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THE RACE: The Sharp Aquos 500

Nextel Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, September 2, 2007 in Fontana, CA

  • Title Sponsor: Sharp Aquos

  • Track: California 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:
    Monday, September 3 at 1:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, September 3 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, September 6 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 6 at 8:00pm/et & September 7 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: 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 - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,097,134 (was $5,993,974 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 31, 2:30 - 4:00pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, September 1, 7:00 - 7:45pm/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 1, 8:10 - 9:10pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 31, 1:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 31 at 6:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:00am/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, August 31
    8:00 a.m. - FanZone Gates Open
    8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NBS Practice
    9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. NBS Rookie Practice
    10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. NBS Final Practice (one hour, time permitting)
    11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. NNCS Practice
    3:10 p.m. - NNCS POLE QUALIFYING (Two Laps, All Positions)
    5:10 p.m. - NBS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
    12:00 p.m. - FanZone Gates Open
    3:00 p.m. - NBS Garage Opens
    4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. NNCS Practice
    5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. NNCS Final Practice – HAPPY HOUR
    6:30 p.m. - NBS Driver Introductions
    7:00 p.m. - CAMPING WORLD 300 BUSCH SERIES RACE (150 laps, 300 miles)
    8:00 p.m. - NNCS Garage and Registration Close

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd 10:00 a.m. - FanZone Gates Open
    3:00 p.m. - NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (DMR)
    4:30 p.m. - NNCS Driver Introductions
    5:00 p.m. - SHARP AQUOS 500 NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE (250 laps, 500 miles)
    .. Schedule tentative and subject to change.(these are pacific time zone, local to the track)

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

  • NASCAR This Week on ESPN and ABC: The fast and competitive California Speedway near Los Angeles will host the Nextel Cup race presented by Principle Financial on Sunday, Sept. 2, for 500 miles of prime-time racing. ESPN will have live coverage from the 2-mile Fontana, Calif., oval beginning at 7:00pm/et with the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program. Dr. Jerry Punch will handle play-by-play for the California race, joined in the booth for expert analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN DISH Tech Center. Brent Musburger will host NASCAR Countdown, joined by analyst Brad Daugherty in the ESPN Pit Studio. A simulcast of the race can be seen on ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s domestic Spanish-language network. In addition, the race can be seen live on ESPN360.com, ESPN’s signature broadband service.
    On Saturday night, ESPN2 continues its season-long coverage of the Busch Series with live, prime-time racing from California Speedway. The telecast of the CampingWorld 300 presented by RVs.com begins at 9:45pm/et with NASCAR Countdown. Dr. Jerry Punch will anchor ESPN2’s coverage from California, with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake, while Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN DISH Tech Center. Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown, joined by analyst Brad Daugherty in the ESPN Pit Studio.
    The ABC News five-part series NASCAR in Primetime continues Wednesday, Aug.. 29, at 9:00pm/et on ABC. The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation, logistics, drama and competition of NASCAR.
      NASCAR Now, ESPN2’s daily news and information show dedicated to NASCAR, will have its expanded one-hour program Monday at 5:30pm/et. The program will contain highlights of Saturday night’s Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway as well as the latest NASCAR news and information. The program will air at 6:00pm/et in its normal 30-minute format Tuesday through Thursday of this week, and Friday at 5:00pm/et on ESPN2. The one-hour weekend edition will air Sunday at 10:00am/et, with extensive highlights of Saturday night’s Busch Series race at California Speedway and a preview of Sunday night’s Nextel Cup race at the same track. The weekend wrap-up edition will air Monday at 1:00am/et.(ESPN PR)(8-27-2007)


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; Right-side -- D-4062

    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 -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 40-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is the same tire set-up that Goodyear brought to California in February . . . this exact combination of left- and right-side tires has also been run by both Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams at Dover and Michigan in 2007 . . . in addition, Busch teams ran this combination at Kentucky in June . . .teams have also run this left-side code (D-4078) with a slightly different right side at Texas and Chicagoland earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at California . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Blimp: The Goodyear blimp "Spirit of America" will be covering both NASCAR races at California Speedway this weekend.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Fontana, CA Area:
Bakersfield Californian
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Times
Orange County Register
Press Enterprise

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

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - California Review
ARS Racing Outlet - California Review II
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

  • Johnson wins at California: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway for his fifth win of the year, which will guarantee him a top seed when the Chase starts in two weeks. #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, and #5-Busch are now locked into the Chase. #99-Edwards finished second, followed by #5-Busch, #31-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #1-Truex Jr., #17-Kenseth, #83-Vickers, #2-Busch, and #9-Kahne. Points leader #24-Gordon finished 22nd after getting caught in an accident. #8-Earnhardt, Jr's 5th place finish helped him gain 30 points on 12th place in the standings, but he still remains 128 out. There were 11 cautions for 43 laps and there were 16 leaders with 30 lead changes.
    Race Results: on my California Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings: on my Drivers/Owners Points after California Page.(9-2-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after California [25 of 36 races]:
    1) #24- Jeff Gordon 3679 cliched chase
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3362 -317, cliched chase
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3335 -344, cliched chase
    4) #99Carl Edwards 3330 -349, cliched chase
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 3309 -370, cliched chase
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3249 -430, cliched chase
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 3219 -460, cliched chase
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 3199 -480, cliched chase
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 3047 -632, starts at RIR to clinch
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3042 -637, starts at RIR to clinch
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 3022 -657, 32nd or better clinches at RIR
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 3009 -670, 36nd or better clinches at RIR
    other notables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13th 128 pts behind 12th and the chase
    #12- Ryan Newman 14th 272 pts behind 12th and not in contention for the chase
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-2-2007)

