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THE RACE: The Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 6, 2006 in Speedway, IN

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Allstate

  • Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • TV: NBC 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:40pm/et

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

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - IMS and XM

  • Purse/Race Awards: $9,346,620 (was $9,086,902 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, August 4, 1:30 - 2:30pm/et, TV-none; and 3:30 - 4:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, August 5, 1:30 - 2:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 5, 3:30 - 4:30pm/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 4, 12:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Saturday, August 5 at 10:10am/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at IMS Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Friday, Aug. 4
    1:30-2:30 pm NEXTEL Cup practice
    3:30-4:30 pm NEXTEL Cup practice

    Saturday, Aug. 5
    10:10 am NEXTEL Cup qualifying (two laps, all positions)
    1:30-2:30 pm NEXTEL Cup practice
    3:30-4:30 pm NEXTEL Cup final practice

    Sunday, Aug. 6
    2:10 pm NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver introductions
    2:30 pm 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (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 Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4034, Right-side -- D-4036

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left-Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi
    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 33 psi
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the only track on the circuit at which this combination will be run this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at IMS . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire . . . Goodyear conducted two tests at the Speedway this year. Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler tested in April and in June Kahne and J.J. Yeley tested.

    Mark Keto, lead engineer, stock car tire development: "The tire compound chosen is tougher on both sides of the car than last year, and we've specified the more robust mold and construction package similar to that which we used at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. As with all 'green' track surfaces, rather high tire wear slows down as a track rubbers in. The same is expected at the Brickyard race with a green surface and the particular nature of its ground surface. That's the reason we've beefed up our tires. We would expect to see rather heavy but manageable tire wear until the track has a base of rubber laid down."(Goodyear PR)(8-5-2006)

    UPDATE Goodyear Statement on Tite Wear at Indy: Goodyear released the following statement after Saturday's practice for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Stu Grant, general manager of global race tires: "Through the final practice session on Saturday, Goodyear engineers reported tire wear is improving. As with all "green" track surfaces, we see rather high tire wear that will slow down as the track rubbers in. That is the case here this weekend. Also, a number of cars were running with their left front tires under the recommended air pressure inflation. Some teams experienced classic overdeflection failures as a result. Our engineers say the solution to the situation is for the teams to run higher air pressure in their left front tires. Based on our analysis, in the incident during today's practice it appeared the left front tire on Kurt Busch's car had been underinflated. There could have been a puncture. We are not sure if it was low air pressure or a puncture that caused the tire to go down."(Goodyear PR)(8-6-2006)

    UPDATE 2 - Caution Lap 15: NASCAR will throw the caution 15 laps into the Allstate 400 so teams can check tire wear at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Goodyear spokesman said Sunday morning. NASCAR also will require a mandatory minimum air pressure of 16 pounds in the left-front tires. For about a year, the sanctioning body has had mandatory right-front air pressures but not for those on the left-front. Goodyear came into the weekend recommending 18 pounds of pressure in the left-fronts but lowered that to 16 for the 160-lap race today on the famed oval. There could be more mandatory cautions depending on tire wear. A full fuel run at the track is about 34-40 laps.(SceneDaily.com), on Speed Channel's Raceday, they aired part of the drivers meeting and it was mentioned that Goodyear asked for two cautions, one around lap 15 and a 2nd one around lap 40.(8-6-2006)


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $120,000 at Indy for leading the points and winning the race [only #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth have a shot at it]. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    (7-23-2006)

  • Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Winners for 2006 so far:
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $30,000*
    Darlington, Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $30,000*
    Dover: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Michigan: Carl Edwards, $10,000
    Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    Chicago: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    New Hampshire: Reed Soresnon, $10,0000
    Pocono: Denny Hamlin, $25,000*
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Indianapolis: $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 BAC/MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 12
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 9
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 5
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 3
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 3
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #99-Carl Edwards, 2
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 2
    (7-23-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Indianapolis/Speedway, IN Area:
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
    Hoosier Times
    The Indianapolis Star/News
    Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
    The Republic
    Shelbyville News
    Star Press

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:


    Raceweather.net


    by The Weather Channel - Speedway, IN
    by The Weather Channel - Indianapolis, IN
    Accuweather
    Accuweather - Current Radar
    National Weather Service
    Weather Underground

  • Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Review by ARS Racing
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

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

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

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


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Johnson wins at Indy: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of 2006 and 22nd of his career. Johnson came back from 38th early in the race when he lost a left front tire and had to pit just before the 4th caution, but didn't lose a lap and slowly came back to win the race, leading 33 laps. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 2nd, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick, #07-Clint Bowyer, #6-Mark Martin, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kyle Busch, #20-Tony Stewart, #99-Carl Edwards and #11-Hamlin. #31-Jeff Burton, the pole sitter and who led the most laps, fell back late and finished 15th. #9-Kasey Kahne was involved in an accident on the last lap while running 9th, finished 36th and fell 4 spots in the points to 11th and out of the Chase. There were 9 leaders with 18 lead changes and 8 cautions for 24 laps (counting the last lap caution)
      Race Results on my Indy Race Results/Awards Page.
      Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Indy page.(8-6-2006)

    • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Indianapolis [21 of 36 races]:
      #48-Jimmie Johnson 3124
      #17-Matt Kenseth 3017 -107
      #31-Jeff Burton 2749 -375
      #29-Kevin Harvick 2733 -391
      #5-Kyle Busch 2733 -391
      #6-Mark Martin 2712 -412
      #11-Denny Hamlin 2648 -476
      #24-Jeff Gordon 2627 -497
      #20-Tony Stewart 2619 -505
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2612 -512
      and fighting for 10th
      out of 10th and the chase
      #9-Kasey Kahne -37
      #16-Greg Biffle -115
      #2-Kurt Busch -174
      #99-Carl Edwards -232
      For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-6-2006)

    • PENALTY REPORT:
      Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
      38 TE Pitting before pit road is open L3
      48 TE Pitting before pit road is open L40
      19 TE Pitting before pit road is open L57
      34 PT Speeding entering pit road L125
      66 TE Pitting before pit road is open L143
      PT - Pass through
      TE - Tail end of the longest line
      SG - Stop and Go
      OL - One lap
      ND - NASCAR discretion
      MCI - Must come into pits
      (NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-6-2006)

