THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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THE RACE: The Coca-Cola 600

Nextel Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, Sunday May 28, 2006 in Concord, NC

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Coca-Cola

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 5:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 5:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et [2 hours] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 5:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, June1 [Replay] at 2:30 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: $6,452,431 (was $6,279,649 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Thursday, May 25, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape at 4:30pm/et

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, May 27, 4:30 - 5:30pm/et, TV-Speed Channel

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 27, 6:05 - 6:50pm/et on TV-FX tape delay 6:30pm/et

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, May 25, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, May 25 at 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air on May 26th at 2:00am/et and 3:00pm/et and May 27th at 12:00am/et on Speed AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    Purse for the Pole: $56,200
    Winner's share: $41,200 [2nd $10,0000, 3rd $5,000]

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday May 25
    8:45 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Haulers Enter
    10:00 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Garage Opens
    2:00 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rookie/Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    4:40 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Legends Car, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero Races
    7:10 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying (2 laps, all positions)
    8:45 p.m. Victory Lane/Fireworks

    FRIDAY, May 26
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "Live with Regis and Kelly"
    6:00 p.m. Spectator Gates Open (Diamond Tower, Gates 15, 16, 17 and 18 open)
    6:00 p.m. Cars Movie Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals
    11:15 p.m. (approx) Cars Premiere Closing - SOLD OUT

    SATURDAY, May 27
    1:00 p.m. Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster races on the 1/4 mile
    3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Pit Tours
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. FOX Exhibition Run
    6:05 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    8:00 p.m. CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Busch Series Race (200 laps/300 miles)

    SUNDAY, May 28
    2:00 p.m. Pre-Race Entertainment
    3:30 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Time Warner Media Center)
    3:50 p.m. Coca-Cola presents Carrie Underwood in concert
    4:38 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Driver Introductions
    5:10 p.m. Pre-Race Festivities continue
    5:40 p.m. Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps/600 miles)

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

  • Charlotte Speedweeks Speed Channel Coverage: A year away from being the home to the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge, SPEED already is looking for ways to put the exclamation point on two monster weekends of May racing from Charlotte, N.C., kicking off this year's coverage with a party at the lake home of SPEED broadcaster and former NASCAR Nextel Cup Series crew chief Larry McReynolds.
    A one-hour special, entitled Larry Mac's All-Star BBQ, will air May 18 at 8:00pm/et, with drop-in guests from all over the world of NASCAR.
    On May 19, SPEED will carry coverage from Lowe's Motor Speedway from 12noon until 12midnight/et, with all but one hour being aired live, beginning with coverage of the final practice for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge. Friday's coverage will also include NASCAR Nextel Cup Series qualifying, as well as qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, with the highlight of the evening being live and exclusive coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at 8:30pm/et.
    On May 20, SPEED will air the NASCAR Nextel Pit Crew Challenge at 4:00pm/et, followed by Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace, John Roberts and Wendy Venturini and a special All-Star edition of the red-hot NASCAR RaceDay, the ultimate NASCAR pre-race show. The crew will return for NASCAR Victory Lane at 11:00pm/et, following the All-Star Race.
    SPEED will return with live coverage from Charlotte on May 25, as teams begin preparation for the Coca-Cola 600, beginning with NASCAR Live! at 6:00pm/et. SPEED also will produce Backstage Pass segments for several of its shows, taking viewers behind the scenes at various venues all weekend.
    Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes and a special guest panelist will whip up the Charlotte Speed Street crowd on May 26 at 7:00pm/et with Trackside. And on May 28, the NASCAR RaceDay team returns to preview the famed Coca-Cola 600.(Speed Channel PR)(5-17-2006)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,700, Right-side -- 1,700;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4020; Right-side -- D-4022

    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 -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 22 psi;
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Nextel Cup -- Every 36-40 laps, based on fuel mileage;
    Busch Series -- Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run this tire set-up in 2006 . . . as on all ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Greg Stucker, director of race tire sales and marketing: "Lowe's is a very fast track with new pavement that will generate a lot of grip and a lot of heat. We felt we had to select a very conservative tire to accommodate that. Lap times, however, are on par with those of last year. On the first day of testing, Jeff Burton, for example, made a 35-lap run and his fastest lap was the 34th. We are very pleased with tire appearance and treadwear. All indications are that going a full gas stop with either the traditional full-size fuel tank, like the Busch cars will use, or the smaller mandated tank for the Coca-Cola 600 would be no problem.

    "Yes, the tire is different and may require adjustment by teams and drivers from what they've run at Lowe's in the most recent past. We came with a completely redesigned right side tire. It utilizes a new mold shape to address the tremendous loads that we measured at our test last fall. This, combined with the harder tread compound, gives the conservative setup. It reduces grip, but it resists heat and treadwear. It is absolutely the right choice."

  • Goodyear Supports Tire Choice for Coke 600 weekend: Comments from Greg Stucker, Goodyear director of race tire sales and marketing:
    Q: Describe the tire to be used this weekend for the Busch and Nextel Cup races. How has it changed?
    A: We have a completely redesigned right side tire. It utilizes a new mold shape to address the tremendous loads that we measured in our tire test last fall. When this is combined with our harder tread compound, we get the more conservative setup.
    Q: How did these tires perform, from your perspective, in last weekend's All-Star events?
    A: We continue to see what we expected from our Goodyear Eagle tires in terms of tire wear, temperatures and appearance following last weekend's NASCAR racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Because of the new track surface and the changing conditions that you expect to experience between day and night racing, our tire selection was designed to err on the side of safety.
    Q: Some drivers and teams have said your tires are too hard and cause handling problems due to less grip. What is your reaction to this?
    A: Things went well in our recent tire tests, as well as throughout all of the racing activities last weekend. We're seeing that the conservative nature of these tires may require some teams to make changes in car setups and some drivers might have to adjust their driving styles.
    Q: What challenges do the new track surface present?
    A: The fact is that during the day, the sun brings out some of the oil in the fresh asphalt, causing it to get slick. We recognize that. But, overall, new pavement generates a lot of grip and a lot of heat. We must design a tire that works for all 43 different cars and drivers racing in both the daytime and in cooler evening conditions.
    Q: How does the racing change as the sun goes down and it gets cooler at a night race?
    A: We know the cars will be faster at night than during the heat of the day. We saw this last weekend. While teams are able to change setups from afternoon to evening, the tire has to work in all conditions, so that may necessitate the need for car setup and driving style adjustments.
    Q: What do you anticipate as we head into NASCAR's longest race on Sunday?
    A: We're comfortable with what we've seen with our tire recommendation and feel very good going into next weekend's Busch Series race and Nextel Cup Coca-Cola 600.(Goodyear PR)(5-24-2006)


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Lowe's Motor Speedway 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
    (5-13-2006)

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

    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:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 7
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 6
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2
    (5-13-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kahne wins Coca-Cola 600: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, leading 158 of 400 laps, for his third win of 2006 and 4th of his career. It is the first Dodge to wins the race since Richard Petty in 1977. #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 2nd, breaking his streak at three straight wins of the event, followed by #99-Carl Edwards [spun once, was a lap down], #6-Mark Martin and #17-Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were #31-Burton, # 16-Biffle, #26-McMurray, #11-Hamlin and #41-Sorenson. #8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th. #20-Tony Stewart crashed early in the race when he cut a tire, Stewart was taken to a local hospital, checked out, treated and released. Stewart was still sore after a hard wreck in the Busch race Saturday, and held his right arm as he was led to the ambulance. #24-Gordon wrecked late in the race and finished 36th. #10-Scott Riggs, the pole sitter and led many laps, had a late poor pitstop when he stalled twice and finished 13th. There were 37 lead changes among 16 drivers and 15 cautions for 65 laps [last year there were 22 for 102 laps].
    Race Results on my Charlotte Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.
    Race Rundown: see my Charlotte Race Info/Rundown Page for my race rundown page, laps led, top 10, race notes, lucky dogs and more.(5-28-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Charlotte [12 of 36 races]:
    #48-Johnson 1861
    #17-Kenseth 1752 -109
    #6-Martin 1652 -209
    #20-Stewart 1630 -231
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 1590 -271
    #9-Kahne 1569 -292
    #24-Gordon 1451 -410
    #31-Burton 1450 -411
    #5-Busch 1437 -424
    #29-Harvick 1426 -435
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte Page.(5-28-2006)

