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THE RACE: The 3M Performance 400

Nextel Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 18, 2006 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor/Link: 3M

  • Track: Michigan International Speedway

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 1:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 22 [Replay] at 2:30pm/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: $5,037,040 (was $4,955,273 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, June 16, 11:35am - 1:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, June 17, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 17, 10:35 - 11:20am/et on TV-FX at 6:30pm/et via tape


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 16, 10:35am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 16 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, June 16, 2006
    8:00 a.m. Gates Open to the Public
    10:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Practice
    11:35 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Practice
    1:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice
    3:10 p.m NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    5:00 p.m. Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    5:15 p.m. Start of Hantz Group 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)

    Saturday, June 17, 2006 8:00 a.m. Gates Open to the Public
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
    10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
    11:40 a.m. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
    2:45 p.m. Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    3:15 p.m. Start of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)

    Sunday, June 18, 2006 (Father’s Day)
    8:00 a.m. Gates Open to the Public
    1:10 p.m. Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    1:40 p.m. Start of 3M Performance 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Series Cup Race (200 Laps, 400 Miles)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4060; Right-side -- D-4062

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the second time this season that Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the track, with teams having run these codes recently at Dover . . . Craftsman Truck teams will be running a different set of codes this weekend at Michigan . . . as on all ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is the same set-up Cup teams ran a couple weeks ago at Dover, so they've all had a good chance to see how they react to chassis changes. These codes have a new construction compared to last year at Michigan, with a tougher compound on both sides for improved treadwear."


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Michigan for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    (6-11-2006)

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

    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:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 9
    #20-Tony Stewart, 9
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 3
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2
    (6-11-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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  • Kahne wins rain shortened race at MIS: #9-Kasey Kahne won the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway, which was rained delayed, then shortened to 129 [of 200 scheduled laps] when rain fell around 5:00pm/et. The win is Kahne's 4th of the season, he has the most of any other driver this year and 5th of his career. It is also the 4th race Kahne has won from the pole. The race is fourth race at MIS that has been called due to rain [8/2001, 6/2000 and 8/1969, the race was shortened in 6/1974 due to the energy shortage..not rain]. #99-Carl Edwards finished 2nd, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #16-Greg Biffle [back in the top-10 in points] and #41-Reed Sorenson [his first ever top-5 finish]. #48-Jimmie Johnson, who finished 6th, increased his points lead over #17-Matt Kenseth by 74 points over #17-Matt Kenseth [who finished 13th]. Kahne is the 7th driver to win a race after falling a lap down and getting the lucky dog pass back to the lead lap. There were 17 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 36 laps.
    Race Results on my Michigan Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(6-18-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Michigan [15 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 2295
    #17-Matt Kenseth 2221 -74
    #9-Kasey Kahne 2051 -244
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2020 -275
    #6-Mark Martin 1989 -306
    #20-Tony Stewart 1928 -367
    #31-Jeff Burton 1888 -407
    #29-Kevin Harvick 1849 -446
    #11-Denny Hamlin 1809 -486
    #16-Greg Biffle 1807 -488
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-18-2006)

  • Michigan Race News and Notes:
    • Kasey Kahne won the 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 87th career start.
    • Kahne scored his fourth victory in 2006, the most of all drivers. Kahne also won at Atlanta, Texas and Charlotte.
    • Four of Kahne’s five victories have come from the Bud Pole. The only race that he did not win from the Bud Pole was at Lowe’s in May where he started ninth.
    • This was the fourth time a race in 2006 that a race was won from the Bud Pole. Kahne has won three and Denny Hamlin one.
    • This was Kahne’s first victory and third top-five finish in five races at Michigan.
    • Kahne scored his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races this season. He has posted four straight top-10 finishes, extending a streak that began with his victory at Lowe’s.
    • Kahne climbed from fifth to third in the point standings.
    • Jeff Gordon led the most laps for the second time in 2006. Gordon also led the most laps at Talladega.
    • Race winner Kahne led four times for 19 laps including the final 13 laps in the 2006 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway.
    • This is team owner Ray Evernham’s 11th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and second at Michigan International Speedway. His first Michigan victory was scored by Jeremy Mayfield last August.
    • Evernham Motorsports has won at least one race each season 2001– 2006, six consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Carl Edwards (second) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races in 2006 and fifth top-five of the 2006 season. It was his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Michigan.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races in 2006. It is his third top-10 finish in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway. He climbed from sixth to fourth in the point standings.
    • Greg Biffle (fourth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races in 2006. It was his in fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Michigan International Speedway. Seven races ago Greg Biffle was 232 points behind 10th (after Talladega). With his fourth-place finish, Biffle is now 10th. Biffle has climbed from 23rd to 10th in points in the six races since Talladega. After 15 races in 2005, he ranked second in the point standings. Biffle is just two points behind ninthplace Denny Hamlin. Biffle has scored six straight top-10 finishes, the longest top-10 streak of his career. His previous best was when he scored five straight top-10 finishes between August and September 2005.
    • Reed Sorenson (fifth) scored his first top-five finish in his 17-race career. It was his third top-10 finish in 2006. This was his first race at Michigan.
    • Jimmie Johnson (sixth) remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 74 points ahead of secondplace Matt Kenseth. Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in 14 of the 15 races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin (27th) failed to score a top-15 finish for just the third time in 2006.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 15 races this season.
    • Dave Blaney (30th) extended a 33-race streak of running at the finish that began at New Hampshire last July, which is the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-18-2006)

