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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Subway 400

Winston Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, February 24, 2002 in Rockingham, NC

  • TV: Fox - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, Feb 27th, 8:00pm/et
  • Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/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, Steve Byrnes and Jeanne Zelasko?

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,571,637(was $3,205,393 in 2001)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Subway 400 from NASCAR.com

  • 2001 Race Winner: Steve Park, 111.877 mph, started 2nd

  • Event Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Feb 2000, 127.875mph

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Burton, Oct 1999, 131.103mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.017 mile oval, 393 laps, 399.68 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph

  • All Time Rockingham Pole/Race Wins


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, Feb 22nd 11:20 -1:20pm/et; and Saturday, Feb 23rd 9:30 - 10:15am/et
  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Feb 23rd 11:15 - 12:00noon/et on TV-FX


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Feb 22nd, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: Subway 400 qualifying order - and/or Subway 400 qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Feb 22nd at 3:05pm/et, TV-Fox Sports Net(FSN) live, re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:30pm/et, and live via MRN Radio(link below)

  • 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 2000)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Feb 2000, 158.035mph

  • Feb 2001 Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 156.455mph, finished 3rd


  • Track Specs: North Carolina Speedway, know as 'The Rock':
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 22 degrees; Turns 3-4: 25 degrees; Straightaways: 8 degrees
    Width: Turns 55 feet wide; Straightaways: 50 feet wide
    Number of Pits: 45 on front straight (1,436 ft. long) pit road
    Pit Stalls: 30 feet long; 16 feet wide
    Length of Front Straight: 1,300 feet
    Length of Back Straight: 1,367 feet
    Length of Turns 1 & 2: 1,256 feet
    Length of Turns 3 & 4: 1,437 feet(NCS Website)
    Grandstand Seating: 60,113

  • Track Homepage: North Carolina Speedway


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: 1,400 left; 1,400 right
    Busch Series: 600 left; 600 right

    Tire Numbers:
    Left: D-6340; Right: D-6342

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi Right Front - 40 psi
    Left Rear - 26 psi Right Rear - 38 psi

    Minimum Required Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi Right Front - 36 psi
    Left Rear - 20 psi Right Rear - 33 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 85-95 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same comination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Rockingham in 2001 . . . both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series will use the same tires this weekend . . . other NASCAR tracks these tires will be used on this season are Bristol, Darlington and Las Vegas . . . that means that Winston Cup teams will run this same combination four out of the next five weekends, with Atlanta (March 8-10) being the exception . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Rockingham . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Winston Cup teams used this tire set-up seven times in 2001 -- twice each at Rockingham, Darlington and Bristol, as well as once at Las Vegas. Based on last year's performance, tire wear will not be a major concern over the course of a full fuel run. Rockingham and Darlington are similar in that they both have very abrasive surfaces that generally lead to high tire wear and high lap time give-up. I think we can expect that the teams that have the best chassis set-ups, and the drivers that can be easiest on the tires early in a run, will have the least amount of give-up and the best chance to win this race."(Goodyear PR)


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Rockingham for leading the points and winning the race (none awarded at Daytona on Feb 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(2-17-2002)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including RealOne coverage(NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Kurt Becker, Dave Moody
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Adam Alexander
  • TV Coverage: Like or dislike Fox's coverage of the Subway 400? Rate the race coverage at Perfect Paranoia - www.perfectparanoia.com . Or contact Fox/FX/FAS, see contact info on my TV/Media contact info page, or to contact NASCAR see my Racing FAQ page for info.
    Also additional TV info can be found at MotorsportsTV.com(sign up for their great newsletter) and a new TV website: Race Fan TV.
    (2-24-2002)



    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 Rockingham, NC Area:

    Charlotte.com
    Charlotte Observer
    Winston-Salem Journal
    News and Observer
    WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC
    Fayetteville Observer-Times
    GoCarolina's


    Weather Forecast:
    Weather forecast for Rockingham, NC by The Weather Channel
    Weather Underground - Rockingham, NC
    Weather Point - Southern Pines, NC
    The Weather Pit
    Intellicast - NASCAR weather


    Track/Travel Info for the Fans:
    ARS Racing Outlet - Rockingham Review
    RaceDiva Track Reviews
    go2races.com
    Tube or Travel



    Driver Appearances:
    any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links



    TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:


    IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

    Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
    looks like this is all that there is out there now....

