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THE RACE: Pepsi 400

Nextel Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, July 2, 2005 in Daytona Beach, FL

  • TV: NBC 8:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 7:00pm/et - with host Allen Bestwick

  • Green Flag: around 8:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, July 6 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, July 7 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, July 8 [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: Allen Bestwick and guests

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,972,320 (was $5,804,363 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Thursday, June 30, 4:10 - 5:10pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Thursday, June 30, 6:15 - 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel [re-air at 12:00am/et]

  • REVISED Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 1, 9:10 - 10:30am/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 1:30pm/ part

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, June 30, 3:10pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, July 1 at 4:40pm/et, TV-TNT, 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).


    4:10 PM 5:10 PM NNCS PRACTICE


    8:00 PM NNCS RACE ( 160 LAPS, 400 MILES)

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series


    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Tire Codes: Front -- D-6838; Rear -- D-6842

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend at Daytona . . . this is the same tire set-up that Goodyear brought to this track in February . . . Daytona is the only track at which teams will run this combination of left- and right-side tires this season, though it is similar to the set-up run at the other restrictor plate track on the schedule (Talladega) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Daytona . . . 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 is the same set-up we brought to Daytona in February, when we had a great deal of success during the race. Since teams have that race under their belts, we expect similar, positive results this weekend."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Daytona 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 Daytona: $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*
    (* 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, 9
    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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  • Stewart wins at Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart won the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway for his first win restrictor plate points win, 2nd win of 2005, 2nd in a row and 21st of his career. In a move I have never seen and that was very cool, Stewart turned the car around, stopped at the flag stand, got out of the car, climbed the fence and onto the flagstand, high fived the two flagmen and saluted the crowd, very cool. #42-Jamie McMurray held on for second after running in the top five most of the night, following was #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (after started 39th), #2-Rusty Wallace and #88-Dale Jarrett [now 10th in points]. #16-Greg Biffle. the points leader coming in to Daytona, was involved in a wreck when #15-Waltrip lost a tire on a restart and finished 36th. Biffle lost the points lead to #48-Jimmie Johnson, who finished 6th and now leads Biffle by 73 points.
    The rest of the top-10: #48-Johnson, #24-Jeff Gordon, #4-Mike Wallace [started 43rd], #17-Matt Kenseth and #49-Kenny Schrader grabbed the 10th spot. Stewart led 151 of 160 laps, a new record. There were 9 cautions for 41 laps.
    For race results see Jayski's Pepsi 400 Race Results/Awards page.(7-2-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Daytona - 17 of 36 races
    the 13 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2378
    2) #16-Greg Biffle, 2305, -73
    3) #20-Tony Stewart, 2242, -136
    4) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2178, -200
    5) #2-Rusty Wallace, 2173, -205
    6) #12-Ryan Newman, 2115, -263
    7) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2093, -285
    8) #6-Mark Martin, 2068, -310
    9) #97-Kurt Busch, 2030, -348
    10) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2030, -348
    11) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2029, -349
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2027, -351
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1982, -396
    The top 13 in drivers points are still under 400 points back and in the Chase.
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 16th, 506 points behind the leader
    For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page.(7-2-2005)

  • Rumblings - Daytona:
    And you thought the 400 stood for's minutes! After a nearly 3 hour rain delay we were treated to one of the best plate races we've had in years....and when you've got the winner leading 151 of the 160 laps, that's not a stretch! Tony Stewart's four-wide pass on the outside with 16 laps to go will be talked about for awhile, but the other drivers couldn't do a thing with him tonight as he was easily the dominant car. He survived the 9-lap shootout at the end (and we're talking almost 2AM here) to make it back-to- back wins on the season and #21 for his career. He's now tied for 26th on the all-time win list with teammate Bobby Labonte, Benny Parsons, and Jack Smith.
    Tony's the second driver to win this season from the pole.....Kasey Kahne did it at Richmond in May. Win #41 for Joe Gibbs Racing was worth $368,261 from the over $5.9M in posted awards.
    Jamie McMurray (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Texas in April.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd here in February.
    Mike Wallace (8th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Richmond last September. He's the 37th driver to score a Top-10 this season.....last year there were 39 drivers to hit that mark.
    Jason Leffler (18th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Martinsville in April.
    STREAKIN....Rusty Wallace has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dale Earnhardt Jr (+36), followed by Mike Wallace (+35), Jamie McMurray (+31), Jeff Burton (+31), Ken Schrader (+30), Matt Kenseth (+29), and Ricky Rudd (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Scott Riggs (-39), followed by Kerry Earnhardt (-32), Bobby Hamilton Jr (-26), Boris Said (-24), and Michael Waltrip (-23). You know its a place race when 30% of the field is in the "Shaft".
    The fight for the final qualifying exemption has become a three-way battle. Mike Wallace is back fact, he's 34th! Scott Wimmer is now on the bubble as Jason Leffler and the #11 team are on the outside by 17 points going into next week.
    Jason Leffler led a lap tonight for the first time since he led twice for five laps at Kansas in October of 2003. He's the 43rd different driver to lead a lap this season.....last year we had 50 of 'em.
    Greg Biffle's time at the top was week. Jimmie Johnson reassumes the lead by 73 points as every spot in the Top-10 in the standings changed hands this week.
    We've still got 13 drivers above the "Stayin' Alive" line but Jeff Gordon has replaced Kevin Harvick as the last driver within 400 points of the lead. Check out 9th to 12th tho....four drivers separated by "3" points!
    We've also got our first "Mathematically Eliminated" line of the season this week. Everybody from 40th on down is out of the hunt. Jamie McMurray (10th to 7th) made the best move forward tonight, while three drivers (Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, and Casey Mears) all fell three spots in the standings.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(7-3-2005)

    The Pepsi 400 Race Rundown

  • The The Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 160 of 160 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart (1)(151 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (33)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (39)
    #2-Walllace (9)
    #88-Jarrett (13)(1 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (3)
    #24-Gordon (15)
    #4-Wallace (43)
    #17-Kenseth (38)
    #49-Schrader (40)

    NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after lap 160 of 160 at Daytona
    #48-Johnson, 2378
    #16- Biffle, 2305, -73
    #20-Stewart, 2242, -136
    #38-Sadler, 2178, -200
    #2-Wallace, 2173, -205
    The rest [13 total] would be in the chase and under 400 points:
    OUT of the chase: #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Waltrip Live Points Standings

