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Thursday, November 4
8:00 am NCWTS Garage Opens
12:30 pm NNS Haulers Enter
12:30 – 1:45pm NCWTS Practice
2:00 NNS Garage Opens
2:15 – 3:30pm NCWTS Final Practice
6:30 pm NNS Garage Closes
7:00 pm NCWTS The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days
7:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter
9:00 pm NCWTS Garage Closes
Friday, November 5
7:00 am NNS Garage Opens
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 – 10:15am NNS Practice
10:40 –11:55am NNS Final Practice
12:00 pm NCWTS Garage Opens
12:00 pm – 1:30pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days
5:35 pm NNS The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes
8:00 pm NNS Garage Closes
8:00 pm NCWTS WinStar World Casino 350k
Saturday, November 6
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:00 am NNS Garage Opens
8:45 –9:30 am NSCS Practice
10:00 – 11:00 am NSCS Final Practice
11:30 am NNS O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
1:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes
6:00 pm Lone Star Legends Races on 1/5 mile at Lil’ Texas
Sunday, November 7
9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 am Lone Star Legends Races on 1/5 mile at Lil’ Texas
12:00 pm The American Red Cross "Salute Our Troops" Pre-Race Show featuring Willie Nelson begins
2:00 pm NSCS AAA Texas 500
Times above are listed in Central Time, which is one hour behind Eastern Time
SPRINT CUP RACE INFO and RUNDOWN PAGE
THE RACE: AAA Texas 500
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #34 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #8 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)
Jumps to sections on this page:
|Car#||Pit Stops||Driver||Laps||Time||Total Seconds||Avg Seconds|
|43||10||A J Allmendinger||334||06:11.6||371.553||37.155|
|77||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||334||09:43.5||583.529||48.627|
|42||11||Juan Pablo Montoya||333||06:55.6||415.555||37.778|
|88||11||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||333||06:56.5||416.543||37.868|
|56||10||Martin Truex Jr.||188||09:55.0||594.992||59.499|
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #37-Blaney, 42nd
Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 35th
Caution 3: #31-Burton, 36th
Caution 4: #56-Truex Jr., 38th
Caution 5: #17-Kenseth, 2nd
Caution 6: #42-Montoya, 28th
Caution 7: none awarded
Caution 8: #26-Carpentier, 31st
Caution 9: #9-Almirola, 21st
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Texas (or seemed to)?
41st: #34-Kvapil, 25 laps run
40th: #09-Cassill, 35 laps
39th: #66-Bliss, 45 laps
with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #34 this week
(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)(11-7-2010)
Pit Stall Selections - Texas: The selections of pit stalls for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #19-Sadler chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #16-Biffle took pit stall 14, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 13th pit stall, the first stall with an opening in behind of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #9-Almirola, who starts 13th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-6-2010)
Race Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:16pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, November 8 at 2:30am/et
SPEED, Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00pm/et
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Texas: The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 7, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 500 miles at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN’s telecast at 2:00pm/et with the race telecast presented by GoDaddy.com at 3:00pm/et. The green flag is scheduled for 3:16 pm. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday: Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6:00am/et with host Pat Patterson anchored from Daytona Beach, Fla. Patterson also originates the broadcast from several racetracks with key races during the season. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. A list of ESPN Radio affiliates can be found at www.espnradio.com.
Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: 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)
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
Happy Hour practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
#56-Truex Jr. 186.955
Slowest: #09-Cassill 180.270 and #37-Blaney 180.656
22 drivers made 10-lap runs, the best average:
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-6-2010)
Happy Hour Practice Results for the Chase drivers at Texas:
[by current points standings]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 10th fastest overall
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 24th
3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 20th
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 9th
5) #18-Kyle Busch, 1st
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 14th
7) #14-Tony Stewart, 17th
8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 31st
9) #2-Kurt Busch, 4th
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 35th
11) #16-Greg Biffle, 18th
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 27th
Saturday's 1st practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 45 of 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
#56-Truex Jr. 187.669
Slowest: #09-Cassill 179.140 and #37-Blaney 179.970
15 drivers made 10-lap runs, the best average:
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-6-2010)
Sadler wins pole at Texas: #19-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 195.397mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 8th of his career, Sadler's last pole came at Talladega in May 2006. #16-Biffle will start 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, #6-Ragan, #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #78-Smith, #5-Martin and #43-Allmendinger.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #10-BLabonte, #38-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #13-Mears, #26-Carpentier, #66-Bliss and #09-Cassill.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (6): #81-Riggs, #36-Yeley, #46-McDowell, #64-Green, #23-Wise and #92-Keselowski.
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(11-5-2010)
Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Texas:
Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
[by current points standings]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, starts 17th
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 30th
3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 26th
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
5) #18-Kyle Busch, 29th
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 3rd
7) #14-Tony Stewart, 11th
8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 19th
9) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 16th
11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2nd
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 7th
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-5-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 27.636 seconds, 195.397 mph.
