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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Sirius Satellite Radio 400

Winston Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 16, 2002 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: Fox - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wed, June 19th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, June 20th, 1:00am/et;

  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • NASCAR on TV(not up to date)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,798,525 (was $3,365,198 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com or the MIS Site

  • 2001 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 134.203mph, started 1st

  • Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • Track/Race Length: 2.0 oval, 200 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, June 14th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, June 15th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 15th, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX tape delay at 6:30pm/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 14th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at and/or NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 14th at 3:05pm/et, TV-FSN and live via MRN Radio(link below) and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-air on TV-Speed Channel, Fri, June 14th at 8:00pm/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)

  • Event Qualifying Record: Dale Jarrett, June 2000, 189.883mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 188.250mph, finished 1st.


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Grandstand Seating: 82,000, attendence: 136,373.

  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $100,000 at Michigan 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(6-9-2002)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com) and on XM Satellite Radio.
Airtime: 12:30pm/et


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


Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page
(NOTE: these pages are NOT maintained by Jayski and are NOT on the site).


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Brooklyn, MI Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Detriot Free Press
Detriot News
Michigan Live
Brooklyn - Irish Hills - Chamber of Commerce


WEATHER FORECASTS:
Weather forecast for Brooklyn, MI by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Brooklyn, MI


Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
Michigan Review by ARS Racing
go2races.com - Michigan


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


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
MotorsportsTV
Race Fan TV


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

  • Pontiac/Ford gets a rules change: NASCAR announced a ½-inch increase to the front air dam and ¼ inch rear spoiler increase for the Pontiac Grand Prix beginning with this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than one (1) inch forward of the bumper. Measurements for the rear spoiler will now read at 7 1/8* inches high by 57 inches wide (prior to this, the rear spoiler measured at 6 7/8 inches high by 57 inches wide). This dimension will not be used at Daytona or Talladega. Officials also reduced the spoiler size on the Ford Taurus from 6 inches to 5-7/8 inches for next month's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. During the Daytona 500 in February, the Ford's rear spoiler was 5 ¾ inches tall and in April at Talladega, Ford's measurements were 6 inches tall. The Chevrolet and Dodge teams rear spoiler will remain at 6 ¼ inches tall, while the Pontiac teams will measure at 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide.(NASCAR PR)(6-12-2002)

  • 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.(NASCAR.com). For more info on provisionals, see my Provisionals Status page.(3-21-2002)

  • New Pit Road Rules: NASCAR will change its policies for speeding violations on pit road following confusion over an infraction for which eventual race-winner Sterling Marlin was never penalized a week ago at Las Vegas. NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the changes Sunday morning at the drivers’ meeting prior to the MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new rules go into effect next weekend at Darlington Raceway. The key change is that, under green-flag conditions, the penalty for speeding on the way onto pit road will now be the same as the penalty for speeding off the pit lane. The new penalty will be what NASCAR is calling a “pass through,” meaning the offending car will have to come off the track and travel the length of pit road at its speed limit without stopping. Under the old rule, a car speeding on the way onto pit road during a green-flag stop was held for 15 seconds in its pit stall. A car speeding off pit road was brought back to its pit box for a stop-and-go penalty. During last week’s UAW 400 at Las Vegas, NASCAR officials said Marlin was speeding as he came to his pit stall after being spun out in Turn 4. NASCAR’s race control officials called for the 15-second penalty, but that message was not heard by the official working in Marlin’s pit stall. Marlin left without serving a penalty and NASCAR decided not to enforce any further sanction, saying that bringing Marlin back to pit road would be too severe of a penalty. Since the usual penalty for speeding on the exit to pit lane was to bring a car back in for a stop-and-go, that raised the question of why the sanction for speeding on the way out should be more severe for speeding on the way in. The rule change announced Sunday addresses that issue. Helton admitted Sunday that not giving Marlin a penalty last week might not have been the right decision. Helton said the change was made to avoid the kind of confusion and miscommunication that happened at Las Vegas. Under the rule that goes into effect next week, a driver speeding on the way in and on the way out on the same pit stop will be brought back in for a stop-and-go penalty. A driver who exceeds the pit road speed limit as he serves the “pass through” penalty for speeding will also get a stop-and-go. The penalty for speeding in or out of a pit stop made under yellow-flag conditions will not change - the offending car will be sent to the end of the longest line of traffic for the restart.()(3-10-2002)
    UPDATE: plus a nice breakdown at RacingOne:
    The New Pit Road Rules

    Speeding Entering Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed.

