THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: Dickies 500

Nextel Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #8 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Nov 6, 2005 in Fort Worth, TX

  • TV: NBC 3:30pm/et

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

  • Green Flag: around 3:50pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Nov 9 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Nov 10 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Nov 12 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

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

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,815,880 (Inaugural Event)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, November 4, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; and Saturday, November 5, 10:30 -11:15am/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 5, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et, TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 4, 11:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, November 4 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, re-air at 11:30pm/et 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).

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    NOTE: these times are Central [ET] time, 1 hour behind [Eastern] ET

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
    5:15 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    6:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    6:30 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
    10:20 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    11:20 AM 1:20 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    5:05 PM NBS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    6:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
    8:15 PM NCTS RACE ( 147 LAPS, 220.5 MILES)

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
    7:30 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    7:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
    9:30 AM 10:15 AM NNCS PRACTICE
    11:10 AM 11:55 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    1:00 PM NBS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
    3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
    8:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
    9:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
    12:10 PM NNCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
    1:40 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    2:50 PM NNCS RACE (334 LAPS, 501 MILES)
    (NBC at 3:00pm/et)
    3:00 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550;
    Truck Series: Right-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6852; Right-side -- D-6874

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive NASCAR Nextel Cup race weekend at Texas to which Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . all three series in action -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup and Busch tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is one of only two NASCAR tracks at which this tire combination will be run in 2005, with Homestead being the other . . . this left-side code (D-6852) is also run with different right-side codes at California, Charlotte, Chicagoland, Dover, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan . . .as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . the air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This tire set-up was originally tested by Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler in January of 2005. This is the same set-up that we ran here at Texas during the spring race weekend, and it is the same combination that all three major NASCAR series will run again at Homestead in a couple weeks."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Texas Motor Speedway [6 of the top-10 drivers have a shot at it] for leading the points and winning the race.
    The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Indianapolis, 8/7/2005, $90,000
    #20-Tony Stewart, Watkins Glen, 8/14/2005, $10,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Dover, 9/25/2005, #60,000
    (10-31-2005)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Largest Award was when Tony Stewart won at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct 2003, $10,000 plus a $75,000 bonus.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Texas Motor Speedway: $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
    Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Pocono: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Indianapolis: #9-Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
    Michigan: #10-Scott Riggs, $10,000
    Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    California: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Richmond: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    New Hampshire: #6-Mark Martin, $10,000
    Dover: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Talladega: #21-Ricky Rudd, #10,000
    Kansas: #6-Mark Martin, $40,000*
    Charlotte: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Atlanta: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 24
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Mark Martin, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Ricky Rudd, 2
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2
    (10-30-2005)


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

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

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

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

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Area:
    Dallas Morning News
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    Abilene Reporter News
    Times Record News

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

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

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

    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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

    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Edwards wins at Texas: #99-Carl Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 4th win of 2005 and his career. Edwards moves up to 3rd in points, only 77 behind leader #20-Tony Stewart who finished 6th, now has a 38 points lead over #48-Johnson. Just think, if it was the 'old system', Stewart would have a 302 point lead, how exciting would that be with 2 races to go? #6-Mark Martin lost the lead with 2 laps to go and held on to 2nd, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth, #41-Casey Mears and #48-Jimmie Johnson. Edwards is the 10th different driver to win at Texas in 10 races and is the 5th different Roush Racing driver to win at Texas [Martin, Burton, Kenseth, Biffle]. Edwards did his trademark backflip and did a perfect landing, always fun to see. Looks like a three driver race for the Chase: #20-Stewart, #48-Johnson and #99-Edwards. There were only 6 cautions for 27 laps and 11 drivers led laps with 20 lead changes. The race speed was 151.055mph, a new record.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Texas Race Results/Awards page.(11-6-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Texas race 8 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 6255
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6217, -38
      #99-Carl Edwards, 6178, -77
      #16-Greg Biffle, 6133, -122
      #6-Mark Martin, 6132, -123
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 6120, -135
      #12-Ryan Newman, 6081, -174
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5974, -281
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5940, -315
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5848, -407
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray, 3912
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -51
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -52
      #29-Kevin Harvick -81
      #01-Joe Nemechek -167
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page.(11-6-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Texas, race 34 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4921. 1st in the Chase
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4619, -302, 4th
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4582, -339, 2nd
      4) #6-Mark Martin, 4380, -541, 5th
      5) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4312, -609, 9th
      6) #99-Carl Edwards, 4277, -644, 3rd
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 4248, -673, 8th
      8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4219, -702, 6th
      9) #12-Ryan Newman, 4131, -790, 7th
      10) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 4056, -865, 10th
      11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3912, -1009
      12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3861, -1060
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3860, -1061
      14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3831, -1090
      15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3745, -1176
      (11-6-2005)

    • The Chasers...where do they start/finish at Texas:
      #20-Tony Stewart, started 16th, finished 6th
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 11th, 5th
      #16-Greg Biffle, 7th, 20th
      #99-Carl Edwards, 30th, 1st
      #12-Ryan Newman, 1st [had to go to back], 25th
      #6-Mark Martin, 8th, 2nd
      #97-Kurt Busch, 18th, 10th
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 26th, 22nd
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 3rd, 3rd
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5th, 35th.(11-6-2005)

