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THE RACE: Dodge/Save Mart 350

Nextel Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 26, 2005 in Sonoma, CA

  • TV: FOX 3:35pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 2:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Green Flag: around 3:35pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 29 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 30 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, July 2 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,272,397 (was $5,268,329 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, June 24, 2:20 - 4:40pm/et; Saturday, June 25, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 25, 2:10 - 2:55pm/et, TV-FX tape delay at 7:30pm/et

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 24, 1:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, June 24 at 6:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no TV re-air AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars will NOT 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).


    NOTE: THESE TIMES ARE Pacific Time, 3 hours ahead of Eastern/Daytona Time

    10:50 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
    11:20 AM 1:20 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (ALL POSITIONS) -TV-Speed at 6:00pm/et]

    9:30 AM 10:15 AM NNCS PRACTICE
    11:10 AM 11:55 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE [TV-FX tape delay, 7:30pm/et]

    12:35 PM NNCS 350K (110 LAPS, 218.9) MILES [TV FOX 2:30pm/et]
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Radials
    Number of Tires:
    Front -- 1,050
    Rear -- 1,050

    Tire Codes:
    Front -- D-6836;
    Rear -- D-6840

    Tire Circumference: 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi;
    Right Front -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams will run different tire codes on the front and rear on NASCAR road courses, as compared to running different codes on the left- and right-sides on ovals . . . this is the second year Goodyear has brought this specific combination of tires to Infineon . . . this is the first of two races in which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in 2005, the other being Watkins Glen International . . . this rear-tire code (D-6840) is unique to the road courses in 2005, while the front-tire code (D-6836) will be used on the right-side at Martinsville . . . teams do not run inner liners in their tires on NASCAR road courses.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "Since NASCAR's aero package will not have as much of an affect on cars at the road courses, we decided to come back with the same tire set-up we ran at Sonoma and Watkins Glen last year. The one unique feature of the road course set-up is that we run different fronts and rears, not lefts and rights, like on ovals. This front tire code is from our short track group and the rear code is fairly soft as well, designed for better forward bite off the corners."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Infineon Raceway for leading the points and winning the race.
    The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Michigan: $20,000
    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
    Michigan: #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.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    looks like #38-Sadler is not eligible either, he led halfway at Dover
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Tony Stewart, 6
    Kurt Busch, 5
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Kasey Kahne, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2



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  • Stewart wins at Infineon Raceway: #20-Tony Stewart won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his first win of 2005, 4th on a road course, 2nd at Infineon Raceway and 20th of his career. It is Stewart's first win in 30 races, since Watkins Glen last August. #21-Ricky Rudd coasted to the finish [ran out of gas after the checkered flag]. #97-Kurt Busch, #2-Rusty Wallace and #88-Dale Jarrett round out the top-five. #16-Greg Biffle, who started 41st, led 8 laps and finished 14th, which coupled with #48-Jimmie Johnson's transmission problems, vaulted Biffle into the points lead by 22 points. This is the first time Biffle has led the Nextel Cup Drivers Points standings. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. had trouble from the get-go, having a transmission problem, getting into #0-Mike Bliss and spun out and wrecked. Dale Jr. finished 42nd, 22 laps down and is now 18th in points, 543 points out of the lead and out of The Chase. #24-Jeff Gordon also fell victim to the Hendrick Motorsports transmission woes and after dominating the first 32 laps, finished up 33rd and is out of The Chase, -414 points. Two road course specialists finished in the top-10, #32-Ron Fellows finished 8th and #33-Brian Simo was 10th.
    For race results see Jayski's Infineon Raceway Race Results/Awards page.(6-26-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Sonoma - 16 of 36 races
    the 13 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #16-Greg Biffle, 2250
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2228, -22
    3) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2073, -177
    4) #20-Tony Stewart, 2052, -198
    5) #6-Mark Martin, 2022, -228
    6) #2-Rusty Wallace, 2013, -237
    7) #12-Ryan Newman, 1994, -256
    8) #97-Kurt Busch, 1978, -272
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 1963, -287
    10) #42-Jamie McMurray, 1923, -327
    11) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 1902, -348
    12) #88-Dale Jarrett, 1870, -380
    13) #29-Kevin Harvick, 1855, -395
    The top 13 in drivers points are still under 400 points back and in the Chase.
    #24-Jeff Gordon is 14th, 414 points behind
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 18th, 543 points behind
    For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Sonoma page.(6-26-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, scoring his 20th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 228th career start.
    • This is Stewart’s first victory in 2005. His last victory came at Watkins Glen in 2004, 30 races ago.
    • Stewart became the eighth different race winner in 2005.
    • Stewart moved to 29th on NASCAR’s All-time win list tied with Speedy Thompson.
    • This marked the seventh victory for Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has eight and Dodge has one.
    • Stewart climbed from sixth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings and is now 198 behind firstplace Greg Biffle.
    • Stewart scored his second victory at Infineon Raceway. He also won here in 2001. It is Stewart’s fourth victory in 13 career road-course races.
    • Stewart led three times for 39 laps, including the final 11, and led the most laps for the fourth time this season.
    • Stewart has scored eight top-10 finishes in 16 races this season.
    • Stewart scored the second victory for car owner Joe Gibbs at Infineon Raceway. Gibbs last won here when Stewart won here in 2002. This was Gibbs’ 43rd victory as a car owner and first this season.
    Notebook Items
    • Ricky Rudd (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in his 17 races at Infineon. It is his third top-10 finish in 2005.
    • Kurt Busch (third) posted his second top-10 finish and his best finish in his five races at Infineon Raceway. He scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2005.
    • Rusty Wallace (fourth) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 17 races at Infineon Raceway. He scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2005. Wallace climbed from eighth to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings
    • Wallace extended a 29-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.
    . • Dale Jarrett (fifth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in 17 races at Infineon Raceway. Jarrett has scored four top-10 finishes in 2005. He remained He climbed from 15th to 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Jimmie Johnson (36th) ended a 12-race run as leader of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Greg Biffle moved into the point lead for the first time in his NASCAR NEXTEL CUP career. Johnson has lost 145 points in the last two races.
    • Seven of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Infineon Raceway.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (42nd) dropped from 17th to 18th in the point standings and is now 543 points behind point leader Greg Biffle.
    • Jimmie Johnson (36th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 49 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Jeff Gordon (33rd) posted his posted his seventh finish of 30th or worse in 2005, including five of the last six races, and dropped from 12th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He is now 414 points behind point leader Biffle.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-26-2005)

  • Rumblings - Infineon Raceway:
    Tony Stewart was much the best this afternoon and it was just a matter of time till he got by Ricky Rudd late (lap 100) to prove it. Tony won today's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway after dominating much of the second half (leading 39 of the 110 laps). This was Stewart's second road course win in a row, fourth r/c win in his career, his 20th win overall (he's tied for 29th on the all-time win list with Speedy Thompson), and he becomes our 8th different winner this season. Win #43 for Joe Gibbs Racing was worth $348,761 from the over $5.3M in posted awards.
    Ricky Rudd (2nd) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Kansas last October. His Top-5 finish gives us 27 drivers at that mark this season.... last year's number was 31.
    Kurt Busch (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Phoenix in April.
    Rusty Wallace (4th) had his best finish since he won at Martinsville in April of 2004.
    Dale Jarrett (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Bristol in April.
    Elliott Sadler (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Talladega in April.
    Ron Fellows (8th) was the best of the road-course ringers today.
    Brian Simo (10th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was her in June of 2000 when he finished 36th. Fellows' and Simo's Top-10 finishes now bring us up to 36 drivers to score a T-10 this season, last year we had 39 of 'em.
    Robby Gordon (16th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Darlington last November.
    Boris Said (17th) had his best finish since he was 6th here last year (only six races).
    STREAKIN....Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Elliott Sadler (+36), followed by Ron Fellows (+35), Greg Biffle (+27), Dale Jarrett (+25), and Jeremy Mayfield (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (34), followed by Jeff Gordon (-32), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-32), Kyle Busch (-27), and Scott Pruett (-22). Sadler is now tied with Michael Waltrip and Kyle Busch with three Ops this season.
    Joe Gibbs Racing also accomplished another win of sorts this weekend as Terry Labonte raced them into the Top-35 in Owners Points (by five markers over the #4). Jason Leffler will now have an exemption into the Pepsi 400 on Saturday, and Mike Wallace will have to qualify on time.
    We've got a change at the top of the standings this week as Greg Biffle now leads Jimmie Johnson by 22 points. It's the first new leader we've had since JJ took the point leaving Las Vegas.
    Johnson's troubles also brought two more drivers under the "Stayin' Alive" line as we've got 13 in the "Chase" at the moment.
    We had three drivers (Dale Jarrett, Travis Kvapil, and Ricky Rudd) in the Top-30 advance three spots this week, while Carl Edwards (4th to 9th) fell the most positions.(Much more at


