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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: EA SPORTS 500

Winston Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 6, 2002 in Talladega, AL

    NOTE: Talladega is located in the Central Time Zone, all times listed here are in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead)

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Oct 8th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 9th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Oct 10th, 1:00am/et

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

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com

  • NASCAR.com's NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,158,532 (last year 3,535,901), plus a possible 1 million to a No Bull 5 Winner

  • Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com

  • Restrictor Plate Info page

  • 2001 Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 164.185mph, started 6th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.66 mile quad oval, 188 laps, 500.08 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, October 4th, 12:00noon - 2:00pm/et; Saturday, October 5th, 10:30 - 11:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 5, 12:15 - 1:00pm/et on TV-Sports Channel live.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 4th, 11:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 4th at 4:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-air on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/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(no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track Qualifying Record(Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388(15/16th inch plate)

  • Event Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, July 1986, 209.005mph(unrestricted)

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Stacy Compton, 185.240, finished 11th (not in Cup this year).


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
    Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
    Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
    Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval) Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
    Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only(Talladega Website)
    Grandstand Seating: 143,000

  • Track Homepage: Talladega Super Speedway


    PAST WINNERS at Talladega

    All Time Talladega Wins/Poles page


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $250,000 at Talladega 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. The all time record WAS $190,000 for Bobby Labonte's win at Indy in 2000.(9-29-2002)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)
Airtime: 12:30pm/et
Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore


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


Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page



Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Talladega, AL Area:
Jayski's Story/Column/Article Links Page
Alabama Live
Anniston Star
Birmingham Post Herald
Daily Home
Gadsden Times
Montgomery Advertiser
Tuscaloosa News
Talladega.com


Weather Forecast:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service


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


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Assigned Pit Stalls at Talladega Superspeedway

  • Earnhardt Jr wins at Talladega: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the EA Sports 500 at Talladega, his third straight win at the track, his 7th career win. Earnhardt Jr is the first driver to sweep both Talladega races since his late fateher, Dale, won both in 1999. #20-Tony Stewart finished 2nd and takes over the Winston Cup drivers points lead by 72 points over #6-Mark Martin. There were NO cautions during the race. Earnahrdt Jr also was a Winston No Bull five driver and wins $1 million for him and the #8 team and for a fan, Debra Polzun of Manchester, CT a brand new millionaire. The unofficial top ten finishers:

    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (56 laps led)
    #20-Tony Stewart
    #28-Ricky Rudd (1 lap led)
    #97-Kurt Busch (35 laps led)
    #30-Jeff Green

    #1-Steve Park
    #12-Ryan Newman (3 laps led)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (10 laps led)
    #88-Dale Jarrett
    #22-Ward Burton
    #40-Jamie McMurray finished 26th a lap down in his first Cup race.

    Cars on the lead lap: 22
    Lap Leaders (12): #24-Gordon(27); #17-Kenseth; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #19-Mayfield; #32-Craven; #15-Waltrip; #97-Busch; #99-Burton; #29-Harvick(3); #28-Rudd; #12-Newman; #31-Gordon;
    DNFs: #71-Jay Sauter(?-out); #24-Gordon(engine-out); #36-Schrader(engine-off); #10-Benson(engine-out); #25-Nemechek(engine-out); #5-Labonte(engine-out); #48-Johnson(engine-out);
    Cautions: 0 for 0 laps

    NOTES: Six Hendrick Motorsports engines (#5,#24,#25,#48,#10,#36) didn't make it thru the race and the team DNF'd. On lap 167 #48-Jimmie Johnson reported he was down a cylinder. Around lap 152, #26-Bodine had to serve a stop and go penalty for going below the yellow flag. On lap 125 #24-Gordon slowed dramtically and pulled into the pits and after the team raised the hood and saw smoke, they took the car to the garage. On lap 110, #29-Harvick ran out of gas just past turn 1. 3rd round of green flag stops started around laps 102-105. #44-Nadeau who was running 3rd at the time had to make an unscheduled stop, had a tire going down when a tire rubbed the fender. #97-Busch and #15-Waltrip got togehter, causing Waltrip to tap the wall and Busch to get loose, but both recovered and drove on. 2nd green flag pit stops happened around lap 72-78. #4-Skinner ran out of gas, lap 36 on the backstretch. Green flag stops for gas started around lap 32. Weird thing before the race even started, #6-Martin who started 2nd veered into the #48-Johnson car, who started on the pole, both cars ending up in the grass. Martin was black flagged and had to come in just before the green flag. Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48 asked NASACR to allow them to come in and check out the car as the right front fender is damaged. The #48 came in on lap one to get the fender fixed.
    Race Re-air: The race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Oct 8th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Oct 9th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Oct 10th, 1:00am/et.
    Results: at or NASCAR.com.(10-6-2002)

