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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO



THE RACE: Ford 400

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



  • Race: Sunday, November 16, 2003 in Homestead, FL

  • TV: NBC - 1:00pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race scheduled for:
    Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00pm/et and again on November 20th at 1:00am/et;
    and a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, November 20th

  • 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: $4,745,672 (was $4,215,766 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    NASCAR.com

  • 2002 Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 116.462mph, started 1st

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Kurt Busch, 2002, 116.462mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Tony Stewart, 2

  • Most Poles - Active Driver/All-Time: 4 races, 4 different drivers

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Mark Martin and Jeff Burton

  • Most Top 10s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton

  • Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002

  • Most Cautions: 6 - Twice, most recently 11/17/2002

  • Most Caution Laps: 41, Twice, most recently 11/17/2002

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 11/14/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 5, 11/14/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 25 - 11/11/2001

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 6 - 11/12/2000

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 11/11/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 35 - 11/12/2000

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, 2000, started 13th

  • Most Lead Changes: 19 - Twice, most recently 11/11/2001

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 12 - 11/17/2002

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 166 - Tony Stewart, 11/12/2000

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 28 - Kurt Busch 11/17/2002


    Practice

  • Practice: Wednesday, November 12th, 9:00am - 12:00noon/et; 1:00 - 5:00pm/et;
    Friday, November 14th, 9:30 - 11:30am/et; and Saturday, November 15th, 8:30 - 9:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 15th, 10:10 - 10:55am/et, LIVE on TV-Speed Channel


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 14th, 9:00am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, November 14th at 1:35pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live and will re-air at 8:00pm/et and at 1:00a,/et on Saturday, November, 15th.
    And live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required).

  • Qualifying Results: on my Ford 400 Qualifying Page

  • 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 [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter [old layout]: Kurt Busch, 154.365, finished 1st


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 1,760 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    OLD LAYOUT
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 72,000

  • Track Homepage: Homestead-Miami Speedway site

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Homestead Ford 400 Race Info Page.


    PAST RACE/POLE WINNERS at Homestead

    RACE WINNERS
    YEAR  CAR#  DRIVER         MANU    STARTED   AVE SPEED
    1999   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac   7th      140.335
    2000   20   Tony Stewart   Pontiac  13th      127.480
    2001    9   Bill Elliott   Dodge     1st      117.449
    2002   97   Kurt Busch     Ford      1st      116.462
    
    POLE WINNERS
    YEAR   POLE WINNER   SPEED     FINISH
    1999   David Green   155.789     22nd
    2000   Steve Park    156.440      8th
    2001   Bill Elliott  155.226      1st
    2002   Kurt Busch    154.365      1st
    

    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Winston Cup Series - Race No. 36 - Ford 400
    NASCAR Busch Series - Race No. 34 - Ford 300
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Race No. 25 - Ford 200
    Homestead-Miami Speedway Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Homestead, Fla.
    Fast Facts for November 13-16, 2003

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 1,500, Right - 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600;
    Truck Series: Left - 350, Right - 350

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6818; Right - D-6820

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi; Left Rear - 30 psi;
    Right Front - 48 psi; Right Rear - 45 psi
    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 24 psi; Left Rear - 24 psi;
    Right Front - 46 psi; Right Rear - 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first-ever time this combination of left- and right-side tires will be used . . . all three series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will compete on the same tires this week . . . in addition to the nearly 5,000 official race-weekend tires (see above), Goodyear brought more than 3,000 tires for teams to test on at Homestead this Monday-Wednesday . . . as on all ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "With durability being one of our main concerns, we brought a very conservative tire recommendation to Homestead, primarily based on the fact that we are dealing with a track that has brand new pavement. In addition to being repaved, Homestead has been completely redesigned with progressive banking, which hopefully will promote a lot of great side-by-side racing this weekend, as we wrap up the 2003 NASCAR season."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $360,000 at Miami-Homestead Speedway 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(11-9-2003)

  • 67 Races since... Leader bonus has been won. It's been 67 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 the Homestead. Should a driver win the bonus, it 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.(11-9-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $5,000 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 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 (Bill Elliott last won the bonus, $20,000 + $10,000 at Rockingham on November 9, 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 included the $20,000 bonus)*
    Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
    Michigan: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Sonoma: Robby Gordon, $25,000 (which included 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
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Kansas: Bill Elliott, $10,000
    Charlotte: Tony Stewart, $85,000 (which included the $75,000 bonus)*
    Martinsville: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Phoenix: Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Rockingham: Bill Elliott, $30,000 (which included the $20,000 bonus)*
    (* won race and bonus)(11-9-2003)


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 Homestead-Miami, FL Area:
Miami Herald
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Florida Today
Naples Daily News
Tampa Tribune
Treasure Coast Palm


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


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
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

  • Labonte wins at Homestead as Elliott cuts tire down with lap to go: #9-Bill Elliott led 189 laps and was on his way to his 45th career win when, with about an half lap left, cut down a right rear tire, allowing 2nd place #18-Bobby Labonte to scoot by and win the Ford 400 at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway while only leading one lap, the last and most important lap. Elliott ended up 8th. #29-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #10-Johnny Benson [in his last race with the #10 and the last race for Pontiac] and #24-Jeff Gordon. #97-Kurt Busch was involved in a lap 5 accident, the team repaired the car and he limped to a 35th place finish, but still fell to 11th in drivers points. #5-Terry Labonte, who finished 15th, got the 10th place in points and will head to the banquet in NYC on Dec 5th. Rookie #42-Jamie McMurray, who started on the pole, finished 9th and officially was named 2003 Rookie of the Year.(11-16-2003)

  • The Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway IS OVER:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:

    #18-Labonte (2)(1 lap led)
    #29-Harvick (6)(11 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (10)(7 laps led)
    #10-Benson (21)(7 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (5)(4 laps led)

    #19-Mayfield (9)(4 laps led)
    #20-Stewart (13)(15 laps led)
    #9-Elliott (20)(189 laps led) - cut a right rear tire down, last lap
    #42-McMurray (1)
    #40-Marlin (41)

    Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (11): #17-Kenseth (out-engine); #1-Andretti(out-engine/overheating); #15-Waltrip (out-accident); #43-Green (out-engine); #00-Skinner (out-accident); #02-Sadler (out-??); #16-Biffle (out-accident); #21-Rudd (out-engine); #0-Burton (out-accident); #6-Martin (out-accident); #12-Newman (out-accident)

