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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Chevy Rock and Roll 400

Winston Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Saturday, September 6, 2003 in Richmond, VA

  • TV: TNT - 7:40pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 7:00pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 11th at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 11th

  • 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: $4,450,856 (was $3,841,298 in 2002)

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

  • 2002 Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 94.787mph, started 25th

  • Event/Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Richmond Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

  • Most Laps Led: Bobby Allison, Sept 1979, 369 laps

  • Most Cautions: 14 (3 Times), most recently May 2002

  • Fewest Cautions: 0, March 1976

  • Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Richard Petty, March 1971, started 28th

  • Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


    Practice

  • Practice: Friday, September 5th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; 4:45 - 5:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, September 5th, 6:10 - 6:55pm/et on TV-TNT tape delay at 7:00pm/et.


    Qualifying

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 5th, 10:20am/et

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

  • First Round Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 5th 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 Chevy Rock and Roll 400 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: Ward Burton, May 2002, 127.389mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, Sept 2002, 126.145mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Jimmie Johnson, 126.145, finished 13th.


    Track Specs:
    Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
    Seating Capacity: ~105,000

  • Track Homepage: Richmond International Raceway

  • May's Race: see my 2003 May Richmond Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my 2002 Sept Richmond Race Info page


    PREVIOUS Chevy Rock and Roll 400 WINNERS

    Jayski's Richmond 2nd Race Winners Chart


    GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Winston Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600;
    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 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear has brought to Richmond since May 2002, making this the fourth straight race at the track with this set-up . . . other tracks where teams will run these tires in 2003 are New Hampshire and Phoenix . . . all three NASCAR series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- will compete on the same tires this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "This is the fourth Winston Cup race weekend in a row for this set-up at Richmond, so the teams should have a good understanding of what the tire is looking for when they unload this week.. The configuration of the race track lends itself to some of the best racing in NASCAR, so it should be an successful and entertaining tripleheader."


    RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $260,000 at Richmond for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(8-31-2003)

  • 56 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 56 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 Richmond. Should a driver win the bonus at Richmond would bypass the largest payout in the history of the program. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #15-Waltrip at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(8-31-2003)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $50,000 at Richmond. 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
    (* won race and bonus)(8-31-2003)


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 Richmond, VA Area:
The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
News Leader
Roanoke Times
Richmond Times-Dispatch
richmond.com
Virginian Pilot


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


TRACK/TRAVEL/CAMPING INFO FOR THE FANS:
ARS Racing Outlet - Richmond Review
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

  • Actions after the Richmond race could result in penalties: A post-race incident involving Winston Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Ricky Rudd and members of both crews is expected to result in several NASCAR penalties this week. Following Saturday night's Chevrolet 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Rudd drove his #21 Ford onto pit road after finishing third in the race. He was followed minutes later by Harvick, who wrecked while running second on Lap 393 of 400 after being hit by Rudd. Harvick parked his #29 Chevrolet alongside Rudd's Ford [after bumping into it]. For several minutes, the two drivers yelled back and forth, while both sat in their cars. In the meantime, several members of Harvick's team and a couple of Rudd's teammates began exchanging insults. During the growing unrest, Mike Scearce, the jack man for Harvick's team, jumped on the hood of Rudd's car, denting it. Harvick then climbed from his car and stood on the driver's-side window shelf, yelling at Rudd while Kirk Almquist, the catch can man for Harvick's team, restrained him. A Winston Cup official yelled at Harvick to get off his car, with Harvick responding, "It's my car, I can stand on it if I want." Harvick's wife, DeLana, and crew chief Todd Berrier then began to move him away from the car. Several seconds later, a group of series officials began telling everyone involved that all members of Rudd and Harvick's teams were required to report to the NASCAR hauler immediately. "We're not going to condone this type of pit road behavior. What happens on the race track is going to stay on the race track and we'll deal with it as best we can," said NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter. "I can assure you we are not going to condone the type of bench-clearing mentality that occurred after the race." The team members waited in the hauler until NASCAR president Mike Helton and Winston Cup series director John Darby arrived. The two spent the better part of the next hour speaking to crew members, drivers and the car owners of both teams.(more at ThatsRacin.com)(9-7-2003)

  • Newman wins at Richmond: #12-Ryan Newman won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond, Newman's 6th win of 2003. #19-Jeremy Mayfield came in 2nd, his first top five of 2003 and first since the May 2002 race in Richmond when he was 5th, 50 races ago. The rest of the top five were #21-Ricky Rudd, #99-Jeff Burton and #2-Rusty Wallace. #29-Kevin Harvick drove onto pit road and bumped into #21-Ricky Rudd, then climbed out of his car and tired to get over to Rudd, but his crew held him back, Harvick did get a walk accross Rudd's hood, but his wife and crew got him away from the situation. NASCAR has called the whole teams of both the #21 and #29 teams to the NASCAR Trailer.
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 400 of 400 laps:

    #12-Ryan Newman (4)(125 laps led)
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield (23)
    #21-Ricky Rudd (19)
    #99-Jeff Burton (7)(5 laps led)
    #2-Rusty Wallace (17)

    #18-Bobby Labonte (16)(5 laps led)
    #17-Matt Kenseth (18)
    #5-Terry Labonte (32)(10 laps led)
    #10-Johnny Benson (9)
    #24-Jeff Gordon (5)(126 laps led)

    Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

    Off track/out of race (4):#43-Fittipaldi (out-?); #02-Salder (out-accident); #38-Sadler (out-accident); #7-Spencer (out-engine);

    Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 20 lead changes): #6-Martin; #16-Biffle; #12-Newman; #24-Gordon; #0-Leffler; #09-Wallace; #29-Harvick; #99-Burton; #5-Labonte; #18-Labonte; #8-Earnhardt Jr.; #40-Marlin;

