THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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THE RACE: The DirecTV 500

Nextel Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2006 season

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  • Race: Sunday, April 2, 2006 in Martinville, VA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: DirecTV.com

  • Track: Martinsville Speedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [90 minutes] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:00pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 6 [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 - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

    MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

    MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,826.889 (was $4,761,101 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, March 31,. 12:05 - 1:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, April 1, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 1, 10:35 - 11:20am/et on TV-FX live

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 31, 11:05am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 31 at 3:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 1:30am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, March 31
    5:30 am – NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series haulers enter
    6:30 am – NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series registration opens
    7:00 am – NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage opens
    11:05 am – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rookie and spotter meetings
    12:05 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice, 90 minutes
    3:40 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying
    6:00 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series garage and registration closes

    Saturday, April 1
    7:30 am – Garage and registration opens for both series
    9:00 am – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice, one hour
    10:35 am – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series final practice, 45 minutes
    3:00 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series garage and registration closes

    Sunday, April 2
    8:00 am – NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series garage and registration opens
    10:30 am – Track services meeting
    12:00 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting
    1:30 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver introduction
    2:00 pm – Green flag, DirecTV 500
    3:00 pm – NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series registration closes

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4042; Right-side -- D-4044

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 86.1 in. Right-side -- 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 10 psi; Left Rear -- 10 psi;
    Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi

    Estimated Nextel Cup Pit Window:
    Every 145-155 laps, based on fuel mileage.
    (Craftsman Truck Pit Window: 135-145 laps)
    Notes: This is Goodyear's short track tire set-up for 2006 . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination to the track . . . Martinsville is the only track at which Nextel Cup teams are scheduled to run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires . . . Cup and Busch Series teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4044) in all four tire positions on the road courses this season . . . Craftsman Truck teams will also run this set-up at Mansfield in May . . . as on most ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We tested this set-up with Brian Vickers, Ken Schrader and Ricky Rudd last Fall. It is slightly different from what we've brought to Martinsville in the past, in that we've toughened up the compound a little for better wear and changed the right-side construction slightly for better performance."


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Martinsville Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    (3-26-2006)

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

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 4
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2
    (3-26-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Stewart wins at Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart won the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway, leading 288 or 500 laps for his first win of 2006, 25th of his career and first since Watkins Glen last August. #24-Jeff Gordon held on for 2nd, with #48-Jimmie Johnson 3rd, then #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a very beat up car and #5-Kyle Busch. The rest of the top-10 were #38-Sadler, #29-Harvick, #25-Vickers, #26-McMurray and #10-Riggs. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth was 7th as late as lap 493 when he lost his brakes on a restart and smacked the wall, finishing 24th and dropping to 3rd in points with #48-Johnson taking over the lead, leading #6-Martin by 59 points going into Texas next week. There were 16 cautions for 87 laps and 6 leaders with 12 lead changes. The race will re-air on Speed Channel, Thursday, April 6th at 4:00pm/et.
    Race Results on my Martinsville Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.
    (4-2-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Martinsville [6 of 36 races]:
    #48-Johnson 933
    #6-Martin 874 -59
    #17-Kenseth 873 -60
    #9-Kahne 832 -101
    #5-Busch 832 -101
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 824 -109
    #24-Gordon 814 -119
    #20-Stewart 791 -142
    #38-Sadler 735 -198
    #42-Mears 724 -209
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville Page.(4-2-2006)

