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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: MBNA Platinum 400

Winston Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 2, 2002 in Dover, DE

  • TV: FX - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wed, June 5th, 8:00pm/et, Thurs, June 6th, 1:00am/et;

  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/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: $4,171,566 (was $3,662,694 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com

  • 2001 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 120.361mph

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Sept 1997, 132.719mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, May 31st, 10:05am - 12:00noon/et; Saturday, June 1st, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Satruday, June 1st, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX at 11:30am/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 31st, 9:00am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, May 31st at 1:30pm/et, TV-FSN 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 a paid subscription service).

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 159.964mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: none - rained out.


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Pit Stalls: 42 (1 shared) 15" wide x 28" long
    Attendence: ~140,000

  • Track Homepage: Dover International Speedway


    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Dover

  • All Time Dover Winners


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Dover International 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(5-26-2002)


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
And XM Satellite Radio.



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 Dover, DE Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Delaware.com
Dover Post
News Zap
Newark Post
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wilmington News Journal
www.visitdover.com


WEATHER FORECASTS:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point


Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
Dover 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:
MotorsportsTV
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IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • 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

  • note: this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson ties rookie record: #48-Jimmie Johnson has tied the record for the fastest two wins in the Winston Cup modern era (1972 to present), winning two races by his 16th start. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr and Davey Allison also won in their 16th start, Kevin Harvick won his 2nd race in his 17th start. Johnson(2 wins so far), Allison(2), Earnhardt Jr.(2), Stewart(3 the record) and Harvick(2) are the only drivers (modern era) to win two or more races in their rookie year. Some comparisons - Tony Stewart did it in his 32nd race, Dale Earnhardt in his 41st, Jeff Gordon 50th, Darrell Waltrip 65th and Bobby Labonte 77th. Not sure what the all time record is but Red Byron won his 2nd race in his 5th start during the first NASCAR Grand National(Before Winston Cup) season in 1949.(6-2-2002)

  • Streaky Stuff: Jeremy Mayfield will make career start No. 250 in the MBNA Platinum 400, and if Bill Elliott can finish in the top 10, it would be the 300th such finish of his career. No. 299 was Elliott’s ninth-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600.(Gaston Gazette)(6-1-2002)
    UPDATE: Mayfield made his 250th start and Elliott finished 2nd and got the 300th top ten of his career.(6-2-2002)

  • The race is over at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson wins his 2nd career Cup race (in 16 starts). The top 10 finishers:
    #48-Johnson (178 laps led)
    #9-Elliott (17 laps led)
    #99-Burton
    #12-Newman
    #88-Jarrett (15 laps led)

    #24-Gordon (17 laps led)
    #32-Craven (1 lap led)
    #31-Gordon
    #55-Hamilton
    #21-Sadler

    Pole Sitter (who had to go to the rear of the field at the start): 17-Kenseth is 41st
    2001 Champ: #24-Gordon was 6th
    2002 Points Leaders: #40-Marlin is 13th
    Lap Leaders: #28-Rudd(72); #9-Elliott(17); #43-Andretti(1); #6-Martin(77); #48-Johnson(178); #24-Gordon(17); #32-Craven(1)
    Cars on the lead lap: 18
    DNF's/out of race: #25-Nemechek(accident); #71-Trickle(engine); #30-Green(accident); #36-Schrader(out);

    Cautions: 7 for 40 laps
    Caution 1 - lap 18-21 for debris on the track
    Caution 2 - lap 42-49: #25-Nemechek and #26-T Bodine got together when the #26 moved up into the #25, lots of damage
    Caution 3 - lap 125-131: #12-Newman and #1-Park crashed coming out of turn two on lap 124, supposedly Newman got into Park, happening in front of the leader #6-Martin who got into Park when Martin had no place to go, heavy damage to Martin's nose. Newman continued, Martin is in the pits getting work done. Park is out of the car and ok.
    Caution 4 - lap 214-220: #17-Kenseth lost a right front tire and hit the wall, drove the car to the garage.
    Caution 5 - lap 291-297: #30-Green went up the track after cutting a right front tire and hit the wall in turn three.
    Caution 6 - lap 307-310: for debris on the track
    Caution 7 - lap 372-377: #36-Schrader stalled and stopped on the track.

