SPRINT CUP RACE INFO and RUNDOWN
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NEWS, STATS, RESULTS, LINKS and INFO
- Race: Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Hampton, GA
- Title Sponsor: Kobalt Tools
- Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:00pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
- FOX 1:30pm/et
- Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Thursday, March 13 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, March 13 at 10:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
- This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius Satellite
Friday, March 7, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
Saturday, March 8, 11:00 - 11:45am/et, TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 8, 12:20 - 1:20pm/et on TV-SPEED
- Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, March 7, 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], Friday, March 7 at 6:45pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air;
AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
news and links
- Kyle Busch wins at Atlanta, Toyota's first win: #18-Kyle Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2008, 5th career win and first ever for Toyota in Sprint Cup [40th race]. It is the first time a foreign manufacturer has won a Cup race since Al Keller won in a Jaguar on June 13, 1954 in Linden Airport [NJ]. Busch also won the Truck Series race at Atlanta on Friday and leads the Cup and Truck Series points standings. Busch is now the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta [Jeff Gordon had been the youngest at 23 years, 7 months, 8 days old], Busch is 22 years old, 10 months and 8 days old [approx]. #20-Stewart was 2nd [and not happy with the tires at all] followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #07-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #83-Vickers and #31-Burton. Last weeks winner, #99-Edwards was leading the race late when his engine gave out on lap 275 and he finished 42nd. There were 8 cautions for 35 laps and there were 26 lead changes among 9 drivers.
Race Results on my Atlanta Race Results/Awards Page.(3-9-2008)
- The Unofficial Points Standings [after Atlanta, race 4 of 36]:
1) #18-Kyle Busch 665 [finished 5th in 2007]
2) #16-Greg Biffle 592 -73 [14th]
3) #29-Kevin Harvick 574 -91 [10th]
4) #12-Ryan Newman 571 -94 [13th]
5) #31-Jeff Burton 555 -110 [8th]
6) #9-Kasey Kahne 534 -131 [19th]
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 531 -134 [16th]
8) #20-Tony Stewart 525 -140 [6th]
9) #83-Brian Vickers 491 -174 [38th]
10) #2-Kurt Busch 478 -187 [7th]
11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 471 -194 [11th]
12) #17-Matt Kenseth 470 -195 [4th]
notable drivers not in the top 12
13) #48-Jimmie Johnson 467 -198 [1st]
15) #24-Jeff Gordon 444 -221 [2nd]
16) #07-Clint Bowyer 436 -229 [3rd]
17) #99-Carl Edwards 433 -232 [9th]
19) #11-Denny Hamlin 413 -252 [12th]
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(3-9-2008)
- Some Atlanta Race Notes/Lucky Dogs:
#55-Waltrip slid up into #38-Gilliland, then next lap he ran high and slapped the wall, but drove on ok around lap 7. Around lap 14, #78-Nemechek scraped the wall, but drove on with no caution, also #43-Labonte, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #8-Martin also scrubbed the wall. On lap 19, the leader, #88-Earnhardt Jr, is lapping cars, putting seven cars down already. #96-Yeley had a right rear tire blistering, made a pit stop and was caught speeding and penalized is down 2 laps after 25 laps.
only 23 cars are on the lead lap of lap 35
1st caution for debris in turn 2. #9-Kahne missed pit road and had to drive around and pit the next lap, but did get to lead a lap, came out 20th after his stop. Earnhardt Jr. came in as the lead and out as the leader, with #18-Busch in 2nd. Around lap 78, #26-McMurray made a pit stop for tires and sped off pit road and had to do a pass-thru penalty.
2nd caution for debris in turn 3/backstretch, some sort of metal, showed by Fox.
3rd caution on lap 114 when #9-Kahne lost it off turn 4 and slid thru the grass and front stretch
4th caution for debris in turn 4 on lap 198. During the 4th caution, #41-Sorenson's crew is changing shocks on the car on pit road
5th caution for #19-Sadler hitting wall in turn 4, but was able to drive on. #99-Edwards made a second pit stop to put in a spring rubber during the 4th caution. #12-Newman was running on the lead lap, made contact with the #1 car and the contact caused a right front tire rub, and had to make a pit stop for new right side tires and have the crew pull the fender off the tire.
