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THE RACE: Sharpie 500

Winston Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, August 24, 2002 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: TNT - 8:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Aug 27th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Aug 28th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Aug 29th, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $4,598,287 (was $3,914,417 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 85.106mph, started 18th

  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Track/Race Length: 0.533-mile concrete oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, August 23rd, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Friday, August 23rd, 4:45 - 5:30pm/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 23rd, 6:15 - 7:00pm/et on TV-Speed Channel 6:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 23rd, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 23rd at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT and live via PRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). No re-air as far as I know.

  • 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)

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, August 2000, 125.447mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, March 2002, 127.216mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Green, 123.674mph, finished 42nd.

    Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~147,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch(1 must be shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    See below for special Bristol pit road rules.

  • Track Homepage: Bristol Motor Speedway

    PAST RACE WINNERS of All past races at Bristol

  • All Time Bristol Winners and Pole Sitters (BMS Site)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $190,000 at Bristol 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(8-18-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
Airtime: 7:30pm/et
Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland
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 Bristol, TN Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Bristol Herald Courier
Greenville Sun
Kingsport Times-News
Knoxville News
The Tennessean

Weather Forcasta for the Area
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service
The Weather Pit

Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
ARS Racing - Bristol Track Review
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Red Barn Campground - Bristol

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Gordon ends 'the streak' at Bristol: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Sharpie 500 at Bristol with a bump and run on #2-Rusty Wallace with a few laps to go. It is Gordon's first 2002 win, his first since Kansas last September, his first win in 31 races, his 59th career win, and Gordon has now won at least on race in each of the last nine seasons. Wallace ended up 2nd, blamed #25-Nemechek for slowing him up (Nemechek is also Gordon's teammate). The cars that finished on the lead lap:

    #24-Gordon (235 laps led)
    #2-Wallace (16 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (140 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (38 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (10 laps led)

    #97-Busch (45 laps led)
    #14-Wallace (nice run)

    #10-Benson (16 laps led)

    Cars are the lead lap: 13
    Lap Leaders (laps led): #8-Earnhardt Jr(140); #24-Gordon(235); #10-Benson(16); #97-Busch(45); #17-Kenseth(10); #29-Harvick(38); #2-Wallace(16)
    DNF's: #27-Wimmer(out); #49-Cope(out); #26-Bodine(out); #28-Rudd(engine-out); #21-Sadler(out); #23-Stricklin(accident-out); #22-Burton(accident-out);

