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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Samsung/RadioShack 500
Winston Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, April 7, 2002 in Fort Worth, TX
- TV: Fox - 2:00pm/et
- Time Note: The Fort Worth area is in the Central Time Zone, times listed here are Eastern
Also Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00am, turn those clocks ahead
- Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, April 10th, 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, Steve Byrnes and ?
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Posted Awards/Purse: $5,497,422 (was $5,048,203 in 2001)
- Entry List Link at: or NASCAR.com
- 2001 Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 141.804mph, started 3rd
- Track Race Record: Terry Labonte, March 1999, 144.276mph
- Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 45mph
- Practice: Friday, Apr 5th, 12:20 -2:20pm/et; and Saturday, Apr 6th, 10:30 - 11:15am/et.
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Apr 6th, 12:15 - 1:00pm/et on TV-FX at 1:00pm/et(tape delayed).
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 5th, 11:20am/et
- Qualfying Order: for Texas at (none on NASCAR.com yet)
- First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, April 5th at 4:05pm/et,
TV-FSN 4:00pm/et and live via PRN Radio(link below) and via NASCAR.com'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: Terry Labonte, April 2000, 192.137mph
- March 2001 Pole Sitter: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 190.678, finished 8th.
- Track Specs:
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
Grandstand Seating: 154,681
- Track Homepage: Texas Motor Speedway
Pole Winners at Texas
2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678mph, finished 8th
2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
1997 none, rained out
Race Winners at Texas
2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804mph, started 3rd
2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
TIRES: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Left Side: 87.3-inches Right Side: 88.6-inches
Left Side: D-6352 Right Side: D-6356
NUMBER OF TIRES SUPPLIED: LEFT RIGHT
Winston Cup Series: 1,250, 1,280
Busch Series: 550, 550
TECH INSPECTION INFLATION:
Left Front - 30 psi Right Front - 50 psi
Left Rear - 30 psi Right Rear -- 47 psi
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM RACE COLD PRESSURE:
Left Front - 25 psi Right Front - 48 psi
Left Rear - 25 psi Right Rear - 44 psi
Inner liners are required in all wheel positions and the recommended inflation is between 12 and 25 psi greater than their outer tire pressure.
Estimated Pit Stop Window: 60-65 laps (based on fuel mileage)
Did you know?...It's the debut of the right-side Goodyear Eagle radials at Texas Motor Speedway and the only track where they are scheduled for use this season. They will be used for both the Winston Cup and Busch Series events
GOODYEAR QUOTE: Mark Keto, lead engineer, stock car tire development: "The D-6352 left-side tires are the same ones used at Texas last season, while the right side is new and exclusive to Texas. The right side recommendation was determined at a January tire test in Texas with Sterling Marlin in the #40 Coors Light Dodge. "Texas was repaved last summer, and repaves can pose a big challenge to tires. Once a newly repaved track "rubbers in", tire wear tends to fall off dramatically and heat buildup in the tires can become an issue. "With
our new Texas right side, we focused on increasing the wear rate to better control the heat buildup. Based on the results of our January tire test, we feel we've accomplished that goal. The new Texas surface is extremely smooth and fast with very little tire "give-up" over the
course of a fuel run. With regard to the tires, it is probably the most demanding track on the NASCAR circuit."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Texas 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(3-24-2002)
- Plates at Texas? This Week? UPDATE Fearing that speeds at Texas Motor Speedway could reach dangerous levels, NASCAR officials may consider putting restrictor plates on Winston Cup cars competing in Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500, a NASCAR official said on Thursday. "We will sit down and talk about it (Thursday night)," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of communications. "We have the plates here already, but we will probably wait to see what happens over the next couple of days." But NASCAR clearly feels that the resurfaced 1.5-mile TMS track may need the extraordinary precaution measure.(Dallas Morning News)(4-5-2002)
UPDATE no plates for the BGN: NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter said Friday morning the sanctioning body has no plans to use carburetor restrictor plates for the BGN race Saturday at Texas. On Thursday, Jeff Green won the pole for the race with a track record lap of over 193 mph – far above the 189 mph previous mark. Green also bettered the previous Winston Cup qualifying mark. A repaved surface and cooler temperatures Thursday help produce fast speeds. "I think the Busch race will be fine. I don’t expect any problems with speeds," Hunter said. "As far as the Cup cars, we’ll see how practice and qualifying go today. It is not my expectation that we will have problems. But we will certainly keep an eye on the situation throughout the weekend." Hunter also said NASCAR always brings restrictor plates of different sizes to each track so they are available should officials decide to use them.()(4-5-2002)
- Texas Facts: Ricky Craven leads all other drivers with two Bud Poles in 2002. After starting 43rd in the Daytona 500; however, his average start is 11.83. Two drivers that have competed in every race this season have a better average start: Ryan Newman (10.17) and Kurt Busch (11.5). Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored a Bud Pole and started fourth and scored a victory and an eighth-place finish in only two NASCAR Winston Cup races at Texas. Texas natives Terry and Bobby Labonte are the only drivers that have finished in the top 10 in four of the five NASCAR Winston Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway. Both finished outside the top 10 in 2001. Jeff Gordon is expected to start his 300th career NASCAR Winston Cup race in the Samsung/RadioShack 500. He made his career-first NASCAR Winston Cup start in the 1992 season-finale at Atlanta. Gordon is the only driver to reach the 300th-race milestone in consecutive starts beginning with his career-first race.(NASCAR PR)(4-2-2002)
