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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Pennsylvania 500

Winston Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 27, 2003 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: TNT - 1:00pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Speed Channel - July 30th at 8:00pm/et; and July 31st at 1:00am/et and 3:00pm/et.[Last time, next week the races will be re-aired at different times and not enhanced, but only highlights]

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

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests

  • NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,260,957 (was $3,685,703 in 2002)

  • Entry List Links: Entry List for the race from NASCAR.com

  • 2002 Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 125.809mph, started 1st

  • Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, July 25th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; and Saturday, July 26th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 26th, 11:15am - 12:00noon/et on TV-Speed Channel live.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 25th, 10:20am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, July 25th at 3:05pm/et, TV-TNT live, no re-air date/time found, and live via MRN radio/internet and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required)

  • Qualifying Results: on my Pennsylvania 500 Qualifying Page

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

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, July 2000, 172.391mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bill Elliott, 170.568mph, finished 1st.


    Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, turn 2: 8 degree, turn 3: 6 degrees;
    Straights: Front - 3740 feet, Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet, North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 100,000

  • Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway

  • Last Year: see my 2002 July Pocono Race Info page.

  • June's Race: see my 2003 June Pocono Race Info page.


    PAST RACE WINNERS at Pocono

    All Pocono Winners


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left - 1,150; Right - 1,150

    Tire Numbers: Left - D-6344; Right - D-6346

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
    Right Front - 36 psi; Right Rear - 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 18 psi; Left Rear - 18 psi; Right
    Front - 32 psi; Right Rear - 29 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This particular combination of left- and right-side tires was introduced at Pocono in June 2001, making this the sixth consecutive race they will be used at this two-and-a-half-mile track . . . Winston Cup teams also used this combination at Pocono last month and will use it again at Indianapolis next week . . . in addition, Busch and Truck Series teams will run this combination at both Gateway and Pike's Peak in 2003 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . 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:. "This completes the third straight season that Goodyear has brought this tire set-up to Pocono, and it has been proven out to be one of the most popular combinations in our tire line.. With tires not really being an issue here, teams will concentrate a great deal on figuring out the chassis set-up that gives them the best chance of success on this unique, triangular track.. Since all three turns are distinct, the teams that have the most success at Pocono are ultimately the ones that have to compromise the least."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $200,000 at Pocono 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(7-20-2003)

  • 50 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 50 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 Pocono. Should a driver win the bonus at Pocono, 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.(7-20-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $20,000 at Pocono. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
    Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000* (plus $5,000 bonus)
    Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
    Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
    Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
    Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
    Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000* (plus $25,000 bonus)
    California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (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
    (* won race and bonus)(7-20-2003)


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

Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and


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


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


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Pocono/Long Pond, PA Area:
Citizens Voice
Express Times
Morning Call
The News Eagle
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pocono Record
Reading Eagle
Scranton Times-Tribune
Times-Leader
Times News, Lehighton, PA
www.800poconos.com
This Week in the Poconos


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


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
Pocono Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)

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


TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV

IN-CAR AUDIO SITES


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 52 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 30 times and the top ten 37 times.(7-27-2003)

  • Newman wins at Pocono: #12-Ryan Newman won the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in the Mobil One Dodge, his first ever win at Pocono, 4th win of the year [he leads the series in wins now] and 5th of his career. #97-Busch ended up 2nd, almost catching Newman. The Points leader, #17Kenseth finished 13th and keeps his big leads in the points standings. The unofficial top 10, lap leaders, out of the race, caution summaries and notes:

    #12-Ryan Newman (88 laps led)
    #97-Kurt Busch (1 lap led)
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(25 laps led)
    #15-Michael Waltrip (18 laps led)
    #5-Terry Labonte

    #99-Jeff Burton (17 laps led)
    #25-Joe Nemechek
    #54-Todd Bodine (his first top 10 of 2003 - new crew chief making a difference)
    #77-Dave Blaney
    #40-Sterling Marlin

