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THE RACE: Dickie's 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase for the Sptint Cup race #8 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, November 8, 2009 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Dickie's

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:31pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:15pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 9 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November 9 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, November 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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  • Practices:
    Friday, November 6, 1:00 - 2:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, November 7, 9:45 - 10:30 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 7, 11:00am - 12:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

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  • Kurt Busch wins at Texas: #2-Kurt Busch won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season and 20th of his career. #18-Kyle Busch led 232 laps and was in position to win the race and set history by winning the Cup, Nationwide and Truck race same weekend/ same track, then ran out of fuel with two laps to go and finished 11th. #11-Hamlin finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #5-Martin, #29-Harvick [who was 2nd but ran out of fuel and got passed by three cars], #14-Stewart, #33-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #31-Burton and #44-Allmendinger. On lap 3, points leader #48-Johnson was involved in a wreck and hit the inside wall, the crew took just over an hour to repair the car and get Johnson out so he could make laps and finished 38th. Johnson's points lead went from 184 to 73 over #5-Mark Martin. There were 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps and there were 13 lead changes among 4 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 9 at 3:30am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 9 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 11 at 12:00pm/et
    For race results, awards and more, see my Texas Race Results Page.(11-8-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Texas, Chase race 8 of 10; Season race 34 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6297, finished 38th
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6224, -73, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6185, -112, 13th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6126, -171, WON
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 6119, -178, 6th
    6) #42-Juan Montoya, 6061, -236, 37th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6050, -247, 8th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 5975, -322, 2nd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 5973, -324, 12th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5898, -399, 33rd
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5857, -440, 39th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5777, -520, 26th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-8-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers finish at Texas in the Dickies 500:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Texas)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 38th, wrecked lap 3
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th
    4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 37th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 6th
    6) #2-Kurt Busch, WON
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 8th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 12th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 33rd
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 39th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 26th.(11-8-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #14-Tony Stewart (X), 4895
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon (X), 4802, -93
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson (X), 4801, -94
    4) #5-Mark Martin (X), 4475, -420
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (X), 4446, -449
    6) #2-Kurt Busch (X), 4438, -457
    7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (X), 4312, -583
    8) #16-Greg Biffle (X), 4299, -596
    9) #39-Ryan Newman (X), 4245, -650
    10) #18-Kyle Busch, 4183, -712
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne (X), 4158, -737
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4151, -744
    13) #99-Carl Edwards (X), 4137, -758
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4078, -817
    15) #83-Brian Vickers (X), 3975, -920
    16) #00-David Reutimann, 3969, -926
    (X) a chase driver.(11-8-2009)

  • #1 Chevy deemed too low: The #1 Bass Pro Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr. failed a post-race inspection when NASCAR officials found the height of the car was too low. The violation was discovered because the #1 Chevy was the random car selected for inspection after the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex finished 14th. Any penalties for the team will be announced on Tuesday, NASCAR officials confirmed. NASCAR also is taking three cars back to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. -- the #2 Dodge of race winner Kurt Busch, the #24 Chevy of Jeff Gordon, who finished 13th, and the #5 Chevy of Mark Martin, who finished fourth. NASCAR also will take three engines to the R&D Center -- the #2 Dodge, the #11 Toyota motor of driver Denny Hamlin, who finished second, and Gordon's. The winning car and the engines from the top two finishers always are inspected in the R&D Center.(ESPN)(11-9-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway:
    #2-Kurt Busch won the Dickies 500, his 20th victory in 326 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2009. His last win came on March 8 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2009.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #82-Scott Speed (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 73 points over #5-Mark Martin.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-8-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 117 points (was 135)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2647, +158
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2606, 117 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2489, 117 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-8-2009)

  • Penalty/Infraction Report - Texas:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #34 Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Engine
    #21 Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Transmission
    #77, 4, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tail End
    #71, 53, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
    #77, 87, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #82, 88, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #24, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #43, 289, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-8-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #12-Keselowski, finished 35th
    Caution 4: #31-Burton, 9th
    Caution 4: none awarded as the cars involved in the caution were up for the lucky dog
    Caution 5: #6-Ragan, 17th

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Texas (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #70-Skinner, ran 7 laps
    42nd: #87-Nemechek, 14 laps
    41st: #36-McDowell, 21 laps
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(11-8-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Texas: The selections of pit stalls for the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #9-Kahne took pit stall 14, the first with an opening in front of it.
    #2-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 13th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #99-Edwards, who starts 6th.
    (Pit stalls are chosen in order, by where the car qualifies)
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Texas Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-7-2009)

  • Sprint Cup Series Live from Texas on ABC: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is down to three races to go and this weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for 500 miles on Sunday, Nov. 8. ESPN's live, flag-to-flag coverage of the Dickies 500 airs on ABC beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30pm/et. The race's green flag is scheduled for 3:30pm/et. Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's coverage, with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio.
    AND: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be featured in episodes of the ESPN signature series SportsCentury airing this week on ESPN Classic. The episode featuring Earnhardt airs Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:00am/et, while the Petty program airs Sunday, Nov. 8, at 8:00am/et.

