THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Subway Fresh 500

Nextel Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, April 23, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ

  • TV: FOX 7:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 7:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, April 27 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, April 28 [Replay] at 2:00pm/et;
    Saturday, April 30 [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, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,795,076 (was - none - new event)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Thursday, April 21, 5:55 - 6:55pm/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Thursday, April 21, 9:15 - 10:00pm/et on TV-Speed Channel - no re-air


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, April 21, 4:55pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, April 22 at 6:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 12:30am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars will be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules below.

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550 Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6798; Right-side -- D-6832 Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 15 psi; Left Rear -- 15 psi;
    Right Front -- 28 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to Phoenix . . . this is one of three tracks at which Nextel Cup teams will run this specific tire set-up this season, with the others being Richmond and New Hamsphire . . . Busch and Truck Series teams will also run this combination at Milwaukee, Pikes Peak, Gateway, Indianapolis (Raceway Park) and Memphis in 2005 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "The right-side tires we are bringing to Phoenix are unchanged from last year. And, while the left-side compound remains unchanged as well, that side features a new construction for improved performance."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Phoenix Raceway 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
    (4-18-2005)

  • 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 Phoenix: $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
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Greg Biffle, 5
    Tony Stewart, 4
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Kurt Busch, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    (4-18-2005)


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LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Busch wins at Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch won the Subway Fresh 500
    Phoenix International Raceway, holding off #15-Michael Waltrip who got close, but could quite catch Buach and almost wacked the wall, but held on for 2nd. It is Busch's first win of 2005 and his 12th career win. Busch dominated the race from the get-go and led 219 or 312 laps. The rest of the top five was #31-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #25-Vickers. #24-Gordon, who started on the pole, only led four laps and finished 12th. #48-Johnson finished 15th and increases his points lead, however his streak of 13 straight races finishing with a top-10 finish. #09-Johnny Sauter gave the James Finch team a lift with a 9th place finish. #92-Stanton Barrett finished a respectible 30th and was the 2nd highest rookie of the race with #77-Kvapil not finishing the race. The race will re-air on Speed Channel, Thursday, April 28th at 3:00pm/et.
    For race results and links, see Jayski's Phoenix Race Results/Awards page.(4-23-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Phoenix - 8 of 36 races
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1260
    #97-Kurt Busch, 1087, -173
    #16-Greg Biffle, 1052, -208
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1027, -233
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 1009, -251
    #6-Mark Martin, 997, -263
    #12-Ryan Newman, 994, -266
    #99-Carl Edwards, 979, 281
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 968, -292
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 960, -300
    For full standings, see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(4-23-2005)

  • Phoenix Race News and Notes:
    * Kurt Busch won the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring his 12th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 158th career start. His last victory came in New Hampshire International Speedway in September 2004, 17 races ago.
    * Busch became sixth different winner in eight races in 2005.
    * Busch climbed from fourth to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings. Busch has ranked in the top 10 in the point standings since Rockingham last February, 43 straight races.
    * It marked Busch's first victory in six races at Phoenix and his fourth straight top-10 finish at the Arizona superspeedway.
    * Busch begins the 2005 season with five top-10 finishes in eight races.
    * Busch scored the fifth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Phoenix International Raceway. Thos five victories have been posted by four different drivers : Jeff Burton (two) along with Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Busch (one each) . This was Roush's 78th victory as a car owner and fourth this season.
    Notebook Items
    * Michael Waltrip (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It was his first top-five finish since he finished fourth at Infineon Raceway last June. It is his best finish at Phoenix. Waltrip has scored three top-10 finishes in eight races this season. He climbed from 24th to 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    * Jeff Burton (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Burton scored his best finish since he finished second at Daytona in July 2003 and his first top-10 finish in 2005.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) scored his fourth straight top-five finish in six races at Phoenix International Raceway. This is his fourth top-10 finish in 2005. He climbed from 15th to 12th in the point standings. He ranked 27th after Las Vegas, five races ago.
    * Brian Vickers (fifth) his first top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix International Raceway and his career-best finish in 49 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
    * Bobby Labonte (sixth) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix. Labonte scored his first top-10 finish in 2005.
    * Kyle Busch (eighth) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender for the fifth time in 2005. It was the second top-10 finish of his 14-race career.
    * Johnny Sauter (ninth) posted his first top-10 finish in 24 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
    * Jimmie Johnson (15th) ended a 13-race top-10 streak that began at Charlotte last fall. He remained first in the point standings with a 173-point lead over second-place Kurt Busch, the largest point lead of the 2005 season.
    * Mark Martin (16th) has been running at the finish in 30 consecutive races , the longest current streak.
    * Tony Stewart (33rd) dropped from 11th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, his lowest points position since he was 14th after Pocono in July 2003.
    * Nine of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Phoenix.
    * Looking ahead to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, only 18 drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-23-2005)

