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THE RACE: Bank of America 500

Sprint Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2008 season

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  • Race: Saturday, October 11, 2008 in Concord, NC

  • Title Sponsor: Bank of America

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:37pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 7:25pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, October 12 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, October 12 at 10:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, October 16 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, October 16 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net

  • 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

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  • Practices:
    Thursday, October 9, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-none;
    Friday, October 10, 5:00 - 5:45pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, October 10, 6:20 - 7:20pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Thursday, October 9, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Thursday, October 9 at 7:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Burton wins at Charlotte: #31-Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season and the 21st of his career. He took no tires on his final pit stop and held off a late run by #9-Kahne to take the win. #2-Busch finished third, followed by #18-Busch, #26-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #8-Martin, and #6-Ragan. Other chase drivers: #20-Stewart was 11th, #07-Bowyer 12th, #29-Harvick 13th, #11-Hamlin 16th, #99-Edwards had an ignition failure and finished 33rd, #88-Earnhardt, Jr cut a tire and finsihed 36th, #17-Kenseth was involved in an accident just past the midway point of the race for a 41st place finish. There were 10 cautions for 48 laps and 24 lead changes among 16 leaders.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Charlotte Race Results Awards Page.(10-11-2008) Comment here

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Charlotte race 31 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5878 [5 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 5809 -69 [2 wins]
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 5792 -86 [2 wins]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 5710 -168 [6 wins]
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 5693 -185 [1 win]
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick 5671 -207
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 5650 -228 [1 win]
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 5633 -245
    9) #18-Kyle Busch 5552 -326 [8 wins]
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5524 -354 [1 win]
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 5518 -360
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5498 -380 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte.(10-11-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Charlotte race 31 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4414 [5 wins]
    2) #18-Kyle Busch 4350 -64 [8 wins]
    3) #99-Carl Edwards 4331 -83 [6 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 4183 -231 [2 wins]
    6) #16-Greg Biffle 4072 -342 [2 wins]
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4002 -412 [1 win]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 3954 -460
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 3935 -479 [1 win]
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 3854 -560
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 3799 -615 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 3723 -691 [1 win]
    12) #6-David Ragan 3678 -736
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth 3650 -764
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3592 -822 [2 wins]
    (10-11-2008)

  • Where did the 12 Chase Drivers finish at Charlotte?
    (the order before Charlotte)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 33rd
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 7th
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 1st
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer, 12th
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick, 13th
    7) #20-Tony Stewart, 11th
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 41st
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 36th
    11) #18-Kyle Busch, 4th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 16th

  • Racing Resources Says...
    ...Jeff Burton won the Bank Of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday. He posted his 21st career victory in his 506th career race. It was his first win in the 2008 Chase and fifth top-10 finish in the five races so far in the Chase.
    ...Burton posted his second victory of the 2008 season. He also won the first Bristol race. Richard Childress Racing scored its third Sprint Cup victory in 2008. The last Lowe's victory for RCR came in the 1993 Coca-Cola 600 by Dale Earnhardt.
    ...Burton won the race from the fourth-place starting position. He led twice for 58 laps, including the final 57.
    ...This was the ninth win for Chevy in 2008. Toyota has 10 wins, Ford has eight and Dodge has four.
    ...Burton has scored 25 top-15 finishes in 31 races this season, the most of any driver. He has scored top-10 finishes in the past six races.
    ...Jimmie Johnson (sixth) has scored top-10 finishes in the past seven races. He made his 250th Cup start in Saturday's race.
    ...Johnson has led in 25 of the 31 races this season, more than any other driver. He has led at least one lap in the past 14 races at Lowe's, the longest current streak. Johnson failed to lead in his first race at Lowe's in October 2001 but has led in every race since.
    ...Kevin Harvick (13th) has been running at the finish in the past 75 races, the longest current streak by any driver.
    ...The top 10 consisted of four Chevys, two Dodges, three Fords and one Toyota.
    ...Kasey Kahne (second) made his 175th Cup start in Saturday's race.
    ...Kyle Busch (fourth) posted his best finish in the 2008 Chase.
    ...Tony Raines (40th) made his 125th Cup start.
    ...Jeff Gordon (eighth) has gone 36 races without a victory, his longest streak between wins.
    ...Two of the top five finishers were Chase drivers. Five of the top 10 were Chasers.
    ...Greg Biffle won the first two Chase races. Jimmie Johnson won at Kansas, and Tony Stewart won at Talladega.
    ...Seven of the 12 Chase drivers earned lap-leader bonus points at Lowe's.
    ...Four of the 12 Chase drivers changed positions after Lowe's.
    ...Carl Edwards (33rd) dropped from second to fourth in the Chase standings, now 168 points behind Johnson after suffering ignition problems.
    ...The top three drivers (Johnson, Burton and Biffle) are separated by 86 points.
    ...Bobby Labonte (17th) has been running at the finish in his past 20 races at Lowe's, the longest current streak.
    (ESPN.com)(10-13-2008)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    ...Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500, his 21st victory in 506 starts.
    ...This is his second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2008.
    ...This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 30 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.
    ...Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2008.
    ...Kurt Busch (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 17 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.
    ...Sam Hornish Jr. (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    ...Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 69 points over Jeff Burton.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #38-Gilliland, 25th
    Caution 2: #24-Gordon, 8th
    Caution 3: #41-Sorenson, 15th
    Caution 4: #7-Gordon, 30th
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliland (2), 25th
    Caution 6: #9-Kahne, 2nd
    Caution 7: #19-Sadler, 20th
    Caution 8: #41-Sorenson (2), 15th
    Caution 9: #6-Ragan, 10th
    Caution 10: #11-Hamlin, 16th
    (10-11-2008)

