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THE RACE: Dodge/Save Mart 350
Winston Cup Race #16 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Robby Gordon wins at Sonoma: #31-Robby Gordon won The Dodge / Save Mart 350k at Infineon Raceway, his first win of 2003, his first ever road course win, and his 2nd career Cup win. It Robby Gordon's first win since the Thanksgiving race at New Hampshire on Nov 23rd, 2001, 51 races ago. #24-Jeff Gordon [no relation] was a close 2nd. The win puts Robby Gordon into the 2004 All-Star race [whatever it'll be called and where ever it'll be run]. Points leader had his best road course finish, 14th and now leads 2nd place #24-Gordon by 174 points going into Daytona in two weeks. Pole Sitter #01-Boris Said finished 6th. #42-Jamie McMurray was the highest finishing rookie of the year with a 20th place finish.
The unofficial top ten finishers:
#31-Robby Gordon (81 laps led)
#24-Jeff Gordon (no relation to Robby)
#01-Boris Said (1 lap led)
#1-Ron Fellows (21 laps led)
Cars on the lead lap: 29 (of 43 starters)
Off track/out of race (5): #88-Jarrett (transmission-out); #66-Fukuyama (rear end-out); #30-Park (accident-out); #43-Fittipaldi (transmission-out); #16-Biffle (out of gas-out)
Laps Leaders Unofficial (4): #01-Said (1 lap led); #31-Gordon (81 led most laps); #1-Fellows (21); #10-Benson (7);
Cautions 6 for 16 laps
Caution 6 - Laps 90 - 91: #66-Fukuyama stalled at the entrance of pit road after losing an engine and may had laid down some oil in turn 11. #74-Raines off course.
Caution 5 - Laps 72 - 74: #43-Fittipaldi got off course and backed the car into a tire barrier
Caution 4 - Laps 63 - 64: #2-Wallace possibly has a brake problem, got tapped by #99-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr. then hit Burton who had checked up, who spun and got off course.
Caution 3 - Laps 59 - 61: #38-Sadler got into #45-Petty who went off course, Petty drove back on thje course and right in the path of #0-Jack Sprague, who hit Petty, then was hit by #30-Steve Park, lots of damage to the #30 and #0.
Caution 2 - Laps 52 - 53: #66-Fukuyama went off course at the 7th turn and stopped.
Caution 1 - Laps 37 - 40: #17-Kenseth's tire came apart in turn 10 and stayed on the track, Kenseth was right at the entrance of pit road and was able to drive the car right in for his regular pit service.
RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or PRN Radio)
On lap 106, #45-Petty off and back on course, #16-Biffle ran out of fuel in turn one, and was able to back the car down pit road and out of the way.
On lap 104, #43-Fittipaldi went off course again.
On lap 98, #45-Petty got punted by #41-Mears and spun off course and then drove on.
On lap 96, #99-Burton went off course, hit the tires hard and really damaged the car, but was able to drive off, also #30-Park may have lost an engine or transmission and is in the garage.
On lap 94, #31-Gordon thinks he has a tire going down.
On lap 93, #23-Wallace rear-ended #1-Fellows in turn 11, both drove on.
During the 6th caution, #74-Raines went off course after getting together with #41-Mears, then #1-Fellows got spun around on turn 11 by #19-Mayfield.
On lap 88, #99-Burton locked up his brakes and spun in turn 11 while trying to get past his brother, #22-Ward Burton.
On lap 85, #88-Jarrett lost and engine and pulled the car off course to a safe spot, no caution.
On lap 82, #20-Stewart got off course in turn 7 and spun, #12-Newman may had gotten into him, lost a bunch of spots.
On lap 75, #09-Preutt had to pit as he is having gear problems, the crew did some work and go Pruett out on the lead lap.
On lap 70, #45-Petty and #09-Pruett got together, no real damage, Petty is having an eventful day.
On lap 69, #7-Spencer had a tire go down and had to limp to the pits.
On lap 65, a wild spin occurred with #99-Burton, #97-Busch and #09-Pruett went sideways in sync, many cars went off course, #77-Blaney had no place to go and hit #09-Pruett, Blaney abd Busch got most of the damage. Lots of dust, no caution was called. #31-Gordon and #29-Harvick pitted and Harvick won the drag racee out of the pits.
For the lead on lap 57, #1-Fellowsmade it three wide in turn 11 with #31-Gordon and #29-Harvick and banged his way thru and took the lead as Harvick and Gordon were fighting for the lead and Harvick locked up his right front. On the caution 3 first lap, Gordon drove up to Harvick and gave him the thumbs up (clearly seen on TV).
