May 19 NEXTEL Open Fast Facts
NEXTEL Open Fast Facts
Location: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 7:40 p.m. (EDT)
Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series - Special Event
Eligibility: Drivers not already eligible for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and finished in the top 50 of the final 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points or were in the top 50 of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points on March 12, 2007, may participate in the NEXTEL Open.
Length: The NEXTEL Open will consist of 40 laps, 60 miles, and will be run in two 20-lap segments. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a yellow flag during which teams can pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position on the track and will start segment 2 at the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road.
Three Advance: The top two finishers in the NEXTEL Open will earn starting spots in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. A third driver will also advance as determined by the NEXTEL Fan Vote.
Purse: $1,000,000 (event record)
Winner's share: $51,525
2006 Winner: Scott Riggs, Valvoline Dodge
Qualifying: The better of two qualifying laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the NEXTEL Open. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 6:05 p.m. (EDT).
2006 Pole Sitter: Scott Riggs, Valvoline Dodge, 28.953 seconds, 186.509 mph
Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the NEXTEL Open live to its affiliate radio stations with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). MRN's broadcast can also be heard on Sirius NASCAR Radio channel 128.
SPEED Channel will televise the race live. Coverage begins with a pre-race show at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets: Tickets for Saturday night, May 19, start at $29 and include the Kobalt Tools Crew Chiefs Race, the NEXTEL Open and the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. To purchase tickets, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS.