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- Race: Sunday, September 30, 2007 in Kansas City, KS
- Title Sponsor: Lifelock
- Track: Kansas Speedway
- TV: ABC - 2:00pm/et
- NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air:
Monday, October 1 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
Monday, October 1 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
Thursday, October 4 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, October 4 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, Susie 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: $6,056,938 (was $5,934,007 in 2006)
- Practice: Friday, September 28, 12:30 - 2:00pm/et TV-none; and Saturday, September 29, 10:00 - 10:50am/et TV-ESPN2 at 11:00am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 29, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 at 6:30pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 28, 11:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 28 at 4:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
FRIDAY, September 28
6:00 AM Parking lots open
8:00 AM Grandstand gates open; USAC practice
10:15 AM USAC qualifying
11:30 AM Nextel Cup Series practice
1:15 PM Busch Series practice
2:30 PM Busch Series rookie practice
3:10 PM Nextel Cup Series qualifying
4:45 PM Final Busch Series practice
6:00 PM USAC final practice
Saturday, Sept. 29
6:00 AM Parking lots open
8:00 AM Grandstand gates open
9:00 AM Nextel Cup Series practice
10:05 AM Busch Series qualifying
12:50 PM Final Nextel Cup Series practice
2:00 PM Busch Series driver introductions
2:30 PM Busch Series race
5:15 PM (approx.) USAC Race
Sunday, Sept. 30
6:00 AM Parking lots open
8:00 AM Grandstand gates open
12:30 PM Nextel Cup Series driver introductions
1:00 PM Nextel Cup Series race
NOTE: these times at Central Time, an hour behind Eastern Time [et]
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 -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
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 -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: This is the second straight weekend that teams in these two NASCAR series have run this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . in
addition to Kansas and Dover, these teams have run this combination at California and Michigan this season . . . Busch Series teams have also run this
tire set-up at Kentucky . . . this left-side code (D-4078) has also been run by these teams with a different right-side code at both Texas and Chicagoland in
2007 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air
pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
- NASCAR Statement on End of Kansas Race: Statement from Ramsey Poston, NASCAR Managing Director, Corporate Communications:“When the caution came out on Lap 207 the field was frozen. At the time of the caution, the #16 was in the lead and maintained a reasonable speed and was declared the race winner. There is no passing under caution. “By rule, cars under caution need to maintain a reasonable speed, which the #16 did. If it hadn’t maintained a reasonable speed or the car had come to a stop, then that car would not have won the race. In this instance the #16 maintained a reasonable speed, crossed the finish and won the race.”(NASCAR PR)(10-1-2007)
- Biffle wins at Kansas: #16-Greg Biffle won the shortened Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway by taking the lead with 37 laps to go and dodging a green-white-checker finish when NASCAR decided not to restart the race because of darkness. It is his first win of 2007 and the 12th of his career. The race was stopped twice because of rain including one red flag that lasted more than 2 hours. NASCAR shortened the race to 210 laps. #07-Bowyer finished second. #48-Johnson finished 3rd and now leads the points by 6 over #24-Gordon.. The rest of the top 10: #25-Mears, #24-Gordon, #29-Harvick, #41-Sorenson, #19-Sadler, #9-Kahne, and #8-Earnhardt Jr. Several chase drivers were in accidents and had poor finishes. Other chase drivers finished: #2-Busch 11th, #11-Hamlin 29th, #17-Kenseth 35th, #31-Burton 36th, #99-Edwards 37th, #1-Truex Jr. 38th, #20-Stewart 39th, and #5-Busch 41st. There were 12 cautions (and 2 red flags) for 54 laps and 11 leaders with 18 lead changes.
Race Results on my Kansas Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas page.(9-30-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Chase Points Standing after Kansas [29 of 36 races]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5506
2) #24-Jeff Gordon 5500 -6
3) #07-Clint Bowyer 5492 -14
4) #20-Tony Stewart 5389 -117
5) #29-Kevin Harvick 5380 -126
6) #5-Kyle Busch 5370 -136
7) #99-Carl Edwards 5364 -142
8) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5348 -158
9) #2-Kurt Busch 5329 -177
10) #31-Jeff Burton 5320 -186
11) #17-Matt Kenseth 5287 -219
12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5258 -248
For drivers/owners points, seee my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points page.(9-30-2007)
- Rumblings - Kansas:
It was almost as if this race took all day to run.....and confusion reigned supreme at the end. I don't know how you can have a winner sitting in the grass on the frontstretch (presumably with the engine not running....whether there was any fuel left is open to discussion) with at least the top-three cars passing him before the finish line (while staying behind the pace car, I might add)....and we get that old "field is frozen" line from NASCAR. Now, any good sports fan knows the only frozen field is the tundra at Lambeau in Green Bay, but maybe it moved? And besides, if the field was frozen, why did we continue to circulate around behind the pace car...and aren't you supposed to maintain pace car speed? Why do we always get the feeling they make this stuff up as they go along?
