THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: GFS Marketplace 400
Nextel Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, August 21, 2005 in Brooklyn, MI
- TV: TNT 2:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Green Flag: around 2:40pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, Aug 24 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, Aug 25 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Saturday, Aug 27 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,912,254 (was $4,926,541 in 2004)
- Practices: Friday, August 19, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 19, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel tape delay at 8:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 19, 11:20am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, August 20 at 12:10pm/et, TV-TNT tape delay at 1:00pm/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, AUGUST 19TH
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
6:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH
7:00 AM NNCS, NBS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
11:35 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST
8:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
9:30 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
12:30 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
1:30 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
2:00 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
2:30 PM NNCS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 400 MILES)
3:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6878
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 time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Michigan . . . Goodyear ran this left-side code during NASCAR's visit to Michigan back in June, but with a different right-side code . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run this specific tire combination in 2005, though this left-side code (D-6852) will be run at California, Charlotte, Chicago, and Kansas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Michigan . . . the inflation 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: Michigan: "The first race at Michigan went well, but the right-side wear was slightly marginal on a green race track. We adjusted that compound to improve the wear, while maintaining the same level of grip. Based on recent team testing at Michigan, the change was transparent from the driver's standpoint, and the wear was improved."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Michigan [only Stewart and Johnson have a shot to do it there] for leading the points and winning the race.
The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
#20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
#20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
- 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: $5,000
Winners for 2005 so far:
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
#29, #30 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
#48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart, 18
Greg Biffle, 8
Kurt Busch, 8
Kasey Kahne, 5
Jeff Gordon, 3
Joe Nemechek, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
Ryan Newman, 2
Kyle Busch, 2
Brian Vickers, 2
Matt Kenseth, 2
- Mayfield wins at Michigan: #19-Jeremy Mayfield won the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, taking the lead on lap 195 taking a gamble on fuel strategy. It is Mayfield's first win of 2005 and 5th of his career. With 6 laps to go, #37-Tony Raines was leading until he ran out of gas, that would had been interesting. #10-Scott Riggs, expected to be named to drive the third Evernham Motorsports Dodge in 2006, had a career best, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards and #20-Tony Stewart. Mayfield's win helped move him into 6th in points, Stewart increased his points lead to 126 points. No driver changes in the top-ten points standings. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 18th and is now 154 points out of 10th with three races to go. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 15th and is now 12th in the drivers standings, 58 points behind 10th place. #20-Stewart and #48-Johnson have mathematically clinched a spot in The Chase. All drivers from 23rd on back in Drivers Points standings have been mathematically eliminated.
For race results and links, see Jayski's Michigan Glen Race Results Page.(8-21-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Michigan - 23 of 36 races
the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
(Stewart and Johnson have clinched)
1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3268
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3142, -126
3) #16-Greg Biffle, 3016, -252
4 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 2979, -289
5) #6-Mark Martin, 2899, -369
6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2869, -399
7) #97-Kurt Busch, 2848, -420
8) #12-Ryan Newman, 2773, -495
9) #99-Carl Edwards, 2758, -510
10) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2702, -566
The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
The rest who seem to still have a shot to get in the top-10:
11) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2651, -617, -51 points out of 10th
12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2644, -624, -58
13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2636, -632,-66
14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2620, -648, -82
15) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2598, -670, -104
16) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2544, -724, -158
For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(8-21-2005)
- Michigan Race Notes:
• Jeremy Mayfield won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 368th career start.
• Mayfield climbed from seventh to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, now 399 behind firstplace Tony Stewart. Mayfield has climbed from a low of 26th after Las Vegas to a season-high sixth-place points ranking.
• Mayfield’s last victory came at Richmond last September - 33 races ago. He scored his first victory in 24 races at Michigan International Speedway.
• Mayfield became the 10th different race winner in 2005.
• Mayfied has scored six top-10 finishes and 15 top-15 finishes in 23 races in 2005.
• This was Mayfield’s fourth victory in 280 career superspeedway races.
• Kurt Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season. He led 65 of the 200 laps raced.
• Mayfield led only once for the final six laps.