    • Rumblings - Race Notes - Indy: Jimmie Johnson was a "survivor" this afternoon..... Coming back from a blown tire, making a late charge in a 14 lap run for the checkers, he captured the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard over Matt Kenseth today under caution for his 4th win of the season (tying him with Kasey Kahne for most wins this year) and the 22nd of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's now tied with teammate Terry Labonte for 26th on the all-time win list). This was win #147 for Hendrick Motorsports and their 5th in this event. Jimmie Johnson becomes the second driver to do the Daytona/Indy double.... Dale Jarrett accomplished that feat in 1996. The victory was worth $452,861 from the over $9.3M in posted awards....and that includes $120K for the NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus. They might wanna consider renaming that contingency....the only winner this season has been Johnson and he's cleaned it out for $210K total on three occasions.
      Kevin Harvick (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Dover in June.
      Clint Bowyer (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 5th at Phoenix in April.
      Tony Raines (11th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Rockingham (Where's Dat?) in November of 2003!
      STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Busch (+30), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (+25) and Tony Stewart (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-32), followed by J. J. Yeley (-28 ), Greg Biffle (-26), Robby Gordon (-26), Jeremy Mayfield (-26), and Mike Skinner (-20). This was BD #3 on the season for Kasey.
      Kenny Wallace led a lap today for the first time since he led once for three laps at Richmond in September of 2002! He's the 44th driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 51.
      Johnson's win today tacked another 10 points onto his lead over Matt Kenseth....it's now 107. Their "Magic Numbers" are getting up there as well ....they're not far from clinching. Clint Bowyer (19th to 17th) made the only multiple position advance today (in the Top-40), while Kasey Kahne's last lap wreck put him on the outside looking in at the "Chase" with a four position drop (7th to 11th).(Stock Car Fans)(8-6-2006)

    • Indy Race Notes:
      • Jimmy Johnson won the 2006 Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, scoring his 22nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 168th career start.
      • Johnson moved to 26th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tying Terry Labonte.
      • This was Johnson’s fourth victory in 2006, tying Kasey Kahne for the most this season. Johnson also won at Daytona in February, Las Vegas and Talladega.
      • Johnson became just the second driver to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year, joining Dale Jarrett (1996).
      • Johnson won the race from the fifth-place starting position. He ran as low as 39th on lap 40.
      • Johnson scored his 17th top-10 finish in 21 races this season. He has top-15 finishes in 19 of the 21 races this season.
      • Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 90 consecutive races.
      • Johnson remained first in the point standings, extending his point lead to 107 over second-place Matt Kenseth.
      • Race winner Johnson led three times for 33 laps, including the final 10, in the Allstate 400.
      • This was team owner Rick Hendrick’s 147th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored seven victories in 2006. It marked Hendrick’s fifth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most of all car owners.
      • Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
      Notebook Items
      • The 35 cars to finish on the lead lap sets the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup record for a completed 400- or 500- mile race.
      • Jeff Burton led 87 laps, leading the most laps for the first time since Phoenix in October 2001, 169 races ago. That race was also his last victory.
      • Matt Kenseth (second) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006 and his fourth top-10 finish (all top fives) in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
      • Kevin Harvick (third) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick moved to fourth in the point standings but is only 158 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
      • Harvick extended a 33-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak.
      • Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Clint Bowyer (fourth) scored his career-best finish and sixth top-10 finish in 2006. This was his first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
      • Mark Martin (fifth) scored his 10th top-10 finish 21 races in 2006. It was his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
      • Kyle Busch (seventh) extended a streak of seven straight top-15 finishes that began at Michigan in June.
      • Jeff Burton (12th) scored his 15th straight top-15 finish extending a streak that began at Texas in April. • At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 21 races this season. Clint Bowyer (fourth) has been the highest finishing rookie in four races in 2006.
      • Robby Gordon finished 35th in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This marked his 100th consecutive start without a victory. Gordon last won at Watkins Glen in August 2003.
      • Ken Schrader finished 14th in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This marked his 500th consecutive start without a victory. Schrader last won at Dover in June 1991.
      • Michael Waltrip failed to qualify for the 2006 Allstate 400 ending a 940-race streak of a Waltrip in the starting lineup. The streak began at Riverside in January 1976.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-6-2006)

      Indianapolis Race Rundown

    • The Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
      #48-Johnson-c (5)(33 laps led) under caution
      #17-Kenseth-f (20)(9 laps led)
      #29-Harvick-c (10)(18 laps led)
      #07-Bowyer-c (2-r)
      #6-Martin-f (19)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (31)
      #5-Busch-c (37)(8 laps led)
      #20-Stewart-c (32)
      #99-Edwards-f (22)
      #11-Hamlin-c (14-r)

      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
      #31-Burton-c (1) is running 15
      #24-Gordon-c (16) is running 16

      Pit Selections Chart for Indy page at FoxSports.com

    • Cars on the lead lap: 35 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 9,37,66

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 34

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

    • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
      #38-Sadler (accident-out)
      #60-Said (accident-out)
      #19-Mayfield (accident-out)
      #43-Labonte (engine-out)
      #9-Kahne (accident-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 18 lead changes):
      #31-Burton (pole, 87, most)
      #48-Johnson (33);
      #29-Harvick (18);
      #17-Kenseth (9);
      #5-Busch (8);
      #25-Vickers (2);
      #9-Kahne (1);
      #78-Wallace (1);
      #01-Nemechek (1);

    • Lap leaders: #31-Burton - pole; #31-Burton 1-6; #9-Kahne 7; #31-Burton 8-41; #78-Wallace 42; #31-Burton 43-58; #25-Vickers 59-60; #31-Burton 61-69; #29-Harvick 70; #31-Burton 71-72; #29-Harvick 73-89; #31-Burton 90-109; #17-Kenseth 110-116; #48-Johnson 117-123; #17-Kenseth 124-125; #5-Busch 126; #01-Nemechek 127; #48-Johnson 128-143; #5-Busch 144-150; #48-Johnson 151-160

      Cautions: 8 for 24 laps

      Caution 8 - Laps 160 - end: #10-Riggs got into #7-Gordon who slid up into #16-Biffle and both spun off turn 2 and in a separate incident #9-Kahne got loose racing #20-Stewart, slowed up, #99-Edwards was right behind Kahne and got into Kahne enought to spin Kahne, Kahne blames no one [IMS Radio report], Kahne spun around going hard into the wall nose first in turn 3, Kahne got out and walked away.
      Caution 7 - Laps 143 - 146: Debris in turn 3, possible oil from the #43
      Caution 6 - Laps 87 - 89: Debris in the high groove of turn 3
      Caution 5 - Laps 58 - 60: #19-Mayfiend shot up the track in turn 2 and slapped the wall.
      Caution 4 - Laps 41 - 44: NASCAR competition caution scheduled, just after #48-Johnson losr a left front tire.
      Caution 3 - Laps 21 - 23: #60-Said and #41-Sorenseon tangled in turn 3, sending Said into the wall, Sorenson drove on, Said's car ended up backwards in the grass.
      Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 19: NASCAR competition caution scheduled.
      Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 6: #38-Sadler got loose in turn 1 and smacked the wall and headed to the garage, damage to the rear of the car. #01-Nemechek hit the wall avoiding Sadler and did some minor damage to the car.

