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Winston Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 27, 2002 in Hampton, GA

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Oct 29th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 30th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Oct 31st, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:00noon/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  •'s NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,765,544 (last year $4,126,672)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 151.756mph, started 39 using a provisional

  • Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 1995, 163.633mph(before track conguration)

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 1997, 159.904mph(after track conguration)

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

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, October 25th, 3:20 - 5:20pm/et (rain has pushed it to 4:45pm/et); Saturday, October 26th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 26th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-TNT at 12:00noon/et via tape.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 25th, 2:20pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 25th at 7:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via PRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Will be re-aired at 2:00am/et on Sat Oct 26th.

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

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

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

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 192.047, finished 7th.

    Track Specs:
    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


    Winston Cup Series: Left, 1,312; Right, 1,330
    Busch Series: Left, 575; Right, 575

    Left Front - 24 psi Right Front - 47 psi
    Left Rear -- 24 psi Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Inner liner recommended inflation is from 12 to 25 psi greater than their respective outer tire pressures.

    Left Front - 30 psi Right Front - 50 psi
    Left Rear -- 30 psi Right Rear -- 47 psi

    TIRES: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Circumference: Left Side: 87.3-inches Right Side: 88.6-inches
    D-Codes: Left Side: D-6358 Right Side: D-6354

    Inner Liners: Required in all wheel positions.

    ESTIMATED PIT STOP WINDOW: 60-65 laps (based on fuel mileage)

    GOODYEAR QUOTE: Mark Keto, lead engineer, stock car tire development: "This weekend at will be the second appearance at Atlanta Motor Speedway of Goodyear's a new left-side designated for this track for 2002. The tires performed successfully in their first appearance in the spring Atlanta Winston Cup race, and we are looking forward to a repeat of that in October. "The new tire addresses the high left-side wear rates we saw last year at this track-while maintaining the same good overall performance we had in the past. The right side tires are unchanged from 2001. The tire choice was based on testing with Jeff Burton in January 2002. This particular left-side tire code remains unique to Atlanta, while the right side also saw action at Fontana, Charlotte, Dover and Michigan."

    GOODYEAR NOTE: Within Goodyear's 2002 NASCAR race tire lineup of 18 different tire codes (up from 15 in 2001), the Atlanta track fits into the largest tire grouping of tracks running Winston Cup events this season. It is referred to as Speedway Group 3.


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $280,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 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. The all time record WAS $190,000 for Bobby Labonte's win at Indy in 2000.(10-20-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
Airtime: 12:00noon/et

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Atlanta/Hampton, GA Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Augusta Chronicle
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News

Weather Forecast for Hampton, GA:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service
Intellicast - NASCAR weather

Click for Hampton, Georgia Forecast

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

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Ford can clinch at Atlanta UPDATE clinched: Ford can clinch its third manufacturer's championship in the last four years and 15th overall by finishing first, second or third among the four car makes in Sunday's race. The only way Ford will not clinch the title in Atlanta is if Chevrolet wins and Ford finishes fourth among the manufacturers. A Ford has not won on the Atlanta track since Dale Jarrett's Taurus took the checkered flag in the 1997 spring race, the last event run before the track was redesigned.(Daytona Beach News Journal/AP)(10-24-2002)
    UPDATE the NAPA 500 at AMS was won by #97-Kurt Busch driving a Ford, thus clinching the Manufacturers Championship for Ford. For standings and race by race coverage, see my Manufacturers Championship page.(10-27-2002)

  • Busch wins the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. #97-Kurt Busch won the rained shortened NAPA 500, his third win of the season and his career, and 2nd win in a row. #25-Joe Nemechek ended up 2nd after running strong all day. Points leader, #20-Tony Stewart ended up 4th and increased his points lead to 146 over #6-Mark Martin (was 82 over #48-Johnson). The unofficial top 10:

    #97-Busch (84 laps led)
    #25-Nemechek (57 laps led)
    #20-Stewart (39 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (4 laps led)

    #24-Gordon (41 laps led)
    #12-Newman (1 lap led)

    Cars on the Lead lap: 16
    DNF's: #43-Andretti (out - accident); #36-Schrader(out-engine); #26-Bodine(out-engine); #29-Harvick(out-engine);
    Lap Leaders(9): #20-Tony Stewart(39); #45-Kyle Petty(17); #25-Joe Nemechek(57); #24-Jeff Gordon(41); #97-Kurt Busch(84-most laps led); #12-Ryan Newman(1); #15-Michael Waltrip(1); #22-Ward Burton(4); #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr(4);

    Cautions 5 for 48 laps
    Caution 5 laps 242-248: RAIN - race called.
    Caution 4 laps 231-237: #48-Jimmie Johnson spun, but didn't hit anything.
    Caution 3 laps 139-145: #48-Jimmie Johnson hits wall when a tire goes down, minor damage.
    Caution 2 laps 18-45: Rain on the track, red flag came out at 1:01pm/et. Track drying started around 1:50pm/et. Track dry, yellow flag back out as of 3:25pm/et.
    Caution 1 laps 5-8: #43-John Andretti got loose, tried to correct the car before hitting #19-Mayfield and lost it ending up hard into the inside wall on the backstretch, Andretti is OK. Andretti said Mayfield turned left into him, and there is a tire 'donut' in the right side of the car.