    Cautions: 14 for ?73 laps

    Caution 14 - Laps 394 - ?: #29-Harvick got loose and #21-Rudd got into the rear of Harvick and Harvick backed into the wall.
    Caution 13 - Laps 389 - 391: Debris on the track, looks like a big piece of metal
    Caution 12 - Laps 382 - 386: #99-Burton and #31-Gordon got together when the #99 went up the track, Gordon backed into the wall doing heavy damage.
    Caution 11 - Laps 320 - 323: Debris on the track
    Caution 10 - Laps 288 - 293: #38-Sadler spun around and backed into the wall at turn 1.
    Caution 9 - Laps 268 - 274: #88-Jarrett and #42-McMurray got together with the #42 spinning around, then driving on.
    Caution 8 - Laps 195 - 200: #20-Stewart slid off lap 3 and spun around, didn't hit anything and kept the car off the wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 144 - 148: #41-Mears got loose then hit by #49-Schrader and Mears slapped the wall and spun.
    Caution 6 - Laps 129 - 133: #99-Burton and #20-Stewart made contact and Stewart ended up backed into the wall in turn 3.
    Caution 5 - Laps 120 - 126: #1-Andretti got spun after getting together with #16-Biffle, others involved were #0-Leffler, #42-McMurray, #88-Jarrett spun after getting hit by #97-Busch. The #1 sustained some front-end damage.
    Caution 4 - Laps 94 - 112: Multi-car wreck, #77-Blaney either got loose or got tapped by #88-Jarrett. other cars involved and damaged include #9-Elliott [got rear ended by someone else], #45-Petty [who was right behind Jarrett], #4-Sauter [front end damage], #23-Wallace, #54-Bodine, #30-Park [damage all over]
    Caution 3 - Laps 84 - 88: #17-Kenseth got loose, slapped the wall and spun, #38-Sadler checked up and got tapped by #54-Bodine, sending Sadler into the wall lightly and then thru the fron t stretch infield, Sadler drove off.
    Caution 2 - Laps 64 - 68: #16-Biffle got loose, did a 360 and kept going.
    Caution 1 - Laps 24 - 28: #31-Gordon made contact with #38-Sadler and spun around and slightly hit the inside wall with the right front.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
    On lap 456, #8-Earnhardt Jr. had a tire going down and had to come in to pit while he was running 2nd.
    On lap 320, reports have #7-Spencer's car down a cylinder.
    Many back running lead lap cars came in during caution 10. #5-Labonte is having brake problems
    On lap 280, #24-Gordon is reporting his car is not handling good at all and may have a tire going down.
    During caution 9, all the leaders came it, could be their last pit stop if it stays green.
    As of lap 188, #99-Burton thinks he may have a tire going down. Also #20-Stewart tagged the wall again, but drove on.
    #99-Burton got punted bu #8-Earnhardt Jr., almost lost it but kept it going on lap 155, Earnhardt Jr. did the right thing and backed off and they stayed in lin.
    Many of the leaders came in during caution 7.
    Lots of orange duct tape on the #20 car.
    While in the top 10, #41-Mears slapped the wall, drove on, but fell back quite a few spots [lap 133]
    During the 4th caution, #32-Craven had some problems on the pit and had some sort of damage to the car and been making numerous stops during the caution.
    Waltrip came back on track after repairs, 12 laps down, around lap 85
    #15-Waltrip is still having problems as of lap 70, may have something broken in the suspension.
    The leaders all came in during the 2nd caution, #0-Leffler and #09-Wallace didn't pit.
    Just as the 2nd caution was thrownm #15-Waltrip had a tire go down and was scraping the wheel before he got to pit road.
    During the first caution, all the leaders stayed out, but many of the drivers in the rear of the field [21st back] came in to pit, #01-Skinner was one of them.

    To the Back - Correction: so far there is one driver who has to fall to the rear of the field Saturday night before the start of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond: #01-Mike Skinner, the pole sitter as he wrecked after qualifying; #30-Steve Park and #43-Christian Fittipaldi wrecked in Friday's first practice before qualifying, if they left the engine that was in the backup car, they do not have to fall to the rear of the field, if they changed engines [from the primary] then they would have to fall to the rear of the field.(9-5-2003)
    UPDATE: per a NASCAR.com column, the #43 changed engines so will have to fall to the rear of the field [was to start 41st using a provisional] while the #30 backup had a race ready engine in it and will not have to fall to the back [starting 39th using a provisional].(9-6-2003)

    Race Re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup since August - so there will be a one-hour recap [called Fast Forward] of the race on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:00pm/et and again on September 11th at 1:00am/et; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, September 11th

    Race Results at
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(9-6-2003)

  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Richmond:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 3864
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3446, -418
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 3423, -441
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3363, -501
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 3271, -593
    See full standings at NASCAR.com.(9-6-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Richmond: If you don't think short-track racing is worth the cost of admission, then you're watching the wrong sport, folks. We were treated to some of the best racing we can get tonight at Richmond International Raceway. We had the preliminaries (Robby Gordon vs Jeff Burton was the primary one)....then we had the main event. In a race with lots of fireworks, we saved the best for last as Kevin Harvick & Ricky Rudd (haven't we seen this bout a few times before) provided us something to talk about the rest of the week!
    Oh yeah....Ryan Newman won the race. It was his 6th victory of the season, the 7th of his career (he's now tied for 53rd on the all-time win list), and the 51st for Roger Penske (if you count the three for Michael Kranefuss). He held off Jeremy Mayfield in a four-lap shootout at the end of a race filled with 14 caution flags. Two races at RIR and we had 19 yellows....
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield (2nd) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Las Vegas in March of 2002! His Top-5 finish gives us 30 drivers to score that mark this season (we're closing in on last year's number of 31).
    #21-Ricky Rudd (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd in the Daytona 500.
    #99-Jeff Burton (4th) had his best finish since he was 2nd in the Daytona 500.
    #2-Rusty Wallace (5th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at California in April.
    #18-Bobby Labonte (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Daytona in July.
    #10-Johnny Benson (9th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Dover in June.
    #09-Mike Wallace (12th) had his best finish since he was 9th in the Daytona 500.
    #1-John Andretti (14th) had his best finish since he was 8th at California in April.
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: Jamie McMurray (19th) is the top-finishing freshman for the 12th time this season. He was followed by: Greg Biffle (20th), Tony Raines (35th), and Casey Mears (41st). Larry Foyt was a DNQ again this weekend.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Mike Wallace (+30), followed by Terry Labonte (+24), and Jeremy Mayfield (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper is Todd Bodine (-30), followed by Kyle Petty (-24), and Bill Elliott (-22).
    Mike Wallace led today for the first time since he led one lap here last year. Jason Leffler led today for the first time since he led twice for six laps at Talladega in October of 2001. We've had 45 different leaders this season (almost equaling last years number of 46).
    We had two drivers reach the century mark in bonus points tonight. Both Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon have 100 bonus points thus far....last year we had four drivers hit that mark.
    #17-Matt Kenseth's lead grew some more tonight....he tacked another 29 markers onto his margin (it's now at 418). The Top-5 in the points remained unchanged.
    Ward Burton (22nd to 19th) and Jeremy Mayfield (27th to 24th) both made three position moves upward tonight while Elliott Sadler (19th to 22nd) and Joe Nemechek (23rd to 26th) accomplished the same feat in the opposite direction.
    We lopped another five drivers off the list of possible Champions tonight. Everybody from 33rd on down is now mathematically eliminated.(StockCarFans.Com)(9-7-2003)

