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THE RACE: Ford 400

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

  • Race: Sunday, November 17, 2002 in Homestead, FL

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Nov 19th at 2:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Nov 20th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Nov 21st, 1:00am/et and again at 12:00noon/et.

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:00noon/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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,215,766 (last year $3,592,785)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 117.449mph, started 1st

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, November 15th, 9:45 - 11:45am/et; Saturday, November 16th, 10:00 - 10:45am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 16th, 11:45am - 12:30pm/et on TV-Speed Channel.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 15th, 8:45am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, November 15th at 1:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Will be re-aired at 8:00pm/et and on Sat Nov 16th at 1:00am/et.

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bill Elliott, 155.226, finished 1st.

    Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 72,000

  • Track Homepage: Homestead-Miami Speedway site

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS of All past races at Homestead

    1999   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac   7th      140.335
    2000   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac  13th      127.480
    2001    9   Bill Elliott   Dodge     1st      117.449
    1999   David Green   155.789     22nd
    2000   Steve Park    156.440      8th
    2001   Bill Elliott  155.226      1st


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $310,000 at Hpmestead-Miami 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. The all time record WAS $190,000 for Bobby Labonte's win at Indy in 2000.(11-10-2002)


Radio Coverage:
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including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144

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

Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

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  • Rumblings - Homestead: The hottest driver on the tour the last month and a half was standing in Victory Lane again today as Kurt Busch passed Ryan Newman on lap 257 and went on to win the final Winston Cup event of the season today. This was Busch's third win in the last five weeks, his 4th of the season (and career), and moves him into a tie for 62nd on the all-time win list. He's the third driver to win from the pole this season (Jeff Gordon at Bristol in August and Ryan Newman at NHIS in September were the others - Jayski Note: actually the 4th as Bill Elliott won from the pole at Pocono in July), and tallied the 10th victory of the season for Roush Racing.
    Jeff Burton (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Dover in June.
    Elliott Sadler (9th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Infineon Raceway in June.
    Bobby Hamilton (10th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Dover in June.
    Mike Wallace (11th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Bristol in August.
    Ted Musgrave (16th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Loudon in September of 2000 (only 11 races).
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10's in a row. Mark Martin has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Gordon (+32), followed by Mark Martin (+30), and Johnny Benson (+27). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmy Spencer (-39), followed by Michael Waltrip (-30), Matt Kenseth (-27), Casey Atwood (-25), and Greg Biffle (-20).(Official Starting spots)
    Jeff Gordon (6th to 4th) made the gain of the weekend in drivers points, while Rusty Wallace (4th to 7th....and the winning string broken) went three spots in the minus direction. Third to Seventh in the final standings ends up being separated by 67 points, with a lot of money hinging on very few markers in the Top-5 (Gordon beat Jimmie Johnson by only 7 points...who was only another 7 ahead of Ryan Newman).(Stock Car Fans)(11-18-2002)

  • Busch wins the race, Stewart wins the Winston Cup: #97-Kurt Busch won the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his 4th win of the 2002 season and his career and sewed up 3rd in the Drivers Points. 2nd was #25-Joe Nemechek who also led the most laps. #20-Tony Stewart ended up 18th and won the Winston Cup Championship, his first, Joe Gibbs 2nd and Stewart is the 25th driver to win a Winston Cup. #6-Mark Martin gave it his best and finished 4th. The unofficial top 10 in the race::

    #97-Kurt -Busch (28 laps led)
    #25-Joe Nemechek (111 laps led)
    #99-Jeff Burton
    #6-Mark Martin
    #24-Jeff Gordon

    #12-Ryan Newman (22 laps led)
    #9-Bill Elliott
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (27 laps led)
    #21-Elliott Sadler
    #55-Bobby Hamilton

    Laps Leaders(6): #97-Busch(28 laps led); #8-Earnhardt Jr(46); #25-Nemechek(111); #48-Johnson(27); #88-Jarrett(27); #12-Newman(28);
    Cars on the lead lap: 21
    DNF's: #77-Blaney (out-accident); #41-Spencer(out-accident); #17-Kenseth(out-engine); #44-Andretti(out-engine); #30-Green(out-engine);

