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THE RACE: Dickies 500

Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 2, 2008 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Dickies

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:47pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 3:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am & 2:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 3 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November 3 at 10:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, November 6 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 6 at 5:30pm/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 31, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, November 1, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-none?

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


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, October 31, 12:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, October 31 at 4:40pm/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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  • No further penalty for Gilliland: #38-David Gilliland swore that he didn’t mean to tag #42-Juan Pablo Montoya on lap 263 of the Dickies 500, but that didn’t mean that NASCAR didn’t penalize him. NASCAR parked Gilliland after the accident, which left Montoya fuming and with a torn-up race car. Gilliland didn’t tear up his race car, but NASCAR sat him for the rest of the race leaving him in 42nd while Montoya was 43rd. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said there will be no further penalties although both drivers likely will be talked to again prior to practice at Phoenix informing them not to keep the feud going on the race track.(Scene Daily)(11-3-2008) Comment here

  • Edwards wins at Texas: #99-Carl Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 8th win of the season and the 15th of his career and swept both Texas races this year.He took a fuel mileage gamble, running the final 69 laps of the race without pitting. #24-Gordon finished second, also gambling on fuel. #26-McMurray was third followed by #07-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #29-Harvick, #1-Truex, Jr., #17-Kenseth, and #44-Reutimann. Point leader #48-Johnson struggled through much of the race, finishing a lap down in 15th.There were 5 cautions for 26 laps and 16 lead changes among 9 leaders.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Texas Race Results Awards Page.(11-2-2008)

  • Johnson needs to average 7th to clich championship: Gutsy strategy earned Carl Edwards the win at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and made it difficult for points leader Jimmie Johnson to clinch at Phoenix. Edwards’ victory slashed his deficit to Johnson, who finished 15th, by 77 – from 183 to 106. Johnson needs to leave Phoenix with a 196-point lead over second-place to officially clinch his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. In other words, Johnson must beat Edwards by 90 points and third-place Greg Biffle by 52 at Phoenix to clinch (Johnson needs to finish 195 points ahead of Biffle to clinch because he owns the tie-breaker). Jeff Burton, 212 points back in fourth place, can also spoil Johnson’s clinch hopes by getting within that 195-point “magic number.” If Johnson leaves Phoenix with a 162-point lead, he would need only to start the season-finale at Homestead to clinch a championship. Under this scenario, Johnson has to beat Edwards by 56 and Biffle by 18. If Johnson finishes seventh or better in the next two races, he will clinch the title, no matter what any other driver does.(NASCAR PR)(11-2-2008)

  • All repeat winners at Texas: It proved to be a Texas Trifecta this weekend. Every winner this past spring also won this weekend. On Friday, Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Craftsman Truck Series race. On Saturday, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series race. Edwards capped it off with Sunday's win.(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)(11-3-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Texas race 34 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6366 [6 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 6260 -106 [8 wins]
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 6223 -143 [2 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 6154 -212 [2 wins]
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon 6111 -255
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 6099 -267 [1 win]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 6087 -279
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 5973 -393
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 5962 -404 [1 win]
    10) #18-Kyle Busch 5983 -428 [8 wins]
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5937 -429 [1 win]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5935-431 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas.(11-2-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Texas race 34 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4902 [6 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 4881 -21 [8 wins]
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4736 -166 [8 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 4528 -374 [2 wins]
    5) #16-Greg Biffle 4503 -399 [2 wins]
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4415 -487 [1 win]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 4370 -532
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 4332 -570
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 4247 -655 [1 win]
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 4205 -697 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 4160 -742 [1 win]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 4105 -797
    13) #6-David Ragan 4074 -828
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3811 -1091 [2 wins]
    (11-2-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Carl Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He posted his 15th career victory in his 155th start. It was his eighth win of the 2008 season, tying him with Kyle Busch for the most this year. It was his third series victory at Texas in his eighth start, the most of any driver.
    * Edwards became the first driver to sweep both of a season's races at Texas.
    * Edwards won back-to-back races for the third time in 2008.
    * Edwards led 212 of the 334 laps, the most. It was the first time in the 2008 Chase that Edwards led the most laps. He led 335 of the 673 total laps run at Texas in 2008.
    * Points leader Jimmie Johnson finished 15th, one lap down. Johnson now has a 106-point lead over second-place Edwards. Johnson's lead was 183 entering Texas.
    * The largest points lead overcome with two races left was 85 in 1992 by Alan Kulwicki.
    * Johnson failed to finish on the lead lap for the first time in the past 13 Chase races. He failed to lead a lap for the first time in 17 Chase races.
    * Jeff Gordon, who finished second, matched his best Texas finish in his 16th start there.
    * Edwards won at Texas one week after winning at Atlanta. This is the fourth consecutive year that the winner of the fall Atlanta race went on to win the fall Texas race.
    * Seven of the 12 Chase drivers finished in the top 10.
    * Jamie McMurray, who finished third, posted his best finish of the season.
    * The top 10 consisted of four Fords, four Chevrolets and two Toyotas. Sam Hornish Jr., who finished 23rd, was the highest-finishing Dodge. Hornish also was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender.
    * Brad Keselowski finished 19th in his series debut.
    * Roush Fenway Racing posted its 10th win of the 2008 season, tied for the most this season with Joe Gibbs Racing. It also was Roush Fenway's seventh win at Texas, the most of any team.(ESPN.com)(11-3-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    No teams dropped in or out of top 35, but points do tighten some and the #84 team is now just 44 points ahead of the #47 team.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2682 +136
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2606 +60
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2590 44 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2546, 44 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2490 -100
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(11-2-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #25-Keselowski, 19th
    Caution 2: #20-Stewart, 16th
    Caution 3: #31-Burton, 13th
    Caution 4: #8-Martin, 12th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 2nd
    (11-2-2008)

