THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Checker Auto Parts 500 at the
Phoenix International Raceway

Nextel Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 12, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Checkers Auto Parts

  • Track: Phoenix International Raceway

  • TV: NBC 3:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 3:30pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, November 16 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    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: $4,952,924 (was $4,870,213 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, November 10, 1:35 - 3:05pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, November 11, 10:50 - 11:50am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 11, 2:05 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 10, 12:35pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 10 at 5:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air 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, November 10th, 2006
    10:15 a.m. NCTS Quailfying (two laps, all positions)
    11:35 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. NNCS Practice
    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. NBS Practice
    2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NBS Rookie Practice
    3:10 p.m. NNCS Qualifying (two laps, all positions) followed by: NBS Final practice
    6:15 p.m. Truck Series Race Casino Arizona 150 - 150 miles; 150 laps

    Saturday, November 11th, 2006
    8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. NNCS Practice
    10:05 a.m. NBS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)
    12:05 p.m. -12:50 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
    1:30 p.m. Busch Series Race - 200 miles; 200 laps

    Sunday, November 12th, 2006
    1:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Race Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil
    (these times are local to the track/ 2 hours BEHIND ET)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left-Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 15 psi; Left-Rear -- 13 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

    Estimated Pit Window:
    Every 90-95 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup & Busch);
    Every 80-85 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . .this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Phoenix for Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams earlier this season . . . this is also the same tire set-up that teams in all three major NASCAR series ran at New Hampshire and Richmond in 2006 . . . in addition, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams have also run these codes at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Mansfield (trucks only), Memphis and Milwaukee this year . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one-mile or less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.


Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Phoenix for leading the points and winning the race [all in the top-9 have a shot at it]. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    #29-Kevin Harvick, New Hampshire, 9/17/2006, $60,000
    #31-Jeff Burton, Dover, 9/24/2006, $10,000
    (11-5-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Phoenix, AZ Area:
Arizona Family
Arizona.com
Arizona Republic
Arizona Silver Belt
Easy Valley Tribune

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:


Raceweather.net


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Phoenix Review
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

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

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

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Harvick wins at Phoenix: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to sweep both Cup races there in 2006, his 5th win of 2006 and 10th of his career. Harvick led the most laps with 252 of 312. #48-Johnson finished 2nd [for the 3rd race in a row] to increase his points lead over #17-Kenseth to by 63 points. If Johnson finishes 12th or better at Homestead-Miami he will win the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship. The rest of the top-10 were #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #6-Martin, #9-Kahne, #2-Busch, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Burton. Only two Chasers out of the top-10: #17-Kenseth 13th and #5-Busch 38th after getting involved in a late race crash. There were 10 cautions for 58 laps [a 10 minute red flag during the last caution] and 7 drivers lead the race with 12 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Phoenix Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(11-12-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Phoenix [35 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 6332 - 12th or better at Homestead to win championship
    #17-Matt Kenseth 6269 -63
    #29-Kevin Harvick 6242 -90
    #11-Denny Hamlin 6242 -90
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6217 -115
    below are eliminated from the championship
    #24-Jeff Gordon 6165 -167
    #31-Jeff Burton 6107 -225
    #6-Mark Martin 6059 -273
    #9-Kasey Kahne 6013 -319
    #5-Kyle Busch 5973 -359
    and fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4488 points [clinched]
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-12-2006)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
    ...the old way, not the Chase after Phoenix:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5015
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5004, 11
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 4683, 332
    4) #20-Tony Stewart, 4609, 406
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4560, 455
    6) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4530, 485
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4476, 539
    8) #31-Jeff Burton, 4414, 601
    9) #6-Mark Martin, 4375, 640
    10) #5-Kyle Busch, 4362, 653
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne, 4327, 688
    12) #99-Carl Edwards, 4286, 729
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 3890, 1125
    (11-12-2006)

  • Rumblings - Phoenix: Kevin Harvick's had quite a year.... From about lap 139 to the end today it was pretty obvious the only two drivers with a chance to win would be Harvick or Jimmie Johnson...and it was formful to the end. Kevin Harvick led 252 of the 312 circuits today and captured the Checker Auto Parts "500" presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway by a quarter of a second today over Johnson. This was the fifth win of the season for Harvick (which when you couple it with nine in the NASCAR Busch Series...oh, and a Championship there too....makes for more than a little hardware to display) and the 10th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He's now tied for 50th on the all-time win list with Donnie Allison, Sterling Marlin, and Greg Biffle. Kevin's sweeper at Phoenix was worth $216,825 from the almost $5M in posted awards....this was win #83 for RCR Enterprises.
    Elliott Sadler (17th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Dover in September.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-2's in a row. Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jimmie Johnson (+27), followed by Tony Raines (+20) and Scott Riggs (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-29), followed by Greg Biffle (-28 ), Jamie McMurray (-26), and Michael Waltrip (-23). Hendrick Motorsports had both ends of the "Shaft" bracketed this week. David Gilliland led a lap today for the first time in his Cup career. He's the 48th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 51 different leaders.
    Some interesting point observations: We'd have a much closer race in "Classic" points than we have in the "Chase". Johnson's margin over on the original side would be only 11 markers. It's also interesting that the top three are exactly the same in both scenarios...and they were also the three drivers at the top when we started the Chase in Loudon.(Stock Car Fans)(11-12-2006)

