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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: MBNA Armed Forces Family 400

Winston Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 1, 2003 in Dover, DE

  • TV: FX - 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: FX - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: June 4th at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel, June 5th at 1:00am/et and 3:00pm/et on Speed Channel

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

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,817,251 (was $4,171,566 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: Entry List for the race from NASCAR.com

  • 2002 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 117.551mph, started 10th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, Sept 1997, 132.719mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.0 concrete oval, 400 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, May 30th, 11:05am - 1:00pm/et; and Saturday, May 31st, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 31st, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX via tape at 3:00pm/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 30th, 10:05am/et

  • Qualifying Order: ThatsRacin.com and/or NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, May 31st at 2:35pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air at 8:00pm/et and on Saturday, May 31st at 1:00am/et, and live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required)

  • Qualifying Results: on my Dover Qualifying Page

  • 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: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 159.964mph

  • May 2002 Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 154.939, finished 40th


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.0-mile oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
    Pit Stalls: 42 (1 shared) 15" wide x 28" long
    Attendence: ~147,000

  • Track Homepage: Dover International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2002 June Dover Race Info page.


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Winston Cup Series - Race No. 13 - MBNA Armed Forces Family 400
    .... (Sunday, June 1 -- 1:00 p.m. ET -- TV: FX -- Radio: MRN)

    Busch Series - Race No. 14 - MBNA Armed Forces Family 200
    .... (Saturday, May 31 -- 1:00 p.m. ET -- TV: FX -- Radio: MRN)

    Craftsman Truck Series - Race No. 6 - MBNA Armed Forces Family Truck 200
    .... (Friday, May 30 -- 4:30 p.m. ET -- TV: Speed Channel -- Radio: MRN)

    Dover Downs International Speedway (1-mile oval) - Dover, Del.
    Fast Facts for May 29-June 1, 2003

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Winston Cup: Left - 1,240; Right - 1,240.
    .... Busch Series: Left - 600; Right - 600.
    .... Truck Series: Left - 325; Right - 325.

    Tire Numbers: Left - D-6370; Right - D-6372

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front - 30 psi; Right Front - 50 psi;
    Left Rear - 30 psi; Right Rear - 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front - 25 psi; Right Front - 48 psi;
    Left Rear - 25 psi; Right Rear - 44 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes:. All three NASCAR series will compete on the same tires this weekend at Dover . . . this this will be the first time NASCAR teams will run this particular combination of left- and right-side tires in 2003. . . also, Dover is the only track where NASCAR teams will run this same tire set-up . . . Winston Cup and Busch teams did run this right-side code (D-6372) at Charlotte last week, but with a different left-side code . . . this combination is relatively new to Goodyear's tire line, having been run for the first time at Dover last September . . . in addition to Charlotte and Dover, this right-side code will be used at Kansas in 2003 . . . teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Goodyear introduced this particular tire set-up with great success at Dover last Fall.. In addition, the right-sides we'll bring this week were used by Winston Cup teams over the past two weeks in Charlotte, so teams should have a lot of good notes on these tires to work from."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $130,000 at Dover 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 the driver 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 finishers in the drivers point standings(5-25-2003)

  • 43 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 43 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. continue to pace the field in the battle for the Winston Cup. Entering the race at Dover, 160 points separate the two. If the winner at Dover is also the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader at the conclusion of the event, he would take home the $130,000 check, as long as Kenseth starts at Dover, he is the only driver who can leave the track leading the points. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #15-Waltrip at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(5-26-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $20,000 at Dover. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
    Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000*
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000*
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(5-25-2003)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and


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


Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page
Sponsored by Racing Electronics


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Dover, DE Area:
Delaware.com
Dover Post
News Zap - Dover
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Wilmington News Journal


Weather Forecast:
The Weather Channel
Accuweather
Intellicast - NASCAR weather
National Weather Service
Weather Underground


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
Delaware on the Web
www.visitdover.com
Dover Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)


DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV

IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Rumblings - Dover: #12-Ryan Newman figured out how to make it last longer than a lap today at Dover International Speedway...and the payoff was a victory in the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 on a cold, windy, and wet day in Delaware. Newman scored his second win of the season (he snatched up the win at Texas in March) and the third of his Winston Cup career (he's now tied for 78th on the all-time win list), and he's the first driver to win from the pole this season (Kurt Busch took the closer at Homestead last November from the top-spot).
    #20-Tony Stewart (4th....and from a lap down) had his best finish since he was 4th at Atlanta last October. #10-Johnny Benson (5th) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham last October. His Top-5 gives us 27 drivers to hit that mark this season...last year's number was 31. His Top-10 gives us 36 drivers to score that standard this season...last year's number was 42.
    #14-Larry Foyt (28th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 30th at Texas in March.
    STREAKIN....#18-Bobby Labonte has 5 Top-3's in a row. #17-Matt Kenseth has 11 Top-10's in the last 12 races. #2-Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Robby Gordon (+29), followed by Johnny Benson (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (-33), followed by Sterling Marlin (-29), and Steve Park (-22).
    Matt Kenseth padded his points lead today by 11 markers. He's now 171 points up on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Newman's win translated to a six-spot move up in the points (24th to 18th). Dale Jarrett's blown engine was worth an equal move in the opposite direction (18th to 24th).(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(6-2-2003)

  • a few Dover facts: The polesitter has won only 10 of 66 races at Dover. #18-Bobby Labonte was the last to do it, after taking the pole for this race in 1999. David Pearson is the only driver to have two pole-race sweeps in one season, turning the double in 1973. #49-Ken Schrader got the last of his four career victories 12 years ago in the June race at Dover, and is winless in his last 387 starts.(Charlotte Observer/AP)(6-1-2003)
    UPDATE" now make it 11 of 67 as #12-Ryan Newman won from the pole.(6-1-2003)

  • Newman wins the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover International Speedway. Pole sitter, #12-Ryan Newman won at Dover, without power steering, plus leading the most laps. #24-Gordon ended up 2nd. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth finished 7th and increased his points lead to 171 points over #8-Earnhardt Jr. #18-Labonte finished 3rd, his 5th top three in a row. #10-Johnny Benson gets his first top five of the year and since he won last November at Rockingham. The unofficial top ten, lap leaders, cars off track, cautions and other stuff (all unofficial of course):

    #12-Ryan Newman (162 laps led)
    #24-Jeff Gordon (53 laps led)
    #20-Tony Stewart (67 laps led)
    #18-Bobby Labonte (34 laps led)
    #10-Johnny Benson

    #2-Rusty Wallace (41 laps led)
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    #32-Ricky Craven
    #31-Robby Gordon (3 laps led)
    #5-Terry Labonte

    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 laps led)
    #54-Todd Bodine
    #42-Jamie McMurray (highest finishing rookie)
    (there was some differences with positions 9-11, but most sites seem to have the same order I have posted here now)

    Cars on the lead lap: 13 (of 43 starters)
    Off track/out of race (9): #45-Petty (out-accident); #11-Bodine (out-accident); #88-Jarrett (out-engine); #22-Burton(out-engine); #48-Johnson (out-accident); #0-Sprague (accident-out); #41-Mears (out-accident); #40-Marlin (out-accident); #16-Biffle (out-accident);
    Laps Leaders Unofficial (10): #2-Wallace (41); #12-Newman (162-most led); #20-Stewart(67); #31-Gordon(3); #48-Johnson (36); #24-Gordon(53); #15-Waltrip(1); #18-Labonte(34); #97-Busch(1); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(2);