  • Race Coverage of the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 3:15 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:31pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 9 at 3:30am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 9 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 11 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Texas: compiled from some pre-Texas press releases, some chassis selections and history:
    #00-David Reutimann will run chassis #625 this week. This Aaron's Dream Machine has seen action in three races with a best finish of 4th at Las Vegas.
    #07-Casey Mears will pilot Chassis #248 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This chassis previously raced this year at both New Hampshire Motor Speedway events finishing 11th in June and 13th in Sept., Pocono Raceway in June finishing 14th, Richmond International Raceway finishing 30th in September and Auto Club Speedway finishing 11th in October. This Choctaw Casino Resort Chevy was upgraded prior to the ACS race last month.
    The #1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #082 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis finished sixth and led 61 laps at Darlington. The chassis was also used at Fontana (2/09), Dover (5/09), and Chicago (7/09).
    The #2 Miller Lite Dodge of Kurt Busch will be debuting their brand new "PRS-702" Miller Lite Dodge Charger at Texas this weekend.
    The #6 UPS Road Code Ford of David Ragan will be unloading chassis RK-615 at Texas this weekend which last ran Kansas and finished 35th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin team will unload JGR 256 this weekend at Texas. This car last ran two weeks ago at Charlotte where Hamlin led 54 laps before engine trouble forced him from the race. This car scored a fifth-place finish at Kansas and second-place finish at New Hampshire.
    The #12 Penske Dodge team and driver Brad Keselowski will use chassis PRS-708 during Sunday's 500-mile event. PRS-708 is a brand new car to the #12 Penske Dodge Charger fleet.
    #14-Tony Stewart and the Stewart Haas Racing team are bringing a brand new racecar [Chassis No. 14-564] to Texas which has only been tested in the wind tunnel.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Sunday's Dickies 500 will be the second-ever start for #257. It made its debut last month at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Busch started a distant 34th. The Las Vegas native survived a mid-race scrape with the wall and rallied for a 13th-place finish.
    The #26 Crown Royal Ford of Jamie McMurray will be unloading chassis RK-640 at Texas this weekend which last run at Dover Sept. 2009 and finished 28th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis #285 from the Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series stable. This Sheel/Pennzoil Chevy was previously raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June where it finished 34th, Richmond in September where it finished ninth and Martinsville Speedway last month where it finished 10th.
    #31-Jeff Burton will pilot chassis No. 289 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Chevy that will be put through its first paces this weekend.

    #33-Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 257 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. A former #07 chassis, this Chevy debuted at Indianapolis in 2008, where Bowyer finished 19th. Most recently, Bowyer raced this Impala SS to a sixth-place finish at Charlotte last month.
    #39-Ryan Newman will drive Chassis No. 39-508, which has twice seen action during the 2009 season. It made its debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September finishing 9th. The car's second outing, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas resulted in a 22nd-place finish.
    The #42 Dream In Color team are bringing chassis #819 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for Juan Pablo Montoya. This is one of the favorite chassis' in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing stable. It has run at Atlanta in September (3rd), Michigan in August (19th), Pocono in August (2nd), California last month (3rd) and most notably Indy where Montoya led 116 laps and had a win in sight until a late race penalty eliminated his chances (11th).
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and the Lowe's Chevy will run Chassis #552 at Texas, this chassis has run four times in 2009, winning at Dover in September, a 3rd at both Michigan [June] and Chicago as well as a 4th in the 2nd race of the season at Michigan.
    The #78 Furniture Row Chevy team will roll out a new Furniture Row chassis for driver Reagn Smith at Texas.
    The #88 AMP / National Guard Chevy engineers and crew chief Lance McGrew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-556 for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The car was last raced at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 4, where he led 41 laps before suffering an engine issue with 41 laps to go. This was the first chassis that McGrew built for Earnhardt from the ground up. It debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    The #99 Aflac team of Carl Edwards will be unloading chassis #RK-587 at Texas this weekend. This Ford Fusion last raced at Richmond in September and finished 15th.(Team/Driver PRs)

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  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule for Cup, Nationwide: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

news, notes and links

  • Texas Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top five and some notes:
    #48-Johnson, 186.670
    #99-Edwards, 186.265
    #11-Hamlin, 185.810
    #16-Biffle, 185.503
    #21-Elliott, 184.894
    slowest: #55-Waltrip 179.128 and #36-McDowell 179.689
    no speed listed: #34-Andretti (team changing engine); #70-Skinner
    incident: #29-Harvick smacked the wall in turn 2, but car looks repairable
    See practice speeds, average speeds, lap run on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-7-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers practiced in Happy Hourt at Texas:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Texas)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, was 1st fastest
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 29th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
    4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 14th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 20th
    6) #2-Kurt Busch, 12th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 16th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 37th
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2nd
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 34th.(11-7-2009)

  • Saturday practice: for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top five and some notes:
    #00-Reuitmann 186.812
    #14-Stewart 186.716
    #42-Montoya 186.265
    #18-Busch 186.252
    #2-Busch 185.714
    slowest: #34-Andretti 178.130 and #70-Skinner 179.874
    incident: #7-Gordon started smoking, could be an oil line as Gordon says everything seems to be working ok, supposedly their is a leak from the rear or transmission. Late in practice, looks like #34-Andretti lost another engine
    See practice speeds, average speeds, lap run on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-7-2009)