  • Martinsville Race Notes:
    • Tony Stewart won the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway, scoring his 25th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 254th career start.
    • Stewart’s last victory came at Watkins Glen last August, 20 races ago.
    • Stewart scored his second Martinsville victory. His other victory here came in October 2000.
    • Stewart scored his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Martinsville.
    • Stewart moved into 22nd on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tied with Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly.
    • It is his sixth short-track victory. He has 14 superspeedway victories and five on road courses.
    • Stewart scored his third top-10 finish in six races this season.
    • Stewart climbed from ninth to eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago after six races he ranked 11th in the point standings.
    • Stewart led the most laps (288) – including the final 27, the second time this season that he led the most laps. He also led the most laps last week at Bristol. The last time he led the most laps and won the race was at Watkins Glen last August.
    • Stewart has led the most laps in the last three races at Martinsville. He led 247 of the 500 laps in the spring of 2005 and 283 of the 500 in the fall race. Stewart became the fourth driver in Martinsville history to lead the most laps in three straight races. He joined Cale Yarborough (fall 1976 and both races in 1977), Rusty Wallace (both races in 1994 and spring 1995) and Dale Earnhardt (both races in 1987 and spring 1988). Yarborough won all three, Wallace won all three and Earnhardt won two of the three and finished second in the September 1987 event. Ironically, Stewart won only one of the three races, posting finishes of 26th, 2nd and first.
    • This was team owner Joe Gibbs’ 48th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Gibbs has scored three victories at Martinsville. Joe Gibbs Racing has won at least one race each season 1993-2006, 14 consecutive years.
    • Tony Stewart has won at least one race each season 1999-2006, eight consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Jeff Gordon (second) has finished in the top-10 in his last six races at Martinsville Speedway. Four of those finishes were victories He scored his third top-10 finish of the season and best finish in 2006. Gordon remained seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he ranked sixth after six races.
    • Jimmie Johnson (third) scored his eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway. He climbed from third to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL cup standings. Johnson is the only driver to score four top-five finishes in the first six races of the season.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Martinsville and his third top10 finish in 2006.
    • Kyle Busch (fifth) scored his second top-10 finish in three races at Martinsville and his fourth top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Brian Vickers (eighth) was the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to finish among the top-10 in the DIRECTV 500. It was Vicker’s first top-10 finish in five races at Martinsville.
    • Reed Sorenson (12th) was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender. At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Joe Nemechek (23rd) has been running at the finish in the last 38 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-2-2006)

  • Rumblings - Martinsville:
    Tony Stewart led the most laps (five times for 288 circuits), then held off Jeff Gordon for a three lap sprint (after a late red flag) to take today's DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In a caution filled race (we had 16 of 'em) Stewart grabs his second win at this half-miler, the 25th of his career (he's tied for 22nd on the all-time win list with Jim Paschal & Joe Weatherly), and the 48th for Joe Gibbs Racing. The win was worth $220,786 from the over $5.4M in posted awards.
    The Chevy domination was certainly a story today. The Top-5 spots and seven of the top eight were members of the bow-tie brigade.
    Jeff Gordon (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Atlanta last October.
    Scott Riggs (10th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan last August.
    Sterling Marlin (14th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Kansas last October.
    Tony Raines (21st) had his best finish since he was 13th at Homestead in November of 2003 (only 13 races).
    Chad Chaffin (36th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 39th when we were here in October of 2004.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: Reed Sorenson (12th) is the top-finishing first year driver for the second time this season. He was followed by Martin Truex Jr (19th), J. J. Yeley (20th), Clint Bowyer (22nd), Denny Hamlin (37th), and David Stremme (38th). Sorenson & Hamlin have each topped this category twice this season....Brent Sherman was replaced by Jimmy Spencer for this event and that team was a dnq this weekend.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dale Earnhardt Jr (+25) followed by Clint Bowyer (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-30), followed by Greg Biffle (-21) and Ken Schrader (-21).
    In that ever shifting battle to gain an exempt spot in the Top-35 in Owner Points, Sterling Marlin in now in and Bobby Labonte may have to rely on the Champions Provisional (if needed) next week. Jimmie Johnson regains the points lead today (he's led five of the six weeks) as Matt Kenseth's late race problem dropped him to third in the standings. Jamie McMurray (24th to 17th) made the best move forward today while Robby Gordon (20th to 27th) fell the same number of spots.(Stock Car Fans)(4-2-2006)

    Race Rundown

  • The DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 500 of 500 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #20-Stewart-c (3)(288 laps led)
    #24-Gordon-c (8)
    #48-Johnson-c (1)(195 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (29)
    #5-Busch-c (17)
    #38-Sadler-f (7)
    #29-Harvick-c (26)
    #25-Vickers-c (24)
    #26-McMurray-f (2)(6 laps led)
    #10-Riggs-d (11)

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


    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

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

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 12,1,18,96,07,01,66,42,4,55,45,16,43,31,32,34

