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THE RACE: The Bass Pro Shops 500 at the
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 29, 2006 in Hampton, GA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Bass Pro Shops

  • Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:55pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, November 2 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice

    PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson, Brad Gillie and Sean Pragano

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,070,505 (was $5,889,437 in 2005)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, October 27, 3:35 - 5:05pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, October 28, 10:30 - 11:30am/et, TV-Speed Channel Live

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 28, 12:05 - 12:50pm/et on TV-Speed Channel Live

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 27, 2:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, October 27 at 7:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    (the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)


    Friday, October 27th, 2006
    12:15pm - 1:25pm NCTS Practice
    1:40pm - 2:10pm NCTS Rookie Practice
    2:05pm NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying
    2:25pm - 3:25pm NCTS Final Practice
    3:35pm - 5:05pm Bass Pro Shops 500 (NNCS) Practice
    5:15pm - 6:45pm Crown Royal IROC Final Practice
    7:10pm Georgia - Pacific Qualifying (2 laps, all Positions)
    8:00pm AMS Credential Office Close
    8:30pm NNCS Registration Closes
    9:00pm APPROX. ASA Southern Modified Race Tour 75 laps

    Saturday, October 28th, 2006 - REVISED after FRIDAY rained out
    8:00am Garage opens
    9:00am - 10:20am NCTS Final Practice
    10:30am - 11:30am Bass Pro Shops 500 (NNCS) Practice
    11:30am - 11:55am NBC Exhibition Run
    12:05pm - 12:50pm Bass Pro Shops 500 (NNCS) Final Practice
    1:15pm EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NCTS Qualifying (2 laps, all Pos)
    3:00pm Crown Royal IROC Driver Introductions
    3:15pm CRIROC Race (65 laps)
    4:35pm EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Driver Introductions
    5:05pm Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts NCTS 200 (130 laps)

    Sunday, October 29th, 2006
    2:25pm Bass Pro Shops 500 Driver Introductions
    2:55pm Bass Pro Shops 500 NNCS Race (325 laps)
    (these times are local to the track)

    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,650, Right-side -- 1,650;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4066; Right-side -- D-4070

    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 60-64 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup);
    Every 55-59 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . teams in both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the only track on which NASCAR teams will run these tire codes in 2006 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Atlanta for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 have a shot at it]. 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 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    #29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
    #31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000


Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Atlanta, GA Area:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Augusta Chronicle
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

The Weather Channel
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Atlanta Review
Atlanta Connections
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing

any known are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

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

In-Car Audio SIte:
Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

news and links

  • Stewart wins at Atlanta: #20-Tony Stewart won the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the 2006 season and 28th of his career [tied for 17th overall with Rex White]. Stewart led the most laps with 146. #48-Johnson finished 2nd to close the points lead to 26 over #17-Kenseth who finished 4th after fighting with #8-Earnhardt Jr. for 3rd. #16-Biffle got he 5th spot with the rest of the top-10 being #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #01-Nemechek and #7-Robby Gordon. Some Chasers had rough days with #9-Kahne wrecking and finished 38th and #6-Martin got caught up in a big wreck towards the end of the race and finished 36th. #31-Burton had some tire problems finished 13th. #29-Harvick just didn't have a good car, finishing 4 laps down in 31st. #5-Kyle Busch lost it early in the race, damaged the front of the car and was never a factor, finishing 27th, 4 laps down. Looks like a 5 driver race for The Chase. There were 9 cautions for 39 laps and 7 drivers lead the race with 24 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Atlanta Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Atlanta page.(10-29-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Atlanta [33 of 36 races]:
    #17-Matt Kenseth 6008
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 5982 -26
    #11-Denny Hamlin 5943 -65
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5924 -84
    #31-Jeff Burton 5924 -84
    #29-Kevin Harvick 5887 -121
    #24-Jeff Gordon 5862 -146
    #6-Mark Martin 5807 -201
    #9-Kasey Kahne 5798 -210
    #5-Kyle Busch 5759 -249
    and fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4298 points
    #99-Carl Edwards -285 out of 11th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-29-2006)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
    ...the old way, not the Chase after Atlanta:
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4743
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4665 78
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick 4328 415
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 4298 445
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin 4261 482
    6) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4237 506
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 4231 512
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 4173 570
    9) #5-Kyle Busch 4148 595
    10) #6-Mark Martin 4123 620
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 4112 631
    12) #99-Carl Edwards 4013 730

  • Late Caution caused by roll-bar padding; Burton upset; Gordon guilty? #31-Jeff Burton was not pleased with how a piece of roll bar padding created a caution flag about 35 laps from the finish. Burton hit the wall on lap 268 and cut a right front tire. He pitted on lap 281 and fell a lap down. He needed the field to go through its final pit stop under green to catch back up with the leaders but never got the chance when the caution came out for the roll bar padding. "We were going to be OK and then they threw a caution because of a roll bar pad,'' Burton said. "NASCAR should stop every car on pit road and check for roll bar pads and whoever threw their's out should be fined 185 points and $100,000 because it was a huge impact on the race. ... It is starting to happen just too often and NASCAR gets on everybody when it happens. Well, they should find out who did it and penalize them.'' The roll bar pad appeared to come from 10th-place finisher #7-Robby Gordon's car, NBC video showed. "I definitely did not throw anything out of the window,'' Gordon told NBC after the race. NASCAR did not penalize Gordon, citing the video was inconclusive.(Roanoke Times)
    AND NASCAR's John Darby, the Nextel Cup tour director, said his inspectors would go through the various team haulers checking race cars for missing roll-bar padding: "It was a very large piece of something black and round, and we don't know what it is when everybody is running at 190 mph. Now trying to prove whose it was is another story. But we'll be going through every car as they load them. But that's not to say it might not have been just under somebody's seat."(Winston Salem Journal)(10-30-2006)

