THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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THE RACE: The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Nextel Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV

  • Title Sponsor/Link:

  • TV: FOX 4:30pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 4:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [30 minutes]; 3:00pm/et [60 minutes]; with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 4:35pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 16 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/et 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: Rob Albright, Chuck Carland

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Pat Patterson, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,255,298 (was $6,131,958 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, March 10,. 3:05 - 5:05pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, March 11,. 12:00 - 1:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 11, 1:35 - 2:20pm/et on TV-FX tape delay 5:00pm/et

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 10, 2:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 10 at 6:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel-LIVE, re-air on 3/11 at 1:30am/et AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, March 10
    5:30am – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series haulers enter.
    6:30am – NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series registration opens.
    7am -- NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garages open.
    10am – Spectator gates open.
    11:05am – NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie and spotter meetings, drawing for qualifying order.
    12:05-1:35pm – NASCAR Nextel Cup UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 practice.
    3:40pm – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Bud Pole qualifying (two laps, all positions)
    6pm – NASCAR Nextel Cup garage and registration closes.

    Saturday, March 11
    7am – NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garage and registration opens.
    8am – Spectator gates open.
    9-10am – NASCAR Nextel Cup UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 practice.
    10-10:15am – FOX exhibition run.
    10:35-11:25am – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 final practice.
    3:30pm – Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race (200 laps, 300 miles).

    Sunday, March 12
    7am – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series garage and registration opens.
    7am – Spectator gates open.
    11:35am – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver and crew chief meeting.
    1:05pm – NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver introductions.
    1:30pm – UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race (267 laps, 400 miles).
    (4:30pm/et on FOX)

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    ALL TIMES ARE PT [3 hours behind ET - Eastern/or Daytona Time]
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)

  • PRN set for busy weekend of broadcasting from Las Vegas
    The Performance Racing Network will be working at a fever pitch during the March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A special edition of Fast Talk Live will kick start the weekend. The show will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) from the Orleans Hotel and Casino and will have several drivers on the set. The show will be hosted by longtime PRN announcers Doug Rice and Mark Garrow.
    PRN also will broadcast Friday's qualifying for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race and Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup event. Following the Nextel Cup race at 4:30 Pacific, Rice and Garrow will host the Crown Royal Post-Race Show. Fans can call in at 1-800-771-TALK to discuss the weekend's event. PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, XM Satellite Radio Channel 144 and on NASCAR.com. The events will be heard locally on KKLZ 96.3-FM.
    Here is the complete PRN broadcast schedule for Las Vegas:
    Thursday, March 9 (All times Pacific)
    8 p.m. - Fast Talk Live from the Orleanbs Hotel and Casino.
    Hosts: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow

    Friday, March 10
    3:30 p.m. - UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Qualifying
    Anchors: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
    Pits: Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson
    Turns: Rob Albright, Chuck Carland

    Saturday, March 11
    2:45 p.m. - Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race
    Anchors: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
    Pits: Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson, Steve Richards
    Turns: Rob Albright, Chuck Carland

    Sunday, March 12
    12:45 p.m. - UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race
    Anchors: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
    Pits: Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson, Steve Richards
    Turns: Rob Albright, Chuck Carland

    4:30 p.m. - Crown Royal Post-Race Show
    Hosts: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow

    (Local Las Vegas Times Listed)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    full reported will be posted midweek


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Las Vegas 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:
    none....yet
    (2-27-2006)

  • 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
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Las Vegas: $15,000

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    (2-27-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson beats Kenseth at Vegas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a last lap pass during a Green-White-Checkered finish, beating #17-Matt Kenseth by 1/2 a car length. Kenseth led 146 of the 270 laps and Johnson led 1, the most important one, the final lap. The win is Johnson's 2nd of 2006 [in 3 races], 2nd in a row at Las Vegas and 20th career win in 150 starts [13%]. Johnson has 2 wins and a 2nd this season, now leads Kenseth in the points by 52 points. #5-Kyle Busch finished 3rd [and tangled with #20-Stewart again], followed by #9-Kasey Kahne and #24-Jeff Gordon. Johnson is the first driver to win a Cup race from a top-5 starting spot [3rd]. 2005 Nextel Cup champ, #20-Tony Stewart was in the top-5 most of the day until late contact with the wall slowed him to 21st. #42-Casey Mears, who fell from 2nd in drivers points to 4th, still was able to finish 9th, he and Johnson are the only drivers who have top-10's in all three races so far in 2006. There were 7 cautions for 30 laps. There were 22 lead changes with 11 leaders.
    Race Results on my Las Vegas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Las Vegas page.(3-12-2006)

  • Driver Points Standing after Las Vegas [3 of 36 races]:
    #48-Johnson, 540
    #17-Kenseth, 488, -52
    #9-Kahne, 455, -85
    #42-Mears, 454, -86
    #6-Martin, 430, -110
    #5-Busch, 403, -137
    #07-Bowyer, 389, -151
    #38-Sadler, 385, -155
    #24-Gordon, 374, -166
    #31-Burton, 373, -167
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Las Vegas page.(3-12-2006)

  • Las Vegas Race News and Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring his 20th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 150th career start.
    • Johnson won the $30,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the points.
    • Johnson’s last victory came at Daytona two races ago.
    • Johnson became the first driver to score a victory at Las Vegas from a top-five starting position.
    • Johnson scored his third top-five finish in three races this season.
    • It was his second Las Vegas victory in five races here. Johnson also won here in 2005.
    • Nineteen of Johnson’s 20 victories have come on superspeedways.
    • Johnson moved into 30th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tied with Speedy Thompson.
    • Johnson finished fifth in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and has ranked first after all three races in 2006. Johnson took the point lead after this race one year ago.
    • Johnson led only once, leading the final lap, the fewest laps led by a race winner at Las Vegas.
    • It was Johnson’s third top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Johnson has won at least one race each season 2002– 2006, five consecutive years.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season 1986-2006, 21 consecutive years.
    • This was team owner Rick Hendrick’s 142nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Hendrick has scored three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories in the nine races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson (first) has finished first, second and first in the first three races in 2006 and remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Johnson has ranked among the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for 72 straight races, a streak that began after race No. 4 at Atlanta in March 2004.
    • Matt Kenseth (second) has finished in the top-10 in the last four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kenseth climbed from third to second in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 28th after three races.
    • Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400. The last time he led the most laps in a race was at Texas last November. His 146 laps led were the most by a non-race winner at Las Vegas.
    • Kyle Busch (third) scored his second top-five finish in three races at Las Vegas Speedway.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) also scored his second top-five finish in three races at Las Vegas Speedway. It is his second top-five finish in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon (fifth) scored his fourth top-five finish in nine races at Las Vegas. It was his first top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Denny Hamlin (10th) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Clint Bowyer (15th) has scored top-15 finishes in all three races in 2006.
    • All seven of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders have competed in all three races in 2006 and two scored top-15 finishes in today’s race.
    • Joe Nemechek (13th) has been running at the finish in the last 35 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.(Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-12-2006)