  • Talladega Rumblings: #28-Ricky Rudd (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #1-Steve Park (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at New Hampshire in July of 2001.
    #31-Robby Gordon (12th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Watkins Glen in August.
    #23-Scott Winner (17th) had his career-best finish today (only three races). His previous best was 22nd at Atlanta in November of 2000.
    #49-Stacy Compton (22nd) had his best finish since Daytona in July (only four races). It was also the best finish for the BAM Racing Dodge #49 in their history.....the previous best was a 24th at Daytona in February for Shawna Robinson.
    STREAKIN.....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10's in a row. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: The Operator of the Week (for the second time this season) is Steve Park (+29), followed by Stacy Compton (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper (also for the second time this season) was Jeff Gordon (-38), followed by Jimmie Johnson (-36), Mark Martin (-28), and Jamie McMurray (-21).(Stockcarfans.com)(10-7-2002)

  • Unofficial Drivers Points:
    #20-Stewart, 3958
    #6-Martin, -72
    #48-Johnson, -82
    #12-Newman, -137
    #2-Wallace, -147
    See for drivers standings.(10-6-2002)

  • No Bull Five Drivers at Talladega where they finished:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 14th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 7th
    #30-Jeff Green, 5th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1st WON $1 million for a fan
    #26-Todd Bodine, 23rd (10-6-2002)
  • Happy Hour Practice at Talladega is over. Fastest were #44-Jerry Nadeau at 193.956mph followed by #25-Joe Nemechek at 192.680 and #36-Ken Schrader at 192.662. Slowest were #40-Jamie McMurray at 183.571 and #4-Mike Skinner at 187.588. Three drivers didn't practice during Happy Hour: #15-Waltrip, #21-Sadler and #31-Gordon. For speeds see .(10-5-2002)

  • Saturday AM practice is over at Talladega, speeds were fast due to drafting practice. Fastest was #20-Tony Stewart at 191.271mph, followed by #45-Kyle Petty at 191.241 and #77-Dave Blaney at 191.218. Slowest were #71-Jay Sauter at 180.553 and #11-Brett Bodine at 186.980. For speeds see .(10-5-2002)

  • To the Back: #23-Scott Wimmer lost an engine in Friday's practice and will go to the rear of the field before the start of the EA Sports 500, he was to start 32nd.(10-5-2002)

  • Qualifying has been CANCELLED: at Talladega for the EA Sports 500. The starting lineup will bet set using the following rules:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Previous season's Winston Cup champ if not already in the field [#24-Jeff Gordon, 4th in Owners Points - not needed]
    #3) - Team owners who have won at least one race from the previous and current season not already in the field [#33 Kenny Wallace APR]
    #4) - Drivers who have won at least one race from the previous and current season not already in the field [none]
    #5) - Past Winston Cup Champions who has raced in the previous year not already in the field [none]
    #6) - Owners with the most number of qualifying attempts [team's #4, #14, #7, #44, #11 (29 attempts), #49 (15 attempts), #71 (12 Attempts) - that fills out the field
    #7) - If any positions are left, then the reamining by Owners Points [none]
    #8) - If any positions remain unfilled, then by qualifying order [none]
    (so if one owner has 4 qualifying attempts and one has 3 attempts but has more Owners points the owner with 4 attempts makes the race - all ties broken by owners points)
    Missing the race are #51-Morgan Shepherd, #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #92-Robert Pressley and #83-Kerry Earnhardt.
    See my UNOFFICIAL EA SPORTS STARTING GRID page.
    Lineup/Qual Results also at:

    NASCAR.com(10-4-2002)

  • Assigned Pit Stalls at Talladega Superspeedway (NOTE: MSNBC only posts this when the race is on NBC)

  • No Bull Five Drivers at Talladega where do they start? Newman wins truck race:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, starts 8th
    #12-Ryan Newman, starts 7th
    #30-Jeff Green, starts 17th
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., starts 13th
    #26-Todd Bodine, starts 33rd
    Newman was the winner of the Winston No Bull Five tractor-trailer obstacle course race this afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. The race was part of the driver/fan pairing for Sunday's EA Sports 500 in which a driver and fan would receive a million dollar bonus by winning the race. Newman will represent Jacob Homer of Gaston, SC.(Ford Racing) Have not seen the rest of the list.(10-4-2002)
    The Fans: who will be paired with the drivers:
    William "Butch" Lucas, Harlem, GA with #17-Matt Kesneth
    Jacob Homer, Gaston, NC, with #12-Ryan Newman
    Gertrude Schmidt, Wood Dale, IL, with #26-Todd Bodine
    Roger lee Phelps of Milton, NC, with #30-Jeff Green
    Debra Polzun of Manchester, CT, with #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Augusta Chronicle)(10-5-2002)

