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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600

Winston Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • The Winston: for more info, see my The Winston 2002 page

  • Race: Sunday, May 26, 2002 in Concord, NC

  • TV: Fox - 5:30pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, May 29th, 8:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV(not up to date)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $4,806,814 (was $4,367,297 in 2001)

  • No Bull Five: five drivers have a shot to win #1 million: #20-Tony Stewart, #40-Sterling Marlin, #6-Mark Martin, #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #12-Ryan Newman have the opportunity to win a $1 million bonus as part of Winston's No Bull 5 program. For more info see my No Bull 5 Program page.

  • Entry List Link at: or NASCAR.com

  • 2001 Race Winner: Jeff Burton, 138.107mph, started 18th

  • Event/Race Record: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile D-shaped oval, 400 laps, 600 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Thursday, May 23rd, 3:00pm - 5:00pm/et; Saturday, May 25th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Satruday, May 25th, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX at 12:00noon/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, May 23rd, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: for Lowes at and/or NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00pm/et, TV-FX at 8:00pm/et and live via PRN Radio(link below) and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid).

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, May 2000, 186.034mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 185.217mph, finished 43rd.


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 167,000

  • Track Homepage: Lowes Motor Speedway


    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at the Coca Cola 600

  • All Time Coca Cola 600 Winners


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    No Goodyear Notes sent this week by their PR people


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Lowes 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(5-5-2002)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)
Airtime: 4:45pm/et
Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson


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


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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page

Charlotte.com
Charlotte Observer
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's
Henderson Times-News
NBC 6
News and Observer
Winston-Salem Journal
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Charlotte, NC by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Charlotte, NC
Weather Point - Charlotte, NC
The Weather Pit


Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
RaceDiva Track Reviews
go2races.com


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Coca Cola 600 Facts: Jeff Gordon has won seven Bud Poles in his 18 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Charlotte, most recently starting from the No. 1 spot in the 2000 UAW-GM Quality 500. The Coca-Cola 600 has been won from the pole 12 times. The second starting position has provided 13 winners. Third has produced 11 winners and fourth has produced seven for a total of 43 victories from the top-four starting positions. Five drivers have won 13 of the 16 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Charlotte since 1994: Jeff Gordon (four), Dale Jarrett (three), Mark Martin (two), Jeff Burton (two) and Bobby Labonte (two). Kurt Busch has used a provisional to make the field in all three of his races at Charlotte. He has finished 22nd, 12th and 13th in those three races. Dale Jarrett (1994 Mello-Yello 500) and Jeff Gordon (1999 UAW-GM Quality 500) both won a Charlotte race from the 22nd starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Charlotte. Matt Kenseth won the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 from 21st.(NASCAR PR)(5-21-2002)

  • One Engine Rule in place for the Coca Cola 600: NASCAR is expected to leave its single-engine rule in place for Coca-Cola 600 activities this week, meaning cars will have to use one engine for all practice, qualifying and the Winston Cup circuit's longest race. Teams were not held to the rule for the Daytona 500, and when the rule was put in place NASCAR officials said its use would be studied for the 600.()(5-19-2002)

  • The The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 is a No Bull 5 Program event. #40-Sterling Marlin and #20-Tony Stewart wowed the crowd during preliminary ceremonies Saturday when they finished 1-2 in a competition matching the five drivers eligible for the No Bull Five $1 million bonus in next week’s Coca-Cola 600. Each drove a Winston Cup transporter around an obstacle course, and Marlin and Stewart managed to do so without making any mistakes. Marlin’s time (1 minute, 13.99 seconds) was faster. #20-Stewart was second, #12-Ryan Newman third, #19-Jeremy Mayfield fourth and #6-Mark Martin fifth.(Gaston Gazette)(5-19-2002)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Crew Chief Club


RACE ODDs


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Martin's car too low UPDATE crew chief fined:: Mark Martin's #6 Ford failed post-race inspection, measuring about an eighth of an inch below the minimum height. The win and points will likely stand, given NASCAR's recent history on such infractions, but the driver could face penalties. NASCAR is expected to announce sanctions, if any, early in the week.()(5-26-2002)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has announced that Ben Leslie, crew chief of the #6 Viagra Ford, received a $50,000 fine for a rule violation found during post-race inspection following Sunday’s Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Leslie was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any car that is found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion… of the race." The minimum height requirement is 51 inches - the No. 6 car was approximately 1/8 of an inch too low.()(5-28-2002)

  • Mark Martin wins The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600: #6-Mark Martin wins the Coca Cola 600, his first ever win the the 600 miler at Lowes Motor Speedway (he won three fall races there), it is Martin's first win in 2002, first win in 73 races (Martinsville on April 4th, 2000), 33rd career win(tied with Fireball Roberts for 14th place all time), first win for crew chief Ben Leslie, first win for sponsor Viagra and worth an extra $1 million bonus in the The No Bull Five program along with the fan matched with him, Janet Hogan. 2nd was his teammate #17-Matt Kenseth, 3rd was #32-Ricky Craven, 4th was #28-Ricky Rudd who broke the Iron Man record with his start and 5th was #24-Jeff Gordon.
    For unoffical results, see .(5-26-2002)

  • Martin offers team a deal UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin is offering a big incentive for his Roush Racing crew to help him win the $1 million No Bull 5 bonus by capturing the Winston Cup Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 26. "I told them I'd split up the money with them if we can get the win," said Martin, who has 18 top-10 finishes in 34 starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has won the fall race tbere three times but has never won the 600. Martin is eligible for the No Bull 5 program by virtue of his top-five finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. He posted times in the top five both Monday and Tuesday in testing at the track.(Winston Cup Scene daily newsletter)(5-11-2002)
    UPDATE so the crew get's a cool $500,000.(5-26-2002)

