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THE RACE: New England 300
Winston Cup Race #19 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
Johnson wins the New England 300 at New Hampshire Intl Speedway. It is Johnson's 2nd win of 2003 and the 5th of his career. #29-Kevin Harvick finished 2nd. #16-Greg Biffle was the highest finishing rookie and #30-Steve Park got his first top 10 with the #30 team. The featured 12 cautions and it seemed the drivers could pass all over the track. Even with all the cautions and wrecks, only three care didn't finish the race. #24-Jeff Gordon led the most laps but faded at the end and ended up 24th, dropping to 234 points behind #17-Matt Kenseth who finished 3rd. The New England Crashfest unofficial top TEN:
#48-Jimmie Johnson (58 laps led)
#29-Kevin Harvick (53 laps led)
#17-Matt Kenseth (1 lap led)
#12-Ryan Newman (29 laps led)
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 laps led)
[all three RCR teams, #29, #30, #31] all finish in the top 10.
Cars on the lead lap: 30 (of 43 starters)
Off track/out of race (3): #89-Shepherd (out-?); #01-Wallace(out-accident); #42-McMurray(off-accident);
Laps Leaders Unofficial (9): #17-Kenseth(10 laps led); #24-Gordon (133 the most); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(2); #-Spencer (1); #29-Harvick (53); #48-Johnson (58); #42-McMurray (13); #99-Burton (10); #12-Newman (29);
Cautions 12 for 63 laps
Caution 12 - Laps 233 - 239: #15-Waltrip gets into the back of #43-Fittipaldi, who spun around and hit the inside wall on the front stretch.
Caution 11 - Laps 203 - 211: Debris on the front stretch and a fuel spill in the #5-Labonte pit.
Caution 10 - Laps 195 - 202: #42-McMurray lost it and shot up the banking in turn 2, spun around and slapped the wall with the drivers side, McMurray walked away OK. The replay showed the car wobbling, looked like something broke, his bumper cover went over the catchfence, but not close to any fans.
Caution 9 - Laps 165 - 169: #2-Wallace and #20-Stewart got together when Wallace came up the track and Stewart ended up in the wall, the caustion was only for the rear bumper of Wallace's that came off. Wallace then bumped Stewart after the caution to show his displeasure.
Caution 8 - Laps 153 - 156: #99-Burton and #23-Wallace got together after something broke in the right front and both cars have some damage, #99 turned around and hit the wall with the left rear and the #23 really having some serious damage to it's suspension.
Caution 7 - Laps 144 - 150: no idea..yet
Caution 6 - Laps 117 - 121: #01-Wallace either lost it or got tapped by #22-Burton, replays were inconclusive, Wallace went into the wall and spun around and hit the wall again. Wallace said the #22 hit him.
Caution 5 - Laps 110 - 112: #8-Earnhardt Jr. punted #2-Wallace who spun around off turn #2, bringing up a lot of dust.
Caution 4 - Laps 101 - 107: Debris in turn 2.
Caution 3 - Laps 61 - 64: #40-Marlin had another right front tire go down, and hit the wall in turn 3.
Caution 2 - Laps 21 - 27: #40-Marlin lost a right front tire, had a hard time getting down to pit road, and the tire came off, Marlin rode around on the rim for another lap.
Caution 1 - Laps 10 - 15: #7-Spencer and #0-Andretti got together, sending Andretti into the wall. #4-Sauter and #49-Schrader also were involved somehow.
RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
*#9-Elliott and #25-Nemechek ran out of fuel with a few laps to go.
*as of lap 270, #24-Gordon is reporting his car is a handfull since the last stop.
*on lap 248, #25-Nemechck thought he had a tire going down, but stayed out.
*#7-Spencer did a full spunout in turn 2, but was able to drive off and no caution was thrown.
*#41-Mears got high on lap 228 and just missed the wall and drove on.
*#5-Labonte had to serve a stop-and-go penalty for part of the fuel can sticking in the car and falling outside the pitbox.
*all the lead lap cars came in during the 10th caution
*around lap 190, #23-Wallace is back on the track after getting repairs.
*#40-Marlin is back on the track as of lap 145
*around lap 138, #19-Mayfield and #54-Bodine got together, the #19 has a tire rubbing now.
*#0-Andretti is back on the track on lap 101, after the team made repairs, but brought the car back in after 4 laps and now is back out on the track as of lap 140.
*All the leaders came in to pit during Caution 3.
*#89-Shepherd has been in and out of the pits to adjust his car.
Race re-air: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, July 23rd, 8:00am/et and Thurs, July 24th, 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.
