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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
Winston Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- TIME: Las Vegas is 3 hours behind the Eastern Time Zone, all times here Eastern(et)
- Race: Sunday, March 3, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV
- This is a No Bull 5 Race
- TV: Fox - 3:30pm/et
- Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wednesday, March 6th, 8:00pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et, with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Links:NASCAR on TV at NASCAR.com or Speed Channel: NASCAR TV
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes and Jeanne Zelasko
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Posted Awards/Purse: $4,729,088 (was $4,281,953 in 2001)
- Entry List: Tentative UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Entry List - Jayski and from NASCAR.com
- 2001 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 135.546mph
- Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph
- Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 45mph
- Practice: Friday, Mar 1st, 1:20 -3:20pm/et; and Saturday, Mar 2nd, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 2nd, 2:15 - 3:00pm/et on TV-FX tape delay 6:30pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 1st, 12:20pm/et
- Qualfying Order: http://www./mld/thatsracin/2725665.htm">UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 qualifying order - and/or UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, March 1st at 5:00pm/et,
TV-Fox Sports Net(FSN) live and live via PRN Radio(link below)
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is now a paid subscription service).
- Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)
- Track Qualifying Record: Ricky Rudd, March 2000, 172.563mph
- March 2001 Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
Winners at Las Vegas
2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th
2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th
- Track Specs: Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Front straight: 2,275 feet
Back straight: 1,572 feet
Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 8 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 126,000
- Track Homepage: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NO BULL FIVE INFO
- The program allows five eligible drivers - each matched with a fan - to win a $1 million bonus should they win at five different tracks during the season. This season, those races are the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Coca-Cola 600, Pepsi 400, Richmond 400 and EA Sports 500. Instead of "one man, one race, one shot, one million", the Winston Million in 1998 became the Winston No Bull 5 and continued in 1999, 2000, 2001 and will again in 2002. The Winston No Bull 5 offers a total of $5 million to drivers, paid in possible $1 million pay-outs in 5 different events in 2002.
- Next No Bull Five is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2002. The five drivers eligible for the No Bull Five are:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr
These drivers were the top five at Talladega in the EA Sports 500 on Oct 2001.
For more see my No Bull 5 Program page and my NASCAR Racing Contests for rules on entering as a fan.
- Las Vegas 2002 Testing - Jan 28-31 page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Winston Cup Series - UAW/DaimlerChrysler 400
NASCAR Busch Series - Sam's Town 300
Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Las Vegas, Nev.
Fast Facts for March 1-3, 2002
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Winston Cup: Left - 1,200; Right - 1,230
Busch Series: Left - 550; Right - 550
Left: 87.3 in.
Right: 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 28 psi Right Front - 42 psi
Left Rear - 28 psi Right Rear - 40 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 22 psi Right Front - 38 psi
Left Rear - 22 psi Right Rear - 35 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Las Vegas in 2001 . . . both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series will use the same tires this weekend . . . other NASCAR tracks where teams will compete on this same combination this season are Bristol, Darlington and Rockingham . . . that means Winston Cup teams will run these tires four times in over a five-week stretch, beginning last weekend at Rockingham . . . next week at Atlanta (March 8-10) will be the exception to that . . . as on all ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: " Many Winston Cup and Busch Series teams tested at Las Vegas during an open house session in January, and this tire combination performed very well. Two other things teams have going for them with these tires are that they ran this same combination during the 2001 race weekend at Las Vegas, and that they just ran them again last weekend at Rockingham. Because Las Vegas is the fastest of the four tracks in this particular tire grouping - which also includes Rockingham, Darlington and Bristol -- the air pressure recommendation is slightly higher than at the other three tracks.
