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THE RACE: USG Sheetrock 400

Nextel Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 10, 2005 in Joliet, IL

  • TV: NBC 3:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 3:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 3:35pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, July 20 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, July 21 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, July 23 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • 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: $5,845,750 (was $5,756,382 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, July 8, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, July 9, 10:30 - 11:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 9, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et, TV-Speed Channel

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 8, 11:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, July 8 at 4:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars will NOT 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).


    NOTE: Chicago is on Central Time, so this chart is an hour behind Eastern Time.

    10:50 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    11:20 AM 1:20 PM NNCS PRACTICE

    9:30 AM 10:15 AM NNCS PRACTICE

    2:35 PM NNCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    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 -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend at Chicagoland . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left-and right-side tires to this track . . . this is the same tire set-up that Nextel Cup teams ran earlier this season at California and Michigan . . . teams will also run this combination at those two tracks, as well as at Kansas in the second half of 2005 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Chicagoland . . . 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 year's set-up at Chicago features softer compounds on both sides compared to 2004. This is primarily to give cars more grip to make up for the difference in the aerodynamic package from last year."(7-7-2005)


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Chicago [only Johnson, Biffle, Stewart 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

  • 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 Chicago: $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*
    (* 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, 12
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 5
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Kasey Kahne, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2



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  • Dale Jr. wins at Chicago: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, taking the lead on lap 256 and leading the last 11 laps, held off dominant #17-Matt Kenseth [176 laps led] at the end, winning by 0.407 seconds. The win is Dale Jr.'s first in 19 races, Phoenix in November 2004 and the 16th win of his 201 race career. Earnhardt has now won at least one race in each of the last 6 seasons [all six season's he has been full time] only Jeff Gordon [12 years] and Tony Stewart [7] have longer streaks. On the final pit stop, #8 crew chief, Steve Hmiel went with two right side tires for track position and the crew go Earnhardt out 2nd, behind #22-Scott Wimmer, who didn't pit. It took a few laps, but Dale Jr. caught Wimmer [who finished 17th]. Kenseth finished 2nd, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #25-Brian Vickers and #20-Tony Stewart. Johnson increases his points lead to 108 and now only the top-10 are under 400 points. #24-Jeff Gordon, who ran poorly all day, got wrecked by #0-Mike Bliss [who bottomed out on the apron and came up] and finished with another DNF, 33rd. Gordon is now 102 points out of 400 points to make the chase. Dale Jr. is now 91 points out. Kenseth led 176 of 267 laps, a new track record. There were 10 cautions for 47 laps and 17 lead changed by 12 drivers.
    For race results see Jayski's Chicago Race Results/Awards page.(7-10-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Chicago - 18 of 36 races
    the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2548
    2) #16-Greg Biffle, 2440, -108
    3) #20-Tony Stewart, 2397, -151
    4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 2300, -248
    5) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2230, -318
    6) #6-Mark Martin, 2202, -346
    7) #12-Ryan Newman, 2196, -352
    8) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2190, -358
    9) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2179, -369
    10) #97-Kurt Busch, 2172, -376
    The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 13th, 91 points out of 400
    #24-Jeff Gordon is 15th, 102 points out of 400
    For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Chicago page.(7-10-2005)

  • Chicago Post-Race Notes:
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, scoring his 16th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 201st career start.
    • Earnhardt Jr’s last victory came at Phoenix, 20 races ago.
    • Earnhardt Jr., moved to 40th on NASCAR’s All-time win list tied with Jimmie Johnson..
    • This marked the ninth victory for Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has eight wins and Dodge has one.
    • Earnhardt Jr. climbed from 16th to 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, and is now 491 behind of first-place Jimmie Johnson.
    • Earnhardt Jr., scored his first victory and second top 10 finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
    • Earnhardt Jr. became the ninth different race winner in 2005.
    • This was Earnhardt Jr’s, 13th career superspeedway victory in 156 career superspeedway races.
    • Earnhardt Jr., led one time for the final 11 laps.
    • Earnhardt Jr., has scored seven top-10 finishes in 18 races this season.
    • This marked the first victory for DEI in 2005 and first at Chicagoland.
    Notebook Items
    • Matt Kenseth (second) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway. It marked his fifth top-10 finish in 2005 and his best finish of the season. Kenseth led 176 of the 267 laps raced, leading the most laps for the first time in a race this season.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway, all top fives. He scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2005. Johnson remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 108 ahead of second-place Greg Biffle.
    • Johnson has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 51 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005, the most of all drivers
    • Brian Vickers (fourth) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland and his fifth top-10 finish in 2005.
    • Tony Stewart (fifth) posted fourth top-five finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart remained third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 43 points behind second-place Greg Biffle.
    • Jeremy Mayfield (sixth) scored his third top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway. Mayfield has scored 12 top-15 finishes in 2005. He climbed from 11th to ninth in the point standings.
    • Rusty Wallace (12th) extended a 31-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.
    • Jeff Gordon (33rd) scored his sixth DNF in 2005. Gordon has finished 30th or worse in eight of the 18 races this season. Gordon dropped from 13th to 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 502 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.
    • Bobby Hamilton Jr., led his first lap in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
    • Seven 10 of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Chicagoland Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-11-2005)

