THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Bank of America 500 at the
Lowe's Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2006 season

Nextel Cup CHASE Race #5 of 10 for the 2006 Championship
Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, October 14, 2006 in Conocrd, NC

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Bank of America

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • TV: NBC 7:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 7:20pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, October 19 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice

    PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Chuck Carland, Rob Albright

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards, Pat Patterson, Brent McMillian, Brad Gillie

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,078,500 (was $4,960,384 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Thursday Practice: Thursday, October 12, 3:35 - 5:05pm/et, TV-none

  • Friday 1st Practice: Friday, October 13, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour [Final] Practice: Friday, October 13, 4:05 - 4:55pm/et, TV-LIVE Speed Channel and re-air at 1:00am/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, October 12, 2:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, October 12 at 7:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air on Friday, October 13 at 1:00pm/et AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Thursday, October 12th, 2006
    8:30 a.m. .........................Nextel Cup Series Haulers Enter
    10:00 a.m. .........................Nextel Cup and Busch Series Garages Open
    12:45 p.m. .........................Busch Series Rookie/Spotter Meetings & Qualifying Draw
    2:05 p.m. .........................Nextel Cup Rookie/Spotter Meetings & Qualifying Draw
    3:00 p.m. .........................Spectator Gates Open
    3:35 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. .....Nextel Cup Practice
    5:10 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. .....Busch Series Practice
    6:25 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. .....Busch Series Rookie Practice
    7:10 p.m..........................Bojangles’ Pole Night Nextel Cup Qualifying (2 laps)
    8:40 p.m. – 9:40 p.m. .....Busch Series Final Practice
    9:30 p.m. .........................Nextel Cup Garage Closes
    11:00 p.m. .........................Busch Series Garage Closes

    Friday, October 13th, 2006
    2:00 p.m. .........................Spectator Gates Open
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. .....Nextel Cup Practice
    3:45 p.m. .........................Busch Series Drivers/Crew Chiefs Meeting
    4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. .....Nextel Cup Final Practice
    5:05 p.m..........................Busch Series Qualifying (2 laps)(impound)
    7:30 p.m. .........................Busch Series Driver Introductions
    8:10 p.m..........................Dollar General 300 – Busch Series Race (200 laps/300 miles)

    Saturday, October 14th, 2006
    10:30 a.m. .........................Speedway Children’s Charities On Track Fun Walk
    11:00 a.m. .........................Nextel Cup Registration Opens
    12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ......Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster Racing
    1:00 p.m. .........................Nextel Cup Garage Opens
    2:00 p.m. .........................Spectator Gates Open
    5:10 p.m. .........................Nextel Cup Drivers/Crew Chiefs Meeting
    5:50 p.m. .........................Robot Wars
    6:17 p.m. .........................Bank of America Celebration of Champions
    6:35 p.m. .........................Nextel Cup Driver Introductions
    7:20 p.m..........................Bank of America 500 – Nextel Cup Race (334 laps/500 miles)
    (these times are local to the track)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4074; 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 -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left-Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 36-39 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup);
    Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage (Busch Series)

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . while this right-side code (D-4022) was run at Charlotte in May, this left-side code (D-4074) is brand new . . . this tire set-up was tested recently at Charlotte with Kurt Busch and Joe Nemechek . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run on the same tire codes this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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.


Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Charlotte for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 have a shot at it]. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    #29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
    #31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000
    (10-8-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

  • Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Charlotte/Concord, NC Area:
    Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
    Mooresville, NC
    Mooresville Tribune
    Race City USA [Mooresville]
    Charlotte Observer
    Independent Tribune
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    Dunn Daily Record
    Fayetteville Observer-Times
    GoCarolina's
    Go Lake Norman
    Henderson Times-News
    News and Observer
    News and Record
    Winston-Salem Journal
    NBC 6
    WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

    Weather Forecast Links for the race area:


    Raceweather.net


    The Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
    The Weather Channel - Concord, NC
    The Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
    Accuweather
    National Weather Service
    Weather Underground

    Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
    Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
    Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
    Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
    Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
    Go RVing
    RV USA

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

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

    Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
    Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales
    Gofastmotorsports.com

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


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Kahne wins at Charlotte: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his 6th win of the 2006 season and 7th or his career, leading 134 of 334 laps and getting himself back into The Chase. #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 2nd, followed by #31-Jeff Burton, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #43-Bobby Labonte [for his top-5 of the season]. Rounding out the top-10 was #5-Busch, #96-Raines, #99-Edwards, #01-Nemechek and #25-Vickers. Raines and Nemechek scored their first top-10's of the season. Points leader #31-Jeff Burton increased his points lead from 6 points to 45 over Matt Kenseth. #24-Gordon lost an engine late in the race, finished 24th and is now 216 points back with 5 races to go. #6-Martin was involved in a wreck and hit the wall head on, but is ok, finished 30th and fell to 4th in points [-102pts] from 2nd [-6 pts]. #11-Denny Hamlin was involved in a lap 2 wreck, the crew fixed the car allowing Hamlin to gain 13 spots [41st to 28th] in the race with the 14 DNF's. There were 10 cautions for 52 laps and 13 drivers lead the race with 34 lead changes.
      Race Results on my Charlotte Race Results/Awards Page.
      Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(10-14-2006)

    • Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Charlotte [31 of 36 races]:
      #31-Jeff Burton 5763
      #17-Matt Kenseth 5718 -45
      #29-Kevin Harvick 5674 -89
      #6-Mark Martin 5661 -102
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5657 -106
      #11-Denny Hamlin 5626 -137
      #48-Jimmie Johnson 5617 -146
      #9-Kasey Kahne 5603 -160
      #5-Kyle Busch 5568 -195
      #24-Jeff Gordon 5547 -216
      and fighting for 11th
      #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 3948 points
      #99-Carl Edwards -213 out of 11th
      For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-14-2006)

    • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
      ...the old way, not the Chase after Charlotte:
      1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4453
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4300 -153
      3) #29-Kevin Harvick 4115 -338
      4) #31-Jeff Burton 4070 -383
      5) #6-Mark Martin 3977 -476
      6) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3970 -483
      7) #5-Kyle Busch 3957 -496
      8) #20-Tony Stewart 3948 -505
      9) #11-Denny Hamlin 3944 -509
      10) #9-Kasey Kahne 3917 -536
      11) #24-Jeff Gordon 3858 -595
      12) #99-Carl Edwards 3735 -718
      (10-14-2006)

