THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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THE RACE: The SUBWAY Fresh 500

Nextel Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, April 22, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Subway Restuarants

  • Track: Phoenix International Raceway

  • TV: FOX 8:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 8:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 8:25pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 27 [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: $4,906,887 (was $4,795,076 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • First Practice: Thursday, April 20,. 5:00 - 6:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Second Practice: Friday, April 21, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour [Final] Practice: Friday, April 21, 7:05 - 7:50pm/et on TV-SPEED LIVE

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, April 20, 4:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, April 20 at 8:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air on 4/21 at 12:00am/et and 3:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    NOTE: Arizona is on Pacific Time, so times below are PT

    Thursday, April 20
    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. NNCS Practice [5:00pm/et]
    5:40 p.m. NNCS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)[8:40pm/et]

    Friday, April 21
    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. NNCS Practice [4:00pm/et]
    4:05 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. NNCS Final Practice [7:05pm/et]
    6:00 p.m. Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series Race (200 laps)

    Saturday, April 22
    4:55 p.m. NNCS Drivers Introductions – Security – clear pit road
    5:25 p.m. SUBWAY Fresh 500™ NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race (312 laps)[8:25pm/et]

    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/Fuel Data

    Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side - D-4038; Right-side - D-4040

    Other Nextel Cup Tracks With Same Tire Combinations: Richmond International Raceway, New Hampshire International Speedway

    Estimated Pit Window: every 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage

    full reported will be posted midweek before the race


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Phoenix International Raceway 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
    (4-9-2006)

  • 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
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Phoenix: $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:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 7
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    (4-9-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Harvick wins at Phoenix: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, leading the final 10 laps [of 312], blowing by #16-Greg Biffle [who was saving fuel and eventually ran out, finishing 16th] on lap 303 to win his first race of 2006, first since Bristol last April and 6th career win. Harvick swept the Nextel Cup and Busch Series races at Phoenix. #20-Tony Stewart, who was to start 3rd, but had to start last due to a tire infraction [drivers qualifying in the top-10 must start the race on the tires they qualified with] finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards and #07-Clint Bowyer [his first career top-5]. The rest of the top-10 were #9-Kasey Kahne, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #43-Bobby Labonte, #31-Jeff Burton and #24-Jeff Gordon. Only ten drivers finished on the lead lap with #6-Martin, #16-Biffle, #1-Truex Jr. among the lead lap cars who ran out of fuel. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. hung around the top-10 all day until a late accident [he admitted it was his fault] relegated Earnhardt to a 23rd finish, 2 laps down. #5-Kyle Busch, the pole sitter, sped entering pit road while leading early in the race, got sent to the end of the longest line. Busch then got into #42-Mears then spun and with another wreck behind them which caused a 9 minute red flag. Busch then rammed Mears car and headed to the garage for repairs and refused interview requests from FOX or MRN. When Busch's team fixed the car and he went back on the track, Busch was black flagged and penalized five laps for ramming Mears, he finished 36th. #17-Kenseth takes over the points lead by 9 points over former leader #48-Johnson. There were 7 cautions for 29 laps and 11 leaders with 20 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Phoenix Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(4-22-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Phoenix [8 of 36 races]:
    #17-Kenseth 1218
    #48-Johnson 1209 -9
    #9-Kahne 1167 -51
    #6-Martin 1152 -66
    #20-Stewart 1141 -77
    #24-Gordon 1045 -173
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 1045 -173
    #29-Harvick 1044 -174
    #5-Busch 1010 -208
    #42-Mears 945 -273
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix Page.(4-22-2006)

  • Phoenix Race Notes:
    • Kevin Harvick won the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring his sixth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 186th career start. He also won the NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix. Harvick’s last victory came at Bristol in April 2005, 39 races ago where he also swept the weekend winning both the Cup and Busch races. This is the second time a driver has swept both races in a weekend at Phoenix. The last time a driver swept both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races at Phoenix was Jeff Burton races in 2000.
    • Five of Harvick’s six victories have come on a superspeedway.
    • Harvick became the sixth different race winner in eight races in 2006 and the 17th different race winner in 20 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix.
    • Harvick scored his fourth top-10 finish in eight races this season, all in the last four races. The last time Harvick scored four straight top-10 finishes was when he scored five straight in September-October 2003 (Dover, Talladega, Kansas, Charlotte and Martinsville).
    • Harvick climbed from ninth to eighth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. After eight races in 2005, he ranked 11th in the point standings.
    • Harvick led one time, leading the final 10 laps.
    • This was team owner Richard Chidress’s 78th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Childress has scored two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Phoenix. His other Phoenix victory was by Dale Earnhardt in 1990.
    Notebook Items
    • Greg Biffle led 151 laps, leading the most laps for the third time in 2006. He also led the most at California and Atlanta.
    • Tony Stewart (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix. He scored his fifth top-10 finish of the season, all top-fives and remained fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he ranked 14th after eight races.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) scored his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway and climbed from second to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Carl Edwards (fourth) scored his third top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway. It marked his best finish at Phoenix and his third top-10 finish in 2006, all top fives.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Clint Bowyer (fifth) scored his first top-10 finish in two races at Phoenix. It was his second top-10 finish in 2006 and marked his career-first top-five finish. Bowyer led 21 laps, the first laps of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. He became the 31st different lap leader of the 2006 season.
    • Bowyer was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender at Phoenix.
    • At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Bobby Labonte (eighth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix. It was his third top-10 finish in eight races in 2006.
    • Joe Nemechek (35th) has been running at the finish in the last 40 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April - the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-22-2006)