On lap 57, #6-Martin was punted by #45-Petty, Martin spun around, then ran off course, then back on the track.
On lap 57, while running 10th, #25-Nemechek slid off course, kept his foot into it and kept going, only losing two spots.
On lap 55, #18-Labonte got spun out by #23-Wallace in the front loop/turn 11.
On lap 50, #43-Fittipladi went off course, no caution, called in and said something went, like engine, rear of transmission.
#66-Fuyuyama was penalized for pitting outside the pitbox and is possibly down a cyliner as of lap 42.
Green flag pitstops occurred, laps 30-33 range.
On lap 28, #88-Jarrett spun off coursem is back on the track.
On lap 23, #74-Raines locked up the brakes and went off course and cut down a tire, took it to the pits.
#1-Fellows is having trouble getting the car in and out of gear.
On lap 11, #38-Sadler got off course and to drive thru the grass and lost a bunch of positions.
On lap 9, #18-Labonte spun off the course after he and #9-Elliott got together, but recovered and drove on
The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, June 25th, 8:00pm/et and Thurs, June 26th, at 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.
Race Results at
- Stock Car Fans Newsletter's Rumblings - Infineon Raceway [in part]: #31-Robby Gordon won today's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Inineon Raceway....and his teammate [Harvick] and the "other" Gordon didn't seem all to happy about it. [Robby] Gordon dominated the road course event pretty much from start to finish, tho if the cautions had fallen different it may have been #1-Ron Fellows in Victory Lane at the end of the race. We ended up with a Gordon/Gordon finish....and we have seen this before. Robby held off Jeff for his second career win (he won at NHIS in November of 2001) and moved into 88th on the all-time list. This was win #72 for Richard Childress. With the way some of these cars looked by the end of today's race, you'd have thought we were in Bristol or Martinsville. And that triple spin at the bottleneck with Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, and Scott Pruett looked like the swimming pool scene from Caddyshack.
#29-Kevin Harvick (3rd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Talladega in April.
#01-Boris Said (6th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 8th at Watkins Glen in August of 2001.
#1-Ron Fellows (7th) had his best finish since he was 2nd at Watkins Glen in August of 1999 (only 5 races).
#19-Jeremy Mayfield (10th) had his best finish since he was 8th in the Daytona 500.
#10-Johnny Benson led today for the first time since he led once for one lap at Phoenix last November. #1-Ron Fellows led today for the first time since he led once for three laps at Watkins Glen in 2001. #01-Boris Said led today for the first time since he led once for nine laps at Watkins Glen in August of 1999. We've now hit 40 drivers to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 46.
STREAKIN....Bobby Labonte has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Jeremy Mayfield (+21), followed by Jimmie Johnson (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kurt Busch (-23), followed by Jeff Burton (-22). Not a good week for Roush....on the track or at NASCAR headquarters.(Stock Car Fans Cup Newsletter)(6-23-2003)
- Road Warriors where did they finish?
#01-Said finished 6th
#09-Pruett finished 34th
#1-Fellows finished 7th
#4-Miller finished 24th
#66-Kukuyama finished 43rd (6-22-2003)
- To the Back: #32-Ricky Craven [two engine changes] will have to fall to the rear of the field [was to start 37th] before the drop of the green flag on Sunday at Infineon Raceway.(6-21-2003)
- Happy Hour Practice at Infineon Raceway is over. Fastest was pole sitter #01-Boris Said at 92.720mph, followed by #12-Ryan Newman at 92.641 and #31-Robby Gordon at 92.632. Slowest was #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 89.102 and #7-Jimmy Spencer at 90.152. #43-Christian Fittipaldi didn't practice, been told the team found a bad valve spring and changed them all and ran out of time to get the car on the track. No incidents, many teams changed gear/tramsmissions, #48-Johnson hit a rabbit that went thru the left brake air duct which will need to be repaired. #32-Ricky Craven' who lost two engines, borrowed one from RCR, who supplies the team with restrictor plate engines.
For speeds see NASCAR.com - Practice 3.(6-21-2003)
- Saturday 1st Practice at Infineon Raceway is over. The fastest was #97-Kurt Busch at 92.293mph, followed by #5-Terry Labonte at 92.124 and #24-Jeff Gordon at 92.096 [rest of the top 10: #'s 20,1,29,09,01,99,18]. Slowest was #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 88.872 and #49-Ken Schrader at 89.706. No word on any incidents.
