THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Sony HD 500

Nextel Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Sept 4, 2005 in Fontana, CA

  • TV: NBC 8:00pm/et

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

  • Green Flag: around 8:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Sept 7 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Sept 8 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Sept 10 [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: $5,840,067 [winner - $224,765] (was $6,036,554 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, September 2, 9:00 - 10:40pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 3, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et, TV-Speed Channel tape delay at 2:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 2, 7:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, September 3 at 5:20pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN 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

    NOTE: these times are Pacific [PT] time, 3 hours behind ET

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND
    7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (GARAGE)
    11:30 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    12:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    1:00 PM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    4:30 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    5:30 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    6:00 PM 7:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    (9:00 - 10:40pm/et)
    8:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD
    7:00 AM NNCS, NBS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:00 AM 9:50 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    (12:00noon - 12:50pm/et)
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    1:40 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** 2:20 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    (5:00 pm/et on Speed Channel)
    4:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH
    12:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    1:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    3:10 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
    4:10 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
    4:40 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    5:10 PM NNCS RACE ( 250 LAPS, 500 MILES)
    (8:10 pm/et)
    6:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    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 -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6854

    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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 24 psi;
    Right Front -- 44 psi; Right Rear -- 41 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to California . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the fourth of five Nextel Cup race weekends on which this tire set-up will be run in 2005 . . . in addition to California (twice), this combination was run at Michigan (June only) and Chicagoland already, and will be run for the final time at Kansas next month . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at California . . . 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: "This tire set-up was designed for slightly higher wear and more grip at Fontana, and we saw exactly what we expected earlier this season. We had good, competitive races back in Februray -- the teams were happy -- and we expect more of the same this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at California [only Stewart has 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
    (8-27-2005)

  • 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 California: $5,000

    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
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    (* 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
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    (8-28-2005)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
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 Fontana, CA Area:
    Bakersfield Californian
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    Long Beach Press-Telegram
    Los Angeles Daily News
    Los Angeles Times
    Orange County Register
    Press Enterprise

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

    Raceweather.net

    The Weather Channel
    Accuweather
    Accuweather - Local Radar
    Intellicast
    National Weather Service
    Race Day Weather
    Weather Underground

    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    ARS Racing Outlet - California Review
    ARS Racing Outlet - California Review II
    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

    • Kyle Busch as 1st time winner: #5-Kyle Busch won the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway, for his first ever Nextel Cup win and becoming the youngest driver ever to win a race in the Cup Series, Donald Thomas was 20 yrs, 4 months, 6 days old when he won at Lakeland, Busch is 20 yr, 4 months, 2 days old. Busch led 95 of the 250 laps. Busch is also the 14th driver to win a race in Cup, Busch and Truck Series and eighth to win a race and a pole in each series. #16-Greg Biffle was 2nd, followed by #25-Brian Vickers, #99-Carl Edwards and #20-Tony Stewart. #21-Ricky Rudd, starting last after missing practice and qualifying, finished 9th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine late in the race finishing 38th and is now official out of the chase. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 7th and is now in the top-10 in points and currently in the chase as is #42-Jamie McMurray who finished 8th. #12-Ryan Newman and #24-Jeff Gordon fell out of the top-10 and out of the chase.
      For race results and links, see Jayski's California Race Results Page.(9-4-2005)

    • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after California - 25 of 36 races
      the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
      1 thru 5th have clinched:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3570
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 3361, -209
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3312, -258
      4 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 3257, -313
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3149, -421
      5th thru 10th are in going in Richmond:
      6) #97-Kurt Busch, 3114, -456 [just needs to start to clinch]
      7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3073, -497, 145 ahead of 11th
      8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3014, -556, +86
      9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2939, -631, +11
      10) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2929, -641, +1
      The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and currently out of the Chase.
      The rest still have a shot with one race to go:
      11) #12-Ryan Newman, 2928, -642, 1 points out of 10th
      12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2899, -671, -30
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2877, -693, -52
      14) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2812, -758, -117 [was 78]
      15) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2798, -772, -131
      16) #01-Joe Nemechek, 2794, -776, -135
      For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after California page.(9-4-2005)

