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THE RACE: Amp Energy Drink 500

Sprint Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, October 5, 2008 in Talladega, AL

  • Title Sponsor: Amp Energy Drink (Pepsi)

  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:21pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 1:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, October 6 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, October 6 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, October 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 9 at 3:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, October 3, 2:00 - 3:15pm/et, TV-SPEED;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 3, 3:45 - 4:30pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, October 3, 1:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Saturday, October 4 at 12:05pm/et, TV-SPEED via tape at 1:00pm/et, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Stewart finally wins at Talladega: #20-Tony Stewart won the Amp 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for his 1st win of 2008, his 1st win ever in a Cup race at Talladega after six 2nd place finishes and his 33rd career win [ties him for 17th all time wins with Fireball Roberts]. It was Stewart's first win in 43 races, Watkins Glen in 2007 and the 9th season in a row [every season] that Stewart has won at least one race. #01-Regan Smith was 2nd but he passed Stewart at the start-finish line after passing the #20 under the yellow line and was penalized and credited with a finish of 18th. So #15-Menard is 2nd [his best career finish and first ever top-5 finish] followed by #6-Ragan, #31-Burton, #07-Bowyer, #43-Labonte, #66-Riggs, #7-Gordon, #48-Johnson and #19-Sadler. There were 64 lead changes among 28 drivers, 10 cautions for 41 laps and 2 red flags for the two big wrecks which lasted a little over 29 minutes.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Talladega Race Results Awards Page.(10-5-2008) Comment here

  • Below yellow line at Daytona/Talladega OK on last lap? NO: This was posted back in Feb 2007 about the Truck Series race at Daytona. The 'rule' was metnioned at the end of ABC's broadcast, but NASCAR ruled otherwise.
    Drivers throughout the Craftsman Truck Series garage were still talking about last week's [Feb 2007] three-wide finish at Daytona International Speedway. While they admitted the finish was good for television, most wondered why NASCAR allowed Johnny Benson to drive below the yellow line - Daytona's out of bounds line - to jump from third to second in the final 200 yards. Benson wasn't penalized because "if you can see the checkered flag on the last lap, anything goes," according to NASCAR spokesman Owen Kearns.(Augusta Chronicle)(2-24-2007/10-5-2008), no word on the exact ruling, problems with the ruling? take it up with NASCAR, contact info on my Racing FAQ/Contact NASCAR page.
    from NASCAR: Post-Race Comments from NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 5, "You cannot improve your position anytime you go below the yellow line. In our judgment, he (Regan Smith) improved his position and the penalty for that is a pass thru, so he was moved back to the tail end of the longest line or 18th position. At the driver's meeting, we clearly state that you cannot improve your position by going below the yellow line. We do not feel he was forced below the yellow line. Anytime you get into a situation like this, there are going to be two different opinions. We respect Regan's view, but we made the call, we think it's the right call and the finish is final. NASCAR has to maintain some kind of control – and that's the reason we say, you cannot advance your position by going below the yellow line. If he had not improved his position, he probably would have been awarded 2nd place."(NASCAR)(10-5-2008) Comment here

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Talladega race 30 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5718 [5 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 5646 -72 [6 wins]
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 5641 -77 [2 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 5619 -99 [1 win]
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 5566 -152 [1 win]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick 5547 -171
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 5515 -203 [1 win]
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 5486 -232
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth 5473 -245
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5469 -249 [1 win]
    11) #18-Kyle Busch 5387 -331 [8 wins]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5383 -335 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Talladega.(10-5-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Talladega race 30 of 36]:
    1) #99-Carl Edwards 4267 [6 wins]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4254 -13 [5 wins]
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4185 -82 [8 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 3993 -274 [1 win]
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3947 -320 [1 win]
    6) #16-Greg Biffle 3921 -346 [2 wins]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 3830 -437
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 3800 -467
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 3707 -560 [1 win]
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 3672 -595 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 3608 -659 [1 win]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 3605 -662
    13) #6-David Ragan 3539 -728
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3422 -845 [2 wins]
    (10-5-2008)

  • Where did the 12 Chase Drivers finish at Talladega?
    (the order before Talladega)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 9th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 29th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 24th
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 4th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 20th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 38th
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer, 5th
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 28th
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 26th
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 39th
    11) #20-Tony Stewart, 1st - WON
    12) #18-Kyle Busch, 15th
    (10-5-2008)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Race Fast Facts:
    The 28 Lap Leaders in the AMP Energy 500 sets the all-time Sprint Cup record for different leaders in a race.
    Tony Stewart won the AMP Energy 500, his 33rd victory in 350 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Paul Menard (second) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2008.
    David Ragan (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Regan Smith (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 72 points over Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-5-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Gordon, 8th
    Caution 2: #48-Johnson, 9th
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon(2), 8th
    Caution 4: #00-Wallace, 12th
    Caution 5: #96-Schrader (still down a lap), 16th
    Caution 6: #96-Schrader(2), 16th
    Caution 7: #45-Labonte (still a lap down), 17th
    Caution 8: #45-Labonte, 17th
    Caution 9: #45-Labonte, 17th
    Caution 10: no passes awarded with 10 or less laps to go
    (10-5-2008)

  • Talladega Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 35
    2 #43 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 35
    3 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 34
    4 #00 Excessive speed - Exiting pits OL+TE 36
    5 #96 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 36
    6 #7 Disobeying a NASCAR request OL+TE 36
    7 #12 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 47
    8 #12 Going above the blend line exiting the pits TE 48
    9 #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 54
    10 #99 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 54
    11 #24 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 54
    12 #44 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 54
    13 #2 Going above the blend line exiting the pits TE 55
    14 #45 Pulling up to pit OL 68
    15 #26 Pulling up to pit OL 68
    16 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 69
    17 #44 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 69
    18 #22 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 69
    19 #8 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 69
    20 #55 Commitment Line Violation TE 70
    21 #28 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 70
    22 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 81
    23 #33 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 81
    24 #33 Running the stop & go sign/light TE 83
    25 #33 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 83
    26 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 100
    27 #29 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 165
    28 #29 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon TE 165
    29 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    30 #22 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    31 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 174
    32 #22 Going above the blend line exiting the pits PT 178
    33 #26 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 185
    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)(10-5-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte:
    No changes in the top 35, Gordon pad his lead to 39 pts over #00 team
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2387 +102
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2383 +98
    34) #84-Skinner/Red Bull Racing: 2341 +56
    35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2324 39 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-KWallace/Waltrip Racing: 2285, 39 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2147 -177
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-5-2008)

  • To the back three drivers will be starting the Talladega race at the rear after qualifying in a better spot: #88-Earnhardt Jr. qualifyed 15th but changed engines between practices Friday as did #6-Ragan [was to start 16th] and it was reported on ABC's Countdown, #48-Johnson, who was to start 20th, will fall to the rear as the team had to go under the hood to check the engine.(10-5-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, October 6 at 1:00am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, October 6 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, October 9 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, October 9 at 3:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway Pit Stall Selections

  • Kvapil on pole at Talladega: #28-Travis Kvapil won the Coor's Light Pole for the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 187.354mph for his first pole of 2008 and 1st pole of his career in 100 starts. #5-Mears will start 2nd followed by #8-Almirola, #01-Smith, #15-Menard, #33-MWallace, #78-Nemechek, #70-Raines, #83-Vickers and #1-Truex Jr. Points leader #48-Johnson will start 20th and #88-Earnhardt Jr. who lost and engine and a car Friday will start 15th but have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race for the engine change. Only one rookie of the year candidate made the race, #01-Smith.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #33-MWalalce, #78-Nemechek, #70-Raines, #00-KWallace, #09-Marlin, #45-TLabonte, #21-Wood and #96-Schrader [8th fastest starts 43rd]. Missing the race are #77-Hornish and #10-Carpentier.
    See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Talladega Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(10-4-2008)

  • Where do the 12 Chase Drivers start at Talladega?
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 20th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 12th the best of the Chasers
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 22nd
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 17th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 39th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 26th
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer, 35th
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15th [but goes to rear after engine change]
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 31st
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 36th
    11) #20-Tony Stewart, 34th
    12) #18-Kyle Busch, 37th
    (9-28-2008)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Travis Kvapil won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AMP Energy 500 with a lap of 51.109 seconds, 187.364 mph.
    This is his first pole in 100 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his first pole in five races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Casey Mears (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2008 and his fourth in 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third in 10 races this season.
    Regan Smith (fourth) was the fastest [and only] qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-4-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: where do they start at Talladega:
    #00-Michael McDowell, not running the race
    #01-Regan Smith, 187.181, starts 4th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 185.215, starts DNQ
    #77-Sam Hornish, 185.258, starts DNQ

