THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Nextel Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, September 9, 2006 in Richmond, VA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Chevrolet

  • Track: Richmond International Raceway

  • TV: TNT 7:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 7:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, September 14 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: $4,955,081 (was $4,875,701 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday [AND ONLY] Practice: Friday, September 8, 11:15am - 1:15pm/et, TV-Speed via tape at 2:30pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 8, 10:35am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 8 at 6:10pm/et, TV-TNT, no re-air's listed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound: cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, one of five races in 2006 [both at Talladega, both at Richmond and Daytona in July] see rules on my Impound Rules page.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Friday, Sept 8
    6:30 AM NNCS Garage Opens
    8:30 AM - 9:40AM NBS Practice
    9:40 AM - 10:10 AM NBS Rookie Practice
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
    10:10 AM - 11:10 AM NBS Final Practice
    11:15 AM - 1:15 PM NNCS Final [and ONLY] Practice
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Party Zone Pre-Race Pit Pass Access
    2:00 PM Suites Open
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Party Zone Open
    4:30 PM Pole Qualifying for NASCAR Busch Series Emerson 250
    6:10 PM Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for Nextel Cup Series [Impound]
    7:20 PM NBS Driver Introductions/Pre-Race Activities
    7:50 PM Start of NASCAR Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 race

    Sat., Sept 9
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
    3:00 PM NNCS Garage Opens
    7:10 PM NNCS Driver Introductions/Pre-Race Activities - Security Clear Pit Road
    7:40 PM Start of Nextel Cup Series Chevy Rock & Roll 400
    (these times are local to the track)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,275, Right-side -- 1,275;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600

    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 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage
    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Richmond earlier this season . . . this is Goodyear's intermediate tire set-up, and has been run on both Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars at Richmond, Phoenix and New Hampshire in 2006 . . . this combination has also been run by Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Mansfield (Truck only), Memphis and Milwaukee this year . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.(Goodyear PR)


NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at Richmond for leading the points and winning the race [only #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth 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 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
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000
    (9-3-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Richmond, VA Area:
Richmond Times-Dispatch
richmond.com
The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
News Leader
Roanoke Times
Virginian Pilot


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 - Richmond 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 Richmond; Stewart Misses Chase: #29-Kevin Harvick backed up his Busch Series win on Friday night by taking the win in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night. He led on 6 different occasions, for 54 laps. He took the lead for the final time on lap 399, passing #5-Kyle Busch, who dominiated most of the race, leading 248 laps. #9-Kasey Kahne raced his way into the Chase for the Championship with a third place finish. #22-Dave Blaney finshed fourth and #6-Mark Martin fifth. The rest of the top ten were #16-Greg Biffle, #21-Ken Schrader, #17-Matt Kenseth, #31-Jeff Burton, and #10-Scott Riggs. It was a tough night for many of the chase contenders. #20-Tony Stewart battled an ill-handling backup call all night, finishing 18th, and falling out of the top 10 in points by 16 points. He will not be able to defend last year's championship. #11-Denny Hamlin had engine problems but managed a 15th place finish. #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had brake problems and finished 17th. #48-Jimmie Johnson was involved in 2 accidents but stayed on track and finished 23rd. #24-Jeff Gordon finish 31st, two laps down. There were 8 leaders with 16 lead changes and 7 cautions for 48 laps.
    Race Results: on my Richmond Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings: on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Richmond [26 of 36 races]:
    #17-Matt Kenseth 3785
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 3728 -57
    #29-Kevin Harvick 3481 -304
    #5-Kyle Busch 3424 --361
    #11-Denny Hamlin 3348 -437
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3338 --447
    #6-Mark Martin 3336 -449
    #31-Jeff Burton 3322 -463
    #24-Jeff Gordon 3321 -464
    #9-Kasey Kahne 3319 -466
    out of 10th and the chase
    #20-Tony Stewart 3303 -16 out of 10th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-9-2006) (9-9-2006)

  • Rumblings - Richmond: Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch on lap 399 tonight at Richmond International Raceway and captured the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 for his third win of the season....but the story was who rounds out the "Chase". Harvick's win marks the third week in a row a driver has swept the weekend....you're on your own next week cause the Busch boyz are off! This was the 8th career win for Harvick (he's tied for 56th on the all-time win list with Kyle Petty) and the 80th for Richard Childress. It was worth $234,136 from the almost $5M in posted awards.
    The odd-man out of the "Chase" is (gasp) defending Champion Tony Stewart! (He missed by 16 markers). In the short history since the format change, Tony's the first Champion not to have the opportunity to repeat. You could make a case that Tony's chances dropped dramatically about five minutes into practice yesterday when he wrecked his primary car....but that's the nature of the beast nowadays. Oh, and Harvick makes up 294 points in an instant. Ain't paper points wonderful?
    Dave Blaney (4th....but you'd never have known it from the TV coverage, huh?) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in March of 2003! Blaney's Top-5 finish gives us 27 drivers at that number this season....last year's was 30. The Top-10 finish gives us 35 drivers at that level this season....last year we had 43 of 'em. Ken Schrader (7th....ditto from Blaney) had his best finish since he was 6th at Bristol in April of 2004! Casey Mears (11th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Daytona in July.
    STREAKIN....Kyle Busch has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    The Rookie Report: Clint Bowyer (12th) captures this award for the 6th time this season. He was followed by J. J. Yeley (13th), Reed Sorenson (14th), Denny Hamlin (15th), David Stremme (26th), and Martin Truex Jr (40th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Tony Stewart (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Martin Truex Jr (-33), followed by Jeff Gordon (-28), Carl Edwards (-26), and Scott Wimmer (-23). Tony is now tied with Casey Mears and Clint Bowyer with three Ops for the "Shaft" lead.
    Sterling Marlin continues to lead over Kyle Petty for that 35th and final exempt spot in the Owner Points. The margin is 14 heading into next week, and you know we're heading to a track where Kyle would rather be anywhere else but there.(StockCarFans)(9-9-2006)

