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THE RACE: Pep Boys presents the
Pennsylvania 500

Winston Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 28, 2002 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, July 30th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, July 31st, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Aug 1st, 1:00am/et.

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,685,703 (was $3,168,072 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Bobby Labonte, 134.590mph, started 11th

  • Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


  • Practice: Friday, July 26th, 11:20 - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, July 27th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 27th, 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-Speed Channel - live.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 26, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at and/or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 26th at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT live and live via MRN Radio(link below), XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid).

  • 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: Tony Stewart, July 2000, 172.391mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Todd Bodine, 170.326mph, finished 43rd.

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, turn 2: 8 degree, turn 3: 6 degrees;
    Straights: Front - 3740 feet, Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet, North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 100,000

  • Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway


    All Pocono Winners


    The Facts are Back!!

    NASCAR Winston Cup Series - Race No. 20 - Pennsylvania 500
    Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) - Long Pond, Pa.
    Fast Facts for July 26-28, 2002

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left 1,140; Right 1,150

    Tire Numbers: Left D-6344 Right D-6346

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi Right Front - 36 psi
    Left Rear - 26 psi Right Rear - 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 18 psi Right Front - 32 psi
    Left Rear - 18 psi Right Rear - 29 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This particular combination of left- and right-side tires was introduced at Pocono in June 2001, and was later used at both Indianapolis and Homestead . . . Winston Cup teams will also use this combination at those three tracks again this season, making this the fourth Winston Cup race at Pocono on this tire set-up and the sixth overall . . . in addition, Busch and Truck Series teams will run this combination at both Gateway and Pike's Peak in 2002 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. Tire Quote - Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford and winner of the June 2002 race at Pocono Raceway: "Goodyear brings a good tire to Pocono. It's very durable and it doesn't really give up much time-wise. This is a real quality tire - you can go fast on it, work it hard, and it's there for you."(Goodyear PR)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $150,000 at Pocono 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(7-21-2002)


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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Loudon, NH Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Citizens Voice
Express Times
Morning Call
The News Eagle
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pocono Record
Scranton Times-Tribune
Times News, Lehighton, PA
This Week in the Poconos

by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground

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

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



  • Pontiac gets a rules change: NASCAR announced a ˝-inch increase to the front air dam and Ľ 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.(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)

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  • 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

news and links

  • Rumblings: This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week for the second time this year goes to Bobby Labonte (+26), followed by Kevin Harvick (+23), Kurt Busch (+21), Terry Labonte (+21), and Ward Burton (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeremy Mayfield (-34), followed by Rusty Wallace (-31), Steve Park (-29), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-26), Jerry Nadeau (-24), and Johnny Benson (-24). Sterling Marlin padded his points lead today by 51 markers over Mark Martin (it's now at 106). Kurt Busch advanced the most positions (8th to 5th), while Rusty Wallace dropped the most spots (4th to 8th) in the top tier.(Stockcarfans Newsletter)(7-29-2002)

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 50 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 29 times and the top ten 35 times.(7-29-2002)

  • Bill Elliott wins the Pennsylvania 437.5 - seven hours later: #9-Bill Elliott won the Pennsylvania 500 (actually 437.5) after passing a dominent #40-Sterling Marlin with 18 laps to go. #97-Kurt Busch was the runner-up, Marlin ended 3rd and increases his points lead. Elliott's win was the first win by a pole sitter since Elliott won at Homestead in Nov 2001 and it was the same car as won at Homestead. It is Elliott's 42nd career win and his fifth win at Pocono, now the all time winner at Pocono, his first win there since 1989. The race was shortened to 175 laps instead of 200 as darkness was looming as there was over three hours of red flag considitions with an accident cleanup and guardrail repairs and the longer one for rain early in the race. The top ten finishers, some info, cautions, notes, re-air dates/times and result links:

    #9-Bill Elliott (35 laps led)
    #97-Kurt Busch (3 laps led)
    #40-Sterling Marlin (106 laps led)
    #88-Dale Jarrett
    #12-Ryan Newman (3rd straight top five)

