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THE RACE: The AMD at the Glen

Nextel Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 13, 2006 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • Title Sponsor/Link: AMD

  • Track: Watkins Glen International

  • TV: NBC 1:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

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

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 1:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 17 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

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

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,705,975 (was $4,625,176 in 2005)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, August 11, 11:35am - 1:35pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, August 12, 8:30 - 9:30am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 12, 10:05 - 10:50am/et on TV-Speed Channel

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 11, 10:35am/et

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-43, Friday, August 11 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 11:00pm/et and 1:30am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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


    Friday, Aug. 11
    5:00 AM NNCS Haulers Enter
    6:30 AM NASCAR Garage Opens
    7:00 AM – 5:00 PM WGI Ticket Office Open
    10:35 AM NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Qualifying Order Drawing
    11:35 AM - 1:05 PM NNCS Practice
    12:15 PM NBS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Qualifying Order Drawing
    1:15 PM - 2:30 PM NBS Practice
    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM NBS Rookie Practice
    3:10 PM NNCS Qualifying (Two Laps, All positions)
    5:30 PM Approx. NBS Final Practice (45 Minutes, time permitting)
    6:00 PM NNCS Garage & Registration Closes
    6:30 PM START - CROWN ROYAL 200 -Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

    Saturday, August 12th
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM NNCS Practice
    10:05 AM - 10:50 AM NNCS Final Practice
    11:05 AM NBS Qualifying (NASCAR Road Race Format) IMPOUND
    1:30 PM NBS Driver Introductions
    2:10 PM START - Zippo 200 - NASCAR Busch Series

    Sunday, August 13th
    11:35 AM NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Garage)
    1:05 PM NNCS Drivers Introductions
    1:35 PM START - NextelCup Series at The Glen

    NNCS = NextelCup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup -- 2,200;
    Busch Series -- 1,150

    Tire Code: D-4044 (all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left-Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: As Goodyear's road course tire set-up, teams will run the same tires code (D-4044) on all four positions at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . this is the second road course that teams in each series will run in 2006 . . . teams in NASCAR's top three divisions also run this tire code on the right side at Martinsville . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

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


Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Watkins Glen, NY Area:
Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin
Elmira Star-Gazette
The Corning Leader
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Syracuse Online - Post Standard

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

The Weather Channel
Accuweather - Current Radar
National Weather Service
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing

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

In-Car Audio SIte:
Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

news and links

  • Results Revised NOTE 2 and UPDATED: the unofficial results that were posted originally on NBC and [Leaderboard/and unofficial results - but they were corrected later] have been revised by NASCAR Media. #12-Newman was 9th, now is 31st; #32-Fellows was 10th, now 32nd WHY? on the last lap both ran thru the inner-loop, bypassing it without stopping and were penalized 30 seconds, dropping both to the end of the lead lap.
    REVISION 2: the last 2 weeks sure are cofusing - another revision...this time:
    Position Changes: No. 12 - 31st to 8th; No. 60 - 6th to 31st. -- no reason given.
    OFFICIAL results will be released sometime Monday, usually sometime after 12noon/et, so the results/points could change again as is the case each week as NASCAR reviews the scoring loop feeds and video.(8-13-2006)
    UPDATEs: Both #60-Boris Said and #32-Ron Fellows were denied top 10-finishes in the AMD at the Glen on Sunday after receiving 30-second penalties from NASCAR officials for an incident on the final lap of the 90-lap event. Said, who crossed the finish line in sixth after a demanding day, and Fellows, who was 10th, ended up 31st and 32nd, respectively. Both overshot the Inner Loop and were penalized for not stopping at the exit before blending back into the race. #40-Scott Pruett, who had been seventh, moved up a spot to sixth in the final results as a result of Said's misfortune [as did #38-Sadler, from 8th to 7th].(Elmira Star Gazette)
    AND #12-Ryan Newman's broken motor mounts proved to be the least of his problems in a NASCAR post-race that saw him first assessed a penalty then have it lifted. Newman raced in the top three entering the closing laps of the AMD at the Glen NASCAR Nextel Cup race Sunday. With about 15 laps to go, the motor mounts broke in his car. Then he made contact with Boris Said, and both went through the inner loop. After the race, NASCAR first deemed that Newman had not stopped - as required - after the slip, and he was docked a 30-second penalty, dropping him to 31st. The call was later reversed, and the finishing order recalculated with Newman in eighth. Said, meanwhile, dropped from sixth on the initial report to, ironically, 31st in the final rundown [when assessed the penalty]."The motor was just sitting there flopping around, and the throttle was hanging on me wide open," Newman said of the final laps with his Penske Racing South Dodge. "I was using the kill switch to shut it off. That's why I dropped back those last two laps. It was hanging really bad. I had my hands full. Boris got into the back of me. I don't know what I did or what he did. It doesn't matter. I was using up a lot of the race track, and he turned me around. We kept going and finished the race." Said, running under the Front Row Motorsports [#61] banner with his #60 No Fear Racing team, was a little less understanding of the final-lap incident. "I really wanted fifth, and I was disappointed in Ryan Newman," he said. "He was running out of gas on the last lap, and it's OK to block one way, but he blocked me once and moved twice, and I got into him. I couldn't help it. I was already committed to that side, so I was disappointed in that."(
    AND II: Boris Said was originally listed sixth but was moved to 31st after a postrace video review showed NASCAR he failed to stop when he bypassed the Inner Loop during a last-lap accident. The same review moved Ryan Newman, listed originally in 31st, into eighth place.(Buffalo News)
    AND III and a full Said story at Ford should cover it.(8-14-2006)

  • Harvick wins at Watkins Glen - revision 2:: #29-Kevin Harvick won the AMD at the Glen, Watkins Glen International for his 1st road course win, 2nd win of 2006 and 7th of his career. Harvick made a nice pass of #20-Tony Stewart with 7 laps to go, Stewart ended up 2nd, followed by #26-Jamie McMurray, #7-Robby Gordon [1st top 5 of the year], #99-Carl Edwards, #40-Scott Pruett, #38-Elliott Sadler [could be last run in the #38, also went off course in the kitty litter on lap 4, but recovered], #12-Ryan Newman [was 9th the first results, then back to 8th], #5-Kyle Busch [was 5 laps down and got 5 lucky dog passes...a record] and #11-Denny Hamlin [#60-Boris Said was dropped from 6th to 31st]. The front row starters didn't do too well, Pole sitter #2-Kurt Busch was leading on lap 53 and headed to the pits just as the 6th caution came out, Busch was 2 feet from the line when the stop light came on, Busch kept going and made his pit stop [he would had driven thru, there would had been no penalty] and was penalized after his pit stop then was sent to the end of the longest line at the restart, which was 40th at the time, for pitting when pit road was closed. Busch was running 11th with a lap to go and got tangled up in one of the last lap incidents and finished 18th. The outside pole sitter, #9-Kasey Kahne got into Busch on the 1st lap, fell back was running in the top 15 late in the race until on the final lap got off course and into the litter and finished 22nd. keeping him 11th in the points. #8-Dale Earnahrdt Jr. started 11th, but was never much of a factor but finished 18th and held on to 10th in the points. There were 11 leaders with 14 lead changes and a record 10 cautions for 22 laps.
    Race Results on my Indy Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Watkins Glen page.(8-13-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Watkins Glen [22 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 3241
    #17-Matt Kenseth 3117 -124
    #29-Kevin Harvick 2918 -323
    #31-Jeff Burton 2879 -362
    #5-Kyle Busch 2871 -370
    #6-Mark Martin 2815 -426
    #20-Tony Stewart 2794 -447
    #11-Denny Hamlin 2782 -459
    #24-Jeff Gordon 2756 -485
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2726 -515
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kasey Kahne -54
    #2-Kurt Busch -172
    #16-Greg Biffle -180
    #99-Carl Edwards -191
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-13-2006)

  • NBC in Cleveland Ohio did air the Cup on it's NBC stattion there, WKYC-TV - Channel 3, they showed the Cleveland Indian's baseball game, do NOT send complaints to me, but to the station at or