6th caution for #19-Sadler slide off turn 2, what is called a 'quickie yellow', where ALL cars are allowed to pit at the same time, including lap down cars. Most of the cars came in but the leaders #18-Busch, #24-Gordon and #07-Bowyer, also the lapped cars of #42-Montoya and #12-Newman. The rest all have new tires. #11-Hamlin was penalized for having equipment outside the pit box, heads to the end of the longer line at the restart
That didn't take long, #99-Edwards who was 4th with new tires at the 6th caution restart, blew by the leader #18-Busch on lap 239
On lap 259, #99-Edwards passed #48-Johnson, who had just gotten the lucky dog, but he got the next lucky dog for caution 7.
7th caution 7, when #19-Elliott [for the third time in a row] slid off turn 2 and smacked nose first into the inside wall, looks like he is the first DNF of the day.
On the 7th caution restart, the #99-Edwards car, showed smoke, he slowed and let #18-Busch take the lead, saw there is no problem, passed Busch and drove away from Busch, smoke was gone in a lap. Opps the smoke is back on the #99 car, while leading on lap 269 [oil cover lid off?...kidding], Edwards came to pit road on the next lap, the crew went under the hood looked, then pushed the #99 to the garage
8th caution for debris/oil on the track in turn 4
#18-Kyle Busch wins the race, his 1st of the season, 5th career win and first ever for Toyota
Of Note: all 43 cars were running after 260 laps at Atlanta, the last time all were running at the end of a race, was last season at New Hampshire in Sept, which was the first time all 43 cars that started a Cup race finished it since NASCAR mandated the 43-car rule in 1998. But #19-Sadler looks like he is out and #99-Edwards is out with a blown engine
Caution 1: #83-Vickers
Caution 2: #15-Menard [now 18 cars on the lead lap]
Caution 3: #17-Kenseth [now 19 cars on the lead lap], #18-Busch in and out in 1st
Caution 4: #83-Vickers [now 12 cars on the lead lap], #07-Bowyer cames in and out 1st
Caution 5: #16-Biffle
Caution 6: #48-Johnson
Caution 7: #48-Johnson [had just got passed by the leader]
Caution 8: #2-Busch
- Atlanta Motor Speedway Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
1 #96 PT Speeding Entering Pit Road 19
2 #26 PT Speeding Entering Pit Road 77
3 #26 TE Pitting before pit road is open 86
4 #70 OL Car Pitting out of the assigned pit box 116
5 #96 TE Outside half of the pit box tire violation 116
6 #38 TE Pitting before pit road is open 200
7 #11 TE Pitting before pit road is open 200
8 #19 TE Pitting before pit road is open 232
9 #11 MCI Removing equipment from pit box 233
10 #45 TE Speeding Entering Pit Road 233
11 #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open 263
12 #44 TE Speeding Entering Pit Road 266
13 #99 MCI Commitment Line Violation 274
14 #45 TE Pitting before pit road is open 283
15 #15 TE Pitting before pit road is open 285
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-9-2008)
- Race Coverage of the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 9, 2008.
TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et
Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Thursday, March 13 at 12:00pm/et and;
HDNET, Thursday, March 13 at 10:30pm/et
NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
news and links
- Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections
- Happy Hour practices for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over after being delayed [only one session was run] by snow, the fastest:
slowest: #01-Smith 174.153 and #45-Petty 174.416
most laps run: #31-Burton 72; #12-Newman 69
SPEED's best 10 consecutive lap average:
See the speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds page.(3-8-2008)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Atlanta: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his 1st pole of 2008, 2nd ever at Atlanta and 64th of his career [he has won from the pole 17 times] with a speed of 185.251mph. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr will start 2nd, followed by #1-Martin Truex Jr., #99-Carl Edwards, #43-Bobby Labonte, #18-Kyle Busch, #07-Clint Bowyer, #29-Kevin Harvick, #9-Kasey Kahne and #8-Mark Martin. The Go-or-Go Homers who made the race: #78-Nemechek [fastest at 17th], #10-Carpentier, #55-Waltrip, #2-Busch, #00-Reutimann, #84-Skinner, #83-Vickers and #44-Jarrett [uses past champions provisional].