• This is the second victory by a Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 and Ford has nine.
• Scott Riggs (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway. It marked his fourth top-10 finish in 2005 and his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finish.
• Matt Kenseth (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2005. Kenseth has scored top-five finishes in two of his last three races.
• Carl Edwards (fourth) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Michigan. Edwards has scored nine top-10 finishes in 2005. Edwards climbed from 10th to ninth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
• Tony Stewart (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway. He scored his 15 top-10 finish in 23 races in 2005. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 126 points ahead of second place Jimmie Johnson.
• Stewart has scored nine straight top-10 finishes including eight top fives.
• Jimmie Johnson (10th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 56 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. Both Johnson and Stewart have each scored 15 top-10 finishes in 2005, the most of all drivers.
• Rusty Wallace (13th) extended a 36-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. Wallace has scored 18 top-15 finishes in 23 races in 2005.
• Jeff Gordon (15th) climbed from 13th to 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 624 points behind first-place Tony Stewart and 58 points behind 10th-place Jamie McMurray
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18th) dropped from 15th to 16th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 724 points behind first-place Tony Stewart and 158 points behind 10th-place Jamie McMurray.
• Four of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Michigan International Speedway
• Only six drivers are within 400 points of current point leader Tony Stewart with three races remaining before The Chase begins in New Hampshire in September.
• All five Roush drivers led at least one lap in the GFS Marketplace 400. The last time this occurred was at California
in February.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-21-2005)
- Rumblings - Michigan:
We had a "fuelish" finish today, but then that's nothing new for MIS. Jeremy Mayfield topped off on lap 149 and made it last today as he won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his first victory of the season. As the cars who stayed out tried various strategies (gas & go, two tires, four tires) Mayfield just kept moving up and ended up in the frontstretch grass (and hopefully Victory Lane after that) with his 5th career win and the 7th for Ray Evernham. Jeremy is now in a 7-way tie for 61st on the all-time win list....this one was worth $181,550.
It was another race with tire troubles (we had five left rears and one right front by my count) and trash on the front-grills all day long as well.
Scott Riggs (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 4th at Daytona in February.
Bill Elliott (11th) had his best finish since he was 9th at The Brickyard in August of 2004 (only 9 races).
Tony Raines (31st) had his best finish since he was 28th at Dover last September (only 4 races).
STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 9 Top-10's in a row.
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Tony Stewart (+31), followed by Greg Biffle (+25), Rusty Wallace (+25), and Kevin Harvick (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-39), Mike Bliss (-31), Elliott Sadler (-31), Kasey Kahne (-26), Terry Labonte (-20), and Stuart Kirby (-20). High, Wide, and Racey made the "Shaft" a busy place today.
Tony Raines led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Atlanta in October of 2003. He's the 47th different driver to lead a lap
this season....last year we had 50 different leaders.
Tony Stewart padded his lead today....it's now 126 over Jimmie Johnson. There were no changes in who's above the "Stayin' Alive" line....Dale Jarrett is 51 points out of the "Chase".
We lopped seven more drivers from the Championship...we're down to only the Top-25.
Scott Riggs (31st to 26th) made the best move forward in the points today, while Kyle Petty (27th to 30th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(8-21-2005)
- The GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 200 of 200 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#19-Mayfield-d (11)(6 laps led)
#10-Riggs-c (19)(13 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-f (13)(9 laps led)
#99-Edwards-f (12)(7 laps led)
#01-Nemechek-c (1)(27 laps led)
#16-Biffle-f (31)(3 laps led)
#97-Busch-f (17)(65 laps led)
#48-Johnson-c (10 - back)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
- Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 38,0,66,32,88,45,07,37,7,9,4
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
#5-Busch (over heating-out)
#00-Benson (oil leak-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 leaders with 19 lead changes):
#97-Busch (65, led most);
#10-Riggs (13, halfway);
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
- Lap leaders: #01-Nemechek - pole; #01-Nemechek 1-3; #9-Kahne 4-18; #5-Busch 19-46; #01-Nemechek 47-73; #97-Busch 74-76; #6-Martin 77-86; #97-Busch 87-91; #17-Kenseth 92; #97-Busch 93-96; #10-Riggs 97-109; #16-Biffle 110-112; #97-Busch 113-164; #17-Kenseth 165; #97-Busch 166; #17-Kenseth 167-173; #99-Edwards 174-190; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 191; #40-Marlin 192; #37-Raines 193-194; #19-Mayfield 195-200;
Cautions: 7 for 30 laps
Caution 7 - Laps 144 - 149: #51-Kirby has a left rear tire go down, went up the track and #77-Kvapil had no place to go and got together with Kirby's car.