  • Rumblings - California: It was a hot one....but JJ was nothin' but cool at the end! Jimmie Johnson dominated late tonight at California Speedway and went on to win the Sharp Aquos 500 (tho you wouldn't have known the race sponsor by watching the event on ESPN) over Carl Edwards. Johnson led four times for 84 circuits on the way to his 5th win of the season (that's tops this year), and 28th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied with Rex White for 21st on the all-time win list). This was the second win for Johnson in Fontana, and the 160th for Hendrick Motorsports (they have 11 this season). It was worth $289,411 from the over $6M in posted awards.
    Kyle Busch (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona in July.
    Jeff Burton (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Infineon Raceway in June.
    David Ragan (12th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Daytona in July.
    Jamie McMurray (16th) had his best finish since he won at Daytona in July.
    A. J. Allmendinger (18th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 31st twice....at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May and at Michigan in June.
    Kyle Petty (28th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Aric Almirola (31st) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 36th last week at Bristol.
    STREAKIN....Carl Edwards has 4 Top-5's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races. Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: David Ragan (12th) takes this award for the 10th time this season. He was followed by A. J. Allmendinger (18th), Paul Menard (24th), David Reutimann (32nd), and Juan Pablo Montoya (33rd).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Matt Kenseth (+29), followed by Jamie McMurray (+22) and David Ragan (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-35) followed by Elliott Sadler (-29). This was Op #4 for Kenseth (tops this season) and BD #4 for Newman (he's tied with Kasey Kahne for the lead in that category.
    David Reutimann led a lap tonight for the first time in his Cup career. John Andretti led a lap tonight for the first time since he led one lap at the Daytona 500 in 2004! We've had 50 drivers lead a lap this season..... last year's number was 48 and we had 51 leaders in '05.
    We had another swap in the final exempt qualifying position (35th in Owner Points) tonight. The #21 of Bill Elliott is now in (by four points) over Dave Blaney's #22.
    We've got five drivers for four spots....but Dale Earnhardt Jr certainly has his work cut out for him. He's 128 points behind Kevin Harvick for the 12th and final transfer spot to the Chase. The Top-8 are locked in, but for all practical purposes the Top-10 are in (all Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr have to do is start next week's race)....the Magic Number for Harvick is still a relatively safe 32nd (and remember, that's assuming that Little E would win the event and lead the most laps in doing it).
    Three drivers (Kasey Kahne, David Ragan, and Reed Sorenson) advanced two spots in the points tonight, while Mark Martin fell three spots. Of the drivers entered, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler fell two spots each.(Stock Car Fans)(9-2-2007)

  • Sharp Aquos 500 Fast Facts:
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Sharp AQUOS 500, his 28th victory in 208 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his Series-leading fifth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 10 races at California Speedway.
    .. Carl Edwards (second) posted 11th top-10 in 2007 and his sixth in seven California races.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted 14th top-10 finish in 2007 and his fifth in seven races at California.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 317 points ahead of Tony Stewart.
    .. Gordon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch have all clinched a berth in the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    .. Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. only have to start at Richmond to clinch a Chase berth.
    .. Kevin Harvick leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 128 points for the 12th position. Kurt Busch in 11th is 141 markers ahead of Earnhardt. Harvick can clinch by finishing 32nd or better at Richmond – regardless of what Earnhardt does. For Busch a 36th or better finish will clinch a Chase position.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-2-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 250 of 250 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (2) (84 laps led) +1.868 second lead
    #99-Edwards-F (19)
    #5-Busch-C (5) (97 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (15) (1 lap led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (7)(15 laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (8) (4 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (36)
    #83-Vickers-T (17) (3 laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (1)(21 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-D (3)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 84,11,07,41,24,66,15,38

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 21,96,45,18,70,01,00,42,40,19,7

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

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #36-Mayfield (accident-off)
    #49-Andretti (accident-out)
    #22-Blaney (engine-out)
    #12-Newman (engine-out)
    #88-Rudd (accident-out)
    #55-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #78-Nemechek (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (16 leaders with 30 lead changes):
    #5-Busch (97);
    #48-Johnson (84);
    #2-Busch (21, pole);
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr. (15);
    #20-Stewart (12);
    #43-Labonte (4);
    #1-Truex, Jr.(4);
    #83-Vickers (3);
    #70-Sauter (2);
    #49-Andretti (2);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #21-Elliott (1);
    #12-Newman (1);
    #31-Burton (1);
    #00-Reutimann (1);
    #25-Mears (1);

  • Lap leaders: #2-Busch - pole; #2-Busch 1-10; #49-Andretti 11-12; #2-Busch 13-23; #5-Busch 24-40; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 41; #45-Petty 42; #21-Elliott 43; #70-Sauter 44-45; #5-Busch 46-72; #8-Earnhardt, Jr 73; #1-Truex, Jr. 74-77; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 78; #5-Busch 79-80; #8-Earnhardt, Jr 81-90; #12-Newman 91, #8-Earnhardt, Jr 92; #5-Busch 93-112; #48-Johnson 113; #5-Busch 114-118; #48-Johnson 119-136; #5-Busch 137-153; #31-Burton 154; #00-Reutimann 155; #5-Busch 156-164; #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 165; #83-Vickers 166-168; #48-Johnson 169-211; #43-Labonte 212-215; #20-Stewart 216-227; #25-Mears 228; #48-Johnson 229-250

