- Race: Sunday, March 19, 2006 in Hampton, GA
- Title Sponsor/Link: goldencorral.com
- Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
- TV: FOX 1:30pm/et
- FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [90 minutes with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 1:35pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 23 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/et on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Jeanne Zelasko
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - PRN and XM
Performance Racing Network (PRN)
PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice
PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Pat Patterson, Brnet McMillian, Chuck Carland
PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,843,713 (was $4,761,128 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, March 17,. 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, March 18, 9:00am - 10:00am/et, TV-Speed [live]
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 18, 10:35 - 11:20am/et on TV-FX 2:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 17, 2:30pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 17 at 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air on 3/18 at 2:30am/et AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, March 10
7:00am NNCS Haulers Enter
10:00am NNCS Registration Opens
10:30am NNCS Garage Opens
2:30pm NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying
3:30 - 5:00pm NNCS Practice
5:10pm NCTS Qualifying (All Positions 2 laps) IMPOUND TRUCKS
7:10pm GEORGIA POWER QUALIFYING (All Positions 2 laps)
8:00pm NNCS Registration Closes
9:00pm NNCS Garage Closes
Saturday, March 18th
7:00am NNCS & NBS Garage & Registration Opens
9:00am Gates Open
9:00 - 10:00am NNCS Practice
10:00 - 10:15am Fox Exhibition Run
10:35 - 11:20am NNCS Final Practice
12:10pm NBS Qualifying (All Positions 2 laps) IMPOUND CARS
3:00pm NNCS Registration Closes
3:30pm Nicorette 300 (195 laps)
Sunday, March 19th
7:30am NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
8:00am Gates Open
11:30am NNCS Drivers & Crew Chiefs Meeting
1:00pm NNCS Driver Introductions
1:30pm Golden Corral 500 (325 laps)
2:30pm NNCS Registration Closes
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
been a while, but the facts are back....
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4016; Right-side -- D-4018
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the race track . . . all three NASCAR series -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . Atlanta is the only track at which teams are currently scheduled to run this exact combination this season.
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
- Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service 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 Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Winners for 2006 so far:
Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Atlanta: $20,000
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
#16-Greg Biffle, 2
#17-Matt Kenseth, 2
LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Kahne wins at Atlanta: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Las Vegas Motor Speedway, dominating the final 80 laps for his 2nd win of his career [other was Richmond last May] and 1st of the year. It is the first Dodge to win at Atlanta since Richard Petty won there in March 1977. Kahne is the first driver to win the spring race from the pole since Buddy Baker in 1979. #6-Mark Martin was 2nd, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon and #20-Tony Stewart. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 6th and now leads the points by 50 over Kahne. #45-Kyle Petty came home 8th, his best finish since an 8th at Dover last Sept. #41-Reed Sorenson was the highest rookie of the year candidate with a 10th place finish. Johnson is now the only driver to score a top-10 finish in all four races of the 2006 season. #23-Bill Lester ran the whole race, but fell 6 laps down and finished 38th. There were 8 cautions for 43 laps and 27 lead changes with 12 leaders.
Race Results on my Atlanta Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Atlanta page.(3-20-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Atlanta [4 of 36 races]:
#9-Kahne, 640, -50
#17-Kenseth, 612, -78
#6-Martin, 600, -90
#42-Mears, 554, -136
#24-Gordon, 539, -151
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 534, -156
#5-Busch, 530, -160
#88-Jarrett, 490, -200
#07-Bowyer, 471, -219
For drivers/owners points, see my
- Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Atlanta page.(3-20-2006)
- Atlanta Race Notes:
• Kasey Kahne won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 76th career start. Kahne won from the Bud Pole.
• Kahne’s last victory came at Richmond, 29 races ago. He also won that race from the Bud Pole.
• It was his first victory and fourth top-five finish in five Atlanta races.
• Kahne scored his third top-five finish in four races this season. All four of his finishes in 2006 have been top 15s.
• Kahne moved into second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, the highest ranking of his career.
• Kahne led four times, including the final 80 laps. He did not lead the most laps
• Dodge scored its first Atlanta victory since Richard Petty won this race at Atlanta in 1977 – 29 years ago.
• The last victory from the Bud Pole at Atlanta came in the fall of 1996 by Bobby Labonte.
• Eight of the last nine race winners at Atlanta have won from a top-10 starting position.
• This was team owner Ray Evernham’s eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
• Evernham Motorsports has won at least one race each season 2001– 2006, six consecutive years.
• The last time a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race was won from the Bud Pole was by Matt Kenseth at Bristol in August
• The best start to a season (after four races) was done twice. Herb Thomas (1954) and Bill Elliott (1992) each scored
three victories in the first four races.
• Mark Martin (second) has finished in the top-five in the last four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has scored
four straight top-15 finishes to start the season. Martin climbed from fifth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
point standings. One year ago Martin ranked fifth.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) scored his sixth top-five finish in 14 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He climbed from
11th to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL cup standings.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) scored his 12th top-five finish in 28 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It marked his second topfive
finish in 2006, both in the last two races.
• Tony Stewart (fifth) scored his fifth top-five finish in 15 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was his second top-five
finish in 2006. The defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion climbed from 19th to 12th in the point standings.
• Jimmie Johnson (sixth) has finished four top-10 finishes, including two victories, in the first four races in 2006. He
is the only driver to start the 2006 season with four top-10 finishes. He remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
point standings. Johnson has ranked among the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for 73
straight races, a streak that began after race No. 4 at Atlanta in March 2004.
