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THE RACE: GFS Marketplace 400

Winston Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 17, 2003 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: TNT - 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00pm/et and again on August 21st at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 4:00pm/et on Thursday, August 21st

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • 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: $4,265,337 (was $3,880,083 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: at Entry List for the race from

  • 2002 Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 140.556mph, started 8th

  • Track 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, August 15th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, August 16th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 16th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-TNT at 3:30pm/et via tape or after the Busch Series race.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 15th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualifying Order: and/or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 15th at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air at 9:30pm/et and on Sat. August 16th at 2:00am/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 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/Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 189.668mph, finished 10th.

    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

  • June's Race: see my 2003 June Michigan Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my 2002 August Michigan Race Info page


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 1,100, Right - 1,100;
    Busch Series: Left - 500, Right - 500

    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; Left Rear - 30 psi;
    Right Front - 48 psi; Right Rear - 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 23 psi; Left Rear - 23 psi;
    Right Front - 42 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 sixth straight race at this track for this set-up . . . this specific tire combination was also run by Winston Cup and Busch Series teams at Michigan's sister track - California - earlier this season . . . in Goodyear's 2003 tire line, this left-side code (D-6352) is paired up with a different right-side 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: "A lot.of Winston Cup races have been coming down to fuel mileage lately, and Michigan is traditionally one of those tracks where that will be a major factor. Having said that, at MIS this weekend, tires will only be a factor when it comes to talking about pit strategy. Teams have a good book of notes built up on this tire set-up, so they will feel comfortable mixing in two-tire stops, or maybe just coming in for a splash-and-go late in the race to gain track position."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $230,000 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(8-10-2003)

  • 53 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 53 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 Michigan. Should a driver win the bonus at MIS, 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.(8-10-2003)

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


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
Sponsored by Racing Electronics

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:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Newman wins 5th race of 2003: #12-Ryan Newman's fuel held out and he won the The GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 5th win of 2003 and 6th of his career. #97-Busch was leading with 2 laps to go, but ran out of fuel and ended up 18th. #29-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd. Bad days by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(32nd) and #24-Jeff Gordon (30th) and lost a ton of points to points leader #17-Matt Kenseth, who ran a consistent quiet race and now leads the points by 329. Nice runs by #30-Steve Park [5th - his first top five in 65 races at Dover in June 2001 and first since his wreck at Darlington in Sept 2001], #49-Kenny Schrader [8th] and #10-Johnny Benson held on for a nice 10th. #16-Greg Biffle was the highest finishing rookie of the year candidate with a 4th place finish.
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes as well as results links::

    #12-Ryan Newman (2)(30 laps led)
    #29-Kevin Harvick (11)(46 laps led)
    #20-Tony Stewart (23)
    #16-Greg Biffle (12)(19 laps led)
    #30-Steve Park (19) first top 5 since June 2001 at Dover

    #31-Robby Gordon (3)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (13)
    #49-Ken Schrader (30) - nice return
    #17-Matt Kenseth (33)
    #10-Johnny Benson (35)

    Where did the points leaders end up?
    #17-Kenseth is running: 9th (started 33rd) - the guy never falters
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.: 32nd (started 19th) - rough day
    #24-Gordon: 30th (started 21st) - kill switch and tire problems
    #29-Harvick: 2nd (started 11th) - nice runner-up gig
    #15-Waltrip: 7th (started 13th) - ran strong all day
    #48-Johnson: 27th (started 15th) - ran out of fuel with 2 laps to go, really hurt in points

    Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (10): #54-Bodine (out-accident); #23-Wallace (out-accident); #32-Craven (out-accident); #41-Mears (out-accident); #50-Foyt (out-transmission); #2-Wallace (out-engine); #18-Labonte (out-engine); #43-Fittipaldi (out-engine); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(out-accident); #42-McMurray (out-accident);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 with 14 lead changes): #12-Ryan Newman (32 laps led); #18-Bobby Labonte(3); #48-Jimmie Johnson (led half way and the most laps - 50); #29-Kevin Harvick (46); #16-Greg Biffle (19); #7-Jimmy Spencer (2); #97-Kurt Busch (43); #88-Dale Jarrett (5);

