THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Samsung/RadioShack 500

Nextel Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, April 17, 2005 in Fort Worth, TX

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, April 20 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, April 21 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, April 22 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 12:00pm/et
    Saturday, April 23 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,826,746 (was $6,767,841 in 2004)
    First Place: $468,750
    Second Place: $297,150
    Third Place: $217,750
    Fourth Place: $185,100
    Fifth Place: $153,000


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, April 15, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, April 16, 10:30 - 11:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 16, 12:10 - 12:55am/et on TV-FX Live - no re-air


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 15, 11:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, April 15 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:30pm/et and 12:00amet 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 below.

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6874
    Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi
    Left Rear -- 30 psi
    Right Front -- 50 psi
    Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi
    Left Rear -- 25 psi
    Right Front -- 48 psi
    Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to Texas . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run this specific tire set-up in 2005 . . . Texas is the only track at which this right-side code (D-6874) is scheduled to be run this year, though this left-side code (D-6852) will be run with a different right-side at California, Lowe's, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Texas . . . inflation of those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, lead engineer, stock car racing, said, "We tested Texas with Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart in January. This new tire set-up features slightly softer compounds on both sides, as compared to last year. As the surface at Texas has aged, it hasn't really lost much grip. This year's aero rules changes had very little effect on the overall balance of the cars at our test, so we made only a minor adjustment to the compounds."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Texas Motor Speedway 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, Atlanta, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    (4-10-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Texas: $35,000
    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
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 4
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Kurt Busch, 2
    Greg Biffle, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    (4-10-2005)


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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Biffle wins at Texas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway by leading 219 of 334 laps. #41-Casey Mears made a late run after a caution and only took 2 tires and Biffle stalked Mears down within a few laps and won the race by just over 4 seconds over #42-Jamie McMurray. #48-Jimmie Johnson, #41-Casey Mears and #40-Sterling Marlin. The rest of the top 10 were #15-Waltrip, #97-Busch, #21-Rudd, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #2-Wallace. It is Biffle's 5th career win and 2nd of 2005. #48-Johnson maintains the points lead over Biffle by 135. Biffle officially started 5th, but was in a backup car after crashing in practice on Saturday and had to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.
    For race results and links to other site for results, see:
    Jayski's Texas Race Results Page.(4-17-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Texas - 7 of 36 races
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1142
    #16-Greg Biffle, 1007, -135
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 905, -237
    #97-Kurt Busch, 897, -245
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 895, -247
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 883, -259
    #6-Mark Martin, 882, -260
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 879, -263
    #12-Ryan Newman, 873, -269
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 853, -289
    See full standings on my Jayski's Drievers/Owners Points after Texas page.(4-17-2005)

  • Texas Race News and Notes:
    * Greg Biffle won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 85th career start. His last victory came in California Speedway, five races ago.
    * Biffle became the second repeat-race winner in seven races in 2005. He joins Jeff Gordon who scored victories at Daytona and Martinsville this season.
    * Biffle remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, his highest career points ranking and has ranked among the top five for the six straight races.
    * Biffle's first victory in three races at Texas is his first finish here better than 28th.
    * Biffle begins the 2005 season with five top-10 finishes, second only to Jimmie Johnson with seven.
    * Biffle won from the rear of the field after moving to the rear under penalty from his fifth-place starting position for use of a back up car. Kevin Harvick came from the rear to win at Bristol just two races ago. Harvick went to the rear in that race for adjustments made while under impound.
    * Biffle scored the fourth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Texas Motor Speedway. All of Roush's victories came here with four different drivers. This was Roush's 77th victory as a car owner and third this season.
    Notebook Items
    * Jamie McMurray (second) posted his third straight top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his best finish at Texas. His other two Texas finishes were a pair of 10th-place finishes. McMurray has scored two top-10 finishes in seven races this season. He climbed from 15th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    * Jimmie Johnson (third) scored his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson has scored top-10 finishes in 13 straight races, since Charlotte last fall. Johnson failed to lead a lap for the second race in 2005. He remained first in the point standings with a 135-point lead over second-place Biffle.
    * Casey Mears (fourth) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. This ties his career-best finish set at Watkins Glen in August 2004. Mears has scored two top-10 finishes in seven races this season. Mears climbed from 23rd to 17th in the point standings.
    * Sterling Marlin (fifth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway. Marlin scored his third top-10 finish in 2005 and climbed from 12th to sixth in the point standings. This is his highest points ranking since he was fifth after Kansas in September 2002.
    * Michael Waltrip (sixth) posted his third top-10 finish nine races at Texas. Waltrip scored his second top-10 finish in 2005. Waltrip moved from 30th to 24th in the point standings.
    * Rusty Wallace (10th) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway. It marked his fourth top-10 finish in 2005. Wallace moved from seventh to third in the point standings. This is his highest points ranking since he was third after Talladega in April 2002.
    * For the first time ever, three Chip Ganassi-owned cars finished in the top five: McMurray (second), Mears (fourth) and Marlin (fifth).
    * Mark Martin (20th) has been running at the finish in 29 consecutive races , the longest current streak.
    * Kyle Busch (21st) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender for the fourth time 2005.
    * After finishing 23rd in the at Texas, Ken Schrader has now gone 450 races since his last victory which came at Dover in June 1991.
    * Leading 219 laps in the Samsung/RadioShack 500, Biffle took the lead in laps led in 2005. He has led 559 laps in the first seven races of the season.
    * Seven of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Texas.
    * Looking ahead to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.... only 17 drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-17-2005)

