THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

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THE RACE: The Dickies 500 at the
Texas Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 5, 2006 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Dickies

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • TV: NBC 2:55pm/et

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

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:55pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, November 9 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

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    PRN Radio Booth Announcers: Mark Garrow and Doug Rice

    PRN Radio Turn/Pit Reporters: Steve Richards (pits), Pat Patterson, Brent McMillian (pits), Chuck Carland (turn 3&4), Rob Alright (turn 1&2)

  • Purse/Race Awards: $7,139,515 (was $6,815,880 in 2005)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, November 3, 1:05 - 2:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, November 4, 10:30 - 11:30am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 4, 12:05 - 12:50pm/et on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 3, 12:05pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 3 at 4:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air AND live via radio at PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race


    Thursday, November 02, 2006
    12:00PM NBS Haulers Enter
    12:30PM - 1:30PM NCTS Practice
    2:00PM - 2:30PM NCTS Rookie Practice
    2:30PM - 3:30PM NCTS Final Practice
    7:00PM NCTS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days (TRUCKS)

    Friday, November 03, 2006
    5:30AM NNCS Haulers Enter
    7:00AM NNCS Garage Opens
    9:00AM - 3:00PM Legends Test Drives at Lil' Texas Track
    9:00AM -10:00AM NBS Practice
    10:10AM -10:40AM NBS Rookie Practice
    10:55AM -11:55AM NBS Final Practice
    12:05PM - 1:35PM NNCS Practice
    3:40PM NNCS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days (CUP)
    5:35PM NBS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days (BUSCH)
    8:00PM NCTS Silverado 350k (146 Laps, 219 Miles)

    Saturday, November 04, 2006
    9:00AM -12:00PM Legends Test Drives at Lil' Texas Track
    9:30AM -10:30AM NNCS Practice
    11:05AM -11:50AM NNCS Final Practice
    1:00PM NBS O'Reilly Challenge (200 Laps, 300 Miles)
    6:00PM Legends Races on 1/5 Mile at Lil' Texas Track
    7:00PM -10:00PM Team Texas Race Car Rides

    Sunday, November 05, 2006
    1:30PM NNCS Dickies 500 (334 Laps, 501 Miles
    (these times are local to the track)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350

    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 (Nextel Cup & Busch);
    Every 55-60 laps, based on fuel mileage (Craftsman Truck)

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Texas for teams in all three major NASCAR series earlier this season . . . teams in all three series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the only track on which Nextel Cup teams will run this exact combination of tires this season, though this left-side code (D-4008) will be run with a different right-side code at California, Kansas and Homestead . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

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


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Fort Worth, TX Area:
Dallas Morning News
Denton Record-Chronicle
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Abilene Reporter News
Houston Chronicle
Times Record News

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:


Raceweather.net


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
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

  • Stewart wins at Texas: #20-Tony Stewart won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd straight win [won at Atlanta last week], 5th win of the 2006 season, 29th of his career and becomes the 12th different winner at Texas in 12 races. Stewart led the most laps with 278. #48-Johnson finished 2nd [for the 2nd race in a row] to take over the points lead over #17-Kenseth by 17 points. The rest of the top-10 were #29-Harvick, #5-Busch, #07-Bowyer, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Mears, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch and #11-Hamlin. Other Chasers: #17-Kenseth 12th; #6-Martin 22nd; #9-Kahne [lost an engine with 10 laps to go while running 2nd] and #31-Burton [lost a tire on lap 91 and wrecked] finished 38th. There were 12 cautions for 51 laps and 13 drivers lead the race with 23 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Texas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page.(11-5-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Texas [34 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 6157
    #17-Matt Kenseth 6140 -17
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6079 -78
    #11-Denny Hamlin 6077 -80
    #29-Kevin Harvick 6052 -105
    #24-Jeff Gordon 6000 -157
    #31-Jeff Burton 5973 -184
    #5-Kyle Busch 5924 -233
    #6-Mark Martin 5904 -253
    #9-Kasey Kahne 5867 -290
    and fighting for 11th
    #20-Tony Stewart in 11th 4488 points
    #99-Carl Edwards -357 out of 11th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-5-2006)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
    ...the old way, not the Chase after Texas:
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4875
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4840, -35
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick 4493, -382
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 4488, -387
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin 4395, -480
    6) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4392, -483
    7) #5-Kyle Busch 4313, -562
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 4311, -564
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 4280, -595
    10) #6-Mark Martin 4220, -655
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 4181, -694
    12) #99-Carl Edwards 4131, -744
    13) #16-Greg Biffle 3829, -1046
    (11-5-2006)

  • Rumblings - Texas: Tony Stewart had 'em covered again today (for the second week in a row) and even with a couple of late cautions, a green/white/checker, and a late charge by Jimmie Johnson.....Stewart won today's Dickies 508.5 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 5th win of the season, becoming the 12th different winner in the 12 races at this venue. Career win #29 for Tony puts him in 20th solo on the all-time list, and was worth a staggering $521,361 from the over $7.1M in posted awards. This was the 7th win on the season for Joe Gibbs Racing (they won 10 in 2000) and their 54th all-time. The last two weeks we've run 664 laps.....Tony's only led 414 of 'em.
    Clint Bowyer (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at California in September.
    Mike Bliss (23rd) had his best finish since he was 12th at Homestead last November (only 4 races).
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Kyle Petty (+24) and Matt Kenseth (+24), followed by Tony Raines (+22) and Martin Truex Jr (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-35), followed by Robby Gordon (-30), Kasey Kahne (-29), Brian Vickers (-26), and Ken Schrader (-24).
    One big happening today.....Kyle Petty moves ahead of Sterling Marlin in 35th on the Owner Points list. That means he's exempt into next week's race and Sterling will have to qualify on time. As we head into 2007 with so many new teams you don't want to have to sweat it out thru the Duals to make the Daytona 500, so we'll keep an eye on this one for the next two weeks.
    Every spot changed in the Chase today, and our new leader is Jimmie Johnson with a 17 point margin over Matt Kenseth. Just five races ago Johnson was 165 points in arrears in 8th place. Realistically, it's down to a five man "Chase" with just two races to go, and the drivers in 3rd, 4th, and 5th are gonna need some help.(Stock Car Fans)(11-6-2006)

