- Race: Sunday, October 1, 2006 in Kansas, KS
- Title Sponsor/Link: Banquet Foods
- Track: Kansas Speedway
- TV: NBC 2:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, October 5 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle
MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,934,007 (was $5,860,750 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, September 29, 1:05 - 2:35pm/et, TV-none
- Saturday Practice: Saturday, September 30, 9:30 - 10:20am/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 30, 11:05 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel via tape at 1:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 29, 12:05pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 29 at 4:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
(the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, September 29th, 2006
6 a.m. Parking lots open
8 a.m. Grandstand gates open
12:05 - 1:35 p.m. NNCS practice
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. NBS practice
3 – 3:30 p.m. NBS rookie practice
3:40 p.m. NNCS qualifying (two laps, all positions)
5:15 p.m. NBS final practice
Saturday, September 30th, 2006
6 a.m. Parking lots open
8 a.m. Grandstand gates open
8:30 a.m. NNCS practice
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. NBC Sports exhibition run
10:05 – 10:50 a.m. NNCS final practice
11:05 a.m. NBS qualifying (two laps, all positions)
1:35 p.m. NBS driver introductions
2:05 p.m. NBS Yellow 300 (200 laps, 300 miles)
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
6 a.m. Parking lots open
8 a.m. Grandstand gates open
12:40 p.m. Driver introductions
1:10 p.m. NNCS Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods
(these times are local to the track, which is central, 1 hour behind Eastern)
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Nextel Cup:
Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4008; Right-side -- D-4062
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left-Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left-Rear -- 22 psi;
Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage
Notes: This is the only track at which Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires in 2006 . . . these tire codes have been run at other tracks this season, however . . . this left-side code (D-4008) has been run at California, Texas, Kentucky (Busch Series only) and Homestead, while this right-side code (D-4062) has been run at
Dover and Michigan . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Nextel Cup Leader Bonus
- The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Kansas for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 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 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
#48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
#29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
#31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000
- Stewart 'coasts' to the win at Kansas: #20-Tony Stewart won the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway after running out of gas a few hundred feet from the start finish line, but was able to coast to the start/finish line before #42-Casey Mears, who also was running out of gas. The win is Stewart's 3rd win of 2006 and 27th of his career and only led the 5 final laps. Mears ended up 2nd to tie his career best finished [2006 Daytona 500]. Rounding out the top-10 were #6-Martin, #88-Jarrett [1st top-5 of the season], points leader #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #5-Busch, #25-Vickers, #07-Bowyer and #8-Earnhardt Jr. Six Chase drivers finished out of the top-10 with #48-Johnson finishing 14th [after getting caught speeding on pit road on the final pitstop with 5 laps to go], #29-Harvick 15th, #11-Hamlin 18th, #17-Kenseth 23rd and #24-Gordon finished 39th after he lost fuel pressure and the crew could not get the engine to re-fire. There were 13 leaders with 20 lead changes and 11 cautions for 45 laps.
Race Results on my Kansas Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas page.(10-1-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Kansas [29 of 36 races]:
#31-Jeff Burton 5511
#11-Denny Hamlin 5442 -69
#6-Mark Martin 5441 -70
#17-Matt Kenseth 5427 -84
#29-Kevin Harvick 5415 -96
#24-Jeff Gordon 5391 -120
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5388 -123
#48-Jimmie Johnson 5346 -165
#5-Kyle Busch 5278 -233
#9-Kasey Kahne 5238 -273
and fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th
#16-Greg Biffle -270
#99-Carl Edwards -272
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-1-2006)
- Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
...the old way, not the Chase after Kansas:
1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4162
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4029 -133
3) #29-Kevin Harvick 3856 -306
4) #31-Jeff Burton 3818 -344
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 3760 -402
6) #6-Mark Martin 3757 -405
7) #20-Tony Stewart 3722 -440
8) #24-Jeff Gordon 3702 -460
9) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3701 -461
10) #5-Kyle Busch 3667 -495
11) #9-Kasey Kahne 3552 -610
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-1-2006)
- Johnson DID serve penalty: [since I am tired of answering this question] #48-Jimmie Johnson DID serve the pass-thru penalty after getting caught speeding on his final pit stop at Kansas Speedway. On Speed's Victory Lane it was mentioned Johnson had not served the penalty, no place else was it reported, it was reported on MRN coverage that Johnson did serve the penalty, Larry McRaynolds explains this at FoxSports.com: "There's no question that he served the penalty. It's the reason he finished 14th. The #48 car had a pretty good lead when he attempted to make his green-flag stop. Most of the cars running near the front — Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards — made pit stops as well. Those guys ended up finishing in front of Johnson because they did have to serve a pass-through penalty. As he [Johnson] approached pit road to make his green-flag stop, the #9 car spun out coming to pit road. Making a great move back on the track, Johnson anticipated that a caution was going to come out. If the caution had been thrown, a ton of cars would have gone a lap down, and he would have been in pretty good shape. Johnson probably would have come to pit road and taken four fresh tires, which would have put him in position to win the race. Unfortunately for Johnson, the caution did not wave. When he finally came back around to make a green-flag stop, he knew that he had given up a lot of time slowing down to come to pit road and then getting back up to speed on the last lap. There's a chance that he went over the speed limit to make up ground. If pit road speed at Kansas was 45 mph, Johnson was going in excess of 50 in at least one of the eight to 10 sections of pit road measured by loops. He only had to be speeding in one of those sections to get penalized. The penalty under green is called a pass-through. The driver has to come back to pit road. He doesn't have to stop in his pits, but he must maintain pit road speed. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kyle Busch, was caught speeding under caution at lap 196, and the penalty under caution is starting at the tailend of the longest line."(10-3-2006)
- Rumblings - Kansas Race Notes: Somebody give that man a pot pie! "Everthing's up to date in Kansas City" after all (my apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein) as we ended up with the top-two finishers today running on the apron and mass confusion as to where anybody finished in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tony Stewart ran out of fuel on the backstretch but coasted to his 3rd win of the season today (the 27th of his Nextel Cup career) over an out-of-gas Casey Mears (see a pattern here?). Tony's win was worth a healthy $346,361 from the almost $6M in posted awards and moved him into a solo 21st place on the all-time win list. This was win #52 for Joe Gibbs Racing....and it was certainly a sweet one for Zippy and the gang.