    PREVIEW, FACT SHEETS and MISC News

    • Rockingham Stuff: There have been 11 different Bud Pole winners in the 14 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Rockingham since 1995. Mark Martin (fall 1999, fall 1998 and spring 1997) and Jeff Gordon (spring 1995 and spring 2001) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners in the 14-race period. Dale Jarrett has finished 10th or better, including one victory, in 13 of the last 14 races at Rockingham. His career-first Rockingham victory came in the fall race in 2000. Eleven of those 13 finishes were top fives, including six second-place finishes. Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with five victories at Rockingham, including back-to-back wins in the fall of 1988 and the spring of 1989 and three consecutive races: a sweep in 1993 and the 1994 GM Goodwrench 500. In the 36 years of twice-a-year NASCAR Winston Cup racing at Rockingham, a sweep has occurred eight times: Richard Petty (1971 and 1976), David Pearson (1973), Cale Yarborough (1975 and 1980), Darrell Waltrip (1981), Rusty Wallace (1993) and Jeff Gordon (1998). Bobby Labonte has nine top-10 starts in the last 12 races at Rockingham. He finished third or better in four of his last six races at the North Carolina track.(NASCAR PR), Neil Bonnett has the record for coming the furthest to win this race, posting a victory in 1988 from the 30th spot.(2-21-2002)

    • One Engine Rule for 2002 UPDATE 3: starting in the 2002 season, Cup teams must use the same engine to qualify and race, NASCAR announced Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. In the event the engine used to qualify the car does not start the race, then at the desretion of the Winston Cup Series director, the starting position will be relinquished and the car will drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race. According to NASCAR, certain events during the 2002 season may require ammendments to this rule, such as the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races and the Coca-Cola 600, due its length.(NASCAR.com)(10-14-2001)
      UPDATE: NASCAR has decided to allow teams to change engines following qualifying Feb. 9 for the Daytona 500. Beginning this season, teams are required to use the same engine for qualifying and the race. The move for Daytona was made because of the 125-mile qualifying races held prior to the race.(That's Racin')(1-8-2002)
      UPDATE 2: NASCAR's one-engine rule makes its debut this weekend [at Rockingham]. Teams must use the same engine to qualify, practice and race. If a team must replace an engine before the race, its driver is dropped to the back of the field at the start.(Sporting News)(2-19-2002)
      UPDATE 3: The single-engine rule requires Cup teams to use the same engine in practice, qualifying and the race itself on a given weekend. Any team suffering an engine failure AFTER qualifying will be forced to go to the back of the field for the start of the race.()(2-22-2002)
      BEEN ASKED: can a team change an engine prior to qualifying or during the first practice on Friday? Have seen conflicting columns on what the rule really says - some say the rule takes effect AFTER qualifying and some say one engine for ALL practices, qualifying and the race. So not sure what happens if a team loses an engine in the early practice, sure we will find out soon enough.(2-22-2002)

    • That's Racin': Subway 200 Race Info

    • FoxSports: Totally NASCAR's Rockingham preview

    • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Subway 400

    • NASCAR.com: Subway 400 Preview

    • Yahoo: Subway 400 - Preview

    • Crew Chief Club


    RACE ODDs


    QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
    news and links

    • Kenseth's car too low? UPDATE 3 fined: hearing rumors that the #17 Ford that won the Subway 400 at Rockingham has been found to be too low in it's roof height. Supposedly it was reported on Speed Channel. If true, a fine would be levied but the win will stand..(2-24-2002)
      UPDATE: Kenseth’s car was found to be lower than the minimum 51-inch height requirement in post-race inspection - an infraction that usually brings with it a fine but no change the results of the race.()(2-24-2002)
      AND: After the race, NASCAR inspectors discovered that the height of Kenseth’s car was a quarter-inch below the minimum of 51 inches. “As in recent years, this decision has not affected the outcome of race positions and should not in this case,” said Danielle Humphrey, NASCAR’s senior manager of communications. “Any penalties and/or fines may be decided (today).’’(Fayetteville Observer)
      UPDATE 2: NASCAR will not make an announcement on a fine or penalty until Tuesday.(2-25-2002)
      UPDATE 3 - #17 Penalty Announced: - NASCAR Officials announced that Robbie Reiser, crew chief of the #17 Ford Taurus, received a $30,000 fine for a rule violation found during post-race inspection following Sunday's Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. Reiser was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any car that is found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion… of the race." The minimum height requirement is 51 inches - the #17 car was approximately 1/4 of an inch too low.(NASCAR PR)
      AND In a radio interview on "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons" on the Performance Racing Network Monday night, Kenseth said his car was too low because of a dent in the roof, which is where the height measurement is taken. Kenseth he did not know if the dent was made when he leaned over the car to celebrate with his crew, or by some sponsor products placed on the car's roof in victory lane ceremonies. Kenseth said all of the other parts of his car checked out OK in the postrace inspection.()(2-26-2002)

