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THE RACE: The Pepsi 400

Nextel Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, July 1, 2006 in Daytona, FL

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Pepsi

  • Track: Daytona International Speedway

  • TV: FOX 7:30pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 7:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 7:55pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 6 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,144,820 (was $5,972,320 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Thursday Practice: Thursday, June 29, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Thursday, June 29, 6:05 - 6:50p/et on TV-Speed Channel Live

  • Impound? cars will be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, June 29, 3:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 30 at 4:35pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air Saturday at 12:30am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, June 29, 2006
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m Crown Royal IROC practice
    2:15 p.m. - 3:20 p.m NASCAR Busch Series practice
    3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m NASCAR Busch Series rookie practice
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice
    5: 10 p.m. - 5:50 p.m NASCAR Busch Series practice
    6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series final practice
    10 p.m.: Round 3 of the Crown Royal IROC Series (20 laps, 71 miles on the 3.56-mile road course)

    Friday, June 30
    1:05 p.m.: Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series qualifying (two laps, all positions)
    4:35 p.m.: Circle K Pole Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race (two laps, all positions)
    8 p.m.: Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race (100 laps, 250 miles)

    Saturday, July 1
    7:55 p.m.: Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (160 laps, 400 miles)

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4000, Right-side -- D-4002 (Nextel Cup);
    Left-side -- D-4004, Right-side -- D-4006 (Busch Series)

    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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup);
    Every 56-58 laps, based on fuel mileage (Busch Series)
    Notes: NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will be running different tire codes at Daytona this weekend . . . Cup teams will be running the same tire set-up they ran at Daytona in February. . . Busch Series teams will be running the Talladega tire set-up from this past April . . . the Busch cars run a larger fuel cell than the Cup cars at Daytona and can go farther on a set of tires, therefore Goodyear decided to bring a more wear resistant tire set-up for them . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams in both series are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Daytona for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    (6-25-2006)

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

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 9
    #20-Tony Stewart, 9
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 5
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 3
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #99-Carl Edwards, 2
    (6-25-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Daytona, FL Area:
Daytona Beach News Journal
Florida Times-Union
Florida Today
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Lakeland Ledger
Miami Herald
Naples Daily News
Orlando Sentinel
Palm Beach Post
St Petersburg Times
Tampa Tribune
Treasure Coast Palm

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

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Daytona Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA
Daytona Champber of Commmerce - Speedweeks
Daytona Beach Campground
City of Daytona Beach, FL

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

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

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Stewart wins 2nd Pepsi 400 in a row: #20-Tony Stewart won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd win in a row in this event, his 26th win of his career and his 2nd win of 2006. Stewart led 86 of 160 laps and came from 6th to 2nd before passing surprising #60-Boris Said to win the race, #5-Kyle Busch helped push Stewart and finished 2nd, followed by #2-Kurt Busch, #60-Boris Said, #17-Matt Kenseth, #38-Elliott Sadler, #42-Casey Mears, #26-Jamie McMurray, #29-Kevin Harvick and #07-Clint Bowyer. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, even thou leading 8 laps, was never a factor and finished 13th. #24-Jeff Gordon got caught up in a late wreck and finished 40th and out of the race, dropping him out of the top-10 in points. #16-Biffle also was involved in the wreck and fell out of the top 10, with #5-Busch and #11-Hamlin move back up into the top 10 points. There were 29 lead changes among 15 drivers and 6 cautions for 18 laps.
    Race Results on my Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points page.(7-1-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Daytona [17 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 2501
    #17-Matt Kenseth 2493 -8
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2234 -267
    #9-Kasey Kahne 2209 -292
    #20-Tony Stewart 2202 -299
    #6-Mark Martin 2177 -324
    #31-Jeff Burton 2152 -349
    #5-Kyle Busch 2095 -406
    #29-Kevin Harvick 2088 -413
    #11-Denny Hamlin 2048 -453
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(7-1-2006)

  • Daytona Race Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, scoring his 26th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 265th career start.
    • Stewart climbed to 21st on NASCAR’s all-time winners list - tied with Fred Lorenzen.
    • Stewart scored his second victory in 2006. Stewart also won at Martinsville in April.
    • This was Stewart’s second straight Pepsi 400 victory. Stewart has scored nine top-10 finishes in the last nine restrictor-plate races, including six straight top-fives. This is Stewart’s 15th victory on a superspeedway.
    • Stewart won from the second-place starting position. One year ago he won this race from the Bud pole.
    • This is Stewart’s second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Daytona. He has scored six top-10 finishes in the last six races at Daytona.
    • Stewart scored his ninth top-10 finish in 17 races this season.
    • Stewart climbed from seventh to fifth in the point standings.
    • Stewart led six times for 86 laps, including the final three in the Pepsi 400, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2006. He has led the most laps in four of the last six restrictor-plate races.
    • This is team owner Joe Gibb’s 50th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and his third at Daytona.
    • Joe Gibbs Racing has won at least one race each season 1993-2006, 14 consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Kyle Busch (second) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 17 races in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in four races at Daytona. He climbed from 12th to eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Kurt Busch (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth straight top-10 finish - extending a streak that began at Pocono. It is his fifth top-10 finish (all top fives) in 12 races at Daytona.
    • Boris Said (fourth) scored his second top-10 finish in two races in 2006 - both in the last two weeks. It was his first top-10 finish in three races at Daytona. He also led in his first race other than a road-course event.
    • Matt Kenseth fifth) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2006. This was his fifth top-10 in 14 races at Daytona.
    • Kevin Harvick (ninth) extended a 29-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak.
    • Ryan Newman finished 11th at Daytona and extended a streak of five straight top-15 finishes.
    • Jimmie Johnson (32nd) remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, but is now just eight points ahead of second-place Matt Kenseth.
    • Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 86 consecutive races, tying Darrell Waltrip for eighth in consecutive races in the points top-10 since the current point system was established in 1975.
    • At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 17 races this season. Clint Bowyer finished 10th, posting his fourth top-10 finish in 2006 including both races at Daytona.
    • The 15 different leaders in the 2006 Pepsi 400 is a record for this event.
    Streaks that Ended at Daytona
    • Greg Biffle (31st) dropped from ninth to 11th in the point standings and ended a streak of seven straight top-10 finishes, the longest top-10 streak of his career that began at Richmond in May.
    • Denny Hamlin finished 17th at Daytona and ended a streak of seven straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-1-2006)