  • Jeff Gordon on pole at Texas: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap of 191.117mph for his 1st pole of the season and 68th career pole, Gordon has now won at least one pole every season for 17 straight seasons and has won 17 races from the 1st starting position. #9-Kahne was 2nd fastest followed by #2-Busch, #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #99-Edwards, #5-Martin, #16-Biffle, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #33-Bowyer.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #02-Gilliland, #70-Skinner, #71-Labonte, #82-Speed, #78-Smith, #87-Nemechek, #36-McDowell and #21-Elliott.
    The four drivers who failed to qualify: #37-Raines, #66-Blaney, #13-Papis and #09-Bliss.
    See qualifying results, pole progression and starting lineup on my Texas Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(11-6-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers start at Texas:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Texas)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, starts 12th
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 7th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, POLE starts 1st
    4) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 20th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 4th
    6) #2-Kurt Busch, 3rd
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 8th
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 26th
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2nd
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 6th
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 15th.(11-6-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dickies 500 with a lap of 28.255 seconds, 191.117 mph.
    This is his 68th pole in 579 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ha s now won a pole in 17 consecutive seasons.
    This is his first pole and 24th top-10 start in 2009. His last pole came at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2008.
    This is his second pole in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #9-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2009 and his seventh in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 17th in 34 races this season.
    #20-Joey Logano (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-6-2009)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2009 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128 Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #17-Kenseth.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #29-Harvick.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #82-Speed with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Papis.
    See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(11-6-2009)

  • Friday practice: for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top five:
    #33-Bowyer 189.381
    #16-Biffle 188.706
    #48-Johnson 188.633
    #24-Gordon 188.627
    #99-Edwards 188.383
    slowest: #34-Andretti 177.743 [lost engine] and #96-Darnell 182.834
    incidents: #13-Papis pancaked the right side of his car, smacking the turn 2 wall; #26-McMurray & #00-Reutimann also scraped the turn 2 wall early in practice; #34-Andretti lost an engine early in practice. Late in practice, #09-Bliss smacked the turn 2 wall hard, pancaked the right side and will go to a backup car. With 15 minutes left in practice, #31-Burton, who was 4th fastest at the time, smacked the turn 2 wall hard and may go to a backup car.
    See practice speeds, average speeds, lap run on my Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-6-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice on Friday at Texas:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 17th fastest overall
    #02-David Gilliland, 30th
    #82-Scott Speed, 31st
    #71-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 32nd
    #37-Tony Raines, 34th
    #70-Mike Skinner, 38th
    #36-Michael McDowell, 39th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC3], 45th but would use the past champ provisional
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 41st
    #09-Mike Bliss, 43rd
    #78-Regan Smith, 42nd
    #13-Max Papis, 44th

  • The Entry List for the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #02-David Gilliland (56th in owners pts/1 attempt)
    #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38/33)
    #13-Max Papis (42/18)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past cham 1988](44/11)
    #36-Michael McDowell (40/33)
    #37-Tony Raines (46/26)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/33)
    #70-Mike Skinner (63/1)
    #71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000] (37/33)
    #78-Regan Smith (42/17)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/33)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/33)
    withdrew after entry list posted
    #08-Derrike Cope (50/7)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,21,82,87,36,66,37
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 13,78,02,70
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(11-2/4-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas Motor Speedway:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 135 points (was 123)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2565, +185
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2515, 135 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2380, 135 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-1-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Talladega, Chase race 7 of 10; Season race 33 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6248, finished 8th
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6064, -184
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6056, -192
    4) #42-Juan Montoya, 6009, -239
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 5969, -279
    6) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5936, -312
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 5908, -340
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 5846, -402
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5834, -414
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 5811, -437
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 5800, -448
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5692, -556
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-1-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Talladega, race 33 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4752 -7
    1) #14-Tony Stewart, 4745
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4673 -72
    4) #5-Mark Martin, 4315 -430
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4271 -474
    7) #42-Juan Montoya, 4260 -485
    6) #2-Kurt Busch, 4248 -497
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4157 -588
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 4118 -627
    12) #9-Kasey Kahne, 4094 -651
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 4091 -654
    11) #18-Kyle Busch, 4043 -702
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3986 -759
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3932 -813
    16) #83-Brian Vickers, 3890 -855
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 3854 -891

  • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
    #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)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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.

  • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


  • November 2008 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 188.469 mph, finished 2nd

  • April 2009 Pole Sitter: #00-David Reutimann, 190.517mph, finished 11th

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

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006

  • November 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 144.219mph, started 16th

  • April 2009 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 145.372mph, started 2nd

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

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

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

  • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/2001

  • Youngest Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/2003

  • Most Wins: 3 - Carl Edwards

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

  • Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 9 - Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson

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

  • Fewest Cautions: 5 - 11/2/2008

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 26, 11/2/2008

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 11/6/2005 & 11/2/2008

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/2000

  • Most Leaders: 17 - 4/2/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 16 - 11/2/2008

  • Fewest Leaders: 6 - 4/6/2008

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - 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

  • At Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
    • The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas was on April 6, 1997.
    • In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway.
    • A second renovation started after the 1998 race and eliminated dual banking and gave the track its current configuration.
    • There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 17 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Jeremy Mayfield won the first timed qualifying on April 4, 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    • Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • 12 drivers have scored poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with two each.
    • 14 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Jeff Gordon won at Texas for the first time, in April. Gordon has won at every track he has run except Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    • 13 of 17 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne in 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.
    • Both Jeff Burton (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas.
    • Five of the last six races have had a margin of victory under one second.
    • Jimmie Johnson (8.5) and Matt Kenseth (9.7) each average a top-10 finish.
    • There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Texas.
    • 71 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Texas.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-3-2009)