    Cautions 9 for 68 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 390 -394: #41-Mears came up on #16-Biffle, Mears hit the wall, Biffle drove on, both cars are damaged quite a bit.
    Caution 8 - Laps 278 - 281: #48-Johnson got some oil from the #22, spun out and wacked the outside, then the inside wall hard off turn 2.
    Caution 7 - Laps 212 - 218: #0-Sprague {who was running 7th at the time) wacked the wall hard after getting loose, tore the deck lid off, many cars got together behind him, #11-Bodine, #97-Busch, #22-Burton, #6-Martin, #43-Andretti, #49-Schrader and #45-Petty all involved, with alot of damage to Petty and Busch. Petty was not happy with someone.
    Caution 6 - Laps 203 - 208: Debris on the back stretch; #20-Stewart did NOT get his lap back, #12-Newman raced him to the line
    Caution 5 - Laps 139 - 142: #16-Biffle got loose and spun around, smacking the inside front stretch wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 115 - 119: #24-Gordon got into #40-Marlin, causing Marlin to spin out and hit the rear inside wall on the right front, then the right rear of the car. Marlin was not too happy.
    Caution 3 - Laps 78 - 89: Rain showers
    Caution 2 - Laps 40 - 43: #0-Sprague got into #7-Spencer, Spencer spun around and smacked the wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 22: #41-Mears wacked the wall hard, #1-Green spun after getting hit when he checked up, many cars didn't check up, #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into #4-Skinner who had gotten into Green, collecting #22-Burton and #74-Raines, also getting banged up was #25-Nemechek and #0-Sprague. Mears says he got loose and got up in the wall. Then a light rain shower started during the caution.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    some of the tail end lead lap car came in to pit during caution 9 on lap 391, #31-Gordon, #42-McMurray, #54-Bodine; #32-Craven and #5-Labonte.
    the 'final' green flag pit stops occurred in the laps 263-270 range.
    With 50 laps to go, all cars will still need to make one more pit stop and take 4 tires.
    #41-Mears lost his whole right fender, guess it went off the track, cause they didn't call a 'debris' caution on lap 305, the fender wacked #16-Biffle, hit his roof cam.
    #22-Burton is losing oil/water, same as the #23 last week at Lowe's.
    #88-Jarrett possibly blew an engine on lap 255; #38-Sadler to the garage with possible vibration/shock problem.
    #12-Newman is smoking, possible power steering pump problem as of lap 230, smoke has stopped as of 255, all the power steering fluid is gone.
    #20-Stewart got his lap back [for now] on the 7th Caution restart; #14-Foyt was black flagged for passing on the left on the restart
    #40-Marlin is back on the track around lap 208
    all the leaders came in on the caution 6 pit stops
    #20-Stewart was held on pitroad during his caution 5 for one lap, for pitting outside his pitbox.
    #41-Mears is back on the track after the team made repairs from his lap 3 accident.
    #29-Harvick got into #15-Waltrip on lap 126, almost turning Waltrip around, but he saved it, and went on
    #43-Andretti is smoking as of lap 120, came into pit.
    #4-Skinner came back on the track around lap 82, minus a lot of sheet metal
    All the leaders are coming in during caution 3.
    Tire smoke coming from #23-Wallace on lap 77 after getting into #43-Andretti who was heading to pitroad. Wallace ended up shreading the tired and damaging the left front fender.
    Around lap 70, #0-Sprague and #30-Park got together, Park had to come in for new tires.
    After the caution 2 restart, #01-Wallace was black flagged for jumping the restart.
    #21-Rudd and #99-Burton got together on pit road during caution 2 stops, damaging the right front of the #21.
    Just about everyone came in to pit during caution 2, the lap 60 competition caution will now not be thrown.
    NASCAR will throw a competition caution at lap 60, unless another caution comes out sooner.
    NASCAR keeps waving off the restart after Caution 1, due to a light rain shower. #1-Green, #0-Sprague and #74-Raines are repeatedly coming into the pits for repairs.
    #31-Gordon brought the car in before the start, a crew member crawled in the passenger window, Gordon went back out, then Gordon stalled on the entrance of pit road, causing NASCAR to hold off starting the race, then Gordon got running and started at the rear of the field (was starting 38th anyway)
    Only 42 pit stalls at Dover, one is shared, the #74-Raines and #14-Foyt are sharing a pit stall until someone officially falls out of the race.
    Unless there is a caution early in the race, NASCAR will throw a caution around lap 40 for the teams to check tires and setups.
    (6-1-2003)

    Race Re-Air: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, June 4th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, June 2nd, at 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.
    Race Results at
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com - official(6-1-2003)

  • Unofficial Points Standings after Dover:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 1945
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1774, -171
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1758, -187
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 1716, -229
    #97-Kurt Busch, 1698, -247
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 1634, -314
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1606, -339
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 1556, -389
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 1539, -406
    #31-Robby Gordon, 1473, -472 (6-1-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Dover for the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 was cancelled due to rain.(5-31-2003)

  • To the Back: #25-Joe Nemechek and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. were involved in separate wrecks during Saturday's early practice session. Early in the session, Nemechek blew the engine in his #25 Chevy and scraped the outside wall. The session was delayed for about 15 minutes while oil was cleaned from the track. Just as the session was about to end, Earnhardt Jr. spun on the backstretch and backed into the wall. Both drivers will move to backup cars and have to start Sunday's race from the rear of the field. Nemechek was starting 37th using a provisional, Earnhardt Jr. was starting 12th.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-31-2003)