  • Race Notes - Phoenix:
    • Kevin Harvick won the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, scoring his 10th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 213th career start.
    • Harvick moved into a tie for 50th on NASCAR’s All-Time win list, tied with Donnie Allison, Greg Biffle and Sterling Marlin.
    • This is Harvick’s fifth victory in 2006. He also won races at Phoenix in April, Watkins Glen, second Richmond and second New Hampshire.
    • Harvick is the third driver in 2006 to sweep both races at a track this season. He joined Denny Hamlin (Pocono) and Kasey Kahne (Charlotte).
    • Harvick is the only Chase driver to score two victories in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    • Harvick won five races in the first five seasons in his career (between 2001-2005). Harvick has five victories this season.
    • Harvick scored his second victory in eight races at Phoenix. Harvick has scored three top-10 finishes at Phoenix, all top fives.
    • Harvick is the fourth different driver to post back-to-back victories at Phoenix.
    • Harvick scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Harvick’s victory today was the 23rd Chevrolet victory in 35 races in 2006.
    • Harvick led four times for 252 laps, leading the most laps for the third time in 2006.
    • Race winner Harvick led the final 30 laps in the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix.
    • This was team owner Richard Chidress’ 83rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Childress has scored six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories in 2006.
    The Championship
    • Five drivers All drivers are in the 156-point window which is the maximum points that can be gained or lost during a single race and remain mathematically eligible to win the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship in the final race at Homestead.
    • If Johnson finishes 12th or better or leads a lap and finishes 13th or better or leads the most laps and finishes 15th or better at Homestead, he will clinch the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship, regardless of any other drivers performance. Johnson has five victories in 2006 and would also win in case of a tie because of his six second-place finishes.
    • Jeff Gordon (-167) is mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship as soon as Johnson starts the race at Homestead.
    • Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch are more than 190 points behind point leader Johnson and have been mathematically eliminated from winning the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship. Notebook Items
    • Denny Hamlin (third) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix. Hamlin was the highest finishing rookie for the 17th time in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon (fourth) scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 13th top-10 finish in 16 races at Phoenix.
    • Carl Edwards (fifth) scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Phoenix. The Chase
    • Jimmie Johnson (second) was eighth in points after the first four races in the Chase (after Talladega), then 156 points behind then point leader Jeff Burton. Johnson has gained 219 points in the last five races, the result of five straight finishes of first or second and is first in the point standings for the second straight race.
    • Stewart remained 11th in the Championship standings. He has a 323-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards who finished fifth. Stewart is mathematically assured the 11th-place points position and the $1 million payout.
    • Eight of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10 at Phoenix.
    • Five of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Phoenix.
    • Five of the Chase drivers led at Phoenix earning valuable lap leader bonus points.
    • First and second are separated by 63 points with one race remaining. The top five in points are separated by 115 points which makes them all mathematically eligible to win the 2006 Championship.
    • Five of the nine races in the Chase have been won by Chase drivers
    • Matt Kenseth has scored eight top-15 finishes in the nine races in The Chase, the only driver to do so.
    • Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the only Chase drivers to score nine top-25 finishes in all nine Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored five top-five finishes in the nine Chase races, the most among the Chase drivers. Johnson has finished first or second in the last five races in the Chase.
    • Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon are the only Chase drivers to score six top-10 finishes in the nine races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead in seven of the nine races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored 45 lap leader/bonus points in nine races in the Chase, the most among all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post seven top-10 starts in the nine races in the Chase.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-12-2006)

    Phoenix Race Rundown

  • The Checker Auto Parts 500(k) 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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (2)(252 laps led)
    #48-Johnson-c (29)(28 laps led)

    #11-Hamlin-c (22-r)
    #24-Gordon-c (1)(3 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-f (12)
    #6-Martin-f (21)(26 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-d (11)
    #2-Busch-d (8)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (4)
    #31-Burton-c (18)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    (chasers above in blue)
    where the other Chasers ran:
    #17-Kenseth-f (10) finished 13th
    #5-Busch-c (9) finished 38th, -21 laps

  • Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,4

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 41,32,37,7,16,61,14,5

  • Cars on the track: 36 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #72-Whitt (rearend-out)
    #55-Waltrip (engine-out)
    #49-Bliss (engine-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)
    #88-Jarrett (accident-out)
    #66-Green (accident-out)
    #07-Bowyer (oil line-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 12 lead changes):
    #29-Harvick (252, led most);
    #48-Johnson (28);
    #6-Martin (26);
    #24-Gordon (3, pole);
    #14-Marlin (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #38-Gilliland (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-3; #29-Harvick 4-71; #17-Kenseth 72; #29-Harvick 73-133; #48-Johnson 134-151; #14-Marlin 152; #48-Johnson 153-161; #29-Harvick 162-254; #38-Gilliland 255; #6-Martin 256-259; #48-Johnson 260; #6-Martin 261-282; #29-Harvick 283-312;


    Cautions: 10 for 58 laps

    RED FLAG as of 6:45 thru 6:54pm/et, for approx 9 minutes
    Caution 10 - Laps 307 - 309: #42-Mears spun in turn 2 when he got in fluid left on the track #07-Bowyer who had a broken radiator
    Caution 9 - Laps 300 - 304: #96-Raines got into #66-Green, sending Green into the wall between turns 1 & 2.
    Caution 8 - Laps 292 - 296: #14-Marlin got loose in turn 4, #88-Jarrett got into Marlin, sending both spinning and into the wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 274 - 281: #20-Stewart got into #26-McMurray off turn 1, McMurray spun, came back up the track and into the path of #5-Busch car, also getting into #66-Green, #12-Newman spun, #88-Jarrett was also involved.
    Caution 6 - Laps 265 - 271: #49-Bliss lost an engine
    Caution 5 - Laps 253 - 257: #55-Waltrip slowed on the track, limped to the garage, oil on the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 227 - 230: #61-Chaffin got into #7-Gordon, with #7 spinning around and smacking the turn 1 wall
    Caution 3 - Laps 188 - 195: #55-Waltrip is smoking, oil on the track
    Caution 2 - Laps 151 - 157: debris on the track
    Caution 1 - Laps 71 - 76: debris on the track, backstretch [shown on NBC]

