THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Checker Auto Parts 500

Nextel Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #9 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 13, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ

  • TV: NBC 3:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 3:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 3:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Nov 16 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Nov 17 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Nov 19 [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: $4,870,213 (was $4,844,100 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, November 11, 3:20 - 4:40pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, November 11, 6:00 - 7:15pm/et, TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

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

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 11, 2:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, November 12 at 1:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, no re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    NOTE: these times are Mountain [MT] time, 2 hours behind [Eastern] ET

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
    6:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    7:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    8:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (TENT)
    12:20 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    1:20 PM 2:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    4:00 PM 5:15 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    6:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
    6:00 AM NNCS, NBS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (TENT)
    11:10 AM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    (1:10pm/et on Speed Channel)
    1:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSE
    1:40 PM NBS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 200 MILES)

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
    8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (TENT)
    11:40 AM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
    1:10 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    1:40 PM NNCS RACE (312 LAPS, 312 MILES)
    (3:40pm/et on NBC)
    2:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSE

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
    Truck Series: Right-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    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: This is the second consecutive NASCAR Nextel Cup race weekend that Goodyear has brought this specific tire combination to Phoenix . . . this right-side code (D-6832) was also run at the track last November with a different left-side code . . . all three series in action this weekend -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes, though the Cup and Busch tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . 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: "This will be the third consecutive race for this particular right-side tire at Phoenix, while this left-side was introduced for improved performance during the spring race of this year, so we expect another good weekend for this particular set-up. These same codes are also used at Loudon, Richmond, Gateway, IRP, Pikes Peak, Milwaukee and Memphis, so the teams have a lot of experience with the performance of this set-up."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Phoenix [6 of the top-10 drivers have a shot at it] for leading the points and winning the race.
    The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Dover, 9/25/2005, #60,000
    (11-7-2005)

  • 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.
    Largest Award was when Tony Stewart won at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct 2003, $10,000 plus a $75,000 bonus.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Phoenix: $25,000

    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #6-Mark Martin, $10,000
    Dover: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Talladega: #21-Ricky Rudd, #10,000
    Kansas: #6-Mark Martin, $40,000*
    Charlotte: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Atlanta: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Texas: #41-Casey Mears, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 24
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Mark Martin, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Ricky Rudd, 2
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2
    Casey Mears, 2
    (11-7-2005)


WEATHER LINKS, RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS LINKS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Phoenix, AZ Area:
    Arizona Family
    Arizona.com
    Arizona Republic
    Arizona Silver Belt
    Easy Valley Tribune

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    ARS Racing Outlet - Phoenix Review
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

    AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
    any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

    TV Coverage/Info/News Links:
    Race Fan TV
    TVRacer.com

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Kyle Busch wins at Phoenix: #5-Kyle Busch won the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for his 2nd win of 2005 and his career. Busch is the 4th 'Lucky Dog' driver to win a race, he was a lap doen when he had a tire go down early in the race and got the Lucky Dog pass on the next caution. So even with Kurt Busch suspendced and not in the race, he Busch brothers swept the races at Phoenix in 2005, Kurt winning the spring event. #16-Greg Biffle dominated early in the race and led 189 of the 312 laps but came up short and finished 2nd. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 3rd and is still winless at Phoenix. #20-Tony Stewart finished 4th and increased his points lead to 52 over #48-Jimmie Johnson, who finished 7th. #18-Bobby Labonte rounded out the top-5. #7-Robby Gordon put his DEI to good use and finished 8th for his 2nd top-10 of the season and #77-Travis Kvapil finished 10th for his 2nd top 10. #97-Kenny Wallace [that looks weird] subbed for suspended Kurt Busch and finished 16th. #11-Denny Hamlin, the pole sitter, led 23 laps and finished 13th. Four drivers are still eligible for the 2005 Nextel Cup Champion [as long as Stewart runs the race]: #20-Stewart (leader), #48-Johnson (-52), #99-Edwards (-87), #16-Biffle (-102). If Stewart finished 9th of better, nothing any other driver can do to stop Stewart from winning it at Homestead. There were only 9 cautions for 44 laps and 5 drivers led laps with 10 lead changes.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Phoenix Race Results/Awards page.(11-13-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Phoenix race 9 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 6415
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6363, -52
      #99-Carl Edwards, 6328, -87
      #16-Greg Biffle, 6313, -102
      #6-Mark Martin, 6253, -162
      #12-Ryan Newman, 6208, -207
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 6187, -228
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 6016, -399
      Kurt Busch, 5974, -441 [suspended rest of 2005, 34 races]
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5939, -476
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray, 4031
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -10
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -41
      #29-Kevin Harvick -106
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(11-13-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Phoenix, race 35 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 5081
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4799, -282
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4728, -353
      4) #6-Mark Martin, 4501, -580
      5) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4388, -693
      6) #99-Carl Edwards, 4327, -754
      7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4286, -795
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 4258, -823
      9) Kurt Busch, 4248, -833
      10) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 4147, -934
      11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4031, -1050
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 4021, -1060
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3990, -1091
      14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3925, -1156
      15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3857, -1224
      (11-13-2005)