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

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

  • Off track/out of race (7):
    #41-Mears (accident-out)
    #33-Earnhardt (brakes-out)
    #32-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out)
    #99-Edwards (accident-out)
    #5-Busch (accident-out)
    #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #22-Wimmer (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (5 with 7 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (151, led most, halfway);
    #11-Leffler (1)
    #38-Sadler (4);
    #88-Jarrett (1):
    #9-Kahne (3);

  • Lap leaders: #20-Stewart pole; #20-Stewart 1-103; #11-Leffler 104; #38-Sadler 105-106; #88-Jarrett 107; #38-Sadler 108-109; #20-Stewart 110-141; #9-Kahne 142-144; #20-Stewart 145-160;

    Cautions: 9 for 41 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 147 - 151: #31-Burton came up into #99-Edwards got together, the #99 went into #29-Harvick who spun thru the grass, #99-Edwards hit the wall, #5-Busch got collected, hit the wall, slid thru the grass and hit #22-Wimmer. #38-Sadler went thru the grass. #24-Gordon slammed on the brakes and blew a tire.
    Caution 8 - Laps 141 - 143: #36-Said lost it and slid thru the grass off turn 1.
    Caution 7 - Laps 114 - 116: #36-Said slid and spun thru the infield grass, shot back on the track and drove around to the pits, no idea what caused him off the track.
    Caution 6 - Laps 103 - 106: #32-Hamilton Jr. loses a right front tire and smacks the outside wall in turn 1. Hamilton Jr. had reported a vibration and was going to pit next time around.
    Caution 5 - Laps 74 - 76: #15-Waltrip lost a right rear tire in turn 1 and started to spin, got together with #01-Nemechek, then bounced down and collected #16-Biffle, who has a lot of damage to the right front. Also getting damage were #29-Harvick and #9-Kahne.
    Caution 4 - Laps 70 - 72: #43-Green lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 65 - 67: Debris near the entrance of pit road.
    Caution 2 - Laps 36 - 41: Looks like the semi-big one: #6-Martin is totaled. Looks like #42-McMurray slowed for #24-Gordon who was pitting, #10-Riggs darted right, causing #6-Martin to move right and he hit the wall, collecting #97-Busch. #17-Kenseth moved over and hit #8-Earnhardt Jr., doing sone right front damage. #18-Labonte spun and stuck in the infield, #49-Schrader spun the the grass but got back to the racetrack. #22-Wimmer and #41-Mears were also involved.
    Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 11: started the race under yellow to dry the track.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 9: none
    Caution 8: #38-Sadler (2), 21st
    Caution 7: #9-Kahne, 16th
    Caution 6: #01-Nemechek, 15th
    Caution 5: #92-H Sadler, 30th
    Caution 4: #19-Mayfield, 12th
    Caution 3: #38-Sadler, 21st
    Caution 2: #25-Vickers, 29th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 8th caution all the lead lap car cames in to pit. There was an incident on pit road #25-Vickers and #7-Gordon got together with Gordon spinning around in his stall and serious left front damage to the #25. ---- on lap 132, #38-Sadler made his final pit stop, but is out of the draft, the the caution came out and ruined their stategy, giving them the lucky dog.
    ---- back on the track after the teams made repairs to their cars: #18-Labonte, #97-Busch, #6-Martin and #16-Biffle, all many laps down.
    ---- just before the 6th cautiom, #38-Sadler, #88-Jarrett and #21-Rudd had pitted and will luck out and should lead the race after all the other lead lap cars make their pit stops.
    ---- during the 5th caution, all the lead lap cars made pit stops but 9: #'s 20,48,42,17,31,07,88,5,38
    ---- #7-Gordon made a couple of pit stops during the 4th caution as his motor is running hot.
    ---- #29-Harvick's motor is running hot, during the 3rd caution. the team took some tape off the grill.
    ---- on lap 56, #33-Earnhardt took the car to the garage with brake problems.
    ---- #16-Biffle had a flat tire locking up the brakes on the large wreck on lap 36, made a 2nd stop for a vibration and made the first pitstop before it was open and had to start at the longest line before the caution 2 restart.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead lap cars made pit stops but #4-Wallace, who stayed out to lead a lap.
    ---- while running under the 2nd caution, #38-Sadler ran out of gas and had to be pushed to the pits by a tow truck.
    ---- #25-Vickers made an unscheduled early stop, just before the large wreck on lap 36.
    ---- if no cautions, look for green flag pit stops around the lap 34-36 range.
    ---- #29-Harvick is reporting on lap 26 that someone infront of him is possibly losing a transmission, Harvick is running 4th.
    ---- #19-Mayfield is reporting a vibration as of lap 22 and made an unscheduled pit stop and will go a lap down, Mayfield then stalled the car, but got it started right away.
    ---- To the BACK: [2]: #0-Mike Bliss [transmission change after practice, was to start 14th; #32-Hamilton Jr. [unapproved changes, 12th];

  • RAIN delays race, starts under yellow at 10:38pm/et

  • To the BACK: [2]: #0-Mike Bliss [transmission change after practice, was to start 14th; #32-Hamilton Jr. [unapproved changes, 12th];

  • Stewart wins pole at Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart won the Budweiser Pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 185.582mph for his first pole since Chicago in July 2003 and his 8th of his career. The rest of the top-five were #10-Scott Riggs, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #36-Boris Said [best of the non top-35 drivers] and #01-Joe Nemechek. That puts all three MB2/MBV/MBSutton Motorsports drivers in the top five. Chevy has 8 of the top 10 starting spots, Ford's best is #38-Elliott Sadler starting 6th and the best starting Dodge is #2-Rusty Wallace at 9th. Points leader #16-Greg Biffle will start 18th and is the best starting Roush Racing driver. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was slow and will start 39th [the worse spot a winner has won from at Daytona is 38th by Bill Elliott in July 1988. The winner of the last two Daytona race, #24-Jeff Gordon will start 15th. Missing the race were #66-Mike Garvey and #00-Kenny Wallace. #73-Dan Pardus and #89-Morgan Shepherd both withdrew from the race before practice.
    For qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup and links on my Jayski's Daytona Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-1-2005)

