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THE RACE: UAW-GM Quality 500

Winston Cup Race #31 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 13, 2002 in Concord, NC

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Oct 15th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 16th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Oct 17th, 1:00am/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: $4,064,495 (last year $3,411,864)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Sterling Marlin, 139.006mph, started 13th

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 151.952mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile D-shaped oval, 334 laps, 500 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Thursday, October 10th, 3:30 - 5:30pm/et; Saturday, October 12th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

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


  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, October 10th, 2:30pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, October 10th at 7:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via PRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Will be re-aired at 4:00pm/et on Fri Oct 11th.

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

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

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Oct 1994, 185.759mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, May 2002, 186.464mph.

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jimmy Spencer, 185.147, finished 11th.

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

  • Track Homepage: Lowes Motor Speedway


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left; Right
    Winston Cup; 1,250; 1,250
    Busch Series; 550; 550

    Tire Numbers (codes): Left; Right
    D-6352; D-6354

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi
    Right Front - 48 psi
    Left Rear - 30 psi
    Right Rear - 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 24 psi
    Right Front - 45 psi
    Left Rear - 24 psi
    Right Rear - 41 psi

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

    Notes: This successful Goodyear Eagle tire combination was run for the first time at Charlotte this May . . . this left-side tire (D-6352) was run with a similar right-side tire (D-6356) last season at Charlotte . . . other NASCAR tracks this specific tire combination is run on include California and Michigan . . . both the Winston Cup and Busch Series cars will run the same tires this week . . . as on all NASCAR ovals larger than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Tires are not much of an issue at Charlotte. Really, the big trick for teams this weekend will be to get a car that handles well at both the beginning and end of the race. Charlotte is one of the most temperature sensitive race tracks on the Winston Cup circuit, and while the track this weekend won't change as much as during the spring race when we literally go from day to night, it will change quite a bit as we go from early- to late-afternoon."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $260,000 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings. The all time record WAS $190,000 for Bobby Labonte's win at Indy in 2000.(10-6-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
Airtime: 12:00noon/et
Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Charlotte/Concord, NC Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte Observer
Fayetteville Observer-Times
Henderson Times-News
News and Observer
Winston-Salem Journal
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

Weather Forecast:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service

Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Oh My! HUGE Upset - Jamie McMurray wins in his 2nd career race!: in what has to be one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR in quite sometime, Jamie McMurray won in only his 2nd career Winston Cup start in the #40 Coors Light Dodge at Lowe's Motor Speedway and is the third Rookie to win in 2003. The win also puts McMurray in the 2003 The Winston. #18-Bobby Labonte gave it a good run and ended up 2nd. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart finished up third and extends his points lead to 97 over #48-Jimmie Johnson. The race didn't start until 4:45pm/et or so after a rain delay. The unofficial top 10 finish:

    #40-Jamie McMurray(96 laps led)
    #18-Bobby Labonte (53 laps led)
    #20-Tony Stewart (16 laps led)
    #24-Jeff Gordon
    #2-Rusty Wallace (7 laps led)

    #48-Jimmie Johnson (66 laps led)
    #99-Jeff Burton (3 laps led)
    #12-Ryan Newman
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (6 laps led)

    Cars on the lead lap: 14
    Lap Leaders (11): #20-Stewart(22 laps); #48-Johnson(66); #2-Wallace(7); #97-Busch(46); #17-Kenseth(27); #18-Labonte(53); #8-Earnhardt Jr(6); #40-McMurray(96); #88-Jarrett(5); #6-Martin(3); #99-Burton(3);
    DNFs: #90-Hedlesky(out-not fast enough); #49-Compton(out-?); #02-Sadler(out-engine); #25-Nemechek(out-engine); #28-Rudd(out-accident); #32-Craven(out-accident); #26-T Bodine(out-accident); #31-Gordon(out-accident); #17-Kenseth(out-engine first DNF in 29 races); #36-Schrader(out-engine); #41-Spencer(out-engine);

    Cautions: 5 for 33 laps
    Caution 5 lap 230-242: #26-Bodine got his left side tires in the grass on the frontstrech and came up the track into #22-Burton, who went up into the #30-Green car, wrecking those three cars. Other's involved #11-Bodine, #29-Harvick, #23-Wallace, #31-Gordon, #43-Andretti, #55-Hamilton, #32-Craven.
    Caution 4 lap 223-226: #28-Rudd lost a right front tire and slammed into the wall. Rudd walked away ok.
    Caution 3 lap 151-155: #02-Sadler looks like he lost an engine.
    Caution 2 lap 138-143: #9-Elliott lost a right rear tire that shredded and left debris and the right side window on the track and damaged the rear end sheet metal on the car.
    Caution 1 lap 1-5: Race starts under Yellow to help finish drying off the track, plans to go green at lap 5.

