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THE RACE: Bank of America 500

Nextel Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, October 13, 2007 in Concord, NC

  • Title Sponsor: Bank of America

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • TV: ABC 7:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Sunday, October 14 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, October 18 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 18 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 - PRN and Sirius

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,185,096 (was $5,078,500 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Thursday, October 11, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et TV-none; Friday, October 12, 3:00pm - 3:50pm/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 12, 6:20 - 7:20pm/et on TV-ESPN2


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, October 11, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, October 11 at 7:05pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air on Friday, Oct 12th at 4:40am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Wednesday, October 10th
    8:00am - 11:00pm LMS Fleetwood RV Camping Resort Open for Check-In
    8:00am LMS LMS Ticket Office Opens
    5:00pm WoO Spectator Gates Open at The Dirt Track
    6:45pm WoO Late Model Series Hot Laps at The Dirt Track
    7:30pm WoO Jani-King Southern Showdown

    Thursday, October 11th
    8:00am LMS LMS Ticket Office Opens
    8:00am - 11:00pm LMS Fleetwood RV Camping Resort Open for Check-In
    8:45am NNCS Haulers Enter
    12:00pm NBS Draw for Qualifying Order, Rookie/Spotter Meeting
    1:00pm - 2:00pm NBS Practice
    2:00pm NNCS Draw for Qualifying Order, Rookie/Spotter Meeting
    2:20pm - 2:50pm NBS Rookie Practice
    2:30pm LMS Spectator Gates Open
    3:00pm - 4:30pm NNCS Practice
    4:40pm - 5:50pm 600 Legends Car, Bandolero Car, Thunder Roadster Racing Frontstretch Quarter-Mile Oval
    6:00pm - 7:00pm NBS Final Practice
    7:10pm NNCS Bojangles Pole Night Qualifying (2 laps/all positions)
    8:45pm (approximate) LMS Robosaurus, CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction,School Bus Race - Frontstretch Quarter-Mile Oval

    Friday, October 12th
    6:00am LMS Gate 26/Infield Opens for Camping
    8:00am LMS LMS Ticket Office Opens Smith Tower - 2nd Floor
    8:00am - 11:00pm LMS Fleetwood RV Camping Resort Open for Check-In
    2:30pm LMS Spectator Gates Open
    3:00pm - 3:50pm NNCS Practice
    4:05pm NBS Qualifying (2 laps/all positions)
    6:00pm NBS Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (Time Warner Media Center)
    6:20pm - 7:20pm NNCS Final Practice
    7:30pm NBS Driver Introductions
    8:16pm NBS Dollar General 300 (200 laps/300 miles) Busch Series Race

    Saturday, October 13th
    8:00am LMS LMS Ticket Office Opens Smith Tower - 2nd Floor
    8:00am - 11:00pm LMS Fleetwood RV Resort Open for Check-In
    2:00pm LMS Spectator Gates Open
    5:30pm NNCS Driver and Crew Chief Meeting(location TBD)
    5:45pm LMS Pre-Race Entertainment
    7:00pm NNCS Driver Introductions
    7:46pm NNCS Bank of America 500 (334 laps/501 miles) Nextel Cup Series Race

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,375, Right-side -- 1,375;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4074; Right-side -- D-4022

    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 -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

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

    Notes: This is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series to run at Charlotte in October 2006 . . . this is the fourth straight Charlotte race weekend that teams in these two series have run this right-side tire code (D-4022), dating back to May '06 . . . in addition to Charlotte, Cup and Busch teams ran this right-side code at Las Vegas earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(10-11-2007)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Mooresville, NC
Mooresville Tribune
Race City USA [Mooresville]
Charlotte Observer
Independent Tribune
Asheville Citizen-Times
Dunn Daily Record
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's
Go Lake Norman
Henderson Times-News
News and Observer
News and Record
Winston-Salem Journal
NBC 6
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

The Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
The Weather Channel - Concord, NC
The Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Charlotte: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a green-white-checker shootout for his 6th win of the season and 81st career win, by holding off #07-Bowyer at the checkered flag. Gordon has four top-5 finishes in the first 5 chase races. The finish was set up after #12-Newman spun while leading with 6 laps to go. #07-Bowyer was second, followed by #5-Busch, #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #22-Blaney, #20-Stewart, #9-Kahne, #40-Stremme, and #55-Waltrip.
    Race Results on my Charlotte Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(10-13-2007)

  • Chasers: where did the 12 chasers finsih at Charlotte?
    #24-Gordon won
    #07-Bowyer 2nd
    #5-Busch 3rd
    #31-Burton 4th
    #99-Edwards 5th
    #20-Stewart 7th
    #48-Johnson 14th
    #1-Truex Jr. 17th
    #11-Hamlin 20th
    #2-Busch 26th
    #29-Harvick 33rd
    #17-Kenseth 34th

  • The Chase Standings [after Charlotte, race 31]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5880
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5812, -68
    3) #07-Clint Bowyer 5802, -78
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 5682, -198
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 5640, -240
    6) #5-Kyle Busch 5600, -280
    7) #2-Kurt Busch 5565, -315
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 5552, -328
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 5531, -349
    10) #31-Jeff Burton 5514, -366
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5502, -3787
    12)#17-Matt Kenseth 5438, -442
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(10-13-2007)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Charlotte [31 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 4689
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4191, -498
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 4189, -500
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 4017, -662
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin 4011, -672
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 3981, -708
    7) #5-Kyle Busch 3892, -797
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 3858, -831
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 3832, -857
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 3705, -984
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 3697, -992
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3652, -1037
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3527, -1162
    14) #25-Casey Mears 3405, -1284
    15) #12-Ryan Newman 3390, -1299
    16) #16-Greg Biffle 3385, -1304
    (10-14-2007)

  • Rumblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway It may be Jimmie Johnson's house, but somebody must have loaned the keys to his teammate! Jeff Gordon took tonight's Bank of America 505.5 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a cloud of speedy dry. With the DuPont Chevy sputtering all the way, Gordon took down his 6th win of 2007 and the 81st of his Cup career (he's now just two behind Cale Yarborough). This was win #163 for Hendrick Motorsports and their 14th of the season (tying 1998 as their best year for wins). The victory was worth $268,236 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
    David Stremme (9th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Talladega in April.
    Michael Waltrip (10th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Michigan in June.
    Ricky Rudd (11th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Infineon Raceway in June.
    A. J. Allmendinger (15th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 18th at California in September.
    Kyle Petty (18th) had his best finish since he was 3rd here in May.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races. Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    The Rookie Report: A. J. Allmendinger (15th) takes this award for the first time this season. He was followed by Paul Menard (22nd), David Reutimannn (29th), Juan Pablo Montoya (37th), and David Ragan (40th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dave Blaney (+28), followed by J. J. Yeley (+26), Kyle Petty (+24), Clint Bowyer (+23), Jeff Burton (+23), Tony Stewart (+22) and Ricky Rudd (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ward Burton (-28), followed by Ryan Newman (-27), Matt Kenseth (-27), Elliott Sadler (-25), and Scott Riggs (-22).
    Kyle Petty's #45 team fell to 35th in Owner Points, but they've got a 109 point margin over the 36th place Woods Brothers #21 Ford. Looks like Awesome Bill can count on driving the next few events at the very least and maybe the rest of the season.
    Jeff Gordon stretched his points lead in the Chase to 68 markers after tonight....and if the Magic Numbers tell us anything, this is turning into a three horse race.
    In "Classic" Points, we had no multiple position advancers in the Top-40, while Jamie McMurray (17th to 19th) and Elliott Sadler (24th to 26th) were the only drivers to fall two spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-14-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
    #22 moves to 34th and the #45 falls to 35th in points. #21 remains 26th
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,511 209 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,450 +146 pts
    35) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,411, +109
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,302, 109 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,075, -336
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte page.(10-14-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 337 of 337 laps:
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #24-Gordon-C (4) (71 laps led)
    #07-Bowyer-C (25) (79 laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (13) (4 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (27)
    #99-Edwards-F (18)
    #22-Blaney-T (34) (1 lap led)
    #20-Stewart-C (29)
    #9-Kahne-D (5)
    #40-Stremme-D (28)
    #55-Waltrip-T (19)

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #48-Johnson-C (2) (95 laps led) 14th
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (32) 17th
    #11-Hamlin-C (11) 20th
    #2-Busch-D (8) (13 laps led) 26th, 2 laps down
    #29-Harvick-C (24) 33rd, 7 laps down
    #17-Kenseth-F (7) (32 laps led) 34th, 41 laps down
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

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

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 25,15,70,26

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 38,2,16,00,41,96,66,29,21,7,6,19

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

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #4-Burton (engine-out)
    #49-Andretti (accident-out)
    #36-Mayfield (vibration-out)
    #10-Riggs (accident-out)
    #42-Montoya (accident-out)
    #17-Kenseth (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 26 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson (95);
    #07-Bowyer (79);
    #24-Gordon (72);
    #17-Kenseth (32);
    #26-McMurray (27);
    #2-Busch (13);
    #12-Newman (11, pole);
    #5-Busch (4);
    #45-Petty (2);
    #22-Blaney (1);
    #7-Gordon (1);

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #12-Newman 1-9; McMurray 10-16; #48-Johnson 17-22; #45-Petty 23-24; #7-Gordon 25; #17-Kenseth 26; #26-McMurray 27-46; #48-Johnson 47-68; #22-Blaney 69; #2-Busch 70-73; #17-Kenseth 74-89; #48-Johnson 90-119; #17-Kenseth 120-134; #2-Busch 135; #48-Johnson 136-138; #07-Bowyer 139-143; #2-Busch 144-151; #48-Johnson 152-159; #07-Bowyer 160-185; #48-Johnson 186-211; #24-Gordon 212-224; #07-Bowyer 225-272; #24-Gordon 273-280; #5-Busch 281-284; #24-Gordon 285-329; #12-Newman 330-331; #24-Gordon 332-337

    Cautions: 15 for 62 laps

    Caution 15 - Laps 333 - 335: #12-Newman spun off turn 2 while leading
    RED FLAG during 14th caution, as of 11:29pm/et to 11:41pm/et due to oil on the track
    Caution 14 - Laps 323 - 329: #70-Sauter spun in turn four and slid down to the inside retaining wall, making minor contact with the front of the car. He may have spun after running through fluid from the #66 car.
    Caution 13 - Laps 280 - 283: #42-Montoya cut a tire coming into turn 2 and slid up into #10-Riggs. Pretty heavy damage for both cars.
    Caution 12 - Laps 232 - 224: #48-Johnson go loose off turn 2, barely making contact with the wall and spinning the car. Only minor damage
    Caution 11 - Laps 224 - 227: #17-Kenseth got loose in turn 2 and hit the wall
    Caution 10 - Laps 208 - 214: #55-Waltrip spun coming off turn 4. #17-Kenseth checked up behind him and was hit by #49-Andretti, who spun into the wall
    Caution 9 - Laps 191 - 194: #25-Mears got loose in turn 4, possibly from a tire going down, and slid up into #21-Elliott, putting him in the wall with heave right side damage
    Caution 8 - Laps 177 - 180: #19-Elliott slid up the track in turn 2 and flattened the right side of the car
    Caution 7 - Laps 159 - 162: #17-Kenseth looped the car off the exit of turn 4 and made hard contact with the back of the car into the wall
    Caution 6 - Laps 138 - 141: #7-Gordon got loose in turn 4 and hit the wall
    Caution 5 - Laps 119 - 122: Debris on the track from #70-Sauter
    Caution 4 - Laps 78 - 80: #96-Raines got loose in turn 4 and backed into the wall
    Caution 3 - Laps 68 - 71: #41-Sorenson cut a tire in turn 4 and hit the wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 22 - 24: #6-Ragan came up on #41-Sorenson on the frontstretch and hit the wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 5: #00-Reutimann got into the wall in turn 2 and pancaked the car.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 15: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 14: #45-Petty (2), 18th
    Caution 13: #55-Waltrip, 10th
    Caution 12: #96-Raines, 31st
    Caution 11 none as #17-Kenseth caused the caution
    Caution 10: #18-Yeley (2), 13th
    Caution 9: #45-Petty, 18th
    Caution 8: #16-Biffle, 27th
    Caution 7: #9-Kahne, 8th
    Caution 6: #18-Yeley, 13th
    Caution 5: #84-Allmendinger, 15th
    Caution 4: #10-Riggs, 36th
    Caution 3: #15-Menard<, 22ndBR> Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down

