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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: MBNA America 400

Winston Cup Race #28 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 21, 2003 in Dover, DE

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:30pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race scheduled for:
    Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 25th at 1:00am/et;
    and a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 25th

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

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,559,814 (was $3,920,256 in 2002)

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

  • 2002 Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 120.805mph, started 19th

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

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

  • Slowest Race Record: David Pearson, June 1975, 100.820mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, May 1992

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 1 months, 13 days, Sept 1995

  • Most Laps Led [400 lap race]: Jeff Gordon, June 2001, 381 laps

  • Most Cautions: 16 - September 1993

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - June 1971

  • Most Caution Laps: 103, Sept 1993

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, June 1995, started 37th

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


    REVISED Practice Schedule

  • Busch Series Practice: Saturday, September 20th at 8:00am/et

  • Winston Cup Series Practice: Saturday, September 20th at 11:15am - 12:30pm/et; and an one-hour Happy Hour approximately 30 minutes following the Busch Series race - 3:30pm/et approx. The Busch Series race will be televised on TNT, not sure if they will televise Happy Hour.


    Qualifying

  • CANCELLED due to Hurricane Isabel.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of 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/Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, Sept 1999, 159.946mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Rusty Wallace, 156.822, finished 15th.


    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: ~140,000

  • Track Homepage: Dover International Speedway

  • June's Race: see my 2003 June - Dover Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Sept - Dover Race Info page


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600

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

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

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

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

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

    Notes: Both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Busch Series will compete on the same tires this weekend at Dover . . . this will be the second time NASCAR teams will run this particular combination of left- and right-side tires in 2003, the first being the spring race at Dover . . . Dover is the only track where this same tire set-up will be used in 2003, though NASCAR teams will run this right-side code (D-6372) with a different left-side code (D-6352) at Charlotte, Kansas and Kentucky . . . 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 at this race one year ago.. The tires performed very well at that time, so much so that this relatively new right-side code was also designated to be run at Charlotte and Kansas City in 2003.. This being the third race for these tires at Dover, teams should be very comfortable with how they respond to changes and how they hook up to the tough, concrete surface."


    HURRICANE ISABEL INFO

  • Latest Advisory
    WTNT33 KNHC 191428
    TCPAT3
    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION ISABEL ADVISORY NUMBER  54
    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
    11 AM EDT FRI SEP 19 2003
     
    ...ISABEL RACING NORTHWARD...LOSING TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS...
    
    AT 11 AM EDT...1500Z...ALL TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS HAVE BEEN
    DISCONTINUED.  HOWEVER...STORM SURGE FLOODING IS STILL OCCURRING IN
    MANY AREAS.  PLEASE CONSULT STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING
    HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN YOUR AREA.
     
    AT 11 AM EDT...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ISABEL WAS LOCATED
    NEAR LATITUDE 42.0 NORTH... LONGITUDE 80.7 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES
    NORTHEAST OF CLEVELAND OHIO.
     
    ISABEL IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 30 MPH ...48 KM/HR...AND AN
    INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
     
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  35 MPH... 55 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
    GUSTS.  ISABEL IS LOSING ITS TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS...AND COULD
    RESTRENGTHEN OVER CANADA AS AN EXTRATROPICAL STORM OVER THE NEXT
    DAY OR SO.  A FEW WIND GUSTS TO TROPICAL STORM FORCE ARE STILL
    OCCURRING IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISABEL.
     
    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS  997 MB...29.44 INCHES.
     
    STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 4 TO 7 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...IS
    STILL OCCURRING IN THE MID TO UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE TIDAL
    PORTIONS OF ADJACENT RIVERS. STORM SURGE FLOODING WILL BEGIN TO
    SUBSIDE LATE THIS AFTERNOON. 
     
    REPEATING THE 11 AM EDT POSITION...42.0 N... 80.7 W.  MOVEMENT
    TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 30 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
    WINDS... 35 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 997 MB.
     
    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
    PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
     
    THIS IS THE LAST PUBLIC ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM.
     
    (Storm 2003 Newsletter)(FINAL advisory 11:00am/et 9-19-2003)

  • FROM THE STATE of DELAWARE:
    Gov. Minner Declares State Of Emergency Starting Thursday Morning, Orders Evacuation Of Low-Lying Areas And Closure Of Schools And State Government Thursday and Friday

    Dover - Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced Wednesday a series of measures and recommendations as Hurricane Isabel approaches the state:

    * A state of emergency will be in effect for the entire state of Delaware starting at 7 a.m. Thursday;

    * Mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas;

    * Public schools will be closed Thursday and Friday;

    * State government will be closed Thursday and Friday, except for essential personnel;

    * A strong recommendation that those in manufactured housing evacuate, especially if their housing is not well-secured;

    * A strong recommendation that businesses close on Thursday and Friday; and

    * A strong recommendation that Delaware residents and visitors stay off the roads during the state of emergency

    "Given the latest information from the National Weather Service and its hurricane center, we believe that Delaware will experience sustained winds of more than 40 miles per hour with gusts of possibly more than 70 miles per hour. The rain that will accompany this hurricane is also expected to cause flooding across the state," Gov. Minner said. "Given these expected conditions and the expected results, I want to err on the side of caution and take these actions."

    The state of emergency declaration will include the activation of the Delaware National Guard for hurricane response, allows the Department of Transportation to close roads, includes the order for evacuation of low-lying areas, and provides other administrative procedures for storm response.

    Other recommendations from Gov. Minner Wednesday:

    * During the storm, people stay away from flooding streams and rivers and also stay away from flooding storm drains;

    * Residents should be aware that streets and roads will likely be blocked by downed trees and utility poles, including live electrical wires; and

    * People should be prepared to be without power or transportation for several days, and have food and other supplies, such as batteries, fuel and medical supplies, in case that occurs.

