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THE RACE: Dickie's 500

Nextel Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 4, 2007 in Forth Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Dickie's

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • TV: ABC 3:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:30pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, November 5 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, November 5 at 3:30pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, November 8 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 8 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: $7,253,642 (was $7,139,515 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et TV-ESPN2; Saturday, November 3, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 3, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 6:00pm/et via tape


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 2, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 2 at 4:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at ?am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Thursday, November 01, 2007
    12:30PM - 1:30PM NCTS Practice
    2:00PM - 2:30PM NCTS Rookie Practice
    2:30PM - 3:30PM NCTS Final Practice
    7:00PM NCTS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days

    Friday, November 02, 2007 5:30AM NNCS Haulers Enter
    9:00AM - 3:00PM Legends Test Drives at Lil' Texas Track (1/5 mile)
    9:00AM - 10:00AM NBS Practice
    10:10AM - 10:40AM NBS Rookie Practice
    10:55AM - 11:55AM NBS Final Practice
    12:00PM - 1:30PM NNCS Practice
    3:40PM NNCS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days
    5:35PM NBS 7-Eleven Qualifying Days
    8:00PM NCTS Silverado 350 (147 laps, 220.5 miles)

    Saturday, November 03, 2007
    9:00AM - 12:00PM Legends Test Drives at Lil' Texas Track (1/5 mile)
    11:00AM - 11:50AM NNCS Practice
    12:50PM - 1:50PM NNCS Final Practice
    2:30PM NBS O'Reilly Challenge (200 Laps, 300 Miles)
    6:00PM Legends Races on 1/5 mile at Lil' Texas
    7:00PM - 10:00PM Team Texas Race Car Rides (open to public)

    Sunday, November 04, 2007 2:30PM NNCS Dickies 500 (334 Laps, 501 Miles)
    Post Race - Legends Races on 1/4 mile oval Superspeedway

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; Right-side -- D-4064

    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 -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup). Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Texas this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for Cup and Busch teams to run at Texas this past April . . . Craftsman Truck teams ran this right-side tire code (D-4064) with a different left-side code in their early-season appearance at Texas . . . in addition to Texas, this specific tire combination has been run at Chicagoland and will be run at Homestead on the 2007 schedule . . . this left-side code (D-4078) has been run with a slightly different right-side code by major NASCAR teams at California, Dover, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky 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 Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Fort Worth, TX Area:
Dallas Morning News
Denton Record-Chronicle
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Abilene Reporter News
Houston Chronicle
Times Record News

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
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 Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 3rd race in a row, 9th win of the season, 1st ever at Texas and 32nd of his career. #17-Kenseth led late and lost the lead with 3 laps to go and finished 2nd, followed by #1-Truex Jr., #5-Busch [led most laps], #12-Newman, #31-Burton, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch, #26-McMurray and #29-Harvick. Other Chasers finished #20-Stewart 11th, #07-Bowyer had a late vibration and pitstops and finished 19th, #99-Edwards finished 26th after having a sway bar chain problem and #11-Hamlin was 29th after racing for the lead with Kenseth and smacking the wall. There were 12 cautions [ties a record] for 52 laps and 12 drivers led the race with 25 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Texas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page
    Race Rundown: see my Texas Race Info/Rundown Page for my race rundown page, laps led, top 10, race notes, lucky dogs and more.(11-4-2007)

  • The Chase Standings [after Texas, race 34]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6382
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon 6352, -30
    3) #07-Clint Bowyer 6201, -181
    4) #5-Kyle Busch 6043, -339
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 6025, -357
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 6009, -373
    these drivers are eliminated from the chase
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 5951, -431
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 5943, -439
    9) #2-Kurt Busch 5929, -453
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 5928, -454
    fighting for the 10th spot to go to NYC
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 5858, -524
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 5858, -524
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-4-2007)

