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THE RACE: The USG Sheetrock 400

Nextel Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, July 15, 2007 in Joliet, IL

  • Title Sponsor: USG Sheetrock

  • Track: Chicagoland Speedway

  • TV: TNT 4:00pm/et

  • Allstate Countdown to Green: TNT - 3:30pm/et - with Bill Weber

  • NASCAR on TNT Live: TNT - 2:30pm/et - Marc Fein, host
  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:20pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 19 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, July 19 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, July 20 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,056,938 (was $6,014,007 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, July 13, 12:30 - 2:00pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, July 14, 10:00 - 10:50am/et TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 14, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 13, 11:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, July 13 at 4:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, July 13
    (Local to the race track which is CT, one hour behind of ET)
    6:30 a.m. Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series Garage Opens
    11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    1:10 - 2:10 p.m. Busch Series Practice
    2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Busch Series Rookie Practice
    3:10 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    4:45 p.m.(Approx.) Busch Series Final Practice (One Hour, Time Permitting)

    SATURDAY, July 14
    9 - 9:50 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    10:05 a.m. Busch Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    12:20 - 1:20 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Final Practice
    2:00 p.m. USG DUROCK 300 - Busch Series Race (200 Laps / 300 Miles)

    SUNDAY, July 15
    8 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Garage Opens
    2:30 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Driver Introductions - Security - Clear Pit Road
    3 p.m. USG SHEETROCK 400 - Nextel Cup Series Race (267 Laps / 400 Miles)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; Right-side -- D-4064

    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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

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

    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Chicagoland this weekend . . . this is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams ran at Texas earlier this season . . . in addition, teams in these two series have run this left-side code (D-4078) with a different right-side code at several other tracks this season, including California, Dover and Michigan . . . Busch teams have also run this left-side code at Kansas and Kentucky in 2007 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Chicago/Joliet, IL Area:
Belleville News-Democrat
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Daily Southtown
Joliet Herald News
Joliet.com
Naperville Sun
Northwest Herald
Ottawa Daily Times
Peoria Star Journal
Rockford Register

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

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Chicago Review by ARS Racing
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

  • Stewart Wins at Chicago: #20-Tony Stewart picked up his first win of 2007 with a dominating performance in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He led 108 of the 267 laps on the day. It was his 30th career win. #17-Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #25-Mears, #2-Busch, #31-Burton, #12-Newman, #24-Gordon, and #07-Bowyer. #48-Johnson led 82 laps on the day before cutting a tire late while running second. He finished 37th. There were 7 cautions for 32 laps and 9 leaders with 20 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Chicago Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Chicago page(7-15-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Chicago [19 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2911
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 2608 -303
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth 2565 -346
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 2491 -420
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 2473 -438
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 2429 -482
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2423 -488
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 2337 -574
    9) #5-Kyle Busch 2314 -597 13
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 2281 -630
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2208 -703
    12) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2151 -760
    some other notables:
    #12-Newman is 13th
    #2-Busch is 14th
    #26-McMurray is 15th
    #42-Montoya is 20th
    #9-Kahne is 24th

    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(7-15-2007)

  • Rumblings - Chicago Race Notes: Tony Stewart dominated the second half of today's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and pulled away from Matt Kenseth on the final restart (with 12 to go) for his first win of the season and the 30th of his Cup career (he's in 20th on the all-time win list).
    Tony becomes the 13th different winner this season (equaling last years number), and captured the 56th win for Joe Gibbs Racing. His second victory at Chicagoland was worth $342,161 from the over $6.1M in posted awards.
    Matt Kenseth (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Texas in April.
    Reed Sorenson (12th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    John Andretti (18th) had his best finish since he was 16th when we were here in July of 2004!
    Chad Chaffin (31st) had his best finish since he was 30th at Talladega in April of 2006.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10's in a row. Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya (15th) takes the award this week to move back into a tie at eight with David Ragan. He was followed by Ragan(25th), Paul Menard (42nd) and David Reutimann (43rd). AJ Allmendinger was a dnq this week.
    This Week's Elevator....UP; Operator of the Week is Kurt Busch (+29), followed by David Gilliland (+26), Carl Edwards (+22), Greg Biffle (+22), and Ricky Rudd (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Martin Truex Jr (-37), followed by Jimmie Johnson (-29), Paul Menard (-26), Dave Blaney (-25), and David Reutimann (-22).
    Jeff Gordon tacks 26 points onto his lead....it's now 303. Ryan Newman is the new 13th place driver....just 30 markers out of the "Chase".
    Kasey Kahne (26th to 24th) made the only multiple position positive move this week, while Jimmie Johnson (4th to 7th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(7-15-2007)

