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THE RACE: The Auto Club 500

Nextel Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, February 26, 2006 in Fontana, CA

  • Title Sponsor/Link:

  • TV: FOX 4:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: FOX - 3:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 4:05pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 2 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/et on Speed Channel;

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

    MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

    MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,929,304 (was $5,804,876 in 2005)
    First Place - $277,750


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, February 24, 3:05 - 5:05pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, February 25, 12:00 - 1:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 25, 1:35 - 2:20pm/et on TV-FX tape delay 5:00pm/et

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, February 24, 2:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, February 24th at 6:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air date/time found AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    THURSDAY, February 23rd
    12:00 p.m. Parking for Fontana Racefest Opens (Gate #1)
    4:45 p.m. Fontana RaceFest Presented by Stater Bros. &
    Pepsi (Gates Open to Public – FREE Event)
    6:00 p.m. Richard Petty Driving Experience on track
    6:20 p.m. Driver Autographs begin
    8:00 p.m. Fontana RaceFest Concert Followed by Fireworks – Performer TBA
    12:00 a.m. Vehicle in Parking Lots Towed

    Friday, February 24
    5:00 a.m. NNCS Haulers Enter
    12:05 p.m. NNCS Practice
    3:40 p.m. NNCS Qualifying [6:30pm/et SPEED]
    (Two Laps, All Positions)

    Saturday, February 25
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. NNCS Practice [12:00 - 1:00pm/et]
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. FOX Exhibition Run
    10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. NNCS Final Practice [1:35 - 2:20pm/et]
    [Final Practice TV - FX at 5:00pm/et Tape Delay]
    12:10 p.m. NBS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
    3:30 p.m. NBS Stater Bros. 300 Race (150 laps, 300 Miles)

    Sunday, February 26
    12:35 p.m. NNCS Driver Introductions
    1:05 p.m. NNCS Auto Club 500 Race (250 Laps, 500 Miles)
    4:30 p.m Approx. Post Race Miller Lite Rock n’ Racing Concert Behind Turn 4 Grandstands – Performer TBA

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    ALL TIMES ARE PT [3 hours behind ET - Eastern/or Daytona Time]
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch); Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck) Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500; Right-side -- 1,500
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575; Right-side -- 575
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325; Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4008; Right-side -- D-4010

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 30 psi; Right Front -- 48 psi
    Left Rear -- 30 psi ;Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 45 psi
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Other Nextel Cup Tracks With Same Tire Combinations: Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing:Contact: "Compared to last year's tire set-up at Fontana, we've brought a tougher compound on both sides of the car, which should decrease tire wear. The only other change for Fontana is a slightly softer left-side construction."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at California 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:
    none....yet
    (2-19-2006)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at California: $10,000

    Winners for 2006 so far:
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    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.
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    (2-19-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kenseth comes from the back to win @ Calif: #17-Matt Kenseth took the lead late in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway after starting 31st with a green-white-checkered finish.. It is Kenseth's first win of 2006, first since Bristol last August and 11th of his career. #48-Jimmie Johnson backed up his Daytona 500 win with a 2nd place finish, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #9-Kasey Kahne and #31-Jeff Burton. #16-Greg Biffle lead 168 laps until his engine let go, finishing 42nd. 2005 Nextel Cup champ, #20-Tony Stewart finished last [43rd] when his engine expired. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured 11th after being down a lap and getting a lucky dog pass. Johnson maintains the points lead, 39 points over #42-Casey Mears, who finished 7th. There were 7 cautions for 26 laps. There were 18 lead changes with 9 leaders.
    Race Results on my Daytona Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after California page.(2-26-2006)

  • Driver Points Standing after California [2 of 36 races]:
    #48-Johnson, 355
    #42-Mears, 316, -39
    #17-Kenseth, 308, -47
    #9-Kahne, 295, -60
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 287, -68
    #6-Martin, 275, -80
    #12-Newman, 273, -82
    #07-Bowyer, 271, -84
    #25-Vickers, 260, -95
    #38-Sadler, 259, -109
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after California page.(2-26-2006)

  • California Notes:
    • Matt Kenseth won the 2006 Auto Club 500 at California Speedway, scoring his 11th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 222nd career start. Kenseth won from 31st, the deepest a race winner has started at California Speedway.
    • Kenseth scored his 100th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup top-10 finish. It was his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at California Speedway.
    • Kenseth’s last victory came at Bristol in August 2005, 14 races earlier.
    • It was Kenseth’s first California victory in nine races there.
    • Nine of 11 Kenseth’s victories have come on superspeedways.
    • Kenseth moved into 49th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
    • Kenseth finished seventh in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and now ranks third after two races.
    • Kenseth led four times for 40 laps including the final 33. He did not lead the most laps.
    • Team owner Jack Roush scored the first “triple” since Phoenix in October 2001 when Jeff Burton won the Busch and Cup races and Biffle won the Truck race. Mark Martin won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race here on Friday. Greg Biffle won the Busch race on Saturday with Kenseth giving him the “triple” with his victory today.
    • This was team owner Jack Roush’s 90th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory.
    • Roush has scored two NASCAR Craftsman Truck victories, five NASCAR Busch Series victories and four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at California Speedway.
    • Kenseth has won at least one race each season 2002– 2006, five consecutive years.
    • Jack Roush has won at least one race each season 1997-2006, 10 consecutive years.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-26-2006)