  • Cars on the track: 33 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (10) and reason:
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #92-Blount (brakes-out)
    #51-Garvey (brakes-out)
    #21-Schrader (overheating-out)
    #11-Hamlin (accident-out)
    #40-Stremme (rearend-out)
    #95-Barrett (brakes-out)
    #9-Kahne (engine-out)
    #19-Mayfield (engine-out)
    #17-Kenseth (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 leaders with 12 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (mos, 288 laps led);
    #48-Johnson (pole, halfway, 195);
    #14-Marlin (8);
    #26-McMurray (6);
    #18-Yeley (1);
    #88-Jarrett (1):

  • Lap leaders: #48-Johnson - pole; #48-Johnson 1-27; #26-McMurray 28-33; #20-Stewart 34-172; #14-Marlin 173-181; #18-Yeley 182; #20-Stewart 183-227; #48-Johnson 228-290; #88-Jarrett 291; #20-Stewart 292-360; #48-Johnson 361-371; #20-Stewart 372-379; #48-Johnson 380-473; #20-Stewart 474-500;

    Cautions: 16 for 87 laps

    RED FLAG as of 5:46pm/et to clean up the track, back to yellow at 5:55pm/et.
    Caution 16 - Laps 494 - 497: #17-Kenseth lost his brakes going in turn 1 and slammed into the, he drove back to the garage, but spread fluid on the track and pitroad. Kenseth said he lost his brakes.
    Caution 15 - Laps 487 - 492: #01-Nemechek lost brakes and hit the wall hard in turn 1.
    Caution 14 - Laps 450 - 454: #95-Barrett lost his right front suspension and tried to get off the track but could get the car turned.
    Caution 13 - Laps 427 - 432: #12-Newman stopped on the track after losing a tire, and was penalized a lap for staying on the track and cauing the caution.
    Caution 12 - Laps 366 - 370: #66-Green got tapped by #14-Marlin and spun in turn 4
    Caution 11 - Laps 336 - 339: #01-Nemechek spun off turn 4.
    Caution 10 - Laps 318 - 323: #12-Newman, a lap down, came down on #8-Earnhardt Jr, who slid in turn 4 and just tapped the wall, Earnhardt Jr. was running 4th.
    Caution 9 - Laps 309 - 313: #11-Hamlin lost a right rear tire after making contact with #6-Martin, spun and smacked the turn 4 wall.
    Caution 8 - Laps 289 - 294: #10-Riggs and #01-Nemechek made contact in turn 3, with the #10 spinning in the corner and #01 spinning and hitting the outside wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 227 - 231: #2-Busch got into #31-Burton, who smacked the turn 4 wall, #31 has a lot of rear end damage.
    Caution 6 - Laps 172 - 175: #6-Martin the first car a lap down, got hit by #42-Mears, also a lap down, with Martin spinning off turn 4.
    Caution 5 - Laps 135 - 139: #40-Stremme, a lap down, got tapped by #21-Schrader and spun around in turn 3 and smacked the wall, drivers side.
    Caution 4 - Laps 110 - 115: #16-Biffle and #31-Burton made contact off turn 2 and Biffle spun and slapped the inside backstretch wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 91 - 95: #24-Gordon lost a right front tire between turn 3-4 and left debris on the track.
    Caution 2 - Laps 14 - 21: #32-Kvapil smacked the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 9: #41-Sorenson checked up when the field slowed just off turn 1. #7-Gordon hit Sorenson and spun in turn 2, #34-Chaffin made contact with #8-Earnhardt Jr., who has right front damage, #07-Bowyer got into #32-Kvapil who slapped the wall, #45-Petty was behind Bowyer and hit the #07 which nosed into the wall. Also involved are #88-Jarrett and #6-Martin

