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THE RACE: The Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes

Winston Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

    This race is a
    No Bull 5 Event
    and many cars will have Looney Tunes Schemes

  • Race: Saturday, September 7, 2002 in Richmond, VA

  • TV: TNT - 7:30pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Sept 10th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 11th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Sept 12th, 1:00am/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  •'s NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Posted Awards/Purse: ) $3,841,298 (was $3,302,971 last year), not counting the No Bull Five $1,000,000

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Ricky Rudd, 95.146mph, started 9th

  • 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, Sept 6th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Friday, Sept 6, 4:45 - 5:30pm/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, Sept 6th, 6:15 - 7:00pm/et on TV-Speed Channel at 6:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Sept 6th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Sept 6th at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). No re-air as far as I know.

  • 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: Jeff Burton, Sept 2000, 125.780mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, May 2002, 127.389mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 124.902mph, finished 36th.

    Track Specs:
    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

    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at the 2nd RIR race

    Richmond 2nd Race Pole Sitters, Winners, and Manu Wins


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left; Right
    Winston Cup: 1,170; 1,190
    Busch Series: 550; 550
    Truck Series: 350; 350

    Tire Numbers (codes): Left: D-6360; Right: D-6362

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi
    Right Front - 30 psi
    Left Rear - 20 psi
    Right Rear - 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 14 psi
    Right Front - 26 psi
    Left Rear - 14 psi
    Right Rear - 23 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Richmond earlier this season . . . Goodyear conducted a tire test at Richmond with three teams - those of Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Rudd and Tony Stewart - on July 23 . . . all three NASCAR series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will compete on the same tires this weekend . . . 2002 is the first year Goodyear has bought this specific tire combination to the track . . . other NASCAR tracks where teams will run this same combination are New Hampshire and Phoenix, making this the third time this season teams will use these tires . . . as on all NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "The one thing that is important to note for this weekend is that the track surface at Richmond will be dramatically different than it was when we ran here this spring. When we came here for our tire test in July, the Cup and Busch cars had already run one race here and the IRL cars had already their race here. What we found were track conditions similar to the typical fall race at Richmond with little or no sealer left on the track. Because of that, and the feedback we got from the three teams that tested here, we decided to bring back the same tire we had here in May."(Goodyear PR)(9-5-2002)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $210,000 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(9-1-2002)


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

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

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

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Richmond, VA Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
News Leader
Roanoke Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginian Pilot

Weather Forcasta for the Area
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service
he Weather Pit looks like it is gone, the guy is not updating it anymore

Track/Travel/Camping Info for the Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Richmond Review - Richmond

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

  • THANKS to NASCAR, the drivers, TNT, the teams, RIR, the military folks in Afghanistan, the great fans and anyone else involved for the great tribute at Richmond Intl Raceway to those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. Each team will fly a flag in their pits with the names of those who lost their lives that day....

    Taken at Richmond before the race on Saturday by Tom DeWire, MD

  • Banners: getting swamped with questions regarding the banners used to display the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The banners were flown in each pit by the 43 teams, no idea what order the were in on what team had the banner with the name of a certain person. Do not have any photos/pictures of the banners. best bet is to direct questions to the folks at RIR, see their site at Also, no idea what the plans are for the banners or what they will do with them. Anyone who has any good pics of them, I'd love to post all 43.(9-8-2002)
    AND been told that The banners (flags) had the over 3000 victim's names from the Sep 11 attacks. They were held alphabetically by the teams at their cars from turn four to turn one during the ceremony. The crew chief then mounted the flag on a pole in their pit box for the race. NASCAR has not yet announced the permanent home for the flags.(9-9-2002)

  • Kenseth wins 4th race of 2002: winning at Richmond. It was Kenseth's 4th Cup win of 2002, he leads in that category. It was 2nd time a driver had come form 25th at Richmond to win (Bobby Allison did it in 1969). #12-Ryan Newman ended up 2nd again. The top ten::

    #17-Kenseth (124 laps led)
    #12-Newman (145 laps led)
    #30-Green (2 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr
    #26-T Bodine
    (the Top Five are in the No Bull 5 at Talladega in Oct)

    #22-Burton (16 laps led)