  • Texas Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards won the Dickies 500, his 15th victory in 155 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his eighth victory and 25th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his third victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Jamie McMurray (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 106 points over Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-2-2008)

  • Texas Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1) #15 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 52
    2) #28 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 51
    3) #28 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 53
    4) #41 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 53
    5) #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 57
    6) #19 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 115
    7) #9 Jumping the restart OL 245
    8) #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 247
    9) #28 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 247
    10) #38 Pitting before Pit Road is Open & Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 264
    11) #28 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 265
    12) #41 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 267
    13) #38 Safety violation 5 Laps 263
    14) #10 Commitment Line Violation PT 315
    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)(11-2-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, #24-Gordon got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #1-Truex, Jr, who starts 2nd, took stall #14, the next pit with an opening in front of it and point leader #48-Johnson, who starts 7th took stall #7. #17-Kenseth [starts 6th] took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Texas Pit Stall selections page.(11-1-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 2, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 3:30pm/et; pre-race show at 3:00pm/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, Monday, November 3 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, November 3 at 10:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, November 6 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, November 6 at 5:30pm/et

  • NASCAR This Week on ESPN and ABC: Only three races remain in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and this weekend’s Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth will play a pivotal role in determining who wins NASCAR’s top honor for 2008. ESPN on ABC will have live, high definition coverage from Texas beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 3pm/et on Sunday, Nov. 2. ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air live coverage of Sprint Cup qualifying from Texas on Friday, Oct. 31, at 4:30pm/et, along with practice on the 1.5-mile superspeedway earlier that day at 1:00pm/et. Same-day coverage of final practice airs Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6:00pm/et. The race will re-air Monday, Nov. 3, at 10:00am/et on ESPN Classic. Dr. Jerry Punch will be lead announcer, joined in the booth for analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will be pit reporters with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Tech Center. The pre-race NASCAR Countdown show from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick, with Rusty Wallace and analyst Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. Also this weekend, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD air live coverage of the 300-mile Nationwide Series race from Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3:00pm/et. With the Sprint Cup Series headed to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, ESPN Classic will help NASCAR fans get ready for action on the ultra-fast superspeedway with an airing of highlights of the 2007 Dickies 500 at Texas on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 1:00pm/et. The race, which originally aired on ABC, featured a stirring duel for the win between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, with Johnson eventually prevailing. ESPN Classic also will serve NASCAR fans with an airing of the ESPN signature series SportsCentury featuring NASCAR star Tony Stewart. The program airs Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9am/et.

