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THE RACE: Dodge/Save Mart 350

Winston Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 23, 2002 in Sonoma, CA

  • TV: Fox - 3:00pm/et

  • TimeZone: Sonoma is in the Pacific Time Zone, all times posted here are Eastern (3 hours ahead of Pacific)

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wed, June 26th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, June 27th, 1:00am/et;

  • Pre-Race Show: 2:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • NASCAR on TV(not up to date)

  • 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: $4,007,910 (was $3,493,689 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2001 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 75.889mph, started 3rd

  • Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph.

  • Track/Race Length: 1.99 mile road course, 110 laps, 218.9 miles, 350 kilometers.

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, June 21st, 1:20pm - 3:20pm/et; Saturday, June 22nd, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 22nd, 2:15 - 3:00pm/et on TV-FX at 2:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 21, 12:20pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: at and/or

  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-36, Friday, June 21 at 5:05pm/et, TV-FSN and live via PRN Radio(link below), XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Re-air on TV-Speed Channel, Fri, June 21 at 8:00pm/et and Sat, June 22nd at 1:00am/et.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 93.699mph, finished 3rd.

    Track Specs:
    1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
    Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
    increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season

  • Track Homepage: Infineon Raceway

    PAST RACE WINNERS at Infineon Raceway

    2001 Tony Stewart
    2000 Jeff Gordon
    1999 Jeff Gordon
    1998 Jeff Gordon
    1997 Mark Martin
    1996 Rusty Wallace
    1995 Dale Earnhardt
    1994 Ernie Irvan
    1993 Geoffrey Bodine
    1992 Ernie Irvan
    1991 Davey Allison
    1990 Rusty Wallace
    1989 Ricky Rudd


    No Goodyear Notes have been sent out in a few weeks by their PR people


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $110,000 at Infineon Raceway 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(6-16-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru and on XM Satellite Radio.
Airtime: 2:15pm/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 Sonoma, CA Area:
Contra Costa/Bay Area Times
Frenso Bee
Napa Valley Welcomes You
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
San Francisico Examiner
Sonoma County Independent

by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground

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

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV



  • Pontiac/Ford gets a rules change: NASCAR announced a ½-inch increase to the front air dam and ¼ inch rear spoiler increase for the Pontiac Grand Prix beginning with the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan on June 16th. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than one (1) inch forward of the bumper. Measurements for the rear spoiler will now read at 7 1/8* inches high by 57 inches wide (prior to this, the rear spoiler measured at 6 7/8 inches high by 57 inches wide). This dimension will not be used at Daytona or Talladega. Officials also reduced the spoiler size on the Ford Taurus from 6 inches to 5-7/8 inches for next month's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. During the Daytona 500 in February, the Ford's rear spoiler was 5 ¾ inches tall and in April at Talladega, Ford's measurements were 6 inches tall. The Chevrolet and Dodge teams rear spoiler will remain at 6 ¼ inches tall, while the Pontiac teams will measure at 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide.(NASCAR PR)(6-12-2002)

  • Provisonals Rules changed a bit: NASCAR Officials announced this week that teams in the Cup and BGN will not be charged for using a provisional starting position if the entry field for an event is equal to or less than the number of starting positions provided by the official entry blank.[such as 43 at a Cup race]. A team is granted a maximum season allotment of eight provisionals [charged provisional, if not in the top 25 in Owners Points] and under this amendment, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37-43 will not count against this allotment. Prior to this amendment, teams were charged for a provisional regardless of the number of entries at an event.( For more info on provisionals, see my Provisionals Status page.(3-21-2002)