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer: at Talladega:
    Chevy: #5-Mears, 187.295, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #42-Montoya, 186.430, starts 13th
    Ford: #28-Kvapil, 187.354, starts 1st
    Toyota: #83-Vickers, 186.707, starts 9th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 12:05pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 1:00pm/et (same day delay?)
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #1-Truex Jr., the final top-35 driver scheduled is #99-Edwards. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #33-Wallace, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #78-Nemechek. See the full qualifying order on my Talladega Qualifying Page.(10-4-2008)

  • Keselowski practices for Mears: Brad Keselowski is practiced Hendrick Motorsports' #5 Pop Tars/Carquest Chevy Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway for Casey Mears, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Trisha Grablander. In the event that Mears needs to return to North Carolina to be with Grablander, Keselowski will be on standby and is practicing the car accordingly. NASCAR is requiring that Keselowski must practice the car before being allowed to drive in relief. Keselowski is a JR Motorsports driver [#88 US Navy Chevy] in the Nationwide Series who will attempt his Sprint Cup debut in a Hendrick car next week at Charlotte [at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy](SceneDaily)(10-3-2008)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is over, the top 5:
    #83-Vickers 192.699
    #9-Kahne 192.618
    #43-Labonte 192.556
    #5-Mears 192.490
    #29-Harvick 192.471
    slowest: #31-Burton 183.860 and #22-Blaney 183.522
    notes: SPEED reports that Brad Keselowski is practicing the #5 Chevy for Casey Mears, as Mears is on alert as his girlfriend is pregnant and due. #88-Earnhardt Jr. made it on the track with his backup car as is #9-Kahne
    big wreck: just in to the practice #88-Earnhardt Jr., #38-Gilliland, #20-Stewart, #44-Reutimann, #11-Hamlin, #07-Bowyer and #9-Kahne involved in a wreck when Earnhardt Jr's right rear tire exploded taking much of the rear of the car off.
    no speeds [some chose not to practice - 8 cars]: #6-Ragan, #17-Kenseth, #8-Almirola, #1-Truex Jr., #41-Sorenson, #24-Gordon. #42-Montoya & #19-Sadler.
    backup cars: #88-Earnhardt Jr., #07-Bowyer, #9-Kahne, #38-Gilliland, #44-Reutimann
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-3-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in Happy Hour at Talladega Superspeedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #33-Mike Wallace, 23rd
    #21-Jon Wood, 24th
    #00-Kenny Wallace, 25th
    #45-Terry Labonte [has past champ prov to use], 26th
    #70-Tony Raines, 27th
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 28th
    #96-Ken Schrader, 29th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 30th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 32nd
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 34th
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-3-2008)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is over, the top 5 fastest:
    (these are drating speeds)
    #31-Burton 195.880
    #19-Sadler 195.720
    #83-Vickers 195.572
    #7-Gordon 195.508
    #29-Harvick 195.500
    slowest: #77-Hornish Jr. 183.596 & #21-Wood 185.693
    incident: #88-Earnhardt Jr's car started smoking the team will change the engine
    also SPEED reports that #6-Ragan's team is changing the engine
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-3-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Talladega Superspeedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #45-Terry Labonte [has past champ prov to use],12th fastest
    #33-Mike Wallace, 37th
    #00-Kenny Wallace, 38th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 39th
    #96-Ken Schrader, 40th
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 41st
    #70-Tony Raines, 42nd
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #21-Jon Wood, 44th
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 45th
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Talladega Practice Speeds page.(10-3-2008)

  • Entry List for the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Kenny Wallace (29/36)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (5/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (29/38)
    #21-Jon Wood (29/41)
    #33-Mike Wallace (2/52)
    #45-Terry Labonte [Past Champ 1996] (29/40)
    #70-Tony Raines (29/43)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (29/37)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (29/42)
    #96-Ken Schrader (29/39)
    withdrew from race
    #08-Boris Said (13/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,00,77,10,96,21,78,70
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 09,33
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Talladega Entry List.(9-29/10-1-2008)

  • IMPOUND: the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Supersway will be the 5th and final IMPOUND race of 2008, there were five impound races in 2008, both Talladega races [April & Oct], both Richmond races [May & Sept] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