This is his eighth pole in 427 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2010. Sadler's last pole came on May 1, 2006 at Talladega Superspeedway.
This is his first pole in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Greg Biffle (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2010 and his seventh in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 34 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-5-2010)
Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 4:30pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled
Qualifying Order for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 49 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 #00-Reutimann.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Green with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #87-Nemechek.
See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(11-5-2010)
Friday practice: for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5 and slowest:
Slowest: #92-Keselowski 180.862 and #23-Wise 184.508
#12-Keselowski spun off turn 4 early in practice and the team pulled out the back-up.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page.(11-5-2010)
Texas practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#21-Trevor Bayne, 16th fastest
#10-Bobby Labonte [PC], 21st
#36-J.J. Yeley, 24th
#66-Mike Bliss, 33rd
#38-David Gilliland, 34th
#13-Casey Mears, 36th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
#09-Landon Cassill, 39th
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#46-Michael McDowell, 41st
#64-Jeff Green, 43rd
#26-Patrick Carpentier, 44th
#81-Scott Riggs, 47th
#23-Josh Wise, 48th
#92-Brian Keselwoski, 49th
Some Chassis selections for Texas Motor Speedway:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #1016 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used twice this season at the second Fontana event and second Atlanta event. McMurray captured the pole position at Fontana and has a best finish of 15th at Atlanta.
#2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be racing their “PRS-728” Miller Lite Dodge Charger at Texas this weekend. This is the same chassis that the team debuted in the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Busch and crew posted a dominant win. Busch started from the outside pole and went on to lead 12 times for 252 laps in winning that race and sweeping the spring races at CMS (also won the Sprint All-Star Race the week earlier). Busch named the winning car “Vortex” several days after the big win as a tribute to sponsor Miller Lite’s special packaging and the color scheme used on their winning Dodge Charger. This car has been raced only once since then, when Busch drove it from a 14th-place start to a 10th-place finish in the July 25 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
#5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-624 for Sunday's race. This chassis never has been raced or tested.
#6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-711 is a brand new chassis. Backup: RK-620 last ran Vegas – finished 23rd. The Mesquite Feeder Department (SLIC 7519) has been selected as the Maximum Center for the November 7 race in Texas as part of UPS’s Center Recognition Program. The Mesquite Feeder Department will have its number on the C-post of David Ragan’s UPS Ford throughout the weekend.
#9-Aric Almirola: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 293 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at California Speedway where the team qualified in the fifth position and finished the event in fourth place.
#11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload Chassis JGR 291 this weekend in Texas. This car is a brand new entry from Joe Gibbs Racing. Chassis JGR 279 will serve as the backup this weekend. The #11 FedEx Office Camry will carry the number 0381 on the B-posts this weekend in recognition of the FedEx Office North Tollway team. The group is currently rated as the most improved center team in the annual FedEx Office President's Club program, which recognizes champion results in customer service, sales performance, and profit. Starting with this weekend’s visit to Texas, select FedEx delivery vehicles will carry a special decal showing the company’s support for the #11 FedEx Racing team’s ongoing Chase for the Sprint Cup campaign. The decal will be featured on a total of 600 vehicles in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale markets.
#12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-720 during Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a 19th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-564 debuted at Texas last November, where it qualified fourth and finished sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead marked the car’s second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps but finished 22nd-place finish. It saw action during the off-season when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas Jan. 19-20. It returned to competition in February at Auto Club Speedway where it started 16th and finished ninth. It returned to Texas in April for its fourth career start, where it qualified on the pole and led five times for 74 laps before a late-race accident relegated it to a 32nd-place finish. It was repaired and fitted with a new body for the series’ June stop at Michigan, where it qualified 17th and finished fifth. It sat idle until it returned to Michigan in August, qualifying fourth and leading three times for 36 laps before finishing sixth. The October race at Auto Club it delivered Stewart’s 39th career Sprint Cup win and his first at the track.. The same car returns to action this weekend at Texas.
#16-Greg Biffle: crew chief Greg Erwin on Texas: “We are taking the car that we won with at Pocono to Texas this weekend."
#17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-707 (last run at Fontana) at Texas, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion.
#18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 283 will make its second-ever start in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas. In its first start in the September Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch started ninth and finished ninth.
#19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 280 for this weekend’s event. This particular Ford Fusion was last utilized at Auto Club Speedway where Sadler qualified in the second position and finished inside the top 15. Prior to that, Sadler ran it at Indianapolis.
#29-Kevin Harvick: is scheduled to pilot Chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevy made its debut last month at Kansas Speedway, where Harvick led 16 laps and finished third. He then followed that up with an eighth-place finish two weeks later at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
#31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 329 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 race Chassis No. 324 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, this Chevy made its debut last month at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where Bowyer finished second after leading four times for 40 laps. After a two-race hiatus, the familiar Cheerios/Hamburger Helper paint scheme will return to the #33 Chevy for the remaining three races of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-609 will make its third appearance of the season this weekend at Texas. The car made its first appearance at Indianapolis in July, finishing 17th. The car’s second start came at Auto Club Speedway, just last month where in the last 13 laps of the 200-lap contest he raced from 16th to fifth by the time the checkered flag waved.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Lysol team are bringing chassis #1003 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. The #42 team has used this chassis four times this season scoring three top-10 qualifying positions of fourth (Auto Club, Oct.), ninth (Atlanta, Sept.) and 10th (Chicagoland). Montoya has placed finishes of ninth (Atlanta), 14th (Auto Club) and 16th (Chicagoland) with this chassis.