    NOTES: #6-Martin and #97-Busch are reporting possible engine problems on lap 278. #18-Labonte had a tire going down and came into pit on lap 276. #24-Gordon is reporting a possible engine problem as of lap 268. All the leaders in the pits on the 4th caution. #48-Johnson had a right rear tire going down and had to make an unscheduled pitstop around lap 197. Many teams came in to pit on the 2nd caution. The four Roush cars are pitting last of the lead group, getting good gas mileage. During #24-Gordon's pit stop around lap 127, there was a problem on one tire and it took about 21 seconds. #49-Compton is back on the track after being off the track since lap 1 for a clutch problem. 2nd Green Flag stops started around lap 120-22. Green Flag pit stops started around lap 59. Around lap 30, #90-Jason Hedlesky was told to pick up the pace. #49-Compton came into the pits after the first lap and pushed it to the garage, lost a clutch.
    Race Re-air: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Oct 15th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 16th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Oct 17th, 1:00am/et.
    Results: at or

  • Rumblings - Lowe's: #40-Jamie McMurray becomes the 17th different winner this season....last year we had 19. And, he became the 45th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 48.
    Bobby Labonte (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Martinsville in April.
    Jerry Nadeau (13th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Bristol in March.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10's in a row. Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Jerry Nadeau (+26), followed by Mike Wallace (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ricky Rudd (-29), followed by Matt Kenseth (-27), Bill Elliott (-26), and Ricky Craven (-20). This is the first time either Nadeau or Rudd have graced the "shaft" this year.
    #20-Tony Stewart padded his points lead today....he's now 97 markers up on #48-Jimmie Johnson. We can now hang up our first "Magic Number" of the year (the position that Tony can finish and still win the matter what that particular driver does), and it's the minimum. In other words, if Tony finishes 6th every race, #2-Rusty Wallace can't beat him. With Jimmie Johnson, its 2nd.(Stockcarfans Newsletter)(10-14-2002)

  • Unofficial Driver Points
    #20-Stewart 4128
    #48-Johnson -97
    #6-Martin -122
    #12-Newman -165
    #2-Wallace -182
    See for standings.(10-13-2002)

  • To the back: #12-Ryan Newman wrecked in the Saturday AM practice and will have to go to the rear of the field before the green flag for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's, Newman was to start 4th. #49-Stacy Compton is in a backup car after his qualifying wreck on Thursday and also goes to the rear of the field, but he was to start 42nd.(10-12-2002)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Lowe's is over. The fastest were: #32-Ricky Craven at 177.977, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr at 177.643 and #25-Joe Nemechek at 177.544. Slowest was #90-Jason Hedlesky at 168.660 and #10-Johnny Benson at 172.612. See or for speeds.(10-12-2002)

  • Saturday AM Practice is over at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the UAW-GM Quality 500. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 179.348mph (BUT wrecked and will go to a backup car), followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 178.755 and #2-Rusty Wallace at 178.406. Slowest were #90-Jason Hedlesky at 168.660 and #49-Stacy Compton (not sure if he is in a backup or the team fixed the damaged car). For speeds see .(10-12-2002)

  • Starting Lineup for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway as Qualifying was Cancelled due to rain:
    Jayski's UAW-GM Quality 500 Starting Grid page.(with rain out procedure rules for setting the field and how the team made the race).

