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THE RACE: The Coca Cola 600

Nextel Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, May 27, 2007 in Concord, NC

  • Title Sponsor/Link: Coca Cola

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 5:00pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 5:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 5:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, May 31st at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, May 31 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, June 1 at 12:00am/et on HDNet (High Def)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - PRN and Sirius

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,569,628 (was $6,452,431 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Thursday, May 24, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et; and Saturday, May, 26, 3:00 - 3:50pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 26, 6:20 - 7:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, May 24 at 7:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air Friday, May 25 at 2:00pm/et; AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    THURSDAY, May 24
    Admission - $12 adults in advance/$20 day of show and $1 for children (6-12). Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots.
    8:45 a.m. NNCS Haulers enter
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gate 5A opens
    12:00 p.m. NBS Rookie/Spotter meetings and drawing for qualifying order
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m. NBS Practice
    2:00 p.m. NNCS Rookie/Spotter meetings and drawing for qualifying order
    2:20 - 2:50 p.m. NBS Rookie practice
    2:30 p.m. Remaining Spectator Gates Open
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m. NNCS Practice
    4:40 - 5:50 p.m. Legends Car, Bandolero & Thunder Roadster racing
    6:00 - 7:00 p.m. NBS Final Practice
    7:10 p.m. NNCS Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 (two laps)
    8:45 p.m. SCCA SPEED World Challenge (1h 15m race)

    Friday, May 25
    Admission - The Dirt Track - $25 adults/$10 children (12 and under) Pit Passes (14 & older - Parental consent/Minor release required) - $35. Reserved and Seating Available. Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots.
    6:00 a.m. Gate 26 Underpass opens to infield campers and motorhomes
    5:00 p.m. WoO Gates Open (The Dirt TRack)
    7:30 p.m. WoO The Eckerd Outlaw Showdown plus Goodyear FASTRAK Challenge

    Saturday, May 26
    Admission - Reserved and Seating Available. Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots.
    2:30 p.m. Remaining Spectator Gates Open
    3:00 - 3:50 p.m. NNCS Practice
    4:05 p.m. NBS Qualifying for CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 (two laps)
    6:00 p.m. NBS Driver/Crew Chief meeting
    6:20 - 7:20 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
    8:00 p.m. NBS CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 (200 laps/300 miles)

    Sunday, May 27
    Admission - Reserved and Seating Available. Parking - FREE in Designated LMS Lots
    12:00 p.m. Remaining Spectator Gates Open
    3:15 p.m. 82nd Airborne Division Chorus Performs
    3:30 p.m. NNCS Driver/Crew Chief meeting
    3:35 p.m. U.S. Army Drill Team
    3:50 p.m. 82nd Airborne Division Chorus
    4:20 p.m. Military Appreciation/featuring U.S. Army Demonstration
    5:00 p.m. NNCS Driver Introduction
    5:30 p.m. NNCS Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps/600 miles)

    Tentative, Subject to Change (ALL TIMES LOCAL)
    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Number of Tires:
    Coca-Cola 600: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,200;
    All-Star Challenge: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4020; Right-side -- D-4022

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup)

    Notes: Both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Charlotte throughout Speed Weeks . . . this is the first time that Goodyear has brought out this exact combination of left- and right-side tires since Charlotte in May '06 . . . Goodyear brought a different left-side code (D-4074) for Nextel Cup and Busch teams to run at the October '06 races at the track . . . these teams have run this right-side code (D-4022) with a different left-side code earlier this season at Las Vegas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Stu Grant, General Manager, Global Race Tires: "In coming back to Lowe's Motor Speedway this May, we've decided to bring a slightly more conservative tire setup than we ran at the races there last October. We did that mainly for two reasons -- first because of the gains in speeds by the teams, and second because of the larger fuel cell and the resulting longer race runs the teams will be called on to handle. We will be bringing back the same right-side tire (D-4022) that we ran at both race weekends at Charlotte in 2006, and we even ran this left-side (D-4020) there last May, so teams do have some experience on this setup. We brought a left-side tire to Charlotte last October that offered slightly more grip, but we decided to go back to the May '06 setup to help insure a safe, competitive weekend."


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Mooresville, NC
Mooresville Tribune
Race City USA [Mooresville]
Charlotte Observer
Independent Tribune
Asheville Citizen-Times
Dunn Daily Record
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's
Go Lake Norman
Henderson Times-News
News and Observer
News and Record
Winston-Salem Journal
NBC 6
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

The Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
The Weather Channel - Concord, NC
The Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of 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 - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Mears wins the Coca Cola 600: #25-Casey Mears won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his 1st ever Nextel Cup Series win in his 156th career start. The race came down to fuel mileage and a few drivers/teams took the chance to finish well and hope for no cautions in the last 60 laps and there were none. Finishing 2nd was #18-J.J. Yeley for his first ever top-5 finish, 3rd was #45-Kyle Petty for his first top-5 since Sept 21, 1997 at Dover. 4th was #41-Redd Sorenson and 5th was #83-Brian Vickers which is Toyota's first ever top-5 finish. The rest of the top 10 were #20-Stewart, #88-Rudd, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin and #48-Johnson. #24-Jeff Gordon crashed out early and finished 41st, so his points lead decreases to 132 over Johnson. Hendrick Motorsports now has 9 wins in the 12 races this season. There were 13 cautions for 61 laps and 15 drivers lead the race with 29 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Charlotte Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(5-27-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Charlotte [12 of 36 races]:
    #24-Jeff Gordon 1921
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 1789 -132
    #17-Matt Kenseth 1714 -207
    #11-Denny Hamlin 1682 -239
    #31-Jeff Burton 1577 -344
    #20-Tony Stewart 1530 -391
    #29-Kevin Harvick 1415 -506
    #99-Carl Edwards 1414 -507
    #2-Kurt Busch 1402 -519
    #07-Clint Bowyer 1378 -543
    #5-Kyle Busch 1359 -562
    #26-Jamie McMurray 1320 -601
    some noteables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 13th
    #01-Mark Martin is 14th, only ran 9 races
    #42-Juan Montoya is 22nd
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 32nd
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(5-27-2007)