  • Rumblings - Texas Race Facts: In what was otherwise a rather forgettable race today at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson surged to the front late (looked just like last week) and won the Dickies 500 over Matt Kenseth....taking over the points lead in the process. Johnson nabbed his third in a row and 9th this season by .944 seconds over Kenseth. Victory #32 for his Nextel Cup career moves him into a 19th place tie with Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart on the all-time list. This was win #166 for Hendrick Motorsports (and a whopping 17 on the season), and was worth $486,211 from the healthy $7.2M+ in posted awards.
    Matt Kenseth (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Chicagoland in July.
    Martin Truex Jr (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Michigan in August.
    Mike Skinner (24th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Daytona in February of 2004 (only 15 races).
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Ricky Rudd (+24), followed by Jeff Burton (+21), J. J. Yeley (+21), and Tony Raines (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was A J Allmendinger (-34), followed by Mark Martin (-24), Juan Pablo Montoya (-22), Denny Hamlin (-22), and Casey Mears (-22). Nice to get Ricky a "Shaft" appearance this season....
    Jimmie Johnson's win catapulted him into a 30 point lead over teammate Jeff Gordon. We whacked everybody from 7th on down out of the competition this week....and we'll lose at least three more next week. In Classic Points, Jeff Gordon maintains a smooth 400 point margin....that's gotta really salve the wounds of a 7th place finish today, huh? Ryan Newman (16th to 14th) and Tony Raines (30th to 28th) made the best advances today and the only driver to fall more than one spot was the absent Jeff Green (28th to 31st).(Stock Car Fans)(11-4-2007)

  • Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Texas [34 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5161
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4761, -400
    3) #20-Tony Stewart 4516, -645
    4) #07-Clint Bowyer 4380, -781
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 4377, -784
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth 4348, -851
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 4338, -813
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 4335, -826
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 4269, -892
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 4088, -1073
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 4069, -1092
    12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 4008, -1153
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3840, -1321
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 3772, -1389
    15) #25-Casey Mears 3705, -1456
    16) #16-Greg Biffle 3697, -1464
    (11-4-2007)

  • Texas Motor Speedway - Fast Facts:
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Dickies 500, his 32nd victory in 217 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his ninth victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    .. Johnson posted his third consecutive victory – the second time in his career he has won three straight races. He also won at Lowe’s, Martinsville and Atlanta in the inaugural Chase for the Nextel Cup in 2004.
    .. Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 2007 and his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Texas.
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Johnson now leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by a margin of 30 points over Jeff Gordon. He took the lead in the point standings following this race in 2006 en route to THE Nextel Cup championship.
    .. Six of the 12 Chase drivers mathematically remain eligible for the 2007 Nextel Cup championship.(NASCAR Statisitics)(11-4-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 334 of 334 laps:
    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (8)(8 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (18)(45 laps led)
    #1-Truex, Jr-C (1)(16 laps led)
    #5-Busch-C (17)(153 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (11)(4 laps led)
    #31-Burton-C (27)
    #24-Gordon-C (2)(20 laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (6)(10 laps led)
    #26-McMurray-F (24)
    #29-Harvick-C (4)

    where are the rest of the Chasers running?
    #20-Stewart-C (15) 11
    #07-Bowyer-C (29) 19, -2 lap
    #99-Edwards-F (21) 26, -3 laps
    #11-Hamlin-C (7) 29, -10 laps
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 18

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 9,07,96,22,66,83,36,42,99,70,38,11,15,25,7,01,21

  • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #00-Reuitmann (engine-out)
    #40-Stremme (accident-out)
    #41-Sorenson (accident-out)
    #84-Allmendinger (accident-out)
    #44-Jarrett (accident-out)
    #6-Ragan (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (oil cooler-out)
    #78-Nemechek (brakes-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 27 lead changes):
    #5-Busch (153);
    #11-Hamlin (45);
    #17-Kenseth (44);
    #24-Gordon (20);
    #1-Truex Jr. (16, pole);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (12);
    #42-Montoya (10);
    #2-Busch (10);
    #88-Rudd (10);
    #12-Newman (4);
    #48-Johnson (9);
    #07-Bowyer (1);

