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THE RACE: Pep Boys 500

Nextel Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 28, 2007 in Hampton, GA

  • Title Sponsor: Pep Boy's

  • Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • TV: ABC 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

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

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, October 30 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 30 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, November 1 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 1 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: $6,156,331 (was $6,070,505 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, October 26, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et TV-none; Saturday, October 27, 8:45 - 9:30am/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 27, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et on TV-ESPN via tape 6:00pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 26, 2:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, October 26 at 7:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, October 25th
    3:30pm-5:30pm Coke Promotional Rides
    6:00pm- NNCS Haulers Enter

    Friday, October 26th
    10:00am NNCS Garage Opens
    12:00pm Gates Open
    12:00pm-1:15pm NCTS Practice
    1:30pm-2:00pm NCTS Rookie Practice
    2:00pm NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying
    2:20pm-3:20pm NCTS Final Practice
    3:30pm-5:00pm NNCS Practice
    7:10pm Georgia-Pacific Qualifying (2 laps, all Positions)
    9:00pm Castrol GTX Friday Night Drag Series Championship Event

    Saturday, October 27th
    8:30am Gates Open
    8:45am-9:30am NNCS Practice
    9:45am NCTS Qualifying (2 laps, all Positions) Impound
    11:20am-12:20pm NNCS Final Practice
    11:30am NCTS Drivers & Crew Chief Meeting (Media Center)
    12:30pm NCTS Driver Introductions
    1:00pm Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 (130 laps)
    3:30pm-5:45pm Legends Races
    6:00pm-7:00pm Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk

    Sunday, October 28th
    9:00am Gates Open
    12:00pm NNCS Drivers & Crew Chief Meeting (Media Center)
    1:30pm NNCS Driver Introductions
    2:00pm Pep Boys Auto 500 (325 laps)

    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 -- 1,650, Right-side -- 1,650;

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4066; Right-side -- D-4080

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be covering both races at Atlanta this weekend.

    Notes: This is the second straight Nextel Cup Series race at Atlanta at which teams will run this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . Atlanta is the only track that these tire codes will be run on in 2007 . . . while teams in both NASCAR series will run the same left-side code this weekend (D-4066), they will each have distinct right-side codes on their vehicles . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(10-26-2007)


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Hampston/Atlanta, GA Area:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Augusta Chronicle
Ledger-Enquirer
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News

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

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
atlanta.net
ARS Racing Outlet - Atlanta Review
Atlanta Connections
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

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

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson wins at Atlanta: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a green-white-checker finish for his 8th win of the season, the 31st win of his career, and the sweep of this season's Atlanta races. #99-Edwards finished second, followed by #41-Sorenson, #17-Kenseth, #31-Burton, #07-Bowyer, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch, #9-Kahne, and #83-Vickers. #8-Earnhardt, Jr. lost a tire during the green-white-checker finish, collecting #26-McMurray and causing the race to end under caution. The race was slowed by 14 cautions for 55 laps. There were 11 leaders with 19 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Atlanta Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Atlanta page. (10-28-2007)

  • Chasers: where did the 12 chasers finish at Atlanta?
    #48-Johnson won
    #99-Edwards 2nd
    #17-Kenseth 4th
    #31-Burton 5th
    #07-Bowyer 6th
    #24-Gordon 7th
    #2-Busch 8th
    #29-Harvick 15th
    #5-Busch 20th
    #11-Hamlin 24th
    #20-Stewart 30th
    #1-Truex, Jr 31st

  • The Chase Standings [after Atlanta, race 33]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 6201
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6192, -9
    3) #07-Clint Bowyer 6090, -111
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 5940, -261
    5) #5-Kyle Busch 5882, -319
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 5879, -322
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 5809, -392
    8) #31-Jeff Burton 5801, -400
    9) #2-Kurt Busch 5782, -419
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin 5777, -424
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 5753, -448
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5688, -513

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Atlanta [33 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5010
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4571 -439
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 4386 -624
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 4292 -718
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 4269 -741
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 4257 -753
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth 4173 -837
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 4165 -845
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 4119 -891
    10) #29-Jeff Harvick 3954 -1056
    11) #2-Kurt Busch Kurt 3922 -1088
    12) #1-Martin Truex Martin Jr 3838 -1172
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr 3714 -1296
    14) #25-Casey Mears 3635 -1375
    15) #16-Greg Biffle 3633 -1377
    16) #12-Ryan Newman 3612 -1398
    (10-28-2007)

  • Atlanta Speedway - Fast Facts
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Pep Boys Auto 500, his 31st victory in 216 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his eighth victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2007. This is his third sweep of the season (Richmond, Martinsville and Atlanta and his third time to post back-to-back victories in 2007.
    .. This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    .. Johnson had the No. 1 pre-race Driver Rating at Atlanta (118.3) and is the fifth driver this season to win when having the top pre-race Driver Rating
    .. Carl Edwards (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Atlanta.
    .. Reed Sorenson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Atlanta. It is his career-best finish in 71 Nextel Cup races.
    .. AJ Allmendinger (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Seven of the Chase drivers posted top-10 finishes.
    .. Jeff Gordon now leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by a margin of nine points over Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-28-2007)