  • Rumblings - Coca Cola 600: If they told ya' a Hendrick Motorsports driver was gonna win tonight, it may have taken you four guesses.... Casey Mears won the Coca-Cola 600 tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he did it on fumes. Running out of gas on the cool-down lap, he captured his first-ever Nextel Cup victory (becoming the 173rd different driver to do so....he's tied for 115th on the all-time win list), giving Hendrick Motorsports it's 9th win of the season and their 158th in NASCAR's top level. The win puts the #25 car on the Winners Circle Plan for '07 (they take the last wild card slot) and means all four of the HMS Chevies are on that top-level contingency plan. The win was worth $367,425 from the over $6.5M in posted awards as Mears becomes the 7th different winner this season.
    J. J. Yeley (2nd) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 8th twice.....at California in February of 2006 and at Loudon in September of last year.
    Kyle Petty (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Dover in September of 1997
    Reed Sorenson (4th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 5th at Michigan last June.
    Brian Vickers (5th) had his best finish since he won at Talladega last October. The trio of Yeley, Petty, and Vickers give us 24 drivers to score a Top-5 this season....last year we had 29.
    Ricky Rudd (7th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Bristol in August of 2005. The trio of Yeley, Petty, and Rudd gives us 35 drivers to score a Top-10 this season....last year that number was 38.
    Robby Gordon (22nd) had his best finish since he was 20th at Atlanta in March.
    A. J. Allmendinger (31st) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 32nd at Richmond last month.
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races. Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Petty (+33), followed by Reed Sorenson (+31), Carl Edwards (+24), Tony Raines (+23), and Brian Vickers (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-38 ), followed by Elliott Sadler (-33), Kurt Busch (-30), and David Ragan (-24).
    Ricky Rudd led a lap today for the first time since he led once for two laps at Martinsville in October of 2005. Bill Elliott led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap in the Daytona 500 in February of 2006. We've now had 41 drivers lead a lap this season.....last year we had 48 of 'em.
    No team moved into the Top-35 in Owner Points after this event, but we've had a shuffle in the bubble positions. The 45/25/88 all move up and the 38/70 now occupy spots #34 & #35. The #22 of Dave Blaney is now 92 markers out in 36th.
    No change in the Top-6 in Driver Points this week (Jeff Gordon's lead shrunk to to 132 tho), but that 100 point penalty to Jr a couple weeks ago leaves him 13 points out of the "Chase". Casey Mears (35th to 29th) made the best move forward tonight, while David Gilliland (27th to 34th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(5-27-2007)

  • Coca-Cola 600 - Fast Facts:
    .. Casey Mears won the Coca-Cola 600, his first career victory in 156 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his second top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his third top-10 finish in nine races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    .. This is the fifth consecutive victory for Hendrick Motorsports. It is just the eighth time in NASCAR history that a car owner has posted five or more victories. The last time was by Petty Enterprises in 1971.
    .. J.J. Yeley (second) posted his career- best Nextel Cup finish.
    .. Kyle Petty (third) posted his best finish since he won at Dover in June 1995 and his first top-five since he finished fifth at Dover in June 1997.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 132 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-27-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #25-Mears-C (16)(6 laps led) +9.5 seconds lead
    #18-Yeley-C (12)(1 laps led)
    #45-Petty- D (36)
    #41-Sorenson-D (34)
    #83-Vickers-T (26)(76 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-C (14)(53 laps led)
    #88-Rudd-F (7)(1 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (4)
    #11-Hamlin-C (6)
    #48-Johnson-C (21)(83 laps led)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Charlotte Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 12 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,96,99,1

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 40,22,26,10,29,7,9,31,13,70,42,07,5,84,14,38,19

  • Cars on the track: 33 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (10) and reason:
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)
    #66-Green (accident-out)
    #24-Gordon (accident-out)
    #44-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #12-Newman (engine-out)
    #21-Elliott (accident-out)
    #6-Ragan (accident-out)
    #78-Wallace (engine-out)
    #2-Busch (accident-out)
    #36-Mayfield (engine-off)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (15 leaders with 29 lead changes):
    #2-Busch (107);
    #48-Johnson (83);
    #83-Vickers (76);
    #20-Stewart (55);
    #17-Kenseth (50);
    #12-Newman (pole, 10)
    #25-Mears (6);
    #5-Busch (4);
    #36-Mayfield (3);
    #18-Yeley (1);
    #99-Edwards (1);
    #21-Elliott (1);
    #88-Rudd (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (1);
    #11-Hamlin (1);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-10; #2-Busch 11-112; #83-Vickers 113-125; #5-Busch 126-129; #48-Johnson 130; #20-Stewart 131; #18-Yeley 132; #99-Edwards 133; #21-Elliott 134; #83-Vickers 135-174; #2-Busch 175-179; #83-Vickers 180-183; #48-Johnson 184-204; #83-Vickers 205-223; #48-Johnson 224-226; #17-Kenseth 227-243; #38-Johnson 244-252; #36-Mayfield 253-255; #17-Kenseth 256-267; #48-Johnson 268-274; #17-Kenseth 275-281; #48-Johnson 282-291; #88-Rudd 292; #48-Johnson 293-296; #17-Kenseth 297-310; #48-Johnson 311-338; #20-Stewart 339-392; #8-Earnhardt Jr 393; #11-Hamlin 394; #25-Mears 395-400

    Cautions: 13 for 61 laps

    Caution 13 - Laps 338 - 341: Officially the caution is for debris, but jusr before that #83-Vickers slapped the turn 2 wall, pancaking the right side and cutting down a right front tire
    Caution 12 - Laps 299 - 301: #2-Busch lost it on the backstretch, spun a bit and slide nose first into the inside wall.
    Caution 11 - Laps 291 - 296: #36-Mayfield spun on the front stretch, and thru the grass, trying to avoid a slower car.
    Caution 10 - Laps 268 - 271: #9-Kahne smacked the turn 2 wall
    Caution 9 - Laps 252 - 255: #5-Busch cut down a tire and smacked the turn 4 wall
    Caution 8 - Laps 222 - 226: #99-Edwards had a tire go down, slowed on the track, was trying to nurse it to pit road, then spun out in turn 4, #6-Ragan had no place to go and got into the #99, then #21-Elliott nosed into both
    Caution 7 - Laps 186 - 189: #2-Busch, while running 3rd, spun out in turn 2, slapping the wall, but recovered to stay in 9th place.
    Caution 6 - Laps 170 - 173: Debris in turn 2, in the groove, shown on TV
    Caution 5 - Laps 141 - 145: Debris on the backstretch, shown on TV
    Caution 4 - Laps 79 - 82: #31-Burton spun around in turn 3 after something broke
    Caution 3 - Laps 62 - 69: #96-Raines went sideways after getting loose and collected #24-Gordon, both slid off towards the grass, the #24 went back into up into the outside wall and the #84-Allmendinger hit the #24, lifting the #24 into the air and spinning, also getting spun out was #7-Gordon and #31-JBurton
    Caution 2 - Laps 54 - 60: on the restart after the 1st caution, #48-Johnson lost a left rear tire casing on the frontstretch when #84-Allmendinfer got into the #48; #22-Blaney and #20-Stewart got together and both slid, other cars involved and damaged #38-Gilliland, #19-Sadler, #42-Montoya, #66-Green, #07-Bowyer, #1-Truex Jr., #14-Marlin, #70-Sauter, #45-Petty, #29-Harvick
    Caution 1 - Laps 48 - 51: #16-Biffle smacked the turn 2 wall after cutting down a right front tire