  • Some NOTES: #30-Jeff Green is running an AOL Broadband scheme, more white on the car. #49-Stacy Compton wrecked at the end of his 1st lap, hitting the wall with the right side of the car and driving on, did quite a but of damage, especially the decklid/trunk.(10-10-2002)

  • Thurs afternoon practice is over. Fastest was #44-Jerry Nadeau at 185.249 followed by #25-Joe Nemechek at 185.008 and #97-Kurt Busch at 184.275. Slowest were #90-Jason Hedlesky at 174.837 and 72-Kirk Shelmerdine at 176.580. For speeds see (10-10-2002)

  • some Lowe's race info: Five drivers have won 14 of the past 17 Winston Cup races at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (four), Dale Jarrett (three), Mark Martin (three), Jeff Burton (two) and Bobby Labonte (two). The late Dale Earnhardt was the most recent driver to win both Charlotte races in the same year, doing so in 1986. Richard Petty (1975), David Pearson (1974), Bobby Allison (1971) and Fred Lorenzen (1965) are the others to win both in the same season. Mark Martin won the May event this year.()(10-9-2002)

  • Entry List for Lowe's is up. 51 cars/drivers are listed, but seeing the list, expect a few changes. Included in the list are, the normal 40 full time entries, plus: #02-Hermie Sadler, #27-Scott Wimmer, #27/72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #49-Stacy Compton, #51-Carl Long (but not on the list...yet, is the #59 which Long has been announced as driving at Lowe's - no word on if Morgan Shepherd will be in the car or if they will attempt the race), #60-Jack Sprague, #71-Jay Sauter, #74-Tony Raines, #83-Kerry Earnhardt, #89-Morgan Shepherd and #90-Jason Hedlesky in Junie Donlavey's car. Plus it was announced recently that Ron Hornaday would drive the #54 National Guard Chevy at Lowe's in the ARCA and Cup races and it was announced a few months ago the #05-Greg Sacks may drive at Lowe's with his new team, but have heard NOTHING about that in two months. See above for the link.(10-8-2002)
    UPDATE - down to 48 cars: the #51-Carl Long, #71-Jay Sauter and #89-Morgan Shepherd cars have been removed from the list. Shepherd is listed in the CTS entry list at Las Vegas
    UPDATE 2 - up to 50: add #54-Ron Hornaday and #59-Carl Long to the list.(10-9-2002)

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

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

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


  • UAW-GM Quality 500 Program: The battle between "Young Guns" and seasoned veterans - the overriding, unofficial theme of the 2002 season - is brilliantly depicted in Sam Bass' latest cover for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway's souvenir race program in a piece the artist calls simply "Draw!" Two gunslingers face off in an Old West, desert setting backed up by their automotive gangs. Representing the hungry young drivers are the cars of Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick. The mature, experienced bunch includes Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Sterling Marlin (recently sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury). For more information about Sam Bass' motorsports art and Lowe's MotorSpeedway souvenir program cover art, log on to PR)(10-11-2002)

  • Coolers at Lowe's: Coolers Allowed, Nothing Over 14 inches, No Glass Containers, No Umbrellas, No Strollers.(LMS Site)(10-11-2002)

  • Safety Maven Brian Butler Earns Bobby Isaac Memorial Award: Brian Butler, founder and president of ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, will receive the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award during pre-race ceremonies for the Oct. 13 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Bobby Isaac Memorial Award is presented annually by Lowe's Motor Speedway to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding contribution to short-track racing. Isaac, one of the sport's outstanding racers, was well known for his short-track exploits and commitment. Involved in motorsports for 37 years, Butler has worked as a fabricator, crew member and chassis builder. He also spent several years driving drag racing machines, midgets and late model stock cars. Butler opened Concord, N.C.-based ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment in 1985 and has spent the past 17 years designing and developing racing seats and other cockpit-related safety items for all levels of motorsports. Butler's latest innovations include new seat bottoms and stronger head, shoulder and leg supports which have contributed to the design and development of the ButlerBuilt Advantage seat. Previous winners of the Bobby Isaac Award include journalists Chris Economaki and Tom Higgins; promoters Hugh Deery, Henry Furr and John Moose; drivers Jack Ingram and Harry Gant; and World of Outlaws founder Ted Johnson.(LMS PR)(10-8-2002)