  • More Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished first and second in the first two races in 2006. He remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Johnson has ranked among the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for 71 straight races, a streak that began after race No. 4 (Atlanta) in March 2004.
    • Greg Biffle led the most laps (168) in the Auto Club 500. The last time he led the most laps in a race was at Phoenix last November.
    • Jimmie Johnson (second) has finished first or second in four of his seven races at California Speedway.
    • Carl Edwards (third) scored his best finish at California Speedway. It marked his fourth straight top-10 finish in four races here. Edwards has finished (in order) sixth, fifth, fourth and third at California since September 2004.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his third top-10 finish in six races at California Speedway.
    • Jeff Burton (fifth) scored first top10 finish at California Speedway since April 2000. It is his fourth top-10 finish at California Speedway in 12 races.
    • J. J. Yeley (eighth) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender in the 2006 Auto Club 500.
    • All seven of the rookie contenders have competed in both races in 2006 and four scored top-15 finishes in today’s race.
    • Johnson (second in 2005), Jamie McMurray (fourth), Edwards (fifth) and Martin (seventh) also finished in the top 10 in this race one year ago
    • Joe Nemechek (27th) has been running at the finish in the last 34 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.
    • Tony Stewart (43rd) ended a 30-race streak of running at the finish, that began at Phoenix last April.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-26-2006)

  • StockCarFans - Rumblings - California: Matt Kenseth captured the Auto Club 502 at California Speedway over Jimmie Johnson for his first win since Bristol last August and had to survive a green/white/checker to do it. This was career win #11 for Matt (he's solo in 49th all-time) and the 90th for Roush Racing in NEXTEL Cup competition. Matt's win was worth $324,991 from the over $5.9M in posted awards. Pretty good haul this weekend for Cactus Jack....Truck win on Friday, Busch win yesterday, and Cup today. And he had two drivers (Kenseth & dominant Greg Biffle) lead 201 of the 251 circuits to boot!
    Kasey Kahne (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at The Brickyard last August.
    J. J. Yeley (8th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 25th at Dover last September.
    Scott Riggs (19th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan last August.
    Reed Sorenson (21st) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 28th at Homestead last November.
    STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Casey Mears has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: J.J. Yeley (8th) was the top finishing freshman today. He was followed by Denny Hamlin (12th), Clint Bowyer (14th), Martin Truex Jr (15th), Reed Sorenson (21st), David Stremme (33rd), and Brent Sherman (37th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Matt Kenseth (+30). DOWN: The Big Dropper is Greg Biffle (-40), followed by Tony Stewart (-31). Can't get much slower in the "Shaft".
    Early in the season we get some wild swings in the point standings and this week is no exception. Carl Edwards (43rd to 21st) made the best move forward while Bill Elliott (18th to 39th) and Kirk Shelmerdine (20th to 41st), two drivers not entered this weekend, each fell 21 spots.(StockCarFans)(2-26-2006)

    RACE RUNDOWN

  • The Auto Club 500 at California Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 251 of 251 laps:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #17-Kenseth-f (31)(40 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (3)
    #99-Edwards-f (22)
    #9-Kahne-d (13)(1 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (6)
    #26-McMurray-f (25)
    #42-Mears-d (20)
    #18-Yeley-c (4-r)(2 laps led)
    #6-Martin-f (10)(1 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (7)

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


  • Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 25,10,12,41,19,38,66,45

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 7,01,21,29,22,43,14,40,96,61,55,49,51,95

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

  • Off track/out of race (4) and reason:
    #20-Stewart (engine-out)
    #16-Biffle (engine-out)
    #4-Wimmer (engine-out)
    #78-KWallace (?-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 18 lead changes):
    #16-Biffle (168, most led, halfway);
    #17-Kenseth (40);
    #20-Stewart (28);
    #2-Busch (7);
    #24-Gordon (3);
    #18-Yeley (2);
    #6-Martin (1);
    #9-Kahne (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);

  • Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #2-Busch 1-5; #16-Biffle 6-35; #2-Busch 36; #16-Biffle 37-59; #20-Stewart 60-79; #17-Kenseth 80-81; #20-Stewart 82-89; #17-Kenseth 90-92; #2-Busch 93; #17-Kenseth 94-95; #16-Biffle 96-135; #6-Martin 136; #18-Yeley 137-138; #16-Biffle 139-182; #9-Kahne 183; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 184; #16-Biffle 185-215; #24-Gordon 216-218; #17-Kenseth 219-251;

    Cautions: 7 for 26 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 247 - 249: #4-Wimmer lost an engine and left oil on the track
    Caution 6 - Laps 226 - 228: #16-Biffle's car smoked, #2-Busch got tapped by #18-Yeley and spun off turn 2.