  • Rumblings - Race Notes - Phoenix: It what turned out to be a "fuelish" event tonight at Phoenix International Raceway, Kevin Harvick passed Greg Biffle on lap 303 and led the final 10 circuits to capture the Subway Fresh 500....with probably only a little gas to spare. Harvick got the weekend sweep as numerous cars ran out near the end with most teams trying to stretch it and quite a few failing in that attempt. This was win #6 for Happy Harvick (he's solo in 61st on the all-time win list) and the 78th for RCR. They may send RC packing more often.....I seem to remember when Dale Earnhardt got his first ever road course win at Sears Point back in 1995 that Childress was off hunting that weekend as well. Harvick's take from the over $4.8M in posted awards was $228,486.
    Tony Stewart finished as the runner-up in the final shake out as Greg Biffle had to pit for fuel with just a handful of laps left.
    Clint Bowyer (5th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 6th at Daytona in February.
    Sterling Marlin (12th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Talladega last October.
    Tony Raines (17th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Homestead in November of 2003! (only 15 races)
    Travis Kvapil (21st) had his best finish since he was 10th when we were here last November.
    Kenny Wallace (25th) had his best finish since he was 21st at Homestead last November. (only 3 races)
    Stanton Barrett (33rd) had his best finish since he was 31st at Darlington last May. (only 9 races)
    STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    Kasey Kahne has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is a lonely Jeff Burton (+28 ). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-35), followed by Denny Hamlin (-28 ), and Ryan Newman (-26). As longtime "Shaft" watchers will know (and we've been doing this since waaaaay before TV thought it was cool), Tony Stewart's official starting spot is listed as 3rd, so he's not eligible for this week's prestigious Op Award.
    Clint Bowyer led three times tonight for 21 laps....the first time he's ever led a NEXTEL Cup event. Dave Blaney led once for two laps tonight, the first time he's led since Homestead last November. And, Brandon Ash led a lap tonight for the first time in his Cup career. That gives us 33 drivers to lead a lap this season.....a far cry from the 51 we had last year, but the season is still young.
    We've got a new points leader after tonight. Matt Kenseth takes over the top spot for the second time this season (he led for one week after Bristol), this time by 9 markers. Our "Stayin' Alive" line is all the way up to 16th.....at this point last season we had 18 drivers eligible. Carl Edwards (22nd to 16th....and jumping ahead of the "Line") made the best move forward this week while Reed Sorenson (19th to 24th) fell the most spots.(see much more at Stock Car Fans)(4-22-2006)

    PHOENIX RACE RUNDOWN

  • The Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 312 of 312 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #29-Harvick-c (15)(10 laps led) +2.8 second lead
    #20-Stewart-c (3/back)(6 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (4)(1 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (5)
    #07-Bowyer-c (8-r)(21 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-d (22)
    #48-Johnson-c (10)
    #43-Labonte-d (21)
    #31-Burton-c (37)
    #24-Gordon-c (19)

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


  • Cars on the lead lap: 10 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 6,1,14,25,26,16,21,96,66,88,42,32

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 8,2,78,19,22,18,40,4,45,49,95,11,01,5,38,10,41

  • Cars on the track: 39 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (4) and reason:
    #02-Ash (transmission-out)
    #55-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 20 lead changes):
    #16-Biffle (151, most);
    #6-Martin (111, halfway);
    #07-Bowyer (21);
    #29-Harvick (10);
    #5-Busch (pole, 7);
    #20-Stewart (6);
    #22-Blaney (2);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #18-Yeley (1);
    #38-Sadler (1);
    #02-Ash (1);