  • Oops, parts confiscated ay 'Dega: NASCAR inspectors confiscated several parts from Winston Cup teams prior to Friday's first practice. A rear spoiler that did not fit the template was taken from Rusty Wallace's #2 Miller Lite Ford. Unapproved straps used to secure the rear window were taken from Mark Martin's #6 Viagra Ford. In addition, two unapproved trailing arm rear-spring buckets - on which the rear springs are mounted - were taken from both the #14 Conseco Pontiac of Mike Wallace and the #11 Hooters Ford of Brett Bodine.()(10-4-2002)

  • Rain slows practice but they get it in at Talladega after a brief delay for some light rain. Fastest was #15-Michael Waltrip at 186.028, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 185.949 and #24-Jeff Gordon at 185.942. Slowest were #51-Morgan Shepherd at 170.561 (yes 170) and #11-Brett Bodine at 180.533. #23-Scott Wimmer and #11-Bodine have no provisionals to use, both need to run in the top 36 to make the race (unless it rains, then both are in).
    See speeds at .
    Rain could mess up today's schedule but weather is expected to be nice on Saturday and Sunday. Keep track of the weather at Talladega at the The Weather Channel.(10-4-2002)

  • Qualifying order links are up for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega. See above for the links. 47 cars/drivers are listed, #2-Rusty Wallace is scheduled to go out first, last of the 47 scheduled to go out is #97-Kurt Busch.(10-4-2002)

  • Entry List is up for Talladega: 46 cars/drivers listed, including #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #23-Scott Wimmer, #33-Kenny Wallace, #42-Jamie McMurray, #49-Kevin Lepage, #51-Tim Fedawa (Ware Racing), #55-Ron Hornaday, #71-Jay Sauter, #83-Kerry Earnhardt and #89-Morgan Shepherd. Noticed: no #11-Brett Bodine or #26-Todd Bodine, am sure it is just a mistake. See above for the link to the list.
    UPDATE: Compton in the #49, plus add the #11 and #26, make it 48 drivers/cars.(10-1-2002)
    UPDATE 2: down to 47 as the #42 Dodge with McMurray is no longer on the list, he will run the #40 car.(10-2-2002)
    UPDATE 3: back to 48 as the #92 Dodge will run.
    UPDATE 4: back down to 47 as the #89 was withdrawn and Shepherd will be in the #51.(10-3-2002)

  • 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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Alabama Illustrator Criswell Accomplishes Mission Plus: Kevin Criswell, the Centre, AL, illustrator who set out to tackle the unheard-of task of providing original illustrations of all the competitors in the EA Sports 500 starting field at Talladega did just that. In addition, by special request from the speedway, Criswell "burned the midnight oil" in finishing a special original of team owner Jack Roush and his "guardian angel" Larry Hicks. Hicks is credited with saving Roush's life in Alabama back in April when Roush crashed an experimental aircraft into a lake some 75 miles south of the track. During the pre-race activities, Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch unveiled Criswell's offerings and introduced Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who made the presentations to Roush and Hicks. "It was definitely a labor of love," said Criswell, who suffers from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. "But to be able to see all the drivers and team members enjoy my work made it all worthwhile. To be able to help Grant and Talladega Superspeedway show their gratitude and acknowledgement of Jack and Larry like that just put the icing on the cake. It's a weekend I'll treasure for the rest of my life."(PR)(10-7-2002)

  • Radio at the track: Friday night [Oct 4th], fans in the infield at the speedway are invited to join Jim Jacobs and Marty Smith from NASCAR.com as they host a fan-oriented Q&A with drivers on stage just across from the Frontrunners Club in Turn 4.  Show will air live on Thunder 92-7 FM from 6:30-7:30 PM with drivers Kerry Earnhardt, Jeremy Mayfield, Casey Atwood, Kenny Wallace and Jeff Green already scheduled to appear.  Others participating will be announced on the station throughout the remainder of the week. Thunder 92-7 provides live radio coverage of Winston Cup Happy Hour on Sunday prior to airing (locally produced by us) the Food World 300 ARCA event.  That race will be available FREE online at AL.com and heard state-wide on 12 affiliate stations through Radio Alabama Network. Fans attending at the track may also pick up our “Producer’s Feed” on their scanner at 161.640.(10-2-2002)

