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THE RACE: The Daytona 500

Nextel Cup Race #1 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, February 19, 2005 in Daytona, FL

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air:
    Monday, February 20 at 2:00am/et on TNT;
    Thursday, February 23 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $18,029,052 (was $17,623,980 in 2005)

    1st - winner, minimum of: 2nd minimum of $1,438,155
    3rd $1,034,175
    4th $741,325
    5th $461,925
    43rd/last $224,665

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2005): $17,623,980; Winner got: $1,497,154; 2nd; $1,106,138; 3rd: $828,796; 4th: $643,896; 5th: $533,579; and 43rd: $276,444

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2004): $15,972,313; Winner got: $1,495,070; 2nd; $1,096,070; 3rd: $758,839; 4th: $610,792; 5th: $472,189; and 43rd: $216,997

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2003): $14,030,129; Winner got: $1,419,406; 2nd: $1,027,101; 3rd: $707,526; 4th: $569,630; 5th: $444,609...and 43rd got: $195,663

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2002): $12,314,505; Winner got: $1,327,030; 2nd: $928,100; 3rd: $631,500; 4th: $479,075; 5th: $353,175; 43rd: $114,236

  • Past Purse/Race Awards (2001): $11,049,049; Winner got: $1,303,826; 2nd: $905,700; 3rd: $608,050; 4th: $452,600; 5th: $334,650


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Bud Shootout practice: Friday, February, 10. 2:00 - 4:00pm/et

  • Bud Shootout Happy Hour practice: Friday, February, 10. 2:00 - 4:00pm/et; and 6:30 - 7:30pm/et

  • Daytona 500 practice: Saturday, February 11, 10:30am - 12:30pm/et; and 1:30 - 3:00pm/et;
    Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 - 1:00pm/et; and 2:00 - 3:00pm/et
    and Friday, February, 17, 1:30 - 2:45pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 18, 10:40 - 11:40am/et on TV-?


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Saturday, February 11, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2 and to set the Gatorade Duel races, Sunday, February 12 at 12:10pm/et, TV-NBC, 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 9th
    8:00 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
    9:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
    10:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS; INSPECTION BEGINS FOR BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT CARS ONLY
    8:00 PM NNCS DRAWING FOR BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT

    FRIDAY, February 10th
    7:00 AM ARCA, CROWN ROYAL IROC & NNCS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    INSPECTION BEGINS FOR DAYTONA 500 CARS
    4:15 PM 5:00 PM NNCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT PRACTICE
    6:30 PM 7:30 PM NNCS FINAL BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT PRACTICE

    SATURDAY, February 11th
    10:30 AM 12:30 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    1:30 PM 3:00 PM NNCS PRACTICE
    8:00 PM NNCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
    8:30 PM NNCS BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT (70 LAPS, 175 MILES) TNT LIVE

    Revised Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 12th at Daytona:
    ARCA Race - 9:30am (Speed-TV)
    Qualifying, Daytona 500 -- 12:08pm (NBC-TV)
    TNT on air for Bud Shootout -- 4:00pm
    Start your engines command - 4:30pm
    Green flag -- 4:42pm
    (all times et)

    SUNDAY, February 12th
    12:10 PM NNCS DAYTONA 500 BUD POLE QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS) NBC LIVE

    MONDAY, February 13th
    No track activity scheduled
    TUESDAY, February 14th
    No Nextel Cup activity scheduled
    WEDNESDAY, February 15th
    12:00 N 12:55 PM NNCS PRACTICE 2:05 PM 2:55 PM NNCS PRACTICE (FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE GATORADE DUEL)
    THURSDAY, February 16th
    2:10 PM NNCS GATORADE DUEL 150 MILE QUALIFYING RACES [TNT LIVE]
    (60 LAPS, 150 MILES, EACH)
    6:30 PM NCTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) TRUCKS WILL BE IMPOUNDED AFTER QUALIFYIN

    FRIDAY, February 17th
    1:40 PM 2:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE FOR THE DAYTONA 500
    3:05 PM NBS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) CARS WILL BE IMPOUNDED AFTER QUALIFYING
    4:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
    6:00 PM CROWN ROYAL IROC RACE (40 LAPS, 100 MILES)
    8:15 PM NCTS DAYTONA 250 (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)

    SATURDAY, February 18th
    10:40 AM 11:40 AM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE FOR THE DAYTONA 500
    1:20 PM NBS HERSHEY'S KISSABLES 300 (120 LAPS, 300 MILES)

    SUNDAY, February 19th
    7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    2:00 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
    2:30 PM NNCS DAYTONA 500 (200 LAPS, 500 MILES)

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  • Speed to have over 70 hours of Speedweeks coverage: SPEED, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2006, will be live from Daytona Speedweeks for 10 days, beginning Feb. 10 at 2pm/et with Speedweeks on SPEED. In addition to live coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (Feb. 17, 8pm/et), the IROC race (Feb. 17, 6pm/et), the ARCA race (Feb. 11, 4pm/et), SPEED also will air multiple practice and qualifying sessions from all of NASCAR's three major divisions. SPEED favorites, including Trackside, Inside Nextel Cup, NASCAR Live, NASCAR Performance, SPEED News and NASCAR Victory Lane also will be on-site, with a new high-energy pre-race show entitled NASCAR RaceDay [instead of NASCAR This Morning] set to make its Daytona debut. "NASCAR RaceDay will take the team from NASCAR this Morning and add several new segments, including tech reports from crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Bootie Barker, off-track items from Vicki Johnson and Craig Reynolds and long-form interviews with the weekend's storymakers," said Chris Long, SPEED VP of Studio Production. "John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace will continue to anchor the show and offer their no-holds-barred perspective, something our viewers have come to expect from SPEED. NASCAR RaceDay will set the tone for the entire weekend." SPEED will have multiple stages on-site, including its 53-foot mobile stage truck just outside the main tunnel entrance, a central location inside the track in the FanZone and a third stage positioned atop the viewing garage in the NASCAR Nextel Cup team area.
    SPEED also has multiple specials planned for Speedweeks, including NASCAR Five Years Later, a look at NASCAR five years after the loss of Dale Earnhardt, a Daytona documentary hosted by Dave Despain, a look back at Toyota's NASCAR experience and Champions Quest, a one-hour special on the Rolex 24 at Daytona efforts of NASCAR champions Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace. As part of its coverage, SPEED will announce the 2005 SPEED Channel Driver of the year with a special one-hour program on Feb. 15 beginning at 8pm/et.(SPEED Channel)(1-19-2006)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Nextel Cup, Busch and IROC);
    Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 2,300, Right-side -- 2,300;
    Bud Shootout: Left-side -- 250, Right-side -- 250;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 650, Right-side -- 650;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 375, Right-side -- 375;
    IROC: Left-side -- 250, Right-side -- 250

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4000; Right-side -- D-4002

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Daytona . . . all three major NASCAR series -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- as well as IROC, will use the same tire codes throughout Speed Weeks . . . the only difference will be that the Craftsman Truck tires will be stamped with the "Goodyear Wrangler" brand, while the other three series will be stamped "Goodyear Eagle" . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Daytona . . . air pressure in the inner liner must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is the same construction that was used at Daytona last year, with a slightly tougher right-side compound for improved tread wear. This same construction will also be utilized at Talladega with different compounds."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • 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 Daytona: $5,000

    Winners for 2006 so far:

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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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  • Top 10 Finishers: where did they start?
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 9th
    #42-Casey Mears 14th
    #12-Ryan Newman 18th
    #38-Elliott Sadler 3rd
    #20-Tony Stewart 15th
    #07-Clint Bowyer 37th
    #25-Brian Vickers 35th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7th
    #21-Ken Schrader 23rd
    #88-Dale Jarrett 25th
    only one top-5 started ended up in the top 10, the average starting spot for the top-10 finishers was 18.6.(2-20-2006)

  • Johnson wins the Daytona 500: #48-Jimmie Johnson led late and without suspended crew chief Chad Knaus, won the 2006 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway with a green-white-checkered finish. #42-Casey Mears [career best finish] finished 2nd, followed by #12-Ryan Newman, #38-Elliott Sadler and #20-Tony Stewart. The rest of the top 10: #07-Bowyer, #25-Vickers, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #21-Schrader and #88-Jarrett. There were 18 leaders, a new track record. Pole sitter, #31-Jeff Burton in the Cingular Chevy, got involved in a late wreck and finished 32nd. Petty Enterprises started off good, until #45-Petty got caught up in an early wreck, but #43-Bobby Labonte was running in the top-15 until he got caught up in the Burton-McMurray wreck. #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, with support from Childress Vineyards, had a nice run and finished 20th, his career best. #20-Stewart and #24-Gordon tangled, #20-Stewart and #17-Kenseth tangled. Stewart and #5-Busch were penalized for aggressive driving during he race.
    Race Results on my Daytona Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page.(2-19-2006)