  • Bass Pro Shops 500 Race and Commercial Breakdown of 10-29-06:
    Total number of commercials: 154
    Total number of companies or entities advertised: 83
    Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 31
    Restarts missed due to being away at commercial: 0
    Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:50pm/et
    End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:38pm/et
    Total minutes: 228
    Minutes of race broadcast: 154
    Minutes of commercials: 74
    See full report at

  • Rumblings - Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt Jr stayed out....Tony Stewart came in and got four fresh ones, and it was pretty much over. Tony Stewart got by Little E with 11 to go tonight and went on to win the Bass Pro Shops 500 (I'd say he liked that trophy just a little, too!) at Atlanta Motor Speedway over Jimmie Johnson for his 4th win of the season and second in Hampton. Win #28 for Tony in his career moves him into a tie for 20th on the all-time win list with another Cup Champion....Rex White. This was the 53rd victory for Joe Gibbs Racing and it was worth $373,286 from the slightly over $6M in posted awards.
    Robby Gordon (10th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Watkins Glen in August.....and let the roll-bar padding wars begin!
    David Gilliland (15th) tied his career-best finish today. He was also 15th at Talladega last month.
    STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: The Operator of the Week is Joe Nemechek (+32), followed by Kyle Petty (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-30), followed by Kevin Harvick (-29) and Mark Martin (-29). The bottom end of the "Shaft" is populated by nothin' but Chasers this week.(Stock Car Fans)(10-29-2006)

  • Atlanta Race Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring his 28th career Nextel Cup victory in his 281st career start.
    • Stewart moved into a tie for 20th on NASCAR’s All-Time win list, with Rex White.
    • It is Stewart’s fourth victory in 2006. He also won races at Martinsville, the second Daytona race and Kansas.
    • Stewart became the only driver to post multiple victories in the first seven races of the Chase.
    • Stewart scored his second victory in 16 races at Atlanta. It is his third straight top-10 finish at Atlanta. Stewart last won here in March 2002.
    • Stewart scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Stewart’s victory today was the 21st Chevrolet victory in 33 races in 2006.
    • Stewart won the race from the 11th-place starting position, marking the first race in the last six at Atlanta that a driver has won from outside the top 10.
    • Stewart remained 11th in the Championship standings. He has a 285-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards, who finished seventh.
    • Stewart led seven times for 146 of the 325 laps raced, leading the most laps for the fifth time in 2006, but the first time since the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.
    • This is team owner Joe Gibbs’ 53rd Nextel Cup victory and sixth in 2006: Stewart (four) and Denny Hamlin (two). This was Gibbs’ eighth Nextel Cup victory at Atlanta.
    Notebook Items
    • Race No. 33 at Atlanta is the seventh of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Five of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10.
    • Seven of the 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Atlanta.
    • There have been six changes in the second-place points position in the seven Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has been second in points after Atlanta in all three years of the Chase.
    • Four of the Chase drivers led at Atlanta: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (95), Jeff Gordon (44), Kevin Harvick (nine) and Jeff Burton (one).
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton are tied with 5,924 points with three races remaining. Earnhardt Jr. claims the fifth-place points position by the tie-breaker system which is based on finishes. Both have one victory and one secondplace finish. Earnhardt has three third-place finishes as compared to Burton with one.
    • The top five in points are separated by just 84 points.
    • Four of the seven races in the Chase have been won by Chase drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth has scored six top-15 finishes in the seven races in The Chase, the only driver to do so.
    • Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon are the only Chase drivers to score four top-10 finishes in the seven races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have each led in five of the seven races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post six top-10 starts in the seven races in the Chase.
    • Johnson has scored 21 top-10 finishes in 2006 and seven top-10 finishes in 11 races at Atlanta.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006 and his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Atlanta.
    • Matt Kenseth (fourth) scored his 20th top-10 finish in 2006 and his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Atlanta.
    • Greg Biffle (fifth) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006 and his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Atlanta.
    • Denny Hamlin (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie for the 16th time in 2006.
    • At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 33 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-29-2006)

    Atlanta Race Rundown

  • The Bass Pro Shops 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (11)(146 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (3)(27 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (6)(95 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (1)
    #16-Biffle-f (13)
    #24-Gordon-c (9)(44 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (12)(1 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-c (4-r)
    #01-Nemechek-c (31)(3 laps led)
    #7-Gordon-c (29/back)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    (chasers above in blue)

    where the other Chasers are running:
    #31-Burton-c (5) is running 13, -2 laps
    #5-Busch-c (15) running 27, -4 laps
    #29-Harvick-c (12) running 31, -4 laps
    #6-Martin-f (25) OUT 36
    #9-Kahne-d (32) OUT 38

  • Cars on the lead lap: 11 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 31,2,38,18,45,22,25,14,19,10,66,21,07,5,42,41,12,29,32,55,96,78,26

  • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #61-Lepage (engine-out)
    #4-Bodine (engine-out)
    #37-Elliott (engne-out)
    #40-Stremme (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #6-Martin (accident-out)
    #1-Truex Jr. (accident-out)
    #49-Bliss (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 24 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (146);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (95);
    #24-Gordon (44);
    #48-Johnson (27);
    #29-Harvick (9);
    #01-Nemechek (3);
    #99-Edwards (1);
    #17-Kenseth (pole, none led);

