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THE RACE: Old Dominion 500

Winston Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 20, 2002 in Martinsville, VA

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Oct 22nd at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 23rd, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Oct 24th, 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: $3,657,565 (last year $3,029,236)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Ricky Craven, 75.750mph, started 6th

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1996, 82.223mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.526-mile oval, 500 laps, 263 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, October 18th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, October 19th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 19th, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et on TV-Speed Channel at 12:30pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 18th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 18th at 3:05pm/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 on Fri Oct 18th.

  • 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/Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Sept 2000, 95.371mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Todd Bodine, 93.724, finished 12th.

    Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
    Straights: 800 feet
    Grandstnd Seating: 91,000
    Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long

  • Track Homepage: Martinsville Speedway

    PAST WINNERS at Martinsville

    See the chart at the Martinsville site: Past All Time Winners


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Left: 1,390; Right 1,420

    Tire Numbers:
    Left: D-5692; Right D-5704

    Tire Circumference:
    Left: 86.2 in.; Right 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 15 psi Right Front - 25 psi
    Left Rear - 15 psi Right Rear - 25 psi

    Minimum Required Inflation:
    Left Front - 11 psi Right Front - 22 psi
    Left Rear - 11 psi Right Rear - 21 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: The combination of left-side (D-5692) and right-side (D-5704) to be run this weekend at Martinsville is Goodyear's true short track set-up in its 2002 tire line . . . Martinsville is the only NASCAR Winston Cup track where this left-right combination is used, though it is also used by the Craftsman Truck Series at South Boston, as well . . . this is the same tire combination that Goodyear brought to this track for the Winston Cup/Craftsman Truck Series weekend this past April . . . another unique feature of this combination is that the right-side tire is used in all four tire positions at both Winston Cup road course events.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "The main tire issue every time we come to Martinsville -- which has relatively long straightaways and tight corners -- is caused by heavy braking, which results in excessive brake heat. In extreme cases this can lead to the bead on the tire melting and result in a loss of air. However, we have configured the components of these tires to protect from this happening as much as possible and we have effectively limited this problem over our last several trips to Martinsville. Another concern for teams this weekend is that the surface of the track has recently been ground down to make it smoother. Based on a recent Winston Cup test session at Martinsville, teams should anticipate higher wear than what we've seen in recent memory at the track."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $270,000 at Martinsville 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.(10-13-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144
Airtime: 12:00noon/et

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 Martinsville, VA Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
Martinsville Bulletin
Roanoke Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Weather Forecast for Martinsville, VA:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service

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

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

  • Busch Join's Elite List: Kurt Busch joined Richard Petty, Junior Johnson and Jeff Gordon as the only drivers in Winston Cup history to win more than one short-track race before age 25.()(10-21-2002)

  • Busch spins and wins at Martinsville: #97-Kurt Busch won the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his 2nd win of 2002 and his career. Busch won from the worst starting position ever at Martinsville, 36th, the old record was 24th by Lee Petty in 1959. #10-Johnny Benson came close to his first career win but ended up 2nd. #22-Ward Burton led the most laps. #20-Tony Stewart maintains his Driver Points lead but it shrinks to an 82 points (down from 97) over #48-Jimmie Johnson.
    Race Results at or

  • Rumblings - Martinsville: Johnny Benson (2nd) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Dover in September of 2000. This is the 3rd time Benson has been the bridesmaid. Ward Burton (5th) had his best finish since he won at New Hampshire in July. John Andretti (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Watkins Glen in August. Mike Bliss (14th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Talladega in October of 2000 (only 4 races). Casey Atwood (21st) had his best finish since he was 18th at Bristol in August.
    STREAKIN...Dale Earnhardt Jr has 4 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kurt Busch (+35), followed by John Andretti (+27) and Tony Stewart (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Bill Elliott (-39), followed by Jeff Gordon (-34), Hermie Sadler (-27), and Mike Skinner (-24).(this uses OFFICIAL starting spots)
    Geoffrey Bodine [in the #23 Dodge] led a lap today for the first time since New Hampshire in July of 2000. He's the 46th different driver to lead a lap this season.... last year we had 48 of 'em.
    32 down and 4 to go....Tony Stewart's lead shrinks by 15 points but another race comes off the calendar. Tony's Magic Number is now 3rd vs Jimmie Johnson...only the Top-15 are still in contention. Busch's win moved him ahead two spots in the standings (9th to 7th) while Bill Elliott fell three spots (8th to 11th).(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(10-21-2002)

