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THE RACE: Mountain Dew Southern 500

Winston Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 1, 2002 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Sept 3rd at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 4th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Sept 5th, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  •'s NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $4,074,660 (was $3,476,288 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at: or at the Darlington Raceway site

  • 2001 Race Winner: Ward Burton, 122.773mph, started 37th

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 139.031mph

  • Track Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1993, 139.958mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.366 egg-shaped oval, 367 laps, 501.3 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, August 30th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, August 31st, 9:45 - 10:30am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 31st, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-TNT at 12:00noon/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 30th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 30th at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). No re-air as far as I know.

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

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

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Kenny Irwin Jr, September 1999, 170.970mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, March 1996, 173.797mph (first race on new pavement)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Kurt Busch, 168.048mph, finished 39th.

    Track Specs:
    Track: Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees; Straights - 2 degrees.
    Straights: Frontstretch 1,229 feet; Back - 1,229 feet. Repaved in late 1995

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at the Southern 500

  • Southern 500 Pole Sitters, Winners, and Manu Wins

  • RACE WINNERS at Darlington (Active):
    March, 2002 (Sterling Marlin-2); Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon (5 each); Dale Jarrett (3); Jeff Burton, Ward Burton (2 each); Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte (1 each); Souther 500 only…..Gordon (4), Elliott (3), T. Labonte, Martin, B. Labonte, J. Burton, W. Burton.

    Front-Row: 35 of 98 (35.7%); Top-Five: 64 of 98 (65.3%); Top-Ten: 86 of 98 (87.8%)
    Furthest Back (43rd—Johnny Mantz/August, 1950)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $200,000 at Darlington for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(8-24-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
Airtime: 12:30pm/et
Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Mike Bagley and Dave Moody
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Jason Toy

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 Darlington, SC Area:
The State
The Myrtle Beach Sun News
Morning News Online
GoUpstate - Spartanburg Herald Journal
Charleston Post-Courier

Weather Forcasta for the Area
The Weather Channel
Accuweather - Current Radar
National Weather Service
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
ARS Racing - Darlington Track Review - Darlington

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins his 5th Southern 500 at Darlington: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Mountain Dew Southern 500, winning his 5th ever Souther 500 which ties him with Cale Yarborough for the most ever. The 23 cars that finished on the lead lap is a record for the Southern 500. It is Gordon's 60th career win. #12-Ryan Newman was 2nd, the top ten finishers:

    #24-Gordon (118 laps led)
    #12-Newman (1 lap led)
    #9-Elliott (43 laps led)
    #40-Marlin (113 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (1 lap led)

    #48-Johnson (17 laps led)
    #99-Burton (20 laps led)

    Lap Leaders (8): #40-Marlin; #6-Martin; #9-Elliott; #48-Johnson; #32-Craven; #99-Burton; #88-Jarrett; #24-Gordon; #12-Newman;
    Cars on the lead lap: 21
    Off the track/DNF's: #89-Morgan Shepherd(engine); #44-Nadeau(off-accident); #43-Andretti(engine); #29-Harvick(off-accident); #11-Bodine(off);

    Cautions: 9 for 63 laps
    Caution 9 314-321 #25 lost a tire and spun, missed pit road, the yellow was extended to clean off the track.
    Caution 8 303-306: #48-Johnson lost the outside part of the tire, pretty weird
    Caution 7 242-245: #44-Nadeau spun just after going back on the track after repairs.
    Caution 6 235-238: #17-Kenseth got loose and spun, doing damage to right rear of the car.
    Caution 5 207-209: Oil on the track in turn two after #32-Craven, #20-Stewart, #99-Burton and #55-Hamilton slid in the oil and wacked the wall.
    Caution 4 191-200: #1-Park, #44-Nadeau, #4-Skinner, #29-Harvick all hit the wall when #43-Andretti lost an engine and got oil on the track,.
    Caution 3 155-158: #26-Bodine got loose and spun out, no one else involved.
    Caution 2 108-111: Debris on the track
    Caution 1 1-19: for rain and to dry the track before the start of the race
    NOTES: #11-Bodine slapped the wall on lap 310 and took the car to the garage. #15-Waltrip hass been having a throttle problem all day and is using the kill switch to get thru the corners. #88-Jarrett was in the pits long as one air gun broke during their lap 236 pit stop. #30-Green slapped the wall and had to come into the pits around lap 212. #1-Park is back on the track after repairs on lap 206. Around lap 70, most of the leaders made their first pit stops of the race. #26-Bodine cut down a left front and tore up his fender around lap 40 but made it to pit road for repairs.
    Race Re-Air: The Southern 500 will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Sept 3rd, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 4th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Sept 5th, 1:00am/et.
    Race Results: at or