  • Charllote Race News and Notes:
    • Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, scoring his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 84th career start.
    • This is Kahne’s third victory in 2006, tying Jimmie Johnson for the most this season. Kahne’s last victory came at Texas in April 2006, five races earlier.
    • Kahne won from a ninth-place starting position. All three of his other victories came from the Bud Pole.
    • Kahne’s first victory came at Richmond in May 2005. His other three wins have all come on SMI-owned 1.5-mile superspeedways.
    • Kahne scored his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races this season.
    • Kahne led the most laps for the fourth time in his career (only two produced victories- Richmond and Lowe’s). This marked the first time in 2006 that Kahne led the most laps in a race.
    • Kahne led seven times for 158 laps including the final 30 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Kahne has won a race each season 2005-2006, two consecutive years.
    • This marked team owner Ray Evernham’s 10th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and first at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Evernham Motorsports has won at least one race each season 2001– 2006, six consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson (second) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his ninth straight top-10 finish in 10 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, all seventh or better. Johnson remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 109 points ahead of second-place Matt Kenseth.
    • Carl Edwards (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2006. He tied his best finish in 2006 set at California. It is his third straight top-10 finish in three races at Lowe’s. Edwards climbed from 17th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Mark Martin (fourth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2006. It was his in 21st top-10 finish in 43 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He climbed from fourth to third in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 12th in the standings after 12 races.
    • Matt Kenseth (fifth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He climbed from third to second in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 23rd after 12 races.
    • Jeff Burton (sixth) has climbed from 21st to eighth in the point standings since Martinsville.
    • Three races ago Greg Biffle was 232 points behind 10th. With his seventh-place finish, Biffle is now 86 points behind 10th. Biffle has climbed from 23rd to 13th in points in the last three races. After 12 races in 2005, he ranked second in the point standings.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin (ninth) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his second top-10 finish in two races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Two Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders finished in the top-10: Denny Hamlin (ninth) and Reed Sorensen (10th). At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 12 races this season.
    • Dave Blaney (32nd) extended a 30-race streak of running at the finish that began at Pocono last June, which is the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson have each scored top-15 finishes in 11 of the 12 races in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart has finished 43rd (California) and 42nd (Lowe’s) in 2006. Stewart never finished worse than 33rd (first Phoenix) in his 2005 Championship season. However, in 2002 Stewart began his first Championship season with a 43rd-place finish in the 2002 Daytona 500. Stewart dropped from second to fourth in the point standings.
    • Dale Jarrett (43rd) scored the worst finish of his 615-race career. Jarrett finished last for just the second time. The first time that he finished last was at Sears Point on June 11, 1989. (42nd in a 42-car field).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-28-2006)

  • Rumblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway: Kasey Kahne led early and often tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway and took the Coca-Cola Pit Stop 600 by a comfortable margin over Jimmie Johnson. In a race where we saw more action in the pits and less racing than we've ever had in Charlotte (thanks to a miniscule fuel cell), it was Kahne getting his third win of the season and the fourth of his career (the first one not from the pole, btw). Kahne is now tied for 68th on the all-time win list. Kasey's victory was worth a healthy $428,114 from the over $6.4M in posted awards....and this was win #10 for Ray Evernham.
    Carl Edwards (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at California in February.
    Reed Sorenson (10th) equaled his career-best finish tonight. He was also 10th at Atlanta in March.
    Jeff Green (12th) had his best finish since he was 11th here last May.
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Jeff Burton has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Jamie McMurray (+25) and Robby Gordon (+25), followed by Jeff Green (+23) and Paul Menard (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Gordon (-23), followed by Kevin Harvick (-22) and Brian Vickers (-20).
    Scott Riggs led today (8 times for 90 laps) for the first time since he led once for 19 laps at Michigan last August. He's the 39th driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 51.
    Jimmie Johnson lengthens his points lead tonight to 109 over new second-place driver Matt Kenseth. It's looking more and more like the "Chase" will once again be a ten-man event as the spread from 1st to 10th is now beyond that all-important 400 point level. Carl Edwards (17th to 14th) and Reed Sorenson (23rd to 20th) made the best moves forward tonight while Brian Vickers (21st to 27th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(5-28-2006)

    Coca-Cola 600 Race Rundown

  • The Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #9-Kahne-d (9)(158 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (3)(24 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (22)(11 laps led)
    #6-Martin-f (21)(20 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (6)(1 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (11)(12 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-f (7)(20 laps led)
    #26-McMurray-f (33)
    #11-Hamlin-c (8-r)(25 laps led)
    #41-Sorenson-d (23-r)

    #8-Dale Jr.-c (34) is running 11
    pole sitter #10-Riggs is 13th
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie


  • Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 01,07,18,1,32

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 42,70,45,21,4,14,78,38,40,22,44,29,12,25,2

  • Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #88-Jarrett (accident-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)
    #55-Waltrip (brakes-out)
    #96-Raines (engine-out)
    #5-Busch (accident-out)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (16 leaders with 37 lead changes):
    #9-Kahne (halfway, 158);
    #10-Riggs (pole, 90);
    #11-Hamlin (25);
    #48-Johnson (24);
    #16-Biffle (20);
    #6-Martin (20);
    #24-Gordon (18);
    #66-Green (16);
    #31-Burton (12)
    #99-Edwards (11);
    #4-Wimmer (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #32-Kvapil (1);
    #38-Sadler (1);
    #43-Labonte (1);
    #55-Waltrip (1);

  • Lap leaders: #10-Riggs - pole; #10-Riggs 1-35; #38-Sadler 36; #55-Waltrip 37; #10-Riggs 38-49; #24-Gordon 50-67; #32-Kvapil 68; #48-Johnson 69-92; #16-Biffle 93; #10-Riggs 94-96; #66-Green 97-109; #6-Martin 110; #66-Green 111-113; #6-Martin 114-130; #31-Burton 131; #10-Riggs 132-144; #16-Biffle 145-161; #4-Wimmer 162; #11-Hamlin 163-180; #9-Kahne 181-200; #11-Hamlin 201-203; #16-Bifflle 204; #9-Kahne 205-235; #16-Biffle 236; #11-Hamlin 237-240; #9-Kahne 241-248; #10-Riggs 249; #9-Kahne 250-289; #10-Riggs 290-291; #17-Kenseth 292; #9-Kahne 293-305; #10-Riggs 306; #31-Burton 307-317; #43-Labonte 318; #6-Martin 319-320; #9-Kahne 321-336; #10-Riggs 337-359; #99-Edwards 360-370; #9-Kahne 371-400;

    Cautions: 15 for 66 laps

    Caution 15 - Laps 364 - 367: #24-Gordon's suspension broke and he smacked the turn 4 wall.
    Caution 14 - Laps 314 - 320: #42-Mears got loose in turn 4 went up into the wall bending the rear and spoiler, came down and into on the frontstretch #5-Busch who turned and wacked the outside wall driver side, then slid into the infield grass and stopped, got out of the car and threw his HANS device at Mears, Mears also got into #40-Stremme a bit, but there was little damage.
    Caution 13 - Laps 306 - 309: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 12 - Laps 249 - 253: #70-Sauter lost a left rear tire and spun on the turn 1 apron.
    Caution 11 - Laps 236 - 239: #32-Kvapil had a right rear tire go down and left debris on the track
    Caution 10 - Laps 204 - 209: #07-Boywer lost the catch can on track after his green flag pit stop
    Caution 9 - Laps 161 - 165: #25-Vickers got loose in turn 4, spun and nosed into the wall, doing heavy damage to the right side.
    Caution 8 - Laps 145 - 146: #99-Edwards, smacked the wall lightly in turn 2, then spun on the back stretch.
    Caution 7 - Laps 130 - 134: Debris in turn 2
    Caution 6 - Laps 113 - 115: #15-Menard spins in turn 4, doesn't hit anything.
    Caution 5 - Laps 93 - 96: Debris in turn 2, a couple pieces of metal.
    Caution 4 - Laps 67 - 70: #2-Busch snapped around in turn 2 and smacked the wall on the drivers side, took it to the garage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 49 - 52: #12-Newman spun in turn 4, didn't hit anything, both front tires are flat.
    Caution 2 - Laps 34 - 39: #20-Stewart cut down a right front tire [melted the tire bead] and slapped the turn 2 wall. Stewart got out off the car, holding his right arm, the same arm he injured in the Busch race
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: #88-Jarrett backed into the wall in turn 3, after coming down on #7-Gordon. Fox mentioned Jarrett has a new spotter and there was a mis-communication

