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THE RACE: Samsung 500

Sprint Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, April 6, 2008 in Forth Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Samsung

  • Track: Texas Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 1:30pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, April 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Friday, April 11 at 12:00am/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
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Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $7,336,866
    2007: $7,253,642
    2006: $7,117,176
    2005: $6,826,746
    2004: $6,767,841
    2003: $6,047,759

Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 4, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, April 5, 12:00 - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 5, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, April 4, 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, April 4 at 4:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 9:30pm/et and 3:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

news and links

  • Edwards wins at Texas: #99-Carl Edwards won the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of 2008 and the 10th of his career. He domanated the race, leading 122 laps and surviving and green white checker finish. #48-Johnson was 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #12-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #31-Burton [who continues to lead the points], #20-Stewart, #8-Martin, #17-Kenseth and #07-Bowyer. #24-Gordon wrecked early and finished 43rd, only the second time in his career that he has finished last [the other being Texas in 1999]. There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 27 laps.
    Race Results on my Texas Race Results/Awards Page.(4-6-2008) Comment here

  • Newman's car too high: Penske Racing's #12-Ryan Newman finished fourth in Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but his Dodge did not clear postrace inspection. According to Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby, the right rear of the car was too high following the Sprint Cup Series race. The car was one-eighth of an inch beyond the allotted half-inch tolerance. Any potential penalties will be announced Tuesday.(

  • REVISED Unofficial Drivers Points Standings [after Texas race 7 of 36]:
    1) #31-Jeff Burton 1065
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick 1006 -59
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 1001 -64
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 978 -87
    5) #20-Tony Stewart 957 -108
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 821 -144
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 913 -152
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 901 -164
    9) #99-Carl Edwards 881 -184
    10) #12-Ryan Newman 876 -189
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer 874 -191
    12) #9-Kasey Kahne 874 -191
    other chase contenders
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth 820 -245
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon 783 -282
    15) #2-Kurt Busch 763 -302
    16) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 755 -310
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Texas page. (4-6/8-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix
    A couple changes, #77-Hornish back in and #70-Mayfield falls out and must qualify by speed at Phoenix.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing 588 +98
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 530 +40
    33) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 505 +15
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 502 +12
    35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 496, 6 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #70-Mayfield/Haas CNC Racing 490, 6 points out of 35th
    39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 473 -23
    37) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 458 -38
    38) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 447 -49
    40) #84-Skinner/Red Bull Racing 364 -132
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-6-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs [lap back] at Texas Motor Speedway
    Caution 1: #00-McDowell
    Caution 2: #5-Mears
    Caution 3: #2-Busch
    Caution 4: #29-Harvick
    Caution 5: #12-Newman
    Caution 6: none given with 10 laps or less to go

  • Race Coverage of the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 1:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, April 10 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Friday, April 11 at 12:00am/et

news and links

  • Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour [Final] Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 185.052
    #16-Biffle 184.938
    #48-Johnson 184.603
    #15-Menard 184.250
    #22-Blaney 184.099
    slowest: #43-Nemechek 175.821
    most laps run: #12-Newman & #11-Hamlin, 45 laps
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-5-2008)

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 187.604
    #48-Johnson 186.625
    #18-Busch 185.918
    #16-Biffle 185.803
    #20-Stewart 185.552
    slowest: #21-Elliott 177.725
    most laps run: #38-Gilliland & #20-Stewart, 35 laps
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-5-2008)

  • Earnhardt, Jr. wins pole at Texas: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 190.907mph for his first pole of 2008 and his first for Hendrick Motorsports. #99-Edwards qualified second with the rest of the top-10 being: #18-Busch, #12-ewman, #48-Johnson, #44-Reutimann [best go-or-go homer], #6-Ragan, #17-Kenseth, #84-Skinner, and #9-Kahne. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #44-Reutimann, #84-Skinner, #77-Hornish, #10-Carpentier, #21-Elliott, #22-Blaney, #34-Andretti, and #78-Nemechek. #00-Michael McDowell got loose going into turn one on his second lap, the car veered head first into the wall and rolled over 8-9 times through turn 2. He got out of the car under his own power, but the session was delayed for one hour and 12 minutes while NASCAR made repairs to the SAFER barrier. See the starting lineup on my Texas Qualifying Page.(4-4-2008)