Caution 6 - Laps 130 - 133: #00-Benson's engine overheated and blew.
Caution 5 - Laps 96 - 101: #11-Labonte and #29-Harvick both lost left rear tires and someone left debris in turn 1.
Caution 4 - Laps 83 - 85: #38-Sadler lost ift and spun around and backed into the turn 2 wall, #21-Rudd tired to get by and Sadler got into the left side of the car. #88-Jarrett checked up and got spun by #18-Labonte. Rudd and Sadler have damage, all drove to the pits/garage.
Caution 3 - Laps 75 - 79: while leading #01-Nemechek lost a right front tire and smacked the wall in turn 3.
Caution 2 - Laps 35 - 37: #0-Bliss, while running 14th, lost a left rear tire and spun off turn 3.
Caution 1 - Laps 28 - 30: #43-Green lost a left rear tire and left debris in turn 2.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 7: #11-Labonte, 40th DNF
Caution 6: #29-Harvick, 2nd
Caution 5: #00-Benson, 42nd DNF
Caution 4: #22-Wimmer, 23rd
Caution 3: #4-Andretti, 28th
Caution 2: #43-Green, 24th
Caution 1: #40-Marlin, 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)
---- with the fule mileage race going on, #37-Raines ran out of gas while leading on lap 195, others who ran out of gas included #88-Jarrett, #9-Kahne, #40-Marlin, #15-Waltrip, #7-Gordon.
---- on lap 184, #7-Gordon ran out of gas, but was able top cruise into the pits.
---- on lap 180, #17-Kenseth made his 'final' out stop, #97-Busch came in the next lap.
---- on lap 177, #77-Kvapil drifted up and slapped the wall, but drove on with no caution.
---- during the 7th caution, four drivers didn't pit, #97-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #6-Martin, #41-Mears.
---- on lap 124, #07-Blaney made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat left rear tire.
---- on lap 117, #16-Biffle had to pit as his motor was running hot.
---- during the 5th caution, #9-Kahne made a few stops for a broken right front shock.
---- just before the 4th caution, #5-Busch brought the car in, with smoke coming out the pipes, engine is blown.
---- on lap 69, #2-Wallace also had lot of paper on the grill and was running hot.
---- more cars running hot, lap 64, #9-Kahne, lot of trash; #19-Mayfield, but no trash.
---- while running in 3rd, #5-Busch had to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 55 as there was a couple of pieces of paper stuck to the grill and the engine was up to 300 degrees.
---- #24-Gordon is falling back as of lap 53, as the car is not turning.
---- #0-Bliss came back on the track as of lap 51 after spending 10 laps in the garage/pits/
---- just before the 1st caution, #5-Busch while leading, had some paper stuck to the grill and it was overheating the motor, the pit stop allowed the crew to remove the paper and Busch retained the lead after the pit stops.
---- #32-Hamilton Jr. was pitting when the 1st caution came out.
---- #40-Marlin made a unsceduled pit stop on lap 20 as he was over heating.
---- To the BACK : #2-Wallace [trnasmission change]; #48-Johnson [engine change];
- Front Row Joe wins Pole at MIS: "Front Row" #01-Joe Nemechek won the pole for the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 191.530mph for his first pole of 2005 and 8th of his career, putting him into the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. #24-Jeff Gordon starts on the out pole, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #5-Kyle Busch and #12-Ryan Newman. Points leader #20-Tony Strewart starts 36th. Missing the race were #34-P.J. Jones, #80-Carl Long, #92-Eric McClure, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #79-Bryan Reffner. Two drivers [I know of] will start at the rear of the field before the start of the race, #2-Rusty Wallace due to a transmission change and #48-Jimmie Johnsin due to changing an engine.