  • Dickies 500 Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway scheduled drivers
    (DIRECTV channel, car#, driver)
    HD (high definition)/SD (standard definition) Channels
    795, #31-Jeff Burton
    796, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    797, #24-Jeff Gordon
    798, #48-Jimmie Johnson
    799, Team Radios/National Broadcast
    Teams and drivers are subject to change at anytime, more info at directv.com/hotpass


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 182.082
    #18-Busch 181.397
    #2-Busch 181.172
    #44-Reutimann 180.905
    #07-Bowyer 180.844
    slowest: #28-Kvapil 174.171 & #78-Nemechek 173.589
    See speeds, ave speed, laps run on my Texas Practice Speeds page.(11-1-2008)

  • First Saturday Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 184.780
    #99-Edwards 184.458
    #48-Johnson 184.420
    #29-Harvick 184.200
    #20-Stewart 183.405
    slowest: #96-Schrader 175.302 & #78-Nemechek 164.179
    The session was extended by about 10 minutes. #7-Gordon wrecked early in the session, hitting the wall in turn 1 and will have to go to a backup. Later, #20-Stewart blew a right rear tire on the backstretch and will also have to go to a backup. #28-Kvapil and #26-McMurray both hit the wall on their first laps (in separate incidents), but the teams will repair the cars.
    no speed: #28-Kvapil
    See speeds, ave speed, laps run on my Texas Practice Speeds page.(11-1-2008)

  • Gordon on pole at Texas: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coor's Light Pole for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 188.469mph for his 4th pole of 2008 and 67th pole of his career. #1-Truex, Jr will start 2nd followed by #07-Bowyer, #26-McMurray, #88-Earnhardt, Jr, #17-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #20-Stewart, #41-Sorenson, and #66-Riggs. The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #77-Hornish, #47-Ambrose, #78-Nemechek, #96-Schrader, #10-Allmendinger, #25-Kselowski, #21-Elliott, and #02-Logano. Missing the race are #70-Raines, #40-Clauson, #45-McCumbee, #13-Papis, and #08 Sauter.
    See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(10-31-2008)

  • Where do the 12 Chase Drivers start at Texas?
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 16th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle, 19th
    4) #31-Jeff Burton, 38th
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick, 23rd
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    7) #07-Clint Bowyer, 3rd
    8) #20-Tony Stewart, 8th
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6th
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 5th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    12) #18-Kyle Busch, 29th
    (10-31-2008)

  • Texas Superspeedway Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dickies 500 with a lap of 28.652 seconds, 188.469 mph.
    This is his 67th pole in 543 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 24th top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2008 and his third in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Clint Bowyer (third) posted his second top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 34 races this season.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(10-31-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: where do they start at Texas:
    Michael McDowell, DNR
    #01-Regan Smith, 186.207mph, starts 25th
    Patrick Carpentier, DNR
    #77-Sam Hornish (X), 186.335mph, starts 21st

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer: at Texas:
    Chevy: #24-Gordon, 188.469, starts 1st
    Ford: #26-McMurray, 187.859, starts 4th
    Toyota: #20-Stewart, 187.246, starts 8th
    Dodge: #41-Sorenson, 187.175, starts 9th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, October 31, 2008 at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Dickies 500 at Texas 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 #19-Sadler, the final top-35 driver scheduled is ##88-Earnhardt, Jr. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #77-Hornish, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #45-McCumbee. See the full qualifying order on my Texas Qualifying Page.(10-31-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Texas Motor Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger, 2nd
    #47-Marcos Ambrose, 5th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 7th
    #21-Bill Elliott, [PC], 24th
    #96-Ken Schrader, 27th
    #25-Brad Keselowski, 31st
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 33rd
    #40-Bryan Clauson, 37th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #70-Tony Raines, 41st
    #02-Joey Logano, 43rd
    #45-Chad McCumbee, 46th
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 47th
    #13-Max Papis, 48th
    (10-31-2008)

  • Friday Practice for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 186.638
    #10-Allmendinger 186.632
    #99-Edwards 186.239
    #42-Montoya 186.181
    #47-Ambrose 186.104
    slowest: #08-Sauter 179.027 & #13-Papis 176.945
    #7-Gordon scraped the right rear of the car coming off turn 2 early in the session, just some sheetmetal damage.
    See speeds, ave speed, laps run on my Texas Practice Speeds page.(10-31-2008)