In any event, NASCAR has decreed that the #16 Aflac Ford of Greg Biffle was the winner this afternoon/evening at Kansas Speedway in the oft-delayed Lifelock 315 (even if our eyes deceived us). This was Greg's first win of the season (he won the finale last year at Homestead) and 12th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied with Ryan Newman for 49th place on the all- time win list). He becomes the 16th different winner of '07 (we had 17 different drivers grace Victory Lane in 2003) and accounts for win #101 for Roush Racing (their 6th of the season). It was worth $316,225 from the over $6M in posted awards.
Casey Mears (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Michigan in June.
Kevin Harvick (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Chicagoland in July.
Reed Sorenson (7th) had his best finish since he was 5th at the Brickyard in August.
Elliott Sadler (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Daytona in February.
Scott Riggs (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Talladega in April.
Tony Raines (18th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Pocono in August.
Kyle Petty (21st) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
Jeremy Mayfield (22nd) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Infineon Raceway in June of 2006!
Dale Jarrett (26th) had his best finish since he was 26th at Infineon Raceway this past June.
John Andretti (33rd) had his best finish since he was 18th at Chicagoland in July.
The Chasers all took a hit today.....six of the twelve were 35th or worse!
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
The Rookie Report: David Ragan (16th) takes this award for the 13th time this season. He was followed by Paul Menard (27th), Juan Pablo Montoya (28th), and David Reutimann (31st). AJ Allmendinger was a dnq this weekend.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dave Blaney (+28), followed by Mark Martin (+27), Tony Raines (+22), Robby Gordon (+22), and Kasey Kahne (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a tie between Kyle Busch (-33) and Matt Kenseth (-33), followed by Martin Truex Jr (-29, Denny Hamlin (-24), and Tony Stewart (-20).
Jimmie Johnson grabs the lead in the Chase by six points over teammate Jeff Gordon. Every position but last changed hands this week, and we're able to hang up our first elimination numbers of the playoffs.
In "Classic" points, Clint Bowyer (9th to 7th) made the best forward move today, while Ryan Newman (14th to 16th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(9-30-2007)
- Kansas Fast Facts
.. Greg Biffle won the LifeLock 400, his 12th victory in 179 Nextel Cup Series races.
.. This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2007.
.. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in six races at Kansas Speedway.
.. Only one Kansas race has been won by a Chase driver since the inception of the Chase for the Nextel Cup in 2004: 2005 - Mark Martin.
.. Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish of the season and his second top-10 finish in as many races at Kansas Speedway.
.. Johnson leads the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by six point over Bowyer.
.. David Ragan (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-30-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 210 of 210 laps:
race was scheduled for 267 laps, but was shortened
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#16-Biffle-F (7) (37 laps led)
#48-Johnson-C (1) (1 lap led)
#24-Gordon-C (4) (6 laps led)
#29-Harvick-C (17) (18 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (6)
where are the rest of the Chasers running?
#2-Busch-D (12) (76 laps led), 11th
#11-Hamlin-C (5), 29th, 1 lap down
#17-Kenseth-F (2) (49 laps led) 35th, 4 laps down
#31-Burton-C (34), 36th, 11 laps down
#99-Edwards-F (27), 37th, 25 laps down
#1-Truex Jr.-C (9) (3 laps led), 38th, 34 laps down
#20-Stewart-C (19) (13 laps led), 39th, out
#5-Busch-C (8), 41st, 46 laps down
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Kansas Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 42,11,55,00
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 21,49,38,17,31,1,88,5
- Cars on the track: 39 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (4) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 17 lead changes):
#1-Truex, Jr (3);
#48-Johnson (pole, 1);
- Lap leaders: #48-Johnson - pole; #17-Kenseth 1-13; #22-Blaney 14-16; #17-Kenseth 17-45; #2-Busch 46-60; #24-Gordon 61-66; #17-Kenseth 67-73; #20-Stewart 74-76; #2-Busch 77-89; #48-Johnson 90; #1-Truex, 91-93; #2-Busch 94-141; #20-Stewart 142-149; #45-Petty 150-153; #20-Stewart 154-155; #29-Harvick 156-173; #16-Biffle 174-210
Cautions: 12 for 54 laps
Caution 12 - Laps 208 - 210: #42-Montoya hit the wall and threw debris on the track
Caution 11 - Laps 185 - 187: #26-McMurray got into the side of #15-Menard on the backstretch, pushing him up into #11-Hamlin. Hamlin and McMurray spun.
Caution 10 - Laps 177 - 183: #20-Stewart had a tire going down and was hit in the rear by #2-Busch, sending him in the wall. #99-Edwards was collected.
