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THE RACE: The Crown Royal 400

Nextel Cup Race #10 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, May 6, 2006 in Richmond, VA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Crown Royal

  • Track: Richmond International Raceway

  • TV: FX 7:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FX - 7:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:30pm/et [90 minutes] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 7:30pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, May 11 [Replay] at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,931,502 (was $4,887,667 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice [only one practice]: Friday, May 5, 11:15am - 1:15pm/et, TV-none

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 5, 10:15am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, May 5 at 6:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 12:00am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, May 5
    10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
    11:15 AM-1:15 P.M. NNCS Practice
    12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Party Zone Pre-Race Pit Pass Access
    4:05 PM NBC12 Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Busch Series Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI(2 laps, all positions)
    6:10 PM Wawa Pole Qualifying for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Crown Royal 400 (2 laps, all positions)
    8:05 PM Start of NASCAR Busch Series Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI race

    SATURDAY, MAY 6
    10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
    6:50 PM NNCS Driver Introductions/Pre-Race Activities
    7:30 PM Start of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Crown Royal 400

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    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 -- 15 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to Richmond, though Cup and Busch teams did run this set-up two weeks ago at Phoenix . . . in addition to those two tracks, teams will run this same combination at New Hampshire in 2006 . . . as on most ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This tire combination is our intermediate track set-up for '06. These tires is very similar to what we brought to Richmond, Phoenix and Loudon last year in that the compounds on both sides are the same, with a softer left-side construction. Since teams ran this set-up in race conditions a couple weeks ago at Phoenix, they should have a pretty good idea how they will respond."


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Richmond 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
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    (5-1-2006)

  • Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award: The Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Winners for 2006 so far:
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    California: Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Bristol: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Martinsville: Tony Stewart, $40,000*
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Phoenix: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Talladega: $15,000

    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    2 points for leading the most laps, 1 points for winning also
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    Bank of America Card Service Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 7
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #6-Mark Martin, 2
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2
    (5-1-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins at Richmond: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead with 43 laps to go and held on to win the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, for his first win of 2006, 1st in 28 races [last year at Chicago in July] and 17th of his career. #11-Denny Hamlin finished 2nd for his career best finish, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick [who led the most laps], #16-Greg Biffle and #5-Kyle Busch. The rest of top-10 were #20-Tony Stewart, #99-Carl Edwards, #12-Ryan Newman, #14-Sterling Marlin and #07-Clint Bowyer. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson fell a lap down, got the lucky dog pass and finished 12th to maintain the points lead by 55 over Stewart. #17-Matt Kenseth, who came into the race 2nd in points, had a brake rotor break and ruptured the oil tank, Kenseth finished 38th. #24-Jeff Gordon had an engine problem, made up some laps and finished out of the race in 40th. There were 11 cautions for 61 laps and 6 leaders with 12 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Richmond Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(5-6-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Richmond [10 of 36 races], 12 drivers under 400 for the chase:
    #48-Johnson 1521
    #20-Stewart 1466 -55
    #17-Kenseth 1422 -99
    #6-Martin 1345 -176
    #29-Harvick 1313 -208
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 1305 -216
    #9-Kahne 1274 -247
    #5-Busch 1237 -284
    #24-Gordon 1216 -305
    #42-Mears 1168 -353
    #88-Jarrett 1166 -355
    #31-Burton 1157 -364
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond Page.(5-6-2006)

  • Richmond News and Notes:
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2006 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, scoring his 17th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 229th career start. Earnhardt’s last victory came at Chicagoland Speedway in July 2005, 28 races ago.
    • Four of Earnhardt’s 17 victories have come on a short track, including three at Richmond. Earnhardt’s first shorttrack victory came at Richmond in his rookie season (2000).
    • Earnhardt became the seventh different race winner in 2006.
    • Earnhardt became the first repeat race winner in the 10 races at Richmond since September 2001.
    • Earnhardt scored his fourth top-10 finish in 10 races this season.
    • He climbed from eighth to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. After 10 races in 2005, he ranked ninth in the point standings.
    • Earnhardt moved to 38th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with Jeff Burton, Marvin Panch, and Curtis Turner.
    • Earnhardt led three times for 47 laps, including the final 45 laps, in the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond.
    • Earnhardt has won a race each season 2000-2006, seven consecutive years.
    • This was team owner Teresa Earnhardt’s (DEI) 23rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. DEI has scored three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at Richmond.
    • DEI has won at least one race each season 2000-06, seven consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Kevin Harvick led the most laps for the only the sixth time in his career. Harvick led 272 laps, the most laps that he has led in a race in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.
    • The last time Harvick led the most laps in a race was at Dover in September 2003, when he led 133 of the 400-lap race. Harvick has won only one of the six races in which he led the most laps: Chicagoland (July 2001).
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin (second) posted his career-best finish. It is his third top-10 finish in 2006. This was his first race at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Kevin Harvick (third) scored his fifth top-10 finish in 2006, all in the last six races. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond. Harvick climbed from seventh to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Greg Biffle (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Richmond International Raceway, all in his last four races here. He climbed from 23rd to 20th in the point standings. One year ago he ranked third after 10 races.
    • Kyle Busch (fifth) scored his third top-five finish in three races at Richmond. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 2006. He climbed from ninth to eighth in the point standings. One year ago he ranked 27th after 10 races.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Dave Blaney (20th) extended a 28-race streak of running at the finish that began at Pocono last June and is the longest current streak.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-6-2006)