  • The No Bull Five drivers for the next No Bull race at Daytona in July:
    #6-Mark Martin
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    #32-Ricky Craven
    #28-Ricky Rudd
    #24-Jeff Gordon (5-26-2002)

  • The No Bull Five drivers how did they do in qualifying at Lowes?
    #40-Marlin started 35th, finished 11th
    #19-Mayfield started 27th, finished 39th
    #6-Martin started 25th, WON - $1 million
    #12-Newman started 4th, finished 41st, DNF-engine
    #20-Stewart starts 10th, finished 6th.(5-26-2002)

  • Winston Cup Drivers Points after the Coca Cola 600:
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 1775
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 1688, -87
    #6-Mark Martin, 1632, -143
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1584, -191
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1578, -197
    See standing at NASCAR.com(5-26-2002)

  • First from 25th? UPDATE: hearing that it is the first time a Winston Cup race has been won from the 25th starting spot in history. Matt Kenseth started from the 25th starting spot at Rockingham (2-24-2002). It was the only spot of the top 33 starting spots that there wasn't a winner.(2-24-2002)
    UPDATE: now twice in the same year as #6-Mark Martin started 25th (officially) and won the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway.(5-26-2002)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates how did they do at Lowes?
    #12-Newman, 186.117, started 4th, finished 41st, DNF-engine, 10 rookie points
    #48-Johnson 186.464, started 1st, finished 7th, 15
    #49-Robinson - not racing this week, Hornaday in the car
    #85-Long, 182.989, DNQ'd, 1.(5-26-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway is over. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was the fastest at 177.055mph with #48-Jimmie Johnson 2nd at 176.858 and 3rd was #1-Steve Park at 176.442. Slowest were #45-Kyle Petty at 172.232 and #44-Steve Grissom at 171.625. Five drivers did NOT practice: #14-Compton, #40-Marlin, #19-Mayfield, #12-Ryan Newman and #2-Rusty Wallace. See for Final session Cup practice speeds.(5-25-2002)

  • Qualifying is Over at Lowes Motor Speedway for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a new track record of 186.464mph. Three other driver qualified faster then the old track record of 186.034. 2nd fastest was #21-Elliott Sadler at 186.425 (faster then the old track record), 3rd was #32-Ricky Craven at 186.213 (faster then the old track record), 4th was #12-Ryan Newman at 186.117 (faster then the old track record) and 5th was #9-Bill Elliott at 185.644. The 2001 Pole Speed was Ryan Newman, 185.217mph who finished 43rd and The Track/Event Qualifying Record WAS Dale Earnhardt Jr, at 186.034mph
    For the lineup see or NASCAR.com.(5-23-2002)

  • To the Back on Raceday: #97-Kurt Busch, #4-Mike Skinner and #19-Jeremy Mayfield (per FX's coverage of qualifying) lost engines during practice on Thursday and had to have a new engines put in, so they will have to start from the back of the field before the green flag on Sunday, but qualifying is still important for pit stall position and try not to use a provisional. And #31-Robby Gordon will have to fall to the rear of the field if he misses the driver meeting Sunday before the race, which he will if he runs the Indy 500 (weather permitting). #41-Jimmy Spencer was forced to go to a back-up car for Winston Cup qualifying Thursday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after he spun out in Turn 1 and hit the wall. Spencer hit a patch of oil on the track. Kurt Busch also spun out during the practice session, but didn’t hit anything.(RacingOne), Spencer will not have to go to the rear of the field.(5-23-2002)
    AND add #25-Joe Nemechek whose team also changed engines.(5-26-2002)

  • Saturday AM practice at Lowes for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway had (surprise) #12-Ryan Newman as the fastest with a speed of 180.723mph, 2nd was #40-Sterling Marlin at 179.826 and 3rd was #77-Dave Blaney at 179.497. Pole sitter #48-Jimmie Johnson (sorry about the mis-spelling of Jimmie before - DOH!) was 5th fastest at 179.402. Slowest were #11-Brett Bodine at and #49-Ron Hornaday at 173.807. See for First session Cup practice speeds.(5-25-2002)

  • Qualifying is Over at Lowes Motor Speedway for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. #48-Jimmy Johnson won the pole with a new track record of 186.464mph. Three other driver qualified faster then the old track record of 186.034. The top ten starters:

    #48-Johnson 186.464 (new track record)
    #21-Sadler 186.425 (faster then the old track record)
    #32-Craven 186.213 (faster then the old track record)
    #12-Newman 186.117 (faster then the old track record)
    #9-Elliott 185.644

    #8-Earnhardt Jr 185.414
    #10-Nadeau 185.830
    #99-Burton 185.192
    #36-Schrader 185.134
    #20-Stewart 185.065

    Provisional Land Starters:
    37) #22-Burton (14th in owners points)
    38) #88-Jarrett (15th)
    39) #30-Green (24th)
    40) #44-Grissom (33rd)
    41) #11-Bodine (35th)
    42) #90-H Sadler (41st, thought the team was out, looks like the new provisional rule was retroactive)
    43) #49-Hornaday (42nd)
    Missing the race(DNQ)
    #59-Renfrow (52nd)
    #85-Long (53rd in owners points)
    #74-Little (57th)
    #37-Cope (no owners points)
    I have the #90 team using 6 provisionals (including a freebee for the new under 43 entries rules) and out of provisionals, the only thing I can assume is when NASCAR amended the provisional rules (see next story) to not charge teams a provisional if the entries are 43 cars or fewer, they made it retroactive to Darlington (in which 43 cars made qualifying attempts) and the rule was announced after Darlington but before Bristol (which also was 43 cars).

