THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen

Nextel Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 14, 2005 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • TV: NBC 1:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Green Flag: around 1:35pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, Aug 17 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, Aug 18 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, Aug 20 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

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

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,625,176 (was $4,615,500 in 2004)



    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, August 12, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 12, 4:00 - 5:15pm/et, TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Aug 12, 12:10pm/et

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, Aug 13 at 11:10am/et, TV-Speed Channel, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.

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

  • CUP EVENT SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, AUG 12TH
    6:45 am NNCS Haulers Enter
    7:30 am NNCS Registration Opens
    8:00 am NNCS Garage Opens
    10:00 am Track Services Meeting (Garage)
    12:20 pm NNCS Rookie &Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    1:20 pm - 2:40 pm NNCS Practice
    4:00 pm - 5:15 pm NNCS Final Practice
    6:00 pm NASCAR Garage & Registration Closes

    SATURDAY, AUG 13TH
    7:00 am NASCAR Garage & Registration Opens
    8:00 am Track Services Meeting (Garage)
    11:10 pm NNCS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions - IMPOUNDED at Conclusion)
    2:00 pm NNCS Garage & Registration Closes

    SUNDAY, AUG 14TH
    8:00 am NNCS Registration Opens & Access to Haulers
    9:00 am NNCS Garage Opens
    10:00 am Track Services Meeting (Garage)
    11:35 am NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Garage)
    1:05 pm NNCS Drivers Introduction
    1:35 pm NNCS START - SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen (90 Laps, 220.5 Miles)
    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 Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,100, Right-side -- 1,100;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

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

    Tire Circumference: Front -- 87.4 in.; Rear -- 88.7 in.

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

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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-33 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Watkins Glen in 2004 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this specific combination was run earlier this season at Sears Point (Nextel Cup) and Mexico City (Busch Series) . . . road courses are the only tracks at which NASCAR teams run different tire codes on the front and rear, as opposed to on the left and right on ovals . . .this rear-tire code (D-6840) is unique to the road courses in 2005, while the front-tire code (D-6836) will be run on the right-side at Martinsville . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "I guess the biggest thing about the tire set-up we run at Watkins Glen, as well as at Sonoma and Mexico City, is that we have different codes on the front and rear, not the left and right like on ovals. This front code is from our short track tire group and is relatively soft to help give cars better forward bite off the corners. We are running the same codes at The Glen as in 2004, primarily because NASCAR's aero rules changes don't affect cars on road courses quite as much as on the bigger ovals."(Goodyear PR)(8-11-2005)


RACE BONUS INFO

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

  • 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 Pocono: $5,000

    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
    (* 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, #30 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, 15
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 8
    Kasey Kahne, 5
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2
    Brian Vickers, 2
    Matt Kenseth, 2
    (8-7-2005)


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 Watkins Glen, NY Area:
Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin
Elmira Star-Gazette
The Corning Leader
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Syracuse Online - Post Standard
Watkins Glen.com

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

Raceweather.net

by The Weather Channel
Accuweather
Accuweather - Current Radar
Intellicast - NASCAR weather
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

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

  • Tony Stewart wins at Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart won the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, dominating the race, leading 83 of 92 laps, for his fifth win of 2005 and 24th of his career, increasing his points lead to 105 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson who finished 5th. #7-Robby Gordon, who started 39th, finished 2nd, followed by #36-Boris Said [his best carrer finish], #40-Scott Pruett and Johnson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 10th and #24-Jeff Gordon finished 14th. The race finished under a Green-White-Checker finish as there was a late caution, but no one ran out of gas.
    For race results and links, see Jayski's Watkins Glen Race Results Page. (8-14-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Watkins Glen - 22 of 36 races
    the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #20-Tony Stewart, 3113
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3008, -105
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 2861, -252
    4 )-#2-Rusty Wallace, 2855, -258
    5) #6-Mark Martin, 2782, -331
    6) #97-Kurt Busch, 2692, -421
    7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2684, -429
    8) #12-Ryan Newman, 2646, -467
    91) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2599, -514
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2593, -520
    The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
    The rest who seem to still have a shot to get in the top-10:
    11) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2590, -523, -3 points out of 10th
    12) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2587, -526, -6
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2526, -587, -67
    14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2523, -590, -70
    15) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2430, -683, -163
    16) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2428, -585, -165
    For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Watkins Glen page. (8-14-2005)

  • Watkins Glen Race Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen, scoring his 24th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 234th career start.
    • Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, now 105 ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. Stewart extended his point lead by 30 points.
    • Stewart has scored all but 89 of the available championship driver points in the last eight races. There were 1,520 available points in those eight races.
    • Stewart’s last victory came at Indianapolis, one race ago. He scored his third victory in seven races at Watkins Glen International. Stewart has scored five victories in 2005, all in the last seven races. He also won at Infineon Raceway, Daytona, New Hampshire and Indianapolis.
    • Stewart is tied with Greg Biffle for the most victories this season [5].
    • Stewart has scored eight straight top-10 finishes, extending a streak that began with a second-place-place finish at Michigan
    • Stewart moved into sole possession of 24th on the NASCAR’s All-time win list.
    • Stewart won the $10,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the point standings. It marked the fourth time in 2005 that the bonus has been won. Jimmie Johnson won it at Las Vegas ($30,000) and at Charlotte ($90,000) while Stewart won ($90,000) at Indianapolis and $10,000 at Watkins Glen.
    • This was Stewart’s fifth career road-course victory in 14 career road-course races.
    • Stewart has won the last three road-course races (Watkins Glen-August 2004, Infineon-June 2005, and Watkins Glen-August 2005).
    • Tony Stewart led the most laps for the eighth time in a race this season. He led 83 of the 92 laps raced. This was the most laps led by a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race winner in Watkins Glen history
    • Stewart has led the most laps in six of the last eight races in 2005.
    • Stewart led three times including the final 34 laps.
    • Stewart has scored 14 top-10 finishes in 22 races this season, tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most of all drivers.
    • Stewart scored the third victory for car owner Joe Gibbs at Watkins Glen International. Stewart won for Gibbs here in 2002 and 2004.
    • This was Gibb’s 47th victory as a car owner and fifth in 22 races this season.
    • This is the 12th victory for Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has nine and Dodge has one.
    Notebook Items
    • Robby Gordon (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International. It marked his first top-10 finish in 2005.
    • Boris Said (third) posted his first top-five finish in five races at Watkins Glen International. Said scored his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finish.
    • Scott Pruett (fourth) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International. This was Pruett’s 37th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race and fifth career top-10 finish. Pruett’s best Watkins Glen came in 2003 when he finished second.
    • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International. He scored his 14th top-10 finish in 22 races in 2005. Johnson remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 105 behind first-place Tony Stewart.
    • Johnson has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 55 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Mark Martin (seventh) scored his 32nd career road-course top-10 finish, setting an all-time NASCAR record and breaking his tie with Dale Earnhardt who had 31.
    • Rusty Wallace (sixth) extended a 35-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. Wallace has scored 17 top-15 finishes in 22 races in 2005.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th) climbed from 16th to 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 683 points behind firstplace Tony Stewart and 163 points behind 10th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Five of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Watkins Glen International
    • Only five drivers are within 400 points of current point leader Tony Stewart with four races remaining before The Chase begins in New Hampshire in September.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-14-2005)