Casey Mears (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona in February.
Mark Martin (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Atlanta in March.
Dale Jarrett (4th) had his best finish since he won at Talladega last October. His Top-5 gives us 28 drivers at that level this season....last year we had 30 of 'em.
Bill Elliott (16th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Michigan in August of 2005.
Travis Kvapil (19th) had his best finish since he was 19th at Pocono in June.
Sterling Marlin (20th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Loudon in July.
David Gilliland (22nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 27th last week at Dover.
Todd Kluever (32nd) had his career-best finish today as well. His previous best was 41st at Chicagoland in July.
STREAKIN....Jeff Burton has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+31), followed by Dale Jarrett (+28 ), Ken Schrader (+23), Bill Elliott (+23), Carl Edwards (+21), and Tony Stewart (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was J. J. Yeley (-36), followed by Kasey Kahne (-32), Scott Riggs (-32), Elliott Sadler (-31), and Jeff Gordon (-28 ). Mears is now tied with Tony for most Ops this season (4)....and the "Shaft" is sure bottom-heavy with Evernham Dodges this week.
Jeff Burton stretches his lead in the "Chase" to 69 markers over new second place man Denny Hamlin. Mark Martin makes the big move up to third this week and we can hang our first "Magic Numbers" of the playoffs. Kasey Kahne will be eliminated if Burton runs fifth or better the final seven races. In "Classic" Points this week Tony Stewart (9th to 7th) and Martin Truex Jr (23rd to 21st) made the only multiple postition positive moves in the Top-40, while Jeff Gordon (5th to 8th) fell three spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-1-2006)
- Kansas Race Notes:
• Tony Stewart won the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his 27th Nextel Cup victory in his 277th career start.
• This is Stewart’s third victory in 2006. He also won at Martinsville and Daytona in July.
• This is Stewart’s first victory in six races at Kansas He has scored five top-10 finishes in six races at Kansas
• Stewart climbed to 20th on NASCAR’S all-time win list, tied with Rex White.
• Stewart remained 11th in the point standings. He has a 270-point lead over 12th-place Greg Biffle who finished 12th. This is the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since 1999, ending a seven-year streak. Stewart missed The Chase by 16 points. Stewart is chasing the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th in the final point standings. Jeff Gordon finished 11th in 2005 and Jamie McMurray finished 11th in 2004.
• Stewart’s victory is the 18th Chevrolet victory in 29 races in 2006. Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at Loudon- the 30th Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers’ Championship in each of the last four years.
• Stewart won the race from the 21st-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Kansas.
• Race winner Stewart led the final five laps in the 2006 Banquet 400, the only laps he led during the race.
• The 13 different lap leaders in the 2006 Banquet 400 set the record for Kansas Speedway.
• This is team owner Joe Gibb’s 52nd Nextel Cup victory and his first at Kansas. Three of Gibb’s five victories in 2006 have been scored by Stewart while Denny Hamlin has two.
• Joe Gibbs Racing has won at least one race each season 1993-2006, 14 consecutive years.
• Jimmie Johnson led five times for 105 of the 267 laps raced, leading the most laps for the first time since Atlanta in March 2005.
• Casey Mears (second) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2006. He tied his career-best finish set in thee 2006 Daytona 500. It marked his second top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway.
• Mark Martin (third) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2006 and his third top-10 finish in six races at Kansas. Martin climbed from sixth to third in the point standings and is now just one point behind second-place Denny Hamlin.
• Mark Martin has been running at the finish in the last 36 races, the longest current streak. Martin’s streak began at Kansas City one year ago.
• Dale Jarrett (fourth) scored his first top-five finish since he finished first at Talladega last October. It is his second top-10 finish in six races at Kansas Speedway.
• Jeff Burton (fifth) scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2006. It is his first top-10 finish in six races Kansas Speedway.
• Clint Bowyer (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie for the seventh time in 2006. Bowyer and Martin Truex (11th) put two rookies in the top-15 for the 18th time in 2006.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 29 races this season.
• Denny Hamlin (18th) ended a streak of 11 straight top-15 finishes.
• Matt Kenseth (23rd) ended a streak of six straight top-10 finishes that began at Michigan in August.
• Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 98 consecutive races. Johnson has been running at the finish in all 29 races in 2006. Johnson has gone five straight races without scoring a top-10 finish tying the longest streak of his career. Johnson went five races at the start of his career before scoring a top-10 finish and did so again between Dover and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in 2003. Johnson remained eighth in the point standings.