Caution 9 - Laps 157 - 165: Big crash on the back stretch just as they went back to green. #21-Schrader got loose and spun, and everyone bunched up behind him, collecting #38-Gilliland, #17-Kenseth, #00-Reutimann, #1-Truex, Jr., #43-Labonte
RED FLAG during 8th caution, as of 4:52pm/et to 7:06pm/et due to rain
Caution 8 - Laps 147 - 155: Rain at the track
Caution 7 - Laps 101 - 103: Debris on the track
Caution 6 - Laps 90 - 92: #7-Gordon cut a right rear tire down in turn 4 and spun around
Caution 5 - Laps 71 - 73: #31-Burton lost fuel pressure and came down pit road under green. He thought the car was going to refire so he passed through the pits, but ended up coming to stop on the track
Caution 4 - Laps 61 - 63: #88-Wallace spun off turn 4 while trying to get down to pit road. He had reported brake problems.
Caution 3 - Laps 34 - 35: #1-Truex Jr. got into the wall going into turn 2, cutting down a tire and putting debris on the track
Caution 2 - Laps 29 - 31: #8-Earnhardt, Jr. got into the back of #5-Busch at the end of the backstretch, sending Busch nose first into the wall
RED FLAG during 1st caution, as of 2:27pm/et to 3:13pm/et due to rain
Caution 1 - Laps 13 - 18: Rain at the track, started off as a light mist off turn 2 but increased to the point of needing a red flag
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 12: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 11: #55-Waltrip, 30th
Caution 10: #42-Montoya, 28th
Caution 9: #78-Nemechek, 25th
Caution 8: #36-Mayfield, 22nd
Caution 7: #7-Gordon, 19th
Caution 6: #12-Newman, still 5 laps down, 43rd
Caution 5: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down
Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
- Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
none posted this race
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)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- NASCAR decided to end the race on lap 210 rather than restart with a green-white-checker finish because of darkness
---- The race will now end on lap 210 as all the cautions are slowing the pace of the race down.
---- #20-Stewart has a tire rub on the car after the accident on lap 156, but the team decided not to pit.
---- At least 7 cars started on the tale end of the lead lap for the restart after the 8th caution
---- NASCAR closed pit road after pit stops were completed to finish making sure the pits are dry
---- #20-Stewart and the rest of the drivers who had not pitted before the red flag, came into pit on lap 149
---- #55-Waltrip was unable to get the car restarted and had to be pushed off pit road
---- NASCAR has shortened the race. It will now end at lap 225
---- #07-Bowyer was having radio troubles after he got back in the car.
---- NASCAR now expects to go back racing shortly after 7:00pm/et
---- Interviewed on ESPN, Robin Pemberton said NASCAR is hopeful to still go back racing, but water caught behind the SAFER barriers is slowing down track preparation. If they do get restarted, NASCAR will make a determination if the race will try to be fun the full 267 laps or cut short and they plan to announce that before going green.
---- Rain has stopped and the skies are starting to clear as of 6:00pm/et. TV coverage has moved to ESPN2.
---- At 5:40pm/et the rain continues off and on and there is lightning in the area. Dryers remain on the track.
---- Track dryers are back on the track as of 5:25pm/et
---- As of 4:55pm/et, the radar does not look good and there are no lights at Kansas.
---- Rain hits the track before #20-Stewart pits. He, #29-Harvick, and #07-Bowyer are the only chase drivers that have not pitted.
---- #20-Stewart is staying out longer than planned because of rain in the area. They are going to hold off on pitting as long as possible
---- Rain drops are reported at the track as green flag pit stops are underway
---- Green flag pit stops start on lap 140 with #17-Kenseth coming down first
---- #17-Kenseth hit some debris on lap 113 and knocked it out of the groove. There doesn't appear to be any damage. It could be some crush panel off #20-Stewart's car
---- With an apparent tire going down, #9-Kahne pits under green on lap 109
---- As of lap 102, rain continues to be west of the track, but is moving slowly enough that the race should easily get to halfway, if not completed
---- Most leaders all stayed out under the 7th caution. Cars in the back of the pack pitted. #07-Bowyer had to pit for tires because he had hit some debris
---- Another round of pit stops under caution 6. Mostly 4 tires and fuel
---- #12-Newman pits under green
---- #31-Buton comes back on to the track on lap 83, 11 laps down
---- On lap 77, #31-Burton remains sitting on pit road while the team tries to figure out the problem with the car
---- #5-Busch is back on the track on lap 75, he is running 45 laps down
---- A variety of pit stops under the 4 caution, #24-Gordon took 4 tires and still came out just ahead of #17-Kenseth
---- On lap 52, #12-Newman reported that he may have dropped a valve
---- Everyone is back in the pits under the second caution. #24-Gordon only took 2 tires.
