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THE RACE: The USG Sheetrock 400

Nextel Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, July 9, 2006 in Joliet, IL

  • Title Sponsor/Link: USG Sheetrock

  • Track: Chicagoland Speedway

  • TV: TNT 3:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 3:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 3:35pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 13 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    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: $6,014,007 (was $5,845,750 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, July 7, 1:05 - 2:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, July 8, 10:00 - 11:00am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 8, 11:35am - 12:20pm/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 7, 12:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, July 7 at 4:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN 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

    Friday, July 7, 2006
    12:05 - 1:35 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    1:45 - 2:45 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Practice
    3 - 3:30 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Rookie Practice
    3:40 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    5:10 p.m.(Approx.) NASCAR Busch Series Final Practice (One Hour, Time Permitting)
    6:10 p.m.(Approx.) USAC Driver Introductions
    6:15 p.m.(Approx.) USG FIBEROCK 100 (67 Laps, 100 Miles)

    Saturday, July 8
    9 - 10 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    10:35 - 11:20 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    11:40 a.m. NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
    3:05 p.m. USG DUROCK® 300 - NASCAR Busch Series Race (200 Laps / 300 Miles)

    Sunday, July 9
    2:05 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions - Security - Clear Pit Road
    2:35 p.m. USG SHEETROCK® 400 - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race (267 Laps / 400 Miles)
    Note: Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Times are local (Central Standard).

    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 -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4060, Right-side -- D-4064

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

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will be the same tire codes at Chicagoland this weekend . . . this is the first time that Goodyear has brought this exact combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . however, teams have run this left-side code (D-4060) earlier this season at Dover (both series) and Michigan (Cup only) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams in both series are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $90,000 at Chicago for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    (7-1-2006)

  • Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Winners for 2006 so far:
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $30,000*
    Darlington, Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $30,000*
    Dover: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Michigan: Carl Edwards, $10,000
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Chicago: $5,000

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 12
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 9
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 5
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 3
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #99-Carl Edwards, 2
    (7-1-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Chicago, IL Area:
    Belleville News-Democrat
    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago Tribune
    Daily Herald
    Daily Southtown
    Joliet Herald News
    Joliet.com
    Northwest Herald
    Ottawa Daily Times
    Peoria Star Journal
    Rockford Register
    Rock River Times

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:
    by The Weather Channel
    Accuweather
    Accuweather - Current Radar
    CNN
    National Weather Service
    Weather Underground

  • Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    Chicago Review by ARS Racing
    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


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Jeff Gordon wins at Chicago: #24-Jeff Gordon won the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, for his 2nd win of the year, 75th of his career [one behind Dale Earnhardt] and his first ever win at Chicago. So Gordon has now won at all the track Cup run at BUT Phoenix, Texas and Homestead. The win is a bit controversial as with two laps to go, Gordon got a run on #17-Kenseth who was leading, Kenseth slowed a bit in the turn and Gordon got into Kenseth, causing Kenseth to spin around. Kenseth finished 21st after running out of fuel anyway and then getting caught up in a wreck at the finish of the race. #31-Jeff Burton, the pole sitter, finished 2nd, followed by #5-Kyle Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. With Kenseth's wreck and finish, #48-Jimmie Johnson maintains the points, up to 48 points over Kenseth. #20-Tony Stewart was running 3rd when he ran out of gas on the final restart. There were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 laps.
      Race Results on my Race Results/Awards Page.
      Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points page.(7-9-2006)

    • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Chicago [18 of 36 races]:
      #48-Jimmie Johnson 2651
      #17-Matt Kenseth 2600 -51
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2394 -257
      #31-Jeff Burton 2327 -324
      #9-Kasey Kahne 2303 -348
      #6-Mark Martin 2291 -360
      #20-Tony Stewart 2274 -377
      #5-Kyle Busch 2265 -386
      #29-Kevin Harvick 2253 -398
      #24-Jeff Gordon 2219 -432
      and fighting for 10th
      #16-Biffle National 2172 -47 out of 10th and the chase
      #11-Hamlin 2169 -50
      #2-Busch 2087 -132
      #99-Edwards 2026 -193
      For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(7-9-2006)

