THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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THE RACE: The Samsung/RadioShack 500

Nextel Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 9, 2006 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Samsung, RadioShack

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 2:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 1:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et [90 minutes] with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 13 [Replay] at 4:00 - 7:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - PRN and XM

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice

    PRN Radio Turn Reporter: Pat Patterson, Brent McMillian, Chuck Carland

    PRN Radio Pit Reporters: Steve Richards

  • Purse/Race Awards: $7,117,176 (was $6,826,746 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, April 7, 1:05 - 2:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, April 8, 11:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 8, 1:05 - 1:50pm/et on TV-FX via tape at 2:00pm/et

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


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 7, 12:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, April 7 at 4:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 10:00pm/et on Speed AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    ALL TIMES ARE CT [1 hours behind ET - Eastern/or Daytona Time]

    Friday, April 07, 2006
    5:30AM NNCS Haulers Enter
    6:30AM NNCS Registration Opens
    7:00AM NNCS Garage Opens
    12:05PM - 1:35PM NNCS Practice
    3:40PM NNCS (Cup) The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days
    5:00PM NNCS Registration Closes
    6:00PM NNCS Garage Closes
    6:00PM Crown Royal IROC Series (67 laps, 100 miles)

    Saturday, April 08, 2006
    8:30AM NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
    10:30AM -11:30AM NNCS Practice
    12:05PM -12:50PM NNCS Final Practice
    2:00PM NBS O'Reilly 300

    Sunday, April 09, 2006
    1:00PM NNCS Samsung/RadioShack 500

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    ALL TIMES ARE CT [1 hours behind ET - Eastern/or Daytona Time]
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4008; Right-side -- D-4014

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this right-side tire code (D-4014) to the track, and Texas is the only track at which it is scheduled to be run in 2006 . . . this left-side code (D-4008) was run previously at California and will be run again at Dover, Michigan and Chicagoland . . . Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run the same tire set-up this weekend . . . as on all ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . the inflation in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "We tested this set-up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte at Texas in January. It is the same construction that teams ran six weeks ago at Fontana, with a slightly tougher right-side compound."


AWARDS/BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Texas Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    (4-2-2006)

  • 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*
    (* won race and bonus)
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Texas: $5,000

    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
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
    #16-Greg Biffle, 2
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2
    (4-2-2006)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kahne wins at Texas: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 63 of 334 laps for his 2nd win of 2006 and 3rd of his career. #17-Matt Kenseth passed #20-Tony Stewart late and held on to 2nd place, with Stewart finishing 3rd after leading the most laps [99], #11-Denny Hamlin was 4th for his 1st top-5 of the year then #29-Kevin Harvick. #31-Burton was 6th, followed by #10-Riggs, #1-Truex Jr., #6-Martin and #43-Labonte. Kahne is the 11th winner in 11 races at Texas and #24-Gordon is still winless at Texas in 11 starts. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson holds on to the points lead by 15 over #17-Kenseth, finishing 11th after being down two laps. There 9 cautions for 43 laps and 12 leaders with 22 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Texas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page.(4-9-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Texas [7 of 36 races]:
    #48-Johnson 1063
    #17-Kenseth 1048 -15
    #9-Kahne 1017 -46
    #6-Martin 1017 -46
    #20-Stewart 966 -97
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 951 -112
    #5-Busch 950 -113
    #24-Gordon 911 -152
    #29-Harvick 859 -204
    #42-Mears 845 -218
    For drivers/owners points, see my
  • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Texas Page.(4-9-2006)