  • Lap leaders: #5-Busch - pole; #16-Biffle 1-26; #02-Ash 27; #16-Biffle 28-47; #5-Busch 48-54; #16-Biffle 55-65; #6-Martin 66-88; #16-Biffle 89; #38-Sadler 90; #16-Biffle 91-105; #6-Martin 106-170; #07-Bowyer 171-172; #17-Kenseth 173; #22-Blaney 174-175; #18-Yeley 176; #6-Martin 177-199; #07-Bowyer 200-217; #20-Stewart 218-223; #07-Bowyer 224; #16-Biffle 225-302; #29-Harvick 303-312;


    Cautions: 7 for 29 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 224 - 230: #8-Earmhardt Jr. got into the rear of #45=Petty who slid up, #6-Martin then hit Dale Jr. and #12-Newman went up the track and into the turn 4 wall, crushing the nose. #4-Wimmer and #10-Riggs also got some damage.
    Caution 6 - Laps 213 - 216: #18-Yeley spun in turn 4, with #49-Sherman spun into Yeley, no serious damage to either.
    Caution 5 - Laps 200 - 203: debris [metal] in the groove in tun 2.
    RED FLAG as of 9:32pm/et..back to yellow at 9:42pm/et
    Caution 4 - Laps 101 - 104: Big crash, #45-Petty got into #55-Waltrip off turn 4, with #41-Sorenson, #38-Salder, #01-Nemechek being involved, blocking the track causing the red flag. Also around the same time in turn 2, #42-Mears got into #5-Busch with Busch spinning and smacking the wall, Busch then, after the red flag, rammed into Mears and then headed to the garage and wouldn't talk to FOX or MRN. Busch and his crew chief have been called to the NASCAR Hauler.
    Caution 3 - Laps 89 - 92: #10-Riggs got loose off turn 2 and nosed into the backstretch wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 55 - 57: #22-Blaney lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 1 wall
    Caution 1 - Laps 26 - 28: Debris in the groove on the start/finish line.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #14-Martin, 13th
    Caution 6: #26-McMurray, 15th
    Caution 5: #2-Busch, 4th
    Caution 4: #22-Blaney, 27th
    Caution 3: #78-Wallace, 25th
    Caution 2: #11-Hamlin, 34th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 310, #16-Biffle, #6-Martin, #1-Truex Jr., #45-Petty ran out of gas.
    ---- on lap 309, #2-Busch was black flagged as his window net had fallen down and NASCAR didn't want him holding it up.
    ---- after the 5th caution, #41-Sorenson is back on the track after the team made repairs, 102 laps down
    ---- during the 5th caution, all the leaders made oit stop, #6-Martin came in leading, but had to come back to pit road with loose lugnuts.
    ---- on lap 170, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made his scheduled green flag stop, the team made some chassis adjustments as the car fell back over the green flag run.
    ---- on lap 165, green flag pit stops started with #16-Biffle coming in 1st, losing 6th after running out of gas, took them a bit to get the car restarted.
    ---- on lap 145, #5-Busch came back on track after the team made repairs THEN NASCAR black flagged Busch a five lap penalty for ramming #42-Mears during the red flag.
    ---- on lap 123, #01-Nemechek, riding a 39 race no-DNF streak, is back on the track, 24 laps down.
    ---- on lap 116, #7-Gordon made an unscheduled pitstop and went to the garage.
    ---- during and after the 2nd caution, the crew changed spark plugs on the #11-Hamlin car as they checked plug wires and all were attached. Hamlin is now 4 laps down.
    ---- big mistake, #5-Busch came into the pits leading during the 2nd caution, BUT sped coming into pit road and will fall to the rear of the longest line and lose the lead. ---- coming out of his pit during the 1nd caution, #99-Edwards made contact with #45-Petty and t pushed the left front sheet metal in
    ---- during the 1st caution everyone came in to pit, #02-Ash stayed out to lead a lap, #11-Hamlin lost a lap on pit road as the crew went under the hood.
    ---- on lap 14, #26-McMurray got into #01-Nemechek in turn 4 and Nemechek got loose and almost hit the front stretch wall, but recovered it and only lost a few spots.
    ---- on lap 7, #11-Hamlin is falling back after starting 6th, and is reporting a possible engine problem.
    ---- #20-Stewart's team changed tires on his car, if you qualify in the top-10, you MUST start the race on the tires you qualified with.[MRN Radio]
    ---- green flag at 8:37pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by Senator John McClain at 8:27pm/et
    ---- To The Back [1]: #20-Tony Stewart [tire change]


