THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: UAW-Ford 500

Nextel Cup Race #29 of 36 for the 2005 season

Nextel Cup Chase Race #3 of 10 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, Oct 2, 2005 in Talladega, AL

  • TV: NBC 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 2:30pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Oct 5 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Oct 6 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Oct 8 [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: $5,168,472 (was $5,199,159 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, September 30, 10:30am - 12:00pm/et; Saturday, October 1, 10:30 - 11:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 1, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et, TV-SPEED CHANNEL via tape at 5:30pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 30, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Friday, September 30 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel LIVE, re-air at 8:00pm/et AND live via radio at MRN 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

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
    7:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    8:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:00 AM 5:00 PM NNCS GARAGE OPENS (INSPECTION ONLY)

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    8:30 AM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
    8:30 AM NNCS DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    9:30 AM 11:30AM NNCS PRACTICE
    3:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS – ALL POSITIONS)
    (4:00pm/et on Speed Channel)
    7:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SATURDAY,OCTOBER 1ST
    7:30 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:30 AM 10:15AM NNCS PRACTICE
    11:10 AM 11:55AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
    (5:30pm/et on SPEED)
    4:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
    6:30 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:00 AM NNCS SPOTTERS MEETING (GOODYEAR BUILDING)
    11:30 AM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GOODYEAR BUILDING)
    1:00 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
    1:30 PM NNCS 500 (188 LAPS, 500 MILES)
    (2:30pm/et on NBC)
    2:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,200; Right-side -- 1,200

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6844; Right-side -- D-6846

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

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

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race weekend that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Talladega . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run this tire set-up in 2005, though it is similar to the one run at Daytona . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . inflation on those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "Tires are generally a non-issue at Talladega. We had good results with this set-up this spring, and we expect more of the same this weekend. As always at Talladega, because wear is so minimal, you should see some two-tire stops during this race."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Talladega [9 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
    (9-25-2005)

  • 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 Talladega: $25,000

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

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
    #29, #31 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
    #48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Tony Stewart, 20
    Kurt Busch, 10
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Matt Kenseth, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Scott Riggs, 2
    Mark Martin, 2
    (9-25-2005)


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

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

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

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

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
    Alabama Live
    Anniston Star
    Birmingham Post Herald
    Daily Home
    Gadsden Times
    Montgomery Advertiser
    Tuscaloosa News
    Talladega.com

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review
    ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review II
    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

    • McMurray's car flunks post-insp at Talladega: Following a weekend of rules controversies, Jamie McMurray’s #42 Chip Ganassi-owned Dodge flunked post-race inspection when right-rear quarter panel didn’t meet the minimum height requirement. No penalty will be issued, NASCAR officials said, because McMurray’s car was one of many that had been damaged in a wreck during the race.(Speed Channel)(10-2-2005)

    • Jarrett wins big at Talladega:: #88-Dale Jarrett, with help from #20-Tony Stewart, moved from 6th to 1st and won the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a last lap pass on a green-white-checkered finish. It is Jarrett's 32 career win, first since Feb 2003 at Rockingham, 98 races ago. Jarrett was the last driver to win at Talladega in a Ford in 1998. Jarrett is the 5th oldest driver to win a Cup race, at 48 years, 10 months, 6 days old. Harry Gant, Bobby Allison, Morgan Shepherd and Dale Earnhardt were older. Stewart held on to finish 2nd, retaking the points lead as #48-Johnson was involved in a couple of wrecks and finished 31st, falling to 4th in points. After some checking #17-Matt Kenseth was awarded 3rd, followed by #12-Ryan Newman and #99-Carl Edwards. #6-Mark Martin was involved in the first big wreck and finished 41st, dropping to 9th in points. The other Chase drivers who had trouble were #2-Rusty Wallace [25th] and #16-Greg Biffle [27th]. The race was slowed with 11 cautions for 33 laps. There were 50 lead changes among 20 drivers. Stewart led the most laps with 65. Jarrett led two laps, the 3rd and final lap. Jarrett breaks the Talladega record for fewest laps led by a winner, held by Bobby Hamilton in 2001 and one other driver.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Talladega Race Results/Awards page.(10-2-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Talladega race 3 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5519
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5515, -4
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5443, -76
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5437, -82
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5421, -98
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5419, -100
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5413, -106
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5408, -111
      #6-Mark Martin, 5381, -138
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5339, -180
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #29-Kevin Harvick, 3321
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -17
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -33
      #88-Dale Jarrett, -51
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Talladega Race Results/Awards page.(10-2-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Talladega, race 29 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4185
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 3907, -278
      3) #2-Rusty Wallace, 3815, -370
      4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3802, -383
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3629, -556
      6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3615, -570
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 3613, -572
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 3565, -620
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3518, -667
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3507, -678
      11) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3321, -864, +1
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3307, -878, +1
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3288, -897, -2
      14) #88-Dale Jarrett, 3270, -915, +1
      15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3222, -963
      (10-2-2005)

    • Where did The Chase drivers start/finish at Talladega:
      #48-Johnson starts 9th, finished 31st, 32 laps down
      #2-Wallace, 42nd, 25th, -5 laps
      #12-Newman, 3rd, 3rd or 4th
      #6-Martin, 24th, 41st DNF
      #20-Stewart, 4th, 2nd
      #16-Biffle, 8th, 27th, -18 laps
      #19-McMurray, 32nd, 12th
      #99-Edwards, 10th, 4th or 5th
      #17-Kenseth, 12th, 3rd or 5th
      #97-Busch, 21st, 8th
      (10-2-2005)