  • Rumblings - Michigan:
    Kasey Kahne won the 3M Performance 258 presented by Post-It Picture Paper this afternoon at a rainy Michigan International Speedway for his 4th win of 2006 (no one has more). After about an hour's delay getting started (and multiple yellows for precipitation) the race was called after 129 laps and Kasey had his 5th career win (he's tied for 62nd on the all-time win list). This was the 11th win for car owner Ray Evernham and was worth $205,364 from the over $5.5M in posted awards. When Kasey's pit crew got him out about 18 inches ahead of Carl Edwards on their last pit stop, little did we know.....
    Carl Edwards (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Texas last October.
    Reed Sorenson (5th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 10th on two occasions....at Atlanta in March and at Lowe's in May.
    Casey Mears (7th) had his best finish since he was 7th at California in February.
    David Stremme (19th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Chicagoland last July.
    Bill Lester (32nd) had his career-best finish today. He was 38th in his only other start at Atlanta in March.
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Casey Mears (+30), followed by Carl Edwards (+29), Ryan Newman (+27), Reed Sorenson (+20), and Dale Jarrett (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Clint Bowyer (-30), followed by J. J. Yeley (-26), Tony Stewart (-24), Bobby Labonte (-23), and Ken Schrader (-20). Lotsa action in the "Shaft" for a shortened event.
    Reed Sorenson led today (once for three laps) for the first time in his NEXTEL Cup career. He's the 41st different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 51 different leaders.
    Greg Biffle moves above the "Stayin' Alive" line this week as he replaces Kyle Busch in the Top-10. Jimmie Johnson lengthens his lead over Matt Kenseth to 74 markers.
    We're able to post our first "Mathematically Eliminated" line of the season (and we expect that line to move rapidly) after today's race. Every driver from 47th on back can now state "Wait'll next year!".
    Reed Sorenson (24th to 20th) made the best advance in the standings today, while six drivers fell two spots.(Stock Car Fans)(6-18-2006)

    Michigan Race Rundown

  • The 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 129 of 200 laps [shortened to 129 due to rain]:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #9-Kahne-d (1)(19 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (31)(25 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (6)(4 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-f (10)(11 laps led)
    #41-Sorenson-d (25-r)(3 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (4)
    #42-Mears-d (37)
    #24-Gordon-c (2)(50 laps led)
    #2-Busch-d (13)
    #29-Harvick-c (19)

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

    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Drivers Points after lap 128 of 200 at Michigan
    #48-Johnson 2295
    #17-Kenseth -74
    #9-Kahne -244
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -275
    #6-Martin -306
    #20-Stewart -367
    #31-Burton -407
    #29-Harvick -446
    #11-Hamlin -486
    #16-Biffle -488

  • Cars on the lead lap: 37 (of 43 starters)

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

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 96,07,18

  • Cars on the track: 40 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (3) and reason:
    #74-Cope [over heating-out]
    #21-Schrader (accident-out)
    #20-Stewart (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 17 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (50, most led);
    #99-Edwards (25);
    #9-Kahne (pole, 19);
    #16-Biffle (11);
    #5-Busch (9);
    #25-Vickers (7);
    #41-Sorenson (3);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (3);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #49-Lepage (1);

  • Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1; #24-Gordon 2-22; #5-Busch 23-31; #9-Kahne 32-35; #24-Gordon 36-45; #9-Kahne 46; #24-Gordon 47-55; #45-Petty 56; #24-Gordon 57-59; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 60-61; #24-Gordon 62-68; #16-Biffle 69-79; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 80; #25-Vickers 81-87; #99-Edwards 88-112; #49-Lepage 113; #41-Sorenson 114-116; #9-Kahne 117-129;

