THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Batman Begins 400

Nextel Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 19, 2005 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Green Flag: around 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 22 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 23 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, June 25 [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: $4,955,273 (was $4,990,045 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, June 17, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, June 17, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel with re-airs at 8:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 17, 12:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, June 18 at 12:10pm/et, TV-FX tape delay at 5:30pm/et, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

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

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH 6:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    7:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    7:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (GARAGE)
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    12:20 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    12:50 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    1:20 PM 2:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    4:00 PM 5:00 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE [TV Speed Channel]
    6:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH 7:00 AM NNCS, NCTS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    11:35 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    12:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND [TV Tape Delay FX 5:30pm/et]

    SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH
    8:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
    9:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
    12:10 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
    1:10 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
    1:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    2:10 PM NNCS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 400 MILES)[TV FOX 1:30pm/et]
    3:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

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

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

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 24 psi;
    Right Front -- 44 psi; Right Rear -- 41 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first year Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Michigan . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the second of six races in which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in 2005 . . . Cup teams will run this exact combination at four tracks this season -- twice each at Michigan and California and once each at Chicagoland and Kansas . . . Truck teams will also run this set-up at Kentucky . . . this left-side code (D-6852) will also be run with a different right-side code at Charlotte in 2005 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This tire set-up was developed in a test with Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek at Charlotte last Fall. Compared to last year's codes at Michigan, these tires feature a softer compound on both sides. We received a lot of positive feedback from drivers on the increased grip after this set-up was run at Fontana earlier this season, and we expect similar results this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at MIchigan 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
    (6-13-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Michigan: $20,000
    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
    (* 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.
    looks like #38-Sadler is not eligible either, he led halfway at Dover
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 5
    Tony Stewart, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Kasey Kahne, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    (6-13-2005)


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looks like this is all that there is out there now....

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Biffle wins at Michigan: #16-Biffle stayed out during the last caution and leader at the time [lap 168] #20-Tony Stewart stopped for 4 tires, and Biffle was never challenged after that and won the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 5th win of 2005 and 8th career win. Biffle led 63 laps, #20-Stewart led the most with 97 and finished 2nd. Rounding out the top-5 were #6-Mark Martin, #17-Matt Kenseth and #99-Carl Edwards. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 19th and his points lead has dwindled to 49. #24-Jeff Gordon fought an ill-handling car and finished 32nd and is now out of the chase as is #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished 17th. Only 4 caution flags for 23 laps and 19 lead changes by 11 drivers.
    For race results, see Jayski's Michigan Race Results/Awards page.(6-19-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Michigan - 15 of 36 races
    the 11 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2173
    2) #16-Greg Biffle, 2124, -49
    3) #38-Elliott Sadler, 1923, -250
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 1914, -259
    5) #6-Mark Martin, 1904, -269
    6) #20-Tony Stewart, 1862, -311
    7) #12-Ryan Newman, 1856, -317
    8) #2-Rusty Wallace, 1848, -325
    9) #97-Kurt Busch, 1813, -360
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick, 1803, -370
    11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 1799, -374
    The top 11 in drivers points are still under 400 points back and in the Chase.
    #24-Jeff Gordon is 12th, 406 points behind
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 17th, 503 points behind
    For points see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(6-19-2005)

  • Michigan News and Notes:
    • Greg Biffle won the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 93rd career start.
    • This is the eighth victory for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has six and Dodge has one.
    • Biffle remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, but moved to 49 behind first-place Jimmie Johnson. Biffle gained 74 points on Johnson in this week’s race.
    • Biffle scored his second victory at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle also won here last August.
    • This is Biffle’s fifth victory in 2005. He also posted victories at California, Texas, Darlington and Dover. Biffle has scored 10 top-10 finishes in 15 races this season.
    • Biffle led five times for 63 laps, including the final 31.
    • Biffle scored the eighth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Michigan International Speedway. This was Roush’s 82nd victory as a car owner and eighth in 15 races this season.
    • Four Jack Roush Racing drivers finished in the top 10: Greg Biffle (first), Mark Martin (third), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and Carl Edwards (fifth). The last time all five Roush cars finished in the top 10 was at Michigan last August.
    Notebook Items
    • Tony Stewart (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in his 13 races at Michigan International Speedway. It marked his seventh top-10 finish in 2005. He climbed from 10th to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Stewart led 97 of the 200 laps, the most of any driver. This marked the third time in 2005 that Stewart has led the most laps in a race and did not win. He also led the most laps at Daytona and Martinsville.
    • Mark Martin (third) posted his 26th top-10 finish in his 39th race at Michigan International Speedway. He scored his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races in 2005. Martin tied his best finish in 2005 for the third time.
    • Martin led 10 of the 200 laps in today’s race. Martin moved into third in all-time laps led at Michigan International Speedway with 872 behind Cale Yarborough (1,308) and Bill Elliott (1,004).
    • Matt Kenseth (fourth) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth scored his third top-10 finish in 2005. Kenseth’s last top five (second) came at New Hampshire last September.
    • Carl Edwards (fifth) scored his second top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards has scored seven top-10 finishes in 2005. He remained fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Joe Nemechek (sixth) scored his third top-10 finish in 23 races at Michigan International Speedway. Nemechek finished third one race ago at Pocono. The last time he scored back-to-back top-10 finishes was at Talladega, Kansas and Charlotte last October.
    • Rusty Wallace (10th) extended a 28-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.
    • Only four of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Michigan.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17th) dropped from 16th to 17th in the point standings. Earnhardt Jr. started 41st at Michigan, the worst starting position of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.
    • Jimmie Johnson (19th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 48 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. • Jeff Gordon (32nd) posted his posted his sixth finish of 30th or worse in 2005. He dropped from ninth to 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and is now 406 points behind point leader Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-190-2005)

  • Rumblings - Michigan:
    • It was Roush Racing again today at Michigan International Speedway. This time it was Greg Biffle who took the Batman Begins 400 by not pitting, leading the final 31 circuits and outlasting Tony Stewart (who took four fresh tires on that last stop), capturing his 5th win of 2005 in the process. This was the 8th career Cup victory for Biffle (he's tied for 55th on the all-time win list with Kyle Petty), the 8th in '05 for Roush, and the 82nd win all-time for RR. The victory was worth $171,075 from the over $4.7M in posted awards. BTW, all five Roush Fords were in the Top-12 this week.
    • Matt Kenseth (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Loudon last September. His Top-5 gives us 26 drivers at that level this season, last year we had 31 for the year.
    • Scott Wimmer (16th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Fontana in February.
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    • This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Greg Biffle (+24) and Dale Earnhardt Jr (+24), followed by Michael Waltrip (+23), and Jeff Burton (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Brian Vickers (-34), followed by Robby Gordon (-31), Bill Elliott (-25), and Jeff Gordon (-23).
    • Jamie McMurray led a lap today for the first time since he led twice for 15 circuits at Darlington Raceway last November. He's the 42nd driver to lead a lap this year....last year we had 50 of 'em.
    • Greg Biffle shaved 74 points off Jimmie Johnson's lead this week....it's now down to 49 markers. Jeff Gordon also slipped below our "Stayin' Alive" line as just 11 drivers are currently in the "Chase". Tony Stewart (10th to 6th) advanced the most spots today, while Jeff Green (26th to 30th) fell the most.(Stock Car Fans)(6-19-2005)

    THE RACE RUNDOWN

  • The The Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 200 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #16-Biffle (25)(63 laps led)
    #20-Stewart (3)(97 laps led)
    #6-Martin (15)(10 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (21)
    #99-Edwards (23)
    #01-Nemechek (11)(1 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (30)(3 laps led)
    #38-Sadler (18)
    #5-Busch (17)
    #2-Walllace (12)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 20 (of 43 starters)

  • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (3):
    #4-Wallace (engine-out);
    #51-Kirby (accident-out);
    #40-Marlin (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 with 20 lead changes):
    #41-Mears (7);
    #20-Stewart (97 most led, and halfway);
    #16-Biffle (63);
    #12-Newman (3);
    #97-Busch (12);
    #6-Martin (10);
    #7-Gordon (1);
    #01-Nemechek (1):
    #15-Waltrip (3);
    #48-Johnson (2);
    #42-McMurray (1);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole; #41-Mears 1-7; #20-Stewart 8-39; #16-Biffle 40; #12-Newman 41-43; #97-Busch 44-49; #6-Martin 50-59; #97-Busch 60-65; #20-Stewart 66-87; #16-Biffle 88-92; #15-Waltrip 93; #01-Nemechek 94; #48-Johnson 95-96; #7-Gordon 97; #20-Stewart 98-129; #16-Biffle 130-137; #15-Waltrip 138-139; #16-Biffle 140-157; #42-McMurray 158; #20-Stewart 159-169; #16-Biffle 170-200;

    Cautions: 4 for 23 laps

    Caution 4 - Laps 169 - 173: #40-Marlin's engine exploded and an oil fire erupted. Marlin walked away from the car.
    Caution 3 - Laps 157 - 161: Debris in the groove in turn 3.
    Caution 2 - Laps 52 - 59: #4-Wallace loses an engine. The track workers took some extra time to blow off and clean the track.
    Caution 1 - Laps 43 - 47: #25-Vickers lost it after losing a tire while entering pit road and hit the water barrier and spun thru the inside grass.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 4: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 17th
    Caution 3: #9-Kahne, 18th
    Caution 2: #49-Schrader, 28th
    Caution 1: #41-Mears, 21st
    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)
    ---- hmmm...leader at the 4th caution, #20-Stewart came in to pit, #16-Biffle stayed out and assumed the lead, also staying out were #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards, #97-Busch, #38-Sadler. Everyone else made some sort of pit stop.
    ---- after the 3rd caution restart, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is trying to stay on the lead lap, is just ahead of the leader, #20-Stewart, but to no avail and Dale Jr. lost a lap.
    ---- #7-Gordon is back on the track after being reported out with an engine problem, 18 laps down.
    ---- on lap 133, #7-Gordon is in the pits with the hood up, no word on the problem.
    ---- on lap 128, #5-Busch made a pit stop as he felt he had a tire going down.
    ---- as of lap 123, #24-Gordon is down three laps.
    ---- on lap 116, #24-Gordon went a lap down with an ill handling race car, then made a pit stop.
    ---- green flag pit stops are occurring around lap 89 thru 95.
    ---- #25-Vickers is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car, he is 42 laps down.
    ---- on lap 76, #91-Elliott is 37th a lap down, #24-Gordon is 25th, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is up to 18th.
    ---- #43-Green is back on the track as of lap 69, down 15 laps.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #43-Green headed to the garage with a rear end problem, the team is making repairs.
    ---- on the caution 1 restart, the following are on the tail end of the lead lap, if front of the leaders: #'s 9,5,31,24,7,43,22
    ---- the 1st caution occurred during a round of green flag pit stops, so the field will be jumbled up a bit at the restart.
    ---- #9-Kahne, #41-Mears and #5-Busch made green flag pit stops on lap 38
    ---- first pit stop made by #32-Hamilton Jr., on lap 30, then #49-Schrader.
    ---- as of lap 24, #91-Bill Elliott, who started 10th has fallen back to 38th.
    ---- #24-Gordon is reporting a very loose car and falling back as of lap 17.
    ---- #7-Gordon is reporting his engine is mis-firing in the corners as of lap 15.
    ---- To the BACK: [3]: #37-Kevin Lepage [unapproved changes/cut tire]; #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [unapproved changes/cut tire]; #51-Stuart Kirby [engine change]

  • Newman smashes old track record to win pole: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a new track qualifying record of 194.232mph [the old record was from June 2001 by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 191.149]. Twenty-six drivers broke the track record. The pole is Newman's 5th of 2005 and 32nd of his 131 races. Rounding out the top-5 are: #41-Casey Mears, #20-Tony Stewart, #9-Kasey Kahne and #19-Jeremy Mayfield. #7-Robby Gordon was the fastest of the non top-35 drivers, qualifying 8th. #91-Bill Elliott will start 10th. The highest starting Ford is #97-Kurt Busch at 13th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., ill with the flu, didn't fare too well, running the 42nd fastest lap and will start 41st via owners points. #51-Stuart Kirby makes his first 2005 start. Missing the race: #92-McClure, #79-Cope, #34-Jones and #89-Shepherd.
    TV: for some reason [again] qualifying was not on live TV, but can be seen via tape at 5:30pm/et on FX, leading up to the Busch race at Kentucky.
    See my Jayski's Starting Grid/Qualifying/Practice Results Page for pole progression, qualifying results, starting lineup and links.(6-18-2005)

  • Michigan Qualifying Notes:
    • Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Batman Begins 400, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 37.069 seconds at 194.232 mph. He broke Dale Earnhardt Jr’s, track-qualifying record of 37.667 seconds, 191.149 mph, set Aug. 18, 2000.
    • This is Newman’s 32nd career Bud Pole in 131 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and came in his eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan. It is his first Bud Pole at Michigan.
    • Newman leads all drivers with five Bud Poles this season. He moved into a tie with Fonty Flock for 21st on the all-time Bud Pole list. Newman now holds the track record for Bristol, Charlotte, Martinsville, Michigan, New Hampshire and Phoenix.
    • Michigan is now the second-fastest non-restrictor plate track in NASCAR, based on qualifying records. Atlanta is the fastest non-restrictor-plate track with a lap of 197.478 mph.
    • The top-26 qualifiers bettered Earnhardt Jr’s 2000 time.
    • Casey Mears posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 37.160 seconds, 193.757 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Batman Begins 400. This is his first qualifying effort better than 15th this season. Mears has started from a top-10 starting position in two of his five races at Michigan.
    • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet has five Bud Poles and Ford has two.
    • Tony Stewart (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in 13 races at Michigan. It is his ninth top-10 start this season, including four of the past five races.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his first top-10 start in three races at Michigan and his eighth of 2005.
    • Jeremy Mayfield (fifth) posted his 10th top-10 start in his 23rd Michigan race. Mayfield now has eight top-10 starts in 2005.
    • Robby Gordon (eighth) posted his fourth top-10 start in 11 races at Michigan and his first top-10 start in 2005. This is his best start and his only top-10 since he started fifth here last June.
    • Stuart Kirby (43rd) qualified for his fourth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race and his first since Kansas in September 2002.
    • Four drivers failed to qualify for the Batman Begins 400: Eric McClure, Derrike Cope, P.J. Jones and Morgan Shepherd.
    • There were six sets of ties in the qualifying results: Jeff Gordon and Bill Elliott; Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch; Jeff Green and Mike Bliss; Matt Kenseth and Scott Wimmer; Greg Biffle and Jason Leffler; Dave Blaney and Travis Kvapil.
    • There have been six different Bud Pole winners in the past nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (two each) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the eight-race period. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
    • Forty-two of 71 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan have been won from the first four starting positions (59 percent).
    • Only 12 races at Michigan have been won from outside a top-10 starting position - all have occurred in the past 27 races there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-18-2005)