    Speeding Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: Stop and Go
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed

    Entering and Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds after stop; brought back for stop and go
    New Penalty: Stop and Go

    Speeding on Pass Through
    New Penalty: Stop and Go
    Multiple Violations: NASCAR’s Discretion.(RacingOne)(3-11-2002)

  • Spoilers - not at Daytona/Talladega: the spoilers on the Winston Cup cars are as follows:
    Chevy: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Dodge: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Ford: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
    Pontiac: 6 7/8" height, 57" wide
    70 degrees at intermediate tracks.(2-22-2002)

  • That's Racin': Michigan Race Info/Random Thoughts

  • NASCAR.com: Michigan Preview

  • Crew Chief Club


RACE ODDs

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


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kenseth wins at Michigan in the Sirius Satellite Radio 400. It is Kenseth's first ever win at Michigan, his thrid race win of 2002 and 4th career win. #88-Dale Jarrett almost got him at the end in a close finish after a red flag to allow the race to finish under green. The top ten finishers were:
    #17-Kenseth (26 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (71 laps led)
    #12-Newman (9 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (2 laps led)
    #24-Gordon

    #10-Benson
    #2-Wallace
    #28-Rudd
    #6-Martin
    #97-Busch (24 laps led)

    2002 Points leader: #40-Marlin was 21st, 1 lap down
    Lap Leaders: #9-Elliott; #12-Newman; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #15-Waltrip; #21-Sadler; #88-Jarrett; #97-Busch; #17-Kenseth; #48-Johnson;
    DNF's/Out: #90-Bradberry(hadnling); #22-Burton(engine); #59-Small(brakes);
    Cars on the lead lap: 14

    The highest finishing manufacturers in the race:
    Chevy: #15-Waltrip, 4th
    Dodge: #9-Elliott, 11th
    Ford: #17-Kenseth, 1st
    Pontiac: #10-Benson, 6th

    Cautions: 4 for 16 laps
    Caution 4, lap 195-196: #21-Salder spun, banged the wall and stopped on the track, the race was red flagged.
    Caution 3, lap 138-141: #22-Burton blew an engine.
    Caution 2, lap 115-118: debris on the track, a beverage container on the backstretch.
    Caution 1, lap 97-102: #43-John Andretti cut down a tire and slapped the wall.

    NOTES: After the red flag (lap 196), eight lead lap cars came in to pit before the final laps of the race: #15 took 2 tires, #88, #10, #2 took four tires, the four others: #77, #6, #45, #24 took either two or four. Green flag pit stops occurred from lap 180 thru 190. #48, #28, #45, #17, #12, #88, #97, #15, #77 took gas only; #9, #2, #6 took gas and 2 tires, One more round of pit stops will be needed (as of lap 165). #88-Jarrett didn't let #24-Gordon back on the lead lap and Gordon gave Jarrett a little tap to show his displeasure(on lap 115). #6-Martin and #99-Burton topped off their gas before the green after the 1st caution. The lineup after the caution will be a mess as some drivers had already made pit stops, others are coming in during the yellow. 2nd green flag stops started on lap 90. #19-Mayfield has been in and out of the pits, having handling problems. #32-Craven felt a tire going down on lap 60 after running 4th and brought the car in and lost a lap. The 1st green flag pit stops occurred around laps 44-50. #9-Elliott who was leading at the time, ran out of gas, but coasted in a got serviced and didn't lose a lap. #7-Atwood backup car is running very loose and is loosing many laps.
    Results can be see at or NASCAR.com.(6-16-2002)

  • MIS could be 200th top 10 for Gordon UPDATE: A top-10 finish on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway would give Jeff Gordon 200 top-10s in his career, which has seen him get 58 wins, 41 poles, 151 top-fives and four championships in just 308 starts.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(6-14-2002)
    #200: with Jeff Gordon's 5th place finish at Michigan, he garnered his 200th top 10 finish in his 308th race.(6-16-2002)