  • RUMBLINGS -- PHOENIX
    For the second week in a row we had the Roush Racing version of total domination....this time it was Kurt Busch presiding. Busch led six times for 219 laps tonight at Phoenix International Raceway and took the victory in the Subway Fresh 500 by 2.315 seconds. This was career win #12 for Busch (he's now solo in 47th on the all-time list) and #78 for Cactus Jack and Company. The defending Cup Champion's first win since Loudon last September was worth $264,000 from the almost $4.8M in posted awards.
    Since we seem to have such a controversy over the new pit-road timing system, maybe somebody should remind NASCAR why we have a pit-road speed limit at all. It was put into place after we lost Mike Rich at Atlanta years ago to protect the over-the-wall guys.....so I just don't see the need to time the space between the last pit and wherever the arbitrary line that they choose to use is. I can understand using it upon pit-entry (a safety issue for the pit crews for sure), but it sure looks like NASCAR could adjust the pit-out and eliminate a lot of the problems.
    Michael Waltrip (2nd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Lowe's Motor Speedway last May.
    Jeff Burton (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona last July.
    Brian Vickers (5th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 6th at Atlanta in March. The Top-5's by Waltrip, Burton, and Vickers give us 22 drivers to score a T-5 this season.....last year's number was 31.
    Bobby Labonte (6th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Pocono last June.
    Johnny Sauter (9th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 14th twice....at Rockingham in February of 2004 and at Talladega in April of 2004. The Top-10's by Burton, Labonte, and Sauter give us 31 drivers to register a T-10 this season.....last year's number was 39.
    Stanton Barrett (30th) tied his career-best finish tonight. He was also 30th at Las Vegas in March of 1999!
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 3 Top-10's in the last 4 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Michael Waltrip (+26), followed by Elliott Sadler (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Greg Biffle (-38), followed by Tony Stewart (-27), Rusty Wallace (-27), and Matt Kenseth (-25). This is the Mikey's second Op of the season.
    Scott Riggs led a lap tonight for the first time since he led one lap at Talladega last October. We've had 36 different drivers lead a lap this year vs 50 last year.
    Kurt Busch's victory coupled with Greg Biffle's troubles moved Busch into the second spot in the point standings this week....he's 173 markers behind Jimmie Johnson. Every position from 2nd to 15th changed hands this week. We also picked up one driver above the "Stayin' Alive" line as Waltrip's fine run moved him into the "Chase" by 6 points.
    Michael Waltrip (24th to 18th) made the best move forward tonight, while Casey Mears (17th to 26th) fell nine spots in the points. Mike Wallace's time on the "exempt" list was short-lived....he's out of the Top-35 in Owner Points this week by two points. Bobby Labonte now moves into his spot.(Stockcarfans.com)(4-23-2005)

  • The Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 312 of 312 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #97-Busch (2)(219 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (28)(23 laps led)
    #31-Burton (20)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (15)
    #25-Vickers (5)(50 laps led)
    #18-Labonte (4)
    #99-Edwards (11)
    #5-Busch (27)(8 laps led)
    #09-Sauter (26)
    #01-Nemechek (13)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5):
    #00-Long (engine-out)
    #17-Kenseth (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (over heating-out)
    #77-Kvapil (accident-out)
    #49-Schrader (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 16 lead changes):
    #97-Busch (219 lead most and halfway);
    #10-Riggs (1);
    #22-Wimmer (1);
    #16-Biffle (2);
    #49-Schrader (4);
    #5-Busch (8);
    #25-Vickers (50);
    #15-Waltrip (23);
    #24-Gordon (4);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon pole; #97-Busch 1-67; #10-Riggs 68; #97-Busch 69-133; #22-Wimmer 134; #97-Busch 135-145; #16-Biffle 146-147; #97-Busch 148-166; #49-Schrader 167-170; #5-Busch 171-178; #25-Vickers 179-207; #15-Waltrip 208-222; #24-Gordon 223-226; #97-Busch 227-239; #25-Vickers 240-260; #15-Waltrip 261-268; #97-Busch 269-312;