  • Honoray Starters at Lowe's: Miss North Carolina, Rebekah Revels, will serve as Honorary Race Director for the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The race will be Revels' first public appearance as Miss North Carolina in the Charlotte area and her first appearance since returning from the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ [not too far from Jayski] last month. "I am honored to be part of an event that has such a great history in North Carolina," stated Revels. "My father is an avid race fan and I grew up watching the races on Sunday afternoons. I understand what it feels like to be passionate about something that means a lot to you, and race fans express that same passion when they show up in Charlotte on race day. I'm looking forward to being part of the UAW-GM Quality 500." As Honorary Race Director, Revels will participate in pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions and meet with special needs children on behalf of Speedway Children's Charities. "The UAW-GM Quality 500 is the biggest fall sporting event in the Southeast and a nationwide spotlight will be on us Oct. 13," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Rebekah Revels will bring the beauty, grace and pageantry associated with Miss North Carolina to a national stage as part of our race. We're proud to have her join us." Revels joins a list of celebrity guests for UAW-GM Quality 500 Week that includes two-time Country Music Association Entertainer-of-the-Year Neal McCoy, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, Olympic Skier Picabo Street and Paula Zahn of CNN.(LMS PR)(10-7-2002)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway's 'Voice' retires: To longtime Lowe's Motor Speedway race fans, his booming voice is as much a part of the NASCAR experience as military exercises prior to the Coca-Cola 600 and dramatic car stunts before the UAW-GM Quality 500. Since May of 1968, public address announcer Bill Connell has kept fans informed and called the on-track action with a flare unmatched in professional sports. However, when activities kick-off for the Oct. 10-13 UAW-GM Quality 500 Week, Connell's voice will be silent. Battling health problems, the Kannapolis, N.C., resident has decided to "step aside and make room for the young guns"-ending one of the most colorful chapters in the history of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Honing his skills in the carnival-like atmosphere that defined Carolina short-track racing during the mid-1960s, Connell worked the microphone at three or four tracks each week. "On Thursday nights we were usually down at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., and then at Metrolina Speedway in Charlotte on Friday nights and Concord Speedway on Saturday," Connell recalled. "I did whatever it took to buy diapers and put food on the table." It was while calling a race at Concord Speedway that Connell was "called up to the big leagues." "Richard Howard (then general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway) came over to Concord Speedway one night and asked if I would like to work at his track," Connell said. "The track was still struggling financially and wasn't anything like it is today. The office was in an old white house out by the highway and the announcer's booth was in a corner of the old wooden press box-I don't even remember how many steps you had to climb to get to it," he concluded. When asked about his most memorable moments at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Connell pauses-then notes there have been so many as he looks back over more than three decades of racing. "The so-called 'pass in the grass' when (Dale) Earnhardt and (Bill) Elliott were going at it in The Winston; and how 'Humpy' gave Earnhardt his start in Winston Cup are things that come to mind right off," he said. "But the things that really stand out are that big rock mountain that used to be in the infield and watching Wendell Scott get out of his race car, borrow parts from other teams, change the parts himself and then get back in the race car and return to the race."
    "When you think of great track announcers, you think of Bill Connell who has been the voice of Lowe's Motor Speedway for years and years," said veteran short-track announcer Steve Post who will lead the public address team during the UAW-GM Quality 500. "The association of his great voice with this track goes back even to old movies in which he was the announcer. His are huge shoes to fill, but it is an honor to have been asked to be the lead announcer. One kid dreams about driving race cars for whatever reason. For me, announcing was my dream. Then, a few short years later, the dream comes true," continued Post, who also calls several of the races at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway and is the voice of the annual OdoBan Summer Shootout run each year on Lowe's Motor Speedway's quarter-mile oval. "Right now, I've got one race and if I do a good job then we'll have a second race. If I don't do a good job, then it's a one-race career."(LMS PR)(10-3-2002)

  • Race and Rooms at Lowe's: Continuing its assault on high prices associated with a complete NASCAR race weekend experience, Lowe's Motor Speedway has introduced a $98 Race & Room package for the Oct. 13 UAW-GM Quality 500. As part of its on-going Fans First initiative, speedway officials have partnered with and several Charlotte area hotels, including the downtown Adam's Mark, to offer race fans a reserved frontstretch ticket for the Oct. 13 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race along with a hotel room for Saturday night, Oct. 12, for just $98. Fans may obtain additional nights of lodging at the same hotel at discounted rates and additional frontstretch tickets may be purchased for just $38. Only a limited number of packages are being offered. To order the Race & Room package, fans only have to make one call to the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Other UAW-GM Quality 500 ticket options are still available starting at $19 for general admission seating. Also, a limited number of $99 SUPER Ticket packages remain.(LMS PR)(9-30-2002)

  • 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 - Lowe's Motor Speedway


  • Hermie Sadler gets a Cup sponsor for Lowe's and the Rock: MW Windows & Doors has announced that they will be the primary sponsor of Hermie Sadler’s #02 Winston Cup car for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on October 13th and the Pop Secret 400 at Rockingham on November 3rd. MW also sponsors Pole Day at Martinsville Speedway.(PR)(10-8-2002)