  • Stockcarfans.com - Rumblings - Las Vegas: That banking can't come soon enough.... We had a race that went 270 laps today....and the only two laps that were worth watching were the two we weren't supposed to see. Jimmie Johnson got by Matt Kenseth on the outside of turn 4 on the final lap today to win the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 405 by an eyelash.....leading all of about 50 yards of the race! The win was the second of the season for Johnson and the 20th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He's now tied for 30th on the all-time win list with Speedy Thompson. Win #142 for Hendrick Motorsports was also their 3rd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the second in a row for Johnson here. Matt Kenseth dominated most of the day leading five times for 146 laps, but came up short at the end.
    Joe Nemechek (13th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Lowe's last October.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Casey Mears has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    The Rookie Report: Three races in and three different Rookies in the top-spot. Today it was Denny Hamlin (10th), followed by Clint Bowyer (15th), J. J. Yeley (17th), Martin Truex Jr (20th), David Stremme (33rd), Brent Sherman (34th), and Reed Sorenson (40th).
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+29) followed by Robby Gordon (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-32). About as much action in the "Shaft" this week as there was on the track.
    Three races into the season and we've had 23 different drivers lead a lap.....last year we had 27 in the first three events.
    Every position in the Top-10 in points changed hands....except the leader. Jimmie Johnson retains the points lead (he's been there from the start) while Matt Kenseth moves into second.
    The best move forward today came from Greg Biffle (38th to 25th)....Ryan Newman went 11 spots in the opposite direction (7th to 18th).(Stockcarfans.com)(3-12-2006)

    Race Rundown

  • The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 270 of 267 [270] laps:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #48-Johnson-c (3)(1 lap led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (9)(146 laps led)[having engine problems]
    #5-Busch-c (4)(1 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-d (5)
    #24-Gordon-c (13)
    #6-Martin-f (18)(57 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (8)
    #16-Biffle-f (1)(6 laps led)
    #42-Mears-d (38)
    #11-Hamlin-c (16-r)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie

    Pit Selections at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 30 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 22,4

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 40,49,55,61,78,41

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

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #34-Chaffin (engine-out)
    #32-Kvapil (electical-out)
    #14-Marlin (engine-out)
    #21-Schrader (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 22 lead changes):
    #17-Kenseth (146 halfway, most);
    #6-Martin (57);
    #20-Stewart (54);
    #16-Biffle (6-pole);
    #96-Labonte (1);
    #25-Vickers (1);
    #38-Sadler (1);
    #5-Busch (1);
    #43-Labonte (1);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #48-Johnson (1 and last lap);

  • Lap leaders: #16-Biffle - pole; #16-Biffle 1-2; #20-Stewart 3-43; #96-Labonte 44; #6-Martin 45-91; #20-Stewart 92; #25-Vickers 93; #6-Martin 94-96; #20-Stewart 97-100; #17-Kenseth 101; #20-Stewart 102-107; #6-Martin 108-114; #16-Biffle 115-118; #17-Kenseth 119-156; #20-Stewart 157; #38-Sadler 158; #17-Kenseth 159-187; #5-Busch 188; #43-Labonte 189; #17-Kenseth 190-233; #20-Stewart 234; #45-Petty 235; #17-Kenseth 236-269; #48-Johnson 270

    Cautions: 7 for 30 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 265 - 268: #20-Stewart slowed, possible flat tire, #11-Hamlin and #78-Wallace made contact with a piece of the #78 came off and on the track.
    Caution 6 - Laps 234 - 237: Debris [piece of metal] on the track in turn 2.
    Caution 5 - Laps 188 - 191: Debris in turn 3, a spring rubber.
    Caution 4 - Laps 157 - 160: Debris in turn 2, piece of metal and a water bottle.
    Caution 3 - Laps 107 - 110: #01-Nemechek spun and slid off turn 4, didn't hit anything, ended up in the grass.
    Caution 2 - Laps 92 - 96: #12-Newman lost a right front tire and smacked the wall in turn 2.
    Caution 1 - Laps 42 - 46: #41-Sorenson lost a right front tire and smacked the wall in turn 2.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: #14-Marlin(2), 36th
    Caution 5: #96-Labonte, 24th
    Caution 4: #19-Mayfield, 25th
    Caution 3: #18-Yeley, 17th
    Caution 2: #14-Marlin, 36th
    Caution 1: #61-Lepage, 37th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 7th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #10-Riggs sped entering pit road and were penalized, to the end of the longest line before the start.
    ---- many lead laps cars from 12th and back made pit stops during the 7th caution.
    ---- #14-Marlin slowed on the track and coasted on to pit road on lap 259.
    ---- on the caution 6 pit stops, #2-Busch was caught speeding and goes to the end of the longest line before the start.
    ---- note on the #12 and #41 tire problems: Goodyear is saying the #41 and #12 had "excessive brake heat, similar to what they experience at Martinsville, and it was melting the bead and letting air out of the tires."
    ---- during the 5th caution, #6-Martin lost spots on the track as the crew had some trouble; #21-Scharder's hood was up as the motor is overheating.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #99-Edwards was penalized for the tire rolling out of the pit box, Edwards to the end of the longest line.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #66-Green, making his 200th start, the team raised the hood to look at the motor as it is not sounding good.
    ---- #41-Sorenson is back on the track after the team made repairs, 61 laps down.
    ---- on the caution 2 pit stops, #20-Stewart grazed the pit road commitment cone, knocking it over, usually as penalty, but awaiting NASCAR said no penalty.
    ---- on lap 70, #41-Sorenson was interviewed by FOX and is ok, the team plans to fix the car and get back out for points.
    ---- on lap 63, #18-Yeley came in for an unscheduled pitstop with a right rear loose wheel, losing a lap after running in the top 10 all of the race.
    ---- #32-Kvapil is back on the track after the team made repairs around lap 50.
    ---- after the 1st caution, on lap 52, #18-Yeley is falling back a bit, but is reporting a vibration.
    ---- during the 1st caution pit stops, all the lead lap cars came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 24, #34-Caffin got loose and came up the track and just missed the wall, then came into pit again.
    ---- on lap 20, #78-Wallace had let rear tire go down and came up the track, almost got together with leader #20-Stewart, but recovered and made it to the pits with no caution.
    ---- #34-Caffin came in early to change tires for a vibration, then was penalized for being too fast entering pit road, lost a couple tires.
    ---- green flag at 4:41pm/et
    ---- To The Back [4]: #19-Mayfield [backup car/was to start 24]; #78-Wallace [backup car/34]; #12-Newman [engine/11], #4-Wimmer [engine/37]


  • To the BACK [4]: #19-Mayfield [backup car]; #78-Wallace [backup car]; #12-Newman [engine], #4-Wimmer [engine]

  • Race Coverage of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is on Sunday, March 12, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 4:00pm/et [green flag around 4:35pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:00pm/et [30minutes] & 3:00pm/et [60minutes]
    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, March 16th at 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway started early due to the cancellation of the first practice Saturday and is now over, the fastest:
    #5-Busch 170.089
    #17-Kenseth 169.646
    #2-Busch 168.988
    #99-Edwards 168.845
    #31-Burton 168.787
    most laps run: #18-Yeley 73; #6 Martin 70
    slowest: #34-Chaffin 161.977 and #49-Sherman 162.421
    #12-Newman after being listed for most of the practice with running one lap at 128.394 [had to have a problem] ended up 34th with 11 laps.
    #19-Mayfield and #78-Wallace wrecked, both to backup cars, so they will start at the rear of the field before the start of the race.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #6-Marin, 164.839 [10th fastest lap], 70 laps run
    #48-Johnson, 164.753 [11th], 49 laps
    #16-Biffle, 164.735 [7th], 57 laps
    See speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-11-2006)

  • Practices: Two scheduled practices Saturday for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first scheduled from 12:00-1:00pm/et has been cancelled due to rain/wet track, but Happy Hour practice, which was scheduled to run from 1:35pm to 2:20pm/et, has started and will run longer due to the cancellation of the earlier practice. Happy Hour practice is scheduled to be televised via tape at 5:00pm/et on FX.(3-11-2006)