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 9: #45-Petty, 25th
    Caution 8: #10-Riggs, 22nd
    Caution 7: #96-Raines(2), 21st
    Caution 6: #40-Stremme, 18th
    Caution 5: #1-Truex Jr., 12th
    Caution 4: #18-Yeley, 20th
    Caution 3: #22-Blaney, 23rd
    Caution 2: #21-Schrader, 24th
    Caution 1: #96-Raines, 21st
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Phoenix Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    #72 TE Speeding exiting pit road L74
    #72 PT Speeding entering pit road L98
    #55 TE Pitting before pit road is open L187
    #45 TE Speeding exiting pit road Ll89
    #7 TE Pitting before pit road is open L226
    #16 OL Running the stop and go sign L276
    #07 TE Pitting before pit road is open L306
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-12-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- before the 10th caution restart, the #29-Harvick will get a push start from a tow truck [which is legal by rule], if Harvick cannot get the car started with the bad alternator/battery
    ---- on the 9th restart, #99-Edwards started slow or missed a shift and #24-Gordon got into the rear of Edwards. #07-Bowyer got into someone and broke a radiator, leaving fluid on the track and was smoking
    ---- as of lap 294, #5-Busch is back on the track after the crew made repairs from the wreck
    ---- during the 5th caution, all the lead lap cars came into to pit, #29-Harvick in 1st, #6-Martin came out leading after taking only 2 tires, looks like most everyone else too 4 tires, Harvick came out 3rd, just behind #48-Johnson. #38-Gilliland stayed put to lead a lap
    ---- during the 4th caution, all the lead lap cars came into to pit, they can go to the end without having to make any more stops, depends on cautions
    ---- on lap 214, #29-Harvick is being reporting a possible battery problem...as he is leading
    ---- #55-Waltrip is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the smoking problem, is 16 laps down
    ---- during the 3rd caution. all the lead lap cars came in to pit. #29-Harvick in 1st and out 1st, #48-Johnson came in 2nd and out 7th
    ---- during the 2nd caution all lead lap cars came in but #14-Marlin, to lead a lap, then came in to pit.
    ---- during the 1st caution all lead lap cars came in but #17-Kenseth, to lead a lap, then came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 64, #16-Biffle was the first of the lead lap cars to come in for scheduled pit stop
    ---- on lap 37, after starting 29th, points leader #48-Johnson cracked the top-10.
    ---- #2-Busch has the flu and has Brandon Ash standing by, also with the flu is #10-Riggs and #9-Kahne
    ---- green/yellow flag at 3:37pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 3:28pm/et by Grand Marshal, Doug Toben, Pennzoil
    ---- To The Back [1]: #7-Gordon [engine change]


  • Race Coverage of the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled to run Sunday, November 12, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 2:30pm/et [green flag around 3:30pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:30pm/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, November 16, 2006 at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 131.488
    #1-Truex Jr. 131.114
    #38-Gilliland 130.957
    #40-Stremme 130.895
    #5-Busch 130.885
    slowest: #37-Elliott 125.427 and #61-Chaffin 126.081
    incidents: #16-Biffle smacked the wall on a run, but the crew fixed the car and Biffle went out and practiced.
    most laps run: #31-Burton 50; #48-Johnson 48
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 127.761 [24th fastest lap], 25 laps run
    #48-Johnson 127.727 [1st], 48 laps
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 127.579 [13th], 23 laps
    See happy hour and other practice session speeds on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-11-2006)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #29-Harvick 131.531
    #42-Mears 131.454
    #48-Johnson 131.440
    #11-Hamlin 131.392
    #99-Edwards 131.167
    slowest: #61-Chaffin 125.857 and #37-Elliott 126.542
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 56; #7-Gordon 52
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch 128.276 [10th fastest lap], 14 laps run
    #29-Harvick 128.536 [1st], 35 laps
    #48-Johnson 128.419 [3rd], 55 laps
    See speeds on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-11-2006)

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.464mph for his 2nd pole of 2006, 2nd pole ever at PIR and 56th of his career. The rest of the top-10 are #29-Harvick, #25-Vickers, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #01-Nemechek, #16-Biffle, #12-Newman, #2-Busch, #5-Busch and #17-Kenseth. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #55-Waltrip, #4-Ward Burton, #14-Marlin, #32-Kvapil, #72-Whitt [first career start], #49-Bliss, #61-Chaffin and #37-Elliott [using a past champions provisional]. See qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup on the Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(11-10-2006)

  • Where do the Chasers starts at Phoenix: (by points position)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson starts 29th
    #17-Matt Kenseth starts 10th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4th
    #11-Denny Hamlin 22nd
    #29-Kevin Harvick 2nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon 1st
    #31-Jeff Burton 18th
    #5-Kyle Busch 9th
    #6-Mark Martin 31st
    #9-Kasey Kahne 11th