  • Entry List for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #02-Joey Logano (2/55)
    #08-Johnny Sauter (13/45)
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger (33/38)
    #13-Max Papis (0/0)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (33/41)
    #25-Brad Keselowski (1/58)
    #40-Bryan Clauson (19/44)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (33/40)
    #47-Marcos Ambrose (33/36) [was #00 team]
    #70-Tony Raines (33/43)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (33/37)[past owner winner]
    #78-Joe Nemechek (33/42)
    #96-Ken Schrader (33/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,47,10,96,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 40,08,02,25,13
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(10-27/29-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    No drop in or out of top 35, #7 moves up to 34th and #84 down to 35th and the spread is larger, 80 pts ahead of 36th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2606 +160
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2551 +105
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2526 80 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2446, 80 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2396 -130
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-26-2008)

  • 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

  • Chase Stats going into Texas: The amazing run of Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the #48 team continues in The Chase. Johnson tacked on 34 more points to his lead with a late charge to second place at Atlanta. It is 183 points back to Carl Edwards with three to go, and Johnson has a first and second in his last two starts at Texas Motor Speedway. If he loses 23 or less points over the next two races, he needs to only start at Homestead to cinch his three-peat. Denny Hamlin’s third place run at Atlanta pulled him within 6 points of 10th place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the final spot to make the stage in New York. Carl Edwards added another strong win in his outstanding 2008 season at Atlanta, climbing two spots to second place. Five podium finishes in seven Chase races is awfully good. It’s just that Johnson has been better. See more on the 2008 Chase, Chase history, wins on my Chase Stats after Atlanta page and my 2008 Chase Rules & History page.(10-30-2008)

  • Johnson needs to average 9th to clinch: With each pass at Atlanta, #48-Jimmie Johnson inched closer to an historic third consecutive championship. Cale Yarborough is the only driver in NASCAR history to accomplish the feat, winning championships from 1976-78. Johnson finished second to seven-time 2008 winner #99-Carl Edwards, who refuses to give up on a championship comeback. Edwards is now 183 points behind Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series standings with three races remaining. Johnson needs to average a ninth-place finish over the final three races to clinch a championship. So Edwards will need wins, and some bad luck for Johnson. Edwards does have some history on his side to keep the optimism alive. In each of the last three years, the winner of the Atlanta race followed up with a Texas victory (Johnson in 2007; Tony Stewart in 2006 and Edwards in 2005). Statistically, the remaining schedule sets up nicely for Edwards. At the Texas, Phoenix and Homestead, Edwards has two wins, seven top fives, an average finish of 13.5 and a Driver Rating of 101.0. Unfortunately for his cause, the layout favors Johnson even more. At the next three tracks, Johnson has three wins, 12 top fives, an average finish of 8.9 and a Driver Rating of 108.0.(NASCAR Public Relations)(10-28-2008)

  • Two Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won a CUP race at: There are TWO current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Sprint Cup race]:
    Texas 0 for 15 with a best of 2nd in 2002
    Homestead 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 22 [20 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
    Gordon won at Phoenix in April to finally knock that track off the list in his 17th try there.(4-6-2008)

  • Nov 2007 Pole Winner: #1-Martin Truex Jr., 193.105, finished 3rd

  • April 2008 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 190.907mph, finished 12th

  • Track Pole Record: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235, 11/3/2006

  • Nov 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 131.219mph, started 8th

  • April 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 144.814mph, started 2nd

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

  • Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards

  • Most Poles: 2 - Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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

  • Most Top 10s: 8 - Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson

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

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

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

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/2000 and 11/5/2006

  • Fewest Cautions: 6 - 11/6/2005 & 4/6/2008

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 27, 11/6/2005 & 4/6/2008

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

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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/2000

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 8 - Ford

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

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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1

  • Races won from the top 5: 9 of 15

  • Races won from the top 10: 12 of 15

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    4/2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Chevy, 190.907, finished 12th
    11/2007 Martin Truex Jr., #1 Chevy, 193.105, finished 3rd
    4/2007 none, rained out
    11/2006 Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235mph, finished 27th [record]
    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    11/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005 Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002 Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas

    4/2008 Carl Edwards, #99 Fordo, 144.814mph, started 2nd
    11/2007 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219, started 8th
    4/2007 Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 143.359, started 2nd
    11/2006 Tony Stewart, #20 Chevy, 134.891, started 8th
    4/2006 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    11/2005 Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005 Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004 Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111, started 5th

