THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Nextel Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 13, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV

  • TV: FOX 3:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 2:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, March 16 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, March 17 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, March 19 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

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

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,131,958 (was $6,011,590 in 2004)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 11, 2:20 - 4:15pm/et; and Saturday, March 12, - 12:30 - 1:15pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 12, 2:10 - 2:55pm/et on TV-FX


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 11, 1:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 if open, Friday, March 11 at 6:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air date/time found AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Codes: Left - D-6860; Right - D-6862
    Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
    Estimated Pit Stops: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 28 psi
    Right Front - 44 psi
    Left Rear - 28 psi
    Right Rear - 42 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 22 psi
    Right Front - 40 psi
    Left Rear - 22 psi
    Right Rear - 37 psi

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear will bring this particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Las Vegas . . . the previous combination was run at the one-and-a-half-mile speedway by teams in all three major NASCAR series in 2004 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first of three races at which Nextel Cup teams are scheduled to run this tire set-up in 2005 . . . in addition to Las Vegas, this combination will be run at Pocono this season . . . also, this left-side code (D-6860) will be run at Bristol with a different right-side code . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing, said, "We initially tested this tire set-up with NASCAR's new aero rules package with Greg Biffle and Casey Mears back in September of 2004, and followed that up with a successful open test at Las Vegas earlier this year. The result is that we are bringing new compounds on both sides and a different left-side construction for improved handling. The compounds are a little more wear resistant with about the same level of grip as last year. Las Vegas is similar to Darlington in that you see between two- to three-seconds of give-up over the course of a fuel run."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 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:
    none...yet
    (2-28-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Las Vegas: $15,000
    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $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.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 2
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    (2-28-2005)


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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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  • Top Two Finishers May Face Penalties UPDATE Penalties, Fines and Suspensions: Speed Channel is reporting that #48-Jimmie Johnson, the winner at Las Vegas, was found in post race inspection to be too low and the 2nd place finisher #5-Kyle Busch's Chevy quarter panels were too high. NASCAR decisions will come Monday or Tuesday. The win will probably stand.(3-13-2005)
    UPDATE: NASCAR probably won't take away #48-Jimmie Johnson's victory in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, despite his car's failing an inspection after the race for being too low at the roof. First, it might be difficult to give the win to teammate #5-Kyle Busch, who finished second, because Busch's car also failed post-race inspection, for being too high at the rear quarterpanels. But it's not nice to try to fool John Darby, NASCAR's competitions director, and his justice may be harsh for both Johnson and Busch. But, a win is a win, no matter the asterisks - and no matter the razzing from rivals. The low roof that led to Johnson's violation would likely provide both an edge in speed on the straightaways as well as better handling in the corners because more air would reach the crucial rear spoiler. The high rear quarterpanels that led to Busch's violation would likely provide an edge in handling in the corners, because the rear spoiler would be higher. What NASCAR will likely do is take away enough points, probably 25, to knock Johnson out of the Nextel Cup points lead. That would put Kurt Busch, who finished third, back atop the standings.(Winston Salem Journal)
    Wanna stop the cheating....take the freakin' win away, make a statement, that starting next week, post-RACE infractions cost 25 points, if it is the winner, they drop to 4th or 5th, and the win goes to the 2nd place car, or the next legal car.(3-15-2005)
    UPDATE - Fines, Penalties and Suspensions: NASCAR has announced that rule infractions this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have resulted in the suspension of three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chiefs.
    The #48 Chevrolet team received three penalties, due to the car's roof height being too low in post-race inspection — a violation of Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules). A penalty of 25 driver points dropped Jimmie Johnson — the race winner at Las Vegas — back to second place (500 points) in the standings, 10 behind reigning series champion Kurt Busch (510). Chad Knaus, Johnson's crew chief, has been suspended from competition for the next two races and fined $35,000; Jeff Gordon, the #48 car owner, has been penalized 25 owner points.
    #29 Team: Todd Berrier, crew chief for the #29 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick, has been suspended for the next four races and fined $25,000. Those penalties resulted from the #29 having an unapproved fuel filler and unapproved fuel cell vent. The car was in violation of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q. The violation was found during post-qualifying inspection. In addition to Berrier's penalties, Harvick has been penalized 25 driver championship points, dropping him from eighth to 10th in the driver standings, while car owner Richard Childress loses 25 car owner championship points.
    #5 Team: Alan Gustafson, crew chief for the #5 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Busch, has been suspended for two races and fined $25,000, due to the car's quarter-panel heights being too high in post-race inspection — also violations of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q. Busch has been assessed 25 driver points, dropping him from 18th to 22nd in the standings; car owner Rick Hendrick loses 25 owner points.
    In addition:
    Harold Holly, crew chief for the #32 Chevrolet driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr., was fined $5,000 because of the #32 having an unapproved deck lid, a violation of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q that was determined during opening-day inspection.
    John Latchford, crew chief for the #89 Dodge driven by Morgan Shepherd, was fined $1,000 because of an unapproved fire suppression agent found during opening-day inspection. That also violated Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q.
    Larry Carter, crew chief for the #2 Dodge driven by Rusty Wallace, was fined $1,000. During opening-day inspection, the car's shoulder harness did not have a date tag displayed, a violation of Sections 17.2-C (and 12-4-A).(Fox Sports/Sporting News)
    POINTS UPDATED on my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Las Vegas page.(3-15-2005)

  • Hendrick Responds to sanctions and to Appeal: Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, today responded to sanctions levied by NASCAR on two of his NEXTEL Cup Series entries. "I'm not disputing NASCAR's right to levy sanctions," Hendrick said. "As a team owner, I understand why these standards are in place and have always taken pride in the fact that our organization has kept a very clean record. In this particular instance, though, we disagree with the severity of NASCAR's stance and plan to appeal their decision. I want to make it clear that we in no way intentionally ignored guidelines and I'm certain everyone understands that."(Hendrick Motorsports)(3-15-2005)

  • RCR to Appeal NASCAR's Penalty Against Berrier: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will appeal the fine and suspension NASCAR handed down today to one of its NEXTEL Cup Series teams as a result of a rules infraction last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "I understand NASCAR's reasons for imposing a penalty," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "However, I think the penalty they have given us is out of line so we have decided to appeal their ruling."(RCR)(3-15-2005)

  • Top Two Finishers May Face Penalties: Speed Channel is reporting that #48-Jimmie Johnson, the winner at Las Vegas, was found in post race inspection to be too low and the 2nd place finisher #5-Kyle Busch's Chevy quarter panels were too high. NASCAR decisions will come Monday or Tuesday. The win will probably stand.(3-13-2005)

  • Johnson wins at Las Vegas, Busch's right behind him: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the most laps and dominating the last half of the race. Johnson also leaves Las Vegas with the drivers points lead and won the $30,000 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus award for winning the race and leading the points. The rest of the top five were rookie #5-Kyle Busch, #97-Kurt Busch, #24-Jeff Gordon and #29-Kevin Harvick
    See race results at:
    Jayski's Las Vegas Race Results/Awards page
    ESPN.com.(3-13-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Las Vegas - 3 of 36 races
    #97-Kurt Busch, 510
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 500, -10
    #16-Greg Biffle, 428, -82
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 418, -92
    #99-Carl Edwards, 408, -102
    #20-Tony Stewart, 406, -108
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 395, -115
    #12-Ryan Newman, 385, 121
    #6-Mark Martin, 374, -136
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 369, -141
    Full points at:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Las Vegas page
    (updated after penalties announced on 3-15)
    (3-13/15-2005)