    • Talladega Race News/Notes:
      • Dale Jarrett won the UAW-FORD 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, scoring his 32nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 596th career start.
      • Jarrett scored his first victory in 2005. His last victory came at Rockingham in February 2003, 99 races ago.
      • Jarrett became the 14th different race winner in 2005.
      • Jarrett has scored just six top-10 finishes in 29 races in 2005.
      • Jarrett climbed from 15th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • This was Jarrett’s second win at Talladega and ended a 13-race win streak held by Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway. He also won here in October 1998 and that was the most recent Talladega win by a Ford.
      • This was Jarrett’s 28th career superspeedway victory in 425 career superspeedway races and sixth victory in a restrictor-plate race.
      • The 50 lead changes in the UAW-FORD 500 were the most in a race this season.
      • Tony Stewart led 11 times for 65 of the 190 laps raced, leading the most laps for the 10th time in a race this season.
      • Jarrett led two times for two laps including the final lap. His last-lap pass for victory was the third in 2005. It also happened at Atlanta when Carl Edwards drove to victory over Jimmie Johnson and again at Charlotte when Johnson passed Bobby Labonte for the victory.
      • Jarrett scored the fourth victory for car owner Robert Yates at Talladega Superspeedway. This was Yates’ 57th victory as a car owner.
      • Kevin Harvick (10th) climbed from 12th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • Rusty Wallace (25th) extended a 42-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 23 top-15 finishes in 29 races in 2005.
      • J.J. Yeley led the first lap in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.
      • Jamie McMurray had led only one lap in 2005 coming to Talladega. He led 38 laps today, second only to Stewart who led 65.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-2-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 3 Notes
      • As a result of his second-place finish in the UAW-FORD 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Tony Stewart re-took the point lead in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by just four points over second-place Ryan Newman. Stewart along with nine other drivers will race over the remaining seven races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million
      • Nine drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Talladega.
      • Five of the Chase drivers were involved in accidents at Talladega: (Jimmie Johnson, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch.
      • Seven of the Chase drivers led at Talladega earning lap leader bonus points.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover and eighth at Talladega) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase. Busch is now 10th in the point standings, 180 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • Eight of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 28 races of the 2005 season. Martin and Wallace remain winless in 2005. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Three of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Matt Kenseth (third) Carl Edwards (fifth), and Kurt Busch (eighth).
      • Ryan Newman (first at New Hampshire, fifth at Dover and fourth at Talladega) is the only driver to score top-five finishes in the first three races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
      • A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December.
      • Tony Stewart (second) scored his 14th top-10 finish in his last 15 races. Stewart climbed from fifth to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and has led the point standing in eight of the last nine races, dropping to fifth at Dover one week ago..
      • Matt Kenseth (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in his last seven races. Kenseth climbed from ninth to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-2-2005)

    • Heading to Kansas
      • Ryan Newman has scored three top-five finishes in four races at Kansas, the only driver to do so.
      • Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield have each scored three top-10 finishes in four races at Kansas.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored two top-10 finishes in three races at Kansas.
      • Of the 10 Chase drivers, only Carl Edwards has not scored a top-10 finish at Kansas. Edwards has competed in only one race there. (NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-2-2005)

    • Rumblings - Talladega: It was another wreckfest today at Talladega Superspeedway, and in a race decided somewhere around turn 3 (we think) Dale Jarrett was declared the winner of the UAW-Ford 505. In a finish under caution, DJ gets his 32nd career win and his first since he won at Rockingham (where'zat) in February of 2003. The 1999 Cup Champion is 19th on the all-time win list, and win #57 for Robert Yates Racing was worth $239,833 from the over $5.3M in posted awards. Jarrett is the 14th different winner of the season. Last year we had 13 of 'em and 17 different drivers won in 2003.
      A note to Michael Waltrip.....when your rear end and drive shaft pass you on the track, it's not gonna be a good day!
      A note to Mark Martin.....evidently, you're under the mistaken impression that somehow we as fans have some power. If we had any power, the "plate" and the "Chase" would be a complete unknown in our sport. The only power we have is _knowing_ where the power really rests!
      Sterling Marlin (7th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Texas in April.
      Bobby Labonte (11th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Pocono in July.
      Dave Blaney (15th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Atlanta in March.
      Bobby Hamilton Jr (20th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Las Vegas in March. (Not bad for a guy who couldn't qualify on Friday, huh?)
      Tony Raines (22nd) had his best finish since he was 13th at Homestead in November of 2003!
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 14 Top-10's in the last 15 races.
      Matt Kenseth has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kevin Harvick (+32), followed by Brian Vickers (+21) and Tony Raines (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-33), followed by Scott Riggs (-29), Jeff Gordon (-25), Jimmie Johnson (-22), Kyle Busch (-20), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (-20). Sadler is now tied with Ryan Newman with three B/D's this season.
      J.J. Yeley led a lap today for the first time in his Cup career. He's the 49th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 50.
      In the Owners Points battle for the 35th and final exempt spot, Mike Wallace and the #4 team have closed to just three points behind Yeley & the #11 bunch. As important as that may be for the rest of the season, it'll carry even more weight for year-end and the Daytona 500 of '06.
      Tony Stewart regains the "Chase" lead by four markers over Ryan Newman. The Top-6 are now separated by an even hundred points....last week that margin was 23.
      In "Classic" points, Kevin Harvick has claimed that 11th spot they all covet so much by 14 points over Jamie McMurray. Last week's leader for the 10th loser (Elliott Sadler) has fallen to 13th.
      Sterling Marlin (29th to 27th) made the only multi-position advance this week (in the Top-40), while Elliott Sadler (11th to 13th) and Jeff Gordon (14th to 16th) were the only drivers to fall more than one spot.(Stock Car Fans)(10-2-2005)

      Talladega Race Rundown

    • The UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 190 of 188 laps:

      GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED

      REVISED

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #88-Jarrett-f (2)(2 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (4x)(65 laps led)
      #17-Kenseth-f (11x)(22 laps led)
      #12-Newman-d (3x)(12 laps led)
      #99-Edwards-f (10-x)(2 laps led)

      #25-Vickers-c (27)(6 laps led)
      #40-Marlin-d (16)
      #97-Busch-f (21x)(7 laps led)
      #01-Nemechek-c (5/back)(1 laps led)
      #29-Harvick-c (42)(4 laps led)

      other chasers. running
      #19-Mayfield-d (32x), 12
      #2-Walllace-d (41x/back) 25, -5 laps
      #16-Biffle-f (8x) 27, -18 laps
      #48-Johnson-c (9x)(3 laps led) 31, -32 laps
      #6-Martin (24x) 41 DNF

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

    • Chase Standing after lap 190 of 188 at Talladega:
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5520
      #20-Tony Stewart, -1
      #2-Rusty Wallace, -77
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, -83
      #99-Carl Edwards, -96
      #16-Greg Biffle, -99
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, -107
      #17-Matt Kenseth, -122
      #6-Mark Martin, -139
      #97-Kurt Busch, -181
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #29-Kevin Harvick, 3321
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -17
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -33
      #88-Dale Jarrett, -51

    • Cars on the lead lap: 20 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down at least a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,37,7,45,2,16,11,66,48,0,38

    • Cars on the track: 30 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (13) and reason:
      #00-Skinner (accident-out)
      #6-Martin (accident-out)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out)
      #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
      #33-Earnhardt (accident-out)
      #10-Riggs (accident-out)
      #41-Mears (accident-out)
      #24-Gordon (accident-out)
      #31-Burton (accident-out)
      #0-Bliss (accident-out)
      #1-Truex Jr. (engine-out)
      #5-Busch (engine-out)
      #49-Schrader (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (20 leaders with 50 lead changes):
      #20-Stewart (65, led most);
      #42-McMurray (38);
      #17-Kenseth (23);
      #12-Newman (12);
      #38-Sadler (9);
      #97-Busch (7):
      #25-Vickers (6);
      #29-Harvick (6);
      #21-Rudd (5);
      #41-Mears (5);
      #48-Johnson (3);
      #88-Jarrett (2);
      #99-Edwards (2);
      #01-Nemechek (1);
      #4-Wallace (1);
      #43-Green (1);
      #11-Yeley (1);
      #19-Mayfield (1);
      #49-Schrader (1);
      #77-Kvapil (1);