  • Race Notes - Texas:
    • Tony Stewart won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his 29th career Nextel Cup victory in his 282nd career start.
    • Stewart moved into sole possession of 20th on NASCAR’s All-Time win list.
    • This was Stewart’s fifth victory in 2006 and third in the last six races. He also won races at Martinsville, second Daytona, Kansas and second Atlanta.
    • Stewart’s three victories in the Chase are the most by a non-Chase driver since the program began in 2004.
    • Stewart scored his first victory in 10 races at Texas. Stewart has scored seven top-10 finishes at Texas. It is his third straight top-10 finish at Texas.
    • Stewart scored his 19th top-10 finish in 2006.
    • Stewart won the race from the eighth-place starting position.
    • Stewart led the most laps for the sixth time in 2006, the most among all drivers.
    • Stewart led eight times for 278 of the 339 laps raced. This is the most laps led in a race by any driver at Texas. The previous record was 219 laps held by Greg Biffle set in April 2005.
    • Race winner Stewart led the final 16 laps in the 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas.
    • The 12 caution periods tied the record for the most in a Nextel Cup race at Texas set in April 2000.
    • This was team owner Joe Gibbs’ 54th Nextel Cup victory and his first Nextel Cup victory at Texas.
    • Joe Gibbs Racing has won at least one race each season 1993-2006, 14 consecutive years.
    • Stewart’s victory today was the 22nd Chevrolet victory in 34 races in 2006.
    Notebook Items
    • Jimmie Johnson (second) was eighth in points after the first four races in the Chase (after Talladega), then 156 points behind, then point leader Jeff Burton. Four races later, Johnson has climbed from eighth to first in the point standings, gaining 173 points in the last four races.
    • Six of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10. All 10 of The Chase drivers changed points positions at Texas.
    • Five of the Chase drivers led at Texas.
    • First and second are separated by just 17 points. The top five in points are separated by 105 points.
    • Four of the eight races in the Chase have been won by Chase drivers
    • Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon are the only Chase drivers to score five top-10 finishes in the eight Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored four top-five finishes in the eight Chase races, the most among the Chase drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead in six of the eight races in the Chase. He has scored 40 lap leader/bonus points, the most among all drivers.
    • Tony Stewart is the only driver to post multiple victories in the first eight races of the Chase. Stewart has scored five top-five finishes during the Chase, more than any other driver.
    • Kevin Harvick (third) scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas.
    • Kyle Busch (fourth) scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in four races at Texas.
    • Clint Bowyer (fifth) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Texas. Bowyer was the highest finishing rookie for the eighth time in 2006.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 34 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-5-2006)

    Texas Race Rundown

  • The Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 339 of 334 laps:

    GREEN-WHITE-CHECKER

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (8)(278 laps led) +0.206 second lead
    #48-Johnson-c (5)(1 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (21)
    #5-Busch-c (11)(2 laps led)
    #07-Bowyer-c (14-r)(3 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (10)(1 laps led)
    #42-Mears-d (25)
    #2-Busch-d (3)(37 laps led)
    #24-Gordon-c (23)
    #11-Hamlin-c (6-r)

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    (chasers above in blue)
    where the other Chasers are running:
    #17-Kenseth-f (36) is running 12
    #6-Martin-f (28/back) is running 22, -1 lap
    #9-Kahne-d (4) is OUT, 33rd -10 laps
    #31-Burton-c (29) is running 38, -70 laps

  • Cars on the lead lap: 15 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,41,01,96,18,38,6,49,40,4,26,25

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 32,88,78,22,12,44,19,31

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

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #55-Waltrip (engine-out)
    #21-Schrader (accident-out)
    #14-Marlin (accident-out)
    #15-Menard (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (engine-out)
    #10-Riggs (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 leaders with 23 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (278);
    #2-Busch (37);
    #25-Vickers (pole, 5);
    #26-McMurray (4);
    #07-Bowyer (3);
    #18-Yeley (3);
    #5-Busch (2);
    #9-Kahne (2);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
    #14-Marlin (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #40-Stremme (1);
    #48-Johnson (1);

  • Lap leaders: #25-Vickers - pole; #25-Vickers 1-4; #2-Busch 5-41; #25-Vickers 42; #20-Stewart 43-89; #9-Kahne 90; #20-Stewart 91-136; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 137; #14-Marlin 138; #20-Stewart 139-166; #07-Bowyer 167; #17-Kenseth 168; #20-Stewart 169-195; #07-Bowyer 196; #26-McMurray 197-200; #20-Stewart 201-232; #07-Bowyer 233; #20-Stewart 234-257; #9-Kahne 258; #40-Stremme 259; #20-Stewart 260-317; #48-Johnson 318; #5-Busch 319-320; #18-Yeley 321-323; #20-Stewart 324-339;


    Cautions: 12 for 51 laps

    Caution 12 - Laps 333 - 337: #10-Riggs and #29-Harvick got together fighting for the 3rd spot, sending Riggs into the wall off turn 4, #17-Kenseth spun thru the grass, #24-Gordon went thru the grass.
    Caution 11 - Laps 328 - 330: #16-Biffle lost a tire and smacked the turn 1 wall
    Caution 10 - Laps 258 - 261: #7-Gordon lost an engine on left oil on the track
    Caution 9 - Laps 233 - 236: #41-Sorenson was running 6th, trying to pass #5-Busch for 5th between turns 1 and 2, hit the apron, spun and came up the track, just misisng #5-Busch and #2-Busch
    Caution 8 - Laps 196 - 199: #15-Menard lost an engine and left oil on the track
    Caution 7 - Laps 182 - 185: #7-Gordon was passing #16-Biffle, came up the track a bit, looks like the air was taken off the #7 spoiler, causing Gordon to slide then spin into the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 175 - 179: #21-Schrader lost a tire and went hard into the wall off turn 4, #22-Blaney got into Schrader, then #6-Martin and #14-Marlin made contact with both spinning, Marlin has a lot of damage as does Schrader
    Caution 5 - Laps 167 - 170: #8-Earnhardt Jr. got loose in front of #07-Bowyer and smacked the wall off turn 4
    Caution 4 - Laps 136 - 140: Debris..metal on the track just above the apron on the frontstretch.