  • Texas Race Notes:
    • Kasey Kahne won the 2006 Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 79th career start. Kahne’s last victory came at Atlanta, three races ago. It was his second victory on a superspeedway. His career-first victory came at Richmond in May 2005.
    • Kahne scored his first victory and second top-10 finish – both top-fives - in four races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • He became the 11th different race winner in 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas.
    • Kahne scored his fifth top-10 finish in seven races this season.
    • Kahne climbed from fourth to third in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. After seven races in 2005, he ranked 23rd in the point standings.
    • Kahne led the final 27 laps in today’s race.
    • Evernham Motorsports has won at least one race each season 2001– 2006, six consecutive years.
    • This was team owner Ray Evernham’s ninth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and first at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Notebook Items
    • Tony Stewart led the most laps (99) in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 - the third time in 2006 that Stewart led the most laps in a race – all in the past three races.
    • Matt Kenseth (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway. He scored his fourth top-10 finish of the season, all top-fives and climbed from third to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. One year ago he ranked 21st after seven races.
    • Tony Stewart (third) scored his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Texas and climbed from eighth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Denny Hamlin (fourth) scored his second top-10 finish in two races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his career-best finish and the highest finish by a rookie in 2006. It was Hamlin’s second top-10 finish in 2006 and his second in as many races at Texas.
    • Kevin Harvick (fifth) scored his second top-10 finish in seven races at Texas. It was his third top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Scott Riggs (seventh) scored his first top-10 finish in four races at Texas Motor Speedway. This is his second top-10 finish in six races this season after he failed to qualify for the 2006 Daytona 500.
    • Denny Hamlin was the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • At least one of the 2006 Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders Denny Hamlin (fourth) and Martin Truex Jr, (eighth) both finished in the top 10. The last time two rookies finished in the top 10 came at Phoenix in November 2005 when Kyle Busch finished first and Travis Kvapil finished 10th.
    • Joe Nemechek (23rd) has been running at the finish in the last 39 races, a streak that began at Bristol last April, the longest current streak.
    • Greg Biffle (42nd) has finished 31st or worse in four of the seven races this season. Biffle dropped from 18th to 23rd in the point standings. One year ago, after seven races, he ranked second in the point standings.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-9-2006)

  • Rumblings - Texas: Kasey Kahne passed Tony Stewart on lap 308 today at Texas Motor Speedway and drove off into the sunset to capture the Samsung/RadioShack 500 by a margin of over five seconds....giving himself an early birthday present (it's Monday). This was Kasey's second win of the season (he took down Atlanta three weeks ago) and the third of his career (all three of his wins have come from the pole, btw) moving him into a tie for 85th on the all-time win list.
    Kasey's the 11th different winner in 11 races at TMS, and this was victory #9 for Ray Evernham.....and it was worth a handsome $530,164 to boot!
    Denny Hamlin (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 7th when we were here last November.
    Scott Riggs (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan last August.
    Martin Truex Jr (8th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Lowe's last May.
    David Stremme (21st) had his best finish since he was 16th at Chicagoland last July.
    STREAKIN....Kasey Kahne has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Mark Martin has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the week is a lonely Tony Stewart (+37). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Greg Biffle (-37), J. J. Yeley (-33), Kurt Busch (-27), Ryan Newman (-26), and Kyle Petty (-20). With the way this season has gone for Biffle, it should come as no surprise that his is his 2nd BD of the season all ready.
    We had three drivers lead a lap today for the first time this season. Martin Truex Jr, Jeff Green, and Carl Edwards give us 30 different drivers to lead a lap already this year.....last year we had a total of 51 different leaders.
    No change at the top of the standings this week....Jimmie Johnson's lead is now only 15 markers over new #2 man Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin (23rd to 14th) made the best move forward while Kyle Petty (26th to 32nd) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(4-9-2006)

    TEXAS RACE RUNDOWN

  • The Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 334 of 334 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #9-Kahne-d (1)(64 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (6/back)(14 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (40)(99 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-c (8-r)(41 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (24)(1 laps led)
    #31-Burton-c (21)
    #10-Riggs-d (22)
    #1-Truex Jr.-c (9-r)(2 laps led)
    #6-Martin-f (3)(11 laps led)
    #43-Labonte-d (10)
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie


    Pit Selections Chart page at FoxSports.com

  • Drivers Points after lap 334 of 334 at Texas:
    #48-Johnson 1063
    #17-Kenseth -15
    #9-Kahne -46
    #6-Martin -46
    #20-Stewart -97
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -112
    #5-Busch -113
    #24-Gordon -152
    #29-Harvick -204
    #42-Mears -218

  • Cars on the lead lap: 18 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 07,7,40

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 24,01,96,44,55,32,4,22,14,19,61,2,18,26

  • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #25-Vickers (engine-out)
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)
    #74-Cope (electrical-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #45-Petty (engine-out)
    #51-Garvey (accident-out)
    #99-Edwards (accident-out)
    #38-Salder (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 22 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (99);
    #9-Kahne (pole, 64);
    #99-Edwards (50);
    #16-Biffle (49);
    #11-Hamlin (41);
    #17-Kenseth (14):
    #6-Martin (11);
    #1-Truex Jr. (2);
    #18-Yeley (2);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #66-Green (1);
    #38-Sadler (1);

  • Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #6-Martin 1-11; #16-Biffle 12-56; #66-Green 57; #29-Harvick 58; #1-Truex Jr. 59-60; #16-Biffle 61-64; #9-Kahne 65-68; #18-Yeley 69-70; #9-Kahne 71-90; #11-Hamlin 91; #20-Stewart 92-146; #99-Edwards 147; #11-Hamlin 148-158; #17-Kenseth 159-161; #38-Sadler 162; #99-Edwards 163-166; #17-Kenseth 167-177; #11-Hamlin 178-206; #99-Edwards 207-251; #9-Kahne 252-263; #20-Stewart 264-307; #9-Kahne 308-334;


    Cautions: 9 for 43laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 314 - 317: Debris in turn 1.
    Caution 8 - Laps 258 - 263: #99-Edwards got loose, got into #24-Gordon, slapped the outside turn 2 wall and came back down the track and slammed into the backstretch inside wall [without the safer barrier section]. #51-Garvey also got some damage somehow and took it to the garage.
    Caution 7 - Laps 251 - 254: #45-Petty lost and engine.
    Caution 6 - Laps 202 - 205: #12-Newman said he got taken out by #14-Marlin and wacked the turn 1 wall.
    Caution 5 - Laps 190 - 195: #18-Yeley got loose while running 10th and spun out in turn 4 and backed into the wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 161 - 164: debris on the track, a spring rubber in the groove Caution 3 - Laps 147 - 150: a tire got loose from #74-Cope on pit road and it rolled across pit road and stopped in the grass.
    RED FLAG as of 3:07pm/et to repair the turn 3 safer barrier, back to yellow as of 3:17pm/et.
    Caution 2 - Laps 83 - 89: #2-Busch got into #16-Biffle, who went into the turn 3 wall, slid down the track. The caution was extended so the track crew could repair the turn 3 safer barrier.
    Caution 1 - Laps 65 - 68: debris in turn 1, a spring rubber in the groove.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #88-Jarrett(2), 17th
    Caution 8: #21-Schrader, 16th
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 11th
    Caution 6: #45-Petty, 39th
    Caution 5: #88-Jarrett, 17th
    Caution 4: #12-Newman, 40th
    Caution 3: #66-Green, 18th
    Caution 2: #24-Gordon, 22nd
    Caution 1: #5-Busch, 15th
    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)
    ---- just after the checkered flag flew, #07-Bowyer, who was running 7th at the time, starting sliding around and #5-Busch got into Bowyer who then slapped the inside wall, finishing 19th, the first car a lap down.
    ---- during the 9th caution pit stop, #41-Sorenson was penalized for speeding leaving pit road, so he goes to the end of the longest line.
    ---- just before caution 9, #7-Gordon had just came in to pit and lost a lap after running 6th before the stop.
    ---- on lap 288, while running on the lead lap, #38-Sadler took the car to the garage with a broke motor.
    ---- during the 8th caution, #24-Gordon, 2 laps down, came in to get repairs on the right side where #99-Edwards made contact.
    ---- on lap 221, #24-Gordon lost a right rear tire, kept the car off the wall and had to make an unscheduled pitstop and lost 2 laps.
    ---- during the 5th caution, #5-Busch came out 8th, was called into the pits to remove a piece of the right side skirt near the exhaust pipes and ended up 21st at the green flag.
    ---- as of lap 180, #2-Busch is back on the track after the team made repairs, comes out 41st, 46 laps down.
    ---- on lap 118, #2-Busch has been black flagged for putting down liquid on the track.
    ---- after the 2nd caution, Biffle's girlfriend went down to the #2 pit to 'talk' to Busch's finance, no fight or anything.
    ---- #24-Gordon went down a lap on lap 78.
    ---- during the 1st caution, many of the lead lap cars came in to pit, including leader #16-Biffle.
    ---- after the green flag stops cycled thru, #16-Biffle retook the lead.
    ---- during his 1st green pit stop on lap 58, #2-Busch had his jack break and lost a lot of track position.
    ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 55 with #7-Gordon first in, then #48-Johnson and #6-Martin, leader #16-Biffle came in on lap 56.
    ---- on lap 26, #25-Vickers took his smoking car to the garage.
    ---- at the start of the race, #9-Kahne, the pole sitter, is loose and fell back to 7th and didn't lead a lap..yet.
    ---- green flag at 2:12pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by President Bush at 2:03pm/et
    ---- To The Back [3]: #17-Kenseth [engine]; #74-Cope [transmission]; #4-Wimmer [transmission]