  • StockCarFans - Rumblings - Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson dominated today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and drove off with the win in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Tho he didn't lead till lap 147, he led all but 14 of the laps to the finish. That's five times for 107 circuits (including the final 55) and it led to career win #15 for JJ and #132 for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson moves into a three-way tie with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Ernie Irvan for 40th on the all-time win list with the victory.....and it was worth $379,625 from the over $6.1M in posted awards. But the big story of the day has gotta be the Vegas home boys, the Busch Brothers. Kyle Busch (the "shrub") got his career-best finish today with the runner-up spot, and his older brother Kurt was 3rd.
    We set a record (by a mile) for cautions today (10 of 'em), and probably set a record for tire bills as well. Some of those cautions were pretty good melee's too! Dale Jr and Brian Vickers got together in a four-car job on lap 12, and Matt Kenseth & Elliott Sadler were involved in a six-car tussle on lap 65. We also can report we saw more side-by-side racing than we've seen in quite awhile....and we sure hope this becomes a trend.
    Casey Mears (7th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Watkins Glen last August.
    Matt Kenseth (8th) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Loudon last September.
    Bobby Hamilton Jr (11th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Richmond last September.
    Dave Blaney (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Texas last April.
    Jason Leffler (22nd) had his best finish since he was 10th at Homestead in October of 2001!
    Mike Wallace (24th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Talladega last October.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 9 Top-10's in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: The Operator of the week is a lonely Kevin Harvick (+37). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-31), followed by Elliott Sadler (-27), Scott Riggs (-27), and Travis Kvapil (-20). It's a shame this infamous contingency doesn't pay enough to cover what the #29 team is gonna get hit with on Tuesday.
    Travis Kvapil led today for the first time in his Nextel Cup career. In just three races we've already had 27 different drivers to lead a lap.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(3-13-2005)

  • The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #48-Johnson (9)(107 laps led)
    #5-Busch (10)
    #97-Busch (5)(40 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (11)
    #29-Harvick (42)
    #16-Biffle (3)(52 laps led)
    #41-Mears (15)
    #17-Kenseth (8)
    #20-Stewart (23)
    #12-Newman (1)(44 laps led)

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

  • Off track/out of race (9):
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out);
    #25-Vickers (accident-out);
    #89-Shepherd (too slow-out);
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #18-Labonte (accident-out);
    #34-LaJoie (engine-off)
    #66-Salder (accident-off)
    #73-McClure (too slow-off);
    #9-Kahne (accident-off)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 25 lead changes):
    #16-Biffle (52);
    #4-Wallace (1);
    #45-Petty (2);
    #89-Shepherd (2);
    #97-Busch (40);
    #40-Marlin (1);
    #77-Kvapil (9);
    #12-Newman (44);
    #9-Kahne (1);
    #07-Blaney (7);
    #48-Johnson (107);
    #43-Green (1);

    New Record....most lead changes

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole; #16-Biffle 1-14; #4-Wallace 15; #45-Petty 16-17; #89-Shepherd 18-19; #97-Busch 20-22; #16-Biffle 23-60; #40-Marlin 61; #77-Kvapil 62-64; #12-Newman 65-87; #9-Kahne 88; #12-Newman 89-91; #77-Kvapil 92-97; #12-Newman 98-102; #07-Blaney 103-109; #97-Busch 110-146; #48-Johnson 147-177; #43-Green 178; 12-Newman 179-182; #48-Johnson 183-195; #12-Newman 196-200; #48-Johnson 201-207; #12-Newman 208-210; #48-Johnson 211; #12-Newman 212; #48-Johnson 213-267;

    Cautions: 10 for 46 laps

    New record for Cautions

    Caution 10 - Laps 225 - 228: #66-Sadler spun in turn 2 and hit the inside wall.
    Caution 9 - Laps 207 - 210: Debris on the track in turn 4.
    Caution 8 - Laps 195 - 198: #10-Riggs spun out in turn 4 with a tire down, stayed out an extra lap and the tire ripped the fender off.
    Caution 7 - Laps 176 - 180: debris on the track.
    Caution 6 - Laps 126 - 129: Debris in turn two.
    Caution 5 - Laps 102 - 107: #9-Kahne got loose and backed into the turn 4 wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 87 - 90: #11-Leffler was coming in to pit and slowed, #49-Schrader got into the back of Leffler, both slid a bit.
    Caution 3 - Laps 66 - 69: #17-Kenseth got into #38-Sadler in turn 4, who go all the way sideways and slide thru the turn, #31-Burton got into the rear of #24-Gordon and #99-Edwards got into the rear of #20-Stewart, looks like Edwards ended up with the most damage.
    Caution 2 - Laps 60 - 63: #7-Gordon lost an engine.
    Caution 1 - Laps 13 - 19: #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into #25-Vickers in turn 1, collecting #18-Labonte, #21-Rudd and #49-Schrader. Dale Jr. admitted on TV that it was his mistake.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: #14-Andretti, still a lap down, 28th
    Caution 9: #4-Wallace(2), 24th
    Caution 8: #38-Sadler, 29th
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards, 14th
    Caution 6: #17-Kenseth, 8th
    Caution 5: #42-McMurray, 15th
    Caution 4: #34-LaJoie, 36th
    Caution 3: #45-Petty, 25th
    Caution 2: #4-Wallace, 24th
    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 lap 234, #12-Newman and #24-Gordon were fighting for 2nd and Newman got into Gordon and they both had to lift and lost a few spots.
    ---- on the 10th caution pitstops, #01-Nemechek came in running 3rd, but the jack got let down by accident on the left side and Nemechek came out 13th.
    ---- as of lap 200, #9-Kahne is back on the track again.
    ---- during the 8th cuation, #97-Busch's crew missed a lugnut and had to come back in a 2nd time.
    ---- #29-Harvick was penalized for speeding while exiting pit road during caution 8 pit stops.
    ---- while leading on lap 188, #48-Johnson is reporting his car is vibrating.
    ---- as of lap 165, #9-Kahne and #40-Marlin are back on the track, Kahne only lasted a lap and looks out now.
    ---- on lap 123, #18-Labonte is back on the track after the team did repairs from the early wreck.
    ---- noticed on lap 117, #49-Schrader is back on the track, 27 laps down.
    ---- on lap 111, #6-Martin is back on the track and is running on 7 cylinders, hoping to make as many laps as possible.
    ---- noticed, on lap 103, during caution, #21-Rudd came back on the track.
    ---- on lap 90, #6-Martin came into the pits, the crew opened the hood, closed it, he made a lap and took it to the garage. The team and Doug Yates are working to fix the problem.
    ---- on lap 78, #42-McMurray made an unscheduled pit stop, no word why.
    ---- on lap 76, #17-Kesneth lost a tire and had to make an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- on lap 74, #14-Andretti made an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- after the 3rd caution, #17-Kenseth is smoking, possibly a tire rub.
    ---- #38-Sadler is very tight as of lap 50 and after starting 2nd is running 35th.
    ---- TO The BACK: #10-Riggs [transmission change]; #49-Schrader [engine change];

  • Happy Hour Practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #17-Kenseth, 168.755
    #48-Johnson, 167.905
    #6-Martin, 167.801
    #9-Kahne, 167.629
    #38-Sadler, 167.530
    slowest: #73-McClure at 156.508 and #66-Sadler at 158.084
    most lap run by: #99-Edwards, 45; #9-Kahne, 44
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 163.099 [22nd fastest lap], 26 laps run
    #01-Nemechek 162.875 [7th], 29 laps
    #38-Sadler 162.588 [5th], 32 laps
    For speeds, see: NASCAR.com
    Happy Hour can be seen via tape on FX at 6:00pm/et, after the Busch Series race.(3-12-2005)