    • Texas Race Notes:
      • Carl Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 47th career start.
      • All four of his victories came in 2005. His last victory came at Atlanta, one race ago.
      • Edwards joined Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers with two Chase victories. Johnson won at Dover and Charlotte.
      • Edwards became the 10th different race winner in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
      • It was Edwards’ first victory in two races at Texas. He finished 19th here in April.
      • Edwards has scored 16 top-10 finishes in 34 races in 2005.
      • Edwards has climbed from sixth to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last three races, now 77 points behind point leader Tony Stewart. Edwards ranked ninth in the point standings after the first race at New Hampshire.
      • Edwards led five times for 82 laps including the final two laps.
      • Edwards scored the fifth victory in 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway for car owner Jack Roush – all by different drivers. This was Roush’s 88th victory as a car owner and 14th in 34 races this season.
      • This is the 15th victory by a Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 16 and Dodge has three.
      • Matt Kenseth led three times for 149 laps, the most laps for the third time in a race this season.
      • Casey Mears finished a career-best fourth for the third time. Mears also finished fourth at Watkins Glen in 2004 and here at Texas in April.
      • Rusty Wallace (22nd) extended a 47-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 34 races in 2005.
      • The six cautions periods were the fewest in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas. The 151.055 mph average speed was the fastest NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-6-2005)

    • Rumblings - Texas:
      We had a Roush parade a couple races back at Kansas....today was the sequel. I said last week that Carl Edwards was backflipping himself into our hearts....today he's moved on down to the spleen! Carl Edwards led a Roush sweep today/tonight at Texas Motor Speedway and won the Dickes 500 by daylight (er...darkness) over teammate Mark Martin with Matt Kenseth finishing third. He's now gone back to back (he won last week in Atlanta) and captured his 4th win of the season and career. He's also the 10th different winner in 10 races at Bruton's "Palace on the Prairie". Edwards moves up to 68th on the all-time win list (talk about a rapid rise, huh?), this was win #88 for Roush Racing, and it was worth a sizeable $440,550 from the over $6.8M in posted awards. Hard to fault the strategy of pitting late and zooming by 'em on the restart with 11 to go. With the way Edwards was passing cars late tonight, it looked like a done deal.
      Casey Mears (4th) tied his career-best finish today. He was 4th when we were here in April as well as at Watkins Glen in August of 2004.
      Denny Hamlin (7th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 8th at Lowe's & Martinsville last month.
      Martin Truex Jr (15th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Lowe's in May (only 4 races).
      STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
      Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      Mark Martin has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
      Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+31), followed by Carl Edwards (+29), Jamie McMurray (+29), and Jeff Green (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Joe Nemechek (-33), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (-30), Kasey Kahne (-27), Ryan Newman (-24), and Bill Elliott (-23). All three Evernham Dodges at the bottom of the "Shaft" today.
      Jimmie Johnson shaved five points off Tony Stewart's lead in the "Chase" this week. The margin is now 38. Jeremy Mayfield is mathematically eliminated and all Tony has to do is start one of the final races (I think he'll probably show up) and Rusty Wallace is out as well. Realistically, we're still only a three man race, with Carl Edwards replacing Greg Biffle as the third wheel. In "Classic" Points, no driver advanced (or fell) more than one spot in the Top-30.(Stock Car Fans)(11-6-2005)

      RACE RUNDOWN

    • The Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 334 of 334 laps:

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #99-Edwards-f (30x)(82 laps led)
      #6-Martin (8x)(42 laps led)
      #17-Kenseth-f (3x)(149 laps led)
      #41-Mears-d (35)(23 laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (11x)(2 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (16x)(15 laps led)
      #11-Hamlin-c (14)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (10)
      #38-Sadler-f (12)
      #97-Busch-f (18x)

      other chasers. running
      #16-Biffle-f (7x)(12 laps led) 20
      #2-Walllace-d (26x) 22
      #12-Newman-d (1x/B) 25
      #19-Mayfield-d (5x) 35 -4 laps

      x=driver in The Chase
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
      B=backup car, started at the rear

    • Cars on the lead lap: 25 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 18,07,49,31,44,91,22

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 66,10,5,19,4,01,32,50

    • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
      #37-Skinner (rear end-out)
      #9-Kahne (engine-out)
      #15-Waltrip (engine-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 23 lead changes):
      #17-Kenseth (149, most laps led);
      #99-Edwards (82);
      #41-Mears (23);
      #6-Martin (42);
      #20-Stewart (15);
      #16-Biffle (12);
      #25-Vickers (6);
      #48-Johnson (2):
      #29-Harvick (1);
      #45-Petty(1)
      #15-Waltrip (1);

    • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #17-Kenseth 1-36; #16-Biffle 37-48; #17-Kenseth 49-147; #20-Stewart 148; #48-Johnson 149-150; #17-Kenseth 151-164; #41-Mears 165-185; #6-Martin 186-198; #99-Edwards 199-239; #41-Mears 240-241; #99-Edwards 242-245; #29-Harvick 246; #6-Martin 247-261; #25-Vickers 262-267; #99-Edwards 268-292; #45-Petty 293; #15-Waltrip 294; #20-Stewart 295-306; #6-Martin 307; #20-Stewart 308-309; #99-Edwards 310-319; #6-Martin 320-332; #99-Edwards 333-334