    • Rumblings - Chicago Notes: Controvery reigns and Jeff Gordon's in Victory Lane! Pick your story....Matt Kenseth slowed down, Kenseth got loose, Gordon slammed Kenseth. In any event, Kenseth went for a ride on lap 164 today at Chicagoland Speedway and Jeff Gordon won the USG Sheetrock 405 for his second win of the season, second in three weeks, and the 75th of his NEXTEL Cup career....inching him closer to Dale Earnhardt on the all-time win list. His next victory will bring him into a tie with The Intimidator at 6th on the lifetime list. Win #145 for Hendrick Motorsports was worth $327,761 from the over $6M in posted awards. There are gonna be more than a couple upset drivers today....that little three laps of overtime meant a few cars couldn't make the end on fuel. Kenseth sure went from the penthouse to the junk heap in a couple laps....
      Jeff Burton (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Bristol last August.
      Clint Bowyer (9th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Phoenix in April.
      J. J. Yeley (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th at California in February.
      Dave Blaney (17th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Martinsville in April.
      STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Clint Bowyer (+29), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-24), followed by Kasey Kahne (-20). A very slow day in the Shaft.
      Jeff Gordon rides his win into the Top-10 (that all-important "Chase" position). Jimmie Johnson's lead over Matt Kenseth is now at 51 markers. Jeff Burton (7th to 4th), Reed Sorenson (24th to 21st), and Dave Blaney (33rd to 30th) all made the best move forward today. Dale Jarrett (21st to 24th) fell three spots.(Stock Car Fans)(7-9-2006)

    • Chicago Race Notes:
      • Jeff Gordon won the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, scoring his 75th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 455th career start.
      • Gordon remained seventh on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, but is now just one victory behind sixth-place Dale Earnhardt.
      • This is Gordon’s 51st victory on a superspeedway but first victory on a non-restrictor plate superspeedway since Indianapolis in August 2004. It also is his first victory on a 1.5-mile track since Atlanta in October 2003.
      • Gordon scored his second victory in 2006. He also won at Infineon Raceway.
      • This was Gordon’s first victory and his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland - all top fives.
      • Gordon has posted victories at all but three of the current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup tracks (Homestead, Phoenix and Texas).
      • Gordon scored his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races this season, including three of the last four races.
      • Gordon climbed from 12th to 10th in the point standings and is now 47 points ahead of 11th-place Greg Biffle.
      • Gordon led four times for 20 laps including the final seven laps.
      • This was team owner Rick Hendrick’s 145th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored five victories in 2006. It is Hendrick’s first victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
      Notebook Items
      • Matt Kenseth led the most laps for the second time in 2006. He also led the most laps at Las Vegas.
      • Jeff Burton (second) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2006. It is his 12th straight top-15 finish extending a streak that began at Texas in April. It marked his second top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Kyle Busch (third) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland. Busch remained eighth in the point standings and is now 93 points ahead of 11th-place Greg Biffle.
      • Kevin Harvick (fourth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006. This was his fourth top-10 in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick extended a 30-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fifth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2006 and his third top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland.
      • Jimmie Johnson (sixth) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 2006, the most of all drivers. He remained first in the point standings and is now 51 points ahead of second-place Matt Kenseth. Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 87 consecutive races. Johnson moved into sole possession of eighth in consecutive races in the top-10 since the point system was established in 1975.
      • Reed Sorenson (seventh), Clint Bowyer (ninth) and J.J. Yeley (10th) all posted top-10 finishes, the first time in 2006 that three rookies finished in the top-10.
      • Kurt Busch (eighth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fifth straight top-10 finish extending a streak that began at Pocono. It marked his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 18 races this season.
      • Ryan Newman finished 36th at Chicagoland Speedway ending a streak of five straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-9-2006)

      Chicago Race Rundown

    • The USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 270 of 267 laps:

      GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

      car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
      #24-Gordon-c (13)(20 laps led)
      #31-Burton-c (1)(60 laps led)
      #5-Busch-c (23)(2 laps led)
      #29-Harvick-c (4)(40 laps led)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (25)(27 laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (5)
      #41-Sorenson-d (18-r)(6 laps led)
      #2-Busch-d (19)
      #07-Bowyer-c (38-r)
      #18-Yeley-c (10-r)
      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie

    • Cars on the lead lap: 25 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 14,66,45,38,55,88,20

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 01,4,00,12,32,78,26,96,06,21

    • Cars on the track: 42 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (1) and reason:
      #44-Labonte (engine-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 18 lead changes):
      #17-Kenseth (112);
      #31-Burton (pole, 60);
      #29-Harvick (40);
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (27);
      #24-Gordon (20);
      #41-Sorenson (6);
      #5-Busch (2);
      #20-Stewart (1);
      #6-Martin (1);
      #43-Labonte (1);

    • Lap leaders: #31-Burton - pole; #31-Burton 1-59; #5-Busch 60-61; #24-Gordon 62-69; #29-Harvick 70-108; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 109-124; #24-Gordon 125-128; #31-Burton 129; #17-Kenseth 130; #20-Stewart 131; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 132-142; #41-Sorenson 143-148; #17-Kenseth 149-171; #29-Harvick 172; #6-Martin 173; #17-Kenseth 174-199; #24-Gordon 200; #43-Labonte 201; #17-Kenseth 202-263; #24-Gordon 264-270

