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THE RACE: Banquet 400

Nextel Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #4 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Oct 9, 2005 in Kansas City, KS

  • TV: NBC 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 2:20pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Oct 12 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Oct 13 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Oct 15 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,860,750 (was $5,696,382 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, October 7, 1:30 - 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour [Final] Practice: Friday, October 7, 3:35 - 4:55pm/et, TV-Speed Chanel

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 7, 12:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, October 8 at 11:30am/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, re-air at none 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).


    NOTE: these times are Central [ET] time, 1 hour behind [Eastern] ET

    12:30 PM 1:30 PM NNCS PRACTICE


    1:10 PM NNCS RACE ( 267 LAPS, 400.5 MILES)

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

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

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 24 psi;
    Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

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

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Kansas . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the fifth and final race that Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in 2005 . . . previous races this season include at California (both events), Michigan (June) and Chicagoland . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . inflation on those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We tested at Kansas with Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield in July, and things went very well. Compared to the tires we brought there last year, this set-up is designed for more grip with a higher wear rate."


  • these will be updated after the race at Talladega...

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Kansas [9 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

  • 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 Kansas: $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
    (* 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, 20
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Mark Martin, 2
    Ricky Rudd, 2


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

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

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Kansas City, KS Area:
    Kansas City Star
    Wichita Eagle
    Eudora News
    The Examiner
    Kansas City, KS Chamber of Commerce
    Kansas City Kansan
    Lawrence Journal-World
    Leavenworth Times
    Topeka Capital-Journal
    Wyandotte West Online

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

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

    TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
    Race Fan TV


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

    news and links

    • Martin wins at Kansas: #6-Martin Martin broke a 52 race winless streak by dominating the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, leading 139 of 267 laps. It is Martins first points win of 2005 [he won the Nextel Challenge in May at LMS] and 35th career win. #16-Greg Biffle was 2nd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #20-Tony Stewart and the 4th Roush Racing Ford in the top-5, #17-Matt Kenseth. #97-Kurt Busch fell back late and finished 14th. Stewart increased his points lead to 75 over #12-Ryan Newman, who had a bad day, got two Lucky Dog passes and finished 23rd, the worst finish of the ten Chase drivers. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in an early wreck and the car didn't handle well and he finished 34th. There were 7 cautions for 28 laps, which is the record for the least amount of cautions and caution laps [was 9 and 39 last season]. Twelve drivers led laps with 16 lead changes. Martin also broke the Kansas record [5 races] for laps led and laps led by a leader with 139, the old record was 116 by Jeff Gordon in 2002.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-9-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Kansas race 4 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5684
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5609, -75
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5596, -88
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5594, -90
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5592, -92
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5589, -95
      #6-Mark Martin, 5571, -113
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5568, -116
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5527, -157
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5460, -224
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #29-Kevin Harvick, 3417
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -1
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -2
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -81
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas page.(10-9-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Kansas, race 30 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4350
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4082, -268
      3) #2-Rusty Wallace, 3966, -384
      4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3957, -393
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3819, -531
      6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3735, -615
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 3734, -616
      8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3688, -662
      9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3667, -683
      10) #12-Ryan Newman, 3659, -691
      11) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3417, -933
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3416, -934
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3415, -935
      14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3336, -1014
      15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3325, -1025

    • How did The Chase drivers do at Kansas:
      #20-Stewart, started 9th, finished 4th
      #12-Newman, 11th, 23rd
      #2-Wallace, 33rd, 7rh
      #48-Johnson, 22nd, 6th
      #16-Biffle, 8th, 2nd
      #99-Edwards, 5th, 3rd
      #17-Kenseth, 1st, 5th
      #19-Mayfield, 14th, 16th
      #6-Martin, 19th, WIN
      #97-Busch, 10th, 14th.(10-9-2005)