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 16: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 15: #88-Jarrett, 15th
    Caution 14: #6-Martin, 13th
    Caution 13: none awarded as #12-Newman would had been and he caused the caution
    Caution 12: #10-Riggs, 10th
    Caution 11: #9-Kahne(2), 35th
    Caution 10: #99-Edwards(2), 16th
    Caution 9: #9-Kahne, 35th
    Caution 8: #14-Marlin, 14th
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards, 16th
    Caution 6: none awarded as the 2 going to the spot were caused in the wreck that cuased the caution
    Caution 5: #88-Jarrett, 15th
    Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 37th
    Caution 3: #66-Green, 25th
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- around lap 485, #5-Busch and #38-Sadler made contact fighting for 3rd and Sadler got loose against the wall and fell back to 5th.
    ---- on lap 465, #18-Yeley lost a left front tire slowed on the track, but made it to pit road.
    ---- on lap 464, #19-Mayfield lost an engine and went to the garage while running 12th
    ---- during the 14th caution, all lead laps cars from 12th back came into pit, #'s 19,99,25,10,26,14,6
    ---- on lap 378, #9-Kahne pulled off the track and too the garage with a lot of smoke, finally losing the engine, Kahne came into the race 2nd in points.
    ---- during the 12th caution, #88-Jarrett's team swapped the battery out and lost a lap.
    ---- as of lap 322, #31-Burton is back on the track as the team made repairs, 73 laps down.
    ---- during the 8th caution, #48-Johnson had a tire changer fall down and Johnson, who came in leading, came out 3rd.
    ---- #9-Kahne's motor is running in 7 cylinders and is lagging back as of lap 287.
    ---- on lap 262, #55-Waltrip went to the garage with brake problems.
    ---- as of lap 240, #45-Petty and #22-Wimmer are both back on the track after the crews made repairs.
    ---- as of lap 205, #16-Biffle [62 laps down] and #40-Stremme [77] are back on the track.
    ---- on lap 186, made an unscheduled pit stop, possible engine problem.
    ---- on lap 169, #4-Wimmer made an unscheduled pit stop for a left front tire down.
    ---- on lap 165, #21-Schrader, while running 15th, started smoking and made an unscheduled pit stop, then went to the garage, FOX says the oil temp has running high.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #8-Dale Jr. made more pit stops to try to get repairs made to the right front of the car; #45-Petty made pit stops to get a hood pin repaired; #1-Truex Jr. made a repair for adjustments.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #8-Dale Jr. was penalized for speeding off pit road, to the end on the longest line, he just wanted to stay on the lead lap.
    ---- green flag at 2:13pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:04pm/et
    ---- To The Back [0]: none


  • Race Coverage of the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Sunday, April 2, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:00pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, April 6th at 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the results:
    #25-Vickers 94.903
    #20-Stewart 94.571
    #48-Johnson 94.552
    #1-Truex Jr. 94.548
    #26-McMurray 94.467
    slowest: #95-Barrett 92.646 and #92-Blount 92.660
    incidents: #55-Waltrip and #5-Busch made contact towards the end of practice with the #5 sustaining some right front sheet metal damage.
    #17-Kenseth lost a right front tire and went up the track in turn 1, but didn't hit the wall, Kenseth decided not to drive the car back and risk damage to the fender and have it towed, two #17 crew members ran on the track to check the car and after they came off the track, were escorted to the NASCAR Trailer by a NASCAR Official for a talking to.
    #88-Jarrett got loose early in the session and spun around and smacked the wall on the driver side, #11-Hamlin slid up into Jarrett, some damage to the right front of Jarrett and the left wheel well of Hamlin's car.
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 72; #19-Mayfield 71
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #11-Hamlin 93.499 [6th fastest lap], 18 laps run
    #43-Labonte 93.49 [15th], 56 laps run
    #1-Truex Jr. 92.366 [4th], 34 laps run
    See speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(4-1-2006)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice for the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #25-Vickers 94.998
    #24-Gordon 94.974
    #26-McMurray 94.970
    #9-Kahne 94.879
    #20-Stewart 94.827
    slowest: #92-Blount 92.538 and #95-Barrett 92.942
    most laps run: #38-Sadler 88; #01-Nemechek 81
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 93.213 [2nd fastest lap], 52 laps run
    #11-Hamlin 93.204 [11th], 50 laps run
    #43-Labonte 93.103 [31st], 52 laps run
    See speeds on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(4-1-2006)

  • Johnson wins pole at Martinsville: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.736mph for his first pole of 2006, his 9th career pole in 153 races and first in 23 races, since Chicago last July. #26-Jamie McMurray will start on the outside pole, followed by #20-Tony Stewart, #12-Ryan Newman and #9-Kasey Kahne. #24-Jeff Gordon will start 8th, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 29th. #14-Sterling Marlin was the highest qualifier of the go or go homers, and will start 6th. #18-J.J Yeley is the highest starting rookie at 18th. #49-Jimmy Spencer couldn't get the BAM Dodge up to speed and will miss the race along with #74-Cope, #61-Lepage [first dnq of the season], #78-Wallace, #89-Shepherd and #00-Sadler. No wrecks or major incidents.
    For pole progression, qualifying speeds, order and starting lineup, see my Martinsville Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(3-31-2006)