    • Lap leaders: #38-Sadler - pole; #38-Elliott 1; #20-Stewart 2; #88-Jarrett 3; #38-Sadler 4-8; #17-Kenseth 9; #48-Johnson 10-12; #17-Kenseth 13; #38-Sadler 14-16; #42-McMurray 17-20; #4-Wallace 21; #43-Green 22; #17-Kenseth 23-29; #20-Stewart 30; #17-Kenseth 31; #20-Stewart 32; #29-Harvick 33-34; #11-Yeley 35; #97-Busch 36-41; #41-Mears 42-43; #20-Stewart 44; #41-Mears 45-47; #42-McMurray 48-51; #20-Stewart 52; #42-McMurray 53; #20-Stewart 54; #42-McMurray 55; #20-Stewart 56-57; #01-Nemechek 58; #25-Vickers 59-63; #42-McMurray 64-77; #19-Mayfield 78; #29-Harvick 79-82; #17-Kenseth 83-88; #97-Busch 89; #42-McMurray 90; #49-Schrader 91; #21-Rudd 92-96; #25-Vickers 97; #12-Newman 98-109; #77-Kvapil 110; #42-McMurray 111-114; #20-Stewart 115-119; #42-McMurray 120; #20-Stewart 121-131; #17-Kenseth 132; #20-Stewart 133-161; #99-Edwards 162-163; #20-Stewart 164-175; #42-McMurray 176-183; #17-Kenseth 184-189; #88-Jarrett 190

      Cautions: 10 for 33 laps

      Caution 10 - Laps 190 - Finish: #45-Petty got hit by #37-Raines and hit the inside backstretch wall....then ran the car to get past the start-finish line, and walked away ok. Petty took full blame on an MRN Radio interview.
      Caution 9 - Laps 186 - 188: #49-Schrader lost a tire, spun around and wacked the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 8 - Laps 129 - 131: Debris in turn 3-4
      Caution 7 - Laps 110 - 112: Debris on the backstretch
      Caution 6 - Laps 91 - 93: #97-Busch, while leading, lost a right front tire and slapped the turn 4 wall.
      Caution 5 - Laps 78 - 80: #5-Busch, while running 5th, got high and slapped the turn 4 wall.

      Caution 4 - Laps 67 - 70: #41-Mears got punted by #12-Newman on the tri-oval, Mears went sideways, #10-Riggs got tagged, got airbourne on it's nose, then rolled over 4 times, Riggs got out and waved to the crowd. #31-Burton got hit and went into Riggs, #16-Biffle, #2-Wallace both got sideways and damage, #48-Johnson has front end damage.
      Caution 3 - Laps 58 - 60: #0-Bliss lost a left rear tire and spun in turn 2, collecting #43-Green and #11-Yeley, #77-Kvapil tagged the wall, but drove on. #33-Earnhardt was also involved.
      Caution 2 - Laps 35 - 37: #48-Johnson cut down a left rear tire and tore the fender off the car.
      Caution 1 - Laps 21 - 27: #38-Sadler got turned by #48-Johnson, Sadler hit the turn 1 wall, Then a pinball effect, with #8-Earnhardt Jr. having no place to go, #6-Martin was behind Dale Jr. and Martin's car was so damaged he had no steering and hit the wall again, #15-Waltrip got together with #2-Wallace and flipped over at least once, also #00-Skinner was involved and ended up parked in the grass. #01-Nemechek was also involved in the wreck.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
      Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 9: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 8: #37-Raines, 22nd
      Caution 7: #45-Petty(3), 24th
      Caution 6: #45-Petty(2), still a lap down 24th
      Caution 5: #4-Wallace, 19th
      Caution 4: #45-Petty, still 2 laps down 24th
      Caution 3: none?
      Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- #16-Biffle, 17 laps down, passed on the left in pit road, and was penalzied a pass thru penalty.
      ---- on lap 162, #20-Stewart came in for their final pitstops, #42-McMurray came in with him.
      ---- green flag stops are occuring starting lap 159, everyone still has to pit or they will run out of fuel. #29-Harvick, #07-Blaney, #88-Jarrett were among the 1st drivers in.
      ---- on lap 117, #31-Burton went back to the garage.
      ---- around lap 112, #31-Burton is back on the track, but has no front sheet metal and will be doubtful he can maintain race speed.
      ---- on lap 94, #48-Johnson is back on the track, 28 laps down.
      ---- on lap 83, #16-Biffle is back on the track after the crew made repairs.
      ---- on lap 84, there are reports of rain in the area.
      ---- on lap 81, #0-Bliss is back on the track after the crew made repairs.
      ---- on lap 81, #38-Sadler is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the car after the lap 19 wreck.
      ---- on lap 75, #01-Nemechek had a right front tire go down and had to pit under green.
      ---- as of lap 52, #20-Stewart is reporting his engine is running hot.
      ---- during the 2nd caution, #45-Petty got turned on pit road by #18-Labonte and nosed into the pit road, #10-Riggs and #4-Wallace got into each other on pit road.
      ---- To the BACK [6]: #01-Nemechek [engine change];
        #15-Michael Waltrip [trans change]
        #41-Casey Mears [trans change]

        #00-Bobby Hamiton Jr [driver change, Skinner qualified];
        #34-Mike Skinner [driver change, HSadler qual]
        #2-Wallace [engine change];


    • Race Coverage of the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is on Sunday, October 2, 2005.
      TV: NBC at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR This Morning, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, October 6th at 3:00pm/et

    • Six to the Back...so far: the following drivers/teams will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag in the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday:
      #01-Nemechek [engine change was to start 5th];
      #15-Michael Waltrip [transmission change, was to start 25th];
      #41-Casey Mears [transmission change, was to start 26th];
      #00-Bobby Hamiton Jr [driver change, Skinner qualified, was to start 31st];
      #34-Mike Skinner [driver change, Hermie Sadler qualified, was to start 35th];
      #2-Wallace [engine change was to start 41st];(10-1/2-2005)