    • Kansas Race Notes:
      • Mark Martin won the Banquet 400 Kansas Speedway, scoring his 35th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 632nd career start.
      • Martin scored his first victory in 2005 ending a 52-race winless streak. His last victory came at Dover in June 2004.
      • Martin remained 17th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
      • Martin became the 15th different race winner in 2005.
      • Martin has scored 15 top-10 finishes in 30 races in 2005.
      • Martin climbed from ninth to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • This is Martin’s first win and second top-10 at Kansas Speedway.
      • This is the first win by a Ford at Kansas Speedway.
      • This was Martin’s 24th career superspeedway victory in 449 career superspeedway races.
      • The 12 leaders in the Banquet 400 tied the record for the most leaders in a race at Kansas for the third time (2001 and 2004)
      • Martin led three times for 139 laps including the final 48 laps.
      • Martin led the most laps for the first time in a race this season. This is the second time in the last two seasons that he has led more than 100 laps in a race. Prior to today, the last five races that Martin had led the most laps, he lost.
      • Martin scored the first victory for car owner Jack Roush at Kansas Speedway. This was Roush’s 86th victory as a car owner and 12th in 30 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 4 - Notes:
      • As a result of his fourth-place finish in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway Tony Stewart remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by 75 points over second-place Ryan Newman. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining six races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Six drivers in the Chase changed positions at Kansas.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover, eighth at Talladega and 14th at Kansas) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase. Busch remained 10th in the point standings, 224 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Rusty Wallace remains winless in 2005. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Four of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top five: Mark Martin (first), Greg Biffle (second), Carl Edwards (third), and Matt Kenseth (fifth).
      • Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have scored three top-five finishes in the first four races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Kevin Harvick (24th) remained 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings by just one point over 12th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Tony Stewart (third) scored his 15th top-10 finish in his last 16 races. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and has led the point standing in nine of the last 10 races, dropping to fifth after Dover for one race two weeks ago.
      • Matt Kenseth (fifth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight races.
      • Rusty Wallace (seventh) extended a 43-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 30 races in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2005)

    • Rumblings - Kansas: It was a Roush parade today....and the man on the King's Float was Mark Martin. Mark Martin won today's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway in dominating style (leading 139 laps) for his first win of 2005 (his last win was at Dover in June of 2004) and the 35th win of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's solo in 17th place on the all-time win list). Win #12 this season for Roush Racing gives 'em 86 all-time. We said it was a Roush parade....their Fords led 258 of the 267 laps today, and took the top three spots as well as four of the Top-5. This victory was worth $339,725 from the over $5.8M in posted awards, and Mark becomes the 15th different winner this season.
      Carl Edwards (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Pocono in June.
      Casey Mears (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at The Brickyard in August.
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 15 Top-10's in the last 16 races.
      Matt Kenseth has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
      Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Rusty Wallace (+26) and Casey Mears (+26), followed by Kasey Kahne (+23) and Ricky Rudd (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kevin Lepage (-30), followed by Denny Hamlin (-25), Brandon Ash (-24), Scott Wimmer (-23), and Mike Wallace (-20).
      Jeff Gordon (16th to 14th) made the only multi-position move forward today, while Dale Jarrett (14th to 16th) swapped spots with Gordon.(Stock Car Fans)(10-9-2005)

      Race Rundown

    • The Banquet 400 at Kansas 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)
      #6-Martin (19x)(139 laps led), +0.558 seconds
      #16-Biffle-f (8x)(47 laps led)
      #99-Edwards-f (5x)(1 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (9x)(1 laps led)
      #17-Kenseth-f (1x)(71 laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (22x)(1 lap led)
      #2-Walllace-d (33x)(1 laps led)
      #41-Mears-d (34)
      #21-Rudd-f (29)
      #24-Gordon-c (3)

      other chasers. running
      #97-Busch-f (10x), 14
      #19-Mayfield-d (14x)(2 laps led), 16
      #12-Newman-d (11x/back), 23

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

    • Chase Standing after lap 267 of 267 at Kansas:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5684
      #12-Ryan Newman, -75
      #16-Greg Biffle, -88
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -90
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, -92
      #99-Carl Edwards, -95
      #6-Mark Martin, -113
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -116
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -157
      #97-Kurt Busch, -224
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #29-Kevin Harvick, 3417
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -1
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -2
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -81