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


  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued, Lap
    #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 2
    #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 67
    #00 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 68
    #41 OL Running the stop & go sign/light 69
    #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 77
    #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 77
    #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 119
    #15 TE Outside half pit box tire violation 119
    #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 137
    #7 Stop Running the stop & go sign/light 138
    #25 TE Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon 138
    #17 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 158
    #25 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 190
    #18 OL Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 191
    #17 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 191
    #41 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 192
    #55 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 207
    #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 210
    #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 210
    #25 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 210
    #38 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 272
    #2 PT Pitting before Pit Road is Open 280
    #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 322
    #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 322
    #11 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 324
    #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 324
    #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 332
    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)
    ---- Several drivers were on pit road with 9 to go including #20-Stewart, #8-Earnhardt and #25-Mears
    ---- #11-Hamlin pitted with 10 to go with transmission problems.
    ---- #43-Labonte was coming onto pit road just as the 14th caution came out. No report on what the probelem was
    ---- With 20 laps to go, no one should be short on fuel. Most teams are not concerned
    ---- Leaders pitted under the 13th caution. None of them had pitted before the caution flag flew
    ---- #26-McMurray pitted on lap 275 to start green flag pit stops. A couple laps later the caution came out.
    ---- #2-Busch reported around lap 270 that he has lost a cylinder
    ---- #96-Raines pitted under green on lap 262 with an overheating engine
    ---- Fuel only again for #07-Bowyer under the 11th caution and he comes back off pit road as the leader
    ---- #20-Stewart pitted before pit road was open under the 10th caution so the team could check the toe on the car. They made multiple pit stops.
    ---- The leaders are back on pit road under the 9th caution. Fuel only for #48-Johnson. He remains the leader. #2-Busch suffered some right front damage after contact with #01-Martin
    ---- Under the 8th caution, #20-Stewart took fuel only to get out of his pit stall quickly, but made contact with #15-Menard and then #9-Kahne, who were both still coming into their pit stall. Stewart had to come back in to fix damage. #43-Labonte was blocked in his stall and lost a lot of track position.
    ---- Another round of pit stops during the 7th caution and #07-Bowyer is back off in first
    ---- #25-Mears was penalized under the 6th caution for having a pit crew member over the wall too soon. he goes to the tail end of the longest line
    ---- Several 2 tires stops under the 6th caution. Bowyer came out with the lead by taking fuel only
    ---- Everyone back on pit road under the 5th caution. #17-Kenseth comes out first
    ---- #4-Burton had been slowing on the track and pulled into the garage around lap 104 with an blown engine
    ---- #16-Biffle had an extended pit stop during the 4th caution as the team adjusted the rear end
    ---- Everyone is back on pit road under the 4th caution. Some teams take 4 tires, some take 2
    ---- #17-Kenseth's team believes they will have to change batteries before the race is over because of the alternator problem
    ---- The leaders pitted under the 3rd caution with most teams taking 4 tires
    ---- #17-Kenseth reported an alternator problem around lap 60. They switched to the backup battery
    ---- #29-Harvick pitted again on lap 43 to change 4 tires. The misdiagnosed teh wrong tire going down the first time.
    ---- #29-Harvick is reporting a possible flat tire on lap 30. He pitted on lap 31.
    ---- #45-Petty stayed out under the second cautiont to take the lead and grab 5 bonus points. ---- the leaders all came in the pits under the second caution. Virtually everyone took right side tires only
    ---- #00-Reutimann made multiple pit stops after bringing out the first caution, but remained on the lead lap
    ---- green flag at 7:46pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by contest winner Johnny Fink at 7:35pm/et
    ---- Military Flyover: none
    ---- National Anthem by Whiskey Falls
    ---- weather = clear, 66° dropping into the 50s, winds light and variable, 0% chance of precip
    ---- To The Back [1]: #18-Yeley [backup car]


  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2007.
    TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 7:30pm/et [scheduled green flag around 7:45pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 7:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 5:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Sunday, October 14 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, October 18 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 18 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Friday's Happy Hour: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #16-Biffle 183.655
    #1-Truex, Jr. 183.461
    #15-Menard 183.045
    #12-Newman 182.716
    #26-McMurray 182.605
    #20-Stewart 182.605
    slowest: #36-Mayfield 180.036 & #96-Raines 179.104
    most laps: #2-Busch, 63 laps
    incident: #29-Harvick spun off turn 4 about 40 minutes into the session. He slid through the infield and didn't hit anything.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 180.251 [fastest], 37 laps run
    #42-Montoya 180.117 [19th], 21 laps
    #99-Edwards 180.007 [7th], 33 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-12-2007)

  • Friday's First Practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #17-Kenseth 180.935
    #1-Truex, Jr. 180.862
    #20-Stewart 180.439
    #26-McMurray 180.307
    #99-Edwards 180.222
    slowest: #96-Raines 176.713 & #21-Elliott 176.039
    most laps: #48-Johnson, 41 laps
    incident: #31-Burton hit the wall late in the session, suffering right side damage. The team wants to repair the car rather than go to a backup
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr 178.352 [11th fastest lap], 13 laps run
    #99-Edwards 178.177 [5th], 16 laps
    #31-Burton 177.741 [21st], 15 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-12-2007)

