THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Ford 400

Nextel Cup Race #36 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #10 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 20, 2005 in Homestead, FL

  • TV: NBC 4:00pm/et

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

  • Green Flag: around 4:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Nov 23 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Nov 23 [Replay] at 4:30pm/et;

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

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,174,014 (was $5,130,338 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, November 18, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, November 18, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 6:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 18, 12:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, November 19 at 1:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, no re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

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

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH
    5:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    7:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    9:00 AM 10:20 AM NCTS PRACTICE
    10:50 AM 11:50 AM NCTS FINAL PRACTICE
    12:00 N 1:10 PM NBS PRACTICE
    12:20 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    1:20 PM 2:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    2:50 PM 3:50 PM NBS FINAL PRACTICE
    4:00 PM 5:00 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    (taped delay 6:00pm/et on Speed)
    5:10 PM NCTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    8:15 PM NCTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    11:05 AM NBS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    1:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    4:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
    4:10 PM NBS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH
    10:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS-ACCESS TO HAULERS
    12:00 N NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    2:10 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
    3:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    4:10 PM NNCS RACE (267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)
    5:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6874

    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: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Homestead . . . this tire set-up was also run during both Nextel Cup weekends at Texas this year . . . also, this left-side code (D-6852) was also run with different right-side codes at California, Charlotte, Chicagoland, Dover, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan in 2005 . . . all three series in action -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup and Busch tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Homestead . . . air pressure in the inner liner must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We tested at Homestead with Jeff Burton, Jeff Green and Bobby Labonte in September. This set-up was developed at Texas in January with Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler, and used at both Texas events this year."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Homestead [4 of the top-10 drivers have a shot at it] for leading the points and winning the race.
    The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Dover, 9/25/2005, #60,000
    (11-13-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Largest Award was when Tony Stewart won at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct 2003, $10,000 plus a $75,000 bonus.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Homestead: $30,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #6-Mark Martin, $10,000
    Dover: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Talladega: #21-Ricky Rudd, #10,000
    Kansas: #6-Mark Martin, $40,000*
    Charlotte: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Atlanta: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Texas: #41-Casey Mears, $10,000
    Phoenix: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 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, 24
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 10
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Mark Martin, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Ricky Rudd, 2
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2
    Casey Mears, 2
    (11-13-2005)


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

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

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

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

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Homestead-Miami, FL Area:
    Miami Herald
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
    Florida Today
    Naples Daily News
    Tampa Tribune
    Treasure Coast Palm

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

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

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

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Biffle wins the Battle, Stewart wins the War: #16-Greg Biffle took the lead late, with 8 laps to go and won the FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by mere inches over #6-Mark Martin for his 6th win of the season and 9th of his career. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart finished 15th and won the 2005 Nextel Cup Championship over Biffle and #99-Carl Edwards by 35 points. Biffle gets the 2nd spot as he has 6 wins to Edwards 4. It is Stewarts 2nd Nextel Cup Championship, he won in 2002, becoming the 14th driver to win mulitple championships. Stewart's take for 1st place is $5,849,800. #17-Matt Kenseth was 3rd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards [Rosuh got the 1st four spots] and #41-Casey Mears, who was 3 seconds in the lead with 15 laps to go when a caution came of for debris when a spring rubber fell out of someone car and was in the groove. 2nd in points going into the race, #48-Jimmie Johnson had a right rear tire going down, stayed out too long and it popped and sent Johnson into the wall and out of the race and The Chase, dropping him to 5th in the points. There were 21 lead changes among 12 drivers with #99-Edwards leading the most laps with 94 and Mears with 75. Biffle on lead 9 laps, including the final 8. There were 8 cautions for 37 laps which allowed for a new race record speed of 131.431mph. #7-Robby Gordon jumped in the #7 without any track time all weekend and finished 14th. #5-Kyle Busch had trouble early and finished 41st with a DNF, but easily won the 2005 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Homestead Race Results/Awards page.(11-20-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Homestead race 10 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 6533
      #16-Greg Biffle, 6498, -35 [gets 2nd 6 wins to 4]
      #99-Carl Edwards, 6498, -35
      #6-Mark Martin, 6428, -105
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6406, -127
      #12-Ryan Newman, 6359, -174
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 6352, -181
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 6140, -393
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 6073, -460
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5974, -559 [suspended rest of 2005, 34 races]
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million payoff for 11th
      #24-Jeff Gordon, 4174
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -44
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Homestead page.(11-20-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Homestead, race 36 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 5199
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4984, -215
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4771, -428
      4) #6-Mark Martin, 4676, -523
      5) #99-Carl Edwards, 4597, -602
      6) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4512, -687
      7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4451, -748
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 4409, -790
      9) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 4281, -918
      10) #97-Kurt Busch, 4248, -951
      11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4174, -1025
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 4130, -1069
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 4084, -1115
      14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 4072, -1127
      15) #88-Dale Jarrett, 3960, -1239
      (11-20-2005)

    • Where did the Chasers start/finish at Homestead?
      #20-Tony Stewart, starts 20th, finished 15th, NEW CHAMP
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 32nd, 40th
      #99-Carl Edwards, 1st, 4th
      #16-Greg Biffle, 7th, 1st
      #6-Mark Martin, 5th, 2nd
      #12-Ryan Newman, 2nd, 7th
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 17th, 3rd
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 37th, 13th
      Kurt Busch, not racing, suspended rest of 2005
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 19th, 10th.(11-20-2005)

    • Homestead Race Notes:
      • Greg Biffle won the FORD 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, scoring his ninth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 114th career start.
      • His last victory came at Michigan in June, 21 races ago.
      • Biffle’s 0.017 margin of victory over Mark Martin was the sixth closest finish since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
      • It was Biffle’s second victory in four Homestead races – both in the past two races.
      • Biffle became the second repeat race winner at Homestead joining Tony Stewart (1999 and 2000).
      • Biffle scored his sixth victory in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Biffle scored 21 top-10 finishes in 36 races in 2005.
      • Biffle climbed from fourth to second in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He had the same points as third-place Carl Edwards but secured the final second-place points position because he had more victories (six) than Edwards (four).
      • Biffle led twice for nine laps including the final eight.
      • Biffle scored the third victory for car owner Jack Roush at Homestead. It was Roush’s 89th victory as a car owner and 15th in 36 races this season.
      • Carl Edwards led 94 laps, leading the most laps for the first time this season.
      • This is the 16th victory by a Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 17 and Dodge has three.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-20-2005)