  • Rumblings - Atlanta Things got crazy at the end of the Pep Boys Auto 507 today, Jimmie Johnson was at the right place at the right time (after a strong two-tire call by Chad Knauss)....and Johnson was rewarded with the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Johnson ends up sweeping Atlanta (to go along with taking both races at Martinsville and Richmond) for his 8th win of the season and 31st of his Nextel Cup career. His third win at AMS was the 165th for Hendrick Motorsports (and their 16th this season). The take from the over $6.1M in posted awards was $349,661....and when you consider that JJ, Lowe's, Hendrick Motorsports, Bruton Smith, and the France Family (and maybe a few others I've forgotten) are gonna match Johnson in giving the prize money to the Red Cross for relief efforts in California, it was a good day indeed.
    On another note, we sure had another boatload of empty seats again today!
    Reed Sorenson (3rd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 4th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Matt Kenseth (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Michigan in August.
    Brian Vickers (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th at California in September.
    Kyle Petty (13th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Bill Elliott (18th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Pocono in August.
    Dale Jarrett (19th) had his best finish since he was 11th when we were here last October.
    John Andretti (28th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Chicagoland in July.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races. Clint Bowyer has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: A. J. Allmendinger (16th) takes this award for the second time this season. He was followed by Paul Menard (27th), David Ragan (33rd), and Juan Pablo Montoya (34th). David Reutimann was a dnq this weekend.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Reed Sorenson (+29), followed by Kyle Petty (+26), Bill Elliott (+25), Jeff Burton (+23), Ricky Rudd (+21), and Clint Bowyer (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was David Stremme (-32), followed by Mark Martin (-31), Bobby Labonte (-30), David Gilliland (-29), Ryan Newman (-28 ), Greg Biffle (-21), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (-20). Team Ganassi takes both ends of the "Shaft" this week.
    A. J. Allmendinger led a lap today for the first time in his Nextel Cup career. He's the 51st driver to lead a lap this season...we had 48 leaders last year and 51 in 2005.
    Jeff Gordon's Chase lead has been trimmed to just 9 markers after today. It'll take divine intervention for any driver not in the top three to win it all.(Stock Car Fans)(10-28-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    #21 teams gains some ground on the #22, but are still 82 points out.
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,654 182 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,640, +168
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,554 +82 pts
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,472, 82 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,266, -288

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 329 of 329 laps:
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (6) (8 laps led)
    #99-Edwards-F (16)
    #41-Sorenson-D (32)
    #17-Kenseth-F (17)
    #31-Burton-C (28)
    #07-Bowyer-C (26)
    #24-Gordon-C (8)
    #2-Busch-D (2) (98 laps led)
    #9-Kahne-D (4) (3 laps led)
    #83-Vickers*-T (14)

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #29-Harvick-C (34) (1 lap led) 15th
    #5-Busch-C (19) (77 laps led) 20th
    #11-Hamlin-C (18) (3 laps led) 24th, 1 laps down
    #20-Stewart-C (30) 30th, 6 laps down
    #1-Truex, Jr-C (20) (135 laps led) 31st, 7 laps down

    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

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

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 7,16,96,11

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 8,26,15,49,10,20,70,6,42,18,22,66,43

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

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #1-Truex, Jr (accident-out)
    #78-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (engine-out)
    #40-Stremme (accident-out)
    #38-Gilliland (accident-out)
    #01-Martin (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 18 lead changes):
    #1-Truex, Jr (135);
    #2-Busch (98);
    #5-Busch (77);
    #48-Johnson (8);
    #9-Kahne (3);
    #11-Hamlin (3);
    #16-Biffle (pole, 1);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #15-Menard (1);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #84-Allmendinger (1);

  • Lap leaders: #16-Biffle - pole; #16-Biffle 1; #2-Busch 2-35; #45-Petty 36; #2-Busch 37-56; #1-Truex, Jr. 57-59; #2-Busch 60-100; #15-Menard 101; #1-Truex, Jr. 102-150; #29-Harvick 151; #1-Truex, Jr 153-164; #5-Busch 165-174; #2-Busch 175-177; #1-Truex, Jr 178-235; #84-Allmendinger 236; #9-Kahne 237-239; #5-Busch 240-268; #1-Truex, Jr 269-280; #5-Busch 281-318; 311-Hamlin 319-321; #48-Johnson 322-329

    Cautions: 14 for 55 laps

    Caution 14 - Laps 329-329: #8-Earnhardt, Jr. lost a tire going into turn 2 and spun up into the wall. McMurray couldn't avoid Earnhardt. Jr. and hit him.
    Caution 13 - Laps 324-327: #11-Hamlin ran out of gas on the restart. He was rear ended by #1-Truex, Jr. #5-Busch spun trying to avoid them.
    Caution 12 - Laps 319-322: #7-Sauter cut a tire
    Caution 11 - Laps 269-272 #12-Newman broke a valve on the engine and blew up
    Caution 10 - Laps 235-239: #78-Nemecheck cut a tire off turn 2 and smacked the wall.
    Caution 9 - Laps 198-203: #40-Stremme blew a right rear tire coming off turn 2 and backed into the wall. Heavy damage on the rear of the car.
    Caution 8 - Laps 169-172: #6-Ragan got into the back of #66-Mayfield on the backstretch, spinning Mayfield around and into the wall
    Caution 7 - Laps 164-167: #43-Labonte blew a tire in turn 4 and slide up into the outside wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 150-153: #6-Ragan had a tire go down and got into the wall, scraping the side of the car.
    Caution 5 - Laps 100-103: #40-Stremme spun coming off turn 4. He didn't hit anything and continued on.
    RED FLAG during 4th caution, from 3:03pm/et to 3:09pm/et to clean the track
    Caution 4 - Laps 66-69: Contact with #83-Vickers caused #38-Gilliland to spin on the backstretch. He came down in front of #01-Martin collecting him. Heavy damage for both cars.
    Caution 3 - Laps 59-62: #42-Montoya cuts down another right front tire.
    Caution 2 - Laps 41-43: #22-Blaney lost power on the restart and couldn't get back around the track
    Caution 1 - Laps 35-38: #42-Montoya cut down a right front tire on the backstretch, putting debris on the track.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 14: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 13: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 12: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 11: #88-Rudd, 17th
    Caution 10: #21-Elliott, 18th
    Caution 9: #84-Allmendinger (2), 16th
    Caution 8: #25-Mears, 12th
    Caution 7: #8-Earnhardt, Jr., 25th
    Caution 6: #96-Raines, 23rd
    Caution 5: #84-Allmendinger, 16th
    Caution 4: #10-Riggs, 29th
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 21st
    Caution 2: #55-Waltrip, 11th
    Caution 1: #66-Mayfield, 40th