  • Lap leaders: #1-Truex Jr. - pole; #1-Truex Jr. 1-6; #42-Montoya 7-16; #24-Gordon 17-26; #1-Truex Jr. 27-36; #24-Gordon 37-46; #5-Busch 47-83; #2-Busch 84-92; #5-Busch 93-119; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 120; #5-Busch 121-132; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 133-143; #5-Busch 144-189; #2-Busch 190; #07-Bowyer 191; #88-Rudd 192-201; #5-Busch 202-209; #11-Hamlin 210-217; #17-Kenseth 218-233; #11-Hamlin 234-270; #17-Kenseth 271-273; #48-Johnson 274-277; #5-Busch 278-300; #48-Johnson 301; #12-Newman 302-305; #17-Kenseth 306-327; #48-Johnson 328; #17-Kenseth 329-331; #48-Johnson 332-334


    Cautions: 12 for 52 laps

    Caution 12 - Laps 299-305: #16-Biffle got sideways and slid thru turn 2 and made contact with #83-Vickers, the car caught on fire, then was smoking pretty bad, Biffle stuggled to get out, but finally did and is OK
    Caution 11 - Laps 274-277: #11-Hamlin made contact with #17-Kenseth while fighting for the lead, with Hamlin's car slapping the turn 2 wall
    Caution 10 - Laps 234-237: #16-Biffle got loose off turn four and slid thru the grass on the front stretch
    Caution 9 - Laps 220-224: #25-Mears moved up into #20-Stewart in turn 2, with Mears and Stewart both sliding, causing a lot of smoke, #29-Harvick hit #38-Gilliand who slid, also collected were #6-Ragan, #01-Martin and #44-Jarrett
    Caution 8 - Laps 214-217: #84-Allmendinger lost it, slid the car and nosed into the inside backstretch wall, he is OK
    Caution 7 - Laps 145-148: #38-Gilliland got loose in turn 2 and slid into the wall, then #41-Sorenson also got loose and spun around and slammed the wall, his window net is down, so he is OK
    Caution 6 - Laps 133-140: #96-Raines made contact with #40-Stremme in turn 4, cutting a left rear tire down on the #40, Stremme slowed on the apron, but the car shot up the track into #45-Petty, also collecting #21-Elliott
    Caution 5 - Laps 120-123: #18-Yeley got loose off turn 4 and slid thru the front stretch grass
    Caution 4 - Laps 37-39: Debris in turn 3, again from the #31 car, shown on TV
    Caution 3 - Laps 30-32: Debris in turn 3 groove from the #31 car, shown on TV
    Caution 2 - Laps 21-23: #84-Allmendinger slapped the turn 2 wall
    Caution 1 - Laps 16-18: #15-Menard lost it in turn 4, and scraped the rear of the car along the wall