    Cautions: 9 for 43 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 239 - 244: #-77-Kvapil got turned around by #0-Bliss off turn 4, collecting, #49-Schrader, #22-Wimmer.
    Caution 8 - Laps 222 - 224: #41-Mears lost a tire and slapped the wall in turn 1, leaving debris on the track.
    Caution 7 - Laps 207 - 210: #48-Johnson got into the rear of #20-Stewart, who spun and collected #2-Wallace, #21-Rudd, #49-Schrader, #07-Blaney.
    Caution 6 - Laps 191 - 194: Debris on the frontstretch
    Caution 5 - Laps 174 - 175: #45-Petty locked up the brakes in turn 4, spun and backed into the wall, #33-Bowyer got into the wall trying to avoid Petty.
    Caution 4 - Laps 167 - 169: #17-Kenseth lost a right front tire in turn 3 and wacked the wall hard.
    Caution 3 - Laps 133 - 145: Debris in turn 2. NASCAR took some time to blow off the track. Red Flagged at 9:56pm/et as there was a power outage in the tower, not the track bur for NASCAR Control, etc. TV coverage didn't report it until after the red flag was over, yellow flag back out as of 10:04pm/et.
    Caution 2 - Laps 67 - 70: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 1 - Laps 13 - 16: #40-Marlin got into #11-Leffler and Leffler spun in turn 2. #77-Kvapil smacked the wall avoiding Leffler, but drove on.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: none given
    Caution 6: #66-Sadler, 29th
    Caution 5: none given
    Caution 4: #88-Jarrett, 9th
    Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 13th
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.(5-1-2005)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #99-Edwards, 7th
    Caution 8: #33-Bowyer, 22nd
    Caution 7: #40-Marlin, 26th
    Caution 6: #19-Mayfield, 13th
    Caution 5: #77-Kvapil(2), 40th
    Caution 4: #9-Kahne, 17th
    Caution 3: #43-Green, 21st
    Caution 2: #77-Kvapil, 40th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #29-Harvick was running 6th on the last lap, when he slowed and finished the last car on the lead lap, 19th, no word what went wrong.
    ---- #20-Stewart made a stop during the 9th caution, the crew is under the hood.
    ---- many of the lead lap cars came in to make pit stops during the 6th caution but not too many of the leaders.
    ---- #41-Mears had a slow pitstop, coasted on the apron to the garage with transmission problems.
    ---- #99-Edwards had a tire go down and spun in turn 3, but recovered and no caution, Edwards made a pit stop.
    ---- during the 5th caution,#16-Biffle went to the garage so the team could make repairs to the radiator.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #16-Biffle and #0-Bliss got togehter on pit road, Biffle had to make another pit stop and is getting the raditor checked out.
    ---- on lap 158, #33-Bowyer and #43-Green got together sending Green into a slide, but he recovered and drove on.
    ---- #20-Stewart made a few pit stops during the 3rd caution to make repairs on the grill.
    ---- #7-Gordon was reported by MRN as being out of the race, but is back on the track on lap 110 after a few laps in the garage.
    ---- #32-Hamilton Jr. is back on the track on lap 96 after the team made repairs to the radiator.
    ---- after the caution, it was reported [and shwon] that the grill on the #20 is gone.
    ---- all the top 10 cars came in to make pit stops during the 2nd caution
    ---- during the 1st caution, none of the top-10 made pit stops, some who did: #11, #40, #77, #32, #38, #45, #37, #5, #88, #7, #41, #9, 20 cars total.
    ---- after 5 laps, #24-Jeff Gordon has some minor damage to the rear of the car.
    ---- TO The BACK [3] #37-Lepage [engine change]; #7-Gordon [engine change]; #4-Wallace [unapproved changes];

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a lap of 133.675mph, his first ever pole at Phoenix and 53rd of his career. #12-Ryan Newman went out last to qualify and was 7th on his first lap and going for the pole and got a bit sideway's and missed out on his 4th straight pole at Phoenix and will start 7th. The rest of the top-five are #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Bobby Labonte and #25-Brian Vickers. #4-Mike Wallace went out on his lap and had no brakes and aborted his run, since the team is now in the top 35 in owners points, Wallace was assured to get in. Missing the race were #66-Hermie Sadler, #34-Steve Portenga and #02-Brandon Ash. #7-Robby Gordon got the final [43rd] spot. #33-Clint Bowyer will make his Nextel Cup debut, starting 25th.
    For qualifying results, starting lineup, other lineup links, pole progresssion, see my:
    Jayski's Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying/Practice Page.(4-22-2005)

  • How did drivers NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position do in Happy Hour practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, and need to get in on speed:
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 130.738, 5th
    #33-Clint Bowyer, 130.091, 12th
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 129.324, 27th
    #09-Johnny Sauter, 128.811, 33rd
    #7-Robby Gordon, 128.709, 34th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 128.673, 35th
    #00-Carl Long, 126.966, 42nd
    #66-Hermie Sadler, 126.081, 43rd
    [would miss the race if this stayed tbe same]
    #34-Steve Portenga, 125.261. 45th
    #92-Stanton Barrett, 125.936, 44th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 123.813, 46th.(4-21-2005)

