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THE RACE: New Hampshire 300

Winston Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 15, 2002 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Sept 17th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 18th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Sept 19th, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:30pm/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: $4,129,738 (was $3,541,410 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Robby Gordon, 103.594mph, started 31st

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Burton, July 1997, 117.134

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 112.078

  • Track/Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps, 317.4 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, September 13th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, September 14th, 9:45 - 10:30am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 14th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-Speed Channel at 11:00am/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 13th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 13th at 3:05pm/et, 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)

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 129.820mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, July 2000, 132.089mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: none due to delay of the race.

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 91,000

  • Track Homepage: New Hampshire International Speedway

    PAST WINNERS of the 2nd Race at NHIS

    1997     24     Jeff Gordon     Chevy      100.364    13
    1998     24     Jeff Gordon     Chevy      112.078     1
    1999     42     Joe Nemechek    Chevy      100.673    11
    2000     99     Jeff Burton     Ford       102.003     2
    2001     31     Robby Gordon    Chevy      103.594    31

    PAST RACE WINNERS of the 1st Race at NHIS

    YEAR    CAR#     DRIVER           MANU     AVE SPEED
    1993      2      Rusty Wallace  Pontiac     105.947
    1994     10      Ricky Rudd     Ford         87.599
    1995     24      Jeff Gordon    Chevy       107.029
    1996     28      Ernie Irvan    Ford         98.930
    1997     99      Jeff Burton    Ford        117.134
    1998     99      Jeff Burton    Ford        102.996
    1999     99      Jeff Burton    Ford        101.876
    2000     20      Tony Stewart   Pontiac     103.145
    2001     88      Dale Jarrett   Ford        102.131
    2002     22      Ward Burton    Dodge        92.342


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $220,000 at Loudon 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(9-8-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
Airtime: 12:30pm/et
Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore

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 Loudon, NH Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Boston Globe
Boston Herald
The Citizen
Concord Monitor
Foster's Online
Hartford Courant
Nashua Telegraph
Portsmouth Herald

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

Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
New Hampshire Review by ARS Racing - NHIS

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

  • Ryan Newman wins at New Hampshire #12-Ryan Newman wins his first career Winston Cup race (points), the 2nd rookie this year to win (#48-Johnson won earlier this year). Newman became the third driver to record his first career victory at NHIS, joining Joe Nemechek(1999) and Robbie Gordon(2001). #97-Kurt Busch ended up 2nd in a race shortened to 207 laps (of 300). #6-Mark Martin takes over the Winston Cup points lead, 6 points over #40-Sterling Marlin who had led the points since Rockingham in Feb.

  • The Race at New Hampshire: the unofficial top ten after 207 of 300 laps (Race called due to RAIN):

    #12-Newman (143 laps led)
    #97-Busch (7 laps led)
    #10-Benson (53 laps led)

    #15-Waltrip (2 laps led)

    Cars on the lead lap: 22
    Lap Leaders: #12-Newman(143); #10-Benson(53); #97-Busch(7); #15-Waltrip(2); #9-Elliott(1); #31-Gordon(1);
    Off track/out of race: #4-Skinner(out-engine); #26-Bodine(engine-out); #89-Shepherd(out-brakes); #37-Lepage(out-engine)

    Cautions: 3 for 25 laps
    Caution 3 Lap 200-207: RAIN - Race called.
    Caution 2 Lap 74-79 #2-Wallace and #45-Petty got together, sending the #45 into the wall.
    Caution 1 Lap 19-28: RAIN, then red flagged as of 2:20pm/et
    NOTES: Leaders pitted around laps 155-158. On lap 155 #29-Harvick had a flat and had to come in to pit. Around lap 148 the #22-Burton and #43-Andretti cars got together cutting a tire down on the #22, no caution was thrown, Andretti did a compelete 360 but kept going. Around lap 146 #6-Martin had a rear right tire go down and had to pit, losing two laps. Drivers are reporting that the track is coming up in turns 3 and 4, same problem as in July. During the 2nd caution pit stops, #22-Burton hit a #77 crewman who had ran out to get a runaway tire, the crewman bounced up got the tire and finished his work unhurt.
    Race Re-air: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Sept 17th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 18th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Sept 19th, 1:00am/et.
    Results at or