    Cautions: 9 for 37 laps

    Ties the record for caution periods at MIS, 9...three other times

    RED FLAG as of 4:43pm/et, lap 129 due to rain and was called at 5:00pm/et
    Caution 9 - Laps 125 - 129: Rain showers falling, the cars are stayin on the track, along with the jet dryers, to keep heat in the track. The radar on weather.com looks bad [the track is a tad below Lansing]
    Caution 8 - Laps 112 - 115: Debris in turn 1 and turn 3, rubber and bedris from #45-Petty who lost a left rear tire
    Caution 7 - Laps 81 - 84: #96-Raines lost a left front tire and spun in turn 1.
    Caution 6 - Laps 68 - 70: #17-Kenseth got loose in turn 3 and spun, didn't collect anyone else.
    Caution 5 - Laps 55 - 58: Rain showers falling
    Caution 4 - Laps 32 - 35: #26-McMurray got into #18-Yeley, who spun around sliding backwards, then #21-Schrader and Yeley hit head on, also #01-Nemechek spun, but not much if any damage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 23 - 25: #20-Stewart and #66-Green made contact in turn 4, sending Stewart backing into the wall backwards, when Stewart came down, #07-Bowyer just caught Stewart and did some right front end damage to the car.

    Caution 2 - Laps 11 - 17: Rain showers falling
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 6: #7-Gordon got loese and spun off turn 2

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #34-Skinner, 37th
    Caution 8: #34-Skinner [still a lap down], 37th
    Caution 7: #17-Kenseth, 13th
    Caution 6: #07-Bowyer [still 29 laps down], 39th
    Caution 5: #9-Kahne, 1st - WON
    Caution 4: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 3: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down.
    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)
    ---- during the 8th and 9th caution, the crew of the #19-Mayfield team had the hood up, making a camber adjustment to the car.
    ---- surprisingly, with rain in the area, most of the lead laps cars came in to puit during the 8th caution. #49-Lepage stayed out to lead a lap, with #55-Waltrip also staying out.
    ---- #20-Stewart is back on the track as of lap 107.
    ---- #20-Stewart didn't last on the track long and came back to the garage a few laps after he went out.
    ---- on lap 83, #20-Stewart is back on the track after the team made repairs from the early wreck.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #19-Mayfield and #49-Lepage made some contact; #5-Busch was caught speeding on pit road and snet to the end of the longest line before the restart.
    ---- on lap 47, #9-Kahne, while running 2nd. came in for an unscheduled pit stop to remove the beris and make a chassis change and top off the fuel
    ---- as of lap 44, #9-Kahne is reporting his motor is running hot, 250 segrees and supposedly has debris on the grill.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #17-Kenseth is back in to pit, the crew under the hood, making more repairs; also the #26 team is making front end repairs from the wreck with Yeley.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, all but 9 cars came in to pit, so #24-Gordon came in 1st and came out 10th, as the top-9 cars had made pit stops during the 2nd caution.
    ---- #20-Stewart seems fine after his wreck, he was out of the car with a hammer working on the car, swinging it pretty good.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, about half the field came in to make a pit stop, including #5-Busch, #6-Martin, #42-Mears and many others. The #17-Kenseth car has some right front damage from contact with #23-Lester on pitroad and the crew made some repairs during the caution.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #7-Gordon made a few pit stops for repairs after his spin, also #96-Raines and some other drivers came in to top off for fuel
    ---- green flag at 2:34pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:26pm/et by actor Adam Sandler
    ---- To The Back [1]: #12-Ryan Newman [transmission change, was to start 42nd anyway]


  • Race Coverage of the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, June 18, 2006.
    TV: Fox at 1:00pm/et [green flag around 1:40pm/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, June 22nd at 2:30pm/et

  • Kahne wrecks in Happy Hour: #9-Kasey Kahne, who will start on the pole for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway, spun and hit the Turn 2 wall during final practice Saturday. Kahne was not injured, and damage to the Evernham Motorsports #9 Dodge was not severe enough to require the team to use its backup entry.(SceneDaily.com)(6-17-2006)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 181.970
    #6-Martin 180.741
    #29-Harvick 180.646
    #9-Kahne 180.646
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 180.000
    slowest: #34-Skinner 173.177 and #74-Cope 173.787
    most laps led: #31-Burton 38; #43-Labonte 34
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #9-Kahne 175.934 [4th fastest lap], 4 laps run
    #6-Martin 175.768 [2nd], 20 laps
    #16-Biffle 175.645 [1st], 22 laps
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(6-17-2006)

  • First Saturday Practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 184.701
    #2-Busch 184.337
    #29-Harvick 184.214
    #99-Edwards 184. 087
    #42-Mears 183.988
    slowest: #74-Cope 174.885 and #34-Skinner 176.466
    most laps run: #5-Busch 37; #12-Newman 36
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #40-Stremme 178.865 [23rd fastest lap], 21 laps run
    #16-Biffle 178.793 [1st], 23 laps
    #29-Harvick 178.680 [3rd], 26 laps
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(6-17-2006)

