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Winston Cup Race #27 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, September 14, 2003 in Loudon, NH

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 12:30pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race scheduled for:
    Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 18th at 1:00am/et;
    and a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 18th

  • 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: $4,719,296 (was $4,129,738 in 2002)

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

  • 2002 Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 105.081mph, started 1st

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Burton, July 1997, 117.134

  • Event Speed Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 112.078

  • Track/Race Length: 1.058 mile oval, 300 laps, 317.4 miles

  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, July 1994, 87.599mph

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 7 months, 26 days, Sept 2001

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 11 months, 21 days, April 1961

  • Most Laps Led: Jeff Burton, Sept 2000, ALL 300 laps

  • Most Cautions: 17 July 1994

  • Fewest Cautions: 2, July 1997

  • Most Caution Laps: 78 July 1994

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Burton, July 1999, started 38th

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, September 12th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, September 13th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 13th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel live.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 12th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualifying Order: and/or

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 12th at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT live, no re-air date/time found. And live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required).

  • Qualifying Results: on my Sylvania 300 Qualifying Page

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

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Sept 2002, 132.241mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 132.241, finished 1st.

    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
    Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Striaghts: 2 degrees
    Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
    Grandstand Seating: 91,000

  • Track Homepage: New Hampshire International Speedway

  • May's Race: see my 2003 July New Hampshire Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Sept New Hampshire Race Info page


    1997: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 100.364; started 13th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 112.078; started 1st
    1999: #42-Joe Nemechek, Chevy, 100.673; started 11th
    2000: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.003; started 2nd - lead ALL 300 laps - restrictor plate used to slow cars down
    2001: #31-Robby Gordon, Chevy, 103.594, started 31st (run in Nov due to 9-11 attacks)
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman. Ford, 105.081, started 1st
    2003: ?

    1997: #33-Ken Schrader, Chevy, 129.182; finished 37th
    1998: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 129.033; finished 1st
    1999: #2-Rusty Wallace, Ford, 129.820; finished 6th
    2000: #18-Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 127.632; finished 2nd
    2001: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, set by points [field set in Sept for Nov race]; finished 15th
    2002: #12-Ryan Newman, Ford, 132.241; finished 1st
    2003: #12_Ryan Newman, Dodge, 133.357, Track Record, finished ?

    1993: #2-Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 105.947mph; started 33rd
    1994: #10-Ricky Rudd, Ford, 87.599; started 3rd
    1995: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 107.029; started 21st
    1996: #28-Ernie Irvan, Ford, 98.930; started 6th
    1997: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 117.134; started 15th
    1998: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 102.996; started 5th
    1999: #99-Jeff Burton, Ford, 101.876; started 38th
    2000: #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 103.145; started 6th
    2001: #88-Dale Jarrett, Ford, 102.131; started 9th
    2002: #22-Ward Burton, Dodge, 92.342; started 31st
    2003: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, started 6th

    2003: #17-Matt Kenseth, by points; finished 3rd


    Tire:. Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6360; Right - D-6362

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Front - 30 psi; Right Rear - 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 14 psi; Left Rear - 14 psi;
    Right Front - 26 psi; Right Rear - 23 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 95-105 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This will be the fourth straight NASCAR Winston Cup race that Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to New Hampshire . . . both the Winston Cup and Truck Series will run the same tire codes this week . . . in addition to being used at New Hampshire in 2003, NASCAR teams have also run this combination earlier in the season at Richmond (including last weekend for both Winston Cup and Truck Series teams) and will run them again at Phoenix on October 31-November 1 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "After they repaved the corners at New Hampshire in the off-season, Winston Cup teams came here to race in July and the track came through with good reviews.. On top of that, our tire set-up, which we first brought here in July of 2002, responded well as expected.. The nice thing teams will have this weekend is that they just ran this combination last week at Richmond, so they should be very much in tune with how these tires work."