  • Ramblings - Michigan:
    We usually call him Mr. Friday, this week he's Mr. Saturday, but I'm sure he'd like to be known as Mr. Sunday! Ryan Newman captured the Bud Pole yet again today at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's Batman Begins 400 with a time of 37.069 (194.232 mph). This is pole #5 for '05 and the 32nd of Newman's Nextel Cup career.
    Casey Mears (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at The Brickyard last August.
    Jeremy Mayfield (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Texas in April.
    Bobby Labonte (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Phoenix in April.
    Robby Gordon (8th) has his best starting spot since he started 5th when we were here last June.
    Bill Elliott (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Fontana last September.
    Joe Nemechek (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 9th at Texas in April.
    Welcome Back: Stuart Kirby makes his first Cup start since Kansas in September of 2002! He started 42nd and finished 37th that day.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 21 Top-10 starts in the last 22 races.
    Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    MIS is the type of track where you can hug the line or run high, wide, and handsome....and fuel mileage usually comes into play. Maybe Larry Mac will be able to use that calculator this week for the first time in awhile.(Stock Car Fans)(6-18-2005)

  • Happy Hour [Final] Practice for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #19-Mayfield 192.097 [track record is 191.149]
    #12-Newman 192.097
    #48-Johnson 191.729
    #24-Gordon 191.144
    #6-Martin 191.057
    slowest: #89-Shepherd 180.605 and #79-Cope 181.050
    no speed for #51-Kirby
    most laps run: #19-Mayfield, 44; #20-Stewart, #17-Kenseth and #16-Biffle, 34
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #7-Gordon, 188.885 [11th fastest lap], 4 laps run
    #01-Nemechek, 186.138 [9th], 18 laps
    #0-Bliss, 185.830 [19th], 14 laps
    See speeds on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Practice/Grid Page.(6-17-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway Happy Hour practice? these teams have to mae the race on speed - except #91-Elliott:
    #7-Robby Gordon 11th fastest of 47 cars
    #23-Mike Skinner, 17th
    #11-Jason Leffler, 18th
    #91-Bill Elliott, 27th [also has champ prov to use if needed]
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 30th
    #66-Mike Garvey, 37th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 39th
    #92-Eric McClure, 41st
    these 4 would miss the race if speed rank stayed the same.
    #34-P.J. Jones, 44th
    #79-Derrike Cope, 45th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 46th
    #51-Stuart Kirby, no speed, 47th, but was 26th fastest first practice.(6-17-2005)

  • First Friday Practice for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 192.164 [track record is 191.149]
    #5-Busch 191.428
    #41-Mears 191.255
    #16-Biffle 189.788
    #20-Stewart 189.424
    slowest: #34-Jones 174.495 and #92-McClure 180.709
    most laps run: #6-Martin, 42; #97-Busch, 38
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #99-Edwards, 186.548 [14th fastest lap], 21 laps run
    #41-Mears, 186.515 [3rd], 30 laps
    #16-Biffle, 186.502 [4th], 26 laps
    See speeds on my Jayski's Pocono Qualifying/Practice/Grid Page.(6-17-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway is on Satruday, June 18, 2005 is scheduled to start at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: FX tape delay at 5:30pm/et.
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Qualifying Order for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #49-Ken Schrader is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #9-Kasey Kahne. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Batman Begins 400 Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-17-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List [UPDATE] for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of owners points - 14 race attempts by team:
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Jason Leffler (full-time team)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Eric McClure in for Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 14 'team' attempts
    #23-Mike Skinner (part-time sched)(4 attempts)
    #34-P.J. Jones (didn't attempt Talladega)(13 attempts)
    #51-Stuart Kirby (no attempts)
    #79-Derrike Cope (2 attempts)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (7 attempts)
    #91-Bill Elliott (4 attempts)(1st up for champions provisional, if needed)
    withdrew/off entry list:
    #00-Carl Long (part-time sched)(10 attempts)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 91,11,32,37,7,66,92,34
    missing the race would be: #'s 89,23,79,51
    For the full list see my Jayski's Michigan Entry List, 47 cars entered.(6-14/17-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    Jayski's MIchigan Entry List, 47 cars entered

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

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

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


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

  • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • WHO'S HOT heading to Michigan International Speedway:
    • Kyle Busch has scored three top-five finishes in his last four races.
    • Greg Biffle has won four races in 2005, more than any other driver.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 11 top-10 finishes in 14 races in 2005.
    • Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle have each scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races.
    • Mark Martin has climbed from 12th to fifth in the point standings in the last two races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won seven of the 14 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Richard Childress Racing and Evernham Motorsports each have one victory.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-13-2005)

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • June 2004 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 139.292mph, started 4th

  • Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • June 2004 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 190.865, finished 38th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/92

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

  • Most Laps Led: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/2/1989 [400 mile race]

  • Most Cautions: 9 - four times, last on 8/22/04

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/75

  • Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, started 28th, 6/2000

  • Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson; Active driver: 5, Rusty Wallace

  • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson; Current driver: 4, Bobby Labonte

  • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/89

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 7, Dale Jarrett, 8/18/02

  • Most Lead Changes: 65 - 8/16/81

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/84

  • Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/82

  • Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/84

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 8/18/02

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 6/16/74

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 27 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 71 races] 19.7%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8, 11.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8, 11.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 48 of 71 - 67.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 71 - 83.1%

  • Michigan News and Notes
    Sweet Surprises: Martin, Wallace, Edwards in Top 10 Spotlight … Rusty Wallace (#2 Miller Lite Ford) is one former series champion who’s definitely not battling to get in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10. In fact, he and fellow soon-to-be retiree Mark Martin (#6 Viagra Ford) have been two fixtures on that list in recent weeks. Another interesting addition? Newcomer Carl Edwards (#99 AAA Ford), who won last week at Pocono. Martin is hardly a top-10 surprise: he competed in the inaugural “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” last season and is currently fifth in the standings. He leads all active drivers with 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan. Wallace, the 1989 series champion, missed the “Chase” last season; he’s currently seventh in the standings and 2005 represents a nice 365-day turnaround. After 14 races last year, Wallace, ranked 15th, and trailed then-leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8 Budweiser Chevrolet) by 541 points. He’s 348 behind current leader Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and leads all active drivers with five wins at Michigan. “Rusty's driving his tail off out there and we're determined to keep looking at the big picture every week,” said Larry Carter, Wallace’s crew chief. “The big goal is to make the Chase and we're trying to get every point that we can.” Edwards, who ran the final 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races last year, isn’t a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate because he exceeded the seven-race limit needed to retain his rookie status. But this is his first full NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, and last week’s win – his second this year – moved him from ninth to fourth in the standings.

    Bill Elliott Back in Action at Michigan … More news from yet another former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion: Bill Elliott (#91 McDonald’s Dodge) is scheduled to compete in Sunday’s Batman Begins 400, and he should be optimistic. Michigan is one of his favorite tracks. Elliott has seven career wins at the 2-mile oval – third on the all-time list behind David Pearson (nine Michigan wins) and Cale Yarborough (eight). It should be his first Michigan appearance since 2003, and his 53rd start, which would move him to third on the track’s all time list. “Anytime I can race at Michigan, I feel like I'm back home," Elliott said. "I've been fortunate over the years to have raced well there and come away with some victories."
    Since Elliott retired from fulltime NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition following the 2003 season, he has run a partial schedule for his team, Evernham Motorsports, with an emphasis on chassis development and testing. This will be his fifth event of 2005, with previous outings at California, Atlanta, Texas, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    Another important duty is playing “Coach” to Evernham’s younger drivers. Elliott mentored his successor in the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, Kasey Kahne, at the beginning of last season, and now he’s assisting development driver Erin Crocker, who plans to compete in Friday’s ARCA RE/MAX event at Michigan. Elliott worked with Crocker during a test session last week at Michigan.

