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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

Winston Cup Race #5 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 17, 2002 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: Fox - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, March 20th, 8:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,405,766 (was $3,223,068 in 2001)

  • Entry List: NASCAR.com or

  • 2001 Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 126.557mph, started 2nd

  • Race Record(400 miles): David Pearson, May 1968, 132.703mph

  • Race Record(500 miles): Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1993, 139.538mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, 293 laps, 400.238 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, Mar 15th, 10:20 -12:20pm/et; and Saturday, Mar 16th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 16th, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX tape delayed at 3:00pm/et after the BGN race.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 15th, 9:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at and/or NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, March 15th at 2:05pm/et, TV-FSN (not FX) 2:00pm/et and live via MRN 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: Ward Burton, Mar 1996, 173.797mph

  • March 2001 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon started 1st on owners points, qualifying cancelled due to rain


  • Track Specs: Darlington Raceway
    Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
    Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
    Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
    Pit Road: Length: 2,025 feet, Width: 46 feet
    Track Repaved in late 1994
    Grandstand Seating: 65,000

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left; Right
    Winston Cup: 1,370; 1,380
    Busch Series: 600; 600
    Truck Series: 400; 400

    Tire Numbers: Left - D-6340; Right - D-6342

    Tire Circumference:
    Left: 87.3 in.; Right: 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi; Right Front - 40 psi
    Left Rear - 26 psi; Right Rear - 38 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi; Right Front - 36 psi
    Left Rear - 20 psi; Right Rear - 33 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Darlington twice in 2001 . . . all three NASCAR series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will compete on the same tires this weekend . . . other NASCAR tracks where teams will run on this same combination this season are Bristol, Las Vegas and Rockingham . . . this is the third race in the past four weeks that Winston Cup teams will have competed on these tires . . . as on all ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "As far as tires are concerned, Darlington is very similar to Rockingham in that they both have a very abrasive surfaces that leads to high tire wear and high lap time give-up. Based on last year's performance at Darlington, however, tire wear will not be a concern over the course of a full fuel run. The teams that have the best chassis set-ups, and the drivers that can be easiest on the tires early in a run, will have the least amount of tire give-up over the course of a fuel run. Also, something you will not see at Darlington are two-tire pit-stops. Typically, the left-front tire is the high wear position at Darlington and this, coupled with the high amount of lap time give-up, makes it too big a disadvantage for teams to try a two-tire stop."(3-14-2002)


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Darlington for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $30,000 at Las Vegas on March 3, 2002, none awarded at Daytona on Feb 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(3-10-2002)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)
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
www.spartanburg.com


Weather Forecast:
The Weather Channel
Accuweather
Accuweather - Current Radar
National Weather Service
Weather Underground


Track/Travel Info for the Fans:
Darlington Review
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

  • Darlington Facts: There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the nine races at Darlington since September 1997. Jeff Gordon (spring 1995, 1999 and 2000) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the nine-race period. Qualifying was rained out in the spring of 2001. Jeff Burton won both races at Darlington in 1999. He was one of three drivers to sweep both races at a track that season. The others were: Dale Earnhardt (Talladega) and Bobby Labonte (Pocono). Ward Burton's victory in the 2000 Mall.com 400 was the first time a Pontiac had won a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Darlington in the modern era (since 1972). Burton also won the 2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500, posting the first Dodge modern era victory at Darlington. It was the first victory at Darlington by Dodge since Buddy Baker won in 1971. Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers with five victories each at Darlington.(NASCAR PR)(3-14-2002)

  • 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)

  • One Engine Rule for 2002 UPDATE 3: starting in the 2002 season, Cup teams must use the same engine to qualify and race, NASCAR announced Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. In the event the engine used to qualify the car does not start the race, then at the desretion of the Winston Cup Series director, the starting position will be relinquished and the car will drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race. According to NASCAR, certain events during the 2002 season may require ammendments to this rule, such as the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races and the Coca-Cola 600, due its length.(NASCAR.com)(10-14-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has decided to allow teams to change engines following qualifying Feb. 9 for the Daytona 500. Beginning this season, teams are required to use the same engine for qualifying and the race. The move for Daytona was made because of the 125-mile qualifying races held prior to the race.(That's Racin')(1-8-2002)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR's one-engine rule makes its debut this weekend [at Rockingham]. Teams must use the same engine to qualify, practice and race. If a team must replace an engine before the race, its driver is dropped to the back of the field at the start.(Sporting News)(2-19-2002)
    UPDATE 3: The single-engine rule requires Cup teams to use the same engine in practice, qualifying and the race itself on a given weekend. Any team suffering an engine failure AFTER qualifying will be forced to go to the back of the field for the start of the race.()(2-22-2002)
    BEEN ASKED: can a team change an engine prior to qualifying or during the first practice on Friday? Have seen conflicting columns on what the rule really says - some say the rule takes effect AFTER qualifying and some say one engine for ALL practices, qualifying and the race. So not sure what happens if a team loses an engine in the early practice, sure we will find out soon enough.(2-22-2002)
    AND about changing parts...NASCAR’s rule doesn’t prohibit teams from replacing parts on the engine, such as valve springs, intake manifolds, lifters, rocker arms, cam shafts, etc. Heads nor the engine block CANNOT be changed.(2-24-2002)

