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THE RACE: Pepsi 400 presented by Farmer Jack

Winston Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 18, 2002 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: TNT - 2:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Aug 20th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Aug 21st, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Aug 22nd, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,880,083 (was $3,307,453 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at: and at the MIS Site

  • 2001 Race Winner: Sterling Marlin, 140.513mph, started 15th

  • Track 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: Friday, August 16th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et (due to rain, now is 3:00 - 4:00pm/et); Saturday, August 17th, 10:00 - 10:45am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 17th, 11:45am - 12:30pm/et on TV-TNT 3:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 16th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 16th at 3:05pm/et (UPDATE now 6:00pm/et - no word on TV), TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel.

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

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

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

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ricky Craven, 188.127mph, finished 2nd.

    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


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $180,000 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(8-11-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru and on XM Satellite Radio.
Airtime: 12:30pm/et
(sorry, NASCAR PR is not listing the announcers/reporters any longer)

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

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Brooklyn, MI Area:
Adrian Daily Telegram
Brooklyn Exponent
Detriot Free Press
Detriot News
Michigan Live
Oakland Press
Brooklyn - Irish Hills - Chamber of Commerce

Weather Forcasta for the Area
by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
National Weather Service

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

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

  • Dyno Testing at Michigan UPDATE: NASCAR tested nine cars on the chassis dynamometer after the race - the cars driven by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #20-Tony Stewart, #29-Kevin Harvick, #88-Dale Jarrett, #6-Mark Martin, #17-Matt Kenseth, #40-Sterling Marlin, #19-Jeremy Mayfield and #22-Ward Burton.()(8-18-2002)
    UPDATE: NASCAR placed nine cars on the chassis dynamometer last Sunday after the race at Michigan. Jarrett's Taurus led the Fords with 738 horsepower, and Stewart's Pontiac ran a close second. Ward Burton's Intrepid led the Dodge camp with 720 horsepower. With technical changes due for submission in September, NASCAR can take the dyno data into consideration when making its decisions.(Sporting News)(8-19-2002)

  • Rumblings - MIS: Kevin Harvick has 5 Top-10 finishes in the last 6 races. This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Johnny Benson (+27), followed by Tony Stewart (+22), Jimmie Johnson (+22), Jeff Burton (+21), and Sterling Marlin (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Steve Park (-37), followed by Kurt Busch (-26), Ryan Newman (-22), Jerry Nadeau (-20), and Brett Bodine (-20).(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(8-19-2002)

  • DJ Wins at Michigan: #88-Dale Jarrett wins the Pepsi 400 at Michigan after spinning thru the grass on lap 12 of the race and taking four tires when most took two on the 2nd to last caution. It was Jarrett's 4th win at MIS and this race has been run on August 18th three times (1991, 1996 and 2002) and who won? Dale Jarrett. #99-Jeff Burton came a few laps short as the engine went sour and finally blew at the checkers. #20-Tony Stewart ended up 2nd. The top ten finishers (unofficial):

    #88-Jarrett (7 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (42 laps led)
    #99-Burton(26 laps led)
    #6-Martin (21 laps led)

    #8-Earnhardt Jr (37 laps led)

    Did Not Finish/DNF's: #74-Tony Raines(engine); #7-Atwood(engine); #1-Park(accident); #97-Busch(engine); #14-Wallace(out);
    Cars on lead lap: 32
    Lap Leaders(12): #29-Harvick; #9-Elliott; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #12-Newman; #97-Busch; #28-Rudd; #17-Kenseth; #88-Jarrett; #32-Craven; #92-Compton; #6-Martin; #99-Burton;

    Cautions: 7 for 30 laps
    Caution 7: laps 185-189: #49-Cope got into the wall.
    Caution 6: laps 163-167: Debris in turn 3.
    Caution 5: laps 142-146: #1-Park got loose and spun into and backed into the wall, #44-Nadeau was trying to avoid Park and lost it and smacked the wall just behind Park.
    Caution 4: laps 133-136: #23-Stricklin wacked the wall after getting tapped by #31-Gordon.

    Caution 3: laps 81-84: Debris on the race track
    Caution 2: laps 28-31; Debris on the track between turn 3 and 4, a spring rubber was on the track.
    Caution 1: laps 12-14: #88-Jarrett got loose and spun thru the grass on the front stretch.

