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THE RACE: The Sharpie 500

Nextel Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Bristol, TN

  • Title Sponsor: Sharpie

  • Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • TV: ESPN 8:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 7:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:15pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Sunday, August 26 at 12:30am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, August 26 at 10:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 30 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 30 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 10 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links 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

  • PRN returns to Bristol for radio coverage:
    August 24: Nextel Cup Qualifying for the Sharpie 500 broadcast begins at 3:15pm/et
    August 24: Food City 250 NASCAR Busch Series broadcast begins at 7:15pm/et
    August 25: Sharpie 500 Nextel Cup Series broadcast begins at 7:00pm/et
    PRN's Crown Royal Post Race Talk show begins immediately after the Nextel Cup race.
    PRN's broadcast crew consists of co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow;
    pit reporters Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Jim Noble and turn announcer Chuck Carland.
    PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128 and on NASCAR.com. The events can be heard locally on 93.9 WMEV-FM. (GoPRN.com)(8-24-2007)

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,182,147 (was $6,075,119 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 24, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 24, 6:15 - 7:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 24, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 24 at 3:20pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:00am/et; AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, August 24
    9 - 9:50 a.m. NBS Food City 250 Practice
    10:15 - 11:15 a.m. NBS Food City 250 Final Practice
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. NNCS Sharpie 500 Practice
    3:20 p.m. NNCS Sharpie 500 Qualifying (2 Laps - All positions)
    4:35 p.m. NBS Food City 250 Qualifying (2 Laps - All positions)
    6:15 - 7:20 p.m. NNCS Sharpie 500 Final Practice
    7:30 p.m. NBS Food City 250 Driver Introductions
    8:00 p.m. NBS Start of Food City 250

    Saturday, August 25, 2007
    1:00 p.m. Spectator Gates Open
    7:30 p.m. NNCS Sharpie 500 Driver Introductions
    8:00 p.m. NNCS Start of Sharpie 500

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4118; Right-side -- D-4098

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 130-140 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires that to the track . . . this is the same right-side tire code (D-4098) that Goodyear ran at Bristol in March and twice at Pocono this summer . . . this left-side code (D-4118) is brand new to the Goodyear tire lineup . . . it has a slightly tougher tread compound than the previous left-side run at Bristol, primarily due to the brand new, concrete racing surface . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, where no inner liners are run, teams are required to run inner liners in their right-side tires at Bristol . . . 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 Bristol, TN Area:
Bristol Herald Courier
Elizabeton Star
Greenville Sun
Johnson City Press
Kingsport Times-News
Knoxville News
Nashville City Paper
The Tennessean

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN.com - Weather
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing - Bristol Track Review
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Red Barn Campground
Bristol Campground
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

  • Edwards wins at Bristol: #99-Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win in 2007 and 6th of his career. Edwards along with #20-Stewart and #17-Kenseth are now locked into the Chase. #9-Kahne, who led the most lap with 305, finished 2nd, followed by #07-Bowyer, #20-Stewart, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #2-Busch, #12-Newman, #43-Labonte, #5-Busch and #16-Biffle. Points leader #24-Gordon finished 19th, 2nd going into the race [now 3rd] #11-Hamlin lost an engine and finished 43rd, the first time in 53 straight races Hamlin did not finish a Cup race. Even with Earnhardt Jr.'s 5th place finish, he only picked up 5 points on Kurt Busch, who is 12th in points and in the final Chase spot with 2 races to go before the chase. There were 9 cautions for 61 laps and 8 drivers led the race with 12 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Bristol Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page.(8-25-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Bristol [24 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 3582
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3233 -349
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3229 -353
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth 3163 -419
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 3160 -422
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3059 -523
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 3054 -528
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 3024 -558
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 2944 -638
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 2888 -694
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2887 -695
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 2879 -703
    some other notables:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 13th 158 pts behind 12th and the Chase
    #12-Newman is 14th 175 pts behind 12th and the Chase
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-25-2007)