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Indy in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
      Caution 7: #78-Wallace
      Caution 6: #24-Gordon
      Caution 5: #24-Gordon, still a lap down
      Caution 4: #37-Skinner
      Caution 3: #24-Gordon, still 2 laps down
      Caution 1: none awarded as #24-Gordon came in with the leaders and stayed in the pits
      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.

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- during the 7th caution all the lead laps cars came in to get tires and gas except #5, #8, #12, #01 stayed out. #48-Johnson came in leading and #17-Kenseth beat Johnson, but #07-Bowyer and #11-Hamlin only took 2 tires and ahead of both.
      ---- #43-Labonte started smoking and NBC reported the engine sounded bad on lap 136, then Labonte went to the pits to have it checked out.
      ---- as of lap 131, #6-Martin is reporting a vibration.
      ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 122, #34-Chaffin was penalized a pass thru penalty for speeding on pit road. The pit stops cycled thru on lap 128.
      ---- on lap 113, #00-Elliott made an unscheduled pit stop for a possible flat tire, but didn't have one and lost a lap.
      ---- during the 6th caution, #99-Edwards stayed in the pits longer as the crew didn't get the lug nuts tight and lost a few spots.
      ---- #19-Mayfield is back on the track as of lap 89 after the team made repairs to the car.
      ---- during the 6th caution, all the cars came in to make a pit stop. #29-Harvick came in first and just beat #31-Burton out of the pits for the lead. #7-Gordon and #42-Mears made contact on pit road, some slight damage for the front of the #42, but the team fixed it.
      ---- #20-Stewart had to pit a 2nd time during the 5th caution when an air gun broke.
      ---- during the 5th caution, #25-Vickers only took 2 tires and took the lead coming out of the pit stops.
      ---- on lap 54, #48-Johsnon is showing a tire rub on the left front, but is continuing to pass cars and moving forward.
      ---- #48-Johnson is slowing on the track and off the pace as of lap 39 with a flat left front tire blown, when Johnson burned out, he ignited the fuel spilled on the pit stall slab, which caught fire, but the safety personnel put the fire out qucikly, but it caused a plume of smoke seen on TV.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, #2-Busch came in for a flat tire and stayed on the lead lap, #41-Sorenson pitted for repairs.
      ---- the #24 team is working on the sway bar during the 2nd caution.
      ---- all drivers came in during the mandatory caution on lap 16.
      ---- NASCAR has warned #24-Gordon to pick up the speed as of lap 12 [Gordon is running around 150 vs the leader's 168mph]
      ---- #24-Gordon slowed on the track at lap 8, thinks he has a tire going down and made a pit stop, crew looked under the front left of the car, possibly has something broken, but went back on the track, a lap down. NBC reports a broken bolt on the sway bar, left front.
      ---- #01-Nemechek, #60-Said and #41-Sorenson made a pit stops during the 1st caution
      ---- green flag at 2:54pm/et
      ---- command to start engines at 2:40pm/et by Mary Hullman George
      ---- NASCAR plans to throw a competition caution at lap 15 and lap 40 so teams can check their tires
      ---- To The Back [4]: #88-Jarrett [engine change]; #41-Sorenson [engine change]; #2-Busch [backup car]; #34-Chaffin [engine change];


    • Race Coverage of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, August 6, 2006.
      TV: NBC at 2:30pm/et [green flag around 2:40pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:00pm/et
      Radio: IMS and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
      Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, August 10th at 2:30pm/et

    • To The Back [3]: #88-Jarrett [engine change]; #41-Sorenson [engine change]; #2-Busch [backup car]

    • Happy Hour Practice for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #31-Burton 175.200
      #17-Kenseth 174.341
      #99-Edwards 174.250
      #07-Bowyer 173.940
      #21-Schrader 173.859
      slowest: #60-Said 167.942 and #37-Skinner 168.644
      most laps run: #42-Mears & #6-Martin 30
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #17-Kenseth 171.556 [2nd fastest lap], 9 laps run
      #40-Stremme 171.386 [11th], 13 laps
      #29-Harvick 171.362 [10th], 14 laps
      For speeds for Happy Hour and the other three sessions, see my Indy Practice Speeds Page.(8-5-2006)

    • First Saturday Practice for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #9-Kahne 175.915
      #07-Bowyer 175.822
      #29-Harvick 175.661
      #2-Busch 175.589
      #31-Burton 175.319
      slowest: #34-Chaffin 164.402 and #37-Skinner 167.948
      most laps run: #07-Bowyer 24; #43-Labonte 23
      incident: #2-Busch lost a tire and hit the wall, has to go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field.
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #29-Harvick 175.528 [3rd fastest lap], 3 laps run
      #17-Kenseth 172.522 [6th], 18 laps
      #40-Stremme 172.504 [7th], 13 laps
      For speeds see my Indy Practice Speeds Page.(8-5-2006)

    • Burton wins pole at Indy: #31-Jeff Burton Hamlin won the Budweiser Pole for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.778mph for his 3rd pole of 2006 and 5th of his career. Burton went out 2nd and only #07-Bowyer and #2-Busch came close to grabbing the pole. #07-Bowyer will start 2nd, followed by #2-Kuet Busch, #9-Kasey Kahne [went out last] and #48-JImmie Johnson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 31st. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #37-Skinner, #40-Stremme, #34- Chaffin, #00-Elliott, #78-Wallace, #4-Wimmer, #32- Kvapil and #60-Said. Missing the race were: #15-Menard, #55-Waltrip [said he wouldn't buy his way in this time], #70-Sauter, #49-Lepage, #90-Leicht, #04-Hamilton Jr. and #61-Cope. See the qualifying results on my Indy Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-5-2006)

    • Ramblings / Qualifying Notes - Indianapolis When you start qualifying at 10AM, oft times it's not how but when. Jeff Burton once again proved that truism today.... Jeff Burton went out second and took the Bud Pole for tomorrow's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard with a time of 48.240 (182.778 mph)....barely edging out Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch (and barely in this case means .007 seconds!). Burton's third top-spot of the season puts him one behind Kasey Kahne for that contingency....and this was the 5th pole of Burton's NEXTEL Cup career.
      Clint Bowyer (2nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 3rd at Darlington in May.
      J. J. Yeley (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
      Robby Gordon (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 5th at Infineon in June of 2005.
      Ken Schrader (11th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Bristol last August.
      Tony Raines (13th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Martinsville in April.
      Jeremy Mayfield (15th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the outside pole at Dover in June.
      Mike Skinner (17th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 15th at Atlanta last October (only five races).
      Chad Chaffin (25th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best was 31st at Martinsville in April.
      STREAKIN....Jeff Burton has 4 Top-10's starts in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      The Trouble Train was crowded and rather significant today. With 50 cars on hand, the early outs were: Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Johnny Sauter, Kevin Lepage, Stephen Leicht, Bobby Hamilton Jr., and Derrike Cope. Mikey is reportedly keeping his checkbook in his pocket this week....(Stock Car Fans)(8-6-2006)