    Duncan makes Drive for Diversity History … Allison Duncan, a native of San Rafael, Calif., who competes in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, made history last Saturday night in Stockton, Calif., by winning her first feature event in the Western Late Model Class at Stockton 99 Speedway. Duncan is based at the track as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which is run by Access Marketing and Communications. Her victory marked the program’s first win since its 2004 debut. Sponsored by Miller Lite, she drives for California-based owner Bill McAnally, as part of Richard Childress Racing’s driver development program. Last weekend’s win had been heralded: Duncan currently leads the point standings in the Western Late Model Class at Stockton 99 Speedway. She’s also ranked eighth in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division II point standings.

    A quick primer: Drive for Diversity seeks to develop diverse and female drivers and crew members. This season, Duncan is one of eight Drive for Diversity drivers competing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series or the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. Twelve Drive for Diversity crew members are working with teams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or the NASCAR Busch Series.

    Father’s Day Special for the Busch Family … This week’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at Michigan coincides with Sunday’s annual Father’s Day observance. The NASCAR family will celebrate in the garage and on the track, among them the Busch clan. Brothers Kurt and Kyle (#5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet) enjoy the frequent companionship of their parents, Gayle and Tom Busch, and never more than at the track, where Dad spots for Kyle, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate this season, and keeps tabs on Kurt, the defending series champion.
    “This will be a great weekend for the Busch family,” Kyle Busch said. “This is the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event that my dad will have both his kids racing on Father’s Day. My dad had a huge hand in both my career and my brother’s. My parents both grew up in the Chicago area so this race is close to their roots, too. I think the best present we could give him would be for one of us to win, but I know it’s awesome just to have him and my mom there with us.”

    Milestone Markers … Ricky Rudd (#21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Ford) should make his 57th career start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. That will give Rudd the record for most Michigan starts, surpassing Dave Marcis, who has 56 starts.

    This Week’s Series Leaders … Through 14 races of the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season:
    • Points leader – Jimmie Johnson. Total: 2,062
    • Money won – Jeff Gordon. Total: $3,770,597
    • Laps led – Greg Biffle. Total: 890
    • Miles led – Greg Biffle. Total: 1,178.78
    • Victories – Greg Biffle (4)
    • Poles – Ryan Newman (4)
    • Top-five finishes – Jimmie Johnson (7)
    • Top-10 finishes – Jimmie Johnson (11)
    • Races led – Greg Biffle (10)
    • Weeks in Top 10 – Jimmie Johnson (14)

    Ford Inches Closer to Chevrolet In Manufacturers Standings … After 14 races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, Ford got its seventh victory of 2005 last Sunday thanks to Carl Edwards’ win at Pocono Raceway. Although it leads Chevrolet in wins, Ford remains second in the series’ Manufacturers Championship standings, with Dodge running third with one win. Chevrolet, with six wins, retains its edge (100-99) in points. Dodge has 67 points. … Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers Championship 28 times while Ford has won 15 times; the other 10 years the championship has been awarded, it has been won by Hudson (3), Dodge (2), Buick (2), Oldsmobile (1), Pontiac (1) and Plymouth (1). … Points are earned in this fashion: Nine points to the highest-finishing car type; six points to the second-highest finishing type; four points for the third-highest finishing type. … Chevrolet has won the championship the last two years. … Jimmie Johnson is currently the leading Chevrolet driver, as the series point leader. Greg Biffle (#16 National Guard/Subway Ford), second in points, is the top Ford driver. Ryan Newman (#12 Alltel Dodge) is the leading Dodge driver, sixth in the points.

    Owner Points Update: Top 35 Heading to Pocono … Beginning in 2005, teams outside the top 35 in owner championship points must qualify on speed for each week’s 43 starting spots. The top-35 designation guarantees a spot. Beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 and running through the Bristol race on April 3, the top 35 in 2004 owner points was the yardstick. Beginning with the Martinsville race on April 10, the current top 35 became the yardstick.

    On the Right Track
    • Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with five wins at Michigan.
    • Wallace and Dale Jarrett each lead all drivers with 15 top-five finishes at Michigan.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 25 top-10 finishes at Michigan.
    • Matt Kenseth has scored four consecutive top-10 finishes at Michigan, the longest current streak of any driver.
    • Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth all had top-10 finishes in both Michigan events last season.

    From the Archives: Michigan Site of Only Other 600-mile Race … Michigan International Speedway first appeared on the NASCAR schedule in 1969, and the second race, on Aug. 17, 1969, was 600 miles. That makes Michigan the only track other than Lowe’s Motor Speedway to attempt a 600-mile race. That distance is considered tests of man and machine, and at Michigan, anticipation was high about how cars would handle its 2-mile oval.
    David Pearson, driving a Holman-Moody Ford, won the pole with a speed of 161.714 mph. Cale Yarborough started second in a Wood Brothers Mercury. A field of 44 cars began the 300-lap event with Pearson taking the lead. NASCAR great and motorcycle legend Paul Goldsmith, making his last career start, brought the crowd of over 52,000 to its feet on Lap 50 when he took the lead from Buddy Baker. The two Dodge drivers swapped it over the next six laps. Richard Petty, in the midst of his only season driving a Ford, stayed near the front, as did LeeRoy Yarbrough and Bobby Allison.
    Ironically, Michigan’s 600-mile experiment was cut short at Lap 165, or 330 miles, due to rain. Until then, there were 26 lead changes among 12 drivers. Pearson took the win, the 56th of his career and his 10th of the season.

    Historical data: Previous winners at Michigan: David Pearson (9) Cale Yarborough (8) Bill Elliott (7) Rusty Wallace (5) Richard Petty (4) Bobby Allison (4) Mark Martin (4) Dale Jarrett (4) Davey Allison (3) Bobby Labonte (3) Ryan Newman (2) Darrell Waltrip (2) Dale Earnhardt (2) Jeff Gordon (2) Charlie Glotzbach (1) Benny Parsons (1) Buddy Baker (1) Harry Gant (1) Ricky Rudd (1) Geoffrey Bodine (1) Ernie Irvan (1) Tony Stewart (1) Sterling Marlin (1) Matt Kenseth (1) Kurt Busch (1) Greg Biffle (1)

    Track Milestones Donnie Allison won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole at Michigan International Speedway in 1969.
    Cale Yarborough won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 1969.
    The first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan was a 500-mile event; the second was 600 miles. The format since the third race (1970) has been 400 miles.
    There have been three caution-free races at the Michigan International Speedway: 1973, August 1984 and June 1999.

    Track Update: Michigan International Speedway is the sixth-fastest track on the current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule behind Talladega, Daytona, Atlanta, Texas and Charlotte. Dale Earnhardt Jr's, Bud Pole speed of 191.149 mph set in August 2000, was the first Bud Pole speed at Michigan over 190 mph.

    Qualifying Update: There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the past eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (two each) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the eight-race period. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.

    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Active Drivers First and Last at This Track First
    Start
    Carl Edwards 8-22-04
    First Pole
    Rusty Wallace 6-26-87
    Jeff Burton 8-16-96
    First Win
    Dale Jarrett 8-18-91
    Last Pole
    None
    Last Win
    None

    Last Victory at This Track
    in a Chevrolet Jeff Gordon 2001 Kmart 400
    in a Dodge Ryan Newman 2004 GFS Marketplace 400
    in a Ford Kurt Busch 2003 Sirius 400
    in a Pontiac Tony Stewart 2000 Kmart 400

    Car Owner Victories at This Track

    Wood Brothers 11*
    Melling Racing 7
    Robert Yates 6*
    Jack Roush 7*
    Roger Penske 5*
    Ranier Racing 5
    Petty Engineering 4*
    Junior Johnson 4
    Joe Gibbs 4*
    Holman-Moody 3
    Rick Hendrick 3*
    Blue Max(Raymond Beadle) 2
    Richard Childress 2*
    DiGard Racing 2
    M.C. Anderson 2 Geoffrey Bodine 1
    Leo Jackson 1 Ray Nichels 1 Chip Ganassi 1* Total 71(* active)
    (NASCAR PR)(6-16-2005)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Seating: 137,243, attendence: 153,000.

