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THE RACE: UAW-GM Quality 500

Nextel Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #5 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, Oct 15, 2005 in Concord, NC

  • TV: NBC 7:10pm/et

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

  • Green Flag: around 7:20pm/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 [Replay] at 9:00pm/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: $4,960,384 (was $4,956,541 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Thursday, October 13, 1:10 - 1:50pm/et and 3:10 - 4:20pm/et; Friday, October 14, 4:30 - 5:15pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 14, 6:10 - 6:55pm/et, TV-Speed Channel

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, October 13, 12:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Thursday, October 13 at 7:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, no re-air AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars WILL NOT be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.

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


    1:00 PM 1:50 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:10 PM 4:20 PM NNCS PRACTICE

    4:30 PM 5:15 PM NNCS PRACTICE

    7:05 PM NNCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 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 -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
    Busch Series: Right-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6876

    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 second time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Charlotte . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . while this left-side tire code (D-6852) has been run at many major NASCAR tracks this season -- California, Chicago, Kansas, Michigan and Kentucky (no Cup) -- this right-side code (D-6876) is unique to Charlotte . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . 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 originally developed the Fontana/Chicago/Kansas/Kentucky tire set-up at Charlotte last October. When the track surface was ground this spring, we had to re-test and redesign the set-up. The new 'grooved' surface proved to be more abrasive, with much more grip, during the May race events."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Lowe's Motor Speedway [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 Lowe's Motor Speedway: $5,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    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*
    (* 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
    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


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network (PRN)
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 Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
    Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
    Mooresville, NC
    Mooresville Tribune
    Race City USA
    Charlotte Observer
    Independent Tribune
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    Dunn Daily Record
    Fayetteville Observer-Times
    Go Lake Norman
    Henderson Times-News
    High Point Enterprise
    News and Observer
    News and Record
    Winston-Salem Journal
    NBC 6
    WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
    Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
    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

    • Johnson wins at Charlotte: #48-Jimmie Johnson didn't lead until the last 13 laps, but pulled off the win in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, for his 4th win at LMS in a row, 5th in the last 6 races there, 4th of the season and 18th win of his career. Johnson is the first driver to sweep the races at a track in 2005, winning both Cup races at LMS this season. It was a wild race with a ton of tire problems with most of the problems with the right front, three drivers were leading when they lost a right front, #5-Busch, #20-Stewart and #9-Kahne. The win vaults Johnson into a tie for the points lead with Stewart, although Stewart is the leader with 5 wins over Johnson's 4. The top-10 Chasers are now within 142 points. #97-Kurt Busch finished 2nd, followed by #16-Greg Biffle, #01-Joe Nemechek and #6-Mark Martin. #11-Denny Hamlin, only in his 2nd race, finished 8th and was running in the top-5 until a few laps to go. The race started a little late as NASCAR waited for NBC to finish up with the USC-Notre Dame college football game which lasted until 7:43pm/et, the race was scheduled to start at 7:20pm/et. Due to the tire problems NASCAR mandated a minimum tire pressure for the tires that Goodyear posts in its tire notes and PRN radio said that NASCAR said that teams caught not maintaining the minimum air pressure will lose points. There was an event record 15 cautions for 83 laps and 17 drivers led a lap with 35 lead changes.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Charlotte Race Results/Awards page. (10-16-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Charlotte race 5 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5777
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5777, -0
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5766, -11
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5760, -17
      #6-Mark Martin, 5726, -51
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5723, -54
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5685, -92
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5662, -115
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5653, -124
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5635, -142
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #38-Elliott Sadler, 3507
      #29-Kevin Harvick -11
      #01-Joe Nemechek -17
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -21
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page. (10-16-2005)

    • "Classic" Unofficial Points Standings - Top 15
      ...the 'old way', not the Chase after Charlotte, race 31 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4443
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4252, -191
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4142, -301
      4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4057, -386
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3974, -469
      6) #97-Kurt Busch, 3909, -534
      7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3870, -573
      8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3822, -621
      9) #12-Ryan Newman, 3810, -633
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3752, -691
      11) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3507, -936
      12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3496, -947
      13) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3490, -953
      14) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3486, -957
      15) #25-Brian Vickers, 3444, -999

    • Where do the Chasers start/finish for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      #20-Stewart 4th, 25th
      #12-Newman 2nd, 7th
      #16-Biffle 21st, 3rd
      #2-Wallace 27th, 24th
      #48-Johnson 3rd [engine the rear], WON
      #99-Edwards 8th, 10th
      #6-Martin 6th, 5th
      #17-Kenseth 18th, 26th
      #19-Mayfield 37th, 11th
      #97-Busch 7th, 2nd.(10-16-2005)

    • Lowe's Motor Speedway Notes:
      • Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, scoring his 18th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 142nd career start.
      • Johnson climbed from third to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He is tied with Tony Stewart, each with 5,777 points. Stewart gets the first-place position because of his five victories opposed to Johnson’s four.
      • Johnson scored his fourth victory in 2005. His last victory came at Dover in September 20, three races ago. Johnson has scored 19 top-10 finishes in 31 races in 2005.
      • Johnson moved into a tie with Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett and Harry Gant for 34th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
      • Johnson has won four straight races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The last driver to win four straight at a track was Dale Earnhardt Jr., at Talladega.
      • This is Johnson’s fifth win and eighth top-10 in nine races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • This is the sixth straight win by a Chevrolet at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • The 17 leaders in the UAW-GM Quality 500 tied the record for the most leaders in the fall race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway set in October 1987.
      • The 15 cautions is an record for the fall event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The 22 cautions here in May is the track record.
      • Johnson scored the 13th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the most of any owner. This was Hendrick’s 138th victory as a car owner and eighth in 31 races this season (Jimmie Johnson -four, Jeff Gordon - three and Kyle Busch - one).
      • This is the 15th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has 13 and Dodge has three.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-16-2005)

    • Rumblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      Maybe it _is_ his house! Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-GM Quality 504 tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but we certainly couldn't call it a race. We had so many tires poppin' out there it sounded like duck season on da' bayou. There'll be a couple of teams who need to check their Powerball tickets cause that's the only way they'll be able to cover their tire bills! There was plenty of blame and lots of shame to go around tonight, and we've got more people to point at than we've got fingers. How do you make up rules during an event....and how do you police something like tire pressure? I realize these were difficult times, but if we can penalize and fine drivers, crew chiefs, and team owners for actions detrimental to the sport....why not track operators, sanctioning bodies, and tire manufacturers?
      BTW, we delayed the start of tonight's column so that we can watch a quarterback sneak from 20 different camera angles.....
      This was the fourth win of 2005 for Johnson, his fourth in a row at Lowe's, and the 18th of his Cup career. He's now tied for 34th on the all-time win list with Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett, and Harry Gant. This was also win #138 for Hendrick Motorsports.
      Joe Nemechek (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Pocono in June.
      Casey Mears (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at The Brickyard in August.
      Denny Hamlin (8th) had his career-best finish tonight...albeit only two races. He was 32nd at Kansas last week. He becomes the 43rd driver this season to record a Top-10 finish....last year we had 39 of 'em.
      Dave Blaney (13th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Atlanta in March.
      Johnny Sauter (16th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Talladega in April (only five races).
      Kevin Lepage (21st) had his best finish since he finished 12th when we were here in May.
      STREAKIN.....Carl Edwards has 4 Top-10's in a row.
      Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Denny Hamlin (+31), followed by Johnny Sauter (+27), Jeremy Mayfield (+26), Travis Kvapil (+25), Ricky Rudd (+22), and Jeff Green (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Gordon (-28 ), followed by Elliott Sadler (-26), Kyle Busch (-26), Mike Bliss (-24), and Tony Stewart (-21).
      Denny Hamlin led a lap tonight for the first time in his NEXTEL Cup career. He's the 50th different driver to lead a lap this season...the same number as last year.
      We've got a dead-heat at the top of the "Chase" standings. Jimmie Johnson moves into a tie with Tony Stewart....Tony's got the tie-breaker with five wins to four. It got tight at the top as the first six drivers are separated by only 52 points, and the Top-4 by only 17 markers.
      In "Classic" points, the battle for that all-important 11th spot has changed hands again. Elliott Sadler is now up by 11 points over Kevin Harvick with Joe Nemechek entering the fray just another 6 markers back. Jeff Burton (21st to 18th) made the best move forward tonight while Jeff Gordon (14th to 17th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-15-2005)


    • The UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 336 of 334 laps:


      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #48-Johnson-c (3x/E)(13 laps led)
      #97-Busch-f (7x)(2 laps led)
      #16-Biffle-f (21x)(4 laps led)
      #01-Nemechek-c (12)(11 laps led)
      #6-Martin (6x)
      #41-Mears-d (9)(9 laps led)
      #12-Newman-d (2x)(42 laps led)
      #11-Hamilin-c (39)(1 laps led)
      #21-Rudd-f (31)(4 laps led)
      #99-Edwards-f (8x)

      other chasers. running
      #19-Mayfield-d (37xT)(1 laps led) 11
      #2-Walllace-d (27x) 24
      #20-Stewart-c (4x)(51 laps led) 25 -8 laps
      #17-Kenseth-f (18x) 26, -10 laps down

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
      B=backup car, started at the rear
      E=engine change, started at the rear
      T=transmission change, started at the rear

    • Chase Standing after lap 336 of 334 at Charlotte:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5777 [officially the leader, 5 to 4 wins]
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5777
      #16-Greg Biffle, -11
      #12-Ryan Newman, -17
      #6-Mark Martin, -51
      #99-Carl Edwards, -54
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -92
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -115
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -124
      #97-Kurt Busch, -142
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #38-Elliott Sadler, 3507
      #29-Kevin Harvick -11
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -15
      #01-Joe Nemechek -17

    • Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 20,38,17,29

    • Cars on the track: 28 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (15) and reason:
      #4-Wallace (timing chain-out)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out)
      #32-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out)
      #40-Marlin (accident-out)
      #5-Busch (accident-out)
      #51-Kirby (handling-out)
      #39-Stremme (accident-out)
      #49-Schrader (engine-out)
      #0-Bliss (accident-out)
      #24-Gordon (accident-out)
      #10-Riggs (accident-out)
      #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
      #42-McMurray (accident-out)
      #88-Jarrett (accident-out)
      #7-Gordon (engine-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (17 leaders with 35 lead changes):
      #38-Sadler (112, led most); #20-Stewart (61, led halfway);
      #12-Newman (42);
      #9-Kahne (35);
      #15-Waltrip (31);
      #48-Johnson (13);
      #01-Nemechek (11);
      #41-Mears (9):
      #5-Busch (7);
      #16-Biffle (4);
      #21-Rudd (4);
      #97-Busch (2);
      #11-Hamlin (1);
      #19-Mayfield (1);
      #22-Wimmer (1);
      #43-Green (1);
      #77-Kvapil (1);

    • Lap leaders: #38-Sadler - pole; #12-Newman 1-21; #38-Sadler 22-29; #20-Stewart 30-32; #11-Hamlin 33; #38-Sadler 34-59; #20-Stewart 60-64; #38-Sadler 65-91; #16-Biffle 92; #38-Sadler 93-96; #19-Mayfield 97; #16-Biffle 98-100; #38-Sadler 101-127; #22-Wimmer 128; #38-Sadler 129-143; #5-Busch 144-150; #38-Sadler 151-152; #41-Mears 153-160; #20-Stewart 161-175; #77-Kvapil 176; #20-Stewart 177-202; #43-Green 203; #20-Stewart 204-215; #15-Waltrip 216-221; #38-Sadler 222-224; #15-Waltrip 225-245; #12-Newman 246-266; #15-Waltrip 267-270; #9-Kahne 271-305; #97-Busch 306-307; #41-Mears 308; #21-Rudd 309-312; #01-Nemechek 313-318; #48-Johnson 319; #01-Nemechek 320-324; #48-Johnson 325-336;

