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THE RACE: Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Sharpie

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • TV: TNT 7:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 7:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, August 30 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 - PRN and XM

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice

    PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Chuck Carland

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Pat Patterson, Brent McMillian, Stephanie Durner

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,075,119 (was $5,928,193 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, August 25, 12:05 - 1:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 25, 6:30 - 7:20pm/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 25, 11:05am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 25 at 3:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at IMS Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Wednesday, August 23, 2006
    10:00 AM NCTS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon NCTS Practice
    12:30 PM to 1:00 PM NCTS Rookie Practice
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM NCTS Final Practice
    5:30 PM NCTS Qualifying (2 Laps - All positions) Impound
    6:45 PM NCTS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting (Victory Lane Building)
    9:15 PM Start of the O'Reilly 200

    Friday, August 25, 2006
    6:30 AM NNCS Garage Opens
    7:00 AM NNCS Inspection Begins
    8:00 AM NBS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    8:30 AM 9:45 AM NBS Practice
    9:45 AM 10:15 AM NBS Rookie Practice
    10:30 AM 11:30 AM NBS Final Practice
    11:05 AM NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    11:40 AM 11:55 Noon NBC Exhibition Run
    12:05 PM 1:35 PM NNCS Practice
    3:20 PM NBS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting (Victory Lane Building)
    3:40 PM NNCS Qualifying (2 Laps - All positions)
    5:05 PM NBS Qualifying (2 Laps - All positions) Impound
    6:30 PM 7:20 PM NNCS Final Practice
    7:50 PM Start of the Food City 250

    Saturday, August 26, 2006 - Sharpie 500
    5:40 PM NNCS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting (Victory Lane Building)
    7:10 PM Sharpie 500 Driver Introductions
    7:40 PM Start of the Sharpie 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 -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    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 155-165 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the second time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Bristol . . . in addition to running this tire set-up at Bristol earlier this season, NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams ran these tire codes at Las Vegas in March . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length -- where teams do not run inner liners in their tires -- teams are required to run liners in their two right-sides at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Bristol for leading the points and winning the race [only #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth 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 NASCAR 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
    (8-20-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Bristol, TN Area:
Bristol Herald Courier
Elizabeton Star
Greenville Sun
Johnson City Press
Kingsport Times-News
Knoxville News
Nashville City Paper
The Tennessean

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:


Raceweather.net


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN.com - Weather
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing - Bristol Track Review
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Red Barn Campground
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

Area Driver Appearances:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

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

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kenseth wins at Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd consecutive win in the night race at Bristol [first driver to do so since Dale Earnhardt in 1987-88], his 4th win of 2006 [tied for the lead with Johnson & Kahne] and 14th of his career. #5-Kyle Busch finished 2nd, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #10-Scott Riggs, #24-Jeff Gordon, #11-Denny Hamlin, #99-Carl Edwards, #12-Ryan Newman, #31-Jeff Burton [led the most laps 263] and #48-Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth and Johnson have clinched a spot in The Chase, #2-Kurt Busch, the pole sitter, was involved in a wreck, then had transmission problems and finished 37th down 54 laps and has been eliminated from The Chase. #9-Kasey Kahne finished 12th and is now 90 points out of 10th and The Chase, the only driver with a realistic chance of making it in the top-10. There were 7 leaders with 18 lead changes and ONLY 10 cautions for 62 laps.
    Race Results on my Bristol Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(8-26-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Bristol [24 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 3499 [clinched a spot in the chase]
    #17-Matt Kenseth 3492 -7 [clinched]
    #29-Kevin Harvick 3178 -321
    #5-Kyle Busch 3097 -402
    #24-Jeff Gordon 3091 -408
    #11-Denny Hamlin 3070 -429
    #31-Jeff Burton 3064 -435
    #20-Tony Stewart 3056 -443
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3051 -448
    #6-Mark Martin 3049 -450
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kasey Kahne -90
    #16-Greg Biffle -251
    #99-Carl Edwards -261
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-26-2006)