See qualifying results, starting lineup and more on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(3-7-2008)
- Five drivers fail to qualify for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway: #49-Ken Schrader, #21-Bill Elliott, #28-Johnny Benson, #34-John Andretti and #08-Burney Lamar.(3-7-2008)
- Qualifying Order for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 48 drivers are scheduled to make an attempt. 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 #40-Dario Franchitti, the final top-35 driver scheduled out is #96-J.J. Yeley. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to make an attempt [36th] is #55-Michael Waltrip, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #49-Ken Schrader. See the full qualifying order on my Atlanta Qualifying Page.(3-7-2008)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2008 at 6:40pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 6:30pm/et
Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Friday Practice for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, some results:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 180.863
slowest: #08-Lamar 171.822 and #34-Andretti 173.261
most laps run: #77-Hornish Jr. 34; #16-Biffle 28
incidents: #20-Stewart had his engine cut off and went to the backup ignition and was ok. #11-Hamlin spun out in turn 4.
See the speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds page.(3-7-2008)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Atlanta
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#27-Johnny Benson, 11th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 16th
#78-Joe Nemechek, 17th
#84-Mike Skinner, 22nd
#00-David Reutimann, 24th
#83-Brian Vickers, 25th
#49-Ken Schrader, 32nd
#2-Kurt Busch, 38th [would use the past champ provisional]
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#21-Bill Elliott, 33rd [has past champ provisional to use]
#10-Patrick Carpentier, 42nd
#44-Dale Jarrett, 43rd [has past champ provisional to use]
#34-John Andretti, 47th
#08-Burney Lamar, 48th/last
- Entry List for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (3/30)
#08-Burney Lamar (2/49)
#2-Kurt Busch [Past Champ 1](3/12 switched with #77)
#10-Patrick Carpentier (3/48)
#21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ 3](3/42)
#27-Johnny Benson (3/45)
#34-John Andretti (3/43)
#44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 2] (3/32)
#49-Ken Schrader (3/41)
#55-Michael Waltrip (3/33)
#78-Joe Nemechek (3/44)
#83-Brian Vickers (3/13)
#84-Mike Skinner (3/46)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 2,44,21,83,00,55,49,34
missing the race would be : #'s 78,27,84,10,08
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Atlanta Entry List
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
If it is the first five races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [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
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- 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 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- March 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 152.915, started 3rd
- October 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 135.260mph, started 6th
- Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph
- Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
- October 2007 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 192.453, finished 22nd
- March 2007 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 193.124, finished 23rd
- Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/1997, 197.479mph
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6
- Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
- Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 7
- Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, 7
- Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]
- Oldest Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 51 years, 4 months, 27 days, 3/20/93
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 7 months, 8 days, 3/12/95
- Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993
- Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961BR>
- Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977
- Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986
- Most Running at the Finish: 41 - 3/20/2006 and 3/18/2007
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 4/1964
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
- Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
- Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963
- Most Leaders: 17, 3/12/2000
- Least Leaders: 3, 6/30/1963
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevrolet
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969
- Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 97]
- Races won from starting pos 2: 10
- Races won from starting pos 3: 9
- Races won from starting pos 4: 9
- Races won from starting pos 5: 13
- Races won from starting pos 6: 3
- Races won from starting pos 7: 5
- Races won from starting pos 8: 6
- Races won from starting pos 9: 6
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 3
- Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1
- Races won from starting pos 14,17,20,21: 2
- Races won from the top 5: 55 of 97
- Races won from the top 10: 76 of 97
- First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Fastenal on Franchitti's car at Atlanta: This weekend Dario Franchitti's primary Nationwide Series sponsor Fastenal will be adorning the hood of his both his NNS and Sprint Cup car as at Atlanta as he pulls double duty for the fourth straight weekend.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(3-6-2008)
- 10th Anniversary Scheme for Stewart at Atlanta: Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Toyota will sport a slightly different look when it takes to the track for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The traditional orange and black colors of primary sponsor Home Depot will remain, but in celebration of the Atlanta-based company's 10-year anniversary as a proud NASCAR sponsor and staunch supporter of Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing, a special paint scheme designed by one of The Home
Depot's 350,000 associates will adorn the #20 machine. In a company-wide contest that began on Dec. 17, 2007 and ended on Jan. 18, 2008, Home Depot associates were encouraged to design the car that Stewart would drive March 9 at Atlanta. From a total of 351 entries, the winning design came from the pen of Scott Foreman, a Pro Desk Sales