For speeds, see ThatsRacin.com - Saturday 1st Practice.(6-21-2003)
- Boris Said wins pole at Sonoma: #01-Boris Said [who is subbing for Mike Wallace, who is subbing for Jerry Nadeau] won the pole at Infineon Raceway for the Dodge / Save Mart 350k. It is the first pole for Pontiac in 2003 and put Said into the 2004 Budweiser Shootout. Said speed of 93.620mph [76.522 seconds] is a new track record in the current 1.99 mile configuration. #31-Robby Gordon is on the outside pole, with #1-Ron Fellows starting 3rd. Points leader, #17-Matt Kenseth will start 4th, Kenseth will leave the race still in the points lead, even if he finishes dead last. All six of the Rookie of the Year candidates [who made an attempt] made the race, only one used a provisional. Missing the race were all road warriors: #00-Inglebright, #02-Ash, #14-Jones, and #33-Menard (using a backup car). Two teams used a provisonal: #43-Fittipladi and #49-Schrader and are now out of provisionals again until Bristol in Aug [the 24th races], unless there is a race with 43 or less teams entered or either team gets into the top 25 in owners points, where provisionals are not charged, which is unlikey since the #43 is 35th in owners points and the #49 is 39th at present.
For qualifying results, with practice to pole progression, how did the rookies do? how did the road warriors do? the top manufacturers starts, qualifying speed comparisions, provisional rank, lineup links, notes and more, see my Jayski's Sonoma Qualifying/Grid Page.(6-20-2003)
- Ramblings - Infineon Raceway: #01-Boris Said set a new track record at Infineon Raceway Friday afternoon, and his crew had their hair done for the occasion! Boris cruised around in a smooth 76.522 sec (93.620 mph) for his first ever Winston Cup pole. As a sub for a sub, he's now eligible (along with 10 other drivers thus far) for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. This is Said's best qualifying effort since he started on the outside pole at Watkins Glen in August of 1999. Boris will be joined on the front row Sunday for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 by #31-Robby Gordon. This was his best qualifying effort since he started 2nd at Talladega in April of 2002. #1-Ron Fellows (3rd) had his best qualifying run since he lined up on the outside pole at Watkins Glen in August of 1998.
#29-Kevin Harvick (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in April.
#21-Ricky Rudd (9th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Daytona in February.
#09-Scott Pruett (18th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Watkins Glen in August of 2001.
STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Tony Stewart has 7 Top-10 starts in the last 8 races. Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
The road course event brought us a healty car count of 47 this weekend....4 on the Trouble Train. PJ Jones (in AJ's #14 this week), #02-Brandon Ash, #33-Paul Menard, and #00-Jim Inglebright all got the early out. For the #14, this was their 5th DNQ of the season....but they'll have a provisional available at the next race at Daytona.
The provisionals this week went to: Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Craven, Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Christian Fittipaldi, Ken Schrader, and Hideo Fukuyama. For Fittipaldi and Schrader, they got an additional provisional this week.... and promptly used it up. They can expect
their next freebie at Bristol in August, till then they have to make the race on time....or hope for only 43 or less competitors showing
This will be Fox's swan song for '03 as NBC takes over at Daytona in two weeks [thru the 2004 Daytona 500, next Fox race is Rockingham in 2004].(Stock Car Fans Winston Cup Newsletter)(6-21-2003)
- Qualifying Results: on my Sonoma Qualifying Page
- Simo practices for Park: XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio - Subscription Required) reports that #30-Steve Park was replaced in the #30 AOL Chevy halfway thru practice at Infineon Racway, team owner Richard Childress, asked Simo to shake the car down for Park and Park will qualify the car.(6-20-2003)
- Friday Practice is over at Infineon Raceway. #01-Boris Said was the fastest at 92.721mph, followed by #18-Bobby Labonte at 92.697 and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [Fellows is teaching him well] at 92.652 [that is pretty close between the top 3]
[the rest of the top 10 are the #'s 24,31,97,29,9,40,60].
Slowest are #66-Hideo Fukuyama at 88.408 and #00-Inglebright at 88.986 [only 2 laps run]. #32-Ricky Craven supposedly lost an engine on his first lap of practice in turn two, the team removed the backup engine from the backup car and made a few very slow laps during practice and will now get ready for qualifying, if not Craven is pretty much in the race as he is 13th in owners points and would make the field using a provisional.
