- Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
Pole sitter #6-Ragan chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 14, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
#33-Bowyer, 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 #17-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2011)
- Ragan wins Texas pole: #6-David Ragan won the Coors Light pole for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 189.820mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 1st of his career. #99-Edwards starts 2nd followed by #33-Bowyer, #17-Kenseth, #78-Smith, #48-Johnson, #9-Ambrose, #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, and #22-Busch.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #66-McDowell, #13-Mears, #95-Starr, #46-Yeley, #60-Skinner, #87-Nemechek, #36-Blaney, and #71-Lally.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #38-Kvapil.
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(4-8-2011)
- Qualifying Fast Facts – Texas:
David Ragan won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual Samsung Mobile 500 with a lap of 28.448 seconds, 189.820 mph.
This is his first pole in 153 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway. Ragan won a Nationwide Series pole here in 2007.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2011 and his fifth in 13 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second in seven races this season.
Andy Lally (43rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2011 at 6:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED, 6:30pm/etRadio: Performace Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128, via nascar.com only
Jayski.com: Jayski’s Texas Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 12:30am/et
- Qualifying Order for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 44 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 #37-Raines.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #6-Ragan.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #71-Lally with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Mears.
Qualifying order is set by practice speeds, with the top 35 drivers going out from slowest to fastest, then the non-top 35 drivers go out, slowest to fastest from practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(4-8-2011)
- Happy Hour: for the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
slowest: #38-Kvapil 178.566 & #37-Raines 175.177.
notes: There was no TV coverage of Happy Hour. There were no incidents reported.
See practice speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Texas Practice Speeds Page. (4-8-2011)
- Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#46-J.J. Yeley, 25th
#66-Michael McDowell, 28th
#13-Casey Mears, 31st
#87-Joe Nemechek, 32nd
#60-Mike Skinner, 34th
#95-David Starr, 36th
#36-Dave Blaney, 37th
#71-Andy Lally, 42nd
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#38-Travis Kvapil, 43rd
[PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
- Bayne may have sponsor to run All-Star race: UPDATE: The Wood Brothers are close to a sponsorship deal that will put Daytona 500 champion #21-Trevor Bayne into the May 21 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I think it will work,” said Len Wood, one of the co-owners of the team. “There’s been interest in the last 36 hours.” Wood said he should know something for sure early next week, but wouldn’t identify the sponsor other than to say it was a familiar name in racing. “We’ve got somebody who wants to run the race,” Len Wood said. On Tuesday, Eddie Wood said the team didn’t plan to enter the non-points event without sponsorship. Len Wood said the publicity did not spark the interest from the sponsor that has stepped forward, but acknowledged a number of people want the team in the race. Among those are Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts the race, and Ford, the team’s manufacturer.(ESPN.com)(4-2-2011)
UPDATE: Wood Brothers Racing is expected to add two more races to Trevor Bayne ‘s schedule, including the May 21 Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team is completing a deal for additional sponsorship that would push the rookie’s schedule in the Sprint Cup Series to 18 regular season races and the All-Star event. The announcement could come as soon as this week. The additional sponsorship also includes the April 17 race at Talladega Superspeedway.(Augusta Chronicle)(4-8-2011)
- Raikkonen interested in running Cup races: Kimi Raikkonen is testing well in NASCAR. So good, in fact, that he is already matching lap times with Kyle Busch, the owner of the truck the Formula One world champion will race. Raikkonen did more testing Thursday in Rockingham, N.C., after two days earlier this week at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia attended by Busch. All this comes less than a week after Raikkonen signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to make his NASCAR debut next month in a Trucks Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The test went really well at Gresham. Kimi is a race car driver, so he does know how to drive race cars and drive them well,” Busch said Thursday. “I got to see it firsthand, and then got to get in the truck myself and run some laps just to kind of see where I compared to where he was at on tires and stuff, and we ran identical lap times. So he’s right there, he knows what he’s doing.” Busch said Raikkonen has also expressed interest in running Sprint Cup and Nationwide races, but Busch said will be re-evaluated after the first race in the truck. “As far as the Nationwide and Cup stuff goes, we haven’t had any discussions on that,” Busch said. “He has asked after the truck debut in Charlotte, which is what our first focus is, kind of evaluating and seeing where he’s at and how he feels and what he wants to do.”(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(4-8-2011)
- Nemechek looking to make 900th start: #87-Joe Nemechek needs two more starts for his 900th career NASCAR start. He’ll have to make the race on speed for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night. He’s locked into the field in Friday’s Nationwide race.(NASCAR)(4-8-2011)
- Numbers for Texas Motor Speedway:
1 – number of wins from the pole (Kasey Kahne – 2006) in the previous 18 Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway; four from the front row
1 – fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton – 4/15/07)
4 -fewest leaders for a race (11/8/09)
5 -fewest cautions for a race (twice, most recently 11/8/09)
6 -number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at TMS
6 – fewest cars on lead lap at the finish of a race at the 1.5-mile track (11/8/09)
7 – number of cautions in last year’s spring race at TMS including three for spins and two for accidents
17 -most leaders for a race (4/2/00)
26 -fewest caution laps for a race (twice, most recently 11/8/09)
73 -most caution laps for a race (4/6/97)
40 – most cars running at finish of a race (twice, most recent 11/2/08)
120 -minutes, amount of time it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall.
