THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Chevy Rock and Roll 400
Nextel Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Saturday, Sept 10, 2005 in Richmond, VA
- TV: TNT 8:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Green Flag: around 8:10pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, Sept 14 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, Sept 15 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Saturday, Sept 17 [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: $4,875,701 (was $5,338,043 in 2004)
- Happy Hour Practice: [the only practice] Friday, September 9, 12:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 2:30pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 9, 11:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, September 9 at 6:10pm/et, TV-TNT, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- CUP EVENT SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
5:00 PM NCTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS ALL POSITIONS)
7:00 PM IROC RACE (90 LAPS, 67.5 MILES)
8:00 PM NCTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY CLEAR PIT ROAD
8:15 PM NCTS RACE (200 LAPS, 150 MILES )
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
5:00 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
6:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
12:00 N 2:00 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
4:35 PM NBS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
6:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
7:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:50 PM NBS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
1:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NNCS ACCESS TO HAULERS
3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM TRACK SERVICE MEETING
5:40 PM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING TENT)
6:40 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE **
7:10 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY CLEAR PIT ROAD
7:40 PM NNCS RACE (400 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch);
Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,150, Right-side -- 1,150;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
Craftsman Truck: Left-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 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the second consecutive race that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Richmond . . all three NASCAR series -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck-- will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup and Busch tires will be branded Goodyear "Eagle" while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded Goodyear "Wrangler" . . . in addition to Richmond, all major NASCAR teams will run this tire combination at New Hampshire and Phoenix in 2005 . . . Busch and Craftsman Truck teams will also run this tire set-up at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis, Milwaukee and Pikes Peak this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is the same set-up that we ran at Richmond in May. Last year, because the track was repaved for the '04 season, we had to run a harder compound across the board. Since the surface has now aged a year, and had three NASCAR race weekends on it, we've gone back to a softer compound for '05."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Richmond [only Stewart has a shot to do it there] for leading the points and winning the race.
The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
#20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
#20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next weeks 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 Richmond: $10,000
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
(* 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, 20
Greg Biffle, 8
Kurt Busch, 8
Kasey Kahne, 5
Matt Kenseth, 5
Jeff Gordon, 3
Joe Nemechek, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
Ryan Newman, 2
Kyle Busch, 2
Brian Vickers, 2
Scott Riggs, 2
- Kurt Busch wins at Richmond, Newman gets 10th in Chase: #97-Kurt Busch won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, dominating the 2nd half of the race, leading 185 of 400 laps for his 14th career win and 3rd win of 2005. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 2nd, followed by #16-Greg Biffle, #5-Kyle Busch and #2-Rusty Wallace. It is the first time a team has had three drivers finish 1-2-3 in the same race since 1997 when Hendrick Motorsports had three in the Daytona 500. #12-Ryan Newman finished 12th, locking himself into 10th in The Chase by 66 points over #38-Elliott Sadler who finished 17th and ended up 11th in drivers points. #42-Jamie McMurray was 13 points behind Newman when he was involved in a wreck with #37-Raines, #21-Rudd, #20-Stewart on lap 364, with McMurray ended up in the wall and out of the race, finishing 40th and 89 out of 10th. Points leader, #20-Tony Stewart finished 7th and will see his 185 point lead over #16-Biffle shrink to 5 points starting next week at New Hampshire. #24-Jeff Gordon had a tough night, hit the wall once and finished 30th, 2 laps down and 89 points out of 10th.
For race results and links, see Jayski's Richmond Race Results Page.(9-10-2005)
- Last time Brothers won, back-to-back? Kyle Busch won last week at California Speedway and brother Kurt Busch won the race at Richmond this week, becoming hte first brothers to win races back-to-back since August 1995 when Bobby Labonte won at Michigan and the following week Terry Labonte won at Bristol.(9-11-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Richmond - 26 of 36 races
the 10 drivers in the Chase:
1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3716
2) #16-Greg Biffle, 3531, -185
3 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 3412, -304
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3400, -316
5) #97-Kurt Busch, 3304, -412
6) #6-Mark Martin, 3273, -443
7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3228, -488
8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3114, -602 [2 wins]
9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3114, -602 [1 win]
10) #12-Ryan Newman, 3055, -661
These drivers missed out on the Chase
11) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2989, -727, -66 out of 10th
12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2972, -744, -83
13) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2972, -744, 83
14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2937, -779, -118
15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 2884, -832, -171
For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.