  • Rumblings - Watkins Glen:
    Tony Stewart had 'em covered all day.....for that matter, he's had 'em covered for the last two months! Tony was all about total domination today (he led 83 of the 92 circuits) at Watkins Glen International as he captured the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen for his 5th victory of the season (and all in the last 7 races), back-to-back Jack (he won at Indy last week), and his 3rd road course win in a row. They even extended the event two laps with a green/white/checker....and it made no difference.
    This was career win #24 for Tony, and he's now in sole possession of 24th place on the all-time win list. Win #47 for Joe Gibbs Racing was worth $269,006 from the over $4.6M in posted awards.
    Robby Gordon (2nd) had his best finish since he won here in August of 2003.
    Boris Said (3rd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 6th twice....at Infineon in June of 2003 & 2004.
    Scott Pruett (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Infineon in June of 2004 (only three races). The Top-5's by Gordon, Said, and Pruett make 30 drivers at that mark this season....last year we had 31. Those same three drivers' Top-10's put us over last years mark. We've had 41 drivers this season and only 39 last.
    Joe Nemechek (9th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Michigan in June.
    Paul Menard (27th) had his career-best finish today. In his only other Cup race, he was 29th here in August of 2003.
    Anthony Lazzaro (28th) had his career-best finish today as well. His only other Cup race was 34th here in August of 2001.
    Johnny Miller (29th) had his best finish since he was 24th at Infineon in June of 2003 (only two races).
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 8 Top-10's in a row.
    Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is tie between Robby Gordon (+38 ) and Boris Said (+38 ). The only other driver on the plus side was Scott Pruett (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Greg Biffle (-35), followed by Kurt Busch (-34), Jeff Burton (-25), Ryan Newman (-23), and Michael Waltrip (-22). When you line up by points and put those good roadies in the back you can count on a great day in the "Shaft".
    Jorge Geoters led a lap today in his NEXTEL Cup debut. He's the 46th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 50 of 'em.
    Tony Stewart tacked 30 points onto his lead over Jimmie Johnson....it's now at 105. Jamie McMurray moved above the "Stayin' Alive" line as he replaced Dale Jarrett in the Top-10. DJ & Elliott Sadler are taking this "teammate" thang" a little too far as they have identical point totals tied for 11th (and three points out of the "Chase" at the moment).
    Brian Vickers (22nd to 18th) made the best move forward and Jeff Burton (18th to 22nd) went in the opposite direction.
    We put three more drivers in the "Mathematically Eliminated" category today.....everybody from 33rd on down is out of the game.(Stock Car Fans)(8-14-2005)

    Race Rundown

  • The SIRIUS Satellite Radio: at The Glen at Watkins Glen International:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 92 of 90 laps:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart-c (1)(83 laps led)
    #7-Gordon-c (39)(2 laps led)
    #36-Said-d (41)
    #40-Pruett-d (25-back)
    #48-Johnson-c (2)(1 laps led)
    #2-Walllace-d (4)
    #6-Martin (6)
    #25-Vickers-c (22)
    #01-Nemechek-c (17)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (16)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford

    #24-Gordon finished: 14th

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

  • Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5):
    #31-Burton (accident-out)
    #4-Jones (accident-out)
    #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #18-Labonte (engine-out)
    #97-Busch (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 9 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (83);
    #48-Johnson (2);
    #24-Gordon (2);
    #7-Gordon (2);
    #15-Waltrip (1);
    #50-Goeters (1);
    #12-Newman (1);

  • Lap leaders: #20-Stewart - pole/rain; #20-Stewart 1-21; #48-Johnson 22; #24-Gordon 23-24; #7-Gordon 25-26; #15-Waltrip 27; #20-Stewart 28-55; #48-Johsnon 56; #50-Goeters 57; #12-Newman 58; #20-Stewart 59-92;

    Cautions: 7 for 14 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 89 - 90: #50-Goeters, #32-Fellows and #97-Busch got together in the inner loops of turn 5, Busch and Goeters got stuck in the kitty little, Fellows drove on.
    Caution 6 - Laps 73 - 75: #9-Kahne got into #15-Waltrip off turn 4, who lost it and spun into the backstretch inside guard rail, then slid accross the track and hit the outside guard rail.
    Caution 5 - Laps 61 - 62: #16-Biffle lost a transmission and stopped on the track.
    Caution 4 - Laps 43 - 44: #4-Jones lost his brakes and slapped the wall off turn 1.
    Caution 3 - Laps 33 - 34: #31-Burton spun off turn 2 and into the inside barrier, the front end is wasted.
    Caution 2 - Laps 26 - 27: #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into #88-Jarrett who spun off course and hit the wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 12 - 12: #36-Said got into #4-Jones in the inner loop, Said spun but drove off, Jones spun and stopped, then drove off.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: #32-Fellows, 22nd
    Caution 5: #11-Labonte, 37th
    Caution 4: #37-Lazzaro, 28th
    Caution 3: #88-Jarrett, 23rd
    Caution 2: #92-Miller, 29th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 89, #20-Stewart is reporting his alternator has died, he has turned of fans and switching batteries.
    ---- on lap 85, #49-Schrader and #37-Lazzaro spun off turn 1, but drove off with no caution.
    ---- on lap 80, #5-Busch spun in a corner, but drove on with no caution.
    ---- as of lap 69, #16-Biffle is back on the track after the team changed transmissions.
    ---- on lap 65, #77-Kvapil is smoking and #41-Mears missed the entrance of the inn loop and had to stop and go at the straighaway at the exot of the inner loop.
    ---- as of lap 62, #12-Newman only has 4th gear.
    ---- #24-Gordon tried to get on put raod when Biffle lost his tranny, but it was closed, so he will have to fall to the rear of the longest line.
    ---- #20-Stewart was leading when he made his pit stop on lap 55.
    ---- green flag pit stops occurred around the lap 51-55 range. #21-Rudd started to leave with his gas can and was penalized.
    ---- #15-Waltrip and #41-Mears were the first top-10 drivers to make pit stops on lap 51. #41-Mears was penalized for speeding exiting pit road.
    ---- #97-Busch is back on the track on lap 46, after the team made repairs to the track bar/suspension, 9 laps down.
    ---- #24-Gordon is reporting a left front tire going flat and will pit to have it changed and is losing spots.
    ---- #18-Labonte and #25-Vickers got together sometime and Labonte had to pit for repairs and is close to losing a lap.
    ---- #11-Labonte is back on the track after the team fixed a transmission problem, 7 laps down.
    ---- #97-Busch came back in and took the car to the garage on lap 37.
    ---- on lap 35, #97-Busch came in as the team thought Busch had a flat tire, looks like a track bar is broken per NBC coverage.
    ---- #12-Newman is in the pits on lap 26, the crew is under the hood looking for the brake problem, it ended up being a loose line on the right rear brake.
    ---- during the 2nd caution #16-Biffle was sent to the end of the longest line after a pit road penalty.
    ---- #7-Gordon made his pit stop while leading on lap 26.
    ---- leader #20-Stewart made his first pit stop on lap 22.
    ---- on lap 22, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Busch came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 17, #12-Newman is reporting brake problems and is falling back.
    ---- on lap 17, both #38-Sadler and #88-Jarrett made pit stops.
    ---- on lap 16, #31-Burton came in for a regular pit stop, different strategy.
    ---- on lap 16, #16-Biffle started to come into the pits, then didn't but is slowing, no comment on the radio.
    ---- on lap 15, #41-Mears came in to pit to top off fuel and make it to lap 50.
    ---- during the 1st caution, the highest runing driver to come in to pit was #29-Harvick, who was 10th at the time, many others back came in also.
    ---- #7-Gordon is knifing thru the field, even got off onto the grass in the inner-loop around lap 8, but drove on without losing a spot.
    ---- #1-Menard is reported as having a tire rub, but is still on the track as of lap 6.
    ---- To the BACK [2]: #40-Pruett [driver change]; #38-Sadler [engine change];