  • At Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
    • The original configuration called for an unusual dual banking system that had 24 degrees of banking for stock cars and eight degrees for open-wheel cars.
    • The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas was on April 6, 1997.
    • In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway.
    • A second renovation started after the 1998 race and eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration.
    • There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 15 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Jeremy Mayfield won the first timed qualifying on April 4, 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    • Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • Ten drivers have scored poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with two each.
    • Thirteen drivers have won races, led by Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards, each with two.
    • 12 of 15 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole.
    • Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    • There have been two green-white-checkered finishes: fall 2006 (339/334) and spring 2008 (339/334).
    • Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in five of his six races at Texas. His 83% top-10 rate is the best of any driver with more than two Texas starts.
    • There have been 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Texas.
    • 70 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Texas.
    • There have been seven race winners from Texas in NASCAR’s three national series [Cup, NNS, Trucks]: Terry Labonte (34 total wins); Bobby Labonte (32); A.J. Foyt (7); Billy Wade (4); Bobby Hillin Jr. (3), Johnny Rutherford (1); David Starr (4).(NASCAR Statistics)(10-27-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei / Menards #7 Team Schemes Page
    #8-Mark Martin VAULT “Honoring the Uniform: Calling for Support” none...yet
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger Contry Crock none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office/Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbies #21 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #25-Brad Keselowski GoDaddy.com #25 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Academy Sports + Outdoors #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland CitiFinancial #38 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Bryan Clauson Guitar Hero World Tour #40 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Chad McCumbee Richard Petty Driving Experience Holiday #45 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Tony Raines iQ Drive #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Camo scheme for Martin at Texas: Mark Martin will run a special camouflage paint scheme on the #8 U.S. Army DEI Chevy in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway to promotes effort to deliver more than one million holiday greetings to U.S. Military worldwide. In keeping with the VAULT motto, “Get It Done. And Then Some.,” Coca-Cola North America is implementing the largest marketing campaign for the brand since its 2006 launch to ensure the program’s success. The VAULT “Honoring the Uniform: Calling for Support” initiative features an exclusive opportunity for people across the country to send hand-written postcards to troops worldwide and raise up to $100,000 for the USO. People are encouraged to write messages of support on pre-addressed postcards, which can be found on special camouflage-themed VAULT 12-packs, at VAULT displays in participating retail stores or online at DrinkVault.com and MyCokeRewards.com, while supplies last. The postcards can be dropped in the mail with a first-class stamp and will arrive at a USO collection center for security screening before being distributed to U.S. troops during the holiday season.(Markmartin.com)(10-31-2008)
    UPDATE: Mark Martin and Capt Tony D. Tinderholt along with U.S. soldiers Sgt Alex DeLuna, Staff Sgt James Peacock and Staff Sgt Shawn Rule, show off a special camouflage paint scheme on the #8 U.S. Army Chevrolet during racing action at Texas Motor Speedway leading up to the Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 (Nov. 2). Martin is joining forces with Coca-Cola’s VAULT brand and the USO to generate support for U.S. troops and send more than one million holiday greetings to U.S. military worldwide. The initiative features an exclusive opportunity for people across the country to write messages of support on pre-addressed postcards, which can be found on special camouflage-themed VAULT 12-packs, at VAULT displays in participating retail stores or online at DrinkVault.com and MyCokeRewards.com, while supplies last. The postcards can be dropped in the mail with a first-class stamp and will be distributed to U.S. troops during the holiday season.(PR), see an image of the car on my #8 Team News Links.(11-1-2008)

  • Mapei / Menards with Robby Gordon at Texas: Coming off a solid top-20 finish last weekend in Atlanta, Robby Gordon and the #7 team hope to carry this momentum forward into this weekend's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The #7 Dodge will display the familiar Mapei / Menards primary colors during Sunday's 334-lap race.(RGM PR), see an image of the car on my #7 Team Schemes Page.(10-31-2008)

  • Country Crock scheme on the #10 at Texas: The #10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge will sport the familiar Country Crock colors this weekend. It marks the first time the margarine alternative has adorned a GEM Cup car. Previously Country Crock was with GEM in the Nationwide Series.(GEM PR)(10-30-2008)

  • Clauson hopes third time is a charm: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver Bryan Clauson was scheduled to make his Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, but qualifying was rained out both times. Therefore, Clauson will attempt to make his NSCS debut again this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in the #40 Target/Guitar Hero World Tour Dodge. Clauson—a 19-year-old from Noblesville, Ind.—has competed in 24 Nationwide Series (NNS) races throughout this 2008 season, driving the #40 Fastenal Dodge. To-date, the teen racer has collected one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. The #1 best-selling video game, Guitar Hero, returns to the race track this weekend at TMS as primary sponsor of the #40 CGRFS Dodge.(CGRFS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(10-30-2008) Comment here