    Cautions 6 for 41 laps
    Caution 6: lap 237-243 #43-Andretti's car engine erupted, oil running down the track and #31-Gordon Looped his car but made no contact.
    Caution 5: lap 228-233 Oil on the track. from Kenseth's engine
    Caution 4: lap 195-204 #41-Spencer crashed hard in the turn 1 wall after having a tire went down, the car erupted in flames, Spencer got out and is ok.
    Caution 3: lap 94-103 #15-Waltrip supoosedly got tapped by #40-McMurray and Waltrip backed into the wall. Replays were inconclusive but Waltrip said he didn't think he got tapped or hit.
    Caution 2: lap 74-78 debris on the track
    Caution 1: lap 2-4 #77-Blaney got loose and backed into the wall.
    NOTES: The #49-Cope Dodge has the Miccosukee Indian Gaming decals on the car. Green flag stops took place around lap 155-163 range, #4-Skinner ran into the back of #24-Gordon, damaging the nose of the #4. #15-Waltrip back on the track as of lap 150. #8-Earnhardt Jr has an engine problem around lap 128 and is smoking. During caution 2 pit stops there was a fire in the #18 pits when gas spilt on the exhaust pipes or brake rotor of the car with a #18 gasman/truck driver Peter Jellen got small burns on his neck and is back in the pits after spending some time in the infield care center. Green flag pit stops occuring lap 53-60 range. Lap 22 #88-Jarrett felt a tire going down and had to pit, losing a lap. #40-McMurray passed a bunch of cars on the restart and was black flagged for a stop-and-go penalty after the 1st caution.
    Re-Air: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Nov 19th, 2:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Nov 20th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Nov 21st, 1:00am/et and at 12:00noon/et.
    Results: at or

  • Unofficial Final Winston Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    #20-Tony Stewart 4800
    #6-Mark Martin 4762 -38
    #97-Kurt Busch 4641 -159
    #24-Jeff Gordon 4607 -193
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 4600 -200
    #12-Ryan Newman 4593 -207
    #2-Rusty Wallace 4574 -226
    #17-Matt Kenseth 4432 -368
    #88-Dale Jarrett 4415 -385
    #28-Ricky Rudd 4323 -477
    See full standings at .(11-17-2002)

  • Geoffrey in for Todd: Geoffrey Bodine is in the #26 Discover Card Ford, subbing for his brother Todd, whose back was bothing him too much to race. Geoffrey will have to go to the rear of the field before the green flag(NBC Sports). More on the story at

  • To the Back: #12-Ryan Newman, scheduled to start 15th, will fall to the rear of the field before the green flag as his team changed engines. #26-Geoffrey Bodine also goes to the back as Todd qualified the car.(11-17-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Homestead for the Miami 400. Fastest was #21-Elliott Sadler at 148.678mph followed by #44-Greg Biffke at 148.278 and #97-Kurt Busch, Slowest were #91-Casey Atwood at 142.537 and #49-Derrike Cope at 142.537. #20-Tony Stewart was 5th fastest at 147.775 and #6-Mark Martin was 8th fastest at 147.630.
    For speeds see .
    Martin's car OK: #6-Mark Martin had tire marks down the right side of this Ford after a close call with #49-Derrike Cope during Saturday's final practice, but there was no significant damage done. Martin returned to practice without delay and was eighth fastest in the final session.()(11-16-2002)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over. The fastest was #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 149.081mph, followed by #97-Kurt Busch at 148.699 and #88-Dale Jarrett at 148.466. Slowest were #49-Derrike Cope at 143.301 and #31-Robby Gordon at 144.928.
    For speeds see .(11-16-2002)

  • Busch wins pole at Homestead: #97-Kurt Busch, in the #97 Little Tikes Ford, ran a lap of 154.365mph and won the pole, his first on 2002 and 2nd of his career, the pole gets him in the 2003 Budweiser Shootout. Outside pole goes to #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr with a speed of 153.881. #20-Tony Stewart, the points leader, will start 6th, #6-Mark Martin, 2nd in Drivers Points, will start 34th. And for the first time in his Winston Cup career, #24-Jeff Gordon had to use a provisional after 328 starts without using one. #11-Brett Bodine, out of provisionals and not fast and spun on his 2nd lap trying to make it in the race, missed the race/DNQ'd.(11-15-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Homestead: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st out to qualify, 150.079, 27th his FIRST EVER provisional
    #5-Terry Labonte, 2nd out, 150.615, starts 30th
    #44-Greg Biffle, 4th out, 152.607, starts 5th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 21st out, 153.881, starts 2nd
    #97-Kurt Busch, 43rd out, 154.365 - on the pole