  • Rumblings - Daytona Race Notes: Tony Stewart took the Pepsi 400 for the second year in a row tonight at Daytona International Speedway in a race that finished under caution. When the yellow flew somewhere on the backstretch of lap 160, Tony was in the midst of trying to hold off the Busch boyz (Kyle & Kurt)....and we'll never know what could have happened. Tony's second win of the season (he took Martinsville in April) was the 26th of his NEXTEL Cup career tying him with the "Golden Boy" Fred Lorenzen for 21st on the all-time win list. Victory #50 for Joe Gibbs Racing was worth $369,586 from the over $6.1M in posted awards.
    Kyle Busch (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Phoenix last November.
    Boris Said (4th, and now he _is_ that noted oval-tracker) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen last August. His previous best finish on an oval was 27th twice.....at Daytona in February of 2005 and at Texas in April of 2005. Said's Top-5 now gives us 24 drivers at that level this season.....last year we had 30.
    Elliott Sadler (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Martinsville in April.
    Ken Schrader (12th) had his best finish since he was 9th when we were here in February.
    David Stremme (16th) tied his career-best finish tonight. He was 16th at Chicagoland last July.
    Mike Wallace (23rd) had his best finish since he was 19th at Talladega last October (only seven races).
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Casey Mears (+33), followed by Jeff Burton (+24), Kevin Harvick (+23), Dale Earnhardt Jr (+22), and Clint Bowyer (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Gordon (-36), followed by J. J. Yeley (-26), Jimmie Johnson (-23), and Martin Truex Jr (-21). This was the third Op for Mears as well as the third BD for Gordon this season.
    The points got a lot tighter tonight (at least at the top) as Jimmie Johnson's lead over Matt Kenseth is down to 8 points. Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon fell out of the Top-10 as Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin took their place. Kyle Busch (12th to 8th) made the best move forward tonight while teammate Jeff Gordon (8th to 12th) went in the opposite direction.(Stock Car Fans)(7-1-2006)

    Daytona Race Rundown

  • The Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 160 of 160 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart-c (2)(86 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (14)
    #2-Busch-d (16)
    #60-Said-f (1)(9 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (10)(1 laps led)
    #38-Sadler-f (13)
    #42-Mears-d (40)
    #26-McMurray-f (26)
    #29-Harvick-c (32)
    #07-Bowyer-c (30-r)

    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 33 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 41,61,19

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 18,55,99,00

  • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
    #27-Shelmerdine (rear end-out)
    #43-Labonte (accident-out)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (15 leaders with 29 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (86);
    #24-Gordon (27);
    #25-Vickers (13);
    #60-Said (pole, 9);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (8);
    #7-Gordon (4);
    #1-Truex Jr. (3);
    #40-Stremme (2);
    #99-Edwards (2);
    #16-Biffle (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #18-Yeley (1);
    #29-Harvick (1)
    #41-Sorenson (1);
    #88-Jarrett (1);

  • Lap leaders: #60-Said - pole; #20-Stewart 1-9; #1-Truex Jr. 10-12; #16-Biffle 13; #24-Gordon 14-24; #17-Kenseth 25; #24-Gordon 26-32; #20-Stewart 33-44; #99-Edwards 45; #7-Gordon 46-48; #88-Jarrett 49; #7-Gordon 50; #41-Sorenson 51; #40-Stremme 52; #20-Stewart 53-80; #99-Edwards 81; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 82-85; #40-Stremme 86; #24-Gordon 87-89; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 90-93; #18-Yeley 94; #24-Gordon 95-99; #25-Vickers 100-110; #20-Stewart 111-123; #24-Gordon 124; #29-Harvick 125; #25-Vickers 126-127; #20-Stewart 128-148; #60-Said 149-157; #20-Stewart 158-160

    Cautions: 6 for 19 laps

    Caution 6 - Laps 160 - 160: Debris, a tire carcus in turn 3
    Caution 5 - Laps 155 - 157: #18-Yeley got into #16-Biffle after Biffle got loose and came down, the #16 spun around off turn 2, collecting #6-Martin, #24-Gordon and #99-Edwards.
    Caution 4 - Laps 148 - 151: #48-Johnson got loose and came up into #43-Labonte, with both into the turn 3 wall, both took the cars to pit road.
    Caution 3 - Laps 89 - 92: Debris on the backstretch
    Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 20: #31-Burton checked up when he went high and almost got into #22-Blaney, the #42-Mears got into the rear of the #31, the #31 spun in turn 2 but didn't hit anything.
    Caution 1 - Laps 9 - 11: a first, debris on the backstretch....a large beach ball

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 6: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 5: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 4: #1-Truex Jr., 29th
    Caution 3: #14-Marlin, 24th
    Caution 2: #61-Chaffin, 35th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • PENALTY REPORT: Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    31 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 16
    1 OL Pitting out of the assigned pit box Lap 89
    48 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 147
    18 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 154
    24 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 154
    16 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 154
    48 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 155
    99 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 155
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits
    (NASCAR Statisical Services)(7-1-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- scheduled green flag stops started lap 123; #20-Stewart came in lap 124 as the leader; then #24-Gordon on lap 125 as the leader;
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit, #17-Kenseth had to make a 2nd after making contact with #22-Blaney; #2-Busch's team changed batteries; #1-Truex Jr. pitted outside his pit box and was held a lap.
    ---- on lap 81, the leader #20-Stewart made his green flag stop, next leader #99-Edwards came in
    ---- on lap 77, #14-Marlin limped in to the pits, possible out of gas.
    ---- on lap 76, scheduled green flag pit stops are startng with #1-Truex Jr. the first one again.
    ---- on lap 68, #55-Waltrip pancaked the right side of the car near turn 3, made an unscheduled pit stop to get repairs and new tires and went down a lap.
    ---- leader #20-Stewart made a green flag pit stop on lap 44, the nest leader #99-Edwards followed lap 45;
    ---- green flag pit stops are starting around lap 40
    ---- on lap 35, #17-Kenseth says the carb is fine, but he is reporting a vibration in the right front
    ---- on lap 34, #2-Busch is reporting a battery going down.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, some cars made pitstops who were in the back of the field, Harvick was 6th and came in to pit. #42-Mears and #31-Burton had extended stays to make repairs, but stayed on the lead lap.
    ---- during the 1st caution, looks like all the cars came in to pit, some got 2 tires, some got 4 tires. #20-Stewart came in first and out 4th, #1-Truex Jr came out 1st.
    ---- before the drop of the green flag, FOX reported that #17-Kenseth thinks he may have a possible carburetor problem
    ---- green flag at 8:18pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 8:05pm/et by Superman
    ---- To The Back [2]: #9-Kahne (engine checked); #55-Waltrip (unapproved adjustments)


  • Race Coverage of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled to run Saturday, July 1, 2006.
    TV: Fox at 7:30pm/et [green flag around 7:55pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 6:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, July 6th at 2:30pm/et

  • Said wins pole at Daytona: #60-Boris Said upset the field and won the Budweiser Pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his 2nd career pole and 1st ever on an oval, with a speed of 186.143mph. Starting 2nd is #20-Tony Stewart, followed by #40-David Stremme, #24-Jeff Grodon and #01-Joe Nemechek. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start deep in the field at 36th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #60-Said [pole], #40-Stremme, #32-Kvapil, #55-Waltrip, #27-Shelmerdine, #00-Sadler and #61-Chaffin. Missing the race were: #4-Wimmer, #34-Blount, #49-Lepage, #78-Wallace and #72-Davis. See the qualifying results on my Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(6-30-2006)

