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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Winston Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 2nd, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV

  • TV: Fox - 3:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 2:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-air: March 5th at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel, March 6th at 1:00am/et and 3:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,291,856 (was $4,729,088 in 2002)

  • Entry List: Jayski or Entry List for Las Vegas from NASCAR.com

  • 2002 Race Winner: Sterling Marlin, 136.754mph, started 24th

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, Mar 1998, 146.554mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, Feb 28th, 2:20 -4:20pm/et; and Saturday, Mar 1st, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 1st, 2:10 - 2:55pm/et on TV-FX tape delay 6:30pm/et


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, Feb 28th, 1:20pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: Daytona 500 qualifying order - ThatsRacin.com and/or Daytona 500 qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Feb 28th at 6:05pm/et, TV-FSN (Fox Sports Net) and live via PRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required)

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Todd Bodine, March 2002, 172.850mph

  • March 2002 Pole Sitter: Todd Bodine, 172.850mph, finished 29th


  • Track Specs: Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 8 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 126,000

  • Track Homepage: Las Vegas Motor Speedway


    Race Winners at Las Vegas

    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th


    Pole Winners at Las Vegas

    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 176.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Las Vegas 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(2-23-2003)


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

Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN) 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



Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Las Vegas, NV Area:
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas.com
Las Vegas Local Racing Scene


WEATHER FORECASTS:
The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:


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


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kenseth wins at Las Vegas: in a race attended and enjoyed by Jayski, #17-Matt Kenseth won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. DEI teammates #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 2nd and #15-Michael Waltrip was third, followed by #18-Bobby Labonte and #20-Tony Stewart.
    See results at Jayski - Las Vegas Results or ThatsRacin.com and more links on my Racing Results page.(3-2-2003)


    taken in Victory Lane by Jayski

  • Rumblings - Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Talladega last October.
    Bobby Labonte (4th) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Lowe's Motor Speedway last October.
    Sterling Marlin (8th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Darlington last September.
    Steve Park (10th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Talladega last October.
    Casey Mears (15th) had his career-best finsish today (albeit only 3 races). His previous best was 27th at Daytona two weeks ago.
    Terry Labonte (16th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Kansas last September.
    Jimmy Spencer (17th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Loudon last September.
    Tony Raines (24th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 29th at Atlanta last October.
    Derrike Cope (29th) had his best finish since he was 24th at Kansas in September of 2001! (only 9 races)
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Steve Park (+29), followed by Sterling Marlin (+26), Terry Labonte (+20), and Ricky Rudd (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Gordon (-35), followed by Kurt Busch (-33). To put this in Wall Street terms, advancers outpaced losers by a 2-1 margin.
    Michael Waltrip regains the point lead after this weekend (he led after his Daytona victory, of course). The best move forward in the standings was accomplished by Dale Earnhardt Jr (38th to 18th), while Greg Biffle's DNQ cost him 22 spots (19th to 41st).(Stock Car Fans)(3-3-2003)

  • Confiscated Parts At Las Vegas..Not This Week: The teams have been on their best behaviors this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There were no confiscated parts in the NASCAR hauler. Kevin Triplett. NASCAR spokesman said, "Las Vegas is on the low end of the scale when it comes to confiscated parts but the teams have come better prepared this week. By no means is this the end of it, they will pick and choose where they want to try something new."(Insider Racing News)(3-3-2003)

  • UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Grid page, for qualifying results, pole progression, what the rookies did and some lineup links.

  • The Las Vegas Lineup - a few differences noticed my myself and some readers, is the conflict in the NASCAR.com Winston Cup race starting lineup and the ThatsRacin.com (and other sites and my grid) lineup. NASCAR.com [and some AP lineups] has the last three spots (provisional of course) at follows:
    41) #0-Jack Sprague
    42) #66-Hideo Fukuyama
    43) #37-Derrike Cope
    my grid and ThatsRacin.com and other sites have:
    41) #66-Hideo Fukuyama.
    42) #0-Jack Sprague
    43) #37-Derrike Cope
    Last I heard (in 2002) provisionals are set as this: "Teams are awarded a provisional spot based on the teams position in the OWNERS points. OWNERS and DRIVERS points are different. Teams that use more then one driver during a season still generate OWNERS points for the same team/owner. Teams who have attempted ALL the Cup races get the provisional awarded first, then it goes down the order by attempts, then OWNERS points." [currently using 2002 Owners Points Standings]
    Using this 'rule' the last three should be:
    41) #66-Hideo Fukuyama (the team attempted 8 races in 2002, one in 2003)
    42) #37-Derrike Cope (7 attempts, 3 in 2003)
    43) #0-Jack Sprague (5 attempts, 3 in 2003)
    Using just 2002 Owners Points and not the attempts it would be:
    41) #66-Hideo Fukuyama (48th in 2002 owners points).
    42) #0-Jack Sprague (52nd)
    43) #37-Derrike Cope (53rd)
    so...not sure.(3-2-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice is over at Las Vegas. #97-Kurt Busch was fastest at 168.062mph, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson at 167.354 and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 167.286. Slowest were #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 159.579 and #37-Derrike Cope at 161.498. For speeds see ThatsRacin.com.(3-1-2003)

  • Labonte sets new track record at Las Vegas: #18-Bobby Labonte won the pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with a new track record of 173.116mph. On the outside pole is #24-Jeff Gordon at 172.772mph. #16-Greg Biffle fell out of the top 36 when the final driver attempting to qualify, #29-Kevin Harvick, ran faster, knocking Biffle out of the race, the only driver to miss the race. #02-Brandon Ash withdrew before qualifying. For speeds, who used provisionals, lineup links, see my UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Grid page [corrected](2-28-2003)

  • UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 qualifying results and lineup and links

  • Sat AM Practice is over at Las Vegas: Fastest was #48-Jimmie Johnson at 168.387mph, followed by #24-Jeff Gordon was next at 167.968 and #97-Kurt Busch at 167.937. Slowest were #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 159.334 and #37-Derrike Cope at 161.223. #0-Jack Sprague did not practice. For speeds see ThatsRacin.com.(3-1-2003)

  • Friday Practice ended with #99-Jeff Burton with a speed at 172.706mph, followed by #97-Kurt Busch at 172.540 and #01-Jerry Nadeay at 172.436. Slowest was #02-Brandon Ash at 161.807 and Hideo Fukuyama at 164.569. #0-Jack Sprague wrecked in practice and will have to go to a backup car for practice. For speeds see ThatsRacin.com.(2-28-2003)

  • Rain at Vegas - Busch qualifying cancelled: rain has put a delay on Busch Series and Winston Cup practice [Busch was due to practice at 9:00am/et and Cup at 11:20am/et], the rain has stopped and as of 3:45pm/et, it was reported that the Busch Series was practicing, but been told a car has not been on the track yet today. The weather forcast for this afternoon looked good, BUT it is raining again as of 4:30pm/et - 1:30pm/pt, Saturday's forcast is for showers/rain [50%], mainly during the afternoon. Busch qualifying has BEEN Canceled and the filed will be set by 2002 Owners points, supposedly the plan is, once it stops raining, to dry the track, get Winston Cup practice and qualifying in this afternoon.(2-28-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up see above for the links. 45 drivers/teams are listed [for 43 spots], first driver scheduled out is #40-Sterling Marlin [who won the race last year] and the final driver scheduled to go out is #29-Kevin Harvick.(2-28-2003)

  • Entry list is up for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, see the list at Las Vegas Entry List, 46 drivers/teams listed including, #02-Brandon Ash, #07-Ted Musgrave, #37-Derrike Cope and #66-Hideo Fukuyama.
    UPDATE: benn told that #07-Ted Musgrave will NOT be attempting the race as the team has not had time to get a car ready since the team's trucks and #7 car got wrecked in Daytona, it was decided to skip Las Vegas so the team can get the trucks ready for Darlington and work on the #7. Plans are to race the #07 in some future undecided races.. So that makes it 45 entries for the race at Las Vegas.(2-25-2003)

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online and That's Racin'


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Special Guests of the Speedway: As special guest of Las Vegas Motor Speedway were Las Vegas residents Mr. Barry McCool and Mrs. Audrey McCool, parents of the late space shuttle Columbia pilot William McCool.(Insider Racing News)(3-3-2003)

  • New beltway ramp, handicap parking to benefit Las Vegas race fans: In 2002, Las Vegas Motor Speedway had its most efficient traffic flow in the five-year history of the NASCAR Weekend. The opening of the northern corridor of the Las Vegas Beltway should make 2003's traffic patterns flow even better than last year. The beltway was opened on Oct. 3, 2002. It connects U.S. 95 and Interstate 15 and merges with I-15 just one mile south of the speedway. LVMS also has relocated its handicap lot and added a reserved parking area called "Lucky 7 Preferred Parking." The new handicap lot is located in the staging lanes of the speedway's drag strip. This will provide all handicap guests a guaranteed paved parking space. In past years, handicap parking had overflowed into gravel parking areas. The Lucky 7 Lot will allow guests, who purchased passes in this lot, to have a dedicated exit lane on Las Vegas Blvd. This will limit the number of cars trying to access the I-15 exit ramp from the Blue Lot. Speedway officials are expecting a crowd in excess of 135,000 fans for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(2-21-2003)

  • Las Vegas Reserved Seats Sold Out: Las Vegas Motor Speedway announced today that all reserved seats for the March 2 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event are sold out. Race fans who have not yet purchased tickets for the sixth annual event still may attend the Winston Cup race by purchasing a special $88 "Triple Play" package. The Triple Play includes infield access for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, a reserved seat for the March 1 Sam's Town 300 BGN race and a general-admission seat for the NASCAR CTS event on Sept. 27. A number of stands will be erected in the infield area, and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Some reserved handicap area tickets remain, as well as individual suite-access packages.. For tickets and information, call the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or visit the LVMS website at LVMS.com.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(2-13-2003)

  • Vegas to add more seats: Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials announced Thursday that 10,000 seats would be built above the front straightaway. The new seats will tower over the existing grandstand that sits adjacent to the beginning of the frontstretch. Construction will begin in the weeks following the March 1-2 Sam's Town 300 and UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Construction will include restrooms and concessions on a mezzanine level. Weekend ticket holders to this year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will have the first opportunity to upgrade to the new seats. Speedway officials will announce pricing for the new seats at a later date. Public sale of tickets will begin in September. However, race fans may call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 to be placed on a waiting list for the new seats.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(2-13-2003)

  • Taxes could nix a 2nd Las Vegas Cup race? Las Vegas Motor Speedway would like to secure another NASCAR Winston Cup race, but Gov. Kenny Guinn's proposed tax plan could be an obstacle, track owner Bruton Smith said Thursday. Smith said he would like to add one Cup race to the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, scheduled for March 2. Speedway Motorsports Inc. would have to purchase a track and shift its race to the speedway, or buy an existing event from another track. "If we're fortunate enough to buy a speedway or buy a race, it goes to Vegas," Smith said Thursday by telephone from his office in Charlotte, NC. But he said proposed tax increases in Nevada could be a problem. "If all the stuff I'm reading is true, we may not be able to," he said. Smith was referring to Guinn's plan for a 7.3 percent tax on admission to professional sporting events and increases in property tax and gross receipts on all business revenue over $450,000.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(1-31-2003)

  • New Restrooms at Las Vegas: Two new restroom buildings are under construction at the 1.5-mile oval at Las Vegas to accommodate race fans attending the Winston Cup and BGN races Feb. 28-March 2. Devin Horihan, LVMS' director of construction and development, is overseeing the project. Both 2,800-sq. ft. buildings, located behind the grandstands in Turns 3 and 4, will be completed before the race weekend. Combined, they will add 104 toilets, 110 urinals and 40 sinks to LVMS' existing facilities better accommodate race fans. Last year, over 135,000 fans attended the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Tickets for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at LVMS.com.(LVMS PR)(1-17-2003)

  • New Road for Vegas: A new corridor of the Las Vegas Beltway, which opened recently, will make a significant improvement in traffic flow in and out of Las Vegas Motor Speedway during major event weekends. The corridor connects Interstate 15 to U.S. 95 in the northwest portion of the valley. "The opening of this stretch of beltway will really help the fans as they are coming into and leaving the speedway," said Chris Powell, LVMS's president and general manager. "Once the race ends, everyone is leaving at once. By allowing the traffic to go in two separate directions just one mile from the speedway, we expect to see major improvements in dispersing traffic following next year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam's Town 300 NASCAR races. Anyone living on the west side of town should use this new route to the interstate during events weekends," Powell said. "Race fans on the east side of town have been able to access the speedway by using Las Vegas Boulevard and Nellis Boulevard. By having most of our local fans using Las Vegas Boulevard and the new I-215 corridor, it also should help save time for those heading south toward the Strip or Southern California." Traffic developments including a widening of Las Vegas Boulevard and dedicated bus lanes have helped make dramatic improvements to the traffic flow in and out of the speedway over the past three years. n 1999, poor traffic flow was the number one complaint we heard from race fans, the improvements made over the past three years have completely turned that situation around. This new beltway extension will make a good situation even better." A state-record crowd of approximately 140,000 attended this past year's Cup event at LVMS.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(10-5-2002)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Las Vegas Motor Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Winter Storm Hampers Haulers: A severe late-winter ice and snowstorm throughout the central United States has all but paralyzed some transportation hubs -- and has delayed several NASCAR Winston Cup transporters trying to make it across country from the Carolinas to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Teams have a couple options to travel across the country, including Interstates 40 and 20, from their bases near Charlotte, NC, to reach the site of this weekend's Winston Cup UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Busch Series Sam's Town 300. But Roush Racing transporter driver Bart Starr, who hauls driver Mark Martin's Viagra Fords, said while on I-40 in Western Arkansas he altered his trip plans to account for the weather -- which had Dallas locked Tuesday in an ice storm while it snowed further to the north. Starr was driving in a convoy with Roush teammate and usual traveling partner Fred Swim, who transports Matt Kenseth's DeWalt Fords. He said he was not aware of any trucks that had gone near Dallas, but if they had that they might be trapped by ice. Reportedly, Robert Yates Racing's haulers had planned to take the southerly route while Tuesday afternoon Jasper Motorsports' hauler was outside Alabama on I-20. An entourage from Richard Childress Racing was caught in the ice storm. Kevin Harvick's transporter driver Jim Baldwin was stuck for some three hours near Terrell, Texas, east of Dallas. But by Tuesday afternoon they were all moving again, albeit at only 15 mph due to the conditions. Busch Series haulers are due to enter the garage at Las Vegas on Thursday morning. Winston Cup trucks are not scheduled to enter until Friday morning.(more to the story at NASCAR.com)(2-26-2003)

  • BAM Racing gets a sponsor for Vegas: dakota imaging, inc. will sponsor Ken Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge team in this week’s UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The company is a leading provider of high-volume transaction processing systems and services (more info about the company on their website: www.dakotaimaging.com). "dakota imaging was with us as a sponsor some last year, and it’s great to have them back with us," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "With a nationwide audience on FOX and over 100,000 people in a sold out Las Vegas track, this should be another good experience for them, and for us." The team tested at Las Vegas and was one of the fastest cars there. "We have been impressed with the ability to showcase our brand and drive sales through the unique business to business aspect of the BAM Racing opportunity," said Sandeep Goel, President and CEO of dakota imaging. "We’re really looking forward to this Las Vegas weekend." BAM Racing is owned by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau of Coral Gables, Fla. The successful investors, who have fully funded the team for the complete 2003 season run, have built the BAM (Beth Ann Morgenthau’s initial) team from the ground up. dakota imaging provides turnkey systems and Business Process Outsourcing services for high-volume paper, electronic and Internet transaction processing applications. Their ready-to-use solutions include automated data capture, document imaging, OCR, COLD, Imagine/EDI document archival and Web based self service software for on-line referrals, authorizations and eligibility. Founded in 1989, the company is based in Columbia, Md., and has offices in Atlanta and Dallas.(Williams Company PR)(2-25-2003)

  • Fukuyama testing at Vegas? UPDATE 2 to attempt an 'ABC' schedule, mostly Cup: hearing that Hideo Fukuyama is testing Monday and Tuesday [Feb 10-11] at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the #66 Travis Carter Ford and that Gary Cogswell is the crew chief.
    UPDATE: using a Japanese online translator and some help from a reader, converted a PR from a Japanese Hideo Fukuyama site announcing that Fukuyama will run 23 (but has since cancelled Rockingham as he didn't get to test so it is 22) Cup races, 7 BGN and 6 ARCA races (or games as they call it) in the #66 Travis Carter Ford (or as Penske Racing made famous with Newman a few years ago, the ABC - ARCA, BGN and Cup). Mentions "Corporation HFRP" or "Hideo Fukuyama Racing Project. The translation was rough to say the least, check this out "we would like to convey the charm of the most radical American stock car race to also the Japanese motor sport fan in the world". A 2nd PR on the site, mentions that the Las Vegas Cup would be attempted.(2-11-2003)
    UPDATE 2: hearing Kikkoman Soy Sauce will be the sponsor on the car at Las Vegas, see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(2-23-2003)

  • Bodine gets a side gig: Brett Bodine, owner and driver of the #11 Hooter's Ford NASCAR Winston Cup machine, will trade his helmet for a radio headset during the March 1-2 NASCAR weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bodine will serve as an analyst for the Performance Racing Network's coverage of the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, March 1, and the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, March 2. "I am excited and looking forward to working with PRN," said Bodine, who is competing in only selected Winston Cup events this season. "I think I can bring added insights from both a driver and owner's perspectives and relay that to the listening audience."
    "We are excited about working with Brett in the booth," said Doug Rice, vice president and general manager of PRN, who will co-anchor the broadcasts with Mark Garrow. "Brett brings an intimate knowledge of NASCAR that will be an asset to the broadcasts."
    "If I can improve my broadcasting skills, it may be something I can pursue when I hang up my helmet," said Bodine, who has prior experience as a television broadcaster. PRN's broadcasts air on 450 affiliate radio stations across the country as well as on XM Satellite Radio and NASCAR.com. Rice and Garrow co-anchor the broadcasts with Brett McMillan, Steve Richards and Pat Patterson reporting from pit road. Chuck Carland and Rob Albright cover the action from the turns.(PRN PR)(2-20-2003)

  • Musgrave to run Vegas: CTS driver, Ted Musgrave is scheduled to drive the #07 Kenwood/Sirius Dodge for Ultraa Motorsports at Las Vegas and a few other races.(2-17-2003)

  • New Team? AutoRacing1 is reporting Billy Bigley Jr will attempt to run a nearly complete Winston Cup schedule in 2003 driving a Ford for Arnold Motorsports. Bigley Jr will make his first Winston Cup appearance at Las Vegas, and will run a total of 34 point races in 2003 using car #79. The team and its sponsor, who have been kept under wraps until now, will be announced on NBC the day after Christmas. Arnold Motorsports, new to the Winston Cup scene, confirmed today that Bill Bigley Jr would drive their #79 Ford in 2003. This information was shared with AutoRacing1 by the team manager and co-owner of Arnold Motorsports, Keith Coleman, from his Naples, FL location. Arnold Motorsports, co-owned by real estate developer Don Arnold, will have their race shop located in Statesville, NC. The team has procured Hopkins chassis’ for the majority of their race cars, and is looking to run Laughlin chassis’ for their superspeedway program. While Coleman couldn’t confirm who would be supplying Arnold’s engines, it appears that Robert Yates Racing will be supplying power plants for the team. Coleman also stated that the team is planning to field a second race team later in 2003, with its debut at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona. Even though Arnold Motorsports is still seeking a driver for their second Winston Cup entry, it is planning for their second team to run a complete schedule for the remainder of the 2003 season.(AutoRacing1 - need sub to read), NOTE: I had heard a few days ago that Bigley would run some BGN races in Yates equipment (from the defunct #98 Yates BGN team)(12-17-2002)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS


SOME NOTES and NEWS


RACE ODDs


STATS and STUFF




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