    Where are the No Bull 5 drivers finish?
    #2-Wallace, 15th
    #6-Martin, 6th
    #15-Waltrip, 36th out
    #40-Marlin, 43rd out
    #41-Spencer, 42nd out

    Lap Leaders (11): #48-Johnson(1); #12-Newman(145); #20-Stewart(34); #30-Green(2); #55-Biffle(12); #23-K Wallace(3); #15-Waltrip(21); #14-M Wallace(1); #1-Park(31); #17-Kenseth(134); #22-Burton(16);
    Drivers on the Lead Lap: 17
    DNF's/Off the Track: #40-Marlin(accident); #41-Spencer(accident); #5-Labonte(accident); #09-Bodine(oil pressure); #15-Waltrip(off-accident); #24-Gordon(off); #71-Sauter(out); #10-Benson(off);

    Caution: 10 for 65 laps
    Caution 10 Lap 273-279: #55-Biffle brushed the wall and slowed down, #97-Busch ran into the #55.
    Caution 9 Lap 254-257: #10-Benson and #31-Gordon got together, cutting a tire down on the #10 and hitting the wall.
    Caution 8 Lap 219-234: #15-Waltrip got lose and made contact with #19-Mayfield, backing into the inside wall, hititng the water barrels.
    Caution 7 Lap 207-217: #71-Tim Sauter broke an oil line, putting oil on the track.
    Caution 6 Lap 109-111: #18-Labonte spun and looped around in turn 4, did not make contact with anything.
    Caution 5 Lap 82-86: #55-Biffle got out of the groove and brushed the wall and came back down the track, but no one else was involved.
    Caution 4 Lap 68-71: #17-Kenseth cut down a tire and left debris on the track. Most of the leaders came in to pit.
    Caution 3 Lap 17-24: #5-Labonte and #26-Bodine got together, spinning the #26 and sending the #5 rear end into the wall hard. The #10-Benson got rear ended by #18-Labonte when the #10 checked up.
    Caution 2 Lap 10-14: Accident between #40-Marlin, #41-Spencer and #99-Burton between turn 3 and 4, after #99-Burton spun, said no one hit him, the car just went up the track. The race was Red Flagged so the track could be cleaned off as gas, water and oil were all over the track.
    Caution 1 Lap 3-7: #21-Elliott Sadler got turned around, spun and hit the inside wall, heavy front end damage.

    NOTES: With 5 laps to go, #20-Stewart lost a transmission, while running 5th. #36-Schrader and #29-Harvick ran out of gas. With 11 laps to go #2-Wallace cut a right front down and had to pit while running 2nd and running down the leader at that time, #17-Kenseth. With 12 laps to go, the #14-Wallace car ran out of fuel while running 5th. #43-Andretti spun thru the grass, on lap 355, no caution. #99-Burton is back out on the track as of lap 302. As of lap 238, Gordon is back in the garage and out of the race. After caution 8, the #7-Atwood spun and a few laps later #45-Petty was bumped by #97-Busch, no cautions were thrown. They had #24-Gordon out of the race...not so fast, he came back on the track around lap 206. Scheduled green flag pit stops were held around laps 176-182. #24-Jeff Gordon is out of the race after breaking an engine. As of lap 100, #21-Sadler is back on the track, putting #40-Marlin in 43rd place. #88-Jarrett got into the wall when he and #6-Martin got together, no caution, but has a tire rubbing. Many drivers are complaining the track is very slick. One of the No Bull 5 show cars lost an engine earlier today and there was some stay dry on the track, so they ran some extra pace laps to help blow it off.
    Race TV re-air's: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Sept 10th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Sept 11th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Sept 12th, 1:00am/et.
    Race Results at or

  • Rumblings - Richmond: This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Steve Park (+27) and Mike Wallace (+27), followed by Jeff Green (+26), Matt Kenseth (+24), Dale Earnhardt Jr (+20), and Brett Bodine (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Terry Labonte (-36), followed by Jeff Gordon (-30)(Official starting spot), Johnny Benson (-26), and Jeff Burton (-24). #14-Mike Wallace led tonight for the first time since Atlanta last November. #56-Greg Biffle led tonight for the first time in his career. Those two drivers bring the number of different leaders this season to 44....there were 48 in that category last year. The best move forward in the points this week goes to Dave Blaney (22nd to 19th)....while Terry Labonte (19th to 23rd) lost the most positions.(StockCarFans Newsletter)(9-8-2002)

