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THE RACE: Aaron's 499

Winston Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, April 21, 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: Fox - 2:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, April 24th, 8:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum and Steve Byrnes

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $4,347,026 (was $3,842,807 in 2001)

  • Entry List Link at: and/or

  • Restrictor Plate Info page

  • 2001 Race Winner: Bobby Hamilton, 184.003mph, started 14th

  • 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: Friday, Apr 19th, 12:00noon -2:00pm/et; and Saturday, Apr 20th, 10:30 - 11:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Apr 20th, 12:15 - 1:00pm/et on TV-FX 1:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 19th, 11:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order: for Talladega at

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, April 19th at 4:05pm/et, TV-FX tape delay at 7:00pm/et (and re-aired on Speed Channel Sat Apr 20th at 8:00pm/et) and live via MRN Radio(link below) and via's Racecast (paid).

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record(no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

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

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Stacy Compton, 184.861mph, finished 43rd

    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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 800; Right 800
    Busch Series: Left - 450; Right - 450

    Tire Numbers:
    Left: D-5612
    Right: D-5614

    Tire Circumference:
    Left: 87.9 in.
    Right 88.5 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi; Right Front - 55 psi
    Left Rear - 30 psi; Right Rear - 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 27 psi; Right Front - 50 psi
    Left Rear - 27 psi; Right Rear - 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-54 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear has brought to Talladega since May 1997, making this the 11th consecutive race . . . that is the longest running track-tire combination in the current Goodyear line . . . this is the only NASCAR track where these tires will be used in 2002 . . . Talladega and Daytona make up the Superspeedway Group in the 2002 Goodyear tire line, though each has its own unique combination . . . both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same tires this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "This set-up is by far the oldest in the Goodyear line, as it was first introduced in May of 1997. That race was won by Mark Martin at an average speed of 188.354 mph, setting a record for the fastest-ever 500-mile race. In fact, that was the first of two caution-free events run at Talladega since the introduction of this tire combination, with last year's Spring race being the second. There is very little wear or give-up on these tires at Talladega, and teams frequently go two or three fuel runs on left-side tires for track position."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 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(4-15-2002)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
Airtime: 1:30pm/et
Announcers: Barney Hall and Joe Moore
Turn Reporters: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley and Eli Gold
Pit Reporters: Jim Phillips, Winston Kelley and Adam Alexander

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 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

Weather Forecast:
Weather forecast for Talladega, AL by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Talladega, AL
Weather Point - Anniston, AL
The Weather Pit

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

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



  • More Parts Seized: NASCAR put several more parts confiscated by inspectors over the weekend on display Sunday. Among the items collected: an unapproved grill opening on the #14 Pontiac driven by Stacy Compton; two rear axles each from the #28 Ford of Ricky Rudd and #1 Chevy of Steve Park; and an illegal "underpan" - used to improve downforce under the car - on Rudd's #28 Ford.()(4-22-2002)

  • Cars Dyno'd: Six cars were tested on the chassis dynamometer, used to measure horsepower delivered to the rear wheels, following the race. They were the Dodges driven by #40-Sterling Marlin and #22-Ward Burton, Fords driven by #88-Dale Jarrett and #09-Geoffrey Bodine and Chevys driven by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson. No Pontiacs were tested.()(4-22-2002)

  • Race Fever does well: Phil Barkdoll, auctioneer for Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind's Race Fever event, got an unprecedented $15,000 bid on a rare autographed Dale Earnhardt helmet Friday night during festivities at the Speedvision Dome. "Preliminary estimates put this year's gross profit at $118,000, not counting gift-in-kind gifts," said AIDB President Joe Busta. "Race Fever was a huge success due to our sponsors, driver attendance, patrons and the continued enthusiasm of auctioneer Phil Barkdoll and master of ceremonies Ned Jarrett." Approximately 1,200 fans participated in Race Fever 2002, which featured a barbecue dinner and silent auction. Drivers on hand included Jeff Green, Tina Gordon, Shawna Robinson, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears, Robbie Gordon, Johnny Benson, Bobby Allison, Jerry Nadeau, Ashton Lewis Jr., Scott Riggs and Jack Sprague. Former basketball coach Sonny Smith hosted the evening, greeting guests from 38 states and Canada.(Daily Home)(4-21-2002)