    Cautions: 15 for 118 laps
    Caution 15, Lap 404-423: #8-Earnhardt Jr tapped #22-Burton, sending Burton hard into the outside wall hard. Burton got out of the car and threw his heat sheilds (for his feet) at Earnhardt Jr's window net. During the caution, #20-Stewart ran into the #44-Nadeau car and knocked an oil line or broke the oil cooler in the engine compartment, spilling oil on the track and pit road. Stewart lost 3 laps in the pits.
    Caution 14, Lap 378-387: Yep, on the restart again as #31-Gordon punted #48-Johnson who spun and was collected by #6-Martin. #31-Gordon then raced leader #10-Benson to get his lap back bumping Benson a few times. NASCAR then black flagged Gordon for two laps, penalized for rough driving. Gordon said Johnson missed a shift, Johnson said he never got a chance to shift as Gordon was bumping him before the green flag. Johnson gave Gordon the 'one finger salute'. #43-Andretti also spun during the accident.
    Caution 13, Lap 371-375: #7-Atwood and #4-Skinner got together, Atwood spun and #77-Blaney ran into the rear of Atwood's car, not too much damage to any of the cars and they all drove away. The race leaders (top 8) came into pit.
    Caution 12, Lap 348-355: #19-Mayfield tapped #23-Stricklin in turn 3 and Stricklin backed into the wall hard, but walked away, after giving Mayfield some appluase and a thumbs up.
    Caution 11, Lap 334-338: #12-Newman and #6-Martin got together with Newman spinning and hitting the wall. #5-Labonte was also involved and got a little damage.
    Caution 10, Lap 316-330: #32-Craven was against the outside wall out of the groove, #30-Green had a head of steam going and rear-ended Craven. NASCAR used some extra time to blow the car off.
    Caution 9, Lap 299-307: Yep, on the restart after Caution 8, #19-Mayfield got a slow start (may had missed a shift) on the inside lane (for lap down cars), #88-Jarrett, who was behind Mayfield, got into the back of Mayfield who spun and went up the track and when he came back down collected Jarrett, #99-Burton had no place to go and hit Jarrett. #18-Labonte and #97-Busch also got some damage during the accident.
    Caution 8, Lap 292-297: #1-Park spun around in turn 2, looks like no one else was involved, no damage to the #1 Chevy. All the lead lap cars came in for service.
    Caution 7, Lap 169-174: Debris on the track from the #49-Cope car, who cut a tire down and tore some sheet metal off the fender that stayed on the track.
    Caution 6, Lap 151-156: #48-Johnson bumped the wall between turn 3 and 4 and spun.
    Caution 5, Lap 69-75: #21-Sadler and #25-Nemechek got together with Sadler suffering severe damage to the car after hitting the inside back stretch wall. Sadler was not happy and felt Nemechek came down on him.
    Caution 4, Lap 57-61: #32-Craven tapped by #31-Gordon and spun, but didn't hit anything and only had minimal damage.
    Caution 3, Lap 31-35: #55-Hamilton tapped #31-Gordon, causing the #31 to spin. #48-Johnson spun a bit to avoid Gordon but recovered and went on.
    Caution 2, Lap 18-22: #26-Bodine spun again, he thought something broke and he ended up against the inside wall again.
    Caution 1, Lap 7-11: #48-Johnson slowed and the #26-Bodine car couldn't slow down, tapped the #48 and spun after the #40-Marlin car ran into the rear of Bodine, hitting the inside wall. #1-Park and #90-Hooper also spun with Park getting some damage in the back. #26-Bodine was able to get a lap back when Earnhardt Jr slowed to let him back.
    NOTES: #48-Johnson is back on the track as of lap 410 after his run in with #31-Gordon. #28-Rudd is having overheating problems and is in the garage as of lap 275, bad engine out of the race. Around lap 243, #21-Sadler is back on the track, missing much of the front sheet metal. #5-Labonte had a flat tire on lap 167 and pitted during the green, Labonte's motor is also down on power and has a miss. #40-Marlin was penalized during the 4th caution for dragging the jack down pit road. Early in the race, #11-Bodine had his brakes lock up and spend 59 laps in the garage for repairs.
    Race Re-Air: The Sharpie 500 will re-air as follows.....TNT on Tues, Aug 27th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Aug 28th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Aug 29th, 1:00am/et
    Race Results: at or

  • Unofficial Points Standings:
    #40-Marlin 3240
    #6-Martin -95
    #24-Gordon -111
    #20-Stewart -139
    #48-Johnson -145
    For unofficial standings, see .(8-24-2002)

  • Bristol Rumblings: This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Ken Schrader (+26), followed by Mike Wallace (+23), Bobby Hamilton (+23), Jeff Burton (+23), Sterling Marlin (+20), and John Andretti (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ward Burton (-28), Ricky Rudd (-24), and Ryan Newman (-22). It's the second BD of the season for Ward. Johnny Benson led tonight for the first time since Martinsville last October. He's the 42nd different driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 48. Lance Hooper (31st) had his best finish since he was 24th here in August of 1997 (only 4 races). STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.(StockCarFans Newletter)(8-25-2002)

  • To the Back - Sadler and Skinner: #21-Elliott Sadler's team changed an engine after Friday's first practice, so Sadler will go to the rear of the field before the green flag on Saturday night. Sadler also crashed on his qualifying lap, no word on if he will go to a backup, the nose got pushed in against the inside wall.(8-23-2002)
    UPDATE: it was reported on Fox Sports Net's NASCAR This Morning that the #4-Mike Skinner team changed engines and will have to go to the back of the field, joining Sadler. Skinner starts 42nd, Sadler 43rd (goes by who qualified best)(8-24-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Bristol for the Sharpie 500. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 121.520, followed by #9-Bill Elliott at 120.763 and #30-Jeff Green at 120.038. Slowest were #90-Lance Hooper at 117.050, #49-Derrike Cope at 117.150 and #15-Michael Waltrip at 117.552. For speed see .(8-23-2002)

  • Some Bristol Stats: The top-five drivers in the Winston Cup points race have a mathematical chance of leaving Bristol as the points leader. However, should Mark Martin win the Sharpie 500, Sterling Marlin can maintain his lead by finishing seventh or better regardless of lap leader bonus points for either. Forty-seven of 83 Cup races at Bristol have been won from the first four starting positions (57 percent). Only 13 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-23-2002)

  • Five Different Winners: The last five short-track races have been won by a different driver: Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Kurt Busch, Ricky Craven and Ricky Rudd. Dating back to last season, Stewart has won three of the last nine short-track races.(Roanoke Times)(8-22-2002)