    • Cars on the lead lap: 25 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,22,31,45,10,36,8,11,44,4,66,51,88

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

    • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
      #32-Hamilton Jr. (engine-out)
      #02-Ash (rear end-out)
      #92-Jones (handling-out)
      #15-Waltrip (engine-out)
      #18-Labonte (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 16 lead changes):
      #6-Martin (139, led halway and most);
      #17-Kenseth (74);
      #19-Mayfield (2);
      #4-Wallace (1);
      #20-Stewart (1);
      #99-Edwards (1);
      #2-Wallace (1);
      #77-Kvapil (1);
      #31-Burton (1);
      #48-Johnson (1);
      #29-Harvick (1);

    • Lap leaders: #17-Kenseth - pole; #17-Kenseth 1-16; #4-Wallace 17; #17-Kenseth 18-72; #16-Biffle 73-93; #19-Mayfield 94; #16-Biffle 95-120; #19-Mayfield 121; #6-Martin 122-179; #20-Stewart 180; #99-Edwards 181; #2-Wallace 182; #77-Kvapil 183; #31-Burton 184; #6-Martin 185-217; #48-Johnson 218; #29-Harvick 219; #6-Martin 220-267;

      Cautions: 7 for 28 laps

      Caution 7 - Laps 225 - 227: #18-Labonte lost an engine and slapped the turn 2 wall.
      Caution 6 - Laps 218 - 221: #15-Waltrip lost an engine.
      Caution 5 - Laps 121 - 127: #36-Said looped around a few times in turn 1. The caution was extended to clean off the complete track and blow the marbles [tire rubber] off the track.
      Caution 4 - Laps 103 - 105: #51-Kirby slapped the wall between turn 1 and 2.
      Caution 3 - Laps 94 - 98: debris on the track on the frontstretch apron and turn 1.
      Caution 2 - Laps 42 - 44: debris on the track, no one said where.
      Caution 1 - Laps 17 - 19: #8-Earnhardt Jr. slid up into #02-Ash, who spun around in turn 2, #88-Jarrett made cotact and #12-Newman went high and got squeezed against the outside wall when Ash came back up the track. Newman has damage to both sides of the car, but drove it to pit road.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 7: #07-Blaney, 25th
      Caution 6: #12-Newman(2), 23rd
      Caution 5: #15-Waltrip, 40th
      Caution 4: #12-Newman, 23rd
      Caution 3: #43-Green, 26th
      Caution 2: #88-Jarrett, 38th
      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)
      ---- green flag stops started around the lap 176-184 range
      ---- while running in the top-10, #40-Marlin reported around lap 150 that he heard something in the frontend, 'snap' and fell back a bit.
      ---- some of the drivers made pit stops during the 4th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Waltrip, #97-Busch among those.
      ---- when the 4th caution was thrown, #97-Busch had gotten in front of the leader and got to go around and #12-Newman was the lucky dog for that caution.
      ---- #20-Stewart had a bettery go down around lap 99 and switched to the 2nd battery and picked his speed back up.
      ---- on lap 83, #15-Waltrip made an unscheduled stop, didn't say why.
      ---- on lap 81, #17-Kenseth is reporting his car is vibrating and falling back to thru the pack.
      ---- on lap 77, #97-Busch made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
      ---- on lap 58, #32-Hamilton Jr. came to pit road, crew lifted the hood, lot of steam coming from engine.
      ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. was caught speeding on pit road during the 2nd caution and was penalized by going to the back of the longest line, since all 43 cars are on the lead lap, he goes to 43rd spot.
      ---- all on the lead lap, so all came in to pit during the 2nd caution, #17-Kenseth in 1st and out 1st.
      ---- during the 1st caution, #2-Wallace came in to it at 21st postion, had a slow pitstop when the car fell off the track and came out 33rd.
      ---- all the drivers came into pit during the 1st caution, #4-Wallace stayed out, led a lap and headed to pit road for service.
      ---- To the BACK [3]: #12-Newman [transmission change]; #11-Hamilin [backup car]; #9-Kahne [backup car];