    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
    #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 34
    #19 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 35
    #42 TE Going above the blend line exiting the pits 35
    #8 TE Commitment Line Violation 35
    #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 58
    #18 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 58
    #6 TE Commitment Line Violation 59
    #40 TE Commitment Line Violation 59
    #44 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 66
    #25 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 147
    #6 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 149
    #15 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 164
    #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 168
    #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 198
    #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 235
    #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 318
    #44 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 319
    #11 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 323
    #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 324

    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)
    ---- It will be a green-white-checker finish
    ---- Pit stops for under the 12th caution. Some drivers take 2 tires including #8-Earnhardt, Jr. and #48-Johnson. #5-Busch had a slow stop because of trouble on the right front. #48-Johnson came off pit road first.
    ---- Lap 317, the #1-Truex, Jr team could be 3 laps short of fuel
    ---- On lap 301, #24-Gordon's team thinks he is about a half lap short on fuel
    ---- #16-Biffle pitted on lap 300 for tires and fuel
    ---- Most teams are calculating that they are 3-4 laps short on fuel after pit stops on lap 269
    ---- What could be final pit stops of the day are underway on lap 269, under the 11th caution. 4 tires and fuel all around.
    ---- #16-Biffle's team thinks they have finally diagnosed his engine problems early on as water in the gas. On lap 262 he's running 16th.
    ---- Pit stops again under the 10th caution and again #2-Busch's team has trouble on the right front. The jack wasn't high enough to get the tire off.
    ---- #24-Gordon continues to battle and ill handling car on lap 225 and is running in 20th
    ---- Pit stops again during the 8th caution. Looks like 4 tires and fuel for everyone.
    ---- #20-Stewart lost oil pressure on lap 194. He pulled into the pits and the crew lifted the hood
    ---- Another round of pit stops under the 7th caution. #5-Busch took 2 tires to come out first. #07-Bowyer also took 2 to come out 4th.
    ---- The 6th caution came out just before green flag pit stops were to begin, so the leaders are back on pit road
    ---- #20-Stewart pits under green on lap 138. The removed a spring rubber. He lost a lap
    ---- On lap 123, #1-Truex, Jr. is complaining that his feet are getting really hot.
    ---- #20-Stewart is complaining of the car being very loose around lap 120 and is losing spots on the track
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr reports he has a tire going down on lap 115. He pits under green.
    ---- The leaders are back in the pits under the 5th caution. #2-Busch's team had trouble with the left front tire and lost track position
    ---- #8-Earnhardt, Jr has moved back up to 3rd on lap 93 after the earlier penalty
    ---- #07-Bowyer had to pit a second time under the 3rd caution after suffering some sheetmetal damage to the rear of the car when several drivers backed up coming into the pits.
    ---- The leaders are back on pit road on lap 59.
    ---- On lap 43, #2-Busch had a problem with the ignition box. He was initially afraid it could be a problem with the engine.
    ---- #22-Blaney lost power on the restart following caution #1 and stopped on the track.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt, Jr was penalized under the first caution for a commitment cone violation.
    ---- Everyone is on pit road during the first caution. 4 tires and fuel all the way around.
    ---- #16-Biffle is reporting a vibration on laps 28 and is afraid he's losing his engine.
    ---- By lap 25, the leader #2-Busch has already started to lap other drivers.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt got loose on the first lap and was nearly hit by 2 other cars. Everyone continued on.
    ---- Richard Petty lost his baseball cap while waving the green flag to start the race.
    ---- green flag by Richard Petty at 2:17pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by Jeff Gordon at 2:07pm/et
    ---- Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber from Minot Air Force Base
    ---- National Anthem by John Schneider
    ---- weather = sunny, high 69°. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph., 20% chance of precip
    ---- To The Back [2]: #17-Kenseth (engine change), #22-Blaney (backup car)


  • Race Coverage of the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 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: PRN and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, October 30 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, October 30 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, November 1 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 1 at 10:00pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Saturday's Happy Hour for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #9-Kahne 188.450
    #2-Busch 187.722
    #40-Stremme 187.513
    #38-Gilliland 187.361
    #41-Sorenson 187.266
    slowest: #84-Allmendinger 181.794 & #66-Mayfield 180.533
    most laps run: #20-Stewart, 49 laps
    incidents: #07-Bowyer and #55-Waltrip each scraped the wall in separate incidents. Both teams repaired the cars.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 183.037 [6th fastest], 43 laps run
    #12-Newman 182.607 [19th], 31 laps
    #42-Montoya 182.477 [13th], 31 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-27-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #1-Truex, Jr 190.313
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr. 188.719
    #9-Kahne 188.533
    #31-Burton 188.392
    #5-Busch 188.251
    slowest: #88-Rudd 182.687 & #96-Raines 181.812
    most laps run: #01-Martin, 39 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Truex, Jr. 184.611 [fastest lap], 19 laps run
    #16-Biffle 184.294 [13th], 23 laps
    #42-Montoya 184.255 [8th], 22 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-27-2007)

  • Biffle wins pole at Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle won the Budweiser Pole for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 192.453mph for his first pole of 2007, the 4th of his career and first pole at Atlanta. #2-Busch qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #44-Jarrett, #9-Kahne, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #48-Johnson, #40-Stremme, #24-Goredon, #12-Newman, and #19-Sadler. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #44-Jarrett, #83-Vickers, #78-Nemechek, #55-Waltrip, #10-Riggs, #49-Andretti, and #84-Allmendinger. #21-Bill Elliott had to use a past champions provisional to make the race, the 3rd of six, so he has three to use with three races to go in the season.(10-26-2007)
    See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on the Atlanta Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(10-26-2007)

  • Five do not qualify [DNQ] for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway: #00-David Reutiman [32 team attempts/38th in OWNERS pts]; #08-Burney Lamar [3/55]; #06-Sam Hornish, Jr. [5/52]; #4-Ward Burton [30/44]; and #36-Mike Skinner [32/46].(10-26-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 192.453, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch 192.426, starts 2nd
    Toyota: #44-Jarrett 191.655, starts 3rd
    Chevy: #8-Earnhardt, Jr 191.489, starts 5th

  • Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
    .. Greg Biffle won the Bud Pole for the Pep Boys Auto 500 with a lap of 28.807 seconds, 192.453 mph.
    .. This is his fourth Bud Pole in 183 career Nextel Cup races. .. This is his first Bud Pole and 10th top-10 start in 2007. He became the 16th driver to win a Bud Pole this season.
    .. This is Biffle’s first Bud Pole and fourth top-10 start in 10 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    .. Kurt Busch posted the second-fastest qualifying time. It is his 13th top-10 start of 2007 and his fifth in 14 Atlanta races.
    .. Dale Jarrett (third) posted his 16th top-10 start in 40 races at Atlanta. He posted 10 straight between 1996 and 2002. It is his best start of the 2007 season and his first top-10 start since Talladega on Oct. 10, 2006.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (sixth) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2007, extending his series lead in top-10 starts.
    .. Only three of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top-10: Kurt Busch, Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
    .. Jarrett was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-26-2007)

  • Atlanta Ramblings: Greg Biffle went out late tonight and took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta with a scary-fast speed of 192.453 (28.807 sec). This is his first top-spot of the season (his last pole was at Richmond in May of 2006) and 4th of his Nextel Cup career. He becomes the 16th different pole winner this year.
    He'll be joined on the front row by Kurt Busch (who went out early and his time almost stood up).
    Dale Jarrett (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega last October.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Pocono in August.
    David Stremme (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th when we were here in March.
    David Gilliland (13th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in April.
    Jeremy Mayfield (41st) takes over the #66 from Jeff Green, but to hear the TV guys talks you'd have thought he was in exile all season.....
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 12 Top-10 starts in the last 13 races. Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    The Trouble Train had five cars in tow today. Dave Reutimann, Burney Lamar, Sam Hornish Jr, Ward Burton, and Mike Skinner are the dnq's this week.(Stock Car Fans)(10-26-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 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: none

  • Qualifying Order List for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #99-Edwards is due out first on Friday, October 26 at 7:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #01-Martin. For the Qualifying order, see my Atlanta Qualifying Results/Order Page.(10-26-2007)

  • Friday Practice for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #9-Kahne 191.199
    #16-Biffle 190.561
    #24-Gordon 190.084
    #07-Bowyer 190.045
    #48-Johnson 189.922
    slowest: #88-Rudd 183.558 & #17-Kenseth 183.236
    most laps run: #15-Menard, 22 laps
    incidents: #17-Kenseth had engine trouble about 20 minutes ito the session and the car briefly caught fire. The team will replace the engine.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 188.550 [5th fastest lap], 11 laps
    #83-Vickers 188.334 [11th], 14 laps run
    #07-Bowyer 187.676 [4th], 7 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-26-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Atlanta
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 12th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 16th
    #36-Mike Skinner, 17th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 22nd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 23rd
    #00-David Reutimann, 25th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 26th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 39th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #08-Burney Lamar, 31st
    #10-Scott Riggs, 32nd
    #49-John Andretti, 33rd
    #06-Sam Hornish, 34th
    #4-Ward Burton, 45th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(10-26-2007)

  • Entry List for the Pep Boys 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    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 (32/38)
    #06-San Hornish Jr. (5/52)
    #08-Burney Lamar (3/55)
    #4-Ward Burton (31/44)
    #10-Scott Riggs (32/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](32/36)
    #36-Mike Skinner (32/46)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (32/41)
    #49-John Andretti (32/47)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (32/40)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (32/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](32/39)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (32/45)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,00,55,78,84
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 36,49,4,06,08
    See the full list at my Jayski's Atlanta Entry List
    (10-22-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta:
    #22 falls back to 35th as the #45 jumps back to 34th
    33) #70-Sauter/Haas 2,587 224 ahead of 36th in owners pts
    34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,511, +148
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,505 +142 pts
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,302, 142 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/GEM 2,075, -315
    Full Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(10-21-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

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

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

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

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

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

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


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • October 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 143.121mph, started 11th

  • March 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 152.915, started 3rd

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph

  • October 2006 Pole Sitter: none---rained out

  • March 2007 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 193.124, finished 23rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6

  • Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, 7

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]

  • Oldest Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 51 years, 4 months, 27 days, 3/20/93

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 7 months, 8 days, 3/12/95

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961BR>
  • Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41 - 3/20/2006 and 3/18/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 4/1964

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th

  • Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963

  • Most Leaders: 17, 3/12/2000

  • Least Leaders: 3, 6/30/1963

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevrolet

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 96] 14.6%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 10

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 13

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 14,17,20,21: 2

  • Races won from the top 5: 54 of 96 - 56.3%

  • Races won from the top 10: 75 of 96 - 78.1%

  • First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]

  • At Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    • Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
    • The first Nextel Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960.
    • The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
    • Renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
    • The track was re-configured to 1.54-mile in between the two races in 1997.
    • There have been 96 Nextel Cup Series races at Atlanta Speedway, two races per year except 1961, which had three.
    • Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first Nextel Cup race at Atlanta in 1960.
    • Fireball Roberts won the first Nextel Cup race at Atlanta.
    • Buddy Baker holds the record for poles with seven.
    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with seven poles. All but one of his poles came in the six races between March 2003 and October 2005, the other in March 2007.
    • 41 drivers have won races; 25 have won more than once there.
    • Dale Earnhardt scored nine victories, more than any other driver.
    • Bobby Labonte heads the list of active drivers with six Atlanta victories.
    • The Wood Brothers have 12 wins, most of any car owners. They last won there in 1993 with Morgan Shepherd.
    • Fourteen races have been won from the pole.
    • Fifty-five races have been won from the first five starting positions.
    • Bobby Labonte won the second Atlanta race in 2001 from the 39th starting position – the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    • There have been six season sweeps, most recently by Carl Edwards in 2005.
    • Atlanta has produced three of the 12 closest finishes since electronic timing was introduced in May 1993. All three races occurred on the new configuration:
    o Dale Earnhardt finished 0.010 second ahead of Bobby Labonte in the sixth-closest race (tied with Rockingham-2004) on March 12, 2000.
    o Kevin Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by 0.006 second on March 11, 2001, in the fourth-closest finish.
    o Carl Edwards beat Jimmie Johnson by 0.028 second on March 20, 2005, in the 12th-closest finish (tied with Texas April 2004).
    • There have been 155 Nextel Cup races in Georgia.
    • 166 NASCAR drivers have their home state recorded as Georgia.(NASCAR Statistics)

    • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with seven poles. All but one of his poles came in the six races between March 2003 and October 2005, the other in March 2007.

TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees; Straightaways: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 2332 feet; Backstretch - 1800 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Grandstand Seating: 124,000
    Opened: 1960

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Jeff Gordon
    Command to start engines: Jeff Gordon
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Richard Petty
    National Anthem: John Schneider
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: atlantamotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • March 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • October 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Contest Winner to Announce Starting Lineup at Atlanta: When Charlie Spratt was stationed overseas with the United States Air Force, it was pretty much a given that he would be somewhere near a TV when a NASCAR race was on, even if it meant being up a 2 a.m. due to the difference in time zones. On Sunday, the 36-year-old Spratt, a Technical Sergeant stationed at Robins Air Force Base as an air traffic controller, will get to introduce his heroes to more than 125,000 fans at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Spratt recently won the speedway's "The Call This Fall" contest, giving him the chance to announce the starting 43-car field for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500.(Macon Telegraph)(10-26-2007)

  • Pep Boys Auto 500 Weekend October 26-28 Traffic Plan: Basic Traffic Plan for the Pep Boys Auto 500 weekend (October 26-28):
    Fans have a choice of which major route to take, either Hwy. 19/41 or Hwy. 20 from I-75 southbound. I-75 northbound race fans can exit at either Exit 212 Hampton-Locust Grove Road or Exit 218, GA Hwy 20. Please choose which route to take based on where you would like to park on property, because fans will be directed to a certain lot based on which way they enter the speedway. Trams, shuttle buses and sidewalks will allow fans to get to their seats easily regardless of where they park on property. Be advised that the direction fans enter speedway property is the same direction they will exit.
    ENTERING THE SPEEDWAY:
    From Hwy. 19/41: FROM THE NORTH: Those traveling from the North (traveling southbound on Hwy. 19/41) will be directed to parking lots on the north side of the property and should utilize Speedway Blvd.
    Those traveling south on Hwy. 19/41 need to be in the right lane and will turn right at Speedway Boulevard and park in the parking lots off of Speedway Blvd. Those with vehicle credentials need to stay in the left lane and enter the speedway just south of the main entrance at entrance E or at entrance G off of Richard Petty Blvd.
    FROM THE SOUTH: Those traveling in from the South (traveling northbound on Hwy. 19/41 from Griffin) will turn at main speedway entrance and will be directed to the blue parking lot.
    From Hwy. 20: Those traveling in on Hwy. 20 will be directed to parking lots on the south side of the property.
    EXITING THE SPEEDWAY: Fans will leave the same way they came in. If they entered from the North, they will be directed northbound. Those who enter from the South will be directed out on the same roads. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates during race weekend, please contact the traffic command center directly at (770) 946-9761.
    Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.(AMS PR)(10-25-2007)

  • Water restrictions to change Atlanta sched? No The historic Georgia drought may force changes in NASCAR's race plans next weekend at Atlanta. Teams have been told not to wash their big rigs and motor coaches. There has been speculation that NASCAR may change the weekend's format to make the 500 an “impound” race, with no practice after qualifying. Monday's car-of-tomorrow test is also in question, although NASCAR officials yesterday offered no indications it could be canceled. Teams use copious amounts of water to cool their engines during practice runs for qualifying; not a significant amount in the grand scheme of things, but enough perhaps to make for poor PR when the governor has called a state of emergency. All outdoor watering has been banned, because Atlanta has received only two inches of rain over the past two months.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-22-2007)
    UPDATE: Water restrictions forced upon metro Atlanta by an extreme drought shouldn't have any impact on the upcoming race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, track president Ed Clark said Tuesday. "We've asked the teams to not wash their rigs and their haulers when they arrive here like they usually do," Clark said. "That's the only change."(NASCAR.com)(10-24-2007)

  • John Schneider to Sing National Anthem at Atlanta Cup race: Actor and musician John Schneider will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28. Best known for his role as Bo Duke in the 1980's hit TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard," Schneider has starred in 14 movies and recorded country music throughout the 1980's. Born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., in 1960, Schneider grew up in Atlanta and started acting at the age of eight. 1-A-Chord will perform the National Anthem on Saturday, Oct. 27 prior to the start of the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman truck Series event. Formed in Hapeville, Ga. and consisting of six men, 1-A-Chord has traveled the United States sharing their sound in concert halls, shelters and prisons. Stockbridge, Ga.'s Katie Lawhorne will sing the National Anthem preceding Georgia-Pacific Nextel Cup Qualifying under the lights on Friday night, October 26. Lawhorne, an 11-year-old musician, has signed a production contract and her list of accomplishments includes performing at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif. Tickets to all three days of racing action are still available by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX, 770-946-4211 or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(10-23-2007)