    Cautions: 11 for 43 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 181 - 186: #24-Gordon got into the side of #36-Mayfield on the frontstretch, who pushed up into #00-Reutimann. #88-Rudd, #41-Sorenson and #38-Gilliland were also collected
    Caution 10 - Laps 175 - 177: #41-Sorenson lost a tire, causing debris on the track
    Caution 9 - Laps 165 - 168: Debris on the track, possibly a water bottle
    Caution 8 - Laps 113 - 116: #18-Yeley spun coming off turn 2 but didn't hit anything
    Caution 7 - Laps 95 - 97: #12-Newman got loose coming off turn for and was tapped by #31-Burton. Newman did not hit anything
    Caution 6 - Laps 87 - 90: #7-Gordon was tapped in the rear by #07-Bowyer on the frontstretch. Gordon spun around and hit the wall and went directly to the garage. Bowyer suffered some sheetmetal damage
    Caution 5 - Laps 73 - 77: #49-Andretti cut a tire down, throwing debris on the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 41 - 45: #55-Waltip blew a tire going into turn 3 and cut an oil line. The car caught fire and rolled into the grass. He had to be helped out by the safety crew.
    Caution 3 - Laps 24 - 26: #19-Sadler spun coming off of turn 2 but didn't hit anything
    Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 19: Debris on the track on the frontstretch. It looks like cloth or insulation
    Caution 1 - Laps 10 - 12: #78-Nemechek lost an engine going into turn 1

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 11: #6-Ragan, 12th
    Caution 10: #9-Kahne, 10th
    Caution 9: #16-Biffle, 17th
    Caution 8: #19-Sadler (still down a lap), 35th
    Caution 7: #70-Sauter, 30th
    Caution 6: #15-Menard, 24th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya, 33rd
    Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    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 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    2 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 23
    3 #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 23
    4 #88 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 24
    5 #49 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 72
    6 #16 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 73
    7 #07 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 86
    8 #36 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 112
    9 #18 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 112
    10 #6 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 154
    11 #6 SG Excessive speed - Exiting pits 157
    12 #40 TE Safety violation - Eighth man working 165
    13 #19 TE Safety violation 166
    14 #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 174
    15 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    16 #24 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    17 #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    18 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    19 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    20 #36 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 180
    21 #40 OL Safety violation 180
    22 #22 MCI Safety violation 200
    23 #66 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 217
    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)
    ---- #20-Stewart pitted on lap 228 and #25-Mears followed on lap 229, which put #48-Johnson back in the lead as all pit stops had finished
    ---- Most green flag pit stops concluded by lap 215. Drivers that pitted on lap 175 stayed out longer and #20-Stewart took over the lead on lap 216
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr had a tire going down on lap 210 and pitted under green, just before green flag pit stops were planned to start
    ---- #22-Blaney lost an engine on lap 200 and went to the garage
    ---- #12-Newman lost power on lap 194 and coasted into the pits and behind the wall
    ---- #88-Rudd has been transported to a local hospital by ambulance following the accident on lap 181. He appeared to be favoring his left arm when we walked to the ambulance
    ---- #15-Menard's jackman was clipped by #40-Stremme during pit stops under the 11th caution. He was taken to the infield care center to have his knee examined
    ---- Several drivers pitted on lap 175 under the 10th caution, including #24-Gordon and #2-Busch
    ---- Most leaders were back in for pit stops on lap 166. 4 tires and fuel all around. #83-Vickers stayed out to take the lead.
    ---- Green flag pit stops were complete by lap 158
    ---- #41-Sorenson had trouble getting the car started back up after his pit stop on lap 158. The car may have run out of gas on the way into the pits
    ---- #16-Biffle pitted under green on lap 150, #26-McMurray followed a lap later as green flag stops started
    ---- All the leaders pitted on lap 114 under the 7th caution.
    ---- #49-Andretti is back off the pace on lap 109, possibly another tire going down
    ---- #07-Bowyer pitted multiple times during the 6th caution as the team worked to repair the damage to the car
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. stayed out during the 6th caution. Everyone behind him pitted.
    ---- On lap 84, #31-Burton is complaining of a possible tire going down
    ---- Everyone on the lead lap pitted under the fifth caution. 4 tires and fuel all the way around
    ---- #19-Sadler is off the pace on lap 66 with a right front tire down. He pits under green
    ---- #55-Waltrip was treated and released from the infield care center
    ---- most leaders pitted under the fourth caution. #45-Petty, #21-Elliott, and #70-Sauter stayed out.
    ---- on lap 37, #55-Waltrip developed a tire rub after contact with #88-Rudd
    ---- #5-Busch stayed out under the thrid caution to assume the lead. #8-Earnhardt Jr. also stayed out to move to second
    ---- Drivers in the back of the pack came back in the pits during the second caution. Montoya's team continues to work on sheet metal damage he suffured under the first pit stop
    ---- #42-Montoya & #99-Edwards made contact in the pits during the first caution. Edwards appeared to suffer some damage behind the right front wheel.
    ---- the leaders all came in for pit stops under the first caution. #9-Kahne came out first.
    ---- green flag thrown at 8:18pm/et by actors Dylan And Cole Sprouse
    ---- command to start engines at 8:07pm/et by Stevie Wonder
    ---- Military Flyover: F-117s from the 412th TW, Edwards Air Force Base, CA
    ---- National Anthem by Melissa Etheridge
    ---- weather = partly cloudy/hot, 100° Wind from NE at 5-10 mph; 30% chance of isolated rain.
    ---- To The Back [3]: #42-Montoya [engine change], #01-Almirola [engine change], #96-Raines [transmission]