    • Newman's car not passing pre-race insp: Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning is reporting that the #12 alltel Dodge of Ryan Newman, went threw pre-race inspection Sunday morning at Kansas Speedway a couple times, but couldn't pass as a left rear quarter panel height was too high, after being given 5 minutes to try to fix the problem and still couldn't pass, the team was told to go to the back of the line and try again and be the final car thru tech. The team can work on the car since Newman will go to the back before the drop of the green flag since the team already changed transmissions after qualifying. Assume he passed as didn't hear any followup.(10-9-2005)

    • Race Coverage of the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is on Sunday, October 9, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, October 13th at 3:00pm/et

    • Kenseth wins pole at Kansas: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Budweiser Pole for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway with a Track Record lap of 180.856mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 3rd of his career. THe rest of the top five are: #38-Elliott Sadler, #24-Jeff Gordon, #22-Scott Wimmer and #99-Carl Edwards. The top five all ran faster the the old track record of Jimmie Johnson's 180.373mph, set in Oct 2003. #66-Kevin Lepage ties the track record and will start 6th, the highest non top-35 team, who had to get in based on speed. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart will start 9th. There were two wrecks in qualifying, #9-Kasey Kahne [no speed] and #11-Denny Hamlin [made one lap, was to start 7th], both go to backup cars and will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday. Six drivers failed to make the race: #7-Robby Gordon, #00-Carl Long, #61-Wayne Anderson, #37-Tony Raines, #34-Eric McClure and #13-Greg Sacks.
      For qualifying speeds and order, practice speeds, starting linup, pole progression, links and more, see Jayski's Kansas Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-8-2005)

    • Where do The Chase drivers start at Kansas:
      #20-Stewart, 9th
      #12-Newman, 11th
      #2-Wallace, 33rd
      #48-Johnson, 22nd
      #16-Biffle, 8th
      #99-Edwards, 5th
      #17-Kenseth, 1st
      #19-Mayfield, 14th
      #6-Martin, 19th
      #97-Busch, 10th.(10-8-2005)

    • Kansas Qualifying Notes:
      • Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Banquet 400, lapping Kansas Speedway in 29.858 seconds at 180.856 mph. He broke Jimmie Johnson’s track-qualifying record of 29.938 seconds, 180.373 mph, set Oct. 3, 2003.
      • The top-five qualifiers eclipsed Johnson’s previous track record and Kevin Lepage (sixth) tied the mark.
      • This is Kenseth’s third career Bud Pole in 214 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and his second this season.
      • This is Kenseth’s first start better than 13th in five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
      • Kenseth became the seventh repeat Bud Pole winner this season.
      • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Kansas.
      • Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.881 seconds, 180.717 mph – and will join Kenseth on the front row for the Banquet 400. Sadler has just one previous top-10 start in five races at Kansas, 10th in 2003. This is his 16th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Dodge has nine. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen. This is the first Bud Pole for Ford at Kansas Speedway. Ford has never won here.
      • Jeff Gordon (third) has qualified in the top-10 in four of his five races at Kansas. It is his 15th top-10 start this season.
      • Scott Wimmer (fourth) posted his first top-10 start of the 2005 season. He started 37th and finished 36th in 2004, his only appearance at Kansas Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards (fifth) started 16th in 2004, his only NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Kansas. It is his seventh top-10 start this season.
      • Kevin Lepage (sixth) posted his best start since he started fifth at Charlotte in October 2003. It is the career-best start for car owner Jeff Stec, bettering the team’s previous best of 30th at Talladega in May.
      • Denny Hamlin (seventh) qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race [but wrecked].(NASCAR PR)(10-8-2005)