    2001 Pole Speed was Ryan Newman, 185.217mph who finished 43rd
    The Track/Event Qualifying Record WAS Dale Earnhardt Jr, at 186.034mph
    Engine Changes: #97-Kurt Busch, #4-Mike Skinner and #19-Jeremy Mayfield lost engines during practice on Thursday and had to have a new engines put in, so they will have to start from the back of the field before the green flag on Sunday, but qualifying is still important for pit stall position and try not to use a provisional. And #31-Robby Gordon will have to fall to the rear of the field if he misses the driver meeting Sunday before the race, which he will if he runs the Indy 500 (weather permitting).
    For the lineup see or NASCAR.com.
    OK, now I am all confused, the NASCAR.com lineup has #85-Carl Long in a provisional starting spot and #44-Steve Grissom out of the race, are they swapping owners points now???????.(5-23-2002)

  • Provisionals: two races this year had a field of 43, any teams lobbied NASCAR to not have provisionals charged if the field was 43 or less [43 is a full field]. Two races only had 43 cars, Darlington and Bristol. The rule wasn't announced/amended until AFTER Darlington, the rule from NASCAR.com on March 21st: "NASCAR Officials announced this week that teams in the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series 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. A team is granted a maximum season allotment of eight provisionals 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." It doesn't say the rule is retroactive, but the provisional rules tend to be bendable. So my Provisional Land Page is calculated as Darlington provisonals being charged [if 26th or worse in Owners Points] and Bristol none being charged. So maybe NASCAR made it retroactive?(5-23-2002)

  • Pole Progression for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600:
    #97-Busch, 1st out to qualify, 183.830mph, starts 24th
    #10-Nadeau, 2nd out, 185.122, starts 7th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 5th out, 185.414, starts 6th
    #48-Johnson, 6th out, 186.464, on the pole.(5-23-2002)

  • Thursday Practice at Lowes Motor Speedway. Surprise, #12-Ryan Newman 9ran 12 laps) was the fastest with a speed of 184.894mph, #77-Dave Blaney (12 laps) was 2nd fastest at 184.761 and #48-Jimmie Johnson (10 laps) was third at 184.426. Slowest were #85-Carl Long at 180.036 and #59-Randy Renfrow at 176.505. For speeds see . NOTE: there will be NO Winston Cup practice on Friday.
    #41-Jimmy Spencer was forced to go to a back-up car for Winston Cup qualifying Thursday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after he spun out in Turn 1 and hit the wall. Spencer hit a patch of oil on the track. Kurt Busch also spun out during the practice session, but didn’t hit anything.(RacingOne)(5-23-2002)

  • Qualifying Order for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 has been drawn, see above for the links. 47 cars are listed (I must had counted wrong in the entry list - doh!), first driver scgeduled out is #97-Kurt Busch, the 47th and last driver scheduled out is #2-Rusty Wallace.(5-23-2002)

  • Qualifying for The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 is slated to start at 7:00pm/et, FX lists TV coverage starting at 8:00pm/et, as did FSN's Totally NASCAR, NASCAR.com lists the TV time as 7:00pm/et, so not sure which way it goes. PRM will cover qualifying via radio and NASCAR.com will have it via the Internet on the RaceCast feature (paid sub), I will also track the top 5/10 and notes here as it happens using all three sources.(5-23-2002)

  • The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 Entry list is up, see the link above. 46 drivers are listed, including #02-Hermie Sadler, #33-Mike Wallace, #49-Ron Hornaday, #74-Chad Little and #85-Carl Long. As mentioned before, #60-Jack Sprague and #27-Kirk Shelmerdine have pulled their entires for the race and will not attempt it. No listing for #37-Derrike Cope (but is supposed to race) or #38-Kevin Lepage, both ran in The Winston.(5-21-2002)
    UPDATE: Cope and Lepage are now listed, so make it 48 drivers, no #59-Randy Renfrow on the list the team is supposedly planning to attempt the race.(5-22-2002)
    UPDATE 2: add #59-Renfrow and subtract #02-Sadler, Sadler will drive the #90 car in place of Rick Mast who doesn't feel well, so it looks like 47 cars/drivers for 43 spots.(5-23-2002)

  • 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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Save The Winston: Leaders from three counties will unveil an ambitious plan today to position the Charlotte region as the heart of auto racing and keep The Winston all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway next year. Billing The Winston as a homecoming for drivers and their teams, most of whom live in the Charlotte area, leaders will lobby NASCAR and lavish more than $1 million to promote next year's race -- if the sport decides to keep it here.(see more at The Charlotte Observer)(5-24-2002)

  • Mother-In-Law Special: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials announced the return of the Mother-in-Law Special, offering a 50-percent discount on all remaining single tickets for Sunday's running of The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. A very limited number of single tickets are available in a variety of locations and price ranges around the speedway. Also, approximately 4,500 tickets in blocks of two or more are still available at full price for the 600-mile Winston Cup event. Race fans can take advantage of the Mother-in-Law Special by calling 1-800-455-FANS or visiting the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office.(LMS PR)(5-23-2002)