    Caution 3 - Laps 90 - 94: #31-Burton lost a tire on the frontstretch and smacked the wall...to the garage.
    Caution 2 - Laps 42 - 45: Competition yellow to check the track
    Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 4: race started under yellow to help try off the track

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 12: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 10: #32-Kvapil [still a lap down]
    Caution 9: #01-Nemechek
    Caution 8: #16-Biffle
    Caution 7: #66-Green
    Caution 6: #88-Jarrett
    Caution 5: #4-Burton
    Caution 4: #19-Sadler
    Caution 3: #6-Martin
    Caution 2: #44-Labonte
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 11th caution, #9-Kahne lost his engine and is out of the race
    ---- on lap 318-, #20-Stewart and #07-Bowyer came in to mkae their green falg stops, #48-Johnson came in next lap after leading a lap.
    ---- on lap 315, #8-Earnhardt Jr made his green flag stop, #9-Kahne came in the next lap, stalling the car, but got out decently fast.
    ---- #17-Kenseth was the first of the lead lap cars to make their final pit stop on lap 304
    ---- #14-Marlin is back on the track on lap 292 after the crew made repairs to the car after the wreck, trying to stay up in 35th in owners points as #45-Petty, who was 36th is running in the top-15
    ---- as of lap 286, #16-Biffle thinks his engine is going and that it is a matter of time, he was running 5th, when he started fading.
    ---- during the 10th caution, #17-Kenseth sped off pit road and has to restart at the tail end of the longer line.
    ---- on lap 192, #16-Biffle made an unscheduled pit stop, had a vibration
    ---- during the 7th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. made numerous pit stops to get the car fixed, was penalized for speeding off pit road and to the end of the longer line.
    ---- #44-Labonte is now back on the track, guess the engine problem was fixed
    ---- on lap 158, #31-Burton is back on the track after the crew made repairs from his lap 91 wreck, the #19-Sadler car came back on the track as of lap 165.
    ---- on lap 157, #44-Labonte retired the car with engine problems
    ---- on lap 155, #48-Johnson lost power while running 2nd, Johnson switched to the 2nd ignition box and got back to speed and only fell back to 4th.
    ---- #19-Sadler's car is being jacked up on pit road as the car is leaking, could had been the cause of the debris.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. is reporting he is sick, close to vomiting as of the 4th caution on lap 137
    ---- as of lap 100, #17-Kenseth is reporting he may have a flat rear tire and fell back a bit to get a feel for the car and if he has a flat.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #19-Sadler was held in his pit stall for pitting outside his pit box, #11-Hamlin had to make a 2nd pit stop as the team left a wrench in an adjustment hole. #01-Nemechek stayed on pit road a couple times to make repairs to a bent in fender.
    ---- around lap 83, #25-Vickers scraped the turn 4 wall, drove on, lost some spots
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 1st caution, #2-Busch came in first and cmae out 11th after the was a problem on one of the wheels, #20-Stewart came out in the lead.
    ---- NASCAR plans to throw a caution on lap 40 to check the track
    ---- green glag on lap 5 as of 3:50pm/et
    ---- #07-Bowyer had a miss in the engine at the end of Friday's practice, which proved to be a spark plug, but the problem was remedied without having to change the motor, so Bowyer will not have to fall to the rear of the field.
    ---- green/yellow flag at 3:44pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 3:22pm/et by Grand Marshals, Dickie's contest winners and Kristen Labonte for her Dad Terry.
    ---- To The Back [2]: #40-Stremme [backup car]; #6-Martin [backup car];


  • Race Coverage of the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, November 5, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 2:30pm/et [green flag around 2:55pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:30pm/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, November 9, 2006 at 2:30pm/et

  • Bowyer NOT heading to the back at Texas: I had it listed below that #07-Clint Bowyer was going to the rear/back of the field before the drop of the green flag of the DIckies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway due to an engine change, been informed that is NOT the case as the car had a miss in the engine at the end of Friday's practice, which proved to be a spark plug, but the problem was remedied without having to change the motor. Two drivers will have to start at the rear, #40-Stremme who wrecked in the first practice Saturday and has to go to a backup car [was to start 17th] and #6-Martin who was in a late Happy Hour practice wreck and has to go to a backup car [was to start 28th](11-5-2006)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, results:
    #49-Bliss 188.180
    #42-Mears 187.990
    #48-Johnson 187.937
    #9-Kahne 187.480
    #31-Burton 187.402
    slowest: #78-Wallace 180.777 and #55-Waltrip 180.808
    most laps run: #9-Kahne 41; #18-Yeley & #01-Nemechek 40;
    incident: #6-Martin and #96-Raines got together in turn 4 as Raines tried to pit from the middle of the groove and Martin was passing on the inside, damage to both cars, Martin to a backup, Raines probably will not
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 183.895 [7th fastest lap], 24 laps run
    #48-Johnson Jr. 183.770 [3rd], 32 laps
    #20-Stewart 183.477 [14th], 34 laps
    See speeds on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-4-2006)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #29-Harvick 189.880
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 189.427
    #2-Busch 189.407
    #20-Stewart 189.367
    #99-Edwards 189.308
    slowest: #78-Wallace 181.147 and #44-Labonte 181.977
    most laps run: #42-Mears 48; #01-Nemechek & #5-Busch 44;
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 186.303 [1st fastest lap], 17 laps run
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 186.014 [2nd], 28 laps
    #20-Stewart 185.375 [4th], 32 laps
    See speeds on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-4-2006)