  • Charlotte Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1) #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    2) #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    3) #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 64
    4) #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 104
    5) #28 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 104
    6) #55 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 106
    7) #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 121
    8) #77 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 173
    9) #6 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 178
    10) #01 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 179
    11) #10 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 187
    12) #45 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 196
    13) #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 197
    14) #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 197
    15) #15 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 200
    16) #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 199
    17) #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
    18) #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
    19) #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
    20) #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 207
    21) #18 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 257
    22) #20 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 258
    23) #88 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 267
    24) #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 266
    25) #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 266
    26) #7 Pulling up to pit OL 268
    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)(10-11-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
    No changes in the top 35, the #84 team fell to 35th, but is still 63 points over #00 team
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2489 +165
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2469 +145
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2402 +78
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2387 63 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-Bliss/Waltrip Racing: 2324, 63 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2387 -143
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-11-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, #48-Johnson got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #99-Edwards, who starts 2nd, took stall #15, the last pit with an opening in front of it before the start finish line. #17-Kenseth, who starts 9th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Charlotte Pit Stall selections page.(10-10-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2008.
    TV: ABC at 7:25pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Sunday, October 12 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Sunday, October 12 at 10:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, October 16 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, October 16 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 183.007
    #99-Edwards 182.908
    #26-McMurray 182.100
    #42-Montoya 181.494
    #16-Biffle 181.458
    slowest: #96-Schrader 178.548 & #70-Raines 178.324
    incidents: #07-Bowyer slid up into the wall at the beginning of the session. The team has decided to repair the car rather than go to a backup.
    #18-Busch suffered some minor sheetmetal damage when he made minor contact with the wall.
    #77-Hornish hit the wall in turn 2 just past the midway point in the session and will have to go to a backup.
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-10-2008)

  • First Friday practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 182.051
    #9-Kahne 181.629
    #19-Sadler 181.513
    #16-Biffle 181.403
    #5-Mears 181.214
    slowest: #45-McCumbee 177.713 & #70-Raines 177.136
    The session was delayed for approx. 10 minutes because of of rain showers.
    See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-10-2008)

  • Qualifying cancelled; Johnson on pole at Charlotte: Thursday practice and qualifying for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway was cancelled due to rain, for the 8th time this season. #48-Jimmie Johnson, who leads the points, will start 1st, followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #31-Burton, #07-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr. Not make the race were #25-Brad Keselowski, #40-Bryan Clauson, #82-Scott Speed [all three trying to make their series debut], and #75-Derrike Cope. See the starting lineup on my Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-9-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 3710pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway 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 #2-Busch, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #38-Gilliland. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #21-Elliott, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #96-Schrader. See the full qualifying order on my Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-9-2008)

  • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is posted, 47 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-A.J. Allmendinger (30/36)
    #10-Mike Wallace (30/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (30/42)
    #25-Brad Keselowski (0/0)
    #40-Bryan Clauson (17/44)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (30/40)
    #70-Tony Raines (30/43)
    #75-Derrike Cope (0/0)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (30/37)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (30/41)
    #82-Scott Speed (0/0)
    #96-Ken Schrader (30/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,00,96,10,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 40,25,75,82
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List.(10-6/7-2008)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 2007 October Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 189.394mph, finished 28th

  • 2008 May Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 185.433mph, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • 2007 October Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 125.868mph, started 4th

  • 2008 May Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 135.772mph, started 2nd

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 5, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/1993

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/1961

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/1979

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/1961

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/1961

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/1961

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [13.1%]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 15
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • 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: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 57 of 99 - 57.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 77 of 99 - 77.8%

  • At Lowe’s Motor Speedway:
    • Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Lowe’s Motor Speedway was then known, in 1959.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was May 29, 1982.
    • The track was repaved mid-season in 1994.
    • The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in 1999.
    • The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at LMS was on May 16, 2003.
    • The 2003 fall race was the first race at LMS to be run completely at night.
    • The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
    • There have been 99 Sprint Cup Series races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    • 37 drivers have posted poles, led by David Pearson with 14.
    • Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race, in 1960.
    • David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Lowe’s from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    • Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers in poles, with seven.
    • Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring race between 1994 and 1998.
    • 41 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with six each.
    • Joe Lee Johnson won the first race, in 1960.
    • Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in victories, each with five.
    • There have been 13 back-to-back victories, including three in a row by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
    • A sweep has occurred eight times, including three of the past four seasons: Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005) and Kasey Kahne (2006).
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 14 races, more than any other organization.
    • 13 races at Lowe’s have been won from the pole.
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.(NASCAR PR)(10-7-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Casey Mears Pop Tarts/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Menards #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Mike Wallace Charter Communications #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Susan G. Komen M&M's #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools - Susan G. Komen #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Air Force #21 Team Schemes Page
    #25-Brad Keselowski GoDaddy.com #25 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Hitachi Power Tools #28 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Driven to the Outdoors
    Shell/Pennzoil
    #29 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland Ford. Drive one #38 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Bryan Clauson Target/Sony Motorstorm:Pacific Rift #42 Team Schemes Page
    #41-Reed Sorenson Target - Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness month #41 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Juicyfruit Slim Pack #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Susan G. Komen Cherrios #43 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 2009 & 250th career start none...yet
    #45-Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #66-Scott Riggs State Water Heaters #66 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Tony Raines Hunt Brothers Pizza #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink - Relaunch #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page


  • Juicy Fruit scheme for Montoya at LMS: The #42 Dodge of Juan Pablo Montota will sport the colors of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS). The Juicy Fruit Slim Pack car will be seen once more this season in the Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(CGRFS PR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Scheme page.(10-10-2008)

  • Labonte "going pink" at Charlotte: In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Petty Enterprises has partnered with General Mills, primary sponsor of the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, to promote awareness of breast cancer during the week of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The efforts support Pink Together, a national campaign dedicated to inspiring hope among those touched by breast cancer. The centerpiece of this week's partnership will be the #43 Cheerios Racing/Pink Together Dodge Charger that will be driven by Bobby Labonte during Saturday night's race. The pink Dodge will carry the names of hundreds of people who shared their stories about breast cancer at PinkTogether.com, an online community of hope for those impacted by this devastating disease.(Petty Enterprises PR), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

  • AMP Energy Relaunch scheme for Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, the #88 Chevy will change to Dale Earnhardt, Jr's favorite color, orange, to showcase AMP Energy Relaunch for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. AMP Energy Relaunch revives and hydrates with a burst of orange citrus and an intense surge of energy to get up and get moving again.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see images of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