      Cautions: 6 for 27 laps

      Caution 6 - Laps 320 - 323: debris in turn 3.
      Caution 5 - Laps 291 - 295: #16-Biffle got on the apron on turn 4, got loose and spun.
      Caution 4 - Laps 244 - 249: #12-Newman got loose and spun off turn 4.
      Caution 3 - Laps 185 - 188: debris in turn 2.
      Caution 2 - Laps 83 - 86: #16-Bliss got loose off turn 4, was fishtailing and sliding, but recovered and didn't hit anything.
      Caution 1 - Laps 30 - 33: debris in turn 3. Gordon reported hitting it.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      Caution 6: #16-Biffle, 20th
      Caution 5: none as the lucky dog [#16] caused the caution
      Caution 4: none as the lucky dog [#12] caused the caution
      Caution 3: #45-Petty, 21st
      Caution 2: #18-Labonte, 26th
      Caution 1: #50-Spencer, 39th.
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- on lap 208, #5-Busch came to pit road saying his car just 'shut off'. Came back on the track, down 4 laps.
      ---- after the caution 5 pit stops, #25-Vickers, who is running 3rd on lap 297, may have an engine problem.
      ---- all the lead lap cars came in during the 5th caution, #20-Stewart went in 4th and came out 1st.
      ---- #17-Kenseth on lap 191, had to switch to the 2nd ignition/battery system.
      ---- #9-Kahne to the garage after slowing on the track, lap 158 with a bad motor, #37-Skinner also headed to the garage at the same time.
      ---- #9-Kahne had to make a couple pit stops and get a new battery installed during the lap 148 green flag stops.
      ---- on the green flag stops around 142-15- range, #48-Johnson had a spring rubber put in the right rear; #99-Edwards had a few rounds on the track bar adjustment.
      ---- around lap 142+ green flag pit stops are starting. Leader #17-Kenseth came in on lap 148.
      ---- on lap 141, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made his scheduled pitstop 5 laps early as he felt the car was handling poorly. #38-Sadler then came in on lap 143 for his stop.
      ---- on lap 89, #19-Mayfield made an unscheduled pitstop and changed tires.
      ---- on lap 49, #16-Biffle, while leading, made an unscheduled pit stop for vibration and had the left side tires changed. Biffle went down a lap.
      ---- NBC is reporting that #16-Biffle, while leading on lap 40 that he has a vibration.
      ---- during the 1st caution, #18-Labonte's team had too many over the pit wall and #32-Hamilton Jr. was penalized for a commitment line violation..both went to the end of the longest line and there is only one line as no one is a lap down.
      ---- everyone came in to pit during the 1st caution.
      ---- command to start engines given by Bruton Smith and the Goodies contest winners at 3:42pm/et
      ---- To the BACK [1]: #12-Newman [backup car]


    • Race Coverage of the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is on Sunday, November 6, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 3:00pm/et [green flag around 3:50pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, November 10th at 3:00pm/et

    • Happy Hour practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #6-Martin 185.861
      #31-Burton 185.759
      #29-Harvick 185.624
      #25-Vickers 185.503
      #5-Busch 185.249
      slowest: #4-Wallace 177.936 and #37-Skinner 179.468
      most laps run: #6-Martin and #17-Kenseth 43
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #99-Edwards, 181.247 [11th fastest lap], 32 laps run
      #0-Bliss, 180.920 [6th], 24 laps
      #6-Martin, 180.837 [1st], 43 laps
      For the Qualifying results, starting lineup, practice speeds and qualifying order, see my Jayski's Texas Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(11-5-2005)

    • Saturday's First Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, results
      #38-Sadler 187.143
      #99-Edwards 187.123
      #12-Newman 186.961
      #5-Busch 186.638
      #17-Kenseth 186.458
      slowest: #50-Spencer 180.379 and #4-Wallace 180.765.
      most laps run: #6-Martin 46; #31-Burton 39
      For the Qualifying results, starting lineup, practice speeds and qualifying order, see my Jayski's Texas Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(11-4-2005)

    • Newman wins pole at Texas...but wrecks: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 192.947mph for his 8th pole of 2005 and 35th of his career [tied for 18th all time]. BUT...Newman crashed on his 2nd lap in turn 4 after his right front tire blew and smacked the outside wall, came down the track and glanced off the inside wall. Newman will go to a backup car and have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag, but he still gets the #1 pick of the pit stall. Starting 2nd is #24-Jeff Gordon, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth [will move up to the pole position], #01-Joe Nemechek and #19-Jeremy Mayfield. Fastest in Friday's practice, #0-Mike Bliss qualified 6th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 10th, points leader #20-Tony Stewart will start 16th. #91-Bill Elliott was the highest non top-35 team, starting 9th. Five drivers failed to make the race: #39-Reed Sorenson, #7-Robby Gordon, #09-Johnny Sauter, #51-Stuart Kirby and #92-PJ Jones. #00-Carl Long withdrew after wrecking in practice. The starting 43 were also the 43 fastest cars.
      For the Qualifying results, starting lineup, practice speeds and qualifying order, see my Jayski's Texas Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(11-4-2005)