  • Rumblings - New Hampshire: Newman's victory (he won The Winston in May....a non-points affair but the money spends just the same) is the 42nd for Roger Penske. Newman becomes the 163rd different driver to win a Cup race (he's tied for 105th on the all-time list), the 16th different winner this season (we had 19 last year), and the 3rd driver to win from the pole this season. Johnny Benson (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Rockingham in November of 2001. His Top-5 gives us 29 different drivers to hit that level this season....last year we had 34. Bobby Labonte (5th) had his best finish since he won at Martinsville in April. Ricky Craven (6th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Michael Waltrip (8th) had his best finish since he won at Daytona in July. Ken Schrader (13th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Martinsville in October of 2001. STREAKIN.....Ryan Newman has 3 Top-3's in a row. This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Dale Earnhardt Jr (+26). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Mike Skinner (-38), followed by Kyle Petty (-26) and Greg Biffle (-23).(Stock Car Fans)(9-16-2002)

  • Unofficial Drivers Points after New Hampshire:
    #6-Martin, 3545 finished 16th
    #40-Marlin, -6, 21st
    #48-Johnson, -40, 9th
    #20-Stewart, -59, 3rd
    #24-Gordon, -67, 14th
    See for unofficial standings.(9-15-2002)

  • Assigned Pit Stalls at New Hamshire

  • To the back: #1-Steve Park wrecked during qualifying and will have to go to a backup car and to the rear of the field.(9-13-2002)
    AND #11-Brett Bodine lost an engine in the first Saturday practice and had to change engines and will have to go to the rear of the field before the green flag.(9-14-2002)

  • Happy Hour Practice at New Hampshire is over. #55-Greg Biffle was the fatest at 129.772, followed by #10-Johnny Benson at 129.112 and #22-Ward Burton at 129.007. Slowest were #37-Kevin Lepage at 126.140 and #89-Morgan Shepherd at 124.670. See speeds at .(9-14-2002)

  • Ward fastest in Sats AM pracitce: #22-Ward Burton was the fastest in the first of two practices on Saturday at NHIS with a speed of 129.459mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 129.454 and #29-Kevin Harvick at 129.375. Slowesr were #44-Jerry Nadeau at 124.969 and #89-Morgan Shepherd at 125.384. #11-Brett Bodine was shown with no speed. For speeds see .(9-14-2002)