  • Rumblings - Chicago: Dale Earnhardt Jr took the lead from Scott Wimmer with 11 laps to go and held off a hard-charging Matt Kenseth to take today's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway for his first victory of the season. This was win #16 for Little E (he's now tied for 40th with Jimmie Johnson on the all-time win list) and his first since he won at Phoenix last November. He's the 9th different winner this season (we had 13 of 'em last year), and this was win #22 for DEI. It was worth a nice $325,033 from the over $5.8M in posted awards
    Matt Kenseth (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Loudon last September.
    Casey Mears (9th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Texas in April.
    Stuart Kirby (31st) had his career-best finish today. His previous best has 37th at Kansas in September of 2002.
    Carl Long (40th) had his best finish since he was 39th at Michigan last August (only 5 races).
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 4 Top-5's in a row. Matt Kenseth has 3 Top-10's in the last 4 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Dale Earnhardt Jr (+24), followed by Jason Leffler (+23), Ricky Rudd (+21), and Rusty Wallace (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Dave Blaney (-28 ), followed by Ryan Newman (-27), Travis Kvapil (-27), Mike Bliss (-23), Robby Gordon (-23), and Kasey Kahne (-23). This is Op #4 for Jr this season...he's the leader in that category.
    Bobby Hamilton Jr led today for the first time in his Cup career. He's the 44th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 50.
    No major change in the race for 35th and the final exempt spot in quals. Scott Wimmer has moved up to 34th, Mike Wallace is still in at 35th, and Jason Leffler and the #11 team are now 13 points out (they were 17 markers back after Daytona). Jimmie Johnson pads his points lead this's up to 108. We're down to just the Top-10 alive in the Chase as Dale Jarrett is now 409 out. We had three drivers (Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, and Casey Mears) advance three spots this week, while Travis Kvapil (30th to 33rd) fell the same number of positions.(Stock Car Fans)(7-10-2005)


  • The The USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (25)(11 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (4)(176 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (1)(21 laps led)
    #25-Vickers (5)
    #20-Stewart (13/42)
    #19-Mayfield (22)
    #21-Rudd (28)
    #97-Busch (19)
    #41-Mears (3)
    #6-Martin (20)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 28 (of 43 starters)

  • Cars on the track: 34 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (9):
    #77-Kvapil (engine-out)
    #44-Labonte (shock-out)
    #9-Kahne (engine-out)
    #00-Long (?-out)
    #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)
    #0-Bliss (accident-out)
    #07-Blaney (accident-out)
    #40-Marlin (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 17 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson (21 laps led);
    #12-Newman (9);
    #16-Biffle (34);
    #17-Kenseth (176 most, halfway);
    #32-Hamilton Jr. (1)
    #49-Schrader (1);
    #37-Lepage (1);
    #4-Wallace (1);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #40-Marlin (1)
    #22-Wimmer (10)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (11)

  • Lap leaders: #48-Johnson pole; #48-Johnson 1; #12-Newman 2-10; #48-Johnson 11-30; #16-Biffle 31; #17-Kenseth 32; #16-Biffle 33-65; #17-Kenseth 66-81; #32-Hamilton Jr. 82; #49-Schrader 83; #17-Kenseth 84-119; #37-Lepage 120; #4-Wallace 121; #17-Kenseth 122-165; #45-Petty 166; #17-Kenseth 167-245; #40-Marlin 246; #22-Wimmer 247-256; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 257-267;

    Cautions: 10 for 47 laps

    Caution 10 - Laps 251 - 254: #0-Bliss gets into #24-Gordon, Gordon hits the turn 2 wall and stops on the track.
    Caution 9 - Laps 245 - 248: Debris on the track.
    Caution 8 - Laps 216 - 220: #15-Waltrip lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 1 wall hard and took the car to the garage.
    Caution 7 - Laps 184 - 187: #9-Kahne lost an engine.
    Caution 6 - Laps 165 - 171: #38-Sadler lost a right front tire and slapped the turn 1 wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 127 - 129: #9-Kahne slowed as he slid and got hit by #42-McMurray, Kahne spun and smacked the frontstretch wall. #00-Long then shot thru the grass.
    Caution 4 - Laps 119 - 124: #07-Blaney lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 90 - 94: #31-Burton and #42-McMurray got together, which resulted in a left rear tire going down for Burton and strewing debris on the track.
    Caution 2 - Laps 80 - 85: #99-Edwards lost a right front tire and hit the turn 3 wall. #01-Nemechek got some damage from the debris, the team made repairs on pit road.
    Caution 1 - Laps 27 - 29: Competition yellow, for the teams to check tires.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: The 'BallPark' Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 10: #37-Lepage(3), 28th
    Caution 9: #29-Harvick, 19th
    Caution 8: #37-Lepage(2), 28th
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 3rd
    Caution 6: #4-Wallace (2), 25th
    Caution 5: none, Long was to be, but spun thru the grass on the caution
    Caution 4: #00-Long (still 3 laps down), 40th
    Caution 3: #4-Wallace, 25th
    Caution 2: #37-Lepage, 28th
    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)
    ---- no chances, all the top 10 cars came in to make pit stops on the 9th caution stops.
    ---- on lap 242, #40-Marlin is on 7 cylinders and was to come in to make a pit stop to look at plug wires.
    ---- on lap 233, #29-Harvick, while running 5th, had a tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- #21-Rudd came out of the pits 3rd, but waas caught speeding exiting pit road and had to fall to the end of the longest line.
    ---- #24-Gordon is running 29th and is having all kinds of handling problems as of lap 220.
    ---- #12-Newman bounced off the wall just after the 7th caution restart, he tried to get to pit road and missed the entrance and had to go around. The car is rubbing a fender on a tire..
    ---- during the 7th caution, only two top-10 drivers stayed out on the track and didn't pit, #17-Kenseth [the leader] and #20-Stewart and #48-Johnson came in for a 2nd pit stop to raise the front up as it was hitting the track.
    ---- #0-Kahne comes back on the track after the team made repairs, Kahne is 43 laps down. Edwards is alos back on the track, 91 laps down.
    ---- on lap 157, #48-Johnson had a right rear tire going down and made an unscheduled pit stop and went a lap down.
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 4th caution.
    ---- #31-Burton is back on the track, as of lap 97, 6 laps down.
    ---- just noticed during the 2nd caution that NBC took adevantage of the Lucky Dog rule and has a sponsor for it, Ballpark Franks, maybe the Lucky Dogs will get some press now. Fox pretty much ignores them unless it is a big name driver.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #44-Labonte came back on the track after the team changed a shock, Labonte is down 13 laps, then went back in the garage a few laps later.
    ---- after the 1st caution, #9-Kahne had to make an unsceduled pitstop for a loose lugnut.
    ---- during the 1st caution #31-Burton had to re-pit for speeding exiting pit road.
    ---- exiting pit road during the 1st caution, #12-Newman and #51-Kirby made contract.
    ---- on lap 14, #77-Kvapil is slow on the track and may be down a cylinder.
    ---- NASCAR may thru a caution to check tires around lap 25.
    ---- To the BACK: [2]: #20-Tony Stewart [driver change - Yeley qualified the car]; #4-Mike Wallace [engine change];