    • Where did the Chasers start/finish at Phoenix?
      #20-Tony Stewart, started 9th, finished 4th
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd, 7th
      #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd, 6th
      #16-Greg Biffle, 4th, 2nd
      #6-Mark Martin, 29th, 14th
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 16th, 32nd
      #12-Ryan Newman, 11th, 12th
      #97-Kurt Busch is OUT of the car, Kenny Wallace is IN, scheduled 17th, finished 16th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 26th, 29th
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 39th, 24th.(11-13-2005)

    • Race Notes - Phoenix:
      • Kyle Busch won the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by TECHRON at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 41st career start.
      • His career-first victory came at California, 10 races ago.
      • Busch became the 16th different race winner in 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • It was Busch’s first Phoenix victory in two races there. He finished eighth in April.
      • Busch has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 35 races in 2005.
      • Busch climbed from 20th to 19th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. • Busch led three times for 63 laps including the final 28 laps.
      • Busch scored the second victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Phoenix International Raceway. This was Hendrick’s 140th victory as a car owner and 10th in 35 races this season (Johnson-4, Gordon-4 and Kyle Busch-2).
      • This is the 17th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has 16 and Dodge has three.
      • Greg Biffle led 189 laps, leading the most laps in a race for the fourth time this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2005)

    • Rumblings - Phoenix
      This time is was Kyle Busch, getting by Greg Biffle and leading the final 38 laps today at Phoenix International Raceway to capture the Checker Auto Parts 500 for his second win of the season/career. Win #140 for Hendrick Motorsports (and the 10th of 2005) moves Busch into a tie for 92nd on the all-time win list and was worth $199,225 from the over $4.8M in posted awards.
      Robby Gordon (8th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Watkins Glen in August.
      Travis Kvapil (10th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Bristol in April.
      Kenny Wallace (16th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Martinsville in October of 2003 (only 13 races).
      Mike Skinner (37th) had his best finish since he was 29th at the Brickyard in August (only 4 races).
      STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
      Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
      Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Travis Kvapil (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Bobby Hamilton Jr (-28 ), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (-21) and Brian Vickers (-20).
      As we head to the final round of the "Chase" we've got some interesting scenarios at hand. Tony Stewart lengthened his margin over Jimmie Johnson to 52 markers today, and his "Magic Number" is 9th. If Tony finishes in that position (and Jimmie Johnson won and led the most laps....maxed out on points at 190) then they'd be in a flat-footed tie. They'd both have 5 wins, and Tony would get the Championship with the second tie-breaker....he's have six runner-up finishes compared to two for Jimmie. The "Magic Number" is similar with Greg Biffle....if it were 25th and Biffle maxed out then Biffle would win the tie-breaker by virtue of a 6-5 margin in wins. Hence, the "Magic Number" is 24. Mark Martin will be eliminated when Tony throws the switch.
      In "Classic" Points, no driver in the Top-40 advanced more than one spot. On the negative side, Kurt Busch (7th to 9th) and Dale Earnhardt Jr (18th to 20th) were the only multi-position movers.(Stock Car Fans)(11-13-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 9
      • Tony Stewart finished fourth at Phoenix International Raceway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is 52 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson, 87 ahead of Carl Edwards and 102 ahead of Greg Biffle. One year ago the difference from first to second was 18 points entering the final race at Homestead (Busch over Johnson). The 10 drivers will race one final race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Four of the 10 Chase drivers can still mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race assuming all drivers start is 156 points. Johnson, Edwards, and Biffle are all within the 156-point window and could mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. The top-four drivers are separated by 102 points.
      • If Tony Stewart finishes ninth or better, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will become the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion regardless of the performance of any other driver.
      • Four drivers in the Chase changed point’s positions at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Six of the nine Chase races thus far in 2005 have been won by Chase drivers. Jimmie Johnson (Dover and Charlotte) and Carl Edwards (Atlanta and Texas) are the only drivers with two victories in the Chase.
      • Only one of the 10 Chase drivers led at Phoenix, earning lap leader bonus points: Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart has earned 50 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, five more than Greg Biffle.
      • Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have each have scored seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jeff Gordon (third) climbed from 12th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He holds the 11th position by 10 points over 12th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-13-2005)

      RACE RUNDOWN

    • The Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 312 of 312 laps:

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #5-Busch-c (15)(63 laps led)
      #16-Biffle-f (4x)(189 laps led)
      #24-Gordon-c (10)(22 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (9x) 12
      #18-Labonte-c (5)
      #99-Edwards-f (3x)
      #48-Johnson-c (2x)
      #7-Gordon-c (12)
      #88-Jarrett-f (21)
      #77-Kvapil-d (30)

      other chasers. running
      #12-Newman-d (11x) 12
      #6-Martin (29x) 14
      #19-Mayfield-d (39x) 24 -1 lap
      #2-Walllace-d (26x) 29 -2 laps
      #17-Kenseth-f (16x) 32 -2 laps
      #97-Busch-f (x) suspended and not racing the rest of 2005

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    • Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 19,07,25,9,43

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 2,49,0,17,15,40

    • Cars on the track: 34 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (9) and reason:
      #34-Chaffin (overheating-out);
      #95-Barrett (accident-out)
      #78-Robertson (engine-out);
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out)
      #09-Sauter (suspension-out);
      #10-Riggs (accident-out)
      #50-Spencer (accident-out)
      #37-Skinner (accident-out)
      #32-Hamilton Jr (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (5 leaders with 10 lead changes):
      #11-Hamlin (23);
      #16-Biffle (189, most led/halfway);
      #24-Gordon (22);
      #5-Busch (63);
      #22-Wimmer (15);