  • Richmond Race Notes
    • Kevin Harvick won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, scoring his eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 204th career start.
    • This is his third victory in 2006. Harvick also won at Phoenix and Watkins Glen.
    • Harvick scored a weekend sweep for the second time 2006. He also swept both races at Phoenix in April. Matt Kenseth swept Bristol in August and Kasey Kahne swept California, one race ago.
    • This is first time in NASCAR history that a weekend sweep has occurred on three consecutive weekends since the NASCAR Busch Series ran it’s first race in 1982. Harry Gant was the first driver to post back-to-back weekend sweeps winning at Richmond and Dover in September of 1991.
    • Harvick moved into 56th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with Kyle Petty.
    • Harvick has scored 10 straight top-15 finishes in the last 15 races.
    • Harvick became the 10th different race winner in the last 11 races at Richmond International Raceway. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted two wins in the 11-race period since this race in 2001.
    • Harvick scored his first victory in 12 races at Richmond and second victory in 34 races on a short track.
    • Harvick won the race from the fifth-place starting position.
    • Harvick scored his fourth straight top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Harvick remained third in the point standings, and will start the Chase 10 points behind first-place Matt Kenseth.
    • Kyle Busch led the most laps for the second time in 2006. Busch led the most at Loudon.
    • Race winner Harvick led six times for 54 laps including the final two laps in the 2006 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
    • This is team owner Richard Chidress’ 80th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Childress has scored six victories at Richmond. His last victory at Richmond was scored by Dale Earnhardt in the 1991 Pontiac Excitement 400. Earnhardt also was the last driver to win the September race at Richmond and go on to win the Championship, doing so in 1990.
    Notebook Items
    • Kevin Harvick extended a 38-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak. Harvick has posted 10 straight top-15 finishes.
    • Kyle Busch (second) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-five finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway. Busch climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings.
    • Kasey Kahne (third) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his third top-10 finish in six races at Richmond.
    • Dave Blaney (fourth) scored his first top-10 finish first since he finished sixth at Homestead last November. It is his first top-five finish since he finished third at Darlington in March 2003. It is his second top-10 finish in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Mark Martin (fifth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 23rd top-10 finish in 42 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 10th straight top-15 finish at Richmond.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 26 races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth (eighth) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Clint Bowyer (12th) was the highest finishing rookie for the sixth time in 2006.
    • Four rookies finished in the top-15 for the fourth time in 2006.
    • Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 95 consecutive races. Johnson has been running at the finish in all 26 races in 2006.
    The Chase
    • Matt Kenseth remained first in the point standings and begins the Chase with a five point lead over Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Kenseth finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in 2005.
    • Jimmie Johnson remained second in the point standings. Johnson will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
    • Kevin Harvick remained third in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
    • Kyle Busch climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
    • Denny Hamlin climbed from seventh to fifth in the point standings. Hamlin will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is the first Raybestos rookie contender to compete in The Chase.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained sixth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the second time in three years. He finished fifth in 2004 and 19th in 2005.
    • Mark Martin climbed from ninth to seventh in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year - just three drivers to do so. Martin finished fourth in 2004 and 2005.
    • Jeff Burton climbed from 10th to eighth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time.
    • Jeff Gordon dropped from fourth to ninth in the point standings. He will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the second time in three years. Gordon finished third in 2004 and 11th in 2005.
    • Kasey Kahne climbed from 11th to 10th in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time.
    • Tony Stewart dropped from eighth to 11th in the point standings, missing The Chase by 16 points.. This is the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since 1999.
    • Seven drivers in the top-11 changed points positions at Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-9-2006)

    Richmond Race Rundown

  • The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond:
    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-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)

    #29-Harvick-c (5)(54 laps led)
    #5-Busch-c (12)(248 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-d (20)(1 lap led)
    #22-Blaney-d (15)
    #6-Martin-f (4)
    #16-Biffle-f (8)
    #21-Schrader-f (17)(10 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (10)(39 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (2)(25 laps led)
    #10-Riggs-d (26)
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie

  • Drivers Points after lap 400 of 400 at Richmond
    #17-Matt Kenseth 3761
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -57
    #29-Kevin Harvick -304
    #5-Kyle Busch -361
    #11-Denny Hamlin -437
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -447
    #6-Mark Martin -449
    #31-Jeff Burton -463
    #24-Jeff Gordon -464
    #9-Kasey Kahne -466
    out of 10th and the chase
    #20-Tony Stewart missed the chase by 16 points

  • Unofficial Driver Points Heading into the Chase:
    #17-Matt Kenseth 5050
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -5
    #29-Kevin Harvick -10
    #5-Kyle Busch -15
    #11-Denny Hamlin -20
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -25
    #6-Mark Martin -30
    #31-Jeff Burton -35
    #24-Jeff Gordon -40
    #9- Kasey Kahne -45

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

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 11,19,8,20,7,12,88,43,48

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 25,26,40,2,32,4,14,24,01,49,45,99,38,78,61,96

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

  • Off track/out of race (4) and reason:
    #1-Truex, Jr. (accident-out)
    #66-Green (parked-out)
    #34-Blount (suspension-out)
    #89-Shepherd (brakes-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 15 lead changes):
    #5-Busch (248, led most);
    #29-Harvick (54);
    #17-Kenseth (39);
    #31-Burton (25);
    #11-Hamlin (19);
    #21-Schrader (10);
    #48-Johnson (4);
    #9-Kahne (1);

  • Lap leaders: #20-Hamlin - pole; #20-Hamlin 1-19; #29-Harvick 20-36; #48-Johnson 37-40; #29-Harvick 41; #31-Burton 42-66; #29-Harvick 67-82; #17-Kenseth 83-121; #5-Kyle Busch 122-142; #29-Harvick 143-153; #5-Busch 154-215; #9-Kahne 216; #5-Busch 217-255; #21-Schrader 256-265; #5-Busch 266-333; #29-Harvick 334-340; #5-Busch 341-398; #29-Kevin Harvick 399-400.

    Cautions: 7 for 48 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 332 - 327: #41-Reed Sorenson slipped up in turn 2 and hit #48-Johnson. Johnson spun, but stayed out of the wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 253 - 262: #66-Green slowed to avoid hitting #7-Gordon and the #66 was hit in the rear by #48-Johnson, sending Green into the wall in turn 2.
    Caution 5 - Laps 221 - 228: Debris in turn 3
    Caution 4 - Laps 129 - 137: #1-Truex, Jr. suffered a cut tire between turns 1 & 2.
    Caution 3 - Laps 121 - 125: #1-Truex, Jr. hit the wall in turn 3.
    Caution 2 - Laps 82 - 86: #48-Johnson and #99-Edwards made contact in turn one. Both spun and suffered minimal damage.
    Caution 1 - Laps 36 - 40: #20-Tony Stewart tapped #14 Marlin in turn 4. Marlin spun but did not hit anything.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #41-Sorenson (2), 14th
    Caution 6: #41-Sorenson, 14th
    Caution 5: #10-Riggs, 10th
    Caution 4: #14-Marlin, 30th
    Caution 3: #26-McMurray, 25th
    Caution 2: #45-Petty, 34th
    Caution 1: #49-Lepage, 33rd