  • First Sat Practice at Dover is over. The fastest were #40-Sterling Marlin at 154.752mph, followed by #20-Tony Stewart at 154.513 and #97-Kurt Busch at 153.662. Slowest were #11-Brett Bodine at 149.950 and #74-Tony Raines at 150.439.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Sat AM practice.(5-31-2003)

  • First Ever for Penske: #12-Ryan Newman [pole] and #2-Rusty Wallace [outside pole] provided Penske Racing South with its first front-row sweep of qualifying since Roger Penske added a second car in 1998.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-31-2003)

  • Ramblings - Dover: Sure was nice to here today that DW is now against the provisional system. Might have something to do with him not needing one anymore, huh? I [this is Stockcarfans commnets NOT Jayski] guess he just doesn't remember that he used 21 of 'em in 1998....now he feels the fastest 43 should just start each event. BTW, this egregious number caused a rules change the following year....he then maxed out at 8 in both 1999 and 2000.
    Rusty Wallace (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole when we were here in September.
    Matt Kenseth (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Pocono last June.
    Sterling Marlin (6th) had his best qualifying run since he started 4th at Rockingham in February.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 11 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Gordon has 8 Top-10 starts in the last 9 races.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(5-31-2003)

  • Newman wins pole at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the Bud Pole (his 4th Bud Pole of 2003) for the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 158.716mph, over a mph faster then the outside pole sitter, his teammate #2-Rusty Wallace at 157.322. For qualifying results and unofficial lineup at my Jayski's Dover Qualifying Page - Live Qualifying and links to other Lineup Links on other sites.. Missing the race was #37-Derrike Cope, #02-Hermie Sadler withdrew before qualifying. Three rookies had to use provisionals. #25-Joe Nemechek had to use a provisional after winning the pole for the Busch Series race. #43-John Andretti used the teams 6th provisional of the year and 5th charged and is now out of provisionals until Sonoma in a few weeks, so he needs to make Pocono and Michigan by speed.(5-30-2003)
    MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    Jayski's Dover Qualifying Page
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com(5-30-2003)

  • Pole Progression at Dover: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #01-Mike Wallace, 1st out to qualify, 155.400, starts 18th
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2nd out, 157.006, starts 4th
    #2-Rusty Wallace, 7th out, 157.322, starts 2nd
    #12-Ryan Newman, 27th out, 158.716, on the pole.(5-30-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? and where do they start:
    #0-Jack Sprague, 152.284, starts 41st provisional
    #14-Larry Foyt, 152.336, starts 40th provisional
    #16-Greg Biffle, 155.817, starts 15th
    #41-Casey Mears, 154.999, starts 22nd
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 155.273, starts 19th
    #66-Hideo Fukuyama, is not racing this week
    #74-Tony Raines, 152.104, starts 43rd provisional.(5-30-2003)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #02-Hermie Sadler withdrew from the race, no reason mentioned.
    #31-Robby Gordon does NOT have the special Charlies Angels scheme.
    #0-Jack Sprague smacked the wall on his run, but no serious damage to the car.(5-30-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy - #48-Jimmie Johnson, 156.651, starts 5th
    Dodge - #12-Ryan Newman, 158.716, starts 1st
    Ford - #17-Matt Kenseth, 157.006, starts 4th
    Pontiac - #01-Mike Wallace, 155.400, starts 18th
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(5-30-2003)

  • Friday Practice is over at Dover. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 158.325mph, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth at 157.646 and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 157.632. Slowest were #14-Larry Foyt at 151.095 and #02-Hermie Sadler at 151.611.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com, who have different speeds for some of the drivers, not sure why.(5-30-2003)

  • Qualifying Order at Dover is up. 45 drivers/cars are listed. First scheduled out is #01-Mike Wallace, last scheduled out is #49-Kenny Schrader. See my above for the links.(5-30-2003)

  • TV NOTE: noticed many sites have the network incorrect, the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover International Speedway will be televised live on FX......NOT Fox.(5-29-2003)

  • Entry List link is up for Dover, 45 cars/drivers are listed, the 42 full timers, plus #02-Hermie Sadler, #11-Brett Bodine and #37-Derrike Cope. #27-Scott Wimmer is supposed to be entered, but is not yet on the list and it was announced Wimmer will NOT run the Cup race. See above for the link(s).(5-27-2003)

  • Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page

  • 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

  • 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

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR.com and Thatracin.com


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Dover Infield Care Center UPDATE: hearing that Dover International Speedway [formally Dover Downs] is putting the finishing touches on an new infield care center with 3600 sq feet, 2 trama beds, 3 other beds and is located in turn four where the old scoring building was.(5-7-2003)
    UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has opened a new emergency medical care center to tend to NASCAR drivers as part of a $500,000 consolidation of the track's emergency safety operations. The 3,600-square-foot structure on Turn 4 of the Monster Mile expands injury treatment areas and waiting room space, replacing an outdated two-room care center. It includes five treatment beds, a family room and an adjacent holding room for fans. Spectator injuries are handled at a smaller clinic and three satellite medical stations. About 600 square feet is being used for fire and rescue operations, paramedics, wrecker services and cleanup crews, replacing three separate locations. Track officials said improvements to the medical care center and track emergency operations are part of a larger NASCAR safety campaign motivated, in part, by the death of star driver Dale Earnhardt in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 2001. But the facility is not a trauma center and falls short of the type of facilities other professional racing circuits now provide at races. For example, it does not have diagnostic equipment such as an X-ray machine. The care center illustrates an ongoing debate within professional racing about how best to care for injured drivers or track workers. At Dover, the medical care center is operated by emergency services staff from Kent General Hospital, a division of Bayhealth Medical Center. The Dover track's staff is led by Dr. Craig Hochstein and includes two other doctors and two nurses with experience in traumatic injuries and emergency medicine. Kent General is rated as a Level 3 trauma center, largely because it lacks neurosurgery capabilities. A Delaware State Police helicopter stationed at the track would take critically injured drivers to Christiana Hospital near Stanton, a Level 1 trauma care center. It is an 18-minute flight. The new medical facility at Dover was completed May 21 and will be open 12 to 14 hours a day through today's Winston Cup race, the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400. Klima said the center probably will be upgraded in the future with an $80,000 computer that would be tied into a digital Picture Archiving Communications System being installed by Kent General to replace traditional X-rays.(Delaware News Journal)(6-1-2003)

  • Dover/MBNA Helping Out: Sponsor MBNA has added "Armed Forces Family" to the names of this weekend's Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series races at Dover. MBNA is overseeing a national eight-week campaign to raise money for families of armed forces members. Families of all service branches who have lost a member during the recent invasion of Iraq or have faced financial hardship because of extended deployment will get assistance through the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. The foundation's Armed Forces Family Scholarship and Assistance Fund will present scholarship trusts and financial relief to eligible families. Checks payable to AFFSAF can be mailed to AFFSAF, PO Box 37, Mountain Lakes, N.J., 07046. Also, pledges will be accepted on a Web site link to be available at www.AFFSAF.org.(PR)(5-31-2003)

  • Stacker 2 to sponsor Dover Busch race in Sept: The September 20th Busch Series race at Dover is now named "The Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger." The official announcement was made today at the Infield Media Center at Dover International Speedway during the current NASCAR tripleheader. As part of the deal, Stacker2 will sponsor the September Busch Series race for at least the 2003 and 2004 seasons. YJ Stinger, the great tasting energy drink will come in three flavors (Sinful Citrus, Enraged Raspberry, and Pounding Punch ). Starting this Summer NASCAR fans along with the rest of the country will Feel The Sting of the coolest new product yet from Stacker2. YJ STINGER ... A lightly carbonated extreme energy drink. In conjunction with that, Stacker2 / YJ Stinger has teamed with Dover International Speedway to sponsor the September Busch Series race at The Monster Mile. Stacker2 and YJ Stinger are produced by NVE Pharmaceuticals of Newton, New Jersey. Stacker2 sponsors race cars in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series, with Kenny Wallace the driver of the Winston Cup ride and Scott Wimmer the driver of the Busch Series car.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(5-31-2003)

  • Special Flags: At about 8:30am/et this morning, members of the Air Force stationed at Dover Air Force Base presented three sets of green and checkered flags to officials at Dover International Speedway. "These flags have flown combat missions over Iraq," said base spokeswoman Lt. Allison N. Tedesco. "Everyone here is very excited." Lt. Tedesco said the track gave the Air Force the flags about two months ago. Since then, the flags have traveled on military aircraft moving faster than any NASCAR race car. "The flags went on combat missions in A-10s," Lt. Tedesco said. The agile A-10 Thunderbolt typically travels more than 400 mph. Lt. Tedesco said every Air Force crew transporting the flags signed them. Speedway spokesman John Dunlap said the flags would probably not be used to start or end any race. "As far as I know, the flags will be gifts for special guests," he said. He didn't know which guests would get the flags. Lt. Tedesco said the flags were important for several reasons. "A lot of air crews wrote personal messages to some of the drivers," she said. "We are just very excited NASCAR is going to use them. "They are still covered with dust from Iraq."(Dover Newszap)(5-30-2003)