    • Rumblings - Charlotte Notes: After an ignominious beginning (we had a 14 car job at the end of lap 1) we settled down tonight to an entertaining event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. When the checkers fell, we had a familiar face in Victory Lane as Kasey Kahne completed the Charlotte sweep tonight by taking the Bank of America 500 in convincing fashion over Jimmie Johnson. This was the 6th win of the season for Kahne, the 7th of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's tied for 58th on the all-time win list), and the 13th for Ray Evernham. It was worth $305,889 from the almost $5.1M in posted awards. After that botched re-start on lap 10 or so with at least three safety vehicles still on the backstretch, it begs the question: Who was running this race? Huey, Dewey, or Louie? Talk about a recipe for a major disaster! Hey, ya notice how they ain't talkin' about the race for that vaunted 11th spot this year?
      Jimmie Johnson (2nd) had his best finish since he won the Brickyard 400 in August.
      Bobby Labonte (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Bristol in March.
      Tony Raines (7th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Rockingham in Novemberof 2003!
      Joe Nemechek (9th) had his best finish since he was 4th in this race last year.
      Raines & Nemechek's Top-10's give us 38 drivers at that level this season...last year's number was 43.
      Sterling Marlin (11th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Richmond in May.
      David Stremme (15th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Loudon in July.
      Todd Bodine (19th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Homestead in November of 2003!
      Terry Labonte (21st) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Infineon in June (only six races).
      Kyle Petty (22nd) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Infineon in June.
      STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 4 Top-10's in a row.
      Jeff Burton has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      Brian Vickers has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Tony Raines (+32), followed by Terry Labonte (+22), Joe Nemechek (+21), and Carl Edwards (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-31), followed by Reed Sorenson (-27), Mark Maring (-23), and Ken Schrader (-23). This is Raines' first OP of the season.
      Tony Raines led a lap today for the first time since he led once for two laps at Michigan in August of 2005. He's the 47th driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 51 leaders.(Stockcarfans.com)(10-14-2006)

    • Charlotte Race Notes:
      • Kasey Kahne won the 2006 Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, scoring his seventh career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 103rd career start.
      • This is Kahne’s sixth victory in 2006, the most of all drivers.
      • Kahne scored his second victory in six races at Lowe’s. He swept both races here this season.
      • This is the third straight year that a driver has swept both races at Lowe’s. Jimmie Johnson swept both races here in 2004 and 2005.
      • Kahne’s victory today was the seventh Dodge victory in 31 races in 2006.
      • Kahne won the race from the second-place starting position. The last seven races at Lowe’s have been won from a top-10 starting position.
      • Kahne climbed from ninth to eighth in the Championship standings, now 160 points behind first-place Jeff Burton.
      • Kahne led 134 of the 334 laps, including the final 26 - leading the most laps for the third time in 2006 and first time since second California.
      • This is team owner Ray Evernham’s 13th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and second at Lowe’s.
      Notebook Items
      • Jimmie Johnson (second) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006, tied with Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth for the most this season. It is his 10th straight top-10 finish at Lowe’s. He has finished first or second in six of the last seven races here. Johnson climbed from eighth to seventh in the point standings.
      • Jeff Burton (third) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 26 races at Lowe’s. Burton added 39 points to his lead, which is now 45 points over of second-place Matt Kenseth. Burton has scored five top-10 finishes in the last six races since Richmond in September.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006 and his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Lowe’s.
      • Bobby Labonte (fifth) tied his season-best finish and scored his third top-10 finish in the last four races. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Lowe’s.
      • Tony Raines (seventh) scored his second career top-10 finish and his first in 2006.
      • Joe Nemechek (ninth) scored his first top-10 finish in 2006 and first since he finished fourth in this race one year ago.
      • Tony Stewart (13th) remained 11th in the point standings. He has a 213-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards who finished eighth.
      • David Stremme (15th) was the highest finishing rookie for the first time in 2006.
      • Mark Martin (30th) ended a 37-race streak of running at the finish that began at Kansas City one year ago.
      • Five of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10.
      • Eight of the 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Lowe’s.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-14-2006)

      Charlotte Race Rundown

    • The Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
      The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
      after 334 of 334 laps:

      car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
      #9-Kahne-d (2)(134 laps led) +1.6 seconds lead
      #48-Johnson-c (10)(72 laps led)
      #31-Burton-c (6)
      #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (16)(37 laps led)
      #43-Labonte-d (21)(2 laps led)
      #5-Busch-c (18)(1 laps led)
      #96-Raines-c (39)(28 laps led)
      #99-Edwards-f (28)(12 laps led)
      #01-Nemechek-c (30)
      #25-Vickers-c (25)

      c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
      (chasers above in blue)
      where the other Chasers finished:
      #17-Kenseth-f (11) 14, -2 laps
      #29-Harvick-c (5) 18, -2 laps
      #24-Gordon-c (41) OUT 24
      #11-Hamlin-c (22-r) 28, -69 laps
      #6-Martin-f (7) OUT 30

    • Cars on the lead lap: 11 (of 43 starters)

    • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 42,20

    • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 17,40,29,66,10,4,44,32,45,07,7,22,12,11,1,2

    • Cars on the track: 29 (of 43 starters)

    • Off track/out of race (14) and reason:
      #72-Skinner (accident-out)
      #49-Bliss (accident-out)
      #88-Jarrett (accident-out)
      #06-Kluever (accident-out)
      #21-Schrader (accident-out)
      #55-Waltrip (accident-out)
      #41-Sorenson (accident-out)
      #16-Biffle (engine-out)
      #19-Sadler (engine-out)
      #26-McMurray (engine-out)
      #38-Gilliand (accident-out)
      #6-Marlin (accident-out)
      #18-Yeley (accident-out)
      #24-Gordon (engine-out)

    • Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 leaders with 34 lead changes):
      #9-Kahne (134);
      #48-Johnson (72);
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. (37);
      #10-Riggs (pole, 34);
      #96-Raines (28);
      #99-Edwards (12);
      #19-Sadler (5);
      #07-Bowyer (3);
      #14-Marlin (3);
      #24-Gordon (2);
      #43-Labonte (2);
      #5-Busch (1);
      #17-Kenseth (1);

    • Lap leaders: #10-Riggs - pole; #9-Kahne 1-12; #10-Riggs 13-18; #96-Raines 19-30; #10-Riggs 31-46; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 47-77; #10-Riggs 78-83; #07-Bowyer 84-85; #5-Busch 86; #48-Johnson 87-88; #17-Kenseth 89; #10-Riggs 90-95; #9-Kahne 96-117; #19-Sadler 118-122; #96-Raines 123-137; #9-Kahne 138-153; #48-Johnson 154-155; #24-Gordon 156; #43-Labonte 157-158; #96-Raines 159; #9-Kahne 160-164; #14-Marlin 165-167; #48-Johnson 168-202; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 203-204; #07-Bowyer 205; #9-Kahne 206-210; #48-Johnson 211-238; #24-Gordon 239; #99-Edwards 240; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 241-244; #9-Kahne 245; #99-Edwards 246-256; #9-Kahne 257-303; #48-Johnson 304-308; #9-Kahne 309-334;