    NOTEs: #12-Newman is having an engine problem as of lap 160 and down a cylinder. #97-Busch is running on 7 cylinders as of lap 128 (went out lap 159). #99-Burton's car is running hot and he 'smell's' something around lap 90. Regular green flag stops happened around laps 70-80 range. On lap 60, #10-Benson reported his engine feels 'funny'. #11-Bodine was penalized for a lugnut violation after the caution 2 pitstops and is now down a cylinder as of lap 40. #9-Elliott is having tranny problems as it is jumping out of gear when he lifts off the throttle. During the 2nd caution ALL cars came in to pit. During the 1st caution, all the cars came in to pit, #8-Earnhardt Jr and #40-Marlin took gas only, most took gas and two tires, a few like #31-Gordon and #22-Burton took four tires.
    Race Re-airs: TNT, Tues, August 20th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, August 21st, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Aug 22nd, 1:00am/et.
    Race Results: at or

  • Unofficial Drivers Points at end of MIS race:
    #40-Marlin 3094
    #6-Martin -43
    #48-Johnson -60
    #20-Stewart -84
    #24-Gordon -150
    See points standings at .(8-18-2002)

  • An Fan could win $43k today: Race Fan Could Win $43,000 From Meijer at Pepsi 400 If the #43-Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge driven by John Andretti finishes in the Top 5 at the Pepsi 400 at Michigan, one lucky race fan will win $43,000 from Meijer Stores. Marka Cote of South Bend, Ind., who won Meijer's "King for a Day" sweepstakes, is sure to be on the edge of her seat for all 400 miles of the race. In addition to the chance to win $43,000, Cote won honorary co-ownership of the #43 for the race and an honorary Helping Hands pit crew membership along with race tickets, hospitality and hotel accommodations for race weekend. General Mills and its Cheerios and Betty Crocker brands have been the primary sponsors of the #43 Petty Enterprises-owned car since 2000. For more information about Cheerios Racing, visit Meijer is a family owned and operated grocery and general merchandise retailer operating 156 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Meijer can be found on the INTERNET at

  • NOTE: looks like the Assigned Pit Stalls page is only availabale at the MSNBC site when the race is on NBC, not TNT.(8-18-2002)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Michigan for the Pepsi 400 is over. #20-Tony Stewart was the fastest at 180.343. followed by #88-Dale Jarrett at 179.618 and #2-Rusty Wallace at 179.412. Slowest were #74-Tony Raines at 173.235 and #7-Casey Atwood at 173.716. Happy Hour can be watched at 3:00pm/et on TNT after the BGN race. For speeds see .(8-17-2002)

  • Saturday first practice at MIS: is over for the Pepsi 400. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 183.927mph, followed by #6-Mark Martin at 182.584 and #15-Machael Waltrip at 181.905. Slowest were #11-Brett Bodine at 174.165 and #74-Tony Raines at 174.974. For speeds see .(8-17-2002)

  • Little E wins the pole at Michigan: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole at Michigan for the Pepsi 400 with a speed of 189.668mph. It is Earnhardt Jr's first Bud Pole of 2002 and 5th of his career. #29-Kevin Harvick starts on the outside pole. Earnhardt Jr's DEI teammates, #15-Michael Waltrip start 3rd and #1-Steve Park starts 4th. Looks like the new rules change worked as there are five Chevy's at the top of the sheet. See below for all the speeds, practice speed comparision. #16-Greg Biffle was the lone driver not to make the race. #4-Mike Skinner (who got in #30-Green's oil (was leaking)) and #48-Jimmie Johnson used backup cars to qualify after practice accidents, but will NOT have to go to the rear of the field.
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:


  • Little E wins the pole at Michigan: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole at Michigan for the Pepsi 400 with a speed of 189.668mph. It is Earnhardt Jr's first Bud Pole of 2002 and 5th of his career. #29-Kevin Harvick starts on the outside pole. Earnhardt Jr's DEI teammates, #15-Michael Waltrip start 3rd and #1-Steve Park starts 4th. #16-Greg Biffle was the lone driver not to make the race. #4-Mike Skinner (who got in #30-Green's oil (was leaking)) and #48-Jimmie Johnson used backup cars to qualify after practice accidents, but will NOT have to go to the rear of the field.
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:


    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    1 42 42 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 189.668 186.157 4 17
    2 44 44 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 189.140 186.042 6 23
    3 36 36 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 189.026 184.890 15 13
    4 16 15 1 Steve Park Chevy 188.442 185.634 9 36
    5 22 21 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 188.403 185.352 13 21
    6 1 1 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 188.363 185.634 8 8
    7 17 16 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 188.260 184.587 16 29
    8 25 24 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.166 186.061 5 12
    9 37 37 12 Ryan Newman Ford 187.916 186.350 1 9
    10 34 34 43 John Andretti Dodge 187.744 185.782 7 30
    11 35 35 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 187.568 186.302 2 18
    12 40 40 44 Jerry Nadeau Dodge 187.266 185.486 11 38
    13 30 30 97 Kurt Busch Ford 187.212 184.422 19 11
    14 14 27 4 Mike Skinner Chevy 186.969 183.402 31 34
    15 9 9 30 Jeff Green Chevy 186.935 183.090 33 19
    16 26 25 32 Ricky Craven Ford 186.775 185.481 12 15
    17 23 22 6 Mark Martin Ford 186.761 185.095 14 2
    18 20 19 11 Brett Bodine Ford 186.741 181.804 40 39
    19 28 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 186.616 184.275 23 5
    20 39 39 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 186.577 185.596 10 25
    21 8 8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 186.495 186.215 3 10
    22 3 3 26 Todd Bodine Ford 186.461 183.997 28 31
    23 19 18 92 Stacy Compton Dodge 186.442 182.030 39 59
    24 24 23 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 186.384 184.252 25 4
    25 15 14 99 Jeff Burton Ford 186.123 184.355 20 14
    26 29 29 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 186.042 184.341 21 1
    27 38 38 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 185.989 184.011 27 33
    28 12 12 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 185.715 183.439 30 16
    29 31 31 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 185.696 184.247 26 3
    30 4 4 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 185.639 184.445 18 37
    31 43 43 28 Ricky Rudd Ford 185.581 182.588 34 7
    32 10 10 22 Ward Burton Dodge 185.538 184.275 24 26
    33 27 26 49 Derrike Cope Dodge 185.495 184.318 22 42
    34 33 33 41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 185.481 179.739 43 22
    35 5 5 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 185.414 184.587 17 28
    36 18 17 77 Dave Blaney Ford 185.042 182.366 37 20
    37 21 20 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.900 183.570 29 24
    38 11 11 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 184.615 182.486 35 6
    39 2 2 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevy 184.360 182.053 38 27
    40 32 32 16 Greg Biffle Ford 184.016 183.253 32 53
    41 7 7 23 Hut Stricklin Dodge 183.716 180.845 42 32
    42 13 13 74 Tony Raines Chevy 183.122 182.417 36 49
    43 41 41 7 Casey Atwood Dodge 182.251 178.417 44 35
    44 6 6 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 181.639 180.868 41 40

    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    37 11 11 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 184.615 182.486 35 6
    38 21 20 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.900 183.570 29 24
    39 2 2 55 Bobby Hamilton Chevy 184.360 182.053 38 27
    40 7 7 23 Hut Stricklin Dodge 183.716 180.845 42 32
    41 41 41 7 Casey Atwood Dodge 182.251 178.417 44 35
    42 6 6 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 181.639 180.868 41 40
    43 13 13 74 Tony Raines Chevy 183.122 182.417 36 49
    out 32 32 16 Greg Biffle Ford 184.016 183.253 32 53

  • Lineup/Qual Results also at:


    (Speeds compiled from watching Speed Channel and listening to MRN radio)(8-16-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Michigan:
    #9-Bill Elliott, 1st out to qualify, 188.363, starts 6th
    #1-Steve Park, 15th out, 188.442, starts 4th
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 36th out, 189.026, starts 3rd
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 42nd out, 189.668, on the pole

  • Practice is over at Michigan: the rain delayed Friday practice, shortened to one hour is over for the Cup teams. Fastest were #12-Ryan Newman at 186.350mph, followed by #18-Bobby Labonte at 186.302 and #17-Matt Kenseth at 186.215. Slowest were #7-Casey Atwood at 178.417 and #41-Jimmy Spencer at 179.739. #4-Mike Skinner and #48-Jimmie Johnson wrecked in practice, neither were injured, but both have to go to backup cars for qualifying. See for speeds.(8-16-2002)