#01-Said lost a gearbox early in practice, the team replaced it, and Said came out and ripped off the fastest lap in practice.
The qualifying record for the current configuration is by #20-Tony Stewart at 93.476mph last year.
For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Friday Practice speeds or NASCAR.com - Friday Practice.(6-20-2003)
- Qualifying Order is up for the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. 47 drivers/teams are listed. First scheduled out is #6-Mark Martin. Last of the 47 driver scheduled to make an attempt is #54-Todd Bodine. See the link(s) above.(6-20-2003)
- Provisionals: All teams have a provisional to use except the #14-Foyt Racing with P.J. Jones and #00-Jim Inglebright (no 2003 attempts). The #14 team did not attempt Martinsville and is not eligible for another provisional until the next race, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, which Larry Foyt is expected to rejoin the team. The teams that were out of provisionals: #4-Johnny Miller [didn't he play golf? just kidding], #43-Christian Fittipaldi and #49-Ken Schrader will have attempted 16 races in 2003 and will have one to use at Sonoma of the next eight races, but once used, they will be out of them again.
Other teams with provisionals to use but very deep in Owners Points include #09-Scott Pruett (46th in Owners Points), #66-Hideo Fukuyama (47th), #33-Paul Menard (49th), and #02-Brandon Ash (56th), to make the field these drivers probably need to be in the top 36 as some of the Cup regulars who are not too good on the road courses will eat up the provisional spots.
More info and unofficial rules on my Provisional Land page. on the other side seven teams have NOT used a provisional in 2003: #6-Mark Martin; #9-Bill Elliott; #19-Jeremy Mayfield; #20-Tony Stewart; #24-Jeff Gordon; #40-Sterling Marlin; #97-Kurt Busch.(6-20-2003)
- Entry List is up for Sonoma. 47 drivers/teams listed, including #00-Jim Inglebright; #01-Boris Said; #02-Brandon Ash; #09-Scott Pruett; #1-Ron Fellows; #14-P.J. Jones; #33-Paul Menard; and #66-Hideo Fukuyama. Mike Skinner is still listed in the #4 but it was announced he was released and Johnny Miller would drive the car at Sonoma. The #37 car was supposed to run with Chris Bingham, not sure if Bingham's injuries a few weeks ago scuttled those plans. See the entry list links above.(6-17-2003)
- Best 25 Over Last Six Races from NASCAR.com.
- Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page
- Showers Now Available During NASCAR Weekend ay Infineon: The one downside ... you'll have to brave 50 Acres in your bathrobe. This year Infineon Raceway has partnered with OK's Cascade Company to provide guests with a Mobile Shower Trailer, located on the southeast border of the Coleman Campground (near the Gate 2 entrance). Jump start your morning or unwind after a long day with a hot shower in a clean, sanitary environment - with sink and mirror - all with the privacy you need and expect. Showers will be available Thursday through Sunday, 6am-Noon and 4pm-10pm, subject to change based on water availability (the 2200 gallon tank will be refilled daily) and the ambassador staffing situation. The cost will be $5 per shower, which covers the cost of leasing the trailer.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-20-2003)
- Little E wants F-1 rules at road courses: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is lobbying NASCAR to adopt the old Formula One qualifying rules when the Winston Cup teams go to road courses. It would allow drivers to run multiple laps, with the fastest counting as their qualifying time. Under the current setup, drivers run only one lap for qualifying. That leaves little room for error and is challenging for many who aren't as savvy on road courses. “I can race all right, but I just can't get a decent starting spot,” Earnhardt says. “If we don't get the opportunity to do that, then I'm looking to do more road racing stuff, maybe with Jim France's (Grand American) Series to get a little more experience on the road courses.” Junior, who won the 1999 Busch Series race at Watkins Glen, considers road courses the most physically demanding tracks on the Cup circuit.(Sporting News)(6-16-2003)
- Actor Tom Arnold Named Grand Marshal of Dodge/Save Mart 350: Tom Arnold, a regular on the popular "Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Net, has been named Grand Marshal of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 19-22. "Tom is a very funny man and I know our fans will get a kick out of having him here for the NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager at Infineon Raceway. "Tom will also be a terrific addition to the lineup for our Friday night benefit dinner" (see my Racing Charities page for more info). On Sunday of race weekend, Arnold will participate in driver introductions, attend the driver meeting and take a pace lap around the twisting road course, as well as join the Northern California Dodge Dealers in uttering those famous words, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines."
