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THE RACE: Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen
Winston Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2002 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, August 11, 2002 in Watkins Glen, NY
- TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et
- Race re-air: TNT on Tues, Aug 13th at 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Aug 14th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Aug 15th, 1:00am/et;
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- NASCAR.com's NASCAR on TV
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- Posted Awards/Purse: $3,634,749 (was $2,242,334 in 2001)
- Entry List Link at: NASCAR.com or at Watkins Glen site
- 2001 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 89.081mph, started 13th (his 4th win at the Glen)
- Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, August 1995, 103.300
- Track/Race Length: 2.45 mile road course, 90 laps, 220.5 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 35mph
- Practice: Friday, August 9th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, August 10th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 10th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-Speed Channel live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 9th, 10:20am/et
- Qualfying Order: at NASCAR.com
- Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-36, Friday, August 9th at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-air at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)
- Track Qualifying Record: Dale Jarrett, August 2001, 122.698mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 122.698mph, finished 31st.
a 2.45-mile paved road course.
It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,600 feet.
Watkins Glen International has hosted the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.
- Track Homepage: Watkins Glen Intl Speedway
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
None sent this week by Goodyear PR
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $170,000 at Watkins Glen 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(8-4-2002)
- Hendrick Remembers: Hendrick Motorsports, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 35-Terry Labonte and #25-Joe Nemechek, will all bear decals today in memory of Dan Lohwasser, who died July 31 after a long bout with cancer. Lohwasser, who served as the marketing director for owner Rick Hendrick, was 53 years old.(The Leader)(8-11-2002)
- Interesting Rookie Fact: Only two rookies have led a lap at Watkins Glen since Winston Cup returned to the track in 1986. Ted Musgrave led one lap in 1991, and Robert Pressley led one lap in 1995.(Richmond Times Dispatch), make it three as #12-Ryan Newman led 11 laps at Watkins Glen.(8-11-2002)
- Tony Stewart wins at Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, after a tough week with the Indy incident, Tony Stewart won the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. #12-Rayn Newman, without power steering, finished 2nd, the top ten finishers (all this is Unofficial, just reported as I watch and listen to the race):
#20-Tony Stewart (33 laps led)
#12-Ryan Newman (11 laps led)
#31-Robby Gordon(21 laps led)
#14-P.J. Jones (best finish ever for the team)
#28-Ricky Rudd (3 laps led)
#15-Michael Waltrip (1 lap led)
Pole sitter #28-Rudd finished 5th
2001 Cup champ, #24-Gordon finished 22nd
2002 Points Leaders: #40-Marlin finished 30th (down a cylinder); #48-Johnson 16th; #6-Martin 10th;
Cars on the lead lap: 31
Lap Leaders(9): #28-Ricky Rudd(3); #31-Robby Gordon(21); #20-Tony Stewart(33); #12-Ryan Newman(11); #15-Michael Waltrip(1); #2-Rusty Wallace(5); #19-Jeremy Mayfield(9); #40-Sterling Marlin(2); #55-Bobby Hamilton(5);
DNF's: #21-Salder(clutch); #74-Varde(clutch); #97-Busch(engine); #4-Skinner(engine); #88-Jarrett(transmission); #98-Wallace(accident); #25-Nemechek(accident);
Cautions: 7 for 18 laps
Caution 7 - lap 86-87: #98-Kenny Wallace lost it and backed thru the gravel at high speed into the foam barrier and walked away. the rear of the car was destoyed. The brake rotor brake and caused Wallace to spin, the pieces of the rotor caught some of the frontstretch grass. Around the same time, #5-Labonte lost a tire and tore the front left front fender off the car. Red flag thrown to clean up the area, put out the smoldering grass and fix the foam, lasted 12:15.
Caution 6 - lap 79-81: #32-Ricky Craven off the track into the litter on turn 1, made contact with the #45-Petty car.
Caution 5 - lap 73-74: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr is off the course after wheel hopping and into the kitty litter.
Caution 4 - lap 64-65: #4-Mike Skinner lost an engine.
Caution 3 - lap 53-56: #97-Kurt Busch exploded an engine, pieces on the track.
Caution 2 - lap 37-40: #25-Joe Nemechek went off the track, thru the kitty litter and hit a barrier.
Caution 1 - lap 10-12: #17-Kenseth spun out and backed it into the gravel at turn 10 and lost a lap.
NOTES: After the red flag [lap 87], #44-Nadeau had to go into the pits when he had a flat tire. #8-Earnhardt Jr is back on the track as of lap 79. It was reported on lap 70, that #12-Newman has no power steering. #18-Labonte came back in during the third caution to have some work done on the right side. #25-Nemechek and #1-Park after extended stays in the garage, are back on the track as of lap 53. #30-Green pitted on lap 50 and doesn't plan to make another stop. Jimmy Spencer is in the #41 Pits cheering on the team and Scott Pruett, not as home as reported earlier. #29-Harvick had a tire going down on lap 42 and had to come in to get tires. #40-Marlin is down a cylinder but still running, #21-Sadler leaking fluid and is behind the wall. There was a pit fire on the pit road un the #26-Bodine pit stall when some fuel ignited but it was extinguished quickly, no injuries. The #48-Johnson car had to come back in for a stop and go when the crew left a tire out in the pitbox. Green flag stops, including the leader, started at lap 25. Many of the cars running in the back pitted during the first caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr (21st) was the furtherest up in the order to pit.