Associate who works at The Home Depot in Brighton, Colo. A Pro Desk Sales Associate like Foreman bleeds orange, for they are on the front line of The Home Depot's core customer - general contractors and do-it-yourselfers who view no home improvement project as too large. The Home Depot entered NASCAR with a bang in 1999, as the world's
largest home improvement specialty retailer became the Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR. Augmenting that platform, The Home Depot also signed to sponsor a newly formed second team of Joe Gibbs Racing with a rookie crew chief and a rookie driver who had made a name for himself in open-wheel race cars but was still a stock car neophyte.(True Speed Communication/Joe Gibbs Racing), see images of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2008) Comment here
- Robby to have sponsor fron Valvoline at Atlanta: Robby Gordon will race the #7 Dodge with Valvoline sponsorship this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon's appeal of a 100-point penalty, $100,000 fine and six race crew chief suspension NASCAR assessed after failing a pre-practice inspection at Daytona will be heard Wednesday in Charlotte. Gordon said: "We are going to carry the Valvoline sponsorship this weekend to help out Gillett Evernham Motorsports. This is pretty cool. I saw on one of the online auction sites someone was auctioning off the Valvoline driving suit I wore in the off road days. It was going for $500! Maybe I should have saved a couple. We're going to make our appeal Wednesday. Yes, I'm confident we are going to get our points back. I think when the commissioners hear what we have to say they will agree the penalty imposed on our single car team is way too harsh for something others have admitted was their mistake. This team didn't try to get anything by NASCAR and there was no cheating. It was a clerical mistake and to jeopardize our team's future over something like this is really sad. All we want is justice and to get back to just worrying about making our cars go faster."(RGM PR)(3-5-2008), see images on my #7 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2008)
- DIRECTV scheme for Bowyer at Atlanta: For the second time in three weeks, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature a blue and white DIRECTV paint scheme. Jack
Daniel's, Bowyer's traditional primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels. DIRECTV is the leading digital TV provider dedicated to the best entertainment experience available. With more than 16.8 million customers, DIRECTV is the industry leader in satellite service. DIRECTV will strategically place four Mobile Pit Boxes throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) concourse and display area for fans to enjoy a free preview of NASCAR HotPassT Only on DIRECTV.(RCR PR), see images on my #07 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2008)
- PVA.org scheme for Petty at Atlanta: Quotes from Kyle Petty: “I’m honored to have the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) on board with us for this weekend’s race in Atlanta. Their plan was to be a primary sponsor on the #45 Dodge Charger for two other races this year, but they picked up this weekend too. They are a great sponsor, but an even better group of people. We need to take care of those who sacrifice so much for us. The PVA is a leading advocate for the improvement in the quality of health care for our veterans. Everyone knows that I care deeply about charitable work so this is a natural partnership.” Petty’s Victory Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament, held last weekend in Phoenix, raised $110,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation.(Petty Racing PR), see images on my #45 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2008)
- Carpentier To Drive #10 Cintas Dodge At Atlanta: Patrick Carpentier will attempt to make his fifth career start this weekend driving the #10 Cintas Dodge at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Carpentier once again faces the daunting challenge of making the 43-car field solely on his qualifying time. He is 47th in car owner points.(GEM PR)(3-5-2008)
- 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 Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees; Straightaways: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 2332 feet; Backstretch - 1800 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating: 124,000
Grand Marshal: Lowe's Robert Niblock
Command to start engines: Lowe's Robert Niblock
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Lowe's Contest Winner, Robin Joy
Invocation: John Newberry, Community Bible Fellowship Church
National Anthem: Jason Michael Carroll
Military Flyover: A-10 Warthogs 47th Fighter Squadron, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
- Track Homepage: atlantamotorspeedway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Last Year: see the Oct Atlanta Race Info page
- Last Year: see my March Atlanta Race Info page
- GA Governor to host Atlanta Motor Speedway Day: Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will host the 6th annual Atlanta Motor Speedway Day at the Georgia State Capitol [Atlanta, GA], along with Georgia State Senator John Douglas, AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark, Past champion Rusty Wallace, David Ragan (Unadilla, Ga. native), Steve Wallace, David Stremme, Truck Series Owner Billy Ballew (Blairsville, Ga. native and resident), Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga. resident and driver for TRG Motorsports) outside the State Capitol on Mitchell Street [If it rains, the location will be inside the Capitol in the North Wing] on Thursday, March 6 @ 10:45am/et.(AMS PR)(3-5-2008)
- Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend March 7-9 Traffic Plan: Due to the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the south side of Atlanta will experience especially heavy traffic flow throughout the event weekend. Please help us advise the more than 120,000 fans expected for the Kobalt Tools 500 the best routes for entering and exiting the speedway. Traffic is expected to be heaviest during the Friday evening rush hour, as fans head to the track for Georgia Power Qualifying Night and the American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck race. Saturday afternoon will consist of the Nicorette 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The weekend will culminate with Sunday’s (March 9) Kobalt Tools 500. Fans are encouraged to leave early to avoid the rush of traffic expected to reach the race track around 8 a.m.