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 13: #83-Vickers, 5th
    Caution 12: #1-Truex Jr., 16th
    Caution 11: #99-Edwards, 15th
    Caution 10: #45-Petty, 3rd
    Caution 9: #41-Sorenson, 4th
    Caution 8: none as #21-Elliott was part of the wreck
    Caution 7: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 8th
    Caution 6: #12-Newman, 39th
    Caution 5: #36-Mayfield, 36th
    Caution 4: #78-Wallace, 34th
    Caution 3: none as #84-Allmendinger was part of the wreck
    Caution 2: #6-Ragan, 37th
    Caution 1: #43-Labonte, 13th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Charlotte Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #13 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 48
    2 #41 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 48
    3 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    4 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    5 #1 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    6 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    7 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    8 #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    9 #22 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    10 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 53
    11 #45 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 54
    12 #48 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 55
    13 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 55
    14 #31 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 62
    15 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 62
    16 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 63
    17 #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 63
    18 #1 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 63
    19 #70 MCI Safety violation 75
    20 #1 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 78
    21 #31 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 78
    22 #25 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 142
    23 #31 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 142
    24 #7 PT Disobeying a NASCAR request 145
    25 #99 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 221
    26 #5 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 251
    27 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 268
    28 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 268
    29 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 291
    30 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 291
    31 #19 TE Lug nut(s) not installed 338
    32 #84 PT Car pitting out of the assigned pit box &
    Excessive Speed-Entering pits 338
    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 Statistics)(5-27-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 393, the leader #20-Stewart came in for a gas-and-go, the next lap it was #8-Earnhardt Jr. fore gas
    ---- on lap 391, #48-Johnson came in to get gas, the next next lap #1-Truex Jr, and #01-Martin in for gas
    ---- on lap 384, #36-Mayfield, while running 13th, started smoking and headed to pit road.
    ---- #17-Kenseth was the first lead lap car to come in for fuel, on lap 381, giving up 7th place and losing a lap
    ---- during the 13th caution, #48-Johnson came in as the leader, but had trouble on their pitstop and came out 10th
    ---- during the 11th caution #78-Wallace came in and was smoking, headed to the garage with engine problems
    ---- during the 10th caution, PRN Radio is reporting #48-Johnson is having electrical problems, but Johnson maintains the lead
    ---- reported on the 8th caution, leader #83-Vickers is reporting a power steering problem, the crew is under the hood, #5-Busch's team changed the battery, he came in 3rd.
    ---- during the 6th caution pit stops, #12-Newman's car showed a plume of smoke, thecrew went under the hood, then the car went to the garage
    ---- on lap 152, #8-Earnhardt Jr. while running 5th, slowed when he thought he had a flat tire, stayed out a lap, then went to the pits to get tires changed, losing a lap
    ---- during the 5th caution, all 13 lead lap cars came in to pit, #25-Mears was sent to the end the longer line for speeding on pit road
    ---- on lap 127, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for a scheduled pit stop, 3=4 tires and gas; next lap was pole sitter #12-Newman
    ---- on lap 126 #83-Vickers came in for scheduled pit stop, giving up the lead to #5-Busch
    ---- on lap 112, 2nd place car #17-Kenseth came in for a scheduled pit stop, the next lap, #2-Busch, the leader came in for his stop
    ---- on lap 103, #01-Martin made an unscheduled pitstop, no word why, lost a lap
    ---- just after the 4th caution restart, #44-Jarrett slowed and reported his engine is blown
    ---- during the 4th caution all but #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #6-Ragan, #88-Rudd, #11-Hamlin came in to pit.
    ---- during the 1st caution, #41-Sorenson was caught speeding on pit road and was penalized, sent to the end of the longer line
    ---- all the drivers came in to pit during the 1st caution
    ---- on lap 47, just as the 1st caution came out, #13-Nemechek slowed on the track and was smoking from the right front tire, possible wheel bearing problem
    ---- green flag at 5:52pm/et by Senator John McCain
    ---- command to start engines at 5:44pm/et by Coke Rewards Fan Winners
    ---- Military Flyover: three F-22 fighter jets from Langley AFB, Virginia
    ---- National Anthem by Lee Ann Rimes
    ---- To The Back [4]: #66-Green [backup car]; #07-Bowyer [backup car]; #29-Harvick [engine change]; #6-Ragan [engine change]


  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 5:00pm/et [green flag around 5:40pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 3:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, May 31 at 3:00pm/et and;
    Thursday, May 31 at 9:00pm/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #99-Edwards 179.742
    #16-Biffle 179.706
    #12-Newman 179.563
    #19-Sadler 179.348
    #18-Yeley 178.903
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 173.818 & #07-Bowyer 174.814
    incidents: #5-Busch scraped the wall and pancaked the right rear of the car, will NOT go to a backup
    most laps run: #19-Sadler 47; #31-Burton 45
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #5-Busch 176.739 [17th fastest lap], 2 laps run
    #16-Biffle 175.821 [2nd], 30 laps
    #24-Gordon 175.118 [8th], 34 laps
    See all the speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(5-26-2007)

  • Saturday 1st Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #12-Newman 176.690
    #19-Sadler 176.632
    #2-Busch 176.471
    #01-Martin 176.390
    #16-Biffle 176.269
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 171.587
    incidents: #07-Bowyer wrecked just into practice and had to go to a backup car, made 5 laps in the backup car
    notes: many teams are scuffing tires [running a lap or 2 on new/sticker tires to 'cure' them]
    most laps run: #2-Busch 34; #12-Newman & #26-McMurray 28
    weather = sunny, 87°, track temp 143° wind W 2-7mph
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #88-Rudd 173.959 [8th fastest lap], 20 laps run
    #45-Petty 173.155 [16th], 15 laps
    #22-Blaney 12.915 [11th], 14 laps
    See all the speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds Page.(5-26-2007)

  • Newman wins pole at Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.312mph for his 2nd pole of 2007, 6th at LMS and 39th of his career. Newman has only won three races in the 38 races which he won the pole. #2-Kurt Busch qualified 2nd after being the slowest in practice, picking up over 8mph over practice. The rest of the top-10 are #19-Sadler, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #17-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #88-Rudd, #22-Blaney [best of the non top-35 teams], #43-Labonte and #40-Stremme. Points leader #24-Gordon will start 32nd. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #22-Blaney, #10-Riggs, #21-Elliott, #44-Jarrett, #36-Mayfield, #84-Allmendinger and #78-Wallace. See the qualifying results on my Qualifying Results/Order Starting Lineup Page.(5-24-2007)

  • Six do not qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway: #15-Menard; #55-Waltrip; #4-Burton; #37-Lepage; #49-Bliss and #00-Reutimann.(5-24-2007)

  • Ramblings - Charlotte Qualifying Notes: It's an all-Penske front row! Ryan Newman toured the Lowe's Motor Speedway tonight in 29.140 seconds (185.312 mph) to take the Bud Pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, his second top-spot of the season (his other pole came at Atlanta in March)...his 6th at Lowe's...and the 39th of his Nextel Cup career. He'll be joined on the front row by his teammate Kurt Busch. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Martinsville last October.
    Elliott Sadler (3rd) has his best starting spot since lined up 3rd at Bristol in March.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Phoenix last November.
    Dave Blaney (8th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 7th at Bristol in March.
    Bobby Labonte (9th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Atlanta in March.
    David Stremme (10th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 7th at Atlanta in March.
    Welcome Back Bill Elliott (22nd). This is his first start since last November at Homestead when he started 43rd and finished 25th.
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 8 Top-10 starts in a row.
    (Stock Car Fans)(5-24-2007)

