John Deere 250 Fast Facts
WHAT: Inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway
Race 20 of a 25-race schedule.
WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2006; 2:15 p.m. CST
WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
TV/RADIO: Live On SPEED Channel (1:30 p.m. CST) and MRN Radio Network/
Locally Live on WTDR 92.7 FM
RACE LENGTH: 250 miles (94 laps)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: N/A - This is the series' inaugural race at Talladega Superspeedway
RACE SPEED RECORD: N/A - The is the series' inaugural race at Talladega Superspeedway
QUALIFYING: Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is Friday, October 6, starting at 11:15 a.m./Two laps, all positions - Impound
DEFENDING POLE SITTER: N/A - This is the series' inaugural race at Talladega Superspeedway
QUALIFYING RECORD: N/A - This is the series' inaugural race at Talladega Superspeedway
TICKETS: - For tickets, contact the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log onto www.racetickets.com.
- Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series set for Friday, Oct. 6: One-day general admission ticket is $20. Kids age 11 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.
- The John Deere 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday Oct. 7: Two-day Saturday/Sunday tickets start at $60; Single-day Saturday tickets start at $40; Kids age 11 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.
PARKING: Day Parking for automobiles is free on Talladega Superspeedway grounds.
WEB ADDRESS: www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
NOTES OF INTEREST:
NEMECHEK TO MAKE FIRST NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES START SINCE 1998 - Joe Nemechek has entered the John Deere 250, which will be his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start since January of 1998. Nemechek is used to pulling double duty at Talladega, having competed in every NASCAR Busch Series event here from 1992 through 2005. While he broke that string this past spring, competing in only the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, he apparently prefers staying busy during event weekends here at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track. If his NASCAR Busch Series record of doubleheader weekends here is any indication, he'll be one to watch this Saturday as well. His Busch Series records at Talladega include: Qualifying Record (193.517 mph in 1997), Most Top 5's (6), Most Top 10's (7), Most Starts and Most Consecutive Starts (14) and Most Bud Pole Awards (5).
MARTIN WILL MAKE 10th 2006 NCTS START AT 'DEGA - When NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Mark Martin's name shows up on a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry list these days, it must strike at least a small amount of trepidation in the hearts of series regulars. Martin has started nine of the series' events so far this year, and has won four of them - including Daytona, has finished in the top-five in all but two of them, and in those instances when he finished outside of the top-five, he finished 13th and 10th. Martin also knows his way around Talladega: He has won two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races (April 1995, May 1997) and one NASCAR Busch Series race (April 1997) here. The May 1997 victory is also notable in that the race still holds the record as the fastest 500-mile stock car race in NASCAR history, with an average speed of 188.354 mph. The John Deere 250 will be Martin's 10th series start this year, with Atlanta and Homestead-Miami remaining on his limited 2006 schedule.
DRIVERS TO PULL DOUBLE DUTY
Mark Martin (Roush
Racing No. 6) and Joe Nemechek No. 46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports aren't the only
drivers who expect to be pulling double duty this weekend. Mike Wallace (Billy
Ballew Motorsports No. 15) and Chad Chaffin (HT Motorsports No. 59) also have
entries in both the inaugural John Deere 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race
and Sunday's UAW-Ford 500.
Chaffin (HT Motorsports No. 59) also have entries in both the inaugural John Deere 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and Sunday's UAW-Ford 500.
IT'S A FIRST FOR NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS, BUT - At least 25 drivers entered in the John Deere 250 have competed at Talladega Superspeedway in other series in the past, including Robert Richardson, Mike Skinner, Mark Martin, Chad McCumbee, Ted Musgrave, David Starr, Kerry Earnhardt, Mike Wallace, Mike Bliss, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Bobby East, Johnny Benson, Boston Reid, Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday, Derrike Cope, Joe Nemechek, David Ragan, Chad Chaffin, Jack Sprague, Aric Almirola, Brendan Gaughan, Dennis Setzer, Erin Crocker and Erik Darnell.
NEW STOP ON SCHEDULE, NEW ASPHALT - Not only will the John Deere 250 be a new race for fans and a new experience for drivers by virtue of it being the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway, the track completed a massive repaving project over the summer. This is the fourth time Talladega Superspeedway has been paved, including construction in 1968-1969 and the first repaving in late 1969-early 1970. In late 1979, crews again gave the track a new surface, which lasted an astounding 26 years.
CRAWFORD EXCITED ABOUT FIRST HOME TRACK RACE - Mobile, Ala. native Rick Crawford will be the only home state driver in the John Deere 250, and has been looking forward to competing "at home" since the event was announced. Crawford is currently 5th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, enjoying a strong season with one win (O'Reilly Raceway Park), four top-fives and 11 top-10's. Adding to his confidence is that one of those top-10's was in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished eighth.
KINSER HOPES FOR TALLADEGA REPEAT- There is obviously no defending race winner for the inaugural John Deere 250, but there will be one returning Fall weekend victor in the mix. 2005 Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series winner Kraig Kinser is part of a large group of rookies this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He is currently 28th in series point standings, and posted his first top-10 in the last race at Las Vegas.
38 SPECIAL HEADLINES MILLER ROCK'N RACING CONCERT - style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:windowtext"> Recording artists 38 Special along with Shooter Jennings will take the stage in the infield at about 7 p.m. Saturday, ending the day of racing activity with a musical note in the Miller Lite Rock'n Racing Concert. The stage is located on the southeast portion of the infield, near the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Boulevards. Anyone with an infield admission ticket for Saturday evening/Sunday or proper track credentials will be admitted.
COPE TO DRIVE FOR #40 KEY MOTORSPORTS - Key Motorsports has hired veteran driver Derrike Cope to drive its No. 40 entry in the John Deere 250 Talladega Superspeedway next weekend. Cope has 23 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts at Talladega, including two top-10's. In addition, he has competed here in the NASCAR Busch Series five times, with a best finish of 14th in the 2003 Aaron's 312.
YOUTH MOVEMENT - With the announcement of former Bobby Hamilton Racing driver Timothy Peters' move to Richard Childress Racing's development program, Canton, Ga.-native Chase Miller took over driving duties for the No. 4 BHR Dodge. At 19, Miller is the youngest driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage, and also has the youngest crew chief, 26-year-old Marcus Richmond. Part of the Dodge driver development program, Miller has also run a limited schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year, taking his first ARCA victory at Pocono in June. Miller is entered in both the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series event on Friday, Oct. 6 as well as the inaugural John Deere 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 7.
RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE REPORT - Raybestos® Rookie of the Year contenders in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year include (in order of current point standings): Erik Darnell, Chad McCumbee, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Bobby East, Joey Miller, Boston Reid, Kerry Earnhardt, Erin Crocker, Kraig Kinser, Kyle Krisiloff, Robert Richardson, Ryan Moore and Scott Lagasse, Jr. Darnell leads McCumbee by 39 points in the standings entering the John Deere 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. The most Raybestos® Rookies to win a race in a single season is three in 1997: Kenny Irwin, Tony Raines and Randy Tolsma. The highest a rookie has finished so far was when Erik Darnell posted a second place finish in the O'Reilly 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
JOHN DEERE 250 PRE-RACE DIGNITARIES - Grand Marshal of the inaugural John Deere 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will be John Deere Company Product Promotions Manager Dan Walls. Invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Ken Farley of Alabama Raceway Ministries. The National Anthem will be sung by seven members of the Talladega College Choir of Talladega, Ala.