    NOTES: After the red flag was over. #20-Tony Stewart had to come in and pit as he had two loose lugnuts. Ten cars pitted during the 1st Caution including: #2,7,9,23,25,26,36,45,55,59. Rain is expected in the area around 3:00pm/et and last the rest of the day (60% chance, 80% on Monday). See the weather channel for weather updates.
    Race Re-air: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Oct 29th, 2:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 30th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Oct 31st, 1:00am/et.
    Race Results: at or

  • Rumblings - Atlanta: Kurt Busch's win is the 8th for Roush Racing this season. Joe Nemechek (2nd....and ride shopping) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham last November. Kyle Petty (14th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Darlington in September. Tony Raines (29th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was both Dover races this season.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 5 Top-10's in a row. Ryan Newman has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races. Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    This week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is a lonely Joe Nemechek (+34). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ricky Rudd (-22), followed by Bill Elliott (-21), and Jimmie Johnson (-20).(Stock Car Fans)(10-27-2002)

  • Guarantee Voided: Because the NAPA 500 at Atlanta failed to go the full 325-lap distance, the track's guarantee of 30 lead changes was voided, costing fans a chance for a $1 discount (per lead change) on tickets purchased for next season's events.(AP)(10-27-2002)

  • Unofficial Drivers Points Standings
    #20-Tony Stewart 4428
    #6-Mark Martin -146
    #48-Jimmie Johnson -150
    #12-Ryan Newman -203
    #2-Rusty Wallace -227
    for full standings, see .(10-27-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Atlanta. Fastest were #20-Tony Stewart at 185.542mph, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 185.350 and #88-Dale Jarrett at 185.146. Slowest were #59-Carl Long at 175.582 and #4-Mike Skinner at 178.816. for speeds see (10-26-2002)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Atlanta for the NAPA 500. #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 187.190mph, followed by #20-Tony Stewart and #48-Jimmie Johnson. Slowest were #59-Carl Long at 177.527 and #1-Steve Park at 178.551. See speeds at .(10-26-2002)

  • Qualifying has been Rained Out at Atlanta: Qualifying got rained out for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has been set by OWNERS points, previous 2001 winner and race attempts, so the lineup should look like this: NAPA 500 Grid - qualifying rained out page, NOTE: Provisionals are NOT used when the field is set like this, so a team out of provisionals is NOT affected. Speed Channel is currently airing Trackside from the track with Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Michael Waltrip, Matt Yocum and many guests.
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:

  • Friday Practice is over for the Cup Series at Atlanta. A rained interupted afternoon practice was held Friday afternoon, the fastest were #9-Elliott at 190.955mph, #20-Stewart at 190.365, and #88-Jarrett at 190.208 and the slowest were #54-Hornaday at 183.960 and #59-Long at 182.386. For speeds see .(10-25-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta. 51 cars/drivers are listed, looks like #27/72-Kirk Shelmerdine has withdrawn as he is not on the list. First scheduled is #49-Derrike Cope, last of the 51 scheduled out is #40-Jamie McMurray..(10-25-2002)

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Entry List is up for Atlanta, see the link below. 52 cars/drivers are listed, the 40 full timers, plus: #00-Buckshot Jones, #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #16-Greg Biffle, #27-Scott Wimmer, #27/72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #49-Derrike Cope, #59-Carl Long, #60-Jack Sprague, #66-Frank Kimmel, #74-Tony Raines, #83-Kerry Earnhardt and #89-Morgan Shepherd.(10-21-2002)
    UPDATE: make it 53 as #54-Ron Hornaday Jr has been added.(10-23-2002)
    UPDATE 2: make it 52 #89-Shepherd withdraws.(10-24-2002)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 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 and on my Race Results/Points page


  • Hauler Drivers Going for the Championship at AMS: The lesser-known drivers of NASCAR Winston Cup teams will again take the wheel - and the spotlight - in a fierce skills competition of their own. International Truck and Engine Corporation is once again calling upon NASCAR Winston Cup race team drivers to exhibit their skills for the second year of the "International Truck Challenge," a series of timed obstacle courses designed to showcase the talents of NASCAR's big rig drivers, as well as the powerful trucks they rely on to get them from race to race. The International Truck Challenge is part of the Official Sponsorship agreement International has with NASCAR. The competition is designed to provide the NASCAR tractor-trailer drivers that transport the race teams from track to track, a chance to prove that driving is not only a skill shared by Winston Cup drivers. The course, specifically designed for the International Truck Challenge, demands pinpoint precision and nerves of chrome from race team drivers as they show off their truck-driving prowess in a handsome new International 9400i with a 53-foot trailer, all decked out for the NASCAR season. Testing a variety of tough truck driving skills with two intricate 180-degree turns, two slalom runs, a series of tethered barriers and a simulated loading dock, the competition awards points to drivers for skillfully maneuvering the obstacle course while racing against a clock. Truly brilliant driving is awarded with bonus points, but mistakes result in deductions. The winner of each of this year's four competitions receives $1,000 and a shot at the end-of-season $25,000 jackpot from International, awarded to the points leader after the season's final event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Races in 2002 took place during Winston Cup Series events at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas/April 6, 2002 (won by Barry Sheppard of the #21 team); Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C./May 18, 2002 (won by Carl Long, then of the #85 team, now of the #59 team); and Chicago Motor Speedway, Chicago, Ill./July 13, 2002 (won by Bill "Stumpy" Lewis of the #77 team).
    On Saturday, Oct 26th, the final race of the 2002 season will be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Haven't see the standings, used to have a page for it but seems to be gone and not found in a search.(AMS Site)
    AND from CNNSI, who has a nice section of Hauler driver columns today: Winston Cup hauler drivers usually don't make the news, but they might this weekend. The fourth and final leg of the International Truck Challenge is scheduled for Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the site of Sunday's NAPA 500. Those competing must negotiate an obstacle course to test their skills, among other things, and Bill Lewis, the driver of Jasper Motorsports' #77 hauler is the man to beat. Lewis -- or "Stump," if you prefer his CB moniker -- seized a 10-point lead in July, during the competition's third round at Chicago. One of the guys he beat that day was Barry Sheppard, last year's Challenge champion who drives the #21 hauler for the Wood Brothers. Among the people Lewis needs to defeat this week: The #28's Kelly Stewart, and the #2's Rodney Pickler. Aside from the obstacle course, all drivers must simulate a loading-dock maneuver and execute pinpoint turns. Cumulative time counts, too, but the biggest thing at stake may be the crowing afterward.(CNNSI)(10-25-2002)