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Batman
    Command to start engines: Batman
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Online contest winner Jaylene Leibo from Iowa
    National Anthem: Karen Newman, Red Wings game anthems and sometimes sings with Kid Rock
    Military Flyover: 107th Fighter Squadron of the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, Two F16's coming from Turn 3 to Turn 1.

  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway

  • 2004 Michigan June Race Info Page

  • 2004 Michigan August Race Info Page

  • MIS Sells out 29th Consecutive Cup race: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for Sunday's Batman Begins 400 have been sold. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 29 consecutive races dating back to June 1991. "We are thrilled to have our 29th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout," said Shelton. "We are blessed to have the support of so many great fans here at MIS. We will continue to work hard and give our fans the greatest NASCAR racing experience for many years to come." Tickets are still available for all July 30-31 and August 19-21 race activities at MIS with children 12 and under admitted free to the IRL IndyCar Series Michigan Indy 400 on July 31, the ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 on August 19 and the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20. In addition, great seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21. All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-19-2005)

  • NASCAR Fan wins "Begin the Batman Begins 400" Contest: Jaylene Leibow has been a fan of NASCAR for many years and watches nearly every race on television with her husband and three kids at their Urbandale, Iowa, home. Unlike all of her previous races watched on television at home, Leibow will get an unbelievable racing experience this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as she was selected the winner of the "Begin the Batman Begins 400" promotion, which will give her the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drop the green flag and start the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 race on Sunday, June 19 at MIS. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so excited about attending my first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway," said Leibow. "I am thrilled about waving the green flag to start the Batman Begins 400! This was totally unexpected. I didn't believe it at first." Leibow and her husband, Robert, will attend the June 17-19 race weekend festivities at MIS, which will also include the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday and the ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 on Friday. As part of their package, they will stay the weekend in a luxury motorcoach in the Walt Michal's Turn 2 Campground, while also receiving roundtrip airfare from Des Moines to Michigan. "I don't think it will completely hit me until I get to MIS on Friday," she said. "I'm so excited to attend my first race and to have my husband with me. I'm a little nervous to start the race, but also looking forward to it. Like the contest website said * this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't believe that I'm the winner." Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Comics, and MIS, partnered together for the promotion, which ran from May 23-June 6. The Batman Begins 400 marks the first time a major motion picture has served as the entitlement sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event. Batman Begins*, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros., opened worldwide on Wednesday, June 15. "First off, I want to thank Warner Bros. for allowing race fans all over the country to enter this contest," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We look forward to hosting Jaylene and her husband for their first NASCAR race at MIS. This experience will be one that they will never forget and I am excited for both of them."(MIS)(6-17-2005)

  • MIS Medical Teams Ready for races: For two weekends each summer, the third-largest city in the state of Michigan sits amongst rolling pastures and tracts of hardwoods in the Irish Hills. Michigan International Speedway is the downtown area of that vast, temporary metropolis of parking lots, campgrounds and grandstands. Dr. John Maino, the medical director at MIS since 1985, is charged with developing and instituting a plan to meet the first aid and emergency care needs of that population, both on and off the track. "The speedway is really a transient city in a tight, confined area, and we try and anticipate what can happen in a city of close to 200,000 people, and be ready in case it happens here. We cover the whole spectrum of the event," Dr. Maino said. "We call it show biz medicine, because what goes on here is on television and highly visible." Dr. Maino, who is employed as the medical director of the emergency department at Foote Hospital in Jackson, also serves as the medical examiner for Jackson County. For the races at MIS, he assembles a team of physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel who work in emergency medicine, or in the critical care wards of area hospitals. Dr. Maino said his staff will deal with everything from injuries due to falls, bee stings, and dehydration outside the track, and a different class of injuries associated with the actual racing. There are ambulances stationed near each of the four turns, two additional ambulances at the infield medical center where there is also a medivac helicopter, and two mini ambulance units in the pit area.
    Dr. Maino is credited with saving the life of NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan back in 1994 when a violent crash in a practice session left Irvan near death as he was pulled from the car. Dr. Maino performed an emergency tracheotomy on Irvan on the track before he was transported via helicopter to the hospital. "I consider myself very fortunate that someone of Dr. Maino's skill and expertise was here at MIS when that happened," Irvan said on a recent visit to the track. "He made all the right decisions in an emergency situation, and that saved my life. I'm eternally grateful for that."(Toledo Blade)(6-17-2005)

  • National Anthem, Flyover and Grand Marshal at MIS: the Caped Crusader himself, Batman, will be the Grand Marshal and give the command to start engines and Karen Newman [no relation to Ryan or Newman from Seinfeld], who has done the anthem at the Red Wings games for years will sing the National Anthem for the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway Nextel Cup race. And after the National Anthem the 107th Fighter Squadron of the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard will do a miltary flyover with two F16's coming from Turn 3 to Turn 1.(6-15-2005)

  • Pre-Race Concert at MIS: Fans who purchase pit passes for this weekend's race activities at Michigan International Speedway will be in for a special treat. MIS has developed a new area for its pit pass customers to enjoy, with Chevrolet bringing in Mercury Nashville recording artist Julie Roberts to perform a concert and add to the excitement for the Batman Begins 400 weekend. The new Chevy Stage at the MIS Pit Zone will feature the Chevy American Revolution All Access Music Tour and a concert by Roberts on Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m.-Noon. The MIS Pit Zone is located in the paved area behind the Pit Road/Pit Terrace grandstands.
    The Pit Zone will be available to all fans who purchase pre-race pit passes for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 weekend. A limited number of pit passes are still available by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010, or by stopping by the grandstand ticket office in the new AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza area.
    The Chevy Stage at the MIS Pit Zone will provide fans with a fun musical experience that will feature the Chevy American Revolution All Access Music Tour along with the Hard Rock Café music memorabilia museum. The Pit Zone will be open all three days during the race weekend from 8 a.m. until the start of the race each day. W4 Country and WTKA 1050 "The Ticket" out of Ann Arbor will be broadcasting live from the MIS Pit Zone throughout the weekend, including the popular "Breakfast with Bubba" morning show.(MIS)(6-15-2005)

  • Still Tix available for Michigan races: Tickets are still available for all events at MIS this weekend, with children 12 and under admitted free to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Hantz Group 200 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck's Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday. In addition, tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased now by visiting http://www.MISpeedway.com">www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(6-15-2005)