  • Happy Hour at Richmond is over. The fastest were #99-Jeff Burton at 125.006mph and #24-Jeff Gordon at 124.395. The rest of the top 10: #'s 48,25,16,74,8,19,7,9. Slowest were #30-Steve Park at 121.753 and #43-Fittipaldi at 121.775. Pole sitter #01-Mike Skinner didn't run a lap as he crashed in the 2nd practice, the team has a third car in route to Richmond for Skinner to drive in Saturday nights race.
    See speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(9-6-2003)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Richmond: What a day for the #01 team of Mike Skinner. Hows about wrecking on your first lap in practice? Then, your team busts their butt getting the backup ready and you grab the pole! Then, you wreck in Happy Hour and you're now waiting for another car to come from the shop in Charlotte. Down, Up, & Down again. And, all this at the track where regular driver Jerry Nadeau had his bad accident in Happy Hour last May. For Skinner, it's his 6th career Bud Pole....and it will gain him entry (the 14th driver qualified thus far) into next February's Budweiser Shootout. If they decide to go to the backup car, he'll have to relinquish that top-spot however. Mike's last pole was at California Speedway in April of 2000 (back in the RCR #31 era).
    Skinner will be joined on the front-row by #16-Greg Biffle (who ties his career-best starting spot....he was outside the front row at Watkins Glen last month).
    #40-Sterling Marlin (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Daytona in July.
    #99-Jeff Burton (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Las Vegas in March.
    #10-Johnny Benson (9th) had his best qualifying run since he had the outside pole at Rockingham in Febraury.
    #45-Kyle Petty (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th when we were here in May.
    #54-Todd Bodine (12th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Darlington in March.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races. Mark Martin has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    45 cars on hand...two on the Trouble Train. Larry Foyt and Billy Bigley get the early outs.
    Provisionals were taken by: Dale Jarrett (non-charged), Dave Blaney, Steve Park, Jason Leffler, Christian Fittipaldi, Mike Wallace, and Hermie Sadler.
    We had 15 cautions when we were here last (but we did dodge a lot of rain that night), so we should find out once again why they call this place the "Action Track".(StockCarFans.Com Winston Cup Newsletter)(9-5-2003)

  • No Rest at Richmond - 2nd Practice at RIR is over: The fastest was #54-Todd Bodine at 124.596mph and #01-Mike Skinner at 124.332mph, the rest of the top 10: #'s 7,99,40,19,09,23,22,77. The slowest were #12-Ryan Newman at 121.419 [don't see that too often] and #38-Elliott Sadler at 121.671. #02-Hermie Sadler didn't run practice. XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required) reports that pole sitter #01-Skinner hit the wall again in the 2nd practice and did damage to the right front and rear and the car is in the garage. Skinner supposedly slid in oil [but it was not the #10 car a reported earlier, the #10 was behind the #01 when it crashed], the team has another car on the way from the Charlotte area for Skinner to drive in the race Saturday night.
    Full speeds at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com - practice 2.(9-5-2003)

  • Skinner wins the pole at Richmond: #01-Mike Skinner won the pole for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond in the US Army Pontiac in a backup car with a speed of 125.792mph, putting him in the 2004 Budweiser Shootout, it is the 2nd pole for the team, Boris Said won the pole at Sonoma in June. Skinner will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag since he is in a backup. So #6-Mark Martin, who qualified 3rd, will move up to the #1 spot, before the start of the race, the cars move up in the same line as the car dropping back, not over by position [like 2 to 1 etc]. Starting on the outside pole is #16-Greg Biffle, his best career start and the highest starting rookie of the year candidate, with a speed of 125.646.
    Missing the race were #50-Larry Foyt and #79-Billy Bigley Jr. Not sure if the provisionals used were charged, will check into it, if so, #43-Fittipaldi used his last one up until Martinsville, if not, he still has one.
    For speeds, who used provisionals, practice speeds comparisons, provisional rank, other site lineup links and other notes, see Jayski's Richmond Grid/Qualfying Page - click here.(9-5-2003)

  • Pole Progression at Richmond: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #4-Johnny Sauter, 1st out to qualify, 123.012mph, starts 36th
    #41-Casey Mears, 2nd out, 123.434, starts 31st
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 3rd out, 123.598, starts 28th
    #25-Joe Nemechek, 4th out, 124.590, starts 11th
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 5th out, 124.942, starts 6th
    #16-Greg Biffle, 20th out, 125.646, starts 2nd
    #01-Mike Skinner, 43rd out, 125.792, starts on the pole BUT will have to fall to the rear before the start
    (9-5-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? and where do they start:
    #16-Greg Biffle, 125.646, starts 2nd
    #41-Casey Mears, 123.434, starts 31st
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 123.575, starts 29th
    #50-Larry Foyt, 121.775, DNQ
    #74-Tony Raines, 124.098, starts 20th.(9-5-2003)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    Three drivers wrecked in practice and have to go to backups: #01-Mike Skinner, #30-Steve Park and #43-Christian Fittipaldi, all three will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag. #97-Kurt Busch spun but didn''t hit anything.(9-5-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer: - talk about parity, can't much closer then this:
    Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 125.035, starts 5th
    Dodge: #12-Ryan Newman, 125.371, starts 4th
    Ford: #16-Greg Biffle, 125.646, starts 2nd
    Pontiac: #01-Mike Skinner, 125.792, starts on the pole
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(9-5-2003)

  • To the Back: so far there are three drivers who have to fall to the rear of the field Saturday night before the start of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond: #01-Mike Skinner, the pole sitter; #30-Steve Park [was to start 39th provisional] and #43-Christian Fittipaldi [was to start 41st]. All three wrecked in Friday's first practice.(9-5-2003)

  • 1st Practice is over at Richmond for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400. The fastest were: #20-Stewart at 126.180 [faster then the event qualifying record] and #01-Skinner at 125.880. The rest of the top 10: #'s 2,16,24,99,22,9,25,19,. The slowest were: #43-Fittipaldi at 120.735 and #02-Sadler at 122.172. The event qualifying record is held by #48-Jimmie Johnson at 126.145 set last year, the track record is held by Ward Burton at 127.389mph set in May 2002. Three drivers wrecked and have to go to backups: #01-Mike Skinner, #30-Steve Park and #43-Christian Fittipaldi. #97-Kurt Busch spun but didn''t hit anything.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com - practice 1.(9-5-2003)