  • Daytona Qualifying Notes:
    • Boris Said won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Pepsi 400, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 48.350 seconds at 186.143 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 Said’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Daytona.
    • This is Said’s second career Bud Pole in 23 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • It is Said’s best-ever qualifying effort other than on a road course. His previous best oval-track start was fourth in this race in 2005. He has only one other start better than 26th in 11 oval-track races: 12th at Talladega in May 2005.
    • Tony Stewart posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 48.478 seconds, 185.651 mph – and will join Said on the front row for the Pepsi 400. Stewart posted his 10th top-10 start in 16 races at Daytona.
    • This is the fourth Bud Pole for Ford in 2006. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Chevrolet also has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • David Stremme (third) started 32nd in his only other race at Daytona. This will be his best start in 20 career races.
    • Jeff Gordon (fourth) has posted 17 top-10 starts in 28 races at Daytona, including third in his career-first attempt here. He has three Bud Poles at Daytona – two in this event.
    • Joe Nemechek (fifth) posted five top-10 starts in 25 races at Daytona – all in the July race.
    • Kirk Shelmerdine (27th), who posted his career-best finish of 20th in the 2006 Daytona 500, qualified for his third race of 2006 – all restrictor-plate races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-30-2006)

  • Ramblings - Daytona Qualifying Notes: Boris Said (that noted oval-tracker) pulled a world class shocker today at Daytona International Speedway as he captured the Bud Pole for tomorrow night's Pepsi 400. With a speed of 186.143 mph (48.350) he bested Tony Stewart (remember there was a little friction between those two last week) by over a tenth of a second. This is Said's second career top-spot....his first was at Infineon Raceway in June of 2003. He becomes the 11th different qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout when we return here for Speedweeks 2007.
    Tony Stewart (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in April.
    David Stremme (3rd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best starting position was 4th at Darlington last month.
    Joe Nemechek (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Texas last November.
    Dale Jarrett (7th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Talladega last April.
    Martin Truex Jr. (8th) equals his career-best starting spot this weekend. He also started 8th at Atlanta last October.
    Travis Kvapil (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Martinsville last October.
    Mike Wallace (18th) has his best starting spot since he started 15th at Kansas last October (only six races).
    Michael Waltrip (19th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 19th at California last September.
    Tony Raines (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Martinsville in April.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stockcarfans.com)(6-30-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2006 at 4:30pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 12;30am/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #32-Travis Kvapil is due out first on Friday, June 30th at 4:35pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #38-Elliott Sadler. For the Qualifying order, see my Daytona Qualifying/Grid Page.(6-29-2006)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #01-Nemechek 190.090
    #88-Jarrett 189.422
    #7-Gordon 189.084
    #41-Sorenson 189.040
    #9-Kahne 188.569
    slowest: #72-Davis 182.105 and #34-Blount 182.238
    most laps run: #6-Martin 26; # 24-Gordon 24
    #29-Harvick just drove out to check fluids, was just behind the big wreck and took the car to the garage, only being listed at 6mph
    big wreck, about 14 minutes into practice, #31-Burton lost a tire and smacked the turn 4 wall and spun around, #42-Mear had no place to go and hit Burton, #18-Yeley slowed and #22-Blaney rear-ended the #18. The #31 and #42 teams will go to back up cars as the primary cars are pretty much destroyed
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #20-Stewart 187.040 [7th fastest lap], 17 laps run
    #01-Nemechek 186.848 [1st], 6 laps
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 186.838 [11th], 15 laps
    See speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(6-29-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in happy hour practice?
    Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #09-Mike Wallace, 20th fastest
    #60-Boris Said, 33rd
    #40-David Stremme, 34th
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 37th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 38th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 39th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 41st
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 42nd
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 43rd
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
    #61-Chad Caffin, 45th
    #34-Chad Blount, 46th
    #72-Kertus Davis, 47th
    See speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(6-29-2006)

  • First Practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 188.846
    #42-Mears 188.379
    #38-Sadler 188.371
    #18-Yeley 188.277
    #07-Bowyer 188.229
    slowest: #00-Sadler 180.332 and #34-Blount 180.665
    no speed listed yet for: #27-Shelmerdine
    most laps run: #11-Hamlin 36; #6-Martin 35
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #20-Stewart 186.045 [1st fastest lap], 20 laps run
    #25-Vickers 185.642 [11th], 22 laps
    #5-Busch 185.615 [8th], 16 laps
    The odd part of practice, the fastest 35 in practice were the top 35 in owners points.
    See speeds on my Daytona Practice Speeds Page.(6-29-2006)

  • Entry List for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #09-Mike Wallace
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Blount
    #40-David Stremme
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #60-Boris Said
    #61-Chad Caffin
    #72-Kertus Davis
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 32,55,40,4,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 00,27,60,09,72
    see entry list on Jayski's Daytona Entry List Page.
    (6-26-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is now set for Daytona:
    no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
    but it tightens up a bit
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +135 points ahead of 36th
    34) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +113
    35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +97
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -97 points behind 35th
    37) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -99
    38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -122
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-25-2006)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Heading to Daytona
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted top-10 starts in eight of his last nine races at Daytona. He also has six straight top-10 finishes there, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart have each posted five straight top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway.
    • Greg Biffle has scored only one top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona, a victory in the 2003 Pepsi 400, his career first.
    • Ken Schrader has scored 22 top-10 finishes in 42 races at Daytona, the most of all full time drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with more than one start with an 7.0 finishing average at Daytona International Speedway.
    • A Chevrolet has won the last five races at Daytona, with four different drivers. Only Jeff Gordon repeated during the period.
    • The last five races at Daytona International Speedway have been won from a starting position of 15th or better.
    • Only nine of the 118 races at Daytona were won from outside a top-15 starting position (7.6 percent).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-25-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Daytona:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored 11 straight top-15 finishes and has scored a top-15 finish in 15 of the 16 races in 2006.
    • Jeff Burton moved from 21st to sixth in the point standings since Martinsville. One year ago he ranked 16th. Burton scored eight top-10 finishes and 10 straight top-15s since Martinsville.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted seven straight top-15 finishes.
    • Greg Biffle has scored seven straight top-10 finishes, the longest top-10 streak of his career. After Talladega, he was 232 points behind 10th-place in the point standings. Biffle climbed from 23rd to ninth in the last seven races and is just 19 points behind eighth-place Jeff Gordon.
    • Kasey Kahne has won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score nine top-five finishes in the 16 races this season.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 13 top-10 finishes in the first 16 races of 2006.
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 13 of the 16 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth ranks second in the point standings. After 16 races one year ago, he ranked 20th.
    • Ryan Newman has scored four straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-26-2006)

  • All 74: Three drivers have competed in all 74 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: #6-Mark Martin (2 Talladega, 0 Daytona wins)
    #21-Ken Schrader (1, 0)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (1, 3)
    Plus all ran the one-off restrictor plate race at New Hampshire, but that was not a drafting/aero track.(5-1-2006)

  • Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

  • Event Race Speed Record: Bobby Allison, 1980, 173.473

  • Slowest Race Record: Tim Richmond, 131.916mph, 7/1986

  • 2005 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 131.016mph, started 1st

  • 2006 Daytona 500 winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 142.667, started 9th

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

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

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: Tony Stewart, 185.582, finished 1st

  • 2006 Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #31-Jeff Burton, 189.151, finished 32nd

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bill Elliott, started 38th, 7/1988

  • Restrictor Plates: Daytona is one of two tracks (the other being Talladega) that require the use of a restrictor plate on the engines to slow the cars down, see my Restrictor Plate page for info.

  • Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty

  • Most Wins - Active: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Wins - 2nd race: 5 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Poles - 2nd race: 8 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5s - Active: 12 - Sterling Marlin

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 22 - Ken Schrader

  • Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/88

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/95

  • Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/74

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Leaders: 18 - 2/19/2006

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/89

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/03

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/76

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40, 7/5/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/65

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/05

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/64

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/94

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 23 [of 118 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 66 of 118
  • Races won from the top 10: 95 of 118

  • Races won from the top 15: 109 of 118


  • Daytona Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Important at Daytona
    Forty-one of the 118 races at Daytona have been won from a front-row starting position (35 percent). Only nine races at Daytona have been won from a starting position below 15th. While the last five races at Daytona were won from the top 15, three of the last 11 were won from outside the top 15. Those three races were the only races won from outside the top 15 in the last 35 races at Daytona.
    Daytona Bud Pole Winners
    There have been 11 different Bud Pole winners in the last 11 races at Daytona International Speedway.
    Daytona Streakers
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted three straight top-10 starts at Daytona, the longest current streak.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted six straight top-10 finishes at Daytona, the longest current streak.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted five straight top-10 finishes at Daytona.
    Owner Dominance at Daytona
    The Wood Brothers have won 14 races at Daytona, the most of any car owner. The Petty’s are the only other owner to post double digits victories at Daytona with 11. The Wood Brothers last Daytona victory came there in 1983 when Buddy Baker won the 1983 Firecracker 400, 23 years ago.
    Owner Wins at Daytona
    Thirty-four different owners have scored victories in the 118 races at Daytona International Speedway. Point Leader at Daytona
    Jimmie Johnson has posted top-10 finishes in his each of his last five races at Daytona. His victory in the 2006 Daytona 500 was his first in a restrictor-plate race. Johnson then followed up with a victory at Talladega in May.
    Leading The Way
    Jeff Gordon has led 1,172 laps in 54 restrictor-plate races, the most of all active drivers and second all-time. Dale Earnhardt led 2,135 laps in his 53 restrictor-plate races, the most all-time. Sterling Marlin leads all active drivers in laps led at Daytona. He has led 589 laps in 48 races there.
    Only a Few
    Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and Michael Waltrip are the only three drivers that have competed in all 74 restrictor-plate races.
    Would you Believe? A Dodge has won only one race in the last 57 races at Daytona. Ward Burton scored the first Dodge victory at Daytona since Richard Petty won the 1975 Daytona 500, when he won the 2002 Daytona 500. A Chevrolet has won the last five races at Daytona and seven of the last eight. A Ford has won only one race in the last 11 races at Daytona. Standouts
    • Kyle Petty has competed in 49 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Daytona, the most among full-time drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six victories at Daytona International Speedway.
    • Sterling Marlin leads all full-time active drivers with 12 top-five finishes at Daytona International Speedway.
    • Ken Schrader leads all full-time, active drivers with 22 top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with an 8.55 starting average in nine races at Daytona International Speedway.
    • Jimmie Johnson has a 7.0 finishing average in his nine races at Daytona International Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
    • Sterling Marlin leads all drivers with seven restrictor-plate Bud Poles.
    • Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with 11 restrictor-plate victories. His 32 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes in 53 restrictor-plate races remain the most by any driver. Earnhardt had a 9.377 average finish in 53 restrictor-plate races, better than any other driver with more than two starts.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a 11.769 average finish in 26 restrictor-plate races, the second-best finishing average among all drivers with more than two starts.
    • Kevin Harvick has just one DNF in 21 career restrictor-plate races. No other driver has gone more than six races except Greg Biffle who went 14 races before posting one DNF in a restrictor-plate race.
    • Bobby Allison (3.5) and Davey Allison (5.739) have the best average starts among all drivers in restrictor plate races. Jimmie Johnson ranks third all-time with an 8.0 starting average in his 18 restrictor-plate races.
    Season Nuggets
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 13 of the 16 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 85 lap leader bonus points, 50 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 35. Biffle has climbed from 23rd to ninth in the point standings in the last seven races. One year ago Greg Biffle held the point lead after Race No. 16. He led Jimmie Johnson by 22 points, the result of Johnson’s 36th-place finish there. It marked the only time that Biffle has held the point lead in his 130-race career.
    • Just two drivers that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 16 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Elliott Sadler was third and finished 13th and Jamie McMurray was 10th and finished 12th.
    • After 16 races in 2006, just six drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 13 drivers within the 400-point window.
    • Fifteen of the top-25 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings are separated by 25 points or less.
    • Third to fifth in the point standings are separated by just 16 points.
    • Just 42 points separate ninth to 12th in the point standings.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won five of the first 16 races in 2006. Chevrolet has eight victories while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had eight victories at this point of the season.
    • Ken Schrader remains the only driver that has competed in every race and has yet to lead in 2006.
    • After just 16 races in 2006, 22 drivers have race winnings in excess of $2 million, including four drivers have race winnings in excess of $3 million.
    • Four of the top-10 drivers have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick.
    • Tony Stewart (seventh in the point standings), Jeff Gordon (eighth), Greg Biffle (ninth) and Carl Edwards (13th) have each posted three DNFs in 2006, yet rank in the top 15.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Dale Jarrett remains the only driver among the top 20 in points that has not scored a top-five finish in 2006.
    • Sixth-place Jeff Burton is exactly 400 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson’s 101-point lead over second-place Matt Kenseth is the second largest of the season. Johnson leads third-place Kasey Kahne by 313 points.
    • Tony Stewart has finished 42nd, 25th, 3rd, 41st and 28th in the last five races. He dropped from second to seventh in the point standings in those five races and is now just 76 points ahead of 11th-place Denny Hamlin.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-26-2006)


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

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Superman, Brandon Routh
    Command to start engines: Routh
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Crossfade's Ed Sloan
    Military Flyover: four Air Force F-16s from the Ft. Smith, Ark

  • Track Homepage: daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • 2006 Daytona 500 Race Info Page

  • 2005 Pepsi 400 Race Info Page

  • Track Milestones:
    • Bob Welborn won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (Grand National) race at Daytona International Speedway, the 100-mile qualifying race for the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    • Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
    • The 125-mile qualifying races changed from points to non-points races in 1972.
    • Richard Petty won his 200th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Daytona on July 4, 1984.