  • Fast Facts USG Sheetrock 400:
    .. Tony Stewart won the USG Sheetrock 400, his 30th victory in 303 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. Stewart remains 20th on the all-time wins list.
    .. This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    .. Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 2007 and his third in seven Chicago races.
    .. Carl Edwards (third) posted his first top 10 in three races at Chicago and his seventh of 2007.
    .. Jeff Gordon finished ninth and continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 303 points ahead of Denny Hamlin.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-15-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)

    #20-Stewart-C (19) (108 laps led) +1.727 second lead
    #17-Kenseth-F (10) (1 lap led)
    #99-Edwards-F (25)
    #29-Harvick -C (14) (54 laps led)
    #25-Mears-C (1) (5 laps led)

    #2-Busch-D (35) (2 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (23)
    #12-Newman-D (3)
    #24-Gordon-C (11)
    #07-Bowyer-C (7) (1 lap led)

    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,88,70,14

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 96,6,36,66,21,13,55,49,9,19,7,26

  • Cars on the track: 36 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #40-Stremme (engine-out)
    #18-Yeley (accident-out)
    #48-Johnson (accident-out)
    #1-Truex, Jr (engine-out)
    #22-Blaney (accident-out)
    #4-Burton (accident-out)
    #00-Reutimann (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 20 lead changes):
    #20-Stewart (108);
    #48-Johnson (82);
    #29-Harvick (54);
    #1-Truex, Jr. (12);
    #25-Mears (pole, 5);
    #2-Busch (2);
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr (2);
    #07-Bowyer (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);

  • Lap leaders: #25-Mears - pole; #25-Mears 1-5; #1-Truex, Jr 6-17; #48-Johnson 18-49; #8-Earnhardt, Jr 50-51; #29-Harvick 52; #48-Johnson 53-60; #29-Harvick 61-109; #20-Stewart 110-112; #07-Bowyer 113; #2-Busch 114-115; #29-Harvick 116-118; #48-Johnson 119-155; #20-Stewart 156-186; #48-Johnson 187-190; #20-Stewart 191-202; #48-Johnson 203; #20-Stewart 204-226; #29-Harvick 227; #20-Stewart 228-230; #17-Kenseth 231; #20-Stewart 232-267

    Cautions: 7 for 32 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 253 - 255: #13-Nemechek got loose in turn 4 and spun out

    Caution 6 - Laps 246 - 249: #18-J.J. Yeley had a tire going down and hit the wall in turn 2

    Caution 5 - Laps 224 - 230: #48-Johnson lost a tire in turn 3 and smacked the wall

    Caution 4 - Laps 203 - 207: #22-Blaney lost a tire in turn 2 and hit the wall. #4-Burton was collected too.

    Caution 3 - Laps 165 - 168: #7-Gordon got loose coming off turn 2 and hit the wall, suffering rear end damage. He took the car to the garage.

    Caution 2 - Laps 155 - 159: #26-McMurray cut a tire in turn 1 and hit the wall

    Caution 1 - Laps 60 - 63: #66-Green spun out trying to stay off #55-Waltrip

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #45-Andretti, 18th
    Caution 6: #38-Gilliland, 16th
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 11th
    Caution 4: #07-Bowyer, 10th
    Caution 3: #42-Montoya, 15th
    Caution 2: #01-Martin, 14th
    Caution 1: #14-Marlin, 23rd

    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Chicago Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    Car Penalty Reason Lap 1 #15 MCI Safety - Smoking 0
    2 #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 59
    3 #55 TE Pitting out of order 60
    4 #7 PT Commitment Line Violation 113
    5 #07 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 114
    6 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 154
    7 #01 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 155
    8 #40 PT Not lined up for restart 160
    9 #49 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 227
    10 #13 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 252
    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)(7-15-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)