    NOTES: #28-Rudd came into the pits as the right rear went down with 11 laps to go. #4-Skinner ran out of fuel on lap 202, coasted into the pits and got service. #97-Busch cut a tire down and had to pit early. #22-Burton brought his car in when he wanted new tires. #19-Mayfield has been having problems with grease on the rear wheel/tire. #32-Craven and #10-Nadeau got into each other on pit road during yellow flag stops around lap 20, #32-Craven looks more damaged but is out on the track, #10-Nadeau had to come back in the pits for work as he thought he had a flat tire.
    See for Unofficial MBNA America 400 results and Unofficial standings after the MBNA America 400 and a story: Johnson strongest again, picks up win.(6-2-2002)

  • Dover names: Today's race at Dover is called the MBNA Platinum 400. Through the past 20 years, the race has had 11 different names:
    10. MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 (2001)
    9. MBNA.com 400 (2000)
    8. MBNA Gold 400 (1998-99)
    7. MBNA 400 (1997)
    6. MBNA 500 (1995-96)
    5. SpitFire 500 (1993-94)
    4. Peak 500 (1989-92)
    3. Delaware 500 (1984-88)
    2. Budweiser 500 (1983)
    1. CRC Chemicals 500 (1982)(Jayski's first Cup race attended)(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-2-2002)

  • To the back at Dover, before the start of the race for the MBNA Platinum 400
    #17-Matt Kenseth, engine change after it blew in Sat AM practicem was to start 1st/pole, will start 39th
    #10-Jerry Nadeau, wrecked in Happy Hour, was to start 3rd, will start 40th
    #97-Kurt Busch, wrecked in qualifying, was to start 5th, will start 41st
    #74-Cahd Little, engine change, was to start 36th, will start 42nd
    #12-Ryan Newman, wrecked in qualifying, was to start 38th with a provisional, will start 43rd
    So who starts first? #28-Ricky Rudd (unofficially of course), who was to start 7th will move up as NASCAR moves the cars up in line by order (in column, all odd number starters move up - their offical starting spots are where they qualified - an explanation: NASCAR does not change the starting grid when drivers go to the rear of the field. But it permits those cars left [or right] in line to slide forward during the parade lap, and Gordon [from 9th] will move all the way to third [and Rudd 1st] because Kenseth, Nadeau and Busch had qualified 1, 3 and 5 -- on the all on left side of the grid.).(6-1-2002)

  • Happy Hour [final] Practice at Dover: is Over. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 149.390 with #2-Rusty Wallace 2nd fastest at 149.539mph. Pole sitter (with a new engine) #17-Kenseth was 3rd at 149.105. Slowest was #74-Chad Little at 146.532 (who only ran 4 laps). #10-Jerry Nadeau hit the wall hard and has substantial damage to the #10 Pontiac and will also have to go to a backup car, Nadeau would had moved up to the pole position since Kenseth will go to the rear of the field. For speeds, see .(6-1-2002)

  • Laps Run in Happy Hour at Dover:
    #99-Jeff Burton, 60 laps, 21st fastest
    #12-Ryan Newman, 58, 1st
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 54, 18th
    #20-Tony Stewart, 50, 10th.(per NASCAR.com's Racecast)(6-1-2002)

  • Qualifying is being OVER: #17-Matt Kenseth wins the Bud Pole at Dover with a speed of 154.939mph. It is Kenseth's 1st ever career pole and he is the 8th different driver to get a pole in 2002, there are now 15 drivers eligible for hte 2003 Budweiser Shootout. The top 10 starters are:
    #17-Kenseth 154.939
    #9-Elliott 154.374
    #10-Nadeau 154.136
    #15-Waltrip 154.037
    #97-Busch 154.030

    #32-Craven 153.984
    #28-Rudd 153.905 (tie breaker goes to highest in owners points)
    #21-Sadler 153.905
    #24-Gordon 153.859
    #48-Johnson 153.531

    See for MBNA America 400 qualifying results or NASCAR.com or MotorsportsOne(short term link)

    and...
    #73-Raines 152.866 (in a totally white unsponsored Chevy), 17th and his teammate #74-Chad Little made the race too.
    #8-Earnhardt Jr 152.465 (car was very loose), 20th
    slowest #59-Renfrow 147.312
    Provisional Land who gets them and who has to go home:
    37)  #5-Labonte (16th in owners points), 151.585
    38)  #12-Newman (17th), 151.579
    39)  #77-Blaney (20th), 151.291
    40)  #23-Stricklin (33rd), 150.577
    41)  #44-Grissom (36th), 150.263
    42)  #43-Andrett (37th), no speed
    43)  #26-Bodine (40th), 151.267
    missing the race:
    #90-Sadler (41st in owners points and out of provisionals), 150.244
    #59-Renfrow (49th) 147.312
    #37-Cope (59th) 150.640 (5-31-2002)