  • Rumblings - Richmond:
    Some questionable pit strategy by the dominant car (Kevin Harvick) led to a four car battle in the closing laps and Dale Earnhardt Jr emerged victorious tonight at Richmond International Raceway. He captured the Crown Royal 400 by a little over half a second over Denny Hamlin as Harvick's team tried to stretch his tires just a little too far and passed up the opportunity to pit with the rest of the field with about 90 laps to go. It burned him just about 30 laps later and he was never able to recover that lost track position. For Little E, this was his first win since he captured Chicagoland last July, his 3rd at RIR, and the 17th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He's now tied for 38th on the all-time win list with Jeff Burton, Marvin Panch, and Curtis Turner. Win #23 for Dale Earnhardt Inc was worth $239,166 from the over $4.9M in posted awards.
    Denny Hamlin (2nd) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 4th at Texas last month....and he was doin' it hurt tonight, too!
    Greg Biffle (4th) had his best finish since he won at Homestead last November.
    Sterling Marlin (9th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Talladega last October. His Top-10 finish gives us 31 drivers at that mark this season.....last year we had 43 of 'em.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    Kevin Harvick has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Elliott Sadler (+24), followed by Sterling Marlin (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Brian Vickers (-33), followed by Kasey Kahne (-28 ), Matt Kenseth (-27), and Jeff Gordon (-24). Both Elliott and Brian are first-timers in the "Shaft" this season.
    No change at the top of the Point Standings this week, but Jimmie Johnson's lead over new #2 driver (Tony Stewart) is now 55 points. The "Stayin' Alive" line is unchanged this week. Sterling Marlin (34th to 30th) advanced the most spots in the Top-35 this week, while Brian Vickers (14th to 19th) and Martin Truex Jr (20th to 25th) were the biggest movers on the down side.(Stock Car Fans)(5-6-206)

    Richmond Race Rundown

  • The Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (10)(47 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-c (7-r)(19 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (8)(272 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-f (1)(54 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (21)(7 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (18)
    #99-Edwards-f (9)
    #12-Newman-d (14)
    #14-Marlin-c (32)
    #07-Bowyer-c (20-r)

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


    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Drivers Points after lap 400 of 400 at Richmond:
    #48-Johnson 1521
    #20-Stewart -55
    #17-Kenseth -94
    #6-Martin -176
    #29-Harvick -208
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -216
    #9-Kahne -247
    #5-Busch -284
    #24-Gordon -305
    #42-Mears -353

  • Cars on the lead lap: 14 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 31,21,42,66,26,22,88,18,41,43

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s ,78,45,32,01,2,96,55,19,40,9,49,4,17

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

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #74-Cope (vibration-out)
    #61-Lepage (engine-out)
    #24-Gordon (engine-out)
    #1-Truex Jr. (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (accident-out)
    #25-Vickers (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 leaders with 12 lead changes):
    #29-Harvick (272, most, halfway);
    #16-Biffle (pole, 54);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (47);
    #11-Hamlin (19)
    #5-Busch (7);
    #6-Martin (1);

  • Lap leaders: #16-Biffle - pole; #16-Biffle 1; #6-Martin 2; #16-Biffle 3-49; #29-Harvick 50-66; #16-Biffle 67-72; #29-Harvick 73-185; #8-Earnhardt Jr 186; #29-Harvick 187-260; #8-Earnhardt Jr 261; #29-Harvick 262-329; #11-Hamlin 330-348; #5-Busch 349-355; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 356-400;

