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THE RACE: The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Nextel Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, March 11, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV

  • Title Sponsor: UAW-DaimlerChrysler

  • Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 4:30pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 4:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 2:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 4:46pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, March 15 at 3:00pm/et on Speed

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - PRN and Sirius

    Performance Racing Network (PRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,381,100 (was $6,255,298 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 9, 2:30 - 4:00pm/et, TV-SPEED; and Saturday, March 10, 12:00 - 12:50pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 10, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED via tape at 5:30pm/et


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 9, 9:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, March 9 at 6:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    TIMES LOCAL to the track, Las Vegas - Pacific Time

    Thursday, March 8, 2007 - No Spectator Activity on Superspeedway 1:00pm NBS Garage Opens
    4:00pm NNCS Haulers Enter
    5:00pm Las Vegas Dirt Classic at ½-mile dirt track begins (Late Models, CRA Sprint Cars)

    Friday, March 9, 2007 - Spectator Gates Open at 9am 6:00am NNCS & NBS Garages Open
    8:30am-9:30am NBS Sam's Town 300 Practice
    9:40am-10:10am NBS Sam's Town 300 Rookie Practice
    10:20am-11:20am NBS Sam's Town 300 Final Practice
    10:30am - NNCS rookie and spotter meetings, draw for qualifying order
    11:30pm-1:00pm NNCS UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Practice
    3:10pm NNCS UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Bud Pole Qualifying
    5:00pm Las Vegas Dirt Classic at ½-mile dirt track begins (Late Models, CRA Sprint Cars)
    5:05pm NBS Sam's Town 300 Busch Pole Qualifying, Cars Impounded
    6:00pm Las Vegas Dirt Classic at ½-mile dirt track begins (Late Models, CRA Sprint Cars)

    Saturday, March 10, 2007 - Spectator Gates Open at 8am
    9:00am-9:50am NNCS UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Practice
    10:20am-11:20pm NNCS UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Final Practice
    11:30pm NBS Sam's Town 300 Driver Introductions
    12:00pm Sam's Town 300 - NASCAR Busch Series Race

    Sunday, March 11, 2007 - Spectator Gates Open at 7am
    11:30am NNCS UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Driver-Crew Chief Meeting (MC)
    12:30pm Pre-race Activities Begin
    1:00pm Driver Introductions
    1:30pm UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400-Nextel Cup Race

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR 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 -- 1,700, Right-side -- 1,700;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 900, Right-side -- 900

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4076; Right-side -- D-4022

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi;
    Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-39 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup -- 13-gallon fuel cel).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . this left-side code (D-4076) is new to the Goodyear tire lineup and was tested during the Busch Series' open test at Las Vegas in February . . . this right-side code (D-4022) was designed for the new track surface at Charlotte and run successfully at that track in 2006 . . . while this left-side is unique to Las Vegas, this right-side is scheduled to be run at Charlotte again 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 Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Greg Stucker, Director, Race Tire Sales: "The speeds we saw at the Nextel Cup open test at the end of January were more than a second per lap faster than what we saw at our tire test with Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch at the track in December. As a result, we are bringing back a different left-side code to Las Vegas for the race, one which we were able to test at the Busch Series open test and is a bit harder. The right side tire we have for Las Vegas is the same one we brought throughout testing and is the same robust tire that was specifically designed for the new Charlotte race track and produced trouble-free racing at both events there in 2006."


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Las Vegas, NV Area:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas.com
Las Vegas Local Racing Scene
Nevada Appeal

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

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 La Vegas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the 2007 season, 24th career win and 3rd straight a Las Vegas. The win was also the 150th for Hendrick Motorsports. #24-Gordon finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth, #01-Martin [3rd staight top-5 of the season], #99-Edwards, #20-Stewart, #12-Newman, #5-Busch and #26-McMurray. #8-Earnhardt Jr finished 11th, #31-Burton was 15th and #9-Kahne wrecked late and finished 35th. There were 9 cautions for 40 laps and 16 drivers lead the race with 28 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Las Vegas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Las Vegas page.(3-11-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Las Vegas [3 of 36 races]:
    #6-Mark Martin 495
    #24-Jeff Gordon 489 -6
    #31-Jeff Burton 453 -42
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 406 -89
    #17-Matt Kenseth 397 -98
    #29-Kevin Harvick 389 -106
    #5-Kyle Busch 382 -113
    #11-Denny Hamlin 374 -121
    #18-J.J. Yeley 365 -130
    #19-Elliott Sadler 342 -153
    #40-David Stremme 342 -153
    #38-David Gilliland 335 -160
    some noteables:
    #20-Tony Stewart is 13th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 28th
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 36th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(3-11-2007)

  • Rumblings - Las Vegas Race Notes: So much for all that Friday Night talk about this being a Dodge track... Jimmie Johnson dominated late after teammate Jeff Gordon controlled the middle of the race, and the Hendrick Motorsports Chevies ran one-two today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson made it a three-peat this afternoon as he ran away from a restart with 11 laps left in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, and it was career victory #24 (he's 25th on the all-time win list). It was also a milestone win for HMS (#150)....with four of those coming here at LVMS. JJ's take of the over $6.3M in posted awards was a rather nice $415,366. The new asphalt and hard tires played tough today, but it wasn't quite as bad as many predicted (we had nine caution periods for accidents). The 28 lead changes among 16 drivers was also a pleasant surprise.
    Ryan Newman (8th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Bristol last August. Jamie McMurray (10th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen last August. Kenny Wallace (24th) had his best finish since he was 21st at Homestead in November of 2005 (he was subbing for Kurt Busch then). STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    Mark Martin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Gordon (+34), followed by Matt Kenseth (+33), Ryan Newman (+31), Bobby Labonte (+29), Jamie McMurray (+23), Jimmie Johnson (+22), and Robby Gordon (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-34), followed by Dave Blaney (-31), Joe Nemechek (-29), Sterling Marlin (-26), and Reed Sorenson (-24). This is the second week in a row that Kasey's had the position of honor in the bottom half of the "Shaft".
    We're three weeks into the all-important first five races (when we change from 2006 Owner Points to the current years') and we've got four high- dollar teams in trouble. The #9 (Kasey Kahne), #21 (Ken Schrader/Jon Wood), #10 (Scott Riggs), and #22 (Dave Blaney) are all on the outside looking in at the moment, (though Kasey's only 3 markers out)....and you can bet they'd all like that safety net when we get to Martinsville. Mark Martin retains his points lead (and thus the speculation will continue for another week at least)....and it's up to six markers over new second place man Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt Jr (40th to 28th) made the best move forward this week, while David Ragan (5th to 19th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(3-11-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #48-Johnson-C (23)(89 laps led)
    #24-Gordon-C (36)(111 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (17)
    #17-Kenseth-F (37)
    #01-Martin-C (14)(15 laps)
    #99-Edwards-F (13)(3 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-C (25)
    #12-Newman-C (39)
    #5-Busch-C (12)
    #26-McMurray-F (33)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

  • Cars on the lead lap: 15 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 18,40,16,7,96

