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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Pontiac Excitement 400
Winston Cup Race #11 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Saturday, May 4, 2002 in Richmond, VA
- TV: FX - 7:00pm/et
- Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, May 8th, 8:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: 6:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- NASCAR on TV
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Posted Awards/Purse: $3,678,625 (was $3,270,994 in 2001)
- Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com
- 2001 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 95.872mph, started 7th
- Event/Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
- Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 35mph
- Practice: Friday, May 3rd, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; 4:45 - 5:30pm/et.
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, May 3rd, 6:15 - 7:00pm/et on TV-FX at 6:00pm/et.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 3rd, 10:20am/et
- Qualfying Order: for Richmond at and/or NASCAR.com
- First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, May 3rd at 3:05pm/et, TV-FSN at 4:30pm/et and live via MRN Radio(link below) and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid).
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is now a paid subscription service).
- Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)
- Track/Event Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, May 1999, 126.499mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Mark Martin, 124.613mph, finished 13th
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Seating Capacity: ~105,000
- Track Homepage: Richmond International Raceway
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
No Goodyear Notes sent this week by their PR people
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Richmond 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(4-28-2002)
- Nelson to skip RIR: NASCAR's Gary Nelson will miss his first Cup race since he joined the series (as an official) ten years ago. Neslon will not be at Richmond but will oversee the CTS race at Gateway.(National Speed Sport News)(5-3-2002)
- Richmond Facts: There has been a different Bud Pole winner in the each of the past five races at Richmond. There have been seven different race winners in the last eight races at Richmond International Raceway. Only Tony Stewart has repeated since 1998. Rusty Wallace has the best overall performance at Richmond posting three Bud Poles in 27 NASCAR Winston Cup races there. His six victories, 19 top-fives and 23 top-10 finishes in those races, are the most of all drivers. Tony Stewart scored his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory at Richmond in his 25th career NASCAR Winston Cup start, winning the 1999 Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400.. He has a 6.33 average finish in the six races at Richmond, the best of drivers with more than five starts on the current configuration. Stewart won this race in 1999 and in May 2001. Dale Earnhardt Jr., posted his career-first top-10 finish when he finished 10th in the 1999 Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400, his fourth career race. On his next visit to the Virginia track, he scored a victory, winning the 2000 Pontiac Excitement 400 in his 32nd career start. He has finished 13th or better, including a victory in the 2000 Pontiac Excitement 400, in all five of his NASCAR Winston Cup races at Richmond. In the modern era of NASCAR Winston Cup racing at Richmond (1972 to 2000), a sweep has occurred five times. Rusty Wallace (1989) was the most recent driver to win both Richmond races in the same year.(NASCAR PR)(5-2-2002)
- Provisonals Rules changed a bit: NASCAR Officials announced this week that teams in the Cup and BGN will not be charged for using a provisional starting position if the entry field for an event is equal to or less than the number of starting positions provided by the official entry blank.[such as 43 at a Cup race]. A team is granted a maximum season allotment of eight provisionals [charged provisional, if not in the top 25 in Owners Points] and under this amendment, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37-43 will not count against this allotment. Prior to this amendment, teams were charged for a provisional regardless of the number of entries at an event.(NASCAR.com). For more info on provisionals, see my Provisionals Status page.(3-21-2002)