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $270,000 at New Hampshire 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(9-6-2003)

  • 58 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 58 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 New Hampshire. Should a driver win the bonus at New Hampshire 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.(9-6-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $55,000 at New Hampshire. 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
    Michigan: Jimmie Johnson, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Darlington: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Richmond: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(9-6-2003)


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 Loudon, NH Area:
Boston Globe
Boston Herald
The Citizen
Concord Monitor
Foster's Online
Hartford Courant
Nashua Telegraph
Portsmouth Herald

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

New Hampshire 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

  • Been asked, so here it is: Question - I understand Chad Knaus' concern for his crew members, but shouldn't Jimmie Johnson have gotten a penalty when Chad went over the wall with no helmet and for having too many men over the wall? I'm glad no one was seriously injured.
    Answer Larry McReynolds: With all the rules in NASCAR being black and white or red and green, yeah, there's no question that Chad Knaus probably did look at the right front fender when he went over there. But, trust me, I know Chad, and I would have been the same way. He went over there to see if any of his crew members were laying on the ground. He didn't do any work. If he had pulled on the fender, rubbed on the grill or did anything, then I would say certainly that a penalty should have been assessed. But he didn't do that. He went to check on his fellow crew members.
    Answer Jeff Hammond: In hindsight, it would have given them too many men over the wall. I was only privileged to see a couple different angles of it, but I didn't see Chad Knaus do anything to the race car. If he was going out there to pick up somebody off the ground, check them out or see if his guys were OK, common sense prevails, and it's OK. Granted, the helmet wasn't on Knaus' head, but this was a unique circumstance. He didn't have the helmet, but he did, at least, have the fire suit. If he went over and did something to the race car and really participated in the pit stop, then I would say NASCAR blew a call. But from the different angles that I saw, all I could see was a concerned crew chief running over to see if everybody was OK. Everybody was getting up, moving and getting going again so he got back out of the way. A NASCAR official was there, but probably at about that time, he was too busy trying to think about what happened because he was trying to get out of the way. There were a lot of things going on, and the official probably just missed the call. But it was a common sense situation, and Knaus didn't do anything.(FoxSports)(9-16-2003)

  • Johnson wins at New Hampshire: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. It is Johnson's third win of 2003 and 6th of his career. Johnson is the first driver to sweep both season races at New Hampshire. #21-Ricky Rudd finished 2nd, his 2nd top five in a row. #25-Joe Nemechek ended up third, followed by #9-Elliott and #8-Earnhardt Jr., who was running down a cylinder. Points leader, #17-Matt Kenseth finished 7th, and lost a few points to Dale Jr., but still leads the points standings by 404 points with 9 races to go. A scary moment early in the race while coming in to pit during the 1st caution, #24-Gordon mis-calculated and hit #15-Waltrip while they were going to their pit stalls, Waltrip had to go around #48-Johnson, Gordon, who is pitting right in front of Waltrip didn't realize that and tried to go inside Waltrip, hitting two of Johnson's pit crew members. TNT is reporting both are ok but one crew member Cory Quick went to the infield care center, has a bruised shin. Gordon had to wait for the rest of the cars to come in, back up and proceed to his pit. Waltrip's crew was able to fully complete their stop and go on. The crew was back to full strength for the next stop.
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 300 of 300 laps:

    #48-Johnson (8) (12 lap led)
    #21-Rudd (31) (26 laps led)
    #25-Nemechek (25)
    #9-Elliott (12)(55 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (6)(120 laps led)

    #2-Wallace (11)
    #17-Kenseth (19)(7 laps led)
    #38-Sadler (24)
    #12-Newman (1)(47 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (3)

    Cars on the lead lap: 13 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (4): #99-Burton (out-engine); #16-Biffle (out-oil pump belt/engine); #88-Jarrett (out-accident); #02-Sadler (out-engine);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 with 20 lead changes): #12-Newman; #8-Earnhardt Jr.; #15-Waltrip; #48-Johnson; #17-Kenseth; #31-Gordon; #30-Park; #9-Elliott; #21-Rudd; #29-Harvick;

