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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Subway 500

Winston Cup Race #32 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, October 19, 2003 in Martinsville, VA

  • TV: NBC - 12:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 12:00pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race scheduled for:
    Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm/et and again on October 23rd at 1:00am/et;
    and a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, October 23rd

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

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,242,123 (was $3,657,565 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    Martinsville Speedway site
    NASCAR.com

  • 2002 Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 74.651mph, started 36th

  • Track/Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1996, 82.223mph

  • Track/Race Length: 0.526 mile oval, 500 laps, 263 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Rusty Wallace, 6

  • Most Wins - All Time: Richard Petty, 15

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Ricky Rudd, 4

  • Most Poles - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 8

  • Slowest Race Record: Lee Petty, 1959, 59.440mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 8 months, 12 days, 9/22/91

  • Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 22 years, 9 months, 8 days, 4/10/60

  • Most Cautions: 18 - Oct 2000

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3 times, most recent;y, 4/25/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 111, 4/9/2000

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 3, 4/25/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - April 1999

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 4 - May 1951

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kurt Busch, Oct 2002, started 36th

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - Sept 1980

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 3 times, most recently April 1961


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, October 17th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, October 18th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 18th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel tape delay at 6:00pm/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 17th, 10:20am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, October 17th at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air at 8:00pm/et and on Oct 18th at 1:00am/et. And live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required).

  • Qualifying Results: on my Subway 500 Qualifying Page

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, Sept 2000, 95.371mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 92.837, finished 15th

  • April 2003's Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.307, finished 1st


    Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 12 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 0 degrees(flat)
    Straights: 800 feet
    Grandstnd Seating: 91,000
    Pit Stalls: 43 pits, 14-feet wide by 28-feet long

  • Track Homepage: Martinsville Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Martinsville Speedway Oct Race Info page.

  • April's Race: see my 2003 April - Martinsville Speedway Race Info page


    PREVIOUS Martinsville WINNERS

    Martinsville Speedway site - Past Winners


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
    Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325

    Tire Codes: Left - D-5692; Right - D-5704

    Tire Circumference: Left - 86.2 in.; Right - 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 15 psi; Left Rear - 15 psi;
    Right Front - 25 psi; Right Rear - 25 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 11 psi; Left Rear - 11 psi; Right
    Front - 22 psi; Right Rear - 21 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 150-160 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear has brought to Martinsville since April 2001 . . . both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Truck Series will compete on the same tire set-up this weekend . . . Martinsville is the only track where Winston Cup teams will use this specific tire combination, though this right-side tire (D-5704) will be used on all four tire positions at both Sears Point and Watkins Glen . . . truck series teams also used this combination earlier this season at both Mesa Marin and South Boston . . . because Martinsville is an oval of less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners this weekend.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "This being Goodyear's short track tire set-up, these are the softest left- and right-side tires we will run in 2003. Martinsville is just a tick over a half-mile in length and has extremely tight turns and very little banking, and that ultimately leads to a relatively low amount of downforce. Because of that, softer tires are necessary to give cars additional grip."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $320,000 at Martinsville Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(10-12-2003)

  • 63 Races since... Leader bonus has been won. It's been 63 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. #17-Matt Kenseth leads the series points and has the only shot at claiming the bonus at LMS. Should a driver win the bonus, it would bypass the largest payout in the history of the program. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #15-Waltrip at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(10-12-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $5,000 at Martinsville Speedway. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Tony Stewart last won the bonus, $75,000 + $10,000 at Charlotte on October 11, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
    Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000* (plus $5,000 bonus)
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000* (plus $25,000 bonus)
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (which included the $20,000 bonus)*
    Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
    Michigan: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Sonoma: Robby Gordon, $25,000 (which included the $15,000 bonus)*
    Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Chicago: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    New Hampshire: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Indy: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Watkins Glen: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Michigan: Jimmie Johnson, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Darlington: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    New Hampshire: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Talladega: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Kansas: Bill Elliott, $10,000
    Charlotte: Tony Stewart, $85,000 (which included the $75,000 bonus)*
    (* won race and bonus)(10-12-2003)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motorsports Racing Network(MRN) and


Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page
Sponsored by Racing Electronics


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Martinsville, VA Area:
The Daily Press
Danville Register and Bee
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
Martinsville.com
Martinsville Bulletin
Roanoke Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginian-Pilot