  • Three do not qualify [DNQ] for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway: #40-Franchitti, #45-McCumbee, and #08-Lamar.(4-4-2008)

  • Qualifying Notes:
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Samsung 500 with a lap of 28.286 seconds, 190.097 mph.
    .. This is his eighth pole in 298 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races. His most recent pole was at Pocono in August 2007.
    .. This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2008.
    .. Earnhardt posted his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 12 races at Texas. It is his first start better than seventh in his last 10 races here.
    .. Carl Edwards posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 28.498 seconds, 189.487 mph. This is his first start better than 10th in seven Texas races.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted his second top-10 starts in seven races at Texas. His other top-10 start was fifth in April 2007 when qualifying was canceled.
    .. David Reutimann (sixth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-4-2008)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #88-Earnhardt, Jr, 190.907, starts 1st
    Ford: #99-Edwards, 189.487, starts 2nd
    Toyota: #18-Busch, 189.069,starts 3rd
    Dodge: #12-Newman, 189.043, starts 4th

  • Qualifying Order for the Samsung 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-Elliott Sadler, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #31-Jeff Burton. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #44-David Reutimann, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #22-Dave Blaney. See the full qualifying order on my Texas Qualifying Page.(4-4-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2008 at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et and 3:00am/eton SPEED

  • Friday Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #44-David Reutimann 188.462
    #99-Carl Edwards 187.937
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 187.669
    #17-Matt Kenseth 187.487
    #18-Kyle Busch 187.435
    slowest: #08-Burney Lamar 180.820
    most laps run: #00-Michael McDowell, 33 laps
    notes: the start of the session was delayed a few minutes as NASCAR finished drying the track from rain overnight
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-4-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Texas
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #44-David Reutimann, 1st
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 19th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 20th
    #84-Mike Skinner, 21st
    #22-Dave Blaney, 24th
    #45-Chad McCumbee, 34th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 37th
    #21-Bill Elliott, [could use past champ provisional], 44th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #77-Sam Hornish, 40th
    #34-John Andretti, 41st
    #08-Burney Lamar, 46th
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(4-4-2008)

  • Entry List for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #08-Burney Lamar (4/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (6/45)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ 1](6/44)
    #22-Dave Blaney (6/39)
    #34-John Andretti (6/46)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (6/38)
    #44-David Reutimann (6/37)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (6/40)
    #77-Sam Hornish (6/36)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (6/43)
    #84-Mike Skinner (6/41)
    withdrew from race:
    #49-Ken Schrader (6/42)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,77,44,40,22,45,84,78
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 10,34,08
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas
    A couple changes, #26-McMurray and #01-Smith move into the Top-35 and #77-Hornish nad #44-Reuitimann are now out and must qualify by speed at Texas.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race at Texas as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #26-McMurray/Roush Racing 494 +59
    32) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 468 +33
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 460 +25
    34) #70-Mayfield/Haas CNC Racing 441 +6
    35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 438, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 435, 3 points out of 35th
    37) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 418 -20
    38) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 416 -22
    39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 373 -65
    40) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 327 -111
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-30-2008)

  • 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)


  • April 2007 Pole Sitter: none, qualifying rained out, set by rules book

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

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

  • April 2007 Race Winner: #31-Jeff Burton, 143.359mph, started 2nd

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

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

  • Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Burton

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, 2

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

  • Most Top 10s: 7 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, 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 - 4/2/00 and 11/5/06

  • Fewest Cautions: 6 - 11/6/05

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/97

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 27, 11/6/05

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

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

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/2000

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 7 - Ford

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 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: 1