    Cautions: 11 for 31 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 392 - 393: #31-Burton spun out off turn 2 and slammed into the backstretch inside wall.
    Caution 10 - Laps 387 - 390: #10-Riggs and #25-Vickers were fighting for 10th and got together sending Riggs into the 3rd turn wall and damage to the left rear of the #25.
    Caution 9 - Laps 347 - 352: #7-Gordon went up the track and into the tunr 2 wall hard.
    Caution 8 - Laps 288 - 292: #1-Truex Jr. lost an engine
    Caution 7 - Laps 261 - 265: #1-Truex Jr. spun off turn 4, and #96-Raines spun avoiding Truex Jr.
    Caution 6 - Laps 186 - 190: #99-Edwards got tapped by #07-Bowyer as Edwards was trying to get onto pit road and Edwards spun.
    Caution 5 - Laps 94 - 103: #61-Lepage had an engine erupt in fire in turn 3 and ended up in turn 4, got out ok.
    Caution 4 - Laps 80 - 91: #66-Green lost it in turn 4, #48-Johnson got tapped by Green when going by, someone hit #42-Mears who checked up, Mears slid and spun a bit, but drove on. The track workers took time to clean up the oil from the #17.
    Caution 3 - Laps 66 - 71: #96-Raines lost it in the front stretch and spun around, didn't hit anything.
    Caution 2 - Laps 21 - 23: #4-Wimmer went up the track into #19-Mayfield on the backstretch, with Wimmer slamming into the outside wall, Mayfield has some left front damage.
    Caution 1 - Laps 9 - 11: #49-Wallace spun out on the back stretch.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 10: #48-Johnson, 12th
    Caution 9: #14-Marlin, 9th
    Caution 8: #16-Biffle, 4th
    Caution 7: #38-Sadler, 13th
    Caution 6: #18-Yeley, 22nd
    Caution 5: #19-Mayfield, 32nd
    Caution 4: #96-Raines, 30th
    Caution 3: #55-Waltrip, 31st
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down.
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- at the beginning of the 9th caution, #6-Martin and #31-Burton made pit stops while pit road was closed, both Burton and Martin will have to go to the end of the longest line at the restart.
    ---- as of lap 310, #24-Gordon is back on the track after the team made repairs, the team is trying to catch #1-Truex who is out and ahead of Gordon and as a test session. 74 laps down.
    ---- ALL the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 8th caution EXCEPT leader #29-Harvick. Attempting to try to make it to the finish with only one more pit stop.
    ---- on lap 248, while running 3rd, made an unscheduled pit stop with a right front flat tire, Busch had to come in for a drive-thru penalty for having equipment outside the pit box. THEN a 2nd drive thru penalty for speeding down pit road on the previous penalty.
    ---- on lap 229, #24-Gordon lost power and made an unscheduled pit stop, and rolled into his pit stall, the crew opened the hood when he got there.
    ---- on lap 177, #16-Biffle became the 1st driver to make a scheduled green flag pit stop.
    ---- #48-Johnson is falling back as he made a pitstop a while ago when the car was not handling well, but the changes didn't seem to work, Johnson came out 28th and as of lap 169 is running 30th a lap down.
    ---- as of lap 140, #17-Kenseth is back on the track as the team made repairs and fixed the brakes and the oil tank.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #10-Riggs had a rubber fire, took them three stops to get the rubber out and the fire out.
    ---- on lap 78, just as the caution came out, #17-Kenseth went to the garage with a broken oil tank, when his broke rotor broke and hit the oil tank, may had been putting oil down on the track.
    ---- #9-Kahne went to the garage and the team replaced the ingition box and the motor is running fine now as of lap 65.
    ---- on lap 59, #26-McMurray got real loose and fishtailed down the backstretch but saved it and drove on.
    ---- on lap 45, $9-Kahne is now running 35th
    ---- on lap 38, #9-Kahne fell back, Kahne thinks he is down a cylinder.
    ---- during the 2nd caution the following came in to pit: #'s 8,66,55,32,40,43,41,7,88,19,4 ---- some drivers at the end of the lead lap cars came into pit, including #88-Jarrett and #38-Sadler.
    ---- green flag at 7:42pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by VA Governor Tim Kaine at 7:34pm/et
    ---- To The Back [1]: #88-Jarrett [unapproved changes]


  • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Saturday, May 6, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 7:00pm/et [green flag around 7:30pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 5:30pm/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, May 11th at 2:30pm/et