  • Daytona 500 Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 48th running of “The Great American Race” - the 2006 Daytona 500 - scoring his 19th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 148th career start.
    • Johnson’s last victory came at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in October 2005, six races earlier.
    • Johnson’s first victory in nine Daytona races is also his first in a restrictor-plate race.
    • Johnson moved to 31st on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tying Davey Allison, Buddy Baker and Fonty Flock.
    • Johnson, who finished fifth in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, begins the 2006 season atop the point standings.
    • Johnson has ranked among the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for 70 straight races, a streak that began after race No. 4 at Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Johnson led four times for 24 laps including the final 17.
    • It was his Johnson’s fifth straight top-10 finish at Daytona extending a streak that began here in 2004.
    • Johnson has won at least one race each season 2002 – 2006, five consecutive years.
    • Johnson scored the 10th victory for team owner Rick Hendrick at Daytona. It is Hendrick’s 141st victory as a car owner and sixth Daytona 500 victory with four different drivers [GBodine, DWaltrip, JGordon and now Johnson].
    • Team owner Rick Hendrick has won at least won race each season 1986 – 2006, 21 consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., led the most laps (32) in the 2006 Daytona 500. The last time he led the most laps in a race was at Atlanta last October, the only time in 2005 that he lad the most laps.
    • The 18 different leaders in the 2006 Daytona 500 set an all-time record for the most leaders at Daytona. The previous record was 15 set in 1974, 1989 and 1996 – all in the Daytona 500.
    • Three of the top-10 finishers in the 2006 Daytona 500 finished in the final top 10 in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Casey Mears (second) scored his career-best finish. It marked his first top-10 finish in seven races here.
    • Ryan Newman (third) scored his best finish at Daytona. It marked his second top-10 finish in nine races here.
    • Elliott Sadler (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Daytona. It marked his best Daytona finish since he finished second in this race in 2002.
    • Tony Stewart (fifth) scored his fifth straight top10 finish at Daytona. Stewart has scored eight top-10 finishes in 15 races at Daytona.
    • Clint Bowyer (sixth) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender in the 2006 Daytona 500. All seven of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders competed in the Daytona 500.
    • Joe Nemechek (33rd) has been running at the finish in the last 33 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.
    • Only once since 1979 has the winner of the Daytona 500 gone on to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship in the same year: Jeff Gordon (1997). Three other drivers won the Daytona 500 also became the NASCAR champion in the same year: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1964, 1971, 1974 and 1979) and Cale Yarborough (1977).
    • The race leader at the halfway point in the Daytona 500 has failed to win in the last 14 years. Dale Earnhardt Jr., was the leader at lap 100 in the 2006. The last driver to lead at halfway and win was Davey Allison in 1992.
  • Rumblings - Daytona 500:
    Jimmie Johnson took command late, survived a green/white/checker finish (though we finished under yellow), and led the final 17 laps to take his first ever Daytona 507.5 today at Daytona International Speedway. This was win #19 for Johnson (he's now tied with Davey Allison, Buddy Baker, and Fonty Flock for 31st on the all-time list), the 6th for Hendrick Motorsports in the 500, and the 141st overall for HMS. JJ's share of the over $18M in posted awards was a cool $1,505,124.
    Casey Mears (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 4th, and he's done that three times....at both Texas races last year and at Watkins Glen in August of 2004. He was the only other driver to top $1M in earnings today at $1,095,766 (and who was it that put him in the "field-filler" category just a couple weeks ago?).
    Elliott Sadler (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Bristol last April.
    Clint Bowyer( 6th) had his career-best finish today. He was 22nd in April at Phoenix in his only other NEXTEL Cup start.
    Ken Schrader (9th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Lowe's in May.
    Kasey Kahne (11th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Richmond in September.
    Kirk Shelmerdine (20th....and we're doing handstands!) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 26th at Talladega in May of 1994 (!!!) and his take today was a sweet $272,008.
    David Stremme (28th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Chicagoland last July (only 4 races).
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    The Rookie Report: In what could be the deepest rookie class ever, Clint Bowyer (6th) takes the point early. He was followed today by Martin Truex Jr (16th), Brent Sherman (21st), David Stremme (28th), Reed Sorenson (29th), Denny Hamlin (30th), and J. J. Yeley (41st).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Clint Bowyer (+31), followed by Brian Vickers (+28 ), Terry Labonte (+26), and Kirk Shelmerdine (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Carl Edwards (-38 ), followed by Jeff Burton (-31), Jamie McMurray (-31), Bobby Labonte (-27), Kyle Petty (-27), Kurt Busch (-25), Jeff Gordon (-24), and Jeff Green (-21). A good chunk of the field was involved in the "Shaft" this week.(from Stockcarfans.com)(2-19-2006)

    RACE RUNDOWN

  • The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 203 of 203 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #48-Johnson-c (9)(24 laps led)
    #42-Mears-d (14)
    #12-Newman-d (18)(23 laps led)
    #38-Sadler-f (3)(5 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (15)(20 laps led)
    #07-Bowyer-c (37-r)
    #25-Vickers-c (35)(21 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (7)(32 laps led)
    #21-Schrader-f (23)
    #88-Jarrett-f (25)

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


  • Cars on the lead lap: 31 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 31

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 01,14,19,45,18,66

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

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #43-Labonte (accident-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)
    #2-Busch (accident-out)
    #00-Sadler (engine-out)
    #99-Edwards (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (18 leaders with 32 lead changes):
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (32 most led/halfway);
    #17-Kenseth (28)
    #48-Johnson (24);
    #12-Newman (23);
    #25-Vickers (21);
    #20-Stewart (20);
    #6-Martin (19);
    #31-Burton (18)
    #38-Sadler (5);
    #5-Busch (5);
    #2-Busch (1);
    #16-Biffle (1);
    #24-Gordon (1);
    #26-McMurray (1);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #32-Kvapil (1);
    #36-Elliott (1);
    #61-Lepage (1);

  • Record: 18 leaders is a new record, 15 was the old record, done three times.

  • Lap leaders: #31-Burton - pole; #31-Burton 1-18; #38-Sadler 19-23; #24-Gordon 24; #17-Kenseth 25-26; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 27; #20-Stewart 28-47; #26-McMurray 48; #12-Newman 49-57; #17-Kenseth 58-80; #2-Busch 81; #32-Kvapil 82; #17-Kenseth 83-84; #29-Harvick 85; #-Earnhardt Jr. 86-90; #17-Kenseth 91; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 92-103; #6-Martin 104-107; #48-Johnson 108; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 110-112; #16-Biffle 113; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 114-115; #5-Busch 116-120; #48-Johnson 121-125; #36-Elliott 126; #6-Martin 127-141; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 142-143; #25-Vickers 144-155; #48-Johnson 156; #61-Lepage 157; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 158-163; #12-Newman 164-177; #25-Vickers 178-186; #48-Johnson 187-203;

    Cautions: 11 for 39 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 203 - end: #16-Biffle spun in turn 4 and smacked the wall.
    Caution 10 - Laps 198 - 201: #31-Burton slid up into #26-McMurray in the backstretch, Burton hitting the wall, McMurray came back down and into #43-Labonte, both into the wall, #11-Hamlin was involved also.
    Caution 9 - Laps 188 - 190: #26-McMurray got into #2-Busch on the backstretch, sending Busch into the wall, also involved were #14-Marlin and #24-Gordon.
    Caution 8 - Laps 177 - 180: #32-Kvapil slapped the turn 2 wall after losing a tire.
    Caution 7 - Laps 156 - 159: debris on the frontstretch in the groove
    Caution 6 - Laps 125 - 128: #7-Gordon lost a tire and smacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 108 - 111: #20-Stewart shot down the track in turn 3 for no reason and smacked #17-Kenseth who went thru the grass, shot up turn 3 and backed into the wall, hitting NO other car.
    Caution 4 - Laps 92 - 95: debris on the backstretch...a spring rubber
    Caution 3 - Laps 80 - 84: #66-Green got tapped by #88-Jarrett and slid down the track in turn 3, then shot back up the track into the path of #18-Yeley [who caught fire, but put it out quickly] ad #01-Nemechek, also collected was #99-Edwards who ended up hooked to #45-Petty and rode ontop of Petty's fender for a few feet. #01-Nemechek #17-Kenseth came in leading, #2-Busch came out leading.
    Caution 2 - Laps 49 - 51: #24-Gordon and #20-Stewart made contact just after Stewart lost the lead, sending Gordon into the turn 2 wall and Stewart then slapped the wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 18 - 20: #1-Truex Jr. started smoking heavily after brushing the wall, pushing the right side sheet metal against the right rear tire. #31-Burton came in leading, #38-Sadler came out leading

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona in the Daytona 500 Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 9: #01-Nemechek (still 3 laps down), 33rd
    Caution 8: #17-Kenseth, 15th
    Caution 7: #17-Kenseth (still a lap down), 15th
    Caution 6: #29-Harvick, 14th
    Caution 5: #01-Nemechek (still 2 laps down), 33rd
    Caution 4: #01-Nemechek (still 2 laps down), 33rd
    Caution 3: #19-Mayfield (still 5 laps down), 37th
    Caution 2: #1-Truex Jr., 16th
    Caution 1: #66-Green, 42nd
    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)
    ---- on lap 195, #5-Busch was penalized for rough driving, banging #20-Stewart
    ---- on lap 185, #8-Earnhardt Jr. had to get off the gas for some reason and fell back to 20th.
    ---- on the Caution 8 pit stops, #25-Vickers and #09-Wallace took fuel only; #14-Marlin took only 2 tires/fuel.
    ---- on the Caution 7 pit stops, #6-Martin made a 2nd pit stop as the team didn't get all the gas in the tank.
    ---- #20-Stewart was penalized for running over pit equipment [jack] on his caution 6 pit stop. He goes to the end of the longest line.
    ---- around lap 116, #45-Petty came back into the race after the team made repairs to his car.
    ---- on lap 115, #17-Kenseth was not scored a lap for not heeding the black flag soon enough.
    ---- THEN, #17-Kenseth was black flagged for passing Stewart while entering pit road, then bumping Stewart, Kenseth was penalized a pass-thru penalty.
    ---- Ironic: #20-Stewart was penalized for rough driving during the 5th caution, sent to the end of the longest line. Stewart turned his in-car camera away from viewing him.
    ---- as of lap 80, #24-Gordon has lost 3rd gear.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #24-Gordon made a few stops as he had a soft tire.
    ---- after starting in the back after the 2nd caution, #20-Stewart is up to 15th on lap 63. #24-Gordon is 32nd.
    ---- during the 2nd caution pit stop, #99-Edwards had some front end damage repaired. And #26-McMurray also has left side damage and made numerous pit stops to make repairs - McMurray's car fell off the jack, doing sheet metal damage.
    ---- on lap 41, #19-Mayfield made yet another pit stop to make more sheet metal repairs.
    ---- on lap 38, #19-Mayfield made another pit stop as he cut down a right side tire from the damage on the lap 34 incident.
    ---- on lap 34, #19-Mayfield came in to pit smoking after smacking the wall when #09-Wallace came over into Mayfield, who the came down and into #16-Biffle, no caution.
    ---- penalized on the caution 1 pit stops: #88-Jarrett was too fast coming off pit road; #27-Shelmerdine for pitting outside the pit box. Both were sent to the end of the longest line.
    ---- during the 1st Caution, ALL the drivers came in to make pit stops.
    ---- on lap 2, #66-Green lost a left rear tire and made a pit stop, the tire carcass rolled off the track and out of danger.
    ---- NASCAR waved off the green flag as #29-Harvick had to pit due to a plastic bag stuck to the TV camera.
    ---- To The Back [3]: #14-Marlin [backup car/was to start 39th]; #43-Labonte [engine change/8th]; #01-Joe Nemechek [engine change/38th].


  • Jayski's Daytona 500 Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page

  • To The Back [3]: #14-Marlin [backup car/was to start 39th]; #43-Labonte [engine change/8th]; #01-Joe Nemechek [engine change/38th].

  • #01 Fire at Daytona UPDATE: around 9:20am/et, it was reported on Speed Channel's NASCAR Live the there was a fire in the engine compartment of the #01 US Army Chevy that Joe Nemechek drives, supposedly oil collected in a heat shield and caught fire and was quickly put out. No report on an engine change, but ut was reported that the #01 would start at the rear of the field due to engine problems in the Gatorade Duel on Thursday.
    UPDATE: The MB2 Motorsports #01 Chevy driven by Joe Nemechek suffered a small fire in the engine compartment this morning around 9:00am/et as the crew prepared for the Daytona 500. The fire that a crewmember termed as 'No big deal' started after pieces of rubber under the exhaust header ignited. The crew was forced to change the wiring harness and the aluminum heat shield next to the header. The car will be starting from the back, but they had already been relegated there after being forced to change an engine yesterday. The engine that was changed Saturday was from the same batch that produced the engine that had blown up during Thursday's Twin Qualifying race.(Cup Scene Daily)(2-19-2006)

  • Marlin to a backup car: What looked to be a very successful run at Daytona International Speedway for Sterling Marlin turned into a nightmare when an incident under caution damaged the #14 Waste Management Chevy, forcing the team to a backup car for Sunday's Daytona 500. Marlin showed a strong performance in Thursday's first of two Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying races, starting eighth and running as high as fourth several times. Then on Lap 58 of 60, the caution flag waved, setting up a green-white-checkered restart. As Marlin followed the field across thestart-finish line for the final caution lap, he was caught off guard as several other racecars slowed to avoid debris and the result was a wrecked racecar. By going to a backup car he will be forced to start the Daytona 500 from the rear of the field.(MB2 Motorsports PR)(2-17-2006)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is being run, so far:
    #21-Schrader 192.686
    #1-Truex Jr. 182.505
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 191.992
    #66-Green 191.714
    #61-Lepage 191.701
    slowest: #09-KWallace 185.973 and #27-Shelmerdin 187.426
    no speed listed for: #00-Sadler and #24-Gordon
    most laps run: #26-McMurray, 44; #20-Stewart, 43
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson, 188.66 [18th fastest lap], 13 laps run
    #88-Jarrett, 188.419 [6th], 17 laps
    #29-Harvick 187.923 [34th], 6 laps
    NOTE: #43-Labonte lost an engine towards the end of practice and will have to go to the rear of the field for the Daytona 500.
    See the speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice Session 6 page.(2-18-2006)

  • Friday Practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #40-Stremme 191.335
    #7-Gordon 191.331
    #29-Harvick 191.257
    #66-Green 191.249
    #36-Elliott 191.201
    slowest: #00-Sadler 183.535 and #38-Sadler 184.949
    no speed listed for: #17-Kenseth, #61-Lepage, #09-Wallace
    most laps run: #1-Truex Jr. 53; #26-McMurray, 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch, 186.751 [21st fastest lap], 14 laps run
    #31-Burton, 186.713 [19th], 21 laps
    #99-Edwards 186.381 [16th], 34 laps
    Next Up: Happy Hour practice Sat. Feb 18th at 10:30am/et, Speed Channel
    See the speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice Session 5 page.(2-17-2006)

  • Gordon wins 2nd Duel: #24-Jeff Gordon won the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 with #5-Busch finishing 2nd followed by #26-McMurray, #43-Labonte and #6-Martin. #7-Gordon and #09-Mike Wallace raced their way into the Daytona 500, with #10-Riggs and #78-Kenny Wallace just missing the Daytona 500. #32-Kvapil finished 26 but gets in by speed. With #7-Gordon racing into the Daytona 500; #27-Shelmerdine gets the final spot by speed with #96-Labonte starting 43rd using the Past Champions Provisional. Fifteen drivers fail to make the Daytona 500. See race results on my Gatorade Duel 150's Race Results page.(2-16-2006)

  • Sadler wins 1st Duel: #38-Elliott Sadler won the 1st Gatorade Duel 150 with #99-Edwards finishing 2nd followed by #8-Earnhardt Jr., #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth. #36-Elliott and #61-Lepage raced their way into the Daytona 500, with #23-Skinner and #74-Cope just missing. #00-Hermie Sadler finished 29th/last but gets in by speed. With Elliott racing into the Daytona 500. #7-Gordon is now in the race at least by speed. Three drivers are now locked in by speed #32-Kvapil, #00-Sadler and #7-Gordon; #96-Labonte is locked in by a Champ Prov. If 2 of the the #32, #7 or #96 race in, #27-Shelmerdine, and then #15-Menard could get in by speed. See race results on my Gatorade Duel 150's Race Results page.(2-16-2006)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Daytona: We ran the Gatorade Duel 160's (not a typo) today at Daytona International Speedway and set the field for Sunday's Daytona 500. Elliott Sadler won Duel #1 (both were extended to 64 laps via the green/white/checker rule) and he'll start 3rd on Sunday. Jeff Gordon (who was already assured of the outside pole on Sunday) won Duel #2. Jeff Burton copped the Budweiser Pole last Sunday (and became the first qualifier for next year's Bud Shootout) with a speed of 189.151. It's the third top-spot of Burton's career (he won the pole at Richmond in September of 2000 and at Michigan in August of 1996).
    Jamie McMurray (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono last July.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Dover last September.
    Kyle Petty (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Richmond in September of 2003!
    Ken Schrader (23rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Bristol last August.
    Welcome to Brent Sherman (29th).....he'll make his first ever Cup start on Sunday.
    For my money the story of the day (and I live for these) is Kirk Shelmerdine (42nd). Little did we know last Sunday when he qualified 7th amongst the have-nots (edging out Paul Menard by 7/1000th's of a second!) that we'd make it that far down the qualifying list today. Here's hoping this will lead to a little more sponsorship down the line and a chance for Kirk to make a few more races (tho his car made three races last year Kirk only qualified it once....at Pocono in July).
    STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races. Mark Martin has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(StockCarFans)(2-16-2006)

  • 2nd Wed. Practice: for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #25-Vickers 191.710
    #09-Wallace 191.546 [but lost a tire and tore an oil line off]
    #16-Biflle 191.498
    #88-Jarrett 190.848
    #17-Kenseth 190.504
    no speeds listed for: #59-Belmont; #52-Gunselman; #11-Hamlin; #00-Sadler
    slowest: #80-Long 178.239 and #89-Shepherd 184.188
    most laps run: #6-Martin, 35; ##42-Mears, #2-Busch, #16-Biflle, 30
    notes: #09-Mike Wallace lost a tire and tore an oil line off 15 minutes into the practice.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #09-Wallace, 187.319 [2nd fastest lap], 15 laps run
    #12-Newman, 187.156 [44th], 10 laps
    #48-Johnson 187.112 [13th], 16 laps
    Next up is Thursday's Gator Duels at 2:00pm/et on TNT.
    See the speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 4 page.(2-15-2006)

  • 1st Wed. Practice: for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 191.392
    #17-Kenseth 191.213
    #12-Newman 190.985
    #61-Lepage 190.880
    #4-Wimmer 190.803
    slowest: #80-Long 178.902 and #59-Belmont 183.065
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson, 35; #42-Mears, 33
    notes: #11-Hamlin and #74-Cope scraped the wall, no word of any damage.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #17-Kenseth, 188.027 [2nd fastest lap], 18 laps run
    #2-Busch, 187.873 [7th], 23 laps
    #12-Newman, 187.728 [3rd], 15 laps
    Final Wed Practice is sched to run from 2:05 - 2:55pm and be televised on Speed.
    See the speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 3 page.(2-15-2006)