Race Re-Air Dates/Times: the race will be re-aired on TNT, Tues, Aug 13th, 1:00am/et; Speed Channel on Wed, Aug 14th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, Aug 15th, 1:00am/et.
Race Results at: NASCAR.com.(8-11-2002)
- Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season), see my Jayski Silly Season Site - 2002 Winston Cup Race Results page.
- Rumblings - Watkins Glen: #12-Ryan Newman (2nd....and in just his second road course event) tied his
career-best finish today. He was previously second at Kansas last September and at Richmond this past May. #31-Robby Gordon (3rd) had his best finish since he won at New Hampshire last November. #14-P.J. Jones (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 8th here in 1993. Streakin' Ryan Newman has 5 Top-5's in a row. Robby Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races. Ryan Newman has now tied Jimmie Johnson in top finishes for the rookies this season. They have 11 each. This Week's Elevator....UP: nobody, will give it to Jeff Burton (+18) honorable mention, but it doesn't count for anything. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kurt Busch (-32), followed by Matt Kenseth (-25), and Dale Jarrett (-20). It's Busch's second BD of the season.(see more at Stock Car Fans)(8-12-2002)
- Points leaders after Watkins Glen:
#40-Sterling Marlin, 2944
#6-Mark Martin, -53
#48-Jimmie Johnson, -56
#20-Tony Stewart, -104.
#24-Jeff Gordon, -106
For standings, see NASCAR.com.(8-11-2002)
- The Road Warriors where did five one-off road racers finish?
#14-P.J. Jones, started 14th, finished 4th
#23-Tom Hubert, started 40th, finished 24th
#41-Scott Pruett, started 19th, finished 6th
#67-Boris Said, started 29th, finished 13h
#74-Joe Varde, started 43rd, finished 42nd and out.(8-11-2002)
- Assigned Pit Stalls at Watkins Glen from MSNBC site(8-10-2002)
- Kenseth fastest in Happy Hour: #17-Matt Kenseth was the fastest in Happy Hour practice at Watkins Glen with a speed of 121.232mph, followed by #41-Scott Pruett at 121.144 and #24-Jeff Gordon at 121.091 [much faster then the earlier practice]. Slowest were #98-Kenny Wallace at 118.458 and #74-Joe Varde at 117.770. A few cars went off course, #11-Bodine spun, but none were damaged.(8-10-2002)
- To the Back UPDATE: #40-Sterling Marlin and #48-Jimmie Johnson both lost engines in practice and will have to go to the back of the field before the start of the race on Sunday.(Speed Channel coverage)(8-9-2002)
UPDATE: add #29-Kevin Harvick to the 'to the back' drivers as he lost an engine in practice Saturday morning.(), and also #74-Varde went to rear due to an engine change but he was to start 43rd anyway.(8-10-2002)
- Sadler to a backup car: Elliott Sadler qualified 32nd in a backup car after wrecking in practice with a car that finished sixth at Sonoma, Calif. Sadler locked his brakes when trying to avoid rookie Justin Bell.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-10-2002)
- Stewart fastest in 1st Sat practice: #20-Tony Stewart led the first practice at Watkins Glen on Saturday with a speed of 121.488mph followed by #67-Boris Said at 121.411 and #31-Robby Gordon at 121.369. Slowest were (yikes) #24-Jeff Gordon at 117.639, #11-Brett Bodine at 117.561 and #74-Joe Varde at 117.278.(8-10-2002)
- Ricky Rudd wins the pole at Watkins Glen: with a near track record lap of 122.696mph with a 2nd to last run. It was Rudd's 28th career pole and 1st of 2002. #15-Michael Waltrip held on to the front spot most of the session and will start on the outside pole.
Not sure what happened with the #09 Shane Lewis team, but per a NASCAR.com story Wed:"and Edgar Otto Jr. has arranged a deal with NASCAR owner James Finch to borrow Finch's Phoenix Racing #09 as a tribute to his father, who was a cohort of NASCAR founder William H.G. France", Finch was 43rd on Owners Points and the #09 this week is listed on NASCAR.com's Entry List as being "James Finch", which should had put #09-Shane Lewis in the race 42nd provisional spot and bumped #74-Joe Varde. But the NACAR.com lineup has #09-Lewis out and #74-Varde in the race, guess the owners points didn't carry over, kind of screw as usual.