      Cautions: 10 for 52 laps

      Caution 10 - Laps 303 - 306: #24-Gordon blew an engine
      Caution 9 - Laps 277 - 280: Debris on the track
      Caution 8 - Laps 243 - 251: #18-Yeley was heading for the pits, #6-Martin dodged left onto the apron in turn 4 and spun, slamming head first into the tri-oval wall, #7-Gordon had no place to go and hit Yeley and spun into the front stretch grass.
      Caution 7 - Laps 164 - 167: #38-Gilliland spun off turn 2 and slammed into the inside wall, drove it to the garage.
      Caution 6 - Laps 117 - 120: #41-Sorenson spun off turn 2 and slammed into the inside wall, then #2-Busch spun, slapped the outside wall and spun again.
      Caution 5 - Laps 106 - 109: #55-Waltrip lost it on turn 4, slapped the outside wall and spun.
      Caution 4 - Laps 47 - 52: #06-Kluever spun off turn 2, went back up the track and got hit by #21-Schrader, then #45-Petty got into the #06 and #55-Waltrip slapped the wall avoiding the spinning cars.
      Caution 3 - Laps 35 - 38: #41-Sorenson got into #88-Jarrett sending Jarrett backwards into the turn 4 wall. Jarrett came into the pit and parked in the #41 pit stall for a bit
      Caution 2 - Laps 18 - 21: #22-Blaney spun in turn 4, hit the ouyside wall with the rear and spun around
      Caution 1a - Laps 9 - 11: someone not paying attention? Clean Up/Safety trucks were still on the track, looks like NASCAR is just going to combine this caution with the first one...so no Lucky Dog
      Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 8: a big one, #7-Gordon got loose, but saved it, #11-Hamlin got hit by #49-Bliss, sending Hamlin spinning down the front stretch, also included in the wreck #72-Skinner, #1-Truex Jr., #24-Gordon, #26-McMurray, #45-Petty, #18-Yeley, #32-Kvapil, #38-Gilliland, #20-Stewart, #2-Busch, #12-Newman, #01-Nemechek; clogging up the track for a bit

    • Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
      Caution 10: #14-Marlin, 11th
      Caution 9: #25-Vickers(2). 10th
      Caution 8: #01-Nemechek, 9th
      Caution 7: #66-Green, 16th
      Caution 6: #12-Newman, 27th
      Caution 5: #25-Vickers, 10th
      Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
      Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
      Caution 2: #1-Truex Jr., 31st
      Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
      See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
      Lucky Dog page.

    • PENALTY REPORT:
      Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
      7 TE Pitting before pit road is open L2
      1 TE Pitting before pit road is open L2
      11 TE Pitting before pit road is open L2
      26 TE Pitting before pit road is open L2
      45 TE Pitting before pit road is open L3
      38 TE Pitting before pit road is open L3
      32 TE Pitting before pit road is open L3
      18 TE Pitting before pit road is open L3
      22 TE Pitting before pit road is open L9
      22 TE Pitting before pit road is open L17
      88 TE Pitting before pit road is open L34
      5 PT Speeding entering pit road L87
      45 TE Pitting before pit road is open L106
      2 TE Speeding exiting pit road L106
      2 TE Pitting before pit road is open L116
      2 TE Speeding entering pit road L116
      11 TE Pitting before pit road is open L117
      45 TE Pitting before pit road is open L117
      11 PT Speeding entering pit road L126
      25 PT Speeding entering pit road L157
      4 PT Speeding entering pit road L158
      45 TE Pitting before pit road is open L164
      07 PT Speeding entering pit road L205
      29 PT Speeding entering pit road L237
      32 MCI Lug nuts not installed L238
      18 PT Speeding exiting pit road L273
      PT - Pass through
      TE - Tail end of the longest line
      SG - Stop and Go
      OL - One lap
      ND - NASCAR discretion
      MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-14-2006)

    • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
      ---- all 11 cars on the lead lap came into to pit, leader #9-Kahne took gas only, #48-Johnson took gas only and took the lead, #5-Busch took 4 tires [twice as he had to repit with a flat], #8-Earnhardt Jr. took 2 right side tires
      ---- looks like after the 8th caution, only 4 cars on the lead lap, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #9-Kahne, #99-Edwards and lucky dog #01-Nemechek
      ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 236, #9-Kahne was 1st of the top 10, leader #48-Johnson came in on lap 239, then leader #24-Gordon on lap 240.
      ---- on lap 206, #07-Bowyer coasted onto pit road out of gas, got pushed out of his stall and was caught speeding onpit road and had to do a pass-thru, also is stuck in 3rd gear.
      ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 198, #9-Kahne came in while running 2nd on lap 200, leader #48-Johnson came in on lap 203
      ---- on lap 188. #99-Edwards is reporting the car is vibration and may have an engine problem
      ---- on lap 158 during their green flag stop, #12-Newman had trouble pitting
      ---- on lap 158, #25-Vickers was penalized a pas-thru penalty for speeding on pit road.
      ---- green flag pit stops started on lap 154 with leader #9-Kahne and teammate #10-Riggs as did others in the top 10.
      ---- on lap 148, #7-Gordon made his scheduled pit stop during the green as did #96-Raines on lap 151
      ---- on lap 126, #19-Sadler slowed on the track and went to the pits with a possible engine problem.
      ---- on the 5th caution #2-Busch was penalized for speeding exiting pit road and had to go to the end of the longer line.
      ---- on lap 102, #10-Riggs is complaining about a vibration, lost the lead and may have to pit
      ---- on lap 96, #17-Kenseth made an unscheduled pit stop as he had a vibration
      ---- during the green flag pit stops laps 77-89, #5-Busch, who came in on lap 86, was penalized a pass-thru penalty for speeding exiting pit road and lost a lap.
      ---- on lap 78, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #41-Sorenson, who didn't pit on the last caution, came in to make a green flag pit stop.
      ---- on lap 77, #16-Biffle and #99-Edwards, who didn't pit on the last caution, came in to make a green flag pit stop.
      ---- #22-Blaney came back on the track after the team made repairs from his wreck, down 46 laps, came out 40th
      ---- #11-Hamlin came back on the track after the team made repairs to the lap 2 caution, back out on lap 58, down 57 laps, was 41st when he came out.
      ---- during the 4th caution, the crew went under the hood of #17-Kenseth to make a suspension repair.
      ---- during the 3rd caution, most cars came in to pit...gas only, #24-Gordon made a track bar adjustment, #17-Kenseth took 4 tires, #8-Earnhardt Jr. took 2 tires.
      ---- on lap 30, #1-Truex Jr. smacked the wall and headed to pit road, no caution.
      ---- #41-Sorenson came out of hit pit during the 2nd caution and hit #88-Jarrett, damage to the front of the #41.
      ---- green flag at 7:22pm/et
      ---- command to start engines at 7:12pm/et by Grand Marshals Kalob & Mickey Jackson
      ---- To The Back [1]: #12-Newman [backup car]


    • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled to run Saturday, October 14, 2006.
      TV: NBC at 7:00pm/et [green flag around 7:20pm/et].
      Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 5:00pm/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, October 19th at 2:30pm/et