  • Saturday's first practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #38-Sadler 169.683
    #48-Johnson 169.136
    #9-Kahne 168.734
    #16-Biffle 168.708
    #12-Newman 168.555
    #73-McClure 158.038 and #66-Sadler 159.179
    no speed listed for: #89-Shepherd
    most lap run by: #99-Edwards, 47; #6-Martin and #21-Rudd, 44
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #32-Hamilton Jr., 162.579 [34th fastest lap], 7 laps
    #9-Kahne, 162.017 [3rd], 40 laps
    #10-Riggs, 160.905 [12th], 22 laps
    For speeds, see:
    NASCAR.com.(3-12-2005)

  • First since 1977: #12-Ryan Newman's pole at Las Veags is the first pole for a Dodge Charger since Richard Petty won the No. 1 starting spot at Ontario Speedway on Nov. 18, 1977.(Clear!Blue/Dodge PR)(3-12-2005)

  • Newman wins the pole at Las Vegas: #12-Ryan Newman won the pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 173.745mph. The pole is Newman's 28th of his career in 119 races [23.5%] which is 23rd all time, one behind Ricky Rudd's 29 poles. The rest of the top-five are: #38-Elliott Sadler, #16-Greg Biffle, #29-Kevin Harvick and #10-Scott Riggs [however, Riggs team changed transmissions, so he gets a good pit stall choice, but starts the race from the rear]. The actaully fastest 43 drivers will start the race.
    NOTE: #29-Kevin Harvick's car failed post-qualifying inspection and his speed/time was disallowed as the car did not have a full tank of fuel, which is required this year for qualifying, so he will start 42nd on Sunday. From Speed Channel: The quirk was the #29 car of Kevin Harvick, who ran fourth-fastest. Harvick, however, was found to be in violation of a little-known rule which requires cars to qualify with a full tank of fuel. Harvick's car was found to carry 18gal instead of the full 22gal.
    For pole progression, rookies, Friday's practice speeds, qualifying results, starting lineup and other site starting lineup links on my Jayski's Las Vegas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(3-11-2005)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Kas Vegas: We went back to the qualifying format we've used for years, and the face we've seen for years pointing to the Bud scoreboard was atop the final rundown today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman took the top-spot for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 with a time of 31.080 (173.745 mph); the 28th Bud Pole of his Cup career. It wasn't easy tho....Elliott Salder only missed by a little over half a hundredth.
    Kevin Harvick provided the excitement for the day as his team tried an inventive way to circumvent the new rules requiring all cars to qualify with a full fuel tank. It didn't work cause they went too fast (NASCAR pays real close attention to the Top-5 qualifiers)......he timed in 4th but will start 42nd.
    Elliott Sadler (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Daytona in February of 2004.
    Scott Riggs (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Lowe's last October.
    Travis Kvapil (6th) has his best starting spot since he started 5th at Martinsville last October.
    Ken Schrader (14th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Talladega in September of 2003!
    Bobby Hamilton Jr. has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Lowe's last October.
    Jason Leffler (17th) has his best starting spot since he started 6th at Kansas in October of 2003. (only 6 races).
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 10 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    (in part from StockCarFans.com)(3-11-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway qualifying? Eight got in and five will go home:
    #00-Carl Long - DNQ
    #09-Johnny Sauter - DNQ
    #4-Mike Wallace - IN will start 31st
    #7-Robby Gordon - IN, 28th
    #11-Jason Leffler - IN, 18th
    #14-John Andretti - IN, 38
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine - DNQ
    #34-Randy LaJoie - IN, 39th
    #37-Kevin Lepage - DNQ
    #66-Hermie Sadler - IN, 41st
    #73-Eric McClure - IN, 42nd
    #79-Stan Boyd - DNQ
    #89-Morgan Shepherd - IN, 43rd
    #92-Stanton Barrett - DNQ
    (3-11-2005)

  • Friday Practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over the fastest:
    #12-Newman 171.249
    #16-Biffle 170.595
    #48-Johnson 169.705
    #01-Nemechek 169.523
    #38-Sadler 169.348
    slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 151.702 and #00-Long 158.968
    most laps run: #49-Schrdaer, 40; #42-McMurray, 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman, 168.375 [1st fastest lap], ran 9 laps
    #17-Kenseth, 167.056 [6th], 10 laps
    #16-Biffle, 166.826 [2nd], 14 laps
    See speeds at Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Grid Page.(3-11-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Eight will get in the race and six will go home::
    practice rank, car#, driver, speed
    17, #7-Robby Gordon, 167.250mph
    19, #11-Jason Leffler, 167.146
    32, #14-John Andretti, 165.517
    36, #92-Stanton Barrett, 164.740
    37, #4-Mike Wallace, 164.735
    40, #66-Hermie Sadler, 163.875
    42, #09-Johnny Sauter, 162.896
    43, #37-Kevin Lepage, 162.700
    44, #34-Randy LaJoie, 162.460
    45, #89-Morgan Shepherd, 162.191
    46, #73-Eric McClure, 162.167
    47, #79-Stan Boyd, 160.776
    48, #00-Carl Long, 158.968
    49, #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 151.702

  • Qualifying Order is up for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 49 drivers listed, first due out is #18-Bobby Labonte, last due out is #34-Randy LaJoie. For the qualifying order see:
    Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Grid Page
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com.(3-11-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor 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 2004 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Carl Long [first attempt of 2005]
    #09-Johnny Sauter [limited sched]
    #4-Mike Wallace (full-time 2005 planned)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Jason Leffler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #14-John Andretti (full-time 2005 planned)
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine (full-time 2005 planned)
    #34-Randy LaJoie [was #98 in 2004] (full-time 2005 planned)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #73-Eric McClure (full-time 2005 planned)
    #79-Stan Boyd [unknown plans]
    #89-Morgan Shepherd [didn't attempt Calif.]
    #92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    See the full list at Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List Page
    (3-7-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List, 49 cars entered

  • 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"


  • The Impound Rules 2005:
    Post-qualifying impound procedure will be used in all three national series
    Cost-containment measure for teams
    Following qualifying, starting field will be impounded until race day
    Teams will not be permitted to work on their cars unless for special circumstances and authorized by NASCAR officials
    New procedure will alter the traditional race weekend schedule
    Traditional race weekend (Friday-Sunday): two hours practice on Friday, qualifying Saturday and then the cars would be impounded immediately following post-qualifying inspection
    Nextel Cup events using the procedure [21 of 36]: California (both races); Atlanta (everything on Friday, nothing on Sat); Bristol (both - Jayski Note: last I heard, the April race still would be a 3-day deal with qualifying on Friday, race on Sunday, the August race is Saturday night); Phoenix (both); Darlington; Richmond (both); Pocono (both); Michigan (both); Daytona (July); New Hampshire (both); Watkins Glen; and Kansas.(Jayski Note: also Indiabapolis will probbaly use the rule as they already hold qualifying on Saturday's for a Sunday race]
    Additional events may be added during the season
    All Busch and Craftsman Truck events will use the impound procedure (FoxSports)(2-12-2005)

  • NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series News & Notes - Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, by no means off the radar, is nonetheless off the stats page this week, as far as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 is concerned. It’s a small story, at first glance, considering that the season is only two weeks old. A larger look, however, reveals the true significance of the top-10 absence by the series’ 2003 champion. Kenseth (#17 USG Sheetrock/DEWALT Ford), has come to personify consistency. He’s seemingly always in the hunt and sometimes, in the front – at the finish. Steadiness steered him to the championship two years ago. It also earned him top-10 status for 71 consecutive weeks coming into this season. Two weeks into 2005, that remarkable run has been replaced by a troubling turn of events. Kenseth is 36th in the series points after finishing next-to-last (42nd) in the Daytona 500 and 26th in Week 2, at California Speedway. Fittingly, this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the rugged terrain of the Sunrise Mountains as a backstretch backdrop, Kenseth has an imposing hill to climb. He needs his trademark consistency – and more, much like last year when he won this event in dominating fashion. As they might say in Las Vegas, don’t bet against him. Kenseth also won at Las Vegas in 2003, his only victory during his championship season. A Kenseth three-peat would be one way – and obviously the quickest way – for the former titlist to make up ground in the standings.