    • California Race Notes:
      • Kyle Busch won the SONY HD 500 at California Speedway, scoring his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 31st career start.
      • Busch became the youngest race winner in NASCAR's premiere division. He is 20 yrs., 4 mos. and 2 days. Donald Thomas won at Lakewood Speedway (GA) on dirt on Nov. 16th, 1952 at age 20 yrs., 4mos. 6 days. He was four days older than Busch. Busch is also the youngest Bud Pole winner in NASCAR's premiere division (California on Feb. 26th at age 19 yrs., 9 mos. and 24 days)
      • Busch became the third first-time race winner in 2005, joining Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.
      • Busch became the 12th different race winner in 2005.
      • Busch has scored nine top-10 finishes in 25 races in 2005.
      • Busch led 95 laps, the most laps that he has led in a single race in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. He became the 11th different driver to lead the most laps in a race this season.
      • This is Rick Hendrick’s 136th victory as a car owner and sixth in 12 races this season. It is the fifth victory for Hendrick at California Speedway, the most of any owner.
      • This is the 13th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has 10 and Dodge has two.
      Race to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
      • Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Mark Martin have clinched a spot in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. • Kurt Busch will secure a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by starting the race this coming weekend in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
      • The most points a winner can score in a race is 190. The drivers ranked seventh to 10th in the point standings are all just 145 points or less ahead of 11th-place Ryan Newman The drivers ranked 11th thru 17th in the current point standings are all 174 or less behind 10th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Eleven drivers will be racing for the four remaining unsecured spots in the 2005 Chase to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup at Richmond: Any of the following drivers have a mathematical opportunity to secure a spot in the Chase. The final determination of which drivers secure these spots cannot be made until the end of the race.
      • Jeremy Mayfield (+145 from 11th)
      • Carl Edwards (+86 from 11th)
      • Matt Kenseth (+11 from 11th)
      • Jamie McMurray (+1 from 11th)
      • Ryan Newman (-1 from 10th)
      • Jeff Gordon (-30 from 10th)
      • Elliott Sadler (-52 from 10th)
      • Dale Jarrett (-117 from 10th)
      • Kevin Harvick (-131 from 10th)
      • Joe Nemechek (-135 from 10th)
      • Brian Vickers (-174 from 10th)
      • Seventh-place Jeremy Mayfield will clinch if he finishes 39th or better at Richmond, regardless of any other driver’s performance.
      • Eighth-place Carl Edwards will clinch if he finishes 19th or better at Richmond, regardless of any other driver’s performance.
      • Ninth to 13th in the point standings are separated by just 62 points.
      Richmond May Spell Trouble for Some of the Chase Contenders
      • Dale Jarrett has finished 13th or worse in his last seven races at Richmond International Raceway.
      • Joe Nemechek has finished 18th or worse in his last four races at Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-4-2005)

      Race Rundown

    • The Sony HD 500 at the California Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 254 of 250 laps:

      GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #5-Busch-c (25)(95 laps led)
      #16-Biffle-f (4)(16 laps led)
      #25-Vickers-c (9)
      #99-Edwards-f (1)(21 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (14)(55 laps led)
      #9-Kahne-d (7)
      #17-Kenseth-f (23)(14 laps led)
      #42-McMurray-d (40)
      #21-Rudd-f (39/back)
      #01-Nemechek-c (22)

      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

      #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine and is out
      #24-Gordon was 21st
    • Cars on the lead lap: 28 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 49,36,77,41,66,11

    • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
      #51-Kirby (brkaes-outf)
      #92-Sadler (brakes-out)
      #45-Petty (engine-out)
      #91-Elliott (engine-out)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)
      #10-Riggs (accident-out)
      #22-Wimmer (accident-out)
      #7-Gordon (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 30 lead changes):
      #5-Busch (95, led most);
      #20-Stewart (56, led halfway);
      #97-Busch (39);
      #99-Edwards (21);
      #16-Biffle (16);
      #17-Kenseth (14);
      #6-Martin (4):
      #15-Waltrip (3);
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (2);
      #7-Gordon (2);
      #19-Mayfield (1);
      #43-Green (1);

    • Lap leaders: #99-Edwards - pole; #99-Edwards 1; #6-Martin 2-5; #97-Busch 6-10; #16-Biffle 11-23; #17-Kenseth 24; #16-Biffle 25-26; #99-Edwards 27-46; #97-Busch 47; #16-Biffle 48; #97-Busch 49-81; #5-Busch 82-93; #20-Stewart 94; #19-Mayfield 95; #20-Stewart 96-115; #15-Waltrip 116-118; #20-Stewart 119-145; #43-Green 146; #17-Kenseth 147-149; #20-Stewart 150-151; #5-Busch 152-165; #20-Stewart 166; #17-Kenseth 167-169; #20-Stewart 170-172; #5-Busch 173-199; #20-Stewart 200; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 201-202; #17-Kenseth 203-209; #5-Busch 210-240; #20-Stewart 241; #7-Gordon 242-243; #5-Busch 244-254;

      THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

      Cautions: 11 for 43 laps

      Caution 11 - Laps 248 - 252: #40-Marlin got into the back of #10-Riggs on the backstretch, who slide up into #7-Gordon who hit the wall, #31-Burton hit the wall, #22-Wimmer ran into Riggs.
      Caution 10 - Laps 242 - 243: debris
      Caution 9 - Laps 212 - 215: #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine and left oil on the track.
      Caution 8 - Laps 200 - 205: #36-Said spun off turn 2.
      Caution 7 - Laps 166 - 169: #0-Bliss spun off turn 2 thru the backstretch runoff.
      Caution 6 - Laps 145 - 148: #97-Busch spun off turn 4 and thru the frontstretch infield grass.
      Caution 5 - Laps 115 - 118: Debris between turn 1 and 2.
      Caution 4 - Laps 94 - 98: #92-Sadler slowed on the track and stopped in the backstretch run-off area.
      Caution 3 - Laps 48 - 50: #99-Edwards lost a left rear tire while leading and spun around a few times in turn 4, but didn't hit anything.
      Caution 2 - Laps 24 - 26: #66-Garvey was smoking.
      Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 5: #11-Yeley got tagged by #9-Kahne and spun off turn 4 and backed into the wall.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at California Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 9: #37-Raines (2)
      Caution 8: #37-Raines, still a lap down
      Caution 7: #36-Said (2)
      Caution 6: #2-Wallace
      Caution 5: #29-Harvick
      Caution 4: #36-Said
      Caution 3: none given
      Caution 2: #51-Kirby (still 2 laps down), 43rd DNF
      Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit with 10 laps to go.
      ---- as of lap 220, #41-Mears is having a hard time handle the car which is jumping all over, possible broken sway bar.
      ---- #15-Waltrip came out first after the 5th caution after only taking 2 tires.
      ---- all the lead lap drivers came in during the 4th caution to pit. #48-Johnson stayed on pit road and the crew changed a front shock.
      ---- all five Roush Racing drivers led all the laps until lap 82 when #5-Kyle Busch took the lead.
      ---- #41-Mears while running 9th, had to make a pit stop on lap 57 with a tire going down, losing a lap.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, #16-Biffle's team had an air gun problem and took a long time on their stop.
      ---- #24-Gordon is having loose car problems and has fallen back to 32nd as of lap 39.
      ---- on the 2nd caution pit stops, #99-Edwards got out 1st.
      ---- around lap 17, #17-Kenseth scraped the wall, but drove on ok.
      ---- NASCAR is allowing an 8th man over pitwall to clean the windshield
      ---- during the 1st caution, #42-McMurray, #8-Earnhard Jr., #88-Jarrett, #21-Rudd were among the drivers who made pit stops.
      ---- To the BACK [2]: #21-Rudd [driver change - Jon Wood qualifed]; #7-Gordon [transmission change];

    • Edwards wins pole at California: #99-Carl Edwards won the Budweiser Pole for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway with a lap of 185.061mph for his first career pole in his 38th race. Edwards is now in the Budweiser Shootout. Edwards led three other Roush Racing drivers in the top four, with #6-Mark Martin starting 2nd, followed by #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle and non-Roush driver #48-Jimmie Johnson. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart starts 14th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 41st. Missing the race were #34-P.J. Jones and #4-John Andretti. Andretti had some sort of problem, couldn't make his run, and missed making it back to the line by the end of the 5-minute clock and didn't get to qualify, the #4 team is out of the top-35 in owners points. #92-Hermie Sadler is running a car that didn't get to the track until this morning as the hauler driver had trouble getting to the track and got only a very little practice time on Saturday, but ran a fast enough of a lap to make the race. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the highest non top-35 team, qualifying 11th.
      For qualifying speeds, starting lineup, pole progression, rookie starts see Jayski's California Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-3-2005)

    • California Qualifying Notes:
      • Carl Edwards won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the SONY HD 500, lapping California Speedway in 38.906 seconds at 185.061 mph. Kyle Busch holds the track-qualifying record of 38.248 seconds at 188.245 mph, set Feb. 26, 2005.
      • This is Edwards’s career-first career Bud Pole in 38 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He joins Kyle Busch and Scott Riggs as the first-time Bud Pole winners this season.
      • This is Edwards’s first top-10 start in three races at California Speedway. He started 19th in each of his other races here.
      • Edwards became the 16th different Bud Pole winner this season. He became the 10th different Bud Pole winner in the 11 races at California – qualifying was rained out in 1999.
      • Mark Martin posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.854 seconds, 184.833 mph – and will join Edwards on the front row for the SONY HD 500. It is the fifth top-10 start for Martin this season and his fifth in 11 races at California. His most recent top-10 start here was in 2001.
      • This is the fifth Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 10 Bud Poles and Dodge has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Two drivers failed to qualify for the SONY HD 500: P.J. Jones and John Andretti (who did not take a qualifying lap).
      • Kurt Busch (third) posted his third top-10 start in seven California races. It is his 12th top-10 start this season.
      • Greg Biffle (fourth) posted his third top-10 start in six races at California – all in the past three races. It is his 16th top-10 start this season. Biffle was the fourth of the five Roush Racing entries to qualify in the top-10.
      • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in his seventh race at California. Johnson career-first victory came when he won the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California in April 2002.
      • This is the first time in the modern era that a car owner has scored a 1-2-3-4 sweep of qualifying. The previous best qualifying sweep for a car owner was when Hendrick Motorsports swept the first three starting positions at Michigan in June 2004.
      • J. J. Yeley (eighth) posted the best qualifying effort of his three-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. Yeley started 32 and finished 41st in this race in 2004. He then started 36th and finished 27th at Atlanta in October 2004.
      • Ryan Newman (28th) posted his season-worst qualifying effort and failed to post a top-10 start for just the third time this season.
      • Jon Wood (39th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. However, Ricky Rudd is expected to return to the Motorcraft Ford in his place in the SONY HD 500.
      • Mike Garvey (36th) qualified for his eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, making the field for the first time since Pocono in July.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-3-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2005 is scheduled to start at 5:20pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel at 5:00pm/et.
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: none.