  • Watkins Glen Race News and Notes:
    • Kevin Harvick won the 2006 AMD at Watkins Glen International, scoring his seventh Nextel Cup victory in his 200th career start.
    • This was Harvick’s second victory in 2006. He also won at Phoenix in April.
    • Harvick scored his first victory at Watkins Glen and first victory on a road course.
    • Harvick won the race from the seventh-place starting position.
    • Harvick scored his 13th top-10 finish in 22 races this season, including top-10 finishes in the last six races.
    • Harvick climbed from fourth to third in the point standings, now 246 ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Harvick extended a 34-race streak of running at the finish, the longest current streak.
    • Kurt Busch led the most laps for the first time since Dover in September 2005, 31 races ago.
    • Race winner Harvick led two times for 28 laps including the final four laps in the 2006 AMD at the Glen.
    • This was team owner Richard Chidress’s 79th Nextel Cup victory. Childress has scored two Nextel Cup victories at Watkins Glen. His other victory was scored by Robby Gordon in 2003.
    Notebook Items
    • Tony Stewart (second) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It is his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen. He climbed from ninth to seventh in the point standings, 122 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Jamie McMurray (third) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2006. It is his first top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International.
    • Robby Gordon (fourth) scored his second top-10 finish in 2006. It is his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International, all top-fives.
    • Carl Edwards (fifth) scored his 11th top-10 finish 22 races in 2006. It is his first top-10 finish in two races at Watkins Glen International.
    • Kyle Busch (ninth) extended a streak of eight straight top-15 finishes that began at Michigan in June.
    • Jeff Burton (11th) scored his 16th straight top-15 finish extending a streak that began at Texas in April.
    • At least one Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender, Denny Hamlin finished 10th in his first race at Watkins Glen International. It marked his 10th top-10 finish in 2006, the most among the rookie contenders.
    • Kyle Busch was awarded a lap back as beneficiary of rule five times in the AMD at the Glen, a record for the most “Lucky Dogs” to be awarded a driver in a race since the program’s inception at Dover in September 2003.
    • The 10 cautions set the record for the most at Watkins Glen. The previous record was eight cautions set in 1988.
    • The 14 lead changes tied the record for the most in a race at Watkins Glen set in 1991.
    • Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 91 consecutive races.
    • Michael Waltrip finished 36th in the AMD at the Glen. This marked his 100th consecutive start without a victory. Waltrip last won at Talladega in September 2003.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-13-2006)

  • Rumblings - Notes - Watkins Glen:
    We had a short-track disguised as a road course today.... In a slam-bang affair, Kevin Harvick bested Tony Stewart in a five lap shootout to take the AMD at the Glen for his second win of the season. Harvick's first road course victory was the 7th of his career (he's tied for 57th on the all-time win list) and the 79th for Richard Childress Racing. His share of the over $4.7M in posted awards was $223,161. We started early today with a wild first corner....heck, we hadn't gone 50 yards before the give & take went away! The 10 cautions were a race record, and we saw a seven-car job (we don't see those often here) on lap 63.
    Jamie McMurray (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Dover in June.
    Robby Gordon (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up here last August. His Top-5 gives us 25 drivers at that level this season.....last year's number was 30.
    Scott Pruett (6th) gives us 34 drivers with a Top-10 finish this season.... last year we had 43 drivers to score a Top-10.
    Jeff Green (15th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Lowes in May.
    STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    Kyle Busch has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Kyle Busch sure has to love that "Lucky Dog", huh?
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Reed Sorenson (+28 ), followed by Jamie McMurray (+21).
    Jimmie Johnson stretched his meaningless lead over Matt Kenseth today to 124 points. Kasey Kahne is 54 points out of the "Chase" in 11th after this race, and our "Mathematically Eliminated" Line has jumped all the way up to 27th. Johnson's Magic Number is now an almost clinching 38th. All he needs to do is finish 38th or better the next four races and he's guaranteed into the "Chase"
    We had three drivers advance two spots in the standings today. Tony Stewart (9th to 7th), Jamie McMurray (19th to 17th), and Elliott Sadler (22nd to 20th) all made multiple position moves. Casey Mears (15th to 18th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(8-13-2006)

    Watkins Glen Race Rundown

  • The AMD at the Glen, Watkins Glen International:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 90 of 90 laps:

    REVISED a 2nd Time
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #29-Harvick-c (7)(28 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (8)(7 laps led)
    #26-McMurray-f (24)
    #7-Gordon-c (6)
    #99-Edwards-f (21)
    #40-Pruett-d (13) - moved up to 6th
    #38-Sadler-f (12) - moved up to 7th
    #12-Newman-d (3)(7 laps led) - moved from 31st to 8th
    #5-Busch-c (9)[5 lucky dogs passes]
    #11-Hamlin-c (10-r)

    #60-Said-f (15) dropped from 6th to 31st

    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie
    #2-Busch-d (1) was 19 involved in wreck last lap
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(11) was 18

    Pit Selections Chart page at

  • Drivers Points after lap 90 of 90 at Watkins Glen
    #48-Johnson 3241
    #17-Kenseth -124
    #29-Harvick -323
    #31-Burton -362
    #5-Busch -370
    #6-Martin -426
    #20-Stewart -447
    #11-Hamlin -459
    #24-Gordon -485
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -515
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kahne -54 out of 10th
    #2-Busch -172
    #16-Biffle -180
    #99-Edwards -191 Live Points Standings.

  • Cars on the lead lap: 33 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 21,42,55

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 96,16

  • Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #90-Goossens (accident-out)
    #01-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #14-Marlin (accident-out)
    #22-Blaney (accident-out)
    #34-Simo (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 14 lead changes):
    #2-Busch (pole, 38)
    #29-Harvick (28);
    #12-Newman (7);
    #20-Stewart (7);
    #41-Sorenson (2);
    #4-Wimmer (3);
    #24-Gordon (1);
    #48-Johnson (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
    #55-Waltrip (1);
    #45-Petty (1);

  • Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #12-Newman 1-7; #2-Busch 8-21; #24-Gordon 22; #48-Johnson 23; #8-Earnhardt Jr 24; #4-Wimmer 25-27; #55-Waltrip 28; #45-Petty 29; #2-Busch 30-53; #20-Stewart 54-55; #41-Sorenson 56-57; #29-Harvick 58-81; #20-Stewart 82-86; #29-Harvick 87-90;

    Cautions: 10 for 22 laps

    Breaks the record for caution periods with 10
    the caution laps record is safe, 36 in 1988
    Caution 10 - Laps 84 - 85: #55-Waltrip got hit by #07-Bowyer in turn 7 and smacked the tire barrier.
    Caution 9 - NEW RECORD Laps 80 - 81: #42-Mears spun in turn 1, then spun around again on lap 77, then Mears stalled just past the 1st turn when he couldn't get the car going
    Caution 8 - Laps 63 - 66: going three wide, a bunch of cars wrecked in the "S's": #01-Nemchek and #14-Marlin are wrecked on the track and couldn't get going, others involved #34-Simo [leaving oil on the track], also involved #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #96-TLabonte, #22-Blaney and #4-Wimmer.
    Caution 7 - Laps 60 - 61: #90-Goossens spun around in the "S's"/turn 4
    Caution 6 - Laps 55 - 56: #01-Nemechek got punted #66-Green in the inner-loop and ended up in the tire barreir, but drove on.
    Caution 5 - Laps 45 - 46: #16-Biffle got into the guard rail when #45-Petty got into him, before the inner-loop, bashing in the nose of the car, leaving some debris on the track, headed to the garage to replace the radiator and make repairs.
    Caution 4 - Laps 40 - 41: #19-Elliott and #22-Blaney got together at the entrance of the inner-loop [bus stop] and Elliott spun deep into the kitty little, Blaney went off course. Elliott got out of the sand and didn't lose a lap
    Caution 3 - Laps 34 - 35: #90-Goossens got into #60-Said and both spun in the inner-loop
    Caution 2 - Laps 29 - 30: #5-Busch broke a track bar in the inner-loop, spun around and blew a tire leaving debris on the track
    Caution 1 - Laps 6 - 7: #38-Sadler got hit by #42-Mears in the inner-loop and got stuck in the kitty litter on the backstretch