- Chevy's get measured different starting at Texas UPDATE: Officials for NASCAR announced modifications in the inspection and measuring process, specifically for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, beginning with the NASCAR Winston Cup event weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5th. The current NASCAR Winston Cup Series inspection process utilizes reference lines for inspection located on the inspection-room floor to help determine the overall length of the front of the car for each manufacturer. The Chevrolet's reference line has been moved to the same point as the Ford Taurus and Dodge Intrepid. It will now be measured at 100 ¼ inches in length. (Prior to this modification, the Chevrolet was measured at 99 inches). The Pontiac Grand Prix is measured at 100 ½ inches.(NASCAR PR)(3-22-2002)
UPDATE: Chevy team owners call NASCAR's newest rules break "just a bone they're throwing us," according to car owner Andy Petree. NASCAR's John Darby hinted he planned to follow up this rule with one cutting back something on the Dodges. General Motors' Alba Colon said GM would welcome that move: "I would be very glad to hear that. We asked (NASCAR) to do something with the Dodges and the Fords, but they replied 'What can we do for the Chevrolet? We don't want to take anything away from them. What can we do for you?'" The new Chevy rule, Darby says, will give that make more front downforce. However, Chevy crew chiefs dismiss that, saying it may add only 10 pounds of downforce; NASCAR wind tunnel tests last week showed the Dodge with more than 130 pounds more front downforce than the Monte Carlo, out of nearly 1400 pounds of total downforce.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-23-2002)
- 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)
- One Engine Rule for 2002 UPDATE 3: starting in the 2002 season, Cup teams must use the same engine to qualify and race, NASCAR announced Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. In the event the engine used to qualify the car does not start the race, then at the desretion of the Winston Cup Series director, the starting position will be relinquished and the car will drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race. According to NASCAR, certain events during the 2002 season may require ammendments to this rule, such as the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races and the Coca-Cola 600, due its length.(NASCAR.com)(10-14-2001)
UPDATE: NASCAR has decided to allow teams to change engines following qualifying Feb. 9 for the Daytona 500. Beginning this season, teams are required to use the same engine for qualifying and the race. The move for Daytona was made because of the 125-mile qualifying races held prior to the race.(That's Racin')(1-8-2002)
UPDATE 2: NASCAR's one-engine rule makes its debut this weekend [at Rockingham]. Teams must use the same engine to qualify, practice and race. If a team must replace an engine before the race, its driver is dropped to the back of the field at the start.(Sporting News)(2-19-2002)
UPDATE 3: The single-engine rule requires Cup teams to use the same engine in practice, qualifying and the race itself on a given weekend. Any team suffering an engine failure AFTER qualifying will be forced to go to the back of the field for the start of the race.()(2-22-2002)
BEEN ASKED: can a team change an engine prior to qualifying or during the first practice on Friday? Have seen conflicting columns on what the rule really says - some say the rule takes effect AFTER qualifying and some say one engine for ALL practices, qualifying and the race. So not sure what happens if a team loses an engine in the early practice, sure we will find out soon enough.(2-22-2002)
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: the spoliers 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
not sure of the angle.(2-22-2002)
- That's Racin': Samsung/RadioShack 500 Race Info/Random Thoughts
- Frontstretch: Raceday Today - Samsung/RadioShack 500
- NASCAR.com: Samsung/RadioShack 500 Preview
- Crew Chief Club
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Samsung/RadioShack 500 won by Kenseth at Texas Motor Speedway. #17-Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/RadioShack 500, his 2nd win of 2002 and third of his career. Kemseth had to fall to the back of the field after an engine change during the only practice held on Friday even though his official starting spot will be shown as 31st. It is the first time a driver won from further back the 7th at Texas and Kenseth is the six different driver to win at Texas in the six Cup races held there. #24-Jeff Gordon was 2nd, his first top five since he won at Kansas last September. #5-Terry Labonte got his first top 10 (he finished 10th) in 18 races (last was at Bristol last August). The top ten finishers:
1) #17-Kenseth (84 laps led)
3) #6-Martin (5 laps led)
4) #28-Rudd (29 laps led)
5) #20-Stewart (16 laps led)
6) #48-Johnson (highest finishing rookie)
7) #40-Marlin(1 lap led)
9) #9-Elliott (13 laps led) was the Pole Sitter
Cars on the lead lap: 12
Cautions 7 for 41 laps
Out of Race(DNF's) or off the track: #22-Burton(accident); #31-Gordon(accident); #12-Newman(engine); #99-Burton(accident); #8-Earnhardt Jr (accident/engine);
Lap Leaders (15): #9-Elliott; #28-Rudd; #88-Jarrett; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #6-Martin; #12-Newman; #23-Stricklin; #4-Skinner; #21-Sadler; #29-Harvick; #2-Wallace; 40-Marlin; #97-Busch; #20-Stewart; #17-Kenseth;
Caution 7 lap 308: #97-Busch spun in turn 3/4 after a tire went down, not damage and no other cars involved. Most of the leading in to pit, #17-Kenseth only took two tires as did the #41-Spencer and #6-Martin. Most others took 4 tires. #30-Green had just pitted under green flag and is now at the tail end of the lead lap, in front of the leaders.