    • Qualifying Order for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway is up, 45 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #77-Travis Kvapil is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #15-Michael Waltrip. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's California Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-2-2005)

    • Happy Hour Practice for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #24-Gordon 183.734
      #99-Edwards 182.431
      #5-Busch 182.251
      #01-Nemechek 182.149
      #15-Waltrip 182.071
      slowest: #92-Sadler 174.410 and #18-Labonte 177.668
      most laps run: #12-Newman, 36; #41, #9 and #18, 33
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick, 179.450 [26th fastest lap], 5 laps run
      #48-Johnson, 177.942 [25th], 23 laps
      #45-Petty, 176.779 [16th], 20 laps
      See speeds at Jayski's California Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.
      The practice will be shown via tape on Speed Channel at 2:00pm/et.(9-3-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway Happy Hour practice?
      #91-Bill Elliott-CH, 9th fastest
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 11th
      #66-Mike Garvey, 15 (18th in 1st practice)
      #36-Boris Said, 17th
      #7-Robby Gordon, 18th
      #34-P.J. Jones, 28th
      #37-Tony Raines, 34th
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 35th
      would miss the race if things stayed the same:
      #4-John Andretti, 41st
      #92-Hermie Sadler, 45th
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
      (9-3-2005)

    • Friday Practice for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #24-Gordon 182.955
      #97-Busch 182.602
      #48-Johnson 182.533
      #6-Martin 182.445
      #16-Biffle 182.389
      slowest: #36-Said 176.557 and #77-Kvapil 177.113
      no speed listed: #92-Sadler, #34-Jones
      most laps run: #6-Martin, 61; #19-Mayfield, 52
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #99-Edwards, 179.155 [7th fastest lap], 33 laps run
      #16-Biffle, 178.607 [5th], 38 laps
      #6-Martin, 178.538 [4th], 61 laps
      (Note: these speeds are a bit different then nascar.com's not sure why)
      See speeds at Jayski's California Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-2-2005)

    • Entry List [changes] for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway is up, 45 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 - 24 race attempts by team:
      #4-John Andretti in for 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 24 'team' attempts
      #34-P.J. Jones (19 attempts)
      #36-Boris Said (6 attempts)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (4 attempts)
      #66-Mike Garvey (23 attempts)
      #91-Bill Elliott (7 attempts)(Champ provisional to use]
      Of NOTE: the #11 FedEx Chevy has Terry Labonte listed as the driver, but J.J. Yeley is supposed to drive the car.
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 91,4,32,7,37,92,66,34
      missing the race would be: #'s 36,51
      For the full list see my Jayski's California Entry List, 44 cars entered.(8-29-2005)

    • 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 California Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 10 straight top-10 finishes, including five victories, in the last 10 races.
      • Matt Kenseth has posted top-five finishes in three of his last four races.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored nine straight top-20 finishes.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 19 top-15 finishes in 24 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 21 top-10 starts in 24 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • Jeff Gordon has climbed from 15th to 10th in the point standings in the last four races.
      • Roush Racing drivers have won 10 of the 24 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)(8-28-2005)

    • 2004 Race Winner: Elliott Sadler, 128.324, started 17th

    • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 1997, 155.012mph

    • Slowest Race Record: Elliott Sadler, 128.324mph, 9/5/2004

    • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

    • 2004 Pole Sitter: #25-Brian Vickers, 187.417, finished 13th

    • Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Poles: 1 - nine different drivers

    • Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 10s: 6 - Rusty Wallace

    • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001

    • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 8 months, 23 days, 4/27/2003

    • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 26 - Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000

    • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 9/5/2004

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998

    • Most Leaders: 15 - done twice, most recently on 5/2/2004

    • Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002

    • Most Cautions: 11 - 9/5/2004

    • Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004

    • Fewest Cautions: 4 - 6/22/1997

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 22- two times, most recent 4/30/2000

    • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/29/2001

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - twice 6/22/1997 and 2/27/2005

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Ford

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000, started 24th

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 9] 0.0%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 10
    • Races won from the top 10: 5 of 10


    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS

      Pole Winners

      2/2005 Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 188.425mph, finished 23rd
      9/2004 Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 187.417mph, finished 13th
      5/2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 186.940mph, finished 13th
      2003 Steve Park, #1 Chevy, 186.838mph, finished 40th
      2002 Ryan Newman, #12 Ford, 187.432mph, finished 14th
      2001 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 182.635mph, finished 22nd
      2000 Mike Skinner, #31 Chevy, 186.061mph, finished 7th
      1999 none, rained out
      1998 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 181.772mph, finished 4th
      1997 Joe Nemechek, #42 Chevy, 183.015mph, finished 18th
      (1997 Greg Sacks, #40 Chevy was the fastest but in 2nd round 183.753mph)