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Five Lucky-Dog passes are an all-time record for the most ever used in a race.
    Caution 10: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 9: #96-Labonte(2), still 9 laps down, 37th
    Caution 8: #5-Busch(5), back on the lead lap, 9th
    Caution 7: #5-Busch(4), still 1 lap down, 9th
    Caution 6: #5-Busch(3), still 2 laps down, 9th
    Caution 5: #5-Busch(2), still 3 laps down, 9th
    Caution 4: #5-Busch, still 4 laps down, 9th
    Caution 3: #96-Labonte, still 10 laps down 37th
    Caution 2: #38-Sadler, 7th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    90 PT Jumping the restart Lap 1
    15 PT Running through the loop Lap 6
    4 TE Excessive speed entering pits Lap 28
    4 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 28
    01 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 54
    2 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 54
    43 SG Removing equipment from pit area Lap 55
    2 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    4 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    17 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    22 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    34 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 62
    55 TE Pitting before pit road is open Lap 82
    55 TE Commitment line violation Lap 82
    12 30 seconds Running through the loop Lap 90 [recinded]
    32 30 seconds Running through the loop Lap 90
    61/60 30 seconds Running through the loop Lap 90 [added]
    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 Statisical Services)(8-13-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on the last lap: #60-Said got into #12-Newman, with Newman spinning, someone got into #31-Burton, who was running 9th and Burton spun, and #2-Busch was running 11th, but got involved and had some damage and ended up 21st. #18-Yeley and #1-Truex Jr. made contact dut drove on and #9-Kahne went off course but drove thru it and finished but lost some positions at the end.
    ---- #48-Johnson was running 25th at the 9th caution and came in for tires on lap 80, will restart 35th
    ---- #14-Marlin is back on the track with a battered car om lap 75 as the crew made repairs to the car.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. ran off turn 1 and lost it, just tapping the tire barrier, was running 22nd at the time, dropped to 36th on lap 73
    ---- on the restart after the 8th caution, #6-Martin got into #24-Gordon who spun around in turn 1, no caution thrown, he went from 18th to 34th on lap 67
    ---- after the 6th caution while running 2nd, #29-Harvick is losing fuel while running thru the "S's", then took the lead.
    ---- most fo the top 10 came in to pit during the 6th caution
    ---- wow, close call, just as the 6th caution came out, the leader, #2-Busch was heading to the pits, was 2 feet from the line when the stop light came on, Busch kept going and was penalized after his pit stop, for pitting when pit road was closed, getting sent to the end of the longest line at the restart, which is 40th...yikes
    ---- during the 5th caution many drivers came in to pit, none in the top-10, #9-Kahne who was running 18th, pitted and plans to stay out the rest of the race came out 27th.
    ---- during the 4th caution, many of the drivers towards the rear of the lead lap came in to pit.
    ---- on lap 24, #48-Johnson came in to pit while leading, #8-Earnhardt Jr. took the led, then pitted on lap 25, with #4-Wimmer taking the lead, #60-Said spun off course and around, but recovered with no caution was thrown
    ---- on lap 22, the two leaders #2-Busch and #20-Stewart came in for their first scheduled pit stops, #24-Gordon takes the lead then followed on lap 23, pole sitter #9-Kahne came in on lap 23.
    ---- others in for sched stops, #7, #18, #12 and others on lap 21, Newman, missed his pit stop, and backed up back into his pit and lost a lot of time.
    ---- pit strategy in play, #31-Burton, #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle came in to pit around lap 16-17, many others in before lap 20, #17, #34, 42 and many others.
    ---- on lap 13, #99-Edwards came in for an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.
    ---- on lap 11, #96-Labonte is back on ther track after the team made repairs to the transmission/rearend
    ---- during the 1st caution, some drivers made pit stops who are running at the rear: #'s 88,14,38,55,21,19,10; #15-Menard was penalized for bypassing the inner-loop and not stopping
    ---- on lap 3, #96-Labonte to the garage for a broken rear-end gear/transmission
    ---- on lap 2, #41-Sorenson went off course, but saved it and went back on track
    ---- on the first lap #2-Busch, the pole sitter and #9-Kahne made contact with Busch going into the first turn when Busch slowed for the corner and Kahne tried to block Newman and ran into Busch.
    ---- green flag at 1:50pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 1:34pm/et by AMD Executive Bill Larosa
    ---- To The Back [4]: #6-Martin [engine]; #14-Marlin [engine]; #16-Biffle [backup car]; #90-Goossens [engine];

  • Race Coverage of the AMD at the Glen, Watkins Glen International is scheduled to run Sunday, August 13, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 1:00pm/et [green flag around 1:35pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, August 17th at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the AMD at the Glen is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 121.555
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 121.331
    #32-Fellows 121.282
    #90-Goossens 121.195
    #24-Gordon 121.182
    rest of top-10: #'s 5,60,25,11,31
    slowest: #14-Marlin 118.713 and #34-Simo 118.956
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 18; #2-Busch 17
    incidents: #7-Gordon locked up his brakes and spun off course; #11-Hamlin spun off the inner-loop, no damage; #41-Sorenson lost it off turn 5 and backed into the tire barrier hard, doing a lot of damage to the rear of the car, but will NOT have to go to a back-up car; #6-Martin lost an engine and the team will change it; #21-Schrader went off course and into the kitty litter but drove on ok; #01-Nemechek got off the track between 6 and 7 but recovered; #10-Riggs spun around in the inner-loop.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #32-Fellows 120.788 [3rd fastest lap], 9 laps run
    #20-Stewart 120.784 [1st], 18 laps
    #26-McMurray 120.520 [13th], 10 laps
    See speeds on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-12-2006)

  • Saturday's first practice for the AMD at the Glen is over, the fastest:
    #32-Fellows 121.717
    #7-Gordon 121.677
    #20-Stewart 121.605
    #2-Busch 121.451
    #5-Busch 121.372
    rest of top 10: #'s 26,8,16,60,12
    slowest: #66-Green 118.724 and #34-Simo 118.762
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 24; #12-Newman & #34-Simo 23
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #2-Busch 120.262 [4th fastest lap], 14 laps run
    #20-Stewart 120.155 [3rd], 24 laps
    #25-Vickers 120.070 [16th], 16 laps

    See speeds on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-12-2006)

  • Kurt Busch wins pole at Watkins Glen: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the AMD at the Glen with a speed of 122.966mph for his 3rd pole of 2006, 2nd of the year at a road course and 6th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #9-Kasey Kahne, followed by #12-Ryan Newman, #24-Jeff Gordon and #48-Jimmie Johnson. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 11th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #60-Said, #32-Fellows, #90-Goossens, #4-Wimmer, #19-Elliott, #55-Waltrip, #15-Menard and #34-Simo. Missing the race were: #49-Cook, #78-Papis, #27-Hubert, #37-Murry, #72-Quarterly, #92-Miller and #02-Ash. For qualifying results and starting lineup, see my Watkins Glen Starting Grid/Qualifying Page.(8-11-2006)