  • Biffle wins pole at Las Vegas: #16-Greg Biffle won the pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 172.403 mph for his first pole of 2006, 2nd of his career and first since Daytona in Feb. 2005, 73 races ago, putting Biffle in the 2007 Budweiser Shootout. #20-Tony Stewart will start on the outside pole after running 172.068, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #5-Kyle Busch and #9-Kasey Kahne. The rest of the top-10: #2-Busch, #01-Nemechek, Jeff Burton in the #31 Cingular Chevy, #17-Kenseth, and #25-Vickers. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 42nd after having a very loose car and almost loosing it a couple times. #10-Scott Riggs made the race, qualifying 22nd, being the highest starting non top-35 driver to make the race. Riggs had a scare when his throttle stick before he left pit road, the crew was able to get it unstuck so Riggs could make his run. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were Riggs, #61-Lepage, #7-Gordon, #32-Kvapil [after missing last weeks race], #78-KWallace, #96-TLabonte, #4-Wimmer and #34-Chaffin. Missing the race were: #95-Barrett, #00-Sadler, #64-LaJoie, #89-Shepherd, #37-Skinner and #02-Ash. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on my Las Vegas Qualifying/Grid Page.(3-10-2006)

  • Las Vegas Qulaifying Notes:
    • Greg Biffle won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the UAWDaimlerChrysler 400, lapping Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 31.322 seconds at 172.403 mph. Kasey Kahne holds the track-qualifying record of 30.874 seconds, 174.904 mph, set March 5, 2005.
    • This is Biffle’s second career Bud Pole in 117 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • This is his first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in 2006 – both front-row starts. He started second at California two weeks ago.
    • This is Biffle’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including a third-place start last season.
    • This is the first Bud Pole for Roush Racing at Las Vegas.
    • There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Las Vegas. Biffle joins Dale Jarrett (1998 and 2001), Bobby Labonte (1999 and 2003), Ricky Rudd (2000), Todd Bodine (2002), Kasey Kahne (2004) and Ryan Newman (2005).
    • Tony Stewart posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 31.383 seconds, 172.068 mph – and will join Biffle on the front row for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. It is his first start better than 12th this season and his best start at Las Vegas. His previous best start here was fifth in 2001.
    • This is the first Bud Pole for Ford in 2006 as all three manufacturers have a Bud Pole this season.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his third top-10 start this season and his best start at Las Vegas. His previous best start here was ninth - when he went on to win the race. It is his second straight third-place start this season.
    • Kyle Busch (fourth) posted his second top-10 start in three races at Las Vegas.
    • Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in as many races at Las Vegas.
    • Kurt Busch (sixth) has started from a top-10 starting position in all six of his races at Las Vegas.
    • Six drivers failed to qualify for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Stanton Barrett, Hermie Sadler, Brandon Ash, Mike Skinner, Morgan Shepherd and Randy LaJoie.
    • Mark Martin won the inaugural race at Las Vegas from the seventh starting position, the best starting position of a race winner there.
    • Five of the eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races have been won from a starting position outside the top 15.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Las Vegas was 25th by Matt Kenseth in 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-10-2006)

  • Ramblings - Las Vegas: The Roush Racing juggernaut continues.... After sweeping the weekend at California Speedway two weeks ago, Cactus Jack and company haven't missed a beat as Greg Biffle captured the pole this afternoon for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His time of 31.322 sec (172.403 mph) was good enough for his second career Bud Pole (his other top-spot came at Daytona for the 500 of 2004). Tony Stewart will start outside the front row. A short best-since list this week.....Clint Bowyer (20th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best came at Phoenix last April when he started 25th. Michael Waltrip (25th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 25th at Talladega last October. STREAKIN....Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. I know this is sounding like a broken record, but Roush has a habit of dominating here (where have we heard that before?). They've won 5 of the 8 events at LVMS, and you could probably get a wager down (somewhere in this town) on six!(Stock Car Fans)(3-10-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for Las Vegas Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #66-Jeff Green is due out first on Friday March 10th at 6:40pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #89-Morgan Shepherd. For the Qualifying order, see my Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-10-2006)

  • Friday's Practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 171.521
    #11-Hamilin 171.32
    #5-Busch 171.265
    #66-Green 171.076
    #31-Burton 170.902
    slowest: #02-Ash 161.890 and #64-LaJoie 163.448
    fastest non-top 35: #10-Riggs 14th and #37-Skinner 25th
    most laps run: #88-Jarrett 46; # 38-Sadler 41
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #66-Green, 168.384 [4th fastest lap], 9 laps run
    #10-Riggs, 168.177 [14th], 13 laps
    #48-Johnson, 168.120 [8th], 13 laps
    See speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-10-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 14th
    #37-Mike Skinner, 25th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 30th
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH], 31st
    #7-Robby Gordon, 34th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 35th
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 37th
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 39th
    these 6 would go home:
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 41st
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 45th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 46th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 47th
    #64-Randy LaJoie, 48th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 49th
    See speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-10-2006)

  • Entry List for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position [used thru 5th race of 2006]:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #02-Brandon Ash
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #7-Robby Gordon
    #10-Scott Riggs
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Chaffin [switch with LaJoie in #92]
    #37-Mike Skinner
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #64-Randy LaJoie [was #92]
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH]
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    removed from list - down to 49:
    #04-Bobby Hamilton Jr.
    #74-Derrike Cope
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 96 [past champ], 7,61,10 [current top-35 owners points], then 32,4,00,78 [2006 race attempts, ties broken by owners points position]
    missing the race would be #'s: 95,34,89,37,64,02.
    see entry list on Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List Page.
    (3-6/10-2006)

  • 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]
  • 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

  • Who's Hot - Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    • Jimmie Johnson has ranked among the top-10 for 71 straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson finished 1-2 in the first two races in 2006.
    • Casey Mears has scored top-10 finishes in both races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin has scored six straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Clint Bowyer has scored top-15 finishes in each of the first two races in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-27-2006)

    Race Winners

    2005 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 121.038, started 9th, MOV 1.661 seconds
    2004 Matt Kennsth, #17 Ford, 128.790, started 25th, MOV 3.426
    2003 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 132.934, started 17th, MOV 9.104
    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th, MOV 1.163
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th, MOV 1.477
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th
    MOV = Margin of Victory

    Pole Winners

    2005 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 173.745, finished 9th
    2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 174.904, finished 2nd
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 173.016, finished 4th
    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 172.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th

  • 2005 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 121.038, started 9th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 2000, 119.982mph [rain shortened]

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/5/2004, 174.904mph

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 173.745, finished 9th

  • Most Wins: Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth, 2
  • Most Poles: Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, 2
  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart
  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Burton, Mark Martin
  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/02
  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 29 years, 7 months, 3/4/01
  • Most Cautions: 10 - 3/13/05
  • Most Caution Laps: 46, 3/13/05
  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 2 times, most recently 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Caution Laps: 9, 3/1/1998
  • Most on the Lead Lap: 20 - 3/3/2002 and 3/13/2005
  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 10 - twice, most recently 3/7/1999
  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 33 - 3/7/04
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th
  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 3/7/1999 and 3/13/2005
  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 3/5/2000
  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 123 - Matt Kenseth, 3/7/2004
  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 33 - Jeff Gordon 3/4/2001
  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Ford
  • Closest Margin of Victory: 1.065 seconds - Mark Martin over Jeff Burton, 3/1/98
  • Greatest Margin of Victory: 9.104 seconds - Matt Kenseth over Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3/2/03

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 8] 0.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 8
  • Races won from the top 10: 2 of 8