      Race Winners

      2/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 139.697mph, started 5th
      9/2004 Elliott Sadler, #38 Ford, 128.324mph, started 17th
      5/2004 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 137.268mph, started 16th
      2003 Kurt Busch, #97-Ford, 140.111mph, started 16th
      2002 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 150.088mph, started 4th
      2001 Rusty Wallace, #2 Ford, 143.118mph, started 19th
      2000 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 149.378mph, started 24th
      1999 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 150.276mph, started 5th
      1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 140.220mph, started 3rd
      1997 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 155.012mph, started 3rd


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
      Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
      Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 11 degrees; backstretch 3 degrees
      Front Stretch: 3,100feet
      Back Stretch: 2,500feet
      Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
      Pit Road Speed: 55mph
      Grandstand Seats: 92,000
      Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: Josh Duhamel from the TV show "Las Vegas"
      Command to start engines: Josh Duhamel from the TV show "Las Vegas"
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Tommy Lasorda
      National Anthem:
      Military Flyover: four F-15C's out of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho

    • Track Homepage: californiaspeedway.com

    • Last Year: see my Sept 2004 California Race Info page.

    • Feb's Race: see my Feb 2005 California Race Info page

    • NBC Actor to be Sony HD 500 Grand Marshal: Actor Josh Duhamel, who stars in the television hit "Las Vegas," has been named Grand Marshal for California Speedway's "Finish Under the Lights" SONY HD 500 on Sunday, September 4th. At this year's race, Duhamel will give the "Drivers, start your engines" command to those in attendance and to a live television audience on NBC. Duhamel is entering his third season as Danny McCoy on NBC's Monday night "Las Vegas," produced by NBC Universal Television Studios and Dreamworks Television. This fast-paced, sexy drama follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of "Sin City's" largest resorts and casinos. Tickets for the SONY HD 500 are available online at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling 800-944-RACE [7223].(PR)(9-2-2005)

    • Concert before Cup race at Calif: Billboard's 1998 "Alternative Artist of the Year," Everclear is the headlining act for the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert at California Speedway on Sunday, September 4, 2005, at 2:00pm/pt. Louis XIV will open the musical entertainment on race day at its new location inside Gate 16, behind the main grandstands. Catch all the sounds of Everclear and NASCAR at California Speedway during the SONY HD 500 race weekend at California Speedway. Sunday's schedule at the speedway includes the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert followed by the SONY HD 500. A grandstand ticket is needed to attend the concert. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(PR)(9-2-2005)

    • Indy Car Demo before Calif. Cup race: Jimmy Kite has been asked to run demonstration laps at California Speedway prior to Sunday's SONY HD 500 NEXTEL Cup event. The laps will give the diehard stock car fans at Fontana's two-mile oval a sense of what they can expect when the IRL IndyCar Series makes its appearance there on October 16 for the season finale TOYOTA Indy 400.(PR)(9-2-20005)

    • Baseball great Tommy Lasorda named Starter for Sony HD 500:Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, will serve as Honorary Starter for the SONY HD 500 on September 4th at California Speedway. As Honorary Starter, Lasorda will wave the green flag to start the 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers. "We are very excited to have Tommy Lasorda here to start our second annual SONY HD 500, which will end under the lights," said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "His name is synonymous with Southern California, making him a perfect fit to get the state of California's largest spectator event underway."
      Lasorda, the only manager in baseball history to win both a World Series and Olympic gold medal, is currently in his 56th season within the Dodger organization. He was named Vice President in 1996 after retiring as manager, a position he held for 20 seasons. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998. Lasorda's current responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for the Dodgers' international affiliations, and representing the franchise at more than 100 speaking engagements and appearances to various charities, private groups and military personnel each year. Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record and won two World Championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles from 1976-96. His 16 wins in 30 N.L. Championship Series games were the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997, his first year of eligibility. "I am enthused, and excited to be named the Honorary Starter," Lasorda said. "Waving the green flag is like swinging a bat; it's all in the wrists."
      Lasorda, along with previously announced Grand Marshal, Josh Duhamel ("Las Vegas") continues a tradition of high-profile celebrities, athletes and politicians who have participated in or attended California Speedway's NASCAR events. Others scheduled to be a part of the SONY HD 500 include Trek Thunder Kelly, Chris Kirpatrick ('Nsync), Benji Madden (Good Charlotte), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Frankie Muniz and Wayans brothers (Damon, Keenan Ivory, Marlon and Shawn).
      Tickets for the SONY HD 500 are available online at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling 800-944-RACE [7223].(PR)(8-31-2005)