  • Qualifying Order for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 46 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #18-Bobby Labonte is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #12-Ryan Newman. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Phoenix Qualifying/Grid/Practice Page or NASCAR.com.(4-21-2005)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman, 131.598
    #01-Nemechek, 131.454
    #07-Blaney, 131.272
    #97-Busch, 130.752
    #18-Labonte, 130.738
    slowest: #02-Ash 123.813 and #34-Portenga 125.261
    most laps run: #31-Burton, 71; #77-Kvapil, 67
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #33-Bowyer, 128.809 [12th fastest lap], 12 laps run
    #97-Busch, 128.432 [4th], 35 laps
    #5-Busch, 128.238 [14th], 29 laps
    See speeds NASCAR.com.(4-21-2005)

  • Thursday's first practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #77-Kvapil 131.071
    #12-Newman 130.819
    #19-Mayfield 130.662
    #31-Burton 130.534
    #32-Hamilton Jr. 130.095
    slowest: #00-Long 122.947 and #92-Barrett 124.395
    no speed for #09-Sauter, #02-Ash
    most laps run: #12-Newman, 41; #6-Martin and #25-Vickers, 39

    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #77-Kvapil, 128.232 [1st fastest lap], 23 laps run
    #29-Harvick, 127.798 [9th], 22 laps
    #2-Wallace, 127.679 [10th], 18 laps
    See speeds NASCAR.com.(4-21-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix Raceway is up, 46 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:
    Past Champs not in Top 35, eligible to use Champ Provisional
    #18-Bobby Labonte (full-time sched, champ prov., champ 2000)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - 7 race team attempts:
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time 2005 planned)
    #34-Steve Portenga now instead of Randy LaJoie (full-time 2005 planned)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 7 attempts
    #00-Carl Long 9part-time planned)(4 attempts)
    #02-Brandon Ash (some west-coast races)(0 attempts)
    #09-Johnny Sauter (part-time sched)(4 attempts)
    #33-Clint Bowyer (limited sched)(1 attempt)
    For the full list see my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List, 46 cars entered. (4-19-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    Jayski's Phoenix Entry List, 46 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
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will impound cars after qualifying in 21 of 36 championship events plus the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The following are tracks in which NASCAR will implement this procedure: Feb. 27-California; Mar. 20-Atlanta; Apr. 3-Bristol; Apr. 23-Phoenix; May 7-Darlington; May 14; Richmond; May 21-Lowe’s (All-Star Challenge); June 12-Pocono; June 19-Michigan; July 2-Daytona; July 17-New Hampshire; July 24-Pocono; Aug. 14-Watkins Glen; Aug. 21-Michigan; Aug. 27-Bristol; Sept. 10-Richmond; Sept. 18-New Hampshire; Oct. 9-Kansas; Oct. 30-Atlanta; Nov. 20-Homestead.
    Following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, the cars will be escorted to their respective garage stalls by a NASCAR Official (with the exception of the top five cars, which will be placed in a designated area for post-qualifying inspection).
    Once the car is pushed to the garage stall, only two crew members will be allowed to remain in the garage.
    The following work list will be allowed:
    1. Shut off electrical switches and master power switch;
    2. Remove radio;
    3. Check air pressure in tires;
    4. Cover the car; and,
    5. Crewmembers exit garage and garage doors close.
    Pit road selection will be immediately after the last car has qualified.
    Procedure for race day for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams:
    Garage Stall A maximum of two (2) crew members per car, accompanied by a NASCAR Official, will be allowed in the garage stall. Below are the procedures that will be completed in the garage stall:
    Teams May:
    1. Plug in oil heater (if teams use a generator, it must remain outside the garage);
    2. Open hood;
    3. Prime oil system;
    4. Back car out of garage to start;
    5. Turn master switch on;
    6. Open oil cooler bypass valve (optional)’
    7. Start engine;
    8. Close hood;
    9. Set tire pressure;
    10. Torque wheels;
    11. Install radio and water bottle;
    12. Remove or repair tape on front of car (i.e. grille, valance, brake ducts.); and
    13. If applicable, BST or Pi Research may replace equipment batteries under NASCAR supervision.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Enter the garage without a NASCAR Official present;
    2. Jack up any part of the car;
    3. Add water or pressurize the cooling system;
    4. Climb inside the car;
    5. Adjust wedge bolts, shocks or sway bars;
    6. Add fuel, oil or brake fluid;
    7. Remove air box; or
    8. Adjust fenders, spoiler or any body components.
    Fuel Pumps: A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, escorted by NASCAR Officials, may go to the fuel pumps. For Tracks 1 mile and under, a maximum of two gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks 1 ½ miles, a maximum of three gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks above 1 ½ miles, a maximum of four gallons of fuel will be added.
    Height Platform A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the height platform.
    Teams May:
    1. Adjust front and rear wedge bolts: A maximum of one (1) turn for front bolts. A maximum of 1 ½ turn for rear bolts.
    2. Adjust track bar at frame end adjuster. No maximum on track bar adjustment.
    3. Adjust external shock bleeds.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Change any components.
    2. Add spring inserts.
    Scales A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the scales. Any car that does not meet required weight specifications may be subject to penalty. After completion, the generator will be reconnected to the car and pushed to pit road. Generators will be permitted out on pit road with the car.(NASCAR)(3-18-2005)