  • George Jones at Lowes: Country music singing legend George Jones will perform his emotional Vietnam War tribute song, "50,000 Names," as part of the patriotic Memorial Day pre-race show prior to the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday evening, May 26, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jones, who first hit No. 1 on the country music charts in 1959 with the rockabilly classic, "White Lighting," will also sing the National Anthem prior to the start of NASCAR Winston Cup racing's longest event. "50,000 Names" honors the men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War or are still listed as missing in action by telling the everyday stories of visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. "When I first heard '50,000 Names,' I knew I had to cut it," Jones said about the song written by Jamie O'Hara. "Those boys that died and are missing in Vietnam gave everything for their country. I recorded the song a year before the World Trade Center tragedy, but that attack brought home the message that America must be prepared for anything. '50,000 Names' reminds us all that there is a price for freedom and we will be called on to make sacrifices." "50,000 Names" is among the songs on Jones' latest CD, "The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001," that was released by BNA Records. Jones will also perform a concert on the Coca-Cola Stage Friday, May 24, at 10 p.m. as part of Food Lion Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte. Good seats for the Coca-Cola 600, along with all other May events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS Site)(5-21-2002)

  • Lowes BGN Grand Marshals: Bob Anderson and John Shields will serve as co-grand marshals for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday, May 25, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. As co-grand marshals, Anderson and Shields will wave the green flag to start the 300-mile event while 15 finalists in the CARQUEST Race to the Race Promotion will be honorary starters, commanding drivers to start their engines. Anderson is the 2001 CARQUEST Excellence Award winner and Shields is the 2001 CARQUEST Technician of the Year. The CARQUEST Excellence Award and Technician of the Year honor are based on criteria such as industry involvement, number of ASE certifications, community involvement, training, shop appearance and customer service. Anderson is the owner of A.J.'s Automotive in Salem, Ore., while Shields owns Shield's Garage in Dunkirk, Ind. The CARQUEST 300 honorary starters are Jeffrey Albert, Lutz, Fla.; Lowell Berg, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Bruce Clarke, Brampton, Ontario; Bruce Deppa, Liberty, N.Y.; Greg Fedo, Independence, Mo.; John Firm, Forth Worth, Texas; Jim Gardner, Louisville, Ky.; Gilles Raby, Val D'or, Quebec; Ken Jeanes, Calumet City, Ill.; Robert Jordan, Baytown, Texas; Marvin Lepping, Salina, Kan.; Lon Lewis, New Bern, N.C.; Jim McCoy, Santa Paula, Calif.; Karl Pritchard, Berne, N.Y.; and Chris Usher, Yucca Valley, Calif. One of the honorary starters will be the grand-prize winner of a new Chevrolet Corvette. The contest was a promotion for automotive technicians who purchased CARQUEST products. The winner will be determined by a random draw of drivers in the CARQUEST 300. The contest finalist paired with the driver who finishes the highest in the race will win the Corvette.(LMS Site)(5-21-2002)

  • Race Name Change: To celebrate the specialness of families and the family-friendly nature of stock car racing, The Coca-Cola Company, Lowe's Motor Speedway and FOX Sports today announced a one-time-only name change for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2002 to The Coca-Coca Racing Family 600. In addition, on race day, all NASCAR fans - including the roughly 200,000 fans at the track and the millions watching the race on Fox - will serve as the event's Grand Marshals, marking the first time in NASCAR's 54-year history that race fans will collectively start a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event by uttering the four most famous words in motorsports: "Gentlemen, start your engines." The cornerstone of Coca-Cola's involvement in NASCAR, the Coca-Cola Racing Family, is a collection of the most popular drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and some of the sport's rising stars, including: #18-Bobby Labonte, #88-Dale Jarrett, #20-Tony Stewart, #28-Ricky Rudd, #9-Bill Elliott, #99-Jeff Burton, #29-Kevin Harvick, #45-Kyle Petty, #1-Steve Park, #15-Michael Waltrip and #43-John Andretti. Extended family members also include drivers #97-Kurt Busch, #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #21-Elliot Sadler, #60(BGN)-Greg Biffle, as well as various team owners and spouses. Coca-Cola Classic is the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR and the sponsor of The Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 in Charlotte.(LMS PR)(5-14-2002)

  • Lowes wanting out? UPDATE: A Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist says a Speedway Motorsports roundup of Tony Stewart merchandise may be a sign that the Lowe's Home Improvement chain wants out of its 10-year, $35 million naming rights deal with Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jeff Wolf writes that all SMI tracks have returned to SMI headquarters the souvenirs of Stewart, who is sponsored by Lowe's rival Home Depot. "One fly on the wall hinted that Lowe's might be trying to get out of its contract with the Charlotte track, and SMI is doing whatever it can to keep Lowe's from finding a way to back out of the deal," Wolf wrote Friday. Lowe's bought the naming rights to the former Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1999 for a reported $35 million over 10 years.(Winston Cup Scene daily newsletter)(5-11-2002)
    UPDATE: The ongoing marketing feud between Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouses and The Home Depot has spilled over into the two companies' investment in Winston Cup racing, with merchandise of driver Tony Stewart -- sponsored by The Home Depot -- no longer displayed prominately at the gift shop at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. With the Winston Cup series spending the next two weekends at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the rivalry has the potential to heat up even further. Lowe's has a large investment in racing, owning naming rights at the Charlotte speedway and has agreements with other Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks and also sponsors the #48 Chevrolet of rookie Jimmie Johnson. The Home Depot has sponsored driver Tony Stewart's entry in Winston Cup since he joined the series in 1999 and has also been involved in his foray in the Indianapolis 500 his rookie season. The Home Depot also owns the designation of the "official" home improvement warehouse of NASCAR. In recent months, as SMI and Lowe's have worked to expand their relationship, SMI tracks are taking a more active role in promoting their involvement with Lowe's, including no longer displaying merchandise at tracks' stores of rival driver Stewart. Lowe's Motor Speedway spokesman Jerry Gappens emphasized Monday there is no conflict between the speedway and Stewart, but rather the sponsors. "Tony Stewart's merchandise is still available for sale in our gift shop, it's just not being displayed prominately," he said. "Race fans can still purchase Tony Stewart items here." Gappens said, however, that speedway and event-specific merchandise is the majority of the merchandise sold at the speedway's shop. The speedway store maintains inventory of driver merchandise for fans' convenience. Gappens said he did not know exact policies for other SMI tracks involving Stewart's merchandise, but believed they had made similiar changes.()(5-14-2002)