    • Rumblings / Race Notes Homestead:
      We crowned a Champion, and had an exciting race to boot! Greg Biffle beat Mark Martin to the line by mere inches (actually, it was all of 0.017 seconds!) to take the Ford 400 today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After passing Dave Blaney on lap 260 coming out of the final caution, Biffle was all-out to hold off Martin in a sweep of the top four spots for Roush Racing.
      This was Biffle's 6th win of 2005 (he tops that category) and second in a row at Homestead. His 9th career win (he's tied for 52nd on the all-time win list with Paul Goldsmith, Cotton Owens, and Bob Welborn) was the 89th for Roush Racing (15th this season) and was worth $308,675 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
      Tony Stewart struggled most of the day but came home in 15th place to capture his second Championship (he won it all in 2002) and Biffle's win left him in a tie (which he wins on the first tie-breaker) with teammate Carl Edwards for second in the "Chase". Jimmie Johnson was eliminated early when he lost a right rear and crashed in turn 3 on lap 124.
      Dave Blaney (6th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in March of 2003!
      Kevin Harvick (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Pocono in July.
      Jeremy Mayfield (10th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Dover in September.
      Scott Wimmer (11th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Pocono in July of 2004!
      Mike Bliss (12th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Bristol in August.
      Todd Bodine (20th) had his best finish since he was 11th here in November of 2003.
      Reed Sorenson (28th) had his career-best finish today. He was 41st in his only previous start at Atlanta last month.
      Jimmy Spencer (31st) had his best finish since he was 28th at Bristol in August (only 6 races).
      STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
      Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      The Rookie Report: Travis Kvapil (32nd) captures the award this week over Kyle Busch (41st). For the season, Busch was the top-finishing rookie 24 times, Kvapil 11 times, and Mike Garvey once.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Robby Gordon (+25), followed by Rusty Wallace (+24), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-37), followed by Brian Vickers (-25), and David Stremme (-20). The Op of the Season goes to Little E with 5, while we had a tie between Ryan Newman and Elliott Sadler for most BDs on the year.
      Jimmy Spencer led a lap tonight for the first time since he led one lap at Talladega in October of 2004. He's the 51st driver to have led a lap this season, besting last year's number of 50.
      In the final "Classic" Points, Dave Blaney was the only multiple position advancer today (29th to 26th). On the minus side, Jeff Green (27th to 29th) was the only driver to fall more than one spot.
      On the "Chase" side of things, Biffle's six wins make him second over Carl Edwards four (since they had identical totals of 6498 points).(Stock Car Fans)(11-20-2005)

      RACE RUNDOWN

    • The FORD 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 267 of 267 laps:

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #16-Biffle-f (7x)(9 laps led)
      #6-Martin (5x)(2 laps led)
      #17-Kenseth-f (17x)
      #99-Edwards-f (1x)(94 laps led)
      #41-Mears-d (6)(75 laps led)
      #07-Blaney-c (11)(6 laps led)
      #12-Newman-d (2x)(04 Dodge)(33 laps led)
      #29-Harvick-c (14)(1 laps led)
      #24-Gordon-c (12)(39 laps led)
      #19-Mayfield-d (13x)

      other Chasers. finished
      #2-Walllace-d (37x) 13
      #20-Stewart-c (20x) 15 - THE CHAMP!!
      #48-Johnson-c (32x) 40, out accident

      #97-Kenny Wallace (36) 21, -1 lap
      Busch-f (x) suspended and not racing the rest of 2005

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    • Chase Standing after lap 267 of 267 at Homestead:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 6533
      #16-Greg Biffle, -35 [6 wins over 4 breaks the tie]
      #99-Carl Edwards, -35
      #6-Mark Martin, -105
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, -127
      #12-Ryan Newman, -174
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -181
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -393
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -460
      #97-Kurt Busch, -559 [suspended and not racing]
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #24-Jeff Gordon, 4174
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -44

    • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 88,42,8,4,97,49,38,01,31

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 40,45,09,15,43,50,77,11,18,66,32,21,10

    • Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
      #25-Vickers (accident-out)
      #39-Stremme (accident-out)
      #5-Busch (accident-out)
      #48-Johnson (accident-out)
      #37-Skinner (engine-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 21 lead changes):
      #99-Edwards (94 most laps run, halfway);
      #41-Mears (75);
      #24-Gordon (39);
      #12-Newman (33);
      #16-Biffle (9);
      #07-Blaney (6);
      #40-Marlin (3);
      #01-Nemechek (2);
      #6-Martin (2);
      #50-Spencer (2);
      #11-Hamlin (1);
      #29-Harvick (1);

    • Lap leaders: #99-Edwards - pole; #99-Edwards 1; #12-Newman 2-16; #50-Spencer 17-18; #12-Newman 19-30; #24-Gordon 31; #12-Newman 32-34; #24-Gordon 35-44; #11-Hamlin 45; #99-Edwards 46-99; #24-Gordon 100-127; #99-Edwards 128-132; #12-Newman 133-135; #99-Edwards 136-169; #41-Mears 170-227; #6-Martin 228-229; #16-Biffle 230; #29-Harvick 231; #40-Marlin 232-234; #01-Nemechek 235-236; #41-Mears 237-253; #07-Blaney 254-259; #16-Biffle 260-267