  • Rumbling - Race Notes - Bristol: #17-Matt Kenseth led the final 51 circuits tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway en route to a victory in the Sharpie 500 over Kyle Busch in what was a relatively (for Bristol anyway) mild short-track race. Hardly any punches considered and just a little jawing post-race. These guys are going soft on us! It's been quite a week for Matt. He won the Nextel Cup event last Sunday at Michigan, the Busch race last night, and the Cup race tonight. He's cashed in to the tune of $609,282 in the last seven days! The win tonight was the fourth of the season for Kenseth, the 14th of his Cup career (he's tied with Dick Hutcherson & LeeRoy Yarbrough for 44th on the all-time win list) and the 94th for Roush Racing (pretty strong week for Cactus Jack when you consider Mark Martin won the Truck race on Wednesday). Going back to back in this event nets Matt $336,516 from the over $6M in posted awards.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Michigan in June.
    Scott Riggs (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan in August of 2005. His Top-5 gives us 26 drivers at that level this year... last year's number was 30.
    Ken Schrader (13th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Daytona in July.
    Dale Jarrett (15th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Talladega in April.
    Michael Waltrip (16th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Atlanta last October.
    Travis Kvapil (20th) had his best finish since he was 19th at Pocono in June.
    Kevin Lepage (21st) had his best finish since he was 21st at Lowe's last October.
    Kenny Wallace (30th) had his best finish since he was 29th at Lowe's last May (only five races).
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dale Earnhardt Jr (+37), followed by Carl Edwards (+32). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kurt Busch (-36), followed by Elliott Sadler (-30), Kyle Petty (-26), Reed Sorenson (-26), and Bobby Labonte (-20). This was Jr's second Op of the season. Still a tight battle in Owner Points for that all-important 35th spot in the standings. 34th to 36th is separated by only 21 markers with Sterling Marlin still on the outside looking in....he trails Kyle Petty by 16 points.
    Jimmie Johnson & Matt Kenseth clinched their spots in the "Chase" tonight. Johnson's lead is down to 7 points over Kenseth (it's gonna be five one way or the other in two weeks anyway). Kevin Harvick is on the verge....his "Magic Number" is 27th the next two races. Kasey Kahne's gotta find a way to make up 90 points in two races, but with the weekly shuffle in positions 4-10 you can bet none of those guys are too comfortable. Kyle Busch (7th to 4th), Ryan Newman (18th to 15th), and Scott Riggs (22nd to 19th) all made the best moves forward this week, while Mark Martin (4th to 10th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(8-26-2006)

  • Bristol Race Notes:
    • Matt Kenseth won the 2006 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, scoring his 14th Nextel Cup victory in his 244th career start. • This was his fourth victory in 2006 joining Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne who also have four victories in 2006. Kenseth won at California, Dover and Michigan one race ago.
    • Kenseth is the first driver to post back-to-back victories in 2006.
    • Kenseth became the first driver to post back-to-back Bristol night race victories since Dale Earnhardt in 1987-1988.
    • Kenseth became the third driver to score weekend sweeps at Bristol joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. (August 2004) and Kevin Harvick (April 2005).
    • Kenseth moved into 44th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with LeeRoy Yarbrough and Dick Hutcherson.
    • Kenseth scored his second victory in 14 races at Bristol and third victory in 40 races on a short track.
    • Kenseth won the race from the fourth-place starting position.
    • Kenseth scored his 13th top-five finish in 24 races this season, the most of all drivers.
    • Kenseth remained second in the point standings, now just seven points behind first-place Jimmie Johnson.
    • Jeff Burton led the most laps for the second time in 2006. Burton also led the most at Indianapolis.
    • Race winner Kenseth led four times for 117 laps including the final 51 laps in the 2006 Sharpie 500 at Bristol
    • This was team owner Jack Roush’s 94th Nextel Cup victory. Roush has scored eight Nextel Cup victories at Bristol.
    • Jack Roush Racing has won at least one race each season 1997-2006, 10 consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have each clinched a spot in the 2006 Chase.
    • Kyle Busch (second) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his second top-10 finish in four races at Bristol. Busch climbed from seventh to fourth in the point standings, 138 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Bristol. Earnhardt Jr. climbed from 10th to ninth in the point standings, 92 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Scott Riggs (fourth) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-five finish in six races at Bristol and first top-five finish since he finished second at Michigan in August 2005.
    • Jeff Gordon (fifth) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gordon climbed from sixth to fifth in the point standings, 132 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Denny Hamlin (sixth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006, the most among the rookie contenders. He extended a streak of six straight top-10 finishes that began at New Hampshire in July.
    • Point leader Jimmie Johnson (10th today) has been ranked among the top 10 for 93 consecutive races.
    • Jeff Burton (ninth) posted his 17th top-15 finish in the last 18 races dating to Texas in April. Burton climbed from ninth to seventh in the point standings and is just 105 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Kevin Harvick (11th) extended a 36-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak. Harvick has posted eight straight top-15 finishes.
    • Tony Stewart (22nd) ended a streak of four straight top-10 finishes. He dropped from fifth to eighth in the point standings now just 97 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Brian Vickers (33rd) ended a streak of 10 straight top-20 finishes that began at Pocono in June.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 24 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-26-2006)