    Cars on the lead lap: 22 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (10): #89-Shepherd (out-handling); #37-Cope (out-?); #6-Martin(out-accident); #32-Craven (out-engine); #21-Rudd (out-engine/oil pump); #20-Stewart (out-engine); #41-Mears (off-accident); #18-Labonte (out-engine); #19-Mayfield (out-accident); #24-Gordon (off-accident);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (11): #12-Newman(88 laps led - led the most); #2-Wallace(23); #17-Kenseth(2); #15-Waltrip(18); #10-Benson(1); #7-Spencer(3); #41-Mears(8); #99-Burton(17); #20-Stewart(14); #97-Busch(1); #8-Earnhardt Jr.(25);

    Cautions 8 for 35 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 182 - 188: #18-Labonte lost an engine and slide in the tunnel turn wall driver side, not a good day for Gibbs Racing.
    Caution 7 - Laps 165 - 170: #41-Mears spun out in turn one and hit the wall.
    Caution 6 - Laps 154 - 157: #20-Stewart blew an engine while running 2nd
    Caution 5 - Laps 126 - 129: #24-Gordon got tapped by #77-Blaney when he checked up and #77-Blaney didn't, Gordon looped around and hit the wall hard on the right side, doesn't look good for a return to the race, the right wheel is not facing the same direction as the left.
    Caution 4 - Laps 119 - 123: #32-Craven stalled just before the entrance to pit road as he lost an engine and tried to get the car back to the garage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 75 - 77: #6-Martin spun after getting into #8-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Waltrip tried to slow down but rearended Martin, who ended up into the wall. Waltrip has some front end damage, #22-Burton also got damage from debris or hit someone.
    Caution 2 - Laps 68 - 72: #19-Mayfield and #31-Gordon got together, sending Mayfield into the wall, a lot of damage to the right front and cut the tire down. #0-Andretti was just behind the accident and cut down a tire from debris.
    Caution 1 - Laps 50 - 53: Oil on the track from the #1 car.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    On lap 192, #16-Biffle had a left rear tire go down when he made contact with #7-Spencer.
    During caution 8, the following lead lap cars came in: #' 99,2,17,16,88,31,7
    As of lap 180, #18-Labonte is falling back and is reporting engine troubles [his teammate already lost one].
    #24-Gordon is back on the track as of lap 163, 40 laps down, great job by the crew.
    IDIOT ALERT: some nimrod ran out of the infield, across the track and into the woods [maybe the line to the restrooms were too long?] supposedly the police are in pursuit of the fool.
    During the 4th caution, #21-Rudd's car is stalled near turn two, will get pushed, he has no power, so his 700th consecutive start looks like it will not end well.
    #45-Kyle Petty is back on the track after his crew repaired his transmission [noticed on lap 119].
    On lap 118 #15-Waltrip and #8-Earnhardt Jr. finally came in to make their pit stops.
    On lap 117, #32-Craven lost his engine, trying to make it to pit road.
    Green flag stops are happening around laps 103-108 range.
    On lap 89, #45-Petty was off the pace and finally got to pitroad, couldn't get the car in gear, is in the garage..
    #42-McMurray is back on the track as of lap 82
    #1-Green is back on the track at lap 66.
    All the leaders came in to pit during the 1st caution, all the lead lap cars got 2 tires except #' 12,99,48,21,32,88,31,19,17.
    #1-Jeff Green's car is smoking and has been black flagged on lap 45 to come in and have it checked.
    All pits stops done laps 33-38 under green.
    #12-Newman pitted on lap 33, thought he had a right rear tire going down, he swerved a bit coming in - it was reported that Newman did not have a tire going down, he pitted eralier then all the other leaders, who came in the next lap and thru lap 38..
    Unless there is a cuation soon, look for pitstops around laps 35-38 range.
    #50-Foyt who went into the garage around lap 4, is back on the track, it was a spark plug wire off.

    Race re-air: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, July 30th, 8:00am/et and Thurs, July 31st, 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.

