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THE RACE: Sirius 400

Winston Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 15, 2003 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: Fox - 1:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: June 18th at 8:00pm/et on Speed Channel, June 19th at 1:00am/et and 3:00pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • 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: $4,388,083 (was $3,798,525 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: Entry List for the race from

  • 2002 Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 154.822mph, started 20th

  • Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • Track/Race Length: 2.0 oval, 200 laps, 400 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, June 13th, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et; and Saturday, June 14th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 14th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX via tape at 6:30pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 13th, 10:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order: and/or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 13th at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air at 8:00pm/et, and live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required)

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

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

  • Event Qualifying Record: Dale Jarrett, June 2000, 189.883mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • June 2002 Pole Sitter: Dale Jarrett, 189.071mph, finished 2nd

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Seating: 136,000, attendence: 151,000.

  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2002 June Michigan Race Info page.


    NASCAR Winston Cup Series - Race No. 15 - Sirius Satellite Radio 400
    Michigan International Speedway (2-mile oval) - Brooklyn, Mich.
    Fast Facts for June 13-15, 2003

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left - 1,100; Right - 1,100

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6352; Right - D-6354

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 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 - 23 psi; Right Front - 42 psi;
    Left Rear - 23 psi; Right Rear - 39 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear has brought to Michigan since June 2001, making this the fifth straight race for this set-up at this track . . . this specific tire combination was also run by Winston Cup teams at Michigan's sister track - California - earlier this season . . . this right-side code (D-6352) will also be run by Winston Cup teams in 2003 with a different left-side code at Texas (D-6364), Charlotte (D-6372), Chicago (D-6356) and Kansas (D-6372) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . 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: "At Michigan, like at California Speedway earlier in the season, tires will really only be a factor in relation to pit strategy.. These races often come down to fuel mileage, so depending how the caution flags fall, teams may exercise the option of a two-tire stop to gain track position."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $150,000 at Michigan 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(6-8-2003)

  • 45 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 45 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. continue to pace the field in the battle for the Winston Cup. Entering the race at Michigan, 175 points separate the two. If the winner at Michigan is also the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader at the conclusion of the event, he would take home the $150,000 check, as long as Kenseth starts at Michigan, he is the only driver who can leave the track leading the points. 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.(6-8-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $10,000 at Michigan ($5,000 rolls over from Pocono). The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
    Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000* (plus $5,000 bonus)
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000* (plus $25,000 bonus)
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (plus $20,000 bonus)
    Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(6-8-2003)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and

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

Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page
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Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Brooklyn/Detroit, MI Area:
Adrian Daily Telegram
Brooklyn Exponent
Detriot Free Press
Detriot News
Holland Sentinel
Michigan Live
Oakland Press
Brooklyn - Irish Hills - Chamber of Commerce

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

Michigan Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
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news and links

  • Busch wins at Michigan #97-Kurt Busch won the Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway, his 3rd win of 2003 and 7th of his career. #18-Bobby Labonte was 2nd in the Hulk car. #54-Todd Bodine wrecked on Lap 192 of 200 forcing a caution and setting up the final five-lap sprint to the end. Sunday's race got off to a slow start as Ken Schrader and Ricky Rudd wrecked in Turn 2 on Lap 2 for the first caution. Dave Blaney's spin on Lap 11 provided the first pit stops of the day but then-race leader Stewart stayed out to keep the lead. Ryan Newman, who led twice in the early going, blew his engine on Lap 37. His No. 12 Dodge caught fire but Newman escaped unhurt.(Story at
    The unofficial top ten finihsers:

    #97-Kurt Busch (23 laps led)
    #18-Bobby Labonte
    #24-Jeff Gordon (17 laps led)
    #17-Matt Kenseth
    #15-Michael Waltrip

    #40-Sterling Marlin (102 laps led), his fourth 6th of the year, his best
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(1 lap led)
    #20-Tony Stewart (51 laps led)
    #6-Mark Martin
    #5-Terry Labonte

    Cars on the lead lap: 15 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (6): #49-Schrader (out-accident); #21-Rudd (out-accident); #12-Newman (out-engine); #37-Cope (out-rear); #11-Bodine (out-rear); #54-Bodine (out-accident);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (9): #20-Stewart (52 laps led; #8-Earnhardt Jr.(1); #40-Marlin (102 - most led, led halfway); #12-Newman (2); #43-Fittipaldi (1); #02-Sadler (1); #16-Biffle (1); #24-Gordon (17); #97-Busch (23);

    Cautions 9 for 41 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 191 - 194: New race record for cautions, #54-Bodine got loose, lost it and wacked the wall hard.
    Caution 8 - Laps 179 - 182: Ties a rrcord for most cautions in the June race, #74-Raines spun and slapped the drivers side, spun around and hugged the wall, then drove off.
    Caution 7 - Laps 171 - 175: #32-Craven and #16-Biffle got together and Biffle spun thru the grass, and continued on.
    Caution 6 - Laps 158 - 161: Debris on the backstretch.
    Caution 5 - Laps 70 - 77: #37-Cope lost a rear end amd put down grease on the track.
    Caution 4 - Laps 49 - 51: #30-Park went high after getting tapped by #43-Fittipaldi and spun, didn't hit anything. #16-Bifflle and #01-Wallace got their laps back.
    Caution 3 - Laps 38 - 47: #12-Newman exploded, fire and amoke all over the place, Newman was led to a fire truck by his spotter, there was even fire inside the car. Newman got out of the car and walked away. Took a while for the crews to clean the track.
    Caution 2 - Laps 11 - 15: #77-Jarrett lost control and backed into the wall, came back down and drove away.
    Caution 1 - Laps 3 - 6: #49-Schrader, #21[Rudd and #30-Park were three wide in turn 1 looked liked the #30 and #49 got together and Schrader got sideway and went into Rudd, both spun and hit the wall. Both are ok..

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    On the last lap, #43-Fittipaldi got into the wall and #45-Petty spun out on the backstretch.
    Green flag stops happened laps 120-124 range. Sprague got penalized for speeding on pit road.
    #5-Labonte has something wrong with the carb and is running slow. Team not planning on changing it yet.
    Around lap 33, #01-Wallace cut down a tire and had to pit, lost a lap
    #16-Biffle had to pit for a cut tire just after the 2nd caution
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was to start 3rd and #5-Terry Labonte who was to start 5th, their teams both changed engines and will have to fall to the rear of the field. #7-Spencer lost an engine in qualifying and #11-Bodine wrecked and was injured will go to a abckup car and brother Geoffrey will start the race.
    The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, June 18th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, June 19th, at 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.

    Unofficial Race Results at Jayski's Michigan Result Page:

  • Unofficial Points after Michigan:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2275
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2090, -185
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2052, -223
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 1998, -277
    #97-Kurt Busch, 1933, -342
    For full unofficial standings see
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(6-15-2003)

  • Rumblings - Michigan: (comments about this post should be directed to StockCarFans.Com Newsletter):
    #40-Sterling Marlin had a fast car, but #97-Kurt Busch had a fast car and great pit stops today....and that's a tough combination to beat. In a race that Marlin dominated, Busch's #97 Rubbermaid Ford proved to be the best at the end of today's Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It was Busch's 3rd win of the season (his previous wins came at Bristol and California) and the 7th of his career (he's tied for 52nd on the all-time win list). Busch now has six of the last eight wins for Roush Racing....they've got 64 all-time.
    I don't know that I've ever seen an engine grenade like the one #12-Ryan Newman experienced today. There was more fire inside the car than on the business side of the firewall
    #15-Michael Waltrip (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Darlington in March. #19-Jeremy Mayfield (13th) had his best finish since he was 8th in the Daytona 500. #0-Jack Sprague (19th) had his best finish since he was 19th in the Daytona 500. #41-Casey Mears (20th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Las Vegas in March. STREAKIN....#17-Matt Kenseth has 13 Top-10's in the last 14 races, #18-Bobby Labonte has 6 Top-3's in the last 7 races.
    #16-Greg Biffle led today for the first time since he led once for 12 laps at Richmond last September. #43-Christian Fittipaldi led today for the first time in his career; #02-Hermie Sadler led today for the first time in his career. We've now had 37 different leaders this season....last year's number was 46.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Sterling Marlin (+25) and Jamie McMurray (+25), followed by Ricky Craven (+22). DOWN: It's lonely at the top as Ryan Newman (-33) is The Big Dropper. This is the 4th time this season that Rocket Ryan has captured this award. Matt Kenseth padded his lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr by 9 points today. That lead is now 185. Jeremy Mayfield gained the most spots in the point standings today (32nd to 29th), while Dave Blaney lost the same number of spots (21st to 24th). The Top-8 remain unchanged after today's race.(StockCarFans.Com Newsletter)(6-15-2003)