    • Qualifying Notes - Texas:
      • Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dickies 500, lapping Texas Motor Speedway in 27.987 seconds at 192.947 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 27.803 seconds, 194.224 mph, set April 5, 2002.
      • This is Newman’s 35th career Bud Pole in 150 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He moved into a tie with Ned Jarrett and Fireball Roberts for 18th on the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole list.
      • It is Newman’s eighth Bud Pole and 28th top-10 start this season. He clinched the Bud Pole Award for the fourth consecutive year with his seventh Bud Pole of the season last week at Atlanta.
      • It is also Newman’s third top-10 start in five races at Texas Motor Speedway, including a sweep of both Bud Poles this season. He also won both Bud Poles at Atlanta and is the only driver to sweep both Bud Poles at a track this season.
      • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.067 seconds, 192.397 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Dickies 500. Only Newman and Gordon broke the 192-mph mark. Gordon posted his 17th top-10 start of 2005. It is his seventh top-10 start in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway and his best qualifying effort here. He also started second in 1997 when qualifying was canceled.
      • This is the 11th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet has 13 Bud Poles and Ford has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • There have been 16 different Bud Pole Winners this season, the most since there were 18 in 2001. That season tied 1997 for the most in the modern era.
      • Matt Kenseth (third) posted his ninth top-10 start this season. It is his first start better than 13th in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway.
      • Joe Nemechek (fourth) posted his 10th top-10 start this season and his fifth top-10 start in nine races at Texas.
      • Jeremy Mayfield (fifth) posted his 14th top-10 start this season. It is his fourth top-10 start in 10 races at Texas, including both races this season.
      • Five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Newman, Kenseth, Mayfield, Greg Biffle (seventh) and Mark Martin (eighth).
      • Bill Elliott (ninth), appearing in his ninth race of the season, posted his second top- 10 start in 2005. He has started from the top 10 in five of his 10 races at Texas.
      • Terry Labonte (34th) qualified for his 14th race this season.qualifying.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-4-2005)

    • Ramblings - Texas:
      Ryan Newman grabbed the Bud Pole today at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Dickies 500 with a speed of 192.947 mph (27.987 sec)....but he'll start from the rear after he had a tire go down on lap two. Since he'll be forced to a backup car, he'll start 43rd and Matt Kenseth will inherit the top-spot. This is pole #8 for Newman on the season, his second in a row, and the 35th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He musta been real shook up by his wreck cause about an hour later he captured the pole for the Busch race, too.
      Jeff Gordon (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Loudon in September.
      Joe Nemechek (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Michigan in August.
      Jeremy Mayfield (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at the Brickyard in August.
      Mike Bliss (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Michigan in August.
      Bill Elliott (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at California in September of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
      (Stock Car Fans)(11-4-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2005 at 4:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 4:00pm/et
      Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: 11:30pm/et

    • Qualifying Order for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #41-Casey Mears is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #22-Scott Wimmer. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Texas Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(11-4-2005)

    • Friday's Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #0-Bliss 190.921
      #6-Martin 190.396
      #24-Gordon 190.308
      #12-Newman 190.094
      #20-Stewart 189.887
      #38-Sadler 189.887
      slowest: #00-Long 179.140 (only 1 lap) and #92-Jones 182.426
      incidents: #00-Long backed his primary car into the wall, no word on a backup; #12-Newman got loose and slid, but didn't hit anything.
      Most laps run: #18-Labonte 37; #29-Harvick 35
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #0-Bliss, 189.412 [1st fastest lap], 6 laps run
      #6-Martin, 189.076 [3nd], 8 laps
      #38-Sadler, 188.813 [6th], 5 laps
      See qualifying order, practice speeds and more, see Jayski's Texas Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(11-4-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice?
      Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
      #91-Bill Elliot, 9th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 10th
      #37-Mike Skinner, 12th
      #1-Martin Truex Jr., 14th
      #7-Robby Gordon, 20th
      #39-Reed Sorenson, 23rd
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 29th
      #44-Terry Labonte, 37th
      if things stayed the same, these 6 would miss the race:
      #4-Mike Wallace, 38th
      #50-Jimmy Spencer, 43rd
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 45th
      #51-Stuart Kirby, 47th
      #92-P.J. Jones, 48th
      #00-Carl Long, 49th and wrecked

    • Entry List for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 49 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 - 33 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #37-Mike Skinner (full-time team)
      #92-P.J. Jones (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 33 'team' attempts
      #00-Carl Long (22 attempts)
      #09-Johnny Sauter (17 attempts)
      #1-Martin Truex Jr. (7 attempts)
      #39-Reed Sorenson (6 attempts)
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH] (8 attempts)
      #50-Jimmy Spencer (10 attempts)
      #51-Stuart Kirby (9 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (32 attempts)
      #91-Bill Elliott [CH](8 attempts)
      off the entry list/withdrawn
      #75-Mike Garvey (12 attempts)
      #79-Stan Boyd (4 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 44,91,4,32,7,37,92,66
      missing the race would be [6]: #'s 00,09,50,51,1,39
      For the full list see my Jayski's Texas Entry List, 49 cars entered.(11-1/4-2005)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