  • Sunday's Sirius Satellite 400 lineup

  • To the Back of the field before the start at MIS: #40-Marlin (engine change, stuck lifters); #7-Atwood (wrecked in qualifying, in a backup car); #37-Cope (engine change). The #26 with Geoffrey Bodine does not have to move to the back since he qualified the car on Friday.(6-16-2002)

  • Bodine in for Bodine: Geoffrey Bodine will drive the #26 Discover Card Ford on Sunday at Michigan in place of his brother Todd who will be finishing the BGN race in Kentucky which was postponed from Saturday night due to rain.(6-16-2002)

  • Nemechek and Compton to run Cup on Sunday: other drivers who were running the BGN race at Kentucky on Saturday night before the rain postponed it were Joe Nemechek and Stacy Compton. Both will be back at Michigan to run the Cup race, Nemechek in the #25 Chevy and Compton in the #14 Pontiac. Nemechek said during an interview that David Reutimann, who qualified the #87 BGN car at Kentucky will drive it Sunday. Mark Green qualified the #59 BGN car for Compton, assuming Green will drive it Sunday.(6-16-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at MIS. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 184.157, followed by #22-Ward Burton at 182.931 and #48-Jimmie Johnson at 182.820. Slowest were #7-Casey Atwood (in a back up) at 173.749 and #59-Jason Small at 175.863. For speeds, see or NASCAR.com. FX will televise Happy Hour tonight at 6:30pm/et before the BGN race.(6-15-2002)

  • Rain at Michigan cancelled the AM practice session for the Cup teams.(6-15-2020)

  • First Time starters in 2002 at Michigan are #37-Derrike Cope, #59-Jason Small (making his Winston Cup Debut) and #90-Gary Bradberry.(6-16-2002)

  • Jarrett wins pole at Michigan: after an hour plus rain delay, qualifying resumed and #88-Dale Jarrett held on to win the Bud Pole at Michigan for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400, his 15th career pole. #15-Michael Waltrip will start on the outside pole. The top ten starters:
    #88-Jarrett, 189.071 mph
    #15-Waltrip, 188.793
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 188.744
    #9-Elliott, 188.719
    #22-Burton, 188.659

    #12-Newman, 188.536
    #21-Sadler, 188.536
    #32-Craven, 188.275
    #6-Martin, 188.186
    #20-Stewart, 187.691
    slowest #59-Jason Small 180.587

    Provisional Land (none charged):
    37)  #40-Marlin (1st in owners points), 184.422
    38)  #5-Labonte (17th), 185.300
    39)  #7-Atwood (31st), no speed - crash
    40)  #44-Grissom (34th), 184.077
    41)  #59-Small (49th), 180.587
    42)  #37-Cope (59th), 184.544
    43)  #90-Bradberry (41st but out of provisionals), set by speed 180.909, see rule:

    If one or a few of the teams without provisionals fail to get in on speed, then the part time teams(don't attempt all races and are deep in the OWNERS points) get a shot at the provisionals, lining up by Owners Points. If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled.

    (Note: NASCAR.com has the #40 in the 38th spot and the #5 in 37th, been told this is a mistake and Marlin will start 37th)

    NOTEs: #7-Casey Atwood has the car snap around on him and backed into the wall hard, he has been reported ok via FSN. #37-Cope has Alabama (country group) on the car. Geoffrey Bodine will qualify the #26 Discover Card Ford, Geoffrey also practiced the car earlier, Todd will drive the car on Sunday and is in Kentucky for BGN qualifying, Todd will have to start the Cup race from the rear of the field on Sunday.
    For starting Lineups/Qualifying Results see or MotorsportsOne or NASCAR.com.(6-14-2002)

  • Pole Progression for Michigan:
    #97-Busch 187.534, went out first to qualify, starts 12th
    #21-Sadler 188.536, out 2nd, starts 7th
    #12-Newman 188.575, out 3rd, starts 6th
    #15-Waltrip 188.793, out 4th, starts 2nd
    #88-Jarrett 189.071, out 18th, starts 1st
    (6-14-2002)