  • Five To the back: #7-Jimmy Spencer, who reported he lost an engine during qualifying and is scheduled to start 40th using his first provisional of 2003, will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the Sirius 400 at Michigan on Sunday.(6-13-2003)
    UPDATE: the #11 Ford of Brett Bodine will have to fall to the rear of the field as Bodine crashed in Happy Hour and was injured, the team brought out a backup and Geoffrey Bodine will drive the car.(6-14-2003)
    UPDATE 2: add a third car, #43-Christian Fittipaldi will start at the rear of the field today after he blew an engine during the final practice session Saturday. Fittipaldi, in his first race replacing John Andretti, was to have started 36th.(Roanoke Times)
    UPDATE 3: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was to start 3rd and #5-Terry Labonte who was to start 5th, their teams both changed engines and will have to fall to the rear of the field. Nothing was mentioned about Fittipaldi's engine. So four cars for sure, #5, #7, #8 and #11 will go to the back and possibly the #43.(FSN's NASCAR This Morning)(6-15-2003)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Michigan is over. Fastest [Corrected Speeds] was pole sitter #18-Bobby Labonte at 182.486 followed by #32-Ricky Craven at 181.699 and #19-Jeremy Mayfield at at 181.087. Slowest were #11-Brett Bodine [in an accident] at 176.086 and #74-Tony Raines at 176.155.
    See speeds at - Happy Hour Speeds.(6-14-2003)

  • Sat 1st Practice: #20-Tony Stewart was the fastest in the first Saturday practice at Michigan with a speed of 185.811mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 184.351 and #97-Kurt Busch at184.266. Slowest were #37-Derrike Cope at 177.467 and #54-Todd Bodine at 178.549.
    See speeds at

  • Qualifying is over at Michigan for the Sirius 400: The Hulk is on the pole, #18-Bobby Labonte, sporting the Hulk scheme, won the Bud Pole for the Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 190.365mph, his teammate, #20-Tony Stewart is on the outside pole, 189.464mph. It is the 3rd pole of the year for Labonte and 24th of his career. #02-Hermie Sadler starts 18th, #11-Brett Bodine starts 27th in his last race for sponsor Hooters. #43-Christian Fittipaldi just made the race on speed, starting 36th. #4-Mike Skinner missed the race after not having enough speed and the team being out of provisionals, the first race missed by the team since 2001 and only the 2nd time ever they failed to qualify for a race. Sorry folks, was not be able to cover qualifying this week live. Am in Adamstown, PA in a motel and the connections is slow and drops off. But was able to some some a simple top 10 and watch the bumping:
    Here are the top ten after 45 of 45 drivers at Michigan:
    #18-Labonte, 190,364
    #20-Stewart, 189.464
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 189.091
    #97-Busch, 188.783
    #5-Labonte, 188.689

    #24-Gordon, 188.541
    #38-Sadler, 188.496
    #12-Newman, 188.294
    #15-Waltrip. 188.191
    #29-Harvick, 188.186
    37th and below- provisional land (owners points rank in parens)
    37) #45-Petty, 186.234 (37th)
    38) #42-McMurray, 186.191 (24th)
    39) #74-Raines, 186.138 (41st)
    40) #4-Skinner, 185.907 (40th but OUT of provisionals)
    41) #54-Bodine, 185.816 (30th)
    42) #77-Blaney, 185.476 (22nd)
    43) #14-Foyt, 185.004 (42nd but OUT of provisionals)
    44) #32-Craven, 184.139 (12th)
    45) #7-Spencer, 153.853, (29th); lost an engine during his lap, will need to change engines
    Missing the race are: #14-Foyt and #4-Skinner.
    Starting Lineup/Qualifying results at, MotorsportsOne or