    • Ramblings - Kansas: Matt Kenseth nabbed his second Bud Pole of the season (and third of his Cup career) today at Kansas Speedway for tomorrow's Banquet 400 with a time of 29.858 (180.856 mph) as the top-5 all bettered the previous track record. Kenseth will lead 'em to the green with Elliott Sadler alongside.
      Scott Wimmer (4th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 11th twice....both at Pocono this season.
      Kevin Lepage (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Lowe's in October of 2003.
      Denny Hamlin (7th) will make his first Cup start this weekend....but it'll be in a backup car as he crashed on his second lap.
      Jeff Green (12th) has his best starting spot since he started 6th at Bristol in April.
      Brandon Ash (18th) makes his second Cup start this weekend. His previous race was at Infineon in June of 2004....starting 37th and finishing 41st.
      P. J. Jones (27th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 14th at Watkins Glen in August of 2002!
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.(Stock Car Fans)(10-8-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 11:40am/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 11:30am/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 Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #4-Mike Wallace is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #16-Greg Biffle. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Kansas Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(10-7-2005)

    • Happy Hour practice for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #38-Sadler 179.372
      #99-Edwards 179.319
      #17-Kenseth 179.004
      #24-Gordon 178.826
      #97-Busch 178.690
      slowest: #34-McClure 170.967 and #13-Sacks 172.073
      incident: #15-Waltrip spun off tunr 4, rabbed the wall with the right rear and has some slight damage.
      most laps run: #6-Martin 56; #88-Jarrett 51
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from's leaderboard service)
      #36-Said, 176.331 [11th fastest lap], 14 laps run
      #97-Busch, 174.775 [5th], 24 laps
      #17-Kenseth, 174.357 [3rd], 18 laps
      See qualifying order, info and practice speeds on Jayski's Kansas Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-7-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the 2nd practice?
      #36-Boris Said, 11th fastest
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 13th
      #7-Robby Gordon, 16th
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 18th
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 21st
      #4-Mike Wallace, 26th
      #92-P.J. Jones, 32nd
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH], 34th
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss:
      #61-Wayne Anderson, 41st
      #02-Brandon Ash, 42nd
      #37-Tony Raines, 45th
      #00-Carl Long, 47th
      #13-Greg Sacks, 48th
      #34-Eric McClure, 49th
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed

    • 1st Friday practice for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the results:
      #22-Wimmer 178.283
      #97-Busch 177.649
      #17-Kenseth 177.474
      #99-Edwards 177.096
      #4-Wallace 177.072
      slowest: #61-Anderson 168.739 and #02-Ash 169.025
      most laps run: #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Burton, 27
      incidents: #10-Riggs cut down a tire and wacked the wall and will go to a backup car.
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from's leaderboard service)
      #40-Marlin, 175.328 [8th fastest lap], 12 laps run
      #17-Kenseth, 175.112 [3rd], 19 laps
      #97-Busch, 175.039 [2nd], 22 laps
      See qualifying order, info and practice speeds on Jayski's Kansas Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-7-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the 1st practice?
      #4-Mike Wallace, 5th fastest
      #7-Robby Gordon, 6th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 8th
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH], 25th
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 30th
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 34th
      #00-Carl Long, 37th
      #36-Boris Said, 43rd
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss:
      #92-P.J. Jones, 44th
      #37-Tony Raines, 45th
      #13-Greg Sacks, 46th
      #34-Eric McClure, 47th
      #02-Brandon Ash, 48th
      #61-Wayne Anderson, 49th
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed

    • Entry List for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 50 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 - 29 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      #92-P.J. Jones (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 29 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (18 attempts)
      #02-Brandon Ash (2 attempts)
      #13-Greg Sacks (4 attempts)
      #34-Eric McClure (25 attempts)
      #36-Boris Said (9 attempts)
      #44-Terry Labonte (7 attempts - Champ prov)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (6 attempts)
      #61-Wayne Anderson (2 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (28 attempts)
      withdrew/removed from entry list:
      #78-Kenny Wallace (1 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 44,4,32,7,37,92,66,34
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 00,36,51,13,02,61
      For the full list see my Jayski's Kansas Entry List, 49 cars entered.(10-3/7-2005)