  • Watkins Glen Qualifying News and Notes:
    • Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the AMD at the Glen, lapping Watkins Glen International in 71.727 seconds at 122.966 mph. Jeff Gordon holds the trackqualifying record of 70.798 seconds, 124.580 mph - set Aug. 8, 2003 – in the most recent qualifying session at Watkins Glen. Qualifying was canceled by weather in the past two seasons.
    • This is Busch’s sixth career Bud Pole in 206 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    • This is his third Bud Pole and series-leading 16th top-10 start in 2006. It is his second Bud Pole on a road-course this season.
    • Busch became the third three-time Bud Pole winner in 2006 joining Kasey Kahne (four) and Jeff Burton (three), Greg Biffle (two), Denny Hamlin (two), Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
    • This is Busch’s first Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in six race at Watkins Glen, including both of the past two seasons when qualifying was canceled. Busch has improved his starting position each race since he started 20th in his first Watkins Glen race in 2001.
    • Busch became the 14th different Bud Pole winner in 24 races at Watkins Glen.
    • Kasey Kahne posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 72.387 seconds, 121.845 mph – and will join Busch on the front row for the AMD at the Glen. It is his 14th top-10 start in 2006. Kahne posted his first start better than 11th in three races at Watkins Glen. It is his career-best road-course start.
    • This is the 10th Bud Pole and fifth front-row sweep in 2006 for Dodge. Chevrolet has seven Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Ryan Newman (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in five races at Watkins Glen.
    • Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his ninth Watkins Glen top-10 start in his 14th race here.
    • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) has posted his first top-10 qualifying effort at Watkins Glen He started on the front row in both of the past two races when qualifying was canceled. His best start in his other two races here was 12th in 2002.
    • Robby Gordon (sixth) posted his fourth top-10 start in eight races at Watkins Glen.
    • Greg Biffle (41st) posted his worst start of the season and tied his career-worst start, which was also on a road course (Infineon – 2005). He failed to qualify in the top-10 for just the seventh time this season, but the fifth in the past six races.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-11-2006)

  • Ramblings - Qualifying Notes - Watkins Glen: Kurt Busch pulled off the road course sweep (at least as far as the pole is concerned) today at Watkins Glen as he took the Bud Pole for Sunday's AMD at the Glen with a time of 71.727 sec (122.966 mph)....more than 6/10th's better than Kasey Kahne. This is the third pole of the season for Busch and the 6th of his NEXTEL Cup career.
    Robby Gordon (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Infineon in June of 2005.
    Elliott Sawyer (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 8th at Dover in June.
    Scott Pruett (13th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 9th at Infineon in June of 2005 (only three races).
    Bill Elliott (31st) is in the Evernham #19 this weekend. Stay tuned for more legalese from both the Evernham and Mayfield sides.
    Marc Goossens (27th) makes his first NEXTEL Cup start this weekend for Robert Yates in his #90 Ford.
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.(more at Stock Car Fans)(8-12-2003)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AMD at the Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid] Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 11:00pm/et and 1:30am/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the AMD at the Glen is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #7-Gordon is due out first on Friday 11th at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #11-Hamlin. For the Qualifying order, see my Watkins Glen Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-11-2006)

  • Friday's Practice for the AMD at the Glen is over, the fastest:
    #2-Busch 122.635
    #20-Stewart 122.242
    #12-Newman 121.545
    #48-Johnson 121.414
    #16-Biffle 121.411
    then #'s: 7,9,24,5,17
    #19-Elliott was 24th
    slowest: #02-Ash 106.947 and #92-Miller 114.127
    most laps run: #12-Newman 18; #18-Yeley 16
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 120.467 [8th fastest lap], 5 laps run
    #2-Bucsh 119.812 [1st], 11 laps
    #40-Pruett 119.433 [23rd], 11 laps
    See speeds on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-11-2006)

  • Non-Top-35 Team [OWNERS PTS] and how they did in Friday's practice at Watkins Glen:
    If things stayed the same, these drivers [8] would make the race:
    #32-Ron Fellows 11th fastest
    #60-Boris Said 14th
    #19-Bill Elliott 24th
    #55-Michael Waltrip 27th
    #90-Mark Goossens 28th
    #15-Paul Menard 29th
    #78-Max Papis 37th
    #4-Scott Wimmer 39th
    If things stayed the same, these drivers [7] would miss the race:
    #34-Brian Simo 41st
    #27-Tom Hubert 44th
    #72-Dale Quarterly 45th
    #49-Kevin Lepage 47th
    #37-David Murry 48th
    #92-Johnny Miller 49th
    #02-Brandon Ash 50th/last
    See speeds on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-11-2006)

  • Entry List for the AMD at the Glen is up, 50 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:
    #02-Brandon Ash
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #15-Paul Menard
    #19-Bill Elliott [CH?] in for Jeremy Mayfield
    #27-Tom Hubert
    #32-Ron Fellows in for Travis Kvapil
    #34-Brian Simo
    #37-David Murry
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #60-Boris Said [was listed as #61, changed..but #61 owner, Jeff Stec still listed]
    #72-Dale Quarterly
    #78-Max Papis
    #90-Mark Goossens
    #92-Johnny Miller
    Scott Pruett is in the #40 Dodge for Stremme, but in top-35
    Terry Labonte is in the #96 for Raines BUT has no need to use the Champ Prov, in top-35
    [CH] has champ prov to use if needed BUT Ellitott was not entered soon enough to use it
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 19,32,4,55,49,60?,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 37,92,15,27,72,02,90
    see entry list on Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List Page.

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Watkins Glen:
    CHANGE - #40-Stremme [Pruett] is in and #19-Elliott is out and has to qualify by speed
    32) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +103 points ahead of 36th
    33) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +52
    34) #45-Petty/Petty +43
    35) #40-Pruett-Stremme/Felix Sabates +31
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #19-Elliott/Evernham -31 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Fellows-Kvapil/Cal Wells -157
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-6-2006)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NextelCup 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 NextelCup 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 NextelCup – 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 NextelCup, 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).


  • Heading to Watkins Glen:
    • Five races remain in the “Race to the Chase.” Eleventh-place Kasey Kahne trails 10th place Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the point standings by just 37 points.
    • Six of the top-10 drivers are separated by 25 points or less, including Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, who are tied at 2,733. Harvick claims the fourth points position based on the tie-breaker system which takes into consideration all finishes until the tie is broken. Both have one victory, one second-place finish and two thirds. The tie is broken by Harvick’s next best finish of fourth over Busch’s, which is fifth.
    • Fourth to 11th in the point standings are separated by 158 points.
    • Seven drivers in the top-11 changed point’s positions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Michael Waltrip remains the only active driver that has competed in the 20 races at Watkins Glen since racing resumed there in 1986. (There were three earlier races at the Glen-1957, 1964 and 1965 prior to the modern era.)
    • Mark Martin has scored three Bud Poles, three victories, 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen.
    • Jeff Gordon is the only driver to outscore Martin, with four victories at Watkins Glen. Martin is the leader in all other categories.
    • Kurt Busch has posted four top-10 starts in the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Tony Stewart has won three of the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Tony Stewart leads all drivers posting four straight top-five starts in the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Greg Biffle has finished 30th or worse in his three races at Watkins Glen.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted top-10 finishes in his last three races at Watkins Glen.
    • Robby Gordon has posted five top-five finishes in his seven races at Watkins Glen and has led in his last six races there.
    • Mark Martin has posted top-15 finishes in 17 of his 18 races at Watkins Glen. Sixteen of those 18 finishes were top-10s.
    • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a 4.714 starting average at Watkins Glen. Stewart has started 11th or better in all seven of his races at Watkins Glen.
    • Mark Martin has a 6.22 finishing average in his 18 races at Watkins Glen, leading all active drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-6-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Watkins Glen:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 19 of the 21 races in 2006. His other two
    finishes were 30th or worse. Johnson has scored 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 races.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 11 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks second in the point standings. After 21 races one year ago, he ranked 15th.
    • Jeff Burton has posted 15 straight top-15 finishes, a streak that began at Texas in April.
    • Jeff Burton (1,454) has scored more points in the last 10 races than any other driver.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Kevin Harvick has scored five straight top-10 finishes.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 17 top-10 finishes in the first 21 races of 2006, four more than the closest driver, Jeff Burton.
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 15 of the 21 races this season.
    • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 11 of the last 12 races.
    • Kyle Busch has scored seven straight top-15 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-7-2006)