AND the new standings that take effect at NHIS:
1) #20-Tony Stewart, 5050
2) #16-Greg Biffle, 5045, -5
3 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 5040, -10
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5035, -15
5) #97-Kurt Busch, 5030, -20
6) #6-Mark Martin, 5025, -25
7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5020, -30
8) #99-Carl Edwards, 5015, -35
8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5015, -35
10) #12-Ryan Newman, 5005, -45
11) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2989, -2061
- Richmond Race Notes:
Kurt Busch won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, scoring his 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 176th career start.
Busch scored his third victory in 2005, also posting victories at Phoenix and second Pocono.
Busch has scored 14 top-10 finishes in 26 races in 2005.
Busch climbed from sixth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
This is Buschs sixth career short-track victory in 30 career short-track races.
Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season. He also led the most at Phoenix and second Pocono.
Busch scored the fourth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Richmond International Raceway. This was Roushs 85th victory as a car owner and 10th in 26 races this season.
This is the 11th victory by a Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 13 and Dodge has two.
The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
As a result of their finishes in the 2005 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. These 10 drivers will race over the final 10 races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million: Tony Stewart (clinched at Michigan), Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle (clinched at Bristol), Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin (clinched at California) and Kurt Busch, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman (clinched at Richmond).
Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Richmond.
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.
Seven 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
All five Roush drivers are competing in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December.
Matt Kenseth (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish in his last six races. It was his 11th top-10 finish in 2005. It was his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway. Kenseth climbed from a low of 42nd in the point standings after race No. 1 at Daytona to make the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
Rusty Wallace (fifth) extended a 39-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 21 top-15 finishes in 26 races in 2005.
Tony Stewart (seventh) has scored 12 straight top-10 finishes including nine top fives.
Ryan Newman (12th) climbed from 11th to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, thus securing a spot in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
Elliott Sadler (17th) has finished 12th or worse in his last 10 races. Sadler finished 11th in the point standings, 66 points behind 10th-place Ryan Newman.
Jimmy Johnson (25th) dropped from third to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 59 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
Jeff Gordon (30th) remained 12th to in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Gordon ended an 11-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings (1994-2004).
Dale Jarrett (38th) has finished 14th or worse in his last nine races
Heading to New Hampshire
Kurt Busch has finished first or second in four of his last six races at New Hampshire.
Matt Kenseth has scored six straight top-10 finishes in his last six races at New Hampshire.
Jimmie Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in all seven of his races at New Hampshire.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-10-2005)
- The Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 400 of 400 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#97-Busch-f (5)(185 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-f (13)(3 laps led)
#16-Biffle-f (2)(3 laps led)
#5-Busch-c (7)(10 laps led)
#19-Mayfield-d (10)(17 laps led)
#9-Kahne-d (14)(6 laps led)
#11-Labonte-c (39)(7 laps led)
#29-Harvick-c (1)(167 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
Green is locked in
the rest are out
- Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 18,48,22,43,45,18,01,41,01,09,31,37,10,24,66,15,50,7,25,40,39
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
#32-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 23 lead changes):
#97-Busch (185, led most);
#5-Busch (10, led halfway);
- Lap leaders: #29-Harvick - pole; #29-Harvick 1; #77-Kvapil 2; #16-Biffle 3-4; #29-Harvick 5-33; #19-Mayfield 34-50; #29-Harvick 51-90; #7-Gordon 91; #29-Harvick 92-93; #16-Biffle 94; #29-Harvick 95-143; #11-Labonte 144-150; #29-Harvick 151-154; #97-Busch 155; #29-Harvick 156-193; #97-Busch 194-195; #29-Harvick 196-199; #5-Busch 200-207; #97-Busch 208-277; #5-Busch 278; #97-Busch 279-312; #5-Busch 313; #9-Kahne 314-319; #17-Kenseth 320-322; #97-Busch 323-400;
Cautions: 12 for 60 laps
Caution 12 - Laps 364 - 369: #42-McMurray came up a bit, moving #37-Raines up, #21-Rudd slowed with #20-Stewart getting into #21-Rudd who slammed the wall, #37-Raines then got into #42-McMurray who spun and slammed into the backstretch inside wall hard.