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 15: #43-Labonte, 17th
    Caution 14: #01-Nemechek(2), 18th
    Caution 13: #7-Gordon, 16th
    Caution 12: #29-Harvick, 34th
    Caution 11: #24-Gordon, 36th
    Caution 10: #70-Sauter, 24th
    Caution 9: #99-Edwards, 3rd
    Caution 8: #96-Raines(2), 40th
    Caution 7: #96-Raines, 40th
    Caution 6: none, no one a lap down.
    Caution 5: none, no one a lap down.
    Caution 4: #78-Wallace(2), 29th
    Caution 3: #01-Nemechek, 18th
    Caution 2: #78-Wallace, 29th
    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)
    ---- on a green flag pit stop, lap 361, #10-Riggs came in leading and stalled the car twice, then he had to make and stop-and-go penalty for taking equipment outside the pit area.
    ---- on lap 356, teams are starting what could be their final green flag pit stops.
    ---- #5-Busch and his crew chief have been called to the NASCAR trailer after the race to discuss Busch going on the track and throwing his HANS device at #42-Mears.
    ---- around lap 295, #29-Harvick is back on the track after the team changed the transmission
    ---- green flag pit stops occurred laps 289-293 range
    ---- on lap 269, #29-Harvick came in for a pass thru penalty for speeding on pit road
    ---- on lap 268, #29-Harvick came in for another unscheduled pit stop, still has a vibration, possible brake problem
    ---- on lap 261, #29-Harvick slowed on the track and made an unscheduled pit stop,Harvick reported a vibration.
    ---- #25-Vickers is scuffing tires for the #24, #48 and #5 teams since he is many laps down
    ---- #12-Newman came back on track around lap 248 after the team repaired a wheel bearing
    ---- reported on FOX at 8:30pm/et, Stewart has been treated and released from the hospital, no further details
    ---- on lap 223, #12-Newman went to the garage with some sort of suspension problems
    ---- on lap 214, #25-Vickers is back on the track after the crew made repairs, 53 laps down
    ---- the 10th caution trapped a few cars in front of the leaders #'s 40,15,41,14,29
    ---- before the 10th caution, #44-Labonte was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to do a pass thru.
    ---- around lap 200, green flag pit stops are starting.
    ---- on lap 173, #2-Busch is back on the track after the crew made repairs, 106 laps down
    ---- during the 9th caution #8-Earnhardt Jr. was penalized 1 lap for pitting outside the pit box
    ---- during the 9th caution, the crew had the hood up on #21-Schader
    ---- as of the 9th caution, NASCAR is allowing an extra person over the pit wall to clean the windshield
    ---- after the 8th caution, #66-Green was sent to the end of the longest line leaving equipment outside the pit box.
    ---- after the 7th caution, #24-Gordon was sent to the end of the longest line for too many people over the pit wall
    ---- after the 6th caution, #17-Kenseth had to make a 2nd pit stop for a missing lug nut
    ---- after the 6th caution, #55-Waltrip made an unscheduled pit stop for a break problem.
    ---- #19-Mayfield passed the leader on the restart after the 5th caution and was able to stay ahead of the leader before the 6th caution and made his lap back.
    ---- during the 5th caution, #19-Mayfield was held for a lap, reason: pitting outside the pit box; and #9-Kahne had to come back for a 2nd pit stop for a missing lug nut.
    ---- during the 4th caution, most of the lead lap cars came in to pit for gas, some tires, some adjustments.
    ---- #20-Stewart is being transported to a local hospital to get his arm/shoulder checked out.
    ---- before the drop of the green flag after the 3rd caution, #5-Busch was told to calm down, supposedly he is having issues with #16-Biffle.
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in during the 3rd caution to get gas, except #24-Gordon, didn't pit.
    ---- during the 2nd caution pit stops, #29-Harvick didn't like the sticker tres that were put on the car and came in for a 2nd pit stop to get scuffs.
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 2nd caution since the fuel window was around 35 laps, and the caution came out on 34.
    ---- on lap 20, #01-Nemechek had a tire cut down and made a pit stop for right side tires only, he is now out of sequence with the field.
    ---- supposedly #88-Jarrett took the car to the garage and left the track.
    ---- some back markers came in to top-off fuel during the 1st caution, #7-Gordon got some work done on the front end
    ---- green flag at 5:43pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 5:35pm/et
    ---- To The Back [2]: #55/74-Waltrip [driver change/Cope out]; #7-Gordon [engine change]


  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 25, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 5:00pm/et [green flag around 5:35pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 3:00pm/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 1st at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 178.471
    #6-Martin 178.459
    #19-Mayfield 178.230
    #99-Edwards 177.918
    #16-Biffle 177.860
    slowest: #15-Menard 174.424 and #78-Wallace 174.531
    most laps run: #2-Busch 47; #5-Busch & #6-Martin 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #99-Edwards 176.012 [4th fastest lap], 15 laps run
    #9-Kahne 175.918 [1st], 21 laps
    #66-Green 175.898 [16th], 20 laps
    See speeds on my LMS Practice Speeds Page.(5-27-2006)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #19-Mayfield 178.814
    #6-Martin 177.877
    #43-Labonte 177.340
    #10-Riggs 177.334
    #9-Kahne 177.009
    slowest: #55[#74]-Waltrip 172.900 and #88-Jarrett 172.844
    most laps run: #42-Mears amd #31-Burton 45 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin 175.880 [2nd fastest lap], 24 laps run
    #10-Riggs 175.738 [4th], 15 laps
    #66-Green 175.665 [6th], 25 laps
    See speeds on my LMS Practice Speeds Page.(5-27-2006)

  • Riggs wins pole for Coke 600: #10-Scott Riggs won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 187.865 for his 1st pole of 2006 and 2nd of his career [40 races ago at Martinsville in April 2005]. Teammate #19-Jeremy Mayfield will start 2nd, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #18-J.J. Yeley and #43-Bobby Labonte. #44-Terry Labonte qualified 34th for his final Coke 600. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #70-Sauter, #44-Labonte, #40-Stremme, #32-Kvapil, #78-Wallace, #15-Menard, #4-Wimmer and #74-Cope. Missing the race were: #55-Waltrip [his first miss since 10/1998 at Phoenix, 261 races], #61-Chaffin, #51-Garvey, #34-Blount, #49-Lepage, #00-Sauter, #95-Barrett, #27-Shelmerdine, #37-Long and #72-Davis. Qualifying will re-air on Speed Channel on 5/26 at 2:00am/et and 3:00pm/et and 5/27 at 12:00am/et.
    See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, non Top-35 drivers on my Charlotte Qualifying/Lineup/Grid Page.(5-25-2006)

  • Charlotte News and Notes:
    • Scott Riggs won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600, lapping Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 28.744 seconds at 187.865 mph. Elliott Sadler holds the track-qualifying record of 27.948 seconds, 193.216 mph - set Oct. 13, 2005.
    • This is Riggs’s second career Bud Pole in 82 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is his first Bud Pole and first top-10 start in 2006. His other Bud Pole came at Martinsville last spring.
    • This is Riggs’s second top-10 qualifying effort in five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. His other top-10 here was in October 2004.
    • Riggs became the eighth different Bud Pole winner this season.
    • Jeremy Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.832 seconds, 187.292 mph – and will join Riggs on the all-Evernham Motorsports front row for the Coca-Cola 600. This is Mayfield’s sixth top-10 start in 25 races at Charlotte, but his first since October 2000. It is just his second top-10 start in 2006.
    • This is the fifth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet and Ford each have three. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his eighth top-10 start this season. It is also his eighth top-10 start in 10 races at Charlotte.
    • J.J. Yeley (fourth) posted his fourth top-10 start of the 2006 season. Yeley is making his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Charlotte.
    • Bobby Labonte (fifth) Labonte posted his fourth top-10 start in 2006. It is his 14th top-10 start in 27 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Johnny Sauter (14th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Phoenix in November 2005.
    • Ten drivers failed to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600: Kevin Lepage, Hermie Sadler, Chad Chaffin, Michael Waltrip, Stanton Barrett, Mike Garvey, Chad Blount, Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, and Kertus Davis. The last time Waltrip failed to qualify for a race was at Phoenix in October 1998. The last time there was a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race without a Waltrip participating was the final race of 1975.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-25-2006)

  • Ramblings - LMS:
    Ray Evernham Dodge's swept the front-row tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway as Scott Riggs took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 with a time of 28.744 sec (187.865), barely edging out teammate Jeremy Mayfield by less than 1/10th of a second. This is Riggs' second career top-spot (his other one came at Martinsville in April of 2005) and will qualify him for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.....he's entrant #8 thus far.
    Jeremy Mayfield (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at The Brickyard last August.
    Welcome Back Johnny Sauter (14th). This is his best starting spot since he lined up 13th at Richmond last May (only 6 races).
    Terry Labonte (24th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 20th at Michigan last August (only 12 races).
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 11 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    The Trouble Train is a long (and surprising) one tonight as 10 cars failed to make the field. Kevin Lepage, Hermie Sadler, Chad Chaffin, Michael Waltrip, Stanton Barrett, Mike Garvey, Chad Blount, Carl Long, Kirk Shelmerdine, and Kertus Davis all miss the race.....but don't be surprised if we some some financial wheelin' and dealin' by race time. At the very least I would suspect we'll see those NAPA decals on some car Sunday Night.(Stock Car Fans)(5-25-2006)

  • ALL Nextel All-Star Open and Challenge info, results, news on my 2006 All-Star Page.