  • TV Stuff: TNT's coverage of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 with The Looney Tunes, Saturday, 7:30pm/et NASCAR Pre-race Tribute to 9/11 heros and victims included:
    * Opening Remarks from NASCAR President Mike Helton and Winston Cup driver Bill Elliott.
    * The 43 drivers in the Winston Cup race displaying flags with the names of all the victims from N.Y., Pennslyvannia and Washington, DC.
    * 350 soldiers from U.S. Army Quartermaster Center & School at Fort Lee, Virginia displaying a 30' x 50' American flag.
    * The ceremonnial "Gentleman, Start your engines" given LIVE at 4:20am local from Bangram, Afghanistan by members of the Coalition Joint Task Force 180.
    * The invocation given by race car owner and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs.
    * Two placard flips by the 102,000 fans in attendance at richmond. The First spelling out GOD BLESS AMERICA in red, white and blue, the second featuring red, white and blue cards and white stars.
    Best Video: Jeff Gordon falling out of his golf cart, leaving Bugs Bunny all by his lonesome on the back of the cart, in a race earlier in the day with The Looney Tunes characters and other Winston Cup drivers.
    Best Line: "(Greg) Biffle out to pit road. They'll get out the Alunian Q-39 space modulator and try and fix up that Chevrolet." - Allen Bestwick on Greg Biffle, driving a Looney Tunes paint-schemed Marvin the Martian car in Richmond.
    Strongest Comment: "I think whatever happens at this point with Tony (Stewart) tends to get blown out of proportion." - Wally Dallenbach responding to the recent allegations against sometime fellow commentator Tony Stewart.(Turner PR)(9-8-2002)

  • Marlin sore but OK: it was reported on TNT and MRN that Sterling Marlin has no broken bones, but has a bruised chest and muscle spasms in both shoulders.(9-7-2002)

  • To the Back, Gordon and Elliott: #24-Jeff Gordon wrecked his primary car in the first practice after qualifying and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag Saturday night at Richmond. Gordon was to start 10th.(). #9-Bill Elliott lost an engine during the 1st practice and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag.(

  • No Bull Five did they qualify? not too good:
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 124.510, starts 26th
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 124.683, starts 23rd
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 124.372, starts 32nd
    #41-Jimmy Spencer, 124.384, starts 30th
    #6-Mark Martin, 125.722, starts 4th (9-6-2002)

  • No Bull 5 - The Fans:
    Joe Bowser, New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Lisa Reynolds, Sioux Falls, SD
    Lowell Thomas, Belleville, IL
    Teresa Garnett, Naugatuck, CT
    Tommy Medley, Roanoke, VA.(never found what fan was paired with what driver).

  • Happy Hour Practice at RIR is over: #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 125.058mph, followed by #30-Jeff Green at 124.896 and #55-Greg Biffle at 124.890. Slowest were #09-Geoffrey Bodine at 122.177 and #71-Tim Sauter at 122.294. For speeds see : Rusty Wallace moves to top in 'Happy Hour'(9-6-2002)

  • 2nd Friday Practice at Richmond is over with #30-Jeff Green the fastest at 125.133mph, followed by #6-Mark Martin at 124.804 and #48-Jimmie Johnson and #2-Rusty Wallace tied for 3rd at 124.740. Slowerst were #02-Hermie Sadler at 121.880 and #71-Tim Sauter at 121.918. See for speeds.(9-6-2002)