  • The Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 334 of 334 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #16-Biffle (5-B)(219 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (31)
    #48-Johnson (18)
    #41-Mears (32)(15 laps led)
    #40-Marlin (13)(3 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (21)(7 laps led)
    #97-Busch (19)(2 laps led)
    #21-Rudd (4)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (11)
    #2-Walllace (6)


    B=backup car, started at the rear
    E=engine change, started at the rear
    T=transmission change, started at the rear

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

  • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (9):
    #22-Wimmer (accident-out)
    #43-Green (accident-out)
    #09-Sauter (handling-out)
    #44-Labonte (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (engine-out)
    #91-Elliott (engine-out)
    #20-Stewart (engine-out)
    #38-Sadler (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (14 with 25 lead changes):
    #12-Newman (1);
    #19-Mayfield (34);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #40-Marlin (3);
    #20-Stewart (45);
    #97-Busch (2);
    #4-Wallace (1);
    #16-Biffle (219 most);
    #15-Waltrip (7);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #49-Schrader (3);
    #41-Mears (15);
    #38-Sadler (1);
    #24-Gordon (1);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole; #12-Newman 1; #19-Mayfield 2-24; #45-Petty 25; #40-Marlin 26-28; #19-Mayfield 29-39; #20-Stewart 40-79; #97-Busch 80; #4-Wallace 81; #20-Stewart 82-86; #16-Biffle 87-123; #15-Waltrip 124-127; #16-Biffle 128-184; #15-Waltrip 185-187; #17-Kenseth 188; #49-Schrader 189-191; #16-Biffle 192-211; #97-Busch 212; #16-Biffle 213-241; #41-Mears 242; #38-Sadler 243; #16-Biffle 244-276; #41-Mears 277; #24-Gordon 278; #16-Biffle 279-297; #41-Mears 298-312; #16-Biffle 313-334;

    Cautions: 11 for 56 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 305 - 308: #07-Blaney and #17-Kenseth made contact, spiining around in turn 2.
    Caution 10 - Laps 298 - 303: #20-Stewart exploded an engine.
    Caution 9 - Laps 272 - 280: something in the #9 car broke, sending Kahne into the turn 4 wall with the car stopping at the opeing of pit road. #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into the oil from the #9 and slid a bit into the #66, but drove on ok.
    Caution 8 - Laps 242 - 245: #7-Gordon lost it off turn two, spun and backed into the wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 212 - 218: Debris, piece of metal off turn 1 fron the #77.
    Caution 6 - Laps 124 - 127: Debris, piece of metal on the front stretch.
    Caution 5 - Laps 80 - 84: Debris, a spring rubber, on the front stretch
    Caution 4 - Laps 33 - 39: #43-Green slid up in front of #6-Martin off turn 2, Martin got into Green who went spinning and wacked the inside wall hard, #18-Labonte got in #5-Busch with Labonte getting into the wall, #32-Hamilton Jr. got into #22-Wimmer and lost a radiator. Also #77-Kvapil and #25-Vickers suffered damge from the accident.
    Caution 3 - Laps 24 - 27: #7-Gordon got into #11-Leffler in turn 2 and Leffler spun and got into the inside wall, doing a lot of damage.
    Caution 2 - Laps 9 - 11: #10-Riggs got high into the gray, got loose and backed into the turn 3rd wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 6: #07-Blaney spun off turn 4, with #43-Green spinning thru the frontstrecth grass, #42-McMurray drove thru the grass to avoid the spinning cars and #0-Bliss drove thru pit road to avoid the mess. #99-Edwards banged off the wall slighly, no word on damage.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 11: #01-Nemechek, 17th
    Caution 10: #5-Busch, 21st
    Caution 9: #19-Mayfield, 11th
    Caution 8: #88-Jarrett, 14th
    Caution 7: #31-Burton, 12th
    Caution 6: #7-Gordon, 37th DNF
    Caution 5: #40-Marlin, 5th
    Caution 4: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 3: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on the 11th caution, #12-Newman, who was a lap down, was just ahead of the leader #41-Mears when the flag came out, so Newman got back on the lead lap and the lucky dog went to #01-Nemechek.
    ---- #41-Mears and #40-Marlin only took 2 tires on the caution 10 pit stops with 34 laps to go.
    ---- #88-Jarrett's team let a tire loose on pit road during the 9th caution, and Jarrett will have to go to the end of the longest line.
    ---- #38-Sadler came in for another pit stop during caution 7 as his hood was flapping.
    ---- #17-Kenseth sped exiting pit road and was penalized to the longest line.
    ---- #12-Newman sped on pit road and has to serve a drive-thru penalty on lap 191
    ---- #9-Kahne overshot his pit box and the crew had top push him back.
    ---- lead lap drivers making green flag pit stops in the 185-190 range.
    ---- on lap 100, #19-Mayfield is reporting a vibration and #9-Kahne is reporting a possible tire going down.
    ---- #36-Said got high and smacked the wall on the caution 5 re-start.
    ---- #2-Wallace was penalized for not having the catch can attached during refueling, sent to the rear of the longest line.
    ---- #77-Kvapil is back on the track at lap 73 after the team made repairs.
    ---- #40-Marlin had to make a unscheduled pitstop on lap 61 while running 4th with a tire down.
    ---- #10-Riggs is back on the track at lap 48 after the team made repairs.
    ---- During the 3rd caution, #11-Leffler and #44-Labonte got together, maybe drivers went out in the grass to get around the two cars as they were stopped on pit road.
    ---- #01-Nemechek's team lost a tire on pit road during the 3rd caution, whcih wandered down pit road, Nemechek will be penalized and will go to the end of the longest line.
    ---- It was reported on Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning that #18-Bobby Labonte is feeling ill and Kenny Wallace will be standing by if Labonte needs to get out of the car. #97-Kurt Busch is still feeling sore from the Martinsville and Texas IROC wrecks and Roush Racing's Truck Series and Nextel Cup veteran driver, Ricky Craven will stand by if Busch needs to get out of the car.(Fox Texas pre-race show). Labonte and Busch will start the race and get all the drivers points and credit for the finish postion at Texas Motor Speedway.
    ---- TO The BACK: #16-Biffle [backup car]; #25-Vickers [engine change]; #17-Kenseth [transmission change]