#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 288 for this weekend’s event at Texas. This is the same car the team utilized in the most recent race at Dover where Allmendinger qualified on the front row and finished inside the top 10. This Ford Fusion was also run at Michigan, Chicago and Pocono.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 623 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He has only driven that car once – to a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Johnson finished third in backup chassis No. 580 at Auto Club Speedway in October.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-625 for this weekend's race at Texas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced or tested.
#98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 556 for this weekend’s event. This is the same Ford Fusion that the team ran at Chicagoland and the most recent event at Dover. Menard finished inside the top 10 in both of those events.
#99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will unload No. RK-705 at Texas this weekend. This Ford Fusion most recently raced at Dover in September where it started 10th and finished fifth. It was a new car at Dover.
(from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-4-2010)
The Entry List for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#09-Landon Cassill(2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(/28)
#10-Bobby Labonte (2000 past Champ) (50/2)
#13-Casey Mears (38/33)
#23-Josh Wise (62/1)
#26-Patrick Carpentier (2009 race winner as owner)(37/33)
#36-J.J. Yeley (40/33)
#38-David Gilliland (36/33)
#46-Michael McDowell (42/33)
#64-Jeff Green (46/21)
#66-Mike Bliss (44/33)
#81-Scott Riggs (53/2)
#87-Joe Nemechek (41/33)
#92-Brian Keselowski (55/3)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 26,09,10,38,13,36,87,46
missing the race would be : #'s 66,64,21,92,81,23
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(11-1-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35. With the #38 team missing the race, the #71 team is now 116 points ahead of the #38, up from 47 pts ahead of 36th entering Talladega.
33) #37-Blaney/Front Row, 2405, +148
34) #7-Gordon/RGM, 2387, +130
35) #71-Lally/TRG: 2373, 116 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2257, -116 points out of the top 35
37) #26-Carpentier/Latitude43: 2156, -217
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Talladega, race 33 of 36, Chase Race 7 of 10]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6149
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [7 wins], 6135, -14
3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6111, -38
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5942, -207
5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5919, -230
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 5902, -247
7) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5832, -317
8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5825, -324
9) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5799, -350
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5797, -352
11) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5788, -361
12) #33-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 5782, -367
(Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 5932, -217 would be 5th)
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after Talladega, race 33 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick(x), 4804
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(x), 4516, -288
3) #24-Jeff Gordon(x), 4435, -369
4) #11-Denny Hamlin(x), 4417, -387
5) #18-Kyle Busch(x), 4384, -420
6) #99-Carl Edwards(x), 4329, -475
7) #14-Tony Stewart(x), 4239, -565
8) #31-Jeff Burton(x), 4187, -617
9) #17-Matt Kenseth(x), 4171, -633
10) #2-Kurt Busch(x), 4116, -688
11) #33-Clint Bowyer(x), 4003, -801
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 3976, -828
13) #16-Greg Biffle(x), 3955, -849
14) #5-Mark Martin, 3937, -867
15) #39-Ryan Newman, 3883, -921
16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3866, -938
(x) chase drivers
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-31-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).
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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
How Chase Drivers have done at Texas:
1 - Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevy)
· One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 10.1 in 14 races
2 - Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Toyota)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 9.6 in 10 races
3 - Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
· Three top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 12.9 in 15 races
4 - Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevy)
· One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 15.9 in 19 races
5 - Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Toyota)
· Four top fives, five top 10s
· Average finish of 14.7 in 11 races
6 - Carl Edwards (#99 Aflac Ford)
· Three wins, three top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 17.5 in 11 races
7 - Tony Stewart (#14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy)
· One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 13.4 in 17 races
8 - Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Black Ford)
· One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.9 in 16 races
9 - Kurt Busch (#2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge)
· One win, three top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 13.1 in 15 races
10 - Jeff Burton (#31 CAT Chevy)
· Two wins, three top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 15.1 in 19 races
11 - Greg Biffle (#16 3M Ford)
· One win, three top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 20.1 in 13 races
12 - Clint Bowyer (#33 Cheerios Chevy)
· Two top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 15.3 in nine races
April 2010 Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 191.327mph, finished 32nd
November 2009 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.117 mph, finished 13th
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
April 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 146.230mph, started 29th
November 2009 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 147.137mph, started 3rd
Track Race Record: Carl Edwards, Nov 2005, 151.055mph
Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph
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., Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 7 - Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth
Most Top 10s: 11 - Mark Martin
Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/2000 and 11/5/2006
Fewest Cautions: 5 - 11/2/2008 and 11/8/2009
Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997
Fewest Caution Laps: 26, 11/2/2008 and 11/8/2009
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 & 4/19/2010
Most Leaders: 17 - 4/2/2000
Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 11/8/2009
Fewest Leaders: 4 - 11/8/2009
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Ford; 6 - Chevy; 3 - Dodge; 1 - Toyota
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
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st
At Texas Motor Speedway:
· Construction began in 1995.