  • Vickers wins pole at Texas with new track record: #25-Brian Vickers won the Budweiser Pole for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a new track record speed of 196.235mph for his 1st pole of 2006 and 4th career pole. Four drivers ran faster then the old track record of 194.224 that was run in April 2004 by Bill Elliott [who failed to qualify today]. Starting on the outside pole is #19-Sadler, #2-Busch, #9-Kahne and #48-Johnson are the top-5, rounding out the top-10 are #11-Hamlin, #38-Gilliland, #20-Stewart, #7-Gordon and #8-Earnhardt Jr. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth starts 36th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Bliss, #15-Menard, #78-Wallace, #45-Petty, #4-Ward Burton, #55-Waltrip, #32-Kvapil and #44-Terry Labonte [had to use a past champions provisional]. Missing the race were: #34-Chaffin, #37-Elliott, #61-Lepage, #72-Skinner, #60-Ragan, #74-Cope and #84-Allmendinger. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on my Texas Qualifying/Grid Page.(11-3-2006)

  • Where do the Chasers starts at Texas: (by points position)
    #17-Matt Kenseth starts 36th
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 5th
    #11-Denny Hamlin 6th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10th
    #31-Jeff Burton 29th
    #29-Kevin Harvick 21st
    #24-Jeff Gordon 23rd
    #6-Mark Martin 28th
    #9-Kasey Kahne 4th
    #5-Kyle Busch 11th
  • Ramblings - Qualifying Notes: Not only is everything bigger in Texas, it's faster too! Brian Vickers shattered the track record today and captured the Bud Pole at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Dickies 500 with a time of 27.518 sec (196.235 mph). It's his first pole of the season (his last came at Loudon in July of 2005) and 4th of his NEXTEL Cup career and gives him entry into next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.....meaning we'll have our first Toyota sighting of 2007. We've got 15 qualifiers (plus former Shootout winners) with only two more chances left. The top four qualifiers all broke the old qualifying mark set by Bill Elliott in April of 2002.
    Elliott Sadler (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Michigan in August.
    Robby Gordon (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 9th at Loudon in September....but after last week's post-race TV interview he may wanna consider a career in politics!
    Bobby Labonte (13th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Bristol in August.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(11-3-2006)

  • Qualifying Notes Texas:
    • Brian Vickers won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the Dickies 500, lapping Texas Motor Speedway in 27.518 seconds at 196.235 mph. He broke Bill Elliott’s track-qualifying record of 27.803 seconds, 194.224 mph - set April 5, 2002. The top eight drivers bettered Elliott’s time.
    • This is the fastest qualifying lap since Geoffrey Bodine posted a lap of 197.478 mph at Atlanta in November 1997.
    • This is Vickers’ fourth career Bud Pole in 111 Nextel Cup Series races.
    • This is his first Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start in 2006. He became the 15th different Bud Pole winner this season.
    • This is Vickers’ first Bud Pole and first top-10 start in five Nextel Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous best start here was 13th in 2004.
    • Vickers became the ninth different Bud Pole winner in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 27.637 seconds, 195.390 mph – and will join Vickers on the front row for the Dickies 500. Sadler posted his fourth top-10 start in 10 races at Texas. It is his third second-place start here.
    • This is the 12th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 15 Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol and the second Atlanta race.
    • Kurt Busch (third) has posted just two top-10 starts in eight races at Texas – both this season.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) has posted his fourth top-10 start in five Texas races – all fourth or better.
    • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) has posted three top-10 starts in his seven races at Texas.
    • David Gillliand (seventh) posted his second top-10 start in his 13 Nextel Cup races. This is his first race at Texas in any of NASCAR’s top-three series.
    • Terry Labonte used a past champion’s provisional to make the field for what is slated to be his final Nextel Cup race.(NASCAR Statiscal Services)(11-3-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 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: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #44-Terry Labonte is due out first on Friday, November 3, 2006 at 4:40pm/et on Speed/PRN/XM, last driver due out is #25-Brian Vickers. For the Qualifying order, see my Texas Qualifying/Grid Page.(11-3-2006)

  • Friday Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #9-Kahne 193.278
    #25-Vickers 192.616
    #2-Busch 192.321
    #10-Riggs 192.055
    #5-Busch 191.768
    #4-Ward Burton: 48th of 50
    slowest: #74-Cope 184.951 and #12-Newman 184.995
    most laps run: #31-Burton 35; #48-Johnson & #8-Earnhardt Jr., 33
    least laps run: #14-Marlin 6; #78-Wallace 7
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #07-Bowyer 189.119 [15th fastest lap], 13 laps run
    #22-Blaney 188.756 [17th], 12 laps
    #01-Nemechek 188.168 [6th], 16 laps
    See speeds on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-3-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice at Texas?
    Eight in and SEVEN out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
    the following drivers would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #45-Kyle Petty 16th fastest
    #49-Mike Bliss, 18th
    #72-Mike Skinner, 28th
    #15-Paul Menard , 30th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 35th
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH1], 37th
    #60-David Ragan, 39th
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2], 41st - would use champ prov
    the following drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #32-Travis Kvapil 40th
    #34-Chad Chaffin 43rd
    #61-Kevin Lepage 45th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger 46th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 47th
    #4-Ward Burton 48th
    #74-Derrike Cope 50th/last
    (11-3-2006)