    Cautions: 6 for 74 laps

    Caution 6 - Laps 196 - 198: #20-Stewart backed into the wall after contact with #12-Newman.
    Caution 5 - Laps 184 - 187: #02-Hermie Sadler lost an engine.
    Caution 4 - Laps 162 - 170: #88-Jarrett got hit in the rear by #7-Spencer who spun around and backed hard into the front stretch wall.
    Caution 3 - Laps 156 - 159: #31-Gordon got sideways and spun around on an access road.
    Caution 2 - Laps 148 - 151: #48-Johnson got a bit sideways and hit #22-Burton who spun backwards into the SAFER wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 127 - 138: Debris on the backstretch.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    -----#24-Gordon, running 2nd, ran out of fuel with 3 laps to go, #49-Schrader pushed him to pit road.
    -----#40-Marlin had to serve a 1 lap penalty for pitting outside his pit box on lap 290.
    -----on lap 286, leader #29-Harvick came in for a spash of gas after running out of gas, and he stalled out and had to be pushed to get restarted.
    -----Race leader, #15-Waltrip came into pit and get gas and go on lap 270, Waltrip left his pit with the gas can attached, he shook it loose, but had to come in to server a stop-and-go penalty, dropping him a lap down. ------#5-Labonte ran out of gas on turn three around lap 268, made it to the pits but took a bit to get the cat restarted.
    -----#8-Earnhardt Jr. came into pit on lap 230 to get tires and gas, expects to be able to go the rest of the way, as his last stop was lap 127.
    -----#7-Spencer came in for an unscheduled stop he felt a vibration in the right front, he then had to come back in for a stop-and-go penalty as he sped coming into pitroad.
    -----Most of the lead lap cars came into pit during caution 5. #8-Earnhardt Jr. stayed out.
    -----During the initial yellow flag on caution 4, many lapped cars were trying to get their lap backed and many were bunch up. made for a hairy situation with Jarrett's damaged car sitting right on the front stretch.
    -----All the #48 pit crew members are back working on the car and ok.
    -----#8-Earnhardt Jr. called in to his pits and thinks he may have an engine problem and a vibration as of lap 150.
    -----While coming in to pit during the 1st caution, #24-Gordon mis-calculated and hit #15-Waltrip while they were going to their pit stalls, Waltrip had to go around #48-Johnson, Gordon, who is pitting right in front of Waltrip didn't realize that and tried to go inside Waltrip, hitting two of Johnson's pit crew members. TNT is reporting both are ok but one crew member Cory Quick went to the infield care center, has a bruised shin. Gordon had to wait for the rest of the cars to come in, back up and proceed to his pit. Waltrip's crew was able to fully complete their stop and go on. #24-Gordon fell back to 23rd, last on the lead lap, and Johnson came out 22nd.
    -----#16-Biffle is off track as debris knocked the oil pump belt off, Biffle is out of the car and out of the race.
    -----#99-Burton's engine is smoking as of lap 105 while running 5th, has gone to the garage an is out.
    -----Leaders started pitting around lap 85ish.
    -----TNT reported that #97-Busch has no power steering.
    -----#32-Craven and #16-Biffle bith ran out of gas on pit road and had to be pushed and started.
    -----Many of the back markers started coming in to pit around laps 78-85 range.
    -----It took 34 laps for #12-Newman to start lapping cars, the first lapped was #02-Sadler.

    To The Back: #32-Ricky Craven and #77-Dave Blaney crashed in Saturday's first practice and have to go to a backup car and to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. Craven was to start 21st and Blaney was to start 26th. Have heard of no engine changes.(9-13-2003)
    UPDATE just added per pre-race, #2-Rusty Wallace changed an engine, will go to the rear, was to start 11th.
    Race Re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel changed their lineup in August - there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 18th at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 18th
    Race Results at JAYSKI's New Hamsphire/Sylvania 300 Race Results

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after New Hampshire:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 4015
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3611, -404
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 3552, -463
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3543, -472
    #12-Ryan Newman, 3398, -617
    See full standings at JAYSKI's Driver/Owners Points after New Hamsphire.(9-14-2003)

  • Jayski's New Hampshire Qualifying/Lineup Page

  • Happy Hour practice is over at New Hampshire for the Sylvania 300. The fastest were #48-Johnson at 130.649 and #12-Newman at 130.005 the resr of the top 10 are #'s 8,9,1,17,21,20,15,16. Slowest are #23-Wallace at 126.429 and #45-Petty at 126.799. #02-Salder is not listed with a speed. #5-Labonte smacked the wall with the right side of the car, but will NOT have to go to a backup car.
    See all the speeds at or - Happy Hour.(9-13-2003)

    To The Back: #32-Ricky Craven and #77-Dave Blaney crashed in Saturday's first practice and have to go to a backup car and to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. Craven was to start 21st and Blaney was to start 26th. Have heard of no engine changes.(9-13-2003)
    UPDATE just added per pre-race, #2-Rusty Wallace changed an engine, will go to the rear, was to start 11th.