The qualifiers after all of 47 drivers have made their attempts (practice speed in parens):
#28-Ricky Rudd (121.941-12th) 122.696 46th out - just missed the track record
#15-Michael Waltrip (122.335-9th) 122.635 11th out to qualify
#20-Tony Stewart (122.664-3rd) 122.485 37th out
#9-Bill Elliott (122.406-7th) 122.425 44th out
#12-Ryan Newman (121.771-17th) 122.401 21st out
#29-Kevin Harvick (121.902-14th) 122.308 43rd out
#31-Robby Gordon (123.037-2nd) 122.249 10th out
#17-Matt Kenseth (122.629-4th) 122.140 25th out
#97-Kurt Busch (122.514-5th) 122.066 17th out
#2-Rusty Wallace (121.852-15th) 121.988 19th out
#55-Bobby Hamilton (121.936-13th) 121.965 31st out
#48-Jimmie Johnson (121.674-18th) 121.943 engine change, out 32nd, was to go 6th
#26-Todd Bodine (120.067-38th) 121.897 1st out
#14-P.J. Jones (121.526-19th) 121.766 18th out
#6-Mark Martin (122.491-6th) 121.731 4th out
#30-Jeff Green (121.815-16th) 121.633 27th out
#88-Dale Jarrett (122.189-10th) 121.617 15th out
#22-Ward Burton (120.520-35th) 121.469 out of sequnce, 16th out
#41-Scott Pruett (123.079-1st) 121.468 6th out
#77-Dave Blaney (120.686-31st) 121.397 40th out
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (120.520-36th) 121.391 28th out
#4-Mike Skinner (121.212-22nd) 121.381 24th out
#24-Jeff Gordon (122.337-8th) 121.259 34th out
#18-Bobby Labonte (121.109-25th) 121.047 30th out
#99-Jeff Burton (121.982-11th) 120.973 2nd out
#7-Casey Atwood (121.139-24th) 120.910 3rd out
#43-John Andretti (120.802-27th) 120.860 47th out
#40-Sterling Marlin (120.708-29th) 120.850 engine change, 41st out - was to go 12th
#67-Boris Said (121.197-23rd) 120.840 45th out
#19-Jeremy Mayfield (120.703-30th) 120.838 26th out
#11-Brett Bodine (121.499-20th) 120.766 7th out
#21-Elliott Sadler (119.457-42nd) 120.724 36th out
#25-Joe Nemechek (120.738-28th) 120.660 8th out
#45-Kyle Petty (119.572-41st) 120.576 22nd out
#44-Jerry Nadeau (120.655-32nd) 120.188 35th out
#1-Steve Park (121.389-21st) 120.123 23rd out
#5-Terry Labonte (120.545-34th) 120.101 9th out
#36-Ken Schrader (120.123-37th) 119.592 12th out
#98-Kenny Wallace (119.782-39th) 119.553 5th out
#74-Joe Varde (120.548-33rd) 119.375 14th out
#32-Ricky Craven (119.057-43rd) 119.170 38th out
#23-Tom Hubert (118.924-44th) 119.162 33rd out
#62-Austin Cameron (118.582-46th) 118.999 13th out
#09-Shane Lewis (119.661-40th) 118.587 29th out
#10-Johnny Benson (120.873-26th) 118.464 39th out
#46-Justin Bell (113.553-47th) 116.267 20th out
#42-Jimmy Spencer (118.882-45th) 115.654 42nd out
#32-Ricky Craven, 119.170 (15th in Owners Points)
#5-Terry Labonte, 120.101 (16th)
#10-Johnny Benson, 118.464 (28th)
#23-Tom Hubert, 119.162 (33rd)
#36-Ken Schrader, 119.592 (34th)
#98-Kenny Wallace, 119.553 (49th)
#74-Joe Varde, 119.375 (51st)
Missing the Race(44-47th)
#62-Austin Cameron, 118.999 (62nd)
#09-Shane Lewis, 118.587 no owners points - will miss the race (Finch is 43rd guess the points didn't transfer)
#46-Justin Bell, 116.267 (69th)
#42-Jimmy Spencer, 115.654 no owners points - will miss the race
#40-Marlin and #48-Johnson both lost engines in practice and will have to go to the back of the field before the start of the race on Sunday.