  • Johnson could had lost car to NASCAR: After his #48 Lowe's Chevrolet was disqualified after post Daytona 500 qualifying inspection there was a chance Jimmie Johnson was going to lose his primary car for the 500. However according to NASCAR's Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton; "We are not going to take the car. They'll be able to run that car. There are some things we need to work on when we get in the garage area Wednesday morning but the cars fine." Nextel Cup Series Director John Darby explains, "A lot of times you can hold an illegal part or piece in you hand. Then there's other situations where you use what is a very acceptable, very normal and very legal piece on the car and create a procedure that turns that part into something that it shouldn't do." Darby went on to explain what his inspectors found following pole qualifying. "Basically the pannard rod adjusting bolt had an additional clamp on it which enabled that adjusting rod to not only adjust the pannard bar but while the pannard bar was being adjusted it jacked the rear window up." The 48 team must now correct the illegal part for the car to be able to return to the track.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(2-14-2006)

  • UNOFFICIAL Gatorade Duel 150 Starting Lineups on my Jayski's Gatorade Duels Page

  • Hamlin wins the Budweiser Shootout: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, the first time in Bud Shootout history that a rookie won the event. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd with a late race pass of #20-Tony Stewart, then #10-Scott Riggs [after getting the lucky dog pass] and #48-Jimmie Johnson. The race ended under a green-white-checker finish after a late caution. Pole sitter #21-Ken Schrader finished 14th after leading 18 of the first 20 laps. There were 14 lead changes by 9 drivers and 3 cautions for 13 caution laps. #55-Michael Waltrip, who started 21st/last and has been slow since unloading, was strong in the race and led 11 laps before finishing 11th. For the unofficial results and past news on the 2006 Bud Shootout, see my 2006 Budweiser Shootout page.(2-12-2006)

  • Revised Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 12th at Daytona:
    ARCA Race - 9:30am (Speed-TV)
    Qualifying, Daytona 500 -- 12:08pm (NBC-TV)
    TNT on air for Bud Shootout -- 4:00pm
    Start your engines command - 4:30pm
    Green flag -- 4:42pm
    (all times et)

  • Budweiser practice speeds and starting lineup are on the 2006 Budweiser Shootout page.

  • Bud Shootout Postponed: The 2006 Budweiser Shootout has been postponed until Sunday, Feb 12th at 4:00pm/et with a 4:30pm/et green flag [TNT Live], with Daytona 500 Qualifying still scheduled for 12:10pm/et [NBC] and the ARCA Race is scheduled to run at 9:30am/et and be televised live on Speed Channel.(2-11-2006)

  • Jeff's on the front row for the Daytona 500: #31-Jeff Burton in the #31 Cingular Chevy, won the pole for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 189.151mph. The pole is Burton's first since Richmond in Sept. 2000, 189 races ago and only the third of his career. #24-Jeff Gordon went out late and scored the outside pole with a lap of 188.877. The two Jeff's are the only drivers locked in starting spots for the 500. The rest will gain their starting spot via the Gatorade Duels on Thursday [will cover here online live]. The rest of the top five are #88-Dale Jarrett, #38-Elliott Sadler and #48-Jimmie Johnson. The best Dodge was #43-Bobby Labonte, who was 6th fastest. All the drivers who are in the top-35 of 2005 final owners points are in the race. Four drivers who are not locked in the top-35 have secured a spot in the race: #36-Bill Elliott, #32-Travis Kvapil, #00-Hermie Sadler and #96-Terry Labonte. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 39th fastest. #17-Matt Kenseth lost a tire just as he took the green flag and was the only driver not to record a speed. No wrecks or major incidents. See the qualifying results on my Jayski's Daytona 500 Qualifying/Grid Page.(2-12-2006)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes: #31-Jeff Burton won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Daytona 500, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 48.063 seconds at 189.151 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 42.783 seconds, 210.364 mph, set Feb. 9, 1987, prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Ken Schrader holds the track restrictor-plate qualifying record with a lap of 46.434 seconds, 198.823 mph - set Feb. 7, 1988. This is Burton's third career Bud Pole in 404 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Richmond in September 2000, 190 races ago. This is Burton's first Bud Pole at Daytona. His best previous Daytona 500 qualifying time was 11th in 1999. His best previous start at Daytona was second in October 1998. The Daytona 500 has been won from the Bud Pole nine times in the 47 previo us Daytona 500s, most recently by Dale Jarrett in 2000. This is the fourth Daytona 500 Bud Pole for Richard Childress, all with different drivers: Jeff Burton (2006), Jeff Green (2003), Mike Skinner (1997) and Dale Earnhardt (1996). Jeff Gordon had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 47.650 seconds at 188.877 mph and will join Burton on the front row. It is his fourth top-10 start in his seven races at Daytona; all in the Daytona 500. This is Gordon's second front-row start in 14 Daytona 500s. He won the Bud Pole for the 1999 Daytona 500 [an won the race]. He started 15th in this race one year ago [and won the race].(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-12-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    #36-Bill Elliott [CH], 187.715 - IN
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 187.106 - IN
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 187.025 - IN
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH], 186.382 - IN
    the following need to get in via the Duel 150 or have one of the top four get in via the Duel's [2 get in from each]
    #7-Robby Gordon, 186.850
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 186.037
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 185.361
    #15-Paul Menard, 185.334
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 185.322
    #50-Larry Foyt, 185.158
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 184.854
    #64-Randy LaJoie, 184.540
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 183.576
    #74-Derrike Cope, 183.333
    #09-Mike Wallace, 182.953
    #23-Mike Skinner, 182.771
    #37-Chad Blount, 181.906
    #92-Chad Chaffin, 181.763
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 181.594
    #52-Larry Gunselman, 181.214
    #10-Scott Riggs, 180.890
    #59-Andy Belmont, 179.960
    #80-Carl Long, 176.935.(2-12-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: their speeds in Daytona 500 qualifying:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 187.786 (7th fastest)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 187.488 (12th)
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 187.207 (17th)
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 186.289 (29th)
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 185.242 (37th)
    #40-David Stremme, 184.543 (43rd)
    #49-Brent Sherman, 182.142 (50th)
    #92-Chad Chaffin, 181.763 (52nd).(2-12-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 58 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #80-Carl Long is due out first on Sunday, Feb 12th at 12:00pm/et on NBC, last driver scheduled out is #19-Mayfield. For the Qualifying order, see my Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-11-2005)

  • 2nd Daytona 500 practice is over at Daytona International Speedway, the fastest:
    #38-Sadler 188.454
    #24-Gordon 187.594
    #36-Elliott 187.504
    #88-Jarrett 187.414
    #48-Johnson 187.332
    54 of 58 drivers have made runs
    slowest: #80-Long 175.774 and #37-Blount 180.665
    the practice was cut short by rain.
    No speed listed for: #59-Belmont, #12-Newman, #45-Petty and #29-Harvick.
    See speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 2 page.(2-11-2006)

  • 1st Daytona 500 practice is over at Daytona International Speedway, the fastest:
    #29-Harvick 188.399
    #24-Gordon 187.266
    #45-Petty 187.134
    #38-Sadler 187.106
    #48-Johnson 186.889
    slowest: #80-Long 175.288 and #59-Belmont 178.253
    58 drivers are listed.
    most laps run: 9 by #15-Menard, #4-Wimmer, #41-Sorenson, #42-Mears
    There is no #64-McClure listed and Randy LaJoie is now listed in the #64 instead of #34.
    See speeds on my Daytona 500 Practice 1 page.(2-11-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, 2006 at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: NBC - 12:00pm/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

  • Some Entry List Notes: Larry Gunselman has replaced Donnie Nuenberger in the #52 Ware Racing Nextel Cup entry for the Daytona 500. Nuenberger was not approved by NASCAR to run at Daytona International Speedway. In another entry list change, Randy LaJoie's number was changed from #34 to #64. He is a teammate to Rookie of the Year candidate #92-Chad Chaffin with Front Row Motorsports. Also entered is the #80 Stan Hover Motorsports car with driver Carl Long. During the preseason testing session at Daytona International Speedway in January, that number belonged to Joe Gibbs Racing.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)
    HOWEVER: nascar.com has Eric McClure entered in the #64 Preimere Motorsports ride and LaJoie is still listed in the #34 Front Row Motorsports 2nd team at nascar.com as well as on my Entry List, from NASCAR Media. Been told that LaJoie will run the #64 [no idea why] for Daytona only using #34 owners points [if needed] and will go back to #34 the next race. As for the #80, Hover has ran that number for a decade as a part time team, Gibbs just started using it a few years ago as their 3rd team and now 4th team since the #11 came along.(2-11-2006)
    UPDATE: LaJoie is running the #64 and Eric McClure is not attempting the Daytona 500.(2-11-2006)

  • Entry List for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 58 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:
    Not in top 35 of 2005 owners points (2005 race attempts in parens):
    #00-Hermie Sadler (6 races attempted by team in 2005)
    #09-Mike Wallace (20)
    #4-Scott Wimmer (36)
    #7-Robby Gordon (36)
    #10-Scott Riggs (9 as #91) #15-Paul Menard (8 as #1)
    #23-Mike Skinner (9)
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine (16)
    #32-Travis Kvapil (36)
    #34-Randy LaJoie (28)
    #36-Bill Elliott [CH](12)
    #37-Chad Blount (36)
    #50-Larry Foyt (13)
    #52-Larry Gunselman (4)
    #59-Andy Belmont (none)
    #61-Kevin Lepage (35 as #66 in 2005)
    #74-Derrike Cope (25 as #00/08 in 2005)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (2)
    #80-Carl Long (2)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (22)
    #92-Chad Chaffin (36)
    #95-Stanton Barrett (7)
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH](none)
    In the unlikely event that qualifying and the qualifying races were rained out..
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 96,36,4,32,7,37,92,61
    missing the race would be [15]: #'s 34,74,89,09,27,50,10,23,15,95,00,52,78,80,59
    (2-9-2006)

  • Entry List Links:
    Jayski's Daytona 500 Entry List, 58 cars entered

  • Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duel/Daytona 500:

    NASCAR instituted a new procedure that started in 2005 for setting the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

    The two qualifying races that establish the starting line-up for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500 will feature changes to the procedure of assigning cars to the respective qualifiers, which were extended from 125 to 150 miles in 2005.