  • Newman on Pole in Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 189.3945mph for his 5th pole of 2007 and the 42nd of his career. #48-Johnson qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #43-Labonte, #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne, #26-McMurray, #17-Kenseth, #2-Busch, #25-Mears, and #16-Biffle. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #10-Riggs, #4-Burton, #55-Waltrip, #00-Reutimann, #84-Allmendinger, #21-Elliott, #36-Mayfield, and #49-Andretti. See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on the Charlotte Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(10-11-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway: #44-Jarrett [30 team attempts/41st in OWNERS pts], #78-Nemechek [30/42], #83-Vickers [30/48], #06-Hornish [3/54], #08-Long [2/57], #27-Shelmerdine [2/68].(10-11-2007)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Ryan Newman won the Bud Pole for the Bank of America 500 with a lap of 28.512 seconds, 189.394 mph.
    .. This is his 42nd Bud Pole in 219 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his fifth Bud Pole and 14th top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Newman’s seventh Bud Pole and 12th top-10 start in 13 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    .. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 28.573 seconds, 188.990 mph. This is his series-leading 21st top-10 start in 2007.
    .. Bobby Labonte (third) posted his eighth top-10 start in 2007 and his best since he started third at Bristol in August 2006.
    .. Scott Riggs (14th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Paul Menard (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2007)

  • Ramblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway: Ryan Newman took the Bud Pole tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway for Saturday Night's Bank of America 500 with a time of 28.512 (189.394 mph) for his 5th top-spot of the season and 42nd of his Nextel Cup career (he's 11th all-time). He'll be joined on the front-row by Jimmie Johnson.
    Bobby Labonte (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Dover in June.....and one original paint scheme!
    Casey Mears (9th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 8th at Pocono in August.
    Mark Martin (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Michigan in August.
    Johnny Sauter (23rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 18th at Chicagoland in July.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 10 Top-10 starts in the last 11 races.
    The Trouble Train never has far to go when you miss a race in your own backyard, and tonight there are six cars in tow. Dale Jarrett, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, Sam Hornish Jr, Carl Long, and Kirk Shelmerdine are all dnq's this week.(Stock Car Fans)(10-11-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Dodge: #12-Newman, 189.394, starts 1st
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 188.990, starts 3nd
    Ford: #26-McMurray, 188.075, starts 6th
    Toyota: #55-Waltrip, 186.761, starts 19th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: on ESPN2 at 4:40am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #10-Riggs is due out first on Thursday, October 11 at 7:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #18-Yeley. For the Qualifying order, see my Charlotte Qualifying Results/Order Page.(10-11-2007)

  • Thursday Practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson 185.746
    #17-Kenseth 185.471
    #12-Newman 184.944
    #19-Sadler 184.792
    #43-Labonte 184.748
    slowest: #08-Long 179.575 & #27-Shelmerdine 174.003
    most laps: #2-Busch , 37 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #01-Martin 182.361 [25th fastest lap], 6 laps run
    #24-Gordon 181.941 [16th], 7 laps
    #16-Biffle 181.306 [18th], 6 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-11-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Lowe's Motor Speedway
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 26th
    #00-David Reutimann, 28th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 29th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 36th
    #49-John Andretti, 37th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 41st
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 42nd
    #4-Ward Burton, 43rd
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 44th
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr., 47th
    #09-Carl Long, 48th
    #27-Kurt Shelmerdine, 49th
    (10-11-2007)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is posted, 50 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    some notes: Elliott back in the #21 Ford. Rudd 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 (30/39)
    #06-San Horish Jr. (3/54)
    #08-Carl Long (2/57)
    #4-Ward Burton (29/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (30/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](30/36)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (2/68)
    #33-Scott Wimmer (4/51)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (30/45)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (30/41)
    #49-John Andretti (30/46)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (30/43)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (30/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](30/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (30/48)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,00,78,55,36
    missing the race would be [7]: #'s 49,84,4,33,06,08,27
    not listed
    #37-Kevin Lepage (28/49)
    See the full list at my Jayski's Kansas Entry List.(10-8-2007)
    UPDATE: #33-Wimmer was originally entered, but is not at the track.(10-11-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte:
    #22 moves into the top 35 and #21 moves out, expect Elliott back in the car at Charlotte
    33) #88-Rudd/RYR 2405 161 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,297, +53
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,295 +51 pts
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros. 2,244, 51 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,020, -275
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega page.(10-7-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • 2007 May Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 185.312mph, finished 39th

  • 2006 Oct Pole Sitter: #10-Scott Riggs, 191.489mph, finished 17th

  • 2006 Oct Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 132.142mph, started 2nd

  • 2007 May Race Winner: #25-Casey Mears, 130.222mph, started 16th

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 5, Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon [Newman has 6]

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/85

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/94

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/93

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/67

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/61

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/79

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/61

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/61

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/61

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/61

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/61

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 34 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [13.4%]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • 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: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 55 of 97 - 56.7%
  • Races won from the top 10: 75 of 97 - 77.3%

  • At Lowe’s Motor Speedway:
    • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway as LMS was then known in 1959.
    • The first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race was held on June 10, 1960.
    • The first night race was in 1992. The first night (twilight) point race was in the spring of 1993.
    • The track was repaved mid-season in 1994.
    • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 1999.
    • The 2003 fall race was the first race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway run completely at night.
    • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
    • There have been 97 Nextel Cup races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying point races held the week before the World 600. The first six fall races were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    • Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race in 1960.
    • Joe Lee Johnson won the first race in 1960.
    • Thirty-six drivers have won Bud Poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
    • David Pearson posted 11 straight poles from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven poles.
    • Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring between 1994 and 1998.
    • Forty have won races at LMS, led by Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with six each.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers, with five victories at Charlotte.
    • Rick Hendrick has won 14 races at Charlotte, more than any other car owner.
    • A sweep has occurred eight times, including the past three seasons: Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005) and Kasey Kahne (2006).
    • Thirteen LMS races have been won from the pole.
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Bank of America 500 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at LMS.
    • Ryan Newman has started fourth or better in 11 of his 13 races at LMS. He has scored six poles, two seconds and three fourth-place starts, and in spite of his 18th-place and 15th-place starts there in 2006, his 4.23 average start is the best of any driver that has competed there.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-8-2007


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 171,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960

    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Bank of America contest winner Ms. Johnnie Fink
    Command to start engines: Bank of America contest winner Ms. Johnnie Fink
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: lowesmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • May 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • In Town [Charlotte area] for the races? some cool places to check out I have been to an enjoy since moving to Mooresville, NC in 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    To eat...Lancaster's Bar-B-Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls
    and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to Richard Petty Museum
    [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near the track.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)