  • Rumblings: Ryan Newman was the bridesmaid for the 4th time in his career, finishing 1.734 seconds behind. Kyle Petty (13th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Michigan in June. Ricky Craven (14th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Pocono in June. Kenny Wallace (25th) had his best finish since he was 21st at Talladega in April (only 5 races). This week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week goes to a lonely Ward Burton (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper is Matt Kenseth (-28), followed by Ricky Rudd (-23) and Kevin Harvick (-23). For Kenseth, he's now tied for the lead in the BD category this season with Ryan Newman.(StockCarFans)(9-2-2002)

  • To the back: #97-Kurt Busch lost an engine during Happy Hour practice (was the fastest) and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag on Sunday for the Southern 500 at Darlington.(8-31-2002)
    and add #19-Jeremy Mayfield whos team had to change an engine after Happy Hour practice on Saturday.(9-1-2002)

  • Notes: #22-Ward Burton is running a black paint scheme at Darlington, back to Caterpillar not Cat Dealers as was at Bristol.(8-31-2002)

  • $200,000 up for grabs: points leader #40-Sterling Marlin can pick up a $200,000 bonus if he can win today's Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington. That's the amount of the Winston Leader Bonus, paid the winner of a race who leaves with the Winston Cup points lead. Other drivers who could leave Darlington with the points lead and the $200,000 are #6-Mark Martin, #24-Jeff Gordon, #20-Tony Stewart and #48-Jimmie Johnson (would have to win and have Marling finish last). Marlin retains the lead with a 24th or better finish at Darlington today (or Monday).(9-1-2002)

  • #100th start for Little E and Blaney: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his 100th career Winston Cup start this weekend at Darlington.(Roanoke Times), also #77-Dave Blaney will start his 100th career Cup race at Darlington.(8-28-2002)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Darlington is over. Fastest were #97-Busch at 163.604, #44-Nadeau at 163.392 and tied were #24-Gordon and #12-Newman at 162.807. Slowest were #89-Shepherd at 155.188 and #07-Musgrave at 158.178. #36-Schrader had no speed listed as he got out of the M&M's Pontiac and said the car was great and elected not tor practice. For speeds see .(8-31-2002)

  • Some Darlington Stats: Nineteen of 98 Cup races at Darlington have been won from the pole, the most productive starting position. Thirty-five have been won from the first two starting positions and 64 have been won from the top five. Only 12 races at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Terry Labonte made his first start (9-4-78) and earned his first Winston Cup victory (9-1-80) at the Southern 500.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-30-2002)

  • Cars on the track at Darlingtion, rain holding far 1st practice is over: The rain that ruled the day Friday is backing off so far Saturday morning at Darlington Raceway, where Winston Cup practice rolled off a few minutes after the 9:30am/et scheduled start. There are two 45-minute practices on the schedule Saturday. There's a 90 percent chance of rain forecast, which could spell trouble for Saturday's Gatorade 200 Grand National race.()
    AND With the continuing threat of rain, NASCAR officials extended the first of the two practices on the treacherous old speedway as teams get ready for Sunday's Southern 500. #12-Newman was the fastest at 165.398 followed by #17-Kenseth at 165.009 and #20-Stewart at 164.782. Slowest were #89-Shepherd at 154.885 and #74-Raines at 159.699. For speeds see .(8-31-2002)

  • UGH - Rain at Darlington Qualifying RAINED OUT field set by points: Rain was falling Friday morning at Darlington Raceway, fouling things up for BGN/Cup teams preparing for practice and qualifying.() as of 12:30pm/et reports: Officials were unable to start track drying as of 12:30pm/et, and estimates were it would take more than two hours to dry the racing surface once drying began. The weather channel site shows lots of green in the area.
    UPDATE: BGN qualifying has been cancelled and the field for Saturday's race, the Gatorade 200, will be set by points. That will put Greg Biffle out front, with Jason Keller starting second. Friday's Winston Cup practice and qualifying could be in trouble, too. The forecast calls for a 90% chance of thunderstorms on Friday and a 30% chance on Saturday. There's a 50% probability on Sunday.()
    RAIN OUT set by points: A steady rain wiped out Friday's entire schedule, including Cup and BGN Qualifying. Lineups have been set based on owner's points.
    Lineup: at ,

