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THE RACE: The Food City 500

Nextel Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, March 26, 2006 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor/Link:

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/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: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 30 [Replay] at 3:00 - 6:00pm/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, Brent McMillian, Chuck Carland

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,426,071 (was $5,336,617 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, March 24,. 12:05 - 1:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, March 24, 9:30 - 10:30am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 25, 11:05 - 11:50am/et on TV-FX tba

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 24, 11:05am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 24 at 3:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et AND 12:00am/et on Speed AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, March 24, 2006 - Blue Lizard Pole Day
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
    12:05 - 1:35 p.m. NNCS Practice
    3:40 p.m. NNCS Qualifying (2 Laps - All Positions)

    Saturday, March 25, 2006 - Sharpie MINI 300
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m. NNCS Practice
    11:05 - 11:50 a.m. NNCS Final Practice
    3:10 p.m. Start of the Sharpie MINI 300

    Sunday, March 26, 2006 - Food City 500
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
    1:40 p.m. Food City 500 Driver Introductions
    2:10 p.m. Start of the Food City 500

    key
    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

    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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4028, Right-side -- D-4032

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second time in three races that NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will run this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . teams ran this tire set-up earlier this month at Las Vegas . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . while Las Vegas and Bristol are the only two tracks at which teams are scheduled to run this tire combination, Nextel Cup teams will also run this left-side code (D-4028) with a different right-side code (D-4030) at Pocono.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is the same set-up that we brought to Las Vegas just a couple weeks ago, so teams have a fresh idea in their minds how these tires respond to chassis changes. Compared to the set-up we brought to Bristol last year, these tires have a tougher compound on both sides of the car for better wear, and the left-side construction is a bit softer."


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Bristol 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
    (3-20-2006)

  • 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
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Bristol: $25,000

    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
    #20-Tony Stewart, 2
    (3-20-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Bristol: #2-Kurt Busch won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, booting #17-Matt Kenseth out of the way with 4 laps to go to win his 1st race of 2006, his first in the #2 Dodge, his 5th at Bristol and 15th career win. It is the first win for the #2 Penske Racing Dodge since Rusty Wallace won at Martinsville in April 2004. #29-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd [his last top 5 was Richmond last May, 30 races ago], followed by #17-Matt Kenseth [the new points leader], #99-Carl Edwards and #43-Bobby Labonte [the first top five for the #43 in Bristol, May 2001 with John Andretti]. Points leader coming in, #48-Jimmie Johnson had a rough day and fell a couple laps down early and finished 30th, 13 laps down, falling to 3rd in the points, 19 laps behind new points leader #17-Matt Kenseth. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th. #24-Gordon booted Kenseth, then Kenseth came back and booted Gordon, who spun and ended up 21st, last car on the lead lap. On pit road, Kenseth approached Gordon, Gordon got out of his car without even getting his helmet off and push Kenseth, then race officials got between the drivers.(3-26-2006)

    Race Results on my Bristol Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(3-26-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Bristol [5 of 36 races]:
    #17-Kenseth, 782
    #9-Kahne, 774, -8
    #48-Johnson, 763, -19
    #6-Martin, 750, -32
    #5-Busch, 677, -105
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 664, -118
    #24-Gordon, 644, -138
    #42-Mears, 642, -140
    #20-Stewart, 601, -181
    #88-Jarrett, 593, -189
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol Page.(3-26-2006)

  • Bristol Race Notes:
    • Kurt Busch won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, scoring his 15th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 189th career start.
    • Busch’s last victory came at Richmond, 13 races earlier.
    • It was his fifth Bristol victory in 11 races on the Tennessee short-track.
    • Busch scored his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Bristol.
    • Busch scored his first top-10 finish this season. His best finish in the first four races of 2006 was 16th twice.
    • Busch moved into 42nd on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tied with Ernie Irvan.
    • Busch finished 10th in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago after five races he ranked seventh in the point standings.
    • Busch climbed from 27th to 16th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Busch led three times for 33 laps, including the final five laps.
    • This was team owner Roger Penske’s 58th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Penske has scored eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Bristol.
    • Dodge scored its first Bristol victory since Richard Petty won the Volunteer 500 in 1975, 31 years ago.
    Notebook Items
    • Kevin Harvick (second) has finished in the top-five in six of his 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He scored his first top-10 finish of the season. The last top-five finish posted by Harvick was at Richmond in May 2005. Harvick climbed from 23rd to 13th in the point standings. One year ago Harvick ranked sixth after five races.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) scored his sixth top-five finish in 13 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He climbed from third to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL cup standings. The last time Kenseth led the point standings was leaving Bristol in March 2004. Kenseth has scored top-10 finishes in eight of his last nine races at Bristol.
    • Carl Edwards (fourth) scored his first top-10 finish in four races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It marked his second top-five finish in 2006.
    • Bobby Labonte (fifth) scored his third top-five finish in 27 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was his first top-10 finish in 2006 and first by the No. 43 when Jeff Green finished seventh at Martinsville in October 2004.
    • Tony Stewart (12th) led the most laps (245) in the 2006 Food City 500. The last time he led the most laps in a race was at Martinsville last October nine races ago where he finished second.
    • Denny Hamlin (14th) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender in the 2006 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    • All seven of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders have competed in all five races in 2006 and at least one has scored a top-15 finish in every race. This was the first race in 2006 that a rookie contender did not finish in the top 10.
    • Joe Nemechek (28th) has been running at the finish in the last 37 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-26-2006)