    • Happy Hour practice for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #8-Earnhardt Jr. 183.942
      #5-Busch 183.942
      #11-Hamlin 183.505
      #9-Kahne 183.275
      #48-Johnson 183.243
      slowest: #55-Waltrip 180.090 and #25-Vickers 180.234
      most laps run: #2-Busch 50; #6-Martin 44
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #07-Bowyer 181.790 [6th fastest lap], 11 laps run
      #5-Busch 181.595 [tied for 1st], 25 laps
      #24-Gordon 181.209 [13th], 31 laps
      See speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(10-13-2006)

    • Friday's First Practice for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #5-Busch 183.811
      #9-Kahne 183.586
      #7-Gordon 183.293
      #07-Bowyer 183.026
      #48-Johnson 182.896
      slowest: #32-Kvapil 179.527 and #44-Labonte 179.736
      most laps run: #6-Martin 47; #48-Johnson & #01-Nemechek 38
      incident: #12-Newman wrecked and will have to go to a back up car and start at the rear of the field
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #48-Johnson 181.042 [5th fastest lap], 38 laps run
      #9-Kahne 180.445 [2nd], 34 laps
      #38-Gilliland 180.432 [14th], 27 laps
      Speeds on nascar.com [and their leaderboard and SPEED's Happy Hour report], differ from the ones reported at NASCAR Statisitcal Services
      See speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(10-13-2006)

    • Busch's time disallowed: Kurt Busch qualified third [at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500], but his #2 Dodge was later disqualified because his right rear shock did not meet NASCAR specifications. He will now start 42nd.(Associated Press)(10-12-2006)
      UPDATE: A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Friday that the sanctioning body has taken possession of the right rear shock from the #2 Dodge driven by Kurt Busch on Thursday night. Busch qualified in the second spot, but NASCAR's post-qualifying inspection found that the right rear shock would not bounce back. Because of that, NASCAR officials ruled that the car did not meet specifications, disqualified the time and forced the team to take a provisional. Busch will start 42nd Saturday. Roy McCauley, crew chief for the No. 2, said Friday that he believes the problem was a simple mechanical breakdown. "NASCAR is right, there was a problem with it," McCauley said. "Right now, I believe it was an equipment malfunction or failure. We got loose in qualifying and we were expecting to be tight, so I think that at some point during the run the shock must have failed. I don't fault NASCAR one bit (for taking the shock). It wasn't right, but obviously we wouldn't put it on the car like that. We've just got to move past it and move on." NASCAR officials remained skeptical, however, and a spokesperson indicated that penalties could be forthcoming.(Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service)(10-14-2006)

    • Riggs wins pole at Charlotte: #10-Scott Riggs won the Budweiser Pole for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 191.469mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 3rd of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #9-Kahne, followed by #42-Mears, #19-Sadler, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #6-Martin, #07-Bowyer, #41-Sorenson and #48-Johnson. #24-Gordon had a bad night qualifying and was just slow, will start 41st. #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 16th. #2-Kurt Busch’s time was disallowed after post-qualifying inspection, he has qualified 3rd [189.713mph]
      The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #4-Bodine, #49-Bliss, #55-Waltrip, #72-Skinner, #45-Petty, #06-Kluever, #32-Kvapil and #44-Terry Labonte [using a past champions provisional]. Missing the race were: #83-Bill Elliott [couldn't use past champions provisional as Labonte used it and wasn't fast enough], #34-Lepage, #74-Cope, #61-Chaffin, #00-Sadler, #27-Shelmerdine, #89-Shepherd [didn't take a lap], #78-Wallace [wrecked on 1st lap] and #46-Long [wrecked on 1st lap]. See starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on the Charlotte Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(10-12-2006)

    • Ramblings - Charlotte Qualifying Notes: Scott Riggs took the Bud Pole tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway for Saturday's Bank of America 500....and it's a sweeper for the driver of the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge. His other pole this season came here in May, and this is the third top-spot of his NEXTEL Cup career. Teammate Kasey Kahne will join him on the front row.
      Casey Mears (4th - 3rd after Busch's DQ) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Richmond in May.
      Welcome Back Todd Bodine (14th). This is his first start of the season and his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Atlanta in October of 2003.
      The Trouble Train included Bill Elliott) Kevin Lepage, Derrike Cope, Chad Chaffin, Hermie Sadler, Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long (crashed), Kenny Wallace (crashed), and Morgan Shepherd (dns).
      With a tight "Chase", we've got four Chasers in the Top-6 and six in the Top-12. If last week can be a guage, NBC should rename their "Through the Field" to "Through the Chase"....the one time they tried all they covered were the Chasers. Ah, those other guys just get in the way anyway!(Stock Car Fans)(10-12-2006)

    • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
      • Scott Riggs won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Bank of America 500, lapping Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 28.203 seconds at 191.469 mph. Elliott Sadler holds the track-qualifying record of 27.948 seconds, 193.216 mph - set Oct. 13, 2005.
      • This is Riggs’ third career Bud Pole in 101 Nextel Cup Series races.
      • This is his second Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in 2006. He became the seventh repeat Bud Pole winner in 2006. Kurt Busch (five), Kasey Kahne (five), Jeff Burton (four), Denny Hamlin (three), Greg Biffle (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
      • This is Riggs’ first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in six Nextel Cup Series races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, including both Bud Poles this season. He also won the pole for the NEXTEL Open here in May.
      • Riggs became the first drive to sweep both Bud Poles in a season at Lowe’s Motor Speedway since Ryan Newman (2003).
      • Kasey Kahne posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.392 seconds, 190.194 mph – and will join Riggs on the front row for the Bank of America 500 and joined Riggs in an all-Evernham Motorsports front row. Kahne has started from the top-10 in four of his six races at Charlotte.
      • This is the 14th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
      • Casey Mears (third) has started from the top-10 in three of his eight races at Lowe’s.
      • Elliott Sadler (fourth) has nine top-10 starts in his 17 races at Lowe’s, including eight of the past 10 races.
      • Kevin Harvick (third) has started from the top-10 in three of his eight races at Lowe’s.
      • Five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Kahne, Harvick (fifth), Jeff Burton (sixth), Mark Martin (seventh) and Jimmie Johnson (10th). Matt Kenseth (11th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16th), Kyle Busch (18th), Denny Hamlin (22nd) and Jeff Gordon (41st) are the other Chase drivers. This is Gordon’s career-worst starting position.
      • Todd Bodine (14th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
      • Mike Skinner (29th) qualified for his third Nextel Cup race this season – all for a different owner. He put the #72 in the race for the owner Bryan Mullet’s second Nextel Cup race. David Gilliland finished 32nd in the car at Sonoma. Skinner has also raced for Brad Jenkins in the #34 (Michigan) and for John Carter (Indianapolis) in the #37 this season.
      • Kurt Busch’s time was disallowed after post-qualifying inspection. Busch will start 42nd in the Bank of America 500.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-12-2006)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 7:10pm/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: Oct 13th at 1:00pm/et on Speed Channel

    • Qualifying Order List for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 52 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #41-Sorenseon is due out first on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #42-Mears. For the Qualifying order, see my Charlotte Qualifying/Grid Page.(10-12-2006)