    Bristol Race Rundown

  • The Sharpie 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (4)(115 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (19)(1 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (40)(35 laps led)
    #10-Riggs-d (23)
    #24-Gordon-c (13)(41 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-c (6-r)
    #99-Edwards-f (39)(16 laps led)
    #12-Newman-d (21)
    #31-Burton-c (2)(263 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (18)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    pole sitter #2-Busch (1) is 37, many laps down
    #9-Kahne (31) is running 12

    Pit Selections Chart for Bristol page at FoxSports.com

  • Drivers Points after lap 500 of 500 at Bristol
    #48-Johnson 3499 - clinced a spot in the chase
    #17-Kenseth -7, clinced a spot in the chase
    #29-Harvick -321
    #5-Busch -402
    #24-Gordon -408
    #11-Hamlin -429
    #31-Burton -435
    #20-Stewart -443
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -448
    #6-Martin -450
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kahne -90 out of 10th
    #16-Biffle -251
    #99-Edwards -261
    NASCAR.com Live Points Standings.

  • Cars on the lead lap: 14 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 88,55,42,1,16,32

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 49,20,43,66,96,01,7,6,26,78,18,14,25,45,41,2,07,38

  • Cars on the track: 39 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (4) and reason:
    #74-Cope (handling-out)
    #4-Wimmer (engine-out)
    #34-Long (electrical-out)
    #19-Sadler (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 18 lead changes):
    #31-Burton (263, led most, halfway);
    #17-Kenseth (117, win);
    #24-Gordon (41);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (35);
    #2-Busch (pole, 27);
    #99-Edwards (16);
    #5-Busch (1);

  • Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #2-Busch 1-11; #31-Burton 12-53; #17-Kenseth 54-61; #2-Busch 62-76; #31-Burton 77-115; #2-Busch 116; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 117-135; #99-Edwards 136-151; #31-Burton 152-179; #24-Gordon 180-218; #31-Burton 219-317; #17-Kenseth 318-325; #24-Gordon 326; #31-Burton 327-381; #24-Gordon 382; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 383-398; #17-Kenseth 399-448; #5-Busch 449; #17-Kenseth 450-500;