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 20 lead changes): #25-Vickers (11 laps led); #2-Wallace (9); #24-Gordon (4); #48-Johnson (7); #7-Spencer (9); #10-Benson (11); #9-Elliott (189 - most led); #19-Mayfield (4); #5-Labonte (1); #29-Harvick (11); #20-Stewart (13); #18-Labonte (1)

    Cautions: 10 for 65 laps

    Caution 10 - Laps 252 - 258: #21-Rudd lost an engine.
    Caution 9 - Laps 242 - 248: #6-Martin got loose while passing #0-Burton, spun around and got together with Burton, both hitting the wall.
    Caution 8 - Laps 209 - 213: #38-Sadler got loose, but recovered, #01-Nemechek checked up and came down and got tapped by #99-Burton, the #01 spun around.
    Caution 7 - Laps 199 - 207: #16-Biffle lost a tire and smacked the turn three wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 141 - 150: #19-Mayfield lost a left rear tire and left debris on the track.
    Caution 5 - Laps 121 - 127: #25-Vickers blew a right front tire and hit the wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 82 - 86: #43-Green lost an engine.
    Caution 3 - Laps 74 - 78: #15-Waltrip had a right front tire blow and smacked the wall.
    Caution 2 - Laps 30 - 34: #17-Kenseth blew an engine.
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 8: #29-Harvick dove down inside and made it 3-wide, lost it and couldn't snap it back fast enough, getting into #12-Newman and #97-Busch, with heavy damage. #18-Labonte and #20-Stewart got into some of the debris with slight damage to the front valance. #1-Andretti has made a few stops after getting into the accident debris. MRN reports that Harvick's spotter had a radio go bad just after the race started and didn't get it working until after the wreck.

    Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead - The Lucky Dog Pack?: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: #90-Hornaday(2), finished 20th
    Caution 9: #4-Lepage, 18th
    Caution 8: #30-Park(2), 19th
    Caution 7: #21-Rudd, 31st
    Caution 6: #30-Park, 19th
    Caution 5: #90-Hornaday, 20th
    Caution 4: #23-Wallace, 22nd
    Caution 3: #32-Craven, 29th
    Caution 2: #99-Burton, 14th
    Caution 1: none a lap down

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    ----- Eight cars pitted during the 9th caution, including #20-Stewart, plus #'s 99,54,30,01,14,30,5,21.
    ----- #2-Wallace was blackflagged for jumping the re-start after the 8th caution.
    ----- #21-Rudd is smoking just before the 7th caution, got the Lucky Dog lap.
    ----- looks like all 20 lead lap cars came in during the 7th caution.
    ----- NASCAR waved #19-Mayfield past the pace truck as when the tire came down and he was not a lap down when they froze the field when the yellow was thrown.
    ----- on lap 135, #32-Craven had a tire go down and had to pit, lost a lap.
    ----- right after the 5th caution re-start #31-Gordon slowed up, his transmission is jumping out of gear and is in the pits.
    ----- everyone came in to pit during the 5th caution. #29-Harvick got out first.
    ----- on lap 116, #97-Kurt Busch is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car, trying to get Busch in the top 10 in drivers points.
    ----- on lap 110, #12-Newman is back on the track after the crew made repairs.
    ----- on lap 89, #00-Skinner got high in turn 4 and smacked the wall, but was able to drive the car to the garage and no caution was thrown.
    ----- looks like all the leaders came into put during the 3rd caution, #9-Elliott was first off pit road.
    ----- right after the green flag following the 2nd caution, #2-Wallace and #48-Johnson got together and Johnson had a left side tire go down and had to pit, losing a lap.
    ----- #99-Burton had a tire going down, just before the 2nd caution, but got the Lucky Dog pass and is still on the lead lap.
    ----- #25-Vickers and #88-Jarrett made contact on pitroad during the 2nd caution
    ----- looks like everyone pitted during the 2nd caution, #9-Elliott and #7-Spencer only took fuel and started up front.
    ----- many drivers made pitstops during the first caution: #'s 1,41,54,5,88,18,20,40,32,0,17,9,99,8,38,29.

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Homestead?
    #42-McMurray, finished 9th
    #18-Labonte, 1st
    #25-Vickers, 34th
    #12-Newman, 37th
    #24-Gordon, 5th
    #29-Harvick, 2nd
    #97-Busch, 36th
    #01-Nemechek, 17th
    #19-Mayfield, 6th
    #48-Johnson, 3rd

  • TOP TEN [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Homestead:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 5022 [CLINCHED the Championship]
    #48-Jimmie Johnson,4932, -90
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.,4815, -207
    #24-Jeff Gordon,4785, -237
    #29-Kevin Harvick,4770, -252

    #12-Ryan Newman,4711, -311
    #20-Tony Stewart,4549, -473
    #18-Bobby Labonte,4377, -645
    #9-Bill Elliott,4303, -719
    #5-Terry Labonte,4162, -860

    #97-Kurt Busch,4150, -872
    See full standings at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(11-16-2003)

    Race Results at
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(11-16-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Homestead: We had a "Yogi-ism" come true today.....it's not over till it's over. If you left Homestead-Miami Speedway after mile 399 of today's Ford 400, you don't know who won. Bill Elliott came up with a flat right rear coming off turn 2 of lap 267 and Bobby Labonte (who was urged by Fatback not to give up) passed the Awesome One for the win. Bobby led just that one final lap today....but it was good enough for his second victory of the season (he won at Atlanta in March) and the 21st of his Winston Cup (can't say that much longer) career. This moves him into a tie with Bennie Parsons and Jack Smith for 26th on the all-time win list.
    Labonte's win bumps Kevin Harvick and the #29 from the Winners Circle program for next year. For that matter, had Elliott held on another mile or so, the #9 team would have been on that plan. Kevin Harvick (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Darlington in September. Kevin was a bridesmaid six times this season.
    #10-Johnny Benson (4th) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham in November of 2002.
    #14-Larry Foyt (16th) had his career-best finish today....by a mile! His previous best was 28th three times this season.....at Dover in June and at Phoenix and Rockingham the last two weeks.
    #90-Ron Hornaday Jr had his best finish since he was 18th at Martinsville in October of 2001 (only 8 races).
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
    Tony Stewart has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races. Bill Elliott has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    #25-Brian Vickers led a lap today for the first time in his Cup career. That brings us to 48 different drivers to lead a lap this season vs 46 last year.
    The Rookie Report: Jamie McMurray (9th....and named Rookie of the Year during the race.....what happened after the drop of the green flag?) is the top-finishing Freshman for the 21st time this season. He was followed by: Tony Raines (13th), Larry Foyt (16th), Casey Mears (27th), and Greg Biffle (35th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Sterling Marlin (+31), followed by Todd Bodine (+23), Jeff Burton (+22), and Kenny Wallace (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-33), followed by Brian Vickers (-31), Kurt Busch (-29), Mike Skinner (-22), and John Andretti (-20). Newman wrestled the BD title here at the final event (he had 5 of 'em this season), while our Champion Matt Kenseth was the leader in Ops (5 also).
    That lap 5 accident cost Ryan Newman $295K today....that's the difference between 4th and 6th in the final points payoff. Kurt Busch also missed out on a chance to finish in the Top-10 and get a stage appearance. Jamie McMurray (15th to 13th) was the only multi-position mover on the up side today....Ryan Newman (4th to 6th), Michael Waltrip (13th to 15th) and Greg Biffle (18th to 20th) each fell two spots.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(11-16-2003)