  • Rumblings - Bristol Race: Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway over Kasey Kahne in a race dominated by those two drivers. Edwards led 182 laps and Kahne led 305.....leaving only 13 circuits to spread around to the others. For Carl, this was his second win of the season (he took Michigan in June) and 6th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now solo in 63rd place on the all-time win list). His first short-track win was #99 for Roush Racing (and their fourth of the season) and was worth $297,050 from the over $6.1M in posted awards. Gotta wonder how happy NASCAR's gonna be with ESPN if they keep referring to that blank #31 as the "AT&T" Chevy, huh?
    Kasey Kahne (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Lowe's Motor Speedway last October. His Top-5 gives us 29 drivers at that mark this season....same as last year.
    Clint Bowyer (3rd) tied his career-best finish tonight. He was also 3rd at California last September.
    Bobby Labonte (8th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Phoenix in April.
    J. J. Yeley (13th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    David Stremme (14th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Talladega in April.
    Scott Riggs (18th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Pocono in June.
    Michael Waltrip (23rd) had his best finish since he was 10th at Michigan in June (only four races).
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is J. J. Yeley (+27), followed by Greg Biffle (+24) and David Stremme (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was David Ragan (-37), followed by Ricky Rudd (-30), Dave Blaney (-26), and Jamie McMurray (-23).
    Kurt Busch lost five points of his margin to Dale Earnhardt Jr....but it's still rather formidable at 158 points with two races to the "Chase". His Magic Number to eliminate Little E has moved up to 15th. Kasey Kahne (27th to 23rd) advanced the most spots in the points tonight, while Jamie McMurray (16th to 19th) fell the most poisitions.(Stock Car Fans)(8-25-2007)

  • Sharpie 500 Fast Facts:
    .. Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500, his sixth victory in 109 Nextel Cup Series races
    .. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    .. Kasey Kahne (second) posted his third top-10 finish of 2007 and his second in eight Bristol races.
    .. Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish of 2007 and tied his career-best finish set at Fontana in September 2006. It is his second top 10 in four races at Bristol.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 349 points ahead of Tony Stewart.
    .. The top five in the point standings have clinched a berth in the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards.
    .. Fourteen driver are still mathematically eligible to make the Chase, however Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 13th is 158 points behind 12th-place Kurt Busch and can not move into the top 12 in the next race (providing both drivers start the race) if Busch finishes 41st or better.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-25-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

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

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #99-Edwards-F (6)(182 laps led) +1.4 seconds lead
    #9-Kahne-D (1)(305 laps led)
    #07-Bowyer-C (15)
    #20-Stewart-C (23)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (17)(1 laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (19)(2 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (7)(2 laps led)
    #43-Labonte-D (22)
    #5-Busch-C (20)(3 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-F (34)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 20 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 48

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 25,55,15,21,26,66,96,19,38,22,45,4,44,84,01,36,70

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

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #11-Hamlin (engine-out)
    #6-Ragan (accident-out)
    #49-Andretti (electrical-out)
    #17-Kenseth (accident-out)
    #88-Rudd (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 12 lead changes):
    #9-Kahne (305, pole);
    #99-Edwards (182);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (1);
    #2-Busch (2);
    #12-Newman (2):
    #5-Busch (3);
    #24-Gordon (2);
    #7-Gordon (3);

  • Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1-36; #99-Edwards 37-64; #9-Kahne 65-330; #99-Edwards 331; #9-Kahne 332-334; #99-Edwards 335-357; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 358; #2-Busch 359-360; #12-Newman 361-362; #5-Busch 363-365; #24-Gordon 366-367; #7-Gordon 368-370; #99-Edwards 371-500;

    Cautions: 9 for 61 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 466 - 469: Debris on the backstretch
    Caution 8 - Laps 453 - 462: #88-Rudd got hit by #1-Truex Jr., sending the #88 spinning into the turn 1 wall, #48-Johnson had no place to go and got into the #88, #17-Kenseth also has some damage, the #88 came down and clipped #42-Montoya. Also #24-Gordon;s rear bumper cover is flapping off, no idea how that happened
    Caution 7 - Laps 439 - 443: #7-Gordon spun off turn 2, didn't hit anything
    Caution 6 - Laps 422 - 427: #6-Ragan spun around in turn 1 and smacked the wall
    Caution 5 - Laps 397 - 402: #6-Ragan spun around between turns 3-4, having transmission problem, keeps jumping out of gear
    Caution 4 - Laps 370 - 377: #6-Ragan spun in turn 4
    Caution 3 - Laps 227 - 232: #48-Johnson got into the rear of #01-Almirola, who then got into #84-Allmendinger in turn 3, spinning the #01 and #84, both have damage from the wall
    Caution 2 - Laps 212 - 219: #11-Hamlin lost an engine and spun around in Turn 2
    Caution 1 - Laps 127 - 134: #70-Sauter smacked the turn 2 wall after losing a right front tire

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #10-Riggs (2), 18th
    Caution 8: #29-Harvick, 16th
    Caution 7: #42-Montoya, 17th
    Caution 6: #31-Burton, 12th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 19th
    Caution 4: #1-Truex Jr., 11th
    Caution 3: #10-Riggs, 18th
    Caution 2: #26-McMurray, 26th
    Caution 1: #7-Gordon, 20th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #22 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 126
    2 #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 126
    3 #1 MCI Pitting before Pit Road is Open 128
    4 #49 TE Running over/under equipment 129
    5 #4 MCI Excessive Speed-Entering pits 129
    6 #19 TE Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 215
    7 #44 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 372
    8 #36 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 372
    9 #25 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 423
    10 #48 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 452
    11 #17 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 452
    12 #88 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 452
    13 #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 458
    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)(8-25-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 358, the leader #99-Edwards came in for his scheduled pit stop, #8-Earnhardt led a lap and came in, the #2-Busch led a few laps and pitted, #12-Newman took the lead
    ---- look for green flag scheduled pit stops around lap 360 or so...unless there is a caution, #18-Yeley was the first in, running 10th came in on lap 355
    ---- on lap 302 #48-Johnson went down a lap, been fighting an ill-handling car all night
    ---- during the 3rd caution, #48-Johnson came in to pit and get tires and some adjustments
    ---- during the 2nd caution, all the cars came in for pit stops, #9-Kahne came in leading and came out leading
    ---- when #11-Hamlin lost his engine, it is the first race in 53 starts he had failed to finish a race.
    ---- around lap 190, #6-Ragan had to make an unscheduled pit stop, no word why, he lost 3 laps
    ---- on lap 162, ESPN is reporting that #11-Hamlin thinks his engine is gonna blow, he is running 8th currently
    ---- during the 1st caution, #1-Truex Jr, was black flagged and had to pit agaon, for a missing lugnut.
    ---- during the 1st caution, all the cars came in for pit stops, #9-Kahne came in leading and came out leading
    ---- on lap 123, scheduled green flag pit stops are starting wiht #22-Blaney the first shown
    ---- on lap 62, #19-Sadler made an unscheduled pit stop after having a flat right rear tire go down, he got 4 tires and lost 2 laps
    ---- only took 28 laps for the front runners to catch the rear of the field and start lapping cars
    ---- after an extended stay on pit road, #49-Andretti is back on the track, down 15 laps, the team could not find the exact problem, so changed the whole electical system on the dash
    ---- green flag thrown at 8:20pm/et
    ---- just before the drop of the green glag at 8:18pm/et, NASCAR called off the start as #49-Andretti's car is dead on the track, a wrecker came out to give the #49 a push
    ---- command to start engines at 8:08pm/et by Sharpie's Penny Burton
    ---- Military Flyover: F-16's, 121st Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, Andrews AFB
    ---- National Anthem by the NASCAR driver kids and MRO, the best of the year!
    ---- To The Back [2]: #01-Almirola [engine change]; #11-Hamlin [engine change]



  • Race Coverage of the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2007.
    TV: ESPN in Hi-Def at 8:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 8:20pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ESPN at 7:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED ay 6:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: ESPN Classic, Sunday, August 26 at 10:00am/et
    ESPN2, Sunday, August 26 at 12:30am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, August 30 at 3:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 30 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et

  • Happy Hour for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 117.819
    #31-Burton 117.660
    #29-Harvick 117.157
    #11-Hamlin 117.086
    #9-Kahne 117.036
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 114.774 & #36-Mayfield 114.933
    most laps run: #17-Kenseth 112; #48-Johnson 105
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #29-Harvick 114.773 [3rd fastest lap], 47 laps run
    #07-Bowyer 114.762 [6th], 63 laps
    #40-Stremme 114.500 [12th], 44 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-24-2007)

  • Kahne wins pole at Bristol: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 119.805mph for his 2nd pole of 2007, 1st at Bristol and 14th of his career. #42-Montoya qualified 2nd with the rest of the top-10: #26-McMurray, #6-Ragan, #22-Blaney, #12-Newman, #99-Edwards, #88-Rudd, #48-Johnson and #31-Burton. Points leader #24-Gordon will start 18th and #8-Earnhardt Jr. will start 17th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #10-Riggs, #4-Burton, #55-Waltrip, #21-Elliott, #49-Andretti, #36-Mayfield, #44-Jarrett and #84-Allmendinger. See the qualifying results and strating lineup on my Bristol Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-24-2007)

