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THE RACE: The Samsung 500

Nextel Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 15, 2007 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Samsung

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • TV: FOX 1:30pm/et

  • FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 2:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:10pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 19 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

  • PRN's Texas Radio Broadcast Schedule:
    April 13: Nextel Cup Qualifying broadcast begins at 5:00pm/et.
    April 14: Busch Series broadcast begins at 2:30pm/et.
    April 15: Nextel Cup Series broadcast begins at 1:15pm/et.
    PRN's Crown Royal Post Race Talk show begins immediately after the Nexstel Cup race. PRN's broadcast crew consists of co-anchors Doug Rice and Mark Garrow; pit reporters Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Jim Noble and turn announcers Chuck Carland and Rob Albright. PRN's broadcast will be heard on more than 465 stations nationwide, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 and on NASCAR.com. The events can be heard locally on LIVE 105.3 KLLI - FM.(PRN PR)(4-12-2007)

  • Purse/Race Awards: $7,253,642 (was $7,117,176 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et TV: SPEED; and
    Saturday, April 14, 11:30am - 12:20pm/et TV: SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 14, 1:20 - 2:30pm/et on TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 13, 12:30pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, April 13 at 5:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 8:30pm/et and 2:30am/et AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    (this schedule is local time for the track - which is central time)

    Thursday, April 12th
    6:00am NBS Garage Opens
    10:30am Gate 4 Opens
    11:00am-12:10pm NBS Practice
    12:20pm-12:50pm NBS Rookie Practice
    1:00pm - 2:00pm NBS Practice
    6:00pm NBS The Dallas Morning News Qualifying (Busch)
    8:00pm Fandango (Open to season ticket holders only)

    Friday, April 13th
    6:00am NNCS Haulers Enter
    7:30am NNCS Garage Opens
    12:00pm Gates Open (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 & North Tunnel)
    12:00pm Luxury Suites & Victory Lane Club Opens
    12:30pm - 2:00pm NNCS Practice
    4:10pm NNCS The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days (CUP)
    6:30pm NNCS Garage Closes
    8:00pm "Dale" The Movie

    Saturday, April 14th
    9:30am Gates Open (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 & North Tunnel)
    9:30am Luxury Suites & Victory Lane Club Opens
    10:30am-11:20am NNCS Practice
    12:20pm-1:20pm NNCS Final Practice
    2:00pm NBS O'Reilly 300 (200 Laps, 300 Miles / TV: ESPN2, Local Radio: Live 105.3 KLLI - FM )
    6:00pm Legends Races on 1/5 mile at Lil' Texas
    7:00pm-10:00pm Team Texas Race Car Rides

    Sunday, April 15th
    9:00am Gates Open (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11)
    9:00am Luxury Suites & Victory Lane Club Open
    1:00pm NNCS Samsung 500 (334 Laps, 501 Miles / TV: FOX, Local Radio: Live 105.3FM KLLI)
    Post Race Legends Races on ¼ mile oval Superspeedway
    4:30pm - 7:30pm RaceWatch BurnOut Bash (Village of Champions - must have free ticket to enter)

    key
    NNCS = NASCAR 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 -- 600, Right-side -- 600

    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 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes at Texas this weekend, . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to the track, though each of these tire codes have been run in different combinations in the past . . . this left-side code (D-4078) is new to the Goodyear tire lineup for 2007 and was run by teams in both these series at California in February . . . this right-side code (D-4064) was run at both Chicagoland and Homestead during the second half of 2006 . . . 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
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA
NASCAR Camping - Texas

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

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

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Jeff Burton wins at Texas: #31-Jeff Burton won the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the 2007 season, 19th career win and first since Dover in Sept 2006. Burton is the first driver in 13 Nextel Cup races to repeat as a winner at TMS. Burton passed #17-Matt Kenseth on the final lap to win, leading only the most important lap, the final one, Kenseth held on to 2nd, followed by #01-Martin, #24-Gordon [led the most laps], #26-McMurray, #16-Biffle, #1-Truex Jr., #42-Montoya, #11-Hamlin and #40-David Stremme scored his first ever top-10 finish. #8-Earnhardt Jr, was leading when he slowed for #20-Tony Stewart's spin, #5-Kyle Busch couldn't see and rammed into Earnhardt Jr. who spun and had serious rear-end damage. Busch declined comment and left the track, but the team fixed the car, and ironically Dale Jr. jumped in the car and picked up a spot for the #5 team, passing #48-Jimmie Johnson, who had retired the #48 late in the race. Jeff Gordon maintains the points lead, but only 8 points over Jeff Burton and even after missing two races, #01-Mark Martin is still 11th in the points chase. There were 7 cautions for 32 laps and 9 drivers lead the race with 13 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Texas Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page.(4-15-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Texas [7 of 36 races]:
    #24-Jeff Gordon 1136
    #31-Jeff Burton 1128 -8
    #17-Matt Kenseth 1011 -125
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 955 -181
    #11-Denny Hamlin 914 -222
    #07-Clint Bowyer 866 -270
    #5-Kyle Busch 856 -280
    #99-Carl Edwards 837 -299
    #20-Tony Stewart 814 -322
    #26-Jamie McMurray 805 -331
    #01-Mark Martin 794 -342
    #40-David Stremme 779 -357
    some noteables:
    #42-Juan Montoya is 13th
    #29-Kevin Harvick is 14th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 18th
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 33rd
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(4-15-2007)