  • Race Coverage of the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Saturday, April 22, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 8:00pm/et [green flag around 8:25pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 6:00pm/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 27th at 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 129.655
    #48-Johnson 129.352
    #5-Busch 129.292
    #12-Newman 129.176
    #25-Vickers 129.018
    slowest: #02-Ash 123.132 and #95-Barrett 123.330
    most laps run: #31-Burton and #43-Labonte, 50
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #2-Busch 125.972 [10th fastest lap], 34 laps run
    #17-Kenseth 125.695 [7th], 34 laps
    #14-Marlin 125.663 [14th], 29 laps
    See the speeds for all 3 practices and laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-21-2006)

  • Friday's first Practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 129.389
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 129.148
    #9-Kahne 128.774
    #5-Busch 128.719
    #16-Biffle 128.705
    slowest: #02-Ash 122.591 and #95-Barrett 123.368
    most laps run: #31-Burton and #6-Martin, 56
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 125.914 [5th fastest lap], 30 laps run
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 125.783 [2nd], 33 laps
    #26-McMurray 125.581 [12th], 37 laps
    For speeds see my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-21-2006)

  • Kyle Busch wins pole at Phoenix: #5-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.744 for his 1st pole of 2006 and 2nd of his career. #16-Greg Biffle will start 2nd, followed by #20-Tony Stewart, #17-Matt Kenseth and #99-Carl Edwards. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were #19-Mayfield, #40-Stremme, #78-Wallace, #4-Wimmer, #95-Barrett, #32-Kvapil, #02-Ash and #49-Sherman. Missing the race were: #34-Chaffin, #52-Garvey, #92-Blount, #61-Lepage, #89-Shepherd and #52-Portenga. See the qualifying results, pole progression and starting lineup on my Phoenix Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-20-2006)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
    • Kyle Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Subway Fresh 500, lapping Phoenix International Raceway in 26.917 seconds at 133.744 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 26.499 seconds, 135.854 mph - set Nov. 5, 2004.
    • This is Busch’s second career Bud Pole and came in his 50th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race.
    • This is Busch’s fourth top-10 start this season – all in the past four races. It is his first start better than 15th in three races at Phoenix.
    • Busch became the 13th different driver to post a Bud Pole at Phoenix – the fourth different one in the past four races.
    • Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 26.990 seconds, 133.383 mph – and will join Kyle Busch on the front row for the Subway Fresh 500. Biffle has posted seven top-10 starts this season – failing to start in the top-10 in only the season-opening Dayton 500. It is his third top-10 start in five races at Phoenix – all in the past three races here.
    • This is the third Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge also has three Bud Poles and Ford has one. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Tony Stewart (third) posted his fourth top-10 start of the season – all third or better. It is his best start in nine races at Phoenix – bettering his previous best of sixth, which he had posted three times.
    • Matt Kenseth (fourth) posted his best start of 2006 in posting his fourth top-10 start this season. It is his career-best start at Phoenix and first start better than 12th in his eight races here.
    • Carl Edwards (fifth) posted his third top-10 start this season and his second in four races at Phoenix.
    • Three Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidates qualified in the top-10 for the second straight race this season: Denny Hamlin (sixth), Clint Bowyer (eighth) and Martin Truex Jr. (ninth). Last race (Texas) J.J. Yeley joined Hamlin and Truex in starting in the top-10. This is the career-best start for Bowyer.
    • Brandon Ash (40th) became the 55th driver to make the field for at least one race this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-20-2006)

  • Ramblings - Phoenix: Kyle Busch sped around the one mile oval that is Phoenix International Raceway tonight in 26.917 (133.744 mph) to grab his second ever Bud Pole for Saturday Night's Subway Fresh 500. The only other driver under 27 seconds was Greg Biffle and they'll lead 'em to the green two nights hence. Kyle Busch also becomes the 6th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. His only other career top-spot came at California in February of 2005.
    Matt Kenseth (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Texas last November.
    Clint Bowyer (8th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 12th two weeks ago at Texas.
    Kenny Wallace (31st) has his best starting spot since he qualified 17th when we were here last November (he was subbing for Kurt Busch in the #97 that day).
    Scott Wimmer (33rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 27th at Homestead last November.
    Welcome Back Brandon Ash (40th). He'll make his first start since Kansas last October when he qualified 18th and finished 42nd.
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Hard to believe we've had 19 races here already....seems like just a couple years ago we started coming out here (a sure sign of old-age). Anyway, this place has pretty much been a Ford track (they've won 12 with Chevy only 5 and Pontiac with 2). We've had 16 different winners in those 19 races with Davey Allison, Jeff Burton, and Dale Earnhardt Jr as the only repeaters.(more at Stock Car Fans)(4-20-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 8:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 8:30pm/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: Speed on Friday, 4-21 at 12:00am/et and 3:00pm/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #31-Jeff Burton is due out first on Thursday, April 20th at 8:40pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #32-Travis Kvapil. For the Qualifying order, see my Phoenix Qualifying Page.(4-20-2006)