  • Martinsville Qualifying News and Notes:
    • Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the DIRECT 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.575 seconds at 96.736 mph. Tony Stewart holds the track-qualifying record of 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph, set Oct. 21, 2005.
    • This is Johnson’s ninth career Bud Pole in 153 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • Johnson posted his fifth top-10 start his 2005. His only non-top 10 came at Atlanta (14th).
    • It is Johnson’s first Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in nine Martinsville races.
    • The last Bud Pole by a Hendrick Motorsports driver was at New Hampshire in July 2005 by Brian Vickers.
    • Jamie McMurray posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.583 seconds, 96.696 mph – and will join Johnson on the front row for the DIRECTV 500. He posted his third top-10 start in 2006 and his third in seven races at Martinsville.
    • This is the second Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge also has two Bud Poles and Ford has one. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Tony Stewart (third) posted his third top-10 start this season, all third or better and all in the past four races. It is his eighth top-10 start in 15 races at Martinsville.
    • Ryan Newman (fourth) has three top-10 starts this season, all in the past three races. This is his ninth top-10 start in as many races at Martinsville.
    • Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his first start better than 15th in five Martinsville races. This is his third top-10 start this season – all top fives.
    • Chad Blount (43rd) became the 52nd driver to make the field for a race this season.
    • Six driver qualified for their first race at Martinsville: Stanton Barrett, Chad Blount, Clint Bowyer, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., and J.J. Yeley.
    • Six of the seven Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidates qualified for the DIRECTV 500. Brent Sherman did not attempt to qualify. Yeley (18th) was the highest qualifying rookie contender for the fourth time this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-31-2006)

  • Ramblings - Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson becomes our fifth different pole winner in as many races (we got snowed out last week if you remember) today at Martinsville Speedway as he captured the Bud Pole for Sunday's DIRECTV 500 with a speed of 96.736 mph (19.575 sec). This is career pole #10 for JJ.
    Jamie McMurray will join Johnson on the front-row. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono last July.
    Sterling Marlin (6th....and with the pressure on) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at Bristol in August of 2004.
    Scott Riggs (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Talladega last October.
    Tony Raines (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Rockingham in November of 2003! (only 14 races)
    Ken Schrader (19th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Bristol last August.
    Chad Chaffin (31st) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 35th at Phoenix last November (this is only his 4th career NEXTEL Cup start).
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Greg Biffle has 8 Top-10 starts in the last 9 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.(StockCarFans.com)(3-31-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #6-Mark Martin is due out first on Friday, March 31st at 3:40pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #43-Bobby Labonte. For the Qualifying order, see my Martinsville Qualifying Page.(3-31-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the DIRCTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2006 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN 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: 4/1 at 1:30am/et

  • Friday Practice for the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over, qualifying is up next, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 96.268
    #25-Vickers 96.215
    #12-Newman 96.210
    #48-Johnson 96.122
    #10-Riggs 96.088
    slowest: #00-Sadler 92.801 and #92-Blount 92.919
    most laps run: #31-Burton 69; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 62
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Nemechek 94.932 [12th fastest lap], 30 laps run
    #48-Johnson 93.956 [4th], 38 laps run
    #14-Marlin 93.909 [15th], 29 laps run
    See speed on my Martinsville Practice Speeds Page.(3-31-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice?
    Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    the following 8 would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #14-Sterling Marlin 15th fastest
    #4-Scott Wimmer 25th
    #32-Travis Kvapil 32nd
    #89-Morgan Shepherd 35th
    #61-Kevin Lepage 39th
    #74-Derrike Cope 40th
    #51-Mike Garvey 41st
    #95-Stanton Barrett 42nd
    the following 6 would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #40-David Stremme 43rd
    #34-Chad Chaffin 45th
    #49-Jimmy Spencer 46th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 47th
    #92-Chad Blount 48th
    #00-Hermie Sadler 49th/last
    (3-31-2006)

  • Entry List for the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville 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 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position [2006 points used now]:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #14-Sterling Marlin
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #40-David Stremme
    #49-Jimmy Spencer in for Brent Sherman
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #92-Chad Blount
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 14,61,40,4,49,32,00,95
    missing the race would be #'s: 34,78,89,74,92,51
    see entry list on Jayski's Martinsville Entry List Page.
    (3-27/28-2006)

