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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Tropicana 400
Winston Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, July 14, 2002 in Joliet, IL
- NOTE: Joliet, IL is in the Central Time Zone(ct), all times here are Eastern Time(et) 1 hour ahead of ct
- TV: NBC - 2:30pm/et
- Race re-air: TNT on Tues, July 16th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, July 17th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, July 18th, 1:00am/et.
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- NASCAR on TV(not up to date)
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- Posted Awards/Purse: $4,491,173 (was $3,976,953 in 2001)
- Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com
- 2001 Race Winner: Kevin Harvick, 121.200mph, started 6th
- Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200
- Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 45mph
- Practice: Friday, July 12th, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, July 13th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et.
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 13th, 12:15 - 1:00pm/et on TV-Speed Channel - live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 12, 11:20am/et
- Qualfying Order: at and/or NASCAR.com
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 12th at 4:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live and live via MRN Radio(link below), XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-air on TV-Speed Channel, Fri, July 12th at 8:00pm/et.
- 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 Qualifying Record: Todd Bodine, July 2001, 183.717mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Todd Bodine, 183.717mph, finished 14th.
1.5 mile tri-oval
18 degrees in the turns
11 degrees in the front stretch
5 degrees in the back stretch
Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield
- Track Homepage: Chicagoland Speedway
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
No Goodyear Notes have been sent out in a few weeks by their PR people
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $130,000 at Chicago 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(7-6-2002)
- The International Truck Challenge runs third race at Chicago: Bill "Stumpy" Lewis, driver of #77-Dave Blaney's hauler, won the individual event title and a $1,000 check in the International Truck Challenge event held at Chicagoland Speedway. It was the third of four events, the next and final race will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Oct.(See full story, results and standings at NASCAR.com)(7-15-2002)
- Pontiac 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.(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.(NASCAR.com). 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)
- Crew Chief Club
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Did ya know? Kevin Harvick is the first driver to win the first two races at a new Winston Cup track since Tony Stewart won at Miami-Homestead in 1999 and 2000. Before that, no one had done it since A.J. Foyt won at Ontario, Calif., in 1971 and 1972.(Chicago Sun Times)(7-15-2002)
- Rumblings are back: Stockcarfans Newsletter has brought Henry back to do the weeky rumblings, some of them this week include: #24-Jeff Gordon (2nd) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
STREAKIN....Mark Martin has 5 Top-10's in a row.
#22-Ward Burton's season of discontent continues. His 41st place finish today was his 4th finish in the 40's in the last 7 races. Daytona and February seems like it was years ago.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jimmie Johnson (+33), followed by Kevin Harvick (+31), Bobby Hamilton (+25), and Jeff Green (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Michael Waltrip (-37), followed by Joe Nemechek (-23), and Jeff Burton (-21).(Stockcarfans)(NOTE: these stats are based on OFFICIAL starting spots, not cars that fall to the rear, those are not the OFFICIAL starting spots)(7-15-2002)
- Harvick wins The Tropicana 400 at Chicago: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Tropicana 400 at Chciago for the 2nd straight year, even after spinning out late in the race. #24-Jeff Gordon was 2nd. Harvick's win put's him in the 2003 The Winston and knocks the remaining 2001 winners, who have not won in 2002, out of the All-Star event. The top 10 finishers:
#29-Harvick(29 laps led)
#20-Stewart(35 laps led)
#48-Johnson(2 laps led)
#12-Newman (led 87 laps)
#6-Martin(13 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr (81 laps led)
2002 Current Points Leaders: #40-Marlin 16th - 1 lap down
2001 Cup Champ: #24-Gordon 2nd
Lap Leaders: #12-Newman; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #15-Waltrip; #29-Harvick; #6-Martin; #20-Stewart; #88-Jarrett; #21-Sadler; #48-Johnson; #30-Green; #17-Kenseth;
Cars on the lead lap: 15
Off the Track/Out of the race: #15-Waltrip(engine); #57-Kirby(out); #36-Schrader(engine); #99-Burton(engine); #10-Wallace(engine); #00-Nadeau(out); #25-Nemechek(accident); #14-Compton(engine); #23-Stricklin(out);
Cautions: 7 for 35 laps
Caution 7 241-247: #12-Newman (was 2nd at the time) and #25-Nemechek lost tires in separate incidents.