    • Driver changes at Talladega: #00 - Bobby Hamilton Jr. replaced Mike Skinner; #34 - Mike Skinner replaced Hermie Sadler..Tide is going on the #00 and Aaron's going to the #34 for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.(NASCAR Stats Services)(10-1-2005)
      AND the deal was with the #34 Front Row Racing team and #32 owner, Cal Wells, which failed to make the race with driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. So Wells made a deal with Chris Edwards, owner of the #34 Ford that Hermie Sadler qualified for the race. But since the #34 is a Ford this week [usually a Chevy], the Wells made a deal with Jenkins and Mike Skinner, moving Skinner to the #34 Ford and using the #00 car, which is really the #92 [owners points #192 Bob Jenkins the owner] and will run the #32 in the race with Tide as the sponsor. Running the race will NOT get the #32 team owner, Cal Wells, any owners points for the race, driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. will of course get drivers points since he will start the race in the car, but has to start in the rear of the field due to the drivers change. Sadler was supposedly compensated for letting the switch happen as well as the owners of the #34 and #192 [#00]. The #00/92 was an odd deal already, as a deal between Jenkins and #00 [#100] team owner Michael Waltrip to run Skinner and Aaron's along with the #00, similar to the deal between Waltrip and Bill Davis Racing to run the #00 Dodge with Aaron's and Kenny Wallace a few weeks ago.(10-2-2005)

    • Happy Hour [Final] Practice for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
      #11-Yeley 193.917
      #7-Gordon 193.725
      #31-Burton 193.452
      #07-Blaney 193.388
      #2-Wallace 193.373
      slowest: #42-McMurray 185.743 and #24-Gordon 187.643
      most laps run: #20-Stewart 37; #97-Busch 36
      (these are mostly drafting speeds)
      no speeds listed for: #0-Bliss, #29-Harvick, #88-Jarrett, #48-Johnson, #40-Marlin, #41-Mears, #38-Sadler
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #17-Kensteh, 189.943 [12th fastest lap], 9 laps run
      #31-Burton, 189.395 [3rd], 15 laps
      #43-Green, 189.363 [20th], 7 laps
      The practice will be televised on Speed Channel via tape at 5:30pm/et.
      For practice and qualifying speeds, qualiying order, other links on Jayski's Talladega Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-1-2005)

    • Saturday's first practice for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
      #7-Gordon 193.756
      #0-Bliss 193.263
      #77-Kvapil 193.166
      #49-Schrader 193.022
      #17-Kenseth 192.975
      slowest: #15-Waltrio 184.929 and #12-Newman 188.415

      no speed for: #00-Skinner
      (these are drafting speeds)
      most laps run: #18-Labonte 38; #41-Mears 37
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #0-Bliss, 189.504 [2nd fastest lap], 14 laps run
      #11-Yeley, 189.273 [6th], 13 laps
      #16-Biffle, 189.109 [15th], 18 laps
      For practice and qualifying speeds, qualiying order, other links on Jayski's Talladega Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-1-2005)

    • Harvicks time tossed, fails post-qual inspection UPDATE Berrier tossed: #29-Kevin Harvick WAS to start 2nd at Talladega Superspeedway in the UAW-Ford 500 but the overflow tube for the fuel tank was missing along with venting problems and NASCAR disallowed Harvick's run and he will start from the rear of the field on Sunday.(Speed Channel's Trackside show)(9-30-2005)
      UPDATE - NASCAR comment on Harvick's qualifying run being disallowed at Talladega: NASCAR spokesman, Jim Hunter, addressed the media following qualifying with the following comment: "The No. 29 car's qualifying time has been disallowed. He (Harvick) will start Sunday's race from the rear. There were a couple of things in the rear area of the car did not comply with post-qualifying inspection. The trunk area was not sealed properly. It was not vented to the outside as prescribed in the rulebook. The shock doors inside the trunk area were opened and not secured. So there were several violations in the trunk area of the car. So there will probably be penalties coming out the first of the week. But that's why."(GM Racing PR)(9-30-2005)
      UPDATE 2: hearing that crew chief Todd Berrier, already on probation for the infractions at Las Vegas in March, has been escorted from Talladega Superspeedway and will not be calling the shots for the race on Sunday, no word on who will be the acting crew chief for Harvick.
      AND For the second time this year, Kevin Harvick will be without his regular crew chief after NASCAR found violations with the #29 Chevrolet. Crew chief Todd Berrier was removed from the track by NASCAR on Saturday, one day after NASCAR found multiple violations in post-qualifying inspection. Gil Martin, crew chief for Clint Bowyer in the Busch Series, will serve as Harvick's crew chief on Sunday in the UAW-Ford 500. Team owner Richard Childress will be atop the pit box with Martin. Childress declined comment on the situation. In March, Berrier was suspended for four races after NASCAR found an unapproved fuel filler and unapproved fuel cell vent in post-qualifying inspection at Las Vegas.(NASCAR.com)(10-1-2005)

    • Sadler wins pole at Talladega, Harvicks time disallowed: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a fast lap of 189.260mph for his 3rd pole of 2005, 2nd at Talladega and 5th of his career. #29-Kevin Harvick WAS to start 2nd but the overflow tube for the fuel tank was missing and NASCAR disallowed Harvick's run and will start 42nd now. So, #88-Dale Jarrett will start 2nd followed by #12-Ryan Newman [best starting Chaser], #20-Tony Stewart and #01-Joe Nemechek. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnso will start 9th, 2nd in points, #2-Rusty Wallace lost an engine during his 1st qualifying lap and will start 41st and then from the back after changing the engine. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 20th. #1-Martin Truex Jr. was the highest non top-35 team, who had to get in based on speed, qualifying 17th. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., who was fast in practice failed to qualify for the race, along with #09-Sauter and #89-Shepherd.
      For pole progression, practice and qualifying speeds, qualiying order, other links on Jayski's Talladega Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(9-30-2005)

    • Parts confiscated by NASCAR at Talladega: NASCAR officials confiscated unapproved fuel cell foam from the #8 Budweiser Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #89 Dodge of Morgan Shepherd during pre-qualifying inspections. Shepherd failed to make the field. An unapproved window net was also taken from the #25 GMAC Chevy of Brian Vickers.(Alabama Live)(10-1-2005)

    • NASCAR comment on Harvick's qualifying run being disallowed: NASCAR spokesman, Jim Hunter, addressed the media following qualifying with the following comment: "The No. 29 car's qualifying time has been disallowed. He (Harvick) will start Sunday's race from the rear. There were a couple of things in the rear area of the car did not comply with post-qualifying inspection. The trunk area was not sealed properly. It was not vented to the outside as prescribed in the rulebook. The shock doors inside the trunk area were opened and not secured. So there were several violations in the trunk area of the car. So there will probably be penalties coming out the first of the week. But that's why."(GM Racing PR)(9-30-2005)

    • #00 Team Note; been told the #00 is the #192, being allowed to use the #00 number with Mike Skinner driving and the #192 Front Row racing team getting the owners points and the credit for the race attempt, allowing them to keep the full season race attempts streak alive. #192 [#92] has run many drivers in 2005, Stanton Barrett, Tony Raines, Hermie Sadler, Eric McClure among others.(9-30-2005)