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    #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

  • Season Nuggets:
    • Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in four of the first five races this season.
    • Jeff Gordon moved into the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after Las Vegas for the first time since Martinsville last August ending a 14-race absence, the longest of his career. He climbed from 10th to sixth in the point standings after Atlanta and then fell to seventh after Bristol, the result of his 21st-place finish.
    • Jeff Gordon has led just eight laps after five races in 2006. However, he has earned bonus points in four of the five races this season earning 20 lap-leader bonus points. One year ago he had led 57 laps, earning 10 bonus points in just two races.
    • Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart have led at least one lap in all five races in 2006. Biffle has earned 35 lap leader bonus points (the most of all drivers) while Stewart has earned 30.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-27-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Martinsville Speedway:
    • Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson have each scored three top-five finishes in the first five races in 2006, the most among all drivers.
    • Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score top-15 finishes in all five races in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are the only drivers to lead at least one lap in all five races this season.
    • Mark Martin has scored nine straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Greg Biffle has climbed from 38th to 15th in the point standings since California.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-27-2006)

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph

  • Apr 2005 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 72.099mph, started 16th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Oct 2005, 98.083mph

  • Apr 2005 Pole Sitter: #10-Scott Riggs, 96.671mph, finished 21st

  • Oct 2005 Pole Sitter: #20-Tony Stewart, 98.083, finished 2nd

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: ?

  • Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon, 4

  • Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8

  • Most Top 5s: 30 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/91

  • Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/60

  • Most Cautions: 19 - 10/23/2005

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/25/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 125, 10/24/2004

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 3, 4/25/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 4/18/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 4 - 5/6/51

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kurt Busch, Oct 2002, started 36th

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 9/28/80

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 3 times, most recently 4/9/61

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 40 - Chevy

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4 - John Andretti 4/18/99

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 493 - Fred Lorenzen, 9/27/64

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 17 [of 114] 14.9%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 15: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 17: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 21: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 60 of 114 - 52.6%

  • Races won from the top 10: 82 of 114 - 71.9%

  • Martinsville Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Not Important at Martinsville Speedway
    The last four races at Martinsville Speedway have each been won from starting positions of 15th or lower.
    Owner Winner at Martinsville Speedway
    Petty Enterprises has won 19 of the 114 races at Martinsville Speedway, the most of any car owner. The last victory for Petty Enterprises came there when John Andretti won the 1999 Goody’s Body Pain 500.
    Big Winner at Martinsville Speedway
    Richard Petty posted 15 Martinsville victories the most of any driver. The most Martinsville victories by an active driver is seven by Jeff Gordon.
    Skunked at Martinsville Speedway
    Kyle Petty has competed in 50 races at Martinsville Speedway without a victory. Petty finished second there in April 1991, his best Martinsville finish
    Leading The Way at Martinsville Speedway
    Cale Yarborough led 3,851 laps in 31 races at Martinsville Speedway, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 2,041 laps led in 26 races at Martinsville.
    Would you Believe?
    Ryan Newman has started from the top-10 in all eight of his races at Martinsville Speedway. His 4.0 starting average is the best among all drivers with more than five starts that have ever competed there.
    Manufacturers at Martinsville Speedway
    A Chevrolet has won five of the last six races at Martinsville. Rusty Wallace ended the Dodge 28-year drought when he won the 2004 Advance Auto Parts 500. A Ford has not won at Martinsville since Kurt Busch won the 2002 Old Dominion 500.
    Martinsville Standouts
    • Richard Petty competed in 67 races at Martinsville Speedway, more than any other driver.
    • Darrell Waltrip scored eight Bud Poles at Martinsville, leading all drivers. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven victories at Martinsville. Richard Petty leads all drivers with 15.
    • Mark Martin has scored 21 top-10 finishes in his 40 races at Martinsville Speedway, the most among active drivers.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers at Martinsville with a 4.00 starting average in eight races there.
    • Jeff Gordon has a 7.846 average finish in his 26 races at Martinsville Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted seven straight top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway, the longest current streak.
    Milestones
    • Joe Nemechek is expected to make his 400th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to make his 225th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Martinsville Speedway.
    • Jimmie Johnson, Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman are all expected to make their 150th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend.
    Season Nuggets
    • Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in four of the first five races this season. • Jeff Gordon moved into the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after Las Vegas for the first time since Martinsville last August ending a 14-race absence, the longest of his career. He climbed from 10th to sixth in the point standings after Atlanta and then fell to seventh after Bristol, the result of his 21st-place finish. • Jeff Gordon has led just eight laps after five races in 2006. However, he has earned bonus points in four of the five races this season earning 20 lap-leader bonus points. One year ago he had led 57 laps, earning 10 bonus points in just two races. • Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart have led at least one lap in all five races in 2006. Biffle has earned 35 lap leader bonus points (the most of all drivers) while Stewart has earned 30.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-27-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 0.526 Mile
    Race: 500 laps, 263 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
    Straights: 800 feet
    Grandstnd Seating: 91,000
    Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long
    Speed Limits: Pit Road, 35 mph; Pace Car, 40 mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: John Suranyi, DirecTV
    Command to start engines: John Suranyi, DirecTV
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Becky Bahling
    Military Flyover: 193rd Special Ops Wing, C-130 Commando