  • Race Coverage of the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 10, 2005.
    TV: NBC at 3:00pm/et [green flag around 3:35pm/et].
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, July 14th at 3:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #5-Busch 182.371
    #6-Martin 181.726
    #12-Newman 181.641
    #7-Gordon 181.464
    #11-Kenseth 181.020
    slowest: #00-Long 175.587 and #37-Lepage 176.945
    most laps run: #21-Rudd, 47; #31-Burton and #39-Stremme, 39
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch, 179.933 [1st fastest lap], 27 laps run
    #17-Kenseth, 179.275 [7th], 28 laps
    #6-Martin, 179.001 [2nd], 30 laps
    See speeds at Jayski's Chicago Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-9-2005)

  • Saturday's first practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #17-Kenseth 183.599
    #12-Nwewman 183.100
    #16-Biffle 183.076
    #6-Martin 182.822
    #29-Harvick 182.667
    pole sitter #48-Johnson was 9th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. was 34th
    slowest: #4-Wallace 177.655 and #37-Lepage 178.094
    most laps run: #9-Kahne, 45; #2-Wallace, 43
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson, 181.576 [9th fastest lap], 19 laps run
    #12-Newman, 181.120 [2nd], 32 laps
    #15-Waltrip, 180.859 [8th], 30 laps
    See speeds at Jayski's Chicago Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-9-2005)

  • Johnson wins pole at Chicago: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a new track record speed of 188.147mph for his first pole since Lowe's Motor Speedway in May 2004, 41 races ago. The pole is the first of 2005 [he started first at Dover in 2005 due to bad weather that cancelled qualifying] and the 8th of his career. In five races, there have been five different pole sitters: Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Six drivers broke the track record: #120Ryan Newman will start 2nd, followed by #41-Casey Mears, #17-Matt Kenseth, #01-Joe Nemechek and #16-Greg Biffle. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 25th. Missing the race were #92-Kenny Wallace, #34-P.J. Jones, #66-Mike Garvey and #75-Wayne Anderson. #20-Tony Stewart is back at the track after suffering a hard crash in Friday's practice, Stewart is OK, but J.J. Yeley qualified the car 13th. Stewart will practice a bit on Saturday nd plans to run the race, he will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the greem flag.
    For qualifying results, pole progrssion and starting lineup and links on my Jayski's Chicago Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-8-2005)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400, lapping Chicagoland Speedway in 28.701 seconds at 188.147 mph.
    • Johnson broke Jeff Gordon’s track-qualifying record of 28.886 seconds, 186.942 mph set July 9, 2004. Six drivers eclipsed Gordon’s 2004 time. This is the fifth track record set this season.
    • This is Johnson’s eighth career Bud Pole in 129 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He became the 11th different Bud Pole winner this season.
    • This is Johnson’s third top-10 start in four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
    • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at Chicago since the inaugural NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in 2001.
    • Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.715 seconds, 188.055 mph – and will join Johnson on the front row for the USG Sheetrock 400. Newman posted his 15th top-10 start in 2005, his ninth on the front row. He has started on the front row in 47 of his career races. Newman has started 14th or better, including two front-row starts, in his four races at Chicago.
    • This is the eighth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has seven Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June.
    • Casey Mears (third) posted just his second top-10 start this season – both top-fives. He started second at Michigan. It is his second top-10 start in three races at Chicago.
    • Matt Kenseth (fourth) scored third top-10 start this season and his first better than sixth. It is the first qualifying effort better than 16th for Kenseth in five races at Chicago.
    • Brian Vickers (fifth) posted his seventh top-10 start in 2005. It is the second top-10 start for Vickers in as many races at Chicago. He started fourth in his rookie season start here in 2004.
    • David Stremme (31st), driving a third Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry, qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
    • Stuart Kirby (32nd) posted his career best qualifying effort in for fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. His previous best start was 37th at Kansas in 2002. It is his second race this season. He started 43rd and finished 42hd at Michigan last month.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Chicago was 32nd by Kevin Harvick in 2002.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-8-2005)