  • DIS Infield Hosts Bevy Of Options For Pepsi 400 Fans: Only in Daytona International Speedway's NEXTEL FANZONE can the average race fan dine on such fine cuisine as Asian Chicken salad with mandarin orange dressing and toasted sesame seeds, grilled buffalo skewers with a gourmet rice blend, crispy onions and demi glace and tempura battered and panko breaded shrimp. Located in the heart of the infield, the Budweiser Bistro offers race fans something new and unusual to add to the fan experience at the "World Center of Racing". In addition to the new menu at the Bistro, Pepsi 400 Weekend race guests can experience:
    * XM Satellite Radio will be broadcasting their shows live from the Entertainment Stage.
    * Local chalk artists in the FANZONE creating a 6 x 30 mural with a race related theme custom piece of art using only pastels and chalk
    * Professional Lego builders creating a fan-interactive Lego build of a small-scale model racetrack modeled after Daytona International Speedway.
    * Professional Break Dancers performing an eye-catching, crowd-involving show of dance moves and acrobatics for the fans.
    * Tom Hugley, the Unicycle Man, rolling through the NEXTEL FANZONE entertaining fans.
    * Local bands including Jim Van Fleet and the Reign, The Caribbean Posse, Dixieland Band and Yummy.
    Pre-Race/NEXTEL FANZONE admissions as well as all Pepsi 400 Weekend tickets are available online by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. With the purchase of a $60 Pepsi 400 Pre-Race Pass/NEXTEL FANZONE, a guest can receive a FREE XM Satellite Radio with a purchase of a six-month service subscription.(DIS PR)(6-29-2006)

  • DAYTONA USA To Create Daytona 500 Champion's Walk Of Fame: In conjunction with DAYTONA USA's 10th anniversary celebration, "The Official Attraction of NASCAR" will create the new Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame during the Pepsi 400 Weekend. Winning drivers of the Daytona 500 since 1996, the first year of operation for DAYTONA USA, will have their hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement in a special ceremony inside the 60,000-square foot attraction on Friday, June 30 at 11:00am/et. Daytona 500 champions Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton and Michael Waltrip will all have the honor of placing their hands, right foot and signature in the famous wet cement. There will be a special plaque in the Walk of Fame honoring the late Dale Earnhardt and his 1998 Daytona 500 victory. Annual handprints, right foot prints and autograph of the Daytona 500 champion will take place each year in a special ceremony during the Pepsi 400 Weekend. Also DAYTONA USA will host an unprecedented gathering of former Daytona 500 winning cars during the June 29-July 1 Pepsi 400 Weekend. Including the current Daytona 500 winning car - the #48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson - DAYTONA USA will welcome six other winning race machines from "The Great American Race" - NASCAR's most prestigious and richest event. More info about Daytona USA at www.DAYTONAUSA.com.(DIS PR)(6-29-2006)

  • Vice President to attend Pepsi 400: Vice President Dick Cheney will attend the 48th annual Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Vice President Cheney will speak to race fans during pre-race ceremonies for the mid-summer classic as well as meet NASCAR drivers, teams and executives during his visit to "The World Center of Racing."
    "We're honored that Vice President Cheney will visit Daytona International Speedway and participate in Pepsi 400 pre-race festivities," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "Vice President Cheney continues the tradition of high-profile elected officials that have visited the 'World Center of Racing'." In the 1984 Pepsi 400, the late President Ronald Reagan gave the starting command from Air Force One. Reagan, who became the first sitting President to attend a NASCAR race, witnessed Richard Petty earn his 200th NASCAR win. President George H.W. Bush attended the 1992 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and current President George W. Bush served as the Grand Marshal for the Pepsi 400 during his 2000 presidential campaign. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attended last year's 2005 Pepsi 400.(DIS PR)(6-27-2006)

  • Crossfade's Ed Sloan To Sing National Anthem At Pepsi 400: Ed Sloan, lead singer for Crossfade, one of the most powerful and inventive new hard rock bands around, will sing the National Anthem at the Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup Series race at historic Daytona International Speedway on July 1. Tickets for the Pepsi 400 Weekend are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-27-2006)

  • Space Shuttle, F-16s And Fireworks To Fill DIS Sky: Race fans attending the 48th annual Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup Series event on Saturday, July 1 will receive a 2-for-1 special on fly-overs before the start of one of NASCAR's most exciting nighttime races. Earlier in the day, NASA is scheduled to launch the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in nearby Cape Canaveral, the first space shuttle launch in almost a year and the first ever on the same day of the Pepsi 400. The launch is scheduled to take place at 3:48pm/et and the "World Center of Racing" will be an excellent viewing spot. The second fly-over at Daytona International Speedway will take place during the national anthem later that night and provided by four Air Force F-16s from the Ft. Smith, Ark. Capping off the All-American night will be another high-flying spectacle as Santore & Sons Fireworks, located in nearby Bunnell, Fla., will once again display one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.(DIS PR)(6-27-2006)

  • Daytona Intl Speedway picks winner to sing national anthem: A 16-year-old Palm Coast girl on Saturday sang her way past nine other finalists to win a chance to sing the national anthem before a televised NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway later this month. "It's really thrilling to win because I've done my best and it's good enough," Tiffany Thomas said as she entered her version of Victory Lane at Daytona USA's Pepsi IMAX Theater. As the winner of Straightaway to Stardom II, an "American Idol"-style talent contest put on by the Speedway, Tiffany will sing before the June 30 Busch series Winn-Dixie 250. The judges decided who would win by the contestant's personality, stage presence and ability to sing a traditional version of the anthem. After more than 15 minutes of deliberation the judges announced Tiffany as the winner.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-21-2006)

  • NHIS 1st race July 1st in 2007 UPDATE other sched changes?: many New Hampshire International Speedway ticket holders got their renewals for the first NHIS 2007 race, and the date is July 1st, the race is usually the third weekend in July. With the 4th of July on a Wednesday in 2007, the Pepsi 400 is scheduled to run on July 7, 2007. No word on the NHIS race date in September 2007.(6-16-2006)
    UPDATE On the schedule front, there are indications that next year's Cup slate will have a different look to it. New Hampshire's first race will be moved up two weeks to July 1st and rumors in the garage have a second Las vegas race and a possible Kentucky Speedway date showing up on the calendar.(RacingOne)(6-20-2006)

  • Superman to serve as Grand Marshal of Pepsi 400: Brandon Routh, who stars as the Man of Steel in Superman Returns, Warner Bros. Pictures' soaring new action adventure opening nationwide on June 28, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 48th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Routh will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" in NASCAR's mid-summer classic. His Grand Marshal duties also include leading the 43-car field in the pace laps from the Grand Marshal pace car. Prior to his casting as Superman, Routh starred in the ABC sitcom Odd Man Out and the ABC Daytime Drama One Life To Live. He has also made guest appearances on the hit shows Gilmore Girls, Cold Case and Will & Grace. Jeff Gordon, will race his #24 Pepsi Chevy in a special Superman Returns paint-out car featuring the Superman S-Shield. Tickets for any of the Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-16-2006)