    • Thursday Practice for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #9-Kahne 187.279
      #10-Riggs 187.266
      #2-Busch 186.175
      #19-Sadler 186.111
      #6-Martin 185.803
      slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 168.382 and #18-Yeley 170.973
      most laps run: #31-Burton and #8-Earnhardt Jr., 34
      least laps run: #46-Long and #18-Yeley, 3
      Best average speed [all laps averaged]
      (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
      #12-Newman 182.408 [14th fastest lap], 16 laps run
      #01-Nemechek 182.394 [7th], 19 laps
      #45-Petty 182.213 [16th], 13 laps
      See speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(10-12-2006)

      (10-12-2006)

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in LMS practice
      Eight in and NINE out [52 entered for 43 spots]:
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would MAKE the race
      #45-Kyle Petty, 16th fastest
      #55-Michael Waltrip, 19th
      #32-Travis Kvapil, 22nd
      #4-Todd Bodine, 23rd
      #49-Mike Bliss, 29th
      #06-Todd Kleuver, 30th
      #83-Bill Elliott [CH2], 31st
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH1], 41st but would use past champ provisional
      if things stayed the same, these drivers would MISS the race
      #78-Kenny Wallace, 37th but would miss with Labonte getting in
      #74-Derrike Cope, 42nd
      #72-Mike Skinner, 45th
      #61-Chad Chaffin, 46th
      #34-Kevin Lepage, 47th
      #00-Hermie Sadler, 48th
      #46-Cale Long, 49th
      #89-Morgan Shepherd, 50th
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 52nd/last
      See speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(10-12-2006)

      (10-12-2006)

    • Fuel Cells at LMS smaller: Nextel Cup teams again will use the 13.8-gallon fuel cell this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The cells, which hold about eight gallons less than normal fuel cells, were used there in May because of tire concerns with the repaved track. A smaller fuel cell means fewer laps between pit stops and more chances to change tires.(Roanoke Times)(10-12-2006)

    • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 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:
      #00-Hermie Sadler
      #06-Todd Kluever
      #4-Todd Bodine
      #27-Kirk Shelmerdine
      #32-Travis Kvapil
      #34-Chad Blount
      #44-Terry Labonte [CH1]
      #45-Kyle Petty
      #46-Carl Long
      #49-Mike Bliss
      #55-Michael Waltrip
      #61-Chad Chaffin
      #72-Mike Skinner
      #74-Derrike Cope
      #78-Kenny Wallace
      #83-Bill Elliott [CH2]
      #89-Morgan Shepherd
      [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
      If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 44,83,45,32,55,4,49,61
      missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,74,00,89,27,06,72,46.
      see entry list on Jayski's Charlotte Entry List Page.
      (10-9-2006)

    • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Charlotte:
      #45-Petty is still out, picked up a little ground, but has get in via speed at Charlotte
      34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +183 points ahead of 36th
      35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn 68
      these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
      36) #45-Petty/Petty 68 points behind 35th
      37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -155
      38) #55-Waltrip/Bawel - 221
      Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
      For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-8-2006)

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

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

    • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


    TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Who's Hot - Charlotte:
      • Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
      • Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score three top-10 finishes in the first four races of The Chase.
      • Jeff Burton is the only driver to lead in all four races of The Chase.
      • Carl Edwards has scored three straight top-10 finishes. Edwards moved to 12th in the standings.
      • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in the first 30 races of 2006. Kenseth ranks second in the standings.
      • Mark Martin has posted six straight top-15 finishes, extending a streak that began at California.
      • Martin is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in the first four races in The Chase.
      • Mark Martin has climbed from 10th to third in the standings since Bristol. He has remained third after the last two races.
      • Mark Martin has been running at the finish in the 37 races since Kansas one year ago, the longest current streak.
      • Dale Jarrett has posted three straight top-15 finishes, the first time this season to do so.
      • Brian Vickers has scored top-10 finishes in three of the last four races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2006)

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

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

    • 2005 Oct Pole Sitter: #38-Elliott Sadler, 193.216mph, finished 27th

    • 2006 May Pole Sitter: #10-Scott Riggs, 187.865mph, finished 13th

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

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

    • 2005 Oct Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 120.334mph, started 3rd

    • 2006 May Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 128.840mph, started 9

    • 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 [13.7%]
    • 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: 5
    • 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 95 - 56.8%
    • Races won from the top 10: 74 of 95 - 77.9%

    • Charlotte Nuggets:
      Milestones
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr., is expected to make his 250th Nextel Cup start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Joe Nemechek is expected to make his 425th Nextel Cup start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman are each expected to make their 175th consecutive Nextel Cup start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

      Chevrolet Domination at Lowe’s
      A Chevrolet has won six of the last seven races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne ended a Chevrolet six race winning streak with his victory in a Dodge in the Coca-Cola 600 in May.
      Bud Pole Winner
      Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven Bud Poles at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He is second all-time behind David Pearson who scored 14 Bud Poles there
      Race Winners
      Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip each scored six victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with five victories there.
      Streaks
      Jimmie Johnson has scored nine top-10 finishes in his 10 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway – all in the past nine races there.
      Starting Up Front is Important
      The last six races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Eighty percent of the races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
      Owner Wins
      Rick Hendrick leads all car owners, scoring 13 victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Those victories have come from five different drivers: Jimmie Johnson (five), Jeff Gordon (four), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
      Leading The Way
      Mark Martin has led 1,168 laps at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the most by any active driver, and ranks eighth all-time in laps led there. Bobby Allison led 2,249 laps in 44 races at Lowe’s, the most of all drivers. Richard Petty ranks second in laps led at Lowe’s with 1,703.
      Standouts
      • Jimmie Johnson has posted six straight top-10 starts at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman posted 10 straight top-five starts, including five Bud Poles in his first 11 races at Lowe’s Motor
      Speedway. His streak ended in May when he started 18th in the Coca-Cola 600.
      • Bobby Labonte has started fifth in the last two races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last seven races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He started from the top 10 in four of his five victories. His other start of 37th is the furthest back a driver has started and won at Lowe’s since the track opened in 1960.
      • Jimmie Johnson has posted nine straight top-10 finishes in his 10 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the longest current streak. Johnson finished 39th in his career-first Nextel Cup race, which occurred at Lowe’s in October 2001.
      • Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards have each posted three straight top-10 finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in both of his races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Jeff Gordon has scored seven Bud Poles at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the most among active drivers and second only to David Pearson who scored 14 Bud Poles there.
      • Jimmie Johnson has scored five victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, leading all active drivers.
      • Mark Martin leads all active drivers, scoring 17 top-five finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Mark Martin leads all active drivers, scoring 21 top-10 finishes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Ryan Newman leads all drivers with a 3.545 average start in his 11 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards leads all active drivers with a 5.33 average finish in three races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
      Chase Drivers at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (Ranked by Average Finish)
      Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led 1. Jimmie Johnson 10 6.2 884
      2. Denny Hamlin 2 8.5 26
      3. Matt Kenseth 14 14.8 168
      4. Jeff Burton 25 15.8 369
      5. Mark Martin 43 15.9 1,168
      6. Jeff Gordon 27 16.2 458
      7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 14 18.4 198
      8. Kasey Kahne 5 18.8 416
      9. Kevin Harvick 11 20.4 2
      10. Kyle Busch 5 33.6 62