      Caution 8 - Laps 265 - 268: #24-Gordon got into #17-Kenseth who was leading the race with 4 laps to go with Kenseth spinning around in turn 2, Kenseth is not happy, but it looked like Kenseth slowed and Gordon had momentum and tapped the #17.
      Caution 7 - Laps 235 - 237: #42-Mears got loose and spun around and smacked the turn 2 wall drivers side.
      Caution 6 - Laps 229 - 232: #55-Waltrip went high on the track after making contact with #12-Newman [who got sandwiched between Waltrip and #22-Blaney] and smacked the turn 2 wall when his left rear tire went down.
      Caution 5 - Laps 217 - 220: #38-Sadler cut down a right rear tire after making contact with #16-Biffle, off turn 2 and spun and slid thru the grass on the back stretch.
      Caution 4 - Laps 200 - 204: #96-Raines slid thru the grass on the backstretch, didn't hit anything
      Caution 3 - Laps 172 - 175: #44-Labonte lost an engine and slowed on the track.
      Caution 2 - Laps 140 - 145: Debris on the track

      Caution 1 - Laps 69 - 72: Debris on the back stretch

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 7: #11-Hamlin, 14th
      Caution 6: #99-Edwards, 20th
      Caution 5: #19-Mayfield (2), 24th
      Caution 4: #22-Blaney, 17th
      Caution 3: #40-Stremme, 22nd
      Caution 2: #07-Bowyer, 9th
      Caution 1: #19-Mayfield, 24th
      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)
      ---- at the end of the race, #17-Kenseth and #40-Stremme fought for 21st and made contact, with Kenseth ending up hitting the wall and the car in the grass, but kept the spot. #42-Mears spun avoiding Kenseth.
      ---- just before the restart after the 8th caution, #20-Stewart, while running 3rd, ran out of fuel and coasted to the pits.
      ---- during the 8th caution, #17-Kenseth, ran out of fuel and came in to pit to get gas
      ---- during the 5th caution, #16-Biffle made a pit stop and was the only top-10 driver to come in.
      ---- on lap 213, #11-Hamlin, while running in the top 10, had to make an unscheduled pitstop for a left rear flat tire.
      ---- on the restart after the 3rd caution, #88-Jarrett lost 3rd gear and slowed on the track, Jarrett is back running at spped, but will have trouble taking off.
      ---- all the lead laps cars came in to pit during the 2nd caution, #41-Sorenson only took gas, looks like the rest did 2 or 4 tires.
      ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 124, #5-Busch was in first, leader #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in the next lap, then #24-Gordon, after the pit stops cycled out, #8-Earnhardt Jr. ended up back in the lead.
      ---- during the 1st caution, 7 cars stayed on the track #29-Harvick, #43-Labonte, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Busch, #1-Truex Jr., #12-Newman, #7-Gordon
      ---- on lap 60 most of the lead lap cars, including the leader #31-Burton, came in for their scheduled pit stops under green
      ---- on lap 59, #06-Kleuver drug the commitment line cone to the pits and will have to do a pass thur penalty
      ---- on lap 55, #42 and #41 were the first to make the scheduled green flag pit stops.
      ---- around lap 15, #99-Edwards slipped up the track and smacked the wall, but drove on ok.
      ---- on lap 7, #17-Kenseth called in to the pits saying he had a tire going down and was coming in to oit, then bypassed pit road and raced on. Then it was corrected as the radio broke up, Kenseth said he was so loose it FELT like he had a tire going down.
      ---- green flag at 3:46pm/et
      ---- command to start engines at 3:37pm/et by actor Will Ferrell and some of the cast of Talladega Nights
      ---- To The Back [1]: #00-Elliott (engine change


    • Race Coverage of the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, July 9, 2006.
      TV: TNT at 3:00pm/et [green flag around 3:55pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 1:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN 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, July 13th at 2:30pm/et

    • Happy Hour [final] Practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #16-Biffle 174.458
      #31-Burton 174.390
      #22-Blaney 173.947
      #29-Harvick 173.896
      #5-Busch 173.678
      slowest: #00-Elliott 168.575 and #32-Kvapil 169.401
      incidents: #2-Busch scraped the wall with the right rear, will be able to be repaired; #6-Martin ran out of gas a the end of practice and went thru the front stretch grass, no damage.
      most laps run: #31-Burton 50; #07-Bowyer 46
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick 171.061 [4th fastest lap], 20 laps run
      #16-Biffle 170.509 [1st], 27 laps
      #5-Busch 170.358 [5th], 32 laps
      See speeds on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-8-2006)