  • First Practice for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 132.538
    #16-Biffle 132.333
    #20-Stewart 132.096
    #9-Kahne 131.632
    #48-Johnson 131.200
    slowest: #52-Portenga 124.533 and #95-Barrett 125.261
    most laps run: #31-Burton 43; #10-Riggs 34
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch 128.818 [13th fastest lap], 16 laps run
    #16-Biffle 128.647 [2nd], 24 laps
    #21-Schrader 128.584 [31st], 19 laps
    For speeds see my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-20-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Thursday's practice?
    Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stay the same, these 8 make the race:
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 22nd fastest
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 27th
    #40-David Stremme, 30th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 33rd
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 36th
    #49-Brent Sherman, 40th
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 42nd
    #51-Mike Garvey, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these 6 miss the race:
    #92-Chad Blount, 44th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 46th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 47th
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 48th
    #52-Steve Portenga, 49th
    For speeds see my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-20-2006)

  • Entry List for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 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:
    #02-Brandon Ash
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #40-Dave Stremme
    #49-Brent Sherman
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #52-Steve Portenga
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    #92-Chad Blount
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    withdrew
    #74-Derrike Cope
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 19,4,40,61,32,49,95,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 78,92,51,89,02,52.
    see entry list on Jayski's Phoenix Entry List Page.
    (4-17/19-2006)

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

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot - Phoenix International Raceway:
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each won two races in 2006, the most among all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin are the only drivers to score five top-10 finishes in the first seven races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in each of the seven races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin has scored 11 straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead at least one lap in all seven races this season.
    • Tony Stewart has moved from 22nd to fifth in the point standings since California.
    • Kevin Harvick has moved from 23rd to ninth in the point standings in the last three races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-9-2006)

  • 2005 Nov Pole Sitter: Denny Hamlin, 133.675mph, finished 13th

  • 2005 Spring Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 133.675mph, finished 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Nov 2004, 135.854mph

  • 2005 Nov Winner: Kyle Busch, 102.641mph, started 15th

  • 2005 Spring Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 102.707mph, started 2nd

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Davey Allison, 2

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, 3

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 8

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 13
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/05

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Leaders: 13 - three times, last 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/7/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41 - twice, 11/7/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/89

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 262 - Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/1990

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 30 - Davey Allison 11/1/1992

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 12 - Ford [19 races]

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 19] 0.0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 19 - 26.3%

  • Races won from the top 10: 7 of 19 - 36.8%

  • Heading to Phoenix International Raceway
    • Five drivers have started all 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway: Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace. Rudd and Wallace are not expected to compete in 2006.
    • Only one of the last five races at Phoenix have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Three of the last four races at Phoenix have been won by a Chevrolet. A Dodge has never won there.
    • The Busch Brothers swept the two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix in 2005. Kurt won the spring race while Kyle won there last November.
    • Kurt Busch has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix, the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin has posted 13 top-10 finishes in 19 races at Phoenix, the most of all drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-9-2006)

  • Did ya know? in 19 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway, no pole sitter has ever followed up the pole win a race win. #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole in the Nov 13th race and finished 13th.(11-13-2005)

  • Only Five: Only three active drivers have started all 19 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway:
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 1 win
    #6-Mark Martin, 1 win
    #49-Ken Schrader, 0 wins.

  • Four Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are four current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at, Texas 0 for 11 with a best of 2nd in 2002, Phoenix International Raceway 0 for 14 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004; Chicago 0 for 5 with a 2nd in 2003 being his best; Homestead 0 for 6 with a best finish of 3rd 2004. Gordon has won at 20 [18 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(4-10-2006)

