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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Banquet 400
Winston Cup Race #30 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, October 5, 2003 in Kansas, KS
NOTE: Kansas is located in the Central Time Zone, all times listed here are in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead)
- 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, October 8th at 7:00pm/et and again on October 9th at 1:00am/et;
On Friday, Oct 10th there is a full race re-air scheduled on Speed Channel at 2:00pm/et
- 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: $5,286,510 (was $4,601,173 in 2002)
- Entry List Links: at ThatsRacin.com or Entry List for the race from NASCAR.com
- 2002 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 119.394mph, started 10th
- Track/Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon,, Sept 2002, 119.394mph
- Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
- Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 2001, 110.576mph
- Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Top 5s: 2 - Jeff Gordon [both wins], Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace
- Most Top 10s: 2 - Jeff Gordon [both wins], Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart
- Oldest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 31 years, 1 months, 25 days, Sept 2002
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 30 years, 1 months, 26 days, Sept 2001
- Most Cautions: 13 - Sept 2001
- Fewest Cautions: 11 - Sept 2002
- Most Caution Laps: 70, Sept 2001
- Fewest Caution Laps: 52, Sept 2002
- Most Running at the Finish: 30 - Sept 2001
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - Sept 2002
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, Sept 2002, started 10th
- Most Lead Changes: 19 - Sept 2001
- Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - Sept 2002
- Pit Road Speed: 45mph
- Practice: Friday, October 3rd, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; and Saturday, October 4th, 10:30 - 11:15am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 4th, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 3rd, 11:20am/et
- Qualifying Order: ThatsRacin.com and/or NASCAR.com
- First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 3rd at 4:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live and re-aired at 8:00pm/et and re-aired at 1:00am/et on Saturday, October 4th. And live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required).
- Qualifying Results: on my Banquet 400Qualifying 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: Dale Earnhardt Jr., September 2002, 177.924mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 177.924mph, finished 6th.
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 15 degrees; frontstretch: 10.4 degrees; backstretch: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 2,721 feet; Backstretch - 2,207 feet
- Track Homepage: /www.kansasspeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2002 Oct - Kansas 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-6352; 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 - 48 psi; Right Rear - 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 23 psi; Left Rear - 23 psi; Right
Front - 45 psi; Right Rear - 41 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 Kansas . . . this will be the first time these teams will run this particular combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas . . . this is the third straight year Goodyear has brought this left-side code (D-6352) to Kansas, though this will be the first appearance for this right-side code (D-6372) here . . . in 2003, major NASCAR teams have run this same combination at Charlotte, Dover and Kentucky (Busch and Truck Series only) . . . in addition, teams have run this left-side code with a different right-side code at California (D-6354), Chicago (D-6356), Michigan (D-6354) and Texas (D-6364) . . . teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . 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: "As a new race track ages, the asphalt changes and loses some of its initial grip. Since the inaugural event at Kansas in 2001, we've continued to adjust the right-side recommendation to account for this change. This year we've brought our Charlotte-Dover tire set-up to Kansas, so this will be the fourth race Winston Cup teams have run on this combination in 2003."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $300,000 at Kansas 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(9-28-2003)
- 61 Races since... Leader bonus has been won. It's been 61 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 Kansas. 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.(9-28-2003)
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $70,000 at Kansas. 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
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)(9-28-2003)
Newman wins at Kansas: #12-Ryan Newman won the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, for his 8th win of the year and 9th of his 74 race career [12%]. #9-Bill Elliott, who let the most laps  ended up 2nd, with #19-Mayfield 3rd and #20-Stewart and #24-Gordon rounding out the top five. #17-Matt Kenseth wrecked early in the race, got the car fixed and was able to finish 36th, cutting his points lead to 259 points over Kevin Harvick with 7 races to go.
#12-Newman (11)(27 laps led)
#9-Elliott (8) (115 laps led)
#19-Mayfield (16)(37 laps led)
#48-Johnson (1, to the rear/car change)(19 laps led)
#2-Wallace (5) (23 laps led)
Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)
Off track/out of race (9): #77-Blaney (out-accident); #38-Sadler (out-accident); #32-Craven (out-engine); #97-Busch (out-engine); #15-Waltrip (off-accident); #37-Cope (out-?); #10-Benson (out-accident); #88-Jarrett (out-engine); #40-Marlin (out-fuel);
Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 23 lead changes): #01-Skinner (1); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(9); #2-Wallace (23); #9-Elliott (115 most laps led); #88-Jarrett (25); #18-Labonte (2); #97-Busch (1); #0-Leffler (5); #48-Johnson (20); #19-Mayfield (37); #12-Newman (27);
Cautions: 9 for 47 laps
Caution 9 - Laps 248 - 252: #10-Benson spun around after making contact with the #6 in turn 4 and smacked the wall.