"I've always enjoyed the Sonoma Valley, and I'm certainly a big NASCAR Winston Cup fan, so this should be a lot of fun," Arnold said. śSince I'm too fat to fit into a car I wonder if anybody needs a pit crew team member. I'm pretty good with an air gun".(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-4-2003)
- Official Tire of Infineon Raceway...not Goodyear: Almost a year after selling the 10-year naming rights to German semi-conductor manufacturer Infineon for $35 million, Sears Point has made Yokohama the official tire, replacing Goodyear, in a multiyear deal. A track executive said Goodyear had been more defensive in its financial support, while Yokohama plans to be more aggressive and become a more proactive partner with the track in "some community projects." The Japanese tire manufacturer produces about 75 percent of the tires it sells in the U.S. at a plant in Virginia.(Oakland Tribune)(4-21-2003)
- Bobby O Gorman Named Director of Operations at Infineon Raceway: Bobby O Gorman, who has worked in both marketing and operations capacities at Infineon Raceway since 1999, has been named Director of Operations, raceway officials announced. O Gorman, a native of Sonoma, is responsible for managing all off-track operations for the facility s major events, including traffic flow, parking, guest shuttles, security, facility layouts and guest services. During his tenure at Infineon Raceway, O Gorman has also held positions as the Manager of Vendor Displays and the Director of Guest Services. In those positions, O Gorman helped to increase vendor display sales, create facility layouts, and improve the fan experience with a Fan Guide and information booths. Prior to joining Infineon Raceway full-time, O Gorman, 26, worked as an intern before graduating from Washington State University, where he obtained a degree in Communications.(Infineon Raceway PR)(3-27-2003)
- Marlin wants road courses gone: With NASCAR considering a realignment of its schedule for 2004, Sterling Marlin would like to eliminate trips to Sonoma, Calif., and Watkins Glen, N.Y., where left- and right-hand turns are required. "I think they should look at adding some Saturday night races and dropping the road courses," Marlin said. "It would save money for the teams. I ain't got nothing against going out to California, but I think if we had a good track like Richmond where we could put on a good show, it would be OK." (Richmond Times Dispatch)(3-16-2003)
- Infineon Raceway announcement: Diana Rose, who has helped coordinate Public Relations efforts at Infineon Raceway since 2001, has been named Manager of Media and Community Relations, raceway officials announced. Rose, a native of San Ramon in the East Bay, is responsible for managing media relations and several community events at the raceway.(Infineon Raceway PR)(2-21-2003)
- New Infineon Raceway VP: John Cardinale, who has managed Public Relations efforts at Infineon Raceway since 1998, has been named Vice President of Media and Community Relations. Cardinale, a 37-year-old San Francisco native, is responsible for all media communications originating from Infineon Raceway and oversees the facility's various community initiatives. During his tenure at the raceway, Cardinale has worked to expand news coverage of motor racing in the San Francisco Bay Area, which now includes weekly motorsports programming on a prominent San Francisco all-sports radio station, live broadcasts of 15-20 NASCAR Winston Cup races each year and weekly motorsports sections in nearly every major newspaper. He has also helped develop an Emmy-nominated NASCAR Winston Cup Preview Show on the local FOX Sports Net affiliate.(Infineon Raceway PR)(1-29-2003)
- Infineon Raceway trying to cut taxes: Officials from Infineon Raceway made their pitch Friday for one of the largest property tax reductions ever contemplated in Sonoma County, but it may be months before a ruling is issued. The popular Sonoma Valley race track, which annually draws more than 100,000 people to its NASCAR Winston Cup event, wants a $37 million cut in its property tax assessment. If successful, it would reduce the company's tax bill from $500,000 to $150,000. The Sonoma County Assessment Appeals Board conducted a full-day hearing into the matter Friday but put off making a decision. Expectations are that the three-member panel will not make its final ruling until its March meeting.(Sonoma Press Democrat)(1-11-2003)
- Wallstreet.com Becomes Title Sponsor of Pole Day at Infineon Raceway: Wallstreet.com* has stepped up its involvement with Infineon Raceway by assuming title sponsorship of pole-day qualifying at the raceway's 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup event. "Wallstreet.com* Pole Day" will take place on Friday, June 20 during which the full NASCAR field will compete to set the order of start for
Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 Winston Cup race. The partnership continues a relationship between Infineon Raceway and Wallstreet.com*, an online sportsbook and casino Web-site. For a second consecutive year in 2003, Wallstreet.com* will also serve as
presenting sponsor of an NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway.(Infineon Raceway PR)(1-6-2003)