    NEWS AND NOTES, PART II
    Top-10 Rundown: Familiar Faces in First Two Spots … Kurt Busch (#97 Sharpie/IRWIN Ford) and Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) ended the 2004 season 1-2 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, after the first-year Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, with Busch only eight points ahead. After two 2005 races, they’re 1-2 again, with Busch merely five points (340-335) in front. Said Busch: "It's way too early to even talk points. But we're having fun.” Fun, indeed. Busch has 11 top-10 finishes in his last 12 races, dating back to his victory last September at New Hampshire, the first race in the “Chase”. … Johnson has eight consecutive top-10 finishes dating to Lowe’s Motor Speedway last October. … The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 currently features four past champions: Busch, seventh-place Tony Stewart (#20 Home Depot Chevrolet), eighth-place Rusty Wallace (#2 Miller Lite Dodge) and 10th-place Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevrolet).

    From the Archives: 50-Year Anniversary of NASCAR’s First Vegas Visit … The city of Las Vegas will be celebrating its 100th anniversary later this year. NASCAR, meanwhile, has its own Vegas anniversary. Nearly 50 years ago, on Oct. 16, 1955, a 200-mile event, the 43rd race on the NASCAR schedule, was held at the Las Vegas Park Speedway. The track was originally built as the Las Vegas Jockey Club horse track. Only three motorsports events were held at the mile-long dirt track before it was razed to make way for the Las Vegas Hilton: An IndyCar championship race in 1954, a USAC stock car race in 1959 and the NASCAR event of 1955. The race featured drivers mainly from the West Coast. It was scheduled for the same day as Martinsville Speedway’s event and although the Las Vegas purse was larger, most of NASCAR’s top drivers chose not to travel west. There was, though, a field of 27 cars, including many notable drivers of the day.
    Johnny Mantz, winner of the 1950 Southern 500, qualified his 1955 Mercury in the sixth starting position. Mantz was known primarily as an open-wheel driver who found occasional success in stock cars. Bill Amick of Portland, Ore., had a 1955 Oldsmobile coming off the line in 13th spot. Californian Eddie Pagan started 11th in his new Chevrolet. Pagan teamed with Dick Hutcherson in 1971 to form Hutcherson-Pagan Enterprises, one of the sport’s most successful car building operations over the last 30 years. Hutcherson-Pagan parts trucks are still a familiar site around the nation’s race tracks. Other West Coast stars such as Danny Letner, Lloyd Dane, Erick Erickson and Johnny Kieper also made the field. One driver who drew attention was a short-track specialist from Wisconsin named Norm Nelson. Nelson was driving a powerful Chrysler 300 for car owner Carl Kiekhaefer. A fellow Wisconsin native, Keikhaefer had made a fortune with his Mercury outboard motors. He was fascinated with all things automotive and competitive, entering a Chrysler in the 1952 Mexican Road Race with national open wheel champion Tony Bettenhausen Sr. as his driver. The Mexico adventure met with moderate success, but “the old man”, as Kiekhaefer was known, looked for a new challenge and a way to advertise his outboard motors. He chose to form NASCAR’s first “super team” in 1955. The plan paid off as Kiekhaefer-prepared cars won 21 of the season’s first 42 races leading up to the Las Vegas event. Nelson put his Chrysler on the pole with a speed of 74.518 mph. Bill Hyde from Portland, Ore. started on the outside of the front row in a two year old Oldsmobile. Lloyd Dane jumped into the lead from his fourth-place starting spot and led the first five laps. Nelson took over the lead on Lap Six and held it to Lap 74 when the race was red-flagged due an accident. Virgil Martin, running 12 laps behind, lost control of his Ford directly in front of a tight-running group of cars. Twelve competitors were involved in the incident, which completely blocked the track. No injuries resulted although seven cars were taken out of the event. The race was restarted on Lap 75 after a long delay with Nelson assuming the lead. However, darkness was closing in and the race was called on Lap 111. Nelson was declared the winner for his first and only NASCAR premier series victory with Hyde coming home in second two laps behind. Nelson picked up $1,325 for the win. Nelson left NASCAR and Kiekhaefer in 1956, choosing to compete with his own equipment on the Midwestern circuits of USAC and IMCA. Nelson won several championships in both organizations, often giving praise to his engine builder, Jerry Kulwicki, father of 1992 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Alan Kulwicki.

    On the Right Track
    • Foremost, you might want to be in a Ford this weekend. Ford drivers have won five of the seven LVMS events.
    • Jeff Burton (#31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet) is the only driver other than Matt Kenseth to have two Vegas victories. Burton won in 1999 and 2000. He drove Fords back then.
    • Mark Martin (#6 Viagra Ford) has the most top-10 Vegas finishes, with six. Burton is second with five.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8 Budweiser Chevrolet), has led four of the five Vegas races he’s entered.

    Fast Facts
    The race: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. (Race #3 of the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.)
    The track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (1.5-mile oval.)
    The date/time: Sunday, March 13, 3:05pm/et(ET).
    TV: FOX, 2 p.m. (ET).
    Radio: PRN/XM Satellite.
    Posted awards: $6,131,958.
    Race length: 400 miles, 267 laps.
    2004 winner: Matt Kenseth.
    2004 polesitter: Kasey Kahne.(NASCAR PR)(3-9-2005)

  • WHO'S HOT : HEADING TO LAS VEGAS
    * Kurt Busch has scored 11 top-10 finishes, including one victory, in the last 12 races, since New Hampshire last September.
    * Jimmie Johnson has scored four victories and eight top-10 finishes in the last eight races, since Charlotte last October.
    * Rusty Wallace has scored four top-10 finishes in his last five races, since Phoenix last fall.
    * Mark Martin has scored two top-10 finishes in the first two races in 2005.
    * Carl Edwards, Dale Jarrett, Sterling Marlin and Elliott Sadler have each scored top-15 finishes in the first two races in 2005..(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-4-2005)