- New Pit Road Rules: NASCAR will change its policies for speeding violations on pit road following confusion over an infraction for which eventual race-winner Sterling Marlin was never penalized a week ago at Las Vegas. NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the changes Sunday morning at the drivers’ meeting prior to the MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new rules go into effect next weekend at Darlington Raceway. The key change is that, under green-flag conditions, the penalty for speeding on the way onto pit road will now be the same as the penalty for speeding off the pit lane. The new penalty will be what NASCAR is calling a “pass through,” meaning the offending car will have to come off the track and travel the length of pit road at its speed limit without stopping. Under the old rule, a car speeding on the way onto pit road during a green-flag stop was held for 15 seconds in its pit stall. A car speeding off pit road was brought back to its pit box for a stop-and-go penalty. During last week’s UAW 400 at Las Vegas, NASCAR officials said Marlin was speeding as he came to his pit stall after being spun out in Turn 4. NASCAR’s race control officials called for the 15-second penalty, but that message was not heard by the official working in Marlin’s pit stall. Marlin left without serving a penalty and NASCAR decided not to enforce any further sanction, saying that bringing Marlin back to pit road would be too severe of a penalty. Since the usual penalty for speeding on the exit to pit lane was to bring a car back in for a stop-and-go, that raised the question of why the sanction for speeding on the way out should be more severe for speeding on the way in. The rule change announced Sunday addresses that issue. Helton admitted Sunday that not giving Marlin a penalty last week might not have been the right decision. Helton said the change was made to avoid the kind of confusion and miscommunication that happened at Las Vegas. Under the rule that goes into effect next week, a driver speeding on the way in and on the way out on the same pit stop will be brought back in for a stop-and-go penalty. A driver who exceeds the pit road speed limit as he serves the “pass through” penalty for speeding will also get a stop-and-go. The penalty for speeding in or out of a pit stop made under yellow-flag conditions will not change - the offending car will be sent to the end of the longest line of traffic for the restart.()(3-10-2002)
UPDATE: plus a nice breakdown at RacingOne:
The New Pit Road Rules
Speeding Entering Pit Road
Current Penalty: 15 seconds
New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed.
Speeding Exiting Pit Road
Current Penalty: Stop and Go
New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed
Entering and Exiting Pit Road
Current Penalty: 15 seconds after stop; brought back for stop and go
New Penalty: Stop and Go
Speeding on Pass Through
New Penalty: Stop and Go
Multiple Violations: NASCAR’s Discretion.(RacingOne)(3-11-2002)
- Spoilers - not at Daytona/Talladega: the spoilers on the Winston Cup cars are as follows:
Chevy: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Dodge: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Ford: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Pontiac: 6 7/8" height, 57" wide
70 degrees at intermediate tracks.(2-22-2002)
- That's Racin': Pontiac Excitement 400 Race Info/Random Thoughts
- Crew Chief Club
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Toney Stewart wins at Richmond in the Pontiac Excitement 400, his 2nd victory of 2002, his third ever at Richmond (in 7 starts there) and his 14th career win (ties him for 26th in all time wins). The top ten unofficial finishers:
#20-Stewart (28 laps led)
#12-Newman (48 laps led)
#99-Burton (1st top 5 in 2002)
#44-Grissom (first top 10 since Sears Point in 1998 when he finished 10th)
#41-Spencer (75 laps led)
Cars that finished on the lead lap: 16
Off the track/DNF: #59-Renfrow(out); #26-Kimmel(accident); #25-Nadeau(accident); #31-Gordon(accident); #28-Rudd(out); #5-Labonte(accident); #1-Park(accident); #90-Mast(off); #4-Skinner(off);
Lap Leaders: #22-Burton; #88-Jarrett; #30-Green; #55-Hamilton; #28-Rudd; #15-Waltrip; #41-Spencer; #77-Blaney; #12-Newman; #20-Stewart;
Cautions: 14 for 103 laps (ties a new record for the 3/4 mile track)
Cuation 14 - lap 379-383: #77-Blaney put fluid on the track.
Caution 13 - lap 365-368: #4-Skinner and #36-Schrader got into each other with Skinner into the wall, going three wide in the corner results in stuff like this this.
Caution 12 - lap 335-342: huge wreck - #41-Spencer and #11-Bodine touched and checked up, #2-Wallace checked up and appeared to get tapped by #15-Waltrip, other cars spun and crashed behind the action, including: #90-Mast, #30-Green, #1-Park, #5-Labonte, #40-Marlin, #43-Andretti, #32-Craven, #19-Mayfield.