  • New Pit Road Rules: NASCAR will change its policies for speeding violations on pit road following confusion over an infraction for which eventual race-winner Sterling Marlin was never penalized a week ago at Las Vegas. NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the changes Sunday morning at the drivers’ meeting prior to the MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new rules go into effect next weekend at Darlington Raceway. The key change is that, under green-flag conditions, the penalty for speeding on the way onto pit road will now be the same as the penalty for speeding off the pit lane. The new penalty will be what NASCAR is calling a “pass through,” meaning the offending car will have to come off the track and travel the length of pit road at its speed limit without stopping. Under the old rule, a car speeding on the way onto pit road during a green-flag stop was held for 15 seconds in its pit stall. A car speeding off pit road was brought back to its pit box for a stop-and-go penalty. During last week’s UAW 400 at Las Vegas, NASCAR officials said Marlin was speeding as he came to his pit stall after being spun out in Turn 4. NASCAR’s race control officials called for the 15-second penalty, but that message was not heard by the official working in Marlin’s pit stall. Marlin left without serving a penalty and NASCAR decided not to enforce any further sanction, saying that bringing Marlin back to pit road would be too severe of a penalty. Since the usual penalty for speeding on the exit to pit lane was to bring a car back in for a stop-and-go, that raised the question of why the sanction for speeding on the way out should be more severe for speeding on the way in. The rule change announced Sunday addresses that issue. Helton admitted Sunday that not giving Marlin a penalty last week might not have been the right decision. Helton said the change was made to avoid the kind of confusion and miscommunication that happened at Las Vegas. Under the rule that goes into effect next week, a driver speeding on the way in and on the way out on the same pit stop will be brought back in for a stop-and-go penalty. A driver who exceeds the pit road speed limit as he serves the “pass through” penalty for speeding will also get a stop-and-go. The penalty for speeding in or out of a pit stop made under yellow-flag conditions will not change - the offending car will be sent to the end of the longest line of traffic for the restart.()(3-10-2002)
    UPDATE: plus a nice breakdown at RacingOne:
    The New Pit Road Rules

    Speeding Entering Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed.

    Speeding Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: Stop and Go
    New Penalty: Pass through at correct pit road speed

    Entering and Exiting Pit Road
    Current Penalty: 15 seconds after stop; brought back for stop and go
    New Penalty: Stop and Go

    Speeding on Pass Through
    New Penalty: Stop and Go
    Multiple Violations: NASCAR’s Discretion.(RacingOne)(3-11-2002)

  • 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': Infineon Raceway Race Info/Random Thoughts

  • Infineon Raceway Preview

  • Crew Chief Club


  • note: this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season

news and links

  • Ricky Rudd wins at Infineon Raceway: #28-Ricky Rudd won the race at Infineon Raceway, Rudd's 6th career road course win and 23rd career win. Rudd is the 11th different winner in 2002. #44-Jerry Nadeau was running away with the race until his rear-end gear broke with 3 laps to go. Pole sitter #20-Tony Stewart finished 2nd. The top ten finishers (unofficial):

    #28-Ricky Rudd (3 laps led)
    #20-Tony Stewart (6 laps led)
    #5-Terry Labonte
    #97-Kurt Busch (30 laps led)
    #30-Jeff Green

    #21-Elliott Sadler
    #6-Mark Martin
    #9-Bill Elliott
    #12-Ryan Newman
    #43-Andretti (11 laps led)

    2001 Champ: #24-Gordon, 37th, 7 laps led.
    2002 Points Leader: #40-Marlin, 43rd and out of the race.
    Rookies: #12-Newman, 13th; #48-Johnson, 16th
    Cars on the lead lap: 32
    Cars off track or out of the race: #40-Marlin(engine) - his first DNF in 44 races; #62-Cameron(out, no idea); #67-Said (accident); #44-Nadeau (rear-end) - while leading the race; #41-Spencer(?); #48-Johnson(transmission);

    Cautions: 3 for 9 laps
    Caution 3 84-86: for #67-Said, who spun out and did serious damage to the rear of the car.
    Caution 2 67-68: for #44-Nadeau spinning out.
    Caution 1 39-42: for oil on the track from #36-Schrader.