  • Spoilers - not at Daytona: the spoliers 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
    not sure of the angle.(2-22-2002)

  • That's Racin': Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info

  • CNN/SI: Too Tough to Tame - Darlington Raceway stands to shake up points race

  • NASCAR.com: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Preview

  • Crew Chief Club


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Marlin wins at Darlington: #40-Sterling Marlin won the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington. It is Marlin's 2nd win of 2002 and his 2nd career win at Darlington, his 10th overall career win. Marlin started 42nd after the team elected to change an engine after Happy Hour, however, Marlin will be officially credited with starting 11th. #21-Elliott Sadler finished 2nd, his 2nd runner-up finished of 2002 (also at Daytona). The top ten finishers:
    1)  #40-Marlin (57 laps led)
    2)  #21-Sadler
    3)  #29-Harvick (first top five or ten of 2002)
    4)  #8-Earmhardt Jr (10 laps led)
    5)  #12-Newman
    6)  #48-Johnson
    7)  #2-Wallace
    8)  #17-Kenseth
    9)  #24-Gordon (176 laps led)
    10) #9-Elliott

    Lap Leaders (7): #32-Craven (18); #1-Park (19); #24-Gordon (most laps led); #40-Marlin; #22-Burton; #6-Martin; #8-Earnhardt Jr
    Cautions/Laps: 5 for 40 laps
    Cars on the lead: 12
    DNF's (7 - did not finish): #71-Hillenburg(engine); #49-Robinson(handling/accident?); #88-Jarrett (engine); #32-Craven(handling); #11-Bodine (accident); #41-Spencer(accident/handling); #20-Stewart(accident);

    Caution 5 - lap 225: huge wreck - Stewart OK...but, at least 11 cars involved: #'s 20 (the leader), 24, 97,36,10,6,77,41,22, 18 and 44. #36-Schreader was motioning for help for #20-Tony Stewart, who was awake and removed from the car on a stretcher, Jimmy Spencer reported that Stewart is going to be ok and talked to Stewart in the care center, but Stewart will be airlifted to a local hospital to be checked out as he is complaining of lower back/leg pain and will have a CAT Scan of his head, back and abdomen. #44-Jones lost control and spun in front of Stewart, then #41-Spencer couldn't see and t-boned Stewart.
    Caution 4 - lap 198: #97-Busch spun will trying to come into the pits, the #23-Stricklin car slowed up and the #11-Bodine Ford hit the #23. The #97 car gassed it and stayed on the lead lap. This caution came during many green flag pit stops and has jussled the field.
    Caution 3 - lap 132: #23-Stricklin nudged the #19-Mayfield car, spinning Mayfield without hitting anything.
    Caution 2 - lap 90: #31-Smacked the wall and broke off parts of the suspension and brakes.
    Caution 1 - lap 39: The leader of the race, #1-Steve Park got involved with #14-Compton as Park was passing him, #32-Craven was also involved. Looks like Park slid up into Compton as he was going high to allow Park to pass him. Park is out of his car and waved to the crowd.

    NOTES: A clean start on the first lap, #32-Ricky Craven led the first lap. #49-Robinson hit the wall on lap 2 or 3 but didn't cause a yellow and Robinson stayed on the track but has fallen a few laps down and finally retired the car after hitting the wall a few times. #71-Hillenburg took the car into the pits, the crew lifted the hood and the car was taken to the garage. #43-Andretti wapped the wall a few times and had to make unscehduled green flag stops. #32-Craven is back on the track as of lap 90. #19-Mayfield penalized (held for 15 seconds) as the team didn't have a catchcan person in place before refueling started. #88-Jarrett lost an engine when his oil pump belt broke/fell off. #32-Craven has retired the #32 Tide Ford. #1-Park came back in the race around lap 195. #41-Spencer came back out and ran two laps and picked up a spot and retired the car.
    So much for RaceCast today, no audio available here.
    See for Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 unofficial results and a column: Marlin dodges trouble, takes the win and for Unofficial Drivers Standings.(3-17-2002)