    • Where do The Chase drivers start at Talladega:
      #48-Johnson starts 9th
      #2-Wallace, 42nd
      #12-Newman, 3rd
      #6-Martin, 24th
      #20-Stewart, 4th
      #16-Biffle, 8th
      #19-McMurray, 32nd
      #99-Edwards, 10th
      #17-Kenseth, 12th
      #97-Busch, 221st
      (9-30-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Talladega qualifying?
      #1-Martin Truex Jr., starts 17th
      #7-Robby Gordon, 22nd
      #00-Mike Skinner, 31st
      #4-Mike Wallace, 33rd
      #33-Kerry Earnhardt, 34th
      #34-Hermie Sadler, 35th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 37th
      #37-Tony Raines, 43rd
      these 3 drivers miss the race:
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr.,
      #09-Johnny Sauter
      #89-Morgan Shepherd.(9-30-2005)

    • Talladega Qualifying Notes:
      • Ellott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the UAW-Ford 500, lapping Talladega Superspeedway in 50.597 seconds at 189.260 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 44.998 seconds, 212.809 mph, set April 30, 1987 – prior to the implementation of restrictor-plates. Elliott also holds the restrictor-plate qualifying record at Talladega – 48.128 seconds, 199.388 mph, set May 4, 1990.
      • This is Sadler’s fifth career Bud Pole in 242 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. It is his second Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in 13 races at Talladega. This is Sadler’s third Bud Pole and 15th top-10 start in 2005.
      • Dale Jarrett posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 50.727 seconds, 188.775 mph – and will join Sadler in the all-Robert Yates Racing front row for the UAWFord 500. This is his16th top-10 start in 38 races at Talladega. This is Jarrett’s seventh top-10 start in 2005.
      • Kevin Harvick’s time, which was second, was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection.
      • This is the sixth Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Dodge has nine. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners at Talladega since 1998. Joe Nemechek (three), Elliott Sadler (two) and Stacey Compton (two) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the 14-race period. Qualifying was canceled in October 2002.
      • Four of the Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Ryan Newman (third), Tony Stewart (fourth), Greg Biffle (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (ninth) and Carl Edwards (10th). Nine of the last 13 races at Talladega have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
      • Ryan Newman (third) scored his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Talladega. This is the 25th top-10 start for Newman in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Tony Stewart (fourth) posted his sixth top-10 start in 14 races at Talladega. It is Stewart’s 15th top-10 start this season.
      • Joe Nemechek (fifth) posted his eighth top-10 start in 2005. It is also his eighth top- 10 start in 22 races at Talladega.
      • Kerry Earnhardt (35th) qualified for his seventh NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, his third in 2005. Six of his races have been restrictor-plate races.
      • Forty-one of the 72 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Talladega have been won from the first four starting positions (57 percent).(NASCAR PR)(9-30-2005)

    • Ramblings - Talladega: It was Elliott Sadler's day at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday as he took the Bud Pole for Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 with a time of 50.597 sec. (189.260 mph). This is the third pole of the season for Sadler, and the fifth of his NEXTEL Cup career. Joining his teammate on the outside of the front row will be Dale Jarrett. What's that you say? You thought Kevin Harvick was out there? Well, other than three (count 'em, THREE) small problems in the trunk area that NASCAR didn't like he'd have been in that spot, but his time was disallowed and he'll start 42nd. After the shock fiasco at Dover last week, the garage area is starting to have that "Angry Mob" look to it.....

      This is DJ's best starting spot since he had the pole at Daytona for the 500 in February.
      Bobby Labonte (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Michigan in June.
      STREAKIN.....Jimmie Johnson has 3 Top-10 starts in a row.
      Ryan Newman has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.
      A short Trouble Train today as we had 46 cars on hand. Bobby Hamilton Jr (for the second time this season) was a dnq along with Johnny Sauter and Morgan Shepherd.
      I [SCF] still think a good "Chase" scenario would be to have 10 plate races for the Championship.....course the CCU would be full before race three! These guys won't get much sleep this weekend.(Stock Car Fans)(9-30-2005)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2005 at 4:10pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 4:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: Speed Channel 8:00pm/et

    • Friday practice for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
      #01-Nemechek 189.167
      #10-Riggs 189.141
      #38-Sadler 189.014
      #77-Kvapil 188.955
      #24-Gordon 188.600
      slowest: #89-Shepherd 183.931 and #09-Sauter 184.459
      most laps run: #15-Waltrip 25; #12-Newman 20
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick, 185.927 [20th fastest lap], 3 laps run
      #38-Sadler, 181.211 [3rd], 7 laps
      #01-Nemechek, 179.989 [1st], 11 laps
      For practice speeds, qualifying order and more, see Jayski's Talladega Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(9-30-2005)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Talladega practice?
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 13th fastest
      #7-Robby Gordon, 24th
      #66-Kevin Lepage, 31st
      #1-Martin Truex Jr., 33rd
      #33-Kerry Earnhardt, 34th
      #00-Mike Skinner, 35th
      #4-Mike Wallace, 37th
      #37-Tony Raines, 39th
      if things stayed the same, these 3 miss the race:
      #34-Hermie Sadler, 40th
      #09-Johnny Sauter, 45th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 46th.(9-30-2005)

    • Entry List for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway 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:
      Not in top 35 of owners points - 28 race attempts by team:
      #4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
      #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
      #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
      #37-Tony Raines (full-time team)
      Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 28 'team' attempts
      #09-Johnny Sauter (13 attempts)
      #1-Martin Truex Jr. (5 attempts)
      #33-Kerry Earnhardt (5 attempts)
      #34-Hermie Sadler (24 attempts)
      #66-Kevin Lepage (27 attempts)
      #89-Morgan Shepherd (17 attempts)
      removed from the entry list, first race missed in 2005
      #92-Mike Skinner (full-time team)
      added to entry list...with different car# and owner
      #00-Mike Skinner (5 attempts)
      IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 4,32,7,37,66,34,89,09
      missing the race would be [3]: #'s 1,33,00
      For the full list see my Jayski's Talladega Entry List, 46 cars entered.(9-26/30-2005)

    • 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

    • Gordon can tie restrictor plate wins mark: #24-Jeff Gordon tie Dale Earnhardt for most restrictor plate victories with a win on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt won 11 times [restictor plate races, also won 2 races at Talladega before restrictor plates, 1983 and 1984 for a total of 13] at Talladega (8) and Daytona (3), including his final victory at Talladega five years ago. “Dale was the master of these types of races,” said Gordon, who has won two of the three restrictor plate races this season. “I’d love to get the win, but not because of any statistic or record. And it really doesn’t add any extra incentive because this team tries to win every race.”(in part from The State), Gordon has won 10 restrictor plate races: four races at Talladega, three Daytona 500's and three Pepsi 400's at Daytona.(9-30-2005)

    • WHO'S HOT heading to Talladega Superspeedway:
      • Tony Stewart has scored 13 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 2005, both the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman is the only driver to score top-five finishes in the first two races in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
      • Newman, Rusty Wallace, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin have each scored top-10 finishes in the first two races in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup
      • Mark Martin has scored four straight top-15 finishes.
      • Kevin Harvick has climbed from 16th to 12th in the NASCAR NEWTEL Cup point standings in the last four races.
      • Rusty Wallace (second in points) is at his highest points position since he ranked first after Race No. 2 at Rockingham in February 2001.
      • Rusty Wallace has scored 23 top-15 finishes in 28 races in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Ryan Newman has posted 23 top-10 starts in 28 races this season, the most of all drivers.
      • The “Ford Five” drivers of Jack Roush Racing have won 11 of the 28 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won seven while Joe Gibbs Racing has five victories. Evernham Motorsports has two and Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing and Penske Racing each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-25-2005)

    • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

    • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

    • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Joe Nemechek, 190.749mph, finished 7th.