  • Parts seized during inspection Friday Morning: NASCAR confiscated some parts Friday morning during inspection, including an unapproved fuel cell container, rear spoiler and braces from Kyle Petty’s #45 car; unapproved window braces from Jeff Burton’s #99 car; unapproved rear window braces from Kevin Harivck’s #29 car; a disallowed "underpan" – used to add downforce under the car – on Jerry Nadeau’s #25 car; an unapproved fuel cell vent from Casey Atwood’s #7 car; and unapproved fuel cell filler neck from Brett Bodine’s #11 car.()(4-19-2002)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials confiscated several items during Friday's inspection. NASCAR took a fuel cell and an unapproved spoiler from #45-Kyle Petty 's team. #2-Rusty Wallace, #12-Ryan Newman and #99-Jeff Burton each had roof spoilers that did not meet specifications. #7-Casey Atwood 's car had a fuel cell vent that was removed. #29-Kevin Harvick 's team lost an unapproved brace for the rear window, and #11-Brett Bodine 's team had a fuel filler that was not legal.(Roanoke Times)(4-20-2002)

  • Talladega Facts: A Dodge driver won all four restrictor-plate Bud Poles in 2001. They were:. Bill Elliott (Daytona 500), Stacy Compton (Talladega 500 and EA Sports 500) and Sterling Marlin (Pepsi 400). Jimmie Johnson broke the Dodge four-pole streak with his Bud Pole at Daytona in 2002. Mark Martin's pace in the 1997 Winston 500 set an all-time NASCAR Winston Cup record for the fastest race ever run as Martin won the caution-free race with an average speed of 188.354 mph. He covered the 500-mile distance in two hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds. Dale Jarrett finished third or better, including a victory in October 1998, seven times in the nine Talladega races between July 1995 and October 1999. His best finish in the four Talladega races since has been 15th. The furthest back a winner has started in the 65-race history at Talladega occurred when Jeff Gordon won the 2000 DieHard 500 from a 36th-place starting position. Bobby Labonte's victory in the 1998 DieHard 500 (spring race) was the first victory at Talladega for a Pontiac driver since Richard Petty won the 1983 Winston 500. Bobby Hamilton won the caution-free 2001 Talladega 500 with an average speed of 184.008 mph. His average speed for 188 laps was just .853 mph slower than the Bud Pole speed for that race set by Stacy Compton.(NASCAR PR)(4-17-2002)

  • 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)

  • 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.(
    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)
    AND about changing parts...NASCAR’s rule doesn’t prohibit teams from replacing parts on the engine, such as valve springs, intake manifolds, lifters, rocker arms, cam shafts, etc. Heads nor the engine block CANNOT be changed.(2-24-2002)
    More One Engine News UPDATE 4: NASCAR yesterday tightened its one-engine rule, requiring teams to get NASCAR approval for any engine change. Some teams have been practicing with one engine, then changing for qualifying.(Winston Salem Journal). Previously, teams could use a different engine for the first practice session but couldn't change engines once the car was qualified unless gaining approval from NASCAR.(News and Record)(3-17-2002)
    UPDATE 5: On Saturday, NASCAR said it was amending his single engine rule to include possible reduction in owner and driver points to teams that change engines.(Augusta Chronicle)(3-18-2002)

  • 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
    Angle is 70 degrees at intermidate tracks (1-2 miles in length).(2-22-2002)

  • That's Racin': Aaron's 499 Race Info/Random Thoughts

  • Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Aaron's 499 and Misty Bridge's Race Preview

  • Aaron's 499 Preview

  • Crew Chief Club


news and links

  • Little E wins the The Aaron's 499 at Talladega: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Aaron's 499, his first win (and Chevy's first) of 2002. It is Earnhardt's 6th career win and first win since Talladega last Oct. Nice run by #45-Kyle Petty 10th, his first top 10 since he finished 9th at Talladega in April 2000. The top 10 Unofficial Finishers:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (133 laps led)
    #15-Waltrip (14 laps led)
    #40-Marlin (2 laps led)

    #88-Jarrett (2 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (8 laps led)
    #99-Burton (1 lap led)
    #98-Kenny Wallace crossed the stripe 5th, but Fox is reporting that Wallace will be dropped to 21st, last car on the lead lap. Wallace went below the yellow line, rule is if a driver does that and increases his position, he will be penalized. Wallace said he was forced down below the line by #40-Marlin, Wallace comment: "Sterling body slammed me and I cant do nothin else, this is drama. NASCAR is the greatest in the world, what ever happens I finished 5th, Sterling turned left and I moved to the left, in my heart I finished 5th:(

    Lap Leaders: #48-Johnson; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #15-Waltrip; #19-Mayfield; #40-Marlin; #17-Kenseth; #12-Newman (3); #6-Martin; #99-Burton; #88-Jarrett;
    Drivers on the lead lap: 21
    Cautions: 3 for 19 laps
    Off the track/DNF: #12-Newman (engine); #43-Andretti(accident); #10-Benson(accident); #21-Sadler(accident); #18-Labonte(accident); #33-Wallace(accident); #6-Martin(accident); #20-Stewart(?);