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Las Vegas for leading the points and winning the race (Jeff Gordon last won the award, $60,000 at Kansas on Sept 30, 2001, none awarded at Daytona on Feb 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(2-24-2002)
Airtime: 3:00pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
Performance Racing Network(PRN)
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru NASCAR.com)
Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Rob Albright
Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson
- Cars Tested: the cars of #40-Sterling Marlin, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #6-Mark Martin, #12-Ryan Newman, #20-Tony Stewart, #88-Dale Jarrett and #48-Jimmie Johnson were tested on the NASCAR chassis dynamometer after Sunday’s race.()(3-4-2002)
- The No Bull Five at Vegas UPDATE the pairings: The Winston No Bull 5 fan / driver pairings event for UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Storm Theatre in Las Vegas on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., pacific time. The event is open to the public, but it is not an autograph session. Mandalay Bay will begin issuing tickets from the box office at Noon Thursday for the 3:30 p.m. show. There are 1600 tickets that will be issued on a first come, first served basis. The show will last about 50 minutes with all five Winston No Bull 5 drivers and fans in attendance. The show will begin with a number from Storm, Mandalay Bay's nightly show. Tickets for Storm can be purchased from the Mandalay Bay Ticket Office, and a ticket stub from the Winston No Bull 5 fan / driver pairings event will get two Storm tickets for the price of one. The two-for-one offer is good through the NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend.
The drivers eligible for the Winston No Bull 5 million-dollar bonus are the top-five finishers from the EA Sports 500 at Talladega in October 2001, #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Tony Stewart, #99-Jeff Burton, #17-Matt Kenseth and #55-Bobby Hamilton. The eligible fans for Las Vegas are:
Jair Gensollen from White Plains, NY
Robin Littlefield from Medical Lake, WA
Franklin Bell from Hamilton, OH
Loren Carpenter from Decautur, IL
Barry Moore from Gallant, AL
If an eligible driver with the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 on Sunday, the driver and his fan will each win the million-dollar Winston No Bull 5 bonus of $1 million. For more info, see my No Bull 5 page and for info on entering the contest (must be 21) see my Racing Contest page.(2-26-2002)
The PAIRINGS: #17-Matt Kenseth left the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino with was a new No. 1 fan - Loren Carpenter of Decautur, Ill.. Kenseth and Carpenter were paired as a result of Kenseth's win in Thursday's Winston No Bull 5 driver blackjack tournament at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Storm Theatre. If Kenseth wins Sunday's Cup race at Las Vegas, he and Carpenter will each win the $1 million Winston No Bull 5 bonus. The blackjack tournament was a part of the Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" fan sweepstakes at the first Winston No Bull 5 event of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #20-Tony Stewart, #99-Jeff Burton, Kenseth and #55-Bobby Hamilton, the five drivers eligible for this weekend's Winston No Bull 5 bonus at Las Vegas, took part in a blackjack tournament featuring non-legal tender $1 million Winston No Bull 5 chips.. The drivers were each given 50 chips and played five hands to determine the event winner. After five hands, Kenseth and Bobby Hamilton were tied with $55 million each. A one-hand playoff gave Kenseth the win. The drivers are eligible as top-five finishers from the final Winston No Bull 5 event of the 2001, the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt Jr., Stewart, Burton, Kenseth and Hamilton were each paired today, via the black jack competition, with five fans selected at random through a nationwide sweepstakes. Prior to the black jack tournament, the fans' names had been randomly placed on a scoreboard with their names hidden. After the competition, the driver finishing order was placed next to the concealed names. The fan's names were revealed showing how the fans and drivers would be paired. In addition to Carpenter, Barry Moore of Gallant, Ala., is paired with the second-place finisher Hamilton. Franklin Bell of Hamilton, Ohio will be pulling for Earnhardt, who finished third with $50 million. The fourth-place finisher, Burton, finished with $13 million and is paired with Robin Littlefield, Medical Lake, Wash. Jair Gensollen of White Plaines, N.Y., is paired with Stewart, who finished last with no money.(PR)(3-1-2002)