  • Rumblings - Bristol:
    One good gauge as to how entertaining a race has been is by how many upset drivers we have at the end of the event. Today, we had 42 ticked off and one happy.....by all accounts, that makes this the best race of the year.
    Kurt Busch put the "bump and run" on former teammate Matt Kenseth on lap 496 today (gee, we've never seen that type of move before at Bristol, huh?) and went on to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 5th win at the short-track with the truth in advertising slogan "Racing the way it oughta be"! Career win #15 for Kurt moves him into a tie for 42nd on the all-time win list with Ernie Irvan and was victory #55 for Roger Penske (#58 if you count the three in partnership with Michael Kranefuss).
    Busch, who had to come from two laps down after some early tire troubles (and we had a number of drivers who had those problems), took down $175,858 from the over $5.4M in posted awards and places the #2 car in the last vacant spot on this season's Winners Circle plan.
    Kevin Harvick (2nd) had his best finish since he won when we were here last April.....and you can't bet he's tired of following "Busch's" this weekend.
    Bobby Labonte (5th) got the Petty Enterprises #43 their first Top-5 today since John Andretti was runner-up here in March of 2001.
    Jeff Green (15th) had his best finish since he was 15th at The Brickyard last August.
    Sterling Marlin (17th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Kansas last October.
    Stanton Barrett (39th) had his best finish since he was 34th at Dover last June (only 6 races).
    STREAKIN....Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in a row. Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Bobby Labonte (+25), followed by Scott Wimmer (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jamie McMurray (-27), followed by Jimmie Johnson (-25) and Brian Vickers (-20). Bobby goes from the bottom to the top of the "Shaft" in just six short days!
    In that all-important quest to be in the Top-35 in Owner Points to get an exempt spot for qualifying next week, Scott Riggs in the Evernham #10 Dodge holds down position #35.....but his teammate (and two-time Chase combatant) Jeremy Mayfield is only nine points ahead of him. Some of the drivers on the outside looking in (and having to qualify on time next week) are Sterling Marlin in 36th, Kevin Lepage in 37th, and David Stremme in 38th. We've got our first change at the top of the point standings this season as Jimmie Johnson's troubles dropped him from the top-spot to 3rd in the run down. Kurt Busch (27th to 16th) made the best move forward today, while Jamie McMurray (16th to 24th) fell the most spots.(Stockcarfans.com)(3-26-2006)

    Bristol Race Rundown

  • The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 500 of 500 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #2-Busch-d (9)(30 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (14)(8 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (7)(124 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (3)
    #43-Labonte-d (30)
    #6-Martin-f (4)
    #16-Biffle-f (2)(52 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (20)(34 laps led)
    #12-Newman-d (6)
    #9-Kahne-d (23)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie


    Pit Selections at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 41,22,21

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 42,7,96,01,07,48,61,55,18,31,26,40,25,10

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

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #00-Sadler (handling-out)
    #49-Sherman (accident-out)
    #32-Kvapil (accident-out)
    #1-Truex Jr. (accident-out)
    #95-Barrett (electrical-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 19 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (pole/halfway/most 245);
    #17-Kenseth (124);
    #16-Biffle (52);
    #5-Busch (34);
    #2-Busch (33);
    #29-Harvick (8);
    #24-Gordon (3);
    #61-Lepage (1);

  • Lap leaders: #20-Stewart - pole; #20-Stewart 1-4; #16-Biffle 5-56; #2-Busch 57-60; #20-Stewart 61-74; #61-Lepage 75; #20-Stewart 76-79; #17-Kenseth 80-81; #20-Stewart 82-134; #17-Kenseth 135-141; #20-Stewart 142-157; #24-Gordon 158-160; #20-Stewart 161; #5-Busch 162-195; #17-Kenseth 196-224; #20-Stewart 225-331; #29-Harvick 332-339; #20-Stewart 340-385; #2-Busch 386-409; #17-Kenseth 410-495; #2-Busch 496-500