    * Shelters for those displaced by the storm will be open in the following locations beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday:

    o Sussex Central High School, 301 W. Market St., Georgetown
    o Beacon Middle School, 19483 John J. Williams Hwy., Lewes
    o Lake Forest High School, 5407 Killens Pond Rd., Felton
    o Dover High School, One Pat Lynn Drive, Dover
    o Everett Meredith Middle School, 504 South Broad St., Middletown
    o Brandywine Springs Elementary School, 2916 Duncan Road, Wilmington
    o Wilmington P.A.L. Center, 3707 N. Market St., Wilmington

    "This is going to be a serious storm and wind damage and flooding is possible in very part of the state," Gov. Minner said. "I urge people in Delaware to take every precaution and to remain in a safe and secure location until after the storm passes. I thank everyone in advance for cooperating as we prepare for and later recover from Hurricane Isabel."(1:00pm/et 9-17-2003)

  • FROM THE DOVER INTERNATIONAL SITE:
    www.doverspeedway.com

  • Tickets and Credential Offices Open at Dover: Dover International Speedway officials have announced that ticket and credential offices will be open on Thursday and Friday, in spite of the fact that there will be no action on The Monster Mile those days. Ticket demand for the race action on Saturday and Sunday is very high and tickets are going quickly for both Sunday's MBNA America 400 Winston Cup race and Saturday's Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race. The ticket office is set to be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. A special ticket office will also be open at Gate 4 just outside the speedway and will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, then from 8 a.m. until the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday. The Will Call office will open Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until the end of the Winston Cup race. The credentials office, located just on the left past the marquee sign entrance to Dover Downs, will be open today (Wednesday) from noon until 5 p.m., It will then be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, or as long as the weather will allow that afternoon. It will then be open on Friday from 6 a.m. (weather permitting) until 5 p.m., then Saturday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Finally, the Infield Media Center will be open on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. to allow media who want to come in and set up shop the opportunity. The IMC will then be open on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m. The Winston Media Center will also have the same hours on Saturday and Sunday and will be closed entirely on Friday. Information about the race weekend will constantly be changed and updated on the Dover International Speedway website at www.doverspeedway.com. Tickets for both the September 21 MBNA America 400 Winston Cup Series race and the September 20 Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race can be purchased by calling 1-800-441-RACE or going to the Dover International Speedway website.(9-17-2003)

    SEPTEMBER 19, 2003 (Update - 8:00 am)
    The storm has passed, the sun is shining, and we look forward to perfect racing weather on Saturday and Sunday. See you at the races!

    SEPTEMBER 18, 2003 (Update - 2:30 pm)
    Delaware continues to be under a State of Emergency as Isabel makes landfall in North Carolina. We are currently under rainy and windy conditions as the storm begins to impact our area. We anticipate that the severe weather will hit our facility between now and early morning tomorrow, with the severest weather occurring during the middle of the night. Current forecasts indicate that the worst of the storm's effect on the area will be passing early Friday. Indications remain that Saturday and Sunday should be ideal weather for racing.

    However, we continue to recommend that patrons use good judgement and wait until the storm has passed before travelling, the Speedway, Hotel, Casino and Simulcating areas will remain in full operation throughout the State of Emergency.

    We continue to communicate and work closely with various state agencies monitoring this storm and will post updates to the web site as new information becomes available.

    SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 (Update - 3:35 pm)

    As you may already be aware, the Governor has issued a State of Emergency proclamation which will take affect Thursday, September 18th at 7am. This means the public schools in the State of Delaware will be closed on Thursday and Friday as well as most government offices.

    We have already received many inquiries concerning the Governor’s declaration and how it affects the NASCAR events scheduled for this weekend, as well as the Hotel, Casino and Simulcasting operations here on property. Our plans and schedule remain the same as announced late yesterday:

    Saturday and Sunday events are currently planned to go on as originally scheduled, with an additional Winston Cup practice after Saturday’s Busch Series Race. In consultation with NASCAR and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the decision was made to cancel all track activity at the Speedway for Thursday and Friday.

    Fortunately, the forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks like perfect weather for racing.

    We continue to recommend that patrons use good judgement and wait until the storm has passed before travelling, but the Speedway, Hotel, Casino and Simulcating areas will remain in full operation throughout this State of Emergency.

    We have advised all RV patrons that evacuation may be required.

    We continue to communicate and work closely with various state agencies monitoring this storm and will post updates to the web site as new information becomes available.

    SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 (Update - 5:34 pm)

    We have been advised by the National Weather Service that the path of Hurricane Isabel has moved in a more westerly direction than originally anticipated. This is very good news for our weekend events here at Dover International Speedway. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is sunny and warm.

    While we are looking forward to some great weekend weather, there will be some impact to the area as a result of the storm hitting land. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates.

    At this time, in consultation with NASCAR and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, we have elected, in the interest of safety, to cancel all track activity at the Speedway for Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday events are currently planned to go on as originally scheduled, with an additional Winston Cup practice after Saturday’s Busch Series Race. Starting positions for both races will be based on the current points without qualifying.

    The Busch North Series Race will not be rescheduled, and refunds will be in order. By October 1, we will begin to issue credits for all Busch North Series Tickets purchased by credit card. Upon completion of the credit card refunds, we will begin to issue checks to those who paid by cash or check. All refunds will be issued by October 31.

    Patrons do have the option of transferring any refund to their 2004 renewal. This can be done by phone, fax or e-mail no earlier than September 23, but before September 26.

    As previously indicated, we will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to the web site as new information becomes available. SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 (Update - 10:45 am)

    Representatives from Dover International Speedway will be attending a conference call with members of NOAA and DEMA at approximately 2:00pm today (Sept 16th). Shortly after that meeting we will post any additional information, as it relates to the NASCAR events planned for this weekend. Please check back periodically for updates.

    WEATHER ALERT SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 (Update - 4:30 pm)

    Having just completed a call with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Dover International Speedway would like to share some information with you as it relates to the NASCAR Events scheduled here at the facility beginning on Thursday September 18th.
    The good news seems to be that the weekend weather report looks relatively good and barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Winston Cup and Busch Series events should go on as planned.
    Storm tracking is not an exact science, but based on our communications with the National Weather Service, it appears the affects of the storm will move into our area with high winds and rain on Thursday. The worst of the storm will hit our area on Friday with more rain and high winds. Based on the current forecast, we are recommending that folks stay away from the Speedway and NOT attempt to travel any great distance until after the storm has passed.
    At this time, evacuation of the RV campgrounds is not required, however, we have elected to begin calling our RV customers to advise them of the potential hurricane impact.
    For those who may want to retrieve an RV that has already been placed, we are recommending that be done as soon as possible, and before Wednesday. Stickered RV’s will be re-admitted to the RV Lots once we receive clearance from the proper authorities that it is safe to do so.
    The race track will continue to share updates as they become available, but want to re-iterate that at this time, we expect to be racing this weekend, but do not recommend anyone travel to the speedway until the storm has passed. Please check back for ongoing updates.