    Caution 3 - lap 181 - 183 (and a red flag): #6-Martin brought his damaged car on the track and it died on the track and oil has been found on the track.
    Caution 2 - lap 164 - 175: huge wreck many cars involved: #'s 09,1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10,17,18,19,20,21,28,29,31,32,33,41,43,44,55,77 and Fox reports 24 cars, a new record for a wreck at Talladega. Looks like #33-Wallace and #20-Stewart got together, Stewart was basically squeezed against the wall, no place to go after Wallce got turned around a bit. #10-Benson was quickly repaired but when he went to go back out, his car caught fire and the track/other crews put the fire out and Benson was a bit overcome by the extinguisher fumes/powder, he is be attended to but is awake and alert. No injuries reported.
    Caution 1 - lap 116-119: debris on the track

    NOTEs: #20-Stewart sent to the garage due to leaking oil on lap 182. #12-Newman has dropped a cylinder and has taken the car to the garage on lap 141. #25-Nadeau was in the garage on lap 114 with a broken shock mount, is back on the track. #14-Compton has slowed, possible valve spring problem on lap 65 but is still out there down a lap. 1st green flag pit stops occurred between laps 50-55. #44-Grissom blew a front tire on lap 50, no caution. #55-Hamilton fell off the pace around lap 38 came in and took tires. Also around the same time #26-Kimmel went to the garage with a shock problem, fixed and back on the track. #36-Schrader started falling back around lap 14 when a roll bar cusion fell off inside the car and hit the ignition switch. #25-Nadeau has a potenial engine problem, maybe a spark plug problem, but he got off to an ok start and seems just fine.

    For results, see or See Drivers standings at or

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates, how did they do at Talladega?
    #12-Newman, 185.298, started 8th, finished 43rd with an engine problem, 10 rookie points
    #48-Johnson, 186.532, started on the pole, finished 7th, 15
    #49-Robinson, 182.508, was 42nd fastest, missed the race,1.(4-22-2002)

  • Starting Lineup at Talladega for the Aaron's 499:

  • Park, M Wallace, Hamilton to backup cars: The #1 Pennzoil team was forced to pull out the backup car after a hard crash in this morning's Winston Cup practice session all but destroyed the primary car. While entering turn 2, Steve Park ran over a piece of debris dropped by another car and cut the right rear tire on the Pennzoil Chevrolet.. The cut tire caused the car to veer sharply to the right and slam into the wall. Park was taken to the infield care center for a mandatory check-over and released minutes later. By the time Park returned to the garage, the Pennzoil team already had the backup car in the garage and ready to practice. Park continued with the morning's practice session. Park was running in the top ten before crashing in the morning practice session. He ended up with the thirteenth quickest lap of the morning.. Park qualified 9th yesterday for the Aaron's 499, but will have to drop to the rear of the field if he starts a backup car in tomorrow's race.(Pennzoil Racing PR)
    AND There was a three car incident between #33-Wallace, #55-Hamilton and #30-Green in the early practice when Wallace cut down a left rear tire and spun, teammate Hamilton had no place to go. Wallace and Hamilton will have to go to a backup cars and practiced in them during in Happy Hour, tough break for Andy Petree Racing. Green's car was slightly damaged but will not have to go to a backup. Since #4-Skinner blew an engine in qualifying, he will probably have to go to the rear of the field also because of the one engine rule, but since Skinner is scheduled to start 42nd, no big thing, plus Hamilton was to start 43rd, so he starts in the same spot.(4-20-2002)

  • makes no sense? the Busch series pole speed at Talladega? 188.764mph by #2-Johnny Sauter. The Cup pole speed? 186.532mph by #48-Jimmie Johnson in the 'premier' series.(4-20-2002)

  • Happy Hour: is over at Talladega. #22-Ward Burton wass the fastest at 194.046 with #6-Mark Martin 2nd at 192.656 and #97-Kurt Busch third at 192.343. Slowest were #44-Grissom at 187.024 and #45-Petty at 181.048. Only 41 of the 43 cars practiced, #11-Bodine and #30-Green didn't practice. There was a three car incident between #33-Wallace, #55-Hamilton and #30-Green in the early practice when Wallace cut down a left rear tire and spun, teammate Hamilton had no place to go. Wallace and Hamilton will have to go to a backup cars and practiced in them during in Happy Hour, tough break for Andy Petree Racing. Green's car was slightly damaged but will not have to go to a backup. Since #4-Skinner blew an engine in qualifying, he will probably have to go to the rear of the field also because of the one engine rule, but since Skinner is scheduled to start 42nd, no big thing, plus Hamilton was to start 43rd, so he starts in the same spot. See for Saturday's 'Happy Hour' practice speeds.(4-20-2002)