· The first NASCAR race was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was on April 6, 1997.
· There have been 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
· Four drivers have competed in all 19 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
· Jeremy Mayfield was the first pole winner, in 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
· Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
· 13 drivers have scored poles, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon with two.
· 16 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three. Jeff Gordon won at Texas for the first time, last season. Gordon has won at every track he has run except Homestead-Miami Speedway.
· 14 of 19 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. Denny Hamlin started 29th in his win earlier this season.
· Both Jeff Burton (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) scored their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas.
· Six of the last eight races have had a margin of victory under one second. Last November’s race had an MOV of 25.686 seconds, the largest since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.
· Denny Hamlin (9.6) and Matt Kenseth (9.9) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
· Roush Fenway Racing leads all owners in victories, with seven.
· There has been one season sweep, by Carl Edwards in 2008. Edwards is looking to break a 69-race winless drought. Jeff Gordon’s last win came at Texas, 62 races ago.
Pole Winners at Texas
4/2010: Tony Stewart, #14 Chevy, 191.327 mph, finished 32nd
11/2009: Jeff Gordon (2), #24 Chevy, 191.117 mph, finished 13th
4/2009: David Reutimann, Toyota, 190.517, finished 11th
11/2008: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 188.469, finished 2nd
4/2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2), #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, 196.235, 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 (2), #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
4/2010: Denny Hamlin, #11 Toyota, 146.230mph, started 29th
11/2009: Kurt Busch, #2 Dodge, 147.137mph, started 3rd
4/2009: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 145.372, started 2nd
11/2008: Carl Edwards (3), #99 Ford, 144.219, started 16th
4/2008: Carl Edwards (2), #99 Ford, 144.814, started 2nd
11/2007: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219, started 8th
4/2007: Jeff Burton (2), #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
By the Numbers for Texas:
1 – number of Sprint Cup wins from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway; four wins from the front row (from the pole, Kasey Kahne, 4/9/06)
4 – number of drivers that have completed in all 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS (Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon)
4 of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup have yet to win in 2010 (Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth)
5 – fewest ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at TMS (two times, most recent 11/8/09)
7 of the 33 Sprint Cup races this season have been extended beyond the scheduled distance following a late ServiceMaster Clean caution
8 – number of ServiceMaster Clean jet dryers scheduled for service at TMS this weekend; two already released with favorable weather forecast
12 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race at TMS (three times, most recent 11/4/07)
12 different Sprint Cup race winners in 2010
13 different pole winners in the 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS
15 – most ServiceMaster Clean cautions for a Sprint Cup race this season (Martinsville, 10/24/10)
16 different race winners in 19 Sprint Cup races at TMS
17 different Sprint Cup pole winners in 2010
120 minutes – approximate time it takes for the ServiceMaster Clean jets to dry the 1.5-mile TMS oval
129 of 241 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 33 Sprint Cup races this season were for accidents, 44 for debris and 32 for spins
241 ServiceMaster Clean cautions in the first 33 Sprint Cup events this season; 289 after 33 races last year
1,219 of 9,765 laps completed in the first 33 Sprint Cup races this year have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,367 of 7,981 after 33 races last year
1,693.010 of 13,324.008 miles completed this season in the 33 Sprint Cup races have been under a ServiceMaster Clean caution; 1,884.070 of 12, 893.891 after 33 races last year.(ServiceMaster)(11-5-2010)
|#00-David Reutimann||Aaron's Outdoors Mossy Oak||#00 Team Schemes Page|
|#2-Kurt Busch||Operation Homefront||none...yet|
|#5-Mark Martin||Carquest||#5 Team Schemes Page|
|#11-Denny Hamlin||FedEx Office||#11 Team Schemes Page|
|#14-Tony Stewart||Office Depot||#14 Team Schemes Page|
|#16-Greg Biffle||Red Cross||#16 Team Schemes Page|
|#19-Elliott Sadler||Stanley Tools||#19 Team Schemes Page|
|#42-Juan Pablo Montoya||Lysol||#42 Team Schemes Page|
|#43-A.J. Allmendinger||Valvoline||#43 Team Schemes Page|
|#47-Marcos Ambrose||Tom Thumb/TD>||#47 Team Schemes Page|
|#56-Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA / Susan G Komen||#56 Team Schemes Page|
|#71-Andy Lally||TaxSlayer.com||#71 Team Schemes Page|
|#77-Sam Hornish Jr.||AAA||#77 Team Schemes Page|
|#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr||National Guard||#88 Team Schemes Page|
|#98-Paul Menard||Menard's / Quaker State||#98 Team Schemes Page|