  • Track Website: martinsvillespeedway.com

  • 2005 Martinsville April Race Info Page

  • 2005 Martinsville Oct. Race Info Page

  • Martinsville to 1 race? Vegas to 2? Might Martinsville Speedway lose one of its two NASCAR Cup dates to Las Vegas next season? Speculation is growing that something like that might be in the works. If so, Martinsville's fall race - in the middle of NASCAR's championship chase - might be the chip on the table between the France family and Bruton Smith.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-1-2006)

  • Good Seats Remain For Martinsville races: Good seats remain for the DIRECTV 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 2 despite rumors to the contrary. About this time every spring the Speedway ticket office gets calls questioning if the event is sold out. Although the DIRECTV 500 is normally sold out before the green flag flies, there are good seats remaining for the event. In addition to available tickets for the DIRECTV 500 on April 2, there are plenty of prime seats available for the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, scheduled for April 1. Ticket prices for the DIRECTV 500 range from $42 to $77. Tickets for the Kroger 250 are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. All seats are unreserved. Speedway officials also warn potential ticket buyers to avoid unauthorized independent ticket agencies across the country who are selling tickets far above face value. These agencies have no connection with Martinsville Speedway. They have obtained tickets through over-the-phone or internet orders, without divulging their planned use for the tickets. Tickets for both the DIRECTV 500 on Sunday, April 2, and the Kroger 250, on Saturday, April 1, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or see Martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-22-2006)

  • DIRECTV to sponsor Martinsville Cup race: NASCAR partner DIRECTV, the nation'sleading digital TV service, announced today that it will be the title sponsor of the upcoming NEXTEL Cup Series race in Martinsville, VA on April 2, 2006. In addition to sponsoring the DIRECTV 500, DIRECTV will also be the primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Chevrolet in the race with rookie Clint Bowyer in the driver's seat. In addition to being an associate sponsor of the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy during the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series season, DIRECTV will also be the primary sponsor of the #07 Chevy at the Pocono 500 (June 11) and the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (October 8).(Martinsville Speedway)(3-8-2006)

  • Petty Driving Experience to Martinsville Speedway: The Richard Petty Driving Experience will make its first visit to Martinsville Speedway this spring and offer race fans a chance to see the .526-mile speedway like never before. The 2006 dates will include March 18 and 19 and will offer the Ride Along Experience ($99) where customers ride shotgun with professional instructors for three high-speed laps and the "Martinsville Experience," a custom-driving program ($399) offered only at Martinsville Speedway. Participants in the "Martinsville Experience" will drive themselves for 12 laps after a brief orientation and instruction period. Reservations to drive can be made by calling 1-800-BE-PETTY. There is no reservation required for the Ride Along, which will be offered first-come, first-serve each day.To order tickets for Martinsville Speedway's spring NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, the Virginia 500, call 1.877.RACE.TIX.(Martinsville Speedway)(1-25-2006)