    Cautions: 10 for 62 laps

    Caution 10 - Laps 446 - 454: #19-Sadler, just back on the track after his crew made repairs, spun around in turn 1 and smacked the outside wall and ended up on the apron.
    Caution 9 - Laps 381 - 386: #19-Sadler and #01-Nemechek made contact in turn 4, both smacking the wall, #18-Yeley made contact with Sadler when the #19 came down the track.
    Caution 8 - Laps 325 - 332: #40-Stremme cut a tire and slapped the turn 4 wall
    Caution 7 - Laps 235 - 241: #07-Bowyer lost a wheel, when something broke, smacking the wall, spinning and ending up on the apron in turn 4.
    Caution 6 - Laps 228 - 232: #41-Sorenson spun, went back up on the track, #2-Busch tried to avoid the #41 but hit it, the #41 spun around and smacked the turn 4 wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 211 - 216: #4-Wimmer and #6-Martin made contact on the restart when Wimmer slowed on the restart and left debris on the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 203 - 207: #29-Harvick lost a right front tire while running 3rd, smacking the turn 2 wall, drove on to the pits
    Caution 3 - Laps 115 - 119: #38-Gilliland smacked the wall on the frontstretch after getting too low on the apron and shotting up the track, blew a right front tire afterwards, slowing on the track.
    Caution 2 - Laps 89 - 93: #22-Blaney and #45-Petty made contact in turn 2, sending Petty spinning and wacking the outside wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 62 - 67: #14-Marlin smacked the turn 3 wall and slowed on the track.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: #22-Blaney, 14th
    Caution 9: #1-Truex Jr.(2), 18th
    Caution 8: #1-Truex Jr., 18th
    Caution 7: #40-Stremme(2), 35th
    Caution 6: none, as Sorenson was a lap down and was the reason for the caution
    Caution 5: #6-Martin, 28th
    Caution 4: #55-Waltrip, 16th
    Caution 3: #40-Stremme, 35th
    Caution 2: #32-Kvapil, 20th
    Caution 1: #01-Nemechek, 26th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • PENALTY REPORT:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    #96 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 63
    #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    #6 One Lap Pitting out of the assigned box Lap 64
    #34 One Lap/TE Passing pace car/Pitting before pit road is open Lap 90
    #32 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 90
    #78 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 91
    #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 90
    #34 PT Speeding exiting pit road Lap 93
    #38 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 114
    #14 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 116
    #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 116
    #34 PT Speeding exiting and entering pit road Lap 160
    #29 TE Pitting before pit road is open/Speeding entering pit road Lap 203
    #29 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 203
    #25 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 211
    #14 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 212
    #41 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 227
    #01 SG Removing equipment from pit box Lap 228
    #34 PT Speeding entering pit road Lap 266
    #7 PT Speeding entering pit road Lap 321
    #40 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 324
    #2 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 326
    #19 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 326
    #41 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 326
    #2 TE Commitment line violation Lap 329
    #18 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 381
    #18 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 383
    #26 TE Pitting outside the assigned box Lap 384
    #25 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 445
    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 Statisical Services)(8-26-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 447, #2-Busch is back on the track after the team made repairs to the transmission
    ---- on lap 392, #2-Busch, a lap down, the gear is popping out 4th gear.
    ---- during the 8th caution, #19-Sadler was sent to the end of the longest line after speeding on pit road; #2-Busch penalized for missing the commitment line on pit road.
    ---- after the 7th caution, #2-Busch is reporting that the toe-in is off on the car and he is having a hard time handling the car.
    ---- during the 7th caution, #2-Busch made pit stops to make repairs from making contact with #41-Sorenson
    ---- after getting the lucky dog pass on the 5th caution, he made a late pitstop, came out on the track just in front of the leader #24-Gordon, Gordon had to slow and lost the lead on lap 219.
    ---- on lap 200, PRN radio reported that #8-Earnhardt Jr. may have a flat tire.
    ---- on lap 136, #6-Martin got back on the lead lap by passing the leader.
    ---- on lap 99, #18-Yeley and #55-Waltrip got together and headed to the apron, but both recovered, merged into traffic and drove on.
    ---- during the 2nd caution pit stops, speeding penalties for #32-Kvapil and #78-Wallace
    ---- during the 1st caution pit stops, #6-Martin was penalized a lap for pitting out of the pit box. #45-Petty was penalized for speeding on pit road
    ---- on the first caution pit stops, #17-Kenseth came in leading, came out 6th with #2-Busch came out leading.
    ---- on lap 13, #25-Vickers got up against the wall and cut doen a tire and had to pit, losing a couple laps
    ---- green flag at 7:54pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 7:46pm/et by Lynn Engen
    ---- To The Back [0]: none reported