    • Indy Qualifying Notes:
      • Jeff Burton won the NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 49.240 seconds at 182.778 mph. Casey Mears holds the trackqualifying record of 48.311 seconds, 186.293 mph - set Aug. 7, 2004.
      • This is Burton’s fifth career Bud Pole in 424 NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his third Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 2006. He became the just the second driver to post more than two Bud Poles in 2006, joining Kasey Kahne (four). Greg Biffle (two), Kurt Busch (two), Denny Hamlin (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
      • This is Burton’s first Bud Pole and first start better than 16th in 13 NEXTEL Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous best start here was 16th in 1999.
      • Burton became the 10th different Bud Pole winner in 13 races at Indianapolis. Jeff Gordon (1995, 1996 and 1999 and Ernie Irvan (1997 and 1998) are the only repeat Brickyard Bud Pole winners.
      • Clint Bowyer posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 49.242 seconds, 182.771 mph – and will join Burton on the front row for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Bowyer posted his fourth top-10 start of 2006 in setting his career-best starting position in his 23rd NEXTEL Cup race. This is the best-ever start by a Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender at Indianapolis.
      • Burton and Bowyer gave car-owner Richard Childress the first front-row sweep since Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield started on the front row for Evernham Motorsports at Charlotte in May of this season. It is the only car-owner front-row sweep at Indianapolis and just the second time that a manufacturer has won the top-two starting positions here. Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip started 1-2 in Fords.
      • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has nine Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
      • Kurt Busch (third) posted his second top-10 start at Indianapolis and eclipsed his previous best start of sixth, set in 2003. It is his 15th top-10 start in 2006. He is tied with Greg Biffle (seventh today) for the most top-10 starts this season.
      • Kasey Kahne (fourth) tied his best Indianapolis qualifying effort set in 2005. His other Brickyard start was 12th in 2004.
      • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in five Indianapolis races. His other two starts here were 37th (2000) and 42nd (2005).
      • Ken Schrader (11th) posted his best start since he qualified seventh at Bristol in August 2005.
      • Mike Skinner (17th) was the fastest of the drivers that had to make the field on time and qualified for his second race this season.
      • Chad Chaffin (25th) posted his career-best qualifying effort. His best start in his previous seven Nextel Cup races was 31st at Martinsville in April.
      • Six drivers qualified for their first race at Indianapolis: Bowyer, J.J. Yeley (sixth), Denny Hamlin (14th), David Stremme (24th), Chaffin, and Reed Sorenson (41st). The last time there was not a Waltrip in the field was the final race of the 1975 season at Ontario (Nov. 23, 1975).
      • The third-place starting position is the only position to produce more than one race winner at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon (1994 and ’98) and Bobby Labonte (2000).
      • The Brickyard 400 has been won from a top-10 starting position seven of 12 times.
      • The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-5-2006)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 10:10am/et.
      TV: TNT - 10:00am/et
      Radio: IMS and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Qualifying Order List for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #15-Menard is due out first on Saturday, August 5th at 10:10am/et on Speed/IMS/XM, last driver due out is #9-Kasey Kahne. For the Qualifying order, see my Indy Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-4-2006)

    • Friday's 2nd practice for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #2-Busch 182.039
      #9-Kahne 181.995
      #7-Gordon 181.181
      #10-Riggs 181.097
      #21-Schrader 180.908
      slowest: #04-Hamilton Jr. 172.189 and #61-Cope 173.661
      incident: #55-Waltrip slapped the turn 4 wall early in the session, but looks like the crew will be able to repair the car. #41-Sorenson lost it off turn 3 and slapped and backed into the wall, will have to go to a backup car.
      most laps run: #32-Kvapil 10; #61-Cope & #49-Lepage 9
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      most were way off, no good numbers to post
      For speeds see my Indy Practice Speeds Page.(8-4-2006)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the 2nd practice on Friday?
      Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
      If things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
      #40-David Stremme, 15th fastest
      #15-Paul Menard, 22nd
      #4-Scott Wimmer, 29th
      #78-Kenny Wallace, 31st
      #32-Travis Kvapil, 35th
      #90-Stephen Leicht, 36th
      #49-Kevin Lepage, 38th
      #00-Bill Elliott [CH], 39th
      If things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
      #55-Michael Waltrip, 40th
      #70-Johnny Sauter, 41st
      #34-Chad Chaffin, 43rd
      #60-Boris Said, 44th
      #37-Mike Skinner, 48th
      #61-Derrike Cope, 49th
      #04-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 50th
      CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
      For speeds see my Indy Practice Speeds Page.(8-4-2006)

    • Friday's first practice for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #21-Schrader 180.321
      #7-Gordon 180.029
      #07-Bowyer 179.279
      #11-Hamlin 178.806
      #42-Mears 178.628
      slowest: #34-Chaffin 169.959 and #61-Cope 172.025
      no speed listed for: #00-Elliott and #04-Hamilton Jr.
      most laps run: #48-Johnson 15; #25-Vickers 14
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      most were way off, no good numbers to post
      For speeds see my Indy Practice Speeds Page.(8-4-2006)

    • Entry List for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
      #00-Bill Elliott [CH]
      #04-Bobby Hamilton Jr.
      #4-Scott Wimmer
      #15-Paul Menard
      #32-Travis Kvapil
      #34-Chad Chaffin
      #37-Mike Skinner
      #40-David Stremme
      #49-Kevin Lepage
      #55-Michael Waltrip
      #60-Boris Said
      #61-Derrike Cope - added
      #70-Johnny Sauter
      #78-Kenny Wallace
      #90-Stephen Leicht
      [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
      removed from entry list:
      #74-Derrike Cope
      If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 00,40,32,55,4,49,61,78
      missing the race would be #'s: 34,37,15,60,70,90,04.
      see entry list on Jayski's Indy Entry List Page.
      (7-31/8-1-2006)

    • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Indy:
      no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
      but the #40 lost some ground
      35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +60 points ahead of 36th
      34) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +60
      32) #45-Petty/Petty +39
      33) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +38
      these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
      36) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -38 points behind 35th
      37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -174
      38) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -221
      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.(7-23-2006)