    • May 2005 Pole Sitter: Kevin Harvick, 189.804mph, 12th

    • 2004 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 156.929mph, started 10th

    • May 2005 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 146.904mph, started 2nd

    • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

    • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

    • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

    • Most Wins - Active Driver: 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

    • Most Poles - Active Driver: 3, Jeremy Mayfield; Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek

    • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

    • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

    • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

    • Youngest Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

    • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3 - twice, most recently Bobby Hamilton 4/22/2001

    • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

    • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

    • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

    • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

    • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 29 - Chevy

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 12 [of 72] 16.7%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 17, 23.6%
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
    • Races won from starting pos 4: 6
    • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
    • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 44 of 72 - 61.1%
    • Races won from the top 10: 53 of 72 - 73.6%


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
      Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
      Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
      Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
      Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
      Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
      Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
      Pit Road Speed: 55mph; Caution Car: 70mph
      Grandstand Seating: 143,000

    • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com

    • May 2005 Talladega Race Info Page
    • Last Year: see my 2004 Talladega Oct Race Info Page.

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: UAW National Ford Department Vice President and Director Gerald D. Bantom
      Command to start engines: Gerald D. Bantom
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Ford Motor Company Vice President of Labor Affairs Marty Mulloy
      National Anthem: American Idol Star Bo Bice
      Military Flyover: 4 F-15's from Tyndall AFB, FL
      Invocation: Richard Alford, Director of Alabama Raceway Ministries

    • Red Cross Reps to Accept Donations at Talladega: American Red Cross Representatives will staff entry gates at Talladega Superspeedway all four days of this weekend's race activities, accepting monetary donations from race fans who wish to join the track in its effort to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Donations will be accepted at the entry gates all four days of the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.(TSS)(9-30-2005)

    • Pre-Race Ceremonies: On hand for the pre-race ceremonies will be Chief Master Sergeant Gerald R. Murray of the United States Air Force. UAW National Ford Department Vice President and Director Gerald D. Bantom will serve as Grand Marshal, and Ford Motor Company Vice President of Labor Affairs Marty Mulloy will serve as Honorary Starter. Presentation of Colors will be by the United States Marine Corps Color Guard, and Richard Alford, Director of Alabama Raceway Ministries, will deliver the Invocation.(TSS PR)(9-28-2005)

    • Race Weekend Traffic Alert: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that race fans should take note of the traffic plan for the upcoming UAW-Ford 500 event weekend just less than two weeks from now, particularly plans for the flow of vehicles on Speedway Boulevard that runs parallel to Interstate 20. "Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, all traffic coming onto Speedway Boulevard from the west will be routed one way. Then on Sunday, starting at 7 a.m., all lanes of traffic coming onto Speedway Boulevard from the east and west will be routed one way to the track's main entrance," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey. "We have been routing traffic this way on Speedway Boulevard for the past several races, but now we have established exact times when it will start so that fans can better prepare their travel routes. Ultimately we hope it will get them onto the property more quickly and conveniently, resulting in an overall improvement to their experience here." When traffic begins to flow out of the property following each day's events, vehicles will be sent outbound in the same manner. For helpful traffic tips and information during race weekend, listen to WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM, which will broadcast regular updates.(Talladega Superspeedway)(9-28-2005)

    • American Idol Star to Sing National Anthem at Talladega: American Idol star Bo Bice will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Oct. 2 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, race three in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Before taking the nation by storm as a contestant in the fourth season of the hugely popular television show, Huntsville-born Bice kept busy managing a Pelham guitar store and playing gigs with his band, SugarMoney. Bice eventually finished American Idol as runner-up to Carrie Underwood, but has since released his first single, the double-A sided "Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle," which debuted this summer on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart at No. 1. Great seats are still available to the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Talladega Superspeedway by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). The weekend includes Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying Day for the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on Friday, Sept. 30, which also features an ARCA RE/MAX Series driver autograph session. The Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race is Saturday, Oct. 1, and the UAW-Ford 500, race three in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, is set for Sunday, Oct. 2. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted into the general admission grandstands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Tickets to all of these events also are available online at www.racetickets.com. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office from 8 a.m.(Talladega Superspeedway)(9-27-2005)

    • Want To Be In A Movie? at Talladega: Race fans who attend the Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct. 1 will not only catch a great race, but also may find themselves making a collective cameo appearance in the NASCAR-themed movie starring Will Ferrell to be released next year. Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey said that producers want to showcase the track's thousands of supportive fans in one of the movie's most pivotal scenes, to be filmed just prior to the start of the Food World 300 at the start/finish line of the track. ARCA RE/MAX Series driver introductions begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by the shooting of the movie scene and then the start of the Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at 1:05 p.m. The evening will end with musical entertainment provided by recording artists Pat Green and Shooter Jennings in the Miller Lite Rock'n Racing Concert in the track's infield, which starts tentatively at 7 p.m. Any guest with an infield ticket for that evening or proper track-issued crendentials may attend the concert free of charge. To reserve your spot in the Talladega Superspeedway grandstands - and among the cheering crowd that will be captured on film for a blockbuster comedy, call the track's ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA for tickets and also are available online at www.racetickets.com.(Talladega Superspeedway)(9-26-2005)

    • Tix still available at Talladega: Time is running out to reserve a spot at next weekend's UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, but as of today, great seats are still available to witness race three in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup here on Sunday, Oct. 2. Tickets that are still available include select frontstretch tower seats, including one-day Sunday seats in the Gadsden Tower near turn four and a handful of two-day tickets in the Tri-Oval and Talladega Towers, located at the center of the 2.66-mile track's tri-oval and approaching turn one, respectively. Also available are two-day Allison Grandstands seats for only $60. Starting outside of turn two and running along the east side of the track. To take advantage of this opportunity call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office today at 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-23-2005)