    Cautions: 18 for 104 laps

    Caution 18 - Laps 448 - 452: #22-Blaney spun off turn 2 after getting into #88-Jarrett.
    Caution 17 - Laps 437 - 444: #1-Truex Jr. was trying to get back #24-Gordon, then slowed and #20-Stewart got into Truex Jr., Truex spun around off turn 3, hit the inside wall and bounced around a bit. FOX then aired the #1 team communications and of course there were a few cuss words, what would they expect? no need to air it.
    Caution 16 - Laps 415 - 419: #24-Gordon got into the rear of #1-Truex Jr. in turn 4 who spun and smacked the wall, others caught up in it were #31-Burton, #7-Gordon, #18-Yeley all got spun and suffered some damage.
    Caution 15 - Laps 408 - 412: #61-Lepage slapped the turn 4 wall and slowed on the frontstretch when something broke.
    Caution 14 - Laps 351 - 355: #66-Green got into #19-Mayfield, who spun off turn 2 and ended up in the backstretch, then #42-Mears got spun by #32-Kvapil, Kvapil has a lot of front end damage. #07-Bowyer and #19-Mayfield then got into each other on pit road.
    Caution 13 - Laps 339 - 343: #20-Stewart got into #49-Sherman, Sherman backed into the turn 4 wall
    Caution 12 - Laps 289 - 293: #38-Sadler spun out in turn 2.
    Caution 11 - Laps 262 - 267: #41-Sorenson got into #12-Newman on the frontstretch with both spinning, #26-McMurray got into the wall and has radiator damage, #49-Sherman got into #42-Mears, who spun.
    Caution 10 - Laps 250 - 253: #41-Sorenson got into #49-Sherman, sending Sherman spinning down the backstretch
    Caution 9 - Laps 219 - 222: Debris on the track
    Caution 8 - Laps 207 - 212: Debris on the track, looks like tape or metal on the back stretch in the groove.
    RED FLAG as of 3:41pm/et to clean up the track, back to yellow at 3:56pm/et.
    Caution 7 - Laps 188 - 199: #07-Bowyer spun #22-Blaney, with both sliding in turn 4, with #40-Stremme and #25-Vickers sliding into the two cars, then #55-Waltrip couldn't stop in the fluid and slid into Stremme.
    Caution 6 - Laps 161 - 167: #55-Waltrip had an oil cooler leak [not a blown engine], #31-Burton spun in the oil off turn 2.
    Caution 5 - Laps 127 - 131: #40-Stremme got into #14-Marlin who spun around on the frontstretch.
    Caution 4 - Laps 119 - 123: #10-Riggs checked up when a bunch of cars got together on the frontstretch, #31-Burton got into the rear of Riggs, who spun and smaked the inside wall on the front stretch.
    Caution 3 - Laps 109 - 115: #95-Barrett got spun out by #07-Bowyer off turn 4 and backed into the frontstretch outer wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 74 - 77: #45-Petty spun off turn 2.
    Caution 1 - Laps 14 - 19: #61-Lepage got into #49-Sherman, Sherman spun off turn 2.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 18: #07-Bowyer(2), 29th
    Caution 17: #4-Wimmer, 19th
    Caution 16: none as Lucky Dog #1-Truex Jr. was in the wreck
    Caution 15: #11-Hamlin, 14th
    Caution 14: #07-Bowyer, 29th
    Caution 13: none awarded as #96-Labonte was involved in the wreck
    Caution 12: #22-Blaney, 23rd
    Caution 11: #18-Yeley, 33rd
    Caution 10: #96-Labonte(3), 27th
    Caution 9: #32-Kvapil, 40th
    Caution 8: #45-Petty, 18th
    Caution 7: #96-Labonte(2), 27th
    Caution 6: #7-Gordon, 26th
    Caution 5: #96-Labonte, 27th
    Caution 4: #55-Waltrip, 32nd
    Caution 3: #2-Busch, WON
    Caution 2: #40-Stremme, 36th
    Caution 1: #48-Johnson, still a lap down, 30th
    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)
    ---- within the last 5 laps, #2-Busch bumped #17-Kenseth out of the way to win, then #24-Gordon booted Kenseth, then Kenseth came back and booted Gordon, who spun and ended up 21st, last car on the lead lap. On pit road, Kenseth approached Gordon, Gordon got out of his car without even getting his helmet off and push Kenseth, then race officials got between the drivers. Kenseth was not happy with Busch's move.
    ---- on lap 455, #88-Jarrett got into #19-Mayfield and spun off the track, but recovered and drove on and there was no caution.
    ---- after the 18th caution, #7-Gordon was penalized for failing to move into the blend line correclty and needs to do a pass thru penalty.
    ---- after the 14th caution restart, #61-Lepage was shown bottoming out and fell back and off the lead lap.
    ---- on lap 316, #21-Schrader passed leader #20-Stewart to get one lap back and is now one lap down.
    ---- on lap 315, #26-McMurray came back on the track, 52 laps down after the team made repairs to the front end of that car.
    ---- during the 10th caution, #61-Lepages tire carrier was sent flying by #42-Mears, but he got up, got the tire and finished the stop, seemed ok.
    ---- before the 9th caution, #2-Busch and #12-Newman got together, sending Newman sidways, Newman then fell back and pitted during the caution flag.
    ---- #18-Yeley was to be the Lucky Dog on the 8th caution, but made an illegal pass on #49-Sherman on the last restart and NASCAR gave the Lucky Dog to #45-Petty. Yeley was teh sent to the longest linne before the 8th caution restart.
    ---- during the 7th caution, after the red flag, leader #5-Busch made a pit stop.
    ---- on lap 185, #29-Harvick and #12-Newman spent a lap beating and banging off each other for 5th place.
    ---- just before the 5th caution, #48-Johnson, trying to get by #17-Kenseth and head to the front to get one of his 2 laps back, got into Kenseth and Johnson came up the track and smacked the outside wall hard, but drove on.
    ---- during the 3rd caution pit stops, #7-Gordon missed the pit road commitment line and was penalized, mouthed off to NASCAR, who then held him a lap, he had came in 16th.
    ---- on lap 93, #95-Barrett came in to pit for a right front tire down.
    ---- on the 2nd caution restart, #21-Schrader had a valve stem break off and had to pit for a flat left rear tire.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #4-Wimmer and #11-Hamlin were pemalized for speeding on pit road and headed to the rear of the longest line.
    ---- on lap 61, while leading had a left front tire go down and made a pit stop.
    ---- on lap 57, #16-Biffle, while leading, went up the track and smacked the wall and had a tire go down, he sped on pit road and was penalized.
    ---- reported on lap 25, #2-Busch can hear the team on the radio, but cannot transmit.
    ---- on the start #48-Johnson made contact with #41-Sorenson as Johnson was trying to get to pit road with a right rear flat tire.
    ---- green flag at 2:24pm/et.
    ---- command to start engines at 2:14pm/et
    ---- To The Back [0]: none


