- Race: Sunday, Sunday June 25, 2006 in Sonoma, CA
- Title Sponsor/Link: Dodge/Save Mart
- Track: Infineon Raceway
- TV: FOX 3:30pm/et
- FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 3:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 3:40pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 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 - PRN and XM
Performance Racing Network (PRN)
PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice
PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Pat Patterson, Brent McMillian, Chuck Carland
PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,431,771 (was $5,272,397 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, June 23, 3:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, June 24, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 24, 2:10 - 2:55pm/et on TV-FX 7:30pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 23, 2:00pm/et
- Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-43, Friday, June 23 at 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 12:30am/et on Speed AND live via radio at PRN 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, June 23
Noon-2:00pm Practice - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
4:05pm Qualifying - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Saturday, June 24
9:30-10:15am Practice - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
11:10-11:55am Final Practice - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
Sunday, June 25
12:10pm Driver Introductions - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
12:40pm RACE - Dodge/Save Mart 350 (110 laps)
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 Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,300; Right-side -- 1,300
Tire Codes: D-4044 (all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 87.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-38 laps, based on fuel mileage
Notes: NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will run the same tire code (D-4044) on all four tire positions at Infineon Raceway this weekend . . . teams will duplicate this tire set-up at the series' other road course at Watkins Glen later this season .. . this code is also run on the right-side at Martinsville (with a different left-side) . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners at Infineon.
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Sonoma 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
- 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
(* won race and bonus)
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Sonoma: $15,000
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
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
#9-Kasey Kahne, 3
#16-Greg Biffle, 2
#6-Mark Martin, 2
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2
#99-Carl Edwards, 2
LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Jeff Gordon wins at Sonoma: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his first win of 2006 and first in 19 races and 74th of his career [2 behind Dale Earnhardt], Gordon also moves into 8th in Drivers Points and the Chase. #12-Ryan Newman finished 2nd followed by #96-Terry Labonte, his first top-5 in 70 races [Darlington Sept 2003, his last win] and the best ever finish for the first year Hall of Fame Racing finish, 4th was #16-Greg Biffle then #2-Kurt Busch. #99-Carl Edwards finished 6th followed by #31-Jeff Burton, #38-Elliott Sadler, #60-Boris Said and #48-Jimmie Johnson. Two rookies finished in the top 15, #11-Denny Hamlin [12th] and #1-Martin Truex Jr. [15th]. There were 9 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 12 laps.
Race Results on my Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points page.(6-25-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Sonoma [16 of 36 races]:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 2434
#17-Matt Kenseth 2333 -101
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2126 -308
#9-Kasey Kahne 2121 -313
#6-Mark Martin 2116 -318
#31-Jeff Burton 2034 -400
#20-Tony Stewart 2009 -425
#24-Jeff Gordon 1986 -448
#16-Greg Biffle 1967 -467
#29-Kevin Harvick 1939 -495
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-25-2006)
- Sonoma Race Notes:
• Jeff Gordon won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, scoring his 74th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 453rd career start.
• Gordon remained seventh on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, two victories shy of Dale Earnhardt who has 76 victories.
• Gordon scored his first victory in 2006 and became the 10th different race winner in 2006.
• This is Gordon’s ninth victory on a road course. Gordon is the all-time winner on road courses.
• Gordon won from the 11th starting position, only the third time in 18 races at Infineon Raceway that a driver has won from outside the top 10.
• This was Gordon’s fifth victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Infineon Raceway. Gordon has scored nine finishes in the top three at Infineon.
• Gordon scored his seventh top-10 finish in 16 races this season and climbed from 11th to eighth in the point standings.
• Gordon led the most laps for the third time in 2006. He also led the most laps at Talladega and Michigan.
• Race winner Gordon led two times for 44 laps, including the final 23 laps.
• This was team owner Rick Hendrick’s 144th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Infineon, all by Gordon. This is Hendrick’s 14th career road-course victory.
• Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
• Ryan Newman (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish in 16 races in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Infineon
Raceway. He remained 17th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
• Terry Labonte (third) scored his first top-10 finish since fall Richmond in 2005 where he finished ninth. It marked his 27th top-
10 finish in 57 races on a road course. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Infineon Raceway.
• Greg Biffle (fourth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races in 2006. It was his in first top-10 finish in four races at Infineon Raceway. Eight races ago Biffle was 232 points behind 10th. With his fourth-place finish, Biffle is now ninth. Biffle has climbed from 23rd to ninth in points in the seven races since Talladega. Biffle has scored seven straight top-10 finishes - the longest top-10 streak of his career. After 16 races in 2005, he moved into first in the point standings, 22 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson who struggled at Infineon with a 36th-place finish - the only time that Biffle has led the point standings.
• Kurt Busch (fifth) scored his fifth top-10 finish in 2006. This was his third top-10 in five races at Infineon Raceway.
• Jeff Burton (seventh) had moved from 21st to seventh in the point standings from Martinsville to Dover and had remained seventh in the
points for last three races. Burton climbed from seventh to sixth in the point standings. He has scored 10 straight top-15s since
• Jimmie Johnson (10th) remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 101 points ahead of second-place Matt Kenseth. Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in 15 of the 16 races in 2006.
• Denny Hamlin finished 12th at Infineon Raceway and extended a streak of seven straight top-15 finishes.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 16 races this season.
Streaks that Ended at Infineon Raceway
• Dave Blaney (39th) ended a 33-race streak of running at the finish that began at New Hampshire last July, which was the longest
current streak. Kevin Harvick takes over the streak - running at the finish in 28 straight races.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 26th at Infineon Raceway and ended a streak of six straight top-15 finishes.