  • The The Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 110 of 110 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart (7)(39 laps led)
    #21-Rudd (20)(18 laps led), -2.3 secs
    #97-Busch (6)
    #2-Walllace (14)(12 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (30)
    #38-Sadler (42)
    #19-Mayfield (32)
    #32-Fellows (43)
    #12-Newman (11)
    #33-Simo (22)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after lap 110 of 110 at Sonoma
    #16- Biffle, 2250
    #48-Johnson, 2228, -22
    #38-Sadler, 2073, -177
    #20-Stewart, 2037, -198
    #6-Martin. 2022, -228
    The rest [13 total] would be in the chase and under 400 points:
    OUT of the chase: #24-Gordon, #15-Waltrip, #31-Burton, #01-Nemechek and #8-Earnhardt Jr. [543 points behind] Live Points Standings

  • Cars on the lead lap: 34 (of 43 starters)

  • Cars on the track: 42 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (1):
    #27-Hubert (oil presure-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 with 7 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (32 lap led);
    #20-Stewart (39, led most, halfway);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #16-Biffle (8);
    #2-Wallace (12);
    #21-Rudd (18);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon pole; #24-Gordon 1-32; #20-Stewart 33; #45-Petty 34; #16-Biffle 35-42; #20-Stewart 43-69; #2-Wallace 70-81; #21-Rudd 82-99; #20-Stewart 100-110;

    Cautions: 8 for 18 laps

    Caution 8 - Lap 104 - 105: #15-Waltrip spun off course and threw some debris on the track.
    Caution 7 - Lap 70 - 72: #48-Johnson and #88-Jarrett got together in turn 7 and Johnson spun out, with a tire down.
    Caution 6 - Lap 65 - 66: debris on the track
    Caution 5 - Lap 61 - 62: #45-Petty got turned around by #4-Jones, #33-Simo pushed #99-Edwards into Jones, with Jones and Edwards left in the turn, Petty and Simo drove on.
    Caution 4 - Lap 56 - 57: #9-Kahne got into #25-Vickers and Kahne wrecked in turn 7, rear ending into the wall, Kahne stalled then drove on. Vickers has some front end damage.
    Caution 3 - Lap 43 - 44: Debris in turn 10 near the shute before turn 11.
    Caution 2 - Lap 21 - 22: Debris in turn 11.
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 6: #8-Earnhardt Jr. wrecked when after cutting down a tire getting togehter with #0-Bliss, Earnhardt ws supposedly having transmission problems and was falling back after starting 10th.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
  • CHANGES? to my surprise....the Lucky Dog / Lap Back rule was used at the road course at Infineon Raceway. In 2004, the rule was NOT used at the road course, however, I guess that changed and was not announced [for some reason]. No where did I see this mentioned before hand that is was changing, even Fox said there would be none, then started reporting it. Was told by some of the TV/Radio broadcasters, they were not told, it just 'happened'. I have the 'official' list and it is now posted.(6-27-2005)

    Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: #49-Schrader (2), 35th
    Caution 6: #7-Gordon, 16th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 33rd
    Caution 4: none, no idea why
    Caution 3: none, #7-Gordon was supposed to be, but he pitted with lap leaders and lost it
    Caution 2: #8-Earnhardt Jr., still 14 laps down, 42nd
    Caution 1: #25-Vickers, 34th
    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)
    ---- after the caution 8 restart, #36-Said got off course, the punted #31-Burton whot spun out but drove off, then #43-Green went off course, but drove on.
    ---- was reported on lap 103 that #32-Fellows is running without power steering.
    ---- as of lap 93, #48-Johnson is running 37th, now a lap down.
    ---- as of lap 88, #48-Johnson is running 37th, the final car on the lead lap.
    ---- on lap 84, #01-Nemechek spun off course, no yellow, and drove on.
    ---- on lap 79, #40-Marlin spun in turn 11, the hairpin, but recovered and drove on, no caution.
    ---- on lap 76, #48-Johnson is running slow again, with more transmission problems.
    ---- on lap 74, #18-Labonte went off course on turn 2, but drove on, #36-Said got off course on turn 3, but recovered and drove on.
    ---- just before the 7th cuation came out, #36-Said made a pit stop, NASCAR is checking the tapes to make sure Said got in before the caution. TV Replays show the light came on moments before Said made the commitment line. NASCAR said the #36 did not and Said will go to the tail end of the field.
    ---- as of lap 67, #48-Johnson is up to 22nd. #24-Gordon reported a transmission problem again, but then said it was ok.
    ---- after all the lucky dogs, only #49-Schrader is a lap down, four others are 2 or more laps down as of lap 66.
    ---- as of lap 50, six drivers are at least a lap down: #49-Schrader (1 lap), #7-Gordon (1), #24-Gordon (1), #0-Bliss (8), # 5-Busch (13) and #8-Earnhardt Jr.(22).
    ---- #5-Busch is back on track on lap 46 as the team made repairs to another Hendrick Motorsports tranny.
    ---- #24-Gordon's team made repairs to the transmission and he has all the gears, but is now 39th on lap 44, stayed on the lead lap.
    ---- #16-Biffle, #32-Fellows and #33-Simo, all while running the top 3, made pit stops during the 3rd caution as they are out of sequence.
    ---- #2-Wallace heard the 3rd caution was coing out and ducked immediatly into pit road, which is a plus on a road course.
    ---- #24-Gordon is having transmission problems and will pit to have it checked out on lap 42.
    ---- #7-Gordon and #21-Rudd were caught speeding exiting pit road on lap 35 and will have to make pass-thru penalties on the next lap
    ---- #6-Martin was too fast entering pit road and will have to make a pass-thru penalty on the next lap on lap 34.
    ---- #5-Busch was penalized for speeding exiting pit road, then locked up his transmisson before he left pit road and was sitting at pit road.
    ---- #24-Gordon, while leading, made his scheduled green flag pit stop. 2nd place stayed out to lead a lap.
    ---- on lap 31, #11-Labonte was the first of the top 10 cars to make a green flag pit stop.
    ---- #43-Green off course in turn 7 on lap 28, back on the track.
    ---- as of lap 28, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is off the track again.
    ---- in turn 11 on lap 26, #99-Edwards and #88-Jarrett got together, #0-Bliss got into the rear of Jarrett and has front-end damage.
    ---- after the 2nd caution, #7-Gordon is falling back, reporting he is stuck in 3rd gear.
    ---- correction, #48-Johnson has 3rd gear....and is stuck in 3rd gear as of lap 22.
    ---- too fast exiting pit road, #40-Marlin and #87-Cook, to the end of the longest line.
    ---- none of the top 22 drivers made pit stops during the 2nd caution, #48-Johnson is one of them as the team will take a look at the transmission linkage first.
    ---- #48-Johnson is running 34th, still having the transmission problem. The team has set up for a transmission change if it comes to that.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. is back on the track as of lap 15, after the team made repairs to the rear of the #8, Dale Jr. is down 14 laps. ---- as of lap 15, #48-Johnson is falling back and may have a transmission problem.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #16-Biffle made a put stop.
    ---- #25-Vickers made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 3 for a cut tire.
    ---- To the BACK: [2]: #4-P.J. Jones [driver change - in for Mike Wallace, 40th]; #29-Harvick [engine change, 21st];

  • Race Coverage of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, June 26, 2005.
    TV: Fox at 2:30pm/et [green flag around 3:40pm/et].
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, June 30th at 3:00pm/et