    • Lap leaders: #11-Hamlin - pole; #11-Hamlin 1-15; #16-Biffle 16-27; #11-Hamlin 28-35; #16-Biffle 36-193; #24-Gordon 194-215; #16-Biffle 216-229; #5-Busch 230-256; #22-Wimmer 257-271; #5-Busch 272-279; #16-Biffle 280-284; #5-Busch 285-312;

      Cautions: 9 for 44 laps

      Caution 9 - Laps 256 - 259: #29-Harvick just touch #11-Hamlin who spun around in turn 5, but hit nothing and drove on.
      Caution 8 - Laps 229 - 231: #25-Vickers punted #43-Green, bot spun, but neither hit anything, #31-Burton got into the #25 AFTER Vickers spun Green.
      Caution 7 - Laps 218 - 224: #50-Spencer got into #31-Burton, spinning both and collecting #49-Schrader who spun, #37-Lepage, who nosed into the wall and #32-Hamilton Jr. spun.
      Caution 6 - Laps 209 - 215: #10-Riggs got turned by #18-Labonte, who spun on the front stretch, smacking the inside wall. #42-McMurray also got spun and flattened all his tires.
      Caution 5 - Laps 193 - 197: debris on the back stretch, shown on TV.
      Caution 4 - Laps 168 - 172: #15-Waltrip lost another right front tire and slowed on the track.
      Caution 3 - Laps 115 - 118: #8-Earnhardt Jr. blew a right front tire and hit the wall between turn 3-4.
      Caution 2 - Laps 84 - 88: #15-Waltrip blew a right front tire and slowed on the track.
      Caution 1 - Laps 27 - 30: #95-Barrett cut down a right front and smacked the turn 3 wall.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 9: #21-Rudd, 20th
      Caution 8: #97-K Wallace, 16th
      Caution 7: #19-Mayfield, 24th
      Caution 6: #45-Petty, 19th
      Caution 5: #5-Busch, WIN
      Caution 4: #42-McMurray, 18th
      Caution 3: #43-Green, 28th
      Caution 2: none awarded
      Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- on lap 292, #2-Wallace made an unscheduled pit stop for possible loose lug nut.
      ---- during the 8th caution, #29-Harvick, with a bad alternator, changed batteries for the 2nd time today.
      ---- #24-Gordon and #48-Johnson made pit stops during hte 7th caution, plan to go the rest of the way...if it stays green. #29-Harvick pitted for a new battery.
      ---- NBC reported that #21-Rudd was blackflagged for not letting #17-Kenseth in line after the 5th caution restart, not sure what that is all about.
      ---- on the caution 5 pit stops, many drivers only too took right side tires, #2-Wallace, #38-Sadler, #24-Gordon.
      ---- on lap 163, #17-Kenseth lost power and slowed on the track, switched ingintion boxes and was able to get back up to speed, but lost a lap.
      ---- on lap 161, #5-Busch made an unscheduled pit for a right front tire flat, stop while running 10th and lost a lap.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, #17-Kenseth made a few pit stops for a brake problem, but kept on the lead lap.
      ---- after the 1st caution green flag, #0-Bliss came in for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.
      ---- To the BACK [4]: #97-Kenny Wallace [driver change..in for Kurt Busch]; #49-Schrader [transmission car]; #95-Barrett {?]; #34-Chaffin [?]


    • Busch out of the #97...NOW - Kenny Wallace IN, Busch suspended: been told by sources at the track that Kurt Busch, driver of the #97 Roush Racing Ford may not be driving the car at Phoenix today...no word on who would drive the car, if this is true....see the news about Busch's 'traffic citation' below or on my #97 Team News page.
      Kenny Wallace will drive the #97 Irwin Tools Ford at Phoenix, as he reported himself on Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning. Roush Racing and NASCAR will be making an announcement soon.
      UPDATE: Roush Racing's Geoff Smith said on Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning that Busch has been suspended from Roush Racing for the final two races at Phoenix and Homestead, Kenny Wallace is in the car at Phoenix, no word on who will drive the car at Homestead.(11-13-2005)
      ROUSH RACING statement: Roush Racing announced that effective immediately it has suspended Kurt Busch for the remainder of the season. "This suspension is made after full review of all the circumstances surrounding Kurt's Friday night altercation with the Arizona police, and after consultation with our primary sponsors, Newell Rubbermaid and Diageo," said Jack Roush, team owner. "All parties are in complete support that the action being taken today is necessary and appropriate under the circumstances.
      "We give our profound apology and support to the arresting officer and the entire Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and thank all of the officers for the great job they do with helping the Phoenix International Raceway bring our event to so many wonderful Arizona race fans," Jack Roush continued.(Roush Racing)(11-13-2005)

    • To the BACK [4]: #97-Kenny Wallace [driver change..in for Kurt Busch]; #49-Schrader [transmission car]; #95-Barrett {?]; #34-Chaffin [?]