  • Entry List for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 50 drivers/teams [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-Ward Burton
    #15-Paul Menard
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Chad Chaffin
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH2]
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH1/final race]
    #45-Kyle Petty
    #49-Mike Bliss
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #60-David Ragan
    #61-Kevin Lepage
    #72-Mike Skinner
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed
    #06-TBA - withdrawn
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 44,37,45,32,55,4,49,61
    missing the race would be #'s: 78,34,74,15,72,60,84
    see entry list on Jayski's Texas Entry List Page.
    (10-30-2006)

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Texas:
    #45-Petty is still out, gained some ground and has get in via speed
    33) #19-Sadler/Evernham +128 points ahead of 36th
    34) #40-Stremme/Ganassi +122
    35) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn +63
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #45-Petty/Petty 63 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -280
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used to determine the top-35 and the other drivers who need to make the race on speed, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-29-2006)

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  • 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]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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

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

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

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Who's Hot - Texas:
    • Kasey Kahne has won six races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only Chase driver to score six top-15 finishes in the seven races in the Chase. He has scored 10 top-15 finishes in the last 11 races.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only Chase driver to post six top-10 starts in the seven races in the Chase.
    • Johnson has finished first or second in the last three Chase races.
    • Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to lead in five of the seven Chase races. Johnson has led 455 laps in the Chase and has earned 35 lap-leader bonus points, both the most among Chase drivers.
    • Carl Edwards has scored six straight top-15 finishes. Edwards remains 12th in the standings.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 15 top-five finishes in the first 33 races of 2006. Kenseth ranks first in the standings.
    • Bobby Labonte has scored six straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-30-2006)

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    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

    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    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 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 190.315, finished 1st

  • 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 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 137.943mph, started 1st

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

  • Most Wins: 11 tied with 1

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Mark Martin

  • 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: 1 [of 11] 9.1%

  • 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: 7 of 11 - 66.7%

  • Races won from the top 10: 8 of 11 - 72.7%

  • Texas Nuggets:
    Chase For the Nextel Cup Drivers (Ranked by Average Finish)
    Driver Starts Average Finish Laps Led
    1. Denny Hamlin, 2, 5.500, 41
    2. Jimmie Johnson, 6, 7.000, 2
    3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8, 10.750, 253
    4. Matt Kenseth, 8, 12.125, 314
    5. Kevin Harvick, 7, 13.428, 4
    6. Mark Martin, 11, 13.545, 169
    7. Jeff Burton, 11, 17.454, 145
    8. Jeff Gordon, 11, 17.545, 133
    9. Kasey Kahne, 4, 20.000, 211
    10. Kyle Busch, 3, 25.333, 0
    • Five Chase drivers have scored one victory at Texas: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin.
    • Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead all Chase drivers in top-five finishes at Texas, with four.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin lead all Chase drivers in six top-10 finishes at Texas, with six.
    • Six of the Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes at Texas in April including Kasey Kahne who won from the Bud Pole.
    • Denny Hamlin has posted top-10 finishes in both of his races at Texas. His 5.5 average finish at Texas is the best of all Chase drivers.
    • Jimmie Johnson has posted top-15 finishes in all six of his races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    All-time Standouts
    • Ten drivers have started in all 11 races at Texas: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Ken Schrader and Michael Waltrip.
    • Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte lead all other drivers, each with two Bud Poles at Texas.
    • Dale Jarrett has led 407 laps at Texas, the most of any driver.

    “Competitive Track”
    There have been 11 different race winners in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Current Standouts • Greg Biffle leads all drivers with four straight starts of seventh or better at Texas.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished 11th or better in all six of his races at Texas.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr., has finished 12th or better in seven of his eight races at Texas.
    • Casey Mears has posted top-15 finishes in each of his last four races at Texas.

    Starting Positions
    The first five races at Texas Motor Speedway were won from a top-10 starting position. However since 2003, every other race has been won from outside the top-10 including two races from 30th and 31st.

    Sweeps
    Ryan Newman swept both Bud Poles at Texas in 2005 - the first year of twice-a-year racing there.

    Owner Wins
    Jack Roush leads all owners scoring five victories at Texas since the track opened in 1997. Each of Roush’s victories has come with a different driver: Jeff Burton (1997), Mark Martin (1998), Matt Kenseth (2002), Greg Biffle (spring 2005) and Carl Edwards (fall 2005).

    Best Averages
    • Kasey Kahne has a 5.5 average start in four races at Texas, the best among drivers with more than one start there.
    • Denny Hamlin has a 5.5 average finish in two races at Texas, the best among all drivers.

    Milestones
    • Terry Labonte is expected to make his career-final Nextel Cup race at Texas, marking his 848th start.
    • Kevin Lepage is expected to make his 200th Nextel Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Season Nuggets
    • Race No. 34 at Texas is the eighth of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Seven of the top-10 drivers in the Championship point standings changed positions at Atlanta.
    • Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by 26 points over second-place Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth is one of three drivers to lead the point standings during the Chase. Kenseth has led after the last two races.
    • Second place in the point standings has changed six times in the seven Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has ranked second in the point standings after Atlanta in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
    • In 2004, Jimmie Johnson won four of the 10 Chase races but finished second in the final standings. In 2005, he won two of the 10 Chase races and finished fifth in the final standings. Johnson scored his first Chase victory in 2006 with his victory at Martinsville.
    • Johnson leads all drivers scoring 21 top-10 finishes in 2006.
    • Fifth to first in the Chase point standings are separated by just 84 points.
    • Four Chase races in 2006 have been won by Chase drivers: New Hampshire (Kevin Harvick), Dover (Jeff Burton) Charlotte (Kasey Kahne) and Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson).
    • Three Chase races in 2006 have been won by non-Chase drivers: Tony Stewart (Kansas and Atlanta) and Brian Vickers (Talladega).
    • In 2005, three Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Talladega (Dale Jarrett), Martinsville (Jeff Gordon) and Phoenix (Kyle Busch).
    • In 2004, only two Chase races were won by non-Chase drivers: Kansas (Joe Nemechek) and Homestead (Greg Biffle).
    • Since 2004, non-Chase drivers have won eight of the 27 Chase races (30 percent).
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to post six top-10 starts in the seven Chase races.
    • Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon have each scored four top-10 finishes in the first seven Chase races.
    • Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score six top-15 finishes in the seven Chase races.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have each led in five of the seven Chase races.
    • Eleventh-place Tony Stewart has a 285-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards.
    • Eleven of the top top-25 drivers changed point positions at Atlanta.
    • Mark Martin is the only driver among the top 10 yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead in 23 of the 33 races this season.
    • Gordon has outscored all drivers, earning 130 lap leader bonus points.
    • Matt Kenseth has led 1,130 laps in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Robby Gordon, Ken Schrader, Kevin Lepage and Derrike Cope have each posted seven DNFs in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season. In 26 of the 33 races a rookie finished in the top 10. In 10 races two or more rookies finished in the top 10.
    • Chevrolet clinched the 2006 Manufacturers’ Championship at New Hampshire - the 30th Championship for Chevrolet, including each of the last four years.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-30-2006)


