- Batman Returns: #6-Mark Martin will run a ‘Batman Begins’ scheme at the June Michigan race. See the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)
- Iron Man Returns: Terry Labonte is scheduled to drive the #44 Iron Man Chevy at the Texas Motor Speedway in November.. See the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2005)
- Chicagoland VP/GM Lands Radio Gig: Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, will join John Jurkovic in co-hosting "Motorsports Weekly," a new Saturday morning motorsports talk show in Chicago on ESPN Radio 1000. Jurkovic ("Jurko"), a former NFL player and motorsports fan, is also a member of Chicago’s top-rated afternoon sports talk show on ESPN Radio 1000, "Mac, Jurko and Harry." This past February, Alexander joined Jurko during a one-hour NASCAR Preview show from Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500. The response from ESPN Radio’s listeners inspired a weekly motorsports show.
The one-hour motorsports talk show will be broadcast on Chicago’s ESPN Radio 1000, Saturday mornings from 9:00 am … 10:00 am (CDT). The first show will air Saturday, April 23, 2005.
"Motorsports Weekly" will cover all the latest news and information regarding the nation’s top racing series, including NASCAR, IRL and NHRA. The show will also include interviews with top drivers and team owners in those racing circuits. For more information about ESPN Radio 1000 or Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway, visit www.espnradio1000.com orwww.chicagolandspeedway.com.(Chicagoland Speedway)(4-22-2005)
- Mears waiting on Ganassi about 2006 contract: #41-Casey Mears is waiting to see if car owner Chip Ganassi wants to pick up the option on his contract for the 2006 season. Mears says "right now all indications are we’re going to run next year [with Ganassi]. All the feedback that I get is they’re happy with what I’m doing and happy with the improvements that we’ve got. I don’t think about that stuff a whole lot, I just want to go out and do the best job I can and if the team I’m with doesn’t want me at the end of the year I’ll do something else…if they do want me then great because I’m happy here."(PRN’s Garage Pass Radio Show/Sporting News)(4-22-2005)
- Final Texas TV Ratings mixed: Fox’s broadcast of last Sunday’s Samsung/RadioShack 500 from Texas Motor Speedway drew a final Nielsen Media Research rating of 5.7 and a 15 share, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily reports. The rating figure is down 5% from the 6.0 the Texas race drew last year, when it was contested on the first Sunday of April, but up 5.6% from the 5.4 rating that the Martinsville race drew for the comparable weekend in 2004.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-22-2005)
- Busch feeling better this week: Nextel Cup Series Champ #97-Kurt Busch says he’s feeling great heading into Saturday night’s race at Phoenix. Busch, who has recently taken a series of hard hits…the latest being at Texas during the IROC race…spent time resting and rehabbing this week. "I was sitting in the hot tub, going to a physical trainer getting stretched out. I even stopped by Dr. Jerry Petty’s office that does a lot back x-rays and spinal work for the NASCAR series and everything was 100% so we’re gonna be alright."(PRN’s Garage Pass Radio Show/Sporting News)(4-22-2005)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a lap of 133.675mph, his first ever pole at Phoenix and 53rd of his career – 7th most overall. #12-Ryan Newman went out last to qualify and was 7th on his first lap and going for the pole and got a bit sideway’s and missed out on his 4th straight pole at Phoenix and will start 7th. The rest of the top-five are #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Bobby Labonte and #25-Brian Vickers. #4-Mike Wallace went out on his lap and had no brakes and aborted his run, since the team is now in the top 35 in owners points, Wallace was assured to get in. Missing the race were #66-Hermie Sadler, #34-Steve Portenga and #02-Brandon Ash. #7-Robby Gordon got the final [43rd] spot. #33-Clint Bowyer will make his Nextel Cup debut, starting 25th.
For qualifying results, starting lineup, other lineup links, pole progresssion, see my:
Jayski’s Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying/Practice Page.(4-22-2005)
- Home123 to Donate $10,000 to McMurray’s Initiative: Home123 Corporation, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation and the primary sponsor on Jamie McMurray’s #42 Dodge this weekend in Phoenix, will donate $42 for every lap McMurray leads to the Autism Society of America (ASA)and along with ChevronTexaco, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and McMurray, Home123 will present McMurray with a check for $10,000 to the ASA before the race at Phoenix International Raceway this upcoming Saturday. Last season, McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates raised more than $28,000 to benefit the ASA during the 2004 "Drive for a Cure." Home123 is committed to assist McMurray in surpassing last year’s contribution.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(4-22-2005)
- Biffle wins at Phoenix: #66-Greg Biffle won the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway after spinning on lap 8. It is Biffle’s 17th Busch Series win of his career [to go along with 5 Cup and 16 Turck wins]. The rest of the the top five were #90-Elliott Sadler, #14-David Stremme, #21-Kevin Harvick and #33-Tony Stewart. #60-Carl Edwards finished 8th and increased his points led over #41-Reed Sorenson who finished 32nd. There were 14 cautions for 67 laps
Race results at:
- Kahne wins pole at Phoenix: #6-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 132.091mph. The rest of the top 10 were: #11-Menard, #33-Stewart, #18-Yeley, #60-Edwards, #20-Hamilin, #21-Harvick, #90-Sadler, #8-Truex Jr. and #1-Sauter. It is Kahne’s first Busch Series pole since Dover in Sept 2004. Missing the race are #4-Ryan Hemphill and #94-Derrike Cope.
See Starting lineups:
BGNRacing.com – Starting Lineup