Special scheme for Kurt Busch at Texas: #2-Kurt Busch is driving his special “Operation Homefront” edition of the Miller Lite Dodge that is named “Vortex” in this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Confusing? Busch explains: “The car we won the All-Star Race with already had a name. So when we came back the very next weekend to claim the big win in the Coke 600, we decided to name that car ‘Vortex.’ It was a fitting tribute to our sponsor’s special bottle and the color scheme we began running at the All-Star Race. It really took a life of its own, with even media guys talking about us having ‘Vortex power’ out there. So, not to sound confusing , but we’ll have ‘Vortex’ out at Texas this weekend with a full-blown Operation Homefront color scheme on our Miller Lite Dodge,” Busch chuckled.(TRPR)(11-7-2010)
Last race of the season for Carquest: The red, blue and white Carquest Auto Parts car will make its final appearance of the season on the #5 Chevy at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Carquest Auto Parts will return to the hood of the #5 Chevy for eight races in 2011 (HMS), see images of the 2010 car on the #5 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)
Biffle to run Red Cross scheme at Texas: This weekend Greg Biffle will be driving the #16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion for the second time this season. The American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces will honor active duty and veteran military through the “Salute to the Troops” Pre-Race Concert with the legendary Willie Nelson. In addition, Lee Ann Womack will also represent the American Red Cross as the Grand Marshall of the AAA Texas 500. Fans can visit the display in the Midway on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Blood donors who join Red Cross Racing by visiting www.redcrossracing.com can report their blood donations and get Donor Rewards points. These points can be exchanged for cool prizes or can be donated back to the Red Cross to help support Service to the Armed Forces programs. Fans can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to support the lifesaving work of the Red Cross (RFR/Red Cross Racing), see images of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)
Lysol colors on the #42: Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 team will carry new colors this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, shades of blue displaying the Lysol brand across its Chevrolet. Lysol is a brand name of disinfectant household cleaners distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. It is marketed for cleaning, disinfecting food surfaces and odor removal. The name is used on aerosol sprays, pre-saturated tissues and liquid solution (EGR).(11-4-2010)
Lally Ready for Texas in the #71 in TaxSlayer.com Chevy: Andy Lally will drive the TRG Motorsports #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevy at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Lally will be making his sixth NSCS start of the year at Texas on Sunday. Lally returns to the site of his first NASCAR start which took place in the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) in 2007 behind the wheel of a TRG Motorsports Chevy. He is also coming off of a 20th place finish in last weekend's CWTS race at Talladega. The team is 35th in owner's points which will guarantee Lally a start on Sunday. TRG would also like to thank Anderson's Maple Syrup and Adobe Road Winery for their support.(TRG Motorsport), see images of the scheme on the #71 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)
Truex Jr. to run special NAPA Signature scheme: #56-Martin Truex Jr. and NAPA are again joining Susan G. Komen for the Cure to honor breast cancer victims, survivors and supporters during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Over 2,400 fan-submitted names of breast cancer survivors and supporters adorn Truex’s #56 NAPA Signature Toyota. The paint scheme culminates a three-week NAPA Know How Facebook campaign where fans made a minimum contribution of $5.60 to place a pink-lettered name on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Names in white signified a donation of $560 or more. The project raised $51,000. NAPA raised addition funds with the sale of NAPA All Out for the Cure limited edition hats [sold out] at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores and AutoCare Centers. Truex and NAPA Auto Parts will present a $250,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure during Sunday’s 1:00 pm NASCAR Race Day on SPEED broadcast. Truex will host Marcia Potter Dluhy of McKinney, Texas on Sunday. She is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage 2 breast cancer. She’s been in remission for two years. Her name is on the NAPA Signature Toyota (MWR)(11-3-2010)
Special scheme for Kurt Busch: Miller Lite is announced a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps troops in need. Miller Lite Racing, in its third year of supporting to the organization, is also encouraging consumers to donate and send thank-you postcards to military members. “Operation Homefront does an incredible job of driving awareness to the needs of military members and their families,” said Grant Leech, vice president of marketing for Miller Lite. “The men and women of our armed services, and their families, make incredible sacrifices every day. All of us at Miller Lite are proud to show our appreciation, and we hope everyone who enjoys the great taste of Miller Lite will also make a contribution to Operation Homefront.”