      Cautions: 15 for 84 laps

      Caution 15 - Laps 331 - 334: #2-Wallace and #25-Vickers got together, Wallace spun and smacked the backstretch wall, then on his way to pit road, he lost a rear tire and spun on the entrance of pit road.
      Caution 14 - Laps 307 - 312: While leading, #9-Kahne lost a right front tire, saved the car and got it to the pits.
      Caution 13 - Laps 279 - 286: #42-McMurray was running side-by-side with #15-Waltrip, Waltrip said he lost a tire and came up on McMurray, spinning both call, with both getting into the dog leg wall, #88-Jarrett went high thinging he was clear and Waltrip's car shot back up to the track and Jarrett ran into Waltrip AND then #7-Gordon lost an engine, and shot accross the front stretch grass to avoid the wreck and ended up on pit road near the wall.
      Caution 12 - Laps 270 - 276: #10-Riggs lost a right front tire and hit the turn 4 wall.
      Red Flag on lap 253 from 10:42 to 10:53pm/et so the track can be cleaned.
      Caution 11 - Laps 254 - 259: #38-Sadler lost a right rear tire and backed into the turn 4 wall, then #10-Riggs rear ended #0-Bliss who had slowed for Sadler, Bliss spun around, doesn't look like he hit anything.
      Caution 10 - Laps 244 - 251: #39-Stremme lost a right front tire and slammed the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 9 - Laps 217 - 221: #20-Stewart while leading, cut down a right rear and slapped the turn 4 wall, with damage to the rear of the car. Stewart came back on the track, 6 laps down.
      Caution 8 - Laps 200 - 206: Competition yellow so teams can check their tires. NASCAR has mandated a minimum tire pressure for the tires, pit road stayed closed for an extra lap so teams could change their tire pressures.
      Caution 7 - Laps 174 - 179: #29-Harvick lost a right front tire [see a pettern?] and hit the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 6 - Laps 152 - 155: #5-Busch. while leading the race, lost a right tire and wacked the turn 1 wall.
      Caution 5 - Laps 126 - 130: #40-Marlin lost a right front tire and snacked the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 96 - 100: #32-Hamilton Jr. lost a right front tire and snacked the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 3 - Laps 63 - 67: while running 7th, #8-Earnhardt Jr. blew a right front tire, sending him into the turn 1 wall, doing a lot of damage to the right front.
      Caution 2 - Laps 32 - 35: Competition yellow so teams can check their tires.
      Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 7: that didn't take long, #7-Gordon lost a left rear tire, with the tread coming off.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 15: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 14: #2-Wallace(3), 24th
      Caution 13: #2-Wallace(2), 24th
      Caution 12: #2-Wallace, still 1 lap down, 24th
      Caution 11: #01-Nemechek (2), 4th
      Caution 10: #01-Nemechek, 4th
      Caution 9: #09-Sauter, 16th
      Caution 8: #66-Lepage(4), 21st
      Caution 7: #66-Lepage(3), still 1 lap down, 21st
      Caution 6: #66-Lepage(2), still 2 laps down, 21st
      Caution 5: #51-Kirby(2), 37th DNF
      Caution 4: #51-Kirby, still a lap down, 37th DNF
      Caution 3: #66-Lepage, still a lap down, 21st
      Caution 2: #12-Newman, 7th
      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)
      ---- on the restart after caution 14, #21-Rudd was getting passed by #01-Nemechek, and made contact with #48-Johnson, Johnson has a tire rub, Rudd slowed and fell out of the top-10.
      ---- on lap 293, #2-Wallace, who had just gotten back on the lead lap, had to pit for tire problems and went down a lap again.
      ---- after the red flag, #38-Sadler passed the pace car to get to pit road and was penalized 2 laps.
      ---- during the 10th caution, it is being reported on PRN that #01-Nemechek, the lucky dog, had problems on pit road and went down a lap again, also #48-Johnson had a cut tire after pitting and had to made a 2nd pit stop, and #49-Schrader is supposedly running on 7 cylinders.
      ---- after trying to stay on the lead lap on lap 232, #20-Stewart said he could handle the car anymore and brought the car to pit road.
      ---- on lap 211, #2-Wallace made an unscheduled pit stop, thinking he had a right rear tire going down, Wallace was caught speeding on pit road and had to come back in for a pass thru penalty.
      ---- on lap 209, #07-Blaney, while running 4th, got loose and went up the track and slowed down, dropped back and came back up to speed.
      ---- during the 7th caution, #49-Schrader stopped on the track and a track vehicle pushed Schrader to the pit road, Schrader came back on the track, 3 laps down, no report on what happened.
      ---- on lap 140, #24-Gordon is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car, Gordon is 94 laps down. It was later reported that Gordon is scuffing tires for his teammates, #5, #25, #48
      ---- on lap 101, #48-Johnson started falling back, lost a battery, switched to the 2nd one.
      ---- on lap 75, #17-Kenseth, already a lap down, had tire rub and came in to get it repaired and new tires.
      ---- some major mistakes by Chase teams, #20-Stewart's spotter told him pit road was closed, so Stewart stayed out while everyone else came in, Stewart came in the next time around AND #12-Newman's crew left the fuel can hanging onto the car and he had to come back in to have it removed, the crew then changed left side tires also.
      ---- just as the 3rd caution flew, #17-Kenseth blew a tire but was able to milk it to the pits, he was running 4th at the time.
      ---- on lap 46, #41-Mears and #18-Labonte made contact, #24-Gordon checked up and slapped the turn 4 wall and had to go to the garage, possible broken rotor.
      ---- both NBC-TV and PRN Radio are reporting many teams are showing tire blistering and problems after changing tires in the 2nd caution.
      ---- while leading on lap 21, #12-Newman fell back, then made an unscheduled pit stop for a tire going down, #66-Lepage had a tire problem while running 11th and also had to pit, both lost a lap.
      ---- many of the cars towards the rear of the field came into pit on the 1st caution, including #48-Johnson. #7-Gordon has made many pitstops during the 1st caution.
      ---- NASCAR will throw a competition yellow at lap 30 IF there is no caution before that.
      ---- To the BACK [3]: #48-Johnson [engine change]; #19-Mayfield [trans change]; #4-Wallace [engine change];

    • Race Coverage of the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is on Saturday, October 15, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 7:00pm/et [green flag around 7:20pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 5:30pm/et
      Radio: PRN 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 20th at 3:00pm/et

    • Happy Hour Practice for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #12-Newman 189.460
      #20-Stewart 188.871
      #48-Johnson 188.462
      #24-Gordon 188.442
      #5-Busch 188.442
      slowest: #51-Kirby 183.999 and #43-Green 184.068
      most laps run: #22-Wimmer 51; #31-Burton 47
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from's leaderboard service)
      #20-Stewart, 187.047 [2nd fastest lap], 29 laps run
      #17-Kenseth 186.757 [6th], 29 laps
      #24-Gordon, 186.628 [4th], 27 laps
      Note: #19-Mayfield may have to change a transmission and would have to start at the rear, he is scheduled to start 37th.
      Starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on Jayski's LMS Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-14-2005)