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


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
ARS Racing - Martinsvillel Track Review
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

  • Gordon sweeps 2003 Martinsville races, winning the Subway 500: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his 2nd win of the 2003 season, both coming at Martinsville. It is Gordon's 63rd career Cup win which is 7th all time. #48-Jimmie Johnson was 2nd, followed by #20-Tony Stewart, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., and #12-Ryan Newman. There were 15 cautions for 117 laps, the previous record for caution laps in a Martinsville race was 111 in April of 2000. There were 117 run on Sunday. Points leader #17-Matt Kenseth finished 13th and lost a little bit of his points lead over #29-Harvick, now a lead of 240 points with fours races to go, so Harvick needs to score more then 60 points a race to catch Kenseth.(full story at ThatsRacin.com)
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel:
    one-hour recap/Fast Forward on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm/et and again on October 23rd at 1:00am/et;
    and a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, October 23rd.(10-19-2003)

  • The Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway IS OVER:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 500 of 500 laps:

    #24-Gordon(1)(311 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (26)
    #20-Stewart (16)(2 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(3)(61 laps led)
    #12-Newman (8)

    #5-Labonte (31)(40 laps led)
    #29-Harvick (5)(10 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (17)
    #9-Elliott (28)
    #99-Burton (21)

    Points Leader, #17-Kenseth finished 13th

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

    Off track/out of race (5): #40-Marlin (out-overheating); #18-Labonte (out-engine); #37-Cope (out-??); #54-Bodine (out-accident); #97-Busch (out-engine);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 with 11 lead changes): #24-Gordon (311-led most); #5-Labonte(40); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(led at halfway - 61); #2-Wallace (18); #29-Harvick (10); #97-Busch (28); #20-Stewart(2); #25-Nemechek(19);

    Cautions: 15 for 117 laps

    the previous record for caution laps in a Martinsville race was 111 in April of 2000

    Caution 15 - Laps 436 - 440: Debris from the #97 engine.
    Caution 14 - Laps 405 - 427: #2-Wallace got into #97-Busch who spun around off turn two and down the front stretch.
    Caution 13 - Laps 387 - 393: #54-Bodine got squeezed up in the wall by #1-Andretti, Bodine then came down into the #77-Blaney, and #31-Gordon piled into the rear of the #54, causing all three to spin.
    Caution 12 - Laps 375 - 380: #88-Jarrett got spun around in turn 4 after #23-Wallace lost a left rear tire and many stopped.
    Caution 11 - Laps 355 - 362: #6-Martin and #02-Sadler involved in a spin in turn 4.
    Caution 10 - Laps 288 - 293: #38-Sadler got slapped by #0-Leffler, which caused a left rear to go down and Sadler spun and stopped in turn 4.
    Caution 9 - Laps 274 - 282: #77-Blaney looped around and smacked the wall, #41-Mears was right behind Blaney, hard to tell if there was contact; also is oil on the track from the #18-Labonte [valve spring].
    Caution 8 - Laps 231 - 237: #23-Wallace spun around after having a tire go down.
    Caution 7 - Laps 176 - 188: #22-Burton and #23-Wallace got together off of turn two on the back stretch. Both have quite a bit of damage, with Wallace having the most.
    Caution 6 - Laps 138 - 143: #2-Wallace got tapped by #6-Martin, then got into the rear of #25-Nemechek, while checking up #24-Gordon rear-ended #29-Harvick, but both drove on at speed.
    Caution 5 - Laps 122 - 128: #45-Petty got spun around after #31-Gordon made contact with him.
    Caution 4 - Laps 106 - 112: #88-Jarrett got tapped by #37-Cope and spun around.
    Caution 3 - Laps 80 - 85: #30-Park got into the rear of #12-Newman in turn 2, causing Newman to spin around.
    Caution 2 - Laps 66 - 69: #22-Burton punted #40-Marlin when Marlin spun his tires, Marlin spun around, many had to check up and stop, some with damage while checking up include #74-Raines, #18-Labonte, #43-Green.
    Caution 1 - Laps 54 - 62: #7-Spencer spun in turn 4 after getting loose while trying to get past the lapped car of #54-Bodine. #2-Wallace got some front end damage after making contact with Spencer.