Race Results at Jayski's New Hampshire Results Page
Top FIVE in Drivers Points after New Hampshire:
#17-Matt Kenseth, 2848
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2614, -234
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2575, -273
#18-Bobby Labonte, 2475, -376
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2429, -419
See drivers standings at Jayski's Drivers/Owners Standings page.(7-20-2003)
Drivers Ticked off with each other after NHIS: lots of skirmishes at New Hampshire on Sunday for the New England 300. The first one started right off the bat, 9 laps into the race: #0-John Andretti [yep. .I put a #43 first] and #7-Jimmy Spencer - Andretti was incensed with Spencer, who hit Andretti on Lap 9 of 300 and severely damaged Andretti's #0 Pontiac. "When we went down in Turn 1, he hit me once and then a second time and got me all the way around," Andretti said. "The last time he hit me, it was like it was to get me out of the way" While Andretti's team worked on the car in the garage, members of the team took large pieces of the car, including the rear deck lid, a damaged tire and hub, and dumped them on the lift gate of Spencer's team's hauler.(ThatsRacin.com)
Biffle and Gordon: #16-Greg Biffle ripped into #24-Jeff Gordon following Sunday's New England 300 for reneging on an agreement to allow Biffle to return to the lead lap during the race while Gordon was the race leader. While the race was under caution and preparing to go green on Lap 108 of 300, Biffle said Gordon's spotter suggested an agreement in which Biffle would not race Gordon hard on the restart and Gordon would allow Biffle back on the lead lap if another caution came out. Biffle agreed and let Gordon go on the restart. When a caution came out on Lap 110, however, Gordon refused to allow Biffle pass him to get his lap back. Irritated, Biffle ran Gordon high on the track, which NASCAR officials didn't like. He was called into the hauler [the Big Red Truck] after the race to discuss the incident. Gordon and his crew chief, Robbie Loomis, had left the track by the time Biffle's meeting with NASCAR was over and were unavailable for comment. Biffle said he had more respect for Gordon than "just about any other driver in the garage," but called Gordon's actions "two-faced." Biffle managed to return to the lead lap on his own later in the race and finished 10th [while Gordon faded and finished 24th].(ThatsRacin.com)
Plus #01-Mike Wallce was torqued at #22-Ward Burton; #2-Rusty Wallace was mad at #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.; #20-Tony Stewart being annoyed by #2-Rusty Wallace.(7-21-2003)
Stock Car Fans - Rumblings: New Hampshire: For the third race in a row it was fuel mileage that determined our winner, and we seldom have three of those a season. Today, it was #48-Jimmie Johnson proving to outlast #29-Kevin Harvick for the win at New
Hampshire International Speedway in the New England 300. Johnson's win was his second of the season (he prevailed at Lowe's Motor
Speedway in May) and the fifth of his Winston Cup career (he's now in a 6-way tie for 58th place on the all-time win list). It was also the
113th victory for Hendrick Motorsports.
#88-Dale Jarrett (7th) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham in February.
#30-Steve Park (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Talladega in October of last year.
#77-Dave Blaney (13th) had his best finish since he was 13th at California Speedway in April.
#41-Casey Mears (16th) had his best finish since he was 15th at Las Vegas in March.
#4-Johnny Sauter (23rd) had his career-best (albeit only his second start) today. . but it would have been much better had he not run out of fuel on the final lap.
#37-Derrike Cope (35th) had his best finish since he was 29th at Las Vegas in March (only 6 races).
STREAKIN. . Jeff Burton has 3 Top-10's in a row.
The Rookie Report: Greg Biffle (10th) is the leading freshman runner for the 8th time this season. We'll see if his little visit with NASCAR
post- race has any chilling effects. He was followed by Casey Mears (16th), Tony Raines (33rd), and Jamie McMurray (40th). Larry Foyt was a DNQ this week.
This Week's Elevator. . UP: Operator of the Week is Steve Park (+26), followed by Dale Jarrett (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper is Sterling
Marlin (-29), followed by Michael Waltrip (-23). Not a lot of action in the shaft, but that might be because we lined up by points, huh?
Matt Kenseth tacked 69 points onto his margin this week. . it's now at 234 over Jeff Gordon. We could be able to post our first "magic
number" of the season next week, as well as our infamous "mathematically eliminated" line.
Jeff Burton (13th to 10th) and Ryan Newman (16th to 13th) made the best moves forward in the points this week. In the negative direction,
Sterling Marlin dropped 5 spots (10th to 15th).(Stock Car Fans Winston Cup Newsletter)(7-21-2003)
To the Back: #4-Johnny Sauter, team changed engines, he will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag, he was slated to start 41st, so he moves back a spot.(FSN's NASCAR This Morning)(7-20-2003)
Happy Hour practice is over at NHIS. The fastest was #17-Matt Kenseth at 130.358mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 130.175 and #48-Jimmie Johnson at 130.042 [followed by #'s 99,5,24,20,97,8,9]. Slowest were #89-Morgan Shepherd at 124.142 and #54-Todd Bodine at 126.833. No incidents or accidents.
