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THE RACE: The UAW-Ford 500

Nextel Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 7, 2007 in Talladega, AL

  • Title Sponsor: UAW-Ford

  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway

  • TV: ABC 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, October 8 at 3:30am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 8 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 8 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, October 11 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 11 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

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

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

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,384,639 (was $5,282,231 in 2006)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, October 5, 12:00 - 1:00pm/et TV-SPEED;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 5, 2:45 - 3:45pm/et on TV-SPEED

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 5, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Saturday, October 6 at 12:10pm/et [IMPOUND], TV-SPEED at 1:00pm/et, no re-air;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    12:10pm to 1:10pm NCTS Practice
    1:50pm to 2:20pm NCTS Rookie Practice
    2:20pm to 3:20pm NCTS Final Practice

    - Grandstands Open at 8am/ Day Parking Lots Open at 7am
    11am to 12:00 NNCS Practice
    12:10pm NCTS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
    2:45pm to 3:30pm NNCS Final Practice
    4:00pm ARCA ARCARE/MAX Series 250 (94 Laps, 250 Miles)

    -Grandstands Open at 8am/ Day Parking Lots Open at 5am
    11:15am NNCS FoodLand/Food Giant Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
    (above time is correct, 11:15am/ct, 12:15pm/et, SPEED at 1pm/et)
    3pm NCTS Mountain Dew 250 (94 Laps, 250 Miles)

    -Grandstands Open at 9am/ Day Parking Lots Open at 5am
    12:30pm NNCS Driver Introduction
    1:00pm NNCS UAW-Ford 500 (188 Laps, 500 Miles)

    Times local to the track, CT, which is an hour behind ET
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials Number of Tires: Left-side -- 900; Right-side -- 900;

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4082; Right-side -- D-4084

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought these two tire codes (left-side: D-4082; right-side: D-4084) to the track . . . the change from the spring race at Talladega (April 29) came mostly as a result of NASCAR deciding to run the "Car of Tomorrow" at the superspeedway this time around . . . also because of that, Nextel Cup teams will be running different tire codes than Craftsman Truck teams this weekend . . . this is the only race remaining on the 2007 Nextel Cup schedule at which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire setup . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News

The Weather Channel
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review
ARS Racing Outlet - Talladega Review II
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing

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

news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins Talladega last lap pass: #24-Jeff Gordon won the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in a four lap shootout and last lap pass to win his 5th race of the season, 6th win at Talladega, 12th restrictor plate win [most all time] and 80th career win [6th all-time, 3 behind Cale Yarborough]. Gordon spent most of the day hanging around the rear of the field all day with teammate #48-Jimmie Johnson, Gordon was 34th at lap 100; 36th at 120; 36th at 140; 17th at 160; 9th at 180 and won. Johnson was 32nd at lap 100; 31st at 120; 31st at 140; 25th at 160; 15th at 180 and finished 2nd. Johnson finished 2nd, followed by #22-Blaney [best of season, ties career best at Darlington in March 2003], #11-Hamlin, #12-Newman, #25-Mears, #2-Busch, #20-Stewart, #96-Raines [1st top 10 of season, 3rd of career] and #41-Sorenson.
    Inspection: #41-Sorenson's car was found to be too low in the front and the car will be evaluated bt NASCAR with any penalties to be announced Tuesday.
    Race Results on my Talladega Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(10-7-2007)

  • Chasers: where did the 12 Chasers finish at Talladega?
    #24-Gordon won
    #48-Johnson 2nd
    #2-Busch 7th
    #20-Stewart 8th
    #07-Bowyer 11th
    #99-Edwards 14th
    #29-Harvick 20th
    #17-Kenseth 26th
    #5-Busch 36th
    #1-Truex Jr. 42nd
    #31-Burton 43rd

  • The Chase Standings [after Talladega, race 30]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5690
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5681,-9
    3) #07-Clint Bowyer 5627, -63
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 5536, -154
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick 5488, -202
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 5485, -205
    7) #2-Kurt Busch 5475, -215
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 5430, -260
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 5428, -262
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5390, -300
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 5372, -318
    12) #31-Jeff Burton 5354, -336
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(10-7-2007)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Talladega [30 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 4499
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4060, -439
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 4043, -456
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin 3908, -591
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 33837, -662
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 3806, -693
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth 3792, -707
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 3722, -777
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 3672, -827
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 3633, -866
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 3615, -884
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3540, -959
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3421, -1078
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 3306, -1193
    15) #25-Casey Mears 3305, -1194
    16) #16-Greg Biffle 3303, -1196