  • Race Coverage of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 26, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et [90minutes]
    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 30th at 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 123.818
    #24-Gordon 123.491
    #43-Labonte 123.483
    #88-Jarrett 123.475
    #5-Busch 123.467
    slowest: #49-Sherman 117.559 and #00-Sadler 117.602
    most laps run: #12-Newman 85; #6-Martin 82
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #38-Sadler 120.915 [15th fastest lap], 41 laps run
    #29-Harvick 120.901 [11th], 68 laps
    #2-Busch 120.881 [1st], 45 laps
    For practice speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-25-2006)

  • The 1st Saturday Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 123.865
    #20-Stewart 123.849
    #2-Busch 123.841
    #6-Martin 123.610
    #21-Schrader 123.515
    slowest: #00-Sadler 118.000 and #61-Lepage 118.547
    most laps run: #12-Newman 86; #31-Burton 82
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin 122.246 [4th fastest lap], 79 laps run
    #24-Gordon 121.560 [10th], 56 laps
    #48-Johnson 121.499 [15th], 66 laps
    For practice speeds, see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(3-25-2006)

  • RAIN out at Bristol: all track activity has been postponed for Friday. Qualifying for the Nextel Cup race has been cancelled and the rules had been set by the rules book. The plan is to get practice in Saturday, March 25th.
    Keep track of the weather at:
    Raceweather.net
    The Weather Channel
    See the starting lineup on my Bristol Starting Lineup Page.
    How the field is set:
    #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]
    See the starting lineup on my Bristol Starting Lineup Page.(3-24-2006)

  • Ramblings - Bristol: Rain....snow....wintry mix. Whatever happened to racing? We got precipitated out today (say that fast three times) at Bristol Motor Speedway so we had no qualifying for Sunday's Food City 500. The lineup is based primarily on 2005 Owner Points (NASCAR does that the first five races of the season) so this is the last week that rule will be in effect. Tony Stewart (to the Champion go the spoils....and his car owner, too) will lead us to the green (weather permitting). Slim Pickens (I always got him confused with Andy Devine....or was that Chill Wills?) when it comes to something to write about, so here's some best sinces (take 'em with a grain of salt cause it's sure not based on speed).
    Mark Martin (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Atlanta last October.
    Matt Kenseth (7th) has his best starting spot since he started 3rd at Texas last October.
    Jeremy Mayfield (10th) has his best starting spot since he qualifed 5th at Texas last October.
    Ken Schrader (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th when we were here last August.
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Greg Biffle has 7 Top-10 starts in the last 8 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    You might wanna keep Monday open again....the forecast isn't all that great. The Busch or Cup race could end up making a few of us call in sick.(StockCarFans.com)(3-25-2006)