    • Entry List for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
      Not in top 35 of owners points - 29 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      #92-P.J. Jones (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 29 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (18 attempts)
      #02-Brandon Ash (2 attempts)
      #13-Greg Sacks (4 attempts)
      #34-Eric McClure (25 attempts)
      #36-Boris Said (9 attempts)
      #44-Terry Labonte (7 attempts - Champ prov)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (6 attempts)
      #61-Wayne Anderson (2 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (28 attempts)
      withdrew/removed from entry list:
      #78-Kenny Wallace (1 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 44,4,32,7,37,92,66,34
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 00,36,51,13,02,61
      For the full list see my Jayski's Kansas Entry List, 49 cars entered.(10-3/7-2005)

    • 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:


    • WHO'S HOT heading to Kansas Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman is the only driver to score top-five finishes in the first three races in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. He has a 3.3 average finish in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
      • Ryan Newman, who is second in the current point standings, is at his highest point standings for just the fourth time since his full-time career began in 2002.
      • Kevin Harvick has climbed from 16th to 11th in the NASCAR NEWTEL Cup point standings in the last five races.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 23 top-15 finishes in 29 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 24 top-10 starts in 29 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 11 of the 29 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won seven while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-3-2005)

    • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 10/2/2003, 180.373mph

    • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Joe Nemechek, 180.156mph, finished 1st

    • 2004 Race Winner: Joe Nemechek, 128.058mph, started 1st

    • Track Race Record: Joe Nemechek, 10/10/2004, 128.058mph

    • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph

    • Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Poles: 1, with four drivers: Earnhardt Jr.[2001], Leffler [2002], Johnson [2003], Nemechek [2004]

    • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon [2 wins, 5th], Ryan Newman [win, 2 2nds]

    • Most Top 10s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace

    • Oldest Winner: Joe Nemechek, 41 years, 14 days, 10/10/04

    • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/03

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 9/29/02, 116 laps

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 10/5/03, 28

    • Most Lead Changes: 24 - 10/10/04

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/02

    • Most Leaders: 12 - 9/30/01 and 10/10/05

    • Fewest Leaders: 10 - 9/29/02

    • Most Cautions: 13, 9/30/01

    • Most Caution Laps: 70, 9/30/01

    • Fewest Cautions: 9, 10/5/03 and 10/10/04

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 39 - 10/10/04

    • Most Running at the Finish: 34 - 10/5/03

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/02

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 3 - Chevy

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ryan Newman, 10/5/03, started 11th

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 4] 25%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 1, 25%
    • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 2 of 4 - 50.0%
    • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 4 - 75%


    • Track Specs:
      Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
      Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
      Banking: turns: 15 degrees; frontstretch: 10.4 degrees; backstretch: 5 degrees
      Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
      Attendence: 75,000

    • Track Website:

    • Last Year: see my 2004 Kansas Race Info Page.

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

    • Yellow Transportation and Sprint to sponsor Kansas Busch race on behalf of United Way: In an unprecedented event, two leading Kansas City area corporations - Yellow Transportation and Sprint - today announced that they would sponsor this year's NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway on behalf of the Greater Kansas City United Ways. The race, to be run on Oct. 8 and televised nationally on NBC, will be known as "United Way 300 presented by Yellow Transportation and Sprint." Representatives of the two corporations said the goal of their partnership would be to raise the visibility of and level of contributions to this fall's community-wide fundraising campaign for the Kansas City area's largest charity. Under terms of the agreement, the Greater Kansas City United Ways - including five United Ways in Kansas and Missouri - will receive numerous assets that will help United Way remind the community of the important role it plays in the everyday lives of thousands of people in the community. The sponsorship package includes race tickets, the right to use the mark/logo in promotional materials and other tools that will assist the United Way in this year's campaign. In addition to the sponsorship package, Kansas Speedway and the Midwest Ford Dealers are also donating a Ford F150 truck to United Way for use in an upcoming fundraising promotion and the Speedway is contributing an additional block of tickets for the United Ways to use during qualifying day. Yellow Transportation will further enhance the branding effort by converting its #1 Yellow Transportation car [Johnny Sauter] into a special United Way-themed car for the October race. For ticket information, call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE, visit or come by 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.(Kansas Speedway)(5-24-2005)