---- #31-Burton was penalized for working on the car under the red flag. Burton bent over at the front of the car and appears to pull on the front fender as if to pull it out
---- Rain and storms continue to build about 80 miles west of the track, but if they move slow enough, the race could get to the halfway point
---- Engines have been refired as of 3:13pm/et
---- Drivers were called back to their cars at 3:04pm/et
---- Track drying continues at 3:00 pm/et and NASCAR is hoping to go back racing in about 20 minutes
---- At 2:53pm/et the radar shows some additional bands of rain popping up west of the track, but they may not cause problems if they move south of the track
---- Track drying is underway at 2:42pm/et and progessing well
---- #22-Blaney, #45-Petty, and #21-Schrader, who are all battling for the top-35, stayed out under the first caution
---- The leaders all came into pit during the first caution before the red flag came out. A variety of strategies with many teams only taking 2 tires
---- #10-Riggs fell back a bit after the restart, likely because of having a qualifying setup under the car since he was a go or go home car
---- weather could be an issue today. There's not rain in the immediate area of the track, but pop-up storms are a possibility
---- green flag at 2:15pm/et by
---- command to start engines at 2:06pm/et by Captain James Lovell
---- Military Flyover: 4 planes, not identified
---- National Anthem by Gavin DeGraw
---- weather = windy, 30-40mph gusts, 40% chance of scattered storms, some possibly severe, high 86°
---- To The Back : #7-Gordon [engine change], #48-Johnson [backup car]
- Race Coverage of the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2007.
TV: ABC at 2:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:15pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 1:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 11:00am/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN Classic, Monday, October 1 at 9:00am/et
ESPN2, Monday, October 1 at 3:00pm/et
SPEED, Thursday, October 4 at 3:00pm/et
HD Net, Thursday, October 4 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 10 at 12:00am/et
- Happy Hour: for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the results:
incidents: #48-Johnson hit the wall between turns 3 & 4 about 5 minutes into the session. The team will go to a backup
slowest: #29-Harvick 165.092 & #55-Waltrip 165.057
most laps run: #20-Stewart, 50 laps
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#48-Johnson [fastest lap] 165.153, 25 laps
#26-McMurray [8th] 165.113, 32 laps
#22-Blaney [6th] 164.671, 22 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-29-2007)
- Saturday's First Practice: for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the results:
slowest: #88-Wallace 165.899 & #49-Andretti 165.848
most laps run: #25-Mears, 48 laps
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#17-Kenseth [3rd fastest lap] 167.468, 26 laps
#29-Harvick [14th] 168.330, 13 laps run
#48-Johnson [5th] 167.261, 36 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-29-2007)
- Johnson wins pole at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 175.063mph for his 3rd pole of 2007 and the 12th of his career. #17-Kenseth qualified second with the rest of the top-10:, #10-Riggs, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #5-Busch, #1-Truex, Jr., and #07-Bowyer. Other chasers will start: #2-Busch 12th; #29-Harvick 17th; #20-Stewart 19th; #99-Edwards 27th; #31-Burton 34th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #10-Riggs, #55-Waltrip, #44-Jarrett, #78-Nemechek, #00-Reutimann, #36-Mayfield, and #49-Andretti. #12-Newman initially qualified second, but his time was disallowed because the roof height was too low. See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-28-2007)
- Four do not qualify [DNQ] for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway: #84-Allmendinger [29 team attempts/47th in OWNERS pts], #4-WBurton [28/42], #83-Vickers [29/38] and #47-Wood [1/68].(9-29-2007)
- Ramblings - Kansas Jimmie Johnson took the Bud Pole today at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's Lifelock 400 with a time of 30.846 (175.063 mph) for his second top-spot in a row and 3rd of the season. This was career pole #12 for the Lowe's Chevy driver.
He'll be joined on the front-row by Matt Kenseth....original second place starter Ryan Newman didn't fare too well in post-qual tech (the roof height was too low on the #12 alltel Dodge) so he's kicked back to 42nd.
For Kenseth, this is his best starting spot since he led 'em to the green at Atlanta last October....but that race was lined up by points. This is his best starting spot on time since he had the pole here in October of 2005!
Scott Riggs (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Richmond in May.
Dale Earnhardt Jr (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono in August.
Dale Jarrett (13th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega last October!
Jeremy Mayfield (26th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 20th at Chicagoland in July.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 9 Top-10 starts in a row. Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. Martin Truex Jr has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
Only 47 cars on hand this week....four on the Trouble Train. A. J. Allmendinger, Ward Burton, Brian Vickers, and Jon Wood get the weekend off.(Stock Car Fans)(9-28-2007)
- Kansas Qualifying Fast Facts:
..Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole for the LifeLock 400 with a lap of 30.846 seconds, 175.063 mph.
.. This is his 12th Bud Pole in 212 career Nextel Cup races.
.. This is his third Bud Pole and 20th top-10 start in 2007. He is tied with Denny Hamlin (seventh) for the most top-10 starts this season.
.. This is Johnson’s second Bud Pole in six races at Kansas Speedway. He became the first repeat Bud Pole winner in seven races here.
.. Matt Kenseth (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2007, posting his season-best starting position for the third time. It is his third top-10 start in seven Kansas races – all in the past three.