Caution 6 197-200: #29-Harvick spun when he lost it after passing on the apron, he came back on the track, behind him a few cars couldn't check up and go damaged, #00-Nadeau, #21-Sadler and #41-Spencer. Damage to the #29, #00 and #41.
Caution 5 192-195: #21-Elliott Sadler spins on the front stretch, not much damage.
Caution 4 182-186: debris on the track, turn 4, a strip of metal off a car.
Caution 3 138-146: #15-Waltrip lost an engine and stopped on the track.
Caution 2 lap 17-19: debris on the track, the #22 draftshaft fell off.
Caution 1 lap 5-8: #22-Ward Burton spun on the front stretch, either loose or cut a tire.
NOTES: #17-Kenseth has a crackered header, the engine is ok, lap 185. #22-Burton is back on the track. #40-Marlin was held one lap for pitting out of their pit box. #1-Park spun in the grass after entering pit road. #26_bodine ran out of gas and the crew had to push it to get it started. #25-Nemechek ran out of gas around lap 115. #6-Martin ran out of gas while leading around lap 84, coasted in and got serviced. #5-Labonte spun coming into the pits around lap 75, no yellow, just lost time. Green flag pit stops took place between laps 58-65. Many cars pitted during the 2nd caution. #22-Burton has been in the pits a few times during the first caution. #45-Petty's car is running hot (lap 5), came in and the team removed some tape off the grill. #77-Blaney was called onto pit road as he passed before the green flag at the start.
Re-Air dates/times: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, July 16th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, July 17th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, July 18th, 1:00am/et and 12:00noon/et.
Results: for race results, see or NASCAR.com.(7-14-2002)
- Marlin still leads points:
#40-Sterling Marlin, 2483
#6-Mark Martin, 2434, -49
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2394, -89
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2388, -95
#20-Tony Stewart, 2326, -157
For points standings, see .(7-14-2002)
- Rookie of the Year Candidates how did they do?
#12-Ryan Newman, 183.051, started on the pole, finished 5th, 16 rookie points
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 178.047, started 37th provisional, finished 4th, 18 rookie points
other rookies but running for ROTY:
#27-Scott Wimmer, 178.030, missed race
#57-Stuart Kirby, 180.294, startws 26th, finished 43rd
#72-Kirk Shelmerdine, 178.832, missed race
#74-Tony Raines, 178.400, missed race
- Tropicana 400 Starting Lineup.
- To the Back: #97-Kurt Busch lost two engines in practices on Saturday and #57-Stuart Kirby's team will change engines, so both Busch and Kirby will fall to the rear of the field prior to the green flag. Busch was to start 2nd, Kirby 26th.(7-13-2002)
Also: #4-Mike Skinner's team changed engines, #77-Dave Blaney also to the rear, didn't hear the reason.(7-14-2002)
- Pit Assignments: been asked this dozens of times, 'where can a I see pit stall assignments', NBC Sports has it posted, see the Tropicana 400 Pit Stall Assigment page.(7-13-2002)
- IROC WINNER: The third round of the International Race of Champions (IROC) was today at Chicagoland Speedway. See my IROC 2002 page for winner and race results. The race was televised Sat night and will be re-aired on Saturday Aug 10th at 3:00pm/et on ESPN.(7-13-2002)
- Happy Hour Practice for the Tropicana 400 at Chicago is over. The fastest were #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr 177.842mph, #12-Ryan Newman at 177.410, and #40-Sterling Marlin at 177.101. Slowest were #7-Casey Atwood at 174.227 and #44-Steve Grissom at 172.117. #97-Kurt Busch blew his 2nd engine of the day, one in Happy Hour and one in the early practice, in Happy Hour the engine erupted with a ton on smoke. #98-Kenny Wallace broke something on his car, not sure if it was a rear-end or and engine or it could had been a loose oil line. For speeds, see .(7-13-2002)
- Saturday AM Practice at Chicago is over. #12-Ryan Newman was fastest at 179.575mph, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 178.575 and #25-Joe Nemechek at 178.224. Slowest were #57-Stuart Kirby at 171.217 and #44-Steve Grissom at 170.864. For speeds see .(7-13-2002)
- Ryan Newman win the pole at Chicago: #12-Ryan Newman won the pole at Chicago for the Tropicana 400, his 2nd pole of the 2002 season. #97-Kurt Busch will start 2nd. The top ten qualifiers:
#8-Earnhardt Jr 181.400
slowest = #55-Hamilton 174.712.