    ---- On lap 261, #40 Stremme lost an engine but got off the track and into the pits without causing a caution
    ---- #24-Gordon was the only car in the top 10 to pit under the 6th caution
    ---- #5-Busch made an extended pit stop under the fifth caution to fix some damage on the car from hitting the wall earlier
    ---- On lap 227, under the 5th caution, all the leaders came onto pit road. Fuel only for #20-Stewart, and #17-Kenseth. Two tires for #29-Harvick. #8-Earnhardt's team tried to put a new power steering belt on the car, but couldn't.
    ---- On lap 213, #1-Truex, Jr. pitted under green and took the car behind the wall. Truex had reported smoke in the car. Possible engine problem.
    ---- On lap 211, #8-Earnhardt, Jr. says he's lost the power steering.
    ---- All the leaders were in on lap 204 under the fourth caution
    ---- Around lap 190, TV reports that drivers are trying to save fuel so they can make the race on 1 more stop
    ---- #19-Sadler pitted under green on lap 191. The crew lifted the hood and then sent him back out
    ---- Most leaders stayed out under the third caution. #24-Gordon and #99-Edwards were the only 2 driver in the top 10 to come in to pit
    ---- #40-Stremme was black flagged for not being in line on the restart following the second caution
    ---- A tire got away from #1-Truex, Jr's team in the pits and they were penalized to the tail end of the longest line
    ---- Eveyone pitted under the second caution. Looks like everyone took 4 tires and fuel.
    ---- #07-Bowyer was penalized for being too fast entering pit road on lap 114. #7-Gordon was penalized for going around the commitment cone
    ---- The rest of the leaders started pitting under green on lap 112
    ---- #29-Harvick pitted under green on lap 110
    ---- #41-Sorenson pitted under green on lap 109 after staying out under the first caution
    ---- #8-Earnhardt scraped the wall around lap 104 while running at the top of the track. Minor damage, if any
    ---- #9-Kahne had to pit under green around lap 100. No word on what the problem was
    ---- Most drivers pited under the first caution. #29-Harvick and #41-Sorenson stayed on the track to move to the front
    ---- Pit stop were completed by lap 54
    ---- #8-Earnhardt, Jr missed pit road on lap 51 and had to make another lap
    ---- Green flag pit stops started on lap 48, when #17-Kenseth came in
    ---- On lap 45, #00-Reutimann began smoking and came into the pits. The crew diagnosed it as burnt piston
    ---- By lap 40, several drivers were moving to the top of the track to work on the second groove
    ---- On lap 30, the leader #48-Johnson has started to lap slower cars
    ---- #15-Menard was black flagged on lap 4 because his car was smoking. He pulled into the pits, the crew lifted the hood and more smoke poured out. They pulled the car behind the wall.
    ---- green flag at 4:18pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 4:08pm/et by Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith
    ---- Military Flyover: Two F-18 Hornets
    ---- National Anthem by Musical Group Hanson
    ---- weather = Sunny with a high of 81°, 10% chance of rain.
    ---- To The Back [4]: #2-Busch (engine change/qualified 35th), #01-Martin (backup car/4th), #19-Sadler (backup car/31st), #15-Menard (engine change/16th)


  • Race Coverage of the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, 2007.
    TV: TNT in Hi-Def at 4:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 4:15pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 1:00pm/et and TNT at 2:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, July 19 at 3:00pm/et and;
    Thursday, July 19 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]

  • Saturday Happy Hour for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson, 177.819mph
    #1-Truex, Jr, 177.392
    #22-Blaney, 177.130
    #5-Busch, 176.696
    #17-Kenseth, 176.534
    slowest: #49-Chaffin 170.708 and #55-Waltrip 170.342
    most laps run: #2-Busch, 49 laps
    notes: Following last week's accident at Daytona, #11-Hamlin & #20-Stewart met with each other in Hamlin's hauler four about 25 minutes at the beginning of the session. #19-Sadler wrecked late in the session in turn 2 and will go to a backup.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick, 172.384 [9th], 22 laps
    #48-Johnson, 172.347 [fastest], 40 laps
    #1-Truex, Jr., 172.057 [2nd], 46 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(7-14-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the results:
    #99-Edwards, 180.084mph
    #17-Kenseth, 179.450
    #07-Bowyer, 179.188
    #1-Truex, Jr, 179.122
    #5-Busch, 179.045
    slowest: #45-Andretti 174.132 and #4-Burton 172.612
    most laps run: #25-Mears, 44 laps
    notes: #01-Martin got loose and backed into the wall about 10 minutes into the session. He will go to a backup
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Martin, 176.793 [19th], 8 laps
    #99-Edwards, 176.074 [fastest lap], 20 laps
    #1-Truex, 175.443 [4th], 27 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(7-14-2007)

  • Mears wins pole at Chicagoland: #25-Casey Mears won the Budweiser Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 182.556mph. It was the third pole of his career and the first since Indianapolis in August 2004. #1-Truex, Jr qualified second with the rest of the top 10 being: #12-Newman, #01-Martin, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #5-Busch, #07-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #45-Andretti, and #17-Kenseth. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Chicago Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-13-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway: #10-Riggs, #83-Vickers, #44-Jarrett, #84-Allmendinger, #37-Lepage, and #78-KWallace.(7-13-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #25-Mears, 182.556, starts 1st
    Dodge: #12-Newman, 182.463, starts 3rd
    Ford: #17-Kenseth, 181.409, starts 10th
    Toyota: #22-Blaney, 181.038, starts 15th
    (7-13-2007)