  • Race Coverage of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to run Saturday, August 26, 2006.
    TV: TNT at 7:00pm/et [green flag around 7:40pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, August 31st at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 122.835
    #31-Burton 122.795
    #6-Martin 122.631
    #11-Hamlin 122.318
    #5-Busch 121.937
    slowest: #34-Long 118.694 and #78-Wallace 119.091
    most laps run: #38-Gilliland 76; #10-Riggs 71
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin 119.864 [3rd fastest lap], 45 laps run
    #2-Busch 119.704 [1st], 60 laps
    #5-Busch 119.653 [5th], 63 laps
    For practice speeds see my Bristol Practice Speeds Page.(8-25-2006)

  • Kurt Busch wins pole at Bristol: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.906mph for his 4th pole of 2006 and 7th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #31-Jeff Burton, #43-Bobby Labonte, #17-Matt Kenseth, #20-Tony Stewart are the top-5, rounding out the top-10 are #11-Denny Hamlin, #29-Kevin Harvick, #45-Kyle Petty, #19-Elliott Sadler and #41-Reed Sorenson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 44th fastest and will start 40th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Lepage, #14-Marlin, #78-Wallace, #32-Kvapil, #55-Waltrip, #34-Long, #74-Cope and #4-Wimmer. Missing the race were: #61-Chaffin, #00-Sadler, #09-Wallace and #37-Skinner. #30-Barrett and #89-Shepherd withdrew before qualifying. Qualifying is scheduled to re-air at 12:00am/et on Speed Channel. For the Qualifying Results and starting grid, see my Bristol Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-25-2006)

  • Ramblings - Qualifying Tidbits: Kurt Busch sped around Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.362 seconds (124.906 mph) to grab his 4th top-spot of the season and 7th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He's now in a three-way tie with Jeff Burton and Kasey Kahne for most Bud Poles this year. Burton will start alongside and they'll pace 'em to the green tomorrow night for the Sharpie 500, a race that even the most jaded of NASCAR fans look forward to.
    Bobby Labonte (3rd) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the pole at Texas in April of 2004!
    Kyle Petty (8th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 8th at Richmond in May of 2003! Could this be a Petty Dodge week?
    Kevin Lepage (12th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Kansas last October.
    Jeff Green (16th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 12th at Dover in June.
    Welcome Back Carl Long (30th). This is his first start since he qualified 20th and finished 32nd at Atlanta last October.
    Derrike Cope (33rd) has his best starting spot since he timed in 33rd at Darlington in May (only four races).
    STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jeff Burton has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
    Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    With just three races left til the "Chase", all eyes will be on the race between 6th and 11th. About the only guys who can breathe easy are Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick. Everybody else in the Top-10 will be asking "Where's the #9 Car"?(Stock Car Fans)(8-25-2006)