  • Gordon to run Menard's scheme at Charlotte: Coming off their third top-ten restrictor-plate finish of the 2008 season, Robby Gordon and his #7 Menards team look to carry their superspeedway momentum forward into this weekend’s Bank of America 500.(RGM PR), see images of the Menard's scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

  • Pink M&M's scheme for Busch at LMS: While M&M’s will be on board as the primary sponsor this weekend in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch’s #18 Toyota will feature a pink paint scheme to help raise awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month.(JGR PR), see image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

  • Pop Tarts scheme for Mears again: For the fourth time this season and second consecutive week, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg's most popular morning food product, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy. Pop-Tarts was also the co-primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy in March at Las Vegas, in August at Bristol and last weekend at Talladega.(HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

  • Career start #250 for Johnson, special scheme: #48-Jimmie Johnson will make his 250th Cup Series start when he takes the green flag for Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. To commemorate the event, Johnson will be debuting the 2009 #48 Lowe’s Impala SS paint scheme, which will carry a special decal honoring Johnson’s 250th start on the decklid during Saturday night’s event. “I can’t believe this weekend is my 250th start,” said Johnson. “I've been very lucky in my career that I've had one sponsor, Lowe's, since I started racing in the Sprint Cup Series. It somehow seems fitting that we'll be able to celebrate the occasion together at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.” Starting in the Sprint Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports in 2001, Johnson has collected 38 wins, 98 top-five and 152 top-10 finishes heading into this weekend’s race. Lowe’s has been the primary sponsor on Johnson’s Chevy since he entered the series.(Lowe's Racing)(10-8-2008) Comment here

  • #19 Stanley Dodge Painted Pink for the Bank of America 500: Elliott Sadler and the #19 Stanley Dodge are changing their look with a passionate pink paint scheme for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Oct. 11 in Charlotte. The pink paint scheme is in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sadler, who races each week with a pink ribbon decal above the driver’s side door on the #19 Dodge, is excited for the opportunity to lend support to breast cancer awareness. “Last year my mother, Bell, was diagnosed with breast cancer, so this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Sadler. “We are fortunate that she was able to fight and is now on the road to recovery, but I’m excited to get involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help support breast cancer awareness and raise money for research to find a cure.” Stanley is making a $100,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of the initiative. Following the race weekend, all of Sadler’s uniform items are going up for auction with proceeds set to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Stanley Tools is proud to be supporting breast cancer awareness and Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Rebecca Durham, Motorsports & Sponsorships Manager of Stanley Tools. “Elliott has told us how important breast cancer awareness is to him and his family, and Stanley Tools is equally as passionate about the cause. This is a big weekend for Elliott, Stanley Tools and Susan G. Komen for the Cure and we are thrilled to be lending our support.” The pink Stanley logo that appears on the #19 Dodge and on Sadler’s firesuit marks the first time in the company’s 165 year history that its logo will change to a color other than Stanley Yellow.(GEM PR), see images of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2008) Comment here

  • Harvick "Driven to the Outdoors" at LMS: In cooperation with RCR sponsors Realtree, Chevrolet, Shell Oil Company and Motorsports Authentics, Kevin Harvick’s #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy will feature a camouflaged-based Shell-Pennzoil paint scheme at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, as part of the first ever Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program. In addition to a full line of NASCAR camouflage merchandise and memorabilia, the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program will feature a unique sweepstakes that will ultimately reward one fan with a 2009 Chevy Silverado LTZ. Fans interested in learning more about the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program and the rules associated with the sweepstakes can visit www.chevy.com/driven.(RCR PR)(10-7-2008)

  • Driven to the Outdoors schemes to be run UPDATEs: The timing for the "Driven to the Outdoors" program is the third quarter ...which aligns with the launch of hunting season. A program targeted towards the outdoors enthusiasts is a solid, strategic fit with the NASCAR fan. Four drivers will run the schemes, three at Bristol: #07-Clint Bowyer, #1-Martin Truex Jr. and #15-Paul Menard. And #29-Kevin Harvick will run the scheme at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.(8-5-2008)
    Driven to the Outdoors schemes: Paul Menard's #15 Menards Chevrolet will feature the "Driven to the Outdoors" special scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway. Menard joins teammate #1-Martin Truex and fellow Sprint Cup competitor, #07-Clint Bowyer, in promoting the program this weekend at Bristol. As part of the promotion, Menard will appear on Trackside LIVE Friday night.(PR)
    AND: In cooperation with RCR sponsors Realtree, Chevrolet, Shell Oil Company and Motorsports Authentics, Cliny Bowyer's #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy will feature a camouflaged-based Jack Daniel's paint scheme as part of the first ever Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program. In addition to a full line of NASCAR camouflage merchandise and memorabilia, the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program will feature a unique sweepstakes that will ultimately reward one fan with a 2009 Chevy Silverado LTZ. Fans interested in learning more about the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program and the rules associated with the sweepstakes can visit www.chevy.com/driven.(RCR PR)
    See images of the schemes on my #15 Team Schemes page, #07 Team Schemes page and #1 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2008)
    More about the Driven to the Outdoors schemes: Realtree will announce [Friday] a sweepstakes that will put Sprint Cup drivers in camo-wrapped cars and give fans a chance to win a new Chevy truck, racing and hunting trips, free gasoline and other prizes. Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program will be launched this week as NASCAR's premier drivers roll into Bristol Motor Speedway. Three cars in Saturday night's Bristol field will have camo patterns incorporated into their regular sponsorships. #07-Clint Bowyer, #1-Martin Truex Jr., #15-Paul Menard will all be sporting the new look. Bowyer, who drives the Jack Daniels car, will have Realtree's snow pattern. The sweepstakes is sponsored by Chevrolet, Jack Daniels, Menards, Motorsports Authentics, Bass Pro Shops, Shell Oil Company and Realtree. In addition to the Bristol race, #29-Kevin Harvick will drive a camo car in Concord, N.C. on Oct. 11. When the series comes to Talladega on Oct. 5, Mike Wallace will drive a Realtree sponsored [#33 Chevy] car for Richard Childress Racing. That car will be an experimental car for the 2009 Daytona 500, Realtree President Bill Jordan said.(Ledger Inquirer)(8-22-2008)