See speeds at Thatsracin.com - Happy Hour(7-19-2003)
First Sat Practice at New Hampshire is over. The fastest was #17-Matt Kenseth at 129.639mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 129.538 and #48-Jimmie Johnson at 129.375 [followed by #'s 24,20,5,99,6,29,19]. Slowest were #89-Morgan Shepherd at 125.129 and #74-Tony Raines at 125.273. Most laps run were 38 by #31-Gordon, #01-Wallace and #17-Kenseth. #89-Shepherd ran the least amount of laps with 11.
Speeds are posted at Thatsracin.com - Sat Prac 1.(7-19-2003)
Qualifying rained out at NHIS - Kenseth will start 1st, Gordon 2nd, four drivers miss race: qualifying has been rained out for the New England 300 at NHIS, the field has been set as follows:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already in the field [both the #20 and #22 in top 35]
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field [none]
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field [none]
#5) - Past Winston Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [none]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker [#45, #43, #49, #0, #74, #4, #37 and #89]
#7) - Qualifying Order Position [none, the field is full]
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)
I had forgotten that #89-Morgan Shepherd attempted Pocono, so he has an attempt and makes the show, why? A.J. Foyt Racing's change to #50 [from #14] cost them the start as there are no attempts on that car number in 2003 [see below for the probable explanation]. Also missing the race are #04-David Reutimann; #46-Carl Long and #71-Jay Sauter, all teams that have made NO attempts in 2003 [the Winston Open doesn't count for the #46]. See my Provisonal Land page for rules, standings, etc. Also, when the field is set by the Rules Book [no, not available to the public or for sale] Provisionals are NOT used and NOT charged and do NOT come into play, so the three teams out of provisionals [#4, #43, #49] are not effected.[psst........this is of course....UNOFFICIAL]
SO....Kenseth starts first at NHIS: as the lineup for the New England 300 lineup is set by the Winston Cup Rules Book, the lineup links (7-18-2003):
StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings: New Hampshire: #17-Matt Kenseth will lead 'em to green on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway for the New England 300 by virtue of being the points leader. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole
at Dover in June of 2002.
#99-Jeff Burton (13th) has his best starting spot since he started 10th at Fontana in April.
STREAKIN...Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
A couple of welcome-backs this weekend: First of all to Jerry Nadeau. It's obvious that Jerry has come a long way, and there's no doubt we're gonna see him in a Cup car again.
John Andretti (39th) picks up the #0 ride for the next couple weeks...this will be his first race since Pocono in June. And, Morgan Shepherd
gets in this week....it'll be his first start since Kansas last September.
A. J. Foyt took a calculated gamble today...and he lost. If speculation proves true, he put the #50 on the entry blank to save a possible
provisional for the home folks in Indy. As it turns out, he could have made the event this weekend and still have had that provisional in his pocket...but then if he'd have known that he'd have had the powerball the other night, too!
Joining Larry Foyt on the Trouble Train are: Tim Sauter (Dave Marcis racing entered the #71 for Tim this weekend), David Reutimann (a one-off in the #04 this weekend for Kodak), and Carl Long (the first appearance of the #46 this season). There are no provisionals when we line up by owner points, so the teams who were OOP (the #4, #43, and #49) all get a free-ride.
A good time (since there's nothing else happening other than watching the rain fall) to catch up with Mr. Lead Lap. He's been bobbing around mid-pack lately, but it's an improvement over last season. He's currently 14th in the points (16th last year at this time) with 2050
(53 markers more than last season). His average finish is also showing improvement (16.5 vs 17.7).(StockCarFans.Com Winston Cup Newsletter)(7-19-2003)
Qualifying Order links are posted for the New England 300. 47 cars/drivers are listed. First Scheduled out [again - 2 weeks in a row] is #74-Tony Raines. Last due out os #88-Dale Jarrett. See the links above. Three teams are out of provisonals: #4-Johnny Sauter, #43-Christian Fittipaldi and #49-Ken Schrader. First time 2003 entries: #04-David Reutimann; #46-Carl Long, #50-Larry Foyt and #71-Tim Sauter [no attempts for these car numbers] are not eligible to use a provisional, BUT if a spot is still available afer qualifying is over [in the 37th on back], and these three drivers are left, it would go by speed. Teams wilh Owners points/race attempts, regardless of if they have any provisonals left would be placed before any of those drivers if needed.(7-18-2003)
Entry list link is up for the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. 47 drivers/teams are listed. The 42 full time team, including the #4 Pontiac with driver listed as TBA [supposedly gonna be Johnny Sauter]. Five other drivers/teams are listed, including a 2nd Morgan McClure [#4] team listed as the #04 Kodak Pontiac with no driver, others are #37-Derrike Cope, #46-Carl Long, #71-Tim Sauter in the Marcis Racing Chevy and #89-Morgan Shepherd. See the entry list link above. Three teams are out of provisionals and will 'probably' have to race their way into the race [top 36], of the five part time teams making attempts this week, the #37 and #89 are eligible for provisionals. The #04, #46 and #71 have not made attempts in 2003 [the Winston Open doesn't count] and need to make the race on speed.