    Who got a lap back on each caution at Martinsville - The Lucky Dog Pack?: (and their finish)

    Caution 15: #01-Skinner, 21st
    Caution 14: #23-Wallace, 16th
    Caution 13: #16-Biffle, 19th
    Caution 12: #22-Burton, 18th
    Caution 11: #6-Martin, 14th
    Caution 10: #77-Blaney, 37th
    Caution 9: #43-Green, 24th
    Caution 8: #45-Petty (2), 25th
    Caution 7: #54-Bodine, 40th
    Caution 6: #30-Park, 12th
    Caution 5: #88-Jarrett, 11th
    Caution 4: #38-Sadler, 28th
    Caution 3: #45-Petty, 25th
    Caution 2: #31-Gordon, 36th
    Caution 1: #10-Benson, 34th

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    ----- on lap 485, #49 while running 7th, cut down a tire and had to pit.
    ----- on lap 451, #19 was black flagged for smoking.
    ----- something fell off the #22 car just before the green flag after the 14th caution, delaying the restart a few laps.
    ----- when #97-Busch came into pit road on caution 14, he spun around as he has some sort of oil leak, possible broken oil cooler.
    ----- #15-Waltrip has fallen back due to a skip in the carb.
    ----- #01-Skinner hit #31-Gordon, causing Gordon to go up the tack on lap 372.
    ----- MRN is reporting smoke from the #19 car as of lap 372.
    ----- on lao 320, #0-Leffler lost a left rear tire, but kept the car low and got off the track and no caution.
    ----- MRN radio reports that #18-Labonte had a puff of smoke out of the pipes and is having engine problems.
    ----- third time; on lap 263, #1-Andretti lost another left rear tire.
    ----- somehow pit road was opened after the leaders got by the opening of pit road, the teams are not too happy. HOWEVER - replay's by NBC show the flag was out when it was supposed to be and looks like it was out in plenty of time.
    ----- #17-Kenseth thought he had a tire going down just as the 8th caution came out, #0-Leffler made contact with the #17's left rear tire.
    ----- as of lap 186, #10-Benson is back on track after spending some time in the garage, no idea what was wrong.
    ----- as of lap 167, #4-Lepage is back on the track after having repairs done to the brakes.
    ----- on lap 167, #1-Andretti lost another left rear tire.
    ----- after the green flag flew following the 6th caution, #1-Andretti had a tire go down and had to pit and lost a lap.
    ----- during the 5th caution, #40-Marlin was reported as over heating and the team took the car behind the pit wall.
    ----- during the 5th caution, NASCAR warned both #43-Green and #31-Gordon to calm down as both have been involved in a few incidents.
    ----- on lap 119, #8-Earnhardt Jr. got loose and slapped the rear of #97-Busch, but Busch recovered.
    ----- most came in during caution 4, most took 4 tires and gas, #18-Labonte took 2 right side tires; five didn't pit during the 4th caution: #5-Labonte, #9-Elliott, #99-Burton, #40-Marlin, #0-Leffler
    ----- #7-Spencer is back on track as of lap 89 after the team repaired the steering box.
    ----- #88-Jarrett penalized for starting out of his pit box with a wrench still attached during the first caution; and #99-Burton ran thru too many pit stalls and was penalized, both had to go to the longest line before the stop.
    ----- most of the leaders came in during the first caution to pit, most got 4 tires and gas.
    ----- #2-Wallace got stuck behind Spencer when he spun out on lap 54.
    ----- while leading on lap 45, #24-Gordon got a little nudge by #31-Gordon trying to stay on the lead lap, the #24 was able to keep control and go on.
    ----- it was reported that #31-Robby Gordon is suffering food poisoning as of lap 40

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Martinsville?
    #24-Gordon 1st
    #22-Burton 18th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 4th
    #23-Wallace 16th
    #29-Harvick 9th
    #7-Spencer 38th
    #2-Wallace 29th
    #12-Newman 5th
    #40-Marlin 43rd
    #43-Green 24th

  • Get The Broom Out:
    1) The Martinsville sweep by #24-Jeff Gordon was the first by a driver since Rusty Wallace won both races there in 1994 and first Chevy driver since Darrell Waltrip did it in 1989.
    2) The Martinsville sweep from the POLE by Jeff Gordon has only happened once before, in 1964 by Fred Lorenzen.
    3) Jeff Gordon became the fourth driver to sweep two races at one track this season. He joins Kurt Busch (Bristol), Johnson (New Hampshire) and Newman (Dover).(10-20-2003)