The Chase Drivers
• Four of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10: Mark Martin, Jeff Burton (fifth), Kyle Busch (seventh) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th).
• Six of the 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Kansas.
• Jeff Burton remained first in the point standings. He is competing in the Chase for first time.
• Denny Hamlin climbed from fourth to second in the point standings. He is 18 points behind point leader Burton. Hamlin is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time. He is the first Raybestos rookie contender to compete in The Chase.
• Mark Martin climbed from sixth to third in the point standings, just one point behind second-place Hamlin. Martin is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Martin finished fourth in 2004 and 2005.
• Matt Kenseth dropped from third to fourth in the point standings. Kenseth is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Kenseth finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in 2005.
• Kevin Harvick remained fifth in the point standings. Harvick is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
• Jeff Gordon dropped from second to sixth in the point standings. Gordon is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have competed in two of the three. Gordon finished third in 2004 and 11th in the 2005 final standings.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., remained seventh in the point standings. Earnhardt Jr. is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second time in three years. He is one of just two drivers that have competed in two of the three. Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in 2004 and 19th in the 2005 final standings.
• Jimmie Johnson remained eighth in the point standings. Johnson is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the third straight year. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
• Kyle Busch climbed from 10th to ninth in the point standings. Busch is competing in the Chase for the Nextel Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
• Kasey Kahne (33rd) dropped from ninth to 10th in the point standings. Kahne is competing in the 2006 Chase for the
Nextel Cup for first time.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-1-2006)
Kansas Race Rundown
- The Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 267 of 267 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#20-Stewart-c (21)(5 laps led)
#31-Burton-c (10)(1 laps led)
#99-Edwards-f (27)(7 laps led)
#5-Busch-c (13)(64 laps led)
#07-Bowyer-c (6-r)(43 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (12)(18 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
(chasers above in blue)
where the other Chasers are running:
#48-Johnson-c (3) running 14
#29-Harvick-c (14) running 15, -1 lap
#11-Hamlin-c (25-r) running 18, -2 lap
#17-Kenseth-f (8) running 23, -2 lap
#24-Gordon-c (11) OUT 39
- Drivers Points after lap 267 of 267 at Kansas
#31-Jeff Burton 5511
#11-Denny Hamlin -69
#6-Mark Martin -70
#17-Matt Kenseth -84
#29-Kevin Harvick -96
#24-Jeff Gordon -120
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -123
#48-Jimmie Johnson -165
#5-Kyle Busch -233
#9-Kasey Kahne -273
fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th
#16-Greg Biffle -270
#99-Carl Edwards -272
- Cars on the lead lap: 15 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 29,37,43,11,32,14,22,38,17,12
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 2,40,01,96,45,66,78,06,9,10,7,55,61,19
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
#24-Gordon (fuel pump-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 leaders with 20 lead changes):
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (18);
#9-Kahne (pole, 11);
- Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1-11; #12-Newman 12-13; #48-Johnson 14-28; #10-Riggs 29-34; #07-Bowyer 35-60; #32-Kvapil 61; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 62-79; #5-Busch 80-124; #48-Johnson 125-126; #12-Newman 127; #5-Busch 128-146; #14-Marlin 147; #07-Bowyer 148-157; #31-Burton 158; #07-Bowyer 159-165; #48-Johnson 166-173; #99-Edwards 174-180; #48-Johnson 181-200; #16-Biffle 201-202; #48-Johnson 203-262; #20-Stewart 263-267;
Cautions: 11 for 45 laps
Caution 11 - Laps 196 - 199: #40-Stremme got high and bounced off the turn 2 wall, #18-Yeley then spun and backed into the outside wall.
Caution 10 - Laps 182 - 185: #12-Newman spun off turn 2, didn't hit anything
Caution 9 - Laps 173 - 176: while running 2nd, #07-Bowyer got loose, spun around and brushed the turn 2 wall
Caution 8 - Laps 154 - 157: #11-Hamlin got loose in turn 4 and spun, didn't hit anything.
Caution 7 - Laps 146 - 149: #17-Kenseth spun off turn 4 and thru the frontstretch grass, #19-Sadler spun just behind Kenseth
Caution 6 - Laps 131 - 136: #26-McMurray spun off turn 2 and smacked the outside wall.
Caution 5 - Laps 69 - 72: #38-Gilliland spun off turn 4
Caution 4 - Laps 59 - 63: Debris on the backstretch
Caution 3 - Laps 20 - 24: #41-Sorenson got loose in turn 3, spun and backed into the wall.
Caution 2 - Laps 16 - 18: #12-Newman got loose a lap after the restart, in front of many of the leaders, spinning of turn 4 and thru the grass included #24-Gordon. #29-Harvick; #31-Burton had to drive thru Newman's smoke and missed the #12.