  • 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: 8 of 14

  • Races won from the top 10: 11 of 14

  • Pole Winners at Texas

    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

    11/2007 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219mph, 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 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 which eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration.
    • There have been 14 Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • One hundred and eleven drivers have competed in Sprint Cup races at Texas. Eighty-nine have completed in more than one race there.
    • Jeremy Mayfield won the first timed qualifying at Texas on April 4, 1998 (qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather in 1997).
    • Jeff Burton won the first Sprint Cup race.
    • Ten drivers have scored Coors Light Poles at Texas, led by Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with two each.
    • 13 drivers have won races. Only Jeff Burton (1997 and April 2007) has repeated as race winner there.
    • Roush Fenway Racing has won five races at Texas, more than any other team.
    • 11 races at Texas have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne, 2006).
    • Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered finish at Texas: 2006 fall (339/334).
    • Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in four of his five races at Texas. His 80% top-10 rate is the best of any driver with more than two Texas starts.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-31-2008)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Casey Mears Cheez-It #5 Team Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan AAA Insurance #6 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network none...yet
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft none...yet
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal: Cask No.16 #26 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC #31 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Kennametal #40 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page

  • Cheez-It on the #5 at Texas: Cheez-It, the world's largest-selling cheese cracker, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy of Casey Mears this weekend at Texas. "The Big Cheese" will make its debut this Sunday and decorate the hood of the #5 Chevy for four races [Texas, Pocono [Aug], Michigan [Aug], California [Aug]]this season. The Cheez-It/CARQUEST Chevy finished third the last time it raced, which was last September at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California.(HMS)(4-3-2008)

  • Prilosec OTC colors for Burton at Texas: Prilosec OTC's major associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy kicks into high gear this weekend in Texas as Burton and the #31 team transform their bright orange #31 AT&T Chevy into a purple Prilosec OTC racing machine for the Samsung 500. Prilosec OTC, marketed exclusively by Procter & Gamble, is available in food, drug, mass, and club stores in the U.S. Prilosec OTC is available over-the-counter for the treatment of frequent heartburn, with one pill taken every day for 14 days and is the No. 1 selling over-the-counter heartburn medication. Prilosec OTC Victory of a Lifetime Sweepstakes winner Kathryn Cooley continues her ultimate NASCAR Fan's season at Texas Motor Speedway's Samsung 500 this weekend. This will be Kathryn's fifth race of her 20-race schedule with RCR's #31 Cup Series team and will be a race that Kathryn's husband, Jack Cooley, will not soon forget. This weekend Jack will truly become part of the No. 31 team as an honorary pit crew member. Jack will dawn his very own Prilosec OTC pit crew uniform and firesuit as he takes a spot in the pits with the rest of the #31 crew. And while Jack is working hard in the pits, Kathryn and her guest will enjoy a bird's eye view from one of Texas Motor Speedway's exclusive luxury suites.(RCR PR), see image of the car on my #31 Team Schemes page(4-2-2008)

  • Interstate back on the #18: The green and black colors of Interstate Batteries will be back on the #18 Toyota of Kyle Busch at Texas this week.(JGR PR), see images of the car on my #18 Team Schemes page.(4-2-2008)

  • Kennametal to sponsor Franchitti at Martinesville and Texas: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced an expansion of their current partnership with Kennametal to include primary sponsorship for the next two Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races in Martinsville and Texas on the W40 Dodge Charger driven by NSCS and Nationwide Series (NNS) Raybestos Rookie of the Year points leader Dario Franchitti. A longtime CGRFS partner, Kennametal supplies tooling and machining technology to CGRFS' Charlotte and Indianapolis-based racing shops. In addition they provide the team's engineers and machinists a myriad of opportunities to further refine their skills in order to gain optimum performance through Kennametal's internal university program.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(3-26-2008)

  • 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 Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

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


  • 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: NASCAR fan, Kerrie Rogers of Forney, Texas, winner of the Samsung 500 Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes
    Command to start engines: Kerrie Rogers
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Bill Ogle, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Mobile
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh from TXARM-Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 36th Infantry Division Band, Texas Army National Guard, from Austin, TX
    Military Flyover: F-15’s out of the 122 Fighter Squadron 159th Fighter Wing NASJRB New Orleans, LA
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Texas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my April Texas Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the November Texas Race Info page