  • Ramblings - Chicagoland: Joliet Jake couldn't have done it better....Casey Mears took the Bud Pole today at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 with a time of 29.580 sec (182.556 mph) for his first top spot of the season. For that matter, it's his first since 2004 and his third career-wise. He took the pole in successive weeks back in '04 at Pocono in July and the following week at The Brickyard. He's the 10th different pole winner and qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    Martin Truex Jr (2nd) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was at Pocono last month when he lined up 3rd.
    Mark Martin (4th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Atlanta in March.
    John Andretti (9th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 5ht at Pocono in July of 2003!
    Paul Menard (16th) has his career-best starting position this weekend. His previous best was 19th twice....at Las Vegas in March and at Talladega in April.
    Chad Chaffin (26th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 25th at The Brickyard last August (only six races).
    STREAKIN....Martin Truex Jr has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races. Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Six on the Trouble Train today: Scott Riggs, Brian Vickers, Dale Jarrett, AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Lepage, and Kenny Wallace are the dnq's this week.(Stock Car Fans)(7-14-2007)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes: Casey Mears won the Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 with a lap of 29.580 seconds, 182.556 mph.
    .. This is his third Bud Pole in 163 career Nextel Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole was in August 2004 at Indianapolis. Mears’ other Bud Pole, his career-first, came the previous week at Pocono.
    .. This is his first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Mears’s first Bud Pole and third top-10 start in five Nextel Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway. He also had one Busch Pole and two top-10 starts in three Busch Series races here.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his career-best starting position with his eighth top-10 start of 2007 with a lap of 29.593 seconds at 182.476 mph. It is his first top-10 start in two races at Chicago. Truex had one top-10 start in his three Chicago races in the Busch Series.
    .. Ryan Newman (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in six Nextel Cup races at Chicago. He started from the Bud Pole in both of his Busch Series races.
    .. Mark Martin (fourth) posted his sixth top-10 start in his 14 races this season. It is his best ever start in seven Chicago races.
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fifth) scored his best starting position in seven Chicago races and his second top-10 start. He started ninth in his previous best Chicago start and had started 25th in each of the last three races here.
    .. Dave Blaney (15th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. David Reutimann (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-13-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #10-Riggs is due out first on Friday, July 13 at 4:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #15-Menard. For the Qualifying order, see my Chicago Qualifying Results/Order Page.(7-13-2007)

  • Friday Practice for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson, 182.593mph
    #12-Newman, 181.959
    #5-Busch, 181.531
    #25-Mears, 181.500
    #1-Truex Jr., 181.500
    slowest: #96-Raines 175.678 & #2-Busch 175.564
    most laps run: #6-Ragan, 34 laps
    notes: #88-Rudd was held 15 minutes at the beginning of practice for not getting through inspection in time last week at Daytona. #2-Kyle Busch's team had to make an engine change before even hitting the track. He will have to go to the back for the start of the race.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson, 180.540 [fastest lap], 14 laps
    #40-Stremme, 179.619 [14th], 12 laps run
    #07-Bowyer, 179.381 [7th], 13 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(7-13-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Chicagoland
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #22-Dave Blaney, 9th
    #15-Paul Menard, 15th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 20th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 22nd
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 31st
    #10-Scott Riggs, 32nd
    #00-David Reutimann, 35th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 38th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #49-Chad Chaffin, 39th
    #4-Ward Burton, 41st
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 42nd
    #83-Brian Vickers, 44th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 45th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 47th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(7-13-2007)

  • Entry List for the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland 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 (18 attempts/41st in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (17/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (18/37)
    #15-Paul Menard (18/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](18/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (18/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (18/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (18/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](18/42)
    #49-Chad Chaffin (18/48)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (18/47)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (18/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(18/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (18/46)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,22,10,15,00,78
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 36,84,55,49,37,4
    See the full list at my Jayski's Chicago Entry List
    (7-9-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Chicago are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, 35th and 36th are apart quite a bit with a 178 point difference
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    33) #13-Nemechek/Ginn 1,474, +221
    34) #45-Andretti/Petty 1,458, +205
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,431, 178 pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 1,253, 178 pts out of 35th
    37) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros 1,224, -207
    38) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,205, -226
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(7-7-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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)

  • 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

  • July 2006 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 132.077mph, started 13th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 188.147mph, 7/8/2005

  • 2006 Pole Sitter: #31-Jeff Burton, 181.647mph, finished 2nd

  • Most Wins: 2 - Kevin Harvick

  • Most Poles: 1 - Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimme Johnson, Jeff Burton

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Oldest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 34 years, 11 months, 6 days, 7/9/2006

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 7 months, 5 days, 7/13/2003

  • Most Lead Changes: 20 - 7/11/2004

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Leaders: 13, 7/11/2004

  • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/2001, 7/10/2005

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - 2 times, most recently, 7/13/2003

  • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/2001

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 35 - 7/14/2002

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 28, 7/10/2005

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/2003

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 7/9/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 7/11/04 and 7/10/05

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 160, Tony Stewart, 7/11/04

  • Most Laps Led: 176, Matt Kenseth, 7/10/05

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7/10/05

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Chevy; 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 6 - 0.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 2 of 6 - 33.3%

  • At Chicagoland Speedway:
    • There have been six Nextel Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway since the first race there in 2001.
    • Construction of the Chicagoland Speedway began in August 1999.
    • There have been 20 drivers who have competed in every race.
    • Todd Bodine won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole.
    • Kevin Harvick won the first Nextel Cup race.
    • There has been a different Bud Pole winner in all six Chicago races.
    • Five different drivers have won races. Kevin Harvick – who won the first two races there – is the only repeat race winner.
    • Jimmie Johnson (five races), Brian Vickers (three) and Kyle Busch (two) are the only drivers to finish each of their races on the lead lap.
    • Kevin Harvick won the inaugural race in 2001 from the sixth position – the best starting position of a Chicago winner. He won the 2002 race from the 32nd starting position - the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started.
    • Two races have been won from a top-10 starting position (Harvick – 6th in 2001; Tony Stewart – 10th in 2004). Two have been won by a driver who started outside the top 20 (Harvick – 32nd in 2002; Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 25th in 2005).
    • Greg Biffle finished 20th in each of his first two races at Chicago, and 11th in his last two.
    • Only five active drivers have competed at Chicago in all three of NASCAR’s national series: Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Scott Riggs. Only Riggs (2001 NCTS) has won there.
    • Two active drivers have had a runner-up finish be their best at Chicago: Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson. Johnson has finished sixth or better in all five of his Nextel Cup races and has a Busch Series victory there – which was his first career NASCAR win.(NASCAR PR)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    267 laps for 400.5 miles
    Banking:
    18 degrees in the turns
    11 degrees in the front stretch
    5 degrees in the back stretch
    Frontstretch: 2,400 feet
    Backstretch: 1,700 feet
    Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield
    Opened: 2001

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith
    Command to start engines: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Honorary Race Official: TBS's Jordana Spiro
    National Anthem: Hanson
    Military Flyover: F-16's out of the 176th Fighter Squadron, Madison [WI] Air National Guard

  • Track Homepage: chicagolandspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Chicagoland Speedway

  • July 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Hanson to sing National Anthem at Chicagol Flyover info: Isaac, Taylor and Zac - the three brothers who make up the band Hanson - will be on hand to sing the National Anthem for the USG Sheetrock 400, Nextel Cup Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 15. As part of the pre-race festivities, Hanson will sing the anthem a cappella style, fulfilling a long standing tradition of NASCAR and racing events throughout the country. Their performance will be punctuated with an overhead flyby of F-16's out of the 176th Fighter Squadron. For more information about the July 13-15 USG NASCAR weekend, visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-13-2007)

  • TBS's Jordana Spiro to serve as Honorary Race Official at Chicago/Concert: Jordana Spiro, Star of TBS's Hit Series MY BOYS will serve as Honorary Race Official for Nextel Cup Race at Chicagoland Speedway. Spiro (JAG, Must Love Dogs), plays central character PJ Franklin in TBS's critically acclaimed half-hour comedy series MY BOYS.
    Concert: Chicagoland Speedway has teamed up with its official beer sponsor, Miller Lite, to host another Miller Lite Rock N' Racing Concert during the 2007 NASCAR weekend on Friday, July 13. Country music sensation Montgomery Gentry will be performing the concert at the track's Miller Lite Oasis following the USG FIBEROCK 100 USAC Silver Crown Series race. Large crowds are expected for USG Pole Day and the concert, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-10-2007)

  • Chicago Bears Head Coach named Chicagoland Grand Marshal: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has been named Grand Marshal for the USG SHEETROCK 400, Nextel Cup Series race, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sun., July 15. Smith, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl last season in just his third season as head coach, will declare the most famous words in racing, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" He'll then ride in the Grand Marshal car in front of the Pace Car, which leads the field of NASCAR drivers onto the track for the race.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(6-29-2007)

  • New Chicagoland president named: International Speedway Corporation ("ISC"), owner and operator of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., has named Matthew T. Alexander president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. Alexander joined the company in 2000 as director of marketing and sales and was responsible for acquiring and maintaining marketing relationships with the track's top sponsors, as well as overseeing the ticket sales department as Chicagoland Speedway prepared to open its doors in 2001. Alexander's duties also included the sales and management of corporate hospitality for the sold-out hospitality village and suites. Alexander also managed the day-to-day marketing, corporate sales and corporate hospitality of Route 66 Raceway. Alexander is not a stranger to the Chicagoland area as he held senior-level positions with local sports properties, including venue director during the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup at Soldier Field in Chicago and marketing director during the 1997 U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(3-14-2007)