      Season Nuggets
      • Race No. 31 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway marks the fifth of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. • Six different car owners are represented in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup: Hendrick Motorsports (Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon), Jack Roush Racing (Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin), Richard Childress Racing (Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton), Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin), DEI (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Evernham Motorsports (Kasey Kahne).
      • Seven Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge are competing in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
      • Seven of the top 10 and 17 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Talladega.
      • Jeff Burton leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by six points over second-place Matt Kenseth. Burton holds the point lead for the third straight week. He lost 63 points of his lead, the result of a 27th-place finish at Talladega.
      • Jeff Burton is the only driver that has led in all four races in The Chase.
      • Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton are the only drivers that have scored three top-10 finishes in the four races in The Chase.
      • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 236-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards.
      • Matt Kenseth leads all drivers, scoring 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 30 races in 2006.
      • The top-three in driver points are separated by just 10 points while the top-five are separated by 51 points after four races in The Chase.
      • All 30 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-14 in the point standings.
      • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
      • Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to lead in 20 of the 30 races this season.
      • Matt Kenseth has outscored all drivers earning 120 lap leader bonus points, five more than Jeff Gordon who is second with 115.
      • Jimmie Johnson (24th at Talladega) has gone six straight races without scoring a top-10 finish, the longest streak of his career.
      • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won six of the 30 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 19 victories while Ford has just five. One year ago Ford had 13 victories at this point of the season.
      • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire - the 30th Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.
      • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top-10 in driver points that has been running at the finish in every race in 2006. In fact, Martin is the only driver in the top-42 in points that has not had a DNF in 2006.
      • Jeff Gordon has posted six DNFs - the most of any driver ranked in among the top 24. Despite his six DNFs, Gordon is seventh in the point standings, 147 points behind point leader Jeff Burton.
      • Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in 15 of the 30 races in 2006 and 18 top-10s in 37 career races. He has been the highest finishing rookie in 14 of the 30 races in 2006.
      • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 24 of the 30 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 10 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2006)


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
      Race Length: 334 laps, 500 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: Mickey Jackson, and his five-year-old son, Kalob
      Command to start engines: Mickey Jackson, and his five-year-old son, Kalob
      Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
      National Anthem: "American Idol" Star Kellie Pickler
      Military Flyover: A-10 Thunderbolts, Pope AFB, Fayetteville, NC

    • Track Homepage: lowesmotorspeedway.com

    • May 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page

    • October 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

    • May 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

    • CATS "LMS Race Express" Added as Race Day Option at LMS: To accommodate race day crowds approaching the population of a major North Carolina city, one of the nation's most extensive traffic management plans has been developed for the Oct. 11-14 Bank of America 500 Week activities at Lowe's Motor Speedway. With four major race events on tap for the week, local, state and speedway officials are preparing for approximately 300,000 fans, driving more than 110,000 vehicles over the four-day period. The traffic plan includes more than 500 people working to move vehicles safely to and from the speedway in a timely fashion for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 14. The workforce includes more than 180 uniformed officers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 50 traffic specialists from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 10 officers from the Concord Police Department and more than 200 employees from Lowe's Motor Speedway.
      As a new part of the traffic plan, the Charlotte Area Transit System [CATS] will operate express buses to provide round-trip transportation to the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 14. The express service will utilize 20 buses and originate from the CATS Park and Ride location at Carolina Place Mall, located south of Charlotte in Pineville, N.C. Tickets for the LMS Race Express are $20 per person and are available in advance by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis at the Park and Ride lot on race day.
      The LMS Race Express will utilize a priority route to enter and exit the speedway. Express buses will leave Carolina Place Mall starting at noon on race day and take Interstate 485 and Highway 49 to the speedway. The final departure to the track is scheduled for 4 p.m. The return trips will begin approximately one hour following the conclusion of the race. Buses will exit on Highway 29 to I-485. Both drop-off and pick-up locations will be near Lowe's Motor Speedway's main entrance.
      Speedway officials are also distributing detailed maps and suggested routes in and out of the speedway to ticket holders via direct mail prior to their arrival. Recommended routes direct fans to parking areas closest to their respective seating areas. This information is also posted at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. In addition to personnel, the traffic management plan utilizes more than 20 NCDOT traffic cameras, more than a dozen electronic informational signs along routes to the speedway, 2,500 traffic cones, 50 portable light towers at major intersections and more than 1,200 acres of parking. Tickets are still available to all Bank of America 500 Week events by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(10-13-2006)

    • Soap Box Derby Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Children can have their own racing experiences at Lowe's Motor Speedway with the Levi Strauss Signature Fit Pit during the NASCAR race weekend - October 12-14. Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, have the opportunity to race Soap Box Derby cars on a racetrack outside of the Fit Pit. As the title sponsor of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the Levi Strauss Signature brand has incorporated the ultimate family activity into its nationwide Fit Pit tour. The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth initiative of NASCAR. The Fit Pit also features technology for families to find their perfect jeans fit. In 14-seconds, Intellifit's award-winning body scanner sizes a fully-clothed person and then produces a personalized recommendation for the perfect pair of Levi Strauss Signature jeans. NASCAR fans can finish their shopping at the provided online kiosks by visiting Target.com and Walmart.com. The Levi Strauss Signature Fit Pit is located in the Fan Zone.(Alan Taylor PR)(10-13-2006)

    • "American Idol" Star Kellie Pickler to Sing National Anthem at LMS: "American Idol" finalist and country music recording sensation Kellie Pickler will return to her home state Saturday night, Oct. 14, to perform the national anthem prior to the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Pickler, who grew up approximately 20 miles from the speedway in Albemarle, N.C., recently hit the airwaves with her debut single, "Red High Heels." Her first CD, "Hometown Girl," will be released on Oct. 31 by 19 Recordings/BNA Records. Pre-race ceremonies for the Bank of America 500, the only night race in the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup, begin at 5:40pm on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the 500-mile battle is scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m. Tickets for Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday, Oct. 12; the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 13; and the Bank of America 500 are still available and can be purchased at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(10-9-2006)