    Cautions: 8 for 45 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 142 - 148: #18-Labonte blew an engine.
    Caution 7 - Laps 135 - 138: Debris on the track, metal just short of the start/finish line.
    Caution 6 - Laps 107 - 113: #2-Wallace's engine EXPLODED, looked like Newman's blow up there in June. Rusty got off the track and got out of the car fast. The car was burning pretty good, especially on the rear end bumper, the fire was extinguished by saftey crews. Wallace walked away to pit road and was picked up by an ambulance.
    Caution 5 - Laps 90 - 94: Debris from the #8-Earnhardt Jr. car as he cut down a tire and wasted his left front fender.
    Caution 4 - Laps 78 - 82: #32-Craven either lost a tire of got into the marbles and smacked the wall. Then #41-Mears went outside of Craven who was coming down the track, but then went back up and clipped Mears who hit the wall hard. THEN while the care were entering pitroad, #8-Earnhardt Jr. got side swiped by #2-Wallace who was told to stay on the track while on the entrance to pit road and hit Earnhardt Jr. hard, a lot of damage to the #8's front left front.
    Caution 3 - Laps 64 - 71: Horrible looking wreck when #97-Busch and #54-Bodine got together and sent #54-Bodine into the wall head first, #23-Wallace, with the #54 ending up on top of the #23 until they separated. Wallace was getting out before the car even stopped, both dropped window nets while the accident was still occurring. Safety workers were on the scene before the cars even stopped.
    Caution 2 - Laps 55 - 58: Debris on the track.
    Caution 1 - Laps 17 - 19: #42-McMurray possibly lost a tire and wacked the wall with the right front.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    From lap 184 on, many drivers had to pit for fuel, a scant few took tires.
    #0-Leffler is back on the track after the team fixed the transmission
    During cuation 8, most of the leaders came in, #29 and #48 took four tires, the rest only took fuel only.
    During caution 7, looks like most of the leaders are in.
    #0-Leffler's car stopped on pit road after his stop during caution 6, possibly something in the drive train may have broke.
    #37-Cope is back on the track after spending 23 laps in the garage [no word why, TV nor radio made a mention]
    All the cars that didn't pit during caution 4 came in during the 5ht caution.
    #42-McMurray is back on the track around lap 75.
    On lap 49ish, #24-Gordon came and had a tire go down and had to pit, lost lap.
    On lap 48, #21-Rudd and #38-Sadler got together and both had to pit, Sadler with right side damage, Rudd with left side damage.
    On lap 41, #24-Gordon lost a lot of spots when his kill-switch came on again, killing the engine, but he got it restarted, but told his crew they need to fix it.
    #24-Gordon stopped at the end of pit road, some of the #48 crew came out to check on him...the #24 crew came out and Gordon is on the track now, had some sort of problem with the kill-switch and had to reset it.

    To the back (2): #19-Jeremy Mayfield lost a tire in Happy Hour practice and the tire tore apart the rear fender, resulting in the team going to a backup car, so Mayfield will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of green flag at Michigan. Mayfield was to start 40th after using a provisional.(
    AND #40-Sterling Marlin had engine problems in Happy Hour and the team changed engines, so Marlin, who was to start 38th [provisional] will also fall to the rear of the field.(8-17-2003)

    Race Re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00pm/et and again on August 21st at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 4:00pm/et on Thursday, August 21st

    Race Results at
    Sporting News/AP
    the following are missing #22 Ward Burton in results [14th] and points - no idea why
    Michigan International Speedway
    NOTE: Many of the results I have seen have omitted #22-Ward Burton, who finished 14th, no idea why, I would imagine the sheets at the track came out like that and were transcribed, looks like he was missed on points standings also.(8-17-2003)

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Michigan:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 3432
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3103, -329
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2971, -461
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 2953, -479
    #15-Michael Waltrip, 2923, -509
    See full standings at

  • 8 Straight at MIS: There have been eight different race winners in the past eight Winston Cup races at Michigan which ties Charlotte, New Hampshire and Pocono for the second longest streak of different race winners. Martinsville holds the all-time record for different race winners, with 11 different winners between the spring of 1997 and the fall of 2002.( for more facts)(8-12-2003)
    Make it 9: when #12-Ryan Newman won at Michigan [Aug 2003], he is now the 9th different winner in nine Cup races at Michigan International Speedway. The others: 1999- Bobby Labonte; 2000 - Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace; 2001 - Jeff Gordon and Sterling Marlin; 2002 - Matt Kenseth and Dale Jarrett; 2003 - Kurt Busch and now Ryan Newman.(8-17-2003)

  • Pit Road Extended: For the second straight race, NASCAR has extended the onset of the pit road speed limit in an attempt to make conditions on the service alley safer. For Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, teams were told in the drivers' meeting that the pit road speed limit of 55 mph would be enforced from a line 195 feet before the first pit box. In June's Winston Cup race at Michigan, the pit road speed limit began at a line 45 feet before the first pit box.( Pre-Race Coverage)(8-17-2003)