  • Rumblings - Texas Race Notes: We had a good old-fashioned Texas Shootout today for the final 20 laps or so, and Jeff Burton prevailed over Matt Kenseth to take the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Burton passed Kenseth in turn two on the final lap (the only one he led today, btw) and held on for his first win of the season and 19th of his Nextel Cup career. He's now tied for 32nd on the all-time win list with Davey Allison, Buddy Baker, and Fonty Flock. Burton is the fifth different winner this season, the first repeater at TMS, and this was win #85 for RCR. He also gets a tidy $526,766 from the over $7.2M in posted awards.
    Jamie McMurray (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen last August.
    Martin Truex Jr (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Homestead last November.
    David Stremme (10th) had his career-best finish today. He'd been 11th three times....at Daytona in February, at Homestead last November, and at Loudon last July.
    Tony Raines (13th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Lowe's last October.
    Paul Menard (15th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Lowes last May.
    Dave Blaney (21st) had his best finish since he was 18th at Atlanta last October.
    STREAKIN....Mark Martin has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    Jeff Burton has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Paul Menard (+27), followed by Brian Vickers (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (-35), followed by Kyle Busch (-32), J. J. Yeley (-25), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-24), and David Ragan (-20). A couple of firsters at both ends of the "Shaft" this week. No changes in the Top-35 Owner Points this week, but it's getting a little tighter. 35th to 40th is now separated by only 65 points. Jeff Gordon retains the points lead, but Jeff Burton shaved 20 markers from it....it's now down to just 8 points. Mark Martin and David Stremme move above the "Stayin' Alive" line while Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drop back. Martin Truex Jr (24th to 19th) made the best move forward today, while teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr (11th to 18th) lost the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(4-15-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • The Samsung 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)
    #31-Burton-C (2)(1 lap led - the most important lap)
    #17-Kenseth-F (4)(16 laps led)
    #01-Martin-C (6)
    #24-Gordon-C (1)(172 laps led)
    #26-McMurray-F (13)
    #16-Biffle-F (21)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (24)
    #42-Montoya*-D (16)
    #11-Hamlin-C (7)
    #40-Stremme-D (14)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
    *=rookie

  • Cars on the lead lap: 14 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 15,07,19,13

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 38,9,22,70,25,7,20,66,10,43,29,44,21,12,88,14,45,6

  • Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
    #18-Yeley (accident-out)
    #78-Wallace (engine-out)
    #49-Bliss (accident-out)
    #41-Sorenson (engine-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)
    #48-Johnson (accident-off)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 leaders with 13 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (173, pole);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (96)
    #2-Busch (42);
    #17-Kenseth (16);
    #83-Vickers (2);
    #41-Sorenson (2);
    #19-Sadler (1);
    #7-Gordon (1);
    #31-Burton (1)

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-45; #19-Sadler 46; #7-Gordon 47; #24-Gordon 48-96; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 97-99; #83-Vickers 100-101; #24-Gordon 102-153; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 154-169; #41-Sorenson 170-171; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 172-248; #2-Busch 249-290; #24-Gordon 291-317; #17-Kenseth 318-333; #31-Burton 334

    Cautions: 7 for 32 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 294 - 297: Debris on the frontstretch, possibly from #8-Earnhardt Jr, who then went to the garage. who alsp left oil on the track.
    Caution 6 - Laps 253 - 258: #20-Stewart lost it in turn 4 and spun around, #8-Earnhardt Jr., running in 2nd, slowed in the smoke and #5-Busch who was behind Dale Jr., Busch slammed into the back of the #8 Chevy. Both spun thru the frontstretch grass.
    Caution 5 - Laps 240 - 243: #42-Montoya was trying to pass #20-Stewart in turn 2, Montoya went low and the car walked up the track and into Stewart who spun, then #48-Johnson got into Stewart's side, doing damage to the right front of the #48.
    Caution 4 - Laps 212 - 216: #38-Gilliland lost a tire and left debris on the backstretch
    Caution 3 - Laps 117 - 120: Debris in turn 2, probably tire debris off the #12, who had lost a tire a few laps before.
    Caution 2 - Laps 45 - 50: #49-Bliss said he lost if off turn 2, sending Bliss nose first into the backstretch inside wall
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 6: #6-Ragan went up into #18-Yeley in turn 4, Ragan slid thru the frontstretch grass, #88-Rudd hit the grass and spun after getting hit by #25-Mears, the #88 headed backwards and hit the #6. #70-Sauter headed thru the grass and #12-Newman has some damage to the nose

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #2-Busch, 11th
    Caution 6: #11-Hamlin, 9th
    Caution 5: #26-McMurray,5th
    Caution 4: #83-Vickers(2), 14th
    Caution 3: #83-Vickers, 14th
    Caution 2: #14-Marlin, 34th
    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.