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 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: Speed on 5/26 at 2:00am/et and 3:00pm/et and 5/27 at 12:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 53 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #27-Shelmerdine is due out first on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #19-Mayfield. For the Qualifying order, see my Charlotte Qualifying Page.(5-25-2006)

  • Thursday Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 181.861
    #9-Kahne 181.616
    #2-Busch 181.378
    #19-Mayfield 181.202
    #29-Harvick 181.184
    slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 168.856 and #37-Long 172.040
    most laps run: #42-Mears, #31-Burton & #11-Hamlin 39 laps
    incidents: #20-Stewart spun off turn 2 but didn't hit anything; #96-Raines scraped the wall and did damage but the crew plans on fixing the car; #18-Yeley spun and backed into the turn 2 wall late in the session and may end up in a backup car; #7-Gordon wrecked as the practice ended, don't have the full info, but think the team was taking the primary engine out of the #7 and into the backup, haven't heard for sure.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Bucsh 178.255 [9th fastest lap], 22 laps run
    #01-Nemechek 178.165 [18th], 20 laps
    #66-Green 177.660 [7th], 22 laps
    See speeds on my LMS Practice Speeds Page.(5-25-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice?
    Eight in and ten out [53 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 10th fastest
    #40-David Stremme, 25th
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH], 31st
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 33rd
    #15-Paul Menard, 37th
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 38th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 39th
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 42nd
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 43rd
    #51-Mike Garvey, 44th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 45th
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 47th
    #72-Kertus Davis, 48th
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 49th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 50th
    #34-Chad Blount, 51st
    #37-Carl Long, 52nd
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 53rd/last
    See speeds on my LMS Practice Speeds Page.(5-25-2006)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 52 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:
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #15-Paul Menard
    #27-KIrk Shelmerdine
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Blount
    #37-Carl Long
    #40-David Stremme
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH]
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #55-Micheal Waltrip
    #61-Chad Caffin
    #70-Johnny Sauter [2nd Haas CNC Racing car]
    #72-Kertus Davis [old Morgan Shepherd team now owned by Bryan Mullet]
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    added since initial entry list came out:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 44,55,4,40,32,61,49,78
    missing the race would be #'s: 95,34,00,92,74,51,37,15,27,27,70,72
    see entry list on Jayski's Charlotte Entry List Page.
    (5-22-2006)

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

  • 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

  • Johnson looking for 4th straight Coke 600: Nine [actually 10] times in NASCAR history, drivers have won a particular event at least four consecutive times. Jimmie Johnson can join this elite group on Sunday by winning the Coca-Cola 600 for a fourth consecutive time. Following is a rundown of the previous nine instances.
    Driver Race Track Years
    Dan Gurney Motor Trend 500 Riverside 1963-66
    Richard Petty Nashville 400 Nashville 1964-67
    Richard Petty Old Dominion 500 Martinsville 1967-70
    Richard Petty Gwyn Staley 400 North Wilkesboro 1970-75
    Richard Petty Capitol City 500 Richmond 1970-74
    Darrell Waltrip Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro 1981-84
    Darrell Waltrip Valleydale 500 Bristol 1981-84
    Rusty Wallace Hanes 500 Martinsville 1993-96
    Jeff Gordon Food City 500/Spring Race Bristol 1995-98
    Jeff Gordon Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darlington 1995-98
    (NASCAR PR and made additions myself)(5-24-2006)

  • WHO'S HOT heading to Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    • Two races ago Greg Biffle was 232 points behind 10th. After his victory at Darlington he is now 106 behind 10th.
    • Jimmie Johnson has won three races in 2006, more than any other driver.
    • Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score six top-five finishes in 11 races this season.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score eight top-10 finishes in the first 11 races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson have each scored top-15 finishes in 10 of the 11 races in 2006.
    • Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are the only drivers to lead at least one lap in nine of the 11 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth ranks third in the point standings at Darlington. After 11 races one year ago, he ranked 21st.
    • Tony Stewart has moved from 22nd to second in the point standings since Race No. 2 at California.
    • Jeff Burton has climbed from 21st to 10th in the point standings since Martinsville. One year ago he ranked 18th in the point standings.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-17-2006)

  • Heading to Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    • Ryan Newman has won four of the last six Bud poles at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Newman has started fourth or better in all 10 of his races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    • Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last six races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, including four straight. No driver has won five straight races on a superspeedway. Richard Petty holds the record of seven straight victories at a short track which occurred at Richmond (Fall 1970-Fall 1973). Darrell Waltrip also won seven straight at Bristol between 1981 and spring 1984.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored eight straight top-10 finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • The last five races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Four of Jimmie Johnson’s five wins at Lowe’s were from the top 10. His first victory at Lowe’s (May 2003) came from a 37th-place starting position, the lowest starting position of a race winner at Lowe’s in 94 races there.
    • 13 drivers have won a race at Lowe’s from the first-place starting position, the second-place starting position and the third-place starting position.
    • A Chevrolet has won the last six races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Jeff Gordon finished 30th and 38th at Lowe’s in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-13-2006)



  • Track Qualifying Record: Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 192.988mph, finished 5th

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • 2005 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 114.698mph, started 5th

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 5, Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon [Newman has 5]

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/85

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/94

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/93

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/61

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/79

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/61

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/61

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/61

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/61

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/61

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 33 - Chevy

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 54 of 94 - 57.5%
  • Races won from the top 10: 73 of 94 - 77.7%