  • Kahne wins pole at Michigan: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 185.644mph for his 4th pole of 2006 and 10th of his career [now tied with Foyt, Stewart and Yarbrough for 34th all-time]. #24-Jeff Gordon went out 47th and last and almost took the pole, but settled for 2nd with a speed of 185.543mph, followed by #25-Brian Vickers, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #43-Bobby Labonte. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 6th. #12-Newman spun on his first lap and took no time/speed and will start 42nd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #32-Kvapil,, #55-Waltrip, #40-Stremme, #34-Skinner, #49-Lepage, #4-Wimmer and #74-Cope. Missing the race were: #78-Spencer, #61-Chaffin, #51-Garvey and #37-Long. See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(6-16-2006)

  • Michigan Qualifying News and Notes:
    • Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 38.784 seconds at 185.644 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph - set June 17, 2005.
    • This is Kahne’s 10th career Bud Pole in 87 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • Kahne posted his fourth Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start of 2006. It is his first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in five races at Michigan – all fourth or better.
    • Kahne became the eighth different Bud Pole winner in the past 10 races at Michigan. Bobby Labonte, who swept both Bud Poles here in 2003, is the only repeat Bud Pole winner since the fall race of 2001. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
    • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.805 seconds, 185.543 mph – and will join Kahne on the front row for the 3M Performance 400. Gordon posted his 18th top-10 start in 27 Michigan races. He has started on the front row in four of the last five races here (one Bud Pole and three second-place starts).
    • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has four Bud Poles and Ford has three. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Brian Vickers (third) posted his fifth top-10 start this season. This is his fourth top-10 start in five races at Michigan.
    • Jimmie Johnson (fourth) posted his 10th top-10 start of the 2006 season. It is his fourth top-10 start in nine Michigan races.
    • Bobby Labonte (fifth) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2006 and his 15th in 28 races at Michigan.
    • Bill Lester (34th) qualified for his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Lester started 19th and finished 38th at Atlanta earlier this year and became the first African-American driver to compete on NASCAR’s premier series since Willie T. Ribbs in this race in 1986.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-16-2006)

  • Ramblings - Michigan: Kasey Kahne nabbed his fourth Bud Pole of the season today (and 10th of his NEXTEL Cup career) at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It Picture Paper....but he had to wait till the end to start celebrating. Jeff Gordon went out last and settled for the outside pole as Kasey's time was a little over 2/100th's of a second quicker. This will be Gordon's best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Daytona in February.
    Brian Vickers (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Loudon last July.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Dover last September (this one surprised me).
    Ken Schrader (22nd) has his best starting spot since he timed in 19th at Martinsville in April.
    Welcome Back Mike Skinner (43rd).....he makes his first start of '06.
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 13 Top-10 starts in the last 14 races.
    Kasey Kahne has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.(Stock Car Fans)(6-16-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:40pm/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: 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #10-Riggs is due out first on Friday, June 16th at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #24-Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Michigan Qualifying/Grid Page.(6-16-2006)

  • Friday's practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 183.777
    #5-Busch 183.748
    #10-Riggs 183.561
    #24-Gordon 183.155
    #01-Nemechek 182.997
    slowest: #37-Long 173.599 and #61-Chaffin 176.388
    most laps run: #6-Martin & #20-Stewart 26
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Nemechek 181.430 [5th fastest lap], 11 laps run
    #5-Busch 181.028 [2nd], 7 laps
    #43-Labonte 180.955 [13th], 7 laps
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(6-16-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice
    Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same these drivers would make the race
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 17th fastest
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 18th
    #40-David Stremme, 24th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 28th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 33rd
    #23-Bill Lester, 34th
    #78-Jimmy Spencer, 39th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 42nd
    if things stayed the same these drivers would miss the race
    #34-Mike Skinner, 43rd
    #51-Mike Garvey, 44th
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 46th
    #37-Carl Long, 47th
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(6-16-2006)

  • Entry List for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #23-Bill Lester
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Blount
    #37-Carl Long
    #40-David Stremme
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Caffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Jimmy Spencer
    removed from entry list:
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 32,55,40,4,61,49,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,51,37,23.
    see entry list on Jayski's Michigan Entry List Page.
    (6-13/16-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is now set for Michigan:
    no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
    33) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +165 points ahead of 36th
    34) #45-Petty/Kyle Petty +155 points ahead of 36th
    35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +121
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -121 points behind 35th
    37) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -153
    38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -173
    39) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -186
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners PointsPage.(6-12-2 006)