    • Talladega weathers Katrina storms successfully: Talladega Superspeedway successfully weathered the high winds and torrential rain spinning out from Hurricane Katrina as outer bands of the storm made their way through Central Alabama Monday afternoon and Tuesday, track officials announced today. "We are very saddened to hear the continued reports of devastation across the Gulf Coast and throughout the Southeastern states that has been caused by this storm," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey. "We've received numerous calls inquiring about our personal welfare and the status of the facility, and we are relieved to report that all of our employees and the facility itself are okay. Our neighbors in surrounding areas who were not as fortunate certainly are in our thoughts right now." The track's staff continues to make preparations for the UAW-Ford 500 Event Weekend Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, which is now less than five weeks away. Tickets are available by calling 1-877- Go2-DEGA.(Talladega Superspeedway)(8-30-2005)

    • The 'biggest' announcement in Talladega history UPDATE: no idea what this is about but Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL says they will hold the biggest announcement in Talladega Superspeedway history in the past two decades at Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00am/local.(7-21-2005)
      UPDATE: hearing the track will be repaved...not sure if before the race in October or for the first 2006 race. AND/OR have heard it could be a Truck Series race to run next Oct 2006.(7-26-2005)
      UPDATE 2: Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey announced that in 2006, the 2.66-mile Alabama racetrack will welcome the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the first time in history! The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 during the 2006 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Oct. 5 – 8. The 2006 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend slated for Oct. 5 – 8 will include Discount Food Mart Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as well as qualifying for the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The Food World 300 ARCA RE-MAX Series race will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, with Talladega Superspeedway’s newest addition to its spectacular fall schedule – the track’s first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race – held on Saturday, Oct. 7. The UAW-Ford 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race is set for Sunday, Oct. 8. Race fans that purchase a Saturday, Oct. 1 ticket to the 2005 Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race will be allowed to renew that seat to the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in 2006.
      Currently, the staff at Talladega Superspeedway is preparing to welcome fans for the second time this year, with the 2005 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Sept. 29 – Oct. 2. The weekend includes Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying Day for the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Thursday, Sept. 29; Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on Friday, Sept. 30, which also features an ARCA RE/MAX Series driver autograph session; the Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the UAW-Ford 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the UAW-Ford 500 are available by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or purchase your tickets online today! More information on reserving a spot in Talladega's overnight parks and reserved infield area is also available online or by calling the Ticket Office. You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.(Talladega Superspeedway Site), nothing mentioned about repaving.(7-26-2005)

    • Reserved Infield, Overnight Park Spots Filling Quickly at Talladega: Fans wishing to reserve a spot for overnight accommodations on Talladega Superspeedway property for the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 should act quickly, as there are few spaces left throughout the track's hundreds of acres of reserved infield and park areas. The only remaining reserved spaces outside of the track are for RVs only, and are within Legends Lane and East Park. Call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office today for tickets and overnight park reservations to the UAW-Ford 500 weekend Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, featuring race three in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Tickets to all of these events are available by calling 1-877- Go2-DEGA, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. CDT, or by visiting online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(Talladega Superspeedway)(7-14-2005)

    • Talladega Taps Talent Of Artist Garry Hill To Thank Loyal Aaron's 499 Ticketholders: Race fans who renew their seats for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway will recieve limited-edition prints featuring the work of renowned racing artist Garry Hill. For the past three years, fans who meet the deadline to renew their Aaron's 499 seats for the next year's event receive a special edition Garry Hill print. Each year's topic for the artwork is a scene from the most recent Aaron's 499, commemorating the glorious moments of victory for drivers fortunate enough to take a win at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. Account holders meeting the July 29 deadline to renew their Aaron's 499 seats for the 2006 event will receive a new print this year. This year's print features Jeff Gordon in the #24 crossing the finish line in front of a sold-out crowd and taking the checkered flag ahead of Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip to claim victory in the May 1, 2005 Aaron's 499. The 2004 Aaron's 499 print also features Gordon in his #24, this time edging Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his #8 just as a caution is displayed - a critical moment that established Gordon the winner. The print commemorating Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s win the year prior features another critical moment that led to victory. This was the first painting in the series, titled "Victory Pass," which captures the image during the 2003 Aaron's 499 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. completing a pass on Matt Kenseth that led to his record-setting fourth consecutive victory at the legendary Alabama racetrack. Over the past twenty-plus years, Garry Hill's original paintings, prints and designs have appeared within the most respected areas of the sport, from board rooms and suites to race car paint designs on the track. As an artist working only with racing subjects, Garry has created paintings for the motorsports community at the corporate level as well as for private collectors. Many of these works have been published as limited edition fine art prints and are available in over 70 galleries internationally. His art has been featured on television, radio and in major racing publications. More information about Garry Hill can be found at www.garryhill.com.
      While the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office is currently taking renewals for next year's Aaron's 499, orders are being filled at a rapid pace for the UAW-Ford 500 weekend Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, featuring race three in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The weekend includes Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying Day for the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Thursday, Sept. 29; Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on Friday, Sept. 30, which also features an ARCA RE/MAX Series driver autograph session; the Food World 300 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the UAW-Ford 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets to all of these events are available by calling 1-877- Go2-DEGA, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. CDT, or by visiting online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. More information on reserving a spot in Talladega's overnight parks and reserved infield area is also available online or by calling the Ticket Office. For the hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.(TSS PR)(7-6-2005)

    • Talladega Pole Day Ticket Features Fast Fords: Eleven fast Fords flash across Talladega Superspeedway's new commemorative pole day ticket for the Sept. 30 Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day. In honor of the track's recent partnership with UAW-Ford as the Oct. 2 UAW-Ford 500 race title sponsor and Ford as the Official Car and Truck of Talladega Superspeedway, the limited-edition collectible tickets feature Fords competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The tickets are only $10, which is the same price as general admission grandstands seating for Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The Discount Food Mart Qualifying Day Commemorative Tickets showcase the #38 Ford driven by Elliott Sadler, the #17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth, the #6 Ford driven by Mark Martin, the #97 Ford driven by Kurt Busch, the #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards, the #14 Ford driven by John Andretti, the #88 Ford driven by Dale Jarrett, the #21 Ford driven by Ricky Rudd, the #16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle, the #27 Ford driven by Kirk Shelmerdine and the #66 Ford driven by Hermie Sadler. The glossy, colorful tickets also feature the logos of Talladega Superspeedway, UAW-Ford 500, Discount Food Mart, International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR. Tickets to all of these events are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA or see www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(Talladega Superspeedway)(6-6-2005)