  • Five do not qualify for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway: #00-Reutimann, #78-Marlin, #83-Vickers, #37-Lepage and #34-Barrett.(8-24-2007)

  • Rumblings - Bristol Qualifying Notes: Kasey Kahne toured Bristol Motor Speedway today in 16.016 seconds (119.805 mph) to capture the Bud Pole for Sunday's Sharpie 500 over Juan Pablo Montoya. This is Kasey's second top-spot of the season (he took down Vegas in February) and 14th of his Nextel Cup career.
    Jamie McMurray (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Infineon Raceway in June.
    David Ragan (4th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 10th at Talladega in April.
    Dave Blaney (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at New Hampshire in July.
    Ricky Rudd (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Scott Riggs (11th) has his best starting spot since he started 11th at Dover in June.
    Ward Burton (14th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 13th at Dover in June.
    Robby Gordon (24th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at New Hampshire in July.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.
    (Stock Car Fans)(8-24-2007)

  • Bristol Qualifying Facts: .. Kasey Kahne won the Bud Pole for the Sharpie 500 with a lap of 16.016 seconds, 119.805 mph.
    .. This is his 14th Bud Pole in 132 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole and 12th top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Kahne’s first Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in eight races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His previous best start was second, which he has done twice – most recently in the spring race this season.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 16.064 seconds, 119.447 mph. This is his sixth top-10 start in 2007.
    .. Jamie McMurray (third) posted his seventh top-10 start this season and his fifth in 10 Bristol races.
    .. David Ragan (fourth) joined Montoya as the second rookie candidate to qualify in the top 10. It is his career best start and his second top-10 this season.
    .. Scott Riggs (11th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-24-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 24, 2007 at 3:20pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #5-Busch is due out first on Friday, August 24 at 3:20pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #12-Newman. For the Qualifying order, see my Bristol Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-24-2007)

  • Friday's first practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #5-Busch 119.633
    #11-Hamlin 119.165
    #48-Johnson 119.158
    #29-Harvick 119.062
    #10-Riggs 119.025
    slowest: #01-Almirola 114.692 & #34-Barrett 115.181
    incidents: #01-Almirola lost an engine when he over-revved it.
    most laps run: #31-Burton 65; #17-Kenseth & #9-Kahne 63
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #10-Riggs 116.084 [5th fastest lap], 22laps run
    #29-Harvick 115.954 [4th], 34 laps
    #4-Burton 115.852 [18th], 18 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-24-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Bristol
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 5th fastest
    #4-Ward Burton, 18th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 21st
    #78-Sterling Marlin, 23rd
    #00-David Reutimann, 28th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 31st
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 36th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC] 46th but would use the past champ provisional
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 37th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 40th
    #49-John Andretti, 44th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 45th
    #34-Stanton Barrett, 47th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-24-2007)

  • Entry List for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, 48 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 (23/39)
    #4-Ward Burton (22/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (23/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ Provisional](23/36)
    #34-Stanton Barrett (6/51)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (23/42)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (23/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (23/40)
    #49-John Andretti (23/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (23/44)
    #78-Sterling Marlin (23/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](23/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (23/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,00,36,78,55
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 49,84,37,4,34
    See the full list at my Jayski's Bristol Entry List
    (8-20-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol are set:
    #21 is out again and #22 is back in the top 35. The #22 is now 55 points ahead of the #21
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,805 +115
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 1,769 +79
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,745, 55 ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1,690, -55 behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,560, -185
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(8-21-2007)

  • 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

  • NOTE: this is a COT - Car of Tomorrow [Car of Today] race, for info on the COT, see:

    COT Past News, Rumors, Links, Images Page
    COT Image Page
    Bristol COT Testing Page

  • 2006 August Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 90.025mph, started 4th

  • 2007 March Race Winner: #5-Kyle Busch, 81.969mph, started 20th
  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

  • 2006 August Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 124.906, finished 37th

  • 2007 March Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 125.453, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch, 5

  • Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Mark Martin, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s - Active: 20 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/1999

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 21 years, 10 months, 23 days, 3/25/2007

  • Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/11/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/66

  • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/64

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/73

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 40 - Chevrolet

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 93 points race run], 22.6%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 18,19,20,24,26,27,30,38: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 93 - 60.2%
  • Races won from the top 10: 76 of 93 - 81.7%