Where: All racetrack-bound roads, especially Hwys. 19/41 and GA Hwy. 20 (Bruton Smith Parkway)
**Important Note: For its fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each gate.**
Basic Traffic Plan for the Kobalt Tools 500 weekend (March 7-9):
Fans have a choice of which major route to take, either Hwy. 19/41 or Hwy. 20 from I-75 southbound. I-75 northbound race fans can exit at either Exit 212 Hampton-Locust Grove Road or Exit 218, GA Hwy 20. Please choose which route to take based on where you would like to park on property, because fans will be directed to a certain lot based on which way they enter the speedway. Trams, shuttle buses and sidewalks will allow fans to get to their seats easily regardless of where they park on property. Be advised that the direction fans enter speedway property is the same direction they will exit.
ENTERING THE SPEEDWAY:
From Hwy. 19/41:
FROM THE NORTH: Those traveling from the North (traveling southbound on Hwy. 19/41) will be directed to parking lots on the north side of the property and should utilize Speedway Blvd.
Those traveling south on Hwy. 19/41 need to be in the right lane and will turn right at Speedway Boulevard and park in the yellow, red or green parking lots off of Speedway Blvd. Those with vehicle credentials need to stay in the left lane, use the counter-flow lane as they approach the speedway and enter just south of the main entrance at entrance E or at entrance G off of Richard Petty Blvd.
FROM THE SOUTH: Those traveling in from the South (traveling northbound on Hwy. 19/41 from Griffin) will turn at main speedway entrance and will be directed to the blue parking lot.
From Hwy. 20: Those traveling in on Hwy. 20 will be directed to the orange (Weaver) parking lots on the south side of the property.
EXITING THE SPEEDWAY:
Fans will leave the same way they came in. If they entered from the North, they will be directed northbound. Those who enter from the South will be directed southbound.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.(AMS PR)(3-3-2008)
- Fan Tips for Those Attending the Race Weekend at Atlanta: Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to NASCAR's fastest track, Atlanta Motor Speedway during the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend.
* Gate openings - Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Friday (12 p.m., gates 12-15), Saturday (9 a.m., Gates 1, 2, 3 and 12-15), Sunday (9 a.m., all gates).
* Important Note: For its fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each gate. Fans will be shuttled to their gate regardless of where they park.
* Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol Program - The Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property. Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Nationwide Insurance Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.
Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events that will depart regularly from the designated Nationwide tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited
Campground tram route:
Runs along inner perimeter road. Through the and Legends camping area, with a stop at the northern entrance to the East Turn Campgrounds; adjacent to Entrance E. Trams will also run to Speedway Blvd. reserved and unreserved camping as well as the Mid-State Family Campground.
Infield tram route:
Runs from main entrance to the new tunnel along the road course.
* ATM Machines - Bank of America will have 12 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property. You will find ATM machines at gates 13, 14, and 15 (will call). There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and Elliott Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.
* Camping Guidelines - Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Mid-State Family Campground, which is 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you turn them off by midnight. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.
* Traffic Reports - Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.
* Beer Cut-Off Times - Beer sales will conclude with 50 laps left in each race. For your convenience please be sure to make your purchases before this time.
* Outside food- While we pride ourselves on providing a variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14"x14"x14" and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway. Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.
* Handicapped Parking Enforcement - Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and / or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative's handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of that handicapped parking sticker is required to be a passenger in the vehicle.
* Ticket Resale - No tickets may be resold on Speedway property. This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer.
* Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway- Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com
* To Purchase Tickets - Fans can purchase tickets several ways. Tickets are available through the AMS ticket office by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211, online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or through an authorized Ticketmaster retail outlet.(AMS PR)(3-3-2008)
- AMS Announces record purse: NASCAR drivers competing in the March 9 Kobalt Tools 500, the March 8 Nicorette 300 and the March 7 American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be battling for nearly $7 million in posted prize money. The awards for the events are part of a $6,763,848 purse
announced for the three days of racing that comprise the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend schedule of events. This exciting weekend of racing will kick off Friday night,
March 7 with Georgia Power Sprint Cup Qualifying night, immediately followed by the American Commercial Line 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, where the tough trucks of NASCAR will hit the 1.54-mile quad-oval and battle for more than half a million dollars. Racing action will heat up on Saturday, March 8 when the Nationwide Series regulars try and beat select Sprint Cup drivers in the Nicorette 300, with $1,151,315 up for grabs. On Sunday, the stars of the Sprint Cup series will take on the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Kobalt Tools 500, racing for a record purse of $5,060,012. This is the first time in Atlanta Motor Speedway's history the purse has exceeded five million dollars.
