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THE RACE: Subway 400

Winston Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, February 23, 2003 in Rockingahm, NC

  • TV: Fox - 1:00pm/et

  • Race re-air: Speed Channel on Wed, Feb 26th, 8:00pm/et; Thurs, Feb 27th, 1:00am/et and again at 3:00pm/et.

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  •'s NASCAR on TV

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,088,278 (was $3,571,637 in 2002)

  • Entry List Link at:

  • 2002 Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 115.478mph, started 25th

  • Event Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Feb 2000, 127.875mph

  • Track Race Record: Jeff Burton, Oct 1999, 131.103mph

  • Track/Race Length: 1.017 mile oval, 393 laps, 399.681 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 45mph


  • Practice: Friday, February 21st, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, February 22nd, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, February 22nd, 11:10 - 11:50am/et on TV-FX taped at 3:00pm/et.


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, February 21st, 10:30am/et

  • Qualfying Order: at or

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, February 21st at 3:05pm/et, TV-Fox Sports Net (FSN) and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et, Friday, Feb 21st and at 1:00am/et on Sat, Feb 22nd.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston 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: Rusty Wallace, Feb 2000, 158.035mph

  • 2002's Pole Sitter: Ricky Craven, 156.008, finished 5th.

  • Track Specs: North Carolina Speedway, know as 'The Rock':
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 22 degrees; Turns 3-4: 25 degrees; Straightaways: 8 degrees
    Width: Turns 55 feet wide; Straightaways: 50 feet wide
    Number of Pits: 45 on front straight (1,436 ft. long) pit road
    Pit Stalls: 30 feet long; 16 feet wide
    Length of Front Straight: 1,300 feet
    Length of Back Straight: 1,367 feet
    Length of Turns 1 & 2: 1,256 feet
    Length of Turns 3 & 4: 1,437 feet(NCS Website)
    Grandstand Seating: 60,113

  • Track Homepage: North Carolina Speedway

    PAST RACE and POLE WINNERS at Rockingham

    All Time Rockingham Winners


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Rockingham 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(2-16-2003)


Radio Coverage:
Motor Racing Network(MRN)
including Internet coverage (NOTE: now a paid subsription thru
and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144

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

Scanner Frequencies:
are linked on my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Rockingham, NC Area: Observer
Fayetteville Observer-Times
High Point Enterprise
News and Observer
News and Record
Winston-Salem Journal
WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC

The Weather Channel
Weather Underground
Weather Point
National Weather Service
Intellicast - NASCAR weather

ARS Racing Outlet - Rockingham Review
Laid Back Racing

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

TV Coverage/Info/News Pages:
Race Fan TV


news and links

  • Jarrett wins at the Rock: #88-Dale Jarrett wins the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, his 31st overall Winston Cup win, crew chief Brad Parrot's first win. The win makes it 11 years in a row that Jarrett has won at least one race. The unofficial top ten finishers:

    #88-Dale Jarrett (9 laps led)
    #97-Kurt Busch (150 laps led)
    #17-Matt Kenseth (2 laps led)
    #32-Ricky Craven (10 laps led)
    #42-Jamie McMurray

    #2-Rusty Wallace (182 laps led)
    #6-Mark Martin (19 laps led)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson
    #38-Elliott Sadler
    #77-Dave Blaney (8 laps led)

    Laps Leaders(10):#77-Dave Blaney(8 laps led); #6-Mark Martin(19); #32-Ricky Craven(10); #2-Rusty Wallace(182); #45-Kyle Petty(1); #97-Kurt Busch(150); #17-Matt Kenseth(2); #40-Sterling Marlin(3); #18-Bobby Labonte(4); #99-Jeff Burton (6);
    Cars on the lead lap: 11
    Off track/out of race: #37-Derrike Cope(out-engine?); #54-Todd Bodine(out-accident); #19-Jeremy Mayfield(out-accident); #40-Sterling Marlin(out-engine);

    Cautions 7 for 46 laps
    Caution 7: lap 297-301: #24-Gordon spun after hitting the rear of #8-Earnhardt Jr, coming across the grass on the front stretch.
    Caution 6: lap 275-292: #8-Earnhardt Jr spun again, with no help this time, #19-Mayfield got spun out possibly by #99-Burton and stalled the call after hitting the wall and took it to the garage.
    Caution 5: lap 174-178: #8-Earnhardt Jr spun, didn't hit anything. #20-Stewart hit the rear of #45-Petty who had checked up, the left front and right front fender has a hole in it and is damage.
    Caution 4: lap 123-126: #01-Nadeau got hit in the left rear by #8-Earnhardt jr and spun, but didn't hit anything, #19-Mayfield checked up and got spun out from behind by #43-Andretti, who's radiator is damaged.
    Caution 3: lap 109-112: #0-Sprague got into the rear of the #23-Wallace, who spun and bounced into the outside pitroad wall doing quite a bit of danage to the right front of the car.
    Caution 2: lap 88-92: #54-Bodine cut done a right front tire and slapped the wall, took the car to the garage for repairs.
    Caution 1: lap 46-53: NASCAR called the caution to allow teams to check tires, just as #8-Earnhardt Jr's left tire went down.