  • Saturday Am Practice Speeds: pretty interesting - #4-Mike Skinner is listed as almost 4mph faster then the 2nd fastest #17-Matt Kenseth, 196.125mph to 192.166, must have caught a heck of a draft. Third fastest was #7-Casey Atwood at 192.072. Skinner and Kenseth also had to take provisionals to make the race. Slowest were #22-Ward Burton at 187.158 and #44-Steve Grissom at 186.188. Roush drivers besides Kenseth; #6-Martin was 34th fastest, #97-Busch was 20th and #99-Burton was 8th. Speeds can be seen at .(4-20-2002)

  • Qualifying is OVER at Talladega for the Aaron's 499. #48-Jimmie Johnson wins to Bud Pole with a speed of 186.532mph, his 2nd pole of 2002 (2 for 2 in restrictor plate races, won the Daytona 500 pole). Outside pole goes to #31-Robby Gordon with a speed of 186.409. 2nd in points, #17-Kenseth and both Robert Yates drivers, #28-Rudd and #88-Jarrett had to take provisionals. Qualifying took 2:40. The top 10 starters are:
    #48-Johnson, Chevy 186.532mph
    #31-Gordon, Chevy 186.409
    #15-Waltrip, Chevy 186.401
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, Chevy 185.913
    #22-Burton, Dodge 185.470

    #14-Compton, Pontiac 185.436
    #10-Benson, Pontiac, 185.316
    #12-Newman, Ford 185.298
    #1-Park, Chevy 185.137
    #24-Gordon, Chevy 185.133

    some ties:
    #29-Harvick 184.704 - tied for 14th, but is higher in owners points then #25-Nadeau
    #6-Martin, #97-Busch and #77-Blaney all tied at 184.530mph, Martin(3rd in owners points gets the 19th spot
    Busch(6th) gets 20th and Blaney gets 21st(20th in owners points).

    Provisional Land (in order of prov - top 7 get them)):
    37)  #17-Kenseth (2nd in owners points), 182.961mph
    38)  #28-Rudd (10th), 183.308
    39)  #9-Elliott (13th), 183.392
    40)  #21-Sadler (19th), 182.292
    41)  #88-Jarrett (22nd), 183.413
    42)  #4-Skinner (30th), no speed
    43)  #55-Hamilton (31st), 183.213
    missed - #90-Mast (41st), 182.355
    missed - #49-Robinson(42nd), 182.508
    missed - #59-Gerhart (53rd), 180.747
    missed - #91-Trickle (no owners points), 181.687

    NOTES: #4-Skinner slowed just after taking the green flag (he went out 9th), the motor tightened up and had no oil pressure, so he pulled it in and will have to use a provisional to make the race, the #4 team is 30th in owners points which decides provisionals. #24-Gordon has the Pepsi scheme this week

    Lineup/Qualifying Results: at or MotorsportsOne or And see for a column about qualifying: Johnson takes second pole of season.(4-19-2002)

  • Pole Progression for qualifying at Talladega for the Aaron's 499:
    #2-Wallace, 1st out to qualify, 184.796mph, starts 13th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr, 5th out, 185.913, starts 4th
    #48-Johnson, 10th out, 186.532, on the pole.(4-19-2002)

  • Friday Practice at Talladega is over. Fastest was #10-Johnny Benson at 186.284 with #15-Michael Waltrip 2nd fastest at 185.848 and #48-Jimmie Johnson was 3rd at 185.718. Slowest were #91-Dick Trickle at 181.763, #49-Shawna Robinson at 181.656 and #59-Bobby Gerhart at 180.727. See for Friday practice speeds (link corrected - oops).(4-19-2002)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Talladega. See above for the link. 47 drivers listed, 1st scheduled out is #2-Rusty Wallace, last scheduled to go out is #17-Matt Kenseth. Others listed are #59-Bobby Garhart, #91-Dick Trickle, #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #98-Kenny Wallace.(4-19-2002)

  • Talladega Entry List UPDATE down to 47: See above for the link. 49 cars are listed including #09-Geoffrey Bodine; #26-TBA (supposed to be Frank Kimmel); #49-Shawna Robinson; #71-TBA (not sure, maybe Hillenburg?); #59-Bobby Gerhart (attempted Daytona runs in ARCA); #91-TBA (will Dick Trickle in a third Evernham Dodge); #92-Robert Pressley (for Melling Racing); and #98-Kenny Wallace (in Michael Waltrip's owned car fielded by DEI).(4-15-2002)
    UPDATE: Kimmel added as driver of the #26 and the #71 and #92 have been removed from the list as both announced they would no attempt the race, so down to 47 cars for 43 spots.(4-17-2002)