#8-Earnhardt Jr is BACK on the track on lap 257 but lost his engine is now OUT.
Caution 6 lap 254: #12-Ryan Newman lost an engine.
No caution but #99-Burton scraped the wall and damaged the right side
Caution 5 lap 239: #31-Robby Gordon wapped the wall when he lost a right front, was able to drive on to the pits.
#28-Rudd had a stuck gas pedal and 88-Jarrett ran out of gas and had to coast in to the pits, then #24-Gordon who pitted infront of Jarrett overshot his pit stall and backed up, blocking Jarrett.
Ward Burton was held in the Infield Care Center at Texas to have his neck xrayed and released and interviewed said he was sore but ok. Earnhardt Jr was released and says he is fine.
Caution 4 lap 184: just after the green flag, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr spun when he and the lapped car of #49-Robinson got together and Earnhardt Jr backed into the turn one wall, Dale Jr has radio'd in that he is ok and has restarted the car but couldn't move the car, when he got out of the car, he was holding his left arm.
Caution 3 on lap 171: #22-Ward Burton hit the wall hard, apparantly the right front tire blew, Burton got out of the car under his own power. #4-Skinner and #30-Green had stayed out while most of the other driver pitted.
#21-Elliott Salder is running a fuel conservation race, pitting much later then the rest of the leaders, trying to make the race on one less pitstop.
#36-Schrader had to come back in after his pit road when the wrench was left in, and #1-Park had to come back in when he had a missing lugnut during the lap 100-105 green flag stops
Caution 2 on lap 49: debris on the track, #11-Bodine's right side window fell out on the frontstretch. Also of note, #30-Green's car is smoking and #22-Burton's car is having radio problems, #55-Hamilton's power steering pump was low on fluid and he came in to get it topped off and fixed. Also Bodine's crew chief Doug Richert has been summoned to the NASCAR trailer after the race to discuss the window problem as this is the 2nd time in 4 races the window has fallen out (the other was at Atlanta and one was not used at Bristol).
Some changes during pit stops on lap 37: #28-Rudd went in 1st and came out 1st; #9-Elliott in 3rd, out 2nd; #88-Jarrett in 2nd, out 3rd; #14-Compton in 4th out 14th; $8-Earnhardt Jr in 5th and out 5th.
NOTEs: Caution was thrown on lap 36.
NASCAR will probably throw a madatory caution (unless there is an earlier caution) to allow teams to adjust on their cars and check tires.
Falling to the rear of the field before the start: #17-Matt Kenseth - changed engine during Friday practice; #26-Frank Kimmel and #31-Robby Gordon, in backup cars due to qulaifying accidents.
#7-Atwood off the pace came into the pits around lap 15 and came back out. possibly a tire going down.
See for a column: Kenseth pulls away for second win of the season.
For Results see or the TMS Site or NASCAR.com (4-8-2002)
- Rookie of the Year Candidates at Texas:
#12-Newman, 189.987, started 36th, finished 40th, 9 rookie points.