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

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Four Race Tracks Tony Stewart has never won a Cup race at: There are four current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that #20-Tony Stewart has not won at [a Cup race]:
    California 0 for 15 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001
    Las Vegas 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000
    Talladega 0 for 19 with a best finish of 2nd [6 times] in 2001,2002,2005,2006
    Darlington 0 for 16 with a best finish of 4th in 2001 & 2002
    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.(8-31-2008)

  • October 2007 Pole Sitter: #55-Michael Waltrip, 189.070mph, finished 25th

  • April 2008 Pole Sitter: #78-Joe Nemechek, 187.389mph, finished 25th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • October 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 143.438mph, started 34th

  • April 2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 157.409mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8, Bill Elliott

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Lead Changes: 75 - 5/6/1984

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Leaders: 26 - twice, most recent 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 10/7/2007, 1 lap led

  • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 1 - two times, most recent 7/27/1986

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 34 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 78] 16.5%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 18
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 47 of 78 - 60.3%
  • Races won from the top 10: 57 of 78 - 73.1%

  • At Talladega Superspeedway:
    • Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.
    • The first Sprint Cup Series race was held on Sept. 14, 1969.
    • The track name was changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.
    • The first Nationwide Series race was held on July 25, 1992.
    • The second Sprint Cup Talladega race was moved from July to October in 1997.
    • Talladega Superspeedway completed its fourth repaving on Sept. 19, 2006.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race was held on Oct. 7, 2006. • There have been 78 Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway since the track opened in 1969; two a year every year except the inaugural season, which had just one.
    • Bobby Isaac won the first Sprint Cup pole in September 1969. Isaac went on to win the first three poles there.
    • 33 different drivers have won poles.
    • Bill Elliott leads all drivers with eight poles.
    • Joe Nemechek leads all other active drivers in poles with four.
    • Richard Brickhouse won the first Sprint Cup race.
    • 36 different drivers have posted victories, led by Dale Earnhardt Sr. (10). Eighteen drivers have won more than once.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all other active drivers in victories with six.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races, more than any other organization.
    • 31 of 78 races have been won from a top-two starting position, including 13 from the pole; 21 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    • The furthest back in the field a race winner started was 36th, by Jeff Gordon in 2000.
    • There have been four green-white-checkered races at Talladega: May 2005 (194), October 2005 (190), April 2007 (192) and April 2008 (190).
    • Mark Martin’s pace in the 1997 spring race set an all-time Sprint Cup record for the fastest race ever run. He won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph and covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 42nd and 14th in his first two races at Talladega. In his 14 races there since, he finished in the top 10 ten times, including five victories and two second-place finishes. His four consecutive victories (October 2001 through April 2003) are the most ever by a driver at Talladega. Buddy Baker (three - May 1975 through May 1976) is the only other driver to win more than two consecutive races there.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-1-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon MAPAI/Menards #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Tow Truck in a Box #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menards/Johns Mansville #15 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Pedigree Dog Food #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler McDonalds Monopoly #19 Team Schemes Page
    #20-Tony Stewart Subway #20 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Benzomatic #26 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Academy Sports + Outdoors #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Ford. Drive one #38 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #66-Scott Riggs Hunt Brothers Pizza #66 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Tony Raines iQ Drive #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/Ride with Junior #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Monopoly is off to a racing start at McDonald's: On Oct. 7, 2008, Monopoly is back at McDonald's. Elliott Sadler will get behind the wheel of the #19 McDonald's Dodge Charger with a special guest along for the ride. Mr. Monopoly will grace the hood of the McDonald's car in the Oct. 5, 2008 Sprint Cup Series Race at Talladega Superspeedway. The car will prominently feature PlayatMcD.com, where not only can consumers learn more about the exciting prizes in this year's game, but they can play the Online Game, too! There's a $100,000 cash prize up for grabs every day in the promotion - 28 days, 28 prizes. When the game kicks off on Oct. 7, customers can stop into McDonald's to get game stamps on some of their favorite menu items. All they have to do is peel their Game Stamp - and they are in the game! They could collect a property, or win instantly. A 10-digit code on the stamp gets them one dice roll in the Online Game, where there are tons of other great prizes.(McDonald's PR), see images of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(9-30-2008)

  • Special fans scheme for Earnhardt Jr. at 'Dega: For the first time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is taking his fans on-board his #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy in the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October. This fall his special “Ride with Junior” paint scheme will bring nearly 70,000 members of the Junior Nation together as each individual fan’s name will appear on his car. The 70,000 Names will not be legible on the diecast car, but ALL be listed in alphabetical order on an card that will be included with each diecast car. So, If your name is is part of the 70,000 race fan names that actually appear on the real car that Jr is racing at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5th, then it will be included on the enclosed card with each and every diecast car. See an image of the scheme [without the names] on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2008)