  • Yunick to be Honored: Yunick will posthumously be named the 2002 Smokey Yunick Racing Pioneer. Atlanta Motor Speedway began its ARP Smokey Yunick Racing Pioneer Award five years ago as a way to honor some of auto racing's most important founding members. Atlanta officials named to award in honor of perhaps its most inventive, versatile and creative member, Smokey Yunick, who passed away last year at the age of 77. During this weekend's NAPA 500, Yunick will posthumously be awarded the Smokey Yunick Auto Racing Pioneer award for his contributions to the sport of auto racing. His daughter, Trish Yunick Brown, will accept the award on his behalf.(AMS site)(10-24-2002)

  • 6 Millionth Taurus to pace field at AMS: A very special Ford Taurus is headed for NASCAR's NAPA 500 race this weekend.. It will take on the role of the pace car at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The car is the six millionth Taurus sold, built by employees at Ford Motor Company's Atlanta Assembly Plant (AAP) in Hapeville. At today's ceremony marking the sales milestone, James Padilla, Group vice president, Ford North America, drove the white pace car off the assembly line. NASCAR Ford Taurus Driver Dale Jarrett, riding in the front passenger's seat, accompanied him. Atlanta Assembly Plant Manager Patricia Reid and UAW Local 882 Building Chairman Mitch Smith also participated in the landmark event. Hundreds of AAP employees cheered during the "drive-off ceremony" at the end of the chassis line, knowing that the six millionth Taurus sold will not only go through its paces at a NASCAR event, but will also make a sprint for charity. The new pace car is being donated to the Georgia Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to raise money to find a cure for the disease. The foundation will sponsor a raffle among Atlanta Ford employees in conjunction with this year's Atlanta Walk to Cure Diabetes, scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2002. On October 27, when the Taurus does laps at the NAPA 500, it will carry Ford President and Chief Operating Officer Nick Scheele, the Grand Marshall for the race.(Ford PR)(10-24-2002)

    click for larger image
    The 6 millionth Ford Taurus

  • DW Grand Marshal for AMS BGN race: It has been two years since Darrell Waltrip turned in his helmet after the 2000 NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and officially retired from racing after 41 years. This Saturday, Waltrip will return to Atlanta as part of the show, serving as the Grand Marshal for the Aaron's 312 Busch race. "This will be a lot of fun - I really appreciate my friends of Aaron's asking me to do this," Waltrip said. "It's all part of my Master Plan. Since I can't get my brother to let me drive the #99 Dream Machine, I am hoping to impress the Aaron's folks enough so that they make Michael put me behind the wheel!" Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champion who retired with 84 wins and 59 poles, has served as a race analyst for Fox Sports during the last two seasons. Always known for his candor and wit, Waltrip has been a huge hit with fans across the country as a TV commentator. "Race fans - especially Atlanta race fans - have a soft spot in their hearts for DW," Clark said. "It will be great to be able to honor him this weekend, after all he has done for the sport of auto racing."(AMS PR)(10-24-2002)

  • Starter at AMS: Historically, Atlanta Motor Speedway's (AMS) NAPA 500 was the season-ending NASCAR Winston Cup race. Championships and retirements were celebrated and victors of the rookie race, the point's race and the NAPA 500 were crowned. When NASCAR announced the 2002 schedule, the NAPA 500 was moved to October. While the Winston Cup points battle will not make history at the conclusion of the NAPA 500, history remains a significant part of the weekend's events. Don Brooks passed the green flag to his 16-year old son, Elton Brooks III who will serve as Honorary Starter for Sunday's 325-lap race. Brooks owns and operates 38 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores making him the largest customer of Genuine Parts Company.(AMS PR)(10-24-2002)

  • Fans get to ride with drivers: Ten lucky NASCAR fans will experience heart-pounding rides in real stock cars with NASCAR's top drivers as part of the grand-prize package of the Coca-Cola Racing Family Reunion. With family and friends looking on, each winner will take a turn riding with a Coca-Cola Racing Family driver on a 160-mph ride around the lightning-fast 1.54-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 24. In addition to receiving four "hot" laps in a Winston Cup stock car, each grand-prize winner will attend a Friday evening reunion dinner celebration with members of The Coca-Cola Racing Family and their families. The prize package also includes a 5-day, 4-night trip for each winner and five family members or friends to Atlanta, 3-day admission tickets for the entire family to the NAPA 500 race and $2,000 spending money. Grand prize winners are: Brenda Cohen of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Frederick Martin of Albuquerque, N.M., Margaret Pritchard of Elizabeth City, N.C., Paula Ludemann of Sahuarita, Ariz., Lori Browning of Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Kristina Goin of Independence, Mo., Timothy Costick of Mary Esther, Fla., Beckie Thompson of Seadrift, Texas, and Virginia Kueker of Belton, Mo. Winners earned their trip through the Coca-Cola "Meet Our Family and Ride Along" instant win promotion. A 10th winner, Kathleen Gereg of Chicago Heights, Ill., was chosen via an interactive game on The Coca-Cola Racing Family is the cornerstone of Coca-Cola's involvement in NASCAR. Members include 2000 Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, 1999 Winston Cup Champion Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Steve Park, Ricky Rudd, Kyle Petty, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton, John Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Teresa Earnhardt, Kurt Busch, Elliot Sadler, Pattie Petty, Ned Jarrett, Glenn Jarrett, Kelley Jarrett, Jason Jarrett, and Greg Biffle.(Coka Cola PR)(10-23-2002)