  • At Bristol Motor Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for Bristol International Speedway, as Bristol Motor Speedway was originally known, took place in 1960. The track was an exact half-mile and held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961.
    • In the fall of 1969 the track was reshaped and re-measured to .533-mile with the turns banked at 36 degrees.
    • The name changed to Bristol Motor Raceway in 1978.
    • The first night race was held in the fall of 1978.
    • The track surface was changed from asphalt to concrete in 1992.
    • The track was resurfaced this year, after the track’s spring race.
    • There have been 93 Nextel Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1961, two races each season.
    • All but three Bristol races have been scheduled for 500 laps – both races in 1976 and the second in 1977 were 400-lap events.
    • Fred Lorenzen won the first Bud Pole at Bristol.
    • The first Nextel Cup race at Bristol was won by Jack Smith (with relief from Johnny Allen).
    • There have been 40 different Bud Pole winners; 19 drivers have more than one.
    • There have been 35 different race winners, led by Cale Yarborough (nine); 14 drivers have more than one victory there.
    • The race winner has started from the Bud Pole 21 times, the most productive starting position.
    • Seventy-six of 93 races at Bristol have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 51 from the first four spots. However, four of the past seven race winners have started outside the top 10.
    • The deepest in the field a Bristol race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in 2001.
    • Junior Johnson won 21 races at Bristol – more than any other car owner. His victories came between 1965 and 1986 and were scored by five different drivers, including one himself. • There has been one extended race at Bristol (March 2005 – 504 laps).
    • Richard Childress, Jack Roush and Roger Penske are tied for the leading active car owner at Bristol, each with eight victories.
    • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the past seven Bristol races. Jeff Gordon, who won three of four there in 2002 and 2003, is the only repeat Bud Pole winner since. Qualifying was canceled once.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-21-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    500 laps, 266.5 miles
    Degree of banking in corners: 30 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~165,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch (1 shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pit Road Speed: 30 mph
    Pace Car Track Speed: 35mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Sharpie's Penny Burton
    Command to start engines: Sharpie's Penny Burton
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: children of NASCAR drivers
    Military Flyover: F-16's, 121st Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, Andrews AFB

  • Track Homepage: bristolmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • March 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway operates under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in Winston Cup that utilizes two pit roads. Teams that pit on the backstretch used to be at a competitive disadvantage. Since the spring 2002 race at Bristol, teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme.


  • More seats at Bristol? Expansion of Bristol Motor Speedway may continue. Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith mentioned the possibility Wednesday morning during an interview on the Sirius NASCAR Radio show "The Morning Drive." Smith was responding to questions about the popularity of the half-mile track, dubbed the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, from program hosts Marty Snider and David Poole, "We have been doing some studying," Smith said. "We can tear down that area there toward the third, fourth turn. We could take that down and I can add about another 8,000 seats by re-doing that whole thing. "That would put us on up to 173,000 [seats]." A sellout crowd of more than 160,000 is expected to attend Saturday’s Sharpie 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race. In fact, Nextel Cup races at BMS have sold out 51 straight times. Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jeff Byrd said Wednesday that he had "not heard" of the expansion plans disclosed by Smith. Other speedway officials had no comment. Smith is expected to be in Bristol for this weekend’s races.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-25-2007)

  • National Anthem singers set for Bristol August races: Country music recording artist Trent Willmon will sing the national anthem before the Food City 250 Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 24 while the anthem for the sold-out Sharpie 500 on Saturday night will be performed by the children of NASCAR drivers. One of the most popular groups to sing the anthem in recent years at BMS will return for the Sharpie 500 as Motor Racing Outreach will bring the children of NASCAR drivers before the crowd of nearly 160,000 to kick off NASCAR's most popular race.(BMS PR)(8-16-2007)

  • Rusty Wallace Drives New Bristol Surface: Thursday afternoon Bristol Motor Speedway president Jeff Byrd received a surprise call from Rusty Wallace. He was in the area and wanted to stop by and take a spin on the new concrete surface. And the former Nextel Cup champion had no intention of taking a nice, leisurely drive around the .533-mile oval. Instead, Wallace climbed into the BMS pace car and ripped off lap after lap at speeds around 95 mph. His verdict? "On a scale of 1 to 10, what do I think?" It's a 10," Wallace said.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(7-21-2007)