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

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


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Texas Motor Speedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 16 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers. Seventeen of those top-10 finishes have come in the last 19 races. Stewart has scored four top-five finishes in the seven races of the Chase, tied with Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth. He has also led the most laps (584) in the first seven races of the Chase, earning 45 lap leader bonus points, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored two victories in the first seven races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Five of the Chase drivers have scored five top-10 finishes in the first seven races of the Chase (Stewart,Johnson, Newman, Edwards and Martin).
      • Ryan Newman has posted 27 top-10 starts in 33 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • Jeff Burton has scored top-10 finishes in the last two races.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 13 of the 33 races in 2005. They also have scored 13 of the 14 Ford victories in 2005. The other was scored by Dale Jarrett for Robert Yates Racing. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won nine while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Robert Yates Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing all have one each.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-31-2005)

    • Pole Winners at Texas

      4/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
      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

      4/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
      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 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 193.882, finished 16th

    • 2004 Pole Winner: Inaugural Event

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

    • April 2005 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 130.055mph, started 5th

    • 2004 Race Winner: Inaugural Event

    • Most Wins: 9 tied with 1

    • Most Poles: 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: 6 - Ford

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 37 [of 334] - Mark Martin 4/5/1998

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 219 [of 334] - Greg Biffle, 4/17/2005

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 9] 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: 2

    • 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: 6 of 9 - 66.7%

    • Races won from the top 10: 7 of 9 - 77.8%

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 7
      • Tony Stewart finished ninth at Atlanta Motor Speedway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is now 43 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining thee races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Seven drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
      • Six of the 10 Chase drivers earned lap leader bonus points at Atlanta: Carl Edwards (115), Mark Martin (43), Greg Biffle (five) along with Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth (one lap each).
      • Stewart has earned 45 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year: Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Four of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Carl Edwards (first), Mark Martin (third), Matt Kenseth (fifth) and Greg Biffle (seventh). Kurt Busch finished 36th.
      • Tony Stewart has scored four top-five finishes in the seven races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, tied with Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth.
      ]• Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin each have scored five top-10 finishes in the first seven races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jimmie Johnson, who also won at Dover, is the only driver to score multiple victories in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jamie McMurray (sixth) remained 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by 42 points over 12th-place Jeff Gordon. A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December.
      • Rusty Wallace (37th) extended a 46-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 33 races in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-30-2005)


    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 April 2005 Texas Race Info Page.

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

    • Start time at Texas changed, 40 minutes later: NASCAR has changed the starting time of Sunday's inaugural Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race to 3:50pm/et, 40 minutes later than originally announced. The move from the original start time of 3:10pm/et should prove beneficial to both race fans attending the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as well as those watching the national telecast on NBC. The slightly later start time will ensure that the Dickies 500 marks the first time in the nine-year history of Texas Motor Speedway that a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race will run under the lights at the 1.5-mile oval."It is only fitting that the Chase race with the largest purse, largest attendance and largest market has its overall ambience enhanced by the final, dramatic laps being run under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Our fans have always wanted to watch a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race under the lights here, so I guess the Dickies 500 will serve as a trial run for the sort of night-time spectacle you can expect at a facility such as this. Someday I'd love to start and finish a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at 'The Great American Speedway' under the lights."
      Also, the later start will allow viewers to shift from one of America's most popular sports to a highly anticipated episode of one of its most popular shows. The Dickies 500 telecast will be immediately followed by a rare live episode of the highly acclaimed drama, "West Wing."
      "With the Dickies 500 being the eighth of 10 races in the Chase and a heck of a battle going on for the championship, this race should have a large national appeal for viewers," Gossage said. "And we are extremely pleased that our television partner NBC appreciates the magnitude of this race from such a major market and pairing it with one of their most popular and highly acclaimed shows, 'West Wing'." The new green flag time will not alter the start time of the "Coca-Cola Zero Pre-Race Extravaganza," which will begin as originally scheduled at 12:00pm/et. The green-flag times for the other feature races of the weekend - Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350k (9:25pm/et, SPEED) and Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge (2:20pm/et, TNT) - will remain as scheduled.(TMS PR)(11-1-2005)

    • Dickies 500 Purse Richest in Chase History: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced that the inaugural Dickies 500 on Sunday, Nov. 6 will have a purse in excess of $6.8 million, making it the richest payout in the two-year history of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The official purse totals $6,815,880 and eclipses the previous purse high for a Chase race by nearly $1 million, which was held by Atlanta Motor Speedway at $5,889,437 for this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. The Dickies 500 purse, in which the winner will collect $424,350 plus any additional posted awards and contingencies, also is the fourth largest for the entire 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. The awards posted for the Dickies 500 trails only the Daytona 500, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Texas' April NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the Samsung/RadioShack 500.
      In addition to the record-setting Dickies 500 purse, $1,150,720 will be awarded in the Nov. 5 O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Busch Series race and $543,771 in the Nov. 4 Silverado 350k NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. Tickets are available for all Dickies 500 race week events. Tickets may be purchased daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online 24 hours a day at texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.(TMS PR)(10-31-2005)