  • Lap leaders: #17-Kenseth - pole; #29-Harvick 1-9; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 10-23; #20-Stewart 24-55; #24-Gordon 56; #48-Johnson 57-58; #01-Nemechek 59-61; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 62-82; #24-Gordon 83; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 84-114; #24-Gordon 115-145; #99-Edwards 146; #24-Gordon 147-157; #20-Stewart 158-170; #48-Johnson 171; #20-Stewart 172-177; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 178-197; #48-Johnson 198; #20-Stewart 199-238; #48-Johnson 239-260; #20-Stewart 261-291; #48-Johnson 292; #20-Stewart 293-305; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 306-314; #20-Stewart 315-325;

    Cautions: 9 for 39 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 311 - 314: #48-Wallace and #66-Green made contact in turn 1, #14-Marlin checked up, #6-Martin got into Marlin, then #88-Jarrett into Martin and Martin bounced around, others involved were #42-Mears and #07-Bowyer.
    Caution 8 - Laps 306 - 309: #1-Truex Jr. smacked the wall and left fluid on the track
    Caution 7 - Laps 292 - 295: Debris on the back stretch [rollbar padding?].
    Caution 6 - Laps 250 - 254: #9-Kahne went up the track and into #40-Stremme, sending Stremme into the turn 1 wall, both limped away with damage.
    Caution 5 - Laps 244 - 247: #12-Newman smacked the back strecth wall and left debris on the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 198 - 201: Debris in the turn 1 groove
    Caution 3 - Laps 171 - 177: #24-Gordon slowed after having a tire go down, then #26-McMurray ran into the rear of Gordon's car, some rear end damage in turn 2, the nose of McMurray's is bent up pretty bad
    Caution 2 - Laps 83 - 86: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 7: #5-Busch was running high and spunout in turn 4.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #43-Labonte [still a lap down], 12th, -1 lap
    Caution 8: #49-Bliss, 26th, -4 laps
    Caution 7: #7-Gordon, 10th
    Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, 8th
    Caution 5: #42-Mears(2), 28th, -4 laps
    Caution 4: #01-Nemechek, 9th
    Caution 3: #42-Mears, 28th, -4 laps
    Caution 2: #88-Jarrett, 11th
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    5 TE Pitting before pit road is open L4
    88 TE Speeding exiting pit road L5
    40 TE Speeding exiting pit road L84
    26 TE Speeding exiting pit road L84
    10 TE Speeding exiting pit road L84
    4 PT Speeding entering pit road L151
    26 TE Pitting before pit road is open L170
    24 TE Pitting before pit road is open L170
    45 TE Pitting before pit road is open L171
    24 TE Speeding exiting pit road L173
    24 TE Speeding exiting pit road L174
    5 TE Pitting before pit road is open L198
    1 TE Speeding exiting pit road L244
    12 TE Pitting before pit road is open L244
    40 TE Pitting before pit road is open L249
    9 TE Pitting before pit road is open L249
    9 OL Running the stop & go sign L251
    9 OL Pulling up to pit L251
    41 TE Speeding exiting pit road L293
    1 TE Pitting before pit road is open L305
    25 TE Pitting before pit road is open L306
    5 TE Speeding exiting pit road L307
    14 TE Pitting before pit road is open L310
    07 TE Pitting before pit road is open L310
    88 TE Pitting before pit road is open L310
    42 OL Running the stop & go sign L313
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-29-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #07-Bowyer on lap 318, was smoking on the apron and headed to the pits
    ---- during the 8th caution, all the lead lap cars BUT #8-Earnhardt Jr came in, all the other drivers came in for 4 tires except #99-Edwards and #11-Hamlin.
    ---- #9-Kahne came back on the track during the 7th caution, 41 laps down, after the crew made repairs, ran a few laps and went back to the garage.
    ---- on the 7th caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit for their last pit stops, #20-Stewart came in 1st and wenr out 1st.
    ---- on lap 381, #31-Burton lost a tire after making contact with the wall and lost 2 laps
    ---- during the 5th caution, #1-Truex Jr. came out of the pits 4th, but was caught speeding and was penalized to the end of the longer line.
    ---- on lap 158, #24-Gordon and #01-Nemechek made contact and Gordon slapped the wall while leading, but was able to keep up to speed but lost the lead, staying in 2nd spot.
    ---- on lap 140 range, the lead laps cars made their green flag pit stops for tires and gas. #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Burton came in on lap 144, with #20-Stewart coming in on lap 145 along with leader #24-Gordon.
    ---- on lap 134, #17-Kenseth felt a tire was going down and came in a few laps earlier then planned.
    ---- on lap 114, #43-Labonte came in to pit, while running 10th and lost 3 laps, had a problem when a windshield tear-off stuck to the grill and the motor is over heating.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #11-Hamlin and #17-Kenseth had slow pit stops, Kenseth's crew had some tire outside the box and had to retrieve them, Hamlin was blocked in and had to back up to get out of his pit stall.
    ---- #20-Stewart came in leading on lap 56 to get his scheduled pit service, then on lap 57, leader #24-Gordon came in, next was #48-Johnson as the leader, came in on lap 59 along with #31-Burton who was 2nd at the time.
    ---- around lap 49, scheduled green flag pit stops are starting to be completed.
    ---- on lap 31, #8-Earnhardt Jr., while running 3rd, fell back and headed to pit road with a vibration, and got 4 news tires
    ---- around lap 16, #96-Raines made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire and lost a lap.
    ---- after the 1st caution restart, #5-Busch, with front end damage dropped to the back and is running slow; also #16-Buffle has some front end damage.
    ---- during the early 1st caution, none of the top 27 made pit stops, many cars in the back of the pack made pit stops. #88-Jarrett was penalized for speeding on pit road and restarted 42nd.
    ---- green flag at 3:09pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:59pm/et by Grand Marshals, starting off with a turkey call.
    ---- To The Back [3]: #7-Gordon [engine], #21-Schrader [engine]; #37-Elliott [transmission change]