  • Where did the Rookie of the Year Candidates qualify?:
    #12-Ryan Newman, 188.575, will start 6th
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 187.524, will start 14th
    #49-Shwana Robinson, not racing this weekend
    #85-Carl Long, not racing this weekend.(6-14-2002)

  • Friday Practice is over at Michigan for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400. #88-Dale Jarrett was the fastest at 187.290mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 187.188 and #24-Jeff Gordon at 186.969. Slowest were #59-Jason Small at 176.665 and #90-Gary Bradberry at 180.216. #89-Morgan Shepherd was listed with no speed and has since withdrawn the car. For speeds see .(6-14-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Michigan. See above for the links. 44 cars listed. #97-Kurt Busch is the first driver schedules to make an attempt. #1-Steve Park is the 44th and lst driver scheduled out. #90 is listed with Gary Bradberry in the car.
    Qualifying is due to start at 3:05pm/et, will be televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN), re-aired tonight on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et (after Trackside), can be heard on radio via MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, RaceCast and I will run a top 5/10 with notes here as I watch/listen to qualifying. Weather looks good for today, not so good for Saturday and iffy on Sunday.(6-14-2002)

  • Entry List: is up, see above for the link. 43 drivers/cars listed including, #37-Derrike Cope and #59-Jason Small. #74-Chad Little is not on the list and was scheduled to run at MIS but his site indicates his next race for BACE in Cup is at Chicagoland in July. #49-Shawna Robinson was scheduled to run but it was announced recently that the team will not race at MIS. The #90 Donlavey Racing Ford will run the race without a sponsor deal, but plans to carry Sauer decals anyway, Rick Mast is listed on the Entry List, but won't race, a few rumored drivers include Dick Trickle and Ed Berrier. Hermie Sadler, who drove the #90 the last three races, will be racing the BGN event at Kentucky.(6-10-2002)
    UPDATE on the #90: Rick Mast continues to rest at home while a battery of doctors try to determine the nature of a mysterious illness that has sidelined him for the last month. Hermie Sadler will drive Junie Donlavey's #90 Duke's/Sauer's Ford at Michigan while Mast remains sidelined. Sadler also plans to make his first BGN start of the season this weekend at Kentucky in his own #02 Little Trees Chevy.(NASCAR.com)(6-11-2002)
    Make it 44: #89-Morgan Shepherd has been added to NASCAR.com's Entry List for Michigan.(6-11-2002)
    Berrier in/ Sadler out: Ed Berrier will drive the #90 car instead of Sadler.(6-12-2002)
    Make it 45: #85-Carl Long has been added to NASCAR.com's Entry List.(6-12-2002)
    Back to 44: no Carl Long, see story below, so back to 44 entries.(6-13-2002)
    Berrier or is it Bradberry? Gary Bradberry is now listed in the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford, not Ed Berrier.(6-14-2002)
    Back to 43: #89-Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn his entry at Michigan, so any team that uses a provisonal will not be charged and all 43 cars will make the race.(6-14-2002)

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

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

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Cooler and stuff at MIS: The biggest changes fans will see is the elimination of hard-sided coolers. While fans can still bring their own food and beverages into the facility, they'll have to pack items in soft-sided coolers checking in at no more than 6-by-6-by-12 inches. Fans also can load up one clear plastic bag measuring no more than 18-by-18-by-4 inches. The soft-sided cooler may contain ice. The clear plastic bag may not. Stuffing both the soft-sided cooler and plastic bag will be even more of a challenge to some fans this year, as alcoholic beverages will no longer be sold at the speedway under a Michigan Liquor Control Commission ruling. Fans can still bring in their own alcoholic beverages. Backpacks also are on the hit list this year and are not allowed through the gates. Anything brought into the speedway is subject to inspection.(Michigan Live)(6-11-2002)