  • Gordon wins the pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol: #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole at Bristol with a speed of 124.034mph, his 3rd Bud Pole of 2002 and 42nd of his career. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr is on the outside pole with a speed of 123.937mph. The speeds and provisonals and misses:

    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    1 43 43 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 124.034 124.436 1 5
    2 36 36 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 123.937 123.738 2 16
    3 42 42 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 123.905 122.302 19 14
    4 44 44 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 123.873 123.546 4 7
    5 6 6 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 123.857 123.586 3 8
    6 35 35 32 Ricky Craven Ford 123.666 122.100 25 15
    7 38 38 97 Kurt Busch Ford 123.586 122.764 12 12
    8 4 4 22 Ward Burton Dodge 123.570 122.827 10 26
    9 17 16 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 123.546 122.992 8 28
    10 5 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.539 122.115 24 9
    11 45 45 41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 123.539 122.224 21 23
    12 7 7 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 123.443 122.701 14 19
    13 33 33 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 123.435 123.071 6 29
    14 24 23 12 Ryan Newman Ford 123.356 123.348 5 11
    15 12 12 28 Ricky Rudd Ford 123.316 122.388 17 6
    16 32 32 4 Mike Skinner Chevy 123.277 122.162 22 34
    17 31 30 7 Casey Atwood Dodge 123.197 122.263 20 36
    18 22 21 30 Jeff Green Chevy 123.142 122.701 13 18
    19 2 2 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 123.103 122.835 9 10
    20 26 25 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 122.858 122.061 26 37
    21 34 34 6 Mark Martin Ford 122.835 121.528 37 2
    22 30 29 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 122.811 121.774 33 24
    23 20 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 122.693 121.728 34 20
    24 46 46 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 122.638 122.349 18 17
    25 10 10 26 Todd Bodine Ford 122.631 121.489 40 31
    26 1 1 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 122.623 122.772 11 4
    27 19 18 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 122.529 121.921 29 1
    28 14 14 11 Brett Bodine Ford 122.513 121.906 31 39
    29 11 11 49 Derrike Cope Dodge 122.443 122.435 16 42
    30 28 27 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 122.435 123.032 7 22
    31 18 17 27 Scott Wimmer Dodge 122.380 121.991 28 66
    32 29 28 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 122.341 121.512 39 40
    33 40 40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 122.341 121.451 41 3
    34 37 37 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevy 122.154 122.584 15 27
    35 13 13 44 Jerry Nadeau Dodge 121.898 121.798 32 38
    36 41 41 99 Jeff Burton Ford 121.682 121.612 36 13
    37 15 31 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 121.543 120.923 44 25
    38 21 20 1 Steve Park Chevy 121.512 121.914 30 35
    39 8 8 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 121.205 121.528 38 45
    40 47 47 23 Hut Stricklin Dodge 121.136 121.052 43 33
    41 16 15 43 John Andretti Dodge 121.075 121.689 35 30
    42 25 24 77 Dave Blaney Ford 120.748 122.139 23 21
    43 27 26 51 Carl Long Dodge 120.361 121.382 42 none
    44 23 22 90 Lance Hooper Ford 119.388 118.496 46 41
    45 39 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Ford 119.195 117.870 47 62
    46 3 3 71 Tim Sauter Chevy 118.459 118.767 45 44
    47 9 9 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 0 121.999 27 32


    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    37 25 24 77 Dave Blaney Ford 120.748 122.139 23 21
    38 15 31 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 121.543 120.923 44 25
    39 16 15 43 John Andretti Dodge 121.075 121.689 35 30
    40 9 9 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 0 121.999 27 32
    41 47 47 23 Hut Stricklin Dodge 121.136 121.052 43 33
    42 21 20 1 Steve Park Chevy 121.512 121.914 30 35
    43 23 22 90 Lance Hooper Ford 119.388 118.496 46 41
    x 3 3 71 Tim Sauter Chevy 118.459 118.767 45 44
    x 8 8 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 121.205 121.528 38 45
    x 39 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Ford 119.195 117.870 47 62
    x 27 26 51 Carl Long Dodge 120.361 121.382 42 none

  • Lineup/Qual Results also at:

    (Speeds compiled from watching Speed Channel and listening to MRN radio)(8-23-2002)