  • Programs by Sam Bass UPDATE: NASCAR artist and designer Sam Bass has delivered two "firsts" to fans for May race weeks at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Because the month features two Winston Cup races-the May 18 all-star The Winston and the May 26 Coca-Cola Racing Family 600-Bass has created, for the first time, dual covers for the speedway's souvenir programs. The Winston cover celebrates the new-for-2002 "Survival of the Fastest" format in which the 27-car starting field gets narrowed to 20 competitors for the second segment and only 10 cars move on to the final leg. Bass' inspiration for illustrating this process of high-speed elimination came from the first season of a popular television program in which participants gradually vote each other off of the communal island. Bass chose the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 to launch a new series of paintings that blends the screaming excitement of stock car racing with the laid-back, nostalgic mood of a 1950s drive-in restaurant. "Family Drive-In" depicts the Coca-Cola Racing Family slowing down after 600 hard miles behind the wheel to enjoy a burger and Coke in the infield of Lowe's Motor Speedway. In the painting, Bass' drive-in is a futuristic, '50s-style, neon-wrapped dream firing twin spotlight beams into space through lamps shaped like giant Coca-Cola bottles. The parking lot is packed with NASCAR's most recognizable rides, including the cars of Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott and defending race champion Jeff Burton. Souvenir programs featuring the two Sam Bass covers may be purchased for $10 each during race weeks in the Winston Gift Shop, at most ticket gates and at LMS merchandise trailers.(LMS PR)(5-11-2002)
    UPDATE: There will be a Announcements & Unveiling on Friday, May 17, 2002 at 12:00noon/et at the Sam Bass Gallery in Concord, NC(5-14-2002)

  • Earnhardt Ticket: To celebrate the return of car #3, Lowe's Motor Speedway has produced a limited-edition commemorative ticket for CTC Pole Night on Thursday, May 23, featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the #3 Chevy he will drive in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 BGN race on Saturday, May 25. The 20th in a series of commemorative Pole Night ducats, the ticket includes a picture of Earnhardt Jr. with his trademark backward hat along with the vibrant yellow Nilla Wafers/Nutter Butter #3 machine he will drive in a cooperative effort between Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. The CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 is Earnhardt Jr.'s only scheduled appearance in this car. Production of the Dale Earnhardt Jr./No. 3 Returns commemorative ticket was limited to 25,003. The ticket sells for $15 in advance and, if still available, will be $20 on the day of the event. It is also good for admission to qualifying for the BGN race on Friday, May 24. NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying for the May 26 Coca-Cola 600 will highlight CTC Pole Night on Thursday, May 23. The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series will also battle that night in the Tom Johnson Camping Center/EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100. The special Dale Earnhardt Jr./No. 3 Returns commemorative CTC Pole Night ticket can be viewed online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(5-6-2002)

  • Lowes tix for fall race: With ticket renewals completed, all remaining seats for the Oct. 13 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Lowe's Motor Speedway wnt on sale today (Thursday, Feb. 21). Starting at just $19 on the backstretch and $39 on the frontstretch, good seats are still available in a variety of price ranges for this 500-mile fall classic. The $99 SUPER Ticket also returns for the October races. Offering fans a chance to attend four premier motorsports events over three days for just $99, the SUPER Ticket represents a $96 savings if the same four tickets were purchased separately. For more info see the LMS Site.(2-21-2002)

  • LMS removes seats: Lowe's Motor Speedway is removing the first two rows of seats on the frontstretch, largely to protect fans from debris that might fly into the stands after wrecks. The track is also widening pedestrian walkways at its front entrance to prevent the sorts of stampedes that have happened at some rock concerts. The walkways will be almost twice their current width in time for May's Winston Cup Coca-Cola 600, speedway President Humpy Wheeler said. Track officials decided to tackle the $1.5 million project after watching fans pour out of the track after races. "Seeing the crowds packed as tight as they were gave us some alarm," Wheeler said. "We've all read about some of the things that have happened at soccer games and rock concerts." The speedway is also widening the concourse under the grandstand by more than 30 feet, Wheeler said.()(1-21-2002)

  • 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 - Lowes Motor Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Robby Gordon Lobbies NASCAR: #31-Robby Gordon, who is slated to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the 600-mile event at LMS on Sunday, qualified a respectable 12th. It was the top spot among Richard Childress Racing's three drivers, but Gordon will have to start at the back of the 43-car field if he misses the 3:30 p.m. (EDT) drivers meeting at LMS. Gordon would like to keep his starting spot and is lobbying NASCAR to allow him to attend the meeting via videoconference due to his Indy commitment. "With today's technology, I asked NASCAR earlier if I could videoconference into the drivers meeting so I don't have to go to the back," Gordon said. "They said they'd think about it. Nobody has ever asked that question before. People can run billion-dollar companies through videoconferencing, so why can't I go to the drivers meeting through a videoconference?"(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(5-25-2002)

  • Wallace to stand by for Gordon if needed: Richard Childress Racing will have Mike Wallace standing by for the team's #31 Cingular Chevy team Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in case Robby Gordon doesn't return from the Indianapolis 500 in time for the start of the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. The Indy 500 is scheduled to start at 12:00noon/et on Sunday, while the 600 is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm/et, about three hours after the end of the Indy race. Gordon's itinerary shows him arriving at Lowe's Motor Speedway at about 5:15pm/et.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(5-23-2002)