  • Las Vegas Nuggets
    Drivers at Las Vegas
    * Seventeen drivers have competed in all seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Las Vegas.
    * Only four of the 17 drivers that have competed in all seven races at Las Vegas are ranked in the current NASCAR Top 10: Mark Martin (third), Rusty Wallace (eighth), Sterling Marlin (ninth) and Jeff Gordon (10th).
    Starting Up Front
    * #15-Michael Waltrip and #18-Bobby Labonte lead all drivers each with five top-10 starts in their seven races at Las Vegas.
    * #97-Kurt Busch has posted top-10 starts in all four of his races at Las Vegas. No other driver has scored a top-10 start in every race that they competed in at Las Vegas.
    Ford Dominates A Ford has won five of the seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Las Vegas.
    Roush Racing Rules
    Roush Racing has won five of the seven races at Las Vegas. #17-Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton [was #99 now #31 RCR] and #6-Mark Martin have dominated at Las Vegas over the seven races held at the Nevada Superspeedway. Kenseth (competing in only five races) and Burton (then driving for Roush) are the only drivers to score multiple victories there (two each). Martin (six) and Burton (five) lead all other drivers in top-10 finishes in seven races at Las Vegas. Kenseth, Burton and Martin rank 1-2-3 in laps led at Las Vegas. Kenseth leads the way with 221 laps led there. Of the 17 drivers that have competed in five or more races at Las Vegas, Kenseth has the best average finish (9.4) followed by Martin (10.1).
    Shut Out
    #49-Ken Schrader is the only driver that has competed in all seven races at Las Vegas that has never led there.
    Staying at the Front
    #48-Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has led at least one lap in every race in which he competed at Las Vegas. Johnson has competed in three races at the Nevada superspeedway. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., has competed in five races at Las Vegas and has led in four.
    Stewart Shines at Vegas #20-Tony Stewart has scored top-five finishes in four of his last five races at Las Vegas, including three straight.
    Not So Brilliant * Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion #97-Kurt Busch has scored only one top-10 finish in four races at Las Vegas. His best Las Vegas finish (ninth) came there in this race one year ago.
    * #24-Jeff Gordon has finished 15th or worse in his last three races at Las Vegas.
    * #21-Ricky Rudd has competed in all seven races at Las Vegas without scoring a top-10 finish.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson is on a HOT streak Jimmie Johnson has scored eight straight top-10 finishes, extending a streak that began at Charlotte last October.
    Off To a Good Start in 2005 Defending NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Champion #97-Kurt Busch has finished second and third in the first two races of the season. #48-Jimmie Johnson is the only other driver to score top-five finishes in the first two races of the season. Busch is ranked first in the point standings, just five points ahead of second-place Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-4-2005)

  • Off Week Notes: Two weeks down, 34 to go. With those numbers looming, an off-week for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is, in reality, anything but that. The next event – the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – is fast approaching. For some competitors, there’s only one way to prepare: Keep racing.
    That inclination pairs perfectly this week with a first-ever NASCAR Busch Series event in Mexico City. Seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers are making a South of the Border sojourn to compete in a historic event – Sunday’s Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 presented by Banamex at the legendary Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course. It will mark the first NASCAR Busch Series points event held outside the United States, and the first road-course event for the NASCAR Busch Series since a 2001 event at Watkins Glen. (FOX will televise the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 presented by Banamex live on Sunday beginning at 3:00pm/et. Among those tackling the 80-lap, 201-mile challenge on the Autodromo’s 2.5-mile course will be Robby Gordon (#55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet), Rusty Wallace (#64 Bell Helicopter Dodge), Jamie McMurray (#42 Texaco-Havoline Dodge), Kevin Harvick (#21 Pelon Pelo Rico Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (#60 Charter Communications Ford), Boris Said (#1 Yellow Dodge) and Elliott Sadler (#90 Citifinancial Ford). Another participant with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup experience is Ron Fellows, a road-racing specialist who makes frequent appearances in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen. He’ll drive the #87 Chevrolet.
    McMurray will be joined by most of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team, including crew chief Donnie Wingo. His team owners, Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, also plan to be there.
    Always room for surprises … Only two races have been checked off the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule, but fast starters already have emerged, among them Carl Edwards (#99 Office Depot Ford), who sits a surprising fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings heading into the off week thanks to a 12th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 and last Sunday’s fifth-place finish at California Speedway.
    According to Roush Racing owner Jack Roush, Edwards is following in his teammates’ footsteps. But current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Kurt Busch (#97 Irwin Industrial Tools/Sharpie Ford) and last Sunday’s Auto Club 500 winner, Greg Biffle, also excelled in youthful sink-or-swim situations. Edwards, who also ran fulltime in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2003 and 2004 (he was the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in 2003), was promoted to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series last season, running the final 13 events in the #99.
    Early contenders handicap themselves, others … Only two races have been completed, but the points battle already is shaping up. The target is race #26, the cutoff point for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. At the end of that Sept. 10 event at Richmond International Raceway, the NASCAR Top 10 and any drivers within 400 points of the leader will compete for the championship over the season’s final 10 races. So there’s much ground to make up – or lose – even in the spring. Certainly, people expected to be in the NASCAR Top 10 are there, heading into the off week; current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Kurt Busch leads the standings followed by Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), the series runner-up for the last two seasons. One of Busch’s Roush Racing teammates, Mark Martin (#6 Viagra Ford), who finished fourth last season and is competing in his final fulltime season, sits third.
    Two other drivers who made last year’s inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart (#20 Home Depot Chevrolet), are sixth and seventh, respectively. Gordon, who won the season-opening Daytona 500, is 10th after engine failure relegated him to a 30th-place finish at California. Then there are the surprises: Rusty Wallace (#2 Miller Lite Dodge), who’s retiring following this season, is eighth in the standings following back-to-back 10th-place finishes in the Daytona 500 and the Auto Club 500. Sterling Marlin (#40 Coors Light Dodge) is ninth after an eighth-place in the Daytona 500 and a 15th-place finish in the Auto Club 500. Greg Biffle, who’s fifth in the standings after last Sunday’s win at California, also won last year’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Neither Wallace, Marlin nor Biffle made last year’s Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    TV Timeout … The preliminary results reveal that more households tuned in to the 2005 Auto Club 500 than any other non-Daytona 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event in history, which also made it the highest-rated, most watched event at California Speedway. The Auto Club 500, which followed the Daytona 500 for the first time, enjoyed a 20% increase in households and an 18% increase in viewers over the second event of the 2004 season at North Carolina Speedway.
    Chevrolet, Ford tied for lead in Manufacturers standings … Greg Biffle’s Auto Club 500 win gave Ford its first victory of 2005 and tied Chevrolet for the early lead in the 2005 Manufacturers Championship. Both Ford and Chevrolet have 15 points and one win. Dodge has eight points.(NASCAR PR)(3-4-2005)

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

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 2004 Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 128.700mph, started 25th

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Kasey Kahne, 174.904, finished 2nd

  • Event/Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 174.904mph, March 2004


    Race Winners at Las Vegas

    2004 Matt Ksensth, #17 Ford, 128.790, starts 25th
    2003 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 132.934, started 17th
    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th


    Pole Winners at Las Vegas

    2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 174.904, finished 2nd
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 173.016, finished 4th
    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 172.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th


    Track Record

  • Most Wins: Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth, 2

  • Most Poles: Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, 2

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

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Burton, Mark Martin

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 2000, 119.982mph [rain shortened]

  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/02

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 29 years, 7 months, 3/4/01

  • Most Cautions: 6 - three times, most recently 3/7/04

  • Most Caution Laps: 37, 3/7/04

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 2 times, most recently 3/5/2000

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 9, 3/1/1998

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 20 - 3/3/2002

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 10 - twice, most recently 3/7/1999

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/5/2000

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 33 - 3/7/04

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 3/7/99

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 3/5/2000

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 123 - Matt Kenseth, 3/7/2004

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 33 - Jeff Gordon 3/4/2001

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Ford

  • Closest Margin of Victory: 1.065 seconds - Mark Martin over Jeff Burton, 3/1/98

  • Greatest Margin of Victory: 9.104 seconds - Matt Kenseth over Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3/2/03


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 9 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 137,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles

  • Track Homepage: www.lvms.com

  • Last Year: see my 2004 Las Vegas Race Info Page.


