20 million to play football at BMS: Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, which owns the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway with steep, stadium-style seating, says he will offer $20 million to University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech to play football on turf he will install on the infield. The idea of the game at the track, which is about 120 miles from both campuses, has been kicked around for many years because of the allure of drawing 160,000 or more fans that the track can hold. Smith has said Virginia Tech officials support the idea, but they did not have an immediate comment on Thursday. The idea seemed to dissipate when new buildings were added in turns three and four, but Smith said he'd just tear them down. "We'll level the whole place. We'll put in the Astroturf, and we'll do it all," he said. It is unclear when the game could be played. Tennessee has its schedule set through 2008, and the track hosts the Nextel Cup's Sharpie 500 every year in late August. Any renovations for the football game would have to be complete in time for a game by the end of November.(Roanoke Times)(8-26-2005)

    • Two Fans Injured in stands at Bristol: Two fans were hospitalized when debris flew into the Bristol Motor Speedway grandstands Wednesday night during a USAR Hooters Pro Cup race at the .533-mile oval. Track officials, citing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), said they could not disclose information about the condition of the injured fans, but eyewitnesses said debris from a spinning car flew high into the grandstands, striking a man and a woman. The fans received extensive medical attention from emergency personnel arriving on the scene, according to the eyewitness accounts. Both were removed from the stands on stretchers and taken for treatment to Bristol Regional Medical Center.
      Mooresville’s Clay Rogers, driving a Ford, won the Food City 150, passing Jeff Agnew’s Chevrolet on the 137th lap. The race kicked off the week’s activities leading up to Saturday night’s Sharpie 500, a Nextel Cup event. Steven Wallace, an ARCA winner last week in Michigan and the son of Cup star Rusty Wallace, twice touched off multi-car crashes, the latter occurring on lap 147 and leading to a “green-white-checkered” finish that extended the race to 155 laps. Trying to pick up positions, he took his Dodge to the track’s apron in turn one, slamming into the Chevrolet driven by Randy Gentry. The 18-year-old Wallace also crashed on the 19th lap, though he managed to finish 16th. The night also began inauspiciously for the race winner. Rogers, who started second, took the lead at the start but was involved with a crash on lap five while racing for the lead with pole winner Shane Wallace.(Gaston Gazette)(8-25-2005)

    • Bristol Ranks #1 City for NASCAR: Best of NASCAR: Bristol, Tenn. The consensus is so strong that there's no point in arguing, equivocating, hemming or hawing: Bristol Motorspeedway is the best place to watch a Nextel Cup race. Drivers, fans, owners, crew guys -- everybody agrees. Bristol is a quaint mountain town, full of earnest smiling, enthusiastic waving and rusty Camaros. A can't-miss stop on race weekend is the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum. The city has history, beauty, tradition ... and none of that stuff matters. What's great about Bristol is the naked aggression on the track. Drivers start their cars, shut off common sense and press pause on every synapse that keeps them (marginally) sane everywhere else. The place is tight, closed in, the stands stretching six stories up -- so high you feel like you're standing at the bottom of a volcano, only here they sacrifice Jeff Gordon fans, not virgins (not that the two don't overlap). The engines belch black death, a noise full of anger, except that nothing is anybody's fault -- not ever, not the most blatant wreck, not the most egregious sudden swerve to the right. It's always "That's just Bristol." And we wouldn't have it any other way.(
      Sporting News and see an article at the Bristol Herald Courier), overall Bristol was ranked #256 Best Sports City by the Sporting News, Boston was #1 followed by Jayski's old sporting town, Philly; Charlotte is 28th.(8-3-2005)

