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THE RACE: MBNA America 500

Winston Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 10, 2002 in Hampton, GA

  • TV: Fox - 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes and Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,589,313 (was $3,223,068 in 2001)

  • Entry List: or

  • 2001 Race Winner: Kevin Harvick, 143.273mph, started 5th

  • All-Yime Winners: at Atlanta for the modern era from

  • Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1996, 161.298mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, Mar 8th, 11:20 -1:20pm/et; and Saturday, Mar 9th, ?

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 9th, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX also listed as being tape delayed on FX at 6:30pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 8th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: MBNA America 500 -

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, March 8th at 3:05pm/et, TV-FX tape delayed 8:00pm/et and live via PRN Radio(link below) and via's Racecast (paid).

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is now a paid subscription service).

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, Nov 1997, 197.478mph

  • Race Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, 194.957mph, March 1999

  • March 2001 Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 192.748mph, finished 4th

  • Track Specs: Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.
    Grandstand Seating: 124,000

  • Track Homepage: Atlanta Motor Speedway site


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Atlanta for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $30,000 at Las Vegas on March 3, 2002, none awarded at Daytona on Feb 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(3-3-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations

Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page
(NOTE: these pages are NOT maintained by Jayski and are NOT on the site).

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Hampston/Atlanta, GA Area:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Augusta Chronicle
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News

Weather Forecast:
Weather forecast for Hampton, GA by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Hampton, GA
Weather Point - Hampton, GA
The Weather Pit

Track/Travel Info for the Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Atlanta Review

Driver Appearances:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
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  • Atlanta Facts: Two of the last three race winners at Atlanta have posted their first career NASCAR Winston Cup victories: Jerry Nadeau in November 2000 and Kevin Harvick in March 2001. There have been five sweeps at Atlanta since the track opened in 1960: Marvin Panch (1965), Bobby Allison (1972), David Pearson (1973) and Bill Elliott (1985 and 1992). There have been four different winners in the last four NASCAR Winston Cup races held at Atlanta. The Wood Brothers (12) are the winningest car owners at Atlanta. The Wood Brothers last won there in the spring of 1993 with Morgan Shepherd as their driver. Richard Childress and Junior Johnson each have nine victories at Atlanta as car owners. Chevrolet leads Ford in NASCAR Winston Cup victories at Atlanta (since 1960) by three victories (28-25). The remaining 32 victories are distributed between six different car models. Bobby Labonte has five victories at Atlanta. Four have occurred in the fall race. (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001). His only victory in the spring race came in 1998.(NASCAR PR)(3-6-2002)

  • Not a full field at Atlanta? wondering? will there be enough cars/teams/drivers for the normal Winston Cup 43-car field? Team owner Travis Carter wouldn't commit to a decision about his sponsorless team, but speculation is that he will shut down the #66 Ford operation today and just bring his #26 Ford to Atlanta (because of the plan money - see story below). Only 44 cars attempted to qualify for Sunday's race. An entry driven by non-regular #57-Derrike Cope did not make the race. The maximum number of cars allowed to start a Cup race is 43, but a race can have fewer cars, said NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter who believes the field will be full.(Atlanta Journal Constitution).
    If the #66 and #33 APR Chevy (which was not at Las Vegas) fail to enter, other's who plan to make an attempt are #49-Shwana Robinson, #71-Dick Trickle (Marcis team was not at Las Vegas), #85-Carl Long plans to make an attempt as does #57-Team CLR (before they split with Derrike Cope), so looks like a full field should happen.(3-4-2002)

  • Streaking: #24-Jeff Gordon has not posted a top five finish since winning at Kansas in 2001, a span of eleven races. Gordon's longest drought of his career is 12 consecutive races, from the last five races of 1999 thru the first seven races of 2000 but he has not DNF'd in 34 races since Darlington in March 2001. #6-Mark Martin's top five at Las Vegas was his first top five since the June Pocono race, 23 races ago. #23-Hut Stricklin led a lap in a Cup race for the first time since Darlington in March 1997. #40-Sterling Marlin is the only driver who has finished in the top 10 in all three 2002 Cup races. #-48-Jimmie Johnson got his first career Winston Cup top 10 finish and led a lap for the first time ever in Cup.(3-3-2002)