  • Saturday Practice: the first Saturday practice is over for the Sylvania 300 at NHIS. The fastest is #48-Johnson at 131.022 and #12-Newman at 130.658, the rest of the top 10 were #'s: 38,29,42,01,88,8,21,18. Slowest were #32-Craven at 126.362 and #23-Wallace at 126.702. #77-Blaney was listed with no speed. #32-Craven wrecked in practice and went to a backup car.
    See full speeds at or - practice 2. (9-13-2003)

  • Newman wins his 7th 2003 pole: #12-Ryan Newman won the pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, with a track record run of 133.357mph. It is the 7th Budweiser Pole of 2003 for Newman. On the outside pole is #5-Terry Labonte who also ran faster then the track record [which was 132.241 set in 2002 by Newman] at 132.780. #42-McMurray was the highest qualifying rookie at 3rd. #27-Scott Wimmer and #02-Hermie Sadler both made the race by speed. Missing the race were #37-Cope [in a cool looking car], #50-Foyt, #89-Shepherd and #46-Long. See the qualifying, practice vs qualifying speeds, when they qualified and the team provisional rank. See my Jayski's New Hampshire Qualifying/Lineup Page for those p[lus pole progression, highest starter for each manu, rookies and links to other lineups.(9-12-2003)

  • - Ramblings - New Hampshire: Friday's would really be boring if we had one driver dominate qualifying, glad nothing like that is happening this year. #12-Ryan Newman and company have got this deal down to a science. Newman grabbed his 7th Bud Pole of the season today at New Hampshire International Speedway. He'll lead 'em to the green for Sunday's Sylvania 300 for the 14th time in his short career (only 71 races). No other driver has more than four poles this year.
    #5-Terry Labonte will start outside the front row on Sunday. That's his best starting spot since he had the pole at Richmond in May.
    #42-Jamie McMurray (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Rockingham in November of 2002.
    #49-Ken Schrader (20th) has his best starting spot since he started 7th at Daytona in July.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    We had a pretty good car-count of 47 this weekend....four on the Trouble Train out of town already. Derrike Cope (that's a shame cause it was easily the best paint job we've seen in quite awhile), Larry Foyt, Morgan Shepherd, and Carl Long get the early out.
    Provisionals were taken by: Bobby Labonte, Kenny Wallace, Steve Park, Kyle Petty, Jason Leffler, Tony Raines, and Christian Fittipaldi. It's been near impossible to figure out what's charged and what's a freebie since NASCAR changed the rules in midstream, but Jayski's got as good a handle on it as database looks like chicken scratch. Best I can figure, the #4, #43, and #49 should now be OOP...but nothing etched in stone here. Always be safe and check your stats against this case the url is:[the best I have it figured the OOP is correct, the provisionals were charged this week since there were 47 cars and only 2 were not eligible for provisional spots, if it 43 or less who are not eligible, then they do not count, which has happened 4 times this year]
    This place has got a tough act to follow. We've had a couple good races and a couple good brawls the last month, and that's the stuff our sport was built on!(StockCarFans.Com Wcup Newsletter)(9-12-2003)

  • Friday Practice for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is over. The fastest were: [SURPRISE!] #12-Newman at 133.380 and #8-Earnhardt Jr. at 132.554mph, the rest of the top 10 were #'s 17,42,48,5,16,29,99,01. Slowest were #46-Long at 124.170 and #89-Shepherd at 126.715. The track qualifying record is held by Newman at 132.241mph, which both Newman and Earnhardt Jr.s is faster than.
    Full rundown of speeds can be found at - Friday Speeds or - practice 1.(9-12-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. 47 drivers/teams listed [only the #79 is not there from the original Entry List]. First driver due out to qulaify is #18-Bobby Labonte, last scheduled out is #2-Rusty Wallace. No bad weather in the forecast for today, so all practices and qualifying should go ok. See the links above. With 47 cars to qualify for 43 spots and only two teams not 'eligible' for Provisionals [#4 and #49 who need to make the race based on speed] provisionals will be charged.(9-12-2003)

  • Entry List links are up for the Cup race at New Hampshire. 48 drivers/teams are listed...including #02-Hermie Sadler, #4-Johnny Sauter, #27-Scott Wimmer, #37-Derrike Cope, #46-Carl Long, #79-Rich Bickle and #89-Morgan Shepherd. Bickle is listed in a team I had not heard about [was entered in a past race but didn't show],' The SBC Smart Pages Chevy owned by John Conely who has a part-time Truck Series team. With the high car count, unless three teams drop out before practice on Friday, provisionals 'should' be charged this week [see my Provisional Land page for standings, new look chart and more]. Last weel at Richmond with 45 cars and only 43 eligible for provisionals, none were charged. See above for the links.(9-9-2003)
    UPDATE: been told team owner Dick Conley pulled the #79 Chevy out of the NHIS Cup race with Rich Bickle as driver because the car wasn't ready yet, wanted to do some testing first. This is all I know about this team, have heard nothing else to post. Looks like this #79 and the Arnold Motorsports #79 are two different teams, not sure why they are using the same number. Anyhow, so that should bring the car count doen to 47.(9-12-2003)