    • Sadler to Walk of Fame: Elliott Sadler, the driver of the #38 M & M's Ford will join past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series racers who have won at California Speedway when he's inducted into the "Walk of Fame." The ceremony, which will feature Sadler placing his footprints, signature and a bronze placard with his likeness into cement, will take place at Gate 12 on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00am. California Speedway will present a gift to Sadler to help commemorate his historic win during the induction.(California Speedway)(8-30-2005)

    • Another Hire at California: hearing that Mike Yurick has been hired as Director of Operations at California Speedway in Fontana. The formal announcement is set for Aug. 15. Yurick is leaving the Riverside Motorsports Park project in Merced, Calif. He was the president of the operation. Prior to his employment at RMP, Yurick was the Director of Operations for Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(8-5-2005)

    • Gatorade Victory Lane Returns To Tri-Oval Grass at California: Celebrate with the winner of The SONY HD 500 at California September on September 4, 2005. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 500-mile event marks the return of Gatorade Victory Lane to the front of the speedway's grandstands. California Speedway announced the construction of a new and improved Gatorade Victory Lane on the tri-oval grass - front and center to the grandstands. "Fans have been very vocal since my arrival at the speedway that the front and center Gatorade Victory Lane celebration at California Speedway was a special part of this track's experience," said Gillian Zucker, California Speedway president. "Through a great cooperative effort with the sanctioning bodies at NASCAR and IRL as well as our marketing partner, Gatorade, victory lane will be back where it belongs as part of the fan experience." From the inaugural NASCAR race in 1997 through the 2003 Auto Club 500 the original victory lane was located on the tri-oval grass, next to pit road and straight out from Garage In. Heightened safety concerns with media crossing pit road at Garage In while race cars were pulling into the garage following the race led to the existing Gatorade Victory Lane being moved to Pit In by Turn 4. This location has been used for IRL and NASCAR races from the 2003 TOYOTA Indy 400 through the February 2005 Auto Club 500.
      California Speedway's Gatorade Victory Lane will be located on the tri-oval grass, adjacent to pit road and the start/finish line. The new footprint will include approximately 2,800 square feet of checkerboard floor, including parts of the original victory lane/pre-race square location and stretching towards Turn 1. The new Gatorade Victory Lane will feature two entrances: one for the car, team and sponsors and another for media. The media entrance will be at the east end of victory lane, minimizing safety concerns that were present with the original victory lane as it is approximately 80 ft. beyond where cars will turn into the garage area following therace. For ticket and event information, call 800.944.RACE [7223] or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway)(8-4-2005)

    • Labor Day Weekend Races to Finish Under the Lights: Overwhelming fan reaction to night racing at California Speedway has resulted in later start times for the speedway's NASCAR Labor Day weekend events. It was announced that California Speedway's three September NASCAR events - NASCAR West Series 200, NASCAR Busch Series 300 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 - will have night racing finishes. Friday's West Series 200 will race completely under the lights with a start time of 8:00pm/pt. Saturday's action will feature NEXTEL Cup qualifying beginning at 2:20pm/pt followed by the Busch Series 300. This race has a start time of 5:35pm/et. (last year's event started at 3:00 p.m.) and "Finishes Under the Lights." Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 will begin at 5:10pm/pt [8:10pm/et].
      Tickets to the NASCAR Labor Day weekend event are available now. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway)(7-29-2005)

    • California Speedway gets Sponsor for Sept. race: California Speedway announced that a Letter of Intent has been entered into by Sony Electronics, Inc., to be the title sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 500 mile event at the speedway on Sunday, September 4. The multi-year sponsorship agreement for the Labor Day weekend event - the SONY HD 500 - is currently being finalized. "We are proud to welcome Sony to our family of corporate sponsors at California Speedway," said speedway President Gillian Zucker. "We're delighted to bring Sony's breakthrough technology and entertainment enhancements to the fans at the track as we strive to make the SONY HD 500, Southern California's 'can't miss' Labor Day event." The SONY HD 500, which will be televised nationally in high definition on NBC, will start at 8:10pm/et, allowing for a finish under the lights. This will be the eleventh NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway's two-mile, D-shaped oval. Through the race entitlement, SONY will become the "Official Consumer Electronics Product" for this holiday NASCAR weekend. Sony is in its fifth year as an associate sponsor to Penske Racing South's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series #12 alltel entry driven by Ryan Newman. For the Labor Day weekend event, Sony will be the primary sponsor for the #12 SONY HDTV Dodge. For more information about Sony, go to www.sony.com.
      Tickets for the SONY HD 500 Labor Day weekend are on sale now. For ticket and event information, call 1-800-944-RACE [7223] or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(7-19-2005)

    • California Speedway Names New President: Gillian Zucker, who currently serves as Vice President of Business Operations and Development at Daytona International Speedway and once served as Assistant General Manager for the High Desert Mavericks Baseball Club in Adelanto, Calif., has been named President of California Speedway. Zucker, 36, replaces William G. Miller, who announced his resignation from the Speedway in March. She will assume her duties July 5th. As President, Zucker will be responsible for all strategic planning and day to day operations of the facility including event execution and fan development.(California Speedway PR)(6-23-2005)