  • SAFER installed at Talladega: According to track personnel, Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barriers have been installed on the inside walls of Turns 1 and 4 for this week’s EA Sports 500 event at Talladega Superspeedway. The SAFER barrier was developed for, and used this year at, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The barrier is credited with severely reducing injuries in the Indy Racing League’s Indy 500 during the month of May, and showed promise with the limited exposure that the Cup cars had when they visited Indy to contest the Brickyard 400 in early August. The SAFER barrier is being looked at for widespread use in NASCAR sanctioned events, but there is still some work being done on the tight radius outside wall installations that many, many NASCAR tracks feature.(Ford Racing)(10-1-2002)

  • Crow to sing, Little Big Town to sing Anthem, Stabler the Grand Marshal at 'Dega: Sheryl Crow and her band will put the morning at Talladega Superspeedway into high gear just moments before the green flag falls on the EA SPORTS 500 on Oct. 6, 2002. Crow, who just kicked off her C’mon, C’mon Tour after the release of her most recent platinum album, will play a few songs with her band before the start of the race, including one song which will be telecast live on NBC during its pre-race show. Legendary quarterback Ken Stabler has been hand picked by EA SPORTS to give the command for the drivers to start their engines, serving as the day’s Grand Marshal at Talladega Superspeedway. Before Crow and Stabler turn up the volume during pre-race festivities, one of country music’s powerful new groups, Little Big Town, will provide fans with a concert as they begin to fill the massive grandstands during the morning hours. Moments before Stabler gives the command, Little Big Town will sing the National Anthem. Plenty of seats remain for the entire EA SPORTS 500 Weekend. Fans can call the ticket office at (256) 362-RACE or purchase online at talladegasuperspeedway.com. Tower seats remain as well as seats in the Allison Grandstand, a two-day $60 ticket.(TSS PR)(9-30-2002)

  • Driver Portraits at Talladega: A rare treat will be awaiting the NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars when they return to Talladega Superspeedway for the EA Sports 500 Weekend, Oct. 3-6, 2002. Alabama artist Kevin Criswell (www.kevincriswell.com) has taken on the improbable task of drawing each driver attempting to qualify for the EA SPORTS 500. Once the team haulers arrive inside the Winston Cup garage on Friday, Oct. 4, each team will be presented a signed portrait of their driver, framed and matted and ready for display throughout the weekend. "This is a unique way for Talladega Superspeedway to say thank you to the world's greatest drivers and to let them know we appreciate the wonderful show they put on for our fans year after year," said Grant Lynch, the track's president. "Kevin has a passion and a talent that is instantly recognizable. He donated several of his drawings for the Race Fever Night auction in April and we began discussing this possibility then." Criswell, who lives in Centre, Ala., was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis in the mid-1990s and was forced to leave his job. He uses his artistic abilities to strengthen his spirits and help his fingers from becoming stiffer. Because of the painful bouts with arthritis, Criswell is not able to draw as much as he would like. Criswell's passion for drawing NASCAR's brand of racing and its stars quickly erased any doubts this task could be achieved. The biggest obstacle in this challenge is time. But Criswell is ahead of schedule. Not only has he drawn all of the regular Winston Cup drivers, he's kept up with driver changes and late entries, too. He has already sketched Kenny Wallace in the 1-800-CALLATT Chevrolet and Kerry Earnhardt with the RacingUSA.com Chevrolet. Criswell has already presented some of his works to drivers, including Rusty Wallace. Kevin Criswell and his wife, Debbie, have been married 21 years and have two daughters, Kirsten and Madison.(Talladega PR)(9-19-2002)

  • SAFER walls to be installed at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today the first phase of SAFER (Steel & Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system construction on the inside retaining walls at the 2.66-mile track is under way. Plans are to have sections of the track inside retaining wall equipped with the SAFER barrier in time for the EA SPORTS 500 Weekend, Oct. 3-6, 2002. On-site construction will begin Sept. 16. The SAFER system has been approved by NASCAR for use on Talladega’s inside concrete walls where there is no banking. Dr. Dean Sicking, the lead developer of SAFER from the University of Nebraska, is continuing to adapt the system to outside walls of high-banked tracks like Talladega. The SAFER system was used for the first time this year in a NASCAR event in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This came after several years of development, including simulated crash tests by Sicking and others at the University of Nebraska’ s Midwest Roadside Facility. Representatives of Sicking’s group met with speedway and NASCAR officials earlier this summer to explain the possibilities of installing the current SAFER system in non-banked areas on the inside concrete walls of the track, just as they did at Indianapoli s Motor Speedway. “We appreciate the efforts of Dr. Sicking’s group in helping us implement this system on the inside walls,” said Grant Lynch, President of Talladega Superspeedway. “Talladega will continue its ongoing commitment to safety improvements. We’re hopeful that t echnology will be available for high-banked walls in the near future.” Talladega will have the SAFER system installed on the inside retaining walls at the exit of Turn 4 and the entrance of Turn 1.(Talladega Superspeedway PR), see past news on my Softwalls page.(9-12-2002)