    NOTES: On lap 317, #40-Marlin reported his engine is missing and has slowed considerably on the track, brought thee car back to the track after a pit stop, but still running slow. Just after the green flag on lap 293, #0-Sprague was penalized a stop-and-go for advancing his position on the wrong side as the green flag flew. #88-Jarrett ran into a tire on the pit road, but no real damage, the tire was from his teammate, #38- Salder, who came out 7th and has to fall to the end of the longest line at the re-start. #97-Busch had a tire going down just as the 6th caution came out. Many teams made green flag pit stops around laps 240-252 range. #18-Labonte came in to pit on lap 188 with a tire that was down, losing at least a lap. #43-Andretti returns to the track around lap 170, many laps down after having a radiator changed. After getting lapped on lap 167, #9-Elliott brought the car in to the pits as it is too tight. #8-Earnhardt Jr thinks he has a broken or cracked brake rotor as of lap 80. #38-Sadler had to make a couple stops suring 1st caution to open up the drill from hitting #8-Earnhardt Jr. During the first caution, #24-Gordon got pushed into the pit wall and hit the right front some, not much damage. During the first caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr made five pitstops as the car has broken fender braces. #74-Raines slapped the wall on lap 33, but kept going, no caution, had cut down a tire. Around lap 23, #42-McMurrya and #25-Nemechek got together, pulling the right front fendout out some. #8-Earnhardt got together around lap 18 with the #38-Sadler and has a left front fender pushed in and it is rubbing a tire.
    Race Re-air: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, Feb 26th, 8:00pm/et (enhanced) and Thurs, Feb 27th, 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.
    Result Links at: Jayski,, or Motorsports One.(2-23-2003)

  • Ramblings: We went to Rockingham today....and racing broke out. We saw cars actually get side-by-side, and even some passing! Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch staged a ding-dong battle to the finish, and when the dust settled (and there was a lot of that with all that wind) it was DJ standing in Victory Lane to give Brad Parrot his first ever Winston Cup victory as a crew chief. Jarrett's second win at the Rock (he won here in October of 2000) was the 31st of his Cup career....he's 19th on the all-time win list. Ricky Craven (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowes Motor Speedway last May.
    STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 7 Top-10's in a row. Mark Martin has 7 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Jimmie Johnson (+29), followed by Jeff Burton (+26), and Kurt Busch (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Sterling Marlin (-36), followed by Bill Elliott (-27), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-21), and Kenny Wallace (-21).
    Wild and crazy moves in the point you'd expect early in the season. Ricky Craven (25th to 8th) made the best move forward, while Mike Wallace (who was not entered this weekend) fell the most spots (9th to 35th).(

  • Clay Henry: One of Subway's most famous spokespersons, Clay Henry, served as grand marshal for Sunday's race, the Subway 400. Henry has been featured in several commercials since losing 130 pounds on a diet that included Subway sandwiches.(Morning News)(2-24-2003)

  • No Winner from the pole..again at the Rock: The pole winner hasn't won the Cup race at Rockingham in the last 17 races, dating to Jeff Gordon in the spring of 1995.(Daily Press), Sunday's pole sitter, #77-Dave Blaney finished 10th.(2-24-2003)

  • Race Coverage of the Subway 400: The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, Feb 26th, 8:00pm/et (enhanced) and Thurs, Feb 27th, 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.

  • Lineup/Qual Results on my Rockingham Qualifying Results page, and also at:

  • Race Precautions: Since rain canceled both Cup practice sessions Saturday. NASCAR is expected to call a mandatory caution early in today's race at Rockingham so teams can pit, check tire wear and make handling adjustments.(Roanoke Times)
    AND Due to the rain-related lack of practice NASCAR will throw a mandatory caution flag on lap 45 in order for teams to assess the performance of their respective cars, in the event that a caution flies near the 45 lap mark, NASCAR will utilize that yellow flag period as the mandatory caution, during which all teams will be required to come down pit lane.(

  • Red Flag Rule at the Rock: NASCAR will continue to use its new "red flag rule" at North Carolina Speedway, as teams were reminded during Sunday's driver meeting the race will not be restarted if a caution comes out with five or less laps [389, the race laps are 393] remaining in Sunday's Subway 400. The was the same policy utilized for the first time last weekend at the season opener at Daytona Beach.(