    #29-Kevin Harvick
    #20-Tony Stewart
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    #5-Terry Labonte
    #28-Ricky Rudd (10 laps led)

    2001 Champ = #24-Gordon finished 12th
    2002 Points Leaders: #40-Marlin finished 3rd; #6-Martin finished 13th.
    Cars off track/out of race: #1-Park(accident-out); #89-Shepherd(out); #27-Shelmerdine(out); #14-Wallace(out); #19-Mayfield(accident); #44-Nadeau(accident); #37-Cope(engine); #26-G Bodine(out); #41-Spencer(engine?); #23-Stricklin(off);
    Cars on the lead lap: 26 of 43
    Lap Leaders (11): #28-Ricky Rudd(10 laps led), #9-Bill Elliott(35); #89-Morgan Shepherd(4); #25-Joe Nemechek(9); #40-Sterling Marlin(106); #21-Elliott Sadler(2); #31-Robby Gordon(1); #97-Kurt Busch(3); #77-Dave Blaney(2); #48-Jimmie Johnson(2); #99-Jeff Burton(1).

    Cautions 5 for 29 laps
    Caution 5 lap 148-150: #44-Nadeau's Dodge broke loose and the car backed hard into the wall, Nadeau walked away. Supposedly the #44 cut down a tire, on the same lap, the #99-Burton car lost a tire but was able to get to the pits. The track took extra time to blow off the track in Caution 4.
    Caution 4 lap 139-144: #19-Jermey Mayfield got tapped by #44-Nadeau, then Mayfield slightly got into #41-Spencer (who lost a tire) and Mayfield hit an inside wall very hard.
    Caution 3 lap 105-108 #4-Skinner ran out of fuel and stalled at the entrance of pit road and had to be pushed in.
    Caution 2 lap 24-31: Rain on the track, then to a red flag.
    Caution 1 lap 2-8: savage accident between #2-Wallace, #1-Park, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #32-Craven. Caused a 1 hour, 5 minute red flag when a 30-40 foot section of guardrail was destroyed.
    NOTES: Just after the 4th caution as #99-Burton was passing for 2nd place, Burton lost a tire. The green flag pit stops took place around laps 134-138. Around lap 114 it was reported that #15-Waltrip was feeling ill and the team is looking for a sub. On lap 106, #6-Martin came to the pits for a new battery. #41-Spencer had to do a drive thru penalty for speeding on pit road, in which he speeded again and had to do a stop and go. Green flag stops took place around lap 92-102 range. #2-Rusty Wallace came back out on the track around lap 63 after extensive repairs. Green flag pit stops took place during laps 60-65. Just as the track went yellow after the 2nd red flag, #11-Bodine took the car to the garage to change an rear end gear. #89-Morgan Shepherd led the lap just before the red flag for rain, it was his first time leading a lap since Dover, June 1997. Just as the cars were coming down pit road to heed the red flag, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr came back out to pit road in the #8 Chevy and lined up at the end of the field, the crowd gave Dale Jr a nice loud cheer. On the 2nd caution, just about all the cars in to the pits to make their pit stops, #89-Shepherd didn't make a pit stop, #25-Nemechek had pitted just as the 2nd caution came out. . #10-Benson cannot talk to his crew, he can hear them.
    Race Re-air: The Pennsylvania 437.5 will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, July 30th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, July 31st, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Aug 1st, 1:00am/et.
    Race Results: at or

  • Driver Points Standing after Pocono:
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 2779
    #6-Mark Martin, -106
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, -144
    #24-Jeff Gordon, -188
    #97-Kurt Busch, 239
    For standings see or