  • Biffle wins pole at Richmond: #16-Greg Biffle went out late and beat teammate #6-Mark Martin for the Bud Pole for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 127.395mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 3rd of his career. #6-Martin held on for 2nd, the #42-Casey Mears, #25-Brian Vickers and #48-Jimmie Johnson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 10th. Four drivers missed the race: #00-Sadler, #34-Chaffin, #89-Kertus Davis and #95-Barrett. For qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression, see my Richmond Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(5-5-2006)

  • Richmond Qulaifying Notes:
    • Greg Biffle won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Crown Royal 400, lapping Richmond International Raceway in 21.194 seconds at 127.395 mph. Brian Vickers holds the track-qualifying record of 20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph, set May 14, 2004.
    • This is Biffle’s third career Bud Pole in 124 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • Biffle posted his second Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start of the season, more than any other driver.
    • This is Biffle’s first Bud Pole at Richmond, It is his sixth consecutive top-10 start at Richmond, after qualifying 37th and 15th in his first two attempts here.
    • Biffle becomes the 13th different Bud Pole winner in the past 13 races at Richmond.
    • Mark Martin posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 21.255 seconds, 127.029 mph – and will join Biffle on the front row for the Crown Royal 400.
    • Martin posted his sixth top-10 start of the 2006 season. It is his 22nd top-10 start in 41 Richmond races. This is his first top-10 start in the spring race here since he won the Bud Pole in May 2001.
    • This is the third Bud Pole for Ford in 2006. Chevrolet and Dodge also have three each. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • This is the first 1-2 sweep of qualifying for Ford since Kansas City last fall.
    • Casey Mears (third) posted his second top-10 start in seven races at Richmond. This is his second top-10 start in 2006 and his season-best.
    • Brian Vickers (fourth) posted his second top-10 start in five Richmond races. This is his first start better than 22nd since he won the Bud Pole in his first race here in May 2004. This is his second top-10 start of 2006. • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) posted his seventh top-10 start of the 2006 season. It is his fifth top-10 start in nine races at Richmond.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-5-2006)

  • Ramblings - Richmond: No more than 10 minutes after qualifying tonight at Richmond International Raceway, the sprinkles started. But not till Greg Biffle had won the Bud Pole (his second of the season and third of his NEXTEL Cup career) for tomorrow night's Crown Royal 400 with a time of 21.194 sec (127.395 mph). Mark Martin (2nd) will join his teammate on the front row....this is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at California last September.
    Casey Mears (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Chicagoland last July.
    Brian Vickers (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at New Hampshire last July.
    Kevin Harvick stayin' put.....Dale Jarrett probably movin' on. Remember when "Silly Season" didn't start till after Labor Day?
    STREAKIN....Greg Biffle has 9 Top-10 starts in a row.
    (see more at Stock Car Fans)(5-5-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmnd International Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #18-J.J.Yeley is due out first on Friday, May 5th at 6:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #96-Tony Raines. For the Qualifying order, see my Richmond Qualifying/Grid Page.(5-5-2006)

  • The One and Only scheduled practice for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #31-Burton 125.529
    #2-Busch 125.360
    #11-Hamlin 125.267
    #25-Vickers 125.168
    #20-Stewart 125.069
    slowest: #00-Sadler 120.838 and #22-Blaney 121.583
    most laps run: #6-Martin 96; #12-Newman & #43-Labobte 92
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch 122.070 [8th fastest lap], 58 laps run
    #29-Harvick 122.033 [13th], 52 laps
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 121.913 [18th], 51 laps
    See speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds page.(5-5-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in practice at Richmond?
    Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 7th fastest
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 25th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 30th
    #40-David Stremme, 33rd
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 36th
    #49-Mike Wallace, 37th
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 40th
    #74-Derrike Cope, 41st
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 43rd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 44th
    #89-Kertus Davis, 45th
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 47th
    See speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds page.(5-5-2006)

  • Entry List for the Crown Royal 400 at Richmnd International Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #40-David Stremme
    #49-Mike Wallace in for Brent Sherman
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Kertus Davis in for Morgan Shepherd
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    removed from the final entry list:
    #51-Mike Garvey
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 55,4,40,32,61,49,95,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 78,00,89,74.
    see entry list on Jayski's Richmond Entry List Page.
    (5-2/5-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is now set for Richmond:
    no moves into or out of the top-35 in owners points
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +84 points ahead of 36th
    32) #45-Kyle Petty/Petty +76
    33) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +76
    34) #21-Schrader/Glen Wood +61
    35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +46
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel -46 points behind 35th
    37) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -81
    38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -122
    39) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -162
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses. See driver/owners points on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(5-1-2006)