  • 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)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Heading to Michigan
    • Ryan Newman has posted top-15 starts in all nine of his races at Michigan. Seven were top-10 starts.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four straight top-10 starts at Michigan, the longest current streak.
    • Matt Kenseth has scored top-10 finishes in his last six races at Michigan, the longest current streak among active drivers. Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards have each scored three straight top 10 finishes there.
    • Tony Stewart is the only non-Roush driver to score top-10 finishes in the last three races at Michigan.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted a top-15 finish in 12 of his 13 races at Michigan.
    • A Dodge has won three of the last five races at Michigan. A Ford has won five of the last eight races at Michigan. A Chevrolet has not won at Michigan since June 2001 (Jeff Gordon), 10 Michigan races ago.
    • The last three races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top-10, including this race one year ago that was won from 25th, the second lowest starting position of a race winner at Michigan.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-12-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Michigan:
    • Denny Hamlin has posted five straight top-10 starts and five straight top-15 finishes.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored five straight top-15 finishes.
    • Greg Biffle has scored top-10 finishes in each of his last five races. Five races ago, Biffle was 232 points behind 10th. After his sixth-place finish at Pocono he is now just 27 points behind 10th, a gain of 205 points on 10th in those five races.
    • Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson have each won three races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score nine top-five finishes in the 14 races this season, including the last four races.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 11 top-10 finishes in the first 14 races of 2006.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in 13 of the 14 races in 2006.
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 12 of the 14 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth ranks second in the point standings after Pocono. After 14 races one year ago, he ranked 22nd.
    • Jeff Burton has climbed from 21st to 7th in the point standings since Martinsville. In those eight races he score seven top-10 finishes and all eight were top-15s. One year ago he ranked 16th..(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-12-2006)

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • June 2005 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 150.596mph, started 25th

  • August 2005 Race Winner: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 141.551mph, started 11th

  • Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph

  • June 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 194.232, finished 15th

  • August 2005 Pole Sitter: #01-Joe Nemechek, 191.530, finished 8th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/92

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

  • Most Cautions: 9 - four times, last on 8/22/04

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/75

  • Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, started 28th, 6/2000

  • Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson

  • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/89

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 6, Jeremy Mayfield, 8/21/05

  • Most Lead Changes: 65 - 8/16/81

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/84

  • Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/82

  • Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/84

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 8/18/02

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 6/16/74

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 28 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 73 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 48 of 73 - 65.8%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 73 - 80.8%

  • Michigan Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is not Important at Michigan International Speedway
    The last three races at Michigan have been won from starting positions outside the top-10.
    Michigan Pole Winners
    There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last nine races at Pocono. Only Bobby Labonte (both 2003) repeated as the Bud Pole winner during the period. Qualifying was rained out in August 2004. Michigan Streaks
    • Ryan Newman has posted top-15 starts in all nine of his races at Michigan. Seven were top-10s.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four straight top-10 starts at Michigan, the longest current streak.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted six straight tip-10 finishes at Michigan, the longest current streak.
    Roush Dominance at Michigan
    • Matt Kenseth leads his teammates, scoring top-10 finishes in his last six races at Michigan. Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards have both scored top 10 finishes in each of the last three races at Michigan.
    • Tony Stewart is the only non-Roush driver to score top-10 finishes in each of the last three races at Michigan.
    Owner Wins at Michigan International Speedway
    The Wood Brothers have scored 11 wins at Michigan International Speedway, the most of any car owner. Their last Michigan victory was scored by Dale Jarrett in August 1991 when Jarrett scored his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory, 29 Michigan races ago. The Wood Brothers were very strong in the early history of Michigan scoring nine of their 11 victories in the first 15 races held there: David Pearson (seven) and Cale Yarborough (two).
    Recent Domination at Michigan International Speedway
    • Greg Biffle won two of the last three races at Michigan International Speedway.
    • Carl Edwards has scored a top-10 finish in all three of his races at Michigan.
    Leading The Way at Michigan International Speedway
    Cale Yarborough led 1,308 laps in 36 races at Michigan, the most of all drivers. Bill Elliott led 1,004 in 54 races and ranks second in laps led there. Mark Martin ranks third with 882 laps led in 40 races at Michigan, the most among active drivers.
    Would you Believe?
    A Chevrolet has won only one of the last 10 races at Michigan. The last nine races there had five Ford victories and four by Dodge.
    Michigan Standouts
    • Ricky Rudd had 58 career starts at Michigan International Speedway, more than any other driver.
    • Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 49 starts at Michigan International Speedway.
    • David Pearson scored 10 Bud Poles at Michigan International Speedway, leading all drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte lead all active drivers, each with four Bud Poles at Michigan.
    • David Pearson leads all drivers with nine victories at Michigan International Speedway.
    • Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin lead all active drivers each with four victories at Michigan International Speedway.
    • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 21 top-five finishes at Michigan International Speedway.
    • Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett lead all full time, active drivers each with 15 top-five finishes at Michigan.
    • Mark Martin has scored 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan, the most among full time, active drivers.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 6.55 starting average in nine races at Michigan.
    • Carl Edwards has a 6.33 finishing average in his three races at Michigan, the best of all active drivers.
    Season Nuggets
    • Jimmie Johnson led Greg Biffle by 123 points after 14 races in 2005. Johnson is again the leader after 14 races in 2006, leading Matt Kenseth by 48 points.
    • Three drivers that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 14 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Elliott Sadler was third and finished 13th, Kevin Harvick was seventh and finished 14th and Jeff Gordon was ninth and finished 11th.
    • After 14 races in 2006 just seven drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 12 drivers within the 400-point window.
    • Eleventh-place Jeff Gordon is just 25 points behind 10th-place Kyle Busch while 12th-place Greg Biffle in just 27 points behind 10th.
    • Nine of the top-12 drivers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings are separated by 50 points or less. Six of the 12 are within 25 points of the next higher position.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won four of the first 14 races in 2006. Chevrolet has seven victories in 2006 while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had seven victories at this point of the season.
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 12 of the 14 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 80 lap leader bonus points, 50 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 30.
    • Ken Schrader and Reed Sorenson remain the only drivers that have competed in every race that have yet to lead in 2006.
    • After just 14 races in 2006, 38 drivers have race winnings in excess of $1 million.
    • Four of the top-10 drivers have been running at the finish in every race in 2006.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Dale Jarrett remains the only driver among the top 20 in points that has not scored a top-five finish in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards (11th through 13th in the point standings) have each posted three DNFs in 2006. Gordon has posted only one top-10 finish in the last five races. Biffle scored top-10 finishes in the last five races while Edwards scored just two top-10 finishes in the last five races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-15-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Seating: 137,243, attendence: 153,000.