  • Talladega Memorial: On Wednesday morning, Talladega Superspeedway along with local law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue units, politicians, clergymen and the citizens of the surrounding communities held a memorial service on the one-year annivesary of 9/11/01. The half-hour memorial service was broadcast live on WTDR 92.7-FM. We ask that on this day everyone pause for a moment to remember those lost in the Attack on America. God Bless America.(TSS PR)(9-11-2002)


    Thanks to Talladega Superspeedway for the image

  • SAFER at Talladega - Inside walls UPDATE 2: NASCAR officials are to be at Talladega Superspeedway later this month to approve installation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's impact-absorbing SAFER barrier on the track's inside retaining walls. The system could be in place for the Oct. 6 EA Sports 500 race. Most racing crashes involve the outside wall, but a barrier on the inside wall would help protect drivers from secondary impacts. NASCAR hasn't approved the system for Talladega's outside walls. Dean Sicking, SAFER's lead developer, is working to adapt the barrier, which was developed to fit Indianapolis Motor Speedway and introduced there in May, to high-banked tracks and short tracks with tight turns.(USA Today Print Edition)(8-16-2002)
    UPDATE: Ken Patterson, PR director for Talladega Superspeedway, say it's not likely that the SAFER wall, similar to the one installed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be installed in time for the October 6 EA Sports 500 Winston Cup race. "Dr. Dean Sickling of the University of Nebraska and NASCAR were out to assess the situation about a month ago," said Patterson, "but unless they have come up with a way to install it very quickly, It's unlikely that it will happen by October. We have testing and other things going on. No one has said a word to us about installing the SAFER wall. I don't know for sure about what NASCAR would have in mind and I don't know where that story came from, but I don't believe they would just show up one day and start working on the project, but I've also learned to never say never."(Insider Racing News)(8-17-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Talladega Superspeedway is expected to announce this week that it is lining about 3,000 feet of its inside retaining walls with the SAFER impact-absorbing barrier system. The project should be complete in time for the Oct. 6 EA Sports 500. The barrier system, which debuted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's outside retaining walls in May, is designed to absorb some of the forces generated in a crash. Although the majority of racing crashes involve the outside wall, the barrier needs further development before it can be used on high-banked tracks. Installing the barrier on Talladega's inside walls could help absorb energy from secondary impacts. Testing of a modified version of the barrier suited to hang on the outside walls of high-banked tracks might begin this week.(USA Today)(9-10-2002)

  • Talladega Fuel Cell Filler: When NASCAR decided to cut the size of the fuel cells for the Talladega race in October, they decided to leave the fuel cell area the same size so that the teams wouldn't have to make changes to that area. Problem was the extra space around a smaller fuel cell. That area, on both sides of the cell will be filled with a combination of aluminum and foam mixture. The foam block will measure approximately 17 x 9 1\4 x 9 91\4 inches. The aluminum mixed with the foam will give it strength and also keep it light in weight, said John Darby, NASCAR's Competition Director.(Insider Racing News)(8-18-2002)

  • Smaller Tanks Official: NASCAR announced that teams will be required to use smaller fuel cells for the EA Sports 500 on Oct. 6 at Talladega Superspeedway. The new fuel cell will reduce the 22-gallon cells used in Winston Cup by about 9 gallons. NASCAR is counting on the change to increase pit stops during the 500-mile race. By spreading out the field, the move is expected to reduce the tight packs that frequently foster big wrecks at Talladega and Daytona, where restrictor plates on the carburetor are used to harness horsepower.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-10-2002)
    UPDATE: NASCAR confirmed Saturday that it would experiment with a smaller fuel cell in the race at Talladega Oct. 6th, in an attempt to break the full-field drafting pack seen at that track in recent races into smaller groups. Customary fuel-box size is 33in by 17in by 9.25in, enclosing a bladder and foam sponge, for a total liquid capacity of 22gal. At Talladega, the tank will be reduced to 20 by 17 by 9.75, giving a capacity of 12.5gal. Teams could go approximately 50 laps between stops at Talladega with the standard size. Under this regulation, teams can expect to go 25 to 30 laps before pitting. The idea is to force teams to pit more often in the hope of breaking the field into smaller cells. Many doubt that will happen, as all cars pit together under green in order not to lose the all-important draft -- regardless of how many times they are pitted. Track position is not important at Talladega, as long as a car can stay with the draft. The fueling cans are 11gal, so the new rule still will require use of two cans. For now, the regulation is for the Talladega race only.(Speed Channel)(8-11-2002)