  • Talladega Superspeedway - Fast Facts:
    .. Jeff Gordon won the UAW-Ford 500, his 80th victory in 503 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
    .. This is his fifth victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his sixth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 30 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at Talladega. It is his 19th top 10 of the 2007 season.
    .. Dave Blaney (third) posted his first top-10 finish in 14 races at Talladega and tied his career-best set at Darlington in March 2003.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (15th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Jeff Gordon retook the lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup and is now nine points ahead of teammate Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-7-2007)


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

  • The UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 188 of 188 laps:
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #24-Gordon-C (34)(1 LAP LED)
    #48-Johnson-C (19)(6 laps led)
    #22-Blaney-T (2)(1 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (18)(40 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (16)(10 laps led)
    #25-Mears-C (29)
    #2-Busch-D (41)
    #20-Stewart-C (11)(38 laps led)
    #96-Raines-C (14)(5 laps led)
    #41-Sorenson-D (28)

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #07-Bowyer-C (23) 11
    #99-Edwards-F (31) 14
    #29-Harvick-C (37) 20
    #17-Kenseth-F (25) 26, down 18 laps
    #5-Busch-C (36) 36 OUT - accident
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (13) 42nd OUT - lost engine
    #31-Burton-C (21) 43rd OUT - lost engine
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

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

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 17,38,7,78,49

  • Cars on the track: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (17) and reason:
    #31-Burton (engine-out)
    #1-Truex Jr. (engine-out)
    #44-Jarrett (accident-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(engine-out)
    #83-Vickers (accident-out)
    #15-Menard (accident-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)
    #5-Busch (accident-out)
    #43-Labonte (accident-out)
    #6-Ragan (accident-out)
    #01-Almirola (engine-out)
    #45-Petty (accident-out)
    #55-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #19-Sadler (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (accident-out)
    #00-Reutimann (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (22 leaders with 42 lead changes):
    #11-Hamlin (40);
    #20-Stewart (38);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (31);
    #19-Sadler (25);
    #12-Newman (10);
    #83-Vickers (8);
    #48-Johnson (6);
    #55-Waltrip (6, pole);
    #96-Raines (5);
    #43-Labonte (3);
    #7-Gordon (3);
    #00-Reutimann (2);
    #70-Sauter (2);
    #07-Bowyer (1);
    #1-Truex Jr. (1);
    #5-Busch (1):
    #22-Blaney (1);
    #24-Gordon (1, WON);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #40-Stremme (1);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #66-Green (1);

  • Lap leaders: #55-Waltrip - pole; #22-Blaney 1; #43-Labonte 2; #83-Vickers 3; #55-Waltrip 4; #43-Labonte 5; #7-Gordon 6-8; #83-Vickers 9-11; #11-Hamlin 12-18; #45-Petty 19; #48-Johnson 20; #11-Hamlin 21-24; #19-Sadler 25-26; #11-Hamlin 27-29; #1-Truex Jr. 30; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 31-58; #5-Busch 59; #83-Vickers 60; #55-Waltrip 61; #66-Green 62; #11-Hamlin 63-87; #55-Waltrip 88; #00-Reutimann 89-90; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 91-93; #40-Stremme 94; #55-Waltrip 95-97; #11-Hamlin 98; #20-Stewart 99-108; #19-Sadler 109-113; #07-Bowyer 114; #19-Sadler 115-132; #43-Labonte 133; #20-Stewart 134; #83-Vickers 135-137; #29-Harvick 138; #70-Sauter 139-140; #20-Stewart 141-145; #96-Raines 146-150; #12-Newman 151-152; #20-Stewart 153-174; #12-Newman 175-182; #48-Johnson 183-187; #24-Gordon 188

    Cautions: 9 for 34 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 177 - 180: #55-Waltrip lost a tire in turn 1 and got into #19-Sadler, then wacked the wall, Sadler spun around and collected #16-Biffle and #96-Raines
    Caution 8 - Laps 163 - 166: #45-Petty lost a rear tire and slammed the turn 3 wall
    Caution 7 - Laps 154 - 156: #21-Schrader lost a right front tire and slammed the turn 4 wall
    Caution 6 - Laps 146 - 150: The BIG one, #43-Labonte got loose in Turn 4 and slid down the track and right into #5-Busch, then the #43 bounced into #7-Gordon, #00-Reutimann slid with #6-Ragan having no place to go, right into the #00, others boucing around and damaged are #26-McMurray, #17-Kenseth, #15-Menard, #40-Stremme, #19-Sadler, #27-Villeneuve. #11-Hamlin and #55-Waltrip has slight damage
    Caution 5 - Laps 137 - 140: #8-Earnhardt Jr lost an engine, 3rd DEI/RCR engine lost today, , left oil on the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 114 - 116: #1-Truex Jr.lost an engine, left oil on the track
    Caution 3 - Laps 94 - 96: #31-Burton lost an engine, leaving oil and parts on the track
    Caution 2 - Laps 64 - 67: #38-Gilliand got into #16-Biffle in Turn 4, sending Biffle into a slide, Biffle ended up with a flat right front tire and Gilliland some front damage, #1-Truex Jr also has some damage
    Caution 1 - Laps 19 - 22: Debris from #49-Andretti, who lost a front tire and ripped up a fender