  • Daytona Offers Two More Pepsi 400 Ticket Packages: Daytona International Speedway continues to offer its guests a wide array of unique ticket packages, with the announcement of a "Chevy Day At Daytona" package and a "SunTrust Dare To Sit There" ticket package. When a race fan participates in a Chevrolet Test Drive at a participating Southern Chevy Dealer, they'll have the opportunity to purchase the "Chevy Day At Daytona" package, which offers race guests the following for $75 ($349 value): * One Pepsi 400 ticket for Saturday, July 1
    * One Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo ticket
    * One hospitality pass that can be used before the Pepsi 400
    * Hospitality appearance by NEXTEL Cup Series driver J.J. Yeley
    * Chevy gift
    * One voucher for a hot lap around Daytona International Speedway (Must be used on Saturday, July 1)
    * One Pre-Race/NEXTEL FANZONE pass
    * Pre-Race tour
    The race guest can purchase one additional "Chevy Day" ticket package which excludes the hot lap voucher. SunTrust is partnering with two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip and Rolex 24 champion Wayne Taylor for a pair of ticket packages for the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend. The SunTrust Dare To Sit There offer for Saturday, July 1, available for $125, includes:
    * One Superstretch Terrace/Tower ticket for the Pepsi 400
    * One Pre-Race/NEXTEL FANZONE admission
    * Admission to a Michael Waltrip/Wayne Taylor fan forum on Saturday, July 1
    The SunTrust Three-Day ticket offer, available for $190, includes:
    * One general admission ticket to the Brumos Porsche 250 and Round 3 of the Crown Royal IROC Series race on Thursday, June 29.
    * One general admission ticket to the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo on Friday, June 30
    * One Superstretch Terrace/Tower ticket for the Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1
    * NEXTEL FANZONE access for all three days of the Pepsi 400 Weekend
    * Admission to a Michael Waltrip/Wayne Taylor fan forum on Saturday, July 1
    For more information on these ticket packages and other great ticket offers for the Pepsi 400 Holiday weekend, call 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(6-15-2006)

  • 2007 Daytona 500 Tix on sale: On Saturday, May 27, at 8:00am/et, race guests will have their first opportunity to purchase tickets to NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race. The Daytona 500 on-sale dates coincide with the unveiling of the new 49th annual Daytona 500 logo. The event name stands out in front of the distinctive shape of Daytona’s world famous 2.5-mile tri-oval that is emboldened in red, white and blue. Tickets to America’s most watched motorsports event start at $95 and Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets to “The Great American Race.”
    “The Daytona 500 has traditionally been a sellout and we encourage race fans to get their tickets early,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. Also available are tickets for the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend on June 29-July 1, including the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 1, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying Day on Friday, June 30 and the Brumos Porsche 250 and Crown Royal IROC Series on Thursday, June 29. NASCAR tickets for the 2006 Pepsi 400 are on sale now, order your tickets online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(5-27-2006)

  • Daytona may build worker complex: As it continues planning for a $100 million redevelopment of its office park, International Speedway Corp. is considering building a 15-acre office complex on Dunn Avenue. ISC has applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District for a stormwater drainage permit for the project, but that doesn't mean it will do the project, yet, company spokesman Lenny Santiago said. "If we decide to go forward with the project, it's easier for us if we've already filed the permits. It's part of our ongoing process as we're looking at the Speedplex project," Santiago said. ISC already owns the land, acquiring it in 2000 as part of a 45-acre purchase. The company is trying to determine how it will house operations as it demolishes buildings for the project. ISC owns five of the six buildings in the former General Electric office park at West International Speedway and Bill France boulevards. It could tear down a building at a time as construction progresses, or it may have to tear down more than one building, Santiago said. The company may need to build the new office complex, and it may need to lease other space, he said. The Speedplex redevelopment will include office towers for ISC and NASCAR as well as retail buildings, a multiplex cinema and residential condos.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-29-2006)

  • DIS gets rent increased: Daytona International Speedway officials agreed Monday to pay almost 5,000% more to lease the public land where the racetrack was built. Annual rent payments will rise from a token $10,000 -- established to help get the racetrack built in 1957 -- to $500,000 immediately. Rent increases will be built in every five years. International Speedway Corp. officials proposed a flat annual rent of $500,000 last August even though their rent would have doubled to $20,000 next year and stayed unchanged until 2032 under the previous lease. Chairman of the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities Commission, Fred Thellman's proposal to add automatic increases so the annual rent would average $750,000 after 48 years prevailed. Speedway officials were willing to pay more in order to extend the lease for the 447 acres fronting International Speedway Boulevard through 2054. John Graham, International Speedway Corp. vice president, said the longer lease will help justify a proposed $100 million investment in a Speedplex office, an office-commercial project on the north side of International Speedway Boulevard, across from the Speedway. Speedway officials won some concessions in the lease before agreeing to the higher rent. Under the terms of the original lease, racing district commissioners held the option to buy out the Speedway for 10 times gross revenues. They dropped that option Monday and also agreed to give the Speedway the first chance to negotiate with Volusia County when the racing district's lease of the land expires in 2054. The racing district subleases to the Speedway. Another feature of the original lease allowed the racing district to stage fundraising activities up to 90 days of the year at the Speedway, if facilities are available. Under new terms, the district only will use the Speedway 22 days each year, 11 per event, to continue sponsoring its popular car shows twice a year at the Speedway. A requirement to get the Speedway's permission for those auto-related events will be dropped. Plus, the racing district can use the Speedway for another eight days every year, but must get the Speedway's approval. A final vote on the lease agreement is scheduled for March 28, when the commissioners meet again.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(3-14-2006)

  • Pepsi 400 in Nov 2007? error or cat out of the bag? UPDATE denied & changed: on a Castrol GTX sweepstakes page, the grand prize is listed as:
    (1) Grand Prize: 4-day/3-night trip for two (2) to the 2007 Pepsi 400 race currently scheduled for November 2007 in Daytona, FL. Sooo, is that an error [oops] in the contest rules/prizes or did they slip and let the 'cat out of the bag' telling us that the Pepsi 400, held on the July 4th weekend for years, is gonna be moved in 2007 to be part of the chase and end the season where it began? See the contest and links on my Racing Contest page, it is towards the bottom as it ends 12/31/06.(3-8-2006)
    UPDATE: been told by Daytona International Speedway reps that the Pepsi 400 will be run on July 7th, 2007 and NOT moved to November in 2007. The contest info has now been changed to relect the correct date of July 2007.(3-8-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine to sponsor Shelmerdine at Daytona: Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine will again adorn the Kirk Shelmerdine Racing #27 Chevy for Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Positive fan response to the initial partnership between Catdaddy and Shelmerdine was so overwhelming, the additional race was added to the sponsorship agreement. Later this season Catdaddy will be on the car for the Oct. 14 Bank of America 500, also at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Additional races could be added. "It's great to have Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine back on board for Daytona," Shelmerdine said. "The reaction to the sponsorship at Charlotte, inside and outside the garage, was very positive, and because of it, there's a lot of interest in our efforts; the exposure really elevated our race team. We're headed to Daytona confident we'll have a solid qualifying effort and a good run in the Pepsi 400." For more information on Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, please visit catdaddymoonshine.com.(3-G Sports PR)(6-27-2006)