Lineup/Qual Results also at:
(Speeds compiled from watching Speed Channel and listening to MRN radio)(8-9-2002)
- Pole Progression at Watkins Glen:
#26-Todd Bodine, 1st out to qualify, 121.897, starts 13th
#31-Robby Gordon, 10th out, 122.249, starts 7th
#15-Michael Waltrip, 11th out, 122.635, starts 2nd
#28-Ricky Rudd, 46th out, 122.696, on the pole.(8-9-2002)
- Friday Practice was delayed a bit by a power outage Friday at Watkins Glen. The outage came about 35 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session, sending the cars back to the garage area for about 20 minutes. Some power problems persisted, but crews were working to correct those. #88-Dale Jarrett holds the track record at 122.697 last year. The top two speeds during practice were above the record. #41-Scott Pruett at 123.079 anf #31-Robby Gordon at 123.037. third fastest is #20-Tony Stewart at 122.664. The slowest are #23-Tom Hubert, #42-Jimmy Spencer, #62-Austin Cameron and #46-Justin Bell..(8-9-2002)
- Qualifying Order links are posted. See above for the links. First driver of the 47 making attempts scheduled to go out is #26-Todd Bodine, last scheduled out is #43-John Andretti.(8-9-2002)
- Entry List - Justin Bell to attempt the Glen: the NASCAR.com entry list has #46-Justin Bell from Pagham, England listed in the Ettore Squeeges Ford owned by Jon Perroton (listed as the owner of the #46 car at Sears Point that Brandan Ash ran when he attempted to make the race there but missed). Others listed not in the normal teams: #09-Shane Lewis, #14-P.J. Jones, #23-Tom Hubert (Hut Stricklin still listed), #41-Scott Preutt (Jimmy Spencer is listed in the #42 Dodge), #62-Austin Cameron, #67-Boris Said, #74-Joe Varde (BACE), #98-Kenny Wallace. No Ron Fellows listed. 47 drivers listed for 43 starting spots. Link is above.(8-6-2002)
- How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page
- an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time at Daytona in Feb 2001, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these
sites: NASCAR Online and on my Race Results/Points page
- Watkins Glen race will return in 2003: NASCAR President Mike Helton said Saturday that Watkins Glen International will host a NASCAR Winston Cup event in 2003. "Watkins Glen still has a place on our schedule," Helton said. The official Winston Cup schedule for the following season is usually announced around Labor Day. The Watkins Glen race since 1986 has traditionally been contested on the second Sunday of August. Sirius Satellite Radio has signed a contract to be the title sponsor through 2004. But that sponsorship is contingent upon WGI being awarded a Winston Cup date, which Helton said will soon be made official for 2003.(Star Gazette)(8-11-2002)
- Pretty Cool UPDATE: hearing that at Watkins Glen on Sunday, the NASCAR drivers will be escorted onto the raceway in HMMWV's driven by New York State Army National Guardsmen. Most of the guardsmen there have performed duty at the World Trade Center, airports, nuclear plants, and on the border duty.(8-6-2002)
UPDATE: Rather than parade the starting field around The Glen in boring, old trucks or cars during pre-race ceremonies, the drivers in today’s 90-lapper will be carried around in Hummers. Provided by the National Guard, the Winston Cuppers will be passengers with those who helped serve in relief efforts in New York City following Black Tuesday last September. Pole sitter Ricky Rudd will actually be toted around in a tank-like vehicle, with the two-time Glen winner protruding from the turret.(The Leader)(8-11-2002)
- Jim Kelly to wave the green flag at the Glen: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has been named the Honorary Starter for this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race. Kelly, the most recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will wave the green flag for the 43-car field, signaling the start of the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. Kelly will wave the flag as a representative of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, which he established in honor of his son, Hunter. Five-year-old Hunter has Krabbe's Disease, a crippling, enzyme disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system. Currently, there is neither a cure for Krabbe disease or other leukodystrophies nor successful treatments to reverse the damage caused to brain and nerve tissue. In his 11 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Kelly led the team to eight playoffs and four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993. Kelly logged 35,467 yards passing and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career, leading the league in passing in 1990 and the AFC in 1991. He earned a spot in the Hall of Fame in just his first year of eligibility.(Watkins Glen International PR)(8-8-2002)
- National Anthems at the Glen: Josey Scott, the passionate lead singer of the hard rock band Saliva, will perform the United States and Canadian National Anthems prior to the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen on Sunday, August 11. Scott is also featured with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback on the number one hit single "Hero" from The Spider-Man Soundtrack. Saliva's new album Back Into Your System is schedule for an October 15 release. Saliva can currently be heard on Hard Attack, channel 29, and Octane, channel 21, on Sirius. Following the national anthem, legendary fan favorite at The Glen, Ernie Irvan will deliver the command to start the engines for the inaugural Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. Tickets for the 2002 season at Watkins Glen, including the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen, August 8-11, are still available.(Watkins Glen International PR)(8-6-2002)
- Concert at The Glen: Fans at Watkins Glen International during the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend are in for a
special treat on Saturday night, August 10. Best Buy, Sirius, and Kenwood USA Corporation are co-sponsoring a free concert by the talented new singer/songwriter Tift Merritt for all fans in attendance at the track. The concert will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. following the conclusion of "Little Trees" 150 NASCAR Busch North Series race presented by Pepsi. All fans with Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend tickets will be admitted free into the concert area inside Turn 11. The concert will be presented live from the stage of the Best Buy "Fun Zone," an interactive entertainment experience featuring gaming kiosks, music videos and more. With the release of her debut album, Bramble Rose, 27-year-old singer/songwriter Tift Merritt has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and Patsy Cline, with a sound that ranges from country to acoustic to rock. With her longtime band, formerly known as the Carbines, she has been one of the most acclaimed artists on the vibrant Raleigh, North Carolina music scene for the past four years. Tift Merritt can currently be heard on channel #18, the Alt Country channel, on Sirius.(Watkins Glen International PR)(8-6-2002)
- Watkins Glen Security: A result of America’s wake-up call last September, Watkins Glen International is implementing new security measures for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen weekend, Aug. 8-11. The following changes, announced by WGI Wednes-day, apply to grandstand seats and gates only – not admission gates into the facility or campgrounds:
Spectators may enter the grandstands with soft-sided coolers not exceeding 6-by-6-by-12 inches, which includes fanny packs, purses, etc.
All items carried into the grandstand must be in a clear plastic bag no larger than 18-by-18-by-4 inches – to carry souvenirs, samples, etc.