    Starting Lineup for the Ford 400:

    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Qual vs
    1 44 43 97 Kurt Busch Ford 154.365 152.379 8 1.986 3
    2 21 21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 153.881 152.542 4 1.339 12
    3 34 34 41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 152.862 151.886 9 0.976 25
    4 38 38 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 152.780 152.461 5 0.319 35
    5 4 4 44 Greg Biffle Dodge 152.607 153.126 1 -0.519 39
    6 35 35 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 152.547 152.749 2 -0.202 1
    7 33 33 99 Jeff Burton Ford 152.504 151.266 22 1.238 13
    8 30 30 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 152.465 150.800 29 1.665 31/out
    9 51 51 28 Ricky Rudd Ford 152.366 152.693 3 -0.327 11
    10 24 24 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 152.353 151.643 15 0.71 14
    11 39 39 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 152.276 150.451 33 1.825 15
    12 50 50 91 Casey Atwood Dodge 152.134 151.451 18 0.683 65
    13 46 46 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 152.130 151.677 14 0.453 9
    14 42 42 40 Jamie McMurray Dodge 152.053 151.426 19 0.627 8
    15 19 18 12 Ryan Newman Ford 152.044 151.193 24 0.851 7
    16 25 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 151.801 151.541 16 0.26 4
    17 29 28 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevy 151.711 150.998 26 0.713 30
    18 9 8 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 151.647 152.448 6 -0.801 5
    19 11 11 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 151.643 152.392 7 -0.749 10
    20 47 47 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 151.634 149.821 38 1.813 37/out
    21 28 29 43 John Andretti Dodge 151.583 151.745 11 -0.162 29
    22 26 26 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 151.575 150.209 35 1.366 33
    23 7 7 1 Steve Park Chevy 151.536 151.536 17 0 32
    24 36 36 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 151.468 151.715 12 -0.247 26
    25 22 22 77 Dave Blaney Ford 151.142 150.720 31 0.422 19
    26 48 48 22 Ward Burton Dodge 151.121 151.273 23 -0.152 28
    27 12 12 32 Ricky Craven Ford 150.834 149.291 44 1.543 16
    28 31 31 07 Ted Musgrave Dodge 150.703 151.711 13 -1.008 50
    29 16 17 7 Jason Leffler Dodge 150.678 150.994 27 -0.316 38
    30 2 2 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 150.615 149.543 41 1.072 24
    31 43 44 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 150.548 150.644 32 -0.096 27
    32 20 19 60 Jack Sprague Chevy 150.468 150.914 28 -0.446 58
    33 8 9 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 150.192 150.754 30 -0.562 23
    34 5 5 6 Mark Martin Ford 150.184 151.779 10 -1.595 2
    35 6 6 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 150.154 151.345 21 -1.191 17
    36 27 27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 150.088 151.350 20 -1.262 21
    37 1 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 150.079 151.172 25 -1.093 6
    38 17 15 54 David Green Chevy 150.054 149.328 43 0.726 73
    39 41 41 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 150.038 148.781 47 1.257 22
    40 49 49 11 Brett Bodine Ford 149.988 150.071 37 -0.083 40/out
    41 18 16 30 Jeff Green Chevy 149.829 150.426 34 -0.597 18
    42 10 10 26 Todd Bodine Ford 149.435 150.133 36 -0.698 36
    43 40 40 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 149.320 147.970 49 1.35 43
    44 3 3 74 Tony Raines Chevy 149.167 149.667 39 -0.5 45
    45 45 45 4 Mike Skinner Chevy 149.159 149.659 40 -0.5 34
    46 15 14 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 148.633 148.920 46 -0.287 20
    47 32 32 67 Boris Said Ford 148.417 149.543 42 -1.126 61
    48 13 13 49 Derrike Cope Dodge 147.227 149.109 45 -1.882 42