  • Race Coverage of the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday, April 9, 2006.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:00pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, April 13th at 4:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #6-Martin 185.669
    #38-Sadler 184.995
    #88-Jarrett 184.811
    #7-Gordon 184.660
    #5-Busch 184.603
    slowest: #74-Cope 178.059 and #26-McMurray 179.325.
    most laps run: #2-Busch 49; #6-Martin 44
    least laps run: #26-McMurray 8; #32-Kvapil & #44-Labonte 15
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #45-Petty 181.313 [6th fastest lap], 24 laps run
    #99-Edwards 181.027 [22nd], 30 laps
    #1-Truex Jr. 181.014 [11th], 34 laps
    For speeds see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-8-2006)

  • Saturday 1st Practice: for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over:
    #18-Yeley 187.624
    #20-Stewart 186.832
    #2-Busch 186.574
    #11-Hamlin 186.239
    #88-Jarrett 186.143
    slowest: #74-Cope 178.141 and #51-Garvey 180.012
    laps: #6-Martin 49; #11-Hamlin 46
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #20-Stewart 183.287
    #17-Kenseth 183.109
    #1-Truex Jr. 182.929
    For speeds see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-8-2006)

  • Kahne wins pole at Texas: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd lap of 2006 and 8th of his career. He won the pole and race at Atlanta a few weeks ago. Kahne ran a lap of 190.315mph, the only driver over 190. Starting 2nd is #18-J.J. Yeley, then #6-Mark Martin, #66-David Green and #16-Greg Biffle. The fastest of the non-top 35 teams/driver is #43-Bobby Labonte, who will start 10th. Missing the race were: #49-Sherman, #92-Blount, #78-Wallace, #34-Chaffin and #95-Barrett. #74-Derrike Cope make his first start of 2006. See the qualifying results below.
    For qualifying speed, starting lineup, pole progression and more, see my Texas Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-7-2006)

  • Texas Qualifying Notes:
    * Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Samsung/RadioShack 500, lapping Texas Motor Speedway in 28.374 seconds at 190.315 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 27.803 seconds, 194.224 mph, set in April 2002.
    * This is Kahne's eighth career Bud Pole in 79 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    * This is his second Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in 2006.
    * This is Kahne's first Bud Pole and third top-10 start, all top-threes - in four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He became the eighth different Bud Pole winner at Texas.
    * J.J. Yeley posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.515 seconds, 189.374 mph and will join Kahne on the front row for the Samsung/RadioShack 500. Yeley posted his career-best start in his 13th race. It is his fourth career top-10 start and his third in 2006.
    * This is the third Bud Pole for Dodge in 2006. Chevrolet has two Bud Poles and Ford has one. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    * Mark Martin (third) posted his fourth top-10 starts in 2006 and his eighth in 11 races at Texas. This is his best starting position since he started second at California in September 2005.
    * Jeff Green (fourth) posted his first start better than 14th this season and also his first better than 14th in six races at Texas. It is his best since he started third at Richmond in May 2004.
    * Greg Biffle (fifth) posted his sixth top-10 start of the 2006 season, more than any other driver. It is his fourth top-10 start in five races at Texas.
    * Ryan Newman (14th) has gone nine races without a Bud Pole, just the fourth time in his career that he has gone more than eight races without a Bud Pole.
    * Brothers Bobby (10th) and Terry Labonte (30th), both had the possibility of using the past champion provisional but made the question moot when both made the race on time.
    * Derrike Cope (38th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Martinsville in October 2005, and just his second since 2004. He will be the 54th driver to compete in at least one race this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-7-2006)