37) #48-Johnson, 178.047 (3rd in owners points)
38) #28-Rudd, 178.277 (6th)
39) #41-Spencer 179.182 (20th)
40) #55-Hamilton, 174.712 (28th)
41) #7-Atwood, 177.860 (34th)
42) #44-Grissom, 175.416 (39th)
43) #14-Compton, 179.277 (40th)
Missed the Race:
#49-Hornaday 178.838 (42nd in owners points)
#72-Shelmerdine 178.832 (none)
#74-Raines 178.400 (50th)
#27-Wimmer 178.030 (none)
NOTES: #4-Mike Skinner went out twice but didn't take the green flag, Skinner felt the engine was down in power, so the team changed all 8 spark plugs and Skinner went out last and made the show on speed. #48-Jimmie Johnson crashed his primary in practice and used a backup for qualifying and ended up taking a provisional.
Lineup/Qualfiying Results: at or MotorsportsOne or NASCAR.com.(7-12-2002)
- Pole Progression at Chicago:
#28-Ricky Rudd, 178.277, went out 1st to qualify, will start 38th - provisional
#20-Tony Stewart, 181.616, out 2nd, starts 6th
#9-Bill Elliott, 182.451, out 19th, starts 3rd
#12-Ryan Newman, 183.051, out 33rd, starts on the pole.(7-12-2002)
- Friday Practice at Chicago is over. #25-Joe Nemechek was the fastest at 183.256, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 182.655 and #97-Kurt Busch at 182.045.. Slowest were #44-Steve Grissom at 175.879 and #55-Hamilton at 174.848. Track qualifying record is 183.717 set by Todd Bodine last year. See the speeds at .(7-12-2002)
- Qualifying Order is up for Chicago. See above for the link(s). 47 cars are listed. Kirk Shelmerdine is listed in the #72 Ford on ThatsRacin while he is listed as the #127 (or #27) at NASCAR.com. #28-Ricky Rudd is scheduled to qualify first, #48-Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to go out last or 47th.(7-12-2002)
- Entry List is at at NASCAR.com for the Tropicana 400. See above for the link. 47 cars/teams/drivers are listed. Some drivers listed: #00-Jerry Nadeau; #27-Scott Wimmer; #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (my best understanding for who gets to use the number IF both cars make the race, the team/driver with the best qualifying speed/starting spot - been told Wimmer gets to use the #27 unless he fails to mkae the race then Shelmerdine could use it, if both make the race, Shelmerdine would need to choose a different number, #72?); #49-Shawna Robinson, now Ron Hornaday; #57-Stuart Kirby; #74-Tony Raines (not Chad Little); #98-Kenny Wallace. The #90 Donlavey Racing car is not listed.(7-9/12-2002)
- 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
- National Anthem at Chicago: Multi-platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina will perform a one-hour concert Sunday, July 14 prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. The concert will take place on the start/finish line and is scheduled to begin at 11:30am. In addition to the concert Messina will also perform the National Anthem before the start of the Tropicana 400. Warner Bros. Records and Curb Records have also announced a compilation CD, Inside Traxx, to be released on June 11 including country music artists Messina, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Neal McCoy, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam and many others. Messina will contribute her single "Dare to Dream" to the 14 song CD. Other aspects of the program include additional 2002 concerts at Winston Cup facilities with artists from Inside Traxx and an Inside Traxx die cast car series. All Founder PASS and Track Pack ticket holders are invited to the Chicagoland Speedway grandstands, at no additional cost, beginning at 8:00 am to enjoy the Jo Dee Messina pre race concert and other pre race festivities(Chicagoland Speedway)(7-9-2002)