  • 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


  • Record Crowd: Sunday’s race set a record at Talladega for attendance. Every one of the 143,500 seats were sold and, with the fans in the 212-acre infield, the attendance was estimated at 170,000. The extra capacity comes from the fact that the O.V. Hill South Tower at the track was expanded by 5,200 seats.(Montgomery Advertiser)(4-22-2002)

  • Talladega Safety: As preparations begin for events at Talladega Superspeedway next week, fans should be reminded that safety policies put into place last fall, remain in place. Fans attending events at Talladega Superspeedway may continue to bring food and beverages into the grandstands – as well as soft-sided coolers. “Despite the rumors, we haven’t banned coolers,” said Grant Lynch, president of Talladega Superspeedway. “Our fans are welcome to bring in just about everything they’ve been able to bring into the grandstand areas in the past with the exception of hard coo lers. We are limiting the size of coolers and bags to help with the inspection and avoid congestion at the entrance gates.” Each ticketholder is allowed to bring in: * one soft-sided cooler or insulated bag no larger than 6-inches X 6-inches X 12-inches. * And one clear plastic bag no larger than 18-inches X 18-inches X 4-inches. Fans may carry ice or freezer packs in the soft cooler or insulated bag, but ice and freezer packs are not allowed in the clear plastic bag. “We are limiting entry to one soft cooler and one clear plastic bag per ticketholder,” said Lynch. “That may be less than what our fans are used to bringing in, but we haven’t said, ‘You can’t bring anything in at all’ like some other sporting venues. We’r e doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our fans and make sure they get to their seats in time for our events.” Scanners, cell phones, radios, cameras, binoculars and headsets are all allowed, but will either need to be placed on the ticketholder’s body or in one of the two bags allowed per person. Seat cushions may be carried separately. For more information on Talladega’s security policies, please visit To help with security and the flow of ticketholders through the gates, Talladega Superspeedway now has 95 entrance lanes along the frontstretch. At each entrance plaza is a specially built box for fans to measure their soft cooler and insulated bags. Fans can place their cooler or bag into this box to check if it meets the requirements. These check spots will also be located at various spots outside the facility in parking lots and at pickup points of Talladega’s tram service. Fans are asked to check their coolers and bags before they reach the entrance plazas. Any items left unattended at the gates will be removed and disposed of. Talladega Superspeedway assumes no responsibility for those items.(Talladega Superspeedway)(4-18-2002)

  • Aaron's to sponsor Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway announced an addition to its four-year partnership today with Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership, naming the spring 500-mile Cup race the Aaron’s 499. Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership becomes only the fourth Winston Cup-event sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway in the track’s 32-year history. When the NASCAR Winston Cup Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for its race on April 21, the series will be marking its 500th 500-mile event. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series sponsor agreement is a natural fit between Talladega Superspeedway and Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership, which announced a four-year deal in March to bring fans the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Aaron’s 312. Talladega’s spring event will be known as “Aaron’s Dream Weekend,” borrowing a line from Aaron’s, “We Make Dreams Come True.” The Aaron’s 499 will be the 66th 500-mile (188 laps) event held at Talladega Superspeedway, which opened in 1969. During the 1970s there were 15 500-mile races on a 30-race schedule in Winston Cup. Today, there are only 11 500-mile events on the 36-race schedule.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-8-2002)

  • Talladega BGN Sponsor: Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership in Atlanta, GA recently announced their new association with Talladega Superspeedway and will sponsor the "Aaron's 312 at Talladega" April 20, 2002. The "Aaron's 312 at Talladega" marks the second 312-mile race sponsorship by Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership, and compliments thiur sister race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, coming October 26, 2002. The idea of the 12 additional miles was the creative idea of Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership President Ken Butler. "It makes perfect sense for us," said Butler. "Because there are 3 great reasons to get furniture, appliances, electronics and computers at Aaron's: Everyone gets the guaranteed lowest price, everyone is automatically pre-approved, and our 12-month lease ownership plan is available to everyone. That's 3-12!" Adding a second 312 race to the schedule, and continuing our multi-year sponsorship of Michael Waltrip in the #99 Aaron's Dream Machine, increases our involvement in one of the premier series in NASCAR, and we are excited to have the opportunity to expand our participation with NASCAR and the BGN. The "Aaron's 312 at Talladega" is a 4-year agreement between Aaron's and Alabama's famed 2.66-mile tri-oval, Talladega Superspeedway. "We at Aaron's look forward to bringing the "Drama of 12 Extra Miles" to NASCAR's Most Competitive Track." said Butler. "After the success we've experienced with the 'Aaron's 312 at Atlanta' over the last two years, I believe NASCAR fans can expect exciting races and sensational finishes. Adding the 12 extra miles changes the way teams and drivers plan their race strategies and, as in the past, bring unexpected results that fans will remember."(Aaron's PR)(3-28-2002)