    • Saturday's First Practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #42-Mears 177.784
      #29-Harvick 177.690
      #16-Biffle 177.503
      #2-Busch 177.456
      #31-Burton 177.049
      slowest: #00-Elliott 96.799 [somehing wrong? 1 lap] and #78-Wallace 170.616
      most laps run: #2-Busch 54; #07-Bowyer 47
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick 173.411 [2nd fastest lap], 25 laps run
      #17-Kenseth 173.006 [16th], 31 laps
      #99-Edwards 172.738 [21st], 37 laps
      See speeds on my Chicago Practice Speeds Page.(7-8-2006)

    • Burton wins pole at Chicago: #31-Jeff Burton won the Budweiser Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 181.647mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 4th of his career. #25-Brian Vickers will start 2nd, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #29-Kevin Harvick and #48-Jimmie Johnson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 25th. #06-Todd Kleuver will make his Nextel Cup debut, starting 35th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #40-Stremme, #00-Elliott, #44-Labonte, #4-Wimmer, #06-Kleuver, #55-Waltrip, #78-Wallace and #32-Kvapil. Missing the race were: #15-Menard, #61-Blount, #51-Garvey, #04-Sherman, #34-Long, #49-Lepage and #74-Cope. See the qualifying results, starting linweup, pole progression on my Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(7-7-2006)

    • Chicago Qualifying Notes:
      • Jeff Burton won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400, lapping Chicagoland Speedway in 29.728 seconds at 181.647 mph. Jimmie Johnson holds the track-qualifying record of 28.701 seconds, 188.147 mph - set July 8, 2005. • This is Burton’s fourth career Bud Pole in 421 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his second Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in 2006. This is the first year that Burton has had more than one Bud Pole in a season in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career
      • This is Burton’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in six race at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Burton became the fourth repeat Bud Pole winner in 2006. Kasey Kahne (four), Greg Biffle (two) and Kurt Busch (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
      • Burton became the sixth different Bud Pole winner in six races at Chicagoland Speedway, joining Todd Bodine (2001), Ryan Newman (2002), Tony Stewart (2003), Jeff Gordon (2004) and Jimmie Johnson (2005).
      • Brian Vickers posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.782 seconds, 181.318 mph – and will join Burton on the front row for the USG Sheetrock 400. This is his sixth top-10 start of 2006. Vickers has posted three top-10 starts in three races at Chicago. – all top-fives.
      • This is the fifth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
      • Kasey Kahne (third) posted his second top-10 start in three races at Chicago – both topfives. This is his 11th top-10 start in 2006.
      • Kevin Harvick (fourth) has started from the top-10 in three of his six races at Chicago. This is Harvick’s fifth top-10 start of the 2006 season.
      • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 start in five races at Chicago. This is Johnson’s 12th top-10 start of 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-7-2006)

    • Ramblings - Chicago - Notes: Jeff Burton takes the Bud Pole this afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 and it's his second top-spot of the season. Burton led us to the green at Daytona for the 500 in February, and this will be the 4th time in his NEXTEL Cup career he's paced the field to the start.
      Brian Vickers will start alongside. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at New Hampshire last July.
      Dave Blaney (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 14th at Martinsville in April.
      Scott Wimmer (28th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 27th at Homestead last November.
      Welcome to Todd Kluever. The heir apparent to Mark Martin's ride for the 2007 season starts his first ever Cup event 28th.
      STREAKIN....Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans)(7-7-2006)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 7, 2006 at 4:40pm/et.
      TV: Speed Channel - 4:30pm/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: 11:00pm/et on Speed Channel

    • Qualifying Order List for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #2-Kurt Busch is due out first on Friday, July 7th at 4:40pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #61-Chad Blount. For the Qualifying order, see my Chicago Qualifying/Grid Page.(7-7-2006)

    • Friday Practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #25-Vickers 179.301
      #48-Johnson 179.158
      #11-Hamlin 178.956
      #18-Yeley 178.613
      #31-Burton 178.595
      slowest: #26-McMurray 171.233 and #04-Sherman 171.619
      incident: #26-McMurray wrecked and had to go to a back up car
      most laps run: #31-Burton 26; #45-Petty 25
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #5-Bucsh 177.093 [8th fastest lap], 6 laps run
      #43-Labonte 176.294 [23rd], 9 laps
      #07-Bowyer 175.979 [9th], 13 laps
      See speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-7-2006)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice at Chicago?
      Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
      if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
      #40-David Stremme
      #4-Scott Wimmer
      #00-Bill Elliott [CH2]
      #55-Michael Waltrip
      #78-Kenny Wallace
      #15-Paul Menard
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH1]
      #49-Kevin Lepage
      if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
      #32-Travis Kvapil
      #74-Derrike Cope
      #51-Mike Garvey
      #06-Todd Kleuver
      #34-Carl Long
      #61-Chad Blount
      #04-Brent Sherman
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
      See speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(7-7-2006)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice at Chicago?
      Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
      if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
      #40-David Stremme
      #4-Scott Wimmer
      #00-Bill Elliott [CH2]
      #55-Michael Waltrip
      #78-Kenny Wallace
      #15-Paul Menard
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH1]
      #49-Kevin Lepage
      if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
      #32-Travis Kvapil
      #74-Derrike Cope
      #51-Mike Garvey
      #06-Todd Kleuver
      #34-Carl Long
      #61-Chad Blount
      #04-Brent Sherman
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
      (7-7-2006)