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 38,10,78,42,2,66,29,45,21,88,41,44,15,6,25

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

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #4-Burton (accident-out)
    #22-Blaney (accident-out)
    #80-Almirola (accident-out)
    #70-Sauter (accident-out)
    #07-Bowyer (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #14-Marlin (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (16 leaders with 28 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (111);
    #48-Johnson (89);
    #19-Sadler (17);
    #01-Martin (15);
    #9-Kahne (13, pole);
    #31-Burton (4);
    #5-Busch (4);
    #99-Edwards (3);
    #43-Labonte (3);
    #1-Truex Jr. (2);
    #07-Bowyer (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
    #12-Newman (1);
    #14-Martin (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #18-Yeley (1);

  • Lap leaders: #9-Kahne - pole; #9-Kahne 1-13; #19-Salder 14-21; #48-Johnson 22-40; #17-Kenseth 41; #01-Martin 42-49; #19-Sadler 50-57; #01-Martin 58-61; #48-Johnson 62-78; #01-Martin 79; #18-Yeley 80; #12-Newman 81; #43-Labonte 82; #48-Johnson 83-107; #19-Sadler 108; #24-Gordon 109-146; #99-Edwards 147-149; #01-Martin 150; #14-Marlin 151; #43-Labonte 152; #5-Busch 153-156; #1-Truex Jr. 157-158; #24-Gordon 159-210; #01-Martin 211; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 212; #07-Bowyer 213; #43-Labonte 214; #24-Gordon 215-235; #31-Burton 236-239; #48-Johnson 240-267;

    Cautions: 9 for 40 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 252 - 256: #9-Kahne lost it in the middle of turn 1 and 2 and backed into the wall
    Caution 8 - Laps 227 - 232: #07-Bowyer got loose and backed into the turn 2 wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 174 - 177: #15-Menard lost it off turn 4 and smacked the wall, then spun thru the front stretch grass
    Caution 6 - Laps 117 - 120: #5-Busch got loose, lost it and spun off turn 4 and thru the front strech grass, #31-Burton got a piece of the #5. #11-Hamlin, #42-Montoya and #13-Nemechek drove down and thru pit road to avoid the spinning #5.
    Caution 5 - Laps 108 - 113: #70-Sauter went up the track and slapped the wall off turn 4.
    Caution 4 - Laps 41 - 44: #80-Almirola lost it off turn 4 and slapped the frontstretch wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 19 - 23: #07-Bowyer got into a loose #13-Nemechek, who backed into the turn 4 wall, #22-Blaney had to placed to go and nosed into the wall
    Caution 2 - Laps 10 - 12: #7-Gordon got loose in turn 2 and went high into #4-Burton, who got into #25-Mears, sending Mears into the wall, #70-Sauter was also involved.
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 5: #6-Ragan got high and lost it, backing into the turn 2 wall.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog:
    Caution 9: #43-Labonte, 13th
    Caution 8: #26-McMurray, 10th
    Caution 7: #07-Bowyer, 36th
    Caution 6: #40-Stremme, 19th
    Caution 5: #6-Ragan, 37th
    Caution 4: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down, on the track
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Las Vegas Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #6 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 2
    2 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    3 #25 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    4 #4 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    5 #13 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 19
    6 80 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 40
    7 #15 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 81
    8 #41 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 82
    9 #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 107
    10 #48 TE Outside half pit box tire violation 108
    11 #1 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 110
    12 #5 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 117
    13 #16 OL Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box 118
    14 #2 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 151
    15 #13 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 151
    16 #44 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 154
    17 #07 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 226
    18 #31 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 252
    19 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 252
    20 #14 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 252
    21 #9 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 251
    penalty code:
    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)(3-12-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #31-Burton came out of the pits and still on the lead lap after the 9th caution and the new battery didn't help, the motor is down a cylinder, but he limped home
    ---- during the 9th caution #31-Burton came into the pits, while the pits are closed but the team is gonna change a battery, big mistake, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in...while the pits were closed, said he didn't look at the light, just followed Burton and will have to start at the end of the longer line at the restart. Also, #14-Marlin who was running in the top-15, made a pit stop, but something broke and the crew pushed the car t othe garage.
    ---- on lap 244, #31-Burton, just after leading, says the battery is going down and smoke is showing from the rear of the car.
    ---- on lap 210, while running 2nd, #48-Johnson made his green flag stop, #24-Gordon came in the next lap, giving up the read to #01-Martin
    ---- looks like the next green flag pit stops will be around lap 215-220 range
    ---- during the 7th caution, #31-Burton's voltage came back up to 12, so the team opted not to change the battery.
    ---- around lap 170, #31-Burton is reporting low votage of 9-10 volts, the team has a backup battery ready to go
    ---- after the green flag stops, #44-Jarrett, already down a lap, lost another one as he was penalized for speeding off pit road during the green flag staps and had to do a pass-thru penalty.
    ---- leader after the regular pit stops was #5-Busch, he came in to pit on lap 157, leaving #1-Truex Jr. to lead a lap before #24-Gordon retook the lead on lap 159, of note, Gordon's right rear is still smoking in the corners
    ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 147; #2-Busch was caught speeding entering pit road and was penalzied a pass-thru penalty
    ---- on lap 145, the leader #24-Gordon is showing tire smoke when he drives thru turn 1, then came into pit on lap 147.
    ---- on lap 137, #12-Newman supposedly has a tire rubbing and is showing some smoke
    ---- on lap 124, #41-Sorenson, scraped the wall, but drove on ok.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #16 pitted outside his pit box and was penalized, knocking him off the lead lap and having to restart 32nd, down a lap.
    ---- during the caution 5 pit stops, a tire rolled out of the #48 pit stall while Johnson left, so Johnson had to make a pass-thru penalty before the drop of the green flag, so Johnson stopped and topped off the fuel
    ---- around lap 90, #4-Burton came back on the track, but couldn't keep the speed up, was balck flagged and went back to the garage.
    ---- around lap 77, green flag pit stops started, on lap 79, leaders #78-Johnson came in. #18-Yeley took over the lead and came in the next lap, with #12-Newman taking over the lead for a lap, then #43-Labonte stayed out to lead a lap, then the lead cycled back to #48-Johnson. During the pit stops, #15-Menard and #41-Sorenson were penalized a pass-thru penalty for speeding off pit road.
    ---- on lap 70, #29-Harvick went down a lap and immed made a pit stop
    ---- on lap 60, #07-Bowyer thought he was down a cylinder, switch to the backup ignition and the motor seems ok now.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, seven cars didn't pit: #48, #01,#8, #96, #18, #24 and #78. #19-Sadler came in to pit in 1st and came out 10th.
    ---- many drivers came in to pit during the 2nd caution, some fule only, a few got tires, #42-Montoya got blocked in his stall and lost some spots. All the drivers in the top 14 but Montoya came in to pit.
    ---- weather = sunny, 70° track temp ?° wind ?mph
    ---- green flag by John Byers (Co-Director, UAW-DaimlerChrysler National Training Center) at 4:48pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 4:38pm/et by Grand Marshal, Mike Jessamy (Co-Director, UAW-DaimlerChrysler National Training Center)
    ---- To The Back [2]: #43-Labonte [backup car]; #38-Gilliland [backup car];