  • 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 - Talladega Superspeedway


  • Nemechek to the #44? UPDATE 2 No Grissom in Jones Out: rumors are afloat that place Joe Nemechek (recently released by Haas-Cart Motorsports) in the #44 Georgia Pacific Petty Racing Dodge at Martinsville this weekend. Buckshot Jones is the current driver.(4-9-2002)
    UPDATE: checked with a few more sources and been told that Nemechek is still under contract with Haas Carter Motorsports and that the team is hoping sponsorship will come through soon.(4-9-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Effective this week for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, Steve Grissom will drive the #44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge. Grissom, a former BGN and NASCAR All-Pro series champion, has worked with Petty Enterprises over the past year helping them test and develop their Dodge Intrepid race cars. "Buckshot did a good job for us, and I personally appreciate everything he has done for us at Petty Enterprises," said Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises. "We continue to have the utmost respect for Buckshot as an individual and as a Winston Cup driver. We have not performed to our expectations, and we felt like it was time to make a change. Sometimes you change the coach, and sometimes you change the quarterback. This time we decided to shake up the chemistry by changing the quarterback. We believe that Steve, because he's been around us and has helped us with these cars, can step in and move the Georgia-Pacific team forward. Because of the way we've done our testing with our R&D program, Steve has more laps in some of our cars than I do or John does. Ordinarily you'd expect some disruption with a change of drivers, but Steve has worked with the team, and has won a Busch Series championship with crew chief Bryant Frazier, so we expect him to step in and not skip a beat."
    "I'm excited to get the opportunity to drive the Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge," said Grissom. "Everyone can see the great strides that Petty Enterprises has made this year. Having the opportunity to assist in the testing and development of these cars means that I know how good they are. The team that Kyle Petty and Robin Pemberton have put together is a winning combination. I'm confident that I can come in and work well with the team and that we will have success."(Williams Company PR)(4-17-2002)

  • Yunick to be Awarded: Prolong Super Lubricants, Inc. announced that Henry "Smokey" Yunick, the leading innovator in motorsports engineering, will be posthumously presented Prolong's "Racing Angel" award for 2002 in conjunction with the 12th annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame induction in Talladega, Ala., on April 17th. The "Racing Angel" award identifies and acknowledges individuals exemplifying extraordinary achievements, determination and charitable goodwill within the motorsports community. The award will be presented by Linda Vaughn, the first lady of motorsports, who also is a Hall of Fame inductee and a tireless motorsports goodwill ambassador. Mr. Yunick from Daytona Beach, Florida, was well known for Smokey's, "The Best Damn Garage in Town." It most certainly was, as he fielded stock cars that won eight victories in 61 starts as an owner and more than 50 winners as a crew chief, chief mechanic or engine builder. In 1960, Mr. Yunick was crew chief for Jim Rathmann, the winner of the Indianapolis 500. Prolong's "Racing Angel" award, conceived by Linda Vaughn, was previously given to T. Wayne Robertson, the sports marketing legend, and Bill France Jr., president of NASCAR. Noted motorsports sculptor Ivan Fuller created the striking bronze sculpture depicting a racing angel, which is on permanent display at the Motorsports Hall of Fame museum in Talladega (a great place to visit by the way).(Business Wire)(4-17-2002)

  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction: One of the world's greatest road racers, Jacky Ickx, and a pair of NASCAR's greatest driver-owners, Glen Wood and Alan Kulwicki, head the list of the six men who will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in April of 2002. Ickx, who excelled in a number of different racing series', won the 24 Hours of LeMans an incredible six times, claimed championships in World Endurance and Can-Am, and was one of the top competitors in Formula 1 for a decade. Wood and Kulwicki were both chosen as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Wood is half of the original Wood Brothers team that listed many of the greats as their drivers. Kulwicki was the last driver/owner to win a Winston Cup championship, and also was a top ASA driver before moving to NASCAR. Joining them in the Class of 2002 are Italian car builder and engine designer Ettore Bugatti, New Zealander Denis Hulme who won the Formula One World Championship in 1967, and stock car racing great Tim Richmond. Bugatti's cars dominated European racing from 1911 until 1947, winning some 4,000 races. During World War I, he designed an aircraft engine for the French, and developed high-speed boats, trains and planes. Hulme, in addition to his F1 title, also won two Can-Am championships, and was Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1967. Richmond was also an Indy Rookie of the Year (1980), and won 13 races in his abbreviated NASCAR career. The 2002 Induction Ceremony will be held on April 18th in the Speedvision Dome at the international Motorsports Hall of Fame. Reservations for tickets for the 12th Annual Induction Ceremony are being taken now at the Hall of Fame. Anyone interested should call 256/362-5002.(IMHF Site)(4-17-2002)