    Race Results at
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(7-27-2003)

  • To the back: so far just one driver; #45-Kyle Petty's team changed an engine and he will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the Pennsylvania 500, he was supposed to start 35th.
    UPDATE: add #1-Jeff Green going to the back due to an engine change, he was in provisional land anyway, 39th.(7-27-2003)

  • Happy Hour at Pocono is OVER for the Pennsylvania 500. The fastest was [surprise!] #12-Ryan Newman at 164.438mph, followed by #99-Jeff Burton at 164.246 and #1-Jeff Green at 164.084 [rest of the top 10: #'s 9,32,97,19,15,18,25]. Slowest were #50-Larry Foyt at 157.928 and #89-Morgan Shepherd at 159.989. #89-Morgan Shepherd went out to practice and brushed the wall abd bought the car back into the garage but made it out to run four laps. #15-Waltrip ran the most laps at 33 with #12-Newman running the 2nd most at 29. At the end of happy hour, #17-Matt Kenseth's Ford broke a sway bar chain, no major damage noted and he kept the car off the wall. No word on any other incidents and nothing about any engine changes.
    See speeds at Thatsracin.com.(7-26-2003)

  • Saturdays 1st Practice at Pocono is over. Fastest was #20-Tony Stewart at 165.896mph, followed by #97-Kurt Busch at 165.235 and #42-Jamie McMurray at 165.198 [the rest of the top 10: #'s 25,17,48,40,24,9,29]. Slowest were #43-Christian Fittipaldi at 160.026 and #89-Morgan Shepherd at 160.231.
    For speed see Thatsracin.com.(7-26-2003)

  • Hello Newman: #12-Ryan Newman won the pole at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 500, his first ever Budweiser Pole at Pocono, his 5th of 2003 and the 12th of his 64 race career with a speed of 170.358mph. Newman is the 15th different pole sitter in the last 15 races [one was a rainout]. Starting on the outside pole is #48-Jimmie Johnson. Highest qualifying rookie of the year canidate is #41-Casey Mears, who will start 10th. See Jayski's Qualifying/Grid page for speeds, results, links, notes and stuff.(7-25-2003)

  • StockCarFans.com: Ramblings - Pocono: #12-Ryan Newman didn't disappoint today as he took his 5th top-spot of the season (and 12th of his Cup career) at Pocono Raceway for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. His time of 52.830 (170.358 mph) bested Jimmie Johnson and they'll lead the field to the green on this unique triangle.
    #38-Elliott Sadler (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    #0-John Andretti (5th) has his best starting spot since he was on the outside of the front row at Phoenix last November.
    #88-Dale Jarrett (8th) probably wishes we ran 36 times a year here (would get kinda nasty in February, tho). He's only had three Top-10 starts this season....but two of them are here.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 3 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Only 44 cars on hand this week....the Trouble Train is a lonely ride for Brett Bodine as he tried to qualify the #4 Kodak car. It's the 2nd DNQ for that entry this season.
    We lost another important figure in NASCAR's history this week....Bob Latford. Without he & Joe Whitlock (they came up with the current scoring system) there's no telling what the face of Winston Cup racing would look like today. Throw in all of his PR work, and the sport owes him a debt of gratitude.(StockCarFans.com Winston Cup Newsletter)(7-26-2003)

  • Qualifying Results: on my Pennsylvania 500 Qualifying Page

  • Pennsylvania 500 Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    Jayski's Pennsylvania 500 Qualifying Page
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (7-25-2003)

  • Friday Practice is over at Pocono. Fastest was [surprise!] #12-Ryan Newman at 169.097mph, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson at 168.954 and #40-Sterling Marlin at 168.036 [rest of the top 10: #'s 17,25,38,97,0,77,6]. Slowest were #89-Morgan Shepherd at 160.517 and #37-Derrike Cope at 161.999. #50-Foyt and #4-Bodine are slow and both need to pick up some speed to make the race.
    For speeds, see Thatsracin.com - Practice 1 speeds.(7-25-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. 44 cars/drivers listed [so one will go home]. First driver scheuled out is #40-Sterling Marlin. Final driver scheduled out is #9-Bill Elliott. See links above.(7-25-2003)