    NOTES: #43-John Andretti spun on his first lap and never got up to speed.
    #40-Marlin is running the gold scheme this week.
    #97-Busch spun on his 2nd lap and hit the inside of the wall damaging the right front of the car and will have to go to a backup car for the race and start from the rear of the field.
    #25-Nemechek tapped the outside wall with the left rear, but no damage.
    #12-Newman spun on his 2nd lap and he spun and hit the inside wall smushing the front end, looks like a backup car for Newman too.(5-31-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Dover:
    #4-Mike Skinner, 1st out to qualify, 152.821, starts 20th
    #15-Michael Waltrip, out 3rd, 154.037, starts 4th
    #10-Jerry Nadeau, out 15th, 154.136, starts 3rd
    #17-Matt Kenseth, out 21st, 154.939, on the pole.(5-31-2002)

  • Kenseth fastest in Sat AM practice at Dover - BUT: #17-Matt Kenseth and #10-Jerry Nadeau ware the fastest at 150.590mph, #30-Jeff Green was third fastest at 150.257. BUT - pole sitter Kenseth blew an engine and will have to start at the rear of the field. #20-Tony Stewart bounced off the was and has damage on the right side and have to change some rear suspension parts, the team has the backup car ready if needed. Slowest were #23-Hut Stricklin at 147.215 and #73-Tony Raines at 147.101. Links will be posted when found. See for Saturday's first Cup practice speeds and a story at .(6-1-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Dover. See above for the link(s). 46 cars/driver are listed, no #85 Carl Long who was on the entry list. First driver scheduled out is #4-Mike Skinner, final driver scheduled to go out is #71-Dick Trickle. Qualifying is early today, 1:30pm/et and will be televised live at 1:30pm/et on Fox Sports Net (re-aired on Speed Channel tonight at 8:00pm/et and early Sat at 1:00am/et), can be heard via radio on MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, followed online at NASCAR.com's Racecast (pay service), I will track the top 5/10 and notes here.(5-31-2002)

  • Friday Practice is over at Dover for the Cup teams. #17-Matt Kenseth was the fastest at 156.027 with Coca Cola 600 winner, #6-Mark Martin 2nd fastest at 155.723 and #12-Ryan Newman at 155.669. Slowest were #37-Derrike Cope at 148.723, #23-Hut Stricklin at 148.454 and #59-Randy Renfrow at 147.330. See for Friday's Winston cup practice speeds.(5-31-2002)

  • Entry List for Dover is up. See above for the link. 48 cars are listed including: #37-Derrike Cope, #49-Shawn Robinson (but recent PR says Michigan is next for the team), #54-Kevin Grubb, #71-Dick Trickle, #73-Tony Raines, #74-Chad Little, #85-Carl Long, #90-Hermie Sadler. (5-29-2002)
    UPDATE: been told by the team that #54-Kevin Grubb will not be attempting the Cup race AND Steve Park is listed in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy, looks like those rumors of his demise were FALSE.(5-29-2002)
    UPDATE 2: add #59-Renfrow who announced they will attempt Dover, so with the #54 and #49 not going and the #59 going, it stands at 47 cars at Dover.(5-29-2002)

  • 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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Dover and Coolers: Fans attending this weekend's NASCAR events at Dover International Speedway will face tight security, but will be allowed to carry coolers into the grandstand. Each spectator may enter the track with one cooler or bag not larger than 14 inches in width. Such items were banned at last September's races because it was NASCAR's first race weekend after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The speedway was inundated with complaints when concession stands ran out of bottled water well before the Winston Cup race started on Sept. 23. Many fans sit in the grandstands for up to eight hours during a Winston Cup race. In addition to coolers, spectators may bring in one clear plastic bag, not larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, to carry items such as food. The bags cannot contain ice. Fans can bring one seat cushion. Headsets, scanners, cameras and binoculars are still permitted, but not if carried in a bag. They must be worn around the neck or belt. Bags and coolers are still subject to search as fans enter the track. McGlynn would not discuss specifics regarding the number of police officers and security guards on duty at Dover International Speedway this weekend, but said it will be no fewer than in September. NASCAR fans said they have come to expect tighter security because of the threat of terrorism.(News Journal)(5-31-2002)