  • Texas Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    (the actualy penalty was not included on the report this week)
    1 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 2
    2 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 2
    3 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 3
    4 #45 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 3
    5 #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 45
    6 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 45
    7 #19 Excessive speed - Exiting pits 47
    8 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 117
    9 #38 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 211
    10 #25 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 212
    11 #6 Removing equipment from assigned pit area 214
    12 #20 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 239
    13 #44 Pitting before Pit Road is Open 254
    14 #48 Excessive speed - Exiting pits 262
    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
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics)(4-15-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #5 Chevy is back on the track with Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving, supposedly Kyle Busch left the track
    ---- on lap 309, #24-Gordon slapped the turn 4 wall while leading and is slowing a bit
    ---- on lap 286, #88-Rudd, who is 13 laps down, was told to pick up the pace as his speed is too slow
    ---- on lap 264, #48-Johnson came back on the track, but was caught speeding on pit road, had to do a pass thru penalty, FOX is reporting snoke from the tailpipes
    ---- during the 5th caution, #24-Gordon lost a bunch of spots due to a slow pit stop and restarted in 10th
    ---- on lap 234, #5-Busch, who is running the new Chevy engine, says he can smell the engine.
    ---- on lap 230, #48-Johnson slowed a bit, says his motor is not running well, switched ignition boxes, but feels he has dropped a cylinder
    ---- as of lap 227, #40-Stremme's motor is running hot at 255°, after teammate Sorenson lost an engine the team is concerned
    ---- even while running in the top-10. #16-Biffle was having alternator problems and the team plans to change the battery during the 4th caution
    ---- around lap 168, scheduled green flag pit stops started, #2-Busch came in first of the top-1o, #24-Gordon came in running 2nd on lap 169, #8-Earnhardt Jr, while leading came in on lap 170, #41-Sorenson led 2 laps before the lead cycled back to Dale Jr. #42-Montoya pitted too close to the wall and had a 27 sec stop and almost fell off the lead lap after flirting with the top-10
    ---- on lap 139, #20-Stewart scraped the turn 4 wall while running 6th and never lost a spot.
    ---- on lap 111, #12-Newman had a flat, scraped the wall and had to make an unscheduled pit stop.
    ---- around lap 100, #45-Petty is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the car.
    ---- on lap 94, regualr scheduled green flag stops started, with #2-Busch, the #17-Kenseth, then leader #24-Gordon came in on lap 96, giving #8-Earnhardt Jr. the lead, after all the stops, the lead cycled back to #24-Gordon
    ---- on lap 68, #11-Hamlin reported a vibration, making an unscheduled pit stop, the crew changed tires, Hamlin lost a lap, he was running 9th at the time.
    ---- on lap 58, #45-Petty made an unscheduled pitstop, and came back out and scraped the wall and is slow on the track, then went back to pit road
    ---- green flag at 2:18pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:08pm/et by Grand Marshal Steve Austin
    ---- Military Flyover: a B-52, Narkdale AFB, Loiusiana
    ---- To The Back [3]: #7-Gordon [engine/was to start 23rd]; #5-Busch [backup car/5th]; #44-Jarrett [transmission change/37th]


  • Race Coverage of the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2007.
    TV: FOX at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 3:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #99-Edwards, Ford 188.534
    #41-Sorenseon, Dodge 188.048
    #01-Martin, Chevy 187.806
    #20-Stewart, Chevy 187.761
    #48-Johnson, Chevy 187.761
    best Toyota: #22-Blaney was 7th
    slowest: #70-Sauter 182.469 and #14-Marlin 183.974
    most laps run: #13-Nemecek and #96-Raines 50
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #16-Biffle 185.319 [8th fastest lap] 21 laps run
    #48-Johnson 185.309 [5th] 42
    #41-Sorenson 185.256 [2nd] 32
    fastest 10 consecutive laps ave - SPEED practice coverage:
    #31-Burton 185.746mph
    #1-Truex Jr. 185.605
    #12-Newman 185.560
    For all the speeds, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-14-2007)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the results:
    #20-Stewart 190.712
    #16-Biffle 189.653
    #99-Edwards 189.560
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 189.500
    #1-Truex Jr. 189.016
    slowest: #70-Sauter 183.767 and #78-Wallace 184.212
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 35; #13-Nemechek 33
    incident: just into practice #5-Busch backed into the turn 2 wall and will have to go to a backup car, #11-Hamlin ran over Busch's bumper and has some damage. Busch was to run the new Chevy engine, but will now have the old version, the team hopes to have the backip ready for Happy Hour practice
    For all the speeds, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-14-2007)

  • Qualifying Rained Out for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and the field was set by the rules book, so the top-35 in 2007 Owners Pts fill the top 35 spots, then #83-Brian Vickers as a past race winner in 2006-2007 (2006 race winner at Talladega in the #25), #44-Dale Jarrett (past champion/not charged), #21-Ken Schrader (6 attempts/36th in owner points), #10-Scott Riggs (6/37th), #22-Dave Blaney (6/39th), #49-Mike Bliss (6/40th), #15-Paul Menard (6/43rd) and #78-Kenny Wallace (6/44th). #4-Ward Burton is 41st in owner points, but in the Morgan-McClure Motorsports deal to gain Phoenix Racing's [#09 Chevy] points from Daytona, the team is considered to have attempted to qualify for five of the six events this year because Phoenix skipped California before that deal was completed. After the top 35, teams with the most attempts have priority in making the field once past winners and past champions are placed on the grid. The drivers who will miss the Samsung 500 at Texas are: #4-Burton, #00-David Reutimann [6/45th], #33-Scott Wimmer [1/54th], #34-Kevin Lepage [4/51st], #36-Jeremy Mayfield [6/45th], #37-John Andretti [6/47th], #55-Michael Waltrip [6/50th] and #84-AJ Allmendinger [6/48th]. See the starting lineup on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order page.(4-13-2007)