  • To the BACK [2]: #43-Labonte [backup car]; #38-Gilliland [backup car]

  • Race Coverage of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 4:00pm/et [green flag around 4:46pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 2:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 3:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #07-Bowyer 177.719
    #01-Martin 177.014
    #31-Burton 176.956
    #2-Busch 176.864
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 176.835
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 171.903 and #7-Gordon 171.931
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 51; #31-Burton 49
    NOTE: these speeds are from NASCAR and do NOT match up with NASCAR.com, no need to tell me.
    See full practice speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(3-10-2007)

  • Saturday's first practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #07-Bowyer 178.696
    #48-Johnson 178.678
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 178.536
    #42-Montoya 178.147
    #17-Kenseth 178.036
    slowest: #44-Jarrett 172.712 and #21-Wood 172.966
    most laps run: #42-Montoya 38; #20-Stewart 36
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(3-10-2007)

  • Kahne wins pole at Las Vegas: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.856mph for his 1st pole of 2007 and 13th of his career. The speed is a new track record for the re-configured speedway [the old record was also held by Kahne at 174.904mph in 2004] The rest of the top-10 are #40-Stremme, #19-Sadler, #42-Montoya, #31-Burton [best Chevy], #10-Riggs, #41-Sorenson, #14-Marlin, #13-Nemechek and #2-Busch. #22-Blaney was the best Toyota and will start 11th [only two Toyota's made the race] and the best Ford qualifier was #99-Edwards who will start 13th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #14-Marlin, #13-Nemechek, #78-KWallace, #15-Menard, #4-Burton, #80-Almirola, #70-Sauter and #44-Jarrett [using a past champions provisional]. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on my Las Vegas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(3-9-2007)

  • 10 Do not qualify for Las Vegas #84-Allmendiner, #49-Bliss, #36-Mayfield, #72-Whitt, #83-Vickers, #37-Andretti, #00-Reutimann, #55-Waltrip, #47-Scharder and #34-Lepage(3-9-2007)

  • Ramblings - Las Vegas Qulaifying Notes: Las Vegas Motor Speedway has new asphalt, new banking, and a new pit road.....and it's baaaaad fast. And the baaaaadest, fastest of 'em all was Kasey Kahne. Kahne tooled around in a smooth 29.212 seconds (184.856 mph)....and you know every qualifier shattered the previous track record. Kahne's 13th career pole put's him into next February's Budweiser Shootout....we've had three qualifers in three races, btw. The top four, six of the top-seven, and seven of the top-10 are Dodges this week.
    David Stremme (2nd) takes the outside pole, and it's his career-best qualifying effort. His previous best was 3rd at Daytona last July.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (4th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend as well. His previous best was two weeks ago in Fontana when he started 9th.
    Reed Sorenson (7th) tied his career-best starting spot today....capping a good day for the Ganassi Dodges. He also started 7th at Dover last September.
    Sterling Marlin (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Talladega last October.
    Kenny Wallace (15th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Martinsville in October of 2003
    Paul Menard (19th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend also. His previous best was 22nd at Atlanta in March of 2006.
    Welcome....Aric Almirola (31st) and Jon Wood (41st) both make their first Nextel Cup starts this weekend.
    STREAKIN.....Jeff Burton has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(3-9-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2007 at 6:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 6:00pm/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 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is up, 53 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #17-Kenseth is due out first on Friday, Match 9 at 6:00pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #78-Wallace. For the Qualifying order, see my Las Vegas Qualifying Page.(3-9-2007)

  • Friday's practice for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #9-Kahne 180.965
    #38-Gilliland 180.475
    #01-Martin 179.563
    #31-Burton 179.241
    #5-Busch 179.110
    Slowest: #34-Lepage 172.662 and #43-Labonte 173.969
    NOTE: #7-Gordon has NO sponsor decals, just a plain black car.
    #36-Mayfield has a black paint scheme instead of green
    incidents: #15-Menard scraped the wall and did some damage.
    #18-Yeley hit the wall hard a few minutes into the practice session and will go to a backup car.
    #70-Sauter pulled into the garage with the car smoking.
    See all the speeds on my Las Vegas Practice Speeds page.(3-9-2007)

  • How did the non top-35 drivers do in practice? at Las Vegas
    If things stay the same these 8 drivers would make the race:
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 8th fastest
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 13th
    #4-Ward Burton, 15th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 16th
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 18th
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 22nd
    #00-David Reutimann, 23rd
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 50th [use of a Champ Prov]
    If things stay the same these 10 drivers would miss the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 33rd
    #47-Ken Schrader, 34th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 35th
    #80-Aric Almirola, 38th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 42nd
    #15-Paul Menard, 45th
    #72-Brandon Whitt, 46th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 49th
    #37-John Andretti, 51st
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 53rd
    (3-9-2007)

  • Entry List for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is up, 53 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2006 owners points (2007 race attempts in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (2/42nd in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (2/49)
    #13-Joe Nemechck (2/7)
    #14-Sterling Marlin (2/25)
    #15-Paul Menard (2/35)
    #34-Kevin Lepage (2/50)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (2/46)
    #37-John Andretti (2/44)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](2/28)
    #47-Ken Schrader (0)
    #49-Mike Bliss (2/47)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (2/56)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (2/13)
    #72-Brandon Whitt (2/52)
    #74-Derrike Cope (1/53)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (2/48)
    #80-Aric Almirola (0)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(2/34)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (2/51)
    removed from the list
    #39-Regan Smith (1/55)
    #74-Derrike Cope (1/53)
    In the event that qualifying is rained out:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,13,70,14,15,00,37
    missing the race would be [10]: #'s 36,49,78,4,34,84,72,55,47,80
    See the full list at my Jayski's Las Vegas Entry List
    (3-5/9-2007)

  • see my Final 2006 Owners Points with the 2007 teams listed page

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #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) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts 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)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, 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 top35 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]

  • 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).


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Season Nuggets
    • Mark Martin and Jeff Burton are the only drivers to score top-five finishes in each of the first two races this season.
    • Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to score top-10 finishes in each of the first two races this season.
    • Matt Kenseth leads all drivers with 15 bonus points.
    • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Tony Stewart have led laps in both races this year.