- Las Vegas Facts: There have been three different Bud Pole winners in the four NASCAR Winston Cup races at Las Vegas: Dale Jarrett (1998 and 2001), Bobby Labonte (1999) and Ricky Rudd (2000). Roush Racing placed five drivers in the top-10 finishers in the inaugural Las Vegas 400 in 1998 and Roush Racing drivers have won three of the four races at Las Vegas: Jeff Burton (1999 and 2000) and Mark Martin (1998). Only one of the four NASCAR Winston Cup races at Las Vegas has been won from a top-10 starting position, the inaugural race in 1998. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Las Vegas was 24th by Jeff Gordon in 2001. Mark Martin is the only driver to complete every NASCAR Winston Cup lap raced at Las Vegas (949 laps). Martin is the only driver that has posted a top-10 finish in all four races. Jeff Burton has led 204 of the 949 laps raced at Las Vegas (21 percent), the more than any other driver. Teammate, Mark Martin, has led 186 laps there and is the only other driver that has led more than 100 laps at Las Vegas.(NASCAR PR)(2-25-2002)
- 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)
- #500 for Mikey: Michael Waltrip will make his 500th career Winston Cup start Sunday at North Carolina Speedway, the 23rd series driver to reach this milestone.(2-24-2002)
- #99 Jackman UPDATE: hearing that Britt Goodrich, the jackman for #49-Shawna Robinson (who is not racing this week at Rockigham) #49, will jack the #99-Jeff Burton Ford at Rockingham as thee regular #99 jackman, Brian Perry, injured an ankle last weekend in Daytona.(2-22-2002)
UPDATE: Shawna Robinson's jackman, Britt Goodrich, will jack Jeff Burton's No. 99 Ford today at the Rock. Burton's regular jackman, Brian Perry, injured an ankle last week at Daytona International Speedway when Kyle Petty's car ran into the jackman on pit road during the Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-24-2002)
- 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': UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Race Info
- FoxSports: Totally NASCAR's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 preview
- Frontstretch: Raceday Today - UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
- Frontstretch: Las Vegas Race Preview by Misty Bridges
- NASCAR.com: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Preview
- Racing Reality: UAW Daimler Chrysler 400 Race Preview by Brendan Kelly
- Yahoo: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 - Preview
- Crew Chief Club
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Marlin wins at Las Vegas: #40-Sterling Marlin wins the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 after starting 24th, all three winners in 2002 so far have started 19th or worse. It is Marlin's 9th career Winston Cup win. Marlin now leads the drivers points by 75 points over #12-Newman (507 to 432). The top ten:
1) #40-Marlin (37 laps led)
2) #19-Mayfield (17 laps led)
4) #12-Newman (50 laps led)
5) #20-Stewart (76 laps led)
6) #48-Johnson (6 laps led)
10) #41-Spencer (45 laps led)
6 cautions for 25 laps
20 of 43 cars are on the lead lap.
Lap Leaders (13): #66-Bodine; #41-Spencer; #97-Busch; #12-Newman; #40-Marlin; #20-Stewart; #23-Stricklin; #21-Sadler; #48-Johnson; #8-Earnhardt Jr; #45-Petty; #22-Burton; #19-Mayfield (ties a recoord for leaders).
DNF's: #55-Hamilton(accident); #49-Robinson(accident);
NOTES: #55-Hamilton, one of the No Bull Five drivers, wrecked on lap 9 and looks to be out of the race, Hamilton's 40 race streak with no DNF's (did not finishes) is over as his car has been declared out.
Caution on lap 61 when #15-Waltrip blew a tire, quite a few cars were caught in the pits when the yelloe came out and got put a lap down or close to it (#'s 66,25,31,10 and others), #19-Mayfield was in the pits for a few laps as there was some sort of problem during his stop and #41-Spencer lost a bunch of spots when a lugnut fell off the stud during his stop..
#40-Marlin was slowing to go to the pits and got hit by #25-Nadeau, Marlin saved it after going sideways and ended up at the entrance of pit road and proceeded to hit pit stall. Fox reported Marlin would be penalized for speeding down pit road, haven't seen or heard it happened, but communication never got to the NASCAR official so NASCAR recinded the penalty.
Caution 3 on lap 140 for oil on the track, all lead lap cars came in to pit, #12-Newman came out with the lead as only two tires were changed. #8-Earnhardt Jr only took two tires and came out 2nd. #25-Nadeau's Chevy is overheating but still on the track.
Caution 4 on lap 155 when #17-Kenseth spun by himself, no damage to car. Leader #20-Stewart let #66-Bodine and #25-Nadeau back on the lead lap.
#44-Jones was running in the top 10 before the caution (4) had a loose lugnut and was called back in by NASCAR to tighten it, went out 25th, still on the lead lap. #32-Craven had a tire go down just AFTER the 4th caution and lost a lap.
#36-Schrader had a tired go down when he and #66-Bodine got together and Schrader had to pit on lap 182, losing a lap.