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous season NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from Bud Pole Qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final previous season car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in Bud Pole qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the finalprevious season car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car’s starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final previous season car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from Bud Pole qualifying
    [no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only [for 2006, #96-Terry Labonte would get first shot as he last won the championship in 1996 and then #36-Bill Elliott would be next in line, winning last in 1988. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races: The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.

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

  • Jayski's - 2005 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

  • Interesting stat from Big: Bill Elliott’s Daytona track record is 210.364. Last year, Greg Biffle sat on the pole with a speed of 188.387. Did you know if those two cars were in the same race, Elliott would go by Biffle every 8.57 laps? In a 500-mile race Biffle would get lapped 23 times. And you thought some of the backmarkers were slow.(Caledonian Record)(2-4-2005)

  • All 72: Five drivers have competed in all 72 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: #6-Mark Martin (2 Talladega, 0 Daytona wins)
    #21-Ricky Rudd (0, 0) - will end in 2006
    #49-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #2-Rusty Wallace (0, 0) - will end in 2006
    #15-Michael Waltrip (1, 3)
    Plus all five ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(10-2-2005)

    2005 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 135.173mph, started 15th

    Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

  • Event/Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Event Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 188.312, finished 15th

    Most Victories: (7) Richard Petty (1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79, 81)

    Most Consecutive Victories: (2) Richard Petty (1973-74); Cale Yarborough (1983-84); Sterling Marlin (1994-95)

    Most Career Starts: (33) Dave Marcis

    Most Consecutive Starts: (32) Dave Marcis (1968-99)

    Most Pole Positions: (4) Cale Yarborough (1968, 70, 78, 84); Buddy Baker (1967, 73, 79-80)

    Most Wins from the Pole Position: (2) Cale Yarborough (1968, 84); Bill Elliott (1985, 87)

    Most Consecutive Pole Positions: (3) Fireball Roberts (1961-63); Bill Elliott (1985-87); Ken Schrader (1988-90)

    Longest Span Between First and Last Victory: (17) Richard Petty (1964-81)

    Most Starts Before Winning: (20) Dale Earnhardt

    Most Races Led: (20) Richard Petty

    Most Times Completing All 500 Miles: (14) Dale Earnhardt

    Most Miles Completed: (12,150 miles, 4,860 laps ) Richard Petty

    Most Laps Led, Career: (780) Richard Petty

    Most Times Led, Race: (21) Bobby Allison (1981)

    Most Laps Led, Race: (184) Richard Petty (1964)

    Driver Leading the Most Laps and Winning: (184) Richard Petty (1964)

    Driver Leading the Most Laps and Not Winning: (170) Fireball Roberts (1961)

    Driver Leading the Fewest Laps and Winning: (4) Benny Parsons (1975)

    Most Different Leaders, Single Race: (15) (1974, 89, 96)

    Fewest Different Leaders, Single Race: (3) (1972)

    Most Lead Changes, Single Race: (60) (1974)

    Most Wins by a Manufacturer: (16) Chevrolet

    Most Starters in he Field: (68) (1960)

    Lowest Starting Position by a Winner: (33rd) Bobby Allison (1978)

    Widest Winning Margin: 2 laps, Richard Petty (1973)

    Closest Winning Margin: 2 feet, Lee Petty (1959)

    Fastest Winning Speed: 177.602 mph, Buddy Baker (1980)

    Slowest Winning Speed: 124.740 mph, Junior Johnson (1960)

    Youngest Winner: 25 years, 6 months, 12 days, Jeff Gordon (1997)

    Oldest Winner: 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, Bobby Allison (1988)

    PREVIOUS DAYTONA 500 RACE/POLE WINNERS

    ESPN.com Daytona 500 winners


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet

  • Track Homepage: www.daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2005 Daytona 500 Race Info Page.

  • A Darlington deal for the Daytona 500 The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season has finally arrived. On Sunday, February 19, the eyes of race fans all over the world will be focused on the state of Florida and racing's premier event, the Daytona 500. Darlington Raceway is offering a special one-day-only deal to celebrate the opening of the season at Daytona. Fans who purchase any grandstand ticket to the 2006 Dodge Charger 500, coming up Saturday, May 13 at the track "Too Tough To Tame," will receive a free pre-race pit pass. The pre-race pit pass allows access to the pit road area until one hour before the start of the race. This offer is valid only on Sunday, February 19 - race day at Daytona. Ticket prices for the Dodge Charger 500 start at $45. Fans can purchase their tickets and receive their free pre-race pit passes by calling toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or by visiting www.racetickets.com, on Sunday, February 19.(Darlington Raceway)(2-18-2006)

  • Clemens Named Honorary Official: Future baseball Hall of Famer and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens has been named Honorary Official for the 48th annual Daytona 500. As Honorary Official, Clemens will ride in one of the Chevrolet Impala SS cars before start the prestigious 200-lap, 500-mile race.(DIS PR)(2-17-2006)

  • Olympic snowboard medalists to give start command: Olympic snowboard medalists Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, who led the United States to a 1-2 finish in the women's halfpipe, have been named Co-Honorary Starters for the prestigious 48th annual Daytona 500. Hannah Teter, a native of Belmont, Vt., captured the Gold Medal in the halfpipe competition in her Olympic debut at the 2006 Torino Games. Gretchen Bleiler, also making her Olympic debut, took the silver in the halfpipe. In 2005, the Aspen, Colo., resident returned from a torn ACL injury to win the X Games, Gravity Games, U.S. Open and a World Cup at the Olympic pipe at Bardonecchia.(DIS PR)(2-17-2006)

  • 'Sonny?' Actor James Caan named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal: Actor James Caan, star of the NBC hit drama “Las Vegas,” has been named Grand Marshal for the prestigious 48th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19 at historic Daytona International Speedway. Caan, who garnered an Academy Award nomination for his role as Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather” and an Emmy nomination for his performance as football star Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song,” will give the starting command “Gentlemen, start your engines” in the premier motorsports event in the world. Caan, who also starred in popular films such as “Misery” and “Honeymoon in Vegas,” will also ride in one of the Daytona 500 pace cars ahead of the 43-car field. In Las Vegas, which will be moving to Friday nights on NBC at 9:00pm/et beginning March 3, Caan stars as Ed Deline, the head of a surveillance team of a casino. On Monday, Feb 6, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Jimmie Johnson had a major guest starring role on the show, playing himself. “We’re proud to have James Caan serve as Grand Marshal and deliver the starting command for the Daytona 500 in front of thousands of race fans and millions more watching on television,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Attracting an accomplished actor such as James Caan continues the tradition of high-profile actors, athletes and politicians that have kicked off the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.” Caan received a Best Actor Award from the Sebastian Film festival for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rain People,” as well as the Actor of the Year honor from the National Associate of Theater Owners for “The Gambler.”NASCAR tickets for the 2006 DAYTONA 500 and all other Speedweeks 2006 events are on sale now, order your tickets online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS Site)(2-15-2006)

  • Bump Drafting Issue Resurfaces UPDATE NASCAR draws line on bump-drafting: Even though he finished a respectable third in the 72-lap exhibition sprint, defending Nextel Cup champion #20-Tony Stewart was livid afterward. Stewart had just finished a race that saw he and the 20 other contestants narrowly dodge, only by good fortune and luck, major accidents at the sprawling 2½-mile track. The reason for Stewart's ire was the bump drafting, which entails intentionally slamming into the car in front of you. The purpose is actually to push the next car along – and some drivers assert it's a necessary move – but do it at the wrong time or at the wrong angle, and wrecks easily can ensue. And wrecks at restrictor plate tracks have the potential to be especially brutal. Really, bump drafting isn't drafting at all. It's legalized road rage – legal, at least, in NASCAR terms. There are laws prohibiting this obviously unsafe maneuver on highways, so why aren't existing rules in NASCAR's books against unsafe or overaggressive driving being enforced when it comes to bump drafting? NASCAR vice president of communications Jim Hunter said after Sunday's race that the sanctioning body has tried to come up with different ways to, at the very least, control bump drafting. But, Hunter noted, sanctioning body officials have to be cautious to make major changes in one area, lest they unwittingly compromise safety in yet another area. Hunter says NASCAR has explored "softening up" front bumpers on cars so that there will be less resulting impact and damage – and thus less chance for a car being knocked out of control – when bump drafting occurs. Again, laudable, but not entirely realistic. Hunter also said NASCAR is reluctant to simply penalize every driver that bump drafts, as some of the allegedly guilty might actually be victims of circumstance, such as being unable to avoid impact when a car in front suddenly checks up.(Yahoo Sports)(2-13-2006)
    UPDATE NASCAR draws line on bump-drafting: NASCAR will post additional officials in the turns at Daytona International Speedway to monitor the act of bump-drafting between cars on the track, according to Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition for the sanctioning body. And left up to make the call, he said Tuesday, officials could penalize drivers for such contact. Pemberton said the officials would begin monitoring the situation beginning with Thursday's Gatorade Duals, twin 150-mile qualifying races that will set the remainder of the field for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500. "I think what we are going to do over the week as the races unfold," Pemberton said, "we may have some zones that we post added officials in where me might be forced to make a call of a bump draft that is unnecessary. The straightaways, obviously, don't appear to be a problem. But we're working on it. We've talked to the competitors about the problem and we may be put in the position that we have to make some calls that we really don't want to make."
    The act of bump-drafting occurs when a driver makes contact with his and another vehicle in front of him on the race track with the front bumper of his car. The "hit" is normally used to push the car in front past a car beside it. The practice has become fairly common at Daytona and Talladega, however, following Sunday's Budweiser Shootout, defending series champion Tony Stewart said the act of bump drafting could lead to another death at the 2.5-mile track. As far as penalties are concerned, Pemberton said it could be "a pass through as far as coming down pit road. It could be anything. ... This is a serious matter. "Everybody has to remember, we don't drive these things. The drivers are in control, they have the pedals they can push and the steering wheel they can turn. To leave it in our hands when we're not out there ... they may get a call that they didn't bargain for."(NASCAR Scene)(2-14-2006)

