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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Coca Cola 600

Winston Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • The WInston amd Winston Open: see my 2003 The Winston page for schedules, lineup and news

  • Race: Sunday, May 25, 2003 in Concord, NC

  • TV: Fox - 6:05pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 5:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: May 28th at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel, May 29th at 1:00am/et and 3:00pm/et on Speed Channel

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

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,396,853 (was $4,806,814 in 2002)

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

  • 2002 Race Winner: Mark Martin, 137.729mph, started 25th

  • Event Race Speed Record: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile quad oval, 400 laps, 600 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Thursday, May 22nd, 3:00 - 5:00pm/et (rained out); Friday, May 23rd, 10:15 - 11:30am/et; and Saturday, May 24th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et - No TV coverage

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 24th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX via tape at 3:30pm/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Thursday, May 22nd, 2:00pm/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying/CT Communications Pole Night: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air on Thursday, May 22nd at 11:30pm/et, and live via PRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required)
    UPDATE: pole qualifying for Thursday was washed out, now scheduled for Friday, May 23rd at 3:00pm/et, TV-live on Speed Channel.

  • CT Communications Pole Purse: $56,000, winner's share: $41,000

  • Qualifying Results: on my Charlotte Qualifying Page

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, May 2002, 186.464mph

  • May 2002 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 186.464, finished 7th


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 167,000

  • Track Homepage: Lowes Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Coca-Cola 600 Race Info page.


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Winston Cup Series - The Winston
    NASCAR Winston Cup Series - Race No. 12 - Coca-Cola 600
    NASCAR Busch Series - Race No. 13 - Carquest Auto Parts 300
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Race No. 5 - Hardees 200
    Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Concord, N.C.
    Fast Facts for May 15-25, 2003

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:.......... Left...................... Right
    .... The Winston....................... 800....................... 880
    .... Coca-Cola 600...................... 1,400.................... 1,500
    .... Carquest 300....................... 500....................... 500
    .... Hardees 200........................ 325....................... 325

    Tire Codes:............................... Left....................... Right
    ............................................... D-6352.................. D-6372

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:...... Left Front - 30 psi... Right Front - 48 psi
    ............................................... Left Rear - 30 psi..... Right Rear - 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:. Left Front - 24 psi... Right Front - 45 psi
    ................................................ Left Rear - 24 psi.... Right Rear - 41 psi

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

    Notes:. All three NASCAR series will compete on the same tires at Charlotte . . . this is the first time teams have used this combination of tires in 2003 . . . Winston Cup and Busch Series teams have used this left-side code with different right-sides earlier this season at both Texas (D-6364) and California (D-6354) . . . while this combination will be used by Cup teams later this season at both Kansas and Charlotte, these left-sides will also be run at Michigan (twice) and Chicago, while the right-sides will be run at Dover (twice) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . 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: "This new right side tire, which was introduced with very positive results at Dover last September, has been designed to run cooler and with improved consistency.. Teams that participated in the recent open test sessions at Charlotte were very pleased with the tire performance in both hot, midday and cool, night conditions."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $120,000 at Charlotte for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(5-3-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $15,000 at Charlotte. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
    Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000*
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000*
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(5-3-2003)


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
Sponsored by Racing Electronics


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Concord/Charlotte, NC Area:
ThatsRacin.com
Charlotte.com
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte Observer
Asheville Citizen-Times
Fayetteville Observer-Times
GoCarolina's
Go Lake Norman
Henderson Times-News
High Point Enterprise
Independent Tribune
Mooresville, NC
NBC 6
News and Observer
News and Record
Race City USA
Winston-Salem Journal
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC


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


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
Charlotte Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)


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


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV

IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

    Coca-Cola 600 Lineup/Qualifying Results/Links
    Coca-Cola 600 Race Results
    Drivers/Owners Points Standings after Charlotte

  • The Coca-Cola 600 has been called - Jimmie Johnson has been declared the winner: after 276 of 400 laps, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway was called due to a wet track and threatening weather in the Concord, NC area. #48-Jimmie Johnson is the winner of the race, winning his first race of 2003 and 4th of his career. Johnson is the fifth ever to win both the Winston and the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson is also the 7th driver to ever win from a provisional starting spot, his OFFICIAL starting spot was 37th, even though he had to fall to 42nd before the drop of the green flag, #31-Robby Gordon started 43rd. It was Johnson's first win since Spet 2002, 19 races ago. #17-Matt Kenseth ended up 2nd and increases his points lead to 160 over #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, who had brake problems and finished 41st. It is only the third time the Coca-Cola 600 had been shotened due to rain. The unofficial top 10, lap leaders, cautions and other stuff:

    #48-Johnson (34 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (82 laps led)
    #18-Labonte (39 laps led)
    #7-Spencer
    #12-Newman (50 laps led)

    #15-Waltrip
    #40-Marlin
    #24-Gordon
    #88-Jarrett - 1 lap down
    #22-Burton - 1 lap down

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (8): #12-Newman (50); #20-Stewart (68); #97-Busch (1); #17-Kenseth (82); #29-Harvick (1); #38-Sadler (1); #18-Labonte (39); #48-Johnson (34);
    Cars on the lead lap: 8 (of 43 starters)
    Off track/out of race (7): #19-Mayfield (out-accident); #23-Wallace (out-engine); #41-Mears (out-transmission); #32-Craven (out-engine); #38-Sadler (out-accident); #43-Andretti (out-accident); #8-Earnhardt Jr. (out-brakes);

    Cautions 8 for 46 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 265 - 276: #32-Craven lost an engine, a few other cars got into the oil: #38-Sadler, #43-Andretti and #14-Foyt, Sadler and Andretti got into the wall. Red flag due to rain at 9:18pm/et and race was called.
    Caution 7 - Laps 242 - 244: #29-Harvick and #31-Gordon got together, Harvick had a tire go down.
    Caution 6 - Laps 230 - 233: #30-Steve Park got loose and spun out just off turn 2.
    Caution 5 - Laps 223 - 228: #8-Earnhardt Jr spun out after smacking the 4th turn wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 200 - 204: #21-Rudd spins thru the front stretch grass as he tried to enter pitroad, he saved it, but went thru the mud and water and couldn't see, plus he stalled out.
    Caution 3 - Laps 128 - 134: #19-Mayfield smacked the wall and road the wall until the car came to rest in turn 2. Mayfield os OK and walked away.
    Caution 2 - Laps 104 - 110: Light rain is falling; then a red flag as of 6:52 - until 7:10pm/et.
    Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 3: The race started under a green/yellow condition to allow the race to start and to help dry off the track.