  • Practice/Qualifying postponed due to rain, will run later today: Friday's Cup practice (and BGN qualifying) were delayed due to rain. Cup drivers will practice from 3:00 - 4:00pm/et, qualifying has been moved back from 3:05pm to 6:15pm/et for the Cup teams (approx time since they have to run BGN qualifying). Speed Channel will cover Qualifying LIVE when it runs, approx 6:15pm/et (is now airing last years Pepsi 400), it is also scheduled to re-air at 8:00pm/et.(8-16-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Pepsi 400 at MIS. See above for the links. First driver scheduled out of the 44 drivers is #9-Bill Elliott, last scheduled out is #29-Kevin Harvick.(8-16-2002)

  • Entry List is up for the Pepsi 400 at MIS. 48 cars are listed including: #16-Greg Biffle, #37-Derrike Cope, #49-Shawna Robinson, #57-Stuart Kirby, #51-Carl Long (in a Ware Racing Dodge), #74-Tony Raines, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #92-Stacy Compton. See above for the link.(8-12-2002)
    UPDATE: down to 47 as #89-Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn his entry.
    And make it 44 as #57-Kirby, #37-Cope and #51-Long have been removed from's entry list.(8-13-2002)
    And II: put Cope in the #49.(8-14-2002)

  • 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 and on my Race Results/Points page


  • Flyover: Sunday’s flyover at MIS will be performed by two members of the 127th Wing of the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard. The two F-16s, based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will make two passes from South (turn one) to North (turn four) in pre-race ceremonies. The pilots will be Maj. Tom Frolling and Lt. John Ruben.(MIS site)(8-18-2002)

  • Little Big Town to sing National Anthem at MIS: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook make up the four-member country group known as Little Big Town and this band will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway. The quartet performed the National Anthem at The White House in June for President Bush's tee-ball game on the South Lawn. They were also named the top-selling artist for Fan Fair 2002, outselling the #2 artist by a wide margin. The anthem for Saturday's Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series event will be performed by Erin Michelle Moss, Miss Michigan 2002.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(8-15-2002)

  • Marriage at MIS: Greg Kowalski and Tara Macciomei will be married on August 18 at noon in the church tent in the infield at Michigan International Speedway. Pastor Schultz of Brooklyn will be performing the ceremony.(8-13-2002)

    Fans MAY enter MIS with:
    One soft-sided bag/cooler, no larger than 6 X 6 X 12 inches.
    Examples include: a soft-sided insolated cooler, a scanner bag, a fanny pack, a purse, a diaper bag or a binocular bag.
    This one bag may be carried in any manner, i.e. by handle, with shoulder straps, on a belt.
    The soft-sided insolated cooler may contain ice.
    One clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 X 18 X 4 inches.
    To accommodate samples received and purchases made after fans have parked their cars.
    Clear plastic bags may not contain ice.
    NOTE: Fans are permitted to bring in ONE each of the bags described above.

  • MIS to open more gates and make them wider: Michigan International Speedway officials were pleased with the overall operation of the new security procedures for the first event of the season and already are planning improvements for the next event in July [August for Cup]. MIS, after hiring additional security personnel to inspect items entering the grandstand ticket gates prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event weekend June 14-16, will continue to monitor staffing for the next two race weekends in July and August. As a direct result of monitoring the June race, MIS also plans to add more gates and widen existing gates to ensure a smoother flow for guests entering the facility gates. MIS hosted a media-estimated 165,000 fans during the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday and more than 250,000 for the event weekend. The weekend’s races marked the first major event at MIS since the implementation of the security policy, an International Speedway Corporation-wide response to the Sept. 11 attacks. MIS notified guests of the policy by sending literature to guests, including printing it on the backs of tickets and in the Guest Guide that is included with all ticket orders, as well as posting the policy on the Speedway’s official Web site and notifying the media.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-26-2002)

  • 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)

  • 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 International Speedway


  • #92 gets a Sponsor for MIS: The #92 Melling Racing team will run at Michigan this week with Stacy Compton driving and a one race deal with Regal Corporation. Supposedly the team may be close to a full time sponsor for the 2003 season.(8-14-2002)