  • CitiFinancial colors for Gilliland at Texas: #The #38 Yates Racing Ford driven by David Gilliland will sport a CitiFinancial Paint scheme for the fourth and final time in 2008 in this weekend’s Dickies 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. See images of the scheme on my #38 Team Schemes page.(10-29-2008) Comment here

  • Special Scheme for McMurray at Texas: When Jamie McMurray’s #26 Crown Royal Ford hits the track at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, it will be carrying an important reminder that could forever change the life of one lucky NASCAR fan. Emblazoned with a special ‘Your Name Here 400’ hood, McMurray’s car will help promote Crown Royal’s legendary contest in which they name the May, 2009 Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway after an adult fan. Before Nov. 21, fans 21 years old and over can visit CrownRoyal.com to enter the contest by describing an accomplishment or honorable act worthy of toasting with Crown Royal. Selected finalists will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip in February to the Daytona 500 where they will participate in an unveiling ceremony to announce the ‘Your Name Here 400’ grand prize winner. In addition to having their name officially incorporated into the race, the grand prize winner will serve as the Grand Marshal in Richmond – allowing them to do everything from delivering the trophy in Victory Lane to yelling the most famous words in racing, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” “It’s always fun to run new paint schemes for a sponsor like Crown Royal who does so much in the sport,” said McMurray. “From promoting responsible drinking with its ‘Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly.’ campaign to allowing fans the opportunity to have their own race with the ‘Your Name Here 400,’ Crown Royal is always coming up with cool ways for me and the team to be involved.”(Crown Royal PR), see my #26 Team Schemes page for an image of the hood.(10-29-2008) Comment here

  • #45 to Sport RPDE ‘Holiday’ Paint Scheme at Texas: Petty Enterprises announced that the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be the primary sponsor of the #45 Dodge, driven by Chad McCumbee, for the upcoming race at the Texas Motor Speedway along with new partners, TheGPSStore.com and Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation TheGPSStore.com and Garmin are continuing their long-standing associations with McCumbee. The GPS Store.com, which is headquartered near McCumbee’s hometown of Supply, N.C., has been a primary sponsor of his past Truck Series entries from 2006-2007.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #45 Team Schemes page.(10-27-2008) Comment here

  • iQ Drive sponsoring #70 for 2 races: HAAS CNC Racing announced that iQ Drive will sponsor the #70 Chevy in two Sprint Cup Series races. The brand will make its debut at Talladega Superspeedway and conclude the 2008 campaign at Texas Motor Speedway. Developed by NORDYNE Inc., iQ Drive is the most energy efficient domestic air-conditioning product. No other air conditioner rivals its efficiency, product size, quiet performance and humidity control in one complete system. NORDYNE offers iQ Drive technology in both the Maytag and Frigidaire heating and cooling product lines, both available through Coburn Supply Company.(Haas CNC Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #70 Team schemes page.(9-25-2008) Comment here

  • Kvapil gets a 2-race sponsorship: Yates Racing announced today that Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leader in the sports and outdoor industry, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for the Talladega and Texas races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5th for Kvapil’s scheduled 100th career start in the Cup series. The sponsorship marks the first time Academy Sports + Outdoors has been a primary sponsor in any of NASCAR’s numerous divisions.(Yates Racing PR)(9-20-2008) Comment here

  • Special scheme at Texas for Martin: The VAULT “Honoring the Uniform: Calling for Support” program will be highlighted as part of a special camouflage paint scheme on the #8 U.S. Army Chevy driven by Mark Martin during the Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 (Nov. 2) at Texas Motor Speedway. VAULT is the title sponsor for the pre-race show and is presenting a live concert by REO Speedwagon. People are encouraged to write messages of support on pre-addressed postcards, which can be found on special camouflage-themed VAULT 12-packs, at VAULT displays in participating retail stores or online at DrinkVault.com and MyCokeRewards.com, while supplies last. The postcards can be dropped in the mail with a first-class stamp and will arrive at a USO collection center for security screening before being distributed to U.S. troops during the holiday season. The VAULT postcard program replicates the popular service previously operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, which allowed the american public to send mail addressed to “any service member” for more than 17 years before being discontinued in 2003 due to security concerns. In addition to sending postcards, people can help raise up to $100,000 for the USO by visiting MyCokeRewards.com through the end of the year and turning the points they earn by drinking Coca-Cola products into a cash donation. My Coke Rewards points found under caps and on packaging of more than 60 products from Coca-Cola North america can be donated to help support the continuing efforts of the USO to provide a home away from home to U.S. troops wherever they serve.(BusinessWire)(9-16-2008)