  • Las Vegas Tidbits
    • There have been nine Nextel Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the track opened in 1997.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the defending UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 champion, and the winner of the last two Las Vegas races.
    • Ten drivers have competed in all nine Las Vegas races.
    • Only Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek have finished all nine Las Vegas races.
    • There are three different two-time winners at Las Vegas, all of them back-to-back: Jeff Burton, 1999-2000; Matt Kenseth, 2003-2004; Jimmie Johnson, 2005-2006.
    • There have been six different winners in the nine races at Las Vegas.
    • Only three of the nine Las Vegas races have been won from a starting position inside the Top 10.
    • No Las Vegas race has ever been won from the pole position (the highest starting position of a race winner was third – Jimmie Johnson in 2006.)
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Las Vegas was 25th by Matt Kenseth in 2004.
    • Dale Jarrett (1998 and 2001) and Bobby Labonte (1999 and 2003) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners at Las Vegas.
    • The 2000 Las Vegas race was the only one shortened by rain – 148 laps/222 miles were run.
    • There has been one extended race at Las Vegas: 2006 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (270 laps).
    • Jack Roush has posted five wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the most of any car owner. Those five wins were scored by Mark Martin (one), Jeff Burton (two) and Matt Kenseth (two).
    • Hendrick Motorsports has posted three victories here: Jeff Gordon (one), Jimmie Johnson (two).
    • Thirty-seven drivers have posted at least one top-10 finish at Las Vegas.
    • Four of the top-10 drivers in the current championship point standings have competed in all nine races at Las Vegas. Four of the other six have completed there one time or less.
    • All nine races at Las Vegas have had at least one car owner post multiple top-10 finishes, most notably when Roush scored five top 10s in the inaugural race in 1998.

  • Las Vegas Streaks:
    • Greg Biffle has three consecutive starts in the top 10.
    • Kurt Busch has started in the top 10 in each of his six Las Vegas races.
    • Kyle Busch has two straight top-five finishes.
    • Jeff Gordon has two straight top-five finishes.
    • Matt Kenseth has four straight top-10 finishes
    • Prior to last year’s starting position of 11th, Ryan Newman had four straight starts in the top five

  • 2006 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 133.358, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 2000, 119.982mph [rain shortened]

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/5/2004, 174.904mph

  • 2006 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 172.403, finished 8th

  • Most Wins: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth, 2
  • Most Poles: Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, 2
  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon
  • Most Top 10s: 7 - Mark Martin
  • Best Average Starting Position: Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle (4.3)
  • Best Average Finish: Jimmie Johnson (7.0)
  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/2002
  • Youngest Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 29 years, 6 months, 24 days, 3/13/2005
  • Most Cautions: 10 - 3/13/05
  • Most Caution Laps: 46, 3/13/05
  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 2 times, most recently 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Caution Laps: 9, 3/1/1998
  • Most on the Lead Lap: 30 - 3/12/2006
  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 10 - twice, most recently 3/7/1999
  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/5/2000
  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 33 - 3/7/04
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth 2004, started 25th
  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 3/7/1999 and 3/13/2005
  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 3/5/2000
  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 123 - Matt Kenseth, 3/7/2004
  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Jimmie Johnson 3/12/2006
  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Ford
  • Closest Margin of Victory: 0.045 second - Jimmie Johnson over Matt Kenseth, 3/12/2006
  • Greatest Margin of Victory: 9.104 seconds - Matt Kenseth over Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3/2/2003

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 9] 0.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 0
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 1 of 9
  • Races won from the top 10: 3 of 9

    Race Winners

    2006 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 133.358, started 3rd, MOV .045 second
    2005 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 121.038, started 9th, MOV 1.661 seconds
    2004 Matt Kennsth, #17 Ford, 128.790, started 25th, MOV 3.426
    2003 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 132.934, started 17th, MOV 9.104
    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th, MOV 1.163
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th, MOV 1.477
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th
    MOV = Margin of Victory

    Pole Winners

    2006 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 172.403, finished 8th
    2005 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 173.745, finished 9th
    2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 174.904, finished 2nd
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 173.016, finished 4th
    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 172.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th

  • Four Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Cup race at: There are four current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #20-Tony Stewart has not won at [a Nextel Cup race]:
    Las Vegas 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    California 0 for 12 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Darlington 0 for 14 with a best finish of 4th in 2001 & 2002
    Talladega 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd [6 times] in 2001,2002,2005,2006
    Stewart has won at 18 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(2-25-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    NEW Banking: Corners:20°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 9°
    OLD Banking: Corners:12°, Front Straight: 9°, Back Straight: 3°
    Grandstand Seating: 142,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Mike Jessamy (Co-Director, UAW-DaimlerChrysler National Training Center)
    Command to start engines: Mike Jessamy
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: John Byers (Co-Director, UAW-DaimlerChrysler National Training Center)
    Honorary Race Official: ?
    National Anthem: Sierra Boggess, Star of Phantom of the Opera
    Military Flyover: United States Air Force Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, NV

  • Track Homepage: lvms.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my March 2006 Las Vegas Race Info page.

  • Blue Man Group, Uncle Kracker headline entertainment at LVMS: The world-famous Blue Man Group [huge Jayski fave] and recording star Uncle Kracker are just two of the entertainment options Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be offering to race fans during the March 9-11 NASCAR Weekend. Blue Man Group, which performs nightly at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino will perform throughout the day Saturday and Sunday in the Neon Garage and put on a 17-minute show on the pre-race stage prior to the start of Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Uncle Kracker will play at 11:30 a.m. on the Garnier Fructis Stage in the speedway's midway on Sunday. Sierra Boggess and Darryl Worley will sing the National Anthem on Sunday and Saturday respectively. Boggess will be performing after Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at the Fremont Street Experience. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, who are based at nearby Nellis Air Force Base, will provide a unique flyover for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. A pair of F-16s from the 64th Aggressor Squadron from Nellis will provide the flyover for Saturday. Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is sold out, but tickets remain for both the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday and Friday's Pole Day. Call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com for details.(LVMS PR)(3-9-2007)

  • LVMS expects smooth vehicle flow for NASCAR Weekend: Las Vegas Motor Speedway's ever-improving vehicle flow for its March 9-11 NASCAR Weekend should be even better for this year's event, according to LVMS officials. Over the past few years, the 215 Beltway, new interchanges and wider roads have helped make ingress and egress from the speedway's property a constantly improving experience for race fans. Race fans are encouraged to arrive early. This year's Sam's Town 300 Busch Series race will begin at noon Pacific Time, which is three and a half hours earlier than last year's event. Race fans also are reminded to turn their clocks forward on Saturday [Sunday at 2am] night in recognition of Daylight Saving Time. Local fans living in the northern and western parts of the valley are encouraged to use the 215 Beltway. Speedway officials also are encouraging as many race fans as possible to use buses and shuttles such as Citizens Area Transit (CAT) for transportation to the races. The speedway will continue to crack down on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle. General parking is free at LVMS.(LVMS PR)(3-5-2007)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Petty wax figures to be unveiled at LVMS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Richard Petty will appear in the flesh and in wax in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Neon Garage. Earnhardt Jr. and Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion, will unveil their wax figures at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The two figures will remain in the Neon Garage throughout the weekend. Once the NASCAR Weekend is completed, the two figures will go to their home at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. The figures will join those of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt and four-time champ Jeff Gordon in Madame Tussauds SPEED attraction. Tickets for the March 9-11 NASCAR Weekend are available by calling 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com. Madame Tussauds will be open throughout the racing weekend. For attraction hours and pricing, call 702-862-7800 or visit online at www.mtvegas.com.(LVMS PR)(3-5-2007)