    • Friday's First Practice: for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, it was a short practice, about 30 minutes, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 188.206
      #12-Newman 188.166
      #99-Edwards 187.986
      #48-Johnson 187.650
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. 187.350
      #20-Stewart 187.233
      slowest: #51-KIrby 183.119 and #09-Sauter 183.505
      most laps run: #20-Stewart 39; #6-Martin 38
      Starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on Jayski's LMS Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-14-2005)

    • Where do the Chasers start for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      #20-Stewart 4th
      #12-Newman 2nd
      #16-Biffle 21st
      #2-Wallace 27th
      #48-Johnson 3rd [engine the rear]
      #99-Edwards 8th
      #6-Martin 6th
      #17-Kenseth 18th
      #19-Mayfield 37th
      #97-Busch 7th.(10-13-2005)

    • For more see chase points and top-15 in the Classis [old] points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(10-9-2005)

    • Salder wins pole with new track record at LMS: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a Track Record lap of 193.216mph for his 4th pole of 2005 and 6th of his career. The rest of the top five are: #12-Ryan Newman [also ran faster the the track record], #48-Jimmie Johnson, #20-Tony Stewart and #18-Bobby Labonte. #66-Kevin Lepage was the highest non top-35 team, starting 17th. Five drivers failed to make the race: #36-Boris Said, #80-Carl Long, #50-Jimmy Spencer, #37-Mike Garvey, #92-P.J. Jones [lost engine] and #95-Stanton Barrett [who withdrew].
      Starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on Jayski's LMS Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-13-2005)

    • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
      • Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the UAW-GM Quality 500, lapping Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 27.948 seconds at 193.216 mph. He broke Ryan Newman’s the track-qualifying record of 27.981 seconds, 192.988 mph, set May 26, 2005.
      • Lowe’s Motor Speedway remains the sixth-quickest track with regards to qualifying records. This is the fastest Bud Pole since Ryan Newman qualified at 194.232 mph at Michigan in June and the third fastest of the season behind Michigan and Texas (Newman – 194.690 mph).
      • This is Sadler’s sixth career Bud Pole in 244 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his fourth Bud Pole and 17th top-10 start in 2005. Sadler trails only Ryan Newman (six) in Bud Pole Awards this season.
      • This is Sadler’s first Bud Pole and eighth top-10 start in 15 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, including each of the past six races.
      • Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 27.961 seconds, 193.126 mph – and will join Sadler on the front row for the UAW-GM Quality 500. Only Sadler and Newman broke the previous track qualifying record. Newman has never started worse than fourth in 10 races at Lowe’s. This is his series-leading 25th top-10 start this season and his 11th on the front row.
      • This is the eight Bud Pole for Ford in 2005 – including the past three races. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Dodge has nine. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Jimmie Johnson (third) has posted seven top-10 starts in nine races at Charlotte. This is his 19th top-10 start this season.
      • Tony Stewart (fourth) has 10 top-10 starts in his 14 races at Charlotte. He has 17 top-10 starts in 2005.
      • Bobby Labonte (fifth) has 13 top-10 starts in 26 races at Charlotte, including three Bud Poles, but this is just his second in the past eight races here.
      • Six of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Newman, Johnson, Stewart, Mark Martin (sixth) Kurt Busch (seventh) and Carl Edwards (eighth).
      • David Reutimann (26th) qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, becoming the ninth first-time starter this season.
      • There have been only four different Bud Pole winners in the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Charlotte since 2000. Ryan Newman (five) and Jimmie Johnson (three) have dominated Bud Pole qualifying at Lowe’s. Sadler and Jimmy Spencer (one each) have the other Bud Poles in the 10-race period and qualifying was canceled once.
      • The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway has been won 13 times each from the pole and the second starting position. Third has produced 12 winners, fourth seven and fifth eight for a total of 57 percent of the victories races from the top-five starting positions (53 of 93).
      • Six of the last 17 races at Charlotte have been won from the front row, but six of the last 12 have been won from a starting position of 13th or worse.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-13-2005)

    • Ramblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      Everybody expected Ryan Newman to beat his track record....but not many expected Elliott Sadler to better Ryan Newman. Sadler toured the Lowe's Motor Speedway in 27.948 (193.216 mph) to take the Bud Pole for Saturday Night's UAW-GM Quality 500....his 4th pole of '05 and the 6th of his NEXTEL Cup career. And we still don't know if he had it matted!
      Jimmie Johnson (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Watkins Glen in August....but qualifying was rained out for that event. This is his best qualifying effort on time since he had the pole at Chicagoland in July.
      Bobby Labonte (5th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Phoenix in April.
      Casey Mears (9th) had his best qualifying run since he lined up 3rd at Chicagoland in July.
      Kyle Petty (16th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Richmond in September of 2003! (This one was hard to believe!)
      STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      (Stock Car Fans)(10-13-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 7:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 7:00pm/et
      Radio: PRN 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 UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #43-Jeff Green is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #5-Kyle Busch. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Charlotte Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(10-13-2005)

    • Thursday's 2nd Practice for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 193.216 [track record is 192.988]
      #12-Newman 192.678
      #6-Martin 191.829
      #38-Sadler 191.483
      #20-Stewart 191.462
      slowest: #95-Barrett 172.662 and #80-Long 184.603
      most laps run: #41-Mears, 31; #49-Schrader and #19-Mayfield, 24
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from's leaderboard service)
      #12-Newman, 191.538 [2nd fastest lap], 8 laps run
      #38-Sadler, 190.894 [4th], 3 laps
      #48-Johnson, 190.833 [1st], 33 laps
      note: #48-Johnson lost an engine in practice and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the race Saturday night.
      #32-Hamilton Jr. wrecked early in practice and will go to a backup car.
      For practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's LMS Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-13-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the final practice before qualifying?
      Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
      #7-Robby Gordon, 18th fastest
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 20th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 28th
      #36-Boris Said, 32nd
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 34th
      #39-David Stremme, 35th
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 36th
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 38th
      if things stated the same, following miss the race #00-David Reutimann, 41st
      #37-Mike Garvey, 42nd
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 44th
      #92-P.J. Jones, 47th
      #80-Carl Long, 48th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 49th (last)

    • Thursday's 1st Practice for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #38-Sadler 190.779
      #20-Stewart 190.449
      #48-Johnson 189.980
      #6-Martin 189.294
      #10-Riggs 189.201
      slowest: #80-Long 147.698 and #92-Jones 179.970
      no speed listed: #'s 95-Barrett or #51-Kirby
      most laps run: #18-Labonte, #29-Harvick, #99-Edwards, 23
      For practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's LMS Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-13-2005)