• Paul Menard (seventh) scored his career best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finish.
• Reed Sorenson (10th) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender in the 2006 Golden Corral
500. It marked the first top-10 finish of his short career.
• Greg Biffle (16th) led the most laps (128) in the Golden Corral 500. The last time he led the most laps in a race was
at California two races ago where he finished 42nd.
• All seven of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders have competed in all four races in 2006 and two
scored top-15 finishes in today’s race.
• Joe Nemechek (17th) has been running at the finish in the last 36 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April and is
the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-20-2006)
- Rumblings - Atlanta: a day late but Kasey Kahne certainly wasn't a dollar short today at Atlanta Motor Speedway as he captured the Golden Corral 500 by daylight. Kasey's win from the pole (he's the first driver to do that since Matt Kenseth accomplished that feat at Bristol last August) was the second of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's tied for 92nd on the all-time win list) and the 8th
for Ray Evernham. This victory was worth $203,664 from the over $4.8M in posted awards and puts the #9 Dodge on the Winners Circle Plan this season. Most of the action today came on pit road. We had loose lug nuts, accidents, a crew member run over, and the seemingly ever-present tire problems.
Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Chicagoland last July.
Paul Menard (7th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 27th at Watkins Glen last August.
Kyle Petty (8th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Dover last September.
Reed Sorenson (10th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 21st at California last month.
Scott Riggs (11th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan last August.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Petty (+24), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (+23), Dale Jarrett (+22), Terry Labonte (+21), and Jamie McMurray (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Bobby Labonte (-39), followed by Kevin Harvick (-33), Kurt Busch (-28 ), Denny Hamlin (-24), Jeff Burton (-22), Carl Edwards (-22), and Jeremy Mayfield (-21). Petty Enterprises captures both ends of a very busy "Shaft" today.
Jimmie Johnson retains the points lead after today....but new second place man Kasey Kahne is just 50 markers in arrears. Kyle Petty (33rd to 24th) made the best move forward this week, while Carl Edwards (23rd to 30th) went seven spots in the wrong direction.(StockCarFans.com)(3-21-2006)
- The Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 325 of 325 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#9-Kahne-d (1)(85 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (26)
#24-Gordon-c (12)(1 laps led)
#20-Stewart-c (21)(50 laps led)
#23-Lester is running 38th, down 6 laps
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
Pit Selections at FoxSports.com
- Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 12,1,55,42,96,25,21,31,66,07,7,38
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 4,11,22,40,14,61,49,2,23,29,99,19
- Cars on the track: 41 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (2) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 27 lead changes):
#16-Biffle (128, led most);
#9-Kahne (pole, 85);
- Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1; #12-Newman 2-3; #43-Labonte 4-16; #9-Kahne 17-19; #16-Biffle 20-43; #2-Busch 44-63; #11-Hamlin 64-67; #2-Busch 68; #61-Lepage 69; #11-Hamlin 70-73; #16-Biffle 74; #11-Hamlin 75-79; #16-Biffle 80-118; #2-Busch 119; #20-Stewart 120-141; #11-Hamlin 142-144; #20-Stewart 145-165; #31-Burton 166; #55-Waltrip 167; #20-Stewart 168-171; #16-Biffle 172-188; #24-Gordon 189; #96-Labonte 190-194; #20-Stewat 195-197; #16-Biffle 198-220; #9-Kahne 221; #16-Biffle 222-245; #9-Kahne 246-325;
Cautions: 8 for 43 laps
Caution 8 - Laps 264 - 267: Debris in turn 1.
Caution 7 - Laps 221 - 224: #-07-Bowyer lost it off turn 2 and slid thru the turn, could have had a tire go down.
Caution 6 - Laps 189 - 197: #14-Marlin has a left front tire go down, left debris on the track.
Caution 5 - Laps 166 - 169: debris on the track, large piece of metal in turn 1.
Caution 4 - Laps 119 - 125: #19-Mayfield lost a right rear tire and smacked the turn 2 wall.
Caution 3 - Laps 68 - 73: #99-Edwards lost a right front tire and left debris on the track.
Caution 2 - Laps 43 - 47: #5-Busch lost a left front tire and stopped in turn 4 when he couldn't get down to pit road.
Caution 1 - Laps 16 - 19: #12-Newman and #11-Hamlin made contact in turn 2, Newman slide up the track tapped the wall and came back down into the grass.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 8: #96-Labonte, 22nd
Caution 7: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 3rd
Caution 6: #4-Wimmer, 30th
Caution 5: #42-Mears, 21st
Caution 4: #55-Waltrip, 20th
Caution 3: #5-Busch, 12th
Caution 2: #12-Newman, 18th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on lap 319, #31-Burton, while running 5th, came in to pit with a bad vibration.
---- on lap 308, #7-Gordon, while running 3rd, came in to put for a severe penalty, going a lap down, then will have to go back for a pass-thru penalty as he sped on pit road.
---- on lap 301, #17-Kenseth had to pit for a flat tire, he was running 2nd at the time.
---- on lap 255, #11-Hamlin came in for an unscheduled pit stop with a loose condition, losing a lap.
---- FOX reported around lap 224 that the #7 crewman injured on pit road, John Slusher, has been treated and released.
---- on lap 214, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made an unscheduled pit stop for a cut right front tire and the pit crew chnaged rights only.