    AND been told that Dover International Speedway has closed the campgrounds and recommending that people should leave. They will not allow any RV's in. If you already have one here and you take it out you will be able to return as long as it is safe to reenter, but at this time it is very muddy and with a possibility of 6-10" of additional rain it is unlikely thay they will be able to park an RV there with that much rain & mud. Dover International Speedway will also be evaluating the RV parking situation as time goes by.(from a reader)(9-16-2003)

    MORE STUFF

  • NASCAR Watching Hurricane Isabel UPDATE: NASCAR officials will be keeping a close eye this week on the progress of Hurricane Isabel, still located hundreds of miles off the East Coast of the United States as of Sunday evening. The National Weather Service on Sunday predicted the hurricane, which currently has winds upwards of 155 mph, would strike the U.S. coast within four to five days. Isabel's current forecast has it making landfall between North Carolina and New Jersey -- right in the area of next weekend's Winston Cup race in Dover, Del. "Obviously, something like this affects teams as well as fans. We will work with everyone to keep up to date on the latest developments," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of corporate communications. Team haulers often leave several days before scheduled track activity. Winston Cup and Busch series cars take to the Dover track on Friday morning.(ThatsRacin.com)
    AND to see more info on the hurricane, check out Storm 2003 - Palm Beach Post, the forecast doesn't look too promising.(9-14-2003)

  • UPDATE - NASCAR Plans and Comments - per a press conference transcript:
    ........... Q..With the hurricane coming up, the land fall, what is the latest that you guys could make a decision on whether to postpone or has that been broached yet?. Give that to Brian, he's got to make that decision.

    ........... BRIAN FRANCE:. My first duty is to defer that to Mike Helton.
    ........... MIKE HELTON:. Obviously, Isabel is a big headliner this week.. It certainly looks like the area we go into this weekend around Doveris going to be impacted in some form or fashion by it.. Beginning as early as last night, we started organizing game plans to react according to how Isabel reacts.. We've got two, three different task forces working on it as we speak.
    ........... First of all, staying in touch with the competitors and the players in the industry that would have to travel to Dover, along with the track itself.. We'll simply have to wait and see what direction Isabel goes and what it decides to hit landfall, what kind of reaction it creates.
    ........... The ultimate goal obviously is to get the Busch race on on Saturday, and the Cup race done on Sunday.. We have different methods to create the starting fields if necessary.. But there's not much we can do today until we figure out what we're going to be faced with.. The forecasts are talking about landfall somewhere late Thursday, even into maybe Thursday night.. The next 36 to 48 hours, we'll just have to simply watch the path and try to predict where it's going to go, what kind of creation it leaves us to work with.
    ........... Mainly right now we've got several plans in place.. We're ready to react on any one of them.. But certainly our intention is to try to get the events done this weekend.

    ........... Q..None would move the venue from the Monster Mile to another area?
    ........... MIKE HELTON:. The schedule calls for it to be at Dover Downs.. That's where our intention is to be this weekend.. If we can't be there, then we won't be anywhere this weekend.[see the full transcipt about Brian France's promotion to CEO of NASCAR].

  • from NASCAR.com: Winston Cup and Busch Series teams have been informed to hold off any impending travel plans until Tuesday. "We have alerted the industry to sit tight as we learn more about the path of the hurricane," NASCAR spokesman Mike Zizzo said. "Right now, we're monitoring the situation and will continue to monitor the situation as it goes further." The sanctioning body has several contingency plans it could use should the situation warrant. One could be to allow the teams to travel later in the week, perhaps as late as Friday, and set the fields via the NASCAR rule book. Zizzo said NASCAR will tell teams Tuesday what the next step should be.(NASCAR.com)

  • AND: there was already a lot of flooding in Delaware and am hearing that Dover AFB is getting many of it's C5 planes [which Jayski used to work on at DAFB] ready to evuacuate from the base as soon as today, heading to McDill Air Force Base in Florida, and the army post at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Also Sussex county [the southern county of DE] has recommended (but not ordered) that campers and travel trailers start evacuating now so they don't clog evacuation routes.(9-15-2003)


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $280,000 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(9-14-2003)

  • 59 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 59 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. #17-Matt Kenseth leads the series points and has the only shot at claiming the bonus at Dover. Should a driver win the bonus at Dover would bypass the largest payout in the history of the program. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. 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.(9-14-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $60,000 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* (plus $5,000 bonus)
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
    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* (plus $25,000 bonus)
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (which includes the $20,000 bonus)*
    Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
    Michigan: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Sonoma: Robby Gordon, $25,000 (which includes the $15,000 bonus)*
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Chicago: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    New Hampshire: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Indy: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Michigan: Jimmie Johnson, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Darlington: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    New Hampshire: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(9-14-2003)


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
Accuweather - Current Radar
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

  • UPDATE on Dale Jr.: NBC is reporting that #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is being flown by helicopter to a local hospital [in Dover], he is conscious and talking.

  • Newman sweeps Dover: #12-Ryan Newman won the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway, sweeping both Cup races at the Monster Mile and winning his 7th race of the 2003 season and 8th of his career. Newman got a lap down early when he cut down a tire early in the race while leading, but was the first car a lap down when the 5th caution happened [lap 287], allowing him to get back on the lead lap. Newman last pitted on lap 294 and went the rest of the way to win. Finishing 2nd was #19-Jeremy Mayfield [who wasn't happy with 2nd and was quite colorful on his TV interview, guess NBC has no 'bleep' button?], it was Mayfields 2nd runner up finish in a row. The rest of the top five were #20-Stewart, #29-Kevin Harvick [who led the most laps] and #24-Jeff Gordon. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth finished 9th and now leads the points by 436 points over #29-Harvick who moved up a spot. #8-Earnhardt Jr. only took two tires on the pit stop during the 6th caution and the car was not right and he faded badly, trying to keep on the lead lap when Newman was in the process of passing, Earnhardt Jr. went up the track, lost it and spun around, slapping the drivers side hard against the wall. He was unconscious for a few moments and then groggy.