  • Fan Tips for Those Attending the Pep Boys Auto 500 Race Weekend: Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to NASCAR's fastest track, Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    Ø Gate openings - Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Friday (12 p.m., gates 12-15), Saturday (8:30 a.m., Gates 1 and 12-15), Sunday (9 a.m., all gates).
    Ø Important Note: For its fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each gate. Fans will be shuttled to their seat regardless of where they park.
    Ø Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol Program - The Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property. Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Nationwide Insurance Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.
    Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated Nationwide tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited
    Campground tram route: Runs along inner perimeter road. Through the East Turn and Legends camping areas, with a stop at Entrance M.
    Infield tram route: Runs from main entrance to the new tunnel along the road course.
    Ø Nationwide Insurance Pit Stops - Nationwide is hosting 2 tented rest areas the display lot. Stop by and relax for a few moments to help fight exhaustion during the race weekend.
    Ø ATM Machines - Bank of America will have 12 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property. You will find ATM machines at gates 13, 14, and 15 (will call). There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and East Turn Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.
    Ø Camping Guidelines - Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Mid-State Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you turn them off by midnight. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.
    Ø Traffic Reports - Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.
    Ø Beer Cut-Off Times - Beer sales will conclude with 25 laps left in each race. For your convenience please be sure to make your purchases before this time.
    Ø Outside food- While we pride ourselves on providing a variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14"x14"x14" and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway. Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.
    Ø Handicapped Parking Enforcement - Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and / or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative's handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of that handicapped parking sticker is required to be a passenger in the vehicle.
    Ø Ticket Resale - No tickets may be resold on Speedway property. This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
    Ø Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(10-20-2007)

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway Offers Fans a Fat Deal with Fathead Wall Art: Fathead and Atlanta Motor Speedway have teamed up to offer fans one fat deal. For a limited time, fans can purchase a Winners Grandstand ticket ($100 Value) and a life-size NASCAR Fathead wall graphic ($100 value) for just $129, a savings of $71. Fans can watch the race from Turn One at Atlanta Motor Speedway and take their favorite driver or race car home with a Fathead. A bold, colorful, life-size wall graphic of sports and entertainment stars, a Fathead is a life-size high-resolution vinyl graphic that has a special reusable adhesive backing that enables it to be moved from wall to wall. To order, call the AMS Ticket Office at 1-877-9-AMS-TIX and ask for the "Fathead Ticket Special".(AMS PR)(10-20-2007)

  • Pep Boys Auto 500 Weekend October 26-28 Traffic Plan: Basic Traffic Plan for the Pep Boys Auto 500 weekend (October 26-28):
    Fans have a choice of which major route to take, either Hwy. 19/41 or Hwy. 20 from I-75 southbound. I-75 northbound race fans can exit at either Exit 212 Hampton-Locust Grove Road or Exit 218, GA Hwy 20. Please choose which route to take based on where you would like to park on property, because fans will be directed to a certain lot based on which way they enter the speedway. Trams, shuttle buses and sidewalks will allow fans to get to their seats easily regardless of where they park on property. Be advised that the direction fans enter speedway property is the same direction they will exit.
    ENTERING THE SPEEDWAY:
    From Hwy. 19/41: FROM THE NORTH: Those traveling from the North (traveling southbound on Hwy. 19/41) will be directed to parking lots on the north side of the property and should utilize Speedway Blvd.
    Those traveling south on Hwy. 19/41 need to be in the right lane and will turn right at Speedway Boulevard and park in the parking lots off of Speedway Blvd. Those with vehicle credentials need to stay in the left lane and enter the speedway just south of the main entrance at entrance E or at entrance G off of Richard Petty Blvd.
    FROM THE SOUTH: Those traveling in from the South (traveling northbound on Hwy. 19/41 from Griffin) will turn at main speedway entrance and will be directed to the blue parking lot.
    From Hwy. 20: Those traveling in on Hwy. 20 will be directed to parking lots on the south side of the property.
    EXITING THE SPEEDWAY: Fans will leave the same way they came in. If they entered from the North, they will be directed northbound. Those who enter from the South will be directed out on the same roads. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates during race weekend, please contact the traffic command center directly at (770) 946-9761.
    Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.(AMS PR)(10-20-2007)

  • Atlanta offers two days of Nextel Cup Action Free to race ticketholders: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to test the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy during a two-day Car Of Tomorrow test at Atlanta Motor Speedway and track officials will give fans the opportunity to be the first to see him on the track in his new ride. Earnhardt Jr. and his new #88 crew are one of up to 50 teams expected to participate in the full two-day test on Oct. 29 and 30 following the Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup race. Fans who present a ticket stub from the Oct. 28 event will be granted free admission to both days of the test. Gate 14 in the Earnhardt Grandstand will open with the start of testing at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Fans in attendance will also have an opportunity to register to win guided garage tours and other prizes each day of the test. Tickets to the Pep Boys Auto 500 event weekend, including Friday, Oct. 26 Georgia-Pacific Qualifying night and the Oct. 27 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman Truck Series event are available by contacting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(10-18-2007)

  • World Famous Jet Dragster Soars in to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit road is usually reserved for high-powered drag cars and NEXTEL Cup stock cars, but it will resemble the flight deck of an aircraft carrier on Friday evening, Oct. 26 when the "F-16 Viper" jet dragster scorches down pit road. The jet engine-powered dragster will make its first pass immediately following Georgia-Pacific Nextel Cup Qualifying, traveling the length of a football field in just over one second, to kick-off the season championship round of the Castrol GTX Friday Night Drag bracket racing. The jet dragster will perform a second run after the conclusion of the final drag race. The dragster, which produces a 30-foot flame and rides on Nextel Cup tires, uses a General Electric engine creating 6,000 pounds of thrust and 5,700 horsepower; more horsepower than the first three rows of the starting line-up in the Sunday, Oct. 28 Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup Series race. Admission to watch the final round of the Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags Championship Bracket Race and the jet-powered dragster is included with the purchase of a ticket to Georgia-Pacific Nextel Cup Qualifying. Tickets are just $20 for the entire evening and can be obtained by calling the AMS ticket office at 1-877-9-AMS-TIX, or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(10-18-2007)