  • Money Honey: Posted awards for the GFS Marketplace 400 are $4,235,337 – an increase of 9.2 percent over last year’s $3,880,083. This is the first time that the purse for the GFS Marketplace 400 has topped $4 million. Total posted purse for first place is $137,630, second is $96,030, third is $80,335 fourth is $71,595 and fifth is $62,430.(MIS Site)(8-17-2003)

  • To The Back: #19-Jeremy Mayfield lost a tire in Happy Hour practice and the tire tore apart the rear fender, resulting in the team going to a backup car, so Mayfield will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of green flag at Michigan. Mayfield was to start 40th after using a provisional.(

  • Happy Hour Practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan is over. The Fastest: #2-Wallace at 180.832 and #8-Earnhardt Jr. at 180.709, the rest of the top 10 #'s 97,1,18,12,15,20,42,16. The slowest: #37-Cope at 174.706 and #41-Mears at 175.370. See my 2003 Practice Results page for other speeds and links
    For speed see - Happy Hour speeds.(8-16-2003)

  • Saturday's 1st Practice at Michigan is over. The fastest were: #48-Johnson at 183.833mph and #18-Labonte at 183.795, rest of the top 10 are #'s 2,29,40,12,16,5,10,20. Slowest were #37-Cope at 175.516 and #01-Skinner at 177.954.
    See speeds at

  • Elliott to move past Allison: Sunday's race at Michigan Internatinal Speedway will mark #9-Bill Elliott's 718th career Winston Cup start, moving him ahead of Bobby Allison to sixth [alone] on the all-time list. The list (thru 8/10/2003):
    1)  Richard Petty, 1177
    2)  Dave Marcis, 882
    3)  Darrell Waltrip, 809
    4)  Ricky Rudd, 789*
    5)  Terry Labonte, 767*
    6)  Bobby Allison, 717
    6)  Bill Elliott, 717*
    * = active.(see top 25 on my Stats and Stats Links page)(8-15-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings: Michigan: There must be something about this place and the Labontes. Are you sure we're in Michigan and not in Corpus Christi? [TX] #18-Bobby Labonte grabbed his 4th Bud Pole of the season for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 this afternoon. After a two hour rain delay he blistered off a lap of 37.847 (190.240 mph), good enough to edge out #12-Ryan Newman by .062 seconds. Bobby (now just one behind Newman in the race for most poles this season) now has 25 career top-spots in Winston Cup, and swept both poles here this year.
    #31-Robby Gordon (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Infineon Raceway in June. #57-Kevin Lepage (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Texas in March of 2000! #5-Terry Labonte (5th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 5th when we were here two months ago. That's the second half of that Labonte connection. #0-Jason Leffler (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Kansas in September of 2001. #43-Christian Fittipaldi (7th) had his career-best qualifying run today. His previous best start was 17th at Phoenix last November. #99-Jeff Burton (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Las Vegas in March. #7-Jimmy Spencer (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Bristol in March. And, once again, Jimmy didn't have a problem telling us how he feels about the current state of racing in NASCAR during that rain- delay. And you can bet that Jimmy has tons of race fans who agree with him! #50-Larry Foyt (14th) had his career-best qualifying effort today. His previous best was 26th at Daytona in July. #74-Tony Raines (24th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 22nd at Bristol in March. STREAKIN....Bobby Labonte has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. (Stock Car Fans Winston Cup Newsletter)(8-16-2003)

  • Bobby Labonte wins the pole at MIS: #18-Bobby Labonte went out early [16th of 44 drivers] when the track was cool and put the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy on the pole with a speed of 190.240mph winning his 4th Bud Pole of 2003 and 25th career pole. #12-Ryan Newman, who took one lap and was on the pole until Labonte knocked him off, ran a lap of 189.929 and sits on the outside pole.
    #57-Kevin Lepage went out first and smoked his attempt at 189.086, over 5mph then his practice and will start 4th. #43-Christian Fittipaldi ran a great lap [and was out of provisionals] and will start 7th, his best career start as did #0-Jason Leffler who will start 6th. #49-Ken Schrader makes the field [30th] after missing the last two races. #50-Larry Foyt didn't just make the show, he made it easily with a lap of 188.285mph and will start 14th, his best career Cup start. If it would had rained, he would had been the lone driver to go home.
    #4-Stacy Compton ended up getting that honor as the #4 is out out of provisionals [until Bristol] ran slow and goes home. With the #4 going home, #37-Cope gets in on the last provisional. #6-Martin uses his first provisional of 2003. Only four teams/drivers have made all the races and NOT used a provisional: #9-Bill Elliott; #20-Tony Stewart; #24-Jeff Gordon; #97-Kurt Busch. For the qualifying speeds and times, practice speeds, comparisions and other lineup links on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Grid page.(8-15-2003)