Binoculars, scanners, cameras and other utilities much be visibly worn around the neck or waist, not in a bag. Seat cushions with compartments or pockets will be reviewed on an individual basis.
All items brought into the grandstand will be inspected.
Items that will not be allowed into grandstand areas include fireworks, knives or other weaponry, hard-sided coolers, thermoses, cups, strollers, umbrellas and backpacks. None of the restricted items will be allowed in or around the gate area. They may be brought into the facility (i.e. for souvenir shopping, etc.), just not in the grandstand areas.
To accommodate spectators, WGI will increase concession areas and concentrate them closer to the grandstands, as well as lowering concession prices as a result of the aforementioned changes.(The Leader)(8-1-2002)
- Watkins Glen Lowers Concession prices: One event weekend has come and gone and visitors to last weekend's Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, this weekend's Porsche Clash or any other 2002 event will notice several changes to Watkins Glen International. But the one change that might be noticed the most is the one that will impact their pocketbooks the least. While most entertainment venues increase its concession prices with each new season, The Glen has turned the other way and lowered prices for many menu items at concession stands, some by as much as 50%. The prices of cookies and chips have been decreased by 50% and prices for hot dogs, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, soup, French fries and chicken filets have also been decreased. The price drops don't stop there. Milk, bottled water, coffee, juice, beer and almost all other beverages have been reduced by as much as 30%.(Watkins Glen PR)(6-15-2002)
- Sirius and ISC, sponsor two Cup races: Sirius Satellite Radio (sponsor of the #7 Dodge driven by Casey Atwood) the satellite radio broadcaster, has joined forces with 12 International Speedway Corporation (ISC) facilities/tracks, to create a multi-faceted marketing partnership that will promote the Sirius brand to millions of race fans across the country and drive subscriber activations for Sirius' 100 channel in-vehicle entertainment service. The announcement was made atTalladega Superspeedway in Talladega. As part of its multi-year agreement with ISC's wholly-owned facilities, Sirius will reach NASCAR fans on a number of different levels, including direct-to-consumer promotions, at-track activation at ISC venues, and co-marketing opportunities with local retail partners, all designed to drive new subscribers for Sirius' entertainment service. Also, Sirius will have the right to leverage official track and event logos in-market to grow its subscriber base, and create enticing consumer promotions at retail. Sirius' comprehensive partnership also includes title sponsorship of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series events - the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway's June event and the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen at Watkins Glen International's August event. The agreement also includes Official Satellite Radio Partner/Sponsor status and on-site display space rights at the Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen International and other ISC motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Through the ISC relationship, each ISC property will host Sirius information booths that will drive subscriptions as well as provide information about Sirius and the No. 7 Sirius Team. Each of these venues also will host the Sirius "Rhythm of the Road" mobile tour which draws 35,000 to 50,000 fans each weekend and allows them to experience Sirius' service live.(Golin Harris PR)(4-19-2002)
- Irvan at the Glen: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced that Ernie Irvan will serve as special guest of the track and Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race August 8-11. Irvan, winner of the 1991 Winston Cup and 1992 Busch Series races at The Glen, will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his consecutive wins by proclaiming, "Drivers, start your engines," to this year's NASCAR Winston Cup field on August 11.(Watkins Glen International PR)(4-4-2002)
- 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 - Watkins Glen
- #12 was NOT a showcar: Contrary to television reports, Ryan Newman said the #12 Ford he raced yesterday wasn't a former show car. "Today we showed what we had, but there's no show car about it," he said. "It was built to be a race car."(Richmond Times Disptach)(8-12-2002)
- Spencer in for Pruett...to start? UPDATE doesn't sound like it: it was mentioned on the Sports Channel coverage of qualifying and during an interview with #'s 40/41/42 car owner Chip Ganassi, that there is a chance that Jimmy Spencer could start the race at Watkins Glen in the #41-Dodge that Scott Pruett qualified 19th but that it was unlikely. Pruett qualified the #41 Dodge instead of regular driver Spencer to help get the team higher in owners points. Spencer was in a sister #42 Dodge but was the slowest and failed to make the race as that team has no owners points and couldn't use a provisional. If Pruett would had used the #42 and Spencer the #41, both would had made the race, but with Pruett having a real shot to win the race, Ganassi opted to switch the drivers. If Spencer was to start the car to get driver points, it would only be for a few laps, but the time to get a driver in and out of a car with all the safety devices would probably cost the team a lap, plus the drivers are not similar in stature.