    • Bristol may tax race fans who camp: The [Bristol] City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a tax on race fans who camp near Bristol Motor Speedway but not before hearing some sharp criticism from a campground owner and a speedway official. The council voted 3-0, with two members abstaining, to approve a 5% tax on campsites at more than 70 temporary campgrounds surrounding the track. The ordinance must be approved on second reading later this month before becoming final. The tax would generate about $280,000 annually that would help defray the cost of providing police and other services during the track’s twice-yearly NASCAR races. Vice Mayor John Gaines and Councilwoman Trish Bane didn’t vote or discuss the ordinance. Gaines has a family member who owns a campground near the track, and Bane’s father works for a firm that operates one. "Bristol is going to be accused of price-gouging, but for the (spring) race, we spent $146,000 for the people who worked the week before and the week after that race," Councilman David Shumaker said. "We’re already going to spend the money," he said. "It’s just do we want the taxpayers to continue to pay for it or our visitors from Indiana and Michigan?" Speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, Kevin Triplett, a Bristol Motor Speedway vice president, said track officials worry about the long-term impact of the tax on the track’s two Nextel Cup weekends. Those races attract more than 160,000 people twice a year. "Given a clean slate, NASCAR would not grant new cup dates to a market this size," he said. "Yearly demand here has been good, but it may not continue to be so. And if we lose a race, the city’s budget will be in far worse shape." Ticket sales at speedway and dragway events provide about $1 million in sales tax revenue, Triplett said, adding that the city has gotten a reputation for price-gouging that could prompt race fans to visit other tracks. Jeff Byrd, the speedway’s president and general manager, stayed until after the vote. He declined comment on the council action. Campground owner George Rogers said the tax would force campground operators to raise rates. "We will have to add $113 per space to realize the same profit we do today," Rogers said of the tax and other fees the city requires."(Bristol Herald Courier)(6-8-2005)

    • Sad News: Larry Carrier, who helped start the race track now known as Bristol Motor Speedway, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 82. A developer, Carrier worked with Carl Moore and R.G. Pope in building the half-mile oval track, which opened in 1961. Carrier bought the track out of bankruptcy in 1985, gave ESPN exclusive rights to broadcast Bristol's night race for years, and built the seating capacity to 71,000 before selling the track to Bruton Smith in 1996 for $26 million. Bristol now seats 160,000 and hosts two NASCAR Nextel Cup races each year. Carrier and Moore also built the Bristol International Dragway and started their own sanctioning body, the International Hot Rod Association, in 1965. The dragway was part of the sale in 1996. Jeff Byrd, president and general manager of Bristol, called Carrier a leader in the racing industry whose contributions were monumental. "He had the foresight to know that NASCAR was going to be something big and he went out and built one of the greatest facilities of that time in 1961," Byrd said. "He will certainly be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know him or work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the entire Carrier family." Carrier is a member of both the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and four children. Carrier's funeral was scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Blountville, with burial on Friday.(ESPN.com/AP)(6-7-2005)

    • Shower Power: Maui Shower Co. has made its Bristol debut, at Farmer Bob’s Campground off Tenn. Highway 394. The colorful trailer holds 11 shower “pods” that can accommodate up to 1,000 showers a day. “It’s a state-of-the-art, premier, multishower unit,” said Pamela Withage, who is running Maui Shower with her husband, Mike. Each private pod consists of a stainless steel shower — cleaned with hospital sanitizer after every use — and a changing area. Maui Shower’s generator is continuously running so hot water is always available. Towels can be purchased for $4 each, soap and shampoo for $1. The showers operate on tokens, bought at the trailer, that are worth $1 each. It costs two tokens to start a shower and one for each additional minute. Withage said she encourages patrons to buy $20 worth, since most people don’t know how long it will take them to shower and leftover tokens can be used any time. This is Maui Shower’s fourth stop since inception — the first three were at races and a “bike week” in Florida. Withage said they are following the NASCAR circuit, and have about 28 weeks booked this year. The company tries to set up at multiple-day events that draw no less than 5,000 people.(Johnson City Press)(4-2-2005)

    • UPS partners up with Bristol and Texas: UPS announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) to become an exclusive track sponsor of Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. This new partnership is introduced on the heels of an earlier announcement in regards to UPS’s new relationships with California Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. The addition of Bristol and Texas to the UPS family of race tracks that has also included Daytona International Speedway since 2001 provides UPS with a presence at a variety of geographic locations visited by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Beyond branding presence at the tracks, UPS will coordinate both outbound and inbound shipments, including ticket packages and merchandise for vendor concessions.(UPS Racing)(4-1-2005)