  • Pole Progression at Michigan: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #7-Jimmy Spencer, 1st out to qualify, 188.575, starts 10th
    #57-Kevin Lepage, 3rd out, 189.086, starts 4th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 9th out, 189.929, starts 2nd
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 16th out, 190.240, starts 1st on the pole

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? and where do they start:
    #16-Greg Biffle, 188.482, starts 12th
    #41-Casey Mears, 188.230, starts 16th
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 187.412, starts 26th
    #50-Larry Foyt, 188.285, starts 14th
    #66-Hideo Fukuyama, is not racing this week
    #74-Tony Raines, 187.544, starts 24th.(8-15-2003)

  • Some Qualifying Notes: #50-Larry Foyt qualified at 188.285mph, almost 7mph faster then practice, that'll put him in the race with his best career start at 14th. After 20 minutes, MRN Radio is reporting that it is getting much hotter now and speeds are tapering off a bit. There was a brief delay after #42-McMurray went out and qualified to clean up some debris.
    a rain delay pushed back qualifying from 3:00pm/et to 5:00pm/et and the track is fast.(8-15-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #18-Bobby Labonte, 190.240, starts 1st
    Dodge: #12-Ryan Newman, 189.929, starts 2nd
    Ford: #57-Kevin Lapage, 189.086, starts 4th
    Pontiac: #0-Jason Leffler, 188.828, starts 6th
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(8-15-2003)

  • Friday Practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over. The fastest: [surprise!] #12-Newman at 188.378 and #38-Elliott Sadler, rest of the top 10: #'s 29,18,8,97,88,48,20,5. Slowest are #50-Foyt at 181.488 and #42-McMurray at 181.497. Two other drivers who were slow and ranked 37th or worse in practice are out of provisionals: #49-Schrader and #4-Compton. The track record is 191.149mph set in 2000 by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. who also won the pole last year at 189.668mph.
    See speeds at or - practice 1.(8-15-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Only 44 cars/drivers are listed, 47 were on the entry list, missing are #11-Brett Bodine, #79-Rich Bickle and #89-Morgan Shepherd. Scheduled to lead off qualifying is #7-Jimmy Spencer with Mongo. Last driver due out of the 44 is #97-Kurt Busch. See above for the links.(8-15-2003)

  • Some Notes: Alan Kulwicki brought the state of Wisconsin a NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in 1992, by overcoming a 278-point championship points deficit with six races remaining. Eleven years later, Matt Kenseth (#17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford), a native of Cambridge, Wis., is trying to bring the Badger State another title – by keeping a 258-point lead intact with 14 races remaining. History may prove that Kenseth’s task is the harder of the two. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has one of the longest season schedules in all of professional sports and it’s only recently passed the halfway mark. In other words, there are a lot of laps yet to be raced and plenty of championship points to be won or lost between now and November. Statistically speaking, a driver can gain or lose as many as 151 points in a single race. For Kenseth, a single DNF or irreparable mechanical problem in the early stages of a race could change his championship outlook dramatically. Last weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#8 Budweiser Chevrolet) trimmed 28 points from Kenseth’s lead by finishing just five positions ahead of him. So, Kenseth must steer his No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford relatively trouble-free for the next 4,753 laps – including stops at some of the series’ most unforgiving race tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.
    Winston Leader Bonus reaches $230,000 … As if the $4.25 million champion’s share of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series point fund were not a big enough incentive, a record $230,000 Winston Leader Bonus is out there for the taking – for Matt Kenseth’s taking, that is. As the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader, Kenseth is currently the only driver eligible for the cash bonus that is awarded to the series points leader if he wins a race. The Winston Leader Bonus, first introduced in 1996, starts at $10,000 and increases by that same amount at each event until it is won. The bonus has not been awarded this season and the current amount is already $40,000 more than the previous record payout. Bobby Labonte collected $190,000 for winning at Indianapolis in 2000.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won two Bud Pole Awards at Michigan – both during the GFS Marketplace 400 weekend in August. His qualifying speed of 191.149 mph in 2000 was the first Bud Pole speed at Michigan over 190 mph and stands as a track record. That speed places Michigan among the top-five fastest tracks, as determined by the top qualifying speed, on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. (Talladega, Daytona, Atlanta, and Texas have produced faster qualifying speeds.) #9-Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with six Bud Pole Awards and seven wins at Michigan.
    Over the years, starting up front at Michigan International Speedway is much more important than many may think. Forty of the 68 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS have been won from the first four starting positions (58%). Also, 14 MIS race winners have won from the pole, more than any other starting position. Only 11 races at MIS have been won from outside the top-10 starting positions (16%) and all have occurred in the last 24 races at MIS. #97-Kurt Busch won June’s Sirius 400 from the fourth starting postion. That’s why NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series drivers will put a little bit of extra effort in competing for the top starting position in the August 15 AAA Pole Day at MIS. Also, drivers and teams will be shooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s track-record breaking pole speed of 191.149 mph.(MIS PR)(8-15-2003)