  • Countdown:
    As we count down the days, here are 10 facts, one for each day, as the beginning of the MIS race season quickly approaches.
    10 – Terry Cook, driver of the #10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford, will be making his 200th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at MIS in the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on June 18. Cook’s best finish at MIS came in 2002, when he placed sixth. He finished seventh in last year’s race at MIS and has five career truck victories in nine years in the series.
    9 – MIS has had 10 different winners in its last 11 Cup races, including Greg Biffle’s victory in the GFS Marketplace 400 last August. Dating back to the August Cup race in 1999, nine different drivers have won at MIS with Ryan Newman being the only multiple winner. The winners include: 2004-Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman; 2003-Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch; 2002-Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth; 2001-Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon; 2000-Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart; 1999-Bobby Labonte in August.
    8 – Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet, holds the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series track record at MIS with a qualifying speed of 191.149 mph set back in his rookie year in 2000. Since then, Earnhardt has captured one pole (August 2002) and two top-10 finishes at MIS.
    7 – Bill Elliott, who holds the MIS record with seven career Cup victories at the track, will move to third all-time with 53 career starts at MIS when he runs in the Batman Begins 400 on June 19. Elliott is running a partial schedule this season in the #91 McDonald’s Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. Elliott will be returning to MIS for the first time since 2003. Along with his entry in the Batman Begins 400, he is also scheduled to run in the GFS Marketplace 400 at MIS in August.
    6 – Mark Martin, driving in the Batman Begins paint scheme car, is competing in his final season on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit. Martin has tallied four NASCAR Cup Series and two NASCAR Busch Series victories at MIS during his successful career. Martin finished second in last year’s GFS Marketplace 400 and the NASCAR Busch Series races in August of 2004. His last victory at MIS came in the June Cup event in 1998.
    5 – On Father’s Day, Ricky Rudd, who drives the #21 U.S. Air Force/Motorcraft Ford, will make his 57th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at MIS in the Batman Begins 400, giving him the record for most career starts at the 2-mile MIS oval. Rudd, who has competed on the Cup circuit for 28 years, was tied with Dave Marcis with 56-career Cup starts at MIS prior to the 2005 season. Rudd’s last victory at MIS came in June of 1993.
    4 – If you don’t win the pole, you may want to start fourth at MIS. Since NASCAR’s top series began racing at MIS in 1969, 12 drivers have won races starting from the fourth position. Most recently was Ryan Newman in last year’s June NEXTEL Cup event. Fourteen drivers have won from the pole at MIS since 1969, including four by Cale Yarborough. Just eight drivers have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS history.
    3 – Kasey Kahne is making his third career NEXTEL Cup start at MIS in the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Kahne no longer has to worry about being known as a second-place driver after picking up his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in Richmond on May 14. Kahne, who had six second-place finishes in two seasons prior to his victory, also had a second-place showing at MIS during last year’s June NEXTEL Cup race. In that race, Kahne was charging race leader Ryan Newman on the final lap before a caution flag came out, securing the win for Newman.
    2 – Ray Evernham development driver Erin Crocker will be making her second career ARCA RE/MAX Series start when the circuit runs at MIS on June 17. Crocker, a former sprint car star, signed with Evernham Motorsports in 2004. She made her ARCA RE/MAX Series debut on March 26, taking the pole and finishing 12th. Crocker, driver of the #98 Dodge, will also run in a number of NASCAR Busch Series races this year. She is the only female to ever win a World of Outlaws Series feature event. If Crocker were to win the Hantz Group 200 on June 17, she would be the first female to win a race at MIS. Shawna Robinson is the first and only female to win a pole at MIS, by capturing the pole for the ARCA RE/MAX Series event in June of 2000.
    1 – Travis Kvapil made history at MIS last July by giving Toyota its first ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory. Kvapil had to start toward the rear of the field (30th) after making an engine change the morning of the race after suffering a Happy Hour practice crash the day before. Kvapil now runs on the NEXTEL Cup circuit for Penske Racing South in the #77 Kodak/Jasper Engines Dodge.
    Tickets still remain for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. Great seats are also still available for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday, June 18 and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on Sunday, June 17. Tickets are available now for the Batman Begins 400 and the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, order your tickets online or call 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-14-2005)

  • Sponsor the the MIS truck race: Paramount Health Care, the largest health provider based in northwest Ohio, will sponsor the Paramount Health Insurance 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Paramount Health Insurance 200 will take place on June 18, a day prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 race on June 19. It is the second straight year MIS and Paramount Health Care have partnered to sponsor a race. In 2004, Paramount Health Care sponsored the Paramount Health Insurance 100 IRL Infiniti Pro Series race in August. Two health care facilities that are in close proximity to MIS, Adrian's Bixby Medical Center and Tecumseh's Herrick Memorial Hospital, are both members of ProMedica Health System. For more information, please visit www.paramounthealthcare.com.
    Tickets are still available for all June 17-19 activities at MIS, with children 12 and under admitted free to Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Hantz 200 and the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday. Tickets are $40 for the Paramount Health Insurance 200. In addition, tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. All tickets can be purchased now by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-24-2005)

  • Irvan tours MIS Renovations: Ernie Irvan doesn't remember the practice accident that nearly took his life back in August of 1994 at Michigan International Speedway. In fact, Irvan doesn't remember the 21 days that followed his turn-two practice crash either. But what sticks out most in Irvan's mind was returning to the track that nearly took his life just three years later and winning the June 1997 Miller 400 at MIS in what turned out to be an emotional day for Irvan and the thousands of race fans on hand that day.
    "I had no idea I'd be able to race at Michigan again, let along win the race," Irvan said about his emotional June 1997 win. "I had never won at MIS so that made it very special. It was tough to drive with tears in my eyes and I wasn't crying because I was sad."
    Irvan returned to MIS for the first time on Tuesday since 1999 when another crash in a Busch Series car essentially ended his career, as he announced a new charity event to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Irvan was joined by Dr. John Maino (the doctor credited with saving Irvan's life in 1994) and Mike Dabbs, President of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.
    Irvan's visit to MIS on Tuesday brought back a wide range of emotions as he announced that his Race 2 Safety Foundation will partner with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIA) for the first annual walk-a-thon entitled the "L.A.P.S. Walk," which stands for Leadership & Awareness to Promote Safety to be held on August 17 at MIS.
    In addition to announcing the charity walk, Irvan also took a tour of the ongoing renovation project at MIS with track president Brett Shelton to see the progress of the largest renovation project in MIS history. Paving is currently underway in the new AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza, which is a 26-acre area behind the main grandstand that will give MIS a new front door and house a great new area for sponsor displays, merchandise and a great area for fans to relax when they aren't enjoying on-track activity. Progress on the new suite, operations and Champions Club levels are taking shape, with glass currently going up on the new tower structure on all three levels.
    "The new construction that is happening at MIS is amazing," said Irvan. "I can't believe how much it's grown even since the last time I was here in 1999. MIS has always been a great facility and it's only going to get better for the fans after this is done."
    Tickets are still available for all June 17-19 activities at MIS, with children 12 and under admitted free to the Friday June 17 ARCA RE/MAX Hantz 200 and the Paramount Health Insurance 200 on Saturday June 18. Tickets are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Batman Begins 400 on Sunday, June 19. All tickets can be purchased now by visiting www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS)(5-18-2005)

  • Batman Returns with Martin, to sponsor MIS Race UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin will run a 'Batman Begins' scheme at the June Michigan race. See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)
    UPDATE: NASCAR, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and International Speedway Corporation announced that Batman Begins*, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros. Pictures, will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 19 for the running of the NASCAR Nextel Cup "Batman Begins 400." The film opens worldwide on June 15. Roush Racing legend Mark Martin will get a little extra Batman power to help him get to Victory Lane, as his Ford will feature a special Batman Begins paint scheme for the race. Martin's fellow Roush Racing driver, Ricky Craven, will also be sporting a Batman Begins scheme during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on June 18. Race fans will have a front-row seat for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the film's launch when the Batmobile from the film leads the pack of 43 race cars off of pit road to start the battle for the checkered flag.
    Besides the on-track action that fans will be able to enjoy during the weekend, the newly redesigned fan area behind the main grandstand at Michigan International Speedway will incorporate the Batman Begins Fan Zone, which will feature the Batmobile from the film, Mark Martin's Batman Begins themed car, the Ricky Craven truck, and the fantasy and event cars that are part of the weekend's Batman action. The Batman Begins Fan Zone will also include other activities and exclusive merchandise based on the film and the Batman Begins 400. While this is the first time a major motion picture is serving as the title sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, it is not the first time Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been involved with NASCAR or Michigan International Speedway. Just last August, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics partnered with Michigan International Speedway for the highly successful Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels, as some of NASCAR's top drivers piloted cars emblazoned with the familiar heroes of the Justice League. Fans can still purchase tickets to the Batman Begins 400 by calling MIS at 1-800-354-1010 or logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(Alan Taylor Communications)(4-28-2005)