    Jayski's Homestead Qualifying / Starting Grid page

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (11-14-2003)

  • To the back: no wrecks, no engine changes.....that I have heard about, so at this point, no one to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag Sunday for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(11-15-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice - was early today: Happy Hour practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is OVER.
    The fastest were: #12-Ryan Newman at 178.247mph and #0-Ward Burton at 177.299, followed by the #'s 20,10,15,24,42,16,9,8.
    Slowest were: #23-Kenny Wallace at 171.559 and #21-Ricky Rudd at 173.221.
    #97-Busch and #99-Burton both scaped the turn 4 wall and pankcaked the sides of their cars, but not serious damage.
    See speeds at Thatsracin.com.(11-15-2003)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice is over for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The fastest were #12-Ryan Newman at 179.497mph and #29-Kevin Harvick at 179.342, the rest of the top 10 were #'s 15,2,42,20,10,48,22,9. Slowest were #32-Ricky Craven at 172.183 and #23-Kenny Wallace at 173.127.
    See speeds at ThatsRacin.com.(11-15-2003)

  • McMurray wins first pole of career: #42-Jamie McMurray won the pole for the Ford 400 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway with a track record of 181.111mph [24.671mph faster then the old flat track layout of 154.440]. It is McMurray's first ever Bud Polem the 15th pole sitter of 2003 and now 22 drivers eligible for the 2004 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. #18-Bobby Labonte and #25-Brian Vickers were tied for 2nd at 180.729mph, Labonte gets the outside pole since he is higher in OWNERS POINTS. The other top five drivers are #12-Ryan Newman and #24-Jeff Gordon. Nice run by #14-Larry Foyt, who starts 12th, his best career start, the Foyt Racing team is running an Evernham car and engine [the engine is normal] and the team may not be back in 2004. Drivers missing the race include #49-Ken Schrader abd #45-Kyle Petty. See my Jayski's Homestead Qualifying/Grid Page for all the qualifying speeds, who took provisionals [Earnhardt Jr. and Kenseth] and what five drivers missed the race.(11-14-2003)

  • Friday Practice at Homestead for the Ford 400 is over. The fastest were #24-Jeff Gordon at 182.408mph and #29-Kevin Harvick at 181.421. The rest of the top 10 were: #'s 6,42,18,12,2,25,97,31. Slowest were #78-Rich Bickle at 169.630 and #32-Ricky Craven at 171.038.(NASCAR.com Trackpass)
    See speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(11-14-2003)

  • Old Homestead track record at the old flat layout was 156.440mph set by Steve Park in 2000, the fastest current practice speed is 182.408, so that is an increase of 25.968mph. That speed makes Homestead the 10th fastest current track of the 23 in the Cup Series. It was the 16th fastest and slowest 1.5 mile oval track on the circuit.(11-14-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up, 48 drivers/teams are listed. First driver scheduled out is #10-Johnny Benson, last driver due out is #97-Kurt Busch. See above for the links.(11-14-2003)

  • Cope in the #79? Entry List: a tenative entry list sent out by HMS has Derrike Cope listed as the driver of the #79 Arnold Motorsports Dodge for the Ford 400 at Homestead. The #37 Chevy Cope owns and drives is listed but with the driver TBD. Also listed is Ron Hornaday in a 4th Richard Childress car, the #90 Chevy. 48 drivers are listed including #60-Kyle Busch, #09-Mike Wallace and #00-Mike Skinner.(HMS PR)(11-10-2003)
    Entry List for the Ford 400 is posted. 47 drivers are listed including #09-Mike Wallace, #60-Kyle Busch, #79-Derrike Cope and #90-Ron Hornaday. The #37 Chevy is not listed on the NASCAR.com entry list. See the link(s) above.(11-10-2003)
    Up to 49: add #179-Rich Bickle [Chevy owned by John Conley] and #02-Hermie Sadler to the entry list.(11-11-2003)
    Down to 48: as the #60 withdrew when the car was confiscated by NASCAR and they didn't have a backup.(11-13-2003)
    Still 48 however, the #179 of Rich Bickle is being listed as #78 now.(11-14-2003)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

  • 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

    • Drivers looking for reference points/lanes at Homestead: No matter how much drivers like the new banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway -- and seldom has been heard a discouraging word in the first two days of Ford Championship race week -- it's inevitable that someone would find something to suggest as an improvement. Which brings up the subject of lane lines -- specifically, the track's lack of them. The track's new asphalt, put down when the surface was rebuilt to increase banking in the corners from 6 degrees to a combination of 18, 19 and 20 degrees, is very dark. That makes it hard to see the rubber being laid down by cars and trucks in the first two days of testing. The rubber gives the drivers a visual aid for finding the groove, the best way around the oval, Busch Series drivers said Tuesday. "The track is really black, and you're used to a gray asphalt out here," Ron Hornaday said. "It's very hard to see and position yourself where you're at on the racetrack," David Green said. Hornaday and Green said they believe Homestead officials will paint lane lines on at least part of the track before the weekend's races. Track President Curtis Gray, however, indicated drivers shouldn't count on having lines for Friday's Craftsman Trucks race, Saturday's Busch Series race or Sunday's Winston Cup race. "I don't know if we're going to be able to do anything that drastic this weekend, but we'll look at it," Gray said. Lane lines -- similar to those on highways -- used to be common on racetracks, a few of which still use them, mostly in corners. Tracks that have or used to have lines include Talladega, Martinsville, Charlotte, Rockingham, Richmond, Pocono and Texas. While several drivers said lane lines would be beneficial, none indicated that they are an urgent necessity. "Once you pick out some references on the outside of the racetrack I don't think it's that big of a deal," Kevin Harvick said.(Palm Beach Post)
      AND One complaint shared by many of the drivers on Wednesday was a lack of markings on the new asphalt surface or on the surrounding concrete walls. "They need to put a bright white stripe around the bottom," Ricky Rudd said. "Even if they just came around and put a couple of dots on the racetrack, at least until you get to the center of the corner, I think it would help you see a better race on Sunday." Dale Jarrett agreed. "We probably need some hash marks there, or something to go by," Jarrett said. "Then, if we could just get some lines on the wall to where you've got an idea where you're at, that would help a little bit."(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(11-13-2003)