    Caution 5 - Laps 220 - 223: #95-Barrett spun in turn 4.
    Caution 4 - Laps 215 - 218: #20-Stewart lost an engine
    Caution 3 - Laps 197 - 200: Debris in turn 1
    Caution 2 - Laps 89 - 92: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 1 - Laps 32 - 35: Debris in turn 3

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at California in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, 12th
    Caution 5: #1-Truex Jr., 15th
    Caution 4: #07-Bowyer, 14th
    Caution 3: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 11th
    Caution 2: #38-Sadler, 23rd -1 lap
    Caution 1: #78-Wallace, 41st -14 laps/out
    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)
    ---- during the 7th caution, all the lead laps cars [7] came into pit BUT the top 10.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #16-Biffle is reporting that he has lost a cylinder and will try to milk the enfine home.
    ---- just after the 5th caution, Fox is reporting that #88-Jarreet's car is spewing water.B ---- during the 3rd caution stops, everyone came in to pit, also, #24-Gordon's team changed the batteries in the car.
    ---- on lap 183, #11-Hamlin spun entering pit road and had to drive around another lap to get in.
    ---- in the lap 181-184 range, teams made green flag pit stops, but will still need one more stop ot make it on fuel.
    ---- #20-Stewart came in to pit on lap 168, never got the caution they needed. #42-Mears also came in a lap later.
    ---- #41-Sorenson had to make a 2nd pitstop on lap 137, missing a ugnet.
    ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 135, leader #16-Biffle came in on lap 136.
    ---- on lap 122, #20-Stewart, while running 4th, came in for an unscheduled stop for a flat left front tire, #42-Mears also had a tire go down and pit a lap before.
    ---- #24-Gordon has a battery charging problem, switched over to the backup battery and was told to shut off asscessories, as of lap 113.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, all the leaders came in for pit stops, #20-Stewart came in the leader, but had problems on the left side when the tire hit the jack, let the car down and came out 15th with #17-Kenseth came out leading.
    ---- during the lap 80 green flag pit stops, #25-Vickers was penalized for speeding exiting pit road, a pass-thru penalty, a drive thru of pit road at 55mph.
    ---- green flags pit stops started around lap 77 including #'s 16,29,99,41, leader #20-Stewart came in on lap 79
    ---- early in the race #55-Waltrip is running on 7 cylinders, having an engine problem.
    ---- #29-Harvick's motor is running hot as of lot 20.
    ---- To The Back [1]: #49-Sherman [backup car/was to start 39th].


  • Happy Hour practice for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is over:
    #17-Kenseth 183.290
    #25-Vickers 181.046
    #2-Busch 181.018
    #16-Biffle 180.973
    #6-Martin 180.827
    slowest: #95-Barrett 172.567 and #49-Sherman 172.853
    no speed listed for: #11-Hamlin
    most laps run: #6-Martin, 39; #18-Yeley, 37
    Best 10 lap average - Speeds Qual Coverage
    #16-Biffle 177.58
    #17-Kenseth 177.50
    #2-Busch 177.20
    See all the speeds on my California Practice Speeds Page.(2-25-2006)

  • Saturday's 1st practice for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 183.538
    #20-Stewart 183.052
    #12-Newman 182.741
    #2-Busch 182.709
    #99-Edwards 182.089
    slowest: #49-Sherman 173.023 and #55-Waltrip 174.246
    most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 42; #6-Martin, 36
    incident: #49-Sherman spun off a corner and smacked the wall, will go to a backup car.
    See all the speeds on my California Practice Speeds Page.(2-25-2006)

  • Kurt Busch wins pole at California Speedway: #2-Kurt Busch win the pole for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in a 2004 Dodge Intrepid with a lap of 187.086mph for his first pole of 2006 [and with Penske Racing], 4th of his career and first since Homestead in Nov 2004. #16-Greg Biffle is on the outside pole with a speed of 186.186, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #18-J.J. Yeley and #11-Denny Hamlin. The rest of the top-10: Jeff Burton in the #31 Cingular Chevy, #5-Kyle Busch, #01-Joe Nemechek, #24-Jeff Gordon and #6-Mark Martin. #10-Scott Riggs made the race, qualifying 14th after missing the Daytona 500. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were Riggs, #95-Barrett, #7-Gordon, #51-Garvey, #78-K Wallace, #61-Lepage and #4-Wimmer [after missing the 500]. #96-Terry Labonte uses the Champions Provisional for the 2nd week in a row. Missing the race were: #32-Kvapil, #00-Sadler, #74-Cope, #34-LaJoie, #89-Shepherd. #37-Skinner and #92-Chaffin withdrew and never made a practice lap. No wrecks or major incidents. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on my California Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-24-2006)