  • NOTES: #36-Ken Schrader spun during his first lap, but didn't hit anything, had a flat tire and couldn't make the 2nd lap will have to use a provisional. #77-Dave Blaney (with some Lipton signage on his car) spun on his first lap, didn't hit anything, turned around and ran his qualifying lap, but was slow. #21-Elliott Sadler didn't go out at his scheduled time, as thge team had to change an engine after practice, he went out 31st and made his first lap, but spun and hit the wall.(8-23-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Bristol: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #20-Tony Stewart, 1st out to qualify, 122.623, starts 26th
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 2nd out, 123.103, starts 19th
    #22-Ward Burton, 4th out, 123.570, starts 8th
    #9-Bill Elliott, 6th out, 123.857, starts 5th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 36th out, 123.937, starts 2nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 43rd out, 124.034, on the pole

  • First Friday Practice is over at Bristol for the Sharpie 500. #24-Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 124.436mph, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 123.738 and #9-Bill Elliott at 123.586. Slowest were #89-Morgan Shepherd at 117.870, #90-Lance Hooper at 118.496 and #71-Tim Sauter at 118.767. For speeds see .(8-23-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol. See above for the link(s). 47 drivers/cars listed. #20-Tony Stewart is scheduled to attack the track first with #23-Hut Stricklin geared to go out last.(8-23-2002)

  • Entry List for the Sharpie 500 is up at See above for the link. 48 cars/drivers are listed including #02-Hermie Sadler, #27-Scott Wimmer, #37-Derrike Cope, #49-Shawna Robinson, (thought the next race for the team was at Darlington), #51-Carl Long, #71-Tim Sauter, #89-Morgan Shepherd, and #90-Lance Hooper.(8-20-2002)
    UPDATE: looks like 47 cars now, #49-BAM Racing has Derrike Cope in the car and the #37 car is off the list.(8-21-2002)

  • 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 and on my Race Results/Points page


  • Pretty Cool - Pennsylvania Miners named grand marshals of BGN race at Bristol: The Pennsylvania Miners have accepted Food City's invitation to serve as grand marshals of the Busch series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. "The hearts of Americans everywhere were held captive as they prayerfully watched the 77 hour rescue efforts," commented Steve Smith, chief executive officer and president for K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., Food City's parent company. "Our company was founded in Grundy, Virginia, a part of Virginia's coal mining country. Having grown up in Grundy myself and being so familiar with the coal mining industry, I was especially touched by the tragedy. Even though we've never met, after watching the ordeal and the bravery they exhibited, you feel a special connection with them," added Smith. Thus far, Food City has received attendance confirmations from eight of the nine miners. They will have the honor of broadcasting the four most famous words in motor sports to a field of 43 NASCAR Busch Series drivers to start the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I'm honored to be part of such a special event," stated Pennsylvania miner Randy Fogle. "I would like to thank Food City, Bristol Motor Speedway and NASCAR for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We're looking forward to a great weekend of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway."(BMS PR)(8-21-2002)

  • Air Dam Rule not in effect at Bristol, after that...? NASCAR spokeswoman Danielle Frye said the rule adjustment made to the Chevy and Pontiac last weekend at Michigan will not be in effect for Saturday night's Winston Cup race at Bristol. Chevy teams were allowed to extend their front air dams by one inch, while Pontiac teams were allowed to extend theirs by 1/2-inch at Michigan. NASCAR said at the time of the announcement it would evaluate the change after the race. Frye said no decision had been made beyond this weekend's race at Bristol.()(8-22-2002)

  • Nadeau motorsports’ ‘best man,’ at least for a day: With as many as 15 couples ready to "tie the knot" Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway, Georgia-Pacific Dodge driver Jerry Nadeau just couldn’t let that pass. The Danbury, Ct., native and his sponsor, Georgia-Pacific, will play a major role in the weddings. Nadeau is serving as honorary best man for each couple, while Georgia-Pacific is supplying the first wedding gifts through a gift package. The weddings begin at 11:00am/et Saturday. Speedway officials did set some prerequisites. All participants must fulfill all license requirements and meet with Sullivan County’s Deputy Clerk Sue Jones, who will officiate over all proceedings. They must all have tickets to Saturday’s Sharpie 500 as well. "The folks at Georgia-Pacific and I just wanted to do something that might make the day even more special for these couples," Nadeau said. "Obviously, this is something they are going to remember the rest of their lives. It might end up being something I remember the rest of my life too. I’m looking forward to it."(Williams Company PR)(8-21-2002)