  • Ramblings - Phoenix: Jeff Gordon won practice then won the Bud Pole today at Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts "500" presented by Pennzoil with a time of 26.773 (134.464 mph) for his second top-spot of the season (he captured the point at Dover in September) and the 56th of his Nextel Cup career. Wonder how many times they'll start a question with "Since this is one of the tracks you've never won at".... Kevin Harvick will join Gordon on the front row.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Dover in September of 2005!.
    Joe Nemechek (5th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 5th at Dover in September.
    Michael Waltrip (19th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 19th at Daytona in July.
    Ward Burton (24th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Martinsville in October of 2004 (only five races).
    Welcome to Brandon Whitt (37th). He'll make his first ever Nextel Cup start in the #72 Dutch Quality Stone Chevy. He has a Craftsman Truck Series win on his resume....at Memphis in July of 2005.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(11-10-2006)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
    • Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Checker Auto Parts “500” presented by Pennzoil, lapping Phoenix International Raceway in 26.773 seconds at 134.464 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 26.499 seconds, 135.854 mph - set Nov. 5, 2004.
    • This is Gordon’s 56th career Bud Pole in 472 Nextel Cup Series races. He moved into sole possession of sixth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list, breaking a tie with Bill Elliott.
    • This is his second Bud Pole and 17th top-10 start in 2006. He became the eighth repeat Bud Pole winner this season.
    • This is Gordon’s second Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 16 Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Kevin Harvick posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 26.871 seconds, 133.973 mph – and will join Gordon on the front row for the Checker Auto Parts “500”. Harvick posted his fourth top-10 start in eight races at Phoenix and his 14th top-10 start in 2006.
    • This is the 13th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 15 Bud Poles and Ford has six. Qualifying was canceled at the first Bristol and second Atlanta races.
    • Brian Vickers (third) has posted five top-10 starts in six races at Phoenix and has not started worse than 14th here. It is his fourth front-row start this season and his second in as many weeks.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) has posted just two top-10 starts in his nine Phoenix races. This is his 150th race without a Bud Pole.
    • Joe Nemechek (fifth) has posted just four top-10 starts in 15 races at Phoenix.
    • Michael Waltrip (19th) was the fastest of the drivers required to qualify on time.
    • Brandon Whitt (37th) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race and will be the 77th different driver to compete in at least one Nextel Cup race this season.
    • Bill Elliott used a past champion’s provisional to make the field – the second consecutive week that the past champion provisional had been employed. Terry Labonte used it in Texas.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(11-10-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2006 at 5:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 5:00pm/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: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 51 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #48-Johnson is due out first on Friday, November 10th at 5:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #29-Harvick. For the Qualifying order, see my Phoenix Qualifying/Grid Page.(11-10-2006)

  • Friday practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, fastest:
    #24-Gordon 133.640
    #99-Edwards 133.571
    #07-Bowyer 133.210
    #48-Johnson 133.067
    #12-Newman 132.993
    slowest: #74-Cope 128.055 and #89-Shepherd 128.278
    most laps run: #7-Gordon 42; #31-Burton 38
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Hamlin 131.697 [10th fastest lap], 5 laps run
    #01-Nemechek 129.861 [18th], 17 laps
    #49-Bliss 129.730 [36th], 15 laps
    See speeds on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-10-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and EIGHT out [51 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #4-Ward Burton 22nd fastest
    #55-Michael Waltrip 24th
    #06-Todd Kluever 35th
    #49-Mike Bliss 36th
    #71-Jason Leffler 37th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 38th
    #32-Travis Kvapil 40th
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH] 48th but would use past champ prov.
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would MISS the race:
    #61-Chad Chaffin 41st
    #14-Stering Marlin 42nd
    #34-Kevin Lepage 42nd
    #72-Brandon Whitt 44th
    #02-Brandon Ash 46th
    #09-Jeremy Mayfield 49th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd 50th
    #74-Derrike Cope 51st/last
    (11-10-2006)

  • Entry List for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 51 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
    #06-Todd Kluever
    #09-Jeremy Mayfield
    #4-Ward Burton
    #14-Sterlin Marlin
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Kevin Lepage
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH]
    #49-Mike Bliss
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Chaffin
    #71-Jason Leffler
    #72-Brandon Whitt in for Mike Skinner
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 09,37,14,32,55,4,49,78,61
    missing the race would be #'s: 61,34,74,89,72,06,02,71
    see entry list on Jayski's Phoenix Entry List Page.
    (11-6-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Phoenix:
    #45-Petty moves back up in top 35 and #14-Marlin falls out and has to get in via speed
    33) #40-Stremme/Ganassi 107 points ahead of 36th
    34) #19-Sadler/Evernham +69
    35) #45-Petty/Petty +19
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn 19 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -268
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-5-2006)

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

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot - Phoenix:
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post seven top-10 starts in the Chase.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only Chase driver to score seven top-15 finishes in the eight races in the Chase.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished first or second in the last four Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead in six of the eight Chase races. Johnson has led 456 laps in the Chase and has earned 40 lap-leader bonus points, both the most among Chase drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin have both scored three straight top-10 finishes.
    • Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are the only drivers to score 15 top-five finishes in the first 34 races of 2006. Stewart has three top-five finishes in the last three races, including two straight victories.
    • Bobby Labonte has scored seven straight top-20 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-7-2006)

  • Did ya know? in 20 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway, no pole sitter has ever followed up the pole win a race win. #5-Kyle Busch won the pole in the April 2006 race and finished 36th.(11-3-2006)

  • Only Three: Only three drivers have started all 20 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway:
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 1 win
    #6-Mark Martin, 1 win
    #49-Ken Schrader, 0 wins.(11-3-2006)

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

  • 2006 April Pole Sitter: #5-Kyle Busch, 133.744mph, finished 36th

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

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

  • 2006 April Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 107.063mph, started 15th

  • 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: 10 - Kevin Harvick 4/22/2006

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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 20] 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: 2