  • The MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    #12-Newman (5)(106 laps led) - had enough fuel - ran 106 laps on his last pit stop.
    #19-Mayfield (25)
    #20-Stewart (11)(97 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (3)(133 laps led)
    #24-Gordon(6)(14 laps led)

    #42-McMurray (18) - highest finishing rookie
    #16-Biffle (19)
    #48-Johnson (4)
    #17-Kenseth (1)(1 lap led)
    #2-Wallace (14)

    Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (7): #25-Nemechek (out-accident); #15-Waltrip (out-engine); #01-Skinner (out-engine); #32-Craven (out-engine); #02-Sadler (out-engine); #97-Busch (out-engine); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(out-accident);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 13 lead changes): #29-Harvick (led most laps 133); #12-Newman (106); #40-Marlin (1); #24-Gordon (14); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(48); #20-Stewart (led half-way, 97); #17-Kenseth (1);

    Cautions: 7 for 62 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 365 - 372: #8-Earnhardt Jr. was trying to stay on the lead lap, got too high, into the 'marbles' and spun around and slapped the drivers side on the turn 2 wall. Taking them a bit to get Earnhardt Jr. out of the car, he seems to be stunned. The safety workers put Earnhardt Jr. on a stretcher and shielded him from view. His helmet was off, not sure if he took it off or the workers took it off.
    Caution 6 - Laps 326 - 330: #23-Wallace got high and slowed down.
    Caution 5 - Laps 287 - 296: Debris on the track. #49-Schrader's bumper cover, a few cars hit it, #10-Benson got some damage.
    Caution 4 - Laps 236 - 240: Debris on the track.
    Caution 3 - Laps 165 - 169: #18-Labonte looks like he lost a left front tire and slapped the right side of the car.
    Caution 2 - Laps 79 - 105: #25-Nemechek lost a right front and slammed the turn 1 wall, the car caught fire, but was put out. #32-Craven got into some of the debris from the #25 and has front end damage. Nemechek was interviewed and is OK. There is a bit of delay as Nemechek hit a seam in the wall, some pealed back and track workers are repairing it.
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 7: #01-Skinner and #54-Bodine got together, Skinner spun and somehow #49-Schrader got involved, Skinner has right front end damage, Schrader has rear end damage.

    NEW - who got a lap back on each caution - The Lucky Dog Pack?: (and their finish)

    Caution 7: #54-Bodine [2nd time] finished 17th
    Caution 6: #7-Spencer, 15th
    Caution 5: #12-Newman, WON
    Caution 4: #32-Craven, lost an engine - DNF - 40th
    Caution 3: #21-Rudd, 11th
    Caution 2: #54-Bodine, 17th
    Caution 1: no one down a lap or more.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    -----all pitted during caution 7 but #'s 12,19,29,24,38,9,42,21,88; #2 and #99 only took two tires.
    -----on lap 348. #97-Busch reported "it just shut off" and took it to the pit stall, then to the gargae.
    -----on lap 337, #8-Earnhardt Jr. reported that his right front tire feels soft.
    -----during caution 6, #16-Biffle made a few pit stops as his motor is running hot and the crew was refilling the water.
    -----all the leaders pitted during caution 6 BUT #12-Newman, #8-Earnhardt Jr. only took two tires, supposedly all the rest took four.
    -----many of the car on the rear of the lead lap pitted for a splash of fuel, before the green after caution 5.
    -----around lap 267, #02-Sadler went up the track, then headed to the garage, was 11 laps down at the time.
    -----on lap 248, #32-Craven, who had just gotten back on the lead lap, he slapped the wall, may have an engine problem, MRN reports a plume of smoke.
    -----#42-McMurray had to pit as one of his tires went flat after he left pit road during caution 4. The car was let down off the jack too soon and the air gun spun off the lug and hit the valve stem.
    -----on lap 180 or so, #41-Mears slowed up and pitted as he had a tire go down.
    -----after caution 3 re-start [lap 171] #15-Waltrip slowed down and reports something broke in the motor. -----as of lap 154, #9-Elliott's engine is running hot due to some paper stuck on the grill.
    -----a few of the drivers on the backend of the lead lap, came in to top off on fuel around lap 100.
    -----all the leaders came in during caution two for gas and tires.
    -----while leading on lap 45, #12-Newman had a right rear tire go down and had to pit, losing a lap and dropping to 41st.
    -----on lap 43, #6-Martin had a left front right go down and had to pit early.
    ----- #18-Labonte has right rear damage, got hit on the start of the by #15-Waltrip when Labonte couldn't get in the right gear.

    To The Back: #32-Ricky Craven lost an engine in Saturday's first practice and have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. Craven was to start 22nd.(9-21-2003)
    Race Re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel changed their lineup in August - there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 25th at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 25th
    Race Results at
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(9-21-2003)

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Dover:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4158
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 3722, -436
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3685, -473
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3668, -490
    #12-Ryan Newman, 3578, -580
    See full standings at NASCAR.com.(9-21-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Dover: Ryan Newman stretched his fuel for 106 laps and captured his 7th victory of the season in this afternoon's MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway.
    Newman's 8th career win moves him into a 4-way tie for 50th on the all-time win list with Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Kyle Petty. This is win #52 for Roger Penske (if you count the three for partner Michael Kranefuss).
    Newman's sweeper at Dover (he's the third this season) was not without controversy however. As the new NASCAR rule about racing back to the caution was brought into play, Ryan was certainly a beneficiary of that new edict. Getting his lap back more than halfway through the race, he proved not to be intimidated when Jeremy Mayfield tried to "rattle his cage" (remember that line?) in the waning laps and held on for the win.
    Sterling Marlin (13th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Pocono in July.
    Jeff Green (16th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Chicagoland in July.
    Jason Leffler (25th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Homestead in November of 2001 (only 10 races).
    STREAKIN...
    Matt Kenseth has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Jeremy Mayfield has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Jamie McMurray has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: Jamie McMurray (6th) is the top-finishing first year driver for the 14th time this season. He was followed by Greg Biffle (7th), Tony Raines (30th) and Casey Mears (36th). Larry Foyt's low owner point standing prevented him from making today's field.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Jeff Green (+25), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Dale Earnhardt Jr (-35), followed by Michael Waltrip (-32), Kurt Busch (-31), and Bobby Labonte (-23). It was first-time honors for both principals this season.
    We've got a new second place man in the points after today. Kevin Harvick has moved up to #2, but the "Magic Number" for Matt Kenseth vs Kevin is still at 10. If Matt finishes 10th or better the rest of the way (and he has 22 of those this season in 28 races) then Kevin can't catch him. Our mathematically eliminated line has now moved up to 27th & below. Jeremy Mayfield (25th to 22nd) made the best move forward today. Four drivers fell two spots each.(Stock Car Fans Winston Cup Newsletter)(9-21-2003)