  • Coca-Cola 600 - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Ryan Newman won the Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 29.140 seconds, 185.312 mph.
    .. This is his 39th Bud Pole in 200 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is just his second top-10 start in 2007 – both Bud Poles. He also won the Bud Pole at Atlanta.
    .. This is Newman’s sixth Bud Pole at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He has 11 top-10 starts in 13 races at Lowe’s – all forth or better.
    .. Kurt Busch posted a lap of 29.179 seconds, 185.065 mph to join Newman in an all-Penske Racing South front row. It is just his second top-10 start in 14 races at Lowe’s.
    .. Elliott Sadler (third) completed a sweep of the top three positions for Dodge.
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2007.
    .. Dave Blaney (eighth) was the fastest of the drivers required to qualify on time as all four manufacturers posted top-10 starting positions.
    .. Bill Elliott (22nd) qualified for his first Nextel Cup race since Homestead - Nov. 19, 2006.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-24-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, May 25th at 2:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order List for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #36-Mayfield is due out first on Thursday, May 24 at 7:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #99-Edwards. For the Qualifying order, see my Charlotte Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-24-2007)

  • Thursday's practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over:
    #19-Sadler 181.837
    #9-Kahne 181.543
    #88-Rudd 180.971
    #48-Johnson 180.735
    #25-Mears 180.632
    slowest: #2-Busch 176.373 & #37-Lepage 176.534
    laps run: #2-Busch 52; #20-Stewart 34
    incidents: #14-Marlin smacked the wall and has to go to a backup, #55-Waltrip also scraped the wall, no word on a backup.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #19-Sadler 180.783 [1st fastest lap], 8 laps run
    #17-Kenseth 179.916 [6th], 5 laps
    #22-Blaney 178.910 [24th], 9 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-24-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at LMS
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 9th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 16th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 19th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 24th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 29th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 30th
    #4-Ward Burton, 31st
    #21-Bill Elliott, 33rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 38th
    #15-Paul Menard, 40th
    #00-David Reutimann, 44th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 45th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 46th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 48th
    (5-24-2007)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (11 attempts/43th in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (10/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (11/37)
    #15-Paul Menard (11/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott (10/39)
    #22-Dave Blaney (11/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (11/46)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (11/48)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](11/40)
    #49-Mike Bliss (11/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (11/49)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (11/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(11/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (11/47)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,22,10,15,78,00
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 49,36,84,37,55,4 [only 10 race attempts],46
    See the full list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List
    (5-21-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Lowe's Motor Speedweay [May 27th] are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, but the gap from 35th to 36th is closer
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    31) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 900, +145
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM 895, +140
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 874, +119
    34) #88-Rudd/Yates 848 +93
    35) #25-Mears/Hendrick 830, +75pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 755, -75pts out of 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 745, -85
    38) #15-Menard/DEI 734, -96
    39) #21-Schrader-Wood/Wood Brothers 667, -163
    40) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 629, -201 [out of champ provs]
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(5-13-2007)

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)

  • 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][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • 2006 May Pole Sitter: #10-Scott Riggs, 187.865mph, finished 13th

  • 2006 Oct Pole Sitter: #10-Scott Riggs, 191.489mph, finished 17th

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • 2006 Oct Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 132.142mph, started 2nd

  • 2006 May Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 128.840mph, started 9th

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 5, Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon [Newman has 5]

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/85

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/94

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/93

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/61

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/79

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/61

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/61

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/61

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/61

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/61

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 33 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [13.5%]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • 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: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 55 of 96 - 57.3%
  • Races won from the top 10: 75 of 96 - 78.1%

  • At Lowe’s Motor Speedway:
    • There have been 96 Nextel Cup races since the first race there in 1960 – including two qualifying races in 1961 that were points races.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole in 1960.
    • J.L. Johnson won the first Nextel Cup race in 1960.
    • There have been 36 different Bud Pole winners; 23 have won more than one.
    • There have been 40 race-winners; 25 have more than one victory there.
    • The 1993 spring race was the first to be scheduled to start at twilight and end under the lights.
    • Evernham Motorsports completely swept in 2006 with Scott Riggs winning both Bud Poles and Kasey Kahne winning both races.
    • There have been just three different race winners in the last eight races: Jimmie Johnson (five), Kasey Kahne (two) and Tony Stewart (one).
    • Thirteen of 96 races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, but only one in the past 17 races (Jimmie Johnson, 2004 Coca-Cola 600).
    • Jeff Gordon has won from the pole three times, most of any active driver. David Pearson also won from the pole three times.
    • The last seven races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Jimmie Johnson’s starting position of 37th at the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 was the lowest starting position by a race winner.
    • There have been four shortened races – most recently in the spring of 2003.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered finish: October 2005.
    • Jimmie Johnson has competed in just 11 races, yet he has five victories (46%). He has scored 10 top-10 finishes in those 11 races and has failed to finish just once. Johnson also has won two Bud Poles and started from the top 10 nine times.
    • Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin and Mark Martin have won both Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races there: Martin (six), Burton (two), Gordon (two), Jarrett (two) and Kenseth (two) have multiple NASCAR Busch Series wins there.
    • Greg Biffle (two), Kyle Busch (two), Carl Edwards (one), Jeff Green (two), Joe Nemechek (one), Ryan Newman (one) and Michael Waltrip (two) have all won a Busch Series race there.
    • Kyle Busch has won two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races there.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 13 races there – five more than any other car owner.(NASCAR PR)(5-21-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 171,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Governor Phil Bredesen
    Command to start engines: TN Governor Phil Bredesen
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Senator John McCain
    National Anthem: Lee Ann Rimes
    Military Flyover: four F-22 fighter jets from Langley AFB, Virginia

  • Track Homepage: lowesmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • May 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • In Town for the races? some cool places to check out I have been to an enjoy since moving to Mooresville:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    To eat...Lancaster's Bar-B=Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls and Vinnie's Sardine has good food and is on Lake Norman.
    and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to Richard Petty Museum
    [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out Quaker Steak and Lube for some good wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near the track.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)

  • Coca Cola 600 Grand Marshal and Stater named: Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has been named grand marshal for the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 Nextel Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Coca-Cola and speedway officials also announced that Senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain will serve as the honorary starter, waving the green flag to send the 43 drivers on their 600-mile journey. In his role as grand marshal, Bredesen will preside over pre-race ceremonies and give the command, "gentlemen, start your engines." Now in his second term as governor, Bredesen is focused on raising high school and college graduation rates, boosting the economies of Tennessee's smaller and mid-sized communities, strengthening public education and promoting access to health care and healthier lifestyles for all state residents. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27, are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-21-2007)