  • Johnson wins 4th 2002 pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole at Richmond with a speed pf 126.145mph, with fellow rookie contender #12-Ryan Newman on the outside pole with a speed of 125.733. It was the first tiem since 1972 that two rookies were on the front row (FSN's Totally NASCAR) and it is the first time since 1993 that a rookie has won the pole at Richmond (Bobby Labonte)(Camp and Assoc). #51-Carl Long is the lone driver that missed the race.
    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    1 30 29 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 126.145 126.529 4 5
    2 15 25 #12 Ryan Newman Ford 125.733 126.886 1 11
    3 44 44 #77 Dave Blaney Ford 125.733 126.180 14 23
    4 28 28 #6 Mark Martin Ford 125.722 126.410 7 3
    5 29 33 #5 Terry Labonte Chevy 125.704 125.116 39 20
    6 41 41 #28 Ricky Rudd Ford 125.605 125.821 20 8
    7 39 39 #26 Todd Bodine Ford 125.576 125.546 27 32
    8 40 40 #4 Mike Skinner Chevy 125.552 126.464 6 34
    9 24 23 #10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 125.546 126.369 9 28
    10 21 20 #24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 125.541 125.733 22 2
    11 7 7 #31 Robby Gordon Chevy 125.523 126.245 13 21
    12 34 34 #88 Dale Jarrett Ford 125.500 125.956 17 9
    13 18 17 #22 Ward Burton Dodge 125.482 125.903 19 26
    14 37 37 #20 Tony Stewart Pontiac 125.406 126.808 3 4
    15 35 35 #99 Jeff Burton Ford 125.360 126.274 12 13
    16 25 24 #36 Ken Schrader Pontiac 125.307 125.412 29 31
    17 42 42 #44 Jerry Nadeau Dodge 125.203 125.687 24 38
    18 9 9 #18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 125.168 126.487 5 17
    19 33 32 #9 Bill Elliott Dodge 125.133 125.226 35 7
    20 12 12 #32 Ricky Craven Ford 125.133 125.290 33 16
    21 2 2 #19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 124.936 125.319 31 29
    22 16 15 #97 Kurt Busch Ford 124.873 125.453 28 12
    23 43 43 #2 Rusty Wallace Ford 124.683 126.399 8 6
    24 13 13 #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 124.671 125.722 23 15
    25 8 8 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 124.556 126.092 16 10
    26 19 18 #15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 124.510 125.197 36 14
    27 22 21 #29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 124.504 126.286 11 19
    28 32 31 #30 Jeff Green Chevy 124.435 126.838 2 18
    29 31 30 #25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 124.435 125.587 26 36
    30 3 3 #41 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 124.384 126.139 15 22
    31 4 4 #43 John Andretti Dodge 124.378 126.292 10 30
    32 1 1 #40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 124.372 125.956 18 1
    33 10 10 #23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 124.332 125.197 37 33/out
    34 20 19 #7 Casey Atwood Dodge 124.292 124.287 41 35
    35 38 38 #21 Elliott Sadler Ford 124.286 125.337 30 25
    36 14 14 #45 Kyle Petty Dodge 124.201 125.798 21 24
    37 27 27 #11 Brett Bodine Ford 124.195 125.273 34 40
    38 6 6 #09 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 124.149 124.936 40 43
    39 17 16 #55 Greg Biffle Chevy 124.075 125.663 25 27
    40 36 36 #1 Steve Park Chevy 124.012 125.127 38 37
    41 26 26 #51 Carl Long Ford 123.649 123.632 43 69
    42 23 22 #14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 123.485 125.307 32 39
    43 5 5 #71 Tim Sauter Chevy 122.571 123.508 44 44
    44 11 11 #02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 121.169 124.218 42 45


    Pos Sched
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    37 17 16 #55 Greg Biffle Chevy 124.075 125.663 25 27
    38 36 36 #1 Steve Park Chevy 124.012 125.127 38 37
    39 23 22 #14 Mike Wallace Pontiac 123.485 125.307 32 39
    40 27 27 #11 Brett Bodine Ford 124.195 125.273 34 40
    41 6 6 #09 Geoffrey Bodine Ford 124.149 124.936 40 43
    42 5 5 #71 Tim Sauter Chevy 122.571 123.508 44 44
    43 11 11 #02 Hermie Sadler Chevy 121.169 124.218 42 45
    miss 26 26 #51 Carl Long Ford 123.649 123.632 43 69

  • 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)(9-6-2002)

  • NOTES: #77-Dave Blaney wrecked in practice Friday and will go to a back up car for qualifying and the race.(9-6-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Richmond: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #40-Marlin, 1st out to qualify, 124.372, starts 32nd
    #19-Mayfeild, 2nd out, 124.936, starts 21st
    #31-Gordon, 7th out, 125.523, starts 11th
    #24-Gordon, 20th out, 125.541, starts 10th
    #10-Benson, 23rd out, 125.646, starts 9th
    #12-Newman, 25th out, 125.733, starts 2nd
    #48-Johnson, 29th out, 126.145, on the pole

