- Race: Sunday, October 8, 2006 in Talladega, AL
- Title Sponsor/Link: UAW-Ford
- Track: Talladega Superspeedway
- TV: NBC 2:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, October 12 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore
MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle
MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,282,231 (was $5,133,010 in 2005)
- Friday Practice: Friday, October 6, 2:45 - 3:45pm/et, TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 6, 4:15 - 5:15pm/et on TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 11:00pm/et
- Saturday Practice: none - IMPOUND race
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 6, 1:45pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Saturday, October 7 at 12:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, no re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.
(the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, October 6th, 2006
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ARCA Final Practice
11:15 a.m. NCTS Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying
(Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. NNCS Practice
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
4:30 p.m. ARCA Food World 250 (94 Laps, 250 Miles)
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
11:10 a.m. NNCS Discount Food Mart Qualifying
(Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
1:45 p.m. NCTS Driver Introductions
2:15 p.m. NCTS Inaugural Talladega 250 (94 Laps, 250 Miles)
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
1 p.m. NNCS Driver Introductions
1:30 p.m. NNCS UAW-Ford 500 (188 Laps, 500 Miles)
(these times are local to the track)
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
Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Nextel Cup);
Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4046; Right-side -- D-4068
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left-Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left-Rear -- 27 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup)
Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . because the track surface at Talladega has been repaved since the Nextel Cup Series last visit to the track in April, Goodyear needed to change its tire recommendation from that race . . . this tire set-up was tested with six drivers -- David Gilliland, Travis Kvapil, Ryan Newman, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., and Brian Vickers -- at Talladega last month . . . teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend, though the Nextel Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . 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 $20,000 at Talladega 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
- Why did Dale Jr. and Johnson finish where they did at Talladega? The field is frozen so the drivers won't race back to the flag. If you're involved in an accident and cannot maintain the speed of the field, then you will be passed, lapped and lose positions. You've got to be able to maintain speed. You can be involved in the wreck, but as long as you're maintaining pace-lap speed, you can hold your place. Earnhardt and Johnson could not maintain that speed. Even if they had picked up their speed after getting spun out, the cars that passed them would have been scored ahead of them.(Jeff Hammond/FoxSports)
AND Although Earnhardt was still the leader when the caution flew, NASCAR made the right call and the finishing order stands, Kerry Tharpe, NASCAR's director of communications for competition, said Monday after conferring with NASCAR officials in Daytona. Tharp was at Talladega Monday for a testing session for NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. Tharp said the caution flag flew "instantaneously" when the wreck began and the field was frozen at that point, but NASCAR rules require drivers to complete the lap to be credited with the lap. Earnhardt did that, he explained, but NASCAR rules also say that the driver must complete the lap "at a reasonable speed" and NASCAR officials had made a judgment call that Earnhardt had not done that.(Alabama Live)(10-10-2006)
- WOW! Wild Day at Talladega; Vickers Wins: #25-Brian Vickers won the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on the final lap after pulling out with 'teammate' #48-Jimmie Johnson to pass #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap, got into Johnson, who was along side with Earnhardt Jr, Johnson turned when he got tapped, going into Earnhardt Jr. sending both spinning, with Vickers taking the lead as the caution was thrown and the field frozen. After some time NASCAR released the results with Vickers winning his first ever Nextel race after 107 starts, #9-Kahne finished 2nd, followed by #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #1-Truex Jr., #29-Harvick, #66-Green [1st top 10 of 2006], #6-Martin, #99-Edwards and #43-Labonte. #8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 23rd and #48-Johnson 24th a lap down and with an DNF. Points leader #31-Jeff Burton was running in the top 10 when he lost a right rear tire with 11 laps left, finishing 27th down a lap. Burton maintains the points lead, but only 6 over Kenseth and 10 over Martin. There were 63 lead changes by 23 drivers, and 6 cautions for 22 laps including a semi-big one with 10 cars that took out #24-Jeff Gordon, who finished 36th. For the most part it was a clean race with a ton of lead changes, but still had 13 cars not finishing the race.
Race Results on my Talladega Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(10-8-2006)
- Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Talladega [30 of 36 races]:
#31-Jeff Burton 5598
#17-Matt Kenseth 5592 -6
#6-Mark Martin 5588 -10
#29-Kevin Harvick 5565 -33
#11-Denny Hamlin 5547 -51
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5492 -106
#24-Jeff Gordon 5451 -147
#48-Jimmie Johnson 5442 -156
#9-Kasey Kahne 5413 -185
#5-Kyle Busch 5413 -185
and fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th
#99-Carl Edwards -236 out of 11th
#16-Greg Biffle -327
#2-Kurt Busch -472
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(10-8-2006)
- Unofficial "Classic" Points Standings
...the old way, not the Chase after Talladega:
1) #17-Matt Kenseth 4327
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4125 -202
3) #29-Kevin Harvick 4006 -321
4) #31-Jeff Burton 3905 -422
5) #6-Mark Martin 3904 -423
6) #11-Denny Hamlin 3865 -462
7) #20-Tony Stewart 3824 -503
8) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3805 -522
9) #5-Kyle Busch 3802 -525
10) #24-Jeff Gordon 3762 -565
11) #9-Kasey Kahne 3727 -600
12) #99-Carl Edwards 3588 -739
13) #16-Greg Biffle 3497 -830
- Rumblings - Talladega:
When you have 63 lead changes amongst 23 drivers, an unbelievable finish with a first-time winner emerging, and the "Big One" on lap 139 (this one had 13 cars involved) we can only be at one place....Talladega Superspeedway. Today was everything we love and everything we hate about plate racing, and when the smoke cleared (and I'm not being figurative here) Brian Vickers was declared the winner of the UAW-Ford 500 today. You just knew when we set up for a 10 lap shootout at the end, somebody wasn't gonna make it....you just didn't think it was gonna be teammates (if they still are as of this writing). Brian Vickers hooked Jimmie Johnson as he was trying to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr going into three for the final time, and only Vickers came out. You can pick the story of your choice (we'll have many floated, I'm sure), but you can bet if Mr. Vickers thought he was "persona-non-grata" at Hendrick Motorsports already, he ain't seen nuttin' yet!