  • LMS prepare for the Fantastic - Times 4: For 47 years, the Coca-Cola 600 Nextel Cup Series race has thrilled racing fans around the world with incredible feats of speed, prowess and endurance. This Memorial Day weekend, the "600" meets the "4" when the stars of the new motion picture FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER visit the legendary race in search of the Silver Surfer. Specific details of the showdown will be provided soon-but racing organizers and Twentieth Century Fox promise something truly "fantastic." The Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live on Sunday, May 27, on FOX at 5:00pm/et. Scheduled to appear at Lowe's Motor Speedway are the film's principal stars Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The four stars will serve as honorary race officials and take part in various activities around the track prior to the main event. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway are available online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or via phone at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).(LMS PR)(5-21-2007)

  • 1,000 N.C. Soldiers & Military Family receive free tix to CTC Pole night at LMS: When the Star-Spangled Banner is played at the start of CTC Pole Night on Thursday, May 24, it will have special meaning for nearly 1,000 North Carolina National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve soldiers and their families attending as guests of CT Communications (CTC; Nasdaq: CTCI). CTC has donated these tickets to members of the U.S. armed forces in honor of their loyalty and service to the country. This year's race weekend will prove particularly memorable for service members. During the 10th annual CTC Pole Night qualifying event and the Coca-Cola 600 race, many teams will display logos from each branch of the military on the hoods of their cars. Similarly, Lowe's Motor Speedway will continue its 30-year tradition of honoring military men and women. Additional details are available online at www.ctc.net/polenight. Tickets for CTC Pole Night are $12 in advance and can be purchased lowesmotorspeedway.com.(CTC PR)(5-17-2007)

  • Record $6.5 Million Purse for May 27 Coca-Cola 600: Nextel Cup Series drivers will battle for a record $6.5 million during the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway while total posted awards for the track's schedule of May events is more than $14.5 million. Eight races will be run at Lowe's Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 18, and Sunday evening, May 27, and each carries a record purse with a total of $14,524,532 up for grabs. Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,569,628 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $136,947 more than was posted for last year's event and $4,481,404 more than competitors raced for in the 600-mile event 10 years ago. Competitors participating in the Nextel All-Star Challenge and the Nextel Open on Saturday night, May 19, will compete for a record $4,264,364 with the Challenge winner guaranteed a minimum of $1,011,125. In addition to the posted prize money, $1,780,853 in television awards for the Nextel All-Star Challenge will be distributed through the Nextel Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program. Busch Series drivers will battle for a record $1,249,138 during the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night, May 26, and the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 presented by Circle K Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday night, May 18, adds $544,474 to the total prize money. SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Series competitors will race for $30,125 during CTC Pole Night on Thursday, May 24, and the inaugural Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs race prior to the Nextel All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 19, is worth $10,000. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday night, May 25, for the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown. The late model stock cars of the Goodyear Fastrak Challenge are also on the card and the two divisions will race for $75,950 in posted awards. Tickets for all May events, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-17-2007)

  • Fan wins starter job for Nextel Challenge: Jerry Brandom of Delray Beach, Fla., will be waving the green flag for the Nextel All-Star Challenge, having been selected from thousands of entries in the SPEED CFO (Chief Flag Operator) sweepstakes. Brandom and a guest of his choice will be flown to Charlotte for the weekend's events, receiving a pace car ride and VIP garage tour. Before climbing the tower at Lowe's Motor Speedway to start the All-Star race, Brandom also will have the opportunity to attend the Nextel All-Star Challenge drivers meeting.(SPEEDtv PR)(5-15-2007)

  • CATS LMS Race Express Adds Second Location: After a successful launch in October, Charlotte Area Transit System's [CATS] LMS Race Express has been expanded to include round-trip transportation from two CATS Park and Ride locations to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and May 27 Coca-Cola 600. Buses will now originate from Carolina Place Mall at exit 64B off I-485 in Pineville, N.C., and Northlake Mall at exit 18 off I-77 north of Charlotte. LMS Race Express buses will utilize priority routes to enter and exit the speedway. For the Nextel All-Star Challenge on Saturday, May 19, they will depart from each Park and Ride location approximately every 30 minutes between noon and 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, for the Coca-Cola 600, they will leave approximately every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both drop-off and pick-up locations at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be near the track's main entrance. Return trips will begin approximately one hour following the checkered flag. Tickets for the LMS Race Express are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.racepackage.com/2007lmsexpress or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Park and Ride lots on race days. No restroom facilities are available on the buses and no smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages is permitted. In addition, no storage space is available for passenger items. However, each rider is permitted one cooler, which is limited to 14 inches in any direction. Tickets for all May NASCAR events at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or by visiting www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-14-2007)

  • LMS Introduces Speedway Ambassadors: Lowe's Motor Speedway has developed two new elements to help fans enjoy their race-day experiences during the track's upcoming schedule of NASCAR races, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. Working in conjunction with Motor Racing Outreach, Lowe's Motor Speedway has developed the Speedway Ambassadors, a program consisting of 30 volunteers who will be available to efficiently assist race fans with problems or questions. Each Speedway Ambassador will have the authority to make on-the-spot decisions concerning fan-related issues. The Ambassadors will be positioned at entry gates prior to events and will move into the grandstands before pre-race activities commence. The Speedway Ambassadors will be available to assist fans during the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge, the May 26 Carquest Auto Parts 300 and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. Speedway officials have also worked with the North Carolina Highway Patrol to expand the area in which officers will control traffic during event days. In addition to controlling traffic on Speedway Blvd. from I-85 to the track, highway patrol officers will now also monitor and control traffic flow on Concord Mills Blvd., in front of Concord Mills mall. Tickets for all May NASCAR events at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or by visiting www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(5-14-2007)

  • Humpy to Make Pick for All Star Challenge: H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, will reveal his prediction of who will win the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge during a press conference Tuesday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena in uptown Charlotte. Wheeler, who has correctly picked 10 of the last 18 All-Star race winners, will announce his selection with assistance from Mental Illusionist Lawrence Gregory.(LMS PR)(5-12-2007)

  • Lowe's Bans Talladega Violators; Will Increase Security: LMS track officials announced that the 14 individuals charged with disorderly conduct for throwing items on the race track following the April 29 Nextel Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway have been permanently banned from attending races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. [Additional] precautions [the track will take] include placing security personnel every 200 feet to watch the grandstands for unruly behavior, using video cameras to monitor grandstands and the use of tactical-style rapid-response teams.(LMS PR)(5-5-2007)

  • Michael Jordan to Serve as Grand Marshal for Nextel All-Star Challenge: NBA great Michael Jordan will serve as Grand Marshal for the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge. Jordan, the managing member of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats, will give the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Jordan has overseen all of the basketball decisions for the Charlotte Bobcats since joining the front office in June 2006.(Lowes Motor Speedway PR)(5-2-2007)