  • Special scheme for McMurray at 'Dega: #26-Jamie McMurray is scheduled to run a BernzOmatic [Newell Rubbermaid company] Fat Boy [Propane] paint scheme at Talladega Superspeedway in October. The scheme is part of a contest. More info at bernzomatic.com, see an image of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2008)

  • Yellow car for Stewart at Phoenix UPDATE: #20-Tony Stewart will run a Subway sponsor #20 Toyota in the Subway Fit Fresh 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, the car will be yellow with green strips, Subway logo on hood and Home Depot on the 1/4 panels, see images of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008)
    UPDATE: UPDATE: Furthering its relationship with Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing, SUBWAY Restaurants will serve as primary sponsor of the #20 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for three races in 2008. Longtime sponsor The Home Depot will adorn the quarterpanels of the #20 Toyota, while SUBWAY will have signage on the rest of the car. The #20 SUBWAY/Home Depot Toyota will make its debut:
    April 10-12 during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway, and will return to the track
    Aug. 29-31 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and again
    Oct. 3-5 at Talladega Superspeedway.
    SUBWAY Restaurants has a yearlong associate sponsorship of the #20 Home Depot Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series and a personal services agreement with Stewart.(True Speed Communication/Joe GibbsRacing)(4-11-2008)

  • McDonald's to sponsor Sadler UPDATE: McDonald's will make its return to NASCAR's Cup series as one of three primary sponsors for Gillett Evernham Motorsports' #19 Dodge of Elliott Sadler this season. McDonald's, Best Buy and Stanley Tools were announced as company's sharing sponsorship on the car Tuesday. Best Buy is expected to be on the car for 15 races, while Stanley will have 13 and McDonald's eight, although those numbers are still subject to change.(SceneDaily.com)(1-23-2008)
    UPDATE: McDonald's USA and Gillett Evernham Motorsports [GEM] announced that McDonald's will sponsor Elliott Sadler's #19 Dodge in six [not 8] Sprint Cup races in 2008. "McDonald's is thrilled to partner with Gillett Evernham Motorsports, which is one of the premier teams in the Sprint Cup Series," said John Lewicki, McDonald's senior director of alliance marketing. "This partnership is a great fit as McDonald's, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Elliott Sadler are all committed to delivering quality experiences to fans and customers alike." McDonald's will sponsor Sadler's #19 Dodge all season and serve as the primary sponsor at:
    Martinsville on March 22
    Darlington on May 10 Michigan on June 15 [Big Mac]
    California on Aug. 31
    Dover on Sept. 21 [added]
    Talladega on Oct. 5 and
    Atlanta on Oct. 26.
    McDonald's logos will also appear on the uniform of Sadler's teammate Kasey Kahne in the 2008 season. McDonald's has sponsored Gillett Evernham Motorsports since 2004 and has continued to grow its involvement. "McDonald's is obviously one of the great brands of American history and we feel proud a company of its prestige selected Gillett Evernham Motorsports," said team co-owner Ray Evernham. "The sponsor partners we have at this race team are second to none. McDonald's has supported my team and my family for quite a few years now. They are more than just a sponsor, they are my friends." Sadler will carry "trimary sponsorship" in 2008 with Best Buy and Stanley taking turns serving as primary sponsor along with McDonald's throughout the season. "The cool thing is I've always been a McDonald's, Best Buy and Stanley kind of guy," Sadler said. "We have some great partners and I am glad they are coming on board with us. McDonald's has been a big part of my life growing up." For more information about McDonald's visit www.McDonald's.com.(GEM PR).see an image for the car on the #19 Team Schemes page.(1-24-2008)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33° Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18°
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: 16.5°
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: 2°
    Pit Road: Length: 3,000 feet; Width: 48 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Grandstand Seating: 143,231
    Track last paved: Summer 2006
    Opened: 1969

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Pepsi employees who serve with the Army National Guard; Antonio Clements, John Foster, Richard Stuckey, Daniel Harris, Demetrius Blackmon, Reginald Thomas, Kenneth Goodwin and Raymond Castleberry
    Command to start engines: Clements, Foster, Stuckey, Harris, Blackmon, Thomas, Goodwin, Castleberry
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Golfer Boo Weekley
    Invocation: Fred Cook of Alabama Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Brad Arnold, the lead singer of 3 Doors Down
    Military Flyover: 4 F-15 C Eagles, 2nd FS, American Beagle Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: talladegasuperspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Talladega Superspeedway