UPDATE Johnny Sauter wii be in the #4 and David Reutimann will be in the #04.(7-15-2003)
Best 25 Over Last Six Races from NASCAR.com.
Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page
- NHIS will install SAFER for Sept race: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) has announced plans to install the SAFER barrier. "We are very pleased to announce that following Dr. Dean L. Sicking's recommendation to NASCAR, we will be installing the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier at New Hampshire International Speedway," said Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board. Dr. Sicking, the Director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has developed the barrier that will be attached to the outside walls at NHIS. The SAFER barrier will cover all four of the track's turns. "It is our plan to have the SAFER barrier in place for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend this September," Bahre stated. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend, from Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14, will also feature the New Hampshire 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; the New Hampshire 125 for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series; and the New Hampshire 100 for the Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring.(NHIS PR), see the story about Richmond installing SAFER below and for past news, see my Softwalls/SAFER page.(7-3-2003)
- July NHIS date: been told many folks have gotten their renewels for the July race at New Hamphire International Speedway: July 25th.(6-10-2003)
- No SAFER for NHIS in July: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre was hoping the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction [SAFER] barrier system would be in place for Loudon’s first NASCAR Winston Cup race of the season, the New England 300, on July 20. But it’s not going to happen. The earliest the Magic Mile could see the SAFER system in place would be for its second race (the Sylvania 300 in September), according to Jim Hunter, NASCAR’s vice president of corporate communications. Although NHIS was hoping to get the walls in place for the New England 300, Bahre doesn’t want to rush things. He said he will do anything to improve the safety conditions at the track, but wouldn’t put the walls in until he gets NASCAR approval.(Foster’s Sunday Citizen )(6-6-2003)
- No SAFER at New Hampshire this year? It does not appear as if the energy-absorbing SAFER barrier will be in place at New Hampshire in July when the Busch and Cup series race there. Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president, says analysis of a crash test done on the barrier earlier this month should be complete within two weeks. Hunter says installation of the SAFER barrier should take 60 days. If so, there wouldn't be enough time to install the barrier for the New Hampshire race, which is less than two months away. If that happens, the next race that might have the barrier could be the Richmond race in September. The barrier helps reduce the amount of energy a car -- and its driver -- experiences in a crash. Less energy should mean less severe injuries. Series officials had hoped to have the barrier at Richmond before the Busch and Cup series raced there earlier this month. Jerry Nadeau suffered head, lung, rib and shoulder blade injuries in a crash there and has been hospitalized since. Nadeau's crash reportedly registered a G-force spike of more than 150 Gs in the accident -- the hardest accident recorded since NASCAR began using crash data recorders last year. The hardest wreck previously had been Kyle Petty's crash at Bristol this year. That crash registered a G-force spike in the mid-80s.(News and Record)(5-26-2003)
- Richmond, New Hampshire may get SAFER barrier AND: Jerry Nadeau's life-threatening crash during practice at Richmond and a record number of cautions in the Busch Series and Winston Cup races there raised questions about the progress of the SAFER wall system. A final test of the model for tighter-radius tracks was scheduled earlier in the week with NASCAR officials and engineers at the University of Nebraska. Though it will take 4-6 weeks to analyze the data, insiders say positive results are expected and that it is likely the SAFER system will be installed later this year at Richmond and New Hampshire -- tracks where straightaway speed is high, the corners are tight and require hard braking and there is little room or time to correct a car that gets out of shape. The SAFER system is used at Indianapolis, where data showed the energy-absorbing barrier reduced the impact of Winston Cup crashes by about 30%.(Sporting News)(5-6-2003)
AND Tuesday morning, engineers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are expected to crash-test a modified version of the impact-absorbing SAFER barrier wall on a full-scale replica of the tight turns found at Richmond International Raceway — site of an accident that caused serious injuries to driver Jerry Nadeau on Friday. Although the test comes only four days after the crash — Nadeau is listed in "serious but stable" condition at a Richmond, Va., hospital with head, lung and rib injuries — it is no rush job. The test was scheduled before the wreck, and Dean Sicking, director of the university's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, says his team isn't feeling any additional pressure to move the project along. They already were moving as quickly as possible to adapt the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's barrier to fit other tracks. Sicking has heard accusations that NASCAR is dragging its feet on the project, but says that isn't true. "NASCAR has been encouraging us, pushing us as hard as they could," he says. "We don't see that at all."(USA Today)(5-6-2003)
- Turns 3 &4 Repaved at New Hampshire UPDATE: repaving of the turns have begun at New Hampshire International Speedway on Monday with turns 3 and 4 taking 700 tons of asphalt. On Tuesday turns 1 and 2 are scheduled to be done. Supposedly in the near future, after the pavement cures, #24-Jeff Gordon and #20-Tony Stewart will test the new surface.(4-29-2003)
UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway was repaved again this week, well in advance of the Winston Cup race set for July 20. Track owner Bob Bahre said he had all four turns resurfaced this time. "I think it's going to work out well," he said. Bahre ordered the resurfacing even though the second Cup race at the track last September was contested without complaint. NASCAR's Busch series will provide the first test of the new surface, racing there July 19.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)