  • Noting the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
    12 drivers have competed in every NASCAR Nextel Cup race at LVMS. Two of those drivers (Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace) are not entered this year.
    Joe Nemechek is the only driver who has started every Nextel Cup and Busch race ever held at LVMS.
    No driver qualifying in the top five has ever won a Nextel Cup race at LVMS. Mark Martin won from seventh in 1998.
    Las Vegas brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch finished second and third in last year's race - the best combined finish by those two in their brief NASCAR Nextel Cup career.
    Jack Roush has posted wins at LVMS with three different drivers (Martin, J. Burton and Kenseth).
    Chip Ganassi, who won with Sterling Marlin in 2002, is the only car owner other than Roush or Hendrick to win at LVMS.
    Jimmie Johnson at 29 in 2005 is the youngest driver to ever win at LVMS.
    Rookies have qualified on the front row in three of the past six races. (Scott Pruett in 2000, Ryan Newman in 2002 and Kasey Kahne in 2004).
    The record for most rookies in the starting field is six in 2000. There will be at least eight rookies attempting to make the field for this year's race.
    Following this year's race, LVMS will raise the banking in the turns from 12 degrees to 20 degrees.
    Jeff Burton (2000) is the only driver to sweep both the Nextel Cup and Busch races at LVMS.(LVMS)(3-4-2006)

  • Las Vegas Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Not Important at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Only two of the eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position: the inaugural race in 1998 won by Mark Martin from seventh and last year’s race won by Jimmie Johnson from a ninthplace starting position.
    Big Winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Jack Roush owned cars have won five of the eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Jeff Burton (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Mark Martin (one).
    Skunked at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Despite competing in all eight races at Las Vegas, Ken Schrader has yet to score a top-10 finish there.
    Leading The Way at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Matt Kenseth has led 221 laps in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, more than any other driver. Despite his lap-leader success, he has led in only three of his six races there.
    Would you Believe?
    Four of the last five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been won from starting positions of 17th or further back in the field.
    Manufacturers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Ford has five victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Chevrolet has two and Dodge has one.
    Las Vegas Standouts
    • Twelve drivers have competed in all eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Six different drivers have scored one or more Bud Poles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth lead all drivers, each with two victories at Las Vegas.
    • Mark Martin and Tony Stewart have each scored four top-five finishes in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.
    • Mark Martin has scored six top-10 finishes in his eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.
    • Kurt Busch leads all drivers with more than two starts at Las Vegas with a 4.8 starting average in five races there.
    • Jimmie Johnson has an 8.5 average finish in his four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
    • Tony Stewart has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • Kurt Busch has posted five straight top-10 starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
    Milestones
    • Jeff Green is expected to make his 200th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    • Jimmie Johnson is expected to make his 150th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    • Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in both races this season.
    • Four Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders in the Auto Club 500 scored top-15 finishes at California Speedway.
    • All seven Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders have been running at the finish in both races in 2006.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-27-2006)

  • NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Racing in Nevada Prior to the 1998 Las Vegas 400, there had been only one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (Grand National) race held at Las Vegas. The 43rd race of 1955 was a 200-lap event on the one-mile dirt track at Las Vegas Park Speedway. It was run concurrent to an event held at Martinsville Speedway on the same day and was won by Norm Nelson, who started on the pole. Nelson averaged 44.449 mph in the victory. The race was shortened to 111 laps after a 12-car accident on lap 74 required an extended red-flag period and the race could not be completed before darkness set in.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-27-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 9 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 144,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Pete Cutway (Admin. Asst. to VP Nate Gooden, DaimlerChrysler)
    Command to start engines: Pete Cutway
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mike Kuhn (Director of Union-Employee Relations, DaimlerChrysler)
    Honorary Race Official:
    National Anthem: Trick Pony
    Military Flyover: United States Air Force Thunderbirds
    Master of Ceramonies: Robin Leach

  • Track Homepage: lvms.com

  • Last Year: see my March 2005 Las Vegas Race Info page.

  • Threat taken serious: An FBI directive stated that a posting on an extremist message board "advocated suicide attacks against sporting events as a cost-effective means of killing thousands of Americans," according to an ABC News report. The ABC report also states that the government does not believe there is an imminent threat. Sunday's Cup race is expected to draw more than 130,000 fans, making it the largest concentration of Americans at a single sporting event that day. A NASCAR spokesman touts the series security as "some of the best security in sports." NASCAR's head of security is a former secret service officer.(Roanoke Times)(3-11-2006)

  • Bruton NOT moving a date to Vegas from an SMI track: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith reiterated Friday that he would not move dates from one of his tracks to add a second date to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith did not rule out, however, that he could buy an existing track and request to move that track's Nextel Cup date. SMI-owned tracks host 10 Cup events - two each plus the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Charlotte, as well as two at Bristol, Atlanta and Texas, and one at Infineon Raceway. SMI rival International Speedway Corp. owns most of the rest of the Cup tracks.(SceneDaily.com)(3-11-2006)

  • Bruton willing to buy Darlington - to move race back to Labor Day weekend: [Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton] Smith said he would be willing to buy a track with an existing Nextel Cup date, for "$200 million to $250 million, something like that," to bring that date to Las Vegas [Motor Speedway]. And he said he was "trying every week" to make just such a purchase. "What we need to do is buy a speedway ... and I'm hoping one day somebody will give me a phone call or knock on the door, and within 15 minutes the deal will be done," Smith said. "They know I'm here and willing and can write a check." Smith also said he would be interested in buying Darlington Raceway, and picked a $100 million price tag - but not to move the date here, rather he said to return the Southern 500 to its historic Labor Day weekend, to "get it back where it belongs." Smith said his Speedway Motorsports operation is "six to seven years behind this sport. And we are going to work like hell to catch up.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-11-2006)

  • Trophy Towers to bring luxury living to Vegas: Trophy Towers, a multi-story condominium with panoramic views of both the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile superspeedway, is the latest addition to LVMS's multimillion-dollar makeover. Speedway officials and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman made the announcement Friday. "I have said many times that I want to make this the greatest speedway in the world," said Bruton Smith, chairman of LVMS's parent company, Speedway Motorsports. "We announced a few weeks ago that we were making major improvements to our infield area and to the racing surface itself. And this is another step in separating this speedway from all others." Smith has overseen condominium projects at three other SMI speedways: Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Each project has been met with rave reviews. "When Bruton announced that he was building condominiums in Charlotte, there were a lot of naysayers," said Chris Powell, general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "But the man has been a visionary in this sport. There is no doubt that once Trophy Towers is completed, it will be the talk of the Las Vegas Valley as well as the racing world." In addition to the private units, Trophy Towers will feature a swimming pool, spa, workout room, private parking and high-tech security. The individual units will range in size from approximately 1,750 square feet to 3,500 square feet for the penthouse. Each condo will have views of both the Strip and the speedway. AI Design Group of Charlotte, N.C., is the architect for the project. AI Design also has planned the speedway's infield renovation and has been involved in man projects at other SMI facilities.(LVMS PR)(3-11-2006)

  • Vegas Cup race almost Sold Out UPDATE: been told that the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup races is almost sold out and only some single-seat tickets remain.
    UPDATE: For the fifth consecutive year, Las Vegas Motor Speedway has attained a virtual sellout for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup Series race. "The demand for race tickets in Las Vegas continues to increase every time we stage a NASCAR race," said LVMS General Manager Chris Powell. "We're especially thrilled to be announcing this sellout, given that we added the 17,000-seat Richard Petty Terrace for this year's race." A few single seats remain for Sunday's event, but Powell expects them to be sold long before the green flag falls at 1:30pm/pt [4:30pm/et]. Tickets are available for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 Busch Series race, Friday's Nextel Cup qualifying and Thursday and Friday World of Outlaws action at the dirt track. Race fans can call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com for tickets and information.(LVMS PR)(3-9-2006)