  • Race Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, October 29, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 2:30pm/et [green flag around 2:55pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 187.856
    #42-Mears 186.297
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 186.240
    #01-Nemechek 185.928
    #2-Busch 185.915
    slowest: #78-Cook 178.787 and #66-Green 179.458
    most laps run: #8-Earnhardt Jr. 47; #26-McMurray, #38-Gilliland 45
    notes: Scott Wimmer [who will driver for RCR in 2007] is practicing the #07 for Clint Bowyer, who left to head to the Busch race in Memphis.
    no speed posted for: #99-Edwrds, #7-Gordon, #29-Harvick
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #9-Kahne 182.654 [1st fastest lap], 16 laps run
    #48-Johnson 182.144 [8th], 32 laps
    #16-Biffle 181.396 [7th], 36 laps
    See speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds Page.(10-28-2006)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 187.830
    #2-Busch 186.730
    #1-Truex Jr. 186.723
    #48-Johnson 186.240
    #29-Harvick 185.978
    slowest: #78-Cook 178.029 and #32-Kvapil 180.492
    most laps run: #31-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #01-Nemechek, 47 laps
    Scott Wimmer is on call to practice the #29 for Harvick and Ron Hornaday for #07-Bowyer in the 2nd practice...if the teams decide to practice in that session.
    incidents: #7-Gordon and #21-Schrader had engine problems and both teams will change engines; #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun just after leaving pit road with cold tires, didn't hit anything and did no damage to the car; the right side window came off the #78-Terry Cook car [subbing for Kenny Wallace who is in Memphis for the Busch race].
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #99-Edwards 183.577 [1st fastest lap], 29 laps run
    #07-Bowyer 182.727 [12th], 23 laps
    #7-Gordon 182.408 [8th], 20 laps
    See speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds Page.(10-28-2006)

  • Rain forecast at AMS Friday UPDATE all Friday activities cancelled: there is heavy rain forecast for the Hampton, GA area on Friday, October 27 and Friday night also. Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 7:10pm/et. Practices for Nextel Cup, IROC plus the Truck Series are scheduled Friday. If all are washed out, qualifying could be cancelled and the field set by the rules book top 35 by OWNERS points, past champs, then by race attempts]. Keep track of the weather at or The Weather
    UPDATE: All on-track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been canceled for Friday, Oct 27th. NASCAR has announced a revised schedule for tomorrow that includes Truck Series practice at 9:00am/et, Nextel Cup practice for one hour at 10:30am/et with the final session from 12:05 to 12:50pm/et [which was the original Cup practice schedule, both to be aired on SPEED]. Truck qualifying has been rescheduled for 1:15pm/et. Nextel Cup qualifying has been canceled, and the field will be set according to the rulebook.(
    AND Activities at Atlanta Motor Speedway today, including Georgia-Pacific Qualifying and the Papa John's Pizza Shooutout ASA Southern Modified race, have been cancelled due to inclement weather. In accordance with NASCAR procedure, the starting field for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 will be set by owner's points, placing Nextel Cup championship leader Matt Kenseth on the pole. The other nine Chase for the Nextel Cup contenders will round out the top-10 starting positions. Activities at AMS will resume Saturday morning, with two Nextel Cup Series practice sessions taking place and the Crown Royal IROC season finale scheduled to take the green flag at 3:10pm/et. Following the IROC race, the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman Truck Series race will start at 5:05pm/et.(AMS PR), see the lineup on my Atlanta Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(10-27-2006)
  • Entry List for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #4-Todd Bodine
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH]
    #45-Kyle Petty
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Kevin Lepage in for Chad Chaffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #72-Mike Skinner
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    withdrew after initial list:
    #34-Kevin Lepage
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 37,45,32,55,4,49,61,78
    missing the race would be #'s: 34,74,27,72,84
    see entry list on Jayski's Atlanta Entry List Page.

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Atlanta:
    #45-Petty is still out, gained some ground and has get in via speed
    34) #19-Sadler/Evernham +140 points ahead of 36th
    35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +72
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #45-Petty/Petty 72 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -244
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-24-2006)

  • 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 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 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 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 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)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • 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).


  • Who's Hot - Atlanta:
    • Kasey Kahne has won six races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Kahne has scored top-10 finishes in his last three races.
    • Kevin Harvick has climbed from fifth to second in the championship standings in the last three races.
    • Jeff Burton is the only Chase driver to score four top-10 finishes in the six races in the Chase.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only Chase driver to score five top-15 finishes in the six races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post five top-10 starts in the six races in the Chase.
    • Carl Edwards has scored five straight top-15 finishes. Edwards remains 12th in the point standings.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 14 top-five finishes in the first 32 races of 2006. Kenseth ranks first in the standings.
    • Bobby Labonte has scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-25-2006)

  • October 2005 Race Winner: Carl Edwards, 146.834mph, started 2nd

  • March 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 144.098, started 1st

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph

  • October 2005 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 193.928, finished 23rd

  • March 2006 Pole Sitter: Kasey Kahne, 192.533, finished 1st

  • 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: 41 - 3/20/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 4/1964

  • 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 Leaders: 17, 3/12/2000

  • Least Leaders: 3, 6/30/1963

  • 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: 14 [of 94] 14.9%

  • 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: 53 of 94 - 56.4%

  • Races won from the top 10: 74 of 94 - 78.7%

  • First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]