    • Serena Williams named honorary starter for Ford 400: Tennis superstar and South Florida resident Serena Williams has been named honorary starter and will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Winston Cup Ford 400 on Sunday, November 16 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. As the honorary starter for the Ford 400, Williams will wave the green flag for a history-making race as 33 years of Winston's sponsorship of NASCAR's premier series come to a close with NEXTEL taking over the series sponsorship in 2004. Moreover, Williams will greet the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series during pre-race driver introductions. "I love NASCAR racing," Williams said. "After attending the Daytona 500, I became addicted to the sport... It's so exciting. I'm honored to be waiving the green flag at the Ford 400. It's a dream come true, and I can't wait!"
      "We are delighted to have Serena as the honorary starter for the Ford 400 and we're proud that she'll be participating in Ford Championship Weekend here in her own backyard.," Gray said. "What a weekend of champions as Serena and Florida Marlins star Jeff Conine, who was recently named honorary race chairman, join NASCAR's champions from past and present here at Homestead-Miami Speedway."(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

    • National Anthem at the Ford 400: Two-time Grammy award-winning recording artist Jon Secada, a South Florida music icon, will perform the National Anthem at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway prior to the Ford 400 finale for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

    • Homestead is SAFER: Along with the track reconfiguration project that has increased Homestead-Miami Speedway's banking to 20-degrees, the speedway has installed the SAFER barrier at the facility. The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway will become the first high-banked track to install the SAFER barriers on the outside retaining walls. The barriers are placed from the entrance of turn one until the exit of turn two and again at the entrance of turn three until the exit of turn four. The SAFER wall technology consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks that is installed in front of the track's traditional cement walls. The process consists of ordering the specific materials, bending of the steel tubing to fit the radius of the track's corners, shipment and installation.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

    • Jeff Conine named Honorary Race Chairman: World Series champion Jeff Conine of the Florida Marlins has been named Honorary Race Chairman for the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale race on Sunday, November 16 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Honorary Race Chairman, Conine will greet each of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers as they are introduced during pre-race ceremonies and also ride along in the official pace car of the Ford 400. "Coming off this year's World Championship run, I'm psyched to now help crown the next champions to come through South Florida," said Conine. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan and having personally driven a Winston Cup racecar at Homestead-Miami Speedway, I realize what kind of athletes these NASCAR drivers are." Conine will also be heard in the track's radio advertisements encouraging fans in South Florida to attend Ford Championship Weekend featuring the season finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series November 13-16.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-11-2003)

    • Open Practice at Homestead this week:
      Ford Championship Weekend has arrive, along with the debut of the newly reconfigured 20-degree racing surface. The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway track reconfiguration project, estimated to cost in excess of $10 million, was designed through advanced computer technology never before available to build a racetrack. The project involved increasing the track's banking to a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative variable-degree banking system. With the variable banking system, the degree of banking increases progressively from the bottom to the top of each turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there is 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle and 20 degrees at the top. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the track. The track will hold open practice for each of the NASCAR Series that will race there this weekend, the schedule is:
      Monday, November 10, 9:00am-12:00noon; 1:00-5:00pm/et, Truck Series
      Tuesday, November 11th, 9:00am-12:00noon; 1:00-5:00pm/et, Busch Series
      Wednesday, November 12th, 9:00am-12:00noon; 1:00-5:00pm/et, Cup Series
      On Tuesday, November 11 [Veteran's Day], the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway will conduct its own Veteran's Day tribute at the track. All military personnel will be admitted free to the day's activities, which will include the NASCAR Busch Series open practice. During the on-track lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00pm/et, there will be a special tribute to POW/MIA veterans on the track.(11-10-2003)
      AND These test sessions, not chargeable to the teams, will allow the teams to get acquainted with the dramatically new layout of the southern-most auto racing track in the United States. Explaining his domain, WC director John Darby said of the upcoming session, “We tried to make everything surrounding Wednesday feel, smell and touch like an open test for the teams as we possibly can. There will be a big part of NASCAR that will be invisible that day. We won’t have inspection equipment set up. Other than helping to manage some of it from an operation standpoint, like parking trucks, we’ll be invisible. The teams will be able to use all the telemetry that they want to bring with them,” Darby added. “A lot of teams I might expect to bring a ’04 car down. The goal or the purpose of it is to make it as similar to an open private test as we can for the teams.”
      Goodyear is supplying a staggering 7,600 tires for both the test session and Ford Championship Weekend events. The tire, specified by Goodyear, will be the newest generation race tire and marks that start of the use of new high technology tire.(Ford Racing)(11-10-2003)

    • Tire Testing at Homestead UPDATE 3: NASCAR has picked [2004 Cup] rookie Scott Wimmer and Johnny Benson for Goodyear's Homestead tire test. The choice of Wimmer has raised eyebrows in the Winston Cup garage because Bill Davis' new driver has virtually no Cup experience. Goodyear is under the gun - it will have to pick the Homestead tire before the test. But Goodyear was on the mark at Chicago and Kansas City when they opened two years ago.(Winston Salem Journal)
      UPDATE or is it Blaney? or all three? #77-Dave Blaney is scheduled to do the Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 28-29. Blaney will be the only Cup driver to run on the reconfigured track before an open test session two days before qualifying there Nov. 14.(News and Record)(10-18-2003)
      AND other reports I have heard have it being Wimmer and Benson, Benson is for sure as he missed IWC to head down to Homestead after the race at Atlanta on Monday.
      UPDATE 2: Dave Blaney and the #77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Racing Team made a brief stop in the Carolina's before departing Tuesday morning at 5:30am to head to Miami for the Goodyear tire test.(10-28-2003)
      UPDATE 3: You would think that a driver who won at a Speedway might not be in favor of it being torn up and re-configured into a completely new racetrack. Not so with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Scott Wimmer, who won the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wimmer and fellow NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Johnny Benson and Dave Blaney were at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway today in a Goodyear Tire Test, becoming the first drivers to test on the track's new surface featuring 20-degree, variable banking.
      "I think it's a big improvement," said Wimmer of the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It's a lot different. I've already driven a couple of different lines out there and there are a couple of different ways around the track. The high side seems real good and so does the middle groove. I'm excited about coming back. The more rubber we get down and the more time we get on the track, it will have a lot of grooves and should be really good for racing."
      Benson and Blaney agreed with Wimmer's assessment of the new track.
      "I'm really impressed with it, although it still doesn't have any rubber on it since we're the first ones here," said Benson. "This place will become really fast and I'm sure you'll see two-wide racing."
      "I think we all like it," said Blaney. "I can't really compare it to any other track since it kind of has its own personality. Right now, it's got more of a middle groove than I thought it would. I thought we'd be running predominately on the bottom, but we really aren't. So far, it looks great. It's a cool track. It'll be a great show for the fans and that's what matters."
      The drivers will continue the Goodyear tire test tomorrow [Wed, Oct 29th] before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series return for their respective series finales during Ford Championship Weekend November 13-16 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Open practice for all drivers begins Monday, November 10 with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, followed by the NASCAR Busch Series on Tuesday, November 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on Wednesday, November 12.(HMS PR)(10-29-2003)