  • CANCELLED because of RAIN: after 37 of 48 driver went out to qualify, hard rain hit the Watkins Glen International Track and caused cancellation of qualifying. So the field was set by the rules book, so the first 35 drivers are set by 2005 Owners Points, then by race team attempts, with ties broken by the Owners Points. So the top five are #20-Tony Stewart, #48-Jimme Johnson, #16-Greg Biffle, #2-Rusty Wallace, #97-Kurt Busch. Two drivers who had made the race via qualifying, #39-Scott Pruett and #87-Chris Cook, missed the race as they didn't have enough qualifying attempts to make the race. The other driver missing the race was #27-Tom Hubert who was a post entry. #50-Jorge Goeters will make his first career Nextel Cup start. Pruett will run the #40 Coors Light Dodge for Sterling Marlin who is missing the race to be with his ill father in Tennessee, David Stemme was going to qualify and race the car.
    See the starting lineup, what the qualifying results did look like, practice speeds and more on my Jayski's Watkins Glen Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-13-2005)

  • Ramblings - Watkins Glen: They've finally figured out how to slow Tony Stewart down....have it rain! So, instead of taking the pole for tomorrow's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen by being almost a half-second quicker than the field, he takes it by 75 points. That's the margin over Jimmie Johnson that Tony holds in the points and by virtue of being that he'll lead us to the green tomorrow at Watkins Glen International.
    Tony was so much faster than the competition today you know some of those guys had to be wondering if he was skipping the inner loop! If we could have held off the rain for another 30 minutes or so, the lineup would certainly have looked different. We had 37 cars take a time and had but 9 to go when the showers came.
    Speaking of that lineup, I'm gonna use the one provided by NASCAR to the media....tho I think it's wrong. They have the #27 of Tom Hubert missing the event and the #50 of Jorge Georters in the 43rd spot, but the #27 has 13 attempts (according to the official NASCAR numbers from last week's Owners Points Report) while the #50 has but four. By those numbers the #27 should be starting 41st, Boris Said & Paul Menard slide back one spot, and Geoters goes home. Now, it's possible that the #27 withdrew (but Hubert did take a time), that NASCAR for some reason disqualified them, or that possibly the entry blank for the Kirk Shelmerdine Ford was late [Jayski Note: #27 was a Post Entry per NASCAR Statisical Services]. In any event, there's been no explanation put forward....so don't be surprised to see something different tomorrow by race time. A number of internet sites (whose data I trust) seem to have the same numbers I do.....
    Greg Biffle (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Dover in June (that race lined up by points also).
    Rusty Wallace (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Martinsville in April.
    Carl Edwards (10th) has his best starting spot since he started 8th at Dover in June (that rain-out again).
    Scott Pruett (25th) is gonna fill in for Sterling Marlin who's gone home to be with his ailing father, Coo Coo.
    Anthony Lazzaro (38th) makes his first Cup start since we were here in August of 2001. He started 31st and finished 34th that day.
    Johnny Miller (40th) makes his first start since we were here in August of 2003. He started 32nd and finished 36th that day.
    Paul Menard (42nd) makes his first Cup start since that same race in 2003 when he started 43rd and finished 29th.
    Jorge Geoters (43rd) makes his first NEXTEL Cup start.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    46 cars on hand....the Trouble Train contains three cars (sort-of). Scott Pruett, Chris Cook, and Tom Hubert all miss the field.....but as we mentioned Pruett will take the wheel of the #40 Coors Light Dodge. Both he and Cook were quick enough to make the race.....till the rains came.(Stock Car Fans)(8-13-2005)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen International was cancelled due to rain.(8-12-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2005 is scheduled to start at 11:10am/et.
    TV: Speed Channel at 11:00am/et LIVE [nice not to have it tape delayed for once].
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none.

  • Friday's First Practice for the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen International is over the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 122.052
    #39-Pruett 120.447
    #6-Martin 120.441
    #01-Nemechek 120.424
    #36-Said 120.411
    David Stremme is practicing the #40 for Marlin
    note: Scott Pruett also took some laps in the #40 car.
    slowest: #37-Lazarro 111.348 and #92-Miller 116.469
    most laps run: #19-Mayfield, 23; #6-Martin, 19
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick, 120.226 [7th fastest lap], 3 laps run
    #01-Nemechek, 120.424 [4th], 9 laps
    #42-McMurray, 119.877 [10th], 14 laps
    For speeds and qualifying order/coverage, see my Jayski's Watkins Glen Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-12-2005)

  • Qualifying Order for the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is up, 46drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #36-Boris Said is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #40-David Stremme. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Loudon Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(8-12-2005)

  • Entry List for the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen International 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 - 21 race attempts by team:
    #4-P.J. Jones in for Mike Wallace (full-time team)
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
    #32-Ron Fellows in for Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Anthony Lazzaro in for Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Johnny Miller in for Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 21 'team' attempts
    #1-Paul Menard (4 attempts)
    #27-Tom Hubert in for Kirk Shelmerdine (13 attempts)
    #36-Boris Said (7 attempts)
    #39-Scott Pruett (part-time sched)(2 attempts)
    #50-Jorge Goeters (4 attempts)
    #87-Chirs Cook (1 attempt)
    withdrawn from the event:
    #52-Jose Ramirez (4 attempts)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (12 attempts)
    Team not on the list who have attempts most or all of the races:
    #34-P.J. Jones (18 attempts)
    #66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 4,32,37,7,92,27,36,1
    missing the race would be: #'s 50,39,87
    Rain out rules for qualifying For the full list see my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List, 46 cars entered.(8-8/12-2005)

  • 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
    (none)
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    (none)
    #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)

  • 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 Watkins Glen:
    • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005.
    • Tony Stewart has scored seven straight top-10 finishes, including four victories, in the last seven races.
    • Mark Martin and Kurt Busch have each scored three top-10 finishes in the last four races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won nine of the 21 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Joe Gibbs Racing has four victories. Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-8-2005)

  • Did ya know? 26 of all the 96 Nextel Cup road course races [NOT including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 27.1%; Lowest start of a Sonoma winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 13 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Nextel Cup - 34 road course wins, 32 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(6-26-2005)-

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

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

  • Rain / Wet Tires: been told rain / wet tires will NOT be available or used at Watkins Glen this weekend and it would be treated as any other race, tirewise.(8-12-2004)
    MORE on TIRES: NASCAR has apparently seen the last of its "wet weather" tires. Nextel Cup series director John Darby confirmed Friday NASCAR did not update its inventory of wet weather tires this season and brought none to the track this weekend for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. NASCAR has contemplated the use of wet weather tires on the series' two road course events and even went so far as to use them in a practice session at Watkins Glen two years ago. They have never been used in race conditions. "We had an inventory of rain tires that had been in circulation for quite a few years to the point where the majority of them were weather cracked and dried," Darby said. "We reached the point where we were either going at the wet weather situation full-bore or just disband it." Darby said NASCAR also considered the importance of the event in determining who will make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship and the need to race under the best conditions. "I think in all reality, we are a dry weather sport," Darby said, "and we need to stay that way."(ThatsRacin.com)(8-14-2004)