  • Smith looking to buy Dover? Kentucky? The hot story behind the scenes [at Lowe's on Friday] was Bruton Smith's surprising new war chest of $230 million, after last week's unexpected sale of new issues of Speedway Motorsports Inc. stock. Wall Street analysts say the head of SMI may use that cash to make a 'sizeable acquisition' in the form of another race track to add to his portfolio. Smith's thick new bankroll is interesting in light of the economic problems facing the Dover Downs Motorsports operation. Could Smith be interested in bidding for Dover? Dover International Speedway is home to two Winston Cup and two Busch races at its home track, along with Busch races at its Nashville track, its Gateway track in St. Louis and its Memphis track. Dover also runs CART Indy-car races at a street course in St. Petersburg, Fla., in Long Beach, Calif., and Denver. Or could Smith be interested in making a bid for Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway? Smith yesterday refused to be pinned down on anything, saying only that he wanted to be ready to strike if an opportunity arises.
    Next week, Smith will talk to NASCAR's George Pyne and Brian France about the 2004 Winston Cup tour and other issues. It isn't clear what impact that $230 million might have, if, for example, the purchase of any International Speedway Corp. tracks, like Darlington or Rockingham, might be discussed. Smith said he did not want to speculate on what opportunities, if any, ISC officials might offer.
    What about making a deal with Carroll? There have been reports for several weeks that Carroll and Smith have talking behind the scenes -- both men are trying to persuade NASCAR's Bill France to give them Winston Cup race dates. There has even been talk Carroll might join the lawsuit against NASCAR in discovery phase in Plano, Tex. 'Jerry is a nice man,' Smith said. But working with him on anything? 'Nothing we can talk about,' Smith said. 'Nothing we could discuss today.'( in part from the Winston Salem Journal)(5-17-2003)

  • Dover under the lights? Could the September race at Dover be run under the lights next season? A track source says there have been discussions about installing lights at the Monster Mile and the possibility of moving the fall race to Saturday night. Because three NFL teams -- the Ravens, Redskins and Eagles -- are located within a two-hour drive of the speedway, Dover would benefit significantly if it didn't go head-to-head with football on Sunday afternoon.(Sporting News)(5-5-2003)

  • Dover race renamed: Dover has renamed its June 1 Cup race the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 to serve as the centerpiece for an eight-week national fund-raising effort for families of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.(Roanoke Times)(5-4-2003)

  • Dover Downs cuts costs, employees: Dover Motorsports, which operates seven motorsports tracks, reported a loss of $4.9 million, or 13 cents per share, for the quarter, about 14 percent wider than the loss from a year ago. Revenues were $3.9 million compared with $996,000 in the first quarter of last year -- primarily due to the CART Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., which was held for the first time in February. The company is focusing on cutting costs. It has reduced debt to $61 million, down by 22 percent from a year ago. It has instituted a salary freeze, and through layoffs and attrition, cut the staff to 169 from 190. Dover Motorsports officials said the St. Petersburg event did not meet the company's revenue goals because of the soft economy, a lack of sponsors and the threat of war. The company has not yet found a sponsor for the Winston Cup race held at Dover in September, McGlynn said. MBNA, which had sponsored the event in the past, said it will no longer sponsor the race. The company said it had cut about 105 positions through attrition and layoffs in the last four months, which amounts to about 10 percent of the staff.(Daily Times)(4-27-2003)

  • Lights at Dover...a few years away? Lights more than likely won't be installed at Dover International Speedway next year, according to speedway media relations director John Dunlap. It's still being discussed, but night racing could be two years away at the earliest. However, if television directs the speedway to install lights, then plans could be altered. NASCAR announced in January that its realignment for 2004 could include more twilight or evening races.(Patriot-News)(4-26-2003)