  • #59 gets sponsor for Lowe's: the #59 Price Motorsport's Dodge will have Check Into Cash as a sponsor at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Carl Long will driver the car.(Price Motorsport's PR), see an inage of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-7-2002)
    UPDATE: Price Motorsports, Inc., the only NASCAR Winston Cup team based in Raleigh, NC continues pushing forward with the support of the national cash advance chain, Check-into-Cash, as primary sponsor of its Car # 59 driven by Carl Long this weekend for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway just north of Charlotte, NC. Check-into-Cash has over 650 offices across the USA and is expanding rapidly. Check-into-Cash operates within the parameters of the Best Practices of the Community Financial Services Association of America. For more information on Check-into-Cash, please see According to Foster Price, owner of Price Motorsports, "This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long-term relationship with Check-into-Cash." Price added, "We are committed to creating the optimum sponsorship value for our corporate partners. We're using a methodical approach to ensure that we build a racing organization with a strong foundation." The crew chief for the Check-into-Cash # 59 is Mike Chance, a 20 year racing veteran. Chance stated that "Carl and I are really looking forward to being back on the track at Charlotte after testing there earlier in the month."(Price Motorsport's PR)(10-8-2002)

  • Compton back in the #49 at Lowe's: In his first Winston Cup race since August, Stacy Compton placed 22nd, the last car on the lead lap. Compton will drive again for #49 BAM Racing this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Richmond Times Dispatch), see images of car Compton drove at 'Dega in my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-7-2002)

  • 2003 Chevy to be unvieled next Thurs: Race fans will get their first look at the 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when the car is unveiled during a news conference Thursday afternoon at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Chevrolet officials confirmed.()(10-4-2002)

  • Penske to Dodge announcement soon? Penske Racing South is expected to announce its long-rumored switch to Dodge during Oct 10-13 race week at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read), am hearing it'll be Sunday morning, Oct 13th.
    AND Penske Racing's long-rumored move to the Dodge camp appears complete. Dodge officials have scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., when they are expected to announce Penske's addition to the Dodge organization beginning with the 2003 season. Penske and Dodge officials declined to comment on Friday. The partnership between Penske Racing and Jasper Motorsports, which includes Jasper's #77 Ford team utilizing Penske-built engines, will continue at least for the 2003 season, sources said.()(10-4-2002)

  • Donlavey Racing to run at Lowe's Motor Speedway: #90 Winston Cup Series car owner Junie Donlavey could not make it back to the track in time for his hometown race at Richmond International Raceway, he figured making his return in NASCAR's unofficial hometown would be the next best thing. Lucas Oil will sponsor Donlavey's #90 Ford Taurus in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, NC. Donlavey will also receive backing from Suburban Franchise, Superior Logistics Services, and Hawk Sawblades. In typical Donlavey fashion, he is putting a rookie behind the wheel of the Lucas Oil Ford. Jason Hedlesky, who has competed in five ARCA events in the last three years at Lowe's Motor Speedway, will slip into a Winston Cup car for the first time as a driver.. He has been an ARCA competitor for the past three seasons and had two 14th-place finishes (Atlanta and Michigan) in 2000, which represent his career-best efforts.. Hedlesky qualified ninth and finished 15th in the ARCA event at Charlotte this season. Hedlesky has also been Donlavey Racing's team manager since 1999. Hedlesky had a great run in the ARCA series race earlier this year at Michigan.. Hedlesky qualified 14th and was in third place when he came to pit road for a scheduled stop and was trapped on pit road by a caution period.. Hedlesky finished 17th. The Clinton, MI native also has one CTS start, at Michigan he started 22nd and finished 31st earlier this season. Prior to the Oct. 13 event, Donlavey will receive the Smokey Yunick Award, recognizing his lifetime achievement in auto racing, which has spanned the life of NASCAR.. Previous winners of the Smokey Yunick Award include Bill Simpson, Ralph Moody, Banjo Matthews, Bud Moore and Cotton Owens.(Keystone Marketing PR)(10-4-2002)