#48-Johnson, 192.089, started 13th, finished 6th, 16
#49-Robinson, 191.795, started 16th, finished 36th, 10
#85-Long, not racing this week
not a candiate but #71-Jay Sauter made his Cup debut, started 35th and finished 37th, the highest finish by the #71 team in 2002.(4-8-2002)
- Spring Rubbers: NASCAR is allowing teams to install up to one-half of a spring rubber in either or both front springs prior to the start of Sunday’s Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas. Teams can’t start races with spring rubber in the front of their cars; they may only add them during pit stops. Spring rubbers are allowed in the rear springs at the start of the race.(CNN/SI)(4-7-2002)
- Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Postponed until Monday: the has been postponed until Monday, April 8th at 12noon/et (11:00am/ct). The race will be shown live on FX or on some local Fox Affiliates (3:35pm/et). Also - NASCAR announced in Sunday's drivers' meeting that a competition caution would be thrown at 35 laps to check tire wear. The teams have had no race practice on the newly paved track because of weekend rain.(4-7-2002)
- Happy Hour Practice Cancelled: NASCAR informed the Cup teams that Happy Hour Practice has been canceled, so the drivers will not get on the track until the race on Sunday. Efforts are now being made to get the BGN race in today. To keep up to date on the Weather Channel site, radar shows scattered showers throughout the Fort Worth area.(4-6-2002)
- Samsung/RadioShack 500 Lineup Links:For the starting grid/qualifying results see , the Texas Motor Speedway site, MotorsportsOne, or NASCAR.com. For weather info and Pole information, see my Samsung/RadioShack 500 Race Info page or the Weather Channel site - Fort Worth TX, wetaher looks good for today with the radar clear behind the Fort Worth area and the forecast being for Isolated T-Storms and a high of 73°F.(4-5/8-2002)
- three thru seven: all five Winston Cup winners have come from no higher then the 3rd starting spot and no further back then 7th. Those drivers starting in those spots Sunday are:
7th #19-Mayfield (4-5-2002)
- Qualifying at Texas is over, #9-Bill Elliott won the pole by over a mile per hour, 194.224mph and was one of 12 drivers to break the old track record of 192.137mph set by Terry Labonte in 2000. It was Elliott's 53rd career pole and 2nd Bud Pole of 2002. The top five starters:
1) #9-Bill Elliott 194.224 Track Record
2) #21-Sadler 193.071 Track Record
3) #28-Rudd 193.016 Track Record
4) #15-Waltrip 193.016 Track Record (tie goes to higest in Owners Points)
5) #88-Jarrett 192.967 Track Record
6) #14-Compton 192.967 Track Record
Other drivers who have qualified faster then the old track record (11 total so far): #19-Mayfield 192.726; #6-Mark Martin 192.658; #8-Earnhardt Jr 192.486; #32-Craven 192.438; #1-Park 192.342; #36-Schrader 192.321
#49-Shawna Robinson(16th) and #71-Jay Sauter(35th) have made the field on speed.
Provisional Land: the following drivers used provisonals at Texas
37th) #99-Burton(9th in owners points), 188.725
38th) #25-Nadeau(19th), 189.647
39th) #77-Blaney (22nd), 189.667
40th) #55-Hamilton(29th), 189.767
41st) #4-Skinner(32nd), 189.215
42nd) #44-Jones(36th), 189.361
43rd) #11-Bodine(38th), 188.291
For more info, see my Provisional Land/Owners Points page.(4-5-2002)
#57-Ron Hornaday missed the race as his team was the lowest team in owners points attempting to make the race.
slowest was #11-Bodine at 188.291
#31-Robby Gordon wrecked hard in turn three on his 2nd qualifying lap and backed into the wall hard, Gordon walked away under his own power.
#26-Frank Kimmel wrecked hard in turn two on his 2nd qualifying lap and backed into the wall hard, nothing left on the back of that car, Kimmel walked away under his own power and he qualified for the race.