    • Earnhardt Jr. checks out Homestead: NASCAR Winston Cup superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr. visited the newly re-configured Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday to preview Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 13-16, 2003. It was the first time any driver had seen the newly re-configured track that features 20 degrees of progressive banking. Earnhardt Jr. predicts that the track will soon become a driver and fan favorite on the NASCAR circuit. Below is a transcript from Tuesday's press conference.
      DALE EARNHARDT JR'S INTIAL IMPRESSION OF THE NEW HOMESTEAD-MIAIM SPEEDWAY: "I've taken a few good laps (in a passenger car) and have gotten an idea what it will be like to enter the corners here. There will be a lot more opportunities for passing. It's amazing. I can't even believe that it's the same place. I think Homestead-Miami will quickly become one of the favorite tracks for all of the guys on the circuit. I know a lot of the guys are excited about it and I know I'm excited to be here to check it out. I expect my phone to be ringing off the hook when I get back to the house."
      ON THE COMMITMENT OF HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY MANAGEMENT:
      "It's unprecedented to have such a reconstructive project on a facility that was already in such good shape. It's pretty impressive what they've done here. It says a lot about their willingness to put out a good product for this market. I really appreciate what they've done here. They've improved the track and put the SAFER barriers in. It says a lot about the class of the management here and their willingness to put together such a great racetrack. What they've done here is amazing. I can't wait to get into a racecar and go around it."
      ON TURNS THREE AND FOUR: "I think that side of the track will be a little racier. I think you'll see the second groove in turns three and four come in the quickest. The back straightaway is higher than the front straightaway. It'll be as comfortable to drive into the middle groove or the top groove as it will to go to the bottom. Since the asphalt is new, we'll go to the bottom first since that's where all the grip will be. But as the race goes along and as the weekend goes along, we'll move up the cars up racetrack to loosen the cars up a bit. Turns three and four remind me a lot of Atlanta, which is one of the only corners on the whole circuit where you can race four wide through there intentionally. That's one of my favorite tracks and this is as close as you can get to it without the dogleg.
      You're going to see wider racing through the entrance and especially the exits of the corners. There are several ways you can enter and exit the corner, at least that's what it looks like without being in a racecar. The faster guy will have an opportunity to pass and you really didn't have that before because it was such a one-groove racetrack."
      ON TURNS ONE AND TWO: "The straightaway is a little bit lower heading into turns one and two, so naturally you'll turn into the corner sooner instead of driving up a hill into the corner. The exit is very, very wide, so I think you'll feed the car out to the wall a lot sooner than you anticipate, so that will create a lot of opportunities for passing. I think we'll be able to acclimate ourselves to the track pretty quickly, especially with that extra day of testing. I think that will help us out a lot. We like having banking because of the extra speed it creates. It's a really big track, so if and when that top groove comes in, which I think it will, that'll just about be full throttle lap. You might be able to run wide open right now with the new asphalt on the bottom. That remains to be seen, but you might be able to do it with barely cracking the throttle in the corners."
      DALE EARNHARDT JR. EXPLAINS VARIABLE (PROGRESSIVE) BANKING:
      "The progressive (variable) banking will allow the guy behind you to have a lower lane to pass. For a driver, the way it works is that you put one tire on one part of the banking and one tire on another part of the banking to change the handling of the car. Having the banking is actually an advantage if your car is not handling right. If I drive down into the corner and my car is too tight (under steer) on the bottom, I can put the right rear tire up on the steeper banking and give it spring rate and put the left front tire on the flatter banking to make the car turn. It de-wedges the car. It's all kind of technical, but it's kind of simple if you think about it. You'll see guys move around. You won't see guys run the same line lap after lap. Some guys will handle differently in different parts of the racetrack and they'll have to adjust for that."(Homestead Miami Speedway site)(10-15-2003)

    • Racing Surface Complete At The New Homestead-Miami Speedway: The racing surface of the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway with 20-degree, variable banking in the turns was completed Friday under sunny South Florida skies. All that now remains of the Speedway's re-configuration project is the paving of the track's apron and the completion of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier around the turns. The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway will have its racing debut at the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, Nov. 13-16.
      The Homestead-Miami Speedway track reconfiguration project, estimated to cost in excess of $10 million, was designed through advanced computer technology never before available to build a racetrack. The project involved increasing the track's banking to a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative variable-degree banking system. With the variable banking system, the degree of banking increases progressively from the bottom to the top of each turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there is 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle and 20 degrees at the top. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the track.
      The reconfiguration project, with the added banking, came after feedback from race fans asking for more exciting, side-by-side racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As a tribute to the race fans' contribution to this project, the race fans will actually be the first to drive on the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway during Fans First Weekend, Oct. 25-26. To participate in Fans First Weekend, the fans must purchase a ticket to Ford Championship Weekend and contact the Speedway for a registration number.
      In addition to Fans First Weekend, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 7-9, where the public can learn how to drive a NASCAR Winston Cup car on the new Speedway. For more information on the Richard Petty Driving Experience, call 1-800-BE-PETTY.
      NASCAR has mandated that there will be no advance testing prior to Ford Championship Weekend, rather there will be Open Practice dates for each series during race week. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will practice on Monday, Nov. 10; the NASCAR Busch Series will practice on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will practice on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Open Practice dates will be open to the public ($5 general admission ticket). A Goodyear Tire Test, date to be announced, will also take place prior to race week.
      Tickets to the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series, Nov. 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway are still available, but going fast. To order race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com or visit TicketMaster.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(10-10-2003)