    • Race Coverage of the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is Sunday, November 13, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 3:00pm/et [green flag around 3:40pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, November 17th at 3:00pm/et

    • Hamlin wins pole at Phoenix: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, for his first career pole in his 6th race. The pole puts Hamilin in the Budweiser Shjootout. 2nd in points, #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 2nd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #18-Bobby Labonte. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart starts 9th and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 19th. Fastest in Happy Hour, #12-Ryan Newman, who was wrecked late in that practrice session, qualified 11th. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. is the highest non top-35 team, starting 7th. #78-Jerry Robertson makes his first Nextel Cup race. Seven drivers failed to make the race: #4-Mike Wallace, #51-Brian Reffner, #00-Derrike Cope, #92-PJ Jones, #66-Kevin Lepage, #02-Brandon Ash and #89-Morgan Shepherd.
      For qualifying speeds, starting lineup, lineup links, practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see my Jayski's Phoenix Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-12-2005)

    • Where will the Chasers start at Phoenix?
      #20-Tony Stewart, 9th
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2nd
      #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd
      #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
      #6-Mark Martin, 29th
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 16th
      #12-Ryan Newman, 11th
      #97-Kurt Busch is OUT of the car, Kenny Wallace is IN, scheduled 17th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 26th
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 39th.(11-12-2005)

    • Qualifying Notes - Phoenix:
      • Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron, lapping Phoenix International Raceway in 26.831 seconds at 134.173 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 26.499 seconds, 135.854 mph, set Nov. 5, 2004.
      • Hamlin posted his first career Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in just six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. He tied Loy Allen Jr., for the third quickest career-first Bud Pole in the modern era. Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne all posted their first Bud Pole in their third race while Johnny Benson and Jimmie Johnson each posted theirs in their fourth race. Hamlin and Newman (2001) both posted their career-first Bud Pole prior to their official rookie season.
      • Hamlin qualified second for the NASCAR Busch Series race later today.
      • Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 26.965 seconds, 133.506 mph – and will join Hamlin on the front row for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron. He posted his 21st top-10 start this season and his second top-10 start in five races at Phoenix.
      • This is the 14th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Carl Edwards (third) posted his first top-10 start in three races at Phoenix. This is his 10th top-10 start of 2005.
      • Greg Biffle (fourth) posted his 21st top-10 start in 2005. He has posted top-10 starts in two of his four Phoenix races.
      • Bobby Labonte (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 start in 2005 and his sixth in 14 races at Phoenix.
      • Bobby Hamilton Jr. (seventh), posted just his fourth top-10 start of 2005 and his best since he started second at Atlanta in March. It is his first start better than 19th in four Phoenix races.
      • Ryan Newman, who has clinched the annual Bud Pole Award for the fourth straight year and started the season with 13 consecutive top-10 starts, will start outside the top-10 for just the seventh time in 2005.
      • Only four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Johnson, Edwards, Biffle and Tony Stewart (9th).
      • Jerry Robertson (43rd) became the 11th driver to qualify for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in 2005.
      (NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-12-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 1:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 1:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Happy Hour / Final Practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
      #12-Newman 133.210 but wrecked late in practice
      #01-Nemechek 132.256
      #18-Labonte 131.540
      #2-Wallace 131.449
      #11-Hamlin 131.238
      slowest: #89-Shepherd 127.105 and #49-Schrader 127.398
      incidents: #12-Newman backed into the wall late in the session and looks like he may have to go to a backup car for qualifying. #51-Reffner backed into the turn 4 wall and did slight damage to tail end, went back out and practiced
      most laps run: #31-Burton 77; #41-Mears 73
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #01-Nemechek, 124.954 [2nd fastest lap], 43 laps run
      #88-Jarrett, 124.718 [30th], 50 laps
      #20-Stewart, 124.452 [23rd], 63 laps
      For practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see my Jayski's Phoenix Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-11-2005)

    • How did the Chasers do in happy hour practice at Phoenix?
      #20-Tony Stewart, 23rd fastest
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 24th
      #99-Carl Edwards, 6th
      #16-Greg Biffle, 9th
      #6-Mark Martin, 31st
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 38th
      #12-Ryan Newman, 1st but wrecked late in Hapy Hour
      #97-Kurt Busch, 18th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 4th
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 34th.(11-11-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in happy hour practice at Phoenix?
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 7th fastest
      #7-Robby Gordon, 13th
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 17th
      #37-Mike Skinner, 26th
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 27th
      #95-Stanton Barrett, 32nd
      #4-Mike Wallace, 35th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 37th
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
      #00-Derrike Cope, 42nd
      #34-Chad Chaffin, 44th
      #02-Brandon Ash, 45th
      #51-Bryan Reffner, 46th
      #78-Jerry Robertson, 47th
      #92-P.J. Jones, 48th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 50th.(11-11-2005)

    • First Friday Practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
      #16-Biffle 130.213
      #99-Edwards 130.142
      #17-Kenseth 129.987
      #77-Kvapil 129.983
      #7-Gordon 129.833 [DEI engines are nice]
      slowest: #02-Ash 125.479 and #89-Shepherd 125.980
      most laps run: #41-Mears 66; #99-Edwards 61
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #97-Busch, 122.214 [20th fastest lap], 53 laps run
      #22-Wimmer, 122.146 [16th], 43 laps
      #12-Newman, 122.012 [10th], 45 laps
      For practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see my Jayski's Phoenix Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-11-2005)