  • New Team to debut at Kansas: The #60 Haas CNC NASCAR Winston Cup team and driver Jack Sprague will test at Lowes Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday with many other Cup teams with plans to make their 2002 Winston Cup debut later this month in the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. And after a less-than-exemplary performance at a Lowe's test in May caused the new team to cancel its planned debut in the Coca-Cola 600 at LMS later that month, they hope this session will tell them exactly how much progress they've made this summer. They tested three cars -- one a brand new piece and the others the same ones they ran at Lowe's in May's test -- on the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval last month and were pleased with the results. Crew Chief Dennis Connor said the team has an industrious testing schedule planned for the next two months, along with racing and testing the #24 NetZero BGN Chevy. "We'll have a total of four Winston Cup races: Kansas, Charlotte, Rockingham and Homestead."(

  • BH Motorsports to Announce Plans for 2002-2003 UPDATE: BH Motorsports, who recently formed a strategic alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, will announce their 2002-2003 plans at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Thursday, Aug. 29th. The announcement will be regarding a planned minority driver development program and the team's acquisition of a primary advertiser, along with driver and crew chief introductions. The BH Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be unveiled(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE #54 Chevy, Hornaday to drive: BH Motorsports, who recently formed a strategic alliance with Hendrick Motorsports in an effort to establish a competitive African-American-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, today announced the National Guard as their primary advertiser during a media luncheon at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The #54 National Guard Chevy, named in recognition of the National Guard presence in 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will run a limited schedule in 2002, with aspirations for a full Winston Cup season in 2003. "We were fortunate to find BH Motorsports," said Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz, director of the Army National Guard. "The National Guard has a formidable diversity program, of which we are very proud, and the efforts of NASCAR, BH Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports are very consistent with the goals and objectives of that program. NASCAR fans have a great reputation for being loyal and dedicated, some of the values that are very important to us. When you go to a NASCAR race, just look around -- you see American flags everywhere. These fans love their sport and they love their country. These are the people that we're trying to reach," Schultz added. "We're honored to field the #54 Chevy with the National Guard as our partner," said Sam Belnavis, COO of BH Motorsports. "They, along with Hendrick Motorsports, are helping us lay the groundwork for a successful future in Winston Cup racing." Ron Hornaday has been named driver of the #54 for three Winston Cup dates this season, with veteran crew chief Doug Richert also joining the team. BH Motorsports' 2002 schedule includes the events at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 13, Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 27 and North Carolina Speedway on Nov. 3. Also announced were plans for the BH Motorsports-National Guard Driver Development Program for Minorities, which will allow drivers with diverse backgrounds the opportunity to compete on other racing circuits, including the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Hendrick Motorsports will continue to provide BH Motorsports with assistance in all phases of its racing operation, including marketing support, car and race-setup development, personnel recruitment and training, and corporate networking, in preparation for fielding the #54. Led by Belnavis and CEO Tinsley Hughes, who have a combined 35 years of motor sports experience, BH Motorsports will operate out of its new facility, located at the Mooresville Motorsports Center in Mooresville, N.C., effective immediately.(BH Motorsports PR)(8-29-2002)

  • Shelmerdine's Schedule Announced UPDATE #27: Atlanta-based Eastern Foods Inc. and their driver Kirk Shelmerdine have released a five-race schedule for the 2002 Cup season. Shelmerdine will drive a Ford as part of a two-car team effort with Brett Bodine. Shelmerdine will showcase the colors of Naturally Fresh Dressings & Dips and Jackaroo Sauces produced by EFI, Inc. for his first race at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte in May. The next race scheduled for the Naturally Fresh Racing team will be at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14th. The team will return to the Midwest to Kansas Speedway on September 29th.. Shelmerdine will bring the Naturally Fresh Ford back to Lowes Motor Speedway on October 13th and finish the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October. Eastern Foods Incorporated is based in Atlanta, GA has been actively involved in stock car racing sponsorship at various levels since 1991 and currently sponsors competitors in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. In returning to the Winston Cup Series, Eastern Foods, Inc. will also become an associate sponsor on the #11 Ford driven by Bodine.(Naturally Fresh Racing PR), no word on a car number.(4-4-2002)
    UPDATE: Shelmerdine's Ford will run the #27.(4-6-2002)

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


  • Special Scheme for the #43: #43-John Andretti will be carrying the colors of blue and white with him this weekend as General Mills’ Pillsbury Brand – and Grands! - will be highlighted at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a specialty paint scheme.(Williams Company). See my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image.(10-11-2002)