  • Sharpie Finalists: Sharpie announced the 10 semifinalists for the grand prize in its “You Could Win $1,000,000” program, one of whom will race to possibly a big pay day at the Sharpie 500 in Bristol, Tennessee on August 24. The semifinalists were chosen randomly from the more than 245,000 entries in a national sweepstakes program. Participants include: Joan Adams of Rock Hill, South Carolina; Barbara Cox of Reynolds, Georgia; Daniel Ferneyhough of Woodstock, Ontario; John Handforth of Kent, Washington; Robert Kerns of Linesville, Pennsylvania; Terrence McCauley of Overland, Missouri; Dennis Morton of Newtown, Pennsylvania; Mona Neal of Huntsville, Alabama; Yvette Schneider of Forest Hills, New York and Kerry Williams of Indianapolis. See more on my Racing Contest page.(Sharpie PR)(8-21-2002)

  • Get Hitched at Bristol: Each year, many fans ask to use the Speedway as a wedding chapel during the NASCAR Winston Cup weekends, and this year officials worked out a program open to all wedding planners. More than a dozen couples likely will exchange vows at the start-finish line before the sold out Sharpie 500. "In the past, we dealt with each request individually and, frankly, discouraged people because we did not believe we could give them and their weddings the attention they deserved during a race weekend," said Jeff Byrd, president and general manager. "However, that goes against our policy to try to do whatever we can to grant fan requests, so let the wedding march begin." Speedway officials set some prerequisites. All participants must fulfill all license requirements and meet with Sullivan County's Deputy Clerk Sue Jones, who will officiate over all proceedings. And, all must have tickets to the race. "We didn't want to encourage people to get married, divorced and remarried each year just so they could get tickets to the Sharpie 500 night race," said Byrd. The mass ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.. Jones will perform each marriage individually.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(8-13-2002)

  • Bristol News - Construction and Coolers: Contrary to popular belief, there's not a waiting list for tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway. But, add more seats and it won't take long for them to be sold. While 147,000 race fans will be in Bristol for the Food City 500, there is good news for race fans without tickets. Sometime in the next two years, the capacity will grow again. "We don't exactly know how it's going to go yet, this may be something we start immediately following the August race, or it might be something we hold off a year on," Trout said. "The backstretch will be reconstructed in the next couple of years, and it will basically become a mirror image of the frontstretch. "There will be terrace level seating, there will be seats that flip down and then there will be aluminum style bench seats. With that we don't know how many new seats we're going to pick up yet, but we're going to get to the point where we're somewhere between 155,000 and 160,000 fans here watching a race," said Ben Trout, BMS manager of communication. Even though Bristol won't have as many seats as some bigger tracks, put 160,000 fans in a bowl-like "football stadium" and that's still a lot of people. Not only with the seats fill up in a hurry, but there is a waiting list for the suites that will also be constructed when the backstretch is reconstructed.
    Tunnel: For the first time since 1992, a portion of the track at Bristol Motor Speedway was replaced. While the pedestrian tunnel that resulted may not directly benefit most fans, it's certainly a welcome sight to those folks who spend a long race day in the infield. After Martinsville built a similar tunnel last year, Bristol was on the only track on the NASCAR circuit without one. Now an eight-foot high and nine-foot wide structure has been constructed under turn three, running from the Goodyear Tire building and exiting under the Waltrip Grandstands, the same area where the on-track crossover is still located. Not only is the tunnel a welcome addition for media, race officials and sponsors looking to leave or to simply get a breath of fresh air, it will also be accessible by golf cart in case of an emergency. In order to construct the tunnel, a small section of concrete and asphalt was removed. After a trench was dug, a local company, Permatile, constructed concrete boxes that were sealed together to make the tunnel. That portion of track was resurfaced in the same manner it was nearly a decade ago. While no testing has been done to ensure the quality of the track that has been replaced, Trout is confident the surface will hold up fine.[was reported that #23-Stricklin tested there recently](Bristol Herald Courier)
    Coolers Bristol Motor Speedway will continue to allow coolers and other carry-in items no larger than 14 inches. All carry-in items will be inspected. No glass, umbrellas, weapons of any kind, or other items that may pose a safety hazard will be allowed. See the Speedway Fan Info Guide, Page A-19, for a list of prohibited items. Please allow plenty of extra time for this inspection process. BMS will continue this policy as long as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies allow.(BMS Site)(2-28-2002)

  • New Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway will operate under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in Winston Cup that utilizes two pit roads. Teams that pit on the backstretch are usually at a competitive disadvantage. Winston Cup series director John Darby said event director David Hoots recently made a trip to Bristol and developed the plan to use one pit road under caution. Teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme. The new plan requires no additional construction at the track, Darby said.()(2-14-2002)