  • Some Jayski Qualifying Notes:
    WOW, a large fire in an RV in the infield around 7:20pm/et, the fire company got there quick and got it out fast...nice job! No one seriously hurt, one person had slight burns on their hand.
    #17-Kenseth only ran one lap, as the engine started overheating and wanted to protect the engine, if the team has to add water or pressurize the system, is would be an unapproved change and Kenseth would have to go to the rear.
    The #0-Bliss team is reporting that they have an engine problem as Bliss had a transmission problem qualifying and over revved the engine, but someone on the team reset the Tach and crew chief Bootie Barker has no proof there is a problem, the team already changed transmissions after practice and will have to go to the rear of the field anyway.
    After #18-Labonte went out, there was a slight delay as a turtle was on the track and he track worker seemed afraid of it, the TNT reported later that the turtle was ok and returned to the wild..(7-1-2005)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Pepsi 400, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 48.496 seconds at 185.582 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 42.783 seconds, 210.364 mph, set Feb. 9, 1987 – prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Ken Schrader holds the track restrictor-plate qualifying record with a lap of 46.434 seconds, 198.823 mph - set Feb. 7, 1988.
    • There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the last 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Daytona.
    • This is Stewart’s eighth career Bud Pole in 229 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • It is Stewart’s ninth top-10 start in 14 races at Daytona but only his third in timedqualifying. His last timed-qualifying top-10 start came in July 2000. This is his 11th top-10 start this season.
    • Stewart has never won in 25 restrictor-plate races but he has finished second in five. Four of his runner-up finishes came at Talladega. He finished second at Daytona in the 2004 Daytona 500.
    • Stewart became the 10th different Bud Pole winner this season. His most recent Bud Pole came at Chicago in 2003, 71 races ago.
    • Scott Riggs posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 48.539 seconds, 185.418 mph – and will join Stewart on the front row for the Pepsi 400. Riggs posted his second top10 start in his four races at Daytona and his fifth top-10 start in 2005.
    • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge also has seven Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Dover.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Daytona. This will be his 10th top-10 start in 2005.
    • Boris Said (fourth) posted his first top-10 qualifying effort on an oval track in his seventh career- oval-track race. This is his second top-10 start in 2005.
    • Joe Nemechek (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 start in 23 races at Daytona. It is his fifth top-10 start this season but his first since Texas. All three MB Motorsports teams qualified in the top five for the first time.
    • Jason Leffler (eighth) posted his best qualifying effort since he started sixth at Kansas in October 2003.
    • Kerry Earnhardt (10th) posted career-first top-10 start. His previous best start 20th at Daytona in July 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-1-2005)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Daytona: Tony Stewart captured the Bud Pole today for tomorrow night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 185.582 mph (48.496 sec) and it's his first top-spot since he captured the pole at Chicagoland Speedway in July of 2003! His 8th career pole gives us 10 different pole winners this season (and qualifiers for next February's Budweiser Shootout).
    Scott Riggs (2nd) will join Tony on the front row, and this is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Martinsville in April.
    Joe Nemechek (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at California in February.
    The Hendrick customer engine program is pretty strong.....could be their own teams may be asking for customer engines from now on. Teammates (and HMS customers) Riggs, Boris Said, and Nemechek all start in the Top-5 tomorrow night.
    Jason Leffler (8th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Kansas in October of 2003.
    Kerry Earnhardt (10th) has his career-best starting spot for tomorrow night. His previous best was 20th for this race last year.
    Bobby Hamilton Jr (12th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Atlanta in March.
    Hermie Sadler (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Talladega last October.
    Kevin Lepage (24th) has his best starting spot since he started 8th when we were here in February.
    STREAKIN....Nobody, an empty category this week.(Stock Car Fans)(7-1-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is on Friday, July 1, 2005 is scheduled to start at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: TNT at 4:30pm/et with a pre-race special 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, #33-Kerry Earnhardt is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #7-Robby Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Pepsi 400 Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(7-1-2005)

  • Fridays's Happy Hour [and only] practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #0-Bliss 189.434
    #29-Harvick 189.366
    #77-Kvapil 189.111
    #31-Burton 188.644
    #88-Jarrett 188.115
    slowest: #4-Wallace 182.608 and #92-Sadler 182.663
    no speed listed for #73-Pardus, #89-Shepherd [not sure if they will still attempt to qualify of not
    most laps run: #19-Mayfiend, 56 [wow that is a lot]; #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Burton, 52
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #20-Stewart, 185.137 [7th fastest lap], 42 laps run
    #16-Biffle, 184.993 [11th], 35 laps
    #31-Burton, 184.898 [4th], 52 laps
    For speeds, qualifying order and more, see my Jayski's Pepsi 400 Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.
    Speed Channel will air the practice in part from 1:30 - 2:15pm today.(7-1-2005)

  • Drivers out of the Top 35: how did the drivers who are not in the top 35 in owners points fare in the one and only practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway? not too good, two didn't run a lap;
    #09-Johnny Sauter, 25th fastest
    #66-Mike Garvey, 26th
    #36-Boris Said, 38th
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt, 39th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 40th
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 41st
    #7-Robby Gordon, 42nd
    #00-Kenny Wallace, 43rd
    If things stayed the same, these 4 drivers would miss the race
    #92-Hermie Sadler, 44th
    #4-Mike Wallace, 45th
    #73-Dan Pardus, no speed
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, no speed.(7-1-2005)

  • Friday's Schedule - July 1st:
    Busch Series Practice, 8:00 to 9:00am/et, no TV
    Nextel Cup Practice, 9:10 to 10:30am/et televised on Speed Channel at 1:30pm/et, via tape
    Busch Series Qualifying, 2:15pm/et to end, Speed Channel
    Nextel Cup Qualifying, 4:40pm/et, TNT, preview at 4:00pm/et.

  • Weather Forecast for Friday, July 1st at Daytona Beach: Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 86F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Yikes.