    • California Speedway President Announces Resignation: William G. Miller, President of California Speedway since Sept. 2000, announced his resignation from the speedway effective March 31, 2005. No permanent replacement for Miller has been named at this time. Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber will oversee operations of the speedway until a replacement is named. "There is never a perfect time to leave an organization, but I thought now would be best for me and my family," Miller said. "It also gives the team here time to work toward its two upcoming events in April and prepare for the Labor Day NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event. It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with this team and our family of sponsors and partners." During his tenure as President, the speedway experienced unprecedented growth in the event schedule and facility usage, including two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends, bringing the total to six major spectator events promoted by the speedway. With the opening of the road course and drag strip in 2001, the facility quickly gained the reputation as one of the most multi-purpose venues in the country. In 2004, the facility was in use over 330 calendar days. "It was my dream to manage a top-tier professional motorsports facility. I've lived and enjoyed that experience to the fullest," Miller said. "I've learned and worked for some of the best in the business. ISC and Penske Motorsports gave me the tools and the opportunity to be successful and grow the sport. I am grateful for their support and proud of all that my team and I have accomplished. It's time to focus on new challenges and opportunities to apply my leadership skills and add value to a new organization."(California Speedway)(3-24-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • The Chase for the Nextel Cup: All drivers listed 19th in Drivers Points and above are still mathematically eligible for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. #20-Tony Stewart, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #16-Greg Biffle have clinched spots in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. #2-Rusty Wallace will clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup when he starts the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. #6-Mark Martin will clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with a finish of fifth place or better in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #97-Kurt Busch and #99-Carl Edwards have a mathematical chance of clinching a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. At a minimum, at least two spots in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup will be up for grabs going into the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-28-2005)

    • Yeley in the #11 at California UPDATE Hamlin at Kansas: Joe Gibbs Racing will turn to Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley to drive the #11 Fed Ex Chevy for the Auto Club 500 at California Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 4.(JGR PR), Denny Hamilin, JGR other Busch Series driver, supposedly will drive the car at Kansas, Yeley will be in a 4th JGR car [#80?] there.(8-25-2005)
      UPDATE: Denny Hamlin will make his Nextel Cup debut at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 9. The 24-year-old Busch Series [#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy] rookie, one of three drivers replacing Jason Leffler in the #11 Fed Ex Chevy the rest of the year, also will run the next three races on the schedule - at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Martinsville and Atlanta.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-27-2005)

    • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #07-Dave Blaney Happy Birthday Jack #07 Schemes Page
      #6-Mark Martin 'Reverse' Viagra #6 Schemes Page
      #12-Ryan Newman Sony #12 Schemes Page
      #18-Bobby Labonte Asthma Control Test #20 Schemes Page
      #20-Tony Stewart KABOOM #20 Schemes Page
      #22-Scott Wimmer Cat Dealers #22 Schemes Page
      #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
      #43-Jeff Green Wheaties #43 Schemes Page
      #49-Ken Schrader Red Barons Pizza #49 Schemes Page
      #91-Bill Elliott McDonald's #91 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Smirnoff Ice #97 Schemes Page


    • Kaboom and Stewart at California: On Aug. 31 Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevy will be participating in a KaBOOM! playground build at the Pomona (Calif.) YMCA and will be running a special paint scheme during the Sony HD 500 to help promote the build. Stewart said: "It's a pretty cool deal. It's a partnership between The Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing and KaBOOM!. We've done some KaBOOM! builds in the past, and they're great because unlike an autograph session or other kinds of appearances, you know you're actually doing something. The Pomona YMCA build is the fifth of 10 playground builds we'll be doing this year, and all of them are done in a single day. All of the playgrounds are NASCAR-themed and they're all taking place in race markets. But I know that Joe (Gibbs, team owner) won't let me touch any power tools or anything with a sharp edge. So I might just be stuck shoveling gravel or something. But if my tools don't make some kind of noise or aren't capable of making mass destruction of something, I'll be a little disappointed."(JGR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(8-31-2005)

    • #4 to sport LA Dodgers Logo for California Race: The Morgan-McClure # 4 Lucas Oil Chevy will be carrying the LA Dodgers logo on the trunk lid for this weekend's Sony HD 500 at the California Speedway. "We are very proud to have the Dodgers riding along with us on our Lucas Oil Chevy this weekend in California" said Larry McClure, President and Team Manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports. "I've always been a Dodgers fan and we look forward to having Tony Lasorda visit with us at the track on Sunday."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(8-31-2005)

    • GlaxoSmithKline and Labonte Fight Asthma with ACT at California: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will display a unique message paint scheme at California Speedway during the Nextel Cup Sony HD 500 race on September 4. The sponsorship is to help raise awareness of the Asthma Control Test (ACT) and to motivate asthma patients to assess their level of control and encourage them to talk with their doctor about their asthma symptoms. GlaxoSmithKline will also bring an AsthmaControl mobile exhibit to the California Speedway on Sunday, September 4th to allow asthma patients to take ACT on site and to learn more about their asthma.(JGR), see image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2005)