  • Schedule Change: NASCAR has pushed Nextel Cup qualifying to approx 7:30pm/et after allowing the teams to run practice from 5:15-5:45pm/et after a long rain delay.(4-13-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 51 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #22-Blaney is due out first on Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #48-Johnson. For the Qualifying order, see my Texas Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-13-2007)

  • Friday Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was postponed after 28 minutes due to rain, the results. Around 5:00pm/et NASCAR changed the schedule to extend practice 30 minutes with qualifying to start at 6:00pm/et. The results so far:
    #5-Busch 190.416 [new Chevy engine]
    #25-Mears 190.201 [new Chevy engine]
    #40-Stremme 190.134
    #1-Truex Jr. 190.027
    #20-Stewart 189.940 [new Chevy engine]
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 183.468 and #2-Busch 184.062 [wrecked]
    incidents: #5-Busch had some oil line problems and the crew made repairs
    #55-Waltrip's car had an electrical fire under the dash, only made 1 lap
    #2-Busch slammed the wall and will have to go to a backup car in the 2nd part of practice, the team had Busch out in his backup car within 20 minutes of the wreck
    #7-Gordon blew an engine in the first part of practice
    For all the speeds, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-13-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Texas
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #00-David Reutimann 9th fastest
    #15-Paul Menard 12th
    #49-Mike Bliss 16th
    #10-Scott Riggs 17th
    #4-Ward Burton 27th
    #21-Ken Schrader 28th
    #83-Brian Vickers 30th
    #44-Dale Jarrett 41st but would use Past Champ prov - charged
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would mis the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger 31st
    #22-Dave Blaney 35th
    #37-John Andretti 37th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield 44th
    #78-Kenny Wallace 45th
    #33-Scott Wimmer 47th
    #34-Kevin Lepage 48th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 51st/last
    (4-13-2007)

  • Texas Starting Lineup IF Qualifying is cancelled

  • Rain could cause qualifying troubles at Texas: With rain in the forecast for Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, eight teams are hoping the forecast is wrong and qualifying doesn't get washed out. According to the National Weather Service Web site, there is a 70% chance of rain Friday in the area of the track. In addition to the top 35 drivers being locked in, these drivers would make the race: #83-Brian Vickers (2006 race winner at Talladega in the #25), #44-Dale Jarrett (past champion), #21-Ken Schrader (36th in owner points), #10-Scott Riggs (37th), #22-Dave Blaney (39th), #49-Mike Bliss (40th), #15-Paul Menard (43rd) and #78-Kenny Wallace (44th). #4-Ward Burton is 41st in owner points, but in the Morgan-McClure Motorsports deal to gain Phoenix Racing's [#09 Chevy] points from Daytona, the team is considered to have attempted to qualify for five of the six events this year because Phoenix skipped California before that deal was completed. After the top 35, teams with the most attempts have priority in making the field once past winners and past champions are placed on the grid. Those drivers who would go home would be Burton, #00-David Reutimann, #33-Scott Wimmer, #34-Kevin Lepage, #36-Jeremy Mayfield, #37-John Andretti, #55-Michael Waltrip and #84-AJ Allmendinger.(SceneDaily.com) also see my 2007 Drivers/Owners Pts page for standings, Texas Entry List for rules and more, for other weather forecasts, see weather.com and/or Raceweather.net.(4-12-2007)

  • Entry List for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up, 51 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    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 (6 attempts/45th in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (5/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (6/37)
    #15-Paul Menard (6/43)
    #21-Ken Schrader (6/36)
    #22-Dave Blaney (6/39)
    #33-Scott Wimmer (1/54)
    #34-Kevin Lepage (4/51)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (6/46)
    #37-John Andretti (6/47)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](6/38)
    #49-Mike Bliss (6/40)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (6/50)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (6/44)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(6/42)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (6/48)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,22,49,15,78
    missing the race would be [8]: #'s 00,36,37,84,55,4 [only 5 race attempts], 34 [4], 33 [1]
    See the full list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List
    (4-10-2007)