  • Lowe’s Nuggets
    • The track was first paved in 1960.
    • The track was first repaved in 1973.
    • The turns were repaved in 1979.
    • The turns were repaved again in 1987.
    • The entire track was repaved in 1994.
    • The first “levigation” was done before the May race in 2005.
    • The front straight and more “levigation” in the turns was done after the 2005 May race.
    • The latest repaving of the entire track took place earlier this year (beginning in January 2006).
    • The Goodyear tires used in the recent open test have been reported to be very “hard” allowing a driver to post his fastest laps far into a run. Tires are not expected to be a concern at Lowe’s in 2006, but will present many challenges in qualifying for those drivers that are not used to this “hard” compound. Some have reported that their first 20 laps during testing was like being on “ice” which certainly is expected to bring out the best in driver talent.
    • The 22 caution periods in the 2005 Coca-Cola 600 was the most caution periods in a race all-time. The race lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes, 52 seconds.
    Starting Up Front is not Important at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    The last five races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. However, four of the last 10 races at Lowe’s were won from outside the top 10 including one from a 37th-place starting position, the lowest starting position of a Lowe’s race winner in the tracks 94-race history.
    Lowe’s Streaks
    • Ryan Newman has started from the top five in all 10 of his races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the longest current streak. All 10 of his starts are fourth or better, including five Bud Poles.
    • Jimmie Johnson has won the last four races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. No driver in NASCAR history has won five straight races at a superspeedway.
    • Carl Edwards has competed in two races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, scoring top-10 finishes in both.
    Owner Wins at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    Car owner Rick Hendrick has scored 13 wins at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the most of any car owner. Hendrick’s victories were scored by six different drivers: Jimmie Johnson (five), Jeff Gordon (four), Darrell Waltrip (two), Terry Labonte (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
    Recent Domination at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    Ryan Newman has won five Bud Poles at Lowe’s including four of the last six. Jimmie Johnson has scored all five of his Lowe’s victories in those same six races. David Pearson is the all-time Bud Pole winner at Lowe’s posting 14 Bud poles there, including 11 straight between the fall of 1973 through the fall of 1978.
    Leading The Way at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
    Bobby Allison won six races Lowe’s Motor Speedway and is tied with Darrell Waltrip for the most victories all drivers. Allison is also the all-time lap leader there, having led 2,249 laps. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 1,148 laps led in 42 races there. Martin has four victories at Lowe’s.
    Would you Believe?
    Jeff Gordon has won four races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. His last win came there in October 1999, 13 Lowe’s races ago. Gordon’s last victory came at Martinsville in October 2005, 16 races ago - his only victory in the last 38 races.
    Lowe’s Standouts
    • Richard Petty had 64 career starts at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, more than any other driver.
    • Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 48 starts at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • David Pearson scored 14 Bud Poles at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, leading all drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven Bud Poles at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip lead all drivers each with six victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Richard Petty and Bobby Allison lead all drivers with 23 top-five finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Mark Martin leads all full time, active drivers with 16 top-five finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Mark Martin has scored 20 top-10 finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the most among full time, active drivers.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 2.10 starting average in 10 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Carl Edwards has a 6.5 finishing average in his two races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
    Milestones
    • Mark Martin is expected to make his 650th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    • Bobby Labonte is expected to make his 450th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    • The point standings after 11 races one year ago had Jimmie Johnson leading Greg Biffle by 41 points. Johnson is again the leader after 11 races in 2006, leading the reigning champion Tony Stewart by 93 points.
    • After 11 races in 2006 just 10 drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 19 drivers within the 400-point window.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won three of the first 11 races in 2006. Chevrolet has six victories in 2006 while Ford has just two. One year ago Ford had five victories at this point of the season.
    • Kasey Kahne posted his third career victory with his win at Texas. All three of his victories came from the Bud Pole.
    • Kurt Busch has started all 11 races in 2006 from a top-15 starting position, the only driver to do so.
    • There were only four drivers that failed to qualify at Darlington. The 47 entries was the smallest of the season for the second straight race.
    • Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are the only drivers who have led at least one lap in nine of the 11 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 65 lap leader bonus points, five more than Stewart who has 60.
    • Ken Schrader, Reed Sorenson and David Stremme are the only drivers that have competed in all 11 races that have yet to lead in 2006.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. Three times in 2006, three rookies have finished in the top-15.
    • Dale Jarrett is the only driver among the top 21 in points that has not scored a top-five finish in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-17-2005)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 171,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: USO's Edward Powell Jr.
    Command to start engines: USO's Edward Powell Jr.
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Carrie Underwood
    Military Flyover: F-22 Raptors, Tyndall AFB, FL

  • Track Website: lowesmotorspeedway.com

  • 2005 Charlotte May Race Info Page
  • 2005 Charlotte Oct. Race Info Page

  • Air Force Airman to be honored at Coke 600: Air Force Senior Airman Dan Acosta, will be attending the Coca-Cola 600 NEXTEL Cup race on 28 May at Lowe's Motor Speedway. SRA Acosta was wounded in Western Baghdad on Dec. 7, 2005. He was part of an EOD team assigned to locate and disarm an explosive device, which his team did, and they located a second device, but missed the third, which was tripped and as a result of the explosion lost his left arm and severely injured both of his legs. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and wants to eventually return to his EOD unit. SRA Acosta will be the Air Force recipient of the Stonewall Jackson Award for Patriotism that will be given out during the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race activities. Also attending the race will be Lt. Gen Dennis Larsen. Lt Gen Larsen is the Vice Commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates more than 370,000 men and women for the Air and Space force and the nation. In addition, the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion, which the Air Force is an Associate Sponsor, will be running a special Air Force primary paint scheme.(Air Force PR)(5-25-2006)

  • Carrie Underwood to sing National Anthem and perform at Coke 600: Carrie Underwood, whose hit single "Jesus, Take the Wheel" spent six consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs Chart, will headline the pre-race show at the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Carrie Underwood's pre-race performance is included with admission to the Coca-Cola 600. Affordable tickets for the event are still available online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(5-22-2006)

  • NASCAR sticking with smaller fuel cells for Coke 600: While the cars in the Nextel All-Star Challenge had the smaller fuel cells in them Saturday night, the true test of the change will come in the May 28 running of the Coca-Cola 600. Although drivers have lobbied against the 13-14 gallon fuel cell being used instead of the 22-gallon one, NASCAR will go with the smaller fuel cell. The sanctioning body made that decision before testing earlier this month so that drivers could get the weight in their cars adjusted during their test sessions. "That deal is going to happen," Nextel Cup Series Director John Darby said after the all-star race. "Even now that we've raced it, we had short runs and everything. We still don't have enough true live race data to pull it off."(SceneDaily.com)(5-22-2006)

  • USO's Powell Jr. Grand Marshal, WV Governor Manchin Honorary Starter for Coke 600: Edward Powell Jr., president and chief executive officer of United Service Organizations (USO), has been named grand marshal for the May 28 Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Coca-Cola officials also announced that West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III will serve as the honorary starter and will wave the green flag to send the 43 drivers on their 600-mile journey. In his role as grand marshal, Powell will preside over pre-race ceremonies and give the command, "gentlemen, start your engines." Powell has led the USO since January 2002, carrying out the mission of the international, non-profit organization to enhance the quality of life of U.S. armed forces and their families worldwide. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 28, start at $49 and can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by contacting the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(5-19-2006)

  • Humpy Picks Edwards to win All-Star Race: H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, thinks #99-Carl Edwards, just four years removed from those rough-and-tumble short-track wars, will collect the $1 million prize Saturday night for winning the 22nd running of NASCAR's NEXTEL All-Star Challenge annual all-star spectacular. Wheeler named Edwards as his selection Monday during his annual pick-the-winner press conference in downtown Charlotte. Known for his promotional flair and Karnac-type ability, Wheeler has correctly picked the winner of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge 10 times in the past 17 races. Its three-segment format-40 laps, 30 laps and 20 laps-and the $1 million first-place prize combine to make the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge NASCAR's most unique race. Staying with his short-track theme, Wheeler selected former USAC open-wheel star #9-Kasey Kahne as his dark horse pick. Even though he finished second to Mark Martin in last year's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, #38-Elliott Sadler has not visited victory lane since 2004 and thus is not qualified for this year's all-star race. Wheeler says the Emporia, Va., native will remedy that by winning the NEXTEL Open. Veteran #21-Ken Schrader is Wheeler's dark horse selection for the Open. On-track activities for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge kick off Friday night with qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NEXTEL Open. In addition to qualifying, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will compete in the Quaker Steak & Lube 200. Tickets start at $20. Tickets start at $21 and may be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-16-2006)

  • Record $14.2 Million Purse for May Races at LMS: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will battle for a record $6.4 million during the May 28 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway while total posted awards for the track's schedule of May events is more than $14.2 million. Six races will be run at Lowe's Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 19, and Sunday evening, May 28, and each carries a record purse with a total of $14,227,498 up for grabs. Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,432,681 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $153,032 more than was posted for last year's event and $2,095,632 more than competitors raced for in the 600-mile event just five years ago.
    Competitors participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the NASCAR NEXTEL Open on Saturday night, May 20, will be competing for a record $4,200,450 with the Challenge winner guaranteed a minimum of $1,005,000. In addition to the posted prize money, $1,780,853 in television awards for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge will be distributed through the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program.
    NASCAR Busch Series drivers will compete for a record $1,227,316 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night, May 27, and the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday night, May 19, adds $524,098 to the total prize money. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, May 24, for the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown. The nomadic sprint car series' first appearance at the four-tenths-mile oval since 2003 will pay competitors $62,100.
    Tickets for all May events, including the May 20 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 28 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be obtained by calling (800) 455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-11-2006)

  • Star-studded guests to perform duties in pre-race events for All-Star Challenge: Sprint Nextel announced that rock groups Train and Red Hot Chili Peppers and perennial all-pro receiver Steve Smith will participate in pre-race festivities for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 20. Pat Monahan, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Train, will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Warner Bros. Records artists Red Hot Chili Peppers will join the pre-race activities serving as Grand Marshals, which calls for them to give the famous command, "Gentleman, start your engines." In addition, the band will perform a live set, billed as the Red Hot Pit Stop, between the first and second segments of the 90-lap race. STAR Motorsports' Steve Smith, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, will serve as Honorary Starter by waving the green flag to start the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Smith, a six-year NFL veteran, was an integral part of the Panther's playoff run in 2003 that resulted in a trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Tickets for the May 20 running of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge are available by calling the speedway ticket office at (800) 455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. (LMS PR), more on my All-Star Race page.(5-10-2006)