    NOTES: Lap 105, #41-Spencer and #15-Waltrip got off course, no yellow. Lap 104, #48-Johnson is having transmission/rear problems and is limping around the track; also #11-Bodine got off course and spun in the dirt after getting together with #2-Wallace but got back on the track. Around lap 100 #15-Waltrip got out of the groove in the loop and lost many positions, and #25-Nemechek got off course and lost positions. #55-Hamilton locked up his brakes and spun on lap 98, no caution. #19-Mayfield got off course and lost a few spots around lap 94. #9-Elliott and #44-Nadeau got together fighting for the lead on lap 87, Elliott went off course, Nadeau took the lead. Eight cars didn't pit during the third caution, #25 took 2 tires only, #2-Wallace had to come back in when he had loose lugnuts. #26-Bodine spun while leading, no yellow. All the leaders pitted during the 2nd caution. #67-Said spun out on lap 60 when he and #43-Andretti got together, he recovered and is still on the track. #22-Burton is in the garage after having rear-end/drive shaft problems, #36-Schrader is back on the track as of lap 53. #31-Gordon, locked up his brakes around lap 50 and went off course, but is back on. Around lap 48, #22-Burton slowed down, has a gear problem and is in the garage. #10-Benson went off track but recovered and is back on track. On lap 44, #8-Earnhardt Jr had an off track excursion when he and #45-Petty got together, the #8 is back on the track after hitting the tires with his left side, doing some minor damage. #24-Gordon is back on the track after the team fixed the rear-end gears. Many teams, including leaders #20-Stewart and #31-Gordon, have came in to pit. #17-Kenseth is off the track with rear end problems. #24-Gordon, after leading most of the race, is off the track with a transmission problem as of lap 32, the team is working on the car. #40-Marlin lost an engine and is out of the race. #6-Martin supposedly has smoke coming from his car. Around lap 24, #5-Labonte fell off the pace when he had a rear tire go down. #40-Marlin had a water belt come off and was running hot (and it caused the power steering problem), Marlin's car went to the garage and got repaired, but is back on the track. #24-Gordon would assume the driver point lead if thing stay as they are). #0-Jim Inglebright went off the track during the 2nd lap after locking up his brakes to avoid #40-Marlin. There was a fire at the track where the fireworks were lighted, it was extinguished before the race.
    RESULTS: see .
    REBROADCAST: Wednesday, June 26th at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel.(6-23-2002)

  • Rudd tied for 2nd: Ricky Rudd now has six career road course victories, tying him with Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Rusty Wallace for second on the all-time list. Jeff Gordon has seven.()(6-24-2002)

  • Road Race Specialists: where they finished at Infineno Raceway:
    #0-Inglebright, started 34th, finished 35th, 1 lap down
    #44-Nadeau, started 22nd, finished
    #62-Cameron, started 32nd, finished 42nd, out
    #67-Said, started 10th, finished 41st, accident
    #87-Fellows, started 19th, finished 29th

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how did they do at Infineno Raceway:
    #12-Ryan Newman, started 17th, finished 9th, 13 rookie points
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, started 15th, finished 35th, 10 rookie points.(6-23-2002)

  • Winston Cup drivers points after Sonoma (unofficial):
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 2198 (finished 43rd at Infineno Raceway)
    #6-Mark Martin, 2136, -62 (finished 7th)
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2116, -82 (finished 37th, 7 laps down)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2112, -86 (finished 35th, 6 laps down)
    #20-Tony Stewart 2110, -88 (finished 2nd)
    For unofficial standings, see . (6-23-2002)

  • The race rundown:
    -- Lap 1 - Tony Stewart leads from the pole.
    -- Lap 2 - Jim Inglebright spins
    -- Lap 2 - Jeff Gordon takes the lead.
    -- Lap 5 - Sterling Marlin is reporting power steering problems.
    -- Lap 13 - Sterling Marlin is in the pits, overheating, water pump belt came off. Marlin then goes into the garage He came out 9 laps down.
    -- Lap 27 - Terry Labonte is in the pit for an early green flag pit stop (tire problems).
    -- Lap 32 - Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and many others are in for green flag pits.
    -- Lap 32 - Jeff Gordon stalls, rear-end problem, goes to the garage.
    -- Lap 33 - Kurt Busch leads
    -- Lap 33 - Jeff Burton stalls on pit road.
    -- Lap 35 - Tony Stewart leads after green flag pits cycle out.
    CAUTION 1 Lap #38 - Oil on the track, from turn 10 to 11.
    Matt Kenseth went in for repairs. Sterling Marlin is also back in, done for the day, Jeff Burton's hood is up in the pits. Jeff Gordon came back out, 8 laps down.
    RESTART Lap #42 (after 4 caution laps) Kurt Busch leads,
    -- Lap 45 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spins off the track, into the tire wall, he goes into the pits.
    -- Lap 50 - Robby Gordon locks the brakes and goes off the track.
    -- Lap 53 - Ward Burton is in with rear end problems.
    -- Lap 55 - Kurt Busch leads at 1/2 way
    -- Lap 59 - Boris Said spins.
    CAUTION 2 Lap #67 - Jerry Nadeau spins twice. Brett Bodine leads.
    RESTART Lap #69 (after 2 caution laps)
    Todd Bodine, John Andretti, Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte lead.
    -- Lap 69 - Todd Bodine spins, John Andretti leads.
    -- Lap 71 - Kyle Petty spins
    CAUTION 3 Lap #84 - Boris Said wrecks hard in turn 10.
    John Andretti's crew had a problem with the right front tire. Lost time in the pits.
    RESTART Lap #87 (after 3 caution laps) Bill Elliott, Jerry Nadeau, Jeff Green, Terry Labonte and Jerry Mayfield lead. They did not pit. They have 14 laps on their tires. Rusty Wallace had to repit for a loose lug nut.
    -- Lap 87 - Jerry Nadeau takes the lead
    -- Lap 100 - Nadeau enjoys a 5.8 second lead over Terry Labonte
    -- Lap 102 - Michael Waltrip spins
    -- Lap 105 - Jimmie Johnson lost his transmission
    -- Lap 105 - Brett Bodine went off the course.
    -- Lap 107 - Nadeau's car lost the rear end
    -- Lap 108 - Ricky Rudd leads
    -- Lap 110 - Ricky Rudd wins.
    (from the The Stock Car Gazette by the MotorSportsNews.Net(work))