  • Qualifying Order link is posted for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond. 45 teams/drivers are listed. First driver due out to qualify is #4-Johnny Sauter. Last due out is #12-Ryan Newman, so who ever is on the pole up to that point will be walking on eggshells waiting for Newman's run. As for provisionals, if I read the rule correctly, no one should be charged a provisional as there are tow drivers/teams pot of provisionals #4-Sauter and #49-Schrader, and the rule states [see my provisional page for more and the standings]: "In the event the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position for the event is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment". #11-Bodine and #37-Cope are not listed on the qulaifying order and will not race at Richmond. See above for the link.(9-5-2003)

  • Labonte could be the 6th: Should #5-Terry Labonte win the pole position this week, he would join an exclusive group of drivers in the Richmond record book. Since the track began running two Winston Cup races a year in 1959, only six drivers have swept both pole positions in a single season. Ted Musgrave was the last to do it (1994), while Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and the late Alan Kulwicki have also accomplished the feat.(Hendrick Motorsports)(9-5-2003)

  • MBNA bonus at $50,000: 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 $50,000. The last time it was collected was at Daytona in July when #15-Michael Waltrip won the Pepsi 400 and an extra $5,000.(NASCAR PR), see the list of all the winners of the award and bonus' above.(9-4-2003)

  • Different Drivers at RIR: There have been nine different race winners in the last 11 races at Richmond International Raceway. Only Tony Stewart has repeated at Richmond since 1998, winning three times (late-summer 1999, spring 2001 and spring 2002). And in the last eight races at Richmond International Raceway, there have been eight different Bud Pole winners.(NASCAR PR)

  • Totally NASCAR's number of the day = 2: since the Richmond International Raceway [RIR] was configured between the two races in 1988 there have only been two (2) pole sitters go on to win the race.(FSN's Totally NASCAR), who were the drivers? Davey Allison in the first race in the current configuration in Sept 1988 and Bill Elliott in the spring of 1992.

  • Rusty is good ar RIR: #2-Rusty Wallace leads active drivers in Richmond victories, with six. Wallace has a 7.7 average finish in 30 races at Richmond, the best of all drivers on the facility's current .75-mile configuration. #24-Jeff Gordon has 13 top-10 finishes, including two victories, in his 21 Richmond races. Three of #20-Tony Stewart's 16 NASCAR Winston Cup Series wins have come at Richmond, including his first career victory as a rookie in the 1999 late-summer race. That night, Stewart dominated, leading 333 of 400 laps (83.2 percent).(NASCAR PR) The all time track winner is Richard Petty with 13 followed by Bobby Allison.(9-4-2003)

  • Kyle was the first: #45-Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR Winston Cup Series race winner when he won his first NASCAR Winston Cup race on Feb. 23, 1986 “the Miller High Life 400 at Richmond. Kyle's grandfather Lee Petty won the very first Richmond race in 1953.(NASCAR PR), the three Petty's have 16 wins at the track, 13 by Richard, 2 by Lee and 1 by Kyle - all on the old configurations.(9-4-2003)

  • Entry List link is up for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond. 47 drivers/cars are listed, including #02-Hermie Sadler; #09-Mike Wallace; #11-Brett Bodine; #37-Derrike Cope and #79-Billy Bigley Jr. The #4 has Johnny Sauter in it this week, and Foyt Racing is using the #50. With the rule adjustment, two teams entered do not have a provsional: #4-Johnny Sauter and #49-Ken Schrader, so if teams out of the top 25 use one, they will be docked a provisional. See above for the links.
    Now 46: been told that #11-Brett Bodine will not be running at Richmond.
    Now 45: Derrike Cope's website reports he will skip Richmond, so we are down to 45, 2 without provisionals, so that means no one 'should' be charged provisionals this week.(9-2-2003)

  • 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 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

    • Cup and Busch car to run SPECIAL 9-11 Decals at Richmond: As the second anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaches, the memory of those that lost their lives is in the forefront of people's minds. This is especially true of New York City police officers and firefighters. Believing that something needed to be done to honor his fallen comrades, one Bronx policeman reached out to his beloved sport and asked that it do something in memory of the victims. NASCAR responded with a resounding "Yes!" Police Officer Victor DiPierro is a lifelong resident of the Bronx and NASCAR fan. When he is not on the streets protecting the people of New York, he is at home cheering on Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the # car. With the second anniversary of the September 11 tragedy weighing on his mind, DiPierro felt he had to do something to honor those that lost their lives - several of whom he knew personally.
      Speaking of how much it moved him to see the pit crews holding American Flags and the armed forces flybys before each race, DiPierro had an idea. “I thought it would be cool to have a sticker on the cars in honor 9-11,” he explained. “Millions of people watch this sport every week. I couldn’t think of a better tribute.” With the idea in his head, the officer approached NASCAR in New York. After hearing what DiPierro had to say, the league asked him to send a sample sticker to see what it looked like and where it could be placed on the cars. The decal that the officer selected pictured the patches worn by the NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority Police Department with the Twin Towers and an American Flag in the background. The simple images were punctuated by the words “Fallen Heroes.” Seeing the sticker was enough to convince NASCAR that it was a fitting tribute. "I was talking to [NASCAR] on the phone and they told me to send them 250 stickers right away," said DiPierro. "They were willing to put the stickers on the cars." The simple, yet moving, image affected NASCAR officials enough to order that all the cars running in this weekend's Funai 250 and Chevy Rock & Roll 400 would not only carry the badge on their bodies, but on their dashboard in view of the on-board cameras. In addition, all of the teams’ haulers would wear the badge. NASCAR spokesman Rob Copelan explained why the organization decided to go forward with the sticker placement. “There’s a deep bond that goes beyond sports,” he said. “It’s about humanity and people and neighbors – about friends helping friends.”
      Copelan said that NASCAR has maintained an office in New York City for over 20 years and that, like everyone in the nation, the events of September 11, 2001 affected it deeply. “NASCAR has not or never will forget the events of 9-11. We’re grateful we could say yes to Officer DiPierro. It’s a small way to remember our fallen heroes and pay our respects to the city workers that responded to the disaster.”
      In order to get the stickers in a timely fashion, DiPierro worked with a local police uniform distributor to order the required number. Even with a friendly discount, DiPierro paid for the stickers out of his own pocket. Copelan said that NASCAR offered to reimburse the officer for his expenses, but the policeman declined. See full story and the decal at the XM144.com site.(9-5-2003)