  • New Bristol Victory Lane UPDATE: Bristol Motor Speedway is in the process of moving victory lane. The old victory lane will be closed and a new one is under construction as the track is constructing a new building adjacent to the Goodyear building and victory lane will actually be built on top of the building.(WCYB)(2-1-2002)
    UPDATE: For the first time, Bristol Motor Speedway fans will be able to enjoy the celebration in victory lane. "This project was the brainchild of (BMS general manager) Jeff Byrd," BMS director of communications Wayne Estes said. "Jeff has forever wanted more fans to see what goes on in victory lane. We have found a way to accomplish that." Over the past few weeks, track workers have been constructing a new building on the backstretch. When work is complete, fans will be able to see the winning car and his crew after the race. "We've had a tent in turn three behind the Goodyear building that has served as the site for the NASCAR church services and drivers meetings,'' Estes said. "By moving the tent and adding the new building, fans almost all the way around the track will be able to watch the victory lane ceremonies. In the past, our victory lane had been tucked away in the middle of the track and kind of shielded on all sides." The new setup will offer a much clearer view. Driver's meeting, church services and post-race interviews will be held in the new building. "Victory lane will now be at the top of the highest building in the infield,'' Estes said. "When a driver wins the race, he will come off the track at turn four, drive through the infield and then make a left hand turn to go up a ramp. It's going to be a long ramp with an S shape that starts out flat and gradually goes up. The driver will be able to wave at everyone in the turn three and four stands as he gets out of the car."(Bristol Herald Courier)(2-13-2002)

  • 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 - Bristol Motor Speedway


  • Cope in the #49 Again: Derrike Cope will drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend with support from MNR Productions. MNR provided the race car design to Billy Ray Cyrus to promote his hit PAX TV program Doc. Cyrus stars as Clint Cassidy, a country doctor from Montana whose love for a woman has forced him to practice medicine in New York City. The series airs Sundays at 8:00pm and again at 9:00pm on PAX TV. "We’re very glad to be taking our team to Bristol, especially after having such a great weekend in Michigan," said Elizabeth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "Derrike and the guys did a wonderful job at Michigan. We stayed on the lead lap and would have had a solid finish," she said. Cope ran as high as fourth in the race and appeared to be headed to as much as a top-10 finish before some untimely cautions. BAM Racing had prepared a car for Bristol but debated adding the race to its modified schedule for the season. The team had been formed with the plan of running a limited NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in order to build a strong foundation for the future. "The opportunity to work with Derrike again was one we all wanted," Morgenthau said. "The Michigan race was a large step forward for us. It was a real morale booster for everyone on the team. We had the chance to see our car in the top five for part of the race, and we saw great work on everyone’s part to keep us among the lead lap cars all day long. Maybe we can carry some of that momentum over to Bristol," she continued. "Obviously, those are two very different race tracks requiring two very different styles of driver and car. But our people are experienced, talented and eager to race"(Williams Company)(8-21-2002)
    IMAGE: see my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image of the car.(8-22-2002)

  • Shepherd to attempt Bristol: Morgan Shepherd and the #89 Racing With Jesus Ford will head to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the running of the Sharpie 500. Shepherd's fans, who have been extremely supportive, will be thrilled to see this logo from his #21 Craftsman Truck appear on the hood of his Winston Cup car for this event. It will be the first time this logo will appear in Winston Cup. Shepherd will attempt to qualify his unsponsored #89 Cup car at a track where he holds the record of four wins in the BGN. Morgan welcomes Loren Lanter and a crew member from Loren's Late Model team who will be assisting with crew duties this weekend. Additionally, Todd Bradburry. from the Pro Truck Series Division, out of Concord, NC., will come on board this weekend as a first time crew member. Ted Jackson will return with Morgan, as well. Morgan wishes to thank these crew members for their assistance., Racing With Jesus Ministries and continue to be proud associate sponsors for Shepherd Racing and look forward to continued affiliation. Negotiations will begin soon for primary sponsorship for the 2003 season.(STB Marketing Group PR)(8-22-2002)