  • Kenseth going for 3 in a row at Calif; Carhartt scheme: #17-Matt Kenseth, attempting to win the Auto Club 500 for a third-straight year, is the all-time leader in NASCAR wins at California Speedway, posting six wins total; four in the Nationwide Series and two in the Sprint Cup Series. Kenseth will run the Carhartt paint scheme on Sunday for the first of four times this season. He won this event last year in the Carhartt scheme, marking the first time Kenseth had won a Cup event in a paint scheme other than DEWALT.
    The other three Carhartt races in 2008 are:
    Michigan in June
    Loudon [New Hampshire] in Sept.
    Charlotte in Oct.
    Roush Fenway Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-20-2008)

  • Aflac to sponsor Edwards in 2008 UPDATE: Aflac is close to announcing a 2008 NASCAR limited sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing. Aflac will sponsor a #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards. An Aflac executive would not confirm the deal with Edwards on Tuesday, but the company did not deny it either when asked about Edwards. "We are still working through the details," said Al Johnson, a second vice president responsible for sponsorships. "We like Carl and what he has done this year -- and what we expect him to do next year. We're very excited." The final terms of the deal could be announced in the next two weeks. The deal with Edwards is expected to be for eight races and could possibly include an associate sponsorship that would put the Aflac duck logo somewhere on the car for the entire season, said a source familiar with the deal. Edwards' primary sponsor is Office Depot. The eight races that Aflac will be the primary sponsor with the corporate logo on the hood have not been determined. Terms of the deal are not available. It is believed Aflac spent between $2 million and $3 million for the 2007 deal. Aflac broke into NASCAR racing this summer with an eight-race deal with Roush Fenway. That deal included four Sprint Cup races in California, New Hampshire, Chicago and Kansas City and four Busch Series races. #16-Greg Biffle drove the Aflac car on the Sprint Cup circuit, winning the race in Kansas City. Roush Fenway drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray split the Busch races. Biffle, Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate, will be sponsored by 3M next year. In July, Aflac announced a deal with NASCAR to serve as the sport's exclusive supplemental insurance sponsor and provider through the 2010 season. It is not known what Aflac paid for that designation.(Ledger-Enquirer)(10-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Aflac Incorporated and Office Depot announced a new business relationship within the sport of NASCAR that will help both companies reach new customers, engage the loyal NASCAR fan base and leverage opportunities to grow their businesses. Building on its successful entry into NASCAR in 2007, Aflac will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion for eight races. In addition, Aflac will be onboard the Office Depot #99 Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for all other races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. At the core of the affiliation are Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion from Roush Fenway Racing.
    Aflac will be Edwards’ primary sponsor for the following 2008 Sprint Cup Series races:
    Atlanta [March]
    Texas [April]
    Phoenix [April]
    Pocono [June]
    Daytona [July]
    Indy [July]
    California [Aug] and
    Charlotte [Oct]
    More information can be found at www.aflacracing.com.(Roush Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 171,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960

    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Olympic gold medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol
    Command to start engines: Aaron Peirsol
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Loran Livingston, Central Church of God
    National Anthem: Jessica Simpson
    Military Flyover: none
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: lowesmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Lowe's Motor Speedway

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

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

  • In Town [Charlotte area] for the races? some cool places to check out I have been to an enjoy since moving to the Charlotte area in 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    To eat...Lancaster's Bar-B-Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls
    plus if you like animals, Lazy 5 Ranch is a lot of fun for the whole family.
    and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to Richard Petty Museum
    [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near the track.
    (this is not an ad, not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)


  • Cindy McCain Named Honorary Race Director for Bank of America 500: Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain, will visit Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 11, and serve as Honorary Race Director for the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500. She is scheduled to attend the NSCS driver/crew chief meeting that afternoon and will participate in driver introductions prior to the start of the race.(LMS PR)(10-10-2008)

  • Aerosmith Guitarist Brad Whitford at visit LMS: Having written his first song, titled Round and Round, Aerosmith rhythm and lead guitarist Brad Whitford may have been thinking about his other passion in life, auto racing. This weekend Whitford will take to the Lowe's Motor Speedway with #43-Bobby Labonte as a guest for Saturday night's running of the Bank of America 500. It will be Whitford's first trip to the track. Whitford will tour the garage, the Cheerios/Betty Crocker transporter and meet with the crew before the race.(Breaking Limits PR)(10-10-2008) Comment here

  • Fans Race to Recycle at LMS: Race fans will have an opportunity to support the environment, their favorite drivers, as well as Speedway Children's Charities Oct. 8-11 at the historic Lowe's Motor Speedway. Partnering with Lowe's Motor Speedway and Bealer Distributing, the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation (A-BRC) is supplying more than 250 Budweiser Recycling containers in the concourse, vendor display areas, infield and suites to recycle plastic and aluminum containers. In addition, campers at the four main campgrounds-Fleetwood, Country Crock, Lower Peninsula and Infield campgrounds-will receive A-BRC blue recycling bags as they enter those facilities and will be encouraged to leave their recyclables at their camp sites for pickup. A Budweiser Recycle Team will reward campers who "get caught recycling" with Anheuser-Busch branded items, including T-shirts, hats and can coolies. The recycling program will be in place Oct. 8-11 at the 1.5-mile superspeedway, for the Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown-presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers (Oct. 8); Bojangles' Pole Night (Oct. 9); the Dollar General 300 (Oct. 10); and the Bank of America 500 (Oct. 11). All proceeds from the Anheuser-Busch recycling program will be given to Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), which provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. The Anheuser-Busch Recycling promotion during Speed Week in May 2008 raised more than $2,100 for SCC. For more information, visit www.ourpledge.com..
    Tickets for the Bank of America 500 Week events at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(10-8-2008)