  • Practice Engines at Atlanta? Roller Cams coming? UPDATE One Engine Rule here to stay, no practice engines: Ganassi Racing's engine builder Tony Santanicola mentions "We might get a practice motor at Atlanta (if NASCAR relents), but we're going to get one for sure at places like Pocono and the 600 at Charlotte. I don't know about Michigan and Atlanta yet. But I put in my two cents for practice motors at those two tracks. They need to give us practice motors." AND Next year's engines may have a new twist, roller cams, an endurance concept used in the BGN for several years.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-27-2002)
    UPDATE - One Engine Rule here to stay: NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said it was unlikely that Winston Cup teams would receive any practice engines at larger tracks this season, except for the possibility of one being used for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May. NASCAR instituted a "one engine" rule this season, which took effect last weekend at Rockingham. Teams use one engine all weekend and if they change engines before the race, they must start the race from the rear of the field. "Charlotte may be the only race we use them at," Hunter said. "We heard some talk from the teams going into Rockingham, but this week, we haven't heard any requests. "I think the rule was tested at Rockingham and (Las Vegas) will be a good test. These guys aren't building motors to blow up. Any of the motors we lost at Rockingham weren't a result of longevity or miles."()(3-2-2002)

  • One Engine Rule for 2002 UPDATE 3: starting in the 2002 season, Cup teams must use the same engine to qualify and race, NASCAR announced Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. In the event the engine used to qualify the car does not start the race, then at the desretion of the Winston Cup Series director, the starting position will be relinquished and the car will drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race. According to NASCAR, certain events during the 2002 season may require ammendments to this rule, such as the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races and the Coca-Cola 600, due its length.(
    UPDATE: NASCAR has decided to allow teams to change engines following qualifying Feb. 9 for the Daytona 500. Beginning this season, teams are required to use the same engine for qualifying and the race. The move for Daytona was made because of the 125-mile qualifying races held prior to the race.(That's Racin')(1-8-2002)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR's one-engine rule makes its debut this weekend [at Rockingham]. Teams must use the same engine to qualify, practice and race. If a team must replace an engine before the race, its driver is dropped to the back of the field at the start.(Sporting News)(2-19-2002)
    UPDATE 3: The single-engine rule requires Cup teams to use the same engine in practice, qualifying and the race itself on a given weekend. Any team suffering an engine failure AFTER qualifying will be forced to go to the back of the field for the start of the race.()(2-22-2002)
    BEEN ASKED: can a team change an engine prior to qualifying or during the first practice on Friday? Have seen conflicting columns on what the rule really says - some say the rule takes effect AFTER qualifying and some say one engine for ALL practices, qualifying and the race. So not sure what happens if a team loses an engine in the early practice, sure we will find out soon enough.(2-22-2002)
    AND about changing parts...NASCAR’s rule doesn’t prohibit teams from replacing parts on the engine, such as valve springs, intake manifolds, lifters, rocker arms, cam shafts, etc. Heads nor the engine block CANNOT be changed.(2-24-2002)

  • Spoilers - not at Daytona: the spoliers on the Winston Cup cars are as follows:
    Chevy: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Dodge: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Ford: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Pontiac: 6 7/8" height, 57" wide
    not sure of the angle.(2-22-2002)