Caution 8 - Laps 235 - 238: #6-Martin got loose and glanced of the left rear of #01-Skinner, Skinner drove on, once Martin spun around, then drove on.
Caution 7 - Laps 201 - 205: #15-Waltrip cut another tire down, spun around and slapped the wall driver side again.
Caution 6 - Laps 181 - 190: #97-Busch's car erupted into flames when the engine blew and the oil got into the cockpit, Busch got out of the car pretty fast, rescue crews were right there to extinguish the fire.
Caution 5 - Laps 171 - 174: #25-Nemeck wrecked damaging the right side of the car.
Caution 4 - Laps 159 - 165: #43-Green lost a right rear tire, which shreaded and destroyed the right fender.
Caution 3 - Laps 106 - 110: #38-Sadler lost a right front tire and slammed the turn two wall hard, the oil pump broke off causing a brief fire. Sadler was removed quickly by the rescue workers who where at the car before it stopped.
Caution 2 - Laps 83 - 87: #77-Blaney looks like he lost a right front tire and went up the track and wacked the wall between turn 1 and 2. Baney said he just lost it.
Caution 1 - Laps 70 - 76: #15-Waltrip got lose and spun around and smacked the wall on the driver side, #17-Kenseth lost it when he was trying to avoid Waltrip and spun, hitting the inside wall with the nose, losing his brakes, took it to the garage.
Who got a lap back on each caution - The Lucky Dog Pack?: (and their finish)
Caution 9: #41-Mears, 24th
Caution 8: #1-Andretti, 18th
Caution 7: #22-Burton, 22nd
Caution 6: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 19th
Caution 5: #30-Park, 21st
Caution 4: #16-Biffle, 12th
Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 12th
Caution 2: #48-Johnson, 6th
Caution 1: #7-Spencer, 15th
RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
----- with 3 laps to go, #40-Marlin ran out of gas and #88-Jarrett lost an engine.
----- #42-McMurray has a left front tire rub and is smoking as of lap 260.
----- during the 6th caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #10-Benson got together when the #8 was coming up to get his lap back abd Benson was weaving to clean off his tires, with left side damage to the #8 and #10 had right front damage. Benson was running 4th when the incident occurred.
----- during caution 5, only a few drivers made pit stops including #12-Newman, the crew left some lug nuts off and had to push the car back in the pit box to tighten them. Newman came back on to top off before the green flag.
----- on lap 150, #0-Leffler ran out of gas, pitted, couldn't get the car restarted at first and lost a few laps after leader five.
----- on lap 114, #17-Kenseth is back on the track after spending 40 some minutes getting repairs and is 45 laps down. NBC reports the minimum speed is 152.370mph [85% of pole speed?]
----- #97-Busch is smoking, the team thinks they may have over filled the oil, they made repairs and Busch is back on the track.
----- some of the leaders made pit stops under caution 1, including the leader at the time #9-Elliott.
----- #01-Skinner had to come in for a pass-thru penalty around lap 60 for speeding leaving pit road on his previuos stop.
----- New pit rules: no more faking out, if you are on pit road and cross a certain line, you must continue; also cannot cross the yellow line to enter pit road, need to be in the pit road entrance lane, assume this is for Kansas only.
----- green flag stops started on laps 55-62 range
----- #48-Johnson came into pit on lap 55 after falling a lap down and being too tight.
----- #37-Cope was off the track for a few laps due to some sort of engine problem, but is back on the track as of lap 31.
----- #20-Stewart and #16-Biffle both got high and out of the groove early in the race and fell deep into the field early, lap 10 range.
----- #35-Hamiliton Jr. is having an engine problem on lap 19, possible plug wire off, came into pit on lap 20, repaired the problem and he is back on the track running at speed.
To the Back: #48-Jimmie Johnson [ the pole sitter] who wrecked in Saturday's morning practice, and #74-Tony Raines who wrecked before qualifying will go to the rear of the feld before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.(10-4-2003)
AND NBC reports that #25-Nemechek's team changed engines and fell to the rear of the field, no mention of #74-Raines, but all reports I have seen said a backup can and a different engine, which means to the rear, unless they were able to use the same engine they practice with and it didn't blow.
Race Results at JAYSKI Kansas Race Results
TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Kansas:
#17-Matt Kenseth, 4282
#29-Kevin Harvick, 4015, -259
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3954, -325
#12-Ryan Newman, 3918, -364
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 3905, -380
for full standings, see JAYSKI Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas or NASCAR.com.(10-5-2003)
Stock Car Fans Newsletter - Rumblings - Kansas: If you thought the rumblings about the #12 car's fuel mileage was loud
before, get ready for a deafening roar this week! Ryan Newman stretched his fuel (yet again) for a smooth 78 laps today and held off Bill Elliott to take his 8th victory of the Winston Cup season in this afternoon's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. His 9th career win moves Newman into a tie for 47th on the all-time win list with Paul Goldsmith, Cotton Owens, and Bob Welborn.
Bill Elliott (2nd) had his best finish since he won at The Brickyard in August of 2002.
Todd Bodine (11th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Pocono in July.
Bobby Hamilton Jr (14th) tied his career-best finish today. He was 14th at Talladega in October of 2001.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10's in a row. Rusty Wallace has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is John Andretti (+21), followed by Jeff Burton (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Elliott Sadler (-32), followed by Mike Skinner (-27), Jason Leffler (-24), and Dale Jarrett (-20). Twice as many downs as ups this week.
Matt Kenseth has lost 177 points off his lead the last two weeks. It's still a healthy 259 markers, but the "Magic Number" has swung to the competitors side the last couple races. It's now down to 8 vs Kevin Harvick....it was double digits two weeks back. Matt's crew busted their butts int the garage for 21 points. Remember that in November.
We lopped another four drivers off the list today for Championship material. Everybody from 18th (Greg Biffle) on down is now out of the
running. Jeremy Mayfield (24th to 21st) made a three position upward move today. Elliott Sadler (20th to 23rd) made the same move in the negative direction.(StockCarFans.Com Wcup Newsletter)(10-5-2003)
Happy Hour at Kansas is over. The fastest were: #12-Newman at 175.245 and #35-Hamilton Jr. at 174.644, the rest of the top 10 were #'s 9,20,24,19,48,97,40,29. Slowest were #37-Cope at 169.993 and #09-Wallace at 170.342. Others: #8-Earnhardt Jr. was 29th, #18-Labonte was 35th, and #17-Kenseth was 40th.
See speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(10-4-2003)
Johnson wrecks in practice, to a backup: Banquet 400 Pole sitter #48-JimmieJohnson wrecked his primary car in Saturday's early practice session and the team will use a backup car. NASCAR rules require that the car now start Sunday's race at the rear of the 43-car field.(ThatsRacin.com)(10-4-2003)
Sat Practice at Kansas: for the Banquet 400 is over. The fastest: #48-Johnson at 175.205mph and #20-Stewart at 175.148, the rest of the top 10 are #'s 9,35,12,97,0,5,24,29. Slowest are #37-Cope at 168.972 and #2-Wallace at 170.240.
See speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(10-4-2003)
Johnson backs up practice and wins pole at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole at Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400 in record breaking fashion with a speed of 180.373mph. That breaks the old track record of 177.924mph set last year by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Eighteen other driver qualified faster then the old record. It is Johnson's 2nd pole of 2003 and the 6th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #01-Mike Skinner. Other good runs by #0-Jason Leffler [6th] and #43-Jeff Green [9th]. Looks like provisionals WERE charged this week even thou the new rule saying non would be charged if the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position for the event is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment, which should had been the case since four teams were out with 45 cars entered. So #14-Foyt and #4-Sauter missed the race and DNQ'd. Two part time teams used provisionals: #37-Cope and #09-Wallace. #49-Schrader got the last provisional over #4-Sauter as the #49 is higher in owners points, race attempts is the first criteria, which both have 30. For the speeds, the starting lineup and other lineup links, see the Jayski's Kansas Qualifying/Grid page.(10-3-2003)
StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson shattered the track record today and captured his second
Bud Pole of the season for Sunday's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. His time of 29.938 (180.373 mph) was over 1/10th of a second quicker than #01-Mike Skinner. In fact, if you wanted to start in the Top-20 for Sunday's event, you just about had to break the previous track record to do it. The top 18 in the rundown today did just that! Nothing like cool and overcast conditions to create some speed. This is the second top-spot for Johnson this season (he started from the point at Pocono in June), and the 6th of his short career.
Had a rarity today.....a three-way tie on time. And, NASCAR.com hopefully will get it corrected before race time. #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, and #54-Todd Bodine all ran 30.372 (177.795 mph) and ties are broken by owner points, so it's Kurt in 21st, Biffle in 22nd, and Todd in 23rd.
#18-Bobby Labonte (4th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the pole at Michigan in August.
#2-Rusty Wallace (5th) has his best starting spot since he started 5th at Watkins Glen in August.
#6-Jason Leffler (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Michigan in June.
#9-Bill Elliott (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at The Brickyard in August.
#43-Jeff Green (9th) had his best qualifying run since he grabbed the pole for the Daytona 500.
#30-Steve Park (17th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 16th at Pocono in July.
#35-Bobby Hamilton Jr (18th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 15th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2001! (only 10 starts)
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
Matt Kenseth crashed in practice this morning, and had trouble getting the backup up to speed....so, for the second week in a row he used a provisional to make the field. He's joined at the back by: Mark Martin, Ward Burton, John Andretti, Derrike Cope, Mike Wallace, and Ken Schrader. The Trouble Train is a short one this week....Larry Foyt and Johnny Sauter get the gate.(StockCarFans.Com Wcup Newsletter)(10-3-2003)
Pole Progression at Kansas: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#18-Bobby Labonte, 1st out to qualify, 179.432mph, starts 4th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 23rd out, 180.373, starts 1st
Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
#14-Larry Foyt, 175.793, DNQ
#16-Greg Biffle, 177.765, starts 22nd
#41-Casey Mears, 178.802, starts 12th
#42-Jamie McMurray, 178.347, starts 15th
#74-Tony Raines, 176.171, starts 35th.(10-3-2003)
Some Qualifying Notes:
#18-Bobby Labonte has Banquet on the hood of the Interstate Batteries Chevy, Baquet is the title sponsor of the race and an assoc sponsor for the #18 team. More info on Banquet at www.banquet.com(10-3-2003)
Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.373, starts 1st
Dodge: #2-Rusty Wallace 179.348, starts 5th
Ford: #38-Elliott Sadler, 179.039, starts 10th
Pontiac: #01-Mike Skinner, 179.647, starts 2nd
Toyota - oops, not yet.......(10-3-2003)
Friday Practice at Kansas is over for the Banquet 400. The fastest were: #48-Johnson at 179.390mph and #2-Wallace at 178.980. The rest of the top 10: #'s 19,21,24,20,8,38,01,18. Slowest are: #37-Cope at 173.266 and #17-Kenseth at 174.143. The track qualifying record is 177.924mph set last year by Dale Earnhardt Jr., nine drivers ran faster then last years track record.
Speeds can be found for all the drivers at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(10-3-2003)
Kenseth wrecks in practice: #17-Matt Kenseth spun and backed into the wall early in Friday's first practice session at Kansas Speedway. "I got loose and wrecked," Kenseth said. "Spun out. That's about all there is to it. Any more details? That's about it." Kenseth's #17 DeWalt Ford suffered serious damage to the left rear of the car. Kenseth was unhurt, but his car was loaded on a flatbed to be taken back to the garage. His Roush Racing crew had already pulled out the backup car to get ready when practice continued. Kenseth's team decided to take the engine out of the wrecked car and put in the backup car so Kenseth won't have to go to the rear of the field in Sunday's Banquet 400. Since Kenseth will use the same engine to qualify and race, he will not be penalized.(NASCAR.com)(10-3-2003)
Elliott and Gordon are it: Elliott and Gordon are the only drivers to post top-10 starts in all three races at Kansas Speedway.(KS Site)(10-4-2003)
Qualifying Order is up for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. 45 drivers listed [for 43 spots]. First driver due out to qualify is #74-Tony Raines. Last scheduled out is #01-Mike Skinner. See above for the link(s).(10-3-2003)
Kansas Drought: Dale Jarrett (30th and 39th) heads the list of four drivers who have posted DNFs in both races at Kansas Speedway He is joined by Johnny Benson (37th and 23rd), Todd Bodine (42nd and 34th) and Ward Burton (41st and 43rd).(Kansas Speedway Site)(10-3-2003)
Jeff Gordon has scored victories in both races at Kansas Speedway.
Ryan Newman has finished second in both races at Kansas Speedway.
Tony Stewart has finished eighth in both races at Kansas Speedway.
Mike Wallace has finished 19th in both races at Kansas Speedway.(Kansas Speedway Site)(10-3-2003)
Strange Kansas Manufacturer Consistency: A Chevrolet has won both races at Kansas Speedway. A Ford finished second and third in both races while Dodge has scored two fifth-place finishes. Pontiac could not be denied, scoring eighth-place finishes in both races at Kansas.(Kansas Speedway Site)(10-3-2003)
Jeff Gordon out for three-peat milestone: #24-Jeff Gordon has won the first two races in Kansas Speedway’s brief history. No driver has ever won the first three races at a track, in NASCAR history. In fact, since 1988 there have been only three occurrences of a driver winning a new track’s first two races. In addition to Gordon, #20-Tony Stewart won at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999 and 2000, while #29-Kevin Harvick won at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001 and 2002. Since 1988, 10 new tracks have joined the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule.(NASCAR PR)(10-1-2003)
Hot Drivers at Kansas: Gordon has two victories at Kansas Speedway, but don’t count out the following drivers, either, based on their runs at the 1.5-mile track in 2001 and ’02:
#12-Ryan Newman who has finished second to Gordon the last two years at Kansas.
#2-Rusty Wallace [on Wind Tunnel ronight], fourth in 2001 and third in ’02.
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., the polesitter and sixth-place finisher last year.(NASCAR PR)
#9-Bill Elliott has a 4.0 starting average at Kansas Speedway, the best of all drivers who have competed in both races.(10-1-2003)
Some old stuff from NASCAR: Although NASCAR Winston Cup racing is relatively new in Kansas, there is a connection of sorts that can be traced to its very first race for the series. Jim Roper, from Halstead, Kansas, noticed mention of a big “strictly stock” car race at Charlotte, N.C. in the Smilin’ Jack comic strip back in 1949. The strip’s creator, Zack Mosely, was a big fan of auto racing and promoted the sport in the strip at every opportunity. According to Mosely, the race was to be held on June 19 on the three-quarter-mile dirt track outside Charlotte. It was going to pay $2,000 to win, with a total purse of $5,000. Roper thought that sounded pretty good, so he loaded up his new Lincoln and drove it to Charlotte, entered the race, and won. He ran one more race in the Strictly Stock (later NASCAR Winston Cup) Division and called it quits. … Over the years, Kansas has produced other NASCAR Winston Cup drivers such as the 1975 Rookie of the Year Bruce Hill from Topeka. Terry Bivins from Shawnee Mission competed in 28 races from 1975-77. Bill and Tubby Harrison, also from Topeka, competed in the 1950s and Mike Kempton, from Merriam, raced in the 1970s and ‘80s.(NASCAR PR)(10-1-2003)
Kansas Entry List is up. 45 drivers on the entry list for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jason Keller is listed in the #1 DEO Chevy but supposedly John Andtretti is supposed to be back in the car. Other non-full time teams entered: #09-Mike Wallace, #35-Bobby Hamilton Jr. and #37-Derrike Cope. Larry Foyt is back to the #14 Dodge. With four teams [out: #4-Sauter, #14-Foyt, #43-Fittipladi and #49-Schrader] not eligible for a provisional, NONE should be charged as there would not be more the 43 eligible for a provisional. See the list link above.(9-30-2003)
No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A
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
- Lee Ann Womack to serve as grand marshal for Banquet 400: Lee Ann Womack, Grammy winner and Country Music Awards female vocalist of the year, will serve as grand marshal of Sunday s Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Speedway. Womack will also sing God Bless America during the NASCAR Winston Cup Series pre-race ceremonies. Singer of the critically acclaimed I Hope You Dance, Womack has garnered countless top-10 hits and has sung at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Orange Bowl, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, at the White House and many other venues. A consumer winner, not yet chosen by Banquet Foods, will serve as honorary starter for the race.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-30-2003)
- Coors Light Twins to sing national anthem for Banquet 400: Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski, better known as the Coors Light Twins, will sing the national anthem prior to the start of Kansas Speedway s Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 5. The twins will also be featured in a special paint scheme on Sterling Marlin s No. 40 Coors Light Dodge during the race. The 26-year-old twins, originally from the Boston area, are credited with starring in the best-scoring commercial spots in Coors history, the company s marketing chief has said. The duo will also hold a fan forum press event in Fan Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 3, right before the start of the race. Scary Movie 3 will be released this fall. In addition, Diane and Elaine have appeared this year in NBC s reality show The Restaurant , FX s season finale of Lucky and The Drew Carey Show.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-30-2003)
- Race Sold Out but..: Banquet 400 race tickets are sold out. O Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day tickets for Friday are available by calling 913.328.RACE. Reserved seats are $15; general admission seats are $10.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-30-2003)
- Kansas Goes High Speed: The fastest thing at Kansas Speedway may not be the cars. Flash Network has teamed up with Kansas Speedway to bring suite guests, teams, campground users and the media high-speed Internet access while at the track. Using a combination of wired and wireless solutions, high-speed Internet will be available at Hot Spots throughout the 1,200 acres of “The Track That Will Blow You Away!” Most new laptops come equipped with these cards, or they are readily available at computer stores.
Antennas have been strategically placed around the speedway that will allow signals from the Internet cards plugged into laptop computers to be picked up and connected to the Internet without use of a phone line. The infield Media Center and its photo rooms and Press Box are in the middle of a wireless “hot spot.”
“The July 4th race weekend went extremely well and everybody was happy with the speed of their connection” Dave Alexander, vice president at Flash Network, said. “Now we’ve just completed adding more powerful wireless transmission gear in even more areas of the Kansas Speedway property. We intend to provide service wherever it’s needed.”
In fact, Kansas Speedway may be one of the world’s single biggest Hot Spots with coverage in the 22-acre infield, 16-acre RV terrace, 18-acre Coleman RV Campground, plus coverage in all 60 luxury suites, the press box and media center.
"For press, teams and our guests to be able to surf the Web without being tethered to a phone line is incredible," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "Race fans in the suites, infield and campgrounds will be able to keep up with real-time scoring or watch the progress of their favorite driver online during the race. It’s just one more way to enjoy the race at the country’s premier racetrack.” How fast is the new high speed at Kansas Speedway? Current cable modem technology connects to the Internet at up to 1.5 Mbps. With Flash Network, users at Kansas Speedway will be able to connect at up to 11 Mbps. Flash Network’s use of WiFi technology means anyone with a laptop computer, handheld PDA or other WiFi enabled device can access the worldwide web without being connected to a phone line or wired computer network. And the connection is much faster than dial-up.
Flash Network will have technical experts at the track during Kansas Speedways events to troubleshoot and set up new wireless users. But fans are encouraged to get more information and to sign up in advance at www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. The cost for race guests to use the service for the weekend is $29.95. (Press in the Media Center and Press Box will be able to use the service free of charge. Laptop computers may require a wireless fidelity “WiFi” card. You may purchase one from Flash Network or from any electronics chain. This card will then be good ANYWHERE wireless technology is available.)
For more information, race guests should visit a special Web site set up by Flash Network – www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. Press may call Kansas Speedway Public Relations at (913) 328-3300.(Kansas Speedway PR)(9-29-2003)
- Kansas Title Sponsor: ConAgra Foods has signed an agreement to make its Banquet brand the title sponsor of its Oct. 5 Cup race at Kansas Speedway. The race will known as the Banquet 400. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ConAgra Foods plans to market its involvement with grocery store promotions and put the Banquet 400 logo on about 30 million ConAgra Foods products. The Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods is part of Kansas Speedway’s sold-out 2003 RPM Ticket, which includes admission for five events – the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on July 5; the Indy Racing League race and Aventis Racing for Kids 100 Infiniti Pro Series race on July 6; the NASCAR Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 on Oct. 4; and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods on Oct. 5.(Kansas Speedway PR)(7-2-2003)
- Kansas Speedway goes wireless, high-speed: Flash Network has teamed up with Kansas Speedway to bring suite guests, teams, campground users and media high-speed Internet access while at the track. Using a combination of wired and wireless solutions, high-speed Internet will be available at Hot Spots throughout the 1,200 acres of “The Track That Will Blow You Away!” Most new laptops come equipped with these cards, or they are readily available at computer stores and at the track. Antennas have been strategically placed around the speedway that will allow signals from the Internet cards plugged into laptop computers to be picked up and connected to the Internet without use of a phone line. The infield Media Center and its photo rooms and Press Box are in the middle of a wireless “hot spot.” The track’s luxury suites, garages, driver/owner RV lots and track campgrounds will also have service by the upcoming Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, July 4-6. The service will also be in place for the track’s NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series weekend, Oct. 3-5. How fast is the new high speed at Kansas Speedway? Current cable modem technology connects to the Internet at up to 1.5 Mbps. With Flash Network, users at Kansas Speedway will be able to connect at up to 11 Mbps. Imagine e-mailing photos of your trip to Kansas Speedway, checking e-mail or logging on to www.nascar.com and www.indyracing.com for driver stats – [or Jayski.com] all from atop a motor home or from a car at lightning speeds. Flash Network will have technical experts at the track during Kansas Speedways events to troubleshoot and set up new wireless users. But fans are encouraged to get more information and to signup in advance at www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway. The cost to use the service for the weekend is $29.95; or $39.95 for a season pass good for all weekends at the speedway. (Press in the Media Center and Press Box will be able to use the service free of charge. Laptop computers may require a wireless fidelity “WiFi” card. You may purchase one from Flash Network or from any electronics chain. Data ports will also be wired so please bring a network power cord in addition to your regular phone cord.) For more information, race guests should visit a special Web site set up by Flash Network – www.flashnetwork.net/ksspeedway.(Kansas Speedway PR)(6-27-2003)
- Kansas Gets Sponsor: Kansas Speedway’s Oct. 5 Winston Cup race will be known as the Banquet 400 after the track struck a four-year, "multimillion-dollar" sponsorship deal with ConAgra, this week’s Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal reports. Reporter Terry Lefton says ConAgra, which replaces Protection One security services as the race’s sponsor, will also spend at least $2 million in television advertising for its Banquet frozen-food products to ensure that NBC mentions the name during race broadcasts.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(5-19-2003)
- Kansas takes Darlington race in 2005? In 2005, the Cup series is expected to go to Kansas Speedway a second time, replacing the Darlington spring race on the schedule. NASCAR officials are not expected to release next season's schedule until late summer, so more changes could be made. NASCAR typically makes the schedule only one year in advance.(Roanoke Times)(5-18-2003)
- Kansas pushing for 2nd date and will add more seats: Kansas Speedway joined by government and civic groups on both sides of the state line, is pushing hard for a second Cup date when NASCAR reshuffles its schedule for 2004. But if a second date doesn't materialize, track president Jeff Boerger said, the 2-year-old speedway will expand again after this season. Kansas Speedway added 1,500 seats in the offseason after its second straight sellout year, bringing its capacity to 78,000, and has already sold out its 2003 season-ticket package. "We could go, if the market would let us, to 150,000. We have the infrastructure in place for that," Boerger said Monday. Last week, he and other officials presented the track's case to its parent company, Daytona, Fla.-based International Speedway Corp. ISC is owned by the family of NASCAR owner Bill France. NASCAR's realignment could include moving races between tracks but likely won't involve additional dates. That means one of the circuit's older tracks - perhaps Darlington Raceway or North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, both of which now have two races a year - could lose their Cup dates. But Kansas City isn't the only ISC track looking for a second date, and SMI's Texas Motor Speedway has long argued that NASCAR has never given a second date as promised when the $250 million track opened in 1997. "Within ISC, I would say our competition is probably going to be between Phoenix, California and Chicago," Boerger said. "And you know, Darlington is not just going to give us a second date. They're going to give us a challenge."(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(2-19-2003)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Kansas Speedway
- Raine's loses engine and wrecks #74 car: What Happened in Practice [at Kansas]? #74-Tont Raines responsed:
"It blew an oil plug out of the oil pump and oiled down the entire engine bay so it wouldn't turn and it wouldn't slow down and it hit the wall pretty hard. Other than that, it was pretty uneventful (laughs)."
HOW HARD DID YOU HIT? "I was kind of ready for it because I knew I was going to hit it, obviously, and the car was going head-first into it so I jacked the brakes and the wheel and got it to where I thought it was going to flat or brush it and I thought that would be better. It just hit a lot harder than I expected it to. I thought I had slowed down some by then but it was all good. Everything worked well. The car is not very good though, now. It's pretty well destroyed. We'll just get the backup out andhopefully it will be as good. I just smelled smoke, oil burning, right when I went past the start finish line. Just as I was getting ready to turn in, I could tell by the feel of the wheels that there was oil on something, the right front tire had gone down, something was happening bad. When I turned in, it wouldn't turn, obviously, and then I rolled off the gas and got on the brake and it wouldn't slow down. I knew then that it was either blowing up or something had happened big. At that point it wasn't about saving the car, it was about how I was going to hit. I've listened to these guys and they tell me how to wreck so I kind of leaned forward and got my HANS belts taught and then bounced her off the fence. I'm like 'Wow, that didn't feel so good' but everything worked really good. I think all the improvements that we've made inside the car, I've not looked at it real close but looked at it a little bit, and it looks like it did everything that you'd hope for it to do."(Camp and Assoc PR)(10-4-2003)
- Green stays in the #43 for Kansas, Fittipaldi in the #44; possibly longer: Jeff Green will be behind the wheel of the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge again this week when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series heads to the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. And he will be in the car on a race-to-race basis the rest of the season. Following two steady runs in the #43, Green has been named driver of the Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge on a race-to-race basis. Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises, made the announcement. Christian Fittipaldi will drive the #44 Bugles Dodge in the races already scheduled for 2003. “Jeff has done a good job for us the past few weeks, and we are excited to have him in the car at Kansas,” Petty said. “His winning attitude, the way he has quickly adapted to Petty Enterprises and the way he has been readily accepted by the guys on the team has already shown on the race track. Jeff’s history as a winner is already showing. Christian also has some good results this year, including qualifying seventh at Michigan and running well in several races,” Petty continued. “He has done an amazing job jumping in for us this year earlier than we had planned. Christian is a big part of our program going forward. We already had Christian scheduled for a few more #44 Bugles races the remainder of this season, and keeping the #43 team together with one driver should help us finish strong,” Petty added.