  • Cope in the #49 at MIS? UPDATE 2: hearing Derrike Cope will be running the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at MIS.
    UPDATE: Cope is now listed at the driver of the #49 Dodge on the entry list and is being reported as driving the car on the BAM Racing site
    UPDATE 2: Former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will be behind the wheel of Bam Racing’s #49 Dodge this week at Michigan Speedway’s NASCAR Winston Cup event. Car owner Elizabeth Ann Morgenthau made the announcement today, as well as announcing the renowned rock music group Poison will be on the car as a sponsor. Shawna Robinson, BAM Racing’s regular driver, is expected to return behind the wheel by the team’s next superspeedway race in Darlington. "Our long-term plans very much include Shawna Robinson. I don’t want there to be any question about that," Morgenthau said. "This, however, gives us a chance to work with Derrike, to learn from him and to continue building our program."(Williams Company PR)(8-14-2002)

  • Mike Wallace back in the #14: Mike Wallace will return to A.J. Foyt's #14 Pontiac next weekend at Michigan International Speedway and likely stay for the remainder of the season, team officials said. Former NASCAR and open-wheel racing driver P.J. Jones drove the car Sunday at Watkins Glen. Following driver Stacy Compton's departure from the team last month, Wallace drove the car at Pocono and Indianapolis.(), it was also mentioned a few times during the broadcast that Jone's may get a chance to run on an oval track in the 2nd Foyt Racing Pontiac, #50.(8-12-2002)

  • Melling back at MIS? Compton tests, also R Gordon and Robinson there: Mark Melling and Melling Racing might be back in business next week at Michigan International Speedway. Fueling rumors that the team is inching closer to a sponsorship deal that would allow the #92 Melling Racing Dodge to try to qualify for the Pepsi 400 next week, driver Stacy Compton tested the car Tuesday at MIS in Brooklyn. The Pepsi 400 is scheduled for Aug. 18. Compton, who drove in 126 races for Melling from 1999-2001, was released from his Winston Cup driving contract with A.J. Foyt Racing following a 30th-place finish at the New England 300 in Loudon, N.H., on July 21. He was at MIS on Tuesday as part of a BGN test with his #59 Kingsford/Johnsonville team. "We don't know what we're going to do right now," Compton said about the prospects of a Winston Cup return with Melling. "We're going to get with Mark and figure out what the plan is. We were up here with the Busch test and we just elected to bring the Cup car to see how good we would be." Compton said that he felt comfortable back in the 92, but said that it was difficult to gauge how well the car was working on an afternoon where just two other Winston Cup drivers -- #31-Robby Gordon and #49-Shawna Robinson -- were on the track. Melling Racing spokesman Steve Brown said that racing at MIS next week still comes down to sponsorship dollars. "We've had a good test, and we'd love to be there," Brown said. "But it's still pending sponsorship.(Michigan Live)(8-8-2002)

  • Biffle Tests Cup Car at MIS: In preparation for the upcoming Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on Aug. 18, Greg Biffle and the #16 Roush Racing team headed to the two-mile track for a two-day test session. Crew chief Randy Goss and the entire Grainger squad will be making the jump to Winston Cup with Biffle in 2003, so they are working the races and test sessions this season in order to get acquainted with the new program. The team brought two cars to the test session, both of which saw track time either on Monday or Tuesday. Chassis No. JR-03, which is a new car prepared specifically for this race and JR-01, which is a car purchased from the #17 DEWALT team, were present with JR-03 getting the nod to go back next week. Both cars ran extremely well, but JR-03 worked the best on the long runs. With its wide corners and different racing grooves, MIS is historically known to have extended green flag periods and the #16 team hopes the same holds true in this year's event. Biffle and crew worked on race trim the majority of the test session, but they switched to the qualifying setup for the final few hours. Unofficially, Biffle turned a fast lap of 184.663mph. Last year's pole position time for the Pepsi 400 was 188.127mph posted by #32-Ricky Craven, and, earlier this season, #88-Dale Jarrett posted a time of 189.071 for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at MIS. "We're fairly pleased with how the test session went," said Biffle. "We know we've got a little more work to do before and when we get there next week, but we're headed in the right direction. The car was very comfortable and it ran really well on the long run. Michigan is a driver friendly track and there usually aren't that many cautions, so being good on the long run should be beneficial to us. We were a few tenths off of last year's pole time, but you can't really use that as a determining factor for whether or not we were running competitively. There are so many things that come into play like temperature and how much rubber is on the track, so it's hard to tell. We feel good about how we ran, and Robby Gordon was there and we ran lap times comparable to his, so I think we'll be good when we unload next week." If Biffle qualifies for the Pepsi 400 at MIS, it will mark his second career Winston Cup start. His first start came at California Speedway on April 27, 2002, where he qualified 29th and finished 13th. Biffle also has tentative plans to run Winston Cup races this year at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Atlanta, Rockingham and Phoenix (where he supposedly will run the CTS, BGN and Cup races).(Roush Racing PR)(8-8-2002)