    • Super Bowl Veteran Marc Koretzky Helping LMS Improve Traffic Flow: Marc Koretzky, a logistics and transportation expert who has helped organize five Super Bowls, is working with Lowe's Motor Speedway to ensure fans enjoy their experience during the track's Oct. 11-14 Bank of America 500 Week races. Koretzky, a 30-year-old native of New Orleans, has been assisting track officials since early August as they develop and implement new procedures to improve traffic flow during the speedway's major events. "As NASCAR keeps growing, if you're inside the circle, you only see it from an inside perspective," Koretzky explained. "What I am able to do is bring a different perspective and ideas on how we can look at doing it other ways." Koretzky has been working closely with Doug Cremer, the speedway's director of guest services and logistics, and his staff. They have developed a strategic plan that includes reorganizing the track's parking lots along with revising traffic patterns in and around the speedway. They have also been working with Charlotte Area Transit System officials to develop a shuttle bus system. Implementing a regional shuttle bus system that will transport fans to and from the speedway's NASCAR events is another major element of the new logistics plan. The preliminary plan for the Bank of America 500 calls for shuttle buses to operate from Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, N.C. Koretzky estimates 800 fans will utilize the service, but he envisions it expanding to other areas for future races. Tickets for all October races at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series event, are still available and can purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(10-7-2006)

    • Racing Legends to be honored at LMS Pre-Race Ceremony: Bank of America and Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) announced their plans to honor past champions from this marquee event on the NASCAR schedule prior to the Bank of America 500 on Saturday, October 14. The special, pre-race ceremony will showcase many of the greatest moments at LMS, and will celebrate the thrilling achievements of both former and current drivers, including Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Richard Petty, Benny Parsons, Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant, Rusty Wallace, Geoffrey Bodine, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon. The 20-minute pre-race celebration at the Bank of America 500 includes a video tribute to Lowe's Motor Speedway and its winning drivers, and an honorary lap around the track on a customized float. In addition, lucky race fans and Columbus, NC residents, Mickey Jackson, and his five-year-old son, Kalob, will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals and give the command to start engines alongside the celebrated legends, after winning the Bank of America 500 Honorary Grand Marshal contest.(see full list of names and profiles at the LMS site)(9-30-2006)

    • $6.3 Million in Posted Awards at LMS, Tix Still Available: NASCAR drivers competing in the Oct. 14 Bank of America 500 and the Oct. 13 Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be battling for a record $6,322,231 in posted prize money. The record awards for the Nextel Cup and Busch Series events are part of a $6,397,781 purse announced today for the four nights of racing that comprise the Oct. 11-14 Bank of America 500 Week schedule of events. The record NASCAR purse of $6,322,231 represents an increase of $188,425 over the prize money posted for the same two races just one year ago and is $1.5 million greater than was paid for the October events just five years ago. The Bank of America 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 14, will be worth $5,078,500, an increase of $118,116 over last October's NEXTEL Cup event. It's also the first time posted awards for the 500-mile fall classic have topped $5 million. Tickets for all Bank of America 500 Week events are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(9-28-2006)

    • 2007 Coca-Cola 600 Tickets Go on Sale Monday: Tickets for all 2007 May NASCAR events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the 48th running of the Coca-Cola 600, go on sale Monday, Sept. 18, at 8:00am/et. Fans are encouraged to buy early in order to secure the best seats for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's only 600-mile event, set to take place on Sunday, May 27. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 start at just $39. Fans can also purchase tickets to the Nextel All-Star Challenge, NASCAR's annual all-star event, scheduled for Saturday night, May 19. With a minimum of $1 million earmarked for the winner, the Challenge is the richest race per mile in motorsports and, with tickets starting at just $21; it's a bargain for the fans. In addition to the two Nextel Cup races, the month of May will include the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 Craftsman Truck Series race on May 18, CTC Pole Night qualifying on May 24 and the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Busch Series race on May 26. Tickets for all 2007 May events can be obtained by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket services department toll-free at 1-800-455-FANS, online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or through Ticketmaster outlets.(LMS PR)(9-17-2006)

    • Lucky Race Fan Earns Spot as Honorary Grand Marshal at LMS in Oct: Racing fan and Columbus, NC resident Mickey Jackson, and five-year-old son, Kalob, earned the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the ‘gentlemen, start your engines’ command live at this year’s Bank of America 500. Bank of America today announced Mickey as the winner of the Bank of America 500 Honorary Grand Marshal contest, a consumer promotion supporting the company’s title sponsorship of the October 14 race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For winning the contest, Mickey earns the title of “Honorary Grand Marshal” of the Bank of America 500 and the opportunity to deliver the race-start command, a VIP experience on race day for him and a guest, including pit passes, seats in Bank of America’s newly created, exclusive fan section in the fourth turn terrace at Lowe’s that provides access to a private food court, food and beverage vouchers – and a gift pack of Bank of America 500 racing merchandise. The contest challenged 25 final participants to audition their best race-start command by impressing a panel of celebrity judges with their delivery, creativity and enthusiasm. The panel of judges included legendary driver Buddy Baker, Lowe’s Motor Speedway President and General Manager H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, PRN Talent Kent Bernhardt and Bank of America Racing Platform Executive Jill Gregory. The Bank of America 500 Honorary Grand Marshal contest is just one part of a larger integrated marketing program that the company has deployed to support its title sponsorship of the October 14 race. Other program components include: A Celebration of Champions; and Exclusive Fan Hospitality; Consumer Programs.(LMS PR/Site)(9-15-2006)

    • Fans to Audition to be the Honorary Grand Marshal at Oct Cup race at LMS: Two dozen lucky race fans will audition their best "start your engines" command before a panel of celebrity judges on Thursday, September 14, 2006 from 12:00 to 1:00pm/et for the chance to become the "Honorary Grand Marshal" of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 14. As the Official Bank of Lowe's Motor Speedway, Bank of America created the "Honorary Grand Marshal" contest to celebrate the inaugural Bank of America 500 with race fans throughout the region. Kara Edwards of WSOC-FM will serve as contest emcee and Lowe's Motor Speedway President H.A "Humpy" Wheeler, NASCAR Legend Buddy Baker, PRN Anchor Kent Bernhardt and Bank of America Racing Platform Executive Jill Gregory will judge contestants' auditions on their delivery, creativity and overall passion for the sport. On race day, the "Honorary Grand Marshal" will announce the start of the race on national television, in front of 160,000 race fans and alongside some of NASCAR's biggest legends whose achievements at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be celebrated prior to the race.(LMS PR)(9-13-2006)

    • “NASCAR RaceDay” Personalities Race School Buses at LMS UPDATE Wendy Wins: A School Bus battle of epic proportions will be waged Tuesday night during the final round of the 13th annual Summer Shootout Series on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Members of SPEED Channel’s “NASCAR RaceDay” crew, including Jimmy Spencer, John Roberts, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood, are among those scheduled to wheel the behemoth creations in a winner-take-all slobberknocker that is sure to leave metal mangled and hearts broken. Prior to banging bumpers on the race track, the “NASCAR RaceDay” personalities will sign autographs on the grandstand concourse beginning at 6:15pm/et. A full slate of Legends Car, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing is also on tap and championships will be decided in each of the seven divisions. More info at lowesmotorspeedway.com.(PR)(8-8-2006)
      UPDATE: In the School Bus slobberknocker, Wendy Venturini of SPEED Channel's "NASCAR RaceDay" program piloted a purple bus, complete with pink flames, to victory thanks to a bump-and-run move that would be the envy of any Nextel Cup driver. With water spraying from her damaged radiator, Venturini rammed leader Kenny West's Stock Car Steel and Aluminum bus in Turn 4 of the final lap. The collision knocked West's bus sideways, and Venturini took advantage. She drove to the outside, bounced off the wall and beat West to the checkered flag. Other competitors in the wild-and-crazy School Bus battle were "NASCAR RaceDay" personalities John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer and Rutledge Wood along with Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.(LMS PR), Highlights from the school bus race can be seen on NASCAR Raceday this Sunday between 11:00am - 1:00pm/et.(8-9-2006)