UPDATE: from what was said during Happy Hour coverage on Speed Channel, Spencer will be home and at Watkins Glen, so looks like Pruett will start and run the full race.(8-10-2002)
- Who is Shane Lewis? Shane Lewis will appear on ESPN2’s RPM 2Night on Tuesday, August 6th. Lewis, a regular on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Grand-Am Cup circuits is scheduled to make his Cup debut this weekend, August 11th, at Watkins Glen. Lewis will be driving the #09 National Healing Corporation/ Otto Motorsports Ford Taurus prepared by Last Lap in the
Sirius Satellite Radio At The Glen. The 16-time 24-hour event starter will be piloting a special tribute car at ‘The Glen.’ The two-tone blue and yellow entry is owned by Edgar Otto, Jr., of Boca Raton, Florida and honors his father, Edward Otto, Sr. Otto, Sr. will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in Darlington, South Carolina on August 31st. The elder Otto was NASCAR ’s first vice president and was heavily involved in promoting events, particularly in the northeast, for the stock car sanctioning body in the early years of the Winston Cup, then Grand National, division. Among the events that Otto promoted was the first NASCAR event at Watkins Glen International 45 years ago. Lewis will appear on the longtime auto racing news source with host John Kernan to discuss his first Winston Cup race as well as the unique honor of representing National Healing Corporation, Edward Otto, Sr.’s induction and the anniversary of that first NASCAR road race. RPM 2Night is scheduled to air at 6:30pm/et on ESPN2 with several re-airings on the cable sports giant to follow. Check your local listings to confirm times in your area. Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Rising Star award winner and has multiple race wins in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro series. He has driven in 16 24-hour races including two 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona and six 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2002, he is competing as lead driver for both the #43 Orison Marketing-Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette Z06 in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series
and the #45 American Viperacing Dodge Viper in the American Le Mans Series. For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com. To learn more about Last Lap Motorsports, please visit www.lastlap.cc.(PR)(8-6-2002)
- Kenny Wallace to run the #87...sorta: On ESPN2's RPM 2 Night, Kenny Wallace mentioned that the team he runs BGN and Cup with, Innovative Motorsorts [#48 Stacker2 in BGN and #98 Stacker2 in Cup), is leasing the NEMCO/Joe Nemechek road course car that Ron Fellows has driven in the past on the road courses in Cup races (as the #87 Chevy)(8-6-2002)
- Been asked so..... how can another team use the #09 that Geoffrey Bodine is running this year, as Shame Lewis is at Watkins Glen, a race Bodine will not run. Remember, NASCAR owns the numbers, not the teams and NASCAR works with teams to use a number if they wish to do so. Here is what I hear from the Geoffrey Bodine Fanclub that "The team [Shane Lewis] called Geoffrey Bodine and asked if they could use the number so they would at least have some points to fall back on if they needed it to make the field. Bodine and team owner James Finch both gave permission to Shane Lewis and his team to use the number for Watkins Glen since Bodine wouldn't be running the race. Plus the owners points will go to Finch's #09 team". Two teams using the same car numbers in a season is not unheard of and is common in the BGN and CTS and in the Cup season we have the #27 being used by Kirk Shelmerdine and Scott Wimmer, when both run, Shelmerdine uses the #72.(8-6-2002)
- Fellows - no ride at The Glen? Ron Fellows' chance of racing in this weekend's NASCAR road race at Watkins Glen is down to "a glimmer of hope." Fellows yesterday morning expecting to sign to drive A.J. Foyt's #14 Conseco Pontiac, only to find out he didn't have the ride. "I came down here planning to get fitted for the car (yesterday) and then take part in a test day (today) at Virginia International Raceway," said a disappointed Fellows. "But they decided to put someone else in the car instead of me." Former open-wheel racer P.J. Jones will be in Foyt's car. Fellows has driven a #87 Joe Nemechek entry the past three years at The Glen and was a close second to winner Jeff Gordon in 1999. However, Nemco Racing could not come up with a sponsor for this year's race. "There's still one more possibility,'' said Fellows. "It's a glimmer of hope. But right now it's not looking good."(
- Foyt looking for Road Racer to run Watkins Glen UPDATE P.J. Jones to run: A.J. Foyt Racing is attempting to hire a road course expert to drive its No. 14 Pontiac in next weekend's Sirius at The Glen Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International, spokesman Michael Rompf said.
Heading the list of candidates is likely to be P.J. Jones, who attempted to qualify a second entry for Foyt in Sunday's Brickyard 400. Mike Wallace has driven the #14 the past two races. No driver has been named beyond Watkins Glen.(ThatsRacin).(8-4-2002)
UPDATE: A.J. Foyt has hired P.J. Jones to drive the #14 Conseco Pontiac in the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race this weekend at Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, NY. Jones, the son of 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones, has raced at the 2.45-mile road course in upstate New York in both the Cup and BGN and holds the overall track record in the IMSA GTP sports cars. "Mike Wallace had told me he wasn't comfortable on the road courses and suggested we look for someone who has more experience on road courses" Foyt said. "P.J. has run there in sports cars, Busch and Winston Cup cars so I hired him for that race. I am hoping that we can get some momentum going with a good finish there."