  • Trick Pony, "Bo Duke," USAF Thunderbirds highlight LVMS pre-races: The hit country music group Trick Pony and John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke on the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show will sing the National Anthems for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300. Trick Pony, which was voted the "Top New Vocal Group" be the Academy of Country Music in 2001, will perform "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the start of the ninth annual UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race. At the conclusion of the national anthem, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform a flyover in their famous "Delta Formation." Schneider, who has appeared in many Broadway productions and has recently appeared on the TV show "Smallville," will sing the national anthem for the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race. The hit country band Thunder Road again will perform for one hour as part of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler pre-race show. And for the third consecutive year, Robin Leach will be the master of ceremonies for the Nextel Cup event. Leach is best known for his longtime role as host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." Tickets remain available for the March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend. Tickets also are available for the March 9-10 World of Outlaws events on the half-mile dirt oval.(LVMS PR)(3-3-2006)

  • LVMS extends ticket office hours: Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Ticket Services Department has extended its office hours until 7pm Race fans will be able to speak with a Ticket Services representative from 8am (Pacific Time) until 7 p.m Monday-Friday, 9am until 7pm on Saturday and 11am until 7pm on Sunday. This will be in effect through the March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend. As always, race fans can purchase tickets to LVMS events 24 hours a day by logging on to www.lvms.com. A few tickets remain for both the March 12 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300 on March 11. Tickets also are available for the March 9-10 World of Outlaws events on the half-mile dirt track. To reach the Ticket Services department, please call 1-800-644-4444.(LVMS PR)(2-22-2006)

  • Pocono not selling track or race dates: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, owner of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Tunkhannock Township, PA, on Friday dismissed published reports that he is considering selling the NASCAR track or the rights to either or both of the two Nextel Cup races it hosts each year. A column published this week on the Internet in Yahoo Sports [NOTE: in the column the writer mentioned "While the following is just hypothesizing, there are some interesting potential scenarios:" then mentioned the possible 'sale'] noted that Bruton Smith, owner of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada, might try to buy Pocono Raceway from Mattioli. The reasoning runs that owning two racetracks would give Smith more options to schedule races and other events. Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts just one Nextel Cup race per year. Mattioli said no one has approached him recently and in any case he's not interested in selling the raceway. "No, I've never heard of that and no one has discussed it with me," Mattioli said Friday. "Why would I do that?" he added, chuckling. "It makes no sense." Speculation that Smith or other rival track owners might try to buy Pocono Raceway has persisted for years. Published reports from 1999 describe almost the same scenario that was mentioned in the online column this week. Renewed speculation on the future of the raceway ran rampant among the Poconos' political and business communities after the Yahoo column appeared this week.(Pocono Record)(2-4-2006)

  • More Changes at LVMS coming: Capital improvements at Las Vegas Motor Speedway won’t stop at a new 2007 track configuration, garage area and the interactive fan zone announced Monday. Track owner Bruton Smith told reporters Tuesday he expects Speedway Motorsports Inc [SMI] to spend a whopping $300-million in upgrades over the next 18 months. When questioned by reporters on how the money would be spent Smith would not elaborate. “Whatever we do should be good for the sport" said Smith, "and if we never lose sight of that then NASCAR loves us more everyday and we consistently have to do that. Whatever we do here it’s got to be good for the sport and I think when you see what we’re going to do I think you’ll agree it will be good for the sport.” More announcements are expected during the March 12th Las Vegas race weekend.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(2-1-2006)

  • Las Vegas to add banking and make changes UPDATE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is expected to at least double the banking in each turn of its 1.5-mile tri-oval. Construction is to begin immediately after the March 12 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and be completed before the Sept. 23 Craftsman Truck Series race. "Our company has announced it is going to make a significant capital expense investment at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but on the specifics of those projects I'm not ready to comment," said Chris Powell, the speedway's general manager since late 1998. He did say he expects the speedway to make an announcement about major improvements soon, possibly during an official NASCAR testing session at the track that runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. The Review-Journal has reported that most of the structures in the infield of the 1.5-mile tri-oval will be razed and rebuilt, including most of race-car garage buildings and the combination media center and suite building, after the March race. Pit road also is expected to be replaced by one moved closer to the main grandstand. A source close to the speedway said banking in the corners will go from 12 degrees to 21 degrees, which would allow cars to race faster through the corners at higher speeds and produce more exciting races. Corner banking is 24 degrees at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, which also are 1.5-mile ovals like the one in Las Vegas that are owned by publicly-held Speedway Motorsports Inc. The speedway seemingly has been in a constant state of construction since it was purchased by Speedway Motorsports in 1998. It currently is completing the Richard Petty Terrace, a 17,000-seat expansion above the first turn that will increase permanent seating to around 141,000.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(1-10-2006)
    UPDATE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is going to raze its infield - and raise the bar for all speedways in the process. A multimillion-dollar renovation project set to begin following this yearís UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will create a new, fan-friendly garage, add banking to the superspeedway, relocate pit road closer to the grandstands and provide a state-of-the-art media center. "We are going to make Las Vegas Motor Speedway the greatest speedway in the world," said Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith. "Las Vegas is all about glitz and glamour. This speedway will be as spectacular as anything on the Las Vegas Strip when we are finished." The centerpiece of the project will be the new garage area for the Nextel Cup teams and fan interactive area. The garage buildings will be constructed in a diamond shape with the team haulers parked on the outside and fans allowed on the inside. The two-level, four-building garage area will encompass 32,000 square feet. A 52,000-square-foot roof deck will allow fans to look directly down into the individual garage stalls as the teams work on their cars. There also will be windows on the lower level where fans can watch the teams work. In addition to the close proximity of fans and race teams, the fan area will feature concession stands, an area where live bands and other entertainers can perform and other amenities that will set Las Vegas Motor Speedway apart from all others.
    "This area will offer a perspective on the sport of auto racing that never has been available to the average race fan," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "And the fan interactive area will bring an element of entertainment that is befitting of the culture of Las Vegas. The possibilities will be limitless." All architectural work on both the garage area and fan interactive area has been done by AI Design of Charlotte, N.C. AI Design also provided the plans for the Dale Earnhardt Terrace and the soon-to-be-opened Richard Petty Terrace at LVMS. "I congratulate Chris Powell and LVMS forlaunching thisimprovement project," said NASCAR Chairman Brian France."The new garage area will give race fans an opportunity to see their favorite drivers up close.The strong relationship between fans and drivers is a NASCAR hallmark, which will be alive and well at LVMS."
    The most dramatic changes for the race teams will be the added banking to the superspeedway and the new pit road. The speedwayís turns will change from 12-degree banking to 20 degrees. The new pit road will be 150 feet closer to the grandstands than the current pit road. Eberly and Associates of Atlanta designed the speedwayís new configuration. Eberly was responsible for the redesign of Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the current configuration of Texas Motor Speedway. "The new track design will offer more side-by-side racing and give our speedway one of the most competitive tracks on the circuit," Powell said. "By moving pit road closer to the grandstands, race fans will have a much crisper view of the exciting action in the pits." The relocated pit road also will allow for the construction of a quarter-mile oval in front of the main grandstand. This track will feature Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster races.
    A new media center will be constructed behind the new pit road. The structure will accommodate more than 500 members of the media and will have room for driversí meetings and a full-service spa for the racers and their families. The 58,600-square-foot facility will be equipped with meeting rooms, offices, interview rooms and a cafeteria. The media center will be capped off with a corporate hospitality suite and a veranda on which suite guests can view the races. "Bruton has been a visionary since he began building speedways," Powell said. "But the improvements that he has authorized here in Las Vegas will set a new standard." Construction crews will begin their work immediately following the March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend.(LVMS PR/Site see images)(1-30-2006)