  • Some Notes from Friday: #55-Michael Waltrip smacked into the wall in Friday's practice but was treated and released from the infield medical center. His crew got his car in good enough shape to qualify 33rd. #37-Mike Skinner didn't make a lap on the track after the car failed to past inspection.(2-25-2006)

  • California Qualifying Notes:
    • Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Auto Club 500, lapping California Speedway in 38.485 seconds at 187.086 mph. Kyle Busch holds the track-qualifying record of 38.248 seconds at 188.245 mph, set Feb. 26, 2005.
    • This is his first top-10 start in 2006.
    • This is Kurt Busch’s fourth Bud Pole in 186 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • This is Kurt Busch’s first Bud Pole and fourth top-10 start in eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway.
    • Busch became the 10th different Bud Pole winner in the 12 races at California Speedway, joining Joe Nemechek (1997), Jeff Gordon (1998), Mike Skinner (2000), Bobby Labonte (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Steve Park (2003), Kasey Kahne (May 2004), Brian Vickers (September 2004), Kyle Busch (February 2005) and Carl Edwards (September 2005). Jeff Burton (1999) started from the pole when qualifying was canceled.
    • Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.671 seconds, 186.186 mph – and will join Kurt Busch on the front row for the Auto Club 500.
    • This is the first Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet won the Bud Pole at Daytona.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in seven races at California .
    • J.J. Yeley (fourth) posted his third top-10 start in three races at California.
    • Denny Hamlin (fifth) posted a top-10 start in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at California.
    • Jeff Burton (fifth) posted his second straight top-10 start in 2006. The last time Burton posted back-to-back top-10 starts was in April 2003, at Martinsville and California when he started 10th in both races.
    • Five drivers failed to qualify for the Auto Club 500: Travis Kvapil, Hermie Sadler, Derrike Cope, Randy Lajoie and Morgan Shepherd. Mike Skinner and Chad Chaffin withdrew prior to qualifying.(NASCAR Media PR)(2-24-2006)

  • Ramblings - California Speedway: Kurt Busch grabbed the Bud Pole today at California Speedway for Sunday's Auto Club 500 with a lap of 38.485 (187.086 mph).....and it's just the 4th top-spot of his career. His last start from the pole was at Homestead in November of 2004, and you know that's a day the NEXTEL Cup Champion of 2004 will remember. He'll be joined on the front-row by former teammate Greg Biffle. This is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Richmond last September.
    J. J. Yeley (4th) had his career-best qualifying effort today. His previous best was 8th when we were here last September.
    Scott Riggs (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Talladega last October.
    Stanton Barrett (30th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 23rd at Bristol last April (only 8 races).
    Mike Garvey (35th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 32nd at Pocono last August (only 3 races).
    STREAKIN....Mark Martin has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    In 11 races at Fontana, it's Ford over Chevy 6-5.....Dodge has been shut out. The only driver with more than one victory here is Jeff Gordon....he's been in Victory Lane three times. Oft times this race turns into a "fuelish" event....look for Larry Mac to start counting backwards from Lap 250 pretty early on Sunday.(Stockcarfans.com)(2-24-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 500 at Califonria Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2006 at 6:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 6:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is posted. see it on my California Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-24-2006)

  • Friday practice for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is over, the top-5 results and some notes:
    #01-Nemechek 184.720
    #31-Burton 184.077
    #10-Riggs 183.739
    #6-Martin 183.617
    #20-Stewart 183.477
    slowest: #74-Cope 175.498 and #34-LaJoie 175.610
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson, 21; #17-Kenseth, #20-Stewart, #2-Busch, 18
    least laps run: #78-Wallace and #00-Sadler, 3

    48 of 50 drivers made laps
    #50-Spencer is not on the practice sheets. 50 drivers will make and attempt
    no speed listed for #37-Skinner, #92-Chaffin
    See all the speeds on my California Practice Speeds Page.(2-24-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice?
    Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
    these 8 would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 3rd fastest
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 24th
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 30th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 33rd
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 34th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 37th
    #51-Mike Garvey, 40th
    #96-Terry Labonte, 44th but has past champ prov to use
    these 7 would fail to make the race if things stayed the same:
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 41st
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 45th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 46th
    #34-Randy LaJoie, 47th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 48th
    #37-Mike Skinner, no speed
    #92-Chad Chaffin, no speed
    (2-24-2006)

  • Entry List for the Auto Club 500 at California 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-Randy LaJoie
    #37-Mike Skinner
    #50-Jimmy Spencer [removed from initial list]
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #92-Chad Chaffin
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH]
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    see entry list on Jayski's California Entry List Page.
    (2-20-2006)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • 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).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot - California Speedway:
    • Jimmie Johnson has ranked among the top-10 for 70 straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Tony Stewart has scored six straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Martinsville last October.
    • Mark Martin has scored five straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Ken Schrader scored his first top-10 finish since he finished 10th at Daytona in July 2005, 20 races ago.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Clint Bowyer scored a top-10 finish in just the second race of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. (NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-20-2006)

  • 2005 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 139.697, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 1997, 155.012mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Elliott Sadler, 128.324mph, 9/5/2004