---- on lap 204, had a left rear with loose lugnut, causing a vibration while running 10th and had to make an unscheduled pit stop.
---- during the 6th caution, FOX showed a pit crew member of #7-Gordon laying in the pit stall with other pit crew members and track personal helping him. An ambulance was dispatched. PRN is reporting the crewman is the #7 catch can man John Slusher, who was hit by #41-Sorenson when he left his stall.
---- noticed on lap 178, #19-Mayfield is back on the track after the team made repairs, but then went back out of the race.
---- on lap 154, #2-Busch was told by NASCAR to pick up his speed and falling down a lap, Busch then made a pit stop.
---- on lap 151, #07-Bowyer came off a turn and smacked the wall, but drove on, on lap 158, NASCAR told Bowyer to pick up the pace or pit.
---- on lap 137, #7-Gordon passed the leader #20-Stewart to get back on the lead lap.
---- on the 4th caution restart, #40-Stremme came up the track into #29-Harvick who got into #2-Busch, which caused a flat right rear tire, along with some rear-end damage. Both Busch and Harvick smacked the wall. Harviick made a pit stop.
---- on lap 113, #17-Kenseth made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat right rear tire, lost a lap after running 5th.
---- on lap 109, #61-Lepage slowed on the track and headed to pit road with a tire down.
---- during the 3rd caution, #99-Edwards was on-and-off many times, getting repairs to the front of the car, plus had to come back for a pass-thru penalty for running the stop sign at the end of pit road.
---- on lap 55, #43-Labonte while running in the top-10, slowed and moved to the apron in turn 2, then to the pits, the crew looked under the hood and pushed it to the garage, with a bad motor.
---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pit, #2-Busch came out first, The leader coming in #16-Biffle came out 8th after the crew had some problems on pit road.
---- during the 2nd caution, #99-Edwards came out of his stall and ran into the side of #22-Blaney, who spun in the pit road and ended up the wrong way.
---- on lap 35, #00-Sadler went down a lap and pitted after NASCAR told him to pick up the pace.
---- unless there is a caution before hand, NASCAR will now throw a caution at lap 50 so teams can check tire and their cars.
---- during the 1st caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pit, #9-Kahne came out first, #43-Labonte came out 2nd after coming in leading.
---- unless there is a caution before hand, NASCAR will throw a caution at lap 30 so teams can check tire and their cars.
---- green flag at 11:12am/et.
---- To The Back : #49-Sherman [backup car/was to start 40th]; #25-Vickers [engine/37th]
- RAIN at Atlanta: as of 3:55pm/et it was announced on Fox that the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedwa has been postponed until Monday, March 20th at 11:00am/et and will be televised on FX and some FOX stations and covered live on PRN radio/XM Satelliete Radio AND here on my Semi-Live Race Page. Rain is in the forecast Monday also, lets hope it moves thru tonight.
keep tabs on the weather at:
The Weather Channel
- UPDATE Race Coverage of the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Monday, March 20, 2006.
TV: FX and some FOX stations at 11:00am/et [green flag around 11:00am/et].
Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00pm/et
- To the BACK : #25-Vickers [engine]; #49-Sherman [backup car]
- Saturday's Happy Hour [Final] Practice for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, fastest:
slowest: #00-Sadler 178.384 and #49-Sherman 179.691
most laps run: #20-Stewart 52; #18-Yeley & #43-Labonte 49.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#9-Kahne 183.947 [3rd fastest lap], 14 laps run
#6-Martin 182.923 [2nd], 37 laps
#17-Kenseth 182.744 [24th], 23 laps
See speeds on my Atlanta Practice page.(3-18-2006)
- Saturday's First Practice for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, fastest:
slowest: #00-Sadler 179.499 and #96-Labonte 179.872
most laps run: ##1-Truex Jr, 54; #2-Busch and #18-Yeley 49
incident: #49-Sherman broke loose, slid up the track and nosed into the wall, and will go to a backup car.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#99-Edwards 183.354 [3rd fastest lap], 27 laps run
#29-Harvick 182.815 [8th], 25 laps
#66-Green 182.535 [25th], 23 laps
See speeds on my Atlanta Practice page.(3-18-2006)
- Kahne wins pole at Atlanta: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap of 192.553mph for his first pole of 2006 and 7th of his career. #12-Ryan Newman just missed the pole by .002 seconds/.013mph, and missed his 7th straight pole at Atlanta, but will start on the outside pole/2nd. #31-Jeff Burton will start 3rd, followed by #43-Bobby Labonte and #18-J.J. Yeley. The big news was that #23-Bill Lester qualified for the race, the first African-American to make a Cup race since Willy T. Ribbs in June 1986 at Michigan, Lester was the fastest of the drivers not on the top-35 teams in owners points [Desperados?] and will start 19th. #96-Terry Labonte made the race using a past champions provisional [for the 3rd time in 4 races]. #25-Vickers blew an engine after his first lap and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race. Missing the race were: #32-Kvapil, #13-Sacks, #74-Cope, #34-Chaffin, #37-Skinner, #92-Blount, #51-Garvey, #78-KWallace and #95-Barrett. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on Jayski's Atlanta Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(3-17-2006)
- Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
• Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Golden Corral 500, lapping Atlanta Motor Speedway in 28.792 seconds at 192.553 mph. Geoffrey Bodine holds track-qualifying record of 28.074 seconds, 197.478 mph, set Nov. 15, 1997, in the first qualifying session on the current track configuration. Bodine’s lap remains the fastest qualifying lap on a non-restrictor-plate track in NASCAR history.