  • Entry List Link is up for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. 44 drivers/teams are listed, including 42 full timers and #04-TBA: Morgan-McClure and #37-Derrike Cope. BUT it was already announced the #04 would not be in the race, so that is 43 teams. #89-Morgan Shepherd is supposedly considering entering the race, have not heard if he will. Also, Larry Foyt is in the #50 again this week, and since it now has an attempt on it, it SHOULD be eligible for a provisioanl, not sure. See above for the links.(7-22-2003)
    UPDATE: still 44 cars, remove the #04-TBA and add #89-Morgan Shepherd. So one driver/team will go home. Three teams are without provisionals [but can still make the race, it 2 or 3 of them fall into provisional land]: #4-Brett Bodine [does that feel weird typing], #43-Christian Fittipaldi and #49-Ken Schrader.(7-23-2003)

  • 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


    TRACK/RACE NEWS

    • 2 Races Likely at Pocono in 2004: NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday that Pocono Raceway, which has hosted two Winston Cup races per season since 1982, will likely have two more next season. Though Helton said the 2004 schedule isn't complete, he said, "I don't see anything changing in Pocono. We explained we had no intentions of forcing people to move dates or give up dates, but that we were interested in talking to owners of multiple facilities about if there's a better way to use dates in other market areas," Helton said. "Pocono is distant from most of those conversations. Now if (Pocono Raceway owners) Joe and Rose (Mattioli) come to us with some sort of idea or concept, we'd listen to it."(Times Leader)(6-7-2003)

    • Some Pocono 'Improvements': during Speed Channels coverage of Pocono 500 qualifying on Friday, they showed the guardrail area between turns 1 and 2 where Steve Park hit and flipped last July, it has been protected and backed up and reinforced with dirt to help soften the blow, were it to happen again. Also, it appears the work Pocono did to resolve their drainage problem (remember the water seeping up through the track last year (cancelling qualifying in June) has seemed to work as the area has gotten a lot of rain in the last month and of course today it has rained all day. So far no signs of any water seepage on the track [on Friday at least and hopefully none on Sunday](6-7-2003)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • #350 for Labonte: Pocono is scheduled to be #18-Bobby Labonte's 350th Winston Cup start [would be 348 consecutive](7-24-2003)

    • #550 for Martin: #6-Mark Martin is scheduled to start his 550th Winston Cup [and race this weekend at Pocono. Martin started his first Winston Cup race back on April 5, 1981 at North Wilkesboro where he started fifth and finished 27th after experiencing problems with the rear end.(Roush Racing) Would be his 493 consecutive.(7-23-2003)

    • Morgan-McClure Plans for next three races UPDATE:
      Pocono: the team has filed two entries for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway [#04 and #4 Kodak Pontiacs] but since David Reutimann didn't make the Cup race at New Hampshire [qualifying rained out and no attempts] and didn't get to test as planned at Pocono Raceway last week, team owner Larry McClure said, "I think we might enter David in the ARCA race at Pocono," McClure said. "I don't think it would be fair to put him in a Cup car there, when he's never seen the place and would be making his first Winston Cup start. We may ask Brett Bodine to qualify our Winston Cup car and race it."
      Indianapolis: After that, McClure expects to run Reutimann in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the driver was impressive in a test session last week. "At Indy we're going to run two cars, David and somebody else," McClure said. "Right now we hope it will be Robert Pressley."
      Watkins Glen: Then, McClure said he would again use Tennessean Johnny Miller, who ran for the team at Infineon Raceway, at Watkins Glen International.(more notes at NASCAR.com)(7-21-2003)
      UPDATE Bodine in for Pocono: Morgan-McClure Motorsports will use Winston Cup veteran Brett Bodine as driver of its #4 Kodak Pontiac this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The 44-year old Chemung, N.Y.-native has one win which came at North Wilkesboro in 1990, 16 top-fives, 61 top-10s and five poles to his credit. In addition to the Winston Cup event, Morgan-McClure will also enter the ARCA race at Pocono with the #4 Kodak ARCA car and Busch Series driver David Reutimann. Reutimann, whose Winston Cup debut got rained out last Friday at New Hampshire, will gain valuable seat time at the 2.5-mile track. "The team is happy to have Brett Bodine drive the Kodak Pontiac at Pocono. Brett and I have known each other for a long time. He is one of the hardest working drivers and owners in the Winston Cup garage," said team owner, Larry McClure. "We are looking forward to going to Pocono with David in the ARCA car as well. We hope to build on last weeks momentum." Bodine is looking forward to his first race since he was injured in a practice session last month at Michigan. "I am looking forward to racing with Larry, Chris and all of the Morgan-McClure crew at Pocono. It will be my first race back since the accident. The doctors did a great job on the shoulder surgery and rehabilitation has been good," Bodine said. "It was way ahead of schedule and the doctor cleared me to race. I tested at Indy last week and the shoulder felt great, as a matter of fact the right shoulder feels stronger than the left."(ThatsRacin.com)(7-22-2003)