  • Auto Fair at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend: UPDATE: A 52-foot limousine crafted from a jet airplane, NBA star LeBron James' customized Hummer H2 and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 1967 Camaro are just a sampling of the radical rides that will be featured during the Apil 12-15 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Unique Autosports, the automotive customizing business owned by Will Castro and featured on SPEED's "Unique Whips," is bringing seven of the most radical rides to ever roll out of its Holbrook, N.Y., facility. Among the customized beauties on display from Unique Autosports will be NBA star LeBron James' Hummer H2; NASCAR champion Tony Stewart's "Smokedeville" hearse and bright orange Lamborghini; Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones' 1968 Buick Electra and Cadillac Escalade; and a pair of Nissan SUVs owned by fashion designer Marc Ecko. For more info, visit the Lowe's Motor Speedway web site.(4-10-2007)
    UPDATE: The Jet Limo constructed from a Boeing 727 airplane scheduled to appear during the April 12-15 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe's Motor Speedway was not able to exit Mexico and will not be on hand for the four-day automotive extravaganza.(LMS PR)(4-10-2007)

  • "Buy and Drive" Puts Fans in Driver's Seat at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Race fans will have the opportunity to put themselves in the driver's seat Wednesday night, March 21, at Lowe's Motor Speedway during a special "Buy and Drive" event. Fans that purchase four or more tickets to any May NASCAR race event at LMS will be allowed to drive their personal vehicles three laps around the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Tickets start at just $29 for the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and $39 for the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. The speedway ticket office will be open Wednesday from 9am to 9pm. Fans will receive a voucher at the time of their qualifying ticket purchase and must redeem it from 5 to 9pm on Wednesday evening. Drivers must have a valid driver's license and the vehicle must have valid registration, tag and proof of insurance. As a special bonus, the first 125 ticket buyers Wednesday get a pair of tickets to "Dale-The Movie" coming to the Charlotte area this May. For more information, contact the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket services department at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(3-18-2007)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Ticket Office Open Extended Hours: With the NASCAR racing season shifting into high gear, Lowe's Motor Speedway has made it more convenient for race fans to purchase tickets for the track's schedule of May events, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. Ticket agents are now on hand to assist race fans from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets during these hours by calling 1-800-455-FANS or in person on the second floor of Lowe's Motor Speedway's Smith Tower. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. Lowe's Motor Speedway offers a variety of camping options at affordable prices for the Nextel All-Star Challenge and Coca-Cola 600 race weeks. Dry camping sites in the Rock City, Tim Flock, Peninsula, Country Crock and Morehead Farms campgrounds start at $100 per space per NASCAR race week. Camping sites can be reserved by contacting the Lowe's Motor Speedway camping office at (704) 455-4445.(LMS PR)(2-24-2007)

  • All Remaining Bank of America 500 Tickets Go on Sale Monday, Feb. 5: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway go on sale Monday, Feb. 5. Priced from $19 to $135, a wide selection of grandstand seating options are available, including a limited number of premium frontstretch seats. The lower portions of the Chrysler, General Motors and Ford grandstands will be renovated prior to the Bank of America 500 and the new chairback seats in those sections will also be on sale. The Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office will be open extended hours Monday operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. In addition to the Bank of America 500, tickets will also be available for the Oct. 12 Dollar General 300 Busch Series race; Bojangles' Pole Night qualifying on Thursday, Oct. 11; and the Southern Showdown, a 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model race, on Wednesday night, Oct. 10, at The Dirt Track. Tickets for all 2007 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are now available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-4-2007)

  • $4 Million Frontstretch Grandstand Renovation at LMS: A $4 million renovation of the frontstretch grandstand that includes replacing the current concrete and aluminum bleachers with spacious stadium-style seats is among several capital improvement projects planned this year at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The design and procurement phase of the grandstand renovation is underway and construction will begin following the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. It is scheduled for completion prior to the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500. The $4 million frontstretch grandstand project involves renovating the lower portions of the Ford, General Motors and Chrysler sections, all of which were part of the original grandstand when the track opened in 1960. The renovation is the first phase of a multi-year plan to rebuild the track's frontstretch. This phase includes the construction of a steel and aluminum grandstand which will be placed over the old concrete structure. The new section will include approximately 18,000 stadium-style seats, more walkways, added depth between rows and additional handicap-accessible seating. Other capital projects underway as Lowe's Motor Speedway prepares for its 48th season of NASCAR racing include the construction of a new infield care center and the addition of a modern office/warehouse. The track's souvenir shop is also being renovated and an expansion of the administrative offices on the seventh floor of Smith Tower is nearing completion. All of these projects are slated to be finished before the track's May events, which start with the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge. The new 3,200-square-foot Carolinas HealthCare Infield Care Center will be located inside Turn 4 and is designed to meet the medical needs of both fans and competitors. A new medical heliport adjacent to the care center is also part of the plan. Tickets for all 2007 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are now available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-2-2007)

  • LMS = Beast of the Southeast: Long recognized as one of the meanest race tracks on the NASCAR schedule, Lowe's Motor Speedway has emerged a true beast. And capitalizing on that tough reputation, speedway officials have launched a marketing campaign that brands the 1.5-mile quad-oval as "The Beast of the Southeast." Speedway officials will use The Beast of the Southeast logo and theme in print and electronic advertising; as part of multiple direct-mail campaigns; and on the track's web site. An extensive line of The Beast of the Southeast souvenirs is also being developed. Tickets for all 2007 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are now available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-1-2007)

  • LMS Employee of the Year Award announced: Angie Crisco has been named Lowe's Motor Speedway's 2006 Employee of the Year. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities. The winner is determined by a vote of the speedway's executive committee and is selected from among 12 Employee of the Month award recipients. A native of Charlotte who now lives in Albemarle, N.C., Crisco is a ticket sales associate and renewal supervisor in the track's ticket services department. She joined the speedway staff in 1998 after working in various race-time capacities for seven years.(LMS PR)(1-5-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #66 to sport special scheme at LMS to promote Fisher House: Best Buy Racing is assisting the families of military personnel receiving medical care at US military and VA medical centers by promoting Fisher House during the Coca-Cola 600 Nextel Cup Series race weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. To raise awareness for these "homes away from home," Jeff Green's #66 Best Buy Haas CNC Racing Chevy will carry a special paint design to raise awareness for Fisher House. In addition, Best Buy is helping raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation by allowing customers to donate monies at any Best Buy retail location and online from Memorial weekend through Independence Day. Members of the military and their families often must travel great distances for specialized medical care. Fisher House Foundation establishes "comfort homes," facilities built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, to provide lodging for families of hospitalized military members. In addition to the fundraising efforts, Best Buy is supporting Fisher House through hands-on volunteer opportunities for Best Buy employees at Fisher House locations, and other activities. Several Best Buy vendor partners are making in-kind donations of products needed by current and future Fisher House locations, including laptop computers, television and other electronics. Best Buy employees will volunteer their time to install these products. Donations to Fisher House can be made at any cash register at all Best Buy retail locations, or any time from the Best Buy website, www.bestbuy.com, beginning on Memorial Day Weekend and continuing through the week of July 4th. For more information on the work of Fisher House Foundation, go to www.fisherhouse.org.(GMR PR)(5-22-2007)