  • More motorhome spots available at Las Vegas: Race fans who desire to watch the races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the comfort of their motorhomes will have more opportunities than ever this year. The speedway announced Wednesday that more motorhome spots overlooking the speedway in Turn 3 are now available for the March 10-12 NASCAR Weekend. "The construction of the 17,000-seat Richard Petty Terrace has increased our permanent seating capacity dramatically," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "The additional permanent seating means we no longer will need to construct the bleachers outside Turn 3. That is prime real estate for today's luxury motorhomes. And for the increasing number of fans who choose to stay on the property during our event weekend, this is a perfect opportunity. LVMS remains one of the most 'motorhome friendly' speedways in the sport." A limited number of these spaces is available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444. In addition to the motorhome spot, purchasers will receive six wristbands for guest admittance to this motorhome area as well as six grandstand tickets for the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event on Saturday, March 11. Some seats remain for the March 12 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup event and the Sam's Town 300. Three-day pit passes, pre-race activities passes and Lucky 7 parking passes also are available through the LVMS ticket office.(LVMS PR)(1-13-2006)

  • Vegas Starting Times Set...Busch to end under the lights UPDATE: The lights of Las Vegas will shine on the Busch Series in 2006. A nighttime finish for the 10th running of the Sam's Town 300 highlights the event schedule for the 2006 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Monday, speedway officials announced starting times for races and qualifying sessions for the March 10-12 event. The most significant changes from previous years involve the Sam's Town 300. For the first time at LVMS, Busch cars will qualify and race on the same day. Time trials for the Sam's Town 300 are set for 12:05pm on Saturday, March 11 and the race will begin at 3:20pm. The late start of the Busch race should guarantee a finish under the lights. "We've run several successful NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at night here, but we're looking forward to our Busch race finishing under the lights for the first time," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "There's an excitement level associated with racing at night that gets fans on the edge of their seats." The NASCAR Nextel Cup event will start at 12:05pm/pt on Sunday, March 12. Qualifying for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is set for Friday, March 10 at 3:40pm/pt. The Busch cars will practice on Friday and there will be two Nextel Cup practice sessions on Saturday morning prior to Busch qualifying. Tickets are on sale for the NASCAR Weekend by calling 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com. LVMS also had a limited number of three-day pit passes, pre-race activities passes and Lucky 7 parking passes available through its ticket office.(LVMS PR)(12-13-2005)
    UPDATE: The start time for the March 12, 2006 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been changed to 1:40pm/pt. The speedway had announced a 12:05pm/pt start time, but after discussions with NASCAR officials, the decision was made to move the start back 95 minutes.(LVMS PR)(12-14-2005)

  • Installation of seats under way in Richard Petty Terrace at LVMS The Richard Petty Terrace at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is getting colorful this holiday season. Construction crews have begun the installation of the bright red, white and blue seats in the 17,000-seat grandstand. The flip-down, chair seats include cup holders and will give race fans a spectacular view of the racing action. "The construction crews have been working hard on this project since late spring," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "They've been grading land, pouring concrete and erecting steel for the past few months, and it's refreshing to see this magnificent grandstand taking shape." The grandstand will be open for the March 10-12, 2006 NASCAR Weekend. It was similar to the Dale Earnhardt Terrace, which opened in 2004. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com. Race fans also can purchase three-day pit passes, Lucky 7 preferred parking passes and pre-race activities passes through the speedway ticket office.(LVMS)(12-9-2005)

  • Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities grants awarded: The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities held its annual Grant Distribution and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Las Vegas Chapter granted $275,000 to 67 local children's charities at the ceremony, an increase of 16 groups from 2004. Honored guests included Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Secretary of State Dean Heller as well as representatives from Senator John Ensign and Congressman Jim Gibbon's offices. The evening's festivities included holiday vocal selections by Malia Civetz, and performances by the Mariachi Band from J.D. Smith Middle School and Culture Shock Las Vegas inner city dance troupe. Fundraising events for the 2005 season included the seventh annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's third annual golf tournament, the inaugural Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel and Casino, and the Run-for-the-Money competition at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(LVMS PR)(12-5-2005)

  • Unveiling of Las Vegas's latest attraction - Earnhardt wax figure UPDATE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway general manager Chris Powell will be on hand Wednesday to help unveil the newest Las Vegas motorsports attraction. Powell will join Adrian Jones, general manager of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, as they unveil a $200,000 life-size wax figure of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt. The Earnhardt figure will be the first piece of the new "Speed" exhibit opening at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. "Dale Earnhardt was one of the great racers and champions in the history of motorsports," Powell said. "In 2004, Las Vegas Motor Speedway honored Dale by naming a fabulous grandstand, the Dale Earnhardt Terrace, in his memory. Similarly, the tribute to Dale by Madame Tussauds points up the importance of Dale's role in motorsports. And the coming 'Speed' attraction, featuring additional legendary drivers, also illustrates the strong link and enormous popularity of NASCAR racing in our great city. We at the speedway are honored to be a part of it." Tickets are on sale in both the Earnhardt and new Richard Petty Terrace for the March 10-12, 2006 NASCAR Weekend at LVMS. Race fans can order tickets by calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to www.lvms.com.(PR)(8-24-2005)

    LVMS General Manager Chris Powell [left] and Madame Tussauds GM Adrian Jones [right]


    UPDATE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway General Manager Chris Powell joined Adrian Jones, general manager of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, in an unveiling of a first-of-its-kind wax likeness of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Wednesday. A meticulously recreated $200,000 life-size wax figure of Earnhardt, dressed in an official driving uniform, complete with cap, jacket and sunglasses, was unveiled during ceremonies that opened the attraction to the public. The figure of Earnhardt is standing in a Victory Lane setting with arms raised in triumph just as he had done 76 times in his NASCAR career. Earnhardt is the first auto racing legend to have a wax figure in the SPEED attraction. Visitors to Madame Tussauds can stand next to the Earnhardt figure and be photographed with it while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of the most thrilling moments in NASCAR history. "Dale Earnhardt introduced the sport of auto racing to millions and his presence best represents the country's fastest-growing spectator sport," Jones said. "Madame Tussauds is dedicating this attraction to auto racing on a long-term basis and we will update this experience with additional $200,000 wax figures of famous auto racing legends on a regular basis. But, when we asked our customers and auto racing fans who should be first, a great majority said Earnhardt." Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is open seven days a week. For attraction hours and pricing, call 702-862-7800, or visit online at www.mtvegas.com.(LVMS PR)(8-25-2005)

  • Bill would let Las Vegas buy 115 acres The Las Vegas Motor Speedway could expand by 115 acres under legislation explored Wednesday by a U.S. Senate subcommittee. The land would provide additional parking for spectators at the 1,200-acre racetrack, according to a bill introduced in April by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. The land, now controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, would be sold directly to the speedway after an appraisal by a BLM-approved examiner, according to the bill. BLM and congressional officials said they had no estimate of the property's value. Speedway officials approached Ensign for the land, which is a sand and gravel pit next to the venue. Though not yet under strain, the speedway could use more parking to accommodate expansion, General Manager Chris Powell said. A 17,000-seat grandstand is slated to open in 2006, he said. The speedway also hopes to host a second NASCAR event each year in addition to the NASCAR Nextel Cup, which drew 156,000 people March 13. Though the speedway can handle 25,000 cars, Powell said, 115 additional acres would translate into roughly 33 percent more parking. "It's very important to us getting this parking, in an effort to get that second NASCAR event."(Las Vegas Review Journal)(7-22-2005)