  • Ramblings - Texas: Kasey Kahne went out late today and snatched the Bud Pole away from J. J. Yeley for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kasey blistered a lap of 28.374 (190.315 mph) to become our first two-timer of the season (pole-wise) and take down his 8th career NEXTEL Cup top-spot.
    J. J. Yeley (2nd) grabbed his career-best starting spot today. His previous best was 4th at California this past February.
    Mark Martin (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at California last September.
    Jeff Green (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Richmond in May of 2004!
    Matt Kenseth (6th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd when we were here last November.
    Martin Truex Jr (9th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Atlanta last October.
    Clint Bowyer(12th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 16th at Atlanta last month.
    Reed Sorenson (13th) also has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best starts were 15th at Atlanta last month and at Homestead last November.
    Mike Garvey (23rd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend as well. His previous best was 32nd at Pocono last July.
    Terry Labonte (30th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 20th at Michigan last August.
    Welcome Back Derrike Cope (38th). This is Derrike's first start since Martinsville last October.....the only Cup race he qualified for last year.
    STREAKIN.....Greg Biffle has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.
    In 10 races at Bruton's "Palace on the Prairie" we've had no repeat winners, but you can look for that to end on Sunday. With the Roush Fords running so good and with 7 of the previous wins here belonging to the Blue Oval guys, they've gotta be considered your favorite going in.(Stock Car Fans)(4-7-2006)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #10-Scott Riggs is due out first on Friday, April 7th at 4:40pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #19-Jeremy Mayfield. For the Qualifying order, see my Texas Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(4-7-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2006 at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 10:00pm/et

  • Friday's Practice for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 188.337
    #9-Kahne 188.199
    #10-Riggs 188.075
    #66-Green 187.859
    #42-Mears 187.696
    slowest: #78-Wallace 179.557 and #26-McMurray 180.626
    ?: #78-Wallace and #1-Truex Jr. were both listed at 1 lap of single digit speed for a while, not sure if they had problems or it is a computer glitch
    Most Laps Run: #38-Sadler 33; #9-Kahne 30
    Least Laps Run: #22-Blaney 2; #1-Truex Jr. 3
    Incidents: #01-Nemechek, #95-Barrett and #1-Truex Jr. all wrecked in practice.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #42-Mears 186.419 [5th fastest lap], 10 laps run
    #48-Johnson 186.332 [7th], 16 laps run
    #41-Sorenson. 186.227 [6th], 12 laps run
    For speeds see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-7-2006)

  • 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 8 make the race:
    #43-Bobby Labonte [CH1] 10th
    #4-Scott Wimmer 19th
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH2] 23rd
    #40-David Stremme 24th
    #61-Kevin Lepage,
    #32-Travis Kvapil,
    #51-Mike Garvey,
    #74-Derrike Cope 39th
    if things stayed the same, these 5 miss the race:
    #34-Chad Chaffin 40th
    #49-Brent Sherman, 42nd
    #92-Chad Blount 45th
    #95-Stanton Barrett 47th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 49th/last
    CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
    For speeds see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-7-2006)

  • Entry List for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Caffin
    #40-Dave Stremme
    #43-Bobby Labonte [CH1]
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH2]
    #49-Brent Sherman
    #51-Mike Garvey
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #92-Chad Blount
    #95-Stanton Barrett
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    added after initial list:
    #74-Derrike Cope
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: 43,44,4,40,61,49,32,95
    missing the race would be #'s: 34,78,92,51,74
    see entry list on Jayski's Texas Entry List Page.
    (4-3/7-2006)

  • 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)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    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 - Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score four top-five and five top-10 finishes in the first six races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in each of the six races in 2006.
    • Mark Martin has scored 10 straight top-15 finishes; extending a streak that began at Atlanta last October.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to lead at least one lap in all six races this season.
    • Carl Edwards has moved from 43rd to 19th in the point standings since Daytona.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-2-2006)