  • Rain / Wet Tires: been told rain / wet tires will NOT be available or used at Watkins Glen this weekend and it would be treated as any other race, tirewise.(8-12-2004)
    MORE on TIRES: NASCAR has apparently seen the last of its "wet weather" tires. Nextel Cup series director John Darby confirmed Friday NASCAR did not update its inventory of wet weather tires this season and brought none to the track this weekend for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. NASCAR has contemplated the use of wet weather tires on the series' two road course events and even went so far as to use them in a practice session at Watkins Glen two years ago. They have never been used in race conditions. "We had an inventory of rain tires that had been in circulation for quite a few years to the point where the majority of them were weather cracked and dried," Darby said. "We reached the point where we were either going at the wet weather situation full-bore or just disband it." Darby said NASCAR also considered the importance of the event in determining who will make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship and the need to race under the best conditions. "I think in all reality, we are a dry weather sport," Darby said, "and we need to stay that way."(ThatsRacin)(8-14-2004)

  • 2005 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 86.804, started 1st

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: #20-Tony Stewart, set by points due to rain, finished 1st

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 3 - Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 5s: 12 - Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 16 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine, 47 years, 3 months, 24 days, 8/11/96

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 6 days, 8/10/1997

  • Most Lead Changes: 14 - 8/11/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/57

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/95

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/57

  • Most Cautions: 8 - 8/14/88

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/65

  • Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/88

  • Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/65

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 34, 8/14/2005

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/65

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/65

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 83, Tony Stewart, 8/14/2005

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Ricky Rudd, 8/14/1988

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 12 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 8 [of 23 races] 34.8%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 8 of 23 events (34.8%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 15 of 23 events (65.2%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 23 events (30.4%)
  • Watkins Glen Nuggets:
    Watkins Glen Milestones
    • Dale Jarrett is expected to make his 625th NextelCup start at Watkins Glen International.
    • Jeff Burton is expected to make his 425th NextelCup start at Watkins Glen International.
    • Kevin Harvick is expected to make his 200th NextelCup start at Watkins Glen International.
    Starting Up Front is Important at Watkins Glen International.
    The deepest in the field a race winner has started at Watkins Glen was 18th by Steve Park in 2000. Fifteen of the 23 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
    Watkins Glen Bud Pole Winner
    Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt each scored three Bud Poles at Watkins Glen, the most of all drivers. Rain has been the dominator at Watkins Glen in recent years. Three of the last six qualifying sessions at Watkins Glen have been rained out, including each of the past two seasons.
    Watkins Glen Streaks
    • Michael Waltrip has competed in all 20 races at Watkins Glen since racing resumed there in 1986, the only active driver to do so.
    • Tony Stewart leads all drivers posting four straight top-five starts in the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Kurt Busch has posted four straight top-10 starts in the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Greg Biffle has finished 30th or worse in his three races at Watkins Glen.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted top-10 finishes in his last three races at Watkins Glen.
    Owner Dominance at Watkins Glen International
    Rick Hendrick has six victories in 23 races at Watkins Glen International, the most of all car owners. Four victories were scored by Jeff Gordon while Tim Richmond and Ricky Rudd scored one each.
    Leading The Way
    Mark Martin has competed in 18 races at Watkins Glen International. He has led 204 laps in those races, the most of all drivers. Jeff Gordon (13 races) ranks second in laps led at Watkins Glen with 175 while Tony Stewart (seven races) follows in third with 163.
    Watkins Glen Dominators
    Tony Stewart has won three of the last four races at Watkins Glen International. Stewart has finished 11th or better in six of his seven races there.
    Bud Pole Winners Galore
    There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the eight qualifying sessions at Watkins Glen International, since 1995. Jeff Gordon (1998 and 2003) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner during the period. The other three qualifying sessions were rained out.
    Would You Believe?
    Robby Gordon has posted five top-five finishes in his seven races at Watkins Glen and has led in his last six races there.
    Watkins Glen International Standouts
    • Mark Martin has posted top-15 finishes in 17 of his 18 races at Watkins Glen. Sixteen of those 18 finishes were top- 10’s.
    • Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a 4.714 starting average at Watkins Glen. Stewart has started 11th or better in all seven of his races at Watkins Glen.
    • Mark Martin has a 6.22 finishing average in his 18 races at Watkins Glen, leading all active drivers.
    Season Nuggets
    • Current point leader Jimmie Johnson has scored 17 top-10 finishes in 21 races in 2006. That is four more top-10 finishes than closest driver Jeff Burton who has scored 13. Burton is currently third in points.
    • Jeff Burton has outscored all drivers in the last 10 races earning 1,454 points. He outscored current point leader Jimmie Johnson (1,438) by 16 points during the 10-race period. Denny Hamlin, currently seventh in points, ranks third in points (1,429) earned in the last 10 races.
    • All 21 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-13 in the point standings.
    • Greg Biffle is the only driver who has led at least one lap in 15 of the 21 races in 2006. Biffle has earned 95 lap leader bonus points, 55 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 40.
    • NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in nine of the 21 races in 2006 (43 percent). In fact, Hamlin has scored 12 top-10s in 28 career races - also 43 percent. Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in the last three races and 11 top-15 finishes in the last 12. He has been the highest finishing rookie in 11 of the 21 races in 2006.
    • Only one driver that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 21 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Dale Jarrett was ninth and finished 15th. He was overtaken by Matt Kenseth who ranked 15th at this point one year ago and finished seventh.
    • After 21 races in 2006, five drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were eight drivers within the 400-point window.
    • In 2005 six of the top-14 drivers were separated by 14 points or less with twelfth to 11th and 11th to 10th each separated by just 12 points.
    • After 21 races in 2006, six of the top-10 drivers are separated by 21 points or less.
    • 174 points separate 13th-place Kurt Busch from 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the point standings. Fourteenthplace Carl Edwards is 232 points behind Earnhardt, more than can be made up in one race.
    • Tony Stewart, currently ninth in the point standings, is just seven points ahead of 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and just 44 ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Just 121 points separate 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fourth-place Kevin Harvick. That is the difference between a first to a 36th-place finish (lap leader points not considered).
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won five of the 21 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 13 victories while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had nine victories at this point of the season.
    • Kenny Wallace became the 44th driver to lead in 2006. All drivers ranked in the top 37 in the point standings have each led at least one lap this season.
    • Four of the top-six in driver points have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four DNFs. That is the most DNFs of any driver ranked in among the top 24.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Fourteen of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Indianapolis.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-7-2006)


  • Track Specs:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,141 feet and the length of the backstretch is 1,839 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.
    41 Pit stalls, 2 are shared

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: AMD Executive Bill Larosa
    Command to start engines: AMD Executive Bill Larosa
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth
    Military Flyover: New York Aor National Guard, F-16 Fighting Falcons

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  • Fans to Honor Richmond at Watkins Glen: Fans with an eye to the sky Sunday morning prior to the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen likely are going to see an unusual banner being towed by plane. The banner's message in the air above the road course in the mountains of New York state's Southern Tier won't be an advertisement for some company or product. Instead, it will read, "Tim Richmond We Miss You--Your Fans." The banner is the idea of Mark Weaver, who lives near the Glen, along with Walt and Brenda Wombough of Neptune, N.J., and other friends, all of whom remain fans of the driver who died of AIDS on Aug. 13, 1989. It's a play off the banner that Richmond had towed over Daytona International Speedway in February of 1988 after NASCAR officials barred him from competing in the Daytona 500, ostensibly because of a failed drug test. That banner read: "Fans I Miss You--Tim Richmond."
    "We're doing this to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Tim's win at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, 1986 when NASCAR brought its big-time series and drivers back to the track after an absence since 1965," Walt Wombough advised in an e-mail. "It's also 17 years to the day of Tim's passing.(ThatsRacin)(8-9-2006)

  • Tony Award Winner Chenoweth to sing National Anthem at Watkins Glen: The race is on as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the upcoming DVD release of the blockbuster comedy RV at Watkins Glen International. On August 13, RV star and Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth is scheduled to sing the national anthem before the AMD at The Glen NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Chenoweth will be taking a ride in the RV for a parade lap around the historic road course during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, August 13. She will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the race, scheduled to take the green flag at 1:35 pm. Tickets are still available for the AMD at The Glen weekend, August 10-13. For tickets and information the three races and weekend of activities at the legendary track call 866-461-RACE or visit PR)(8-9-2006)