    (NOTE: Jayski will not be attending...too busy with the site to travel)

  • Ticket Packages Still Available for Vegas: What are your plans for this weekend? [well....working the site, doing semi-live qualifying, watching the race, Enterprise and Deadwood]. How do sunny skies, an average temperature of 80 degrees, America's greatest city and the excitement of NASCAR sound? For less than $1,000, those of you in the northeast can escape the bitter cold and rainy weekend and head to beautiful Las Vegas to attend the Sam's Town 300 on March 12 and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 13. "This is the perfect weekend escape from the harsh weather in many of the major eastern cities," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "This may be the best forecast we have ever had for a NASCAR Weekend. It's the perfect weekend junket for any NASCAR fan."
    Airfare from most major northeastern cities, including Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York is less than $500 and hotel-room rates have dropped in recent weeks. Triple Play tickets still are available for $119. They provide race fans a bleacher seat for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup event on March 13, a reserved grandstand seat for the Sam's Town 300 Busch Series event on March 12 and a general admission ticket for the Las Vegas Double Down on Sept. 24 featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Champ Car World Series. Tickets and information are available at www.lvms.com, or 1-800-644-4444.(LVMS PR)(3-9-2005)

  • Just about 50 years ago...a race in Vegas: Nearly 50 years ago, on Oct. 16, 1955, a 200-mile event, the 43rd race on the NASCAR schedule, was held at the Las Vegas Park Speedway. The track was originally built as the Las Vegas Jockey Club horse track. Only three motorsports events were held at the mile-long dirt track before it was razed to make way for the Las Vegas Hilton: An IndyCar championship race in 1954, a USAC stock car race in 1959 and the NASCAR event of 1955. The race featured drivers mainly from the West Coast. It was scheduled for the same day as Martinsville Speedway’s event and although the Las Vegas purse was larger, most of NASCAR’s top drivers chose not to travel west. There was, though, a field of 27 cars, including many notable drivers of the day. Johnny Mantz, winner of the 1950 Southern 500, qualified his 1955 Mercury in the sixth starting position. Mantz was known primarily as an open-wheel driver who found occasional success in stock cars. Bill Amick of Portland, Ore., had a 1955 Oldsmobile coming off the line in 13th spot. Californian Eddie Pagan started 11th in his new Chevrolet. One driver who drew attention was a short-track specialist from Wisconsin named Norm Nelson. Nelson was driving a powerful Chrysler 300 for car owner Carl Kiekhaefer. A fellow Wisconsin native, Keikhaefer had made a fortune with his Mercury outboard motors. Kiekhaefer, who was looking for a new way to advertise his outboard motors, chose to form NASCAR’s first “super team” in 1955. The plan paid off as Kiekhaefer-prepared cars won 21 of the season’s first 42 races leading up to the Las Vegas event. Nelson put his Chrysler on the pole with a speed of 74.518 mph. Bill Hyde from Portland, Ore. started on the outside of the front row in a two year old Oldsmobile. Nelson, who was leading the race, was declared the winner as darkness was closing in and the race was called on Lap 111 for his first and only NASCAR premier series victory with Hyde coming home in second two laps behind. Nelson picked up $1,325 for the win. Nelson left NASCAR and Kiekhaefer in 1956, choosing to compete with his own equipment on the Midwestern circuits of USAC and IMCA. Nelson won several championships in both organizations, often giving praise to his engine builder, Jerry Kulwicki, father of 1992 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Alan Kulwicki.(NASCAR PR), see the full story on my Las Vegas Race Info/Rundown Page.(3-9-2005)

  • LVMS expects smooth vehicle flow for NASCAR Weekend Las Vegas Motor Speedway's ever improving vehicle flow for its March 11-13 NASCAR Weekend should be even better for this year's event, according to LVMS officials. Over the past three years, the completion of the 215 beltway, new interchanges and wider roads have helped make ingress and egress from the speedway's property a seamless experience for race fans. "The combination of better traffic planning, cooperation from all areas of transportation and law enforcement and the continued education of our race fans has dramatically improved vehicle flow over the past several years," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "While the traffic plan itself is virtually the same as last year, we expect this year to be even better than the past years." One notable difference for race fans attending the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday, March 12 will be the unimpeded flow following the event. In past years, incoming traffic for races at either the dirt track or Bullring had conflicted with traffic exiting the superspeedway. There are no racing events scheduled for Saturday night this year.
    "We still want people to continue to plan on arriving early and show patience when they are leaving," Powell said. "We will continue to impress upon everyone the importance of using the 215. Last year, the number of cars using 215 was much greater than 2004, and it showed with the improvements we saw last year." Speedway officials also are encouraging as many race fans as possible to use buses and shuttles such as Citizens Area Transit (CAT) for transportation to the races. This year's event also will see a crackdown on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle. General parking is free at LVMS.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(3-4-2005)

  • American Idol star National Anthem at LVMS, and the Thunderbirds: Diana DeGarmo, who burst on the national stage by finishing runner-up in the 2004 American Idol competition, will perform the National Anthem prior to the March 13 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. DeGarmo, 17, has been performing around the world throughout the past year and is preparing for the release of her first album, "Blue Skies." DeGarmo's performance will be punctuated by a flyover from the USAF Thunderbirds. It will be the second consecutive year the Air Force's most precise flying team will perform the flyover. Robin Leach, former star of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, will return for the second year as master of ceremonies for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Tickets are available for the NASCAR Weekend by calling 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.tickets.com.(LVMS PR)(3-2-2005)

  • More on the Atlanta-Vegas rumored race swap: Don't believe everything you read on the Internet [gasp]. A popular auto racing Web site created a stir in Atlanta and Las Vegas this week when it posted a rumor that one of Atlanta Motor Speedway's two NASCAR Nextel Cup races would be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2006 or 2007. The report also said that LVMS "supposedly has plans to add ... possibly 50,000 more seats." The rumor prompted amusement from LVMS general manager Chris Powell and an angry response from his counterpart in Atlanta, Ed Clark. Both tracks are owned by Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I'm just trying to figure out where we're going to put 50,000 seats," Powell said, dismissing the rumor with a chuckle. Clark was not as amused. "The report was completely unfounded and false," Clark said in a statement. "It's very disappointing that Internet sites spread this kind of mistruth. Rumors like this, published without any attempt at verification, create confusion and they hurt our fans, our competitors and our sport. There have been absolutely no discussions in our company about moving a NASCAR date from Atlanta. We will continue to host two NASCAR races well into the future." Powell, who has been lobbying NASCAR for several years to get a second annual Nextel Cup Series race at his track, also said he has heard no talk about Smith moving a race to Las Vegas from any of his tracks -- or adding 50,000 additional seats. Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. also owns Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway.(Las Vegas Sun)(2-27-2005)

  • An Atlanta race to Las Vegas? UPDATE 4 denied and 'slammed': hearing that in 2006 or 2007, one of Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) Nextel Cup races could be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which supposedly has plans to add more grandstands.....possibly 50,000 more seats.(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE: been told by folks at AMS that this is completely false.
    UPDATE 2: Contrary to an internet report posted Wednesday, Speedway Motorsports Inc. has no plans to move a NASCAR race date from Atlanta Motor Speedway to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "The report was completely unfounded and false," Clark said. "It's very disappointing that internet sites [hmm..always blame the Internet sites] spread this kind of mistruth. Rumors like this, published without any attempt at verification, create confusion, and they hurt our fans, our competitors and our sport." Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekends - each March and October - which are the two largest sporting events annually in Georgia. "There have been absolutely no discussions in our company about moving a NASCAR date from Atlanta," Clark said. "We will continue to host two NASCAR races well into the future, giving fans the 'Real Racing. Real Fast.' that they expect when visiting NASCAR's fastest track."(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE 3: Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark said there's no substance to a report on a popular racing Web site claiming that AMS will lose a Nextel Cup race to its sister track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in 2006 or 2007. Jayski.com posted the report on Wednesday. "That's totally unfounded, uncalled for and irresponsible to report," Clark said. "It's hurtful to our track and our fans." Jay Adamczyk, who hosts the jayski.com site, declined to comment other than to say, "I stand by what I posted and heard."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(2-24-2005)
    UPDATE 4: A report this week on a popular and highly respected motorsports Internet site said within two years one of two Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving the local track two annual races. Both facilities are owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. I [Jeff Wolf] called Bruton Smith, chairman of SMI, to ask if there was merit to the Jayski.com report. Smith responded with a word [what Dale Jr. got penalized for?] that describes what I try to avoid stepping in when walking behind bulls at the rodeo. He added that he had no plans to shift one of Atlanta's races to Las Vegas.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(2-25-2005)