  • 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)

  • RAIN: has delayed the start of practice at Daytona International Speedway, Cup practice was supposed to run from 4:10 to 5:10pm/et with Happy Hour [Final] Practice from 6:15 to 7:00pm/et.
    MORE: Practice for both the NASCAR Nextel and NASCAR Busch Series was rained out for Thursday. The revised schedule shows the Busch Series will practice at 8:ooam/et Friday morning [July 1st], with Busch Series qualifying taking place at 2:15pm/et. There will be single Nextel Cup Series practice session from 9:10 to until 10:30am/et with Nextel Cup qualifying still scheduled top start at 4:40pm/et.(Cup Scene)
    WEATHER to check out the weather forcasts and radar in the Daytona area, see - Daytona or

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List [changes] for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International 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 - 16 race attempts by team:
    #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Hermie Sadler in for Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 16 'team' attempts
    #00-Kenny Wallace in for Mike Skinner (part-time sched)(5 attempts)
    (note: is the #23 Bill Davis team using #00 for the asponsor Aaron's)
    #09-Johnny Sauter (10 attempts)
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt (4 attempts)
    #36-Boris Said (5 attempts)
    #73-Dan Pardus (3 attempts)[added Thursday]
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (8 attempts)
    not on list:
    #00-Michael Waltrip Racing Chevy [was supposed to run Daytona]
    #34-Jeff Fuller (part-time sched)(14 attempts)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 4,32,37,7,66,92,09,89
    missing the race would be: #'s 36,00,33,73
    For the full list see my Jayski's Daytona Entry List, 47 cars entered.(6-27/30-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    Jayski's Daytona Entry List, 46 cars entered

  • 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:


  • see my Restrictor Plate chart page for info on every restrictor plate race ever run.

  • WHO'S HOT heading to Daytona:
    • Greg Biffle has won five races in 2005, more than any other driver. Biffle has scored seven top-15 finishes in the last eight races and moved into the point lead after Infineon for the first time in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 11 top-10 finishes in 16 races in 2005.
    • Tony Stewart finished second and first in his last two races.
    • Mark Martin has scored four straight top -15 finishes.
    • Rusty Wallace has finished 11th or better in his last five races. Four of those finishes were top-10s.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won eight of the 16 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Evernham Motorsports each have one victory.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-13-2005)

  • All 70: Five drivers have competed in all 70 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: #6-Mark Martin (2 Talladega wins, 0 Daytona Wins)
    #21-Ricky Rudd (0, 0)
    #49-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #2-Rusty Wallace (0, 0)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (1, 3)
    Plus all five ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(5-1-2005)

  • Last time the Pepsi 400 was won from the pole? 23 years ago UPDATE: The last time a driver won the Pepsi 400 from the Bud Pole was by Cale Yarborough in July 1981, 23 years ago(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-3-2004)
    UPDATE: Jeff Gordon won from the pole in 2004, becoming the 5th driver in 46 races to do so. The others: Fireball Roberts (1959), Jack Smith (1960), David Pearson (1974), Cale Yarborough (1981)(7-4-2004)

  • July 2004 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 145.117mph, started 1st

  • Race Speed Record: Bobby Allison, 1980, 173.473

  • Slowest Race Record: Tim Richmond, 131.916mph, 7/1986

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bill Elliott, started 38th, 7/1988

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Track Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Restrictor Plates: Daytona is one of two tracks (the other being Talladega) that require the use of a restrictor plate on the engines to slow the cars down, see my Restrictor Plate page for info.

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 188.659mph, finished 1st

  • Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty

  • Most Wins - 2nd race: 5 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Poles - 2nd race: 8 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/88

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/95

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/74

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Leaders: 15, three times, most recently 2/18/96

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/89

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/03

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/76

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40, 7/5/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/65

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 142, Cale Yarborough, 7/4/68

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/64

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/94

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 33 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 22 [of 116 races] 19.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18, 15.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11, 9.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 65 of 116 - 56.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 93 of 116 - 80.2%

  • Races won from the top 15: 107 of 116 - 92.2%

  • Daytona News and Notes
    On The NASCAR Bubble: 10th Place belongs to McMurray … With the beginning of the “Race to the Chase,” the spotlight is on 10th place, and the “bubble” of drivers battling for that spot, or to remain within 400 points of the leader. Jamie McMurray is this week’s 10th-place driver. He claimed the position with a 13th-place finish last week at Infineon, and has climbed from 13th-place in the standings to his current spot over the last four weeks. Heading into the Pepsi 400, only 96 points separate drivers in positions 11-15 from McMurray.
    Here’s a look at the drivers on the cusp of 10th place, or on the “bubble:”
    • Jeremy Mayfield (#19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge) is in 11th place, just 21 points behind McMurray and 348 points behind standings leader Greg Biffle. Mayfield raced his way into the Chase field last season by winning the September event at Richmond, and earning the 10th-place position in the point standings.
    • Dale Jarrett (#88 UPS Ford) is 12th in the point standings, just 53 points behind McMurray and 32 points behind Mayfield.
    • Kevin Harvick (#29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) is 13th, just 68 points behind McMurray and 15 points behind Jarrett.
    • Jeff Gordon is 14th, just 78 points behind McMurray and 19 points behind Harvick.
    • Michael Waltrip (#15 NAPA Chevrolet) is 15th, just 96 points behind McMurray and nine points behind Gordon.

    This Week’s Series Leaders … Through 15 races of the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season:
    • Points leader – Greg Biffle. Total: 2,250
    • Money won – Jeff Gordon. Total: $4,015,449
    • Laps led – Greg Biffle. Total: 961
    • Miles led – Greg Biffle. Total: 1,320.70
    • Victories – Greg Biffle. (5)
    • Poles – Ryan Newman. (5)
    • Top-five finishes – Jimmie Johnson. (7)
    • Top-10 finishes – Jimmie Johnson. (11)
    • Races led – Greg Biffle. (12)
    • Weeks in Top 10 – Jimmie Johnson. (16)

    Determined Gordon Looks Ahead to Daytona … As a four-time series champion, Jeff Gordon isn’t used to being outside the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. However, that’s his status heading into Saturday night’s Pepsi 400, and he intends to turn an aggravating situation into a good one. “We've just got to get things going in the right direction and make some good decisions and get that – I think that we haven't really lost confidence,” Gordon said. “I mean, that's still there and the attitude of the guys is good as it could be under the circumstances.” Recent mechanical problems and bad on-track luck account for much of Gordon’s uncharacteristic slide. He’s finished worse than 30th in five of the past six races, and has fallen from third to 14th in the point standings. He trails leader Greg Biffle by 414 points, the first driver outside the 400-point cutoff to make the Chase.
    History is on Gordon’s side, however. Last season, he won back-to-back races at Infineon Raceway and Daytona, sweeping the Dodge/Save Mart 350 and the Pepsi 400 on consecutive weeks. Then, in successive July weeks, he finished fourth at Chicagoland, second at New Hampshire and fifth at Pocono before winning at Indianapolis on the first weekend in August. “This is the NEXTEL Cup Series,” Gordon said. “It's tough, it's competitive. Just because we've won four championships, there's no guarantees, especially when you have some of the issues that we've had.”