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • 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 16: 1
  • 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: 10 of 17
  • Races won from the top 10: 13 of 17

  • Pole Winners at Texas
    11/2009: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 191.117 mph, finished ?
    4/2009: David Reutimann, Toyota, 190.517, finished 11th
    11/2008: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 188.469 mph, finished 2nd
    4/2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Chevy, 190.907, finished 12th
    11/2007: Martin Truex Jr., #1 Chevy, 193.105, finished 3rd
    4/2007: none, rained out
    11/2006: Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235mph, finished 27th [record]
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    11/2005: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004: Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003; Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002: Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001; Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678, finished 8th
    2000: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137, finished 8th
    1999: Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154, finished 15th
    1998: Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906, finished 23rd
    1997: none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas
    4/2009: Jeff Gordon, #24-Chevy, 145.372mph, started 2nd
    11/2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 144.219mph, started 16th
    4/2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 144.814mph, started 2nd
    11/2007: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219, started 8th
    4/2007: Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 143.359, started 2nd
    11/2006: Tony Stewart, #20 Chevy, 134.891, started 8th
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    11/2005: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005: Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004: Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003: Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001: Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804, started 3rd
    2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152, started 4th
    1999: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276, started 4th
    1998: Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771, started 7th
    1997: Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111, started 5th


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #02-David Gilliland Farm Bureau Insurance #02 Team Schemes Page
    #07-Casey Mears Choctaw Casino Resort none...yet
    #2-Kurt Busch Miller Lite - Operation Homefront #2 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
    #6-David Ragan UPS Road Code - Boys and Girls Clubs of America #6 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Brad Keselowski Penske Racing - White [Verizon] #12 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Target - Dream In Color
    Hispanic Heritage Month
    #42 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Soernson Valvoline #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-AJ Allmendinger Ford in Petty blue #44 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
    #71-Bobby Labonte CBR MotorCars none...yet
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. AAA - Automobile Club of Southern California #77 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-Erik Darnell Academy Sports + Outdoors #96 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Vertis / Menards none...yet

  • Special 'Cup Cake' scheme for Ambrose at Texas: Little Debbie Racing's Marcos Ambrose will be driving the #47 Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcake Toyota in the final three races of the 2009 Sprint Cup season: Texas, Phoenix and Homestead (Little Debbie Flickr page), the scheme was designed by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. See images of the car on my #47 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2009)

  • Special Operation Homefront scheme for Kurt Busch: #2-Kurt Busch continues racing to support fundraising efforts for Operation Homefront this weekend at Texas. Miller Lite is donating $200,000 to the organization dedicated to serving our military families in need. This amount will grow by an additional $10,000 if Kurt and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge can achieve another top-10 finish in this weekend’s race at Texas. He already scored one such bonus when he finished 10th in the Oct. 17 NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kurt is also asking for fans to help in this worthy cause. You can do so in several manners. To make a $5 donation, just text the word T-R-O-O-P-S to 90999. The charge will appear on your wireless bill. Alternatively, visit to make a donation and learn more about the great work of Operation Homefront. Fans attending this weekend’s race can contribute to Operation Homefront by purchasing a “postcard” from the Kurt Busch (or Penske Racing) souvenir trailer. Fans will be able to inscribe the card with a personalized message to a serviceman or woman overseas. Penske Racing will submit the cards and 100% of the proceeds collected to OHF and the cards will be included in care packages sent directly overseas. The “Blue Deuce” will carry another cool paint scheme this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.(Tom Roberts PR), see images of the scheme on my #2 Team schemes page.(11-5-2009)

  • Vertis makes debut on #98: The #98 Ford of Paul Meanard will unload the Vertis / Menards Ford Fusion for the first time this season. Vertis Communications is a premier provider of targeted advertising and marketing solutions to America's leading retail and consumer services companies.(Yates Racing)(11-5-2009)

  • Special scheme for Montoya at Texas UPDATE: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a special paint scheme on his #42 Target Chevy for the Dickie's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(10-27-2009)
    UPDATE:Target partnered with four Hispanic influencers to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual Dream In Color campaign, which celebrates diversity. The campaign features Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The #42 Target Chevy team will run a very special Dream In Color paint scheme at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2009 dreamers were selected by Target for their compelling and encouraging stories and their passion to inspire greatness in others. Please visit for more information.(EGR)(11-4-2009)

  • #6 car to support Boys and Girls Clubs: The #6 UPS Ford of David Ragan will carry a special Boys and Girls Clubs of America design in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The UPS Foundation and BGCA launched a program - Road Code- this year to help teach teens across the country the importance of safe driving. On Nov. 5, NASCAR driver David Ragan will unveil his newly designed UPS-sponsored race car which sports a Boys & Girls Club logo and the handprints of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas members who participate in the UPS Road Code safe driving program. These Club teens were on hand to assist Ragan in presenting his new Ford Fusion car and to enjoy watching a racing demonstration in Dallas. The Salt Lake City UPS Freight Center will be the featured Maximum Center at Texas Motor Speedway. The center will have its three-letter alpha code, SLC, on the wing of the #6 UPS Ford.(Roush Fenway Racing)(11-4-2009)