  • Dover not moving races: Denis McGlynn McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, was adamant when he said on Wednesday, "We are not moving a race." Dover is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which also owns speedways in Nashville, St. Louis and Memphis. McGlynn said he has not been approached by NASCAR and does not believe its plan for realignment involves Dover, a one-mile concrete oval that annually sells out 140,000 seats. "The Mid-Atlantic region is a valuable market for Dover International Speedway and for NASCAR, given the population density of the area," McGlynn said. "The whole idea about realignment has to do with increasing the ratings on the television networks. That is done by getting events out of remote markets and moved to major markets. Given our proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, we are already in a major market." NASCAR surprised many track operators when it announced plans of a major scheduling overhaul for the Winston Cup Series in 2004. NASCAR chairman Bill France said that many tracks that have two Winston Cup dates could consider moving one to another venue which its company owns. Dover has hosted two Winston Cup races a year since 1971.(News Journal)(1-23-2003)

  • MBNA Cuts back to June Sponsorship at Dover: MBNA has decided not to renew its sponsorship of the three-day race series held at Dover International Speedway in September. "We're on the hunt to find someone else," said Denis Mc-Glynn, president and chief executive of Dover Motorsports Inc., which owns the track. But the Wilmington-based credit card bank is not pulling away from NASCAR altogether. MBNA has extended by three years its six-year sponsorship of the races held in June. The company also will continue to sponsor cars in the Winston Cup [Assoc on Joe Gibbs #18] and Busch Series [#18 Joe Gibbs] races, and to issue the NASCAR credit card. MBNA spokesman Brian Dalphon said Thursday that the bank only signed on for a five-year sponsorship when Dover Downs approached the bank five years ago. "It was never our intention to go beyond the five years," Dalphon said. Dalphon said the decision is not a cost-saving move, and said the bank will redeploy the money to other marketing and business development efforts. MBNA's sponsorship of the September event is worth from $1 million to $1.75 million, McGlynn said. That money typically is used to cover general operating expenses. If the race goes on without a sponsor, "it will hurt a little, but it won't kill us," McGlynn said. McGlynn would not disclose how many or which potential replacement sponsors the track is seeking. He did say Dover Motorsports is seeking a national company with a broad target market and a big budget.(Delaware News Journal)(1-17-2003)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Dover International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • 3rd Davis Team at Dover UPDATE nope: Bill Davis Racing will field a third [#27] Winston Cup entry at the June 1 race at Dover, Del., for its Busch series driver Scott Wimmer, team officials confirmed Saturday. BDR currently fields the #22 Caterpillar Dodges for Ward Burton and the #23 Stacker 2 Dodges for Kenny Wallace. Wimmer is scheduled to test his Cup car Monday and Tuesday at Dover.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-18-2003)
    UPDATE: No Double Duty: Wimmer will not be competing in the Winston Cup event this weekend at Dover as previously announced.. "We weren't pleased with our results from the test, so we decided not to attempt to run this race," said owner, Bill Davis.. "We weren't obligated to run this race, so we elected not to do so.. We are still planning on running Scott in some Cup races this year, but we haven't determined which ones they'll be yet."(Bill Davis Racing PR)(5-28-2003)

  • Cope gets an assoc for Lowe's and Dover: NextStudent has extended their sponsorship of Derrike Cope to be an associate sponsor of #37-Derrike Cope in The Coca-Cola 600 and at Dover next week. The deal was coordinated by Player Management International and was completed Thursday afternoon. NextStudent provides students and their families one-on-one education finance counseling. They offer education-funding opportunities ranging from scholarships and grants to low-cost federal and private aid. They work closely with financial aid professionals, ensuring timely, accurate flow and delivery of their students' financial aid packages through funding. NextStudent makes college funding simple. NextStudent offers reliable service that's convenient and easy to use. You can learn more by visiting www.nextstudent.com or by calling (800) 799-7349.(PR)(5-23-2003)