  • Accident on Lap 1: between turn one and two at Pocono, the #1-Park, #8-Earnhardt Jr, #48-Johnson and #2-Wallace cars got together, sending the #1 Chevy flipping after hitting a guardrail. Park got out of the car and walked away with Dale Jr's arm around him. Both look to be ok. After seeing the tape, looks like #2-Wallace came up on #1-Park after getting past #48-Johnson, Wallace got into Park and then into the wall, but it sent Park across the track, collecting his teammate, #8-Earnhardt Jr, sending them both into the infield guardrail and causing Park to flip over a few times. Whew, it sure looked a lot worse then it ended up. Earnhardt Jr was interviewed just after getting out of the infield care center and Park was also interviewed, seems he got trapped in the car by all the safety equipment and headrest, Dale Jr says they are going to look into a smaller headrest. Nice job by the Pocono safety crew/helpers. #32-Craven got into the rear of Park as Park was heading across the track.(7-28-2002)

  • Chevy Red Flag (#1) Notes and Quotes:
    The race was red-flagged after five laps to repair guardrail following a crash involving STEVE PARK, NO. 1 PENNZOIL CHEVY MONTE CARLO and his teammate DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVY MONTE CARLO. Both drivers were taken to the medical center and released, with no injuries. The track reported, however, that Park, after meeting with the media, will remain in the treatment center for additional observation only (because of his previous injury).
    DALE EARNHARDT JR.: "I was trying to do my damndest to get off of the side of Steveąs car because I knew once we hit the wall my car was going to probably push him over the guardrail into the infield. It's a bad deal. There was nothing I could really do. I was kind of in a bad situation." WHAT HAPPENED? "Steve and Rusty got together on the back straightaway. Rusty really wouldnąt clear, (he) came up the race track. Steve came back down and passed my car and I drove him into the guardrail. There was really nothing I could do on that wet grass. I was trying to get away from him, because I knew it was going to be a bad wreck once he got into the guardrail. I'm just glad heąs OK; we'll be able to go next weekend. Hopefully we can get the Bud car fixed and get back out there, but itąs going to be a long day."
    STEVE PARK: "I was on the outside of Rusty and it was the first lap and he started moving up. I backed off and then he pulled back down like his spotter might have said someone was on the outside. I got back up on the outside of him; and he just he came up on me. It was just a first lap deal." WHAT DID THAT FEEL LIKE? "It didnąt feel good, I can tell you that. The main thing is I donąt like getting trapped in a race car. When a race car gets upside down with the head braces that we have and the window openings, I was trapped. I want to thank the safety workers. They came and made sure the car didnąt go on fire and helped me out. I'm real thankful for them. I think Pocono has a first-class safety crew out there."
    ON DALE JR. BEING FIRST THERE: "He was just elated I was OK. I got out of the race car and he was happy. I got out of the car and the first thing he said (was), "You OK?" I looked him straight in the face and said "Yeah, I'm OK." Just donąt like the fact that I was trapped. So Iąm trying not to have panic set in, just tried to get out of the race car. The safety workers made sure the car didnąt go on fire and helped me get out. Dale Jr. was definitely a welcome sight and I was glad he was OK too."
    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UPSIDE DOWN IN A WINSTON CUP CAR BEFORE? "No, not really. That was the first time. I know how to react when it does go upside down. You donąt want to just release your seat belt and then hit the roof of the car. I tried to stay calm and do everything I was supposed to do to get out of the race car. I was just disappointed that I was kind of trapped because of the way the safety devices are in the car and the window opening and stuff. I was very, very fortunate that the safety workers were there to one, prevent a fire, and two, to help me get out of the race car."(GM PR)(7-28-2002)

  • To the Back: #18-Bobby Labonte who lost an engine in qualifying, but only falls from 37th to 43rd and #4-Mike Skinner, engine change was supposed to start 39th.(7-28-2002)

  • Elliott wins pole Pocono: for the Pennsylvania 500 with a speed 170.598mph, his 4th Bud Pole of 2002, 55th (6th all time, just behind Darrell Waltrip's modern era record of 59 and David Pearson's 57) of his career and the first time Elliott had back-to-back poles since 1988. The outside pole goes to #28-Ricky Rudd with a speed of 170.358. Missing the race was #79-Carl Long.
    Lineup/Qual Results below or , or MotorsportsOne or