Great seats are available for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend, March 7-9. Contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information.(AMS PR)(3-2-2008)
- Deal to swap [California/Atlanta] race dates near, Smith suggests: Bruton Smith worked the room in the media center Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, confirming he has proposed swapping his Atlanta track’s October date for the Labor Day weekend slot at Auto Club Speedway in California. “It is the thing to do,” said Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. “I hope that we will have an answer on that in the very near future.”(Charlotte Observer)(3-1-2008)
- AMS Offers Fans Simple Ordering Options at Concession Stands with "Combo" Meals: Cuisine is a large part of any race weekend experience and Levy Restaurants has ensured that fans attending the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway will have a multitude of food options to choose from, including several new items. To speed service, fans will be able to order one of four different food options as a combination meal, in addition to an already full line-up of items. The combo meals will be available at select stands which will still feature a full line-up of food items. To help fulfill a southern race experience, stands will offer new additions such as Brunswick stew and for the first time ever at AMS, race fans will be able to take advantage of in-seat service. Race fans can enjoy a wonderful dining experience as well as incredible racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend. Tickets are available by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(3-1-2008)
- Calif and Atlanta to switch dates? UPDATE: Rowdy.com reports: "According to our good buddy David Poole, we might find ourselves watching the Labor Day race in Atlanta. There is talk of California and Atlanta switching dates with Cali getting the October Chase race and Atlanta getting Labor Day."(Rowdy.com)(2-22-2008)
UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark said Friday that the track has had no discussions with Auto Club Speedway of Southern California about swapping each track's respective fall race date. "I don't know where that's coming from," Clark said. "We'd certainly have to take a look at it and have to talk with our fans and employees and get their views on it. We'd have to at least look at it. If it would be a win-win deal for both sides, it would make sense."(Macon Telegraph)(2-23-2008) Comment here.
- Fans Can Go Behind the Scenes at Atlanta Motor Speedway: With Atlanta Motor Speedway's pre-race pit passes, fans don't have to be a crew member for
a SPRINT Cup race team to go behind the scenes during the March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend. With a pre-race pit pass, fans can stroll the pit area and watch NASCAR's top drivers and crews as they prepare for and participate in the fastest qualifying session in NASCAR on Friday night, March 7. A Georgia Power Qualifying night and the American Commercial Lines 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pre-race pit pass is just $75. If being behind the scenes on Friday only isn't enough action, fans can be part of the pre-race action all weekend. The Friday-Sunday pre-race pit pass is just $125 and allows fans to see the spectacle of Georgia Power Qualifying and the American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series event, the Saturday March 8 Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race and the Kobalt Tools 500 SPRINT Cup race. A Sunday-only pre-race pit pass is available for only $100. Like the Friday only pre-race pit pass, the three-day pass grants access to the pit area and garage entrance until one hour prior to the event. For more info and to purchase tickets and pre-race pit passes to the Kobalt Tools 500, fans can call 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(2-18-2008)
- Atlanta's Club One Offers Fans Unforgettable Race Day: Fans looking for a truly unique seating alternative during Atlanta Motor Speedway's March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race weekend need to look no further than Club One, AMS' luxury seating option. A large public suite situated high atop the Winners Grandstand, Club One features a premium bar and menu, a 'Sight and Sound' observation deck located on the roof and 65 video screens with quality sound to bring the sights and sounds of the race even closer. Club One patrons also receive pre-race pit passes, direct elevator access from the concourse level and an excellent view of the entire track, including pit road. Exclusive Club One parking is also available as well as a Club One RV parking area reserved for Club One patrons.