  • Jones in the #4 for Wallace at Infineon: P. J. Jones will be driving the #4 Morgan-McClure Lucas Oil Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Dodge/Save Mart 300 on Sunday, June 26. This one race decision is no reflection whatsoever of Morgan-McClure and Lucas Oil's commitment to Mike Wallace as the driver of the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy. The team is looking forward to having Wallace back in the car next week in Daytona for the Pepsi 400 and continuing the season long goal of moving up in the points race. The Morgan-McClure Lucas Oil Team is 35th in owner's points coming in to the Dodge/Save Mart 300.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports/Lucas Oil PR), Jone will have to fall to the rear of the field Sunday before the drop of the green flag, Wallace was scheduled to start 40th.(6-25-2005)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 94.341 [on his final lap]
    #7-Gordon 94.294
    #21-Rudd 93.792
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 93.706
    #24-Gordon 93.691
    slowest: #27-Hubert 92.018 and #0-Bliss 92.232
    no speed for: #99-Edwards [in Milwaukee for the Busch race]
    most laps run: #33-Simo, 24; #12-Newman, 20
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson, 93.442 [6th fastest lap], 12 laps run
    #5-Busch, 93.172 [11th], 11 laps
    #7-Gordon, 93.048 [2nd], 10 laps
    For all the practice speeds see my Jayski's Sonoma Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.
    Happy Hour practice will be televised via tape on FX at 7:30pm/et tonight.(6-25-2005)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 93.641
    #20-Stewart 93.508
    #36-Said 93.508
    #2-Wallace 93.497
    #48-Johnson 93.426
    slowest: #87-Cook 91.367 and #27-Hubet 91.594
    no speed listed for #99-Edwards....#99-Edwards in in Milwaukee for he Busch Series race, Hubert is supposed to practice the #99 Ford, looks like he will practice the #27 first and the #99 in Happy Hour.
    most laps run: #10-Riggs, 20; #41-Mears, 19
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #39-Pruett, 92.740 [7th fastest lap], 15 laps run
    #24-Gordon, 92.590 [1st], 12 laps
    #20-Stewart, 92.484 [2nd], 15 laps
    For all the practice speeds see my Jayski's Sonoma Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-25-2005)

  • Waltrip loses engine: didn't see this reported elsewhere or on TV during the qualifying coverage but....#15-Michael Waltrip blew his engine immediately after completing his qualifying lap at 91.774 mph. He'll start 34th at Infineon Raceway.(Sacramento Bee) BUT will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag.(6-25-2005)
    UPDATE: looks like this was an incorrect report.(6-26-2005)

  • Gordon wins pole at Infineon Raceway: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a new track qualifying record of 94.325mph [the old record was from June 2004 by Gordon at 94.303]. Gordon was the only driver to run faster then the track record. It is Gordon's 5th pole at Infineon Raceway, 2nd of 2005, 7th road course pole and 54th career pole. #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 2nd, followed by #6-Mark Martin, #36-Boris Said and #7-Robby Gordon. 2nd in drivers points, #16-Greg Biffle, got off-course on his lap and will start 41st. Missing the race were: #02-Brandon Ash; #37-Kevin Lepage; #52-Jose Luis Ramirez, #66-Johnny Bornemann III, #92-Stanton Barrett.
    For qualifying results, starting lineup/links, practice results, pole progression...and more on my Jayski's Starting Lineup/Qualifying/Practice Page.(6-24-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway qualifying? Eight in and five out:
    #36-Boris Said, 93.975, starts 4th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 93.885, 5th
    #11-Terry Labonte, 93.296, 8th
    #39-Scott Pruett, 93.269, 9th
    #33-Brian Simo, 92.648, 22nd
    #87-Chris Cook, 92.107, 28th
    #27-Tom Hubert, 91.702, 35th
    #32-Ron Fellows, 91.698, 43rd
    missing the race
    #02-Brandon Ash, 91.660, DNQ
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 90.399, DNQ
    #92-Stanton Barrett, 90.251, DNQ
    #66-Johnny Bornemann III, 88.685, DNQ
    #52-Jose Luis Ramirez, 74.941, DNQ, spun out.(6-24-2005)

  • Sonoma Qualifying Notes:
    • Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dodge/SaveMart 350, lapping Infineon Raceway in 75.950 seconds at 94.325 mph. He broke his own trackqualifying record of 75.968 seconds, 94.303 mph, set in 2004.
    • This is Jeff Gordon’s 54th career Bud Pole in 417 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He remains seventh on the all-time Bud Pole list.
    • This is Jeff Gordon’s fifth Bud Pole in 13 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway. He broke a tie with Ricky Rudd for the most Bud Poles at Infineon.
    • This is Gordon’s seventh career road-course Bud Pole. He has won five of the last eight Bud Poles at Infineon and went on to score victories in four of the races when he won the Bud Pole.
    • Jeff Gordon became the third repeat Bud Pole winner this season, joining Ryan Newman (five) and Kasey Kahne (two).
    • Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 76.079 seconds, 94.165 mph – and will join Jeff Gordon on the front row for the Dodge/SaveMart 350. Johnson’s previous best road-course qualifying effort was 12th at Watkins Glen in 2002, his rookie season. He started from the Bud Pole at Watkins Glen last year when qualifying was canceled. He has two top-five finishes in his six road-course races with his best being fourth at Watkins Glen in 2003.
    • This is the second front-row sweep for Hendrick Motorsports in 2005. Gordon started on the Bud Pole and Brian Vickers started second at California Speedway in February.
    • This is the sixth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has seven Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Dover.
    • Mark Martin (third) has posted 12 top-10 starts in his 17 Infineon races, including nine top-fives. It is his first top-10 start this season.
    • Boris Said (fourth) qualified for his 16th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race – his 10th on a road course. It is his third top-10 start in six races at Infineon.
    • Robby Gordon (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 start in eight races at Infineon Raceway. It is his second top-10 start this season – both in the past two races.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr, (10th) posted his first top-10 start in six races at Infineon and his second top-10 start in 2005.
    • There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the last 13 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Infineon Raceway. Jeff Gordon (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2005) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the 13-race period.(NASCAR Statsistical Services)(6-24-2005)

  • Ramblings - Sonoma:
    In a season that's been less than stellar, Jeff Gordon set a new track record today at Infineon Raceway for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350...breaking his year-old mark. Gordon, the last driver to take a time, ran 94.325 mph (75.950 seconds) to take his second Bud pole of the season (he had the top spot at Phoenix in April) and the 54th of his Cup career. He'll be joined on the front-row by teammate Jimmie Johnson.
    Mark Martin (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Richmond last September.
    Boris Said (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole when we were here in June of 2003 (only 8 races).
    Robby Gordon (5th) has his best starting spot since he started 5th at Michigan in June of 2004.
    Terry Labonte (8th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Loudon in September of 2003! He's in for Jason Leffler this week in Joe Gibb's #11 Chevy.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Daytona in February.
    The Road Course Ringers are well represented this weekend. Scott Pruett (9th), Tom Hubert (35th) and Ron Fellows (43rd) all make their first starts of the season. Brian Simo (22nd) makes his first start since he ran Watkins Glen for Junie Donlavey in August of 2001 (he started 42nd and finished 37th that day), and Chris Cook (28th) makes his first-ever NEXTEL Cup start.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Always a different story when we go left AND right, and I would suspect this weekend to be the same. Limited passing opportunites, no "lucky dog" rule, long yellow laps, keep the tranny in the car, keep it on the pavement, be lucky and pit before the yellow comes they don't have enough to think about already!(Stock Car Fans)(6-24-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is on Friday, June 24, 2005 is scheduled to start at 6:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel at 6:00pm/et.
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Qualifying Order for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #99-Carl Edwards is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #24-Jeff Gordon -- who was fastest in Friday's it should come down to the wire at the end.. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Sonoma Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-24-2005)