    • Homestead Stuff: Inside the Pit Box has a column and many images of the new Homestead-Miami Speedway, see it at Third Time's The Charm! We Visit The New, [Again], Homestead Miami Speedway.(8-18-2003)

    • Stewart Gets a Peak at Homestead: About 45 minutes before midnight on July 7, a dark-haired man in a rental car pulled up to the main gate of Homestead-Miami Speedway, asking the security guard to see the track. The unexpected visitor whipped out an official NASCAR ID card. OK, it was enough for Bruno to at least make a phone call, despite knowing he would probably wake his boss, track vice president of operations Al García. ''Hey, Al,'' Bruno said. ``You'll never believe this, but I've got Tony Stewart here. I swear. I have his ID.'' García, who indeed had been sleeping, was ''shocked'' and not exactly convinced. He asked Bruno to put the man claiming to be the defending Winston Cup champion on the phone. The voice on the other end said: ``Hey Al, I'm coming back from the Keys and can't get on my plane for another hour or two." Stewart went on to explain that he had been scuba diving in Key Largo (on the day after the Pepsi 400 in Daytona Beach) and needed 12 hours to decompress between diving and flying. So, since he still had time to kill and just happened to be in the neighborhood, Stewart figured he would drop by to see how the $10 million reconfiguration project to add 18 to 20 degrees of banking was progressing. García was now convinced, and a few minutes later the champion driver and the security guard were driving around the apron of the 1.5-mile oval in the dark in Stewart's rental car. Stewart said Tuesday it was difficult to see much with only the headlights of his car, ``but it looked like they did a lot of work in a short amount of time. From what the guy told me, they are going to put up one more foot of dirt and then start paving. I'm excited to see what it's going to be like.'' When told that the computer simulation done by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. shows that there will be three distinct racing grooves on the track, which will have unique variable banking, Stewart was about as convinced as García was when he first heard that Stewart was at his track at midnight. ''We'll see,'' Stewart said. 'I hope it's not like the Dynos [short for dynamometer, a machine that measures an engine's horsepower]. A Dyno will say this motor is better and we should win and then when we don't, the guys will say, `But the Dyno said we should win.' I've never got a paycheck or a trophy from a Dyno.''(see full story at the Miami Herald)(7-16-2003)

    • Homestead banking to get pre-race testing: The new banking being installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be tested for three days prior to the season-ending Nov. 14-16 weekend featuring NASCAR's three national series. The tentative schedule has Truck teams testing Monday, Nov. 10; the Busch Series is slated for Nov. 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is set for Nov. 12. All three days, there will be two sessions: 9:00am - 12:00noon/et and 1:00-5:00pm/et.(NASCAR PR)(7-16-2003)

    • Drivers to test Homestead.....virtually: Winston Cup drivers won't be allowed to test their cars on the new banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway until the week of the season finale, but they will be able to race the new course on a new computer-program simulator being developed for NASCAR's stock-car teams by Electronic Arts. "This will be the first time ever that the teams will be able to set up a race car on a computer on a track that was computer built - so you can set up a car for a track while that track is still dirt," said Curtis Gray, who runs the track for Bill France Jr.'s International Speedway Corporation. "Or at least it's a good starting point." NASCAR officials spent time at Homestead last week to review progress on the track's reconstruction. Gray said the project, which began in May, 'is right on schedule. In the first five days we had the whole track torn apart, and it took them 22 days to build the actual dirt banking, 55 feet wide.'(Winston Salem Journal)(7-6-2003)

    • Homestead Next with SAFER? during an interviw on TNT's Pepsi 400 at Daytona qualifying coverage, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray was interviewed and said the track plans to install the SAFER barrier, either for the races in November or for the 2004 season.
      AND Homestead-Miami Speedway will get more than just new 20-degree banking during its $10 million reconfiguration project. The 1 ½-mile oval is one of three tracks NASCAR has chosen to have soft walls installed this season as part of its safety study in a ``real-world environment.'' ''We're just waiting on NASCAR for approval of the timing,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said. NASCAR and Gray would like to have the soft walls put in before Ford Championship weekend in mid-November, when NASCAR's top three series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- end their seasons. But it will happen by then only if engineers can quickly design a tethering system that will enable the soft walls to attach properly to the new steep banking. The walls are made of tubing that has to be custom fit to each track.(Miami Herald)(7-4-2003)

    • Now - an open test at Homestead [good move]: first it was NO testing at the soon to be newly configured Homestead-Miami Speedway track, then it was gonna be a few non-title contending teams in a Goodyear tire test, now from NASCAR.com: NASCAR has scheduled an open test date for this fall -- complete with data acquisition systems -- when Homestead-Miami Speedway reopens with reconfigured 20-degree banking. The season finales for NASCAR's three national touring series: Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck, are all scheduled between Nov. 14-16 at Homestead. Cup crew chiefs and car owners were called to small group meetings in NASCAR's office trailer with Winston Cup director John Darby on Saturday and told the schedule for the Ford 400 would include an open test day on Wednesday, Nov. 12 in which the cars would be allowed to run with onboard telemetry systems. Currently, that data acquisition technology is allowed at tests, including NASCAR's Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway in January, but has never been allowed during an event weekend. Winston Cup teams will be allowed to change engines and dismantle their onboard telemetry on Thursday, when Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams are scheduled to begin practice. The standard Winston Cup weekend will begin Friday with practice and Bud Pole Qualifying for the season's 36th [and final] event.(6-8-2003)

    • Some Homestead Facts: Reconfiguring the track and increasing the banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is easier said than done.. Below are some facts relevant to this major construction project at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
      Amount of landfill needed: 4,050,000 cubic feet of landfill - That's enough dirt to cover an eight-story building as large as a football field.
      Weight of landfill: 390,000,000 pounds - That's the equivalent of 112,000 NASCAR Winston Cup cars piled together or 2,437,500 160-pound men.
      Miles driven to transport the landfill:.Approximately 50,000 miles - That's the equivalent of driving 19 times from South Beach to New York City and back, or completing the "Daytona 500" 100 times.
      Truckloads of landfill:.10,000 truckloads - If you were to line up 10,000 dump trucks bumper-to-bumper, they would extend more than 30 miles. That's longer than the distance from Miami to Fort Lauderdale along I-95.
      Amount of fencing: 22 strands of fencing around the 1.5 mile oval - That's the equivalent of 33 miles of fencing, enough fencing to stretch from Homestead-Miami Speedway to South Beach.
      Hours worked:.On-site construction will go on for roughly 18 hours a day, seven days a week.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(5-22-2003)