See speeds, pole progression, starting lineup, rookie and more on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-20-2005)
- Michigan Qualifyings Notes:
• Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the GFS Marketplace 400, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 37.582 seconds at 191.581 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph, set June 18, 2005.
• This is Nemechek’s ninth career Bud Pole in 381 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is Nemechek’s first Bud Pole at Michigan and comes in his 24th race here. It is his first top-10 start in his last 10 races at Michigan. His best Michigan finish was sixth in June 2005.
• Nemechek became the 14th different Bud Pole winner this season.
• There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the past 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (two each) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the 10-race period. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
• Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 37.627 seconds, 191.362 mph – and will join Nemechek on the front row for the GFS Marketplace 400. Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 17 of his 26 races at Michigan. It is his 10th top-10 start in 2005.
• This is the 10th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Ford has three. Qualifying was canceled at Dover and Watkins Glen.
• Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 11th top-10 start in 2005 and his second in four races at Michigan – both this season.
• Kyle Busch (fourth) scored his first top-10 start in two races at Michigan.
• Ryan Newman (fifth) posted his Series-leading 20th top-10 start this season. It is his seventh top-10 start in nine races at Michigan.
• Mike Bliss (sixth) posted his career-best start in his 58 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. It is also his best in 2005 and his fourth top-10 start this season. It is his first start better than 12th in six races at Michigan.
• Stuart Kirby (21st) posted the best qualifying effort of his six-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. His previous best start was 23rd at Charlotte in October 2001, in his career-first start. This will be his third race in 2005. His career-best finish (37th) came at Chicago this past July.
• Johnny Benson (34th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Talladega on April 25, 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-21-2005)
- Ramblings - Michigan:
We can call him "Front Row Joe" again.... Joe Nemechek had to wait out a lengthy rain delay today at Michigan International Speedway, but when it cleared and the last five cars made their run, it was the U. S. Army Chevy driver atop the board for the first time since he had the top-spot at Kansas last October. Joe's first pole of the season makes him the 14th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, and is the 9th Bud Pole of his Cup career. Jeff Gordon will join Nemechek on the front row for the GFS Marketplace 400.
This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Infineon in June.
Kyle Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at California in February.
Mike Bliss (6th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best was 7th at Chicagoland in July of 2004.
Tony Raines (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Rockingham (Where's 'dat??) in November of 2003.
Stuart Kirby (21st) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 22nd at Lowe's in October of 2001.
John Andretti (23rd) has his best starting spot since he started 23rd at Homestead last November (only 4 races).
Welcome Back: Johnny Benson makes his first start since Talladega in April of 2004.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
Brian Vickers has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
(Stock Car Fans)(8-20-2005)
- Happy Hour practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #89-Shepherd 173.027 and #79-Reffner 174.414
#13-Sacks withdrew without running a lap
most laps run: #16-Biffle, 40; #17-Kenseth, 39
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#37-Raines, 182.764 [18th fastest lap], 7 laps run
#51-Kirby, 182.705 [11th], 7 laps
#97-Busch, 182.225 [5th], 18 laps
Happy Hour practice will be televised via tape on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et
See speeds and qualifying order on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-19-2005)
- Johnson loses engine: #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine in the first practice at MIS, so the team will put another engine in the car and Johnson will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.(Speed Channel's NASCAR LIVE)(8-19-2005)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in happy hour practice?
Eight will get in and five will miss the race:
#7-Robby Gordon, 5th fastest
#51-Stuart Kirby, 11th
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 13th
#37-Tony Raines, 18th
#66-Jimmy Spencer, 30th
#4-John Andretti, 31st
#00-Johnny Benson, 34th
#91-Bill Elliott [CH], 36th, guaranteed to make the race with Champ Prov.