  • To the BACK: [3]: #25-Vickers lost an engine near the end of Friday's practce and the team made an engine change. During Saturday's first practice, #16-Biffle [was to start 5th] will go to a back-up car after blowing a right front tire and hitting the turn one wall. After Happy Hour practice, #17-Kenseth reported a vibration, the team changed the transmission. All will fall to the rear of the field at the start of the race.(4-16-2006)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 186.670
    #9-Kahne186.580
    #99-Edwards 186.265
    #6-Martin 186.233
    #91-Elliott 185.561
    slowest: #66-Sadler 177.948 and #09-Sauter 179.940.
    most laps run: #6-Martin and #31-Burton, 53
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #9-Kahne, 183.046 [2nd fastest lap], 24 laps run
    #99-Edwards, 182.872 [3rd], 35 laps
    #48-Johnson, 182.587 [1st], 33 laps
    The practice will be televised via tape on FX at 1:00pm/et
    See speeds NASCAR.com.(4-16-2005)

  • 1st Saturday Practice for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is being run, after 33 of 45 minutes, the fastest:
    #5-Busch 188.501
    #16-Biffle 188.298
    #19-Mayfield 188.022
    #99-Edwards 187.950
    #9-Kahne 187.924
    slowest: #66-Sadler 180.608 and #36-Said 183.026
    most laps run: #2-Wallace, 40; #25-Vickers, 37
    incidents: #16-Biffle lost a right front tire and hit the turn 1 wall and will go to a backup.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle, 185.136 [2nd fastest lap], 29 laps
    #6-Martin, 184.987 [8th], 32 laps
    #99-Edwards, 184.898 [4th], 28 laps
    See speeds NASCAR.com.(4-16-2005)

  • Newman wins pole at Texas: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 192.582mph, his 3rd pole of 2005 and 30th Career pole, now 19th overall on the All-Time Pole List. Rounding out the top-five were #19-Mayfield, #9-Kahne, #21-Rudd and #16-Biffle. Missing the race were #92-Barrett, #34-LaJoie and #37-Lepage. #0-Mike Bliss has the only wreck in qualifying, smacked the wall but will NOT go to a backup car [per Bliss in a GM PR]. #25-Vicker's team changed engines before qualifying and have to go to the rear of the field at the start of the race on Sunday.
    See qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup, other starting lineup links on my Jayski's Texas Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page.(4-15-2005)