Caution 11 - lap 327-332: while going for the lead #48-Johnson spun after making contact with #41-Spencer, Spencer went on with no damage. Johnson is behind the wall.
Caution 10 - lap 309-315(plus a 15 minute red flag): #28-Rudd got hit by #2-Wallace who had a tire problem, Rudd hit the wall hard. Just after the caution, #31-Gordon hit the water barrier at the start of pit road, water all over the track there.
Caution 9 - lap 247-250: #45-Petty spun out and slightly backed into the wall.
Caution 8 - lap 226-232: huge wreck, #2-Wallace had a tire go down, #99-Burton hit Wallace, #7-Atwood tried to go under Burton and Burton and Atwood spun. #14-Compton, #25-Nadeau, #29-Harvick were also damaged after getting together. Around the same time , #22-Burton lost a transmission and is off the track.
Caution 7 - lap 216-221: #26-Kimmel hit the wall heard in turn two and has stopped on the track, Kimmel walks away.
Caution 6 - lap 193-199: #97-Busch spun in turn 2 after he and #31-Gordon made contact.
Caution 5 - lap 170-178: accident involving #18-Labonte, #88-Jarrett, #10-Nemechek and #43-Andretti
Caution 4 - lap 149-160: #8-Earnhardt Jr spins and smacks the wall.
Caution 3 - lap 89-94: debris from the #9 car on the track
Caution 2 - lap 61-74: RAIN postponed until Sunday at 12noon/et
Caution 1 - lap 24-30: #59-Randy Renfrow stopped on the track.
NOTES: On lap 390, #97-Busch lost a tire and scrpaed the wall, no caution was called even though a tire carcus was left on the track. As of lap 380, #48-Johnson is back on the track. #29-Harvick is back on the track. During caution 12, #55-Hamilton who had just got his lap back, lost a left rear tire after pitting. Lap 258, #88-Jarrett bring the skeleton of his car out to get some points and #22-Burton is back on the track. #8-Earnhardt Jr back on the track around lap 208 after many laps in the garage. #15-Waltrip had a tire go doen on lap 95
For the unofficial results, see or NASCAR.com.
See Driver Standings at or NASCAR.com.(5-5-2002)
- Stewart and Labonte to the back: #20-Tony Stewart, who qualified 3rd, and #18-Bobby Labonte, who qualified 8th, will have to fall to the rear of the field #20-will start 41st, #18-42nd (and #10 43rd - driver change) after the teams changed engines.(FX rain delay coverage and MRN Radio coverage)(5-4-2002)
- Happy Hour Practice is over at Richmond with #10-Johnny Benson being the fastest at 125.424mph, 2nd was pole sitter #22-Ward Burton at 125.122 and 3rd was #28-Ricky Rudd at 125.035. Slowest were #26-Frank Kimmel at 123.175 and #59-Ramndy Renfrow at 122.466. For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(5-3-2002)
- Late Afternoon practice at Richmond (after qualifying). #10-Johnny Benson was the fastest at 125.569mph, with #28-Ricky Rudd 2 at 125.371 and #30-Jeff Green at 125.249. Slowest were #59-Randy Renfrow at 120.091 and #18-Bobby Labonte at 107.236 (not sure if there was a problem with the #18.
See speeds at and NASCAR.com.(5-3-2002)
- Ward Burton wins Richmond Pole: #22-Ward Burton won the Bud Pole for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond with a new track record of 127.389mph, his first pole since August 1999 at Michigan and his 7th career Bud Pole. Ten drivers broke the track record. The top ten qualifiers:
1st) #22-Burton 127.389 New Track Record
2nd) #8-Earnhardt Jr 127.179
3rd) #20-Stewart 127.059
4th) #24-Gordon 126.975
5th) #1-Park 126.689
6th) #45-Petty 126.594
7th) #17-Kenseth 126.556
8th) #18-Labonte 126.541
9th) #2-Wallace 126.535
10th) #32-Craven 126.523
(all in the top 10 were faster then previous track record)
37th) #97-Busch 123.361 (2nd in owners points)
38th) #9-Elliott 123.961 (11th) - third provisional used in a row
39th) #88-Jarrett 123.774 (13th)
40th) #41-Spencer 123.717 (21st)
41st) #43-Andretti 124.596 (37th)
42nd) #26-Kimmel 120.843 (39th)
43rd) #59-Renfrow 122.566 (53rd) - first Cup start
Misses the race(DNQ):
#54-Grubb 124.815 (no owners points) - spun out on his 2nd lap, didn't hit anything.