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 12: #43-Labonte, 16th
    Caution 11: #88-Rudd (2), 15th
    Caution 10: #2-Busch, 8th
    Caution 9: #10-Riggs, 13th
    Caution 8: #19-Sadler, 12th
    Caution 7: #88-Rudd, 15th
    Caution 6: #16-Biffle, 33rd
    Caution 5: none as #18-Yeley, the 1st a lap down, caused the caution
    Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    Caution 2: #15-Menard, 30th
    Caution 1: #84-Allmendinger, 39th, still 2 laps 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
    1 #15 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 14
    2 #15 TE Commitment Line Violation 14
    3 #84 TE Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area 15
    4 #16 TE Commitment Line Violation 16
    5 #21 TE Commitment Line Violation 16
    6 #41 TE Removing equipment from assigned pit area 16
    7 #70 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 85
    8 #7 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 98
    9 #99 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 120
    10 #21 TE Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road 121
    11 #21 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 121
    12 #99 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 132
    13 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 144
    14 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 214
    15 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 219
    16 #20 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 219
    17 #01 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 219
    18 #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 219
    19 #21 OL Excessive speed - Exiting pits 221
    20 #15 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 234
    21 #15 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 275
    22 #83 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 300
    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)
    ---- on lap 294, #11-Hamlin took his car to the garage, from damage on the caution 11 wreck
    ---- on lap 292, #78-Nemechek bounced off the wall, slowed on the track and limped to pit road
    ---- on lap 248, #07-Bowyer felt something wrong with a tire, and made an unscheduled pit stop, losing a lap
    ---- during the 10th caution pit stops, #17-Kenseth came in leading, he came our 2nd, with #11-Hamlin taking the lead out of the pits
    ---- around lap 210, #9-Kahne had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration
    ---- around lap 205, #2-Busch had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire and lost a lap, he had been running 10th
    ---- around lap 196, it was reported that #32-Montoya's engine is running on 7 cylinders
    ---- some green flag pit stops started around lap 179, #12-Newman and #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in first
    ---- during the 6th caution, #2-Busch made a 2nd pit stop as he had a tire going down
    ---- #99-Edwards is down 3 laps with handling problems, some sort of problem with the chain that holds the front sway bar in place, the crew was able to fix it, after four pit stops
    ---- during the 5th caution, #5-Busch came in and left leading the race
    ---- during the pit stops under green laps 85-89 range, #70-Sauter had to make a pass thru penalty for speeding on pit road
    ---- around lap 84, regular green flag pit stops started with #9-Kahne first, then the leader, #5-Busch came in, others followed
    ---- on lap 72, #24-Gordon made his scheduled green flag pit stop, the team took a chance staying out during the last couple of cautions, Gordon is now down a lap. #29-Harvick and #8-Earnhardt Jr, also off sequence, came in on lap 75
    ---- during the 4th caution, #31-Burton was kept in the pits a bit as the crew checked for more pieces and got the fender off the right rear tire
    ---- during the 1st caution, many different strategies, with #24-Gordon, #12-Newman only 2 tires, #43-Labonte had a slow stop and lost many spots. #42-Montoya came in leading and left pitroad in 6th; #19-Sadler, #16-Biffle, #15-Menard got penalized for commitment line violation, #41-Sorenson sped off pit road and was sent to the end of the longer line at the restart
    ---- on lap 3, #84-Allmendinger slowed and #11-Hamlin got into the #84, with Allmendinger slapping the wall, driving on, but did drop back to the back
    ---- green flag at 3:37pm/et
    ---- command to start engines by grand marshal Dallas [NBA] Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki at 3:30pm/et
    ---- Military Flyover: four F-16's 301st Naval Air Station, JRB, Ft Worth, Texas
    ---- weather = sunny, 84°. Winds from SW at 14 mph; 0% chance of precip
    ---- To The Back [1]: #7-Gordon [engine change]


  • Race Coverage of the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2007.
    TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 3:30pm/et [scheduled green flag around 3:36pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 3:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 1:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on the Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 5 at 3:00pm/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, November 5 at 9:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, November 8 at 3:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, November 8 at 10:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 186.981
    #2-Busch 186.709
    #41-Sorenson 186.677
    #12-Newman 186.638
    #29-Harvick 186.490
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 179.146 and #96-Raines 179.898
    most laps run: #18-Yeley 62; #31-Burton 60
    Happy Hour practice will be televised via delay on ESPN at 6:00pm/et.
    See average speed, most laps run and more on the Texas Practice Speeds page.(11-3-2007)

  • First Saturday practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #20-Stewart 189.733
    #1-Truex Jr. 189.660
    #11-Hamlin 189.009
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 188.725
    #9-Kahne 188.547
    slowest: #21-Elliott 180.656 and #70-Sauter 181.074
    most laps run: #25-Mears 42; #Truex Jr. 39
    incidents: #7-Gordon lost an engine early in the practice. #5-Busch scraped the wall with the right rear Qtr panel.
    See all the speeds and more on the Texas Practice Speeds page.(11-3-2007)