    Pepsi 400 a Significant Event for Chase Contenders … The who’s-in, who’s-out questions loom large at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Saturday’s event is the season’s third restrictor-plate race, and the inherent unpredictability of restrictor-plate competition has the potential to jumble the point standings.
    Here’s why: Seven of the current top-10 drivers switched positions following last weekend’s road-course action at Infineon. The biggest switch was at the top, where Greg Biffle seized the standings lead from Jimmie Johnson, who had led since the season’s fourth weekend in Atlanta. Johnson trails Biffle by 22 points. Also, the Pepsi 400 could be a boon to drivers currently struggling to regain, or find their on-track form. Jeff Gordon’s Daytona history – he’s the defending Pepsi 400 champion as well as the current Daytona 500 champion – means he knows his way around Daytona’s 2.5-mile environs. So does Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8 Budweiser Chevrolet), who also excels at restrictor-plate tracks, along with his Dale Earnhardt Inc., teammate Michael Waltrip. Earnhardt’s 2005 struggles continue; he’s currently 18th in the point standings, 543 points behind Biffle. But he has two Daytona victories – the 2004 Daytona 500 and the 2001 Pepsi 400 – and his plans to compete in Friday night’s NASCAR Busch Series’ Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo may help him regain his comfort zone. “We can't worry about the points or the Chase,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We just need to concentrate on running well. That's the only way we're going to make any difference in the points. These guys work just as hard every week as when we're doing well, so it just makes me want to win that much more.”

    NBC & TNT To Resume Series Coverage … It’s that time: FOX and NBC, which share television coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, are at their annual crossroads. FOX, along with its cable partner FX, completed its 2005 broadcasting duties with last weekend’s event at Infineon, and NBC and its cable partner TNT take over beginning with this week’s Pepsi 400 at Daytona.

    Martin, Wallace To Bid Daytona Farewell … Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace are retiring at season’s end, and this weekend represents a bittersweet milestone for both drivers. Each will make their final competitive appearance at historic Daytona International Speedway, and neither has won the Pepsi 400 or the Daytona 500. Wallace finished 10th in the 2005 Daytona 500; Martin finished sixth. “This is my last shot at victory at Daytona, so I’m optimistic going into it,” Wallace said. “I am at almost every track. The car I’m going to run is the car that ran the 500. We took the car back after the 500 and rebuilt it completely, made it a lot better. My guys assure me it’s a good car. I can understand how you’d ask that question from all the bad luck I’ve had in the past, but lately I’ve run well there.” Martin is scheduled to make his 20th Pepsi 400 start, and Wallace is scheduled to make his 22nd.

    After 16 races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, Chevrolet got its seventh victory of 2005 last Sunday thanks to Tony Stewart’s win at Infineon. The win also vaulted Chevrolet back in the lead in the series’ Manufacturers Championship standings, albeit by one point (115-114) over Ford, which has eight wins. Dodge is third with one win and 67 points. … Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers Championship 28 times while Ford has won 15 times; the other 10 years the championship has been awarded, it has been won by Hudson (3), Dodge (2), Buick (2), Oldsmobile (1), Pontiac (1) and Plymouth (1). … Points are earned in this fashion: Nine points to the highest-finishing car type; six points to the second-highest finishing type; four points for the third-highest finishing type. … Chevrolet has won the championship the last two years. … Jimmie Johnson is currently the leading Chevrolet driver, second in the standings. Greg Biffle, as the series leader, is the top Ford driver. Ryan Newman (#12 Alltel Dodge) is the leading Dodge driver, seventh in the points.

    Milestone Markers … Ricky Rudd (#21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford) should make his 58th career start at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. That will break the fourth-place tie he holds with Cale Yarborough for all-time Daytona starts. Richard Petty holds the all-time record with 74 Daytona starts, followed by Dave Marcis (67) and Buddy Baker (64).
    • Saturday also should be Rudd’s 30th Pepsi 400 start. His first, as a 19-year-old, came on July 4, 1976. He finished 10th in a Chevrolet owned by his father, Al Rudd.
    • Joe Nemechek (#01 U.S. Army Chevrolet) is scheduled to make his 375th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make his 200th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start.
    On the Right Track
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six wins at Daytona.
    • Jimmie Johnson’s average starting position of 9.3 and average finishing position of 8.0 is the best among all drivers with one Daytona start.
    • Tony Stewart has three straight top-10 finishes at Daytona.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished seventh or better – including one win – in his last four Daytona starts.

    From the Archives: Patriots Abound in July Race at Daytona … The Pepsi 400 is July 4 holiday weekend tradition, and often with patriotic overtones. Originally known as the Firecracker 250 in 1959, then the Firecracker 400 beginning in 1963, the event received a new name in 1969, when it was dubbed the Medal of Honor Firecracker 400 to salute winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor. More than 100 Medal of Honor winners and their wives were guests of Daytona International Speedway that weekend, and LeeRoy Yarbrough drove Junior Johnson’s Ford to victory.
    Daytona again hosted Medal of Honor heroes in July 1971, the year defending series champion Bobby Isaac won in dramatic fashion in his Harry Hyde-prepared Dodge. The 1973 race saluted Medal of Honor honorees for the third time with David Pearson winning his second of three straight 400-mile races at Daytona; Pearson drove the Wood Brothers’ Mercury that day. The final Medal of Honor Firecracker 400 was held in 1976 in conjunction with America’s bicentennial. Cale Yarborough took his Junior Johnson-owned Chevrolet to victory for the third of four career Pepsi 400 wins.(NASCAR PR)(6-28-2005)