Fans interested in any of the above packages call the AMS ticket office at 770-946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. The AMS Ticket Office has extended their hours in preparation for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend effective Saturday, Jan. 26. In addition to standard office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), the ticket office will be open Saturdays (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Starting Monday, Feb. 25, fans will be able to purchase tickets from 8am to 6pm, as well.(AMS PRs)(1-31-2008)
- Atlanta Motor Speedway Offering Students $19 Ticket Special to Kobalt Tools 500: With students across the nation enjoying the start of their official "spring break", Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering the cure for a dreaded case of spring fever. The track is making a limited number of $19 tickets to the Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race available while supplies last. Students of any age, who possess valid school issued identification, can purchase a ticket in the Elliott Grandstand on rows one through six for just $19 while a ticket on rows seven through 39 can be purchased for only $30. Students will be asked to present their identification card at the gate with their ticket, prior to entering the grandstand. Tickets are available by calling the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(1-19-2008)
- AMS Expands "Scout Day at the Races" Program: Following in a long established Speedway Motorsports Incorporated tradition, Atlanta Motor Speedway has broadened its Scout Day at the Races program beginning with the Sat. March 8 Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race. All members of the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, in their scouting uniforms, will be admitted free of charge in the turn four Family Grandstand. In addition, one adult leader or parent will receive complimentary admission with each four scouts in uniform. Additional adults with the scout groups will be admitted for $15 and non-scout children 12 years of age and younger will be admitted for $10. The family grandstand offers a fantastic view of the on-track action from the family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free frontstretch Petty Grandstand. A semi-annual program, Scout Day at the Races will be held
Saturdays of each NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend. 2008 Scout Day at the Races events will be held March 8 and Oct. 25. More information about Scout Day at the Races is available by calling 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX (1-877-926-7849) or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(1-12-2008)
- Camping Options Available at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Numerous camping options are available for Atlanta Motor Speedway's March 7-9 Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race weekend, including a limited number of infield camping spaces. Tent camping spaces remain, in small quantity, on the infield in the High Speed Corral between Turns Three and Four. Located between Turns One and Two of the infield, the Flock Brothers Corral has a limited number of RV parking spots available for purchase. A number of outside reserved camping spaces are also available in the Legends, East Turn, First Turn, Speedway Boulevard and Mid-State Family camping lots. Because of the quantities available, fans interested in purchasing a camping space are encouraged to act quickly. In addition to reserved camping opportunities at AMS, unreserved camping will also be available during the Kobalt Tools 500 event weekend for just $60. Camping spaces, as well as tickets to the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend, can be purchased by calling the AMS ticket office at 770-946-4211, 877-9-AMS-TIX (1-877-926-7849), or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(1-11-2008)
- Atlanta Motor Speedway Offers Two Hot Ticket Deals: While NASCAR's elite drivers and teams tune their race cars during pre-season testing, all eyes have turned to the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Atlanta Motor Speedway will once again host two Sprint Cup events in 2008, the first of which will be held the weekend of March 7-9, one week earlier in the season than previous years. Helping usher in a new era in motorsports, the March 9 Kobalt Tools 500 will mark Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first competition laps in the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at AMS. To commemorate the occasion, AMS is offering an $88 ticket in the frontstretch Earnhardt Grandstand for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Located in the Turn Three Elliott Grandstand named after 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, the $39 "Awesome Bill" ticket is another economically priced seating option for fans wanting to attend a Sprint Cup Series event at NASCAR's fastest track. Students with valid school identification may purchase seating in the same section for only $19. Tickets to the entire March event weekend are on sale now and can be obtained by calling (877) 9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(1-10-2008)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4152; Right-side -- D-4154
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-54 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same tire codes at Atlanta this weekend . . . teams in the Craftsman Truck Series will run the same left-side code (D-4152) with a different right-side code this week . . . this is the first time that teams have run a race on either of these two tire codes . . . this tire setup was tested by Bobby Labonte at Atlanta in December . . . this tire combination has some changes over what has been run at Atlanta in the past . . . this left-side code (D-4152) features Goodyear's new construction that will help add grip and will be run on all intermediate tracks . . . this right-side code (D-4154) has a tougher tread compound for better wear . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
- Sponsor for Kvapil at Atlanta? UPDATE: hearing that Zaxby's Restuarant's will sponsor Travis Kvapil's #28 Yates Racing Ford in a one-race deal for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta. Zaxby's restaurants also sponsors the #09 Craftsman Roush Racing truck that Kvapil drives on a part-time basis.(3-5-2008)
UPDATE: Yates Racing announced today that Zaxby's will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 9th. "I'm really thrilled to have Zaxby's as the sponsor of our #28 Ford Fusion for this weekend at Atlanta," stated Kvapil. "Having the opportunity to drive
the Zaxby's Ford, and Atlanta being Zaxby's home base for the company, is a great tie-in. I know that we're going to have a lot of success for them on Sunday. Our Cup team has really been able to show our potential over the past few weeks, and I think that this is a great time for sponsors to jump on board to partner with our Yates Racing teams. I'm really looking forward to this weekend and representing Zaxby's."