  • Local agencies' response to Martinsville Speedway 'crisis' tested: Local Martinsville, VA officials on Tuesday sharpened their skills in the event of a weapons-of-mass-destruction incident during a NASCAR race. The mock disaster drill, dubbed "Chase to the Green," was designed to evaluate current plans, policies and procedures that would help the Martinsville Speedway and 93,000 visitors in the event of a worst-case scenario. It was held at the county's Public Safety Building on DuPont Road and was called a table-top drill, meaning it involved discussions, not action. In the drill scenerio that unfolded Tuesday, participants learn in January that California and federal law enforcement agencies uncovered a terrorist plot to detonate several bombs at the Rose Bowl and that affiliated terrorist cells in other cities planned attacks at other sports venues. By Feb. 1, the Homeland Security Advisory Systems' threat level is raised to orange. In early April, after completing security checks, federal, state and local security personnel deem the Martinsville Speedway safe and allow other staff access to it. Race day dawns cool and sunny as thousands of fans make their way into the speedway and things appear normal until about 10:05 a.m. That is when authorities notice a "serious-looking male wearing a heavy raincoat" approaching one of the gates. Authorities detain the man and search him, finding literature on how to make a suicide-bomb vest and a map of the Martinsville Speedway. They also suspect the man came to the speedway with others who already may have passed through the gates. By 10:45 a.m., a small fire breaks out in the kitchen of a hot dog stand. The flame spreads quickly and soon intensifies, engulfing the entire hot dog stand. Shortly after noon, a suspicious-looking car is found abandoned on the roadside and police find several items in the vehicle that could be used to make a bomb. The scenerio built on that theme, culminating in an incident that could have required the evacuation of almost a hundred thousand race fans. After each stage of the drill, members of the Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC), which includes representatives of individual groups and acts as a unified command center in case of an incident such as an attack, discussed ways to improve communications and provide a more organized approach to investigating such incidents. Other groups involved included track officials, local government, law enforcement and representatives from the hospital, health department and other agencies. Another roundtable discussion will be held in the next several months, and the process will culminate with a full disaster drill at the speedway in about two years. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Grants & Training Office, formerly the Office for Disaster Preparedness, and the Alexandria-based consulting firm of Community Research Associates Inc. helped coordinate and facilitate the drill.(Martinsville Bulletin)(12-8-2005)

  • Busch Series returns to Martinsville under the lights: Martinsville Speedway will host a Busch Series night race July 22, track and series officials confirmed Saturday. The race, expected to be a 250-lap event, will be held the same weekend the Nextel Cup series is at Pocono Raceway. No other series is scheduled to race with the Busch Series that weekend. Portable lights will be used. Clay Campbell, track president, said there are no plans to add permanent lights.(Roanoke Times)(10-23-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • 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 DirecTV #07 Schemes page
#14-Sterling Marlin Ginn Resorts #14 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Irwin Tools #26 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Schwans #45 Schemes Page
#61-Kevin Lepage State Water Heaters #61 Schemes Page


  • DirecTV to sponsor RCR? UPDATE: looks like DirecTV will be an associate sponsor on the #07 Jack Daniel's RCR Chevy Clint Boyer will drive in 2006. See the schemes on my #07 Team Schemes page.(1-31-2006)
    UPDATE: NASCAR partner DIRECTV has announced an official partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), one of NASCAR’s premier racing teams. Through the partnership, DIRECTV will be an associate sponsor of the #07 Jack Daniel’s Chevy and its driver, Clint Bowyer, during the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season. The association with RCR aligns DIRECTV with one of the sport’s most well-respected racing programs and one of the sport’s most exciting young drivers. DIRECTV also will be primary sponsor of the #07 Chevy at three Nextel Cup Series races this season at Martinsville (April 2), Pocono (June 11) and Talladega (October 8).
    As the nation’s leading digital TV service, DIRECTV has a long history with NASCAR, though this announcement marks the company’s first official sponsorship of a Nextel Cup team. The service has become an integral part of the sport by providing millions of fans the opportunity for the most enhanced, unique NASCAR viewing experience at home and trackside. DIRECTV has also become a critical piece of racing equipment for crew chiefs, as teams up and down pit road rely on the digital picture and sound to aid spotters and monitor car performance throughout the entire race. The partnership with RCR and Clint Bowyer will enable DIRECTV to create consumer marketing and retail promotions targeting NASCAR's loyal fan base. In addition, the relationship will provide DIRECTV the opportunity to increase awareness of its new DIRECTV Plus ® DVR among race fans and emphasize current and future features that will enhance their race viewing experience.(RCR Site)(2-10-2006)

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


RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs

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


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