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: actor Adam Sandler
    Command to start engines: actor Adam Sandler
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Josh Gracin
    Military Flyover:

  • Track Website: mispeedway.com

  • 2005 Michigan June Race Info Page

  • 2005 Michigan August Race Info Page

  • Tickets still available for Michigan races: The 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It* Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway, still has tickets availbe for the Nextel Cup race as well oas the Truck Series and ARCA race. Tickets are available for all races by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-13-2006)

  • National Anthem at MIS: Josh Gracin has performed live and on television for thousands of people, and now he will entertain the largest single-day sporting crowd in the state of Michigan. Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Gracin returns to his home state on Sunday, June 18th to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at Michigan International Speedway prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper.(MIS PR)(6-13-2006)

  • Michigan Governor announces road improvement plans for MIS: Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced $18.5 million will be spent over the next three years in road projects to improve safety and access to Michigan International Speedway (MIS), including $7.5 million in accelerated projects. The announcement is the result of an agreement between the Granholm Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), MIS, and local lawmakers, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police. The projects will create more than 60 new jobs. The accelerated projects will center along US-127 and US-12 and will coordinate with scheduled race weekends at MIS over the next three summers, with construction beginning as early as fall 2006. The accelerated projects will be paid for with a combination of federal safety dollars and Transportation Economic Development funding. All planning and design for these US-127 corridor improvements will begin in 2006 with construction scheduled to be completed in advance of the 2009 race season.(MIS PR)(6-8-2006)

  • Adam Sandler named Grand Marshal for June race at MIS: There will already be plenty of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series stars at Michigan International Speedway for the 3M Performance 400, but June 18th has gotten even brighter with the naming of popular film star Adam Sandler as the race's Grand Marshal. Adam Sandler is the star of over a dozen films including the blockbuster comedies The Longest Yard, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and Big Daddy, to name just a few. Sandler, who will give the command to start engines as well as participate in other pre-race ceremonies, is appearing at MIS only days before the June 23 release of his newest film, Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios' comedy Click where Sandler portrays Michael Newman, a family man whose busy career as an architect doesn't leave much time for his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and two kids. Unable to figure out which of his many remotes turns on the television, he goes shopping for a universal remote and finds the perfect device through Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a one-of-a-kind remote with magical powers. With each click, Michael is able to control his career and personal life. But complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. Click also stars David Hasselhoff as Michael's boss, Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner as his parents and Sean Astin. Sandler, who has attended other NASCAR races, will be seeing his first at MIS. Tickets for both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, are currently on sale at MIS' official website, MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-24-2006)

  • MIS President to step down after 2006: W. Brett Shelton, President of Michigan International Speedway will step down from his position at the end of the 2006 racing season at MIS. Roger A. Curtis, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for California Speedway, has been named as Shelton's replacement and will move to MIS to begin working on the transition immediately. "My wife Elisabeth, our son Blake and I have enjoyed our five, going on six seasons at MIS immensely which made this a difficult decision," said Shelton, who is planning to move his family back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "The fans at MIS are arguably the best in racing and we have a tremendous seasoned staff which should make the transition much easier. I've had a chance to work with Roger Curtis for a number of years during our time with ISC and I think he'll be a great fit for MIS." Curtis, 39, a Terre Haute, Indiana native, brings over 15 years of Motorsports experience to MIS and is looking forward to returning to his Midwest roots.(MIS PR)(5-13-2006)