Caution 11 - Laps 357 - 359: #88-Jarrett and #37-Raines got together, moving #37 in #07-Blaney, Raines squirted thru and #88-Jarrett slid and Blaney got into Jarrett, #4-Wallace also spun. #99-Edwards got into the mess and got some damage.
Caution 10 - Laps 347 - 352: #22-Wimmer got loose and #18-Labonte got into the back of the #22, sending Wimmer around a few times off turn 3.
Caution 9 - Laps 326 - 329: #7-Gordon spun around in turn 2 after #40-Marlin punted him.
Caution 8 - Laps 313 - 318: #7-Gordon went up the track and slapped the wall.
Caution 7 - Laps 278 - 282: big piece of debris on the back stretch.
Caution 6 - Laps 214 - 221: #9-Sauter came up the track and into #24-Gordon who was outside of Sauter and Gordon smacked the wall hard.
Caution 5 - Laps 196 - 199: #32-Hamilton Jr. had a tire go down and hit the turn 4 wall hard, pushing the wheel into the wheelwell.
Caution 4 - Laps 143 - 147: #39-Stremme came up on #20-Stewart and caught Stewarts nose and wacked the turn 2 wall, no damage to Stewart's car.
Caution 3 - Laps 115 - 118: #38-Garvey, #09-Sauter and #66-Garvey got together, with Sadler spinning in turn 4.
Caution 2 - Laps 90 - 93: #40-Marlin backed into the outside turn 2 wall after #7-Gordon slid up into Marlin.
Caution 1 - Laps 33 - 37: #43-Green lost a right front tire and smacked the wall in turn 3.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 12: #31-Burton, 18th
Caution 11: #01-Nemechek(2), 26th
Caution 10: #43-Green(2), 16th
Caution 9: #6-Martin, 13th
Caution 8: #99-Edwards, 21st
Caution 7: #0-Bliss, 15th
Caution 6: #43-Green, 16th
Caution 5: #01-Nemechek, 26th
Caution 4: #4-Wallace, 14th
Caution 3: #18-Labonte, 22nd
Caution 2: #45-Petty, 27th
Caution 1: #66-Garvey, 32nd
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 371, #37-Raines was held and penalized 5 laps for rough driving in the Caution 12 accident.
---- during the 10th caution, #42-McMurray [2 tires], #99-Edwards  and #20-Stewert  made pit stops.
---- also during the 10th caution, #7-Gordon served a 5-lap penalty for rough driving with Marlin.
---- on lap 332, #20-Stewart fell back about 10 positions at the 9th caution restart.
---- on lap 331, #40-Marlin was black flagged for rough driving against #7-Gordon.
---- on lap 292, #29-Harvick, while running 6th, went up the track and moved up and fell back out of the top-10.
---- during the 7th caution there was a fire in a pit off turn 4, but it was put out quickly.
---- just before the 7th caution, #99-Edwards got into the rear of #49-Schrader, did some damage to the nose and fell off the lead lap.
---- during the 6th caution, #48-Johnson had a tire go down and spun around on the track with #25-Vickers getting into the #48, #48 to the pits, #25 to the garage.
---- #24-Gordon made numerous pit stops during the 6th caution and fell down a lap.
---- both #40-Marlin and #39-Stremme both spent time in the garage after their teams made repairs after wrecks.
---- while going for the lead on lap 158, #97-Bysch abd #29-Harvick made contact and Busch fell back from Harvick and reported he feels like something broke.
---- during the 4th caution, #11-Labonte, #41-Mears and #18-Labonte stayed on the track. Havick went in 1st and came out ahead of the cars that pitted, 4th.
---- #24-Gordon made two pit stops dduring the 3rd caution, the 2nd for a loose lugnut.
---- the top 13 cars didn't stop during the 3rd caution.
---- #21-Rudd was penalized for speeding exiting pit road during the 2nd caution.