  • Race Coverage of the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 2, 2007.
    TV: ESPN in Hi-Def at 8:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 8:15pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ESPN at 7:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED ay 6:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, September 3 at 1:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, September 3 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, September 6 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 6 at 8:00pm/et & September 7 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Saturday Happy Hour for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is over, the results:
    #99-Edwards 178.749
    #38-Gilliland 177.165
    #11-Hamlin 176.440
    #29-Harvick 176.031
    #40-Stremme 175.751
    slowest: #36-Mayfield 169.952 & #70-Sauter, 168.279
    most laps run: #84-Allmendinger, 39 laps
    incident: #12-Newman spun off turn 2 late in the session, but didn't hit anything
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #99-Edwards 172.804 [fastest lap], 22 laps
    #29-Harvick 172.866 [4th], 25 laps run
    #1-Truex, Jr. 171.852 [12th], 22 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-1-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson 179.614
    #99-Edwards 179.319
    #11-Hamlin 178.886
    #24-Gordon 178.656
    #1-Truex, Jr. 178.656
    slowest: #36-Mayfield 169.252 & #70-Sauter, 167.360
    most laps run: #26-McMurray, 29 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #11-Hamlin 173.751 [3rd fastest lap], 11 laps run
    #29-Harvick 173.398 [8th], 7 laps
    #99-Edwards 172.245 [2nd], 19 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-1-2007)

  • Kurt Busch wins pole at California: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway with a speed of 182.399mph for his 1st pole of 2007 and 10th of his career. #48-Johnson qualified 2nd with the rest of the top-10: #9-Kahne, #12-Newman, #5-Busch, #19-Sadler, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, and #16-Biffle. Points leader #24-Gordon will start 16th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #83-Vickers, #84-Allmendinger, #55-Waltrip, #21-Elliott, #36-Mayfield, #00-Reutimann, #78-Nemechek, and #49-Andretti. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on my California Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-31-2007)

  • Three do not qualify [DNQ] for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway: #10-Riggs [24 team attempts/37th in OWNERS pts], #4-Burton [23/41]; #44-Jarrett [24/40].(8-31-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 1382.399, starts 1st
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 182.394, starts 2nd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 180.605, starts 10th
    Toyota: #83-Vickers, 131.229, starts 17th
    (8-31-2007)

  • Ramblings - California: Kurt Busch has gotta hold....and he ain't lettin' go. Looking to end that battle for the final "Chase" spot this weekend (and with 161/195 being the Magic Numbers), Kurt Busch took the Bud Pole today at California Speedway for Sunday's Sharp AQUOS 500 with a time of 39.474 sec (182.399 mph).
    Busch comes into the weekend in the 12th and final transfer spot for the Chase with a 158 point lead. If he leaves here Sunday Night with a 195 point margin, he's locked in.....if that margin is 161, then he has only to start next week at Richmond to make the Chase.
    0 This was the first top-spot of the season for Kurt, and the 10th of his Nextel Cup career. He took both poles here last year, btw.
    Jimmie Johnson (2nd) will join Busch on the front-row....this is his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Michigan in June.
    David Gilliland (14th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in April.
    Brian Vickers (17th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 16th at Michigan in June.
    A. J. Allmendinger (18th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 13th at Richmond in May.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans)(8-31-2007)

  • California Qualifying Facts:
    ...Kurt Busch won the Bud Pole for the Sharp AQUOS 500 with a lap of 39.474 seconds, 182.399 mph.
    .. This is Busch’s 10th Bud Pole in 245 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his first Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 2007. His most recent Bud Pole was Martinsville in October 2006.
    .. This is Busch’s third Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in 11 races at California Speedway. All of his top-10 starts at California have been fourth or better.
    .. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 39.475 seconds, 182.394 mph. It is his 16th top-10 start in 2007 – one behind Series leader Denny Hamlin.
    .. Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 14th top-10 start in 2007 and his sixth in eight California races.
    .. Brian Vickers (17th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. AJ Allmendinger (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-31-2007)

  • Friday's Practice for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 180.158
    #1-Truex, Jr. 179.051
    #12-Newman 178.891
    #11-Hamlin 178.509
    #07-Bowyer 178.421
    slowest: #70-Sauter, 170.827 & #01-Almirola 168.634
    incidents: #36-Mayfield was held 15 minutes at the start of the session because the team was late for inspection last week at Bristol. #16-Biffle spun coming off turn 4 about 30 minutes into the session. He did not hit anything. #96-Raines pulled out on pit road late in the session and lost power. The team may have to change an engine.
    most laps run: #6-Ragan, 29 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 178.905 [fastest lap], 7 laps run
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr 177.093 [10th], 6 laps
    #1-Truex, Jr 176.635 [2nd], 7 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-31-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at California?
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #49-John Andretti, 15th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 16th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 17th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 18th
    #00-David Reutimann, 26th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 27th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 33rd
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 36th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #4-Ward Burton, 41st
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 42nd
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 43rd
    (8-31-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is up, 46 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #40-Stremme is due out first on Friday, August 31 at 6:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #15-Menard. For the Qualifying order, see my California Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-31-2007)

  • Entry List for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway is posted, 46 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 (24/39)
    #4-Ward Burton (23/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (24/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ Provisional](24/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (24/42)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (24/40)
    #49-John Andretti (24/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (24/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (24/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](24/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (24/46)
    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 [3]: #'s 49,84,4
    not listed: #37-Kevin Lepage (24/47]
    See the full list at my Jayski's California Entry List
    (8-27-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at California are set:
    #21 is still out but is only 37pts behind the #22 for 35th, but the race up to 33rd is only 64 pts
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,842 +64
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 1,836 +58
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,815, 37 ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1,778, -37 behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,669, -146
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(8-26-2007)