  • LVMS officials announce UAW-DaimlerChryler 400 sellout: Aside from a handful of available singles, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a sellout. "The demand for NASCAR tickets in Las Vegas confirms once again that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the premier destination on the NASCAR circuit," said Chris Powell, general manager of LVMS. "This year we've sold out of Sunday's event earlier than any other year. Obviously, the buzz that's been created by raising the speedway's banking and the building of the Neon Garage has spurred an unprecedented level of interest." Tickets do remain for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race as well as Pole Day on Friday, March 9. One option for fans to see the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is the newly built Blackjack Club, which occupies the third floor of the new infield media center. A few Blackjack Club passes are available, and they include food and beverage throughout the weekend. Since last March's race, construction crews have raised the banking in the turns from 12 to 20 degrees, moved pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands, constructed the new Neon Garage and built a new media center. LVMS's ticketing partner, TicketMaster, offers another possibility for fans who don't want to be left out of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. TM's "TicketExchange" can be accessed through the LVMS website (lvms.com). Fans who've already purchased tickets to the event have an opportunity to sell unneeded tickets on TicketExchange. For those fans already in possession of tickets, a few passes into the Neon Garage remain available, as do the always-popular pre-race activities passes. Tickets for Qualifying Day and the NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 300 may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(3-2-2007)

  • Smaller fuel tank, new tire for Vegas UPDATE: NASCAR announced that the Nextel Cup cars will be required to use 13-gallon fuel cells at Las Vegas, instead of the 17 gallon tank that is to be used for the rest of the tracks this season. Also the tire that was used in Las Vegas testing in January will be changed. The reason: the new track surface and configuration at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There were many accidents and the speeds were much higher. NASCAR did the same thing a couple years ago when Lowe's Motor Speedway levitated then resurfaced the track.(2-11-2007)
    UPDATE: NASCAR will use a smaller fuel cell and a different tire compound for the Nextel Cup and Busch races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 10-11. "We decided to go with a 13-gallon fuel tank for Las Vegas," said Pemberton. "We discussed it with Goodyear and felt we have the potential for some of the same issues we had at the Charlotte track last year." The fuel cell this season for most races is 17.5 gallons. Using a smaller fuel cell will cause the teams to pit at shorter intervals, enabling crew members to check tire wear and make changes frequently, if needed. NASCAR officials were concerned with tire wear last year at Lowe's Motor Speedway after the surface was repaved, which added additional grip. The Las Vegas track was completely rebuilt in the offseason, adding increased banking to the new surface. Cup teams tested at the 1.5-mile two weeks ago and the Busch teams were there last week. Some drivers complained about the speeds the cars were reaching on the new asphalt, along with the hardness of the tires. "Goodyear has decided to change the left-side compound [at Las Vegas] and maybe a construction that is different from the tests," Pemberton said. "As we go into the day and age with new pavement, the surface is a little too abrasive right off. We just need one race under our belts. We have to get a little time on the racetrack." (ESPN.com)
    AND LVMS statement regarding smaller fuel cells for NASCAR Weekend: "NASCAR's decision to use 13-gallon fuel cells for both the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300 will make for an even more exciting race," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "With the increase in the banking from 12 to 20 degrees, there are a lot of unknowns including race set up and tire compounds the teams will face for both races. This decision should keep the racing tighter and give the teams more opportunities to measure tire wear." "Plus, we moved the pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands, so this will give all of the race fans even more opportunities to watch the excitement of the all-important pit stops."(LVMS PR)(2-11-2007)

  • LVMS to add seating for UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will add bleacher seating in Turn 3 for the March 9-11 NASCAR Weekend. With most of the seats in the main grandstand already sold, the speedway is offering $99 tickets that will include tickets for each day of the racing weekend. "Race fans are aware of the many changes we're undergoing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and that awareness is apparent in the demand for tickets here in March," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "The new 20-degree banking in the turns is certain to improve the competition. Pit road is closer to the front-stretch grandstands, and the new Neon Garage is sure to be the talk of the sport. The excitement generated by these improvements has yielded a significant increase in ticket sales - more tickets sold at this point than in any previous year." Construction crews have spent the past 10 months raising the banking and moving pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands. Tickets in the Turn 3 bleachers go on sale Saturday at 8:00am/pt. These "Triple Play" tickets include reserved seats for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race as well as a ticket for Friday's Pole Day.Passes for the speedway's newest attraction - the fan-interactive Neon Garage - also are available. In addition, there are a limited number of camping spots, pre-race activities passes and Lucky 7 Preferred parking passes available. Race fans can call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com for tickets, camping and pre-race passes.(LVMS PR)(1-29-2007)

  • Blackjack Club to put race fans in the center of the action at LVMS: There's a new club in Las Vegas. This new club doesn't have a dance floor, disco ball or DJ booth; but it has unlimited food and drinks, VIP parking and unprecedented access to Nevada's largest sporting event. The Blackjack Club will be located on the third floor of the speedway's new infield media center. It will give race fans a bird's eye view of the front straightaway, provide access to both the pits and the new Neon Garage and give them a patio from which to watch the racing action. LVMS has sold all seats in its suites and Vegas Clubhouse along the front straightaway making the Blackjack Club the only premium access remaining for the March 9-11 NASCAR Weekend, which includes the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event and 10th annual UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup race. Passes for the Blackjack Club are available by calling the LVMS sales and marketing department at (702) 632-8254. All passes are good for all three days and include pit passes, Neon Garage access and VIP parking.(LVMS PR)(1-17-2007)

  • Elvis, Madonna, Prince head Neon Garage lineup at Las Vegas: Elvis Presley, Madonna and many of the biggest names in the music industry have signed on to entertain race fans in the Neon Garage, Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s newest attraction. The performers – or a reasonable impersonator thereof – will be on stage throughout the March 9-11, 2007 race weekend. These legends of the music industry will join Blue Man Group and the Sirens of the TI among the acts confirmed for performing in the Neon Garage.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(12-17-2006)

  • Blue Man Group to sponsor pre-race show at LVMS: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is bringing Blue Man Group from the Las Vegas Strip to the front straightaway. The world famous group, which performs nightly at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in their custom-built Blue Man Theatre, will be the headline attraction during the Pre-Race Show prior to the March 11, 2007 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at LVMS. Race fans can purchase pre-race activities passes and watch all of the pre-race ceremonies trackside. A limited number remain available. Blue Man Group currently has productions also running in New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin, Toronto and London. In December, Blue Man Group will open its latest international production in Amsterdam and in June 2007, they will open at Universal Orlando Resort. This will be the group's first appearance at a speedway or a NASCAR event. In addition to its performance on the pre-race stage, Blue Man Group also has become the first act to commit to performing in the Neon Garage. LVMS expects to announce many more entertainment acts for the Neon Garage over the next several weeks. The Neon Garage will be positioned in the center of the LVMS infield. It will be comprised of four buildings - constructed in the shape of a diamond - in which the Nextel Cup teams will prepare their cars to race. Each building will be two stories, which will allow race fans to watch the teams work from ground level or from an elevated position. The center of the Neon Garage will be open to race fans. There will be a sports bar with big screens to watch the on-track action, concession stands and continuous entertainment acts that represent Las Vegas' best shows. As an added bonus, the speedway is moving its Winner's Circle into the Neon Garage as well.(LVMS PR)(11-28-2006)