.. Scott Riggs (third) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. It is his eighth top-10 start in the 23 races that he has qualified for this season. It is his second top-10 start in four races at Kansas. He started second here in 2006.
.. David Ragan (19th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
.. Ryan Newman’s qualifying time was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-28-2007)
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #48-Johnson, 175.063, starts 1st
Dodge: #12-Newman, 174.893, starts 3rd
Ford: #17-Kenseth, 174.263, starts 9th
Toyota: #55-Waltrip, 172.983, starts 12th
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2007 at 4:10pm/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 4:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Qualifying Order List for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #21-Schrader is due out first on Friday, September 28 at 4:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #84-Allmendinger. For the Qualifying order, see my Kansas Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-28-2007)
- Friday Practice: for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the results:
#8-Earnhardt, Jr 175.069
#1-Truex, Jr 174.701
slowest: #96-Raines 170.401, #7-Gordon 169.279
most laps run: #6-Ragan, 35 laps
incidents: #7-Gordon had trouble early in the session, apparently some sort of engine trouble. TV didn't mention the exact problem.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#48-Johnson 174.458 [2nd fastest lap], 10 laps run
#1-Truex, Jr 173.406 [3rd], 9 laps
#24-Gordon 173.017 [7th], 7 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(9-28-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Kansas
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#83-Brian Vickers, 13th
#10-Scott Riggs, 15th
#4-Ward Burton, 16th
#78-Joe Nemechek, 18th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 22nd
#22-Dave Blaney, 24th
#00-David Reutimann, 25th
#49-John Andretti, 28th
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#55-Michael Waltrip, 29th
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 33rd
#36-Jeremy Mayfield, 37th
#47-Jon Wood, 44th
- Entry List for the Lifelock 400 at Kansas Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
some added drivers and driver change: Schrader stays in the #21 Ford. Looks like Kenny Wallace is back in the #88.
And 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 (28/39)
#4-Ward Burton (27/42)
#10-Scott Riggs (28/37)
#22-Dave Blaney (28/36)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (28/46)
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (28/41)
#47-Jon Wood (1/69)
#49-John Andretti (28/48)
#55-Michael Waltrip (28/44)
#78-Joe Nemechek (28/43)
#83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](28/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendiner (28/47)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,22,10,00,78,55,36
missing the race would be : #'s 84,49,4,47
#37-Kevin Lepage (27/49]
See the full list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Kansas:
#21 is still 35th and increses its lead to 39 points[was 19 last week]
33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,191, 189 pts ahead of 36th
34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,108, +106
35) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros. 2,107 +105 pts
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,002, 105 pts behind 35th
37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,871, -236
See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(9-23-2007)
- 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
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 178.377mph, finished 33rd
- Track Qualifying Record: #17-Matt Kenseth, 10/8/2005, 180.856mph
- 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 121.753mph, started 21st
- Track Race Record: #6-Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 137.774mph
- Slowest Race Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
- Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 1, with six different drivers:
Earnhardt Jr., Leffler , Johnson , Nemechek , Kenseth , Kahne 
- Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman
- Most Top 10s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman
- Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 46 years, 9 months, 10/9/2005
- Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 9 months, 27 days, 10/5/2003
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: Mark Martin, 10/9/2005, 139 laps
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, 5
- Most Lead Changes: 24 - 10/10/2004
- Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 9/29/2002
- Most Leaders: 13 - 10/1/2006
- Fewest Leaders: 10 - 9/29/2002
- Most Cautions: 13, 9/30/2001
- Most Caution Laps: 70, 9/30/2001
- Fewest Cautions: 7, 10/9/2005
- Fewest Caution Laps: 39 - 10/10/2004
- Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 10/9/2005; 10/1/2006
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 9/29/2002
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 4 - Chevy
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: #20-Tony Stewart, 10/1/2006, started 21st
- Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 6] 16.7%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 1
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 2 of 6 - 33.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 3 of 6 - 50.0%
- At Kansas Speedway:
• Ground breaking was held on May 25, 1999.
• The official opening was in 2001, with the first event being an ARCA/NASCAR West Series race in June.
• The first Nextel Cup race was held on Sept. 29, 2001.
• There has been one Nextel Cup series race each year at Kansas Speedway since 2001.
• All of the Nextel Cup races at Kansas Speedway have been scheduled for 267 laps, 400 miles.
• There have been six Nextel Cup races at Kansas Speedway since the track opened in 2001.
• Jason Leffler won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole at Kansas in September 2001.
• Six different drivers have won poles at Kansas.
• Jeff Gordon won the first Nextel Cup race at Kansas.
• Five different drivers have posted victories at Kansas led by Jeff Gordon (two).
• Rick Hendrick has won two races at Kansas, more than any other car owner.
• Two of six races at Kansas have been won from a top-two starting position while three, including the past two, have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
• The farthest back in the field that a race winner started was 21st by Tony Stewart in 2001.