      Cautions:8 for 37 laps

      Caution 8 - Laps 252 - 256: Debris in turn 3-4.
      Caution 7 - Laps 169 - 174: Debris in turn 2.
      Caution 6 - Laps 127 - 130: #48-Johnson blew a right rear tire, spun around and rear-ended the wall in turn 4 just he was to get lapped by the leader, his teammate #24-Gordon.
      Caution 5 - Laps 103 - 105: #10-Riggs got loose and slapped the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 90 - 97: #39-Stremme had a right front tire go down and slammed the turn 4 wall, then took the car to the garage.
      Caution 3 - Laps 45 - 48: #18-Labonte got loose off turn 2 and spun in the grass on the backstretch.
      Caution 2 - Laps 26 - 28: #5-Busch lost it in turn 4 and spun around and slapped the drivers side.
      Caution 1 - Laps 17 - 20: #22-Wimmer lost it in turn 4 and slid, #48-Johnson just missed the #22 and slammed on the brakes. #25-Vickers and #11-Hamlin tangled while slowing up, with Vickers getting some damage.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 8: #7-Gordon, 14th
      Caution 7: #09-Sorenson, 28th
      Caution 6: none awarded
      Caution 5: #31-Burton, 25th
      Caution 4: #01-Nemechek, 24th
      Caution 3: #21-Rudd, 37th
      Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      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)
      ---- most of the leaders came into pit during the 8th caution, #41-Mears came in 1st and came out behind #6-Martin.
      ---- #41-Mears came into pit on lap 228 and almost lost it as hit ran on the grass off the access lane, but made it in OK and had a very good pitstop.
      ---- green flag stops [unless a caution comes out] will start around lap 225-230 range.
      ---- #9-Kahne made his final pitstop on lap 222, felt a vibration, so it was a little early.
      ---- on lap 196, #12-Newman made contact with #24-Gordon and which pushed the fender on the tire and was smoking too much and made an unscheduled pitstop.
      ---- on lap 161, #20-Stewart is falling back as his car is not handling well.
      ---- on lap 150, #48-Johnson is declared done for the race and out of the race.
      ---- around lap 148, #18-Labonte had to pit for a loose wheel and lost a couple laps.
      ---- around lap 115, #48-Johnson started falling back, supposed felt he had a tire going down.
      ---- during the 1st caution pit stops, #21-Rudd and #66-Lepage made contact and Rudd had to come back in a 2nd time for sheet metal repairs.
      ---- during the 1st caution, everyone made a pit stop but #50-Spencer and #32-Hamilton Jr.
      ---- To the BACK [3]: #7-Robby Gordon [driver change..in for Paul Menard, who qualified]; #15-Waltrip [backup car]; #11-Hamlin [backup car];

    • Starting Lineups for the race at:
      Jayski's Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page
      ESPN.com
      Motorsports One
      NASCAR.com


    • The Chase Scenarios: The Championship Scenarios at Homestead:
      If Tony Stewart wins the race he wins the title.
      1. If Stewart finishes 9th or better, he wins title
      2. If Stewart leads a lap and finishes 10th or better, he wins title-6,554
      If Jimmie Johnson wins the race (180 points + 5 points for leading a lap = 185 pts)-6,548 1. If Stewart finishes 12th or worse, Johnson wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 11th or worse, Johnson wins title
      If J. Johnson wins the race and leads the most laps (180 +10 bonus pts = 190)-6,553
      1. If Stewart finishes 11th or worse, Johnson wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 10th or worse, Johnson wins title
      If Carl Edwards wins the race (180 points + 5 points for leading a lap = 185 pts)-6,513
      1. If Stewart finishes 25th or worse AND
      If Jimmie Johnson finishes 9th or worse, Edwards wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 22nd or worse AND
      If Jimmie Johnson does not lead a lap and finishes 6th or worse, Edwards wins title
      If C. Edwards wins the race and leads the most laps (180 + 10 bonus pts = 190)-6,518
      1. If Stewart finishes 22nd or worse AND
      If Johnson 6th or worse, Edwards wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 21st or worse AND
      If Johnson does not lead a lap and finishes 5th or worse, Edwards wins title
      If Greg Biffle wins the race (180 points + 5 points for leading a lap = 185 pts)-6,498
      1. If Stewart finishes 30th or worse AND
      If Jimmie Johnson finishes 13th or worse AND
      If Edwards finishes 4th or worse, Biffle wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 27th AND
      If Johnson does not lead a lap and finishes 10th or worse AND
      If Edwards does not lead a lap and finishes 2nd or worse, Biffle wins title If G. Biffle wins the race and leads the most laps (180 + 10 bonus pts = 190)-6,503
      1. If Stewart finishes 27th or worse AND
      If Johnson finishes 10th or worse AND
      If Edwards finishes 2nd or worse, Biffle wins title
      2. If Stewart does not lead a lap and finishes 25th or worse AND
      If Johnson does not lead a lap and finishes 9th or worse AND
      If Edwards does not lead a lap and finishes 2nd or worse, Biffle wins title.(ESPN.com)(11-17-2005)

    • Race Coverage of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is Sunday, November 20, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 4:00pm/et [green flag around 4:20pm/et].
      Countdown to Green: NBC 3:00pm/et
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am thru 3:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Wednesday, November 23rd at 7:30pm/et

    • Edwards wins pole at Homestead: #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd in The Chase, won the Budweiser Pole for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, for his 2nd pole of the season and his career. #12-Ryan Newman will start 2nd, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #5-Kyle Busch and #6-Mark Martin. Points leader by 52 points, #20-Tony Stewart will start 20th and 2nd in points, #48-Jimmie Johnson starts way back in 32nd. #09-Reed Sorenson was the highest non top-35 team and will start 15th. #15-Michael Waltrip and #11-Denny Hamlin both wrecked on their qualifying laps and have to go to backup cars. Five drivers failed to make the race: #92-Chad Chaffin, #00-Derrike Cope, #51-Mike Garvey, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #80-Carl Long. Long wrecked on his first lap and Shepherd spun before taking the green flag, was on the 5-minute clock, but couldn't get tires before the clock ran out.
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, links, practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Homestead Ford 400 Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-19-2005)

    • Where do the Chasers start at Homestead:
      #20-Tony Stewart, starts 20th
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 32nd
      #99-Carl Edwards, 1st
      #16-Greg Biffle, 7th
      #6-Mark Martin, 5th
      #12-Ryan Newman, 2nd
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 17th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 37th
      Kurt Busch, not racing, suspended rest of 2005
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 19th.(11-19-2005)