  • 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

    Year Winner Start Pole sitter Finish
    2005 #97-Kurt Busch 2 #24-Jeff Gordon 12
    2004 #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14 #12-Ryan Newman 2
    2003 #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11 #12-Ryan Newman 3
    2002 #17-Matt Kenseth 28 #12-Ryan Newman 18
    2001 #99-Jeff Burton 3 #19-Casey Atwood 14
    2000 #99-Jeff Burton 2 #2-Rusty Wallace 4
    1999 #20-Tony Stewart 11 #98-John Andretti 8
    1998 #2-Rusty Wallace 6 #25-Ken Schrader 22
    1997 #88-Dale Jarrett 9 #43-Bobby Hamilton 3
    1996 #43-Bobby Hamilton 17 #18-Bobby Labonte 9
    1995 #10-Ricky Rudd 29 #94-Bill Elliott 14
    1994 #5-Terry Labonte 19 #4-Sterling Marlin 3
    1993 #6-Mark Martin 3 #11-Bill Elliott 5
    1992 #28-Davey Allison 12 #2-Rusty Wallace 28
    1991 #28-Davey Allison 13 #11-Geoffrey Bodine 8
    1990 #3-Dale Earnhardt 3 #27-Rusty Wallace 38
    1989 #9-Bill Elliott 13 #25-Ken Schrader 13
    1988 #7-Alan Kulwicki 21 #5-Geoffrey Bodine 6


  • WHO'S HOT heading to Phoenix:
    * Jimmie Johnson has scored five victories and 13 top-10 finishes in the 13 races since Charlotte last October. Johnson is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in all seven races in 2005.
    * Greg Biffle has scored five top-10 finishes in seven races this season.
    * Sterling Marlin, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace have each scored top 10 finishes in the last two races.
    * Rusty Wallace has climbed from ninth to third in the point standings in the last two races.
    * Jeff Gordon has climbed from 12th to fifth in the point standings in the last two races.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. has climbed from 27th to 15th in the points in the last four races
    * Jeremy Mayfield has climbed from 26th to 16th in points in the last four races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-18-2005)

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: none inaugural spring event

  • 2004 [Nov.] Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 135.854mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Nov 2004, 135.854mph

  • 2004 Race Winner: none inaugural spring event

  • 2004 [Nov.] Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 94.848mph, started 14th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Davey Allison, 2

  • Most Poles - Active Driver/All-Time: Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, 3

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 8

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 13
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98

  • Youngest Winner: Tony Stewart, 28 years, 5 months, 18 days, 11/7/99

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Leaders: 16 - 10/29/1995

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/7/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41 - twice, 11/7/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/89

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 262 - Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/1990

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 30 - Davey Allison 11/1/1992

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 11 - Ford [17 races]

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 17] 0.0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 4 of 17 - 23.5%

  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 17 - 35.3%

  • Phoenix Nuggets
    Phoenix Participation Only six drivers have participated in all 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway: Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace.

    Phoenix Milestones
    * Dale Jarrett is expected to make his 575th NASCAR NEXTEL CUP career start this week at Phoenix International Raceway.
    * Jeff Burton is expected to make his 375th NASCAR NEXTEL CUP career start this week at Phoenix International Raceway.
    * Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 760th consecutive career start this week at Phoenix International Raceway, extending the all-time record for consecutive starts by a NASCAR driver.

    Strong Starter at Phoenix International Raceway
    Rusty Wallace has posted 15 top-10 starts in 17 races at Phoenix. Wallace scored three Bud Poles and is tied with Ryan Newman for the most Bud Poles there. Wallace's only starts outside the top 10 came in two of his last three races there.

    Top 10 Lap Leaders at Phoenix International Raceway
    Driver Starts Laps Led
    1. Rusty Wallace, 17, 868
    2. Mark Martin, 17, 471
    3. Ricky Rudd, 17, 387
    4. Dale Earnhardt, 13, 337
    5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5, 310
    6. Kurt Busch, 5, 229
    7. Jeff Burton, 11, 215
    8. Davey Allison, 5, 192
    9. Alan Kulwicki, 5, 187
    10. Terry Labonte, 17, 177

    Winning From Up Front
    Tough at Phoenix International Raceway, Only six of 17 races at Phoenix have been won from a top-10 starting position. The second-place starting position is the highest that a race winner has started: Jeff Burton (2000).