    • Entry List for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland 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 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
      #00-Bill Elliott [CH2]
      #04-Brent Sherman
      #06-Todd Kleuver
      #4-Scott Wimmer
      #15-Paul Menard
      #32-Travis Kvapil
      #34-Carl Long
      #40-David Stremme
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH1]
      #49-Kevin Lepage
      #51-Mike Garvey
      #55-Michael Waltrip
      #61-Chad Caffin
      #74-Derrike Cope
      #78-Kenny Wallace
      [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
      If qualifying is rained out, teams making the race would be: #'s 44,00,40,32,55,4,49,61
      missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,74,15,51,04,06
      see entry list on Jayski's Chicago Entry List Page.
      (7-3-2006)

    • 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]

    • see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page

    • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

      If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

      #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
      #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
      #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
      #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
      #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
      After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

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

    • for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

    • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

    • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Heading to Chicago
      • Twenty-two drivers competed in all five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at Chicagoland.
      • Kevin Harvick is the only repeat race winner at Chicagoland, scoring back-to-back victories. Harvick won the inaugural race in 2001 and then won again there in 2002.
      • Greg Biffle has posted top-10 starts in all three of his races at Chicagoland.
      • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each posted top-five finishes in the last four races at Chicagoland Speedway. They are the only drivers with four top-five finishes there.
      • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with a 3.0 average finish in his four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • A Chevrolet has won four of the five races at Chicagoland Speedway. A Dodge won there in 2003. A Ford has never won at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Three of the five races at Chicagoland Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top-10.
      • No NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Chicagoland has ever been won from a top-five starting position.
      • The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader bonus will be worth $90,000 at Chicagoland Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-2-2006)

    • Who's Hot - Chicago:
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 15 of the 17 races in 2006. His other two finishes were 30th or worse.
      • Kurt Busch has scored four straight top-10 finishes. He has climbed from 19th to 13th in the point standings in the last five races.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has climbed from sixth to third in the point standings in the last three races.
      • Jeff Burton has scored 11 straight top-15s since Martinsville.
      • Kasey Kahne has won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
      • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 10 top-five finishes in the 17 races this season.
      • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 13 top-10 finishes in the first 17 races of 2006.
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 14 of the 17 races this season.
      • Matt Kenseth ranks second in the point standings. After 17 races one year ago, he ranked 19th.
      • Ryan Newman has scored five straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-3-2006)

    • July 2005 Race Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 127.638mph, started 25th

    • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

    • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002

    • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 188.147mph, 7/8/2005

    • 2005 Pole Sitter: Jimmie Johnson, 188.147mph, finished 3rd

    • Most Wins: 2 - Kevin Harvick

    • Most Poles: 1 - Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimme Johnson

    • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

    • Most Top 10s: 4 - Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

    • Oldest Winner: Tony Stewart, 33 years, 1 months, 21 days, 7/11/04

    • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 7 months, 5 days, 7/13/03

    • Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/11/04

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/03

    • Most Leaders: 13, 7/11/04

    • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/03

    • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/01, 7/10/05

    • Fewest Cautions: 7 - 2 times, most recently, 7/13/03

    • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/01

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 35 - 7/14/02

    • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 28, 7/10/05

    • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/03

    • Most Running at the Finish: 34, 7/15/01

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/04 and 7/10/05

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 160, Tony Stewart, 7/11/04

    • Most Laps Led: 176, Matt Kenseth, 7/10/05

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/05

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 4 - Chevy; 1 - Dodge

    • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 5 - 0.0%
    • Races won from the top 10: 2 of 5 - 40.0%