"It's a one-off for A.J.'s team," Jones said. "I was at the Glen last year as a driver coach for Jimmie Johnson in the Busch Series and I ran for Chip Ganassi the year before that in Winston Cup. It is much easier for a driver like myself to fill-in for a road course event than to try to run like we did at the Brickyard last weekend. The NASCAR drivers only run two roadcourse races a year so it's not as difficult to stay current on the set-ups. I believe we'll have a good weekend in the Conseco Pontiac at Watkins Glen." Jones has three starts at Watkins Glen in Winston Cup cars with his best finish of ninth with the Melling team in 1993. His last Winston Cup start at the Glen was in 2000 driving for Chip Ganassi in the No. 01 BellSouth Chevrolet; Jones started 29th and finished 21st. Jones, whose wife Jolaina gave birth to the couple's first son Parnell Jagger on July 29th, will test the #14 Conseco Pontiac at Virginia International Raceway's road course on Tuesday in preparation for the race.(Foyt Racing)(8-5-2002)
- Hubert in the #23 at The Glen? UPDATE 3 Yes: hearing Tom Hubert will drive the #23 Hills Bros Dodge at Watkins Glen.(7-31-2002)
UPDATE: been told that Hubert will NOT drive the #23 at Watkins Glen, assuming Stricklin will drive the car.(8-1-2002)
UPDATE 2: been told one again, that Hubert WILL drive the #23 at Watkins Glen, at this point, be best to wait for something official.(8-2-2002)
UPDATE 3: Tom Hubert will pilot the #23 Hills Bros. Coffee Dodge at Watkins Glen this weekend, serving as a one-race substitute for driver, Hut Stricklin. Hubert's duties at Bill Davis Racing include serving as a general mechanic for both Ward Burton's #22 Caterpillar Dodge and Hut Stricklin's #23 Hills Bros. Coffee Dodge during the week and changing rear tires for the #22 Caterpillar Dodge on the weekends. Hubert also assists as a test driver for Bill Davis Racing. Crew Chief of the #22 Caterpillar Dodge, Tommy Baldwin, will take Hubert's place as tire changer on the #22 car while Hubert is driving the #23 car this weekend. Hubert has extensive road course experience, including leading laps at Watkins Glen during the BGN race in 2000. The Hills Bros. Coffee Racing team is taking the same car to Watkins Glen that competed earlier this year at Sears Point. Road Course Testing: Hubert and the Hills Bros. Coffee Racing team tested Virginia International Raceway on Monday, July 29th (road course) to gear up for the NWC event at Watkins Glen International.(Bill Davis Racing PR)(8-5-2002)
- Meeting with NASCAR at Watkins Glen: After the race, NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said #97-Kurt Busch and #41-Jimmy Spencer [who had an altercation at Indy] and their respective team owners, Jack Roush and Chip Ganassi, will have to meet with NASCAR officials next Friday before being allowed on the racetrack at Watkins Glen International.(ESPN/AP)(8-5-2002)
- Fellows at The Glen? Ron Fellows, who was scheduled to test the #87 Nemco Racing Chevy at Watkins Glen on Monday and Tuesday, instead spent his time networking among the teams there, looking for any available rides [no sponsor for the #87]. Some opportunities for Ron Fellows to compete at the Glen surfaced Tuesday. "The word kind of got out yesterday," Fellows said Tuesday afternoon. "Since yesterday, I've had some calls this morning, but nothing's come together yet. I'm pretty sure it will though." Later in the day, after he returned to his home in Toronto, Fellows said, "I'm optimistic that we'll get something for the Glen." Fellows said he had conversations with a few potential rides for the Glen race, including two full-time Winston Cup teams.(Star Gazette - one day link)(7-31-2002)
AND Fellows helped yesterday with the Dale Earnhardt Incorporated team of [#15] Michael Waltrip at Watkins Glen, site of next week's Winston Cup race. Fellows, in an interview from the Glen yesterday, said he has a couple of deals close right now and could have a new race package in place if not today, then by the end of the week.(Toronto Sun)(7-31-2002)
- Road Racer Shane Lewis to run Watkins Glen: Shane Lewis of Jupiter, FL announced that he will compete in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International. The 16-time 24-hour event starter has been selected to pilot the Otto Motorsports’ Ford Taurus in his Winston Cup debut on August 11th. Lewis, a two-time Le Mans-starter, will drive a special tribute car for Edgar Otto, Jr. of Boca Raton, Florida to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first NASCAR event held at Watkins Glen in 1957. By honoring the first NASCAR race at The Glen, the two-tone blue and yellow entry also honors the recent induction of Edgar Otto, Sr. into the International Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. Otto Sr., a contemporary of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., promoted several of NASCAR’s early events including the first at Watkins Glen. The car is being prepared by Alton McBride’s Last Lap Motorsports of Denver, NC. “I am thrilled to be a part of this special effort and eager to show that Edgar’s confidence in me is well warranted,” said Lewis who will test on July 29-30th at The Glen. “With our success in the past I am sure Last Lap will give me a great car. I know we have a tough road ahead of us. The quality and professionalism of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is among the best in the world. This will certainly rank up there with my Le Mans starts as a career milestone.”(Shane Lewis Site)(7-25-2002)
- Cameron at Watkins Glen? hearing that Winston West driver Austin Cameron will test next Monday and Tuesday at Watkins Glen for TRW Motorsports and will enter the Cup race there if the test goes well.(7-25-2002)