  • Ramblings - Michigan: (all comments about this post can be made to Stock Car Fans)
    #18-Bobby Labonte grabbed the 24th Bud pole of his career at Michigan International Speedway this afternoon, knocking his teammate Tony Stewart off the catbird's seat with a time of 37.822 sec (190.365 mph). Bobby's 3rd pole this year puts him only one behind #12-Ryan Newman in that contingency program.
    #20-Tony Stewart (2nd) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the pole at Atlanta last October (but that was by points). It's his best spot on time since he had the pole at The Brickyard last August.
    #97-Kurt Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the pole at Homestead last November.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Talladega in April.
    #1-Jeff Green (13th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at the Daytona 500 in February [in the #30 car].
    #02-Hermie Sadler (18th) has his best starting spot since he started 8th at Martinsville last October (only 4 races).
    #31-Robby Gordon (19th) has his best startin spot since he started 6th at Talladega last April.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 13 Top-10 starts in a row. Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
    The Trouble Train contained two cars today....both of them OOP (out of provisionals). Mike Skinner & Larry Foyt both got the early out....for Foyt it's the 4th time this season he's been a DNQ. For the #4 car, this is the first race they've missed since The Brickyard in August of 2001. They missed two events that year (Fontana as well) with Kevin Lepage in the saddle.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(6-14-2003)

  • Largest lead since 1990: Not since Dale Earnhardt led the standings by 213 points in 1990 has a driver enjoyed such a healthy lead in the rankings after 14 races. Kenseth's 176-point lead already has lapped the field in the race for the championship. And if he stays on his pace of finishing in the top 10 in 12 out of every 14 races, he could turn the 2003 season into one of the biggest racing blowouts of all time.(Augusta Chronicle)(6-12-2003)

  • Friday Practice at Michigan for the Sirius 400 had #18-Bobby Labonte the fastest at 188.024mph, followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 187.759 and #20-Tony Stewart at 187.456. Slowest were #54-Todd Bodine at 183.295 and #42-Jamie McMurray at 183.781.
    For speeds see - Friday practice.(6-13-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Sirius 400 at Michigan. 45 drivers are listed. First due out is #54-Todd Bodine. Last scheduled out is #11-Brett Bodine, his last race with Hooters as his sponsor. See above for the links.(6-13-2003)

  • Entry List link is up for the Sirius 400 at Michigan. 45 drivers/cars listed. 42 full time teams, plus #02-Hermie Sadler with Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling as a sponsor, #11-Brett Bodine and #37-Derrike Cope with Great Barrier Reef as the sponsor. See above for the link.
    Four teams are OUT of provisionals: #4-Skinner, #14-Foyt, #43-Fittipaldi and #49-Schrader.
    So.......What happens if at least 43 cars attempt a race but more then one team is out of provisionals and fails to qualify for the race with still a spot open in the field? Answer [unofficial of course]: If one or a few of the teams without provisionals fail to get in on speed, then the part time teams (don't attempt all races and are deep in the OWNERS points) get a shot at the provisionals, lining up by Owners Points. If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled.(6-10-2003)

  • 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


  • MIS Sold Out: The Sirius 400 at Michigan International Speedway is sold out, their 25th consecuitive NASCAR Winston Cup sellout dating back to June 1991. MIS is totally sold out for Sunday with only $40 infield general admission remaining. So you will see no holes or empty seats and thetrack plans to make the August Cup race their 26 straight sellout.(6-15-2003)

  • Uncle Kracker to be Honorary Starter for SIRIUS 400: Double-plantinum recording artist and Detroit native Uncle Kracker will drop the green flag to start this Sunday’s SIRIUS 400 at MIS, as he will serve as the event’s Honorary Starter. Uncle Kracker recently wrapped up a new album, “No Stranger to Shame” and currently has a hit single out, a remake of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”. Uncle Kracker has recently toured as a solo artist and as a long-time member of Kid Rock’s band, along with taking some time to play with Twisted Brown Trucker.(MIS PR)(6-13-2003)

  • MIS and Alltel team up: ALLTEL and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) have reached an agreement on a partnership that makes ALLTEL the Official Wireless Provider to MIS. The partnership includes upgrades to the wireless network in the area as well as race updates sent as text messages to customers. Race fans will benefit from new digital site additions in the area that will improve overall network quality. In addition, customers can get closer to the action at MIS with Race Day Alerts from ALLTEL. Race Day Alerts will give fans real-time, inside information sent right to their wireless phone on all the racing action, including dialog heard between drivers and their pit crews. Race Day Alerts is free to ALLTEL customers with Axcess Text Messaging. Axcess Text messaging customers can sign up for Race Day Alerts by calling 1-800-506-7742. To subscribe to Axcess Text Messaging, call 1-800-255-8359. In addition to Race Day Alerts, ALLTEL will provide charging stations throughout the facility. The charging stations will charge any wireless phone in approximately five minutes.(MIS PR)(6-12-2003)

  • Tix Still Avail at MIS: Reserved seats still remain for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 15. For more information and to order tickets please call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or go on-line at General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • McCain to sing National Anthem: Platinum-plus recording artist Edwin McCain will perform the star-spangled banner prior to the Father’s Day June 15, SIRIUS 400 at Michigan International Speedway. McCain, a South Carolina native, recently released his sixth album – The Austin Sessions – and has delivered several hits over his career, which include the 1997 Top 10 hit “I’ll Be” and the 1999 Top 40 hit “I Could Not Ask for More,” which was also featured in the film “Message in a Bottle.”(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Edsel to be Grand Marshall at MIS: Ford Motor Company Board Member Edsel B. Ford II, as he will serve as Grand Marshall of the SIRIUS 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960-1980. Ford was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors. As a consultant, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Tix Still Avail at MIS: Reserved seats still remain for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 15. For more information and to order tickets please call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or go on-line at General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Mongo Chosen: A little over two weeks ago Joe Vella opened up the Winston Cup Scene and saw that Michigan International Speedway was searching for the perfect mongo look-alike. “I’m not one of those people that normally enters a lot of contests, but as soon as I saw this contest, I knew I had to enter our dog because it looks so much like her,” said Vella. Now Vella, along with his wife Chung and Mongo – whose real name is Martha – will be making the trip from Brooklyn, New York to Brooklyn, Michigan, as they will be attending the SIRIUS 400 weekend at MIS as the “Where’s Mongo” contest winners. Entries were received from coast-to-coast, which included 28 states, during the three-week contest. As a part of winning this year’s Where’s Mongo Contest, Vella and his family will receive a VIP weekend at MIS for the SIRIUS 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. Mongo and the Vella family will enjoy a VIP weekend at MIS which includes: Inclusion in pre- and post-race ceremonies for the June 15 SIRIUS 400, passes to the SIRIUS luxury suite, hotel accommodations, an opportunity to meet Jimmy Spencer and the entire #7 SIRIUS crew, SIRIUS gear to wear all weekend and kennel accommodations for “Mongo” during the weekend.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-6-2003)

  • California to Labor Day in 2004: there will be an official announcement at Michigan International Speedway on June 13th that California Speedway would get a 2nd Cup race to run on Labor Day weekend in 2004, with Darlington Raceway and the Southern 500 being moved to the Rockingham spot in late 2004. Rockingham [North Carolina Speedway] will be cut down to one race in 2004, which currently is run in the last weekend in February.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(5-30-2003)

  • Sears to sponsor MIS Truck race: Sears, a long-time supporter of NASCAR, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title sponsor since the series’ inception in 1995, will be the title sponsor of the Sears 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Sears 200 on Saturday, July 26, will be part of the mid-season action at the two-mile superspeedway in Michigan’s Irish Hills. Sears will offer its customers a special promotion celebrating the Sears 200 at MIS. From June 29 through July 12, customers who make a Craftsman tool purchase at participating Sears stores will receive a game piece for a chance to win the ultimate racing experience – hot laps around the Michigan International Speedway track during the Sears 200 race weekend. In addition to the hot laps, the grand prize winner will also receive behind the scenes access, four tickets to the Sears 200 and $100 for food and beverages at the track. There will also be 25 first prizes for two tickets to the Sears 200. See official rules in-store or visit Seats still remain for all events at MIS this season, including the Sears 200. For ticket information, visit MIS’ official website,, or call the MIS ticket hotline at (800) 354-1010.(MIS PR)(5-31-2003)

  • Buy a lap for Dad: Michigan International Speedway and are giving race fans an opportunity to make Father's Day at MIS even more special-while benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp-during pre-race ceremonies for the June 15 Sirius 400, the season's fifteenth NASCAR Winston Cup event. The first 43 fans to donate $750 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, will receive a ride with a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver in a GMC Yukon during the driver introduction lap prior to the June 15 Sirius 400. Placement of the winners with NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will be randomly selected. Winners will also be notified in writing of their order in the pre-race parade lap prior to race day on June 15. For more info, see my Racing Charities page.(5-24-2003)