  • OFFICIAL - no racing back to the yellow flag:
    See the news, the rules and a NASACR Q&A/Transcript regarding the new rule on my Caution Rule 2003 page

  • Lineups for the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway at:
    ThatsRacin.com [#18-Labonte and #97-Busch need to flipped flopped as they are tied in owners points, Busch starts ahead if Labonte 4 wins to 1];
    NASCAR.com or
    Motorsports One.(9-16-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice is over at Dover for the MBNA America 400. The fastest were #8-Earnhardt Jr. at 152.652 and #2-Wallace at 152.349, the rest of the top 10 were: #'s 12,23,38,32,19,20,25,5. Slowest were #37-Cope at 146.074 and #1-Andretti at 147.656. No speed for #02-Sadler. No word of any accident or incidents.
    See speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(9-20-2003)

  • First Practice at Dover International Speedway is over. The fastest were #48-Johnson at 153.374mph and #20-Stewart at 153.055, the rest of the top 10 are #'s 12,97,25,29,8,16,38,2. Slowest are #37-Cope at 143.261 and #02-Sadler at 146.867. #32-Craven lost an engine in practice, so he will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag, he was to start 22nd.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(9-20-2003)

  • To the Back: #32-Ricky Craven with an engine change during the first practice Saturday. Will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.(9-20-2003)

  • Qualifying for Cup and Busch CANCELLED = STARTING Lineup links: NASCAR has canceled qualifying for the Busch and Winston Cup events at Dover International Speedway as part of a contingency plan implemented due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Isabel. Starting lineups will be based on owner points standings. Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for Saturday's Stacker 200. Matt Kenseth will be in the front for Sunday's MBNA America 400. Also cancelled was the Busch North Series race which will not be rescheduled.(ThatsRacin.com), current plans have the Busch Series practicing for one hour at 8:00am/et on Saturday, followed by a 1:15 Cup practice at 11:15am, the Busch race at 1:00pm/et, with Cup Happy Hour after the Busch Series race [approc 3:30pm/et](NASCAR PR)
    SO the field will be by the rulesbook or current OWNERS POINTS, with the top 35 in owners points, the set by team attempts [tie broken by owners points position], also see my Provisional Land page for standings and attempts. So the first 41 teams in owners points would make the race, #37-Cope would be 42nd with 19 attempts, the #02-Hermie Sadler with 13. Missing the race would beL #50-Foyt [8 attempts], #89-Shepherd [4], #79-Bigley Jr.[3], #27-Wimmer [2], #44-Fittipadli [2] and #71-Sauter.(9-16-2003)
    Lineups at ThatsRacin.com [#18-Labonte and #97-Busch need to flipped flopped as they are tied in owners points, Busch starts ahead if Labonte 4 wins to 1], NASCAR.com - Winston Cup or Motorsports One.(9-16-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Dover: At least we didn't have to sit around and watch the raindrops fall today, Isabel took care of that for us. With the onset of a hurricane, NASCAR decided (and you can bet it wasn't a hard decision to make) that we should line up by points this weekend....and a cheer was heard from just about everybody starting in spots 38-43! Those hisses are coming from the #12 team and Ryan Newman. The only other time we got rained out of quals this year was at NHIS in July. As he did at that time, Matt Kenseth will lead us to green on Sunday for the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Martinsville in April.
    Kevin Harvick (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at The Brickyard in August.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Lining up by points left six teams disappointed, but at least they saved the expense of a trip and that pesty tire bill. Missing the field were: Larry Foyt, Scott Wimmer, Morgan Shepherd, Billy Bigley, Christian Fittipaldi (scheduled to be in the #44 this weekend), and Tim Sauter.
    I won't say we didn't see it coming. NASCAR decided yesterday to end the practice of racing back to the yellow....mostly because they told us they would if the driver's couldn't hash it out themselves. So, after proving repeatedly that drivers are not gentlemen (and maybe that shouldn't be expected anyway), NASCAR has stepped in. We'll get full details by tomorrow, but it's gonna be interesting to see how they handle the latest pit problems.
    I'm sure we'll here some complaints about the changes, but it probably had to come (and this coming from somebody who didn't like it when they instituted the pit-road speed limit back at the start of the 1991 season). But, in retrospect, it's maybe the safest thing NASCAR ever did for the over the wall gang. I was at Atlanta Motor Speedway that November day in 1990 when we lost Michael Rich (Bill Elliott's rear tire changer), and I've never forgotten it. We've come a long way since then, and we're gonna have to continue to evolve if we're gonna keep this sport where it belongs. Good Luck, Brian France.....you've got major shoes to fill.(Stock Car Fans)(9-20-2003)

  • Entry List link is up for the MBNA America 400 at Dover. Big car count at present for Dover. 51 teams/drivers are listed, including #02-Hermie Sadler, Kevin Lepage is listed in the #4, #27-Scott Wimmer, #37-Derrike Cope [with the fans scheme], #43 has Jeff Green in the car and Christian Fittipaldi is in the #44 Petty Dodge, #71-Tim Sauter, #79-Billy Bigley Jr. [although after the last race they missed the owner was thinking about skipping Dover], another #79[179]-Rich Bickle [if both 79's make the race this team would have to switch numbers], #89-Morgan Shepherd and #91-Shane Hmiel in a third Evernham Dodge. Three teams are out of provisonals: #4-Lepage, #43-Green/Fittipaldi and #49-Schrader. See the links above.(9-15-2003)
    DOWN TO 49: #179-Rich Bickle and #91-Shane Hmiel have been lopped off the entry list, so we are down to 49 teams/drivers entered, 46 are eligible for a provisional, so they would be charged unless 3 more teams drop out.(9-16-2003)

  • Top 10 Championship Comebacks: see the whole list compiled on my Stats and Stats Links page

  • Best 25 Over Last Six Races from NASCAR.com.