• Kasey Kahne finished 31st at Infineon Raceway ending a streak of four straight top-10 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-25-2006)
- Rumblings - Infineon Raceway: Jeff Gordon won today's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway for his 9th win on a road course (5th in Sonoma) and 74th Cup win overall. He's now just two wins behind Dale Earnhardt in 7th on the all-time win list. Gordon led the most laps (44 of 'em) on his way to the 144th win for Hendrick Motorsports, and his first win since Martinsville last October was worth $325,661 from the over $5.4M in posted awards. Gordon is the 10th different winner this season....last year we had 15 different drivers in Victory Lane.
Ryan Newman (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Loudon last September.
Terry Labonte (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Darlington in September of 2003. His Top-5 gives us 23 drivers at that mark this season, last year we had 30 drivers with a Top-5.
Elliott Sadler (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Martinsville in April.
Boris Said (9th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen last August (only three races). He and Terry Labonte's Top-10's gives us 33 drivers to score a Top-10 this season....last year we had 43 of 'em.
Michael Waltrip (23rd) had his best finish since he was 20th at Atlanta in March.
P. J. Jones (36th) had his best finish since he was 32nd when we were here last June (only four races).
Brandon Ash (38th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 41st when we were here in June of 2004.
STREAKIN....Biffle has 7 Top-10's in a row. Johnson has 6 Top-10's in a row. Burton has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Terry Labonte (+34), followed by Denny Hamlin (+28 ), Brian Vickers (+28 ), and Martin Truex Jr (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Robby Gordon (-26), followed by Kasey Kahne (-25), Ken Schrader (-23), Kevin Harvick (-21), P. J. Jones (-21), and Ron Fellows (-20). This was Op #1 for Terry and BD #1 for Robby this season.
Boris Said led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap here in June of 2003. He's the 42nd different driver to lead a lap this season.... last year we had 51 leaders.
Jimmie Johnson moved his points lead out to 101 markers today as Denny Hamlin fell below the "Stayin' Alive" Line. Jeff Gordon replaces Hamlin in the Top-10. Gordon (11th to 8th) and Kyle Petty (33rd to 30th) gained the most spots today, while Dale Jarrett (19th to 23rd) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(6-25-2006)
Sonoma Race Rundown
- The Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 110 of 110 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#24-Gordon-c (11)(44 laps led)
#12-Newman-d (4)(11 laps led)
#96-Labonte-c (37)(17 laps led)
#2-Busch-d (1)(29 laps led)
#60-Said-f (5)(1 laps led)
#48-Johnson-c (16)(1 laps led)
#8-Dale Jr.-c (26) is running 26
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com
- Cars on the lead lap: 31 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s none
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 72,32,02
- Cars on the track: 34 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
#22-Blaney (drive shaft-out)
#4-Jones (rear end-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 9 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (44 halfway, most led);
#2-Busch (29 pole);
- Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #2-Busch 1-29; #20-Stewart 30; #60-Said 31; #48-Johnson 32; #29-Harvick 33-37; #12-Newman 38-48; #24-Gordon 49-69; #48-Johnson 70; #96-Labonte 71-87; #24-Gordon 88-110;
Cautions: 7 for 12 laps
RED FLAG as of 6:51pm/et due to wrecked cars on the track, back to yellow at 7:03pm/et
Caution 7 - Laps 106 - 107: #18-Yeley spun in turn 2 after #8-Earnhardt Jr, tapped him, then #45-Petty got into a checked up #01-Nemechek who spun, then #41-Sorenson slowed, and #88-Jarrett got into the rear of Sorenson, who spun off the track and #43-Labonte got into Jarrett.
Caution 6 - Laps 101-102: #43-Labonte, #19-Mayfield got together and spun out in turn 2, #41-Sorenson got off course to avoid them.
Caution 5 - Laps 98 - 98: #01-Nemchek spins out and debris on the track...the tires,
Caution 4 - Laps 60 - 61: #01-Nemchek spun around in turn 11 and knocked a stack of tires together tires onto the track.
Caution 3 - Laps 48 -48: #32-Fellows stopped on the track at the entrance of pit road, said he lost a drive shaft or something as the car would not go.
Caution 2 - Laps 40 - 41: #11-Hamlin went off course and hit a tire barrier, then in turn 3 #18-Yeley spun off into the dirt but got back on the track
RED FLAG as of 3:55pm/et due to wrecked cars on the track, yellow flag as of 4:07pm/et.
Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 3: #21-Schrader got loose in the turn 8 'S's', then got hit by #14-Marlin, then #27-Hubert hit Marlin, also involved was #22-Blaney got into #42-Mears who spun around got into the rear bumper of #07-Bowyer, #45.Petty and #72-Gilliland went off course to avoid all the stopped cars and drove on ok. #26-McMurray also got tapped and spun around in the dirt.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Sonoma in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 6: #10-Riggs, 27th
Caution 5: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 26th
Caution 4: #41-Sorenson, 29th
Caution 3: none?
Caution 2: #45-Petty, 21st
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)
---- with 2 laps to go, #9-Kahne has to make a pit stop for a flat tire
---- during the red flag on the 7th caution, #29-Harvick had loose hood pins, he will have to pit to have them replaced and starts at the end of the field at the restart.
---- on lap 99, #40-Pruett got spun out in turn 11 by #29-Harvick, no caution thrown as Pruett recovered, came around and across the loop and back on the track.
---- on lap 92, #20-Stewart is slowing as smoke is coming out of the tailpipes and is losing spots
---- on lap 81, #22-Blaney went to the garage with a drive shaft problem, looks like a DNF, ending his streak of 33 straight races he has finished.