    • Judge Rules in favor of LMS in bridge collapse: Four NASCAR fans injured in the post-race collapse of a pedestrian bridge in 2000 cannot seek damages from Lowe's Motor Speedway, the state's Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The three-judge panel unanimously determined that the lawsuits, filed in 2004, came too long after the bridge was constructed in September 1995. State law protects manufacturers from negligence lawsuits after six years under the premise that a product, such as a walking bridge, will eventually deteriorate and fail over time. More than 100 people were injured, some seriously, on May 20, 2000, when an 80-foot section of the walkway fell 25 feet onto a highway in Concord. Fans were crossing to a nearby parking lot after a NASCAR all-star race. Investigators have said the bridge builder, Tindall Corp., used an improper additive to help the concrete filler at the bridge's center dry faster. The additive contained calcium chloride, which corroded the structure's steel cables and led to the collapse. Most of the rest of the nearly 50 lawsuits filed against the speedway have been settled out of court and it is expected the few remaining lawsuits to conclude by the end of the year. The lead lawyer representing the fans who took their cases to the appellate court said they will consider appealing to the state Supreme Court to win the right to jury trials.(ESPN.com/AP)(7-6-2006)

    • October SUPER Ticket Offers Four Major Races for Only $99 at LMS A limited number of Lowe's Motor Speedway's extremely popular SUPER Tickets are now available for Bank of America 500 Week Oct. 11-14, offering four nights of major-league auto racing for just $99. The SUPER Ticket allows race fans to attend the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 14; the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct. 13; Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 12; and the Jani-King Southern Showdown late model event at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, Oct. 11. Priced at just $99, the SUPER Ticket represents a $48 savings if the same seats for the four races were purchased separately. The $99 SUPER Ticket will be available while supplies last and can only be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(6-21-2006)

    • Bruton Smith Honored as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Carolinas: Bruton Smith, founder and chairman of Speedway Motorsports and Sonic Automotive, was honored Thursday night as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Carolinas during a black-tie gala at The Westin hotel in Charlotte. Smith was selected from among 24 finalists by an independent judging panel comprised of area business, academic and civic leaders. Smith is now eligible for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national awards program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall winner, will be announced Nov. 18 in Palm Springs, CA. Celebrating its 20th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program recognizes the leaders and visionaries who are creating and building world-class businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.(LMS PR)(6-17-2006)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Red Bull to debut at LMS next week: Team Red Bull will make its racing debut next weekend with Bill Elliott at the wheel and its research and development manager Randy Cox serving as crew chief at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Cox, who most recently was a crew chief at ppc Racing and has previously worked with Chip Ganassi Racing, will serve as crew chief for the three races that Elliott will drive this year, said TRB General Manager Marty Gaunt while at Talladega Superspeedway. The car will be a Dodge as the team begins a three-race schedule to get ready for its Toyota debut in 2007. Brian Vickers will drive the #83 car next year with his teammate still to be announced. Gaunt said he hopes to have the second driver named within 30 days. "Everybody right now is in the candidate pool," Gaunt said. "We haven't found a second driver. We are still looking at everybody who is available out there who we can put in it. We haven't ruled anybody out as of yet."(SceneDaily.com)(10-7-2006)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek Centrix Financial #01 Schemes Page
    #5-Kyle Busch Delphi #5 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Mopar #9 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools 'Alien' #10 Schemes Page
    #14-Sterling Marlin Ginn Clubs & Resorts #14 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance - decklid #24 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland M&M's/Sam's Club none...yet
    #43-Bobby Labonte Bugles #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Tire Kingdom #45 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 60th Anniversary #48 Schemes Page


    • M&M's teams up with Sam's Club on the #38 at LMS: The M&M’S #38 Ford Fusion will sport a special paint scheme this weekend promoting its partnership with Sam's Club, one of the nation’s largest warehouse chains, in Saturday’s Bank of America 400. Joining Sam's Club in its Nextel Cup Series debut is M&M’S driver David Gilliland, who will make his first career start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “Saturday’s race marks our first involvement in NASCAR and we are very proud to be partnered with the M&M’S Team,” said Mark Goodman, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Membership and E-commerce for Sam's Club. “We all look forward to watching the M&M’S/Sam's Club Ford under the lights in Charlotte as well as having David visit our Kannapolis, N.C. Club to meet our members as we get ready for a great weekend of racing.”(Elevation Group PR)(10-12-2006)

    • Carhartt colors for the #17 at LMS: Matt Kenseth and the #17 team will be flying the Carhartt colors this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the third and final time in 2006.(Roush Racing PR), see an image on the #17 Team Schemes page.(10-11-2006)

    • Mopar scheme for Kahne at LMS: #9-Kasey Kahne is scheduled to drive a Mopar scheme at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 14th, see an image of the scheme on the #9 Team Schemes page.(9-30-2006)
      Kahne to run blue scheme at LMS: Kasey Kahne will be running a special paint scheme this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway on his #9 Dodge Charger which will be painted with Blue Camouflage and Mopar’s signature “M” on the hood.(Clear!Blue PR), see an image on the #9 Team Schemes page.(10-11-2006)

    • Bugles and Books for the #43 at LMS: This weekend, Bobby Labonte, will be running the #43 Bugles Dodge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Labonte has not finished worse than 17th at Lowe's Motor Speedway since 1999. Labonte continues the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories "Race for Books!" this weekend. Labonte has earned over 45,000 books so far this season. For every lap that Labonte completes the rest of the season, Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories will donate 43 books to children in need through nonprofit partner First Book. You can log onto www.firstbook.org to see the Bookometer updated weekly.(Petty Racing PR)(10-11-2006)

    • #41 to carry Lysol decals at LMS: The Lysol logo will adorn the upper-rear quarter panels of the red and white #41 Target Dodge that Reed Sorenson this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Lysol Brand surface and air sanitizer products are manufactured and distributed by Reckitt Benckiser, No. 1 in household cleaning.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(10-11-2006)

    • 'Alien' scheme on the #10 at Charlotte: The #10 Stanley Tools Dodge will run a special 'Alien' scheme at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup race on Oct. 14th. The 'Alien' is from a Stanley Tools commercial featuring their Stanley MaxLife 369 Tripod LED flashlight. See the #10 Team Schemes page for the image.(10-4-2006)

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

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


    RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs

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    'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)


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