    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Qual vs
    37 1 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 150.079 151.172 25 -1.093 6
    38 18 16 30 Jeff Green Chevy 149.829 150.426 34 -0.597 18
    39 15 14 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 148.633 148.920 46 -0.287 20
    40 41 41 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 150.038 148.781 47 1.257 22
    41 45 45 4 Mike Skinner Chevy 149.159 149.659 40 -0.5 34
    42 10 10 26 Todd Bodine Ford 149.435 150.133 36 -0.698 36
    43 13 13 49 Derrike Cope Dodge 147.227 149.109 45 -1.882 42
    miss 49 49 11 Brett Bodine Ford 149.988 150.071 37 -0.083 40/out
    miss 40 40 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 149.320 147.970 49 1.35 43
    miss 23 23 09 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 145.989 148.437 48 -2.448 44
    miss 3 3 74 Tony Raines Chevy 149.167 149.667 39 -0.5 45
    miss 37 37 59 Carl Long Dodge 146.751 147.618 50 -0.867 48
    miss 32 32 67 Boris Said Ford 148.417 149.543 42 -1.126 61
    miss 17 15 54 David Green Chevy 150.054 149.328 43 0.726 73
    miss 14 20 93 Mike Harmon Ford 145.271 146.041 51 -0.77 81

    (Speeds compiled from watching Speed Channel and listening to MRN radio)
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:

  • Friday Practice at Homestead for the Ford 400 is over. The fastest were #44-Greg Biffle at 153.126mph, followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 152.749 and #28-Ricky Rudd at 152.693. #6-Mark Martin was 10th fastest at 151.779. Slowest were #93-Mike Harmom at 146.041 and #59-Carl Long at 147.618. #83-Hornaday ws listed but had no speed posted, was not on the qualifying order, and was taken off the Racecast speed list, so looks like it is 51 and the #83 has withdrawn from the race.
    For speeds see - practice speeds.(11-15-2002)

  • Qualifying Order for the Ford 400 at Homestead is up. 51 cars/drivers are listed (#83-Hornaday is not listed on the TR entry sheet, was listed on RaceCast's practice with no speed and then removed, so 51 is it). First scheduled out is #24-Jeff Gordon. Last Scheduled out is #28-Ricky Rudd. #20-Tony Stewart is due out 35th and #6-Mark Martin is due out 5th.(11-15-2002)

  • Speed Needed: Four Teams at Homestead are now OUT of provisionals: #11-Brett Bodine, #14-Mike Wallace, #23-Kenny Wallace and #49-Derrike Cope. Actually it looks like 3 teams are out, and the #49-Cope team has one left per the team, they used one that was uncharged in a race that had 43 entries.(11-15-2002)

  • Speed Needed: Four Teams at Homestead are now OUT of provisionals: #11-Brett Bodine, #14-Mike Wallace, #23-Kenny Wallace and #49-Derrike Cope.(11-15-2002)

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Entry List is up for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 51 cars/drivers are entered including: #02-Hermie Sadler; #07-Ted Musgrave; #09-Geoffrey Bodine; #7-Jason Leffler; #37-no driver listed; #49-Derrike Cope; #57-Robert Pressley; #60-Jack Sprague; #67-Boris Said; #83-Ron Hornaday; #91-Casey Atwood; #93-no driver listed, supposed to be Mike Harmon.(11-12-2002)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 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


  • Photographer Burned In Spencer Crash: Bob LeSieur, photographer for Speedway Scene, was burned on his arms and face when Jimmy Spencer crashed on lap 194 and backed into the first turn wall. The car burst into flames and LeSieur wasn't looking at the action because he was changing film in the camera. LeSieur was taken to the infield care center, treated and released. His eyebrows were singed and the burns weren't serious so he returned to shooting for the weekly racing newspaper.(Insider Racing News)(11-17-2002)

  • Fans Burned at the track: John Majewski of Fort Myers, FL and Ed Zigler of Cape Coral, FL, who were burned Friday when the flag pole they were raising struck a power line in a parking lot outside Homestead-Miami Speedway, remained hospitalized in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Saturday. The accident occured early Friday, and FPL was called to the scene to investigate. Majewski was the most seriously injured, sustaining third-degree burns on his toes.(Miami Herald)(11-17-2002)

  • Charity fishing at the Track: Winston Cup drivers, including Geoffrey Bodine, Bobby Labonte, Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman and Stewart competed in a fishing contest on the infield's 18-acre lake earlier this weekend. A chance to fish with each driver was auctioned off, raising more than $18,000 for The Betty Jane France Pediatrics Center, a newly-renovated pediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for spinal-cord research and the Guy Harvey Research Institute. Bodine's team won the competition with a winning weight of 9.53 pounds.(Miami Herald)(11-17-2002)