  • Hermie Sadler adds Bristol to Schedule: Add #02-Hermie Sadler’s name to the mix this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.. Sadler announced today that he will run the Sharpie 500 this weekend. In addition, Sadler will attempt a double duty effort with entries in the BGN and CUP races at Richmond (sept 6-7th). Sadler has extended his original schedule and also plans to race at New Hampshire next month. "We had been planning to race at Bristol all year,” stated Sadler. “We had a few sponsorship opportunities that we worked on for the race at Bristol but they didn’t pan out. We are running three of the next four races Winston Cup races and the track time at Bristol will help us a great deal. The crew has the car ready and in our last Winston Cup race we finished 18th. We feel confident we’ll have a good weekend." At Richmond, The Virginia Lottery will sponsor Sadler’s Winston Cup car and The Bank of Southside Virginia will sponsor the BGN car. Sadler initially did not want to run more than seven Winston Cup races this season to maintain his Rookie eligibility. However, he now feels it is in his best interest to run as many races as possible. According to Sadler, "I want to show people that I can be competitive. When seats start opening up I want teams to think about me.. The best way to make that happen is to be at the track. I am excited about the next few months." For more information on sponsorship opportunities available for the Bristol and New Hampshire Winston Cup races, please contact Brett Griffin @ (704) 992-1021.(Sadler Enterprises PR)(8-20-2002)

  • Tim Sauter to drive the #71 at Bristol: Tim Sauter will attempt to make his Winston Cup debut this weekend at Bristol in the #71 Marcis Racing Chevy. Dave Marcis' nephew Rob Marcis will crew chief the car. Earlier this season, Marcis fielded cars for Tim's father Jim Sauter at the Brickyard 400 at Indy (but failed to make the race) and for Tim's older brother Jay's Cup debut at Texas in April.(

  • Hooper in the #90 at Bristol? UPDATE: hearing the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford will be driven at Bristol by Lance Hooper.(see a few images of the car on the Hooper site.
    UPDATE: Legendary Car Owner, Junie Donlavey, will make his return to Cup at Bristol. Donlavey will be assisting driver Lance Hooper, Roger Smith and former Winston Cup owner Richard Jackson in their efforts to make their first start of the season. Lucas Oil will serve as primary sponsor with JJ Baker Homes, Ingles Markets and Suburban Lodges of America as associate sponsors of the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford. "Richard is a good friend of mine. He approached me about helping Lance and Roger out and I thought it would be great opportunity for all those involved," Donlavey said. Donlavey Racing is still under operation in Richmond although it is in a scaled back manner. "We will be back," Donlavey said. " We are actively searching for sponsorship to run some races later in the year and a full season next. I enjoy being at the track and competition that is involved in this sport."(Keystone Marketing PR), see images of the car at my Paint Scheme Gallery.(8-19-2002)

  • Morgan-McClure announcement at Bristol? hearing that the #4 Morgan McClure to Pontiac announcment could come at Bristol the weekend of August 23-24th.(8-15-2002)

  • 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


  • Stewart works for Peanuts™: Action Performance announced a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing, The Home Depot and United Media that will bring the Peanuts™ characters from the strip created by Charles M. Schulz back to the racetrack. This time, the Peanuts™ gang will be on the lookout for the harbinger of Halloween-The Great Pumpkin, and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Tony Stewart will be leading the way. The Peanuts™ characters will be featured twice at the track as part of this year's Great Pumpkin event. Initially, Stewart will pilot the black #20 The Home Depot/In Search of the Great Pumpkin Pontiac during the August night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart's final Peanuts™-themed car also will be unveiled in August and ultimately will race during the October event in Atlanta.(Action Performance Companies PR), see my Paint Scheme Gallery for images of each scheme.(8-23-2002)

  • #36 at Bristol - It's Purple: NASCAR fans voted and rallied for their favorite new color of "M&M's" Chocolate Candies, then waited for the results. This weekend, the wait is over. Kenny Schrader will finally climb behind the wheel of the purple #36 "M&M's"® Pontiac at Bristol Motor Speedway for the race under the lights. Schrader will also be sporting a purple uniform to complete his new look for the weekend. "The people have spoken, and they said they wanted to see me in a purple car, so I guess that's just what they'll get this weekend in Bristol. The car's going to look quite sporty under the lights," Schrader said. "To be honest with you, I'm pretty darned relieved that they didn't choose pink." {Jayski's vote] The purple paint scheme is in honor of "M&M's"® first-ever Global Color Vote, which ran from March until May of this year. More than 10 million voters in 200 countries selected which color - purple, pink or aqua - would join the famous candy mix as part of the vote. While candy lovers around the globe were choosing which color they wanted to add to the "M&M's"® mix, NASCAR fans were debating which color car they wanted to see Schrader drive around a high-banked, short track. Although pink was a heavy favorite in the Winston Cup garage area, purple took the top spot when all the voting was finalized and tabulated. Purple received 41 percent of the vote, aqua garnered 38 percent and pink rounded it out with 19 percent. The remaining two percent of the vote went to various write-in colors. See an image of the scheme on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(8-21-2002)