  • A Marlin top 10 keeps points lead no matter what anyone else does: The top-four drivers in the Winston Cup points race (#40-Sterling Marlin, #6-Mark Martin, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #2-Rusty Wallace) have a mathametical chance of leaving Pocono as the leader. But even if should Martin win Sunday, Marlin can maintain his lead by finishing 10th or better regardless of lap leader bonus points for either.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(7-26-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice at Pocono is over, #97-Busch was the fastest at 164.939 followed by #2-Rusty Wallace at 164.372 and #48-Jimmie Johnson at 164.159. Slowest was #27-Shelmerdine at 155.443 and #89-Shepherd at 157.063. #12-Newman did NOT run Happy Hour. For speeds see .(7-27-2002)

  • Satuarday AM Practice had #28-Ricy Rudd as the fastest with a speed of 165.411mph, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth at 165.195 and #24-Jeff Gordon at 165.171. Slowest were #89-Morgan Shepherd at 158.952 and #27-Kirk Shelmerdine at 154.666. For speeds see .(7-27-2002)

  • the qualifiers after all of 44 drivers have made their attempts (practice speed in parens):

    #9-Bill Elliott 170.568 (169.393-3rd)
    #28-Ricky Rudd 170.358 (170.264-1st)
    #15-Michael Waltrip 170.168 (168.875-8th)
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield 169.917 (166.988-32nd)
    #43-John Andretti 169.782 (169.507)

    #10-Johnny Benson 169.431 (169.303)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 169.421 (167.867-24th)
    #12-Ryan Newman 169.402(168.517)
    #2-Rusty Wallace 169.354 (168.033-22nd)
    #20-Tony Stewart 169.313 (168.903-7th)

    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr 169.259 (168.792-10th)
    #44-Jerry Nadeau 169.221 (168.840-9th)
    #40-Sterling Marlin 169.144 (168.193-20th)
    #1-Steve Park 169.049 (168.227-17th)
    #88-Dale Jarrett 168.887 (168.265-16th)

    #32-Ricky Craven 168.751 (167.069-31st)
    #6-Mark Martin 168.735 (168.754-11th)
    #55-Bobby Hamilton 168.719 (169.230-6th)
    #7-Casey Atwood 168.672 (166.000-38th)
    #25-Joe Nemechek 168.571 (169.374-4th)

    #77-Dave Blaney 168.476 (168.454-13th)
    #17-Matt Kenseth 168.347 (168.199-19th)
    #97-Kurt Busch 168.262 (168.435-14th)
    #26-Geoffrey Bodine 168.256 (167.942-23rd)
    #36-Ken Schrader 168.237 (168.221-18th)

    #30-Jeff Green 168.227 (167.221-27th)
    #31-Robby Gordon 167.867 (166.911)
    #24-Jeff Gordon 167.773 (168.338-15th)
    #29-Kevin Harvick 167.770 (167.159-29th)
    #5-Terry Labonte 167.701 (167.128-30th)

    #23-Hut Stricklin 167.673 (165.542-39th)
    #21-Elliott Sadler 167.666 (167.817-25th)
    #99-Jeff Burton 167.557 (168.070-21st)
    #22-Ward Burton, 167.498 (167.199-28th)
    #41-Jimmy Spencer 167.476 (166.633-34th)

    #14-Mike Wallace 167.001 (166.331-36th)
    Provisional Land:
    #18-Bobby Labonte 166.806 (166.590-35th) lost an engine - 20th in owners points
    #4-Mike Skinner 166.285 (166.316-37th) 32nd in owners points
    #45-Kyle Petty 166.125 (167.588-26th) 21st in owners points
    #11-Brett Bodine 165.466 (165.077-40th) 37th in owners points