  • All-Star Challenge Concerts: The Grammy Award-winning rock group Train will roll into Lowe's Motor Speedway for a high-octane performance presented by Miller Lite prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 20. Train will perform a one-hour concert on the Miller Lite Rock 'n' Racing stage located between Turns 1 and 2 in the Lowe's Motor Speedway infield. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and local band, Charity Case, will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. A second warm-up act will follow with Train's performance scheduled to begin at 3:30. Concert admission is free with the purchase of a ticket for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, NASCAR racing's annual all-star event.
    AND A live performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers will highlight new activities in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge in 2006. The Warner Bros.Records artists will play a set between segments of the all-star event. Their performance comes on the heels of the legendary band's long-awaited double-album release Stadium Arcadium which hits stores May 9. The album features the new hit single "Dani California." The "Red Hot Pit Stop" will take place during the intermission between the first and second segments of the 90-lap event. Additionally, the event will be broadcast for fans in the stands on NEXTEL Vision screens and on the new NASCAR NEXTEL FanView. The device, available trackside during the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, is a next-generation race scanner that integrates the audio of today's race-day scanners with live video, race statistics and audio replay, providing at-track race fans with unprecedented access to race and entertainment action. Tickets for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge are available at Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at www.LowesMotorSpeedway.com or by calling (800) 455-FANS.(LMS PR)(4-13-2006)

  • Humpy Retiring? Humpy Wheeler, president of Lowe's Motor Speedway and a legend among track promoters, is 66 and may be considering retirement. That has led to speculation that TMS president Eddie Gossage may replace him in Charlotte. "Not going to happen," Gossage said. "First, I think Humpy will still be doing this after I quit, and I'm 47. I think he will get rolled out in a wheelchair with a blanket over his lap and still be running the show there. But I'm staying put no matter what happens. I birthed this baby [TMS]. I'm not leaving." Gossage worked under Wheeler before coming to TMS.(Dallas Morning News)(4-9-2006)

  • CARS to premiere at LMS in May: Disney.Pixar's exciting new computer-animated feature "CARS" will stage its World Premiere on Friday, May 26th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC in one of the most unique and elaborate movie events of all-time, it was announced today by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip, and others from the voice cast of the film will be joined by a host of stars from the racing world and 30,000 guests that are expected to attend the "CARS" World Premiere, taking place at the same location as that weekend's famous Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race. The screening of the film represents the first multi-screen digital cinema premiere ever, with Texas Instruments and its DLP CinemaR technology serving as Disney's event technology partner in providing the digital cinema projectors. A series of four giant custom-built outdoor movie screens (115-feet wide and 50-feet tall) will be constructed at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Turn #2 of the track. Each screen will have three DLP Cinema 2K digital projectors dedicated to it. A state-of-the-art sound system is also being created and installed for the event. Tickets for the premiere will be made available for purchase by the general public starting today. Proceeds will benefit Speedway Children's Charities, and Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS, visit the Lowe's Motor Speedway box office, or order online here.
    To cap off the weekend, the #96 DLP HDTV car will be wrapped as the film's lead character "Lightning McQueen" for the NEXTEL Cup series race in Charlotte the same weekend.
    Lightning McQueen (voice of OWEN WILSON), a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters -including Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, voiced by PAUL NEWMAN), Sally (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by BONNIE HUNT), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by LARRY THE CABLE GUY) - who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.
    The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, and John Ratzenberger. Delivering more fun and authenticity to the cast for "CARS" are vocal performances from some of the all-time greatest names from the racing world including the legendary Richard Petty, plus "drive-on" roles by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip (who holds the record for five-wins at the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600), and Michael Schumacher, the ace German Formula 1 racing legend, who is a seven-times world champion, and is widely considered to be the best Grand Prix racing driver of all-time.(LMS PR)(3-24-2006)

  • Racing Surface Repaving Complete at LMS: Contractors have finished repaving the racing surface of the 1.5-mile oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Jeff Black, the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., paving engineer overseeing the project, says the result is "the best of any track we've ever done." Sunmount Corp., of Roanoke, Texas, completed work on the racing surface Monday night and Goodyear is scheduled to conduct a tire test March 28-29. With paving crews now working on the aprons and pit road, workers have begun re-installing the SAFER barriers which were removed when the $3.5-million project started in early January. The repaving of the racing surface required in excess of 10,000 tons (20 million pounds) of asphalt which included a special polymer that increases the material's softening point. The new surface was applied in two layers, a two-inch "binder" went down first followed by a 1.5-inch "finish" layer. An additional 4,000 to 6,000 tons of asphalt will be used to repave the aprons and pit road. Nearly 100 NASCAR teams are expected to participate in six days of testing on the new surface during early May. NEXTEL Cup cars will be on track May 1-3 with Busch Series teams slated to test May 8-10. Tickets for each of Lowe's Motor Speedway's 2006 NASCAR events, including the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, May 20, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 28, can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(3-16-2006)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Resurfacing Fast Facts: The resurfacing of Lowe's Motor Speedway marks the third time the entire 1.5-mile oval has been repaved since the track opened in 1960. The first new layer of asphalt was applied in 1973 and the most recent repaving came prior to the 1994 season. In between the track's corners received fresh coats of asphalt in 1979 and 1987. Including design, surveying, safer barrier removal and re-installation, track milling, repairs to the concrete retaining walls and paving, officials estimate the resurfacing project will require 25,000 to 30,000 man hours. In excess of 10,000 tons (20 million pounds) of asphalt will be used to coat the racing surface from the white line to the outside retaining wall. That's equivalent to the weight of 5,882 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup cars. If placed bumper to bumper, those 5,882 cars would circle the 1.5-mile track 12.5 times. The repaving of the racing surface will be done in two layers using a special polymer in the asphalt mix. The first layer will be 2 inches in depth and the final layer of asphalt will be 1.5 inches thick. .An additional 4,000 to 6,000 tons of asphalt will be used to resurface the aprons, pit road and the turns of the frontstretch quarter-mile oval. To ensure a smooth racing surface, engineers utilized three-dimensional digital surveying techniques, technology not available when the track was built in 1960 or last repaved in 1994. Sunmount Corp., of Roanoke, Texas, is the contractor repaving Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tickets for each of Lowe's Motor Speedway's 2006 NASCAR events, including the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, May 20, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 28, can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(3-2-2006)

  • All Remaining Bank of America 500 Tickets on sale: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the Oct. 14 Bank of America 500 NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 8. Priced from $19 to $131, a wide selection of grandstand seating options are available, including a limited number of premium frontstretch seats. The Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office will be open extended hours Wednesday, operating from 8am to 8pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at lowesmotorspeedway.com. Refreshments will be available in the ticket office lobby for those purchasing tickets at the track. In addition to the Bank of America 500, tickets will also be available for the Oct. 13 Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race; Bojangles Pole Night qualifying on Thursday, Oct. 12; and the Charlotte Late Model Nationals on Wednesday night, Oct. 11, at The Dirt Track. The extremely popular SUPER Ticket is also available, offering tickets for each of the four Bank of America 500 Week events for the low price of just $99.(LMS PR)(2-8-2006)

  • $3 Million Resurfacing Project Includes an "Attitude Adjustment" for Lowe's Motor Speedway: A $3 million resurfacing project underway at Lowe's Motor Speedway will include work in the turns of the 1.5-mile oval that officials say will give the 46-year-old track an "attitude adjustment." Work started Jan. 16 and will be completed prior to the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, May 20, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 28. "We are going to remold the track to take some of the meaness out of it," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "This is one of the meanest tracks on the NEXTEL Cup circuit and by that I mean it can bite you when you least expect it. Meaness in a race track comes from a number of factors including: how rough the surface is; the difficulty of the entry and exit points in the turns; the ability of the drivers to look ahead; and spots where the racing groove narrows," Wheeler continued. "Although we've had a few exceptions, rookies don't normally do well here because the track is quite difficult and there's even a few seasoned veterans who have never really gotten the hang of it."
    Wheeler said track officials spent several months consulting with engineers and motorsports industry insiders before deciding on a resurfacing plan they believe will promote side-by-side racing and passing without completely reinventing the track's personality. Engineers will utilize three-dimensional digital surveying techniques and computer-controlled paving machines, technology not available when the track was built in 1960 or last repaved in 1994. "Repaving a high-banked race track is one of the most difficult jobs in the asphalt industry," Wheeler said. "Using the relatively new process of three-dimensional digital surveying to define elevations that are accurate to an eighth of an inch along with computerized-paving machines will significantly improve the resurfacing process. The tracks in Texas and Atlanta benefited greatly from this technology. We are also going to use a special polymer in the asphalt mix which will better absorb heat and give the surface more traction," added Wheeler. "We believe doing all these things will result in a track that will produce the best possible racing for fans and competitors."
    In excess of 10,000 tons of the special asphalt mixture will be required to cover the entire 1.5-mile speedway and pit road. The paving is scheduled to be completed by March 27, allowing time for a Goodyear tire test prior to the May 1-3 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing session. The resurfacing project marks the third time the entire 1.5-mile oval has been repaved since the track opened in 1960. The first new layer of asphalt was applied in 1973 and the most recent repaving came prior to the 1994 season. In between, the track's corners received fresh coats of asphalt in 1979 and 1987. Sunmount Corp., of Roanoke, Texas, is the contractor that will repave Lowe's Motor Speedway. Sunmount is the industry leader in resurfacing high-banked race tracks and its resume includes six high-profile facilities including Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The company will also repave Talladega Superspeedway this summer. To obtain information or purchase tickets for any Lowe’s Motor Speedway event, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call the track’s ticket services office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(1-25-2006)