Consumers can visit www.MillerLite.com/vets to make a donation and visit participating Miller Lite retailers to write thank-you postcards, which will then be sent to local Operation Homefront chapters. Additionally, the # 2 Miller Lite Dodge, driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title contender Kurt Busch, will feature a special Operation Homefront paint scheme for each race between October 3 and November 7, including a full-car takeover for the November 7 Texas race. “The Operation Homefront paint scheme shows the racing world that Miller Lite is a strong supporter of the military,” said Busch. “And on a personal level, I’m proud to drive this car. I’m hoping to revisit Victory Lane several times in it, just as I did in Texas last year. And I hope all the fans of the Blue Deuce will chip in, too.”(Tom Roberts PR)(10-1-2010)
Sponsor debut for Newman at Vegas: While Ryan Newman embarks on his 299th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also celebrate an important first for his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Sunday’s Shelby American will be the first of nine races where new sponsor Tornados, a brand of family owned Ruiz Foods, will adorn the #39 Chevy as the team’s primary sponsor (SHR) at the following races:
Las Vegas - 2/28
Atlanta - 3/7
Phoenix - 4/10
Charlotte - All Star Race - 5/22
Daytona - 7/3
Michigan - 8/15
Auto Club Speedway - 10/10
Martinsville - 10/24
Texas - 11/7
See a schedule of races for Tornados on my #39 Team News & Links page and images of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)
Carquest returns to sponsor #5 team: Carquest Auto Parts has extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin through the 2011 NASCAR season. The two-year pact will showcase Carquest with primary sponsor placement in eight points races annually beginning in 2010. When its red, white and blue shield is not on the hood, Carquest will maintain a significant presence on the #5 Chevys as a major associate sponsor. "Carquest is pleased to be an eight-race primary sponsor of Mark Martin and the #5 team for the 2010 NASCAR season," said Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts/Carquest Auto Parts. "In our eight years as a partner of Hendrick Motorsports we have enjoyed many successes, and this year has been tremendous. As the Official Auto Parts supplier to Hendrick Motorsports we are proud to have Mark, Alan Gustafson (crew chief) and the team partnering with us. Winning is the goal our team strives for every day, both on the track and in our stores." For more information about Carquest, visit www.Carquest.com.(Hendrick Motorsports)
The CARQUEST Auto Parts #5 Impala is scheduled to race in 2010 at:
Martinsville in March
Charlotte in May
New Hampshire in June
Daytona in July
Bristol in August
Atlanta in September
California in October and
Texas in November.
See an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2009)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
Width: 58 feet (minimum)
Turns: 750-foot radius
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
Straights: Front Straight - 2250 feet; Back Stretch - 1330 feet
Front Straightaway Grandstand: 66 rows, 112,522. Includes: PSL seats (36,000 w/armrests); and Handicapped Seating (1,595 – Row 28 at portal entrances)
Back Straightaway Grandstand: 12 rows, 9,855
Luxury Suites: 144 with seating for 9,992
Victory Lane Club Suites: 50 with seating for 3,152
Condominium Seating: 2,571
Infield Capacity: Approx. 53,000
Grandstand Seating: 122,377
Total Permanent Seating: 138,122
Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122 Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Coolers: allowed (14-inch by 14-inch by 14-inch limit)
Glass containers: not allowed
Alcoholic beverages: allowed
Grand Marshal: Lee Ann Womack representing the American Red Cross
Command to start engines: Lee Ann Womack
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: Dr. Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Foreigner's Kelly Hansen
Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber, 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
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Texas Ranger to drive pace car at TMS: American League Cy Young contender C.J. Wilson, who helped guide the Texas Rangers to the organization’s first World Series appearance, will get the rare opportunity courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway to drive the official pace car that will lead the 43-car field to the green flag for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Honored race guests traditionally get the opportunity to ride in the lead pace car or drive a secondary pace vehicle, but NASCAR has granted Texas Motor Speedway special permission to allow Wilson to drive the 2011 “No Limits” Chevrolet Camaro that will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag. NASCAR’s long-time pace car driver Buster Auton is scheduled to provide Wilson with a mandatory on-track orientation prior to Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup race. For tickets to the AAA Texas 500, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(11-5-2010)
Willie Nelson to head pre-race show at Texas: Country music icon Willie Nelson will serve as the headliner for the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show prior to the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Texas Motor Speedway. Nelson will perform a 45-minute concert featuring his legendary songs on the frontstretch stage beginning at 12:30 pm/ct. Nelson’s performance will be the feature act of the 2˝-hour pre-race show leading up to the 2:00pm/ct green flag of the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Fans can enjoy the concert right in front of the stage by purchasing a special $79 “mosh pit” ticket that allows fans to enjoy the best vantage point in the facility for the concert, Sprint Cup Series driver introductions and all the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show festivities. A AAA Texas 500 grandstand ticket must be accompanied with a “mosh pit” ticket. To purchase “mosh pit” tickets for the American Red Cross “Salute Our Troops” Pre-Race Show featuring Willie Nelson or tickets to the AAA Texas 500, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(11-3-2010)
Dallas Morning News sponsroing TMS qualifying: The Dallas Morning News will sponsor qualifying for NASCAR’s three premier series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series – during the Nov. 4-7 AAA Texas 500 race week at Texas Motor Speedway. The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, as part of the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend featuring the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It will mark the first time that The Dallas Morning News has sponsored qualifying for the fall NASCAR event, but the newspaper also has been a qualifying sponsor of April’s Samsung Mobile 500. Leading up to the November race weekend, The Dallas Morning News will offer a coupon in the newspaper for free admission to the WinStar World Casino 350k qualifying on Nov. 4 as well as a $10 discount coupon for the Nov. 5 combination ticket featuring Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series qualifying, and the WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series race that evening. The Dallas Morning News subscribers also will receive additional benefits and discounts from Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(11-3-2010)
Texas reduces tix prices, adds benefits for 2011: Texas Motor Speedway is coupling double-digit savings from the previous year with an array of new benefits for fans purchasing the 2011 “No Limits” season-ticket package that is highlighted by a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and an IZOD IndyCar Series event. Fans can secure a season-ticket package for 10 days of race action starting as low as $270 and carrying a savings from 10 to 16 percent (depending on seating selection) from 2010 season-ticket pricing. In addition to the savings, season-ticket holders will receive perks such as 50% off pit passes, $1 off all 2011 concession stand items and a free pass to the “No Limits Garage Party” – an exclusive pre-race celebration for PSL and season-ticket holders only prior to Texas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in April and November.