  • Drivers Points after Martinsville:
    #20-Tony Stewart, 4263
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4181 (-82)
    #6-Mark Martin, 4140 (-123)
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 4089 (-174)
    #12-Ryan Newman, 4086 (-177)
    See for the Points Standings(10-20-2002)

  • 10 Different Winners in row - Now 11: Ten different drivers have won the last ten races at Martinsville:
    2002: Bobby Labonte; 2001: Dale Jarrett, Ricky Craven; 2000: Mark Martin, Tony Stewart;
    1999: John Andretti, Jeff Gordon; 1998: Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd; 1997: Jeff Burton.(10-19-2002)
    Make it eleven(11) as Kurt Busch won in Oct 2002.(10-20-2002)

  • To the back: #55-Bobby Hamilton's team changed engines Saturday after Happy Hour practice and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag at Martinsville. Hamilton was to start 23rd. Since Geoffrey Bodine qualified the #23 Dodge and will now race it with the rain out in the BGN race at Memphis, he will not have to fall to the rear of the field, but is there anyway, using a provisionals to start 41st.(10-20-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Martinsville. #99-Jeff Burton and #4-Mike Skinner got together and Skinner spun out, damage to the left and right rear, Burton has damage to the right front, no backup cars will be needed. Burton and Skinner were called to the NASCAR Trailer. The fastest were #2-Rusty Wallace at 91.651mph, #26-Todd Bodine at 91.443 and #20-Tony Stewart at 91.403. Slowest are #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 89.345 and #1-Steve Park at 89.842. For speeds see .(10-19-2002)

  • Streaks and stuff: #24-Jeff Gordon (2nd), this is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Bristol in August.
    #9-Bill Elliott (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at The BrickYard in August.
    #22-Ward Burton (4th) had his best qualifying run since he had the pole at Richmond in May.
    #25-Joe Nemechek (6th) has his best starting spot since he started 5th at Chicagoland in July of 2001
    #02-Hermie Sadler (8th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 23rd here last year.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (13th) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Chicagoland in July.
    #07-Ted Musgrave (19th) has his best starting spot since Pocono in June of 2001 (only 3 races). He started 15th then.
    #41-Jimmy Spencer (21st) had his best qualifying run since he lined up 11th at Briston in August.
    #55-Bobby Hamilton (23rd) has his best starting spot since Watkins Glen in August (only 5 races). He qualified 11th that day.
    #40-Mike Bliss (27th....and subbing for a sub) makes his first Winston Cup start since Homestead in November of 2000.
    #11-Brett Bodine (33rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 28th at Bristol in August.
    Steakin'....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10 starts in a row. Bill Elliott has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stockcarfans)(10-19-2002)

  • Newman wins pole at Martinsville: #12-Ryan Newman went out late (45th of 48) and won the pole at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 92.937mph. #24-Jeff Gordon will start 2nd. It is Newman's 4th Bud Pole of 2002 and 5th of his career. #02-Hermie Sadler had a great run and will start 8th. #66-Hideo Fukuyama will start his 2nd Cup race, using the final provisional spot.
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:

  • Saturday AM practice had #12-Ryan Newman fastest at 91.223mph followed by #9-Bill Elliott at 91.135 and #28-Ricky Rudd at 91.087. Slowest were #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 88.639 and #23-Geoffrey Bodine at 89.245. For speeds see .(10-19-2002)

  • Friday's Practice is over at Martinsville. The fastest were: #12-Ryan Newsman at 92.299, #28-Ricky Rudd at 92.227mph and #07-Ted Musgrave at 92.164. Slowest are #27-Kirk Shelmerdine at 89.287 and #80-Ryan McGlynn at 89.833. For speeds see .(10-18-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up. See link above. 48 drivers are listed. First driver due out is #97-Kurt Busch, last scheduled out is #48-Jimmie Johnson. Once the care go thru inspection it is counted as an attempt, so two teams who were out of provisionals, #11-Brett Bodine and #23-Geoffrey Bodine/Kenny Wallace have one to use if needed.(10-18-2002)