  • Mast Ailing - Hermie Sadler In the #90 for the Coke 600 UPDATE: Hermie Sadler will replace ailing driver Rick Mast this weekend in the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford Taurus, according to car owner Junie Donlavey. Mast said he has not felt good physically for several weeks and is undergoing tests to determine the cause. The doctors have recommended he step out of driving at least for this weekend's Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mast competed in The Winston qualifying races last Saturday night at the Charlotte track. Donlavey said Sadler was a natural choice to drive the car this weekend at Charlotte. The team is billed as an all-Virginia team. Donlavey's Winston Cup team has called Richmond, Va., home for six decades, and C.F.Sauer's Company is also located in Richmond. Sadler is a native of Emporia, Va., and races occasionally on the Winston Cup Series with a team he owns.(Keystone Marketing PR)(5-22-2002)
    UPDATE: Car owner Junie Donlavey said he doesn’t know what ails Rick Mast and isn’t sure when or if Mast would be back in the #90 Fords. Hermie Sadler has taken over driving duties for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway while Mast undergoes tests to determine what his medical condition is. Mast isn’t at the track this weekend. “Rick called me (Tuesday) night, and he said he had to take some time off because he had a bunch of tests he had to go through,” Donlavey said. “We’ve noticed that he’s lost a lot of weight recently, and we’re just hoping that everything is all right. But until he goes through all of his tests, we won’t know. We’re just going to take things one day at a time because we don’t know really know anything.” Sadler said he was happy to get the call from Donlavey, who is a Virginia native like Sadler. “Emporia (Sadler’s hometown) is only about 60 miles away from Junie, so I was able to buzz over there pretty quick and get my seat in there and talk to all the guys,” Sadler said. “I know many of those guys because a lot of them worked for me when I had my Busch team, so in a lot of ways, it’s like old times. It’s a great honor and a great opportunity, so we’ll see what happens.” Sadler said he’s “just filling in until (Rick’s) ready to come back.”(RacingOne), also of note, it was reported during FX's qualifying coverage that crew chief Ernie Cope had left the #90 team (after a week or so), he is supposedly helping out the #37 and #38 Derrike Cope teams, former #90 crew chief Bobby King is back working with the team.(5-24-2002)

  • #59 Gets a Sponsor for Lowes: Price Motorsports, Inc. announced Thursday that the team has secured primary sponsorship for the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600 races from Key West Aloe based in Key West, Florida. The popular company specializes in aloe spa care, skin care, suncare, fragrances and cosmetics and has been in business since 1971. The company is well know for its over 150 different skin care selections and has retail store locations in Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Germany, Italy and The United Kingdom. The company's web site can be visited at www.keywestaloe.com. The site features user friendly online shopping. A free catalog can also be ordered online. Although not a full year deal, Car Owner Foster Price was pleased to close the deal going into the festivities that are to take place the next two weekends at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "We're glad to bring Key West Aloe on.(Price Motorsports PR)(5-17-2002)

  • Book Signings: Coca Cola 600 Week book signing of Men and Speed at 6:00pm/et on Wednesday, May 22, at Books A Million, 8301 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord Mills, NC near Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch (not Jeff Burton) and author G. Wayne Miller.(Men and Speed site), AND On May 27, Earnhardt Jr. will be signing his book "Driver #8" at the Sam's Club in University Shopping Center from 1:00 to 3:00pm/et. He will sign one book per person with the first 800 people guaranteed an autograph, also see more books and info on my Racing Bookstore page.(5-15-2002)

  • Hermie Sadler to run at Lowes: #02-Hermie Sadler announced today that his team would compete in the Winston Open this Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Sadler, who is coming off an impressive 18th place finish at Richmond, thinks the Winston Open is a big opportunity for him and his team. According to Sadler, "Every time I go to the track I am auditioning for a ride and there's no bigger stage than Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Winston. Silly season is starting early this year and so far my name hasn't been mentioned and a good run at Charlotte may change that." Sadler had a sponsor lined up for both the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600, but as has happened frequently, the money did not come through. "It's tough right now but we just have to keep digging," stated Sadler. "People need to know that I want to race and race competitively. If no sponsor is found, we will run the Open and then make a decision about the 600. Maybe our performance in The Winston Open will lure a sponsor for the 600."(Elliott Sadler Enterprises PR)(5-13-2002)

  • Cope to run at Lowes, has a sponsor, and a 2nd car for...Lepage: Quest Motor Racing (QMR), owned by NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Derrike Cope, will field two (2) Winston Cup cars for the upcoming Charlotte races. GEICO Direct agreed to a two-race deal with QMR that will include The Winston Open on Saturday, May 18, 2002 and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 26, 2002. Late Thursday, Quest Motor Racing agreed to a deal with Kevin Lepage for Lepage to drive the #38 GEICO Direct Ford in both The Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600. Cope's #37 Ford will be sponsored by Sound Moves, a global freight orchestration company. Cope will be providing more detail regarding his upcoming plans for Charlotte in his announcement on this weekend's Victory Lane Show aired on Fox Sports.(Derrike Cope Site)(5-12-2002)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts - Rudd to tie record: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 654 consecutive starts [Rudd is on pace to break Terry Labonte's record at Charlotte in the Coca Cola 600] followed by Rusty Wallace at 563, Ken Schrader with 533 and Mark Martin has 448 consecutive Cup starts; also Jeff Gordon has started 304 consecutive races (and NEVER used a provisional). Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(4-28-2002)
    TIE #28-Ricky Rudd will tie Terry Labonte's 'Iron Man' streak of consecutive Cup races started at Richmond this weekend. The streak started in 1981, something from ESPN2's RPM 2 Night: #97-Kurt Busch was 2 years old, #12-Newamn was 3, #48-Johnson was 5 as was #29-Harvick and #8-Earnhardt Jr was 6.(5-3-2002)