His first career win ties him for 115th on the all-time list, he becomes the 171st driver to win a Cup race (tho not a popular one to say the least, at least judging from the reception he got in Victory Lane from the crowd), and the 148th win for Hendrick Motorsports (but I bet if you look up thedefinition of the term "mixed emotions" in the dictionary you'll see a picture of Rick Hendrick). Oh, it was worth $228,850 from the over $5.2M in posted awards, tho.
Kurt Busch (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono in July.
Martin Truex Jr (5th) had his career-best finish today...his previous best was 6th at Dover last month. He's the 29th driver to score a Top-5 this season....last year we had 30 drivers at that level.
Jeff Green (7th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Martinsville in October of 2004! He's the 36th driver at the Top-10 mark this season...last year that number was 43.
Michael Waltrip (14th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Atlanta last October.
David Gilliland (15th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 22nd last week at Kansas.
Mike Wallace (17th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Richmond in September of 2005.
Joe Nemechek (18th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Pocono in July.
Tony Raines (20th) had his best finish since he was 11th at the Brickyard in August.
STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 7 Top-10s in the last 8 races.B
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Green (+30), followed by Bobby Labonte (+29), Kurt Busch (+26), Kasey Kahne (+23), Mark Martin (+22), Scott Riggs (+22), Robby Gordon (+20),and Tony Raines (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Greg Biffle (-36), followed by Sterling Marlin (-33), Jeff Gordon (-32), Jamie McMurray (-29), J. J. Yeley (-22), Jimmie Johnson (-21), and Kyle Petty (-20).
Paul Menard led a lap today for the first time in his NEXTEL Cup career. He's the 46th driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 51 leaders.
In "Classic" Points, Brian Vickers (18th to 16th) and Martin Truex Jr (21st to 19th) made the only multiple position moves forward, while Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and Jamie McMurray all fell two spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-8-2006)
- Talladega Race Notes:
• Brian Vickers won the 2006 UAW-FORD 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, scoring his first career Nextel Cup victory in his 107th career start.
• Vickers became the second first-time winner in 2006 joining Denny Hamlin, who swept both races at Pocono.
• Vickers has scored three top-10 finishes in six races at Talladega
• Vickers’ victory today was the 19th Chevrolet victory in 30 races in 2006.
• Vickers won the race from the ninth-place starting position.
• Vickers led the final lap in the 2006 UAW-FORD 500 at Talladega. Vickers led five times for 17 laps.
• This is team owner Rick Hendrick’s 148th Nextel Cup victory. Hendrick has scored eight victories in 2006. It is Hendrick’s eighth victory at Talladega.
• Hendrick Motorsports has won at least one race each season (1986-2006), 21 consecutive years.
• The 63 lead changes today were the most since there were 68 at Talladega in July 1984. The 63 lead changes ranks sixth all-time for the most in NASCAR history.
• The 63 lead changes and 23 different lap leaders is the most in a race in 2006.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., led seven times for 32 laps, leading the most laps for the second time in 2006 and first time since Daytona in February.
• Kasey Kahne (second) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006 and his first top-10 finish in six races at Talladega.
• Kurt Busch (third) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega.
• Matt Kenseth (fourth) scored his 14th top-five finish in 2006 and first in the last six races since he finished first at Bristol in August. It marked his sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Martin Truex Jr. (fifth) scored his career-best finish. It was his first career top-five finish and fourth top-10 finish in 2006. It was his first top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Mark Martin (eighth) has been running at the finish in the last 37 races, the longest current streak. Martin’s streak began at Kansas City one year ago.
• Martin Truex Jr, was the highest finishing rookie for the second time in 2006 - all in the last three races.
• At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 30 races this season.
• Denny Hamlin (21st) ended a streak of 20 straight top-20 finishes that began at Richmond in May. His previous finish outside the top-20 came at Talladega in May where he finished 22nd.
• Jimmie Johnson (24th today) has been ranked among the top 10 for 99 consecutive races. Johnson has gone six straight races without scoring a top-10 finish, the longest streak of his career. Johnson remained eighth in the point standings.
• Tony Stewart (22nd) remained 11th in the point standings. He has a 236-point lead over 12th-place Carl Edwards who finished ninth. This is the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since 1999, ending a sevenyear streak. Stewart missed The Chase by 16 points. Stewart is chasing the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th in the final point standings. Jeff Gordon finished 11th in 2005 and Jamie McMurray finished 11th in 2004, the inaugural year of the Chase.
• Jeff Burton (27th) ended a streak of four straight top-10 finishes that began at Richmond in September.
• Race No. 30 at Talladega marked the fourth of the 10 races in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
• Four of the 10 Chase drivers finished in the top 10.
• Seven of the 10 The Chase drivers changed point positions at Talladega.