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 9: #00-Reutimann (3) still 2 laps down, 22nd
    Caution 8: #00-Reutimann (2) still 3 laps down, 22nd
    Caution 7: #00-Reutimann, 22nd
    Caution 6: #38-Gilliland (4)[still 21 laps down], 27th
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliland (3)[still 22 laps down], 27th
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland (2)[still 23 laps down], 27th
    Caution 3: #38-Gilliland [still 24 laps down], 27th
    Caution 2: #49-Andretti [still 36 laps down], 33rd
    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
    none posted this week
    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)
    ---- #88-MWallace restarted 6th, moved up the track, lost the draft and went back to 20th
    ---- right after the 9th caution restart, #27-Villeneuve scraped the wall and headed to the pits
    ---- around lap 168 #27-Villeneuve scraped the wall, but kept going and didn't lose a spot, running 23rd
    ---- around lap 160, #01-Almirola is reporting engine problems and headed to the garage
    ---- around lap MRN reported #29-Harvick was running on 7 cyliders and was slowing on the track, this was confirmed on ABC and MRN
    ---- around lap 131 #27-Villeneuve slapped the wall, but drove on ok
    ---- around lap 87, #55-Waltrip moved over with another pack while running 6th and took the lead for a lap, then 3 line formed
    ---- on lap 83, #78-Nemechek is smoking and headed to pit road
    ---- around lap 80, ABC reported that NASCAR is keeping an eye on the #18-Yeley car for possible fluid leak
    ---- the next lap, leader #8-Earnhardt Jr. and the other leaders came in for their pit stops, #83-Vickers took the lead and came in the next lap, along with #44-Jarrett and #48-Johnson, after the pit stop recycycled, #11-Hamlin was in the lead
    ---- around lap 55, many cars came in to make scheduled green flag pit stops, #22-Blaney and #17-Kenseth were caught speeding on pit road and will need to do a pass-thru penalty
    ---- on #8-Earnhardt Jr. took the lead on lap 30, the drivers lined up behind each other in a few packs and not much has changed until the 2nd caution
    ---- on lap 16, #17-Kenseth made an unscheduled pit stop for a possible flat tire, caution came out just a Kenseth was leaving pit road, so he did not go a lap down
    ---- around lap 14, it was shown on ABC, #55-Waltrip had a tearoff stuck to his windshield
    ---- #27-Villeneuve moved to the back as choice to stay out of the way
    ---- green flag at 2:22pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:08pm/et by UAW's Danny Sparks
    ---- Military Flyover: F-15's Tyndall AFB, FL
    ---- National Anthem by Miss University of Alabama, Stephanie Shelton
    ---- weather = sunny, 89° From E at 8 mph, 10% chance of precip
    ---- To The Back [3]: #26-McMurray [engine change]; #25-Mears [unapproved changes]; #27-Villeneuve [driver choice]

  • Race Coverage of the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2007.
    TV: ABC in Hi-Def 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 12:00pm/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 8 at 3:30am/et and 9:00am/et
    ESPN2, Monday, October 8 at 3:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, October 11 at 3:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, October 11 at 10:00pm/et

  • Waltrip wins pole at Talladega: #55-Michael Waltrip won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-Ford at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 189.070mph for his 1st pole of 2007, first since Pocono in June 2005, the 4th of his career and 2nd ever for Toyoya. #22-Blaney qualified second with the rest of the top-10 quite different from the norm: #83-Vickers, #78-Nemechek, #00-Reutimann, #27-Jacques Villeneuve [Cup debut], #49-Andretti, #43-Labonte, #9-Kahne and #19-Sadler. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #55-Waltrip, #22-Blaney, #83-Vickers, #78-Nemechek, #00-Reutimann, #27-Villeneuve, #49-Andretti and #44-Jarrett [who qualified 8th but will start 43rd as the top 7 non-top 35 start where they qualified and 8th starts 43rd unless an eligible past champ needs the spot]
    NOTE: #2-Kurt Busch and #6-David Ragan failed postrace inspection for being too low in the front. Their times will be disallowed, forcing them to start at the rear Sunday.
    See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on the Talladega Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(10-6-2007)