  • Ramblings - Chicago - Stock Car Fans:
    Jimmie Johnson takes the Bud Pole today at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400, and it's his first pole since he captured the top-spot at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2004! Sure, he's started first three times since....but those were all races we lined up by points, the most recent of which was at Dover last month. This is career pole #9 for JJ. Johnson also becomes our 11th different qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    The first six qualifiers were all below the previous track record, and Johnson shattered that mark with a time of 28.701 (188.147 mph).....besting the old record by almost 2/10ths.
    Dave Blaney (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Talladega in April.
    Travis Kvapil (16th) has his best starting spot since he started 9th at Talladega in April.
    David Stremme (31st) makes his first-ever Nextel Cup start. He's warming up for a full-time ride in the #40 next year.
    Stuart Kirby (32nd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 26th when we were here in July of 2002! (only 3 starts)
    J. J. Yeley (13th) qualified Tony Stewart's car for him today after he blew a tire and was hurt in practice. Tony had no broken bones but was a little woozy and was held out of qualifying. It's expected he'll be good to go on Sunday....but he'll have to drop to the rear of the field.
    STREAKIN.....An empty category again this week.
    47 cars on hand and it's wasn't all that close as Kenny Wallace (in the #92 this weekend), Mike Garvey, P. J. Jones, and Wayne Anderson all get left out this weekend.(Stock Car Fans)(7-8-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is on Friday, July 8, 2005 is scheduled to start at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel at 4:00pm/et.
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid] Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Qualifying Order for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #22-Scott Wimmer is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #34-P.J. Jones. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Chicago Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(7-8-2005)

  • Friday practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle, 187.863
    #48-Johnson, 186.845
    #9-Kahne, 186.722
    #12-Newman, 186.490
    #38-Sadler, 186.181
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. was 21st fastest
    slowest: #34-Jones 176.540 and #75-Anderson 177.503
    Kenny Wallace is in the #92 Chevy.
    Most laps run: #42-McMurray, 41; #31-Burton, 40
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle, 185.440 [1st fastest lap], 10 laps run
    #01-Nemechek, 184.567 [8th], 15 laps
    #38-Sadler 184.171 [5th], 11 laps
    For speeds, see Jayski's Chicago Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(7-8-2005)

  • Stewart wrecks in practice: #20-Tony Stewart crashed in turn 4 during cup practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rescue workers took their time in helping Stewart out of the #20-Home Depot Chevy. He appeared a bit groggy, however walked to the ambulance under his own power and waved to the fans. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital for precautionary xrays. The team will go to a back up car. Stewart's car may have cut down a right front tire, however at this time crew chief Greg Zipadelli doesn't know what happened. Joe Gibbs Racing's Busch driver, J.J. Yeley is practicing Stewart's backup car.(PRN's Garage Pass at the track)(7-8-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List [changes] for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is up, 47 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 - 17 race attempts by team:
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Jason Leffler (full-time team)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Kenny Wallace in for Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 17 'team' attempts
    #34-P.J. Jones (part-time sched)(14 attempts)
    #39-David Stremme (part-time sched)(0 attempts)
    #44-Terry Labone (5 attempts)(Champ provisional to use - 43rd]
    #51-Stuart Kirby (no attempts)
    #75-Wayne Anderson (4 attempts)
    #00-Carl Long (10 attempts)
    #00-Kenny Wallace (3 attempts)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 44,11,32,37,7,66,92,34
    missing the race would be: #'s 00,39,51,75
    For the full list see my Jayski's Chicago Entry List, 47 cars entered.(7-7/8-2005)

  • 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:


  • WHO'S HOT heading to Chicago:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored 12 top-10 finishes in 2005, two more than any other driver.
    • Tony Stewart finished second, first and first in his last three races. He has climbed from 10th to third in the point standings in the last three races
    • Dale Jarrett has scored two consecutive fifth-place finishes. Jarrett has climbed from 15th to 10th in the point standings in the last two races.
    • Rusty Wallace has finished 11th or better in his last six races. Five of those finishes were top-10s. He has climbed from 14th to fifth in the point standings in the last seven races
    • Jamie McMurray has climbed from 13th to seventh in the point standings in the last four races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won eight of the 17 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Joe Gibbs Racing has two victories and Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-3-2005)

  • July 2004 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 129.507mph, started 10th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 186.942mph, 7/9/2004

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 186.942mph, finished 4th

  • Most Wins: 2 - Kevin Harvick

  • Most Poles: 1 - Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick

  • Oldest Winner: Tony Stewart, 33 years, 1 months, 21 days, 7/11/04

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 7 months, 5 days, 7/13/03

  • Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/11/04

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/03

  • Most Leaders: 13, 7/11/04

  • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/03

  • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - 2 times, most recently, 7/13/03

  • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 35 - 7/14/02

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 23, 7/11/04

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/03

  • Most Running at the Finish: 34, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/04

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 160, Tony Stewart, 7/11/04

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 29, Kevin Harvick, 7/14/02

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 3 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 4 - 0.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 2 of 4 - 50.0%

  • Chicago Nuggets
    • Ken Schrader is expected to make his 650th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Chicago Kurt Busch has competed in all four races at Chicagoland Speedway scoring two top-10 finishes. He finished 35th or worse in his last two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Point Leader at Chicago
    Jimmie Johnson has competed in three races at Chicagoland Speedway posting finishes of fourth or better.
    Starting Up Front is not the Only way to Victory at Chicagoland Speedway
    Two of the four races at Chicagoland have been won from 14th or worse while the other two were won from a top- 10 starting position. No race at Chicagoland has been won from a top-five starting position.
    Winners Galore
    There have been three different race winners in the last three races at Chicagoland Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the first two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Pole Winners Galore
    There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the last four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Chevy Strong at Chicagoland
    A Chevrolet has won three of the four races at Chicagoland Speedway. Dodge has one victory and Ford is still seeking their first at Chicagoland Speedway.
    And the Beat Goes On for Many
    Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler and Rusty Wallace have all been running at the finish in all four races at Chicagoland Speedway
    Starting and Finishing Up Front at Chicagoland
    Joe Nemechek (10.25) has the best starting average of all drivers that have competed in all four races at Chicagoland. Jeff Gordon (6.75) has the best average finish of all drivers that have competed in all four races at Chicagoland. Despite his average finish, Gordon has never won at Chicagoland.
    Leading The Way at Chicagoland
    Tony Stewart has led 275 laps at Chicagoland Speedway, more than any other driver. Would you Believe?
    Tony Stewart finished third, second and first in his last three races at Chicagoland. Jimmie Johnson finished fourth, third and second in his last three races at Chicagoland.
    Latest Dominators at Chicagoland Speedway
    • Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each scored three top-five finishes at Chicagoland Speedway, more than any other drivers.
    • Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each scored four top-10 finishes at Chicagoland Speedway, more than any other drivers.
    “Last-Timers” at Chicagoland Speedway
    • Mark Martin has scored two top-10 finishes in his four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    • Rusty Wallace has never scored a top-10 finish in his four races at Chicagoland Speedway.