  • 2004 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 92.249, started 4th

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, set by points, finished 40th

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 3 - Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 5s: 12 - Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 15 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine, 47 years, 3 months, 24 days, 8/11/96

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 6 days, 8/10/1997

  • Most Lead Changes: 14 - 8/11/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/57

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/95

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/57

  • Most Cautions: 8 - 8/14/88

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/65

  • Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/88

  • Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/65

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 8/13/00

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/65

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/65

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 75, Mark Martin, 8/14/94

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Ricky Rudd, 8/14/88

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 11 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 7 [of 22 races] 33.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 7 of 22 events (31.8%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 14 of 22 events (63.6%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 22 events (31.6%)
  • Watkins Glen News and Notes
    k Martin 103.030 mph 8-13-95 2hrs, 11min, 54 sec Previous winners at Watkins Glen:
    Jeff Gordon (4) Mark Martin (3) Rusty Wallace (2) Ricky Rudd (2) Tony Stewart (2) Tim Richmond (1) Buck Baker (1) Billy Wade (1) Marvin Panch (1) Ernie Irvan (1) Kyle Petty (1) Geoffrey Bodine (1) Steve Park (1) Robby Gordon (1)
    Track Milestones
    • Buck Baker won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Watkins Glen International from the pole in 1957.
    • Billy Wade won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (Grand National) race at Watkins Glen in 1964, capping a four-race winning streak that accounted for all of his NASCAR victories. Wade became the first driver in NASCAR history to win four straight Grand National races.
    • Tim Richmond won the first modern era NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole at Watkins Glen International, the 1986 Bud at the Glen. He also won the first modern era race there.
    • Qualifying has been canceled three times at Watkins Glen (1965, 2000, 2004).
    Qualifying Update
    Four of the last 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Watkins Glen were won from the pole starting position: Mark Martin (1993, ’94 and ‘95) and Jeff Gordon (1998). Five of the remaining eight races were won from starting positions outside the top 10.
    Track Update
    Fifteen of the 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-four starting position (68 percent). Seven have been won from the Bud Pole.
    Manufacturer Update
    A Chevrolet has won seven of the last eight races at Watkins Glen. Pontiac won in 2002 while Ford’s last victory at Watkins Glen occurred in 1996. A Dodge has never won a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Watkins Glen.

    Track Tidbits
    • There have been 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Watkins Glen; 19 in the modern era. The first race there was in 1957 and the circuit returned in 1964 and 1965. There has been one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Watkins Glen each season since 1986.
    • Qualifying was canceled for the 2004 Sirius at the Glen.
    • Thirteen different drivers have won Bud Poles at Watkins Glen.
    • Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt (three each) along with Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon (two each) are the drivers that have scored more than one Bud Pole at Watkins Glen.
    • Tony Stewart is the defending champion of the Sirius at the Glen.
    • The race at Watkins Glen has been won from the Bud Pole seven times.
    • Mark Martin won the race at Watkins Glen from the Bud Pole three consecutive years: 1993-1995.
    • There have been 14 different winners in the 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Watkins Glen.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers each with four Watkins Glen victories. Mark Martin has three Watkins Glen victories, followed by and Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace with two.
    • The furthest back a winner has started in the 22-race history at Watkins Glen is 18th by Steve Park in 2000.
    • A Chevrolet has won 11 of the 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Watkins Glen, including seven of the last eight. Ford has five victories while Pontiac has four. Buick and Mercury have one each.
    Would You Believe?
    Jeff Gordon set an all-time NASCAR record winning six consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup road-course races, a streak that began with a victory at Watkins Glen in August 1997. His streak ran through Sonoma 2000 and ended with a 23rd-place at Watkins Glen in August 2000. Gordon went on to become the all-time road-course victory leader with his victory in the 2001 Global Crossing @ the Glen, his seventh road-course victory. Gordon scored a record eighth road-course victory at Infineon Raceway in 2004.
    Leading the Way
    Mark Martin has led 204 laps at Watkins Glen, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon has led 173 laps there. Martin has competed in 17 Watkins Glen races, Gordon in 12. Rusty Wallace (140), Dale Earnhardt (134) and Geoffrey Bodine (101) are the only other drivers that have led more than 100 laps at the New York road course.
    To the Extremes
    Robby Gordon has posted four top-five finishes, including a victory (2003) in six races at Watkins Glen, however his average finish is 11.33. His other finishes there were 40th in 2001 and 16th in 2004.
    The “Hired Guns”
    • Ron Fellows has posted two top-10 finishes in seven races at Watkins Glen: second in 1999 and 2004. He has four DNFs there.
    • Scott Pruett has posted two top-10 finishes in three races at Watkins Glen: sixth in 2002 and second in 2003.
    • Boris Said has posted one top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen: eighth in 2001.
    Road-Course History
    (Excludes the Daytona Beach & Road Course)
    • There have been 98 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup road-course races at 10 different courses since the first roadcourse event was held at Linden, New Jersey on June 13, 1954.
    Riverside International Raceway - 48 * Watkins Glen International – 22* Infineon Raceway – 17 * Bridgehampton, NY – 4 * Willow Springs Speedway - Lancaster, CA – 2 * Linden Airport – Linden, NJ – 1 * Cocoa Speedway - Titusville, FL – 1, * Augusta International Speedway - Augusta, GA – 1 * Road America - Elkhart Lakes, IL – 1 * Kitsap County Airport - Bremerton, WA – 1
    • Six hundred and ninety-one drivers have competed in a road-course event in NASCAR’s premier series.
    • Richard Petty leads all other drivers with 60 road-course races.
    • Terry Labonte has competed in 55 road-course races, more than any other active driver.
    • Ricky Rudd has competed in 52 road-course races, more than any other full-time driver.
    • Thirty-five different drivers have posted at least one Bud Pole on a road-course. Nineteen drivers have more than one road-course victory.
    • Darrell Waltrip leads all drivers with nine road-course Bud Poles; David Pearson had eight.
    • Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with eight road-course Bud Poles.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all full-time drivers with seven road-course Bud Poles.
    • Thirty-seven different drivers have posted at least one victory on a road-course. Twenty-one drivers have more than one road-course victory.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with eight road-course victories.
    • Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace all have six road-course victories.
    Would You Believe?
    Buck Baker won the 100-mile road-course race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 4, 1957. Just hours later, Parnelli Jones won the 72-mile road-course race at Kitsap County Airport in Bremerton, Washington - the only time two road-course events were held by NASCAR's premier division on the same day.
    The Real Mr. Road-Course
    Dan Gurney competed in nine road-course races posting six top-10 finishes - five of which were victories. His 55.56 winning percentage is the best among drivers who competed in more than one road-course race.
    Road-Course Success
    • Three drivers won the only road-course race that they competed in:
    Tim Flock - Elkhart Lakes - Aug. 12, 1956
    Al Keller - Linden Airport - June 13, 1954
    Chuck Stevenson - Lancaster - Nov. 20, 1955
    Oops
    The employment of road-course specialists, prevalent in recent years, has not been an unqualified success. Boris Said, Scott Pruett, Ron Fellows are winless in a combined record of 29 races; posting just one Bud Pole and 10 top-10 finishes. The three have also racked up nine DNFs.
    Road-Course Consistency
    • Fireball Roberts was nine-for-nine, posting top-10 finishes in every one of his road-course appearances, including two victories: Cocoa Speedway - December 1956 and Augusta November 1963.
    • Buck Baker was nine-for-10; failing to finish in the top-10 only once: November Augusta November 1963. Baker won at Watkins Glen in 1957.
    • Mark Martin is third on the all-time road-course top-10 list at 31-for-38 (81.57 percent). He and Jeff Gordon at 13-for-22 are the only active drivers in the top-10.
    Road-Course Specialists - Not
    Three drivers have posted their only NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories on road courses: Dan Gurney, Ray Elder and Mark Donahue. None of the three competed exclusively in road-course races.