  • Congressional aides visiting racetrack advised to get immunized: The House Homeland Security Committee planned a fact-finding trip about public health preparedness at mass gatherings and decided to conduct the research at two of the nation's most heavily attended sporting events, NASCAR's Bank of America 500 event this weekend and the UAW-Ford 500 last weekend. Staff who organized the trips advised the NASCAR-bound aides to get a range of vaccines before attending -- hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza.(Charlotte Observer)(10-13-2007)

  • Concord now wooing Smith's drag strip: A week ago, Concord ordered Lowe's Motor Speedway to stop building a planned drag strip, and frustrated speedway owner Bruton Smith was threatening to leave town. Now, local officials may give the speedway a tax break to build the strip. The Concord City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to ask city staff to come up with a tax incentives package for the $60 million drag strip and for improvements Smith has floated for the race track. "Clearly this is an opportunity to demonstrate our good faith," Councilman Hector Henry said. The move comes two days after council members voted to reverse their earlier opposition to the drag strip. Just days before Saturday's Bank of America 500 race, Mayor Scott Padgett said Concord "is doing what it can to show once again that we are very proud of motorsports."(Charlotte Observer)(10-12-2007)

  • Dry conditions mean restrictions for visiting race fans: Race fans at Lowe’s Motor Speedway are being warned about drought conditions in the Concord/Charlotte, NC area. Starting Wednesday, staff from the city of Concord and from the track will begin passing out flyers to campers, telling them about regulations for fires in the campground. They’re also warning fans about the dangers of carbon monoxide.(wcnc.com)(10-10-2007)

  • Honorary Grand Marshal for LMS Cup race announced: Ms. Johnnie Fink, a pediatric dental assistant from Kannapolis, N.C., was selected by a panel of celebrity judges to serve as Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2007 Bank of America 500. She will officially start the race this Saturday night, Oct. 13 by saying the famous words: "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," in front of more than 160,000 race fans at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This is the second year Bank of America has hosted the contest to give fans the opportunity to be Honorary Grand Marshal, with Fink winning the American Idol-style competition that saw 16 contestants give their best rendition of the command to start engines. Celebrity judges for the competition held at the first-ever Bank of America 500 Fan Fest in Uptown Charlotte included: defending Bank of America 500 Champion Kasey Kahne, NASCAR driver / television personality Kenny Wallace, Carolina Panthers right tackle Jordan Gross, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, Lowe's Motor Speedway President & CEO H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, Charlotte Bobcats President & CEO Fred Whitfield, NASCAR.com writer Raygan Swan and Bank of America associate Ken Bailey.(Bank of America/Ketchum PR)(10-10-2007)

  • Concord backs off drag strip ban: Concord may allow a drag strip after all, after a vote by the city council Tuesday that could put an end to the standoff between the city and Lowe’s Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith. Smith had threatened to move LMS out of Concord after the city put a stop to a proposed drag strip adjacent to the speedway by amending the area’s zoning laws. In a work session meeting Tuesday, the City Council voted to ask the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider amending the speedway’s zoning district to allow drag strips. Two weeks ago the council said no to Smith’s drag strip because of environmental and noise issues. Smith in turn threatened to move Lowe’s Motor Speedway, if he couldn’t build the drag strip on his property.(wcnc.com)(10-10-2007)

  • Bank of America 500 Pre-Race Show: A death-defying automobile stunt, a concert by three of country music's fastest rising stars and a more fan-friendly format for driver introductions will be among the highlights of pre-race festivities for the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series race Saturday night, Oct. 13, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. While towing a camper trailer behind a 1979 Buick, veteran stuntman Chris "Crash" Morena will launch from a 40-foot steel ramp and attempt to sail 150 feet through the air before crashing into a collection of parked cars.
    Coordinated by legendary stuntman Brian Carson, a Hollywood pyrotechnic team plans to detonate an explosive blast in the recreational vehicle while Morena is in mid-flight. A series of pyrotechnic blasts will also go off around the landing area.
    The pre-race concert, produced by CMT, will include performances by Brent Keith, Carter's Chord and Flynnville Train. It will take place on two stages positioned near the start/finish line. Keith first garnered national attention on "Nashville Star," a television talent competition, and was then selected to perform the title track for "Dale," the feature film documenting the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.
    Carter's Chord and Flynnville Train are up-and-coming groups that have been signed by Show Dog Nashville, the independent record label established by recording star Toby Keith. Carter's Chord features the singing and songwriting sisters Becky, Emily and Joanna Roberts who perform a unique brand of country blues infused with sibling harmonies. Flynnville Train is a five-piece band, led by vocalist Brian Flynn, which draws on country, hard rock and blues inspirations.
    For the first time, driver introductions for the Bank of America 500 will be brought closer to the fans. Each of the 43 race cars will be paraded onto the speedway's frontstretch and the drivers will be introduced while standing beside their cars. After each driver is introduced, he will be paraded around the 1.5-mile track in the back of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
    The Bank of America 500 pre-race show, which starts at 5:40 p.m., will also include a Toyota Tundra Monster Truck, the fire-breathing antics of Robosaurus and the Oregon Aero SkyDancer skywriting team. Whiskey Falls, another up-and-coming country music act whose self-titled debut album was released in September, will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner." The grand marshal for the Bank of America 500 will be selected Tuesday, Oct. 9, during the inaugural Bank of America 500 Fan Fest in uptown Charlotte. Tickets for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup, start at just $39 and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(10-9-2007)

  • Smith could file suit against Concord Monday: As NASCAR fans begin arriving on their pilgrimage to Concord for the Bank of America 500, many are wondering if this could be one of the last times they'll see a race in Concord, NC. Sources close to the speedway said owner Bruton Smith could file a lawsuit against the city Monday in his continuing struggle to build a drag strip near the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Smith has threatened to move his business elsewhere if the city will not let him build the drag strip. Neighbors said they don’t want the drag strip to be built because of the noise it will create. We've contacted Smith's attorney, but he would not comment on whether or not they will file suit Monday.(wcnc.com)(10-8-2007)