  • Blues Brothers at Michigan: The Blues Brothers – starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi – headline the performers along with a full 16-piece blues band at Michigan International Speedway. Motown’s own Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and rising group Soluna also are scheduled to perform at the Sirius concert on Saturday, June 15, after the Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. The concert will take place in the Water Tower Lot at the corner of Brooklyn Road and U.S. Highway 12. All fans with a ticket to Saturday’s on-track events will be admitted to the concert, as well as fans with weekend access wristbands. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and their own refreshments to enjoy at the concert. Free parking is available throughout the MIS grounds. As a part of the weekend’s events, DreamWorks Records recording stars, Soluna, will perform the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 on June 16.. The female foursome recently released its debut album, For All Time, which includes the hit single, “For All Time.”. Soluna also will be featured on the hood of Casey Atwood’s No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T during the race.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-10-2002)

  • New Policy at MIS: Due to a recent decision by the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Michigan International Speedway's alcohol concession policy has changed for this summer's three weekends of racing, June 14-16, July 26-28, August 16-18. Michigan Liquor Law R 436.1033 prohibits the Speedway from allowing guests to pass through its grandstand ticket gates with their own alcohol, while at the same time, selling alcohol at concessions stands. Simply put, fans can bring in alcoholic beverages, or the facility can sell them, but not both. To comply with the Liquor Commission's recent interpretation of this law and considering what is in the best interest of its guests, MIS has made the decision to allow its guests to continue to bring their own alcoholic beverages through its grandstand ticket gates. Consequently, for 2002, MIS vendors will no longer be able to sell alcoholic beverages at any of the facility's concession stands. "MIS has always tried to attain the highest levels of customer satisfaction.. Given the Commission's recent decision, we felt it was important that MIS continue to be the leader among major sports arenas in Michigan by allowing fans to bring in their own beverages," said Brett Shelton, MIS president. 'It is a tradition that we did not want to see interrupted."(MIS PR)(6-2-2002)

  • Michigan and soft walls: Officials at Michigan International Speedway, along with many in the rest of the racing world, will be keeping a keen eye to the doings at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, looking at a new "soft wall" being installed at Indianapolis. The wall, called the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier, is designed to take the brunt of any collision and protect drivers. The installation of the new wall, which will encompass 4,240 feet in the turns at Indianapolis, was announced Wednesday in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Motor Speedway personnel and respresentatives of NASCAR, including its president Mike Helton. The new system is actually the third soft-wall system that the Indianapolis track has tried. The first version of the PEDS (Polyethylene Energy Dissipating System) was installed inside turn four for the 1998 Indianapolis 500. An improved version was installed in 1999. "We're monitoring the situation," said Tommy Cameron, director of public relations at MIS. "I know that NASCAR and ISC have people in Indianapolis. Anytime it comes to safety, we're going to be interested in taking a look. I know that ISC has a whole construction division that is keeping an eye on this." International Speedway Corp. (ISC) is the parent company for MIS. It is possible that if the SAFER barrier system grades out as a success at Indianapolis, the system could come to MIS this year. According to the Indy Racing League, the wall in one turn at the 2.5-mile Indianapols Motor Speedway can be fitted with the energy-absorbing barrier system in two days.(Jackson Citizen Patriot)(5-5-2002)

  • Sirius and ISC, sponsor two Cup races: Sirius Satellite Radio (sponsor of the #7 Dodge driven by Casey Atwood) the satellite radio broadcaster, has joined forces with 12 International Speedway Corporation (ISC) facilities/tracks, to create a multi-faceted marketing partnership that will promote the Sirius brand to millions of race fans across the country and drive subscriber activations for Sirius' 100 channel in-vehicle entertainment service. The announcement was made atTalladega Superspeedway in Talladega. As part of its multi-year agreement with ISC's wholly-owned facilities, Sirius will reach NASCAR fans on a number of different levels, including direct-to-consumer promotions, at-track activation at ISC venues, and co-marketing opportunities with local retail partners, all designed to drive new subscribers for Sirius' entertainment service. Also, Sirius will have the right to leverage official track and event logos in-market to grow its subscriber base, and create enticing consumer promotions at retail. Sirius' comprehensive partnership also includes title sponsorship of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series events - the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway's June event and the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International's August event. The agreement also includes Official Satellite Radio Partner/Sponsor status and on-site display space rights at the Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen International and other ISC motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Through the ISC relationship, each ISC property will host Sirius information booths that will drive subscriptions as well as provide information about Sirius and the No. 7 Sirius Team. Each of these venues also will host the Sirius "Rhythm of the Road" mobile tour which draws 35,000 to 50,000 fans each weekend and allows them to experience Sirius' service live.(Golin Harris PR)(4-19-2002)