    • Entry List for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
      Not in top 35 of owners points - 34 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #37-Mike Skinner (full-time team)
      #92-P.J. Jones (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 34 'team' attempts
      #00-Derrike Cope (23 attempts)
      #02-Brandon Ash (3 attempts)
      #34-Chad Chaffin (27 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (11 attempts)
      #51-Bryan Reffner in for Stuart Kirby (10 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (33 attempts)
      #78-Jerry Robertson (1 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (20 attempts)
      #95-Stanton Barrett (6 attempts)
      added after intial entry list:
      #09-Johnny Sauter (18 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,00
      missing the race would be [7]: #'s 89,09,50,51,95,02,78
      For the full list see my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List, 50 cars entered.(11-8/11-2005)

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    • Air Pressure Checked: NASCAR told teams at the Michigan drivers' meeting that it would begin recording air pressures on the front tires of all cars before each race, keep the information confidential and use it to evaluate performance and to investigate tire problems.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

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

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

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


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

    • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

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

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


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Phoenix:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 16 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers. Eighteen of those top-10 finishes have come in the last 20 races. Stewart has scored six top-10 finishes in the eight races of the Chase, tied with Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin. He has also led the most laps (599) in the first eight races of the Chase, earning 50 lap leader bonus points, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson are the only Chase drivers to each score two victories in the first eight races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Edwards has climbed from sixth to third in the point standings in the last three races, now just 77 points behind Stewart with two races remaining.
      • Matt Kenseth has climbed from ninth to six in the point standings in the last two races, now 135 points behind Stewart with two races remaining.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 28 top-10 starts in 34 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored top-10 finishes in the last two races, his only back-to-back top-10 finishes in the last 15 races.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 14 of the 34 races in 2005. They also have scored 14 of the 15 Ford victories in 2005. The other was scored by Dale Jarrett for Robert Yates Racing. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won nine while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing all have one each.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-7-2005)

    • 2004 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 135.854mph, finished 2nd

    • 2005 Spring Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 133.675mph, finished 12th

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

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

    • 2005 Spring Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 102.707mph, started 2nd

    • 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: 12 - Ford [16 races]

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

    • Races won from starting pos 2: 2

    • 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: 5 of 18 - 27.8%

    • Races won from the top 10: 7 of 18 - 38.9%

    • Heading to Phoenix International Raceway
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
      • Kurt Busch has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored four straight top-15 finishes at Phoenix.
      • Five of the 10 Chase drivers have scored one victory at Phoenix: Busch, Kenseth, Martin, Stewart and Wallace.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-6-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup - Week No. 8
      • Tony Stewart finished sixth at Texas Motor Speedway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is only 38 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining two races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • The top six Chase drivers are separated by 135 points.
      • The maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race is 156, assuming all drivers start. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth are all within the 156-point window and could mathematically overtake Tony Stewart at Phoenix.
      • Eight of the 10 Chase drivers remain within 312 points of point leader Tony Stewart with two races remaining and have a mathematical chance to catch Stewart assuming all drivers start the remaining two races.
      • Seven drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Texas Motor Speedway.
      • Six of the 10 Chase drivers led at Texas Motor Speedway earning lap leader bonus points. Matt Kenseth (149), Carl Edwards (82), Mark Martin (42), Tony Stewart (15), Greg Biffle (12) and Jimmie Johnson (two) all led at Texas.
      • Tony Stewart has earned 50 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year: Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Four of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Carl Edwards (first), Mark Martin (second), Matt Kenseth (third) and Kurt Busch (10th). Greg Biffle finished 20th.
      ]• Tony Stewart, Johnson, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin each have scored six top-10 finishes in the first eight races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jamie McMurray (11th) remained 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by 51 points over 12th-place Jeff Gordon who has finished first, second and 14th in his last three races.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-6-2005)

    • Phoenix Nuggets
      • Tony Stewart finished sixth at Texas Motor Speedway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is only 38 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining two races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • The top six Chase drivers are separated by 135 points.
      • The maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race is 156, assuming all drivers start. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth are all within the 156-point window and could mathematically overtake Tony Stewart at Phoenix.
      • Eight of the 10 Chase drivers remain within 312 points of point leader Tony Stewart with two races remaining and have a mathematical chance to catch Stewart assuming all drivers start the remaining two races.
      • Seven drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Texas Motor Speedway.
      • Six of the 10 Chase drivers led at Texas Motor Speedway earning lap leader bonus points. Matt Kenseth (149), Carl Edwards (82), Mark Martin (42), Tony Stewart (15), Greg Biffle (12) and Jimmie Johnson (two) all led at Texas.
      • Tony Stewart has earned 50 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year: Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Four of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Carl Edwards (first), Mark Martin (second), Matt Kenseth (third) and Kurt Busch (10th). Greg Biffle finished 20th.
      • Tony Stewart, Johnson, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin each have scored six top-10 finishes in the first eight races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jamie McMurray (11th) remained 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by 51 points over 12th-place Jeff Gordon who has finished first, second and 14th in his last three races.

      The Chase Drivers at Phoenix
      • Five of the 10 Chase drivers have scored one victory at Phoenix International Raceway: (Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Rusty Wallace).
      • Tony Stewart has posted four top-10 finishes in his seven races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored four straight top-15 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Carl Edwards has raced in two races at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring a seventh-place finish there in April.
      • Greg Biffle has not scored a top-10 finish in his three races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Mark Martin has scored 13 top-10 finishes in his 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Matt Kenseth has scored three top-10 finishes in his six races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Ryan Newman has scored two top-10 finishes in his six races at Phoenix International Raceway - both top fives.
      • Kurt Busch has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored eight top-10 finishes in his 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
      • Jeremy Mayfield has scored one top-10 finish in his 11 races at Phoenix International Raceway.