    NOTES:
    #41-Mears is in the garage, not sure why [transmission].
    #16-Biffle is overheating and is on pitroad as of lap 265, got water and went back out.
    #97-Busch had a right rear tire go down, got sideways, saved it and pitted, went a lap down on lap 250.
    On 7th caution, #97-Busch had to have the fender pulled off the right front tire after smacking the wall when he ran over debris from Earnhardt Jr's wreck. #8-Earnhardt Jr is having rear brake problems and will have to go to the garage to work on it.
    #16-Biffle, who was 2nd at the time around lap 224, had to pit when oil covered his windshield, then sped down pit road and had to pit for a penalty. the oil was from the #23-Wallace car.
    The 4th caution caught many drivers after they had just pitted, leaving three drivers on the lead lap.
    #20-Stewart back on the track on lap 190, he will try to milk the car to a finish, the team was gonna change carbs, but didn't.
    On lap 184, #43-Andretti and #5-Labonte got together and Andretti wacked the wall and had to pit.
    #0-Sprague got very loose and almost lost the car on lap 150, is complaining that the transmission is making a lot of noise.
    #6-Martin came into the pits during the 3rd caution and it is smoking due to a broken oil line, the crew is fixing it.
    All the leaders came in to pit during the 3rd caution.
    As of lap 120, #20-Stewart is reporting his engine is going away, the team has not found the problem, they will change the carb (lap 134).
    #8-Earnhardt Jr's pitcrew missed a lugnut on two wheels and had to come back in and falls to the end of the longest line on lap 106
    Most cars are pitting under the Caution 2 yellow on lap 104.
    1st Green flag pit stops are being completed laps 54-58 range.
    #49-Schrader smacked the wall on lap 31 but was able to continue on and there is little damage.
    #12-Newman has a wrapper or piece of paper on his grill, blocking airflow and causing his water temp to run about 240 degrees
    NASCAR had the drivers take some extra laps before the race start to help dry the track and build some heat in the track and allow them to dry off pit road, but that grass on the front stretch is soaked.
    two drivers had to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600: #48-Jimmie Johnson for an engine change, and #31-Robby Gordon for missing the drivers meeting after running the Indy 500.
    Race Re-Air: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, May 7th, at 8:00pm/et (enhanced) and Thurs, May 8th, at 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.
    Race Results at Jayski - Coca Cola 600 Results and Driver/Owners Points after Charlotte, also at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    NASCAR.com - official
    MotorsportsOne(5-25-2003)

  • StockCarFans Rumblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway: Our longest race became just another sprint tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway as Jimmy Johnson won the Coca-Cola 414 under rain-shortened conditions. And, the crowd just loved it (heavy sarcasm)....
    NASCAR can't control the weather, but they can control the way they deal with it......and that part of the equation needs a ton of damage control. With the rumors about more night races in the future, escalating ticket prices, and a policy that seems to change week to week, NASCAR needs to get their act together. How's this scenario: The race is not official tonight....they run either nothing or less than 1/2 (that arbitrary number needs to be re-visited as well). They finish up tomorrow and of course nobody can get a refund on tickets. NASCAR (and the track) will tell you that you knew when you bought your ticket you could possibly see a re-scheduled race the next day. Well, you can't have it both ways and that's what they're trying to do. It seems to more than a couple fans that NASCAR even rushes up the start so we'll get at least half of the event in and they can go home and count their take. Have they forgotten how the fans reacted to those red-flag controversies of last season?
    And, we all know how those judgement calls get the fans riled up. Message Boards all over the internet will be poppin' tonight. NASCAR favors Chevy, the sponsor of the winning car is also the sponsor of the track, Hendrick has NASCAR in his pocket....pick your favorite (and remember it doesn't have to make much sense). Why not have a policy (and for a change let the media and fans know about it) so that those claims can become moot? Baseball requires at least a one hour wait till the umps can call a game. Now we know why....
    Jimmie Johnson's victory was his first of the season and 4th of his career. He's the 11th different winner in 12 events and he's now tied for 63rd on the all-time win list. For Hendrick Motorsports, it's win #112....they've now won 3 of the last 4 races (or 4 for 5 if you count The Winston).
    Jimmy Spencer (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Daytona last July. His Top-5 gives us 26 drivers to score a T-5 this season...last year's number was 31.
    Dale Jarrett (9th) had his best finish (and first Top-10) since he won at Rockingham in February.
    Kevin Lepage (32nd) had his best finish since he was 19th at Atlanta in November of 2001 (only 5 races).
    On The Down Side....Tony Stewart (40th) had his third straight finish in the 40's. He had only one in his Championship Season last year.
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races. Bobby Labonte has 4 Top-5's in a row. Sterling Marlin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Jimmie Johnson (+36) is Operator of the Week, followed by Ward Burton (+31), Sterling Marlin (+29), and Rusty Wallace (+22). DOWN: A tie for Big Dropper this week between Tony Stewart (-34) and Elliott Sadler (-34).
    The best move forward in the points goes to Dale Jarrett (23rd to 18th), while Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, and Ricky Rudd (of the Top-30) each fell the most spots (four).(Stock Car Fans)(5-25-2003)

  • To the back: so far, two drivers will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600: #48-Jimmie Johnson for an engine change, and #31-Robby Gordon for missing the drivers meeting OR if he cannot get back in time for a driver change - Ron Hornaday, who will stand by Sunday.(5-23-2003)

  • Winston a Poor predictor for the 600: Although The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600 are held at the same track, the events could not be more dissimilar. Perhaps that’s why drivers have seldom been successful in both races in the same year. Over the last 10 years, the Winston winner has had a 12.8 average finish in the 600. The winners of the 600 have had an averaged finish of 11.8 in The Winston. The 2000 winner of the 600, Matt Kenseth, didn’t even compete in The Winston.(Gaston Gazette)(5-24-2003)