• This is Kahne’s seventh career Bud Pole in 76 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is his first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in 2006.
• This is Kahne’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway – all in the past three races. He has three top five finishes here.
• Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.794 seconds, 192.540 mph – and will join Kahne on the front row for the Golden Corral 500. It is his ninth top-10 start in as many races at Atlanta – including eight front-row starts. Newman had scored six straight Bud Poles at Atlanta (March 2003 through October 2005). It is his first top-10 starting position since he started second at Homestead last fall.
• Kahne and Newman were the only drivers to break the 192 mph-mark.
• This is the second Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet and Ford each have one Bud Pole this season.
• Jeff Burton (third) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2006, the only driver to do so. It is only his second top-10 start in 24 races at Atlanta. His previous best start here was 10th in this race in 1998. It was his best qualifying effort since he started second at Bristol in August 2005.
• Bobby Labonte (fourth) posted his 10th top-10 start in 27 races at Atlanta – but his first since he started 10th in this race in 2004. It is Labonte’s second top-10 start this season but his best start since he qualified fifth at Phoenix last November.
• J.J. Yeley (fifth) posted his second top-10 qualifying effort of 2006 – both top fives. He started 36th in his one previous race at Atlanta.
• Kevin Harvick (sixth) posted his first start better than 15th this season and his best since he started sixth at Pocono last July.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-17-2006)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Atlanta:
Well, whatcha know! Somebody other than #12-Ryan Newman can take a Bud Pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway. #9-Kasey Kahne grabbed the top-spot tonight at AMS for Sunday's Golden Corral 500 by all of .002 over the aforementioned Mr. Newman for his first pole since Richmond in May of last year and the 7th of his NEXTEL Cup career. We've had four different Bud Pole winners in four races....can we go for a field of 36 next February? [at the Bud Shootout].
#43-Bobby Labonte (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Phoenix last April.
#29-Kevin Harvick (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond last September.
#41-Reed Sorenson (15th....and back with his homies this week) tied his career- best starting spot today. He also started 15th at Homestead last November.
#07-Clint Bowyer (16th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best was 20th last week at Las Vegas.
Welcome Bill Lester (19th). He makes his first NEXTEL Cup start on Sunday.
#15-Paul Menard (22nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend as well. His previous best was 42nd at Watkins Glen last August.
#55-Michael Waltrip (24th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 19th at California last September.
STREAKIN....Jeff Burton has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
Greg Biffle has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
If you've been away from TV or the computer today you may have missed the announcement from former Cup driver (and current Truck Series driver) Bobby Hamilton. He'll be stepping out of his ride after tonight for treatment of cancer in his neck and will be replaced by his son. We all wish Bobby the best and please remember to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he undergoes treatment.(Stockcarfans.com)(3-17-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2006 at 7:00pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - 7:00pm/et
Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: 3/18 at 2:30am/et
- Friday Practice for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
#2-Busch 189.041 [Charger]
#12-Newman 186.906 [Intrepid] was 17th fastest
slowest: #92-Blount 178.482 and #00-Sadler 178.920
most laps run: #16-Biffle 38; #18-Yeley 35
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#5-Busch 186.257 [10th fastest lap], 7 laps run
#43-Labonte 186.037 [5th], 7 laps
#41-Sorenson 165.701 [2nd], 13 laps
See speeds on my Atlanta Practice page.(3-17-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice?
if things stayed the same, the following would make the race:
#10-Scott Riggs, 23rd fastest
#61-Kevin Lepage, 26th
#7-Robby Gordon, 27th
#51-Mike Garvey, 32nd
#15-Paul Menard, 33rd
#4-Scott Wimmer, 35th
#23-Bill Lester, 36th
#96-Terry Labonte [CH], 47th but has past champ provisional
these nine drivers wold miss the race:
#32-Travis Kvapil, 39th
#37-Mike Skinner, 43rd
#13-Greg Sacks, 44th
#34-Chad Chaffin, 46th
#95-Stanton Barrett, 48th
#78-Kenny Wallace, 49th
#74-Derrike Cope, 50th
#00-Hermie Sadler, 51st
#92-Chad Blount, 52nd/last.(3-17-2006)
- Qualifying Order List for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #48-Jimmie Johnson is due out first on Friday, March 17th at 7:00pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #13-Greg Sacks. #89-Morgan Shepherd is not on the Qualifying Order list, guess he withdrew. For the Qualifying order, see my Atlanta Qualifying Page.(3-17-2006)
- Entry List for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 52 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 [used thru 5th race of 2006]:
#74-Derrike Cope - added 3/16
#89-Morgan Shepherd - Withdrew - down to 52
#92-Chad Blount in for Randy LaJoie
#96-Terry Labonte [CH]
[CH] has champ prov to use if needed
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 96 [past champ], 7,10 [current top-35 owners points], then 61,32,4,00,95 [2006 race attempts, ties broken by owners points position]
missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,92,74,37,51,23,15,13.
see entry list on Jayski's Atlanta Entry List Page.
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
- see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#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 7-13 days before the race)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 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).