    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
    After 17 races in 2005, there are eight drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.
    Manufacturer Dominance
    Ford and Chevrolet have each won eight of the 17 races in 2005.
    Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 30 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
    Get Those Bonus Points
    Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 12 of the 17 races in 2005. Biffle has led 961 laps this season 130 more than Tony Stewart the next highest lap leader.
    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
    Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 50 straight races, the longest current streak.
    2005 Success
    • Greg Biffle ranked 24th in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is second.
    • Rusty Wallace ranked 17th in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is fifth.
    • Jamie McMurray ranked 13th in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is seventh.
    • Mark Martin ranked 14rth in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is eighth. 2005 Struggles
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked second in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is 16th
    • Jeff Gordon ranked third in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is 13th.
    • Matt Kenseth ranked fifth in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is 19th
    • Bobby Labonte ranked sixth in the point standings after 17 races one year ago. This year he is 25th.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only five laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 586.
    • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
    • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005. One year ago he had led 135
    2005 Superspeedway Standouts
    In the first 13 superspeedway races in 2005:
    • Most Points Earned - Jimmie Johnson - 1,993 (109 more than Greg Biffle)
    • Most Bud Poles – Ryan Newman (five)
    • Most Victories – Greg Biffle (five)
    • Most Top-fives – Jimmie Johnson (seven)
    • Most Top-10s –Jimmie Johnson (10)
    • Most Races Led – Greg Biffle (10)
    • Winning Manufacturer – Ford (eight-All Roush drivers)(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-8-2005)


  • Track Specs:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    267 laps for 400.5 miles
    18 degrees in the turns
    11 degrees in the front stretch
    5 degrees in the back stretch
    Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Ryan Sandberg
    Command to start engines: Ryan Sandberg
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Toni Braxton
    Military Flyover: F-16's from the 170th Fighter Squadron from the Illinois Air National Guard.

  • Track Homepage: /

  • 2004 Chicago July Race Info Page

  • 2nd Chicago race? Lights? UPDATE: NASCAR chairman Brian France is expected to speak today on the possibility of Chicagoland Speedway adding a second Nextel Cup race to its schedule, perhaps as early as 2007. If that happens, the race track may also add lights, with either or both races landing on Saturday night on the schedule. If a second race at Chicagoland is added, the bigger questions would be when it would run and whether the date would be taken from another track on the circuit. The weather window for running in the area is short, and the fall collides with the college and pro football seasons. What's more, the Indy Racing League's date at Chicagoland is the second Sunday in September. The tickets for the IRL weekend are sold as part of this weekend's races as a package deal. Adding a third weekend to the package could slow sales, but splitting one of the two NASCAR weekends off separately could do the same thing. The Nextel Cup series stands at 36 races, plus two non-points weekends. France is said to want to expand to 38 races, adding a race at Chicagoland and one other site. If that doesn't happen, adding a race in Joliet would be more difficult, though not impossible, to accomplish. The France family owns NASCAR outright and has a controlling interest in the publicly traded International Speedway Corp., which is a 37.5 percent owner of the track, and owns several others, including Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Kansas and California. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. owns another 37.5 percent of Chicagoland, with the original Route 66 Raceway group owning the other 25 percent. It's also expected that the Route 66 drag strip will host only one NHRA weekend next year, with the spring race surviving and the fall race disappearing from the calendar.(Daily Southtown)(7-10-2005)
    UPDATE 2nd Race?: Despite the fifth sellout in five years of Cup racing at Chicagoland, there is no plan to add a second event each season, according to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "We're real happy with the one we have, and it's a big weekend," said France, making his annual visit to NASCAR's second-biggest market, behind only Los Angeles. The Joliet track was sold out for Saturday's Busch race as well, and "I suspect we'll do a big TV rating," France said.(Chicago Tribune)
    UPDATE - lights? NASCAR chairman Brian France confirmed that lights will be installed at Chicagoland Speedway, but wasn't about to announce a second Nextel Cup race before a contract is signed. That may not come about until the new television contract, to start in 2007, is negotiated.(Daily Southtown)(7-11-2005)

  • Chicago races are Sold Out: For the fifth consecutive year, Chicagoland Speedway has sold out its entire racing season. In addition to the sold-out grandstands, suites and hospitality chalets, Chicagoland Speedway also had to build more space in the Expo Village to accommodate sponsors... high demand for the 2005 NASCAR weekend. The three options for Recreational Vehicles...the Infield Track-side, Infield Non-Track-side and Speedway Ridge...will also be packed tightly for those fans who want to stay on-site. NASCAR returns to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the USG Durock 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, and the Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday. USG NASCAR weekend kicks off tomorrow with USG Pole Day practice and qualifying. Tickets for USG Pole Day are $15, children 12 and under are free. Chicagoland Speedway tickets are sold as ...track packs,... and the package also includes admission to the September 10-11 ARCA/IRL weekend, which features the 300-mile IRL.. IndyCar.. Series race and the Chicagoland 100 (IRL.. Menards Infiniti Pro Series...) on Sun., Sept. 11, as well as the S-K Hand Tool 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Sat., Sept. 10..(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-7-2005)