  • Kids under 15 free: With adult tickets just $20, children under 15 admitted free, the Friday, Oct. 25 Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night at Atlanta Motor Speedway [scheduled for 7:00pm/et]. It will be the first night qualifying session for the NASCAR Winston Cup cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the track's 42-year history. But there will be much more than just that at next Friday's Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night. After the qualifying session is over, the Goody's Dash cars will rumble on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring, the frontstretch oval, for the Georgia-Pacific 150. It is the final event of the 2002 season for the Goody's Dash series. Gates open at 12noon/et and the BGN drivers will qualifying for the Aaron's 312 beginning at 1:45pm/et. Winston Cup practices from 3:20-5:20pm/et, and the BGN happy hour from 5:30-6:30pm/et.(AMS PR)(10-22-2002)

  • Grand Marshal at AMS: Grand Marshal Nick Scheele, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford Motor Company, has been a race fan for as long as he can remember. As a native of England, Scheele grew up watching the rocket-fast Formula One cars. Upon moving to the United States, Scheele became infatuated with the phenomenal show the NASCAR series puts on. While he has watched dozens of races on television, this will be the first time he has actually seen one in person and, of course, his first time serving as Grand Marshal. He will give the famous command for the drivers to start their engines, sending 43 engines rumbling down the frontstretch for Sunday's NAPA 500. Scheele said he won't be cheering for one specific driver this weekend, but rather a whole fleet of them. Scheele, 58, has worked in the automotive industry for 36 years in a variety of capacities, both in Europe and North America. He was chairman and CEO of Jaguar from 1992-1999 and is credited with leading the team that doubled the car maker's sales during that time. He took over as President and COO at Ford last October. Married and the father of three, Scheele is an active supporter of the Save the Children fund and the St. Basil's appeal for Homeless Children. Last year, Scheele was awarded a knighthood by the British Queen. Born in Essex, Scheele is an avid reader and an accomplished linguist, speaking several European languages fluently. Great seats are still available for the entire NAPA 500 weekend. For tickets, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.(AMS PR)(10-22-2002)

  • There Is Nothing Average About Atlanta's 30 Lead Change Guarantee: Through 31 races of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, the average number of lead changes per race is 17.96. But Atlanta Motor Speedway is far from average. Fans have come to expect a higher level of racing from the fastest track in NASCAR. That's why AMS has guaranteed a MINIMUM of 30 LEAD CHANGES for the Oct. 27 NAPA 500 weekend. Any fewer than 30 lead changes and fans will be able to subtract money from the price of their 2003 tickets at Atlanta - one dollar per lead change, to be exact [so if there are 25 lead changes - deduct $5]. Had the guarantee been in effect during the March MBNA America 500, AMS would have met its standard, as there were 34 lead changes that day. It is one of only two races this season that has produced more than 30 lead changes [The other being 35 at Talladega on Oct 6th]. Should the NAPA 500 not live up to its claim, fans have until Dec. 31 to return their used 2002 NAPA 500 ticket stubs to the ticket office and apply the dollar amount to a ticket for one of next year's races. The event must be run the full 325-lap distance for the offer to be valid. The all-new NAPA 500 weekend kicks off with Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night on Friday, Oct. 25 - the first NASCAR night qualifying session in track history.(more info and tix info at the Atlanta Motor Speedway site)(10-16-2002)

  • No Tix Increase at AMS in 2003: Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark announced recently that ticket prices will not increase for the 2003 season, which includes two Cup dates, a BGN race, an ARCA race and a full slate of car shows, driving schools and other events. The NOPI Nationals Motorsports Supershow will again be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, drawing more than 80,000 car enthusiasts from all over the country for a weekend festival.(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(9-9-2002)

  • Atlanta Guarantee's 30-Lead Changes in October: Over the last 10 NASCAR Winston Cup races, Atlanta Motor Speedway has averaged 26.3 lead changes per race; in the March MBNA America 500 at Atlanta, drivers recorded 34 official lead changes, more than any race to date this season. AMS President Ed Clark is so confident that the fans will see yet another race chock full of competitive racing and lead changes that he’s offering a guarantee. Clark is guaranteeing there will be at least 30 lead changes in the Oct. 27 NAPA 500. Should there be less, for every lead change under 30, fans will have the opportunity to subtract $1 from their ticket price for one of next year’s Winston Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scheduled for March 9 and Oct. 26. With as many as 135,000 grandstand and infield ticket buyers expected, the guarantee could mean a discount for a significant number of fans attending 2003 events. And should the NAPA 500 not live up to its claim, fans have until Dec. 31 to return their used 2002 NAPA 500 ticket stubs to the ticket office and apply the dollar amount to a ticket for one of next year’s races. The event must be run the full 325-lap distance to take advantage of this offer. But to be eligible for this guarantee, fans must attend the Oct. 27 NEW NAPA 500. Tickets are available in most grandstands with great seats starting as low as $30 for this exciting new lineup of races.(Atlanta Motor Speedway PR)(8-25-2002)