  • PENALTY REPORT:
    26 TELL Commitment Line violation L 40
    99 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 125
    1 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 125
    1 TELL Excessive speed exiting the pits L 125
    38 MCI Safety Violation (loose sheet metal) L 124
    66 Parked Safety Violation (aggressive driving) L 323
    11 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 326
    PT - Pass through
    TELL - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-9-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- On lap 380, #11-Hamlin lost a lap
    ---- On lap 375, #24-Gordon lost a second lap to the leaders
    ---- Lap 364, #8-Earnhardt, Jr. loses a lap due to his brake problems
    ---- On lap 352, #29-Harvick locked up the front right tire battling #5-Busch for the lead. He had to slow and gather the car back up
    ---- The #18 team believes the problem with the engine is a bad plug wire
    ---- #8-Earnhardt, Jr's right rear tire has lost it's brake fluid. The team makes multiple stops under the 7th caution to try to correct it.
    ---- During the seventh caution, NASCAR parked #66-Green for aggressive driving. He swerved at #48-Johnson on the track.
    ---- Lap 307, #20-Stewart continues to stuggle with his car - tight in, lose off - and loses a lap.
    ---- #24-Jeff Gordon is the first chase contender to lose a lap, being passed by #5-Busch on lap 298
    ---- Around lap 285, #8-Earnhardt Jr, came up in front of #12-Newman and suffered some damage to his rear bumper, but it did not create any problems
    ---- On Lap 255 (under the 6th caution) most cars came back into the pits for service. #21-Schrader, #42-Mears, and #12-Newman stayed out.
    ---- Lap 251, #11-Hamlin is reporting engine "sputtering". The problem is not consistent.
    ---- Everyone came in for pit stops during the fifth caution. All teams did 4 tires and fuel.
    ---- At lap 212, teams are beginning to prepare for green flag pit stops, should the race go green for another 25 laps
    ---- #6-Martin has an extremely loose race car at the halfway point and is sliding backwards
    ---- Around lap 150, #8-Earnhardt, Jr. told the crew to get an extra transmission ready, as he thinks he's having problems.
    ---- Following the fourth caution, #1-Truex, Jr. went behind the wall for repairs.
    ---- #99-Edwards made multiple pit stops under the 4th caution, trying to work on the damage suffered earlier with #48-Johnson
    ---- #38-Gilliand made contact with #48 Johnson under caution and suffered sheet metal damage
    ---- Lap 120, #24-Gordon is more worried about his brakes and expressed a concern that they will not last all night.
    ---- Lap 120, #34-Blount and #89-Shepherd are out of the race, therefore #29-Harvick is now locked into the chase
    ---- In what could be a theme of the night, #24-Gordon is complaining about a vibration in the brakes around lap 90.
    ---- Lap 74, #20-Stewart is also concerned about brakes.
    ---- Around lap 50, #17-Kenseth began to complain of brake problems
    ---- #1-Truex and #2-Busch made contact in the pits during the first caution. Truex spun, nearly hitting a NASCAR official, but continued on.
    ---- Most cars came into pit during the first caution.
    ---- green flag at 7:50pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 7:42pm/et by Grand Marshal Keith Crane
    ---- To The Back [1]: #34-Blount [engine change]


  • Hamlin on Pole in Richmond: #20-Denny Hamlin, running this weekend in front of his hometown crowd, grabbed the Bud Pole with a speed of 127.986mph. Starting on the outside pole is #31-Jeff Burton. #24-Jeff Gordon, #6-Mark Martin, and #29-Kevin Harvick round out the top-five. The rest of the top ten are #4-Scott Wimmer, #1-Martin Truex, Jr., #16-Greg Biffle, #99-Carl Edwards, and #17 Matt Kenseth. #9-Kasey Kahne, who's trying to race his way into the chase will start 20th. #20-Tony Stewart, who wrecked in practice, will start 40th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #4-Wimmer, #32-Kvapil, #34-Blount, #45-Petty, #49-Lepage, #78-Wallace, #34-Chaffin, and #89-Morgan Shepherd (his first race made in 2006). Missing the race were: #74-Cope, #09-Wallace, #55-Waltrip, #00-Sadler, and #27-Christoper. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on the Richmond Starting Grid/Qualifying Results Page.(9-8-2006)

  • Ramblings - Qualifying Notes - Richmond: Denny Hamlin took the Bud Pole tonight at Richmond International Raceway for tomorrow night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 by 3/100th's of a second over Jeff Burton. Denny's FedEx Ground Chevy turned in a time of 21.096 seconds (127.986 mph) for his third top-spot of the season (the other two came at that triangle he owned this year, Pocono Raceway) and fourth of his NEXTEL Cup career.
    Just like the sponsor drew it up....Bow-Ties start in the first three spots.
    Jeff Gordon (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Michigan in June.
    Mark Martin (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here in May.
    Scott Wimmer (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Kansas last October.
    Carl Edwards (9th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Darlington in May.
    David Stremme (11th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Daytona in July.
    Dave Blaney (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 15th at Chicagoland in July.
    Dale Jarrett (22nd) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Daytona in July.
    Welcome Back Morgan Shepherd! We'll see that Victory in Jesus Racing Dodge for the first time since he raced at Loudon last July.....starting 39th and finishing 41st.
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Burton has 8 Top-10 starts in the last 9 races. Kevin Harvick has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    48 cars on hand this week....five on the Trouble Train. Derrike Cope, Mike Wallace, Michael Waltrip (for the third time this season), Hermie Sadler, and Ted Christopher all miss the race this week.
    Gonna be a night of "pins and needles" for every driver in the "Chase" from Jeff Gordon on down (Kevin Harvick would seem to be pretty safe). And, for Tony Stewart, that discomfort has already started! After having to move to a backup car when he wrecked early in practice today, he'll start 40th in an impound race. With eight guys and seven spots (barring a tie for 10th) every tire rub, every loose lug nut, every spin that you could get caught up in becomes a recipe for anonymity. We've learned the last couple years the easiest way to get forgotten in this sport is to be one of those 33 also-rans TV doesn't want to be bothered with the next 10 races.(Stock Car Fans)(9-8-2006)