  • Entry List is up for Martinsville. See the link above. 47 drivers/teams listes, 40 regulars who have attempted all 31 races so far plus: #02-Hermie Sadler, #07-Ted Musgrave, #66-Hideo Fukuyama, #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, #51-Brian Rose, #80-Ryan McGlynn and #89-Morgan Shepherd. The #40 is listed with Mike Bliss in the car. #59-Carl Long is not listed but supposedly will attempt the race. No word on if the #49 team will or will not attempt the race but Martinsville was on their planned schedule.(10-15-2002)
    UPDATE up to 48 as #59-Carl Long was added to the list.(10-17-2002)

  • 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


  • Tires at Martinsville: Goodyear officials, who insist that they were not told about the recent grinding of Martinsville Speedway’s turns are bracing for a projected high demand for tires in the 500-lap event. Phil Holmer, Goodyear’s point man, called local distributor asking that every tire in the warehouse with Martinsville specifications be shipped to the track for next week’s event. Under normal circumstances Holmer says that Goodyear would bring 1,000 sets of left side tires and 1,000 sets of right side tires to Martinsville. But for next week’s event, on the surface which has no rubber worn into the newly reworked surface, Goodyear will bring 1,465 sets of lefts and 1,465 sets of rights for the event.(Ford Racing)(10-14-2002)

  • What You Can Bring In and What You Can't:
    Things You Can Carry Into The Stands
    Coolers, 14 inches or smaller, hard or soft-side
    camera bags
    scanner bags
    Things You Cannot Carry Into The Stands
    coolers over 14 inches
    baby strollers
    baby seats of any kind
    glass containers
    lawn chairs
    And remember: All items are subject to search before they are taken into the stands.

  • Martinsville Corner's Ground Down: The Martinsville Speedway owners have ground the cement corners of the 0.526-mile track that will host next week’s Winston Cup event. The change has resulted in a tire chewing mess that has clipped lap times by more than a second. #28-Ricky Rudd went to the track on Monday to test for the upcoming event but got only 15 laps in before loading the car up and heading for home. It was readily apparent that something had changed when the hauler pulled in and the team saw the cemented corners appearing as though a machine that grinds the highways prior to the application of asphalt had prepared them. The cement was described as being deeply grooved with a wavy pattern that ran parallel with the racing groove. Making matters worse for the #28 car was the fact that the track hadn’t been cleaned prior to the practice session. The team tried a few work-arounds but soon decided to give up on the session. The tires on Rudd’s Ford looked in worse shape after just 12 laps than a pair of left tires that the team used in a race several years ago did after 225 laps. Rudd wasn’t able to get within three seconds of a normal lap time in the 15 laps run. Several other teams tested Tuesday and Wednesday, but had similar problems. The best effort during those tests could only close to within a second of a normal lap time at the Virginia track.(Ford Racing)(10-12-2002)

  • Martinsville and MW Windows Reup: MW Windows and Martinsville Speedway have partnered for just one race, but that was enough for all parties concerned to know it was a winning combination. Less than a year ago the two companies announced that MW Windows would sponsor pole day for the track’s two Winston Cup races in 2002. MW Windows and Martinsville Speedway announced they have agreed to continue that relationship through the 2004 season. MW Windows, a manufacturer of windows and door products for the residential construction industry, sponsored pole day for the first time last spring in the Virginia 500. The Old Dominion 500 MW Windows Pole Day is scheduled for Friday, October 18.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(10-10-2002)

  • 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 - Martinsville Speedway


  • Geoffrey Bodine in the #23 at Martinsville for practice/qualifying: Kenny Wallace, who is the primary driver of the #23 Hills Bros. Coffee Dodge, will be unable to be at Martinsville on Friday and Saturday this weekend, as he will be in Memphis competing in the BGN race. Wallace took over the full-time driving duties for the #23 car at Darlington earlier this year; however, his primary obligation for the remainder of the 2002 season is to the #48 Stacker 2 car in the BGN Series. Geoffrey Bodine has been chosen to fill in for the absent Wallace. "When Kenny agreed to take over the driving duties for the No. 23 car earlier this year, we knew there would be two races, Talladega and Memphis, in which he had conflicts with the schedule," said car owner, Bill Davis. "At Talladega, we chose a Bill Davis Racing driver, Scott Wimmer, to substitute for Kenny.. We couldn't use Scott at Memphis, as he had the same conflict that Kenny does. Both those drivers are in a points battle in the Busch Series, so both of them need to put their full attention to that event. Fortunately, Geoffrey (Bodine) agreed to fill in for Kenny and we are very grateful to him coming in and helping us out in this situation.. The plan is to have Geoffrey practice and qualify the No. 23 car and then have Kenny start from the rear on Sunday. His knowledge and experience at a track like Martinsville will be an asset to this team.". Equipment:. Wallace and the Hills Bros. Coffee Racing Team are taking the same car to Martinsville that competed earlier this year at the fall Richmond event where it finished 14th and at the fall Loudon event where it finished 18th.(Bill Davis PR)(10-15-2002)