  • Pit Passes Available at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced that for the first time in history they will offer a limited number of $125 pre-race pit passes that fans can purchase for the Oct. 27 NAPA 500 Winston Cup race. For just $125, fans will have the chance to be inside the highly coveted pit area, in the heart of the racing activity. Pre-race pit passes are good for Sunday morning until 45 minutes prior to event time (12:15pm). As an added bonus, fans will also be allowed in the pit area for a limited time on Saturday morning. Fans must be at least 14 years old to be admitted into the pit area. Pre-race pit passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket.(AMS PR)(6-25-2002)

  • AMS Tix: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced a new discount ticket package for the Oct. 25-27 NEW NAPA 500 weekend, which will allow race fans to attend the Oct. 26 Aaron's 312 Busch race and the Oct. 27 NAPA 500 Winston Cup race for the extremely low price of $60. This limited $60 superticket offer will include: One reserved Weaver grandstand ticket (rows 14-18) for Sunday's NAPA 500 and one unreserved East Turn grandstand ticket for Saturday's Aaron's 312, one of the longest races of the year for the Busch Series drivers. The superticket will be available while supplies last and can only be purchased by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office.(Insider Racing)(6-18-2002)

  • 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


  • Double Duty at AMS: Twelve drivers are scheduled to run both Saturday's Aaron's 312 BGN race and Sunday's NAPA 500 Winston Cup race. The list includes Scott Wimmer (#27 Cup/#23 BGN), Jimmy Spencer (#41/#1), Mike Wallace (#14/#4), Kenny Wallace (#23/#48), Kerry Earnhardt (#83/#12), Jeff Green (#30/#21), Michael Waltrip (#15/#99), Greg Biffle (#16/#60), Tony Raines (#74/#33), Jamie McMurray (#40/#27), Jack Sprague (#60/#24) and Joe Nemechek (#25/#87).(AMS PR)(10-25-2002)

  • Kimmel in the #66: Frank Kimmel, the 2002 ARCA champion, will return to Atlanta for this weekend's NAPA 500 Winston Cup race. Kimmel, who attempted the make the race in March, will drive the #66 Pork The Other White Meat Ford.(AMS PR)(10-25-2002)

  • #27 Hood? hearing that Schindler Elevator Corporation will be on the hood of the #27 Siemens car driven by Scott Wimmer at Atlanta. If Wimmer does not make the race, then the logo could end up on the #23 Hills Brothers Coffee car instead, possibly on the deck lid/truck.(10-25-2002)

  • Larry Mac to spot for Buckshot: former Crew Chief and current Fox broadcaster, Larry McReynolds will be the spotter for Buckshot Jones at Atlanta, Jones is driving Michael Waltrip's #00 Charter Chevy.(10-25-2002)

  • Not Cup, but a few interesting Dash tidbits: Seventeen years ago, Ray Paprota was paralyzed from the waist down in an automobile accident. And in a way, that was the day his life began. Since losing the use of both legs, Paprota has counseled other disabled people, encouraging them to continue to live - not just exist. He has traveled the world playing wheelchair basketball. And this week, Paprota will try to realize another dream. This weekend, Paprota, 38, will attempt to become the first wheelchair-bound driver to make a NASCAR race in Friday's Georgia-Pacific 150 Goody's Dash race on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring. Paprota started out helping out a friend, who was racing Legends cars. After a few months of working on the car, Paprota figured if he was going to be at the track every weekend, he might as well try to drive. He refitted a Legends car so that he could drive it completely with his hands, then competed for the next five years on short tracks around the south, including Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thunder Ring. Paprota's Legends racing career caught the attention of legendary NASCAR driver Bobby Allison, who lives nearby. "Bobby Allison saw me race Legends cars and saw that I was real competitive," Paprota said. "He asked if I had an interest in competing at a higher level. We tried to step up and run in the ARCA series, but the controls of a Legends car are completely different, and we weren't ready to make that leap. We tried, but we never got comfortable with it. So we tabled that for a bit and tried to reengineer things." That's when Paprota hooked up with Danny Bagwell, another Alabama resident. Bagwell had a Craftsman Truck that he tried to outfit for Paprota, but NASCAR nixed that idea because of Paprota's relative inexperience on bigger tracks. Instead, Bagwell - a 10-year veteran of the Goody's Dash Series - offered to help build a car for Paprota. The two have worked out a system of modifications, which have been adjusted through months of trial and error. They include a CO2 bottle that runs all of the hand controls, a cable throttle that functions as a motorcycle linkage and a clutch system that is located on the shifter. Finally the team has constructed a working model, which Paprota tested for the first time last month at a track in Pennsylvania. After a few laps of real on-track experience, Paprota had a host of changes to make in order to make the car comfortable enough to drive. The crew - made up of a few volunteers, Paprota and Bagwell - went to work, then brought their final creation to Atlanta for an open test. Paprota logged more laps than he ever had before, suggested a few more modifications, and prepared himself to race.(AMS PR)
    AND Kelly Sutton travels to the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend to finish her first full season on the Goody’s Dash Series. But, unlike the other drivers, she can claim a victory without taking the checkered flag. The third-generation driver, and 30-year-old mother of two, is the first person with a known diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) to compete in a NASCAR series.(AMS PR)(10-25-2002)