  • Ramblings - Talladea Qualifying Notes: Michael Waltrip toured the 2.66 mile Talladega Superspeeday this afternoon in 50.648 sec (189.070 mph) to take the Bud Pole for tomorrow's UAW-Ford 500. The top 11 cars were all in the go-or-go-home category, but 9/10/11 won't be seen tomorrow. This was Waltrip's first pole of the season and 4th of his Nextel Cup career, and qualifies him for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona (or whatever they'll call it if they change the name). He's the 15th different driver to win a Bud Pole this season. Dave Blaney will join Mikey on the front row. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Loudon in June.
    Brian Vickers (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Texas last November. Toyota's start 1-2-3 this week.
    Joe Nemechek (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Texas in November of 2005!
    David Reutimann (5th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 12th at Michigan in August.
    Welcome, Jacques Villeneuve (6th). He makes his first career Nextel Cup start this weekend for Bill Davis.
    John Andretti (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 5th at Pocono in July of 2003!
    Kyle Petty (12th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 8th at Bristol last August.
    Tony Raines (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at the Brickyard in August.
    Mike Wallace (15th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 15th at Kansas in October of 2005.
    J. J. Yeley (17th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 17th at Daytona in July.
    STREAKIN....An empty category this week....no surprise there!(Stock Car Fans)(10-7-2007)

  • Talladega Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Michael Waltrip won the Bud Pole for the UAW-Ford 500 with a lap of 50.648 seconds, 189.070 mph.
    .. This is his fourth Bud Pole in 686 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his first Bud Pole and first top-10 start 11 races in 2007.
    .. This is Waltrip’s first Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start in 43 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    .. Dave Blaney posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 50.838 seconds, 188.838 mph. He posted his second top-10 start in 14 races at Talladega and his seventh top-10 start in 27 races in 2007.
    .. Brian Vickers (third) posted his second top-10 start in seven Talladega races. It is his second top-10 start in 19 races this season.
    .. Jacques Villeneuve (sixth) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race.
    .. Waltrip was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. David Reutimann (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-6-2007)

  • Eight do not qualify [DNQ] for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway: #84-Allmendinger [was 9th fastest] [29 team attempts/48th in OWNERS pts], #60-Said [5/50]; #10-Riggs [29/37]; #06-Horish [2/57]; #36-Mayfield [29/45]; 09-Marlin [4/56]; #4-Burton [28/43]; #and 37-Lepage [27/49].(10-6-2007)

  • Budweiser Poles eight drivers scored a pole in 2006 do not have a pole in 2007 with six races to go: #83-Vickers, #5-Busch, #19-Sadler, #10-Riggs, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #16-Biffle and #60-Said.(10-6-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 1:00pm/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 UAW-Ford at Talladega Superspeedway is up, 51 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #44-Jarrett is due out first on Saturday, October 6 at 12:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #24-Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Talladega Qualifying Results/Order Page.(10-5-2007)

  • Happy Hour practice at UAW-Ford at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 194.054
    #15-Menard 193.878
    #5-Busch 193.854
    #2-Busch 193.701
    #26-McMurray 193.678
    slowest: #12-Nemwan 182.008 & #21-Schrader 183.875
    most laps run: #31-Burton 30 and #96-Raines 29
    not planning to practice: #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin
    #99-Edwards is still having vibration problems and is changing rear axles
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 187.428 [13th fastest lap], 21 laps run
    #20-Stewart 186.482 [1st], 22 laps
    #96-Raines 185.950 [9th], 30 laps
    For all the speeds, see the Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-5-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Talladega
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 22
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 23
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve, 24
    #22-Dave Blaney, 25
    #00-David Reutimann, 26
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 27
    #83-Brian Vickers, 28
    #10-Scott Riggs, 29
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr., 30
    #49-John Andretti, 31
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 32
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 34
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 36
    #60-Boris Said, 38
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 39
    #4-Ward Burton, 43

  • 1st Friday practice at UAW-Ford at Talladega Superspeedway is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 194.959
    #24-Gordon 194.737
    #21-Schrader 194.508
    #7-Gordon 194.184
    #45-Petty 193.984
    slowest: #37-Lepage 184.534 and #4-Burton 184.922
    most laps run: #2-Busch 54; #18-Yeley 39
    penalized: 2 drivers/teams were penalized 15 minutes of practice time due to being late to inspection or qualifying last week at Kansas
    For all the speeds, see the Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-5-2007)