  • Friday Practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over:
    #24-Gordon 94.068
    #36-Said 94.058
    #7-Gordon 94.006
    #16-Biffle 93.878
    #48-Johnson 93.847
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. is now listed 24th after being slow initailly, no idea if there was a problem.
    slowest top 35: #4-Wallace is 44th of 48; #77-Kvapil is 43rd
    fastest non-top 35: #36-Said is 2nd; #7-Gordon is 3rd.
    slowest overall: #66-Borneman 88.794 and #52-Ramirez 89.420
    most laps run: #10-Riggs, 33; #77-Kvapil, 28
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon, 93.409 [1st fastest lap], 10 laps run
    #2-Wallace, 93.088 [16th], 4 laps run
    #36-Said, 92.842 [2nd], 11 laps run
    Incidents: #38-Sadler and #18-Labonte went off course, no idea what damage each may have.
    For Friday's practice speeds see my Jayski's Sonoma Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-24-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Friday practice? Eight will make the race, five will not
    #36-Boris Said, 2nd fastest
    #7-Robby Gordon, 3rd
    #11-Terry Labonte [CH], 11th
    #32-Ron Fellows, 18th
    #39-Scott Pruett, 22nd
    #02-Brandon Ash, 37th
    #33-Brian Simo, 38th
    #87-Chris Cook, 39th
    unless things change, these would be the drivers/teams that would not make the race.
    #92-Stanton Barrett, 42nd
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 45th
    #27-Tom Hubert, 46th
    #52-Jose Luis Ramirez, 47th
    #66-Johnny Bornemann III, 48th - slowest
    CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed and will be in the field.
    For Friday's practice speeds see my Jayski's Sonoma Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-24-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon 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 - 15 race attempts by team:
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Terry Labonte in for Jason Leffler (full-time team)
    #32-Ron Fellows in for Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Johnny Bornemann III [in for Mike Garvey](full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 15 'team' attempts
    #02-Brandon Ash (1 attempt)
    #27-Tom Hubert (10 attempts - no starts) in for Shelmerdine
    #33-Brian Simo (3 attempts) in a 4th RCR car
    #36-Boris Said (4 attempts)
    #39-Scott Pruett (no attempts) in a 4th Ganassi car
    #52-Jose Luis Ramirez (1 attempt)
    #87-Chris Cook (no attempts) in a Nemco car
    #34 Mach 1 is not listed on the entry sheet
    #71-P.J. Jones (no attempts) in a 2nd Robby Gordon car
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 11,32,37,7,66,92,27,36
    missing the race would be: #'s 02,33,39,52,71,87
    For the full list see my Jayski's Sonoma Entry List, 48 cars entered.(6-20/21-2005)

  • 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:


  • WHO'S HOT heading to Infineon Raceway:
    • Greg Biffle has won five races in 2005, more than any other driver. Biffle has scored five top-10 finishes in the last six races.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 11 top-10 finishes in 15 races in 2005.
    • Kyle Busch has scored four top-10 finishes in his last five races.
    • Mark Martin has scored three straight top -10 finishes.
    • Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip have each scored top-10 finishes in the last two races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won eight of the 15 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Richard Childress Racing and Evernham Motorsports each have one victory.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-20-2005)

  • June 2004 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 77.456mph, started 1st

  • Race Record: Ricky Rudd, June 2002, 81.007mph (current layout)

  • Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout).

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/25/2004, 94.303mph (current layout)

  • June 2004 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.303, finished 1st

  • Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/02

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 10 months, 24 days, 6/28/98

  • Most Laps Led: 81, Robby Gordon, 6/22/2003

  • Most Cautions: 9, 6/10/90

  • Fewest Cautions: 3 - four times, last on 6/23/02

  • Most Caution Laps: 26, 6/27/99

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 7 - 6/7/92

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Davey Allison, started 13th, 6/9/91

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 4 - Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 9 - Ricky Rudd

  • Most Top 10s: 13 - Mark Martin

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 81, Robby Gordon, 6/23/03

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Davey Allison, 6/9/91

  • Most Lead Changes: 10 - Four times, most recently 6/23/02

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 6/11/89

  • Most Leaders: 9, twice, most recently 6/23/02

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 6/11/89

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 29, Four times, last on 6/22/03

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 5/5/96

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 5/16/93

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 5 [of 16 races] 31.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 12 of 16 - 75.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 14 of 16 - 87.5%

  • Infineon Raceway Nuggets
    • Jimmie Johnson has competed in three races at Infineon Raceway, scoring one top-10 finish. His best finish at the California road-course, fifth, came there one year ago. Johnson finished 17th or worse in his other two races there.

    • Kurt Busch has competed in four races at Infineon Raceway scoring one top-10 finish. He finished 23rd or worse in his other three races there. Busch finished 36th in this race one year ago, his worst Infineon finish.

    • Davey Allison (1991) is the only driver to score a victory from outside the top 10 at Infineon Raceway. Allison started 13th and drove to victory, scoring his only career road-course victory. The 13 Infineon races since 1991 have been won by drivers who started seventh or better.

    • There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Infineon.

    • Jeff Gordon has scored four victories at Infineon Raceway, two more than any other driver at this track.

    • Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd have each scored four Bud poles at Infineon Raceway, two more than any other driver at this track.

    • A Chevrolet has won five of the last seven races at Infineon Raceway. Ford won at Infineon in 2002 (Rudd) and Dodge has yet to score a victory at the California road course.

    • Michael Waltrip has been running at the finish in all 16 of his races at Infineon Raceway, the only driver to do so.

    • Jeff Gordon has a 4.67 starting average and a 8.750 average finish in 12 races at Infineon Raceway, the best among active drivers. Only Dale Earnhardt had a better finishing average at Infineon (8.53).

    • Jeff Gordon has led 361 laps in 12 races at Infineon Raceway, the most among all drivers that have competed there since the track opened in 1989. Gordon has led 200 more laps than closest competitor Mark Martin who has led 161.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has competed in five races at Infineon Raceway and has yet to score a top-10 finish.

    • Boris Said finished sixth in his last two races at Infineon Raceway.

    • Scott Pruett finished third in this race one year ago.

    • Klaus Graf finished 17th in this race one year ago.

    • Jeff Gordon has finished sixth or better in nine of his last 10 races at Infineon Raceway.

    • Mark Martin has posted top 10 finishes in 13 of his last 15 races at Infineon Raceway.

    • Rusty Wallace has scored two victories and 10 top-10 finishes in his 16 races at Infineon Raceway. He has a 13.8 average finish at the California road-course.

    • Mark Martin has scored one victory and 13 top-10 finishes in his 16 races at Infineon Raceway. He has a 9.6 average finish at the California road-course.

    • Ricky Rudd posted his last Nextel Cup victory at. Infineon Raceway when he won the 2002 Dodge Save Mart 350, 107 races ago.

    • Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd lead all drivers each with four Bud Poles at Infineon Raceway.

    • Jeff Gordon has scored four victories at Infineon Raceway, the most among all drivers.

    • Ricky Rudd has scored nine top-five finishes at Infineon Raceway, the most among all drivers.

    • Mark Martin has scored 13 top-10 finishes at Infineon Raceway, the most among all drivers.

    • Jeff Gordon has a 8.75 average finish in 12 races at Infineon Raceway, the best among active drivers.

    • Jeff Gordon has posted 11 straight starts of eighth or better in his 12 races at Infineon Raceway. His starting average is 4.67, the best among all drivers..

    Eight Drivers Have Competed in All 16 Races at Infineon Raceway: Rudd, Ricky; Wallace, Rusty; Martin, Mark; Labonte, Terry; Marlin, Sterling; Waltrip, Michael; Schrader, Ken; Jarrett, Dale

    • Richard Petty competed in 60 road-course races.

    • Darrell Waltrip scored nine Bud Poles in 53 races on road courses.

    • Jeff Gordon has scored eight career road course victories.

    • Ricky Rudd has scored 25 top-five finishes on road courses.

    • Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin each scored 31 top-10 finishes on road courses.

    • Bobby Allison led 1,025 laps in 46 road-course races.

    Season Nuggets - Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
    • After 15 races in 2005, there are nine drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.

    • Ford has won eight of the 15 races in 2005, more than any other manufacturer.

    • Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 28 consecutive races, since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.

    • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 11 of the 15 races in 2005. Biffle has led 953 laps this season, 312 more than Tony Stewart (641) the next highest lap leader.

    • 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.

    • Johnson has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 48 straight races, the longest current streak.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17th in points) has ranked among the top 10 after just three of the 15 races this season. He ranked second in the point standings after 15 races one year ago. He is now 503 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson. Earnhardt Jr. has finished 14th or worse in six of his last seven races.

    • Matt Kenseth ranks 21st in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after 15 races in 2005. One year ago he was third.

    • Bobby Labonte ranks 26th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after 15 races in 2005. One year ago he was fourth.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has led only five laps in 2005. Dale Jarrett has led only one.

    • Jeff Burton has led only six and Ricky Rudd has led only one.