  • Greg Norman to Serve as Honorary Starter of Ford 400 and Tix still available: World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman will serve as the Honorary Starter of the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday, November 17. Norman will be on hand as NASCAR will crown a new champion. Tony Stewart and Mark Martin are the only two drivers left who can win the title. Both drivers are seeking their first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. As honorary starter, Norman will wave the green flag to start the race featuring 43 of the world's best drivers while the command to start engines will come from Ford 400 Grand Marshal Jim O'Connor, Ford Motor Company group vice president for North America Marketing, Sales and Service. Tickets are still available for the Ford 400 by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting Speedway PR)(11-16-2002)

  • DW at Homestead? hearing that 3 time Cup Champ Darrell Waltrip [DW] will be delivering the Invocation at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, no word on if he re-grew the goatee. Been goatee.(11-15-2002)

  • France at the track: NASCAR chairman Bill France, who had heart and hip surgery in August, is back at work and expected to make an appearance Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Bill's doing great," said Jim Hunter, who is NASCAR vice president of communications. "He'll be here Sunday morning. This will be his first race since his surgery. He's been out of the hospital now maybe three weeks. He's doing therapy and walking again." France, who is also chairman of International Speedway Corp., fell at a Daytona Beach restaurant on Aug. 27 and broke his hip. After being taken to an undisclosed hospital, doctors discovered a problem with France's heart, and two days later, the racing mogul had triple bypass surgery. Less than a week later, once his condition had stabilized, France had surgery to fix his broken hip. France's younger brother Jim said the racing chief is gaining strength and mobility every day as his recovery continues. Bill France, 69, has suffered a series of health setbacks, including a heart attack and two bouts with cancer, since 1997. Each time, he has come back to resume his duties at NASCAR and ISC.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-16-2002)

  • Tony and Mark Cams: NBC Sports today conducted a media conference call to preview the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship to be decided Sunday in the final race of the season, the Ford 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway with coverage beginning at 12:00noon/et on NBC. Producer Sam Flood said: “This week we have `Tony-Cam’ and ‘Mark-Cam.’ We will have one camera isolated on each car the entire race. Whatever they do, wherever they move, we will be following it from start to finish. That way, at anytime we can jump to that car depending on what’s happening on the track.”(NBC PR)(11-14-2002)

  • Ronald McDonald at the track: Ronald McDonald and a special child from the Miami Ronald McDonald House will be making an appearance at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in conjunction with the Little Tikes promotion. On Wednesday of this week, Kurt Busch attended ceremonies marking the rededication of the new Ronald McDonald House in Miami, FL. Kurt drove a replica of the #97 Little Tikes® race car up to the podium and cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the facility.(Roush Racing) Little Tikes, a division of Busch’s primary NASCAR sponsor Newell Rubbermaid, will be featured on the #97 Ford for the Winston Cup race at Homestead to celebrate an employee paint scheme contest that took place earlier this year. The Ronald McDonald House is the national charity for Little Tikes. Together, the two companies are working to improve the quality of life and provide assistance to families during their times of need.(11-13-2002)

  • Classic Rock Band to sing: Creedence Clearwater Revisited: The group will sing the national anthem before the Ford 400 at Homestead and will sign free autographs at the Ford/Harley Davidson display inside Gate 1 from 10:00-10:30am/et on Sunday.(Miami Herald)(11-12-2002)

  • Homestead-Miami - what you can bring: Fans are allowed to bring in one each of the following bags, which are subject to inspection: One soft-sided bag/cooler, no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and one clear plastic souvenir bag, no larger than 18 inches by 4 inches.
    • No strollers, chairs, wagons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, pets or umbrellas.
    • All bags, including backpacks and camera bags, must be smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
    • No ice, other than in a soft-sided cooler, will be allowed. No glass containers/bottles.(Miami Herald)(11-12-2002)