  • Marlin and Blaney teams change engines: #40-Sterling Marlin lost an engine [actually found a bad lifter] in Happy Hour Practice and will have to go to the back of the field before the start of the race as the team needed to put in a new motor.(Winston Salem Journal) AND the #77 Jasper Motorsports team found water in the oli of Dave Blaney's Ford and changed the engine and had to start the race at the rear of the field.(3-17-2002)

  • Newman wrecks in Happy Hour: #12-Ryan Newman, who topped Saturday morning's speed chart at Darlington, wrecked the car during the "Happy Hour" session and will ahve to go to a backup car for the race.()(3-16-2002)

  • Happy Hour Speeds at Darlington. #40-Sterling Marlin was the fastest at 162.581, with #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2nd fastest at 161.880 and #55-Bobby Hamilton was third at 161.545. Slowest were #49-Shawna Robinson at 153.589 and #71-Andy Hillenburg at 151.102. See for Saturday's 'Happy Hour' practice speeds.(3-16-2002)

  • Saturday AM Practice: #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest in AM practice at Darlington with a speed of 166.540mph, 2nd was #40-Sterling Marlin at 163.920, 3rd was #99-Jeff Burton at 163.186. Slowest were #90-Rick Mast at 156.906 and #49-Shawna Robinson at 154.133. #71-Andy Hillenburg did not practice. See for the Saturday morning practice speeds.(3-16-2002)

  • Qualifying is over at Darlington. #32-Rciky Craven wins the Bud Pole with a speed of 170.089mph, it is Craven's 2nd pole of 2002 and 6th of his career. The top 10 qualifiers:
    1)  #32-Craven 170.089
    2)  #24-Gordon 170.071
    3)  #12-Newman 169.895
    4)  #1-Park 169.351
    5)  #48-Johnson 169.216
    6)  #21-Sadler 169.118
    7)  #41-Spencer 168.990
    8)  #36-Schrader 168.862
    9)  #30-Green 168.798
    10) #9-Elliott 168.746
    Provisional Land:
    37) #5-Labonte 166.371 (22nd in owners points)
    38) #44-Jones 166.535 (37th)
    39) #23-Stricklin 166.253 (38th)
    40) #7-Atwood 165.570 (41st)
    41) #90-Mast 166.163 (42nd)
    42) #49-Robinson 154.642 (43rd - pancaked the right side of the car on her first lap)
    43) #71-Hillenburg 155.389 (46th)
    No drivers missed the race as there were 43 drivers for 43 spots. See for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Qualifying results/lineup(3-15-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Darlington:
    #44-Jones, 1st out to qualify, 166.535, will start 39th using a provisional
    #40-Marlin, 2nd out, 168.677, will start 11th
    #36-Schrader, 5th out, 168.862, will start 8th
    #12-Newman, 10th out, 169.895, will start 3rd
    #32-Craven, 38th out, 170.089, on the pole - 1st.(3-15-2002)

  • Johnson fastest at Darlington: #48-Jimmy Johnson was the fastest in Friday's practice with a speed of 168.723mph. #36--Ken Schrader was 2nd at 168.602 and nice to see, #1-Steve Park was third at 168.411. All three in the aerodynamically challenged Chevy or Pontiac. Slowest of the 43 were #49-Shawna Robinson at 161.790 and #71-Andy Hillenburg at 153.689. See for the Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds.(3-15-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Darlington. 43 cars are listed for 43 spots, all will make the race. First scheduled out is #44-Buckshot Jones, last scheduled to go out is #24-Jeff Gordon. See above for the links. FSN (Fox Sports Net - NOT FX) will televised qualifying live (2:00pm/et), MRN radio will broadcast it (via radio and the internet) and NASCAR.com will have live timing and audio (paid/subscriber).(3-15-2002)