- Track Name: was know as Sears Point Raceway until June 22, 2002 when Infineon bought the track naming rights and changed it to Infineon Raceway.(6-22-2002)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Infineon Raceway
- Eury Sr. to miss Sonoma: There will be a very familiar face missing from the #8 Budweiser Chevy team this weekend at Infineon Raceway. Tony Eury, Sr., crew chief for the team, had elective surgery on his neck Tuesday afternoon. Doctors removed two vertebra in his neck and replaced them with titanium ones. Surgery lasted one hour and 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. He will rest at home through the weekend and part of next week. “I went and saw him last night,” said Tony Eury, Jr, his son and the team’s car chief. “I think he’s doing pretty well because the first thing he asked me was if I brought him a hamburger. This is the first race Pops will miss since the Japan exhibition race when Dale Jr. and Dale drove the Coca-Cola cars over there.” Tony Sr. will rest the next two weeks and is scheduled to return to action for the night races at Daytona International Speedway the first weekend in July. He will have to wear a supportive neck brace for a few weeks before switching to a foam one at a later date. Doctors predicted it would take a few months until for a total recovery. For this weekend, Tony Jr. will play the role of car and crew chief in his father’s absence. Since the team is down one man, Danny Earnhardt (front tire carrier) will head out to Infineon Raceway early to help the team. Everyone at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. wishes Tony a speedy recovery and look forward to his return.(DEI Site)(6-19-2003)
- Pruett at Sonoma: Matt Chambers will serve as crew chief for #09-Scott Pruett this weekend. The team will be comprised of CGR's test team members. In addition to running the #09 Target Dodge in the Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway, Pruett will also race in the Trans Am Road Racing Series for Rocketsports Racing.(PR)(6-18-2003)
- Simo to stand by for Elliott: Bill Elliott will drive the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge this weekend. However, Trans-Am Series driver Brian Simo tested the #9 Dodge at Carolina Motorsports Park and is scheduled to standby for Elliott at Infineon Raceway in case Elliott needs relief for his broken foot.(Golin Harris PR)(6-18-2003)
- Double Duty for Harvick: #29-Kevin Harvick will run the Featherlite Southwest Tour Series race on Saturday in the #29 Kevin Harvick Inc. Snap-on Chevrolet Monte Carlo. This will be the second year in a row he'll participate in this race, finishing 35th in 2002 due to an ignition box problem halfway through the 64-lap event.(RCR PR)(6-18-2003)
- Double Duty for Said: Along with driving the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac this weekend at Infineon Raceway, Boris Said will also compete in Saturday's NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Series race for Kenny Schrader's team and Sunday's SCCA Trans-Am event, which follows the Winston Cup race.(US Army Racing PR)(6-18-2003)
- Petree Racing back at Sonoma with Menard: Paul Menard will get his chance to see where he stacks up with the Winston Cup boys this weekend in Sonoma, CA, ruuning the #33 Chevy at Infineon Racway for team owner Andy Petree. Petree, who has been involved in Winston Cup racing since 1982 but had to sit out this year after he was unable to land a major sponsor for his cars, will have his Andy Petree Racing logo back on a Cup track this weekend at Infineon Raceway. Menard will be making his first-ever Winston Cup start as part of Petree's 18-race summer school for the up-and-coming driver. So far, Menard has competed in two ARCA races and two Busch Series events. Those four races were on ovals, but Menard doesn't mind turning both ways for a change. Menard's father, John, a home improvement businessman and owner of an Indy Racing League car, decided to help with the finances by co-sponsoring the cars with Turtle Wax.(Hendersonville Times News)(6-17-2003)
- Driver named for #4 at Sonoma: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced that Trans-Am Road Racing Series points leader Johnny Miller [info at www.milleracing.com] will drive the #4 Kodak Winston Cup Series car at Infineon Raceway this weekend. Miller, who resides in Johnson City, TN, will make his first start in a NASCAR Winston Cup race. Miller, a road course specialist, tested a #4 car in 2002 at Road Atlanta prior to the Sonoma, CA. event for Morgan-McClure. Miller joins a list of road course "ringers" to compete in the Dodge/Save Mart 350. The 37 year-old currently leads the Championship points for the Trans-Am Series. In his past 29 Trans-Am Series starts, Miller has finished in the top-10 an impressive 28 times. For the 2003 season, he has four starts resulting in two third place finishes, a second place, and a win. The Industrial Engineer graduate of the University of Tennessee began racing professionally in 1996 and has captured 32 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes in 95 Trans-Am Series starts.(more at Morgan-McClure Motorsports site)(6-16-2003)