Caution 1 - Laps 11 - 13: #7-Gordon spun off turn 4
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 11: #22-Blaney 21st
Caution 10: #2-Busch 25th
Caution 9: #38-Gilliland 22nd
Caution 8: #29-Harvick 15th
Caution 7: #25-Vickers 8th [first one of the year used]
Caution 6: #6-Martin 3rd
Caution 5: #78-Wallace 31st
Caution 4: #01-Nemechek 27th
Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- PENALTY REPORT:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
#7 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 10
#26 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 11
#41 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 20
#37 TE Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon Lap 61
#38 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 68
#26 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 130
#55 OL Speeding exiting pit road Lap 129
#32 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 132
#12 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 132
#37 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 133
#55 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 133
#40 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 133
#17 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 145
#1 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 146
#11 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 146
#10 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 146
#11 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 146
#29 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 154
#25 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 154
#07 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 172
#38 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 174
#12 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 181
#12 TE Speeding entering pit road Lap 181
#40 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 195
#06 TE Removing equipment from pit box Lap 197
#5 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 196
#01 TE Speeding exiting pit road Lap 196
#7 PT Speeding entering pit road Lap 264
#48 PT Speeding exiting pit road Lap 263
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 Statistical Services)(10-1-2006)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on the white flag lap, #20-Stewart slowed as he ran out of gas, but had enough lead to coast across the checkered flag and WON
---- on lap 262, #9-Kahne spun entering pit road and then ran out of gas, #48-Johnson was coming in and had to stay out another lap, then Johnson was caught speeding exiting on pit road
---- on lap 258, #31-Burton, who was running 2nd, came in to get gas and 2 right side tires
---- around lap 255, other top 10 cars are pitting for gas, #29-Harvick, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #1-Truex Jr.
---- on lap 249, #16-Biffle was the first top-10 car to come in for gas.
---- on lap 239, #24-Gordon slowed and is off the pace and may not make it to the pits, Gordon is reporting he has no fuel pressure. Then #44-Labonte pushed Gordon to his pit stall, which IS legal as long as it is not the final lap.
---- doesn't look like anyone can make it all the way on gas as of lap 230, most are 3-10 laps short. #11-Hamlin, a lap down when he had the vibration, should be able to make it and could end up with a top-10.
---- on lap 212, #11-Hamlin made an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration, got a chassis change and 4 new tires, lost a lap
---- oops, while running 2nd before the caution 11 restart, #5-Busch was penalized to the end of the longest line for speeding on pit road.
---- during the 9th caution, many lead laps cars came in to pit, #48-Johnson came in leading, #99-Edwards led after the stops were done.
---- on lap 165, #10-Riggs made an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration, the crew changed all 4 tires
---- during the 7th caution, #11-Hamlin and #10-Riggs were penalized for speeding on pit road
---- during the 7th caution, most the lead laps cars came in for pit stops, #5-Busch came in leading, #07-Bowyer came out leading.
---- #8-Dale Jr. has front air dam damage in the middle of the nose, he had hit debris earlier in the race.
---- during the 6th caution, #17-Kenseth, who says he has something wrong with the car, made a couple pit stops so the crew could try to fix the problem. #29-Harvick, down a lap, also came in as did the lucky dog, #6-Martin
---- leader #5-Busch came in to make his green flag pit stop on lap 125, #48-Johnson took over the lead, then came in the next lap. #12-Newman stayed out and led a lap, but #5-Busch got by him to take the lead back and things cycled around
---- around lap 123, green flag pit stops for the lead laps cars are starting.
---- on lap 121, #29-Harvick made his scheduled pit stop a little early once he went a lap down, #17-Kenseth came in the next lap.
---- as of lap 93, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is reporting smoke in the cockpit of the car, a few laps later Dale Jr reported the smoke was gone.
---- as of lap 86, #32-Kvapil is being watched by NASCAR for smoke from the car.
---- all the lead laps cars came in to pit during the 4th caution, #07-Bowyer came in leading....#8-Earnhardt Jr. came out of the pits leading, Bowyer came out 5th.
---- #19-Sadler is back on the track at lap 42 after the team made repairs from the pit road accident with #26-McMurray during the 1st caution
---- whew! that was a tough 10 laps to get updated with 3 cautions...
---- all the leaders came in to pit during the early first caution but #12-Newman, #26-McMurray drove into the grass when he and #19-Sadler car got together, Sadler had to head to the garage, #01-Nemechek spun a bit on pit road when he and #10-Riggs got together and ended up nose first into the pit, had to get backed out and moved to get service.
---- green flag at 2:20pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:12pm/et by Grand Marshal's George Lopez and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
---- To The Back : none
- Race Coverage of the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, October 1, 2006.
TV: NBC at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:30am/et
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, October 5th at 2:30pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #61-Chaffin 165.107 and #32-Kvapil 166.955
most laps run: #31-Burton 50; #21-Schrader 45
least laps run: #55-Waltrip & #5-Busch, 13
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#5-Busch 169.001 [17th fastest lap], 13 laps run
#16-Biffle 168.372 [8th], 27 laps
#48-Johnson 168.341 [1st], 40 laps
the practice ran from 11:10-11:55am/et and be televised via tape on SPEED at 1:00pm/et
See speeds on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(9-30-2006)
- Saturday's first practice for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #06-Kluever 167.152 and #14-Marlin 167.214
most laps run: #6-Martin 47; #48-Johnson 46
least laps run: #40-Stremme 12; #37-Elliott 16
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#07-Bowyer 169.909 [3rd fastest lap], 17 laps run
#19-Sadler 168.900 [27th], 36 laps
#45-Petty 168.527 [25th], 27 laps
See speeds on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(9-30-2006)
- Kahne wins pole at Kansas: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 178.377mph for his 5th pole of 2006 and 11th of his career. The rest of the top-10 starters are #10-Scott Riggs, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #25-Brian Vickers, #18-J.J. Yeley, #07-Clint Bowyer, #2-Kurt Busch, #17-Matt Kenseth, #19-Elliott Sadler and #31-Jeff Burton.