  • Choctaw Casino Resort sponsoring Mears at Texas: Richard Childress Racing has partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for a one-race primary sponsorship of the #07 Choctaw Casino Resort Chevy in the November 8 Dickies 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Choctaw Casino Resort, in Durant, Oklahoma, approximately 105 miles northeast of Texas Motor Speedway, is undergoing a major expansion. Projected to open in February 2010, the new casino will be 110,000 square feet and house approximately 3,000 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 40 table games. Jack Daniel’s, the primary sponsor of the #07 team for the majority of the season, will serve as an associate sponsor for the Texas Motor Speedway race and will return to its primary position for the final two races of the season.(RCR PR)(10-30-2009)

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors sponsoring Labonte for 5 races: Hall of Fame Racing announced that Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leader in the sports and outdoor industry, will sponsor [now Erik Darnell] Bobby Labonte and the #96 Ford for five races in the Sprint Cup Series in 2009. Academy Sports + Outdoor's will debut with the # 96 Academy Sports + Outdoor Ford at:
    Bristol Motor Speedway. The retail leader will again race at:
    Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500
    Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400
    Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Pep Boys Auto 500 and
    Talladega Superspeedway in the Amp Energy 500
    Texas Motor Speedway [added [per PR].(Yates Racing PR)(1-28-2009)

  • Farm Bureau Insurance to sponsor JGR for 6 races: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies will serve as the primary sponsor for six Sprint Cup Series races during the 2009 season. Farm Bureau Insurance will be carried on the #11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin twice during the upcoming season including:
    May 9 race at Darlington
    September 6 race at Atlanta
    In addition Farm Bureau Insurance will be on the #20 Toyota driven by Joey Logano at the:
    October 25 race at Martinsville. Both FedEx and The Home Depot will still be represented on their respective cars at each of those races.
    Farm Bureau Insurance will also sponsor a fourth JGR entry [#02-David Gilliland] at three races in 2009 on the #02 Toyota at the:
    October 17 Charlotte race
    November 8 Texas race
    November 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead.
    The driver for those three races will be announced later. “Farm Bureau Insurance has been an outstanding partner with us and we’re thrilled to have them on these six Cup races this year,” said Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs. “We were able to generate a lot of excitement for them last year and we’ll work hard this year to provide their agents, members and customers a program to be proud of now in our Cup program.”(JGR PR)
    IMAGES: see images of the cars on my #02 Team Schemes page, #11 Team Schemes page and/or #20 Team Schemes page.(1-19-2009)

  • AAA sponsoring Hornish in select 2009 races: Penske Racing announced the establishment of a multi-year agreement for its Sprint Cup Series program with the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) and its affiliated clubs. Starting in 2009, the Auto Club will be displayed as primary sponsor for select events on the Penske Racing South #77 Dodge, driven by three-time IndyCar Series Champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series. Hornish will debut the #77 Auto Club Dodge in:
    February at the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
    In addition, the motor club will serve as primary sponsor of the #77 Car in Sprint Cup Series events at:
    Kansas Speedway in October and
    Texas Motor Speedway in November
    and as co-primary sponsor for Hornish and the Car #77 team, alongside Penske Truck Rental, at the April Talladega Superspeedway and June New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series races.(Penske Racing PR)(11-11-2008)

  • 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: Front Straight - 2250 feet; Back Straight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 138,122
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

  • Carry-in items:
    Coolers: allowed (14-inch by 14-inch by 14-inch limit)
    Glass containers: not allowed
    Alcoholic beverages: allowed
    Cameras/binoculars: allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: ZZ Top; Busty Hill, Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard [ironically, he has no beard]
    Command to start engines: ZZ Top; Busty Hill, Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: TCU Marching Band
    Military Flyover: B-52, Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Website:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway

  • October 2008: see my Texas Race Info page

  • April 2009: see the Texas Race Info page

  • Dickies American Worker of the Year gets shot at $1 million UPDATE: On Saturday, Nov 7th, 2009 Dickies American Worker of the Year Michael McGee to randomly select one of the 12 Chase drivers at Texas Motor Speedway. If the driver McGee selects takes the checkered flag at the Dickies 500 on Sunday, McGee will become an instant millionaire. McGee, an agricultural teacher and horse training business owner from Broken Bow, OK, was named the 2009 Dickies American Worker of the Year on Friday, October 30 at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas. As the promotion's winner, McGee received $50,000 and an all-access, VIP trip for two to the Dickies 500 this weekend, which includes all track activities, a tour of the track's garage, a view of the race from exclusive seats in the Dickies suite, and most importantly, the chance to turn his $50,000 prize into $1 million.(Dickies/Edelman)(11-4-2009)
    UPDATE: At a press conference in his honor, McGee randomly selected Kurt Busch, one of the 12 Race for the Chase drivers, to help make him an instant millionaire. If Kurt Busch wins the Dickies 500 on Sunday, November 8, McGee will win $1,000,000.(Dickies/Edelman)(11-7-2009)

  • NASCAR to honor fallen soldiers at Texas race: When practice ended Friday afternoon, a large U.S. Army logo was painted on the frontstretch grass at Texas Motor Speedway. The logo included a message: "God Bless Our Fort Hood Troops." This weekend is a somber time at TMS. NASCAR is racing only 130 miles up I-35 from the site of the tragedy at Fort Hood, where 13 people were killed and 31 others injured Friday in a senseless shooting rampage. TMS president Eddie Gossage decided to add the logo to honor the fallen soldiers. TMS employees are wearing black armbands the rest of the weekend. A moment of silence will be observed before the start of each race.(ESPN)(11-7-2009)