  • NOTE on #4/#09 Owners Points: have confirmed thru the team and NASCAR that the #109 team of James Finch/Phoenix Racing and the #4 team of Larry McClure/Morgan McClure Motorsports have 'switched' car numbers with Finch now listed as the #4 owner, combing the #109's Daytona points [160] with the #4 points at Las Vegas [34] for a total of 194 and moving up to 38th on the Owners Points list. The switch was made AFTER California, so the #09 team had one attempt. Been told NASCAR has approved this move. Why would the #4 team do this? Race attempts do not matter if a team is in the top 35 of the owners points, so if the #4 can get in the next two races and get in the top-35 they will be guaranteed a starting spot if the team can stay in the top 35.
    My 'understanding' of the rules, is that since the #4 is now listed with only 2 race attempts, the team would not get in the race in the case qualifying is cancelled [rain etc] as there are many teams already with three who would get in first. That is how the rule is written, and confirmed with NASCAR.(3-14-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Texas Motor Speedway are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, but it is closer and teams changed spots
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    30) #38-Gilliland/Yates 494, +68
    31) #66-Green/Haas CNC Racing 479, +53
    32) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 479, +53
    33) #25-Mears/Hendrick 466, +40
    34) #9-Kahne/Evernham 453, +27
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 435, 9 pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Schrader-Wood/ Wood Brothers 426, 9 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 407, -28
    38) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 399, -36 [has 2 champ prov left to use]
    39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 377, -58
    40) #49-Bliss/BAM Racing 360, -75
    41) #4-Burton/Morgan-McClure Motorsports 347, -88
    42) #83-Vickers/Team Red Bull 341, -94
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(4-1-2007)

  • 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 [not a charged provisional]
    #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)

  • 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]

  • 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

  • Three Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are three current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Nextel Cup race]:
    Texas 0 for 12 with a best of 2nd in 2002
    Phoenix 0 for 16 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004
    Homestead 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 21 [19 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(11-19-2006)

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    11/2006 Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235, 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, 190.678mph, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas

    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, 141.804mph, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, Nov 3, 2006, 196.235mph

  • April 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 190.315, finished 1st

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

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

  • Event Race Record: Terry Labonte, March 1999, 144.276mph

  • April 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 137.943mph, started 1st

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

  • Most Wins: 12 tied with 1

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin

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

  • 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: 37 [of 334] - Mark Martin 4/5/1998

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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 12] 8.3%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0

  • 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: 7 of 12 - 58.3%

  • Races won from the top 10: 9 of 12 - 75.0%


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: Six-time WWE champion "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
    Command to start engines: Steve Austin
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Samsung Telecommunications America President Dale Sohn
    National Anthem: MercyMe, contemporary Christian rock band
    Military Flyover: B-52, Barkdale AFB, Loiusiana

  • Track Homepage: www.texasmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Texas Motor Speedway

  • April 2006: Texas Race Info / Rundown Page

  • November 2006: Texas Race Info / Rundown Page

  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Grand Marshal of Samsung 500: The Samsung 500 will get kicked off with a bang - and perhaps a body slam - as six-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will give the command for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series event. Austin is serving as the grand marshal of the Samsung 500 and also will be a special guest in the pits of wrestling fan and Nextel Cup Series driver Elliott Sadler for the start of the 334-lap event. Austin recently has turned his attention from the wrestling ring to Hollywood. The WWE superstar headlines the action-packed thriller, "The Condemned," which hits theaters April 27. The Austin, Texas native will be returning to his college roots in his visit to Texas Motor Speedway, having played football at the University of North Texas in nearby Denton. World champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman will be serving as the honorary starter of Saturday's O'Reilly 300 race. He will have the honor of waving the green flag to start the Busch Series event. Texas Motor Speedway also has a special ticket for $79 for fans who want to be close to the pre-race activities. The 7-Eleven Pre-Race ticket provides access to the infield and pre-race show stage area, a prime spot for viewing the entertainment as well as pre-race driver introductions. Fans who purchase a pre-race ticket also receive a free t-shirt from 7-Eleven. To purchase, call the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS PR)(4-12-2007)

  • National Anthem at Texas: MercyMe, the contemporary Christian rock band that will be performing the National Anthem for the start of the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, has added a 15-minute acoustic set of musical entertainment as part of the 7-Eleven Pre-Race Spectacular.(TMS PR)(4-6-2007)

  • Dale Jr. happy TMS fixed dip: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that he's excited that Texas Motor Speedway has repaired the dip that Earnhardt complained about in the week leading up to the Dickies 500 in November. Earnhardt won't know how that area between Turns 1 and 2 feels until he practices next Friday in preparation for the Samsung 500. "I told them if they could fix that they'd have a better racetrack," said Earnhardt, on a conference call after testing the Car of Tomorrow in Richmond. "[TMS president Eddie Gossage] was upset I used the media to tell him that, but sometimes you guys got the loudest microphone."(Dallas Morning News)(4-5-2007)

  • Samsung 500 boast third largest purse of 2007 season: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced that the upcoming Samsung 500 purse will be in excess of $7 million and rank as the third largest for the entire 36-race Nextel Cup Series season. The total posted awards for the Samsung 500 officially will be $7,253,642 and that purse will only trail the season-opening Daytona 500 ($18,391,423) at Daytona International Speedway and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard ($9,236,620 in 2006) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The Samsung 500 had an increase of $166,466 from the 2006 purse total of $7,087,176, but the bump established a new record for a single-race purse in the history of Texas Motor Speedway. Race tickets, including limited prime frontstretch seats, for the April 12-15 Samsung 500 weekend, which also includes the O'Reilly 300 Busch Series race, are still available by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(4-1-2007)