  • Shepherd Withdraws: Morgan Shepherd announced today that he has decided to withdraw his #89 Racing With Jesus Ford from the entry list for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Shepherd also announced that he will be taking his #21 Racing With Jesus Ford truck to California next week for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200.(Catchfence)(10-24-2002)

  • Cope back in the #49 at Atlanta: Derrike Cope will return to driving duties at Atlanta in the #49 BAM Racing Dodge.(BAM Racing Site)(10-18-2002)

  • Buckshot to race at Atlanta UPDATE: Buckshot Jones will test a Chevrolet owned by Michael Waltrip on Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the Oct. 27 NAPA 500. Jones said the sponsorship deal he has is for one race, but there could be others added to the schedule if adequate funds can be secured. "Until you get the sponsorship, you can't do anything," Jones said. He said he feels comfortable returning to the circuit in Waltrip's car. "I know Michael and I know he's got good equipment," Jones said. "And He's capable of doing what I want to do." Since leaving the Petty Enterprises #44 Dodge after the Martinsville race, Jones has spent his time trying to work out a deal to continue racing. He's also trying to build a career as a land developer, but his desire to race is foremost at this point. In addition to driving the #15 NAPA Chevy, Waltrip has fielded Winston Cup cars this season for Kenny Wallace [#98 Aaron's at Talladega] and Jerry Nadeau [#00 Aaron's at Chicago].(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(9-28-2002)
    UPDATE: Charter Pipeline will be the primary sponsor for the Michael Waltrip owned #00 Chevy that Buckshot Jone's will driver at Atlanta.(Buckshot Jones site)(10-8-2002)

  • #60 Team adds race: Jack Sprague and the #60 Haas CNC Racing team will attempt to qualify for the Napa 500 at Atlanta on October 27. The decision to add the Atlanta venue to their 2002 schedule was made after qualifying was rained out last weekend in Charlotte. It will mark Sprague's second Winston Cup qualifying effort of the season in the #60 Haas CNC Racing Chevy. Sprague and the Haas CNC Racing team are also scheduled to run races at North Carolina Speedway on November 3 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17 as they prepare for the 2003 Winston Cup season.(Motorsports Management Group PR)(10-17-2002)

  • Kerry Earnhardt to run two additional Cup races in 2002 and four in 2003 with Aaron's: FitzBradshaw Racing has secured Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership as a primary sponsor for two NASCAR Winston Cup Series races this year and four during the 2003 Winston Cup season. The #83 Aaron's Dream Machine will be driven by Kerry Earnhardt at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13, 2002 and at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 27, 2002. Earnhardt currently drives the No. 12 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the BGN. He is also slated to field the #83 car in the October 6, 2002 Talladega race. In 2003, Earnhardt will drive the Aaron's Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, Talladega Superspeedway on April 6, Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 25 and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 3. The addition of the Aaron's Winston Cup sponsorship brings FitzBradshaw closer to its goals. Less than a year ago, the team announced its plan to run a full-season BGN schedule in 2002 and 2003, and to pursue limited Winston Cup Series race sponsorships for the latter part of the 2002 season and for select 2003 races. By 2004, FitzBradshaw plans to field its first full-season of Winston Cup Series racing. For more information on Aaron's, please visit PR), see an image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(9-23-2002)

  • BH Motorsports to Announce Plans for 2002-2003 UPDATE: BH Motorsports, who recently formed a strategic alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, will announce their 2002-2003 plans at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Thursday, Aug. 29th. The announcement will be regarding a planned minority driver development program and the team's acquisition of a primary advertiser, along with driver and crew chief introductions. The BH Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be unveiled(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE #54 Chevy, Hornaday to drive: BH Motorsports, who recently formed a strategic alliance with Hendrick Motorsports in an effort to establish a competitive African-American-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, today announced the National Guard as their primary advertiser during a media luncheon at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The #54 National Guard Chevy, named in recognition of the National Guard presence in 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will run a limited schedule in 2002, with aspirations for a full Winston Cup season in 2003. "We were fortunate to find BH Motorsports," said Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz, director of the Army National Guard. "The National Guard has a formidable diversity program, of which we are very proud, and the efforts of NASCAR, BH Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports are very consistent with the goals and objectives of that program. NASCAR fans have a great reputation for being loyal and dedicated, some of the values that are very important to us. When you go to a NASCAR race, just look around -- you see American flags everywhere. These fans love their sport and they love their country. These are the people that we're trying to reach," Schultz added. "We're honored to field the #54 Chevy with the National Guard as our partner," said Sam Belnavis, COO of BH Motorsports. "They, along with Hendrick Motorsports, are helping us lay the groundwork for a successful future in Winston Cup racing." Ron Hornaday has been named driver of the #54 for three Winston Cup dates this season, with veteran crew chief Doug Richert also joining the team. BH Motorsports' 2002 schedule includes the events at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 13, Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 27 and North Carolina Speedway on Nov. 3. Also announced were plans for the BH Motorsports-National Guard Driver Development Program for Minorities, which will allow drivers with diverse backgrounds the opportunity to compete on other racing circuits, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Hendrick Motorsports will continue to provide BH Motorsports with assistance in all phases of its racing operation, including marketing support, car and race-setup development, personnel recruitment and training, and corporate networking, in preparation for fielding the #54. Led by Belnavis and CEO Tinsley Hughes, who have a combined 35 years of motor sports experience, BH Motorsports will operate out of its new facility, located at the Mooresville Motorsports Center in Mooresville, N.C., effective immediately.(BH Motorsports PR)(8-29-2002)