  • Toyota, LMS agree to sponsorship deal: Beginning this season, Toyota will serve as the "Official Vehicle, Car and Truck" of Lowe's Motor Speedway as part of an exclusive, multi-year agreement that was announced today by Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) and Lowe's Motor Speedway. The sponsorship calls for the California-based automobile manufacturer and its Florida-based Southeast distributor to partner with Lowe's Motor Speedway in all major events at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series races, as well as all events at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. The agreement provides Toyota with the ability to use the track for annual "ride-and-drive" events, new product launches, owner's events and other activities throughout the year. In addition, Toyota vehicles will be used as the "official" pace vehicle for all speedway events, including the May 20 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 28 Coca-Cola 600. Additional benefits include extensive signage, race tickets and hospitality, and prominent advertising space allocated in the track's publications.(LMS PR)(1-25-2006)

  • LMS Renames Trophy in Honor of Track Founder Smith: The perpetual trophy honoring winners of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway has been renamed in honor of speedway founder O. Bruton Smith. The Bruton Smith Trophy is on display in the second-floor lobby of the track's Smith Tower. It features the familiar manganese sculpture, which has been awarded to each NEXTEL Cup Series race winner at Lowe's Motor Speedway since 1981, atop an oak base which bears two brass plagues inscribed with the name of each Coca-Cola 600 winner. "This is quite an honor," Smith said when the trophy bearing his name was unveiled during a recent gathering of speedway employees. "We are extremely proud that the Coca-Cola 600 has grown into one of the world's most prestigious sporting events, and this trophy pays tribute to the 25 men who have won the race." While building Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1960, it was Smith who decided to make the track's inaugural race a 600-mile event. "Bigger is always better," Smith said about his concept of hosting a 600-mile stock car race. "I just thought it would be unique to run 600 miles. The extra 100 miles made it a bigger, more demanding event."
    "The single most important thing I've learned from Bruton in the 30 years we've worked together is to do things in a big way," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "The Coca-Cola 600 is a testament to his way of thinking and it is only fitting we name the trophy in his honor." The 2006 edition of the Coca-Cola 600 will be run Sunday evening, May 28. Tickets, starting at just $39, can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(1-15-2006)

  • May testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway...and repaving UPDATE: Nextel Cup drivers are scheduled to test on May 1-2 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Since the May events at Charlotte will be held at night, testing will be held until 9:00pm/et each evening. Fans can watch the Charlotte test session free of charge from the track's main grandstand.(Paraphrased from Gordonline.com), also hearing that the track will be repaved with a scheduled start of Jan 16th thru March.(1-5-2006)
    UPDATE:Prep work is well underway at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the track resurfacing project which is slated to be completed in March. SAFER barriers have been taken down and milling of the track is necessary before new asphalt can be applied. Goodyear will then conduct a tire test to find the proper tire specifications prior to the Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series teams scheduled test in May. Lowe's Motor Speedway’s engineering staff met with several drivers to get their input last November at Atlanta including Jeff Gordon. Lowe's Motor Speedway Senior Vice President of Events Jerry Gappens says “The issue really what we saw in ’05 was the tires and the track not getting along so well and of course the teams push those tires to the limits too so you had a combination of things that contributed to some of the issues that we had. There’s not an alarming issue like you’ve seen in the past with the configuration of some tracks…this is just a matter of putting a new surface down which the facility is probably due for.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(1-13-2006)

  • LMS to be repaved, maybe rebanked: Plans are in place to begin repaving Lowe’s Motor Speedway by March, track president Humpy Wheeler said Friday. Wheeler said the decision to repave the track already has been made. Details such as the type of surface to be used and whether to redesign the bankings are unsettled. “And there’s colors,” Wheeler said of the possibilities that exist now that didn’t when the track was paved 15 years ago. Asked if he would considered going with his school colors, the former South Carolina football player said, “That’s a great idea. The first groove black, the second groove garnet.” Wheeler said the repaving process would take 2-3 weeks. That would give Goodyear, the official tire sponsor of NASCAR, the 30 days it requires to schedule testing before the all-star race and Coca-Cola 600 in May. Wheeler said the decision to repave basically had been made before drivers began complaining about the surface, which had been ground twice to smooth out rough spots, during a test session last month. “It’s been 15 years since it’s been paved,” he said. “And that’s about the end of (the life of the pavement).” Wheeler admitted speeds have increased more than he imagined with the grinding process.Every driver that made the Cup field on speed broke the 188 mph barrier. None did before this race a year ago.(The State)(10-15-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Panch to be honored: Marvin Panch, the oldest living winner of the race now known as the Coca-Cola 600, will be recognized during the prerace ceremonies for Sunday's Nextel Cup event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Panch, 79, will be honored as part of the race's festivities as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his win in the race.(SceneDaily.com)(5-27-2006)

  • Open LMS Testing May 2-3, 2006: for speed and notes, see my 2006 Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing page.

  • Goodyear to test again at Charlotte UPDATE 2 testing goes better: Goodyear officials confirmed Thursday that it will conduct another tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway next Tuesday, a week after a two-day test on the newly resurfaced 1.5-mile oval. Rick Heinrich, project manager for Goodyear, said Wednesday that the tires showed a little more wear than Goodyear would have liked, but that could be expected as Goodyear attempts to create a compound that will work on the track. Lowe's Motor Speedway underwent a $3.5 million repaving job after tire problems plagued races there last season. Track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said it is too early to predict whether tire wear will be an issue during the May races. All of the Nextel Cup teams are scheduled to test May 1-3 and then Busch Series teams will test May 8-10. "It's going to be a challenge, and I'm not sure that we really are going to now exactly what we've got as far as the track is concerned until we have all of the cars come in here in early May," Wheeler said. "We have no idea right now about a second groove because everybody is staying down low."(SceneDaily.com)(3-31-2006)
    UPDATE: Goodyear is planning to do a second tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett and Kevin Harvick will test there Tuesday.(Roanoke Times)(4-1-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Officials from NASCAR, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Goodyear met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the results of a second tire test at the newly paved 1.5-mile track, with everyone apparently feeling better than they did after last week's initial test. "Goodyear officials were a lot more optimistic," said Jerry Gappens, the track's senior vice president. "They brought a completely new tire and they did not encounter the challenges they had last week with the higher speeds, excessive wear and higher tire temperatures." Kevin Harvick and Dale Jarrett participated in Tuesday's test. Goodyear built a totally different tire, with new construction and a harder compound, and Gappens said cars were about one second per lap slower than last week, a drop of about 6 mph. There were no apparent issues with excessive wear or high temperatures. Goodyear plans to bring the tire tested Tuesday back for the Nextel Cup test scheduled at the track May 1-3. It also the one Goodyear plans to supply to Busch and Truck series teams for their races here in May. It appears now that carburetor restrictor plates like those used at Daytona and Talladega will not be needed for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge and the Coca-Cola 600. It however remains possible that smaller fuel cells used at those tracks might be employed for May's races here.(full column at ThatsRacin)(4-5-2006)