    • National Anthem at Texas: Country superstar Sara Evans will sing "God Bless Texas," the National Anthem and some of her own songs during the Coca-Cola Zero Pre-Race Extravaganza prior to the Dickies 500. Evans' newest CD, Real Fine Place, was released Oct. 4 and A Real Fine Place to Start has been #1 on the Billboard country singles charts for two weeks. It marks her fourth single at No. 1, joining previous #1 singles Suds In The Bucket, Born to Fly and No Place That Far. An opportunity to take a look at her career, new CD, affinity to NASCAR and singing in front of 200,000, one of if not the largest crowd of her career. Evans is tentatively scheduled for a media opportunity in the deadline media center room on Sunday (Nov. 6) from 12:30-1 p.m. Contact: TMS Public Relations, 817-215-8520.(10-30-2005)

    • Texas/Martinsville Date Swap in 2006? UPDATE 2: NASCAR executives are reported to be interested in persuading Texas Motor Speedway to swap its April 9, 2006, Cup weekend with Martinsville's April 2 date, in order to keep the Texas race from going head-to-head against the Masters. However, Texas has already started selling tickets for the April 9 race.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-18-2005)
      UPDATE: NASCAR officials have approached Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage about a possible date swap for the 2006 Samsung/RadioShack 500 Nextel Cup weekend. The race in Fort Worth currently is scheduled for April 9, one week after the series visits Martinsville Speedway. Gossage said Fox Network officials would like TMS and Martinsville to swap dates, taking TMS out of a battle for viewers against the Masters -- one of golf's biggest tournaments. "They want to maximize TV ratings [for TMS], and that's a compliment," Gossage said. "But I do want to caution people -- do not move any reservations. It's an ongoing discussion." Gossage said a decision should be announced in "a week or two." In any event, individual tickets for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 and the IRL IndyCar Series Bombardier 500 night race in June will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(10-20-2005)
      UPDATE 2: Following discussions with NASCAR over the past few weeks about the feasibility of moving up the April date of the 2006 Samsung/RadioShack 500 race weekend, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage confirmed today that the event will remain in its previously announced weekend slot of April 6-9. NASCAR, along with television partner FOX, was considering the possibility of the Samsung/RadioShack 500 being moved to Sunday, April 2 so the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race would not have to go head-to-head with the final round of the Masters, golf's marquee event. The move, which would have involved switching dates with Martinsville Speedway, would have further bolstered the television audience for an event that routinely is one of the top rated in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, but all agreed there were multiple considerations and obstacles that could not be overcome at this juncture. "We discussed the possibility of moving the race date in the best interest of the sport, but ultimately both Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR decided that we did not want to inconvenience the tens of thousands fans that have already made hotel reservations, airline reservations and bought tickets to the Samsung/RadioShack 500," Gossage said. "The fans always come first, and we will run the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on Sunday, April 9, 2006, as originally announced." The spring event in 2006 will mark the 10th running of the Samsung/RadioShack 500 and seventh of 36 races on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. Race times will be announced at a later date when available. (TMS PR)(10-21-2005)

    • Texas Motor Speedway Purchases Frontstretch Tickets For Fans: Texas Motor Speedway has purchased back 620 frontstretch tickets from corporations for the Nov. 6 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500 and will make them available to fans. Companies regularly purchase blocks of tickets in advance but do not always use the full allotment. Texas Motor Speedway has purchased back the unused tickets to sell to the general public. The available tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. at the speedway ticket office, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com , by calling the ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500, or at participating Ticketmaster locations. The green flag drops for the Dickies 500 at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge (Nov. 5) and the Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350k (Nov. 4) as well as Albertsons Qualifying Days (Nov. 3-4).(TMS)(10-12-2005)

    • Gossage has plans for a book on TMS: Because 2006 will be Texas Motor Speedway's 10th season, president Eddie Gossage said TMS plans to publish a coffee table book celebrating the track's most memorable moments. "We want the people who made history here to write it," he said. "I think that would make it more meaningful to fans." For example, Gossage wants Dale Earnhardt Jr. to write about his first Busch and Cup wins coming at Texas. He wants Arie Luyendyk to write about that infamous moment in Victory Lane when A.J. Foyt slapped him to the ground. And Gossage hopes Kenny Brack will want to write about his terrifying crash. The book's probable release is Christmas 2006, after the completion of TMS' 10th season.(Dallas Morning News)(8-26-2005)

    • Buying Beer/Wine at Texas allowed: Governor Rick Perry has signed into law the "Fan Choice" legislation that will allow fans, for the first time in the nine-year history of Texas Motor Speedway, to purchase beer and wine in the grandstand concourse during major race weekends. As a result of this landmark legislation, Texas Motor Speedway becomes the first sports facility in the state to serve beer and wine as well as continue its "fan friendly" policy of permitting fans to bring their own coolers with alcoholic beverages into the facility. Texas Motor Speedway had the option to sell beer and wine or allow the fans to bring their own after passage of a local option election in 2000, and speedway president Eddie Gossage favored the option that most benefited the fan. Passage of SB 1331, authored by State Senator Jane Nelson of Lewisville and carried in the House by State Representative Mary Denny of Flower Mound, now allows the fans a choice, which is in line with every other major motorsports facility in the United States. The bill authorizes the granting of temporary beer and wine permits to be issued during major event weekends such as NASCAR or Indy Racing League races, and would also apply during practice and qualifying days of those specific weekends. The change only affects sales in the grandstand area, and will not apply to the infield, luxury suites or the Speedway Club.
      The legislation includes responsible drinking provisions that will make Texas Motor Speedway unique among the motorsports industry. Those provisions include:
      Ø Sales will be terminated after 75% of the laps in the feature race are complete or not later than one hour prior to the conclusion of non-race events such as practice and qualifying
      Ø Only two drinks at a time may be served to a single customer
      Ø No more than 50% of the concession areas may sell alcoholic beverages
      Ø Alcoholic beverages may not be sold in factory-sealed containers.
      The change in law took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature. The next step in the process is obtaining the necessary permits from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, handled through the commission's field office in Denton.(Texas Motor Speedway)(6-2-2005)