  • Hamlin parked in 1st Talladega practice: NASCAR cracked down on bump-drafting in the first Nextel Cup practice Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, and #11-Denny Hamlin was the first culprit. Hamlin was parked late in the session, though he said his Joe Gibbs Racing was finished in that practice anyway. "They made a general warning right at the beginning to everyone to stop using the front bumpers, and after that I got hit probably 20 to 30 times," Hamlin said. "So I figured I'd just keep doing what I was doing. Right there at the end, I guess I was a little excessive." Hamlin was curious as to why he and Gibbs teammates Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley were singled out. "They said Gibbs cars in specific, they had an eye out on," Hamlin said. "I wonder what makes us different than anyone else, other than we were the first three cars in line. We were working well together, and when I say working well together, we were pushing each other well. But they said they didn't want any contact, and we broke that rule. So we're going sit have to sit out for a while." NASCAR officials said they parked Hamlin for refusing to heed a NASCAR directive. "Our concern is whenever you've got restrictor-plate racing and cars as closely matched as they are, you're always going to have occasions of front bumpers being in contact with rear bumpers. It's a product of the draft," NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Director John Darby said. "That being said, there's also a point where it's forced aggressiveness and that's what we don't want to have happen." Darby said Hamlin wasn't the only driver who was warned, but he was the most aggressive. Hamlin said his #11 team would not participate in Friday's second [Happy Hour and final] practice.(SceneDaily.com)(10-5-2007)

  • Entry List for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is posted, 51 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some notes: Schrader remains in the #21 Ford. The #88 is listed with Mike Wallace in the car.
    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 (29/39)
    #06-San Horish Jr. (2/57)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (4/56)
    #4-Ward Burton (28/43)
    #10-Scott Riggs (29/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (29/36)
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve (1/70)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (29/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (27/49)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (29/41)
    #49-John Andretti (29/47)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (29/44)
    #60-Boris Said (5/50)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (29/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](29/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (29/48)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,22,10,00,78,55,36
    missing the race would be [8]: #'s 49,84,4,37,60,09,06,27
    See the full list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
    #21 is still 35th, but the lead is down to 49 points [was 105 last week]
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,285, 160 pts ahead of 36th
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,213, +88
    35) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros. 2,174 +49 pts
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,125, 49 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,995, -179
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(9-30-2007)

  • IMPOUND: the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be the 5th and final impound race of 2007, there are five impound races in 2007, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

  • 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)


  • Talladega inspection process goes smoothly: Unlike other Car of Tomorrow races, NASCAR passed out mandated side plates and wickers for Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway. Those were the only two major areas on the car in the past where crew chiefs could make adjustments to affect air flow. So instead of being able to choose between a curved or flat side plate, teams were mandated flat ones. Side plates and wickers aside, the inspection process at Talladega went off without a hitch. About half the field, including the top 12 teams competing for the championship, passed with only a few having to make minor adjustments to be legal. The rest of the field will be inspected before Friday morning's first practice. "It's been pretty routine," series director John Darby said. NASCAR's biggest concern before Sunday now is the size of the restrictor plate hole. It is larger than the hole teams used during the spring race, creating 75 to 80% more horsepower. But many believe the governing body will reduce the size after Friday's two practices to lower speeds. Darby said the difference could be as minor as a 64th of an inch, about the thickness of a matchbox cover.(ESPN.com)(10-5-2007)

  • Talladega plate size, wicker height could change: Nextel Cup Series Director John Darby says that teams are going to practice at Talladega Superspeedway with the restrictor plate, wing angle and wicker height that they ended a recent test session with. But he also said that two of those could change if speeds are too high. The restrictor plates used to harness engine power will start with holes of 31/32nds of an inch. That should give teams 80 more horsepower than the current plates being used. That could change if speeds are too high in the pair of Nextel Cup practices at the track, though. The wing angle is set at 10 degrees, which should not change, and the wicker height is 1 inch. Any changes will be determined by how the cars perform and whether they surpass that average speed of 200 mph per lap which has long been the unofficial limit in the sport. (SceneDaily.com)(9-29-2007)

  • October 2006 Pole Sitter: #38-David Gilliland, 191.721mph, finished 15th

  • April 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 192.069mph, finished 1st

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • October 2006 Race Winner: #25-Brian Vickers, 157.602mph, started 9th

  • April 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 154.167mph, started 1st

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 3, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, Elliott Sadler

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 10/7/2007, 1 lap led

  • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Leaders: 26 - twice, most recent 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 31 - Chevy

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 76] 17.1%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 46 of 76 - 60.5%
  • Races won from the top 10: 56 of 76 - 73.7%