  • Samsung/RadioShack 500 qualifying notes:
    * Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Samsung/RadioShack 500, lapping Texas Motor Speedway in 28.040 seconds at 192.582 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 27.803 seconds, 194.224 mph, set April 5, 2002.
    * This is Newman's 30th career Bud Pole in 123 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    * This is Newman's first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous best start here was third in 2003.
    * This moves Newman to 22nd on the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole list.
    * Jeremy Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.062 seconds, 192.431 mph and will join Newman on the front row for the Samsung/RadioShack 500. It is Mayfield's fourth top-10 start in 2005 and his third top-10 start in nine races at Texas.
    * This is the third Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet and Ford each have two.
    * Kasey Kahne (third) posted his second top-10 start in two races at Texas. He also started third here in 2004. It is his fourth top-10 start in 2005.
    * Ricky Rudd (fourth) posted his first top-10 start in 2005. It is his fourth top-10 start in nine races at Texas.
    * Greg Biffle (fifth) sixth top-10 start in 2005. His only start outside the top 10 was 23rd at Daytona. It is his second top-10 start at Texas – both top-fives.
    * Bill Elliott (15th) and Terry Labonte (43rd) each qualified for their third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race this season.
    * Boris Said (40th) qualified for his fifth career oval-track race and his second race this season. Said has also competed in nine road-course races since making his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.
    * Three drivers failed to qualify for the Samsung/RadioShack 500: Kevin Lepage, Stanton Barrett and Randy LaJoie.
    * There have been six different Bud Pole winners at Texas Motor Speedway. Bobby Labonte (2003 and 2004) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner. Qualifying was canceled by weather for the inaugural race (1997).
    * No NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas has been won from a front-row starting position but six have been won from the top 10 - five from the top five.
    * Six of the eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas have been won from a starting position of seventh or better. Matt Kenseth started 31st in route to his victory there in the 2002 Samsung/RadioShack 500, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-15-2005)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, 46 drivers listed, first due out is #10-Scott Riggs, last due out is #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr.. For the qualifying order see:
    Jayski's Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(4-15-2005)

  • Friday Practice for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 193.486
    #10-Nemechek 192.919
    #19-Mayfield 192.836
    #21-Rudd 192.534
    #9-Kahne 192.507
    slowest: #92-Barrett 183.380 and #34-LaJoie 185.701
    most laps run: #99-Edwards, 29; #49-Schrader, 28
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman, 192.393 [1st fastest lap], 10 laps
    #38-Sadler, 191.766 [7th], 7 laps
    #21-Rudd 191.559 [4th], 6 laps
    Incidents: #41-Mears wrecked when he lost a tire and has to go to a backup car.
    See speeds at:
    my Jayski's Texas Practice/Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page.(4-15-2004)

  • Where do the 11 drivers not in the Top 35 owners points stand after Friday's practice at Texas:
    Past Champs not in Top 35, eligible to use Champ Provisional
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 19th fastest in practice, champ 2000, 1st in line)
    #44-Terry Labonte, 23rd fastest, champ 1996, 2nd in line)
    #91-Bill Elliott, 22nd fastest, champ 1988, 3rd in line)
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #4-Mike Wallace, 21st fastest in practice
    #7-Robby Gordon, 18th - the fastest of the non top-35
    #34-Randy LaJoie, 45th [would miss race]
    #36-Boris Said, 40th fastest
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 41st fastest
    #66-Hermie Sadler, 42nd fastest
    #92-Stanton Barrett, 46th [would miss race]
    #09-Johnny Sauter, 44th [would miss race]
    Three miss the race, eight will get in. Seven fastest, then a champ prov 43rd if needed
    if not used the 8th fastest gets in.(4-15-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 46 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Past Champs not in Top 35, eligible to use Champ Provisional
    #18-Bobby Labonte (full-time sched, champ prov., champ 2000)
    #44-Terry Labonte (10 races planned)(champ prov. champ 1996)
    #91-Bill Elliott (limited sched)(champ prov., champ 1988)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - 6 race attempts:
    #4-Mike Wallace (full-time 2005 planned)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (full-time 2005 planned) - Withdrew
    #34-Randy LaJoie (was #98 in 2004)(full-time 2005 planned)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Stanton Barrett (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 3 attempts
    #09-Johnny Sauter (part-time sched)(4 attempts)
    #36-Boris Said (12-14 races planned)(1 attempts)
    (4-11-2005)

  • Entry List Page:
    NASCAR.com - Samsung/RadioShack 500

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

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

  • some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:

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


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

  • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • WHO'S HOT heading to Texas:
    Jimmie Johnson has scored five victories and 12 top-10 finishes in the 12 races since Charlotte last October. Johnson is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in all six races in 2005.
    Greg Biffle has scored four top-10 finishes in six races this season.
    Elliott Sadler has scored four top-10 finishes in six races in 2005.
    Sadler has climbed from 13th to third in the point standings in the last three races.
    Mark Martin has scored four top-10 finishes in six races in 2005.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-10-2005)

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    2004 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002 Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678mph, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas

    2004 Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804mph, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, April 5, 2002, 194.224mph

  • April 2004 Pole Sitter: #18-Bobby Labonte, 193.903, finished 25th

  • 2004 Race Winner: Elliott Sadler, 138.845mph, started 19th

  • Track Race Record: Terry Labonte, March 1999, 144.276mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 8 tied with 1

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Terry Labonte

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/01

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/03

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - three times, most recently 4/4/04

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/97

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 39, 3/29/99

  • Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 4/8/02

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/98

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 4/0/01

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Ford

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 37 [of 334] - Mark Martin 4/5/98

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 334] - Terry Labonte, 3/28/99

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 8] 0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0

  • 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: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 8 - 62.5%

  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 8 - 75%


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 154,861
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph

  • Track Website: www.texasmotorspeedway.com

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

  • Bill would OK beer sales in grandstands at Texas: Senate Bill 1331, sponsored by [Texas] state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, was passed by the Business and Commerce Committee on Thursday. The bill is headed to the Texas Senate floor would allow beer and wine sales for the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway. Beer sellers would be allowed -- with limitations -- to obtain temporary wine and beer retailer's permits for NASCAR and Indy-car events at the speedway. The permits would be limited to those events. Alcohol sales, to be restricted to half of the concessions area, would cease after 75% of the laps in a race were complete. Sales of sealed containers would be prohibited. SB 1331, which can still be changed by lawmakers, would take effect after Sept. 1 -- in plenty of time for the speedway's NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend in early November. The bill would not affect policies regarding beer brought to the speedway in coolers, state officials said. Coolers are permitted in any place that has a wine and beer retail permit, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(4-16-2005)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Salutes the Great American Hero: One of the nation's largest sports crowds gathered for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway will honor 500 returning soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the "The Great American Speedway Salutes the Great American Hero" celebration. After the troops are assembled on the frontstretch of the speedway, Lt. General Thomas Metz, the commander of the U.S. Army's III Corps in Iraq, will formally welcome the soldiers back to the United States after their service in Iraq. Texas Governor Rick Perry also will address the soldiers. The emotional ceremony will begin at 11:50am/et and be among the highlights of the pre-race activities. Texas Motor Speedway will host the soldiers for one of the most prestigious races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The speedway has constructed a special grandstand in Turn 3 exclusively for the soldiers, who will also be provided food and beverages during their day. Soldiers from six Fort Hood, Texas units will participate. The units include the 1st Calvary Division, 13th Corp Support Command, 3rd Signal Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, 89th Military Police Brigade and HHC, III Corps. Soldiers from the Army Reserve and the Texas Army National Guard, both based in Fort Worth, Texas, also will participate. Following the ceremony, 100 soldiers will remain on the frontstretch to assist in the presentation of the United States and Texas flags. The 4th Infantry Division Band will perform in a concert prior to the ceremony and will play during the exit of the troops to their grandstand seats. A flyover by AH-64 Apache helicopters will close the ceremony.(TMS)(4-15-2005)

  • Actor to promote recycling cell phones at Texas: Actor Richard Karn, who played Al in the sitcom Home Improvement and is the host of Family Feud, will take part in Sunday's prerace activities to inform fans about RadioShack's cellphone recycling program. The proceeds from recycled phones go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.(Dallas Morning News)(4-15-2005)

  • Tickets Available for Sunday's race at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway corporate sponsors are stepping up one final time and making 218 more prime frontstretch tickets available for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. The tickets, which offer excellent viewing locations along the frontstretch, will be available for sale to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, April 13th. The tickets will be available at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations. There will be a 20-ticket purchase limit on this special allocation. Corporate sponsors noticed the demand for the initial 322 seats they made available to the general public two weeks ago, and came through with another small but valuable allotment for race fans. For those fans that may not be fortunate to secure any of the 218 seats for the perennially sold-out event, there are also less than 1,000 backstretch seats still available.(TMS)(4-13-2005)

  • Aikman to be be co-Grand Marshal at Texas: Dallas Cowboys three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Troy Aikman [owner of Hall of Fame Racing Cup team], highly acclaimed comedian George Lopez and former American Idol finalist and rising country star Josh Gracin headline the pre-race festivities scheduled for the April 17 Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Aikman and Lopez will team up as Grand Marshals to deliver a truly historic and unique "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command to start the Samsung/RadioShack 500. In a salute to NASCAR's ongoing diversity initiatives, Texas Motor Speedway will have Aikman and Lopez alternate back and forth in English and Spanish, respectively, with each word of the command.
    Joining Aikman and Lopez in an honorary role will be Peter Skarzynski, Samsung's senior vice president of wireless terminals sales and marketing. He will serve as the Honorary Starter for the Samsung/RadioShack 500. Skarzynski, who joined Samsung in its Dallas headquarters in 1997, has led the effort to establish Samsung as an industry leader, launching some of the first integrated camera phones and multimedia devices in North America.
    Gracin will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Samsung/RadioShack 500. He was a finalist on American Idol2 and his career has taken off since his national debut on the hit FOX television show.
    Also getting an opportunity to sing the National Anthem will be Kerry Harvick, who will have the honor prior to Saturday's O'Reilly's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race. Harvick, a native of Commanche, Texas and cousin of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup star Kevin Harvick, has produced her debut single, "Cowgirls," and her debut album is scheduled for release this fall. She also wrote the song, "Til Nothing Comes Between Us," which became a hit for John Michael Montgomery.
    Also joining in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 pre-race festivities will be actor Richard Karn, best known for his role as Tim Allen's sidekick Al in the former ABC television's hit sitcom Home Improvement. Karn, who currently hosts the television game show Family Feud, will be on stage to inform NASCAR fans about the Call2Recycle program. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's cell phone recycling program is available at RadioShack locations nationwide and proceeds are contributed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.(Texas Motor Speedway)(4-11-2005)