  • To the rear UPDATE: Both #88-Dale Jarrett, scheduled to start 37th and #32-Ricky Craven, scheduled to start 38th, will fall to the rear of the field after changing engines. Jarrett after practice on Friday (an elected not to qualify, which is allowed as long as the car is practiced before), and Craven after wrecking his primary, then blowing the engine in his backup and the team put the engine from the primary in the backup(got that?)(6-23-2002)
    UPDATE: also #19-Mayfield as the team changed engines, #41-Spencer and #26-Todd Bodine also had to go to the rear of the field as they missed the mandatory drivers meeting. #32-Craven did not have to fall to the rear as reported before.(Fox Coverage)(6-23-2002)

  • Happy Hour practice at Infineon Raceway is over. #31-Robby Gordon was the fastest at 94.127, followed by #6-Mark Martin at 93.128 and #2-Rusty Wallace at 93.112. Slowest was #23-Stricklin at 90.359. #1-Steve Park spun and backed into a foam covered wall and did some damage to the left rear of the car, the team has made repairs and Park made some laps. For speeds, see .(6-22-2002)

  • Saturday AM practice at Infineon Raceway is over. Fastest was #2-Wallace at 92.497, followed by #9-Bill Elliott at 92.449. Slowest was #41-Jimmy Spencer at 89.417. For speeds see .(6-22-2002)

  • Tony Stewart wins pole Infineon Raceway: for the Dodge/Save Mart 350. It was Stewart's first Bud Pole of 2002 and the first 2002 pole for Pontiac. Also the first time a Pontiac has sat on the pole at Infineon Raceway since Rusty Wallace in 1989. The top ten starters:

    #20-Stewart 93.476
    #97-Busch 93.184
    #99-Burton 93.166
    #24-Gordon 93.141
    #9-Elliott 93.116

    #17-Kenseth 93.069
    #28-Rudd 93.046
    #2-Wallace 93.010
    #31-Gordon 92.988
    #67-Said 92.948

    Provisional Land::
    #88-Jarrett (12th in owners points)
    #32-Craven (13)
    #5-Labonte (19th)
    #21-Sadler (22nd)
    #23-Stricklin (30th)
    #1-Park (33rd)
    #7-Atwood (34th)

    Missed the race:
    #14-Compton (40th in owners points) 89.459
    #46-Ash (none) 89.979

    Road Specialists:
    #67-Said 92.948 starts 10th
    #87-Fellows 92.024 starts 19th
    #44-Nadeau 91.807 starts 22nd
    #62-Cameron 91.224 starts 32nd
    #0-Jim Inglebright - 91.175 starts 34th
    #46-Brandon Ash 89.979 missed the race

    last years pole speed (in the new track configuration): 93.699mph by Jeff Gordon

    NOTES: #21-Sadler spun out during his run and is the slowest. #88-Jarrett and #32-Craven will probably not make qualifying attempts as they lost engines in practice and would have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race anyway. #17-Kenseth is running a white and blue AT&T scheme. #67-Said's car is silver and blue with some yellow. #45-Petty has a silver and red special Petty Ride scheme. #40-Marlin is running the gold Coors Original colors.
    Lineup/Qualifying Results: at and or MotorsportsOne.(6-21-2002)