    2005 Superspeedway Standouts
    In the first 12 superspeedway races in 2005:
    • Most Points Earned - Jimmie Johnson - 1,833 (78 more than Greg Biffle)
    • Most Bud Poles – Ryan Newman (five)
    • Most Victories – Greg Biffle (five)
    • Most Top-fives – Jimmie Johnson (seven)
    • Most Top-10s –Jimmie Johnson (nine)
    • Most Races Led – Greg Biffle (10)
    • Winning Manufacturer – Ford (eight-All Roush drivers)(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-19-2005)

  • Road Course Poles: Darrell Waltrip is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] pole wins with nine. Terry Labonte and David Pearson both have eight, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd have six in 104 road course qualifying runs, two had no qualifyings [rain/weather]. 42 drivers have won road course poles.(6-25-2004)
    UPDATE: no pole at Watkins Glen in 2004, qualifying was cancelled by weather, points leader Jimmie Johnson started 1st.(8-15-2004)

  • Did ya know? 25 of all the 94 Nextel Cup road course races [NOT including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 26.6%; Lowest start of a Sonoma winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 12 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Nextel Cup - 32 road course wins, 30 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(8-10-2003/6-24-2004)-
    UPDATE: make it 27 of 96 as #24-Jeff Gordon won from the pole at Infineon on June 27th. 27.4% and #20-Tony Stewart winning after starting 4th.(6-27-2004)

  • Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] wins with seven. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 105 road course races. 44 drivers have won a road course race.(8-10-2003)
    UPDATE Gordon won the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, so he now has 8 road course wins.(6-27-2004)

    PAST RACE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2004: Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    2003: Robby Gordon, started 2nd
    2002 Ricky Rudd, started 7th
    2001 Tony Stewart, started 3rd
    2000 Jeff Gordon, started 5th
    1999 Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    1998 Jeff Gordon, started 1st
    1997 Mark Martin, started 1st
    1996 Rusty Wallace, started 7th
    1995 Dale Earnhardt, started 4th
    1994 Ernie Irvan, started 1st
    1993 Geoffrey Bodine, started 3rd
    1992 Ernie Irvan, started 2nd
    1991 Davey Allison, started 13th
    1990 Rusty Wallace, started 11th
    1989 Ricky Rudd, started 4th

    Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course wins with 7th. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 103 road course races.

    PAST POLE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2004: Jeff Gordon 94.303
    2003: Boris Said 93.620
    2002: Tony Stewart 93.476
    2001: Jeff Gordon 93.699
    2000: Rusty Wallace 99.309
    1999: Jeff Gordon 98.519
    1998: Jeff Gordon 98.711
    1997: Mark Martin 92.807
    1996: Terry Labonte 92.524
    1995: Ricky Rudd 92.132
    1994: Ernie Irvan 91.514
    1993: Dale Earnhardt, 91.838
    1992: Ricky Rudd, 90.985
    1991: Ricky Rudd, 90.634
    1990: Ricky Rudd, 90.743
    1989: Rusty Wallace, 90.041


  • Track Specs:
    1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
    increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
    The race distance is 218.9 miles, 110 laps

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Larry The Cable Guy
    Command to start engines: Larry The Cable Guy
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Jeff Hayes from Pepsi
    National Anthem: Jazz Pianist Eric Lewis
    Military Flyover: First flyover will be four USAF A-10A Thunderbolt II Aircraft; second pass will be one U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules.

  • Track Homepage:

  • 2004 Infineon Raceway/Sonoma Race Info Page

  • Bruton would be interested to run F-1 race at Infineon: SMI's Bruton Smith. a veteran promoter, said he's willing to give Formula One and Bernie Ecclestone a hand - Smith is suggesting a Formula One race at his Sonoma road course. But Smith said that Ecclestone would have to bring money. If Ecclestone accepts, that would be quite a turnaround, since Ecclestone typically charges tracks a big fee for bringing the Grand Prix circus to town. Indianapolis Motor Speedway pays about $15 million a year for the right to run an F1 race. Smith said that if Ecclestone really wants to save Formula One in America, he'll have to dance to a different tune. Ecclestone, according to some reports, has made about $3.7 billion since taking over Formula One's TV operations 20 years ago.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-26-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Unveils Wall of Fame: Legendary drivers Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin will retire from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series after the 2005 season, but their legacies will live forever at Infineon Raceway. Wallace and Martin, who have combined for three victories and three pole positions at Infineon Raceway over their careers, were honored during a ceremony on Friday in the Winner's Circle as the raceway announced the construction of a Wall of Fame. Wallace and Martin were honored as the Wall of Fame's first inductees - the ceremony took place during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend. The Sonoma Valley facility has featured the best in motor sports over the last 37 years, and raceway officials decided to establish a Wall of Fame, which will honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, at Infineon Raceway.
    Both drivers were presented with granite plaques by Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. The plaques were etched with each driver's likeness, as well as their form of motor racing, and the date of induction. The plaques will be on display in the Wall of Fame, which is being constructed behind the main grandstand and will be open to the public.
    "The Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame provides a wonderful means to celebrate the rich motor racing history of this facility," Page said. " Both Rusty and Mark have performed so well on this track and have done so much to build this sport in Northern California. I can think of no two names we'd rather feature as our first inductees."
    Both Wallace and Martin have been road-course specialists at Infineon Raceway over the years. Wallace won the event in 1990 and 1996 and has two poles (1989, 2000). He has also led the most races (eight) and is fourth at the raceway in all-time earnings ($882,205). Moreover, Wallace placed outside the top seven just twice from 1989-1996. "I've always enjoyed coming to Sonoma and we've always run well here, so this is a big honor for me to be one of the first drivers to be inducted into the Wall of Fame," Wallace said. "The bottom line is that it has always been one of the most fun races of the year."
    Martin, meanwhile, won the event in 1997, and has 13 top-10 efforts in 16 starts at Infineon Raceway. He has placed outside the top 10 just once since 1994, and is second in all-time earnings ($955,737). "This is a great honor for me," Martin said. "We've had some great races here and I will miss the road course, but it's an honor to know that I will always be a part of the history in Sonoma."
    The Wall of Fame will include competitors from all forms of motor racing at Infineon Raceway, including NASCAR, NHRA POWERade Drag Racing, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), open-wheel cars, sports cars, and more. It will also include those who have made significant contributions to the raceway over the years. A raceway committee will oversee the selection process on an annual basis.(Infineon Raceway)(6-25-2005)

  • Blue Lizard Promotes Sun Safety at NASCAR Weekend: Blue Lizard Australian Suncream will offer two programs designed to raise awareness about sun safety during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26. At the raceway, the company will offer a free sun safety program, which will educate fans about the dangers of over-exposure to the sun. A similar program began at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2001 and during the past four years almost 100 melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer, have been found. Blue Lizard, Walgreens drug stores and local dermatologists will partner to provide education, prevention and detection through skin cancer screenings at the raceway throughout the weekend.
    Blue Lizard will also partner with the SHADE Foundation of America and Infineon Raceway on a poster-drawing contest for school children in Northern California. The poster must suggest ways to promote sun safety; the winning artwork will be professionally reproduced for use in a state-wide skin cancer prevention program. (Infineon Raceway)(6-24-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Increases Recycling Efforts: Infineon Raceway is ready to kick its recycling program into high gear for the 2005 season, highlighted by an enhanced collection program for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, June 24-26. The Sonoma Valley facility was recognized by the State of California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling, for its recycling efforts during the 2004 season, after collecting nearly 17,000 pounds of recyclables at its NASCAR and NHRA POWERade Drag Series events. For 2005, Infineon Raceway will again work with the Environmental Event Management Group (EEMG) and Anheuser-Busch to provide more than 300 recycling receptacles around the facility and institute a new recycling program in the camping areas. In addition to receptacles around the facility, EEMG will also provide recycling bags to all race weekend campers. Fan simply put recyclable materials in the bags, place them outside of their camp area and the bags will be picked up each day. EEMG will recycle all plastic, aluminum, glass and cardboard materials throughout the weekend. In addition to the items placed in receptacles, more than 100 EEMG personnel will sweep the facility to pick up recyclable materials after each day's events. The recycling program will also be in place at other major events at Infineon Raceway during the 2005 season, including the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals (July 29-31) and Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix (Aug. 26-28).(Infineon Raceway)(6-23-2005)

  • Renowned Pianist Set to Perform National Anthem at Dodge/Save Mart 350: Renowned jazz pianist Eric Lewis has been selected to perform the national anthem at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, June 26. Lewis, a native of New Jersey, has put together quite a career at the young age of 32, having played for President Clinton at the 1996 Democratic National Convention. He has also played for the world-famous Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Lewis has recently ventured out on his own to record his own music, in addition to film and television projects ( Raceway)(6-22-2005)

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  • Couple Set to Exchange Wedding Vows at Infineon Raceway: John Todd will have both of his dreams come true on Thursday, June 23. Not only will he exchange vows with his fiancée, Ryleigh Mosher, he will have his wedding ceremony take place in the Winner's Circle at Infineon Raceway. It has always been Todd's dream to get married in the Winner's Circle at Infineon Raceway, and that dream will come true on Thursday at 4:00pm/pt, just one day before the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend, June 24-26. The ceremony will be witnessed by 30 of Todd's and Mosher's friends and family, and the aisle Mosher will walk down will be lined with diecast cars.(Infineon Raceway)(6-21-2005)