  • Bristol Top Pick As Favorite Track Among Nextel Cup Drivers: Bristol Motor Speedway has been named in many polls as the favorite NASCAR track among fans. Now, Nextel Cup drivers have placed it at the top of their list in the current issue of Sports Illustrated. As part of the 2007 NASCAR Midseason Report in the July 2 issue of Sports Illustrated, drivers were polled to get their opinions and thoughts on a number of topics, both on-track and off. Approximately 40% of the Nextel Cup regulars responded to the poll. Drivers were asked which racetrack was their favorite and 18% selected Bristol Motor Speedway as their #1 choice.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(7-2-2007)

  • Bristol Reconcreting close to done: Construction crews are ahead of schedule in replacing the concrete racing surface at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Triplett, Bristol’s vice president of public affairs, said earlier this week that resurfacing was “more than three-quarters done. We’re finishing pouring concrete on Turn 4 and putting in the retaining fence, and we still need to pour concrete on the front and back pit roads,” Triplett said. Workers cracked the track’s surface after the Nextel Cup’s Food City 500 in late March. The goal then was to complete renovations by mid-July, but the job could be finished a week sooner. NASCAR officials called Triplett recently and said they wanted firm test dates to get ready for the Sharpie 500 on Aug. 25. Triplett said that the first test will be July 23, with Truck series drivers. Busch drivers will try out the new track July 24, and Goodyear will test tires with selected Nextel Cup cars and drivers July 25. Baker Construction Services of Bluff City removed the old concrete racing surface, asphalt apron, pit roads and retaining walls and added about four miles of drainage tile beneath the new surface and infield.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-30-2007)

  • Concrete begins to pour for new surface at BMS: Recent dry weather has helped speed up the resurfacing work at Bristol Motor Speedway, but a mid-July deadline is approaching. Work crews have replaced the concrete retaining walls around the "World’s Fastest Half-Mile" and poured new concrete pit stalls. This [Last] week, workers began pouring the new concrete racing surface. "We need rain desperately in this area, but not having it sure helps with construction projects," said Kevin Triplett, the speedway’s vice president of public affairs. We’re moving along pretty well. They started pouring the base layer on the front stretch and turns 1 and 2. And they’ll pour the surface layer on the front stretch and 1 and 2 in the next few days." Dirt work is nearly complete in turns 3 and 4 and gravel covers the backstretch. The multimillion-dollar project began in March, just after the running of the Food City 500. Work crews from Baker Construction Services of Bluff City removed the old concrete racing surface, asphalt apron, pit road and all the retaining walls around the popular NASCAR oval track. They also added about four miles of drainage tile beneath the new racing surface and infield. The new surface is expected to get about three weeks of curing time, which should be aided by NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Busch Series test sessions scheduled to begin July 23, Triplett said.(Bristol Herald Courier)(6-7-2007)

  • Bristol Concrete available to fans in July: History was made in August of 1992 when Bristol Motor Speedway hosted the very first NASCAR Cup Series race on an all-concrete surface. In July of this year, fans will get the opportunity to own a piece of that history. A new concrete surface will be in place for NASCAR’s most popular race, the Sharpie 500 in August. However, on July 1, pieces of the original concrete surface from the Start/Finish Line, where drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have celebrated Bristol victories, will be made available for fans looking to add the most unique of souvenirs to their racing memorabilia collection. Three versions of the collectible will be made available to fans. There is a piece of concrete in an acrylic case that will sell for $25, a 12”x14” framed piece that is $60 and the Concrete Showpiece, priced at $100. A portion of all sales of the concrete will benefit the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Quantities from the actual Start/Finish Line are limited. Only the actual concrete raced on by Bristol winners since 1992 will be sold – after it’s gone, no other portions of the surface will be sold. Anyone wishing to order a piece of Bristol history can call the Speedway World souvenir store at BMS at (423) 989-6960 beginning July 1, order online at www.gospeedwayworld.com, or visit the BMS souvenir store or any Speedway souvenir stand Aug. 22-25 during race week.(BMS PR)(3-29-2007)