  • Truex Jr. wins pole at Texas: #1-Martin Truex Jr. won the Budweiser Pole for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.105mph for his first pole of his career. Truex is the 17th Budweiser Pole winner in 2007 and there are now 22 drivers eligible for the 2008 Budweiser Shootout. #24-Gordon qualified second and just missed taking the pole from Truex, the rest of the top-10 are: #42-Montoya, #29-Harvick, #84-Allmendinger [tied speed with Harvick who is higher in owners pts and gets the 4th spot], #2-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #25-Mears and #01-Martin. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #84-Allmendinger, #36-Skinner, #10-Riggs, #83-Vickers, #44-Jarrett, #21-Elliott, #78-Nemechek and #00-Reutiman. For qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup, see the Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-2-2007)

  • Five did not qualify [DNQ] for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway: #4-Burton [32 team attempts/45th in OWNERS pts]; #55-Waltrip [33/40], #49-Andretti [33/46], #08-Lamar [4/53] and #34-Lepage [7/55].(11-2-2007)

  • Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Martin Truex Jr., won the Bud Pole for the Dickies 500 with a lap of 27.964 seconds, 193.105 mph
    .. This is his first Bud Pole in 79 career Nextel Cup races
    .. This is his 14th top-10 start in 2007. He had previously started second three times: Loudon, Martinsville and Chicago
    .. Truex became the 17th different Bud Pole winner this season – one shy of the modern era record set in 1997 and 2001
    .. This is Truex’s first start better than ninth – and just his second top-10 start in five races at Texas Motor Speedway
    .. Jeff Gordon posted the second-fastest qualifying time, posting his 12th front-row start this season
    .. Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2007 and was the fastest qualifying rookie
    .. AJ Allmendinger (fifth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Allmendinger posted the best starting position of his 17-race Nextel Cup career
    .. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top-10: Truex, Gordon, Kevin Harvick (fourth), Kurt Busch (sixth), Denny Hamlin (seventh) and Jimmie Johnson (eighth). Clint Bowyer (29th) was the highest qualifying Chase driver.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-2-2007)

  • Ramblings - Texas Qualifying: Martin Truex Jr took his first-ever Bud Pole today at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Dickies 500 with a time of 27.964 sec (193.105 mph) to become the 17th different pole winner of the season (we're gonna have one full field for that Shootout next February!). Martin's previous best starting spot was the outside pole....at Chicagoland in July, at NHIS (still the old name) in September, and at Martinsville last month. Jeff Gordon (who was quickest in practice) will start from the outside pole.
    A. J. Allmendinger (5th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 11th at Dover in September.
    Mark Martin (10th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 10th at Michigan in August.
    Welcome Back Mike Skinner (14th). This is his first Nextel Cup start since Martinsville last October, and best starting spot since he qualified 7th at Daytona in February of 2005.
    Paul Menard (16th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 16th at Chicagoland in July.
    Bill Elliott (30th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 26th at California in September.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 13 Top-10 starts in the last 14 races. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(11-2-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #2-Busch is due out first on Friday, November 2 at 4:40pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #84-Allmendinger. For the Qualifying order, see my Texas Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-2-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2007 at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Friday Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 192.287
    #84-Allmendinger 192.116
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 191.727
    #48-Johnson 191.483
    #5-Busch 191.333
    slowest: #08-Lamar 184.685 and #96-Raines 186.368
    no speed listed for #34-Lepage after wrecking
    incidents: #34-Lepage smacked the wall early in the practice on his first lap.
    See all the speeds and more on the Texas Practice Speeds page.(11-2-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Texas
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 2nd fastest
    #10-Scott Riggs, 11th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 13th
    #00-David Reutimann, 25th
    #36-Mike Skinner, 27th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 33rd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 38th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 40th
    #49-John Andretti, 43rd
    #4-Ward Burton, 45th
    #08-Burney Lamar, 47th
    #34-Kevin Lepage, no speed/wrecked
    (11-2-2007)

  • Entry List for the Dickies 500 at Texas 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 (33/38)
    #08-Burney Lamar (4/55)
    #4-Ward Burton (32/45)
    #10-Scott Riggs (33/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](33/36)
    #34-Kevin Lepage (29/49)
    #36-Mike Skinner (33/47)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (33/41)
    #49-John Andretti (33/46)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (33/40)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (33/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](33/39)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (33/43)
    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 36,49,4,34,08
    See the full list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List
    (10-29-2007)