  • MGR of PR named at MIS: Dennis Worden, who has media relations experience at several colleges and universities, has been named Manager of Public Relations for Michigan International Speedway, Director of Public Relations Bill Janitz announced. Worden, a Concord, Michigan native, who now lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, previously served as the Director of Sports Information for Hillsdale College the past three years. Prior to Hillsdale, he spent time working in media relations with Wayne State University, Alma College and the University of Texas. He is a 1999 graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism. In addition, Worden also spent three seasons (2002-2004) working on the race weekend media center staff for MIS.(MIS PR)(4-19-2005)

  • Bill Janitz named Director of Public Relations of MIS: Bill Janitz has been named Director of Public Relations for Michigan International Speedway, track president Brett Shelton announced today. Janitz, who has been a member of the MIS public relations department since 2001, will assume his new duties immediately. A native of Brooklyn, MI, Janitz is a 2000 graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Janitz will oversee media and public relations for the state's largest sporting facility after serving as MIS Public Relations Manager from June 2001-November 2002 and Public Relations/News Manager from November 2002- February 2005. In those positions, Janitz handled an array of duties including media relations, writing press releases, pre and post-race activities, maintaining content on the MIS official website and credentialing.
    Tickets to all 2005 events at MIS are on sale now, including the season-opening Father's Day weekend, which features exciting enhancements to the weekend schedule, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on June 17, the MIS June debut of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on June 18 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on June 19. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-10-2005)

  • MIS to have Cup qualfying on Saturday: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced an enhancement to the MIS Friday and Saturday schedule for both the June 17-19 and August 19-21 NASCAR/ARCA weekends, giving fans more racing and adding value to each day. The highlights of the schedule on Fridays include qualifying for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and two practice sessions for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in both June and August, as well as two practice sessions for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in June and NASCAR Busch Series in August. The practice sessions will be followed by an ARCA RE/MAX Series event on each weekend that will start at 5:15 p.m. In June and August, Saturday highlights include qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series with afternoon races scheduled for both the Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series.
    While tickets for both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 12, tickets are on-sale now for all other events, including fan favorites such as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IRL IndyCar Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Tickets can be purchased in real-time on MIS' newly redesigned official website, www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(1-7-2005)

  • MIS Announces 2005 Renovation Project: In a continuing effort to improve experiences for fans who visit historic Michigan International Speedway each year, MIS President Brett Shelton announced today the largest renovation project in the 37-year history of MIS. The renovation project includes a reconfiguration of the frontstretch area which will include new ticket gates, new vendor and display areas, several new concession stands, and a new suite/club structure high above the main grandstand near the start/finish line. The suite/club area will hold 16 suites, press box, 870 Champions Club seats, timing & scoring area, television and radio broadcast area, and race control for use by the sanctioning bodies. The announcement of the entire project goes along with the announcement of approximately 870 Club Level seats. The project will be the first seat addition since 10,800 seats were added prior to the 2000 race season to raise the seating capacity at the facility to 137,243 for the 2005 racing season which begins Father's Day weekend June 17-19. The renovation project will allow MIS to keep many parts of its storied tradition, while adding amenities that will enhance the fan experience. The facility renovation project is scheduled to be completed in time for the season opening Father's Day weekend NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event weekend June 17-19. Along with the debut of the renovation project, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its June debut on Saturday, June 18 along with the first of two 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series events on Friday, June 17. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will make its 2005 MIS debut on Sunday, June 19. The new Club Level "Champions Club" seats are now available to existing MIS customers. For fans who are not current MIS ticket holders, deposits are now being taken by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(more plus images at mispeedway.com)(12-15-2004)

  • Michigan adds Club Level seats: Further enhancing its position as the host of Michigan's largest sporting events twice annually in June and August, Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today the addition of a Club Level seating area high above the start finish/line of the facility, which will include 870 new outdoor club grandstand seats as well as an indoor entertainment area called the "Champions Club." "We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce Club Level seating at MIS," said MIS president Brett Shelton. "Even though we are the largest sporting facility in the state, fans have asked for new ways to enjoy the sport of auto racing. The Champions Club certainly does that."B The project will make the MIS Champions Club one of the finest club seating areas among the region's major sporting facilities. With the addition of approximately 870 Club Level seats, it will be the first seat addition since 10,800 seats were added prior to the 2000 race season and raise the seating capacity at the facility to 137,243 for the 2005 racing season which begins Father's Day weekend June 17-19. With the additional seats, MIS becomes the eighth largest motorsports venue on the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. The addition of the "Champions Club" seating area is just one part of the largest renovation project in the 37-year history of the track. Further details, including several additional elements of the project, will be announced at a preview at MIS on Tuesday, December 14. The new Club Level seating along with the indoor entertainment area will be the first of its kind at MIS. The area will feature wide seats with cup holders, in-seat service, and an indoor air-conditioned hospitality area with private restrooms. These are just some of the features that fans will enjoy as a part of their "Champions Club" experience.
    The addition of the Champions Club area is scheduled to be completed in time for the season opening NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on Father's Day weekend. Along with the debut of the renovation project, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make its June debut on Saturday, June 18 along with the first of two 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series events on Friday, June 17. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will make its 2005 MIS debut on Sunday, June 19. Maintenance staff workers have already started preparing for the project by removing the old skylounge structure above the MIS grandstands at the start/finish line. The structure that was removed had been in place since the track's opening in 1968. The new "Champions Club" seats are now available to existing MIS customers. For fans who are not current MIS ticket holders, deposits are now being taken by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(12-14-2004)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Jones in the #34 at Pocono and MIS: Denver, NC based MACH 1 announced today that PJ Jones will pilot the #34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo beginning this weekend at Poco# Jeff Fuller, the teams primary driver is also committed to the #7 Busch car, a relationship that was established prior to MACH 1 team owner Chris Edwards tapping Fuller to drive his Cup car earlier this season. The non-companion races were identified as logistical challenges by MACH 1 with Fuller as their driver. The team searched for a driver that could step in and assist on the non-companion weekends. PJ Jones was selected and has agreed to drive for the team this weekend at Pocono and again next weekend in Michigan when the Busch cars will be in Kentucky. PJ competed at both Pocono and Michigan last year finishing 22nd at Pocono and 25th at Michigan.(MACH 1 PR)(6-7-2005)

  • 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
    #07-Dave Blaney Black Jack Cola #07 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Menard's #7 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Rent-A-Center #21 Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton Beneficial #31 Schemes Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
    #91-Bill Elliott McDonald's #91 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards AAA #99 Schemes Page


  • Menards to sponsor Gordon at Michigan: Robby Gordon Motorsports [RGM] will debut its #7 Menards Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway this weekend in the Batman Begins 400. This will be the first of three races Menards will serve as the team's primary sponsor, with races at Chicagoland Speedway and the second Michigan race in August. Menards, the country's third-largest home improvement store chain with more than 200 stores, serves as an associate sponsor on all of the RGM #7 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series entries. In addition, Menard Engineering Group, a separate company also owned by Menards' owner John Menard, builds the engines for the team's Nextel Cup cars."It's been a long time since I have had the opportunity to drive a Menards sponsored car," Gordon said. "John and I have had a long friendship and close working relationship, and the last time I drove a Menards’ sponsored car we almost won a pretty big race. With the way our team has been improving over the last four weeks or so, particularly with how much stonger the engine program has become, maybe this will be the turning point of our season and we'll win that big race that we've been looking for." Gordon and Menard were co-owners in the Menards’ sponsored 1999 Indianapolis 500 effort where Gordon led the field by a wide margin coming to the white flag, only to run out of fuel and finish fourth. In addition to Menards, the #7 Chevrolet will also have sponsorship from Fruit of the Loom, Harrah's and Jim Beam at Michigan. Harrah's will return to the track as the primary sponsor for the team's effort at Infineon Raceway next week, while Fruit of the Loom will take the team to Daytona for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 2.(Robby Gordon Motorsports), see an image of the car on my #7 Team Schemes page.(6-15-2005)