  • 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 - Michigan Internal Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Shepherd back in Cup at MIS UPDATE 2 Withdraws: This weekend Morgan Shepherd will make his return to Winston Cup. Shepherd Racing will bring out the #89 Ford Taurus for Shepherd's return in the Sirius Satellite Radio 400, at Michigan International Speedway. Shepherd's last run at Michigan in Winston Cup was in 1999 [actually it was in Aug 1998 in the #91]. The Shepherd Racing Ford will adorn the associate sponsors Pit Pass Magazine, Catchfence.com, MotorsportsWeb along with Racing With Jesus Ministries. Shepherd Racing is seeking major sponsorship.(Morgan Shepherd Site)(6-13-2002)
    UPDATE: For the first time in nearly three years, veteran race car driver Morgan Shepherd will return to Winston Cup racing. He will attempt to qualify his #89 Ford for The Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan. The last Winston Cup event Shepherd competed in was on February 21, 1999 when he drove the #90 car owned by Junie Donlavey at North Carolina Speedway. LifeXProgram has come on board as the primary sponsor for this race and joins the associate sponsors of Catchfence.com and Motorsportsweb.com from Morgan's CTS Program. LifeXProgram is a personalized weight loss program that includes no drugs, pills, or special diets. Owners Joan and Chuck Fridell of Virginia are " ...really excited. We enjoyed helping Morgan and working at Dover for the CTS event there, and are looking forward to Michigan." Visit their website at LifeXPrograms.com for more information. Look for Shepherd to return to the truck series at Memphis on June 22nd.(STB Marketing Group PR)(6-13-2002)
    UPDATE 2 - Shepherd withdraws: Morgan Shepherd announced he has withdrawn his Life X Program #89 Winston Cup entry for this weekends Sirius Satellite Radio 400, at Michigan. A strong team effort was put forth to get the car ready and make it to the track, but not enough time to make the necessary adjustments to the car, required by NASCAR. "We had some weight and safety issues and just no time to correct them. This team has worked so hard for this and we were all looking forward to running in Winston Cup this weekend." stated Shepherd. "I have to thank the great people of the Life X Program. They have helped so much and we are looking forward to working with them more in our races to come. The fans have shown their support in prayer and letters, I have to thank them from the bottom of my heart." Shepherd Racing and the Life X Program are planning future Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck series' races together this season and talks of a limited 2003 schedule. Shepherd is planning on running the next Craftsman Truck Series event June 22nd at Memphis Motorsports Park.(Morgan Shepherd Site)(6-14-2002)