  • AMD to sponsor Cup race at Watkins Glen? UPDATE: hearing AMD [Advanced Micro Devices] could be the new race sponsor for the Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen [August 13th]....AMD at the Glen?.(8-1-2006)
    UPDATE - Yep: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced that AMD, a leading global provider of innovative microprocessor solutions, will become title sponsor of the 2006 NextelCup Series event at Watkins Glen International. The race will be called "AMD at The Glen." As the first Official Technology Partner of NASCAR, AMD helps NASCAR improve competition on the race track and enhance the safety of its participants. Earlier this season, AMD and NASCAR unveiled the new Mobile Technology Center (MTC), which houses NASCAR's timing and scoring system and travels to each NextelCup race. The AMD powered command center provides NASCAR with the technology to officiate races with greater speed and accuracy. More information on AMD's motorsports sponsorships can be found at AMD, based in Sunnyvale, California, and the State of New York recently announced a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) for AMD to have the option to build a multi-billion dollar fabrication facility located in Luther Forest, New York, an Upstate New York neighbor of Watkins Glen. More information on that announcement can be found at Glen site)(8-4-2006)

  • AAA to sponsor Fan Zone at the Glen: As part of AAA's partnership with The Glen, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization will sponsor the "AAA Finish Line Fan Zone" and provide fans with the opportunity to meet NextelCup star, and three-time Watkins Glen International winner Mark Martin on Sunday, August 13. AAA members are offered an exclusive ticket package by calling 866-461-RACE and mentioning the "AAA Finish Line Fan Zone" offer. The ticket package for the NextelCup Series weekend at The Glen, August 10-13 includes the following:
    - Weekend Reserved Grandstand ticket - AAA Finish Line Fan Zone Access - includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch & beverages - A promotional Mark Martin racing helmet & a commemorative NextelCup Series program - An exclusive Q&A session with Mark Martin on August 13, before the race.(Watkins Glen PR)(7-30-2006)

  • Watkins Glen to repave key areas of the track: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced that portions of The Soul of American Road Racing will be repaved this fall. This is the first time that the track will shut down operations early to make track enhancements, in more than 10 years. The track will undergo a series of improvements including the milling and repaving of Turn 1, also considered the 'Ninety', Turn 5 or the 'carousel', and Turn 6, the first turn going into the extended 3.4 mile Grand Prix course, or the Boot. Some of the paving will address issues concerning emanate water and drainage along the concrete sections of the racing surface. Each year the track opens for the season in the early spring beginning on Toyota Opening Day and ending on or about, October 31st. When the facility isn't hosting a spectator event, the race track is typically rented to various sports car clubs and groups each day. This year the track has worked very closely with these groups in order to accommodate the planned improvements this fall. Improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2006, weather permitting. Tickets for the remaining 2006 race season at The Glen are still available, more info at 866-461-RACE.(Watkins Glen International PR)(6-22-2006)

  • S/F Line moved at Watkins Glen: A race control structure now sits on top of the front-stretch grandstand. The new structure will include race control, timing and scoring, television and a spot for the public address announcer. It frees up space in the existing media center for media and photographers. With timing and scoring further up the track, the start/finish line will also move 380 feet down the pit straight toward Turn 1.(Elmira Star Gazette)(5-23-2006)

  • Watkins Glen still looking for sponsor: Watkins Glen hasn't yet found a sponsor for the track's NextelCup event in August. In December, Sirius Satellite Radio exercised an option to end its three-year contract that began in 2005. They had sponsored the event since 2002. With the high value of a Nextel Cup title sponsor, its loss at the Glen would have a big impact on yearly revenue. "Anytime you don't sell your presenting or title sponsorship, it affects the bottom line," Rust said. Rust attributed their sponsorship troubles to a number of factors, including the short time they've had to look for the sponsors. They also learned that Argent Mortgage wasn't coming back to the IRL event in November. "It's timing, it's finances, and for the IRL, it's the sponsorship pool," Rust said. "The number of companies that market themselves in the IRL is far less than what you find in NASCAR, so it's a number of factors." Sirius was the fourth Nextel Cup sponsor in the series' 20-year history at the Glen. The event, which began in 1986, has always had a title sponsor. Rust feels they'll find a sponsor before the Aug. 13 Nextel Cup race. "We have several companies taking a look at our NASCAR race, so we feel we will be able to get something done there," Rust said. "The value of the Cup race has not gone down. We are still in a position that we can provide full benefit for that race."(Elmira Star Gazette)(5-19-2006)

  • Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(

  • Sirius drops Watkins Glen sponsorship: Satellite radio provider Sirius, the title sponsor of the NextelCup race at the track the last four years, has dropped its sponsorship of the race, WGI Senior Manager of Public Relations Eiron Smith said Tuesday. "Sirius is no longer our title sponsor for the NASCAR event," she said. Smith said Glen officials were informed of Sirius' decision about a month ago, with the information coming to them through Daytona-based International Speedway Corp., which owns Watkins Glen International. Watkins Glen had a second three-year contract with Sirius that started with the 2005 race. However, Smith said Glen officials were told Sirius was not contractually obligated to remain as sponsor for all three years. She said she did not know why Sirius decided to drop its sponsorship. Sirius was the fourth title sponsor at Watkins Glen since NASCAR's top series, formerly known as Winston Cup, returned to the racetrack in 1986. Jones said there's no timetable to get a new sponsor and added the impact on the event will be minimal. "It's very early in the year," she said. "We're just creating the 2006 brochure. ... I hate to say it doesn't really affect us, but we're moving forward."(Elmira Star Gazette)(1-11-2006)

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


  • Watkins Glen Rookies News and Notes: #07-Clint Bowyer was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 6 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bowyer posted a fourth-place finish in the race, his best effort in 22 career Nextel Cup Series starts. His previous best was fifth earlier this season at Phoenix (race No. 8). This is Bowyer’s second top five and sixth top-10 finish of his career. Bowyer took Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time this season. Denny Hamlin finished 10th at Indianapolis, his ninth top 10 of the season and third consecutive. Hamlin holds a 41-point edge over Bowyer in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering Watkins Glen. Hamlin is seventh in the Nextel Cup Series championship standings, best of any Rookie. He is 64 points behind sixth-place Mark Martin and 21 ahead of eighth-place Jeff Gordon. At least one Rookie has posted a top-10 finish in each of the last five races. A Rookie has finished in the top 15 in all 21 races this season. Kyle Busch was the Rookie of the Race in the 2005 race at Watkins Glen, posting a 33rd-place finish. The best finish by a Rookie at Watkins Glen is second by Ryan Newman in 2002. Only one other Rookie has scored a top-five finish at Watkins Glen: Robby Gordon, who placed fourth in 1997. The best qualifying effort by a Rookie at Watkins Glen is second by Greg Biffle in 2003. A Rookie has led a lap in three of the past four races at Watkins Glen: 2002: Newman (twice for 11 laps) 2003: Biffle (once for 23 laps) 2003: Jamie McMurray (once for one lap) 2004: Brendan Gaughan (once for seven laps). Biffle holds the record for most laps led by a Rookie at Watkins Glen, holding the top spot once for 23 laps in 2003.(Raybestos PR) for the rest of the notes, rookie standings and history see my Rookies Page.(8-11-2006)

  • Quarterley to attempt Watkins Glen in the #72: Nextel Cup team CJM Racing and owners Bryan & Tony Mullet announced that Dale Quarterley will drive the #72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge this weekend at Watkins Glen International. The team and Quarterley tested last week at Virgina International Raceway. Crew Chief Doug George feels the team and driver have good chemistry and feel good about the car they are bringing.(CJM Racing PR paraphrased), some info on Quarterly at and and from the 2005 season)(8-11-2006)