  • Gossage denies yet another rumor: Eddie Gossage's name has been dropped for another job he insists he does not want. A weekend report carried on the SpeedTV Web site speculated that Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway, would be approached to take over Brian Barnhart's duties as chief operating officer of the Indy Racing League. Barnhart reportedly would continue as president of the IRL, and oversee its technical side, while relinquishing his mainly promotional duties as COO. Gossage said he has not been contacted by either IRL founder Tony George or Barnhart, and that his answer to such an offer would be: "No. Unequivocally no. I don't know where these things come from, but it's frustrating. I'm not looking for a job. This is what I do and I can't imagine doing anything else."Gossage issued a similar disclaimer last month, when he was mentioned as a possible replacement for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(3-15-2007)

  • Texas IROC race cancelled, TMS to premiere "Dale" in it's place: Due to a lack of title sponsorship, the International Race Of Champions (IROC) has cancelled its event scheduled for Friday, April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway, and speedway President Eddie Gossage announced today that the race will be replaced with a special viewing party of the much-anticipated motion picture, "Dale."
    "Dale," a documentary on NASCAR icon and seven-time series champion Dale Earnhardt, premiered recently in Daytona Beach, Fla., but Texas Motor Speedway will serve as the local market venue for the premiere of the movie in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area during April's Samsung 500 NASCAR race weekend. The movie will be shown on five giant NextelVision screens situated on the speedway frontstretch and the screening is expected to begin at approximately 8:30pm/ct. The film is expected to play to one of the largest movie crowds ever and Nextel Cup qualifying has been moved from 3:10pm to 4:10pm/ct [5:10pm/et] to accommodate the throng of fans who plan to attend both Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day and the screening on April 13.
    Fans attending this special event will be treated to a movie introduction and conversation with NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, for whom Earnhardt drove the legendary #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy, and FOX Sports NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds, who served as the Daytona 500-winning crew chief for Earnhardt, among others. In addition, each fan will receive a collector's edition "Dale" poster as well as enjoy a firework spectacular following the movie screening.
    All Texas Motor Speedway season tickets will be honored at the movie event, as well as individual tickets that were purchased for the IROC event. For those who have not yet purchased tickets for the activities surrounding April 13, Texas Motor Speedway is offering two ticket specials. For a $40 ticket, fans will receive a full day of racing action including Nextel Cup practice and qualifying as well as admission to the "Dale" movie. A $20 movie ticket also will be available for purchase at Gate 4 following the conclusion of qualifying. Race tickets, including some prime frontstretch seats, are still available for the Samsung 500 NASCAR weekend April 12-15 by calling (817) 215-8500 and by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(2-28-2007)

  • Zizzo named Speedway PR Person of the Year: Texas Motor Speedway Director of Media Relations Mike Zizzo was honored by NASCAR as the Speedway PR Person of the Year. Zizzo was recognized with the award during the annual NASCAR PR Summit held in Daytona Beach. Zizzo arrived at Texas Motor Speedway in 2005 after serving as senior manager of communications in NASCAR's Media Relations department. Prior to his tenure at NASCAR, Zizzo spent six years with CART as communications manager before being promoted to director of public relations. In 2000, he was promoted to CART vice president of competition public relations. Prior to his NASCAR and CART experience, he worked for 12 years as a sportswriter for The Orlando Sentinel, covering a variety of major beats, including motorsports, the NFL and NHL. In addition to this NASCAR award, Zizzo has been honored with the Jim Chapman Award as the most outstanding public relations representative in the CART series, becoming the first from the sanctioning body to ever receive the prestigious award.(TMS PR)(2-17-2007)

  • Gossage to the NHL? denied: Is hockey on the horizon for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage? Gossage says no. But the man generally regarded as one of the top promoters in racing has been approached by people involved with the NHL about joining the league and eventually replacing commissioner Gary Bettman, sources confirmed Wednesday. Bettman's contract expires after the 2007-08 season. Gossage attended the NHL All-Star Game in Dallas last week, but insists the subject wasn't addressed. "I haven't spoken to any NHL official about this," Gossage said Wednesday. "It's all very flattering, but I'm very happy where I am and enjoy what I do." Frank Brown, media relations director for the NHL, denied the league is involved in any way. "The NHL has not hired a headhunter to contact anyone," Brown said in an e-mail Wednesday. "Any reports stating otherwise are fictitious."(more at ESPN.com)(2-1-2007)