  • MBNA bonus at $55,000 The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to the leader of a race's halfway point (among teams participating in the MBNA contingency award program). MBNA also pays a $5,000 bonus if the halfway-point leader goes on to win the race. If the bonus isn't collected, the $5,000 rolls over to the next event. Here's where we are: the MBNA bonus now stacks up to $55,000. The last time it was collected was at Infineon Raceway in June when #31-Robby Gordon led at mid-race, went on to win and got the bonus, which had grown to $15,000 at Infineon.(NASCAR PR)(9-10-2003)

  • Winston Leader Bonus reaches $270,000 After 26 races this season, no one has been able to collect the Winston Leader Bonus, thus the bonus has reached a record $270,000going into this weekend at NHIS. The bonus, paid to a race winner who also leads the NASCAR Winston Cup points, starts at $10,000 and increases in $10,000 increments each week it isn't collected. The last time it was collected was March 2001 at Darlington Raceway by #40-Sterling Marlin.(NASCAR PR) of course this week at NHIS, only #17-Matt Kesneth has any chance of collecting the bonus.(9-10-2003)

  • #500 for Martin: #6-Mark Martin is expected to make his 500th consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup start on Sunday. Martin is currently third among drivers with consecutive starts behind #2-Rusty Wallace, who is set for his 616th at New Hampshire and #21-Ricky Rudd who is set for a record 707th at New Hampshire, Martin will run a special scheme at New Hampshire.(NASCAR PR) - In honor of Martin's 500th consecutive start, the #6 Viagra Racing Team will run a special gold paint scheme this weekend. The scheme will also honor Major League Baseball star Rafael Palmeiro's feat of 500 home runs.(9-10-2003)

  • #300 for Mayfield: #19-Jeremy Mayfield is expected to make his 300th career NASCAR Winston Cup start on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.(NASCAR PR)(9-10-2003)

  • Top 10 Championship Comebacks: see the whole list compiled by NASCAR on PAGE 2 of the News or my Stats and Stats Links page

  • 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


    • See images of the SAFER wall on my Jayski's® Silly Season Site - New Hampshire International Speedway News page.

    • SAFER at NHIS: When cars careen into the corners at the New Hampshire International Speedway next month they'll be met by safer walls, thanks to the completed installation and inspection of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction [SAFER] barriers in each of the Loudon track's four turns. The soft-wall technology comes to New Hampshire on the recommendation of the NASCAR-sponsored Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, which looked at the layout of the track and considered the danger of the corners based on speed information. The facility also studied similar figures from every other track remaining on the Winston Cup's 2003 slate, and earlier this summer suggested NHIS and Virginia's Richmond International Speedway install the SAFER barriers. Both tracks heeded the recommendation.(see full story at the Concord Monitor)(8-27-2003)

    • New Hampshire 2004: being told by folks that they have gotten renewals for the 2nd 2004 race at Hew Hampshire International Speedway, the date? September 19, 2004. See my 2004 Unofficial Schedule page for more, 26 of 36 races are 'confirmed.(8-9-2003)

    • 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)

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


    • Crew Chief for the #88 at NHIS: Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett's #88 Ford team will be led this weekend by a "crew chief by committee." Jarrett's regular crew chief, Shawn Parker, is not in New Hampshire this week as his wife and two of her sisters were killed in a car wreck near Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday night. Leading the #88 team this weekend will be team owner Robert Yates; Shane Callis, who assists in car set-up; tire specialist Scott Elkins; and car chief Jason Burdett. Funeral plans for Parker's wife, Tara Parker, remained incomplete Friday. The team does not know when Shawn Parker will return.(

    • Jarrett Speaks about Parker: Dale Jarrett says the only reason Robert Yates Racing is at New Hampshire is because they have to be. Commenting on the death of crew chief Shawn Parker's wife Tara and her sisters in a Wednesday night traffic accident. "Certainly our minds are with Shawn and his family and with Tara's family, she was just a wonderful person that's going to be missed tremendously. Shawn's a good leader here and these guys are doing their job, but it's going to be a difficult weekend because we're certainly just thinking about him."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(9-12-2003)