  • Bristol Qualifying News/Notes:
    • Kurt Busch won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Sharpie 500, lapping Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.362 seconds at 124.906 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 14.908 seconds, 128.709 mph - set March 21, 2003.
    • This is Kurt Busch’s seventh career Bud Pole in 208 Nextel Cup Series races.
    • This is his fourth Bud Pole and 17 top-10 start in 2006. He is tied for the most Bud Poles and leads all other drivers in top-10 starts this season. Kasey Kahne (four), Jeff Burton (four), Greg Biffle (two), Denny Hamlin (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
    • This is Kurt Busch’s first Bud Pole in 12 Nextel Cup Series race at Bristoly. He has posted top-10 starts in five of those 12 races. • Kurt Busch became the fifth different Bud Pole winner in the past six races at Bristol. Qualifying was canceled in March.
    • Jeff Burton posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 15.374 seconds, 124.808 mph – and will join Kurt Busch on the front row for the Sharpie 500. His career-best Bristol start is just his third top-10 in 26 races here.
    • This is the 11th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has eight Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol in March.
    • Bobby Labonte (third) posted his 10th top-10 star tin 28 races at Bristol, but his first since March 2000.
    • Matt Kenseth (fourth) posted his sixth top-10 start in 14 races at Bristol and his 10th this season.
    • Tony Stewart (fifth), who won the Bud Pole in just his second Bristol race (August 1999), posted his seventh top-10 start in 16 races at Bristol.
    • Kyle Petty (eighth) posted his best qualifying effort since he started eighth at Richmond in May 2003. This is the first time since Talladega in October 2001 that two Petty Enterprises cars have started in the top 10.
    • Five of the current top-10 drivers in the point standings qualified in the top 10: Burton, Kenseth, Stewart, Denny Hamlin (sixth) and Kevin Harvick (seventh).
    • Reed Sorenson (10th) will join Hamlin in making this the 10th time this season that at least two rookies have started from the top 10.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-25-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2006 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #6-Mark Martin is due out first on Friday, August 25th at 3:40pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #34-Carl Long. #89-Shepherd and #30-Barrett withdrew, so down to 47 drivers to make an attempt. For the Qualifying order, see my Bristol Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-25-2006)

  • First Friday Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 125.436
    #29-Harvick 124.743
    #31-Burton 124.646
    #11-Hamlin 124.533
    #99-Edwards 124.436
    slowest: #89-Shepherd 107.261 [withdrew] and #30-Barrett 118.767
    most laps run: #38-Gilliand 56; #17-Kenseth 40
    incidents: #16-Biffle, #37-Skinner and #30-Barrett all crashed in the practice session. Biffle and Skinner will go to backup cars, while Ware Racing did not bring a backup car for Barrett [withdrew].(SceneDaily.com)
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #4-Wimmer 122.035 [23rd fastest lap], 20 laps run
    #74-Cope 121.962 [17th], 19 laps
    #2-Busch 121.823 [1st], 26 laps
    See practice speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-25-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice?
    Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 13th fastest
    #74-Derrike Cope, 17th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 22nd
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 23rd
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 31st
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 35th
    #09-Mike Wallace, 38th
    #34-Carl Long, 41st
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #37-Mike Skinner, 42nd [crashed}
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 46th
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 47th
    #30-Stanton Barrett, 48th [crashed}
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 49th
  • Entry List for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 49 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:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #09-Mike Wallace
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #14-Sterling Marlin,
    #30-Stanton Barrett [also uses #52]
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Carl Long
    #37-Mike Skinner
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Chaffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 14,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,00,37,89,30,09.
    see entry list on Jayski's Bristol Entry List Page.
    (8-22-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Bristol:
    #19 is back in the top-35 and the #14 drops ouf and will need to qualify at at Bristol
    30) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +125 points ahead of 36th
    31) #01-Nemechek/Bobby Ginn +123
    32) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +99
    32) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +86
    34) #19-Sadler/Evernham +42
    35) #45-Petty/Petty +22
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn -22 points behind 35th
    36) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -155
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, 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.(8-20-2006)

  • 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)
    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]

  • 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

  • Heading to Bristol:
    • Three races remain in the “Race to the Chase.” Any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 381 points following Bristol is guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. No driver has clinched a spot in the Chase.
    • Eleventh-place Kasey Kahne trails 10th place Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the point standings by just 49 points.
    • Six of the top-11 drivers are separated by 35 points or less.
    • 138 points separate fourth to 11th in the standings.
    • Eight drivers in the top-14 changed point’s positions at Michigan International Speedway.
    • Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers, each scoring five victories at Bristol.
    • Kurt Busch in April scored Dodge’s first victory at Bristol since Richard Petty won this race 61 races ago in 1975.
    • Ryan Newman leads all drivers posting seven straight top-10 starts at Bristol, the longest current streak.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted 26 straight top-15 starts in 27 races at Bristol. Seven of his last nine were on the front row.
    • Greg Biffle has posted three straight top-10 finishes at Bristol, the longest current streak.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted six straight top-15 finishes at Bristol.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with a 4.962 starting average in 27 races at Bristol.
    • Greg Biffle has a 9.857 finishing average in his seven races at Bristol, leading all active drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-20-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Bristol:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 20 of the 23 races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 12 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks second in the point standings. After 23 races one year ago, he ranked 15th.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 17 top-10 finishes in the first 23 races of 2006, four more than any other driver.
    • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 13 of the last 14 races. He has scored five straight top-10 finishes.
    • Kevin Harvick has posted seven straight top-15 finishes.
    • Tony Stewart has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
    • Brian Vickers has scored 10 straight top-20 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-21-2006)