    • Homestead Qualifying Notes:
      • Carl Edwards won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.673 seconds at 176.051 mph. Jamie McMurray holds the track-qualifying record of 29.816 seconds, 181.111 mph, set Nov. 11, 2003.
      • This is Edwards’ second career Bud Pole in 49 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his second Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is Edwards’s first Bud Pole and first top-10 start in two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 30.675 seconds, 176.039mph – and will join Edwards on the front row for the Ford 400. He has started fourth or better in three of his four races at Homestead. Newman posted his seriesleading 29th top-10 start of the season. This is his 14th front-row start this year.
      • This is the ninth Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 14 Bud Poles and Dodge has 11. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Kasey Kahne (third) has posted sixteen top-10 starts in 2005. He started fourth and finished 38th in his only NASCAR NEXTEL Cup appearance at Homestead (2004).
      • Kyle Busch (fourth) has posted 11 top-10 starts this season. This will be his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Homestead.
      • Mark Martin (fifth) has posted just one other top-10 start in his seven races at Homestead: ninth in the inaugural race in 1999. This is his 11th top-10 start this season.
      • Four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Edwards, Newman, Martin and Greg Biffle (seventh).
      • Todd Bodine (24th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Darlington in November 2004. Bodine, who won the NASCAR Craftman Truck Series race earlier today will also compete in the NASCAR Busch Series race later today.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-19-2005)

    • Ramblings/Qualifying Notes - Homestead
      It's only fitting that on Championship Weekend we've got a Ford on the pole for the Ford 400. #99-Carl Edwards captured his second Bud Pole of the season (and of his career) today, edging out Ryan Newman by .002 of a second. He'll lead 'em to the green on Sunday with a qualifying speed of 176.051 mph. His only other pole came at California in September.
      #9-Kasey Kahne (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Dover in September.
      #5-Kyle Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Dover in that same September race.
      #41-Casey Mears (6th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Chicagoland in July.
      #42-Jamie McMurray (8th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono in July.
      #09-Reed Sorenson (15th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. He lined up 22nd at Atlanta in his only other NEXTEL Cup start.
      #31-Jeff Burton (16th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 14th at Loudon in July.
      #39-David Stremme (22nd) has his career-best starting spot this week as well. His previous best was 31st at Chicagoland in July.
      Welcome Back a Red Hot #4-Todd Bodine (24th). This is his best starting spot since he lined up 24th at Atlanta in October of 2004.....and he's won three Truck races in a row.
      #7-Paul Menard (39th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend also (if he stays in the car....it's Robby Gordon's ride). His previous best was 40th at Watkins Glen in August.
      STREAKIN....#12-Ryan Newman has 5 Top-5 starts in the last 6 races.
      The final Trouble Train of the year looks the same as it's been most of the season. Chad Chaffin, Mike Garvey, Derrike Cope, Carl Long, and Morgan Shepherd are the dnq's this weekend, and for the #92 (attempted this weekend by Chaffin) that's 23 times this season they've failed to make the field. Gotta be some kinda award for perserverance.
      Hopefully (weather permitting) we'll crown a Champion tomorrow, and you can expect a ton of "If the race were to end now" scenarios all day long from the TV gang. Gonna be tough to surpass last year, tho..... (Stock Car Fans)(11-19-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 1:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 1:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Qualifying Order for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #43-Jeff Green is due out first [for the 4th time in last 6 races] the last driver scheduled out is #88-Dale Jarrett. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Homestead Ford 400 Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(11-18-2005)

    • Happy Hour practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #24-Gordon 175.473
      #6-Martin 175.109
      #99-Edwards 175.063
      #41-Mears 175.046
      #19-Mayfield 174.126
      Slowest: #89-Shepherd 166.955 and #92-Chaffin 167.822
      Laps led: #6-Martin 49; #88-Jarrett 42
      Incidents: #20-Stewart spun around on a lap, but didn't hit anything.
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #18-Labonte, 171.984 [7th fastest lap], 27 laps run
      #24-Gordon, 171.970 [1st], 22 laps
      #4-Bodine, 171.932 [16th], 11 laps
      Speed Channel showed the first practice
      For practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Homestead Ford 400 Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-18-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Happy Hour practice do?
      Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
      #09-Reed Sorenson, 12th fastest
      #39-David Stremme, 14th
      #4-Todd Bodine, 16th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 17th
      #00-Derrike Cope, 18th
      #37-Mike Skinner, 23rd
      #7-Paul Menard [Robby Gordon], 29th
      #51-Mike Garvey, 30th
      if things do not change, these drivers would miss:
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 33rd
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 43rd
      #80-Carl Long, 46th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 48th
      #92-Chad Chaffin, 47th.(11-18-2005)

    • Friday's 1st Practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over after a lengthy rdelay for rain and started around 3:40pm/et, the fastest:
      #12-Newman 174.008 [never won a pole at Homestead], is running an 04 Dodge
      #9-Kahne 173.924 [running an 04 Dodge]
      #29-Harvick 173.762
      #41-Mears 173.583
      #6-Martin 173.205
      slowest: #92-Chaffin 159.697 and #89-Shepherd 163.825
      most laps run: #18-Labonte 36; #01-Nemechek, #25-Vickers, 33
      For practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Homestead Ford 400 Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-18-2005)

    • Entry List for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is up, 48 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 - 35 race attempts by team:
      #4-Todd Bodine in for Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #37-Mike Skinner (full-time team)
      #92-Chad Chaffin (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 35 'team' attempts
      #00-Derrike Cope (24 attempts)
      #09-Reed Sorenson (19 attempts)
      #39-David Stremme (7 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (12 attempts)
      #51-Mike Garvey (11 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (34 attempts)
      #80-Carl Long (1 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (21 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,00,89
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 09,50,51,39,80
      For the full list see my Jayski's Homestead Entry List, 48 cars entered.(11-15-2005)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

    • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

    • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

    • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
      ESPN.com
      MotorsportsOne
      NASCAR.com


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Homestead:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers. Nineteen of those top-10 finishes have come in the last 21 races. Stewart has scored seven top-10 finishes in the nine races of the Chase, tied with Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. He has led the most laps (599) in the first nine races of the Chase, more than double any other Chase driver. He has earned 50 lap leader bonus points, five more than closest Chase driver Greg Biffle.
      • Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson (two each) are the only Chase drivers to score multiple victories in the first nine races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jeff Gordon has scored three top-five finishes in the last four races climbing from 17th to 11th in the point standings.
      • Denny Hamlin has scored four top-15 finishes in the first six races in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career- three were top-10s and he also scored his first Bud Pole at Phoenix.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 14 of the 35 races in 2005. They also have scored 14 of the 15 Ford victories in 2005. The other was scored by Dale Jarrett for Robert Yates Racing. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won 10 while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing all have one each.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-14-2005)

    • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph

    • Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph

    • 2004 Pole Sitter: Kurt Busch, 179.319, finished 5th

    • Race Record [new layout]: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2003, 116.868mph

    • Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph

    • 2004 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 105.623mph, started 2nd

    • Slowest Race Record: Greg Biffle, 2004, 105.623mph [new layout]

    • Most Wins: Tony Stewart, 2

    • Most Poles: Kurt Busch, 2

    • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton

    • Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Gordon

    • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001

    • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002

    • Most Cautions: 14 - 11/21/2004

    • Most Caution Laps: 79 - 11/21/2004

    • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 11/14/1999

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 5, 11/14/1999

    • Most on the Lead Lap: 25 - 11/11/2001

    • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 6 - 11/12/2000

    • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 11/11/2001

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 11/16/2003 and 11/21/2004

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, 2000, started 13th

    • Most Lead Changes: 21 - 11/16/2003

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 12 - 11/17/2002

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 166 - Tony Stewart, 11/12/2000

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Bobby Labonte 11/16/2003

    • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 2, Pontiac and Ford

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 6] 33.3%

    • Races won from starting pos 2: 2

    • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

    • Races won from starting pos 13: 1

    • Races won from the Pole: 2 of 6 [33.3%]

    • Races won from the top 5: 4 of 6 - 66.7%

    • Races won from the Top 10: 5 of 6 [83.3%]

    • Races won from the Top 15: 6 of 6 [100%]

    • Races won from outside the Top 10: 1 of 6 [16.6%]

    • Heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway
      • Tony Stewart has the best record among the Chase drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has scored four top-10 finishes in six races there including two victories (1999 and 2000). • Jimmie Johnson has the second-best record among the Chase drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson has scored three top-10 finishes in his four races there.
      • Rusty Wallace (29th at Phoenix) extended a 48-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2005)

      PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead

      RACE WINNERS
      1999 #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, started 7th, 140.335mph
      2000 # 20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 13th, 127.480
      2001 #9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 1st, 117.449
      2002 #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 1st, 116.462
      2003 #18-Bobby Labonte, Chevy, 2nd, 116.868
      2004 #16-Greg Biffle, Ford, 2nd, 105.623

      POLE WINNERS
      1999 #29-David Green, 155.789, finished 22nd
      2000 #1-Steve Park, 156.440, 8th
      2001 #9-Bill Elliott, 155.226, 1st
      2002 #97-Kurt Busch, 154.365, 1st
      2003 #42-Jamie McMurray, 181.111, 9th [New Layout]
      2004 #97-Kurt Busch, 179.319, 5th

    • Homestead Nuggets
      • Tony Stewart finished fourth at Phoenix International Raceway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is 52 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson, 87 ahead of Carl Edwards and 102 ahead of Greg Biffle. One year ago the difference from first to second was 18 points entering the final race at Homestead (Busch over Johnson). The 10 drivers will race one final race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Three of the 10 Chase drivers can still mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race assuming all drivers start is 156 points. Johnson, Edwards, and Biffle are all within the 156-point window and could mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The top-four drivers are separated by 102 points.
      • If Tony Stewart finishes ninth or better, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will become the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion regardless of the performance of any other driver.
      • Four drivers in the Chase changed point’s positions at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Six of the nine Chase races thus far in 2005 have been won by Chase drivers. Jimmie Johnson (Dover and Charlotte) and Carl Edwards (Atlanta and Texas) are the only drivers with two victories in the Chase.
      • Only one of the 10 Chase drivers led at Phoenix, earning lap leader bonus points: Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart has earned 50 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, five more than Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have each have scored seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

      The Chase Drivers at Homestead
      • Only three of the 10 Chase drivers have scored a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Tony Stewart (two), Greg Biffle (one) and Kurt Busch (one).
      • Tony Stewart has posted two victories and four top-10 finishes in the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards has raced in one race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scoring a 14th-place finish there one year ago.
      • Greg Biffle scored a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway one year ago, his only top-10 finish there.
      • Mark Martin has scored three top-five finishes in the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman has scored one top-10 finish in his three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Matt Kenseth has finished 19th or worse in all five of his races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored five top-15 finishes in the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Kurt Busch has scored two top-five finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored two top-10 finishes in his five races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      Driver Milestones at Homestead:
      • Ricky Rudd.is expected to make his 788th consecutive start, extending the all-time record for consecutive races. Rudd will make his 875th career start, third all-time behind Dave Marcis (883) and Richard Petty (1,185).
      • Sterling Marlin is expected to make his 675th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      Point Leader at Homestead-Miami Speedway
      Tony Stewart has competed in all six races at Homestead, scoring two victories and four top-10 finishes. He has led in five of the six races there, the most among all drivers.

      Strong Starter at Homestead-Miami Speedway
      Ryan Newman has posted top-15 starts in all three of his races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His 7.33 starting average is the best among active drivers with more than one start there.

      Winning From the Front Row at Homestead-Miami Speedway
      The last four races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from a front-row starting position. The races in 2001 and 2002 were won from the Bud Pole while the races there in 2003 and 2004 were won from the second-place starting position. Five of the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

      Homestead Dominators
      • Jeff Gordon has posted five top-10 finishes in six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including top-five finishes in the last three races there.
      • Jimmie Johnson has finished eighth or better in his last three races at Homestead.
      • Bobby Labonte has scored four top-10 finishes in his six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      No Manufacturer Domination at Homestead
      A Ford has won two of the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Pontiac also had two wins while Chevrolet and Dodge each have one.

      “Last-Timer” at Homestead-Miami Speedway
      Rusty Wallace has scored top-15 finishes in five of the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      And Beat Goes On
      Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek, Elliott Sadler, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace have all been running at the finish in all six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      Owner Domination at Homestead
      Joe Gibbs Racing has scored three victories at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one more than Jack Roush Racing who has two.

      Maybe You Can’t…
      No driver has ever won at Homestead-Miami Speedway from a starting position outside the top-15. Tony Stewart won from a 13th-place starting position in 2000, the lowest starting position of a race winner in the six races there.

      Leading the way at Homestead-Miami Speedway
      Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead in five of the six races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

      Would You Believe?