  • A 5th Hendrick team? UPDATE 3 Sprague/#60: been told that Hendrick Motorsports BGN driver, Jack Sprague, will drive the #60 Haas Chevy in the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway in May and possibly up to six more Cup events. See an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(3-19-2002)
    UPDATE: Dr Jerry Punch interviewed Jack Sprague on ESPN2's RPM 2 Night and it was mentioned that the team just got the new #60 car in the shop and plans to test at Charlotte/Lowes Motor Speedway in a few weeks. Other races include New Hampshire, both Lowes races and Homestead. Rick Hendrick will be part owner of the team.(4-9-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Three-time CTS champ Jack Sprague will run five Cup races this season with a new team owned by Haas Automation. The team will use engines and cars built by Hendrick Motorsports, who Sprague currently drives in the BGN. The team will move full-time to Winston Cup in 2003. The team will debut at the Coca-Cola 600 next month in Charlotte. Other races scheduled are: New Hampshire in September; Charlotte in October; Atlanta in October; and Homestead, Fla., in November. Additional races may be added. "I have been waiting a long time to get the right opportunity to go Winston Cup racing," Sprague said. "I’ve had opportunities in the past, but they just weren’t structured in a way that would give me and the team all the ingredients needed for success." "This new association with Haas Automation has everything needed to make the deal go, both on and off the track. This deal is worth the wait." Sprague’s current and long-time crew chief, Dennis Conner, will also serve in that capacity with his Cup team. Joe Custer will serve as the team’s general manager.()(4-19-2002)
    UPDATE 3: Haas Automation, one of the leading manufacturers of industrial tools worldwide, announced today that it has formed a Winston Cup Team that will run a select-event schedule of races this season with driver Jack Sprague. Sprague and the team will then enter the Winston Cup ranks on a full-time basis beginning with the 2003 Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL. Haas Automation, a long-time sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports, will receive assistance from the five-time Cup championship organization in making this new team possible. According to Sprague, the #60 Haas Automation Chevy will make its debut at Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 26. "I have been waiting a long time to get the right opportunity to go Winston Cup racing," said Sprague, the three-time CTS champion now racing in the BGN. "I've had opportunities in the past, but they just weren't structured in a way that would give me and the team all the ingredients needed for success. This new association with Haas Automation has everything needed to make the deal go, both on and off the track. This deal was worth the wait." Located in Oxnard, CA, Haas Automation is the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States. The company manufactures four major product lines and has nearly 750 employees. Haas Automation builds a full line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, rotary tables and 5C indexers. Haas machine tools and rotary products are built to deliver higher accuracy, repeatability and more durability than any other machine tools on the market. Haas Automation, which also serves as a major associate sponsor on Sprague's #24 NetZero Chevy BGN entry this season, has sold more than 40,000 rotary tables and 32,000 CNC machines throughout the world. The company ships more CNC machines per month than any other U.S. manufacturer. In addition to the Charlotte Winston Cup event in May, Sprague and his #60 Haas Automation Chevy will compete at New Hampshire (Sept. 15), Lowe's Motor Speedway (Oct. 13), Atlanta (Oct. 27) and Homestead- (Nov. 17). Additional races are also being considered at this time. The effort will be fielded out of HAAS CNC RACING headquarters located in Harrisburg, NC. Joe Custer is the team's General Manager, while Sprague's current and long-time crew chief, Dennis Connor, will also serve in that capacity for the new Winston Cup team. Hendrick Motorsports will provide cars, engines and technical assistance for the team.(Motorsports Management Group PR)(4-20-2002)

  • 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)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Special #21 Scheme: The legendary Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Taurus, driven by Elliott Sadler and sponsored by Motorcraft, will be sporting a special paint scheme honoring Air Force bomber aircraft during Coca-Cola 600 race, 26 May, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. The paint scheme features the B-1 Lancer on the right side of the car, the B-52 Stratofortress -- the venerable workhorse of the Air Force bomber fleet -- on the left side and the stealthy B-2 Spirit on the hood of the car. The United States has used all three of these aircraft in its war on terrorism. At the Coca-Cola 600, a B-2 from Whiteman Air Force Base, MO will do a fly-by after country and western singer George Jones finishes "50,000 Names," a song about the Vietnam Wall. A four-ship formation of F-15 Eagles from Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C., will also conduct a flyover after Jones finishes singing the National Anthem. Additionally, an Air Force honor guard, a bugler playing TAPS and the USAF STARS Parachute Jump Team will perform at the Coca-Cola 600. Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, Air Combat Command commander, will be attending the race and will address the crowd and administer the Oath of Enlistment to 50 new recruits prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600. Additionally, Hornburg will be accepting the Stonewall Jackson award - given yearly for patriotism in the military - on behalf of Gen. John P, Jumper, Air Force Chief of Staff, who is unable to attend. The Air Force continues to use its involvement in NASCAR to interest more young men and women, especially those with mechanical and electronic skills, in considering a career in the military.(Air Force PR), see a layout of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(5-17-2002)