  • The Entry list is up for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. 48 drivers/teams are entered. A few oddities this week, the #66 Travis Carter Ford has Carl Long listed in it, the is a #79 with Rich Bickle in it [but it is not owned by Fred Bickford #94 team] the owner is listed as part-time Truck Series owner John Conley and the sponsor is listed as SBC Smart Pages [ ?]. Also listed are #11-Brett Bodine, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #37-Derrike Cope, Larry Foyt is back using the #50 for the provisionals since the #14 is out, #57-Kevin Lepage, the #4 Morgan McClure car is listed as TBA [Johnny Sauter?] and while the #04 Morgan-McClure car is not listed, I hear they may try to run two cars again this week at MIS. Jeff Green returns to the #1, Mike Skinner is back in the #01 and Jason Laffler takes over the #0 for the next six races. Need a score card? Whew! See above for the link(s) to the entry list.
    47: as been told the #66 Ford and Carl Long have or will withdraw from the race.(8-12-2003)
    AND been told Morgan-McClure will only have the #4 Chevy entered this week, with Stacy Compton in the drivers seat and have been told that #11-Brett Bodine will also withdraw, so the car count should be 46.(8-13-2003)

  • 8 Straight at MIS: There have been eight different race winners in the past eight Winston Cup races at Michigan which ties Charlotte, New Hampshire and Pocono for the second longest streak of different race winners. Martinsville holds the all-time record for different race winners, with 11 different winners between the spring of 1997 and the fall of 2002.( for more facts)(8-12-2003)

  • Best 25 Over Last Six Races from

  • 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


    • Da Plane: Pre-race flyover on Sunday, a pair of F-16s from the 127th Fighter Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard will make two passes from South (turn one) to North (turn four) in pre-race ceremonies at the end of the National Anthem. Pilots will be Lt. Col. Glen Schmidt and Capt. Chris Melka. On Saturday three T-34 trainers [the plane Jayski trained on as a mchanice] – used to instruct military fliers since the 1950s – were piloted by John Workman (from Muskegon, MI), Russ McDonald (Nappannee, IN) and Bill Klongle (Grand Haven, MI). Followed by one of the aircraft that helped win World War II – a B-17. Crew of the legendary Flying Fortress will be Duane Nelson (captain), Richard Bodycombe (first officer) and Norman Ellickson (flight engineer).(MIS Site)(8-17-2003)

    • Races at Michigan in Jeapardy? UPDATE NO!! The worst blackout in Michigan history could threaten this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400, and NASCAR officials said they are monitoring the electrical crisis that wiped out power to a good portion of this area and have talked with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other area politicians about the crisis. Several counties near Michigan International Speedway have been declared disaster areas, including towns that are temporarily home to Winston Cup teams. The National Guard is hauling water into the Detroit area, a million gallons of gasoline is to be shipped into southeastern Michigan, and 50 state police troops have been assigned to Detroit. Fans trying to get to Michigan International Speedway yesterday were confronted by amazing lines at service stations when they attempted to stop for gas. With power out to many service stations, the few that were able to pump gas were deluged with customers, who at times backed up on the Interstate. It is unclear what effect that state-police redeployment could have on the traffic control operations here. However none of these NASCAR crews is at all eager to face the possibility of having to haul back up here in late November. The next open date on the schedule is Nov. 23.(Winston Salem Journal)
      BUT the MIS site posted on Friday: All track activities for August 15, 16 and 17 will go on as scheduled at Michigan International Speedway. Michigan International Speedway has electricity and track facilities are running smoothly.(MIS)
      UPDATE: folks at MIS inform me that the reports of the races being in jeopardy are TOTALLY unfounded and false and everything is going as scheduled.
      AND from the Free Press: The power stayed on Thursday and Friday at Michigan International Speedway, and stock car races today and Sunday will go on as usual. The only glitch Friday was a rainstorm, which delayed qualifying for the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. It started about two hours late. "I think we were simply fortunate," MIS president Brett Shelton said Friday. "We've been running mainly on regular Consumers Power since the blackout. We just happened to be west of all the major issues." While food vendors and other suppliers at MIS were unaffected by the crippling power outage in southeast Michigan, NASCAR officials decided to operate backup generators for timing and scoring during practice and qualifying Friday. "We wanted to test the system in case we need to use it Saturday or Sunday," Shelton said. "We have redundant systems that allow us to go ahead with events under almost any circumstances." Shelton anticipated a smooth operation. "You hope you never have to use any backup system," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, they can gather dust." A few fans called asking if the races would be held, but "I'd say they were isolated," Shelton said. "I guess the word got out that the show was on."(Free Press)(8-16-2003)