  • McMurray not to run at Martinsville, Bliss in: Jamie McMurray, who won at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday in just his second career Winston Cup start, apparently will not drive the #40 Coor's Light Dodge in this week's race at Martinsville. A NASCAR spokesman said Tuesday that Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, which owns the car, had notified NASCAR to change the driver's name on the team's entry blank from McMurray to Mike Bliss. When McMurray was called on to replace the injured Sterling Marlin before the race at Talladega, Martinsville's race loomed as a conflict because the BGN races this weekend at Memphis. McMurray is committed to finishing the season in the #27 Chevys owned by Brewco Motorsports. After Sunday's victory, McMurray said he hoped it could be arranged for him to compete in the BGN race on Saturday while another driver practiced and qualified the Winston Cup car at Martinsville, then go to Martinsville and start the Winston Cup race from the rear of the field. Although McMurray has never raced at the .526-mile Martinsville track, he and Bliss both tested with the #40 team for two days at Martinsville earlier this month.()(10-15-2002)

  • #59 Sponsor for Martinsville: Check-into-Cash, a national advance pay chain, will continue their sponsorship of the Price Motorsports # 59 driven by Carl Long at Martinsville Speedway this coming weekend. Representatives from Check-into-Cash were present at qualifying for last weekend's race in Charlotte and considered their penetration into NASCAR Winston Cup Series a positive experience despite qualifying being canceled due to rain. According to Becca Whitmire, National Marketing Manager for Check-into-Cash, "We've already seen an increase in business activity as a result of our exposure in NASCAR." The field for the UAW-GM 500 at Charlotte ended up being set by Owner points, not qualifying times, which placed Price Motorsports 44th on the 43 car list. However, the Price Motorsports team once again proved that they could compete in this top series. According to Mike Chance, Crew Chief for the Check-into-Cash Dodge, " I was pleased with our practice times at Charlotte. I'm confident that our qualifying set-up would have put us in the race if it had not been for the rainout." 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

  • McGlynn to attempt a Pocono Cup race? UPDATE 3 At Martinsville: hearing CTS driver Ryan McGlynn and team is preparing a Chevy to run at one or both Pocono Winston Cup events. McGlynn Racing is based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. No word on sponsorship at this time.(5-25-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing McGlynn will attempt the 2nd Pocono race in July, not the race in June.(5-29-2002)
    UPDATE 2: now hearing it is unlikely that McGlynn will be attempting to run Pocono this week but McGlynn may attempt to run New Hampshire in September.(7-23-2002)
    UPDATE 3: Ryan McGlynn will be attempting his Winston Cup debut at Martinsville Speedway. McGlynn has driven at Pennsylvania's Mountain Speedway and also competed at New Jersey's Flemington Speedway and Tioga Speedway in New York and more recently has been a regular in the CTS. "I’m really excited about this opportunity and I’m ready to go. We’re still pounding some things out on the car to get it all finished," said 27-year old McGlynn who resides in Wilkes-Barre and is the manger of McGlynn’s High Performance Auto Parts. McGlynn had hoped to be able to race earlier this year at both Pocono Raceway Winston Cup events but due to lack of superspeedway experience required by NASCAR he has to settle for the .526-mile at Martinsville. "We actually had quite a bit of sponsorship to go to both Pocono races with the Cup car. We felt that we had as good a shot as anybody to run well there due to the fact that I have run a lot of laps there as an instructor for the Stock Car Racing Experience school. They (NASCAR) shot me down and said that I didn’t have enough speedway experience in the Truck Series. They told me had I run a Busch car at the bigger tracks it would have been a different story. After that we lost the sponsorship we had to go to Pocono but we still have a brand new car sitting here and that’s how it came about that we are going to Martinsville," said McGlynn. Although McGlynn would have much rather debuted at Pocono in front of the home crowd, he feels just as comfortable at Martinsville where he had raced numerous times with the trucks. "I’ve been to most of these tracks at least once and most of them several times so as far as that goes it’s pretty easy anymore. I like Martinsville because it’s a tight little track and it’s what I was accustomed to when I raced at Mountain Speedway," said McGlynn. McGlynn’s maiden voyage will come behind the wheel of a brand new 2002 #80 Chevy. CRD Engineering of North Carolina has put together the motor. This will be CRD’s first venue into Winston Cup as well. Their presence has been primarily in the BGN and CTS Series. It will no doubt be a task getting the car into the race. McGlynn’s first time out with the car will not take place until he arrives for practice on Friday. "I’m just going off by what everybody else says that came from the trucks and went to the cars that it’s like night and day. Nine out of ten guys who where in the trucks and went to the cars or moved up to the Cup said they (cars) are a 100 times easier to drive so I’m just going on that. It’s not like I never raced cars before," explained McGlynn. "Opptomisticly speaking I’m hoping for a decent qualifying position. I’m not going to go down there and expect to get into the top-15. But if I can qualify, get in the race, run 500 laps and be there at the end then we reached our goal. If everything works out well for Martinsville then McGlynn said the team would possibly make a run at Phoenix in November. As far as his Craftsmen Truck goes, there are no plans to park it. They are already mapping out their game plan for 2003.(Open Wheel Racing)(10-15-2002)