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
    Command to start engines: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: 14 year old Blackground/Universal recording artist JoJo.
    Military Flyover: four F-15 Eagles from the 125th Fighter Wing Florida Air National Guard located in Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Track Homepage:

  • 2004 Daytona July Race Info Page

  • 2005 Daytona 500 Race Info Page

  • Secretary Rumsfeld Named Pepsi 400 Grand Marshal: U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has been named Grand Marshal for the 47th running of the Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 2. Mr. Rumsfeld will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" in NASCAR's star-spangled holiday weekend event set to begin under the lights at 8 p.m. at the Daytona International Speedway. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal pace car. Tickets for the Pepsi 400 weekend are on sale now, order your tickets online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(6-30-2005)

  • DIS to Initiate Handicap Parking Permit Enforcement: Due to the extensive misuse of accessible (handicap) parking permits in recent years at Daytona International Speedway events, the Speedway has enlisted law enforcement to aggressively monitor and enforce proper use of state-issued accessible parking permits. During Pepsi 400 weekend, state and local law enforcement officers will require all accessible parking placards, hangtags and license tags users to show proper documentation or identification before allowing entrance to accessible parking lots. Unauthorized use of an accessible parking permit is unlawful and punishable under Florida law. Refusal to cooperate with law enforcement officers implementing this program constitutes "resisting an officer" and will result in additional sanctions.
    Please be aware of the following:
    Unlawful use of a parking permit is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, $1,000 fine, or 1 year in jail. Guests CANNOT use an accessible parking permit unless the person to whom it's issued is the driver of or passenger in your vehicle! The permit must be hung on the rearview mirror when the vehicle is parked in the accessible parking space. Both sides of the parking permit must display valid decals (month/year and DL#). Parking permit # must be displayed toward the front of the windshield. Accessible license plates may be used in lieu of a parking permit. Law enforcement officers at the Speedway will be checking permits issued by all U.S. states and Canada.(DIS PR)(6-30-2005)

  • Pre-Race Highlights for the Pepsi 400: Guests attending the 47th annual Pepsi 400 at historic Daytona International Speedway will be treated to an All-American evening of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series racing concluding with the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. Santore & Son Fireworks, located in nearby Bunnell, Fla., will once again launch the largest fireworks spectacle in the Southeast following the checkered flag in NASCAR's most exciting nighttime race on Saturday, July 2. Since the first nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 back in 1998, Santore & Sons has provided the post-race fireworks displays at "The World Center of Racing" and will use a plethora of different resources to produce this year's show including: * Seven days of preparation with 20 technicians * Two miles of control cable * 14 locations on the daunting high banks and 10 on the Superstretch * Two barges on Lake Lloyd * 10,000 pyrotechnic effects (over 8,000 pounds) * 100 lbs of red, white & blue confetti. Before the Pepsi 400 goes green, the pre-race revelry will be high gear with a patriotic salute on America's Independence Day weekend. JoJo, the 14-year-old singing sensation from Foxboro, Mass., will sing the National Anthem and four F-15 Eagles from the 125th Fighter Wing Florida Air National Guard located in Jacksonville, Fla. will provide the flyover before the start of the mid-summer classic. Tickets for the Pepsi 400 Weekend are available online at or by 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-28-2005)

  • National Anthem at Daytona: Blackground/Universal recording artist JoJo will perform the National Anthem before the 47th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday, July 2 at historic Daytona International Speedway. The 14-year-old singing sensation from Foxboro, Mass., first appeared on the music scene at the age of 6 when she appeared on Bill Cosby's "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Her performance led to appearances on "America's Most Talented Kids," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the 2000 Republican National Convention in Boston. Tickets for the Pepsi 400 Weekend are available online at or by 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-27-2005)

  • Earnhardt Jr., Riggs And Edwards To Participate In "Dare To Sit There" Race guests who love sitting on the exhilarating and unpredictable Superstretch have another reason to purchase tickets alongside the 3,000-foot long Superstretch during the 47th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 2 at historic Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Scott Riggs and Carl Edwards will participate in the exclusive "Dare To Sit There" ticket package that will provide a thrilling race day during the Pepsi 400 as well as benefit three charities. The Dare To Sit There ticket package, which costs only $115, includes: * One Superstretch seat in your selected driver fan section * One NEXTEL FANZONE/Pre-Race pass * Admission into an exclusive fan forum with either Earnhardt Jr., Riggs or Edwards before the Pepsi 400 A portion of the proceeds from a purchase of a "Dare To Sit There" ticket package will go to the driver's designated charity - Victory Junction Gang Camp (Earnhardt Jr.), Carolina Donor Association (Riggs) and the Dream Factory (Edwards). To purchase the "Dare To Sit There" ticket package, race guests can call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on at PR)(6-18-2005)

  • Speedweeks in Daytona to have a different look - Testing dates to change?: The Rolex 24 At Daytona is moving up -- to a new date on the calendar. And the focus of next year's Speed Weeks will be different. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is being moved from its normal first weekend of February one week earlier to Jan. 28-29. The move is believed to be permanent, and is designed to end a longstanding first-Sunday-in-February schedule conflict between the race and the NFL's Super Bowl. Daytona International Speedway and Rolex Series officials will announce the move today. The move breaks the Rolex 24's longstanding tradition of being DIS' opening act in a three-week glut of car racing to follow. The NASCAR portion of the schedule remains unchanged, although the switch may affect testing dates.
    Though Speedway officials were mum beyond comments on the Rolex 24, sources familiar with the new schedule say DIS' wall-to-wall January test dates will have to be shifted as well, with Nextel Cup or Busch Series testing -- perhaps a combination of both -- likely to fill the one-week void created by the Rolex 24 move. Seen as a transportation cost-saving bonus for Cup teams, tests done in the week previous to NASCAR's portion of the schedule will allow the teams to arrive and stay, instead of testing, leaving and returning over many different weeks, as has been the case for years.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-9-2005)