  • 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 20 - 25.0%

  • Races won from the top 10: 7 of 20 - 35.0%

  • Phoenix Nuggets:
    Chase For the Nextel Cup Drivers (Ranked by Average Finish)
    Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led
    1. Jimmie Johnson, 6, 8.666, 85
    2. Jeff Gordon, 15, 8.933, 191
    3. Mark Martin, 20, 9.400, 582 [1 win]
    4. Jeff Burton, 14, 11.571, 215 [2 wins]
    5. Kasey Kahne, 4, 13.750, 0
    6. Kyle Busch, 3, 15.000, 78 [1 win]
    7. Kevin Harvick, 7, 16.428, 10
    8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr,. 8 17.250, 310 [2 wins]
    9. Matt Kenseth, 8, 20.750, 60 [1 win]
    10. Denny Hamlin, 2, 23.500, 23
    • Mark Martin leads all Chase drivers with eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts at Phoenix.
    • Six of the Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes at Phoenix in April including Kevin Harvick who won from a 15th place starting position.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted top-10 starts in both of his races at Phoenix. His 3.5 starting average at Phoenix is the best of all Chase drivers and best among all drivers with more than one start there.
    All-time Standouts
    • Three drivers have started in all 20 races at Phoenix: Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader.
    • Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace lead all drivers, each with three Bud Poles at Phoenix.
    • Davey Allison, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead all drivers each with two Phoenix victories.
    • Mark Martin leads all drivers with eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 races at Phoenix.
    Current Standouts
    • Tony Stewart leads all drivers with five straight top-10 starts at Phoenix.
    • Bobby Labonte leads all drivers with four straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
    • Carl Edwards has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished 15th or better in all six of his races at Phoenix.
    • Mark Martin posted top-20 finishes in 19 of the 20 races at Phoenix. He finished 36th, posting his only Phoenix DNF, in his first race there in November 1988.
    Starting Positions
    • Only seven of the 20 races at Phoenix have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Five of the last six races at Phoenix have been won from outside a top-10 starting position.
    Sweeps
    • 2005 marked the first year of twice-a-year racing at Phoenix.
    • Both races at Phoenix in 2005 were won by a Busch; Kurt won in April and Kyle won in November.
    Owner Wins
    Jack Roush leads all owners with five victories at Phoenix since 1988. Four of the five Roush Phoenix victories were scored by a different driver: Mark Martin (1993), Jeff Burton (2000 and 2001), Matt Kenseth (2002) and Kurt Busch (April 2005).
    Season Nuggets
    • Race No. 35 at Phoenix is the ninth of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • All 10 of the top-10 drivers in the Chase changed positions at Texas.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by 17 points over second-place Matt Kenseth. Johnson one of four drivers to lead the point standings during the Chase.
    • Johnson was eighth in points after the first four races in the Chase (after Talladega), then 156 points behind then point leader Jeff Burton. Four races later, Johnson has climbed from eighth to first in the point standings gaining 173 points.
    • There have been seven changes in the second-place points position in the eight races since the Chase began at New Hampshire. Five different drivers have ranked second during the Chase: Johnson, Hamlin, Gordon, Kenseth and Harvick have all held the second-place points position during the Chase.
    • In 2004, Jimmie Johnson won four of the 10 Chase races but finished second in the final standings. In 2005, he won two of the 10 Chase races and finished fifth in the final standings. Johnson scored his first Chase victory in 2006 with his victory at Martinsville.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with 22 top-10 finishes in 2006.
    • Four Chase races in 2006 have been won by Chase drivers: New Hampshire (Kevin Harvick), Dover (Jeff Burton) Charlotte (Kasey Kahne) and Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson).
    • Four of the eight Chase races in 2006 have been won by non-Chase drivers: Tony Stewart (Kansas, Atlanta and Texas) and Brian Vickers (Talladega).
    • In 2005, three Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Talladega (Dale Jarrett), Martinsville (Jeff Gordon) and Phoenix (Kyle Busch).
    • In 2004, only two Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Kansas (Joe Nemechek) and Homestead (Greg Biffle).
    • Since 2004, non-Chase drivers have won nine of the 28 Chase races (32%).
    • Tony Stewart is the first non-Chase driver to score multiple victories during the Chase since the programs inception in 2004. Stewart has won three of the eight Chase races this season.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to post seven top-10 starts in the eight Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored four top-five finishes in the Chase, the most among all Chase drivers. All four were finishes of first or second and came in the last four races.
    • Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon have each scored five top-10 finishes in the first eight Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has led in six of the eight Chase races, the most among Chase drivers.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has climbed from sixth to third in the championship standings in the last two races.
    • Jeff Gordon has climbed from 10th to sixth in the championship standings in the last three races.
    • Jeff Burton has dropped from first to seventh in the championship standings in the last three races.
    • Mark Martin has dropped from third to ninth in the championship standings in the last four races.
    • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 357-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards. If Stewart starts the final two races he will clinch the $1 million bonus and the 11th-place position in the final championship standings.
    • Sixteen of the top top-25 drivers changed point positions at Texas.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart has led 1,360 laps in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Robby Gordon and Ken Schrader have each posted eight DNFs in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 27 of the 34 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 11 of the 34 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
    • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire - the 30th Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-7-2006)


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: Doug Toben, Pennzoil
    Command to start engines: Doug Toben, Pennzoil
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Country Music Sensation Taylor Swift
    Military Flyover: F-16 Fighting Falcons, Kuke AFB, AZ