    • Kenseth wins the Subway 400 at the Rock: under yellow after #36-Ken Schrader hit the wall and #31-Gordon spun and left a tire on the track with four races to do, NASCAR said there was not enought laps left to throw a red flag (direct ALL questions on that subject to them). #17-Matt Kenseth won the race after dominating the 2nd half of the race and leading the most laps, Kenseth wins his 2nd career Winston Cup race and first since Charlotte in May 2000 and it adds another driver to the 2002 The Winston (now 25 drivers). See for a column: Matt Kenseth grabs Subway 400 win and see my Subway 400 Results page and
      For Driver and Owners Points - see my 2002 Winston Cup Standings after Rockingham page, for standings last week, see my 2002 Winston Cup Standings after Daytona page, these will be available and linked all year on my 2002 Winston Cup Race Results page.(2-24-2002)

    • First from 25th? hearing that it is the first time a Winston Cup race has been won from the 25th starting spot in history. Matt Kenseth started from the 25th starting spot at Rockingham (2-24-2002). It was the only spot of the top 33 starting spots that there wasn't a winner.(2-24-2002)

    • Subway 400 at the Rock is over finished under yellow after #36-Ken Schrader hit the wall and #31-Gordon spun and left a tire on the track with four races to do, NASCAR said there was not enought laps left to throw a red flag (direct ALL questions on that subject to them). #17-Matt Kenseth won the race after dominating the 2nd half of the race and leading the most laps, Kenseth wins his 2nd career Winston Cup race and first since Charlotte in May 2000 and it adds another driver to the 2002 The Winston (now 25 drivers). The top 10 finishers:
      #17-Kenseth(152 laps led)
      #40-Sterling Marlin (24 laps led)
      #18-Bobby Labonte
      #20-Tony Stewart
      #32-Ricky Craven (113 laps led)
      #99-Jeff Burton
      #24-Jeff Gordon
      #2-Rusty Wallace
      #55-Bobby Hamilton
      #1-Kenny Wallace
      Daytona 500 winner finished #22-Burton is 16th
      Rookies: #12-Newman 12th (the 2nd race in the row he is Rookie of the Race) ; #48-Johnson finished 28th.
      Lap leaders: #32-Craven(116), #22-Burton(1), #40-Marlin(35), #30-Green(46), #88-Jarrett(17), #17-Kenseth(152), #28-Rudd(26).
      DNF'd: #14-Compton(engine), #88-Jarrett(engine), #44-Jones(accident), #15-Waltrip(engine), #4-Skinner(engine), #36-Schrader(engine).

      NOTES: #97-Busch, who was to start 7th, had th have an engine changed when a water leak was discovered and had to start the race at the rear of the field.
      The tire carrier for #48-Jimmie Johnson, David Bryant, was injured during the first round of pit stops and has been transferred to a local hospital for x-rays on his right leg, he is awake and alert. MRN radio reports that Bryant was hit by the car that pits in front of Johnson (Mark Martin), he was taken to Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham, NC with an injury between the knee and ankle. It was reported later in the race that Bryant has a broken right leg and is being transferred to a Charlottee hospital.

      Accident on lap 156 when #24-Gordon tapped #7-Atwood causing Atwood to spin, #45-Petty and #44-Jones hit Atwood hard, others involved and damaged slightly/sheet metal were #36-Schrader, #19-Mayfield, #31-Gordon, #41-Spencer and #99-Burton, all drivers walked away.

      #15-Waltrip's Chevy died on pit road as he was trying to enter the garage area, causing a caution, during the caution #24-Gordon spun in his pit stall and lost 15 spots.