• Jeff Burton remained first in the point standings by just six points over second-place Matt Kenseth and just 10 points ahead of third-place Mark Martin.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-8-2006)
Talladega Race Rundown
- The UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 188 of 188 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#25-Vickers-c (9)(16 laps led)
#9-Kahne-d (25)(7 laps led)
#2-Busch-d (29)(2 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-f (19)(20 laps led)
#1-Truex Jr.-c (16-r)(2 laps led)
#6-Martin-f (30)(2 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
(chasers above in blue)
where the other Chasers are running:
#5-Busch-c (6) running 11
#11-Hamlin-c (12-r) running 21
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (33) running 23
#48-Johnson-c (3) running 24
#31-Burton-c (34) running 27, -1 lap [had a flat tire on restart]
#24-Gordon-c (4) running 36, -18 laps
- Drivers Points after lap 188 of 188 at Talladega
#31-Jeff Burton 5598
#17-Matt Kenseth -6
#6-Mark Martin -10
#29-Kevin Harvick -33
#11-Denny Hamlin -51
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -106
#24-Jeff Gordon -147
#48-Jimmie Johnson -156
#9-Kasey Kahne -185
#5-Kyle Busch -185
fighting for 11th
#20-Tony Stewart in 11th
#99-Carl Edwards -236
(NASCAR.com Live Points Standings)
- Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 21,49,31
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 22,19,42,04
- Cars on the track: 30 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (13) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (23 leaders with 63 lead changes):
#38-Gilliland (pole, none led);
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (37);
#1-Truex Jr. (2);
- Lap leaders: #38-Gilliland - pole; #88-Jarrett 1; #24-Gordon 2-3; #26-McMurray 4-7; #24-Gordon 8-17; #26-McMurray 18-20; #24-Gordon 21-24; #26-McMurray 25-28; #16-Biffle 29-35; #20-Stewart 36; #5-Busch 37-38; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 39-41; #5-Busch 42-44; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 45; #5-Busch 46; #17-Kenseth 47-49; #2-Busch 50; #17-Kenseth 51; #2-Busch 52; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 53-59; #19-Sadler 60; #26-McMurray 61; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 62; #17-Kenseth 63-70; #16-Biffle 71-76; #24-Gordon 77-78; #16-Biffle 79-80; #24-Gordon 81-87; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 88; #24-Gordon 89; #5-Busch 90-91; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 92-93; #26-McMurray 94-102; #25-Vickers 103-108; #26-McMurray 109; #6-Martin 110-111; #25-Vickers 112-114; #42-Mears 115; #25-Vickers 116-121; #5-Busch 122-123; #24-Gordon 124; #17-Kenseth 125; #07-Bowyer 126-127; #17-Kenseth 128-129; #07-Bowyer 130; #11-Hamlin 131; #55-Waltrip 132; #07-Bowyer 133-134; #17-Kenseth 135-138; #31-Burton 139-143; #41-Sorenson 144; #17-Kenseth 145-146; #25-Vickers 147; #48-Johnson 148-149; #01-Nemechek 150; #1-Truex Jr. 151-152; #48-Johnson 153; #15-Menard 154; #48-Johnson 155-157; #9-Kahne 158-163; #2-Busch 164; #9-Kahne 165; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 166-187; #25-Vickers 188
Cautions: 6 for 22 laps
Caution 6 - Laps 188 - 188: #48-Johnson pulled out with #25-Vickers to pass #8-Earnhardt Jr., Vickers got into Johnson, who turned into Earnhardt Jr, taking both the #8 and #48 out in turn 3.
Caution 5 - Laps 175 - 178: #18-Yeley slowed, #40-Stremme ran into the #18 in turn 2, #11-Hamlin hit #20-Stewart who collected #15-Menard
Caution 4 - Laps 150 - 152: #41-Sorenson lost an engine, left oil on the track
Caution 3 - Laps 139 - 145: the BIG one......#42-Mears got hit in turn 1 and spun after #48-Johnson says #99-Edwards got onto the #48, included in the wreck #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #19-Sadler, #43-Labonte, #11-Hamlin, #26-McMurray, #99-Edwards, #45-Petty, #29-Harvick, #07-Bowyer, #14-Marlin
Caution 2 - Laps 131 - 134: Debris on the track, part of the SAFER barrier came loose and on the track
Caution 1 - Laps 73 - 75: #22-Blaney lost a left rear tire
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 6: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 5: #43-Labonte, 10th
Caution 4: #88-Jarrett, 12th
Caution 3: #10-Riggs. 19th
Caution 2: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 23rd
Caution 1: #18-Yeley, 32nd
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- PENALTY REPORT:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
10 PT Too fast entering pits 31
49 SG Removing equipment from assigned pit area 64
22 TE Pitting before pit road is open 72
21 TE Pitting before pit road is open 131
18 TE Too many crew members in contact with pit service area 131
99 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
1 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
19 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
29 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
11 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
07 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
26 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
42 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
16 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
24 TE Pitting before pit road is open 138
45 TE Pitting before pit road is open 139
96 TE Removing equipment from assigned pit area 139
21 TE Pitting before pit road is open 143
11 TE Pitting before pit road is open 149
45 TE Pitting before pit road is open 149
11 TE Pitting before pit road is open 174
20 TE Pitting before pit road is open 174
40 TE Pitting before pit road is open 174
15 TE Pitting before pit road is open 174
18 TE Pitting before pit road is open 174
21 TE Pitting before pit road is open 175
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-8-2006)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on the caution 5 restart, #31-Burton had a left rear flat tire and had to make an unscheduled pitstop, he will lose a lap
---- #24-Gordon couldn't get up to speed and went back to the garage for a couple laps, then came back out
---- #24-Gordon came back on the track after the crew made repairs, during the 4th caution
---- during the 3rd caution, all the lead lap cars made pit stop but #31-Buron, #20-Stewart, #40-Stremme & #41-Sorenson.
---- during the 2nd caution [lap 131], all the lead lap cars came in to pit.
---- on lap 109 scheduled green flag stops started including #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne, #40-Stremme; once again packs of about 10 cars came in lap after lap; #26-McMurray lead and came in on lap 110.
---- on lap 104 #5-Busch and #8-Earnhardt Jr made contact, cutting the left front tire down on the #8 who had to pit and lost a lap.
---- on lap 81, #19-Sadler pitted for a flat right rear tire and lost a lap.
---- during the 1st caution, all the lead lap cars came in but #16-Biffle, #99-Edwards and #14-Marlin.
---- on laps 61-69 scheduled green flag pit stops occurred, #19-Sadler was the first in, all by himself, packs of 10-15 cars came in lap after lap; #49-Bliss left his pit with the gas can [penalized], #29-Harvick's crew had some trouble on the left side; #48-Johnson stalled leaving pit road, but restarted, may have lost the draft as his partner #25-Vickers got out ahead of him. Roush cars came in towards the end of the cycle, #17-Kenseth ran out of gas and cruised in to the pits on lap 70 with #16-Biffle and #99-Edwards, the final cars to pit in this cycle.