  • Daytona: No Plans to Pave: While discussing the perils of bump drafting at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday night following the Budweiser Shootout, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a verbal swipe at the condition of the 2.5-mile tri-oval. "I think the racetrack is in poor condition, in my opinion," Earnhardt said. "We run around the middle of the corner because the bottom is so dang rough. There's a lot of bad bumps and it moves the cars around when you're side by side. Three-wide and you've got cars running through bumps and holes; you're going to have a hard time hanging on to them."
    "We respect the opinions of the drivers," Speedway president Robin Braig said in response. "On the competition side, we look to our sanctioning bodies, in this case NASCAR, and to Goodyear Tires for their recommendations about our track surface. They keep a close eye on the condition of the track surface." Earnhardt was 5 years old the last time the Speedway, owned by International Speedway Corp., was paved in 1979. ISC plans to pave Talladega Superspeedway, a track similar in size [2.66 miles] and shape, this year. Braig said that "at this time, there are no plans to repave" Daytona. "NASCAR and Goodyear have each told us we are in good shape right now," Braig said. "We always listen to our drivers, but we take our lead on the competition side from NASCAR and Goodyear."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-14-2006)

  • Bud the official Beer of Daytona: Budweiser will become the Official Beer of Daytona International Speedway under a new multi-year agreement that includes Official Beer status and signage rights during all of the track's eight annual events, including Speedweeks, the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400 and the renaming of the track's infield concession area to "The Budweiser Bistro." Budweiser, the official beer of NASCAR and driver #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., will gain significant track signage, a major presence on the infield scoring tower in the NEXTEL FANZONE, use of the Speedway's logo and 2008 50th Anniversary logo, and will introduce its "Green Team" recycling programs to help keep Daytona International Speedway clean.(fingerprint inc. PR)(2-11-2006)

  • Daytona continues handicap parking permit enforcement program: Due to the extensive misuse of accessible (handicap) parking permits in recent years at Daytona International Speedway events and a successful program launch in 2005, the Speedway will once again enlist law enforcement to aggressively monitor and enforce proper use of state-issued accessible parking permits. Following July's successful handicap parking permit enforcement program, during Speedweeks 2006 at Daytona International Speedway, state and local law enforcement officers will once again require all accessible parking placards, hangtags and license tags users to show proper documentation or identification before allowing entrance to accessible parking lots. Unauthorized use of an accessible parking permit is unlawful and punishable under Florida law. Refusal to cooperate with law enforcement officers implementing this program constitutes "resisting an officer" and will result in additional sanctions. Please be aware of the following:
    * Unlawful use of a parking permit is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, $1,000 fine, or 1 year in jail.
    * Guests CANNOT use an accessible parking permit unless the person to whom it's issued is the driver of or passenger in your vehicle!
    * The permit must be hung on the rearview mirror when the vehicle is parked in the accessible parking area.
    * Both sides of the parking permit must display valid decals (month/year and DL#).
    * Parking permit # must be displayed toward the front of the windshield.
    * Accessible license plates may be used in lieu of a parking permit.
    * Law enforcement officers at the Speedway will be checking permits issued by all U.S. states and Canada.(DIS PR)(2-9-2006)

  • Bon Jovi headlines Tribute to America at Daytona: As a continuation of Sprint Nextel's sponsorship of Bon Jovi's "Have A Nice Day" tour, the legendary rock band will headline the Sprint Tribute to America prior to the Daytona 500 Feb. 19, which kicks off the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series season. The pre-race show will air live on NBC from Daytona International Speedway - the World Center of Racing. Now in its third year, Sprint Tribute to America brings top entertainers to Daytona International Speedway to honor the spirit of America and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Thousands of people will have a unique opportunity to be up close during the high-energy show. Daytona International Speedway is accepting volunteers immediately at d500showvolunteers.com. The Daytona 500 pre-race coverage on NBC begins at 1:30pm/et Feb. 19, 2006. The race, which starts at 2:30 p.m., also will be broadcast live on MRN. For Speedweeks tickets, visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call (800) PITSHOP. More information on Bon Jovi, view bonjovi.com.(DIS PR)(2-8-2006)

  • Daytona 500 Souvenir Program Hits Major Retailers: Race fans eager for the 2006 NASCAR season to begin can get a head start with the official 2006 Daytona 500 souvenir program. This full-color, 144-page event program is packed with all the excitement that surrounds Speedweeks at the "World Center of Racing" - Daytona International Speedway. The official Daytona 500 souvenir program is now available at major retailers nationwide. Featuring NASCAR favorites 2004 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champ Tony Stewart and 2005 Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon on the cover, the official 2006 Daytona 500 souvenir program brings together all of the latest news and information available prior to the waving of the green flag. In addition to complete coverage of 2005 Speedweeks and the NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - the Daytona 500 - learn how Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon have recalibrated for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. Get a look at the participants expected to compete in the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona, and preview the Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying events. Cost of the program is $10. For information regarding Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, please visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS PR)(2-8-2006)

  • B-1B to do Flyovers at Daytona: United States Air Force B-1 Lancer bombers will fly over the Daytona International Speedway for both the Hershey's Kissables 300 Busch race on Saturday Feb. 18, 2006 and the Daytona 500 NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday Feb. 19, 2006.(Air Force PR)(2-7-2006)

  • Daytona 500 purse exceeds $18million: The 48th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19, America’s biggest and most prestigious motorsports event of the year, will once again carry the biggest purse in the history of stock car racing at more than $18 million. The posted awards for the “The Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 19 will be $18,029,052, an increase of nearly half a million. The posted awards for the 2005 Daytona 500, which was won for a third time by Jeff Gordon, was $17,623,980. The winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will collect a minimum of $1,438,155. The second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the Daytona 500 will receive a minimum of $1,034,175, $741,325, $589,500 and $461,925 respectively. Even the last-place finisher in the Daytona 500 will be rewarded with a minimum of $224,665.
    Other purses for Speedweeks 2006 events are:
    · ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race: $ 286,849
    · Budweiser Shootout: $1,119,920
    · GM Flex Fuel 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race: $835,651
    · Hershey’s Kissables 300 NASCAR Busch Series race: $2,629,362
    Tickets to any of the Speedweeks 2006 events are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-6-2006)

  • Daytona 500 Sells Out Again: All grandstand seats for the 48th annual Daytona 500 - at historic Daytona International Speedway are sold out, Speedway President Robin Braig announced today. While all the grandstand seats are sold out, fans can still purchase infield tickets for the "Great American Race" - the kick off to the NEXTEL Cup Series season scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19. Fans can also purchase tickets for other exciting DIS Speedweeks events including the Budweiser Shootout (Feb. 11), Bud Pole Qualifying (Feb. 12), the Gatorade Duel at Daytona (Feb. 16), GM Flex Fuel 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (Feb. 17), Crown Royal International Race of Champions (Feb. 17) and the Hershey's Kissables 300 NASCAR Busch Series event (Feb. 18). Tickets are available for other Speedweeks events at Daytona International Speedway are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(2-3-2006)

  • Corvette Z06 to Pace Daytona 500 with Jay Leno at the Wheel: A specially outfitted 2006 Corvette Z06 will serve as the official pace car of the 48th running of the Daytona 500, on Feb. 19. "Tonight Show" host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno will drive the pace car. Selection of the Z06 model marks the second consecutive year that a Corvette has been selected as the Daytona 500 pace car. The Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Daytona 500 pace car is mechanically identical to those available at Chevrolet dealerships. It is the fastest vehicle ever offered by Chevrolet and General Motors. With 505 horsepower (377 kw) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) from its 7.0L all-aluminum, racing-inspired engine, the Corvette Z06 leaps from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph. It also differs from other production Corvette models with extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber front fenders and a chassis comprised of aluminum and magnesium. A racing-ready suspension and large, 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels help keep it glued to the tarmac, so it requires no drivetrain modifications to satisfy its role in front of the racing pack. In its official capacity, however, the pace car is outfitted with a variety of safety equipment and highly visible strobe lights.
    The Corvette Z06's 505-horsepower (377 kw) output is actually more than the power produced by the race cars that will compete in the Daytona 500 - a first for a pace car. This is because of the unique "restrictor plate" rule established for the Daytona and Talladega. racetracks. On these 2.5-mile-long super speedways, the restrictor plate reduces airflow into the engine to limit horsepower and keep race car speeds below 200 mph. With a restrictor plate, racing engine power is reduced from about 750 horsepower to about 450 horsepower. Race cars can still average more than 190 mph on Daytona's long straights.
    The Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 wears a unique paint scheme, inspired by the hot-to-cool color transition of a space capsule entering Earth's atmosphere at a high rate of speed. The paint scheme is carried out with an elaborate, interlocking scallops design - a twist on hot rod-style flames - that blends "hot" Lemon Drop yellow at the nose of the Corvette with Lemon Glow, Amber Ecstasy, Blazing Copper and Hot Poppy. The colors culminate with a cool Sapphire Trance blue color at the rear of the vehicle. DuPont, the sponsor of Jeff Gordon's #24 Monte Carlo, supplied the colors, which are from the company's "Hot Hues" line of automotive paint.
    Jay Leno, host of the "Tonight Show" and an unabashed auto enthusiast, will drive the Corvette Z06 during opening ceremonies and the pace laps that start the race. Leno, who has a large collection of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, has previous experience as a pace car driver.(GM PR)(1-6-2006)