  • 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 August Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 84.678mph, started 1st

  • 2006 March Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 79.427mph, started 9th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2004, 128.520mph

  • 2005 August Pole Sitter: Matt Kenseth, 127.039, finished 1st

  • 2006 March Pole Sitter: none, rained out, #20-Tony Stewart started 1st via points, finished 12th

  • 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 91 points race run], 23.1%

  • 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: 5

  • 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 91 - 60.4%
  • Races won from the top 10: 75 of 91 - 82.4%


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: Lynn Engen - ?
    Command to start engines: Lynn Engen - ?
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mark Beers, Office Max store manager
    National Anthem: Children on NASCAR drivers
    Military Flyover: F 18s of the VMFA 312 Checkerboards, US Marines from Beaufort, SC

  • Track Homepage: bristolmotorspeedway.com

  • March 2006 Race: March 2006 Bristol Info page

  • 2nd Race Last Year: see my August 2005 Bristol Race Info page.

  • 1st Race Last Year: see my March 2005 Bristol Info page.

  • Bristol Cup Race Sells out for 49th time in a row: Beginning with the August race of 1982, the Busch 500, every Cup race held at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway oval has sold out. With the Sharpie 500 this Aug. 26 the list of consecutive sellouts balloons to an incredible 49 with nearly five million fans coming through the gates to the Cup races during those 25 years. Tickets to one of the two Nextel Cup events at Bristol Motor Speedway have long been among the most coveted in the entire sports world. Earlier this year, ESPN.com named the Sharpie 500 one of the top 10 Hottest Tickets In American Sports, along with The Masters, the Super Bowl and the World Series. The Sharpie 500 was the lone racing event on the list, which also included the Kentucky Derby, the U.S. Open Men's Tennis Final, the BCS National Championship Game, a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game at Fenway Park, the NBA All-Star Game and a men's basketball game between Duke and North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium. NASCAR's records indicate that for the August race in 1982, there were 25,000 people in attendance for the first sell-out. Fast forward to the spring race of 1996, the first under Bruton Smith's ownership, and that sellout registered 71,000 fans in attendance. One year later an additional 47,000 seats had been built and sold. In August of 1998, 135,000 people were part of the sold out half-mile oval while the sellout of March 2003 boasted the first nearly crowd of nearly 160,000. While there are no tickets available for the Sharpie 500 on Aug. 26, tickets for the Aug. 25 Food City 250, which boasts the largest Busch crowd of the season, are on sell now., To purchase tickets, please visit or call the BMS ticket office at 423-989-6900.(BMS PR)(8-24-2006)

  • 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)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • CertainTeed to sponsor of #66 of Green at Bristol: CertainTeed Corporation, one of North America's leading building products manufacturers, is announced a one-race, primary sponsorship of the Haas CNC Racing #66 Chevy and driver Jeff Green for the August 26 Sharpie 500 Nextel Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2006 race marks the second consecutive year CertainTeed has been the primary sponsor for the Haas CNC Racing entry at the Sharpie 500. Last year the Haas CNC car sponsored by CertainTeed, and driven by Mike Bliss, finished seventh, the team's best finish of the season. As a primary one-race sponsor CertainTeed will be prominently featured in a special paint scheme on the car that has been designed exclusively for the event. Green will also wear a CertainTeed-branded fire suit. "This is one of the highest television-rated races of the season and one of the hardest tickets to obtain," says Dachowski. "The excitement generated by this event and our participation in it will provide a tremendous boost to our brand visibility." The company's logo will also be featured on all Haas CNC racing uniforms, merchandise, pit row equipment and the car hauler. In addition, Green will appear and sign autographs at the CertainTeed pre-race hospitality event at the track Saturday afternoon.(GMR Marketing/CertainTeed PR)(8-21-2006)