  • That's Racin': MBNA America 500 Race Info

  • FoxSports: Totally NASCAR's MBNA America 500 preview

  • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - MBNA America 500

  • Crew Chief Club


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  • MBNA America 500 the race is over, the winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway is #20-Stewart wins his 13th career Cup race, his first in 2002 and his first ever 500 mile race, his 12 other wins were 400 miles or shorter.(thanks Mike of WLLR). It was also Pontiac's 150th Winston Cup win. The Top ten finishers (unofficial):
    1)  #20-Stewart (123 laps led)
    2)  #8-Earnhardt Jr (38 laps led)
    3)  #48-Johnson
    4)  #17-Kenseth (46 laps led)
    5)  #32-Craven
    6)  #2-Wallace
    7)  #22-Burton (20 laps led)
    8)  #6-Martin
    9)  #40-Marlin
    10) #12-Newman (15 laps led)
    7 cautions for 37 laps
    DNF's/out of race (8): #23-Stricklin(engine); #71-Trickle (accident); #30-Green(engine); #15-Waltrip(engine); #29-Harvick(engine); #11-Bodine(engine); #9-Elliott(accident); #43-Andretti(accident);
    16 (of 43) cars were on the lead lap.
    Lap Leaders (8 leaders, 34 lead changes - new record for a spring race): #12-Newman; #97-Busch; #20-Stewart; #8-Earmhardt Jr; #77-Blaney; #17-Kenseth; #45-Petty; #22-Burton;
    Pole sitter, #9-Elliott out/accident 35th.
    2002 Points Leader: #40-Marlin was 9th
    2001 Champ: #24-Gordon was16th.
    #12-Newman - 10th
    #48-Johnson - 3rd
    #49-Robinson - 34th
    Caution 1: Lap 77 - trash bag on track;
    Around lap 138 while green flag pitstops were being done, #41-Spencer came out of his pitstall as #18-Labonte was starting to enter his, causing Labonte to spin ending up backwards in his stall against the pitwall, a Winston Cup official and crew member were able to fall back over the wall and not get hit by Labonte's car, both are ok. Labonte did a nifty 180 degree spin and got back into his pitstall correctly. #41-Spencer's Dodge was damaged on the right front and came back in to get sheet metal pulled out, also NASCAR has told the #41 team that the owners, crew chief and driver are required to come to the NASCAR trailer at the end of the race.
    Caution 2: on lap 185, #71-Dick Trickle got loose and lost control and hit the wall head on. Trickle got out of the car and walked away under his won power, also noticed he had a full face helmet on (he used to wear a open faced helmet. Just before the caution, #18-Labonte went to the garage when his engine broke, he damaged it when he over revved it during the pit road incident with. #41-Spencer.
    Caution 3: lap 207. #30-Jeff Green lost an engine and got oil on the track. #15-Waltrip also lost an engine around the same time.
    Caution 4: lap 213, side window of the #11 Hooters Ford fell out just as the green flag came out. #18-Labonte is going back on the track with 7 cylinders and will run if he can get up to minimum speed.
    Caution 5: lap 258, fluid on the track when #29-Harvick lost an engine and #22-Burton and #43-Andretti got together.
    Caution 6: lap 280, #11-Bodine lost an engine.
    Caution 7: lap 290, #10-Benson and #43-Andretti got together, spinning Benson around, came back accross the track, collecting #9-Elliott. #25-Nadeau also got some damage to the front end.
    Some Penalties Assessed during the race - stop-and-go's: #1-Wallace, catch can left in the car; #4-Kodak and #30-Green, speeding pitroad; #29-Harvick, loose lugnet, #36-Schrader held 15 seconds for pitting outside his pit box.
    See Results at or See Unofficial standings at and for a column: Stewart holds off Earnhardt Jr., wins and see my Race Results page for each race results, lineups, etc.(3-10-2002)

  • How did the Rookie of the Year Candidates do in the race:
    #12-Ryan Newman, 191.463, started 2nd, finished 10th, 11 rookie points
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 189.961, started 15th, finished 3rd, 19
    #49-Shawna Robinson, 188.738, started 31st, finished 34th, 9
    #85-Carl Long, 186.887, DNQ, 1.(3-8-2002)

  • #17 engine change? UPDATE yes and the #29? no: it was reported on the FSN's Totally NASCAR that the #17-Matt Kenseth team may have to change an engine after qualifying which means Kenseth would have to fall to the back of the field before the start of the MBNA America 500 on Sunday. So far only one driver has had to do so, #97-Kurt Busch at Rockingham.(3-8-2002)
    UPDATE: during Happy Hour coverage on FX, it was reported by Matt Yocum that the #17-Kenseth team did change an engine and will have to fall to the rear of the field at the start of the race. ALSO, the #29-Kevin Harvick Chevy may have an engine problem (vibration), the team will change gears and a draveshaft and it the problem does not go away, they may change engines, Harvick is scheduled to start 8th. Larry McReynolds mentioned that a few other teams may change engines anyway and go to the back of the field as it doesn't seem to matter where a driver starts, there is plenty time to get to the front.(3-9-2002)
    UPDATE on the #29- the vibration went away after the rear end gear/drive shaft change so the team will not change engines.(FX Coverage)(3-9-2002)
    UPDATE 2: #71-Dick Trickle's Marcis Racing team changed engines after qualifying, but didn't have to fall back as Trickle was already starting 43rd.(3-10-2002)

  • Happy Hour Practice: is over at Atlanta for the MBNA America 500 and was aired on FX - LIVE. The top ten speeds were:
    #25-Nadeau - 184.125
    #8-Earnhardt Jr - 184.088
    #40-Marlin - 184.027
    #17-Kenseth - 183.53
    #41-Spencer - 183.176
    #43-Andretti - 183.12
    #88-Jarrett - 183.097
    #9-Elliott - 182.99
    #21-Sadler - 182.91
    #22-Burton - 182.880
    slowest: #71-Trickle - 176.729
    Hooters is on the #11-Bodine's quarter panels but the hood is bare.
    See for Saturday's 'Happy Hour' practice speeds and Nadeau, Earnhardt Jr., Marlin 1-2-3 in 'Happy Hour'.(3-9-2002)