  • IROC adds road course...Daytona: The International Race of Champions [IROC] series will be on the road again in 2006, holding a road-course event as part of its four-race schedule for the first time in 14 years.The IROC series, sponsored by Crown Royal, will hold its third race this season on Thursday, June 29, on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The last road-course event in IROC was at Watkins Glen International in New York in 1991, with Rusty Wallace winning. As part of its 30th anniversary season, IROC will also race Feb. 17 on the 2.5-mile oval at Daytona, on April 7 at Texas Motor Speedway and on Oct. 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "We've missed the road racing element of the series over the years and I can't tell you how thrilled we are to add a road course back into the mix," said Jay Signore, IROC president and general manager. "This will be the first time the Crown Royal IROC Series will race on the Daytona road course since our inaugural season." IROC's test drivers began making laps Thursday on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course in conjunction with testing for the Rolex 24 of Daytona endurance race. The 12-driver field for this year's event is scheduled to be announced Jan. 17 in Daytona at a news conference during NASCAR's "Preseason Thunder," two weeks of testing that begins Monday.(ThatsRacin.com), the Daytona road course race takes the place of Richmond, which ran in Sept.(1-5-2006)

  • Lucky fan to be named "Mayor of Speedweeks" One lucky race fan will receive two tickets to all Speedweeks races and be part of the Daytona 500 Victory Lane celebration, all part of just a few of the perks bestowed upon Daytona International Speedway's "Mayor of Speedweeks." Teaming with Black Crow Broadcasting (WVYB, 103.3 FM; WHOG, 95.7; 93.1 KRO Country), the winner will also receive two credentials/access to pre-race & NEXTEL FANZONE on Sunday, February 19, 2006, have your photo taken with area mayor, participate in Speedweeks 2006 Opening Ceremonies at Rolex 24 practice receive two tickets to DAYTONA USA; wave the flag at Rolex practice session to officially get Speedweeks underway; attend the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver's Meeting; receive Party Zone access during the NASCAR Busch Series event and be part of the Gatorade Victory Lane celebration at the Daytona 500. To get all the perks of a politician, fans need to tell Daytona "Why Should I be Mayor of Speedweeks 2006" in 100 words or less. Future politicos can enter by mailing their essay to: Mayor of Speedweeks c/o Daytona International Speedway, 1800 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL, Fax to: 386-947-6791; E-Mail: daytonaspeedway@daytonainternationalspeedway.com or drop off our entry at Guest Services located at DAYTONA USA. Fans can also register on-line at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. The contest runs January 2nd - January 13th. Winner will be chosen and called by an employee of Daytona International Speedway by January 16th.(DIS PR)(12-27-2005)

  • Rebate for Daytona Land? Daytona International Speedway's landlord agreed Tuesday to look into getting a sales tax rebate from the state. Members of the Racing and Recreational Facilities Commission were intrigued by the prospect of getting up to $2 million annually from the state, which allows sales tax rebates for sports facilities. Local officials would have to apply and get approval from the Florida Legislature. But they made clear their top priority would be completing talks on a new lease payment with the Speedway in January. Bob Leib, owner of The Leib Group of Wisconsin, said the Speedway pays $10.8 million a year in sales taxes to the state. International Speedway Corp. has paid $10,000 a year since 1957 to lease the 447 acres of public land where it built the world-famous racing complex. The company exercised its option in April to extend the lease through 2035 at an annual rent of $20,000 starting in 2007. However, ISC offered in August to increase its annual rent to $500,000 a year in exchange for extending the lease to 2054. The racing board hired The Leib Group for about $75,000 to recommend a fair lease payment.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-22-2005)

  • Speedway to expand "Hospitality Village": Daytona International Speedway plans to move and expand its "Hospitality Village" along the track's south side. The backstretch Hospitality Village will be located about 200 yards away from its original location. The hospitality villages consist of temporary tents that are set up during events on concrete pads. The Speedway has applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District for permits for drainage and paving. Robin Braig, DIS president, said the hospitality tents are in place to accommodate NASCAR fans. "The tents allow the customers to eat and associate with vendors during events," Braig said. There are three hospitality locations around the track with two near the frontstretch and the one on the backstretch. The Daytona Club, one of the frontstretch areas, has a bar, restaurant and live music.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(10-25-2005)

  • The Dodge Daytona 500? UPDATE: NASCAR-ISC executives are trying to persuade Daimler-Chrysler's Dodge division to become the name sponsor of the Daytona 500 [at Daytona International Speedway in Feb 2006], but the German car company has not been willing to pay the price, according to sources close to the situation.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-26-2005)
    UPDATE: Daytona officials confirmed talking with DaimlerChrysler about naming rights for the Daytona Craftsman Truck Series race, but they say that there are no plans to add a sponsorship name to the Daytona 500. The season's first race hasn't been sponsored since STP dropped its marketing of it in 1993 after sponsoring it as "The Daytona 500 by STP" for several years.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-30-2005)

  • The Haskell Company Garners Award For DIS Infield Renovation: The Haskell Company, the Jacksonville based design and construction company that completed the multi-faceted, multi-million dollar infield renovation at historic Daytona International Speedway, has been awarded Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida First Coast Chapter Excellence Award. The project was recognized in the renovation category. After winning the award on the local level, the project will be entered into the national competition in November. The Haskell Company began the infield renovation immediately following the 2004 Pepsi 400 and among the amenities added included the NEXTEL FANZONE, the four-story Daytona 500 Club and new Gatorade Victory Lane, a massive Turn 1 tunnel, new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series garages and waterfront specialty vehicle parking. The project was completed in time for Speedweeks 2005.(DIS PR)(8-2-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kenny subs for Mike UPDATE: Kenny Wallace, who missed making the Daytona 500, is practicing the #09 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Dodge in Saturday's Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500. Mike was in an accident in the Daytona Truck Series race and has been diagnosed with a post concussion syndrome. Mike hopes to be cleared to run the Daytona 500, if not Kenny will run the #09.(Speed Channel's Happy Hour TV Coverage)
    UPDATE: Mike Wallace reported on Speed's NASCAR Live that hs went to the hospital and has been cleared to race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.(2-18-2006)

  • Knaus Ejected from 2006 Daytona 500 Activities UPDATE: NASCAR announced today that NASCAR Nextel Cup Series crew chief Chad Knaus has been ejected from any further participation in 2006 Daytona 500 activities as a result of a rules infraction discovered following pole qualifying runs Sunday. Knaus is the crew chief for the #48 Lowe's Chevy driven by Jimmie Johnson. NASCAR said the #48 car failed post-qualifying template inspection in the rear window area. The qualifying time posted by the #48 was disallowed and Johnson will have to start at the rear of the field in the first of two 150-mile qualifying races Thursday. The qualifying time of the #96 DLP Chevy driven by Terry Labonte was also disallowed. NASCAR officials said an unapproved carburetor was found on the 96 car. Labonte will also have to start from the rear of the field in Thursday’s qualifying races. Additional penalties for both cars will be determined following the Daytona 500.(NASCAR PR)(2-13-2006)
    UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick today responded to NASCAR sanctions levied against crew chief Chad Knaus following Sunday's Daytona 500 post-qualifying inspection at Daytona International Speedway. "We understand NASCAR's position," Hendrick said. "Our expectations for the team remain high. It's a deep, championship-caliber group and they'll step up this weekend." Darian Grubb, lead engineer for the #24 and #48 Hendrick Motorsports teams, will immediately assume Knaus' at-track duties in preparation for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500. "It's obviously disappointing to miss the biggest race of the year, but I'm confident in Darian and the rest of my teammates," Knaus said. "There's been a lot of effort put into the Daytona 500 and I know the team will be successful with the support they'll receive from the entire organization."(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(2-13-2006)
  • Johnson's qualifying run disqualified MORE Burton and Gordon cars also being looked at AND #96 also disallowed: on Speed Channel's Victory Lane show, Bob Dilner reported that #48-Jimmie Johnson's Daytona 500 qualifying run has been disqualified due to an illegal traction control adjuster on the right rear of the car. Johnson had qualified 5th on Sunday with a speed of 188.762mph and the rear tires were rubbing and smoking during his run. So Johnson will not have his speed to fall back on if he has a bad run in the Gatorade Duel race on Thursday, but since he is in the top-35 2005 owners points, he is guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500. Could be a fine and/or points penalty coming.
    AND Jimmie Johnson qualified 5th on Sunday in Daytona 500 time trial runs. He has been disqualified. Johnson had an illegal off-set track bar adjuster in the right rear of that car. If you remember during his time trial run, the #48 was smoking out on the racetrack in the left rear. With this illegal adjuster, it boosted up the back glass and actually made the left rear rub a little bit so that time has been disallowed by NASCAR. There are a bunch of other issues in the garage area. In fact, some issues with the #31 team of Jeff Burton. That's right. Your Daytona 500 polesitter. Those issues have to do with the engine, and that's being hotly discussed in the garage area right now. In the media center after the Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR said it is researching several things from post-500 qualifying tech, including Burton's car as well as the #24 car of Jeff Gordon.(FoxSports), see qualifying results on my Daytona 500 Qualifying/Grid page.
    UPDATE: been told that Jeff Burton's #31 Cingular Chevy passed inspection and there is no issue with the motor. BUT have been told the #96 DLP Chevy's time has been disallowed due to an unapproved carberator modification, so Terry Labonte will start from the rear at the Gatorade Duel's.(2-12-2006)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR officials late Sunday disqualified the Daytona 500 qualifying times set earlier in the day by Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and the #96 Hall of Fame Racing Chevy driven by Terry Labonte. According to NASCAR, in post-qualifying inspection Johnson’s car failed a template inspection, while Labonte’s car had a carburetor violation. Both cars had cleared pre-qualifying inspections. As a result, both cars will have to start in the back of the field during next Thursday’s Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race, which will set the final field for the Daytona 500. NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter said Sunday night that additional penalties could be forthcoming. Those penalties could include points taken away from the teams, monetary fines or both. Hunter said that although NASCAR had not confiscated Johnson’s car, that is also a potential option at the sanctioning body’s disposal. “These were serious infractions,” Hunter said, adding that the sanctioning body was treating them as such, given that they occurred prior to the first and most visible race of the season, the Daytona 500.(Speed Channel)
    UPDATE 3 - Suspension?: #48 Crew chief Chad Knaus faces possible suspension for altering the height of the rear window in driver Jimmie Johnson's car before Sunday's qualifying for the Daytona 500. The biggest penalty could come as early as Monday against Knaus, according to a NASCAR source. According to the source, an instrument was placed inside the car that raised the rear window after it went through pre-qualifying inspection to provide an aerodynamic advantage. The height difference was discovered during a post-qualifying inspection and considered a flagrant attempt to gain a competitive advantage.(NASCAR.com)(2-12-2006)