  • Qualifying Order for Darlingtion is up. See above for link(s). 44 cars are listed. First driver scheduled out is #40-Sterling Marlin, last scheduled out is #97-Kurt Busch. If qualifying gets rained out and set by points, #51-Carl Long would be the driver missing the race. No #27-Shelmerdine listed.(8-30-2002)

  • No #49 at Darlington? UPDATE: hearing that the #48 BAM Racing team will not be going to at Darlington as was announced and scheduled. The car and driver Shawna Robinson is listed on the Entry List for the Southern 500.(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE: the #49 car and Robinson have been removed from the Entry List.(8-28-2002)

  • 46 Cars Entered at Darlington UPDATE make it 44: the Entry List is up, see the link above. 46 cars/drivers are listed including: #07-Ted Musgrave, #49-Shawna Robinson, #51-Carl Long, #71-TBA, #74-Tony Raines and #89-Morgan Shepherd along with the 40 regular teams.(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE: the #49 car and Robinson, as well as the #71 Marcis Racing car have been removed from the Entry List, down to 44 cars/drivers now.(8-28-2002)
    OR is it 45, the Entry list at the Darlington Raceway site also has #27-Kirk Shelmerdine list as an entry, doesn't.(8-29-2002)

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

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

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online and on my Race Results/Points page


  • Darlington spends $15,625 to keep track dry: Keeping a race track dry doesn't come cheap. Seven jet dryers used about 12,500 gallons of fuel at $1.25 a gallon in an attempt to keep Darlington Raceway dry over the past two rain-plagued days. That's $15,625 of kerosene, otherwise called jet fuel, to make sure NASCAR fans got to see Saturday's Bush Series race and Sunday's Southern 500 Winston Cup race. Had they needed it, another 12,000 gallons were on standby. While Darlington Raceway gets the bill for the fuel, it didn't supply its own jet dryer. Three came from Daytona, one from Talladega, one from Rockingham, one from Martinsville and one from Richmond.(The State)(9-2-2002)

  • Diamond Rio's Marty Roe to perform at Darlington Sunday: Marty Roe, lead singer for the group Diamond Rio, will perform an acoustic version of the band's Grammy-nominated song "One More Day." Roe will be in Darlington to help promote Diamond Rio's most recent release, "Completely." "One More Day" is the sort of song that can affect even the hardest heart, or anyone who has ever wished for a second chance or regretted a missed opportunity. In February 2001, a New York radio station began airing a version of the song as a tribute to auto racing legend Dale Earnhardt. And then came the events of September 11, 2001. In their wake, "One More Day" was revived as one of America's "healing" songs, and it has remained so to this day. Diamond Rio's current hit single, "Beautiful Mess," will also be featured on the giant Winston Cup Vision screen in the track infield throughout the weekend. Roe's performance is scheduled to take place at approximately 1:00pm/et on Sunday, September 1st, just prior to the Mountain Dew Southern 500.(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-31-2002)

  • Benny the Grand Marshal at Darlington: Popular NBC/TNT broadcaster and 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Benny Parsons will serve as grand marshal for the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Parsons, winner of the 1975 Daytona 500, earned 21 Winston Cup wins and 20 pole positions during his career. His only Darlington win came in the 1978 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, the track's spring event. Parsons "championship season was one of endurance“ he won only one race that year, but drove the most miles. Second-place finisher Cale Yarborough won four times, and David Pearson, who finished the year in third place, won 11 times in only 18 events. Parsons was the first NASCAR Winston Cup competitor to qualify for a race faster than 200 mph, which he did for the 1982 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 200.176mph. After retiring from competition after the 1988 season, Parsons went on to become a highly respected analyst on NASCAR racing telecasts, winning a NASCAR Emmy in 1996. He currently serves as part of the NBC/TNT broadcast team, which will commentate the Gatorade 200 NASCAR Busch Series race and the Mountain Dew Southern 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Darlington this weekend.(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-30-2002)

  • Emergency Measures in place at Darlington: All necessary precautionary/emergency measures will be in place at Darlington Raceway throughout this Southern 500 weekend. The Specialized Emergency Response Team from the Darlington County Emergency Preparedness Department will be on standby for the races and festivities. Darlington County EPD Director Robbin Brock said in the event their services are required, members of the SERT rope rescue team are capable of rappelling off the highest structures in the county -- which are at the track. Track officials are also taking the necessary precautionary measures. First-aid stations will be located on the track frontstretch behind the Pearson and Tyler Tower grandstands. Another will be behind the Colvin grandstand on the backstretch side.(Morning News)(8-29-2002)