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Newman going for a record: #12-Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with six Atlanta Motos Speedway poles, all of them coming in the past six races at the track. Buddy Baker, Newman's mentor and coach, has a record seven AMS poles. In his eight appearances at AMS, Newman has qualified on the front row for seven of them. In October 2002, qualifying was canceled due to rain, placing Newman sixth on the starting grid. The current record for consecutive poles is held by David Pearson, who earned 11 straight pole positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway [now Lowe's Motor Speedway] from 1973-1978. Newman's average AMS start of 1.75 leads all drivers.(Penske Racing)(3-17-2006)
- Who's Hot - Atlanta Motor Speedway:
• Jimmie Johnson has ranked among the top-10 for 72 straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson finished first, second and first in the first three races in 2006.
• Only Casey Mears and Jimmie Johnson have scored top-10 finishes in all three races in 2006.
• Mark Martin has scored seven straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
• Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Clint Bowyer has scored top-15 finishes in each of the three races in 2006. He is joined by Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears who also have scored top-15 finishes in each race this season..(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-13-2006)
- 2005 Race Winner: Carl Edwards, 143.478mph, started 4th
- Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph
- Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
- 2005 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 194.690, finished 14th
- Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6
- Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
- Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 6
- Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker, 7
- Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]
- Oldest Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 51 years, 4 months, 27 days, 3/20/93
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 7 months, 8 days, 3/12/95
- Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993
- Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961BR>
- Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977
- Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986
- Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Oct 2002
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - April 1964
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
- Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
- Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 33 - Chevrolet
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969
- Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 93] 14.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 10
- Races won from starting pos 3: 8
- Races won from starting pos 4: 9
- Races won from starting pos 5: 13
- Races won from starting pos 6: 2
- Races won from starting pos 7: 6
- Races won from starting pos 8: 6
- Races won from starting pos 9: 6
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11,14,17,20,21: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 52 of 93 - 55.9%
- Races won from the top 10: 73 of 93 - 78.5%
- First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]
- Atlanta Nuggets:
Starting Up Front is Important at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Seven of the last eight races at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. In fact only
seven of the 93 races at Atlanta were won from outside a top-20 starting position.
Owner/Winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Wood Brothers owned cars have won 12 of the 93 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any car owner.
Despite their great success, the last Atlanta victory by the Wood Brothers was scored by Morgan Shepherd in March
1993, 13 years ago.
Big Winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Dale Earnhardt posted nine Atlanta victories the most of any driver at Atlanta. The most Atlanta victories by an
active driver is six by Bobby Labonte.
Skunked at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Terry Labonte competed in 53 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway without a victory. Kyle Petty has competed in
50 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway without a victory.
Leading The Way at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Cale Yarborough led 3,316 laps in 47 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, more than any other driver. Dale
Earnhardt followed with 2,655 laps led in 46 races. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 975 laps led in 27 races at
Would you Believe?
Ryan Newman has won the last six Bud Poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That is the longest streak of
consecutive Bud poles since David Pearson’s all-time record streak of 11 straight at Lowe’s between October 1973
and October 1978.
Manufacturers at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Ford swept both races at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2005, both by Carl Edwards. A Chevrolet won both races there
in 2003 and 2004. A Dodge has not won at Atlanta since Richard Petty won the Atlanta 500 in March 1977, 29 years ago.
• Richard Petty competed in 65 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, more than any other driver.
• Buddy Baker won seven Bud Poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any driver. Ryan Newman follows with
six , leading all active drivers.
• Bobby Labonte lead all active drivers with six victories at Atlanta.
• Mark Martin has scored 20 top-10 finishes in his 40 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.
• Ryan Newman leads all drivers at Atlanta with a 1.75 starting average in eight races there.
• Carl Edwards has an 1.66 average finish in his three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
• Greg Biffle has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
• Ryan Newman has posted eight straight top-10 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
• Mark Martin is expected to make his 585th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway,
the longest current streak.
• Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in the first three races this season.
• Jeff Burton (10th) moved into the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after Las Vegas for the first
time since Pocono in July 2003 ending a 90-race absence.
• Jeff Gordon (ninth) moved into the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after Las Vegas for the
first time since Bristol last August ending a 14-race absence, the longest of his career.
• All seven Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders have been running at the finish in all three races in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-15-2006)
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Grandstand Seating: 124,000
Grand Marshal: Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder
Command to start engines: Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag:
Honorary Race Official:
Military Flyover: B-52, didn't say what base/unit it was from
- Track Homepage: atlantamotorspeedway.com
- 1st Race Last Year: see my March 2005 Atlanta Race Info page.
- 2nd Race Last Year: see my Oct 2005 Atlanta Race Info page.