  • Robinson and BAM to the BGN? Ron Hornaday failed to qualify the BAM Racing Dodge at Indy, but Tony Morgenthau, who owns the team with wife Beth, said Shawna Robinson would be back in the car at Michigan Aug. 16-18. Beyond that Robinson’s future with the team is uncertain. “We’re planning for next year and want to get off to a good start,” Morgenthau said. “We’re interested in putting fast drivers in the car. But Shawna’s our primary driver. She’s under a two-year contract and we’re going to use her.” But that might be in the Busch Series with a driver to be determined in the Cup car. “That decision hasn’t been made yet,” Morgenthau said. “There are going to be plenty of drivers available, I have a feeling, after the next month. (Right now), we’re just working on getting the car (better).”(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to read)(8-8-2002)

  • Shawna back at MIS: during FSN's NASCAR This Morning, Shawna Robinson, who was subbing on the show for Derrike Cope, mentioned she would be testing the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Michigan this week and if it goes well, she expects to run in the Cup race there on Aug 18th. AND Robinson has launched a new website, The new site maintains a guest book, posts photos, has links to fan sites and features personal and race related information. The new site will complement the official driver site, both websites have links to each other.(8-5-2002)

  • 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


  • Rusty and Harley again UPDATE: hearing that #2_Rusty Wallace will once again run a Harley Davidson scheme for selected races in 2002 (just like 2000 and 2001), along with the Elvis Pressley scheme at Las Vegas(12-3-2001)
    UPDATE - Harley and Rusty team up again: For the fourth straight year, Miller Brewing Company and Harley-Davidson, two Milwaukee landmarks with legendary racing programs, are joining together in a program that will feature Miller Lite stock car driver Rusty Wallace. Rusty Wallace will drive a special #2 Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car in three races this year. The Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car will debut in 'The Winston' night race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, May 18. Wallace and the Penske Racing team will also field the Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson stock car at Daytona International Speedway, July 6, and Michigan International Speedway, August 18. Along with partnering at three stock car races, Miller Brewing Company and Harley-Davidson will also work together to promote responsibility at a number of motorcycle rallies across the country, including events in Daytona Beach, FL and Sturgis, SD. Both companies will help dealers and distributors focus on responsible drinking and safe riding issues. In addition, both companies will prepare materials that can be used in conjunction with local activities and special events, including a poster featuring Miller Brewing's "Live Responsibly" message and Harley-Davidson's "Ride Straight" slogan. Another element in the partnership is a special NASCAR-themed, custom-painted 2002 Harley-Davidson" Softail" that will be on display in the Miller Lite Racing Garage, a mobile display that will visit 25 auto racing events during the year. This ultimate racing experience, which combines the best features of a racing museum with the excitement of a popular bar, will be equipped with race car displays, auto racing memorabilia and simulators. Miller Brewing Company and Harley-Davidson have worked together numerous times in the past. Last year, Wallace drove a special Miller Lite/Harley-Davidson at stock car races in Charlotte, Daytona Beach and Brooklyn, MI. Two years ago, Wallace drove a car featuring the brewery and motorcycle manufacturer at events in Daytona Beach, Bristol (TN) and Richmond.(Tom Roberts PR), see a diecast image of the car on my 2002 Cup scheme page.(3-8-2002)

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


  • Need to start up front at MIS? 39 of 66 Winston Cup races at Michigan have been won from the first four starting positions (59 percent). Only 10 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10; however, eight of the last 15 races have been won from outside the top 10.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-16-2002)

  • Air Dam changes for MIS: NASCAS announced a half-inch increase to the front air dam for the Pontiac Grand Prix and a 1-inch increase for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, for next weekend's Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack at Michigan International Speedway. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than 1½ inches forward of the bumper. The leading edge for the Chevrolets now must not extend more than 3½ inches forward of the bumper. Prior to this, Pontiacs™ air dams could extend 1 inch forward, while Chevrolets' air dams could extend 2½ inches forward. These modifications will be in place for this weekend only, pending further assessment by NASCAR officials.(NASCAR PR)(8-8-2002)

  • 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 the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan on June 16th. 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.( 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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