  • Pole Progression at Infineon Raceway:
    #5-Labonte, 1st out to qualify, 90.186, starts 39th provisional
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 2nd out, 91.784, starts 23rd
    #87-Fellows, 3rd out, 92.024, starts 19th
    #12-Newman, 4th out, 92.378, starts 17th
    #28-Rudd, 6th out, 93.046, starts 7th
    #99-Burton, 16th out, 93.166, starts 3rd
    #97-Busch, 27th out, 93.184, starts 2nd
    #20-Stewart, 28th out, 93.476, on the pole

  • Some Practice Notes: Dale Jarrett blew engine in the #88 UPS Ford, got in only 3 laps before having to change engines (as long as u practice a driver/team is eligible for a provisional, no qualifying attempt is needed). #32- Ricky Craven had his primary go off track and hit the tire barrier and went to a backup car, and then the engine let go on the backup car, and the team has changed engines. #45-Kyle Petty ran off the track and through the dirt, but the car did not sustain any damage.(PRN) Jarrett said at the beginning of FSN Qualifying coverage that Dale Jarrett will not make a qualifying attempt and take a provisional and get ready for Saturday practice.(6-21-2002)

  • Friday Practice at Infineon Raceway is over. #12-Ryan Newman wass the fastest at 93.447mph followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 93.428. Slowest were #88-Dale Jarrett at 73.329 (must have had a problem) and #32-Ricky Craven at 88.628. For speeds, see .(6-21-2002)

  • Race Length Change: be advised that the length of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 race this Sunday, June 23rd will be 218.9 miles and 110 laps, not 224 miles and 112 laps as previously reported.(NASCAR PR), still a 2.0 mile track, to me that adds up to 220,, shows it as 1.99 miles, so that adds up(6-19-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Infineon Raceway:. See above for link(s). 45 cars are listed. First driver scheduled out is #5-Terry Labonte, final/45th driver due out is #77-Dave Blaney.(6-21-2002)

  • Up front the place to start: The furthest back in the field that a race winner at Infineon Raceway has started was 13th by Davey Allison in 1991. Ten of the 13 races have been won from a top-five starting position.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(6-21-2002)

  • Entry List is up for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, see above for the link. 44 cars/drivers are listed (as of 6-17). Quite a few road racers entered including #0-Jim Inglebright in the Jelly Belly Chevy (who has won the last two Featherlite races at the track and will try for a third); #62-Austin Cameron in the NAPA Hand Tools Chevy; #67-Boris Said in the 2nd Jasper Engines Ford; #87-Ron Fellows in the Cellular One Chevy; #44-Jerry Nadeau in for Steve Grissom. Missing is the #90 Donlavey Ford.(6-18-2002)
    UPDATE now 45: Winston West driver, #46-Brandon Ash has been added in the Track Access Ford. Who is Brandon Ash? Check thee profile at Racing West.(6-19-2002)

  • Some Infineon Raceway Notes: In past years, nine teams were forced to pit on the inside of Turn 11, known as "Gilligan's Island." That no longer exists. Pit road now features 43 pit stalls. Qualifying will feature a twist: Teams will start up the drag strip and loop around the backside of the course (Turns 7-12) before taking the green flag at start/finish. Once the qualifying lap is complete, drivers will exit the course by making a left-hand turn under the FRAM Autolite Bridge into the paddock at Turn 1. The road course as been permanently separated from the drag strip at Turns 12-1 by a permanent wall.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-18-2002)