---- on the first batch of pit stops [laps 31-33] penalties for #10-Riggs for speeding
---- leader #16-Biffle came in on lap 34 and came out leading
---- on lap 31 scheduled green flag pit stops started with #31-Burton, #19-Sadler, #88-Jarrett and a gaggle of others
---- on lap 25, #78-Wallace was smokng on the track and headed to the pits.
---- green flag at 2:41pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:28pm/et by Grand Marshal's UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel
---- To The Back : none
- Race Coverage of the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled to run Sunday, October 8, 2006.
TV: NBC at 1:00pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:30am/et
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, October 12th at 2:30pm/et
- Gilliland wins pole at Talladega: #38-David Gilliland won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 191.7212mph for his 1st career pole in nine starts. Starting on the outside pole is #88-Jarrett, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon and #16-Biffle are the top-5, rounding out the top-10 are #5-Busch, #14-Marlin, #26-McMurray, #25-Vickers and #18-Yeley. #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 33rd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #45-Petty, #49-Bliss, #55-Waltrip, #15-Menard, #78-Wallace, #04-McClure, #09-MWallace and #74-Cope. Missing the race were: #32-Kvapil, #61-Chaffin, #4-Bodine, #34-Lepage, #00-Sadler and #27-Shelmerdine. See the qualifying results, starting lineup and more on the Talladega Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(10-7-2006)
- Ramblings - Talladega Qualifying Notes: #38-David Gilliland takes his first ever Nextel Cup Bud Pole today at Talladega
Superspeedway for tomorrow's UAW-Ford 500 in only his 9th race. Blasting away his previous best (15th at New Hampshire last month), he becomes the 14th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Ironically, he's the second entry in that event to come from the #38 M&M's Ford. A bunch of "best sinces" this week.... Dale Jarrett (2nd) gives us an all-RYR front row. This is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole when we were here last October.
Greg Biffle (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond in May
Kyle Busch (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Loudon in July
Sterling Marlin (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Martinsville in April
Jamie McMurray (8th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Infineon in June
Welcome back Mike Bliss (20th). His last Cup race was last November at Homestead when he started 19th and finished 12th
Michael Waltrip (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 19th at Daytona in July
Paul Menard (24th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 22nd at Atlanta in March (only four races)
And, welcome back Eric McClure (27th). His last Cup effort was at Las Vegas in March of 2005 when he qualified 41st and finished 32nd.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races. Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
We've got our first non-chaser on the pole, fresh asphalt, a choke plate with smaller holes, and graduated banking on the frontstretch. But it's still the same old Talladega and nobody'll feel comfortable till the checkers fall.....especially those Top-5 guys in the Chase.(Stock Car Fans)(10-7-2006)
- Talladega Qualifying Notes:
• David Gilliland won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the UAW-Ford 500, lapping Talladega Superspeedway in 49.950 seconds at 191.712 mph. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 44.998 seconds, 212.809 mph, set April 30, 1987 – prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Elliott also holds the Talladega restrictor-plate record of 48.128 seconds, 199.388 mph, set May 4, 1990.
• This is Gilliland’s first career Bud Pole in just nine Nextel Cup Series races, making him the ninth-quickest Bud Pole winner (with reference to number of races) since 1972. He became the first first-time Bud Pole winner this season, extending the streak of seasons with at least one first-time Bud Pole winner to 20 (1987-2006)
• Gilliland became the 14th different Bud Pole winner in 2006.
• This is Gilliland’s first start better than 15th in his short career.
• Gilliland is competing in his career-first NASCAR restrictor-plate race.
• Gilliland became the 31st different Bud Pole winner at Talladega Superspeedway and the eighth in the past 11 races.
• Dale Jarrett posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 50.001 seconds, 191.516 mph – and will join Gilliland on the front row for the UAW-Ford 500. He and Gilliland were the only drivers to break the 191-mph mark. Jarrett has posted 18 top-10 starts in 40 races at Talladega. His best qualifying effort has been second, which he has done three times.
• The last 1-2 qualifying for Robert Yates Racing was in this race last season when Elliott Sadler started first in the #38 and Jarrett also started second in the #88. This is the third consecutive Bud Pole at Talladega for the #38 team.
• This is the fifth Bud Pole for Ford in 2006 – including three of the four restrictor-plate races. Dodge has 13 Bud Poles and Chevrolet has 11. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) has posted eight top-10 starts in 10 races at Talladega. He started on the Bud Pole in his career-first start here in April 2002 and started first again in October of that year when qualifying was canceled.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) has started from the top-10 in 15 of his 28 Talladega races.
• Greg Biffle (fifth) has posted three top-10 starts in eight races at Talladega – all in the past three races here. He has 20 top-10 starts this season – one shy of Series leader Kurt Busch, who qualified 29th today.
• Only two of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Johnson and Gordon.
• Kyle Petty (18th) was the fastest of the drivers required to qualify on time.(NASCAR Statistical Sevices)(10-7-2006)
- NASCAR issues smaller Resitrctor Plate's at Talladega: NASCAR will issue restrictor plates with smaller holes for the rest of the UAW-Ford 500 weekend as teams scrambled Saturday morning to get their cars ready for qualifying. The new restrictor plates will have four holes of seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, one-64th of an inch smaller than the ones used in practice Friday when #24-Jeff Gordon reached a speed of 198.689 mph in the opening session at Talladega Superspeedway. The change should slow the speeds by 2-5 mph, according to crew chiefs,. Teams were informed of the change Saturday morning. There are no practice sessions left on the schedule and the cars will be impounded after qualifying. NASCAR officials are expected to address the media concerning the change later this morning. The speeds are higher than they have been at Talladega because of the repaved surface, which is much smoother than the old surface.(SceneDaily.com)(10-7-2006)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 12:10pm/et.