    • Green gets his Wheaties: This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Wheaties Dodge head to the two-mile California Speedway for Sunday's Sony HD 500. Green's Wheaties Dodge will be racing for a cause this weekend. For each lap that the team completes, Wheaties will donate $43 to "The First Tee," a national organization dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Green hopes to raise nearly $11,000 for the cause; that amount could double if he wins the race. (Williams Company), see image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2005)

    • Red Barons for KS this week: Ken Schrader and the #49 Red Baron Frozen Pizza Dodge return this week to the two-mile California Speedway. 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), see images of the scheme on my #49 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2005)

    • 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)

    • KaBoom Scheme at California: #20-Tony Stewart will race a KaBOOM! paint scheme at California in September. As part of the Racing to Play Program Home Depot has teamed up with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds in communities across the U.S. Last week, Stewart and the Home Depot team helped build a playground in Jackson, Michigan.(Racing One)
      AND The Home Depot and NASCAR kicked off Racing to Play, a national partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and KaBOOM! in Jackson, Michigan on June 16th. The campaign, which features playground builds in ten cities nationwide, is designed to make a lasting impression in the lives of at- risk children who live in NASCAR race communities. Racing to Play kicked off with a playground build at the Jackson Arts and Technology Academy in Jackson, Michigan prior to the Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. Tony Stewart and other members of Joe Gibbs Racing participated. "This program brings together two of my deepest interests -- racing and providing assistance to children in need," said Stewart. "In addition to building playgrounds, I hope that we can inspire these children to fulfill their dreams."(KaBOOM.org), see images of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(6-21-2005)

    • 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)

    • Newman to run Sony scheme at Calif: #12-Ryan Newman will run a Sony HDTV scheme at California Speedway in Sept. See an image of the scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(5-5-2005)

    • '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)

    • McDonald's to sponsor Elliott UPDATE and Evernham too: hearing that McDonald's will sponsor the #91 [#98?] Dodge and Bill Elliott at Michigan in June and California in September.(3-17-2005)
      UPDATE: McDonald's announced the company has entered into a partnership agreement with Evernham Motorsports in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The agreement calls for McDonald's to be an associate sponsor on the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger driven by 2004 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne and the #91 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger that will be driven by [1988] NASCAR champion Bill Elliott at selected Nextel Cup events. The agreement includes a two-race McDonald's primary sponsorship on Elliott's car. The Bill Elliott Racing entry will carry the McDonald's paint scheme at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (June 19) and California Speedway in Fontana (Sept. 5). Kahne, 24, said that he welcomes the new partnership and is looking forward to being affiliated with McDonald's. McDonald's motorsports programs also include primary sponsorships in the Champ Car World Series with the Newman/Haas team and driver Sebastian Bourdais and in the NASCAR Busch Series with Team Rensi Motorsports and [#35] driver Jason Keller. More info on McDonalds, see www.mcdonalds.com.(McDonald's Racing)(3-28-2005)
      IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #91 Team Schemes page.(4-12-2005)

    • Texaco to continue Autism support UPDATE: ChevronTexaco, in conjunction with #42-Jamie McMurray and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will hold a press conference this Friday, Feb 25th at California Speedway to announce ongoing financial and promotional support for the Autism Society of America (ASA) via its "Driving Autism Awareness" campaign during the 2005 NASCAR racing season and unveiling a special paint scheme. A new primary and associate sponsor on the #42 NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray and the #41 NASCAR Busch Series Dodge piloted by Raybestos Rookie Candidate Reed Sorenson will also be announced and unveiled.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(2-23-2005)
      UPDATE - New Sponsor for McMurray: ChevronTexaco Products Company, a division of Chevron USA Inc., announced today it has signed Home123 Corporation, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation, as an associate sponsor of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the 2005. In choosing an associate corporate sponsor, ChevronTexaco weighed its options against three critical criteria: a similar value system, a symbiotic customer base from which each company could expand sales, and a mutual agreement on a list of priority races for the 2005 season. Through the new marketing agreement, Home123 will have primary sponsorship rights for six NASCAR Nextel Cup races including:
      Phoenix (April 23rd),
      Michigan (June 19th),
      Daytona (July 2nd),
      Chicago (July 10th),
      Watkins Glen (August 14th)
      Fontana (September 4th)
      During those races, the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, piloted by Jamie McMurray, will be painted with a blue and white Home123 color scheme. In addition, Home123 will support Jamie McMurray’s charitable cause, “Driving Autism Awareness,” by matching the $42 donations each being made by McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing for every lap McMurray leads in the 2005 season. With Home123’s additional financial commitment, each lap that McMurray leads during the 2005 season will generate $168 in donations to assist with autism research and public education. All proceeds from “Driving Autism Awareness” will be given to the Autism Society of America.(Jamie McMurray site)(2-27-2005)

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