---- on lap 84, #29-Harvick, while running 8th, had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire
---- on lap 76, #7-Gordon lost a tire and smacked the wall, but drove it to the pits with no caution.
---- then #48-Johnson, came to pit on lap 71 while leading
---- around laps 68-70, lost of the lap leaders are starting to pit, including leader #24-Gordon on lap 70
---- on lap 68, #88-Jarrett got off course after coming out of the pits, no yellow, and Jarrett was able to get back on the track
---- on lap 64, #7-Gordon made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
---- on lap 63, #5-Busch made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire after he made contact with #7-Gordon.
---- on lap 62, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for an unscheduled pit stop for tires and gas and to get the damage checked out.
---- after the 4th caution, #40-Pruett spun after #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into him, then in turn 4, #48-Johnson and #60-Said made contact with Johnson spinning around, he lost 6 spots.
---- #32-Fellows is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the drive train, he is 10 laps down
---- after the 3rd caution, #20-Stewart and #60-Said made contact fighting for a spot, Stewart's left wheel well is smoking a bit and cut be a tire rub
---- on lap 45, #26-McMurray got tapped by #4-Jones and spun off turn 7
---- on lap 44, #40-Pruett got tapped by #38-Sadler and spun around in turn 7.
---- on lap 43, #32-Fellows made an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
---- on turn 7 in lap 43, #41-Sorenson spun, backed off the track and waited for the field to go buy, refired and went on.
---- #41-Sorenson was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to do a pass thur penalty
---- #60-Said came in to pit while leading on lap 32
---- #24-Gordon and #20-Stewart came in on lap 31, BUT Stewart was too fast entering pit road and has to do a pass thru penalty at 35mph.
---- #2-Busch, while leading came in to pit on lap 30, and stalled but got pushed out ok
---- many teams are starting to pit, a little early, will have to make 3 pit stops, #7-Gordon came in on lap 28, while running 2nd, others included #5-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #32-Fellows and others
---- on lap 27, #29-Harvick and #12-Newman came in to pit, regular service
---- on lap 26, #31-Burton made a pit stop, a little early, to change tires and get fuel.
---- on lap 21, #7-Gordon was going to pass #12-Newman in turn 4 and slid off track, luckily there was a lot of asphalt and Gordon didn't lose a position.
---- on lap 8, #5-Busch, while running 17th, got loose at the start-finish line and smacked the wall hard but drove on.
---- during the 1st caution, some cars at the end of the field, came in to get tires, repairs and fuel.
---- on the 1st lap, #26-McMurray spun around in turn 2 after getting on the curb, then #43-Labonte got tapped by #88-Jarrett when cars checked up for McMurray's spin and spun around past turn 2.
---- so much for the heat, the temp at start time is 70F degrees.
---- green flag at 3:51pm/et
---- command to start engines at 3:37pm/et by actor Cheech Marin and CA Dodge Dealers
---- To The Back : #1-Truex Jr. [engine]
- Race Coverage of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled to run Sunday, June 25, 2006.
TV: Fox at 3:00pm/et [green flag around 3:40pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
Radio: PRN 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, June 29th at 2:30pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 92.418
slowest: #72-Gilliland 89.813 and #27-Hubert 90.830
no speed listed for: #29-Harvick, #40-Pruett, #07-Bowyer/Simo.
most laps run: #31-Burton 21; #6-Martin and #11-Hamlin 19
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#24-Gordon 92.130 [2nd fastest lap], 13 laps run
#20-Stewart 91.585 [1st], 17 laps
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 91.496 [3rd], 12 laps
Happy Hour will be televised on FX via tape at 7:30pm/et.
See speeds on my Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-24-2006)
- First Saturday Practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #72-Gilliland 90.575 and #02-Ash 90.736
no speeds listed for #'s 27-Hubert or #40-Pruett
most laps run: #07-Bowyer 23; #29-Harvick & #31-Burton 20
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#20-Stewart 91.903 [2nd fastest lap], 14 laps run
#24-Gordon 91.886 [5th], 16 laps
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 91.572 [18th], 7 laps
See speeds on my Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-24-2006)
- Kurt Busch wins pole at Sonoma: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser pole for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 93.055mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 5th of his career, both of his poles won in the state of California. #26-Jamie McMurray [with Busch's old team] will start 2nd, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick, #12-Ryan Newman and #60-Boris Said. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 16th, and pole favorites #24-Jeff Gordon, got slightly off course on his run and will start 11th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #32-Fellows, #55-Waltrip, #40-Pruett, #02-Ash, #27-Hubert, #4-Jones and #72-Gilliland. Missing the race were: #78-Kvapil, #61-Simo, #49-Cook, #95-Barrett and #34-Miller. Sonoma Qualifying/Starting Grid Page.(6-23-2006)
- Sonoma Qualifying Notes:
• Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dodge/SaveMart 350, lapping Infineon Raceway in 76.987 seconds at 93.055 mph. Jeff Gordon holds the track qualifying record of 75.950 seconds, 94.325 mph - set June 24, 2005.
• This is Kurt Busch’s fifth career Bud Pole in 200 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is his second Bud Pole and series-leading 12th top-10 start in 2006.
• This is Busch’s first Bud Pole and fifth top-10, including four top-fives, in six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway.
• Busch became the 10th different Bud Pole winner at Infineon.
• Jamie McMurray posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 77.075 seconds, 92.948 mph – and will join Kurt Busch on the front row for the Dodge/SaveMart 350. McMurray posted his first start better than 11th in his fourth qualifying effort at Infineon. It is his career-best road-course start. He also started 11th at Watkins Glen in 2005 when qualifying was canceled.