278 -most laps led by race winner (11/5/06)
2,500 -approximate number of tires Goodyear will mount for Sprint Cup teams during the weekend; teams may receive as many as five sets of tires for practice and 11 sets for the race.
2011 Caution Update
4 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
16 – most cautions this season (Daytona)
56 – number of cautions in the first six races of 2011; 32 for accidents (56 cautions in the first six races in 2010; 29 for accidents)
283 of 1,987 – number of laps under caution in 2011
345.753 of 2,162.000 – miles under caution in the first six races
BONUS: Three Texas tracks have hosted 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races with Texas Motor Speedway the site of 20 races since 1997. Meyer Speedway in Houston hosted one race in 1971 and Texas World Speedway in College Station hosted eight from 1969 to 1981.(Dodge Motorsports)(4-8-2011)
- New Musical Talent Added to Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway has added a pair of rising stars to the Aaron’s Dream Weekend musical lineup. Ashton Shepherd will perform the national anthem on Sunday, April 17 prior to the Aaron’s 499 and Tim Dugger will open for Gretchen Wilson on Saturday, April 16 for the infield concert. Shepherd, a native of Coffeeville, AL, has been performing since childhood. Her second album, “Where Country Grows”, is due out June 7. Dugger, also an Alabama native, has been performing with his band every weekend since the age of 14. His current CD, “Sunday Drive”, features video from Richard Childress Racing and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon.(TSS)(4-8-2011)
- North Wilkesboro under the lights for first time: On Saturday, April 9th, the 300-lap green flag event known simply as “The Race” will crown its winner under the lights for the first time since Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway opened in 1947. Thirty-five generator set light towers, similar to those that provide light for road crews working at night, will allow fans to enjoy the fifth-eighths mile speedway’s intense action in true Saturday night short-track fashion as 45 drivers battle for the $75,000 first place prize. Daytona 500 winners Geoff Bodine and Sterling Marlin are among the nearly 100 drivers who have entered the event, which will receive the green flag at 6 pm Saturday. Tickets are still available, more info at historicnws.com or savethespeedway.net.(4-8-2011)
- HostGator.com returns as primary sponsor of Nemechek: HostGator.com, a leading provider of web hosting services, has teamed back up with Joe Nemechek as primary sponsor of the #87 Toyota Camry for Friday night’s running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Houston based HostGator.com, with offices in Austin as well, initially came on board with NEMCO Motorsports last year for a five race deal. (NEMCO)(4-8-2011)
- Kentucky race to be Feed The Children 300: Kentucky Speedway’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend will evolve into an awareness platform for Feed The Children when the non-profit relief organization serves as title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series “Feed The Children 300” on Friday, July 8. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Feed The Children delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities worldwide to children and families who lack such essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. From distribution centers in Elkhart, Ind., Houston, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., North Brunswick, N.J., Oklahoma City, and Ontario, Calif., Feed The Children is able to provide help and hope to all 50 states. Feed The Children food boxes hold approximately 25 pounds of canned and shelf-stable foods. Essential care boxes contain soap, shampoo, deodorant, tissue, shaving cream and similar personal items. Recipients are identified through local community partner agencies. The organization will help better the lives of families in Kentucky Speedway’s home Gallatin Co., and the surrounding region by delivering an estimated 200,000 pounds of food and supplies in events connected to the “Feed The Children 300.” Feed The Children also will partner with Speedway Children’s Charities to deliver food and essentials to those in need in areas surrounding Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In all, Feed The Children’s distributions in partnership with Speedway Children’s Charities will reach 10,000 families with enough food and supplies to stretch around the Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile track four times. (Kentucky Speedway)(4-8-2011)
- Hill gets associate sponsor: Rick Ware Racing announced that Better Burning Charcoal will be featured on the #15 Ford driven by Timmy Hill. Their logo will be featured on the lower quarter panels and tv panel for the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday night. Since 1961, B&B Charcoal Inc. has been a leading Producer and Distributer of a complete line of lump charcoal products made from 100% Natural Oak, Mesquite, and Quebracho Blanco Wood. (RWR)(4-8-2011)
- Ruttman to be inducted into West Coast Stock Car HoF: Ten racing legends will be inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in ceremonies to be held July 1 in the Southern California community of Azusa. The 2011 class is the eighth in the history of the Hall which inducted its first members in 2002. The Hall, founded in 2001, memorializes significant contributors to the sport’s development and history. The latest group brings the Hall’s membership to 105. Joe Ruttman is named from the Inductees from the Modern Era category. Ruttman, Upland, Calif., won the 1980 U.S. Auto Club stock car championship and competed extensively in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 20 seasons. He scored 19 top-five finishes including a third in the Daytona 500. He also won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway in 1982. His greatest success came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he finished second in the standings in its inaugural season of 1995. Ruttman won 13 truck races — all past the age of 50. He remains the series’ oldest pole and race winner.(West Coast Stock Car HoF PR)(4-8-2011)
8 APR 2002: Matt Kenseth drives en route to winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Series SamsungRadio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. DIGITAL IMAGE - Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/Getty Images