  • Saturday, March 25th, Schedule at Bristol:
    8:00 - 9:20am/et - Busch Series Practice
    9:30 - 10:30am/et - Nextel Cup Practice
    11:05 - 11:50am/ey - Nextel Cup Happy Hour Practice
    12:05pm/et - Busch Series Qualifying
    3:10pm/et - Busch Series Race

  • Qualifying Order List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #49-Brent Sherman is due out first on Friday, March 24th at 3:40pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #20-Tony Stewart. For the Qualifying order, see my Bristol Qualifying Page.(3-24-2006)

  • Entry List for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 50 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]:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #7-Robby Gordon
    #10-Scott Riggs
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #37-Mike Skinner
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #92-Chad Blount
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH]
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    added after initial entry list was posted:
    #74-Derrike Cope
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 96 [past champ], 7,10 [current top-35 owners points], then 61,4,32,00,95 [2006 race attempts, ties broken by owners points position]
    missing the race would be #'s: 34,78,89,92,74,37,51
    see entry list on Jayski's Bristol Entry List Page.
    (3-21/24-2006)

  • 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 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

  • Who's Hot - Bristol Motor Speedway:
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in the first four races in 2006. He finished first, second, first and sixth in those races. Johnson has ranked among the top-10 for 73 straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each scored three top-five finishes in the first four races in 2006, leading all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score top-15 finishes in all four races in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are the only drivers to lead at least one lap in all four races this season.
    • Mark Martin has scored eight straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Mark Martin has climbed from 11th to fourth in the point standings since Daytona.
    • Jeff Gordon has climbed from 25th to sixth in the point standings since Daytona.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-20-2006)

  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

  • 2005 March Race Winner: Kevin Harvick, 77.496mph, started 13th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • 2005 March Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 127.733, finished 2nd

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 5

  • Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Mark Martin, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 20 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/99

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 7 months, 20 days, 3/24/02

  • Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/11/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/66

  • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/64

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/73

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevrolet

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 90 points race run], 23.3%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 18,19,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 55 of 90 - 61.1%
  • Races won from the top 10: 74 of 90 - 82.2%

  • Bristol Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Important at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Only seven of the 90 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol have been won from a starting position of 15th or worse. All seven of those wins have occurred since 1990. The last driver to win a race at Bristol from outside the top 15 was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who won from the 30th-place starting position in the 2004 Sharpie 500.
    Owner/Winner at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Junior Johnson, as a car owner, has won 21 of the 90 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most of any car owner.
    Big Winner at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Darrell Waltrip posted 12 Bristol victories the most of any driver at Bristol. The most Bristol victories by an active driver is five by Jeff Gordon.
    Skunked at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Kyle Petty has competed in 45 races at Bristol Motor Speedway without a victory. Ken Schrader and Sterling Marlin have competed in 42 races at Bristol without a victory.
    Leading The Way at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Cale Yarborough led 4,306 laps in 29 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 2,385 laps led in 26 races at Bristol.
    Would you Believe?
    Jeff Gordon has started from the top-15 in 25 of his 26 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started 21st in his very first race at the Tennessee short track – his only start outside the top-15.
    Manufacturers at Bristol Motor Speedway
    A Ford has won four of the last six races at Bristol; a Chevrolet won the other two. A Dodge has not won at Bristol since Richard Petty won the 1975 Volunteer 500.
    Bristol Standouts
    • Richard Petty competed in 60 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, more than any other driver.
    • Cale Yarborough won nine Budweiser Poles at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most of any driver. Mark Martin follows with seven, leading all active drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five victories at Bristol.
    • Mark Martin has scored 20 top-10 finishes in his 38 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most among active drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers at Bristol with a 4.73 starting average in 26 races there.
    • Greg Biffle has a 10.333 average finish in his six races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted three straight top-10 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway, the longest current streak. Earnhardt has scored eight top-15 finishes in his last nine races at Bristol.
    • Point leader, Jimmie Johnson finished 36th at Bristol last August, his worst Bristol finish and only DNF there.
    • Casey Mears, who ranks fifth in points, has finished 21st or worse in all six races at Bristol. Milestones
    Matt Kenseth is expected to make his 225th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in each of the first four races this season.
    • Jeff Burton is the only driver to post top-10 starts in all four races this season. The last time Burton posted four consecutive top-10 starts began at Martinsville (April 1999) thru Lowe’s (May 30, 1999) when he posted five straight.
    • 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. He climbed from 10th to sixth in the point standings after Atlanta.
    • None of the seven Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders have posted a DNF in 2006. One rookie contender has finished in the top 10 in each race this season: Bowyer - Daytona (sixth), Yeley – California (eighth), Hamlin - Las Vegas (10th) and Sorenson - Atlanta (10th).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-21-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~160,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch (1 shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
    Pace Car Track Speed: 40mph