- Chicago Sold Out: Chicagoland Speedway announced today the 75,000-seat grandstands are sold out for all six racing events during the 2002 season. The motorsports-specific facility in Joliet, Illinois welcomes back NASCAR July 12-14 for the Tropicana Twister 300, NASCAR Busch Series, and the Tropicana 400, NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. In addition to NASCAR, the True Value IROC Racing Series will bring 12 of the world.s best drivers to the 1.5-mile D-shaped asphalt tri- oval to determine who is the best driver in the world during Round Three of IROC XXVI on Saturday. The Indy Racing League will bring back its wheel-to-wheel 220+ mph racing in September for the Delphi Indy 300. In addition, the new Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series will make its Chicagoland debut at the state-of-the-art racetrack on September 8 along with the return of the ARCA RE/MAX Series ReadyHosting.com 200. In addition to sold-out grandstands, the Infield and Speedway Ridge will be full of Recreational Vehicles during the 2002 season. Chicagoland Speedway offered three options for RV's this year: Infield Track-side, Infield Non-Track-side and Speedway Ridge. Options in the Infield are no longer available and only a hand-full of spots on Speedway Ridge may still be purchased at this time. A waiting list for 2003 Track Packs will be compiled beginning today. Anyone interested in securing his or her place in the grandstands for the 2003 season should call the Chicagoland Speedway ticket office at 815-727-RACE to be added to the list. If fans were unable to purchase a Track pack before they sold out, they can enjoy either NASCAR Practice and Qualifying on SAM.S CLUB Pole Day Friday, July 12 or Indy Racing and ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice Day on Friday, September 6.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-1-2002)
- 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 - Chicagoland Speedway
- Geoffrey to stand by for Brett:Geoffrey Bodine will be in Chicago to stand by for brother Brett Bodine, driver/owner of the #11 Hooters Ford in case needed. Bodine is still sore from the 'Big One' at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on Saturday night.(Brett Bodine site)(7-10-2002)
- Raines in the #74 at Chicago? UPDATE: hearing Tony Raines will driver the #74 Chevy at ChicagoLand Speedway instead of regular driver Chad Littlle (in a limited schedule), why? Raine's sponsor from the Daytona BGN race, Closetmaid will sponsor the car.(7-9-2002)
UPDATE: BACE Motorsports announced today that they have elected not to exercise the contract option for driver Chad Little for the 2003 season. "Chad has done an excellent job representing BACE Motorsports over the past two seasons," said team owner Bill Baumgardner, "As a team, we have been unable to find the right chemistry and consistency on track that it takes to be consistently successful." Little joined BACE late in the 2000 BGN season, posting two top 5 and six top 10 finishes en route to a 9th-place finish in the 2001 BGN Championship race. Little drove the #74 in the first three BGN races of the 2002 season before the decision was made to make the jump to the Winston Cup level. Little attempted to qualify for three Winston Cup races earning a 36th-place start at Dover, where he finished 33rd.(ignition inc PR), doesn't say about 2002, but it can be assumed Little will not run any more races for BACE and Little has been removed from the BACE Motorsports web site. But been told that this only means that Little's contract option has not been picked up for 2003 and that he is still under contract with BACE Motorsports for 2002 and he has not been released.(7-9-2002)
- Benson released from Hospital UPDATE Mike Wallace at Chicago; Nadeau after that?: #10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson left Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, Fla. Sunday night and is expected to return to his home in North Carolina on Monday. Doctors treated Benson for displacements in ribs 6,7 and 8 on the right side of his chest suffered in an accident Saturday night in the 400-mile Nascar Winston Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Benson did not aggravate the broken rib or two cracked ribs he suffered in a Busch Series accident at Richmond on May 3. Benson's timetable for returning to racing will be determined this week by his physician and the Valvoline Racing team. Benson missed the Richmond, Charlotte and Dover races earlier this season because of the injuries from the Richmond accident.