  • Petty and Earnhardt Terrace seats at LVMS now on sale: The seats with the greatest views in motorsports are on sale now at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tickets in the new Richard Petty Terrace and Dale Earnhardt Terrace are available to all race fans wanting to attend next year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup event and the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race. The seats offer excellent sight lines of the entire speedway and a panoramic view of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. While sanction agreements for the NASCAR Nextel Cup/Busch Series events have not yet been signed, the dates for the 2006 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas are tentatively set for March 10-12. While it's unlikely that those time slots would change, dates are not official until the signing of the sanction agreements. LVMS will make an announcement as soon as the dates become final.
    Race fans who purchase tickets for the Petty and Earnhardt terraces also will receive tickets to Pole Day during the spring event as well as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in the fall of 2006. All Petty and Earnhardt terrace ticket holders will have the opportunity to renew their seats each year. All other tickets for the 2006 NASCAR Weekend will go on sale Sept. 12. Fans can buy their tickets by calling the speedway box office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging onto www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(6-28-2005)

  • Grandstand demolition makes way for Petty Terrace at LVMS: The latest phase of Las Vegas Motor Speedway's expansion began in earnest Wednesday with the demolition of the upper Section 1 grandstand. Construction crews will spend the next week clearing debris from the area, diverting parts of Checkered Flag Lane and relocating palm tress in preparation for the construction of the 17,000-seat Richard Petty Terrace. "We're always making improvements here at LVMS, but this construction project is on a much grander scale," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "We look at today's demolition as a sign of progress. We opened the Dale Earnhardt Terrace to rave reviews in 2004, and we think fans sitting in the Petty Terrace will be equally happy with this magnificent seating area. "We are close to completing the renewal process for the 2006 event. Based on the current renewal rate, the demand for tickets is higher than ever as we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Las Vegas Motor Speedway next year." The Petty Terrace will be open for the March, 2006 NASCAR Weekend. Tickets in the Petty Terrace are slated to go on sale in July. All other tickets will be available in September. The Petty Terrace will be complete with individual, flip-down seats with cup holders. These seats will provide race fans a clear view of pit road and the cars as they leave the pits.(LVMS site, see some pics)(6-16-2005)

  • Changes at Vegas: Before the 2007 Cup race in Las Vegas, he [Bruton Smith] expects more than 150,000 spectators to see a completely rebuilt infield that will move pit road several hundred feet closer to the grandstand. A new media center and team garages will be erected, new spectator areas created and more space will be available for infield parking -- and partying. He expects those projects will cost around $50 million, and he might rebuild the 1.5-mile track [like Homestead did] to improve the qualify of racing.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(6-6-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #74 Withdraws: Derrike Cope was planning on driving the #74 McGlynn Racing Dodge an Las Vegas until some unfortunate news came his way. On Thursday, Cope updated derrikecope.com with: "My update for Las Vegas is a disappointing one. I am here in Las Vegas, but I just got word that the Transporter has broken down and will not make it here for this weekend. It is unfortunate for all of us, but they got out of town late and with this happening it is impossible for them to get here in time. I just spoke to Ray McGlynn [owner] and the sponsor and they said that we will just have to rebound and get ready to go to Atlanta next week. I will give you an update next week prior to leaving for Atlanta."(derrikecope.com)(3-10-2006)

  • Celebrity Crew Chief for Robby at Vegas: To launch Harrah's Entertainment's premier event of the 2006 season with Robby Gordon Motorsports, nine-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth, Jr., will bring his best bluff and tough call tactics to the No. 7 Harrah's team as celebrity crew chief for the 400-mile event in the Vegas desert. With Hellmuth by his side, crew chief Greg Erwin hopes to raise the odds for the team to cash in on their first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is the first event of the 2006 campaign where Harrah's will be the primary sponsor of the #7 Chevy. Jim Beam, Menard's and CarLoan.com will serve as associate sponsors.(Robby Gordon Motorsports PR)(3-8-2006)

  • Top 10 Heading to Las Vegas:

    First

    Jimmie Johnson finished second in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and remained the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point leader. Johnson has scored top-10 finishes in seven of the nine races since Kansas City last October. One year ago he ranked second in the point standings. Johnson has ranked among the top-10 for 71 straight races, since Atlanta in March 2004. He has competed in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring two top-10 finishes, including one victory (2005). Johnson has never finished worse than 16th (March 2004) and has led in all four of his races at Las Vegas. Johnson has an 8.5 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, second only to the late Dale Earnhardt who had a 7.6 average finish in three races there.

    Second

    Casey Mears finished seventh in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway scoring his second top-10 finish of the season. Mears joins Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to start the season with top-10 finishes in both races. Mears begins the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season with his career-best points ranking. One year ago he ranked 28th in the point standings. Mears has scored top-10 finishes in four of the five races since Texas last November. He finished fourth at Texas, fifth at Homestead, second in the 2006 Daytona 500 and seventh at California. Mears has competed in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway posting top-15 finishes in all three. Despite his good performance, he has yet to lead at lap there. Mears finished seventh in this race one year ago duplicating his best Las Vegas finish set in 2004. Mears has a 9.67 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    Third

    Matt Kenseth finished first in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway scoring his first top-10 finish of the season. Kenseth climbed from 15th to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago Kenseth ranked 36th in the point standings. Kenseth has posted top-15 finishes in the first two races in 2006. He has scored four top-five finishes in his last six races, since Atlanta last October. He has competed in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scoring top-10 finishes in his last three races there. Kenseth has scored two victories at Las Vegas (2003 and 2004). His 9.2 finishing average is fourth among all drivers at Las Vegas. Kenseth finished eighth in this race one year ago.

    Fourth

    Kasey Kahne finished fourth in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and climbed from 12th to fourth in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, tying his best points ranking set after Atlanta in March 2004. Kahne has scored top-15 finishes in the first two races in 2006. One year ago he ranked 34th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Kahne has competed in two races at Las Vegas. He finished second in his first race there in 2004 and 38th in this race one year ago.

    Fifth

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and climbed from sixth to fifth in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he was 14th in the point standings. Earnhardt returned to the top five for the first time since Daytona in February 2005 ending a 36-race absence. He has posted two top-15 finishes in 2006. Earnhardt has competed in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scoring just two top- 10 finishes there. He has finished 35th or worse in his last two races there. He finished 42nd in this race one year ago. Earnhardt has a 21.3 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    Sixth

    Mark Martin finished ninth in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and climbed from 11th to sixth the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he ranked third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Martin has scored six straight top-15 finishes, since Atlanta last October. He has had only one DNF (Talladega in October 2005 - Accident) in the 26 races since Dover in June 2005. Martin has competed in eight races at Las Vegas scoring one victory (1998) and six top-10 finishes, the most among all drivers there. Martin finished 30th in this race one year ago. Martin has a 12.6 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    Seventh

    Ryan Newman finished 20th in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and dropped from third to seventh in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he ranked 12th in the point standings. Newman has ranked among the top-10 in 28 of the last 29 races, dropping to 11th after Fontana last September for one race. Newman has competed in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scoring three top-10 finishes. His best Las Vegas finish, a fourth, came there in 2002. He has led in three of his five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Newman finished ninth in this race one year ago. He has a 16.0 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    Eighth