  • Honorary Officials at Texas: One NASCAR fan, Kerrie Rogers of Forney, Texas, will get a Lone Star thrill this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. She’s scheduled to serve as Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Samsung 500, after winning the Samsung 500 Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes. The 36th Infantry Division Band, Texas Army National Guard, from Austin, will perform Sunday’s National Anthem.(NASCAR PR)(4-2-2008)

  • Goodyear to use same tire compound at Texas as last year: Texas Motor Speedway officials were informed by Goodyear that the tire manufacturer will utilize the same tire compound that produced dramatic racing in both Sprint Cup Series races last season for the upcoming Samsung 500 on April 6. Following several driver complaints at Sunday’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the new Sprint Cup car (formerly the Car of Tomorrow) competed for the first time, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage reached out to Goodyear because that Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track is nearly identical to TMS. Both are 1.5-mile ovals with 24-degree banking in the corners, among the fastest tracks on the circuit and play host to the new car for the first time in competition. “I called Goodyear and they told us they never planned to use the same tire they used in Atlanta for our upcoming race,” Gossage said. “The tire they will use for the Samsung 500 will be effectively the same tire they used in Texas last year, and those two races resulted in a last-lap pass in April and a side-by-side duel for the lead down to the finish in November. Both the left-side and right-side tires will effectively use the same compound as in 2007, but with a slightly different construction for the new car. The engineers feel quite good about their plans.” Once again as Gossage did last week with NASCAR, he will make Texas Motor Speedway available to Goodyear should they be interested in additional testing prior to the Samsung 500. Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Clint Bowyer participated in a two-day Goodyear test Jan. 15-16 at TMS.(TMS PR)(3-12-2008) Comment here

  • Drivers...throw a helmet, get $15k? TMS president Eddie Gossage said ticket sales for the Sprint Cup Samsung 500 on April 6 have been flat since Jan. 1, then made an announcement he hopes will increase the buzz. "I'm offering $15,000 to any driver who throws their helmet between now and the Samsung 500," Gossage said. The conditions: the helmet must be tossed in anger on the "field of competition," according to Gossage. And Gossage gets the helmet for his extensive office collection. While he acknowledged it was a tongue-in-cheek offer, he said he would definitely pay. NASCAR officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.(Dallas Morning News)(3-1-2008)

  • TMS replaces billboards referencing Earnhardts: Four identical Texas Motor Speedway billboards referring to the strained relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother, Teresa, will be replaced within the next two weeks. The flap is over ads featuring a picture of the driver and the wording "Reason #88: Step-Mom." TMS president Eddie Gossage said Thursday night that the billboards, part of a series of similar ads to promote the Sprint Cup weekend at the track in April, will be changed after a request from Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, the driver's sister and business manager. "The first thing I told her when I answered the phone was if you guys are uncomfortable with it, all you have to do is say the word," Gossage said. "We had a very pleasant talk." #88 is a reference to Earnhardt's new car number with Hendrick Motorsports, the team he went to after last season when he decided to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc., his late father's company that is run by Teresa Earnhardt. He left DEI after months of contentious negotiations with his stepmother. Earnhardt will still be displayed on the billboards, but the wording will change to "Reason #88: New Car Smell." Gossage said Elledge thought the new slogan "was cool, and Dale Jr. loved it."
    There are billboards with catchy slogans featuring the car numbers of three other drivers. One features a wide-eyed, grinning Tony Stewart with "Reason #20: Road Rage!" Then there is one for Jeff Gordon with "Reason #24: 81 Cup Wins. Zip At Texas!", and one for two-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, "Reason #48: Twice As Good As 24!" After getting the call from Elledge, Gossage decided to make sure Stewart was all right with the #20 ad. "I e-mailed Tony, 'What do you think?' He thought they were hilarious," Gossage said. Gossage said he didn't follow up with Gordon and Johnson, Earnhardt's new teammates with Hendrick, because the TMS president considers those slogans "benign" despite one small glitch. Johnson's slogan "Twice As Good As 24!" was supposed to end with a question mark, not an exclamation point.
    Elledge told Gossage that she and her brother still have friends and family at DEI and want to see the company succeed, but that they were "excited about Hendrick Motorsports" and saw no reason to point to past issues. "We were trying to be edgy," Gossage said. "If this went over the line, in their opinion, we don't want to." There are 15 billboards, three featuring Johnson and four for each of the other drivers, displayed on Interstates and busy highways throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Gossage said there will be similar-themed broadcast and print ads in the coming weeks.(