    • #88 Jackman Returns to the Track: John Bryan will reassume duties as jackman for the #88 UPS Racing Team this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bryan has been on the sidelines since getting hurt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the first of August. Bryan has been working out with the pit crew and practicing for the last three weeks and returns to action for the first time this weekend.(UPS Racing PR)(9-11-2003)

    • Sauter back in the #4 at NHIS: Johnny Sauter returns to Loudon, New Hampshire with Morgan-McClure Motorsports for the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup Series event. The Sylvania 300 will be Sauter's fifth career Winston Cup race. In July at New Hampshire International Speedway, Sauter started the #4 Kodak Pontiac in the 41st position (field set under rain-out rules) and completed the event 23rd. Tim Brewer will work with Sauter as his crew chief. Johnny Sauter quotes: "I look forward to returning to a track where I have worked with the Kodak team this year. I think that will help us out with the set-up tremendously. We can build from the notes acquired in July. We had one of the fastest cars during that race."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(9-9-2003)

    • 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 / Chevy." PF2 Motorsports will announce their debut at a later date.(PF2 Motorsports PR)(7-14-2003)

    • 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?
      #6-Mark Martin 500th Consecutive Start New Hampshire - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 New Hampshire -Sept
      Atlanta - Oct
      Car #'s 0-23 page

    • 12-year-old Connecticut girl wins Ultimate Show-And-Tell: 12-year-old Seneca Tedford visited her local Friendly’s Restaurant in July, and colored and designed a #37 Chevrolet. Her design was picked as the winner from among thousands of entries. The paint scheme and design was the work of the 12-year-old girl as part of a major promotional contest. The race car – with her design – as well as driver Cope, a former Daytona 500 winner, will visit her school, Lebanon Middle School, Thursday morning at 9:30am/et. The actual #37 Friendly’s Chevrolet of driver Derrike Cope that will run in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Raceway in Loudon – will be unloaded in the parking lot. Seneca’s design will be unveiled publicly for the first time, giving her and her schoolmates the first look. Cope and Friendly’s will host an ice cream party immediately afterwards for the entire school. “Hey, she did a great job with her design, and she deserves to show it off,” said Cope, a two-time NASCAR Winston Cup race winner who includes the prestigious Daytona 500 among his major victories. Cope and his Friendly’s Chevrolet team will help Seneca do just that – the team’s huge transporter will stop by Lebanon Middle School at 9:30 Thursday morning and unload the newly-designed car, giving Seneca and her friends an opportunity to see the finished product, meet Cope and his team, and possibly even sit behind the wheel. “We might crank it for her but I don’t think the school would be too happy with us letting her take a couple of laps around the parking lot,” Cope laughed. “This is what Friendly’s is all about – kids and families,” said Pete Bell, Senior Director, Marketing. “We wanted a promotion within our NASCAR sponsorship that really peaked kids' interest, and that enhanced their visit to Friendly's Restaurants. "The results were phenomenal.. Seneca was the winner but thousands of children entered the contest, and were very interested in being a part of our promotion.. Friendly's Ice Cream and its restaurants have always been dedicated to serving families, especially children," Bell continued.. "This contest was a way to involve the entire family, kids and parents, in a wholesome promotion surrounding a wholesome sport." Seneca’s design will certainly be one of the most unique in motorsports history. The Friendly’s Chevrolet at New Hampshire will sport a royal blue base color covered with ice cream cones – strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. The Friendly’s logo and the number 37 will be a tie-dyed design. “I assure you no one has ever seen anything like this on a race track ever before,” Cope said. “It is really going to show up well for the fans in the stands and those watching on national television. I’m excited to be driving it, and I’m grateful to Seneca for the wonderful job she did. To be honest, there were a lot of really good designs and color schemes used by thousands of kids. It was tough to pick just one,” he added. “But this will be one nobody will ever forget.” Seneca has already received $100 worth of Derrike Cope gear as part of her prize package. Additional information on Friendly Ice Cream Corporation can be found on the company’s web site ( Company PR)
      ALSO it is posted on the Derrike Cope site that "Derrike will be announcing his sponsor for the 2004 Winston Cup season on this week's NASCAR This Morning broadcast."[Sunday on Fox Sports Net at 11:00am/et](9-9-2003)

    • #500 for Martin: #6-Mark Martin is scheduled to run a special paint scheme for his 500th Consecutive Winston Cup Start at New Hampshire Intl Speedway in Sept. See an image of the scheme on my Paint Scheme Gallery - Cup page 1.(7-9-2003)

    • 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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