  • Biffle visits new-and-improved Las Vegas Motor Speedway: #16-Greg Biffle was in Las Vegas on Thursday [Nov 9] and visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway as part of promotion for Kraft Foods and Planters Peanuts. Two lucky winners were flown to Las Vegas to receive ride-alongs with Greg at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at LVMS. The promotion afforded Biffle - a native of Vancouver, Wash., an opportunity to see the 1.5-mile superspeedway in its new configuration, with banking in the turns increased to 20 degrees. "We're out here doing some promotions with Kraft - one of my sponsors on my car - and I'm having a lot of fun," said Biffle. "Giving people rides is fun and it gives them a feel for what we do. This is my first time on the new configuration. It looks like it's going to be fun to race on. Obviously, the Richard Petty (Driving Experience) cars are a (little) slower than what we go here, so it's a little hard to get a feel for how it's actually going to be, but it's a lot different than what it used to be. I think running up off the bottom of the race track is going to be the fast way around. These guys (Petty instructors) are running around the middle groove and it looks like it's going to produce some pretty good side-by-side racing. I'm looking forward to coming out here next month to test for Goodyear in my race car."(LVMS PR)(11-11-2006)

  • Starting times announced for 2007 NASCAR Weekend at LVMS: Starting times for Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 2007 NASCAR Weekend are set. For the second straight year, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, March 11, 2007 will start at 1:40 p.m. (Pacific Time). The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series on Saturday, March 10 will start at 2 p.m. The Busch race starting time is 90 minutes earlier than this past year. "We had several discussions with NASCAR about the starting time of the Sam's Town 300," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "We decided that an earlier start time will allow the race fans to enjoy a great day of racing and still have time to enjoy the excitement and nightlife for which Las Vegas is famous." Speedway officials also announced that Saturday's Sam's Town 300 will be televised by ABC Sports. It will be the first over-the-air network for a Busch Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. FOX Sports will televise the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 for the seventh consecutive year. Tickets for all NASCAR Weekend events as well as passes to the new Neon Garage are on sale now by calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(10-31-2006)

  • Construction crews start work on inspection bay in Neon Garage at LVMS: Race teams refer to the NASCAR inspection bay as the "Room of Doom," and race fans who buy passes to the Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will get a first-hand account of what the crew chiefs face every week. Construction crews began erecting the walls for the inspection bay this week as part of the ongoing, multi-million dollar infield renovation of the LVMS infield. Once completed, the inspection area will have large windows facing toward the interior of the Neon Garage to allow fans to watch the NASCAR officials at work. In addition to the work on the inspection station, construction crews began pouring concrete for the third-floor observation deck of the media center, continued placing the metal panels on the front of the media center and continued work on the second-floor viewing area for the Neon Garage. Tickets for March 9-11, 2007 NASCAR Weekend as well as passes for the Neon Garage are on sale now by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(10-21-2006)

  • Construction crews starting adding second floor of Neon Garage at LVMS: America's premier motorsports attraction is growing in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield. Construction crews have started adding the second floor to LVMS' Neon Garage. The second level will allow race fans who have purchased passes to the Neon Garage to look directly down into the garage bays as the Nextel Cup Series crewmen tune their cars. The Neon Garage will be positioned in the center of the infield. It will be composed of four buildings - constructed in the shape of a diamond - in which the Nextel Cup teams will prepare their cars to race. The center of the Neon Garage will be open to credentialed race fans. There will be a sports bar with big screens to watch the on-track action, concession stands and continuous entertainment acts that represent Las Vegas' best shows. As an added bonus, the speedway is moving its Winner's Circle into the Neon Garage. In addition to the Neon Garage work, crews have been adding the façade to the speedway's new media center. More than half of the metal panels are in place as the new facility starts to take shape. Race fans can purchase race tickets as well as passes to the Neon Garage by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or by logging on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(10-15-2006)

  • Infield at Las Vegas Motor Speedway goes green: Although we're headed into the final week of August, it's beginning to look like spring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After enduring months of drab brown (dirt) and black (pavement), the color green has emerged in the infield of the tri-oval of the 1.5-mile superspeedway as four acres of sod was planted between pit road and the front straightaway. Construction continues on the Neon Garage fan zone, state-of-the-art media center and NASCAR Busch Series garage. The first event to be held on LVMS' new pavement and 20-degree banked turns will be the Smith's Las Vegas 350 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Sept. 23. Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(8-26-2006)

  • Neon Garage to bring Vegas glitz to LVMS: Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials announced that the new fan-interactive garage area being built in the speedway's infield will be known as the Neon Garage. The name is derived from the neon lights that represent the glamour of Las Vegas as well as the garage that is the centerpiece of NASCAR tracks across the country. "It's not often that you get the opportunity to invent something, but with the Neon Garage, we truly believe that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is creating a new way for fans to experience a NASCAR race," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. The Neon Garage will be positioned in the center of the LVMS infield. It will be comprised of four buildings - constructed in the shape of a diamond - in which the Nextel Cup teams will prepare their cars to race. Each building will be two stories, which will allow race fans to watch the teams work from ground level or from an elevated position. The center of the Neon Garage will be open to race fans. There will be a sports bar with big screens to watch the on-track action, concession stands and continuous entertainment acts that represent Las Vegas' best shows. As an added bonus, the speedway is moving its Winner's Circle into the Neon Garage as well. Tickets for the Neon Garage are on sale now for the March 9-11, 2007 NASCAR Weekend. Race fans can get tickets and Neon Garage passes by calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR/Site)(8-10-2006)

  • Kurt Busch first to drive on new LVMS high banks: #2-Kurt Busch on Tuesday became the first driver to turn laps on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's new pavement and high-banked turns. The Las Vegas native drove a car from the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) which was painted to resemble his #2 Miller Lite Dodge. Busch had nothing but praise for the new asphalt surface and 20-degree banked turns as he exited the car. "First, I am honored to be here to take the first laps on the new track," Busch said. "I just can't wait for the completed product, because what's available right now is so much speed. Everything about it is right -- the transitions into the corners, the new banking, the speed that it's going to (generate). When we qualify here, it'll be beyond the track record. It's hard to tell right now exactly how fast it will be, but I think it will be five-to-10 miles per hour quicker. And what that means for a lap time is probably two or three seconds. It's that much quicker. And what teams are going to have to do to adjust to all this newness is going to be incredible. I can't wait for the test session we have here in January." Busch wasn't the only NASCAR driver to tour the track today. Fellow Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan, who competes in the Truck Series, also turned laps in an RPDE car. "I liked the old track, so I'm not one of those guys that didn't like the old LVMS configuration," said Gaughan, who drives the Orleans Racing Dodge. "I got to talk to the guys who constructed it and they're really proud of it. There are no seams where the banking rises. Las Vegas Motor Speedway's front straight lends itself to a much more friendly and racy straightaway. At Charlotte, Atlanta and Texas, with their flat double-dogleg, it can get dicey where you get a little nervous getting through there. This place seems like you're going to be able to go two or three-wide at the start-finish line much easier than those other tracks. You'll definitely be able to run more grooves. Like Homestead, where they went to multiple banking, the top groove could be pretty quick. I can't wait for the Goodyear tire test here next week. Then the Smith's Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is the first event on the new surface." Tickets for the Sept. 23 Smith's Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on LVMS' repaved, high-banked 1.5-mile superspeedway are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(8-9-2006)