  • Toni Braxton to sing National Anthem at Chicago: Grammy Award-winning recording artist Toni Braxton will sing the National Anthem for the USG Sheetrock 400, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sun., July 10. As part of the pre-race festivities, Braxton will sing the anthem a cappella style, fulfilling a long standing tradition of NASCAR and racing events throughout the country. Her performance will be punctuated with an overhead flyby of F-16s out of the 170th Fighter Squadron from the Illinois Air National Guard. Braxton is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at approximately 2:20 p.m. from the start-finish line of the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-6-2005)

  • Baseball great ro be Grand Marshal at Chicago UPDATE: Former Chicago Cub Great and Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg told Kurt Busch [who spent a day a spring training with the team] he will be the grand marshal (he'll get to say, "Gentlemen, start your engines") for the Nextel Cup race July 10 in Chicago. "I'd like to throw a little 'Holy cow' in there," he says.(paraphrased from FoxSports/Sporting News)(4-5-2005)
    UPDATE: Chicago Cubs legendary second baseman and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ryne Sandberg will be Grand Marshall for the USG Sheetrock 400, NASCAR Nextel Cup series race, at Chicagoland Speedway. Sandberg, who is scheduled to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 31, will declare the most famous phrase in racing, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" He...ll then ride in the Grand Marshall car in front of the Pace Car, which leads the field of NASCAR drivers onto the track for the race.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-6-2005)

  • Local Chicago Area Businesses Given Chance to be Official Small Business of the Race: Thanks to Office Depot, small businesses in the Chicago area are getting the chance to promote their company in a unique and exciting way. Office Depot is offering Chicago area small businesses the opportunity to be named the ...Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race... for the USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. As the ...Office Depot Official Small Business of the Race,... the winning small business will have its company name featured on the #99 Office Depot Ford, driven by Carl Edwards in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10 The winner will also receive a $1,000 Office Depot Shopping Spree, a VIP NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend experience at the race and a small business makeover featuring apparel and an office facility upgrade courtesy of Cintas. Office Depot...s ...Official Small Business of the Race... promotion ends on June 30. Customers can enter now by filling out a form at computer workstations at any of the participating Office Depot stores, or online at

  • USG title sponsor of Chicago Cup race: Chicago-based USG Corporation announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Chicagoland Speedway to be the title rights sponsor for the NASCAR weekend of events at the 1.5-mile oval in Joliet, Ill. USG is one of the nation's leading building materials companies and manufactures the renowned SHEETROCK. As part of the agreement USG, the preferred building materials partner of NASCAR, will assume the naming rights for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, NASCAR Busch Series race and NASCAR Pole Day at Chicagoland Speedway. Beginning with this year's July 8-10 NASCAR weekend, the following will be the official names of events that will take place during the three-day period:
    - USG Pole Day ... Friday, July 8 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Practice and Qualifying
    - USG DUROCK.. 300 ... Saturday, July 9 (NBC, 2:00pm/et) NASCAR Busch Series race
    - USG SHEETROCK.. 400 ... Sunday, July 10 (NBC, 3:00pm/et) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race
    The races are named after two of USG's top brands - the company's SHEETROCK.. Brand Gypsum Panels and DUROCK.. Brand Cement Board, a high-strength ceramic tile backer that provides superior tile adhesion. In addition to the USG NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Matt Kenseth's #17 Roush Racing Ford Taurus will carry the USG SHEETROCK Brand colors.
    Along with the new title rights arrangement with Chicagoland Speedway and the sponsorship on Kenseth's Ford, the USG Racing Experience also includes the following elements:
    - USG's partnership with the #17 Roush Ford and DEWALT Racing includes three primary sponsorship races and a major associate sponsorship at all of the other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events.
    - NASCAR promotional partnership with the "USG Improving The Finish" contingency award at each of the 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point races.
    - USG sponsors "USG Night at the Races" at 26 local tracks that are part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The events are intended to give customers the opportunity to enjoy an evening of stock car racing. For more information about USG Corporation, visit the USG home page at Individual game tickets for the second annual Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game, to be played on Thursday, July 7, 2005, are on sale now. Info at Speedway)(5-16-2005)

  • Announcement at Chicagoland on Monday...sponsor? On Monday, May 16, Chicagoland Speedway and a Chicago-based Fortune 500 company will make a major announcement about the July 8-10 NASCAR weekend. Lesa France Kennedy, President of International Speedway Corporation, as well as NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Rusty Wallace and Matt Kenseth, will take part in the press conference. Also, Individual game tickets for the second annual Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game, to be played on Thursday, July 7, 2005, are on sale now. Info at Speedway PR)(5-14-2005)

  • No More Big Orange on the Track: Three companies are under consideration to become the new title sponsor of Chicagoland Speedway's Nextel Cup race after Tropicana decided not to renew, the Daily Southtown newspaper of Chicago reports. Track general manager Matt Alexander would not identify the companies but told the newspaper that two of the three are based in Chicago and said all three have been involved with racing sponsorships in the past. The story said the sponsorship would cost about $3 million to $4 million a year.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(9-13-2004)

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


  • Six cars to the wind tunnel after Chicago: NASCAR officials plan to take six cars from Sunday's race to the Lockheed wind tunnel in Marietta [AG] to determine how the various manufacturers stack up on aerodynamic issues: the Chevrolets driven by #48-Jimmie Johnson and #20-Tony Stewart, the Fords of #17-Matt Kenseth and #6-Mark Martin, and the Dodges driven by #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #2-Rusty Wallace.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(7-11-2005)