  • Pre- Pit Passes at Atlanta: With Atlanta Motor Speedway's pre-race pit passes, fans don't have to be a crew member for a Nextel Cup race team to go behind the scenes during the Oct. 26-28 Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend. With a pre-race pit pass, fans can stroll the pit area and watch NASCAR's top drivers and crews as they participate in the fastest qualifying session in NASCAR on Friday night, Oct. 26. A Georgia-Pacific Qualifying night pre-race pit pass is just $75. If being behind the scenes on Friday only isn't enough action, fans can be part of the pre-race action all weekend. The Friday-Sunday pre-race pit pass is just $125 and allows fans to see the spectacle of Georgia-Pacific Qualifying, the Saturday Oct. 27 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman Truck Series race and the Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup race. For more information, visit: www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(10-16-2007)

  • Kobalt Tools Renews Sponsorship of March Nextel Cup Race at Atlanta: Kobalt Tools has renewed its event entitlement sponsorship of the 2008 spring race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race will serve as the marquee event during the March 7-9 triple-header weekend that also includes the Nationwide Series and the Truck Series.(AMS PR)(10-13-2007)

  • Jeff Gordon Named Atlanta Grand Marshal with Richard Petty serving as Honorary Starter: Commemorating the 15th anniversary of what many call the single greatest race in NASCAR history, Jeff Gordon will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Oct. 28 Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, giving the command for the drivers to start their engines. Joining Gordon in pre-race honors, Richard Petty has been named as the race's honorary starter, waving the green flag and signaling the start of the race. The fall race at AMS on Nov. 15, 1992, saw seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty take the checkered flag for the final time in his long, storied career and 21-year-old rookie driver Jeff Gordon take the green flag for his first start in a Nextel Cup Series event. In recognition of his 15th anniversary in the Nextel Cup Series and his 31st start at AMS, Gordon will give the infamous command, "Gentlemen, start your engines," prior to the start of the Pep Boys Auto 500. Adding to the fanfare of Petty's last ride, the championship points battle came down to a mere 10-point deficit with eventual champion Alan Kulwicki beating Bill Elliott for the title. Petty's day ended with a fiery crash on lap 95, but he came back to complete the final three laps, eventually taking the checkered flag. While Petty's career ended, Jeff Gordon was just shifting out of first gear. To date, the California native has earned 79 victories, including four at AMS, 310 top-10 finishes and four championships in NASCAR's elite series. To see Petty and Gordon get the Pep Boys Auto 500 started, fans can purchase tickets by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(10-4-2007)

  • Pit Passes at Atlanta: With Atlanta Motor Speedway's pre-race pit passes, fans don't have to be a crew member for a Nextel Cup race team to go behind the scenes during the Oct. 26-28 Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend. With a pre-race pit pass, fans can stroll the pit area and watch NASCAR's top drivers and crews as they participate in the fastest qualifying session in NASCAR on Friday night, Oct. 26. A Georgia-Pacific Qualifying night pre-race pit pass is just $75. Like the Friday only pre-race pit pass, the three-day pass grants access to the pit area and garage entrance until 30 minutes prior to the event. Fans must be at least 14-years-old and have appropriate attire in accordance with NASCAR issued guidelines to enter the pit area. No shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts or open-toed shoes are permitted in the pit area at anytime. Pre-race pit passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket. Quantities are limited so fans are encouraged to reserve their pass in advance. To purchase race tickets or pre-race pit passes to the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend, fans can call 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(9-28-2007)

  • By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway: In any professional sport, statistics, facts and figures dominate fill the annals and NASCAR is no different. Throughout its nearly 50-year existence, Atlanta Motor Speedway has played host to some of the sports most memorable moments and milestones. Below is a numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    .006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the #3 Chevrolet: Dale Earnhardt's record time for a 500-mile Cup race at AMS on November 12, 1995
    9: Of the 12 drivers in the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup championship are driving Chevrolets
    24: Degrees of banking in turns at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    34: Number of victories for Chevrolet, the most among any manufacturer at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    41: Different winners in Atlanta Motor Speedway NEXTEL Cup racing history
    45: Record number of lead changes in the fall Nextel Cup race in 1982
    66: Number of AMS starts for Richard Petty, the record for all drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dave Marcis is second with 60 starts
    133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race
    870: Total acreage at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    1,320 feet: Total length of pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    $2,843,584: Career NEXTEL Cup winnings for Bobby Labonte at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers
    History will be made this October during the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Oct. 28 and fans can witness the action by calling the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(9-27-2007)

  • Atlanta's Club One Offers Fans Unforgettable Race Day Experience: Fans looking for a truly unique seating option during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Oct. 26-28 Pep Boys Auto 500 Nextel Cup race weekend need to look no further than Club One, AMS' luxury seating option. A large public suite situated high atop the Winners Grandstand, Club One features a premium bar and menu, a 'Sight and Sound' observation deck located on the roof and 65 video screens with quality sound to bring the sights and sounds of the race even closer. Club One patrons also receive pre-race pit passes, direct elevator access from the concourse level and an excellent view of the entire track, including pit road. Exclusive Club One parking is also available as well as a Club One RV parking area reserved for Club One patrons. Fans interested in Club One can contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 770-946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(9-13-2007)

  • Pep Boys to be Title sponsor of Atlanta's Oct Cup race: The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack, the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, announced today that it will be the title sponsor for Atlanta Motor Speedway’s (AMS) 500-mile Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, October 28. The event will be officially known as the Pep Boys Auto 500. As the headline event for the October 26-28 race weekend.(AMS PR)(8-9-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Lamar to run Atlanta Cup race? Burney Lamar, former Kevin Harvick Inc. Busch driver, was at Martinsville. He revealed that he plans to attempt to make the Nextel Cup field at Atlanta next week with an independent team. Lamar’s most memorable achievement to date was his second-place finish at for KHI at Daytona in 2006.(Racing Milestones)(10-22-2007)

  • 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
    #2-Kurt Busch Miller Light "World Beer Cup" Gold #2 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Lumber Liquidators #16 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth DeWalt NANO Technology #17 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette - Cinnamon #24 Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Halloween M&Ms #38 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Coors Light/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital none...yet
    #41-Reed Sorenson Breast Cancer Awareness #41 Schemes Page
    #44-Dale Jarrett The UPS Store/Toys for Tots #44 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Halloween Snickers none...yet