    #37-Derrike Cope 164.862 (164.006-41st) 54th in owners points
    #79-Carl Long 164.811(161.339-42nd) no owners points
    #89-Morgan Shepherd 162.722 (160.666-43rd) 62nd in owners points
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, no speed-wrecked (158.985-44th) 61st in owners points

    Using Provisionals (starting 37th thru 43rd):
    #18-Bobby Labonte (20th in owners points) - will go to the rear of the field Sunday, engine change
    #45-Kyle Petty (21st)
    #4-Mike Skinner (32nd)
    #11-Brett Bodine (34th)
    #37-Derrike Cope (54th)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (61st) - will need to make extensive repairs or pull a backup out.
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (62nd)

    Missing the race:
    #79-Carl Long 164.811 (no owners points)

    #18-Bobby Labonte blew an engine at the end of his 2-lap run and got oil on the front stretch, halting qualifying for a bit.
    #15-Waltrip, who was involved in a practice accident, did not out to qualify 18th, went out 23rd with no decals on the right side.
    #27-Kirl Shelmerdine lost it in turn three and backed into the wall and bounced off, destroying the rear of the car. Shelmerdine walked away unhurt.
    #22-Ward Burton spun on his 2nd lap attempt, but didn't hit anything, had a few flat tires, some sheet metal damage and stalled could not get the car re-started.
    #5-Terry Labonte was scheduled to go out 3rd, has not yet, no idea why.
    #25-Joe Nemechek had a left rear tire going down during his run, that is why he lost so much speed between qualifying and practice.
    (Speeds compiled from watching TNT and listening to MRN radio)
    Lineup/Qual Results also at or MotorsportsOne or

  • Pole Progression at Pocono:
    #6-Mark Martin, 1st out to qualify, 168.735, starts 17th
    #28-Ricky Rudd, 5th out, 170.358, starts 2nd
    #9-Bill Elliott, 15th out, 170.568, starts on the pole

  • Friday Practice at Pocono is over: #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 170.264mph, followed by #43-John Andretti at 169.508 and #9-Bill Elliott at 169.393. Slowest were #27-Kirk Shelmerdine at 158.985, #89-Morgan Shepherd at 160.665 and #79-Carl Long at 161.339. Long is the only driver making an attemot who has NO provisionals to fall back on, he must make the race by speed. Track Record is 172.391mph, set by Tony Stewart in July 2000. #15-Waltrip wacked the wall in practice and did sheet damage to the right side of the car, the crew is fixing the car.
    For speeds, see .(7-26-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Pocono. See above for the link(s). 44 cars are on the list and drew qualifying spots. First scheduled out is #6-Mark Martin, last of the 44 scheduled to go out is #36-KenSchrader.(7-26-2002)

  • 44 Entered: The Entry List is up at, see above for the link. 44 cars/drivers are entered, including #37-Derrike Cope; #44-Jerry Nadeau; #27-Kirk Shelmerdien; #79-Carl Long; and #89-Morgan Shepherd.(7-23-2002)

  • 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


  • The Pennsylvania 400? Geoffrey Bodine, a three-time winner at Pocono, joined the chorus of those calling for the races here to be whacked from 500 to 400 miles. "We've always talked about the fact that they should be shorter, but I guess we're talking to deaf ears because nobody is listening," he said. "Nobody understands our reasoning behind that, but this is a hard track on your car. It's hard on a race fan just to sit there for that long but, believe me, inside that car it will wear you down. It's a lot of work out here so, yeah, we're all in favor of shortening this race up. If you look back through the years, you'd see a lot of different finishes if it was 100 miles shorter." John Darby, NASCAR's Winston Cup series director, said there has been no discussion of shortening the Pocono races.(Richmond Times Dispatch), Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace have also been quoted as saying with the ne-engine rule the races at Pocono should be cut back to 400.(7-28-2002)