AND been told they ground out and repaved th three 12 foot sections of the turns from the bottom up and they paved into the straightaways so the transistion will be 'squared and even' and not angled, they may also be a Goodyear Tire test there before the Cup race in July.(5-2-2003)
- New Hampshire Paving UPDATE: hearing that they will be doing a test strip at New Hampshire Intl Speedway this coming weekend and if all goes well and it takes, paving could take place next week.(4-17-2003)
UPDATE: If the weather cooperates in Loudon, N.H. this weekend, repaving may begin on the one-mile oval owned by Bob Bahre. The New England 300 is July 20.(FoxSports)(4-18-2003)
- New Hampshire to start repaving soon: hearing that repaving of the turns at the New Hampshire International Speedway will start the week of April 14th.(3-26-2003)
UPDATE: As the New England racing season approaches don’t expect things to let down in Loudon anytime soon. Things are starting to come into full swing once again as the Magic Mile begins its repaving process in the corners of the New Hampshire International Speedway 1.058-mile oval. "Our original schedule was to do it some time in April," Ron Meade, NHIS’s director of new projects, said about repaving the corners, "and our basic intent was to repave the corners. I understand we’re going to get more snow. This time of year in New England is unpredictable, so we’re going to have to see how it goes." Here’s a quick history lesson about the past makeovers the NHIS racing surface has endured in recent history. NHIS widened the lower turn areas between turns 1 and 2 and between turns 3 and 4 in March 2002 to create a second groove that would make for safer, more exciting racing. Then in June cracks were found on the Magic Mile surface and NHIS owner Bob Bahre was forced to fix the problems with just three weeks for the surface to cure before the first Winston Cup race. Some said there was not enough time before the heavy Winston Cup cars came to town. During the Winston Cup race in July marbles built up in turns 3 and 4. Several drivers blamed the marbles for causing most of the 14 caution flags to fly. The Magic Mile isn’t getting a full blown facelift this year. It will be just getting some minor cosmetic surgery. "I don’t see paving as a safety issue," Meade said. "The Bahres always put safety to the forefront, but again this isn’t really a safety issue. It’s one of those things that has to be done." Completing the repaving process early in the spring will probably give the asphalt plenty of time to cure, but people will probably find something to complain about. So don’t automatically expect a ringing endorsement from the naysayers just yet.
There might be big news soon as the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction walls are still awaiting approval from NASCAR. The SAFER barrier system, or as some people call them softwalls, are designed to lesson the impact of a crash. Bahre has made it known that if NASCAR deems the SAFER walls ready for action he will put them in. "I understand NASCAR is still evaluating them," Meade said. "I haven’t heard anything about them recently. There have only been about a dozen crash tests as I understand it and as you know there’s more than a dozen ways to crash a car. So NASCAR isn’t going to rush and they are going to do what makes sense and what is safe. You can be sure though that the second they give the okay New Hampshire International will be right there."(Foster's Online)(4-7-2003)
- NASCAR not interested in moving NHIS races: Despite all of the problems at NHIS, sources said NASCAR is not interested in moving a Cup date from that venue. And published reports said tracks such as Kentucky Speedway, looking for a first Winston Cup date, or Kansas or California (Fontana), looking for a second date, might rent one from NHIS owner Bob Bahre. Bahre repeatedly said at Daytona he is not interested is renting a date.(Boston Herald)(2-23-2003)
- Bahre not giving up a date, NHIS paving news: Bob Bahre, who owns New Hampshire International Speedway, says officials from Kentucky Speedway have come to him to discuss "leasing" a Winston Cup date, but Bahre says he has "no intention" of giving one up. "The July race is sold out, and the September race is almost sold out, so why should I take something away from the people who have been supporting us," Bahre said. Bahre said his plans to repave his one-mile track [thought it was just the corners?] were delayed by an early onset of winter, so he'll have to start the repaving operation in late March or early April.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-11-2003)
- NHIS gets a title sponsor for Sept race UPDATE: Osram Sylvania today announced a major agreement with the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). Terms of the five-year agreement call for the industry’s innovation leader to provide sponsorship for the September Winston Cup Series race at NHIS. The event will be named the SYLVANIA 300. New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson joined Charlie Jerabek, president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Bob Bahre, chairman of NHIS, in making the announcement.(NHIS Site)
AND Financial terms were not announced. Sylvania bills itself as one of the world's largest lighting companies, but the printed announcement of the deal contained no mention of plans to light the track. The Concord Monitor reports that track owner Bob Bahre has an operating agreement that limits his racing hours to daytime because of noise concerns from area residents. Area officials told the paper that they had not heard of any plans to change the agreement.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-30-2003)
UPDATE: Bahre said he has “no intentions” of holding night races. Zoning restrictions in Loudon prevent him from starting a race after 7:30pm. Both of New Hampshire’s races will be carried live by NBC this summer and will likely start between noon and 1:30pm/et. Bahre said a sponsor is actively being pursued to claim title of the July Winston Cup race in the Granite State. Asked if a million dollars a year would do the trick, Bahre laughed and said, “You’d be a little light.” Bahre reiterated that his two Winston Cup dates are totally secure, but said he was surprised that NASCAR recently went public saying he could sell one of his dates to Kentucky. He said he is not interested in giving up a Cup race.(Union Leade)(1-31-2003)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - New Hampshire International Speedway
- #14 or #50? noticed something on NASCAR.com's New Hampshire Entry List. Larry Foyt is now listed in the #50 car, NOT the #14 car, which is no longer in the list. Did the team change numbers? Is it a mistake? Are they gonna run a 2nd car? No idea and have found nothing about it.