  • Citifinanacial to sponsor #38 in four races UPDTE: CitiFinancial announced that it will sponsor the Yates Racing #38 Ford Fusion and driver David Gilliland in four Sprint Cup Series races beginning at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 17. The #38 will also sport the CitiFinancial and Citi paint scheme at Fontana, Richmond and Texas.(Yates Racing PR)(8-10-2008)
    IMAGE: see an image of thecar on my #38 Team Schemes page.(8-15-2008)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 300 NASCAR team members from 19 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the LVMS fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at:
    Las Vegas,
    Phoenix [4/12],
    Chicago [7/12],
    Richmond [9/6],
    Atlanta [10/26] and
    Texas [11/2].
    Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 159,585
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1997

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Hale Hughes
    Command to start engines: Hale Hughes
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: Texas Christian University Marching Band
    Military Flyover: B-52, Barksdale Air Force Base
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: texasmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Texas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my November 2007 Texas Race Info page

  • Last May: see the April 2008 Texas Race Info page


  • Minor earthquakes in Fort Worth area cause no damage: Two minor earthquakes shook the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight, waking residents, setting off car alarms and spooking pets. But no major damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake centered in the Grand Prairie area was reported at 11:25pm Thursday. A slightly stronger 3.0-magnitude quake centered in the Irving area occurred 36 minutes later. Law enforcement agencies across northern Texas said they received some 911 calls from concerned residents but no reports of damage.(Dallas Morning News)(10-31-2008)

  • Texas race dates stay the same in 2009: Texas Motor Speedway's 2009 race schedule will mirror this season's line-up with two races each in NASCAR's three top-tier series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck - and one visit by the IndyCar Series, speedway president Eddie Gossage announced Monday. The Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 (April 5), IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 550k (June 6) and Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 (Nov. 8) once again serve as the marquee events of the season and anchor 11 days of racing action.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-18-2008)

  • Gossage not interested in Humpy's job Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has no desire to take over for Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler, who announced Wednesday he was retiring as president of the track after this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. "As long as I'm in racing, I'll be here in Fort Worth," Gossage said Wednesday. Gossage said he's confident the SMI board of directors will find the right person to replace Wheeler. He said he has a person in mind he would like to see take over at the track but didn't want to say who it was. "The board of directors will come up with a person who is in the best interest of the track," Gossage said. "It won't be me." Gossage worked for Wheeler in Charlotte from 1989 until leaving for TMS in 1995.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(5-24-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Sprint Cup Series -- Race #34 -- Dickies 500

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide)