  • BACE Motorsports News: BACE Motorsports announced today a joining of forces with America's Second Harvest, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States, in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day (NHAD) on June 5, 2003. Driver Tony Raines and team owner Bill Baumgardner joined America's Second Harvest volunteers at the Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina Thursday afternoon to unveil the graphic scheme that Raines' #74 Winston Cup car will sport at Dover International Speedway on June 1 in support of National Hunger Awareness Day. BACE has enlisted Tombstone Pizza in an effort to directly combat the hunger issue in conjunction with the Dover race event. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of parent company Kraft Foods, Tombstone Pizza will donate 100 pizza slices for every lap Raines completes in the 400 lap race. The first installment of the "Monster Meals" program will tally 40,000 servings when Raines takes the checkered flag at Dover's Monster Mile, and provide a challenge to America's race fans to act locally to support one of the 216 Hunger Relief organizations in their hometown that is served by the America's Second Harvest network. In 2002, National Hunger Awareness Day was brought to the forefront of the America's Second Harvest effort to raise awareness of the burden hunger puts on millions of American families. This year, in addition to the efforts by a multitude of corporate partners, more than 2000 food banks and food rescue organizations and their agencies will host public events. These events will spotlight the vast network of hunger-relief agencies that make up America's Second Harvest more than 200 affiliated food banks and food rescue organizations, 50,000 agencies and more than 70,000 food service programs. For more information, visit the web site at www.secondharvest.org.(BACE Motorsports PR)(5-22-2003)
    See an image of the #74 car on my Paint Schemes Gallery

  • See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • Robby's Angel's? UPDATE: #31-Robby Gordon is scheduled to run a Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle paint scheme on June 1st at Dover. It will also run again in late fall when the DVD for the movie is released(3-27-2003)
    UPDATE: added the image of the scheme to my Paint Scheme Gallery.(5-29-2003)
    UPDATE 2: looks like this scheme will NOT be run at Dover, the car had the regular black scheme during qualifying.(5-30-2002)

  • Blaney to be Fast and Furious? UPDATE hearing that #77-Dave Blaney may be running a 2 Fast 2 Furious paint scheme this weekend at Dover?
    UPDATE: Following career-best start/finish performances at Dover last fall for both driver and team, Dave Blaney will return to the one-mile high-banked oval this weekend with a special bright orange paint scheme on the the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford, heralding the opening of Universal Studios’ 2 Fast 2 Furious movie in theaters June 6. The special design is part of a broad program in support of the sequel to the studios’ The Fast and The Furious, which enjoyed huge global success and helped fuel the current explosion of popularity for sport-compacts.(Jasper Motorpsorts PR), see image on my Paint Schemes Gallery(5-28-2003)

  • Find Nemo Scheme: #5-Terry Labonte will run a 'Finding Nemo' paint scheme at Dover on June 1st, to help promote the movie which opens May 30th, See an image of the scheme on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(5-24-2003)

  • CITGO Launches Peel Out, Reel In and Win! Million Dollar Challenge: CITGO Petroleum Corporation announced plans to roll out its second annual "Peel Out, Reel In & Win! Million Dollar Challenge" that could result in two grand prize winner millionaires in the fall of 2003. More than $250,000 in additional consumer prizes will be awarded in the national promotion, which runs from May 23 through July 6, 2003. The grand prize winner will be drawn on September 15, 2003, to participate in the selection of one of the challenges, and the big chance to win the $1,000,000.(Cox Marketing PR), for more info on the contest, see my Racing Contests page, also a special paint scheme will be run, not sure what, see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(5-13-2003)
    UPDATE: the scheme will be run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 25th.(5-14-2003)

  • Green to be Synthetic in May/June: #1-Jeff Green Park will run a special Pennzoil Synthetic paint scheme at The Winston thru the race at Infineon Raceway in June.(Diecast Depot Newsletter)(3-6-2003)
    Image on my 2003 Cup page 1 (4-5-2003)
    UPDATE: only ran in the Coca-Cola 600.(5-30-2003)

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
    #5-Terry Labonte Finding Nemo Dover - June Paint Scheme Gallery
    #18-Bobby Labonte Advair (hood) Dover - June
    Chicago - July
    Pocono - July
    Darlington - Aug
    Kansas - Oct
    Phoenix - Nov
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    #21-Ricky Rudd US Air Force
    100 Years of Flight Centennial
    Coca Cola 600 - May
    Dover - June
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    #77-Dave Blaney 2 Fast 2 Furious Dover - June Paint Scheme Gallery
    #99-Jeff Burton Peel Out, Reel In Coca-Cola 600 - May
    Dover - June
    Paint Scheme Gallery


  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


SOME NOTES and NEWS

  • Catalyst could be in place at the Coke 600: It's only been six months since NASCAR opened the doors of its $10 million, 64,000 square-foot research and development center near the Concord Regional Airport. Yet already the sport is reaping the benefits. Perhaps as early as Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, NASCAR's latest safety enhancement – a catalyst to reduce carbon monoxide exposure to drivers – could be in place.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-20-2003)


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