  • M&M's Vote: Ken Schrader knows that the future of his car is in his fans' hands - at least the future color of the #36 "M&M's"® Pontiac. As candy lovers around the world cast their vote for the new color in the famous "M&M's"® candy mix - pink, purple or aqua - NASCAR fans have to keep a second thing in mind. The winning color - whether it be pink, purple or aqua - will be the color of the #36 car (and Schrader's uniform) for a one-race paint scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. This weekend, NASCAR fans by the thousands will have the opportunity for their voice to be heard. Fans at Talladega Superspeedway will be able to cast their vote for pink, purple or aqua at a special "M&M's"® GLOBAL COLOR VOTE(tm) voting tent. The tent will be located near souvenir alley, which is close to the North Entrance of the track. Fans will be able to cast their all important vote Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Saturday/Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Fans can vote as many times as they want each day. Each voter will receive an "I VOTED" sticker and a Fun Size package of "M&M's"® for their vote. Schrader isn't worried about fans picking the color of his car - even if one of the choices is pink. In fact, he hopes that the fans line up to vote for the new color. "Hey, I keep telling people that I look good in pink," Schrader said. "I don't care what color my car is - what matters to me is that it gets around the track fast. I'll drive whatever color race car "M&M's"® gives me. People keep giving me a hard time about maybe driving a pink car. I just want the fans to get out there and vote." If history is any indication of how the people will respond to the GLOBAL COLOR VOTE(tm), Schrader will get his wish for long lines and lots of votes. In 1995 when "M&M's"® asked consumers across the United States to vote for a new color, millions of people responded. An astounding 10,234,142 votes were cast and the color Blue won in a landslide - and that was just in the United States. This time around though, the question is being poised to people worldwide in 75 countries.(M&M's Racing-IMG Motorsports PR)(4-17-2002)

  • Kimmel back at Talladega, but not California: Frank Kimmel was interviewed on FSN's NASCAR This Morning by Winston Kelly and said he will drive the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports Ford at Talladega, but will NOT drive the car the following week at California Speedway as he has a commitment to the ARCA series in Salem, IN.(4-14-2002)

  • Waltrip to field a car for Kenny Wallace at Talladega? UPDATE yep #98: Mike Waltrip mentioned during the Fox BGN rain delay coverage that Michael Waltrip racing will field a Cup car at Talladega for Kenny Wallace that will carry Aaron's Rent sponsorship and that Aaron's will also be the title sponsor of the Cup at Talladega that will be know as the 499 not the 500. Supposedly DEI will supply the car (a backup #15) and engine, not sure what number it'll use (#81 as used in Daytona testing?). Waltrip seemed serious and Kenny Wallace was interviewed a bit later and says it is a serious effort and it is being posted on the Kenny Wallace site.(4-6-2002)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing Inc. (MWR) will field a Cup car for the first time in the Aaron's 499 on April 21, 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway. Michael Waltrip, owner of MWR and driver of the #15 DEI NAPA Chevrolet, announced, Kenny Wallace, will pilot the #98 Chevy sponsored by Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership. Ken Butler, President of Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership, announced March 16th Aaron's would be the title sponsor for the Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in addition to its primary sponsorship of Waltrip's #99 BGN car. Butler decided one race and one car entry was simply not enough. Butler revealed Aaron's would make it a double header by sponsoring the Winston Cup race. While Waltrip drives the Aaron's Dream Machine on Saturday's, their was no Dream Machine entered in Sunday's race until Waltrip stepped up to the plate offering his team and cars. "I am blessed to have a wonderful sponsor in Aaron's," Waltrip said. "They love NASCAR racing and NASCAR fans and have chosen NASCAR as their main source of spreading the word of their company's products. I didn't think twice about making this happen for a sponsor like Aaron's. Michael Waltrip Racing, supported by Dale Earnhardt Inc. will give Kenny (Wallace) a legitimate opportunity to win in Talladega." The car Wallace will drive was tested at Talladega Superspeedway by Waltrip and competed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Daytona in 2001. Wallace finished sixth in last year's Talladega 500 with a best superspeedway finish of second when he pushed Dale Earnhardt to his last win at Talladega in 2000.(Fahlgren PR)(4-10-2002)