  • Boris and Stoddard to Roush? UPDATE 2 No Fear Racing: hearing #36 MB2 Motorsports crew chief, Frank Stoddard has left MC2 Motorsports and gone back to Roush Racing [where is was the crew chief of the #99 and Jeff Burton for years] and that driver Boris Said also signed with Roush Racing. Not sure of the details or specifics yet but hearing the races planned are Infineon Raceway, Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Brickyard 400 and Watkins Glen. Could be in the #06 the Todd Kleuver is supposed to run 6 races in later this year as these four races are not on Kleuver's Cup schedule. Stoddard mentioned this on the radio show, The Morning Buzz, which Stoddard calls in to give NASCAR reports on Tuesday mornings.(4-4-2006)
    UPDATE: Boris Said and veteran crew chief Frank Stoddard have formed their own Nextel Cup team, Yahoo! Sports has learned. They are partnering with long-time Said associate and former driver and team owner Mark Simo. The team, which is slated to run four or five races this season, will work with Roush Racing, which has offered to supply the team with cars, engines and technical expertise. Stoddard recently left MB2 Motorsports and speculation was that he was set to rejoin Roush. But Stoddard, who used to be crew chief for Roush's #99 car when Jeff Burton was behind the wheel, instead has been working with Roush officials on forming the new team. Said has been frustrated with his inability to find a regular Cup ride this season after running nine races with MB2 in 2005 with Stoddard as his crew chief. After Simo's No Fear clothing company purchased a building adjacent to Roush Racing headquarters in Concord, N.C., for a planned East Coast distribution center, Said, who has been working as a consultant for Roush's teams, began talking with Roush about possibly starting a team. The current plan is for the new team to run the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway road course in June, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in July, the Brickyard in August and the Watkins Glen road course, also in August. The team has secured sponsorship for at least four races, with an announcement regarding sponsorship details to come.(Yahoo Sports)(4-5-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Action sports lifestyle brand No Fear, based in Carlsbad, California, has announced its plans to contest four races in the 2006 Nextel Cup schedule. Dubbed “No Fear Racing”, the new effort will run as a satellite operation of Roush Racing, and will be headquartered at the brand's new east coast corporate headquarters in Concord, NC. Road racing ace and NASCAR veteran Boris Said will drive NFR's #60 Ford Fusion, with primary sponsorship coming from the SoBe No Fear energy drink. Said will also co-own the team, alongside No Fear CEO Mark Simo and crew chief Frank Stoddard. NFR will debut at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway the weekend of June 24-25. It will then compete in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard on August 6 and at Watkins Glen a week later.(Speed Channel)(5-2-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Kyle Busch Cheez-It #5 Schemes Page
#9-Kasey Kahne Ask Dr Z #9 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin Fed Ex Home Delivery #11 Schemes Page
#14-Sterling Marlin Camp Boggy Creek/Ginn Clubs & Resorts #14 Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
#19-Jeremy Mayfield Ask Dr Z #19 Schemes Page
#21-Ken Schrader Air Force Special Operations Command #21 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi - Superman Returns #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Smirnoff Ice #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Hershey's #29 Schemes Page
#41-Reed Sorenson 'Red' Target #41 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labnonte Cinnabon/Hamburger Helper #43 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Tire Kingdom #45 Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Shamu the Whale #48 Schemes Page
#55-Michael Waltrip NAPA Stars & Stripes #55 Schemes Page
#61-Chad Chaffin Taco Bell #66 Schemes Page
#66-Jeff Green Best Buy/Microsoft/Yellow Trans #66 Schemes Page


  • Special paint for Kahne and Mayfield at Daytona: #9-Kasey Kahne and #19-Jermey Mayfield will be running another special paint scheme again this weekend, promoting an advertising campaign for Chrysler that will be announced Saturday, July 1st as Kahne will participate in a major press announcement for Chrysler with Richard Petty.(Evernham Motorsports/ClearBlue PR), see an image of the cars on my #9 Team Schemes page and #19 Team Schemes page, "Ask Dr Z" scheme.(6-30-2006)

  • Cheez-It on the #5 at Daytona: Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy will carry a Cheez-It design in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The familiar "Tony the Tiger" paint scheme will be replaced with red, blue and yellow flames surrounding the well-known Cheez-It logo.(Hendrick Motor Sports PR), see an image of the car on my #5 Team Schemes page.(6-30-2006)

  • Shamu scheme on the #48 at Daytona: Shamu will be featured in a special paint scheme on the #48 Lowe's Chevy that Jimmie Johnson drives. The paint scheme is part of SeaWorld's introduction of its new Shamu show, "Believe," open now at all three SeaWorld parks. In addition, Lowe's will offer Build and Grow Kids' Clinics when the Team Lowe's Fan Experience visits SeaWorld Orlando Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 during park hours, and at the more than 1,250 Lowe's stores nationwide, Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The clinics offer young fans the opportunity to build wooden No. 48 race cars featuring the Shamu paint scheme that Johnson will race in Daytona.(GMR/Team Lowe's PR), see images of the car on my #48 Team Schemes page(6-30-2006)

  • FedEx Home Delivery Car at Daytona: For the first time this season, the #11 Chevy of Denny Hamlin will sport a primarily white paint featuring "Spot" the dog on the hood to highlight the residential delivery service. FedEx Home Delivery service connects customers to virtually every residential address in the U.S. What makes this service special is its residential-only delivery network and the flexibility to customize delivery to suit a recipient’s need for delivery within a certain time by choosing from three premium service upgrades.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see an image of the car on my #11 Team Schemes page.(6-29-2006)

  • Special Air Force scheme on the #21 at Daytona: The United States Air Force is outfitting its #21 race car with a different look when it rolls onto the track at the Pepsi 400 this weekend. The car's paint scheme synchronizes with the Air Force's Special Operations Command shield imprinted on the hood of the car. "We honor all of our Airmen when we run the Air Force paint scheme, but since this race falls so close to the 4th of July holiday; we decided to honor our special operations units. They are a group of folks who fly under the radar and rarely get the spotlight," said Capt. Jonathan Ness, Chief of Event Marketing Branch, Air Force Recruiting Service Strategic Communication Division. "AFSOC has more than 12,000 extremely well-trained and deployable Airmen who are matched and equipped with some highly specialized aircraft. And to top it off, they are always prepared for worldwide deployment," Captain. Ness said. In addition to honoring the special operations forces with a new paint scheme, Maj. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, AFSOC Vice Commander, plans to conduct a formal induction ceremony for 40 young men and women enlisting into the Air Force on race day. Air Force Special Operations Command which was established May 22, 1990 is a major command and the Air Force component of U.S. Special Operations Command, a unified command located at MacDill Air Force Base, FL.(Wood Brothers Racing site), see an image on my #21 Team Schemes page.(6-29-2006)