On Saturday night, Michael Waltrip made contact with Benson on lap 8 of the 160-lap race forcing Benson into the wall. Benson was taken by ambulance to the infield care center then transported to Halifax Medical Center. Waltrip visited Benson at the hospital a few hours after winning the race.(PR)(7-8-2002)
UPDATE: hearing Mike Wallace will be in the #10 Valvoine Pontiac at ChicagoLand speedway.(Mike Wallace Fan Club)(7-8-2002)
UPDATE 2: in Speed Channel's Inside Winston Cup, Johnny Benson said during a telecon that Wallace would be in the #10 at Chicago and Jerry Nadeau probably would run the car after Chicago until Benson can return. Nadeau is driving the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine at Chicago.(7-9-2002)
UPDATE 3: Mike Wallace will drive the #10 Valvoline Pontiac in the Cup race this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway replacing the injured Johnny Benson. "We wanted someone with experience that we knew the team and I could communicate with," said Crew Chief James Ince. "Mike is just that driver. Our team is devastated about what happened to Johnny Saturday night but we have a job to do and we have every intention of going on and doing the best we can." Benson is recovering from displacements in ribs 6, 7 and 8 on the right side of his chest suffered in an accident Saturday night at Daytona. Benson's timetable for returning to racing has yet to be determined by his physician and the Valvoline Racing team. Benson missed the Richmond, Charlotte and Dover races earlier this season because of rib injuries from the Richmond BGN race accident. Saturday's accident did not reinjure the ribs Benson hurt at Richmond. The Valvoline Pontiac will carry a special paint scheme this weekend. Fozzy Bear's picture will be prominently featured on the car in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Muppets.(MBV PR)(7-9-2002)
- Berrier back in the #90 car at Daytona, team will run at Chicago also UPDATE 2 to close up?: Ed Berrier will return to drive Junie Donlavey's #90 Ford at Daytona this weekend. The Richmond-based team also has committed to running the July 14 race at Chicagoland Speedway. After losing its sponsor, Donlavey's operation skipped the June 23 race at Sonoma, CA. Berrier, who drove 10 races for Donlavey Racing in the 2000 season, will become the team's fourth driver this season. Rick Mast started 2002 behind the wheel but has been sidelined since May with an undetermined illness [still no word on his condition]. Hermie Sadler and Gary Bradberry also have driven for Donlavey during the past few races.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-2-2002)
UPDATE - close up? No Chicago? Donlavey, at 78 one of the most respected and well-liked residents of the Winston Cup garage, plans to close his Richmond, VA., racing shop after this week. As is usually the case, money is the issue. Donlavey has run out of sponsors and says he can't fund the team from his back pocket.(Greenville News), so Daytona and Done?(7-5-2002)
UPDATE 2: Junie Donlavey's #90 team was one of two that failed to qualify for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Donlavey said he is reconsidering whether he will take his team to Chicagoland Speedway next week while his team hunts for sponsorship. "I think we'll back it down the next couple of weeks and see if we can put something together," the 78-year-old said.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-6-2002)
- Shelmerdine Start Pushed Back UPDATE: Kirk Shelmerdine's plans to try to qualify the #27 Ford [not sure what number will be used now since Bill Davis Racing is using the #27] for the Coca-Cola Family 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway are being scrapped. "Testing showed us that our level of performance and our state of preparedness were not where we thought they should be," Shelmerdine says on the Brett Bodine Racing Web site. Atlanta-based Eastern Foods Inc. has agreed to sponsor Shelmerdine as part of a two-car team effort with #11-Brett Bodine.(Winston Cup Scene daily newsletter)(5-15-2002)
UPDATE: Kirk Shelmerdine, the former longtime crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, will make another stab at getting his Winston Cup driving career going in the July 14 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Shelmerdine plans to enter the race with sponsorship from Atlanta-based Eastern Foods Inc. and its Naturally Fresh Dressings & Dips and Jackaroo Sauces.(Winston Cup Scene daily newsletter)(7-3-2002)
- Kirby to run five Cup races: Stuart Kirby will be making his return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for the first time since last October at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Kirby will pilot the #57 CLR Racing Ford for five events beginning with the July 14 event at the Chicagoland Speedway followed by four selected Winston Cup races which are yet to be determined. "I would like to thank Spencer Motor Ventures for allowing us to give Stuart some seat time and gain experience on some of these race tracks," said Ted Campbell, team owner, CLR Racing. "I look forward to helping Stuart further develop his driving abilities alongside Bob Schacht who has worked so well with Stuart in the ARCA RE/MAX Series." Kirby competed in the CLR Racing Ford at the Kansas Speedway earlier this season during an ARCA RE/MAX Series event where he finished in the second position. Kirby also competed in nine events with Bob Schacht Motorsports in 2001 where he accumulated two poles, five top-five starting positions, five top-five finishing positions and one NASCAR Winston Cup Series start.(LM Motorsports Marketing PR). Derrike Cope made an attempt in the car earlier this year and Ron Hornaday made a few attempts after that.(6-14-2002)