  • Special M&M's Scheme at Lowe's: It’s become an annual tradition for the M&M's Racing Team. Just like Oct. 31st means ghouls, goblins and candy, the fall Charlotte race means a special Halloween paint scheme for the #36 Pontiac. This year’s paint scheme features Yellow on the back of the car trick-or-treating in a ghost costume, Red dressed as a vampire and Crispy camping out in a pumpkin patch. The paint scheme also features the festive orange and black M&M’s that you’ll find in a bag of M&M’s during the Halloween season.(IMG PR), see image of the scheme on my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-10-2002)

  • Paint Scheme at Lowe's: will be a few different paint schemes at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend, including #2-Rusty Wallace in a black car, #41-Jimmy Spencer in the Fuji Film Dodge, #9-Bill Elliott in the Dodge Viper scheme, #97-Kurt Busch will have a special Rubbermaid scheme at Lowe's. See images of the cars (including new images of the #41) at my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-8-2002)

  • Gordon and Bugs again? hearing that #24-Jeff Gordon will run the Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes schemes at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend, see my 2002 Looney Tunes Schemes page for an image of the car.(10-9-2002)

  • Fuji Film Scheme on the #41 at Lowe's: Target Chip Ganassi Racing will feature a new paint scheme for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13. The recognizable green, white and red of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., will be the featured artwork on the #41 Dodge driven by Jimmy Spencer for this one event. The UAW-GM Quality 500 will mark the first time that Fujifilm has had primary sponsorship on a NASCAR Winston Cup car. To support Target and Chip Ganassi Racing, Fujifilm will bolster its presence at Lowe's Motor Speedway with the FinePix "Picture of America(tm)" Tour truck and the famous Fujifilm blimp. Race fans can stop by the FinePix truck for a hands-on digital photography learning experience and catch a glimpse of the blimp overhead. "It's great to have a company like Fujifilm on board for our home-race in Charlotte," Spencer said. "It's a cool paint scheme and it will really stand out on the track. I'm hoping we'll drive it to Victory Lane and that all the photographers will be taking my picture with Fujifilm products." For more information on Fujifilm USA Web site at Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see images of the car at my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-9-2002)

  • Rubbermaid at Lowe's: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, will be featured on the #97 Rubbermaid Ford with driver Kurt Busch at the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. “The employees at Rubbermaid Commercial Products are excited about the special paint scheme on the #97 car driven by Kurt Busch, which will run at the NASCAR Winston Cup event in Charlotte on October 13th,” Vice President of Human Resources for Rubbermaid Commercial Products Jeff Bahr said.. “All of our associates will be presented a 1:64 scale die cast of the No. 97 Rubbermaid Commercial Products Ford to commemorate this event. We at Rubbermaid Commercial Products have conducted various contests internally leading up to this, and the winners received tickets to the upcoming race. In addition to several busloads of our employees, numerous customers will be attending the race. This is truly a memorable event for all of us at Rubbermaid Commercial Products.” The #97 Rubbermaid Commercial Ford features a tri-colored paint scheme of yellow, black and red with the logo prominently displayed on the hood. Other Newell Rubbermaid divisions highlighted on the Rubbermaid Commercial Ford include Sharpie, Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems and Eldon office supplies. The #97 Rubbermaid Commercial Ford is only the third special paint scheme for the #97 team this season.. The “Sharpie Win a Million” Ford competed this past Spring at Bristol Motor Speedway and ended the race celebrating in victory lane. The second special paint scheme occurred at the same track during its Fall event, the Sharpie 500. Busch had an impressive showing in the #97 Sharpie 500 Ford as he finished in sixth position.(Pro Sports Management and Marketing PR)(10-8-2002)

  • Wallace back to black? hearing #2-Rusty Wallace will run a MGD (Miller Geniune Draft) black and gold scheme at either Martinsville or Atlanta (or both) may be a preview to the return of the black and gold scheme for 2003.(6-27-2002)
    UPDATE: Wallace will run the black scheme at Lowe's & Phoenix.(9-28-2002)

  • Elliott Scheme: Bill Elliott / Dodge Viper ‘2002 - The promotion surrounding this program is related to the launch of the 2003 real Viper car, which goes on sale to the public October 2002. Dodge will be touring a show car of this paint scheme around the country to miscellaneous dealerships. Elliott will race this special paint scheme October 13th in Charlotte.(6-27-2002)
    Image: see an image of the scheme on the 2002 Cup Scheme page.(6-29-2002)

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