  • 2nd Cup race at Las Vegas? The hottest rumor in the garage area won't go away. If the Nextel Cup series is going to add a second race to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it's news to them. Racetrack officials called the rumor "interesting" but said they haven't heard anything official. Stay tuned.(Augusta Chronicle)(7-8-2006)

  • Recycling LVMS: Everything old is new again: A lot of Las Vegas Motor Speedway is being torn down, but very little is being thrown away. The speedway's multi-million dollar construction project has created a considerable amount of rubble which might be misconstrued as waste. But quite a bit of what was demolished will be reused. "We have made a concerted effort to recycle as much of the old facility as possible," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "In doing so, we are being both fiscally and environmentally responsible. In the past, we have recycled parts of the grandstands when we built the Earnhardt and Petty Terraces, but this project is much larger than any of those." The estimated 500,000 tons of asphalt removed from the superspeedway's turns, back straightaway, infield and access roads will be recycled to pave five acres of parking lots and 25 acres of campground around the track. The infield top soil - estimated at 100,000 cubic yards - will be enhanced with peat moss and reused in the tri-oval area and elsewhere around the LVMS property. Even the three-lane tunnel will undergo recycling. Its corrugated steel walls from the infield side will be moved to the entrance of the tunnel due to the reshaping of Turns 1 and 2. "The barrier wall is moving out 200 feet, so we had a lot of extra tunnel on the infield side that we don't need," said Devin Horihan, LVMS director of development. "We need it on the outside of the tunnel because we're changing the banking of the track. We took the tunnel apart on the infield side, now we're reassembling it on the outside. "There will be 3,000 feet of wheel fence that will be reused on the backstretch and in Turns 1 and 2. The garage doors from the pit buildings were picked up by a local recycler. The base stone under the asphalt on the track was recycled. It's a high-quality fractured limestone and will be used again under the new track. When you think about it, there really isn't that much waste." Thirty-six palm trees were removed from the tunnel entrance to the superspeedway and will be replanted around the LVMS property. The new speedway surface, which will be banked 20 degrees in the turns and 10 degrees on the back straightaway, will be ready for the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Sept. 23.(see more at LVMS.com)(5-19-2006)

  • NASCAR Weekend nets record $197 million for Las Vegas economy: More visitors came to Las Vegas this past March and spent more money than any other month in Las Vegas' 101-year history. No entity played a bigger role in that milestone than Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 2006 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas had a record $197 million impact on the state's economy, the greatest expenditure figure in the nine-year history of the event and an astounding 18.4-percent increase from 2005. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's annual study revealed that the final number was $197,891,200, up from $167,127,800 in 2005. The numbers, a product of one-time expenditures, are based on interviews with race fans during the March 10-12 weekend and reflect the amount of money spent - both gaming and non-gaming - during the four-day event at LVMS. The study estimated approximately 94,875 visitors attended the race from outside Nevada. The event weekend is estimated to have drawn more than 340,000 people through the gates at the speedway. The events included the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup event, the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, Friday's qualifying day and two nights of the World of Outlaws. According to the economics research department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, each dollar brought into the area creates a little more than one additional dollar. Based on UNLV's analysis, the event generated more than $400 million as the money cycled throughout the Nevada economy.(see more at LVMS.com)(5-18-2006)

  • Demolition of LVMS infield in full force: Construction crews are working in high gear demolishing buildings in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield in preparation for the new fan-interactive garage area, media center and track resurfacing. After two weeks of soft demolition, construction crews have knocked down Garage 2 and are in the process of tearing down Garage 3. Speedway officials expect to raze the media center early next week. In addition to tearing down the garages, much of the catch fencing and SAFER barriers around the 1.5-mile superspeedway have been removed. Sod has been extracted from the tri-oval to make way for the new pit road, which will be approximately 200 feet closer to the grandstand. Crews will begin the process of moving pit road and re-banking the speedway from 12 to 20 degrees in late April. Once completed, the multi-million project will create a new fan-friendly garage area, a pit road that is much closer to the grandstands, a faster and more competitive racing surface and a new state-of-the-art media center. The track resurfacing and pit road relocation project will be completed in time for the Sept. 23 Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The new fan-interactive garage area is scheduled to open for the 2007 NASCAR Weekend.(LVMS PR, for images and more, see lvms.com)(4-6-2006)

  • Martinsville to 1 race, Vegas to 2? Might Martinsville Speedway lose one of its two NASCAR Cup dates to Las Vegas next season? Speculation is growing that something like that might be in the works. If so, Martinsville's fall race - in the middle of NASCAR's championship chase - might be the chip on the table between the France family and Bruton Smith.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-1-2006)

  • Bruton NOT moving a date to Vegas from an SMI track: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith reiterated Friday that he would not move dates from one of his tracks to add a second date to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith did not rule out, however, that he could buy an existing track and request to move that track's Nextel Cup date. SMI-owned tracks host 10 Cup events - two each plus the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Charlotte, as well as two at Bristol, Atlanta and Texas, and one at Infineon Raceway. SMI rival International Speedway Corp. owns most of the rest of the Cup tracks.(SceneDaily.com)(3-11-2006)

  • Bruton willing to buy Darlington - to move race back to Labor Day weekend: [Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton] Smith said he would be willing to buy a track with an existing Nextel Cup date, for "$200 million to $250 million, something like that," to bring that date to Las Vegas [Motor Speedway]. And he said he was "trying every week" to make just such a purchase. "What we need to do is buy a speedway ... and I'm hoping one day somebody will give me a phone call or knock on the door, and within 15 minutes the deal will be done," Smith said. "They know I'm here and willing and can write a check." Smith also said he would be interested in buying Darlington Raceway, and picked a $100 million price tag - but not to move the date here, rather he said to return the Southern 500 to its historic Labor Day weekend, to "get it back where it belongs." Smith said his Speedway Motorsports operation is "six to seven years behind this sport. And we are going to work like hell to catch up.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-11-2006)