old track record was set by Jeff Gordon in May 1999 at 126.499mph
The #7-Casey Atwood Dodge has the Circuit City logo on the hood of the car.
For lineup/qualifying results, see or MotorsportsOne or NASCAR.com.
Fox Sports Net will televise qualifying at 4:30pm/et (tape delay).(5-3-2002)
- Pole Progression:
#12-Newman, first out to qualify,126.481, starts 11th
#1-Park, 17th out, 126.689, starts 5th
#22-Burton, 18th out, 127.389, starts on the pole.(5-3-2002)
- Friday Early Afternoon Practice is over at Richmond. #20-Stewart was the fastest at 128.590mph with #22-Burton and #99-Burton tied for 2nd fastest at 128.510. The track record is 126.499mph, looks like a good shot at crushing that. Slowest were #59-Renfrow 124.855, #02-Sadler 124.798 and #26-Kimmel 124.556. #97-Kurt Busch and #88-Dale Jarrett were involved in separate incidents. Busch and Jarrett will both go to backup cars.
For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(5-3-2002)
- Qualiying Order is up see above for the links. 44 cars to make an attempt, first driver scheduled out is #12-Ryan Newman, last driver scheduled to make an attempt is #18-Bobby Labonte.(5-3-2002)
- 44 Cars Entered at Richmond. See above for the Entry List Link. Included are: #02-Hermie Sadler, #26-Frank Kimmer, #54-Kevin Grubb and #59-Randy Renfrow.(5-1-2002)
- 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
- Richmond One Lane? After two weekends of superspeedway racing, NASCAR's Winston Cup and Busch Series drivers will be short tracking this weekend in Richmond. But there are concerns that the sealer that has been applied to the track may have created a one-groove racing surface that won't accommodate the side-by- side racing that Richmond International Raceway and other short tracks typically produce. Terry Labonte, who tested his No. 5 Chevrolet in preparation for Saturday's Pontiac Excitement 400, said Tuesday that he and other drivers were surprised by the conditions. "It was definitely just a one-lane race track, which was a little bit different than we've seen in the past," Labonte said. Labonte said the sealer, which is applied to the track to provide more adhesion for the tires, doesn't seem to be working as planned. "What normally happens is the sealer actually wears off the lower groove," he said. "The sealer has so much grip, so the groove moves up. I don't know if that's going to be the case this time or not."(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(5-2-2002)
- Richmond Traffic: Richmond International Raceway, in cooperation with county, city and state officials from six different jurisdictions, are providing fans with various routes to race events this season to help avoid congestion on local roads that surround the raceway property. Fans can take several routes from the major highways that lead to Richmond International Raceway to help avoid congestion often encountered on Laburnum Avenue, the stoplight-filled main road that runs parallel to the 700-acre property. The track is working with officials from Henrico County Police, the Henrico Fire Department, Hanover County, the City of Richmond, the Virginia Department of State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation. For fans wishing to avoid some of the congestion, Richmond
International Raceway is again offering a shuttle bus service from downtown Richmond on Saturday only. Fans can park at the Richmond
Coliseum lot on North 7th Street just minutes off of Interstates 64 and 95. Parking is only $5 and the shuttle service is free. Shuttle service begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and resumes immediately following the finish of the race. Service will resume at the end of
the race from the main entrance at the Raceway on Laburnum Avenue. See the RIR site for the routes and more info.(4-30-2002)
- RIR Concession Prices and Cooler Info: The NASCAR doubleheader this weekend at Richmond International Raceway will be the track's first event since new security measures were implemented and several concession prices were reduced for fans. Fans are still permitted to bring food and beverages into the grandstands in soft-sided coolers, but hard-sided coolers are not allowed. Each ticket holder is limited to the following:
One soft-sided cooler, no larger than 6 X 6 X 12 inches in size. Soft-sided coolers of this size are large enough to comfortably fit six beverage cans and other items, including sandwiches, snacks and ice.