  • Last Year: see my October 2007 Talladega Race Info page

  • Last May: see the May 2008 Talladega Race Info page


  • Talladega Grand Marshals: Pepsi employees who serve with the Army National Guard; Antonio Clements, John Foster, Richard Stuckey, Daniel Harris, Demetrius Blackmon, Reginald Thomas, Kenneth Goodwin and Raymond Castleberry, will serve as the Grand Marshals for the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The AMP Energy 500 will be Talladega’s 40th fall race.(TSS PR)(10-2-2008)

  • John Berry To Perform at Talladega Superspeedway: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced that country music star John Berry will perform the national anthem prior to the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Winn Dixie on Oct. 4th and “God Bless America” prior the AMP Energy 500 on Oct. 5th. Tickets to the AMP Energy 500 are available by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(9-30-2008)

  • Golfer to Serve As Honorary Starter at Talladega: Fresh off a rousing victory in the Ryder Cup, the first for America since 1999, Boo Weekley has been tabbed as the Honorary Starter for the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 5th. Over the course of the Ryder Cup weekend, Weekley went an impressive 2-0-1, with a team victory in Saturday Fourballs competition with teammate JB Holmes and a Singles victory over Oliver Wilson on Sunday. Weekley is currently ranked 17th on the PGA Tour Money list and owns two career PGA Tour victories in addition to his team victory in the Ryder Cup (2007 & 2008 Verizon Heritage). Tickets to the AMP Energy 500 are available by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 am - 4 pm CDT, Monday- Friday.(TSS PR)(9-25-2008)

  • Reserved Overnight Parking Still Available at Talladega: Overnight parking is still available in several of Talladega Superspeedway’s reserved overnight parks, including the all-reserved infield. “We do have overnight parking spaces available for guests wanting to spend the entire weekend at the track,” explained Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “This is a great opportunity for race fans from as close as Birmingham to cut down on back and forth travel expenses by camping out with friends and family at Talladega Superspeedway.“ Staying in an overnight park can be as simple as setting up a tent, or as elaborate as getting a group together and sharing an RV. All reserved overnight parks outside the track open at 8 am the Tuesday of race week (Sept. 30) and must be cleared by 11 am Monday following the race. Guests will be required to show their race tickets and parking pass prior to entry and a valid ticket must be shown each time for admission. Reserved overnight parks with availability include:
    * Yellow Reserved Infield Overnight Park – Located north of Talladega Boulevard in the infield, this overnight park has convenient access to the infield shower house and is for automobile and tent camping only. Price for a two-night stay is $250 and includes two infield admissions.
    * Champions Corner – Located just outside Turn 1, this overnight has a strict no-alcohol policy for park residents and guests. Each space features water hookups, gravel parking pads and morning newspaper delivery to your doorstep. Price per spot $280.
    * East Park – Located just off Speedway Blvd, this overnight park is for self-contained RVs and pull behinds only. Price per spot $110.
    For more information on the reserved overnight parks or tickets for the upcoming AMP Energy 500 weekend, guests should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342) or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS PR)(9-17-2008)

  • 2009 Talladega Tix on Sale: Tickets to the new triple-header Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway go on sale this Saturday, August 23rd. The April 24- 26 Dream Weekend is enhanced in 2009 by the addition of a Friday ARCA RE/MAX Series event. The 2009 Aaron's Dream Weekend features The Birmingham News Qualifying for the Nationwide Series, followed by the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 race on Friday, April 24. On Saturday, April 25, fans will see The Birmingham News Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series, followed by the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. On Sunday, April 26, the greatest drivers in the world face off in the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets are still available for the upcoming Oct. 3-5 AMP Energy 500 Weekend. The AMP Energy 500 is Race Number Four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and a critical factor in determining the 2008 Sprint Cup Series champion. For more information on tickets to Talladega Superspeedway, please visit talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(8-23-2008)