  • Home Depot Racing Team Forced to Backup Car After Crash in Practice: Tony Stewart crashed his primary Home Depot Chevrolet midway through this morning's practice session at Chicagoland Speedway. He cut a right front tire upon entering turn four of the 1.5-mile oval, making a hard right side impact with the turn four retaining wall. The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Team will now race Chassis No. 100 in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400. This is just the second time in its six-and-a-half year existence the #20 team has had to use its backup race car following a crash in practice. The only other time where its backup race car was used due to a crash in practice was last year at Chicagoland. There, in the morning practice session, Stewart hit oil in turn three, spun, and impacted the turn three wall with the left side of the race car. Stewart went on to win last year's race at Chicagoland in his backup race car. Following today's crash, Stewart was evaluated in the infield care center. While Stewart was awake, alert and able to walk on his own, medical personnel determined that further examination was needed at St. Joseph's Hospital in Joliet. There, Stewart underwent precautionary X-rays. All tests came back negative.
    J.J. Yeley, driver of the #18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series, qualified the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet a respectable 13th for the USG Sheetrock 400. The sophomore Busch Series driver toured the 1.5-mile oval in 29.006 seconds with an average speed of 186.168 mph. Yeley was fitted into the seat of the #20 car and was able to make two mock qualifying runs before today's practice session ended. In his first career Busch Series start last year at Chicagoland, Yeley led 25 laps before a late race pit stop dropped him to ninth. With Yeley qualifying the #20 car, Stewart will start the USG Sheetrock 400 from the 43rd and last position. The benefit of Yeley making a qualifying attempt was for the #20 team to obtain the best pit selection possible. Stewart will drive the #20 car in tomorrow's two practice sessions and in Sunday's race.
    "My guys had to work and their efforts got us a 13th in qualifying trim," said crew chief Greg Zipadelli. "So our pit pick is a little bit better than if we didn't do it. And most importantly, we did the drill. We put somebody else in who hadn't been in our car and we just missed the top-10 in qualifying. So, I'm proud of my guys. I think a big part of it is keeping our momentum going, but also keeping our confidence that we can do what we need to do. That's important this time of year."
    "If Tony's not feeling up to it, we won't run that much tomorrow," added Zipadelli. "We'll let J.J. run some and go from there. We'll just keep J.J. as a backup driver. He's done a great job for us. If he's got a good race track, this is one of them. He just tested two days up here in his Busch car. He was really good this morning and really comfortable. He got in our car and did a great job. I wouldn't think twice about anybody else."(True Speed Communication)(7-8-2005)

  • Kenny Wallace in the #92, #00 withdraws: Kenny Wallace in cooperation with MWR, has decided to run the #92, State Fair Corn Dog Car in Chicago Nextel Cup race this weekend. "The MWR Team is working hard to build some new cars, has a new Crew Chief [Butch Hylton], so we are taking a little side step this weekend to get in the Chicago Race." Wallace will be driving with a DEI engine, and Front Row Motorsports crew chief Fred Wanke.(Kenny Wallace site)(7-8-2005)

  • Stremme to Debut at Chicago with the Navy Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in an alliance with FitzBradshaw Racing announced today that David Stremme will make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut in the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10th, 2005, with the United States Navy serving as primary sponsor on the #39 Dodge Charger. The United States Navy will also serve as the primary sponsor for Stremme in the NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on September 10th. This announcement comes on the heels of the announcement that Stremme will compete for the 2006 Rookie of the Year honors in the NEXTEL Cup Series behind the wheel of the #40 Coors Light and #40 Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Dodges. The upcoming NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will mark the first foray into NEXTEL Cup Racing for the United States Navy [actually they were on the #18 car in the 1991 Daytona 500 and on the #4 car in the 2000 Coca Cola 600 - images on my 2000 Paint Schemes Page]. Stremme is currently eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings, driving the #14 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge. He has posted four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 2005, to date.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(7-1-2005)

  • Anderson Cup debut at Chicago: on the Wayne Anderson site, it lists Anderson as running the July Nextel Cup races at Chicago and New Hampshire, he will drive the #75 Dodge owned by Bob Rinaldi [the team Mike Garvey drove for before going to the #66. Anderson has competed in the NASCAR Truck Series, Busch North and ARCA among many other series. Anderson's website lists Wayne as the winningest driver in NASCAR All-Pro history.(7-1-2005)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #2-Rusty Wallace Miller Genuine Draft #2 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Menards #7 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. MLB All-Star Game #8 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USA Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Boniva none...yet
    #31-Jeff Burton Bass Pro Shops none...yet
    #38-Elliott Sadler Combos #38 Schemes Page
    #41-Casey Mears Taget/Kraft none...yet
    #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
    #44-Terry Labonte Pizza Hut #44 Schemes Page
    #77-Travis Kvapil Jasper Engines #77 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot #99 Schemes Page

  • Combo's on the #38 at Chicago: Elliott Sadler will pilot the #38 Combo's Ford on Sunday in the USG Sheetrock 400. This marks the second race of the 2005 season where Combo's has held the primary spot on the RYR Ford Taurus. The first race was in Atlanta where Sadler finished tenth.(M&M's Motorsports)(7-7-2005)

  • #18 Scheme for Chicago: Boniva (ibandronate sodium), a new medicine for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, will serve as primary sponsor for Bobby Labonte on the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy at Chicagoland. The primary car for the USG Sheetrock 400 is Chassis No. 91, which has never been raced before. The car was involved in an accident in May during practice for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR/Site)(7-7-2005)