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: Kristen Labonte for Terry Labonte, then Dickie's contest winners for the rest
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: TCU Marching Band
    Military Flyover: F-22s out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia

  • Track Homepage: texasmotorspeedway

  • April 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • November 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • April 2005 Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Dickie's re-ups as Texas race sponsor: Dickies has extended its sponsorship of Texas Motor Speedway's fall Nextel Cup race through 2009. The Fort Worth-based company also has options to extend the contract through 2011. The announcement was made Saturday by TMS president Eddie Gossage and Dickies vice president of marketing Jon Ragsdale. Dickies' original three-year contract, signed before the 2005 race, had two option years. Dickies had until next June to exercise the option but chose to do so early. Gossage said it is beneficial for TMS to have sponsorship through a local company, as well as branding value in having the name of the facility's fall Nextel race remain the same. TMS' spring Cup race, initiated in 1997, had six different names in its first six years. TMS' contract with Radio Shack for the spring Samsung 500 is scheduled to expire after next year's event. Gossage said Radio Shack has an option to add up to two years.(Dallas Morning News)(11-5-2006)

  • Dr. Phil leads Toys fo Tots Campaign at Texas Motor Speedway: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation will visit Sunday’s Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway – in a comprehensive effort to stage a massive holiday campaign kickoff to aid poverty-stricken children in the United States. The foundation is asking NASCAR fans to show support of the charitable program and donate a new, unwrapped toy on race day at Texas Motor Speedway. U.S. Marines and their military trucks will be stationed in the front of the parking areas of Texas Motor Speedway, across from the primary speedway entrance gates. The seven drop-off locations will be available in parking areas near Gates 2 through 6 on the frontstretch and Gates 9 and 11 on the backstretch. The drop-off locations will be identified by balloons and signage, and the Marines will be collecting toys from fans beginning at 7 a.m. CT. Dr. Phil McGraw, noted psychologist and host of the hit syndicated daytime talk show “Dr. Phil,” and his wife Robin, the best-selling author of “Inside My Heart,” have been selected as the national spokespersons for the 59th edition of the Toys for Tots campaign. The couple will be making a special visit to Texas Motor Speedway on race morning to assist in the kickoff. In addition, the Toys for Tots campaign and associated events will be highlighted in various episodes of “Dr. Phil” heading into the holidays, beginning with the Wednesday, Nov. 1 broadcast. Dale Jarrett, a former NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the #88 UPS Ford, also will be supporting the holiday launch by running a special Toys for Tots paint scheme for the Dickies 500. The paint scheme was designed by 12-year-old Annabelle Huffman of Napa, Calif., the winner of the “Design Dale’s Ride” contest. See more at the Texas Motor Speedway site.(TMS PR)(10-31-2006)

  • Dickies 500 Pre-Race to feature Van Zant: The Dickies 500 pre-race show will feature a special musical entertainment segment as legendary duo Van Zant will perform a special 45-minute concert. The Van Zant name has been linked to a rock ‘n roll legacy that spans over 30 years. Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are noted musicians, songwriters and performers. Collectively, they have sold over 50 million records worldwide, Johnny as the lead singer for legendary rock group, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie as one of the lead singers and rhythm guitarist for popular Southern rock band, .38 Special. The group has been touring this year following their major Columbia Nashville label debut country disc release, Get Right With the Man. “People ask us if we’ve gone country, I tell ‘em ‘we ain’t gone country, we were born country,” Johnny said. The Van Zant brothers had a hand in writing seven of the 11 cuts on Get Right With the Man, and were joined by an impressive array of Music City writers like Rivers Rutherford, Craig Wiseman, Al Anderson, Jeffrey Steele and Tim Nichols.(TMS PR)(10-31-2006)

  • 7-Eleven to sponsor Texas Qualifying Days in November: 7-Eleven, Inc. will become the official convenience store of Texas Motor Speedway and qualifying title sponsor for the NASCAR triple-header race weekend in November, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced. 7-Eleven will serve as the qualifying sponsor for the NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series fall races, beginning with the Dickies 500 weekend Nov. 2-5. Leading up to race weekend, drivers will qualify for race position Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, during the titled event, 7-Eleven Qualifying Days. Financial terms and length of the agreement were not disclosed. 7-Eleven Marketing Director John Moritz said. “As the exclusive distributor of 100,000 tickets to this exciting lead-in of a triple-header race weekend, 7-Eleven will distribute them throughout our metroplex 7-Eleven stores starting later this month. 7-Eleven Qualifying Days will give NASCAR fans the opportunity to be the first to see their favorite drivers at this much-anticipated race event.” The free and discount ticket give-away is the first benefit that race fans will see from the partnership between 7-Eleven and Texas Motor Speedway. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 28, fans visiting any participating 7-Eleven store in the area can pick up a coupon valid for free admission to the Craftsman Truck Series qualifying session Thursday, Nov. 2, as well as a $10 ticket discount per ticket to all racing action Friday, Nov. 3. In addition to the NEXTEL Cup and Busch qualifying series, Friday’s ticket includes admission to the Silverado 350k Craftsman Truck Series race later that evening.(TMS PR)(9-16-2006)