  • 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


  • Sears Point Announcement UPDATE 4 Infineon Raceway? Yep, it is OFFICIAL: Sears Point Raceway is planning a Saturday press conference for what it's calling "a major announcement concerning the future" of the California facility. Bruton Smith, the chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns the track, is scheduled to be on hand for the announcement. The facility's owners have expressed interest in building an oval track on the road course site in the past but have run into opposition from area residents. SMI recently completed a $50 million renovation at Sears Point that included new grandstands, hillside terrace seating, garages and other improvements.(Sears Point PR/Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-18-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing thannouncementnt will be a name change for the track, possibly a track sponsor, like Lowes Motor Speedway name (used to be Charlotte Motor Speedway)(6-19-2002)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the "major announcement" is a track naming deal, as in "Lowe's Motor Speedway". Supposedly the company is in a very competitive sector of the computer industry and has been a car sponsor in several major road racing series.(6-20-2002)
    UPDATE 3: hearing that is could be "Infineon Raceway" for Infineon Technologies,a German chip maker.(6-20-2002)
    UPDATE 4, it is official: Sears Point Raceway has been renamed Infineon Raceway as part of a long-term strategic partnership with Infineon Technologies (DAX/NYSE: IFX), one of the world’s top semiconductor manufacturing companies. The new Infineon Raceway name and logo were unveiled today at a Winner’s Circle press conference attended by senior executives of Speedway Motorsports (NYSE: TRK), Infineon Technologies and Infineon representative Mario Andretti, who is serving as Grand Marshal of this weekend’s Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event. The agreement, which represents just the second major motorsports naming rights partnership in the country, provides a significant branding and marketing platform for Infineon Technologies, which is based in Germany and has its North American headquarters in nearby San Jose, CA. The naming rights agreement comes at a time when the Sonoma, Calif. raceway is near completion on a $50 million modernization project that is transforming the facility into one of the country’s premier motorsports and entertainment venues. The extensive remodeling includes new grandstand and terrace seating that afford great views of the twisting and challenging 2.52-mile and 2-mile road courses and championship quarter-mile drag strip. In addition to improved recognition for the Infineon brand, the Infineon Raceway partnership creates a new business meeting and customer event center for Infineon. The on-site Infineon Business Center is a year-round conference facility, and the new Infineon Tech Pavilion provides opportunities for the company and its customers to showcase products during each of the raceway’s major events. In addition, Infineon may pass through specific contract elements, such as ad signage and event sponsorships, to its key customers and business partners. Two annual events will now include the company name in the event marquee. The annual American Le Mans Series event will be renamed the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma, and beginning in 2003, Infineon Raceway will host the Infineon Mountain Bike Challenge, a world-class competitive biking event.(Infineon Raceway PR), the new site is also, taking the place of, which still works, but re-directs.(6-22-2002)

  • Gilligan's Island to be Cancelled REPOST: The pit areas for the slowest nine cars in qualifying are across from the main pits. The area, dubbed Gilligan's Island because of its isolated location, will disappear by next year after more track changes. Drivers using Gilligan's Island lost 18 seconds over the rest of the field, which reflects the extra time it takes to get in and out(Santa Rosa Press Democrat)(6-25-2001)

  • Sirius Pole Day at Infineon Raceway/Sears Point: Sirius Satellite Radio has agreed on terms with Sears Point Raceway to become sponsor of pole-day qualifying during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup weekend, June 20-23, it was announced by raceway officials. Pole qualifying will take place on Friday, June 21, and will be known as "The Good Guys/Sirius Pole Day." Sirius will also receive a signage package at the raceway and the right to use the Sears Point Raceway name and logo for mutually agreed upon promotions. Sirius is the primary sponsor of the #7 Dodge driven by Casey Atwood.(Sears Point PR)(6-6-2002)

  • Mario Andretti Grand Marshal at Sears Point: Mario Andretti, one of the first professional drivers ever to compete at Sears Point Raceway, will return to Sonoma Valley to help christen the newly modernized facility as Grand Marshal of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup weekend, June 20-23. Andretti, the only driver in history to win races in five different decades, drove in the first - and only - Indy Car race at Sears Point Raceway in 1970, just two years after the facility opened in 1968. It was Andretti's only competitive appearance at Sears Point, but he will return during the NASCAR Winston Cup weekend as the facility takes the wraps off its two-year $50 million modernization project. Andretti's resume reads like a best-seller: Four-time Champ Car champion (1965, '66, '69, '84); Formula One champion (1978); Daytona 500 champion (1967); Indianapolis 500 champion (1969); Record-holder for Champ Car starts (407); Driver of the Quarter Century (1992). "It will be a privilege to serve as Grand Marshal at Sears Point Raceway - one of the most challenging and technical tracks around," Andretti said. "Sears Point was brand new when I raced there over 30 years ago. With all of the improvements they're making, it will be like visiting a brand new track again. I believe it is going to be a world-class facility." Sears Point Raceway is in the final stages of its Modernization Plan that will transform the facility into one of the premier motorsports and entertainment venues in the country. Improvements fans/racers can expect for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 include: new permanent grandstand at start/finish; two underground pedestrian tunnels to help expedite pedestrian traffic flow around the property; enlarged pit road to accommodate a 43-car starting grid; and increased runoff at almost every turn on the road course, to name just a few of the enhancements.(Sears Point PR)(5-30-2002)