  • 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 - Dover International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Debut of different #4 scheme at Talladega: Eastman Kodak Company's newly wrapped NASCAR Winston Cup Series race car featuring new Kodak Perfect Touch processing, will race for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 at the Talladega, AL NASCAR Race. Kodak Perfect Touch processing is a revolutionary new photofinishing service that individually scans and corrects each negative giving consumers pictures that reveal richer detail, fewer dark shadows and more vibrant color. The new paint scheme will hit the track for practice and qualifying on Friday, Oct. 4, 2002 with Mike Skinner piloting the entry. Traditionally, Kodak's NASCAR design has focused on film. The last revamp -- which occurred in 1986 -- featuring Kodak Max film and was one of only a few throughout Kodak's 17-year primary sponsorship of the #4 Chevrolet. The new design is in line with a company-wide priority to generate more prints of pictures and driving processing volumes for retail partners. Midwest retailers who have signed up for Kodak Perfect Touch processing have the option of integrating the Kodak Perfect Touch processing NASCAR in their in-store promotions including the opportunity to showcase the car on-site. Additional markets will have this option as the service rolls out regionally between October 2002 and July 2003. Kodak is the longest running, continuous primary sponsor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Kodak began its relationship with Larry McClure and Morgan-McClure Motorsports 10 races into the 1985 season. Rick Wilson drove for team at the time. Additional Kodak Perfect Touch processing NASCAR Winston Cup races include: Lowe's Motor Speedway, Martinsville, Atlanta, Rockingham, Phoenix and Homestead.(Morgan McClure Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-4-2002)

  • Childress and Marcis Racing team up at Talladega: Realtree announced a one-race sponsorship of the #71 Marcis Racing Chevy, with engine and body provided by Richard Childress Racing(RCR). RCR BGN driver Jay Sauter, will attempt to make his second Winston Cup start this season. "I'm delighted to see that Realtree is going to be returning to our race program," says Marcis, who has been involved with NASCAR for over 25 years. "They have been such a big part of my life and have always been so loyal to me. I appreciate everything that they have done for me over the years, and look forward to continuing our relationship. Of course, Richard Childress has been a huge help too over the years, providing engines, cars and so much more." Marcis and Realtree's NASCAR marriage dates back to 1997, when the camouflage retail giant became primary sponsor of his #71 Chevy. Their association continued until Marcis' retirement this year from racing after the season-opening Daytona 500. Since his last official start at Daytona, Marcis has fielded a car for eight Winston Cup races. Most of his cars have been his own, but this time he will be provided with RCR equipment, including a driver. Sauter, who made his Winston Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Realtree is also as an associate sponsor on the #29 Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy, owned by Richard Childress and driven by Kevin Harvick.(PR)(10-4-2002)

  • Shepherd withdraws the #89, will run the #51 at Talladega: Today, Morgan Shepherd released the information that he will be the scheduled driver for Ware Racing's #51 Ford Taurus this weekend at Talladega. Details were finalized today.   Earlier it had been reported that Tim Fedewa would be driving for Rick Ware this weekend. Those plans have changed. This will be Shepherd's ninth Winston Cup attempt for the 2002 season.(STB Marketing Group PR)(10-3-2002)

  • #92 Melling Racing and Pressley to run at Talladega: Robert Pressley will reunite with Melling Racing this weekend at Talladega to drive the #92 Dodge, sponsored by Melling Engine Parts. Pressley drove for Melling at this year's Daytona 500, where, during time trials, he qualified in 4th position. He finished the race in 22nd. Chip Ganassi Racing and Melling had originally put together a collaboration, entered by Chip Ganassi, for Talladega, whereby rookie Jamie McMurray was scheduled to drive the #42 Melling-owned and prepared car. In a quick and unfortunate turn of events, Pressley takes over the wheel from McMurray, who is now scheduled to drive in the #40 car for the injured Sterling Marlin. The car now becomes the #92 Melling Racing entry, with assistance from Chip Ganassi Racing. The #92 Melling Racing Dodge captured both pole positions at Talladega in 2001, and in it's last five superspeedway races, has qualified no worse than 4th. Robert Pressley currently drives the #18 Square D / Dickies Dodge Ram in the CTS, and Pressley has scored two victorie's Daytona and Michigan in his first season in the trucks.(Melling Racing PR)(10-3-2002)