  • Texas Notes:
    • There have been 10 different race winners in 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Thirteen drivers have competed in all 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Five of the last six races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won by a Ford. The other was won by a Dodge. A Chevrolet has not won at Texas since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2000 DIRECTV 500.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored six top-10 finishes in his seven races at Texas Motor Speedway, the most of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted top-10 finishes in all five of his races at Texas Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
    • Three of the last five races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from starting positions of 19th or lower.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-2-2006)

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    11/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002 Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678mph, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas

    11/2005 Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004 Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804mph, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, April 5, 2002, 194.224mph

  • April 2005 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 193.882, finished 16th

  • Nov 2005 Pole Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 192.947, finished 25th

  • Track Race Record: Carl Edwards, Nov 2005, 151.055mph

  • Event Race Record: Terry Labonte, March 1999, 144.276mph

  • April 2005 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, 130.055mph, started 5th

  • Nov 2005 Race Winner: Carl Edwards, 151.055mph, started 30th

  • Most Wins: 10 tied with 1

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Terry Labonte

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/01

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/03

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Cautions: 6 - 11/6/05

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/97

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 27, 11/6/05

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 11/6/05

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/98

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 4/0/01

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Ford

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 37 [of 334] - Mark Martin 4/5/1998

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 219 [of 334] - Greg Biffle, 4/17/2005

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 10] 0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 6 of 10 - 60.0%

  • Races won from the top 10: 7 of 10 - 70.0%

  • Texas Nuggets:
    Starting Up Front is Not Important at Texas Motor Speedway
    Three of the last five races at Texas Motor Speedway have been won from starting positions of 19th or lower.
    Owner Wins at Texas Motor Speedway
    Roush Racing has won five of the 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway, the most of any car owner. Roush swept both races there in 2005. All five of his victories came with a different driver.
    Multiple Winners at Texas Motor Speedway
    There have been 10 different race winners in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Leading The Way at Texas Motor Speedway
    Dale Jarrett led 407 laps in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway, more than any other driver. Matt Kenseth follows with 300 laps led in seven races at Texas.
    Texas Roller Coaster
    Bobby Labonte posted four straight top-10 finishes, including three third-place finishes in his first four races at Texas Motor Speedway (1997-2000). Labonte has finished 25th or worse in his last six races there.
    Would you Believe?
    No driver has ever won there from a front-row starting position in the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Manufacturers at Texas Motor Speedway
    A Ford has won five of the last six races at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman scored the first victory for Dodge at Texas when he won the 2003 Samsung/RadioShack 500. A Chevrolet has not won at Texas since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2000 DIRECTV 500.
    Texas Standouts
    • Thirteen drivers have competed in all 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte have each scored two Bud Poles at Texas Motor Speedway, leading all drivers.
    • There have been 10 different race winners in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin have each scored four top-five finishes at Texas, the most among all drivers.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored six top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.
    • Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with more than two starts at Texas with a 7.0 starting average in three races there.
    • Jimmie Johnson has a 6.2 average finish in his five races at Texas Motor Speedway, the best of all drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted five straight top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, the longest current streak.
    Milestones
    Ken Schrader will make his 675th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start if he competes in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Season Nuggets
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver who has led at least one lap in all six races in 2006 earning 40 lap leader bonus points, 25 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 15.
    • Jeff Gordon has led just eight laps after six races in 2006. However, he has earned 20 bonus points for leading in four of the six races this season. At this point one year ago he had led 93 laps, earning 15 bonus points.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-5-2006)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 154,861
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal:
    Command to start engines:
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter:
    National Anthem: Little Big Town
    Military Flyover:

  • Track Website: www.texasmotorspeedway.com

  • April 2005 Texas Race Info Page.

  • Nov 2005 Texas Race Info Page.