  • The Elliott-Mayfield PR UPDATE No Champ Provisional Allowed?: Evernham Motorsports announced Tuesday it will bring back past NASCAR champion and Evernham driver Bill Elliott to pilot the #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger at Watkins Glen. Elliott drove for Evernham Motorsports full-time from 2001 to 2004, then part time in 2005. Elliott went to victory lane for Evernham Motorsports four times, including winning the prestigious Brickyard 400 in 2002. Jeremy Mayfield, who has been driving the #19 Dodge this season, will not participate in the Watkins Glen event. No decisions have been made regarding his long-term future with the team. The decision was made after efforts to get the struggling #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger back on the right track have not progressed as quickly as needed. The team is currently 36th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup owners’ points standings, which means it does not have a guaranteed spot in Sunday’s event. Elliott brings a champion’s provisional, which means the #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger is confirmed in the starting lineup and does not need to qualify solely on speed. “This team has a great deal of potential and we just haven’t met the expectations this year,” said Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Evernham Motorsports. “We will do whatever we need to get this car in the show for Watkins Glen. It’s important to our sponsors and it’s important to this team. Having Bill in the driver’s seat gives us this guarantee. I believe in our system, our process and our people, and am committed to getting this program where it needs to be.” Evernham noted that the team has finalized its long term plans for 2007 and expects to announce those plans in the coming weeks.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR)
    UPDATE - No Champ Provisional Allowed? NASCAR's official entry list Tuesday showed Elliott subbing for Mayfield, and the team later released a statement confirming the switch. It said Mayfield's long-term future with Evernham is undecided - but his name had been removed from the company letterhead. "This team has a great deal of potential and we just haven't met the expectations this year," car owner Ray Evernham said in a statement. "We will do whatever we need to get this car in the show for Watkins Glen. It's important to our sponsors and it's important to this team." That meant putting Elliott in the car because as a former NASCAR champion, he should have been assured a spot in the field. But in a statement released on Wednesday, Evernham Motorsports said, ""Unfortunately the timing was such that NASCAR will not provide us with the provisional."(FoxSports/Associated Press)(8-9-2006)

  • Pruett to run the #40 Dodge at Watkins Glen: This weekend road racing veteran Scott Pruett will be behind the wheel of the #40 Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Dodge [David Stremme is the regular driver]. This will be Pruett's second start in the #40 Dodge this season. This weekend Pruett will be pulling the triple play. Friday night he will be driving the #01 car in the Grand American Series, Saturday he will be in the #1 car for Phoenix Racing in the Busch Series and Sunday he will be driving the #40 car in the Nextel Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. Pruett has 36-career Nextel Cup Series starts dating back to 2000, four of which have come at the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International. He recorded his best finish of second at the track three years ago in the #39 Dodge. His average starting position at the Glen is 20th and his average finish is sixth. Overall, he has ten starts on road courses and his highest finish is second at Watkins Glen in 2003. Crew Chief Steve Lane and the #40 Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon crew are taking chassis No. 311 for the second road course race of the season. Pruett tested this car at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) earlier in June before racing it in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway later that month.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-9-2006)

  • Mayfield 'doubts' he will be back at Evernham UPDATE 4 Mayfield out at Watkins Glen, Elliott In: While #19-Jeremy Mayfield told reporters Saturday that he doubts he'll be back with Evernham Motorsports next year, team owner Ray Evernham said no decisions have been reached. Asked following qualifying for the Allstate 400 if Mayfield has inquired about his release, Evernham said they'd discussed a number of things. "But we haven't made any decisions," Evernham said. "The first thing we honestly both said was, 'Let's fix this first, because no matter what we decide to do, we can't leave this thing like it is. We have to prove that we can do it. Jeremy's got options, the same as many other drivers. Why wouldn't he? He's been in the Chase two years in a row. If I was a team owner starting a new team, he'd be one of the guys I'd be looking after, too." Mayfield has struggled this season, working with a new crew after Evernham swapped his teams following the 2005 season. Mayfield is coveted by Michael Waltrip Racing and is believed to be a candidate at Bill Davis Racing as well. It's widely believed that Elliott Sadler [currently with RYR in #38 and has been granted his release for 2007] will replace Mayfield, once Mayfield's granted his release. Evernham said such a decision isn't entirely his own. "That's not all up to me," Evernham said. "We have all these [sponsorship] partners. That's a decision that would have to be sat down and talked about between a lot of people."(
    AND Jeremy Mayfield is close to signing a deal to drive next season for Bill Davis Racing, multiple sources told on Saturday. Mayfield, who has a year and two option years remaining on his contract with Evernham Motorsports, would not comment on specific plans for 2007. But he admitted a return next season to the No. 19 Dodge, which reportedly already has been offered to Elliott Sadler, was unlikely. "I doubt I'm staying,'' Mayfield said after qualifying 15th for Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to sources, Mayfield already has toured the facilities at Bill Davis Racing and agreed in principal to a multi-year deal to drive one of the organization's two Toyotas next season. Team director Tommy Baldwin confirmed on Friday that Dave Blaney would drive the other car.(
    UPDATE 2: It was hard to figure out what was worse for Evernham Motorsports in the Allstate 400 - Kasey Kahne dropping out of the top 10 in points or Jeremy Mayfield's #19 team dropping out of the top 35 in the car owner standings. Mayfield also has had trouble figuring things out all season, and an accident helped relegate him to a 41st-place finish. His team dropped behind #40-David Stremme's in points and he won't be locked in for the Aug. 13 race at Watkins Glen. Evernham was asked after the race if he would consider putting a road-course ace into the car to make sure it qualifies. "I'm going to get together tomorrow with all the other parties and make a decision," Evernham said. "We've just got to sit down and figure it out."(
    UPDATE 3: Bill Elliott is now listed as the driver of the #19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge for Watkins Glen per's entry list, looks like Mayfield will sit the road course race out since the #19 is now out of the top-35 in owners points, Elliott running the #19 guarantee's the team will race at Watkins Glen since Elliott has the past champions provisional to use and none of the other non top-35 teams have a past champ in their cars.(8-8-2006)
    UPDATE 4: Jeremy Mayfield may be free to leave Evernham Motorsports for Bill Davis Racing sooner than he expected. Bill Elliott will be in the #19 Dodge that Mayfield has driven for EMS since 2002 this weekend at Watkins Glen International, according to the Nextel Cup entry list released by NASCAR on Tuesday. Jeremy Mayfield has been driving the #19 Dodge since 2002. Contractual agreements remain to be settled before it can be decided if Mayfield will be out the remainder of the season. Team owner Ray Evernham could not be immediately reached for comment. Mayfield, who said last weekend at Indianapolis he likely would not be at Evernham Motorsports next season, said he had not been contacted by Evernham about a switch. "It's not professional, that's for sure,'' said Mayfield, who crashed on Lap 82 of Sunday's race and fell out of the top 35 in owners' points that guarantee a spot in the next race. "That's the way everything has worked around here for a while.'' A spokesperson for Evernham Motorsports said discussions with Mayfield Motorsports management began on Monday.(

  • Goossens to make Nextel Cup debut at Watkins Glen in the #90: CitiFinancial Racing announced that they will sponsor Marc Goossens in his Nextel Cup Series debut this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Goossens will attempt to qualify the Robert Yates Racing’s #90 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion for Sunday’s AMD at the Glen. Goossens, the road course ace from Belgium, made his Busch Series debut at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez where he started sixth and finished ninth for CitiFinancial Racing. “Marc did a great job for us in Mexico,” said Doug Yates. “We feel like he adds a lot of depth to our road course program. He tested for us at VIR last week to prepare for this weekends race and did very well. We have high expectations for all of our teams this weekend.” Goossens, who has been road course racing for more than 10 years, has competed in the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring. “I’ve been to Watkins Glen in the Grand Am Series and I'm looking forward to returning to a track that I have some experience on,” said Goossens. “Hopefully my experience will help us get CitiFinancial a great finish.”(CitiFinancial PR)(8-7-2006)