  • Food City to partner up with Morgan-McClure at Bristol: Food City, Morgan-McClure Motorsports and driver Scott Wimmer announced a one-race co-sponsorship on the #4 Chevy at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Morgan-McClure Motorsports #4 Food City/Forward Air Chevy will hit the track during qualifying for the Sharpie 500 on Friday, August 25th, just prior to the Food City 250. "We are happy for the second time this year to be associated with Food City and the Smith family," said Larry McClure, President and Team Manager of the Abingdon, VA based Morgan-McClure Motorsports. "We have had a lasting relationship with our Food City neighbors and are excited about the opportunity to once again support a co-sponsorship of the # 4 Morgan-McClure Chevrolet Monte Carlo." Food City is the second longest race sponsor in NASCAR, second only to Coca-Cola. Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 98 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(8-21-2006)

  • Shepherd tests, plans to attempt Bristol: The #89 Faith Motorsports crew and driver Morgan Shepherd spent the day Wednesday, August 16, working on chassis and suspension setups at the Motor Mile Speedway in Pulaski, VA. Shepherd said the team gained nearly one-half second from the lap times turned in during a similar test at the track three weeks ago. "Everything we did, we improved the car," Shepherd said of adjustments made during the test. "At the end we had a real good balance with the car and a lot better grip than we started with." The test session was the second on the 4/10-mile oval in recent weeks by the Faith Motorsports team in an effort to try to get the #89 Racing With Jesus Dodge Charger as good as possible before next week's qualifying attempt at Bristol. Dana Tomes, general manager at Faith Motorsports, said the crew in the Hickory shop has been working feverishly since the team's formation to present a quality product. "We can't appreciate enough what the guys are doing and the efforts they have made," Tomes said. "This crew is determined to show up at Bristol and put an effort together that hasn't been seen in a while." The team will leave for Bristol on August 24.(Faith Motorsports site)(8-20-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#00-Hermie Sadler Speed Channel's SPEED Report #00 Schemes Page
#07-Clint Bowyer Happy Birthday Jack [Daniel's] #07 Schemes Page
#21-Ken Schrader U.S. Air Force #21 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Sharpie #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's #29 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte Hamburger Helper none...yet
#45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
#66-Jeff Green CertainTeed #66 Schemes Page


  • Happy Birthday Jack scheme at Bristol: Mr. Jack . Bowyer's Jack Daniel's Chevy will sport a commemorative "Happy Birthday Jack" paint scheme this weekend at Bristol. Jasper Newton 'Jack' Daniel would have turned 156 in September.(RCR PR)(8-23-2006)

  • #43 to run Hamburger Helper scheme at Bristol: Bobby Labonte and the #43 Hamburger Helper Dodge head to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Sharpie 500. Labonte will be racing the Hamburger Helper scheme for the only time this season. Labonte will be part of a press conference Friday afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway media center to announce a special promotion involving Hamburger Helper. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm/et.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing PR)(8-22-2006)

  • Speed Report colors on Hermie Sadler's #00 at Bristol: When Hermie Sadler's #00 MBA Motorsports Chevy rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend for the Sharpie 500, it will be carrying the colors for a new show on Speed Channel, The SPEED Report. The new show, which airs Sunday nights on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et, is hosted by Drew Johnson and Nicole Manske. Sadler is looking forward to taking The SPEED Report entry to the track. "I have had the opportunity to be a part of some neat promotions and paint schemes, and this car is at the top of the list. The design of this car says a lot about the new attitude of SPEED and how they cover racing of all types. I look forward to a fun weekend."(Speed Channel PR)(8-17-2006)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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