  • Cancer in remission for TMS president: During NASCAR race weekend in April, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage gathered a small handful of friends in his office overlooking Turn 1 to share some news. Usually when Gossage has something to say, drum rolls and neon lights aren't enough. But this time, the master promoter was void of fanfare. He was understated and to the point. "He told us he had cancer," said Kyle Petty, a longtime close friend of Gossage. "It was four or five guys sitting in that office and we're a lively bunch when we're together. We were quiet. It was hard to take. Honestly, I was shocked, crushed and devastated. I think when anybody tells you that they've been diagnosed with cancer, your mind goes to the worst place." Gossage knew he'd need his friends if he was to get through a difficult year of hospital visits and chemotherapy. He wasn't sure what to expect, only that doctors caught the cancer early enough to treat it aggressively. Now, seven months later, Gossage is doing what he's done since the track opened in 1997: Trying to sell as many tickets as he can for a NASCAR race in Texas. Prior to Sunday's Dickies 500, he'll take pride in stepping on a makeshift frontstretch stage to welcome fans and drivers at prerace introductions. "The cancer is now in remission," said Gossage, who still won't disclose what type of cancer he had. "I'm just thankful to all my friends. They really helped me get through it. I've never been through anything like that in my life." At the time he told his buddies, Gossage and his wife, Melinda, had decided to keep the news private. Only a few folks in the TMS management group were even aware at the time of Gossage's condition. Gossage returned to work around Labor Day and is back to a normal schedule. He's lost 30 pounds and doesn't want to gain them back. The beard has returned, with more gray than before. And Gossage has what looks like a buzz cut. He has several Texas Motor Speedway hats that he wears in public.(in part from, see full article there)(11-7-2009)

  • Take the bus at Texas: Fans can put away their keys and leave the driving to us as Texas Motor Speedway is once again offering special bus trips from seven local and regional locations for the Nov. 8 Dickies 500. TMS has partnered with local and regional media outlets to provide bus trips departing from Dallas/Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tyler/Longview, Ennis, Weatherford, Hillsboro and Ardmore, Okla. Each bus trip consists of round-trip motorcoach transportation to Texas Motor Speedway, VIP pit tour, complimentary food and beverage, and a frontstretch ticket for $159. Media partners 98.7 KLUV(DFW), The Oklahoman & (Oklahoma City), 105.7 KYKX (Tyler/Longview), 106.9 KRVF (Ennis), 95.9 KFWR (Weatherford), 92.1 KTFW (Hillsboro) and 95.7 KKAJ, 92.7 KTRX, 107.1 KYNZ and 1240 KVSO (Ardmore, Okla.) will facilitate the bus trips from each location. For more information about departures from each respective location, visit the media partners’ websites or contact the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(11-6-2009)

  • Tickets available for Texas: Texas Motor Speedway has spared no expense to ensure that its loyal fans can make it to the Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend. For the November race weekend, the entertainment dollar has been stretched as TMS has offered reduced backstretch prices with the "Backstretch Buster" seats, located along the first two rows of the backstretch, going for just $20 and the additional backstretch seating just $40. There also is the Dickies 500 Weekend 4-Pack, which offers frontstretch tickets for all four days of action including the Dickies 500, O'Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series race and WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series race to go along with tickets for qualifying and practice sessions for all three series starting at just $133. See how cost-conscious fans looking to stretch their entertainment dollar have taken advantage of the number of ticket specials Texas Motor Speedway has offered up to combat the economic times. More info about tickets at

  • Space Shuttle pilot to be honored at TMS: USMC Lt. Col. Doug Hurley, who piloted the space shuttle Endeavor this summer and a Texas Motor Speedway season ticket-holder, will be honored during the Dickies 500 pre-race ceremonies as well as making a unique presentation to TMS President Eddie Gossage, two-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, Sprint Cup Series team owner Joe Gibbs and Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Greg Zipadelli. TMS will hold a press conference immediately following the Sprint Cup drivers meeting for the presentation as well as the announcement from Gossage on how Hurley will be honored. Gossage is keeping the arrival a surprise to the Texas Motor Speedway fans and will only hint that some type of aircraft will be involved. Hurley, a United States Marines Corps colonel who has been a Texas Motor Speedway season ticketholder since 2005, has been briefed on the plan and is looking forward to participating in the American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show leading up to the Dickies 500. Hurley will be part of the American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show that begins at 12:00pm/ct and features a one-hour concert by ZZ Top beginning at 12:30pm. Fans can purchase an American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show “Mosh Pit” ticket for $79 that allows them to watch the concert and Sprint Cup Series driver introductions directly in front of the stage. The “Mosh Pit” ticket must be accompanied by a Dickies 500 race ticket and can not be used separately. Frontstretch tickets remain for the Dickies 500 and are available by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting

  • Backstretch Buster seats sold out at Texas: Fans have responded once again to the popular “Backstretch Buster” tickets as the $20 seats have sold out for the Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Nov. 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. The $20 seats, located along the first two rows of the backstretch, are the most inexpensive ticket ever offered at Texas Motor Speedway for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and the special was implemented this year in an effort to offset the challenges of the difficult economic climate. The “Backstretch Buster” special debuted with the Samsung 500 Sprint Cup Series race in April and promptly sold out as well. Fans that missed out on the “Backstretch Buster” seats for the Dickies 500 can still take advantage of other fan friendly deals. On the backstretch, rows three and higher are priced at $40 per seat and the popular 7-Eleven Family 4-Pack offers four tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola beverages for just $159. For those looking for a deal on the frontstretch, the limited Dickies 4-Packs remain available. Starting at $133, the Dickies 4-Pack provides a ticket to all four days of action (Nov. 5-8) including the Dickies 500, O’Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series race and WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series event. The 4-Pack also includes qualifying and practice sessions for all three series as well. For more ticket information, visit or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(10-28-2009)