  • Richmond Qualifying Notes:
    • Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, lapping Richmond International Raceway in 21.096 seconds at 127.986 mph. Brian Vickers holds the track-qualifying record of 20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph - set May 14, 2004.
    • This is Hamlin’s fourth career Bud Pole in 33 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • This is his third Bud Pole and 17th top-10 start in 2006.
    • Kurt Busch (five), Kasey Kahne (four), Jeff Burton (four), Greg Biffle (two) and Ryan Newman(two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
    • This is Hamlin’s first Bud Pole and second top-10 start in two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. He started seventh and finished second here in May.
    • Hamlin became the 13th consecutive different Bud Pole winner at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Jeff Burton posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 21.126 seconds, 127.805 mph – and will join Hamlin on the front row for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Burton has started from the top-10 in nine of his 25 races at Richmond. This is his 12th top-10 start this season, including six from the front row in the last nine races
    • This is the ninth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Jeff Gordon (third) has started from the top-10 in 21 of his 27 races at Richmond.
    • Mark Martin (fourth) has posted 23 top-10 starts in 42 races at Richmond, including top-fives in seven of the past 12.
    • Kevin Harvick (fifth) has started from the four of his 12 races at Richmond – all in the past four races here.
    • Six of the 11 drivers still eligible for the Chase qualified in the top 10: Hamlin, Burton, Gordon, Martin, Harvick and Matt Kenseth (10th).
    • Scott Wimmer (sixth) was the fastest of the drivers that were required to qualify on time. It is Wimmer’s first start better than 17th this season.
    • Morgan Shepherd (43rd) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since New Hampshire last July. Shepherd had failed to qualify 21 times in the interim.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-8-2006)

  • The one and only practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 is over. The fastest:
    #5-Kyle Busch 125.517
    #17-Kenseth 125.482
    #16-Biffle 125.471
    #1-Truex, Jr. 125.471
    #07-Bowyer 125.459
    slowest: #00-Sadler 119.995 and #27-Christopher 118.146
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 106 and #6-Martin 102
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick (36 laps) 123.350
    #78-Wallace (18 laps) 122.750
    #5-Busch (53 laps) 122.482

    #20-Tony Stewart crashed early in the one and only practice for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Stewart got high in turn two and spun all by himself, backing into the wall just at the exit of the corner. He did some damage to the left rear quarter panel and trunk area, including the spoiler. Stewart has now gone to a back-up Home Depot Chevrolet.

    See speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-1-2006) (9-8-2006)

    How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice?
    Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 12th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 21st
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 32nd
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 36th
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 40th
    #09-Mike Wallace, 41st
    #74-Derrike Cope, 42nd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 43rd
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #34-Chad Blount, 44th
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 46th
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 47th
    #27-Ted Christopher, 48th
    See speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-8-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #07-Clint Bowyer is due out first on Friday, September 8th at 6:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #5-Kyle Busch. For the Qualifying order, see my Richmond Qualifying/Grid Page.(9-8-2006)

  • Entry List for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 48 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
    #09-Mike Wallace
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #27-Ted Christopher
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Kertus Davis
    #45-Kyle Petty
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Chaffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #89-Morgan Shepherd
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 45,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,00,89,27,09.
    see entry list on Jayski's Richmond Entry List Page.
    (9-5-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Richmond:
    #14 is back in the top-35, and #45-Petty is out and has get in via speed at Richmond
    33) #19-Sadler/Evernham +72 points ahead of 36th
    34) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +58
    35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +2
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #45-Petty/Petty -2 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -112
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-3-2006)

  • Chase Clinching Scenarios Heading to Richmond:
    Only 117 points separate positions three through 10 in the current Nextel Cup Series standings. Only 147 points separate positions three through 11. A driver can gain a maximum of 156 points over another competitor in each event. The 11th-place driver, Kasey Kahne, can move as high as third in the standings following Saturday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at California Speedway. He is currently just 30 points behind points leader Jeff Burton. Any driver in positions three through 10 can fall from the top 10 following Saturday’s event. Only standings leader Matt Kenseth and second-place Jimmie Johnson have clinched Chase berths.
    The current drivers in positions three through 10 in the standings will clinch a Chase berth with the following finishes Saturday, regardless of how other competitors finish:
    #29-Kevin Harvick – 40th
    #24-Jeff Gordon – 25th
    #5-Kyle Busch – 22nd
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 16th
    #11-Denny Hamlin – 16th
    #20-Tony Stewart – seventh
    #6-Mark Martin – fourth
    #31-Jeff Burton – fourth
    Also important: Top-10 drivers are racing for the highest finish in the standings before the Chase begins. Although the point separation to start the Chase is five points per position, the 2004 series title was decided by eight points. The 2005 title margin was 35 points. Examples from 2004 and 2005 illustrate how every position has championship implications: Kurt Busch began the 2004 Chase in seventh place. Had he started in 10th, with 10 fewer points, he would’ve lost the title by two points that season to Johnson. Johnson, who finished second to Busch in the final 2004 standings, relinquished the standings lead to Jeff Gordon following that season’s cutoff event at Richmond, costing him five points. The final margin between Busch and Johnson? Eight points. Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart scored identical point totals during the 2005 Chase, but Edwards began 35 points behind Stewart. He ended the season still trailing Stewart by just 35.
    The sports statistics experts at STATS LLC have calculated 725,760 different possibilities for the order of the top 11 drivers following Saturday’s event. Last week, STATS LLC calculated 574,560 different possibilities for the order of the top 11 drivers following last Sunday’s event at California Speedway. This week’s increase is due to the fact that Harvick – currently in third place – can fall from Chase contention.(NASCAR PR)
    400 Points: The Chase field consists of the top 10 and any driver within 400 points, and that margin might come into play if Johnson and Kenseth finish 21st or worse Saturday while the bubble drivers perform well. There also will be an 11-driver field if there is a tie for 10th.(USA Today)
    and see more on the Chase Stats after California page.(9-6-2006)

  • 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

  • Heading to Richmond:
    • One race remains in the “Race to the Chase.” Any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 191 points following California is guaranteed a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers that have clinched a spot in the 2006 Chase.
    • Third-place Kevin Harvick will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 39th or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Fourth-place Jeff Gordon will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 24th or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Fifth-place Kyle Busch will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 22nd or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Sixth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 16th or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Seventh-place Denny Hamlin will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 16th or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Eighth-place Tony Stewart will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing seventh or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Ninth-place Mark Martin will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing fourth or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Tenth-place Jeff Burton will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup if he finishes third or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond.
    • Eleventh-place Kasey Kahne trails 10th place Jeff Burton in the point standings by 30 points.
    • Third to 11th in the point standings are separated by 147 points.
    • Eight drivers in the top-10 changed point’s positions at California Speedway.
    • There have been 13 different Bud Pole winners in the last 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • There have been nine different race winners in the last 10 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver to repeat during the 10-race period winning there in the spring of 2004 and again this past spring, his only victory in 2006.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers, each scoring three victories at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers scoring 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 41 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • A Chevrolet, a Ford and a Dodge have each won a race in the last three races at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Greg Biffle has posted four straight top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway, the longest current streak.
    • Kyle Busch has scored three straight top-five finishes in three races at Richmond. His 4.3 average finish is the best of all active drivers.
    • Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart have each scored three straight top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with a 10.12 starting average in 41 races at Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-3-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Richmond:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 22 of the 25 races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished on the lead lap in the last 20 races, since Martinsville in April.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 18 top-10 finishes in the first 25 races of 2006, three more than any other driver.
    • Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 13 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks first in the point standings. After 25 races one year ago, he ranked ninth.
    • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 15 of the last 16 races. He has scored seven straight top-10 finishes.
    • Kevin Harvick has posted nine straight top-15 finishes. Harvick has been running at the finish in the last 37 races, the longest current streak.
    • Jeff Gordon has climbed from ninth to fourth in the point standings in the last three races. Gordon has scored top-five finishes in the last three races.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has climbed from 10th to sixth in the point standings in the last three races. Earnhardt Jr. has scored top-10 finishes in the last three races.
    • Casey Mears has climbed from 19th to 15th in the point standings in the last three races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-6-2006)