  • #90 Looking for sponsor UPDATE 2 Sadler in, nope it is Berrier OR is it Bradberry?: #90 car owner Junie Donlavey said Sauer will not sponsor the team after this race. Donlavey said that if a sponsor isn't found, he won't send his team to Sears Point in two weeks. Donlavey said he probably would leave the Sauer decals on the car next week at Michigan.(Roanoke Times), doesn't say who will drive at Michigan, Hermie Sadler drove the last three races in place of Rick Mast who is still ill.(6-10-2002)
    UPDATE: Rick Mast continues to rest at home while a battery of doctors try to determine the nature of a mysterious illness that has sidelined him for the last month. Hermie Sadler will drive Junie Donlavey's #90 Duke's/Sauer's Ford at Michigan while Mast remains sidelined. Sadler also plans to make his first BGN start of the season this weekend at Kentucky in his own #02 Little Trees Chevy. The team will skip Sears Point next week, but plans to attempt the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, no driver named.(NASCAR.com)(6-11-2002)
    UPDATE 2: #90 owner Junie Donlavey announced today that Ed Berrier would drive for Hermie Sadler this weekend at Michigan. Berrier, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., started the 2000 season with Donlavey as a rookie-of-the-year candidate before Donlavey replaced him. Sadler was filling in for the ailing Rick Mast. Donlavey said the scheduling conflicts involved with Sadler's weekend plans of competing in both the Winston Cup and BGN (at Kentucky) events are the reason for the decision.(Keystone Marketing PR)(6-12-2002)
    UPDATE 3? Gary Bradberry is now listed in NASCAR.com's entry list as being in the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford, not Ed Berrier.(6-14-2002)
    AND Junie Donlavey will field an ARCA car for Clinton, MI, native Jason Hedlesky this weekend at Michigan. Hedlesky, team manager for Donlavey's Winston Cup team, will make his third start in as many years at the famed speedway. Hedlesky is coming off of an impressive qualifying run of ninth at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Hedlesky finished 15th in the event, fighting a tight handling car all day. Superior Logistics Services, Accuturn and Action Drugs of Michigan will sponsor Hedlesky in the event.(Keystone Marketing PR)(6-14-2002)
    UPDATE 3: Junie Donlavey's Richmond-based team is scrambling to find a driver for Winston Cup qualifying at Michigan today. Hermie Sadler, who substituted for the ailing Rick Mast in the #90 Ford the past three races, didn't make the trip because he is focused on the BGN race at Kentucky Speedway tomorrow. Ed Berrier, who drove for Donlavey Racing in 2000, also was contacted but won't be able to drive.(Richmond Times Dispatch), so I guess Gary Bradberry, listed on NASCAR.com's Entry List at MIS is in.(6-14-2002)

  • BACE/Little plans change: The upcoming Michigan Winston Cup race has been removed from the BACE’s Chad Little schedule. "We planned on Michigan all along," said BACE team owner Bill Baumgardner. "We even tested there. However, the sponsor we had planned on for that event didn’t happen and the purse just doesn’t justify the expense without one (sponsor). Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to build a competitive Winston Cup team for Chad, but the numbers for Michigan just don’t make it feasible. Our superspeedway cars are not yet completed and rushing into Daytona with an untested car is not a smart thing to do. For that reason we are also dropping that race from the schedule." Little’s next race will be in Chicago for the Tropicana 400 on July 14th, 2002. Chad will be piloting the same cars run at Dover with new engines. Several major aero changes are being made to both these cars at this time. Also two complete and brand new cars have been ordered from Ronnie Hopkins. Hopkins is one of the top car builders on the Winston Cup Circuit, building cars for such names as Dale Jarrett, Robby Gordon and many more. These cars will sport engines from the Pro-Motors shop. Both cars will be tested and ready for the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on August 4th, 2002.(Chad Little Site)(6-14-2002)

  • Long will not be at Michigan: Even though the NASCAR.com had #85-Carl Long on the Entey List for Michigan, he will not be. Thee Dixon, Mansion Motorsport's owner, is ill and in the hospital at the moment. So the team will withdraw their entry to the race since Dixon will not be able to go to the track.(6-13-2002)

  • Driver change at #59 Price Motorsports: While maintaining total focus on the job at hand at Texas Motor Speedway for the CTS race, Jason Small announced this weekend that he will make his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Michigan Speedway with the #59 Price Motorsports Dodge team. "I am so excited to be going to Michigan next week," Small said. "They were looking for a young rookie to get in and I am honored they considered me. I was even more honored when they said I got the ride. They have some cars from Ganassi and their engines come from Ernie Elliott. That is good equipment. I am looking forward to get up there and see what we can do." Small's Bio: Started racing ATVs at the age of 6, finished third in his first race ever; won half of the season's races and season championship before moving on to race Odysseys and Go-karts. Finished second in point standings at Mesa Marin Speedway in 1998, while a senior in high-school; won four races, missed championship by 5 points. NASCAR Winston West Series Rookie of the Year in 1999; sat on pole in his first NWWS race at Tucson. Finished 1999 NWWS Series 6th in overall point standings with two top-5 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. Made first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in 2000 in family-owned truck. Ran limited season in NCTS in 2001 while coming back to Mesa Marin to run a partial Late Model season; won four of ten Late Model races and finished in the top-3 eight times. Joined Green Light Racing for 2002 NCTS season, started season off with a ninth-place finish in the Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona.(PR), Randy Renfrow had been the driver of the #59 Dodge, making one race, at Richmond [using a provisional] and missing three races.(6-9-2002)