“I am really excited to be able to continue what we’ve started,” said Green. “I’ve started to get to know the ‘Helping Hand’ crew some over the past two weeks, and they’ve gotten to know me. We’re starting to get a pretty good relationship going, and that’s going to help us as we move on to Kansas and, hopefully, on down the line.”(Williams Company PR)(10-2-2003)
- Ribbon on the #88: Along with tens of thousands of race fans [including Jayski], Dale Jarrett's #88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus will again wear the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Race Fans for a Cure. For this weekend's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, the 7˝" x 14" Race Fans for a Cure decal will replace the Ford Credit decal behind the "88" on both sides of the car. Race Fans for a Cure is a charitable initiative which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and is sponsored by Ford Credit (Ford Racing). More info about Race Fans for a Cure and the Ford Credit's Fan Challenge/Race Fans for a Cure on my Racing Charities page.(10-2-2003)
- Foyt transported to hospital UPDATE 2: #14-Larry Foyt was transported to a local hospital to be checked out after getting hit hard by #19-Mayfield early in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Mayfield had a cut tire that caused him to go up the track, which is where Foyt was.(9-28-2003)
UPDATE: Larry Foyt was flown to University Hospital in Birmingham for precautionary measures after separate crashes. He was evaluated and released Sunday evening.(ESPN/AP)
AND Larry Foyt was taken to UAB hospital after crashing early in Sunday's EA Sports 500. Jeremy Mayfield blew a tire on lap 11 and ran up into Foyt's #14 car, forcing it into the wall. Foyt was released Sunday night. "You could tell that he got the wind knocked out of him," crew chief Ben Holm said. "He said that he would be OK, but that's about all he said."(Charleston Post and Courier)(9-29-2003)
UPDATE 2: Foyt has a cracked/broken wrist but has been cleared by NASCAR to race at Kansas.(FSN's Totally NASCAR)(9-30-2003)
- Hamilton Jr. to attempt Cup race at Kansas UPDATE: it was mentioned during TNT's Busch Series race coverage while reporting on the full field that Bobby Hamilton Jr. would be attempting to make the Cup race at Kansas Speedway in Oct.(TNT's Race coverage of the Busch Series race)(9-6-2003)
UPDATE: "I want to see how we stack up." Those were the words of Team Rensi Motorsports Crew Chief Harold Holly when asked why the team would attempt the Banquet 400 Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Since Holly has joined Team Rensi Motorsports and driver Bobby Hamilton, Jr. the organization has been on fire with two wins, seven top-fives and ten top-ten finishes in 14 starts in the Busch Series. Now the organization owned by brothers Ed and Sam Rensi and Gary Weisbaum will make a step up to the Winston Cup Series for the 400-mile race. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. currently sits in sixth position in the NASCAR Busch Series Point Standings and is eager to compete with the Winston Cup drivers. "Everyone here at Team Rensi is excited about the opportunity to see what we can do in Winston Cup. We feel like we have put together a real strong Busch Series team and now we want to see what we can do in Winston Cup. It's everyone's goal here to eventually run full-time in The Winston Cup Series. This will be a good test to see where we stand." Earlier this year, prior to the arrival of crew chief Harold Holly, the team failed to qualify for the Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race marked the first time Hamilton, Jr. had failed to qualify for a Winston Cup race in 12 previous attempts. His best career finish came in 2001 at Talladega Superspeedway where he finished 14th. Hamilton, Jr. will pilot a #35 Ford Taurus with Robert Yates horsepower in the Banquet 400. The team spent two days earlier this week testing at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Team Rensi is currently searching for sponsorship for the event. Interested companies, check the team site at www.teamrensimotorsports.com for more information.(9-26-2003)
- See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Marlin to be Scary UPDATE: The Coor’s Light Twins [and.....Twins!] will be part of the pre-race ceremonies and are confirmed to sing the National Anthem prior to the stat of the Winston cup race on October 5th in Kansas and will be featured on the #40 Dodge along with Scary Movie 3. See images of the car at 2003 Winston Cup Paint Schemes - Car #'s 24-99.(8-19-2003)
UPDATE: Coors Light is bringing their "Here's to Twins" advertising campaign from the television to the racetrack. Sterling Marlin, driver of the #40 Coors Light Dodge will display the Coors Light twins in a special paint scheme for the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway. "It is always fun to cross-pollinate our marketing initiatives. This special paint scheme paying homage to the twins also highlights our partnership with Miramax, as the twins will be featured in the soon to be released Miramax feature: Scary Movie III. The twins continue to be very popular with our consumer, so we look forward to bringing the twins to the Speedway for the fans,ť said Steve Saunders, director of event marketing for Coors Brewing Company. Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski, better known as the Coors Light Twins, will not only be featured in the special paint scheme but they will pull double duty, singing the national anthem at the start of the race. The twins are coming off a very successful summer where they appeared at the ESPY awards, NBC's "The Restaurant", FX's season finale of "Lucky" [Great show can't believe they canceled it] and the Drew Carey show. They also have a busy fall they start it by heading to the Kansas Speedway for the race activities. Then they are also set to appear in Scary Movie 3 which is set to be released in the fall. They will also help raise money for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at the end of the month when they serve as the Coors Light Queens of Halloween. Sterling Marlin will race his "Here's to Twins" Coors Light Dodge in the Kansas 400 on Sunday, October 5th.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-26-2003)
- #9 and #19 get a Mane UPDATE: hearing #9-Bill Elliott and #19-Jeremy Mayfield will sport Lion King paint schemes at Kansas Speedway in Oct.(6-23-2003)
IMAGES: see images of the cars at 2003 Winston Cup Paint Schemes - Car #'s 0-23.(8-19-2003)
- #01 Camo Scheme The #01 US Army Pontiac will run a special camouflage paint scheme at Kansas in October. See an image of the scheme on my Paint Scheme Gallery - Cup page 1.(7-9-2003)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- 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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