  • Phoenix Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Not Important at Phoenix International Raceway
    Four of the last five races at Phoenix have been won from starting positions outside the top 10.
    Owner Wins at Phoenix International Raceway
    Roush Racing has won five of the 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway, the most of any car owner, including three straight races there between 2002-2005. Jeff Burton is the only (then) Roush driver to score multiple victories at Phoenix.
    Multiple Winners at Phoenix International Raceway
    There have been 16 different race winners in 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Only the late Davey Allison, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have scored two victories there.
    Leading The Way at Phoenix International Raceway
    Rusty Wallace led 868 laps in 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway, more than any other driver. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 471 laps led in 19 races there.
    Would you believe?
    No driver has ever won from the Bud Pole in the 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix.
    Manufacturers at Phoenix International Raceway
    A Ford has won 12 of the 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway, the most of all manufacturers (63 percent). However, a Chevrolet has won three of the last four races at there. A Dodge has never won at Phoenix.
    Phoenix Standouts
    • Five drivers have competed in all 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway: Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace. Only three remain active :Martin, Schrader and Jarrett.
    • Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace have each scored three Bud Poles at Phoenix, leading all drivers.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and the late Davey Allison each scored two victories at Phoenix International Raceway, the most of all drivers.
    • Mark Martin has scored eight top-10 finishes at Phoenix, the most of all drivers.
    • Mark Martin has scored 13 top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway, the most among all drivers.
    • Brian Vickers leads all active drivers with more than two starts at Phoenix with a 3.75 starting average in four races there.
    • Kyle Busch has a 4.5 average finish in his two races at Phoenix International Raceway, the best of all drivers.
    • Kurt Busch has posted four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway, the longest current streak.
    Milestones
    • Michael Waltrip will make his 650th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start if he competes in the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Kyle Busch will make his 50th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start if he competes in the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Season Nuggets
    • Dodge has won three of the first seven races in 2006. Dodge only won three races in all of 2005.
    • Kasey Kahne won his third career race with his victory at Texas. All three of his victories came from the Bud Pole.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver who has led at least one lap in all seven races in 2006 earning 50 lap leader bonus points, 35 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 15.
    • After seven races the top-five drivers are separated by just 97 points with Kahne (third by virtue of two victories) and Martin (fourth) each 46 points behind point leader Johnson.
    • After seven races three rookies are ranked in the top 15 in the point standings: Clint Bowyer (13th), Denny Hamlin (14th) and Martin Truex Jr. (15th).
    • One year ago 34th ranked Sterling Marlin was sixth, 23rd-place Greg Biffle was second, 22nd-place Carl Edwards was 13th, 18th-place Ryan Newman was ninth and 17th-place Kurt Busch was fourth.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-10-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: None
    Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Grandstand seating: 76,812

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal:
    Command to start engines: Senator John McClain
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Josh Kelley
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: phoenixintlraceway.com

  • 2005 Phoenix April Race Info Page

  • 2005 Phoenix November Race Info Page

  • Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-22-2006)

  • Phoenix Unveils "Salute to Military Families": Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced a "Salute to Military Families" program that will feature military themes, support and appreciation during the running of the Second Annual Subway Fresh 500, Nextel Cup race on Saturday, April 22. NASCAR drivers are also committed to working with PIR on this distinctive "Salute to Military Families" program and several drivers will be visiting Arizona for base tours that will include special autograph sessions for the soldiers. "Our 'Salute to Military Families' program was developed as a way that PIR, our fans and sponsors could really say thank you and to show our support to the many men and women currently serving in the U.S. Military," said Sperber. "The additional support of NASCAR drivers and teams has been incredible and further demonstrates the importance of this program." Also included in the "Salute to Military Families" program is a relationship with the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots. The Toys for Tots will hold a special collection drive on the PIR midway during the Subway Fresh 500 race weekend and will also help support additional base tours and other PIR military-themed events. Packages From Home, a non-profit organization dedicated to the U.S. Service men and women overseas, has also partnered with PIR as another avenue for fans to donate care packages for our troops currently serving overseas. Packages From Home provides a way for fans to support our troops by donating needed items for care packages to remind troops that Americans support them. In addition, a special military-themed pre-race celebration will be held on the start/finish line prior to the start of the Subway Fresh 500 and will also include servicemen paired with NASCAR drivers in the introductory driver's parade. In partnership with PIR, NASCAR fans are able to support this program through ticket sponsorships, sending U.S. service men and women and their families to the Subway Fresh 500. Fans interested in purchasing tickets to sponsor military families can do so by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com. Presenting sponsors of the "Salute to Military Families" program include Holsum Bread-Arizona, Bar-S Foods, Roman Meal, Labor Ready and AdobeAir. Each of these signature sponsors has pledged to send several hundred military men and women to the Subway Fresh 500. Tickets and information for PIR events and others can be ordered online at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(2-13-2006)

  • Phoenix Tix on sale Saturday: Starting Saturday, February 11, Phoenix International Raceway will offer two-race ticket packages for the only West Coast stop in the chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend at PIR. Two-race packages consist of the same seat for the both the Phoenix 200, NASCAR Busch Series race and the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Ticket packages start at $142. PIR NASCAR packs, which include seats to all events of both NASCAR weekends, are also still available. The Bobby Allison North Grandstands will debut in April and will offer 14,000 permanent grandstands, providing thrilling views of the front stretch and Turn 1. Tickets are available online at phoenixraceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(2-10-2006)