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Martinsville:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4548
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 4308, -240
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4265, -283
    #12-Ryan Newman, 4248, -300
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4242, -306
    See full standings at JAYSKI or NASCAR.com.(10-19-2003)

    Race Results at
    JAYSKI Martinsville Race Results
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(10-19-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Martinsville:
    Break out the brooms....we've got another sweeper! #24-Jeff Gordon completed the Martinsville Speedway sweep in today's Subway 500 in dominant style. He led 311 of the 500 laps and made it a Hendrick Motorsports 1-2 by finishing a little over one second ahead of teammate Jimmie Johnson. Gordon's 5th win at Martinsville was his 63rd career triumph (he's 7th on the all-time win list) and second of the season. We've had the winner come from the pole five times this season....but only three drivers have accomplished that feat. Today was Gordon's second occasion, joining Ryan Newman's two efforts and Kevin Harvick did it once. This was win #116 for Hendrick Motorsports.
    A bit of a tempest in a teapot with that pit flag situation today. Might want to move that flagman a little up the backstretch....and remind the teams that the pits could open at any moment. There are still a few of us who remember what it was like when you could pit whenever you wanted. Nothing like being half a lap behind and getting lucky on the yellow and ducking into the pits waaaay before the leader. That's when it used to take NASCAR 10-15 laps to figure out who was where.....
    #88-Dale Jarrett (11th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Bristol in August.
    #30-Steve Park (12th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Michigan in August.
    #23-Kenny Wallace (16th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Bristol in August.
    #74-Tony Raines (23rd) had his best finish since he was 20th at Bristol in August.
    #02-Hermie Sadler (30th) had his best finish since he was 23rd at Richmond in September of 2002. (Only 12 races)
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-5's in a row.
    Tony Stewart has 5 Top-5's in a row. Kevin Harvick has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week was Steve Park (+29), followed by Dale Jarrett (+28), Terry Labonte (+25), and Jimmie Johnson (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Sterling Marlin (-34), followed by Jimmy Spencer (-32), Kurt Busch (-26), Rusty Wallace (-22), and Bobby Labonte (-21). This was Park's 3rd Op of the season, and Sterling's 4th BD....both equal to the top of their division.
    Kevin Harvick only took 24 markers off Matt Kenseth's lead today....it's still a healty 240 points with four races to go. Our mathematically eliminated line is creeping further to the top....we lost five more drivers today. If you're 9th or further back, it's time for the Cubs mantra.
    Bill Elliott (12th to 10th) and Johnny Benson (25th to 27th) were the only multi-position movers this week. But if you like action, check out spots 19th to 22nd and 25th to 27th in the standings. Four positions separated by only six points and three more spots separated by that same margin. Think that'll change a couple more times?(Stock Car Fans Winston Cup Newsletter)(10-19-2003)

    Jayski's Martinsville Speedway Qualifying / Starting Grid page

  • Martinsville Speedway Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (10-17-2003)

  • To the back: #88-Jarrett wrecked during his qualifying lap and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race Sunday, but he is starting in Provisional Land [39th], so it wouldn't be much of a drop. Also, #54-Todd Bodine wrecked in Happy Hour practice and go to a backup car and will fall to the back, he was scheduled to start 36th. No word on any engine changes.(10-18-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is over. The fastest were: #2-Wallace at 92.312mph and #29-Harvick at 92.106, the rest of the top 10 are #'s 22,20,23,24,21,10,8,12. Slowest were #37-Cope at 90.400 and #02-Sadler at 90.490. The practice session will televised via tape at 6:00pm/et on Speed Channel.
    See full speeds at ThatsRacin.com - Happy Hour speeds.(10-18-2003)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice at Martinsville Speedway for the Subway 500 is over. The fastest were: #29-Kevin Harvick at 92.642mph and #2-Rusty Wallace at 92.326, the rest of the top 10: #'s 24,17,97,6,99,1,77,19. #02-Hermie Sadler at 90.210 and #88-Dale Jarrett at 90.210.
    See speeds at ThatsRacin.com - Saturday Practice 1.(10-18-2003)