  • May 2006 Race Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 97.061mph, started 10th

  • 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 2006 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 127.395mph, finished 4th

  • Sept 2005 Pole Sitter: #29-Kevin Harvick, 128.425mph, 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

  • Most Poles: 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison

  • 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: 29, Chevy; 28, Ford; 17, Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 100 races] 20.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12, 12.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14, 14.0%
  • 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: 3
  • 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 100 - 56.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 80 of 100 - 80.0%

  • Richmond Nuggets:
    Richmond Milestones
    • Kyle Petty is expected to make his 775th career Nextel Cup start at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Dave Blaney and Robby Gordon are each expected to make their 225th career Nextel Cup start at Richmond.
    Richmond Bud Pole Winners Galore
    There have been 13 different Bud Pole winners in the last 13 races at Richmond.
    Many Race Winners Too
    There have been nine different race winners in the last 10 races at Richmond International Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr., is the only repeat winner during the 10-race period. Earnhardt Jr. posted his only victory in 2006 at Richmond in May. Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers, each with three victories at Richmond.
    Starting Up Front is Important at Richmond
    Ten of the last 11 races at Richmond have been won from a top-10 starting position, including two from the front row and six from the top five.
    Richmond Streaks
    • Greg Biffle has started in the top 10 in the last six straight races at Richmond.
    • Ryan Newman has posted nine top-15 starts in all nine of his races at Richmond.
    • Greg Biffle has posted four straight top-10 finishes at Richmond, the longest current streak.
    • Kyle Busch has scored three straight top-five finishes in three races at Richmond. His average finish of 4.3 is the best of all active drivers.
    • Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart have each scored three straight top-10 finishes at Richmond.
    Recent Dominance at Richmond
    Kyle Busch has finished in the top five in all three of his races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Owner Wins at Richmond International Raceway
    Petty Enterprises scored 15 wins at Richmond International Raceway, the most of any car owner. Rick Hendrick has seven victories at Richmond.
    Leading The Way at Richmond International Raceway
    • Richard Petty led 5,128 laps in 63 races at Richmond, the most of all drivers. Petty led just one lap in eight races on the current 3/4-mile configuration.
    • Rusty Wallace led 2,933 laps on the 3/4-mile track – more than three times the total of any other driver.
    • Jeff Burton leads all active drivers, leading 874 laps at Richmond. Burton is second to Rusty Wallace in laps led on the 3/4-mile configuration.
    Richmond Standouts
    • Four drivers have started all 36 races on the 3/4-mile configuration at Richmond International Raceway: Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader.
    • Jeff Gordon scored four Bud Poles in his 27 races at Richmond International Raceway, the most of all drivers on the 3/4-mile configuration.
    • Rusty Wallace scored six victories at Richmond International Raceway on the 3/4-mile configuration. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart have each scored three victories on the current configuration, the most among active drivers. Terry Labonte also has three victories on the 3/4-mile track.
    • Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 12 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Ryan Newman leads all drivers with a 5.4 starting average in nine races on the 3/4-mile configuration at Richmond.
    • Kyle Busch leads all drivers with a 4.3 finishing average in three races on the 3/4-mile configuration at Richmond.
    Season Nuggets
    • Any driver that is 191 or more points behind 10th-place will not be in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 191 or more points following California is guaranteed a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup. Only Kenseth and Johnson have clinched.
    • Any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 157 points following California must only start the race at Richmond to be guaranteed a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup. Third to 11th in the point standings is separated by 147 points which means nine drivers have a chance to race for a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup at Richmond. No driver can clinch by just starting at Richmond.
    • Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers to clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    • Third-place Kevin Harvick will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing 39th or better, regardless of where 11th place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Fourth-place Jeff Gordon will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing 24th or better, regardless of where 11th place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Fifth-place Kyle Busch will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing 22nd or better, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Sixth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing 16th or better, regardless of where 11th place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Seventh-place Denny Hamlin will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing 16th or better, regardless of where 11th place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Eighth-place Tony Stewart will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing seventh or better, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Ninth-place Mark Martin will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by starting the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway and finishing fourth or better, regardless of where 11th place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond. (Lap leader points are not included.)
    • Tenth-place Jeff Burton will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup if he finishes third or better, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes at Richmond.
    • Eleventh-place Kasey Kahne trails 10th place Jeff Burton in the point standings by 30 points.
    • Only one driver that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 25 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Jamie McMurray was 10th but dropped to 13th in the final race to the Chase at Richmond. He was overtaken by Ryan Newman who ranked 11th at this point one year ago and finished the Chase sixth in final points.
    • After 25 races in 2006, five drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were four drivers within the 400-point window.
    • In 2005 nine of the top-10 drivers were separated by 35 or more points. However, 10th-place Jamie McMurray was just 10 points behind ninth-place Kenseth and just one point ahead of 11th-place Ryan Newman and 30 ahead of 12th-place Jeff Gordon.
    • After 25 races in 2006 and one race remaining in the race to the Chase, nine of the top-11 drivers are separated by 31 points or less.
    • Third-place Kevin Harvick is 147 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Second-place Jimmie Johnson has scored 18 top-10 finishes in 25 races in 2006. That is three more top-10 finishes than any other driver.
    • All 25 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-14 in the point standings. Mark Martin (ninth) and Jeff Burton (10th) are the only two drivers among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers scoring 105 lap leader bonus points, 10 more than point leader Matt Kenseth who has 95. Gordon is the only driver to lead in 18 of the 25 races this season.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted four straight top-10 starts, the longest current streak. Hamlin has posted nine straight top-15 starts, also the longest current streak. Kevin Harvick has posted eight straight top-15 starts.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won six of the 25 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 14 victories while Ford has just five. One year ago Ford had 10 victories at this point of the season.
    • Three of the top-10 in driver points have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four DNFs - the most of any driver ranked in among the top 20.
    • NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in 13 of the 25 races in 2006 (52 percent). He has scored 16 top-10s in 32 career races - 50 percent. Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in each of the last seven races and 15 top-15 finishes in the last 16. He has been the highest finishing rookie in 13 of the 25 races in 2006 (52 percent).
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 20 of the 25 races a rookie finished in the top 10 (80 percent). In eight of the 25 races, two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
    • Eight of the top 10 and 18 of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at California Speedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-6-2006)