  • Buddy Baker Grand Marshal of Daytona Road Race: Buddy Baker, the 1980 Daytona 500 champion and one of the greatest racers in the history of Daytona International Speedway, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race on Thursday, June 30. Baker, who owns six stock car racing victories at the "World Center of Racing" and holds the distinction of winning the fastest Daytona 500 in history, will give the starting command for the 70-lap, 250-mile sports car race that kicks off the Pepsi 400 Weekend. It's fitting that Baker serves as Grand Marshal for the Brumos Porsche 250. His father Buck Baker made several starts in the legendary sports car race and earned a couple of top-three finishes as well as a victory in the 1971 edition of the race. The Brumos Porsche 250, which will feature the always exciting and competitive Daytona Prototypes as well as GT class machines on Daytona's legendary 3.56-mile road course, will have a new starting time during this year's Pepsi 400 Weekend. The race will go green on Thursday, June 30 at approximately 7:15 p.m. and will follow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series practice sessions. Tickets for the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and other Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(6-8-2005)

  • Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale May 28: On Saturday, May 28, at 8:00am/et, race fans will have their first opportunity to purchase all remaining tickets to the 48th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 19, 2006. Prior to Saturday, May 28, renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the Daytona 500 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, Visa cardholders had an exclusive opportunity to purchase advance Daytona 500 tickets. Tickets start at $95 and Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets, online at, calling 1-800-PITSHOP, visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office inside the lobby of DAYTONA USA. Tickets for other Speedweeks 2006 events, including the Hershey's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 and the Crown Royal IROC Series, the Gatorade Duel At Daytona and the Budweiser Shootout. Hospitality packages including the Daytona 500 Club, the Daytona Club, the Green Flag Club and the Party Zone. NEXTEL FANZONE passes/Pre-race access. Tickets for the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend on June 30-July 2, including the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 2, the Winn Dixie 250 presented by Pepsico NASCAR Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying on Friday, July 1 and the Brumos Porsche 250 on Thursday, June 30.(DIS)(5-26-2005)

  • ISC President Named Most Influential Woman in Sports Business: International Speedway Corporation's (ISC) President, Lesa France Kennedy, has been named "The Most Influential Woman in Sports Business" by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. In its most recent edition published April 25, the publication "selected women who are actively applying their influence on a daily basis, none more so than the executive atop our ranking, Lesa France Kennedy of International Speedway Corp." The article continues: "She will continue to take stock car racing into new markets, greatly influence the consumer experience at race tracks and broaden the footprint of a sport that has become decidedly mainstream." Kennedy sits atop a list of the 20 Most Influential Women which includes second on the list, Dawn Hudson, President and CEO of PepsiCo North America and rounding out the top five: Nancy Monsarrat, Director of U.S. Advertising for Nike; Stephanie Tolleson, Senior Corporate Vice President at IMG; and Heidi Ueberroth, Executive Vice President, Global Media Properties and Marketing Partnerships for the NBA.(DIS)(4-27-2005)

  • DIS Lease Extended 25 Years: International Speedway Corp. renewed a lease of the Daytona International Speedway grounds on Tuesday for another 25 years. Members of the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities Commission unanimously agreed to renew the original 50-year lease signed in 1957, which expires in November 2007. The renewal extends the lease through 2032. As outlined in the original agreement, lease payments by the Speedway to the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District will double to $20,000 a year starting in November 2008. State officials set up the racing district in 1955 to serve as landlord for the public site where the racetrack was built.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-20-2005)

  • Lights at Homestead...for Nov Cup finale? Daytona NOT moving: If Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray gets his wish, future races at the track will be run at night, beginning with a trio of NASCAR races in November. To do it, the track will have to install lights and work out the details with local officials and the TV networks that broadcast the races. "It's something we're seriously looking at,'' Gray said Sunday during the IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300. "Our fans have asked for it.'' Gray said he thought about the lights last year when the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship came down to the season-finale at Homestead. "Everything went fine last year but to have a race end early because of darkness in that situation, it's a risky proposition from our standpoint,'' he said. "And the networks like to have later starts. "We're talking to the sanctioning bodies and networks to get their input.'' The NASCAR season will end at Homestead the third week of November with a Craftsman Truck Series race, a Busch Series event and the Cup finale. Gray also said there is no truth to the rumor that NASCAR is considering moving the July race at Daytona International Speedway to the end of the season instead of finishing at Homestead. "We feel like we have the perfect track in the perfect market to end the season,'' he said. "It's a great market for the sponsors and the teams and fans from all over the country like coming down here the third week of November.''(

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


  • Pardus in the #73 at Daytona: Dan Pardus has been entered in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway by Ed Rabbe, owner of the #73 ARC Dehooker Chevrolet. The #73 team has been dorment since driver Eric McClure left the team in March.(Entry List)(6-30-2005)

  • #92 team and Hermie get a sponsor for Daytona: Front Row Motorsports announced that they have partnered with Taco Bell for the Pepsi 400 race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd. They will run the Taco Bell logo on their #92 Chevrolet driven by Hermie Sadler. “I am excited about the opportunity to drive the Taco Bell car in Daytona,” said Hermie Sadler. “I think we will have a strong car this weekend. I look forward to working with the crew to provide all the Taco Bell employees and their customers a strong finish on Saturday night.”
    "We are taking a brand new car to Daytona,” said crew chief Fred Wanke. “We built this Taco Bell car from the ground up, the guys in the shop have been working overtime to get it ready. We are anxious to see how this car will perform on the track for the first time. We are extremely optimistic about this weekend and the rest of year. We certainly appreciate Taco Bell partnering with us in Daytona.”(Front Row Motorsports PR)(6-30-2005)

  • #200 for Dale Jr: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled make his 200th career Nextel Cup start in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.(6-29-2005)

  • Kenny in the #00 with Davis: Aaron's Sales & Lease and Kenny Wallace Racing have put together a deal with Bill Davis Racing to field the #00 Dream Machine [Dodge?] in Saturday Nights Pepsi 400 at Daytona. If more information is available it will be posted.(Kenny Wallace site)(6-28-2005)