  • #48 Scheme at Lowes UPDATE: hearing the #48 Lowes Chevy will carry a Power of Pride scheme at The Winston and Coke 600, see my Paint Scheme Gallery for a possible scheme.(5-16-2002)
    UPDATE: In an effort that began May 3 at the Pontiac Excitement 400 race in Richmond, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse and Team Lowe's Racing are touring a giant thank you card to the U.S. military. Military supporters will be able to write their personal messages and signatures on the card at multiple sporting events and Lowe's stores throughout the spring. There is a special kind of pride American military supporters feel for the men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and many have never had the chance to personally express their gratitude. Now, thanks to this larger than life military tribute, thousands will finally get that chance. "We want to give Americans an opportunity to express their personal gratitude to the men and women serving our country," said Bob Tillman, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO. "The Power of Pride is a way for all of us to salute these brave Americans and thank them for all they do." Culminating the tour Memorial Day Weekend, Lowe's will display the fully assembled 140 by 48 foot Power of Pride themed card during the Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 26. Of special note, actor Owen Wilson, the Coca-Cola 600 grand marshal, will add the ceremonial final signature to the card before it's shipped to a military location to be determined. Each person who signs the giant card will receive a commemorative Power of Pride marker and bumper sticker, and for racing fans, the Team Lowe's #48 Power of Pride show car will be on display. Lowe's created the Power of Pride initiative as a way to pay tribute to the men and women serving in the armed forces and local police and fire departments. In the wake of Sept. 11, Lowe's, its employee owners and customers raised more than $6 million for relief organizations and U.S. military, police officers and firefighters who put their lives on the line to save others.(Golin-Harris PR)(5-17-2002)

  • Jarrett special scheme at Lowes UPDATE: Look for a special paint scheme recognizing the Race Fans For A Cure program on Dale Jarrett's car in the Winston and the Coca Cola 600 in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. To Find Out More About Race Fans For A Cure or to get the booth track schedule, go to www.Racefansforacure.com.(NASCAR.com)(4-27-2002)
    UPDATE: For the past two-plus years, thousands of race fans have shown their support for Race Fans for a Cure(tm) by wearing pink ribbons. For the next two races, Dale Jarrett's famed #88 UPS Ford will do the same. In support of Race Fans for a Cure(tm) - a joint initiative involving Ford Credit, Dale and Kelley Jarrett and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - the 7˝" x 14" ribbon decal will replace the Ford Credit decal behind the "88" on both sides of Dale Jarrett's Winston Cup Taurus for The Winston on May 18 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26. More info on the cause at www.racefansforacure.com. Ford Credit, associate sponsor of Jarrett's #88, sponsors Race Fans for a Cure(tm) display booths at various race-related events - including the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. Display booths will also be at the 600 Festival in downtown Charlotte from May 23 to 25; Dale Jarrett Ford in Monroe, N.C. on May 16; and Dale Jarrett, Inc., in Newton, N.C., on May 24.(campbell Co/Ford Racing PR)(5-10-2002)



  • Long to help out UPDATE: Team Will Carry "Jaret's Angels" Logo in Charlotte To Help Raise Awareness of Juvenile Diabetes. Carl Long doesn't want the space on his # 85 Dodge to go to waste, so while the Roxboro, NC native continues to pursue sponsorship opportunities for a full NASCAR Winston Cup Series ride, he will carry the "Jaret's Angels" logo on his cars beginning in Charlotte for the BGN race, the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600. The logo, a family emblem designed by artist Jim Hunt in support of 3-year-old Charlotte resident Jaret Arneson, who was diagnosed with juvenile (Type 1) diabetes in December of 2000, will be accompanied by the logo and Web site address for the national office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation -- www.jdrf.org. At Charlotte, Long will try to qualify the #64 Dodge of owner Rick Glenn, with team owner Thee Dixon and Mansion Motorsports providing the #85 Dodge for entry in the Winston Open and the Coca-Cola 600. SR Racing of Lebanon, TN, supplies the team's engines for all of Long's cars.(Carl Long Racing Site)(4-12-2002)
    UPDATE: see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery and a story at : Long's paint scheme boosts juvenile diabetes efforts.(5-9-2002)

  • Rudd Special Scheme for Coke 600? UPDATE: hearing #28-Ricky Rudd will have a special paint scheme for the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway in May.(4-3-2002)
    UPDATE: Rudd will run an Iron Man scheme in the Coca Cola 500, see an image on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(5-9-2002)

  • Andretti a clone? UPDATE 2 image and some Star Wars/Cheerios PR: hearing the #43 Cheerios Dodge and driver John Andretti will sport a special Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones movie scheme in 2002. The movie is scheduled for release in May, been told the scheme will run in The Winston and the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway(2-5-2002)
    UPDATE: Got an image of the scheme, check it out on the 2002 Cup Schemes page.(2-6-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Cheerios announces three special edition Star Wars paint schemes and have designed a special paint scheme for Episode I, Episode II and a Trilogy edition. On their site [www.starwars.cheeriosracing.com], folks can check out each new car design, view them from different angles, pick a favorite and compare them with other. Images can be downloaded. Beginning in May in select states, specially marked packages of Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Honey Nut Chex and Golden Grahams will be offering a FREE mail in for three collectible 1:64 die cast cars with #43 Cheerios Star Wars special edition paint schemes. Collect all three special edition paint schemes: Episode I, Episode II and the Trilogy car. In conjunction with the FREE mail-in offer, John Andretti will be driving a new, one-time-only Light Side vs. Dark Side Star Wars paint scheme in May at the Lowe's Motor Speedway to commemorate the movie premier.(PR)(3-18-2002)

  • Scooby Doo on the #30: The #30 AOL Chevy and driver Jeff Green will feature a Scooby-Doo scheme at Lowes Motor Speedway for the Coke 600. The reason: the release of the movie - Scooby Doo. See image on the Cup Paint Scheme page.(3-10-2002)

  • Labonte and Cheez-It: #5 Terry Labonte will run a Cheez-It/Kelloggs scheme at Las Vegas and the Coca Cola 600(1-14-2002)

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


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