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: ?
    Command to start engines: ?
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: rir.com

  • May 2006 Richmond Race Info / Rundown Page
  • September 2005 Richmond Race Info / Rundown Page

  • May 2005 Richmond Race Info / Rundown Page

  • PRS Guitars Builds Custom Trophy for Chevy Rock & Roll 400: Richmond International Raceway and Chevrolet officials announced that Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Ltd. has built a custom guitar trophy for the winner of the 2006 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday, September 9 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway. Saturday night's Nextel Cup Series Chevy Rock & Roll 400 marks the second year that Richmond International Raceway and Chevrolet have partnered with PRS Guitars to offer a unique, highly appointed trophy featuring a fully functional PRS guitar. Last year, PRS Guitars enlivened the Rock & Roll theme of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway as they enthusiastically handcrafted a race trophy, unlike any other. The 2006 Chevy Rock & Roll trophy is even more appointed than last year's, taking more than three months to complete. Designed and painted to match this year's pace car, the trophy measures over four feet tall and incorporates a custom PRS Chevy guitar engulfed in polished aluminum flames, seated atop a mahogany and maple pedestal. In collaboration with Baltimore metal sculptor Karl Saar, the PRS design team (Paul Miles, Bill Oertel and Don Close) have put forth countless hours to bring the trophy to life. Its estimated retail value is $20,000. Richmond International Raceway, PRS Guitars and Chevrolet will unveil the trophy on Friday, September 8 in the Kenneth Campbell Infield Media Center.(RIR PR)(9-8-2006)

  • Richmond RV Parking Update: For the upcoming NASCAR races September 8-9 at Richmond International Raceway, all races fans should be aware that there will be no RV parking or parking of any kind in the warehouse parking lots and IRS building along Carolina Avenue, near the race track. Carolina Avenue is a short road on the northeast side of the race track that connects Meadowbridge Road to Laburnum Avenue. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that any fans who do not hold a reserved space for their RVs, or who are accustomed to parking their cars in one of these lots, please access the Richmond International Raceway property via Meadowbridge Road to park their vehicles.(RIR PR)(9-7-2006)

  • RIR: Taking Racing To A 'New Level': Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced the details of a wide-ranging, fan-friendly seat expansion project that will help keep pace for the demand of one of the most coveted tickets in all of sports. The highlight of the multi-million dollar capital improvement project is the addition of 7,843 seats in a new, state-of-the-art, 18-story structure located in Turn One behind the current Commonwealth Grandstand. The new, three-tiered grandstand will also include a luxurious 700-person, members-only Club for individual fans looking to enjoy a race weekend in style or businesses seeking to entertain clients. The Club will also serve as a unique and trendy place for special events on non-race weekends throughout the year. The project, which will be completed in time for the track's Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series doubleheader weekend in May 2007, also has a fan-friendly flavor to it, as each seat in the new grandstand will be an individual chair with arm rests. Additionally, in response to the thousands of requests by fans over the years, workers will remove a total of 2,911 obstructed view seats in two different grandstands: the first eight rows of obstructed view seats in each section of the Old Dominion grandstand (Turn three) and the first ten rows of the "A" and "B" sections of the Colonial grandstand (Turn four). Those seats were originally built during the 1988 expansion and track reconfiguration project. In total the project will net 4,932 additional seats, raising the capacity to 112,029: [107,097 (current capacity) + 7,843 (new grandstand seats) minus 2,911 (removal of obstructed view seats) = 112,029]. The new grandstand will be comprised of three separate levels, the Commonwealth Mezzanine, the Club Level and the Commonwealth Tower. The 180-foot structure will be twice as high as the current grandstand and will become one of the tallest structures in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Construction on the new grandstand has begun. Amenities will include six new, ADA-compliant restrooms and five new concession stands. Key construction milestones include the completion of footings and foundation, (August 31) structure erected (December 31) and seats installed (March 31). The dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions. Current ticket holders will begin to receive information in the mail about how to upgrade into the new grandstand. In addition, fans who have been waiting patiently on the track's extensive waiting list will receive information about how to purchase tickets once the upgrade process is completed. Fans who would like to be added to the waiting list can visit rir.com or call 1-866-455-RACE (7223) for details.(RIR PR/Site)(8-10-2006)

  • RIR to add more seats 5000..not 1400: Richmond International Raceway officials will announce that the track's capacity will expand by 1,400 seats. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. The added seats, which will be located in Turn 1, are part of a long-term expansion plan. Current capacity is 107,097. Henrico County officials have given track owner, Daytona Beach, Fla.-based International Speedway Corp. permission to add as many as 43,000 seats. That allows for a capacity of about 150,000. "We don't want to add that many in one season," said Keith Green, RIR's director of public relations. "You have to understand what your market is going to dictate. "It's the first in what we hope will be several expansion projects." Green added that the expansion is necessary because of a long waiting list of fans vying for tickets to attend one of the track's Cup races in May and September. Both races have been sold out the past 15 years, a streak of 30 races. "There are some incredible sight lines associated with this process," said Green, who added that this will be the first expansion since the start of the 2004 season.(Richmond Times Dispatch)
    AND Richmond International Raceway will make a formal announcement Wednesday, August 9 that the track will expand its seating capacity for the 2007 season, adding nearly 5,000 seats. The Commonwealth Tower will feature three new levels—the Lower Mezzanine, a Club Level and an Upper Mezzanine. The capital improvement project, which is already underway, will mark the first seating expansion the track has undergone since 2004, when 1,400 seats were added. The expanded Commonwealth Tower will rise 180 feet, which is twice as high as the current highest seat at Richmond International Raceway. With the new configuration, America's Premier Short Track will increase from 107,097 seats to more than 112,000. Current season ticket holders will receive information in the mail on how to upgrade to the new Commonwealth Tower. Fans on the waiting list will receive information in the coming weeks.(RIR Site)(8-8-2006)