  • 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 - Richmond:
    • Jimmie Johnson has won three races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races in 2006.
    • Matt Kenseth dropped to second in the point standings at Talladega, despite a sixth-place finish. After nine races one year ago, he ranked 23rd in the point standings.
    • Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have each scored top-15 finishes in eight of the nine races in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead at least one lap in all nine races this season.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to score six top-five finishes in nine races this season including topthree finishes in the last four races.
    • Tony Stewart has moved from 22nd to third in the point standings since California.
    • Kevin Harvick has moved from 23rd to sixth in the point standings in the last five races.
    • Jeff Burton has climbed from 21st to 12th in the point standings in the last three races..(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-1-2006)

  • May 2005 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 100.316mph, started 1st
  • Sept 2005 Race Winner: #97-Kurt Busch, 98.567mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002

    (since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)

  • May 2005 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 129.964mph, finished 1st
  • Sept 2005 Pole Sitter: #29-Kevin Harvick, 128.425, finished 10th.

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Richard Petty, March 1971, started 28th

  • Most Wins: 13 - Richard Petty; Current driver: 6, Rusty Wallace

  • Most Poles: 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 4, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s: 34 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 41 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: 488, David Pearson, 9/13/70

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/86

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/96

  • Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/94

  • Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 3/11/79

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/75

  • Most Cautions: 15, 5/3/03

  • Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/76

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/76

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 23, 5/3/03

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, three times, most recently 9/11/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/53

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 28, Chevy; 28, Ford; 17, Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 99 races] 20.2%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12, 12.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14, 14.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 10
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 26: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 99 - 56.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 79 of 99 - 79.8%

  • Heading to Richmond International Raceway
    * There have been 12 different Bud Pole winners in the last 12 races at Richmond. This streak began with Rusty Wallace’s Bud Pole there in May 2000.
    * There have been nine different race winners in the last nine races at Richmond. This streak began with Ricky Rudd’s victory there in September 2001.
    * Ryan Newman has seven straight top-10 starts at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    * Mark Martin has scored eight straight top-15 finishes at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    * The last six races at Richmond have been won from a starting position of seventh or better.
    * A Dodge has won three of the last five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Richmond.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-1-2006)