---- all the lead lap cars but #7-Gordon made pit stops during the 2nd caution, Harvick came in first and came out first.
---- around lap 48, #6-Martin while running 9th, reported that something was wrong, Martin fell to 40th and finally made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 55 to change tires.
---- To the BACK : #18-Labonte [unapproved changes];
- Harvick wins pole at Richmond: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 128.425mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 4th of his career. #16-Greg Biffle will start 2nd, followed by rookie #77-Travel Kvapil [his best career start], #6-Mark Martin and #97-Kurt Busch. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart starts 25th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 29th. #37-Tony Raines was the highest non top-35 team, qualifying 21st. Missing the race were: #75-Anderson, #95-Barrett, #00-Long, #92-Sadler, #89-Shepherd, #34-McCarthy and #27-Shelmerdine [who also wrecked].
For qualifying results, starting lineup, links, qualifying order and practice speeds, see Jayski's Richmond Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(9-9-2005)
- Where do the drivers trying to get in the chase start at Richmond:
7. #19-Jeremy Mayfield +144 ahead of 10th, starts 10th
8. #99-Carl Edwards +85, 18th
9. #17-Matt Kenseth +10, 13th
10. #42-Jamie McMurray , 32nd
11. #12-Ryan Newman -1 hehind 10th, starts 8th
12. #24-Jeff Gordon -30, 6th
13. #38-Elliott Sadler -52, 19th
14. #88-Dale Jarrett -117, 9th
15. #29-Kevin Harvick -131, 1st
16. #01-Joe Nemechek -135, 11th.(9-9-2005)
- Short Track Points in 2005: the top 10 point leaders at the four short track races this far at Martinsville, Richmond in May and both Bristol races [760 max]:
#17-Kenseth, 577 (win)
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 543
#9-Kahne, 518 (win)
#24-Gordon, 509 (win)
#19-Mayfield, 473.(NASCAR Statistical Service)(9-8-2005)
- Richmond Qualifying Notes:
Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, lapping Richmond International Raceway in 21.024 seconds at 128.425 mph. Brian Vickers holds track-qualifying record of 20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph, set May 14, 2004.
This is Harvick's fourth career Bud Pole in 168 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
This is Harvick's second start better than 20th in 10 Richmond races; both coming this season. He started seventh and finished fifth in the spring race.
Harvick became the fifth repeat Bud Pole winner this season. He also won the Bud Pole at Talladega. This is his 11th top-10 start this season.
There have been 12 different Bud Pole winners in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Richmond since 1999.
Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 21.043 seconds, 128.309 mph, and will join Harvick on the front row for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. This is Biffle's fifth top-10 start in seven races at Richmond. All have come in the past five races. It is his 17th top-10 start this season.
This is the 11th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June
and Watkins Glen.
Travis Kvapil (third) posted his career-best start in his 29th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Kvapil posted his first top-10 start in his second race at Richmond. He started 21st and finished 22nd here in May.
Mark Martin (fourth) scored his 21st top-10 start in 40 races at Richmond.
Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in 10 races at Richmond.
Three of the drivers not locked in but still eligible for the Chase qualified in the top 10: Jeff Gordon (sixth), Ryan Newman (eighth) and Dale Jarrett (ninth).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-9-2005)
- What Happened to Ramblings/Rumblings from Henry of Stock Car Fans that I usually post here each week? Henry was one of many unfortunate folks involved in Hurrican Katirna, for ways to help out, see Stockcarfans.com.(9-9-2005)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2005 at 6:10pm/et.
TV: TNT at 6:00pm/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.
- Qualifying Order for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #09-Johnny Sauter is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #12-Ryan Newman. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Richmond Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(9-9-2005)
- The one and only Practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
#12-Newman 127.232 [but wrecked after this speed was run]
slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 117.010 and #89-Shepherd 120.746
most laps run: #31-Burton, 98; #6-Martin, 92
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#37-Raines, 123.856 [7th fastest lap], 26 laps run
#09-Sauter, 122.922 [5th], 41 laps
#97-Busch, 122.852 [3rd], 46 laps
Incident: fastest in practice #12-Newman wacked the wall after a possible tire gone down, the team pulled out a backup car.