  • Track Homepage: phoenixinternationalraceway.com

  • April 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page

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  • Lots of Music at PIR: While the high-powered sounds of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Series, and NEXTEL Cup Series will do their part to keep fans at Phoenix International Raceway audibly delighted throughout the weekend, a variety of music will play to fans' senses as well, filling the air and thrilling the crowd before and after each electrifying night of racing in the desert.
    The hit alternative rock band Smash Mouth will hit the Budweiser stage located on the PIR Midway at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, prior to the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Known for their top singles "Walkin' On The Sun," "Then The Morning Comes," and "All Star," Smash Mouth's musical diversity ranging from ska and punk to alternative and classic rock has led to numerous top spots on the Billboard charts over the past decade.
    Emerging star Josh Kelley will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for Saturday's ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Kelley is famous for a musical repertoire that includes songs both pop-driven and soulful. Kelley wrote or co-wrote and produced each track on his recently-released third album, "Just Say The Word."
    Following Saturday night's checkered flag, the band Freebird will take the stage, delivering to fans a powerful night of rock and carrying on the decades-long legend of the Southern rock greats from Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tribute group, replete with authentic instruments, costumes, looks, and sound, fully re-creates the powerful spectacle that swept the music world in the 1970s.
    Kicking off the exciting slate of musical amusement on Friday is an old Motown favorite, the Temptations. Coming from Showstoppers Live, Casino Arizona's musical tribute to America's greatest superstars, the modern-day Temptations cover group will perform the Star-Spangled Banner during pre-race ceremonies for Friday's Casino Arizona 150. Just after the checkered flag flies on Friday night, the PIR After Dark Festival kicks off just behind the grandstands on the PIR Midway. From the Budweiser stage comes the high-energy rock group Dead or Alive, an exact reproduction of the world-famous Bon Jovi. Dead or Alive plays a number of hits past and present, making the show a must-see for rock and roll fans of all ages.
    A pair of local acts will take the Budweiser stage throughout the weekend. EastonAshe, currently based in nearby Cave Creek, will kick off their show at 2 p.m. on Friday. A Phoenix-based quartet, EastonAshe has opened for national acts such as John Waite, Daniel Powter, and the Subdudes. The Chris Parker Project hits the Budweiser stage at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Chris Parker Project is comprised of some of the top professional musicians in Arizona and currently calls Phoenix home. From rock to funk and country to soul, CPP blends the perfect mix of fun, great music. The band has opened for Tears for Fears, The Fixx, and Maroon 5.
    Harry Luge Jr. will also bring an Arizona flavor to the weekend schedule, performing a high-energy country show to captivate all at PIR. A veteran of ten years of writing and performing his own songs, Luge knows Arizona and its music. He will perform at the Casino Arizona Oasis from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
    Tickets and information can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(Phoenix International Raceway PR)(11-10-2006)

  • Taylor Swift to sing National Anthem for Phoenix Cup race: At just 16 years of age, country music sensation Taylor Swift has accomplished more in her short career than what some artists can accomplish in a lifetime and now she's bringing her talent to the NASCAR stage on Sunday, November 12th where she'll perform the National Anthem LIVE on NBC before an estimated crowd of 100,000 prior to the start of the Checker Auto Parts 500, Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Checker Auto Parts 500 is the Semi-Final race in the 2006 NASCAR Chase for the Nextel Cup. Get tickets at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(11-8-2006)

  • "Park 'N Ride" at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway and Checker Auto Parts are encouraging NASCAR fans to by-pass race traffic and "Park 'N Ride" to the Checker Auto Parts 500, Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, November 12. Shuttle services will be provided from Cricket Pavilion to Phoenix International Raceway starting Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and concluding at 7 p.m. The Checker Auto Parts 500 is scheduled to get the green flag at 1:25 p.m. Located two blocks north of the Interstate-10 on 83rd Avenue, Cricket Pavilion will offer parking for all NASCAR fans. Parking and shuttle services total just $7 per car. Guests with PIR issued parking passes can park and ride for free. Shuttle busses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Get tickets at phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(11-7-2006)

  • Did ya know? in 20 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway, no pole sitter has ever followed up the pole win a race win. #5-Kyle Busch won the pole in the April 2006 race and finished 36th.(4-23-2006)

  • Only Three: Only three drivers have started all 20 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway:
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 1 win
    #6-Mark Martin, 1 win
    #49-Ken Schrader, 0 wins.(4-23-2006)

  • Three Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are three 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 0 for 15 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004
    Homestead 0 for 7 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 21 [19 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(7-9-2006)

  • PIR Honored with Achievement Award: On Thursday, October 26, Phoenix International Raceway was honored with the John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award during WESTMARC's 14th Annual "Best of the West Awards." PIR was also the recipient of the Attractions, Destinations and Tourism Award. WESTMARC's annual Best of the West Awards competition recognizes outstanding contributions to image, lifestyle and economic development of Western Maricopa County, that portion of the Metro area west of Interstate 17. The John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award honors a person, organization or entity that has exemplified outstanding service by contribution to the lifestyle of Western Maricopa County. The John F. Long Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to PIR in recognition of the track's 40-year history in the West Valley; a claim not too many businesses can make. PIR was also recognized for it's commitment to community service highlighted most recently through its "Salute to Military Families" program which highlighted the many achievements of the United States Military and provided race tickets to the many men and women, and their families, of the U.S. Military stationed throughout Arizona. The Attractions, Destinations and Tourism Award was presented to PIR in acknowledgment of the 400,000 fans that visit the facility each year. Race fans and sponsors create an economic surge, not just in Avondale, but across the West Valley, when NASCAR visits Arizona. In 2005, the overall economic impact of PIR to the State of Arizona totaled $473 million. Don't miss out on NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup. NASCAR action heats up the desert November 9 - 12 for the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend. Get your tickets TODAY at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(10-28-2006)