  • Phoenix Spring Race Sched Change: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced the new schedule change for the Second Annual SUBWAY Fresh 500 Race Weekend. The most dramatic change to the schedule of events is the addition of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Thursday afternoon, April 20. Gates open to fans at 9:00am on Thursday, April 20 and race fans will enjoy an exciting day of on-track action that includes practices in all three race divisions, the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. NASCAR Grand National qualifying is set for 3:35pm, prior to the 8:00pm green flag in the Casino Arizona 150. NEXTEL Cup qualifying will get the green flag at 5:40pm [8:40pm/et]. On Friday, April 21, gates open at noon and race fans will enjoy two sessions of NEXTEL Cup practice from 1 – 2 p.m. and then again from 4:05 – 4:50pm. The NASCAR Busch Series will start qualifications at 2:35 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. start of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200. The excitement builds when gates open at noon on Saturday, April 22 for the 5:25pm green flag of the Second Annual SUBWAY Fresh 500, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Tickets for all three spring races are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR Site)(2-1-2006)

  • PIR revs up for affluent fans: Phoenix International Raceway is offering guests a unique and exclusive lounge to indulge their race experience - Octane. Announced by PIR President Bryan R. Sperber, Octane is the newest and most exclusive addition to the facility and is the first of it’s kind both in NASCAR and in Phoenix. Octane, a 100-person club, will offer guests an elite setting to experience racing in style. Positioned six stories above Turn 1, Octane will provide guests with spectacular views of the raceway, the Estrella Mountains and the magnificent desert sunsets, all in posh surroundings. Octane is set to debut in April 2006. More info at phoenixintlraceway.com.(12-13-2005)

  • New Communications Mgr at PIR: Phoenix International Raceway has hired Tami Nealy as Communications Manager, completing the team's communications division. Nealy brings more than four years of media relations experience in the Phoenix market. Nealy's background includes working NBA All-Star Games, WNBA All-Star Games, and the WNBA Finals. Nealy spent the last year working with the city of Glendale as Marketing/Communications Manager, overseeing a variety of city departments. A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Tami and her husband, Bobby, have an 11-month old son Jackson.(PIR)(11-10-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • 650 for Mikey: #55 NAPA Auto Parts driver Michael Waltrip will make his 650th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this weekend. Waltrip sits 15th overall in career NASCAR Cup Series starts and is fourth among full-time active NEXTEL Cup Series drivers.(Wasserman Media Group/NAPA PR)(4-19-2006)

  • #74 withdraws from Phoenix and skip Talladega: McGlynn Racing announced that Derrike Cope and the #74 Dodge will withdraw from this weekend's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Speedway. The team will also skip the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. During this period, Derrike and the team will be conducting testing for upcoming race events that are important to team sponsors. Having 35 spots guaranteed to the larger teams presents a significant challenge to the smaller, less funded teams. Since the team is not in a position to challenge for the top 35 points position at this time the team feels the best course of action is to skip select races to concentrate more effort on those they do enter. McGlynn Racing and Derrike continue to receive great support from of each of our current sponsors and are always searching for additional sponsors to improve upon equipment and hire personnel to make us even better," said Ryan McGlynn, General Manager for the team. For more information on McGlynn Racing, visit www.McGlynnRacing.com.(McGlynn Racing PR)
    AND hearing that McGlynn Racing/Cope are conducting a private test session with a European driver and sponsor next week at an undisclosed location. The purpose of the test is to audition the driver for a possible second McGlynn car later this season. If the driver is hired by McGlynn Racing, Cope will mentor the driver as he learns the ropes in ARCA and the Busch Series then onto Cup competition late in 2006 and full time Cup Series in 2007. Cope will remain the primary driver of the #74 car. The visiting driver and representatives of the major sponsor will be visiting the team to finalize the proposed partnership. An announcement is expected soon after the testing is complete.(4-19-2006)

  • Portenga to attempt Phoneix: former Truck Series driver Steve Potenga will attempt to make the Subwy Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in the #52 Ware Racing Dodge.(4-18-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#07-Clint Bowyer Sylvania none...yet
#5-Kyle Busch Carquest, Kelloggs, Delphi
50th Cup Start
#5 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman MyCircle Purple Alltel #12 Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Subway #16 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Night scheme #26 Schemes Page
#31-Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC #31 Schemes Page
#38-Elliott Sadler Pedigree Dog Food #38 Schemes Page


  • Special Look for the pole winning car at Phoenix: To commemorate Kyle Busch's 50th Nextel Cup start, the #5 Hensdrick Motorsports Chevy will sport a new color combination at Phoenix. The car, a joint venture between Hendrick Motorsports sponsors Kellogg's, CARQUEST Auto Parts and Delphi, will feature primary colors of blue, yellow and red. The CARQUEST shield will adorn the hood, with the Kellogg's logo on the quarter panels and Delphi oval on the deck-lid. The familiar Kellogg's paint scheme will return next week at Talladega.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see image on my #5 Team Schemes page.(4-21-2006)