  • Barenaked Ladies to perform at Richmond in Sept: Chevrolet and Richmond International Raceway announced that Barenaked Ladies [a huge Jayski fave] will perform a pre-race concert prior to the sold-out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race at America's Premier Short Track, set for Saturday, September 9 "under the lights." Additionally, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick's #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy will feature a special paint scheme depicting images of the band. Barenaked Ladies will showcase a mix of new and classic hits on the frontstretch at Richmond International Raceway, moments before the final race before the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for who is in and who is out for a chance at the championship. Barenaked Ladies, who is no stranger to sell out crowds, will release its first original album in three years-Barenaked Ladies Are Me-on September 12 on their own imprint label, Desperation Records. The concert will be simulcast on XM Satellite Radio. "We're really excited about being involved," said Barenaked Ladies lead vocalist Ed Robertson. "It's an exciting time for us. We have a new record coming out just a few days later. We'll be performing at the start/finish line, playing some new material and some old material. We know that we and NASCAR share a lot of fans and it will be a great day, and we hope we bring Kevin Harvick some good luck." Additional musical/artist-themed Chevrolets that will be participating in the event will be announced later.(RIR PR)(7-15-2006)

  • Richmond Sept. Cup race sold out: Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 race on Saturday night, September 9 will mark the 30th consecutive Nextel Cup Series sellout at the track, a streak that has now lasted 15 years. That means all 107,097 seats will once again be filled. The sellout streak started with the Pontiac Excitement 400 on March 8, 1992 and has continued through each Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for the last 15 years. The track has hosted two Nextel Cup Series races each year since 1959. Nearly 2.5 million fans from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries have attended Nextel Cup Series events at Richmond International Raceway during that time. In addition to hosting the 30th consecutive sellout and the final race that will set the field for the Chase for the Nextel Cup, the entire race weekend will again have a Rock & Roll theme. Chevrolet and track officials will also announce this week a Rock & Roll concert and driver/band partnerships that will be part of race weekend. Tickets for the Busch Series Emerson Radio 250 on Friday, September 8 are available online at www.rir.com or by calling 1-866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(7-12-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Consecutive Races Finished on Lead Lap:[modern era?] - if #48-Jimmie Johnson finishes on the lead lap at Richmond Saturday, Sept 9th, he will tie Jeff Gordon for the most races run in a row finishing on the lead lap with 21 [assuming this is the modern era 1972-current record], the best streaks [bold is current]:
    1) Jeff Gordon, 21 races, from June 14, 1998 thru Feb 14, 1999
    2) Jimmie Johnson, 20, April 2, 2006 thru Current Race
    3) Rusty Wallace, 17, May 29, 2005 thru Sept 25, 2005
    4) Jamie McMurray, 16, August 8, 2004 thru Nov 21, 2004
    Denny Hamlin, 16, May 6, 2006 thru Current Race
    5) Rusty Wallace, 15, June 20, 1993 thru Oct 24, 1993
    Jeff Gordon, 15, June 11, 1995 thru Oct 1, 1995
    Dale Jarrett, 15, April 30, 2000 thru Sept 03, 2000
    Matt Kenseth 15, May 5, 2006 thru Current Race
    6) Dale Jarrett, 14, May 24, 1998 thru Sept 6, 1998
    Bobby Labonte, 14, Sept 11, 1999 thru March 12, 2000
    Kevin Harvick, 14, July 20, 2003 thru Oct 19, 2003
    Mark Martin, 14, Sept 5, 2004 thru Feb 27, 2005
    Jimme Johnson, 14, Oct 16, 2004 thru April 23, 2005
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-5-2006)

  • Hermie Sadler teams with Hometown sponsors at RIR: Virginia native Hermie Sadler will be carrying colors of a Virginia based company as #00 MBA Motorsports teams up with Richmond Electric Supply, Co., based in Richmond, for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 this weekend at RIR. Sadler and Richmond Electric President Darryl Harman, Sr. met a couple weeks ago at a Charity golf outing in Richmond, and by the end of the day, had made a deal for the race at Richmond. "We hit it off right away", said Sadler of his relationship with Harman. "He is a big race fan, and represents what I like in a person and company. RESCO is a family owned local business much like our race team. It will be fun for us to team up at RIR and try and beat the odds." MBA Motorsports will also carry associate sponsorship from The Haven Inn, a NASCAR themed restaurant located in Norfolk, Virginia. Dave Willis, who owns The Haven Inn with his wife Lynne, was a crew member for a Dodge Weekly Racing Series team for over 10 years. Also this weekend at RIR, Sadler, the 1993 Busch Series Rookie of the Year, will attempt to make his first Busch Series start of the season in the #28 Chevy owned by Jay Robinson. For more information go to www.sadlerfanclub.com.(PR)(9-5-2006)

  • 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
#10-Scott Riggs Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper 10 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley Vesicare/GSK 18 Schemes Page
#22-Dave Blaney CAT ACERT Technology 22 Schemes Page
#25-Brian Vickers Chevy Rock & Roll/OAR #25 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Chevy Rock & Roll/Barenaked Ladies #29 Schemes Page
#41-Reed Sorenson Nicorette #41 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte STP #43 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
#66-Jeff Green AOL.com/Gold Rush/Best Buy none...yet
#88-Dale Jarrett UPS Frieght #88 Schemes Page


  • Nicorette scheme for Sorenson at RIR: Reed Sorenson will be sporting a different look this weekend at Richmond, driving the #41 Nicorette Dodge. The special Nicorette paint scheme is another part of the only smoking cessation sponsorship in NASCAR history featuring the brands Nicorette nicotine gum, NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches and Commit nicotine lozenges. This unique NASCAR sponsorship also features the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides quit smoking counseling and information to the NASCAR community. Over 170 NASCAR team members, officials and media, including several employees from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates organization, have enrolled in the program. Free quit smoking counseling is also available to race fans at the Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the fan walk area at 30 NASCAR races including Richmond this weekend. For more information on Nicorette and its NASCAR programs, go to quit2winracing.com. The Target scheme will return next weekend in New Hampshire.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the scheme on the #41 Team Schemes page.(9-7-2006)

  • Special Scheme for #22 at RIR: Dave Daney's #22 car will sport a new paint scheme for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond. The paint scheme highlights Cat Engines with ACERT Technology. Cat engines with ACERT Technology open a new era in diesel engine design. Using highly advanced combustion technology to optimize performance, these revolutionary engines meet today's most stringent emissions reduction standards. And they're poised to take on tomorrow's challenges. ACERT combines proven systems with innovative new technologies to precisely shape the combustion process. It maintains engine performance, efficiency and durability while dramatically reducing emissions. Looking ahead, ACERT is the only diesel emissions reduction technology currently available with a clear path to Tier 4/Stage IIIb compliance. Only Cat engines have ACERT Technology.(BDR PR), see a image of the scheme on the #22 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