    • Homestead to Reconfigure: as has been rumored for months ( yes, no, maybe...):
      As part of a major track reconfiguration project, Homestead-Miami Speedway will increase its track banking to a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative variable-degree banking system, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project, estimated to cost in excess of $10 million, began Wednesday with a ceremonial demolition of Homestead-Miami Speedway's Turn Four. The project is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, set for November 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The reconfiguration project with the added banking comes after feedback from race fans, along with drivers, asking for more exciting racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. When complete, the track's banking will be increased from its current six degrees to a maximum of 20 degrees while implementing an innovative, variable banking system. With the variable banking system, the degree of banking is increased progressively from the bottom to the top of each turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there will be 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle, and 20 degrees at the top.. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the track. Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first NASCAR Winston Cup track to be planned and constructed to include this variable banking system. "The new Homestead-Miami Speedway with its variable degrees of banking is being designed to facilitate three competitive racing grooves around the new track," added Gray.. "This innovative design will in turn translate into more exciting, side-by-side racing action for our race fans." Drivers agree that the reconfiguration of Homestead-Miami Speedway will make racing much more exciting at the South Florida track. "The reconfiguration of the track with additional and variable banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is great news," said 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett.. "It should provide for great side-by-side racing and some real excitement for all the race fans who come out to Ford Championship Weekend this November." Tickets for the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series, November 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway are now available to the public.. To order race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com; or visit TicketMaster.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(5-21-2003)

    • Homestead Awaits Cost Analysis: The technological studies are nearly done. Now, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway are waiting for the cost analysis before deciding whether to implement an improvement project that will include adding banking to the 1.5-mile oval. ''As far as the chances of it happening -- we're hopeful we can make it work,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said Monday. ``We're trying for this season.'' Any construction would have to be completed by November, when Homestead hosts the finales of NASCAR's top circuits -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks. Some within NASCAR say Homestead will have to make improvements to its track, the flattest in Winston Cup with only 6-degree banking, to create more exciting racing to keep the season's last race date. Others just say it would be nice.(Miami Herald)(5-20-2003)

    • More on the possible Homestead config: Homestead-Miami Speedway has been maligned by NASCAR fans and drivers for the boring, ''follow the leader'' races it has produced due to the lack of steep banking. But the 1.5-mile, nearly flat oval might soon be revamped. For the past few weeks, engineers have been conducting studies, and input has been gathered from drivers and officials from NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to determine if changes should be made to the speedway that opened in 1995. ''We've got to decide something pretty quickly,'' Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray said. ``If we're going to do something, we've got to get it [construction] done by November. We're getting down to the wire.'' Gray said NASCAR has not demanded changes. Improvements, which most likely would include increasing the banking from 6 degrees to possibly 20 degrees or steeper, and could also include a change of the asphalt surface, would cost the city of Homestead millions, Gray said. North American Testing Company, an international speedway corporation, is spearheading the studies.(Miami Herald)(4-29-2003)

    • Latest on Proposed Homestead Changes: NASCAR officials polled competitors at California on what changes should be made to Homestead for the redesign of that track, which is expected to take place in mid-May. Winston Cup Series director John Darby says proposed changes involve more than just increasing the banking. "The engineers are incorporating compound banking into the track," Darby says. "Instead of taking a straight measurement from the inside line and following it up to the wall, every lane has a slight change in the degree of banking." Although the numbers aren't exact, Darby described the lanes as increasing in banking from 10 to 12 to 14 degrees as they move up the track. It would be similar to the design of Pikes Peak, which allows for three lanes of racing at the same speed. Some drivers believe there will still be a preferred lane.(Sporting News)(4-28-2003)

    • more on the Homestead possible reconstruction: While there is still no official word from Homestead-Miami track executives on just what they're doing, or planning to do, with that flat 11/2-mile track, but now comes word that the track may be radically redesigned with banking as much as 32 degrees. For comparison, Bristol and Talladega are both banked 36 degrees, and Atlanta is banked 24 degrees. Some drivers yesterday said they'd like to see Homestead-Miami redesigned with at least two grooves with different banking, say 28 degrees and 32 degrees, with a smooth transition. Two weeks ago several Winston Cup crew chiefs said they've been told the track will be redesigned with 20-degree banking, which would be a considerable change from the current configuration.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-29-2003)

    • Update on Homestead Reconstruction: Reconstruction of NASCAR's Homestead track is expected to begin soon, according to NASCAR sources, who say that the banking, currently only six degrees, will be increased to 20 degrees for the 11/2-mile facility. Homestead will be the site of the Winston Cup tour's season finale.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-15-2003)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • #60 Confiscated; Team and Busch Withdraw: For the second time this Winston Cup season [the other being the #20 Home Depot Chevy at Texas], NASCAR officials have confiscated a racecar for failure to meet the sanctioning body's template rules. In pre-event inspection Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Ford 400, NASCAR took away Kyle Busch's #60 ditech.com Chevrolet fielded by Hendrick Motorsports when "the car's body dimensions did not meet NASCAR specifications," according to Winston Cup director John Darby. Thus, Kyle, 18, the brother of series regular Kurt Busch, will have to wait to make his Winston Cup debut until next season, as Hendrick Motorsports withdrew his entry after the confiscation. A statement from NASCAR said the discrepancy to the car was sizeable enough that "it could not be repaired at the racetrack in a timely and effective manner, necessitating that it be confiscated." A Hendrick Motorsports spokesperson said the improper dimension was the same "x-measurement" that Tony Stewart's Chevrolet failed earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway, when his car was also confiscated.(NASCAR.com)(11-13-2003)

    • Arnold Motorsports and Cope at Homestead: Arnold Motorsports has agreed to terms for a one race deal with Derrike Cope to pilot the #79 Dodge in the 2004 Season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team has been searching for a replacement driver after splitting ways with driver Billy Bigley Jr. following the Atlanta race. The newly reconfigured Homestead track added banking in the turns throughout the year. The change should have all the teams on a more equal playing field when it comes to notebooks. "Derrike's experience and ability to handle a racecar will be extremely helpful in getting the Arnold Motorsports Team in the race," commented Don Arnold. "With the changes at Homestead, we feel we have an excellent shot to get in the show. Mike Hillman (crew chief) and Derrike are going to have to communicate effectively, the extra practice sessions are going to be valuable."
      "I'm looking forward to and happy that Don asked me to drive the #79 Dodge Intrepid in Homestead," said Derrike Cope. "The team is building and hopefully I can help them out and we will be racing come Sunday at Homestead."(Arnold Motorsports PR)(11-13-2003)