  • Martin to be inducted into Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame: Mark Martin heads the list of the inductees in this year’s Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame located at Davey Allison Memorial Park in uptown Talladega. Martin led the fans’ vote for active driver to be inducted into the Walk of Fame. Two other men included in that list of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers will also be inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame as the inactive drivers of 2002. Robert “Red” Byron and Bobby Isaac led the fans’ vote in that category. The 2002 induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Davey Allison Memorial Park in uptown Talladega, a block south of the town square. The annual induction ceremony takes place on Saturday night during the EA SPORTS' 500 Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The ceremony and all festivities – including a concert – are free to the public. Find out more about the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame on www.talladegawalk.com (u can buy a brick). The Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame was created in 1994 after the death of Davey Allison. Since 1995, one active driver and two inactive drivers have been inducted into the Walk of Fame based on the fans’ vote.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(8-3-2002)
    UPDATE: One of the most determined and talented drivers to ever compete in the NASCAR ranks heads the list of the inductees in this year's Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame located at Davey Allison Memorial Park in uptown Talladega. Throughout Mark Martin's stellar career, his strong determination to succeed - and win - has set him apart from his fellow competitors. It is the reason he is included in the list of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Martin led the fans' vote for active driver to be inducted into the Walk of Fame. Two other men included in that list of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers will also be inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame as the inactive drivers of 2002. Robert "Red" Byron and Bobby Isaac led the fans' vote in that category. The 2002 induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Davey Allison Memorial Park in uptown Talladega, a block south of the town square. The annual induction ceremony takes place on Saturday night during the EA SPORTS' 500 Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The ceremony and all festivities - including a concert - are free to the public. NASCAR Stars Mark Martin, Red Byron, Bobby Isaac, Enter Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame as Class of 2002. "It's really an honor to be inducted into the Talladega Walk of Fame," said Martin. "I've been going there to race for 20 years now, and we have some good memories over the years. Some of the best of all time are on that Walk-of-Fame and rt's really nice to be included in there." Fans can find out more about the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame on www.talladegawalk.com. The Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame was created in 1994 after the death of Davey Allison. Since 1995, one active driver and two inactive drivers have been inducted into the Walk of Fame based on the fans' vote. Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnett, Red Farmer and Davey Allison were inducted as the inaugural class in 1994 by decree of the board of directors.(Roush Racing)(10-2-2002)

  • Compton in the #49 at Talladega: The only driver to win a NASCAR Winston Cup pole at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway last year will be behind the wheel of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in this week’s EA Sport 500. Stacy Compton hasn’t started worse than sixth at Talladega since his rookie season. He won both poles in the Mark Melling Dodge last year, and started sixth in the Spring in a Pontiac. BAM Racing has used several drivers this season, utilizing them at various tracks to help with the development of the race team, as well as researching driver possibilities for the future.(Williams Company)(10-1-2002)

  • Wimmer in the #23 at Talladega: Scott Wimmer, Bill Davis' BGN driver, will drive the #23 Hills Bros. Coffee Dodge at Talladega this weekend. Kenny Wallace took over full-time driving duties of the #23 car at Darlington earlier in the season, but before he signed on with Bill Davis, Wallace had already committed to driving for car owner, Andy Petree, and the #33 car for the Talladega event.. BDR needed to find someone to fill in for Wallace at the Talladega event due to the conflict, and felt Wimmer was the logical choice. Martinsville is the only remaining event that Wallace will be unable to compete in the #23 car, as his first priority for the remainder of the 2002 season is the Stacker 2 BGN car and he will be racing in Memphis that weekend. A driver has yet to be named to fill the vacancy.(Bill Davis Racing PR)(10-1-2002)

  • Hornaday in the #55 at Talladega: Ron Hornaday will drive the #55 Andy Petree Chevy this week in Talladega. For the first time in two months, Petree will have two cars on the track at a Winston Cup event, thanks to 1-800-CALL-ATT and Kenny Wallace. Wallace, who will drive the 1-800-CALL-ATT #33 Chevy at Talladega, will be Hornaday’s teammate for a day. Greg Biffle [the sub in the #55 for the last few races], who has a Busch commitment [not sure what that is as the Busch Series is off this weekend] this week and was unavailable to drive for Petree at Talladega. #55 crew chief Jimmy Elledge had to sit out Sunday’s Protection One 400 due to a suspension from NASCAR. Elledge was suspended and fined $5,000 for unapproved air directional devices found a week ago during pre-qualifying inspection at Dover. Elledge’s suspension ends Wednesday.(Hendersonville Times-News)(10-1-2002)