• This is the eighth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has four Bud Poles and Ford has three. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
• Kevin Harvick (third) posted his third top-10 start in six Infineon races and his career-best road course start.
• Ryan Newman (fourth) posted his first top-10 start in five races at Infineon Raceway. His previous career-best road-course start was fifth at Watkins Glen in 2002.
• The top-four qualifiers all posted their career-best, road-course starts.
• Boris Said (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 start in seven races at Infineon Raceway. He won the Bud Pole here in 2003.
• Kasey Kahne (sixth) posted his first start better than 26th in three races at Infineon.
• Greg Biffle (seventh) has posted two top-10 starts in four races at Infineon Raceway – but his other two starts were 32nd and 41st.
• Jeff Gordon (11th) has now gone 36 races since his last Bud Pole, which came at Infineon in May 2005 - extending his career-longest streak without a Bud Pole. Gordon went 30 races between Bud Poles from Charlotte in May 1997 through California in May 1998 – his longest streak before this.
• Said, P.J. Jones (15th), Ron Fellows (17th), Tom Hubert (30th) and David Gilliland (31st) brought the total number of drivers that have competed this season to 63. This will be the first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start for Gilliland.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-23-2006)
- Ramblings - Infineon Raceway: Kurt Busch grabbed the Bud Pole today (in his Miller Lite Dodge) for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway by almost a tenth of a second over Jamie McMurray. This is top-spot #2 of the season for Busch (he led 'em to the green at Fontana in February) and #5 in his NEXTEL Cup career. We won't hear the word "ringer" much this weekend, will we?
Jamie McMurray (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Martinsville in April.
Kevin Harvick (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the Pole at Richmond last September.
Boris Said (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Daytona last July (only 5 races).
Robby Gordon (14th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 12th at Phoenix last November.
P. J. Jones (15th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 14th at Watkins Glen in August of 2002 (only 11 races).
Ron Fellows (17th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd when we were here in 2003 (only 5 races).
Ken Schrader (18th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Bristol last August.
Tom Hubert (30th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at Watkins Glen in August of 2000 (only 5 races).B
Pretty good week for David Gilliland (31st). Last week at this time he was just happy to be in the Busch race at Nashville. Now, he's the most recent Busch Grand National race winner and he makes his first-ever NEXTEL Cup start to boot. Betcha his feet haven't touched the ground in awhile!
STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 14 Top-10 starts in the last 15 races.
Kasey Kahne has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.(Stock Car Fans)(6-23-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2006 at 7:05pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - 7:00pm/et
Radio: PRN 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 Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #01-Nemechek is due out first on Friday, June 23rd at 7:00pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #88-Jarrett. For the Qualifying order, see my Sonoma Qualifying/Grid Page.(6-23-2006)
- Friday practice for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is over, two hours with the temp in the high 90's; the fastest:
43rd is #8-Earnhardt Jr.
slowest: #34-Miller 88.898 and #22-Blaney 89.452
most laps run: #40-Pruett 28; #11-Hamlin 23
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#60-Said 91.674 [4th fastest lap], 9 laps run
#2-Busch 91.366 [2nd], 16 laps
#26-McMurray 90.987 [9th], 19 laps
See speeds on my Sonoma Practice Speeds Page.(6-23-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice?
Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
If things stayed the same, these 8 make the race:
#60-Boris Said, 4th fastest lap
#32-Ron Fellows, 6th
#4-P.J. Jones, 14th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 23rd
#40-Scott Pruett, 27th
#78-Travis Kvapil, 28th
#49-Chris Cook, 29th
#27-Tom Hubert, 35th
If things stayed the same, these 5 miss the race:
#61-Brian Simo, 39th
#02-Brandon Ash, 41st
#95-Stanton Barrett, 45th
#72-David Gilliland, 46th
#34-Johnny Miller, 48th/last
- Entry List for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway 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:
plus teams in top-35 with a different driver
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: 95,27,02,72,60
see entry list on Jayski's Sonoma Entry List Page.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is now set for Sonoma:
no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
32) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +125 points ahead of 36th
33) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +120
34) #45-Petty/Kyle Petty +118
35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +112
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 -112 points behind 35th
37) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -156
38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -158
39) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -207
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.(6-18-2 006)
- 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
- Track Specs:
1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
The race distance is 218.9 miles, 110 laps
Grand Marshal: actor Cheech Marin
Command to start engines: Cheech Marin
Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
National Anthem: Chris Isaak
- Track Website: infineonraceway.com
- 2005 Sonoma Race Info Page
- Recycling Program Kicks Into High Gear at Infineon: Infineon Raceway has intensified its recycling program for the 2006 season, which includes the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, June 23-25. The raceway began its recycling program in 2004, collecting plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass at its NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NHRA POWERade Drag Racing events. The results were impressive as more than seven tons (14,799 pounds) of recyclable materials were collected. Infineon Raceway was recognized for its efforts in 2004 by the State of California Department, Division of Recycling. The results were staggering last year, as the raceway intensified its program, generating more than 15 tons of recyclable materials (30,952 pounds). The figure more than doubled what was collected in 2004 as the raceway also collected materials from its Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event, in addition to NASCAR and NHRA. The program has been ramped up in 2006, as materials were also collected at the raceway's
Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown weekend (May 19-21). Tickets: $25-$180, parking is free. 800-870-RACE or www.infineonraceway.com.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-16-2006)
- Chris Isaak to Perform Short Concert and National Anthem at Sonoma: National recording artist and Northern California native Chris Isaak will not only sing the national anthem, he will also give a short performance in front of the main grandstand prior to the green flag being dropped for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 25, at Infineon Raceway. Isaak will entertain the crowd on Sunday of race weekend with a mini-concert that is expected to span approximately 20 minutes. He will then conclude pre-event ceremonies by singing the national anthem.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-15-2006)
- Cheech the Grand Marshal at Infineon Raceway: Cheech Marin [no Chong?] has been named Grand Marshal of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 23-25. Marin, best known as one-half of the counter-culture, no-holds barred duo of Cheech and Chong, will be honored throughout the weekend, most notably at the Raceway Builders Grand Marshal's Banquet on Friday night at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. "This is a big honor for me and I'm looking forward to coming out to Sonoma," said Marin, a native of Los Angeles. "I've always loved the Bay Area, and NASCAR is truly growing into one of the biggest sports in the country. It's a great way to spend the weekend." Most recently, Marin supplied the voice of Ramone in the Disney/PIXAR animated feature film "CARS," which will be formally released this weekend. Marin is busy promoting CHICANO, his vision of Chicano art and expression as brought to life in a museum exhibition. CHICANO, which features Marin's own personal Chicano art collection, first opened in 2001 and has toured the United States, including the Smithsonian (www.chicano.com). In addition to being honored at Friday's banquet, Marin's Grand Marshal
duties will also include attending the NEXTEL Cup drivers' meeting on Sunday morning and joining the Northern California Dodge Dealers in giving the start command, "Gentleman, start your engines," prior to the start of the Dodge/Save Mart 350.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-6-2006)
- Students can start a race at Infineon: Blue Lizard Australian Suncream is offering young artists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start the Blue Lizard Suncream 200 at Infineon Raceway during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend, June 23-25. In conjunction with The SHADE Foundation of America, Blue Lizard is asking California students in grades K-8 to design a poster that promotes sun safety. The grand-prize winner of the "SunWise with SHADE" poster contest and his or her immediate family will not only attend the Blue Lizard Suncream 200 on June 24, they will utter the most famous words in racing: "Drivers, Start Your Engines!" The Blue Lizard Suncream 200 will feature the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series in a 64-lap feature on the twisting road course. See more on the contest at infineonraceway.com.(5-22-2006)
- Infineon Raceway / Speedway Children's Charities Distributes $554,000: The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute a record $554,045 to 54 qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2005 season.
The figure represents the largest single-year distribution since the Sonoma chapter was formed in 1996 - the prior record of $458,000 was established in 2004. Moreover, the Sonoma chapter has distributed more than $1.2 million since 2003 to 121 youth groups in Sonoma County. The chapter's Board of Trustees recently approved the distribution of funds at its annual meeting. Speedway Children's
Charities is the primary charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc, which owns and operates Infineon Raceway. The monies awarded in 2005 were generated through a combination of Infineon Raceway events, plus a donation by Sonic Automotive Corporation. This year's fundraising events included the Raceway Builders NASCAR Grand Marshal's Banquet, NHRA Tour de Charity, Sonoma Valley Vintage Race Car Festival, Classic Sports Racing Group's Charity Challenge and the IRL IndyCar(r) Series Grand Marshal's Banquet. The chapter also held memorabilia auctions at its AMA Superbike, NASCAR and NHRA events. Fifty-four youth groups will receive funding from Speedway Children's Charities in 2005.
AND Infineon Raceway will partner with several Sonoma Valley youth groups this Christmas season for the 3rd annual High-Powered Toy Drive. All items collected during the toy drive will be used for the "Race to the Holidays Christmas Party" at Infineon Raceway in December. The party is for Sonoma Valley children in-need. People are encouraged to drop-off new, unwrapped toys at one of the many locations [listed at Infineon Raceway site] and times (Monday-Friday) between Nov. 14-Dec. 15.(Infineon Raceway PR)(11-26-2005)
- Lifetime Pass to Infineon Raceway at Stake: A lifetime pass to Infineon Raceway will be on the line when the Sonoma Valley facility opens its doors for business on Thursday, Dec. 1. That's the day tickets for all 2006 major events go on-sale at Infineon
Raceway, and officials will celebrate by rewarding the first person who purchases a ticket with a lifetime pass to the raceway. The purchase must be made in-person at the Infineon Raceway ticket sales office. This lucky fan will receive a front-row seat to every major
event at Infineon Raceway for as long as he/she lives. The winner will also be treated to a hot lap at speed around the world famous road
course that morning. A second race fan will be rewarded with a lifetime pass, as well, for showing up at the raceway and entering a free drawing. It's all part of a celebration as Infineon Raceway ushers in the 2006 Big O Tires Racing Season by opening up ticket sales to the general public. Infineon Raceway will officially open its doors for ticket sales at 8:00am/pt on Thursday, Dec. 1. All race fans who purchase a ticket to any event in-person will receive a free gift, and coffee/donuts will be available for all those early-risers. Show-cars will be on display, including Rusty Wallace's familiar #2 Miller Lite Dodge, and track tours will be free-of-charge.(Infineon Raceway PR)(11-11-2005)