      Driver Milestones at Phoenix
      Ricky Rudd.is expected to make his 786th consecutive start, extending the all-time record for consecutive races by a driver.

      Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion at Phoenix
      Kurt Busch has competed in six races at Phoenix, scoring four top-10 finishes - all in the last four races.

      Point Leader at Phoenix International Raceway
      Tony Stewart has competed in seven races at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring four top-10 finishes. He finished 33rd there in April, posting his worst Phoenix finish.

      Strong Starter at Phoenix International Raceway
      Brian Vickers has posted three top-five starts his three races at Phoenix (second twice and fifth).

      Winning From Outside the Top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway
      Eleven of the 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top-10. In April Greg Biffle became the first driver to win from a top-10 starting position (fifth) in the last four races there.

      Phoenix Dominators
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has finished fifth or better in his last four races at Phoenix.
      • Jeff Gordon has posted 11 top-15 finishes in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway; 10 were top-10s. Manufacturer Domination at Phoenix
      A Ford has won 12 of the 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway, Chevrolet has four wins and Pontiac had two.

      “Last-Timer” at Phoenix International Raceway
      Rusty Wallace has scored top-10 finishes in every other race beginning with his victory there in 1998. He finished 36th in April keeping in pace with the streak and must score a top-10 this weekend to continue this unusual streak.

      And Beat Goes On
      Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek have been running at the finish in all 12 of their races at Phoenix.

      Owner Domination at Phoenix
      Jack Roush Racing has scored five victories at Phoenix, two more than the closest owner, Robert Yates who has three.

      Don’t Tell Me You Can’t
      Ricky Rudd won the 1995 Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix from the 29th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.

      Leading the way at Phoenix International Raceway
      Both Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace have led at least one lap in 10 of their 18 races at Phoenix.

      Would You Believe?
      With just two races remaining before his scheduled retirement, Rusty Wallace is still 59 laps shy of leading 20,000 laps in his career. He ranks seventh all-time. Wallace has led only one lap in the last 10 races (since Bristol).

      Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
      After 34 races in 2005, there are still three drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Elliott Sadler, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek. Wallace is the only driver ranked in the top 10 that has not won a race but is also the only driver among the top-50 without a DNF this season.

      Manufacturer Notes • Chevrolet has clinched the 2005 Manufacturers’ Championship, their 29th overall and 25th of the modern era (since 1972). Chevrolet has won the championship in the last three years.
      • A Chevrolet has won 16 of the 34 races in 2005. Ford has won 15 and Dodge has three victories.

      Streaks
      Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 47 consecutive races (since Bristol in September 2004), the longest current streak.

      Get Those Bonus Points • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 24 races in 2005. He has led 1,124 laps this season and is second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,845 laps in 19 races - the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart has led the most laps in 11 of the 34 races this season, more than any other driver.
      • Tony Stewart has scored 150 lap leader bonus points in 2005, 10 more than Greg Biffle, his closest competitor.

      Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
      Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 67 straight races - the longest current streak.

      Recent Success • Tony Stewart has scored top-10 finishes in 18 of the last 20 races this season.
      • Carl Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in six of the last seven races.
      • Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin have each scored top-10 finishes in four of the last five races.
      • Denny Hamlin has scored three top-10 finishes in his five career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His seventh-place finish at Texas marked a career-best.

      Recent Struggles
      • Robby Gordon leads all drivers with 13 DNFs in 2005, and has competed in only 27 races.
      • Michael Waltrip has not scored a top-10 finish since Michigan in June
      • Rusty Wallace has finished 19th or worse in the last four races, dropping from sixth to ninth in the point standings.
      • Ryan Newman has dropped from third to seventh in the point standings in the last two races, the result of 23rd and 25th place finishes at Atlanta and Texas - both 1 1/2-mile tracks.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-7-2005)


    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: phoenixintlraceway.com

    • Spring race: see my 2005 April Race Info Page.

    • Last Year: 2004 Phoenix R ace Info / Rundown Page

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

    • Reserved seats for Cup race out at Phoenix: Reserved seats for Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500 Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway are sold out, track officials said Monday, but hillside tickets for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race are still available. A ticket for the hillside, located outside of turns 3 and 4, is $30. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets still remain for NASCAR races Thursday through Saturday. The Southwest Series Arizona Lottery 125 is Thursday, the Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Silverado 200 is Friday and the Busch Series Arizona 200 is Saturday. Nextel Cup qualifying is also on Saturday. Tickets and event information can be found online at phoenixraceway.com, by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2005)