    • Hornaday in 4th RCR car at Homestead: Richard Childress Racing Busch Series driver [and championship contender], Ron Hornaday will drive the #90 Childress Vineyards/RCRRacing.com Chevy in the Nov. 16 Ford 400. Childress Vineyards broke ground in September on its winery facility in Lexington, NC, and current plans call for its first vintage, using grapes from other North Carolina growers, to be available in late 2004. RCR last entered a #90 car when John Andretti drove the AOL 9.0 Optimized/Special Operations Warrior Foundation Chevrolet at Talladega in September, when he started 24th and finished 15th in the EA Sports 500.(RCR PR)(11-11-2003)

    • Elliott Sadler to run the Busch race at Homestead: Elliott Sadler will drive the #35 Team Rensi Motorsports Ford in the Busch series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sadler currently drives the #38 M&M's Ford Taurus in the Winston Cup Series for Robert Yates Racing. Sadler will team with Bobby Hamilton, Jr. who is sixth in points, 89 points behind series leader Brian Vickers. Pioneer Services will serve as primary sponsor for Sadler in the Ford 300. "We are real excited about Pioneer Services coming on board with Team Rensi Motorsports two car effort for Homestead. We have enjoyed our partnership with Pioneer Services this season and look forward to racing the No. 35 Pioneer Services Ford with Elliott Sadler," Rensi said. "Elliott is a talented race car driver and we are working hard to put together a part-time Busch Series effort for him in 2004."(ThatsRacin.com)(11-10-2003)

    • Buckshot at Homestead in the #00? No it will be Mike Skinner: on Michael Waltrip's webiste, they have a webcam, on it is the #00 Bacardi Chevy, not sure if Buckshot Jones will drive this car at Homestead or if it will run, if I hear anything, it will be posted. Jone's has driven for Waltrip in the past at Talladega and Atlanta in the #00 Chevy.
      UPDATE: Mike Skinner will drive Michael Waltrip's #00 Bacardi Chevy at Homestead.(11-10-2003)

    • Some Facts: Kurt Busch has the coveted 10th position in the points going into the final race of the season, with Terry Labonte 56 points behind and Jeff Burton 107 back.
      This is the third straight year that the Cup championship has been won by a former rookie of the year. The other two were Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
      If he does not win at Homestead, Kenseth will be the first driver since Benny Parsons in 1973 with only one win in his championship season.
      Kenseth joins CART's Paul Tracy and NHRA Funny Car star Tony Pedregon in winning championships for Ford this season.(CBS/AP)(11-10-2003)

    • Bigley Out? UPDATE 2: hearing Bill Bigley Jr. and the #79 Arnold Motorsports team have parted ways. no word on the new driver, hearing Homestead is the the next race planned.(10-27-2003)
      UPDATE: been told that Bigley is out at Arnold Motorsports and that Rich Bickle, who tested with the team earlier this year, is one of the drivers on the list, also hearing the team has a new crew chief, Mike Hillman, formerly of Brett Bodine and Foyt Racing.(10-28-2003)
      UPDATE 2: Arnold Motorsports made a tough decision and released Billy Bigley Jr. from the duty of driving the Arnold Motorsports #79 Dodge Intrepid RT in the Winston Cup Series. Don Arnold, Owner of the #79 entry cited a lack of progress to be the determining factor. Arnold Motorsports is still geared to finish the 2003 season with a run at Homestead-Miami Speedway and progress into the 2004 Nextel Cup Series. The team is currently conducting a driver search to fill the void behind the wheel.(Arnold Motorsports PR)(10-28-2003)

    • Hermie Sadler adds to schedule: #02-Hermie Sadler announced today that he will add several NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Busch Series races to his teams schedule for the remainder of 2003. The team is still.searching for sponsorship for 2004. According to Sadler, he.feels his team needs to be visible at the track. "It gets a little frustrating that we are not talked about when people start discussing teams needing sponsors. We would like to run the Busch Series full time in 2004, so we need to show potential sponsors what we can do and that we are available." Sadler will enter NASCAR Winston Cup Series events in Loudon, Dover, Kansas City, Charlotte, Martinsville, Atlanta, Rockingham, and Homestead. The NASCAR Busch Series races planned are Charlotte, Rockingham, and Homestead.(PR)(9-9-2003)

    • See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team and the 2004 Team Chart for next season.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
      #20-Tony Stewart Victory Lap Homestead Victory Lap Page
      #43-Jeff Green Chex Homestead none
      #74-Tony Raines Speed Racer Homestead none


    • Chex on the #43 at Homestead: #43-Jeff Green will have a special paint scheme on the #43 Dodge, a specially-painted Chex look, predominantly Petty Blue scheme and trademark ‘43’.(Williams Company/Petty Racing)(11-13-2003)

    • Victory Lap at Homestead: been sent the image above my many readers and diecast dealers, been told Kenseth will NOT run the scheme at Homestead. The scheduled Victory Lap cars to run at Richard Petty and Tony Stewart, see images of those cars and the rest on my Victory Lap page.
      the PR - Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Richard Petty, along with the reigning Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, will honor Winston's final race as title sponsor of NASCAR's top series with a victory lap tribute prior to Sunday's Ford 400. Petty, also the first champion under the 33 years of Winston's sponsorship will ride alongside Stewart as part of a special "Victory Lap" tribute to honor NASCAR Winston Cup Series champions during R.J. Reynolds' 33-year tenure in the sport. The 2003 NASCAR season is the final for Winston's title sponsorship of NASCAR's top division, which they have held since 1971. Stewart will represent "active" NASCAR Winston Cup champions in the "Victory Lap" tribute. He will drive a specially painted #20 Home Depot Chevrolet alongside the famous #43 Dodge [not Chevrolet] driven by the "King" Richard Petty during pre-race ceremonies.(HMS PR)(11-10-2003)

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


    SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Lucky Dog now gets one pitstop: NASCAR is amending its "Lucky Dog" rule, which allows the first car one lap down to get the lap back when there is a caution. Starting Sunday at Atlanta, a driver who gets a lap back because of the rule can't make a second pit stop during that caution to top off with fuel. Ryan Newman used that strategy in his September win at Dover.(FoxSports/Sporting News), see the rule, past news and info on the rule on my Caution Rule page.(10-20-2003)

    • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

    • New rule for measuring minimum height: NASCAR issued a technical bulletin this week outlining changes in how the minimum height is measured of Winston Cup cars in pre-qualifying and pre-race inspections. Beginning with this weekend's race at New Hampshire, teams presenting cars for inspection of the minimum body height and minimum ground clearance must remove their front shock absorbers before the measurements are taken. The absorbers can be reconnected after the car has passed inspection.(ThatsRacin.com)(9-12-2003)

    • 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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