UPDATE: been told it was AJ Foyt's choice and that is all that is being said.
UPDATE 2 - sort of: A.J. Foyt Racing's Winston Cup entry will run with the No. 50 on the Dodge that Larry Foyt will drive in this weekend's New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, according to the entry lists posted on several Web sites. Jayski.ThatsRacin.com reports that team owner A.J. Foyt decided to use the number instead of the No. 14 that has been used throughout this difficult season that has seen rookie Larry Foyt stuck in 42nd in the Winston Cup standings with no top-10 finishes in his 12 races to date.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)
Speculation has that Foyt doesn't want to use the one (1) provisional left for the #14 car and save it for Indy in two weeks, if they ran the #14 this week and was not in the top 36 in speed, they would be charged a provisional, it is NOT their choice to use it or not. So the team supposedly is using the #50, which has been used by the team in the past [last year for instance] and probably will use it at Pocono.(7-18-2003)
- Craven Remembering a Friend: #32-Ricky Craven will honor the memory of a friend this weekend at New Hampshire International Raceway. The visor of Craven's helmet will carry decals reading "In memory of Allen Brann 1943-2003." Brann, who passed away from a heart attack in January, was the track photographer for many years at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, and was the vice-president and co-founder of the Maine Vintage Race Car Association. Ricky Craven: "Allen was a great guy. He was one of the few
individuals with such a wonderful loyalty to the sport of auto racing. I remember him well from the first days of my racing career and have
always admired and appreciated him. This is just a small way of remembering him and his contributions to the sport."(PPI Motorsports PR)(7-17-2003)
- Names on the Decklid of the #77: As part of a special promotion, over 100 people donated $50 or more to the American Diabetes Association to have their name appear on the decklid of the #77 Jasper Ford during the Winston Cup Race on July 20 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Joe Kane, whose stepdaughter Katherine has diabetes, was the spark plug for this fundraising event. Joe e-mailed Doug Bawel, team co-owner and President of Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Indiana, hoping to reach Dave Blaney, an old high school friend, who now drives the #77 Jasper Ford in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition. Bawel also has a young son with diabetes and was eager to help. The result of their collaboration has been dubbed, "Katherine's Cure." For every $5 raised for "Katherine's Cure," Jasper Engines & Transmissions contributed $1, up to a maximum of $20,000. Thanks to the generosity of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, racecar enthusiasts and friends of the diabetes communities throughout New England will have the opportunity this weekend for their names to join Blaney in competition at NHIS. Sponsors also will receive a glossy photo of the car displaying all the names, signed by Blaney. Attendees at this weekend’s New England 300 at NHIS will also have the opportunity to register for the New Hampshire and Maine walks, visit with ADA staff and receive current information on ADA research, information and advocacy programs. Katherine Dearden, Mr. Kane's stepdaughter, is an adorable and articulate young lady, who also happens to have diabetes. During her interview for the Youth Chair position for America's Walk for Diabetes in Augusta, Katherine was asked what is the one thing that diabetes interferes with. She said, "Nothing." Simply because she and her family won't let it. Katherine enjoyed, among other activities, the abundance of snow in Maine this past winter, as she is a cross-country ski enthusiast. She will join all the participants at the NHIS event this weekend.(Jasper Motorsports Notes)(7-17-2003)
- Nadeau at Loudon this weekend: The United States Army NASCAR team will have a special visitor at this weekend's New England 300 here at New Hampshire International Speedway. The visitor, whose appearance will most likely offer an added inspiration to the team, will be Jerry Nadeau, driver of the black and gold #01 U.S. Army Pontiac. The 32-year-old Danbury, Conn. native is currently on a recovery path from a May 2 accident at Richmond International Raceway where he sustained head, lung, shoulder and rib injuries. Nadeau's appearance at Loudon will be his first race since the accident. "We're all proud of Jerry," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "He has worked so hard in therapy to get to the level where he can attend a race. His presence will definitely give us a big lift." Mike Wallace, who has been the team's substitute driver during Nadeau's recovery, shares Pemberton's feelings. "First of all it shows that Jerry's recovery is getting better," said Wallace. "His presence will not only be good for the team, but it will be good for him. People want to see him and wish him the best and I am sure he has missed seeing everyone. Hopefully, Jerry's visit. will turn our luck around." Wallace is referring to the last two races in Daytona and Chicago where the 01 Pontiac. got collected in each as a result of a multi-car crash. "It's bound to turn in our favor," said Wallace, the middle of three racing brothers. "I look forward to New Hampshire - the track has been repaved and from what I have heard it has plenty of grip. That's good news. We're going to go after it and show that this U.S. Army team is better than the results of the last two weeks." The New Hampshire race begins the second half of the 36-race Winston Cup points schedule. "I think we've experienced every kind of emotion possible during the first half of the season," said Pemberton. "The excitement of the U.S. Army sponsorship, a new team, good, bad and unlucky races results, Jerry's accident, Jerry's recovery and working with different drivers in Jason Keller, Mike Wallace and Boris Said. It hasn't been dull."(US Army Racing PR)(7-16-2003)