    • Fittipaldi to race ARCA too at Pocono: Christian Fittipaldi will compete in the ARCA series at Pocono Raceway next weekend [the Saturday race, there are two as the June race was rained out and postponed to July 25th]. The car will be prepared by his Petty Enterprises team. The Brazilian, who joined Winston Cup full time last month as the replacement for John Andretti in the #43 Dodge, will be racing in ARCA for the first time this season.(Richmond Times Dispatch) - actully Fittipaldi ran the ARCA race at Daytona in Feb 2003, starting 7th and finishing 10th, other drivers who have run in Cup this season running in one of both of the ARCA races include: #9-Hideo Fukuyama [both races] and #77-Casey Mears [both, pole for the make up]. Also former Cup driver Greg Sacks is entered to run Saturdays ARCA event.(7-21-2003)

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


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image?
      #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 Pocono - July Car #'s 0-23 page
      #18-Bobby Labonte Advair (hood) Pocono - July Car #'s 0-23 page
      #21-Ricky Rudd 700th Consecutive Start Pennsylvania 500 - July Car #'s 0-23 page


    • Rudd Consecutive Race Streak scheme: #21-Ricky Rudd is scheduled to run a special paint scheme for his 700th Consecutive Winston Cup Start at Pocono Raceway. The secret paint scheme is 'supposedly' not to be unveiled until the day of the race.
      UPDATE: it was unveiled on FSN's Totally NASCAR and have an image of the car my Paint Scheme Gallery - Cup page 1.(7-9-2003)

    • New Assoc for Gibbs UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing has signed a deal with GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Advair, an asthma maintenance treatment, an associate sponsor on the team's #18 and #20 cars. Driver Bobby Labonte, who has asthma, will be a spokesman for the program and will encourage fans to visit an educational trailer to be located trackside at NASCAR events.(ThatsRacin.com)(1-24-2003)
      UPDATE: Bobby Labonte's car will switch from green to purple for the Food City 500 at Bristol next month. The color-scheme change is being used to promote Advair, an asthma treatment that Labonte has started using. Labonte's primary sponsor, Interstate Batteries, is taking its name off the car for that race to let him promote the medication. "It's helping me get off the quick-relief (inhalers)," Labonte said of Advair. "I was racing a car at Martinsville, Va., and saw a guy beside me that had quick-relief taped to his helmet in case he had to use it. I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, that guy's got it worse than I do.'" Part of Advair's season-long promotion includes testing for lung problems at most of the race tracks. Stan Hull, a representative of GlaxoSmithKline, which makes the product, said that more than 1,400 people underwent lung testing during Speed Weeks.(Fayetteville Observer) AND the #18 Chevy will also have Advair on the hood for the races at Rockingham, Atlanta, The Winston, Dover, Chicago, Pocono, Darlington, Kansas and Phoenix. See images of both schemes on on the 2003 Cup page.(2-22-2003)

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


    SOME NOTES and NEWS

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


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