  • Gordon sweeps Martinsville poles in 2003: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville, sweeping the the Martinsville poles for 2003 [and 4th career pole at the track] as he won the pole for the Virginia 500 in April also. It is Gordon's 4th pole of 2003, tying him with #18-Labonte for 2nd place in poles, #12-Newman has 8. Anyhow....Gordon ran a lap of 93.650mph, on the outside pole is #22-Ward Burton with a speed of 93.180mph in his final race in the #22 CAT Dodge. Seven Dodges are in the top 10. Some good runs by #23-Wallace who is 4th and #7-Spencer in a backup and YES Tommy Baldwin is still crew chiefing the team qualified 6th. #42-Jamie McMurray is the highest qualifying rookie at 17th. Some confusing inspection line problem caused #38-Sadler to take a provisional, the team was trying to fix a camber problem and ran out of time [the 5 minute clock], crew chief Todd Parrott said other cars were allowed to go thru before them. #89-Shepherd never got to run a lap as his car was deemed too light twice in inspection. #88-Jarrett backed his car into the wall before completing his lap and had to take a provisional. Out of 32 races [2 qualifying sessions rained out] for 30 poles, Chevy has won the pole 17 times with 8 different drivers. Missing the race were #14-Mark Green [out of provisionals] and #89-Shepherd [too deep in owners points to take one]. See the qualifying results, info, notes and other starting lineup links on my Jayski's Subway 500 Qualifying/Grid Page(10-17-2003)

  • StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings - Martinsville: Jeff Gordon's gotta feel like he's home whenever he rolls into Martinsville Speedway. He completed his Bud Pole sweep of the 2003 season today by capturing his 4th pole of the year and the 46th of his Winston Cup career for Sunday's Subway 500. His time of 20.220 (93.650 mph) was over 1/10th of a second quicker than Ward Burton. Gordon's four poles have come on shorties (3 of 'em) and one road course. Ryan Newman has both Gordon & Bobby Labonte dormie (a four pole lead with four to go).
    #22-Ward Burton (2nd...and in his last ride with Bill Davis Racing), has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond in May of 2002
    #23-Kenny Wallace (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Rockingham in November of 2001
    #7-Jimmy Spencer (12th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Darlington in March.[in a back up car]
    #21-Ricky Rudd (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 8th at Bristol in August.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10 starts in a row.
    45 cars on hand this week....the DNQ's were Mark Green (in the #14 again this week and OOP), and Morgan Shepherd (they were too light and never got through tech).(StockCarFans.Com Winstoncup Newsletter)(10-17-2003)

  • Friday Practice is over Martinsville Speedway for the Subway [Yum] 500. The fastest were: #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #24-Gordon with the same speed of 92.696mph. The rest of the top 10 are: #'s 12,29,99,18,01,9,20,40. Slowest were #89-Shepherd at 89.549 and #37-Cope at 90.733. #7-Spencer wrecked and will have to go to a backup car for qualifying. Track Qualifying Record was set by Tony Stewart in Sept 2000 at 95.371mph.
    For speeds see NASCAR.com - practice 1.(10-17-2003)

  • Qualifying Order links are up. 45 cars listed. First driver scheduled out is #37-Derrike Cope, last driver scheduled out is #10-Johnny Benson. See the links above.(10-17-2003)

  • Entry Lists Links are up for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, 45 drivers/teams are listed, including #02-Hermie Sadler in the James Madison University car, #89-Morgan Shepherd and A.J. Foyt Racing has both the #14 and #50 cars entered but no driver is listed, although it was announced that Mark Green would drive for Foyt until Larry Foyt is ready to return. See the links above.(10-14-2003)
    UPDATE: make it 46, add #37-Derrike Cope to the list.(10-16-2003)
    UPDATE 2 - back to 45: Mark Green in the #14, the #50 car by Foyt is now off the list.(10-17-2003)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

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

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

  • Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page

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

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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • New Fall Martinsville sponsor in 2004: In 2004 the two Craftsman Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway will carry Kroger sponsorship. They will be called the Kroger 200 and the Kroger 250. Advance Auto Parts, who had been the primary sponsor of the truck races, will step up and take on the fall Winston Cup race. It will be called the Advance Auto Parts 500.(Insider Racing News)(10-18-2003)

    • Jared at Martinsville; National Anthem: the Co-Grand Marshals of the Subway 500 at Martinsville will be Jared Fogle (the guy in the Subway commercials who lost all the weight eating Subway) and David Lambo (of Subway). The National Anthem will be sung buy Lori Beth Hogan. Other pre-race dignitaries include: Virginia Governor Mark Warner, Miss Virginia Nancy Redd, Mark McFarland Dodge Weekly Racing National Champion.(10-16-2003)

    • There have been seven winners in the last seven races at Martinsville, starting in April 2000: Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Craven, Bobby Labonte, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon.