  • Pep Boys..Manny, Moe & Jack...to sponsor Marlin at LMS: The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack, the nation's leading automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, announced that it will be the primary sponsor on Sterling Marlin's #14 Chevrolet at the upcoming Nextel Cup races at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte. Pep Boys, an 86-year-old Philadelphia institution with 593 stores and more than 6,000 service bays in 36 states and Puerto Rico, will have its colors showcased on Marlin's Ginn Racing entry in this weekend's All-Star event and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 point race. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP-BOYS or by visiting pepboys.com.(Ginn Racing PR)(5-18-2007)

  • Elliott to the #21? UPDATE: hearing 1988 Nextel Cup Champ, Bill Elliott, will drive the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Ford for six races, not sure if that will start after the Nextel Open, which Jon Wood is scheduled to run or for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 27th. Why Elliott? Bill Elliott, being a past champ, has 6 past champions provisional's to use. #44-Dale Jarrett is out of past champ provisional's and needs to qualify for the race as his team is out of the top-35 in owners points and a guaranteed starting spot. So is the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Ford team, driven by Ken Schrader [27 races] and rookie Jon Wood [11 races].(5-16-2007)
    UPDATE: Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers racing team are giving long-time Ford fans something to celebrate next week in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Elliott has agreed to come out of his semi-retirement to drive the Wood's famous #21 Ford. Elliott, who had his greatest racing success driving a #9 Ford, will be back behind the blue oval logo for the first time since he drove his own #94 in 2000. The #21, which has been driven this season by Ken Schrader and Jon Wood, is outside the top 35 in owner points, but Elliott has a past-champion's provisional at his disposal if he fails to qualify on speed. "That will allow is to spend time getting the car ready for the race instead of worrying about qualifying," Elliott said. "And it means a lot to me to drive that car." Elliott has also filed an entry for the following week at Dover.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(5-17-2007)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #01-Mark Martin US Army American Heroes #01 Schemes Page
    #4-Ward Burton State Water Heaters/ U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary #4 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Desert Camo #8 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight/US Marines #11 Schemes Page
    #14-Sterling Marlin Pep Boys #14 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Fantastic Four #19 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont/Department of Defense seal #24 Schemes Page
    #25-Casey Mears National Guard Camo #25 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Shrek the Third #38 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Cold Activated Coors Light #40 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Chocolate Chex #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Coke Zero #45 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson USO/Power of Pride #48 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Fisher House/Best Buy #66 Schemes Page
    #70-Johnny Sauter Radio Active Energy Drink none...yet
    #88-Ricky Rudd Dark Snickers #88 Schemes Page


  • Labonte to run #43 Chocolate Chex Dodge at LMS: #43-Bobby Labonte, driver for Petty Enterprises, will trade his Cheerios yellow and Petty blue paint job to showcase a chocolate-themed paint scheme at the Coca Cola 600 on May 27th.  Throughout the weekend Labonte will help launch new Chocolate Chex cereal for General Mills. With hopes of a winning weekend for Labonte in the #43 Chocolate Chex Dodge, Chex cereal wants to give race fans a chance to win.  Thursday, May 24th through Saturday, May 26th at Food Lion Speed Street in uptown Charlotte, race fans can enter to win their very own 1937 Chocolate Chex Dodge Sedan LegendsT Car designed by artist Sam Bass. Race fans can just stop by the Chocolate Chex tent, vote for the NASCAR NMPA Chex Most Popular Driver award and receive an entry form.  The winner will be notified the week of June 4 through a congratulatory phone call from Nextel Cup  driver Bobby Labonte.  Fans must be 18 or older to enter or win. Chocolate Chex is an oven toasted rice & corn cereal with a great chocolatey taste!  Chocolate Chex has only 8 grams of sugar per serving, has natural antioxidants from whole grain and cocoa, and is a good source of Whole Grain.  Chocolate Chex is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D; it is an excellent source of iron; it provides 9 other essential vitamins and minerals and is naturally cholesterol free.(Petty Racing PR)(5-23-2007)

  • Shrek back on the #38 at LMS: On this Memorial Day weekend, as the nation pays tribute to our heroes in the Armed Forces, RYR co-owner Doug Yates is asking his team to remember two local Charlotte heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty, Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department. A native of Charlotte, Yates is donating a portion of Sunday’s race winnings from the #38 Team to assist with the re-building of two Charlotte-area parks, which will be dedicated as memorials to the officers. Driver David Gilliland is hoping to score a solid finish in Sunday’s race in support of Yates’ charitable contribution. Joining Gilliland again this weekend are the stars of this week’s top rated box office flick, Shrek the Third, who return to the quarter panels of the M&M’S Ford after an abbreviated ride in last Saturday’s Nextel Open. Leading the efforts in the Charlotte area in raising funds, goods and services to contribute to the building of the memorials is the crew from the Ace & TJ Show, which can be heard locally in Charlotte on its flagship station, KISS 95.1FM. Logo on to www.acetj.com for more information on where to send donations, how to volunteer and further details regarding the plans and locations of the parks scheduled to be rebuilt.(RYR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #38 Team Schemes page.(5-23-2007)

  • Budweiser Desert Camo Car To Honor Troops This Weekend: You may need to look a little closer to find the #8 Budweiser machine during the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway this Sunday. The iconic red paint scheme is being replaced this Memorial Day weekend with a special desert camouflage look, honoring our troops around the globe. Budweiser will donate proceeds from the sale of the collectible diecast camo cars to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), which provides full-ride college scholarships to surviving dependents of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in combat or training missions, and immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. More than 700 dependents currently benefit from the efforts of the SOWF. For more information, visit www.specialops.org. The Budweiser team will also carry a special red, white and blue paint scheme during the July 4 weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser will also donate proceeds from the sales of collectible merchandise of that car to SOWF.(fingerprint inc./Budweiser PR), see images on the #8 Team Schemes page.(5-22-2007)

  • Dark scheme for Rudd at LMS: The #88 team which normally runs the Snickers Ford will be racing a Snickers Dark paint scheme for Saturday night’s race and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Snickers Dark Racing PR), see an image on the #88 Team Schemes page.(5-17-2007)

  • Coke Zero to sponsor Petty in Nextel Open/Coke 600: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 team head to the track with Coke Zero on board. Petty, a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, will debut the Coke Zero Dodge this weekend in the Nextel Open and will also compete in it next weekend at the Coca-Cola 600.(Petty Racing PR)(5-16-2007)