    • Kush and Finch Named Honorary Race Officials for Checker Auto Parts 500: Legendary Arizona State University football coach Frank Kush will be an Honorary Race Official for the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, November 13th at Phoenix International Raceway. Kush took over the Sun Devils football team and led them to a 176-54-1 record over 22 seasons. Kush's teams ran up a 62-9 record in a five-year span from 1970 and capped it off by going 12-0 and finishing with the #2 overall ranking in 1975. Kush remains with ASU today, serving as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. Kush will be highlighted throughout the Checker Auto Parts 500 race activities, including hospitality appearances and pre and post race ceremonies.
      University of Arizona and Olympic star Jennie Finch will be an Honorary Race Official for the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500. Finch's career in softball places her as one of the best to ever play the game. Finch holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60 and was a two-time winner of the Honda Award, presented to the nation's best softball player. Finch also captured the Gold Medal as a member of the 2004 Summer Olympic softball team. Finch will be highlighted throughout the Checker Auto Parts 500 race activities, including hospitality appearances in the Wildcat Club and pre and post race ceremonies.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

    • PIR Brings NASCAR Day to ASU: On Wednesday, November 9, Phoenix International Raceway will present a fascinating look at the sport, competition and business of NASCAR in a special program, open to the public, on Arizona State University's Tempe campus. NASCAR Day at ASU is an educational program for ASU students and faculty, local business leaders, media and NASCAR fans that will include four sessions of panel discussion focusing on business and career opportunities with in the sport. Panelists will consist of key players from many facets of the industry such as drivers, team owners, engineers, team and track sponsors, and public relations agencies. Other features of the program include interactive NASCAR exhibits, NASCAR show cars and displays from some of the most prominent NASCAR sponsors. Admission for the event to be held at Arizona State University's Gammage Auditorium from 4p.m. to 7p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 will be $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Tickets for NASCAR Day at Arizona State University are available by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling the ASU ticket office at 480-965-3434.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

    • TRAPT will perform at NEXTEL Cup Race in Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway announced that modern rockers TRAPT will be performing at the NEXTEL Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 13. TRAPT will be playing on the Midway during the pre-race festivities leading up to the start of the race.(PIR PR)(11-8-2005)

    • PIR Ticket Office to Open on Saturdays Phoenix International Raceway announced the ticket office will now be open on Saturdays leading up to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, November 10-13. The PIR Ticket Office is located in Avondale at 125 S. Avondale Boulevard and will be open on Saturday October 22, 29 and November 5 from 9am - 3pm. The ticket office is also open Monday - Friday, from 8am -5pm. Tickets for the NASCAR Semi-Final Showdown Weekend at PIR are still available. Tickets and event information can be found online at www.phoenixraceway.com, by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR) or going to a Jayski official sponsor: Premiere Sports Travel.(10-23-2005)

    • PIR Partners With Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau : Phoenix International Raceway [PIR] welcomes the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) to the family of track sponsors as the Official Convention and Visitors Bureau of Phoenix International Raceway. PIR is one of the state leaders in tourism bringing in an estimated $400 million annually to the state of Arizona. More than 300,000 fans venture to Phoenix International Raceway for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekends and the newly formed partnership with the GPCVB will only help fans with their plans to attend the races. The Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau is an information source for those who are looking to travel or relocate to Phoenix and its surrounding cities. The GPCVB staff is available to assist with hotel, dining and relocation materials.
      Tickets are now available for the remaining '05 events at PIR. The Fall schedule begins on Sept. 10 when the Grand American Rolex Series races take over the demanding road course. Two months later, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Weekend featuring the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division - Southwest Series race (Nov. 10), the Chevy Silverado 150 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (Nov. 11), the NASCAR Busch Series race (Nov. 12), and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by TECHRON - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (Nov. 13) can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR)(7-21-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #01-Joe Nemechek Centrix none...yet
      #6-Mark Martin Retro - 1981 #6 Schemes Page
      #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
      #18-Bobby Labonte Madagascar movie #18 Schemes Page


    • Labonte to run Madagascar scheme at Phoenix: #18-Bobby Labonte will run the Interstate Batteries/Madagascar scheme on the #18 Chevy at Phoenix International Raceway's Cup race on Sunday.(Joe Gibbs Racing), Labonte was to drive this scheme the Coca-Cola 600 in May right after the movie premiered, but when the #11 FedEx car failed to make the race, FedEx moved to the #18 and the Madagascar scheme then ran in the June Pocono race. The movie is now being released on DVD, hence the promotional scheme, see an image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(11-9-2005)

    • Martin to run final throw-back scheme of 2005 at Phoenix: Mark Martin will run a Retro-1981 paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Retro ‘81 scheme is the fourth and final retro-scheme that Martin will run during the 2005 “Salute To You” season. The Retro ‘81 design is the scheme that Martin ran on his first Winston Cup race car in 1981. “It’s really been a long time since I’ve seen that car,” said Martin. “I know just like the other cars it will bring back a lot of memories of those early days. It was a really cool looking car back then, so I think everyone will enjoy seeing it again this weekend. It’s been really neat running all of the retro schemes this season. These cars really span the majority of my career and they bring back a whole lot of memories,” added Martin. “We’ve had a lot of success and been through a lot of battles over the years and it has been a lot of fun to revisit that with these paint schemes this year. We were able to get the win in the Retro ’93 car in the All-Star at Charlotte and we had a really good run in the Retro ’90 car at Indy, so hopefully we can keep that going and close it out strong with this car at Phoenix.” Martin ran the Retro ’81 scheme in his Winston Cup debut at North Wilkesboro Speedway on April 5, 1981 where he stared fifth and finished 27th. The car went on to win two poles and earn Martin’s first career top 10 and top-five finishes in Cup racing. The car will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the Retro ‘81 scheme.
      Races – 5; Highlights – Martin’s first ever Winston Cup paint scheme…Won the poles (Martin’s career first) at both Nashville (6/11/81) and Richmond (9/13/81)…Scored Martin’s first career top-10 with a seventh-place finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 and his first top-five with a third-place run at Martinsville on Sept. 7, 1981.(Roush Racing), seee an image of the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(11-8-2005)