  • 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
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(10-28-2007)

  • 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

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    4/2007 none, rained out
    11/2006 Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235mph, finished 27th [new record]
    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    11/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002 Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas

    4/2007 Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 143.359mph, started 2nd
    11/2006 Tony Stewart, #20 Chevy, 134.891, started 8th
    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    11/2005 Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004 Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111, started 5th

  • Nov 2006 Pole Winner: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235 [new record], finished 27th

  • April 2007 Pole Sitter: none, qualifying rained out, set by rules book

  • Nov 2006 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 134.891mph, started 8th

  • April 2007 Race Winner: #31-Jeff Burton, 143.359mph, started 2nd

  • Track Race Record: Carl Edwards, Nov 2005, 151.055mph

  • Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 7 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Mark Martin

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/01

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/03

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/00 and 11/5/06

  • Fewest Cautions: 6 - 11/6/05

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/97

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 27, 11/6/05

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 11/6/2005

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/1998

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 4/0/2001

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Ford

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 [of 334] - Jeff Burton 4/15/2007

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 278 [of 334] - Tony Stewart, 11/5/2006

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 8 of 13

  • Races won from the top 10: 10 of 13


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 154,861
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Dallas [NBA] Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki
    Command to start engines: Dirk Nowitzki
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: texasmototspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Texas Motor Speedway

  • April 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • November 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Nowitzki grand marshal at Texas: The Dallas [NBA] Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki will serve as grand marshal for today's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.(Dallas Morning News)(11-4-2007)

  • Vince Vaughan to drive pace truck at Texas Cup race: Vince Vaughn will be starring as Santa Claus' lesser-known brother in the upcoming holiday comedy "Fred Claus," but on Sunday the actor is getting an early Christmas present that definitely didn't come from the North Pole. The gift comes courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway as Vaughn will get the rare opportunity to drive the official pace truck that will lead the 43-car field to the green flag for Sunday's Dickies 500 Nextel Cup Series race. Traditionally, special race guests such as Vaughn get the chance to ride in the lead pace car or perhaps drive a secondary pace car. But by virtue of special permission from NASCAR, Vaughn will actually take the wheel from customary pace car driver Brett Bodine following an on-track orientation prior to the race. Vaughn will drive a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado to officially start the the Dickies 500.(TMS PR)(11-2-2007)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Traffic Tracker for Dickies 500 Weekend: Texas Motor Speedway has unveiled a free program that gives race fans the ability to monitor traffic flow while traveling to and from the speedway for this week's Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header. The program, in partnership with 1310 The Ticket, is a text messaging system that sends automatic traffic alerts out via text message, providing updates on the status of the route fans are taking to and from the speedway this week. Fans can sign up for this service by visiting the Texas Motor Speedway website and clicking on the "Traffic Alert" button on the home page. In addition to having this service for race weeks, Texas Motor Speedway plans to keep the service active 365 days a year to also assist the numerous visitors to the facility throughout the year.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(10-31-2007)

  • TMS to Make 1200 Tickets for Dickies 500 Available Friday: Texas Motor Speedway has secured just over 1,200 prime frontstretch tickets from corporate sponsors for next Sunday’s Dickies 500 Nextel Cup Series race that will be made available to the general public beginning 9 a.m. CT Friday. "When some of our corporate sponsors make it clear that they will not be using all of their tickets for an upcoming marquee event like the Dickies 500, we always make the effort to make them available to our general race fans this late in the game,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “I expect them to go fast considering their frontstretch location and the Dickies 500 being the biggest race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.” The tickets, which range in price from $99 to $130, will be available on a “firstcome, first-serve” basis by visiting or calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS PR)(10-25-2007)