One clear plastic bag no larger than 18 X 18 X 4 inches.
To help offset any inconvenience the new security policy may cause, concession prices on high-demand items have also been reduced (subject to change) and additional concession stands will be added:
Item, Old Price, New price
Beer, $4.50, $4.00
Bottled soda/Gatorade, $3.50, $3.00
Hot dogs, $3.00, $2.50
Bottled Water, $3.00, $2.00
Snacks (popcorn, candy, etc.), $2.00, $1.00
Fans may carry ice (not freezer packs) in the soft-sided cooler, but ice and freezer packs are not allowed in the clear plastic bags. Richmond International Raceway will also continue its long-standing policy of offering pass-outs if fans wish to return to their cars or motorhomes to restock their soft-sided coolers. "We have implemented these policies to help ensure our fans' safety and to expedite entrance into the track," said Doug Fritz, President of Richmond International Raceway. Items including scanners, cell phones, radios, cameras, binoculars and headsets are still permitted, but must be placed on the ticket holder's body or in one of the two bags allowed for each person. Fans are asked to double-check that their bags comply with the new security measures before reaching the gate. Richmond International Raceway will dispose of any such items left at the gate and will not be responsible for those items.(RIR PR)(4-30-2002)
- Richmond Cup race sold out: The Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at Richmond International Raceway is a complete sellout. Fans who missed out on Pontiac Excitement 400 tickets can still see great short-track racing when the BGN drivers take to the track on Friday, May 3 for the Hardee's 250. The May 3 ticket includes Bud Pole Qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement 400 and NASCAR Winston Cup Series practice prior to the Hardee's 250. Tickets for the Hardee's 250 on May 3 and NBC12 BGN Pole Qualifying on Thursday, May 2 are available by calling 804-345-RACE (7223). Renewable, reserved seats for the Hardee's 250 are $40 and general admission seats are $35. Tickets for NBC12 Pole Qualifying Day are only $5 and two-for-one coupons are available at www.nbc12.com.(RIR PR)(4-13-2002)
- New Starting time for Richmond: The Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, May 4 at Richmond International Raceway will have a new starting time of 7:00pm/et, announced Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz. The Cup races at Richmond had scheduled green flag times of 8:00pm/et. "The earlier starting time for The Pontiac Excitement 400 will give our fans the opportunity to start traveling home earlier or head out to enjoy the great nightlife in the Richmond area," Fritz said. "We greatly appreciate the support and cooperation we received from NASCAR and FOX to help make the 7:00pm start time possible." The Pontiac Excitement 400 and the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, May 3 will both air live on FX.(Richmond International Raceway PR)(3-19-2002)
- Scanners at ISC Tracks UPDATE: International Speedway Corporation, parent company of Americrown Service Corporation, has entered into a marketing agreement that limits scanner related vendors to two companies at their tracks (Calif, Chicagoland, Daytona, Darlington, Homestead, Kansas, Michigan, Phoenix, Richmond, Rockingham, Talladega, Watkins Glen), Racing Electronics and Track Scan. This agreement leaves six scanner vendors in a position that they are not allowed on International Speedway Corporation property. Two of the other vendors are Race-Scan and Frequency Fan Club, not sure of the other four.(in part from a RACE-SCAN Communications PR/Site, see more there)(1-24-2002)
UPDATE: been told that TrackScan and Racing Electronics will honor Race-Scan membership cards and provide frequency updates for scanners at ISC facilities with the following restrictions:
Current membership card in hand, valid for 2002 season
One update per weekend
Frequency support when Race-Scan is not in the vicinity
Programming option is limited to current Uniden SC200 model
Support for members good for transition period through 2002
Further restrictions may apply(1-30-2002)
- Richmond and Coolers: Richmond International Raceway will allow coolers this year, but only ones of the soft-sided, insulated-bag variety. No hard-sided coolers are allowed into the raceway. Ticket buyers were confused by a recent RIR letter explaining the new security procedures. The letter states that "no backpacks, coolers, large bags and/or camera bags" will be allowed in the grandstands. However, a paragraph later, the letter explains that fans can bring food and beverages into the grandstands in the insulated bags. Raceway officials said they had received letters questioning the cooler rule but had resolved the issue when they explained to fans that the soft-sided coolers are allowed. These bags can be 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, large enough for a six pack and a couple of sandwiches. Each ticketholder can bring in one. Fans also are allowed to carry an 18x18x4 clear plastic bag into the grandstands, primarily.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-23-2002)
- 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 - Richmond International Raceway
- Consecutive Winston Cup Starts - Rudd to tie record: Ricky Rudd is the current leader with with 654 consecutive starts [Rudd is on pace to break Terry Labonte's record at Charlotte in the Coca Cola 600] followed by Rusty Wallace at 563, Ken Schrader with 533 and Mark Martin has 448 consecutive Cup starts; also Jeff Gordon has started 304 consecutive races (and NEVER used a provisional). Terry Labonte had 655 (and holds the all time record) but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(4-28-2002)
TIE #28-Ricky Rudd will tie Terry Labonte's 'Iron Man' streak of consecutive Cup races started at Richmond this weekend. The streak started in 1981, something from ESPN2's RPM 2 Night: #97-Kurt Busch was 2 years old, #12-Newamn was 3, #48-Johnson was 5 as was #29-Harvick and #8-Earnhardt Jr was 6.(5-3-2002)
- DEI to Honor Singer: Dale Earnhardt Inc. will honor the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, of the popular R&B group TLC, this weekend at Richmond by carrying special stripes on all three of the company's Winston Cup Chevy's (#'s 1,8,15). Lopes, 30, was killed instantly in a traffic accident in Honduras on April 25. Within days, morgue photos of Lopes were circulated on the internet, striking a nerve within the Earnhardt organization. Teresa Earnhardt, wife of seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt, was drawn into extensive courtroom battles protecting the privacy of her family and memory of her late husband following his death in February of 2001. Several news organizations and a website unsuccessfully tried to obtain autopsy photos of Earnhardt following his fatal accident. "We want to express our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and fans. She has a huge following here at our shop," said Steve Crisp, Director of Media Relations for the Mooresville, NC-based company. As a trademark, Lopes, an Atlanta, GA native, often performed with a single black stripe under her left eye. The Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevys, driven by #1-Steve Park, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #15-Michael Waltrip will each carry a similar stripe under the left headlight. In addition, over the wall pit crew members on all three teams will wear black stripes under their left eye in Saturday night's event.(DEI PR)(5-3-2002)