• 2005 was a banner year for Kansas Speedway with records set for qualifying (Matt Kenseth) and race speeds (Mark Martin). Martin became the oldest race winner there and also set the record for laps led by a race winner with 139. The seven cautions were the fewest ever at Kansas. Additionally, the 25 cars on the lead lap and the 38 that finished the event were also new records.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-26-2007)
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking: corners/turns: 15º; tri-oval: 10.4º; backstretch: 5º
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,685 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
Pit Bix Size 30’x18’
Attendence: 81,779, 68 luxury suites
Grand Marshal: Captain James Lovell
Command to start engines: Captain James Lovell
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: Gavin DeGraw
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: kansasspeedway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Kansas Speedway
- September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- Kansas races sold out: Fans have packed the stands to capacity every year for NASCAR racing since Kansas Speedway opened in 2001. It’s all a matter of semantics. Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger never likes to declare a sellout. But he’s happy to announce that no tickets remain for Saturday’s NASCAR Busch and Sunday’s Nextel Cup races. “We’ll be to capacity,” Boerger said Monday. Those without tickets for Saturday and Sunday can still attend Friday’s qualifying for the Nextel Cup LifeLock 400 and practice rounds for the Busch Yellow Transportation 300 races.(Kansas City Star)(9-26-2007)
- National Anthem at Kansas Speedway: Kansas Speedway announced that J Records recording artist Gavin DeGraw will sing the national anthem for the LifeLock 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sept. 30. This will mark the first time DeGraw has performed the anthem for a Nextel Cup Series race.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-26-2007)
- Kansas Speedway & the Cordish Company Submit Casino Proposal: Kansas Speedway announced that it has submitted a proposal for a casino on property owned by the speedway. Partnering with Kansas Speedway on the potential project is The Cordish Company, one of the largest and most respected developers in the world with extensive expertise in gaming, entertainment & mixed-use, sports-anchored developments, retail, office and residential. The casino proposal was delivered to Unified Government of Wyandotte County officials prior to the 3 PM Central deadline to submit proposals. The initial development would cost more than $600 million, and include a casino, hotel, and retail and entertainment outlets. There will not be any public incentives given to fund this project.(Kansas Speedway)(9-26-2007)
- Kansas announces post traffic pattern for Cup race: Fans attending the Yellow Transportation 300 and LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sept. 29 and 30 can expect a slightly different traffic pattern from last October. Michigan Drive will be open post race for exiting traffic; however, buses and RV's will not be allowed to exit from Michigan. Fans exiting the track onto 118th Street prior to State Avenue will be directed south on Speedway Blvd. towards I-70. Additional traffic lanes will be opened on State Ave. east of 110th St. to expedite exiting traffic. There will be one lane of traffic just prior to 118th Street and State Avenue (Hwy 24-40) and continues to K-7 and State Avenue due to construction. Delays are expected in this area both entering and exiting the track. Fans exiting onto State Avenue from Nazareth east will be directed east to I-435. Kansas Speedway season tickets are on sale now and include the LifeLock 400 Nextel Cup Series race (Sept. 30), the Yellow Transportation 300 Busch Series race (Sept. 29), the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Craftsman Truck Series race (April 26, 2008) and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 IndyCar Series race (April 27, 2008). Sprint Fan Walk tickets for Friday, Sept. 28 are still available. Pit Stop Pub tickets for the entire weekend are available. To purchase tickets, call 866.460.RACE or log onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans are allowed to bring one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(9-24-2007)
- Captain James Lovell named Grand Marshal at Kansas Speedway: LifeLock CEO Todd Davis announced that Captain James Lovell, Apollo 13 Commander and American Hero, has accepted an invitation to serve as Grand Marshal for the LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 30. The LifeLock 400 is the third race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. "I truly appreciate the offer to serve as Grand Marshal for the LifeLock 400," said Captain Lovell. "This will be a tremendous opportunity for me to get closer to the exciting sport of NASCAR, as well as LifeLock, the company protecting my identity." Captain Lovell, a current LifeLock client after discovering his signature and social security number being sold on eBay, was chosen for the space program in 1962. Lovell executed various commands in the Gemini mission program. At the close of the Gemini program, Lovell became command Module Pilot and Navigator for the epic 6 day journey on Apollo 8 -- man's maiden voyage to the moon where he and fellow crewman were the first humans to leave the earth's gravitational influence and backup commander to Neil Armstrong for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Lovell's fourth and final flight was on the perilous Apollo 13 mission in 1970. As spacecraft commander, Lovell and his crew successfully modified their lunar module into an effective lifeboat when their cryogenic oxygen system failed. Their emergency activation and operation of the lunar module systems conserved both electrical power and water in sufficient supply to assure their survival in space and their safe return to earth. In 1973, Lovell left the space program and became a very successful businessman. In 1994, Lovell and Jeff Kluger wrote Lost Moon, the story of the courageous mission of Apollo 13. In 1995, the film version of the bestseller, "Apollo 13" was released to rave reviews. Today, Lovell is president of Lovell Communications; a business devoted to disseminating information about the United States Space Program. Season tickets are on sale now, call 866.460.RACE or log on to www.kansasspeedway.com to purchase tickets. Parking is always free and fans can bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverage.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-19-2007)