    • Martinsville offers FREE Tickets: Martinsville Speedway officials announced that all workers who lost their jobs when the Pillowtex plant in Fieldale, VA closed earlier this year will have the opportunity to attend two events free of charge this fall at Martinsville Speedway. Displaced Pillowtex workers will have the chance to receive two tickets each to the SUBWAY 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on October 19 and the Taco Bell 300 Late Model Stock Car race on October 5. The Fieldale [VA] Pillowtex workers will have two chances to pick up their tickets at Martinsville Speedway’s ticket office. The first pick-up date is Tuesday, September 30, and the second is Thursday, October 2. These are the only two times the tickets will be available. The ticket office is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm/et. Proof of Fieldale [VA] Pillowtex employment must be shown when tickets are picked up. A company ID is preferred, but other methods will be accepted along with a picture ID. Three of Martinsville Speedway’s sponsor partners, Advance Auto Parts, Pepsi and SUBWAY, have also stepped forward to help with the project. Each set of tickets will be accompanied with a voucher good for two Pepsi soft drink products at Martinsville Speedway concession stands during the events. Advance Auto Parts is supplying discount Coupons for items purchased at any Advance Auto Parts stores. And Chip Brunner, who owns the four local SUBWAY franchises, has supplied discount SUBWAY coupons.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-28-2003)

    • Martinsville Tix Still Available: Good seats remain for the October 19th Subway 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. For tickets call toll free at 1-877-RACE-TIX or 1-276-956-3151 or visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com for more information.(9-12-2003)

    • Martinsville Extends Tix Office Hours: Martinsville Speedway’s ticket office will be expanding its ticket hours on September 6 to make it easier for fans to purchase tickets heading into the SUBWAY 500 October 19. Beginning on Saturday, September 6, the ticket office will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 18. And beginning Monday, September 22, the speedway’s ticket office will be open an hour earlier each day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are always available 24 hours a day on the speedway’s web site, www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-10-2003)

    • Campground Stuff: Campers headed to Martinsville Speedway for the SUBWAY 500 on October 18 will notice a few changes in campground policies. The campground will open on Monday, October 13 at 8 a.m. When campers check into the campground, they will not be allowed to reserve any camping spots except the one they will be utilizing. The staging area for the campground has been moved to the bus parking lot. Signage will direct campers to the new staging area, about ¼ mile from the campground.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(9-10-2003)

    • The Virginia Motorsports Initiative: Gov. Mark R. Warner announced Wenesday, a program to transform the state's NASCAR venues and other motor sport centers into engines for job creation and tourism, especially in economically depressed Southside and southwest Virginia. Standing in the pit of the 88,000-seat Martinsville Speedway, Warner (D) announced the launch of the Virginia Motorsports Initiative, a public-private partnership that he said will help "grow" jobs from the state's far southwestern tip to its midsection, a region where recent unemployment rates have climbed as high as 14 percent. Warner said several state agencies will help promote popular racing locales such as Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond as magnets for engine builders, component makers, race car teams and other sectors of an industry that has grown dramatically as a spectator sport -- and even boosted the Democrat's own 2001 campaign for governor. (see full story at the Washington Post)(8-14-2003)

    • Advance Auto Parts To Sponsor Martinsville Speedway’s Spring NASCAR Nextel Cup Event: Martinsville Speedway and Advance Auto Parts announced this morning that Advance Auto Parts will be the title sponsor for the spring NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The Advance Auto Parts 500 is scheduled for April 18, 2004. The companies have agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a third year. Financial details were not released. While it is the first NASCAR Nextel Cup endeavor for Advance Auto Parts, the Roanoke-based company and Martinsville Speedway have enjoyed a long history together. Most recently, Advance Auto Parts has been the title sponsor for the two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at Martinsville. Additional information about the company, employment opportunities, services, as well as on-line purchase of parts and accessories can be found on the company’s web site at www.advanceautoparts.com. In a 2002 poll of race fans by a major publication, Martinsville Speedway was voted as the top bargain in all of Winston Cup racing as well as the track having the best view of the action.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(8-8-2003)