      #18-Labonte was reported as running on seven cylinders as of lap 100 but is running in the top 10, so looks like that problems may had been fixed.

      #1 Pennzoil team gasman, Mike Bordick, had some gas splash in his eye during a pitstop and has been taken to the infield care center, but he told Fox pit reporter, Matt Yocum, that he was ok.

      The 6th caution was caused by an accident when #77-Blaney hit #41-Spencer in the back and spun himself (Spencer continued), #26-Nemechek couldn't check up and hot Blaney and then #33-Wallace hit Nemechek.

      #28-Rudd, while leading the race, stalled on pit road when he hit the kill switch accidently after the 6th caution, finally got the car started and back on the track but is a lap down.

      #7-Atwood is back on the track (around lap 260) after the crew made repairs when Atwood was caused in an early accident.

      #4-Skinner loses an engine on lap 365, most of the leaders came in for tires, #32-Craven stayed out to assume the lead.
      See for a column: Matt Kenseth grabs Subway 400 win and for Unofficial Subway 400 results and
      For Driver and Owners Points - see my 2002 Winston Cup Standings after Rockingham page, for standings last week, see my 2002 Winston Cup Standings after Daytona page, these will be available and linked all year on my 2002 Winston Cup Race Results page.(2-24-2002)

    • Happy Hour Practice is over at Rockingham. Fastest was #43-John Andretti at 150.984mph, with #31-Robby Gordon 2nd at 150.928 and 3rd was #18-Bobby Labonte with a speed of 150.884. #24-Gordon hits the wall during the practice and damaged the right front and rear side, the team is repairing the car. See for the final Winston Cup practice speeds.(2-23-2002)

    • Saturday AM Speeds at the Rock: #2-Rusty Wallace was fastest with a speed of 150.598mph with #88-Dale Jarrett 2nd at 150.529 and #9-Bill Elliott was 3rd at 150.486. See for Saturday's first practice speeds.(2-23-2002)

    • Craven wins the pole at Rockingham: #32-Ricky Craven won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 400 with a speed of 156.008mph. It is Craven's fifth career pole. The top ten qualifiers are:
      1)  #32-Ricky Craven, Ford, 156.008mph
      2)  #36-Ken Schrader, Pontiac, 154.696
      3)  #10-Johnny Benson, Pontiac, 154.631
      4)  #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 154.507
      5)  #25-Jerry Nadeau, Chevy, 154.357
      6)  #40-Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 154.292
      7)  #97-Kurt Busch, Ford, 154.208
      8)  #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 153.884
      9)  #1-Kenny Wallace, Chevy, 153.729
      10) #55-Bobby Hamilton, Chevy, 153.696
      slowest was #85-Carl Long, 147.385
      2001 Champ #24-Jeff Gordon will start 33rd at 152.671 (he won the pole for the event in 2001)
      #85-Long tapped the wall on his first lap and was rubbing a tire.
      See for Friday's Subway 400 qualifying results or a column:Craven wins Subway 400 pole
      or NASCAR.com for the Subway 400 Race Lineup(NOTE, they have #45-Petty ahead of #11-Bodine which should be incorrect, Bodine was higher in 2001 Owner points which a tie is based on, so Bodine should start 31st)
      .(2-22-2002)

    • Missing the race at Rockingham:
      #71-Dick Trickle, 47th in 2001 owners points
      #85-Carl Long, 49th in 2001 owners points
      #59-Randy Renfrow, no 2001 points
      See my 2002 Provisional Status for the 1st 4 race page and the Did Not Qualify(DNQ) page for info.(2-22-2002)

    • Provisional Spots for the Subway 400 at Rockingham go to:
      37)#26-Nemechek
      38)#21-Sadler (2nd race in a row)
      39)#23-Stricklin
      40)#5-Labonte
      41)#66-Bodine
      42)#14-Compton
      43)#90-Rick Mast
      See my 2002 Provisional Status for the 1st 4 race page for info.(2-22-2002)

    • Pole Progression for Rockingham (the first five drivers who went out):
      #85-Long, went out to qualify 1st, ran 147.385mph, DNQ'd
      #71-Trickle, out 2nd, 152.106, DNQ'd
      #97-Busch, out 3rd, 154.208, will start 7th
      #88-Jarrett, out 4th, 154.507, will start 4th
      #32-Craven, out 5th, 156.008, will start 1st on the pole.(2-22-2002)