    • Entry List for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor 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 - 30 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #37-Mike Garvey (full-time team)
      #92-P.J. Jones in for Eric McClure (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 30 'team' attempts
      #00-David Reutimann (5 attempts)
      #09-Johnny Sauter (14 attempts)
      #36-Boris Said (10 attempts)
      #39-David Stremme (4 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (8 attempts)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (7 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (29 attempts)
      #80-Carl Long (18 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (4 attempts)
      dropped from the entry list
      #34-Hermie Sadler (26 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,00,09
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 36,50,51,00,39,95
      For the full list see my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List, 50 cars entered.(10-10/13-2005)

    • 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 Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have each scored top-five finishes in three of the four races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 30 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Carl Edwards has scored three straight top-10 finishes, the longest current streak among all drivers.
      • Brian Vickers has scored four straight top-15 finishes.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 24 top-10 starts in 30 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 12 of the 30 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)(10-9-2005)

    • Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Oct 2004, 188.877mph

    • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

    • 2004 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 188.877, finished 14th

    • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

    • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

    • Oct 2004 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 130.214mph, started 9th

    • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

    • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 4, Jimmie Johnson & Jeff Gordon

    • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon [Newman has 5]

    • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

    • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

    • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/85

    • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/94

    • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/93

    • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/61

    • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/79

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/61

    • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

    • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/61

    • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

    • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

    • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/61

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/61

    • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 20, 5/29/2005

    • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/61

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 32 - Chevy

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 93 races] 14.0%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 13, 14.0%
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 12, 13.0%
    • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
    • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
    • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
    • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
    • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 9: 4
    • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 53 of 93 - 57.0%
    • Races won from the top 10: 72 of 93 - 77.4%


    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
      Race Length: 334 laps, 501 miles
      Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
      Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
      Grandstand Seating: 171,000
      Pit Road Speed: 45mph
      Pace Car Speed: 55mph

    • Track Website:

    • May 2005 Charlotte Race Info Page
    • 2004 Charlotte May Race Info Page
    • 2004 Charlotte Oct. Race Info Page

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal:
      Command to start engines:
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
      National Anthem: Phil Vassar
      Military Flyover:

    • Bojangles' Pole Night Fast Facts at LMS
      Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 Time: 7:10pm/et Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. Purse: $38,600 Winner's share: $23,600 2004 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman (28.590 seconds, 188.877 mph) Event Record: Ryan Newman (28.590 seconds, 188.877 mph, Oct. 14, 2004) NEXTEL Cup Track Record: Ryan Newman (27.981 seconds, 192.988 mph, May 26, 2005) Television/Radio: SPEED Channel will provide live coverage of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying during Bojangles' Pole Night. The telecast begins at 7:00pm/et. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will provide live coverage to its affiliate radio stations beginning at 6:45pm/et.
      Ticket Info: Tickets for Bojangles' Pole Night are $12 in advance and will be $20 the day of the event. To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit

    • Coca-Cola 600 Tickets go on sale Oct. 16: Race fans attending Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 will have the first opportunity to purchase the best remaining seats for 2006 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 20 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 28 Coca-Cola 600, as part of a special Super Sunday Promotion. Speedway officials announced that all remaining tickets for next year's May NASCAR events will go on sale at 9 a.m. Sunday. Fans not at the speedway Sunday can call the toll-free ticket hotline at 1-800-455-FANS. In addition to the Coca-Cola 600, tickets will also go on sale for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Quaker Steak & Lube 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Busch Series event and CTC Pole Night. Super Sunday will also provide race fans who purchased tickets tothis week's NASCAR events the opportunity to renew their 2006 tickets with a 10-percent early-bird discount and reserve their seats for the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 14, 2006. As an added convenience to fans staying on property, the speedway will provide shuttle service from campgrounds to the ticket office Sunday morning. Parking lots near the ticket office will be open free-of-charge for fans staying in area hotels. Ticket renewal orders can also be processed on Super Sunday by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at

    • Actor Larry Hagman Named Honorary Race Director: Legendary actor Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing in the hit television series "Dallas," will serve as the Honorary Race Director for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Saturday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hagman started his career as a stage actor and performed in several Broadway productions before turning his attention to the small screen. He became a television star in 1965, landing the role of Major Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie." But it was the role of J.R. Ewing on Dallas that earned Hagman a place in the annals of television history. Off screen, Hagman is involved in numerous civic and philanthropic activities. He was chairperson of the American Cancer Society's great American Smokeout from 1981 to 1992. A liver transplant recipient, Hagman also works to heighten awareness of the importance of organ donation. In his role as Honorary Race Director for the UAW-GM Quality 500, Hagman will attend the pre-race drivers' meeting, greet drivers and dignitaries during pre-race ceremonies and visit the control tower.(LMS PR)(10-12-2005)

    • National Anthems at LMS: Arista Nashville recording artist Phil Vassar will sing the national anthem prior to the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Saturday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Vassar skyrocketed to country music stardom in 2000 with the release of his self-titled debut album which featured a quartet of top-10 hits including "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene" and "Six-Pack Summer." Vassar's most recent album, Shaken Not Stirred, serves a bridge from today back to his childhood in Lynchburg, Va.
      The Charlotte Chapter of the Singing Men of America will perform the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 14, and Justin Crouse, an employee at Lowe's corporate headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., will sing the national anthem prior to Bojangles' Pole Night qualifying on Thursday, Oct. 13.(LMS PR)(10-12-2005)

    • Montgomery Gentry at Lowe's before Cup race Sat: Montgomery Gentry, the Country Music Association's 2000 Duo of the Year, will bring its hard-charging music to NASCAR as part of the UAW-GM Quality 500 pre-race show, Saturday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Montgomery Gentry will perform a one-hour concert presented by Miller Lite on the frontstretch of the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway. The duo's smash hit, "Something To Be Proud Of," is currently No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart. Tickets for all events during UAW-GM Quality 500 Week, including round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at PR)(10-12-2005)