- Infineon Raceway Collects More than 15 Tons of Recyclables: Infineon Raceway stepped up its recycling program during the 2005 Big O Tires Racing Season, and the results were staggering as the raceway generated more than 15 tons of recyclable materials. The raceway recycled 30,952 pounds of materials, more than doubling the facility's output from 2004 - 14,799 pounds. Infineon Raceway was recognized for its efforts in 2004 by the State of California Department, Division of Recycling. The raceway began its recycling program in 2004, collecting plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass at its NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NHRA POWERade Drag Racing events. Raceway officials intensified the program for 2005, not only adding more points of collection but also including recycling efforts at its Indy Racing League event. The NASCAR and NHRA events combined for more than 13 tons of recyclable materials alone (26,621 pounds) at Infineon Raceway. The overall breakdown of recyclable materials is as follows for 2005: 12,570 pounds of plastic bottles; 4,092 pounds of aluminum cans; 14,290 pounds of glass.(Infineon Raceway PR)(11-11-2005)
- Bruton would be interested to run F-1 race at Infineon: SMI's Bruton Smith. a veteran promoter, said he's willing to give Formula One and Bernie Ecclestone a hand - Smith is suggesting a Formula One race at his Sonoma road course. But Smith said that Ecclestone would have to bring money. If Ecclestone accepts, that would be quite a turnaround, since Ecclestone typically charges tracks a big fee for bringing the Grand Prix circus to town. Indianapolis Motor Speedway pays about $15 million a year for the right to run an F1 race. Smith said that if Ecclestone really wants to save Formula One in America, he'll have to dance to a different tune. Ecclestone, according to some reports, has made about $3.7 billion since taking over Formula One's TV operations 20 years ago.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-26-2005)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Infineon Raceway
- Riggs injured, Elliott to stand by at Sonoma UPDATE: Monday, while on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach [SC, #10-Scott Riggs injured both feet while unloading his jet ski in an oyster bed. The wounds required 12 stitches in the ball of left foot and eight stitches in the right big toe. The injury to Riggs has caused Valvoline Evernham Racing to make back-up plans for this weekend’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in Sonoma. Ray Evernham and Valvoline Designated Team Owner Jim Rocco have retained former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott to stand by this weekend should Riggs not be able to practice, qualify or race the Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger. As things stand today, Riggs will be racing Sunday, according to the team. “Jim and I huddled today with Scott, Bill Elliott, Team Director Rodney Childers and Competition Director Sammy Johns and we are going to Sonoma with the intention of Scott running the full weekend,” Evernham said. “But Bill will be ready for any scenario.”
“I’m going to Sonoma to race,” Riggs said Wednesday. “It was a freak incident at Myrtle Beach. There was no warning about an oyster bed where we unloaded. We’ll see what happens when I get in the race car. I’m going to do what’s best for the team this weekend.”
Valvoline Evernham Racing will have updates at Infineon Raceway for the media.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR)(6-22-2006)
UPDATE: Riggs says injuries to his feet suffered while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC, earlier this week won't keep him from competing in Sunday's race at Infineon Raceway. The team had former full-time driver Bill Elliott on standby at Infineon, but after Friday's first practice and a qualifying effort that left Riggs 25th for Sunday's race, Riggs said he felt Elliott's services would not be needed. He wore a larger shoe, borrowed from teammate Jeremy Mayfield, that was fitted with a plastic piece designed to help keep pressure off the stitches during Friday's practice and qualifying sessions.(SceneDaily.com)(6-24-2006)
- Harvick & Bowyer skipping Happy Hour: #29-Kevin Harvick and #07-Clint Bowyer will skip Saturday morning's final 45-minute Nextel Cup practice session at Infineon Raceway to give them a little extra time to get to The Milwaukee Mile for the Busch Series race that night. The first practice for NASCAR's Cup teams ends at 10:15 a.m. Pacific - 12:15 p.m. in Milwaukee - and Harvick and Bowyer will leave after that. Four other drivers doing the double - #11-Denny Hamlin, #99-Carl Edwards, #18-J.J. Yeley and #5-Kyle Busch - all plan to stay for the final 45-minute session, which ends at 1:55pm/ct. All of the drivers have substitutes ready to practice and qualify: Harvick has Randy LaJoie, Bowyer has Brandon Miller, Hamlin has Aric Almirola, Yeley has Casey Atwood, Edwards has Hank Parker Jr. and Busch has Dennis Setzer.(SceneDaily.com)(6-24-2006)
- Hubert to run the #27: #22-Caterpillar Racing team member Tom Hubert hopes to spend Saturday afternoon racing in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series event at Infineon Raceway. Additionally, for the third consecutive year, Hubert will attempt to qualify Kirk Shelmerdine's #27 ride for Sunday's Cup race at the track. Hubert has made 10 Nextel Cup Series starts and has competed at Infineon Raceway in the Cup Series on five occasions, finishing as high as 28th. Chris Beeson, who works for Bill Davis Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series, will be standing by to take over Hubert's rear tire changing duties on the #22 Caterpillar Dodge that Dave Blaney drives.(BDR PR)(6-21-2006)
- Gilliland Rides Wave into Infineon: David Gilliland will make his Nextel Cup debut this weekend in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway. The Riverside, CA native will pilot the #72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge for CJM Racing. Gilliland hopes to bring the momentum of his monumental win in the NASCAR Busch Series to the Napa Valley road course. He became the first non-NEXTEL Cup regular to win in 18 straight Busch Series races when he took the checkered flag in the Meijer 300 at the Kentucky Speedway. Gilliland has a successful history at the Infineon Raceway. He won a NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series event at the track in 2004. The Gilliland name has legions of fans on the West Coast due to the achievements of David and his father, Butch Gilliland. Father and son teamed up as driver/crew chief and captured the NASCAR Winston West championship in 1997. As a result David became the youngest to ever win the Crew Chief of the Year Award for that series. The younger Gilliland has over 70 wins, in various series, on the west coast. Team owners Bryan and Tony Mullet are getting their feet wet in the Nextel Cup Series. In 2005 they acquired interest in the former operation of Morgan Shepherd. Recently they bought the team outright and are in the process of building new cars and a new shop. "We are going there to make the race and get a solid finish. We tested at Virginia International Raceway two weeks ago and were really pleased. The motors are strong and Doug George (crew chief) and I are working well together. I think it would be foolish to expect a repeat finish from Kentucky, but a solid top-20 is not out of the question," Gilliland said who will be a guest of the California legislature on Thursday morning at the State Capitol in Sacramento. He will be a part of the proclamation of "NASCAR Weekend" in Sonoma, will be a part of the Raybestos Rookie press conference on Friday morning and be a guest of the Speed Channel show "Trackside Live" on Friday evening.(Moore Consulting Group PR)(6-21-2006)