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Aaron Peirsol Gtand Marshall at LMS: Bank of America announced that five-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Aaron Peirsol will serve as the honorary grand marshal for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race Saturday, Oct. 11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. A veteran of three Olympic Games, Peirsol excelled this summer in Beijing, bringing home gold in the 100 meter men's backstroke and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay, as well as a silver medal in the 200 meter men's backstroke. In his career, he has amassed a total of five gold and two silver medals. During the race, Aaron Peirsol will be among the stars to visit the fans in the Bank of America Turn 4 Club seating section at LMS, along with Sprint Cup Series drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson. Fans have a few more days, until Oct. 8, to receive two free tickets to the Turn 4 Club by simply opening a NASCAR Banking checking account and applying for a NASCAR Banking credit card. Fans can visit one of 64 participating area Bank of America banking centers to sign up for the unique NASCAR-themed check cards, checks and credit cards and receive their tickets. Affordable tickets for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, are available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455 FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(10-4-2008)

  • Record $6.6 Million Purse at LMS: Drivers will battle for a share of the record $6.6 million total purse during the Bank of America 500 Week at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The schedule of events features Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series competition. The $5,291,863 in total awards for the Bank of America 500 is $106,767 more than was up for grabs in the same event last year and $3,362,232 more than competitors raced for in the 500-mile event 10 years ago. Featuring nearly 15 Sprint Cup Series drivers battling the Nationwide Series regulars, competitors in the Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 10, will be chasing $1,302,794 in posted prize money and awards, an increase of $34,603 from last year. Tickets for all Bank of America 500 Week events are available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at lowesmotorspeedway.com.(10-3-2008)

  • LMS Pit Pass Program Includes Show Cars, Randy Lajoie; Driver Intros/Concert: Bank of America 500 ticket-holders can enhance their race day experience on Oct. 11 with the purchase of a new-and-improved pre-race pit pass or upgrade to VIP access at the Start/Finish Line for driver introductions and the Jessica Simpson pre-race concert. For $100, fans can purchase a pre-race pit pass that allows a self-guided tour on pit road from 2 to 6 p.m. on race day. As an added benefit, several Sprint Cup show cars, including Dale Earnhardt Junior's #88 and the #18 driven by Kyle Busch, will be parked on pit road for photo opportunities. Plus, two-time Nationwide Series champion Randy Lajoie will be on hand to meet fans and explain the nuances of 800-horsepower stock cars. NASCAR crew members will also talk to fans from select pit boxes about going over the wall during a race. For $150, fans can upgrade to a driver intros/concert pass that will include the pre-race pit pass plus VIP access on the track at the Start/Finish Line where Jessica Simpson will perform a 40-minute pre-race concert starting at 5:50 p.m. followed by Sprint Cup Series driver introductions. Individual tickets to the Bank of America 500, which start at just $29, must be purchased separately. For complete details or to purchase tickets, pre-race pit passes or driver intro/concert passes, fans should call the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(9-26-2008)

  • Free tix for LMS race in Oct: Bank of America announced the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 race on October 11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will give fans an unprecedented opportunity to get closer than ever before to all the racing action and their favorite drivers. Through October 8, 2008, race fans can receive two free tickets to the Bank of America Turn 4 Club seating section at Lowe's Motor Speedway by simply opening a NASCAR Banking checking account and applying for a NASCAR Banking credit card. Fans can visit one of 64 participating area Bank of America banking centers to sign up for the unique NASCAR-themed check cards, checks and credit cards and receive their tickets to the exclusive grandstand hospitality experience.(BOA Site)(9-18-2008)

  • Jessica Simpson to Perform Concert at Oct. 11 Bank of America 500: Singer/songwriter, actress and reality television star Jessica Simpson will return to her country music roots on Saturday night, Oct. 11, with a concert performance at the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Simpson will perform a 40-minute pre-race concert and sing the national anthem at the Sprint Cup Series race. The concert performance is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Bank of America 500. Tickets for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, start at just $29 and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455 FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(9-12-2008)

  • Kyle Busch Tops Tony Schumacher In Battle of Top Guns at zMAX Dragway: Kyle Busch and Tony Schumacher, the top drivers this season from NASCAR and the NHRA, dueled Tuesday at zMAX Dragway @ Concord to promote the upcoming playoff events at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In the coming weeks, the legendary motorsports complex will become the world's first to host both the NHRA Countdown to One with the Sept. 11-14 NHRA Nationals and the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup with the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 11. Racing identically prepared Toyota Camry pace cars, Busch and Schumacher matched up for a best two-out-of-three on the concrete quarter-mile dragway. The only advice that the five-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Schumacher gave his opponent was, "Don't wait to leave on green." Apparently, that advice was more than enough, as "Rowdy" Busch beat "The Sarge" Schumacher off the line and onto victory to go up 1-0. Schumacher, ready for revenge, was a little too anxious at the start of the second race, red-lighting to give Busch the win by default. But a last minute amendment to the rules by Lowe's Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith, gave the competitors one more race, winner take all. Busch used a .102-second reaction time to again beat Schumacher off the line and onto victory with the best pass of the day, a 14.544 elapsed time and top speed of 97.33 mph. Afterward, Busch celebrated by honking the horn and feigning a bow out the side of the car window. Despite the loss, Schumacher was all smiles, joking that after only three races, "I already don't like him."(LMS PR)(9-4-2008)

  • Special Tix offer at LMS: Time Warner Cable, in partnership with Lowe's Motor Speedway, is pleased to extend a special NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 ticket offer to all Time Warner Cable Customers. Seats are located in The Diamond Tower Terrace rows 23 to 46. To order, log on to lowesmotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS and tell the ticket agent this is the Time Warner Cable Pit Crew offer.(8-29-2008)