    • No Smoking at Bristol INSIDE....ok in the stands: Bristol Motor Speedway, the state's largest sports facility (160,000 seats), has announced starting with this weekend's races it will be smoke-free. Smoking will be banned from all indoor portions of the track, including the private luxury suites that surround the giant facility. Smokers will be required to go the open-air concourse level.(Tennessean). NOTE: Bristol Motor Speedway has not banned smoking. Smoking will continue to be permitted in the grandstand and concourse areas of the facility.(BMS Site), however it is NOT clear about smoking in the inside sections/suites of the track.
      AND In a rapidly changing social landscape, Bristol Motor Speedway’s Marketing Department instituted a “Smoke Free” tobacco policy on suite level, effective for this year’s Food City 500 weekend April 1-3. The vast majority of suite customers asked for this change, and in fact, the large majority of media covering BMS events made the same request. Consequently, the Public Relations Department joins the Marketing Department to make all indoor media facilities (Press Box, Infield Media Center, and Communications Center) “Smoke Free” as well in 2005. Any media member wishing to smoke can do so outside of the buildings in the infield area. Media members who wish to smoke but are in the Press Box cannot smoke in the hallways and will need to go to the concourse level to do so. For those of you who do smoke, we apologize for the inconvenience. We hope that by making you aware of this change before you get to Bristol Motor Speedway, it will help make your weekend covering our events here go more smoothly.(Bristol Herald Couirer)(3-31-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #0-Mike Bliss CertainTeed #0 Schemes Page
      #07-Dave Blaney Happy Birthday Jack #07 Schemes Page
      #2-Rusty Wallace Miller Lite 'Blue Flames' #2 Schemes Page
      #5-Kyle Busch Johnny Bravo #5 Schemes Page
      #6-Mark Martin 'Reverse' Viagra ....none yet
      #10-Scott Riggs Checkers #10 Schemes Page
      #18-Bobby Labonte Powerade/Labron James #18 Schemes Page
      #22-Scott Wimmer Cat Rental #22 Schemes Page
      #25-Brian Vickers Scooby-Doo #25 Schemes Page
      #29-Kevin Harvick Reese's Big Cup #29 Schemes Page
      #45-Kyle Petty "Time for Thanks"
      Susan G. Komen Foundation
      ....none yet
      #97-Kurt Busch Mini Sharpie #97 Schemes Page


    • Rusty running 'Blue Flames' at Bristol: Wallace's Miller Lite Dodge is carrying a special "Flames" color scheme this weekend at Bristol. "A few weeks back, they ran her back through the paint shop and put this kick-butt flame design color scheme on her, waxed her down really good and she's raring and ready to get after it once again this weekend," Wallace said of the special design for this weekend at BMS. "If looks have anything to do with it, she might even be a stronger car this time around than she was at Bristol back in the spring."(Penske Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(8-25-2005)

    • Petty back in the Pink: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Quilted Northern Dodge team head to the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Sharpie 500. Georgia-Pacific brand Quilted Northern will wrap the #45 Dodge Charger pink for this weekend's race in support of the "Time for Thanks" program. The program supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the leading organization in the fight against breast cancer for more than 20 years. The team hopes to raise awareness to this program by collecting a strong finish Saturday night. Petty finished eighth at Bristol in April.(Williams Company)(8-24-2005)