      With just one race remaining before his scheduled retirement, Rusty Wallace is still 59 laps shy of leading 20,000 laps in his career. He ranks seventh all-time. Wallace has led only one lap in the last 11 races (since Bristol).

      Manufacturer Notes
      • Chevrolet has clinched the 2005 Manufacturers’ Championship, their 29th overall and 25th of the modern era (since 1972). Chevrolet has won the championship in the last three years.
      • A Chevrolet has won 17 of the 35 races in 2005. Ford has won 15 and Dodge has three victories.

      Streaks
      Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 48 consecutive races (since Bristol in September 2004), the longest current streak

      Get Those Bonus Points
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 26 races in 2005. He has led 1,313 laps this season and is second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,845 laps in 19 races - the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has led the most laps in 11 of the 35 races this season, more than any other driver.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 150 lap leader bonus points in 2005, tied with Greg Biffle for the most among all drivers.

      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, 68 straight races - the longest current streak.

      Recent Success
      • Tony Stewart has scored top-10 finishes in 19 of the last 21 races this season.
      • Carl Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in seven of the last eight races.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored top-10 finishes in five of the last six races.
      • Denny Hamlin has scored four top-15 finishes in his six career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races (three were top-10s). His seventh-place finish at Texas is his career-best.

      Recent Struggles
      • Robby Gordon leads all drivers with 13 DNFs in 2005.
      • Michael Waltrip has not scored a top-10 finish since Michigan in June
      • Rusty Wallace has finished 19th or worse in the last five races.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored only one top-10 finish in the Chase, the least among the 10 Chase drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-14-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 9
      • Tony Stewart finished fourth at Phoenix International Raceway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is 52 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson, 87 ahead of Carl Edwards and 102 ahead of Greg Biffle. One year ago the difference from first to second was 18 points entering the final race at Homestead (Busch over Johnson). The 10 drivers will race one final race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Four of the 10 Chase drivers can still mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race assuming all drivers start is 156 points. Johnson, Edwards, and Biffle are all within the 156-point window and could mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The top-four drivers are separated by 102 points.
      • If Tony Stewart finishes ninth or better, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will become the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion regardless of the performance of any other driver.
      • Four drivers in the Chase changed point’s positions at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Six of the nine Chase races thus far in 2005 have been won by Chase drivers. Jimmie Johnson (Dover and Charlotte) and Carl Edwards (Atlanta and Texas) are the only drivers with two victories in the Chase.
      • Only one of the 10 Chase drivers led at Phoenix, earning lap leader bonus points: Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart has earned 50 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, five more than Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have each have scored seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jeff Gordon (third) climbed from 12th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He holds the 11th position by 10 points over 12th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2005)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
      Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
      Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 1,760 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
      Pit Road Speed: 45mph
      OLD LAYOUT
      Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
      Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
      Grandstand Seating: 72,000

    • Track Homepage: homesteadmiamispeedway.com

    • Last Year: see my 2004 Ford 400 Race Info Page.

    • Ford and Homstead sign up thru 2014: The season finales of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup series will remain Ford-titled races through 2014, under an agreement between Ford and Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today at the South Florida International Auto Show. The 10-year extension of Ford Championship Weekend is the largest motorsports sponsorship in Ford history. The initial phase of the contract runs through 2009, with an automatic renewal that will extend that partnership to 2014. The agreement continues Ford's role as "official car" and "official truck" of the race weekend, and continues Ford entitlement rights to the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series final event, the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series final event, and the Ford 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series final event. The 2006 Fusion will serve as the official pace car for this year's Ford 300 and Ford 400. And starting at Daytona Speedweeks 2006 in February, the Roush Racing, Robert Yates Racing and Wood Brothers race teams will field at least eight Fusions - Ford's first all-new race car nameplate since the 1968 Ford Torino. On Thursday, Nov. 17, Ford and Homestead-Miami Speedway will co-sponsor a Ford Championship Weekend Race Fest at Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale from Noon -11 p.m., featuring music, interactive games and appearances by six of Ford's NASCAR stars. This year's Ford Championship Weekend marks the swan song for the racing version of the Ford Taurus. Heading into the last three races of the season, the Taurus has four NASCAR championships (three Nextel Cup, one Busch), and 106 Nextel Cup victories since it made its competition debut in February 1998.(Ford Racing)(11-4-2005)

    • Homestead damaged by Hurricane but should be ready: Homestead-Miami Speedway suffered ``significant damage'' to light poles, the grandstands, catch fencing and the garage suites during Hurricane Wilma. But the necessary repairs are expected to be completed in time for the speedway's biggest event, NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend that runs Nov. 18-20, speedway president Curtis Gray said Monday. ``Yes, we'll definitely be ready - no doubt about it,'' said Gray, who rode out the storm at the speedway. ``The track itself is fine.'' The major damage was caused by the quarter-mile long garage suites structure, which Gray said literally seemed to be lifted into the air around 6:30 a.m. The flying structure took out 12 of the custom-built light poles along pit road that are part of a new $8.5 million lighting project for night racing. Parts of the structure landed in the catch fencing that is in place primarily to prevent airborne cars and flying debris from leaving the racetrack and hitting fans in the grandstands. One part of the garage suites structure flew over the grandstand and took out another custom-built light pole.
      As soon as the high winds subsided, assessment of the damage began. No immediate dollar amount was available. Repairs will begin today. On Monday morning he talked with Bill France Jr., NASCAR's former CEO and current board member of International Speedway Corp., which operates the 1.5-mile speedway. Operation teams from ISC sister tracks Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are being sent to help with repairs that will be both permanent and temporary in order to be done in time for the three championship races of NASCAR's national series: Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks. Iowa-based MUSCO, the lighting contractor, is working on those repairs. Grandstand seating will be shipped from Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania, which recently went out of business, to replace the damaged 20 rows. In addition to lighting, ISC also invested another $14.5 million into the construction of a Turn 1 Tower that features a luxury club and 16 corporate suites. Gray said there appeared to be no damage to the outside of the new tower, which was still under construction. But he had yet to be able to check inside.
      Several Nextel Cup teams had been scheduled to test this week, but cleanup will prevent that from happening. They might be able to test next week, but the damaged 50 feet of catch fencing must be repaired. With less than a month before the race, Gray said some temporary repairs might have to suffice, ``but it will be things fans won't really notice.''(Miami Herald)(10-24-2005)