For the starting grid/qualifying results see , the Texas Motor Speedway site, MotorsportsOne, or NASCAR.com.(4-5-2002)
- Pole Progression at Texas:
#41-Spencer, 191.618mph, 1st out to qualify, will start 20th
#48-Johnson, 192.089, 3rd out, starts 13th
#1-Park, 192.342, 7th out, starts 11th
#19-Mayfield, 192.726, 10th out, starts 7th
#88-Jarrett, 192.967, 12th out, starts 5th
#28-Rudd, 193.016, 15th out, starts 3rd
#21-Sadler, 193.071, 31st out, starts 2nd
#9-Elliott, 194.224, 42nd out, starts 1st.(4-5-2002)
- Friday Practice at Texas is over. #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest at 193.959mph, 2nd fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon at 193.952 and 3rd fastest was #19-Jeremy Mayfield at 193.507. Slowest were #71-Jay Sauter at 188.725 and #55-Bobby Hamilton at 188.534. #31-Robby Gordon, scraped the wall in the opening laps of practice and #17-Matt Kenseth blew an engine during the opening laps of practice (so unless the rules have changed again, that mean he will have to start from the rear of the field no matter where he qualifies? the rules requiring teams to get NASCAR approval for any engine change). See practice results/speeds see the Texas Motor Speedway site or and for a column: Rudd, Gordon, Mayfield top speed chart.(4-5-2002)
- Qualifying Order link is up, see above for the link(s). 44 drivers/teams/cars scheduled to make an attempt for 43 spots, so one goes home. First driver scheduled out is #41-Jimmy Spencer, last/44th to go out is #22-Ward Burton.(4-5-2002)
- Texas Entry List is up, see above for the links. Included in the entries of 45 cars/teams are #02-Hermie Sadler, #49-Shawna Robinson, #57-Ron Hornaday and #71-Jay Sauter. Also the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports unsponsored Ford and Joe Nemechek are listed.(3-26-2002)
UPDATE: down to 44 with the #26 team closing; oops, make it 43....and it is being reported that the #02-Hermie Sadler may or may not attempt the race.(3-28-2002)
UPDATE 2: add the #26 of Frank Kimmel/Haas Carter Motorsports, so back to 45 cars.(4-3-2002)
UPDATE 3: back down to 44 as #02 Sadler withdrew.(4-4-2002)
- Texas Field down to 43 or 44?: The car count for NASCAR's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend has fallen from 45 cars to the full-field minimum of 43. Joe Nemechek's #26 entry was pulled after Haas-Carter Motorsports announced it was suspending racing operations because of sponsorship problems emanating from Kmart's bankruptcy filing. TMS officials also were informed by #02-Hermie Sadler that he was pulling his entry blank, and canceling hotel rooms.(Fort Worth Star Telegram), but have been informed that while the rooms were cancelled Sadler is waiting word on a sponsor and seeing how preparations go on a back-up car and will make a decision early next week, but its a better than 50% chance that Sadler will go to Texas.(3-28-2002)
- 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
- Some Patriotism at Texas: Neal Smith, a Texas Resident and currently serving in the U. S. Navy has been on active duty for 19 years and will be retiring next year. Texas Motor Speedway(TMS) was contacted about flying Smith's retirement flag (which will never be sold and will go into his shadow box), and TMS accepted. The flag will be flown in Winner's Circle today (and was on Saturday after the BGN race).(4-7-2002)
- Scalpers beware at Texas: Fans planning to sell race tickets on speedway property this week may find themselves in hot water. A Fort Worth City ordinance makes it illegal for race tickets to be re-sold on speedway grounds. "Sometimes fans buy extra tickets with the intention of reselling them," said speedway manager Eddie Gossage. "We can't stop them from doing that elsewhere, but on the speedway grounds -- which is Fort Worth property -- it's illegal. The Fort Worth Police Department will certainly have a presence here this week and are well aware of this ordinance." Those who are caught re-selling tickets on speedway grounds will be subject to a fine and confiscation of tickets.(TMS PR)(4-4-2002)
- More Texas Camping News UPDATE: Heavy rains has forced Texas Motor Speedway to temporarily close the on-site Workhorse Custom Chassis Campgrounds. The excessive rainfall today has saturated the ground making it difficult to enter the sites without getting bogged down. Campers will be allowed to continue entering the camp areas on Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The speedway opened the campgrounds Friday at 2:00 p.m. -- a day early -- allowing those who were already in line to get parked before the heavy rains that started early today. Approximately 1,200 campers are already parked in the reserved and unreserved areas outside of Turn 3 as well as the unreserved sites on the west side of the property. Campers will continue to be lined up around Victory Circle (the outer ring road on property) to enter the sites on Monday. Throughout next week, an estimated 40,000 camping race fans will fill the 10,000 camping spaces for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 race week activities, April 4-7. For more info and more campdrounds, see the TMS Site.(3-30-2002)
UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway was scheduled to reopen its campgrounds this afternoon after heavy rains forced its closure over the weekend. But track operators and race fans can expect better conditions in the coming week if weather forecasts hold up. Neither the Weather Channel's Weather.com nor AccuWeather's Web site calls for any rain this week. Both expect temperatures in the low 70s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-1-2002)
- Texas Security: Texas Motor Speedway will open the gates one hour earlier than usual on race days to allow extra time for
security checks. The extra hour will give the fans additional time to go through the security checks and get to their seats for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on Sunday, April 7 and the O'Reilly 300 on Saturday, April 6. Gates are set to open at 8:00am both days. With 1:00pm start times for both races gates would traditionally have opened at 9:00am. The new security measures were in place for the October 2001 Indy Racing League event as a result of last September's terrorist attacks. "The stricter security measures are still in
effect," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "While we do not anticipate any problems, we want the fans to know we continue to do whatever we can to ensure their safety while at Texas Motor Speedway." The speedway has enforced a number of safety guidelines since opening in 1997, however, many of those have been stepped up for next week's race events including:
* Extra security personnel will be placed at each gate entrance to enhance the checking of coolers and personal backpacks. (Cooler checks for glass containers have been routine in year's past. Tables will be set up at each gate for fans to pass through where items will be checked.)