  • At Talladega Superspeedway:
    • Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.
    • The track name was changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    • The second race was moved from July to October in 1997.
    • There have been 76 Nextel Cup races at Talladega Speedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season.
    • Bobby Isaac won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole at Talladega in September 1969. Isaac went on to win the first three poles there.
    • Thirty-two different drivers have won a pole at Talladega.
    • Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles at Talladega.
    • Jeremy Mayfield and Joe Nemechek lead all other active drivers in poles at Talladega with three.
    • Richard Brickhouse won the first Nextel Cup race at Talladega.
    • Thirty-five different drivers have won at Talladega, led by Dale Earnhardt (10); eighteen drivers have won more than once.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon lead all other active drivers in victories, each with five.
    • Richard Childress has won nine races at Talladega, more than any other car owner.
    • Thirty-one of 76 races at Talladega have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole, while 20 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    • The farthest back in the field that a Talladega race winner started was 36th by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
    • All of the Nextel Cup races at Talladega have been scheduled for 188 laps, 500 miles.
    • There have been three green-white-checkered races at Talladega: May 2005 (194), October 2005 (190) and April 2007 (192).
    • Bobby Hamilton won the caution-free 2001 race with an average speed of 184.008 mph. His average speed for 188 laps was just 0.853 mph slower than the pole speed for that race set by Stacy Compton.
    • Mark Martin’s pace in the first Talladega race of 1997 set an all-time Nextel Cup record for the fastest race ever run. He won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph and covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 42nd and 14th in his first two races at Talladega. In his 13 races there since, he finished eighth or better nine times, including five victories and two second-place finishes. His four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003) are the most ever by a driver at Talladega.
    • David Gilliland posted his career-first Bud Pole in qualifying for the last season’s second Talladega race. Brian Vickers posted his career-first victory in the same race.(NASCAR Statsistics)(10-2-2007)


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: UAW's Danny Sparks
    Command to start engines: UAW's Danny Sparks
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: Miss University of Alabama, Stephanie Shelton
    Military Flyover: F-15's Tyndall AFB, FL

  • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Talladega Superspeedway

  • March 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Tickets Still Available For Talladega races: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that tickets are still available for the Oct. 5-7 UAW-Ford 500 Event Weekend, including $60 two-day tickets that feature admission to the Mountain Dew 250 Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday and the UAW-Ford 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday. The entire weekend feature's 1,000 miles of racing at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track and has quickly grown into one of the most exciting weekends on the NASCAR circuit. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342).(TSS PR)(9-28-2007)

  • Tickets For 2008 April race at Talladega on Sale Sept. 1: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that tickets for the 2008 Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, set for April 25 - 27, will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 1. Aaron's Dream Weekend on-track action kicks off on Friday, April 25 with Sprint Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the Busch Series. General admission grandstand seats for Friday's activities are only $15, with kids age 11 and younger admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. On Saturday, April 26, Sprint Cup Series drivers will vie for the top starting position in Sunday's Aaron's 499 during The Birmingham News Qualifying, followed by the always-exciting Aaron's 312 Busch Series race. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Saturday also, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Then on Sunday, April 27, prepare to be dazzled by the most spectacularly competitive racing on the circuit in the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race. For only $60, fans can experience the excitement of both the Aaron's 312 on Saturday and the Aaron's 499 on Sunday from the Allison Grandstand located on the east side of the track just outside of turn two. Talladega Superspeedway offers a variety of other 2-day packages, as well as single-day event tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office for more information or to order at 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342) Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(8-28-2007)

  • Talladega Names New PR Manager: Talladega Superspeedway has hired Andrew Smith as Public Relations Manager. Smith, a native of Enterprise, AL and 2005 graduate of UAB, returns to Alabama having previously served as Corporate Sales Executive at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. This also marks Smith's return to Talladega, where he interned in the Public Relations department through much of 2005. Smith's responsibilities at Talladega will include overseeing the media center and press box during event weekends, creating and distributing press materials and assisting the director of public relations as a liaison between drivers and track activities. Smith will report to Director of Public Relations Kristi R. King.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-14-2007)

  • ISC promotes Talladega Execs: Rick Humphrey has been named President of Talladega Superspeedway and Grant Lynch has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Operations for International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Humphrey, who has served as Vice President & General Manager of the 2.66-mile superspeedway since 2002, will assume his duties immediately. Lynch has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Operations for ISC, the parent company of Talladega Superspeedway. Lynch most recently served and President of Talladega Superspeedway and Vice President of ISC, where has held both positions since 1993. Lynch's new corporate duties will include overseeing numerous ISC subsidiaries, including the company's 13 wholly-owned and/or operated racetracks and Americrown Service Corporation. Humphrey will report directly to Lynch.(TSS PR)(7-3-2007)