- Kansas Speedway seeks to develop a casino on speedway grounds: Kansas Speedway and the Cordish Co. will seek to jointly develop and manage a state-owned casino on the speedway grounds, track president Jeff Boerger said Monday. “You’ll see our names on a proposal next week,” Boerger said of an upcoming first deadline for casino proposals to be filed with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. Boerger declined to disclose details of the plan with Cordish, which developed two Hard Rock resort casinos in south Florida owned by the Seminole tribe. Cordish also is developing the Power & Light entertainment district in downtown Kansas City. Boerger indicated the casino would likely be placed on the east side of the track complex northwest of the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435. The project would include other entertainment components linked to the track. Boerger said a half-dozen casino companies have approached the track in recent months seeking a partnership in a gambling and entertainment facility at the 1,200-acre complex. Kansas Speedway, which is owned by Florida-based International Speedway Corp., and Baltimore-based Cordish in May also announced a partnership to develop Daytona Live at the speedway corporation’s Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. That $250 million project will include a theater, a hotel, dining and entertainment options and a residential component. The speedway and Cordish become the first confirmed players in the coming competition to win rights to operate the one state-owned casino in Wyandotte County that is allowed under state law. The nearby Woodlands pari-mutuel dog and horse racing track also will be permitted to operate at least 800 state-owned slot machines. Several national casino companies are expected to also seek a state casino license in Wyandotte County. None has come forward so far.(in part from the Kansas City Star)(9-19-2007)
- Kansas Speedway and World Access Partner to Provide Event Ticket Insurance: Kansas Speedway and World Access have partnered to provide race fans event ticket protector insurance starting with the LifeLock 400 and Yellow Transportation 300 events at Kansas Speedway Sept. 29 and 30. The coverage protects ticket buyers who are unable to attend an event due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a medical issue, traffic accident, jury duty, employment termination or any other covered reasons that prevents the insured from attending. The coverage, which is an optional purchase, will be $6.25 per ticket and is available to both current and new season ticket holders.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-15-2007)
- Kansas Speedway announces LifeLock as sponsor for Cup race: Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger announced that LifeLock, the nation's leading Identity Theft Prevention Service, has agreed to sponsor the Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 30. The LifeLock 400 will be the third race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
LifeLock, based in Tempe, Ariz., helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. Famous for its CEO giving out his Social Security Number in advertising and national press, the company is experiencing astounding growth. Since beginning operations in April of 2005, LifeLock (www.lifelock.com) has held minor sponsorship deals in NASCAR with Rusty Wallace Incorporated, McClure Motorsports and Phoenix International Raceway. This past weekend LifeLock served as the primary sponsor for the #49 BAM Nextel Cup car. The company also currently serves as a sponsor in the IRL Pro Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and with Playboy Racing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series. Season tickets are on sale now and include the LifeLock 400 (Sept. 30), Yellow Transportation 300 (Sept. 29) the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (April 26, 2008) and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 (April 27, 2008) Call 866.460.RACE or log on to www.kansasspeedway.com to purchase tickets. Parking is always free and fans can bring in one 6x6x12-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverage.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-10-2007)
- Kansas Speedway Presents Tickets to Kansas National Guard: At a Capitol ceremony on Wednesday, Kansas National Guard members and their families were presented with 2,500 tickets to opening weekend races at the Kansas Speedway by Speedway
President Jeff Boerger and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. The donation was made possible by O'Reilly Auto Parts and the Kansas
Lottery. Accepting the donation was Major General Tod Bunting, the Kansas Adjutant General, and several members of the Kansas National Guard. The Kansas Speedway's seventh season of racing kicks off the weekend of April 27 with the IndyCar Series Kansas Lottery 300, Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 and the ARCA Re/Max Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grand. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans may bring 6x6x12-inch soft-sided coolers with their favorite food and beverage into the
grandstands.(Kansas Speedway PR)(4-6-2007)