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: #5-Kyle Busch, 188.245, finished 23rd

  • Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 1 - eleven different drivers

  • Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 6 - Rusty Wallace

  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 yr, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 26 - Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000

  • Most Lead Changes: 30 - 9/4/2005

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998

  • Most Leaders: 15 - done twice, most recently on 5/2/2004

  • Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 9/5/2004 and 9/4/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 4 - 6/22/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 22- two times, most recent 4/30/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/29/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - twice 6/22/1997 and 2/27/2005

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 6 - Ford

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Busch, 9/4/2005, started 25th

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 11] 0.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 11
  • Races won from the top 10: 5 of 11

    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup First and Last at This Track:
    First Start: Biffle, Greg 4-28-02
    First Pole: Nemechek, Joe 6-20-97, Busch, Kyle 2-26-05
    First Win: Johnson, Jimmie 4-28-02; Busch, Kyle 9-04-05
    Last Pole: Busch, Kyle; 2-26-05

  • California Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is not Important at California Speedway
    Five of the 11 races at California Speedway have been won from staring positions of fifth or better. However four of the last five races there have been won from starting positions of 16th or worse and no one has ever won there from a front-row starting position.
    Big Winner at California Speedway
    Jeff Gordon has won three races at California Speedway. He is the only driver with multiple victories at California Speedway. His 12.272 average finish is the best among the 13 drivers that have competed in all 11 races there.
    Skunked at California Speedway
    Despite competing in all 11 races at California Speedway, Kyle Petty and Ken Schrader have yet to score a top-10 finish there.
    Leading The Way at California
    Jeff Gordon has led 410 laps in 11 races at California, more than any other driver. Despite his lap leader success, he has led in only one of the last six races there.
    Would you Believe?
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished 19th or worse in his last four races at California Speedway. Two of those finishes were DNFs.
    Manufacturers at California Speedway
    Ford has six victories at California Speedway, Chevrolet has five and Dodge still seeks its first win there.
    California Standouts
    • Thirteen drivers have competed in all 11 races at California Speedway.
    • Ten different drivers have scored one Bud Pole at California Speedway. Qualifying was rained out there in 1999.
    • Jeff Gordon has scored five top-five finishes at California Speedway, the most among all drivers.
    • Rusty Wallace scored six top-10 finishes in his 11 races at California Speedway, the most among all drivers. Ricky Rudd had five while Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett have each scored five.
    • Brian Vickers leads all drivers at California with a 4.5 average start in four races.
    • Jeremy Mayfield has an 11.545 average start at California Speedway, the best among the 13 drivers that have started all 11 races there.
    • Carl Edwards has a 5.0 average finish in his three races at California Speedway, the best of all drivers with two or more starts there. Edwards has finished sixth or better in all three of his races there.
    • Greg Biffle finished first and second in the two races at California Speedway in 2005.
    • Brian Vickers has posted four straight top-10 starts at California Speedway.
    • Jamie McMurray has posted five top-15 finishes in five races at California Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-20/21-2006)


PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS

    Pole Winners

    9/2005 Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 185.060, finished 4th
    2/2005 Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 188.425mph, finished 23rd
    9/2004 Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 187.417mph, finished 13th
    5/2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 186.940mph, finished 13th
    2003 Steve Park, #1 Chevy, 186.838mph, finished 40th
    2002 Ryan Newman, #12 Ford, 187.432mph, finished 14th
    2001 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 182.635mph, finished 22nd
    2000 Mike Skinner, #31 Chevy, 186.061mph, finished 7th
    1999 none, rained out
    1998 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 181.772mph, finished 4th
    1997 Joe Nemechek, #42 Chevy, 183.015mph, finished 18th
    (1997 Greg Sacks, #40 Chevy was the fastest but in 2nd round 183.753mph)


    Race Winners

    9/2005 Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 136.356, started 25th
    2/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 139.697mph, started 5th
    9/2004 Elliott Sadler, #38 Ford, 128.324mph, started 17th
    5/2004 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 137.268mph, started 16th
    2003 Kurt Busch, #97-Ford, 140.111mph, started 16th
    2002 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 150.088mph, started 4th
    2001 Rusty Wallace, #2 Ford, 143.118mph, started 19th
    2000 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 149.378mph, started 24th
    1999 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 150.276mph, started 5th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 140.220mph, started 3rd
    1997 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 155.012mph, started 3rd


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 11 degrees; backstretch 3 degrees
    Front Stretch: 3,100feet
    Back Stretch: 2,500feet
    Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Grandstand Seats: 92,000
    Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Shav Glick, Los Angeles Times Writer
    Command to start engines: Shav Glick
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Actress Hilary Duff
    Honorary Race Official: Haylie Duff
    National Anthem: Fantasia Barrino, American Idol Winner
    Military Flyover: F-18s from the Navy at China Lake

  • Track Homepage: californiaspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my Feb 2005 California Race Info page.

  • Last Year: see my Sept 2005 California Race Info page.