  • PIR names new Mgr of Operations: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that Brett Adams has joined the organization as Manager of Operations. Starting immediately, Adams will report directly to Lee Baumgarten, Director of Operations. In his role, Adams will oversee the daily operation of the facility, manage track rentals and major events. Prior to joining PIR, Adams served as the Senior Director of Operations at Richmond International Raceway from 2002-2004 and began his career in motorsports as the Director of Facility of Operations at Daytona International Speedway in 2000. Prior to his career in the fast-lane of motorsports, Adams spent five years as the Operations Manager for the PGA (1995-2000). Brett, his wife Kristi and their three children Walker (8), Kelyn (6) and Kara (4) recently relocated to Buckeye from Georgia. Tickets and information for upcoming races can be found at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling, 602-252-2227 or 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(9-30-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Ash to attempt Phoenix with a new look: #02-Brandon Ash will attempt to make the Checkers Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway. PIR was the team's first start of the 2006 season and the Checker Auto Parts 500 will mark the last start this year. In April at the Subway Fresh 500, Ash qualified in the 40th spot to finish in 43rd after transmission problems [also ran at Infineon Raceway and finished 38th]. The #02 Sprinter Trucking Dodge Intrepid will sport a new paint scheme in this weeks event. The team felt their last race of the season deserved a fierce and fast look. The bold and aggressive flames echo the teams feelings going into this race and the 2007 season. Brandon and Tiffany welcomed a baby girl, Aleah Ash, into the world on October 29th. Ash on Phoenix…"This will be the all around best effort of our career as a team. The support from our sponsor Sprinter Trucking has once again allowed us to purchase superior and more of the equipment we need to make a better showing each time we hit the track. This weekend we'll have the whole package. As a team we're leaps and bounds above where we were at the beginning of the year. Now that we have the equipment we need, we've begun to focus on what it will take to make the car faster."(Ash Racing Team PR), see an image of the car on my #02 Team Schemes page.(11-10-2006)

  • Driver change at the #72 UPDATE: have seen nothing official but Brandon Whitt, former Truck Series driver [and winner] is now listed on the Entry List as the driver of the #72 CJM Racing Chevy at Phoenix. Mike Skinner had driven the car at the last few races.(11-9-2006)
    UPDATE: Brandon Whitt, former Truck Series veteran and race winner will pilot the #72 Dutch Quality Stone Chevy for CJM Racing in an attempt to qualify for this weekend’s Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. “To say I’m thrilled to have a shot at my first NEXTEL Cup race is an understatement,” says Whitt. After two seasons in Craftsman Trucks, Whitt is excited for a chance to be a player on NASCAR’s biggest stage – the penultimate event in the hotly-contested Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. But simply making the race will not be enough for the competitive young driver. “PIR is a track where I’ve always had great results,” Whitt continues, “and (CJM Racing crew chief) Doug George has a lot of good notes for the track as well. I think we could end up surprising a lot of people.”(Brandon Whitt site)
    AND Whitt recently announced that he and his Brandon Whitt Racing team will attempt to make their second ARCA RE/MAX Series start on February 10, 2007 in the Daytona ARCA 200 in the #51 Brandon Whitt Racing Toyota. Brandon Whitt Racing's (BWR) first ARCA appearance came this past season at Chicagoland Speedway.(11-10-2006)

  • Leffler and Braun Racing Make Return to the Nextel Cup at Phoenix: Jason Leffler and Braun Racing are approaching what will be their busiest and most challenging weekend of the 2006 season as they prepare to pull double duty at Phoenix International Raceway. Leffler, a Long Beach, CA native, will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series event, piloting the #38 Great Clips Chevy, and the Nextel Cup Series race in the #71 Fort McDowell "Yavapai Pride" Chevy, both entries fielded by Braun Racing. Leffler, who currently sits 13th in the Busch Series driver point standings, has competed on and off in the Nextel Cup Series for five seasons for a total of 62 career starts. He made his Nextel Cup debut in 2001 with Chip Ganassi Racing and in his rookie season, captured his first pole at Kansas Speedway and finished the season fourth in the Rookie-of-the-Year battle. Over the next several seasons, Leffler competed part-time in the series, often pulling double duty while running full-time in the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. Leffler's most recent Nextel Cup start was in the 2005 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Following that event, Leffler joined Braun Racing to compete full-time in the Busch Series. To date this season Leffler has three top-five, seven top-10 finishes and two poles. Additionally, this weekend will mark Braun Racing's first attempt of the season to compete in a Nextel Cup event. Last year, Braun Racing fielded a car in two Cup events including Atlanta and Bristol [#08 Chevy with Shane Hmiel]. For additional information about Fort McDowell, visit www.fortmcdowelldestination.com.(Braun Racing PR/site)(11-7-2006)

  • Shepherd gets a sponsor for Phoenix: RaceZingMania, a manufacturer and marketer of racing related merchandise will sponsor the #89 Racing With Jesus Dodge at Phoenix next weekend, Faith Motorsports announced November 2. Team co-owner and driver Morgan Shepherd said the team is making final preparations to the car and plan to leave for the Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 7. "We appreciate very much RaceZingMania and the support they have shown us," Shepherd said. "Without them stepping up we would not have been able to go to Phoenix." RaceZingMania is based out of Crested Butte, CO, and markets its merchandise directly to sponsors through internet sales. Its products include die casts, apparel and other items related to racing and other sports.(racewithfaith.com)(11-7-2006)

  • Kluever to run Phoenix in #06: Todd Kluever will be attempting his fifth Nextel Cup start this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. He will be driving the #06 3M/Sharp AQUOS Ford for Roush Racing. Kluever will be competing in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series races at Phoenix this weekend.(Roush Racing PR)(11-7-2006)

  • Mayfield to run the #09 car at Phoenix & Homestead: Jeremy Mayfield, who will run the #36 360 OTC Toyota in the Nextel Cup Seires for Bill Davis Racing in 2007, will run the #09 Miccosukee Gaming Dodge for Phoenix Racing/owner James Finch at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mayfield is running the #15 Chevy truck this weekend in the Truck Series race at Atlanta.(NASCAR.com)(10-28-2006)