    Phoenix Domination
    Mark Martin has an 8.25 average finish at Phoenix, the best average finish among drivers with more than five starts there. Despite his strong record at Phoenix, Martin has scored only one victory there(1993).

    Manufacturer Update
    A Ford has won 11 of the 17 races at Phoenix, including three of the last four. A Dodge has never won there.

    And Beat Goes On
    Terry Labonte competed in all 17 races at the Arizona track since it opened in 1988 without posting a DNF. Joe Nemechek has been running at the finish in all 11 of his races at Phoenix, the best among active drivers.

    Different Winners at Phoenix
    There have been 14 different winners in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr., Davey Allison and Jeff Burton (two each) have posted multiple victories there. All three won back-to-back there.

    Selected Records at Phoenix International Raceway
    * Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman lead all drivers, each with three Bud Poles at Phoenix.
    * Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead all active drivers, each with two victories at Phoenix International Raceway. Davey Allison also scored two victories at Phoenix.
    * Mark Martin leads all drivers with eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
    * Rusty Wallace has led 868 laps at Phoenix International Raceway, more than any other driver.
    * Rusty Wallace has a 6.9 starting average in 17 races at Phoenix, the best of all drivers with more than two starts there.
    * Mark Martin has an 8.6 average finish in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway, the best of all drivers with more than five starts there.

    Skunked at Phoenix International Raceway
    * Ken Schrader is the only driver among the six that have competed in all 17 races at Phoenix that has not scored a victory at the Arizona speedway.
    * Jeff Gordon has not won in his 12 races at Phoenix. It is one of only four tracks where he has not won and the only track where he has competed in 10 or more races without a victory. Chicagoland, Texas and Homestead Phoenix are the other tracks where Gordon has not won.

    Strong Starter at Phoenix
    Ryan Newman has scored three straight Bud Poles Phoenix International Raceway. No other driver has scored back-to-back Bud Poles at the Arizona track.

    Jack Roush Winning Owner at Phoenix
    Jack Roush-owned cars have scored four victories at Phoenix, the most of any car owner. Jeff Burton (two), Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth (one each) have all won for Roush in Arizona.

    Point Leader at Texas
    Jimmie Johnson has scored two top-10 finishes in his three races at Phoenix International Raceway.

    Starting Up Front Never Hurt
    Only Ryan Newman has started every race in 2005 from a top-10 starting position.

    Phoenix May Spell Trouble for Some of the Top 10
    * Greg Biffle has not scored a top-10 finish at Phoenix.
    * Elliott Sadler has scored only one top-10 finish in six races atPhoenix International Raceway (10th in 2002).
    * Sterling Marlin has not scored a top-10 finish in his last nine races at Phoenix.

    Streaks
    * Jimmie Johnson has posted 13 consecutive top-10 finishes, extending a streak that began at Charlotte last October.
    * Mark Martin has been running at the finish in 29 consecutive races, the longest current streak.

    Get Those Bonus Points
    Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle are the only drivers to lead at least one lap in five of the seven races in 2005.

    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
    * Kurt Busch has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 41 consecutive races since Rockingham in February 2004, the longest current streak.
    * Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace have each ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005.

    2005 Struggles
    * Matt Kenseth ranks 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after seven races in 2005. One year ago he was second.
    * Bobby Labonte has posted four DNFs in seven races in 2005 and ranks 37th in the point standings. He ranks lowest among the drivers that have competed in all seven races in 2005. Five of his seven finishes have been 33rd or worse. One year ago he was 15th.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-18-2005)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: None
    Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Grandstand seating: 76,812

  • Track Homepage: www.phoenixintlraceway.com

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

  • Phoenix Sells Out: The inaugural SUBWAY Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is officially a sell out. All the reserved grandstand seats for the very first evening NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in Arizona are gone. "I'm thrilled that we have met our goal," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "We have felt all along that this event would be a tremendous showcase for PIR and NASCAR. While all of our reserved seats are sold, we still have a limited amount of general admission seating available on the hillside between Turn 3 and Turn 4. This is really going to be a night to remember." General Admission access on the hillside is still available for $35. Passes are available by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(4-23-2005)

  • PIR pres staying put: It is believed PIR President Bryan Sperber was offered the same position at California Speedway and turned it down. Sperber became interim president at California, which like PIR is owned by Daytona Beach, Fla.-based International Speedway Corp., last month. "I really love Phoenix," said Sperber, who arrived at PIR three years ago from a similar position at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Raceway. "My wife and son love the Valley. PIR is a dream job. There's nothing out there that would suggest that there's something better than living here and being able to work at what I consider one of the greatest tracks in the country."(Arizona Republic)(4-23-2005)