  • No Bull Five: The Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes at Richmond is a No Bull Five event.
    UPDATE: the Eligible drivers: #15-Michael Waltrip, #2-Rusty Wallace, #40-Sterling Marlin, #41-Jimmy Spencer, #6-Mark Martin (top five from Pepsi 400).
    The Fans: Joe Bowser, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Lisa Reynolds, Sioux Falls, SD; Lowell Thomas, Belleville, IL; Teresa Garnett, Naugatuck, CT; Tommy Medley, Roanoke, VA.
    How the drivers/fans will be paired: Each fan will be paired with a driver in Saturday night's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 pre-race. At about 6:50pm/et, five Loomis Fargo trucks will park near the pre-race stage. One of the eligible Winston No Bull 5 drivers will be in each truck. Each eligible fan will choose a truck and then meet the driver they'll be paired with.
    The prize: If an eligible driver wins, he and his fan each win $1 million.
    The record: In the 23 previous Winston No Bull 5 events, there have been 12 winners and a program payout of $24 million.(Daytona Beach News Journal).(9-5-2002)

  • Friday's 1st Practice: at Richmond had #12-Ryan Newman fastest at 126.886, followed by #30-Jeff Green at 126.838 and #20-Tony Stewart at 126.808. Slowest of the 44 cars #51-Carl Long at 123.632 and #71-Tim Sauter at 123.508. For speeds see or at

  • Qualifying Order is up. See above for the link(s). 44 cars/drivers listed (1 will go home). #40-Sterling Marlin is scheduled to qualify first, #77-Dave Blaney is scheduled to go out last. Looks like #89-Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn as he is not listed on the Qualifying Order or Practice Sheets.(9-6-2002)

  • Entry List for Richmond is up. See above for the link. 45 cars are entered, including, #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #51-Carl Long, #71-Tim Sauter and #89-Morgan Shepherd.(9-3-2002)

  • 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 Tribute at RIR: On Saturday night, NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway are planning a pre-race tribute to include a spectacular card display by more than 100,000 spectators, a flag salute by Winston Cup drivers and crew members as well as a special "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command by American Military personnel via satellite.(MotorsportsTV/Yahoo-AP)(9-5-2002)
    AND More on Patriotic Pre-Race Show - The TV pre-race show at Richmond will focus primarily on the special activities at the track. The 43 drivers will unfurl flags that contain the names of all the victims of September 11. Also, the "Gentleman, Start Your Engines" command will come live from U.S. troops in Afghanistan.(MotorsportsTV)(9-6-2002)

  • No Rain this week: NASCAR competitors and fans coming off the Darlington deluge of last weekend should take special delight in the forecast for this week's triple-header in Richmond. The Web service of the Weather Channel puts the chance of rain at 0 percent for Thursday, when the Virginia Is For Lovers 200 Craftsman Truck Series race is scheduled. It says the chance of rain is also 0 percent on Friday, when the Funai 250 Busch Series race is planned. And to round things out, it also calls for a 0 percent chance of rain on Saturday for the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 Winston Cup race. And like AccuWeather and the National Weather Service, it calls for temperatures in the mid-80s all three days with only occasional clouds.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(9-4-2002)

  • Trackside at RIR: Trackside @ Richmond will be televised live on the Speed Channel this Friday from the Fairgrounds Amphitheater outside the turn one area of Richmond Raceway. Race fans are invited to attend the show, which airs from 7:00 to 8:00pm/et. This is the second time this season the program will be televised in front of a live audience. Several thousand fans packed "Coca-Cola Speed Street" in Charlotte this May to be part of the program, and interact with Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Mike Joy and their guests. All seats are unreserved, and there is no charge to attend, and no tickets are needed. While the guest list is still being worked on, Jeff Gordon promised on last Friday's show that he would stop by if he won Darlington. A visit from the MonteCarlo 400 polesitter is also expected.(MotorsportsTV)(9-4-2002)