    • 2nd Cup Race at Kansas? No? Could a hall of fame lead to another NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway? NASCAR announced plans earlier this week to build an official hall of fame. Officials said that building the museum would "likely" lead to a NASCAR race that would take place "in conjunction" with the hall's annual induction ceremony. Kansas City was selected as one of four sites to apply to be the host city. The others were Daytona Beach, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta. The Kansas Speedway hosted a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race on October 10 of last year.(
      NO? Could the construction of a NASCAR hall of fame in Wyandotte County mean that a second Nextel Cup series race is headed to Kansas Speedway in the future? Speedway officials hope so, but NASCAR officials caution Midwestern auto racing fans not to get their hopes up. NASCAR announced plans to build an official hall of fame earlier this week. Wording in the application requests sent to Kansas officials seems to indicate that a NASCAR race of some kind might come along with permission to build the hall and will be held on the weekends of the new hall's annual induction ceremonies. The requests state that it is “likely” that a NASCAR-sanctioned race will take place “in conjunction” with the ceremony.(Kansas City Star)(1-8-2005)

    • Construction on 1,500 seats begins at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced that construction has begun to add 1,500 seats to Kansas Speedway for 2005. Three new sections of permanent grandstand seats are being added to the on grade front stretch near Turn 1. Because of Kansas Speedway's bowl-shaped design, the new seats will continue to provide some of the best views of the race track, Pit Road and all the exciting track action from start to finish. With the addition of the seats, total capacity of Kansas Speedway's grandstand will be nearly 82,000. The new seats are bench-style seats with backs in varying shades of green depicting Kansas' waving fields of wheat. Permanent concession stands and restroom facilities are also being added during this construction phase. Ticket sales for next season have also begun. Fans interested in becoming RPM Ticket holders should call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE for tickets to 2005. The track sold out each of the last four years so Boerger says this is the best time to get seats to Kansas Speedway. The 2005 RPM Ticket includes admission to five races, including the fourth race in NASCAR's Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 9.(Kansas Speedway PR)(12-1-2004)

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


    • Fox Collison Center to sponsor #92: Front Row Motorsports announced that FOX Collision Center will sponsor the #92 Dodge driven by PJ Jones at Kansas Speedway, for the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods. “I appreciate the opportunity to drive the FOX Collision Center Dodge at Kansas this weekend,” commented driver PJ Jones. “I look forward to working with the crew and providing FOX Collision Center a strong run on Sunday.” FOX Collision Center, Inc., with 9 full service body shops is owned and operated by Kansas native Todd Fox, an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in collision repair. He began his collision repair business in Wichita and operated four facilities before moving onto Tulsa, Oklahoma in spring of 2001. After just a few short months, FOX quickly became Tulsa’s premier Collision Center. There are currently 4 FOX Collision Center’s in Wichita. Their ninth center opens October 4th in Kansas at I-35 and Antioch. “We appreciate the support of FOX Collision Center, Inc. for the Kansas race”, said team owner Bob Jenkins. “They have been great to work with and we look forward to partnering with them on future races. We feel the FOX Collision Center Dodge will make a strong showing this weekend.”(PR)(10-5-2005)