  • Phoenix to add new grandstand: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced on Friday that the Bobby Allison Grandstand, located from the middle of Turns 1 & 2, will be expanded to encompass the entire area beginning at Turn 1. The $24 million project is the latest facility project designed to enhance the overall racing experience for both the drivers and fans. The grandstand expansion, which means the end of the Buddy Jobe Suite building in Turn 1, will feature 14,000 seats and 28 suites available to fans in time for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend next April. While the overall look of the expansion will carry the same characteristics of the current grandstand, the new suite area will also feature an indoor/outdoor club which will allow any suite holder to experience the luxury of a suite and the sounds that make racing great. With the addition of the grandstand expansion, most of the temporary wooden bleachers that have lined the backstretch of the track, as well as, Turn 3, will be removed and the area will be used for parking for additional “high-end” recreational vehicle camping. Info on buying the new seats at .(PIR)(4-23-2005)

  • Richmond, Homestead, Phoenix expansion? An International Speedway Corp. official said during a conference call with investor analysts this week that Richmond International Raceway might add more seats soon. Susan Schandel, senior vice president and chief financial officer of ISC, said the company will consider seating expansion at some tracks. "I know we've got quite a bit of demand at Miami, Richmond and Phoenix, so those would be tentative for next year," she said. Richmond seats 107,097.(Roanoke Times)(4-8-2005)

  • NASCAR 101 at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway is hosting NASCAR 101, a behind the scenes look at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The question and answer session will feature FOX network analyst Larry McReynolds, 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace and NASCAR Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley. Anyone at the event will have the chance to learn about NASCAR, the cars and how the sport has grown over the years from some of the men who actually live it week after week. Fans will also have the rare chance to see the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Trophy, which will be displayed before, during and after the show. The event takes place at the Superstition Springs Mall (Power Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa, AZ) on Monday, April 11, 2005, from 6:00 to 7:30pm. This show is designed for fans to ask questions to the experts who can answer the best and show why NASCAR has grown into one of the largest sports in the world. Nextel, the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, will also show some of the technology that has helped NASCAR stay on the cutting-edge in communication.(PIR)(4-8-2005)

  • Phoenix under the lights: For the first time ever, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series cars drove on the historic one-mile oval at night. While the cars were on loan from the Richard Petty Driving Experience, the modest gathering of VIP's, media and fans in the stands, had the rare chance to see what will be coming in a few weeks during the SUBWAY Fresh 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at PIR. Following a short countdown, PIR President Bryan Sperber, Area VP for NEXTEL Christine Pantoya and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Carl Edwards flipped the switch that symbolically sent electricity to the newly installed lights around the track. The lighting ceremony was the end of a very successful NACSAR testing session at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday. Testing all day were Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, and Busch Series rookie Reed Sorenson, who will be making his PIR debut in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on April 22. Tickets are still available for all three NASCAR events by calling the PIR Ticket Office (602-252-2227) or through the PIR website www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(3-31-2005)

  • Light Project Complete at Phoenix, testing next; Homstead next for lights: A $5 million project to install permanent lighting at Phoenix International Raceway is complete, and a formal unveiling is scheduled Tuesday [March 29th] after a day of NASCAR testing that is open to the general public. None of the drivers will test under the lights, but officials from an Iowa-based company that installed the lighting have driven on the track in night conditions. Among the drivers expected at the day test are Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards. Fans can enter through Gate 7 beginning at 10am. PIR is the 13th oval racetrack to receive Musco lighting, and Musco Lighting project manager Mark Flesner said he'd begin another lighting project in about 10 days at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Casino Arizona 150 in the NASCAR West Series on April 21 is the first scheduled night race at PIR. The NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on April 22 is next, and the Nextel Cup Subway Fresh 500 is April 23. More than 200 tons of concrete and 70 miles of wire were used to install 1,044 light fixtures that produce 1.5 million watts of power per hour. There also are 153 infield light poles measuring in height from 6- to 24-feet, and 32 ground-mounted perimeter poles measuring from 70- to 110-feet tall. Affixed to grandstands and rooftops are 34 poles, 10- to 50-feet tall. Permanent lighting also has been installed on the hillside between Turns 3 and 4, but the light fixtures are turned downward to prevent driver glare. Precautions also have been made to protect against power outages. "We have two or three generators that run full-time and provide 20 percent of the outer perimeter lighting (at PIR)," Flesner said. "That's enough lighting to safely slow the field if there is a power outage." Each individual light fixture is fused independently, meaning if one light goes out, they all won't go out.(Arizona Republic)(3-25-2005)