  • New Book Touts Richmond as one of the Best Winston Cup Cities:. Speed Dreams: A Guide to America’s 23 NASCAR Tracks lists Richmond as being among the nation’s best in several categories such as (#2 Dozen Favorite Tracks to Watch a Race in Person; #2-Favorite Quirks; #8-Top Twelve Family-Friendly Winston Cup Race Cities). Over the past two Winston Cup seasons, Jay Ahuja traveled to racetracks across the country to get a fan’s perspective of the best places to see a race. He shares what he learned about every track, as well as hundreds of local attractions, restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in Winston Cup cities nationwide. The author interviewed drivers, crewmembers, media folks, track officials, tourism directors, and everyday fans, as he put together this 290-page guide, complete with photos of each track. Also included are a number of "top twelve" lists throughout the book. These lists offer high praise for Richmond. Speed Dreams, published by Kensington Books, provides must-have phone numbers and Web site addresses, and helps fans score the best seats while avoiding the worst traffic jams. This easy-to-use book doesn’t pull any punches when evaluating the good, the bad, and the ugly of every NASCAR Winston Cup track. Speed Dreams is available at national book chains ( and at the Jayski Racing Bookstore - a highly recommended book for those who go to the races)(RIR PR)(9-3-2002)

  • Extended Tix Hours at Richmond: Richmond International Raceway announced that the track's ticket office will be open every day starting Saturday, August 17 through the September 5-7 NASCAR triple header weekend. The extended ticket office hours are listed on their site: Saturday's Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes- The Rematch! is sold out but tickets are available for Thursday and Friday (Truck and BGN races)(RIR PR)(8-20-2002)

  • More tire testing at Richmond UPDATE 2: Goodyear officials plan to test tires July 23-24 at Richmond International Raceway to determine what kind of tire to use at the fall race. In the May Cup race, a second groove did not develop and passing was difficult. Drivers complained about the sealer used, but track officials insisted that nothing different was done in preparing the track for the race. #2-Rusty Wallace and #20-Tony Stewart tested there for Goodyear a couple of weeks after the race, but Goodyear officials decided to return after next weekend's IRL race. Stewart, #28-Ricky Rudd and rookie #48-Jimmie Johnson are scheduled to test there for Goodyear.(Roanoke Times)(6-23/7-23-2002) - haven't heard if this is still on or not.
    UPDATE: Three teams are at RIR for a two day Goodyear tire test, the drivers are #20-Stewart, #28-Rudd and #48-Johnson, the test concludes today.(PRN's Garage Pass)(7-24-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Rudd, Stewart and Johnson staged a 75-lap "race" at Richmond International Raceway on Wednesday to test Goodyear's tires, after questions about the May race at that track. Track owners had blamed Goodyear's tires for the poor race and demanded a test and indicated they wanted new tires for the September race at RIR. Drivers and Goodyear engineers pointed to the track sealer as the culprit. This week's two-day test appeared to back up Goodyear's contention that the tires were fine and that track officials erred in applying the sealer.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-26-2002)

  • Bugs Bunny Bobble Head - very cool: Richmond International Raceway fans will have the opportunity to obtain a collectable, limited edition Bugs Bunny bobble head doll as part of a special promotion surrounding the NASCAR tripleheader weekend "Under the Lights" September 5-7 at Richmond International Raceway. Fans can obtain the Bugs Bunny bobble head doll by purchasing tickets to both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200 on Thursday, September 5 and the Funai 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 6 by August 30th. The collectable doll, produced by Forever Collectables, features Bugs Bunny dressed in a Looney Tunes drivers suit and holding a Richmond International Raceway racing helmet. Each bobble head doll is dated and individually numbered. For more info, see the site.(7-23-2002)

  • Richmond Cup Race Sold Out: The Winston Cup Monte Carlo 400, scheduled for Sept. 7 at Richmond International Raceway, is sold out, track President Doug Fritz said yesterday. The race is a "No Bull 5" event, meaning the top five finishers from the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 6 - Michael Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Mark Martin - are eligible for a $1 million bonus by winning the race. A fan will also be paired with each of the five drivers and also take home $1 million if his or her driver wins. The Craftsman Truck series starts three days of racing with a 200-lap event on Sept. 5, and the Busch Grand National circuit gets the green flag the next night in the Funai 250. For more information call (804) 345-RACE.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(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 - Richmond International Raceway