    • Freedom Calls Foundation to Connect Families at LMS: The Freedom Calls Foundation and Lowe's Motor Speedway will give 20 families the opportunity to communicate with loved ones serving in Iraq prior to the UAW-GM Quality 500 NEXTEL Cup Series race Saturday night, Oct. 15. The Freedom Calls Foundation, a New York City based charity, was formed by Ed Bukstel and John Harlow to allow front-line troops to communicate with loved ones at home. Prior to the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 14, each participating family will have 20 minutes to interact with their loved one in Iraq via the Freedom Call Foundation's video conferencing system. Joe Nemechek, driver of the #01 Army Chevrolet, and Greg Biffle, who pilots the #16 National Guard Ford, are scheduled to meet with family members and will interact with the troops during several of the video conference calls. The video conferences will be recorded and highlights will be shown on the NEXTEL Vision screens prior to the NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. All families participating in the Freedom Calls have been invited to attend the Dollar General 300 and UAW-GM Quality 500 as guests of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Details about the Freedom Calls Foundation, including contribution information, can be obtained at PR)(10-12-2005)

    • Death-Defying Automobile Stunts Highlight Pre-Race Show at LMS: Veteran stuntman Mark Hager will attempt to cheat death twice Saturday evening, Oct. 15, as he performs a pair of spectacular automobile stunts during the pre-race show for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The two stunts Hager will attempt are known as The Sky Crash and The T-bone. The Sky Crash, slated to take place at 5:15 p.m. near Turn 1 of the superspeedway, will see Hager jump his car through the air, hitting a stationary car and sending him into a series of violent end-over-end flips. Approximately 15 cars will be positioned to cushion the blow as he tumbles down the race track. Following a one-hour concert by country music super duo Montgomery Gentry, Hager will return and perform the T-bone near Turn 4. He will jump a car into what he calls a "steel wall" of approximately 15 automobiles, triggering a giant explosion which will surround him with a giant ball of fire. Hager will have to withstand violent impacts during both stunts and he is already preparing physically. He has found that stretching and staying active plays a very important role on how his body is affected by the violent collisions. A 15-year stunt veteran, Hager has performed more than 500 shows nationwide. He has three world records, including a 213-foot school bus jump at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1995. His resume also includes dozens of television and motion picture credits, ranging from automobile jumps and precision driving to motorcycle stunts and fire burns. He jumped the famed General Lee for The Dukes of Hazzard movie, performed at the Disney Lights Motors Action Automotive Stunt Show and spent the summer performing stunts as part of a touring thrill show. Details on Hager and his stunt company, Dangerous Moments, can be obtained online at

    • Get Yer Humpy Bobbleheads: In celebration of H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler's 30th year as general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, the first 5,000 fans through the gates for the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, Oct. 14, will receive a "Humpy" bobblehead. In addition, Wheeler has autographed two of the bobbleheads and the fans receiving those will get to meet the legendary auto racing promoter. The "Humpy" bobblehead is five inches tall and features Wheeler standing on a base that includes Lowe's Motor Speedway's familiar red, white and blue globe logo. The bobblehead give-away starts when spectator gates open at 2 p.m. and continues while supplies last. Frontstretch tickets for the Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 14, start at just $17 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(10-11-2005)

    • Drivers Eye Record $6.1 Million in Posted Awards at LMS: NASCAR drivers competing in the Oct. 15 UAW-GM Quality 500 and the Oct. 14 Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be battling for a record $6,133, 806 in posted prize money. The record awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series events are part of a $6,184,306 purse announced today for the four nights of racing that comprise the Oct. 12-15 UAW-GM Quality 500 Week schedule of events. The UAW-GM Quality 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 15, will be worth a record $4,960,384, an increase of $23,843 over last October's NEXTEL Cup event at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Featuring several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers battling the Busch Series regulars, competitors in the Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 14, will be chasing the lion's share of a record $1,173,422 in posted prize money and awards, an increase of $52,141 from last year. Tickets for all UAW-GM Quality 500 Week events are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at PR)(10-4-2005)

    • Limited Number of Premium Frontstretch Seats Available at Lowe's: A limited number of premium frontstretch seats for the UAW-GM Quality 500, round five of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, on Saturday night, Oct. 15, at Lowe's Motor Speedway have been released by The Speedway Club and are now on sale through the speedway ticket office. Seats in the enclosed Clubhouse are available for $218 each and include a one-month membership in The Speedway Club, the first facility to offer country club style amenities in a motorsports environment. The climate-controlled Clubhouse is located directly across from pit road and features television monitors, padded chairs, a cash bar and casual dining service. Each Clubhouse ticket holder also receives a pre-race pit pass and will have a prime view of the Montgomery Gentry concert presented by Miller Lite and the spectacular stunt show. In addition to seats in the enclosed Clubhouse, a limited number of tickets are also available in The Speedway Club's outdoor Veranda. Located on the Turn 1 side of the start-finish line, Veranda seats offer a spectacular view of the racing action along with television monitors and a cash bar. Veranda tickets are $156 each. Premium frontstretch seating options are also available for Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday, Oct. 13, and the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 14. The premium frontstretch tickets are available only from the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(9-30-2005)

    • Restrictor Plates at Lowe's Motor Speedway? UPDATE: With less than rave reviews of the ever-changing track surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway from Chasers Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Mark Martin afer a test last week, NASCAR officials are considering running restrictor plates on the cars in the October 15 race at Charlotte. Stewart and Biffle wrecked two cars apiece during the tests. After plowing his car at 170 mph into the Turn 2 wall, Biffle felt the aftereffects last weekend at Dover. "From the eye, the track looks good," Biffle says. But the tire compound doesn't work well with the track's new surface. NASCAR doesn't expect any relief until the track is repaved after the race.(Sporting News/Lee Spencer)(9-26-2005)
      UPDATE:After laser-grinding the Lowes Motor Speedway track to help get another year of wear out of the 1.5-mile layout, track President Humpy Wheeler says the surface will have to be repaved for 2006. Wheeler said “I think what we’ve gotta do though is to study real hard, not just go pave over what we’ve got. I think we probably need to change some of the banking a little bit. Maybe put a different asphalt mix in to make it more stable and get ready for the new car NASCAR is going to bring out. That graduated banking has been around for a long time and it is affective in creating a second groove. What we want to do here is to make sure we have a second groove so you can have passing and lead swapping.” As for a published report concerning the use of restrictor plates after the track is repaved Wheeler said "I'm all for it, let's do it! It just makes better racing. You slow the cars down and you always have better racing. I don't think they're gonna do it...but...keep the rumor going! !"(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(9-28-2005)