- Renfrow ready to takle Richmond: For the Price Motorsports Cup Series #59 team, the third time may actually prove to be a charm. Led by veteran NASCAR driver Randy Renfrow, the team recently came up just short of qualifying for both the Subway 400 at Rockingham and at Martinsville. Hopefully, given the experience factor at Richmond International Raceway, Friday May 3 may be a different story. Renfrow, a former full time CTS series driver, has run extremely well at RIR in the past. He scored a top ten finish at RIR in 1999 after leading a good portion of the event. "Richmond is one of my best tracks," Renfrow said recently. "I have led races there and feel like I can run with anybody there. I think the hard work this team has done will put us over the top.(Foster Price PR)(5-1-2002)
- Little E OK UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. escaped injury in a frightening crash that occurred on lap 229 of Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway. The crash, which involved Earnhardt and 2001 rookie of the year Kevin Harvick, apparently occurred because Harvick had a flat tire and tried desperately to turn his Chevrolet down toward pit road. Unfortunately, Harvick lurched left just as Earnhardt was streaking by on his inside, and the impact caused Earnhardt’s Monte Carlo to spin around clockwise and hit the fourth-turn wall almost flush on the driver’s side. Earnhardt limped to the ambulance but reported only mild pain in his right ankle. Doctors released him but recommended that his condition be monitored and he consult his doctor Monday in North Carolina.(Gaston Gazette)(4-30-2002)
UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. endured what he deemed the "hardest hit" of his career Sunday, but he doesn't think it'll slow him this weekend in Richmond. He has a bruised and swollen right ankle and is sore after a crash with Kevin Harvick late in Sunday's race at California. Earnhardt has won at Richmond and has never finished worse than 13th in a Winston Cup race here. "I'm pretty sore and beat up, but I'll be OK for Richmond," he said.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(4-30-2002)(4-30-2002)
- Grubb to run Cup races: NASCAR team owner Rick Goodwin announced this morning a six race 2002 Winston Cup sponsorship agreement with his current BGN sponsor Toys "R" Us. The first of those six races will be next Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, the hometown track of driver Kevin Grubb. The team will continue to compete in the remaining BGN races as well. The Toys "R" Us Chevrolet Monte Carlo will maintain the # 54 and continue with Grubb behind the wheel and veteran crew chief Tony Lambert calling the shots. Andy Petree Racing, a leading NASCAR Winston Cup team, will provide the Monte Carlos along with additional track support. .The Richmond race, the Pontiac Excitement 400, will be the first career Winston Cup start for the 24-year-old Grubb. "The first month of our Busch Grand National sponsorship with Rick Goodwin has been very successful for Toys "R" Us," said Warren Kornblum, Chief Marketing Officer for Toys "R" Us. ."We are all very excited about this step forward for six Winston Cup races beginning next week. We look forward to our partnership with Kevin, Rick and Tony flourishing as we move together into the Winston Cup Series as well as our continued competition in the Busch Series. .Every Toys "R" Us associate is proud to have Kevin Grubb as a Toys "R" Us kid." While the team has achieved success early on in the 2002 NASCAR Busch Grand National season, the move to the highest level of NASCAR competition will be an exciting challenge for the team based in Bristol, VA. "Our entire race team feels very fortunate to have such a quality sponsor like Toys "R" Us on board," said Rick Goodwin, team owner. ."To be able to make this move into Winston Cup racing with Toys "R" Us is truly a dream come true. We recognize the magnitude of this move and feel confident with the program we have in place."