* Each entry gate will be staffed by the Fort Worth Police Department during fan entry.
* There will be increased overnight security guards patrolling the Grandstands and other facility buildings after hours.
* All vehicular traffic will be cut off from entering the concourse two (2) hours prior to each day's gate opening times.
* All vendor re-stocking activity must be handled from the loading dock areas with golf cart access to the stands from the fire lane behind the concession stands. No golf cart activity allowed on the concourse.(TMS Site)(3-30-2002)
- Texas Traffic: With the addition of new $6.5 million interstate interchange and frontage road, a new 30-acre paved parking lot, a beefed up parking staff and a new traffic plan, speedway officials are confident this year's Samsung/RadioShack 500 race traffic will move better than ever. "This is the first time we will be using the new Dale Earnhardt Way interchange on our NASCAR Winston Cup weekend," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Local law enforcement agencies have a new and improved traffic plan and are confident race fans will be moving in and out of here better than ever. We also added another 30 acres of paved parking as well as additional parkers and law enforcement officers to implement the plan." More than 200,000 fans will arrive in approximately 60,000-70,000
vehicles for the Sunday, April 7, Samsung/RadioShack 500. The new Dale Earnhardt Way interchange, located on Interstate 35W and
the northeast corner of the speedway property, was open for the fall Indy Racing League and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series weekend.
Key points to remember:
* Leave early
* Dallas to Denton to the Speedway as an alternative to Highway 114
* Utilize Dale Earnhardt Way interchange
* Follow directions of police and parking personnel
* Post-race four-lane express on Petty Place heading west
* Post-race two-lane contraflow on FM 156 south to Eagle Parkway
* Traffic maps available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(3-30-2002)
- Texas Camp Grounds Open Early: Threatening weather has prompted Texas Motor Speedway to open some outside camping areas a day early. The Workhorse Custom Chassis outside reserved and unreserved camping areas located outside of Turn 3 were scheduled to open on Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m. However, with weather reports predicting heavy storms throughout the day Saturday, the speedway will open the outside reserved and unreserved campsites on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. "We already had RVs lining up Wednesday to enter the campgrounds," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "With the real possibility of bad weather Saturday, we felt is was best to go ahead and start letting folks in and get them parked before the ground gets too wet."(TMS PR)(3-28-2002)
- Camping at Texas: A new and improved layout and a safer camping experience await the estimated 10,000 RVs and campers on Texas Motor Speedway property for the upcoming Samsung/RadioShack 500 race week, April 4-7. The speedway has been working for several months to improve the overall terrain of the campsites, including the addition of gravel to the aisleways and adding 100 additional reserved campsites. A new pedestrian walkway leading from the turn 3 Workhorse Custom Chassis Campground to the north tunnel/gate 12 is now in place. Other amenities such as picnic tables and new landscaping have also been added.(see more at the TMS site)(3-21-2002)
- Texas Traffic Stuff: Traffic Advisory - In November 2001, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began work to repair and overlay main lanes of Interstate 35W. Although the project is about 17 miles long and stretches from I-35E to the Tarrant-Denton County line, the construction is not expected to hinder traffic during the April 4-7 NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway. The concrete pavement repair is near completion, and TxDOT is currently upgrading the bridge railings. Traffic has been limited to one lane at various locations in this project. However, when TxDOT planned the project, provisions were included in the contract stating that the contractor would have all lanes open Wednesday through Sunday of the NASCAR races. According to Chris Behnke, TxDOT Denton County Assistant Area Engineer, the contractor is on target to have all the lanes open for race week. TxDOT officials advise travelers in this area to continue driving with caution. Though lanes will be open, this is still a construction area. They ask drivers to stay alert to traffic control devices applicable to partially completed work on the shoulders and in the ditches.(TMS PR)(3-14-2002)
- Texas Special: Kroger and Cheez-it are combining to save race fan families $93 to see one of the BGN race at Texas on Saturday, April 6. The Kroger "Family 4 Pack" consists of four reserved frontstretch tickets to the O'Reilly 300, four hot dogs, four Coca-Colas and four Keebler snacks for only $99. This represents a savings of $93 over the retail value if purchased separately. Coupons redeemable for the "Family 4 Pack" will be available starting Wednesday, March 13 at Kroger grocery stores in north and east Texas and Bossier City-Shreveport, Louisiana. Participating Kroger locations are available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. The coupon, along with two UPC codes from Keebler snack products 10 ounces or larger, must be presented for the special price only at the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office or at gate five on race day.(3-12-2002)