  • Darlington Security FAQ: Answers to some frequently asked questions at Darlington Raceway:
    May I bring a personal cooler to the Raceway?
    Yes. Each person attending events at Darlington Raceway may bring two bags, one of which may be a 6x6x12 inch cooler.
    Have the rules about beer or food in the grandstands changed?
    The policies regarding food and beverage in the grandstands have not changed. You may still bring beverages and food with you, but understand that all bags are subject to search when you enter the grandstand gates.
    Where can I get a 6x6x12 cooler?
    Most department stores that carry outdoor supplies will carry small coolers that are the appropriate size. During the event weekend, the Darlington Raceway gift shop will have plenty of coolers available.
    Will I be able to fit what I need in these smaller coolers?
    A 6x6x12 cooler holds approximately 10 cans of soda with ice, or any number of lunch item and beverage combinations.
    What is the difference between an admission gate and a grandstand gate?
    Admission gates are all of the main gates you pass through when you enter the facility. Grandstand gates are all of the smaller gates you pass through if you have a grandstand seat.
    Can I leave my cooler outside the grandstand gates?
    Unfortunately, items not allowed in the grandstands will not be allowed to accumulate along the grandstand fence lines.
    I'm camping in the infield. Does this mean I can't bring my large cooler to my campsite?
    The new policies are only for the grandstand gates, not admission gates. You can take your cooler, any size, to your campsite, but won't be able to bring it into the grandstand area unless it conforms to current specifications.
    What about my camera, scanner and binoculars? Can I bring them into the grandstands in the bags they are stored in?
    These items should either be carried around your neck or in a clear (18x18x4) plastic bag. Again, please remember that all items are subject to search when you enter the grandstand areas. Your admission will be speedier with fewer bags to be searched.(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-29-2002)

  • National Anthem at Darlington: Emmy-nominated actress Gloria Reuben will perform the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the 53rd running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1. Reuben has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses after having made her mark in feature films, television and music. She is currently starring as Lisa Fabrizzi in the CBS prime time drama series The Agency. She also appeared in two CBS feature films, Salem Witch Trials and Little John, in spring 2002. Notably known as health care professional Jeannie Boulet on the critically acclaimed NBC series ER, Reuben earned multiple Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. Tickets for all three days of racing at Darlington are still available by calling the Raceway ticket hotline at (843) 395-8499.(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-27-2002)

  • Coolers/Security Info.

  • Lights at Darlington in 2004? Darlington president Andrew Gurtis says he has had positive meetings with NASCAR, cable broadcast station TNT and the International Speedway Corp. about lighting up the circuit's oldest superspeedway - perhaps in time for the 2004 Southern 500. Gurtis said several factors, like cost of the project, were still unknown because of pending decisions - should Darlington use permanent or temporary lights, how quickly can lights go up, will light poles be installed along the infield as well as the outside, will the track get help from TNT with the cost. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said Tuesday that NASCAR was very interested this time in a nighttime Southern 500 run on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The outline would have a Busch Grand National event on Saturday night with the Southern 500, considered one of the crown jewels of Winston Cup, the following evening. Gurtis didn't think Darlington would have any official decisions until well after next week's Southern 500. There would likely not be enough time to make all the changes necessary for lights next year.(ThatsRacin/com/AP)(8-21-2002)

  • Mountain Dew announces "Road to Darlington" incentive program: Mountain Dew and PepsiCo announced the details of a unique crew incentive program called the "Road to Darlington." The announcement was made during a press conference held at Darlington Raceway, featuring Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #19 Mountain Dodge [for the Southern 500] owned by Evernham Motorsports. Through the program, which kicked off August 11 at Watkins Glen, the Dew Crew can earn cash bonuses based on top-five or first-place finishes at the events leading up to the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway September 1. Larger bonuses will be paid for a top-five or first-place finish at Darlington. The total amount up for grabs over the course of the four races is $100,000. The team finished the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen in the number 15 spot. "Mountain Dew wanted to show the Dew Crew that we're behind them every step of the way, and the ˜Road to Darlington" is just one more way to display our support," said John Stamatis, marketing manager for Pepsi Racing. "The program is meant to reward all of the crew and shop members who work so hard behind the scenes and give up so much of their time in order for the No. 19 team to be a success." Mountain Dew has been a sponsor of the #19 Dew Crew and the Mountain Dew Southern 500 since 2001. NASCAR Winston Cup racing's fall classic, the Mountain Dew Southern 500, returns to Darlington Raceway August 30 through September 1. The weekend will kick off with Bud Pole Qualifying for both the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series on Friday, August 30, followed by the South Carolina 200 BGN race on Saturday, August 31. On Sunday, September 1, Jeremy Mayfield and the Dew Crew will hit the track, along with the rest of the NASCAR Winston Cup field, for the 53rd running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Tickets for all three days of racing at Darlington are available(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-15-2002)