  • Waltrip to run Southwest race at Infineon: #15-Michael Waltrip announced that he will compete in the Blue Lizard Australian Suncream 200, which will take the green flag on Saturday, June 25th at 4:00pm/et at Infineon Raceway. The NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race will span 64 laps around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. The two-time winner of the Daytona 500 (2001, 2003) will be joined by other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regulars Kyle Busch (MRG Motorsports), Boris Said, Travis Kvapil (Snap-on Tools) and Hermie Sadler. Kvapil will pilot his Snap-on Tools Dodge as the company celebrates its 85th anniversary.(Infineon Raceway)(6-8-2005)

  • Pollen Promoted to Marketing Manager at Infineon: Rachal Pollen, who has worked at Infineon Raceway since 1999, has been named Marketing Manager. Pollen will be responsible for maintaining and updating Infineon Raceway's Web-site, as well as execution of pre-event and post-event marketing strategies for all of Infineon Raceway's major events. She will also assist in other marketing areas, including print, television and radio advertising. Pollen, 24, graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in business administration.(Infineon Raceway)(4-1-2005)

  • Larry the Cable Guy? The Grand Marshal of Sonoma Cup race: Larry The Cable Guy, best known for adding catchphrases like "Git-R-Done" and "Lord, I Apologize" to the American lexicon, has been named Grand Marshall of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26. Larry The Cable Guy will be honored at the annual Raceway Builders Grand Marshall's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in the Sonoma Valley on Friday night, June 24. The event is a benefit for Speedway Children's Charities and has generated nearly $200,000 the last three years. The native of Pawnee City, Neb., will also participate in race-day activities on Sunday, June 26, including attending the driver's meeting, being introduced to the crowd at driver introductions and taking a lap around the twisting 10-turn, 1.99 mile road course. He will also join with Northern California Dodge Dealers for the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines." Larry's comic style has produced a tremendous career, which is currently highlighted by his television smash "Blue Collar TV" on the WB network. Larry teams with comics Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall on this weekly show, which is full of parodies, sketches and stand-up. The show evolved from the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," which hit the road coast-to-coast in 2000 and grossed $15 million that first year. The tour resulted in two feature films, "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie" and "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again." Larry will also provide the voice for Mater, the tow-truck, in the upcoming Pixar motion picture, "Cars," set to be released in June, 2006. Larry has also produced a number of highly-successful CDs, including "Lord, I Apologize," and a solo DVD titled: "Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-Done." His new album "The Right To Bare Arms" was released on March 29 on Warner Bros/Jack Records. Larry will be the featured guest at the Grand Marshall's Banquet and will share some of his life observations with dinner guests.(Infineon Raceway)(3-16-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Maintains Friday Qualifying: Infineon Raceway will continue with its traditional NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend schedule at the 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350, June 24-26. Qualifying will remain on Friday, as has been customary in the Sonoma Valley. NASCAR announced in November that it would shift to a Saturday qualifying schedule for some 2005 events, instead of the traditional Friday afternoon slot. Raceway officials have decided to maintain Friday qualifying on the twisting 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Saturday, June 25, of race weekend will feature final practice for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, and the featured main event of the day: NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series 200. The Dodge/Save Mart 350 will take the green flag for the 110-lap feature on Sunday, June 26.(Infineon Raceway PR)(2-1-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Continues With Track Enhancements for 2005 Season: Construction crews have begun work at Infineon Raceway on track enhancements to the road course that will be in place for the 2005 Big O Tires Racing Season. The four projects will be particularly beneficial to the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The IRL will make history at Infineon Raceway in 2005 with its first-ever permanent road-course race in the 10-year history of the series, Aug. 26-28.
    Infineon Raceway has spent more than $60 million over the last five years on a comprehensive modernization project that has transformed the facility into one of the premier motor sports and entertainment venues in the country. Many of the added amenities over the last five years have been designed for competitors, including increased runoff at virtually every turn, removal of old, wooden bridges, creation of a safer Turn 9-9a for the AMA, repositioning of the Turn 1 bridge and an enlarged pit road that accommodates 43 race cars.
    The theme continues in 2005. Ninety-percent of a grading project at Turn 2 is complete, making the runoff area level with the racetrack. A new storm drain system has also been installed at Turns 1-2, which should aid rain runoff. Specific for the IRL race in August, a wall will be constructed on driver's right from Turns 1-2, followed by tire-pack that will span Turns 2-4. Finally, three Musco light poles, which are currently at the exit of the Carousel (Turn 6), will be moved back 40 feet onto a slope. The wall and tire-pack at Turns 1-4 will exist ONLY for the IRL race. Raceway officials will also pave small areas of runoff at AMA and IRL Turn 9a, and the exit of the Carousel (Turn 6). All work will be completed for the 2005 road-racing season, which begins with the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown, presented by Supercuts, May 13-15.(Infineon Raceway PR)(1-19-2005)

  • Infineon Raceway Distributes Record $458,000: The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute $458,000 to 36 needy youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2004 season. The figure represents the largest single-year distribution since the Sonoma chapter was formed in 1996, and an increase of more than $100,000 over the chapter's 2003 total grant awards. Speedway Children's Charities is the primary charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc, which owns and operates Infineon Raceway. The Sonoma County chapter has raised more than $1.2 million over the past four years. The monies awarded in 2004 were generated through a combination of Infineon Raceway events, plus a donation by Sonic Automotive Corporation. This year's fundraising events included the NASCAR Grand Marshall's Banquet, Rock-n-Race Auction, NHRA Tour de Charity, Dancin' & Draggin', the Sonoma Valley Vintage Race Car Festival and the Classic Sports Racing Group's Charity Challenge.(Infineon Raceway PR)(12-9-2004)

  • CA Recognizes Infineon Raceway for Recycling Efforts: Infineon Raceway has become one of the first motor sports facilities in the country to be recognized by a state governmental agency for its recycling efforts. The State of California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling, recognized Infineon Raceway's recycling efforts for its 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events. During the NASCAR and NHRA events in 2004, Infineon Raceway collected 12,260 pounds of plastic bottles, 2,900 pounds of aluminum cans and 1,800 pounds of glass. George Mutter, vice president of operations for Environmental Event Management Group, which oversaw the recycling efforts at Infineon Raceway, said this was the first motor sports facility in California to receive such an honor by the state. "This was an outstanding effort by Infineon Raceway, especially for the first time," Mutter said. "This was the right thing to do for the environment and I hope to see more tracks take the initiative to implement such programs in the future." Infineon Raceway received the recognition from the state by James D. Ferguson, assistant director, Division of Recycling.(Infineon Raceway PR)(10-29-2004)

  • Rain / Wet Tires: been told rain / wet tires will NOT be available or used at Watkins Glen this weekend and it would be treated as any other race, tirewise.(8-12-2004)
    MORE on TIRES: NASCAR has apparently seen the last of its "wet weather" tires. Nextel Cup series director John Darby confirmed Friday NASCAR did not update its inventory of wet weather tires this season and brought none to the track this weekend for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. NASCAR has contemplated the use of wet weather tires on the series' two road course events and even went so far as to use them in a practice session at Watkins Glen two years ago. They have never been used in race conditions. "We had an inventory of rain tires that had been in circulation for quite a few years to the point where the majority of them were weather cracked and dried," Darby said. "We reached the point where we were either going at the wet weather situation full-bore or just disband it." Darby said NASCAR also considered the importance of the event in determining who will make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship and the need to race under the best conditions. "I think in all reality, we are a dry weather sport," Darby said, "and we need to stay that way."(