  • New Driver Select Seating Sections Fans Unique Opportunity for LMS: Birds of a feather can now flock together at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race thanks to the speedway's new Driver Select seating sections. For the first time, Lowe's Motor Speedway officials are offering a $69 two-day ticket package in six designated driver sections where fans can enjoy two NASCAR races surrounded by fans of their favorite driver. Each ticket package includes a seat in a driver's section for the Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race on Friday night, Oct. 10, and the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 11. The $69 price represents a savings of $37 if the same tickets were purchased separately.
    Represented in the Driver Select seating sections are defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson; four-time champion Jeff Gordon; series points leader Kyle Busch; NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; two-time champion Tony Stewart; and Kasey Kahne, who will attempt to become the first driver to sweep all three Sprint Cup Series races at Lowe's Motor Speedway in a single season. In addition to the innovative Driver Select sections, Lowe's Motor Speedway is offering several exciting upgrades to help fans make their experience at the world's greatest speedway even more enjoyable. Information on the Driver Select sections or any of the other special ticket packages available for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 can be obtained by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(8-20-2008)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Lowers Cost of Bank of America 500 Race Experience: Working with area hotel operators, its souvenir and concession vendors and corporate sponsors, Lowe's Motor Speedway has reduced the overall cost for fans to attend the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, Oct. 11. In an unprecedented move for a NASCAR race market, 35 hotels located within approximately 30 miles of Lowe's Motor Speedway have agreed to reduce their nightly race week room rates by 15 percent and waive their minimum stay requirements. In conjunction with Circle K and Coca-Cola, Lowe's Motor Speedway has introduced the Circle K Family Four-Pack for just $159. The unique race-day experience includes four reserved Diamond Tower seats for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 along with four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Colas. The $159 price represents a savings of 30 percent if the same tickets and concession items were purchased separately. In addition, each person purchasing the Family Four-Pack will receive a coupon for a free 12-pack of Coke Zero that may be redeemed at a participating Circle K store. A special souvenir package, featuring a Lowe's Motor Speedway T-shirt and hat that would normally sell for $48, will be available for just $20. At concession stands, fans will find four new combination packages reflecting 10 to 25 percent savings on their favorite items.(Lowes Motor Speedway PR)(7-23-2008)

  • Smith's son named president and GM of LMS: Marcus Smith was named the new president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday. The 34-year-old son of Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith also was named president and CEO of SMI. Smith will replace H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, who a week ago announced he was stepping away from his position after 32 years. "He is the right guy," the elder Smith said. "He's done such an outstanding job since he's been there. He's probably raised more funds for the corporation than anybody. He's by far exceeded the budgets of marketing and everything else." Marcus, the executive vice president of SMI, was voted into the position by the SMI board of trustees. "I've worked in every department at the speedway," Smith said at Wheeler's announcement. "I've picked up trash, sold tickets, sold souvenirs, painted plenty of walls. I've been around racing since I was a kid, and I love it, and watch it or listen to it on PRN [Performance Racing Network] radio every Sunday." Smith expects to be a different kind of leader than Wheeler, who not only ran day-to-day activities at the track but helped develop the mental strength of young drivers in a boxing ring at his home. "I'm not a boxer, but I've boxed with Humpy as well," Smith said. "We were in a gym somewhere and he just wore me out. He'll definitely teach you to keep your left up. He's great." Smith attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he initially studied to be a doctor. He began working as a sales associate at SMI in 1996 and was promoted to manager of new business development in 1999. He served as vice president of business development at SMI from 2001-2004 and was named to his current position in 2004. "He knows what he's doing," Bruton siad. "I'm so proud of him. I've never met anybody that didn't like him."(ESPN.com)
    AND Humpy: H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler agreed to a five-year consulting deal with Lowe's Motor Speedway on Wednesday, a week after an awkward split with track he served for 32 years. Wheeler said when he announced he was stepping aside as president and general manager of LMS that he did not leave entirely on his own terms. He said he wanted to ease out of the position, but that Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith would not agree to that. "He offered me a small remuneration for a consulting agreement so I could get my stock options, which were underwater anyway, but I declined because I had to sign a very restrictive agreement, which I was advised against doing," Wheeler told ESPN.com last week. Wheeler talked of working as a consultant with NASCAR or even SMI rival International Speedway Corporation. But three days after his final race at LMS, on the day Marcus Smith was named his successor, he opted to stay with the company.(ESPN.com)(5-29-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,475, Right-side -- 1,475; Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4128; Right-side -- D-4130

    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 -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

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

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Charlotte in May . . . Charlotte is the only track at which this left-side tire code (D-4128) will be run in 2008 . . . this right-side code (D-4130) was run with a different left-side at Darlington earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner lines should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Testing update: Goodyear held its second recent tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past Monday and Tuesday . . . teams that participated were the #07, 1, 5, 9, 17, 20, 26, 29, 38, 41, 43 and 84 . . . the test was scheduled to continue on Wednesday, but rain cancelled all on-track activity . . . this was a follow-up to the test held with the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge at IMS on Sept. 22-23 . . . other tire tests upcoming include include a 2008 confirmation test at Homestead (Oct. 14) and one looking ahead to the 2009 season at Las Vegas (Dec. 10-11).


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Keselowski to attempt first Cup race: Brad Keselowski will attempt to put his #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy in the Bank of America 500 field during Thursday evening's Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Should he be successful, Keselowski will make his first-ever Sprint Cup Series start Saturday night. Car owner Rick Hendrick will enter Keselowski and the #25 GoDaddy.com team in two Sprint Cup races this season -- Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Nov. 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the return of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, which most recently was fielded in the 2007 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with driver Casey Mears. Hendrick Motorsports ran the #25 Chevy full time from 1986-2007, winning 17 races with drivers Tim Richmond (nine victories), Ken Schrader (four), Jerry Nadeau (one), Joe Nemechek (one), Brian Vickers (one) and Mears (one). Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will call the shots for Keselowski and the #25 GoDaddy.com team at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. McGrew, who has been successful working with young drivers like Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, is a former Sprint Cup Series race winner and Nationwide Series champion. The #25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet team participated in the Sept. 23-24 Sprint Cup open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Keselowski posted the 12th-best lap time of the two-day session at 29.250 seconds and 184.615 mph. Keselowski has logged hundreds of laps in the new Chevrolet Impala SS by testing with Hendrick Motorsports' research and development team. The experience also has allowed Keselowski to develop a strong relationship with McGrew, who helps guide Hendrick's R&D efforts.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(10-9-2008)