  • MIS June race to be named Con-Way Freight 200: Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight Inc., and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) have announced that the less-than-truckload freight transportation company will be the title sponsor of the Saturday, June 17 "Con-way Freight 200" Truck Series race at MIS. In addition to its title sponsorship of the race, Con-way Freight Inc. is the primary sponsor of Truck Series driver and Michigan native Jack Sprague, who is piloting the #60 Con-way Freight Toyota Tundra throughout the 2006 season for Wyler Racing. (Michigan International Raceway)(5-10-2006)

  • Carfax to sponsor MIS Busch race: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced that Carfax will be the title sponsor of the August 19 "Carfax 250" NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. As the first NASCAR sponsorship of any kind for Carfax, the company is looking to make a lasting impression on the millions of racing fans around the country. Consumers can celebrate the company's entrance into the sport through an online sweepstakes Carfax launched recently called Picking Up the Pace. The two-part sweepstakes features grand prize drawings for two fun-filled race weekends at MIS and a ride in the official pace car during each race. For the chance to be a winner and part of racing history simply log on to www.carfax250.com and fill in the entry form. This year will mark the first of three years Carfax is sponsoring the NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. Tickets are available now for the both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(4-30-2006)

  • 3M to sponsor June race at Michigan: 3M Company and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced that 3M will be the title sponsor of the June 18 "3M Performance 400" Nextel Cup Series race at MIS. This year will mark the first of three years of 3M sponsorship of Nextel Cup races at MIS. In addition to its title sponsorship of the 3M Performance 400, 3M is the primary sponsor of Busch Series driver Todd Kluever who will pilot the #06 3M Ford Fusion throughout the 2006 season for Roush Racing. Kluever will replace Mark Martin in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007. 3M's title sponsorship will complement the 3M Car Care Auto Fair to be held on the MIS grounds during the August 18-20, 2006, race weekend. The fair will showcase more than 250 collector cars and host thousands of NASCAR fans during the GFS Marketplace 400 weekend at MIS. Tickets are available now for the both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends, the June 18 3M Performance 400 and the August 20 GFS Marketplace 400 by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com. The 3M Performance 400 will also be televised live on Fox. For more information about 3M, including the latest product and technology news, visit www.3M.com.(MIS PR)(2-20-2006)

  • Tickets go on sale at Michigan Jan 14th: With the 2006 race season at Michigan International Speedway quickly approaching, it's time for fans to mark this Saturday, January 14, on their calendars, as tickets and camping for both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events will be on sale to the general public. After celebrating a successful 2005 campaign, which featured MIS' 29th and 30th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sellouts, the 2006 schedule will again feature seven races over three weekends. Tickets to both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS, the June 18 Michigan 400 and the August 20 GFS Marketplace 400, will go on sale at 8:00 AM EST on Saturday, January 14 at MIS' official website, MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. Tickets will also be available at MISpeedway.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting January 14.(MIS PR)(1-13-2006)

  • MIS Night of Champs raises over $66k: The Night of Champions event, hosted by Michigan International Speedway on June 17 has continued to show steady growth since its inception in 2001. The 2005 event netted over $66,000 for the Lenawee County Boys & Girls Club and Hospice of Lenawee County. In fact, the Night of Champions auction had 19 items donated from various local businesses, and Porcher's Seldom Blues Dinner at his personal club collected the highest dollar amount at $5,000. Approximately 250 people attended the Night of Champions event, which is held on Friday night of the June NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at MIS. It was a successful event, which has seen its attendance grow steadily since 2001.(MIS PR)(10-21-2005)

  • MIS Drive for Relief Raises over $20k: Participants in the September 12-16 "Drive for Relief" at Michigan International Speedway gave the general public a rare chance to take their personal vehicles around the historic 2-mile oval. The event was held in conjunction with the American Red Cross in response to Talladega Superspeedway's call to action to all sister tracks throughout International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The week-long event raised over $20,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Hundreds of cars made their way to MIS for a lap on the track from Michigan, Ohio, and as far away as Ontario, Canada and Southern Indiana.(MIS PR)(9-23-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Truex Jr. Ready For Double Duty At Michigan: #1-Martin Truex, Jr. will be competing in both the Craftsman Truck Series event on Saturday, as well Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Truex's weekend starts with Saturday's Con-way Freight 200. The two-time defending Busch Series champion will be competing in the Billy Ballew Motorsports #51 Chevy truck.(DEI PR)(6-14-2006)

  • Labonte to drive #4 Truck at Michigan: Dodge Motorsports announced that Nextel Cup Driver Bobby Labonte will drive the #4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge in the Con-Way Freight 200 this Saturday at Michigan. It will be Labonte's first Truck Series start since Atlanta last October, and will also mark the first time he has competed in a Dodge Ram.(Bobby Hamilton Racing PR)(6-13-2006)