    • Friday Practice Speeds - Dodges fast: #19-Jeremy Mayfield was the fastest with a speed of 154.201mph and #45-Kyle Petty was 2nd fastest at 153.729 and #41-Jimmy Spencer 3rd at 153.709 (all in Dodges). Six of the top ten were Dodges. Slowest were #90-Rick Mast at 147.939 and #59-Randy Renfrow at 147.706. Track record speed is 158.035mph (Rusty Wallace) and last years pole was 156.455mph (Jeff Gordon). See for Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds and a column: Dodges fast in Friday's practice.(2-22-2002)

    • Qualifying Order is up: 46 cars vie for 43 starting spots for the Subway 400 at Rockingham. First driver scheduled out at 3:05pm/et (approx after BGN qualifying - televised on Fox Sports Net, radio MRN - also will be re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:30pm/et tonight) is #85-Carl Long, last scheduled out is #59-Randy Renfrow. See above for the link(s).(2-22-2002)

    • Entry List is up for the Rock: NASCAR.com has the Entry List posted for the Subway 400 at Rockingham. 46 drivers/teams attempting to make the race for 43 spots, including #59-Randy Renfrow, #71-Dick Trickle(Warranty Gold as sponsor?) and #85-Carl Long(in a Ford this week). The #92-Melling Racing team is not listed, the #33 APR Chevy is with Mike Wallace. See above for the Enrty List link.(2-20-2002)

    • 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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • National Anthem at the Rock: National recording artist Trace Adkins will perform the national anthem prior to the February 24 Subway 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at North Carolina Speedway.(NCS Site)(2-17-2002)

    • Subway at the Rock? UPDATE 2: hearing that Subway will be the new title sponsor of the Feb 24th Cup race at Rockingham, NC (North Carolina Speedway), being known as the Subway 400 (1-24-2002)
      UPDATE: haven't seen any announcments but during the Fox coverage of the NFC Championship game [sniff] there were many ads for the next NASCAR race on Fox, at Rockingham/North Carolina Speedway on Feb 24th and it was called the Subway 400(1-28-2002)
      UPDATE 2: Subway Restaurants is pleased to announce, their entitlement of the February 24, 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event, the SUBWAY 400, at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC. For Subway, the decision to sponsor the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event comes after the franchise's successful endeavors in 2001 with limited sponsorship of Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races.(NCS Site)(2-2-2002)

    • Train to the Rock:On February 24, 2002, race fans can ride the Amtrak non-stop Rockingham Race Special from Raleigh to the North Carolina 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at the North Carolina Speedway. For more info, see the NCS Site.(1-28-2002)

    • North Carolina Security Measures: Security concerns in the continuing unrest following the September 11 attacks have led many race tracks to rethink their admission policies, and North Carolina Motor Speedway is one of them. The track has imposed new limits on what fans may bring into the track. Those policies will go into effect immediately and will be enforced at the February 24 North Carolina 400. Fans can bring in one soft-sided cooler no larger than 6in x 6in x 12in, or in its stead as scanner bag or diaper bag. The fans may also bring in one clear plastic bag no larger than 18in x 18in x 4in to carry things received or purchased at the track. This clear bag may not contain ice. Also allowed will be binoculars, scanners or cameras worn on the person and not carried in a bag but around the neck or on the belt. Hard-sides coolers, thermoses or insulated cups will not be permitted. Previous track policy prohibited strollers, umbrellas or large backpacks from being brought into the grounds. The track also said that all items will be subject to search.(SpeedVision)(1-17-2002)

    • 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)

    • 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 - North Carolina Speedway


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • #500 for Mikey: Michael Waltrip will make his 500th career Winston Cup start Sunday at North Carolina Speedway, the 23rd series driver to reach this milestone.(2-24-2002)