  • Sauter back in the #71 at RIR: Tim Sauter, 13th in Busch Series points despite driving an unsponsored car, will attempt to make his Winston Cup debut Saturday at Richmond. Sauter failed to make the field at Bristol two weeks ago and will try to put the Dave Marcis Racing #71 car into the field this weekend. "Dave wanted to give it another try," Sauter said. "I really want to make my first Winston Cup start this season, and Richmond is a place where I have had some success."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-4-2002)

  • Sadlers top 20's mean donation: Emporia, VA natives Hermie and Elliott Sadler have another reason to perform well for a hometown crowd in the Monte Carlo 400. Richmond resident Fain Peebles, who owns Peebles Golf Car Sales, has promised a substantial donation to the Faison School for Autism in Richmond if the Sadler brothers both finish in the top 20 on Saturday night. Hermie Sadler's daughter, Halie Dru, attends the Faison School.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-4-2002)

  • Shepherd at Darlington: Morgan Shepherd will run the Southern 500 at Darlington this weekend with assistance from Phil Bonafield's CTS #86 Red Line Oil Chevy team. Bonafield is providing Shepherd with use of his hauler and crew members will be helping this weekend. and (Racing with Jesus Ministries) continue associate sponsorship, however additional sponsorship is needed. Shepherd and team plan to head to Richmond next weekend and hopefully pull double duty in both the CTS and Cup events.(STB Marketing Group PR)(8-31-2002)

  • Hermie Sadler adds Bristol to Schedule: Add #02-Hermie Sadler’s name to the mix this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.. Sadler announced today that he will run the Sharpie 500 this weekend. In addition, Sadler will attempt a double duty effort with entries in the BGN and CUP races at Richmond (sept 6-7th). Sadler has extended his original schedule and also plans to race at New Hampshire next month. "We had been planning to race at Bristol all year,” stated Sadler. “We had a few sponsorship opportunities that we worked on for the race at Bristol but they didn’t pan out. We are running three of the next four races Winston Cup races and the track time at Bristol will help us a great deal. The crew has the car ready and in our last Winston Cup race we finished 18th. We feel confident we’ll have a good weekend." At Richmond, The Virginia Lottery will sponsor Sadler’s Winston Cup car and The Bank of Southside Virginia will sponsor the BGN car. Sadler initially did not want to run more than seven Winston Cup races this season to maintain his Rookie eligibility. However, he now feels it is in his best interest to run as many races as possible. According to Sadler, "I want to show people that I can be competitive. When seats start opening up I want teams to think about me.. The best way to make that happen is to be at the track. I am excited about the next few months." For more information on sponsorship opportunities available for the Bristol and New Hampshire Winston Cup races, please contact Brett Griffin @ (704) 992-1021.(Sadler Enterprises PR)(8-20-2002)

  • Geoffrey adds Richmond race to schedule: quote from Bodine: "The Miccosukee Indian Gaming Motorsports Group has signed on to sponsor us for Richmond. They also plan to field a Craftsman Truck entry for Barry at Homestead as well as Busch and #09 Winston Cup entries for me. We will have more details soon. I want to thank everyone for their support. We will be testing new race cars at Indy on July 15th and 16th, and feel very positive about our performance there."(Geoffrey Bodine Fan Club site)(7-8-2002)

  • 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)

  • 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


    Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Chevrolet and Action Performance Announce
    Monte Carlo 400 With The Looney Tunes - The Rematch!
    At Richmond International Raceway

    Partners Including America Online, NASCAR,, TNT and Warner Bros. Online Get Set to Support Program

    Charlotte, NC, May 23, 2002 - Ladies and Gentleman, start your engines! Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Chevrolet, Richmond International Raceway and Action Performance Companies, Inc. announced today that the legendary Looney Tunes characters will return to the world of NASCAR Winston Cup September 7th, 2002, when they re-unite in the fast lane with their Team Monte Carlo drivers for the ultimate racing showdown, the Monte Carlo 400 With The Looney Tunes - The Rematch! at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

    The announcement, which was made at a special event this afternoon in Charlotte, NC (the site of this weekend's NASCAR race), kicked off Food Lion Speed Street festivities and featured NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green, Terry Labonte, Jimmie Johnson, Mike Skinner, Joe Nemechek and Bobby Hamilton, as well as Warner Bros.' beloved Looney Tunes characters.