    Clint Bowyer finished 14th in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and remained eighth in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for the second straight week. He begins the 2006 season with two top-15 finishes, the best record among the 2006 Rookie-of-the-Year contenders. Bowyer’s first start came at Phoenix last April where he finished 22nd. Bowyer will attempt to compete in his first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    Ninth

    Brian Vickers finished 18th in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and dropped from seventh to ninth in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Vickers ranked 20th at this point one year ago. Vickers has competed in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing 23rd or worse in both races there. He finished 43rd in this race one year ago. Vickers has a 33.0 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    10th

    Elliott Sadler finished 23rd in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway and dropped from fourth to 10th in the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Sadler ranked sixth in the point standings after this race one year ago. Sadler has ranked 14th or better in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings since the 2004 Daytona 500, 74 straight races. Sadler has competed in seven races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scoring just one top-10 finish, a sixth there in 2004. He finished 29th in this race one year ago. His other Las Vegas finishes have all been 20th or worse. Sadler has a 28.4 average finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(2-27-2006)

  • Penske likely to run Intrepids at Vegas & Calif: After #2-Kurt Busch tested both a 2004 Dodge and an 2005 model at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Penske Racing South expects to field 2004 models for both #12-Ryan Newman and Busch at California Speedway and Las Vegas. "We're going to use whichever car our team thinks is the better performer," team president Don Miller said Wednesday. "Right now, that looks like it's going to be the 2004." Dodge introduced the Charger nameplate last season, replacing the Intrepids it used from 2001-04. Both the '04 and '05 models are approved for use by NASCAR. Ray Evernham said his team plans to stick with Chargers for drivers #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #9-Kasey Kahne. While details have not been finalized, a number of Dodge teams are trying to schedule a group test at Nashville to see if they can come to a consensus before presenting an 2006 Charger to NASCAR to see if it can get a new nose approved.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-3-2006)

  • 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 Soprano's #07 Schemes Page
#5-Kyle Busch Ice Age 2 #5 Schemes Page
#9-Kasey Kahne UAW-Daimler Chrysler Flames none...yet
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools 10 Schemes Page
#14-Sterling Marlin Wiley X Eyewear #14 Schemes Page
#19-Jeremy Mayfield UAW-Daimler Chrysler Flames none...yet
#24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette nicotine gum #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#61-Kevin Lepage Hooters Casino Hotel 61 Schemes Page


  • Ice Age II on the #5 at Vegas: Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy will sport an "Ice Age: The Meltdown" paint scheme in this weekend's NEXTEL Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Disney/Pixar Animation film will premiere March 31 in theaters across the country.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on my #5 Team Schemes page.(3-9-2006)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Vegas: Nicorette nicotine gum will be featured for the very first time in a special car paint scheme with four-time series champion Jeff Gordon driving the #24 Nicorette Fresh Mint Chevy at this weekend's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Nicorette gum, NicoDerm CQ patches and Commit lozenges combine for the only smoking cessation sponsorship in NASCAR history. This innovative program includes season-long sponsorships with Gordon and rookie-of-the-year candidate Reed Sorenson. The sponsorship also includes NASCAR's "Commit to Win" NEXTEL Cup Contingency Award and sponsorships with Richard & Kyle Petty. The sponsorship also includes the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides smoking cessation counseling to NASCAR teams and fans. Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Petty Enterprises have already enrolled in the program. NASCAR fans can experience the "QUIT Crew" program at the Winner's Circle Exhibit, an interactive, entertaining exhibit open to race fans Frdiay - Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Fan Walk . Free smoking cessation counseling will be provided to NASCAR fans at the exhibit. For more information, log on to quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR), see many images of the car on my #24 Team Schemes page, the scheme will also run at Atlanta in October.(3-8-2006)

  • Special Schemes for #9 and #19 at Vegas: #9-Kasey Kahne and #19-Jeremy Mayfield's Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Chargers will run special paint schemes in Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Flames [DW will be happy] will extend down the length of each car and the hoods will feature the race logo for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400.(Clear!Blue/Evernham MS PR), ni images to post..yet.(3-8-2006)

  • Hooter's scheme for #61: The #61 Peak Performance Motorsports Ford with Kevin Lepage driving, will sport the orange colors of Hooter's at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. The scheme is to promote the new Hooter's Casino Hotel. See images of the scheme on my #61 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2006)

  • #14 and Marlin to be sponsored by Wiley X Eyewear at Vegas: Wiley X Eyewear (pronounced Y-lee), a manufacturer of sports, casual and tactical eyewear, will be the primary sponsor on Sterling Marlin's #14 Chevy this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The MB2 Motorsports entry will carry the black and red colors of Wiley X, a company that was lauded by the New England Journal of Medicine in the Dec. 9, 2004 issue. The renowned weekly medical publication stated that Wiley X ballistic eyewear was one of the main reasons for the decreasing amount of eye injuries suffered by soldiers. Along with being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, Wiley X produces sophisticated sunglasses for both causal, active wear and specialty eyewear for the motorcycle, mountain/street bike, hunting, boating and fishing markets to name a few. Wiley X is not a stranger to motorsports. The company is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the MB2-owned #01 U.S. Army Chevy driven by Joe Nemechek. Wiley X has also established an official status with the International Race of Champions (IROC) circuit. For additional information about Wiley X Eyewear and its products, search the company's web site at: wiley-x.com.(MB2 Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on my #14 Team Schemes page.(3-6-2006)

  • 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)

  • #5 Paint Scheme plans: hearing that Kyle Busch will run a few paint schemes in 2006 besides the normal Kellogg's scheme. At Las Vegas, Busch will run the Ice Age 2 [movie] scheme. Some sort of Disney Pixar Animation Film scheme in June [Cars opens on June 9..so Dover or MIS?), not sure which race. Cheez-It at Daytona in July.
    Carquest Auto Parts schemes at Darlington, both Pocono races, Chicago and Texas in November.
    Delphi at Texas in April, Indy, Michigan in August and Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(1-17-2006)

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

  • Stanley to sponsor Riggs for 10 races in 2006, IMAGES: as previously announced, Scott Riggs will drive the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge in 2006, announced at Lowe' Motor Speedway today, Valvoline will be the primary sponsor for 26 of the 26 races and Stanley Tools will be the sponsor for the other 10 races with a black and yellow scheme similar to what has run on Evernham's #91 Dodge with Bill Elliott driving.(RacingOne), see images of the cars on my 2006 #10 Team Schemes page.
    The Press Release..in part: The Stanley Works, one of the world’s best known brands of tools, hardware and security products, is adding a powerful new tool to its toolbox -- the co-primary sponsorship of the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger and driver Scott Riggs. Stanley will sponsor the #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger for 10 races in 2006, including Las Vegas, Texas (A), Talladega (A), Darlington, Michigan (A), Daytona (B), Indianapolis, New Hampshire (B), Charlotte (B) and Phoenix (B).[with 'B' being the 2nd race of the season at that track] The #10 Stanley Tools/ Valvoline Dodge Charger will carry the signature yellow and black colors of the Stanley brand. Stanley Tools also will be the featured co-primary sponsor on the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger in 21 races throughout the season. In addition to the primary sponsorship, Stanley will continue its involvement as an associate sponsor on the race cars of Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, as well as on the uniform of Erin Crocker. The Stanley Works, Evernham Motorsports and Dodge marketing partnership will include new product launches for many of its businesses, key customer outreach efforts, retail marketing and promotions. All Stanley brands will be involved in the program, including Bostitch, Proto, Vidmar, Best, and Blackhawk by Proto.(Evernham Racing/Clear!Blue PR)(10-15-205)

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


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