    • Chicago Nuggets:
      Starting Up Front NOT Important at Chicagoland Speedway
      None of the five races at Chicagoland Speedway have been won from a top-five starting position.
      Chicagoland Bud Pole Winners
      There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      Chicagoland Streaks
      • Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson have each posted three straight top-10 starts at Chicagoland Speedway and are tied for the longest current streak.
      • Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson have each posted four straight top-five finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and are tied for the longest current streak.
      Owner Dominance at Chicagoland Speedway
      Richard Childress has two victories at Chicagoland Speedway, the most of all car owners. Both victories were scored by Kevin Harvick winning back-to-back races there in 2001 and 2002.
      Leading The Way
      Tony Stewart has led 275 laps in five races at Chicagoland Speedway, the most of all drivers.
      Lots of Competition
      Twenty-two drivers have competed in all five races at Chicagoland Speedway. Those drivers have accounted for four of the five victories there and posted 37 of the 50 top-10 finishes.
      Would you Believe?
      A Chevrolet has won four of the five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      Chicagoland Speedway Standouts
      • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with two victories at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, each with four top-five finishes at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, each with four top-10 finishes at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Brian Vickers leads all full-time active drivers with a 4.5 starting average in two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson has a 3.0 finishing average in his four races at Chicagoland Speedway, the best of all active drivers with more than one start there.
      Season Nuggets
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 14 of the 17 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 90 lap leader bonus points, 55 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 35.
      • Three drivers that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 17 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Elliott Sadler was fourth and finished 13th, Jamie McMurray was seventh and finished 12th and Dale Jarrett was 10th and finished 15th.
      • After 17 races in 2006, seven drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 13 drivers within the 400-point window.
      • Six of the top-10 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings are separated by 25 points or less.
      • Three positions in the top 10 are separated by eight points or less.
      • Just 14 points separate 10th to 12th in the point standings.
      • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won five of the first 17 races in 2006. Chevrolet has nine victories while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had eight victories at this point of the season.
      • Ken Schrader remains the only driver that has competed in every race and has yet to lead in 2006.
      • After just 17 races in 2006, 25 drivers have race winnings in excess of $2 million, including six drivers that have race winnings in excess of $3 million.
      • Four of the top-10 drivers have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick.
      • Kasey Kahne (fourth) and Tony Stewart (fifth) are the only drivers among the top 10 in the point standings with more than one DNF.
      • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. .
      • Just eight points separate first-place Jimmie Johnson and second-place Matt Kenseth, tying the closest point margin of the season set after race No. 5 at Bristol.
      • Jeff Gordon, currently 12th in the point standings and just 14th points behind 10th-place, Denny Hamlin, has posted four DNFs in 2006. No other driver ranked among the top-25 in points has scored more than three.
      • Twelve of the top-14 drivers changed point positions at Daytona.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-3-2006)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      1.5 mile tri-oval
      267 laps for 400.5 miles
      Banking:
      18 degrees in the turns
      11 degrees in the front stretch
      5 degrees in the back stretch
      Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: actor Will Ferrell
      Command to start engines: Will Ferrell
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
      National Anthem: 2004 American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo
      Military Flyover: B-52s out of Barksdale AFB

    • Track Homepage: chicagolandspeedway.com

    • 2005 Chicago Race Info Page

    • Chicago sells out for 6th consecutive year: For the sixth consecutive year, Chicagoland Speedway has sold out of its Track Pack season tickets. "When you sell out on a weekend that also offers the [Chicago] White Sox-[Boston] Red Sox series, the Western Open and the Taste of Chicago, you know you've accomplished something," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "It just reinforces the knowledge and the feedback we've been getting over the past six years about the growth and popularity of motorsports in this market. The Chicago area is a proud sports community, and we're pleased that we have established ourselves as a premier sporting venue in a city which is so rich in tradition and history." In addition to the sold-out grandstands, suites and hospitality chalets, Chicagoland Speedway also filled up its expanded campground areas, including the new Keep You Cool Campground and Spice Things Up Campground.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-9-2006)

    • American Idol Runner-up to sing National Anthem at Chicago: 2004 American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo - who will be returning to Broadway in September to perform in the hit musical "Hairspray" - will sing the National Anthem for the USG Sheetrock 400, Nextel Cup Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 9. As part of the pre-race festivities, DeGarmo will sing the anthem a cappella style, fulfilling a long standing tradition of NASCAR and racing events throughout the country. Her performance will be punctuated with an overhead flyby of B-52s out of Barksdale Air Force Base.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-6-2006)

    • Will Ferrell joins Wally's World in Chicago: The second half of the NASCAR season revs up on TNT on Sat., July 8 with Busch Series Racing from Chicago at 4:00pm/et. TNT NASCAR coverage continues on Sun., July 9 with the Bank of America Countdown to Green pre-race show at 3:00pm/et, featuring Talladega Nights star Will Ferrell taking a spin with TNT's Wally Dallenbach in this season's first edition of Wally's World. Following at 3:30pm/et is Nextel Cup Series Racing from Chicago. The TNT NASCAR announcing stable will include Bill Weber (pre-race host and play-by-play), Benny Parsons (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Allen Bestwick (pit reporter), Dave Burns (pit reporter), Marty Snider (pit reporter) and Matt Yocum (pit reporter).(TNT PR)(7-6-2006)