  • Ford to be title sponsor at Homestead...for all three races: Ford will be the official title sponsor of NASCAR's championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the next four years, it was announced jointly today by Curtis Gray, president of the speedway, and Francisco Codina, general marketing manager, Ford Division. Now known as Ford Championship Weekend, the November 14-17, 2002 event will feature the Ford 400, the NASCAR Winston Cup season-finale, the Ford 300, the NASCAR Busch Series season-finale, and the Ford 200, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-finale. The races will provide exclamation points to a year in which, for the first time in history, NASCAR's top touring divisions will crown champions on the same weekend at the same venue. In addition to sponsoring the Championship Weekend and all three races, Ford, with the support of its South Florida Ford Dealers, also acquires Official Vehicle status at the Speedway, including the pace cars for all three races, through 2005. Ford's involvement in Ford Championship Weekend will be evident in a variety of ways.. On Sept. 22, Ford will begin promoting Ford Championship Weekend with a pair of television and radio advertisements featuring Winston Cup drivers Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Matt Kenseth.. The South Florida Ford Dealers will soon follow with an announcement detailing its plans to support the sponsorship in the local market, and Ford will have an extremely visible presence, both on- and off-track, at Homestead-Miami Speedway on race weekend.(Ford Racing PR)(9-17-2002)

  • 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 - Homestead-Miami Speedway


  • F1 Visitor's at Homestead: Three-time Formula One champion Alain Prost strolled through the pits and paddock Friday at Miami-Homestead Speedway, getting his first look at NASCAR stock cars. "They are very loud, just like Formula One," Prost said, smiling. The Frenchman, whose Prost F1 team went bankrupt midway through the 2002 season, was the guest of Winston Cup and Busch Series car owner George deBidart. Also visiting the track Friday was F1 driver and former CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya, who has a home in Miami, was the guest of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing team manager Andy Graves, who ran Ganassi's Indy-car operation in 2000 when Montoya won the Indianapolis 500.(/AP)(11-16-2002)

  • David Green in the #54 at Homestead: Sam Belnavis and Tinsley Hughes, owners of the #54 National Guard Chevy, announced that David Green will drive for them at Homestead in the NASCAR Winston Cup Ford 400. BH Motorsports began their quest to run in a Winston Cup race in Charlotte on October 13th of this year. However, their last three attempts have been plagued with misfortune. "It is frustrating to be at the mercy of good old mother-nature," said Sam Belnavis. "If there is a problem with the car you can fix it. If there is something wrong with the tractor you can fix that too, but when it decides to rain, well there is not much you can do about that. We know we have a competitive car, a great driver and an outstanding crew, we just need the chance to show it and Sunday will be our day." Despite good weather in Rockingham, which marked BH's third attempt to enter a Winston Cup race, the #54 National Guard Chevy failed to qualify. "We felt it was necessary to readjust our race schedule and travel to Homestead," stated Hughes. "We can be a competitive team and we want the opportunity to show it. We are pleased that David (Green) agreed to run for us and now it's time to refocus and get prepared for Sunday's race." David Green, who captured the pole position for the inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999, will try to make BH's dream of running in its first Winston Cup race a reality. "This is a very exciting opportunity. Homestead is my favorite track and I haven't raced Winston Cup since taking the pole in 1999. Running for a team that has direct access to Hendrick Motorsports' expertise and equipment is a driver's dream come true." David Green is currently running the #5 GMAC Chevy in the BGN and has had three top five finishes in five starts.(BH Motorsports PR)(11-14-2002)

  • Rusty looking to extend the streak: #2-Rusty Wallace has won a race in 16 consecutive seasons, a mark passed only by NASCAR legends Richard Petty (victories in 18 consecutive seasons) and David Pearson (wins in 17 straight years) [Rick Rudd had a streak of 16 season].(11-14-2002)