  • 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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • Dover Motorsports for Sale? In the last six years, the auto racing business at Dover Downs has swelled from a one-track enterprise to the third-largest auto racing company in the United States. That growth has attracted the attention of potential buyers for Dover Motorsports. And the timing for an acquisition could be right. All of the other Delaware-based businesses the late John Rollins Sr. founded or took public have been sold. Last year, Dover Downs management split the auto racing operations from the slot machine and harness racing businesses, which made the auto racing business easier to sell. Henry B. Tippie, the Austin, Texas-based chairman of Dover Motorsports' board declined to comment. Rollins' widow, Michele Rollins, was out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Other Rollins family members who are shareholders did not return calls seeking comment. They include John Rollins Jr., Jeffrey Rollins, and Rollins' Atlanta-based nephews Gary and R. Randall Rollins. Dover Motorsports chief Denis McGlynn declined to discuss whether the company was in talks over a possible sale.
      In 1997, Dover Downs bought Nashville Speedway USA. The next year Dover bought the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Calif., which also included tracks in St. Louis and Memphis. In 2002, it added a Grand Prix race in Denver, and, in February, held its first Grand Prix race in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those acquisitions have made Dover Motorsports the third-largest operator of auto racing tracks, behind International Speedway and Speedway Motorsports. In 2002, in an effort to attract more interest from investors, Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. spun off the casino and horse racing operations into a separate company. The auto racing operation became Dover Motorsports Inc. Dover Motorsports has yet to capture investors' attention. Only a handful of Wall Street analysts cover the company, and the stock prices have languished.(more at the Delaware News Journal)(9-20-2003)

    • Dover and Lights update: Denis McGlynn expects to flip a switch that will illuminate Dover International Speedway and usher in a new era of night racing at the track, possibly within two years. McGlynn, the president and CEO of Dover's speedway, said it is only logical that the track follow the trend started by Bristol, and then embraced by Charlotte, Richmond and Daytona. Darlington Raceway is installing lights and will run the Southern 500 at night for the first time Nov. 14 next year. California Speedway will run a night race next Labor Day weekend. "I expect lights will happen at Dover," McGlynn said. "We don't have a timeline on it right now. But NASCAR has let us know there is a general inclination by the television networks to go with later starts and evening races. It will not happen this year or next year. But I would expect to see it at some point in the future." Dover is studying how much it would cost to light the track. It cost $2.5 million to light Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, which is owned by Dover Motorsports. McGlynn said it likely would cost more to install a lighting system at Dover because the grandstands almost encircle the one-mile oval. Plus, parking lots around the track would have to have lights. He estimated it would take six months to install them. Jim Hunter, vice president of NASCAR, said the sport would like to keep many of its traditional Sunday afternoon races. "I don't think that there's going to be a wholesale change to night racing," Hunter said. "I think there's going to be some select events that we'll do that with. I think what you might see is more day/night events. Television has not indicated that they want a lot of night races. They just want to move them to a little later in the day, which normally leads to better ratings. Dover would be great at night." Another advantage if Dover went to Saturday night races would be that there would be a built-in rain date. If a race is rained out on Sunday, many fans have to work on Monday and cannot return to the race track.(Delaware News Journal)(9-19-2003)

    • Stuff Cancelled/Postponed: Delaware's projected brush with Hurricane Isabel had already forced NASCAR and Dover International Raceway to cancel all on-track activities scheduled for today and Friday. That means Winston Cup qualifying and Busch Series qualifying rounds were wiped out, as well as the MBNA America 150 Busch North Series race scheduled for Friday. Now, the anticipated heavy rain and wind in the region have forced postponements of a pair of other events scheduled for today. The 5th annual NASCAR Racing Collectibles Charity Auction that is held by the Auxiliary of the Milford Memorial Hospital has been called off for tonight. Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty was also scheduled to appear at Milford and Lake Forest High this morning to help promote Georgia- Pacific's Teen Safety 500 safe driving program. Petty's appearance has also been postponed and will be rescheduled.(Delaware News Journal)(9-18-2003)

    • Amtrack to Dover: Seats are still available on the Monster Mile Express Amtrak special train to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in Dover for Sunday. The Monster Mile Express will depart New York's Penn Station on Sunday at 6 a.m., making stops in Newark, N.J.; Trenton; Philadelphia and Wilmington on its way to a 10 a.m. arrival at the racetrack. NASCAR fans from the Washington and Baltimore areas may make a convenient connection by traveling aboard train No. 162 to Wilmington to meet the Monster Mile Express. Train No. 162 will make stops in Washington, New Carrollton, BWI and Baltimore before arriving in Wilmington. Tickets for the Monster Mile Express may be purchased by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Roundtrip fare includes motorcoach transfers between the train and the speedway but does not include a ticket to the race. Call 1-800-441-RACE for race tickets.(Delaware News Journal)(9-18-2003)

    • Tickets and Credential Offices Open at Dover: Dover International Speedway officials have announced that ticket and credential offices will be open on Thursday and Friday, in spite of the fact that there will be no action on The Monster Mile those days. Ticket demand for the race action on Saturday and Sunday is very high and tickets are going quickly for both Sunday's MBNA America 400 Winston Cup race and Saturday's Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race. The ticket office is set to be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. A special ticket office will also be open at Gate 4 just outside the speedway and will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, then from 8 a.m. until the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday. The Will Call office will open Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until the end of the Winston Cup race. The credentials office, located just on the left past the marquee sign entrance to Dover Downs, will be open today (Wednesday) from noon until 5 p.m., It will then be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, or as long as the weather will allow that afternoon. It will then be open on Friday from 6 a.m. (weather permitting) until 5 p.m., then Saturday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Finally, the Infield Media Center will be open on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. to allow media who want to come in and set up shop the opportunity. The IMC will then be open on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m. The Winston Media Center will also have the same hours on Saturday and Sunday and will be closed entirely on Friday. Information about the race weekend will constantly be changed and updated on the Dover International Speedway website at www.doverspeedway.com. Tickets for both the September 21 MBNA America 400 Winston Cup Series race and the September 20 Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race can be purchased by calling 1-800-441-RACE or going to the Dover International Speedway website.(9-17-2003)

