UAW-Ford 500 Facts
WHAT: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Race 29 of 36-race schedule/Race 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006; 1:30 p.m. CST
WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
TV/RADIO: Live on NBC and on the MRN Radio Network/Locally Live on WTDR 92.7 FM
RACE LENGTH: 500 miles (188 laps)
QUALIFYING: Discount Food Mart Qualifying is Saturday, Oct. 7, with Bud Pole Qualifying set for 11:10 a.m./Two laps, all positions - Impound
2005 WINNER: Dale Jarrett
DEFENDING POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (189.260 mph)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 209.005 mph; July 1986
RACE RECORD: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 183.665 mph (2 hr., 43 min., 22 sec.), October 6, 2002
TICKETS: - For tickets, contact the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or log onto www.racetickets.com.
- Discount Food Mart Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series set for Saturday, Oct. 7: Two-day Saturday/Sunday tickets start at $60; Single-day Saturday
PARKING: Day parking for automobiles is free on Talladega Superspeedway grounds.
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NOTES OF INTEREST:
SIX DRIVERS/TEAMS PARTICIPATED IN GOODYEAR TEST ON NEW ASPHALT - Talladega Superspeedway completed a massive repaving project over the summer, and six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers and teams participated in a Goodyear test on the new surface on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 20. The drivers and teams that participated in the test were No. 1 Martin Truex, Jr., No. 25 Brian Vickers, No. 38 David Gilliland, No. 40 David Stremme, No. 32 Travis Kvapil and No. 12 Ryan Newman. All of the drivers had positive feedback on the smoothness of the new surface. 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.
MANY TALLADEGA HEAVYWEIGHTS IN CHASE FOR THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP - This year's top-10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup includes the most Talladega heavyweights since the inception of the new championship format. Three of the drivers already have two or more wins to their credit here, including five-time winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., four-time winner Jeff Gordon and two-time winner Mark Martin. Then there is Jimmie Johnson, winner of the Aaron's 499 this past spring. Also to be considered are Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton. Despite neither having won here so far, both have strong records and drive for the track¿s most successful team owner, Richard Childress. Matt Kenseth hasn¿t traditionally been among the strongest drivers at Talladega, but his last two finishes here - sixth in spring and third last fall ¿ make him a force to consider. The youngest contenders have the weakest records here. Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are all still searching for a Talladega top-10 in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition. However, Hamlin and Busch have both posted top-fives here in other series.
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES ¿ Although the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup contenders include many of Talladega¿s most successful active drivers, there are still forces from outside the Chase that may mix things up substantially in the UAW-Ford 500. Dale Jarrett will be back to defend his 2005 UAW-Ford 500 win, and 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart has posted six second place finishes here in the last 11 races, and most believe he¿s long overdue for an elusive Talladega victory.
THE OTHER CHASE - Nearly $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, who also will join the top 10 drivers on stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York this December. Currently, Tony Stewart holds the 11th place position by 270 points over Greg Biffle.
38 SPECIAL HEADLINES MILLER ROCK¿N RACING CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT - Recording artists 38 Special and 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.
SEE THE CYCLE XCHANGE/DALE JR. CHARITY CHOPPER IN PARADE LAP ¿ JR Motorsports and The Cycle Xchange have teamed up to create a one-of-a kind custom chopper benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and Western North Carolina, and fans attending the UAW-Ford 500 will get to see the unique machine first-hand when it is featured in a parade lap prior to the start of the race. The chopper will also be on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame adjacent to the speedway during race weekend.
WALLACE INDUCTED INTO TALLADEGA-TEXACO
Two new names are to be added to the prestigious list of inductees into the
Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Saturday evening, October 7: Tony Stewart and
Rusty Wallace. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown
Ala. is both a
focal point saluting NASCAR¿s greatest names and a tribute to one of racing¿s
brightest stars ¿ the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the
Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two
inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans¿ vote chosen from a ballot of
nominees selected by strict guidelines. More information is available at
from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines. More information is available at www.talladegawalk.com
CAREER MILESTONES -
¿ 2003 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth will make his 250th career start in the UAW-Ford 500.
¿ Scott Riggs will make his 100th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Talladega in the UAW-Ford 500.
SELECTED RECORDS -
¿ There have been four different race winners in the last four races at Talladega: Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
¿ Only two of the last six races at Talladega Superspeedway have been won from a top-10 starting position. Ten of the last 15 races at Talladega were won from a starting position outside the top 10.
¿ Fifty-eight percent of the races at Talladega (42 of 74) have been won from the top four starting positions.
¿ The last 12 races at Talladega have been won from a starting position of 20th or better. Only four races at Talladega have been won from 21st or worse.