  • MIS Continues To Salute Fans - Announces MIS Fan Of The Year Program: What do Scott Mowery, Carmen Jacoby, Keith Brown, Dan Delly and Jon Noggle have in common? Not only are they the first five MIS Fans of the Month, they are also the first five to be entered into the drawing for the 2003 Michigan International Speedway Fan of the Year. The MIS Fan of the Year will win a trip for two to Miami, Florida and witness the first racing action at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR’s Championship Weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced May 21 that the track’s banking will be increased from its current six degrees to a maximum of 20 degrees, which should offer more competitive racing. Additionally, all of these names will also receive an MIS Victory Lane Club Hospitality package to the MIS Sunday race of their choosing, in addition to the MIS hat, shirt and soft-sided cooler.
    “The fans that attend races at MIS are some of the most passionate and loyal in the sport,” said MIS President Brett Shelton. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the reaction that we’ve received since the contest was started. What better way to congratulate the winners than to let them enjoy MIS Fan Hospitality and a chance to enjoy NASCAR’s Championship weekend at the “NEW” Homestead-Miami Speedway. Besides, we wouldn’t be the facility that we are today without these great fans.”
    Over 4000 MIS race fans have entered the MIS Fan of the Month contest since its inception in December 2002. Fans can enter online at MIS’ official website,
    The 2003 season marks the celebration of 35 years of racing tradition at MIS. Millions of MIS race fans have witnessed plenty of great moments over the years, and the first five fans of the month were no exception. Fans answered questions about their favorite MIS memories, ranging from what their most memorable races at MIS were, to what their race morning ritual is.
    “In the early 80’s, we would come to the Twin 200’s where we would watch Stock Car and Indy Cars on the same day,” said December MIS Fan of the Month Scott Mowery. “It was a great day of racing and times that I’ll never forget.” March MIS Fan of the Month Dan Delly’s favorite MIS race was in August of 1981, where he witnessed the most lead changes in MIS history and the third most ever in NASCAR Winston Cup history. “I’ve been to over 100 NASCAR races and that one was the best ever,” said Delly. “It’s too bad it was before all races were televised. To think that there was a lead change about every third lap was amazing. It was a great race.”
    With the addition of the Fan Hospitality prize and the trip to the "NEW".Homestead-Miami Speedway for the MIS Fan of the Year, it’s time to nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month. Log on to Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to, or mail them to:
    MIS Fan of the Month
    12626 U.S. Highway 12
    Brooklyn, MI 49230
    Also, don’t miss your chance to see all of your favorite NASCAR Winston Cup stars, as tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. “Every time Father’s Day is mentioned, I think of sitting side-by-side with my Dad in the stands, said Delly. “It’s really one of my favorite days of the year.” Tickets are still available to all MIS events in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to International Speedway PR)(5-23-2003)

  • Michigan and the U.S. Army: The U.S Army will celebrate its 228th anniversary in style with a special pre-race show prior to the Father’s Day Sirius 400 on June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Some of the most elite divisions of the Army will be participating in an exciting pre-race show, which includes the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, Military District of Washington, 3/17th Cavalry (10th Mountain Division) and the U.S Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. The patriotic pre-race show will begin with the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus as they perform several patriotic songs. The show will continue with The Flag Story, a fast-paced travel through the growth of nation and the history and role of the United States Army. The program features soldiers in period uniforms from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and ongoing missions. The Flag Story features more than 100 soldiers from the 3rd U.S Infantry (The Old Guard) from Fort Myer, Virginia, dressed in period uniforms and in ceremonial dress blues carrying the state and territorial flags. Immediately following The Flag Story, the 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry will perform a special demonstration flyover, which will include four Kiowa Warrior helicopters. After driver introductions, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will entertain the crowd with a show that will begin high above MIS and land on the U.S Army logo on the speedway’s tri-oval grass. The U.S Army’s Golden Knights have been entertaining crowds for 43 years with their precision aerial maneuvers while falling to earth at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour, then landing dead center on their target. Prior to the invocation and National Anthem, the 82nd Airborne chorus will be back to give their outstanding rendition of Lee Greenwood’s hit song, “God Bless the USA”, as the 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky presents the colors. Don’t miss your chance to see this special pre-race show live–along with all of your favorite NASCAR Winston Cup stars–as tickets are still available for the June 15 Sirius 400. Tickets are available to all events at MIS in 2003, and you can be part of the action by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or log on to PR)(5-20-2003)