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Nationwide Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    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: The tire combination for this weekend's inaugural COT race at Texas is the result of a Goodyear tire test at the speedway in January . . . Juan Pablo Montoya and Clint Boyer performed the driving duties and provided the feedback during the test . . . the left side tire incorporates the same tread compound as raced in 2007 and a revised tire construction which has been incorporated into many left side tires in 2008, including Las Vegas, Bristol, and Atlanta . . . the right side tire utilizes the same construction as raced in 2007, with a slightly reformulated tread compound to provide a wear improvement for the aging Texas surface and the tougher right side conditions of the COT . . . this specific combination is currently also scheduled for use at Chicagoland . . . the left side tire will also be used in conjunction with a different right side tire at Dover, Michigan, and Kentucky . . . the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series will be using the same tire combination this weekend in Texas. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


  • A Look At The 2008 Season: Five different drivers have posted victories in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008: Ryan Newman (Daytona), Carl Edwards (California and Las Vegas), Kyle Busch (Atlanta), Jeff Burton (Bristol) and Denny Hamlin (Martinsville). Dale Earnhardt Jr. has posted five top-10 finishes - more than any other driver. Five drivers have posted top-10 finishes in four of the six races. Burton is the only one of the six with a victory this season. Chevrolet and Toyota are tied for the lead in the manufacturer point standings, each with 37 points. Ford has 35 points. Dodge has 25. Ford and Toyota each have two victories this season. Chevrolet and Dodge each have one.(NASCAR PR)(4-3-2008)

  • BAM Racing withdraws from Texas: One week after announcing a sponsorship program with Microsoft Small Business and qualifying seventh at Martinsville, BAM Racing's #49 Toyota was withdrawn from this weekend's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. No details were available as to the reasons behind the decision by owner Beth Ann Morgenthau, who has operated a team in NASCAR's premier series since 2002. The #49 was 42nd in owner points following a 37th-place finish at Martinsville, having made three of six races this season. Driver Ken Schrader finished 21st at Las Vegas and 41st at Bristol earlier in 2008.( Comment here

  • McCumbee to race #45 Dodge at Texas for Petty: Quotes from Kyle Petty: “Chad McCumbee is going to step into the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge this weekend at Texas. Texas is a good track for him. He had a strong run going in the truck race there last year. At Pocono, he did a great job filling in for me when I went into the booth. Everyone at Petty Enterprises believes in Chad and his abilities. Texas gives us a chance to get another good look at Chad without throwing him to the wolves. He should be relaxed because he knows he can get the job done there.”
    Quotes from Chad McCumbee: “I feel comfortable around the #45 team. Billy Wilburn and I work well together. We had a great race last year at Pocono. I’m hoping for more of the same this weekend. Kyle is going to be there, giving me advice and pointers. That means a lot to me. I’ve learned a lot from him already. I’m anxious to do my part to help this team. We’re planning on going to Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday for a test. Just to help me get used to the new car. The two races last year were in the old car, so there will be a little bit of an adjustment period there. I don’t have a lot of experience in the old car either, so maybe that will be a positive.”
    In 2007, McCumbee competed in two Sprint Cup Series races for Petty Enterprises, with a high finish of 25th coming in the “spring” race at Pocono. McCumbee is currently 13th in the Craftsman Truck Series point standings. McCumbee, 23, won an ARCA event last June at Pocono Raceway on the same weekend that he made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. In the Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway last fall, McCumbee started second and led four laps but finished thirteenth after an accident forced him out of the race.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR)(4-1-2008) 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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