  • Newman wins pole at New Hampshire: #12-Ryan Newman broke the track record running a lap of 132.241mph, a mile per hour faster then the 2nd fastest of #10-Johnny Benson at 131.198mph. It is Newman's 3rd Bud Pole of 2002 and 4th career pole. #1-Steve Park wrecked and will have to go to a backup car and to the rear of the field. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr will use a provisional, the first time in 2002 he has had to use one. #11-Brett Bodine is now out of provisionals until Martinsville (unless their is a field of 43 or less). #51-Carl Long is the only driver missing the race.
    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    1 41 41 12 Ryan Newman Ford 132.241 132.255 1 10
    2 39 39 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 131.198 131.879 2 29
    3 12 12 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 131.157 131.379 5 18
    4 37 37 55 Greg Biffle Chevy 131.121 131.815 3 27
    5 20 20 4 Mike Skinner Chevy 131.103 131.211 9 34
    6 15 15 97 Kurt Busch Ford 130.999 131.071 11 12
    7 43 43 6 Mark Martin Ford 130.81 131.383 4 2
    8 13 13 32 Ricky Craven Ford 130.797 130.038 27 16
    9 27 27 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 130.590 131.293 6 28
    10 21 21 20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 130.483 130.725 14 5
    11 14 14 43 John Andretti Dodge 130.438 131.225 8 30
    12 38 38 44 Jerry Nadeau Dodge 130.389 129.953 28 39
    13 44 44 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 130.229 129.151 35 21
    14 31 31 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 130.198 131.098 10 15
    15 25 25 2 Rusty Wallace Ford 130.162 131.049 12 6
    16 3 3 36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 130.149 130.367 21 32
    17 33 33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 130.122 130.649 17 8
    18 40 40 28 Ricky Rudd Ford 130.118 130.282 23 9
    19 11 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 129.998 129.723 31 3
    20 19 19 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 129.860 130.273 24 7
    21 9 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 129.812 130.300 22 4
    22 6 6 99 Jeff Burton Ford 129.794 130.689 16 13
    23 28 28 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 129.781 129.807 30 11
    24 29 29 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 129.763 130.528 20 1
    25 35 35 77 Dave Blaney Ford 129.710 130.595 18 20
    26 32 32 37 Kevin Lepage Ford 129.683 129.107 36 50
    27 16 16 22 Ward Burton Dodge 129.467 131.234 7 25
    28 22 22 41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 129.393 130.078 26 24
    29 18 18 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 129.283 130.238 25 22
    30 4 4 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 129.191 129.199 34 33/out
    31 10 10 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 128.989 129.213 33 23
    32 2 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 128.972 120.711 15 19
    33 34 34 30 Jeff Green Chevy 128.954 130.891 13 17
    34 30 30 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 128.933 129.569 32 37
    35 23 23 7 Casey Atwood Dodge 128.872 128.732 41 35
    36 8 8 26 Todd Bodine Ford 128.812 129.847 29 31
    37 17 17 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 128.802 129.024 39 26
    38 1 1 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 128.376 129.055 37 14
    39 5 5 11 Brett Bodine Ford 128.268 128.880 40 40
    40 7 7 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 128.221 129.033 38 38
    41 36 36 51 Carl Long Dodge 127.611 128.087 42 66
    42 42 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Ford 127.346 125.170 44 57
    43 24 24 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 126.228 128.031 43 44
    44 26 26 1 Steve Park Chevy wrecked 130.568 19 36


    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    37 1 1 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 128.376 129.055 37 14
    38 17 17 21 Elliott Sadler Ford 128.802 129.024 39 26
    39 26 26 1 Steve Park Chevy wrecked 130.568 19 36
    40 7 7 14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 128.221 129.033 38 38
    41 5 5 11 Brett Bodine Ford 128.268 128.880 40 40
    42 24 24 02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 126.228 128.031 43 44
    43 42 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Ford 127.346 125.170 44 57
    miss 36 36 51 Carl Long Dodge 127.611 128.087 42 66

  • Some stats pages:
    Provisional Land/Standings
    2002 Provisonals Used
    Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
    Budweiser Shootout 2003

  • Lineup/Qual Results also at:

    (Speeds compiled from watching Speed Channel and listening to MRN radio)(9-13-2002)

  • Pole Progression at New Hampshire: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 1st out to qualify, 128.376, starts 37th provisional
    #29-Harvick, 2nd out, 128.972, starts 32nd
    #36-Schrader, 3rd out, 130.149, starts 16th
    #18-Labonte, 12th out, 131.157, starts 3rd
    #10-Benson, 39th out, 131.198, starts 2nd
    #12-Newman, 41st out, 132.241, on the pole

  • Friday Practice is over at New Hampshire for the New Hampshire 300. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 132.255mph, followed by #10-Johnny Benson at 131.875 and #55-Greg Buffle at 131.815. Slowest were #02-Hermie Sadler at 128.031 and #89-Morgan Shepherd at 125.170. For speeds see .(9-13-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up, See above for the links. 44 cars/drivers listed (one goes home). #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr is the first scheduled to go out, #45-Kyle Petty is the last scheduled out. Practice will run from 11:20am-1:20pm and qualifying starts at 3:05pm/et.(9-13-2002)

  • Entry List is up for the New Hampshire 300 at NHIS. 45 drivers are listed, the 40 full timers and #02-Hermie Sadler, #37-Kevin Lepage (in for injured Derrike Cope), #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, #51-Carl Long and #89.Morgan Shepherd. See above for the link.(9-9-2002)
    UPDATE - now 44: #27-Kirk Shelmerdine has been removed from's Entry list.(9-12-2002)