  • UPS partners up with Bristol and Texas: UPS announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) to become an exclusive track sponsor of Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. This new partnership is introduced on the heels of an earlier announcement in regards to UPS’s new relationships with California Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. The addition of Bristol and Texas to the UPS family of race tracks that has also included Daytona International Speedway since 2001 provides UPS with a presence at a variety of geographic locations visited by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Beyond branding presence at the tracks, UPS will coordinate both outbound and inbound shipments, including ticket packages and merchandise for vendor concessions.(UPS Racing)(4-1-2005)

  • Texas Pulls Marketing Proposal off table: Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday withdrew a marketing proposal for the city to spend about $500,000 to promote races and other local events. The proposal, publicly discussed at City Hall last month, would have teamed the speedway with the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau to market races -- and Fort Worth -- over the next 20 years. "We took the opportunity off the table," TMS President Eddie Gossage said. "As we continued to talk to the city, they wanted more and more and more. We simply couldn't provide them with what they wanted," he said. "It wasn't a good business deal."(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(3-23-2005)

  • Big Screens at Texas: Everything is bigger and better in Texas, including the view for fans at Texas Motor Speedway's races in 2005. Fans watching this season's two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races from the grandstands will catch all of the racing action live on four big screens. And, what a view it will be from the backstretch! Fans sitting in those seats will now have an up close view of all the action with a huge state-of-the-art big screen measuring 16 x 24 feet, allowing fans to see pit stop action along with racing coverage around the entire speedway. Instant replays of critical portions of the races will be shown on the screens. In addition, Texas Motor Speedway will place screens measuring 13 ½ x 18 feet in Turn One and Turn Four as well as one on the front stretch at the start/finish line near Victory Lane measuring 20 x 27 feet. Tickets for the April 17 Samsung/RadioShack 500 race weekend are available seven days a week at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Season tickets are also still available. Individual race tickets for the November 6 Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series inaugural event go on sale May 6.(TMS PR)(2-25-2005)

  • France Jr. plans visit to Texas: NASCAR vice chairman Bill France Jr. is planning a visit to Texas Motor Speedway in 2005, the track's first season to play host to two Nextel Cup Series races. "I haven't been there for a while, and I want to check on the traffic," France joked outside the NASCAR hauler Sunday morning. France said he was more likely to make the trip to Fort Worth for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 in April than for the inaugural Dickies 500 in November. NASCAR granted TMS its long-sought second Cup date in May, when a federal lawsuit filed by Speedway Motorsports Inc. shareholder Francis Ferko of Plano was settled out of court. "Texas makes things happen," said France, son of NASCAR founder Bill France and father of NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France. "For us not to be there doesn't make a lot of sense. How many times we've got to be there is a little different. But comparing it to the Rockingham [N.C.] market area and every other way of measuring a facility, there's no issue there. No comparison." SMI chairman O. Bruton Smith purchased the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham as part of the lawsuit settlement. The Rock no longer is on the Cup schedule. France said he had no personal ax to grind with Smith, who, along with TMS president Eddie Gossage, charged that NASCAR had reneged on "the promise" of a second Cup date as early as the summer of 1996. That led to Ferko's lawsuit.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(2-21-2005)

  • Texas wants city to kick in some $$ and tax kick back: Officials at the Texas Motor Speedway, which is getting its second Nextel Cup race this year, want the city of Fort Worth to contribute about $500,000 to help with marketing. "The Cup race is good for one year," said Tom Krampitz, the speedway's director of government relations and general counsel. "Another race in 2006 depends on us selling out the speedway in 2005." He said local fans typically pack the stadium for the first big Nextel Cup Series race, which this year is the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on April 17. They won't necessarily return for the Nov. 6 Dickie's 500 race, he said. Krampitz presented the proposal Tuesday to a City Council committee, which endorsed and forwarded the proposal to the full council for consideration. The 20-year promotional proposal would team up the speedway and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote both races - and Fort Worth - with financial help from the city. Krampitz said the speedway has committed to spending $2.8 million on marketing efforts this year. Speedway officials want the city to contribute additional funds by kicking back most of the sales and hotel taxes generated by the second race each year. Speedway officials estimated that about $300,000 would be generated in sales taxes and about $200,000 from the hotel tax this year. The proposal seeks a rebate of 100 percent of those taxes for the first five years, and 90 percent for the next five years. For the final 10 years of the agreement, the city would kick back 70 percent of the sales and hotel taxes generated.(Fort Worth Star Telegram/AP)(2-9-2005)

  • Victory Lane Express back at Texas: Back by popular demand, the Victory Lane Express bus service from Fort Worth to Texas Motor Speedway will provide race fans with economical roundtrip service for the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races again in 2005. This is the second year the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the "T") has provided the service. The Victory Lane Express will offer fans roundtrip transportation from the Tarrant County Community College Northwest Campus to the speedway for just $10 per person. Drop off and pickup at the speedway will be in the facility's bus lot located adjacent to Highway 114 that allows for expedited service. Departures from the college will begin at 9:00am on race days with the first return trip scheduled 30 minutes after each race.(TMS PR)(1-18-2005)