    • RIR to honor RJR: As R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. prepares to end a 33-year relationship with NASCAR's premier circuit, Richmond International Raceway officials have decided to honor the longtime supporter in a prerace ceremony before tonight's Winston Cup Chevy Rock & Roll 400. The tribute will include a photo presentation by track President Doug Fritz to Ned Leary, the president of sports marketing for RJR. "They really helped bring a lot to the sport, and they continued to do so even though they were hindered by certain laws," RIR spokesman Keith Green said. "I think it will take awhile for people to stop saying Winston Cup." But for some garage dwellers, the company's impact has been about more than name recognition. In 1971, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based cigarette provider, which was looking for national exposure, entered the union after former Winston Cup/Grand National driver Junior Johnson recommended the company to NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. The venture paid huge dividends. Over the next 30 years, NASCAR's popularity reached new heights after the high-speed organization reached speedways in California, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, New Hampshire and Arizona, and programs such as the Winston Million and No Bull 5 made Sunday drives worth watching, as well. In the end, it wasn't enough to save RJR from hitting a dead end. Nextel, the Reston-based maker of cellular phones, will take over as the sanctioning body's official backer in 2004, but only small alterations to logos and decals are expected. Roush Racing driver Mark Martin said change isn't a bad thing.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-6-2003)

    • RIR News: Warner Music Group, Chevrolet and Action Performance Companies Inc. announced a series of concerts to be featured during the NASCAR triple-header weekend, September 4-6 at Richmond International Raceway. The weekend will be highlighted by the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Saturday, September 6 that will include pre-race, trackside musical performances by Hootie & The Blowfish, Uncle Kracker and Trapt. On Friday, September 5, Sugar Ray and Franky Perez will kick things off with a trackside concert as part of the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. Both Richmond concerts are free for fans who purchase tickets to the respective races. In addition to the concerts, seven Chevrolet Monte Carlo race cars will carry special paint schemes featuring different WMG artists. These paint schemes will sparkle under the lights on Richmond's famous three-quarter mile "Action Track." The artist and driver paint scheme pairings for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend can be seen on my Paint Schemes Gallery. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend begins with the Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Thursday, September 4, followed by the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 5. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 6 is the final race of the season at Richmond International Raceway. All races are under the lights. For tickets and information, call the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 804-345-RACE.(RIR PR)(9-2-2003)

    • SAFER done at RIR: Richmond International Raceway completed installation yesterday of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier, which is expected to reduce the forces absorbed by drivers in crashes at the 0.75-mile oval. Mounting the system, which consists of 20-foot modules of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, on the outside walls in all four turns was done Monday, a week after construction began. The 2,394-foot addition then was painted white to match the concrete walls. The last coat was applied yesterday. The project was finished in 10 days, which was right on schedule for RIR President Doug Fritz. RIR will become the first short track to have the SAFER barrier in place for an event when it plays host to a NASCAR tripleheader of the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Winston Cup series Sept. 4-6. A staff member from the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, which created the barrier, found no flaws during its implementation at RIR. The Richmond barrier has been modified slightly from the original version that made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2002. The improved design was tested two weeks ago at the facility's headquarters in Lincoln, Neb.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-28-2003)

    • The Virginia Motorsports Initiative: Gov. Mark R. Warner announced Wenesday, a program to transform the state's NASCAR venues and other motor sport centers into engines for job creation and tourism, especially in economically depressed Southside and southwest Virginia. Standing in the pit of the 88,000-seat Martinsville Speedway, Warner (D) announced the launch of the Virginia Motorsports Initiative, a public-private partnership that he said will help "grow" jobs from the state's far southwestern tip to its midsection, a region where recent unemployment rates have climbed as high as 14 percent. Warner said several state agencies will help promote popular racing locales such as Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond as magnets for engine builders, component makers, race car teams and other sectors of an industry that has grown dramatically as a spectator sport -- and even boosted the Democrat's own 2001 campaign for governor. (see full story at the Washington Post)(8-14-2003)

    • Richmond Cup race sold out: The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 scheduled for Saturday, September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway history is sold out, announced track president Doug Fritz today. The race will feature pre-race concerts and special driver/artist paint schemes in an unprecedented collaboration of two of America's favorite pastimes. Prior to the race, Warner Music Group artists Hootie & the Blowfish, Uncle Kracker and Trapt will each perform trackside to a sold out crowd of 105,000 fans. The Rock & Roll theme will begin on Friday night after the FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race when Sugar Ray and Franky Perez will each perform trackside. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will be the 24th consecutive sellout of a NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway. Chevrolet drivers Ron Hornaday of the NASCAR Busch Series, along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Robby Gordon, Joe Nemechek and Steve Park of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will each carry a special paint scheme featuring a different Warner Music Group artist. There still tickets avaialble for the Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Thursday, September 4 and FUNAI 250 Busch Series race. more info at www.rir.com. In addition, kids 12 and under are free in the general admission sections on Thursday and Friday when accompanied by a paying adult and all military personnel receive $5 off with a valid military I.D.(RIR PR)(8-13-2003)

    • Richmond Busch/Truck Series Sponsors Renew: RIR also announced sponsorship extensions yesterday for its September support races. FUNAI has signed a two-year agreement to sponsor the track's 250-lap Busch race, which recently added Winston Cup veterans Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip, on Sept. 5. The Virginia Tourism Corporation will back the Virginia is For Lovers 200 Craftsman Truck event, which will feature defending Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, on Sept. 4.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-7-2003)