  • Phoenix April Race Sched Changed: Phoenix International Raceway has agreed to a plan proposed by NASCAR to improve its April NASCAR practice and qualifying schedule, plus run all three events that weekend, NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series -- under the newly installed lights. Under new rules changes mandated by NASCAR, each series will be limited to only one practice session, which will take place before qualifying. After qualifying, the cars will be impounded until race time.
    The revised schedule will call for all three series to practice on Thursday, April 21. The NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series will also qualify that afternoon, then race beginning at 8:00pm [11:00pm/et]. The Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series will qualify on Friday, April 22. The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 will take the green flag later that evening (6:00pm/pt; 9:00pm/et). The SUBWAY Fresh 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will start around 5:00pm [8:00pm/et] on Saturday, April 23. As of now, it appears that the November quadruple header weekend November 10-13, which includes a NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series race, the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Truck Series race, a NASCAR Busch Series race and the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, will remain a four races in four days. Starting times for these events will be announced officially later. Tickets for all 2005 events at PIR are available by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(2-7-2004)

  • Subway to sponsor spring race at Phoenix: SUBWAY Restaurants will be the title sponsor for the inaugural NASCAR evening race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 23, 2005. The SUBWAY Fresh 500 will be the eighth race of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, and the very first night race of the year. The entire race weekend will feature the NASCAR Grand National West Series race on Thursday, the NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on Friday and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Subway Fresh 500 race on Saturday night. For more information about the SUBWAY chain, see its Web site at www.subway.com. Tickets for the new race weekend, including the first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series night race in Arizona are currently on sale and can be purchased by phone at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223; or online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(Phoenix International Raceway PR)(1-7-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #150 for Harvick: #29-Kevin will make his 150th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start on Saturday night at Phoenix International Speedway.(RCR)(4-20-2005)

  • Bowyer to debut at Phoenix: Richard Childress said on Speed Channel's NASCAR Nation that his Busch Series driver, Clint Bowyer, will make his Nextel Cup debut at Phoenix International Raceway in the #33 Chevy with Sylvania as the sponsor.(3-17-2005)

  • 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
    #6-Mark Martin 'Reverse' Viagra ....none yet
    #10-Scott Riggs CENTRIX Financial ....none yet
    #16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #38-Elliott Sadler Star Wars - Darth Vader #38 Schemes Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Jarrett M&M's, UPS, Star Wars - R2-D2, Princess Leia #88 Schemes Page


  • New Colors at Phoenix for Riggs: The primary sponsorship on Scott Riggs’ #10 Chevy in Phoenix will be the blue, white and gold colors of CENTRIX Financial. Valvoline, Riggs’ major sponsor for 34 of the 36 point races, will take on an associate role during this weekend’s Nextel Cup competition.(MB2/MBV Motorsports)(4-21-2005)

  • Different look for McMurray at Phoenix: The #42 Dodge of Jamie McMurray will carry the blue and white colors of Home123, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation, and one of America's largest providers of home mortgage loans, this weekend in Phoenix. This is the first of six events that Home123 will serve as the primary sponsor on the car in 2005.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), see an image of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(4-20-2005)

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

  • The Force will be with Sadler and Jarrett at Phoenix: Storm troopers, a wookiee, Darth Vader and the Yellow M&M’S Brand Character M-Vader are all potential sights at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on April 23, 2005. Add NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers and teammates Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett and the Star Wars Chocolate M-Pire is complete. This fun collaboration of characters is part a promotion between Masterfoods USA and the Lucasfilm for the May 19 release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Masterfoods USA is debuting limited edition Dark Chocolate M&M’S in celebration of the year’s most anticipated theatrical release.
    M&M’S and UPS are uniting under the banner of the Star Wars Chocolate M-Pire but are separated by dark Darth and light Jedi sides. Supporting characters include Sadler’s ‘Darth Side’ team members and a specially designed #38 Dark Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus. UPS driver Jarrett and crew will channel the positive power of the Force through the efforts of the #88 UPS/Milk Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus representing the Jedi. Some of the popular M&M’S Characters are for the first time joining Jarrett on the #88 UPS/Milk Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus including Sadler’s personal favorite, Green. Action Performance Companies, the leader in licensed motorsports retail, is the official supplier of Star Wars themed NASCAR merchandise.(Action Performance/M&M's Racing/Evelvation Group), see images of the schemes on my #38 Team Schemes page and #88 Team Schemes page.(4-5-2005)

  • 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 iincluding 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)

  • Star Wars Schemes at Phoenix/Talladega: #38-Elliott Sadler, #88-Dale Jarrett and #24-Jeff Gordon will celebrate the opening (May 19, 2005) of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with special paint schemes scheduled to race at Phoenix [April 23rd]. Sadler's M&M's car will feature "The Dark Side" with the M&M's characters dressed up as Darth Vader and other members of the dark side. Jarrett will also have M&M's on his car? and will feature "The Good Side" with characters like R2-D2 and Princess Leia. No word yet on what Gordon will have on his car.(RacingOne)(12-9-2004)
    UPDATE: an image of the #24 Pepsi-Star Wars scheme with Yoda on the hood that will run at Talladega on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-25-2005)

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


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