  • BMS will have new look in the fall: Bristol Motor Speedway will have a new look when NASCAR fans return in the fall. To the delight of some drivers and crew chiefs, work on a new concrete surface begins this morning on the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. BMS officials have consulted with current and former drivers, including Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon. The goal is to offer a smoother surface which leads to better racing. "I’m happy to give my feedback and I hope other drivers are," said Gordon, a five-time Bristol race winner. "I wish that every track that is either repaved or where they are building a new track that they would sit down with as many drivers and crew chiefs and tire engineers and NASCAR officials that they possibly can before they decide what they’re going to do." As usual, the work at BMS will be cutting edge. A new machine, called the Gomaco Slope Paver, has been developed to handle the specifications of the unique BMS oval which features 36-degree banking in the corners. The resurfacing project should be completed by mid-July. (Bristol Herald Courier)(3-26-2007)

  • BMS offers Commemorative Pavers: If you’ve ever wanted to leave your mark at Bristol Motor Speedway, look no further than the new Bristol Walk of Fame. The Bristol Walk of Fame is the area located directly in front of the Speedway’s main entrance which is part of the new sidewalk. A total of 7,200 pavers, 12” x 12” in size, are now being made available to the public for purchase. More info at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com. The Bristol Walk of Fame pavers are $199 each and will go on sale Thursday, March 23 at the Bruton Smith Building at BMS. Each purchase is tax deductible, up to $149, as all proceeds will benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.(BMS PR)(3-23-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Latest on AT&T- NASCAR UPDATE no decals: NASCAR has rejected proposed paint schemes featuring AT&T's "Go Phone" and the AT&T Mobility tagline "More Bars in More Places" as AT&T seeks a way to remain on the #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy, according to AT&T. AT&T, in a motion filed today in U.S. District Court asking the court to expedite another preliminary injunction hearing, called NASCAR's actions "unreasonable and vindictive" and indicated that its Go Phone scheme was similar to one used in May 2005. "NASCAR insisted that not only must AT&T Mobility remove the 'AT&T' name and logo immediately, but also that AT&T Mobility feature the very name, 'Cingular,' that AT&T Mobility has spent millions of dollars removing from the marketplace," AT&T states in its motion. AT&T had won an injunction on breach of contract grounds as U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob ruled May 18 that NASCAR's grandfather clause in its licensing agreement that gives RCR a car number allowed for the Cingular logos to be changed to AT&T following their December 2006 merger. But the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that because the grandfather clause (enacted in 2004 when Nextel became the primary sponsor of the Cup Series) was designed to benefit RCR and not necessarily Cingular, that AT&T could not sue under breach of contract grounds. AT&T said it attempted to compromise this week by not including the AT&T globe and the Cingular name on its Go Phone scheme but that NASCAR rejected it Wednesday because the Cingular logo was too small. The actual motion for a new preliminary injunction will be filed Friday in Shoob's court, AT&T indicated in its filing Thursday. "NASCAR has approved multiple paint schemes for the 31 including a Cingular Go Phone scheme," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "The 31 has many, many options from which to choose. This is about living up to the agreements that were made.AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said AT&T is still unsure of what paint scheme will be used for the race Saturday night at Bristol.(SceneDaily.com)(8-23-2007)
    UPDATE #31 is decal-less at Bristol: Burton rolled onto Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday in his orange and black #31 Chevy without the AT&T globe or any mention of the telecommunications company on the car. The car arrived in a black hauler with only the #31 on the side and crew members wore gray RCR shirts instead of uniforms with the AT&T logo. Burton wore an orange driver's suit adorned only by only associate sponsors. NASCAR banned AT&T from being on the car after winning a recent appeal that overturned a previous decision that has allowed RCR to use the AT&T globe since May 19. Officials said the car would not have been allowed through inspection or onto the track with the logo. NASCAR and AT&T have been in a legal dispute since March when AT&T and Cingular, which was on Burton's car, merged. NASCAR argued that its agreement with series sponsor Sprint Nextel disallowed the change of sponsor name on the car. The issue is far from over. AT&T will file an injunction today asking for a court hearing in early September. RCR officials said they are considering their options for future races.(ESPN.com)(8-24-2007)

  • 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
    #07-Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Birthday none...yet
    #7-Robby Gordon Camping World #7 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne McDonald's #9 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menard's/Peak Antifreeze #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum #29 Schemes Page
    #44-Dale Jarrett UPS 100th anniversary #44 Schemes Page
    #45-Kenny Wallace Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Samsung HDTV #66 Schemes Page