  • Talladega Track Bans 14 Fans for Life UPDATE: Fourteen auto racing fans who were identified as throwing objects onto the Talladega Superspeedway track after Sunday's Aaron's 499 will never again be allowed to purchase a ticket at the track, speedway officials said Monday. The fans were arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct, according to Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard. All posted bond at jail facilities located at the speedway and were released, Studdard said. Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $500. Numerous fans peppered the track with beer cans following Jeff Gordon's win Sunday. That win allowed Gordon to surpass the late Dale Earnhardt in career wins on what would have been Earnhardt's 56th birthday. Talladega Speedway officials had warned all week that fans caught throwing objects over the fence that separates the grandstands from the track would be arrested. Track President Grant Lynch also made that announcement over the public address system before the race, and warnings were posted on track guides issued to fans before the race. Additional security was placed in the stands. Lynch said he knows that more fans than 14 threw objects, but pinpointing the culprits was more difficult than he imagined. He was in the stands at the race's conclusion but was unable to identify a single person throwing an object onto the track.(AlabamaLive.com)(5-2-2007)
    UPDATE: If Talladega Superspeedway president Grant Lynch has his way, the 14 fans he banned from ever again having the opportunity to purchase a race ticket at his speedway won't ever have the opportunity to buy a NASCAR race ticket again. To any race. At any track. "I'm going to be notifying all my fellow track presidents across NASCAR of the people we've banned to see if they'll also [participate in the ban]," Lynch said. "They'll make their own decisions, but I expect great participation from the [International Speedway Corp.] tracks." Lynch said he will make personal calls to Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz, as well as Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler, since races at their tracks are coming up on the schedule. Lynch also said he is looking into additional steps to ban those 14 individuals from Talladega track property completely. "Certainly you can refuse to sell tickets to basically anyone you want to," Lynch said. "The law I'm checking into [is] can we notify them they're no longer allowed on track property, and what legal means can we take if they choose to be." Lynch said a team of attorneys is exploring that option now.(ESPN.com)(5-2-2007)

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


  • Villeneuve's rides to promote UNICEF at Talladega: This week’s truck race will be Jacques Villeneuve’s second, having debuted in Las Vegas on the weekend of September 22. As was the case when he debuted in Las Vegas, Villeneuve has never driven a truck at Talladega. Villeneuve will debut title sponsorship from the United Nations’ UNICEF children’s charity on both his # 27 truck and Cup car. As part of the relationship, visitors to the UNICEF.org website will be asked to donate $27 to charitable causes as part of an initiative called ‘Going the extra mile’.(Bill Davis Racing PR), see an image of the car at the UNICEF site of my #27 Team Schemes page.(10-5-2007)

  • Talladega COT rules: Sunday’s UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway marks the big track debut of the Car of Tomorrow, the first time it’s run on a superspeedway. The COT is taller and has more drag than the old-style spoiler car, which means NASCAR car run a larger restrictor-plate this weekend. Teams will begin the weekend using a 31/32-inch restrictor plate – the same size they tested with last month. They ran 7/8 (28/32) inch plates the last time they raced at Talladega in May. The bigger plate is expected to add 75-80 horsepower, NASCAR said. Should the cars prove too fast during practice, NASCAR has the option of installing smaller plates for the race. NASCAR also has mandated a minimum rear wing angle of 10 degrees. NASCAR will supply the wings at the track, as it has done in all previous COT races. NASCAR also will issue the teams end plates at the track, which has not been done before. Other changes include a taller wicker on the rear wing (one inch compared with 3/16 inch in the past), which will help add drag to the car. And for the first time, there will be a mandated gear rule.(SPEEDtv.com)(10-4-2007)

  • Mike in for Kenny at the #88: Mike Wallace will take over the driving duties of the #88 M&M’S Halloween Ford Fusion from brother Kenny this weekend at Talladega while Ricky Rudd continues to recover from a shoulder injury which has kept him sidelined for five weeks. Along with a new driver in the #88 Ford, the car will also be sporting an M&M’s Halloween paint scheme instead of the normal Snickers colors. Halloween is an iconic American holiday and M&M’S is offering consumers the ultimate treat: the opportunity to enter and play the M&M’S Million Dollar Halloween Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes. Fans will have twice the ghoulish fun this weekend at Talladega as both the #88 Ford and the #38 Ford with David Gilliland will run the special M&M’S Halloween paint schemes in celebration of the upcoming holiday.(Evelvatin Group/RYR PR)(10-2-2007)

  • Drivers Don't Like Villeneuve Debuting at Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon thinks it's a big mistake for former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve to attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut next week at Talladega Superspeedway. "I love Jacques, but that's not the right decision to make," Gordon said Friday. "I didn't think it was the right decision last year for David Gilliland, either. Nothing against their talent or anything else, but that race in the Chase? Why? If you want to run a race, go to Atlanta or another 1.5-mile oval." Gordon said he was surprised NASCAR gave it approval for Villeneuve to debut on the giant 2.6-mile oval. The Oct. 7 event is the first restrictor-plate race in the Car of Tomorrow.(ESPN.com)
    AND: #5-Kyle Busch was shocked to learn that former Formula 1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut next weekend at Talladega. "He's doing what? Holy cow, that's not good," Busch said when asked for his reaction to Villeneuve racing at Talladega. "You've got to start somewhere but the Cup Series at Talladega definitely isn't the place to start."(SPEEDtv.com)(9-29-2007)