  • Texas Motor Speedway fixing 'the bump' UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke and Texas Motor Speedway listened. TMS will announce Thursday that it is repairing the dip in the track that Earnhardt complained about before and during the Dickies 500 last November. TMS sent out a release Wednesday saying it would announce a track reconstruction, which sources say is the dip between the first two turns. Earnhardt said the dip over the South Tunnel between Turns 1 and 2 kept the drivers from racing side-by-side through the turns. TMS president Eddie Gossage was surprised at Earnhardt's remarks and wondered why Earnhardt didn't mention the problem after the TMS race last April. Gossage said the dip was a normal settling of the ground above the tunnel and didn't have any affect on the racing. But Gossage will make Earnhardt happy by hiring crews to repair the dip this week. The process is expected to take a couple of days.(ESPN.com)(1-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway will conclude a special track renovation process today [Thursday] that is expected to help alleviate a dip that has formed between Turns 1 and 2 on the 1.5-mile superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced. The delicate process, known as “Concrete Lifting By Structure Urethane,” will in essence “pump” up the surface below the track and ultimately raise targeted areas in the affected 200-foot stretch over the South Tunnel that is situated in the middle of the two turns. The depth of the dip varies throughout, but it is at a maximum of two inches at any given point. The track work is being addressed in response to the comments made by #8Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the Dickies 500 race weekend in November and the previous week at the race in Atlanta. Earnhardt Jr. said that the dip was an issue for drivers and the speedway further investigated his claim. Speedway officials, known for being pro-active to drivers’ suggestions over the years, spent the time since his comments consulting with a variety of surveyors and going as far as having structural x-rays taken of the area. “While Junior’s comments at the time surprised me since he never mentioned it before, it was a concern and we thought it would only be appropriate to investigate the issue further and determine if it warranted any action,” Gossage said. “We spoke with several drivers, team owners and NASCAR officials in carrying out our due diligence. After further consultation, we decided it would be beneficial to alleviate the dip as much as possible through this process. We’ve been pro-active since Day 1 to the suggestions of the drivers and fans of this facility and we will continue to do so in the future.”
    The process is being undertaken by Uretek ICR of Arlington, Texas, which is in the midst of the second day of the expected two-day procedure. The method employs high-density special polymers to lift, realign, underseal and fill voids under the concrete slabs, which are resting directly on base soils. As the resin mixture expands, voids are filled and a controlled mold pressure is exerted on a limited area of the slab. Uretek uses multiple-pattern drilled injection locations to re-support and accurately realign the slab. The composite material quickly cures into a strong, stable and long-lasting replacement base material. This process involves drilling roughly 15 to 20 half-inch holes in the area, inserting a 3/8-inch copper tube through the asphalt and into the soil below in each hole, and then injecting a special structure urethane through the tubing. The urethane is expected to raise the different surfaces that exist between the track and the soil – an 8-inch thick drainage mat, a 12-inch thick concrete slab and four inches of asphalt – and help alleviate the dip.(TMS PR)(1-26-2007)
  • Dickie's re-ups as Texas race sponsor: Dickies has extended its sponsorship of Texas Motor Speedway's fall Nextel Cup race through 2009. The Fort Worth-based company also has options to extend the contract through 2011. The announcement was made Saturday by TMS president Eddie Gossage and Dickies vice president of marketing Jon Ragsdale. Dickies' original three-year contract, signed before the 2005 race, had two option years. Dickies had until next June to exercise the option but chose to do so early. Gossage said it is beneficial for TMS to have sponsorship through a local company, as well as branding value in having the name of the facility's fall Nextel race remain the same. TMS' spring Cup race, initiated in 1997, had six different names in its first six years. TMS' contract with Radio Shack for the spring Samsung 500 is scheduled to expire after next year's event. Gossage said Radio Shack has an option to add up to two years.(Dallas Morning News)(11-5-2006)

  • No Plates planned at Texas: Despite Brian Vickers blistering Texas Motor Speedway with a pole-winning speed in excess of 196mph, NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter said restrictor plates will not be used in Sunday’s Dickies 500 to slow the speeds of the cars down. Probably not, anyway. At Talladega last month, NASCAR said it wouldn’t slow the cars down either, but reversed themselves on race morning, when they issued smaller restrictor plates. “That was Talladega and this was Texas,” Hunter said. “But if you’re asking me, ‘Is this in concrete?’ No it isn’t.” Hunter said the qualifying speeds were unusually high because of the extremely cool weather late in the day, when the sun had set. During Saturday’s practice, speeds should drop into the low- to mid-190 mph range.(Speed Channel)(11-4-2006)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Six teams to run new Chevy engine at Texas: The Chevrolet R07 engine development has progressed to the point where up to six teams are expected to run the engine at this weekend’s race. Cars anticipated to debut the new Chevy engine are: Hendrick Motorsports teammates #25-Casey Mears and #5-Kyle Busch; #20-Tony Stewart and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates #11-Denny Hamlin and #18-J.J. Yeley as well as a fourth Richard Childress Racing entry, #33-Scott Wimmer. After more than 50 years of successful race development of the Chevy small-block engine, GM Racing has developed its first (for NASCAR competition) purpose-built small-block race engine, the R07. The engine will debut Sunday at the Samsung 500 Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. A brief presentation by Director of GM Racing Mark Kent, followed by a Q&A period with Jim Covey, NASCAR engine program manager, is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at Texas Motor Speedway.(GM Racing PR)(4-12-2007)

  • Andretti back in the #37 at Texas: This weekend, John Andretti and the #37 Camping World Dodge team will head to 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway teaming with Front Row Motorsports. Andretti raced the #37 Camping World Dodge earlier this season at the two-mile California Speedway. Andretti was strong throughout the event, racing in the top-15, before an electrical problem dropped the team out of contention. Andretti will be looking to make his eighth career start at Texas this weekend in Nextel Cup competition. "We're bringing the same car that we raced in California to Texas. We had an electrical problem at California, but before that we were pretty fast. That's promising. Ernie Elliott prepares the engines for the cars, and his reputation speaks for itself. We haven't lost anything under the hood. Looking at those factors, we feel that not only do we feel good about qualifying, but we think we can have a strong race."(MCG PR)(4-12-2007)