    Selected Modern Era Performance at this Track
    (Minimum of three starts)
    Category All-time Active Last 10 Races
    Starts Richard Petty - 60 Terry Labonte - 55 15 Drivers – 10
    Poles (Races) Darrell Waltrip – 9 (53) Jeff Gordon – 7 (25) Jeff Gordon – 4 (10)
    Wins (Races) Jeff Gordon – 8 (25) Jeff Gordon – 8 (25) Tony Stewart – 4 (10)
    Top Fives (Races) Ricky Rudd – 26 (52) Ricky Rudd – 26 (52) Robby Gordon – 5 (10) Tony Stewart – 5 (10)
    Top 10s (Races) Dale Earnhardt – 31 (47) Mark Martin – 31 (38) Mark Martin – 31 (38)
    Laps Led (Races) Bobby Allison – 1,025 (46) Jeff Gordon – 566 (25) Jeff Gordon – 237 (10) Fewest DNFs (Races) Jeremy Mayfield – 0 (19) Jeremy Mayfield – 0 (19) Jeff Burton – 0 (10) Matt Kenseth – 0 (10) Bobby Labonte –0 (10) Mark Martin – 0 (10) Ricky Rudd – 0 (10) Tony Stewart – 0 (10) Michael Waltrip – 0 (10) Most DNFs (Races) Hershel McGriff – 26 (40) Terry Labonte – 13 (55) Ron Fellows – 4 (8)
    Average Start (Races) Fred Lorenzen 4,71 (7) Jeff Gordon – 5.72 (25) Jeff Gordon – 6.20 (10)
    Average Finish (Races) Buck Baker – 7.70 (10) Mark Martin – 8.05 (38) Tony Stewart – 7.60 (10)(NASCAR PR)(8-8-2005)

  • Watkins Glen Nuggets
    Defending NEXTEL Cup Champion at Watkins Glen International
    Kurt Busch has competed in four races at Watkins Glen International, scoring just one top-10 finish, a 10th-place in this race one year ago.
    Point Leader at Watkins Glen International
    Tony Stewart has competed in six races at Watkins Glen International posting two victories and four top-10 finishes. Stewart has won the last two road-course races. He won at Watkins Glen one year ago and at Infineon in June.
    Starting Up Front at Watkins Glen International is not as important as in the past...
    Three of the last five races at Watkins Glen International have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Prior to that all races 12 of 17 races at Watkins Glen were won from a third-place starting position or better.

    Winners Galore
    • There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the last six races at Watkins Glen International. The other two were started by points due to rain.
    • There have been four different race winners in the last five races at Watkins Glen. Tony Stewart (2004 and 2002) is the only repeat race winner in the five-year period.
    Latest Dominators at Watkins Glen
    • Mark Martin has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen International the longest current top-10 streak at Watkins Glen.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored two straight top-five finishes at Watkins Glen International, the longest current top five streak at Watkins Glen.
    Manufacturer Domination at Watkins Glen
    A Chevrolet has won seven of the last eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    “Last-Timers” at Watkins Glen International
    • Mark Martin has led more laps than any other driver at Watkins Glen International (204).
    • Rusty Wallace has scored two victories in his 19 races at Watkins Glen International, but has finished 17th or worse in his last five races there.
    And the Beat Goes On
    Mark Martin has been running at the finish in all 17 of his races at Watkins Glen International, the longest current streak.
    Owner Domination at Watkins Glen International
    Rick Hendrick is the all-time winning owner at Watkins Glen International, posting six victories: Jeff Gordon (four), Ricky Rudd (one) and Tim Richmond (one).
    Starting and Finishing Up Front at Watkins Glen
    Tony Stewart has a 5.3 starting average and an 8.5 finishing average in six races at Watkins Glen International, both the best among all drivers with more than five starts there.

    Top 10 Lap Leaders at Watkins Glen International
    Driver, Races, Laps Led
    1 Mark Martin, 17, 204
    2 Jeff Gordon, 12, 173
    3 Rusty Wallace, 19, 140
    4 Dale Earnhardt*, 15, 134
    5 Geoffrey Bodine*, 15, 101
    6 Tony Stewart, 6, 80
    7 Robby Gordon, 6, 77
    8 Ricky Rudd, 19, 59
    9 Ernie Irvan*, 11, 58
    10 Jeff Burton, Jeff 11, 54
    * not active

    Would you Believe?
    Mark Martin has scored 16 top-15 finishes in his 17 races at Watkins Glen International. He finished 28th in his first race there in 1988.
    Watkins Glen May Spell Trouble for Some of the Top 10
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored only one top-10 finish at Watkins Glen International.
    • Greg Biffle has finished 30th or worse in his two races at Watkins Glen International.
    • Rusty Wallace has finished 17th or worse in his last five races at Watkins Glen International.
    • Carl Edwards has never competed at Watkins Glen International.

    Winning Tougher than Ever in 2005
    After 21 races in 2005, there are seven drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.
    Streaks
    Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 34 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak.
    Get Those Bonus Points
    Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 14 of the 21 races in 2005. Biffle has led 1,012 laps this season second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,107, the most of all drivers. No other drivers have led more than 500 laps.
    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard
    Jimmie Johnson is the only driver that has ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005. He has ranked among the top-10 drivers since Atlanta in March 2004, 54 straight races, the longest current streak.
    2005 Success
    • Greg Biffle ranked 21st in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is third.
    • Rusty Wallace ranked 17th in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is fourth.
    • Mark Martin ranked 15th in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is sixth.
    • Dale Jarrett ranked 13th in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is ninth.
    2005 Struggles
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked third in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is 16th.
    • Jeff Gordon ranked second in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is 14th.
    • Matt Kenseth ranked fifth in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is 15th
    • Bobby Labonte ranked eighth in the point standings after 21 races one year ago. This year he is 23rd.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 16 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 586.
    • Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
    • Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-8-2005)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,141 feet and the length of the backstretch is 1,839 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.
    41 Pit stalls, 2 are shared

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: former NFL player Shannon Sharp
    Command to start engines: former NFL player Shannon Sharp
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Hertz's Joseph Alesandro
    National Anthem:?
    Military Flyover:

  • Track Homepage: www.thelen.com

  • 2004 Watkins Glen Race Info Page

  • The Glen Tix Holders can get into concert free: With the success of the Saturday night concert in 2004. "Nasty Habit", a local cover band, will be returning to Watkins Glen International to perform once again. Nasty Habit, a 60's and 70's classic hard rock band, will perform Saturday, August 13th after the Zippo 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. The concert will be held on the Speed Stage located near Turn 11 in the infield. Any race fan with any weekend general admission or reserved grandstand ticket is welcome to join the event. The concert will kick off at 6:00 pm.(WGI PR)(8-10-2005)

  • Shannon Sharp, Grand Marshal at Watkins Glen: The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers will get the command to start The Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen on August 14, 2005 from Grand Marshall Shannon Sharpe, a three-time Super Bowl champion and former Denver Bronco tight end. Sharpe will give the command to the 43-car field in preparation for the highly anticipated Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen race. Sharpe’s voice can also be heard weekly on SIRIUS NFL Radio’s Movin’ The Chains. Sharpe, 37, also studio analyst for The NFL Today on CBS, redefined the position of tight end during his 14-year National Football League career. With an unrelenting work ethic and strong desire to win, Sharpe became the all-time leader in receptions (815) and yards (10,060) by a tight end and won three Super Bowl championships as a member of both the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. Sharpe retired from the NFL in 2004.
    Joseph Alesandro will wave the green flag as the field crosses the line to begin The Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. Alesandro is currently the Director of Field and Car Sales Maintenance for Hertz Rent-A-Car. Alesandro has been with Hertz Rent-A-Car for over twenty years and currently works out of the Hertz Rent-A-Car offices in Park Ridge, New Jersey.
    Tickets are still available for SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race and the Zippo 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. This year NASCAR Busch Series joins the NEXTEL Cup Series for the first time during the annual SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend, August 11-14. And the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will also make their second stop of the season at The Glen in the newly titled CompUSA 200 on Friday, August 12th. For tickets and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, purchase your tickets online or stop by The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.(WGI PR)(7-29-2005)

  • Budweiser named official beer of Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International (WGI) president Craig Rust announced that Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and WGI have entered into a partnership making Budweiser the official beer of the historic facility until 2006. Budweiser was previously the title sponsor of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen International known as Bud at The Glen. From the inaugural NASCAR event in 1986, the "king of beers" held the title position of the Cup race until 2001. Tickets for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Zippo 200 NASCAR Busch Series event weekend August 11-14 are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 888-461-RACE or log on to the official website of Watkins Glen International at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(7-14-2005)

  • Shuttles at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International and Coach USA are teaming up to assist fans traveling to three of the major event weekends at The Glen this year including The Finger Lakes Wine Festival supported by The Corning Museum of Glass; the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen and Zippo 200; and the Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage. This new relationship makes Coach USA the "Preferred Shuttle Provider of Watkins Glen International." Now, race fans and wine tasters can ride to The Glen in a luxury motorcoach from over 15 area hotels and campgrounds. A complete schedule, listing details including locations and timing is available on TheGlen.com under the Fan Information menu. For more specific information on pick-up locations, times and rates fans are encouraged to call Coach USA directly at 800-388-4415. Tickets for the entire 2005 season are on sale now! This year, the NASCAR Busch Series joins the NEXTEL Cup Series for the first time during the annual SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend, August 11-14 to compete in the newly titled Zippo 200 race. The cars and stars of the Indy 500 will go road racing during the Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, presented by Argent Mortgage, September 23-25. And the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will make three stops at The Glen during the 2005 season beginning June 10-12 during the Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen event weekend. For tickets and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com, or stop by The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.(5-4-2005)

  • Zippo to sponsor the Watkins Glen Busch race: Watkins Glen International and Zippo Manufacturing Company announced today a new marketing partnership with making Zippo the title sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series race on August 13, 2005 during the annual SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend. The race will be called the Zippo 200. Zippo Motorsports has recently launched a "HOT" new collectable line of over 60 lighters featuring the NASCAR license and drivers Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip. The Zippo 200 will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2005 and will start at approximately 2:00 PM following the new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying. Both the Zippo 200 on Saturday and the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday will air live on NBC. For more information about Zippo, log on to zippo.com. For tickets and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com.(Watkins Glen International PR)(2-26-2005)

  • Watkins Glen International launches new reading program: Watkins Glen International (WGI) launched their "Read for Speed" elementary school reading program at the Watkins Glen High School auditorium on Monday, February 7th. This new reading program offers race incentives to students, classes and teachers to encourage academic aptitude and comprehension in the classroom by showing children that reading can be fun through the thrill of auto racing. The program will run from February 7th until May 27th.
    Not only did Watkins Glen Elementary School students get to hear about the new initiative during the in-school assembly, but they got to shake hands with the face of the program, the "Read for Speed" mascot. All students who participate in the program are eligible to help name the new mascot in a contest that ends on March 11th. The student that comes up with a name that suits the mascot best will be awarded with a $25.00 gift certificate for The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is Watkins Glen International's headquarters for official merchandise and apparel, event memorabilia, gift certificates and Thunder Road Tours.
    To help kick-off the program, the yet-to-be-named mascot handed out tool kits to each participating classroom including comprehensive reading logs, classroom posters, bookmarks, and incentive coupons from Arnot Mall businesses including Friendly's, Burger King and Time-Out. The program is based on an 11-turn track map of Watkins Glen International and a points system that was developed in conjunction with Watkins Glen Elementary and Principal Rodney Weeden. "Read for Speed" was launched as a pilot program and is expected to expand across Southern Tier elementary schools in 2006.(WGI PR)(2-9-2005)

  • Official Cheese of Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International announced a new partnership with Yancey's Fancy, New York's artisan cheese, which will give the upstate New York cheese business an official status at the historic road course for the next three years. Not only will Yancey's Fancy be involved with the Finger Lakes Wine Festival July 15-16 but they will offer their products on-site during all of the events at Watkins Glen International this season. The products that they will be selling include Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds, Plain and Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce, their line of Euro-style cheeses, along with a variety of natural and flavored cheddars such as their Original Horseradish Cheddar, Roasted Garlic Cheddar, and Extra Sharp "Country Store" Cheese. Their world award winning NY Sharp process cheddar will also be used on cheeseburgers. Yancey's Fancy Inc. is headquartered in Corfu, NY east of Buffalo, NY. Yancey's Fancy Inc. was founded in New York State by John Yancey and Mike Wimble in 1996. Tickets for the entire 2005 racing season are on sale now. For tickets and additional information, including pricing, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(FYI: Krispy Kreme is the unofficial donuts of Jayski.com)(2-7-2005)