    • 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 Indy:
      • Twelfth to 10th in the point standings are separated by just 44 points.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (11th) is just 15 points behind 10th-place Tony Stewart.
      • Five of the top-11 drivers are separated by 20 points or less.
      • Nine drivers in the top-14 changed point’s positions at Pocono.
      • Eleven drivers have competed in all 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Indianapolis.
      • Jeff Gordon leads the nine different Bud Pole winners with three Bud Poles at Indianapolis. Ernie Irvan scored two Bud Poles at Indy, the only other driver with multiple Bud Poles there.
      • Jeff Gordon has scored four victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett is the only other multiple race winner at Indianapolis with two victories.
      • Jeff Gordon has scored seven top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes in his 12 races at Indy, the most of any driver. He has scored top-10 finishes in his last five races at Indianapolis, the longest current streak.
      • Ryan Newman leads all drivers with a 5.0 starting average at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newman has started from the top- 10 in all five of his races at there.
      • Kasey Kahne has a 3.0 finishing average in his two races at Indianapolis.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-23-2006)

    • Who's Hot - Indy:
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 18 of the 20 races in 2006. His other two finishes were 30th or worse. Johnson has scored nine top-10 finishes in the last 10 races.
      • Jeff Burton has posted 14 straight top-15 finishes, a streak that began at Texas in April. He also scored top-10 finishes in his last three races.
      • Jeff Burton (1,464) has scored more points in the last 10 races than any other driver.
      • Kasey Kahne has won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
      • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 10 top-five finishes in the 20 races this season.
      • Kevin Harvick has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
      • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 16 top-10 finishes in the first 20 races of 2006, three more than the closest driver.
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 15 of the 20 races this season.
      • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 10 of the last 11 races.
      • Matt Kenseth ranks second in the point standings. After 20 races one year ago, he ranked 17th.
      • Kyle Busch has scored six straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-24-2006)

    • PREVIOUS BRICKYARD 400 WINNERS:
      YEAR-CAR#-DRIVER, MANU, AVE SPEED, STARTED
      1994-#24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 131.977, 3rd
      1995-#3-Dale Earnhardt, Chevy, 155.206, 13th
      1996-#88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 139.508, 24th
      1997-#10-Ricky Rudd, Ford, 130.814, 7th
      1998-#24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 126.772, 3rd
      1999-#88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 148.194, 4th
      2000-#18-Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 155.912, 3rd
      2001-#24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 130.790, 27th
      2002-#9-Bill Elliott, Dodge, 125.033, 2nd
      2003-#29-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, 134.554, 1st
      2004-#24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 115.037, 11th
      2005-#20-Tony Stewart, Chevy, 118.782, 22nd

    • Aug 2005 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 118.782mph, started 22nd

    • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph

    • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2004, 115.912mph

    • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th

    • Track Qualifying Record: Casey Mears, August 2004, 186.293mph

    • 2005 Pole Sitter: #38-Elliott Sadler, 184.114, finished 32nd

    • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 10s: 10 - Jeff Gordon

    • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/2002

    • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994

    • Most Lead Changes: 21 - 8/6/1994

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 8/5/2000 and 8/8/2004

    • Most Leaders: 13 - Twice, most recently 8/3/1996

    • Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/2000

    • Most Cautions: 13 - 8/8/2004

    • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/1995

    • Most Caution Laps: 47, 8/8/2004

    • Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/1995

    • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 31, 8/7/2005

    • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/2000

    • Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Twice, most recently, 8/5/2000

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27, 8/8/2004

    • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 160], Jeff Gordon, 8/8/2004

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Jarrett, 8/3/1996

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Chevy

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 12 races] 8.3%
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 3
    • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
    • Races won from the pole: 1 of 12 events (8.3%)
    • Races won from in top 10: 7 of 12 events (58.3%)
    • Races won from outside top 10: 5 of 12 events (41.7%)
    • Indy Nuggets:
      Indy Milestones
      Dale Jarrett is expected to make his 400th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Indy.
      Starting Up Front Not Important at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
      Three of the last five races at Indy have been won from outside the top-10 starting positions. Only two of the 12 previous races at Indy have been won from the front row.
      Indy Bud Pole Winner
      Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with three Bud Poles at Indy. Gordon has not had a top-five start in his last six races at Indy. His last Bud Pole came there in August 1999.
      Indy Streaks
      • Jeff Burton has competed in all 12 races at Indy and has never started a race there from the top-15.
      • Ryan Newman has posted five straight top-10 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
      • Kasey Kahne has posted two top-five finishes in two races Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
      • Jeff Gordon has posted five straight top-10 finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
      Owner Dominance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
      Rick Hendrick has four victories in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most of all car owners. Those four victories were all scored by Jeff Gordon.
      Leading The Way
      Jeff Gordon has competed in all 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has led 433 laps in those races, the most of all drivers.
      Indy Starters
      Eleven drivers have competed in all 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Those 11 drivers won nine of the 12 races there. Dale Earnhardt, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick are the other race winners.
      Bud Pole Winners Galore
      There have been eight different Bud Pole winners in the last eight races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, since August 1998.
      Would You Believe?
      Rusty Wallace finished second at Indy three times in his 12 races there, but never visited victory lane at the famous Indiana superspeedway.
      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Standouts
      • Jeff Gordon is clearly the standout at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading all drivers with three Bud Poles, four victories, seven top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes in 12 races there. He has led in nine of the 12 races leading 433 laps. All records are the most among drivers at Indy.
      • Ryan Newman has a 5.0 starting average posting top-10 starts in all five of his races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
      • Kasey Kahne has a 3.0 finishing average in his two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the best of all drivers with more than one start there.
      Season Nuggets
      • Current point leader Jimmie Johnson was the point leader at the mid-point of the season. He was also the point leader at the mid-point in 2004 and 2005 and also was the point leader after Race No. 20 in 2004 and 2005.
      • All 20 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-14 in the point standings.
      • Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 15 of the 20 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 95 lap leader bonus points, 60 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 35.
      • Jeff Burton, currently third in the point standings, has earned 1,464 points in the last 10 races, more than any other driver. Greg Biffle is currently second in points earned in the last 10 races earning 1,434 points, 30 less than Burton. Point leader Jimmie Johnson ranks fifth during the last 10 races earning 1,418 points, 46 less than Biffle. Burton posted eight top-10 finishes during the 10-race period while Johnson outscored the other four drivers with nine. Despite Johnson’s nine top-10s, the difference is better finishes by the other drivers coupled with the fact that Johnson led in just three of those 10 races while Burton led in six and Bifffle led in seven of the 10 proving the value of the lap-leader bonus points.
      • Two drivers that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 20 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Elliott Sadler was ninth and finished 13th and Dale Jarrett was 10th and finished 15th. They were overtaken by Kenseth and Edwards. Kenseth finished seventh while Edwards finished third.
      • After 20 races in 2006, six drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were seven drivers within the 400-point window.
      • In 2005 six of the top-13 drivers were separated by 21 points or less with twelfth to 11th and ninth to eighth each separated by just three points.
      • After 20 races in 2006, five of the top-11 drivers are separated by 19 points or less while nine of the top-12 are separated by 42 points or less.
      • Just 82 points separate 12th to seventh in the point standings.
      • Tony Stewart, currently 10th in the point standings, is 15 points ahead of 11th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and just 44 ahead of 12th-place Greg Biffle.
      • Just 105 points separate 10th-place Tony Stewart and fourth-place Kyle Busch. That is the difference between a first to a 30th-place finish (lap leader points not considered).
      • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won five of the 20 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 12 victories while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had nine victories at this point of the season.
      • A Ford has failed to qualify among the top-10 in the last two races. A Ford also failed to finish among the top 10 in two of the last three races.
      • Ken Schrader became the 43rd driver to lead in 2006. The 34 drivers that have competed in all 20 races have each led at least one lap this season.
      • Four of the top-six drivers have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.
      • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in the top 10 with four DNFs. That is the most DNFs of any driver ranked in among the top 23.
      • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
      • Nine of the top-14 drivers changed point positions at Pocono.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-24-2006)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
      Track/Race Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
      Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
      Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
      Attendence: ~350,000