#48-Jimmie Johnson while leading and a lug nut fell off the front right tire and the pit stop lasted longer then normal, came out in 10th place. #10-Benson ran out of fuel but made it in to the pits and got refueled but lost time (he ran 62 laps on a tank). #26-Nemechek possibly has engine trouble.
Caution 5 on lap 232, #49-Shawna Robinson tagged the wall, pancaking the right side, Robinson is in 42nd. Most of the lead lap drivers came in to pit. #97-Busch has an engine problem and is overheating.
Caution 6 on lap 254. #45-Petty got spun by #31-Gordon after #25-Nadeau pushed/hit Gordon.
See for a column: Marlin's number comes up big in Vegas and for Unofficial UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 results and Unofficial Standings.
The race will re-air on Speed Channel, Wednesday, March 6th at 8:00pm/et and on Thursday, March 7th at 12:00noon/et.(3-3-2002)
- No Bull Five Drivers: at Las Vegas and where they started, where they finished (no winner this time):
#8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 168.845, started 35th, finished 16th
#17-Matt Kenseth, 171.065, started 8th, finished 14th
#20-Tony Stewart, 170.465, started 15th, finished 5th
#55-Bobby Hamilton, 166.001, started 40th provisional, DNF finished 43rd.
#99-Jeff Burton, 167.916, started 39th provisional, finished 9th
More info at my No Bull Five page.(3-3-2002)
- No Bull Five Drivers: for the next No Bull Five race at Lowes Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600 are:
More info at my No Bull Five page.(3-3-2002)
- Provisionals Used at Las Vegas
37) #88-Jarrett (5th in 2001 owners points), finished 7th.
38) #2-Wallace (8th), finished 11th
39) #99-Burton (10th), finished 9th
40) #55-Hamilton (19th), finished 43rd
41) #5-Labonte (27th), finished 38th
42) #7-Atwood (32nd), finished 41st
43) #90-Mast (40th), finished 40th
missed the race: #57-Derrike Cope (52nd). In 21 provisonal starts (3 races x 7),
drivers have accumulated: 0 Wins, 1 Top 5's and 5 Top 10's. More info at my Provisonals Starters - Finishing Positions.(3-1/3-2002)
- Rookie of the Year candidates and how they did:
#12-Ryan Newman, 172.839, started 2nd, finished 4th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 169.422, started 25th, finished 6th
#49-Shawna Robinson, 168.766, started 36th, finished 42nd.
#85-Carl Long, not running this week.
See my ROTY page for standings and info(3-1/3-2002)
- UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 lineup
- Happy Hour Practice is over at Las Vegas: Chevy moves to the front as #48-Jimmie Johnson was the fastest at 167.328 with #32-Ricky Craven 2nd best at 167.162 and #6-Mark Martin third at 166.718. Slowest were #49-Shawna Robinson at 160.242 and #90-Rick Mast at 160.185. See for Saturday's 'Happy Hour' practice speeds. Happy hour will be televised at 6:30pm/et on FX Saturday night.(3-2-2002)
- Saturday AM Practice is over: #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 168.307mph, #40-Sterling Marlin was 2nd at 166.893 and 3rd was pole sitter #66-Todd Bodine with a speed of 166.682. Slowest were #90-Rick Mast at 159.901 and #49-Shawna Robinson with a speed of 159.673.
See for Speeds from Saturday's first practice or see NASCAR.com for the Practice Speeds.(3-2-2002)
- Todd Bodine wins the pole at Las Vegas with a track record of 172.850mph (Rudd held the record at 172.563 in 2000) and NO decals on the car, all blue. The top five qualifiers:
1) #66-Bodine, 172.850mph - new track record (with no decals on the car)
2) #12-Newman, 172.839
3) #97-Busch, 172.298
4) #41-Spencer, 171.298
5) #15-Waltrip, 171.184
#8-Earnhardt Jr - 35th, 168.845
#24-Gordon - 13th, 170.578
slowest was #55-Hamilton 166.001
#57-Derrike Cope is the only driver who misses the race. #49-Shawna Robinson made the race, getting the last position on speed, 36th. #5-Labonte has the Cheez-It scheme, #17 has a million dolar challenge/flames scheme, and #2-Wallace has the Elvis scheme. #26 and #66 have no decals on the cars.