  • Employees and Fans celebrate UPS History: To help celebrate the Centennial anniversary of UPS, driver #44-Dale Jarrett will be pulling double-duty. He will race in Friday night's Busch Series Food City 250. He will then work to earn a spot in the starting grid for Saturday night's Nextel Cup Series Sharpie 500. Each of the two cars that he will race this weekend will be a #44 UPS Toyota Camry and will highlight a commemorative paint scheme designed by Joe Hill, a UPS employee out of the Louisville, KY facility.(UPS Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(8-24-2007)

  • Happy Birthday Jack scheme on #07 at Bristol: Clint Bowyer's #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy will sport a flat black paint scheme this weekend to commemorate Jack Daniel's birthday. Jasper Newton 'Jack' Daniel would have turned 157 in September. Located just over 300 miles from Bristol, the Jack Daniel's Distillery was officially registered with the U.S. government in 1866. The Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel's is sold in over 135 countries, but every drop is distilled, matured and bottled at the Distillery in Lynchburg, (Pop. 361) Tenn., - located in a dry county.(RCR PR)(8-23-2007)

  • Samsung colors for Green at Bristol UPDATE Best Buy also on #96: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy that Jeff Green drivers, will carry a Samsung scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.(8-22-2007)
    UPDATE: For the second time this season, the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy, driven by Jeff Green, will carry a special paint design promoting Samsung HDTV's. The special blue and white design features a photo of a Samsung HDTV on the hood of the #66, with the Samsung HDTV logo appearing on the TV's screen. Best Buy, the primary sponsor of the #66 Chevy in a number of Nextel Cup Series events this season, is a proud retailer of Samsung HDTV's. The iconic Best Buy yellow tag logo will occupy a position on the car's lower quarter panels. Samsung HDTV logos will also appear on the car's deck lid and TV panel, while Garmin and Comcast, two Best Buy retail partners who are associate sponsors of the #66 team, will have their logos displayed on the car's rear quarter panels. Samsung was also featured on the hood of the #66 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, to promote Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, an innovative goodwill program dedicated to raising awareness and funds through their national retail promotions with Best Buy and other retailers. Fans watching the Sharpie 500 Nextel Cup Series event will see the Best Buy logo on more than one car this weekend. In addition to its placement on Jeff Green's #66 Chevy, the yellow Best Buy tag will also be featured on the #96 DLP HDTV Chevy, driven by Tony Raines. The rain delays at Michigan threw a monkey wrench into the Best Buy team's plan to attend a test session this week. The #66 crew was scheduled to spend Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21-22, testing at the Milwaukee Mile track in Wisconsin, but had to cancel when NASCAR pushed the start of the race at Michigan International Speedway back to Tuesday morning. (GMR marketing PR). See an image of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(8-23-2007)

  • New sponsor for Menard? UPDATE: hearing that #15-Paul Menard will make a sponsorship announcement on Saturday morning at Daytona. No word if it is for the Busch or Nextel Cup Series.(2-10-2006)
    UPDATE: Long-time racing supporter and sponsor to some of the most celebrated drivers in motorsports history, Old World Industries of Northbrook, Illinois, has today announced that its PEAK Antifreeze brand will re-enter Nextel Cup in 2007 by entering into an agreement with Dale Earnhardt Incorporated [DEI] to sponsor top Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Paul Menard and the #15 PEAK/Menards DEI Chevy. Menard, entering his first full season of Nextel Cup action, will have PEAK adorn his #15 Chevy throughout the entire 2007 season. PEAK will serve as Primary sponsor during Speedweeks at Daytona, and in the Fall Bristol Nextel Cup race. Menard will also appear within PEAK advertising, promotions and in-store merchandising programs at Menards stores throughout the United States. For Speedweeks in 2007, it will defintely be "PEAK Week" in Daytona. In addition to seeing the iconic PEAK mountain logo on the hood of the #15 DEI Nextel Cup Chevy, PEAK will also adorn the hood of DEI's #15 PEAK/Menards Busch Series car (also driven by Menard) for Saturday's race, as well as the hood of Thorsports' #88 PEAK/Menards Chevy (driven by Matt Crafton) for Friday's Craftsman Truck Series race. PEAK Antifreeze can be found at major retailers like Menards, AutoZone, Advance, CSK, NAPA, O'Reilly, Pep Boys, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target and Walgreens. In total, Old World products are sold on the shelves of more than 200,000 outlets nationwide, across every retail channel - whether automotive, mass merchandise, home/hardware, food/drug, or convenience. For more information about PEAK see www.peakantifreeze.com.(PR), see an image of the car on my #15 Team Schemes page.(2-10-2007)

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


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