Elliott leads all drivers with eight Bud Poles in 54 races at Talladega.
TALLADEGA TOP LAP LEADERS ¿ Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in terms of laps led at Talladega, now with 702 laps led in 27 starts. He is one lap shy of placing third on the all-time lap leader list, a spot currently occupied by Bobby Allison, who led 703 laps in his 37 starts here. Dale Earnhardt holds the all-time career record for most laps led at Talladega, with 1,377 laps led in 44 starts. Buddy Baker is second, with 1,137 laps led in 43 starts.
BEST AT TALLADEGA BY THE NUMBERS -
▪ Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads all
active drivers with five victories in 13 races at
five victories in 13 races atTalladega.
¿ Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett lead all active drivers in top-fives at Talladega, each with 11. Dale Earnhardt holds the all-time record for top-fives here, with 23.
▪ Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 21 top-10 finishes in 41 races. Dale Earnhardt also holds this all-time record, with 27 top-10 Talladega finishes in 44 starts.
¿ Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with a 7.44 average start in his nine races at Talladega.
¿ Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a 11.266 average finish at Talladega.
¿ Among Chase drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has the best average finish at Talladega, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.
ROOKIE REPORT - Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Contenders this year include (in order of current points): Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Martin Truex, Jr., J.J. Yeley and David Stremme. Hamlin has a 45-point lead over Clint Bowyer in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega. Hamlin is the only Raybestos® Rookie to have won a race this season, and he has won two, both at Pocono. Travis Kvapil was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2005 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega. He finished 16th, but led the event once for one lap, the only first-year driver to lead the race. The highest finishing rookie in this spring¿s Aaron¿s 499 at Talladega was Yeley, who finished 11th. The only Raybestos® Rookie to win the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega is Ron Bouchard, who won the 1981 race over Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte in a remarkable three-wide photo finish.
TIMERS AT TALLADEGA -
There have been
eight first-time race winners at
including Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Lennie Pond, Ron Bouchard, Bobby
Hillin, Jr., Davey Allison, Phil Parsons and Ken Schrader. However, there has
not been a first-time winner at Talladega since 1988 when Ken Schrader won his
first career race.
Davey Allison, Phil Parsons and Ken Schrader. However, there has not been a first-time winner at Talladega since 1988 when Ken Schrader won his first career race.
HISTORIC SWEEPS - There have only been six occasions when a driver has won both races of the year at Talladega Superspeedway, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. being the most recent to accomplish the feat in 2002. Other drivers who have swept both events are: Pete Hamilton (1970), Buddy Baker (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1982) and Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1999).
CUMULATIVE UAW-Ford 500 WINS - Dale Earnhardt¿s name tops the list of all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series winners at Talladega Superspeedway, with a total of 10. Seven of those wins were posted in the second race of the year at NASCAR¿s Most Competitive Track (2000, 1999, 1994, 1991, 1990, 1984, 1983). Three of the five wins posted by his son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., at Talladega have also been UAW-Ford 500 wins. Other drivers who have won the fall event at Talladega Superspeedway are: Terry Labonte (twice), Darrell Waltrip (twice), Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Ron Bouchard, Richard Brickhouse, Dick Brooks, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Pete Hamilton, Bobby Hillin, Jr., James Hylton, Cale Yarborough, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Dave Marcis, Sterling Marlin, Richard Petty, Lennie Pond, Ken Schrader and Jimmy Spencer.
CUMULATIVE UAW-Ford 500 POLE AWARDS - Bill Elliott¿s name tops the list of all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud pole awards at Talladega Superspeedway, with a total of 8. Half of those were earned during the second race weekend of the year here (1993, 1987, 1986, 1985). Other drivers who have taken the pole position for the UAW-Ford 500 are Sterling Marlin (three times), Cale Yarborough (three times), Joe Nemechek (three times), Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Isaac, Dave Marcis, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Geoff Bodine, Neil Bonnett, Stacy Compton, Harry Gant, Charlie Glotzbach, Ernie Irvan, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Darrell Waltrip.
500 PRE-RACE DIGNITARIES -
Grand Marshal of the UAW-Ford 500 NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup Series race will be UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel. Honorary Starter
will be Cisco Codina, group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and
Service, Ford. Invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Mike Jackson of Alabama
Raceway Ministries. The National Anthem will be performed by the 151st
Army Band, Alabama Army National Guard out of Montgomery, Ala. Also participating in
pre-race activities will be special guest General Ronald E. Keys, United States
Air Force Commander, Air Combat Command and Air Component Commander for U.S.
Join Forces Command and U.S. Northern Command.
States Air Force Commander, Air Combat Command and Air Component Commander for U.S. Join Forces Command and U.S. Northern Command.