  • Murry in the #37 at Watkins Glen: during the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama televised on Sunday, road racer Dave Murry mentioned he would drive the #37 car at the Watkins Glen Nextel Cup series race next week. Murry's website has this posted: "will be driving in the Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen, August 13. I will be in the #37 Upstate New York Dodge Dealers Association Dodge Charger. It will be with Gary Trout Autosports/R & J Racing." [Trout is also teaming with Front Row Motorsports for Indy](8-1-2006)

  • Papis to make Cup debut in #78 at Watkins Glen: Open-wheel veteran Max Papis will make his Nextel Cup debut at Watkins Glen for the #78 Furniture Row Motorsports team, driving the #78 Furniture Row Chevy. Kenny Wallace is the regular driver, and Jimmy Spencer has made a few attempts in the car.(Furniture Row Racing site)(7-29-2006)

  • Fellows in the #32 at Infineon Raceway, and Watkins Glen UPDATE: A brand new NextelCup chassis built by world famous racing engineering firm Pratt and Miller should provide Ron Fellows with renewed hope to earn his first victory in stock car's top series next month in California. Fellows tested the much heralded chassis -- one he will use in his attempt to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway June 25 in the #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy -- at Virginia International Raceway yesterday. Fellows has a long and hugely successful history with Pratt and Miller who have prepared his winning #3 Corvettes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours at Daytona and for his three American Le Mans Series GT1 championships. Even though it was his first time in the new car yesterday, Fellows already was confident it will fare much better than the car he had in 2005 at Infineon when he earned a top-10 finish. A big part of Fellows' hopes for the #32 Chevrolet this time around is that Pratt and Miller purpose built the car with him in mind. But it was on the track where Fellows saw a huge improvement over many of his previous Cup cars. Nextel Cup points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson -- who Pratt and Miller also built a road course chassis for -- was at VIR yesterday with Fellows. "We compared very favourably with Jimmie's speeds," Fellows said. "That's really good to have that kind of benchmark." Fellows said the car still has some handling issues but he is confident the team will work them out before the Infineon race. "At Infineon you need a car that is really good in the turns," he said. "We are sure we will be able to get this car to unload near perfect next month." He said he was sharing information with the #48 team and in return was able to gauge his progress off of another Hendrick Motorsports team -- the #25 Chevrolet of Brian Vickers -- who was running an in-house chassis. Fellows hopes to get on another round of tests for team owner Cal Wells after the Infineon race to prepare for Nextel Cup's second road course event in August at Watkins Glen.(Toronto Sun), Travis Kavpil is the regular driver of the #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy. but the team is mired outside the top-35 in owners points.(5-17-2006)
    UPDATE: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced today that road course expert Ron Fellows will once again drive the #32 Tide/Downy Chevy in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 25. As for the team’s full-time driver Travis Kvapil, he will take over the reigns of the #78 Furniture Row Chevy for Kenny Wallace who has a Busch Series commitment. Both drivers will be racing identically prepared chassis built by Pratt and Miller Engineering and Fabrication … the same company responsible for the highly successful Corvette Racing program and its domination of the American Le Mans Series for which Fellows is a driver. So far, Kvapil and Fellows have participated in three days of testing at Virginia International Raceway (May 16, 30 & 31) with another test scheduled with Kvapil going solo since Fellows is in France participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans festivities and race.(PPI Motorsports Site)(6-1-2006)

  • Boris and Stoddard to Roush? UPDATE 2 No Fear Racing: hearing #36 MB2 Motorsports crew chief, Frank Stoddard has left MC2 Motorsports and gone back to Roush Racing [where is was the crew chief of the #99 and Jeff Burton for years] and that driver Boris Said also signed with Roush Racing. Not sure of the details or specifics yet but hearing the races planned are Infineon Raceway, Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Brickyard 400 and Watkins Glen. Could be in the #06 the Todd Kleuver is supposed to run 6 races in later this year as these four races are not on Kleuver's Cup schedule. Stoddard mentioned this on the radio show, The Morning Buzz, which Stoddard calls in to give NASCAR reports on Tuesday mornings.(4-4-2006)
    UPDATE: Boris Said and veteran crew chief Frank Stoddard have formed their own Nextel Cup team, Yahoo! Sports has learned. They are partnering with long-time Said associate and former driver and team owner Mark Simo. The team, which is slated to run four or five races this season, will work with Roush Racing, which has offered to supply the team with cars, engines and technical expertise. Stoddard recently left MB2 Motorsports and speculation was that he was set to rejoin Roush. But Stoddard, who used to be crew chief for Roush's #99 car when Jeff Burton was behind the wheel, instead has been working with Roush officials on forming the new team. Said has been frustrated with his inability to find a regular Cup ride this season after running nine races with MB2 in 2005 with Stoddard as his crew chief. After Simo's No Fear clothing company purchased a building adjacent to Roush Racing headquarters in Concord, N.C., for a planned East Coast distribution center, Said, who has been working as a consultant for Roush's teams, began talking with Roush about possibly starting a team. The current plan is for the new team to run the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway road course in June, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in July, the Brickyard in August and the Watkins Glen road course, also in August. The team has secured sponsorship for at least four races, with an announcement regarding sponsorship details to come.(Yahoo Sports)(4-5-2006)
    UPDATE 2: Action sports lifestyle brand No Fear, based in Carlsbad, California, has announced its plans to contest four races in the 2006 Nextel Cup schedule. Dubbed “No Fear Racing”, the new effort will run as a satellite operation of Roush Racing, and will be headquartered at the brand's new east coast corporate headquarters in Concord, NC. Road racing ace and NASCAR veteran Boris Said will drive NFR's #60 Ford Fusion, with primary sponsorship coming from the SoBe No Fear energy drink. Said will also co-own the team, alongside No Fear CEO Mark Simo and crew chief Frank Stoddard. NFR will debut at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway the weekend of June 24-25. It will then compete in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard on August 6 and at Watkins Glen a week later.(Speed Channel)(5-2-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#9-Kasey Kahne Dodge SRT #9 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman Alltel "Fastap" #12 Schemes Page
#19-Bill Elliott Dodge SRT #19 Schemes Page
#21-Ken Schrader Sunbelt Cereals & Snacks #21 Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Performance Alliance - TV Panel #24 Schemes Page
#26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal - Dark scheme #26 Schemes Page
#66-Jeff Green Best Buy Teach (te@ch) none....yet

  • SRT scheme back for #9 and #19 teams at Watkins Glen: #9-Kasey Kahne and #19-Bill Elliott will be running special Dodge SRT paint schemes this weekend, promoting Dodge’s line of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) vehicles. It is the same scheme that was on the cars at Infineon Raceway in June.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR), see images on my #9 Team Scheme page and #19 Team Scheme page.(8-10-2006)

  • #66 Car to Help Promote Best Buy "Te@ch" Program: The #66 Best Buy Haas CNC Racing entry will carry a special paint design this weekend at Watkins Glen International to help raise awareness for the Best Buy Teach (te@ch) program, which rewards K-12 teachers and schools nationwide for demonstrating innovative use of technology to improve students' classroom experience. Best Buy will announce the winner of its $250,000 Teach Award Monday, August 14, the day after the Watkins Glen race. Since 2003, the Best Buy Teach program has awarded more than $9.5 million to K-12 schools across the U.S., serving as the cornerstone of its community and philanthropic work. Each winning school may use its Teach Award to purchase additional consumer electronics technology at Best Buy to extend, expand, or enhance current and future classroom curricula. Each year, 1,200 classrooms across the U.S. are selected for a $2,500 Teach Award for demonstrating how interactive technology makes learning fun for students. Additionally, 36 K-12 schools each receive a $15,000 Teach Award for exceptional classroom innovation with technology. Each district of those 36 schools was invited to apply for the $250,000 Teach Award, to be announced August 14. Best Buy accepts voluntary applications from teachers and schools across the nation via an online process, open from July through September 30. A list of all $15,000 and $2,500 Teach Award-winning schools, as well as a link to the 2006 award application, can be found at Marketing PR)(8-10-2006)

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

  • 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, to the #26 Team Schemes page.(12-2-2005)

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


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