- Double Cars for Morgan-McClure at NHIS UPDATE 2 for the remainder of the season?: The Morgan-McClure team has two cars entered in the New England 300 at New Hampshire this weekend. Johnny Sauter will drive the #4 Kodak Pontiac and David Reutimann [who is testing for the team at Inmdy this week] will attempt to get the #04 Kodak Pontiac in the race.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR Show)(7-15-2003)
UPDATE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports made a major announcement Tuesday regarding the upcoming New England 300 NASCAR Winston Cup event at New Hampshire International Speedway. For the first time in its 20 year history, the Abingdon, Va.-based team will field two Winston Cup cars. The #4 Kodak Easy Share Pontiac will be driven by 25-year old Johnny Sauter with Chris Carrier as the crew chief and Steve Gray as the car chief. Sauter was behind the wheel of the #4 Kodak Grand Prix at Chicagoland. It was the Necedah, Wis.-native's first time in a Winston Cup car. He currently competes in the Busch Series, having moved up from the ASA ranks. The #04 Kodak Perfect Touch Pontiac will have David Reutimann, 33- year old Zephyrhills, Fla.-native, as the driver. Tim Brewer will step into the crew chief position while Morgan-McClure Motorsports veteran Robert Larkins will serve as car chief. Reutimann tested in Indy this week for the Brickyard 400 in the #4 Kodak Pontiac. He has competed in 10 Busch Series events with two top-fives and two top-10 finishes. He joined the upper ranks of NASCAR from the All Pro Series.
Larry McClure, owner-President of Morgan-McClure Motorsports, is quoted as saying: "Morgan-McClure Motorsports is proud to make a positive addition of the #04 Winston Cup Pontiac to its racing stables. We wanted a second car for some time and now seemed like an opportune time to act. We feel we have two very talented young drivers to give an opportunity to drive in Winston Cup. This will give the team time to work with both drivers. Having the support of Kodak to field this project was helpful. Johnny Sauter did a good job for the team in Chicago last week. Even though we had an unfortunate tire problem, he continued to remain focused on his efforts. David Reutimann has made great progress in the Winston Cup car this week on one of the circuit's toughest tracks. He has never been behind the wheel of a Winston Cup car before. The team is pleased with his progress and performance. This is an exciting opportunity for Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Kodak. The guys at the race shop are working a non-stop pace to ensure that both cars are competitive. We hope to have a double-shot of success in New Hampshire."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(7-16-2003)
UPDATE 2: Beginning this weekend at New Hampshire, Morgan-McClure Motorsports will begin fielding two Winston Cup teams for most of the remainder of the 2003 season. Both teams will compete for most of the rest of the season, but the drivers may change.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-16-2003)
- Sauter in the #4 at NHIS: Johnny Sauter is expected to return to Morgan-McClure Motorsports' #4 Kodak Pontiac next weekend at New Hampshire. Sauter was 35th Sunday in his Winston Cup debut. Team officials confirmed that Sauter would not test with the team this week at Indianapolis, as previously hoped. The team is considering using Busch driver David Reutimann at the test.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-14-2003)
- PF2 Motorsports postpones Cup debut: After taking the first half of the season off, Fred and Pam Bickford were looking forward to debuting in the Winston Cup Series at the New Hampshire Speedway. With Rich Bickle as their driver, they were getting a team geared up for the New England 300 on July 20th, 2003. Unfortunately, time has not been on their side. "The Winston Cup arena is the most competitive motorsports playing field today," commented Bickford. "We want to be sure that when we debut in the series that our equipment and team effort are as well prepared as it needs to be competitive with the rest of the competitors. We don't feel like that is where we are right now." PF2 has used the resources from Pam Bickford's [#94] Busch Team to train a crew as well as getting everyone acquainted with the NASCAR process. "If we brought our current program to the track right now it wouldn't be in our best interest and it would be a step in the wrong direction," replied Bickford. With this knowledge, they will postpone their debut to a later date. Excited to return to the Winston Cup Series, Rich Bickle has to agree with the Bickfords. "Pam and Fred are committed to this program and getting it off in the right direction. If they don't think we're ready to run the series yet, I trust their judgment. I think that is the right decision and I look forward to when we are back at the track," replied Bickle. "I know I will be giving 150% effort behind the wheel of the No. 94 insure94.com / knotlessboatrope.com Chevy." PF2 Motorsports will announce their debut at a later date.(PF2 Motorsports PR)(7-14-2003)