    • #97 Sharpie MINI special paint scheme at Bristol: The NASCAR driver's skill is tested each year at Bristol Motor Speedway's half-mile track with 36-degree banked turns and bumper-to-bumper action. But this year, Sharpie MINI is shrinking the track even more when members from NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup teams and media are being asked to put the pedal to the metal, driving remote control cars en route to $5,000 in funds and $5,000 in school supplies for the winner's charity of choice on the afternoon of August 27. The mini race marks the official launch of the new Sharpie MINI marker, a 12-color marker series half the size of regular Sharpie markers and includes a clip cap that can be attached to just about anything. Kurt Busch, driver of the #97 Sharpie Ford and defending NEXTEL Cup champion, will wheel a miniaturized Sharpie MINI paint scheme during the charity race. The #97 Sharpie Mini paint scheme will hit the track for the fifth annual Sharpie 500 August 27. Sharpie MINI 500 drivers will also be asked for their autographs in support of Sharpie's Autographs for Education program. The nationwide program is seeking one million autographs in exchange for $1 million in school supplies and funds. Sharpie Mini markers are available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide in twelve bold colors: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime, aqua, purple, plum, navy and burgundy. Suggested retail prices for 2-, 8- and 12-packs are $5.93, $11.73 and $17.78, respectively. Sharpie Retractable Asks You To Put Your Autograph on Education...be part of one million signatures to raise $1 million in funds and supplies. Visit sharpie.com to make your mark!(Sharpie PR), see mages of the scheme on my #97 Team Schemes page.(8-24-2005)

    • LeBron James Paint Scheme on #18 at Bristol - IMAGES: Coca-Cola will test LeBron James' crossover appeal when the company puts the Cleveland Cavaliers guard on Bobby Labonte's hood next Saturday night. A comic book character resembling the 20-year-old NBA marketing icon will be plastered on the hood of the No. 18 car for the Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway to promote POWERade's new James-inspired flavor, SourMelon. Coca-Cola officials say that recent data shows that 74% of all NBA fans are also NASCAR watchers. Coca-Cola will be flying in James to see his first live NASCAR race. "I really like the look of the race car," James said in a statement. "But I'm thinking we need to add some new rims." Coca-Cola will hand out commemorative comic books, with James and Labonte as characters, to fans at the track. The flavor, which is scheduled to hit shelves in 32-ounce bottles on Oct. 1, is the second in the line called FLAVA23. Sourberry, which matched the colors of his Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, hit supermarket and convenience store shelves last September. James helped chose the flavor, which is colored an emerald green, the color of his jersey at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Coca-Cola signed James two years ago to a six-year deal worth $2 million annually. Per the contract, James endorses both the POWERade and Sprite brands. Sources with knowledge of the contract told ESPN.com that James receives a bonus if POWERade's market share grows. La Kier would not confirm details of the contract. For every four Gatorade bottles sold in the United States, one POWERade bottle is sold, but the Coca-Cola sports drink brand is doing extremely well. La Kier said that total volume sold has increased 23 percent year-to-date. POWERade is an official sponsor of NASCAR, but in recent years has battled for placement with Gatorade, which owns victory lane at some tracks and has individual deals with drivers.(ESPN.com)(8-17-2005)
      IMAGES: see some images of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(8-24-2005)

    • Jack Daniel's Birthday Celebration at Bristol, special scheme: It might be a couple days early, but the folks at the Jack Daniel Distillery are planning to celebrate the birthday of their founder, Mr. Jack, on August 27th with the 160,000-plus race fans at the Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sharpie 500. "We annually celebrate Mr. Jack's birthday in September across the world, but due to our affiliation with Richard Childress Racing and the millions of race fans across the country, we decided to kick off the celebration a little early with the fans at Bristol," said John Hayes, Jack Daniel's National Brand Manager. "We certainly couldn't pass up the chance to celebrate his birthday in the home state of the Distillery. We think Mr. Jack would be proud, and we're looking forward to one heck of a party." To mark the special occasion, the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo will feature a "Happy Birthday, Jack" special paint scheme during the Bristol race. The open-to-the-public Birthday celebration will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m., giving plenty of time for race fans to get to their seats for the big race. The Jack Daniel's Experience - a 53-foot tractor trailer filled with artifacts, state-of-the art video monitors, sound system and graphics will be on hand to give race fans a "taste of Lynchburg and the Distillery." #07 driver Dave Blaney, Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford, Richard Childress and other Jack Daniel's personalities will be on hand through out the day to meet with race fans. Other highlights will include a racing simulator, the #07 Jack Daniel's show car, live musical entertainment, games, Bedford's Jack Daniel's 100th anniversary Heritage Soft Tail Harley-Davidson, and, of course, birthday cake in honor of the Distillery's founder- who would have turned 155 this September!
      Jasper Newton 'Jack' Daniel was the first to register his distillery with the federal government in 1866. Still today, the Distillery in Lynchburg (pop. 361), Tenn., is where every drop of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is produced, bottled and distributed to the more than 140 countries where Jack Daniel's is sold today. Jack Daniel's reminds its friends to Pace Yourself. Drink Responsibly.(RCR PR) see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(8-23-2005)