  • Park moves up 3 spots after scoring error: #30-Steve Park received an unexpected gift Saturday morning. A review of qualifying runs by NASCAR statistical services, which operates the timing and scoring system, found Park's second - and faster - qualifying lap Friday was never recorded by the scoring system. Park was originally credited with a lap at 182.408 mph, which was listed as 16th fastest. However, Saturday's review showed on his second lap he actually went 182.753 mph -- good enough for the 13th position. Park was awarded the new starting position Saturday, and the new order of drivers 14-16 are Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Green and Todd Bodine (each losing one position). The change did not affect the awarding of provisionals or who made the race.(ThatsRacin.com), I guess PRN's coverage of qualifying had it correct, cause my Coca-Cola 600 Starting Grid/Qualifying Results already reflects this.(5-24-2003)

  • Johnson paces Happy Hour: #48-Jimmie Johnson, starting tail end of the field in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, was the fastest in Saturday's Happy Hour practice at Lowe's Motor Speedeay with a speed of 179.659mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman [the pole sitter for the race] at 179.456 and #18-Bobby Labonte [who was fastest in the first session] at 179.319. Slowest were #45-Kyle Petty at 175.069 and #71- Kevin Lepage at 175.291. The most laps run were ny #22-Ward Burton with 44, least amount run were #10-Johnny Benson and #30-Steve Park at 16. Two cars spun during practice, #97-Kurt Busch [no damage] and #16-Greg Biffle, who tapped the outside wall and did some slight damage to the rear of the car, both spun out in turn four.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Happy Hour speeds.(5-24-2003)

  • First Sat Practice is over at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. #18-Bobby Labonte was the fastest at 179.868mph, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth at 179.491 and #20-Tony Stewart at 179.241. Slowest were #71-Kevin Lepage at 170.519 and #88-Dale Jarrett at 175.171. Most laps run was #21-Ricky Rudd with 42, least was #71-Lepage with 14.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Sat Practice 1.(5-24-2003)

  • Winston a Poor predictor for the 600: Although The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600 are held at the same track, the events could not be more dissimilar. Perhaps that’s why drivers have seldom been successful in both races in the same year. Over the last 10 years, the Winston winner has had a 12.8 average finish in the 600. The winners of the 600 have had an averaged finish of 11.8 in The Winston. The 2000 winner of the 600, Matt Kenseth, didn’t even compete in The Winston.(Gaston Gazette)(5-24-2003)

  • Newman on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600: #12-Ryan Newman won the Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.312mph. It is Newman's 3rd pole of the season and 10th of his career. Newman was mile an hour over the outside pole sitter, #38-Elliott Sadler who ran 184.300mph. Nice runs by #4-Mike Skinner (3rd), #0-Jack Sprague (5th) and #71-Kevin Lepage (27th). Missing the race were #11-Bodine, #37-Cope and #02-Sadler. #48-Jimmie Johnson, the fastest in Friday's practice, lost an engine just before he was to go out to qualify and has to start 37th using a provisional. How did the 'driver swap' work out? #1-Jeff Green starts 15th and #30-Steve Park starts 13th. #31-Robby Gordon, who will run the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday will start 38th using a provisional.
    For qualifying results/lineup and links, see my Jayski's Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying Page.(5-23-2003)

  • Ramblings - Lowe's Motor Speedway: Ryan Newman nabbed his 3rd pole of the season today (breaking a tie for the top-spot in that contingency with Bobby Labonte) in rain-delayed fashion at Lowe's Motor Speedway. About 20 hours later than expected, Ryan fashioned a lap of 29.140 seconds(185.312 mph) to garner his 10th career Uecker seat.
    #4-Mike Skinner (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Loudon last July.
    #0-Jack Sprague (5th) has his career-best starting spot. His previous best was 12th (twice), the most recent of those at Fontana in April.
    #77-Dave Blaney (8th) has his best starting spot since he started from the pole at Rockingham in February.
    #10-Johnny Benson (10th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the outside pole at Rockingham in February.
    #14-Larry Foyt (29th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was a 31st place qualifying effort at Las Vegas in March.
    STREAKIN.....Ryan Newman has 10 Top-10 starts in a row. Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10 starts in the last 8 races. Joe Nemechek has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(5-24-2003)

  • Pole Progression at Lowe's: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #10-Johnny Benson, 1st out to qualify, 183.125, starts 10th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 2nd out, 185.312, on the pole
    (5-23-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? and where do they start:
    #0-Jack Sprague, 183.530, starts 5th, his best career start
    #14-Larry Foyt, 181.275, starts 29th, his best career start
    #16-Greg Biffle, 181.421, starts 26th
    #41-Casey Mears, 181.996, starts 19th
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 182.242, starts 17th
    #66-Hideo Fukuyama, is not racing this week
    #74-Tony Raines, 181.476, starts 25th.(5-23-2003)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #02-Hermie Sadler has a DEI car and a Hendrick motor.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson lost power as he left pit road, he will not make an attempt, the engine lost a cam shaft.
    #97-Kurt Busch is running the Blue Ice Sharpie scheme this week.(5-23-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy - #24-Jeff Gordon, 183.986, starts 4th
    Dodge - #12-Ryan Newman, 185.312, starts 1st
    Ford - #38-Elliott Sadler, 184.300, starts 2nd
    Pontiac - #4-Mike Skinner, 183.999, starts 3rd
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(5-23-2003)

  • Friday Practice is now over for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Fastest were #48-Jimmie Johnson at 185.688, #20-Tony Stewart at 184.578 and #0-Jack Sprague at 184.200. Slowest was #88-Dale Jarrett at 178.506 and #2-Rusty Wallace at 179.402. #37-Derrike Cope had no speed listed.
    For all the speeds, see ThatsRacin.com - Friday.(5-23-2003)

  • 2nd Revised Schedule for Lowe's Motor Speedway on Friday:
    ARCA ADG 100 race just finished at approx 12:05pm/et
    approx 10 minutes after the ARCA race [12:15-12:20pm/et range]: Winston Cup practice
    1:35 -2:50pm - Busch Series practice.
    3:00pm - Winston Cup qualifying (better of two laps).
    Followed by Busch Series qualifying.
    Followed by one hour Busch Series final practice, time permitting.(5-23-2003)