  • Boris Said to run 12 Cup races in 2005: Boris Said, who has run the Cup road races as well as California Speedway this year for MB2 Motorsports in between his Grand American commitments with the PTG BMW team, says he will run a 12-race schedule in Cup for MB2 in 2005, along with selected Busch Series appearances. “I think a couple weeks they’re going to announce it. Then they’ll announce the sponsor and everything,” Said said. “I can’t keep my mouth shut. I’m so excited about it, finally getting the opportunity to do some of the big races. I just can’t wait to get going. We’ll do the Brickyard, Texas, Daytona, Talladega, most of the bigger tracks right now. Hopefully I can talk them into a Bristol or Martinsville, but we haven’t got that definite yet on the schedule.” Said indicated he would like to continue with BMW, if it can be worked into his schedule. “I’ve been with them for 10 years. I’d like to keep some kind of relationship,” he said. “Every year I do 30 to 40 races a year in all different kinds of things, but with this Nextel Cup opportunity, I’m going to really concentrate on that and cut my racing way back. If i’m not racing, I’m going to go to the Nextel Cup races and sit in the spotter’s stand and learn and try to absorb as much as I can. I’m going to do a couple Busch races next year, the Mexico race, the Watkins Glen road race. Everything I’m going to do now, I’m still going to do the Homestead race at the end of the season this year, so we’re going to go test next week. Everything’s going to be about getting ready for the Daytona 500.(Speed Channel)(10-14-2004)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Kyle Busch Cheez-it #5 Schemes Page
    #6-Mark Martin 'Reverse' Viagra ....none yet
    #10-Scott Riggs Herbie 'Love Bug' movie #10 Schemes Page
    #15-Michael Waltrip NAPA Stars and Stripes #15 Schemes Page
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield Bad News Bears Movie #19 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi #24 Schemes Page
    #38-Elliott Sadler Red, White and Blue M&Ms #38 Schemes Page
    #40-Sterling Marlin Prilosec #40 Schemes Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Georgia-Pacific Stars and Stripes none yet
    #97-Kurt Busch Smirnoff Ice ....none yet
    #99-Carl Edwards Pennzoil ....none yet

  • Pennzoil on the #99 for Daytona: Carl Edwards will sports a Pennzoil Platinum paint schemes [or should I call it paint decals now?] on the #99 Roush Racing Ford for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2nd. Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil is the most advanced product that Pennzoil has ever produced and is the latest product from the category leader. Pennzoil Platinum's ultimate-protection formulation is designed to stand up to today's most demanding engines. This new full synthetic motor oil combines a highly-refined base oil with a proprietary additive package to create a ground-breaking formulation to keep engines running at their full potential.(Coyne PR), no image...yet.(7-1-2005)

  • Bad News Bears scheme for Mayfield at Daytona: At this summer's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Jeremy Mayfield will sport some additional firepower on his #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger - that of Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, stars of the new Paramount Pictures comedy "The Bad News Bears," which opens nationally on July 22. Mayfield, a fan of the original "Bad News Bears" will carry the pin-striped signage for the new movie on the hood of his Dodge Charger to promote the comedy, which was first released in 1976. The #19 Dodge will feature a distinctive red and white paint scheme featuring baseballs and classic pin-stripes. "Bad News Bears" is a fresh take on the irreverent 1976 comedy hit, "Bad News Bears" follows a grizzled former minor league baseball player who is recruited to coach the Bears, a woefully inept Little League team, to a championship against their hated rivals, the Yankees. Richard Linklater is the director and Marcus Viscidi is the executive producer.(Clear!Blue PR)(6-30-2005)

  • Smirnoff Ice scheme for #97 at Daytona: The Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, held on Saturday, July 2, is the second of three races this year where Smirnoff ICE will serve as the primary sponsor of Busch's #97 Ford.(Alan Taylor Communications)(6-29-2005)

  • A purple #40 at Daytona: The #40 Dodge driven by Sterling Marlin will be sporting the Prilosec OTC purple and black paint scheme for this weekend's Pepsi 400.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), see images of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(6-29-2005)

  • Special scheme for Busch at Daytona: Kyle Busch's #5 Chevrolet will sport a special paint scheme under the lights at Daytona. The red and blue car will feature the Cheez-it logo on the hood in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.(Hendrick Motorsports)(6-28-2005)

  • '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)

  • Jarrett, Riggs and Herbie UPDATE 2 : #88-Dale Jarrett will help promote the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with a special paint scheme at Richmond in May. This is the same movie, which features Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton, that was filmed during the 2004 Pop Secret 500 weekend Sept. 3-5 at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005)
    UPDATE - Another Herbie scheme: Scott Riggs will have the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" on his #10 Chevrolet at Daytona in July. As announced last month, Riggs will join #88-Dale Jarrett, who will race a Herbie paint scheme at Richmond [in May], as the second driver to promote the movie, which has scenes filmed at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(2-24-2005)

    UPDATE 2: UPS is partnering with Walt Disney Pictures for the feature film release of Herbie: Fully Loaded. UPS is bringing the famous red, white and blue colors of old 53, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Dale Jarrett will reveal the special paint scheme he will race in conjunction with the release of Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded. Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded will be released nationwide on Friday June 24 and stars Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton.(UPS Racing)(4-14-2005)
    IMAGES Disney, UPS Racing, Valvoline Racing and Action Performance Companies Inc. announced details and unveiled vehicles that center around the upcoming summer feature film, Herbie: Fully Loaded. In Herbie: Fully Loaded, Actress Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of the #53 “Love Bug.” In this installment of the popular Disney film series, Herbie takes on NASCAR as the famous Volkswagen aims for the winner’s circle in stock car racing’s most challenging series. In September 2004, several scenes for Herbie: Fully Loaded were filmed at California Speedway during pace laps of the weekend’s NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races. The movie will speed into theaters nationwide on June 24, 2005.
    As a way to welcome Herbie into the NASCAR ranks, the #88 UPS Ford Taurus, driven by Dale Jarrett, and the #10 Valvoline Chevy Monte Carlo, piloted by Scott Riggs, both will feature the “Herbie 53” paint scheme during two distinct NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events. Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing team will salute Herbie during the difficult road course race at Infineon Raceway on June 26. Meanwhile, Riggs and the #10 Valvoline team will introduce Herbie to the most famous superspeedway in NASCAR – Daytona International Speedway – for the 400-mile midsummer night race on July 2. The #10 Valvoline/Herbie: Fully Loaded Chevrolet also will appear this fall during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 13, 2005.
    See schemes of the cars on my #10 Team Scheme page and the #88 Team Scheme page.(Action Performace PR)(4-16-2005)

  • RWB M&M's at Daytona: #38-Elliott Sadler will run a red, white and blue M&M's paint scheme in July at Daytona in the Pepsi 400.(3-12-2005)

  • 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) 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)

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


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