- Cook to drive the #49 at Infineon: Chris Cook, a veteran racer and driving instructor, will drive the #49 DSI Dodge Charger for BAM Racing this weekend in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. The 34-year-old Cook, who owns the Shift Into Gear driving school, has tutored numerous NASCAR teams and drivers including Robert Yates Racing and Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart. As a driving instructor, he was the youngest chief instructor in the history of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, AZ. Cook's prior NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start came at Infineon Raceway in 2005 behind the wheel of the #87 Chevy owned by Joe Nemechek. He qualified for, and ultimately finished the race, in the 28th position.(BAM Racing PR)(6-21-2006)
- Simo and Miller to drive Front Row entries at Sonoma: Front Row Motorsports announced Johnny Miller will pilot the #34 Oak Gloves Chevy and Brian Simo will drive the #61 Chevy this weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Miller is a veteran of a number of professional racing series, accumulating over a 100 career victories and numerous poles. He will be making his fourth career
NASCAR start and second for Front Row Motorsports. Last year Johnny drove the #92 Front Row car at Watkins Glen. After having to start 40th because qualifying was rained out he finished 29th. He got as high as 3rd in the race, but struggled with carburetor problems through out the day, which cost him valuable track positions on restarts.
Simo will be driving the same car [was a RCR #33 chevy] he drove last year at Infineon. He qualified 22nd, had a great day and was able to finish in the top 10.(Front Row Motorsports PR)(6-21-2006)
- Jones to run the #4 at Infineon: #4 team owner Larry McClure along with crew chief Chris Carrier, looking at the top priorities for the team, qualifying for the race and competing well in the race, have made the call to put P. J. Jones in the car for Infineon Raceway, replacing regular driver Scott Wimmer for the road course race. Jones is glad to have the opportunity to race again for Morgan-McClure, "I'm excited about being able to go back to Infineon Raceway with the Morgan-McClure bunch. I got to race there last year with them and also at Watkins Glen and I always enjoy driving for Larry [McClure] and Tim [Morgan]. I think we will have a lot better opportunity this year by getting started earlier and having two weeks to prepare for the race rather than two hours." Larry McClure is looking for ways to get his team back up in the top 35 in owner's points so he and Wimmer can go race the way they both know how. "After talking with Scott [Wimmer] and looking at what the other teams we are competing against each week for a spot in the race are doing as far as putting a road course specialist in the seat for the weekend, we decided as a team to put P.J. Jones in the # 4 Aero Exhaust Chevrolet at Infineon Raceway. We had to look at this as a business decision and try to find the solution that would work best for all of us. Scott felt that it would be better for P.J. to drive the car in hopes of getting a good finish and a boost in the points. P.J. drove for us at both the road courses last year and was headed to a good finish at both tracks until we ran out of gas at Infineon and had a brake failure at Watkins Glen."(Morgan McClure Motorsports PR)(6-13-2006)
- Fellows in the #32 at Infineon Raceway, and Watkins Glen UPDATE: A brand new NASCAR Nextel Cup chassis built by world famous racing engineering firm Pratt and Miller should provide Ron Fellows with renewed hope to earn his first victory in stock car's top series next month in California. Fellows tested the much heralded chassis -- one he will use in his attempt to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway June 25 in the #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy -- at Virginia International Raceway yesterday. Fellows has a long and hugely successful history with Pratt and Miller who have prepared his winning #3 Corvettes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours at Daytona and for his three American Le Mans Series GT1 championships. Even though it was his first time in the new car yesterday, Fellows already was confident it will fare much better than the car he had in 2005 at Infineon when he earned a top-10 finish. A big part of Fellows' hopes for the #32 Chevrolet this time around is that Pratt and Miller purpose built the car with him in mind. But it was on the track where Fellows saw a huge improvement over many of his previous Cup cars. Nextel Cup points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson -- who Pratt and Miller also built a road course chassis for -- was at VIR yesterday with Fellows. "We compared very favourably with Jimmie's speeds," Fellows said. "That's really good to have that kind of benchmark." Fellows said the car still has some handling issues but he is confident the team will work them out before the Infineon race. "At Infineon you need a car that is really good in the turns," he said. "We are sure we will be able to get this car to unload near perfect next month." He said he was sharing information with the #48 team and in return was able to gauge his progress off of another Hendrick Motorsports team -- the #25 Chevrolet of Brian Vickers -- who was running an in-house chassis. Fellows hopes to get on another round of tests for team owner Cal Wells after the Infineon race to prepare for Nextel Cup's second road course event in August at Watkins Glen.(Toronto Sun), Travis Kavpil is the regular driver of the #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy. but the team is mired outside the top-35 in owners points.(5-17-2006)
UPDATE: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced today that road course expert Ron Fellows will once again drive the #32 Tide/Downy Chevy in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 25. As for the team’s full-time driver Travis Kvapil, he will take over the reigns of the #78 Furniture Row Chevy for Kenny Wallace who has a Busch Series commitment. Both drivers will be racing identically prepared chassis built by Pratt and Miller Engineering and Fabrication … the same company responsible for the highly successful Corvette Racing program and its domination of the American Le Mans Series for which Fellows is a driver. So far, Kvapil and Fellows have participated in three days of testing at Virginia International Raceway (May 16, 30 & 31) with another test scheduled with Kvapil going solo since Fellows is in France participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans festivities and race.(PPI Motorsports Site)(6-1-2006)