The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #06-Kluever, #45-Petty, #44-Labonte, #61-Chaffin, #55-Waltrip, #32-Kvapil, #37-Elliott and #78-Wallace. Missing the race were: #4-Wimmer, #49-Lepage, #92-Blount and #46-Long who wrecked on his first lap. See the qualifying results on my Kansas Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-29-2006)
- Where do the Chasers start at Kansas [order of points standings]:
#31-Burton starts 10th
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 12th
- Ramblings - Kansas Qualifying Notes: #9-Kasey Kahne takes his fifth Bud Pole of the season today at Kansas Speedway and for the third race in a row we've got a Chaser on the pole. Kasey's time of 30.273 (178.377 mph) was good enough for his 11th career top-spot and he'll lead 'em to the green for Sunday's Banquet 400 with team-mate Scott Riggs alongside for an all-Evernham front row. Kasey is now tied with Kurt Busch for most poles this season.
Jimmie Johnson (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Lowe's in May.
J. J. Yeley (5th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Lowe's in May.
Todd Kluever (22nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 3th at Chicagoland in July.
STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
The "Chasers" may be talking about this weekend, but you know none of them will feel comfortable till we get next weekend out of the way. With Talladega lurking in the distance, so much for "playing 'em one at a time".(Stock Car Fans)(9-29-2006)
- Kansas Qualifying Notes:
• Kasey Kahne won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Banquet 400, lapping Kansas Speedway in 30.273 seconds at 178.377 mph. Matt Kenseth holds the track-qualifying record of 29.858 seconds, 180.856 mph - set Oct. 8, 2005.
• This is Kahne’s 11th career Bud Pole in 101 Nextel Cup Series races.
• This is Kahne’s fifth Bud Pole in 2006. He joins Kurt Busch in the lead for the season Bud Pole Award. Jeff Burton (four), Denny Hamlin (three), Greg Biffle (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
• This is Kahne’s first Bud Pole at Kansas Speedway. Kahne has started from the top 10 in two of his three races at Kansas – both from the front row. His other start was 42nd. He has posted 16 top-10 starts this season.
• Kahne became the sixth different Bud Pole winner in six races at Kansas Speedway.
• Scott Riggs posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 30.348 seconds, 177.936 mph – and will join Kahne on the front row for the Banquet 400.
• This is the second 1-2 sweep of qualifying for Evernham Motorsports in 2006. Kahne won the Bud Pole at Charlotte in May and Jeremy Mayfield started on the outside of the front row. Dodge last swept the front row at Dover in June (Ryan Newman – first and Mayfield – second).
• This is the 13th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) has posted four top-10 starts in five races at Kansas – all top fives and two from the front row. Johnson has 18 top-10 starts in 2006.
• Brian Vickers (fourth) has posted his first start better than 17th in three Kansas races. He has just 10 top-10 starts this season.
• J.J. Yeley (fifth) is making his first Nextel Cup start at Kansas. This is his seventh top-10 start in 2006. Clint Bowyer (sixth) is also making his first Nextel Cup start at Kansas. This is the 14th time this season for multiple rookies in the top 10.
• Kurt Busch (seventh) posted his second top-10 start in six races at Kansas – both in the past two races. He has started from the top 10 in 21 races this season – more than any other driver.
• Four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Kahne, Johnson, Matt Kenseth (eighth) and Jeff Burton (10th). Denny Hamlin (25th) will start further back in the field than any other Chase driver.
• Todd Kluever (22nd) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. He qualified for his third career Nextel Cup race and posted the best start of his three races.
• The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Kansas was 19th by Mark Martin in 2005.
• Twenty-four of 50 top-10 finishers at Kansas Speedway also started from the top 10.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(9-29-2006)
- Qualifying Order List for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #21-Ken Schrader is due out first on Friday, September 29th at 4:40pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #07-Bowyer. For the Qualifying order, see my Kansas Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-29-2006)
- Friday practice for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
#37-Elliott was 40th fastest
slowest: #46-Long 166.811 and #92-Blount 168.492
most laps run: #12-Newman & #20-Stewart with 30
least laps run: #46-Long with 8
incident: #46-Long wrecked, backing into the outside wall, looks like a backup car for sure...if the team has one
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#01-Nemechek 173.182 [12th fastest lap], 12 laps run
#21-Schrader 172.446 [17th], 13 laps
#45-Petty 172.285 [26th], 13 laps
See speeds on my Kansas Practice Speeds Page.(9-29-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice at Kansas?
Eight in and five out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
these 8 would make the race if things stayed the same:
#45-Kyle Petty, 27th fastest
#4-Scott Wimmer, 29th
#32-Travis Kvapil, 30th
#06-David Ragan, 33rd
#55-Michael Waltrip, 35th
#44-Terry Labonte [CH1], 36th
#37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 40th
#61-Chad Chaffin, 43rd
these 4 would miss the race if things stayed the same:
#78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
#49-Kevin Lepage, 45rd
#92-Chad Blount, 46th
#46-Carl Long, 47th/last,
see all the speeds, laps run on the Kansas Practice Speeds page.(9-29-2006)
- Entry List for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 47 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:
#37-Bill Elliott [CH2]
#44-Terry Labonte [CH1]
[CH] has champ prov to use if needed
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 44,37,45,32,55,4,49,61
missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,46,06.
see entry list on Jayski's Kansas Entry List Page.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Kansas:
#45-Petty is still out, gained a little ground on the #14 but has get in via speed at Kansas
34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates 159 points ahead of 36th
35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +42
these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
36) #45-Petty/Petty 42 points behind 35th
37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -146
Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, 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.(9-24-2006)
- 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 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 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 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 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 Kansas:
• There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at Kansas since the inaugural race there in 2001.