  • Trophy Towers to bring luxury living to Vegas: Trophy Towers, a multi-story condominium with panoramic views of both the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile superspeedway, is the latest addition to LVMS's multimillion-dollar makeover. Speedway officials and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman made the announcement Friday. "I have said many times that I want to make this the greatest speedway in the world," said Bruton Smith, chairman of LVMS's parent company, Speedway Motorsports. "We announced a few weeks ago that we were making major improvements to our infield area and to the racing surface itself. And this is another step in separating this speedway from all others." Smith has overseen condominium projects at three other SMI speedways: Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Each project has been met with rave reviews. "When Bruton announced that he was building condominiums in Charlotte, there were a lot of naysayers," said Chris Powell, general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "But the man has been a visionary in this sport. There is no doubt that once Trophy Towers is completed, it will be the talk of the Las Vegas Valley as well as the racing world." In addition to the private units, Trophy Towers will feature a swimming pool, spa, workout room, private parking and high-tech security. The individual units will range in size from approximately 1,750 square feet to 3,500 square feet for the penthouse. Each condo will have views of both the Strip and the speedway. AI Design Group of Charlotte, N.C., is the architect for the project. AI Design also has planned the speedway's infield renovation and has been involved in man projects at other SMI facilities.(LVMS PR)(3-11-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Almirola Drives Joe Gibbs Driven to Las Vegas: Joe Gibbs Driven, the automotive aftermarket division of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will make its first appearance as a primary sponsor of a Nextel Cup Series race car when JGR development driver Aric Almirola attempts to qualify for his first Nextel Cup race March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Driven includes a successful line of JGR-owned high-performance racing oils and lubricants - products developed by JGR's three-time Nextel Cup championship-winning engine builder Mark Cronquist and used by JGR's Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series teams. Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil is sold nationwide to racers at every motorsports level. Other quality licensed products that are part of the Joe Gibbs Driven family are Additech Fuel System Cleaner and Sellars Shop Towels. Both will adorn Almirola's #80 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevy at Las Vegas. Almirola was one of JGR's first prospects via the diversity program founded by JGR and the late Reggie White, an initiative that traces its roots back to May 2003. To learn more about Joe Gibbs Driven, please visit www.JoeGibbsDriven.com.(True Speed Communication PR), see an image of the car on my #80 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2007)

  • Jon Wood to make Nextel Cup debut at Las Vegas: The UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark Jon Wood’s first official Nextel Cup start in the #21 Air Force Ford. Regular driver Ken Schrader will step aside, but still compete in a second Nextel Cup entry, the red #47 Ore-Ida/Kingsford/Clorox Ford. The UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 will mark the first time that the Wood Brothers/JTG Organization will have two entries in the same event. The team also has plans to duplicate the double entry later next month at the Texas Motor Speedway. The ESPN Network has committed to filming an “All Access” feature story on Jon Wood and the week leading up to his Nextel Cup debut, which is slated to air on Sunday, March 11th during their NASCAR Countdown pre-race show. Check local listings for viewing times. Wood turned the 16th fastest overall lap at the open test in January at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wood and the entire Wood Family are on tap to take a private guided tour of the Nellis Air Force Base on Thursday, March 8th with Director of Competition Michael McSwain and Co-Team Owner Jodi Geschickter are scheduled to fly in assorted Air Force aircraft.(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing PR)(3-6-2007)

  • Almirola to Make Cup Debut at Vegas: Three years ago, Aric Almirola was getting ready for a full season of late model stock car racing at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. After scoring two wins, six top-fives and 15 top-10s in 2004, Almirola began climbing the NASCAR ladder. The Tampa, Fla., native of Cuban descent traversed the Southeast in 2005 competing in regional late model races, and by the end of the year, was running a limited schedule in the Craftsman Truck Series. Two top-10 finishes in four Truck Series starts led to a full-time Truck Series ride and a nine-race Busch Series schedule in 2006. The promise Almirola showed in 2004 continued in 2006, which led JGR officials to give him a slate of 18 Busch Series races and four Nextel Cup races in 2007. That first Nextel Cup race comes at Las Vegas, where Almirola will attempt to qualify the #80 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevy.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(3-1-2007)

  • Las Vegas Testing was held on Jan. 29-30, 2007: #19B-Elliott Sadler was fastest in the 2nd afternoon session with a speed of 188.772mph. There were a few wrecks. For all the speeds and notes, see my 2007 Las Vegas Testing page.

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Scheduled Paint Schemes to run at this race
    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne McDonald's none...yet
    #10-Scott Riggs Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #21-Jon Wood US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette #24 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells Fargo #45 Schemes Page
    #47-Ken Schrader Ore-Ida/Kingsford/Clorox none...yet
    #66-Jeff Green Samsung Four Seasons of Hope #66 Schemes Page


  • McDonald's scheme for Kahne at Las Vegas: The #9 Dodge Charger that Kasey Kahne drives will be sporting a special McDonald’s paint scheme this weekend in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR)(3-7-2007)

  • "Magic" Johnson to Serve as Honorary Crew Chief for the #66 team; special scheme: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy is carrying a special paint design this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The #66 car features logos promoting a national Best Buy retail promotion for Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, which is helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Johnson will attend the race as a guest of Samsung and Best Buy, and will serve as the honorary crew chief for Green and the #66 team. Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope is an innovative philanthropy program that combines the forces of major national retailers with sports, music and civic personalities, to benefit children, families and communities in need. From March 4-24, Samsung will donate a percentage of each qualifying unit sold at Best Buy stores to the Magic Johnson Foundation. Established by basketball legend, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the foundation is committed to making a positive impact on families in inner city communities, one child at a time. Eligible categories for the promotion include Consumer Electronics (television, audio & video), Home Appliances (refrigerators and microwaves), and Information Technology products (monitors and printers). Best Buy customers will also receive a free Best Buy gift card for purchasing select Samsung products during the promotion. This card allows eligibility for a chance to win a VIP trip for two to the April 21 NASCAR race in Phoenix, AZ. Best Buy, which is in its second year as the primary sponsor of the #66, is supporting the promotion in several ways. Last month, Jeff Green traveled to Los Angeles to participate in a photo and video shoot with Magic Johnson and the #66 Samsung Four Seasons of Hope car. This past Sunday, a photo of Johnson, Green and the car appeared on the cover of Best Buy's weekly advertising circular, which is inserted into millions of newspapers across the United States. A special promotional video featuring Johnson and Green is airing on TV screens throughout all Best Buy retail locations for the duration of the promotion. For more information on Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, visit www.fourseasonsofhope.com. To find out more about the Magic Johnson Foundation, log on to www.magicjohnson.org.(GMR Live Marketing PR), see images of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(3-6-2007)

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor Riggs at two races: Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be the primary sponsor of the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge that Scott Riggs drives in two 2007 Nextel Cup Series races: Las Vegas Speedway on March 11, 2007 and at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2007. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the #9, #10 and #19 Evernham Dodges for all other Nextel Cup Series races in 2007 and will receive branding on Evernham team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment. Kasey Kahne will be driving the #9 car while Elliott Sadler will take the wheel for #19.(Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper site)(3-6-2007)

  • Nicorette Increases 2007 Program with Jeff Gordon: Nicorette nicotine gum will expand its Nextel Cup program next season, expanding its involvement with #24-Jeff Gordon to four races, officials announced Friday at Atlanta. They also commended the 173 NASCAR officials and crew members who quit smoking with their product this season. Gordon will run a special Nicorette paint scheme for four races next season: Las Vegas (March 11), Chicago (July 15), Richmond (Sept. 8) and Atlanta (Oct. 28).(AMS Pit Notes)(10-28-2006)

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


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