  • 2nd Texas race to end under the lights? UPDATE: NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway officials are talking to NBC about a late-afternoon start for the Nov. 6 Dickies 500 Nextel Cup race so the event would end under the lights. The race probably would start between 3 and 4 p.m. The last third of the event would be run in darkness and lead into NBC's prime-time Sunday night lineup. The 334-lap Cup races at TMS take about 3 ½ hours.(Dallas Morning News)(1-7-2005)
    UPDATE: Fans attending the inaugural November 6 Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway will see both a day and night race. Daylight savings time ends the weekend prior to the Dickies 500. NBC coverage of the race will begin at 2:00pm/ct [3:00pm/et] with green flag at approximately 2:20pm/ct. That will put the last part of the race under the lights at Texas. "It's very unique and we love the idea," said speedway president Eddie Gossage. "We've always said it would be great to have a night Cup race at Texas, but I never dreamed we'd have a race that was both day and night. I think it will be something fun for the fans." Texas will also retain its traditional two-day qualifying format for both NASCAR weekends. Texas Motor Speedway Season Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets for the Dickies 500 will go on sale May 6.(TMS PR)(1-13-2005)

  • Texas to reconstruct tunnel: A $1.5 million construction project has begun on roadways around the south tunnel infield entrance at Texas Motor Speedway in an effort to improve traffic flow on speedway grounds and to expedite traffic on nearby public roads. The south tunnel is the first of several improvement projects planned for the speedway. "The south tunnel project is something we've wanted to do for several years," said speedway president Eddie Gossage. "Heavy vehicular traffic around the tunnel combined with heavy pedestrian traffic makes it a tough situation for everyone. The new design, which includes an elevated roadway and pedestrian walkway, will hopefully cut down on the majority of the traffic problems we experience in that area at race time. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart even helped give us some suggestions." All inbound traffic on Allison Avenue with credentials for the infield may drive directly into and out of the south tunnel as before. The biggest changes are with cross traffic traveling on the inner ring road, Lone Star Circle. Vehicles traveling either direction on Lone Star Circle past the south tunnel entrance will drive over Allison Avenue on an elevated roadway. Vehicles attempting to enter the infield off of Lone Star Circle will have new entrances into the south tunnel. Those driving from the east/Turn 2 side of the speedway will find a south tunnel entrance road prior to Allison Ave. Those driving from the west/Turn 1 side of the speedway will drive onto the elevated roadway over Allison and take an exit ramp down into the tunnel entrance.
    All pedestrian traffic crossing east and west will also be sent up and over Allison Avenue. Fans can enter the south tunnel utilizing a new pedestrian walkway located adjacent to The Speedway Club. Fans on foot will also find a new walkway just east of the interchange leading them to a new grandstand entrance located above the south tunnel. In addition to the south tunnel, the speedway plans to widen many pedestrian walkways including the sidewalks adjacent to backstretch parking as well as the walkway along the souvenir midway on the frontstretch. All projects are scheduled for completion prior to the April 14-17 Samsung/RadioShack 500 race week.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(12-13-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Texas Motor Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #0-Mike Bliss U.S. Coast Guard ....none yet
    #2-Rusty Wallace Kodak none..yet
    #5-Kyle Busch Delphi #5 Schemes Page
    #6-Mark Martin Retro - Strohs Blue #6 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Rent-A-Center #21 Schemes Page
    #25-Brian Vickers Garnier Fructis Shampoo #25 Schemes Page
    #41-Casey Mears Fujifilm ....none yet
    #42-Jamie McMurray Texaco "Shine On" #42 Schemes Page
    #43-Jeff Green Pilsbury Bake Off none yet
    #44-Terry Labonte GMAC Retro #44 Schemes Page
    #77-Travis Kvapil Jasper Engines #77 Schemes Page
    #91-Bill Elliott Stanley Tools #91 Schemes Page


  • Mears in a Fuji scheme at Texas: Casey Mears will pilot a green and white #41 Fujifilm Dodge this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Mears finished seventh at last year's spring event at Texas in a similar paint scheme with Fujifilm. Mears didn't experience the same luck in this car when it was painted up green at Atlanta three weeks ago. He was involved in a multi-car incident on lap one of the event.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(4-12-2005)

  • Coast Guard to sponsor Bliss at Texas: Haas CNC Racing announced the Coast Guard will serve as primary sponsor of the #0 Chevrolet driven by Mike Bliss for the running of the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend. “Since the Coast Guard sponsors our Busch Series entry driven by Justin Labonte, this was a great chance for them step into Cup competition for a weekend at the track where they rolled out their racing program just a year ago,” stated Joe Custer, General Manager of Haas CNC Racing. “Texas is home to the Labonte family and Justin’s father Terry, who is a part-owner of our Busch team, is scheduled to compete in a Hendrick Motorsports car at this event. Terry is also being inducted into the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame next week and we thought it would be nice to commemorate that occasion also. The fans in Texas have always been very supportive of the Labonte’s and Haas CNC Racing, NetZero and Best Buy are also all very supportive of this opportunity.” NetZero Best Buy Racing will return as the primary sponsor for the #0 Chevrolet for the upcoming event at Phoenix International Raceway.(NetZero Best Buy Racing)(4-9-2005)