  • Watkins Glen Improvement Underway: As part of the ongoing capital improvement plan at Watkins Glen International (WGI) to enhance the experience of fans and prepare for one of their best racing seasons, Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced that the capital improvement plans are already underway. Renovations and enhancements will not effect the existing track configuration and are being made to areas surrounding the track such as runoff areas, fencing, and barriers. Renovations will be completed before the start of the 2005 season at The Glen. "This is the second largest renovation project in the 57-year history of Watkins Glen International and a very exciting time for The Glen," stated Rust. "We are committed to the continued success of Watkins Glen International, the Home of American Road Racing, and are getting ready for one of the best seasons in over 20 years." The largest renovation project was in 1971, when the course was rebuilt to the present configuration including the addition of the famous "Boot."
    The runoff area in Turn 1, also know as "The 90," has been regrated and elevated by approximately four feet and will be paved later this Spring along with Turn 9 (at the exit of the Boot), and Turn 11. Tire barriers have also been replaced throughout the facility, while some existing fencing will be replaced or extended around the Boot and along the front stretch, by Turn 11. New competition curbing will be added to the bottom of the Esses by Turn 2, throughout the Inner Loop, and by Turn 11. In several key areas, such as the Esses, the Boot, and Turn 11, the iconic blue guardrail will be shifted back from the track in order to improve sightlines for the Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, IndyCar Series event September 23-25. The guardrail will not be permanently removed as reported in previous media articles.
    In addition, Phase Three of the previously started capital improvement project involving upgrading the restroom facilities and adding a new 42-row high grandstand are also underway. The previous grandstands including the Gray, Green, Yellow, and Orange located along front stretch by the start/finish line, have been removed and the area is being prepared for the new aluminum FrontStretch Grandstand structure.
    Eight events are featured at WGI in 2005 including the highly anticipated NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. This year they return with the NASCAR Busch Series, for the first time at WGI during the annual SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen, August 11-14. Open wheel racing also returns to the famed road course, during the inaugural IndyCar Series event September 23-25. Tickets go on sale January 22 and are available at an advance price until Opening Day, May 1. For additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com.(Watkins Glen International)(1-14-2005)

  • Watkins Glen to go to new qualifying procedure: The weekend schedule for next year's Sirius at the Glen will have a new look. The track, along with most others in the Nextel Cup Series, has adopted a new Saturday qualifying procedure that has pushed qualifying back a day and eliminated so-called "Happy Hour."
    "Many of our fans are there for the entire weekend. It's the whole experience they seek, so we don't think that it would affect us that much," said Eiron Jones, manager of public relations at the Glen, who confirmed Wednesday that the Glen will use the new qualifying schedule. "We have the Grand Am series race on Friday and the Nextel Cup teams will still practice that day also." Jones said Nextel Cup qualifying will most likely take place before the Busch Series race Saturday. The weekend schedule won't be finalized for some time, she said. Under the new format, NASCAR will impound the cars after qualifying. Teams will not be permitted to work on the cars except in cases approved by NASCAR. The move was made in an effort to reduce costs for teams.(Elmira Star Gazette)(11-18-2004)

  • New SR Director at Watkins Glen: Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International (WGI) announced that Paul Hemingway has been named the new Senior Director of Sales and Marketing starting immediately. In this role Hemingway will oversee all of the sales, marketing, communications and admissions efforts at the historic road-course. Hemingway joins WGI after spending the last three years as the Director of Marketing for Keuka College, a liberal arts school located in the NY Finger Lakes region. During his time with Keuka, Hemingway played an instrumental role in the development a sports management concentration at the College and has taught within that curriculum for the past two years. Hemingway is a New Hampshire native and prior to his stint with Keuka College was directly involved in professional sports marketing and management. He served as Director of Communications for the Manchester (NH) Monarchs (American Hockey League) and prior to that was Public/Media Relations Manager for the Nashua (NH) Pride (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball). Hemingway currently authors a monthly sports column for the Central New York Business Journal titled "On The Ball" and is a sports business correspondent on Sports Radio WHEN 620-AM out of Syracuse, NY. He holds a master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. He replaces Scott Rovn who was transferred to Phoenix International Raceway this past August to help lead their sales and marketing efforts. Hemingway and his wife Susan live in Canandaigua, NY.(Watkins Glen PR)(10-10-2004)

  • Sirius to stay Race Sponsor for 3 more year at WGI: Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Joe Clayton said Sunday the company agreed to be the title sponsor of the Cup race for another three years. The current three-year agreement between Watkins Glen International and Sirius Satellite ends this season. Watkins Glen is not guaranteed a Cup race, despite the sponsorship contract extension. NASCAR determines where the series stops on an annual basis. “As long as it's good to us, we'll be around,” Clayton said. “(The Glen) in on the upswing. Business and life are about timing.”(Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)(8-16-2004)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Watkins Glen International


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Lazzaro to run #37 at Watkins Glen: Road coarse specialist Anthony Lazzaro will be filling in for NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Kevin Lepage for this weekends road coarse race at Watkins Glen. Lepage made the decision late this week to have Lazzaro fill in for him, as he thought it would be better for the team to put a more experienced road course driver in the driver's seat of the #37 Patrón Tequila Dodge Charger for Watkins Glen. "It was a tough decision to make because no driver wants to give up their seat at anytime for any race" says Lepage. "But I thought it would be better for the team to have a more experienced road course driver take the wheel for this weekend's race at the Glen. Anthony has a lot of experience on road courses and I thought he would be a good fill in for me. I know Anthony well; he drove for my Matrix Motorsports Busch Team back in 2003 at Kansas. Have no fear I will be back in the car at Michigan next week."(Integrated Marketing Solutions)(8-12-2005)

  • Hubert to run the #27 for Shelmerdine at Watkins Glen: Kirk Shelmerdine Racing has announced that Tom Hubert will be piloting the #27 NASCAR Nextel Cup Ford Taurus at Watkins Glen International Speedway for the weekend of August 12-14, 2005. Kirk Shelmerdine Racing is also seeking primary and associate sponsorship for the remainder of the 2005 season. For further information, please visit www.KirkShelmerdineRacing.com.(KSR PR)(8-11-2005)

  • Menard to run at Watkins Glen in #1 UPDATE: DEI #11 Busch Series driver, Paul Menard will attempt to make his first DEI Cup start at Watkins Glen in the SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen on August 14th. Menard will drive the #1 Kraft Chevy. Menard will run in the Busch Series in 2006 with select Nextel Cup starts and plans got a full-time Nextel Cup ride in 2007.(NASCAR Scene Magazine). but been told Menard will not be in the #15 car in 2006 or 2007.(7-24-2005)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has entered Paul Menard in this weekend’s Nextel Cup Series race; the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen road course event. Menard will pilot the #1 Kraft/Ritz Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International. Since coming to DEI in July of 2004, the 24-year old native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin has won two Busch Pole Awards. In the last eight Busch races, he’s earned three top-fives, seven top-10s and moved from 18th to 10th in points in the #11 Menards Chevrolet for DEI. This will be his first Nextel Cup Series race for DEI, but not his first Cup start. “I made my first Cup start in 2003 at Watkins Glen,” said Menard, who started 43rd and finished 29th in that race [for Andy Petree]. In preparation for the race, Menard went to The Glen with Tony Eury, Sr, Director of Competition for DEI, car chief B. Hoover and his Busch crew chief, Dan Stillman, to test. “We tested the Cup car at Watkins Glen last week for two days and it went very well,” Menard said. “It’s such a fast road course and I enjoy going each time because you can really drive the car hard around there. My goals for the weekend are to run top-five in the Busch race and qualify for the Cup race. I’ll just take it from there and run a clean race. Gaining respect from your competitors is a priority when you race at any level.” Menard will be pulling double duty driving the #11 Menards Chevrolet in the Busch Series race on Saturday. This will be the first time the series has returned to The Glen since 2001.(DEI PR)(8-11-2005)

  • Goeters in the #50 at Watkins Glen: Jorge Goeters is listed as the driver for the #50 Arnold Motorsports Dodge at Watkins Glen. Goeters is also driving the #32 Braun Racing Chevy in the Busch Series race there.(8-10-2005)