  • #66 Chevy will promote new interactive AOL Gold Rush Game at Richmond: This weekend at Richmond, the #66 Best Buy Racing Chevy that Jeff Green drives will carry logos promoting Gold Rush, a groundbreaking interactive reality game from Mark Burnett and AOL.com - where players literally can turn their entertainment and pop culture knowledge into gold. Gold Rush launches online at www.aol.com/goldrush Wednesday, Sept. 13. Best Buy, primary sponsor of driver Jeff Green and the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy, is a sponsor of the game, and the Best Buy brand will be integrated throughout game clues and challenges. Chevrolet, Coca-Cola Zero, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Washington Mutual are also Gold Rush sponsors. The hood of the yellow and blue #66 entry will be emblazoned with the game's logo, a bar of gold, surrounded by Best Buy's signature yellow price tags and the tagline, "Yellow leads to gold." The game's website address, AOL.com/Goldrush, will be displayed on the car's quarter panels, along with the Best Buy logo. For a complete list of rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.aol.com/goldrush.(GMR PR)(9-6-2006)

  • Jarrett to race #88 UPS Freight Car at Richmond: Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team will race its first special paint scheme of the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season on behalf of sponsor UPS, who will be rolling out the #88 UPS Freight Ford Fusion for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 event in Richmond. In an effort to expand its service portfolio by offering a variety of less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload services (TL) for customers in North America, UPS acquired Overnite Transportation Company in 2005, which immediately positioned UPS as a top LTL carrier in the United States. "This is probably one of the best examples of UPS utilizing this sponsorship to promote the different businesses in which they're involved," said Dale Jarrett, driver of the UPS Ford. "They have always done the best job of using this race program to create brand awareness." To celebrate the occasion, Jarrett will make an appearance at the UPS Freight headquarters on Wednesday, September 6th. Jarrett will assist UPS Freight employees in kicking off this year's United Way campaign.(UPS PR), see a image of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

  • Barenaked Ladies featured on the #29 at RIR: GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick's #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet will sport a special paint scheme with the music group Barenaked Ladies at Richmond International Raceway for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 and the seventh #29 Goodwrench Expertise Challenge race Founded in 1988 by singer-guitarists Steven Page and Ed Robertson, the Toronto-based Barenaked Ladies includes Tyler Stewart, Jim Creegan and Kevin Hearn. The band has sold more than 14 million records worldwide, with hits such as "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "Brian Wilson." Along the way, they have developed a dedicated following and a reputation as one of North America's best-loved live acts [one of Jayski's fave].(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

  • Marathon sponsorship to Petty's: been told that the #51 Competitive Edge Motorsports team has ceased operations and have confirmed that Marathon Petroleum Company will become major associate sponsor with Petty Enterprises with the #45 Dodge of Kyle Petty being most involved in the sponsorship as an associate sponsor at most races and primary sponsor of the #45 for a few races with the #43 Dodge of Bobby Labonte featuring the Marathon Petroleum Company logo at some races.(8-1-2006)
    UPDATE: Marathon Petroleum Company announced that the company's sponsorship in the Nextel Cup series is being moved to a new race team. The new sponsorship will begin with the Allstate 400 race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. “Marathon is proud to move our sponsorship to the #45 Petty Enterprises team, with driver Kyle Petty,” said Mary Ellen Peters, senior vice president, Marketing. “The team is owned by Richard Petty, the man known as the ‘King of NASCAR.' We believe this move provides a continued presence for Marathon in all of the remaining races this season.” In addition to the Brickyard assosiate sponsorship [Tire KIngdom is the primary at Indy], the #45 car will carry the Marathon Brand as the primary sponsor for four races: Michigan, Bristol, Richmond, and Atlanta. Marathon also will be an associate sponsor on the car for this season's remaining races. “We're grateful that Competitive Edge Motorsports is allowing Marathon Oil to transfer their sponsorship,” said Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. “We are looking forward to developing a strong partnership with Marathon , starting this weekend at one of the biggest events of the season.”(Petty Racing PR)(8-3-2006)

  • Special UPS scheme at Richmond: The #88 UPS Ford Fusion will showcase UPS Freight services during the running of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2006. The UPS Freight car will take on the gray and brown colors of UPS Freight tractors and trailers, while maintaining accents from the design of the standard #88 UPS Ford paint scheme. Instead of white, gray is used as the base for the UPS Freight car. A bit more brown than usually appears on the #88 Ford has been added to the roof and deck lid. Gold and red accent stripes, along with gold #88's complete the design. With a reflective finish, the #88 UPS Freight car is sure to shine under the lights at Richmond. With UPS Freight, moving heavy goods throughout North America is as easy as shipping a package across town. To learn more about UPS Freight services, visit www.upsfreight.com.(UPS Site), see an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2006)

  • STP back with Petty? UPDATE 2 races: One of the most famous car designs in all of NASCAR history was the #43 STP design driven to victory lane all over the country by Richard Petty. It appears the STP name will once again grace a Petty-owned car as a primary sponsor, this time with another NASCAR champion at the wheel, Bobby Labonte.(CircleTrackPlus)
    UPDATE: the makers of STP products announced a return to the hood of the legendary #43 car being driven by former Nextel Cup champion, Bobby Labonte. The familiar red, white and blue STP logo will highlight a retro paint scheme designed to pay tribute to one of the longest running sponsorships in the history of stockcar racing and to launch the new STP Oil Stabilizer. STP will be the primary hood sponsor of Labonte's #43 Dodge for the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway on April 30 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at the Richmond International Raceway on September 9. To commemorate the occasion, the makers of STP products will donate $43 for each lap raced during these two events to the Petty family's charity, Victory Junction Gang Camp (VJGC).(PRN Newswire)(4-7-2006)
    IMAGE see an image of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(4-8-2006)

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper back with Evernham Motorsports: Moving into their second year of partnership, aftermarket auto parts giant Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper and Evernham Motorsports have turned up the heat for what is sure to be another great season. As a NASCAR sponsor of Evernham Motorsports, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, parent company of Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper, will receive primary status on the #10 Dodge in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and on the #9 Dodge in the Busch Series. The #10 Dodge will be showcased by driver Scott Riggs for Nextel Cup races at New Hampshire on July 16, 2006 and at Richmond on September 9, 2006.
    The Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper brands take the lead with the primary sponsorship of the Busch Series#9 Dodge driven by Jeremy Mayfield at California on February 25, 2006. Not to be called a rookie any longer, Kasey Kahne will be behind the wheel of the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper #9 Dodge for the Busch Series race at Bristol on August 25, 2006. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper's multi-year sponsorship of Evernham Motorsports will build their brand across a broad audience whose love affair with cars starts in their own garage and culminates with high performance racing. NASCAR brand research shows that NASCAR fans are more likely to have more than one vehicle. NASCAR fans are also more likely to buy used vehicles, which are typically older and require additional maintenance and auto parts. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper's association with Evernham also will be used in key customer outreach efforts, retail marketing efforts and internal promotions. For more information about Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper visit www.800autotalk.com.(PR), see an image of the #10 car on my #10 Team Schemes page.(12-20-2005)

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


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