  • 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


  • Special Flag: The 90-by-45-foot flag used during the national anthem [at NHIS] held a little more significance than just a symbol of our land’s freedom. The mammoth emblem will become the first flag commissioned by the newly developed Department of Homeland Security by Nov. 1 when it will be flown at the Marine Base in Quantico, Va. The flag is currently being kept at the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston as a part of the National Flag Exhibition. "We wanted to get a sense of America and the people with the flag," National Flag Exhibition Director Marc Valentine said. "We wanted to get the good will of New Hampshire upon it."(Citizen Online)(9-16-2002)

    Thanks to Dale of the Kenny Wallace Racing site for the image

  • NHIS Coolers: Fans attending the New Hampshire 300 weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway from September 12 to September 15 are reminded that all coolers brought to the Speedway should not exceed the standard 14 inch measurement as per the usual Speedway policy. .All coolers brought on Speedway property are subject to inspection. The Speedway will also continue the policy of not allowing glass containers in the grandstand areas. The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will open on Sunday, September 8 at 12:00pm. for those guests possessing tickets to the New Hampshire 300 weekend. Guests will be asked to present their tickets prior to entering the NHIS RV & Camper areas. The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will be open 24 hours a day for our guests' convenience. As always, all RV's and Campers must be self-contained.(NHIS PR)(9-9-2002)

  • NHIS Owner admits mistakes, but says no changes for Sept, but could repave for 2003: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre acknowledges his track was at least partly to blame for conditions during July's New England 300 Winston Cup race. After that event, most Winston Cup drivers claimed that turns 3 and 4 were coming apart, causing multiple accidents. Tony Stewart called NHIS "a sandbox." Jerry Nadeau went a step farther, calling it "the worst racetrack I've ever raced on." At the time, Bahre defended his track, implying that the drivers who hadn't won were crybabies. He said that the drivers' tires, not his track, were to blame. The tires were coming apart and making things slick, he claimed. But Bahre has since changed his mind about NHIS's condition. He acknowledged this week that when turns 3 and 4 were repaved in June to fix minute cracks, the pavement was not given enough time to cure. As a result, the turns became slick during the race due to the heat, Bahre said. Bahre admits that problems remain with his track. It isn't 100 percent now, he acknowledged, and won't be next month either. Turns 3 and 4 haven't been repaved because they wouldn't have enough time to cure. Instead, Bahre said, Pike Industries used rubber tire rollers to pack down the turns during two or three hot days since the July event. "I don't think we'll have a problem," Bahre said. "I really don't." Meanwhile, Bahre will repave his track during the off-season. Again. This time, the entire track will get new pavement, not just turns 3 and 4.(Concord Monitor)
    AND The owner of New Hampshire International Speedway said Wednesday he plans no changes for the Sept. 15 Winston Cup race. Bob Bahre, who defended the track after drivers complained the July 21 Winston Cup race was dangerous, said the only thing that has been done since then was to roll the track on a few hot days. “I don’t think we’ll have a problem,” Bahre said. He said he probably would repave at least part of the 1-mile oval after the September race.(/AP)(8-21-2002)

  • No Changes at NHIS: The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway plans no changes to his course for another race in September despite harsh criticism of drivers, who called Sunday's Winston Cup race unsafe. "I'm not going to change anything," Bob Bahre said Monday. "I think the thing is in good shape. I talked to NASCAR Sunday night after the race and they said don't do anything before the September race. We'll see how it comes out."(Sporting News/AP)(7-23-2002)

  • NHIS and softwalls: Since the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin in separate crashes here in 2000, New Hampshire International Speedway has been a focal point for NASCAR's discussion of safety issues. Several drivers criticized NASCAR for not having some kind of energy-absorbing barrier for the track's outside walls before the race in September 2000, after Petty had died in April and Irwin in July. As the Winston Cup circuit returns to New Hampshire this weekend, two years after the crash in which Irwin died, there still have been no changes to the walls. But in two weeks, when the circuit goes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cup cars will see a new generation of "soft wall" called the SAFER barrier in the four turns. New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre has said he will install a SAFER (steel and foam energy-reducing) system at his track as soon as he gets approval from NASCAR, but the sanctioning body is proceeding cautiously.(See full story at )(7-19-2002)

  • 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 - New Hampshire Intl Speedway