    • Marcis plans and Trickle to run #71 at the Rock UPDATE 2 Sponsor: Dave Marcis insists Marcis Auto Racing will continue forward in the Winston Cup Series. After Speedweeks, Marcis will become strictly a car owner. He's already making plans for the next phase of his racing career. "I'll hang around Winston Cup racing," he said during the Winston Cup Preview Jan. 19. "I've got some plans to run Dick Trickle in a car at Rockingham and various other drivers throughout the year. If they've got the sponsorships and help pay the bills, we'll be around." Marcis will stay quite busy in "retirement." He will continue to be the lead test driver for the International Race of Champions series and also do testing for select Winston Cup teams in addition to running a new business venture.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(1-24-2002)
      UPDATE - Sponsor for Marcis/Trickle at the Rock? Warranty Gold is listed as the sponsor of the #71 on NASCAR.com's Entry List. There is a connection as Warranty Gold was the sponsor for Dwayne Leik who drove the #81 Marcis Racing Chevy in a few BGN races in 2001.(2-21-2002)
      UPDATE 2: Bass Pro Shops and Dave Marcis Racing will join forces this weekend at Rockingham when Dave Marcis officially changes hats from driver to car owner, handing over the steering wheel of his #71 Chevy to Dick Trickle. Marcis, who concluded his five decade career as a NASCAR Winston Cup driver with the running of the 2002 Daytona 500 this past weekend, will continue to participate as a car owner in many NASCAR events. Rockingham will be his first event as solely a car owner, and for this special event Bass Pro Shops and the National Wild Turkey Federation will be displayed on the hood of the #71 Chevrolet. Visit their web site: www.basspro.com for more information.(Fahlgren PR)(2-21-2002)

    • 2nd Race Blues: Ward Burton will try to become only the third driver in history to win the first two races of the season. Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat in 1997 and David Pearson turned the trick in 1976. Only two drivers have ever won the Daytona 500 and went on to win the first race at North Carolina Speedway -- Richard Petty (1974) and Gordon (1997).()(2-21-2002)

    • Renfrow to attempt the Rock: former CTS driver, Randy Renfrow is on the Subway 400 Entry List. He supposedly will attempt to make his first Winston Cup race in the #59 Dodge for owner Foster Price that Carl Long was to run at Rockingham before that deal fell thru, Long will be in the #85 Ford instead.(2-20-2002)

    • #33 at the Rock: The #33 Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing will compete in Sunday's Cup race at North Carolina Speedway [Rockingham]. Petree made the announcement Tuesday. "The fact that we won the last Winston Cup race at Rockingham and the fact that there are a lot of potential sponsors still looking at us led me to believe the best thing we could do is run at least this race," Petree said. Mike Wallace will drive the car, continuing the stint he began last week at Daytona. Petree did not commit past Sunday's Subway 400 but did not rule out running the following week at Las Vegas, NV. Autoliv sponsored the #33 car at Daytona in a one-race deal. Petree said he had been talking with Autoliv about future events, as well as several other companies. Check out Autoliv at their site: www.autoliv.com.(Williams Company PR)(2-19-2002)

    • Brett Bodine and Dura Lube: Dura Lube and Dura Shine will join the #11 Ford Taurus of Brett Bodine Racing for the next three NASCAR Winston Cup Series events [Daytona, Rockingham, Las Vegas] with signage on some major positions of the race car. President and CEO Sonny Howard says "I have known Geoffrey and Brett Bodine for many years. I have had a relationship with them in the past. I found out that Brett needed some help to get his season started on the right foot and although finances are tight everywhere, if we can help him out, we feel he will appreciate it and do his best to enhance our Dura Lube brands. Brett is hard working and sincere."(Brett Bodine Racing PR)(2-16-2002)

    • Marcis plans and Trickle to run #71 at the Rock: Dave Marcis will attempt to make one last start in his #71 Chevy before retiring as a driver, but he insists Marcis Auto Racing will continue forward in the Winston Cup Series. After Speedweeks, Marcis will become strictly a car owner. He's already making plans for the next phase of his racing career. "I'll hang around Winston Cup racing," he said during the Winston Cup Preview Jan. 19. "I've got some plans to run Dick Trickle in a car at Rockingham and various other drivers throughout the year. If they've got the sponsorships and help pay the bills, we'll be around." Marcis will stay quite busy in "retirement." He will continue to be the lead test driver for the International Race of Champions series and also do testing for select Winston Cup teams in addition to running a new business venture. Marcis said he's leaning heavily on Richard Childress Racing for technical support to make the Daytona 500. His best chance to make the $12 million race is to post a fast lap in qualifying.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(1-24-2002)

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


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