      Race Festivities:
      Grand Marshal: actor Chris Noth
      Command to start engines: Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: actor Chris Noth
      National Anthem: Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child
      Military Flyover: ?

    • Track Homepage: indianapolismotorspeedway.com

    • 2005 Indianapolis Race Info Page

    • Corvette to Pace the Field at Indy: A new specially-outfitted Corvette Z06 will serve as the official pace car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on August 6. Chevrolet cars have enjoyed the honor of pacing this event for 12 consecutive years, but this year is especially significant for the brand as it's the first time a Corvette serves as the pace vehicle at the prestigious NASCAR event. The Corvette Z06 for the Allstate 400 wears a unique paint scheme, inspired by an asymmetrical theme that conveys an "empathic sense of motion," according to Kip Wasenko, the pace car designer. The Corvette Z06 features broad stripes of yellow, white and blue which complement the Allstate 400 logo and resemble banners that accentuate the car's sense of speed.(GM PR)(8-4-2006)

    • Kelly Rowland to sing National Anthem at Indy: Kelly Rowland, a member of the chart-topping, Grammy-winning musical group Destiny’s Child, will sing the national anthem before the start of the 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Reserved seats start at just $35. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.(IMS PR)(8-3-2006)

    • Indy Race Date to move to July? UPDATE yep: Dick Glover, NASCAR vice president of broadcasting and new media, said that series officials have had talks about moving the Indianapolis race from early August to late July next season to accommodate ESPN's return. Next year begins NASCAR's new TV package. Fox will broadcast the Daytona 500 and the next 12 races through the Coca-Cola 600. TNT will do the next six races, taking it through race #18 on the schedule. That would mean ESPN would make its debut at Pocono and then broadcast the race at Indy. An option would be to move Indianapolis up so that it corresponds with ESPN's first race. That would allow ESPN to trumpet its return in promotions with one of the sport's highest-profile races. NASCAR typically doesn't announce the new schedule until late summer.(Roanoke Times)(7-10-2006)
      UPDATE: The 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will take place Sunday, July 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a week earlier than the event’s traditional date on the first weekend in August. The prestigious race will be the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event televised on ESPN since 2000. ABC/ESPN is returning to weekly NASCAR race broadcasts in 2007, airing the last 17 events of the NEXTEL Cup Series schedule. ESPN will launch an extensive multimedia campaign early next year to promote its return to NASCAR at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. That campaign will run through Race Day. Promotion of ESPN’s return to NASCAR and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be included on the full suite of ESPN media, including its cable TV networks, ESPN2, ESPN360, ESPN Radio, Mobile ESPN, ESPN.com and affiliated international networks throughout the world. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard has taken place on the first weekend of August, with race dates ranging from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, in the event’s 13-year history. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6.(IMS PR)(7-28-2006)


    • Lorrie Morgan to headline concert at Indy: Country music superstar Lorrie Morgan will headline an Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day concert Sunday, Aug. 6 in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Morgan will perform at noon (ET) in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield directly north of the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Country music rising star Jack Ingram will open the concert at 10 a.m. The show is free for all Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day ticket holders. Public gates open at 7:00am/et on Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day, with the 13th running of the race scheduled to begin at 2:30pm/et. Tickets are on sale for the rac fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside theIndianapolis area.(IMS PR)(7-28-2006)

    • 'Mr. Big' named Grand Marshal of Allstate 400 at Indy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get a touch of Hollywood for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as actor Chris Noth was named July 24 as the race’s official grand marshal. Noth will participate in pre-race activities, including the waving of the green flag to signal the start of the race. By Indianapolis Motor Speedway family tradition, IMS Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George will deliver the famous command, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Noth is perhaps best known from his roles as Detective Mike Logan on NBC’s long-running crime dramas “Law & Order” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and Mr. Big from the hit HBO series “Sex & the City,” for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He recently starred and executive-produced the TNT Original film “Bad Apple,” as well as starring as Roman general Pompey in the TNT epic miniseries “Caesar.” Noth also enjoyed a successful Broadway run of the revival of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.” On the silver screen, Noth has been seen in such films as “Cast Away,” “Double Whammy” and “Glass House.”
      Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(IMS PR)(7-25-2006)

    • Indy Race Date to move to July? Dick Glover, NASCAR vice president of broadcasting and new media, said that series officials have had talks about moving the Indianapolis race from early August to late July next season to accommodate ESPN's return. Next year begins NASCAR's new TV package. Fox will broadcast the Daytona 500 and the next 12 races through the Coca-Cola 600. TNT will do the next six races, taking it through race #18 on the schedule. That would mean ESPN would make its debut at Pocono and then broadcast the race at Indy. An option would be to move Indianapolis up so that it corresponds with ESPN's first race. That would allow ESPN to trumpet its return in promotions with one of the sport's highest-profile races. NASCAR typically doesn't announce the new schedule until late summer.(Roanoke Times)(7-10-2006)