  • Atlanta Nuggets:
    Chase For the Nextel Cup Drivers (Ranked by Average Finish)
    Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led
    1. Kasey Kahne, 5, 9.800, 89
    2. Jimmie Johnson, 10, 11.800, 176
    3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 14, 11.85, 474
    4. Jeff Gordon, 28, 13.607, 976
    5. Mark Martin, 41, 15.707, 924
    6. Matt Kenseth, 13, 17.461, 49
    7. Jeff Burton, 24, 17.958, 101
    8. Kyle Busch, 4, 19.750, 4
    9. Kevin Harvick, 11, 24.636, 59
    10. Denny Hamlin, 2, 25.000, 16
    • Jeff Gordon leads all Chase drivers with four Atlanta victories. Mark Martin (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Kasey Kahne (one) and b (one) also have victories there.
    • Five Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes in the spring race at Atlanta: Kasey Kahne (first), Mark Martin (second) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third), Jeff Gordon (fourth) and Jimmie Johnson (sixth).
    • Three Chase drivers posted finishes of 25th or worse at Atlanta in March: Jeff Burton (25th), Denny Hamlin (31st) and Kevin Harvick (39th).
    • Kevin Harvick posted his ninth-consecutive finish of 19th or worse at Atlanta, extending a streak that began with a 39th-place finish in March 2002.
    All-time Standouts
    • Richard Petty holds the record for most Atlanta starts – 65.
    • Buddy Baker holds the record for most Bud Poles at Atlanta, with seven.
    • Dale Earnhardt had nine victories and 26 top-five finishes at Atlanta, the most of all drivers.
    • Richard Petty scored 33 top-10 finishes in 65 races at Atlanta, the most of all drivers.
    • Cale Yarborough led 3,316 laps at Atlanta, the most of any driver.
    “Tough Track”
    No driver has competed in more than seven races at Atlanta without posting a DNF.
    Current Standouts
    • Ryan Newman has started first or second in eight of his nine races at Atlanta. Newman has posted nine straight top-10 starts at Atlanta, the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin has posted four straight top-five finishes at Atlanta, the longest current streak.
    • Tony Stewart has posted nine top-10 finishes in his last 10 races at Atlanta.
    Starting Up Front is Important
    Eight of the last nine races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position, including Kasey Kahne’s victory from the Bud Pole in March. That was the 14th time a driver won at Atlanta from a first-place starting position, the most productive starting position in the 94 races there. However, that victory was the first from the Bud Pole in the last 19 Atlanta races, since November 1996.
    • There have been six season sweeps at Atlanta since the track opened in 1960.
    • Carl Edwards (2005) is the most recent driver to have a season sweep at Atlanta.
    • Ryan Newman swept the Bud Poles at Atlanta in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He is the only driver to post six straight Bud Poles at Atlanta.
    • Bill Elliott is the only driver to sweep the races at Atlanta twice (1985 and ’92).
    Owner Wins
    The Wood Brothers leads all car owners, scoring 12 victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Those victories were scored by six different drivers: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two), A.J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one). The Wood Brothers last victory at Atlanta was scored by Morgan Shepherd in March 1993.
    Leading The Way
    Jeff Gordon has led 976 laps in 28 races at Atlanta – the most by any active driver, and seventh all-time. Cale Yarborough holds the record for laps led – 3,316 laps in 47 races.
    Best Averages
    • Ryan Newman has a 1.78 average start in nine races at Atlanta, the best among the 514 drivers that have competed at Atlanta.
    • Kasey Kahne has a 9.8 average finish in five races at Atlanta, the best among active drivers.
    Milestones Mike Bliss and Kyle Busch are each expected to make their 75th Nextel Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    • Race No. 33 at Atlanta is the seventh of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by 36 points over second-place Kevin Harvick. Kenseth is the third driver to lead the point standings during the Chase.
    • Second place in the point standings has changed five times in the six Chase races.
    • Fifth to second in the Chase point standings are separated by just 12 points.
    • Four Chase races in 2006 have been won by Chase drivers: New Hampshire (Kevin Harvick), Dover (Jeff Burton) Charlotte (Kasey Kahne) and Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson). In 2005, three of the Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Talladega (Dale Jarrett), Martinsville (Jeff Gordon) and Phoenix (Kyle Busch). In 2004, only two Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Kansas (Joe Nemechek) and Homestead (Greg Biffle).
    • In 2004, Jimmie Johnson won four of the 10 Chase races but finished second in the final standings. In 2005, he won two of the 10 Chase races and finished fifth in the final standings. Johnson scored his first Chase victory in 2006 with his victory at Martinsville.
    • Since 2004, non-Chase drivers have won seven of the 26 Chase races (27 percent).
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to post five top-10 starts in the six Chase races.
    • Jeff Burton is the only driver to score four top-10 finishes in the first six Chase races.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score five top-15 finishes in the six Chase races.
    • Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have each led in four of the six Chase races.
    • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 246-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Nine of the top 10 and 16 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Martinsville.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers scoring 20 top-10 finishes in 2006.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead in 22 of the 32 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon have outscored all drivers, each earning 125 lap leader bonus points. Kenseth has led 1,130 laps in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Robby Gordon and Ken Schrader have each posted seven DNFs in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 26 of the 32 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 10 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
    • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire - the 30th Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-26-2006)


  • 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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Rob Keck, Chief Executive Officer of the National Wild Turkey Federation & Bill Dance, Americas Favorite Fisherman
    Command to start engines: Keck/Dance
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Shoji Tabuchi, World Renowned Entertainer & Violinist
    National Anthem: DecembeRadio, Christian Rock Band
    Military Flyover: B-52 out of Barksdale AFB, LA [near Shreveport]

  • Track Homepage:

  • March 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • March 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Fans can help soldiers at AMS: Fans shopping at the souvenir trailer at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend will have a chance to assist severely wounded and disabled soldiers. The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes has partnered with the track to sell "hero" wristbands at 45 souvenir rigs.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(10-27-2006)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Construction Complete: Construction is complete at Atlanta Motor Speedway, bringing a close to nearly $23 million in improvements and additions. Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman O. Bruton Smith with NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Bobby Labonte and Kasey Kahne all were at the Speedway today previewing the new Club One and unveiling the Bass Pro Shops 500 race winner's trophy called "Big Roar." Including the wooden base, "Big Roar," a bronze grizzly bear, stands more than 8 feet tall and weighs in at nearly 300 pounds. The unveiling took place in front of the Winners Gallery, which pays tribute to past Nextel Cup Series race winners at AMS. Labonte leads all active drivers with six victories at AMS, both Mark Martin and Carl Edwards have two wins at NASCAR's fastest track, while Kahne scored his first AMS victory in March, 2006. In addition to Club One, AMS's new luxury seating option, the Winners Grandstand located in Turn 1 is also complete. Of the 13,000 seats in the Winners Grandstand, approximately 7,700 are individual chair-back seats, complete with cup holders. In addition to the Winners Grandstand and Club One which sits atop it, speedway officials also created a new Trackside Terrace Luxury RV parking area. Located along the backstretch, the new RV parking area is a paved lot which offers water, electrical and sewer hook ups and an extraordinary view of the track.(AMS PR)(10-27-2006)

  • AMS Traffic Alert: Due to Friday's Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night (7:10 p.m. start) the south side of Atlanta will experience heavier than normal traffic flow during the evening rush hour. A record crowd in excess of 50,000 is expected for this Friday night event. State officials are urging regular cummuters to use alternate routes to Hwys. 19/41 and Hwy. 20, as it will likely be full of race traffic during the evening rush hour. State officials are urging Race Traffic to use Hwys. 19/41 South and GA Hwy. 20. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates, please contact the traffic command center at (770) 946-9761.(AMS PR)(10-26-2006)

  • Mark Martin to Sell Tickets in AMS Ticket Office: #6-Mark Martin will be selling tickets in the AMS ticket office on Thursday, Oct. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Fans who stop by the ticket office during these hours can purchase their tickets from Martin, who will not only be running in the Bass Pro Shops 500 NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday, but also the Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 27.(AMS PR)(10-25-2006)

  • Limited Camping Options Still Available at Atlanta: Camping is the fastest growing element at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a very limited number of spaces in the new Trackside Terrace Luxury RV Parking area are still available, as well as a limited number of other options. Fans wishing to camp for the Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend, Oct. 27-29, should act quickly to ensure a camping spot for the weekend. Fans interested in exploring camping options or purchasing tickets to the Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend can call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or (877) 9-AMS-TIX, by visiting .(AMS PR)(10-25-2006)

  • Record Purse for Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Drivers will be competing for their share of nearly $8.5 million dollars during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Oct. 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. The awards for the Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series races comprise a $6,559,125 purse announced for the two money-paying NASCAR events during the three days of racing at AMS. The weekend of racing will kick off Friday night, October 27 with Georgia-Pacific Qualifying, immediately followed by the Papa John's Pizza Shootout ASA Southern Modified Tour event as they battle on the Thunder Ring, AMS's frontstretch quarter-mile-oval. Racing action will heat up on Saturday, October 28 when the Crown Royal International Race of Champions season finale takes place, with an $880,000 purse up for grabs and a $1 million bonus going to the season champion. Following the Crown Royal IROC race, the Truck series will go door-to-door in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200, where drivers will vie for a record $528,620 purse. On Sunday, the stars of the Nextel Cup series will take on the 1.54-mile quad-oval in the Bass Pro Shops 500, battling for a record purse of $6,030,505. This year's purse represents an increase of $842,159 over the 2005 edition of the Bass Pro Shops 500.(AMS PR)(10-20-2006)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Construction on Schedule: Updates of work completed to date at Atlanta Motor Speedway that will be in place for the October 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500:
    Trackside Terrace RV Camping area:
    * 60% of the sod along the Trackside Terrace berm is laid, with the remaining 40% to be complete soon.
    * Approximately 35% of the retaining walls for the terraces on the berm are complete.
    * Crews have finished grading and 50% of the water, sewage and electrical connections have been placed.
    Winners Grandstand / Club One:
    * Aluminum decking is being installed in the Winners grandstand and is 75% complete. The chairback seats have arrived and installation will begin this week.
    * The existing handicap camping area has been paved and several handicap parking spots have been added.
    * 90% of the concrete slab on the Winners Grandstand concourse has been poured.(AMS PR)(9-16-2006)

  • Camping Options Still Available at Atlanta Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced camping spaces are still available for the Oct. 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. Camping, in limited quantities, is still available in several campgrounds. The East Turn, Legends and Ragu First Turn campgrounds are all adjacent to the speedway's main entrance and still have spaces available for recreational vehicles. The Mid-State tent and RV campgrounds also have a limited number of spaces remaining. 50 acres of unreserved camping will be available on the Bass Pro Shops 500 event weekend. Still available in a very limited quantity are trackside RV parking spots overlooking the backstretch of the 1.54-mile quad-oval. The Trackside Terrace RV parking area not only offers a paved premium parking spot, it also comes equipped with water, electric and sewer connections for RVs.
    Operating hours for the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office have been extended to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays starting Sept. 9. Starting at just $88 and ranging to $109, fans can get a great seat for all three days of the Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. The AMS ticket office will open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. the entire week of Oct. 23 through Oct. 29 to handle the last minute rush of ticket buyers for the Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. Fan can purchase tickets by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or (877) 9-AMS-TIX, by visiting Fans can also stop by the AMS ticket office, speak to a staff member about various camping and ticket options and purchase directly from the ticket office.(AMS PR)(9-14-2006)