  • Kraft on the #41 at Chicago: The Kraft logo will replace the Target bullseyes on the rear quarter panels of Casey Mears #41 Dodge this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the first year Kraft has partnered with Target to be a season-long associate sponsor of the #41 Dodge. Kraft Foods' worldwide headquarters are located in Northfield, Ill., just 50 miles north of Joliet.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(7-6-2005)

  • Different look for the #31 at Chicago: The familiar bright orange Cingular paint scheme on Jeff Burton's #31 Chevrolet will be replaced with a camouflage and orange design for the race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway to highlight associate sponsor Bass Pro Shops.(RCR)(7-6-2005)

  • Rusty....Back in Black at Chicago: Rusty Wallace’s #2 Penske Racing South Dodge will be carrying a special “retro” look in this weekend’s USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. “Just tell ‘em that black is back,” chuckled Wallace when discussing his team’s return to the familiar black-and-gold Miller Genuine Draft color scheme that graced his race cars from the beginning of the 1990 season through the end of the 1996 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. “We had so much success during the years we carried that paint job and hope that it’ll bring us some more good luck at Chicago this weekend. The fans loved it back in the early and mid-90s and so many people remember Dale Earnhardt’s black #3 and my black #2 battling it down to the wire in so many races,” Wallace recalled. “We think the fans will really appreciate us bringing that color scheme out another time during our ‘last call’ season.” Wallace drove his black-and-gold #2 Miller Genuine Draft entry (a Pontiac from 1990-1993 and a Ford from 1994-1996) to an amazing 30 wins, 82 top-five finishes and 120 top-10 finishes in 179 races wearing those colors. He recorded 10 of his 36 career pole positions during that time.(Tom Roberts PR)(7-6-2005)

  • Menards to sponsor Gordon at Michigan [and two other races]: Robby Gordon Motorsports [RGM] will debut its #7 Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway this weekend in the Batman Begins 400. This will be the first of three races Menards will serve as the team's primary sponsor, with races at Chicagoland Speedway and the second Michigan race in August. Menards, the country's third-largest home improvement store chain with more than 200 stores, serves as an associate sponsor on all of the RGM #7 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series entries. In addition, Menard Engineering Group, a separate company also owned by Menards' owner John Menard, builds the engines for the team's Nextel Cup cars."It's been a long time since I have had the opportunity to drive a Menards sponsored car," Gordon said. "John and I have had a long friendship and close working relationship, and the last time I drove a Menards’ sponsored car we almost won a pretty big race. With the way our team has been improving over the last four weeks or so, particularly with how much stonger the engine program has become, maybe this will be the turning point of our season and we'll win that big race that we've been looking for." Gordon and Menard were co-owners in the Menards’ sponsored 1999 Indianapolis 500 effort where Gordon led the field by a wide margin coming to the white flag, only to run out of fuel and finish fourth. In addition to Menards, the #7 Chevrolet will also have sponsorship from Fruit of the Loom, Harrah's and Jim Beam at Michigan. Harrah's will return to the track as the primary sponsor for the team's effort at Infineon Raceway next week, while Fruit of the Loom will take the team to Daytona for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 2.(Robby Gordon Motorsports), see an image of the car on my #7 Team Schemes page.(6-15-2005)

  • MLB and Dale Jr. team up again - image: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to run a MLB [Major League Baseball] scheme at the Chicagoland Speedway race in July, see an image of the scheme on my #8 Team Schemes page.(5-26-2005)

  • Bass Pro Shops to sponsor #07 at Richmond; #31 at Chicago: Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Chevrolet in this weekend's Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) and its #31 Chevrolet in the July 10 Chicagoland 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Driver Dave Blaney's full-time sponsor, Jack Daniel's, will be prominently featured on the #07 car's lower quarter panels and deck lid this weekend. In turn, Cingular Wireless, Jeff Burton's primary sponsor, will receive prominent placement on the #31 car highlighting Bass Pro Shops ongoing involvement with RCR. The outdoor retail giant is also the primary sponsor of RCR's #33 Chevrolet four-race superspeedway program with driver Kerry Earnhardt. For more information go to
    IMAGES: see a few images on my #07 Team Schemes page.(5-13-2005)

  • Rusty back in black at Chicago: #2-Rusty Wallace is scheduled to drive the #2 Miller Genuine Draft retro car at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, 2005. See an image of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(5-5-2005)

  • Pizza Hut on the #44: Pizza Hut will be on the #44 Chevy that Terry Labonte drives at the Nextel All-Star Challenge in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway and will also carry the Pizza Hut colors at Pocono in June and Chicago in July. See an image of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(4-21-2005)
    UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports announced a program that will feature Pizza Hut as a primary sponsor of Chevy driven by Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers this season in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Labonte will showcase a Pizza Hut paint scheme on his #44 Chevys in three upcoming NEXTEL Cup events: May 21 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, June 12 at Pocono Raceway and July 10 at Chicagoland Speedway.
    In the Busch Series, Vickers' #57 Pizza Hut Chevys will appear May 6 at Darlington Raceway during the track's inaugural weekend of night racing and Sept. 24 at Dover International Speedway. Those hungry for more information can go to the official Pizza Hut Web site at Motorsports)(4-23-2005)

  • 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) and Fontana (September 9th). 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)

  • Jasper Engines on the #77 for four races: Jasper Engines & Transmissions will return as the primary sponsor of the #77 Dodge driven by Travis Kvapil for four races in 2005. The scheduled races for the Jasper car are: Texas (April), Dover (June), Chicago (July) and Atlanta (October).(RacingOne)(1-20-2005)

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

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


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