  • Fans Vote Bobby Labonte, Rex White Into Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame: The votes are in for the 2008 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees. Bobby Labonte won by the closest margin in history for active driver, while Rex White won the inactive driver category by a landslide. Labonte and White will be enshrined to the Walk of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 4, during the AMP Energy 500 weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR's greatest names and a tribute to one of racing's brightest stars - the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans' vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines. White, 78, of Fayetteville, Georgia, will be inducted as this year's inactive driver. White won the 1960 NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) championship as a driver/owner, recording six wins and 35 top 10s in 41 starts. He is one of just six driver/owners in history to win a series championship. Fan voting for the 2008 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame began on April 15. In addition to Labonte, active driver nominees this year included: Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Carl Edwards. White competed against inactive drivers, Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith and Speedy Thompson. In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway. For additional information, visit talladegawalk.com.(TSS PR)(7-25-2008)

  • Buy a Talladega Suite Ticket, Get a Gas Card: Talladega Superspeedway is helping fans get to the track. With the purchase of an "Individual Suite Package," fans will receive a $45 gas card, allowing them to sit back and relax in luxury with extra bills in their wallet. With the purchase of an individual suite package, guests will enjoy: Pass into the suite Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 1 Suite/Hospitality parking pass per two Suite passes; Pre-Race pit passes (Saturday and Sunday only; schedule & weather permitting) allowing guests access to pit road until 1 hour prior to track activity; Sunday souvenir programs; Saturday Event Souvenir; Friday Event Souvenir . Each Luxury Suite Package is $800 and available by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342).(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-24-2008)

  • Experience Talladega Superspeedway - Stay All Week: Don't miss a minute of all the fun and excitement of a race week at Talladega Superspeedway by making plans to stay on track property in one of the many overnight parks! Reservations run as low as $75 for a Tuesday - Monday stay during the AMP Energy 500 race week. Staying in an overnight park can be as simple as setting up a tent, or as elaborate as getting a group together and sharing an RV. All reserved overnight parks outside the track open at 8 am the Tuesday of race week (Sept. 30) and must be cleared by 11 am Monday following the race. For more information on the reserved overnight parks or tickets for the upcoming AMP Energy 500 weekend, guests should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-21-2008)

  • Talladega Superspeedway Media Center Undergoing Facelift: When racing returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the October 3-5 AMP Energy 500 Weekend, the media will be pleased to find that the Ken Patterson Infield Media Center has undergone significant changes to its interior. Contractors are currently in the process of hanging and painting drywall, with new carpet and tile coming soon. "The changes we are making will give the Media Center a fresh new look," said Kristi King, Talladega Superspeedway Senior Director of Communications and Consumer Marketing. "I'm sure our friends in the media will be excited to find a more comfortable work environment awaiting them on Oct.3rd." Tickets are available at talladegasuperspeedway.com or 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS PR)(6-25-2008)

  • TSS Announces Promotion of Kristi King: Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey announced that Kristi R. King has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications and Consumer Marketing. Since joining TSS in 2004, King has played an integral role in expanding national media exposure as well as targeting and exploring new areas of consumer marketing. "I am excited to announce the promotion of one of our long-time employees - Kristi King," said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. "Kristi's hard work and dedication is certainly one of her finest qualities and we feel this promotion will allow her to continue the great job she has been doing as well as expand and utilize her creativity to explore new consumer marketing opportunities." A 14-year veteran in the motorsports industry, King previously held the position of Director of Public Relations. Prior to joining TSS, King served as Director of Public Relations for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham from 1994 - 2002 and Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2002 - 2004 before transferring to TSS in June 2004. A 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, King and husband David have a 3 month old son, Will, and reside in Riverside. In addition to King's promotion, Humphrey announced new title changes in the marketing and ticketing departments. George Dennis is now Director of Sales and Marketing and Todd Pryor is Director of Ticketing and Relationship Marketing.(TSS PR)(6-16-2008)

  • TSS President Rick Humphrey Honored: Rick Humphrey, President of Talladega Superspeedway, has been named a recipient of the Clarence L. Pugh Sr. Distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. The Clarence L. Pugh Distinguished Alumnus Award is the Lenoir-Rhyne College Alumni Association's highest award and is presented annually to that alumnus/a who has achieved great prominence in his or her field of endeavor. Humphrey is a 14-year veteran in the motorsports industry and has served as President of Talladega Superspeedway since July 2007. As President, he oversees a staff of 50 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 2.66-mile, 3,000 plus acre complex. In addition to his duties as President, Humphrey serves as Executive Director of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.(TSS PR)(5-28-2008)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Talladega Superspeedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 900; Right-side -- 900