  • Special Paint for Bristol: The #22 Caterpillar Dodge driven by Ward Burton will sport the flames/CAT deals scheme at Bristol this week. Also will have the Purple #36 M&M's, the #20 in The Peanut's scheme, and the #97 will have a special Sharpies scheme. See images of the cars at my Paint Scheme Gallery.(8-19-2002)

  • Special Scheme at Bristol for Busch: The Sharpie brand, the world's most popular family of permanent markers and title sponsor of the Sharpie 500, unveiled a special paint scheme for Kurt Busch's #97 Ford, defending Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) champion. The special one-time look will be featured at the Sharpie 500 on Saturday, August 24 under the lights. Busch won the Food City 500 in March at BMS, his first Winston Cup career victory, driving a special paint scheme that officially kicked off the Sharpie "You Could Win A $1,000,000" program and race to the Sharpie 500. The design features a red Sharpie permanent marker, which is one of the most popular of the more than 12 colors made by Sharpie. Sharpie chose to feature red because the color means speed. The Sharpie 500 will not only have a car carrying its name, but also play host to what could be a million dollar giveaway. Sharpie, in its second year of title sponsorship of the Bristol Night Race, will be bringing 10 individuals from its national sweepstakes that ended August 13 to BMS on August 24 for a chance at what could be $1 million. On Saturday night before the Sharpie 500, one of the 10 semifinalists will randomly draw a qualified driver from the field of 43. If that driver wins, the lucky finalist pockets $1 million; $100,000 for 2nd through 5th place; $50,000 for 6th through 10th place; and $10,000 for any finish outside of the top 10. For more details, visit PR), see an image of the scheme on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(8-16-2002)

  • M&M's Color to be announced on the 19th UPDATE Purple is it: The new M&M's color will be announced in New York City at 8:00pm/et on June 19th. Why is this important to NASCAR fans? Because M&M's Pontiac driver Kenny Schrader will have a paint scheme done in the winning color at Bristol in August. The color was chosen by a Global Color Vote promotion held around the world. The choices were purple, pink or aqua (I went with pink). Schrader drove a special "Global Color Vote(tm)" paint scheme earlier this year that featured all the colors on the car. See my Paint Scheme Gallery for the four scheme images.(6-6-2002)
    UPDATE: Purple was introduced today as the new color for the M&M's candy. So Ken Schrader will drive a purple #36 M&M's Pontiac at Bristol in August.(Chicago Tribune/AP)(6-19-2002)
    AND More than 10 million people cast their vote via phone, mail and through the World Wide Web as part of “M&M’s” largest promotion ever. After months of sampling the choices in specially marked bags, the world chose purple - with 41% of the vote. Aqua received 38% of the vote, and pink garnered 19% of the vote. The remaining two percent of the vote went to various write-in colors.(M&M's/IMG PR)(6-20-2002)

  • 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". See an image of the Atlanta car on my 2002 Cup schemes page.(6-7-2002)

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


  • If Park wins, a fan wins $1 million: If #1-Steve Park wins the Sharpie 500 the finalist in the “You Could Win $1,000,000” by Sharpie, Daniel Ferneyhough of Woodstock, Ontario [Canada] will win $1 million.(8-24-2002) - nope, Park fell behind early and was never a factor in the race.(8-24-2002)

  • Pontiac/Ford gets a rules change: NASCAR announced a ½-inch increase to the front air dam and ¼ inch rear spoiler increase for the Pontiac Grand Prix beginning with the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan on June 16th. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than one (1) inch forward of the bumper. Measurements for the rear spoiler will now read at 7 1/8* inches high by 57 inches wide (prior to this, the rear spoiler measured at 6 7/8 inches high by 57 inches wide). This dimension will not be used at Daytona or Talladega. Officials also reduced the spoiler size on the Ford Taurus from 6 inches to 5-7/8 inches for next month's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. During the Daytona 500 in February, the Ford's rear spoiler was 5 ¾ inches tall and in April at Talladega, Ford's measurements were 6 inches tall. The Chevrolet and Dodge teams rear spoiler will remain at 6 ¼ inches tall, while the Pontiac teams will measure at 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide.(NASCAR PR)(6-12-2002)

  • 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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