  • Richmond Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Important at Richmond International Raceway
    Nine of the last 10 races at Richmond have been won from a top-10 starting position. While 20 of the 99 races at Richmond since 1953 were won from the Bud Pole only one of the last 27 have been won from the Bud Pole
    Richmond Streaks
    • There have been 12 different Bud Pole winners in the last 12 races at Richmond, beginning with Rusty Wallace’s Bud Pole there in May 2000.
    • There have been nine different race winners in the last nine races at Richmond, beginning with Ricky Rudd’s victory there in September 2001.
    • Ryan Newman has posted seven straight top-10 starts at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    • Mark Martin has scored eight straight top-15 finishes at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    • The last six races at Richmond have been won from a starting position of seventh or better.
    Owner Wins at Richmond International Raceway
    Petty Enterprises has scored 15 wins at Richmond International Raceway, the most of any car owner, however their last Richmond victory came there 62 races ago when Richard Petty won the 1975 Richmond 500. Richard was remarkable at Richmond winning seven straight there from the fall of 1970 thru 1973 - a record that still stands for the most consecutive victories by a driver at a single track. He won nine of the 10 Richmond races between the fall of 1970 and spring of 1975. In the other race, the 1974 Richmond 500 he finished second behind Bobby Allison.
    Recent Domination at Richmond
    • Greg Biffle has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    • Kyle Busch has competed in just two Richmond Races. He finished fourth in both.
    Leading The Way at Richmond International Raceway
    Richard Petty led 5,128 laps in 63 races at Richmond, more than any other driver. Jeff Burton leads all active drivers with 874 laps led in 23 races there.
    Would you Believe?
    A Dodge has won three of the last five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Richmond.
    Richmond Standouts
    • Richard Petty had 63 career starts at Richmond, more than any other driver.
    • Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 48 Richmond starts.
    • Richard Petty and Bobby Allison each scored eight Bud Poles at Richmond, leading all drivers. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers, with four Bud Poles at Richmond.
    • Richard Petty leads all drivers with 13 victories in 63 races at Richmond. His 34 top-fives and 41 top-10 finishes are also the most of any driver at Richmond International Raceway. Tony Stewart has scored three Richmond victories, leading all active drivers.
    • Mark Martin leads all full time, active drivers with 12 top-five finishes at Richmond.
    • Mark Martin has scored 22 top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway, the most among full time, active drivers.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 4.375 starting average in eight races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Kyle Busch has a 4.0 finishing average in his two races at Richmond, the best of all active drivers.
    • Greg Biffle has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway, the longest current streak. Milestones
    • Jeff Burton will make his 350th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start if he competes at Richmond International Raceway. Ricky Rudd set the standard with 788 consecutive starts that ended with his retirement last November.
    Season Nuggets
    • The point standings after nine races one year ago had Jimmie Johnson leading Kurt Busch by 130 points. Johnson is back in the lead after nine races in 2006, leading Matt Kenseth by just 21 points.
    • After nine races in 2006, the top-three drivers are separated by just 78 points. After nine races one year ago, the top three were separated by 151 points.
    • After nine races in 2006 just 12 drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were 18 drivers in the 400-point window.
    • Dodge has won three of the first nine races in 2006. Dodge only won three races in all of 2005. Chevrolet has five victories in 2006 while Ford has just one. One year ago Ford had four victories at this point of the season.
    • Kasey Kahne posted his third career race with his win at Texas. All three of his victories came from the Bud Pole.
    • Kurt Busch has started all nine races in 2006 from a top-15 starting position, the only driver to do so.
    • The 22 lap leaders in the 2006 Aaron’s 500 at Talladega were the most in a race this season. Five drivers led in the Aaron’s 500 for their first laps led in 2006: Joe Nemechek, Casey Mears, Jeremy Mayfield, Scott Wimmer and Robby Gordon. All but Mears led only caution laps.
    • The 14 DNFs in the Aaron’s 500 at Talladega were the most in a race this season.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver who has led at least one lap in all nine races in 2006 earning 60 lap leader bonus points, 40 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 20.
    • Dale Jarrett has scored a top-20 finish in every race this season, the only driver to do so.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Dale Jarrett and Greg Biffle are a few of the drivers that have not scored a top-five finish in 2006.
    • Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte and Ken Schrader lead all drivers that have competed in all nine races in 2006, each with three DNFs.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(5-1-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles
    Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 50mph
    Seating Capacity: 107,097

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine
    Command to start engines: Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer
    National Anthem: The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
    Military Flyover: Four Virginia Air National Guard 192d Fighter Wing F-16's

  • Track Website: rir.com

  • 2005 Richmond May Race Info Page

  • 2005 Richmond Sept. Race Info Page

  • Richmond Pre-Race Ceremonies: Two of Virginia's most notable leaders will participate in pre-race ceremonies prior to the Crown Royal 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, May 6. Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine and Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will each serve in honorary capacities at America's Premier Short Track. Gov. Kaine has attended races at Richmond International Raceway previously, but this will be his first race serving in an honorary capacity. Gov. Kaine, who was inaugurated as the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 14, will serve as Grand Marshal and will deliver the most famous words in racing: "Gentleman, start your engines!" The Governor also is continuing efforts to leverage Virginia's rich motorsports legacy into increased tourism, economic development and employment.
    Virginia Tech's biggest man on campus will drop the whistle and pick up the Green Flag to start the Crown Royal 400 as the Honorary Starter. Beamer is entering his 20th season as the Hokies' head coach. Also adding a Virginia flavor to the festivities will be the soldiers from the U.S. Army Quartermaster Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Lee, VA, who will proudly carry the nation's colors. Additionally, the Virginia Air National Guard 192d Fighter Wing will bring four F-16 jets for a flyby at the conclusion of the National Anthem, performed by "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. The Green Flag is scheduled to drop at 7:30pm/et.(RIR PR)(5-2-2006)

  • May Cup race at Richmond sold out; Race #100: Richmond International Raceway officials announced its 29th straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race sellout on Wednesday. Track President Doug Fritz announced all 107,097 seats for the newly named Crown Royal 400 set for Saturday, May 6 "under the lights" have been sold. During the sellout streak, more than 2.2 million fans from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries have attended NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events at Richmond International Raceway.
    When NASCAR’s top drivers return to Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, May 6, the track will reach a milestone shared by only three other facilities in NASCAR’s long and storied history. The Crown Royal 400 will be Richmond International Raceway’s 100th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Heading into this weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, only Daytona International Speedway, (118) Martinsville Speedway, (115) and Darlington Raceway (104) have hosted more series races.
    Fans who missed out on the popular Crown Royal 400 tickets can still see great short-track racing when their favorite NEXTEL Cup Series drivers compete in the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, May 5. Friday's ticket includes NBC 12 Pole Qualifying for the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI, as well as WaWa Pole Qualifying for the sold out Crown Royal 400 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice.(RIR PR)(4-20-2006)