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4140

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be running a combination of left- and right-side tires that is different than those in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Talladega this weekend . . . Sprint Cup teams will run the same combination they ran at this track earlier this season . . . Talladega is the only track at which Cup teams will run these particular tire codes . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner lines should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Testing update: Goodyear will hold the second of two scheduled tests at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Monday-Wednesday (Oct. 6-8) . . . this is a follow-up to an initial test at IMS, held with the No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge with Kyle Petty on Sept. 22-23 . . . teams scheduled to participate in next week's test include the No. 07, 1, 5, 9, 11, 17, 20, 29, 38, 41, 44, 45 . . . other tire tests scheduled in 2008 include Homestead (Oct. 14) and Las Vegas (Dec. 10-11).


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Kenny Wallace in the #00 at Talladega: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Kenny Wallace will attempt to qualify the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway for the Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 on Sunday. Michael Waltrip Racing made the decision to make a driver change starting this weekend. The team is regrouping after failing to qualify last weekend at Kansas Speedway. The status for the remaining six races this year is being determined. Michael McDowell, who has five top-25 finishes in 20 starts during his rookie season, is still an option. Each event will be determined by who may be able to best help the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota team reach their goal of finishing the season in the top 35 owner points standings. "We have a singular focus with the #00 team now and that is to get it in the top 35 in owner’s points when the checkered flag falls at Homestead-Miami," Waltrip said. "This is not about an individual, it is about an organization. Kenny has a lot of experience restrictor plate racing and a lot of friends who trust him, which is critical at that race. He has a great record at Talladega and we felt like he was our best shot at scoring maximum points. We’re going to make the same evaluation for the remaining 2008 Sprint Cup races," Waltrip continued. "That could include multiple drivers based on their experiences at particular tracks. Teams have done this at road course events and we have the flexibility to do this with the remaining oval races." Wallace drove the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine for Waltrip at Talladega Superspeedway in 2004. Now, Wallace returns to the organization looking to top his runner-up finish he scored at the 2.66-mile tri-oval in 2000 where he pushed the late Dale Earnhardt to his final Cup victory. Wallace was driving for Andy Petree in the #55 numbered car. Wallace’s best qualifying effort at Talladega to date is third (October 1999) and in his most recent attempt (April 2007) he started sixth.
    "Michael and I have been friends for a long time," said Wallace, who has two top-five and six top-10s in 23 starts at Talladega. "I watched him bring his vision to life and become a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner. I’m proud of everything he has accomplished and I’m proud that I was able to be one of the first Cup drivers to help him. I vividly remember the small garage he worked out of before taking his organization to the top level. I'm looking forward to returning to Michael Waltrip Racing and helping the team get back inside the top 35."(Michael Waltrip Racing PR)(10-1-2008) Comment here

  • Allmendinger out of #84; Skinner in: Red Bull Racing Team announced Mike Skinner and Red Bull development driver Scott Speed to replace AJ Allmendinger in the #84 for the rest of the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season. The #84 currently sits 33rd in owners’ points. "The schedule we put together is in the best interest of both Red Bull Racing Team and AJ's plans for the future,” said RBRT Vice President and General Manager Jay Frye. Allowing Mike Skinner and Scott Speed to share the #84 for the balance of the season helps our team continue developing our program for the future.” Mike Skinner, who drove the #84 Red Bull Toyota for five races earlier in the 2008 season, will take the reins of the #84 at the NSCS races in both Talladega and Charlotte. Red Bull development driver Scott Speed will drive the #82 Red Bull Toyota at Charlotte on October 11 – the same weekend he attempts to clinch the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship in Toledo. Speed will then take over driving duties of the #84 at Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.(RBRT PR)(9-30-2008) Comment here

  • Mike Wallace to drive #33 for RCR at Talladega: Realtree, the home of America's most versatile camo patterns, will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Realtree Driven to the Outdoors Chevy and driver Mike Wallace in the Oct. 5 Amp Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. RCR and Realtree, based in Columbus, Ga., have a long-standing relationship. Realtree president Bill Jordan and RCR president and CEO Richard Childress have been personal friends for decades and Team Realtree first sponsored the legendary Dale Earnhardt and RCR's #3 GM Goodwrench team in 1997. Team Realtree also sponsors Team Dillon Racing's Ty Dillon, the younger grandson of Childress, in the Fastrak Racing Series Dirt Late Model Touring Division.(RCR PR)(9-26-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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