    • Will Ferrell Named Grand Marshal for Chicago: Columbia Pictures' "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," is coming to the Chicagoland Speedway on Sun., July 9, 2006 as the film's star, Will Ferrell, will serve as Grand Marshal for the USG Shttrock 400, Nextel Cup Series race. Ferrell's co-stars John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan and Leslie Bibb will be Chicagoland Speedway's honorary guests. Ferrell, who was nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in "The Producers," will declare the most famous phrase in racing, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" He'll then ride in the Grand Marshal car in front of the Pace Car, which leads the field of NASCAR drivers onto the track for the race.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(6-21-2006)

    • Chicagoland Speedway Track Packs on Sale: Track Packs for the 2006 season at Chicagoland Speedway are on sale to the general public. A Track Pack for Chicagoland Speedway's 2006 season, which ranges in price from $195 to $260, includes admission to five (5) races over two (2) event weekends. The NASCAR weekend returns with the USG Durock 300 Busch Series race on Saturday, July 8, and the USG Sheetrock 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, July 9. The 2006 season will conclude with the ARCA/IRL weekend, which includes the S.K. Hand Tool 200 ARCA Series race and the Chicagoland 100 IRL/Indy Pro Series... race on Saturday, Sept. 9, followed by the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 Presented by Mr. Clean - the last race of the season for the IRL.. IndyCar.. Series - on Sunday, Sept. 10. In addition to 2006 Track Packs, Recreational Vehicle passes for the season, as well as Friday Practice/Qualifying tickets for NASCAR weekend, will also go on sale to the general public on Feb. 20. A Friday general admission event ticket for NASCAR weekend is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under, and includes USG Pole Day as well as the USAC Silver Crown Series race that evening. The 2006 September ARCA/IRL weekend is a two-day event, with no Friday ticket for sale. There are five options for RVs in 2006: Infield Trackside (electric and non-electric); Infield Non-Trackside (electric and non-electric); Speedway Ridge; Lower Ridge (new this year); and Family Land Campground (new this year). RV spots range from $350 to $2,900. Because of the high number of fans on the 2006 RV Wait List, Infield and Speedway Ridge are no longer available. Call 815-727-RACE (7223) or visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com for more information about Track Packs, RV Spots or Friday Pole Day tickets for NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.(PR)(2-24-2006)

    • 2nd Chicago race? Lights? UPDATE: NASCAR chairman Brian France is expected to speak today on the possibility of Chicagoland Speedway adding a second Nextel Cup race to its schedule, perhaps as early as 2007. If that happens, the race track may also add lights, with either or both races landing on Saturday night on the schedule. If a second race at Chicagoland is added, the bigger questions would be when it would run and whether the date would be taken from another track on the circuit. The weather window for running in the area is short, and the fall collides with the college and pro football seasons. What's more, the Indy Racing League's date at Chicagoland is the second Sunday in September. The tickets for the IRL weekend are sold as part of this weekend's races as a package deal. Adding a third weekend to the package could slow sales, but splitting one of the two NASCAR weekends off separately could do the same thing. The Nextel Cup series stands at 36 races, plus two non-points weekends. France is said to want to expand to 38 races, adding a race at Chicagoland and one other site. If that doesn't happen, adding a race in Joliet would be more difficult, though not impossible, to accomplish. The France family owns NASCAR outright and has a controlling interest in the publicly traded International Speedway Corp., which is a 37.5 percent owner of the track, and owns several others, including Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Kansas and California. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. owns another 37.5 percent of Chicagoland, with the original Route 66 Raceway group owning the other 25 percent. It's also expected that the Route 66 drag strip will host only one NHRA weekend next year, with the spring race surviving and the fall race disappearing from the calendar.(Daily Southtown)(7-10-2005)
      UPDATE - 2nd race?: Despite the fifth sellout in five years of Cup racing at Chicagoland, there is no plan to add a second event each season, according to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "We're real happy with the one we have, and it's a big weekend," said France, making his annual visit to NASCAR's second-biggest market, behind only Los Angeles. The Joliet track was sold out for Saturday's Busch race as well, and "I suspect we'll do a big TV rating," France said.(Chicago Tribune)(7-11-2005)
      UPDATE - lights? NASCAR chairman Brian France confirmed that lights will be installed at Chicagoland Speedway, but wasn't about to announce a second Nextel Cup race before a contract is signed. That may not come about until the new television contract, to start in 2007, is negotiated.(Daily Southtown)(7-11-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Kluever to debut at Chicago: Todd Kluever will be making his NEXTEL Cup debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. He will be driving the #06 Post-it Ford Fusion for Roush Racing. This is a car previously raced by Mark Martin. Kluever tested this car at Kentucky Speedway a few weeks ago and was pleased with the results. The race at Chicagoland will be the first of seven Nextel Cup races scheduled for Kluever this season in preparation for him to take over Mark Martin’s famed #6 Ford in 2007. Kluever’s other Nextel Cup races will be at Michigan, California, Kansas, Lowe’s, Texas and Phoenix. This weekend the #06 Ford will sport a special Post-it/3M paint scheme for both the Busch and Cup events.(Roush Racing PR)(7-4-2006)