  • More Dover/Kentucky Sale Rumors: Despite denials from Dover Motorsports officials, reports persist that the conglomerate's five tracks may be bought by International Speedway Corp. ISC also is reportedly interested in acquiring Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Motor Speedway, 35 miles south of Cincinnati. Dover Motorsports owns Nashville Superspeedway and Dover Downs Speedway, a 140,00-seat track that is host for two annual Winston Cup races. Its other tracks are in Memphis, St. Louis and Long Beach, Calif. Dover Motorsports last month split from Dover Downs Entertainment, separating the racing from the Casino holdings. There was speculation that the racing was separated from the gambling in order to pave the way for an ISC takeover. It likely would not make an acquisition that included gambling. ''That's been a hot rumor but as far as I know there's nothing to it,'' Dover PR director John Dunlap said in a visit for last month's NASCAR Busch Series race. NASCAR has made it clear it has no intention of granting a Winston Cup race to Nashville anytime in the foreseeable future, and is said to be likewise cool toward Kentucky Motor Speedway because of its proximity to the huge track at Indianapolis.(Tennessean)(5-2-2002)

  • Dover Cooler Policy Changes: Dover Motorsports Inc. has amended its cooler policy, again allowing fans to carry coolers – including hard-sided coolers – into its four venues. The tracks affected are Dover, Gateway, Memphis and Nashville. The change went into effect with last month’s Busch Series race at Nashville. Jerry Miraglia, the firm’s executive vice president, said fans are now permitted to bring in one cooler or bag not larger than 14 inches in width, which may contain ice. In addition, one clear plastic bag no larger than 18x18x4 inches may be carried in. That bag may not contain ice.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(5-2-2002)

  • ISC to buy Dover or Kentucky? International Speedway Corp. may be on the track- acquisition warpath again. There are reports that ISC is interested in acquiring either the Dover Downs racing [noe call Dover Motorsports] conglomerate or Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway. Dover runs tracks in Dover, Del., Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, and Nashville. Dover's Dennis McGlyn said there are no negotiations with ISC and dismissed the talk as "just rumors." Carroll could not be reached for comment. Carroll has pushed vigorously for a Winston Cup date for his track, about 20 miles from Cincinnati, but NASCAR officials have said the track is too close to Indianapolis.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-27-2002)

  • Dover and Ford: The Quality Plus Ford Dealers and Dover Motorsports, Inc.are pleased to announce a three-year deal that makes Ford the Official Pace Car and Official Truck at Dover International Speedway. The Quality Plus Ford Dealers represent 144 Ford Dealers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware. Those Ford dealers are dedicated to providing Ford customers with the best in-class automotive retail and service experience. Now, with Blue Oval Certification, dealerships must meet strict Ford standards aimed at making the customer's experience the best it can be. Besides providing the best in-class automotive retail and service experience, the Quality Plus Ford Dealers also provide support to the community that helps to support them. Race for the Cure, Toys for Tots, and Commitment to Kids are just a few of the events which the Quality Plus Ford Dealers either sponsor or make charitable donations to.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(4-20-2002)

  • Dover changes name: With Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc., about to become Dover Motorsports, Inc. following the spin-off of its gaming operations to its existing shareholders, it only seemed logical to drop the "Downs" part of the track name and anoint the Monster Mile with a new title. Dover Downs International Speedway has officially become "Dover International Speedway." "The time was right to make the change," said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Downs. "Since the 'Downs' part of the title really has roots in horse racing, we deemed it appropriate to keep the Dover Downs name with the harness and gaming company and drop it from the motorsports operation." Indeed, "Downs" is a horse racing term that refers to the fact that most horse races in England finished on a downhill part of the course and grandstands were placed at that part of the course.(Dover Intl Speedway PR), shame it was a unigue and different name(2-26-2002)

  • 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 - Dover International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • #90 Driver at Dover? UPDATE 2: Junie Donlavey hasn't decided who is driving his car [#90 Dukes Mayo Ford] at Dover next weekend. Rick Mast will miss another week of action while continuing to take medical tests to determine the cause of his recent fatigue and weight loss. Donlavey is meeting with sponsor representatives tomorrow to determine the driver for Sunday's event.(Richmond Times Dispatch). Hermie Sadler finished 29th after starting 41st at Lowes.(5-27-2002)
    UPDATE: being told Hermie Sadler will be in the #90 Ford at Dover and the following weekend at Pocono.(5-28-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Hermie Sadler will drive the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover International Speedway this Sunday and in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 9. Sadler finished 29th in the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 in his first assignment for Donlavey Racing this past Sunday. Sadler is temporarily spelling Rick Mast, who is ill. Sadler is the 72nd driver to have qualified for a Winston Cup event for legendary team owner Junie Donlavey.(Keystone Marketing PR)(5-30-2002)