    • Lowe's Motor Speedway to be re-paved: Lowe's Motor Speedway president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Thursday that despite a crash-marred, two-day NASCAR Nextel Cup test session this week, he thinks "everything is going to be OK" for UAW-GM 500 weekend on Oct. 13-15. But, Wheeler said, there's "no question" the track will need to be repaved next year. There was a Cup Series record 22 yellow flags in the May Coca-Cola 600 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the first Cup event held after the track's surface was smoothed out using a diamond-grinding technique called levigating. Since May, areas that had been ground were reground, and additional areas - primarily in the low groove on the exit of Turn 2 and the frontstretch - were ground for the first time. Six cars crashed in two days of testing, with points leader Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, who is second, each wrecking twice. Mike Bliss and Boris Said also wrecked Tuesday. Wheeler said when teams return next month, they might have to scuff in their tires - run a couple of laps to break them in - set their cars up a little tighter than they're used to and take a lower line into Turn 1. Levigation was used as an alternative to repaving, which is expensive and often leads to a one-groove track for at least the first couple of years. Because all areas of a repaved track have practically the same amount of grip, drivers choose the low groove because it's the shortest way around. That limits passing. "I think there's no question sometime in 2006 we will be repaving the track," Wheeler said. "We need to make sure when we do it we make the right mix. There are new asphalt polymers that are doing for race tracks what Tifton Bermuda grass has done for golf courses. We will also look at the possibility of changing some of the banking. The challenge is how we can create a second groove that's as fast as the first groove, and we need to find out if there is a way to do the second groove and make it just as fast."(

    • Promotions at Lowe's: Two Lowe's Motor Speedway executives, Jerry Gappens and Dan Farrell, have been promoted to senior vice president positions. The promotions were announced by H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of the motorsports facility.
      Gappens, 44, was promoted to senior vice president of events and Farrell, 37, was named senior vice president of corporate sales. In addition to guiding the marketing and public relations efforts, Gappens will now oversee management of the speedway's events. A Windfall, Ind., native, Gappens joined the speedway in January 1993 as publicity director. He was promoted to co-director of public relations in July 1995, director of communications in November 1995 and was named vice president of public relations in October 1996. In 2002, Gappens was honored as the NASCAR industry's Most Valuable Public Relations Representative.
      Farrell is responsible for Lowe's Motor Speedway's corporate sponsor revenue inventory, including event sponsorships, corporate suites and hospitality, signage and block ticket sales. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., [and a Buffalo Bills fan] Farrell joined the speedway in May 1999 as director of sales for the Performance Racing Network. He was promoted to vice president of corporate sales in January 2003. Prior to joining the speedway, Farrell spent five years as an account executive for Capitol Sports Network in Raleigh where he sold advertising for Duke and North Carolina State University sports, the Carolina Panthers Radio Network and the Carolina Hurricanes Television Network.(LMS)(8-15-2005)

    • Rusty featured on Bojangles' Pole Night Ticket at LMS: In celebration of Rusty Wallace's final race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite machine is featured on the collectible ticket for Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday, Oct. 13. Production of the Rusty Wallace collectible ticket, the 27th in a series of Lowe's Motor Speedway Pole Night ducats, was limited to just 6,000. The ticket, printed in vibrant four-color on quality stock, sells for $15 in advance and will be $20 the day of the event. This season has been designated "Rusty's Last Call," as the second-generation racer from St. Louis, Mo., concludes one of the most successful careers in NASCAR history. Time trial runs during Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday, Oct. 13, will determine the 43-car starting field for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 15. The wild and crazy CRASHCars, a revolutionary new entry-level stock car division, and a giant firework extravaganza are also on the schedule. (LMS PR)(7-28-2005)

    • Non-Smoking, Non-Alcoholic Family Seating at Lowe's: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials have designated a portion of the massive Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand for family seating, offering a smoke- and alcohol-free environment for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 15. This is the first time in its 46-year history that the speedway has offered an outdoor non-smoking and non-alcoholic seating option for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event. The Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand overlooks turn two, offering a breath-taking view of drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as they battle door-to-door in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Tickets in the new family seating area are just $10 for children ages 12 and under while adult tickets start at $65. Tickets in this new family seating area can only be purchased through the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. They are not available online. Family priced seating in a non-alcoholic environment is also available for the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 14. Located in the Charlotte Observer Family Grandstand overlooking turn four, these seats are priced at $10 for children ages 12 and under and $25 for adults. Additional information on family friendly seating options and affordable pricing for all October events at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(Lowe's Motor Speedway PR)(7-14-2005)

    • Bank of America and Motorsports UPDATE 2 race at Lowe's: Bank of America will hold a press conference Wednesday, June 29 at the Bank of America Corporate Center, to announce a Motorsports sponsorship. No word on which racing series, which teams or anything else.(6-28-2005)
      UPDATE: Bank of America Corp. will become title sponsor of the fall NASCAR race in Charlotte as part of a sweeping sponsorship the bank plans to unveil at a press conference at its uptown headquarters Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the deal. At Lowe's Motor Speedway, the bank will take over as title sponsor for the fall Nextel Cup series race beginning next year. Those rights typically cost $1.5 million to $3 million. In addition, experts say, the bank will become a sponsor at several other tracks owned by locally based Speedway Motorsports Inc. A BofA spokeswoman working on Wednesday's press conference declines discussing the announcement. Lowe's Motor Speedway officials weren't immediately available for comment, though the speedway sent out an advisory late Tuesday promoting the bank's sports sponsorship announcement without providing any details on its contents. Terms of the agreements haven't been released, though the race-title deal is believed to be a five-year agreement. (Charlotte Business Journal)(6-28-2005)
      UPDATE 2: Bank of America, one of the world's largest financial institutions, announced an agreement with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) to serve as title sponsor of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The agreement with SMI also entitles Bank of America to be an official sponsor of five SMI raceways throughout the country. Through its multi-year agreement with SMI, Bank of America will serve as the official title sponsor of the Bank of America 500 beginning in October 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, and as an official sponsor of SMI raceways in five U.S. cities: Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta; Infineon Raceway near San Francisco; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas; Lowe's Motor Speedway; and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Bank of America will leverage its agreement with SMI through racing-themed mass-market promotions and client entertainment and reward programs. It will also host track day camps at each of the SMI raceways. The agreement also entitles Bank of America to place ATMs on-site, prominently display signage throughout the SMI raceways and designate the grand marshal for the Bank of America 500.(LMS PR)(6-30-2005)