  • Qualifying Postponed until Friday UPDATE: Steady rain in Concord. NC at Lowe's Motor Speedway has caused NASCAR to postpone Thursday's Bud Pole Qualifying until Friday afternoon at 3:00pm/et. Practice, weather permitting [rain is forecast on Friday also], is scheduled to run ~12:15 to 1:30pm/et, the the Busch cars will practice.(NASCAR.com).
    UPDATE - Cup Qualifying at Charlotte: Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 3:00pm/et on Friday, May 23rd, will be televised live on Speed Channel, and be re-aired on Saturday, May 24th at 2:00am/et.
    and live via PRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144, and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, Trackpass.
    Plus I will run my Qualifying page with all the speeds updated every five drivers or so, with practice speeds to compare, provisional rank; as I watch/listen to qualifying.(5-22-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. 46 drivers/teams are listed. First driver scheduled out is #10-Johnny Benson, last scheduled is #30-Steve Park. See above for the link(s).(5-22-2003)

  • Entry List link is up for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Only 45 drivers/teams are listed, the 42 full time teams, plus #02-Hermie Sadler, #11-Brett Bodine and #37-Derrike Cope. See above for the link(s).(5-20-2003)
    UPDATE: up to 46 as #71-Kevin Lepage has entered the race.(5-21-2003)

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

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

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Drying - Five Jet Dryers - and The Trak Vak: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials are more than ready to battle the wet track conditions when the rain finally starts to taper off, which is expected sometime this afternoon. The speedway has five jet dryers on hand to speed the drying efforts — which will be at a premium considering Coca-Cola 600 qualifying was washed out on Thursday and had to be moved to 1:00pm/et today. Time trials for the Busch Series will held at the track today as well, followed by the ARCA race. The jet dryers run at a speed of one-and-a-half miles per hour, and it takes those five jet dryers one hour to make a complete lap around the 1-5-mile tri-oval. The track will take roughly two hours to dry. In addition to the five jet dryers, there is an additional vehicle to help the speedway’s efforts. The Trak Vak, first used at Texas Motor Speedway in March, will also bee on the track when the rain stops. Trak Vak utilizes the ability to remove water from damp surfaces. The Trak Vak was invented by Texas resident George Carter. The dually truck chassis features a 27-horsepower motor powering a large vacuum with 12 pickup points located behind the vehicle’s rear tires. The diesel-powered vehicle is designed to operate at 60 mph, allowing it to remove water at a faster rate. “Our theory is to pick up as much water as possible,” Carter said. “Jet blowers attempts to evaporate the water from the surface. Our goal it to actually remove the water.”(Independent Tribune)(5-23-2003)

  • Floods close down campgrounds in Concord/Charlotte: The abundance of rain is not only postponing race events; it is also preventing some fans from having a place to camp out. Lower Lot 40 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway is one of several campground lots where standing water and mud have washed out some campers. Without the help of four-wheel drive, most vehicles cannot make it through the lots, forcing management them down.(New 14 Carolina)(5-23-2003)

  • Street to re-named? West First Street in downtown Charlotte will be renamed Victory Lane for Coca-Cola 600 weekend, and the change could become permanent as part of a plan to put a racing-themed attraction in center city. The mayor's office and the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission presented an initial concept to transform West First Street between South Tryon and Mint streets into a tourist destination honoring past and present NASCAR drivers with a walk of fame and personalized tributes. The Victory Lane concept comes from a committee of the Winston All-Star Team, formed last year to generate excitement for NASCAR and The Winston all-star race.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-23-2003)

  • No Flyover at Lowe's? At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500, no extraordinary security measures are in place, said spokesman Bob Clidinst. The speedway bumped up its normal security measures after 9-11 and has maintained that level of security at all subsequent events, he said. And there will be no blimps over the racetrack; indeed, the Federal Aviation Authority has put a ban on air traffic over all sports stadiums for the duration of the weekend.(MSNBC) AND Suspension of all waivers of temporary flight restrictions over sporting events. This includes companies that had been given waivers to fly blimps and banner-towing planes over sports arenas.(CNN), neither say specifically Lowe's Motor Speedway, but looks like there will be no flyover and no idea how this may effect Robby Gordon's flight plans.(5-22-2003)

  • Idol's [no not Billy] to perform national anthem at Coke 600: Stars from the hit show "American Idol" are revving up for their biggest live performance to date - singing in front of roughly 200,000 NASCAR fans attending this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 and millions of television viewers watching at home. The Coca-Cola Company today announced that seven finalists from "American Idol" will be on hand to perform the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 25 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.. Performers will include Charlie Grigsby, Oberlin, Ohio; Kimberly Locke, Nashville, Tenn.; Carmen Rasmusen, Bountiful, Utah; Julia DeMato, Brookfield, Conn.; Trenyce, Memphis, Tenn.; Kimberly Caldwell, Katy, Texas; and Rickey Smith, Keene, Texas.(LMS PR)(5-20-2003)

  • Mural at LMS: David Arrigo, the artist who painted a mural of Wayne Gretzky at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, is working on a mural on the concourse at the entrance to the Ford Grandstand at LMS. The 16-feet by 6-feet painting will take six days to complete. It will depict scenes of drivers like Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and others. Race fans attending events this week can watch Arrigo work on the painting. After it is finished, it will be moved to Charlotte Douglas International Airport for permanent display.(NASCAR.com)(5-18-2003)

  • General to be stonewalled at Lowe's: Air Force Gen. Hal M. Hornburg will receive the Stonewall Jackson award for patriotism before the start of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25. This award is given annually to the military leader who has best displayed patriotism during the past year. Gen. Hornburg is commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. ACC has more than 1,000 aircraft and 100,000 active-duty and civilian members at 26 major installations in the United States. Also attending the race will be Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper and Chief Master Sgt. Gerald R. Murray.(St. Louis Post Dispatch)(5-17-2003)

  • Going to Charlotte for the races? check out Sam Bass and...: The walls of the Sam Bass art gallery, located less than a lap away from Lowe's Motor Speedway's high-banked oval, are alive with vivid recollections of racing's most exciting and endearing events. Visitors are often overcome with a sense of time frozen in place as they view the paintings - as if Jeff Gordon's first win were only yesterday; Richard Petty's seventh championship had just happened; and Mark Martin is just beginning to celebrate his $1 million victory in the Coca-Cola 600. Individual moments, protected from the present behind the glass plates of their frames, hang in anticipation of being freed by the imagination of race fans. The Sam Bass Gallery displays dozens of examples of team graphics packages and car paint schemes he has designed. The 10,000-square-foot building on Performance Drive in Concord that is currently home to the Sam Bass collection of original paintings and fine art, limited-edition prints also gives visitors a look at some of the artist's rare personal racing mementos such as historic sheet metal, driver helmets and uniforms. A tour of the Sam Bass Gallery is a pilgrimage thousands of race fans a year eagerly anticipate. Adjacent to Lowe's Motor Speedway, the gallery is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm/et, Monday through Saturday, year round. Visit www.sambass.com on the Internet or phone 800/556-5464 for more information. Admission is free. Tours may be arranged through the gallery coordinator.
    ALSO: check out the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Memory Lane Museum, both in Mooresville, NC (15-20 minutes from the track) and to check out Team Race Shops, see my Team Address page.(5-15-2003)