    • Ford 400 at Homestead sold out: The Ford 400, the season-finale for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series to be held Sunday, November 20, has officially sold out, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced today. Great seats remain available for the remainder of Ford Championship Weekend, including the season-finales for the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series as well as qualifying and practice sessions for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Ford Championship Weekend features the championship-finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held in prime-time, under the new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The sold-out Ford 400 on Sunday, November 20 is the season-finale for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup featuring a ten-race, ten-driver shootout for the series championship culminating at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      Although the Ford 400 is sold out, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to the Ford 200 and Ford 300 before it's too late. Tickets for the NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 and NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying on Saturday, November 19 range from $35 - 65 with youth 12 and under $15. Tickets for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 and NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Friday, November 18 are $30 (general admission) with youth 12 and under free.
      Fans can still order tickets to the Ford 300 and Ford 200 race days by calling (305) 230-RACE or (866) 409-RACE or on-line at the Speedway'sofficial web site - www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(8-10-2005)

    • Homestead schedule set, Cup race starts at 4:00pm: The on-track schedule for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the championship finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 18-20, has been set. The three races are scheduled to be held for the first time in a "prime-time", championship atmosphere under the new, state-of-the-art lighting system currently being installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The dates and times for Ford Championship Weekend are tentative and subject to change.
      The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 4:00pm/et on Sunday, November 20 and conclude under the lights. Following the Ford 400, the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will practice on Friday, November 18 [1:20pm and 4:00pm/et], and qualify for the championship-finale Ford 400 on Saturday, November 19 [at 1:05pm/et].
      The NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 will begin at 4:00pm/et on Saturday, November 19 and finish under the lights with live television on TNT. Practice for the NASCAR Busch Series will be on Friday, November 18 [12:00 and 2:50pm/et] and qualifying will be held on Saturday [at 11:05am/et] prior to the running of the Ford 300.
      The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, televised live on SPEED TV, will mark the inaugural race under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway with an 8:00pm/et start time on Friday, November 18. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will both practice and qualify on Friday prior to the Ford 200 [qual at 5:10pm/et].
      Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend are now on sale to the general public and going fast. To order tickets or for more information, call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(6-9-2005)

    • Homestead to get new tower: Homestead-Miami Speedway will expand this year with the addition of the 16-suite, approximately 800-premium club seat Turn One Tower, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 25 and be complete in time for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-20. The Turn One Tower provides guests with a spectacular view of the entire track and all the racing action from above turn one of the Speedway. A total of 16 private, totally enclosed suites will sit above the approximately 800-seat Turn One Club. The 16 private Turn One suites will each seat 32 people and feature comfortable indoor seating, closed-circuit televisions, a wet bar, and catering. The indoor, air-conditioned Turn One Club features a private dining area with buffet and full-liquor bars, plasma televisions with live feed, and outdoor, reserved chair-back seating. Members of the Turn One Club will also enjoy reserved parking, exclusive elevator and lavatories, the pre-race track pass, and a $200 food and beverage credit that can be used throughout Ford Championship Weekend. Turn One Tower Club seats and private Turn One suites for this year’s Ford Championship Weekend are now available. For pricing or more information, please call the Homestead-Miami Speedway Corporate Partnerships Department at (305) 230-5125.(HMS)(4-23-2005)

    • Homestead to install lights, races under the lights in Nov.: Lights will be installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway to allow for races to be held at night, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin immediately and be complete in time for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-20. The new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway will allow for later start times and therefore a "prime time", championship atmosphere at the Speedway's major events beginning with November's Ford Championship Weekend.
      The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 and conclude under the lights. Following the Ford 400, the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "NASCAR is a national sport that continues to grow into new markets. The prime time start will allow even more fans to tune in for the finale of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
      The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 will also run under the lights with a 8 p.m. scheduled start time on Friday, November 18 and televised live on SPEED TV. The start time for the NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 on Saturday, November 19 is still to be determined and will be released at a later date. A detailed competition schedule for the entire Ford Championship Weekend will also be released at a later date. All times are tentative and subject to change.
      Musco Lighting, an Academy and Emmy Award winning lighting specialist, will oversee the lighting project at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Musco Lighting has also installed lights at International Speedway Corporation facilities Daytona International Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, California Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Darlington Raceway.
      Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m. For more information, call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(4-12-2005)

    • Homestead-Miami Speedway - Lighting Project By the Numbers/Fun Facts
      Bringing night racing to Homestead-Miami Speedway is an enormous undertaking, which will require the addition of the following prior to November's Ford Championship Weekend:
      Light Fixtures: 1482 lights
      FUN FACT: An average of 80 lights are used to light a 1.5-mile stretch on the Florida Turnpike. Whereas, 1482 lights will illuminate the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      Light Poles: 509
      Interior Poles: 423 (6'- 24' tall)
      Grandstand Poles: 32 (10'- 66' tall)
      Exterior Poles: 54 (70'-105' tall)
      FUN FACT: If the Speedway's 54 exterior light poles were stacked on top of one another, the total height would almost exceed the height of three Sears Towers stacked on top of one another.
      Electrical System: 2.4 million watts of power per hour
      FUN FACT: 2.4 million watts is equivalent to the amount of power needed to light 17,143 blocks with residential street lighting in South Florida.
      Wire: 300 miles
      FUN FACT: If you were to stretch the 300 miles of wire needed for the Speedway's lighting project, it would extend from Homestead-Miami Speedway all the way to Daytona International Speedway.
      Total Amount of Light: 215 million lumens
      FUN FACT: The typical table lamp produces 25 lumens. The equivalent of 8.6 million table lamps would be required to equal the amount of light that will be produced by the Speedway's new lights.
      Distance traveled by semi-trailers transporting lighting equipment from Iowa to Homestead-Miami Speedway: 65,467 miles
      FUN FACT: Nine round trips from Seattle to Key West equal the total distance traveled by 39 semi-trailers to transport the equipment needed to install the new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      Concrete: 572 tons (1,261,044 pounds)
      FUN FACT: If you were to stack 370 NASCAR Nextel Cup Cars on top of one another, their total weight would equal that of the amount of concrete to be used in the Speedway's new lighting project.
      Note: Figures are estimated and subject to change.(HMS)(4-12-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Todd Bodine in the #4 at Homestead: Morgan-McClure President and Team Manager Larry McClure announced that Todd Bodine will be driving the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy at the final race of the 2005 season in Homestead, FL. "Todd is coming off two wins in a row in the Craftsman Truck Series and has the momentum we feel will help our Lucas Oil team be competitive at Homestead. We appreciate Todd stepping in to be a part of our effort this weekend."
      "I'm looking forward to it [driving the Lucas Oil Chevy]. Morgan-McClure has been a part of this sport for a long, long time. I have known Chris [Carrier, crew chief] for years and years and I'm very proud to help out this weekend at Homestead," said Bodine of his invitation to drive the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy. Bodine will have a busy schedule this weekend as he plans to compete in all three series events driving the #30 Germain Toyota in the Truck Series Ford 200 on Friday, the #34 Dollar General Chevy in the Busch Series Ford 300 on Saturday and the #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet in the Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 on Sunday. Bodine has won six races in the Craftsman Truck Series to date, four of which have been in the 2005 season and has 15 career wins in the Busch Series. His best finish at Homestead in the Nextel Cup series was 11th in 2003.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(11-15-2005)