  • Black Jack for Blaney: The #07 Chevy with Dave Blaney driving will sport the Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails paint scheme featuring Black Jack Cola for the Batman Begins 400.(RCR), image on my #07 Team Scheme page.(6-15-2005)

  • 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)

  • Batman Returns with Martin, to sponsor MIS Race UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin will run a 'Batman Begins' scheme at the June Michigan race. See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)
    UPDATE: NASCAR, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and International Speedway Corporation announced that Batman Begins*, the highly anticipated film from Warner Bros. Pictures, will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 19 for the running of the NASCAR Nextel Cup "Batman Begins 400." The film opens worldwide on June 15. Roush Racing legend Mark Martin will get a little extra Batman power to help him get to Victory Lane, as his Ford will feature a special Batman Begins paint scheme for the race. Martin's fellow Roush Racing driver, Ricky Craven, will also be sporting a Batman Begins scheme during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on June 18. Race fans will have a front-row seat for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the film's launch when the Batmobile from the film leads the pack of 43 race cars off of pit road to start the battle for the checkered flag.
    Besides the on-track action that fans will be able to enjoy during the weekend, the newly redesigned fan area behind the main grandstand at Michigan International Speedway will incorporate the Batman Begins Fan Zone, which will feature the Batmobile from the film, Mark Martin's Batman Begins themed car, the Ricky Craven truck, and the fantasy and event cars that are part of the weekend's Batman action. The Batman Begins Fan Zone will also include other activities and exclusive merchandise based on the film and the Batman Begins 400. While this is the first time a major motion picture is serving as the title sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, it is not the first time Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been involved with NASCAR or Michigan International Speedway. Just last August, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics partnered with Michigan International Speedway for the highly successful Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels, as some of NASCAR's top drivers piloted cars emblazoned with the familiar heroes of the Justice League. Fans can still purchase tickets to the Batman Begins 400 by calling MIS at 1-800-354-1010 or logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(Alan Taylor Communications)(4-28-2005)

  • McDonald's to sponsor Elliott UPDATE and Evernham too: hearing that McDonald's will sponsor the #91 [#98?] Dodge and Bill Elliott at Michigan in June and California in September.(3-17-2005)
    UPDATE: McDonald's announced the company has entered into a partnership agreement with Evernham Motorsports in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The agreement calls for McDonald's to be an associate sponsor on the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger driven by 2004 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne and the #91 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger that will be driven by [1988] NASCAR champion Bill Elliott at selected Nextel Cup events. The agreement includes a two-race McDonald's primary sponsorship on Elliott's car. The Bill Elliott Racing entry will carry the McDonald's paint scheme at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (June 19) and California Speedway in Fontana (Sept. 5). Kahne, 24, said that he welcomes the new partnership and is looking forward to being affiliated with McDonald's. McDonald's motorsports programs also include primary sponsorships in the Champ Car World Series with the Newman/Haas team and driver Sebastian Bourdais and in the NASCAR Busch Series with Team Rensi Motorsports and [#35] driver Jason Keller. More info on McDonalds, see www.mcdonalds.com.(McDonald's Racing)(3-28-2005)
    IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #91 Team Schemes page.(4-12-2005)

  • Beneficial to Sponsor Two RCR Teams IMAGE: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has teamed up with Beneficial in a multi-year associate sponsorship agreement for two of its NASCAR Cup Series teams. Beneficial will sponsor and have decal space on the "B" posts of the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet of driver Kevin Harvick and the lower rear quarter panels of the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet of driver Jeff Burton. It will also be the primary sponsor of the #31 Chevrolet for the June event at Michigan International Speedway. Finally, Beneficial will have status with the racing organization as the "Official Consumer Lending Company of RCR." More info on Beneficial at beneficial.com.(RCR PR)(2-24-2005)
    IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(4-12-2005)

  • AAA Salutes Edwards: "On behalf of the six AAA clubs in The Auto Club Group, I want to offer warm congratulations to Carl Edwards on the occasion of his first victory in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race," Charles Podowski, president/CEO of The Auto Club Group said today. "Carl's dramatic finish in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday is a tribute to his driving skill and persistence and the excellent support he receives from his Roush Racing Teammates. The Auto Club Group is proud to be one of Carl's primary sponsors for this year's NEXTEL Cup season," Podowski said. The Auto Club Group has signed on to be the primary sponsor of Edwards' AAA Car #99 Ford Taurus in three NEXTEL Cup races this year and as an associate sponsor in the 35 other events. This is Edwards' first full year on the NEXTEL Cup circuit. Edwards will be making his first appearance under The Auto Club Group's principal sponsorship in the June 19 NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. He will also compete with representatives of Michigan news media in a simulator race on Thursday, June (Yahoo Finance)(3-22-2005)

  • Rent-A-Center returns to the #21 and Rudd: Rent-A-Center is returning as an associate sponsor of the #21 Wood Brothers Team in 2005. Furthermore, the #21 Ford Taurus will carry a Rent-A-Center paint scheme for the April 17th race at Texas Motor Speedway and the June 19th race at Michigan International Speedway. A promotion is currently in the works that could award up to 40,000 Rent-A-Center prizes to customers who rent from Rent-A-Center between April 11th and May 14th. Prizes will be awarded based on Ricky Rudd's finish in the June 19th race at Michigan International Speedway. Everyone who signs an agreement during this time frame will receive a scratch-off card good for up to $50 off their agreement while supplies last. Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates 2,871 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. More info on Rent-A-Center at rentacenter.com.(Motorcraft Racing PR)(3-3-2005)

  • Texaco to continue Autism support UPDATE: ChevronTexaco, in conjunction with #42-Jamie McMurray and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will hold a press conference this Friday, Feb 25th at California Speedway to announce ongoing financial and promotional support for the Autism Society of America (ASA) via its "Driving Autism Awareness" campaign during the 2005 NASCAR racing season and unveiling a special paint scheme. A new primary and associate sponsor on the #42 NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray and the #41 NASCAR Busch Series Dodge piloted by Raybestos Rookie Candidate Reed Sorenson will also be announced and unveiled.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE - New Sponsor for McMurray: ChevronTexaco Products Company, a division of Chevron USA Inc., announced today it has signed Home123 Corporation, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation, as an associate sponsor of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the 2005. In choosing an associate corporate sponsor, ChevronTexaco weighed its options against three critical criteria: a similar value system, a symbiotic customer base from which each company could expand sales, and a mutual agreement on a list of priority races for the 2005 season. Through the new marketing agreement, Home123 will have primary sponsorship rights for six NASCAR Nextel Cup races including Phoenix (April 23rd), Michigan (June 19th), Daytona (July 2nd), Chicago (July 10th), Watkins Glen (August 14th) and Fontana (September 9th). During those races, the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, piloted by Jamie McMurray, will be painted with a blue and white Home123 color scheme. In addition, Home123 will support Jamie McMurray’s charitable cause, “Driving Autism Awareness,” by matching the $42 donations each being made by McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing for every lap McMurray leads in the 2005 season. With Home123’s additional financial commitment, each lap that McMurray leads during the 2005 season will generate $168 in donations to assist with autism research and public education. All proceeds from “Driving Autism Awareness” will be given to the Autism Society of America.(Jamie McMurray site)(2-27-2005)

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


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