  • New record for DIckies 500 purse: The purse for next week’s Dickies 500 will be the largest in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and rank third overall for the 36-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced today. The Dickies 500 purse is set at $7,255,977 to topple the previous track record of $7,253,642 for the Samsung 500 in April, and the total ranks among the most prestigious speedways in the country. The Dickies 500 purse only trails that of Daytona International Speedway’s Daytona 500 ($18,386,023) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard ($9,449,587). The purse for next Sunday’s [Nov 4th] race at “The Great American Speedway!” also will be the largest in the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup championship for the third consecutive year. The Dickies 500 purse has increased nearly $400,000 since the inaugural event in 2005. The 2005 purse was $6,880,880 and topped the $7 million mark for the first time last season at $7,139,515. The combined purses for next week’s NASCAR triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway will exceed $9 million. In addition to the Dickies 500, the O’Reilly Challenge Busch Series race will have a purse of $1,244,106 and the Silverado 350k Craftsman Truck Series race will be at $588,064 for an overall total of $9,088,147. Tickets still are available for the Dickies 500, O’Reilly Challenge, Silverado 350k as well as the 7-Eleven Qualifying Days. For ticket information, call (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
    TOP 5 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES PURSES FOR 2007
    Daytona 500 – Daytona International Speedway $18,386,023
    Allstate 400 at the Brickyard – Indianapolis Motor Speedway $ 9,449,587
    Dickies 500 – Texas Motor Speedway $ 7,255,977
    Samsung 500 – Texas Motor Speedway $ 7,253,642
    Coca-Cola 600 – Lowe’s Motor Speedway $ 6,559,628.(TMS PR)(10-24-2007)

  • Texas Motor Speedway announces 2008 schedule: The 2008 race schedule will once again be anchored by the three largest single-day sporting events in Texas as the Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 and Dickies 500 along with the IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 550k return as the showcase events, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced today. The Samsung 500, Bombardier Learjet 550k and Dickies 500 will remain in their traditional months of April, June and November, respectively, and those three marquee weekends will offer seven races, 11 days of racing action and a special concert featuring a superstar country group. The Samsung 500 is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, a week earlier than this past season, and will mark the 12th running of the NASCAR event that debuted when Texas Motor Speedway opened in 1997. The Sprint Cup Series race will be partnered with the Busch Series as the O’Reilly 300 will be held Saturday, April 5. The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day for both the Sprint Cup and Busch Series will be Friday, April 4, while race week will officially open Thursday, April 3, with Busch practice. In addition to the racing action, Texas Motor Speedway will present the Rockin’ Roundup concert with country superstars Big & Rich. The concert, which will be held on the frontstretch, will follow qualifying on April 4. The Bombardier Learjet 550k, another staple event since the speedway opened in 1997, is set for Saturday, June 7, and will once again provide fans with a taste of the IndyCar Series and NASCAR in the same weekend. The Bombardier Learjet 550k, “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Series Race,” will be preceded Friday, June 6, by the Sam’s Town 400 Craftsman Truck Series race.
    The TMS season closes in a flourish with the Dickies 500 headlining a NASCAR triple-header weekend. The Dickies 500, which debuted in 2005, is set for Sunday, Nov. 4, and remains the eighth event in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup that determines the series champion. The Dickies 500 will be partnered with the O’Reilly Challenge Busch Series race on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Silverado 350k Craftsman Truck Series race on the evening of Friday, Nov. 2. The 7-Eleven Qualifying Days will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, (Craftsman Truck Series) and Friday, Nov. 2 (Cup and Busch). Season ticket packages go on sale Wednesday for the 2008 schedule of events. Season tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or through the speedway’s website (www.texasmotorspeedway.com). The ticket office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.(TMS PR)(8-28-2007)

  • Texas looking for different race date: TMS president Eddie Gossage met with NASCAR president Brian France last week and, as usual when they get together, requested an earlier date for the Dickies 500. Gossage, of course, wants the race to remain one of 10 in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. But since TMS got a second Nextel Cup date in 2005, the race has fallen on the opening weekend of deer hunting season in November. "We need to get off that date because it affects some of our fans," Gossage said. "We hope something can be done about it at some point, but I don't think it will change for 2008."(Dallas Morning News)(8-17-2007)