    • Four Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are four current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at, Texas 0 for 11 with a best of 2nd in 2002, Phoenix International Raceway 0 for 15 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004; Chicago 0 for 5 with a 2nd in 2003 being his best; Homestead 0 for 7 with a best finish of 3rd 2004. Gordon has won at 20 [18 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(4-23-2006)

    • 6th Roush Team...for a bit UPDATE 2: Later this season, Roush Racing will add a sixth Nextel Cup team, for seven races, to get Todd Kluever [Busch Series #06] warmed up for his role as #6-Mark Martin's [retiring from Cup] replacement next season.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-26-2006)
      UPDATE: Roush Racing's Todd Kluever, who is running the Busch Series [#06 3M Ford] full time and will make seven Cup starts later this year, will have the second Michigan race (Not first even with the race sponsorship) on his schedule along with Chicago, Kansas and Phoenix in November to name a few. Expect his debut to come at Chicagoland - the track closest to his hometown of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.(RacingOne)(2-27-2006)
      UPDATE 2: 3M Company and Roush Racing announced that 3M will be the primary sponsor for the #06 Ford Fusion entry driven by Todd Kluever in six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races this season. Kluever's NEXTEL Cup races this year are intended to prepare him for the 2007 NEXTEL Cup season, when he will drive the #6 AAA Ford Fusion currently driven by Mark Martin. Kluever's six-race schedule will consist of Chicago, July 9; Michigan, August 20; California, Sept 3; Kansas, Oct 1; Lowe's, Oct 14 and Phoenix, Nov 12.(Roush Racing PR)(3-1-2006)

    • 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
    #5-Kyle Busch Carquest #5 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne McDonald's #9 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
    #18-J.J. Yeley VESIcare #18 Schemes Page
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield Ask Dr. Z #19 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Lennox Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Chex Most Popular Driver #43 Schemes Page


    • Dr. Z back on the #19 Dodge at Chicago: #19-Jeremy Mayfield will run Dodge’s special “Ask Dr. Z” paint scheme that debuted in Daytona again in Chicago.(Clear!Blue PR), see image of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(7-6-2006)

    • Most Popular scheme on #43 at Chicago: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 ChexMostPopularDriver.com Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, located in Joliet, Illinois for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400. Labonte will be racing the "What's Your Mix" Dodge this weekend to help promote the Chex Most Popular Driver website. Labonte and General Mills will be making an announcement this Sunday morning at Chicagoland Speedway(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing PR)(7-5-2006)

    • USG Scheme for #17: For the first of three times in 2006, Matt Kenseth will pilot the #17 USG Sheetrock Ford Fusion. USG Sheetrock will also be the primary sponsor for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in July and the November race at Phoenix International Raceway.(Roush Racing PR)(3-22-2006)
      USG Colors for Kenseth at Chicago: Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Bristol in March (finished third) and the last will be at Phoenix in November.(Roush Racing PR), see image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(7-4-2006)

    • Yeley to Drive VESIcare Scheme at Chicago: To bring attention to the condition of overactive bladder (OAB), Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are working together with driver J.J. Yeley, who will be driving #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy at Chicagoland Speedway. The sponsorship is part of an ongoing promotional campaign to help raise awareness about OAB and VESIcare tablets, a treatment for OAB marketed by Astellas and GSK. The campaign goal for VESIcare is to help make sufferers aware that their condition may be treatable and to encourage a dialogue between patients and health care professionals. The logo for VESIcare will be displayed on the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy driven by Yeley. For complete prescribing information for VESIcare, go to www.vesicare.com.(True Speed Communication/JGR PR)(7-3-2006)

    • Special Irwin scheme for #26 at three races: #26-Jamie McMurray is scheduled to drive a white Lennox Industrial Tools paint scheme at Chicagoland, New Hampshire [July] and Kansas City.(RacingOne)(4-25-2006)

    • #5 Paint Scheme plans UPDATE: hearing that Kyle Busch will run a few paint schemes in 2006 besides the normal Kellogg's scheme. At Las Vegas, Busch will run the Ice Age 2 [movie] scheme. Will run a movie scheme from "Car" at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Cheez-It at Daytona in July.
      Carquest Auto Parts schemes at Darlington, both Pocono races, Chicago and Texas in November.
      Delphi at Texas in April, Indy, Michigan in August and Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(1-17-2006)
      Ice Age II on the #5 at Vegas: Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy will sport an "Ice Age: The Meltdown" paint scheme in this weekend's NEXTEL Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The film will premiere March 31 in theaters across the country.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on my #5 Team Schemes page.(3-9-2006)

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


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