See for Friday's Cup qualifying results and a column: Todd Bodine wins pole for Sunday's race, or see NASCAR.com - Starting Line-Up or MotorsportsOne - Line-up.(3-1-2002)
- Pole Progression at Las Vegas
#18-Bobby Laonte, 1st driver out to qualify, ran 168.966mph, will start 33rd
#66-Todd Bodine, 2nd out, 172.850, starts 1st on the pole.(3-1-2002)
- Friday Practice is over at Las Vegas. #97-Kurt Busch was the fastest with a speed of 171.580, 2nd fastest was #12-Ryan Newman at 171.438 with #20-Tony Stewart third at 170.541. Slowest of the 44 cars were #49-Shawna Robinson at 165.878, #90-Rick Mast at 164.134 and #7-Casey Atwood at 162.988. See for Practice Speeds.(3-1-2002)
- Qualifying Order is up for Las Vegas. See above for the links. 44 cars scheduled to make an attempt. First scheduled out is #18-Bobby Labonte, last driver scheduled out is #1-Kenny Wallace. Fox Sports Net will carry qualifying live at 5:00pm/et(check local listings), PRN radio will carry it live via radio. NASCAR.com will also cover it via their paid service, Racecast. I will maintain a top five list thru qualifying with little tidbits mentioned here.(3-1-2002)
- Entry list is up for Las Vegas, see above for the links (via Jayski and NASCAR.com). Included are #49-Shawna Robinson, #57-Derrike Cope. #26-Joe Nemechek and #66-Todd Bodine are listed without a sponsor as Kmart is gone. No #92 Melling Racing Dodge as they have not found a sponsor yet. With the #33 APR car not going, there are 44 cars/teams/drivers entered for 43 spots.(2-26-2002)
- 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
- LVMS Military Ceremony: Military appreciation will be the overriding theme during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400/Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An enlistment ceremony, the naming of a portion of the speedway, flyovers by fighter jets and patriotic songs will play prominent roles in the activities of March 1-3. The most notable recognition is the naming of the speedway's back straightaway as the "Nellis Straightaway." The backstretch sits parallel to the runways of Nellis Air Force Base and provides a foreground for daily air shows during race weekend. In addition, the National Anthem on both Saturday and Sunday will be sung by military personnel, F-15 and F-16 flyovers will take place, and Lt. Col. Richard McSpadden, the commander of the USAF Thunderbirds will be the grand marshal for Saturday's Sam's Town 300. The Thunderbirds, based at Nellis, are the Air Force's air demonstration squadron. On Sunday, a special enlistment ceremony will be conducted for the USAF Thunderbirds' Delayed Enlistment Program. Approximately 25 enlistees will take their oaths in the presence of one of America's highest-ranking military officers, Gen. John Handy, a four-star general and commander of the U.S. Transportation Command. The weekend starts with qualifying for both the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300 on Friday, March 1. The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race takes center stage on Saturday with a 1 p.m. green flag. The weekend culminates with the fifth running of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday. The race is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start. In addition the Pennzoil World of Outlaws will compete for three nights on the half-mile dirt track, Feb. 28-March 2.(LVMS PR)(2-26-2002)
- Security and Traffic at Vegas: Even though the green flag will drop an hour later than in previous years, Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials are encouraging race fans to leave early for the March 3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. The speedway will use the same successful traffic pattern from the 2001 event, but increased security measures may cause delays at the gates. Speedway officials unveiled their traffic and security plan for this year's event during a news conference Wednesday at the speedway. See the LVMS Site for the rundown and more info.(2-21-2002)
- 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 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- #200 for Benson: #10-Johnny Benson made his 200th Winston Cup start at Las Vegas.(3-3-2002)
- #33 and Wallace to Las Vegas UPDATE 5 not going to Vegas: Andy Petree plans to take his second car [#33, it used to be his first], which is unsponsored, to Las Vegas next weekend. Mike Wallace is driving that car.(Roanoke Times)(2-23-2002)
UPDATE: hearing that the #33 APR team has decided NOT to run the #33 Chevy at Las Vegas.(one source Mike Wallace Fanclub)(2-25-2002)
UPDATE 2: FSN's Totally NASCAR has Mike Wallace as still running the race at Las Vegas in the #33 APR Chevy.(2-25-2002)