- Pruett to run #40 Dodge at Infineon, Stremme to sit: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that the team's road-racing veteran driver Scott Pruett will make the switch from Daytona Prototypes to stock cars to compete in the first Nextel Cup Series road course race of the season at Infineon Raceway on June 25th. Pruett, the California native who currently leads the Rolex Sports Car Series championship for CGRFS, will pilot the #40 Coors Light Dodge entry for the Cup race around the 1.99-mile track in Sonoma, CA. CGRFS regular David Stremme will resume driving duties of the #40 Dodge July 1st at Daytona International Speedway. "I have been very pleased with the strides that David and the 40 car have made over the last several weeks and David is an important part of the future of Chip Ganassi Racing," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "But in Scott Pruett we have one of the best road course drivers in all of racing and once again have the luxury of being able to utilize that expertise." Pruett is no stranger to Nextel Cup racing with 37 career starts under his belt. He has had six starts over the past five seasons for CGRFS, producing three top-five and four top-10 finishes. Two of those starts came at Infineon Raceway, with a best showing of third in 2004. With the commitment to the Infineon NASCAR weekend, Pruett will pull double-duty, commuting back and forth from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where he'll look to defend his Rolex Series points lead Saturday afternoon in Grand American's EMCO Gears Classic.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(5-31-2006)
- 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
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- #66 Carries Special SanDisk Paint Design at Sonoma: Jeff Green's #66 Chevy is carrying a special red, yellow and white paint design this weekend at Infineon Raceway, featuring the logo of SanDisk Corporation on the hood of the Haas CNC Racing entry.
Headquartered about 80 miles from Sonoma in Milpitas, CA SanDisk, the world's largest supplier of flash memory data storage
products, is an associate sponsor of the #66 Chevy this season. At the beginning of the 2006 season, SanDisk joined Best Buy, the
consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services retail chain, as a sponsor of the Haas CNC Racing entry. Best Buy, which offers many SanDisk products, is the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing team in a select number of races this season. The Best Buy logo will be featured on the car's rear quarter panel in Sunday's event. More information on SanDisk and its product line can be found by visiting sandisk.com.(GMR PR)(6-24-2006)
- Sadler to run special Pedigree scheme at Sonoma: Instead of the trusty M&M’S Characters riding along on Elliott Sadler’s #38 Ford, this weekend he has some new friends, man’s best friend that is on his Ford Fusion to spotlight The Pedigree Adoption Drive. This is the second annual drive that Pedigree has spearheaded, a multi-million dollar, cause-related campaign that rallies dog lovers to help the millions of homeless dogs in shelters and breeds rescue organizations throughout the United States. In fact, Pedigree has a goal to raise $1 million to donate to shelters and breed rescue organizations around the country. For every Pedigree Brand product purchased, Pedigree will donate a portion of sales to the cause.(Elevation Group PR)(6-22-2006)
- #21 to Honor Fallen Servicemen at Sonoma: Ten years ago this coming Sunday marks a solemn date in U.S. Military Service history. On June 25, 1996, the Khobar Towers Housing Complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was bombed by extremists, ending the lives of 19 servicemen. To mark the occasion, the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion, driven by Ken Schrader, will carry a special decal honoring the men on the lower rear quarter panels and B-Post location during the race weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. The idea to run the memorial decals was presented to the Wood Brothers/JTG Race Team by George Beekman, who lost his stepson, Joshua E. Woody, in the tragedy. The Wood Brothers appealed to the U.S. Air Force as an associate sponsor on the car to donate the necessary space on the race car. Air Force Captain Jonathan Ness assisted in the process. "We were genuinely moved by the appeal from Mr. [George] Beekman, and are happy to represent those servicemen killed in the line of duty that day on this solemn anniversary of the tragedy," he stated. The Air Force will have b-post sized decals to hand out to all of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams, as well. George Beekman designed the memorial decal that will adorn the race car. In addition, the decal will be featured in two separate memorial services this weekend. The first, at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd. Twelve of the nineteen servicemen killed in the blast were from Eglin AFB. The second memorial, to be held Sunday at noon, will be a service at Arlington National Cemetery in which the logo will adorn the centerpiece of the wreath laid in remembrance of the fallen heroes.(Woodbrothersracing.com)(6-21-2006)
- SRT Paint Schemes for #9 and #19 at Sonoma: Evernham Motorsports teammates #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #9-Kasey Kahne will run special SRT paint schemes on their Dodge Chargers at Infineon Raceway. Dodge SRT vehicles offer the boldest, most powerful performance for the Dodge lineup. Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: Exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; top-notch ride and handling characteristics across a dynamic range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain. Kahne’s #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge SRT Charger will carry their signature bold red Dodge color, in addition to white on the rear quarter panels and black striping along the sides. SRT lettering is on the sides and hood of Kahne’s Dodge Charger. Mayfield’s #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge SRT Charger will take a more bold tact with bright yellow on the hood and the sides, eventually blending to black on the rear quarter panels and back of the car. It will be a distinctive look for the #19 Dodge Charger. Like the #9, red SRT lettering will be on the hood and quarter panels. Another notable change in the schemes is the Dodge Charger’s rear panel, which
displays Dodge’s website with information regarding the SRT program and encourages viewers to visit Dodge’s SRT website, www.driveSRT.com.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR), see images on the #9 Team Schemes and #19 Team Schemes pages.(6-20-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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