TV: Speed Channel - 12:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: no re-air
- Qualifying Order List for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #14-Marlin is due out first on Saturday, October 7th at 12:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #55-Waltrip. For the Qualifying order, see my Talladega Qualifying/Grid Page.(10-6-2006)
- Happy Hour Practice for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway [this is an impound race], is over, the fastest:
slowest: #34-Lepage 186.137 and #61-Chaffin 187.687
most laps run: #66-Green 48; #20-Stewart & #11-Hamlin 42
incidents: #17-Kenseth lost a tire, slowed on the track and didn't do any damage.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 192.298 [19th fastest lap], 21 laps run
#26-McMurray 191.643 [16th], 31 laps
#20-Stewart 191.130 [4th], 42 laps
See speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(10-6-2006)
- How did the non Top-35 teams do in Happy Hour practice at Talladega?
Eight in and SIX out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
#15-Paul Menard 17th fastest
#32-Travis Kvapil 23rd
#45-Kyle Petty 28th
#74-Derrike Cope 37th
#04-Eric McClure 38th
#55-Michael Waltrip 39th
#4-Todd Bodine 40th
#49-Mike Bliss 41st
if things stayed the same, these 6 drivers would MISS the race:
#78-Kenny Wallace 42nd
#09-Mike Wallace 44th
#00-Hermie Sadler 46th
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine 47th
#61-Chad Chaffin 48th
#34-Kevin Lepage 49th/last
- Friday's First Practice for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest [CHECK OUT THESE SPEEDS]:
slowest: #04-McClure 156.670 and #34-Lepage 186.663
most laps run: #2-Busch, #20-Stewart, #16-Biffle - 37 laps
least laps run: #04-McClure 2; #00-Sadler 3
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#25-Vickers 190.866 [9th fastest lap], 34 laps run
#12-Newman 190.226 [35th], 29 laps
#99-Edwards 190.220 [15th], 36 laps
See speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds Page.(10-6-2006)
- Entry List for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 49 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-Todd Bodine in for Scott Wimmer
#34-Kevin Lepage in for Chad Blount
#49-Mike Bliss in for Kevin Lepage
If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 45,32,55,4,49,61,78,34
missing the race would be #'s: 74,00,27,15,09,04
see entry list on Jayski's Talladega Entry List Page.
- The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Talladega:
#45-Petty is still out, loses more ground and has get in via speed at Talladega
34) #14-Marlin/Bobby Ginn 168 points ahead of 36th
35) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +74
these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
36) #45-Petty/Petty 74 points behind 35th
37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -143
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.(10-1-2006)
- Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
#6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Heading to Talladega:
• A Chevrolet has won 14 of the last 15 races at Talladega. Dale Jarrett won this race one year ago in a Ford. The only Ford victory at Talladega since Jarrett won there in the same race in 1998.
• One year ago Dale Jarrett won at Talladega, scoring his last Nextel Cup victory.
• Elliott Sadler has won three of the last six Bud Poles at Talladega, including the last two.
• Sadler has posted four straight top-10 starts at Talladega, the longest current streak.
• There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch have each posted four straight top-10 finishes at Talladega, the longest current streak.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers, scoring five victories in 13 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers, each scoring 11 top-five finishes at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Mark Martin leads all active drivers, scoring 21 top-10 finishes at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers a 7.44 starting average in his nine races at Talladega Superspeedway.
• Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a 11.266 finishing average in 15 races at Talladega Superspeedway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-1-2006)
- Who's Hot - Talladega:
• Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
• Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score 18 top-10 finishes in the first 29 races of 2006.
• Matt Kenseth has posted 13 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks fourth in the point standings.
• Jeff Burton has scored four straight top-10 finishes including each of the first three races in The Chase. He is the only driver with three top-10 finishes in the Chase.
• Mark Martin has climbed from 10th to third in the point standings in the last five races (since Bristol).
• Denny Hamlin has posted 20 straight top-20 finishes since Richmond in May. No other driver has more than six straight top-20 finishes.
• Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 24 of the 29 races in 2006, the most of all drivers (83 percent).
• Mark Martin has been running at the finish in the 36 races, since Kansas one year ago, the longest current streak.
• Mark Martin has posted five straight top-15 finishes, extending a streak that began at California.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-2-2006)
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 189.260mph, finished 34th
- May 2006 Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 188.511mph, finished 16th
- Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
- Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
- Last Years Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 143.818mph, started 2nd
- May 2006 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 142.880mph, started 16th [rained delayed a day]
- Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph
- Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph
- Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Wins - Active Driver: 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott
- Most Poles - Active Driver: 3, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, Elliott Sadler
- Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991
- Youngest Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986
- Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 10/2/05, 2 laps led
- Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984
- Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973
- Most Leaders: 26 - twice, nost recent 4/22/2001
- Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973
- Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004
- Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002
- Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002
- Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 30 - Chevy
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 12 [of 74] 16.2%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 18, 24.3%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 6
- Races won from starting pos 4: 6
- Races won from starting pos 5: 3
- Races won from starting pos 6: 3
- Races won from starting pos 7: 2
- Races won from starting pos 8: 1
- Races won from starting pos 9: 1
- Races won from starting pos 10: 2
- Races won from starting pos 11: 3
- Races won from starting pos 12: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 3
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 15: 1
- Races won from starting pos 16: 2
- Races won from starting pos 17: 1
- Races won from starting pos 18: 2
- Races won from starting pos 20: 1
- Races won from starting pos 22: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from starting pos 27: 1
- Races won from starting pos 36: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 45 of 74 - 60.1%