  • Hamlin cleared, but will sit out NNS race: Coming off a hard crash Sunday that left him hospitalized overnight, #11-Denny Hamlin will skip Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Although it was determined Hamlin did not suffer a concussion in the crash at Talladega Superspeedway, he was held overnight Sunday at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for observation before being released to return home to North Carolina on Monday. According to a news release from Lowe's Motor Speedway, Hamlin met with NASCAR's consulting physician, Dr. Jerry Petty, and was cleared to race this weekend. "It was definitely the hardest hit I have ever taken in a race car. It was good to get home, get some rest and take it easy this week. I am feeling better everyday and look forward to getting back in the car this weekend," Hamlin said in a statement. " ... This sport has made big gains in terms of safety -- everything from the cars to the walls and those are big steps in the right direction." Hamlin had been scheduled to drive in Friday's Dollar General 300 in Braun Racing's #10 Toyota. The car will now by driven by Dave Blaney, who gave Braun Racing its first win in the series in this race in 2006.(ESPN)(10-8-2008)

  • Clauson hopes to make Cup debut at LMS:Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced it has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment America and its long-time sponsor Target to have MotorStorm Pacific Rift on Bryan Clauson’s #40 Dodge in his Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (LMS) on October 11. Clauson, a 19-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., has been competing in the Nationwide Series (NNS) throughout this 2008 season, driving the #40 Fastenal Dodge. He made his career-first Nationwide start in September 2007 at Richmond, and has tallied 23 NNS starts since. To-date, the teen racer has collected one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Clauson scored his first career stock car victory in the ARCA Series at Gateway in his fifth career ARCA start. MotorStorm Pacific Rift, which will be released Tuesday October 28, takes you to a solitary tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean, ready for a whole new take on no-holds-barred racing action through thick swamps, dense jungle, towering peaks and steaming volcanoes. Not just pretty backdrops to the action, these environments take center stage in challenging players with everything in Mother Nature’s arsenal. Thick mud, tangled undergrowth, swift flowing rivers, choking volcanic clouds and searing lava pools all test the drivers to their limits and beyond.(CGRFS PR), this will be the first race for the #40 CGRFS team since it suspended operations after the 17th race of the season. The team is not in the Top-35 in owners points and must qualify on speed to make the race at LMS.(10-8-2008) Comment here

  • Carpentier blamed by crew chief UPDATE released: After the Gillett Motorsports #10 Dodge failed to qualify on speed at Talladega Superspeedway, crew chief [or as GEM calls them, Team Director] Mike Shiplett decided to put good judgement aside and lash out at team driver Patrick Carpentier in the Tow Truck in a Box team trailer while the doors were open, allowing anyone in the paddock to witness the skirmish. This gesture was not appreciated by the canadian driver. "I think it's a complete lack of respect," said Carpentier. "I never was shy to take the blame when I thought it was my fault, but here, everybody knows that it's like driving in a straight line. The driver just has to keep the steering wheel straight. He should have taken a time out and calmed down before he spoke. " Shiplett accused Carpentier of going too low down on the last straight, which he claimed made the front of the car rub against the ground. "It's bulls**t," said Carpentier. "I've looked at the timing data and we were already three-tenths below the time we needed to qualify when I went below the line. I went low because i felt we had to try everything. I gave it all I had, but now he blames me? This is totally unacceptable. It's not as if my teammates were on the first row! They both ran slower than me! " #9-Kasey Kahne (41st) and #19-Elliott Sadler (43rd) posted times that were slower than the Carpentier (39th). It is their positions in the top 35 point standings that allowed them to be in the starting lineup of AMP 500. Sadler was using the new generation of the Dodge / GEM chassis. Kahne was also using the new chassis until when he damaged his primary car during practice. For Carpentier and the #10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge, the only option given by GEM was to use an old generation Dodge Charger chassis. What most enraged Carpentier, is that Shiplett decided to scold him at Talladega, a track where the driver can do nothing to improve his fate if his car is not up to speed. "Even though I know his criticism didn't make any sense, what is worst is that he seems to have forgotten pretty quickly races like Dover or in Atlanta where I've qualified a car that he himself didn't think was fast enough to earn a place on the starting grid. I realize now that some people have a really short memory span in NASCAR, "said Carpentier". Shiplett was not available for comment after the non-qualification of his car.(patcarpentier.ca taken from a french article at canoe.com)(10-5-2008)
    UPDATE: Patrick Carpentier has been released from Gillett Evernham Motorsports, sources confirmed Tuesday. Carpentier, a Sprint Cup rookie and former open-wheel racer in Champ Car and the IndyCar Series, was the driver of the #10 Dodge for GEM. He could not be reached for comment. On his Web site, patcarpentier.ca, Carpentier wrote he got into an argument and skirmish Saturday with team director Mike Shiplett, who blamed him for failing to qualifying at Talladega. Dominique Fugere, motorsports writer for Le Journal de Montreal, reported Shiplett later apologized to Carpentier after the argument at Talladega. Carpentier already was a lame-duck at GEM, which announced earlier that Reed Sorenson [not Scott Riggs] would drive for the team in 2009. GEM officials have not said who will drive the car this weekend for the Sprint Cup race at Lowes Motor Speedway.(ESPN)
    UPDATE 2: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that Mike Wallace will drive the #10 Dodge at Charlotte this weekend and A.J. Allmendinger will take over driving duties at Martinsville on Oct. 19 and for the remainder of the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Wallace and Allmendinger replace Patrick Carpentier who drove the #10 in 24 races this season. Allmendinger, 26, is committed to driving the #00 this weekend at Charlotte. “I’m excited about this news,” said the California native. “GEM has great equipment and I’m confident we can take these final five races and get the #10 up in points. I know we have a lot of work to do, but we are going to give it our best shot. I’m looking forward to spending some time with Crew Chief Mike Shiplett and the guys starting at Martinsville.” Reed Sorenson will assume the driving duties of the #10 at the beginning of the 2009 season.(GEM PR)(10-7-2008) Comment here