these five need to find some speed or will miss the race:
#92-Eric McClure, 43rd
#34-P.J. Jones, 45th
#80-Carl Long, 46th
#79-Brian Reffner, 47th
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 48th
#13-Greg Sacks, withdrew Friday
- Friday's first practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #80-Long 141.440, #79-Reffner 174.872 and #92-McClure 176.804
no speed listed for: #13-Sacks
most laps run: #6-Martin, 27; #9-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #38-Sadler, 26
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#48-Johnson, 182.482 [23rd fastest lap], 7 laps run
#01-Nemechek, 182.290 [1st], 20 laps
#40-Marlin, 181.982 [5th], 17 laps
See speeds and qualifying order on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-19-2005)
- Entry List [changes] for the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of owners points - 22 race attempts by team:
#4-John Andretti in for Mike Wallace (full-time team)
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
#37-Tony Raines in for released Kevin Lepage (full-time team)
#92-Eric McClure in for Tony Raines (full-time team)
Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 22 'team' attempts
#00-Johnny Benson (4 attempts)
#00/80-Carl Long (13 attempts)
#13-Greg Sacks (4 attempts)
#34-P.J. Jones (18 attempts)
#51-Stuart Kirby (3 attempts)
#66-Jimmy Spencer (21 attempts)
#79-Bryan Reffner (3 attempts)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (12 attempts)
#91-Bill Elliott (6 attempts)(Champ provisional to use]
IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 91,4,32,7,37,92,66,34
missing the race would be: #'s 00/80,89,00,13,51,79
For the full list see my Jayski's Michigan Entry List, 49 cars entered.(8-16-2005)
- Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
#6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- WHO'S HOT heading to Michigan:
• Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each scored 14 top-10 finishes in 2005.
• Tony Stewart has scored eight straight top-10 finishes, including five victories, in the last eight races.
• Mark Martin has scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races. He has also scored nine top-15 finishes in the last 10 races.
• Brian Vickers has scored five straight top-15 finishes.
• Roush Racing drivers have won nine of the 22 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five and Joe Gibbs Racing also has five victories. Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-15-2005)
- Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)
- August 2004 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 139.063mph, started 24th
- Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph
- August 2004 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, points/rained out, finished 40th
- June 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 194.232, finished 15th
- 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 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: 28 - Ford
- Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 72 races] 19.4%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 8, 11.1%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 8, 11.1%
- 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 25: 1
- Races won from starting pos 28: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 48 of 72 - 66.7%
- Races won from the top 10: 59 of 72 - 81.9%
- 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.
Grand Marshal: Paul Gordon, Chairman of Gordon Food Service
Command to start engines: Paul Gordon, Chairman of Gordon Food Service
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Wendy Dodge,Culvers Restaurant, a customer of Gordon Food Service
National Anthem: Julie Roberts
Military Flyover: four F-16's out of the 127th Fighter Wing of the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard from Selfridge Air Force Base
- Track Homepage: www.mispeedway.com
- 2004 Michigan August Race Info Page
- 2005 Michigan June Race Info Page
- Reserved Seats Sold Out for Cup race at MIS: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21, have been sold. With the sellout, MIS has extended its remarkable streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 30 consecutive events dating back to June 1991. For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 21 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.
Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20, which will feature a post-race concert
performed by the country sensations Josh Turner and Sugarland approximately one-hour after the completion of the Domino's Pizza 250.
The concert will be held in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track. To purchase tickets for the Domino's Pizza 250 or the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on August 19, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS)(8-18-2005)
- National Anthems at Michigan: Julie Roberts, Mercury Nashville recording artist, will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday, August 21 at Michigan International Speedway. It will be the third time Roberts has visited MIS in the past year. She sang the National Anthem for the GFS Marketplace 400 in August of 2004 and performed a concert in the MIS Pit Zone during pre-race activities for the Batman Begins 400 in June.
Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the country band Sugarland, will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on Saturday, August 20 at Michigan International Speedway. Sugarland will headline the concert performance at The Tailgate of a Lifetime* after the conclusion of the Domino's Pizza 250. The Tailgate of a Lifetime is being hosted by Lifetime Products, Inc. as a celebration of American tailgating culture.(MIS)(8-16-2005)
- Grand Marshal's and Flyover's at Michigan: Paul Gordon, Chairman of Gordon Food Service, will give the command to start engines for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 as Grand Marshal. Wendy Dodge, of Culvers Restaurant, a customer of Gordon Food Service will be the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the GFS Marketplace 400. The flyover will be conducted by four F-16's out of the 127th Fighter Wing of the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard from Selfridge Air Force Base.