  • LMS testing, restrictor plate doubtful UPDATE: Official lap times were not reported during a tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway Tuesday and Wednesday, but #43-Bobby Labonte said he came within .3 second of the last October's pole-winning lap, Elliott Sadler's 27.948-second lap at 193.216 mph. "It's going to be faster [than 2005]," Riggs said. "Is it going to be fast enough that we're going to need restrictor plates? Absolutely not ... even if we are going to break the track record. Anytime you come out with a new tire or new paving, we always break track records. I don't think just because we are going to run faster than the track record previously, it's not by two seconds or 10 miles an hour." Goodyear is testing tires to determine a compound to use when Nextel Cup teams test on the newly paved track May 1-3. The Nextel Cup series races at the track twice in May, for the all-star event and the Coca-Cola 600. Tire problems marred both races at Lowe's after the track surface was ground down last year, but this year, the track has been repaved. "Anytime you come out to a test like this, there are a lot of unknowns," said Rick Heinrich, Goodyear's Nextel Cup product manager. "We knew the conditions would be severe. We knew there would be a lot of speed. New asphalt generally generates a lot of wear. Conditions were a little more severe than we anticipated but not out of the ordinary." Labonte, Riggs, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and the truck of Bobby Hamilton Jr. participated in the test. Riggs said he did not think speeds were so fast that restrictor plates would be needed in May. Heinrich said the wear is coming on both sides of the car and front and rear. The loads are similar to loads from last year, he said. "Right now, there's a little bit too much wear, but that's kind of expected because the asphalt is real fresh," Heinrich said. "The more laps ... will slow that wear down."(SceneDaily.com)(3-29-2006)
    UPDATE It could take weeks for Goodyear to decide what tire will be best because the track surface will continue to change as more and more cars drive on it. The only thing that's certain is that the speeds should reach record highs. Labonte said his laps Wednesday were just a tick off of Elliott Sadler's track record 193.216 mph. But Sadler's mark was set in qualifying, when a car is designed to go as fast as possible for only one lap. The times posted during the test were in race trim, when a car is supposed to be much slower. "It would not surprise me if you saw a 197-mph lap," track president Humpy Wheeler said. Although using horsepower-sapping restrictor plates is an option, no one really wants to use them.(AP)
    UPDATE 2: Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, was at LMS monitoring the situation. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said no decision will be made on whether the sanctioning body will step in to lower speeds until after a full Cup test session in early May.(NASCAR.com)(3-30-2006)

  • Johnson wrecks in LMS tire testing: #48-Jimmie Johnson crashed in Turn 4 when his right rear tire went flat at Lowe's Motor Speedway during the Goodyear tire test Wednesday morning. Johnson was not injured in the accident, but his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy could not be repaired enough for him to continue to test on the newly repaved track. "The tire went down, lost air pressure," said Rick Heinrich, Goodyear's Nextel Cup product manager. "He had felt the tire start to go down in Turn 1, and in Turn 3, the deflation of the tire completed. ... We're still looking at the tire and trying to come up with a concrete determination of what caused the tire to go down. We don't know if it was a puncture or wear-related at this point." Johnson's was the only incident during the Tuesday all-day session and the Monday morning session. #43-Bobby Labonte, #10-Scott Riggs, #29-Kevin Harvick and Bobby Hamilton Jr. in a truck also participated in the session.(SceneDaily.com)(3-29-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#07-Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Country Cooler's #07 Schemes Page
#5-Kyle Busch Car's the movie #5 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs Car's the movie/Valvoline #10 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
#22-Dave Blaney Caterpillar E-Series Backhoe #22 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Smirnoff Ice #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's #29 Schemes Page
#41-Reed Sorenson 'Red' Target #41 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte Go-GURT Portable Yogurt none...yet
#44-Terry Labonte Carquest none yet
#45-Kyle Petty MyCokeRewards #45 Schemes Page
#96-Tony Raines Cars the Movie/DLP #96 Schemes Page


  • Kenseth running R&L Carriers colors at LMS: This Sunday, at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth will pilot the yellow and green #17 R+L Carriers/DEWALT Ford Fusion. R+L Carriers joined Roush Racing in January as an associate sponsor on the #17 DEWALT team, but this weekend becomes the primary on the car driven by Kenseth. For the first time since 1997 R+L Carriers, the family owned trucking company out of Wilmington, Ohio, will be the primary sponsor on a car in NASCAR's top division. The Coca-Cola 600 marks the first of three races during the 2006 season in which R+L Carriers will serve as the primary sponsor for Kenseth and Roush Racing's #17 NEXTEL Cup team. The other two races are the July race at Daytona and the October race at Martinsville. Based out of Wilmington, Ohio, R+L Carriers is a family owned and operated company that with over 40 years of committed service to their customers, has grown to be one of today's leaders in the Less than Truckload (LTL) industry. With nearly 10,000 employees, R+L Carriers Inc. currently services 49 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and all of Canada.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-26-2006)

  • Backhoe scheme on #22 CAT car at LMS: Dave Blaney and the Caterpillar #22 car will sport a special paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. It will feature the new Caterpillar E-Series Backhoe Loaders. Three models from the Backhoe Loader Line have been updated, including the 416E, 420E and 430E. The newly styled Cat 416E Backhoe Loader has been worked into the design of Bill Davis's #22 car for the Sunday night race. To learn more about all the features of the new Caterpillar E-Series Backhoe Loaders, visit www.CAT.com.(BDR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #22 Team Schemes page.(5-25-2006)

  • Special #07 Scheme at LMS: Clint Bowyer’s #07 Chevy will sport a Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails paint scheme during this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 festivities at LMS. Bowyer will travel to the Pocono Mountains on Tuesday to participate in the Stock Car Experience at Pocono Raceway to help familiarize himself with the tricky, triangular-shaped track. Bowyer has yet to race or see the 2.5-mile racetrack.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes age.(5-25-2006)

  • Red #41 Scheme: The #41 Target team with driver Reed Sorenson is running the reverse colors of its primary paint scheme for the third consecutive race. What is red is white and visa versa. The scheme will also run in next weekend's race at Lowe's in addition to the October event at the track, and it will run in July at Daytona.(Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates PR), no images of the car yet, but it looks cool all red.(5-17-2006)

  • Go-GURT scheme for Labonte at LMS: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Go-GURT Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Nextel All-Star Challenge. Labonte's drive will mark the return of the famed #43 Dodge to the All-Star Challenge. The #43 Dodge last ran the All-Star race in 2000 with John Andretti behind the wheel. Labonte will be supporting the colors of Go-GURT Portable Yogurt. It is the first-ever yogurt in a tube, the perfect snack for on-the-go kids. Labonte will debut the #43 Go-GURT Portable Yogurt Dodge this weekend. The car will also race during the Coca-Cola 600 the following weekend.(Petty Enterprises/Moore Consulting Group PR)(5-17-2006)

  • Petty to run MyCokeRewards scheme at Coke 600 - IMAGE: Not only will Kyle Petty run a special MyCokeRewards-themed car in the Coca-Cola 600, but some lucky fans will have a chance earn pieces of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge, and a piece of Coca-Cola 600 history, as part of the $50 million MyCokeRewards prize package. By collecting MyCokeRewards points, fans of the Coca-Cola 600 will have the chance to obtain hundreds of unique NASCAR-themed prizes, including the hood, deck lid and side panels from Petty's #45 MyCokeRewards Dodge. Other rewards include Petty's helmet, driver's uniform, shoes, and gloves, as well race-worn crew uniforms and other NASCAR-themed collectibles. Go to www.mycokerewards.com for more info.(Petty Racing PR), see an image on my #45 Team Scheme page.(5-4-2006)

  • Special JD schemes UPDATE: #07-Clint Bowyer is scheduled to run a Jack Daniel's Country Cooler's scheme at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May for the Coca-Cola 600 a Jack Daniel's Soprano's scheme at Las Vegas in March. See the schemes on my #07 Team Schemes page.(2-8-2006)
    UPDATE - HBO's Sopranos to sponsor #07 Chevy at Las Vegas: The Soprano will join the NASCAR ranks by sponsoring Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) #07 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The one-race sponsorship is part of HBO’s marketing campaign to promote the hit drama’s season premiere, which will air Sunday, March 12 at 9:00pm/et. The Sopranos logo will be showcased on the hood and on the quarter panels of Bowyer’s #07. Some of the show’s other businesses are also getting into the act, as the Bada Bing logo will be on the car’s rear quarter panel. The #07 team’s crew uniforms will also include a patch advertising Satriale’s Pork Store.(RCR PR), See am image on my #07 Team Schemes page.(2-23-2006)

  • Special CAT schemes: the #22 Caterpillar Dodge will run two special schemes with Dave Blaney, Ground Engaging Tools scheme at Michigan in June and E-Series Backhoe scheme at the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. See the schemes on my #22 Team Schemes page.(1-31-2006)

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

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

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


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