  • 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

  • Four Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Cup race at: There are four current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #20-Tony Stewart has not won at [a Nextel Cup race]:
    California 0 for 12 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Las Vegas 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    Talladega 0 for 17 with a best finish of 2nd [6 times] in 2001,2002,2005,2006
    Darlington 0 for 15 with a best finish of 4th in 2001 & 2002
    Stewart has won at 18 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(5-13-2007)

  • Sept 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 144.462, started 9th

  • Feb 2007 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 138.451, started 25th

  • Track Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, June 1997, 155.012mph

  • Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

  • Sept 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 184.540, finished 27th

  • Feb 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 185.735, finished 2nd

  • Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 2 - Kurt Busch

  • Most Top 5s: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 6 - Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon

  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 26 - Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000

  • Most Lead Changes: 30 - 9/4/2005

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998

  • Most Leaders: 15 - done twice, most recently on 5/2/2004

  • Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 9/5/2004 and 9/4/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004

  • Fewest Cautions: 4 - 6/22/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 22- two times, most recent 4/30/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 9/3/2006

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - twice 6/22/1997 and 2/27/2005

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Ford

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 14] 0.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 14
  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 14

  • At California Speedway:
    • Groundbreaking for California Speedway took place in November 1995.
    • The first race at California Speedway was a NASCAR West Series race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
    • The first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race was held on June 22, 1997 – won by Jeff Gordon.
    • September 2004 was the first night race at California Speedway and that was also the first year there were two races a year.
    • There have been 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at California Speedway since the track opened in 1997.
    • Joe Nemechek won the Bud Pole for the inaugural race at California Speedway in 1997.
    • There have been 11 different Bud Pole winners at California Speedway led by Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon (two). Qualifying was canceled in 1999.
    • Eleven different drivers have posted victories at California Speedway. Jeff Gordon (three) and Matt Kenseth (two) are the only multiple race winners there.
    • Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing have won five races at California, more than any other team.
    • Eight of the 14 races were won from outside the top 10 starting positions. Six of the past eight have been won from outside the top 15.
    • Matt Kenseth won in February 2006 from the 31st starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    • There have been no caution-free or shortened races at California.
    • There have been two green-white-checkered finishes at California: 2005 fall (254) and 2006 spring (251).
    (NASCAR Statistices)(8-28-2007)


PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS

    Pole Winners

    2/2007: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 185.735, finished 2nd
    2/2006: Kurt Busch, #2 Dodge, 187.086, finished 16th
    9/2005: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 185.060, finished 4th
    2/2005: Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 188.425mph, finished 23rd
    9/2004: Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 187.417mph, finished 13th
    5/2004: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 186.940mph, finished 13th
    2003: Steve Park, #1 Chevy, 186.838mph, finished 40th
    2002: Ryan Newman, #12 Ford, 187.432mph, finished 14th
    2001: Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 182.635mph, finished 22nd
    2000: Mike Skinner, #31 Chevy, 186.061mph, finished 7th
    1999: none, rained out
    1998: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 181.772mph, finished 4th
    1997: Joe Nemechek, #42 Chevy, 183.015mph, finished 18th
    (1997 Greg Sacks, #40 Chevy was the fastest but in 2nd round 183.753mph)


    Race Winners

    2/2007: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 138.451, started 25th
    9/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 144.462, started 9th


    2/2006: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 147.852, started 31st
    9/2005: Kyle Busch, #5 Chevy, 136.356, started 25th
    2/2005: Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 139.697mph, started 5th
    9/2004: Elliott Sadler, #38 Ford, 128.324mph, started 17th
    5/2004: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 137.268mph, started 16th
    2003: Kurt Busch, #97-Ford, 140.111mph, started 16th
    2002: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 150.088mph, started 4th
    2001: Rusty Wallace, #2 Ford, 143.118mph, started 19th
    2000: Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 149.378mph, started 24th
    1999: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 150.276mph, started 5th
    1998: Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 140.220mph, started 3rd
    1997: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 155.012mph, started 3rd


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14°; frontstretch 11°; backstretch 3°
    Front Stretch: 3,100feet
    Back Stretch: 2,500feet
    Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Grandstand Seats: 92,000
    Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Stevie Wonder
    Command to start engines: Stevie Wonder
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: actors Dylan And Cole Sprouse
    National Anthem: Melissa Etheridge
    Military Flyover: F-117s from the 412th TW, Edwards Air Force Base, CA

  • Track Homepage: californiaspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: California Speedway

  • February 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Dylan & Cole Sprouse named Honorary Starters at California: Television and film stars, Dylan and Cole Sprouse will serve as Honorary Starters before the Sharp AQUOS 500, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced. As the honorary starters for the Sharp AQUOS 500, the Sprouse brothers will wave the green flag to signal to the 43 Nextel Cup Series drivers the beginning of the race. Identical twin brothers Dylan and Cole first gained national fame for playing a role on the ABC hit sitcom "Grace Under Fire". In 1999, the two made their big screen debut opposite Adam Sandler in "Big Daddy". The have also appeared in feature films including "The Astronaut's Wife" and "The Master of Disguise" and lent their voices to the animated movie "Eight Crazy Nights". Since 2005, the Sprouse's have held starring roles as Zack and Cody Martin on the hit Saturday morning original series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". To purchase tickets, call 800-944-RACE.(California Speedway)(8-31-2007)

  • Etheridge to sing National Anthem at Calif: Grammy and Academy Award winning singer Melissa Etheridge will sing the National Anthem before Sunday's Cup race. "As an outspoken advocate for the environment, human rights, and cancer survivors, Melissa Etheridge is more than just a wonderfully talented musician," Speedway president Gillian Zucker said.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(8-29-2007)

  • Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Lineup For California: Platinum recording artist 30 Seconds to Mars will headline the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing show in the Opportunity, California FanZone on Sunday afternoon, September 2, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today. Miller Lite is the official beer sponsor of California Speedway. The Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing show is part of the California Speedway experience at Opportunity, California FanZone. The concert, and all musical performances on the center stage, is free for all guests with a paid admission to the Sharp AQUOS 500 Presented by Vikuiti Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, September 2 and the Camping World 300 Presented by RVs.com Busch Series race on Saturday, September 1. 30 Seconds to Mars released their self-titled debut in 2002. The band followed with A Beautiful Lie in 2005, scanning over a million copies to date and spawning several hit singles including The Kill (Bury Me) which became the longest running single on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart, and From Yesterday which reached No. 1 on the same chart. Additional musical entertainment scheduled to appear throughout the weekend include Los Angeles hard-rock band Little Caesar and southern rocker Peter Branton. With the addition of 30 Seconds to Mars, the entertainers who will descend upon California Speedway continues to build as the race approaches, including an earlier announcement that 25-time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder will serve as the Sharp AQUOS 500 Grand Marshal. The Nextel Cup Series returns to California Speedway over Labor Day Weekend for the Sharp AQUOS® 500. For more information about the race weekend at California Speedway, please visit www.californiaspeedway.com. To purchase tickets, call 800-944-RACE.(California Speedway)(8-27-2007)

  • Stevie Wonder named Grand Marshal at California: Twenty-five time Grammy Award winner, Stevie Wonder, will serve as Grand Marshal of California Speedway's Sharp AQUOS 500 to be held on September 2, 2007. Wonder will announce the, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command to the Nextel Cup drivers in front of the live audience and millions of fans watching at home on ESPN's race broadcast. The Nextel Cup Series returns to California Speedway over Labor Day Weekend for the Sharp AQUOS 500. For more information about the race weekend of California Speedway, please visit www.californiaspeedway.com. To purchase tickets, call 800.944-RACE.(California Speedway PR)(8-12-2007)

  • Sharp AQUOS to sponsor California Cup race: California Speedway has announced an agreement with Sharp Electronics and 3M Company ("3M") to serve as the title sponsor for the Speedway's Fall Nextel Cup Series Race. The race, being held on Sunday, September 2, 2007, will be known as the Sharp AQUOS 500. As the sponsor of the Sharp AQUOS 500, Sharp and 3M will receive signage and branding opportunities throughout the Speedway over the entirety of the race weekend. The brands will also participate in several pre-race opportunities including parade laps and will utilize the Speedway's large screen video displays to present information about their variety of products. Sharp and 3M have teamed up on several co-marketing initiatives designed to enhance awareness of Sharp's AQUOS line of LCD TVs and 3M Vikuiti brightness enhancement films, including participation in Busch Series and Nextel Cup races.(California Speedway PR)(8-8-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Petty back in the #45 at California: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Wells Fargo Dodge team will travel west to the two-mile California Speedway for Sunday's Sharp Aquos 500. Petty will be making his return to the #45 Dodge after missing the past two weeks with a broken hand suffered at Watkins Glen International. Petty regrets the episode, but it showed the racing community that he still has that competitive fire burning. Petty remains determined to keep the team inside the top-35 in owner points. In 14 starts at California, Petty has notched two top-20 finishes. On a historical note, Petty is the only driver entered this weekend that competed in the final race at Ontario Motor Speedway in 1980. Ontario was the first oval track foray by NASCAR into southern California. Comments from Petty as he prepares for Sunday's California 500: "Yea, I think it's going to be good. We're going to get out there in the first practice session and just feel out the hand. Right now, it feels pretty good. I don't expect I will have any problems. My doctors worked hard repairing the bone that was broken. I really wanted to race last weekend at Bristol, but it wasn't a good idea. Bristol is a tough track on you physically. California is much easier on your body. Chad (McCumbee) and Kenny (Wallace) did a great job for me while I healed. Everyone at Petty Enterprises appreciate their efforts. We put both guys, on a short notice, in the car. They were in a tough position, but they helped me out. That was good."(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR)(8-28-2007)

  • Rudd to celebrate 900th career start at California: #88-Ricky Rudd, who will step down as a full time driver after the 2007 season, is scheduled to take the green flag for his 900th career Nextel Cup Series [2nd all time]start for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway. Rudd will run a special scheme, the #88 Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion. “This is a record that just kind of sneaks up on you,” Rudd said regarding his milestone career start. “I started out as one of the youngest guys in this sport and now I’m one of the oldest guys out there still racing. It’s a real honor to be able to have this kind of longevity with a long and fruitful career. I’ve been so lucky to have remained healthy and competitive to have made it to 900 starts, come Labor Day weekend in my Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion.” Over this week, Mars US will help celebrate Rudd’s accomplishment by highlighting several of Rudd’s most memorable starts since his entrance into the NASCAR community in 1975.(Snickers Racing PR)(8-27-2007)