    • Indy's Tom Carnegie to retire: Tom Carnegie has decided to wave the checkered flag on his legendary broadcasting career. The 86-year-old Indianapolis resident told Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George this week that he has worked his final Indianapolis 500 as a public address announcer. Carnegie said he will make cameo appearances at the Speedway in the future, but his days of working regular shifts are over. “I just feel it’s time to finish on top,” Carnegie said Thursday. “I had a good year, I felt good on race day and it’s time to move on.” Carnegie, who contracted polio during high school, has worked 61 consecutive 500s since being hired by George’s grandfather, the late Hulman, in 1946. The string of appearances is what the man with the booming voice is most proud of. “I’ve made them all,” he said. Carnegie and his wife, D.J., began considering his retirement long ago, but he said they were sure the time was right following this year’s race won by Sam Hornish Jr. “It’s good to get out while the flag is still flying,” he said. “I just wasn’t excited about having to get up at 6 in the morning to be (at the Speedway) by 9. Those days are over for me.”(Indianpolis Star)(6-9-2006)

    • No Smoking at Indy? The grandstands will remain a haven for smokers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but all enclosed areas on the grounds soon will be off-limits. The city of Speedway, Ind., passed a citywide ban on smoking in indoor public places during a town council meeting Monday night, leaving its largest and most famous resident in the uncomfortable position of policing smoking in its many buildings while allowing it in the grandstands. "If they pass an ordinance with any ramifications on the Speedway, we'll abide by that," said IMS spokesman Ron Green. The ban, which doesn't go into effect until Sept. 1, will ban smoking in suites, hospitality tents and buildings on the grounds. The IMS ticket office and Hall of Fame already have no-smoking policies. The ordinance is likely to have a greater impact on nearby restaurants that cater to race fans. The ban will prohibit smoking at restaurants and bowling alleys, but most bars will be exempt. "I believe in free choice," said Liz Glover, owner of Charlie Brown's Pancake and Steakhouse, in an interview with WTHR-TV. "This is not an illegal act." The city's decision is in line with recent smoking bans passed by the city of Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs. Indiana ranks seventh nationally in tobacco use.(Speed Channel)(4-27-2006)

    • Indy selling? UPDATE: Word is rumbling through the motorsports community that the Indianapolis Motorspeedway may be for sale. The bidders appear to include the France family and thier massive International Speedway Corporation empire and the Disney Corporation which would no doubt covet the incredible Indy complex as a centerpiece of its thriving theme part business. The Hulman family property is in the hands of Tony George, the well respected grandson of Anton (Tony) Hulman who purchased the speedway in 1945 from World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker for a reported $750,000.(Car and Driver Magazine)(3-7-2006)
      UPDATE: Brock Yates, one of the country's best and most respected motorsports writers, speculates in this month's Car & Driver magazine that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sale and the France family and Disney are potential buyers. This rumor has been around for the past few years, along with the one that said Roger Penske would broker the deal for the Frances. Yes, Tony George has spent millions and millions of dollars on Formula One and keeping the Indy Racing League afloat but the Brickyard 400 remains a three-day cash cow. And Indy still makes money. Bottom line: Mari Hulman George, who remains THE BOSS of the IMS kingdom, has said time and again that Indy isn't for sale -- it's for her grandchildren. No reason to think Mari has changed her mind.(Speed Channel)(3-9-2006)

    • Indy 500 changes start time again: The Indianapolis 500 is changing its starting time again. The May 28 race will begin at 1:00pm, the third starting time in as many years. Last year, the race started at noon after more than four decades at the traditional time of 11:00am. This change is precipitated by Indiana's move to Eastern Daylight Time. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials opted for this year's later start to keep the race on television at the same time in other time zones. Like last year, the race will air at 1:00pm on the East Coast, noon in Chicago and 10:00am on the West Coast. Last year's starting time change helped the 500 score its highest TV rating since 1996, the first year of the Indy Racing League. The 6.5 rating represented a 59 percent increase over the 2004 race.(Indianapolis Star), doubtful with the one hour time change that started last year, that there will be any driver attempting to run both the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 28th.(2-4-2006)

    • Indy Owners to be Honored: The Hulman-George family will receive the prestigious Dusty Brandel President’s Award at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association annual All-America Team dinner presented by Sprint NEXTEL on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. The 36th annual dinner is moving from its longtime base in the Los Angeles area this year to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The dinner officially will conclude the 50th Anniversary Celebration for AARWBA, the oldest and largest organization of motorsports media professionals in America. Terre Haute, Ind., businessman Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Nov. 14, 1945. The facility had deteriorated since the Indianapolis 500 was suspended from 1942-45 due to America’s participation in World War II. Hulman guided the Speedway until his death in October 1977. His wife, Mary Fendrich Hulman, became chairman of the board after his death, and their daughter, Mari Hulman George, became chairman of the board in 1988, a position she holds today. Mari Hulman George’s son, Anton Hulman “Tony” George, became president of the Speedway in January 1990 and now is chief executive officer of IMS and the Indy Racing League. Longtime motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins, who among his duties has been the IMS Radio Network “Voice of the Indianapolis 500” and has worked on the IMS Public Address team, will be the master of ceremonies at the dinner. Tickets, for the general public as well as media and sponsors, are available more info on www.aarwba.org by clicking on the Banquet link.(PR)(10-7-2005)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Checkers/Rally's to sponsor #37 & Skinner at Indy: Checkers/Rally's has stepped up to be the primary sponsor on Mike Skinner's #37 Dodge Charger for Sunday's 400-mile race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Skinner's R&J Racing entry qualified 17th in Saturday's time trials. The effort was the fastest among teams that needed to qualify on time. "It's really exciting that we're carrying the colors of the Official Burger of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard," said team owner Roger Craven. "We have a veteran driver in Mike and plan on giving Checkers/Rally's plenty of coverage in one of NASCAR's biggest races of the season." Sunday's NEXTEL Cup race will mark the first start for the #37 team in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. R&J Racing, owned by Craven and John Carter, is currently in its third season of Cup racing. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be Skinner's third event of the weekend. He competed in Friday's Truck Series race and Saturday's Busch Series event at ORP.(DMF Communications)(8-6-2006)

    • Boris Said and No Fear Racing Look to the Brickyard 400: Coming off a Bud Pole win and a highly impressive fourth place finish in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, No Fear Racing now prepares to head into the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 6. Race number 21 of the 36-round 2006 Nextel Cup Series, the Brickyard will mark the third start for the Sobe/No Fear Energy Ford Fusion. "The response to the 'sell more cases, do more races' line I stumbled on was overwhelming and phenomenal," offers Said. "NASCAR fans are the most loyal and supportive in all of sports and I think they picked up on the fact that we are a small team doing the best we can with the limited resources we have. I'm amazed at how much attention we received from the press. And from what I am told, Pepsi and SoBe received thousands of E-mails from fans asking how they could buy cases of SoBe/No Fear Energy to help support our team. I'd really like to take this moment and thank the fans and all the press people who have helped us out. It's our goal to become a full-time NASCAR Nextel Cup team and with the support of the fans and press, we just might pull it off in 2007." The SoBe/No Fear Energy Ford Fusion will attempt to qualify for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Saturday, August 5. The car will carry the same red, black, red and yellow paint scheme it did in Daytona. K-Mart will serve as the associate sponsor of the Brickyard effort.(No Fear Racing PR)(7-27-2006)