    • SAFER at Richmond in Sept: A major safety upgrade awaits Richmond International Raceway, which will become the first short track fitted with the energy-absorbing Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier in the coming weeks. The 0.75-mile oval, where a handful of NASCAR's most violent crashes have occurred the past two years, will have the SAFER system in place for its NASCAR tripleheader Sept. 4-6 [Cup,Busch,Trucks]. The barrier, which relies on steel tubes and foam to absorb the impact of a crash, will be attached to the outside walls in two 1,100-foot sections that will cover the track's four turns. RIR President Doug Fritz said construction would begin a few weeks before the race weekend, which will feature NASCAR's top three touring series. "We're proud to be one of the first tracks to have the system installed," Fritz said. "The installation of this state-of-the-art safety system is an example of Richmond International Raceway and International Speedway Corp.'s ongoing commitment to driver safety." The "soft wall technology" has proved highly effective since being installed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2002. Several Indy Racing League and Winston Cup drivers have endured hard collisions at IMS in the past year, but there have been no serious injuries. Because the barrier originally was designed for Indianapolis' 2.5-mile oval, months of testing were required to adapt SAFER for shorter tracks. Dr. Dean Sicking, who was commissioned by the IRL in 1998 to build the barrier, led a team of researchers that conducted several tests on a replica of an RIR wall at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility in Lincoln, Neb. NASCAR President Mike Helton recently said the goal is to erect the SAFER barrier at several tracks by next spring. New Hampshire International Speedway, a 1-mile oval where Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr. were killed in separate crashes in 2000, likely is next to implement the SAFER barrier, possibly for its Sept. 15 Winston Cup race.(Richmond Times Dispatch) and more about SAFER on my Softwalls/SAFER page.(7-3-2003)

    • RIR Partners with Airport: Richmond International Raceway officials have announced a sponsorship agreement with Richmond International Airport. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the track says it will have a "significant presence" at the airport before its NASCAR weekends each May and September, while the airport has signage on pit road.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-25-2003)

    • Richmond 2004 Dates: RIR President Doug Fritz confirmed Richmond International Raceway's track's first Winston Cup race in 2004 will be May 15, two weeks after the May 2 race at California Speedway. The fall race at RIR will be held on Sept. 11 next season, following the new Sept. 5 race at California Speedway that will take the Labor Day weekend occupied by the Southern 500 since 1950. RIR's spring race had been held between May 3-6 in each of the past four seasons. May 8 is open next year, but NASCAR traditionally doesn't race on a Mother's Day weekend.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-14-2003)

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


    DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

    • All the way from Alaska: Special Guests - If an award were given out to the couple that traveled the farthest to attend this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup (NWC) event at Richmond International Raceway, Joyce and Bob Gilliam would definitely be in the running. The couple, who are both over 60 years old, are flying in from Anchorage, Alaska, to attend their first NWC race. The Gilliam's are the Grand Prize winners in Super 8 Motels' Race Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes. The couple will serve as Honorary Pit Crew members on Ricky Craven's #32 Tide Pontiac pit crew on Saturday night, and will meet Craven prior to the event. Super 8 Motels, Inc. is an associate sponsor of the #32 PPI Motorsports team.(PPIM PR)(9-4-2003)

    • Stacker 2 cars to carry special decals: The Station #23 program was developed to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters of Station 23 FDNY (Midtown Manhattan), who were performing their jobs of saving lives when tragedy struck on September 11, 2001. The name of their station is “The Lion's Den.” Through the common grief following September 11th, a special bond was created between Station 23 FDNY and Station 23, Grand Terrace (San Bernardino County FD) in Grand Terrace, California. The two have become “sister stations” and Station 23, Grand Terrace, has since adopted the name “The Lion's Den” in honor of the fallen firefighters. “The Lion's Den” decal being placed on the #23 Stacker 2 Busch and Cup cars feature both "sister stations" and will be included on the team cars throughout the month of September.(Bill Davis Racing see the cool decal there)(9-4-2003)

    • Arnold Motorsports to Debut at Indy; Occupies Melling Shop: Arnold Motorsports will field the #79 Dodge in seven races as the 2003 season winds down, with hopes of embarking on the full NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule in 2004. Billy Bigley Jr., the former Hooters Cup and NASCAR All Pro late-model champion and Craftsman Truck Series leadfoot, will occupy the driver's seat. Having completed two days of test laps this past week at the USA International Speedway in Lakeland — and with two days of tweaking ahead Monday and Tuesday at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Arnold Motorsports' initial foray into the most competitive stock car arena of all will be a qualifying attempt for the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on Aug. 3. After Arnold got the green light from NASCAR this past fall to move forward, he officially registered the team and began the process of finding a location where the operation could fit in. Arnold negotiated on a number of race-team warehouses and workshops in the Charlotte, N.C. area, ultimately reaching an agreement with Mark Melling, son of Harry Melling, to occupy a 21,500 square foot, turn-key operation. The Melling team that had transformed Dawsonville, Georgia's Bill Elliott into a marquee name in the sport, ceased operation due to lack of sponsorship after the 2002 NASCAR season. Now leasing the modest shop with an option to buy, Arnold took possession on Feb. 1 and went right work, inventorying the goods and ordering in additional supplies that were needed. Doug Howe is now the crew chief of the #79 Dodge that at least initially, will have Arnold Development Companies plastered on the hood and rear-quarter panels as the team sponsor. Arnold now has 14 employees on his race-operation payroll — still bare bones compared to the established, highly financed, multi-car teams that compete week in and week out. Arnold says he thinks he already as established a good rapport with the powers that be in the Dodge Motorsports headquarters. Two cars built by the established Bill Davis Racing operation and driven by Ward Burton have been purchased. Two others are being built from scratch. A fifth car, which also was built over a two-month span in the Arnold Motorsports shop, was demolished after only three laps of practice recently at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Because of its connection with Dodge and record of race reliability, Arrington Manufacturers of Martinsville, Va., has been chosen as the engine supplier by Arnold. He will lease the engines under what is called the "Arrington A" program. The involvement of NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison — the patriarch of the famed "Alabama Gang" has been on board about six weeks — came about largely because of Bigley's long career in the All Pro late-model ranks. The team's seven race schedule [6 Cup, 1 ARCA]: Aug. 3: Brickyard 400; Aug. 23: Bristol; Sept. 6: Richmond: Sept. 21: Dover; Sept. 27: ARCA race at Talladega; Oct. 19: Martinsville; and Nov. 16: Homestead.(Naples Daily News)(7-13-2003)