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


  • National Guard Team To Arrive In Style At Infineon: Earlier this week the call came in to the Roush Racing shop in Concord, N.C. that the National Guard had finalized special travel arrangements for the #16 team. After several weeks of planning, it was confirmed that the team would arrive and depart from Infineon Raceway on Sunday in a CH 47 Chinook Helicopter. "We were able to do this last year and wanted to be able to do something for the guys again this year," said SFC John Metzler of the National Guard. "They work week in and week out to give the men and women of the Army National Guard great a car to root for on the track. The morale boost they've given to Guard soldiers everywhere this year with such an incredible season is immeasurable and we just wanted to be able to do something for them." The CH 47 Chinook is a tandem-rotor transport helicopter. It is 51 feet in length, weighs approximately 33,000 pounds, has a maximum payload of more than seven tons and travels at up to 150 mph. It requires three crew members and can carry 33 troops. The first Chinooks were built in 1961 and were first used in combat during Vietnam War. By 1968, the Chinook had put in 161,000 hours of flying time, carrying 22.4 million passengers and 1.3 million tons of cargo. Chinook helicopters were also used to transport U.S. and allied troops in the Persian Gulf War. The CH 47 used to transport the National Guard crew this weekend will be operated by three members of the National Guard. The Chinook will be brought in to Oakland, Calif. on Saturday for the early morning flight to Infineon Raceway. The team will meet the helicopter at 5:30 am for the 20-minute flight to the track as the garage is schedule to open at 6:00 am. Following the 110-lap event, the CH 47 will be brought back to the Infineon Raceway helipad where it will pick up the National Guard team to take them to Roush Air in Oakland.(Roush Racing)(6-23-2005)

  • #200 for Kenseth: #17-Matt Kenseth will start his 200th career Nextel Cup race this weekend at Infineon Raceway.(6-21-2005)

  • Simo to run the #33 at Sonoma: some nice background about Brian Simo as folks may not know much about him: Brian Simo will return to NASCAR Nextel Cup racing this week, driving the #33 Chevrolet with Richard Childress Racing. Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., will be up against NASCAR’s rule reserving 36 [including the champ prov for #11-Labonte] of the 43 starting positions for series regulars, but is confident of his chances of qualifying for a fourth career Cup start. “RCR has been great to work with and I’m really looking forward to racing with [crew chief] Bobby Leslie and [engine-builder] Danny Lawrence. I appreciate what Richard Childress and RCR have accomplished, and it’s great to have the opportunity to run with them,” Simo said. “There are only seven spots, so we’ll try to first make it into the field, then worry about the race. We can’t afford any mistakes in qualifying, so we probably need a less-than-fast run, but solid enough to get in the show.” Simo competed in three previous Cup races. In his last time out, with no testing or advance seat time, he qualified 15th of 48 drivers in only his second attempt at single-lap qualifying and raced as high as fifth place in his third race. He has also contested several NASCAR Busch Series races, where he led on two occasions before retiring with mechanical failures. He won the highly competitive Trans-Am Series championship in 2000 and was first or second in the series for five consecutive years. In sports cars, he has achieved success in every race he has entered – a 10-lap GTS win and a GTS1 podium finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, two IMSA GTS victories and two GT podiums in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans.(Speed Channel)(6-23-2005)

  • Jones in a 2nd RGM car UPDATE: P.J. Jones is listed in a 2nd Robby Gordon Motorsports Harrah's Chevy for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.(Sonoma Entry List)(6-21-2005)
    UPDATE: RGM had entered P.J. Jones in the #71 Harrah’s Chevrolet as a second entry. However, after careful consideration, the team withdrew the car to concentrate fully on its primary car – Gordon’s #7 – given the importance of the event and the need to secure a solid finish. The #7 car will carry Jim Beam and Menards decals on the left and right quarter panels of the Harrah’s Chevrolet respectively.(RGM)(6-21-2005)

  • Borneman in for Garvey: John Borneman III is listed as the driver for the #66 Peak Fitness Ford for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway, Mike Garvey is the current regular driver.(Sonoma Entry List)(6-21-2005)

  • Hubert takes over for Shelmerdine: Bill Davis Racing's Tom Hubert will attempt to get the #27 Kirk Shelmedine Racing Ford in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway. Hubert has ran road course races in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Truck Series for various teams. The #27 team has made 10 attempts but failed to make a race in 2005.(Sonoma Entry List)(6-21-2005)

  • Chris Cook at Sonoma with Nemco Motorsports - Road course specialist and instructor Chris Cook will be attempting his first Nextel Cup event with Nemco Motorsports at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA on June 26. Cooks first start this year came at the Mexico City Busch Series race where he started 16th and was running 10th with 22 laps to go before a spinning Denny Hamlin collected Cook, who eventually finished 26th. Originally from Sonoma, Cook is excited about his first attempt in the Nextel Cup Series. "I have a lot of laps on that track and feel real comfortable in what Joe (Nemechek) has put together for us." The #87 Nemco Motorsports entry is still working on sponsorship for the event, but co-owner Chris Evans feels confident about the program. "Chris Cook is a natural road-course talent and does a fantastic job with all of our clients. Our opportunity offers sponsors the chance to participate at 1/3 the cost. The value and exposure should be tremendous." For more information, visit (CMM PR).(6-21-2005)

  • Pruett at Infineon Raceway: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Chevron Corporation announced today that defending Grand Am Rolex Series Champion Scott Pruett will pilot a second Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge in the 110-lap Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 26. Pruett, a native of nearby Sacramento, Calif., will be driving the #39 Dodge, which will be the fourth entry by CGRFS, with a paint scheme complementing teammate Jamie McMurray's #42 Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge. Pruett has 35 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts dating back to 2000, four of which have come at the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway. He recorded his best finish of third at the track one year ago in the #39 Dodge, crossing the finish line directly behind CGRFS teammate McMurray. Pruett is currently tied for first place in the Grand Am Rolex Series standings with co-pilot Luis Diaz driving for the no. 01 CompUSA team based out of Chip Ganassi Racing's Indianapolis stable. Together, the duo have already amassed two victories and three poles this season, along with four podiums and five top-five finishes in just six starts.
    The special paint schemes that McMurray and Pruett will be running are a part of the "Shine On" series of cars. The designs pay tribute to the iconic status of the star, which has led the way on the hood of a Texaco/Havoline car in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for over 18 years. The Star logo being showcased on the Infineon cars was introduced in 1936 and was used until 1963. McMurray has already competed with "Shine On" cars at Texas and Charlotte, and he'll also be running one at Talladega in October.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(6-20-2005)

  • Terry Labonte in for Leffler at Sonoma UPDATE: Terry Labonte is expected to substitute for Jason Leffler in the #11 Fed-Ex Chevy in the June 26 race at Sonoma if Leffler fails to climb into the top 35 in points by then. Drivers in the top 35 are guaranteed starting spots. Labonte is the safety net for the team because he has a champion's provisional, which guarantees him a starting spot. Leffler has run just one road course race, a Busch race in 2000 at Watkins Glen. Leffler crashed at Pocono but remained in the same points position, 36th, meaning he has to improve by one spot Sunday at Michigan to lock in for the race at Sonoma. Leffler says he has wrecked so many cars that "we're bringing cars back to the track that aren't in the best shape" because the fab shop hasn't had enough turnaround time.(Sporting News)(6-13-2005)
    UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing has hired two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Terry Labonte to pilot the #11 Fed-Ex Chevrolet during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. He replaces Jason Leffler, the #11 team's regular driver, for this one event. "Jason understands that our support of him continues, as he'll race this weekend at Michigan and return to the #11 at Daytona," said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "A number of factors led to this decision. Where the #11 is in points, the typically high car count at Sonoma, the number of road course specialists other teams tend to enlist, the unique nature of road course racing - none favors a team outside the top-35 in points. With an experienced veteran in Terry, the #11 will benefit from his 25 years of Nextel Cup racing and his strong performances at road course venues." In addition to his championship-caliber talents, Labonte also brings road course success to the #11 team. Of his 22 career wins, two have come at a road course - the defunct Riverside (Calif.) Speedway in 1984 and 1985. And in his 54 career starts at road courses, Labonte has earned eight poles, 17 top-fives and 26 top-10s while leading a total of 411 laps. "I've always enjoyed road course racing, and while no road courses were planned for this year, it's hard to say no when you have the opportunity to drive for an organization that's just as professional as Hendrick Motorsports," said Labonte, who is running a limited Nextel Cup schedule for Hendrick Motorsports. "We want to thank Hendrick Motorsports for allowing Terry to assist us with the #11 team at Sonoma," said Gibbs. "Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports helped get Joe Gibbs Racing up and running when we formed this team back in 1991, and 14 years later, we're once again appreciative of their help."(True Speed Communication/Hendrick Motorsports PR)(6-14-2005)