    • Repaving and Night Racing at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway will become the 11th NASCAR race track to get lights and'Dega fans could see their first night race as early as the fall race of 2007, Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch said Sunday. While repaving the track is in the works now, the installation of lights will begin once that project is finished, Lynch said. NASCAR spokesperson Denise Maloof, who would not comment on any plans for illuminating Talladega Superspeedway for night racing, said the reasons for running night races are simple. "Our TV partners like racing in prime-time," she said. "You can't beat prime-time. It's a marquee time for racing to be on the air." NASCAR does not enter into the expensive task of lighting speedways blindly, she said. "The numbers we see from Nielsen Media Research are good," Maloof said. "The fans like it, too. It's a new experience. At Daytona when they flipped the switch for the first time it was electric - no pun intended. It's a different atmosphere. It can also be more comfortable for fans and drivers."(Alabama Live)(5-3-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Lepage back in the #66 at Talladega: Peak Performance Motorsports owner Jeff Stec announced that NASCAR veteran Kevin Lepage will be back behind the wheel of the #66 EAS Ford for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. "The team enjoyed working with Kevin last weekend at Dover," said Stec. "Given Kevin's experience and success on restrictor plate tracks, we think he will help us out a lot this weekend at Talladega." In the season opener at Daytona, Lepage qualified eighth and finished ninth. Two radio stations will have associate sponsorship positions on the #66 this weekend. Charlotte, N.C.'s Ace & TJ Morning Show, and The Q, a Birmingham, Ala. station heard on 103.7 FM, will ride along in the draft with Lepage. Ace & TJ Morning Show can be heard weekday mornings in Charlotte Monday through Friday. The Q, a sister station to It is a sister station of Birmingham's KISS 95.1, is an entity of Infinity Broadcasting Systems, and is owned by Clear Channel Radio.(PSE-3 PR)(9-28-2005)

    • Alabama Governor To Proclaim Sunday "Rusty Wallace Day": Alabama Governor Bob Riley will proclaim Sunday, Oct. 2 as "Rusty Wallace Day" in the state, joining Talladega Superspeedway in special recognition of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver during pre-race ceremonies before the start of the UAW-Ford 500. Wallace will officially retire from full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition at the end of this year, with this 2005 final season in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge titled "Rusty's Last Call." In addition to Gov. Riley's proclamation, Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch will present Wallace with a framed, one-of-a-kind print thanking him for the many memories he's created over the course of his 25-year career. Also, Wallace and his wife, Patti, will be granted lifetime passes to Talladega Superspeedway. The UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be start #699 in the series for Wallace, his 45th here. Great seats are still available to the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Talladega Superspeedway by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725).(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-27-2005)

    • 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 Best Buy #0 Schemes Page
      #4-Mike Wallace MuzikMafia/Jon Nicholson none...yet
      #10-Scott Riggs Rallys #10 Schemes Page
      #40-Sterling Marlin Coors Light Camouflage none...yet
      #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
      #41-Casey Mears Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
      #42-Jamie McMurray Texaco "Shine On" #42 Schemes Page
      #49-Ken Schrader Red Baron Pizza #49 Schemes Page
      #97-Kurt Busch Sharpie #97 Schemes Page
      #99-Carl Edwards World Financial Group #99 Schemes Page


    • World Financial back on the #99 car: The #99 Ford of Carl Edwards will carry the World Financial Group (WFG) paint scheme this week. The WFG paint scheme was also carried on the #99 Ford earlier this year in Las Vegas.(Roush Racing)(9-30-2005)

    • Shine On Scheme for #42 at Talladega: The #42 Dodge will sport a special "Shine On" paint scheme this weekend, with the hood displaying the only hexagon Texaco logo ever released by the company. During this time (1963-1980) the company launched the very popular advertising slogan, "trust your car to the man that wears the star." The "Shine On" series of four different paint schemes pays tribute to Texaco/Havoline's successful NASCAR history while emphasizing the iconic status of the star. The other "Shine On" events included Texas (April 17), Charlotte (May 29) and Infineon (June 26).(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see schemes of each one on my #42 Team Schemes page.(9-28-2005)

    • #4 MuzikMafia scheme back at Talladega: MuzikMafia and Morgan-McClure Motorsports, along with Lucas Oil and Wide Open Performance Energy Drink, are pleased to announce that the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy will once again carry the likeness of a MuzikMafia artist. This time it will be Godfather Jon Nicholson, who releases his Warner Bros. debut today, an album that also marks the first release from the Rock 'N Soul branch of the MuzikMafia. Jon Nicholson's A Lil Sump'm Sump'm, with its rock and soul driven grooves and alt-folk and country roots, exemplifies the wide-open, all-encompassing artistic reach of the Mafia. Previous MuzikMafia/Morgan-McClure Motorsports collaborations featured Cowboy Troy's image and the MuzikMafia logos along with a specialty design paint scheme by the MuzikMafia's only visual artist, Rachel Kice. Those images were featured on the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway and in March 2005, Rachel attended the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway as a guest of the #4 Lucas Oil team and painted on a platform in the infield during the race.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports)(9-28-2005)

    • Camo Scheme for Sterling at Talladega: 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)

    • Mears to run Cancer Awareness scheme in Oct: during Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning, Casey Mears, driver of the #41 Target Dodge, said he will driver a pink Cancer Awarenss scheme in the October races.(8-8-2005)

    • Checkers to sponsor the #10 in five races...for 2005: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, today announced that it is accelerating its presence in the sport by signing on as the primary sponsor for five high profile, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races this season with the #10 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs. This weekend’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard kicks off the five-race sponsorship package with Rally’s being the primary brand on the #10 Chevy. “This is our first year as the Official Burger and Official Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR. Halfway through the season, Checkers/Rally’s has already realized tremendous brand exposure on a national basis,” said Keith Sirois, President and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. “We have successfully activated our NASCAR and numerous track sponsorships at our restaurants throughout the country. Our NASCAR Combo is one of our best selling combos system wide. In addition, we have effectively integrated our sponsorships into our local, regional and national advertising messages for both consumers and franchising prospects, now, we look forward to adding a primary sponsorship of the No. 10 car to our already strong sponsorship initiative.”
      The other four primary brand sponsored races will be:
      --Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway – Checkers
      --UAW-Ford 500, Talladega Superspeedway – Rally’s
      --Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway – Checkers
      --Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway – Checkers
      In addition to this primary sponsorship, Checkers/Rally’s becomes an associate sponsor of MB2’s #01 U.S. Army Team and driver Joe Nemechek. Checkers/Rally’s also retains promotional rights with MB2 for the 2006 NASCAR season. “We’re thrilled that Checkers/Rally’s has chosen to partner with MB2 as we strive to have a strong finish in 2005,” said Jay Frye, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of MB2 Motorsports. “We look forward to making Checkers/Rally’s first experience as a primary sponsor a memorable one and will continue to explore new opportunities for 2006.”
      Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (www.checkers.com) is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The Company develops, owns, operates and franchises quick-service Checkers and Rally's double drive-thru restaurants. Checkers/Rally's is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR. In 2005, the Company received the Nation's Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for its sizzling business performance.(MB2 Motorsports Site), not sure if this will be the news sponsor for the #10/#35/#02 [or whatever number it uses] in 2006. See an image of the Checkers and Rally car on my #10 Team Schemes page./(8-5-2005)

    • 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)

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

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

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


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