  • Third BDR Team? UPDATE 3 Wimmer to stay in BGN too: Bill Davis Racing might field a third Winston Cup car for Scott Wimmer in selected races this season, Mike Brown said. Wimmer is driving a limited BGN schedule. The team fields [#23] Pontiacs in the BGN but has Dodges in the Winston Cup series, so what Wimmer's team learns at some tracks does not relate to the Winston Cup teams. Also, a third car gives the team another car to help promote its Cup sponsors. Wimmer's first race might be at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis in two months. If that goes well, he could go to other Cup races.(Roanoke Times)(6-10-2002)
    UPDATE - BDR to fold BGN team, moves up to Cup part time: NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reports this week that Bill Davis Racing will fold its #23 BGN team after the July 5 event at Daytona and move driver Scott Wimmer to the Winston Cup Series for seven races. The report says Siemens will sponsor the car, which will make its first appearance in the July 13 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-19-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Siemens will expand its strong relationship with Bill Davis Racing by moving its primary sponsorship from the BGN to the Cup series beginning July 14 in Chicago. Scott Wimmer, will pilot the #27 Siemens Dodge for a total of seven Winston Cup races, thus preserving his rookie status for 2003. After Chicago, Siemens will compete at Indianapolis, Bristol, Dover, Charlotte/Lowes, Atlanta and Phoenix. Siemens is completing its fifth year as a NASCAR sponsor and fourth with Bill Davis Racing. Siemens is also an associate sponsor with Hills Brothers Coffee on the #23 Dodge driven by race veteran Hut Stricklin. "This is a logical step for the entire organization," said Bill Davis of Bill Davis Racing.. "Wimmer's a great driver with a strong future, and Siemens is committed to developing a successful program." John Dimmerling, director, Corporate Marketing Communications for Siemens Energy & Automation, said,. "We value our relationship with Bill and Gail Davis, and their efforts to expand our racing program. Our goal is to take this increased Winston Cup presence and use it to leverage additional opportunities with our channel partners, as well as to increase the involvement of other Siemens operating companies." In 17 starts this year, 26-year-old Wisconsin native, Wimmer is sixth in Busch Series points, has.five top-five finishes,.seven top-10s, and 14 top-20s. (Bill Davis Racing PR) see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-1-2002)
  • Shelmerdine's Schedule Announced UPDATE #27: Atlanta-based Eastern Foods Inc. and their driver Kirk Shelmerdine have released a five-race schedule for the 2002 Cup season. Shelmerdine will drive a Ford as part of a two-car team effort with Brett Bodine. Shelmerdine will showcase the colors of Naturally Fresh Dressings & Dips and Jackaroo Sauces produced by EFI, Inc. for his first race at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte in May. The next race scheduled for the Naturally Fresh Racing team will be at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14th. The team will return to the Midwest to Kansas Speedway on September 29th.. Shelmerdine will bring the Naturally Fresh Ford back to Lowes Motor Speedway on October 13th and finish the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October. Eastern Foods Incorporated is based in Atlanta, GA has been actively involved in stock car racing sponsorship at various levels since 1991 and currently sponsors competitors in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. In returning to the Winston Cup Series, Eastern Foods, Inc. will also become an associate sponsor on the #11 Ford driven by Bodine.(Naturally Fresh Racing PR), no word on a car number.(4-4-2002)
    UPDATE: Shelmerdine's Ford will run the #27.(4-6-2002)

  • Bodine adds Indy, Phoenix and Atlanta(Oct): #09-Geoffrey Bodine says he will run as many as 10-12 races this season in cars from owner James Finch's Phoenix Racing shops. Sponsorship would come from the South Florida Miccosukee Indian tribe and its associates. Phoenix crew chief Marc Reno said his crew, which also operates Finch's BGN program that fields #1 Yellow Freight cars for Jimmy Spencer, is currently working on a couple of new Winston Cup chassis. Bodine, 52, started the year knowing the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Group would sponsor his #09 Ford in both races at Daytona, along with the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Miccosukee tribe stepped up to underwrite the two races at Talladega Superspeedway after Finch said he would reward Bodine's effort by running there anyway. They didn't stop there. "We're going to do Talladega, Daytona (Pepsi 400) and Homestead with the Miccosukee tribe," Bodine said. "And they came on to do Indy (Brickyard 400), Phoenix and Atlanta at the end of the year -- and maybe a few others to make 10-12 races this year." Bodine said the tribe, who have previously confined their sponsorship to events in their home state of Florida, "are talking to some other tribes to get them involved." When Finch's team came to Daytona, all it had in its Winston Cup arsenal was a pair of Ford Tauruses. Reno said the two cars currently under construction to do the Brickyard 400 test in June could become either Fords or Dodge Intrepids.(

  • See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team. And see my 2003 Team Chart


  • 3M Scheme: hearing (and found an image) that the #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac will feature 3M on the hood of the car at Atlanta, celebrating the company's 100th birthday.(10-23-2002)

  • Special paint for the #10 at Atlanta: #10-Johnny Benson will run a University of Kentucky scheme at Atlanta.(Johnny Benson Fanclub)(8-8-2002)

  • Special Stewart Schemes: hearing that #20-Tony Stewart will run Snoopy/Peanuts paint schemes at Bristol in August and at Atlanta in October, one is an orange scheme and one is black, maybe the Great Pumpkin at Atlanta?(5-19-2002)
    UPDATE: Tony Stewart's Peanut's scheme is scheduled as: Bristol. - Black with orange. "In Search of the Great Pumpkin" and Atlanta - Orange with black. "It's the Great Pumpkin".(6-7-2002)