- Races won from the top 10: 54 of 74 - 73.0%
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
Pit Road Speed: 55mph; Caution Car: 70mph
Grandstand Seating: 143,000
Grand Marshal: UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel
Command to start engines: Gary Casteel
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Cisco Codina from Ford
National Anthem: 151st Army Band, Alabama Army National Guard out of Montgomery, AL
Military Flyover: F-15 Eagles, Tyndall AFB, Florida
- Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com
- April 2006 Race Info / Rundown Page
- April 2005 Race Info Page
- October 2005 Race Info Page
- Martin To Visit With Fans In AAA Pit Tour Experience at Talladega: Fans who purchase the AAA Pit Tour Experience for the Oct. 8 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will enjoy a visit from Nextel Cup Series #6 AAA Ford driver Mark Martin. AAA is the Official Auto Club and insurance provider of Talladega Superspeedway. While the AAA Pit Tour Experience is open to all guests who choose to purchase the package, the track is offering the experience for only $130 to AAA members who also purchase frontstretch grandstand or tower tickets for the UAW-Ford 500. In addition to the special visit from Martin*, the AAA Pit Tour Experience hospitality package includes:
* Pass to the AAA Pit Tour Experience located in Talladega Superspeedway's Hospitality Village
* Pre-race Pit Road Tour*
* Catering for continental breakfast, lunch, soda and water, plus four beverage tickets per person
* Event souvenir
* Suite/Hospitality parking pass
To purchase the AAA Pit Tour Experience hospitality package, call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342). If you're not a member of AAA, join online at AAA.com/RacingJoin.(9-26-2006)
- Talladega Paving Progress Report, September 13: Crews are now finished with the 12-foot transporter truck lane that runs
along the inside of the 2.66-mile surface of Talladega Superspeedway, and also have finished the track's aprons. They are now tying in the skid pads of the track to pit road and the backstretch. The entire project will be completed by the track's fall UAW-Ford 500 event
weekend, set for Oct. 6 - 8. Tickets are available now by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342)(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-14-2006)
- Only few reserved spots left at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced nearly two months ago there were only a select few reserved spaces still available for the Oct. 6 - 8 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend - and now the only reserved spots that remain are a handful of spots for tents and automobiles only in the areas designated as the Blue Zone and Yellow Zone in the track's infield. More info at the Talladega Superspeedway site.(8-18-2006)
- Stewart checks out Talladega repaving project: #20-Tony Stewart visited Talladega Superspeedway Monday [July 17th] to lend a hand in the track's ongoing paving project and to talk with members of the media about the upcoming UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Oct. 6 - 8 at Talladega Superspeedway. Stewart met with dozens of media outlets after climbing aboard and operating the gigantic paver making its way through turn one of the legendary Alabama track, applying a level-up course of asphalt. "I think it's going to have a lot more grip," Stewart said. "People that like three- and four-wide racing, that's what they're going to see. Handling has not really been that huge of an issue here; it's always been about how fast your car was. Now, for sure it's going to be that much more grip, and handling will be even less of an issue, so that three- and four-wide racing - that's what it's going to be all day long."(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-21-2006)
- .38 Special & Shooter Jennings To Perform at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that the rock band .38 Special will headline this year's Miller Lite Rock'n Racing Concert in the track's infield Saturday evening, Oct. 7 during the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend. Universal South recording artist Shooter Jennings will open the show. The concert will begin tentatively at 7 p.m, and will be located in the southern portion of the infield near the intersection of the interior roads known as Talladega and Eastaboga Boulevards. The concert is free to all guests in the infield. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342).(Talladega Superspeedway)(7-15-2006)
- Talladega Superspeedway's Repaving Project Kicks Off: Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch used a trackhoe excavator to dig into the existing asphalt on the track that must be removed before it is resurfaced this summer. It has been 26 years since the 2.66 mile track was paved, and the ambitious undertaking officially began on Tuesday, May 2nd. The project is scheduled to be completed by the track's fall UAW-Ford 500 event weekend, set for Oct. 6 - 8. Tickets are available now by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342)(Talladega Superspeedway PR)
AND Workers began removing the catch-fence and SAFER barriers in the early morning hours. By mid-morning, a track hoe had begun to rip into the asphalt in turn 3 of the 2.66-mile speedway. The Justin, Texas-based Sunmount Corporation will head the project. Officials said crews will work seven days a week to make sure the project is completed in time. The Sunmount Corporation specializes in track resurfacing and its resume includes Miami-Homestead, Texas, Atlanta, Richmond and Charlotte. Pit road will be resurfaced with three inches of new asphalt and will be widened by 10 feet. The track's skid pads - the paved areas on both sides of pit road on the front-stretch and adjacent to the apron exiting turn two - will have the top 1˝ inches ground down before repaving.(Alabama Live)(5-3-2006)
- No Agressive Driving allowed at Talladega: NASCAR race director David Hoots told drivers before the Aaron's 499 that the entire track - not just the turns - will be monitored for aggressive driving during Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR had extra officials in the turns at the season-opening race at Daytona to watch for aggressive driving after criticism that bump-drafting had escalated to an unacceptable level. "The aggressive driving zone has been expanded," Hoots said during the pre-race drivers meeting. "It will start at the start of the race as soon as you go across the start-finish line and will conclude when you complete the race - for all 2.66 miles around this race track and all 188 laps of the race. It will be considered all the way around the track." Hoots asked the drivers to err on the side of caution. "Remember drivers, it doesn't mean that you're given more latitude on the straightaway," Hoots said. "If you think you're getting ready to be too close to or crossing over that line, you need to throttle back and be on the conservative side and don't place yourself in the position of opening it up to our judgment of aggressive driving."(SceneDaily.com)(4-30-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Talladega Superspeedway
- NASCAR issues smaller Restrictor Plates at Talladega MORE: NASCAR will issue restrictor plates with smaller holes for the rest of the UAW-Ford 500 weekend as teams scrambled Saturday morning to get their cars ready for qualifying. The new restrictor plates will have four holes of seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, one-64th of an inch smaller than the ones used in practice Friday when #24-Jeff Gordon reached a speed of 198.689 mph in the opening session at Talladega Superspeedway. The change should slow the speeds by 2-5 mph, according to crew chiefs,. Teams were informed of the change Saturday morning. There are no practice sessions left on the schedule and the cars will be impounded after qualifying. NASCAR officials are expected to address the media concerning the change later this morning. The speeds are higher than they have been at Talladega because of the repaved surface, which is much smoother than the old surface.(SceneDaily.com)(10-7-2006)