- Tire Troubles at Texas? The early word on next month's race at Texas, after several teams have tested there is "it's going to be dangerous." The track has been repaved, and there are some worries that teams may gamble too much on tires and risk blowouts. "Don't go low on tire pressure, and don't use too much camber," one top tire specialist said after talking with teams just back from the test. The Texas track has been notorious over the years for blown right-front tires.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-9-2002)
- Texas Construction: Construction crews have already completed several of the projects planned at Texas Motor Speedway. Included in that list of improvements is rock compound paving of 30 acres of land between Burton Avenue and Wallace Avenue on the west side of the speedway, which is scheduled to be finished at the end of this week. Traditionally, parking has been hindered in this area by inclement weather. In addition, a new paved walkway for pedestrians has been poured along Petty Avenue off of the speedway's outer ring road (Victory Circle) leading to the Preferred Seat License (PSL) parking lot (west side of speedway). This will enable maximum lanes of vehicle traffic on Petty Avenue entering and exiting the speedway. Also, work has been completed on a paved sidewalk along the grass area between Lone Star Tower and the south tunnel and a sidewalk stretching from the north campground to the north tunnel.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(2-28-2002)
- Traffic Problems at Texas MS? Key highway lanes leading to Texas Motor Speedway may still be closed when NASCAR returns in early April. Concerns have arisen from slow progress on construction work along Interstate 35W near the Motor Speedway north of Fort Worth. Only 18 percent of the work is finished. But Texas Department of Transportation officials say the recent good weather is a sign that the construction can be finished on time. Transportation officials also say they will try to reopen the lanes if work is unfinished when the race days arrive. "We've been told these improvements to the bridge retaining system will be finished in time for the race, but if not, they'll have plans to remove the barricades," said speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage. Not having all lanes on I-35W open during NASCAR weekend "would make life extremely difficult," said Gossage. "I think they know that this is three times bigger than hosting the Super Bowl game and they wouldn't not get things opened up."(Star Telegram/AP)(2-27-2002)
- Howie and more seats at Texas: TMS executive vice president and general manager Eddie Gossage said the addition of temporary seats for this year's NASCAR Winston Cup race is under consideration. No temporary seats were added in 2001. Howie Long will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Winston Cup Samsung-RadioShack 500 on April 7. Long, who does numerous commercials for RadioShack, made an appearance at TMS on Tuesday.(Star Telegram)(1-24-2002)
- TMS Paving Done: The repaving project on the 1.5-mile superspeedway was completed last week, and count NASCAR Truck driver David Starr of Irving as one who thinks the surface is "awesome." Some Winston Cup drivers have expressed concern that TMS might be a one-groove track again with the new surface. But Gossage said TMS has a triangular-shaped trailer that will have race tires on it to lay down rubber in the upper grooves(Star Telegram)(8-24-2001)
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Texas Motor Speedway
- 300th start for Gordon: #24-Jeff Gordon will make his 300th Winston Cup start at Texas. Two interesting facts: it is 300 consecutive starts, and Gordon has NEVER used a provisional starting spot.(4-7-2002)
- Shawna gets a sponsor for Texas: Casino Magic – Bossier City, La., is the new primary sponsor for Shawna Robinson’s #49 Dodge company officials announced today. It is a one-race agreement. Robinson qualified 16th for Sunday’s Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Casino Magic is undergoing a $25 million expansion and renovation project, which includes the renaming of the casino to Boomtown Casino and Hotel. Casino Magic is the title sponsor of the Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway each June. Dale Darrough, vice president and general manager of Casino Magic: “We are more than happy to sponsor a rising star like Shawna. She had a great qualifying run this weekend, and we know that she will bring a lot of excitement to the already exciting world of NASCAR.”(TMS Site Pit Notes)(4-7-2002)
- Haas-Carter at Texas? Kimmel in the #26? hearing that ARCA Champ, Frank Kimmel may be driving the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports Ford in selected races this year, the first race could be at Texas, supposedly Advance Auto Parts would be the sponsor (Kimmel's ARCA sponsor). AND on CNN/SI's NASCAR Plus, Benny Parsons and Marty Snyder both mentioned that Haas Carter Motorsports still has 25 people working and that they would not be surprised to see them field a car at Texas with a different driver.(4-2-2002)