  • Nemechek in the #78 at California: #78-Furniture Row Racing plans to use several drivers through the rest of the season, manager Joe Garone said Tuesday. "We released him, let him go, but it's not like a fire type of situation, just a continuing effort to get to the bottom of the problems we're having," Garone said of Wallace. "We're missing so many races. Ultimately, putting another driver in the car is something we have to do." Scott Wimmer unsuccessfully tried to qualify the #78 Chevrolet last weekend at Michigan - for a rain-delayed race that finally took place Tuesday - and Sterling Marlin is pegged to try to qualify the car for Saturday's race at Bristol. Joe Nemechek has agreed to try to get the #78 in the field for the ensuing race at California Speedway on Sept. 2. "It always helps running other drivers," Garone said. "Until we have a teammate situation, we can bounce things off various drivers that work for us. We're in a situation where we can move drivers in and out and share their information." Second-year Furniture Row runs Chevrolet engines, but not the new RO7 model that was distributed to the top Chevy teams in late May. Garone said the RO7 is producing about 30 more horsepower than the SB2 engine all Chevy teams began with this season. Wallace failed to qualify for eight consecutive races until he made the Aug. 12 event at Watkins Glen, N.Y., because rain canceled qualifying and the 43-car field was set by owner points. Wallace made seven consecutive races before his "losing" streak began, which coincided with the introduction of the RO7 that Chevy provided only to its signature, multiple-car teams of Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. "It's not that our engines aren't good," Garone said. "We are just not on the top of the food chain in Chevrolet's pecking order. We're last." Furniture Row, which builds its engines in its north Denver [CO] headquarters, has received the RO7 models and Garone said dyno testing should take place this week. He hopes the engine is ready to go by the Sept. 30 race at Kansas Speedway. For the next five races, whoever drives the car will be down on horsepower. Garone said all that his team members can do is keep their heads up. Garone said Wallace could drive the car again, and that there was no friction between Wallace and the team. Wallace was in the first year of a two-year contract that wasn't guaranteed for the second year.(Denver Post)(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 DIRECTV #07 Schemes Page
    #5-Kyle Busch Cheeze-It #5 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Original Roadhouse Grill
    Jim Beam
    #7 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Sears Auto Center/Valvoline #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Kodak #12 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Aflac #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R+L Carriers #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont Chromax #24 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Sharp AQUOS #26 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Target #40 Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Gum #42 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Totino's Pizza Rolls #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Foundation #48 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green HD Done Right #66 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Snickers Generation Max #88 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Office Depot Work Life Rewards Program #99 Schemes Page


  • Cheez-it scheme for Kyle Busch at Calif: Kellogg Co.'s tasty baked snack cracker Cheez-It will adorn the hood of Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy for Sunday night's Nextel Cup event at California Speedway. It will mark the second appearance of 2007 for the Cheez-It logo, which ran earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway. Fans watching at home will get an even closer look at pit stops on the #5 car this weekend. Rick Pigeon, the #5 team jackman, will wear a "crew camera" on his helmet for ESPN's Sunday night broadcast of the Nextel Cup event at California.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(8-31-2007)

  • Special paint for Jeff Gordon at Calif: Jeff Gordon’s #24 Chevrolet will carry the familiar “fire and flames”design in this weekend’s 500-mile race but will feature the premier waterborne basecoat from DuPont Refinish. DuPont Cromax Pro not only complies with strict California VOC regulations, but also helps increase productivity through faster drying times and better hiding. Its “Catch the Wave” product slogan will be featured on Gordon’s Monte Carlo SS and firesuit.(Performance PR Plus), the scheme also ran at California in Feb., see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2007)

  • Special scheme for Labonte at Calif: Bobby Labonte's #43 Dodge will be carrying the colors of Totino's Pizza Rolls this Labor Day weekend at California Speedway. It's the second time that Totino's Pizza Rolls has been on the car this season, last time at Indy in July. Sunday's start will be Labonte's 499th career start, Labonte will make his 500th start at Richmond next week.(Petty Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2007)

  • Sears joins forces with Valvoline, special scheme for #10: Two great American names in automotive service announced an alliance that will provide consumers with great automotive products. The agreement calls for Valvoline to be the primary brand of motor oil offered at all 850-plus Sears Auto Centers. Through its partnership with Valvoline, Sears Auto Centers will have a sponsorship presence on a Nextel Cup car at various times over the next three seasons. Sears Auto Centers will be primary sponsor on Scott Riggs' #10 Dodge at Nextel Cup events at California this Sunday and Atlanta this fall.(Valvoline PR), see an image of the scheme on my #10 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2007)

  • Race sponsor on the #26 at Calif: Jamie McMurray will run the #26 Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti paint scheme for the second time this season in the Sharp AQUOS 500 at California Speedway. His first start in the Sharp AQUOS / 3M Vikuiti Ford Fusion yielded a top-five finish at Talladega Superspeedway.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2007)