  • California not to sell out? Don't be surprised if there are empty seats Sunday at California Speedway during the Auto Club 500, the first of two stops this year for the Nextel Cup Series in Fontana. This race probably won't sell out again no matter what the speedway's marketing team does if NASCAR officials continue to hold it the week after the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR officials dealt California Speedway a difficult hand when they moved this race from late April or early May to February, holding it only two weeks before a wildly successful event in Las Vegas. That means the Nextel Cup Series is racing twice in basically the same market in less than a month. Las Vegas is only 224 miles away from Fontana, a four-hour drive up Interstate 15 (or an even shorter airplane ride). Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, said he is expecting a large turnout for Sunday's race in Fontana, but even he told the media at the Daytona 500 he wasn't anticipating a sellout. California Speedway's second Cup date seems to be safe for the time being, however. NASCAR officials want to ride the wave of excitement created by the Daytona 500 into their biggest market. There probably will be about 80,000 screaming NASCAR fans in the grandstands.(Orange County Register)(2-22-2006)

  • Ride the Rails to California Speedway: Race fans throughout the southland are revving up to be chauffeured – via rails – to the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 26. The same Metrolink trains that carry thousands of Southern California residents to and from work everyday will be providing race weekend service arranged by California Speedway and San Bernardino Associated Governments. These trains will make a special stop on the San Bernardino Line at the Speedway on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, with a specially chartered service dedicated solely for the race crowd on Sunday. Race day Sunday Metrolink service will arrive at California Speedway early enough so fans can tour the midway and depart approximately one hour following the finish of the race, no matter when the checkers wave. Metrolink has been providing reliable service to California Speedway NASCAR events since the inaugural event in 1997. Round-trip passes for the train service must be purchased in advance, as there are no sales locations at California Speedway on race weekend. Sunday’s Metrolink charter service can be purchased through the California Speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE [7223]. Passes for the Friday and Saturday train service that makes a special stop at California Speedway can be purchased at any Metrolink station that has a ticket vending machine (TVM). For more information about Metrolink’s service to California Speedway, including stations providing Sunday, February 26 Auto Club 500 service, visit www.californiaspeedway.com and click on the “Fan Info” link. For more information about Metrolink’s traditional service, visit www.metrolinktrains.com.(California Speedway PR)(2-20-2006)

  • Honorary Starter, Race Official and National Anthem singer: California Speedway announced that Hilary Duff will serve as Honorary Starter, Haylie Duff will serve as Honorary Race Official and Fantasia Barrino will sing the National Anthem for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, February 26. Kicking off NASCAR coverage on FOX, the Auto Club 500 is the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR as the second race of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, one week following the Daytona 500. Hilary and Haylie Duff will help start the race by serving as Honorary Starter and Honorary Race Official, respectively, helping to wave the Green Flag to start the race. Screen star and multi-platinum recording artist Hilary Duff has starred in a number of motion pictures, including “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “A Cinderella Story,” and “The Perfect Man.” She has recorded two multi-platinum albums “Metamorphosis” and the self-titled “Hilary Duff” and recently completed her “Still Most Wanted” concert tour promoting her highly successful third album “Most Wanted.” A talented singer and songwriter, Haylie Duff is also a gifted actress who garnered worldwide attention with her 2004 role as ‘Summer’ in “Napoleon Dynamite.” This past season she starred in a recurring role in the critically-acclaimed series “Seventh Heaven” for The WB. Speedway officials also announced that “American Idol” winner and four-time Grammy nominee Fantasia Barrino will open race day festivities with the singing of the National Anthem. A native of High Point, North Carolina, Fantasia was the winner of Season Three’s “American Idol” competition. Her debut CD “Free Yourself” was released in November 2004, and the album’s title track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.(California Speedway PR)(2-20-2006)

  • Shav Glick named Grand Marshal of Auto Club 500: California Speedway announced recently that legendary motorsports writer Shav Glick - who retired in January from the Los Angeles Times - will serve as Grand Marshal for the Auto Club 500 on February 26. The Auto Club 500 is the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR as the second race of the season for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, one week following the Daytona 500. At the race, Glick will give the "Drivers, start your engines" command to those in attendance and to a live television audience on Fox. A native Californian, Glick got his first byline in a daily newspaper in 1935 at the Pasadena Post - he was 14 years old. In 1954, legendary publisher Otis Chandler recruited Glick to the Los Angeles Mirror, which became a part of the Los Angeles Times in 1963. In 1969, Glick began covering motorsports for the Times, retiring from that post in January of this year. Glick has won countless awards in a career that has spanned nearly 70 years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He has won the Jim Murray Outstanding Journalist Award; STP/AARWBA Writing, Broadcast and Photography honors; and the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award. He was only the fourth person in the 18-year history of the Motor Press Guild to receive a lifetime achievement award, and is a member of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets for the 2006 Auto Club 500, contact the speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE [7223](California Speedway PR)(2-14-2006)