  • NASCAR'S new qualifying procedure will not apply to LVMS in 2005: Las Vegas Motor Speedway's traditional NASCAR Weekend schedule will be unchanged in 2005. Speedway officials said LVMS will not be among the venues that will be moving NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying to Saturday. In an announcement made Monday, NASCAR cited that a majority of the speedways hosting Nextel Cup events would hold qualifying for their Nextel Cup races on Saturday mornings instead of the traditional Friday afternoons. However, qualifying for the March 13, 2005 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at LVMS will be held on Friday, March 11. "The Las Vegas NASCAR Weekend is unique in comparison to many of the other NASCAR Nextel Cup events," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "Roughly 70 percent of our race fans come from out of state, and they come from all over the world to enjoy three days of motorsports and three days of what Las Vegas has to offer. "To cut a day of racing out of the schedule would be unpopular to people who have traveled great distances to get here. We applaud NASCAR's efforts to cut costs for the race teams, but we do not believe this would be good for our fans or our community." Qualifying for the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event also will be held on Friday, March 11. The Sam's Town 300 is scheduled for Saturday, March 12.(LVMS PR)(11-16-2004)

  • Construction crews complete installation of SAFER barriers at LVMS: Las Vegas Motor Speedway has completed the installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers. LVMS installed 6,107 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, covering approximately 75 percent of the 1.5-mile superspeedway's outer walls. The SAFER barrier system has been placed outside of all four turns as well as most of the front straightaway. The construction project was handled by Behade Builders of Las Vegas. The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam that are affixed to a speedway's concrete walls to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. The first event to be run with the SAFER barriers in place will be the Las Vegas 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Champ Car World Series doubleheader on Sept. 25. Tickets are available for both events at www.lvms.com.(PR)(8-12-2004)

  • SAFER install begins at Las Vegas: Installation of Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier got under way Monday as construction crews braved the July desert heat. The process, which will take about three weeks to complete, will have the barriers in place for the upcoming Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Champ Car World Series doubleheader on Sept. 25. The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam that are affixed to a speedway's concrete walls to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. The SAFER wall project began in the fall of 2000 and remains an ongoing safety initiative among NASCAR, Dr. Dean Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska. Based on measurements by engineers, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install 6,107 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, covering approximately 75 percent of the speedway's outer walls. The SAFER barrier system will be placed outside of all four turns as well as most of the front straightaway.(LVMS PR)(7-20-2004)

  • No 2nd Cup race for LVMS? If Las Vegas Motor Speedway wants to host two NASCAR Nextel Cup races each season, track owner Bruton Smith would have to move a date from one of his other tracks, NASCAR chairman Brian France said. France said Wednesday that awarding LVMS a second annual date is "not in our current plans." Smith and LVMS general manager Chris Powell have been lobbying NASCAR for a second Cup race since Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased the track late in 1998. Smith owns six tracks that will host 10 Nextel Cup points races in 2005. Smith has said in the past that Las Vegas deserves a second Cup race but that he doesn't intend to move a race from one of his other tracks to accomplish that. Smith's SMI also owns Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Northern California, Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C., and Texas Motor Speedway.(Las Vegas Sun)(5-22-2004)

  • NASCAR Weekend nets record $142 million for Las Vegas economy The 2004 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas had a record $142 million impact on the local economy, the greatest impact in the seven-year history of the event. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority's annual study revealed that the final number of $142,673,400 was 7.3 percent greater than in 2003. The numbers are based on interviews with race fans during the March 5-7 weekend and reflect the amount of money spent - both gaming and non-gaming - during the four-day event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    "NASCAR Weekend once again provided an economic boon to Las Vegas," said Las Vegas Motor Speedway general manager Chris Powell. "This event has become one of the most anticipated stops on the NASCAR circuit for hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world." The study estimated approximately 92,350 visitors attended the race from outside Southern Nevada. These visitors provided a non-gaming impact of $85,361,900 to the local economic market.
    The event weekend is estimated to have drawn more than 320,000 people through the gates at the speedway. The events included the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup event, the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, Friday's qualifying day, two nights of the J.D. Byrider Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals for the World of Outlaws and the Southern Nevada Dodge Dealers Showdown for the NASCAR Weekly Series at the Bullring.
    According to Keith Schwer of the economics research department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, each dollar brought into the area creates a little more than another additional dollar. Based on Schwer's analysis, the event generated more than $300 million as the money cycles throughout the Las Vegas economy Once the money comes into Las Vegas, it gets spent more than once," Schwer said. "The hotel that took the initial money then pays an employee with part of that money and that employee invests it in the local economy. That's how a dollar turns over and generates more revenue." There are varying schools of thought on the domino effect of dollars tumbling through an economy. Some economists theorize that a dollar spent can be re-spent as many as seven times in a community. If that were the case, the NASCAR Weekend's impact on the Las Vegas economy could exceed $1 billion.
    The NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas is highly anticipated each year by the area's business community. Room rates were at their highest mark ever for a NASCAR weekend, flights were up dramatically at McCarran International Airport in the month of March and many local hotels and casinos have reported record revenues for their first quarter that ended March 31. Powell said the speedway would continue to have a huge impact on the community and state. "In terms of its impact on this community, the NASCAR Weekend now ranks near the top with many of the major conventions and trade shows that visit Las Vegas every year," Powell said. "We want to make this event bigger and better each year. It takes a collective effort between the speedway, local government and our business community to maintain that constant growth."(LVMS PR)(4-28-2004)

  • 2nd Race at Vegas too? even though it wasn't mentioned in the TMS getting 2nd race in 2005? story, am hearing that Las Vegas Motor Speedway has a good chance at getting a 2nd Cup race in 2005.
    AND ISC wants Bruton Smith to give up the all-star race, which has been at Smith's Charlotte track for nearly 20 years, a gift from R. J. Reynolds. Smith says he is adamant about keeping the race. However sources say that Smith has been offered a second Cup race at Las Vegas in exchange for the all-star race. The all-star race, after all, does belong to NASCAR, and it could easily be "repossessed." Whatever happens to the all-star race, it is not expected to remain as a race on a standalone weekend.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-23-2004)

  • Mario Andretti opens Indy car racing school at LVMS: Mario Andretti, often referred to as the greatest race car driver of all time, has opened an Indy-style driving experience called the Mario Andretti Racing School Presented by The Archipelago Exchange (Arca/Ex), the world's first totally open, all-electronic stock exchange. Andretti was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway today to make the announcement. For more information on scheduling, pricing, course descriptions - or for reservations - call 1-877-ANDRETTI or visit the website at www.andrettiracing.com.(or see full PR at the LVMS site)(4-15-2004)