  • NASCAR to wait and see on LMS possible move: The dust-up over a proposed drag strip at Lowe's Motor Speedway involves plenty of people -- not only speedway owner Bruton Smith and Concord city leaders, but also business recruiters and real estate brokers in other counties. It doesn't, however, involve NASCAR, the organization's top boss said Friday. Despite the possibility that Lowe's -- one of racing's most prominent and popular venues -- could be replaced by another speedway, NASCAR chief executive Brian France said he doesn't plan to get involved in what he considers a local dispute. "I'm not familiar with all the issues," Brian France said. "They'll figure out what they need to do." France, NASCAR's chairman and chief executive, was in Charlotte to appear on CNBC's "Power Lunch" program. The visit capped a week that began with Concord officials changing the zoning for the proposed drag strip because of potential noise for nearby residents. The next day, a defiant Smith said he might build another speedway elsewhere in the region, leading to several land offers -- including a public overture from Rowan County officials, just north of Cabarrus. Finding a large piece of land near major highways could be difficult and expensive. But Smith said Friday that his office has received 15 to 20 offers, that he has visited three potential sites, and that his representatives have visited several others. "We're being offered a lot of land," he said. "It's amazing." Although Lowe's Motor Speedway has about 2,000 acres, Smith said he could build a new track on as little as 500 acres. As for location, he said it should be about the same distance from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport as Lowe's -- roughly 20 miles.(Charlotte Observer)(10-6-2007)

  • Bruton Smith searching for new speedway site [in Charlotte]: Nearly a half-century after he built his first speedway near Charlotte, Bruton Smith has threatened to shut it down and build another one in the region. But the Charlotte area's dramatic growth will make it hard to find a location comparable to Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Concord track owned by Smith's Speedway Motorsports. Among available sites in the region, few are close to the speedway property's massive size -- roughly 2,000 acres. Those that are lie much farther from Charlotte and major highways than Lowe's, located near the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus line near Interstates 85 and 485. A new track also could need new or improved water and sewer lines and roads -- something Concord has spent millions of dollars to upgrade in recent years, in large part because of Lowe's. Still, Smith says he is committed to checking his options for a new speedway in the Charlotte market. His team looked at two sites Wednesday, he said, and representatives for two other sites have called him. "I don't have an option on those properties so I can't say where they are," Smith said. But, he added, "we will be in this area, and fans will have a bigger and better place to go." The prospect of building a new track emerged from a blow-up between Smith and Concord leaders over a proposed drag-racing strip at Lowe's. Smith wants to build the $60 million strip and began grading the site last month. But the Concord City Council, concerned about noise in nearby neighborhoods, on Monday unanimously voted to change the zoning to ban drag strips. On Wednesday, Smith said Speedway Motorsports has been exploring possible renovations to Lowe's for almost a year, and that a Charlotte architectural firm said upgrades could cost about $200 million. Although they hope to resolve the dispute, Concord officials said talk of closing Lowe's by itself won't force them to reverse the drag-strip vote. "I don't see us caving into any threats about moving the speedway," Mayor Pro Tem Jim Ramseur said. "If Mr. Smith wants to spend $300 million in retribution, there's nothing we can do about that." Smith has the money to build almost anything he wants. Forbes magazine last month named him to its list of the 400 richest Americans and estimated his worth at $1.5 billion.(more at Charlotte Observer)(10-4-2007)

  • Record $6.5 Million Purse during Bank of America 500 Week Events: Drivers competing in the Oct. 10-13 Bank of America 500 Week schedule of events at Lowe's Motor Speedway will battle for the lion's share of a record $6.5 million purse. The $6,526,587 in posted prize money and awards is $128,806 more than was up for grabs in the same events last year and represents a 166% increase over the $2.4 million drivers raced for just 10 years ago. The Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 13, will be worth a record $5,185,067, an increase of $106,596 over last October's race. The Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 12, will be chasing $1,268,191 in posted prize money and awards, an increase of $24,460 from last year. The Jani-King Southern Showdown presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers on Wednesday night, Oct. 10, at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway will be highlighted by a 50-lap feature for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and $73,300 in posted awards will be up for grabs. Tickets for all Bank of America 500 Week events are available by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(10-3-2007)

  • Smith to move LMS? Bruton Smith, owner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., said Tuesday that if Concord [NC] does not work with him on a controversial drag strip, he’ll take Lowe’s Motor Speedway somewhere else. Smith told Eyewitness News he is already looking for plots of land in the Charlotte area. He said he’ll close Lowe’s and build a new speedway and his own airport so that race car drivers will easily be able to fly in and out of town. Concord doesn’t look like it’s going to be a place for him to grow, he said, so if city leaders don’t change their minds, he will take his business and go. Smith said he’s dumbfounded that the Concord City Council voted against a proposed drag strip near the speedway on Monday night, effectively changing the area’s zoning rules. Workers had already started grading the land to make way for the strip. Dozens of residents showed up at the city council meeting to protest the strip so close to their homes. Others argued the economic benefits of such a motorsports attraction. Smith will have to take the city to court in order for the decision to be reversed. He wants Concord to undo an annexation, which made the speedway, and the land around it that had been zoned for motorsports, part of the city limits. “Either they go, or we go,” he said. Eyewitness News contacted the mayor of Concord and told him what Smith had to say. He said he had no comment.(wsoctv.com)(10-2-2007)

  • Bojangles' Pole Night at LMS combines thrills with short-track fun: Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Lowe's Motor Speedway will combine the high-speed thrills of Nextel Cup Series qualifying with the slam, bam fun of short-track racing. Following qualifying on the 1.5-mile superspeedway, action moves to the frontstretch quarter-mile oval for a School Bus Slobberknocker and a CRASHCar Trailer Race of Destruction. Robosaurus, the world's first "car-nivorous monster," will also be on hand to demonstrate its amazing car-crushing capabilities. If purchased in advance, adult tickets for Bojangles' Pole Night are just $12 while admission is only $1 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for those 5 and younger. Nextel Cup Qualifying features a record $38,900 in posted awards with $23,900 earmarked for the pole winner. Tickets for Bojangles' Pole Night can also be purchased as part of the four-race $99 SUPER Ticket which includes the Jani-King Southern Showdown World of Outlaws late model race at The Dirt Track on Wednesday night, Oct. 10; the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race on Friday night, Oct 12; and the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series event on Saturday night, Oct. 13. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(9-24-2007)