  • Scoring Tower Back Up at Atlanta Motor Speedway: When an F2 tornado ripped through Atlanta Motor Speedway one-year ago, it left what could have been mistaken for a high-speed jig-saw puzzle. This week, the final piece of the puzzle was locked into place when the giant scoring tower that sits in Turn One was re-erected after its collapse following the twister. Like its twin in Turn Four, the 100-foot behemoth has indicators for lap times and the number of laps completed, the top-20 cars in the running order and the ability to scroll through the entire fields running order. The towers were constructed as part of the track reconfiguration following the March race in 1997 and hold a place in NASCAR history. The pylons flashed Geoff Bodine's non-restrictor plate NASCAR qualifying record of 197.478 mph on November 15, 1997.(AMS PR)(8-26-2006)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Construction Continues: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced on March 1, 2006 major facility changes that will be in place for the October 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500. Construction is well underway and on schedule for these changes and additions which replacing the Weaver Grandstands along the backstretch with an all-new Trackside Terrace RV camping area and the addition of a new Winners Grandstand and Club One overlooking Turn 1. Updates of work completed to date.
    Trackside Terrace RV Camping area:
    * 80% of the grading on the Trackside Terrace RV camping area is complete.
    * Sewage, water and electricity are scheduled to be laid in three weeks.
    * In two weeks, retaining walls will be erected for the observation decks on the Trackside Terrace berm. The observation decks will serve as a place for fans with second row RV spots that don't face the track to view the racing action.
    Winners Grandstand / Club One:
    * 90% of the grading in Turn 1 is complete, resulting in a concourse level widened by 16'.
    * 60% of the steel Winners Grandstand structure is erected.
    * 25% of the concrete concourse flooring is poured in the Winners Grandstand structure.
    * The nine elevators that will service the Winners Grandstand and Club One are being constructed.
    * Two antique serving bars and 200 feet of antique paneling have been procured for Club One.
    * Crews began pouring concrete for the base slope of the Winners Grandstand today.
    Fans can purchase ticket for these three new areas by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or (877) 9-AMS-TIX, and through Motor Speedway PR)(8-5-2006)

  • Later start for Atlanta in Oct: NBC television officials are lobbying NASCAR for a mid-afternoon start for the Oct. 29 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Track spokesperson Marcy Scott confirmed this fall's Nextel Cup race at the 1.54-mile quad-oval is tentatively schedule to begin at 2:55pm/et. By contrast, the green flag for last October's 500-mile race at AMS waved shortly after 12:40pm/et. Late afternoon starts for Sunday events will likely become the norm in NASCAR's Cup Series. ABC and ESPN president George Bodenheimer, whose networks will cover the final 17 races of the season over the next eight years beginning in 2007, favors later starting times.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution), it can't be too late this year as NBC has Sunday Night NFL Football.(7-7-2006)

  • Construction at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Schedule: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced on March 1, 2006 major facility changes that will be in place for the October 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend. These changes include replacing the Weaver Grandstands along the backstretch with an all-new Trackside Terrace RV camping area, plus the addition of the new Winners Grandstand and Club One overlooking Turn 1. Below are updates of work completed to date:
    Trackside Terrace RV Camping area:
    * Concrete demolition of the Weaver Grandstands is complete.
    * More than 30 percent of grading is complete and the remainder will be completed in the next three weeks.
    * After completion of the grading process, underground utilities will be put in place.
    Winners Grandstand / Club One:
    * More than 70 percent of the footers that will support the Winners Grandstand are currently poured.
    * Both elevator shafts and stair towers are erected, and concrete landings and floors are currently being poured
    * In the next several days, the elevator shafts will be enclosed in steel.
    * Grading in Turn 1 is 60 percent complete and will result in a concourse level widened by 16'.
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  • Atlanta Construction Underway: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced on March 1, 2006 major facility changes that will be in place for the October 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500. These changes include replacing the Weaver Grandstands along the backstretch with an all-new Trackside Terrace RV camping area plus the addition of the new Winners Grandstand and Club One overlooking Turn 1. The updates of work completed to date:
    Trackside Terrace RV Camping area:
    * The aluminum grandstands were removed in their entirety last week, finding new homes across the United States. Sections were shipped to Bill Davis, owner of Bill Davis Racing, to be used in a cattle auction barn. Other sections were shipped to a Little League Baseball park in Hackett, Ark., Tri-State Speedway in Ft. Smith, Ark., Douglas Motorsports Park in Douglas, Ga. and sections were sent to Tanner High School in Athens, Ala.
    * The demolition of the concrete under the aluminum bleachers was completed on May 23, and demolition of the steel Weaver suite structure began May 24 with a scheduled completion date of Friday, May 26.
    * Following the removal of the steel Weaver structure, grading will begin resulting in an 85' wide concourse area for motor homes. The hill will also be lowered 10' and moved forward resulting in a better view for fans parked in the Trackside Terrace Camping section.
    Winners Grandstand / Club One:
    * More than half of the footers that will support the Winners Grandstand are currently poured.
    * Steel has arrived and portions of the steel frame around the elevator shaft were erected today.
    * Grading in Turn 1 is underway and will result in a concourse level widened by 16'.(AMS PR)(5-27-2006)