- Scott Pruett Successful in Test for Price Motorsports at Watkins Glen: After a successful two-day test session this week at Watkins Glen International, the Price Motorsports, Inc. Cup Series team is extremely encouraged by the results recorded by road course specialist Scott Pruett. Thanks to Ganassi Racing and Pruett, the Raleigh-based race team was able to post some of the fastest lap times on the famed road course in the #59 Dodge Intrepid. "We're appreciative of what Scott did for us getting this racecar set up for The Glen," Price Motorsports, Inc. Marketing Director Don Lewis said recently. "He is a proven, accomplished road course racer with a very impressive racing resume. We were extremely happy to have him testing with us." The team also announced Wednesday that a full season schedule was planned for 2003. The team still plans on racing in several additional races in 2002. Also in the team's plans are races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as, second trips to Lowe's Motor Speedway, North Carolina Motor Speedway, Richmond International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.(Price Motorsports PR) Doesn;t say who will drive the car at Watkins Glen.(8-1-2002)
- Scott Pruett to run Watkins Glen...for Ganassi: Scott Pruett will drive a third car for Chip Ganassi Racing at Watkins
Glen.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(7-24-2002)
- Said in 2nd Jasper car at Sears Point and Watkins Glen: Jasper Motorsports announced today that road racing veteran Boris Said will drive the #67 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford at both road course races on the Cup schedule, beginning with next weekend's event at Sears Point Raceway. Said joins #77 Jasper Ford driver Dave Blaney under the Jasper Motorsports banner. "These Winston Cup races are like Christmas to me, they only come once or twice a year," commented Said. "I'm like a little kid. I've been waiting all year to get back into one of these cars and I'm ready. Last year, I had my best two Winston Cup finishes with Jasper Motorsports. We're looking to build on that." Mark Harrah, one of three co-owners of Jasper Motorsports, will be Said's crew chief. The over-the-wall crew is a collection of various BGN crewmembers. The car was prepared by Jasper Motorsports and will be serviced at the track by crewmembers who work in the #77 shop on a daily basis. "Boris is regarded as one of the best drivers in road course racing," said Harrah. "He drove the Jasper Ford to two very solid finishes last year, and we believe that he is capable of winning a Winston Cup race. We tested with both Dave and Boris at Virginia International Raceway in May, and the two of them worked well together. As teammates they can share their individual strengths at the track, Boris as a road course expert and Dave as a Winston Cup Series regular." The #67 Ford will be sponsored primarily by Jasper Engines & Transmissions of Jasper, Ind. The Jasper Motorsports team is also searching for associate sponsors for Said's entry. The car will be silver with blue and yellow stripes along the bottom, resembling the #77 Jasper Ford. Said drove the #77 Jasper Ford at last year's road course events, finishing 11th at Sears Point and 8th at Watkins Glen International. In five career NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts, he has produced one front-row starting position and one top-10 finish. With two wins in three starts, Said currently leads the SCCA Pro Trans Am championship standings, the longest-running road racing series in the United States. He also plans to compete in the NASCAR Southwest Tour race at Sears Point Raceway, driving the #99 Federated Auto Parts Racing Chevrolet owned by Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader. A resident of Carlsbad, Calif., Said is 39 years old.(Jasper Motorsports PR)(6-13-2002)
- See the 2002 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team. And see my 2003 Team Chart
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
SOME NOTES and NEWS
- St James at The Glen: Lyn St. James, the second woman to ever race at the Indianapolis 500, will join the racing celebration in Watkins Glen this weekend. The former Indy 500 rookie of the year will by autographing her new autobiography "Ride of Your Life" on the village courthouse lawn from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. At 6 p.m., St. James will be the featured speaker at the Center Conversations at the International Motor Racing Research Center on 610 South Decatur Street. It's free to public.(Star Gazette)(8-6-2002)
- Pontiac/Ford gets a rules change: NASCAR announced a ½-inch increase to the front air dam and ¼ inch rear spoiler increase for the Pontiac Grand Prix beginning with the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan on June 16th. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than one (1) inch forward of the bumper. Measurements for the rear spoiler will now read at 7 1/8* inches high by 57 inches wide (prior to this, the rear spoiler measured at 6 7/8 inches high by 57 inches wide). This dimension will not be used at Daytona or Talladega. Officials also reduced the spoiler size on the Ford Taurus from 6 inches to 5-7/8 inches for next month's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. During the Daytona 500 in February, the Ford's rear spoiler was 5 ¾ inches tall and in April at Talladega, Ford's measurements were 6 inches tall. The Chevrolet and Dodge teams rear spoiler will remain at 6 ¼ inches tall, while the Pontiac teams will measure at 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide.(NASCAR PR)(6-12-2002)
- Provisonals Rules changed a bit: NASCAR Officials announced this week that teams in the Cup and BGN will not be charged for using a provisional starting position if the entry field for an event is equal to or less than the number of starting positions provided by the official entry blank.[such as 43 at a Cup race]. A team is granted a maximum season allotment of eight provisionals [charged provisional, if not in the top 25 in Owners Points] and under this amendment, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37-43 will not count against this allotment. Prior to this amendment, teams were charged for a provisional regardless of the number of entries at an event.(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)
- Spoilers - not at Daytona/Talladega: the spoilers on the Winston Cup cars are as follows:
Chevy: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Dodge: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Ford: 6 1/4" height, 55" wide
Pontiac: 6 7/8" height, 57" wide
70 degrees at intermediate tracks.(2-22-2002)
- Crew Chief Club
- note: this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the
'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season
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