    • Bobby Hamilton Jr. to run at Indy - Cup and Truck: Fastenal and Bobby Hamilton Racing have joined forces and will be pulling double duty,competing at both venues. Bobby Hamilton Jr. will drive the #04 Fastenal Dodge in the NASCAR Nextel Cup event at the Brickyard (The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard) and he will drive the #18 Fastenal Dodge Ram in the Craftsman Truck Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park (The Power Stroke Diesel 200). In pre-race testing at the Brickyard Hamilton Jr. was the 11th fastest driver posting a time of 50.406 which equates to a 178.550 mile per hour lap around the 2.5 mile oval.(fastenalracing.com)(7-27-2006)

    • Leicht to make Cup debut at Indy? UPDATE 2 at Pocono: hearing the RYR Busch Series driver Stephen Leicht, will attempt to make the Brickyard 400 at Indy in a third RYR Ford.(7-10-2006)
      UPDATE: Robert Yates Racing hopes to get development driver Stephen Leicht approved for the Allstate 400 next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old driver tested at the track Monday and will test again Wednesday in preparation for his possible Nextel Cup debut in the #90 RYR Ford.(SceneDaily.com)(7-11-2006)
      UPDATE 2 - Pocono: Robert Yates Racing development driver Stephen Leicht will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut July 23 at Pocono Raceway. Leicht, who was sixth-fastest among drivers Wednesday during the Cup test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said Friday that the plan is for him to run Pocono and then at the Brickyard in RYR's #90 Ford. Leicht has nine Busch Series starts with the best finish of 10th at Kentucky. He has driven in two restrictor-plate Busch Series races. The 19-year-old driver who won the 2005 ASA Late Model Series title is considered a candidate to compete in Nextel Cup next season for the Yates team. Either Raymond Fox III or Butch Hylton will serve as crew chief for the car, said Leicht, who has never raced at Pocono.(SceneDaily.com)(7-14-2006)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Kyle Busch Delphi none...yet
    #6-Mark Martin AAA Insurance #6 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Alltel Fastap #12 Schemes Page
    #18-J.J. Yeley Imitrex #18 Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney CAT Financial #22 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Foose Designs #24 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Reese's #29 Schemes Page
    #38-Elliott Sadler Snickers #38 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Totino's MEGA Pizza Rolls none...yet
    #45-Kyle Petty Tire Kingdom #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Inta Juice/Randy Moss #66 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot - Back to School none...yet


    • Johns Manville joins Robby as co-primary at Indy: This weekend’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will mark the first appearance in 2006 for Johns Manville as the co-primary sponsor of the #7 Menards Chevy of Robby Gordon. Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building and specialty products. Jim Beam, Harrah’s and CarLoan.com will serve as associates.(RGM PR)(8-2-2006)

    • Alltel Fastap scheme at Indy for Newman: Beginning Aug. 6th at the Brickyard 400, the #12 Alltel Dodge driven by Ryan Newman will introduce a special paint scheme in support of Alltel's new LG AX490 phone. The new silver and black design resembles the sleek car form of the LG AX490 - the first and only phone to feature a Fastap keypad. This keypad integrates the traditional 12-number keypad with raised buttons for each letter of the alphabet. In addition to the Fastap keypad, the LG AX490 comes pre-loaded with exclusive Ryan-Newman themed content including ringtones, wallpapers and a special 'Racing with Ryan' game.(Penske Racing PR(8-2-2006)

    • #43 scheme at Indy - Totino's MEGA Pizza Rolls: #43-Bobby Labonte will be racing a special paint scheme on the side of the famed '43' at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Allstate 400. Labonte will be racing the Totino's MEGA Pizza Rolls Dodge. Totino's MEGA Pizza Rolls are 2X bigger than regular Totino's Pizza Rolls brand pizza snacks. Labonte is one of only five full-time active drivers to have won this race, in 2000.(Petty Racing/Moore Consulting Group PR)(8-1-2006)

    • Inta Juice and Randy Moss Sponsoring Haas, Green at Brickyard 400: One of the nation's fastest-growing smoothie and juice bar franchises is heading to the nation's most prestigious speedway. Inta Juice has signed an agreement to sponsor Haas CNC Racing and the #66 Inta Juice Chevy driven by Jeff Green in this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Randy Moss, professional football player and Inta Juice executive, will grace the quarter panels of the #66 Inta Juice Chevrolet. This will mark the first time that the likeness of a NFL player has been on a Nextel Cup car. Inta Juice has launched aggressive growth goals that includes targeting nearly 100 total stores nationwide, either open or with franchise agreements in place, by the end of 2006. The company also plans to double in size by the end of 2008. Inta Juice is looking to grow their brand in front of the 250,000 fans that are expected to be at Sunday's race. More info on the company at intajuice.com.(Moore Consulting Group/GMR Marketing PR)(8-1-2006)

    • Special CAT scheme at Indy: The gleaming silver and black #22 CAT Financial Dodge driven by Dave Blaney plans to make its mark in the 2006 Brickyard 400 at Indy. See an image of the scheme on my #22 Team Schemes page.(7-5-2006)
    • MORE: This weekend, the #22 car with driver Dave Blaney will feature special graphics to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Cat Financial. Cat Financial is the financial arm of Caterpillar Inc., which is a technology leader and the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, natural gas and diesel engines, and industrial gas turbines.(BDR PR)(8-3-2006)

    • Special AAA scheme: AAA, 2006 sponsor of Roush Racing's #6 Ford driven by Nextel Cup veteran Mark Martin, announced it will introduce a special paint scheme highlighting AAA's insurance products the weekend of the "Neighborhood Excellence 400" at the Dover International Speedway in June. Weekend events also include the "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The special AAA design also may be used selectively at other NEXTEL Cup events throughout the 2006 season. It features a dominant, dark blue background and chrome lettering while maintaining key elements of the traditional AAA #6 paint scheme.(AAA), see an image of the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page, supposedly it will run at Indy also.(5-9-2006)

    • Foose scheme will return at Indy: While Jeff Gordon's 13th place finish at California Speedway could be viewed as somewhat of a disappointment, the Chip Foose designed #24 Hot Hues Chevrolet stood out for its unique paint scheme. The paint scheme will race again at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August. Gordon announced the news prior to the inaugural running of the design at California. The repeat appearance was scheduled in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers, custom car enthusiasts and race fans.(Gordonline.com), see images of the car on my #24 Team Schemes page,(3-7-2006)

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

    • 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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