"We are ecstatic to have Travis representing our company at Atlanta this weekend," commented Tony Townley, Vice-President of Zaxby's Franchising. "We are thrilled to have Travis representing us at Atlanta, since our company is headquartered here. I think our franchisees and customers will be excited to watch the #28 in our first Cup series endeavor. Our customers can identify with our colors and branding from our last couple of years racing in the Truck series, and we're looking forward to our partnership with Yates Racing for this weekend's Cup race." Kvapil has already achieved a top-10 finish this season in the Sprint Cup series when he brought home an eighth-place finish this past weekend at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway for Yates Racing. Kvapil will drive the #09 entry in the Craftsman Truck Series this weekend at Atlanta for Roush Fenway Racing, which is also sponsored by Zaxby's. Kvapil will pilot the #09 Zaxby's truck for ten more races following this weekend's race at Atlanta.(Yates Racing PR)(3-6-2008) Comment here
- Red Bull could replace Allmendinger UPDATE Skinner in: Red Bull Racing is considering temporarily pulling #84-A.J. Allmendinger from his Toyota as it reevaluates that struggling program. Allmendinger failed to qualify for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, making him 0-for-3 on the season. In contrast, teammate #83-Brian Vickers has made all three races in the other Red Bull car. "We can't keep missing races. It's just not an option," said general manager Jay Frye, hired in January to turn around the second-year Red Bull program. We're looking at several different ideas, all aimed at figuring out what's wrong with that program, how we can fix it and how we can get that car into races. But it can't continue the way it is. It just can't." One of the options being considered is pulling Allmendinger from the seat and replacing him with a veteran who can help assess the program and get the car into races. Among the available drivers are Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson, who are currently both pitching in to fill an open seat at Bill Davis Racing, and Sterling Marlin and David Stremme. "We love A.J. and we're 100 percent committed to him and want to develop him," Frye said. "This is not at all giving up on A.J. But we just can't do nothing and risk having a season like that team had last year." Red Bull is also working on securing seat time for Allmendinger in Nationwide Series and Truck Series races to help his adaptation to NASCAR. Options in the Nationwide Series are rides in a Joe Gibbs Racing or Chip Ganassi car, and there could be some seat time available in a truck owned by Billy Ballew.(Associated Press/Sports Illustrated)(3-3-2008)
UPDATE: Red Bull Racing Team has confirmed that veteran NASCAR driver Mike Skinner will temporarily replace AJ Allmendinger in the #84 Red Bull Camry in the Sprint Cup Series effective this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Skinner, a Craftsman Truck Series champion, currently races full-time in the #5 Toyota Tundra. "We’re at a crossroads where we need to make a change that will elevate the #84 team to success,” said VP and General Manager Jay Frye. “AJ’s our guy and he’s a talented driver, but there’s a lot being asked of him. In order for him to be successful, we have to get this team pointed in the right direction. We hope we can do that with the help of a veteran driver.” Skinner’s history with Red Bull Racing Team dates back to 2006 when he served as a test driver for the team. Skinner’s history with Allmendinger also dates back to 2006, when he mentored teammate Allmendinger during the rookie’s part-time ride with Bill Davis Racing NCTS team. Frye hopes with the help of Skinner, that RBRT will have the program turned around and the ride returned to Allmendinger in no time. AJ Allmendinger, #84 Red Bull Driver said: “Let’s not kid ourselves; I’m a racer and I want to be racing, but I get the big picture here and obviously we need to improve our program. Do I want to be out of the car? #But, I know Skinner can help both me and my team. All I can say is he better be prepared for me to eat, drink, and sleep with him. Ok, well maybe not the sleeping part, but I’m ready to attach myself to him and learn everything I can.” Mike Skinner, Substitute #84 Driver: “The first time I ever met AJ, I took an immediate liking to him. He’s not just a great personality; he also has a remarkable amount of talent. He took on a huge challenge jumping into stock cars last year, and I’m glad I can be the one to help him and his team figure out where the glitches are in their program. This is a positive thing for AJ as a learning experience, for the Red Bull Racing Team to get back on track, and for me to have the opportunity to help another Toyota team that has great equipment and potential.”(Red Bull Racing PR)(3-3-2008) Comment here
- See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.