    • Martinsville Confirms 2004 dates: Martinsville Speedway officials on Friday confirmed the dates of the short track's two Winston Cup dates for the 2004 season. The tracks two dates will be April 18 and Oct. 24. The April date is a week later than this season due to the Easter holiday. The October date is also about a week later than this season's fall date. Martinsville also continues to expand grandstands in the center of Turns 1 and 2 above the current press box and suites area.(Thatsracin.com). Added Martinsville to my Unofficial 2004 Nextel Cup Race Schedule page.(7-5-2003)

    • Martinsville Speedway Construction Projects Right On Target Despite a near-record rainfall of over 11 inches in the past 30 days, work on two construction projects at Martinsville Speedway is right on schedule. Both the new entrance into the speedway and a new section of high-rise seats in the first and second turn area of track will be completed in plenty of time for the Subway 500 Winston Cup race on October 19. Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said the new section of seats should be finished by mid-July. The new entrance should be finished by September, Campbell said. The new entrance will enter speedway property from U.S. 220 at about the same spot as the present entrance, but will immediately veer to the left and cut through the track’s main public parking area. There will be four lanes for vehicular traffic and two lanes for pedestrian traffic. The construction is also giving the entrance to the track a facelift. Gone is the large “Martinsville Speedway” sign that sported a marquee and the time and temperature. It will be replaced with a new, state-of-the-art sign marking the entrance. Work on the new seats, which rise above the suites in the first and second turns, is about at the halfway mark. The new seats will not go on sale until they are completed. Tickets for the Subway 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877-RACE-TIX, or by visiting the Martinsville Speedway website.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(6-13-2003)

    • Martinsville and Subway: Martinsville Speedway and Subway Restaurants [a Jayski favorite] announced that Subway would be the title sponsor for the October 19 Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway and the race will be known as the Subway 500. Subway Restaurants is the largest submarine sandwich franchise, with more than 18,000 restaurants in 72 countries and is the largest fast-food chain in the world. Subway was named the number one franchise opportunity in all categories by Entrepreneur magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 ranking for 2003 – for the 11th time in 15 years, more info at www.subway.com. Tickets for the Subway 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877-RACE-TIX, or by visiting the Martinsville Speedway website, www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(5-6-2003)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • Short Track Success: Bobby Labonte has earned 757 points in five short-track races, more than any other driver. He also has three top-five short track finishes, more than any other driver. Kurt Busch is the only driver with two short-track victories (both Bristol races) this season. Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth is second in short-track points earned (724). Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with 711 laps led in five short-track races. Busch is a distant second leading 254 laps.(ThatsRacin.com)(10-15-2003)

    • Subway on the #54 at Martinsville: The National Guard is once again joining forces with Subway Restaurants. Subway was the #54 Ford's quarter panels for Watkins Glen but at Martinsville Subway will have the primary spots on the car maximizing its presence during the Martinsville Subway 500 weekend. Instead of the usual car 54 flag theme, they’ll be sporting yellow, green and blue colors.(Cox Marketing PR)(10-15-2003)

    • Elliott Sadler to run #84 truck at Martinsville: Long Brothers Racing is partnering with Virginia driver Elliott Sadler at Martinsville Speedway. The combination will be featured in the #84 Long Brothers Racing Ford during the Advance Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Oct. 18 at 2:30pm/et. “We’re hoping that we can have some of the success we’ve had at Martinsville in the past,” said crew chief and co-owner Charlie Long. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get Elliott qualified up front and have another good finish there.” Long Brothers Racing, co-owned by Robert Long, enjoyed a win at the .526-mile flat track just two weeks ago as their #2 Late Model car won the Taco Bell 300 – an event that typically sees more than 100 Late Model entries. “That was a big weekend for Long Brothers Racing,” Charlie Long said. “We had a top-15 finish in the truck race with Nick Woodward at South Boston and won the Late Model race just down the road at Martinsville. I wouldn’t mind seeing that victory lane again.” Sadler and Long Brothers Racing have teamed together twice before at Richmond International Raceway in 2000 and 2001. Both of those events resulted in early exits thanks to engine and brake failure, respectively. Long Brothers Racing also competes regularly in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series with Woodward.(Keystone Marketing PR)(10-14-2003)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?


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


    SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

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

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

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



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