    • Major Changes at Lowe's Motor Speedway coming: Bruton Smith, chief executive and chairman of the board of Speedway Motorsports Inc., wouldn't reveal details Friday, but said there would be "a lot of things'' done to the Lowe's Motor Speedway surface before the series returns there in October. Many drivers complained about the track surface in May. The track underwent a grinding process called levigation. The change was intended to create more side-by-side racing. Instead, the Coca-Cola 600 had a series-record 22 cautions -- 16 for accidents and spins. "You'll be hearing about" the changes, said Smith, whose company owns Lowe's Motor Speedway, along with five other tracks that host Cup races. "We've had engineers out there for the past week, so we're making some decisions and they're going to be the right ones. I liked [levigation], but I think it created some problems. But still, it made for a heck of race. That's what we're after. I'm not worried about cost. I want to make sure [the changes] are right.''(Roanoke Times)(6-25-2005)

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


    • Double duty for Robby at LMS: Robby Gordon will be participating in two races this weekend starting on Friday night in the Busch Series Dollar General 300 driving the #55 Jim Beam Chevrolet and racing the following evening in the Nextel Cup UAW-GM Quality 500 in the #7 Jim Beam Chevrolet.(Ketchum Sports Network)(10-10-2005)

    • Wed Testing at Lowe's, Biffle and Stewart wreck again: NEXTEL Cup Series point leader Tony Stewart and championship contender Greg Biffle each crashed for the second time in less than 30 hours Wednesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway as five teams made final preparations for the Oct. 15 UAW-GM Quality 500. Neither Stewart nor Biffle were injured and both were able to drive their heavily damaged cars back to the garage area. Bouncing back from his hard crash Tuesday afternoon, Stewart was consistently quick throughout the testing session and recorded the fastest lap of the evening just moments before a cut right-front tire sent the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet into the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier. "I had just run a 28.88," Stewart said. "I'm thinking 'this is pretty good,' and then I get to Turn 3 and I'm thinking 'this isn't good.'" Stewart's lap of 28.887 seconds, 186.935 mph, was the fastest of the two-day session but Stewart was still befuddled by the track's levigated surface.
      "It's better, but I only ran three laps yesterday so I'm not really able to make a comparison," he said. "All the rubber that's being put down is helping. But what scares me is that all the rubber is being put down in one groove, and I'm not sure we are going to be able to pass."
      Biffle's day ended extremely early as he crashed hard in Turn 2 less than an hour after the green flag was unfurled. Out of race cars, the #16 Roush Racing team loaded up and headed home [10 minutes from the track]. Opting to only test on Wednesday, Kyle Busch said track conditions were improving as the session progressed. "It's getting better the more people run on it. I started off today really, really tight which is probably a good thing," Busch said about his #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. "The set-up we have for this place is dynamite. I'd like to be a little bit better but everybody always says that. I would like to be beating everybody by about two-tenths and that's what we're working toward." Busch was second fastest on the unofficial stopwatches at 185.452 mph while older brother Kurt was next at 184.237 mph in the #97 Roush Racing Ford. Scott Wimmer was clocked at 183.511 mph in the #22 Bill Davis Racing Dodge and Biffle posted a lap at 182.414 before his accident.
      Tickets for all events during UAW-GM Quality 500 weekend, including round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at
      The unofficial speeds:
      1. #20-Tony Stewart, 186.935;
      2. #5-Kyle Busch, 185.452;
      3. #97-Kurt Busch, 184.237;
      4. #22-Scott Wimmer, 183.511
      5. #16-Greg Biffle, 182.414.(LMS PR/Site)(9-22-2005)

    • 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 Delphi #5 Schemes Page
      #6-Mark Martin 'Reverse' Viagra #6 Schemes Page
      #9-Kasey Kahne Mopar Bling Bling #9 Schemes Page
      #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
      #29-Kevin Harvick Snap-On Tools #29 Schemes Page
      #41-Casey Mears Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
      #43-Jeff Green Fan Fest none...yet
      #97-Kurt Busch Irwin Tools
      Vice-Grip Groovelock
      #97 Schemes Page

    • Busch to run "Vise-Grip GrooveLock" Pliers Scheme at LMS: #97-Kurt Busch and the Irwin Industrial Tools Racing Team will introduce a new, larger than life paint scheme on the #97 Irwin Ford featuring the new revolutionary Vise-GripGrooveLock pliers. This weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the car will be easy to find on the track as fans will be able to see the enormous GrooveLock plier's graphic on the rear quarter panels of the blue and yellow Irwin Ford Taurus. GrooveLock pliers are new groove-joint pliers that adjust quickly with the push of a Press-N-Slide button and have an all-purpose jaw to fit workpieces and fasteners of nearly any shape. Busch, who currently sits 10th in the championship hunt, has taken Irwin Industrial Tools paint-schemed cars to two victories this year - at Phoenix and at Pocono. His best career finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway came in last year's fall classic when he wound up fourth. New Irwin Vise-Grip GrooveLock pliers are available at home centers, I/C distribution centers and other tool retailers in 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch sizes. The suggested retail price for the 10-inch size is $20-24. For more information about Irwin's line of hand tools and power tool accessories, call 1-800-GO Irwin or visit or at, see images on my #97 Team Scheme Page.(10-12-2005)

    • #43 to run Fan Fest scheme at Lowe's: This weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge head to the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway, located in Concord, N.C., for Saturday night's Charlotte 500. Green, who will be sporting a Fan Fest paint scheme this weekend, finished 11th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's earlier this season.(Williams Company), not really sure what the Fan Fest thing is about.(10-11-2005)

    • Snap-on scheme for #29 at Charlotte in Oct: This year marks the 85th anniversary of Snap-On Tools, the global leader in professional tools. For the past 85 years Snap-On Tools has been providing its customers with their favorite hand tools, power tools, industrial tools, tool storage products, tool boxes, automotive diagnostics, and shop equipment. To commemorate this exciting anniversary, #29-Kevin Harvick will be drilling into the competition in a special Snap-On 85th Anniversary special paint scheme on October 15th at the Charlotte Nextel Cup event.(Action), see image of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2005)

    • Kenseth changes scheme for Darlington: #17-Matt Kenseth will be running a special paint scheme this weekend in the Darlington Cup race. The #17 will be sporting the copper and black colors of Carhartt. This is the first of three races in which the #17 will be sporting the Carhartt paint scheme. The other two are Michigan in June and Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(Roush Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-3-3005)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 'Reverse' scheme for Martin: For the first time of the "Salute Tour," #6-Mark Martin and the Viagra* Team will run the special 'reverse' night scheme this weekend at Phoenix, in this year's first night race of the season. Martin will run the scheme at all night races in 2005.(Roush Racing)(4-19-2005)

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


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