  • Bad Boy Mowers back on the #23: #23-Mike Skinner will run a third car for Bill Davis Racing in the Daytona 500 with Bad Boy Mowers as the primary sponsor. The #23 Bad Boy Mowers Dodge Charger at Daytona International Speedway is Chassis No. 62 … It was last run in the 2004 Daytona 500 and helped carry Scott Wimmer and the Cat Racing team to a third-place finish (started 26th). Bad Boy Mowers is teaming up with Bill Davis Racing to sponsor Mike Skinner and the #23 team in the 2006 Gatorade Duel and Daytona 500. This will not be the first time Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. has participated in the NEXTEL Cup Series with Davis. Bad Boy Mowers was an associate sponsor on the #23 car at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2004, when Dave Blaney brought home an 11th-place finish, and then last year Bad Boy Mowers teamed up with Skinner and BDR at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Founded in 1998 and based in Batesville, Ark., Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. is a manufacturer of zero-turn commercial lawn mowers. Rick Viers will serve as crew chief of the #23.(BDR PR)(2-8-2006)

  • Belmont back at Daytona Andy Belmont will be in Daytona Beach trying to qualify for the ARCA 200 and get his season off to a better start. The former local dirt track racer also will try to put a car into the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 19. Belmont will try to qualify for the Daytona 500 is the same car [#59 Year One Ford] that Derrike Cope used last year. It was actually sitting in a show room in Braselton, Ga., and was owned by Year One, one of the country's largest sellers of restoration and performance parts for vintage and muscle cars. By the time Belmont had finished talking with Kevin King, president of Year One, he had the car, a Ford, and some sponsorship support from the company and had plans in place to take a crack at qualifying for the Daytona 500. GunBroker.com, the world's largest online auction of firearms and accessories, will sponsor Beck and be an associate sponsor on Belmont's Nextel Cup entry and his ARCA car. Belmont said he has sold his home in Penndel, PA and is having a home built in Mooresville, N.C. He has been living in his motor home next to his race shop in Lexington, N.C. His family will be joining him in Mooresville.(Phillyburbs.com)(2-3-2006)

  • BDR to have three teams at Daytona: Bill Davis Racing will field three teams at Daytona; Mike Skinner will pull double duty between trucks and the #23 Cup car. Former Penske South [#2] crew chief Larry Carter has been retained as a consultant and will primarily assist Skinner's team through Speedweeks. Dave Blaney returns to BDR in the #22 Caterpillar Dodge and will be reunited with former Richard Childress Racing crew chief Kevin Hamlin. Michael Waltrip will make his debut for the organization in the #55 NAPA Dodge in February--the #22 and #55 will test next week, but former Winston West driver and current rear tire changer Tom Hubert will sub for Waltrip. Tony Anderson, a six-year BDR veteran who was the chief mechanic for the 22, has been promoted to car chief.(Sporting News)(1-9-2006)

  • Foyt to the #50? hearing Larry Foyt will attempt to make the Daytona 500 in the #50 Arnold Motorsports Dodge.(1-8-2006)

  • Kyle gets a 12 race sponsor: gearing that Wells Fargo will move up from an associate sposnor to be the primary sponsor of the #45 Dodge of Kyle Petty for at least 12 races this season, including the season opening Daytona 500. Petty Enterprises is talking with other sponsors as well at this point. They will run the full schedule in 2006, but still have some sponsorship openings available.(1-6-2006)

  • Shepherd to run Daytona: #89-Morgan Shepherd will test for the Daytona 500 in the 2nd session [Jan 16-18] and plans attempt to make the race in the #89 Dodge. Shepherd recently hired Doug George as the crew chief.(Morgan Shepherd site)(1-5-2006)

  • Mike Wallace back in the #09 for at least 7 races: Mike Wallace confirmed with Motorsports Lounge that he will attempt to qualify and race the #09 Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts Dodge owned by James Finch in the 2006 Daytona 500, and run six other races in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Season, and possibly more if the team can pick up additional sponsorship. "I am excited about going to Daytona with James Finch, Marc Reno and the team," said Team ML driver Mike Wallace. "We do have to qualify to get into the race, but once in, we are going for the win". Wallace and the team are not strangers as he has driven the #09 Dodge many times in the past. Wallace has had multiple top 12 finishes with the team, and came close to winning the Daytona 500 in 2003. Wallace also drove for Marc Reno in his first NASCAR Busch Series race and his first ARCA Series race. "Marc and I have a good working history, and we are confident we will have a good run in Daytona in the #09 Miccosukee Dodge." The team will be taking three cars (one old and two new) to Daytona for testing on January 16th, 17th and 18th [2nd session]. Currently, Mike Wallace and the team are looking to race seven races in 2006, which includes the two Daytona and two Talladega restrictor plate races, Richmond in Sept., night, Bristol in August and Homestead. However, the team is looking to race more events if they acquire additional sponsorship. Interested parties can contact James Finch of Phoenix Racing for details and sponsorship opportunities.(Motorsports Lounge PR)(1-5-2006)

  • Bill Elliott to run Daytona 500...in a Chevy UPDATE: Longtime Dodge [and longer time Ford] driver Elliott has Chevy ride for Daytona Bill Elliott will get another chance to add to his Daytona win total next month, and the longtime Ford and Dodge driver also will have a chance to size up a Chevy. Elliott, who has four wins at Daytona International Speedway, including two in the prestigious Daytona 500, said Tuesday that he'll be driving the #36 Chevy for MB2 Motorsports in the sport's showcase event. "I wanted to run the 500 again, one more time at least," said Elliott, who has run a part-time schedule for the past two seasons after ending a full-time career that saw him win a Nextel Cup championship, 44 races and 55 poles. "I've always enjoyed running Daytona." It'll mark one of his rare starts in a General Motors car, although he did run Chevys and an Oldsmobile in the late 1970s. "The General Motors stuff has been awfully good on superspeedways," he said. "We'll see what they're all about." He still plans to run some races in a [#91] Dodge for his regular car owner, Ray Evernham, but those starts will come later in the season. Elliott said it's best for Evernham to focus on getting his third full-time team --- the #10 Valvoline Dodge driven by Scott Riggs --- up to speed at the start of the season. "I want Ray to put all his effort into that right now," he said. Elliott's first ride in the #36 will come next week when Daytona holds the first round of preseason test sessions.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
    NOTE: Boris Said usually drives the #36 car for MB2 Motorsports, making 9 starts in 12 2005 attempts. Supposedly Said will again run a limited schedule in 2006, not sure if this move changes that. Elliott also has a past champions provisional available to use unless Terry Labonte needs it [goes to the most recent past champ not making the top 42 spots] for the #96 Hall of Fame Racing team.(1-4-2006)
    UPDATE: MB2 Motorsports announced that its #36 entry for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 19) will be driven by Bill Elliott, a two-time winner of NASCAR's biggest race. Elliott will also drive the MB2-built #36 Chevrolet in the Feb. 11th Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, an invitational race for 2005 pole winners and former Shootout champions. Elliott earned his automatic berth as a result of winning the Shootout in 1987. Frank Stoddard will serve as Elliott's crew chief for both races and also oversee Elliott's Daytona test session next week (Jan. 9-11). "MB2 has a top-notch superspeedway program and I am looking forward to being part of it," said Elliott, who will team with MB2's full-time drivers #14-Sterling Marlin and #01-Joe Nemechek at Daytona. "Both Sterling and Joe are good on the big tracks and having them as teammates gives us added potential." Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Cup champion, has run a limited schedule the past two years. His last Daytona 500 appearance was in 2003. "We're thrilled that Bill will be joining us, he brings a wealth of superspeedway experience to our MB2 Daytona 500 lineup," said Jay Frye, MB2's CEO and general manager. Frye also said that a sponsor for the #36 Chevy during Daytona Speedweeks will be announced at a later date.(MB2 Motorsports PR)
    NOTE II: been told that MB2 Motorsports is currently working on a package to have Boris Said run a limited schedule in the #36 this season.(1-4-2006)

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