  • ZZ Top Trio To Serve As Grand Marshals For Dickies 500: The group known as the “Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” the legendary rock band ZZ Top, will serve as grand marshals for the Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The trio of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard will give the command to the 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to start their engines prior to the start of the Dickies 500. The group, celebrating its year-long 40th anniversary, will headline the American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show with a free concert at the Nov. 8 Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. ZZ Top will be the featured act during the 2˝ -hour pre-race show that also will include the RE/MAX Skydiving team, Texas Christian University Marching Band, U.S. Army Reserve Command, 11th Aviation Command and the 7-158th Aviations Regiment. The American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show, which begins at 11:45am/ct, will have ZZ Top take the stage on the speedway’s frontstretch beginning at 12:30pm for a one-hour set. ABC-TV, which will broadcast the Dickies 500, is scheduled to air ZZ Top performing one of their hits from the American Racing Custom Wheels Pre-Race Show during the network’s pre-race show leading up to the Dickies 500. The concert is free to all fans with a race ticket. Race fans can get up close and personal with the band next to the frontstretch stage by purchasing a special “Mosh Pit” ticket. For $79, fans can enjoy a front row spot as well as enjoy the rest of the prerace activities, including driver introductions, from that vantage point. To purchase a special “Mosh Pit” ticket or tickets to the Dickies 500 call (817) 215-8500 or visit

  • Texas Motor Speedway expects 400,000; Dickie's leaving?: Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, said he expects attendance and revenue for the Nov. 8 Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race to remain about flat with last year’s numbers. He expects 175,000 to 185,000 in attendance for the Sunday race, and about 400,000 for the entire weekend. “If people are getting worked up about 105,000 at a Cowboys game, we call that a bad day on Saturday,” Gossage said in a recent interview with the Dallas Business Journal. About 240 of the track’s 15,000 Backstretch Buster seats, which sell for $20 and $40, remain available. The venue’s high-dollar RV parking spaces are sold out. “We’re having a hard time with the corporate clients who a year ago bought 500 tickets and this year bought 200,” Gossage said. “I think that’s settling down some.” Already looking to next year, Gossage said he is in talks with sponsors willing to take the place of Dickies, which has not renewed its sponsorship of the Sprint Cup race for 2010.(Dallas Business Journal)(10-27-2009)

  • Limited number of backstretch seats still available at Texas: Fans still can take advantage of the best ticket price ever offered by Texas Motor Speedway by purchasing "Backstretch Buster" seats for the Nov. 8 Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but less than 250 remain. The "Backstretch Buster" seats, located along the first two rows of the backstretch, remain the most inexpensive seats for a Sprint Cup race in the history of Texas Motor Speedway. The "Backstretch Buster" seating was introduced for April's Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and promptly sold out. In addition to the "Backstretch Buster" seats, fans also can take advantage of two other backstretch ticket specials for the Dickies 500. All other seating above the first two rows is available for $40 per seat or fans can opt for the value-packed 7-Eleven Family 4-Pack. The package consists of four backstretch tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola drinks for just $159. To purchase "Backstretch Buster" seats or take advantage of the other backstretch ticket specials, visit or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS PR)(9-27-2009)

  • TMS's Gossage: Cancer in remission: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says his cancer is in "complete remission" and that he's feeling better than ever. Gossage hasn't disclosed the type of cancer he has, which was diagnosed last fall. A showman known for his enthusiasm and promotional stunts, Gossage took a leave of absence in June after the IndyCar Series race at the track. He returned to work in August and made his first public appearance Thursday to promote the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the track's next race Nov. 8. The 50-year-old Gossage was smiling and at ease, and wore a Sprint Cup cap on his mostly bald head that resulted from chemotherapy.(Associated Press)(9-17-2009)

  • Samsung Mobile Extends Title Sponsorship With TMS: Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) 1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, and Texas Motor Speedway officials jointly announced that Samsung Mobile has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue as title sponsor of the annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-class motorsports venue in Fort Worth, TX. The announcement will extend an eight-year title sponsorship relationship between Samsung Mobile and Texas Motor Speedway that began in 2002. Samsung Mobile collaborated with RadioShack and served as a co-title sponsor for the first five years before taking sole ownership in 2007 of a race that is annually ranked as the largest-attended, single-day sporting event in Texas. No financial terms or specific length of the contract were disclosed in the announcement made by Samsung Telecommunications America Vice President of Marketing Bobby Billman and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage during the speedway’s “Cut to the Chase” media luncheon at the Cadillac Ranch in Irving. In conjunction with the contract extension announcement, Samsung Mobile also unveiled a new logo and race name for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event beginning next year. The race was known as the Samsung 500 for the past three years, but will now become the Samsung Mobile 500 and be accompanied by a brand-new logo. Season tickets are currently on sale while individual tickets for the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 race week will go on sale beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11. For more ticket information, call (817) 215-8500 or visit