  • Petree and Wallace back together..Kenny...at Talladega UPDATE: hearing that Kenny Wallace and Andy Petree Racing will be reunited at Talladega Superspeedway for the EA SPORTS 500 on October 6th.  The sponsor will be 1-800-CALLATT.  Kenny will drive the same #33 Chevy that featured Carrot Top in Daytona – driven by his brother Mike in the Pepsi 400. Also hearing that on Monday, Wallace, APR & ATT will announce their search for a crew chief – in a most unique manner.(8-24-2002)
    UPDATE: Kenny Wallace will make a one-time return to the racing stable of Andy Petree Racing (APR) for the October running of the EA SPORTS 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, and take one lucky NASCAR fan along for the ride. 1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls will roll out a national promotion in support of the APR/Wallace reunion – a unique sweepstakes that places one fan atop the pit box as Honorary Crew Chief for the #33 CALLATT Racing Team as the culmination of four days of motorsports immersion. During the promotional period (August 26th to September 22nd, except for September 11th), NASCAR fans completing a collect call using 1 800 CALLATT will have the chance to be entered into the 1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls Fall 2002 NASCAR Sweepstakes to claim the seat next to team owner Andy Petree on the first weekend in October. Mike Wallace drove the 1 800 CALLATT entry to a 13th-place qualifying effort in Daytona for Andy Petree Racing, advancing to the top-10 in the Pepsi 400 before Steve Park sent him spinning through the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. Wallace has since taken the reigns for AJ Foyt’s team, which left CALLATT and Andy Petree looking for a wheelman for their Superspeedway encore at Talladega. “1 800 CALLATT is excited to be sponsoring Kenny Wallace and #33 Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing in Talladega for the EA SPORTS 500," said Carol Eversen, General Manager, 1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls. “It's a wonderful opportunity to show our continued support for NASCAR by running the car and for NASCAR fans by giving them this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a very special weekend, where they will be totally immersed in the sport. When we ran the car in the Pepsi 400 in Daytona earlier this year, we were able to witness the tremendous passion that NASCAR fans have for their sport, as well as their affection for the Wallace brothers. With Mike unavailable, it was only natural that we keep our driver choice ‘in the family’ for Talladega. We are thrilled to have Kenny behind the wheel to drive both our car and our national promotion.” For team owner Andy Petree, the highly visible partnership and national promotion is another opportunity for a team under his guidance to excel on a Superspeedway, something APR teams have done consistently over the past few seasons. “This continues to be an exciting opportunity for APR,” Petree said. “To be reunited with a driver like Kenny Wallace, with whom we had such an enjoyable relationship, in combination with such a unique national promotion from a NASCAR-savvy brand like 1 800 CALLATT on a Superspeedway – well, we’re certainly playing to our strengths. The last time Kenny drove at Talladega, he was SO close to his first Winston Cup win,” Petree recalled. “We’re anxious to put him a position to erase that ‘almost’ from the record.”(ignition, Inc)(8-29-2002)

  • Kerry Earnhardt to run at Talladega: FitzBradshaw Racing announced Friday that they will field the #83 RacingUSA.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, 2002.(FitzBradshaw Racing Site)(7-6-2002)
    IMAGES see images of the car from a press conference at Daytona on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-8-2002)

  • 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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

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

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


SOME NOTES and NEWS

  • Mixed Reviews on Smaller Fuel Tanks: NASCAR officials called the smaller fuel cells used for Sunday's EA Sports 500 a "partial success." The move, which reduced the size of the fuel cells from 22 gallons to about 13, was made to try to spread out the tightly packed racing at Talladega. The cars did spread out some for a few laps during the cycle of stops, but bunched back up within a few more laps. A few teams were able to make the 500-mile race on five stops, while most had to come in a sixth time for a gulp of gas in the final laps. That did dramatically reduce the number of cars running for the win at the end of the race. "Tony (Stewart) and Ricky (Rudd) both said it gave them an opportunity to run single-file long enough to sort of catch your breath before anybody caught up," NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said. Asked what he thought the fuel cell change did, sixth-place finisher Steve Park replied: "Looked like one big pack to me."
    "I think the only thing it did was separate the race at the end," said Jeff Burton. "Some people couldn't go as far as others (on a tank of gas), so it made the end of the race not so hectic." Hunter said NASCAR plans to continue to evaluate the new rule with the possibility of continuing its use at the 2003 Daytona 500.()(10-7-2002)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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