  • Saturday AM Practice: #12-Newman was the fastest at 185.437mph. 2nd fastest was #20-Stewart at 184.979 and 3rd was #24-Gordon with a speed of 184.917. Slowest were #49-Robinson at 178.327 and #71-Trickle with a speed of 175.872. See for the Speeds from Saturday's first practice and for a column: Newman, Stewart, Gordon quick early.(3-9-2002)

  • Qualifying is over at Atlanta. #9-Bill Elliott wins his 5th career Atlanta Bud Pole (his first in 11 years at the track) with a speed of 191.542mph and his 52nd career pole, the top ten starters:
    #9-Elliott, 191.542
    #12-Newman, 191.463
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 191.337
    #97-Busch, 190.745
    #41-Spencer, 190.620

    #32-Craven, 190.437
    #88-Jarrett, 190.358
    #29-Harvick, 190.287
    #20-Stewart, 190.274
    #10-Benson, 190.084

    Provisional Land or missed:
    37-#28-Rudd, 186.925 provisional (4th in 2001 owners points)
    38-#2-Wallace, 188.629 provisional - his 3rd provisional used in 4 races this year (8th)
    39-#6-Martin, 188.559 provisional (13th)
    40-#19-Mayfield, 188.610, provisional (30th)
    41-#7-Atwood, 187.911, provisional (32nd)
    42-#11-Bodine, 188.405, provisional (35th)
    43-#71-Trickle, 187.269, provisional (47th)
    Did Not Qualify (DNQ):
    #57-Hornaday, 187.792, will miss race (52nd)
    #85-Long, 186.887, will miss race (49th)
    NOTES: #49-Shawna Robinson made the race, and will start 31st. #36-Ken Schrader has the Pedigree paint scheme this weekend. This is the final 2002 race that provisonals and ties in speed will be decided using 2001 owners points, starting next week at Darlington, 2002 Owners Points will be used
    See for a column: Elliott runs 191.542 mph, wins pole and for Friday's qualifying results, and for the lineup/results see MotorsportsOne(3-8-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Atlanta:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 1st out of 45 to qualify, 188.732mph, starts 32nd
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 2nd out, 189.987, starts 12th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 9th out, 191.463, starts 2nd
    #9-Bill Elliott, 41st out, 191.542, starts 1st on the pole.(3-8-2002)

  • Manufacturers and Qualifying, the best for each:
    Chevy: #8-Earnhardt Jr, 191.337, will start 3rd
    Dodge: #9-Bill Elliott, 191.542, will start 1st
    Ford: #12-Ryan Newman, 191.463, will start 2nd
    Pontiac: #20-Tony Stewart, 190.274, will start 9th
    In top 10: Chevy = 2; Dodge = 2; Ford = 4; Pontiac = 2.(3-8-2002)

  • Front Row Jinx: The front row starters in the spring Atlanta race have claimed victory only twice in the last 22 events. Dale Earnhardt is the only driver since 1980 who has won in March from the front row. He won from the second-place starting position in March 1988 and from first in March 1990.(AMS PR)(3-7-2002)

  • Friday Practice at Atlanta is over with #20-Stewart being the fastest at 190.391mph and his teammate #18-Bobby Labonte 2nd fastest at 190.202 (both in Pontiacs). Slowest of the 45 were #49-Shawna Robinson at 183.600 and #85-Carl Long at 181.776. See for Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds. (3-8-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Atlanta. 45 cars/drivers listed. #17-Kenseth is scheduled to go out first and #23-Stricklin is scehduled to go out 45th. See the full list link above.
    Qulaifying is scheduled to start at 3:05pm/et and will be televised and showed tape delayed at 8:00pm/et on FX. Is can be heard live via radio on PRN radio stations, and followed online via's Racecast for a fee/subscription. I will also list the top five here as qualifying progresses.(3-8-2002)

  • Entry List for the MBNA America 500 at Atlanta is up. 46 cars care listed, but that may change as the #26 and #66 Haas Carter Fords are listed as is the #57 Team CLR car with Derrike Cope who has parted with the team(see below). Other listed include #49-Robinson, #71-Trickle and #85-Long. No #33 APR car listed. See above for the and links. It was announced no #66 car at AMS, so that leaves 45 cars listed. #57 Team CLR will have Ron Hornaday in the car at Atlanta.(3-5-2002)
    UPDATE: now 45 cars/drivers, with Hornaday in the #57 and the #66 dropped.(3-7-2002)

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page

  • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time at Daytona in Feb 2001, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online