  • New sponsor for May Richmond race: Fewer than three weeks before its May 6 race, Richmond International Raceway has inked a deal with a new sponsor for naming rights to the event. The race will be called the Crown Royal 400 after Crown Royal Championship Racing reached a multi-year agreement for the spring race. An official announcement is expected to come today. RIR President Doug Fritz declined to say how long the deal will run. Pontiac had sponsored the spring race from 1988 to 2003 before leaving the sport. Chevrolet sponsored the race the past two years. Fritz said while the race is right around the corner, the timing of the deal is misleading. Because of the state's liquor laws, working out an agreement with a whiskey brand made things more complex. The Crown Royal 400 will be the 100th Nextel Cup race at RIR, which has sold out 28 consecutive Cup races. Only three tracks have hosted more races than RIR: Daytona, Martinsville and Darlington.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(4-17-2006)

  • Richmond Testing Speeds/Notes Page.(4-14-2006)

  • Sad News - Kenneth Campbell Sr.: Former Richmond International Raceway Vice President of Public Relations Robert "Kenneth" Campbell Sr., who helped promote racing for nearly 60 years in Richmond, passed away late last night. He was 83 and resided in Chesterfield County, Virginia at the time of his passing. Known as "Kenneth" to his friends and co-workers, Mr. Campbell helped promote races in Richmond starting in 1948 when Nelson Royall built the facility that is now know as Southside Speedway. Fourteen years later, he joined former Richmond International Raceway owner Paul Sawyer as a partner to help promote races at the ½-mile dirt track known at the Virginia State Fairgrounds. That track, of course, was later reconfigured into a ¾-mile paved oval and today is known as Richmond International Raceway. Before retiring in 2001, Mr. Campbell was known for being a tireless and innovative promoter. Decades ago, he organized a group of fans, government officials and civic leaders from Richmond to take a train to Darlington to help them understand how big NASCAR was becoming in other cities throughout the south. The plan worked, as the fares were sold out and fans were left at the platform.
    He also helped start the big business of sponsorships in NASCAR. Before decals on cars were commonplace, he once brokered a deal to put a logo from a Richmond car dealer on Richard Petty's car. Long before NASCAR was a mainstream sport, he helped bring ABC's "Wide World of Sports" to Richmond to tape a race segment. Mr. Campbell also drove the NASCAR pace car at most major tracks throughout the country and he worked for CBS at NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lois Gronlund Campbell; daughter, Deborah "Dodie" Campbell Ortland; son, Robert Kenneth Campbell, Jr.; sister Wanda Campbell Brinkley and brother Garland Campbell. He was preceded in death by his parents John Harding Campbell and Era Atkins Campbell. The family will hold a private burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Victory Junction Gang Camp at 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317. Upon Mr. Campbell's retirement, the Richmond International Raceway media center was named after him. A memorial service will be held at the Kenneth Campbell Media Center located in the Richmond International Raceway infield on Friday, March 31 at 5:00pm/et.(RIR)(3-25-2006)

  • No IROC at Richmond in 2006: International Race of Champions [IROC] officials said yesterday the series won't return to Richmond International Raceway next season. The all-star circuit raced in tandem with the Craftsman Truck Series on Thursdays the past two Septembers. RIR is cutting Thursday from its fall weekend and squeezing an IROC event into a two-day Busch-Cup schedule isn't feasible. Richmond was the shortest track to hold an IROC race in the series' 31-year history.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-28-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Rookie News and Notes: #11-J.J. Yeley was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the May 1 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Yeley finished 11th and took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the second time this season. He was also the top freshman driver in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. The Aaron's 499 is the third consecutive race where TWO or more Raybestos Rookie drivers have led a lap.
    Clint Bowyer holds a four-point lead (91-87) over Denny Hamlin in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the May 6 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Bowyer has led the standings in eight of the nine races this season. Since 1975, only one Raybestos Rookie has won the spring race at Richmond: Earharhardt Jr. in 2000. He led the race just once covering the final 31 laps and officially scored his second career win by .159 second over Terry Labonte. Only once since 1975 have TWO or more Raybestos Rookies finished in the top-10 in the Crown Royal 400. In 1979, Joe Millikan finished sixth followed by Terry Labonte, who claimed an eighth place finish.(Raybestos PR), more on my Rookie Page.(5-5-2006)