    • 'Herman' announces teen help program with Stacker 2: NVE Pharmaceuticals and NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kenny 'Herman' Wallace announced Sept. 9 the launch of a new program designed to teach teen-agers the importance of safe driving and car maintenance. "YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe" program will bring the driver of the #23 Stacker 2 Dodge to high schools in six markets that host Winston Cup races this fall. The markets are Dover, Del.; Charlotte, N.C.; Martinsville, Va.; Atlanta; Rockingham, N.C.; and Miami. Local law enforcement representatives will also participate. Students will sign a promise to practice safe driving. The promise will act as an informal contract between the student and the student's parents. Students that sign the promise will become eligible to win prizes, including a pair of tickets to one of the weekend's races in their area. Wallace will speak to students about safe driving and routine car maintenance. He will draw from his own knowledge as a licensed driver for 24 years and more than 20 years of racing experience. Wallace is also the father of three young daughters, one of them a 16-year-old newly licensed driver. The Race to Bee Safe program also launches a contest in which students can design the trunk art for Wallace's car. One winner will be selected from the six markets. The winning design will appear on Wallace's car in a 2004 Nextel Cup race at the winner's home track. The winner will also receive four VIP tickets to the race and diecast replicas of the No. 23 Dodge, featuring the winning design. YJ Stinger is Stacker 2's extreme energy drink, totally ephedra-free and available in three lightly carbonated flavors: Sinful Citrus, Pounding Punch and Enraged Raspberry. Enraged Raspberry is also available in a Sugar Free formula [and is very tasty]. This product is not intended to be a meal replacement or a dietary supplement. NVE Pharmaceuticals of Newton, N.J., exclusively manufactures, distributes and markets the entire Stacker 2 line of products (The World's Strongest Fat Burner) and YJ Stinger.(Keystone Marketing PR/Stacker2racing.com)(9-10-2003)

    • Dover 2nd 2004 date: being told by readers who got their 2004 Ticket Renewals for Dover International Spedweay's 2nd Cup that the date is September 26th, 2004. That is now 30 of 36 'confirmed' by either the tracks or ticket renewals, see my 2004 UNOFFICIAL Nextel Cup Series Schedule or 2004 Cup Scheduling News/Rumors page.(9-4-2003)

    • Dover, Indy and SMI? Rumor has it that Dover, Indianapolis and Speedway Motorsports Inc. have had talks to somehow combine forces with their current twelve Winston [Nextel] Cup dates and make a greater impact on NASCAR.(Insider Racing News)(6-23-2003)

    • Dover looking to Add Lights? Dover International Speedway might be getting in line to add lights for night racing. John Dunlap, the speedway's public relations director, said during a visit to Tampa this week the track eventually wants to run its September race at night. Dover's two annual races are in June and September, and the September race goes up against three NFL teams: the Philadelphia Eagles [the Jayski team], Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. ``It's something we've talked about,'' Dunlap said. ``The biggest challenge is, not only do you have to light the racetrack, but you also have to light the area around the track and the parking. It's a major undertaking.''(Tampa Tribune)(6-21-2003)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • Stacker 2 cars to run decal: The Station #23 program was developed to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters of Station 23 FDNY (Midtown Manhattan), who were performing their jobs of saving lives when tragedy struck on September 11, 2001. The name of their station is “The Lion's Den.” Through the common grief following September 11th, a special bond was created between Station 23 FDNY and Station 23, Grand Terrace (San Bernardino County FD) in Grand Terrace, California. The two have become “sister stations” and Station 23, Grand Terrace, has since adopted the name “The Lion's Den” in honor of the fallen firefighters. “The Lion's Den” decal being placed on the #23 Stacker 2 Busch and Cup cars feature both "sister stations" and will be included on the team cars throughout the month of September.
      AND Stacker 2 will play host to several celebrities this weekend. In addition to drivers Scott Wimmer and Kenny Wallace, the ever-popular sponsor will entertain Chris “Y2J” Jerrico of the WWE on Saturday. Sunday it is the all-star lineup of HBO’s popular series, The Soprano’s. Guest will include: Vince Curatola, who plays Johnny Sack; Jeff Marchetti, who plays Petey; and Joe Gannascoli, who plays Vito Spatafore. Vince Curatola will sing the national anthem for Sunday’s All America 400. Also, FDNY fire captain John Benedict will be on hand to participate in the pre-race festivities.(Bill Davis Racing)(9-18-2003)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
      #12-Ryan Newman Sony - WEGA Dover - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #21-Ricky Rudd U.S. Air Force Dover - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #23-Kenny Wallace YJ Stinger Dover - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #37-Derrike Cope Friendly's Fan Scheme Dover - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page
      #97-Kurt Busch Commercial Products - Brute Dover - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page


    • Special Scheme for the #12 at Dover: #12-Ryan Newman's paint scheme will be a bit different for this weekend's race. Along with the ALLTEL decals, the #12 Dodge will feature a special design with the Sony Handy Cam logo on the hood and quarter panels.(Tom Roberts PR)(9-18-2003)

    • Herman to run special scheme at Daytona UPDATE: #23-Kenny 'Herman' Wallace will run a special Stacker2 scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona promoting the new energy drink, YJ Stinger. YJ Stinger, the newest energy drink from Stacker 2 [NVE Pharmaceuticals], is set to launch this summer and comes in three flavors: Pounding Punch, Sinful Citrus and Enraged Raspberry.(mentioned by Kenny Wallace in Speed Channel's Inside Winston Cup TV progran)(6-24-2003)
      UPDATE: NVE Pharmaceuticals, the parent company of Stacker 2, "The World's Strongest Fat Burner," has announced it has created special paint schemes for Kenny Wallace and Scott Wimmer in NASCAR events at Daytona International Speedway this weekend and at Dover International Speedway in September. The special schemes will coincide with the launch of new energy drink YJ Stinger, an extension of NVE's current Stacker 2 product line. Kenny Wallace will drive the #23 YJ Stinger Red Dodge in the Winston Cup Series race while Scott Wimmer will pilot the #23 YJ Stinger Green Chevrolet in the Busch Series race. YJ Stinger is a new energy drink that comes in three great tasting flavors: Pounding Punch, Sinful Citrus and Enraged Raspberry. It is scheduled to launch in stores around the country the middle of July. "Stacker 2 is about creating marketing programs that inject enthusiasm for our brands into our consumers, and we know they'll be revved up about YJ Stinger when we unveil the YJ Stinger cars that Kenny and Scott will drive," said Bob Emilian, Vice President of marketing for NVE Pharmaceuticals. "Once we have the fans energized, we'll give them ample opportunities to use up that energy at our interactive exhibits outside the tracks." The YJ Stinger energy drink can be sampled at tracks around the country. Look for the "Splash of Energy" display, scheduled to appear at 12 tracks.(Keystone Marketing), see images of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-2-2003)