  • Boy’s Privacy Invaded When Pictured In NASCAR Brochure, Suit Claims: A Joliet [IL] man says his minor son had his privacy invaded when the Chicagoland Speedway used pictures of him to advertise its events in a brochure. In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Raceway Associates and Chicagoland Speedway, David Fremouw claims his son's photo was used approximatly 17 times in an advertising brochure the defendants mailed out. On July 8, 2005, David Fremouw took his son, Mathew, to the Chicagoland Speedway, where the minor was photographed via video or camera, the suit said. Mathew Fremouw appeared on the cover of the defendants' brochure, which was used as ‘Exhibit A’ in the suit. A photocopy of the cover depicts a race car in the foreground and blurred images in the background. Because of his use in the brochure, Mathew Fremouw feels humiliated and embarrassed, the suit claims. David Fremouw is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.(wbbm780.com)(12-30-2006)

  • ISC to buy out IMS ownership pf Chicagoland Speedway: International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation to indirectly acquire an additional 37.5% interest in Raceway Associates, LLC ("Raceway Associates"), owner and operator of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The purchase price for the transaction is approximately $69 million in cash. After the transaction closes, ISC will own 100% of Motorsports Alliance, LLC ("Motorsports Alliance"), which owns 75% of Raceway Associates. Raceway Associates was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between Motorsports Alliance and the former owners of Route 66 Raceway. Raceway Associates subsequently developed Chicagoland Speedway, a 75,000 seat facility hosting premier motorsports events from the Nextel Cup, NASCAR Busch, IRL IndyCar and ARCA RE/MAX series. ISC will also exercise its right to purchase the minority partners' remaining 25% interest in Raceway Associates pursuant to the 1999 Raceway Associates formation agreement. All the above transactions are expected to close in early 2007.(ISC Motorsports site)(11-1-2006)

  • 2nd Chicago race? Lights? UPDATE: NASCAR chairman Brian France is expected to speak today on the possibility of Chicagoland Speedway adding a second Nextel Cup race to its schedule, perhaps as early as 2007. If that happens, the race track may also add lights, with either or both races landing on Saturday night on the schedule. If a second race at Chicagoland is added, the bigger questions would be when it would run and whether the date would be taken from another track on the circuit. The weather window for running in the area is short, and the fall collides with the college and pro football seasons. What's more, the Indy Racing League's date at Chicagoland is the second Sunday in September. The tickets for the IRL weekend are sold as part of this weekend's races as a package deal. Adding a third weekend to the package could slow sales, but splitting one of the two NASCAR weekends off separately could do the same thing. The Nextel Cup series stands at 36 races, plus two non-points weekends. France is said to want to expand to 38 races, adding a race at Chicagoland and one other site. If that doesn't happen, adding a race in Joliet would be more difficult, though not impossible, to accomplish. The France family owns NASCAR outright and has a controlling interest in the publicly traded International Speedway Corp., which is a 37.5 percent owner of the track, and owns several others, including Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Kansas and California. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. owns another 37.5 percent of Chicagoland, with the original Route 66 Raceway group owning the other 25 percent. It's also expected that the Route 66 drag strip will host only one NHRA weekend next year, with the spring race surviving and the fall race disappearing from the calendar.(Daily Southtown)(7-10-2005)
    UPDATE - 2nd race?: Despite the fifth sellout in five years of Cup racing at Chicagoland, there is no plan to add a second event each season, according to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "We're real happy with the one we have, and it's a big weekend," said France, making his annual visit to NASCAR's second-biggest market, behind only Los Angeles. The Joliet track was sold out for Saturday's Busch race as well, and "I suspect we'll do a big TV rating," France said.(Chicago Tribune)(7-11-2005)
    UPDATE - lights? NASCAR chairman Brian France confirmed that lights will be installed at Chicagoland Speedway, but wasn't about to announce a second Nextel Cup race before a contract is signed. That may not come about until the new television contract, to start in 2007, is negotiated.(Daily Southtown)(7-11-2005)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Chaffin in the #49 for 2 races; Foyt at Daytona; Bliss resigns: BAM Racing announced Chad Chaffin will drive the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway and in two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. BAM Racing and Mike Bliss have amiably decided to part ways. Chaffin will make his first Nextel Cup Series attempt of the season this weekend in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He has one Nextel Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile oval where he qualified on time and finished in the 34th position. In the Craftsman Truck Series, he has a total of four starts at the speedway with one top-5 and one top-10 start with two top-10 finishes. "I am excited to return to NEXTEL Cup Series racing this weekend," said Chaffin. "I am looking forward to working with the entire BAM Racing team as it attempts to turn its Car of Tomorrow program around. I've have been active on the track since last season and am prepared for the pressures that come with qualifying on time." Mike Bliss, who started with BAM Racing towards the end of the 2006 season, resigned from the team after a string of missed races. Larry Foyt is slated to drive the Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.(BAM Racing PR)(6-26-2007)