  • Less than 43 at Darlington? UPDATE 5 #85 withdraws? Sauter in the #71? no it is Hillenburg: reports say that the tentative entry list for next week's race at Darlington Raceway included only 42 cars, including the #26 Haas-Carter Ford that may not run the race. Others who attempted Atlanta and are not on the list include #57-Hornaday, #71-Trickle and #85-Long. The last time a Cup race ran with less then 43 (besides New Hampshire last Nov) was the Oct Talladega race in 1997 when there were 42 (but more then 43 teams showed up, the fields in 1997 were 42 cars with the 43rd saved for the past champion provisional or Winston West drivers - see my Provisional Land status page for info).(3-10-2002)
    UPDATE - Darlington Entry Link is up at NASCAR.com. See above for the link. There are 44 cars listed included #26-Nemechek, #49-Robinson, #71-TBA, #85-Long. But the BAM Racing site does not list Darlington on their plan of 24 Cup races.(3-11-2002)
    UPDATE 2 - #49 adds to sched: per the BAM Racing Site, Darlington has been added to Shawna Robinson's 2002 schedule, now at 25 (was 24 races).(3-12-2002)
    AND add #85 and #71: Mansion Motorsports filed an entry for Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Carl Long in its #85 Dodge, and veteran team owner/driver Dave Marcis entered his #71 Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet with a driver to be announced.(NASCAR.com), so that is 44 cars/drivers entered.(3-12-2002)
    UPDATE 3: hearing #85-Carl Long is withdrawing from Darlington because only having one car ready and lack of experience at that track and also hearing that Jim Sauter will be driving the #71 Marcis Racing Chevy at Darlington this weekend. If so that would be 43 cars, all would make the race and none would go home.(3-13-2002)
    UPDATE 4: NASCAR.com's latest Entry List for Darlington shows Andy Hillenburg as the driver of the #71 Marcis Racing Chevy and #85-Carl Long is still listed.(3-13-2002)
    UPDATE 5: a story at NASCAR.com says Long is entered but he has been removed from their Entry List on the same site.(3-14-2002)

  • 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



  • Lights at Darlingtion: haven't heard much on this in a while: Darlington Raceway's appearance has been substantially altered over the past decade. Before he left to become NASCAR's vice president of corporate communications, former track president Jim Hunter added a massive new grandstand, consolidated pit road, and spruced up as many of the infield facilities as he could. Hunter's biggest idea - adding lights, so the 52-year-old speedway could host night races - was never embraced by NASCAR's former television partners. But according to Darlington's current president, the hopes of lighting the sport's oldest superspeedway haven't dimmed. "I think it's still realistic," Andrew Gurtis, who succeeded Hunter last year, said Tuesday. "I think ultimately, that's a business decision for Darlington Raceway. I do not think its age weighs into that question. If they can make it work at Daytona, we can make it work at Darlington." Prior to the 1999 season, Hunter met with representatives of MUSCO - the company that lit Daytona International Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte - about the possibility of adding lights at Darlington. The price tag at the time was about $2 million. The expense of adding lights, Gurtis said, would have to be offset by some benefit the lights bring to the race track. The best fit for a Darlington night race is the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, because of the holiday and the warmer weather. But that race is almost always a sellout in the daytime. Darlington would have to confer with NASCAR and the television network broadcasting the Labor Day race - in this case, TNT - before any lights go up. But Gurtis cautioned that the realization of such a project would be several years down the road.(Charleston Post and Courier)(3-6-2002)

  • Darlington 6 Pack and special Elliott pole ticket: Darlington Raceway is offering the Dodge 6 pack promotion for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on March 17, 2002. For $120, you can purchase 6 seats to the Winston Cup Race at the track "too tough to tame."
    AND Darlington Raceway's spring 2002 collectible pole day ticket, 15th in the series, will feature perennially popular NASCAR Winston Cup star Bill Elliott. Thursday, March 14 will feature qualifying for the Too Tough To Tame 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. On Friday, March 15, the stars of the Cup and BGN Series will take to the track for Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 and darlingtonraceway.com 200 qualifying, followed by the Too Tough To Tame 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The collectible pole day ticket featuring Bill Elliott is good for admission to all three events. Cost of this limited edition collectible is $20. Fans purchasing tickets for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 will receive a free collectible T-shirt with each order, while supplies last.(Darlington PR)(2-13-2002)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Darlington Raceway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Still no decision on the #26 UPDATE will be at Darlington: Haas-Carter Motorsports, while still searching for sponsorship, has filed a single entry, for the #26 [Joe Nemechek], for this weekend’s Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington. Team owners Travis Carter and Carl Haas were in conferences right through the end of the day Monday to determine their course of action, moving ahead. Last week, a number of employees for both teams were laid off at Haas-Carter, a team spokesman said Monday.(NASCAR.com). AND both FSN's Totally NASCAR and ESPN2's RPM 2 Night said there was nothing to report on if the #26 is or is not going to Darlington this week.(3-11-2002)
    UPDATE: Haas-Carter Motorsports has entered Joe Nemechek's #26 Ford for Sunday's race at Darlington, despite their team's uncertain sponsorship status and an impending deadline of less than two weeks to remain employed, only 12 crewmen have left Haas-Carter Motorsports in the last week.(NASCAR.com)(3-12-2002)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS


STATS and STUFF




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