  • Closed Door Meeting at NHIS: NASCAR conducted a closed-door meeting with Winston Cup drivers Sunday, following the regularly scheduled prerace driver and crew chief meeting. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said officials asked drivers to constantly be aware of their surroundings and to remember to "act like professionals." Hunter said officials also expressed their plan to address some of the issues of fans in the garage area next season.()(9-16-2002)

  • Marlin expected to race at NHIS: #40-Coors Light Dodge crew chief Lee McCall was on PRN's "The Pitreporters" show on Wednesday and said driver Sterling Marlin has been undergoing physical therapy three times a day this week following his injuries at Richmond. McCall think Marlin will be 100% by Sunday. Even though Marlin wears a Hutchins safety device, and Mcall said it did it's job during the crash, Marlin would probably wear a HANS device during testing next week at Kentucky Speedway to see how it feels to him.(PRN's Pit Reporters Radio show)(9-13-2002)

  • Some Tributes at NHIS: A year later, Richard Childress Racing is still honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Gordon’s teammate, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet, will run a patriotic paint scheme in place of any primary or associate sponsorships this weekend. Hendrick Motorsports will also display commemorative artwork on their Chevrolet race cars at the New Hampshire 300. "We all have our own thoughts and feelings about the anniversary of September 11th," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Everyone involved with our teams, from sponsors to drivers to crew members, felt it was important for us to do something in memory of those events and the people affected by them." Each Hendrick race car will carry a primary logo on its rear deck lid, with a smaller "freedom ribbon" displayed on the C-post. Created by artist Sam Bass, the primary design uses a red, white and blue color scheme to convey themes of unity, strength and hope. All four Hendrick Winston Cup drivers — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte, and Joe Nemechek — will also run identical "9-11" logos in the New Hampshire 300, followed by the newly renamed MBNA All-American Heroes 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 22. NHIS owner Bob Bahre said the speedway will commemorate Sept. 11th in subtle ways on Sunday before the race. "We won’t really have much, very little," he said. "We’re just having things go on like normal."(Citizen Online)
    AND In honor of the one year anniversary of the September 11th tragedy and in remembrance of those who gave their lives, the “M&M’s”® Pontiac will carry the American flag on the deck lid of the #36 car in Loudon this weekend. The American flag will also be prominently displayed on the car in Dover.
    see schemes of the #29 and #31 cars on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(9-11-2002)
    Special Scheme for the #11 at NHIS: The #11 Hooters Ford will have a different look this weekend at New Hampshire in honor of 9-11 with a theme of "Remembering Our Heroes". See the Brett Bodine site for images.(9-12-2002)

  • Shepherd to attempt NHIS: Morgan Shepherd is set to return to New Hampshire International Speedway this week with hopes of qualifying for the New Hampshire 300 on September 15th. This will be Shepherd's sixth attempt in the Cup 2002 season with his #89 Racing With Jesus Ford. Shepherd has been pleased with several sponsors coming on board this season., and Racing With Jesus Ministries continue their associate sponsorship, however primary sponsorship is needed. One race sponsorship deals are available and additional associate sponsorship packages are also available. "This has been an exciting year for us with the Craftsman Truck Series and returning to Winston Cup on a limited schedule," said Shepherd. "It has been a struggle, but God has been good to us and blessed us in so many ways. I want to thank everyone who continues to believe in us and who supports our efforts. I love NHIS and always look forward to returning there to our many friends and fans."(STB Marketing Group)(9-11-2002)

  • Hermie Sadler gets sponsor for NHIS: #02 Winston Cup Driver and Team Owner Hermie Sadler announced today that Magic Circle Inc., makers of "Dixie Chopper Lawnmowers" will sponsor his team for the up coming Cup New Hampshire 300. This marks the first time that Magic Circle has sponsored a Winston Cup team, but racing has been a part of their marketing strategy for many years says company Chairman and founder Art Evans "Motorsports has always been a good arena for the promotion of our product. Being based just out side of Indianapolis our company believes that the race fans have a real appreciation for the speed and performance of race cars, and that is what our mowers are all about. No matter if your cutting your own grass or one of the thousands of professional mowers, our customers love racing.. The Sadler's are a very special family and as we have just recently structured a new relationship with Elliott Sadler, this opportunity was just to good to pass up with brother Hermie". Hermie Sadler finished 23rd last week at Richmond's night event and was running as high as 3rd at one time. "We are proud to have Dixie Chopper on board for the weekend at Loudon. The guys are really pumped up after the great run we were having at Richmond and want to carry some of that momentum to New Hampshire" said Sadler. "We are just running a limited schedule of both Busch and Winston Cup events this years and our family of sponsors Virginia Lottery and Little Trees has meant a lot to us and it just great to add Dixie Chopper Lawn Mowers to that group." Read more about Dixie Chopper Lawn Mowers at their web site