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


  • Elliott switches teams for Atlanta; Allmendinger in Red Bull ride: Bill Elliott's plans to run in the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway next week with a special paint scheme commemorating his 30 years of racing at his home track have been scrapped, but he'll race in front of the home folks anyway. Elliott said the Red Bull team that was set to field his car asked him to step aside so rookie A.J. Allmendinger could drive. Elliott agreed, then struck a deal to drive the #37 Dodge R&J Racing. "But the key is that I'll be racing, and that I don't let down the fans who have already bought tickets," Elliott said.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(10-20-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#9-Kasey Kahne McDonald's #9 Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin Fed-Ex Cup/PGA #11 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley VESIcare #18 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette nicotine gum #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's Peanut Butter Carmel Cup #29 Schemes Page
#38-David Gilliland Halloween M&M's #38 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte Cascadian Farms #43 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page

  • McDonald's scheme for #9 at Atlanta: Kasey Kahne will drive the #9 McDonald's/Dodge Dealers Dodge at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Kahne also ran a McDonald's scheme at Chicago and this will be the same but the decklid will feature vitaminwater.(Clear!Blue PR), see a couple images of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes Page.(10-26-2006)

  • Labonte Racing Cascadian Farms Dodge at Atlanta: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Cascadian Farms Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500. Labonte will be racing the Cascadian Farms Dodge for the first time this season. In 1998, with the addition of Muir Glen tomatoes, Cascadian Farm became part of Small Planet Foods. In 2000, Small Planet Foods was purchased by General Mills, giving Cascadian Farm the opportunity to bring quality products to even more people around the country. Cascadian Farm has become a leading grower, manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of delicious organic products, from frozen fruit to breakfast cereal.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing), more info on Cascadian Farms at, see images on my #43 Team Schemes page.(10-25-2006)

  • Denny Hamlin and Davis Love III Trade "Driving" Tips, Scheme: Denny Hamlin and PGA TOUR star Davis Love III joined together to unveil the commemorative FedExCup Chevrolet on October 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Love experienced the thrill of NASCAR first hand as Hamlin took him and the #11 car for a few hot laps around the track before Love got behind the wheel and also drove the race car following a quick lesson from Richard Petty Driving Experience instructors. After Love exited the car, he and Hamlin hit golf balls off pit road onto the infield grass with Love giving some "driving" tips of his own to one of NASCAR's top drivers. Next year's highly anticipated FedExCup, the PGA TOUR's dramatic season-long points championship culminating with a four-tournament playoff, will receive some extra exposure at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29 when Nextel Cup's top rookie and Chase for the NEXTEL Cup driver, Denny Hamlin, will drive the special FedExCup No. 11 Chevrolet in the Bass Pro Shops 500.(Weber Shandwick for FedEx Racing), see images of the scheme on my #11 Team Schemes page.(10-19-2006)

  • Marathon sponsorship to Petty's: been told that the #51 Competitive Edge Motorsports team has ceased operations and have confirmed that Marathon Petroleum Company will become major associate sponsor with Petty Enterprises with the #45 Dodge of Kyle Petty being most involved in the sponsorship as an associate sponsor at most races and primary sponsor of the #45 for a few races with the #43 Dodge of Bobby Labonte featuring the Marathon Petroleum Company logo at some races.(8-1-2006)
    UPDATE: Marathon Petroleum Company announced that the company's sponsorship in the Nextel Cup series is being moved to a new race team. The new sponsorship will begin with the Allstate 400 race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. “Marathon is proud to move our sponsorship to the #45 Petty Enterprises team, with driver Kyle Petty,” said Mary Ellen Peters, senior vice president, Marketing. “The team is owned by Richard Petty, the man known as the ‘King of NASCAR.' We believe this move provides a continued presence for Marathon in all of the remaining races this season.” In addition to the Brickyard assosiate sponsorship [Tire KIngdom is the primary at Indy], the #45 car will carry the Marathon Brand as the primary sponsor for four races: Michigan, Bristol, Richmond, and Atlanta. Marathon also will be an associate sponsor on the car for this season's remaining races. “We're grateful that Competitive Edge Motorsports is allowing Marathon Oil to transfer their sponsorship,” said Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. “We are looking forward to developing a strong partnership with Marathon , starting this weekend at one of the biggest events of the season.”(Petty Racing PR)(8-3-2006)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Vegas: Nicorette nicotine gum will be featured for the very first time in a special car paint scheme with four-time series champion Jeff Gordon driving the #24 Nicorette Fresh Mint Chevy at this weekend's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Nicorette gum, NicoDerm CQ patches and Commit lozenges combine for the only smoking cessation sponsorship in NASCAR history. This innovative program includes season-long sponsorships with Gordon and rookie-of-the-year candidate Reed Sorenson. The sponsorship also includes NASCAR's "Commit to Win" NEXTEL Cup Contingency Award and sponsorships with Richard & Kyle Petty. The sponsorship also includes the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides smoking cessation counseling to NASCAR teams and fans. Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Petty Enterprises have already enrolled in the program. NASCAR fans can experience the "QUIT Crew" program at the Winner's Circle Exhibit, an interactive, entertaining exhibit open to race fans Frdiay - Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fan Walk . Free smoking cessation counseling will be provided to NASCAR fans at the exhibit. For more information, log on to Marketing PR), see many images of the car on my #24 Team Schemes page, the scheme will also run at Atlanta in October.(3-8-2006)

  • Two Crown Royal 2006 schemes: added two Crown Royal images, a scheme to be used for day race, scheduled at: Daytona 500, California(1), Las Vegas, Texas (both), Pocono (1), Michigan (?), Infineon Raceway, Indy, Watkins Glen, Loudon (2), Dover (2), Talladega (2), Atlanta (2) and Homestead; and a night scheme scheduled for Phoenix (1), Darlington, Lowe's (2) and Richmond (1), to the #26 Team Schemes page.(12-2-2005)

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


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