    • Hermie Sadler gets a sponsor: At a press conference held on the State Capitol Grounds, NASCAR team owner and driver Hermie Sadler, in concert with the Honorable Mark R. Warner, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced today the formation of a racing partnership between Sadler Motorsports and four of Virginia’s universities. The two-year program, known as “GO Team VA”, has Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and James Madison University teaming up to compete in a minimum of six NASCAR Winston Cup Series events in both 2003 and 2004. Each race will feature a different paint scheme, allowing all four schools their very own Winston Cup Car design. Certain races will simply feature a Go Team VA design. The first race for the GO Team VA program is March 23, 2003 at Bristol Motor Speedway, and will feature the colors of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Sadler commented on the program’s unique structure.. “Go Team VA is excitement! It brings together two of the most exciting categories of sport: Winston Cup Stock Car Racing and College Athletics in a state that is crazy about both.” Virginia plays host to six NASCAR Winston Cup Events, the largest number of Winston Cup events held in any one state. Governor Warner and the schools are equally excited about the program for various reasons; the exposure for the schools, the experience it will bring to the students, and of course the additional exposure for the state. Said Gov. Warner, “This great program has no monetary cost to the schools, which is all the more attractive during lean fiscal times. Also, students from the schools marketing and public relations colleges programs get a chance to learn more about the business of sports marketing at the NASCAR level.” Go Team VA also operates a website (www.GoteamVA.com). The site offers supporters the chance to join the Go Team VA Motorsports Club. Members can participate in a fantasy racing game and will be automatically entered into all of the special promotions that will be run at each university, as well as other special events. Prizes offered will include pit passes at races, a day of golf in Emporia with Hermie and Elliott Sadler, tickets to collegiate sporting events, standing on the sidelines at football games, WWE Wrestling tickets. and more.(Go Team VA PR), the #02 To Team VA plans to race at (per their site):
      March 23rd, Bristol, Virginia Tech;
      April 13th Martinsville, GoTeam VA
      May 3rd, Richmond, Go Team VA;
      August 23rd Bristol, Univ. Of Virgnia;
      September 6th Richmond, Virginia Tech;
      October 11th, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, James Madison;
      October 19th, Martinsville, Va. Commonwealth;.(3-19-2003)

    • 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?
      #02-Hermie Sadler Virginia Tech Richmond - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rock n' Roll - Staind Richmond - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #15-Michael Waltrip Rock n' Roll
      Hootie & The Blow Fish
      Richmond - Sept Car #'s 0-23 page
      #17-Matt Kenseth Smirnoff Ice Triple Black Richmond - Sept
      Atlanta - Oct
      Car #'s 0-23 page
      #25-Joe Nemechek Rock n' Roll
      Uncle Kracker
      Richmond - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page
      #29-Kevin Harvick Rock n' Roll
      Sugar Ray
      Richmond - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page
      #30-Steve Park Rock n' Roll
      Third Eye Blind
      Richmond - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page
      #31-Robby Gordon Rock n' Roll
      Trapt
      Richmond - Sept Cars #'s 24-99 page
      #43-Christian Fittipaldi Cheerios Heart Health Richmond Cars #'s 24-99 page


    • Rock n' Roll at Richmond in Sept UPDATE 2: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. featuring the band Staind; #20-Tony Stewart featuring the band Diamond Rio [actually was the #33 team in the Truck Series, not the Cup ride]; #15-Michael Waltrip featuring the band Hootie & The Blow Fish; will run at Richmond in Sept. Supposedly the "Chevy Rocks" program is said to be similar to the Looney Tunes program ran at Richmond the last couple of years in that it will include many Chevy teams from Cup and maybe some Busch and Truck Series.(4-25-2003)
      UPDATE: add Busch driver #2 Ron Hornaday with Frankie Perez and #30 Steve Park (sure is weird not putting #1) with Third Eye Blind.(5-16-2003)
      UPDATE 2: Warner Music Group (WMG), Chevrolet and Action Performance Companies, Inc. announced today that some of the hottest names in music and NASCAR will team up for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCARâ Winston Cup Series race on Saturday, September 6 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway. The campaign kicked off today in the Chevrolet Rock & Roll Tour at Charlotte's Food Lion Speed Street festival and featured a performance by Elektra Recording artists Third Eye Blind and appearances from NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet), Michael Waltrip (No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) and Joe Nemechek (No. 25 UAW/Delphi Chevrolet). In addition, representatives from WMG, Chevrolet, Richmond International Raceway and Action Performance unveiled the official Chevy Rock & Roll 400 pace car and event logo. Steve Park and his No. 30 AOL Chevrolet show car featuring Third Eye Blind were also on hand for the announcement. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race is part of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend September 4-6 featuring free concerts at the track and special paint schemes in all three races that unite drivers from the Chevrolet stable with some of the most recognized rock and pop music stars in the world. In addition, this race features the all-new 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Supercharged SS pace car as well as music stars paired with race cars driven by stock car racing's elite drivers. The one-of-a-kind, music-inspired program, that unites Chevrolet drivers, is an ideal fit for the wild nights that only a race at Richmond International Raceway can inspire. The ¾ mile "Action Track" has sold out each of its NASCAR Winston Cup Series races for the past 11 years and large crowds are expected for its Virginia is for Lovers 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event and FUNAI 250 NASCAR Busch Series race during the weekend. "This is a great way for us to leverage our racing success and partnership with Warner Music Group and Action Performance Companies, Inc. to deliver another award winning event for our fans at Richmond International Raceway," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Motorsports marketing director. "The Chevrolet Rock & Roll 400 celebrates Chevrolet's connection to racing and music heritage." The Chevrolet Rock & Roll Tour will also be on hand for music and racing fans of all ages. The Rock & Roll Tour offers a unique opportunity to see interactive exhibits and Rock & Roll memorabilia from artists ranging from Elvis to Prince. The traveling exhibit, which features hundreds of rare items from over five decades of music, is currently on an 18-month tour throughout the U.S. "Music and racing are a natural fit. With Chevy Rock & Roll 400, we have the unique opportunity to present fans with two things they love, top notch racing and some of the industry's hottest artists," said Laura Del Greco, Warner Music Group vice president, corporate integrated marketing. "Together with our partners we have created the most comprehensive and entertaining music based program ever for NASCAR."
      "While racing has always appealed to fans across several age and cultural demographics, it, more than ever, is being embraced by young people," explained Fred W. Wagenhals, Action Performance's chairman, president and CEO. "One of the most notable stories in 2002 was the proliferation of young drivers and the talent that they brought to the track. These drivers also brought their love of modern rock 'n' roll music to the sport and, in the process, have redefined NASCAR's image. I suspect that the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 night race in Richmond will be one of this season's most popular events and a real treat for music fans."
      "Richmond International Raceway is proud to have Chevrolet as a long-time partner and be an active participant in another exciting promotion that will be fun for all of our fans," said Doug Fritz, President of Richmond International Raceway. "The Looney Tunes initiative the last two seasons was an award winning program that, with the help of all of our partners, we hope to top with concerts, added star power and special paint schemes, giving our fans of all ages great entertainment for each of our three days of NASCAR racing."
      Expect future announcements concerning additional drivers, teams and musicians related to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 race as well as other events throughout the NASCAR weekend at Richmond. The weekend race partnership ties in with Chevrolet's new marketing and advertising campaign highlighting the automotive brand's influence on music and pop culture with their successful NASCAR racing program.(RIR PR), see images of the #8, #15, #25, #30 on my Cup Scheme pages.(5-22-2003)
      UPDATE - ZZ Top out - Sugar Ray in: ZZ Top will NOT be the featured band for #29 Kevin Harvick for the Chevy Rock & Roll Program - Sugar Ray will now be on the car, Ozzy Osbourne was rumored in the past.(6-23-2003)