    • Texas expects a sellout for November race: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said tickets for the Dickies 500 on Nov. 6. are selling faster than any previous TMS event. "The question is not whether we will sell out, but when will it occur," Gossage said. "We're in great shape. There's so much excitement about this event. It's kind of like a grand opening all over again for us." The November NASCAR weekend, which includes a Busch and Craftsman Truck race, includes the second Nextel Cup race TMS officials have long wanted. The Dickies 500 is the eighth of the 10 Chase races.(Dallas Morning News)(5-20-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • #92 Gets Sponsor for Texas: Front Row Motorsports announced that FOX Collision Center will sponsor the #92 Chevrolet driven by P.J. Jones at Texas Motor Speedway, for the Dickies 500. “I’m looking forward to driving the FOX Collision Center Chevrolet at Texas,” commented driver PJ Jones. “The #92 FOX Collision Center car qualified well at Kansas and we fully expect another good run this weekend.” FOX Collision Center, Inc., with 9 full service body shops is owned and operated by Kansas native Todd Fox, an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in collision repair. He began his collision repair business in Wichita and operated four facilities before moving onto Tulsa, Oklahoma in spring of 2001. After just a few short months, FOX quickly became Tulsa’s premier Collision Center. There are currently 4 FOX Collision Center’s in Wichita. Their ninth center opened October 4th in Kansas at I-35 and Antioch.(Front Row Motorsports)(11-2-2005)

    • See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #0-Mike Bliss geeksquad.com #0 Schemes Page
      #07-Dave Blaney Jack Daniel's Texas Pride #07 Schemes Page
      #5-Kyle Busch CARQUEST #5 Schemes Page
      #9-Kasey Kahne Dodge Ram Mega Cab #9 Schemes Page
      #18-Bobby Labonte Interstate Batteries - Contest Winner #18 Schemes Page
      #38-Elliott Sadler Combos #38 Schemes Page
      #40-Sterling Marlin Coors Light Camouflage #40 Schemes Page
      #44-Terry Labonte Iron Man - Kelloggs #44 Schemes Page
      #66-Kevin Lepage Dickies #66 Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Jarrett Toys for Tots/UPS #88 Schemes Page
      #91-Bill Elliott Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper #91 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Irwin Tools #97 Schemes Page


    • 'Iron Man' Car at Texas: At Texas, Terry Labonte will be driving a #44 Kellogg's Chevrolet with a retro paint scheme identical to the 1996 "Iron Man" car that commemorated his then-record-breaking string of consecutive Cup Series races. He bested Richard Petty's all-time record of 513 straight events and eventually ran the streak to 655. Labonte's historic run ended in 2000 and was later surpassed by Ricky Rudd.(HMS PR)(11-6-2005)

    • Dickies to sponsor #66 at Texas IMAGES: Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. and Peak Performance Motorsports announced a one-race primary sponsorship package for the Dickies 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Fort Worth-based maker of the DICKIES brand of work wear is in its first season as the title sponsor for the fall Nextel Cup event, and has signed with the #66 Ford and driver Kevin Lepage to be the primary sponsor of the car for the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.(PSE-3 PR)(11-1-2005)
      IMAGES see images of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(11-2-2005)

    • Interstate Batteries Rewards Local Dealer: When Bobby Labonte competes at the Dickies 500 NEXTEL Cup Series event Nov. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, the hood of his #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy will look a little bit different than most fans are used to seeing. Following a nationwide contest that Interstate conducted earlier this year, the car will carry the name of Main Street Getty, an Interstate Batteries dealer located in Tewksbury, Mass., a city of about 28,000 people, located about 20 miles north of Boston. In addition, IBS of Massachusetts, the Interstate Batteries distributorship that services Main Street Getty, will also adorn part of Labonte's hood. Both were winners of Interstate's '500 Miles of Fame II' promotion, a program designed to increase its dealers' focus on batteries and give them and Interstate's distributors a chance to be seen by millions of consumers both in person and on television in a location normally reserved for multi-million dollar corporate names. Winners not only receive an all-expense paid trip to the race, but will also get the opportunity to meet Labonte prior to the event. Interstate is one of the longest-running major sponsors in NEXTEL Cup racing having been associated with Joe Gibbs Racing since 1991.(Camp and Associates/JGR)(11-1-2005)
      IMAGE: see image of the hood on my #18 Team Schemes page.(11-2-2005)