  • Boris Said to run Homestead: Boris Said who ran both road-course races (at Sears Point and Watkins Glen) in the #67 Jasper Ford this summer, will be attempting to qualify for his first oval race in a Winston Cup car; he has two starts at HMS in the Craftsman Truck Series in 1997 (starting second, finishing 32nd-engine failure) and 1998 (starting fifth, finishing 24th). Said, the record-setting 2002 Trans-Am Series champion, will be attempting to make his eighth career NASCAR Winston Cup start at Homestead this weekend. The 39-year old Said, Director of Motorsports for No Fear, started his racing career in motorcross in 1975 and was the SCCA Corvette Challenge 1 Rookie-of-the-Year in 1988; he progressed through the SCCA and Trans-Am ranks in the 1990’s to become one of America’s premier road racers; SAID finished first in GT1 and third in GTS in the 1997 Rolex 24-Hour race at Daytona and entered the 2002 seasons as the twice-defending champion of the GT class in the American Le Mans Series with the BMW Motorsports Team; SAID also raced in two 24-hour events at Le Mans, winning the GT2 pole in 1994 and finishing second in 1995. Mark Harrah, one of the Jasper Motorsports owners, will serve as crew chief for the #67 Jasper Motorsports Ford for Said this weekend at Homestead; Harrah served as crew chief for both of SAID’s 2002 starts with Jasper Motorsports and won the ARCA Series race with Fultz at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC in May; HARRAH also served as crew chief for the #77 Jasper team for the final 14 races of the 1999 season for then-driver Robert Pressley, prior to the arrival of Ryan Pemberton for the start of the 2000 Winston Cup season(Jasper Motorsports PR), actually Said ran the Homestead race in 1999, so it is not his first Cup oval race.(11-12-2002)

  • Biffle back in the #44 at Homestead: Greg Biffle, who clinched the BGN championship on Saturday, will drive the #44 Georgia Pacific 44 Dodge in the Cup season finale at Homestead. The race will mark Biffle's seventh Cup start of the year - the most allowed by NASCAR for a driver to claim rookie status the next season. Biffle is moving to Cup in 2003 with his Roush Racing [#16] team.()(11-11-2002)

  • A Kenseth Stat: If things don't improve at Homestead, Matt Kenseth is poised to post the worst points finish by any driver who won the most races on the Cup circuit since 1976 when 9th place points finisher David Pearson had 10 wins, 1 more than champion Cale Yarborough. Pearson and the Wood Brothers team were only part time in 1976 and won 10 of 22 races they entered.(Matt of RacingOne)(11-11-2002)

  • Pressley Tests the #57 at Homestead: #57 Team CLR Racing is testing with Robert Presley this week in Homestead. If testing goes well they will attempt to make the final Winston Cup race of the 2002 season in Homestead FL. LD Mechanical.& Over The Wall Diecast will be on board again as associate sponsors. The last attempt for Team CLR was.the Brickyard with Stuart Kirby as the driver of the #57 CLR Ford Taurus.(Team CLR PR)(11-5-2002)

  • Musgrave to run Phoenix and Homestead in the #07: Sirius Satellite Radio announced that it will continue its partnership with Kenwood USA Corporation and field a second NASCAR Winston Cup team at three additional races this season - Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. "We're pleased to be continue our partnership with Kenwood in this endeavor," said Joseph P. Clayton, President and CEO of Sirius. "Kenwood is a leader in their industry and one of our key hardware partners. Sponsoring a second NASCAR team with Kenwood is a perfect fit for Sirius as we continue to bring our 100 percent commercial free music and outstanding entertainment programming to race fans and consumers across the country." Joining Sirius teammate Casey Atwood, driver of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge, CTS driver Ted Musgrave once again will pilot the #07 Kenwood/Sirius Dodge. Earlier this year, Musgrave competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he finished 21st in the Brickyard 400, and Darlington Raceway, where he finished 27th in the Mountain Dew Southern 500. During the final two stops of the season, Musgrave will pull double duty, competing in both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck Series events.(Golin/Harris International PR)(10-18-2002)

  • 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


  • US Army and M&M's share space on the #36: In a gesture of good will as the 2002 Winston Cup season draws to a close, M&M's Chocolate Candies will share space with the US Army on the #36 Pontiac this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. M&M's put the US Army in place of its Snickers brand on the car's deck lid. The US Army assumes primary sponsorship of the #36 Pontiac in 2003 with driver Jerry Nadeau and crew chief Ryan Pemberton. M&M's Chocolate Candies moves to the #38 Robert Yates Racing Ford with driver Elliott Sadler next season. In addition, M&M's will continue as an associate sponsor with the Ken Schrader Racing team. "Our relationship with MB2 Motorsports over the past six years has been a great partnership and we wish them the best of luck next year with the US Army and Jerry Nadeau," said William Clements, NASCAR Sponsorship Manager, Masterfoods USA. "Additionally, Ken Schrader has been a great ambassador for the M&M's Brand and we look forward to continuing our association with him as an associate sponsor on his Schrader Racing team in 2003." MB2 Motorsports and Masterfoods USA embarked on a six-year relationship when the #36 Skittles Pontiac debuted in 1997. The partnership has included current driver Ken Schrader and the M&M's brand for the past three seasons. "Kenny is - and always will be - a close friend of the entire MB2 Motorsports family. We certainly wish him the best," said Jay Frye, General Manager, MB2/MBV Motorsports.(IMG Motorsports)(11-14-2002)