  • Be an Original? UPDATE: hearing that #40-Sterling Marlin will run an original Coor's scheme for ten races in 2002(1-22-2002)
    UPDATE: Coors Chip Ganassi Racing withFelix Sabates has announced a Coors Original paint scheme for the #40 Dodge Intrepid R/T for 10 races during the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The #40 Coors Original Dodge paint scheme will kick off at Fontana and will also been seen at Dover, Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona, Pocono, Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta and Phoenix. Coors Brewing Company has been a committed sponsor of NASCAR Winston Cup racing for nearly two decades and is looking forward the high profile exposure that the Coors Original paint scheme will provide with the 21+ male NASCAR enthusiast market. Coors Original, Coors Brewing Company's flagship beer, is currently aligned with several other partnerships including Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and musicians Kid Rock and Toby Keith. Coors Original will leverage its relationship with Toby Keith by incorporating Keith elements onto the Coors Original car.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(4-22-2002)
    UPDATE 2: see images of the car on my 2002 Cup Paint Scheme page.(4-24-2002)
    ?? not sure but the scheme has not run at the last few races it was scheduled: Daytona, Pocono, Talladega(10-16-2002)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news


  • Gas Can Changes: NASCAR on Friday issued a technical bulletin requiring only metal red-painted fuel cans be used to refuel cars in the garage area. The rule change was prompted by a damaged plastic fuel container found by NASCAR officials last weekend at Martinsville. The container had a hole in it, apparently caused by the heat from the exhaust of a generator, said John Darby, Winston Cup series director. In addition, when fuel is added or removed from a car, the car must be outside of the garage stall. The fuel cans can no longer be stored in the garage stall and must be transported from the station to the pit area only in a NASCAR-approved cart.()(10-25-2002)

  • Ford can clinch at Atlanta: Ford can clinch its third manufacturer's championship in the last four years and 15th overall by finishing first, second or third among the four car makes in Sunday's race. The only way Ford will not clinch the title in Atlanta is if Chevrolet wins and Ford finishes fourth among the manufacturers. A Ford has not won on the Atlanta track since Dale Jarrett's Taurus took the checkered flag in the 1997 spring race, the last event run before the track was redesigned.(Daytona Beach News Journal/AP) see my Manufacturers Championship/Wins page for the rundown and standings.(10-24-2002)

  • Provisonals Rules changed a bit: NASCAR Officials announced this week that teams in the Cup and BGN will not be charged for using a provisional starting position if the entry field for an event is equal to or less than the number of starting positions provided by the official entry blank.[such as 43 at a Cup race]. A team is granted a maximum season allotment of eight provisionals [charged provisional, if not in the top 25 in Owners Points] and under this amendment, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37-43 will not count against this allotment. Prior to this amendment, teams were charged for a provisional regardless of the number of entries at an event.( For more info on provisionals, see my Provisionals Status page.(3-21-2002)

  • New Pit Road Rules: NASCAR will change its policies for speeding violations on pit road following confusion over an infraction for which eventual race-winner Sterling Marlin was never penalized a week ago at Las Vegas. NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the changes Sunday morning at the drivers’ meeting prior to the MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new rules go into effect next weekend at Darlington Raceway. The key change is that, under green-flag conditions, the penalty for speeding on the way onto pit road will now be the same as the penalty for speeding off the pit lane. The new penalty will be what NASCAR is calling a “pass through,” meaning the offending car will have to come off the track and travel the length of pit road at its speed limit without stopping. Under the old rule, a car speeding on the way onto pit road during a green-flag stop was held for 15 seconds in its pit stall. A car speeding off pit road was brought back to its pit box for a stop-and-go penalty. During last week’s UAW 400 at Las Vegas, NASCAR officials said Marlin was speeding as he came to his pit stall after being spun out in Turn 4. NASCAR’s race control officials called for the 15-second penalty, but that message was not heard by the official working in Marlin’s pit stall. Marlin left without serving a penalty and NASCAR decided not to enforce any further sanction, saying that bringing Marlin back to pit road would be too severe of a penalty. Since the usual penalty for speeding on the exit to pit lane was to bring a car back in for a stop-and-go, that raised the question of why the sanction for speeding on the way out should be more severe for speeding on the way in. The rule change announced Sunday addresses that issue. Helton admitted Sunday that not giving Marlin a penalty last week might not have been the right decision. Helton said the change was made to avoid the kind of confusion and miscommunication that happened at Las Vegas. Under the rule that goes into effect next week, a driver speeding on the way in and on the way out on the same pit stop will be brought back in for a stop-and-go penalty. A driver who exceeds the pit road speed limit as he serves the “pass through” penalty for speeding will also get a stop-and-go. The penalty for speeding in or out of a pit stop made under yellow-flag conditions will not change - the offending car will be sent to the end of the longest line of traffic for the restart.()(3-10-2002)
    UPDATE: plus a nice breakdown at RacingOne:
    The New Pit Road Rules

    Speeding Entering Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed.

    Speeding Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: Stop and Go
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed

    Entering and Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds after stop; brought back for stop and go
    New Penalty: Stop and Go

    Speeding on Pass Through
    New Penalty: Stop and Go
    Multiple Violations: NASCAR’s Discretion.(RacingOne)(3-11-2002)

  • Spoilers - not at Daytona/Talladega: the spoilers 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
    70 degrees at intermediate tracks.(2-22-2002)

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