  • Cup practice canceled Saturday due to rain, wind and tornado watch in the Rockingham area. Teams have been told to take ladders and rails from the hauler trailors in the infield and some of the trailers that housed officials and others in the infield have vacated. As for the Cup race on Sunday, weather looks good.(2-22-2003)

  • Blaney wins his first pole: #77-Dave Blaney won the pole for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, with a speed of 154.683. It is Blaney's first ever Bud Pole (and first ever front row start). Blaney joins Davey Allison (1987), Kyle Petty (1990) and Hut Stricklin (1995) winning their first career poles at the Rockingham, NC track. Outside pole went to #10-Johnny Benson (who won at the Rock in Nov 2002). #99-Jeff Burton spun on his attempt and has to use a provisional as does the Daytona 500 pole sitter, #30-Jeff Green. All 43 drivers make the race and those who used provisionals, will not be charged one. See the speeds, who used provisionals, pole progression, rookies, lineup links on my Rockingham Qualifying Page.(2-21-2003)

  • Some facts about the Rock: In the last five NASCAR Winston Cup races at North Carolina Speedway, the winner has come from 21st or deeper in the field. Last season, #17-Matt Kenseth won the Subway 400 from the 25th position and #10-Johnny Benson won the Pop Secret 400 from 26th. The last driver to win the Subway 400 from the pole was Jeff Gordon in 1995. There have been eight different winners in the last eight races at North Carolina Speedway.(NASCAR PR)(2-21-2003)

  • Rain/Wet at the Rock UPDATE practice is over, modified schedule: is was misting at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC but it has stopped and the Winston Cup cars were able to practice. #12-Ryan Newman was the fastest at 155.630, followed by #49-Ken Schrader at 154.370 and #25-Joe Nemecek at 154.065. Slowest was #37-Derrike Cope at 148.660 and #74-Tony Raines at 149.504. The Weather Channel reports a 70% chance of rain today and 80% on Saturday.
    Modified Schedule: NASCAR has revised today's schedule as follows (all times ET) -- 2:00 - 3:00 Winston Cup Practice, 3:05 - BGN qualifying, 4:15 - Winston Cup Qualifying (both are being shown live on Fox Sports Net), immediately following Cup qualifying will be 45 minutes of BGN Happy Hour.(unless it rains again)(BGN
    For speeds, see - 1st practice speeds.(2-21-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for the Subway 400 at Rockingham. For the links see above. Forty-Three(43) cars/drivers are listed, so all make the race and no provisionals will be charged if used. First driver scheduled out is #25-Joe Nemechek and last scheduled out is #38 Elliott Sadler. If qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by 2002 Owners Points/Race Attempts, see my Provisonal Land page for the rain procedure and owners points.(2-21-2003)

  • Entry List is up for the Subway 400 at the Rock. See above for the link. 43 drivers/teams are listed, 42 Full Time teams plus #37-Derrike Cope.(2-18-2003)

  • 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

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online and That's Racin'


  • Army Jumpers Injured UPDATE 2: Three members of the Army Special Operations Command parachute team, part of Sunday's prerace show for the Subway 400 Winston Cup race at North Carolina Speedway, were injured in their landing attempts. High winds, with gusts upwards of 40 mph, made it difficult for the eight jumpers to make their way to their planned landing spot on the infield grass on the frontstretch. Three jumpers appeared to land cleanly inside the track. One landed on the track on the frontstretch; three landed in or near the Winston Cup garage area; and one landed outside Turn 1 of the track. One jumper, who landed in the garage, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for evaluation. Two others were taken by ambulance to Womack Army Hospital in Fayetteville for treatment of minor injuries. The remaining five were seen and released from the track's infield care center. The Army public affairs office declined to release the names of those injured.(
    UPDATE: Three Army skydivers were injured Sunday when strong wind knocked them to the ground before a NASCAR race. A group of eight jumpers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command parachute team from Fort Bragg came sailing into the track area, trailing red smoke as part of the pre-race activities for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway. With wind up to 40 mph, one jumper was carried away from his targeted landing on the track and into the infield, where he appeared to bounce off the top of a tractor-trailer before landing on the ground, his chute caught on the antenna of a van. He was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was in good condition Sunday night, a nursing administrator said. The hospital did not provide the soldier's name. Another jumper sailed into the garage area and bounced off the top of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s hauler. He landed between race team trucks and a fence. That jumper, as well as a third who landed hard on the asphalt of the track, were taken to Womack Army Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. At least two jumpers nailed their landings on the front stretch of the race track. Another skydiver never made it to the track, landing outside the Turn 1 grandstands. Maj. Gary Kolb, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said a jump team goes through a safety checklist before a jump. Weather conditions are included in that checklist. The jumpers make the final decision whether to make a jump, he said. He said there is a limit on wind speed for jumps, but he wasn't sure what the limit is. "These guys have had probably in the neighborhood of several hundred freefall jumps,'' he said. "They're very well experienced and know what they're capable of." Kolb said one of the men has a broken leg and the others are bruised.(Fayetteville Observer)(2-24-2003)
    UPDATE 2: Three military skydivers injured during an exhibition before a weekend Winston Cup race were released from hospitals Monday. One is still hospitalized. Col. Leonard H. Kiser, a senior Army National Guard adviser for the Army's Special Operations Command, remained in good condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, hospital spokesman Scott White said. Sgt. 1st Class Stuart J. Goodall, Maj. Anthony C. Dill, and Air Force Capt. Jesse L. Peterson were released Monday from Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-25-2003)