  • Changes at the #49 team? UPDATE Wallace at RIR: rookie driver Brent Sherman, who drives the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, tested the car Tuesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but Kevin Lepage, who usually driver the #61 Ford [which was not on the speed charts Tuesday], tested the #49 in the evening session. Supposedly there could be another driver in the #49 as soon as Richmond, may be a part-time thing.
    UPDATE: Mike Wallace is now listed as the driver of the #49 Dodge at Richmond per nascar.com's entry list.(5-3-2006)

  • Davis to run #89 for Shepherd: #0 Busch Series driver, Kertus Davis announced that he will attempt to make his first Nextel Cup start this weekend in Richmond for the Crown Royal 400. Davis recieved the call to drive the #89 Dodge, normally driven by Morgan Shepherd. "We're really excited about this opportunity, and hope that we can put on a good show for everyone," Kertus said. Davis is also entered to run the NASCAR Busch Series race in the #0 RaceGirl Chevy that he normally pilots.(kertusdavis.com)(5-3-2006)

  • #09 to skip Richmond; Wallace tests #52 at LMS: James Finch's #09 Phoenix Racing Team has decided to not compete in this weekend's Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond [they tested there] so they can pool all their efforts towards their #1 Miccosukee Gaming Dodge entry in the Busch Series race the day before at the same track. Mike Wallace will continue as the driver of the #1 car this weekend. Also, today Wallace tested the #52 car for Rick Ware at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Wallace will drive the #52 in the Nextel Open race later this month [May 20].(motorsportslounge.com)(5-3-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#07-Clint Bowyer Prilosec OTC #07 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman MyCircle Purple Alltel #12 Schemes Page
#21-Ken Scrader Air Force #21 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance - decklid #24 Schemes Page
#38-Elliott Sadler Pirates of the Caribbean
Dead Man's Chest
#38 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers #45 Schemes Page


  • Sadler to run Pirate scheme: This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series comes ashore at the Richmond International Raceway with Virginia native Elliott Sadler at the helm of the #38 White Chocolate M&M'S® Ford. Looking for his first win at his home track, Sadler and his trusty hands hope that "M" marks the spot and the treasure awaiting will be a trip to victory lane. The special paint scheme on the #38 Ford Fusion is part of a promotion in conjunction with the July 7th release of the new Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Film's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," as well as the introduction of the M&M'S® White Chocolate Pirates Pearls. This marks the first time M&M'S has released a white chocolate candy in the United States, which will be available nationwide for a limited time. Joining Sadler on his #38 Ford Fusion are three of his biggest supporters in the M&M'S Characters - Red, Yellow and Green. Each character will be featured in their favorite pirate costume against a tropical background with the new White Chocolate M&M'S Pirate Pearls featured on the hood. In addition, Pirate Red will be at the track for the racing action on Saturday.(M&M Motorsports)(5-4-2006)

  • New colors for Bowyer at Richmond: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature a new look this weekend to highlight Prilosec OTC's sponsorship of RCR. Bowyer's mainstay sponsor Jack Daniel's will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panel and on the deck lid.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(5-3-2006)

  • #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 Scheme for #24 at All-Star race and other races: Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont car will once again carry the DuPont Performance Alliance colors at the Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge on May 20, 2006. Like last year, the car's color scheme was designed by renowned NASCAR graphic artist Sam Bass. This special version of the #24 Chevy celebrates DuPont’s all-star collision repair centers and auto body shops throughout the United States. The paint scheme reverses the primary colors of the Fire and Flames design, and the Performance Alliance logo and name will be featured on the hood, side panels and TV panel. Gordon will also be wearing a matching Performance Alliance-themed uniform for the special event. The Performance Alliance logo will appear on the cars decklid or tv panel at Richmond [May]. Dover [June], Loudon [July], Pocono [July], Watkins Glen, LMS [Oct], Martinsville and Texas. See images of the three schemes on my #24 Team Schemes page.(4-18-2006)

  • ARG! - Pirates scheme for Sadler at RIR: Elliott Sadler's #38 M&M's Ford is scheduled to feature the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at Richmond in May with the M&M;s dressed up like pirates.(RacingOne), see image on my #38 Team Schemes page.(2-22-2006)

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

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


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


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