    • Martin's special orange/white scheme at Phoenix instead: RacingOne is hearing that #6-Mark Martin will conclude his "Salute to You" tour [should it still be called that?] at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his standard Viagra paint scheme. The special 1981 orange and white paint scheme that Mark was originally slated to run at Homestead will now run at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. This car will resemble the same car he made his first Cup Series start in. The switch was said to be made because of a scheduling change from Martin's sponsor Pfizer.(RacingOne), see the image of the car on my #6 Team Schemes page.(7-23-2005)

    • Martin to run retro schemes in 2005 UPDATE 2: #6-Mark Martin, running his final Cup season in 2005, will run some retro schemes in 2005, the 'Folgers red' at Michigan in June, the 'Strohs blue' at Las Vegas and 'Valvoline colors' at the 2nd California race, all with Viagra as the sponsor, and also a Kraft scheme at the 2005 Budweiser Shootout, see the schemes on my #6 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-25-2004)
      UPDATE: The retro schemes will run as planned. They are slated to run at Texas, The Nextel All-Star, Indy and Homestead.(3-30-2005)
      UPDATE 2: As a part of the Mark Martin’s ‘Salute to You’ program in 2005, his No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford will feature four retro-paint schemes during the course of the celebration season. The program will highlight Martin’s first Cup paint scheme that ran on his car during his first Winston Cup race in 1981. It will also highlight his first paint scheme in a Roush car, the Retro ’89 scheme ran in 1888 and 1989 and was the paint scheme on Martin’s car during his first Winston Cup win at Rockingham in 1989. The retro-90 scheme ran in ’90 and ’91 and saw a fierce battle between Martin and the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1990 Cup Championship. The Retro ’93 car represents one of the strongest eras in Martin’s career, a time when he won 13 races and 11 poles in a four-year span.
      Each of the four cars will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the four different schemes.
      RETRO ’81 PAINT SCHEME – WILL RUN AT HOMESTEAD (11/20/05) or PHOENIX (11-13-2005)
      Races – 5
      Highlights – Martin’s first ever Winston Cup paint scheme…Won the poles (Martin’s career first) at both Nashville (6/11/81) and Richmond (9/13/81)…Scored Martin’s first career top-10 with a seventh-place finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 and his first top-five with a third-place run at Martinsville on Sept. 7, 1981.
      RETRO ’89 [old Strohs blue]– WILL RUN AT TEXAS (4/17/05)
      Races – Two seasons
      Highlights – Martin’s first cup paint scheme with Roush Racing…Ran on the car in 1988 and ‘89. ..Registered 17 top-five and 28 top-10’s…Was on the car for Martin’s first career Winston Cup win on Oct. 22, 1989 at Rockingham…Finished third in the points in 1989.
      RETRO ’90 [old Folgers red] – WILL RUN AT THE BRICKYARD 500 (8/7/05)
      Races – Two season
      Highlights – Ran on the car in 1990 and 91…Finished second in the points in ’90…Scored 30 top-top five and 40 top-10 finishes, eight poles and four wins in that two year span…Won at Richmond on 2/25/90…Won at Michigan on 8/19/90…Won at North Wilkesboro on 9/30/90…Won at Atlanta on 11/17/91.
      RETRO ’93 [old Valvoline colors]- WILL RUN AT THE NEXTEL ALL-STAR CHALLENGE (5/21/05)
      Seasons – 1992-95
      Highlights – Ran for four seasons…Finished top-six in the points all four year including three top-five finishes and a second place in 1994...Garnered 50 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes…Had 11 poles and won 13 times…Won at Martinsville (5/26/92), Charlotte (10/11/92), Watkins Glen (8/8/93), Michigan (8/15/93), Bristol (8/28/93), Darlington (11/5/93), Phoenix (10/31/93), Watkins Glen (8/14/94), Atlanta (11/13/94), Talladega (5/30/95), Watkins Glen (8/13/95), North Wilkesboro (10/1/95) and Charlotte (10/8/95).(Roush Racing), images on my #6 Team Schemes page.(3-30-2005)

    • Post-It to sponsor Biffle in ten races: Post-It will be the primary sponsor for the #16 Roush Racing Ford that Greg Biffle drives, the following ten races are scheduled: California (Feb), Atlanta (Mar), Texas (Apr), Darlington, Pocono (June), Sonoma, Chicago, Talladega (Oct), Phoenix (Nov). See an image of the car on the #16 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-28-2004)

    • New #45 Scheme for Rest of 2005, Petty Blue Returns: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland for Sunday's Chicagoland 400. Petty and the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge will have a new look for the rest of the season starting this weekend. Georgia-Pacific will pay tribute to the Petty family by returning the family Petty Blue to the #45 Dodge. The "Petty Blue" color is unmistakable in the minds of race fans across America. The color is synonymous with winning and with Richard Petty's record-tying seven Nextel Cup championships.(Williams Company)(7-7-2005)

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


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