  • Scoring tower will count the laps 'down' and 'up': Texas Motor Speedway received approval from NASCAR for a scoring tower innovation. Traditionally, tracks have counted "up" on the lap total. Gossage wanted to count down to zero – like NFL, NBA and NHL scoreboards. "[NASCAR] had competition reasons for the scoreboard to count up," TMS president Eddie Gossage said. "We had fan reasons to count down." A fan suggestion solved the problem. The scoring tower has room for six numbers, so why not do both? NASCAR president Mike Helton approved the change for the Samsung/RadioShack 500.(Dallas Morning News)(4-8-2006)

  • Randy Travis to head Bank of America Pre-Race Show at Texas: Five-time Grammy winner Randy Travis and Little Big Town, one of country music's hottest newcomers, will perform live at the Bank of America Pre-Race Fan Celebration on Sunday, April 9 prior to the start of the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Bank of America Pre-Race Fan Celebration will provide an outstanding combination of country music talent, pairing one of its veteran superstars with one of its fastest-rising bands to ignite a crowd that is annually one of the largest during the NASCAR season. Little Big Town will open for Travis, beginning at 11:00am on race day, and they will deliver two separate shows that will provide fans with more than an hour of musical entertainment. In addition to its live performance, Little Big Town also will have the honor of singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the Samsung/RadioShack 500. In addition to sponsoring the pre-race concert, Bank of America - the Official Bank of Texas Motor Speedway - is providing race fans with an opportunity that has real horsepower. Through the Bank of America Refer a Fan* promotion, customers who refer friends to open a new Bank of America checking account can get a voucher to NASCAR.com both for themselves and their friends. Visit a participating Dallas/Fort Worth banking center for details and the official rules. The offer expires May 10. Limited frontstretch tickets as well as backstretch tickets remain for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR race weekend scheduled for April 6-9 at "The Great American Speedway!" For more information, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(4-4-2006)

  • Texas Unveils Broadcast Center: Texas Motor Speedway's latest innovative concept within the motorsports industry - the Victory Lane Broadcast Center - was unveiled last Wednesday by speedway president Eddie Gossage to the media in the nation's seventh-largest market. The Victory Lane Broadcast Center is a two-story multi-purpose facility that will cater to the needs of local, regional and national television and radio media outlets with an array of sound-proof studios that overlook Victory Circle as well as offer a dramatic view of the frontstretch of Texas Motor Speedway. Gossage dedicated the Victory Lane Broadcast Center in part to the Dallas-Fort Worth media for its coverage and support from the outset as "The Great American Speedway!" embarks on its 10th anniversary season of racing. He saluted their efforts with a champagne toast during the ceremony and a banner also hung on the Victory Lane Broadcast Center that read, "Thank You DFW Media For Being 10 Years Strong." The upper level of the Victory Lane Broadcast Center consists of seven enclosed studios - ranging in size from 11'x11' to 7'x7' - with 11'x11' outdoor platforms on each end. Each enclosed studio features sound-reduction walls and glass, accessibility to fiber-optic transmission lines, multiple audio feeds, television, phone and internet lines, window film to reduce glare or offset sunlight, lighting poles and studio chairs among its amenities. Two of the smaller studios are multi-purpose, set up for television but also equipped with ISDN lines to cater to radio broadcasters. There also is a freight elevator for transporting equipment to the second-level studios.
    The two outdoor platforms, which are equipped with power outlets, are ideal for live television "stand-ups" and each offers multiple backdrops for different looks. The backdrops include Victory Lane and the frontstretch, entrances/exits to both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch garages as well as the backstretch and each turn of "The Great American Speedway!" The platforms also are an ideal television camera location for an overhead view of Victory Circle as the race winner pulls in for the post-race ceremony and celebration. The upper level will be fully operational for the upcoming Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR weekend set for April 6-9. The lower level, Phase II of the project, is targeted for completion prior to the Dickies 500 NASCAR weekend set for November 2-5. The lower level will serve as the home base for television and radio media, with plans to construct a "deadline" room similar to the one utilized by the print media. The work area will be 28'x18' and include high-speed Ethernet, wireless capabilities and multiple televisions to monitor the racing action. There also will be a multi-purpose room that is adjacent to the deadline area that may be converted into an additional interview room, edit bay, prep room or additional deadline space.(TMS PR)(3-31-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Nemechek to a backup car: On the first lap of today's practice session at Texas Motor Speedway, Joe Nemechek spun and hit the concrete wall, forcing the #01 U.S. Army team to go with a backup Chevrolet for the rest of the weekend, including today's qualifying session. Nemechek did manage to make a few practice laps in the backup car and was 29th fastest out of the 48 cars entered for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500. After the practice session, the #01 team put the engine from the primary car into the backup car. "Once we get the primary engine in the backup (car), we should be fast," said Nemechek, who has qualified in the top 10 at the last four Texas races. "I am not really sure why the (primary) car did what it did. I was down low and the car was sticking, and then all of a sudden it was headed to the wall."(MB2 Motorsports PR)(4-7-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points for 2006 is now set for Texas:
    #43-Labonte dropped out and will need to get in the race at Texas via speed or
    use the past champions provisional. Looks like spots 32 thru 36 could move around at Texas.
    #14-Marlin jumps into the top-35 and is guarnateed a spot at Texas
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +46 points ahead of 36th
    32) #21-Schrader/Glen Wood +15
    33) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +15
    34) #19-Mayfield/Evernham +13
    35) #55-Waltrip/Doug Bawel +6
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #43-Labonte/Richard Petty -6 points behind 35th, but has champ prov to use
    37) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -77
    38) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates -98
    39) #61-Lepage/Jeff Stec -104
    40) #49-Sherman/Beth Ann Morgenthau -146
    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 Martinsville page.(4-3-2006)