    • National Anthem/Grand Marshal at MIS: Michigan International Speedway fans will get a chance to listen to LeAnn Rimes perform in person, as she will sing the Star Spangled Banner prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on August 17. Rimes first burst onto the music scene at the tender age of 13 with her 1996 major label debut Blue, for which she earned two Grammy Awards. Along with Rimes, three other dignitaries will be a part of pre-race ceremonies for the GFS Marketplace 400 and bring a distinct Michigan flavor to the event. Co-Grand Marshals for the event will include Executive Vice President Jim Gordon of Grand Rapids, Michigan based Gordon Food Service, Speaker of the House for the State of Michigan Rick Johnson and the State of Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Both Gordon and Sikkema will give the command to bring the 43 stock cars to life for the final race of MIS’s 35th anniversary season. Speaker of the House Rick Johnson will also serve as the event’s Honorary Starter and wave the green flag for the start of the GFS Marketplace 400. For the Saturday August 16 Cabela’s 250, Dick and Mary Cabela will be the Honorary officials for the event. Dick Cabela will serve as the Grand Marshal, while his wife Mary will serve as the event’s Honorary Starter. Dick and Mary, along with Dick’s brother Jim, combined a shared love of the outdoors with business knowledge to create Cabela’s Inc., a business that they once ran from the kitchen table of their home. Tickets are still available for the Cabela’s 250, featuring the post-race concert by 3 Doors Down. All seats are just $50 and children 12 and under are admitted free. The concert will follow the completion of the Cabela’s 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway’s Administration building outside turn 1 of the track. General Admission (infield) tickets for the GFS Marketplace 400 go on sale Sunday morning August 17 at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.(MIS PR)(8-12-2003)

    • Buy a Burrito Get a Ticket: In a currently running promotion, race fans can purchase any Grilled Stuft Burrito at a participating Taco Bell location [15 mid-Michigan Taco Bell] from now until August 14 and receive a free AAA Pole Day ticket. AAA Pole Day at MIS will feature practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series. Taco Bell locations that are participating in the promotion are in Lansing, East Lansing, Jackson, Okemos, St. Johns, Charlotte, Grand Ledge, Mason, Hillsdale, Adrian and Tecumseh.(MIS PR)(8-12-2003)

    • Michigan Sold Out...again and a poster: Michigan International Speedway has sold out the Winston Cup race for the 26th consecutive race, dating back to June 1991. Plus, MIS has had a poster made for the race weekend to thank Winston for their involvement since 1971. It is a combination of various MIS race program covers and an ad found in their 1971 race program announcing the "$100,000 Winston Cup"(Michigan International Speedway PR)(8-12-2003)

      (thanks to MIS for the poster image, click to see the larger version
      not available to the public)

    • Michigan 2004 dates have been confimed - June 20 and August 22, 2004 for the two Winston Cup races. My Unofficial 2004 Tenative Nextel Cup Sched is updated, with 28 or the 36 races now.(8-11-1002)

    • Cup race at Michigan gets a sponsor: Michigan International Speedway announced that Grand Rapids, MI based Gordon Food Service, a premier foodservice distributor with 94 retail stores in the Midwest, will sponsor the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday, August 17. Gordon Food Service is a 106-year-old family-owned and managed company. The company's distribution network services more than 30,000 customers with more than 14,000 products. The company also operates a chain of retail GFS Marketplace stores. The GFS Marketplace stores, begun in 1979, service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers and are also the primary supplier to many smaller operators who prefer to pick up their products including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Party planners and fundraising groups also find a wide variety of restaurant quality products that will make their event a success. The stores are open to the public and do not charge a membership fee. With 94 retail stores strategically located throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products.
      General Admission (infield) tickets for the GFS Marketplace 400 went on sale Sunday [August 3rd]. Reserved seats are still available for the Saturday August 16 Cabela's 250 featuring a concert by Grammy-nominated rock band 3 Doors Down. For tickets, call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or by going on-line at International Speedway PR)(8-6-2003)