  • Pocono Promotion Winner: Thomas Teague, of Verona, Allegheney County, is the recipient of the Cash 5 NASCAR Weekend at Pocono Promotion grand prize - $20,000 - from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The winner was one of five finalists selected from entries received. The winner was determined in a special pre-race drawing conducted by the Pennsylvania Lottery at Pocono Raceway. Thomas Teague and the other four finalists won trips to the Pennsylvania 500 Winston Cup race weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County, July 25-28, 2002. In addition, each of the five finalists received a $5,000 check. The lucky Grand Prize winner also will receive an additional $15,000, less 27 percent federal withholding taxes. All five finalists and a guest received a raceway and accommodations package for two that included raceway tickets, superbox seating and pit passes for three days of NASCAR events held at Pocono; track and pit row tours; three-day, four-night hotel accommodations; transportation between the track and hotel; meals and beverages. Pennsylvania Lottery players entered this second CASH 5 NASCAR Weekends at Pocono drawing by completing and mailing in entry coupons generated when a $5 block of CASH 5 tickets for the next available drawing was purchased.(Business Wire)(7-28-2002)

  • Traffic at Pocono: Special traffic patterns planned for Pocono: State police will put different traffic patterns into effect to help motorists attending the Pennsylvania 500. On Sunday, the following traffic patterns will be in effect: Before the race, Route 115 from Interstate 80 to the raceway will be converted to three lanes and be one way southbound. This conversion will begin at about 6 a.m. and will continue until all traffic has entered the track grounds. After the race, 115 from the raceway to Interstate 80 will be converted to three lanes, one way northbound, until the parking lots are cleared. Traffic coming south in the three lanes of 115 will be required to enter specific parking areas. Motorists should take note of signs posted along 115 and travel in the appropriate lane for their designated parking area.(Morning Call)(7-25-2002)

  • 2003 Pocono Dates: the says that 2003 race tickets will be available for sale starting this Sunday, July 28th. Hearing the 2003 dates will be the same weekends as 2002, June 8th and July 27th.(7-23-2002)

  • Coolers at Pocono: haven't seen anything on this, but heard that Pocono Raceway is allowing 12" x 12" coolers (no glass) and no need for plastic bages ie: you can take in a camera bag.(6-5-2002)

  • 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 - Pocono Raceway


  • Nice Gesture: Rookie of the year frontrunner #48-Jimmy Johnson has been running a small decal in memory of Blaise Alexander all season. Johnson and the Montoursville native who died in an ARCA crash last season at Charlotte were close friends when they raced together on the BGN circuit. This weekend at Pocono, Johnson's car will feature a larger sticker near the rear tires that reads, "In Loving Memory of Blaise Alexander." "I'm very close to his family and some of his friends went to his parents and said, 'Let's do something for the Pocono race,'" Johnson said. "This is the last place he won, and this being his hometown area, it just made sense to do it here."(Citizens Voice)(7-27-2002)

  • Bodine to drive for Bodine: Geoffrey Bodine will drive the #26 Discover Card Ford this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. His brother Todd is committed to running the Busch Series event at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday night making it impossible for him to arrive in Pennsylvania in time for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500. This is not the first time Geoffrey has helped out his younger brother this season. However, it marks his first official driving duty from start to finish for the Discover Card Racing program. Geoffrey is excited to compete this weekend since he boasts an impressive record at the 2.5 mile oval … three wins and two poles. Plus, he holds the track record for the most laps led with 810.(Cox Marketing PR)(7-23-2002)