  • Texas and Phoenix swap Spring race dates:Texas Motor Speedway will have a slight shift in its 2010 NASCAR schedule as the Samsung 500 race week will be run April 15-18, moving the Sprint Cup Series race from the seventh to the eighth event of the season as a result of a date swap with Phoenix International Raceway.TMS officials agreed to the move to accommodate NASCAR and network television partner, FOX, because the Samsung 500 on its traditional April date would have been pitted directly against the final round of the The Masters on television. Phoenix transitions into that slot without a conflict since it will play host to a Saturday evening race.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-27-2009)

  • TMS president Eddie Gossage fighting cancer: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage has been absent from TMS because he has been undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer. Gossage, 50, was diagnosed with cancer early last fall and began treatment this spring. Gossage, who oversaw the construction of the track and was the general manager for its first race in 1997, declined to be interviewed. A statement from TMS vice president of media relations Mike Zizzo said Gossage "would like to keep his illness private and does not plan to discuss it publicly." Gossage was informed by doctors in February that treatment needed to begin, and it was done around the Samsung 500 in April and the Bombardier Learjet 550 in June. He was at the track for the IndyCar Series race in June and looked thinner than he did at the Sprint Cup event in April. He hasn't appeared at any TMS public functions since the June race as he has undergone more intense treatments over the last month. Gossage is hoping to return to work next month. "I've been talking to him almost every day either by phone or text," Zizzo said. "His brain is in overdrive. If it were up to him, he'd be back tomorrow." Zizzo said Gossage doesn't want to talk about his illness because he doesn't want that to be what people identify him with. Gossage's father, H.L., died of lung cancer in 1998. "He's trying to keep it under the radar and keep it as low-key as possible," Zizzo said.(Dallas Morning News)(7-23-2009)

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


  • Fast Facts for November 6-8, 2009

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup)

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4220; 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 (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action this weekend will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4136), teams in the Sprint Cup Series will be running a different left-side code (D-4220) . . . Sprint Cup teams will be on the same tire combination they ran at Texas in April . . . Cup teams also ran this right-side code with a different left-side at both Texas races in 2008 . . . Cup teams will run this same exact tire set-up at Homestead in two weeks . . . 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 pressures in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


  • #08 team to attempt Texas UPDATE: The #08 Carter/Simo Racing team will make the trip west to Texas Motor Speedway to compete in the Dickies 500 on November 8th.(Carter/Simo Racing)
    AND the NASCAR Entry list has Derrike Cope listed as the driver of the #08 Toyota.(11-3-2009)
    UPDATE: the entry list now shows the #08 team as withdrawn from the event.(11-4-2009)

  • Kyle Busch going for triple at Texas: Kyle Busch attempts to become the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three national series races - Sprint Cup [#18 M&M's Toyota], Nationwide [#18 Toyota] and Camping World Truck Series [#51 Toyota] - in the same weekend when he competes in the Dickies 500, O'Reilly Challenge and WinStar World Casino 350k, respectively, at Texas Motor Speedway. In Sprint Cup competition, Busch has three top-six finishes and 207 laps led in his last four TMS starts, including a best of third in the 2008 Samsung 500. In Nationwide action, he has been a dominant force and will arrive having won three consecutive races. In the truck series, he still is seeking his first win, but has finished runner-up in three of his last four visits, the most recent being in this event last year. Busch nearly pulled off the triple earlier this season at California's Auto Club Speedway, winning Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races in the same day and finishing second the following day in the Sprint Cup Series race. Busch has 59th career wins among NASCAR’s top three divisions. Busch has won in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions at six tracks: Auto Club Speedway, Phoenix, Bristol, Dover, Chicago and New Hampshire. Of the 30 tracks to host NASCAR’s top three divisions in 2009, Busch has competed at each circuit at least once and has won at 22 of them. The eight venues where Busch has raced but not scored a victory are Martinsville, Pocono, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Homestead, Iowa, Milwaukee, Memphis (now closed) and Montreal.(many different PR's)(11-4-2009)

  • Milestone start for Mears: #07-Casey Mears will make his 250th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, a mark that started with a 21st-place start and 27th-place finish in the 2003 Daytona 500. Since then, the 31-year old driver has earned one victory (Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, May 2007) 12 top-five and 46 top-10 finishes, along with three pole awards. For the first time, the #07 Chevy will have Choctaw Casino Resort on board as the primary sponsor this weekend. Located in Durant, Okla., this is Choctaw’s first venture into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.(RCR)(11-4-2009)

  • Allmendinger In Fords Remainder of 2009 Season: AJ Allmendinger makes his Ford Racing debut this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver will race the remaining three races of the 2009 season in a Ford Fusion. Race fans will recognize the familiar “Petty Blue” and red paint scheme on #44 for the rest of the season. Last week at Talladega, Elliott Sadler drove a Ford to a ninth-place finish. Allmendinger will be the only Petty driver in a Ford in any of the remaining 2009 races. “This is exciting stuff. It’s like a new beginning for Richard Petty Motorsports. Whenever you do something new you are a little bit excited and a little bit nervous because you haven't done it before. Elliott drove a Ford for us at Talladega last week and everyone was really positive about the experience. It’s our turn this week tire testing a Ford in Daytona and we’ll drive one at Phoenix and Homestead as well.”(RPM)(11-3-2009)

  • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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