  • Rally Race: The Great Race, the longest-running cross-country vintage rally in the country, will finish July 5 at Daytona International Speedway. As many as 120 vintage automobiles -- they must be at least 45 years old -- are scheduled to take part in this event, which will encompass more than 4,000 miles in 16 days. The rally starts June 20 at Michigan International Speedway and will finish at DIS with a ceremony on the grid immediately prior to the Pepsi 400. Winston Cup team owner Jack Roush plans to enter one of his vintage cars in the event.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-20-2003)

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


  • Bodine at the Track: Brett Bodine, who broke his right collarbone in a wreck during final practice Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, was on hand for Sunday's race as his brother Geoffrey Bodine drove the #11 Hooters Ford in his place. Brett Bodine hit the wall between turns 1 and 2, then his car shot down to the inside and he hit a wall of tires head-on. In addition to the collarbone injury, Brett Bodine suffered a concussion and knocked eight caps off his teeth. "To take two hard hits like that is a testament to our cars and safety stuff that we've put in these cars to make them safer for the drivers," Brett Bodine said. "The second hit on the inside was in the soft wall that the speedway had installed and that certainly did its job because I hit that running probably over 150 mph. I was unconsciousness and pretty much hit it straight on, so everything did its job for me to be here today."(

  • Brett Bodine Injured in Practice at MIS UPDATE: #11-Brett Bodine was taken to a hospital for evaluation after crashing hard exiting Turn 2 at Michigan International Speedway in Saturday's final Winston Cup practice. The driver was conscious and alert as he was carried from the car to a waiting ambulance and was taken to the infield care center. He was then taken to a Jackson, Mich., hospital. Bodine's #11 Ford, which this week lost the Hooters restaurant chain as primary sponsor, hit the outside wall, then bounced back down the track and slammed into the inside wall. Bodine's brother, Todd, stopped on the track to check on him.(
    UPDATE: Brett Bodine crashed during practice Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, but his crew chief thinks the driver was not seriously injured. Bodine was carried by safety workers to an ambulance and taken to the infield care center. He was examined and brought by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation. Bodine, the only owner-driver in the Winston Cup series, was practicing for Sunday's Sirius Satellite 400. "He was alert and moving around and everything was OK," said Mike Hillman, Brett's crew chief. He said Bodine's brother, Todd, stopped by and "told me that he was OK but he took a pretty hard hit. Hopefully, he has no broken bones or anything seriously wrong." It appeared Brett Bodine's #11 Ford ran over a piece of debris left on the track by another car, cutting his right front tire. The car swerved into the outside wall, then continued along the track and slammed hard head-on into a tire wall at the bottom of the banked track at the exit of Turn 2. Todd Bodine was behind the car as it slid down the banking. He slowed quickly and parked along the inside of the track and ran to Brett's car to help remove his brother.(Michigan Live/AP)
    AND The accident occurred some 30 minutes into the session, when according to Bodine's crew chief the right front tire blew on the Hooters Ford, sending Bodine hard into the Turn 1 wall. The car continued down the banking at high-speed, slamming head-on into a tire barrier on the inside of Turn 2. The impact lifted the car off the ground right in front of Bodine's younger brother, Todd. Hillman said the team, which loses backing from sponsor Hooters following Sunday's race at MIS, did bring a backup car that was run earlier this year. Adding insult to injury is Bodine's performance prior to the accident. He was 14th quick in practice at the time of the wreck.(
    UPDATE 2: Brett Bodine suffered a broken collarbone in a frightening crash during Happy Hour, requiring the team to put Geoffrey Bodine in the car for Sunday's Sirius 400.(, on FX's Happy Hour coverage, just before Bodine crashed, the #43-Christian Fittipaldi was shown with a plume of smoke, it was mentioned that a clutch or transmission may had gone out, reports now are that an engine blew, good chance Bodine got into some oil or fluid on the track.(6-14-2003)