  • Ten Drivers Unite for American Heroes Memorial Day Tribute at LMS UPDATE: The stars of NASCAR will, on Tuesday, May 8th, announce the American Heroes Memorial Day Tribute and unveil the participants and paint schemes on in the spectacular salute set for Memorial Day weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The program will raise funds for four major military support organizations and the soldiers and their families of America’s Armed Forces. Sprint Nextel and Motorsports Authentics will support the program with a fundraising effort designed to raise more than $1 million for U.S. troops and their families.(ClearBlue PR), have images of some of the schemes, including: #48-Johnson/USO/Power of Pride; #11-Hamlin/U.S. Marine Corp; #21-Wood/Air Force; #4-Burton/Air Force 60th Anniversary; #01-Martin/US Army American Heroes; #24-Gordon/America Supports You; #25-Mears/National Guard/“American Heroes” [no image]; plus #16 Coast Guard and #88 Navy in the Busch Series race.(Clear!Blue PR)(4-5-2007)
    UPDATE: Eight Nextel Cup drivers and two Busch drivers will lead all NASCAR fans in the American Heroes Memorial Day salute to the armed forces on Sunday, May 27th, at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to kick off a nationwide effort to raise funds for military families in need. Participating drivers include #16-Greg Biffle [Busch Series], #4-Ward Burton, #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #11-Denny Hamlin, #88-Shane Huffman [Busch Series], #48-Jimmie Johnson, #01-Mark Martin, #25-Casey Mears and #47-Jon Wood. The cars were unveiled Tuesday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Distinguished members of the military kicked off the American Heroes tribute in grand style with a military color guard presentation and the presentation of the cars that will run in the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend to show their support for America’s armed forces. The NASCAR team owners, sponsors, drivers and employees donated the space on their cars to collectively thank the armed forces at the Coca-Cola 600. The American Heroes Memorial Day Tribute is being supported by Sprint Nextel, which will conduct a national fundraising campaign to encourage Sprint Nextel customers to support the troops with their donations to the USO. Diecast models and officially licensed merchandise of the participating drivers will be available for sale through Motorsports Authentics. The American Heroes program hopes to raise significant funds for American military families in need through the effort.(Clear!Blue PR)(5-8-2007)

  • Special scheme for Sadler at the Coca-Cola 600: Elliott Sadler will turn into a super hero for the Coca-Cola 600, running a special Fantastic Four paint scheme on the #19 Dodge Dealers Dodge Charger. In honor of the debut of the “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” movie, produced by Fox Studios and scheduled for release in theaters on June 15th, the #9 Dodge Charger will be transformed into the Dodge Fantasticar. The movie, directed by Tim Story, stars Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, the same foursome that made the original Fantastic Four such a success. The #19 will feature a stunning paint scheme that showcases the ghost-like Silver Surfer shooting across the hood, while flames explode over the nose and up the fenders of the Fantasticar. The familiar Fantastic Four logo will also adorn both rear quarter panels. “This is by far one of the coolest paint schemes I’ve ever seen, let alone be able to drive,” Sadler said. “This is something every little kid dreams about. Now, not only do I get to drive a race car, but I get to drive a race car with super heroes on it!(Sadler Fanclub site)(5-3-2007)

  • Special Paint Scheme for Dale Jr. at Daytona/LMS UPDATE:: Hearing that #8-Dale Jr. will run a special red white and blue Budweiser paint scheme in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. See an image of the car on my #8 Paint Schemes Page.(4-10-2007)
    Special Paint Scheme for Dale Jr. at Lowes Too: Hearing that #8-Dale Jr. will run a special camouflage Budweiser paint scheme in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. See an image of the car on my #8 Paint Schemes Page.(4-11-2007)
    UPDATE: Budweiser and NASCAR's four-time Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., are saluting the troops this NASCAR season with two military-themed paint schemes and collectible diecasts, the proceeds from which will provide college educations for surviving dependents of fallen Special Operations soldiers. The cars debuted during a special "One Night Stand with Dale Earnhardt Jr." event held for more than 1000 fans and many area-based troops last night at the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie. Budweiser's brown and beige Desert Camo #8 Chevy will race Memorial Day weekend during the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The red, white and blue Stars & Stripes car will run in honor of Independence Day at the Pepsi 400 on July 7 at Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser will donate proceeds from the sale of the two collectible diecast car models to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), which provides full-ride college scholarships to surviving dependents of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in combat or training missions, and immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. More than 700 dependents currently benefit from the efforts of the SOWF. For more information, visit www.specialops.org.(fingerprint inc./Budweiser Racing PR)(4-13-2007)

  • Johnson to run USO/Power of Pride scheme in the Coke 600: #48-Jimmie Johnson and Lowe's will run a special paint scheme on the #48 Chevy in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a special celebration of America's military personnel. The #48 will honor the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) featuring the "Power of Pride", also in the program are Nextel Cup drivers #01-Martin, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #4-Burton and #21-Wood, see an image of the scheme on my #48 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2007)

  • Hamlin to honor the Marines in the Coke 600: #11-Denny Hamlin is scheduled to run the U.S. Marine Corp/FedEx Freight scheme on the #11 Chevy in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a special celebration of America's military personnel. The #11 Chevy will have a black base with red accents. Featured on the hood is the U.S. Marine Corps emblem, also in the program are Nextel Cup drivers #01-Martin, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #4-Burton and #21-Wood, see an image of the scheme on my #11 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2007)

  • Wood to run special USAF scheme in Coke 600: #21-Jon Wood is scheduled to run the special paint scheme representing the U.S. Air Force on the #21 Ford in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a special celebration of America's military personnel. The #21 Ford has a blue base with a featured USAF emblem on the hood and Ford Motorcraft on the rear deck lid., also in the program are Nextel Cup drivers #01-Martin, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #4-Burton and #11-Hamlin, see an image of the scheme on my #21 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2007)

  • Ward Burton to run special scheme in Coke 600: #4-Ward Burton and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team will run a special State Water Heaters U.S. Air Force car with a special paint scheme in the Coca-Cola 600 Lowe's Motor Speedway in May that includes the U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary seal on the hood, see an image of the scheme on my #4 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2007)

  • Martin to run special scheme in Coke 600: A special celebration of America's military personnel takes place with the American Heroes Program. Mark Martin and Ginn Racing join the celebration of American Heroes with a special paint scheme representing the U.S. Army on the #01 Chevy. Martin's #01 US Army American Heroes Chevy will run a special scheme in the Coca Cola 600 a Lowe's Motor Speedway, a black base with a featured "American Heroes Memorial Day" emblem on the hood, see an image of the scheme on my #01 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2007)

  • Jeff Gordon to run military scheme at Coke 600: Memorial Day Weekend is always thrilling for race fans at Lowe's Motor Speedway [Coca-Cola 600]. This year, a special celebration of America's military personnel takes place with the American Heroes Program! In honor of the American Heroes Program, #24-Jeff Gordon and DuPont have created a commemorative paint scheme featuring the Department of Defense. Gordon's #24-Chevy includes shades of blue with the Department of Defense seal dominating the hood, see an image of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2007)

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