  • Target scheme for Stremme at Calif: As Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) continues to celebrate its long heritage with Target Racing, which has been with the team for 18 years making it one of the longest racing relationships in history, David Stremme and the #40 team will again be sporting the white and red Target paint scheme in this weekend's Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway.(CGRFS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Different look for Bowyer at Calif: After showcasing a flat-black paint scheme last weekend commemorating Jack Daniel's 157th birthday, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature DIRECTV colors this weekend in Fontana. DIRECTV's corporate headquarters are in El Segundo, Calif., just 68 miles west of California Speedway. Jack Daniel's, the team's customary primary sponsor, will be featured on #07's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Yellow and Green colors for the #17 at California: #17-Matt Kenseth will run the R+L Carriers paint scheme for the third time this season in Sunday’s Sharp Aquos 500. In his previous two he has scored finishes of 12th at Charlotte in May and eighth at Daytona in July. The R+L Carriers scheme will run once more at Martinsville in October.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Big Red returns with Montonya at Calif: Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 Dodge Charger will carry the colors of Wrigley's Big Red for the final time this season at California Speedway. The 500-mile race in Fontana is the third time Montoya's Cup car has carried the Big Red logo, he previously ran this paint scheme at Chicagoland and Watkins Glen.(CGRFS PR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Different look for the #66 in September, Green wins wager: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy is sporting a different look this weekend. Beginning at California Speedway and continuing through the September 16th race at New Hampshire International Speedway, the #66, driven by Jeff Green, will carry a special Best Buy "HD Done Right" paint design. Best Buy, the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy in a number of events this season, is promoting its expertise in the area of high-definition (HD) televisions and home theaters with the pledge, "HD Done Right." The pledge, along with the yellow Best Buy tag logo, will appear on the hood of the #66 entry. In addition, the car will be painted a lighter shade of blue than what is usually seen on the Best Buy-sponsored entry, and will display special graphics on the car's sides and quarter panels, along with the logos of Samsung HDTV, Comcast and Garmin, associate sponsors of the #66 Best Buy machine. When Jeff Green drove his #66 Samsung HDTV / Best Buy Chevy past Tony Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevy on the final lap at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Green gained more than just a position - he also won a friendly wager. Green and Raines agreed that whichever driver finished lower in the Bristol race must wear a hat advertising the other driver's team and sponsor this weekend at California Speedway. Green's last lap pass means Raines will sport a #66 Best Buy racing hat for the Labor Day weekend event. In addition to occupying the primary sponsor position on the #66 Chevy, the yellow Best Buy tag logo will also be displayed on the quarter panels of Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevyat California Speedway.(GMR Marketing PR) see an image of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Special Scheme for Edwards at California: The #99 Office Depot Ford of Carl Edwards will sport a special look this weekend at California to help promote the newly enhanced Office Depot Work Life Rewards Program. Edwards will participate in his second Office Depot Foundation backpack donation event of 2007. He will be at the Office Depot store at 8160 Day Creek Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Thursday, August 30 from 5:00-7:00pm/et.(Rosuh Fenway Racing)(8-28-2007)
    IMAGE: see imag of the scheme on my #99 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Special Scheme for Johnson at Calif: Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevy will carry a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Habitat for Humanity paint scheme in the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway on September 2nd. "We want to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity and the foundation," said Johnson. "There will be lots of fans there and the race is nationally televised. We hope this might introduce fans to these charity organizations and create some interest. Lowe's was gracious enough to let us run this paint scheme on the Nextel Cup car so I really want to thank them for their support not only for this race but the entire week of events."(Lowe's Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #48 Team Schemes page.(8-27-2007)

  • Rudd to celebrate 900th career start at California: #88-Ricky Rudd, who will step down as a full time driver after the 2007 season, is scheduled to take the green flag for his 900th career Nextel Cup Series start for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway. Rudd will run a special scheme, the #88 Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion. “This is a record that just kind of sneaks up on you,” Rudd said regarding his milestone career start. “I started out as one of the youngest guys in this sport and now I’m one of the oldest guys out there still racing. It’s a real honor to be able to have this kind of longevity with a long and fruitful career. I’ve been so lucky to have remained healthy and competitive to have made it to 900 starts, come Labor Day weekend in my Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion.” Over this week, Mars US will help celebrate Rudd’s accomplishment by highlighting several of Rudd’s most memorable starts since his entrance into the NASCAR community in 1975.(Snickers Racing PR)(8-27-2007)

  • Big Red scheme for Montoya at Watkins Glen: Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 Dodge Avenger in the Nextel Cup Series and his #42 Dodge Charger in the Busch Series will carry the colors of Wrigley's Big Red this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This weekend marks the second time Montoya's Cup car has carried the Big Red logo, he previously ran this paint scheme at Chicagoland. Next weekend the car returns to the black and red of Texaco/Havoline for Michigan. There is one additional race for Big Red, which is Labor Day weekend at California Speedway.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(8-10-2007)

  • 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)

  • Cheez-It colors on the #5 at Texas: Kellogg Company's tasty baked snack cracker Cheez-It will adorn the hood of Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy Monte Carlo SS for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. The Cheez-It logo will make another appearance at the California Speedway event later this season.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(4-12-2007)

  • Sharp and 3M to Sponsor McMurray in Cup and Edwards in Busch: Roush Fenway Racing announced a new sponsorship with Sharp Electronics and 3M Company. The sponsorship includes five Busch Series races with Carl Edwards; and two Nextel Cup races with Jamie McMurray. Both teams will debut their Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Fords Talladega. Sharp Electronics Corporation and 3M Company will extend their co-marketing efforts designed to enhance awareness of Sharp's AQUOS line of LCD TVs and 3M Vikuiti brightness enhancement films. Both the #26 and #60 Fords will display the Sharp Aquos and 3M Vikuiti brands. McMurray will be running the #26 Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Ford at
    Talladega Speedway on April 29 and again at
    California Speedway on September 2.
    Edwards will pilot the #60 Sharp AQUOS/3M Vikuiti Ford at Talladega Speedway on April 28, Kentucky Speedway on June 16, Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, Michigan International Speedway on August 18 and California Speedway on September 1.(Roush Fenway PR)(4-10-2007)

  • Kodak to sponsor Newman in three Cup races and: Eastman Kodak Company will serve as primary sponsor of the #12 Dodge driven by Ryan Newman at three Nextel Cup races in 2007. Kodak will also sponsor Newman’s car in seven Busch Series races next year, and will be an associate sponsor of Penske Racing’s IndyCar Series entries driven by Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. Plans call for Newman’s Dodge to wear red-and-yellow Kodak colors at Nextel Cup races in:
    Talladega [in Apr];
    Fontana, CA [Sept]
    and Watkins Glen, near Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester.
    At 33 other Cup events, Kodak will be an associate sponsor of the #12 Alltel Dodge. The seven Busch Series races where Newman will drive a Kodak EasyShare Gallery-sponsored car are Bristol, Texas, Darlington, Chicagoland, Watkins Glen, Fontana, and Richmond [assuming they are in order of the races, so Bristol would be in March..not August, but it doesn't clearly say]. [Businesswire.com)(12-4-2006)

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