The “No Limits Garage Party,” taking place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage, will feature an array of entertainment such as live music, free food and beverage, giveaways, live radio broadcasts, appearances by NASCAR drivers and “The Great American Ladies!”, and many more surprises to come. The 2011 garage parties will be held prior to the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday, April 9, and the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 6. Fans can get season-ticket information and more by visiting the “No Limits” Virtual Garage featuring “The Great American Sweethearts!”, who explain various benefits when users click or type in commands at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Season-ticket packages can be purchased by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(11-3-2010)
Trained monkeys will sell race programs at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has decided to monkey around with the promotion of the redesigned "No Limits" program cover and special insert that can be found in AAA Texas 500 souvenir program. Gossage is enlisting the help of Miki and Rocky, trained capuchin monkeys, to sell the race programs throughout the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header race weekend. The monkeys will make their first public appearance Friday, Nov. 5, from 2:30-4 p.m. CT at the infield Hot Rod Café. They will return and be stationed on the concourse at Gate 4 on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Sunday, Nov. 7, from Noon-2 p.m. before the start of the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. Fans cannot miss the capuchin monkeys, as they will be decked out in their Texas Motor Speedway "No Limits" attire. Miki and Rocky will be accompanied by trained handlers as they distribute programs and collect money. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the duo as they sell programs throughout the weekend. If fans cannot make it by Gate 4, they can stop by and purchase their souvenir race program at all the gates, both inside the concourse and outside on the midway for $10.(TMS)(10-31-2010)
Foreigner's Kelly Hansen to Sing National Anthem at AAA 500: Kelly Hansen, lead vocalist of the classic rock band Foreigner, returns to the Texas Motor Speedway on November 7 to perform the National Anthem for the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Foreigner previously headlined the Samsung Mobile 500 pre-race show held at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009.Hansen's upcoming performance bolsters an impressive NASCAR weekend that also includes a superstar-studded Asphalt Chef culinary competition to be held November 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway's Lone Star Tower clubhouse. The Asphalt Chef celebrity pairings are: Hansen with Western urban cuisine pioneer and restaurateur Tim Love; Food Network Iron Chef Mario Batali with four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson, and Food Network host Guy Fieri with 2004 Sprint Cup Series champ Kurt Busch. ABC-TV/ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns will offer play-by-play commentary. The Asphalt Chef judging panel includes Texas Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Michael Waltrip; local chef Dean Fearing, and NBC-Dallas sports director Newy Scruggs.(PR)(10-29-2010)
AAA to sponsor Texas fall race: AAA Texas will serve as the title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway through 2014 as part of one of the most comprehensive race entitlement packages in the sport. The five-year agreement between AAA Texas and Texas Motor Speedway will showcase the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the eighth event in the prestigious 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and also feature official and exclusive status as well as unique branding opportunities at the world-class motorsports facility. The centerpiece of the deal, formerly known as the Dickies 500, will be re-titled the AAA Texas 500 and makes its debut under the new name on Sunday, Nov. 7. The AAA Texas 500 will headline that NASCAR triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and this year’s race will mark the sixth running of the Sprint Cup Series event that debuted in 2005. AAA members will enjoy special benefits at Texas Motor Speedway events, including special offers on event tickets and “AAA Fast Lanes,” special spectator entrances where fans with AAA membership cards can avoid the lines at the entry gates with exclusive access to express lines into the facility. Also, AAA will provide shuttle buses and trams to help fans more easily move around the massive Texas Motor Speedway during major event weekends. In addition to the race entitlement, AAA Texas will be the Official Auto Club and Insurance Company of Texas Motor Speedway. No financial terms of the five-year agreement were disclosed.
Individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 will go on sale Wednesday, April 28, and will be available by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Information about AAA at www.AAA.com.(TMS)(3-1-2010)
Texas race times pushed back two hours: Texas Motor Speedway received approval from NASCAR to move the start times of its two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for the upcoming season to be consistent with the Western Region start times. The Samsung Mobile 500 on April 18 and the Lone Star 500 on Nov. 7 will now have 2:00 pm Central Time starts, moving both races ahead two hours from their originally announced 12 noon CT times. The move was a result of Texas Motor Speedway petitioning NASCAR on behalf of its fans requesting a later start time as well as potential logistical issues posed by the earlier start. “On behalf of our fans, we greatly appreciate NASCAR, along with television broadcast partners FOX (Samsung Mobile 500) and ESPN (Lone Star 500), hearing their collective voice and making the time changes to better suit their wishes and needs,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “NASCAR has made it clear that they are going to a ‘back to basics’ approach, and accommodating their promoters on behalf of their fans as well as avoid some potential logistical issues defines that new approach.”
The time change for both races will complement NASCAR’s move to uniform start times for all its races this season. NASCAR is just shifting Texas Motor Speedway from an “Eastern/Central Region” designation to a “Western Region” one, where it joins Infineon Raceway (California), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Nevada), Auto Club Speedway (California) and Phoenix International Raceway (Arizona) for standardized 3:00pm/et (2:00pm/ct) starts. The remaining Sprint Cup races in the “Eastern/Central Region” (with the exception of night races) will begin at 1:00pm/et (12Noon/ct). Tickets for the Samsung Mobile 500 and Lone Star 500 race weekends are available by calling (817) 215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(2-4-2010)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Track News/Rumors - Texas Motor Speedway
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,500, Right-side – 1,500;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4398
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.2 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: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas this weekend, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same tire combination that teams in all three series ran at Texas earlier this season . . . in addition, this is the same tire set-up that these teams ran at Chicagoland in 2010 . . . Cup, Nationwide and Truck teams will also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code 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 pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Bobby Labonte driving for Stavola Labonte at Texas: After a strong performance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Stavola Labonte Racing announced that Bobby Labonte will return to the wheel of the #10 Gander Mountain Chevy team at the Texas Motor Speedway. Labonte will compete in the AAA Texas 500 this weekend. It is the last of three races for the team in 2010 as they prepare for 2011 with driver and co-owner Terry Labonte. Bobby Labonte finished 22nd in his first start for the team co-owned by his brother Terry and winning car owner Billy Stavola. Labonte will be making his 20th start at the speedway where he has two poles and three top-five finishes.(Stavola Labonte Racing/Breaking Limits)(11-1-2010)
Wise driving for R3 at Texas: R3 Motorsports has entered this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with Josh Wise as their driver. Wise, who has competed mostly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ranks the past four seasons, will be making his first NSCS qualifying effort with the team. This will be the second Cup attempt by R3 Motorsports in 2010, which is fielding the #23 North Texas Pipe Toyota at TMS. Leading the team's NSCS effort will be veteran racer Walter Giles, who has been the crew chief for R3 Motorsports #23 Chevy in the Nationwide Series ranks the past few weeks.(R3 Motorsports)(11-1-2010)
Bayne could make Sprint Cup debut at Texas: UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing is working on having Trevor Bayne make his Sprint Cup debut next month, most likely at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne possibly could end up in the #21 Ford of Wood Brothers Racing, although Roush Fenway could field a fifth car for Bayne since he is a rookie. By running Texas, the 19-year-old Bayne would be in a good position for approval for the 2011 Daytona 500. He is approved for any Cup race the remainder of this year except for Talladega. "I know if I were to run the Cup race next year [at Daytona], it would be something I would have to be approved for," Bayne said Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California. "That would be a process that could include that, but I don't know what the ultimate plan is yet. We have talked about running a Roush car at Texas, but I don't know [what will happen]." Bayne is ninth in the Nationwide Series standings. He signed with Roush Fenway last week after starting the year with Diamond-Waltrip Racing. He will run the rest of the Nationwide Series season for Roush Fenway and full time in 2011 with likely select Cup races.(SceneDaily)(10-9-2010)
UPDATE: When 19-year-old Trevor Bayne drives onto Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying for the Texas 500, it will not only be his Sprint Cup debut, but he will add his name to an elite list of drivers who have driven the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., will join the likes of David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and Glen Wood - the team founder - who also made his first Cup start in the family's familiar #21 at Martinsville, Va., in 1953. Bayne, like many young drivers over the years who have gotten the opportunity to go Cup racing, found himself in a position where the stars somehow lined up just right for him. He signed with Roush Fenway Racing just a few weeks ago. Not long afterward, the Wood Brothers suddenly found themselves without a crew chief. They turned to their old friend and fellow Ford team owner Jack Roush, who agreed to send veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo their way. As Roush had originally planned to run Bayne at Texas, with Wingo as his crew chief, the logical move was to have Bayne make his Cup debut in the Wood's #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford. Bayne's start at Texas means the Wood Brothers' regular driver Bill Elliott will step aside for the weekend and mentor the young driver. Elliott said he will be at the track to offer Bayne any assistance he can. Elliott, who will return to the #21 for the season finale at Homestead, said he's glad to be a team player at Texas.(Wood Brothers)(10-28-2010)
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