  • #12 to run blue and purple scheme? UPDATE 4: got images from Penske Racing in Mooresville, NC from a reader in which the nose and smaller parts of the #12 Alltel Dodge of Ryan Newman is painted purple. See my #12 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2006)
    UPDATE: hearing this scheme could run at Phoenix on April 22.(4-7-2006)
    UPDATE 2: #12-Ryan Newman will make his eighth Phoenix International Raceway start and his 160th in NASCAR's Cup Series this Saturday. The new paint scheme on the Alltel Dodge this weekend will be hard to miss. The paint [purple] scheme highlights a new feature that Alltel will launch soon. The team plans on showcasing the paint scheme in several upcoming NEXTEL Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR).
    UPDATE 3: have another image of the car, looks like the program will be MyCircle as is noted on the purple hood, see images of the scheme on my #12 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)
    UPDATE 4: Alltel announced that Ryan Newman's #12 Alltel Dodge, traditionally royal blue and black, will display a special paint scheme at various races throughout the 2006 season. Set to debut on April 22 at the Subway Fresh 500 in Phoenix, a new purple and black color design will hit the track in support of Alltel's exclusive wireless feature "My Circle." The new paint scheme will be featured during a total of five races, which include Talladega, Richmond, Darlington and the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge.(Alltel Racing PR)(4-21-2006)

  • Special Look for the pole winning car at Phoenix: To commemorate Kyle Busch's 50th Nextel Cup start, the #5 Hensdrick Motorsports Chevy will sport a new color combination at Phoenix. The car, a joint venture between Hendrick Motorsports sponsors Kellogg's, CARQUEST Auto Parts and Delphi, will feature primary colors of blue, yellow and red. The CARQUEST shield will adorn the hood, with the Kellogg's logo on the quarter panels and Delphi oval on the deck-lid. The familiar Kellogg's paint scheme will return next week at Talladega.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(4-21-2006)

  • Sylvania scheme on #07 at Phoenix: Clint Bowyer's #07 Richard Childress Racing Chevy will sport an orange and white Sylvania paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American lighting operation of OSRAM GmbH. Together they are the second-largest lighting and materials enterprise in the world, serving customers in more than 140 countries. Bowyer's standard primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, is featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panel and on the trunk lid this week.(RCR PR), no image yet, but Bowyer ran a Sylvania scheme on RCR's #33 Chevy last year in this race.(4-18-2006)

  • Prilosecotc to #31? UPDATE: hearing Prilosec OTC will become an associate sponsor for #31 Jeff Burton and that a Prilosec OTC paint scheme will run in 2006, Cingular Wireless is the primary sponsor for Burton and the #31 team. Prilosec OTC had been with the #40 Ganassi Racing team and ran a scheme once a year with Sterling Marlin..now with the #14 team.(12-28-2005)
    UPDATE: Prilosec OTC announced new sponsorships with Richard Childress Racing's #31 Nextel Cup Series team and NASCAR. Starting with the 2006 season, both relationships will elevate Prilosec OTC's marketing efforts within NASCAR. "Success in our business is measured by performance," said Richard Childress. "Prilosec OTC is all about performance in treating frequent heartburn with an over-the-counter medicine. Thanks to Prilosec OTC, frequent heartburn is something I don't worry about all of the time. We're proud to have Prilosec OTC as a member of the #31 Cup team." Later this season, Prilosec OTC, proud sponsor of NASCAR will unveil the Victory of a Lifetime Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes will award the Grand Prize winner and, accompanying friends and family, a NASCAR season, that up to now, fans have only dreamed of. 2006 will also mark Prilosec OTC's inaugural season as a "Proud Partner of NASCAR." Prilosec OTC's NASCAR relationship includes heartburn remedy category exclusivity and will allow Prilosec OTC to integrate NASCAR marks into all Prilosec OTC, NASCAR related marketing initiatives. Prilosec OTC's Major Associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy will be highlighted by a unique one-race paint scheme each season that will transform the orange #31 Cingular Chevy into a purple racing machine. Throughout the NEXTEL Cup Series season, Prilosec OTC will be positioned on Jeff Burton's firesuit and the lower rear quarter panel of the #31 Cingular Chevy.(Yahoo Biz), will run at Phoenix in April and Richmond in May, see the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(2-16-2006)

  • Subway back with Biffle: Subway will once again be the primary for Greg Biffle on the #16 Ford, this time for two 2006 Nextel Cup races, Phoniex in April and Martinsville in October. See an image on the #16 Team Schemes page. Also ran at Atlanta in March.(1-18-2006)

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


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