See speeds and qualifying order on Jayski's Richmond Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.
Practice is scheduled from 12:00 - 2:00pm/et, televised on Speed Channel at 2:30pm/et. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:10pm/et on TNT.(9-9-205)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway one and only practice?
Eight will make the race and seven will miss
#09-Johnny Sauter, 5th fastest
#37-Tony Raines, 7th
#4-Mike Wallace, 8th
#39-David Stremme, 26th
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr.
if things stay the same, these drivers miss the race:
- Entry List for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 48 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 - 25 race attempts by team:
#4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
#37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
#92-Hermie Sadler (full-time team)
Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 25 'team' attempts
#00-Carl Long (15 attempts)
#09-Johnny Sauter (12 attempts)
#34-Joey McCarthy in for Jeff Fuller (21 attempts)
#39-David Stremme (3 attempts)
#50-Jimmy Spencer (6 attempts)
#75-Wayne Anderson (7 attempts)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (14 attempts)
#95-Stanton Barrett (1 attempt)
added after initial list:
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine (14 attempts)
#66-Mike Garvey (24 attempts)
IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it : #'s 4,32,7,37,92,66,34,00
missing the race would be : #'s 89,27,09,75,50,39,95
For the full list see my Jayski's Richmond Entry List, 50 cars entered.(9-6/9-2005)
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- WHO'S HOT heading to Richmond International Raceway:
Tony Stewart has scored 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
Tony Stewart has scored 11 straight top-10 finishes, including five victories, in the last 11 races.
Greg Biffle has scored three straight top-10 finishes.
Matt Kenseth has posted top-10 finishes in four of his last five races.
Matt Kenseth has climbed from 16th to ninth in the point standings in the last three races.
Brian Vickers has posted top-10 finishes in four of his last five races.
Rusty Wallace has scored 20 top-15 finishes in 25 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
Ricky Rudd has scored five top-10 finishes in his last 10 races.
Ryan Newman has posted 21 top-10 starts in 25 races this season, the most of all drivers.
Roush Racing drivers have won 10 of the 25 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won six and Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-5-2005)
- 2004 Race Winner: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 98.946mph, started 7th
- May 2005 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 100.316mph, started 1st
- Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
- Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
- 2004 Pole Sitter: Brian Vickers, 129.983, finished 8th.
- May 2005 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 129.964mph, finished 1st
- Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph
- Most Wins: 13 - Richard Petty; Current driver: 6, Rusty Wallace
- Most Poles: 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 4, Jeff Gordon
- Most Top 5s: 34 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 10s: 41 - Richard Petty
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
- Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961
- Most Laps Led by a Leader: 488, David Pearson, 9/13/70
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/86
- Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/96
- Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/94
- Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 3/11/79
- Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/75
- Most Cautions: 15, 5/3/03
- Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/76
- Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/76
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 23, 5/3/03
- Most Running at the Finish: 39, three times, most recently 9/11/99
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/53
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 28, Chevy; 27, Ford; 17, Dodge
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Richard Petty, March 1971, started 28th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 98 races] 20.4%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 12, 12.2%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 14, 14.3%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 7
- Races won from starting pos 5: 2
- Races won from starting pos 6: 7
- Races won from starting pos 7: 10
- Races won from starting pos 8: 2
- Races won from starting pos 9: 2
- Races won from starting pos 10: 2
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 12: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 16: 3
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 20: 1
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from starting pos 22: 2
- Races won from starting pos 23: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from starting pos 25: 1
- Races won from starting pos 26: 1
- Races won from starting pos 28: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 55 of 98 - 56.1%
- Races won from the top 10: 78 of 98 - 79.46