  • Gold scheme for #2 at Atlanta: Kurt Busch and his Pat Tryson-led #2 Penske Racing Team will be returning to their gold "World Beer Cup" color scheme for the final time this year in Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "The fans have really let it be known how much they love the gold colors that we had on our car in the two races earlier this year, so we decided to bring out the gold for one final time this season," Kurt said of the special paint job that reflects sponsor Miller Lite's fourth gold award in the American-Style Light Lager category at the most recent World Beer Cup contest held last year. "We are so proud of what the color scheme represents that we actually hoped to run the gold car more than what we have so far this year."(TRPR), see images of the scheme on my #2 Team Schemes page.(10-24-2007)

  • Halloween scheme for Rudd at Atlanta: Ricky Rudd and the #88 team will be running a special Snickers Halloween paint scheme this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday. The team has also prepared a brand new chassis for this weekend’s Pep Boys Auto 500. The new chassis is based off of information the team has gathered throughout the 2007 season at various 1.5-mile tracks and the #88 team hopes this new car will yield a strong performance. Rudd has 57 starts at Atlanta, which ties him with #21-Bill Elliott for the most starts of any active Nextel Cup Series driver.(Elevation Group/Snickers Racing PR)(10-24-2007)

  • NANO scheme for Kenseth at Atlanta: For the second time this season Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford will carry the DeWalt NANO Technology paint scheme. The predominantly black car will run twice more, at Phoenix and Homestead.(Roush Racing PR) The scheme first ran at Dover in Sept, see images of the car on the #17 Team Schemes page.(10-23-2007)

  • #40 Coors Light Dodge to feature St. Jude Paint Scheme at Atlanta: Coors Light, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced the #40 Coors Light Dodge driven by David Stremme will be wrapped with a special St. Jude paint scheme for this weekend's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The purpose of the paint scheme is to increase awareness of the hospital and its work as well as to support Coors Light's yearly pumpkin-themed "Halloween Pinups" fundraiser. During the month-long "Halloween Pinups" promotion, Coors and its distributors will focus on raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the Atlanta area, employees at participating retail locations will ask patrons to make a $1 donation to St. Jude's to join in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases. In return for the contribution, the donors will have the opportunity to write their names on pumpkin-themed pinups which will be displayed in each location through Halloween. In addition to its annual "Halloween Pinup" promotion, Coors Light will make a $10,000 base donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on race weekend, with an incremental donation for every lap Stremme completes in the race. Since 1997, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. has raised more than $440,000 for St. Jude Hospital and Target House by donating $5,000 for each victory, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(10-23-2007)

  • Special schemes for Sorenson and Stremme: Target and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that the #41 Target Dodge will feature a pink paint scheme for the next two Nextel Cup Series events to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Reed Sorenson will be running a pink #41 Dodge in this weekend's 500-mile race at Martinsville Speedway and at his hometown track - Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28. Additionally, Target and CGRFS also announced Sorenson's teammate #40-David Stremme will be driving a Target House Dodge at Martinsville, highlighting Team Target's commitment to cause-related programs. Sorenson has created a donation pledge for the Atlanta race, which Target will match, that consists of a number of levels, with the top amount (including the match) being $36,400. Sorenson will donate $10,000 for a win, $5,000 for a top-five finish, $1,000 for a top-10 finish, $4,100 for a pole and $12.62 for each lap completed, totaling $4,100 if he completes all of the scheduled 325 laps that will make up the Pep Boys Auto 500. He will also auction his autographed custom race helmet and firesuit with proceeds from the pledge and auction benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and Project Pink House.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), more info on the auction on the Racing Charities page, see an image of the scheme on the #41 Team Schemes and #40 Team Schemes pages.(10-17-2007)

  • 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)

  • Jeff Gordon to run Nicorette scheme at Richmond: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the third time this season at Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Gordon drove the DuPont/Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas and Chicago earlier this year and will run the special paint scheme again at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 28. The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in Motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 280 NASCAR team members from 16 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the RIR fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing/Nicorette Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Scheme page.(9-6-2007)

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

  • "Design Dale’s New Ride" Coloring Contest Winner: Twelve-year-old Vincent Giacalone from Emerson, NJ took the "championship cup" in The UPS Store "Design Dale’s New Ride" coloring contest. Dale Jarrett plans to race the special paint scheme for the 2007 The UPS Store/Toys for Tots #44 Camry on October 28 in Atlanta to kick off The UPS Store/Toys for Tots 2007 fund-raising campaign. The "Design Dale’s New Ride" coloring contest offered kids ages 5-to-12 a chance to design this year’s The UPS Store/Toys for Tots #44 Camry. Vincent’s entry was chosen as one of the 10 semi-finalists out of more than 1,500 submissions. Then from April 30 – May 18, the public had the opportunity to vote online for their favorite design and chose Vincent’s design as the winner. As part of his prize package, Vincent will receive a trip for three to watch the October 28 race in Atlanta; a custom-fit, autographed racing suit to match the one Dale will wear; and other prizes. As a national Toys for Tots sponsor since 2005, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. network has raised more than $1 million for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. These monies helped the organization deliver more than 37.6 million toys, books and other gifts to more than 15 million children.(UPS Store), see an image of the winning car on the #44 Team Schemes page.(6-23-2007)

  • The UPS Store is kicking off its third annual Toys for Tots campaign and celebrating Dale Jarrett's new racing team and car with the "Design Dale's New Ride" coloring contest. The contest, which launched recently and runs through March 31, gives kids a chance to design this year's The UPS Store/Toys for Tots #44 Camry, which Jarrett will race October 28 in Atlanta. Now through March 31, children may pick up a copy of the coloring contest template at participating The UPS Store locations or by logging on to www.theupsstore.com. Then from April 30 to May 18, the public will have its chance to vote for its favorite design online at www.theupsstore.com. The public vote will determine this year's winner.(PR)(3-5-2007)

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


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