    • MIS Fan of the Month: Maureen Parent: Maureen Parent, from Windsor, Ontario is the July MIS Fan of the Month. The MIS Fan of the Month contest just got even bigger a few months ago with the announcement of the MIS Fan of the Year contest. The MIS Fan of the Year will win a trip for two to Miami, Florida and witness the first racing at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR’s Championship Weekend. Additionally, Parent will 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 prizes.(see full story at the MIS Site)(8-5-2003)

    • 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)

    • MIS Gatorade Victory Lane Undergoes Facelift: Twenty years ago, Cale Yarborough rolled into the brand new victory lane at Michigan International Speedway on June 19, 1983. He became the first driver to visit the new MIS victory lane directly across from the start-finish line in the infield grass. His victory was quite fitting, as 14 years earlier Yarborough was the first Winston Cup driver to visit victory lane at MIS, as he captured the Inaugural Motor State 500 in 1969. As MIS prepares to christen a brand new victory lane, one thing is for certain: Yarborough will not be the winner since he retired in 1998. That means that a new driver will become a part of MIS history and visit the new Gatorade Victory Lane for the first time. When race fans enter the MIS gates to start the Sirius 400 weekend, they will notice that the MIS Victory Lane has undergone a facelift. The new Gatorade Victory Lane has been moved several feet to the North with a new concrete surface, shrubs and flowers. The now wider semi-circle is much bigger than its square predecessor, which was built prior to the 1983 season.(MIS PR)(6-13-2003)

    • Beer is back at MIS: And after a one-year hiatus, beer once again will be sold at Michigan International Speedway, though fans still will be able to bring their own beer into the facility. The speedway stopped selling beer last year after state officials began enforcing a law that barred alcohol sales at venues where customers also can bring in alcoholic beverages. MIS officials opted to let fans continue bringing their own beer. "I think the fans were happy last year when we made the decision to allow them to still bring it in," Gibson said. Now both sides are happy after former state Sen. Philip E. Hoffman, R-Horton, introduced a bill that passed with overwhelming support late last year to allow for sales and carry-in traffic at MIS. The bill was drawn narrowly enough that it only applies to MIS, allowing such beer sales only at a "motorsports entertainment complex" with at least 70,000 seats. The speedway, with more than 136,000 fixed seats, is the only venue in the state that meets that description. Gibson said alcohol cannot not be taken into the garage or pit areas and that open containers cannot be carried off the premises.(Michigan Live)(6-13-2003)

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


    • #74 gets a sponsor for Michigan: In addition to serving as the title sponsor of this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), Gordon Food Service, Inc. will take over primary sponsorship of the #74 BACE Motorsports Chevy driven by Tony Raines. With over 100 years of food service experience, GFS Marketplace specializes in offering restaurant quality products and unparalleled service to thousands of businesses and organizations. GFS Marketplace stores, which are open to the public without membership fee, were created to service the needs of local restaurant owners, schools and events planners in 94 locations throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. In addition to the team and race sponsorship, Gordon Food Service is also lending a hand to BACE's core charity, America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger relief organization. "Through a partnership with Tyson Foods, GFS Marketplace will donate 25-pounds of chicken to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for every mile Tony Raines runs in the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday," Gordon announced. "NASCAR fans are not the kind of people to sit idle while their neighbors are in need, and we're proud to aid BACE in their support of America's Second Harvest by assisting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan." BACE will host a pair of Michigan racing fans that did their part as well. In an August 8th auction held by mid-Michigan radio station WKCQ in support of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan's annual "Drive to End Hunger," Jerry Jamieson of Lapeer, MI and his grandson, Christopher, fought off the other bidders to join Raines and BACE crew behind the wall of the GFS Marketplace 400 as honorary crew members. The Second Annual, "Drive to End Hunger" generated over 250,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan's 22 county area, which contains over 200,000 food insecure individuals serviced through 370 partner agencies that distribute over 13 Million pounds of food annually.(BACE Motorsports PR)(8-14-2003)

    • SEM Products Sponsors BAM Racing #49 At Michigan and Bristol: SEM Products, Inc., celebrating its 50th year of automotive product research, production, manufacturing and distribution, will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of driver Ken Schrader in the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup stock car races at Michigan Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. SEM will feature its Color Horizons custom finish paint through the sponsorship, and BAM will showcase a special paint scheme using Color Horizons Flakes and Color Horizon Pearl Pigments in the Aug.23 night race at the .533-mile Bristol track. “SEM and the fabricators at BAM are putting together a deal that is going to look incredible under the lights at Bristol,” said Schrader. “Everybody is always trying to come up with these special night paint schemes. With the ingenuity of SEM and the expertise of our fabricators, this is going to be one that will really show off this race car.” SEM Products recently revamped Color Horizons, which create a rainbow of color combinations for almost any look. Color Horizons, which can be applied to metal, aluminum or plastic surfaces, and is available in an array of base and candy concentrates, metal flakes, and pearlescent pigments as well as easy to use aerosols for a showstopping finish. “We are very pleased SEM Products and Color Horizons will be on our car for the next two races,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband Tony. Having SEM with its history of excellence as a part of BAM Racing means a lot to all of us,” she continued. “We plan on giving them our best effort for two races, and are excited to see how good our car will look at Bristol when we use Color Horizons.”(Williams Company PR)(8-14-2003)