  • All-You-Can-Eat Grandstand at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Race fans will have the opportunity to "Feast with the Beast" during the Bank of America 500 Nextel Cup Series event Saturday night, Oct. 13, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. With assistance from Joey Chestnut, winner of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest and the world's #1 ranked competitive eater, speedway President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler introduced the track's All-You-Can-Eat Grandstand. This new concept is the latest in a long list of fan-related innovations Lowe's Motor Speedway has brought to the NASCAR experience. The menu for the All-You-Can-Eat Grandstand consists of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, popcorn, peanuts, soft drinks and water. A special buffet-style concession area will open one hour prior to the start of the Bank of America 500 and will remain open for two hours after the green flag is waved. The All-You-Can-Eat Grandstand is comprised of three sections in the spacious Diamond Tower Terrace and Jewel Box, overlooking Turn 2 of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Tickets start at just $59 and are also available for $79, $89 and $99, depending on seating location. When entering Gate 20 on race day, fans with tickets for the All-U-Can-Eat Grandstand will be given a special wristband that will allow them into the Feast with the Beast concession area operated by Levy Restaurants. The Bank of America 500 on Saturday, Oct. 13, is round five of the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup and traditionally plays a pivotal role in deciding who claims the series championship. Tickets for the Bank of America 500, including the All-U-Can-Eat Grandstand, can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(9-6-2007)

  • Remaining Tickets for 2008 Coca-Cola 600/All-Star race on sale Sept 4th: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 and May 17 Sprint All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 9am/et. Priced from $39 to $135, a wide selection of grandstand seating options are available for the 49th running of the Coca-Cola 600, including a number of premium frontstretch seats. Tickets for the 2008 edition of the Sprint All-Star Challenge, NASCAR's annual all-star race, range in price from $30 to $85. The Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office will be open from 9am to 7pm/et Tuesday. Tickets can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS. They can also be purchased by visiting the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office on the second floor of Smith Tower. Also available are tickets for the May 16 Charlotte Tailgate 200 Craftsman Truck Series race; CTC Pole Night Qualifying on Thursday, May 22; and the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Busch Series race on Saturday night, May 24.(LMS PR)(8-31-2007)

  • Softer Tire at LMS: Goodyear likely will bring a softer tire for the October race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and is looking at even softer left-side compounds for when the car of tomorrow [COT] hits that track next May. The track, resurfaced in 2006, has posed problems for Goodyear, which has had to bring a hard tire to keep from having tire failures. "We ran the softer left-side in October, and then with the larger fuel cell, we went a little tougher again in May," said Goodyear engineer Mark Keto. "We're going to go back to last fall's left sides, at least that's what it looks like." Four teams tested at the track last week for next season with the car of tomorrow. "We were trying to see how they react - we were looking to see if we could get them more grip," Keto said. "We tested some left sides but mostly rights. It was just kind of a first look at what the car was going to do. They ran comparable speeds to what the current car ran in May. We're trying to get a better understanding. We haven't seen a lot of track time on the intermediate speedways." Keto said that the next intermediate track COT tire test will be Aug. 21-22 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tentatively scheduled for that test are #29-Kevin Harvick, #9-Kasey Kahne, #36-Jeremy Mayfield and #7-Robby Gordon, Keto said.(SceneDaily.com)(8-12-2007)

  • Coca-Cola 600 likely to keep name: The Coca-Cola 600 likely will keep its name and won't have to share the specific Coke brand with another NASCAR race despite a major sponsorship deal announced Monday. Coca-Cola North America and International Speedway Corp. signed a 10-year agreement to bring Coke brands to 10 ISC race tracks. The deal also gives Coca-Cola the naming rights for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race held in July at the Daytona International Speedway. The annual race -- this year's was Sunday -- was the Pepsi 400 for several years. In the Charlotte region, the Coca-Cola 600 has been held every May for more than 20 years at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Speedway Motorsports owns the speedway and five others and is the biggest rival to ISC, which owns Daytona and a dozen other tracks. Financial terms of the deal between Coca-Cola and ISC weren't released. Officials with both companies said Monday that the new name for the July race in Daytona hasn't been decided. The first Coca-Cola 600 was in 1985 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, said Lauri Wilks, a spokeswoman for the facility and Speedway Motorsports. The speedway's first 10-year deal with Coke was the longest in motorsports history, Wilks said.(Charlotte Observer)(7-12-2007)

  • $4 Million Frontstretch Grandstand Renovation at LMS: A $4 million renovation of the frontstretch grandstand that includes replacing the current concrete and aluminum bleachers with spacious stadium-style seats is among several capital improvement projects planned this year at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The design and procurement phase of the grandstand renovation is underway and construction will begin following the May 27 Coca-Cola 600. It is scheduled for completion prior to the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 [will not be done until the 2008 Coke 600]. The $4 million frontstretch grandstand project involves renovating the lower portions of the Ford, General Motors and Chrysler sections, all of which were part of the original grandstand when the track opened in 1960. The renovation is the first phase of a multi-year plan to rebuild the track's frontstretch. This phase includes the construction of a steel and aluminum grandstand which will be placed over the old concrete structure. The new section will include approximately 18,000 stadium-style seats, more walkways, added depth between rows and additional handicap-accessible seating. Other capital projects underway as Lowe's Motor Speedway prepares for its 48th season of NASCAR racing include the construction of a new infield care center and the addition of a modern office/warehouse. The track's souvenir shop is also being renovated and an expansion of the administrative offices on the seventh floor of Smith Tower is nearing completion. All of these projects are slated to be finished before the track's May events, which start with the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge. The new 3,200-square-foot Carolinas HealthCare Infield Care Center will be located inside Turn 4 and is designed to meet the medical needs of both fans and competitors. A new medical heliport adjacent to the care center is also part of the plan. Tickets for all 2007 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are now available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-2-2007)