    • Geek Squad on the #0 at Texas UPDATE - image: on geeksquad.com it is being reported that the #0 Haas CNC Racing Chevy and driver Mike Bliss will run a Geek Squad paint scheme at Texas Motor Speedway. Geek Squad works with Best Buy, a sponsor of the #0 team.(11-1-2005)
      UPDATE: Cup driver Mike Bliss for the first time this season will find himself behind the wheel of Best Buy's Geek Squad #0 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as the Haas CNC Racing team heads to Texas Motor Speedway for this Sunday's NASCAR Dickie's 500. In addition to the new black and orange paint scheme on the car, uniformed Geek Squad agents will be dispatched to rescue media and NASCAR teams from unforeseen tech malfunctions (PR), see images of the car on my #0 Team Schemes page.(11-2-2005)

    • Kahne to run a Dodge Ram Mega Cab Paint Scheme at Texas: Kasey Kahne and the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team will debut a special paint scheme featuring the new Dodge Mega Cab -- World's Biggest Cab -- on Nov. 6 in the Dickies 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Since everything is bigger in Texas, TMS will provide a perfect high-speed stage to unveil the new paint scheme. The all-new 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab features the World’s Biggest Cab with Best-in-Class interior room and comfort. Powered by a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine as standard equipment, the 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab also is available with a Cummins Turbo diesel. Beginning on Oct. 18, fans can register at www.worldsbiggestcab.com to win prizes associated with the unveiling of the new paint scheme. Fifty die-cast cars with the Ram Mega Cab paint scheme from Action Performance will be given away in addition to five SRT Racing School experiences, a VIP Daytona 500 trip for two and a 1500 SLT Dodge Ram Mega Cab. Deadline for entries is Nov. 9.(Clear!Blue PR), see an image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(10-17-2005)

    • Camo Scheme for Sterling at Talladega and Texas: In August of 2005, Coors Brewing Company launched a truly unique, one-of-a-kind package, the camouflage can. The 2005 Coors and Coors Light Camouflage Can is the ideal beer container for the American outdoorsman. This packaging will be available in certain markets through November 2005. To further leverage the unique camouflage can, Coors Light will take the packaging to the track! The Coors Light #40 car will be wrapped in the same camouflage pattern as the can for two of this fall's races at Talladega Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(9-27-2005)

    • Jarrett to run Toys for Tots scheme: When Dale Jarrett climbs into the #88 UPS Ford on Sunday, November 6, at Texas Motor Speedway, both he and the car will have a decidedly different look. Bright lime green and tomato red will replace the UPS signature brown as part of a special paint scheme promoting a campaign to raise more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. For Jarrett, the project was a family affair, with his three youngest children, Natalee (17), Karsyn (15) and Zachary (10), creating the car's unique motif, which looks as if children hand-painted the design. Jarrett unveiled the car today at a convention of The UPS Store franchisees. The campaign includes sales of a 1:43-scale limited-edition, die-cast replica of the Toys for Tots car, which will be available exclusively at participating The UPS Store locations for the retail price of $9.95. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots compliments of The UPS Store franchisees, UPS, Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing and Action Performance. Participating The UPS Store locations also will offer customers the opportunity to purchase a Toys for Tots pledge card for only $1, with all proceeds going to support local Toys for Tots activities. Sales of the die-cast cars and pledge cards are expected to generate more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. In addition to participating The UPS Store locations, several racing-related organizations will also serve as toy collection sites for Toys for Tots this holiday season. Robert Yates Racing in Mooresville, NC and Dale Jarrett, Inc. in Hickory, NC will both be collecting toys. Toys will also be accepted at Action Performance's offices in both Concord, NC and Phoenix, AZ. In addition, The UPS Store representatives will collect toys at a special display at the season-ending Ford Championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jarrett will appear in a special public service announcement encouraging support for the Toys for Tots program. The spot, which is expected to begin airing in November, can be viewed at www.racing.ups.com. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.(More at the Action Performance Toys for Tots page), see am image of the car on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2005)

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

    • Iron Man Returns: Terry Labonte is scheduled to drive the #44 Iron Man Chevy at the Texas Motor Speedway in November.. See the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)

    • CARQUEST joins #5 team, five 2005 races as the primary: Hendrick Motorsports today announced a multi-year agreement that will feature CARQUEST Auto Parts as a major associate sponsor of the #5 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team with driver Kyle Busch. Along with associate-sponsorship status on the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolets throughout the schedule, the pact will showcase primary CARQUEST color-schemes on the car in 10 NEXTEL Cup events, divided equally between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Raleigh-based CARQUEST, the Official Auto Parts Supplier of Hendrick Motorsports since 2002, began its association with Busch this past season as primary sponsor of Hendrick's #84 NEXTEL Cup effort. The six-race initiative marked the series debut of Busch at his hometown track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, along with additional events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the nearest CARQUEST location, visit www.CARQUEST.com.
      CARQUEST COLOR-SCHEMES - 2005 NEXTEL CUP DATES: Feb. 27, California;
      April 3, Bristol;
      May 29, Lowe's Motor Speedway;
      Oct. 9, Kansas;
      Nov. 6, Texas;
      (Hendrick Motorsports PR)(12-29-2004)

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


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