  • Carter, Japanese Driver....and a twist...Toyota? Winston Cup team [#26 and #66] owner Travis Carter hopes to put Japanese driver Hideo Fukuyama in a Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford for three races later this season. Fukuyama, a road racing driver in Japan, has competed in two Winston West races, but the last was three years ago. Fukuyama tested a car for Carter at Dover International Speedway last week in hopes of competing at that track Sept. 22. He'll also try to make the races at Martinsville, Va., and Rockingham, N.C. If Fukuyama proves himself, it could lead to backing from Toyota. Toyota officials are considering entering Winston Cup racing by 2005. The one immediate problem with Fukuyama is the language barrier. He speaks little English and probably would need a spotter and someone in the pits who speaks Japanese.(Dallas Morning News)(9-5-2002)

  • Sadler and the Lottery at Martinsville: Two of Virginia's most popular pastimes will be joined together again as the Virginia Lottery will conduct its second promotional campaign with Virginia native Hermie Sadler during Virginia's NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2002 events [Martinsville and Richmond]. The program, which began last season, featured numerous at-track promotions as well as the now famous "I'm gonna tell my mama!" television commercial that promoted the "Pole Position" scratch tickets. Both Sadler and Lottery officials are excited to extend the program, which begins with the Virginia 500 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. In addition to fielding a #02-Virginia Lottery Winston Cup Chevy in the races, the program also includes appearances by Sadler and the Virginia Lottery show car at various lottery retailers across the state as well as some of Virginia's other short tracks. Also in 2002, the Virginia Lottery will operate a booth at the track that will feature the Virginia Lottery show car, frequent appearances by Sadler during race weekends, and many other promotions, including giving fans a chance to win premium garage and pit experiences on race morning. Sadler's goal in 2002 will be to match the success of the off-track program with performance on the track, something the team started to realize at the end of 2001. Sadler has added depth and strength to his team by adding several new crewmembers, including Bobby King. King was Sadler's crew chief during his successful start in the BGN.(The Patterson Group PR)(4-9-2002)

  • 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


  • Coor's and the Marine's at Martinsville: Coors Light will honor and celebrate at Martinsville Speedway this weekend with the United States Marines as they celebrate their 227th anniversary. In support of the anniversary, the #40 Coors Light Dodge will sport a commemorative U.S. Marines paint scheme during the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. "The Coors family and Coors Brewing Company have a long history with honoring all divisions of the United States Military. With our Marine Corp paint schematic we are paying tribute to the Marines and their unwavering nobility in defense of our country," said Carl Barnhill, Senior Vice President of Sales for Coors Brewing Company and former Marine. Coors Brewing Company is very committed to honoring United States military services and veterans. The veteran employees at Coors came up with a plan to honor all five divisions of the military with a statue called "Defenders of Freedom." This statue stands proudly at the entrance of the brewery in Golden, Colorado. It is the only memorial that honors all five divisions of the U.S. Military to stand on corporate campus. General James Jones, the Commandant of the Marine Corp, will be present at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 20 and will be recognized and address the crowd during the Winston Cup pre-race ceremonies. Mike Bliss will drive the #40 Coors Light Dodge in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Bliss will be in the car for one race only; Jamie McMurray will resume driving responsibilities in Atlanta.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(10-18-2002)

  • 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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