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,525, Right-side -- 1,525

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4136

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

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

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

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Texas this weekend, though those for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while those for the Truck Series will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for teams to run at Texas earlier this season -- Cup and Nationwide in April and Truck in June . . . in addition to Texas, NASCAR teams have run this specific tire combination at Chicagoland earlier this summer . . . teams in all three of these series will run this set-up again at Homestead in two weeks . . . this left-side tire code (D-4134) has also been run with a different right-side code at Dover, Michigan and Kentucky in 2008 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Papis and Geico to run 18 Cup races, will run at Texas too: Widely regarded as one of the most versatile racecar drivers in the world, "Mad" Max Papis will add to his already impressive resume as he slides behind the wheel of the #13 Geico Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The former Formula 1 driver and 2004 Rolex Grand Am Series Champion will lead the way for Geico as they make their maiden voyage into the Sprint Cup Series after spending eight years in NASCAR's number two series [Nationwide].
    While Geico has sponsored a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races over the years, this will be their first Cup-focused race program. Geico Racing launched with a single race sponsorship at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2001. Through the years and a myriad of sponsorships among NASCAR's top three series, Geico Racing has evolved into a fulltime racing and marketing program that is experiencing great success and commanding national attention.
    Recognized for a vast marketing strategy that fully encompasses their entire race program, Geico has signed a four-year sponsorship agreement with Germain Racing that will find the Gecko adorning the hood of the #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup Series entry for 18 races per season beginning in 2009. Max Papis was born in Como, Italy, and now resides in Mooresville, NC. He has made over 100 open wheel race starts, including two prior Indianapolis 500 starts, while also serving as a test driver for NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports. Papis has also competed in NASCAR's number two Series, where he recorded a third place finish on August 4, 2007 in Montreal. In order to gain valuable experience, the Geico Racing team will debut their Sprint Cup Series program at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2008, in the Dickies 500. They will subsequently participate in the Sprint Cup Series season finale on November 16, 2008, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400.(Max Papis site)
    AND The new #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup team will be part of an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, new driver Max Papis said in announcing his Cup deal Monday afternoon. Papis has signed a four-year deal with Germain Racing for 18 Cup races annually with sponsorship from Geico. The collaboration with MWR makes sense in two ways: Germain already was running Toyotas in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series and Papis drove for MWR Executive Vice President Cal Wells when Wells was an owner in the CART open-wheel series. Papis said that Randy Goss will serve as his crew chief for the two races this year with Germain general manager Mike Hillman Sr. also being heavily involved. Papis’ 2009 tentative schedule: Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond, Kansas, California, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Homestead.(SceneDaily), With Geico sponsoring half the season, Germain is looking to fill out the rest of the 2009 Cup schedule for Papis.(SceneDaily), see images of the scheme on my #13 Team Schemes page.(10-28-2008) Comment here

  • Keselowski to attempt Texas & Homestead: Brad Keselowski will attempt to put the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy in the Dickies 500 field during Friday afternoon's Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway. Should he be successful, Keselowski will make his first-ever Sprint Cup start on Sunday. The 24-year-old driver was scheduled to attempt his first Cup race Oct. 11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway before qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather. In addition to Texas, Hendrick Motorsports will enter the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy team in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Homestead race was added to Keselowski's Cup schedule this week as a replacement for the Lowe's Motor Speedway rainout. Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will call the shots for Keselowski and the #25 GoDaddy.com team at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. McGrew, who has been successful working with young drivers like Ricky Hendrick, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, is a former Sprint Cup Series race winner and Nationwide Series champion.(Hendrick Motor Sports PR), see an image of the car on my #25 Team Schemes page.(10-29-2008) Comment here

  • Busch racing to help military folks: #2-Kurt Busch will be racing for a $100,000 bonus contribution to “Operation Homefront-Texas” if he can pull off the win in the Nov. 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Regardless of the final race outcome, Kurt’s efforts on the track will yield a minimum $10,000 donation in his honor. It’s all part of an engaging statewide promotional campaign that sponsor Miller Lite launched several weeks back. The campaign recognizes, celebrates, honors and rewards military veterans, both past and present, for their commitment to serving our country. Miller Lite is teaming with Operation to support Texas troops and their families. Miller Lite has donated more than $150,000 over the last two years to support the cause. Consumers can also make donations by purchasing Miller Lite - Operation Homefront commemorative gear. Log on to the Web site, operationhomefront.net to learn more about how you can support Texas Troops.(Tom Roberts PR)(10-28-2008) Comment here

  • Logano to attempt Texas: Joe Gibbs Racing will try yet again to get Joey Logano into one of its cars this season by sending him to Texas Motor Speedway next weekend. Logano has tried three times to race the #02 car in the Sprint Cup Series, but all three qualifying sessions were washed out by rain, including this weekend at Atlanta. In those situations, the 43-car field is determined by the points. Logano, a regular in the Nationwide Series this season, was left out each time. "We're going to run Texas and there is a possibility that we will add some more to it," team president J.D. Gibbs said Sunday. "It probably depends on our test schedule and what we've got going on." The 18-year-old phenom has been tabbed to replace Tony Stewart in the #20 ride next season, and JGR is trying to get him as much Cup seat time as possible before his promotion. He's made two Cup starts this season, both for Hall of Fame Racing, and struggled to finishes of 32nd and 39th. Logano is not yet NASCAR-approved to run the season-opening Daytona 500, and racing at Texas could secure it. But Gibbs thinks Logano's experience running in the ARCA and Truck Series' at Talladega earlier this month might be enough. "I think he's probably done enough," Gibbs said. "From our standpoint, we've talked to NASCAR, too, we want to see him in some more stuff as well. We're going to run at least one or two more."(AP/ESPN)(10-27-2008) 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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