  • Mears on the pole again....for ARCA race UPDATE Mears wins race at MIS: Casey Mears and Team Target are two for two. Mears, driving his #77 Target Dodge, set a new track record while earning the pole at Michigan International Speedway for the ARCA race. This is the second ARCA pole in a row for Mears. He won the ARCA pole last weekend at Pocono but the race was postponed due to rain [will run July 25th]. Mears' lap was recorded at 188.073 mph (38.283 seconds). His lap was three miles faster than the old track record set by Jason Jarrett (185.000mph). Mears qualified 22nd for the Winston Cup race later Friday afternoon. His fast lap was recorded at 187.446 mph (38.411 seconds). The Michigan ARCA race will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(6-14-2003)
    UPDATE: Casey Mears won his first career stock car race today in his #77 Target Dodge in the Michigan ARCA race. This is the first win for Team Target in a stock car as well. Mears set a new track record while earning the pole at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. His lap was recorded at 188.073 mph (38.283 seconds), which was three miles faster than the old track record set by Jason Jarrett (185.000mph). Although Mears won the pole, he had to start 26th due to a misunderstanding in the garage area before the race. Team Target did not get their car through tech in the allotted time. Team Target was not the only team who had the misunderstanding, seventeen other cars had to move to the rear of the field for the start of the race. The 26th place start was no problem for Mears; by lap 13 of the 100-lap event he was in fourth place. Mears took the lead on lap 45 and never looked back. Team Target dominated the race and took home their first stock car victory.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(6-15-2003)

  • Green injured but will drive at Michigan: After his Pocono wreck. #1-Jeff Green visited his personal doctor for further tests on Monday, Green was diagnosed with a fractured tailbone. "Dr. Petty ran an MRI and CAT scan on me yesterday," Green said. "Everything is fine. My neck muscles are a little pulled and my tailbone is fractured. There's nothing I can do about either one of those but grin and bear it. We are working on a special padding to put in the seat for this weekend though. That should definitely help. With how hard of a hit that was and how badly damaged the car is, I consider myself very lucky. Everything worked properly inside the race car--the seatbelts and the seat. The steering collapsed very well to keep it away from me. It was just a horrendous accident." Green will be behind the wheel this weekend as the team carries their renewed sense of confidence with them to Michigan International Speedway.(Pennzoil PR)(6-10-2003)

  • Andretti out Fittipaldi in the #43: Christian Fittipaldi will drive the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge for most of the rest of this season, beginning with this weekend’s 400-mile race at Michigan Speedway. Petty Enterprises announced this morning Fittipaldi would replace John Andretti, who has driven for the team since 1998. "Christian Fittipaldi has shown, every time he has gotten in a Winston Cup car, including Phoenix, Texas and Daytona, that he has the talent to drive these cars and help us get to the front," said Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises. "We look forward to showing everyone what Christian can do week in and week out." A driver to be determined will drive the #43 in the three races Fittipaldi drives the #44 Bugles Dodge, and his one race under the New York Yankees pinstripes colors. "This decision was finalized this week. We then informed General Mills of what we were going to do, and we are moving forward," Petty said. Fittipaldi, one of the top young names in Formula One and CART racing before moving to Petty Enterprises, will be starting his fourth NASCAR Winston Cup race this week. He ran in October’s race at Phoenix, as well as the season-opening Daytona 500 and April’s 500-miler at Texas Motor Speedway. "We appreciate what John has done for us," said Richard Petty. "We had some successes, won some poles and won a race but we feel like where we are right now it’s time for a change for Petty Enterprises and for John. "Speed and Fittipaldi go together," he continued. "He knows how to run fast, and he knows how to race fast. We feel he is going to do a great job for Petty Enterprises and for Cheerios and Betty Crocker."(Williams Company PR), no word on Andretti's plans. Fittipaldi is scheduled to drive the #44 Dodge with Bugles [yummy snack food] at the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the EA Sports 500 at Talladega, and the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and the #44 New York Yankees scheme at Watkins Glen.(6-10-2003)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
    #18-Bobby Labonte Incredible Hulk Michigan - June Paint Schemes Gallery

  • The Hulk scheme: #18-Bobby Labonte will run a Incredible Hulk scheme at Michigan in June to help promote the movie 'Hulk'.(2-22-2003)

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


  • Need to start up front at MIS? 39 of 67 Winston Cup races at Michigan have been won from the first four starting positions (58.2%). Only 10 have been won from a starting position outside the top 10; however, eight of the last 16 races have been won from outside the top 10.(6-8-2003)


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