Atlanta Announces Record Purse for Golden Corral Race Weekend NASCAR drivers competing in the March 19
Golden Corral 500, the March 18 Nicorette 300 and the March 17 John Deere 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be battling for nearly $6.5 million in posted prize money. The awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series events are part of a $6,452,858 purse announced for the three days of racing that comprise the March 17-19 Golden Corral 500 race week schedule of events. On Sunday, the stars of the NEXTEL Cup series will take on the high banks at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Golden Corral 500, battling for a record purse of $4,843,713. This year's purse represents an increase of nearly $200,000 over the prize money posted in the March 2005 Golden Corral 500 NEXTEL Cup race just one year ago. The purse for the first race ever held at Atlanta Motor Speedway was $39,500, a far cry from just the winner's take home pay of $147,850 for this year's race. Great seats are still available for the Golden Corral 500 race weekend, March 17-19. Contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com.(3-4-2006)
- Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder Grand Marshals at Atlanta: Hollywood movie stars Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder will serve as Grand Marshals for the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Golden Corral 500 on March 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The trio are headlining the new comedy The Benchwarmers from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and Revolution Studios. The Benchwarmers will be released nationwide by Columbia Pictures on April 7 and tells the story of three underdogs (Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder) who form a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseball bullies. Their success leads to a high-stakes, winner-take-all game with the best kids in the state where, if they win, they will become an inspiration for every kid who has ever been a benchwarmer. Among their duties at the Golden Corral 500 (airing on FOX at 1:00pm/et), the trio will give the command, "gentlemen, start your engines," to send 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stars around the 1.54-mile quad-oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Spade, Schneider and Heder will also make an appearance at the driver's meeting Sunday morning, driver introductions on the frontstretch at AMS and take a garage tour prior to the green flag. To see the three big screen stars deliver the most famous words in auto racing, fans can purchase tickets to the Golden Corral 500 on March 19 by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(3-3-2006)
- Elaborate Changes Unveiled at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced three major facility additions that will be in place for the October 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. More than 13,000 new grandstand seats will be added in the newly created Winners Grandstand, located at the Turn One end of the front straightaway. The new grandstand will feature more than 7,700 comfortable, individual style chair seats with drink holders and an additional 5,300 bench style seats. The chairback seats will be available for purchase annually for $495, including all six days both NEXTEL Cup race weekends and the bench seats will be available on an event by event basis.
Also being added is a new luxury seating opportunity called "Club One." Members of Club One will enjoy an extraordinary, climate controlled view of the state-of-the-art facility and heart-pounding on-track action from comfortable theater-style seating. The premium 'Chef's Choice' menu and bar will add to the unique experience. Club One will offer a rooftop 'Sight and Sound' observation deck for members to bask in the sun while being enveloped in the race day spectacle. Approximately 1,000 Club One seats will be sold as an annual package for just $1,595 each. Fans will receive a parking pass in a designated Club One parking lot with four Club One tickets. Club One purchasers will also have the first option to purchase one of 30 new reserved motorcoach parking spaces below Club One.
In a continued effort to meet the increased demands for trackside camping, track officials are adding a new upscale Trackside Terrace
Camping section, along the backstretch, featuring more than 90 motorcoach parking spaces. All spaces in the Trackside Terrace Camping
section will have full water, electricity and sewer hookups. For more information about the new additions at Atlanta Motor Speedway
or to purchase tickets or camping spaces, fans may call (877) 9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS Site/PR)(3-2-2006)
- Legends as Grand Marshals for Atlanta Busch race: Six of the greatest drivers and legends of NASCAR - Richard Petty, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Benny Parsons, Buddy Baker, and Donnie Allison - will serve as Grand Marshals for the Nicorette 300, the Busch Series race on Saturday, March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The six legends were selected by Nicorette nicotine gum to serve as Grand Marshals as a tribute to their racing careers and for their personal support of smoking cessation. The Nicorette 300 marks the first NASCAR race to ever be sponsored by a smoking cessation product and is just one activity in a season-long sponsorship designed to eradicate smoking from the sport of NASCAR. The six NASCAR legends will jointly give the command "Gentlemen, Start your Engines" to start the Nicorette 300 while making appearances throughout the day. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the six legends the morning of March 18 (time to be announced) at a question-and-answer session held at GSK's Winner's Circle Exhibit in the fan walk area. The Winner's Circle is an interactive, entertaining exhibit featuring information about the benefits and challenges of quitting smoking and how Nicorette nicotine gum, NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches and Commit nicotine lozenges can help lead to a smoke-free life. The Winner's Circle Exhibit also features free quit-smoking counseling with trained smoking cessation experts. The six legends combine for 405 NASCAR victories and 13 series championships. Petty had a record 200 wins and seven championships. Pearson ranks second with 105 all-time wins to go along with three championships. Jarrett, a two-time champion, is tied for 10th all-time with 50 career victories. Parsons won the series championship in 1973 and had 21 career wins. Baker won 19 times, including a Daytona 500, while Allison had 10 wins and 115 top-ten finishes. Tickets to the Nicorette 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available. To order tickets, call (877) 9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849) or order on-line at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(2-24-2006)