- Kansas Speedway announces new food and beverage policy: For the first time ever, Kansas Speedway will permit race fans to carry outside food and beverages with them to the track, beginning next season with the opening race event, the ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grand on April 27. The weekend also features the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on April 28 and the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 on April 29. "We've always believed that fans come first at Kansas Speedway," track President Jeff Boerger said. "Racing at Kansas Speedway offers many fan-friendly amenities that you can't get with other entertainment options in our market, such as free parking; we're always looking at ways to make a fan's experience more enjoyable each year. Following extensive research with most of our ticket holders, we have decided to allow guests to bring coolers and outside food and drinks with them when they come to the track." All coolers and bags must be soft-sided and no larger than 6x6x12 inches. Glass containers of any kind may not be brought in through grandstand gates. All bags and coolers are subject to search by security officials at the gates. Bags that do not meet size standards will not be permitted through the gates. There is a maximum of one cooler per ticketed-guest. Bring your favorite food and beverage for the fun and excitement at Kansas Speedway next season when you purchase your 2007 RPM Season Ticket which includes the aforementioned April events and the following races Sept 27 - 30. Nextel Cup Kansas 400, the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 and the USAC Silver Crown Series KansasSpeedway.com 100. Call 866.460.RACE or visit www.kansasspeedway.com today for tickets and a complete schedule.(Kansas Speedway PR)(11-3-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway
- Wallace back in the #88: hearing Kenny Wallace will once again sub for Ricky Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford, this week at Kansas Speedway.(9-25-2007)
- Wood returning to Cup at Kansas UPDATE 2: in the #47: Jon Wood is scheduled to return to the Nextel Cup ranks for the Sept. 30 race at Kansas Speedway. Wood has been competing for the team in the Craftsman Truck Series, but will make his return to the Cup series for this event. Wood drove for the Wood Brothers in the #21 Cup Ford at Las Vegas earlier this season. He originally planned to run the full Busch Series schedule and compete in more races in the #21, but was sidelined with health issues before returning to the truck series. "We're going to run two cars at Kansas ... - Jon will be in one with Sunbelt Snacks on it, and I'm guessing that Bill Elliott will be in the other with Little Debbie's," team co-owner Len Wood said. Gene Nead, who parted company with Robby Gordon Motorsports Monday, will be the crew chief for the car. Nead started with the Wood Brothers team on Thursday. He and team co-owner Eddie Wood have known one another for a long time and had talked in the past about doing some work together in the Busch Series. Len Wood said that the team is also testing the car of tomorrow on Tuesday, and Nead will lead that effort. "Him being able to come on now and start I think will be a benefit for next year," he said. "We have not had the best COTs - it's supposed to be equal and all that, but somehow they are not equal. Hopefully he can help us get turned around on that too. And [crew chief Michael McSwain] can focus on running the rest of the races."(SceneDaily.com)(9-21-2007)
UPDATE: Jon Wood will be behind the wheel of the #21 at Kansas next week, where he’ll make his 2nd Nextel Cup start [he made his debut in the #21 at Las Vegas in March]. Regardless of how Ken Schrader fares Sunday at Dover, the team cannot fall out of the top 35 [since #22-Dave Blaney missed the race and is 36th in owners pts]. Turning the wrenches for Wood next weekend will be Gene Nead, who recently separated from Robby Gordon Motorsports, and is expected to replace Michael Fatback McSwain next season. At Kansas, the team will run a second car [#47 Ford] for Bill Elliott, who would make the race based on his past-champion’s provisional.(Ford Racing with corrections made)(9-22-2007)
UPDATE 2: The Wood Brothers/JTG race team has announced that next week, the team will indeed enter two cars on the entry list for the Lifelock 400 Nextel Cup Event at Kansas. The team would like to clarify that the #47 McKee Foods Ford will be driven by Jon Wood, who is set to make his second career Nextel Cup start in 2007. The #47 Ford will have Gene Nead calling the shots from the pit box. McKee Foods is the parent company of the Little Debbie brand of snack cakes. The #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion will be driven by Bill Elliott, with Michael “Fatback” McSwain continuing his duties as crew chief for the team.(Wood Brothers PR)(9-23-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Ganassi extends with Energizer, special schemes on #40 in 2007: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR), and Energizer Holdings, Inc. announced a multi-year extension to their long-lasting relationship that dates back over a decade. Energizer will continue to showcase its brand as a major associate sponsor on the #41 Target Dodge driven by Reed Sorenson in the Nextel Cup Series and both Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) entries in the IndyCar Series driven by current championship contender (second place) and past champion Scott Dixon and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion Dan Wheldon beginning with the start of the 2008 racing season. "We're thrilled to continue our long-lasting partnership with Target Chip Ganassi Racing." said Jeff Ziminski, Chief Marketing Officer, Energizer Battery. "Both Energizer and TCGR share an ongoing commitment to quality and innovation. It's an honor to extend our pursuit of excellence with an outstanding organization like TCGR." In addition to the sponsorship extension, the #40 Dodge driven by David Stremme in the Nextel Cup Series will feature a special Energizer paint scheme in the upcoming events at Richmond International, New Hampshire and Kansas. The paint scheme, dynamic silver and blue, will highlight not only the Energizer e2 Lithium brand, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, but a successful, 12-year partnership between CGR and Energizer that keeps going and going, the famous Energizer Bunny.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see images of the scheme on my #40 Team Scheme page.(9-6-2007)
- 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)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)