- Wallace, Innovative and Stacker2 to Cup UPDATE 2: Jeff Hammond reported on FSN's Totally NASCAR that Kenny Wallace and the BGN team he drivers for, Innovative Motorsports, will run four Winston Cup races this year. The tentative schedule is: Daytona in July, Chicagoland, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. DEI will supply techincial support to the team which is currently running the full BGN season. No number mentioned but it won't be #48 (#81 maybe?).(4-15-2002)
UPDATE: IMI Announces that it will race 4 Winston Cup Races with Stacker 2 and Kenny. Those races will be Daytona, Chicago, Indy and Watkins Glen. IMI will purchase some cars from DEI and possibly other organizations to speed along the process. The Cars number used will be #98.(Kenny Wallaces Racing site)(4-16-2002)
UPDATE 2: If all goes according to plan, Innovative Motorsports owner George de Bidart will move Kenny Wallace to Winston Cup full time in 2003, while at the same time continuing to field two full-time BGN (#'s 47 and 48) teams. The #48 team will attempt to make its Winston Cup debut at Daytona July 6, where it will have a car and engine from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Also on tap are the Cup races at Watkins Glen, Chicagoland and Indianapolis. As for next year, de Bidart expects to have everything nailed down by the end of August. There’s been speculation in recent weeks about the futures of Michael Waltrip and/or Steve Park at DEI, and most assume that Wallace, who subbed for Park at DEI late last year and early this season, could replace either driver. Whatever happens at DEI, however, is out of de Bidart’s hands. Should Wallace make the move to DEI, de Bidart could still attempt to make the move himself to Winston Cup with the blessings of his potential sponsor.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read), see more on the #98 Team News and Links page.(5-23-2002)
- See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Special Schemes scheduled to run at Chicagoland:
||Rowlf the Dog - Muppets
||Light Blue, Silver
||Swedish Chef - Muppets
||Fozzie Bear - Muppets
||Blue, White, Red
||Pepe the King Prawn
|Lime Green, Blue
Beaker - Muppets
||Gonzo the Great
||Animal - Muppets
||Jo Dee Messina
||Kermit the Frog
Miss Piggy - Muppets
|Brown, White, Green
||White, Blue, Green
for the above schemes, see my Paint Schemes Gallery or 2002 Muppet Schemes
- #99 Scheme at Chicago: The #99 CITGO Ford, driven by Jeff Burton, will be sporting the Bassmasters Classic paint scheme for the second annual Tropicana 400 at Chicago. "I'm looking forward to Chicago this weekend," said Burton. "The CITGO car has a special paint scheme to help promote the Bassmasters Classic this weekend. It's a cool paint scheme and has a lot more
yellow than the fans are used to seeing." The CITGO Bassmasters Classic will take place in Birmingham, AL July 25-27. Burton attended the event last year, along with 20,000 fans, which jammed into the Louisiana Superdome for the annual event. This year's event features 52 of the top anglers, from around the world, who will be competing for the title of World Champion. The event will
take place at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center and the weigh ins will be held at the venue's arena. The event is free to the public and in addition to the Classic. Burton will be appearing at the trade show on Thursday, July 25 from noon to 2:00pm at the CITGO booth. Burton will be signing autographs for visitors to the CITGO Bassmasters Classic.(Roush Racing PR)(7-11-2002)
- Mobil back: Ryan Newman is driving The Winston winning car this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and it is the second appearance of the ALLTEL/Mobil 1 paint scheme.(TRPR)(7-11-2002)
- #55 scheme at Chicago: On July 14th, Inside Traxx invades Chicagoland Speedway for the NBC televised Tropicana 400 as multi-platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina performs a pre-race concert, sings the National Anthem and has her likeness and Inside Traxx logo on the #55 Schneider Electric Chevy. Bobby and Jo Dee team up at the beginning of the race and hope to end up together in the Winner's Circle.(Motorsports Decisions Group) see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-3-2002)
- Cingular Scheme: hearing the #31 Cingular Chevy will run the Special Olympics Logo in conjunction with a promotion the month of June and July. Cingular did a similar promotion in 2001.(5-9-2002)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news
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