UPDATE 3: on ESPN2's RPM 2 Night, Kenny Wallace said he talked to his brother Mike today and the #33 owner Andy Petree said that the team won't be able to continue on, which means the team won't be at Las Vegas, unless a sponsor comes aboard within the next few days.(2-25-2002)
UPDATE 4: but the Andy Petree Racing site is reporting the the #33 will go to Las Vegas: Full-season sponsorship remaining the most important part of car owner Andy Petree’s thinking, the #33 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet and driver Mike Wallace will compete in Sunday’s race at Las Vegas. "We’ve had so many inquiries and so many discussions with potential sponsors, we just think the smartest thing for us to do right now is to take the long-range view - and that means running the race this week," said Petree. "I don’t want to be sitting there in a few weeks when sponsorship does come together and think, ‘Man, I wish we had run that Vegas race,’ and be in bad shape in the points and all that goes with it because of that," Petree said. "Looking at the big picture can be hard sometimes in this sport but the big picture is the only way for us to look at things right now." Petree, who also fields the #55 Schneider Electric Chevrolet of driver Bobby Hamilton, did say he needed some time to consider the Atlanta race, one week after Las Vegas. "At this point, we just about have to look at things that way. We didn’t make the decision to run Las Vegas until this past weekend," Petree said. "We took a look at where we stood with cars, with engines and with Mike (Wallace) and said, ‘OK, we can go out there and have all of the capabilities of being pretty competitive."(from a William Co PR on the APR site), so.......?(2-26-2002)
FINAL? UPDATE: Citing a potential sponsorship situation, Andy Petree Racing will not field the #33 car in this weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing event at Las Vegas after all. "A couple of things came up early this week that we weren’t anticipating on the sponsorship side and because of new needs we have with the crew and team, we just figure we’ll do better working in the shop this week," Petree said. "There are things we need to do now to put us in a better situation for the future. Running Las Vegas this
weekend is the thing to do if we look at it short term; taking this time to prepare for the future is the thing to do if we look at it long-term." Petree said a sponsor for the #33 has not been signed and the team is still seeking sponsorship but that recent events led him to believe it best to prepare for future races instead of competing in this one. "We’re still looking but we’re seeing some movement we haven’t seen before," Petree said. "Nothing is tougher on a racer than having a race and not being there. But this is just the smart thing to do." The #55 Schneider Electric Chevrolet with driver Bobby Hamilton will, of course, compete in this weekend’s 400-mile event.(Williams Company PR/APR)(2-26-2002)
- Park to race at Vegas? UPDATE 2 No Vegas/Atlanta: Steve Park could be back in a racecar this weekend at Las Vegas. Park, who has been sidelined since September 1 because of a head injury suffered when his car veered out of control in a Busch race at Darlington, tested with his teammates last week at Charlotte and will participate in a two-car test with Kenny Wallace, who has been driving Park's car, this week at Atlanta. Dale Earnhardt Inc. technical director Steve Hmiel says that Park ran more than 100 laps at Charlotte, and they intended to test him in the 500-mile range early this week. “We're going to see if we can wear him out, but I don't think that's possible with how focused he's been lately,” Hmiel says. “He's well on the way to recovery.” Hmiel says Park is “fine in traffic.” Steve Petersen, from NASCAR's competition department, observed the session. But Park's physician must give clearance before he is able to race. As of Sunday, NASCAR had not been given the OK. Park had not been expected to return this soon, and Wallace will remain under contract. But if Park can return this weekend, Wallace is expected to turn his full attention to winning a Busch championship in his #48 car.(Sporting News)(2-25-2002)
AND Injured driver Steve Park, out of action since September 2001, will test today and Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Gaston Gazette)(2-25-2002)
UPDATE: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that Park will NOT race this weekend at Las Vegas and is unlikely to race at Atlanta. Most reports seem to think Darlington will be Park's first Cup race back as long as he keeps progressing so well.