  • 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
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #13-Joe Nemechek CertainTeed #13 Schemes Page
    #14-Sterling Marlin Waste Management #14 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Aflac #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbies #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette #24 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Tums #40 Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red #42 Schemes Page
    #45-John Andretti NTB [National Tire & Battery] #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Comcast #66 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Pedigree #88 Schemes Page


  • Jeff Gordon to run Nicorette scheme at Chicago: #24-Jeff Gordon will run a special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme at this weekend's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway . The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 200 NASCAR team members from 11 different race teams quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in Chicagoland Speedway's fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(7-12-2007)

  • Tums colors for Stremme at Chicago: The #40 TUMS Dodge Charger of David Stremme will feature a stunning blue design that prominently showcases the signature TUMS logo across the hood and both rear quarter panels. The rear of the Dodge features TUMS trusted tablets. The TUMS “Dinermobile” will travel to Chicagoland Speedway where it will deliver fast relief for fans at the Fan Midway area July 13th through 15th.(Clear!Blue/Tumsracing.com), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(7-12-2007)

  • Big Red colors for Montoya at Chicago: Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 Dodge Charger will look a little different this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. His Dodge will carry the colors and logo of Wrigley's Big Red gum. It is the first of three races that Montoya will compete in the Big Red car.(CGRFS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(7-12-2007)

  • Sorenson gets coffee logos at Chicago; Elledge subs for Knaus...on TV: Maxwell House coffee, a brand of Kraft Foods, will have logo placement on the upper rear quarter panels of the #41 Target Dodge that Reed Sorenson will drive this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. #41 crew chief Jimmy Elledge will be substituting for regular host Chad Knaus on NASCAR Performance while Knaus serves a six week suspension. Elledge's first show was last weekend at Daytona. NASCAR Performance airs on SPEED. Elledge will accompany Nextel Cup Series crew chief Booty Barker and FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds live from the track each week.(CGRFS PR)(7-12-2007)

  • USG Colors for Kenseth at Chicago: Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicago. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Martinsville in April where he finished 10th, and the last will be at Texas in November.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #17 Team Schemes page.(7-11-2007)

  • Comcast Takes to the Track at Chicago on the #66: Best Buy Co., Inc., announced that Comcast Corporation, a Best Buy retail partner, will be the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy and driver Jeff Green during the Nextel Cup Series weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Green's Chevy Monte Carlo will carry a special black and yellow design representing Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. Comcast is an associate sponsor of the Haas CNC Racing team this season, appearing on the #66 Chevy in races where Best Buy is the car's primary sponsor. The sponsorship is designed to raise awareness of the Best Buy/Comcast partnership, which allows customers to sign up for Comcast's Triple Play bundle of Digital Cable, high-speed Internet and digital voice services, at Best Buy retail locations, and at www.BestBuy.com. While the Chicagoland event marks the first time the Comcast Chevy will be seen on track, Comcast customers have already gotten a glimpse of the special paint design. For the past month, an advertisement featuring the car with driver Jeff Green has been airing on Comcast cable systems. The spot, which was filmed at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, shows Green winning a race while driving a car with three wheels. The ad is designed to remind Comcast customers that they can subscribe to Comcast's Triple Play bundle of Comcast's Digital Cable, high-speed Internet and digital voice services, and "Win with Three."(GMR Marketing/Best Buy PR), see an image of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(7-10-2007)

  • Pedigree colors for Rudd at Chicago: The #88 team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion instead of their traditional Snickers Ford paint scheme. The team will also be using the same chassis which they ran at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 earlier in the season where they had a season-best seventh-place finish. Crew Chief Butch Hylton hails from Rockford, Illinois where he grew up in the backyard of Rockford Speedway.(Elevation Group/Pedigree Racing PR) see an image of the car on my #88 Team Schemes page.(7-10-2007)