  • TMS Announces 2007 Race Schedule: The 2007 Texas Motor Speedway race schedule will mirror this season's lineup with three marquee weekends and will be highlighted by the return of the Dickies 500 Nextel Cup race concluding under the lights of "The Great American Speedway!" The season kicks off April 12-15 with the RadioShack 500 weekend that features the Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Crown Royal International Race of Champions. The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series makes its annual visit June 7-9 for the Bombardier Learjet 500k weekend and will be joined by the Craftsman Truck Series. The season wraps up in grand fashion Nov. 1-4 with the Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend featuring the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. The Dickies 500 is slated for a late afternoon start (exact start time TBD) to ensure that the dramatic Chase for the Nextel Cup event will finish beneath the lights. The inaugural Dickies 500 in 2005 was the first NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway ever scheduled to finish in the evening, but scheduling did not allow for the same conclusion this year. "This is a prime example of a sanctioning body (NASCAR), television partner (ABC) and a promoter working together to give the fans in the stands and the viewers at home what they wanted," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "The fans want a NASCAR race under the lights and I'm extremely pleased with all the parties involved that we were able to deliver. It is decisions like these that make the sport even stronger." The only other modification of note between the 2006 and 2007 schedules will be the RadioShack 500 being moved a week back. The RadioShack 500 weekend is set for April 12-15 - a week later than this season - and the shift avoids two potential conflicts for fans. The move to Sunday, April 15 ensures that the RadioShack 500 Nextel Cup race will not be held on Easter Sunday as NASCAR will remain idle for that holiday weekend. The Cup event also will not go head-to-head on television with The Masters, golf's most prestigious tournament that will run during Easter weekend. The featured event for the weekend also undergoes a slight name change as RadioShack will be recognized as the primary race sponsor. The event has been known as the Samsung/RadioShack 500 since 2002, but will be renamed the RadioShack 500 beginning in 2007. Season tickets for the 2007 season are now available by calling 817-215-8500 or logging onto www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Those who purchase season tickets by Oct. 2 will receive a limited edition commemorative "10 Years Strong" anniversary book. Season ticket packages begin at $289. Individual tickets for the 2007 RadioShack 500 race weekend will go on sale following this season's Dickies 500 that will be run on Sunday, Nov. 5. Start times and TV partners will be announced at a later date.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-17-2006)

  • 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)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Terry Labonte to make final career start Sunday: "Texas" Terry Labonte will make the 848th and final start of his Nextel Cup Series career in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and the two-time Cup champion will receive quite a send-off. The pre-race activities will be centered around Labonte, and there will be plenty of opportunity for his home state fans to say farewell to the 49-year-old Corpus Christi native. In addition to a special video tribute and gift presentations to Labonte, Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR worked jointly in providing a special pre-race tribute for him. Labonte will be the final driver introduced, regardless of his qualifying position, and he and his wife, Kim, will be given a parade lap around the track in a Chevrolet Corvette at the front of the field of driver parade vehicles.
    Following the command for "Gentleman, Start Your Engines," Labonte will lead the field on the parade lap before falling back to his qualifying position for the pace laps. Justin Labonte will be alongside his father as the two will pace the 43-car Nextel Cup Series field prior to the green flag. Justin will be driving the 1978 Stratagraph Chevrolet Monte Carlo that his father drove to his first Cup win at Darlington Raceway in 1980. Terry will be in the special paint scheme Chevy Monte Carlo featuring some of the top wins in his career, including his 1999 win at Texas, which is portrayed on the hood. Race fans also will have the opportunity to pen their best wishes to Labonte on a giant eight-foot tall postcard located in the "10 Years Strong Experience" outside Gate 4 on the frontstretch. Labonte will also run a special tribute paint scheme on the #44 Chevy, see images on the #44 Team Schemes page.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(11-3-2006)

  • Agency honored on Vickers car at Texas: GMAC Insurance has declared Al Boenker Insurance of Fort Worth, Texas, as the winner of the GMAC Insurance Agency Pole Position promotion. As part of the grand prize, the agency will be honored with its name on the television panel of the #25 GMAC Chevy that Brian Vickers will drive in Sunday afternoon's Nextel Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(11-3-2006)

  • Ragan in the #60 at Texas UPDATE: In addition to racing in the Truck Series race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, David Ragan will also attempt to make his third start in the Nextel Cup Series, driving the #60 Pennzoil Ford in the Dickies 500.(Roush Racing PR)(10-31-2006)

    UPDATE: David Ragan has received NASCAR's approval to run at Nextel Cup tracks 1.5-miles and less and will attempt to qualify the #60 No Fear Racing Ford [sponsored by Pennzoil] Friday for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Roush Racing had sought to get Ragan approved to attempt his third Cup start last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but that approval was denied. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Tuesday afternoon that Ragan had been approved for Texas and would be under observation, standard procedure for drivers approved to advance to the next level.(SceneDaily.com)(11-1-2006)

  • Triple duty at Texas: a few drivers will attempt to do triple-duty at Texas Motor Speedway, running in the Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Truck Series races:
    Clint Bowyer will run the #07-Jack Daniel's Chevy in the Nextel Cup race; #2-Timberland Pro Chevy in the Busch Series race and the #46-Jack Daniel's Chevy in the Truck Series.
    Kyle Busch will run the #5-Carquest Chevy in Cup, #5-Lowe's Chevy in Busch and #15-Chevy in the Truck race.
    Mile Skinner will run the #72-Chevy in Cup, #12-Chevy in Busch and #5-Toyota in the Truck race.(11-1-2006)