Matt Kenseth is the defending Bud Pole winner there.
• Greg Biffle has posted two straight top-10 starts at Kansas, the longest current streak.
• There have been four different race winners in the five races at Kansas Speedway. Jeff Gordon posted back-toback
victories winning the inaugural race in 2001 and then winning there again in 2002.
• Greg Biffle has posted two straight top-10 finishes at Kansas, both top-fives, the longest current streak.
• One year ago Mark Martin won at Kansas - his most recent Nextel Cup victory.
• Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon lead all drivers, each scoring three top-five finishes in five races at Kansas.
• Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon lead all drivers, each scoring four top-10 finishes in five races at Kansas Speedway.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with more than two starts with a 7.25 starting average in his four races at Kansas.
• Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with a 6.0 finishing average in five races at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-24-2006)
- Who's Hot - Kansas:
• Jeff Gordon has scored two top-five finishes in the first two races in The Chase, the only driver to do so.
• Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin have each scored top-10 finishes in the first two races in The
• Jeff Gordon has climbed from ninth to second in the point standings in the last two races. His second-place points position is
his highest in 2006 and highest since he ranked second after Darlington in May 2005. The last time he led the point standings
was after his victory in the 2005 Daytona 500.
• Denny Hamlin has posted 15 top-10 finishes this season and ranks fourth in the Championship point standings after the
second race of The Chase. He is second in points earned over the past 10 races - earning 1,482 points – just three less than
Kevin Harvick over the 10-race period. Hamlin remains on track with other notable rookies including Ryan Newman who
posted 22 top-10 finishes in his rookie season and Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart who both posted 21 top-10 finishes in
their rookie seasons.
• Matt Kenseth has posted 13 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks third in the point standings.
• Matt Kenseth has posted six straight top-10 finishes, the longest current streak.
• Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have each scored a top-15 finish in 23 of the 28 races in 2006, the most of all drivers (82
• Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score 18 top-10 finishes in the first 28 races of 2006.
• Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
• Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 18 of the last 19 races.
• Mark Martin has been running at the finish in the last 35 races, since Kansas one year ago, the longest current streak.
• Dave Blaney has posted three straight top-15 finishes and four in his last five races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-25-2006)
- Track Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 180.856mph, finished 5th
- 2005 Race Winner: #6-Mark Martin, 137.774mph, started 19th
- Track Race Record: Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 137.774mph
- Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
- Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 5, with four drivers:
Earnhardt Jr., Leffler , Johnson , Nemechek , Kenseth 
- Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon [2 wins, 5th], Ryan Newman [win, 2 2nds]
- Most Top 10s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace
- Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 10/9/2005
- Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/03
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 139 laps
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 10/5/03, 28
- Most Lead Changes: 24 - 10/10/04
- Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/02
- Most Leaders: 12 - 9/30/01, 10/10/04, 10/9/05
- Fewest Leaders: 10 - 9/29/02
- Most Cautions: 13, 9/30/01
- Most Caution Laps: 70, 9/30/01
- Fewest Cautions: 7, 10/9/2005
- Fewest Caution Laps: 39 - 10/10/04
- Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 10/9/2005
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/02
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 3 - Chevy
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, started 19th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 5] 20%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 1
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 2 of 5 - 40.0%
- Races won from the top 10: 3 of 5 - 60.0
- Kansas Nuggets:
Kansas Bud Pole Winners
There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five races at Kansas. Matt Kenseth is the defending Bud Pole winner there.
Different Race Winners
There have been four different race winners in the five races at Kansas Speedway. Jeff Gordon is the only driver to score multiple victories at Kansas winning the 2001 inaugural race and again in 2002.
Starting Up Front is Important at Kansas
All five races at Kansas have been won from a top-20 starting position, including two from the front row.
• Greg Biffle has posted two straight top-10 starts at Kansas, the longest current streak.
• Greg Biffle has posted two straight top-five finishes at Kansas, the longest current streak.
Owner Wins at Kansas Speedway
Rick Hendrick leads all owners scoring two victories at Kansas Speedway. Both of those victories were by Jeff Gordon (2001-2002).
Leading The Way at Kansas
Jeff Gordon has led 169 laps at Kansas – more than any other driver. However, he has not led in his last three races there.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with two victories at Kansas.
• Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all drivers, each with three top-five finishes at Kansas.
• Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon leads all drivers, each with four top-10 finishes in five races at Kansas. Retired drivers Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd also scored four top-10 finishes in five races at Kansas.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with more than three starts with a 7.25 average start in his four races at Kansas.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with a 6.0 average finish at Kansas.
Chase Drivers at Kansas (Ranked by Average Finish)
Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led
1. Jeff Gordon, 5 6.000, 169
2. Jimmie Johnson, 4, 13.75, 21
3. Mark Martin, 5, 14.4, 141
4. Kasey Kahne, 2, 15.5, 39
5. Kevin Harvick, 5, 18.4, 49
6. Jeff Burton, 5, 19.2, 4
7. Matt Kenseth, 5, 19.4, 85
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5, 20.0, 22
9. Kyle Busch, 2, 29.0, 0
10. Denny Hamlin 1 32.0 0
• Race No. 29 at Kansas marks the third of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
• Jeff Burton leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by six points over Jeff Gordon. It is Burton’s seventh time as the point leader and first since May 1999 after California.
• Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 217-point lead over 12th-place Greg Biffle.
• Six different car owners are represented in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup: Hendrick Motorsports (Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon), Jack Roush Racing (Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin), Richard Childress Racing (Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton), Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin), DEI (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Evernham Motorsports (Kasey Kahne).
• Seven Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge are competing in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
• Six of the top 10 and 13 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Dover.
• Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers, each scoring 18 top-10 finishes in 28 races in 2006.
• All 28 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-14 in the point standings.
• Mark Martin (sixth) is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
• Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to lead in 19 of the 28 races this.
• Matt Kenseth has outscored all drivers earning 115 lap leader bonus points, five more than Jeff Gordon who has scored 110.
• After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won six of the 28 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 17 victories while Ford has just five. One year ago Ford had 11 victories at this point of the season.
• Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire. This is the 30th Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet. Chevrolet has won the Manufacturers’ Championship in each of the last four years.
• Two of the top-10 in driver points have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin.
• Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon have each posted four DNFs - the most of any driver ranked in among the top 19. Despite his four DNFs, Gordon is second in the point standings, just six points behind Jeff Burton.
• NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in 15 of the 28 races in 2006 (54%). He has scored 18 top-10s in 35 career races - 51%. He has scored top-10 finishes in nine of the last 10 races and 18 top-15 finishes in the last 19. He also has been the highest finishing rookie in 14 of the 28 races in 2006 (50%).
• At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 22 of the 28 races a rookie finished in the top 10 (79%). In 10 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10 (36%).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-26-2006)
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
Co-Grand Marshals: Comedian George Lopez and former track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Command to start engines: George Lopez and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Matthew Scott, won the right by winning the 2005 Banquet Instant Win Honorary Starter Family Experience prize
National Anthem: Heartland, a country music band
Military Flyover: F-15 Fighting Falcons, Des Moines, Iowa
- Track Homepage: kansasspeedway
- 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page
- Joyner-Kersee, Lopez to serve as co-grand marshals at Kansas: Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and popular comic-actor George Lopez will serve as co-grand marshals for Sunday's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. Joyner-Kersee, considered to be one the greatest female athletes of all time, won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the heptathlon and long jump events over four consecutive Olympic Games - 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. She was the first woman to score 7,000 points in a heptathlon, a demanding seven-event competition that measures speed, strength and stamina, and has held the world record in heptathlon since 1986. She was also a world-class athlete in 100 meter hurdles and 200 meters. Joyner-Kersee took home the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 1998 Goodwill Games in what was to be her last competition; she retired soon after. Sports Illustrated voted her the "Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century."
Lopez, star of ABC's sitcom "George Lopez," is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry. He is the co-creator,
writer, producer and star of the ABC sitcom, "George Lopez." Last year, Time magazine recognized Lopez as one of the "25 Most
Influential Hispanics in America." Lopez's CD "Team Leader" was released to great public acclaim and nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In May 2004, George's autobiography "Why You Crying?" entered in the New York Times Bestsellers list. He has starred in several movies, including "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl," which opened last year. Lopez continues to tour the country with his stand-up comedy routine.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-27-2006)
- Heartland set to sing national anthem at Kansas: Heartland, a country music band from Huntsville, Ala., will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. The band got its start touring clubs around Alabama. Their debut single, "I Loved Her First," hit the country music charts this year. Heartland band members include Craig Anderson (rhythm guitar), Keith West (bass guitar/background vocals), Jason Albert (lead vocalist), Chuck Crawford (fiddle/background vocals), Todd Anderson (drums) and Mike Myerson (lead guitar). Heartland will also perform a pre-race concert from the Banquet stage prior to the Banquet 400. The concert is scheduled to begin at 11:50am.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-27-2006)
- Hale named manager of Public Relations for Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway has named Kelly Hale its manager of Public Relations. Hale, a native of Edwardsville, Kan., has worked for NASCAR as a coordinator of Communications for the past four years. During that time, she oversaw the advance media programs for the Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. She was also responsible for media outreach for Busch Series Champion's week. Prior to joining NASCAR, Hale was the Community Relations manager for the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League and was the public relations contact before her departure. Hale holds a bachelor's degree in sports science with an emphasis in sports information from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. She replaces Sammie Lukaskiewicz, who heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., to be the Director of Communications for the International Speedway Corporation-owned racetrack.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-26-2006)
- Kansas Truck race to move to April in 2007: on Speed Channel's NASCAR Report, Ray Dunlap reported that the Kansas Speedway Truck Series race will move to the end of April in 2007 from it current July spot.(Speed Channel's NASCAR Report)(8-31-2006)
- Kahne to sell tix at Kansas: On Tuesday, May 16 #9-Kasey Kahne will join Kansas Speedway's ticketing staff for the day. He'll meet the staff, take a quick tour of Kansas Speedway's ticket offices, learn some tips on how to sell tickets and then get ready for some on-the-job training with the race fans of NASCAR. Besides answering some ticket sales calls, Kahne will personally autograph all tickets he sells that day. He's featured on this year's season ticket so his autograph will make the ticket a nice collector's piece for some lucky fans. Kahne will take calls from ticket buyers starting at 11 a.m. The best way to reach Kahne is by calling 913.328.RACE (7223) or by Kansas Speedway's toll-free number, 866.460.RACE (7223). Kansas Speedway's Banquet 400 Nextel Cup race will be held on Oct. 1.(Kansas Speedway PR)(5-8-2006)
- Race is on for Kansas Lottery $200 Grand tickets: This could be the year a Kansas Lottery player wins $200,000 by correctly predicting the top three finishers, in order, of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $200 Grand at Kansas Speedway.