  • A.J. back at Charlotte? UPDATE to MWR: A.J. Allmendinger was interviewed on ESPN2's NASCAR Now and he said he has been in meetings with teams at Talladega Superspeedway and hopes to have his 2009 plans set soon and hopes to be in a ride as soon as the Bank of American at Lowe's Motor Speedway next weekend.(10-5-2008)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that AJ Allmendinger will attempt to qualify the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 Saturday night. “I look forward to it and I think this is a great opportunity,” Allmendinger said. “Over the past couple of months the organization has really picked up with how everyone has been running. Hopefully, I can go out there and do a good job and get the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota team back inside the top 35.” This past weekend Kenny Wallace recorded the team’s best finish of the season by crossing the finish line in 12th-place at Talladega Superspeedway. Now, it is Allmendinger's turn to strap into the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota for the first time on Thursday for Sprint Cup Series practice and then qualifying. Allmendinger knows the team is only 39 points shy of 35th-place in the owner points. The coveted position is currently occupied by #7-Robby Gordon, who finished eighth on Sunday. Allmendinger's crew chief, Peter Sospenzo, feels good about their chances of reclaiming a top 35 spot. “Finishing 12th with Kenny was the strongest finish we have had and that was nice, but at the same time Robby Gordon had a little better finish than we did so we didn’t gain any points on him,” said Sospenzo. “Obviously we are looking forward to going to Lowe’s Motor Speedway because we had a productive test there. We were good in qualifying and race trim. We feel confident about going back. AJ’s a good driver and we know he can get everything out of the car.” This season, Allmendinger has qualified inside the top five two times and six times in the top 10 in 21 starts. His career-best finish is ninth-place recently at Kansas Speedway driving the #84 Red Bull Toyota. During the May race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Allmendinger started 27th and finished 20th.
    “We didn’t do as well as we liked, but we were pretty fast,” Allmendinger said. “I feel comfortable around Lowe’s Motor Speedway because it is a track that I have been able to race around a lot in my career. I feel like missing the test doesn’t make a big difference.” Michael Waltrip Racing’s decided to make a driver change with the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota after the team failed to qualify with Michael McDowell for the Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. The objective remains the same and that is to qualify on time and return the Michael Waltrip Racing team to the top 35 before the checkered flag waves at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Our singular focus with the #00 team is to reposition the team in the top 35 in owner’s points and be there in end,” Waltrip said. "The decision for us to continue to make changes is about our organization. Kenny Wallace did a tremendous job for us at Talladega and recorded the team’s best finish of the season. I know AJ will do a great job for us too in our Toyota Camrys. We’re still closely evaluating the remaining Cup races,” Waltrip continued. "We’re moving in the direction of having multiple drivers based on their experiences at particular tracks.”(MWR PR)(10-6-2008) Comment here

  • Brad Keselowski to make Cup debut at LMS: Hendrick Motorsports will enter 24-year-old Brad Keselowski in two Sprint Cup Series events in 2008, marking the successful young driver's first foray into NASCAR's top division. Keselowski will attempt to qualify a fifth Hendrick Motorsports entry -- the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy -- for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Nov. 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will direct the effort. "We've gotten a glimpse of what Brad is capable of in the Nationwide Series, and that's just scratching the surface," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "He has a load of talent and potential, and we're excited to give him an opportunity at the next level." A Rochester Hills, Mich., native, Keselowski sits third in the Nationwide Series championship standings with two victories, one pole position, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevy. The team, which is co-owned by Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., has posted wins this season at Nashville, Tenn., and Bristol, Tenn. Keselowski, who already has tested the new Chevrolet Impala SS for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, will drive the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy this week during the two-day Sprint Cup Series open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. The two-race effort with Keselowski and the #25 Chevy will mark GoDaddy.com's first primary sponsorship of a Sprint Cup Series team. The world's largest registrar of domain names, GoDaddy.com joined JR Motorsports this season as a primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series. "Our move into the Sprint Cup Series has all the right ingredients," said Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy.com. "Hendrick Motorsports is a top-notch team, and Brad Keselowski is an exciting young driver. We're excited to be a part of Brad's Sprint Cup debut, and I can't wait to watch the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in action."(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(9-22-2008) Comment here

  • Hall of Fame Racing, JGR decide to remove Logano from #96: Joey Logano will no longer pilot Hall of Fame Racing's #96 Toyota in 2008, team co-owner Tom Garfinkel told ESPN.com Tuesday. Garfinkel said the decision was mutual between his team and Joe Gibbs Racing, for whom Logano is under a multi-year driving contract. "It's a joint decision," Garfinkel said. "We talked to Gibbs and both decided that, for [Logano's] development and for our team, this the best thing for all of us. The best thing for all of us is for them to focus on Joey's development, and us to focus on our team." Seeking to gain experience in preparation for his 2009 rookie campaign in Gibbs' #20 Toyota, Logano was scheduled to run five of the final 10 races of the current season in the Hall of Fame #96 -- a Gibbs satellite operation. He was to return to the #96 at Lowe's Motor Speedway next week, and also was scheduled to drive for Hall of Fame at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Sprint Cup veteran Ken Schrader will drive the #96 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, and likely the rest of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing officials were not immediately available for comment.(ESPN.com)(9-30-2008) Comment here

  • Skinner/Speed in the #84, Speed to debut at LMS 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

  • Cope tests at Lowe's; may attempt 2 races: From Derrike Cope's web site: "The next thing on my schedule is to debut our COT car at Lowes Motor Speedway on Tuesday. It will be number #75 Cope/Keller Racing Dodge. We will only test for one day because the transporter will have to leave for Kansas...Provided all goes well there we plan on attempting Charlotte and Martinsville in the Sprint Cup Series."(DerrikeCope.com)(9-24-2008) Comment here

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing - Session 2, Day 2:Testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway had concluded and in the final session in the evening, 49 drivers driving 58 cars made runs. The fastest in the Day 2 evening session was #24-Gordon at 187.2335mph, followed by #82-Speed, #11B-Hamlin, #42-Montoya, #19-Sadler, #99-Edwards, #77B-Hornish, #84-Skinner, #41-Mayfield, and #00-McDowell. Some other drivers of interest: #25-Brad Keselowski was 12th, #40-Brian Clauson was 14th, and #02-Logano was 49th. There were no incidents. See speeds for all the sessions on my Lowe's Testing #2 page.(9-24-2008)

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


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