  • Lester to make second Cup attempt in Michigan: Bill Lester will attempt to make the second start of his Nextel Cup career this weekend at Michigan, driving the #23 Waste Management car for Bill David Racing. Lester became the first African-American to qualify for a Cup race since Willy T. Ribbs did so at MIS in 1986. Lester qualified 19th at Atlanta in March. In doing so, he was just the sixth African-American in Cup history to qualify for a race.(BillLester.com)(6-14-3006)

  • Lester to make Cup debut at Atlanta UPDATE 2: Bill Lester is expected to announce at a Tuesday news conference that he'll attempt to make the Cup race next weekend at Atlanta in a Bill Davis Racing car [#23?]. If Lester makes the race, he would become the first African-American to compete in a Cup race since Willy T. Ribbs in 1986.(Roanoke Times)(3-12-2006)
    UPDATE: Lester will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Nextel Cup Golden Corral 500 in a Bill Davis Racing car sponsored by Waste Management. At stake is a chance to become the first African-American in NASCAR's premier series since Willy T. Ribbs finished 37th at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 1986. Despite huge growth in attendance and TV ratings the last two decades, NASCAR has lagged in attracting minority fans and competitors. Waste Management will sponsor him in Cup races at Michigan on June 18 and at California Speedway on Sept. 3. Lester said there's an option for more races. He will be one of an expected 17 drivers vying for eight unprotected spots in the 43-car field at Atlanta.(USA Today)(3-14-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Truck Series driver Bill Lester will make history this weekend, piloting the #23 Waste Management NASCAR entry for Bill Davis Racing in the Golden Corral 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.(AMS Site)
    Lester would become the sixth black driver to compete in NASCAR's top series since the sport's inception in 1949. The late Wendell Scott drove in 495 races from 1961-73 with one victory at Jacksonville (Fla.) Speedway in 1963. No other African-American has competed in more than three races. Willy T. Ribbs was the last African-American to race in the Cup series, competing in three races in 1986.(Roanoke Times), see an image on the #23 Team Schemes page.(3-15-2006)

  • 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
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Father’s Day/Vintage Cream #8 Schemes Page
#9-Kasey Kahne 'Click' Movie Remote #9 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
#20-Tony Stewart Father's Day/Home Depot #20 Schemes Page
#22-Dave Blaney Ground Engaging Tools #22 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's Panut Butter Carmel Cup #29 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Well's Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • #12 to honor fan at MIS: On April 5, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman surprised Albuquerque resident, Cindy Bachicha at an Alltel retail store in Albuquerque as part of Alltel's "Go Racing with Ryan" promotion. As a prize, Bachicha received a trip to this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway and her name will be included on the #12 Alltel Dodge paint scheme.(PR)(6-14-2006)

  • Kahne to carry special paint scheme at MIS: At this weekend’s 3M Performance 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Kasey Kahne will sport a special paint scheme on his #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger – that of Adam Sandler’s [Grand Marshal of the race] new film, Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios’ Click, debuting in theaters on June 23. Kahne, a fan of Sandler classics such as Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer, will carry the star’s latest movie on the hood of his Dodge Charger to promote the comedy, which opens nationally on June 23. The #9 Dodge will feature a bold blue and yellow scheme featuring the authentic Click remote control used by Sandler in the movie.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR)(6-13-2006)

  • Father's Day message for Stewart at MIS: Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevy will have a special "Father's Day" paint scheme on the hood of his car for Sunday's race at Pocono, and next week's race at Michigan.(CNNSI/AP)(6-11-2006)

  • Dale Jr to run special scheme on Father's Day: Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Budweiser will honor three generations of racing success with a commemorative Father’s Day paint scheme for the #8 Budweiser car that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race at Michigan International Raceway on Father’s Day, June 18. The paint scheme is based upon the #8 cars driven by Ralph Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt during their NASCAR careers. The predominantly cream-colored car will feature vintage Budweiser bow-tie logos which were introduced in 1956 – the same year Ralph Earnhardt won the NASCAR National Sportsman title, a series that eventually became the modern-day NASCAR Busch Series. The car is the second DEI paint scheme this season to honor the legacy of a member of the Earnhardt family. Previously, Dale Jr. raced a black and silver #8 Budweiser car at Talladega on April 30 to celebrate his father’s induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. While Dale Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR champ, is most famous for driving the black No. 3 car with Richard Childress Racing, he raced much of his early career with the #8 on his cars. Earnhardt raced the #8 during his 1974 debut season in a NASCAR series, the same year Dale Jr. was born. Driving a cream-colored #8 car, Ralph Earnhardt finished in the top 10 of the NASCAR National Sportsman point standings six times, won more than 350 NASCAR races, and was selected as one NASCAR’s Top-50 all-time best drivers in 1999. He passed away in 1973.(fingerprint inc/Bud/DEI PR), see image on my #8 Team Schemes page.(5-31-2006)

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

  • 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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