  • Aflac to sponsor Biffle for 4 races:With a successful acting career in television commercials and even movies, the Aflac Duck has added yet another role to its already impressive repertoire - race-car driving. Aflac Incorporated announced that it is partnering with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor eight Nextel Cup and Busch Series races in the 2007 season. Greg Biffle will drive the #16 Aflac Ford for its debut at the Nextel Cup race on July 1 at New Hampshire International Speedway for a total of four races. Aflac is also sponsoring four Busch Series races with drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray. "We look forward to working with a world-class team like Roush Fenway Racing to bring the Aflac brand closer to NASCAR fans," said Paul S. Amos II, president, Aflac; COO, U.S. Operations. "In addition to uniting with another great brand and working with these exciting drivers, this sponsorship will be a useful platform to build additional awareness of how our products can help consumers in their quest to balance everyday living expenses with out-of-pocket health care costs not covered by their existing major medical insurance." The paint scheme was unveiled today at Michigan International Speedway and can be viewed at aflacracing.com. The Aflac Racing schedule below is also available on the Web site.
    Greg Biffle - #16 Aflac Ford, Nextek Cup Series:
    * July 1, New Hampshire International Speedway
    * July 15, Chicagoland Speedway
    * Sept. 2, California Speedway
    * Sept. 30, Kansas Speedway
    Carl Edwards - #60 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, July 6 at Daytona
    Matt Kenseth - #17 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, Aug. 11, Watkins Glen
    Jamie McMurray - #26 Aflac Ford, Busch Series, Aug. 24 at Bristol and Sept. 7 at Richmond
    To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(6-15-2007)

  • Mobil 1 back with Newman for 5 races: haven't seen a PR or anything, but got an image of the #12 Mobil 1 Dodge scheme that Ryan Newman is scheduled to drive in five races in 2007, see my #12 Team Schemes page for the image. The scheduled races are basically the same as last season:
    California (Feb),
    Chicago (July),
    Pocono (Aug),
    New Hampshire (Sept) and
    Atlanta (Oct).(2-3-2007)

  • Wrigley to sponsor Montoya for 3 races in 2007? UPDATE: Chip Ganassi Racing will announce that the William Wrigley Jr. Co., through its Wrigley gum brand, will be a primary sponsor for three races on the #42 Nextel Cup Dodge [main sponsor Texaco] driven by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2007 and 25 races as an associate sponsor for the #41 Busch Series car driven by Reed Sorenson.(Sporting News)(11-12-2006)
    UPDATE: The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company will make its NASCAR debut with a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) that features Wrigley's Spearmint, Doublemint, Big Red, Juicy Fruit and Winterfresh brands. Wrigley will sponsor rising stars Reed Sorenson and David Stremme, who will drive the #41 Dodge in the first 25 Busch Series races in 2007, and former Indianapolis 500 champion and Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who will drive the #42 Big Red Dodge in three Nextel Cup races for the 2007 NASCAR season. Sorenson and Stremme will alternate as the driver of the #41 car on the first 25 races of the Busch Series. Their car will feature a rotating paint scheme of Wrigley's Spearmint, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, and Winterfresh brands. Wrigley will be an associate sponsor of the car for the remaining 10 races. When Montoya grabs the wheel of the #42 Big Red Dodge for three Nextel Cup races, his car and uniform will feature a bold black-and-red Big Red color scheme. Wrigley, through its Big Red brand, will also be an associate sponsor of the car for the remaining 33 races.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)
    Big Red Scheme scheduled at:
    Chicagoland Speedway in July.
    other two: unknown
    see images at #40 Team Schemes page and #41 Team Schemes page.(11-12-2006)

  • Tums to be assoc sponsor for Ganassi in 2007/2008: After providing Americans with fast heartburn relief for more than 75 years, TUMS is speeding into Nextel Cup racing as an associate sponsor with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS). The brand has signed a two-year deal that begins with the 2007 season. As part of the deal, the TUMS logo will appear on the rear decklid of the #41 Dodge, driven by Reed Sorenson, throughout the season. In addition, the car will feature a TUMS paint scheme during the April race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. David Stremme’s #40 Dodge will carry the TUMS logo on its B post throughout the season and also will feature a full TUMS paint scheme at:
    Chicagoland Speedway in July.
    TUMS branding also will be visible on driver and crew uniforms and on team equipment. TUMS is already a familiar friend to NASCAR fans. During the past two seasons TUMS has reached out to them with sampling programs at several tracks featuring a fleet of golf carts. Samplers on the golf carts traveled around the track and into the campgrounds, meeting fans where heartburn strikes.(Tums PR)(11-3-2006)

  • Nicorette Increases 2007 Program with Jeff Gordon: Nicorette nicotine gum will expand its Nextel Cup program next season, expanding its involvement with #24-Jeff Gordon to four races, officials announced Friday at Atlanta. They also commended the 173 NASCAR officials and crew members who quit smoking with their product this season. Gordon will run a special Nicorette paint scheme for four races:
    Las Vegas (March 11),
    Chicago (July 15),
    Richmond (Sept. 8) and
    Atlanta (Oct. 28).(AMS Pit Notes)(10-28-2006)

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


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