  • Terry going Retro: #44-Terry Labonte will return in his 1984 championship colors in the Texas spring race. GMAC will sponsor the car that resembles the Piedmont Airlines paint scheme Labonte drove from 1984-1986.(RacingOne see image there or on my #44 Team Scehemes page)(4-7-2005)

  • Martin to run retro schemes in 2005 UPDATE 2: #6-Mark Martin, running his final Cup season in 2005, will run some retro schemes in 2005, the 'Folgers red' at Michigan in June, the 'Strohs blue' at Las Vegas and 'Valvoline colors' at the 2nd California race, all with Viagra as the sponsor, and also a Kraft scheme at the 2005 Budweiser Shootout, see the schemes on my #6 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-25-2004)
    UPDATE: The retro schemes will run as planned. They are slated to run at Texas, The Nextel All-Star, Indy and Homestead.(3-30-2005)
    UPDATE 2: As a part of the Mark Martin’s ‘Salute to You’ program in 2005, his No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford will feature four retro-paint schemes during the course of the celebration season. The program will highlight Martin’s first Cup paint scheme that ran on his car during his first Winston Cup race in 1981. It will also highlight his first paint scheme in a Roush car, the Retro ’89 scheme ran in 1888 and 1989 and was the paint scheme on Martin’s car during his first Winston Cup win at Rockingham in 1989. The retro-90 scheme ran in ’90 and ’91 and saw a fierce battle between Martin and the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1990 Cup Championship. The Retro ’93 car represents one of the strongest eras in Martin’s career, a time when he won 13 races and 11 poles in a four-year span.
    Each of the four cars will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the four different schemes.
    RETRO ’89 [old Strohs blue]– WILL RUN AT TEXAS (4/17/05)
    Races – Two seasons
    Highlights – Martin’s first cup paint scheme with Roush Racing…Ran on the car in 1988 and ‘89. ..Registered 17 top-five and 28 top-10’s…Was on the car for Martin’s first career Winston Cup win on Oct. 22, 1989 at Rockingham…Finished third in the points in 1989 images on my #6 Team Schemes page.(3-30-2005)

  • Rusty goes yellow at Texas: Rusty Wallace will be back with the Kodak colors at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Last year, Wallace had the Kodak sponsorship on his #2 Dodge at Watkins Glen, marking the first time [since 1989 when Koidak was the sponsor during hios Championship season] he raced for another sponsor since being with the Miller Brewing Company.(RacingOne)(3-19-2005)

  • Rent-A-Center returns to the #21 and Rudd: Rent-A-Center is returning as an associate sponsor of the #21 Wood Brothers Team in 2005. Furthermore, the #21 Ford Taurus will carry a Rent-A-Center paint scheme for the April 17th race at Texas Motor Speedway and the June 19th race at Michigan International Speedway. A promotion is currently in the works that could award up to 40,000 Rent-A-Center prizes to customers who rent from Rent-A-Center between April 11th and May 14th. Prizes will be awarded based on Ricky Rudd's finish in the June 19th race at Michigan International Speedway. Everyone who signs an agreement during this time frame will receive a scratch-off card good for up to $50 off their agreement while supplies last. Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates 2,871 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. More info on Rent-A-Center at rentacenter.com.(Motorcraft Racing PR)(3-3-2005)

  • 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)

  • Vickers gets a major associate sponsor - Garnier Fructis: Garnier Fructis and Hendrick Motorsports announced a multi-year agreement featuring Garnier Fructis as a major associate sponsor of the #25 Chevys driven by Brian Vickers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The deal marks the first foray into motor sports by Garnier Fructis, the wildly popular unisex haircare brand owned by L'Oreal USA. In addition to the associate-sponsorship on the #25 GMAC / ditech.com Chevrolets in 2005, the union will be highlighted when Vickers and the #25 car don the trademark bright green Garnier Fructis color scheme in two races -- April 17 at Texas Motor Speedway and Aug. 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Under the associate sponsorship agreement, Vickers will serve as a spokesperson for Garnier Fructis haircare and styling products. His likeness will be featured in print advertising, at point-of-purchase and in-store displays, and throughout public relations campaigns and Internet initiatives.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), more info on Garnier Fructis at garnierfructis.com, image of the scheme on my #25 Team Schemes page.(1-25-2005)

  • Jasper Engines on the #77 for four races: Jasper Engines & Transmissions will return as the primary sponsor of the #77 Dodge driven by Travis Kvapil for four races in 2005. The scheduled races for the Jasper car are: Texas (April), Dover (June), Chicago (July) and Atlanta (October).(RacingOne)(1-20-2005)

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


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