  • MyAutoLoan.com Sponsoring Front Row Motorsports at Texas: myAutoloan.com will be the primary sponsor of the #34 Front Row Motorsports entry driven by Kevin Lepage at Texas Motor Speedway, for the Samsung 500. myAutoloan.com is a subsidiary of Horizon Digital Finance, L.L.C., and a nationally-licensed direct-to-customer, Internet-based auto financing marketplace utilizing Preferred Placement technology and processes.(Front Row Motorsports PR)(4-9-2007)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #5-Kyle Petty Cheez-It none yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Schemes Page
    #20-Tony Stewart NASCAR Day #20 Schemes Page
    #31 Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC #31 Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson Tums #41 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page


  • Cheez-It colors on the #5 at Texas: Kellogg Company's tasty baked snack cracker Cheez-It will adorn the hood of Kyle Busch's #5 Chevy Monte Carlo SS for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. The Cheez-It logo will make another appearance at the California Speedway event later this season.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(4-12-2007)

  • TUMs scheme for Sorenson at Texas: The #41 Dodge will take on a different look this weekend in Texas, sporting a special TUMS paint scheme. A bold, white TUMS logo will adorn the hood of the blue #41 Dodge along with brightly colored TUMS tablets covering the quarter panels and rear of Reed Sorenson's Charger. See image of scheme on my #41 Team Schemes page. The new TUMS Track Tour Guide provides a list of the favorite restaurants at each and every track in racing along with some insight from our experts on each establishment. From well-known spots like the Tobacco Warehouse in Richmond to the local favorites around Lowe's Motor Speedway, the TUMS Track Tour Guide offers a glimpse into all of the racing world's best-kept dining secrets. The TUMS Track Tour Guide is available at www.TUMSracing.com. TUMS will be hosting a campground cook-off for fans to demonstrate their culinary expertise. The event will take place from 11-12:30 pm on Saturday, Apr. 14, at the TUMS "Dinermobile", located in the Fan Concourse area at Texas Motor Speedway. All fans are encourage to enter the event, which will be judged by an all-star panel including Doug Riepe, rear tire carrier on the #40 Coors Light Dodge, and Reed Sorenson's mother Becky. Categories include dishes that are Most Likely to Inspire Indigestion, the Hottest Heartburn and the Most TUMS-worthy. Top prizes include a pit tour for two on Sunday morning and a meet and greet with Sorenson.(Chip Ganassi Racing PR/Clear!Blue PR)(4-12-2007)

  • NASCAR Day Scheme for Stewart at Texas: A special NASCAR Day paint scheme will adorn Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot Chevy at Texas, as the world’s largest home improvement retailer is the exclusive retailer of NASCAR Day pins. The paint scheme kicks off Home Depot’s role with NASCAR Day, with pins available at stores nationwide April 16. NASCAR Day is a one-day celebration of the NASCAR spirit and its fans, and this year’s edition will be held on May 18. In exchange for a $5 donation, participants will receive a commemorative 2007 NASCAR Day lapel pin. Proceeds from the sale of NASCAR Day pins at The Home Depot will equally benefit The NASCAR Foundation Family of Charities, which is comprised of more than 30 nonprofit organizations supporting children’s causes, animal welfare and conservation efforts. NASCAR Day began in 2004 and celebrates its fourth observance in 2007. In 2006, NASCAR Day raised more than $1.3 million.(JGR/True Speed Comm. PR), see an image of the scheme on my #20 Team Scheme page.(4-12-2007)

  • Purple scheme at Texas for Jeff Burton: Richard Childress Racing rolls out its #31 Prilosec OTC Chevy Monte Carlo SS on April 15th, complete with a purple lightning paint scheme, for the first time this season at Texas. A good luck charm for the #31 team will be the addition of Prilosec OTC Victory of a Lifetime Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner Jim Farina as the team's Honorary Pit Crew member. The Pittsfield, Mass., native will spend the weekend with Burton and his crew helping with pre-race preparations as he proudly sports his purple #31 team uniform and firesuit. Prilosec OTC is a Major Associate sponsor of RCR's #31 Chevy. In addition to this week's purple paint scheme, Prilosec OTC supports Team Cingular throughout the year on the lower rear quarter panel of the #31 Chevy and on Jeff Burton's firesuit.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page.(4-6-2007)

  • Tums to be assoc sponsor for Ganassi in 2007/2008: After providing Americans with fast heartburn relief for more than 75 years, TUMS is speeding into Nextel Cup racing as an associate sponsor with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS). The brand has signed a two-year deal that begins with the 2007 season. As part of the deal, the TUMS logo will appear on the rear decklid of the #41 Dodge, driven by Reed Sorenson, throughout the season. In addition, the car will feature a TUMS paint scheme during the April race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. David Stremme’s #40 Dodge will carry the TUMS logo on its B post throughout the season and also will feature a full TUMS paint scheme at Chicagoland Speedway in July. TUMS branding also will be visible on driver and crew uniforms and on team equipment. TUMS is already a familiar friend to NASCAR fans. During the past two seasons TUMS has reached out to them with sampling programs at several tracks featuring a fleet of golf carts. Samplers on the golf carts traveled around the track and into the campgrounds, meeting fans where heartburn strikes.(Tums PR)(11-3-2006)

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