    • Long/Carter withdraw: Veteran NASCAR Winston Cup team owner Travis Carter had hoped to put Carl Long in his #66 Travis Carter Enterprises Ford at Michigan International Speedway this weekend as an opportunity to do research and development work to help out the team. However, plans for this event fell through, and the team will not make the trip to Michigan. Carl Long hopes to drive for Travis Carter again soon if sponsorship can be found to help fund their effort.(Carl Long SIte)(8-13-2003)

    • Compton in the #4 this week, Brewer to serve as Crew Chief: Stacy Compton was announced as driver of the #4 Kodak Perfect Touch Pontiac for the upcoming GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Compton, who drove for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in July at the. Daytona Pepsi 400, had an eighth place finish in last year'˜s Busch Series race at Michigan. Tim Brewer will serve as crew chief. (Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR), no word on the #04 which was rumored to be running, looks like a one car team at MIS.(8-12-2003)

    • Lepage returns in the #57 to MIS: After successfully qualifying and running in the 10th Annual Brickyard 400, Team CLR Racing will now head to Michigan International Speedway to compete in the GFS Marketplace 400 with Kevin Lepage as driver of the #57 Ford Taurus. Team CLR Racing was at Michigan with Hermie Sadler in his #02, Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling Chevy Monte Carlo's, in both the ARCA and Winston Cup races run earlier this year. In the ARCA race they qualified 2nd and finished 2nd to Casey Mears. In Cup they qualified 16th and finished 36th. Team CLR is still looking for both major and associate sponsorships. To learn more about Team CLR on the Internet, surf or CLR PR)(8-11-2003)

    • 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?

    • Stewart and Kid Rock? UPDATE 5 at Michigan BUT not Kid Rock...3 Doors Down: hearing that Tony Stewart will drive the #8 Kid Rock Chevy in the Busch/BGN race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.(1-23-2003)
      UPDATE: however, it has been reported that Steve Park will race the #8 BGN car at Lowe's, so not too sure about this one.(1-24-2003)
      UPDATE 2: getting a bit more info, hearing now, the scheme will race at one of the BGN Richmond races, probably May as there are rumors that Dale Earnahrdt Jr will run all three races at Richmond in Sept (CTS/BGN/Cup) and Martin Truex Jr is scheduled in the #8 BGN car at RIR in this rumor has some holes in it, unless it is a 2nd Chase2 car, what is posted here is all I have heard or know.(1-25-2003)
      UPDATE 3: been told that Tony Stewart will NOT be driving a #8 Kid Rock paint scheme in the May Charlotte BGN race. This is already scheduled to be a cheese nips car to be driven by Steve Park. But could show up elsewhere. However, many diecast sheets are showing the car running in Charlotte, so it could be the Fall race.(1-27-2003)
      UPDATE 4: now being told the scheme will run at the Michigan Busch Series race in August.(3-13-2003)
      UPDATE 5: the Tony Stewart #8 Busch Series program has been changed from Kid Rock to 3 Doors Down. This special program will be racing in Michigan on August 16th. Dale Earnhardt Jr.(car owner) and Stewart both filmed footage to appear in a new rock music video with 3 Doors Down which is due out this summer.(3-27-2003)
      IMAGE: scheme on the 2003 Busch Paint page.(4-11-2003)
      Stewart in MIS Busch race: In a several-sided arrangment in which everyone presumably gets something, Tony Stewart will make a cameo in Busch at Michigan in August, in one of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chance 2 cars (co-owned with Teresa Earnhardt) and in collaboration with 3 Doors Down, a rock band on the Republic/Universal Label, and ubiquitous Action Performance, whose best property at present is Earnhardt Jr. Pictures of the show car, which is orange, has pictures of the band members on it, carries the #8, and has the nickname "Smoke" above the door are available, as are the toy cars and other trinkets, from Action outlets. "Action Performance is the exclusive supplier of all Chance 2 Motorsports team replica collectibles, including the 3 Doors Down race car," the release said.(Speed Channel)(5-24-2003)

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


    • 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.(


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