    Today's event unveiled five of the nine stunning Looney Tunes-branded Chevrolet Monte Carlos, in addition to the event pace car, which will be part of the Richmond race this September. Each car has a unique design capturing the spirit of each driver and their Looney Tunes character teammate in bold paint schemes.

    Building on the success of last year's event, the program will expand in 2002 as nine Looney Tunes-themed Monte Carlos take to the track. Additionally, this year's program expands to include two Looney Tunes-themed cars going head-to-head in the NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 6th.

    The irreverent Looney Tunes characters first partnered with NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway in 2001, when seven NASCAR teams "swapped paint" and featured Looney Tunes graphics on their Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Super star drivers such as Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick thrilled fans on the track and off. Gordon took the pole position in the Bugs Bunny-emblazoned car and Harvick bumped and grinded his Taz-themed car into a second place finish.

    Not taking a trip to the winner's circle during the 2001 race was tough for perennial winners Bugs Bunny and Jeff Gordon. This year, Bugs and the rest of his Looney Tunes pals are taking off the gloves, rolling up their sleeves, and tapping into their portfolio of ACME devices to take the ultimate prize. And this time, no more "mister nice guys." It's all or nothing in 2002 when each character returns to the track with their distinguished counterpart to claim their long-awaited victory in one of the most exciting promotional experiences in NASCAR history.

    For this year's Winston Cup race, some of NASCAR's best drivers will once again team up with legendary Looney Tunes characters. The participating drivers and their respective Looney Tunes partners for the Monte Carlo 400 With The Looney Tunes - The Rematch! include:

    Saturday, September 7, 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Race

    #24-Jeff Gordon, Bugs Bunny
    #29-Kevin Harvick, Tasmanian Devil
    #30-Jeff Green, Daffy Duck
    #55-Bobby Hamilton, Marvin The Martian and K9
    #31-Robby Gordon, Pepe Le Pew
    #4-Mike Skinner, Yosemite Sam
    #5-Terry Labonte, Road Runner
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Tweety & Sylvester
    #25-Joe Nemechek, Speedy Gonzales

    Friday, September 6, 2002 NASCAR Busch Race

    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gossamer/Bugs Bunny
    #12-Kerry Earnhardt, Yosemite Same

    See the images on my Paint Scheme Gallery - 2002 Looney Tunes Schemes Page

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


  • Some RIR facts AND more: Forty of the 83 Cup races run at Richmond since 1961 have been won from the top-three starting positions. However, only 10 of the 28 races since the track was reconfigured from a half mile to three-quarters of a mile have been won from third or better. Nine races on the new configuration have been won from outside the top 10, including five of the last 12.(/AP)(9-5-2002)
    AND Tony Stewart has a 5.6 average finish in seven races at Richmond, the best all time of drivers with more than five starts at Richmond.
    Rusty Wallace has the best overall performance at Richmond: three poles in 28 races there. His six victories, 19 top-fives and 23 top-10 finishes in those races, are the most of all drivers. He also has the best average finish (7.36) of drivers with more than 10 Richmond races and has led more laps (2,933 of 11,200 laps raced).
    Jeff Gordon has taken four poles at Richmond, more than any other driver. Gordon (6.42) has the best average start of all drivers with more than 10 races at Richmond.
    Forty of the 83 Winston Cup races run at Richmond since 1961 have been won from the top-three starting positions. However, only 10 of the 28 races run on the current configuration have been won from third or better. Nine races on the new configuration have been won from a starting position outside the top 10, including five of the last 12 races.
    AND In 1988, Davey Allison, in the No. 28 Ford Thunderbird, became the eighth driver in the history of the Richmond late-summer race to win from the pole position. Allison is the last driver to win the race from the pole.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(9-6-2002)

  • 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)

  • $210,000 up for grabs: points leader #40-Sterling Marlin can pick up a $210,000 bonus if he can win The Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes at Richmond. That's the amount of the Winston Leader Bonus, paid the winner of a race who leaves with the Winston Cup points lead. Other drivers who could leave Richmond with the points lead and the $210,000 are #24-Jeff Gordon and #6-Mark Martin. Marlin retains the lead with a 23rd or better finish at Richmond.(9-1-2002)

  • 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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