- Pit Passes at Atlanta: There is only three weeks left until the start of the Golden Corral 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition to the great racing that Atlanta Motor Speedway promises, fans attending the race in March can take the racing experience one step closer with a Pre-Race Pit Pass and a chance to meet their favorite driver for the upcoming Golden Corral race weekend. Fans can tour the pit area and watch NASCAR's top drivers and crews as they prepare for the race. A Georgia Power Qualifying night Pre-Race Pit Pass is just $75. If being behind the scenes on Friday only isn't enough action, fans can be part of the pre-race action all weekend. The Friday-Sunday Pre-Race Pit Pass is just $125. Pre-Race Pit Passes are good for pit area until 30 minutes prior to the event. Fans must be at least 14 years old and have appropriate attire in accordance with NASCAR issued guidelines to enter the pit area. No shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts or tank tops or open-toed shoes are permitted in the pit area at anytime. Pre-Race Pit Passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket. To purchase race tickets or Pre-Race Pit Passes to the Golden Corral 500 race weekend fans can call 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(2-21-2006)
- Atlanta Announces Addition of New Camping Spaces: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced the creation of 80 new Premium reserved camping spots in the Mid-State Family Campgrounds. Located north of the speedway's main entrance, the new
campground will provide water and electricity and is conveniently located next to the main camper shower facility. The 25'X 50' spaces will be the closest available camping to the Champions Grandstand main entrance and will lease for $800 per racing season, which includes both NEXTEL Cup weekends. The new camping spaces go on sale today and are available for purchase by calling 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), or by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(2-14-2006)
- Camping Options Still Available at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced a limited number of reserved camping spaces are still available for the March 17-19 Golden Corral 500 race weekend. The East Turn, Legends and Ragu First Turn campgrounds are all in close proximity to the speedway entrances and still have spaces available for recreational vehicles. In addition, there are a limited number of tent and R.V. spaces in the Mid-State Family Campground. Unreserved camping will also be available during the Golden Corral 500 event weekend. Numerous camping options as well as tickets to the Golden Corral 500
event weekend can be purchased by calling 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), or by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(2-3-2006)
- AMS Lap Sponsorhips Available: In one of the most limited ticket specials offered by Atlanta Motor Speedway, 325 lucky fans have a chance to call a lap their own in the March 19 Golden Corral 500. With Atlanta Motor Speedway's lap sponsorship packages, fans select a lap to sponsor in the March 19 race. Their name and lap number will be published in the race program if purchased before the printing deadline of February 17. In addition, lap sponsors will receive a commemorative certificate of their lap, as well as two tickets to March 17 Georgia Power qualifying night followed by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200, and the Nicorette 300 Busch Series race on March 18. Finally, lap sponsors also receive two coveted pre-race pit passes, allowing race fans ages 14 and over access to the sights and sounds of race morning. The pits are open at select times Friday through Sunday and close 45 minutes before race time. For just $300, the lap sponsorship promises race fans memories of a lifetime, two great races and an up-close view of the weekend's pit
action. Just about the only thing Atlanta's lap sponsorship package can't promise is that your favorite driver will visit victory lane after
the March 19 Golden Corral 500. Lap sponsorships and other great ticket packages for the Golden Corral 500 weekend can be purchased by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(1-30-2006)
- Extended Ticket Office Hours at Atlanta; Limited Camping spaces available: In preparation for the upcoming Golden Corral 500 weekend on March 17-19, Atlanta Motor Speedway's ticket office has extended their hours. The ticket office is always open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, but has added Saturday (9:00am to 5:00pm) and Sunday (1:00 to 5:00pm) hours to accommodate fans.
AND Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced a limited number of infield camping spaces are still available for the March 17-19 Golden Corral 500 race weekend. The Flock Brothers Corral, which sits between turns one and two, and the High Speed Corral, which is situated between turns three and four on the infield of AMS, each have less than 30 spaces remaining. There are still plenty of Reserved and Unreserved outside camping spaces available. Because of the limited quantity available, fans interested in purchasing a Flock Brothers Corral or a High Speed Corral camping space are encouraged to act quickly. For $400 a year, fans can secure their spot in the Flock Brothers Corral for both NASCAR Nextel Cup race weekends. High Speed Corral spaces can be reserved for just $200 for both race weekends. Infield camping spaces as well as tickets to the Golden Corral 500 can be purchased by calling 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX (1-877-926-7849), or by clicking here: Purchase Tickets Fans can also stop by the AMS ticket office, speak to a staff member about various camping options and purchase directly from the ticket office.(AMS)(1-21-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Cope & #74 McGlynn Racing to run at Atlanta & Bristol: McGlynn Racing announced Thursday that Derrike Cope and the #74 Dodge will compete in the Golden Corral 500 this weekend in Atlanta as well as the Food City 500 at Bristol the following week. The team had a serious mechanical problem with its hauler while enroute to Las Vegas for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and was unable to compete for a starting spot. "We are still growing as a team and anyone that hopes to make it at this level is going to experience setbacks along the way. We have a great group of sponsors behind us and we want to ensure we represent them well on the track and we intend to do just that, " said Ray McGlynn, owner of McGlynn Racing. "With the backing of our current sponsors and others in the works, we look forward to each and every race. Our thanks go out to My Guardian 911, Sundance Vacations, Royal Administration and all our team sponsors and our fans for standing behind us.(McGlynn Racing PR)(3-16-2006)
- #61 gets sponsors from AMP and Ingles: The #61 Peak Performance Motorsports Ford entry will be sponsored by Mountain Dew's AMP Energy Drink and Ingles Markets for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta. Kevin Lepage will receive a boost from that great Mountain Dew citrus taste in the new 16oz. Tall Boy serving. With Maltodextrin, Ginseng, Taurine, B Vitamins, and Guarana, AMP and AMP Tall Boy are the next generation of invigoration. AMP Energy Drinks is proud to continue Pepsi's partnership with NASCAR, a relationship that spans more than five decades. For more information, visit: www.ampenergy.com.(Peak Performance Motorsports), see an image on my #61 Team Schemes page.(3-16-2006)