  • Martin named Grand Marshall of Rockingham Busch race: Roush Racing's Mark Martin will serve as the Grand Marshal for Saturday's Rockingham 200 Busch Series race. Martin, who won 11 Busch races at Rockingham and captured six poles, will give the command to start engines. Martin holds virtually every record for the 200-mile event of which he competed on 25 occasions, finishing inside the top five 16 times and in the top 10 on 20 occasions, before retiring from the Busch series after the 2000 season. "It's an honor to be recognized for something that you accomplished in your career," said Martin. "We had a lot of good Busch races at Rockingham over the years and a lot of other people were responsible for that as well. Still I do appreciate the honor and look forward to it on Saturday.(Roush Racing PR via J-Mar Newsletter)(2-21-2003)

  • Public VIP Packages at the Rock: Public VIP Suite packages at North Carloina Speedway for the races on February 21 - 23, include access to the suite, pre-race pit pass, VIP Parking, light breakfast, light lunch, appetizers, all beverages, closed circuit television in the suite, speakers for Motor Racing Network race coverage, air-conditioning/heat, and individual men's and women's restrooms. VIP Suite passes can be purchased for Saturday’s Rockingham 200 BGN race for $200 per person, Sunday’s Subway 400 Winston Cup Series race for $300 per person or the entire NASCAR weekend, which includes Friday’s qualifying for both series, for $550 per person. The North Carolina Speedway ticket office phone lines are now open seven days a week through the February 23 Subway 400 Winston Cup weekend. Extended hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 7:00pm/et. Great seats and VIP Packages are still available for the Subway 400 and the Rockingham 200. Tickets may be purchased by calling the North Carolina Speedway ticket office at (910) 582-2861 or (800) 748-7467. For tickets and information you may also visit online.(North Carolina Speedway Site)(2-8-2003)

  • Sad News: Carrie B. DeWitt, the former chairman of the board of North Carolina Speedway, died Sunday in Pinehurst at the age of 91. Survivors include one of her daughters, Jo DeWitt Wilson, who was the president of the track from Sept. 1994 through 2002. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College in Hamlet.(Fayetteville Observer)(1-20-2003)

  • Amtrak and the Rock: On February 23rd, 2003, race fans can ride the non-stop Rockingham Race Special from Raleigh and Cary to the SUBWAY 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at the North Carolina Speedway. Race fans may choose from three great fare packages:
    An "All-Inclusive" package is available for $180 and includes round-trip coach fare, a $65 Hamlet High-rise grandstand race ticket, pre-race pit tour (time and weather permitting), admittance to Amtrak hospitality area, closed circuit television, a box lunch, and one beverage.
    The "Race and Rail" package consists of round-trip coach fare and a $65 Hamlet High-rise grandstand race ticket and can be purchased for $125.
    Those race fans who have already purchased tickets to the race may buy the "Round-trip Rail" package for only $60.
    For details and reservations on the Rockingham Race Special call (910) 582-2861. There are a limited number of seats available, so call the speedway ticket office today to book your race package. Train departs North Carolina Speedway with all AMTRAK guests one hour after the checkered flag waves and the race is complete.(North Carloina Speedway Site)(11-29-2002)

  • 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

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


  • #600 for Rusty: #2-Rusty Wallace will be looking to make his 600th career NASCAR Winston Cup start this weekend at Rockingham. He is 14th on the NASCAR all-time starts list, two behind 13th-ranked James Hylton.(2-19-2003)
    UPDATE: hearing there may be a special paint scheme or decal to commemorate this.(2-20-2003)
    UPDATE 2: didn't see any special scheme on the car during qualifying, in fact when interviewed, Wallace said he didn't even realize it was his 600th start.(2-22-2003)

  • Halfway to Rusty: #43-John Andretti will reach a milestone at Rockingham, set to make his 300th career Winston Cup start.(2-19-2003)

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





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