  • Bristol Pit Road Rules:
    Beginning with the 2002 spring race at Bristol, NASCAR instituted a change in the yellow-flag pit road procedures at the Tennessee short track. The pace car will pick up the field in turn three (as opposed to turn one). All lead car laps will enter pit road at the turn-two entrance (regardless of front or backstretch pits). Cars pitting on the front will drive the backstretch pit road then on the apron to the front stretch pit entrance in turn four. Cars pitting on the back will follow the same path and all cars will exit pit road using the exit in turn one.

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: U.S. Senator George Allen
    Command to start engines: U.S. Senator George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Food City's Emerson Breeding
    Honorary Race Official:
    National Anthem: Diamond Rio
    Military Flyover: VMFA 122 Crusaders, Beaufort, SC

  • Track Homepage: bristolmotorspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my March 2005 Bristol Info page.

  • Last Year: see my August 2005 Bristol Race Info page.

  • Race Festivities at Bristol: Diamond Rio, the six-time Country Music Vocal Group of the Year winners, will sing the national anthem on Sunday prior to the start of the Food City 500. U.S. Senator George Allen, the former Governor of Virginia, will be the Grand Marshall of the Food City 500 while Food City's Emerson Breeding will serve as the honorary starter.(BMS PR)(3-21-2006)

  • Bristol Grandstand Banners to be sold for Charity: Want to own a piece of Bristol Motor Speedway? Here's your chance as a number of the banners that have adorned the grandstands will be available to fans during the March NASCAR weekend. These banners, which have been used to direct fans to their seats and are now being replaced, bare the names of the various drivers for whom the BMS grandstands have been named. More than 600 banners boasting the names of Earnhardt, Kulwicki, Allison, Petty, Pearson, Johnson and Yarborough are up for grabs. The banners are $50 each. All money raised from the sale of the banners will benefit the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to distributing funds to qualified children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The banners will go on sale on Friday, March 24 at 9 a.m. and will be sold throughout race weekend. The banners will be available at two locations at Bristol Motor Speedway -- in front of the old ticket office inside the main entrance of the speedway and in the display area, located in the area between the Speedway and Bristol Dragway. For more information, please contact Barbara Kaiser at (423) 989-6975 or goto the BMS Site..(BMS PR)(3-21-2006)

  • Bristol to be resurfaced UPDATE delayed until 2007: Lowe's Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedeay are not the only tracks being resurfaced. Jeff Byrd, the President of Bristol Motor Speedway told MRN Radio's NASCAR Today that his track will get resurfaced after the Food City 500 in March. "It's kinda like screwing around with the formula for Coca-Cola. I don't know whether we're tinkering with a formula that doesn't need to be changed. We would like to reconfigure the track so the top lane so the top lane can carry more speed onto the straight-a-ways off of 2 and 4."(MRN Radio NASCAR Today)(1-25-2006)
    UPDATE: Bristol Motor Speedway will require the undivided attention of its paving engineer and contractors when it installs a new concrete racing surface on the World's Fastest Half Mile, and that's why the project has been put off until 2007. The project was very close to being scheduled for this summer. Wayne Estes, BMS vice president of communications and events, said Tuesday that Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Bruton Smith left it up to track President Jeff Byrd whether or not to proceed with the resurfacing in 2006 or wait until 2007. Speedway Motorsports also owns Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, both of which will receive a new surface in 2006. Ultimately it was decided that spreading the attention of Speedway Motorsports' preferred engineer, construction company and developers three ways might not produce the optimum results. As it stands now, BMS will receive its new concrete racing surface following the 2007 spring NASCAR races, with the project to be completed by the time NASCAR returns to BMS for the August night races. The existing concrete surface was constructed in 1992, and at that time technology was not as advanced as it is now with regard to race track paving, Estes said. He said the existing surface has served the facility well, but time is beginning to take its toll. Tentatively scheduled to follow construction of the new concrete racing surface is a redesign of the infield, which would make room for more haulers to park and improve their maneuverability. Estes noted that the new infield design is in the earliest planning stages, but the concept at this time is for all the buildings to be placed in the corners. Most notably the infield media center, which faces the frontstretch grandstands, would be torn down and a new one constructed at one end of the infield. Estes said the media center was in need of a technological upgrade anyway. Also to be improved would be the Wellmont Infield Care Center.(Kingsport Times-News)(3-8-2006)