MORE: NASCAR called a 6:30 a.m. crew chief meeting on Saturday to hand out smaller restrictor plates to push the speeds back down before Sunday's race on the freshly paved Talladega oval. The new plates knocked the speeds from Jeff Gordon's top mark of 198.689 mph in practice to David Gilliland's pole-winning mark of 191.712. "We tried to downplay it and we didn't want to make a knee-jerk reaction," NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton said in explaining the delay in changing the plates. "We were hoping that the speeds would go the other way." When they didn't after Friday's second practice session, NASCAR officials decided to err on the side of caution by slowing the cars. Despite the change, NASCAR did not work a practice session into the schedule so teams could adjust their cars with the new plates.(Associated Press)(10-8-2006)
- Mike Wallace running all three Talladega events: Hoping that multi-tasking will give him an advantage on the brand new racing surface at Talladega Superspeedway, veteran driver Mike Wallace will run all three races this Oct. 6-8 weekend. Wallace finished sixth in the ARCA RE/MAX Food World 250 and finished 26th in the #15 Chevy for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the inaugural John Deere 250 Craftsman Truck Series race [he finished ]. On Sunday, he’ll be behind the wheel of the #09 Ford Taurus for team owner James Finch and starts 28th. Wallace is the only driver participating in all three races. “I’m the only one who seems to be doing it. I was here, and (team owner) James (Finch) called and said, ‘How about driving it?’ And I went, ‘OK, deal,’” Wallace said.(Speed Channel)
- Gordon has shot to be first to hit $80 million: Six years after his final victory, Dale Earnhardt's record of 11 restrictor-plate victories can be tied this weekend in the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. If that record is matched, Jeff Gordon has also tied "The Intimidator's" career total of 76 wins in the Nextel Cup Series - and eclipsed the $80 million mark for career race winnings [which includes point funds, championships, etc].(Performance PR Plus), Gordon is currently at $79,882,400, needing $117,000.(10-4-2006)
- Wimmer and Morgan-McClure part ways, Todd Bodine in #4 at Talladega: #4-Morgan-McClure President, Larry McClure announced today the mutually agreed upon release of Scott Wimmer as their full-time driver for the remainder of the 2006 season. Wimmer and McClure have agreed to part ways now, allowing the team to possibly utilize some veteran experience to diagnose the existing cars as well as try some potential drivers for 2007. Wimmer remains available to assist the team at any of the remaining events for 2006. "We are sorry to lose Scott, but at the same time we all have to do what is best for each of us. He is one of the nicest young men I've had the opportunity to work with and we enjoyed having him with us this year and getting to know him and his family. I knew he was going to have to make a decision soon about his future in the sport and we wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavor," said McClure early Tuesday morning from his Abingdon, VA based facility. "We just decided to go different ways in '07. We were working real hard to put sponsorship together and get things going in the right direction and it just never seemed to materialize. I think we had a successful season, we ran real well at times, especially with losing our sponsor so early and having to go through all that. Unfortunately, we just couldn't find the consistency we needed and missed a few races. But I think we ran real good at other ones and definitely were building something. We just never could get decent funding or the sponsorship we needed, so we decided to go different ways in '07," said Wimmer of his departure. Wimmer continued, "I really enjoyed the time that I was there. I think that they are great car owners and great people and definitely deserve to have success in this sport like they used to. I wish them the best and hope they can find what they had back in the 90's and be successful like they were there."
There were several options McClure considered before naming Todd Bodine as the driver for the next two races. "Todd got in our car last year at Homestead and really went out and showed us what we were capable of, so he was a good choice for us. We are looking forward to getting to Talladega and working with Todd again."(Morgan-McClure PR)(10-3-2006)
- Bliss in the #49, Lepage out..starting at Talladega: BAM Racing announced that former Truck Series Champion Mike Bliss as driver of the #49 Dodge for the remainder of the 2006 season beginning this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway [replacing Kevin Lepage]. Bliss joins BAM Racing in light of the recent restructuring efforts of the team. Recently, David Hyder returned to the team as crew chief and WhatsOnline.com joined BAM Racing as a repeat primary sponsor for 2006 and 2007. “I’m excited to have this opportunity with BAM Racing and to return to racing in the Nextel Cup Series,” commented Bliss. “This team is making great strides in preparing for the 2007 season and I am happy to be part of the process. As one of the few single-car teams, the challenges we face are greater than those of multi-car teams but so are the rewards. I look forward to being a part of the team that is being assembled by BAM Racing.” Bliss will be making his first Nextel Cup Series start of the 2006 season this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. He has four starts at the track with an average starting position of 28.0 and average finish of 25.2 at the 2.66-mile tri-oval with one top-10 finish. “We are pleased to have Mike Bliss behind the wheel of the BAM Racing Dodge,” said team co-owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. “Our team has been in a restructuring period for weeks now. As we look to the future, we feel that Mike has the determination and enthusiasm it takes to be successful. The final races of this season are important building blocks for us and Mike will be an integral part of our continued reorganization.”(BAM Racing site), nothing heard about Kevin Lepage's plans.(10-3-2006)
- Montoya to make stock car debut in Talladega ARCA race: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the #4 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the ARCA/REMAX Series event on Friday, October
6 at Talladega Superspeedway. Montoya and the CGRFS team tested at Talladega earlier this week in preparation for the ARCA event, as well as his first start in a stock car. In July CGRFS announced that Montoya would be piloting the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007. The 31-year-old Colombia, South America native will become the first Formula One driver in the 58-year history of NASCAR to compete on the circuit full time. He returns to the CGRFS organization with 137 starts competing in CART, IndyCar and Formula One, where he's tallied 18 wins, 26 poles, 60 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes. Over his five complete
seasons in Formula One, Montoya has finished sixth or better in the standings. Montoya previously worked with team owner Chip Ganassi in the CART Series in 1999 and 2000. He captured the CART Championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 while visiting Victory Lane 11 times in those two years, including a win at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in 2000. The Food World 250 is scheduled to start at 4:30pm and will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on Speed Channel.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-28-2006)