  • North Carolina Governor declares May 'Motorsports Month: Gov. Mike Easley declared May "Motorsports Month in North Carolina" on Thursday, another gimmick in the state's campaign to keep NASCAR from moving its annual all-star race. The Winston has been held at Lowe's Motor Speedway 16 straight years, and all but once in event history. But NASCAR has been toying with the idea of rotating the non-points race to other venues. So city and business leaders launched a $650,000 campaign this spring aimed at convincing NASCAR the event should stay where it is.(Charlotte Observer/AP)(5-15-2003)

  • Alcohol to be watched: Law enforcement officials plan to crack down on alcohol and drug violations during the upcoming races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, sources said. The Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department and the Concord Police Department will target vendors selling alcohol to minors and bartenders who over-serve patrons. Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency Agent Joe Barringer said ALE plans to use at least four teen-agers to be sent in to local businesses to try and buy alcohol from vendors.(Independent Tribune)(5-15-2003)

  • "Pay and Play" Unofficial Theme of Sam Bass' New LMS Program Covers: The month of May at Lowe's Motor Speedway is so packed with racing action it takes two souvenir program covers by NASCAR artist Sam Bass (www.sambass.com)to show it all - one for the May 17 running of The Winston, another for the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Capturing the excitement of the all-star, non-points event, Bass portrays 14 of the top teams in a bumper-to-bumper, fender-to-fender dash for first place. The cars blow down the frontstretch through a cloud of billowing cash - the $1 million payoff reserved for the winner of the race! The painting, which is titled "Money, Money, Money, Money!" features a fantasy six-car-wide train made up of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and other hopefuls.
    Bass chose last year's Coca-Cola 600 program cover to launch a series of images blending the screaming energy of stock car racing with the laid-back, nostalgic mood of an earlier America. As a follow-up to 2002's "Family Drive-In," in which competitors and their cars stop off at a '50s-style diner for a post-race Coke, Bass created "Now Playing." This newest piece depicts the dozen Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers taking advantage of the 600's nighttime schedule to attend a drive-in movie in Lowe's Motor Speedway's Turn Four.
    Souvenir programs featuring the two Sam Bass covers may be purchased for $10 each during race weeks in the Winston Gift Shop, at most ticket gates and at LMS merchandise trailers.(LMS PR)(5-14-2003)




    (click on image to see much larger image from the LMS site)

  • Treat Your Mother-in-law: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials announced the return of the Mother-in-Law Special, offering a 50-percent discount on all remaining single tickets for Saturday's running of The Winston and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600. A very limited number of single tickets are available in a variety of locations, including the frontstretch, and various price ranges around the speedway. Also, a good variety of tickets in blocks of two or more are still available at regular prices for The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600. Race fans may take advantage of the Mother-in-Law Special by calling 1-800-455-FANS or by visiting the speedway ticket office.(LMS PR)(5-13-2003)

  • Governor loses control of race car, wrecks at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Not Injured: North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, who was turning practice laps in a Winston Cup car at Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday morning, lost control of the car while exiting Turn 2 and wrecked on the backstretch. Easley was not injured, speedways officials confirmed. The accident occurred about 11:45am.et and Easley's car - a #48 Chevy from Hendrick Motorsports - was the only car on the track at the time. Easley was wearing the HANS device, one of two head-and-neck restraint systems mandated by NASCAR in October 2001. After the wreck, Easley stood by the car joking with his staff and track officials and even autographed the crumpled car before it was towed away. Easley drove two laps behind the pace cars for two parade laps before last October's Winston Cup race at Charlotte. He'd planned to run three laps in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt, but a rain delay and damp track conditions spoiled those plans. Easley was at the track Friday to practice in preparation of reprising that role during May race activities at the speedway.(ThatsRacin.com)
    AND A close call this morning for North Carolina Governor Mike Easley at Lowes Motor Speedway. Driving an old Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Chevy The Governor lost the handle coming out of turn 2 then crashed.along the backstretch wall while practicing for a pre-race event for The Winston All-Star race next weekend. Easley, who was clocked at just over 165 miles per hour when the accident occured was not injured. After autographing pieces of the wrecked car he continued his pace laps in an old Terry Labonte #5 Kelloggs Monte Carlo.(PRN's Garage Pass)(5-9-2003)

  • Johnson Grand Marshal: The entertainment lineup for the ninth annual Speed Street, sponsored by Food Lion, was also announced Wednesday. The event opens at noon on May 22 and concludes Saturday evening with 10 p.m. concerts headlined by David Lee Roth, Aaron Tippin and The Presidents of the United States at three separate stages in a eight-block area in uptown Charlotte. A fireworks display will follow those shows. Racing legend Junior Johnson will be the grand marshal for the annual 600 Festival parade on May 20 in uptown Charlotte.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-8-2003)

  • Bruton Smith to sponsor IROC? Bruton Smith confirmed that one of his companies, zMAX, is negotiating to become the sponsor of the International Race of Champions series. The True Value chain of hardware stores will end its association with IROC after this season. "I am not interested in buying IROC," Smith said. "But I do have people who I'm quite sure have talked a couple of times about maybe becoming a sponsor. We are discussing that with them." Smith said that while he would leave the management of the series up to IROC president Jay Signore and his team, that does not mean Smith wouldn't have ideas for possible changes in the series. "We might have some suggestions," Smith said. "I would like to see it really be an international race of champions. It doesn't seem they ever quite get that." Smith said he thinks a "consolidation" of the IROC schedule might be necessary "if you really want to have a championship," but would not elaborate further. The potential sponsor, zMAX, is a line of engine lubricant products made by a company Smith bought in 1997.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-8-2003)