  • Bristol Plans World's Largest Green Flag Drop: The nearly 160,000 fans who will attend the sold-out Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 26, 2006 will get to be part of history as they'll take part in waving the world's largest green flag. Upon entering the grandstands on Sunday, fans will be given a green flag on the way to their seats. The words "I Waved The Green Flag" are inscribed on the keepsake flag which also boasts the Bristol Motor Speedway and Food City 500 logos. The flags, 8"x12" in size, would cover quite a bit of area if they were laid out end to end, blanketing more than 3.5 acres. When the honorary starter waves the official flag to start the race at 2:10pm/et fans will be encouraged to stand and wave their green flags as well, taking part in a history-making moment. Fans may make use of their green flags after cautions on restarts too.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(3-1-2006)

  • Southern Sports Awards Nominates NASCAR tracks/teams/drivers...what? no lugnut [LMS Mascot]?: The Daytona 500 and August night race at Bristol Motor Speedway have been nominated in the "Best Sports Experience" category in the inaugural Southern Sports Awards which recognizes and honors the athletes, fans and the traditions that "set the South above the rest in the sports world."(DIS PR)
    Talladega The Talladega Superspeedway Infield is among select nominees for the first ever Southern Sports Awards (SSA), a two-hour special awards show that will recognize and honor the athletes, fans and traditions that "set the South above the rest in the sports world." Talladega Superspeedway's nomination is to the "Best Place To Tailgate" category.(TSS PR)
    Roush Racing: Roush Racing [#'s 6,16,17,97,99] have been nominated for Best Management.
    Dale Jr. vs Jeff? Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. Jeff Gordon have been nominated for the Biggest Rivalry category.
    Coach of the Year: among the nomiee's are Chad Knaus, #48 Crew Chief for Jimmie Johnson and Greg Zippadelli,(#20 Crew Chief for Tony Stewart.
    Fan Favorite nominee's include Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #11, #18, #20 team owner Joe Gibbs, not for racing but for being the headcoach of the NFL's Washington Redskins.
    Newcomer of the Year: surprise! Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Ford [4 wins] is nominated along with #5-Kyle Busch, winner at California as a rookie.
    AND finally for the The "Style" Award...nominated from NASCAR are Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Fans can vote to determine the winner by logging on to www.southernsportsawards.com until Nov 23rd and completing the 13-category ballot. The awards will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA.(11-10-2005)

  • Bristol Adds 50 Laps To Spring Busch Race: The best racing the Busch Series has to offer just got better as the spring event at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Sharpie MINI 300, has been increased to 300 laps in length. Due to the popularity of the Busch events at BMS, which have drawn in excess of 100,000 fans in 10 of the last 12 Bristol races, Speedway officials received NASCAR's approval to increase the race, which will be held next year on March 25, from 250 laps in length to 300 laps. This is the first time in the Speedway’s history that a 300-lap Busch event has taken place. The Sharpie MINI 300 supports the launch of the new Sharpie MINI marker, a 12-color marker series half the size of regular Sharpie markers with a clip cap that can be attached to just about anything. While the race will be longer next year, ticket prices will not increase. Tickets for the Sharpie Mini 500 will range from $47 to 70 and may be purchased by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.(BMS Site)(9-29-2005)

  • Bruton offers College teams $20 million to play football at BMS: Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, which owns the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway with steep, stadium-style seating, says he will offer $20 million to University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech to play football on turf he will install on the infield. The idea of the game at the track, which is about 120 miles from both campuses, has been kicked around for many years because of the allure of drawing 160,000 or more fans that the track can hold. Smith has said Virginia Tech officials support the idea, but they did not have an immediate comment on Thursday. The idea seemed to dissipate when new buildings were added in turns three and four, but Smith said he'd just tear them down. "We'll level the whole place. We'll put in the Astroturf, and we'll do it all," he said. It is unclear when the game could be played. Tennessee has its schedule set through 2008, and the track hosts the Nextel Cup's Sharpie 500 every year in late August. Any renovations for the football game would have to be complete in time for a game by the end of November.(Roanoke Times)(8-26-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Cope to attempt Bristol: even thou not on any entry lists as of 1am/et on 3/24/2006, derrikecope.com reports: Derrike gave us an update before qualifying. "We will be attempting to qualify at Bristol this weekend. The team has really worked hard to finish a car that was purchased from Penske racing. It is a more updated car from last year. So we are hopeful that we can have a good performance tomorrow in qualifying. I have had good success at Bristol and am really looking forward to tomorrow."(Derrike Cope site)(3-24-2006)

  • 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)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#7-Robby Gordon Menards/Energizer none...yet
#16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley AsthmaControl.com none...yet
#26-Jamie McMurray Sharpie #26 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Schwans none...yet