UPDATE: Three-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel will drive the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports entry at Texas. Kimmel is bringing his ARCA sponsors -- Advance Auto Parts and Pork, the Other White Meat -- to the team, which ceased operations last week as it attempted to search for sponsorship following Kmart's filing for bankruptcy. "The crew will be made up of some of Travis Carter's and some of our own," Kimmel reported on his Web site. "There could be more races in the future." (Daytona Beach News Journal). #26 Crew Chief, Donnie Wingo will call the shots on raceday.(4-3-2002)
- Sadler Withdraws from Texas: As of.12 noon.today Sadler Motorsports has withdrawn its #02 entry from the Samsung/RadioShack 500.. The team now plans to enter Martinsville, California, and Richmond.. "Being a small team, we did not have time to update our cars to the new rules allowed the Chevrolet's by NASCAR.. We felt the best thing to do was to update our cars in preparation for our other upcoming races" stated Hermie Sadler.. "Our goal is not to just make races, we want to be competitive.. This move will allow us to do that in the future." The rules Sadler refers to involve a new nose design.. Sadler completes a session at Martinsville this afternoon in preparation for next weekend's Winston Cup event, where he will carry sponsorship from The Virginia Lottery.( Patterson Group PR)(4-3-2002)
- Martin will attend health seminar at Texas: #6-Mark Martin will join fitness expert Larry North for a seminar entitled "Keeping Up the Pace" on Saturday at 8:00am at Texas Motor Speedway. Martin and North will be outside the track at the Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life mobile health screening unit to discuss with race fans the importance of incorporating exercise into their daily routines. Martin has taken part in a vigorous exercise and nutrition program for several years.(Dallas Morning News)(4-2-2002)
- #26 Team to close this week? UPDATE: hearing the one remaining team for Haas Carter Motorsports, the #26 Joe Nemechek Ford, will close down at the end of this week and not run Texas unless a sponsor jumps aboard.(3-27-2002)
UPDATE: Haas Carter Motorsports announced today that it has ceased its NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing operation. The team fielded the #26 Ford Taurus for Joe Nemechek and #66 Ford Taurus for Todd Bodine. With the unfortunate filing of Chapter 11 by its primary sponsor Kmart Corporation just prior to the NASCAR season opener in Daytona, the timing could not have been worse for the team to find a replacement. Kmart Corporation has been a great team sponsor since Haas Carter Motorsports first entered the Winston Cup Series and we wish them well in their restructuring efforts. It is with great sadness that Haas Carter Motorsports releases its drivers and team members to pursue other Winston Cup opportunities as we realize this decision impacts families and friends.(Cox Marketing Group PR)(3-27-2002)
- Sauter to run the #71 at Texas: The #71 Marcis Racing team had talked to Dick Trickle about possibly running the Texas race. Since then Richard Childress [owner of the #'s 29,30,31] contacted Dave Marcis and will be leasing the team for the Texas race weekend and putting Jay Sauter in the car. Sauter is under contract with Richard Childress and they wanted him to get a race in. Childress will be supplying a motor as well as crew to help with the Texas race.(Dick Trickle Fan Club Newsletter)(3-26-2002)
- See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- #40 at Texas: look for #40-Sterling Marlin to run a Brooks & Dunn scheme on the #40 Coors Light Dodge at Texas.(3-30-2002)
- Combos: #36-Ken Schrader will supposedly run a Combo's scheme at Texas.(3-29-2002)
- Baseball, Texas and Benson: Brandweek magazine is reporting that Major League Baseball is planning a NASCAR-related promotion and licensing deal around the April 7 Winston Cup Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, today's Sports Business Daily says. Brandweek says MBV's #10 Pontiac driven by Johnny Benson will display an MLB Opening Day logo. The promotion will also see Benson and his team attend a Rangers game during the race weekend, and Rangers players are expected to be on hand for the race. The magazine also says the 200,000 fans expected at the race will receive a fan guide with the complete 2002 MLB schedule.(Winston Cup Scene - Daily Newsletter)(3-14-2002)
- Harvick goes Sonic: Reigning BGN Champ Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing and Sonic announced plans to enter the #29 Sonic Chevrolet in the BGN race at Texas Motor Speedway. The April 6 event marks the first race Harvick will run in the series since clinching the championship title in 2001. The #29 Sonic Chevrolet will be red and black and feature the Sonic logo on the hood and rear quarter panel. The deck lid will feature
signature Sonic favorites- Cheese Coney, Tater Tots and Cherry Limeade. Sonic is giving four fans the chance to compete in a go-kart race against Harvick at SpeedZone in Dallas. To win, fans need to stop by a participating Sonic location in Dallas/Ft. Worth and enter the
drawing. Sonic, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service. Popular menu items include Toaster Sandwiches (Chicken Club and Bacon Cheddar Burger on this Texas Toast), Extra-Long Cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), hamburgers, fresh-made Onion Rings, Tater Tots (hmm...a Jayski fave - love Sonic - need one in NJ) and a variety of Frozen Fountain Favorites(tm) such as Cream Pie Shakes and Cherry Limades.(Three Wide Marketing PR). See my 2002 BGN schemes page for four images of the car.(3-10-2002)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news
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