    • 12-year-old Connecticut girl wins Ultimate Show-And-Tell: 12-year-old Seneca Tedford visited her local Friendly’s Restaurant in July, and colored and designed a #37 Chevrolet. Her design was picked as the winner from among thousands of entries. The paint scheme and design was the work of the 12-year-old girl as part of a major promotional contest. The race car – with her design – as well as driver Cope, a former Daytona 500 winner, will visit her school, Lebanon Middle School, Thursday morning at 9:30am/et. The actual #37 Friendly’s Chevrolet of driver Derrike Cope that will run in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Raceway in Loudon – will be unloaded in the parking lot. Seneca’s design will be unveiled publicly for the first time, giving her and her schoolmates the first look. Cope and Friendly’s will host an ice cream party immediately afterwards for the entire school. “Hey, she did a great job with her design, and she deserves to show it off,” said Cope, a two-time NASCAR Winston Cup race winner who includes the prestigious Daytona 500 among his major victories. Cope and his Friendly’s Chevrolet team will help Seneca do just that – the team’s huge transporter will stop by Lebanon Middle School at 9:30 Thursday morning and unload the newly-designed car, giving Seneca and her friends an opportunity to see the finished product, meet Cope and his team, and possibly even sit behind the wheel. “We might crank it for her but I don’t think the school would be too happy with us letting her take a couple of laps around the parking lot,” Cope laughed. “This is what Friendly’s is all about – kids and families,” said Pete Bell, Senior Director, Marketing. “We wanted a promotion within our NASCAR sponsorship that really peaked kids' interest, and that enhanced their visit to Friendly's Restaurants. "The results were phenomenal.. Seneca was the winner but thousands of children entered the contest, and were very interested in being a part of our promotion.. Friendly's Ice Cream and its restaurants have always been dedicated to serving families, especially children," Bell continued.. "This contest was a way to involve the entire family, kids and parents, in a wholesome promotion surrounding a wholesome sport." Seneca’s design will certainly be one of the most unique in motorsports history. The Friendly’s Chevrolet at New Hampshire will sport a royal blue base color covered with ice cream cones – strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. The Friendly’s logo and the number 37 will be a tie-dyed design. “I assure you no one has ever seen anything like this on a race track ever before,” Cope said. “It is really going to show up well for the fans in the stands and those watching on national television. I’m excited to be driving it, and I’m grateful to Seneca for the wonderful job she did. To be honest, there were a lot of really good designs and color schemes used by thousands of kids. It was tough to pick just one,” he added. “But this will be one nobody will ever forget.” Seneca has already received $100 worth of Derrike Cope gear as part of her prize package. Additional information on Friendly Ice Cream Corporation can be found on the company’s web site (www.friendlys.com).(Williams Company PR)
      ALSO it is posted on the Derrike Cope site that "Derrike will be announcing his sponsor for the 2004 Winston Cup season on this week's NASCAR This Morning broadcast."[Sunday on Fox Sports Net at 11:00am/et](9-9-2003)

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


    SOME NOTES and NEWS

    • NASCAR to require Cup, Busch, Truck teams to add fuel cell area fire extinuisher: NASCAR officials announced today that all vehicles in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will require an additional fire-extinguishing cylinder solely dedicated to the fuel cell area, effective Aug. 13 but recommended immediately. An automatic, thermally activated discharge nozzle recommended by the manufacturer for this application must activate the cylinder, which is required to be made of DOT-approved metal. The automatic system may have a manual and/or pneumatic override from the driver-activated system. The cylinder must be mounted in the driver's compartment and will attach to a steel bracket welded to the frame and/or roll cage of the vehicle. When discharged, the extinguisher releases Halon in the area of the fire. Halon, a proven and extremely effective fire suppressant, is a liquefied compressed gas that stops the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion. A minimum of 10 pounds of fire extinguishing agent is required in the cylinder for the fuel cell area. In addition to the fire extinguisher cylinder being added for the fuel cell area, NASCAR has enhanced its requirements and specifications for the current on-board driver protection system as well as the fuel cell vent area. The cockpit extinguisher, a manually controlled push or pull knob that activates a fully charged fire-extinguishing pressurized cylinder, now must contain a minimum of five pounds of extinguishing agent. Should the cylinder also be used for fire extinguishing in the engine compartment, it must contain a minimum of 10 pounds of extinguishing agent. The cylinder also must be securely mounted to the frame and/or roll cage, and hose clamps, worm drive clamps and cable ties are not permitted. In addition, all discharge lines and fittings for the cylinders must be steel or steel-reinforced hose although the nozzles may remain aluminum. A maximum length for the neck of the fuel cell check valve vent hose has been set at three inches. By limiting length, it will make the component more impact resistant. The neck connects the fuel cell to the fuel cell vent hose and is located inside the trunk area of the vehicle. To accommodate the maximum neck length standard, fuel cell vent hoses will increase in length from 60 inches to a maximum of 66 inches.(NASCAR PR)(7-30-2003)

    • New Gas Can Rule: Beginning with the July 13 race at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will prohibit teams from throwing or tossing gas cans or gas catch cans over the pit wall during a pit stop. The change was announced in Sunday's prerace drivers' meeting. If a violation happens under caution, the driver will have to restart at the end of the longest line. If it occurs under green-flag conditions, the driver must return to pit road to serve a 15-second penalty. The change is being made to reduce the liklihood of gas spills during pit stops.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)


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