  • Special #97 scheme: #97-Kurt Busch will run a Little Tikes paint scheme at Homestead in November, have an inage of the scheme on the 2002 Cup Scheme page. This was initially rumored to run at the 2002 Bud Shootout, but didn't.(6-29-2002)
    UPDATE #97 Scheme Announcment: #97 Rubbermaid Racing driver Kurt Busch will spread the Christmas cheer on October 25, 2002, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A 2:30pm press conference and unveiling is scheduled in the Media Center of Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #97 Rubbermaid Ford will be transformed into the #97 Little Tikes Coupe for the season-ending race at Miami-Homestead Speedway on November 17, and the upcoming press conference in Atlanta will be the first time the new ‘sled’ will have ever been seen. Little Tikes, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, launched an internal paint scheme contest in March, lasting three weeks (5th-22nd). Little Tikes employees had the opportunity to create their own idea of what the ultimate #97 Little Tikes Ford would resemble.. The winning paint scheme, created by Pat Cieplinski, a Little Tikes employee since 1977, features one of the best-selling Little Tikes productsthe Cozy Coupe. Pat Cieplinski, the winner of the #97 Little Tikes Special Paint Scheme Contest, has been working with the company since 1977. As a result, Pat will win a trip for two to the Miami-Homestead race on November 17 along with airfare and hotel accommodations. Pat will have “behind-the-scenes” access at the track along with a Meet-and-Greet with Rubbermaid driver, Kurt Busch.(Pro Sports Management and Marketing PR).(10-16-2002)

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


  • Rookie Stuff UPDATE 3 Gordon out: If the season ended now, #12-Ryan Newman would be on top of the series' rookie standings -- largely because he has more top-five finishes -- even though he trails 348-Jimmie Johnson in Winston Cup points (this was back in Oct, the difference now is 6 points with Johnson still ahead). But the winner could be a matter of choice for NASCAR. Though Newman holds the edge in rookie points, there's another factor in the equation. A panel of four NASCAR officials can add or subtract points based on each rookie's conduct on and off the track. The Winston Cup champion was on that panel last year, but that policy is under review because of Gordon's affiliation with Johnson.(Sporting News), also been asked alot if Jamie McMurray will be eligiable for Rookie of the Year in 2003, as far as I know, as long as he doesn't run more then seven Cup races (impossible for him at this point) he will be a 2003 Rookie of the Year candiate, and no, no other driver has run for Rookie of the Year and won the year before.(10-17-2002)
    UPDATE: been told - NASCAR has already elminated Jeff Jordon (defending champion of series) from the post-season rookie of the year voting panel. It will be now be four NASCAR officials.(10-18-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Rookie points are awarded based on a host of categories, including top-10 finishes and battles with fellow rookies. Bonus points are awarded at different season intervals, too. Then there are discretionary points, dispersed at season's end by a five-member panel of NASCAR officials and the Winston Cup champion (Bobby Labonte is replacing Jeff Gordon this year as Gordon is Johnson's car owner). Discretionary points are based on how the rookies interact with series officials, fellow competitors and members of the media.(Indianapolis Star)(11-10-2002)
    UPDATE 3: #48-Jimmie Johnson can't catch #12-Ryan Newman in the rookie points race with just one race remaining. Newman leads 340-320 after Phoenix. But that does not mean the rookie of the year award has been decided. A four-member panel made up of former Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte and three NASCAR officials will award discretionary points before the start of next weekend's season finale. That allows for the possibility Johnson could win or share the rookie title.()(11-11-2002)

  • Points Stuff: Under the current Winston Cup points system, the championship has been decided in the final race of the year 18 times in more than 30 years. With 238 points separating first through fifth, NASCAR no longer has its closest points race in modern-era history. In 1992, only 98 points separated the top five drivers in the standings with one race to go. Leader Tony Stewart heads to Homestead riding a nine-race streak of top 15s. A 10th top 15 would clinch the title for him. (News and Observer)(11-11-2002)

  • 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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