  • Three Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are three current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at:
    Texas 0 for 11 with a best of 2nd in 2002
    Phoenix 0 for 15 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004
    Homestead 0 for 7 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 21 [19 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(7-9-2006)

  • 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
#07-Clint Bowyer Texas Theme #07 Schemes Page
#5-Kyle Busch Carquest #5 Schemes Page
#9-Kasey Kahne Dodge “Nitro” #9 Schemes Page
#10-Scott Riggs 'Car's DVD release #10 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance - decklid #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#38-David Gilliland Combo's #38 Schemes Page
#44-Terry Labonte Texas Tribute #44 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Well's Fargo #45 Schemes Page
#84-A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull Soccor Team none...yet
#88-Dale Jarrett Marine Reserves Toys for Tots #88 Schemes Page
#96-Tony Raines Dallas Cowboy's Colors #96 Schemes Page


  • Combo's for Gilliland: #38-David Gilliland will have the Combo's paint scheme on the #38 Ford at Texas Motor Speedway, the scheme has run a couple other races this season, see images of the scheme on my #38 Team Schemes page.(11-3-2006)

  • Red Bull Major League Soccer team featured on the #84 at Texas: Heading into this weekend’s Dickies 500 Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Team Red Bull is partnering with the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer team to roll out a soccer-themed paint scheme for the #84 race car. With his keen eyes, New York Red Bulls goalkeeper and avid NASCAR fan Jon Conway gets to indulge in tin-top racing from his perch on top the Team Red Bull pit box. Driven by now-former, American open-wheel sensation AJ Allmendinger, the blue #84 Dodge features the New York Red Bulls logo on the hood and side panels and the dynamic bull and soccer ball on the rear quarter panel. The car also features a logo decal of the The MLS Cup, which is the league’s championship finale slated for the following Sunday, November 12 at Pizza Hut Park in nearby Frisco, Texas. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team joins the party as they drop in from the skies above Texas Motor Speedway prior to the start of the Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series races.(Red Bull Racing PR)(11-2-2006)

  • 'Cars' featured on the #10 of Riggs at Texas: There is a different paint scheme this weekend on the #10 Valvoline Dodge that Scott Riggs drivers as they are promoting the release of Disney’s ‘Cars’ movie on DVD.(Clear!Blue PR)(11-2-2006)

  • #07 to carry Texas themed paint scheme: Clint Bowyer’s Jack Daniel’s #07-Chevy will carry a special Texas-themed paint scheme. Texas residents, 21 or older, voted online for one of three designs from April 1-June 4 and over 50% of those who voted chose the winning scheme. Die casts of this weekend’s car will be available for sale trackside at the Jack Daniel’s souvenir trailer.(RCR PR), see the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes Page.(11-1-2006)

  • #9 Dodge “Nitro” scheme to run at Texas: At the upcoming Nextel Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, Evernham Motorsports’ driver Kasey Kahne will race a special kind of “hot” rod – a Dodge Charger sporting a special paint scheme promoting the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro. Kahne won the spring race at the speedway, one of his series-leading six wins this season. The Dodge Nitro is a mid-size SUV with bold styling and masculine swagger. The R/T model comes standard with a 4.0 liter SOHC V-6 engine, performance suspension and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels with performance tires. Optional features include entertainment and communication technologies, including MP3, CD, DVD, USB, VES (video entertainment system) and the new MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System. MyGIG allows consumers to use touch screen or voice commands to control all of Nitro’s entertainment and communication technologies, and includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive for storing music and photos. Kahne’s #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge “Nitro” will carry electrifying red and yellow lightening bolts across the hood and doors, along with an image of the unique Dodge Nitro on the nose. The rear quarter panels and trunk will continue the lightening bolt theme, capped by a bright yellow spoiler. For more information on the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro, visit www.Dodge.com.(Clear!Blue PR)(10-24-2006)

  • Terry Labonte to run 'Tribute Car' in final Cup race..at Texas: Having been nicknamed "The Iceman" early in his career, two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte is widely known for his cool, calm and collected demeanor. But even he was surprised following the unveiling of his #44 Kellogg's/Terry Labonte Tribute Chevy at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday evening. Labonte, in town to give driving tips to members of the Dallas Cowboys prior to a session with the "Team Texas" racing school, was unaware he would also be pulling the car cover off the Monte Carlo SS he will pilot in his final NEXTEL Cup Series race, the Nov. 5 Dickies 500 at TMS. "It was quite a surprise," said Labonte, a native of Corpus Christi who was joined by speedway president Eddie Gossage and Cowboys players for the reveal. "It's a truly unique race car, that's for sure. I've never seen anything quite like it. I'm definitely looking forward to showing it off to all the fans here in November and hopefully giving the car a good run. Everyone did a great job keeping this a secret because I had absolutely no clue it was happening." The vision of car designer Jim Gravlin, the scheme features moments from Labonte's 1996 championship and each of his dozen Cup victories with Hendrick Motorsports since 1994. The images include his infamous 1995 win at Bristol, Tenn., the historic 2003 Southern 500 triumph at Darlington, S.C., and his 1999 victory at Texas, which is appropriately showcased on the hood. The rear bumper of the car is inscribed simply with, "Thanks for the memories."(TMS PR), see an image of the scheme on mt #44 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2006)

  • Special Paint for #96 at Texas in November: The #96 DLP HDTV Chevy that Tony Raines drivers will sport a speicial Navy Blue, Silver and white scheme at the Novemeber race at Texas Motor Speedway. It is designed after co-owners Roger Staubach and and Troy Aikman's Dallas Cowboy colors and to honor their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to reflect upon their accomplishments in their first year in the Nextel Cup Series. Plus it is running at sponsor Texas Instruments DLP HDTV home base.(Hall of Fame Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #96 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2003)

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

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


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