  • Benson Back at Pocono? Nadeau in a 2nd MBV car at Indy? UPDATE Benson back at Pocono: Johnny Benson, out of the #10 MBV ride due to rib injuries from an accident at Daytona in the Pepsi 400, may be back in the car as soon as Pocono. Jerry Nadeau is subbing for Benson and is signed thru Watkins Glen. Originally Benson was to come back at either Indy or Watkins Glen, but during Speed Channel's Happy Hour coverage, Bill Weber mentioned #10 Crew Chief, James Ince said Benson was healing faster then expected. Also, Weber mentioned that he heard [not from Ince] that the MBV team could field a 2nd car for Nadeau at Indy for the Brickyard 400.(7-21-2002)
    UPDATE - Benson back at Pocono: Johnny Benson will resume his driving duties in the #10 Valvoline Pontiac beginning at this weekend’s race at Pocono. Benson returns to the driving seat after missing the Chicago and New Hampshire races following a July 6 accident in Daytona. Benson broke three ribs in that accident. Mike Wallace substituted for Benson at Chicago and Jerry Nadeau drove at New Hampshire. Sunday’s Pocono race marks the second time this season Benson will make a return from rib injuries at the triangle-shaped track. Benson missed three races after a May 3 accident in a BGN race at Richmond where he suffered two cracked and one broken rib. Benson made his return at Pocono finishing 20th in June. He finished fifth at this Pocono race last year.(MBV PR)(7-23-2002)

  • McGlynn to attempt a Pocono Cup race? UPDATE 2: hearing CTS driver Ryan McGlynn and team is preparing a Chevy to run at one or both Pocono Winston Cup events. McGlynn Racing is based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. No word on sponsorship at this time.(5-25-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing McGlynn will attempt the 2nd Pocono race in July, not the race in June.(5-29-2002)
    UPDATE 2: now hearing it is unlikely that McGlynn will be attempting to run Pocono this week but McGlynn may attempt to run New Hampshire in September.(7-23-2002)

  • Nadeau in the #10 starting at NHIS: Jerry Nadeau will drive the #10 Valvoline Pontiac while Johnny Benson recovers from the three displaced ribs he suffered Saturday night in an accident at Daytona International Speedway. Mike Wallace will drive the Valvoline Pontiac at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend then Nadeau will take over on Monday and Tuesday at a Nascar Winston Cup test in Indianapolis. He will remain the driver until Benson's return. No determination has been made regarding a timetable for Benson's return to racing. Nadeau drove the Valvoline Pontiac at Charlotte and Dover earlier this season while Benson recovered from a broken rib and two cracked ribs he suffered in a BGN race at Richmond on May 3. Benson's Richmond rib injuries are to the right side of his back while Saturday's injuries were on the right side of his chest. None of the Richmond injuries were aggravated Saturday night.(Johnny Benson Fanclub site)(7-12-2002)

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


  • Poison on the #37? UPDATE: hearing that the rock group Poison will be the feature band on the #37 Ford of Derrike Cope at Pocono. Ozzfest was on the car at Lowes Motor Speedway, Alabama was on the car in the June MIS (not Pocono - oops) race and The Rolling Stones are rumored to be featured at Indy in the Brickyard 400. What no AC/DC?(7-2-2002)
    UPDATE see an image on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-11-2002)

  • Be an Original? UPDATE: hearing that #40-Sterling Marlin will run an original Coor's scheme for ten races in 2002(1-22-2002)
    UPDATE: Coors Chip Ganassi Racing withFelix Sabates has announced a Coors Original paint scheme for the #40 Dodge Intrepid R/T for 10 races during the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The #40 Coors Original Dodge paint scheme will kick off at Fontana and will also been seen at Dover, Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona(didn't run there), Pocono, Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta and Phoenix. Coors Brewing Company has been a committed sponsor of NASCAR Winston Cup racing for nearly two decades and is looking forward the high profile exposure that the Coors Original paint scheme will provide with the 21+ male NASCAR enthusiast market. Coors Original, Coors Brewing Company's flagship beer, is currently aligned with several other partnerships including Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and musicians Kid Rock and Toby Keith. Coors Original will leverage its relationship with Toby Keith by incorporating Keith elements onto the Coors Original car.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(4-22-2002)
  • 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)

  • Cingular Scheme: hearing the #31 Cingular Chevy will run the Special Olympics Logo in conjunction with a promotion the month of June and July. Cingular did a similar promotion in 2001.(5-9-2002)

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


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