For the Domino's Pizza 250, David Brandon, President and CEO of the Ann Arbor-based company, will give the command to start the race as Grand Marshal. Ray Sellers, a Domino's Pizza franchisee, will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the Domino's Pizza 250. The flyover will be conducted by a B-17 out of the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan.(MIS)(8-16-2005)
- Tickets for the Michigan races available: For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 21 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.
Tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20, which will feature a post-race concert performed by the country sensations Josh Turner and Sugarland approximately one-hour after the completion of the Domino's Pizza 250. The concert will be held in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.
To purchase tickets for the Domino's Pizza 250 or the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 on August 19, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00A.M. - 9:00 P.M., seven days a week throughout the upcoming race weekend.(MIS PR)(8-16-2005)
- Ernie Irvan MIS Walk to feature Celebrities: NASCAR legend Ernie Irvan is only days away from the most important victory lap of his life - the inaugural Leadership and Awareness to Promote Safety (LAPS) Walk, set to take place next Wednesday, August 17 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan. Other NASCAR legends including Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte, Jerry Nadeau, Ned Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Bobby and Donny Allison will join Irvan and the hundreds of supporters who have registered to walk alongside them on the track at MIS.
Created as a partnership between the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and Irvan's non-profit organization, Race2Safety, the LAPS Walk aims to raise money for and awareness of brain injury and to bring traumatic brain injury to the forefront of consciousness in the minds of Americans. Irvan suffered two traumatic brain injuries at MIS during his racing career, the second of which prompted his early retirement. "Having this inaugural event at MIS is a testimony to those living with brain injuries", said Irvan. "I am truly appreciative of the support everyone has shown - especially those who have registered to walk and the sponsors who have joined me in this mission." Lifetime Products will donate $1 dollar to the cause in the name of each individual who visits their website, www.tailgateofalifetime.com, and registers their name. More info on my Racing Charity Page.(8-11-2005)
- 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)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Michigan International Speedway
- Conely and #79 shot give it another shot, this time with Reffner: The #79 SBC/Tubby's Submarines Chevy he's taking to Brooklyn, MI [MIS] was built by John Conely, owner of Conely Motor Sports Inc., and 15 others on about 1% of a typical team's $15 million-$20 million budget in the same Genoa Township garage from which he sells, rents and services used cars. Conely tried last year at Michigan and New Hampshire but was rained out. He'll give it a go Saturday, his fourth attempt this year to earn a spot in NASCAR's premier series. Fractions of a second kept the team out of the June race in Michigan and earlier events in California and Las Vegas. While Derrike Cope drove Conely's car in June, Bryan Reffner, a former American Speed Association champion, will drive this weekend. Conely estimates he will need to turn a qualifying lap of 38.3 seconds to put the team comfortably in the field. Although it will be his first run in the Nextel Cup Series, Reffner was the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie of the year in 1996 [driving for Ernie Irvan]. "We've worked together a long time and we think the same way,'' said Conely, who has previously competed in the truck series and in NASCAR's Busch Series. "We've done good together and we want to do it again.'' Reffner, from Rudolph, Wis., drove 13 truck races for Conely in 1999, starting 25th and finishing 20th at Michigan. In 2002, he drove for Conely again in Michigan's truck and Busch races, finishing 13th and 29th, respectively. Conely's crew is made up of mostly local people, including Dean Biondi and Ron Hepler from Brighton, Chris Jennings from Hartland and Bill Yurgelaitis of Byron, who keeps Hartland Consolidated Schools' buses on the road when he's not racing.(Ann Arbor News/Michigan Live), also more info on the team at: conelymotorsports.com and bryanreffner.com.(8-19-2005)