- Pruett in Target car at Sonoma: Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that road-course specialist Scott Pruett will drive a fourth entry for the team at Sonoma this weekend. Pruett will be entered to drive the #09 Target Dodge [listed as the Phoenix Racing/James Finch #09 team] in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 22, 2003. This is in addition to Ganassi's current stable of drivers: #40-Sterling Marlin, #41-Casey Mears and #42-Jamie McMurray. "I'm excited to put Scott behind the wheel of the Target Dodge this weekend in Sonoma," owner Chip Ganassi said. "Scott has a proven track record on road courses and has had great finishes with our team in the past two years. This team is committed to winning and adding value to our sponsors." Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has hired Pruett on two other occasions. Last year, Pruett drove the #41 Target Dodge to a sixth place finish at Watkins Glen. In 2001, Pruett qualified eighth and finished 11th at Watkins Glen in the #01 Ganassi entry. "It's great to be able to work with the Chip Ganassi racing team again," Pruett said. "This is a first class organization that's out to win races. I'm hoping to take the Target Dodge to the Winner's Circle in Sonoma." Pruett has one full season of NASCAR Winston Cup experience under his belt, racing in 2000 for #32 PPI Motorsports in its first season in the NASCAR Winston Cup series. Pruett's best finish was 10th place in the Brickyard 400. In addition to racing in the Trans Am Road Racing Series for Rocketsports Racing in 2003, Pruett also serves as a race announcer for Speed Channel's CART races.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(6-16-2003)
- Boris Said in the #01 at Sonoma? UPDATE 2: Rumors are that Boris Said will be in the #01 US Army Pontiac at Infineon Raceway, since he's known as a road racing specialist and has worked with Ryan Pemberton in years past [with Jasper Motorsports]. Currently Said is serving a 45 day suspension in the Trans-Am Series.(Insider Racing News)(5-26-2003)
UPDATE: Boris Said, the road racing specialist, will run for the #01 US Army team in two weeks at Sears Point and will test next week. Mike Wallace is currently in the car.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-2-2003)
UPDATE 2: Road course specialist Boris Said has been named by MB2 Motorsports to drive the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac in the June 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Said, 40, will be substituting for Jerry Nadeau, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a May 2 accident at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Mike Wallace, who has been the team's substitute driver, will continue in the same role at the oval races. One of the leading national and international sports car drivers, Said has competed in seven career Winston Cup races. Six of his seven starts have come at NASCAR's two road courses -- Infineon Raceway (2000, 2001, 2002) and Watkins Glen (1999, 2001, 2002). His other start was at Homestead Miami Speedway in 1999. Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., has enjoyed success at Infineon Raceway. As a NASCAR driver, he finished 11th in the 2001 Winston Cup race and won the 1998 Craftsman Truck event. As a sports car racer in the American Le Mans Series, he won at Infineon in 2000 and was runner-up in 2001. Said, the 2002 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans Am Series champion (eight wins in 11 races), is scheduled to test the U.S. Army road course car June 9 at Virginia International Raceway.(US Army PR)(6-5-2003)
- Jones in for Foyt at Sonoma: Road course racer, P.J. Jones will driver the #14 Harrah's Dodge at Infineon Raceay in Sonoma, CA on the road course there on June 22nd, in place of regular driver, rookie Larry Foyt.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(6-2-2003)
- Jones in for Foyt at Sonoma: Road course racer, P.J. Jones will driver the #14 Harrah's Dodge at Infineon Raceay in Sonoma, CA on the road course there on June 22nd, in place of regular driver, rookie Larry Foyt.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(6-2-2003)
- Fellows to run #1 at road courses UPDATE: Jeff Green said Ron Fellows will race the #1 car at both road course events, Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen. Green said he was a bit disappointed, but understands the decision. He will still travel with the team to help in any way he can. Fellows was slated to run a 4th DEI car, #81.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Pass)(5-8-2003)