  • Marlin to drive Camp Boggy Creek scheme at Daytona: When Sterling Marlin climbs behind the wheel of his #14 Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevy for this weekend's Pepsi 400 at Daytona, he'll be stepping into a piece of art. Three campers from Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for seriously ill children, started their creative engines and put their own design to the Ginn Clubs & Resorts car for Saturday night's race. With only a blank template in hand, the three children let their imaginations race, collaborating to make their vision become a reality with millions of spectators viewing the creation this weekend. Camp Boggy Creek, based in Eustis, Fla., falls under the Hole In The Wall Camps umbrella which is also home to Randleman, N.C.-based The Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tori Tiger (15), Jake Westfield (13) and Zachary Robinson (10) were the three lucky children from Camp Boggy Creek chosen to participate in the creation. Complete with flashy colors, racing stripes, polka dots and stars, the #14 Chevy is sure to stand out when it roars around Daytona International Speedway. The deck lid of this weekend's #14 Chevy will carry an Easter Seals logo. The nonprofit organization won a spot on the Ginn Clubs & Resorts car in a charity go-cart event earlier this month between Marlin and Bill Elliott. The official unveiling of the car will take place Thursday, June 29 near the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway.(MB2Motorsports PR)(6-29-2006)

  • Cinnabon featured on the #43 at Daytona: Bobby Labonte will race a specialty-schemed #43 Pillsbury/Cinnabon paint scheme this weekend in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing), see an image of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(6-28-2006)

  • Different Look for #66 at Daytona: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy will carry co-primary sponsorship in this weekend's Nextel Cup Series event at Daytona. The black car will carry decals on the hood promoting Best Buy, as well as Yellow Transportation, the sponsor of the #00 Haas CNC Racing Chevy that Johnny Sauter drives in the Busch Series. Best Buy's logos will appear on the car's upper quarter panels, while Microsoft Windows Live One Care will have its logos displayed on the lower quarter panels.(GMR Marketing/Haas CNC Racing PR)(6-28-2006)

  • Hershey's scheme for Harvick at Daytona, to make S'Mores: The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate brown will don the #29 RCR Chevy hood of Kevin Harvick this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The Hershey Milk Chocolate bar is one of five special paint schemes The Hershey Company will run throughout the 2006 season. Hershey’s driver Kevin Harvick and members of the Richard Childress Racing Team will light up the infield on Thursday, June 29, at Daytona with a S’mores campfire event. Celebrating this quintessential summertime snack, Hershey’s will distribute more than 2,000 S’mores kits complete with graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars to fans staying in the infield to celebrate race week at Daytona International Speedway. Randomly selected kits will contain invitations to join Harvick and the Team for “s’more” fun around the campfire. Local Boy Scout Troops will get the campfire started; while Smoky the Bear looks on to ensure a safe party in the Fan Zone.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(6-28-2006)

  • Red #41 Scheme: The #41 Target team with driver Reed Sorenson is running the reverse colors of its primary paint scheme for the third consecutive race. What is red is white and visa versa. The scheme will also run in next weekend's race at Lowe's in addition to the October event at the track, and it will run in July at Daytona.(Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates PR), see an image on my #41 Team Schemes page.(5-17/19-2006)

  • Shamu To Join Johnson At Daytona In July: Lowe's and SeaWorld announced today that Jimmie Johnson will feature a Shamu paint scheme on his Chevrolet when the Daytona 500 champion returns to the superspeedway on July 1. Lowe's is the official Home Improvement Store of all the Busch Entertainment Corp. theme parks, including SeaWorld. The paint scheme is part of SeaWorld's introduction of its all new Shamu show, called "Believe" at each of the SeaWorld parks this year. In addition to the Shamu paint scheme, a lucky race fan will have the opportunity to see the new show and watch as Jimmie Johnson races the Shamu #48 Lowe's Chevrolet. Fans can log on to www.lowesracing.com, sign up for a free Team Lowe's Racing fan club membership, then race the specially designed #48 Chevrolet online. The fan with the fastest time will win a trip to Orlando to visit SeaWorld and Discovery Cove as well as the opportunity to watch Jimmie race. The Contest will run from April 7 to May 12.(GMR Marketing PR), see an image of the car on my #48 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2006)

  • Mikey in Stars and Stripes again at Daytona: #55-Michael Waltrip will run his annual Stars and Stripes NAPA scheme for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, this year on his #55 Dodge. See an image on the #55 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2006)

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

  • Gordon, Superman and Daytona: #24-Jeff Gordon will run a special Pepsi Superman Returns paint scheme at Daytona in the Julu 1st Pepsi 400.(Pepsi Free Ride Site)(1-31-2006)

  • R+L Carriers to sponsor Kenseth in 3 races: #17-Matt Kenseth is scheduled to pilot the R+L Carriers Ford at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, the July race at Daytona and and Martinsville Speedway in Oct.(RacingOne), see an image there or on my #17 Team Schemes page.(1-3-2006)

  • McMurray to run Smirnoff in a few races: Jamie McMurray will drive the #26 Smirnoff Ice Ford at Lowe's Motor Speedway (May), Daytona (July) and Fontana (Sept).(Racing One) or see images on my #26 Team Schemes page.(12-22-2005)

  • Stanley to sponsor Riggs for 10 races in 2006, IMAGES: as previously announced, Scott Riggs will drive the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge in 2006, announced at Lowe' Motor Speedway today, Valvoline will be the primary sponsor for 26 of the 26 races and Stanley Tools will be the sponsor for the other 10 races with a black and yellow scheme similar to what has run on Evernham's #91 Dodge with Bill Elliott driving.(RacingOne), see images of the cars on my 2006 #10 Team Schemes page.
    The Press Release..in part: The Stanley Works, one of the world’s best known brands of tools, hardware and security products, is adding a powerful new tool to its toolbox -- the co-primary sponsorship of the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger and driver Scott Riggs. Stanley will sponsor the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger for 10 races in 2006, including Las Vegas, Texas (A), Talladega (A), Darlington, Michigan (A), Daytona (B), Indianapolis, New Hampshire (B), Charlotte (B) and Phoenix (B).[with 'B' being the 2nd race of the season at that track] The #10 Stanley Tools/ Valvoline Dodge Charger will carry the signature yellow and black colors of the Stanley brand. Stanley Tools also will be the featured co-primary sponsor on the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger in 21 races throughout the season. In addition to the primary sponsorship, Stanley will continue its involvement as an associate sponsor on the race cars of Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, as well as on the uniform of Erin Crocker. The Stanley Works, Evernham Motorsports and Dodge marketing partnership will include new product launches for many of its businesses, key customer outreach efforts, retail marketing and promotions. All Stanley brands will be involved in the program, including Bostitch, Proto, Vidmar, Best, and Blackhawk by Proto.(Evernham Racing/Clear!Blue PR)(10-15-2005)

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


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