  • Rusty wants changes at NHIS: Rusty Wallace said he hopes New Hampshire International Speedway will make "major, major changes" following this weekend's Winston Cup race at the 1-mile oval. The track surface proved to be hazardous in two of the turns that were repaved prior to the July 21 race at the Loudon track. "They need to get started with the project as soon as they can after we run there on Sunday," Wallace said. "They're going to have to come in there and bulldoze the place; they're going to have to rebuild the track, reconstruct the turns. They need to come in there and put some banking in the turns and make it a permanent fix, not just the band-aid-type approach that's been going on there for the last couple of seasons."(Las Vegas Sun)(9-11-2002)

  • #32 Team Will wear special uniforms at NHIS: Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. When the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit hits New Hampshire International Speedway for this weekend's New Hampshire 300, Ricky Craven and his #32 Tide Ford Taurus racing team will be wearing official FDNY and NYPD shirts, courtesy of Adam Mazy and Eric Rowan.Craven, a native of Newburgh, Maine, had an opportunity to get re-acquainted with Mazy, who works for Tower Ladder 79 in Staten Island, N.Y., and his cousin, New York City police officer Rowan, earlier this year at Pocono.(Ford PR)(9-10-2002)

  • Lepage to drive for Cope at NHIS: from the Derrike Cope site: Cope saw an orthopedic surgeon today to have his knee looked at and it was confirmed that he has a broken left fibula (leg). Also, his right scapula (shoulder) is broken. Due to the injuries at opposite points of the body, he is unable to use crutches and is using a wheelchair. There is no operation necessary so it is just a healing process. He will be getting an MRI and CT Scan Tuesday. Jay Robinson and Elaine Hughes (General Manager / Public Relations) were by Cope's side in Richmond and he is very appreciative of their help. He estimates that he will be unable to drive for 5-6 weeks. Cope said that Kevin Lepage will be driving the #37 Friendly's Ford this weekend in Loudon/ New Hampshire Intl Speedway. Lepage drove for Quest Motor Racing at Charlotte this past May in the #38 Ford owned by Cope. Friendly's Ice Cream Corp will sponsor the #37 Ford at NHIS.(Derrike Cope site). And see images of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(9-9-2002)

  • Marlin hurting but expects to race at NHIS: Sterling Marlin, still in intense pain yesterday after a hard crash at Richmond International Raceway this past Saturday night, said if he needed to race today, he couldn't do it. ''I'm too sore to even climb in the car,'' Marlin said from his home in Spring Hill, where he is resting. ''Hopefully I'll start feeling better on into the week. I plan on racing this weekend.'' Marlin crashed early in the Richmond race and had to be helped from his car as he was wincing in pain. He was checked at the infield hospital and released. ''Nothing was broken,'' Marlin said, ''but I'm so sore I can hardly move. I must have stretched muscles and tendons in my back, chest and neck. I'm scheduled to go to a chiropractor [this morning] to get some treatments.''(Tennessean)(9-9-2002)

  • Cope sponsor for NHIS: Friendly's Restaurants will sponsor #37-Derrike Cope at the New Hampshire International Speedway September 15, 2002. Cope will kick off this partnership at Friendly's Corporate headquarters on Monday, September 9th with his show car will be making scheduled appearances throughout the state leading up to his Sunday performance at Loudon.(Derrike Cope Site)(9-7-2002)