  • Miller in the #92 at Watkins Glen: Road Racing expert Johnny Miller will return to Nextel Cup competition this weekend during the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Miller, who last competed in a NASCAR race in 2003 here, will drive the #92 Chevy fielded by Front Row Motorsports [Hermie Sadler and Tony Raines usually drive the car]. Miller, who received an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee, was tapped by the team in large part for both his driving skill and engineering prowess. Miller is currently using his 20-plus years of racing experience to drive and develop Grand American Road Racing Rolex Series cars, along with testing racing tires for several major international manufacturers. In fact, Miller is doubling up this weekend, also competing in a Rolex GT Class Chevrolet Corvette for ASC Motorsports in Friday evening’s Grand-Am race. “I’m beyond excited to be back in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series,” said Miller, who made his Nextel Cup debut in 2003 at Infineon Raceway with Morgan-McClure Motorsports finishing 24th on the lead lap. “I’m privileged that (team owner) Bob Jenkins gave me the call when he was looking for a road-course specialist. We are entering this weekend from square one—Front Row motorsports is a great team with a competitive car, but with no testing time under our belt we’ll have get up to speed quickly. It’s going to be a busy weekend driving in two different races,” added Miller, “but that is my typical race weekend—I try to drive as many race cars as possible. I love racing, and I enjoy learning as much as I can to get to the front of the pack.” Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., was one of NASCAR’s “hired guns,” competing in two NASCAR Nextel Cup races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2003.(Miller Racing site)(8-10-2005)

  • Cook to run double at Watkins Glen: Christine Marie Motorsports announced that TradePortal, a leading direct market access software innovator for the financial services industry, will be the primary sponsor for driver Chris Cook during the race weekend of August 12-14 in Watkins Glen, NY. Cook will race in the Busch Series" Zippo 200 on August 13 and the NEXTEL Cup Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen on August 14. The Watkins Glen events will be Cook"s third and fourth NASCAR races in 2005; following a 26th place finish (qualified 16th) at the Busch Series Mexico 200 in March and a 28th place finish (qualified 28th) at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in June- his debut race in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Cook will again drive for NEMCO Motorsports, under a 2005 partnership with Christine Marie Motorsports. Watkins Glen will mark the first foray into auto racing sponsorship for TradePortal, headquartered in Irvine, California. "While some may view financial services software and a NASCAR team as unlikely partners, the corollaries of what makes each a success are strikingly the same," said David Smithey, Trade Portal CEO. "Speed, performance, reliability, control and team are all essentials for success in both racing and securities trading. Nothing drives this message better than what happens at a NASCAR race." Cook is a former road race instructor who worked with NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Dave Blaney and Tim Fedewa among others at the Bondurant Racing School in Phoenix, AZ. For more information about Chris Cook and Christine Marie Motorsports, please visit www.christinemariemotorsports.com.(Intellection PR)(8-8-2005)

  • Fellows in the #32 at Infineon Raceway: PPI Motorsports announced that veteran road course driver Ron Fellows will climb behind the wheel of the #32 Tide/Downy Chevy for the upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on June 26. PPIM’s owner, Cal Wells III made the decision based on NASCAR’s current qualifying rules. Bobby Hamilton Jr., remains the driver of the Tide ride. “I want to stress the fact that I have the utmost faith in my driver, Bobby Hamilton Jr.,” said Wells. “Unfortunately, our team has suffered a string of bizarre circumstances that has equated to 37th place in the NASCAR Nextel Cup owner points. I felt, as did Bobby Jr., qualifying would be a major concern at Infineon since we may have to race our way in. Therefore, I believe it is in the best interest of the team to turn to one of the best road course racers in motorsports to help improve our results. Fellows can not only help our owner points but also provide the Tide team with a legitimate shot at winning at the race.”
    “It’s no secret I do not have the experience or the professional road course schooling needed to feel comfortable about qualifying successfully at a road course,” added Hamilton Jr., who has raced only three times in his career at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Busch Series. “The Tide team is not in a situation to take chances so putting Fellows in the car is a good decision.”
    Fellows, 45, is recognized as one of North America’s best road course drivers. From Mississauga, Ontario, he has a vast array of NASCAR experience after wielding Chevrolets in all three NASCAR series. To his credit, he has five NASCAR victories and has won in every level of competition he’s raced. Currently, he drives full time in the American Le Mans Series for Corvette Racing. His most recent win came last month at Road Atlanta. Fellows and teammate Johnny O'Connell drove the new Corvette C6.R to its first victory as well as tying the ALMS record with 22 career wins.(PPI Motorsports)(5-26-2005)
    Watkins Glen too? from a GM Pres Release, comments by #32 Team Owner, Cal Wells: "And I think we'll bounce back and dig in. And, you know, we've got Ron (Fellows) driving for us at the road courses and I'm sure he'll get it in the show there. So, I think we'll be fine. We'll claw our way back." Sounds like Fellows will drive at Watkins Glen in August also?(GM RP)(5-27-2005)

  • 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
    #2-Rusty Wallace Miller Lite
    Sirius Satellite Radio
    #2 Schemes Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Home 123 #42 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot
    Back to School
    #99 Schemes Page


  • Rusty gets Sirius: #2-Rusty Wallace will run a Miller Lite/Sirius Satellite Radio scheme at Watkins Glen International on August 14th, see an image of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(8-8-2005)

  • Back to School: hearing that #99 Carl Edwards will run a special Office Depot 'Back to School' scheme, probably at Watkins Glen, maybe a few more races. See an image of the scheme on my #99 Team Schemes page.(8-5-2005)

  • Texaco to continue Autism support UPDATE: ChevronTexaco, in conjunction with #42-Jamie McMurray and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will hold a press conference this Friday, Feb 25th at California Speedway to announce ongoing financial and promotional support for the Autism Society of America (ASA) via its "Driving Autism Awareness" campaign during the 2005 NASCAR racing season and unveiling a special paint scheme. A new primary and associate sponsor on the #42 NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray and the #41 NASCAR Busch Series Dodge piloted by Raybestos Rookie Candidate Reed Sorenson will also be announced and unveiled.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(2-23-2005)
    UPDATE - New Sponsor for McMurray: ChevronTexaco Products Company, a division of Chevron USA Inc., announced today it has signed Home123 Corporation, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation, as an associate sponsor of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the 2005. In choosing an associate corporate sponsor, ChevronTexaco weighed its options against three critical criteria: a similar value system, a symbiotic customer base from which each company could expand sales, and a mutual agreement on a list of priority races for the 2005 season. Through the new marketing agreement, Home123 will have primary sponsorship rights for six NASCAR Nextel Cup races including:
    Phoenix (April 23rd),
    Michigan (June 19th),
    Daytona (July 2nd),
    Chicago (July 10th),
    Watkins Glen (August 14th)
    Fontana (September 9th)
    During those races, the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, piloted by Jamie McMurray, will be painted with a blue and white Home123 color scheme. In addition, Home123 will support Jamie McMurray’s charitable cause, “Driving Autism Awareness,” by matching the $42 donations each being made by McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing for every lap McMurray leads in the 2005 season. With Home123’s additional financial commitment, each lap that McMurray leads during the 2005 season will generate $168 in donations to assist with autism research and public education. All proceeds from “Driving Autism Awareness” will be given to the Autism Society of America.(Jamie McMurray site)(2-27-2005)

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


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