  • BAM Racing and Robinson to skip Michigan: BAM Racing [#49 Dodge] announced that the team would not compete at the Michigan 400 in order to launch an intense wind tunnel program to gather aerodynamic information on their fleet of new Dodge Intrepids. Team Manager, Eddie Jones said, "We need to take the time to gather and analyze some valuable wind tunnel information so we can fine tune our aero package and make the team more competitive." Michigan International Speedway was where Shawna Robinson made her debut in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. "I was looking forward to going back to Michigan, a track where I have a lot of experience, but my focus is now on Daytona. I¹m excited about going back to Daytona where I started 36th and finished 24th in the season opening Daytona 500. I support the team's decision to by-pass Michigan and prepare the racecars for the Daytona and Chicago events," stated Robinson. In addition to utilizing the Wind Tunnel the team will test at Chicagoland Speedway in June before competing in the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on July 6th.(BAM Racing PR)(6-1-2002)

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

  • Little testing at MIS UPDATE and Earnhardt Jr: the Chad Little site lists Little and the #74 team testing at Michigan on April 16th and 17th. The team plans to make it's Cup debut at California Speedway next weekend.(4-16-2002)
    UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #74-Chad Little took the first turns around MIS' high banks Tuesday, the first of a two-day test session for Dale Earnhardt Inc. For Little, who plans to make a handful of Cup starts for owner Andy Petree, the test session allowed him to gauge his equipment against Earnhardt Jr. By mid-afternoon of the first day of the test, Little was running in the 40.2- to 40.3-second range, which would put him at about 179 mph. Earnhardt Jr. was posting laps of about 39.9 or 40.0, which translates to around 180 mph. "We're running mostly 40-flats," said Earnhardt's crew chief Tony Eury, whose driver owns the Winston Cup qualifying record at MIS at 191.149mph set in August 2000. "But we're just getting started." Little said he plans to run in a few Winston Cup events this season, including the Michigan 400 on Sunday, June 16, and the Pepsi 400 presented by Farmer Jack on August 18. He also is eyeing a Cup start at MIS' sister track, California Speedway, on April 28.(MIS PR)(4-16-2002)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Red Wings win Cup - Will be honored by Rusty: Rusty Wallace and his Penske Racing South crew will be paying a special tribute to the NHL Champion Detroit Red Wings at Michigan. Wallace's Miller Lite Ford Taurus will carry the familiar Detroit Red Wings logo on the lower quarter-panels in the action this weekend. "The Red Wings took their third Stanley Cup in Game 5 in Detroit on Thursday night," said Wallace. "We want to salute them for a job well done. We're hoping that we can put their logo in Victory Lane on Sunday. Now that would really be a cool deal." Wallace is a five-time winner at the Michigan track.(TRPR) NOTE: actually it is the Red Wings 10th Stanley Cup, the 3rd in the past six years.(6-14-2002)

  • New Schemes for Atwood/Sirius: Sirius Satellite Radio announced that its #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge race car will soon trade its Dog Star hood design for stars of another kind - music celebrities - bringing to life the faces behind the 100-percent commercial-free music heard on Sirius. Beginning at the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 in Michigan, Casey Atwood's #7 Sirius Dodge will become the motorsports version of the cover of Rolling Stone, with the hottest stars of entertainment gracing the hood. This weekend, the car will feature DreamWorks Records recording stars Soluna, the hot new Latin sound sensation with the breakthrough title track hit single, "For All Time" from their debut album For All Time. The unique paint scheme, which features the four band members of Soluna, marks the first time a female recording act has been portrayed in a special paint scheme in NASCAR Winston Cup. The cover artwork from Soluna's new album, showcasing band members America Olivo, Jessica Castellanos, T Lopez and Aurora Rodriguez, will appear on the hood. The music industry also is getting in gear with the Sirius program and its innovative marketing approach, and a number of top stars are expected to appear on the hood of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge this season. Sirius will run special paint schemes at a number of races during the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season.(Golin-Harris PR)(6-12-2002)

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


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