- Lester to make Cup debut at Atlanta UPDATE 2: Bill Lester is expected to announce at a Tuesday news conference that he'll attempt to make the Cup race next weekend at Atlanta in a Bill Davis Racing car [#23?]. If Lester makes the race, he would become the first African-American to compete in a Cup race since Willy T. Ribbs in 1986.(Roanoke Times)(3-12-2006)
UPDATE: Lester will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Nextel Cup Golden Corral 500 in a Bill Davis Racing car sponsored by Waste Management. At stake is a chance to become the first African-American in NASCAR's premier series since Willy T. Ribbs finished 37th at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 1986. Despite huge growth in attendance and TV ratings the last two decades, NASCAR has lagged in attracting minority fans and competitors. Waste Management will sponsor him in Cup races at Michigan on June 18 and at California Speedway on Sept. 3. Lester said there's an option for more races. He will be one of an expected 17 drivers vying for eight unprotected spots in the 43-car field at Atlanta.(USA Today)(3-14-2006)
UPDATE 2: Truck Series driver Bill Lester will make history this weekend, piloting the #23 Waste Management NASCAR entry for Bill Davis Racing in the Golden Corral 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.(AMS Site)
Lester would become the sixth black driver to compete in NASCAR's top series since the sport's inception in 1949. The late Wendell Scott drove in 495 races from 1961-73 with one victory at Jacksonville (Fla.) Speedway in 1963. No other African-American has competed in more than three races. Willy T. Ribbs was the last African-American to race in the Cup series, competing in three races in 1986.(Roanoke Times), see an image on the #23 Team Schemes page.(3-15-2006)
- Menard to run at Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt Inc. will enter a car for Busch Series driver Paul Menard in this weekend's Golden Corral 500 Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Menard was scheduled to drive in seven Cup races in 2006 but failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 after blowing a tire in his Gatorade Duel event. If Menard makes the field, it will be his first oval race in Nextel Cup. Menard's previous two Cup races were at Watkins Glen. Menard is 17th in the Busch Series points standings [8th if you take out the Buschwackers].(SceneDaily.com)(3-14-2005)
- Evernham Motorsports joins effort to find missing woman: Evernham Motorsports president and CEO Ray Evernham announced that the decklid of Jeremy Mayfield’s #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger will feature a photograph of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse, missing from the Orlando, Fla., area since Jan. 24, during Sunday’s NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kesse was reported missing when she failed to show up for work on Jan. 24. NASCAR team owner Evernham attended high school with Kesse’s mother Joyce, and felt compelled to help when he heard of the disappearance. Since the search for Kesse began, the Orlando Police Department has received more than 1,000 leads, but officers are still hopeful that someone out there has additional information that can lead to a break in the case. There is an $115,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. For more information about Jennifer Kesse, please visit jenniferkesse.com. Anyone with information concerning her disappearance, please call 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).(3-14-2006)
- Sacks to attempt Atlanta: The 2006 season begins at Atlanta Speedway for the #13 Ford race team and driver/owner Greg Sacks. The #13 will be using Robert Yates Engines in 2006.(Greg Sacks site), hearing the sponsor will be Who's Your Daddy energy drink.(3-12-2006)
- See the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Special scheme for Yeley at Atlanta: The Interstate Batteries Chevy will be sporting new colors for the first time this season in Atlanta. Husqvarna will be featured as the primary sponsor of J.J. Yeley's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Chevy.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see an image on my #18 Team Schemes page. The scheme is scheduled to run at two more not yet announced races.(3-17-2006)
- #78 gets help from the Benchwarmers: The Benchwarmers, the new comedy from Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison Productions and Revolution Studios, will serve as an associate sponsor of the #78 Furniture Row Chevy and driver Kenny Wallace at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which will feature the title of the film on the car’s hood. The Benchwarmers, which will be released nationwide by Columbia Pictures on April 7, tells the story of three underdogs (Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder), once benchwarmers themselves, who form a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseball bullies. Their success leads to a high-stakes, winner-take-all game with the best kids in the state where, if they win, they will become an inspiration for every kid who has ever been a benchwarmer. Kenny Wallace will have to speed his way into the Golden Corral 500 by being one of the fastest cars during Friday night’s Qualifying. Expressing the reasoning behind the sponsorship, producer Jack Giarraputo said, “It would be easy to come in and pick one of the top teams to advertise our movie, but that would go against everything the movie’s about. We wanted to show support for one of the underdogs.” The three stars of The Benchwarmers, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder, will be on hand to lend their moral support to #78 to overcome the odds, as they will also serve as Grand Marshals of the Golden Corral 500.(Furniture Row Racing PR)(3-16-2006)
- Fujifilm scheme for #41 at Atlanta: The #41 Dodge will boast a different look in the Golden Coral 500 for driver Reed Sorenson. Fujifilm will serve as the primary sponsor for the event. To coincide with the paint scheme, a Reed Sorenson photo
diary will be posted on fujifilm.com, commemorating his homecoming and the week's events.
Additionally, Fujifilm is encouraging fans planning to attend the AMS race to wear Fujifilm green, white and red, or other apparel, in support of Sorenson. Brand ambassadors are set to scour AMS this coming weekend in search of the three most enthusiastic and colorful Reed Sorenson fans, and those chosen will receive a complementary prize package from Fujifilm that includes a FinePix V10 digital camera - the same model used by Sorenson to record his photo diary -- a 1GB xD Picture Card and a specially-fitted FinePix V10 camera case.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the car on my #41 Team Schemes page.(3-15-2006)
- Irwin 2006 debut at Atlanta: Atlanta will mark #26-Jamie McMurray's first run in the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford. The weekend will showcase a special IRWIN paint scheme featuring the IRWIN Vise-Grip.(Roush Racing)(3-14-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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