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 50mph
Seating Capacity: 107,097
- Track Website: www.rir.com
- 2005 Richmond May Race Info Page
- 2004 Richmond May Race Info Page
- 2004 Richmond Sept. Race Info Page
Command to start engines:
Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
- Richmond Traffic Update: Repairs are still being made to the damage on the Laburnum Avenue bridge caused by Tropical Storm Gaston last summer. As a result, traffic will be limited to two lanes heading westbound and one lane heading eastbound on Laburnum Avenue, near the intersection of Carolina and Laburnum Avenues prior to the start of each race, starting with Thursday night's Crown Royal IROC/Cheerios Betty Crocker 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. Please remember that only two lanes will be open heading eastbound, towards route 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike) after Friday night's Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race and three lanes will be open heading eastbound after Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Track officials are encouraging fans to leave extra time if they plan to drive to the races heading westbound towards Richmond International Raceway.(RIR PR)(9-8-2005)
- RIR Hosts Weddings: On Friday, Sept 9th, Richmond International Raceway will take on a new persona, serving as a one-of-a-kind wedding venue, prior to the Emersion Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. Three couples will tie the knot, along with another couple renewing their vows in Victory Lane. One couple will make their way from Ridgeley, West Virginia. Ed Murray met his bride-to-be at a NASCAR race, so it is only fitting they join in marriage at a NASCAR track. Jennifer Fezekas and her soon-to-be husband are heading south from Illinois to get hitched at Richmond International Raceway. And don't forget about Richard Phillips and Mary Ann Saltisiak. Mary Ann is coming from Pennsylvania to join Richard in Chesapeake, Virginia.(RIR)(9-8-2005)
- 2006 RIR Sched out, no trucks: Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced the track's race lineup for 2006. The season begins with a doubleheader that includes a Busch Series race on Friday, May 5 and a NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday, May 6. The IRL IndyCar Series returns for its sixth annual race on Saturday, June 24. Also part of that all open-wheel weekend will be a USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series race on Friday, June 23 and a USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series race on Saturday prior to the SunTrust Indy Challenge.
The season concludes with a new look for the track's September weekend. The schedule will mirror the track's May schedule of events, as the Busch Series will race on Friday, September 8 and NEXTEL Cup Series will conclude the season schedule on Saturday, September 9.
The track will not host a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 2006, as the traditional Thursday night event will move to Saturday, October 7 at Talladega Superspeedway-also part of International Speedway Corporation's portfolio of tracks. The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway will be part of tripleheader weekend at that track, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and ARCA races.
Once again, all races at Richmond International Raceway will be held at night "Under the Lights." Fans who hold permanent, renewable tickets for the May weekend will receive their invoices starting next week. In addition, those fans who would like to add their names to the waiting list for Richmond International Raceway NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series tickets should visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-RACE (7223). The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race set for Saturday, September 10 will mark the track's 28th straight series sellout.(RIR PR)
and see my 2006 UNOFFICIAL Tentative Nextel Cup Series Schedule page for what 2006 is likely to be.(9-3-2005)
- Richmond Cup Race Sold Out: Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced today that all 107,097 seats will once again be filled for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, set for Saturday, September 10 "under the lights." The race marks the final opportunity for drivers to gain a spot in the second "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup." Last year, Jeremy Mayfield made history when he won at Richmond and earned a berth in "The Chase." The track's sellout streak of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events is now at 28, spanning 14 years. Nearly 2.5 million fans from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries have attended NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events at Richmond International Raceway during that time. In addition to hosting the final race that will set the field for the
second "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," the entire race weekend will again have a Rock & Roll theme, with artists like legendary rockers KISS, Green Day, Three Doors Down, Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich appearing on specially designed Chevy racecars. Chevrolet and track officials will also announce in the coming weeks a Rock & Roll concert that will be part of race weekend.