- #94 News: PF2 Motorsports will run a Chevy at New Hampshire in July, Rich Bickle is the scheduled driver, so far the team has Knotless Boat Rope as an associate sponsor.(6-18-2003)
- Bickle to attempt NHIS Cup race: hearing that Rich Bickle is teaming up with the newly formed PF2 Motorsports, owned by Pam and Fred Bickford, to attempt the July 20th Winston Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Their number will #94 (Not #91) and will have signed with associate sponsor KnotlessBoatRope.com (www.knotlessboatrope.com) a company formed by Tim Greer who works on the team, invented and developed the Knotless Boat Rope in Bickle's facility in Mooresville, NC. The team is currently looking for primary sponsorship but will run the race regardless. Bickle is also scheduled to run the Truck Series race at Gateway that weekend and would be his priority, the team is talking to some Busch Series regulars in case he can't make it.(6-12-2003)
- See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- #99 Bassmaster Scheme Back: The #99 CITGO Ford, driven by Roush Racing's Jeff Burton, will display a special paint
scheme during Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race at the New Hampshire International Speedway. In preparation for the upcoming CITGO Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, Burton's machine will feature the CITGO Bassmaster Classic logo on the front hood. The Classic is scheduled for August 1-3, in New Orleans, La. The CITGO Bassmaster Classic tournament is the world championship of professional bass fishing. It has a 33-year tradition of intense competition among anglers. Winning a Classic championship is the high point of an angler's career. This year's 61-angler field will vie for the $200,000 championship purse. The overall payout is $700,000. For complete coverage of the CITGO BASSMASTER Classic log onto www.bassmaster.com.(Cox Marketing PR)(7-18-2003)
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- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME NOTES and NEWS
- New Hampshire Nuggets: Did You Know #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored only one top-10 finish in seven races at New Hampshire. #22-Ward Burton won the New England 300 last July. It marked his only top-five finish in 15 races at New Hampshire and only
top-10 finish there in his last six races at the New England superspeedway. #19-Jeremy Mayfield has scored only one top-10 finish in
the last 14 races at New Hampshire. #24-Jeff Gordon has led 912 laps in 16 races at New Hampshire [may be why Gordon is all the oddsmakers favorite this week], almost twice as many as closest competitor #99-Jeff Burton who has led 595. Burton led all 300 laps in September 2000. He also led the fewest laps of a race winner in July 1999 (two of 300 laps).(Insider Racing News)(7-16-2003)
- New Gas Can Rule: Beginning with the July 13 race at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will prohibit teams from throwing or tossing gas cans or gas catch cans over the pit wall during a pit stop. The change was announced in Sunday's prerace drivers' meeting.
If a violation happens under caution, the driver will have to restart at the end of the longest line. If it occurs under green-flag conditions, the driver must return to pit road to serve a 15-second penalty. The change is being made to reduce the liklihood of gas spills during pit stops.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)
- New Template for the future?: NASCAR introduced a template to the teams at Infinion Raceway. The new measuring stick is designed to keep the car bodies from twisting out of the approved shape in the hands of the teams. As TFR first reported from Pocono, some teams have found a way to skirt the intent of NASCAR’s strict body templates — sloping every so slightly the right rear roof panel. That slope allowed five teams a little extra rear downforce on the right-rear wheel. The handful of teams increased by a few at Michigan. NASCAR had been watching the rear of the car and performing spot measurements to develop the best approach to policing that area of the car. The result was this new cowl template, which lays on the car directly between the car’s hood and the windshield in the position of the air intake. This spot on the car bodies was getting twisted and fooling the templates to indicate the car was square. The new roof template displays a team's altered cowl, intended to gain the clearance needed for the latest trick. If the alteration doesn't disappear from the team's toolbox, the enforcement tool could go into action with the Chicago race. NASCAR is simply showing the template to the teams this weekend. Dealing with the aftermath of the new template one crew chief said of NASCAR, “They give us a [metaphorical] box to build these cars in and they should just leave us alone for the year. They just need to leave us alone or give us the cars – either way.”(Ford Racing)(6-21-2003)
STATS and STUFF