  • Roush's #06 team limited to one more race in 2006: Roush Racing can only enter the #06 in one more Nextel Cup race this year because of the team limitations imposed by NASCAR, team president Geoff Smith confirmed Saturday. Roush already has its fifth full-time team grandfathered in on the four-team NASCAR Cup limit. Teams are also allowed to enter an extra team for a rookie to get ready for next season. Smith said Roush Racing interpreted that limitation to mean seven races with any rookie, but NASCAR informed the team at Martinsville last week that it could run only one more race - the eighth Nextel Cup attempt overall for the #06 car this year. The #06 has attempted to run six events (including one where the team failed to qualify) with Todd Kluever and two with David Ragan. That final race for the #06 will be Phoenix with Kluever at the wheel. Smith said it is the team's plan to run Ragan in whatever races he is eligible for the rest of the year in the #60 No Fear Racing car, which has an affiliation with Roush. Ragan originally was supposed to drive the #06 car at Atlanta this weekend. When Roush Racing found out last week it could only run that car one more time this year, it withdrew the car and planned to have No Fear enter Ragan in the #60. Before it could get the new entry filed, NASCAR ruled that Ragan was not approved to run the 1.5-mile Atlanta track in the Cup race because of struggles at Martinsville Speedway last Sunday. Smith said the team is fine with the limitation imposed.(SceneDaily.com)(10-28-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#01-Joe Nemechek Principal Financial Group #01 Schemes Page
#6-Mark Martin AAA Insurance #6 Schemes Page
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View Fight/Budweiser #8 Schemes Page
#9-Kasey Kahne Chrysler Financial none..yet
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
#14-Sterling Marlin Principal Financial Group #14 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley Boniva #18 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Lenox Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese’s Milk Chocolate Layered Cookies none...yet
#40-David Stremme Discount Tire none..yet
#43-Bobby Labonte Spoonfuls of Stories none..yet
#45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page


  • New scheme for Kahne rest of 2006: #9-Kasey Kahne will carry Chrysler Financial on-board the #9 Dodge for the remainder of the season.(Clear!Blue/Evernham Motorsports PR)(11-9-2006)

  • Cookies Scheme for Harvick at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick will get behind the wheel of the #29 Reese’s Milk Chocolate Layered Cookies Chevy. Reese’s Milk Chocolate Layered Cookies have the candy taste you love with a big cookie crunch.(RCR PR)(11-9-2006)

  • AAA Insurance for Martin at Phoenix: Mark Martin will run the special “Insurance” Paint scheme on the #6 AAA Ford for the final time this season at Phoenix this weekend.(Roush Racing PR)(11-9-2006)

  • Boxing Decklid on the #8 at Phoenix: The #8 Bud car that Dale Earnahrdt Jr. will drive at Phoenix will carry a special decal on the rear decklid this weekend, promoting the Nov. 18 HBO Pay-Per-View super featherweight bout between Manny "PAC MAN" Pacquiao and Erik "EL TERRIBLE" Morales.(dalejrpitstop.com/fingerprintonline.com)(11-8-2006)

  • Spoonfuls of Stories Paint Scheme fpr the #43 at Phoenix: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Dodge team head to the flat one-mile Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500. Labonte will be showcasing the Spoonfuls of Stories logos this weekend on the famous #43 Dodge. Labonte and the team are currently involved in Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories "Race for BOOKS!" Throughout the final 10 races of the season for every lap Labonte completes Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories will donate 43 books to kinds in need across the country through nonprofit partner First BookR. Through the first eight races Labonte has earned over 100,000 books heading into this weekend's event. The total number of books earned has been a direct result of the team's strong performance of late. Labonte has scored over 1,000 points in the last eight races. He has finished in the top 10 in four of those races and twice in the top five. Labonte was wrecked out of the first 'Chase' race in Loudon and since then has finished no worse than 17th.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing PR)(11-8-2006)

  • Discount Tire scheme for Stremme at Phoenix: This week the #40 Dodge will be sporting the red, black and white colors of Discount Tire Company. The company, a longtime partner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the #40 transport drivers, Tim Beaver, made it to the semifinal round of the Freightliner Run Smart Hauler Challenge. This is the inaugural year for the event that has hauler drivers maneuvering though an obstacle course to test their skills such as parallel parking and backing up around curves. Last week's run at Texas Motor Speedway was the final run of five made throughout the season. Beaver, a Mooresville, N.C. native, finished third overall to win the $5,000 prize.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(11-7-2006)

  • Principal Financial Group to be primary sponsors of #01 & #14 at Phoenix: The Principal Financial Group, the nation’s 401(k) leader and premiere benefits provider, will be the primary sponsor on #14-Sterling Marlin’s and #01-Joe Nemechek’s MB2 Motorsports’ Chevys in this weekend’s Nextel Cup race -- the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. MB2’s Principal Financial Group Chevys – Marlin’s #14 and Nemechek’ s #01 – will make their first appearance on the Phoenix one-mile track during Friday’s practice, which begins at 1:35pm/et. “We’re excited about the Principal Financial Group joining our team,” said Jay Frye, CEO and general manager of MB2. “The company has been involved in the past as a NASCAR sponsor and we’re elated about MB2 being selected for its first venture as a primary sponsor. The U.S. Army, Nemechek’s main sponsor at 34 Cup races, will have an associate status on the #01 car in Phoenix. Marlin's associate sponsors will be Waste Management and Ginn Clubs & Resorts. The Principal, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is the on-air sponsor of Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500. The race will be televised on NBC, beginning at 3pm/et. For more information about The Principal Financial Group, visit www.principal.com.(MB2 Motorsports PR/site)(11-6-2006)

  • USG Scheme for #17: For the first of three times in 2006, Matt Kenseth will pilot the #17 USG Sheetrock Ford Fusion. USG Sheetrock will also be the primary sponsor for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in July and the November race at Phoenix International Raceway.(Roush Racing PR)(3-22-2006)
    USG Colors for Kenseth at Chicago: Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Bristol in March (finished third) and the last will be at Phoenix in November.(Roush Racing PR), see image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(7-4-2006)

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

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


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