      ARTIST DRIVER PRIMARY SPONSOR CAR NUMBER RACE DATE & SERIES
      Franky Perez Ron Hornaday ACDelco 2 September 5 NASCAR Busch Series
      Staind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser 8 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup
      Hootie & the Blowfish Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts 15 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup
      Uncle Kracker Joe Nemechek UAW/Delphi 25 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup
      Sugar Ray Kevin Harvick GM Goodwrench 29 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup
      Third Eye Blind Steve Park AOL 30 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup
      Trapt Robby Gordon Cingular Wireless 31 September 6 NASCAR Winston Cup

    • Special Scheme for the #43, starting at Bristol: Christian Fittipaldi will be driving a special Cheerios Heart Health Dodge for the three races beginning with Saturday night's event at Bristol. The car is being used as the kickoff to a special consumer promotion by Cheerios Racing, which will bring a race fan closer to the sport than ever before.(Williams Company PR)
      AND A marriage proposal on the No. 43 car? It’s possible with a new sweepstakes announced today by Petty Enterprises and Cheerios Racing. To celebrate more than 60 years as a heart healthy breakfast favorite, the Cheerios #43 car is offering auto racing fans an opportunity to win space on the hood of the car as the official engine sponsor. The contest is called the “Tune Your Engine Sweepstakes.” The term “engine” is used analogously with “heart,” which serves as the body’s “engine.” Instant Winner Sweepstakes details are now featured on Cheerios boxes in grocery stores in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States. Each of the three Grand Prize winners will be awarded space on the car for their names, their sweetheart’s name, their kid’s name, the name of their favorite charity or whatever they choose that will fit in the space provided and is appropriate. The Cheerios No. 43 car will feature a new design to kick-off the sweepstakes. The design change will include a giant heart on the car’s hood and big red heart behind the “43” to replace the usual red oval. The new heart health Cheerios car design will be introduced to fans at the August 23 race in Bristol, Tenn. As official engine sponsors, the grand prize winners of the Tune Your Engine Sweepstakes will have their engine sponsorship decal appear on the car at races in the spring of 2004. The three total grand prize packages include a trip for two to a race in the spring of 2004 or autumn of 2004 (the complete sweepstakes details appear on Cheerios packages). Ten first prizes will include one of the engine’s pistons that has been used in an actual race and mounted in a display box. Fifty second prizes of an autographed 1:24 die cast No. 43 car are also included in the sweepstakes. Instant Winner Sweepstakes certificates will be placed inside specially marked Cheerios boxes or entries can be made without purchase through the mail (sweepstakes details appear on Cheerios packages).(8-21-2003)

    • Kenseth and Smirnoff Ice? UPDATE: hearing #17-Matt Kenseth will race either 8 Cup or 8 BGN races with Smirnoff Ice as the sponsor, the BGN thing makes sense, since he is running 15 races with Bayer/Alka Seltzer, not sure about the Cup part of the rumor.(1-25-2003)
      UPDATE: hearing this is for 8 Cup races, with at least one Richmond race to be part of it.(1-27-2003)
      UPDATE 2: Smirnoff Ice Triple Black will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford in a limited program of 2003 Cup races, beginning with The Winston all-star race in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The program includes at least co-primary sponsorship of Kenseth's Ford Taurus, whose five wins in 2002 led the series, for eight races and secondary status for the balance of the season. The partnership includes driver appearances, the use of show cars and image rights, a large hospitality program and an extensive social responsibility agenda. A Smirnoff spokesperson said an advertising program was in the works featuring Kenseth, who said that was one of the "coolest" aspects of the program. Kenseth will drive the Smirnoff Ice car at The Winston, Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Brickyard 400, Chevy Rock and Roll 400, Richmond (Sept), Talladega (Sept) and Atlanta (Oct). The race at Texas on March 30 is a co-primary event with Dewalt Tools.(NASCAR.com, see an image of the car there - do NOT email it to me)(2-8-2003)

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


    SOME NOTES and NEWS

    • Some Provisionals News UPDATEs and CORRECTIONS: Four teams have started every race and not used a provisional in 2003: #9-Bill Elliott; #20-Tony Stewart; #24-Jeff Gordon; #97-Kurt Busch. Six teams are out of provisionals until Martinsville (32nd race, if the team has attempted all 32): #14-Larry Foyt [attempted less then 24]; #37-Derrike Cope [attempted 18 races, will get one on his 24th race attempt]; #4-Morgan McClure;#43-Petty Enterprises; #45-Kyle Petty; #49-Ken Schrader. For more info, rules and standings, see my Provisional Page.
      IMPORTANT: there was a change at Chicago, I didn't catch: "In the event the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position for the event is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment". So..I have some adjusting to do on my unofficial provisonal standings. But from quick calculations, #43-Fittipaldi and #45-Petty should now have one left and #37-Cope is back to 3 as none should have been charged at Chicago or Bristol.(9-2-2003)
      UPDATE: looks like I got it UNOFFICIALLY Straightened out. #43-Fittipaldi has one left, #45-Petty has two left and #37-Cope has 3 provisionals left to use. Also added provisionals left to the following teams: #'s 23,54,01,1,89,50,41 and 19. Looks like races where provisionals were not charged after the new rule [starting with Chicago] were: Chicago, Pocono, Michigan and Bristol. This week at Richmond, 47 cars are entered [but the #11 and #37 will not be there, so it is 45], two are entered without provisionals: #4-Johnny Sauter and #49-Ken Schrader, so as it stands provisionals shouldn't be charged this week.
      See my 2003 Provisonals Used and Provisional/Owners Points Page for the corrected and updated provisionals [unofficially of course](9-2-2003)

    • 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.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)


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