  • Atlanta National Anthem: Award-winning country singer John Berry will perform the National Anthem at the March 10 MBNA America 500 in Atlanta. During his career, Berryhas been nominated during his career for Best Male Vocalist at the Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awardsshows. After a brief stint in Nashville, Berry has returned to Georgiaand his now living in Athens with his wife Robin, who performs as his backup singer on the road, and three children. The MBNA America 500 pre-race will also feature new talent Jenai singing "Georgia On My Mind." Jenai is a new artist from Curb Records who has just released her debut album and is being heralded as a star by Brent Maher, the same producer who worked with the Judds.(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(3-8-2002)

  • Atlanta gets spring race sponsor: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced Monday that MBNA America will be the title sponsor of the track's Cup race on Sunday, March 10, 2002. The race, the fourth stop on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, will be known as the MBNA America 500. "We're pleased to sponsor the spring Winston Cup race, an exciting event at a great track," said Richard K. Struthers, executive vice chairman of MBNA America Bank. "Through our relationship with NASCAR, learned how dedicated race fans are, and Atlanta fans are no exception.  MBNA has had an office in Atlanta for 10 years and recently expanded our operations here. pleased also to expand our relationship with Atlanta Motor Speedway with this terrific race." MBNA supports Joe Gibbs Racing as the primary sponsor of BGN driver #18-Mike McLaughlin and CTS driver #20-Coy Gibbs and is a major associate sponsor on the Winston Cup cars of #18-Bobby Labonte and #20-Tony Stewart. MBNA has served as the lending bank to the official NASCAR credit card program since 1993, a program endorsed by 67 NASCAR drivers and several race facilities, including Atlanta Motor Speedway. [MBNA also sponsors both Cup and BGN races at Dover Downs].(AMS PR), so the Verizon rumor as the race sponsor from late last season (2-25-2002)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway


  • No #26 or #66 at Atlanta? UPDATE 2 no #66 The sponsorship woes are nowhere more evident than in the Haas-Carter Motorsports camp. Last year, Bodine won two poles, three outside poles and posted two top-five finishes while Nemechek won the fall race at North Carolina Speedway [in the #33 APR Chevy]. They are considered at least a mid-level team, and yet even after Bodine's pole-winning run on Friday that team does not believe it will have enough money to race next week in Atlanta. "To be quite blunt, I don't think we are going to be going to Atlanta," Bodine said. "We are entertaining some sponsors and talking to some people, but nothing is even close to becoming a deal."(News and Observer)(3-2-2002)
    UPDATE: being told that the #66 Haas Carter Motorsports team will NOT enter the MBNA America 500 at Atlanta, still no word on if the #26 will go or not.(3-4-2002)
    UPDATE 2: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that the #26 Ford and driver Joe Nemechek will run at Atlanta while the #66 Ford and driver Todd Bodine will not run unless a sponsor is found to run the car.(3-5-2002)
    UPDATE 3: Travis Carter Enterprises announced Tuesday it will send just one of its two Winston Cup teams to compete in Sunday's MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #26 Ford team of driver Joe Nemechek plans to compete in the race without a sponsor, while the No. 66 team and driver Todd Bodine will sit out. A statement from the team released Tuesday afternoon said plans could change for the #66 should the sponsorship situation change.()(3-6-2002)

  • Pontiacs to get some help, for Atlanta? Pontiac teams may finally be on the verge of getting a break from NASCAR on the aerodynamic rules they say have their cars at a disadvantage to the other manufacturers' cars. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter indicated Monday that serious discussions are under way about possible changes to the front end or the spoilers on the Grand Prix body. A change may come before Sunday's MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Atlanta Journal Constituion)(3-5-2002)

  • Cope and #57 part ways UPDATE: Derrike Cope and the #57 Team CLR have mutually agreed to part ways and to pursue other avenues(Derrike Cope site). No word on if Cope will attempt Atlanta in his #37 team or if Team CLR will run the #57 Ford there as planned. Kenny Wallace could end up back with the team as Park is close to returning to the #1 Chevy, maybe as soon as Darlington.(3-5-2002)
    UPDATE: Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will attempt to qualify the #57 Ford for this weekend's MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(

  • #71 Sponsor at Atlanta UPDATE: hearing that Williams Bros. Lumber Company, an Atlanta based Building Material and Lumber Supplier, has agreed to be the primary sponsor of the #71 Marcis Racing Chevy and driver Dick Trickle for this Sunday's MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This one race sponsorship will be Williams Bros. second on the NASCAR circuit, they have sponsored several local drivers at local and southeast tracks and last year at AMS was the sponsor for the now defunt #27 Eel River Racing team and then driver Kenny Wallace. Williams Bros. will be on the #71's hood and TV panel and Warranty Gold will be on the rear quarter panels and deck/trunk lid.(3-4-2002)
    UPDATE: got a few images of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(3-5-2002)

  • See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.



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