  • The Great Speedway Toilet Flush: As part of its pre-event facilities inspection, Lowe's Motor Speedway officials will test the speedway's massive sewer and water infrastructure with the second annual Great Speedway Toilet Flush Tuesday night, May 6, at approximately 7:15pm/et. The ideal test would be to flush the speedway's 3,000-plus toilet fixtures at the same time, simulating a "peak demand" on the systems. Speedway officials are inviting fans to watch Truck Series testing and lend a hand with the flushing. Instructions will be given to the fans sitting in the grandstand area that wish to participate. Official "Royal Flush Society" T-shirts will be given to the first 500 participants. Busch Series testing runs Tuesday from 8:00am to 3:00pm, while Truck Series competitors test from 4:00 to 10:00pm. Grandstand admission is free to the general public. Fans may enter through Gate 5B, next to Smith Tower.(LMS PR)(5-6-2003)

  • Coca Cola 600 Grand Marshal and Starter: Lowe's Motor Speedway says South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will be the grand marshal for the May 25 running of the Coca-Cola 600 Winston Cup race. The track, which is located in Concord, N.C., says North Carolina Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue will wave the green flag as the honorary starter for the 44th running of NASCAR's longest race.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-30-2003)

  • Campaign states "There's No Place Like Home": The Winston All-Star Team, a group of Charlotte and Concord business leaders, outlined details of an unprecedented $650,000 campaign designed to convince NASCAR officials to keep The Winston All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. To date, nearly $500,000 has been raised in cash and in-kind contributions from local businesses and tourism agencies for the aggressive promotional campaign, which will also enhance NASCAR's popular all-star event for fans and competitors. The Speedway also increased its promotional spending an additional $1.25 million by adding the Hardee's 200, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck series event on May 16, and increasing the purse for The Winston.. The purse for the winner of the final 20 lap segment of the May 17 race will be $1 million, making it the richest payoff per mile in motorsports. To kick off the effort, The Winston All-Star Team unveiled an advertising campaign with the slogan, "There's No Place Like Home.". Billboards, radio, television, newspapers and banners will be used to spread the word. The multi-media campaign reinforces the fact that most of the NASCAR industry is based here in the Charlotte region, including the vast majority of the NASCAR teams, who greatly appreciate the two week "home stand.". The campaign will also point out that:
    *The Winston and the days leading up to and after the race contribute up to $100 million to the local economy.
    *While there are plenty of venues around the country willing to host The Winston, no one can market and create a buzz like the Charlotte community.
    "When you think of the Rose Bowl, you think of Pasadena. When you think of The Winston, we want you to think of the Charlotte region," said Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. McCrory added, "We want to take The Winston to the next level¦to make it more than just a race. If we do it right, those 10 days in May, already the biggest economic engine in our area's tourism industry each year, will have an even greater impact."
    "The Winston was born here, has grown here and should stay here," stated Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. Tim Newman, President of Charlotte Center City Partners and President of the Charlotte USA All Star Racing Coalition, Inc., the nonprofit sponsoring organization of The Winston All Star Team, said, "Yes, the impact of racing to the Charlotte region's economy is vital but there is more to it than that. Charlotte is racing country. The Winston has blossomed into the premiere all-star event in professional sports because of the area's support and I have no doubt that if the race remains here it will grow to even greater heights." In addition to the media campaign, The Team is planning several special events, both public and private. On Wednesday, May 14, the group is sponsoring a Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, for Winston All-Star Team members, civic leaders, and NASCAR team owners and drivers at Founders Hall in Bank of America Corporate Center in uptown Charlotte.. NASCAR team showcars will be on display on North Tryon Street during the event.. The showcars will also be on display at Team member businesses on Thursday, May 15.
    Also on Thursday, May 15, the group is planning "All-Star Alley" - a "block party" on Speedway Boulevard across from Lowe's Motor Speedway.. Fans can meet and get driver's autographs, check out the souvenirs and enjoy a live concert by Uncle Kracker at 8:30 p.m. All-Star Alley is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m.
    On Saturday, May 17, more than 5,000 employees and their families of the race teams and other NASCAR industry officials based in the Charlotte region will be invited to The Winston All-Star Homecoming Luncheon, providing them an opportunity to enjoy time with their families on one of the few weekends a year when they do not have to travel. Country music recording star Lee Ann Womack will perform, presented by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, at the invitation only event.. The Speedway will provide tickets to those family members for The Winston that evening.
    Also on Saturday, immediately prior to The Winston, The Winston All-Star Team will sponsor "The Little Winston," in which one representative from each Team member will race a Bandelero car on the quarter mile track on the frontstretch in a format similar to that of The Winston - two qualifying heats and a final.
    Racing fans interested in more details should access The Team's website at www.winstonallstar.com.
    The Winston All-Star Team members:
    Adams Outdoor Advertising; Bank of America; Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Charlotte Observer; Duke Energy; Jefferson Pilot/The Link 107.9/WBT; Levy Restaurants; Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse; Lowe's Motor Speedway; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; Visit Charlotte; and Wachovia.(LMS PR)(4-30-2003)

  • LMS -- Race Weekend Motel Rooms Starting at $45: Locating affordable motel accommodations is often an excruciating task for race fans attending NASCAR Winston Cup races. However, Vroomz.com has greatly simplified the process, offering a one-stop source for affordable motel rooms for events at Lowe's Motor Speedway. With prices starting at just $45 per night for The Winston all-star race on Saturday night, May 17, and $69 per night for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday evening, May 25, Vroomz.com has secured rooms for race fans at more than 30 motels in the Charlotte area. The company has also worked closely with motel personnel on minimum stay requirements, reducing them in most cases and eliminating them in others. To book a room for either The Winston weekend on May 16-17 or the Coca-Cola 600 weekend on May 22-25 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, call 1-877-FAN-ROOM or visit www.vroomz.com. Vroomz.com also has rooms available for the Oct. 8-11 UAW-GM Quality 500 weekend starting at $45 per night. Tickets for all events at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-24-2003)