UPDATE: DEI will take Ron Fellows out of the Chance 2 Racing #81 Chevy and put him into the #1 Pennzoil Chevy for Cup races at Sonoma, CA, and Watkins Glen. The change is the latest fallout in the the wake of the firing of Steve Park and the hiring of Jeff Green on the #1 team two weeks ago. Green, who was released from the #30 RCR team the same weekend as Park's DEI firing, has little road-racing experience in Winston Cup. Fellows already has tested in the #1 car on a road course in Indiana last week with crew chief Tony Gibson and engineers from DEI in attendance. When Fellows made his deal with DEI earlier this year, plans were for him to drive the #81 entry --co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his step-mother Teresa Earnhardt -- on both Cup road courses. But when DEI and Park parted ways the team was left without its top road racer. Park is a past winner at Watkins Glen. "The plan for DEI to field a fourth car for me has changed a little bit," Fellows said. "We went to Infineon Raceway (Sonoma) with two brand new cars and the tests were great." Fellows bettered the California track record by four-tenths of a second. Next on the schedule for Fellows, however, is a trip to France to defend his back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans GTS class titles with the factory Corvette C5-R team.(Toronto Sun)(5-19-2003)
- Inglebright to attempt Sonoma again: Jim Inglebright, who is currently leading the Winston West points standings, plans to attempt the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA in June. Inglebright also runs a few part time Truck Series race after running a few years full time in the series. Inglebright started 34th and finished 32nd in last years race.(XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio - Subscription Required)(4-15-2003)
- Murry and a Cup deal? hearing that David Murry, who this past weekend finished third, overall, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, is reportedly speaking with a handful of Winston Cup teams relative to an R&D effort. Murry, a road course veteran, who has dabbled in Winston Cup racing over the years, apparently initiated talks, specifically, with Hendrick Motorsports a few weeks ago and it has led to a meeting in Charlotte. The Atlanta native is also in the process of trying to button up a deal with a soon-to-be announced new WC team to run both the Watkins Glen and Sears Point races.(2-3-2003)
- Cope News: Chris Bingham, in Daytona testing for the upcoming ARCA 200, has signed to drive the Jay Robinson #49 Ford for the 2003 BGN season. Winston Cup driver and TV analyst Derrike Cope will serve as a driver consultant for Bingham in 2003. "I'm looking forward to driving for Jay Robinson in 2003," stated Bingham, a native of Bellevue, Washington. "We worked well together during the Daytona test, and I believe his program has all of the elements necessary to be competitive." Bingham has retained fellow Washington native Derrike Cope as a consultant for his racing program. "Chris called me last February with some questions regarding sponsorship," said Cope, the 1990 winner of the Daytona 500. "Eventually our conversations led to NASCAR, and how Chris could begin a career in stock cars," added Cope. Cope who will run his own Winston Cup [#37] team in selected events, plans to enter Bingham in five events in 2003. "It's a natural fit to put Chris in one of my cars for the two Winston Cup road races," said Cope. "Additionally we plan to run him in three or more events over and above the road courses." Bingham's entry into NASCAR will be supported by a Seattle based investment group led by Vernon Horton Smith. Sponsorship for the Jay Robinson Racing #49 BGN Ford and the additional Winston Cup events is being pursued, and Bingham looks forward to making an announcement before the start of the season.(PR)(12-24-2002)
- See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Robby's Angel's at Sonoma: The #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy and driver Robby Gordon will carry a special Charlie’s Angels II paint scheme this weekend at Sonoma as part of Cingular’s relationship with the movie.(RCR PR), it was rumored to run at Dover a few weeks ago, see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(6-16-2003)
- Petty Schemes: Kyle Petty will run the #45 Dodge with special paint schemes at Infineno Raceway in Sonoma, CA with the Kyle Petty Ride for Charity scheme.(4-20-2003)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME NOTES and NEWS
- Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] wins with seven. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 103 road course races. 43 drivers have won a road course race.(6-18-2003)
- Road Course Poles: Darrell Waltrip is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] pole wins with nine. Terry Labonte and David Pearson both have eight, and Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd have six in 101 road course qualifying runs, two had no qualifyings [rain/weather]. 41 drivers have won road course poles.(6-18-2003)
- Did ya know? 25 of all the 92 Winston Cup road course races [not including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 27.2%; Lowest start of a Sears Point winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 12 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Winston Cup - 30 road course wins, 28 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(6-18-2003)
- Pole for Fellows? Testing Record: During Winston Cup testing in April, Ron Fellows posted the fastest lap for a Winston Cup car ever recorded at Infineon Raceway. Fellows circuited the 2-mile [or 1.99 mile] road course in 1 minute, 16:24 [76.24] seconds [94.439mph]. #20-Tony Stewart holds the current track record of 1 minute, 16:64 [76.64] seconds [93.946mph].(6-18-2003)
STATS and STUFF