Although tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 are no longer available, fans still have the opportunity to catch the always-exciting NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250, set for Friday, September 9. Fans won't want to miss the doubleheader Thursday, September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. First, the Crown Royal IROC Series takes to the track for the third of its four races this season. The night continues with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200. Tickets are on sale now for the action-packed Crown Royal IROC Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200 doubleheader on Thursday, September 8. All seats are general admission and are only $30. Tickets for the thrilling NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250, which includes FasMart Pole Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Friday, September 9 are also available. Reserved seats are just $45 and general admission seating is $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission seating with a ticketed adult Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets are available online at
www.rir.com or by calling 1-866-455-RACE (7223).(Richmond International Raceway)(8-2-2005)
- Richmond a week earlier in 2006: Richmond International Raceway apparently will be welcoming the Nextel Cup Series a week early next spring. RIR officials have had discussions with NASCAR about the 2006 schedule, and all indications are Richmond's first Busch-Cup weekend will fall on May 5-6. The Chevy American Revolution 400 at RIR has been held the second weekend in May the past two years. Richmond will swap spots with Darlington Raceway, which will retain the Mother's Day weekend date after a 75,000-seat sellout on May 7 in its first Saturday night race the day before the holiday. Darlington recently was approved by parent company International Speedway Corp. to begin selling tickets for May 13, 2006. NASCAR won't release its full '06 schedule until later this summer, but no major changes (such as tracks losing races) are expected.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-9-2005)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Richmond International Raceway
- Stremme to run at Richmond: David Stremme will attempt to make his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend in the #39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge out of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable. Stremme currently pilots the #14 Navy Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series, and sits seventh in the championship points standings.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(9-7-2005)
- Labonte back in the #11 at Richmond: Two-time Cup Series Terry Labonte will take the wheel of the #11 FedEx Express Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. He has previously run the JGR/FedEx entry at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol. JGR will turn to Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, September 18. The #11 FedEx Chevy Monte Carlo will sport the FedEx Kinkos paint scheme at Richmond. Following J.J. Yeleys 39th place finish at California Speedway last weekend, the FedEx team remained in 35th place in owners points and currently sit 67 points out of 34th place.(JGR)(9-8-2005)
- See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Lysol on the #41: The rear quarter panels of the #41 Target Dodge of Casey Mears will not be sporting the familiar bullseye logos this weekend in Richmond, but instead will carry the Lysol logo. Lysol is an associate sponsor on the #41 Dodge and has been part of the Target Racing NASCAR and IndyCar programs for the past four years.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(9-7-2005)
- MuzikMafia teams up with Morgan-McClure at Richmond: Cory Gierman, MuzikMafia Godfather (www.muzikmafia.com) and Larry McClure, president and team manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports (www.morgan-mcclure.com) announced that Cowboy Troy and the MuzikMafia logos along with a specially design paint scheme by MuzikMafia artist Rachel Kice will compete in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night. As the only visual artist associated with the MuzikMafia, the Nashville-based avant-garde artists' collaborative that yielded multi-platinum recording acts Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Rachel Kice, who will be on hand during all race weekend festivities, is uniquely positioned to become a household name-a true American "Art Star." Joining Kicel on the #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Monte Carlo is the name and likeness of Cowboy Troy, the world's only six-foot-five inch hick-hop artist in country music. Troy is also one of the country artists featured in Chevrolet's advertising, and appears with Big & Rich on the new intro for ESPN College GameDay.
The founders of the MuzikMafia, otherwise known as "The Godfathers", include Cory Gierman, Big Kenny, John Rich and Jon Nicolson. The Godfathers formed the phenomenon back in October 2001. Members of the Mafia include multi-platinum artist Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, and Cowboy Troy. The MuzikMafia will kick off the 17-city Chevy Presents
Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich: The American Revolution Tour in November 2005.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports). five images of the car on my #4 Team Schemes page.(9-8-2005)
- Rock & Roll paint schemes: The power of music and motorsports will join forces again this week at Richmond International Raceway. For the third straight year, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend will combine music and racing as Chevrolet will have 12 music-themed paint schedules on its race cars and trucks.
For Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, the lineup includes:
The #4 Lucas Oil Chevy driven by Mike Wallace featuring Muzik Mafia
The #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy driven by Dave Blaney featuring Drive-By Truckers
The #8 Budweiser Chevy driven by DaleyEarnhardt Jr. featuring 3 Doors Down
The #10 Valvoline Chevy driven by Scott Riggs featuring Nickelback
The #25 ditech.com Chevy driven by Brian Vickers featuring Green Day
The #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy driven by Kevin Harvick featuring Gretchen Wilson
The #31 Cingular Chevy driven by Jeff Burton featuring Big$Rich, see images of all the car, but the #4 on my Paint Schemes Galley page.(9-8-2005)
- #7 all black at Richmond: #7-Robby Gordon will drive an all black Jim Beam Chevy at Richmond International Raceway on Sat Sept 10th. see images of the car on my #7 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2005)
- 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)
- '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. Martin will run the scheme at all night races in 2005.(Roush Racing)(4-19-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)