  • The Speedway Club's Access Pass Offers a Unique NASCAR Experience: The Speedway Club is offering a unique, upscale motorsports experience for the May races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. A limited number of Access Passes are now on sale, offering premium tickets along with amenities only The Speedway Club can offer. An Access Pass includes a frontstretch seat, a pre-race pit tour, dining in The Speedway Club's elegant restaurant, a souvenir program and a subscription to Winners Magazine. Access Pass options: The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, May 25: Veranda seat, $385; Clubhouse seat, $447. The Winston Pole Night, Hardee's 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and The Winston All-Star race on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17: Veranda seat, $458; Clubhouse seat, $474. The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, May 25, and The CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, May 24: Veranda seat, $588; Clubhouse seat, $656. The Winston Pole Night and Hardee's 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday, May 16, The Winston All-Star race on Saturday, May 17, The CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, May 24 and The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, May 25: Veranda seat, $931; Clubhouse seat, $1,015. The Speedway Club is a private club located above the 1.5-mile oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Its 4,000 members enjoy fine dining, live entertainment and the excitement of racing throughout the year. To purchase an Access Pass or obtain information about The Speedway Club, visit www.gospeedwayclub.com or call (704) 455-3240.(LMS PR)(2-18-2003)

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


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

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

  • Freightliner to sponsor #49 BAM Racing at the Coke 600: Freightliner Trucks, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America, will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of driver Ken Schrader for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup race this weekend at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, a DaimlerChrysler company. “We’re very proud that Freightliner will serve as our primary sponsor for the 600,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM along with her husband Tony. We appreciate the confidence Freightliner and DaimlerChrysler are putting behind us, and are looking forward to a great weekend for them,” she said. Freightliner Trucks is utilizing the sponsorship to showcase the Freightliner Coronado, a new heavy-duty tractor developed for owner-operator truckers.(Williams Company PR)(5-21-2003)

  • Lepage enters the Coke 600: Kevin Lepage will enter the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway featuring Fast Boy Wings of Jacksonville, FL on the hood. The #71 car [the number he used in the Winston Open] is silver with fluorescent red numbers for TV visibility. Lepage will be racing a car built in his Mooreseville shop and has the quarter panels, TV panel and deck lid available for sponsorship. As one of the few owner-drivers of his own team, Lepage has been actively seeking sponsorship for both Busch and Winston Cup competition. He feels that he can race more economically for a sponsor by being both the driver and team owner.(to sponsor the team go to 200mph Media)(5-21-2003)

  • Some 'Daily Double' facts: Drivers who ran the Indy 500 and Coke 600 on the same day:
    Year ........................... Driver ...........................600 Finish / 500 Finish
    1994... ........................ John.Andretti...... ...... 36th ................. .10th
    1997............................ Robby Gordon............ *41st................. 29th
    1999............................ Tony.Stewart........ .... 4th .................. ...9th
    2000............................ Robby Gordon............ **35th............... .. 5th
    2001............................ Tony Stewart.............. 3rd................... .. 6th
    2002 ........................... Robby Gordon............ 16th.................. 8th
    *Indianapolis 500 was postponed one day because of rain.
    **P.J. Jones started the 600 in Gordon's car, due to delay in Gordon's arrival after the Indy 500.
    The 600's finish was delayed by rain until the next day, when Gordon took over on Lap 262.(NASCAR PR)(5-21-2003)

  • Hendrick To Team With U.S.S. Nimitz At LMS Cup Entries Provide 'Friendly Competition' For Squadrons: Hendrick Motorsports will join forces with the U.S. Navy this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where all four of the team's NASCAR Winston Cup Series entries will display decals from fighter squadrons of the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN 68 - more info at their site), a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout the week leading up to Sunday's 600-mile event, each Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will display the Nimitz logo on the driver's side "C-post," along with the logos of two individual squadrons on the car's opposite side. The eight units were able pick which entry would carry their artwork, adding some "friendly competition" between squadrons.
    The decals, also known as "zappers," will be distributed as follows:
    #5 Kellogg's / got milk? Chevrolet and driver Terry Labonte: VFA-41 "The Black Aces" (based in Lemoore, Calif.) and VFA-14 "Tophatters" (Lemoore).
    #24 DuPont Chevrolet and driver Jeff Gordon: VFA-97 "Warhawks" (Lemoore) and VFA-94 "Mighty Shrikes" (Lemoore).
    #25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet and driver Joe Nemechek: VAQ-135 "Black Ravens" (Whidbey Island, Wash.) and VAW-117 "Wallbangers" (Point Mugu, Calif.).
    #48 Lowe's Chevrolet and driver Jimmie Johnson: VS-29 "Dragonfires" (San Diego) and HS-6 "Indians" (San Diego).
    Each squadron employs up to 250 people and carries between four and 14 aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye 2000, S-3B Viking, and SH-60B Seahawk. On Aug. 5, 2002, six Hendrick Motorsports employees spent a day on the Nimitz as part of the Navy's Distinguished Visitors Program, an initiative designed to increase public awareness and appreciation for the Navy. Named after Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, the ship was commissioned on May 3, 1975 in Newport News, Va., and is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in her class. More than 18 stories high from keel to mast, the Nimitz was deployed to the Arabian Gulf from its home base in San Diego on March 3.(HMS PR)(5-21-2003)

  • Elliott Breaks Bones in Foot UPDATE 3: #9-Bill Elliott is being transported to a local hospital to be checked out, he is complaining of foot pain.(5-17-2003)
    UPDATE: XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required) reported that Elliott has three broken bones on the top of his left foot, Elliott's status for next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 is unknown at this point.(5-18-2003)
    UPDATE 2: An official announcement about Elliott's status for this weekend's 600-mile race in Charlotte should come Tuesday.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(5-20-2003)
    UPDATE 3: Elliott will be in the #9 Dodge and start the Coke 600 this weekend. He will use a carbon fiber foot protector. CTS driver, Ted Musgrave will stand by in case relief is needed.(5-20-2003)

  • Hornaday to stand by for Gordon UPDATE: Ron Hornaday said that Richard Childress asked him to fill in for Robby Gordon if for some reason he doesn't get back from Indy in time for the race. Hornaday got fitted for the seat today and will hang out with the team and get ready just in case. Gordon will be attempting to run the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.(XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio - Subscription Required)(5-20-2003)
    UPDATE: Hornaday will practice the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Saturday for a few laps, as required by NASCAR, in the event he needs to drive the car Sunday. Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress will accompany Gordon Thursday morning when he flies to Indianapolis for Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.. The trio will then fly back to Concord, N.C., in time for the afternoon practice for the Coca-Cola 600.(RCR PR)(5-20-2003)