- Goodyear tire test at Talladega UPDATE 3: Five teams will participate in a Goodyear tire test Sept. 18-19 at the newly repaved Talladega Superspeedway, Goodyear officials confirmed Saturday. None of the five drivers is in Chase contention, so no title contender will have an advantage when the Nextel Cup Series competes at the track Oct. 8. The five drivers who will participate will be #1-Martin Truex Jr., #12-Ryan Newman, #25-Brian Vickers, #32-Travis Kvapil and #40-David Stremme.(SceneDaily.com)(9-3-2006)
UPDATE: Rookie David Gilliland has never raced at Talladega Superspeedway, so he gratefully accepted an invitation to participate in the Sept. 19-20 Goodyear tire test at the newly paved track. The addition of the Robert Yates Racing driver will add a Ford to the group. Goodyear plans on bringing its Charlotte left-side tire to see if it will be able to stand the increased heat resulting from the new pavement. Goodyear plans on using the same tire for the Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series events during the Oct. 7-8 weekend.(SceneDaily.com)(9-17-2006)
UPDATE 2: the test will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006.(TSS PR)(9-20-2006)
UPDATE 3: Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., David Stremme, Travis Kvapil, Dave Gilliland and Brian Vickers participated in the tire tests [at Talladega]. During testing, drivers are allowed to attach computer sensors to the cars that measure several factors, including suspension travel. Track General Manager Rick Humphrey said one team gave the new track surface a rousing stamp of approval. "They said when they got here they thought their equipment might not be working because it wasn't recording any suspension travel," he said. "They finally realized it was just because the track is so smooth. The bumps are gone." The drivers said the new surface has not resulted in an increase in speeds, but they did find a dramatic decline in tire wear during tests. Several said the minimal tire wear could result in some major strategy changes during Talladega's UAW-Ford 500 race. Where Talladega Superspeedway's surface was notoriously rough on tires in the past, tire wear is minimal now and drivers will likely try to improve track position by just taking two tires or maybe no tires at all on some pit stops, drivers said.(Alabama Live), no speeds or incidents reported. See video/slideshow of the track and testing at RacingOne.(9-21-2006)
- 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
- Microsoft Windows Live featured on #66 Entry at Talladega: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet will sport a special paint design this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The Microsoft Windows Live logo will appear on the hood and quarter panels
of the #66 entry, driven by Jeff Green, in Sunday's Nextel Cup Series race. Earlier this year, Microsoft became an associate sponsor of the Haas team, and Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare product was featured on the #66 entry in the Neighborhood Excellence 400 race at Dover International Speedway in June. The Microsoft Windows Live logo has appeared on the lower rear quarter panels of the #66 car in select races since that time. Best Buy, who is the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet in a number of events this season, is a featured retailer of Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare service, an all-in-one PC care service available to consumers nationwide. As an added convenience for customers, Geek Squad Agents are available 24/7 to install Windows Live OneCare in-home or at Geek Squad Precincts in Best Buy Stores. Including the June race at Dover International Speedway, this weekend marks just the second time in Microsoft's history the company has been the primary sponsor of a Nextel Cup Series car.(Best Buy Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(10-5-2006)
- DirecTV back on the #07 at Talladega: For the fourth and final time this season, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport a DIRECTV paint scheme. DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital television service provider. DIRECTV is also the official satellite television service provider of NASCAR. The team's customary primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid.(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(10-5-2006)
- Camo for Stremme at Talladega: Coors Light and Coors have partnered in 2006 to target their hunting consumers by leveraging Bill Jordan's Advantage Max-1 and Advantage Max-4patterns on product packaging and point of sale items. Look for these items to feature the patterns in a store near you: Coors Light 6-pack 16 oz. cans, Coors Light Big 18, and Coors 6-pack 16 oz cans. To further leverage the unique camouflage can, Coors Light will take the packaging to the track! The Coors Light #40 Dodge of David Stremme will be wrapped in the same pattern as the can for this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(10-4-2006)
- DirecTV to sponsor RCR? UPDATE 2: looks like DirecTV will be an associate sponsor on the #07 Jack Daniel's RCR Chevy Clint Boyer will drive in 2006. See the schemes on my #07 Team Schemes page.(1-31-2006)
UPDATE: NASCAR partner DIRECTV has announced an official partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), one of NASCAR’s premier racing teams. Through the partnership, DIRECTV will be an associate sponsor of the #07 Jack Daniel’s Chevy and its driver, Clint Bowyer, during the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season. The association with RCR aligns DIRECTV with one of the sport’s most well-respected racing programs and one of the sport’s most exciting young drivers. DIRECTV also will be primary sponsor of the #07 Chevy at three Nextel Cup Series races this season at:
Martinsville (April 2)
Pocono (June 11) and
Talladega (October 8).
As the nation’s leading digital TV service, DIRECTV has a long history with NASCAR, though this announcement marks the company’s first official sponsorship of a Nextel Cup team. The service has become an integral part of the sport by providing millions of fans the opportunity for the most enhanced, unique NASCAR viewing experience at home and trackside. DIRECTV has also become a critical piece of racing equipment for crew chiefs, as teams up and down pit road rely on the digital picture and sound to aid spotters and monitor car performance throughout the entire race. The partnership with RCR and Clint Bowyer will enable DIRECTV to create consumer marketing and retail promotions targeting NASCAR's loyal fan base. In addition, the relationship will provide DIRECTV the opportunity to increase awareness of its new DIRECTV Plus DVR among race fans and emphasize current and future features that will enhance their race viewing experience.(RCR Site)(2-10-2006)
UPDATE 2: RCR, along with DIRECTV, will unveil a new look for the #07 Chevy Friday, March 24 at 10a.m. in Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway. The #07 DIRECTV Chevrolet will make its debut the following weekend in the DIRECTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Driver Clint Bowyer, crew chief Gil Martin and senior vice president of advertising and public relations, Jon Gieselman, from DIRECTV will be on hand for the unveiling.(RCR PR)(3-22-2006)
AND: Bowyer did run this scheme at Dover in Sept. and will at Talladega in October.(9-24-2006)
- 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 (?), 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 (1), to the #26 Team Schemes page.(12-2-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)