  • Sears Point Construction:The finishing touches are now being completed on Sears Point Raceway's newest seating area, the Turn 7 hillside terrace seats. These seats are designed to mirror the hillside terrace seats that debuted for the 2001 season in Turns 2-4, and have been added as part of Sears Point Raceway's $50 million Modernization Plan. The Turn 7 seats have been carved into the hillside and will provide spectacular views of the road course. The terrace seats are also designed to provide a comfortable and unique seating option for fans. Each seat is 24-inches wide, which is 33-percent wider than the average bleacher seat (18 inches), and each seat features more than three-feet of legroom. These seats will be offered as reserved seating for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event and as general admission seating for all other events. Work continues on another section of hillside terrace seats that are being built above Turns 8a-9 on the road course. This set of terraces offers a direct view of the legendary esses at Sears Point. Both the Turn 7 and Turns 8a-9 hillside terraces will offer views of about 80-percent of the road course, and they will be ready for the 2002 Big O Tires Racing Season, which begins in April.(Sears Point PR)(2-13-2002)

  • Sears Point and Wine: Sears Point Raceway will introduce its "Preferred Winery" program beginning with the 2002 season. People will still find the standard amenities at Sears Point Raceway, but they will also be offered another choice beginning in 2002, similar to what you might find at other "high-end" sports like tennis or golf. The program will be introduced with a bang as five well-established wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys have already signed on: Kenwood, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Andretti Winery, Valley of the Moon and Lake Sonoma. With its prime location in the greatest wine region in the world, it is Sears Point Raceway's goal to showcase its partners to corporate clients, as well as the more than 500,000 fans that pass through its gates each year. The Preferred Winery program, which is part of the facility's $50 million Modernization Plan, will include a 2,000-square foot tasting pavilion, private hospitality and luxury suite tastings and corporate client limousine tasting tours, provided by Bauer's Limousine. There will also be advertising and promotional and sales opportunities for all partners. The pavilion will be open for all of Sears Point Raceway's major events for the 2002 season. A majority of all proceeds from the pavilion will go to Speedway Children's Charities. A total of 20 wineries are targeted for the program.(Sears Point Raceway PR)(1-31-2002)

  • Track Size: The 2000-2001 reconstruction of 'The Chute' has lengthened the Sears Point Raceway from 1.949 miles to 2.0 miles, the laps run will remain the same, 112. The length of the race is increased from 218miles to 224 miles and from 351km to 358km but the name of the event will still be the Dodge/Save Mart 350(6-20-2001)

  • 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 - Infineon Raceway


  • Driver to attempt to make Cup debut: Recent NASCAR Winston West Winner Brandon Ash will be making his Winston Cup debut this weekend at Sears Point Raceway in a Ford Taurus previously owned by Robert Yates which was fourth last June with Ricky Rudd behind the wheel. The new team ,"Track Access", will attempt to run both Sears Point and Phoenix Cup races as the #46 for new team owners Jon Perroton and Scott Yeaman. Long-time engine builder and "Dad" ,Ed Ash, will fill the duties of car chief while Joey Knuckles steps into the crew chief position. Tom Label of Auto Marine Engineering is team manager. Primary team sponsorship is yet to be finalized but associate sponsorship will come from Brandon's Winston West team in the form of SAS, Fuji Film and Little Tree.(PR)(6-19-2002)

  • Nadeau at DEI? UPDATEs in the #44 at Sears Point and in a Waltrip car: hearinJerryrr Nadeau, recently released from the #25 Hendrick Motorsports ride, is talking to Dale Earnhardt Inc about a ride there for 2003.
    UPDATE: ESPN2 RPM 2 Night's Ray Dunlap reports that Jerry Nadeau will be in the #44 Petty Racing Dodge at Sears Point in place of regular driver Steve Grissom. Also reported that Nadeau will drive a Michael Waltrip owned car at Chicagoland and possibly some additional races.(6-12-2002)
    UPDATE 2: hearing Nadeau will be driving the Michael Waltrip Racing Inc. #00 Chevy, sponsored by Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership, at Chicagoland Speedway.(6-18-2002)
    UPDATE 3: hearing Waltrip has purchased a Cup car from DEI (a former #15 NAPA car) and will lease DEI engines. Suppoesdly a one-race deal right now, but may end up at the Brickyard 400.(6-19-2002)

  • Cingular Helps: Cingular Wireless says it will donate $100,000 to Special Olympics if Robby Gordon can drive Richard Childress Racing's #31 Chevy to victory in next Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point Raceway. Cingular Wireless, which sponsors Gordon's car, is in the midst of a four-year campaign to raise $40 million for Special Olympics. Cingular Wireless will also donate $100 for each lap he leads and $50 for each lap he completes in the 112-lap event.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-18-2002)