  • New RV sites on sale this weekend at California: California Speedway announced the creation of more than 500 additional overnight RV camping spaces that will be christened during the Auto Club 500 weekend, February 24-26, 2006. The new camping section will go on-sale this Saturday (Dec. 17) during California Speedway's Garage Sale. The new camping section is located on Napa Street just west of Gate 5. More than 500 additional overnight RV camping spaces will be added to the approximately 1,800 infield spaces currently offered at California Speedway during the NASCAR weekends. The new camping section is on a packed and treated gravel lot that will be dust free on race weekend. Portable restrooms and showers will be present on the secure and lit camping area. Most camping spaces are 20 ft. by 45 ft. A complimentary shuttle service will be available for overnight guests to the entrance gates. Guests interested in being part of the new camping section at California Speedway must purchase a package that includes two "Fan Pack" renewable season tickets (includes two Saturday and Sunday upper grandstand reserved seats) and one reserved RV camping site. The total weekend package is $410 with additional "Fan Pack" season tickets available upon request. Load in to all California Speedway camping sections will begin the Thursday of NASCAR race weekend. A complete list of rules and information is available in the 2006 Guest Guide. For more information about camping at California Speedway, or to reserve your space, call 909-429-5000. To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(12-15-2005)

  • Richter honored with Award: The Fabulous Fifties honored California native Les "Coach" Richter with the Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual banquet at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wednesday evening, December 7. Guest honoring Mr. Richter included Ram's teammate Merlin Olsen, Dan Gurney on Riverside International Raceway, Greg Penske on early California Speedway, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker on NASCAR, George Follmer on IROC, Andy Porterfield on SCCA and Shav Glick of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Richter currently serves as vice president of special projects for International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and based at California Speedway. He was instrumental in the development of the two-mile, state-of-the-art superspeedway, overseeing the project for builder Roger Penske from demolition of the historic Kaiser Steel Mill, to its transformation into a world-class racing facility. The opening of the Speedway marked the return of professional oval track auto racing to the Southern California region. Mr. Richter served as the first Grand Marshal for the inaugural California 500 presented by NAPA on June 22, 1997. A veteran motorsports executive, Mr. Richter's name is synonymous with motor racing in Southern California. In 1959, he became the executive director of Riverside International Raceway (RIR). Two years later, he became the president and general manager of RIR, a position that he held until 1983. He is credited with making RIR consistently profitable through his nationally known innovations and creativity, including the creation and promotion of the NASCAR Motor Trend 500 in 1963, and the planning and execution of the raceway's $3.6 million improvement plan in 1969. Mr. Richter is the chairman of the board for the International Race of Champions (IROC). Known to many as auto racing's "All-Star Event", IROC is open only to the world's twelve best drivers, who are selected and invited to participate in one of motor racing's most unique competitions. Richter was the first player chosen in the regular draft of the National Football League in 1952. The New York Yankees Professional Football Club, who moved to Texas that year to become the Dallas Texans, selected him. On June 13, 1952, the Los Angeles Rams traded 11 players and draft choices to the Dallas Texans for the rights to Les Richter - an NFL record. Mr. Richter went on to play for the Rams for nine years, making all-pro as a linebacker for eight years. Mr. Richter served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant of the 44th Infantry Division. Affectionately known as "Coach" - from his days coaching an army football team while stationed at Fort Lewis Washington and later as a Player/Coach with the Rams - he resides in Riverside, California, with his wife Marilyn, and is the father of a son, Jon, and a daughter, Anne.(California Speedway)(12-9-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Labonte to run Intrepid at Calif: #43-Bobby Labonte will drive the 2004 Dodge Intrepid instead of the Charger in next week's Nextel Cup race at California. "Bobby came straight out of the Chevy into the Dodge camp,'' said Labonte's teammate/owner Kyle Petty. "He's not run a downforce Dodge car. So he's going to give us an honest assessment of where the Intrepid is compared to where the Monte Carlo is. For us, we feel it's a great opportunity for us to be able to use a driver of his caliber and say this is what it is.'' All of the Dodge teams are gathering data on the Charger for a test at Kentucky Speedway next month. The first test earlier this month was canceled due to weather, putting the teams further behind. If no solution is found, Dodge owners hope NASCAR will grant them some concessions on the spoiler to create more downforce. #12-Ryan Newman will race the Intrepid in the next five races.(NASCAR.com)(2-19-2006)

  • Penske likely to run Intrepids at Vegas & Calif: After #2-Kurt Busch tested both a 2004 Dodge and an 2005 model at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Penske Racing South expects to field 2004 models for both #12-Ryan Newman and Busch at California Speedway and Las Vegas. "We're going to use whichever car our team thinks is the better performer," team president Don Miller said Wednesday. "Right now, that looks like it's going to be the 2004." Dodge introduced the Charger nameplate last season, replacing the Intrepids it used from 2001-04. Both the '04 and '05 models are approved for use by NASCAR. Ray Evernham said his team plans to stick with Chargers for drivers #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #9-Kasey Kahne. While details have not been finalized, a number of Dodge teams are trying to schedule a group test at Nashville to see if they can come to a consensus before presenting an 2006 Charger to NASCAR to see if it can get a new nose approved.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-3-2006)