  • APR Sponsor for Talladega and CTS race: Preen, America's leading weed preventer for lawns and gardens, will sponsor the Andy Petree Racing organization over the next two weeks. A product of Greenview, the consumer products division of Lebanon Seaboard Corporation, Preen will be on the CTS Truck driven by Petree at Martinsville this weekend, and will be on the #33 Cup Chevy driven by Mike Wallace at Talladega next week. New Preen For Lawns was launched this Spring. It kills weeds and even fertilizes up to four months, twice as long as traditional fertilizers. The only product of its kind that effectively kills and prevents weeds in one step, it is found at neighborhood garden and hardware centers. Preen ˜N Green For Gardens is endorsed by the American Rose Society. The first opportunity will come in Saturday's Truck race at Martinsville but the next in the Winston Cup race next week at Talladega. "Having two cars at Talladega is always a plus. The way we ran there last year and the way Mike Wallace ran there last year, we feel we can do a lot with the Preen Chevrolet and the Schneider Electric Chevrolet (of driver Bobby Hamilton)," Petree said. "The past few years we've really been good there, and we think we can be great next week too." The Preen Team gets its start this week with Petree behind the wheel of his CTS Truck at Martinsville. This will be Petree's first Truck race, though he has ARCA and other stock car racing experience.(Williams Company PR)(4-9-2002)

  • Trickle to run for Evernham at Talladega UPDATE: Dick Trickle went with the Evernham Motorsports team last week to test a third Evernham Dodge, car #91 at the Talladega Superspeedway. They tested for two days and Trickle felt they found the information they needed for the upcoming race this month. Evernham Motorsports tested under a third number (#91), NASCAR rules state that if you test with a car number you must attempt to race at least one race with that car. Team Owner Ray Evernham spoke with Trickle this week and told him the tean has decided to take the #91 Dodge to Talladega and gave Trickle the first option to have the driving duties and Trickle plans to be going with the team as driver of the un-sponsored #91 Dodge. They have no plans for future races, but would like to test more this year with the #91 Dodge.(Dick Trickle Fanclub Newsletter)(4-3-2002)
    UPDATE: Evernham is adding a third Winston Cup team to his roster, beginning at Talladega, with veteran Dick Trickle running what Evernham calls his research-and-development car. "Every team needs an R&D team, and if we've got the cars and the driver, we might as well enter them in some races," Evernham says.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-8-2002)

  • Gerhart to attempt other restrictor plate races: ARCA driver, Bobby Gerhart, plans to attempt the three remaining restrictor plate Cup races at Datona and Talladega(2). Gerhardt attempted the Daytona 500 in the #59 Pontiac.(Stock Car Scene)(3-5-2002)

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


  • Another Pepsi scheme: #24-Jeff Gordon will run another Pepsi scheme at the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, along with the one at Talladega, see a diecast image of the schemes on my 2002 Cup schemes page(2-8-2002)

  • M&M's Vote: Candy lovers around the globe will be faced with that decision beginning March 6th when Masterfoods USA launches its Global Color Vote(tm) - the largest promotion in the 61-year history of the "M&M's"® Brand. As consumers debate which color should be added to the famous mix in packs of the world's No. 1 candy brand, NASCAR® fans will keep some other things in mind when making their decision. Every vote cast for the new color of "M&M's" will be a vote cast for the color of Ken Schrader's #36 race car. In a one-race paint scheme at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, Schrader will run the winning color car - be it purple, pink or aqua. During the voting period, Schrader will pilot a special "Global Color Vote(tm)" paint scheme. At four races - Martinsville, Talladega, California and Richmond - Schrader will drive the Global Color Vote(tm) car. The car is similar to the familiar bright yellow #36, but it features the color choices of purple, pink and aqua. The characters also get in on the fun as they are depicted painting the car their color of choice. Red is dangling from a rope as he tries to paint the driver's side aqua. Blue has used his artistic skills to color the passenger side pink. And Yellow has painted himself and the back of the #36 purple. Residents around the globe will be eligible to vote by logging on to, which will be accessible in 10 different languages beginning on Wednesday March 6, 2002. Before casting a vote, consumers will have the opportunity to sample each color in specially marked packages available at retailers worldwide. The winning color will be announced in June 2002 at a gala event in New York City with the winning color car being driven by Schrader at the Bristol night race in August.(IMG Motorsports-Charlotte PR)(3-3-2002)

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


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