July will mark the third time the Kansas Lottery has sponsored the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kansas Speedway. Visit www.kslottery.com or see the back of the Kansas Lottery $200 Grand scratch ticket for more information. Kansas Speedway's ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $200 Grand is set for July 1. The race is paired with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and IRL IndyCar Series event that weekend. For race tickets or more information, call Kansas Speedway at 913.328.RACE or toll free at 866.460.RACE. You may also log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Kansas Lottery $200 Grand instant scratch ticket is on sale now.(Kansas Speedway PR)(3-8-2006)
- Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-22-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway
- Kluever to attempt Kansas in the #06: Todd Kluever will be attempting his third Nextel Cup start this weekend at Kansas.
He will be driving the #06 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Racing. Kluever drove this car at California, although it did not qualify for the race. Kluever will be competing in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series races at Kansas this weekend.(Roush Racing PR)(9-27-2006)
- No Montoya in Kansas Busch race: Hopes that Juan Pablo Montoya would begin his stock-car racing career at Kansas Speedway have apparently ended. There just wasn’t enough time to get Montoya, who has been driving Formula One cars since leaving the CART series in 2001, ready for the coming weekend of racing at Kansas. Montoya spent Monday testing ARCA cars for team owner Chip Ganassi at Talladega Superspeedway. He will also practice in ARCA cars Friday at the new Iowa Speedway, which means he will not be able to participate in Busch series practice at Kansas that day.(Kansas City Star)(9-26-2006)
- Bill Elliott to attempt Kansas in #37 UPDATE Melling sponsoring the #37: #37 R&J Racing announced that 1988 Cup Champ Bill Elliott will be in the #37 Dodge at Kansas Speedway next weekend. "We are extremely excited to announce that after a few weeks off to restructure our program, we have signed Bill to drive the #37 car. We feel that after joining forces with Ernie Elliott, we finally have achieved the success with our program that our team deserves." R&J Racing also has signed a deal with Vision Motorsports Marketing out of Atlanta to handle sponsorship and PR for them. "We feel that the #37 team has made huge strides towards developing their program and we believe with the right marketing partner they would be a force to challenge for the win each weekend." said Vision Motorsports
Marketing Vice President Adam Loser. R&J Racing and Vision Motorsports Marketing are working on their sponsorship program with opportunities still available for the Kansas race.(Vision Motorsports Marketing PR)(9-19-2006)
UPDATE: Twenty-Five years after they first became one of the most dominating duos in Nascar history, Bill Elliott and the Melling family reunite in the Nextel Cup Series Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods October 1, 2006 at the Kansas Speedway. Mark Melling, now CEO of the Melling Family business, made the announcement today about the two getting back together with Melling providing a one race sponsorship of the #37 R&J Racing Dodge. The car will feature a retro red and white paint scheme from Bills first year driving with Melling funding in 1982. Over a span of a decade with Melling backing(1982-1991) Bill racked up 39 poles, 34 victories, the 1985 Winston Million Dollar Bonus, and the 1988 Championship. Because of this success, Mark Mellings late father Harry Melling was named one of the 40 most important people in Nascar history in 1997. Mark Melling noted he is thrilled to associate with the #37 team and sponsor their entry at the Kansas Race for the 25th anniversary season of Mellings original relationship with Bill Elliott. Melling Engine Parts is a world-class designer, manufacturer, and distributor of oil pumps and internal engine parts to the automotive aftermarket, performance, and original Equipment industries. Our catalog contains oil pumps, camshafts, timing
components, valve train, and cylinder sleeves. More info at melling.com.(Melling Engine Parts PR)(9-25-2006)
- 6th Roush Team...for a bit UPDATE 2: Later this season, Roush Racing will add a sixth Nextel Cup team, for seven races, to get Todd Kluever [Busch Series #06] warmed up for his role as #6-Mark Martin's [retiring from Cup] replacement next season.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-26-2006)
UPDATE: Roush Racing's Todd Kluever, who is running the Busch Series [#06 3M Ford] full time and will make seven Cup starts later this year, will have the second Michigan race (Not first even with the race sponsorship) on his schedule along with Chicago, Kansas and Phoenix in November to name a few. Expect his debut to come at Chicagoland - the track closest to his hometown of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.(RacingOne)(2-27-2006)
UPDATE 2: 3M Company and Roush Racing announced that 3M will be the primary sponsor for the #06 Ford Fusion entry driven by Todd Kluever in six Nextel Cup races this season. Kluever's NEXTEL Cup races this year are intended to prepare him for the 2007 NEXTEL Cup season, when he will drive the #6 AAA Ford Fusion currently driven by Mark Martin. Kluever's six-race schedule will consist of Chicago, July 9; Michigan, August 20; California, Sept 3; Kansas, Oct 1; Lowe's, Oct 14 and Phoenix, Nov 12.(Roush Racing PR)(3-1-2006)
- See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Special Irwin scheme for #26 at three races: #26-Jamie McMurray is scheduled to drive a white Lennox Industrial Tools paint scheme at Chicagoland, New Hampshire [July] and Kansas City.(RacingOne)(4-25-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
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'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)