  • June 20-23 - Three to Double at Sears Point: Sears Point Raceway says NASCAR Winston Cup drivers #31-Robby Gordon, #30-Jeff Green and #29-Kevin Harvick will pull double-duty as they compete in both the Dodge/Save Mart 350 Winston Cup race and the Snap-on Tools/Jelly Belly 200 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series events on the weekend of June 20-23.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-5-2002)

  • Said in 2nd Jasper car at Sears Point: Jasper Motorsports announced today that road racing veteran Boris Said will drive the #67 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford at both road course races on the Cup schedule, beginning with next weekend's event at Sears Point Raceway. Said joins #77 Jasper Ford driver Dave Blaney under the Jasper Motorsports banner. "These Winston Cup races are like Christmas to me, they only come once or twice a year," commented Said. "I'm like a little kid. I've been waiting all year to get back into one of these cars and I'm ready. Last year, I had my best two Winston Cup finishes with Jasper Motorsports. We're looking to build on that." Mark Harrah, one of three co-owners of Jasper Motorsports, will be Said's crew chief. The over-the-wall crew is a collection of various BGN crewmembers. The car was prepared by Jasper Motorsports and will be serviced at the track by crewmembers who work in the #77 shop on a daily basis. "Boris is regarded as one of the best drivers in road course racing," said Harrah. "He drove the Jasper Ford to two very solid finishes last year, and we believe that he is capable of winning a Winston Cup race. We tested with both Dave and Boris at Virginia International Raceway in May, and the two of them worked well together. As teammates they can share their individual strengths at the track, Boris as a road course expert and Dave as a Winston Cup Series regular." The #67 Ford will be sponsored primarily by Jasper Engines & Transmissions of Jasper, Ind. The Jasper Motorsports team is also searching for associate sponsors for Said's entry. The car will be silver with blue and yellow stripes along the bottom, resembling the #77 Jasper Ford. Said drove the #77 Jasper Ford at last year's road course events, finishing 11th at Sears Point and 8th at Watkins Glen International. In five career NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts, he has produced one front-row starting position and one top-10 finish. With two wins in three starts, Said currently leads the SCCA Pro Trans Am championship standings, the longest-running road racing series in the United States. He also plans to compete in the NASCAR Southwest Tour race at Sears Point Raceway, driving the #99 Federated Auto Parts Racing Chevrolet owned by Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader. A resident of Carlsbad, Calif., Said is 39 years old.(Jasper Motorsports PR)(6-13-2002)

  • Nadeau at DEI? UPDATE in the #44 at Sears Point and in a Waltrip car: hearing Jerr Nadeau, recently released from the #25 Hendrick Motorsports ride, is talking to Dale Earnhardt Inc about a ride there for 2003.
    UPDATE: ESPN2 RPM 2 Night's Ray Dunlap reports that Jerry Nadeau will be in the #44 Petty Racing Dodge at Sears Point in place of regular driver Steve Grissom. Also reported that Nadeau will drive a Michael Waltrip owned car at Chicagoland and possibly some additional race.(6-12-2002)

  • Fellows back in the #87 for the road course: Folks from NEMCO report to me that the only Winston Cup races they have scheduled to run from Nemco Motorsports are Sears Point and Watkins Glen with Ron Fellows. Nemechek's BGN schedule will continue to be the same as it is posted on his website, When it was mentioned on Fox's broadcast of the BGN Race that Brian Pattie had remained at our shop to work on Winston Cup cars, those Winston Cup cars in question were Ron Fellow's Winston Cup #87 cars which he was preparing to take to the Sears Point test this week.(4-22-2002)

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


  • Coors Original at Sears Point: The #40 Coors Original Dodge paint scheme will run at Sears Point this weekend.(Ganassi Racing)(6-20-2002)

  • DeWalt and AT&T work together, special AT&T scheme: DEWALT Power Tools announced it will continue its marketing alliance with AT&T Broadband by spotlighting a special AT&T Broadband paint scheme at three races during the 2002 season. The AT&T Broadband paint scheme will be the primary signage on the #17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona and the New Hampshire 300 at NHIS. In addition to the specially designed cars, AT&T will be featured underneath the DEWALT logo on the rear quarter panels of the car for the duration of the 2002 season.(Adair Promotions)(6-19-2002)

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


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