  • Villeneuve to attempt Talladega: Jacques Villeneuve will make his Nextel Cup race debut next weekend, five weeks earlier than originally planned, in the ‘UAW-Ford 500’, at the famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Villeneuve, who sat in a ‘Cup’ car for the first time just 24 days ago, was initially scheduled to race the ARCA and Craftsman Truck races at Talladega – steps one and two on the NASCAR ladder – whilst watching the main ‘Cup’ event on Sunday, along with over 143,000 trackside spectators. Villeneuve’s fast-track to ‘Cup’, the top step of the NASCAR ladder, has been made possible only with the approval of NASCAR. His recent performance in his debut ‘Car of Tomorrow’ test, also at Talladega, where he ran more laps than any other driver, and successfully ‘bump-drafted’ his way through the pack, without making enemies of the more experienced drivers, is seen to have eased that same process of approval. Having made his NASCAR race debut in the Craftsman Truck event at Las Vegas just last weekend, Villeneuve now faces a new challenge, where he will again be focused initially on qualifying his #27 car (43 cars will start the race, of which 36 are guaranteed a place based on pre-earned team points – Villeneuve does not have the benefit of such team points, either earned or inherited). In addition to Sunday’s 500-miler, Villeneuve will contest Saturday afternoon’s Craftsman Truck event, the 94-lap ‘Mountain Dew 250’, which is exactly half the length of Sunday’s flagship ‘Cup’ race. Earlier this week, the 36-year-old Canadian tested an ARCA car at Talladega.(MWR PR)(9-28-2007)

  • 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 13 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.(9-2-2007)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Travel #6 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Camping World #7 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Peak Anti Freeze/Menards #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Ken Schrader Motorcraft #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Pepsi Fan Design #24 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Vise-Grip Ford none...yet
    #38-David Gilliland Halloween M&M's none...yet
    #43-Bobby Labonte Pillsbury none...yet
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #66-Jeff Green Garmin / Best Buy #66 Schemes Page
    #70-Johnny Sauter Radio Active Energy Drink #70 Schemes Page
    #88-Mike Wallace Halloween Snickers none...yet

  • Irwin Vice Grip scheme for McMurray: This weekend at Talladega, Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 IRWIN Vise-Grip Ford Fusion. The IRWIN paint scheme has the same blue and yellow look, but with a large pair of locking pliers on the door of the #26 Ford Fusion.(Roush Racing PR)(10-4-2007)

  • Pillsbury scheme for Labonte: This weekend #43-Bobby Labonte heads to Talladega Superspeedway with the Pillsbury brand on the hood and sides of the famed #43 Dodge.(Petty Racing PR)(10-4-2007)

  • Camping World again on the #7: Camping World makes its fourth appearance on Robby Gordon's #7 Ford Fusion this weekend, last seen at Kansas Speedway last weekend. Jim Beam, Menards, Mapei and Barlovento, LLC will all serve as associates. Chris Tompkins, rear tire changer for the #7, will wear a helmet camera during the race for ABC.(Robby Gordon Motorsports PR)(10-4-2007)

  • Mike in for Kenny at the #88: Mike Wallace will take over the driving duties of the #88 M&M’S Halloween Ford Fusion from brother Kenny this weekend at Talladega while Ricky Rudd continues to recover from a shoulder injury which has kept him sidelined for five weeks. Along with a new driver in the #88 Ford, the car will also be sporting an M&M’s Halloween paint scheme instead of the normal Snickers colors. Halloween is an iconic American holiday and M&M’S is offering consumers the ultimate treat: the opportunity to enter and play the M&M’S Million Dollar Halloween Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes. Fans will have twice the ghoulish fun this weekend at Talladega as both the #88 Ford and the #38 Ford with David Gilliland will run the special M&M’S Halloween paint schemes in celebration of the upcoming holiday.(Evelvatin Group/RYR PR)(10-2-2007)

  • Special Schemes for #24 at Talladega & Atlanta: #24-Jeff Gordon is scheduled to run a DuPont/Pepsi special COT paint scheme in the October 7, 2007 race at Talladega Superspeedway. The paint scheme was designed by a fan and sports a two-tone blue and white paint scheme with the Pepsi logo on the hood. Gordon is also scheduled to run a special DuPont/Nicorette paint scheme for the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta in Oct with yellow and orange flames on the hood and side panels of this red car, while the Nicorette Cinnamon Surge logo rests atop the hood. See images of the schemes on the #24 Team Schemes page.(9-25-2007)

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


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