  • Samsung re-ups with Texas thru 2009: The logo for Texas Motor Speedway's spring race will stay the same for at least two more years. Samsung extended its title sponsorship agreement with TMS through 2009 plus three years of options. Terms weren't immediately available. "We have two hometown sponsors and stability with our races," TMS president Eddie Gossage said, also referencing the fall Dickies 500. "It means we can market the brand names of those races and do some things long term. It's a great position to be in." Before this year, Samsung's Richardson-based Telecommunications American division shared co-sponsorship with Fort Worth-based Radio Shack for five years.(Dallas Morning News)(4-16-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei/Menard's #7 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Chrysler Lifetime Powertrain Warranty none...yet
    #10-Scott Riggs Stanley Proto #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Ore-Ida/Heinz #21 Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney Caterpillar AccessAccount #22 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Special Reserve #26 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Spoonfuls of Stories none...yet
    #45-Kyle Petty NTB [National Tire & Battery] #45 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimme Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Schemes Page


  • Lifetime Powertrain Warranty Scheme for Kahne: The #9 Dodge will feature a new Lifetime Powertrain Warranty promotional paint scheme for the races at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Chrysler is the first and only original equipment manufacturer to offer a 'best-in-industry' Lifetime Powertrain Warranty - providing worry-free ownership. (Clear!Blue/GEM PR)(10-31-2007)

  • Labonte Racing with Spoonfuls of Stories Paint Scheme: Bobby Labonte will be returning to his home state supporting the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program by running a #43 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Dodge this weekend. The Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program helps get books into kids' hands and encourages parents and children to read together. Over the past six years, Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories has distributed more than 30 million books free inside boxes of Cheerios cereal, and donated more than $2.5 million to support nonprofit partner First Book.(Petty Racing PR)(10-31-2007)

  • Special Scheme for McMurray at Texas: Jamie McMurray will drive the #26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford in this Sunday´s Dickies 500 at Texas.(Roush Racing PR).(10-30-2007)

  • Riggs to Run Proto Tools Paint Scheme in Texas: When Scott Riggs takes to the track for the Dickies 500 at Texas his #10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge will have a unique look to it. The Stanley Proto Industrial Tool brand will be on the #10 Charger to mark the 100th anniversary of the industrial tool line. Proto Tools are used in the maintenance, repair, operations and production (MROP) applications in basically all industrial market segments including oil exploration, petrochemical, mining and minerals, transportation, utility and power generation, and general manufacturing. The company invented the first combination wrench in 1933. Proto tools were used to tightened bolts on dams and bridges raised by the “New Deal”, stormed the beaches of Normandy and built rockets that fueled the space age.(Clear!Blue PR), see an image of the scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page.(10-22-2007)

  • 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)

  • USG Colors for Kenseth at Chicago: Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will carry the USG Sheetrock colors this weekend in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicago. It marks the second of three times this season Kenseth will pilot the USG Sheetrock Ford; the first was at Martinsville in April where he finished 10th, and the last will be at Texas in November.(Roush Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #17 Team Schemes page.(7-11-2007)

  • Kobalt Tools To Sponsor Johnson in Cup, Busch Races: Kobalt Tools will sponsor the #48 Lowe's Chevy in two of Jimmie Johnson's Nextel Cup Series races as well as all three of his Busch Series races in 2007. Kobalt Tools will also be the title sponsor for the March 18 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway now called the Kobalt Tools 500. The Kobalt Tools paint scheme will appear on Johnson's #48 Nextel Cup car at:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18 and at
    Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4.
    Johnson will race the Kobalt Tools paint scheme in Busch Series races at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 26 and Oct. 12 as well as California Speedway on Sept. 1. Kobalt Tools is an industry frontrunner in hand tools, mechanics' tools, tool accessories and just recently introduced the Portable CO2 Regulator which is a portable CO2 tank that connects to any standard pneumatic device for power and strength on-the-go.(GMR Marketing/Lowes Racing PR)(3-5-2007)

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


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'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)


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