  • 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 - Darlington Raceway


  • Musgrave back in a Cup car: Sirius Satellite Radio has joined forces with long time partner, Kenwood USA Corporation, to field a second Cup team. The #07 Kenwood/Sirius Dodge, driven by CTS driver Ted Musgrave, will compete for the second time this season at the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, site of one of his two NCTS victories this season. Joining current Sirius Racing teammate Casey Atwood, driver of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge, Musgrave will take the #07 Kenwood/Sirius team, with its innovative chrome paint scheme, to five of the country's most popular NASCAR Winston Cup races this season. Earlier this month, Musgrave debuted the #07 Kenwood/Sirius Dodge at Indy, where he finished 21st in the Brickyard 400. Musgrave , driver of the #1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Ram, currently sits third in the CTS points standings, just 61 points out of first place(Golin Harris PR)(8-31-2002)

  • Shepherd at Darlington: Morgan Shepherd will run the Southern 500 at Darlington this weekend with assistance from Phil Bonafield's CTS #86 Red Line Oil Chevy team. Bonafield is providing Shepherd with use of his hauler and crew members will be helping this weekend. and (Racing with Jesus Ministries) continue associate sponsorship, however additional sponsorship is needed. Shepherd and team plan to head to Richmond next weekend and hopefully pull double duty in both the CTS and Cup events.(STB Marketing Group PR)(8-31-2002)

  • Long to run Bristol for Ware: Carl Long will team up with current Craftsman Truck Series team Ware Racing Enterprises to field the #51 Winston Cup effort in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24th, 2002. Long will attempt to qualify the #51 Dodge Ram for team owner Rick Ware. Ware is excited seeing his team step up to the challenge of Winston Cup racing., a retailer of soy products which have many health benefits and are a proven alternative to HRT, has signed on with Ware Racing as a primary sponsor for Bristol and an associate sponsor throughout the rest of the 2002 season. Although primary sponsorship is only in place for Bristol - Ware Racing and Carl Long plan to enter all remaining 2002 Winston Cup races, as well as a full time schedule in 2003.(Ware Racing PR)(8-15-2002)

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


  • Jeff Burton to help out MDA at Darlington: #99-Jeff Burton will run a special paint scheme for this weekend's Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington to help raise money to find a cure for muscular dystrophy. It's the second year that Burton and his car's sponsor, CITGO, have teamed up in the benefit. Burton's car will have a red, white and blue paint scheme for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Burton will wear a specially designed helmet and firesuit that will be auctioned off later to help raise money for MDA.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(8-27-2002)

  • Mayfield scheme? hearing (and no real surprise) that #19 Jeremy Mayfield will run a Mountain Dew scheme sometime in 2002, probably at the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington - like Atwood did in 2001(12-21-2001), see scheme on the Paint Schemes Gallery

  • #99 Special Schemes: hearing that #99 Jeff Burton will be running three special paint schemes this year. CITGO Peel In Reel out and Win at the Winston and Sears Point (image in 2002 Cup Paint Scheme Page), CITGO BASS Fishing (Daytona, July 6th) and MDA Charity Citgo (Darlington).(4-17-2002)

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


  • Air Dam Rules back for Darlington: NASCAR notified Chevy and Pontiac teams it was re-instituting the front air dam rule it used at Michigan for next weekend’s race at Darlington. Chevys will be allowed to extend their front air dams out by one inch, while Pontiac teams will be allowed a half-inch extension. NASCAR will again evaluate the performance of the teams following next Sunday’s Southern 500 to decide whether to use the rule at the Sept. 7 race at Richmond.()(8-25-2002)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spoilers - not at Daytona/Talladega: the spoilers on the Winston Cup cars are as follows:
    Chevy: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Dodge: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Ford: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Pontiac: 6 7/8" height, 57" wide
    70 degrees at intermediate tracks.(2-22-2002)

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