    • Career start #700 for Rusty at Kansas: Sunday's Banquet 400 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway will mark #2-Rusty Wallace's 700 th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career start and it will be his final career in his native midwestern area of the country. Both of those facts have contributed to the abundance of confidence the driver of the Miller Lite Dodge has entering this weekend. Rusty Wallace enters Kansas third in the point standings, trailing leader Tony Stewart by 76 points. He has eight top-five finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and 23 top-15 finishes (leads all drivers in top-15s). He has an average start of 16.4 and an average finish of 11.4. He has had no DNFs this season. After 29 races had been completed last year, Wallace was 17 th in points and a whopping 475 points behind 11 th-place Jamie McMurray. He had three top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He had a 15.2 average start and a 19.5 average finish with three DNFs. Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 42 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak. Rusty Wallace has competed in all four NEXTEL Cup races held at Kansas Speedway. He has scored three top-10 finishes. He currently has a 15.8 average start and an 8.5 average finish on the 1.5-mile track. Wallace has currently led 19,940 laps in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition and lacks only 60 laps to reach an unbelievable 20,000 laps led.(Tom Roberts PR)(10-4-2005)

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


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Kyle Busch CARQUEST #5 Schemes Page
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield Mountain Dew
      "Pitch Black"
      #19 Schemes Page
      #41-Casey Mears Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
      #45-Kyle Petty Quilted Northern Ultra
      Time for Thanks
      #77-Travis Kvapil Kodak Mammography Products #77 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Sharpie #97 Schemes Page

    • Petty in pink at Kansas: #45-Kyle Petty will be driving a Quilted Northern Ultra bath tissue pink paint scheme this weekend. The scheme is in conjunction with the “Time for Thanks” program that recognizes the critical role that co-survivors play in the in the lives of breast cancer survivors. Survivors and co-survivors will spend a weekend retreat at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in early November.(Williams Company)(10-5-2005)

    • #77 to sport special scheme at Kansas: This weekend at Kansas Speedway, Eastman Kodak Company's Health Imaging Division will once again leverage the firm's Penske-Jasper Racing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sponsorship to join in the race to promote better breast health for women. The Kodak Racing team is trading its well-known Kodak gold this weekend for a white #77 Kodak Mammography Products Dodge Charger for Travis Kvapil to race in the Banquet 400 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October. Through its sponsorship of Kvapil's car, Kodak hopes to raise awareness of the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. In addition to the #77 Kodak Mammography Products Dodge, Kodak is supporting the race for better breast health in other ways. Kodak EasyShare Gallery (, formerly known as "Ofoto", has teamed with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as the official photo sponsor of the Breast Cancer 3-Day, an organized fundraiser, which from June through the end of October will have visited 10 different cities to aid in the fight against breast cancer. ot only is Kodak EasyShare Gallery the official photo partner, it also is offering special pink ribbon products including T-shirts, greeting cards, photo books, and more for purchase online in honor of breast cancer awareness. Kodak is donating 10 percent of the retail purchase price to the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Also, for the month of October, when you purchase an Absolute Pink KODAK EASYSHARE V530 Zoom Digital Camera at the KODAK Online Store, Kodak will donate 10% of the retail price to the Breast Cancer 3-Day.(Penske Racing)(10-5-2005)

    • Mears to run Cancer Awareness scheme in Oct: during Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning, Casey Mears, driver of the #41 Target Dodge, said he will driver a pink Cancer Awarenss scheme in the October races.(8-8-2005)

    • CARQUEST joins #5 team, five 2005 races as the primary: Hendrick Motorsports today announced a multi-year agreement that will feature CARQUEST Auto Parts as a major associate sponsor of the #5 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team with driver Kyle Busch. Along with associate-sponsorship status on the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolets throughout the schedule, the pact will showcase primary CARQUEST color-schemes on the car in 10 NEXTEL Cup events, divided equally between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Raleigh-based CARQUEST, the Official Auto Parts Supplier of Hendrick Motorsports since 2002, began its association with Busch this past season as primary sponsor of Hendrick's #84 NEXTEL Cup effort. The six-race initiative marked the series debut of Busch at his hometown track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, along with additional events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the nearest CARQUEST location, visit
      CARQUEST COLOR-SCHEMES - 2005 NEXTEL CUP DATES: Feb. 27, California;
      April 3, Bristol;
      May 29, Lowe's Motor Speedway;
      Oct. 9, Kansas;
      Nov. 6, Texas;
      (Hendrick Motorsports PR)(12-29-2004)

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


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