    • Kluever to debut at Homestead? UPDATE...no...Wallace back in: many reports have Roush Racing's Truck Series driver, Todd Kluever running the #97 Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making his Nextel Cup debut.(11-14-2005)
      UPDATE: from the Kenny Wallace site: Kenny was called by Jack Roush Monday afternoon and asked to race in the #97 Ford at the Homestead race with the thanks of the Roush Family of teams. "We've asked Kenny to return for an encore performance. He did a really nice job in a car that was not set up for him and he didn't have any practice in the car." Geoff Smith confirmed on Monday, ""We think Kenny deserves a chance with a car that is set up for him and with an entire weekend of work with the team." Also note this means that Kenny and hopefully Mike will race together with brother Rusty in his final Nextel Cup race.(Kenny Wallace site)(11-15-2005)

    • Menard to help Robby out at Homestead: This coming weekend, #7-Robby Gordon will run the Baja 1000 in Mexico, a race he's won twice. He'll have Busch Series regular (and DEI driver) Paul Menard practice and qualify his #7 Chevy on Saturday for Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Homestead with Gordon racing in the race in on Sunday. Gordon now is running DEI engines.(Yahoo Sports)(11-15-2005)

    • Busch not to participate in Homestead events: A day after Roush Racing suspended Kurt Busch for the remainder of the season, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that the defending Nextel Cup champion will not participate in events leading up to Sunday's Ford 400. The unveiling of the 2004 Nextel championship banner at 1:00pm/et Tuesday has been canceled, speedway spokesman Phil de Montmollin said. The banner currently is on display, but Homestead had scheduled to formally honor Busch, who last year won the first Nextel Cup under the current chase format. Entering this Sunday's race he ranks ninth, 441 points behind leader Tony Stewart. ``It's not a real big deal for us, because the championship banner will be up,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said. Greg Biffle, fourth in the chase, will replace Busch at a question-and-answer session during the ``All-Star Welcome to Ford Championship Week,'' with Marlins' outfielder Jeff Conine. During the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conine's Clubhouse Grille in Hollywood, fans can view the Nextel Cup and win two tickets to the Ford 400.(Mercury News)(11-15-2005)

    • Sorenson in the #09 at Homestead: Reed Sorenson is going to get a badly needed Nextel Cup start next week at Homestead thanks to an old friend who has helped his career in the past. Sorenson will drive the #09 Dodge for James Finch, the same car owner who provided the Busch car that Sorenson drove in his second start in that series last year, at Memphis, and recorded his first top-10 finish. Sorenson is set to move to the Cup circuit next year, but unlike most rookies who run the NASCAR maximum of seven races the year before, he has just one start, at Atlanta. Finch said he's glad to help Sorenson advance his career by offering the car to drive at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(11-11-2005)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #10-Scott Riggs Checkers - Florida State Seminoles #10 Schemes Page
      #43-Jeff Green Chex Party Mix none...yet
      #45-Kyle Petty Checkers - Florida Gators #45 Schemes Page
      #49-Ken Schrader Red Baron Pizza #49 Schemes Page


    • Chex Mix on the #43 at Homestead: This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s Homestead-Miami 400. Green will be driving a #43 Chex Party Mix Dodge for this season-ending event.(Williams Company)(11-15-2005)

    • Red Baron's back on the #49: Kenny Schrader will drive a #49 BAM Racing Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. “We’ve got Red Baron back on the car this week and I know I’ve told this story before, but it means a lot to me. Red Baron was one of my first sponsors ever in the Cup series and we’ve always had a great relationship. Since the day of my first go around with Red Baron back in 1986, they have always kept my Mom’s freezer stocked with two Red Baron Frozen Pizzas... always! That’s really all you need to know about how I feel and what Red Baron has meant to me during my career", said Schrader.(Williams Company)(11-15-2005)

    • Petty-Riggs: College Rivalry schemes at Homestead: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, the Florida Gators, and the Florida State Seminoles, unveiled its #10 Seminole and #45 Gator stock cars that will compete at the final Cup Series season event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20th. Scott Riggs will drive the #10 Checkers Florida State University Chevy, and Kyle Petty will drive the #45 Checkers University of Florida Dodge. This sponsorship is designed to give sports fans one more opportunity to gear up for the intra-Florida rivalry on the football field set for the following week. The Company expects to create excitement due to the tremendous fan cross-over among the two sports. In September, new collectible #10 Florida State Seminole and #45 Florida Gator cups will be available at nearly 150 Checkers restaurants in Florida. During the unveiling of the new cars at Bristol Motor Speedway, Checkers pledged $5,000 to both Riggs' and Petty's charities: Carolina Donor Services and the Victory Junction Gang, respectively. An additional $5,000 will be donated to the race-within-a-race winner's charity on November 20th. The cars can be purchased online at gatorsnolesracing.com or by calling 1-877-212-6017, and are also being sold through school newsletters, newspapers, Web sites, and onsite during university home football games. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the die casts benefits the scholarship programs at both schools.(PR)(8-27-2005)

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

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

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


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