  • Renfrow and the #59 at Dover: The next stop for the #59 Price Motorsports team and driver Randy Renfrow will be this week's MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover International Speedway. Coming off spirited runs in the Pontiac Excitement 400 and the Winston Open before missing the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600, the team will be attempting to qualify for the event at the concrete oval Friday May 31. After searching for the set-up for tricky 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway for the last two weeks, the team is pleased to be on their way to the 1-mile oval affectionately known as the "monster mile".(Price Motorsports PR)(5-29-2002)

  • Park in at Dover: All of the Steve Park fans can rest easily this week. According to Ty Norris [of DEI], Park will be in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy at Dover this weekend. That rumor was absolutely FALSE. He said that the team is looking stronger and Park is trying harder than ever. Norris is also impressed with the performance of Michael Waltrip and the NAPA team as well. He gives a lot of the credit to Waltrip and the leadership role he has taken with the team.(TeamDEI)(5-29-2002)

  • Cope to attempt Dover and Michigan: Derrike Cope announced that he will be driving the #37 Sound Moves Ford in Dover and Friendly's Ice Cream will remain an associate sponsor and will test at Michigan next week to prepare for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 on June 16, 2002.(Derrike Cope Site)(5-27-2002)

  • Two BACE cars at Dover: BACE Motorsports has posted two entries for the race next weekend at Dover International Speedway. Tony Raines will pull double-duty on the high-banked cement, as he and teammate Chad Little attempt to put a pair of BACE entries in the MBNA Platinum 400. “This is exciting and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to run a Winston Cup event at a place where we’ve had a fair degree of success in the Busch Series,” Raines said. “Bill and Brian (Baumgardner) have really pulled out the stops in their effort to make a transition to the Winston Cup Series. Running the second car in Dover gives Chad and I the opportunity to compare notes and flatten the learning curve as our program moves forward.” Also of note for the team: Bayer Consumer Care has informed team owner Brian Baumgardner that the company will not be returning to BACE Motorsports as primary sponsor of Tony Raines’ BGN program in 2003.(Tony Raines site)(5-25-2002)

  • BACE and Little to Cup UPDATE: BACE Motorsports announced this week that the team will make its NASCAR Winston Cup debut at California Speedway on April 28, 2002 with driver Chad Little in the #74 Chevy. In the coming weeks, Team Manager Terry Wooten will be announcing a crew chief for the Winston Cup team, as well as a strategic alliance with another Winston Cup program that will supply engines to the new venture. Operations of the #74 BGN Team, also piloted by Little, will cease immediately. "We’re excited to make the transition to the Winston Cup level with the #74 Team," owner Bill Baumgardner said. "We’ve made a strategic change in plan for the No. 74 and are now dedicating 100 percent of the focus of this team to our Winston Cup effort. Since BACE was formed in 1990, we’ve been committed to a standard of excellence that has led our team to success. With the elements we currently have in place, we believe that this is the appropriate time to make the move to Winston Cup." BACE’s debut marks the return of Chad Little to Winston Cup. Little joined BACE late in the 2000 BGN campaign, posting two Top-5 and six Top-10 finishes en route to a 9th-place finish in the 2001 BGN Championship race. "This is a great opportunity for me to return to Winston Cup with a team that understands how to build a winner," Little said. "Their success in the Busch Series is undeniable and we have high expectations for Winston Cup," he added. "I’m excited to be a part of a team with such a great tradition and honored to drive for BACE in their first Winston Cup effort." Little, a former NASCAR Winston West Champion, will pilot the #74 entry in a limited schedule, initially focusing on intermediate tracks, as the team actively seeks corporate sponsorship. Following BACE’s California Speedway debut, Little will run The Winston Open and Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, then the June events at Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. Additional events will be named as the 2002 season progresses, with as many as 20 races possible.(Chad Little Site)(3-14-2002)
    UPDATE: Quote from note about Chad going Winston Cup racing: "We will be picking up several cars tomorrow, intermediate and I believe a speedway car. Our engines will be supplied by the same organization supplying the cars, wish I could officially tell you, however, they will make a press announcement the week following Bristol."(Chad Little Forum)(3-20-2002)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Gordon to run 200th scheme ar Dover: DuPont headquarters are located in nearby Wilmington, DE, and in honor of the company's 200th anniversary, Gordon will be driving a celebratory paint scheme that signifies DuPont as a leader in science for 200 years. It is the same paint scheme that the #24 team debuted earlier this season during Daytona Speedweeks.(Jeff Gordon Site)(5-30-2002)

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


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