AND ESPN2's RPM 2 Night has Kenny Wallace on and he reported that he has been guaranteed to run the next two Cup races in the #1 Chevy (Las Vegas and Atlanta)(2-25-2002)
AND II Kenny Wallace will be in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy at Las Vegas and Atlanta. Pennzoil held a press conference Saturday at Rockingham in which Wallace very clearly stated that Steve was not even going to Las Vegas because it was too far to go watch a race.(2-26-2002)
- Nemechek and Bodine to run at Vegas: Travis Carter, owner of the #26 and #66 Fords of drivers Joe Nemechek and Todd Bodine, respectively, said Friday that his teams would compete next weekend at Las Vegas. But he would make no commitment beyond that. Both of Carter's teams have been sponsored by Kmart, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. Kmart's sponsorship ends following Sunday's race at Rockingham. "We do have some hope and there are some listeners, but that's pretty much the extent of it. We're going to run next week and we don't know after that," Carter said. "One race at a time and today's Friday. We leave Tuesday or Wednesday, so something could change. We're not quitters. We've got to where we are by working hard and having good people associated with us and getting some breaks along the way, and we're not going to throw in the towel yet." Carter said he has kept his 60 or so employees fully informed of the status of his teams and has yet to lose anyone. He also said he would be open to selling part of his team if it would be a way to help ease the financial burden. "We would be willing to negotiate, I think, under many different circumstances and scenarios to generate revenue to keep these teams going," Carter said.()(2-22-2002)
- Brett Bodine and Dura Lube: Dura Lube and Dura Shine will join the #11 Ford Taurus of Brett Bodine Racing for the next three NASCAR Winston Cup Series events [Daytona, Rockingham, Las Vegas] with signage on some major positions of the race car. President and CEO Sonny Howard says "I have known Geoffrey and Brett Bodine for many years. I have had a relationship with them in the past. I found out that Brett needed some help to get his season started on the right foot and although finances are tight everywhere, if we can help him out, we feel he will appreciate it and do his best to enhance our Dura Lube brands. Brett is hard working and sincere."(Brett Bodine Racing PR)(2-16-2002)
- See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Elvis to enter the race track: The city of lights welcomes race fans for a sneak peak at three special Elvis paint scheme race cars. The stock car of NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace, the funny car of 11-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, and the top fuel dragster of NHRA ace Larry Dixon all featuring Elvis Presley themes will be on display for public viewing at Caesars Palace on Friday, March 1, 2002. The three Elvis cars were designed by Action Performance as part of the Elvis 25th Anniversary program. Rusty Wallace will race his Elvis car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 3, 2002. This special program marks the second time in five years that Elvis Presley is featured on Wallace's race car. Both NHRA drivers will also compete with their Elvis themed cars in Las Vegas. They will race at the NHRA event on April 4-7, 2002. In addition to the cars, Action Performance designed the uniforms and helmets the drivers will wear in the race, as well as limited edition die-cast replicas of the cars, apparel, and other merchandise for collectors. Visitors to Caesars Palace on March 1, 2002 will have the opportunity to meet the drivers, see their race cars, and enjoy Elvis tunes. Admission is free. The cars will be on display all afternoon and drivers will arrive at 7:30 p.m. Caesars Palace is located at 3750 Las Vegas Blvd., South.(Action Performance PR) and see column by Wallace at the Las Vegas Sun: Unveiling of Elvis car highlights week.(2-27-2002)
- Be an Original? UPDATE looks true - images: hearing that #40-Sterling Marlin will run an original Coor's scheme for ten races in 2002(1-22-2002)
UPDATE: got some images of the car, very nice looking, see an image on the 2002 Cup page for a few shots(1-26-2002)
- Labonte and Cheez-It: #5 Terry Labonte will run a Cheez-It/Kelloggs scheme at Las Vegas and the Coca Cola 600(1-14-2002)
- Rusty and Elvis ride again: Race fans help celebrate the legend of Elvis Presley in 2002. As part of the Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary program, Elvis.com, Action Performance Companies, Inc., Rusty Wallace, and Miller Brewing Company will bring the King of Rock N. Roll back to the track. Rusty Wallace's #2 Miller Lite Ford Taurus at the Las Vegas Cup race on March 3, 2002. The special program will mark the second time in five years Wallace features Elvis Presley on his racecar.(Action PR)(11-15-2001)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news
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