"I can't even begin to describe how exciting it is going to be making my Winston Cup debut at my hometown track of Richmond International Raceway," said Kevin Grubb. ."Ever since I started racing as a kid, I have wanted to be a Winston Cup driver. I want to thank Toys "R" Us and Rick Goodwin for providing me with this opportunity. .I am very lucky to be a Toys "R" Us kid!" In addition to the Pontiac Excitement 400, the team will also compete in the following Winston Cup races; Dover, June 2nd, Bristol, August 24th, Richmond, September 7th, Dover, September 22nd and Kansas, September 29th.(Camp and Assoc PR)(4-27-2002)
- Hermie Sadler to attempt Calif and Richmond: .Hermie Sadler announced today his plans to compete in the next two Winston Cup events at Fontana, California.and Richmond, Virginia. Sadler's #02 Chevrolet will be sponsored.by Car-Freshner Corporation, makers of the famous "Little-Trees" air freshners, in Fontana and he will carry the colors of the Virginia Lottery at Richmond.(Sadler Enterprises PR)(4-22-2002)
- Price Motorsports Next Race: Despite narrowly missing the Virginia 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race by only eight one-hundredths of a second, the members of Price Motorsports team of Raleigh, N.C. are not disappointed. The upstart team, in only its 2nd qualifying attempt in Cup, outran three series regulars but it wasn't enough. Although their time was easily fast enough to join the show, they lacked enough ownerss points to make the race using a provisional. The next stop for the #59 Price Motorsports team will be an attempt to qualify for the May 4th race at Richmond. Driver Randy Renfrow has run well at the D-shaped oval during his CTS career. In addition to the aforementioned Richmond event, the team is planning to hit several other racing venues in 2002. Other planned races: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Bristol, Atlanta, Indianapolis and second trips to Rockingham and Martinsville(Price Motorsports PR)(4-17-2002)
- See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Robby Gordon and Spiderman: Robby Gordon and Richard Childress Racing's #31 Cingular Wireless team are joining forces with superhero Spider-Man for the NASCAR Winston Cup events at California Speedway and Richmond. The comic book hero will ride along with Gordon and the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Fontana and Richmond in a special paint scheme celebrating his jump to the big screen. Spider-Man, Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated action adventure film, is scheduled for release worldwide on May 3. Cingular Wireless has launched a special promotional campaign in conjunction with its partnership with the movie. The campaign - supported by TV, print and radio advertising, direct mail, and in-store placement -- is the most ambitious ever for a wireless carrier in conjunction with a Hollywood movie. Cingular, the nation's second largest wireless carrier, developed the campaign with Sony Entertainment. Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man will be released May 3 by Columbia Pictures and stars Tobey Maguire as the web-slinging superhero. The film also stars Willem Dafoe as the villainous Green Goblin, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.(Robby Gordon site), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(4-26-2002)
- Craven in the Breeze: PPI Motorsports' Tide Racing Team is set to unveil the Tide "Clean Breeze" car this weekend at California Speedway. The team plans to run the "Clean Breeze" car at California, Richmond and both upcoming events at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the month of May. "The special paint scheme represents the launch of Tide Clean Breeze laundry detergent," said Brian McNamara, Brand Manager of Tide for Procter & Gamble. "The new Tide Clean Breeze is a clean and natural fresh scent. For the first time, the fresh scent of laundry dried outdoors comes to you indoors," he added. The look is a departure of the traditional #32 Tide paint scheme as it combines elements of clouds and sky on the right front quarter panel and the entire TV panel.(PPI Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on my 2002 Cup page.(4-24-2002)
- M&M's Vote: Candy lovers around the globe will be faced with that decision beginning March 6th when Masterfoods USA launches its Global Color Vote(tm) - the largest promotion in the 61-year history of the "M&M's"® Brand. As consumers debate which color should be added to the famous mix in packs of the world's No. 1 candy brand, NASCAR® fans will keep some other things in mind when making their decision. Every vote cast for the new color of "M&M's" will be a vote cast for the color of Ken Schrader's #36 race car. In a one-race paint scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, Schrader will run the winning color car - be it purple, pink or aqua. During the voting period, Schrader will pilot a special "Global Color Vote(tm)" paint scheme. At four races - Martinsville, Talladega, California and Richmond - Schrader will drive the Global Color Vote(tm) car. The car is similar to the familiar bright yellow #36, but it features the color choices of purple, pink and aqua. The characters also get in on the fun as they are depicted painting the car their color of choice. Red is dangling from a rope as he tries to paint the driver's side aqua. Blue has used his artistic skills to color the passenger side pink. And Yellow has painted himself and the back of the #36 purple. Residents around the globe will be eligible to vote by logging on to www.mms.com, which will be accessible in 10 different languages beginning on Wednesday March 6, 2002. Before casting a vote, consumers will have the opportunity to sample each color in specially marked packages available at retailers worldwide. The winning color will be announced in June 2002 at a gala event in New York City with the winning color car being driven by Schrader at the Bristol night race in August.(IMG Motorsports-Charlotte PR)(3-3-2002)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news
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