  • #51 Team names driver and sched: #51 Competitive Edge Motorsports has teamed with driver Mike Garvey for the upcoming Nextel Cup season. Garvey is well-known in the racing circuit where he has driven in almost every racing series, including ASA, Craftsman Truck, Busch, and NASCAR Nextel Cup [in the #66, now #61 and #75 in 2005]. In 2005, Garvey qualified nine times for the Nextel Cup Series races, with his best finish of 25th place at Pocono. The Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #51 Chevy will open up the 2006 season at the California Speedway on February 26 with a fresh focus on elevating performance. Competitive Edge Motorsports will follow the California race with races at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Bristol and Martinsville. The Marathon Chevrolet #51 Team and Garvey will be testing in Las Vegas, January 30 to February 1. "The team has done an outstanding job with the 2006 body and the preparation is going as planned. The cars are really good. It should get interesting this year," said Garvey. "We're nearly ready for the new season, and we're looking forward to the upcoming tests at Las Vegas. With refreshed bodies and engines for the cars, an experienced driver, and a team with focused enthusiasm, we expect 2006 to be our best yet," Competitive Edge Motorsports owner Joe Auer concluded.(Yahoo Biz)(1-30-2006)

  • 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
#12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
#14-Sterling Marlin Centrix Auto Finance none..yet
#16-Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt #16 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Foose Designs #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Icebreakers Ice Cubes gum #29 Schemes Page
#38-Elliott Sadler Pedegree Dog Food #38 Schemes Page
#41-Reed Sorenson Energizer e2 Lithium #41 Schemes Page


  • Jackson Hewitt scheme on the #16 at Calif: Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Racing Ford will feature a Jackson Hewitt paint scheme this weekend at California Speedway.(Roush Racing PR), see an image on my #16 Team Schemes page.(2-22-2006)

  • Centrix on the #14 at Calif: Sterling Marlin will pilot the #14 Centrix Auto Finance Chevy in this weekend’s event at California (MB2 Motorsports PR). Waste Manahement was the sponsor at Daytona and will be for 11 more races with Centrix being on the #14 for another race in 2006. The team is still looking for more sponsorship for the remsining races.(2-22-2005)

  • Pedigree for Sadler at Calif: Elliott Sadler’s #38 Ford Fusion will carry the primary colors of Pedigree, the Official Pet Care of NASCAR, for the first of four races during the 2006 season at California Speedway in the Auto Club 500.(Elevation Group PR), no word on the three other races, but see a scheme of the car on my #38 Team Schemes page.(2-22-2006)

  • Different Scheme and new spotter for Newman: New spotter Danny Culler joins the Alltel/Mobil 1 team this weekend. Culler, a long-time spotter in the sport, has worked with several NASCAR Cup drivers, including Dale Earnhardt [Culler was the spotter for Brian Vickers in 2005]. The #12 Dodge features the Mobil 1 paint scheme this weekend. Newman's latest victory, at New Hampshire International Speedway in September was in a Mobil 1 car. Newman will race chassis PRS-20 in the Auto Club 500 on Sunday. PRS-20 last raced in the 2005 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where it finished seventh. PRS-20 is the oldest chassis in the team's stable [and NOT a Charger].(Penske Racing), see the Mobil 1 scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(2-22-2006)

  • Energizer scheme for Sorenson at California: Energizer has announced plans to unveil a special edition paint scheme on the #41 Dodge driven by Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) rookie Reed Sorenson. The new design will be unveiled on January 25 as part of a media day at the CGRFS facility in Concord, NC. This uniquely designed Energizer e2 Lithium Dodge will be featured exclusively in the Fontana, Calif. race on February 26. The dynamic silver and blue paint scheme will feature Energizer e2 Lithium, the World's Longest Lasting AA /AAA Batteries in High Tech Devices, alongside the famous Energizer Bunny.(Yahoo Biz)(1-24-2006)

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

  • Special Scheme for Harvick at Calif: #29-Kevin Harvick will drive a specially wrapped #29 Icebreakers Ice Cubes gum NEXTEL Cup race car in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway.(California Speedway PR)(2-20-2006)

  • Designer Foose unveils a custom stock car for Jeff Gordon: The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show set the stage for an unprecedented union of automotive star power and horsepower as car designer Chip Foose, DuPont Automotive Finishes, Hendrick Motorsports and Action Performance Companies Inc. debuted a special edition #24 DuPont Chevy with a Foose-designed DuPont Hot Hues paint scheme. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who was on hand for the car's SEMA premiere, will pilot the "hot" machine during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway in February 2006. Visit the company Web site at www.foosedesign.com for more information.(Action Performance PR) see an image of the scheme on my 2006 #24 Team Scehemes page.(11-4-2005)

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


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