  • Racing and Wrestling Event and Hermie to Announce Sponsorship plans UPDATE: Racing and wrestling pair up once again for an evening of incredible sports entertainment this Wednesday night on NWA-TNA: Total Nonstop Action wrestling on iNDEMAND and DirecTV pay-per-view at 8:00pm/et. Fox Sport's Jeff Hammond will serve as a guest color analyst for an innovative X-Division 6 Man Match. The X Division is an extreme class of wrestling with high-flying, acrobatic maneuvers and is available only on TNA. Hammond will join "The Professor" Mike Tenay and Don West ringside to call the action on what will surely be a "match of the year" candidate. In addition to his analyst duties, Hammond will be broadcasting his segment for Totally NASCAR on Fox Sports Net from the TNA Asylum Wednesday night. Hermie Sadler will be back at the TNA Asylum to talk about TNA's sponsorship of his car this past weekend at the Aaron's 499 in Talladega, and will be announcing TNA's sponsorship plans for the #02 car for several additional Winston Cup races. No stranger to wrestling, Sadler defeated Ron "The Truth" Killings in his only in-ring appearance last September. NWA-TNA: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is the first-ever weekly pay-per-view wrestling series that airs every Wednesday at 8:00pm/et on iNDEMAND and DirecTV. With its unique blend of traditional wrestling and the high-flying cutting edge moves of the X-Division, it is the definitive alternative for the wrestling enthusiast.(Trifecta Entertainment PR)(4-8-2003)
    UPDATE: "We're announcing a five-race sponsorship program in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling," Hermie Sadler said on Totally NASCAR. "The first race is going to be the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. We're tying John Boy & Billy and all those on in. It's a great promotion, and we're looking forward to getting it started."(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(4-10-2003

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

  • #1 to debut Synthetic Paint Scheme: The Pennzoil yellow that race fans are so familiar with will be replaced with a silver metallic paint scheme at this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup event. The newly-designed paint scheme is set to introduce the NASCAR world to Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil. The familiar oval will be prominently displayed on the hood while the company's new promotion, "Wide Open Weekend" will be visible on the deck lid of the car. For the second consecutive year, "Wide Open Weekend" enters retail stores across the country. Pennzoil retailers will feature the two-time IRL Champion Sam Hornish Jr. case and Pennzoil No. 1 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. specialty cases of Conventional and Synthetic brand of motor oils. One lucky customer will instantly win a trip for two to the 2004 Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. Last year's winner will be in attendance at both races this Sunday. The Green Foundation, consisting of brothers Jeff and Mark Green, will make a donation to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The funds were raised during the foundation's "Rock into Racing 2003" dinner, dance and auction. The dinner was attended by several NASCAR stars, as well as country singer, Neal McCoy and actor, Michael Rooker of "Days of Thunder." The presentation will take place prior to driver introductions for Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series event.(Pennzoil Racing PR),see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(5-22-2003)

  • Panther Power Returns: After finishing a strong second-place finish in The Winston Open last weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with the team’s new car and black paint scheme, Dave Blaney and the #77 Jasper Motorsports crew decided to bring the "Panther Power" car—first intended to run only during The Winston weekend—back for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Blaney will also compete in Saturday’s Busch Series event in the #31 Whelen Motorsports entry, which will make it’s first start as a Ford with Penske-Jasper Engines from the potent production line that generated power for Ryan Newman during his outstanding split Busch Series/ARCA Series season in 2001 prior to his WC debut last year.(Jasper Racing PR)(5-21-2003)

  • Special for Marlin in the Coke 600 UPDATE: Coor’s has decided to race a #40 Brooks & Dunn themed car with Sterling Marlin at the Coca-Cola 600 next week. The paint scheme will be solid silver with B&D decals. They are promoting the upcoming Neon Circus concert tour, which is sponsored by Coors. Being told, no diecast will be produced for this scheme.(5-16-2003)
    UPDATE: Country duo, Brooks & Dunn are once again bringing some country charm to the Winston Cup Series. Sterling Marlin's #40 Coors Light Dodge will feature a Brooks & Dunn paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Chip Ganassi racing and Brooks & Dunn are two of our longest running sponsorships and are our two most valued partners," said Pat Ramirez, Director of Sales Services for Coors Brewing Company. "Kix and Ronnie will be performing in Charlotte on June 13, and their new album, Red Dirt Road, will be in stores in mid July, so it made sense to put their logos on the car for this race. We know the fans and the race team will enjoy this special paint scheme." The special paint scheme will feature logos of the Neon Circus tour as well as the Red Dirt Road logos to help promote the tour and the new release. Sterling Marlin will race his Brooks & Dunn Coors Light Dodge in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 25.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(5-19-2003)

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

  • Some Paint Scheme Stuff: Rusty Wallace's #2 Dodge did not carry the 600th consecutive start logo on the rear quarter panel at the Richmond race last weekend. Wallace plans to run it at the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(5-8-2003)

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

  • #48 scheme at Lowe's UPDATE 2: hearing the #48 Lowe's car will run a special scheme at Lowe's in May, not sure what kind of scheme or for what.(12-11-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing it will be a Power of Pride Blue with silver stars.(12-18-2002)
    UPDATE 2: the Power of Pride car will be run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May(1-31-2003)

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
    #02-Hermie Sadler NWA-TNA Coca-Cola 600 - May none...yet
    #1-Jeff Green Synthetic Pennzoil Coca-Cola 600 - May Paint Scheme Gallery
    #2-Rusty Wallace 600th Consecutive start Coca-Cola 600 Paint Scheme Gallery
    #21-Ricky Rudd US Air Force
    100 Years of Flight Centennial
    Coca Cola 600 - May
    Dover - June
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    #31-Robby Gordon Reverse Cingular Coca Cola 600 - May
    Daytona - July
    Bristol - Aug
    Richmond - Sept
    Lowe's - Oct
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    #38-Elliott Sadler Pedigree Dog Food Coca Cola 600 - May
    Brickyard 400 - Aug
    Kansas - Oct
    Phoenix - Nov
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    #40-Sterling Marlin Brooks and Dunn/Coors Coca-Cola 600 - May none...yet
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Power of Pride Coca Cola 600 - May Paint Scheme Gallery
    #99-Jeff Burton Peel Out, Reel In Coca-Cola 600 - May
    Dover - June
    Paint Scheme Gallery


  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news


SOME NOTES and NEWS

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


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