  • Geoffrey Bodine to run NHIS in a modified: Geoffrey Bodine will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series New Hampshire 125 on Sept. 14 in a car owned by Don Barker of Newtown. Bodine has not driven in a Modified since 1983. Barker currently fields a car for rookie Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield. "I've been friends with Geoff for many years," Barker said. "He came over to see us at [NHIS] when we raced there [in July]. When he was standing next to the car I said, `Hey Geoff, what do you think of this?' He said `This is gorgeous, I love it.' I said `It runs as good as it looks, and, by the way, I have another one back home just like it in case you ever get itchy.' "Two weeks ago he called up and said `Hey, are you serious?' ... He said he'd love to make a comeback and do a race up there. I just told him I would make that happen." Bodine, a native of Chemung, N.Y., was a terror in a Modified in the Northeast in the 1970s. He won track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1975, '77 and '78. Bodine has 18 career Winston Cup victories, including the 1986 Daytona 500. His last Winston Cup victory came in 1996. He has never raced in the Featherlite Modified Series, which began in 1985.(Hartford Courant)(9-6-2002)

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


  • #12 Schemes UPDATE: as reported on the Paint Scheme Gallery, the #12 Ford driven by Ryan Newman, will drive a Sony WEGA scheme at Pocono in June (and aa few other races, possibly Calif) and and a Mobil One scheme at Pocono in July (and possibly some other races in 2002. See the schemes on my 2002 Cup page.(4-18-2002)
    UPDATE - Mobil 1 Schemes for the #12: ExxonMobil Corporation's Mobil 1 brand serves as a major associate sponsor this season for both Penske Racing South Teams; the #2 Miller Lite Ford Taurus of veteran driver Rusty Wallace and the #12 ALLTEL Ford Taurus of rookie Ryan Newman. In addition, a marketing agreement has been reached whereby Newman's ALLTEL Ford will feature a special Mobil 1 and Speedpass paint design in five races this season, beginning with the April 20 NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway (and also at Chicago 7/14; Pocono 7/28; Michigan 8/18; and New Hampshire 9/15).. ExxonMobil Corporation will develop local and regional promotional programs to support the special design used in those markets.(Tom Roberts PR)(4-20-2002)

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


  • Some NHIS stats: Sterling Marlin finished 43rd (last) in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 and in the Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond. Under the current point system, never has a Winston Cup champion finished last in a race more than once. Only seven of the 15 Winston Cup races at New Hampshire have been won by a driver who started in the top 10. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 38th (Jeff Burton); the average starting position of the race winner has been 14.99. Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin both have 11 top-10 finishes at New Hampshire. Ken Schrader's 8.60 average start leads all drivers with more than one New Hampshire start, but his average finish is only 22.93. Four drivers have started and finished all 15 races at New Hampshire: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin and Mark Martin.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(9-13-2002)

  • Aero Rules for GM to get another look UPDATE: NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said that NASCAR would would review the kick-out on front air dams allowed on the Chevy and Pontiac in Sunday's Southern 500. Hunter said, however, that early indications point to allowing the rule to remain in effect for the rest of the season. A 1-inch kick-out was given to the Chevrolets at Michigan as was a 1/2-inch allowance on Pontiacs. It was retracted last weekend at Bristol, then reinstated this weekend at Darlington on a week-to-week basis.()(9-2-2002)
    UPDATE: the GM front air dam rule will stay for the remainder of the 2002 season.(Fox Sports Net Totally NASCAR) AND NASCAR officials have announced that recent NASCAR Winston Cup Series rules modifications regarding Chevrolet and Pontiac air dams, in effect for races at Michigan and Darlington, will be in effect for the remainder of the season. The modifications were not in effect for the Aug. 24 event at Bristol. For the remainder of the season, the leading edge of the Chevrolets' air dam must not extend more than 3˝ inches forward of the bumper. For Pontiacs, the leading edge of the air dam must not extend more than 1˝ inches forward of the bumper. Prior to the race at Michigan, the Chevrolets' air dams could extend 2˝ inches forward, while the Pontiacs' air dams could extend 1 inch forward of the bumper. The leading air dam for Dodges and Fords must not extend more than 1˝ inches forward of the bumper.(NASCAR PR)(9-4-2002)

  • 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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