  • Mexican driver looks to make first Cup start at Sonoma: At Infineon Raceway, José Luis Ramírez will attempt to become only the second Mexican-born driver to compete in a NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Sponsored by Bay Area-based mortgage company, he will try to qualify the #52 Dodge for the Dodge/Save Mart 350, to be held at the Sonoma track June 26. Ramírez was among the nine Latino drivers showcased in NASCAR's Busch race held in Mexico City in March - the sport's first foray onto foreign soil. In the field of 43, he finished 31st, ahead of such Cup regulars as Jamie McMurray and Robby Gordon. Ramírez, 26, started his career in karting and Trans-Am road racing in his hometown of Mexico City before switching to stock cars. Now a regular in NASCAR's Grand National West Series, Ramírez has made 17 starts. He finished 10th in the series standings in 2004. In April, he crashed his Cup car during testing at Infineon Raceway, hitting the foam barriers at Turn 4. He suffered minor injuries to his right eye, right foot and back, but drove to an eighth-place finish two days later in a Grand National race at Phoenix International Raceway. Other than that late-day mishap, Ramírez came away statisfied with his performance on Sonoma's notoriously tricky 10-turn track. The only previous Mexican-born Cup driver retired before Ramírez was born. Mexican racing legend Pedro Rodríguez, who drove in six Cup races between 1959 and 1971, was NASCAR's Latino pioneer. A regular in sports car events at Daytona International Speedway, Rodríguez finished fifth in NASCAR's 1965 World 600 at Charlotte - his best Cup result. Sponsor - a major mortgage lender in the Latino community - chose Ramírez as its driver specifically because of his heritag/e, chief executive officer Bill Coleman said.(Sacramento Bee)(6-11-2005)

  • Fellows in the #32 at Infineon Raceway: PPI Motorsports announced that veteran road course driver Ron Fellows will climb behind the wheel of the #32 Tide/Downy Chevy for the upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on June 26. PPIM’s owner, Cal Wells III made the decision based on NASCAR’s current qualifying rules. Bobby Hamilton Jr., remains the driver of the Tide ride. “I want to stress the fact that I have the utmost faith in my driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr.,” said Wells. “Unfortunately, our team has suffered a string of bizarre circumstances that has equated to 37th place in the NASCAR Nextel Cup owner points. I felt, as did Bobby Jr., qualifying would be a major concern at Infineon since we may have to race our way in. Therefore, I believe it is in the best interest of the team to turn to one of the best road course racers in motorsports to help improve our results. Fellows can not only help our owner points but also provide the Tide team with a legitimate shot at winning at the race.”
    “It’s no secret I do not have the experience or the professional road course schooling needed to feel comfortable about qualifying successfully at a road course,” added Hamilton Jr., who has raced only three times in his career at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Busch Series. “The Tide team is not in a situation to take chances so putting Fellows in the car is a good decision.”
    Fellows, 45, is recognized as one of North America’s best road course drivers. From Mississauga, Ontario, he has a vast array of NASCAR experience after wielding Chevrolets in all three NASCAR series. To his credit, he has five NASCAR victories and has won in every level of competition he’s raced. Currently, he drives full time in the American Le Mans Series for Corvette Racing. His most recent win came last month at Road Atlanta. Fellows and teammate Johnny O'Connell drove the new Corvette C6.R to its first victory as well as tying the ALMS record with 22 career wins.(PPI Motorsports)(5-26-2005)
  • See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #2-Rusty Wallace Snap-On Tools/Miller Lite #2 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Texaco "Shine On" #42 Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Jarrett UPS - Herbie 'Love Bug' movie #88 Schemes Page
    #97-Kurt Busch Crown Royal #97 Schemes Page

  • Rusty Snap-On at Infineon: This June, Snap-on will recognize racing legend Rusty Wallace's "Last Call" with a special paint scheme salute on his #2 Dodge Charger. The paint scheme will be unveiled in the June 26 NEXTEL Cup Series Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The scheme prominently features the familiar Snap-on red logo on the hood with the Miller Lite logo and a special Snap-on 85th anniversary logo on the rear quarter panels. The recognition, in collaboration with Penske Racing South and primary sponsor Miller Brewing Company, continues Snap-on Tools Company's sponsorship of Rusty Wallace's #2 Dodge, a relationship that began in 2000. "Rusty's 'Last Call' represents the end of a racing era. During the last 24 years, Rusty has developed a skill for racing and a fan base unlike any other in NASCAR," said Carl Johanson, Snap-on Tools motorsports marketing manager. "Celebrating together with Penske Racing South, Snap-on couldn't be happier to commemorate Rusty's storied career alongside Miller Brewing Company." Beyond the special paint scheme, Snap-on Tools will feature special promotions and products throughout 2005 honoring Wallace's successful career on and off the track. (Ogilvy PR Worldwide), see an image of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(4-20-2005)

  • Jarrett, Riggs and Herbie UPDATE 2 : #88-Dale Jarrett will help promote the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with a special paint scheme at Richmond in May. This is the same movie, which features Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton, that was filmed during the 2004 Pop Secret 500 weekend Sept. 3-5 at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005)
    UPDATE - Another Herbie scheme: Scott Riggs will have the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" on his #10 Chevrolet at Daytona in July. As announced last month, Riggs will join #88-Dale Jarrett, who will race a Herbie paint scheme at Richmond [in May], as the second driver to promote the movie, which has scenes filmed at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(2-24-2005)

    UPDATE 2: UPS is partnering with Walt Disney Pictures for the feature film release of Herbie: Fully Loaded. UPS is bringing the famous red, white and blue colors of old 53, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Dale Jarrett will reveal the special paint scheme he will race in conjunction with the release of Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded. Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded will be released nationwide on Friday June 24 and stars Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton.(UPS Racing)(4-14-2005)
    IMAGES Disney, UPS Racing, Valvoline Racing and Action Performance Companies Inc. announced details and unveiled vehicles that center around the upcoming summer feature film, Herbie: Fully Loaded. In Herbie: Fully Loaded, Actress Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of the No. 53 “Love Bug.” In this installment of the popular Disney film series, Herbie takes on NASCAR as the famous Volkswagen aims for the winner’s circle in stock car racing’s most challenging series. In September 2004, several scenes for Herbie: Fully Loaded were filmed at California Speedway during pace laps of the weekend’s NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races. The movie will speed into theaters nationwide on June 24, 2005.
    As a way to welcome Herbie into the NASCAR ranks, the #88 UPS Ford Taurus, driven by Dale Jarrett, and the #10 Valvoline Chevy Monte Carlo, piloted by Scott Riggs, both will feature the “Herbie 53” paint scheme during two distinct NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events. Jarrett and the No. 88 UPS Racing team will salute Herbie during the difficult road course race at Infineon Raceway on June 26. Meanwhile, Riggs and the No. 10 Valvoline team will introduce Herbie to the most famous superspeedway in NASCAR – Daytona International Speedway – for the 400-mile midsummer night race on July 2. The #10 Valvoline/Herbie: Fully Loaded Chevrolet also will appear this fall during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 13, 2005.
    See schemes of the cars on my #10 Team Scheme page and the #88 Team Scheme page.(Action Performace PR)(4-16-2005)

  • Lots of special schemes for McMurray in 2005 UPDATE 2: #42-Jamie McMurray will race five different Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" paint schemes in 2005. McMurray will drive the first special paint scheme at Texas on April 17.(RacingOne)(12-7-2004)
    UPDATE: added four schemes that will be run at Texas (Apr), Lowe's (May), Sonoma (June) and Talladega (Oct) to the #42 Team Scheme page. The fifth one, that was posted before, not sure where that will be run, Texas in Nov.?(1-28-2005)
    UPDATE 2: Jamie McMurray, a third-year veteran of the Texaco/Havoline race team, will be charging the competition with four new paint schemes during in 2005. Each unique vehicle leverages Texaco's trademark "Shine On" theme, including a retro paint scheme marrying the Texaco/Havoline logo and "Shine On" graphics. These inspired designs pay tribute to Texaco/Havoline's successful NASCAR history while emphasizing the iconic status of the star. "The star has always symbolized quality and performance," says Danny Roden, vice president of North American marketing for ChevronTexaco. The "Shine On" series is about honoring that heritage and using vibrant new designs to reinforce it". This season marks Texaco/Havoline's 18th consecutive year as sponsor in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. McMurray will drive the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge with a different "Shine On" paint scheme at each of the following Nextel Cup races:
    · Dallas, TX: April 17, 2005
    · Charlotte, NC: May 29, 2005
    · Sonoma, CA: June 26, 2005
    · Talladega, AL: October 2, 2005
    (Ganassi Racing PR), see the new images of the schemes on my #42 Team Scheme page.(2-8-2005)

  • 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)

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


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