    • Checkers to sponsor the #10 in five races...for 2005: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, today announced that it is accelerating its presence in the sport by signing on as the primary sponsor for five high profile, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races this season with the #10 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs. This weekend’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard kicks off the five-race sponsorship package with Rally’s being the primary brand on the #10 Chevy. “This is our first year as the Official Burger and Official Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR. Halfway through the season, Checkers/Rally’s has already realized tremendous brand exposure on a national basis,” said Keith Sirois, President and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. “We have successfully activated our NASCAR and numerous track sponsorships at our restaurants throughout the country. Our NASCAR Combo is one of our best selling combos system wide. In addition, we have effectively integrated our sponsorships into our local, regional and national advertising messages for both consumers and franchising prospects, now, we look forward to adding a primary sponsorship of the No. 10 car to our already strong sponsorship initiative.”
      The other four primary brand sponsored races will be:
      --Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway – Checkers
      --UAW-Ford 500, Talladega Superspeedway – Rally’s
      --Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway – Checkers
      --Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway – Checkers
      In addition to this primary sponsorship, Checkers/Rally’s becomes an associate sponsor of MB2’s #01 U.S. Army Team and driver Joe Nemechek. Checkers/Rally’s also retains promotional rights with MB2 for the 2006 NASCAR season. “We’re thrilled that Checkers/Rally’s has chosen to partner with MB2 as we strive to have a strong finish in 2005,” said Jay Frye, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of MB2 Motorsports. “We look forward to making Checkers/Rally’s first experience as a primary sponsor a memorable one and will continue to explore new opportunities for 2006.”
      Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (www.checkers.com) is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The Company develops, owns, operates and franchises quick-service Checkers and Rally's double drive-thru restaurants. Checkers/Rally's is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR. In 2005, the Company received the Nation's Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for its sizzling business performance.(MB2 Motorsports Site), not sure if this will be the news sponsor for the #10/#35/#02 [or whatever number it uses] in 2006. See an image of the Checkers and Rally car on my #10 Team Schemes page./(8-5-2005)

    • Reese's and Harvick at Bristol: #29-Kevin Harvick will run a Reese's Big Cup / GM Goodwrench scheme in the SHaroies 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. See an image of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes pages.(7-21-2005)

    • New #45 Scheme for Rest of 2005, Petty Blue Returns: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland for Sunday's Chicagoland 400. Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge will have a new look for the rest of the season starting this weekend. Georgia-Pacific will pay tribute to the Petty family by returning the family Petty Blue to the #45 Dodge. The "Petty Blue" color is unmistakable in the minds of race fans across America. The color is synonymous with winning and with Richard Petty's record-tying seven Nextel Cup championships.(Williams Company)(7-7-2005)

    • Special Schemes for the #22: Scott Wimmer is scheduled to run a Cat Dealers scheme at California Speedway in September and a Car Rental schemes at Bristol in August. See images on my #22 Team Schemes page.(5-11-2005)

    • 'Reverse' scheme for Martin: For the first time of the "Salute Tour," #6-Mark Martin and the Viagra* Team will run the special 'reverse' night scheme this weekend at Phoenix, in this year's first night race of the season. Martin will run the scheme at all night races in 2005.(Roush Racing)(4-19-2005)

    • Scooby Doo on the #25 UPDATE Johnny Bravo on the #5: #25-Brian Vickers is scheduled to run a Scooby Doo scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. See an image on my #25 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2005)
      AND #5-Kyle Busch will run a Johnny Bravo scheme at Bristol in August. See an image on my #5 Team Schemes page.(4-7-2005)

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