  • SAFER at Vegas for Sept race: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers prior to the Sept. 25 Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, LVMS general manager Chris Powell announced today. "Participant safety is of utmost importance," Powell said. "Many great strides have been made to improve driver safety over the years, and we believe the SAFER barrier represents one of the most significant improvements in a long time in motorsports." The speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has placed Wes Harris, SMI vice president of development, in charge of the project for all SMI tracks. Installation is expected to begin in early August. The project is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam that are affixed to a speedway's concrete walls to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. The SAFER wall project began in the fall of 2000 and remains an ongoing safety initiative among NASCAR, Dr. Dean Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska. Based on measurements by engineers, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install 6,107 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, covering approximately 75 percent of the speedway's outer walls. The SAFER barrier system will be placed outside of all four turns as well as most of the front straightaway.(LVMS PR)(4-8-2004)

  • LVMS #1 in Vegas: The NASCAR races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were voted the Best Sports Event in Las Vegas for 2003 by the reader's of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It was the fourth time in the past five years the races at the speedway have received this honor. The winners were announced this past Saturday night. The voting is done through ballots in the newspaper. The National Finals Rodeo finished a distant second.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(3-30-2004)

  • Las Vegas to be reconfigured? III: .....and [Bruton] Smith has all but decided to spend $10 million to repave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with parabolic banking [similar to Homestead] before next season's race.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-28-2004)

  • Bruton Considering Vegas Configuration; and wants slower cars: Bruton Smith said he will consider asking Goodyear to run a computer-program simulation for parabolic banking at Las Vegas Speedway. But he said it makes more sense for NASCAR to cut the speeds of cars 15 mph and make the noses more blunt, which he said would make for better racing. "Slow the speeds so they can do all that bumping and rubbing that excites the fans, and then the TV ratings will go back up," Smith said. Las Vegas TV ratings were down 16 percent, and Atlanta ratings were down 10 percent. "What it costs to run a team this season is immoral," Smith said. "We need to cut our costs."(Winston Salem Journal)(3-20-2004)

  • Las Vegas to reconfigure? It has been proposed that Las Vegas undergo computerized reconfiguration similar to that used so successfully at Homestead last fall. Las Vegas is banked 12 degrees, Atlanta 24 degrees, and Homestead's banking is variable, from 18 to 20 degrees. "I think we can change cars easier than tracks, and make the cars more competitive on these type of tracks," Humpy Wheeler, who runs Speedway Motorsports for Bruton Smith, said. "Because it's not only Las Vegas, it's Chicago, it's Kansas City, it's Phoenix, it's New Hampshire, it's other flatter tracks.(in part from the Winston Salem Journal)(3-15-2004)

  • SAFER at Vegas in 2005: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system at its 1.5-mile oval in time for next year's NASCAR Nextel Cup race, Speedway Motorsports president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Thursday. The SAFER wall system was designed by Dean Sicking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and first installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002. The energy-absorbing barrier consists of rectangular steel tubes and pads of hard foam, which are affixed to the existing concrete walls on either the inside or outside of the track. Wheeler said the SAFER system, which is designed to reduce forces incurred by a car in an accident and increase driver safety, likely would be installed on the outside walls, through the turns, at LVMS. "We've had them on the inside walls at Lowe's (Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.) for several years," Wheeler said. "Our biggest impacts at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta have come on the inside (walls) and we've been more sensitive to that than we have been outside walls. That's probably not going to be the case in Vegas because it's a little flatter track. The safety record there has been very, very good." Wheeler said the SAFER system likely would be installed at LVMS later this year and that all SMI oval tracks -- with the exception of Bristol Motor Speedway -- by next year. In addition to LVMS, SMI owns Lowe's Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway -- a road course -- in Sonoma, CA.(Las Vegas Sun)(3-6-2004)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • No Fatback at Vegas: Michael "Fatback" McSwain, crew chief of the #21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford Taurus, won't be at the race track at Las Vegas this weekend, missing his second straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, as he continues to recover from back surgery. A couple of weeks ago, McSwain called the California race from his home in North Carolina, utilizing communications technology from series sponsors NEXTEL and Racing Radios.
    MICHAEL "FATBACK" McSWAIN, crew chief on the #21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford: WILL YOU BE AT LAS VEGAS? "I won't be in Vegas so we'll be doing the same thing we did at California."
    DID THE SET UP WORK WELL FOR CALIFORNIA? "It worked okay, probably as good as its gonna work not being there. It went pretty good. We tested there so that made it kind of easy. And, we've got a good team so that made it easier too."
    HOW DID USING TRACK PASS WORK OUT? "I thought that worked good. It probably made it work out the best it possibly could. There is not that much of a delay. It worked good. We'll use the same communication set-up for Vegas, and Atlanta if I can't go there. I have to wait and see what the doctor says next week when I see him."(MotorCraft Racing PR)(3-9-2005)

  • Long to make season debut at Las Vegas: Carl Long will be piloting the #00 Buyer's Choice/Howes/Champion Builders Chevrolet next weekend [3-13-2005] at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. In last year's event, Carl Long started the fan-supported #02 Pontiac in 41st position and finished 38th due to an oil pump issue that dropped him out of the race after completing 145 of 267 laps.(Carl Long site)(3-1-2005)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #2-Rusty Wallace Mobil Clean 7500 #2 Schemes Page
    #5-Kyle Busch Robot's the movie none...yet
    #6-Mark Martin ?Stroh's Light Retro
    didn't run, no idea why
    #6 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 Extended Performance #12 Schemes Page
    #41-Casey Mears Energizer Batteries #41 Schemes Page
    #77-Travis Kvapil Mobil Clean 5000 #77 Schemes Page


  • #5 Robot Car: Coinciding with the March 11 launch of the movie "Robots" presented by 20th Century Fox, Kellogg's will trade in the #5 Chevrolet's traditional paint scheme, driven by Kyle Busch, for a nuts-and-bolts Robots-themed design for Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(3-10-2005)

  • The Bunny Returns IMAGE: Casey Mears #41 Dodge will sport its first special paint scheme of the 2005 season this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The familiar red bullseye on the Target hood will now feature the Energizer Bunny. Energizer, a major associate sponsor of the #41 Dodge, will become the primary sponsor for the Las Vegas race and will carry the black and silver colors of Energizer.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR) no images found...yet.(3-8-2005)
    IMAGE see an image of the car on my #41 Team Schemes page.(3-9-2005)

  • #2, #12, #77 to run Mobil schemes at Las Vegas: NASCAR sponsor ExxonMobil is partnering with Penske Racing South to help every-day drivers improve their cars' performance. As part of the initiative, all three of Penske Racing South's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will race cars promoting the new line of Mobil high-endurance motor oils -- which guarantee engine protection for longer intervals -- during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 13 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. #12-Ryan Newman will run the Mobil 1 Extended Performance car in Vegas, with teammate #2-Rusty Wallace behind the wheel of the Mobil Clean 7500 car and NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year candidate #77-Travis Kvapil driving the Mobil Clean 5000 car. Specially formulated for today's longer oil change intervals, Mobil Clean 5000, Mobil Clean 7500 and Mobil 1 Extended Performance were created to help alleviate consumer confusion about when to change their oil. The complete line of Mobil high-endurance oils guarantees performance and long-lasting protection of critical engine parts for 5,000, 7,500, or 15,000 miles, respectively. Special advertising for the new line of products will make its debut on Sunday, Feb. 20, during the Daytona 500. For more information about this new line of Mobil products, go to www.mobiloil.com. Additional information about Mobil racing programs can be found at www.mobil1.com.(Business Wire)(1-26-2005)

  • Martin to run retro schemes in 2005: #6-Mark Martin, running his final Cup season in 2005, will run some retro schemes in 2005, the 'Folgers red' at Michigan in June, the 'Strohs blue' at Las Vegas and 'Valvoline colors' at the 2nd California race, all with Viagra as the sponsor, and also a Kraft scheme at the 2005 Budweiser Shootout, see the schemes on my #6 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-25-2004)

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


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