  • New Team Plans Texas Debut: H&K Motorsports, a husband and wife owned team based in Denton,, TX has announced plans to make its Nextel Cup Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway. Denton native Eddie Kucharski and wife Bonnie Heimlich plan to enter veteran Trevor Boys in 15 Cup races, beginning with a qualifying attempt April 7 for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at TMS. The team also plans to compete in the ARCA ReMax Series beginning at Nashville Superspeedway on April 15.(Fort Worth Star Telegram) Boys has 102 Cup starts with two top 10's running races between 1983-1993, his best finish was a 9th at Richmond 1983 in the #48 Chevy.(3-18-2006)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Kyle Busch Delphi none...yet
#7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam Black #7 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
#14-Sterling Marlin Centrix #14 Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Subway/Little League Baseball #16 Schemes Page
#17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#29-Kevin Harvick Reese's Panut Butter Carmel Cup #29 Schemes Page
#66-Jeff Green SanDisk none...yet


  • Little League Baseball scheme for #16 IMAGE: This weekend the #16 National Guard Ford of Greg Biffle will run a special Subway/Little League Baseball paint scheme. Subway is a proud sponsor of Little League Baseball.(Roush Racing)(4-5-2006)
    IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(4-7-2006)

  • #66 to have SanDisk scheme at Texas: Jeff Green's #66 Chevy will carry a special black paint design this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, featuring the logo of SanDisk Corporation on the hood of the Haas CNC Racing entry. SanDisk, the world's largest supplier of flash memory data storage products, is an associate sponsor of the #66 Chevy this season. SanDisk joins Best Buy, the consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services retail chain as a sponsor of the Haas CNC Racing entry.(GMR Marketing PR)(4-6-2006)

  • Robby back in Black: Jim Beam Black will take the spotlight for the first time this year with the #7 Chevy at Texas Motor Speedway. Race fans can also enjoy the limelight for a day by entering the inaugural Jim Beam 1100 sweepstakes. The ultimate racing adventure includes an all expense paid trip to see the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 - all on the same day, more info at jimbeam.com. Menards, Harrah's and CarLoan.com will serve as associate sponsors.(RGM PR), see image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(4-5-2006)

  • Little League Baseball scheme for #16: This weekend the #16 National Guard Ford of Greg Biffle will run a special Subway/Little League Baseball paint scheme. Subway is a proud sponsor of Little League Baseball.(Roush Racing)(4-5-2006)

  • #5 Paint Scheme plans UPDATE: hearing that Kyle Busch will run a few paint schemes in 2006 besides the normal Kellogg's scheme. At Las Vegas, Busch will run the Ice Age 2 [movie] scheme. Will run a movie scheme from "Car" at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Cheez-It at Daytona in July.
    Carquest Auto Parts schemes at Darlington, both Pocono races, Chicago and Texas in November.
    Delphi at Texas in April, Indy, Michigan in August and Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(1-17-2006)

  • 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)

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

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


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