  • LMS = Beast of the Southeast: Long recognized as one of the meanest race tracks on the NASCAR schedule, Lowe's Motor Speedway has emerged a true beast. And capitalizing on that tough reputation, speedway officials have launched a marketing campaign that brands the 1.5-mile quad-oval as "The Beast of the Southeast." Speedway officials will use The Beast of the Southeast logo and theme in print and electronic advertising; as part of multiple direct-mail campaigns; and on the track's web site. An extensive line of The Beast of the Southeast souvenirs is also being developed. Tickets for all 2007 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 Nextel All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are now available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-1-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kenny Wallace not back in the #88 UPDATE Rudd back: Hearing Kenny Wallace will not return to the seat of the #88 Snickers Ford at Lowe's Motor Speedway, looks like Ricky Rudd will return to the car there. Wallace could be in line for Yates Busch Series team, if it runs in 2008.(10-8-2007)
    UPDATE: Ricky Rudd has been cleared by doctors to return to the #88 Ford this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the veteran driver told ESPN.com on Monday. "The plan right now is to race this weekend," Rudd said. "I have to get a release from NASCAR, but the doctor said there's no reason why I couldn't race this week. There are a couple of technicalities, more of a formality than anything -- liability issues and things like that. The doctor has to give an official word to NASCAR, and he said that will happen."(ESPN.com)(10-9-2007)

  • Carl Long to attempt Charlotte: been told Carl Long will attempt to make the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway [Oct 13th] in the #08 EM Motorsports Dodge. Joe Nemechek was to drive the #08, but has since gotten a full-time gig with the #78 Furniture Row team [which he will run in 2008 also]
    AND confirmed at Carl-long.com...Carl Long will be racing in both the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup Series races next weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Long will pilot the #54 Fridel-Carter Motorsports Dodge in the Busch Series Dollar General 300, and the #08 E&M Motorsports Dodge in the Nextel Cup Bank of America 500.(10-8-2007)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Dominos Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Insurance #6 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Motorola Digitial Audio Players #7 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Mopar #9 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Tools / Valvoline #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt for Women #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Ore-Ida #21 Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney Cat Used.com #22 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Susan G. Komen for the Cure #38 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Target #40 Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson FujiFilm #41 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Betty Crocker/Pink for the Cure #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Tire Kingdom #45 Schemes Page


  • Gilliland to run special pink M&M's scheme at Charlotte: For this weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, David Gilliland and Team 38 are joining forces with primary sponsor, M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies, as they lend sweet support to the fight against breast cancer. M&M’S is offering its consumers the opportunity to go pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October to commemorate Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 25th year in the fight against the deadly disease. The brand will also make a minimum guaranteed contribution of $550,000 in support of Komen for the Cure’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Gilliland will run a special paint scheme with pink M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure logo on his #38 Ford at Charlotte. Additionally, from October 11-13 MY M&M’S will host a computerized kiosk at the Speedway where NASCAR visitors can order the Promise Blend in support of finding the cure. In addition to the activities scheduled for this weekend’s race, M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies is offering the following products, merchandise and activities in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure throughout the month of October:
    • MY M&M’S will donate 10% of the sales of its “Promise Blend” to support the cause. The pink and white M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies, available at www.mymms.com/sgk, are pre-printed with the new Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Moving Ribbon" logo and a "for the CURE" message.
    • Limited-edition dark- and light- pink M&M’S Milk Chocolate and M&M’S Peanut Milk Chocolate Candies will be sold nationwide in stores in September and October. Both varieties are available in 14-ounce and 21.3-ounce bags.
    • M&M’S World stores are also getting in on the action, donating 10% of Pink Ribbon merchandise sold in-store in 2007 to the world’s largest breast cancer organization. M&M’S World stores are located in New York, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.(M&M Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on the #38 Team Schemes page.(10-11-2007)

  • Special scheme for Blaney at LMS: The #22 Toyota of Dave Blaney will sport a new paint scheme this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, which will feature Catused.com. CatUsed.com is the official online source for finding Caterpillar used equipment, used Cat parts, engines and attachments. Available from the best Dealer network in the industry, literally thousands of used Cat machines and parts are at customers' fingertips, straight from Cat Dealers who stand behind the equipment. Through easy search options on the home page, customers are able to view actual inventory, informative equipment evaluations and photos of the product, making buying used Cat equipment easy and efficient.(BDR PR), see an image of the car on the #22 Team Schemes page.(10-11-2007)

  • Labonte Goes Pink for the Cure: Bobby Labonte is partnering with General Mills this Saturday night at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway located in Concord, North Carolina to help introduce "Pink for the Cure". Labonte will be driving the #43 Cheerios/Pink for the Cure Dodge in Saturday night's Bank of America 500. Labonte's pink "Pink for the Cure" Dodge is supporting the General Mills' campaign that donated $2 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and offers anyone touched by the disease the opportunity to join the cause. Fans can go to www.PinkTogether.com, an online community encouraging anyone touched by breast cancer to share their story. General Mills will donate $1 for every story shared on PinkTogether.com, up to $100,000, through October 31, 2007. Fans can also share their support by looking for General Mills products with special pink packaging including Cheerios, Progresso Soup and Nature Valley Granola Bars. By supporting these brands, consumers help ensure that General Mills can continue to support the fight against breast cancer. Labonte is pitching in to the cause by donating his Cheerios/Pink for the Cure uniform and helmet to be auctioned off to help raise more money for breast cancer awareness and research. Labonte's uniform will be auctioned off on www.komen.org while his race helmet will be auctioned off at www.bobbylabonte.com.(Petty Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #43 Team Schemes page.(10-10-2007)

  • New sponsor on the #21 at Lowe's: The Wood Brothers/JTG team welcomes a new sponsor as their primary partner for the Bank of America 500 event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Bill Elliott will be behind the wheel of the #21 Heinz Ore-Ida Ford Fusion this weekend. Heinz will also be the primary sponsor in the upcoming Texas and Phoenix events in November. The #21 team has slipped back out of the top-35 in points. They are now 51 points behind the #22 car of Dave Blaney and 53 points behind the #45 of Kyle Petty with six events remaining in 2007.(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #21 Team Schemes page.(10-10-2007)

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


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