- Rusty and Martin to be honored at MIS on Sunday: When the green flag drops for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, two drivers who have accomplished so much on the 2-mile oval, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, will be saying their final good-byes and racing in their final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at MIS [well....maybe not Martin]. Wallace and Martin are no strangers to success at MIS with a combined 15 victories between the two of them. Wallace has seven wins (5 Cup, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) and Martin eight (4 Cup, 2 Busch, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) at MIS, making them two of the most successful drivers in track history. Both
drivers will be looking for one last victory at MIS in Wallace's 'Rusty's Last Call' and Martin's 'Salute To You' campaigns. At approximately 2:00pm/et MIS will honor Wallace and Martin during pre-race ceremonies prior to the GFS Marketplace 400. Both drivers will be presented a framed photo collage of memorable wins at MIS by track President Brett Shelton and have a chance to address the MIS crowd and thank them for all of their support during their two annual stops in the Irish Hills. Both drivers will then ride separate trucks to give an opportunity for one last salute to the great MIS fans. In addition, fans will also get a chance to see Wallace appear in MIS' all-inclusive Victory Lane Club prior to the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21. Wallace will perform question and answer sessions for fans who have purchased the Fan Hospitality package. Guests who wish to purchase fan hospitality packages or already have tickets and would like to upgrade to a fan hospitality package are encouraged to contact the ticket office at (800) 354-1010.(MIS PR)(8-18-2005)
- Spencer in the #66 at Michigan: Peak Performance Motorsports announced that Jimmy Spencer will drive the #66 Arbor
Mortgage Ford next weekend in Michigan for the GFS Marketplace 400. Arbor Mortgage will launch a promotion in conjunction with its
sponsorship, offering to the pay one randomly drawn entrant's mortgage for one year, contingent on Spencer's finish. Mike Garvey will return as the driver of the #66 at Bristol and is scheduled to complete the season with the team. Entrants can register for the promotion at www.arbormortgage.com, beginning August 12, for an opportunity to win their mortgage paid for one year by Arbor Mortgage. If Spencer finishes in the Top-10, a randomly drawn entrant will win. For more information, visit the Arbor Mortgage website. Spencer, one of only 13 drivers to win in the Cup, Busch and Truck Series, will attempt to make his fourth start of the season, and first with PPM. This season Spencer is driving the #2 ASE Certified Dodge Ram full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and is a contender to win his first championship in one of NASCAR's premier series.(PSE-3)(8-12-2005)
- RCR, Tracy Decide Not to Run at MIS: After two days of successful testing at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Paul Tracy have decided that not enough time remains before the Aug. 20 GFS Marketplace 400 at MIS to prepare for Tracy's first entry in a NASCAR event.
"I'm very impressed with Paul's ability in a race car, whether it's a Cup car or a Champ Car, but it was just too short a time to put the
right program together," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "Paul's a champion and he had a very good test but we want to do this right and be fully prepared to give him a maximum effort." Childress hopes to race Tracy again later this year.
"I have the greatest respect for the guys that drive Cup cars week-in and week-out," said Tracy. "It takes a lot of preparation to be ready
for a highly competitive event like the NEXTEL Cup Series and we just didn't have the time to do the job right. I want to thank Richard for
giving me this opportunity and the crew guys at the test for all of their effort. My primary goal this year is the pursuit of the
Bridgestone/Ford Champ Car World Series Championship."(RCR PR)(8-12-2005)
- See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- #5 Team 'testing' 2006 scheme at MIS: With paint schemes sometimes looking much different on paper than they do on the race track, Kellogg's has elected to field a potential 2006 car design this weekend at Michigan. A final decision on the '06 version of the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolets will be based on how the car looks from the grandstands and on TNT's television broadcast.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), have seen no image yet.(8-19-2005)
- #38 scheme at MIS: Elliott Sadler will run the Pedigree Dog Food scheme this week at Michigan.(Elevation Group/M&M Motorsportss PR)(8-17-2005)
- Special Scheme for Biffle at MIS: #16-Greg Biffle is scheduled to run a #16 Prism National Guard car at Michigan in August. The hood of of the black and grey car will feature the Prismthegame.com web address; a game inspired by the National Guard. See an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(7-28-2005)
- Menards to sponsor Gordon at Michigan [and two other races]: 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)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)