  • Subway Colors at Bristol for Biffle: This weekend the #16 National Guard team and driver Greg Biffle will again run the 2006 Subway paint scheme. This paint scheme will run a total of 11 times this season.(Roush Racing), see image on my #16 Team Schemes Page.(3-24-2006)

  • Menards/Energizer on the #7 Hood: This is the first time this season that Menards/Energizer will be primary sponsors of the #7 Chevy of Robby Gordon. Menards, dedicated to service and quality, is a steadily growing home super center currently adding locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Jim Beam, Harrah's and CarLoan.com will act as associate sponsors this weekend.(Robby Gordon Motorsports PR)(3-23-2006)

  • Sharpie Scheme back UPDATE: This weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway marks the first of five races for Jamie McMurray behind the wheel of the black and red #26 Sharpie Ford Fusion.(Roush Racing PR)(3-22-2006)
    UPDATE: Sharpie welcomes Jamie McMurray to the family this Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. McMurray will take the wheel of the #26 Sharpie 'MINI' Ford Fusion for the first time on Sunday, March 26 during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the Food City 500. McMurray will drive the special Sharpie MINI paint scheme that will be featured at five races in 2006 [both Bristol's, Chicago, New Hampshire in July and ]. Emblazoned with new Sharpie MINI marker, the look highlights a 16-color, "pint-sized" marker series with a clip. In tribute to its latest innovation, Sharpie also renamed its spring NASCAR Busch Series event at BMS the Sharpie MINI 300. The Sharpie MINI 300, slated for Saturday, March 25, now includes 50 additional laps of Bristol action. The race was formerly known as the Sharpie Professional 250. Sharpie MINI markers are available in 16-colors: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime, aqua, purple, plum, navy, burgundy, turquoise, tangerine, magenta and lilac. The suggested retail price for 4-, 8-, and 12-packs is $5.93, $11.73, and $17.78, respectively. Single Sharpie Minis are also available with a lanyard option for the suggested retail price of $1.99. Sharpie markers are available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide. For more information, go to sharpie.com.(Sharpie PR)(3-23-2006)

  • USG Scheme for #17 at Bristol: For the first of three times in 2006, Matt Kenseth will pilot the #17 USG Sheetrock Ford Fusion. USG Sheetrock will also be the primary sponsor for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in July and the November race at Phoenix International Raceway.(Roush Racing PR)(3-22-2006)

  • Yeley to Drive AsthmaControl.com scheme at Bristol: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will display a unique paint scheme on the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy driven by rookie J.J. Yeley during the March 26 Food City 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The sponsorship aims to help raise awareness about the need for improved asthma control, and to motivate patients with asthma to take the Asthma Control Test (ACT) and share the results with their doctors. The ACT consists of five simple questions that help patients understand how their asthma affects them. It can be found at www.asthmacontrol.com. GlaxoSmithKline will also bring its AsthmaControl.com mobile exhibit to Bristol Motor Speedway on March 26 to allow race fans with asthma to take the ACT, learn their asthma scores on-site and receive racing souvenirs. For company information, visit GSK on the World Wide Web at www.gsk.com.(JGR/Camp & Assoc)(3-21-2006)

  • Schwan's to #45? UPDATE 2: hearing that Schwan's Home Service, who sponsored the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in 2004-2005 with Ken Schrader, could be heading to Petty Enterprises to be the primary sponsor for Kyle Petty on the #45 Dodge for 10-12 races in 2006. Wells Fargo already announced they would run 12 races as primary. Also there is a rumor floating around, but unable to confirm it at all, the new Coca-Cola soft drink, Vault could sponsor Petty in some fashion.(1-24-2006)
    UPDATE: Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., a business unit of The Schwan Food Company, has announced its sponsorship of the #45 stock car owned by Petty Enterprises for the 2006 Nextel Cup season. “Everyone at The Schwan Food Company is thrilled to join the Petty racing team for the 2006 season. The team operates under the same values that are important to Schwan,” said Bill McCormack, executive vice president of administration and company spokesperson. The #45 car, driven by NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty, will carry the Schwan’s Home Service yellow-and-blue paint scheme for four races, which will be announced at a later date. Home Service will provide an associate sponsorship for the remaining races. “I’ve raced off and on against a Schwan sponsored car since 1985 and am really excited to finally be able to have them on my team,” said Petty, Petty Enterprises CEO (and #45 team driver). “The best part of this deal is my guys won’t have as far to go to get the great Schwan’s ice cream at the track. They are already clearing space on the transporter to haul the ice cream cooler.”(GoMarshall), Schwan's was the primary sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge the past two years.(2-8-2006)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the races Schwan's will be the primary sponsor are Bristol in March, Texas in April, Talladega in April and California in September.(2-11-2006)

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